Two iPhone 5 Flaws that Show How Much we Miss Steve Jobs

Ever since Steve Jobs left his legacy at Apple, people have been asking, what would Steve Jobs do?

Now that the iPhone 5 has been on the market for the past four-or-so months, people are still asking, what would Steve Jobs have done differently to fill in the gaps from missing features in iPhone 4S?

Steve Jobs

Samsung launched a marketing campaign jabbing at Apple’s newest phone, belittling its new design by pointing out its “biggest” achievements – like moving the headphone jack from the top of the phone to the bottom.

Samsung may have had some valid points, since this iPhone release was met with more disappointment than any previous releases. People take their phones seriously, whether it’s a smartphone or a home phone service. The reputation of the iPhone is so important that an Apple exec was even let go after the iPhone 5 release.

So how did this Apple fall so far from the iPhone tree?

Apple Maps

One of the biggest benefits of owning a smartphone is getting real-time directions and up-to-date maps. One of the biggest benefits of owning an iPhone is to get the best directions and the best maps. While no one expects perfection 100% of the time, what iPhone 5 customers got was below everyone’s standards. How below? So subpar that Richard Williamson, former VP of iOS Platform Services, was let go from the company has the overseer of Apple Maps.

Apple Maps replaced the popular Google Maps on the iOS platform, much to the dismay of millions of people who went out and stood in line to buy the iPhone 5. Why?

Blurry pictures – Is this real life? An image on your iPhone screen isn’t in beautiful, HD quality? When first released, Apple Maps images showed up as distorted, even warped.  Blurry pictures are not something that has previously been associated with iPhones, so the fact that the new 5 had taken a step back in quality was a big point of frustration for consumers.

Missing locations – Everyone knows the iconic Statue of Liberty. Everyone also knows that it should be standing proudly on Ellis Island. However, viral images went around of our Lady Liberty as nothing but a mere shadow.

Other reported mistakes were mislabeled locations, out-of-date locations, missing cities and towns, and misspelled cities (even the capital of Ukraine was spelled incorrectly).  Apple is quick and has made adjustments since these missteps were first reported back in the fall, but the fact that these mistakes were even made put a bad taste in consumers’ mouths.

NFC – Near Field Communication

One of the biggest wins for the iPhone 5 is Passbook. With this App, you can store boarding passes, concert tickets, coupons, rewards cards, etc. Something as convenient as this led many to believe that a Near Field Communication feature (or NFC) would be included as well.

NFC basically enables you to either touch or swipe your phone at a checkout, instead of using your debit or credit card.

As opposed to Apple Maps, this is considered a missed opportunity because it isn’t even included in the iPhone. However, word on the street is that the next iPhone adaptation will adopt NFC technology.

This is a guest post by Jesse Clark. Jesse is an experienced blogger with extensive knowledge in the field of smartphone technology.

How to Download Torrents on iPhone or Any iOS Device Using iTransmission – A Quick Guide

Sharing a file or downloading it is not a new concept to anyone now. Millions of people now share and download their data via various software and apps.

Torrents are the most popular files getting downloaded worldwide today. Whether it be a Mac OS user or Windows, downloading the torrents is the preferred choice for everyone.

Download torrents on iPhone using iTransmission

Now that we are moving ahead in technology, most of the gadget freaks today own an iOS operated device and everyone wants to download the torrents on their high-tech iOS gadget.

Monitoring your PC Torrents on mobile phone is very easy but if you actually want to watch a movie on iPhone or to download torrent file in your iPhone or iPad you may need a software named iTransmission.

Actually, being an iOS device user myself, I was trying to download the torrents on my phone and to be very honest, it was not that easy. Downloading the torrents on computer running on any OS is pretty simple but when it is about downloading the Torrents in iPhone, iPad or any other iOS device, I found that things were not that simple.

I know some of the readers here might be thinking that we can easily download the torrents in the iOS device by using the available software but let me tell you guys, those software end up with a real mess. I can tell you this by my experience.

Well, I am not scaring you. Relax!!

I researched a lot and then finally came across a comparatively simple solution named iTransmission to download torrents in my iPhone so thought of sharing the steps with my readers on Technolism.

Go through the following simple steps and get the torrent files downloaded in your iOS devices.

