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Tags: Apple, iOS, iOS 5, ipad, iphone, iPod Touch, Safari, Twitter, Web browser
Posted By ] Juli
As you probably know, the details of iOS 5 were released today at the Wordlwide Developer’s conference, and while we’re covering all of the new features that are coming, we wanted to give you a more in depth look at Mail and Safari, both of which are getting exciting new changes.
iOS 5 won’t be released until the fall, but we’ve got a lot to look forward to. Safari is already a very popular web browser, and 2/3rds of all mobile web browsing is done with Safari. It’s always lacked some necessary features, and I’m pleased to say that iOS 5 changes all of that.
Currently, we can’t open tabs, which is possibly the most frustrating thing about using Safari on a mobile device. In iOS 5, tabbed browsing is fully supported and lightning fast. When fall rolls around, you’ll be able to browse the Internet on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch in the same way you browse on a PC or Mac.
Safari Reader is another new browser function that will make reading news articles more enjoyable. It strips out all distractions and excess content, presenting only the text of a web page. It even combines multiple page stories into one flowing piece. This feature will be accessible from a new button in the address bar.
A built in Reading List will allow you to mark pages that you want to read later, much like bookmarking. Your Reading List can sync across multiple devices, so you’ll always know just what you wanted to read, regardless of which device you’re using. Full story and website content can be emailed to anyone (instead of just sending a link), and Twitter integration is included.
Mail, like Safari, is one of iOS’s most used applications. In iOS 5 Mail will be receiving some significant changes, making it more user friendly. There is a new ergonomic split keyboard option, which can be accessed by dragging the keyboard up. This keyboard is smaller, and perfect for typing with your thumbs. Bringing up your Mail inbox in portrait mode is simple – it just takes a single swipe.
There is a new system-wide dictionary that functions like the one in iBooks. In Mail, if you don’t know a word, you can tap it and get a dictionary definition. Searching has been changed and enhanced, allowing you to search through entire messages as well as subject titles. I wasn’t aware that search wasn’t already doing this, but thinking about it, I haven’t always gotten great search results, so this should beef up searching quite a bit.
Messages can be flagged and marked unread, email addresses can be dragged from one field to another (such as to, cc, bcc, etc.) controlled indentation is supported, and most importantly, rich-text formatting has been added so that you can now use functions like bold, underline, and italics to emphasize your messages. Good news for exchange customers: S/MIME has been implemented, and a lock will appear when you’re sending an encrypted message.
These updates of Mail and Safari include some must have features that I have been sorely missing on my iDevices. In fact, a lot of these are things that should have been added years ago, and I’m certainly excited to welcome iOS 5. Are you happy with the feature set being added with iOS 5? Did Apple leave out anything you were expecting?
Tags: Accuweather, Blackberry AppWorld, ESPN, Facebook, Flickr, Moblica, Ovi, Play Now Arena, Snaptu, The Guardian, Twitter, YOC
Latest addition to the YOC network extends advertising opportunities into social networking
London, UK – 10 March 2010: Full service mobile solutions provider YOC today announced that Moblica owned Snaptu, the first truly successful manifestation of cloud-based “virtual” applications has joined the YOC media network. As part of the partnership, YOC will provide brands and advertisers with advertisements across the Snaptu mobile application portal which includes Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, AccuWeather, the Guardian, ESPN Cricinfo and other major news and sports outlets. YOC will work with Snaptu across Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and the UK.
Snaptu’s free, fast and intuitive suite of services runs very quickly and simply on most GPRS/3G mobile phones. Snaptu will sit alongside a number of other publishers in the YOC premium media network including 3 Favourites, Getjar, PC Advisor, Macworld, Stuff.tv, Perez Hilton, Elle UK and Digital Spy.
Simon Davies, Managing Director of Europe at Moblica said of the partnership: “YOC came highly recommended by every reference we took. We were impressed by their experience working with brands and advertisers across Europe and its track record in providing high quality inventory to its customers. Growing at over 1million users a month and topping the bill on most quality app stores such as BlackBerry’s AppWorld, Ovi and Play Now arena, Snaptu can offer YOC’s advertising clients not only great reach but also access to a number of specifically targeted demographic groups.”