Step #1: Before starting with the download, you first need to jailbreak the iOS device. I guess you know what jailbreaking the iOS device means, if not, let me tell you that Apple devices are bound under many different restrictions from the company which do not allow any sort of third party applications. So, to get the torrents in your iOS device you first need to get out of those restrictions. You can take help from internet to jailbreak your iOS device.

Step #2: After you are done with jailbreaking, you need to download ‘iTransmission’

You can get it from the Cydia App store which especially has the apps for jailbroken iOS gadgets. It is free of cost and is compatible with every IOS device. You will notice a small icon on your springboard when your iTransmission is downloaded on your device.

iTransmission - Cydia app to download torrents on iPhone

Step #3: Now in the next step, you need to search the torrent file you want to download in your iOS device using the Safari search engine. Suppose you want to download some movie on your iPad or iPhone, open Safari and type the name of the movie, don’t forget to write word Torrent after the movie name. Now, check the search results and download the file according to the file size, leeches and seeds – in the similar way you would do on your Mac or PC.

Step #4: Now copy the link of torrent you want to download. Be careful and copy the address correctly.

Step #5: Now when you have the link copied in your iOS clipboard, open the downloaded app iTransmission. Click the small ‘+’ at the bottom left of the app. A menu will pop up on your system screen having a URL tab. Paste the URL copied in the above step and click on OK.

Step #6: You are now done with the steps and all you need to do is to wait for the torrent to download.

Isn’t it simple? This complete process takes not more than five minutes and following these six simple steps, you are all set to watch your favourite movie or any other torrent file in your iOS device.

Best part is that iTransmission software is very user friendly and is compatible with every device running on iOS. You can also use this software to download the torrent files on your computer system, but you need to download and install Transmission for that.

Also Read: How To Transfer Data From iPhone to Android Phone?

So, following this quick guide, you can now easily download torrent files on your iOS devices and enjoy your favorite movie, music or anything else.

Do let us know, what do you think about this tutorial and also, if you are stuck at any step in the process and I would be more than happy to help you!

Is the iPhone 5 Worth Waiting For?

If you are a die-hard Apple fan, one question which would be making you craze is “Should I buy an iPhone 4S or wait for iPhone 5?”

The iPhone 5’s release date has been pencilled in as Autumn 2012, which could mean anything from September through to November. Most ‘experts’ are of the belief that the handset will be released sometime this October.

iPhone 5 Release

The Anticipation around iPhone 5

The anticipation surrounding the iPhone 5 is – unsurprisingly – intense, with iFans eagerly waiting to see which features will appear on the new phone. October is the same month in which the iPhone 4S was released last year, so it makes sense that the next model in the popular iPhone series reaches the shops around a year later.

However, this arrival date is still pretty late in comparison to the annual release dates favoured by most other handset manufacturers. Of course, Apple’s rivals are offering phones on other platforms – Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry – which makes it hard to apply a like-for-like comparison. We did a comparison among the 3 most advanced smartphones in the market – Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and iPhone 4S. You can read the comparison here.

Also Read: Why Apple Could Not Launch iPhone 5?

Apple have always done things their own way, with scant regard for the rest of the industry’s practices. In the gadgetry race, releasing their new handset in October puts Apple in kind of a tricky position; many people ‘hold off’ from buying other phones in order to see what Apple offers up. Only once the iPhone 5’s details have been confirmed will they be able to make an informed decision as to whether Apple’s latest offering is the must-have piece of kit they were hoping for.

iPhone Outdated – Really?

Previous iPhones – including the current 4S – are now somewhat, well, ‘out-dated’. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S3 came out a couple of months ago, featuring quad-core technology, a huge display and the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich. The iPhone 4S is now just a measly dual-core handset, whose speed and power pales in comparison to giants like the S3.

The iPhone 5 will no doubt offer up some tough competition for the S3, but nearly half a year later – shouldn’t we all be waiting for the next big wave of technology in 2013 by then? We might not be seeing octo-core handsets in the near future, but something equally magnificent will surely come along to tempt our wallets and make our shiny smartphones of 2012 seem not so shiny after all.

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The fact is, Apple are making a late entrance, as they did last year. It might be seen as ‘fashionably late’ by most of their fans, but it’s a policy that will leave some buyers in the dilemma of not knowing whether to buy Android now, and get their new gadget sooner, or wait for the iPhone 5 and risk being disappointed by the raft of mooted improvements that have yet to be confirmed. (Apple always keep famously schtum about the details of their new handsets until around a week before the new phone’s release date. It’s doubtful that we’ll know many concrete facts about the iPhone 5 until October.)

Furthermore, what about all those people who wondered about the wisdom of buying the iPhone 4S when it first came out. You know how it goes: The iPhone 4S comes out; everyone wants it. You spend a month agonising over whether to buy it; the price drops, making you hopeful of further price drops and so you allow yourself to be put off buying it just a little longer. Soon enough, everyone’s talking about the iPhone 5, and now you’re left horribly confused as to whether it’s too late.

New iPhone 4S Owners

There are plenty of people who have bought the iPhone 4S within the last month or so, and mostly they are not bothered by the imminent arrival of a new model. These people are not techies, geeks, or gamers; they’re just ordinary people who wanted a phone, and decided on the iPhone perhaps on the recommendation of a friend. They don’t care that it’s likely going to drop in price in four or five months, because they wanted a phone now, and they don’t care about possessing a handset that can claim bragging rights in terms of the number of cores packed into its processor. They just want something pretty, simple, and efficient, and with an iPhone 4S, they know that’s what they’re getting.

The truth is, iPhones are always good, well-designed phones. Few people genuinely believe that the iPhone 5 will be a disappointment; in fact, we can be assured that it will go down a storm, based on Apple’s track record. Apple really do know how to make good phones, and perhaps their late release dates indicate that they want to spend all the time they have into putting together something truly beautiful. When you consider that Apple spend one year making one handset, while companies like Samsung and HTC put out multitudes of handsets – five to ten every year – you’ve got to wonder where all the time goes.

Rumours about the iPhone 5

The rumours about the iPhone 5 (check here) – and, for the most part, rumours is all they are – are equally promising. We’ve heard tales of a bigger 4-inch display, which should help Apple to keep up with the rising trend for spacious displays, like the near-5-inchers found on phones like the Samsung S3 and the HTC One X. It is, almost without a doubt, going to feature four cores, as that’s the only way Apple have any chance of keeping up with the competition. (Samsung aren’t the only major manufacturer to release a quad-core phone in 2012; in fact, bar Sony and Nokia, the vast majority have done so.)

We’re likely going to see lots of new features, including a redesigned dock connector and repositioned headphone socket, and an improved camera, while the Apple operating system – iOS – is seeing an upgrade, too. This means better Siri, better interface, better apps, and better options. More choice, less hassle. More than Android, Apple are slowly making their way towards a streamlined OS which makes using your smartphone as simple as breathing in.

What am I trying to say?

Apple put us in a difficult position; I resent having to wait half a year – which is a long time in the busy, ever-improving smartphone industry – for the latest iPhone. I resent not knowing what’s at stake, and what we’re actually going to be rewarded with at the end of our long wait. I resent having to resist the temptations of the S3 and the One X purely because Apple are taking their time. But, this doesn’t mean I’m not going to. I am. Why? Because it’s Apple. And at the end of the day, Apple can do whatever the hell they like; that’s just how they roll. If they need a year, they can take it.

What do you think?

What’s Going on in the Current Legal Battle by Apple?

There is a basic understanding in the legal profession, particularly when referring to copyright law and the defence of patents. Copyright goes stale very quickly. It is understood that to continue to be able to claim ownership of an idea or a product, one must continue to mark the territory, as it were, by putting in lawsuits against potential infringements of that idea or product.

Apple vs Samsung Law Suit

There are numerous cases of the owners of famous trademarked characters filing law suits against people who may or may not have intentionally used a previously trademarked idea. If you don’t file a suit against one example, floodgates will open and there will be no copyright left to defend. It is basically the idea that you must defend your territory angrily and without mercy, if only to keep lawyers and court staff in business.

One such example was in the late nineties and early 2000’s when there was a legal battle brought against Nintendo by rival games company Sega. Sega claimed that they created the idea of the side scrolling platform game and wanted millions of dollars in compensation from Nintendo. The case was inevitably thrown out of the court.

In Germany however, a similar battle has ended rather differently.