Since its launch in July 2008, YOC’s UK media has grown significantly and now receives more than 600 million monthly page impressions and reaches over 35 million unique mobile users.
“Snaptu’s access to a number of hugely successful social networking applications, portals, news sites and content is very attractive to our brand and advertiser customers,” said Christian Louca, Managing Director of YOC UK. “Working with Snaptu, one of the most exciting applications in the market, we can help advertisers to target several million mobile users on a number of devices all across Europe.”
About YOC Group:
YOC Group is one of Europe’s leading full service providers of mobile advertising, mobile marketing and mobile internet services. YOC Group’s mobile services span an extremely broad client base across global brands, media owners, social networking businesses, mobile phone manufacturers and networks, retailers and financial service providers. YOC Group employs over 180 employees across the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Austria and Belgium. Clients include: Coca-Cola, News International, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Kraft Foods, Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures, Motorola, BILD, Guardian Media Group, IDG Media, Haymarket Consumer Media, and Bacardi Global Brands.
For more information about the YOC Group, please visit http://en.group.yoc.com/
Snaptu’s flagship product, Snaptu, is one of the most popular applications on the mobile web. Growing at over 1m users a month it has users in more than 100 countries. Using groundbreaking virtual application technology, Snaptu provides a fast and elegant user experience in partnership with various media brands such as Sky, ESPN, Guardian, Teletext as well as most of the top handset vendors and operators. Launched just over a year ago and backed by Sequoia Capital, Snaptu is headquartered in Israel, with offices in London and Silicon Valley.
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Tags: 3G connection, CEO of Ford, Chrysler, Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford, General Motors, in-car Sync entertainment system, lan Mulally, Microsoft, next generation of Ford's, Twitter, wireless internet
lan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford, delivers his keynote speech at the 2010 CES. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters.
A century after it first revolutionised the car industry, Ford plans to make its vehicles more hi-tech – by letting drivers listen to internet radio, conduct web searches and even send Twitter messages straight from the dashboard.
Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford chief executive Alan Mulally unveiled the next generation of Ford’s in-car Sync entertainment system and said that it would be able to do everything they expected from a computer or mobile phone.
“We are actually now bringing the internet to the car,” he said. “We’re going to bring all the applications you can get on mobile phones today, we’ll bring in the car – absolutely hands-free, voice activated, and focused on the road – but you can get access to all your cool stuff.”
The system, called Sync MyTouch, is based around a pair of dashboard touchscreen computers that allow drivers and passengers to carry out a number of activities while they drive thanks to a wireless internet or 3G connection.
The touch or voice activated systems can be synchronised with mobile handsets like the iPhone – they can use any one of hundreds of applications specifically designed for Sync, such as built-in satellite navigation and local search.
The technology, which was developed in conjunction with Microsoft and was first unveiled in 2007, is currently only available in 12 of the company’s north American models – but Mulally said new Sync modules would be integrated into 80% of the company’s US cars within five years.
Last year it said there were plans to launch the system in European models later in 2010,
Despite concerns over safety, the company says that using Sync should be no more – as long as drivers to the same rules about using other in-car devices, such as satellite navigation systems and mobile phones.
“The whole process of interface design is also more critical in a vehicle, because the driver is dealing with so many more inputs,” said Ford vice president Derrick Kuzak. “We have to keep interfaces simple and intuitive. And they have to minimize driver distraction.”
The world’s fourth-largest car maker says it hopes that providing extras like internet connectivity can help boost its fortunes as the American auto industry struggles to cope with the effects of the recession.
Although Ford suffered substantially during the depths of the financial crisis – posting record losses of $14.6bn (£9.1bn) in 2008 – the company appears to be on the up. Unlike its Detroit rivals, General Motors and Chrysler, the company did not file for bankruptcy and $2.3bn (£1.4bn) in profit for the second quarter of 2009.
Mulally said that improving the technology inside its cars was an important part of turning around the company and making it a leader once again.
“We believe these features have a place in every Ford vehicle, not just our luxury models,” he said.
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