Apple, in defence of the design of their iPhone 4s, have brought law suits against Samsung claiming that the Galaxy SII, the Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy SIII infringe on a number of patents made by Apple such as a central button that takes the user to the main screen.

Apple claims that because of this similarity in design, Apple will lose sales to Samsung, leading to loss of earnings. In Germany the suit was recently decided in Apple’s favour, meaning that Samsung’s Galaxy SIII handset is technically banned from sale in the country.

Apple has brought a number of complaints against numerous other companies in the past too, many of them simply for being similar in style, or even because they used a similar looking logo. American copyright law demands that you defend what is yours.

In countries such as China, there is no such law. This opens the floodgates for knock offs, forgeries and cheap imitations, potentially leading to people falsely believing that Apple products are all as shoddy as the fake merchandise brought in from other countries.

The suit regarding the design of the new Samsung Galaxy is still on-going in a number of different countries, and has been dropped in yet other countries. Some have found in favour of Samsung stating that it is nearly impossible to prove that the placement of a button can limit the sales of a mobile phone by a rival company.

There are still a number of suits left to decide, and as yet it is not clear who will win out, but we will no doubt see a winner before the dust settles, but who it will be is another matter. And from the looks of things there will continue to be many similar cases into the foreseeable future too.

But in the end, I feel it is us, the customers who win in the battle of Tech Companies – in this case, Apple vs Samsung! What do you think?

This is a guest post by Michael. If you are also interested in writing for Technolism, please contact us.

How To Transfer Data From iPhone to Android Phone

The two most favorite brands in the cell phone market today, the iOS and Android have been providing the users with new things with each passing day. If the former one comes forward with the latest iPhone 5 in the coming months, Android is ready with its ICS or Ice Cream Sandwich.

If you now own an iPhone and have decided to make the move to your next smart phone powered by the new Android OS, then its time that you must know what you have to do to make your Android device compatible as well as serve your purpose. We have already covered ways to transfer contacts from Nokia to iPhone here and here. In this post, I am going to help you transfer all your data from your existing iPhone to an Android Phone.

Copy Contacts from iPhone to Android Phone

How to Copy Data from iPhone to Android Phone?

There are a few ways through which you can transfer all your data to the newly bought Android from your iPhone. But you have to be very selective in choosing the option for transferring your data from iPhone to the Android device.

Like, if you want to sync your audio and video files, you can go via the simplest way to have them transferred from your PC or laptop directly through the USB cable to your Android phone. There are many more ways that can be used for the transferring the data from the iPhone to the Android.

I. Use Gmail to Transfer Data from iPhone to Android

The Android device uses Gmail for various purposes. As the OS itself is made by Google, it surely has much functionality added to it. For using this method, you need to make sure that the default email client has been selected in the device.  This is anyways the first thing you need to do while you are setting up the newly purchased Android phone.

Next, you need to sync your iPhone to your PC with the iTunes. To transfer data from iPhone to Android, below are the steps you need to follow.

  • Connect your iPhone to your PC using the USB cable
  • Open iTunes on your PC and select the Info tab
  • Check the ‘Sync Contact With’ option and from the drop down menu, select the ‘Google Contacts’ option
  • Go to Configure and enter your Google Username and Password
  • Your contacts will get moved to the Google account of yours, from where you can easily migrate your data to your Android phone.

II. CSV File Method to Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android

Another method, though this one is a bit complicated, includes you to create a sync of your contacts with Windows and then with Google, and for this you need to create a CSV file. Below are the steps in this process:

  • Connect your iPhone or any other iOS Device via USB to your PC
  • Open iTunes, select your phone and click the Info tab
  • Check the ‘Sync Contacts with’ option and select ‘Windows Address book’ from the drop-down menu
  • Open the Windows Address book, where you can find all your contacts
  • Follow the steps, File -> Export -> Other Address Book and Select text file
  • Select a name for the CSV file and select the device
  • Go to your Google account and access the CSV file to upload it there
  • Once the import is done, just sync in your Android device with your Google contacts
  • Your contacts will now be available in your Android Powered Phone

III. Use Synkcontact to Transfer Data

This app is available for use in both the iPhone and Android devices. All you have to do is download the app on both the devices from here and install it. In your iPhone, open the app and upload your contacts. You will be provided with the name and password of the file uploaded.

Now, when you have installed and opened the app on your Android, you can easily download the file and merge it to your contact list by providing the name ad password of the file that you created on your iPhone.

IV. Transfer SMS from your iPhone to Android Phone

To have a back-up of your SMS and other messages, there isn’t any application from the house of Apple, thus you have to depend on some third party software. There are a few software available to do the same, in the market. You can download one from the SMS Export. Simply download the app and install it on your PC. Now, you need to have the same software on your iPhone from the App Store which is available at a price of $4.99. Get the back up of all your messages into a text file over your PC through this software.

Download the Android App ‘SMS Migrator’ from here and install it to your Android phone. Place the text file from the PC to the SD card of the Android and access the same over the app SMS Migrator. The app will do the rest of the work by providing you with the texts that you had over the iPhone.

For the rest of the stuff, you simply have to get them from the PC where they are already present in the iTunes library. Select and download them from the PC with the help of the USB cable. It is as simple as transferring media files to the pen drive or flash drive.

Android is though rumored to be strictly against the word Exchange, but if you know the right kind of procedure, you are on the move to have the back up from your iPhone of all the data present there.

We hope that this tutorial on how to transfer your iPhone data to Android helped you. If you still have any questions about the transfer when switching platforms from iOS to Android or vice versa, or are stuck in any of the steps mentioned above, drop us a note in the comments section below and we would be happy to help.

Win Apple iPod Shuffle 2GB – Giveaway #2

Update 17/06: This contest has now been closed and we are not accepting new entries into the raffle. Check out the winner here!

We are celebrating Technolism’s second birthday and here we come with another giveaway and this time it is even awesome than the last one.

Started in June 2010, Technolism will turn two this June, and if it wasn’t for you, our readers, we wouldn’t be there. Hence, we are organising this giveaway where in we are giving you a chance to win an iPod Shuffle 2GB totally free (no strings attached).

Sleek and durable, the iPod shuffle clips anywhere and lets you take hundreds of songs with you everywhere.

How To Win iPod Shuffle 2GB Giveaway

We have kept this contest very simple for you. All you need to do is just follow the steps mentioned in the below raffle and you could be the lucky winner. There are in total 11 entries that you can make into the Apple iPod Shuffle Giveaway.

If you are already subscribed to our blog on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Email Newsletter, you have already made few of the entries and just need to confirm them below. To increase your chances of winning this sleek iPod from Apple, you can get more entries everyday by sharing on your Facebook Profile or Tweeting about this Giveaway.

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This giveaway starts today and closes on 16 June 2012 and we will be announcing the winner on 17 June 2012. Best of Luck!

This is an international giveaway open to all and Winners will be announced by Rafflecopter (via Random.org). We will try to Ship the Apple iPod Shuffle 2GB to you through eBay, Amazon or any other International Online Store available in your country. In case still the product cannot be shipped to you, we will send you the equal amount of money to your Paypal Account. This Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or Apple.

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Facebook Messenger App For iPad, Screenshots Leaked – Might Feature Skype Video Calling Feature

Facebook Messenger for iPad Leaked imagesFacebook Messenger app for iPhone hit the web somewhere around January 2012 and since then, the iPad users are waiting for the app to be released for them. I just received the screenshots of the much awaited Facebook Messenger for iPad, so thought of sharing it with my Technolism viewers. The messenger app is presently supposed to be in Beta and is reportedly a larger version of the iPhone app. However, the launch date of the app is not yet announced; I will let you guys know as soon as I get the date.

Facebook however, has the messenger app focused just for the Smartphone but the company has developed a new version especially for the Apple iPad. This version of FaceBook Messenger includes group chatting, one-to-one messaging and push notifications. The user can also check out the friend’s locations through the map using this app.

Facebook Messenger App for iPad

Facebook seems to be working dedicatedly for the entire Apple iOS operated devices. Creating the larger version for iPad app after the iPhone app is the proof. This will definitely be proved as a simple application for the iPad users providing the expediency of messaging their friends. So get ready to kick off the Facebook app and to use this amazing messenger app especially designed for the Apple iPad.

While it is unknown whether the new iPad app will have Skype calling or not, one of the screenshots released shows notifications for a “missed call” besides the Facebook video call symbol. I can’t imagine Facebook would leave such a feature out of their new tablet app, so expect to be Facebook Skyping on a iPad sometime this fall.

Skype call Notification on Facebook iPad Messenger App

Speculations say that Facebook is also working on releasing the updated version of iPhone app supporting the Skype video chat with a better chat performance. A new and updated Facebook Messenger app for Android is also likely to be released soon with a new functionality. The Facebook Messenger for Android operated devices is supposed to boast some trendy implementations.

If I am not wrong, the video chat for facebook messenger is being rumoured since last year but my resources say that it would definitely be released with this new iPad app. I wish this new iPad app also have the Skype calling feature, it would be a great flair if Facebook do so.

Facebook Messenger

All of these apps are lined-up to be released this summer. Company’s internal servers are working on the tests and trials of the apps and I got the news from some reliable sources that the messenger is working smoothly for now and will soon be scheduled to release.

Are you looking forward to these features in facebook apps for your devices?

20+ iPad 3 Live Coverage Resources – LiveBlogging and LiveStreaming [March 07, 2012]

All you iGadget freaks, it is that time of the year again when each and everyone of you is anticipating what’s going to be released in Apple’s event today at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where Apple is expected to release the next generation of their tablet, the iPad 3. And, we are back with our list of resources for the iPad 3 live coverage. (this time it is 20+ resources – double the earlier 10+ lists ;))

Apple March 07 iPad3 Live Coverage

With the iPad3 media invite sent by Apple which had the iPad picture with the text “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” rumour mills have been in their best action to predict what’s going to be revealed at the Yerba Buena iPad 3 March 07 event. Some say it is iPad 3, some predict it is iPad HD or iPad 2S, some say iPad 3 will be powered with an A6 chip… Whatever Apple has in store… we are excited…!! Are you?

If you are excited enough as we are, I have put together a list of blogs / websites that will be covering the whole Apple iPad 3 event live from San Francisco with all the latest news updates from the event. (like I did for live coverage for the iPad 2 and live blogging sources for iPhone 4S)

iPad 3 Event Live Blogging Resources

Gizmodo – Gizmodo, the leading Gadget news blog will also be covering the whole event via liveblogging. The coverage officially starts at 10:00 AM PST, but Gizmodo will be blogging before that. Keep up with Apple’s iPad HD announcement with our iPad HD Liveblog. We’re expecting Apple’s Retina Display to show up in the new iPad, LTE to have an outside chance, and hopefully a few other features that are good and useful and new. iPad liveblog and posts will be updated constantly throughout the day, so keep checking back!

CNET – CNET will be on the scene at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to bring you the news as it happens. You’ll be able to follow their liveblog using the link, where you can simply enter your e-mail address to get a reminder to come back.

MacStories – To find out what the name of the next iPad will be, tune in to the Macstories liveblogging page they kick off things early to answer your questions and engage in general mischief before the iPad event. Whether Apple livestreams the event or not, you’ll get all of our flavorful commentary and up to the minute information about the crazy stuff being presented on stage.

Engadget – Engadget, one of the leading tech blogs is going to liveblog the entire Apple iPad 3 event to bring you the goods as they’re unwrapped. Just go to the URL and select the Auto-refresh option as ‘On’ and do not miss any update. You can also sort the updates by ‘Newest First’ or ‘Oldest First’.

Gdgt Live – gdgt (pronounced “gadget”) a product / software reviews site where all the reviews are done by the people who actually use the product you’re looking for. Gdgt, which has got quite a lot of useful product reviews, most helpful questions and answers about the gadgets you have, are also liveblogging the iPad 3 event. Go to the site link at 6PM UK time today to catch the latest on the iPad 3 and more.

TechnologyTell – Dekhna pau….. After months of rumor and speculation, Apple will finally be announcing its plans for the iPad 3 this Wednesday from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The event will begin at 10:00am PST (1:00pm EST), at which point you’ll be able to join Appletell right here for our live blog of the event.

PC Advisor – PC Advisor have teamed up with Macworld to cove the iPad 3 event live launch.

iSmashPhone – iSmashPhone is holding a liveblog during the Apple iPad 3 event where they will be delivering live commentary on the event. You can follow the latest iPad developments tomorrow morning by hitting the jump.

Pluggedin – With a lot of speculation going on for what will iPad 3 offer to the Apple freaks, Pluggedin will also be covering the whole event live on their site. Click on the site link to catch the live updates. Pluggedin will start the live coverage by 6PM UK local time.

Arstechnica – Ars has geared up to cover the event live on Wednesday, March 7 (today) with Senior Apple Editor Jacqui Cheng attending the event in San Francisco to liveblog and hopefully get some hands-on time with whatever is announced.

Mirror – Mirror also makes it to our Apple live event coverage this time as they will be liveblogging the iPad 3 / iPad HD updates. Dan Silver, Mirror reporter will be at the event when they start the liveblogging just before 6pm. So, bookmark this page to hear the news and updates as they are announced.

Technobuffalo – Technobuffalo will also have live blog on their site covering the live announcements as they happen. You can chat with others as the event goes on in the chat room provided, so be sure to hang out and read along as we bring you all the info on the next version of the iPad!

Which? Tech – Which? will be covering the event live from 5pm (UK time) on March 7 and bringing you expert analysis on all the iPad 3’s new features and announcements. You can direct your browsers to the site link and sign up to get a reminder for when the event starts.

SlashGear – SlashGear will be liveblogging the newest Apple event for the next generation iPad. You will be able to see all the action in our liveblog portal as well as in the SlashGear main news feed.

MacLife – MacLife will be live blogging the updates about iPad 3 straight from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Uncover the mysteries of the next iPad along with Editor-in-Chief Chris Slate, Executive Editor Susie Ochs, and Managing Editor Florence Ion with an interactive live blog with the skinny on the specs, performance, UI and anything else Apple will reveal on this much anticipated event.

iTechApple – Having listed 15+ sources covering iPad 3 Apple event already, a little bit of self promotion. iTechApple is a new member in the Technolism family, dedicated to everything Apple covering latest Apple news and iOS tips and How Tos. We will cover all the important updates about the iPad 3 – specifications, features, availability and price as soon as they are released at the Apple March 03 event. So, direct your browsers to this dedicated Apple blog link and refresh the homepage to stay updated with the latest on Apple iPad news.

Additional Resources to catch the Apple iPad 3 event live:

MacRumors Live

TheVerge

Mashable

TechNutty

TechLand

Live Streaming Resources for iPad 3 Event

In case Apple decides to enthrall its fans by streaming the iPad 3 event live, it will be available first on official Apple Event Page.

However, Apple live stream is restricted only to Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad users running iOS 3.0 or higher.

Timings

If you plan to hit the above resources, in addition to bookmarking the above listed links, below is what you would need next. Check out the timings to see when the special event begins at your place and block your calendars accordingly.

08:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
11:30PM – New Delhi
06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow

If you don’t see your city in the list, you can use this link to get your exact time.

I hope the above information helps you in the best way to stay updated with the announcements that take place at San Francisco event today. If you know of any blog covering the event live and is not on the list, or, if you are a blog / site covering the event live and are not listed here, do mail us / comment below and I will add you to the list.

So, what do you think is going to be revealed at this much anticipated Apple event, will it be only iPad 3 / iPad HD / iPad 2S or Apple plans to surprise with the next iOS? (I think there will definitely be a new version of iOS made available, but will it be iOS 5.1 or iOS 6? that’s the interesting bit), or even the next Apple TV launch? Well, we need to wait just a few hours now!!

Google Releases “Currents” – A Flipboard Like App for iOS and Android

This is a cross-post from iTechApple, our blog dedicated to Apple related stuff.

Yesterday, Flipboard was released for the iPhone. Flipboard which is a famous iPad social magazine app, comes with some iPhone exclusive features like “Cover Story” and Speed. These features will make their way to the iPad in near future. You can read more about the Flipboard App for the iPhone.

Google CurrentsGoogle released a brand new app called “Currents” in the US App store today. Like Flipboard, Google Currents is also a social app which offers a magazine-like interface for your favourite websites and Google Reader.

Google Currents which has been released for both iOS and Android platforms, is surely an attempt by Google to build up on the success that social apps like Flipboard have achieved. We now have to wait and watch what users prefer – Flipboard or Currents? 😉

Google Currents delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed offline reading. Editions are all free and include:

* Publisher editions – Publishers such as Forbes, TechCrunch, Saveur, Popular Science, Good, 500px, Fast Company and more have produced hundreds of editions including in-depth articles, videos, fine photography, slideshows, live-maps, and social streams.

* Google trending editions – Google Currents uses Google search technology to hourly build a set of editions tracking the five most recent trending stories in categories such as world, entertainment, sports, science, and more. Each story is presented through a fresh edition of articles, videos, and pictures.

* Your favorite blogs and feeds – Instantly, turn your Google Reader subscriptions, or any of your favorite blogs/feeds into a beautiful edition with a magazine feel.

Each edition is available for high speed offline reading, and provides quick-touch sharing. Google Propeller self-adapts to differently sized phones and tablets, with your subscriptions synchronized across devices. Google Currents – a reading experience not to be missed.

Below is an overview video for Google Currents.

Google Currents is currently available only in the US App store. Well, sorry for that!

We need to wait for this new social app from Google as it is not available for us in the UK store also. Stay tuned and we will update you once it makes to the App stores worldwide.

Have you downloaded this App to your iGadgets? Do share with us your review comments and feedback below.

[Originally posted on iTechApple]

Top 6 Missing iPhone 4S Features

Apple launched iPhone 4S at the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event held in October this year. The Apple fans were quite disappointed as everyone was expecting the launch of iPhone 5 with loads of new features and a overhauled design. While Apple added a number of new features like SIRI, iMessage and iOS5 in Apple iPhone 4S but it failed to add some features in iPhone 4S. Here, I have listed some missing features in the iPhone4S.

iPhone 4S Missing Features Overview

Still the Old 3.5” Display:

Apple didn’t change anything in display. It has got quite a small screen compared with other smart phones. It has same 3.5 inch 960 x 450 Retina display as already available in iPhone 4 which was released in 2010. But LG has announced that their latest Android phone model has 4.5 inch 1280 x 720p HD. So, Apple needs to develop the display from 3.5 inch into 4 inch or more than that.

No 4G compatibility:

The Apple iPhone 4S does not support the 4G. It does not support fastest HSPA+ network. It only supports the HSPA+ network at 14.4 Mbps on the downlink. But there are some Android smart phones which have introduced fastest HSPA+ network or WiMax or LTE. So, Apple needs to concentrate on 4G also.

No Changes to the iPhone 4 Design:

The iPhone 4S comes with the same design as its predecessor, iPhone 4 which had a glass surface. Due to this, there is more chance to break when dropped and lot of chances to crack and shatter the display. To avoid this, metal surface or any other surface which is not easily breakable would be a better choice. But Apple didn’t take any step on this issue.

NFC-integrated technology (NFC):

NFC application is absent in iPhone4S. This technology enables customers to make mobile payments at retail stores. Meanwhile Google, Visa, MasterCard, RIM, Verizon, AT&T are all going to give NFC based mobile payments. We have heard that Apple is working on NFC, but we would have to wait and watch when it is revealed – maybe we get to see it in the next version, iPhone 5.

Standard Based Technologies:

Apple does not follow the Industry Standards. For example, the International telecommunications Union has announced that all Mobile phones use the Micro USB port for charging and data transfer. But Apple iPhone 4S uses a connector which is made by apple. This means the customers need to buy a connector, they are not supposed to use old cable. It also didn’t add HDMI port which is used to share with HDTV. So if you want HDMI, you have to spend extra money on the Apple TV and stream the content wirelessly.

Battery Life:

Apple iPhone 4S has not helped in any way, to improve the battery life. As claimed by Apple at the “Lets Talk iPhone” event, iPhone 4S was expected to have at least the same battery life as the iPhone4. But, to the users’ nightmare, it was further worsened for which Apple found that the issue is with iOS 5 and released iOS 5.0.1 to fix this issue, but did not help many people. We expect iOS 5.0.2 now to be released soon.

Due to these missing features in Apple iPhone 4S, it clearly allows other smart phones to attract the customers but are you going to be influenced by those? Do comment with your choice below. 😉

This is a guest post by Tanya who is a web addict and freelance writer and loves to write about softwares and software programming.