Baja Modesto, que sube Apple

Baja Modesto que sube Apple. Eso diría mi abuela si leyera las maravillas de Apple presentando su nuevo iPhone 6. Yo, simplemente, las pondría todas juntas y le pediría a Pitbull que las cantara, para rematar la faena. 

NOTA: Todas estas frases han sido sacadas de la página española de Apple y el iPhone 6. 

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Más que grande… descomunal / © Apple

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Wallpapers de geometría compleja para acabar la semana

Wallpapers geométricos en varios iPhone

A pocas horas de que se acabe la semana vamos a recopilar 8 fondos de pantalla para nuestro iPhone con una característica común: están compuestos por formas geométricas realmente curiosas y complejas.

Gracias al efecto parallax y a las transparencias de iOS 7 que se mantienen en iOS 8 podemos conseguir un estilo único en nuestro iPhone con fondos geométricos, que muchas veces aportan un mejor estilo que una fotografía normal y corriente. Por eso os traemos un total de ocho fondos de pantalla diferentes para que tengáis de donde elegir a lo largo de esta semana.

La colección –recopilada por iDownloadBlog hace unos días– se basa en composiciones geométricas que componen un todo armónico, ideal para acompañar nuestra pantalla del iPhone. Además, recordad que estos wallpapers están adaptados al efecto parallax de iOS 7 e iOS 8, por lo que las imágenes no se verán pixeladas una vez aplicadas como fondo de pantalla. ¿Cuál os gusta más?

Specularity Wallpapers geométricos Wallpapers geométricos Gradient Polygon Wallpapers geométricos Wallpapers geométricos Wallpapers geométricos Geometric

En Applesencia ya hemos visto en repetidas ocasiones wallpapers tanto para los dispositivos iOS como para los ordenadores de Apple. A continuación os dejamos un recopilatorio de todos estos:

¿Y vosotros, qué fondo de pantalla tenéis?

¿Y tú que piensas? Pásate por Wallpapers de geometría compleja para acabar la semana para dejar tu huella.

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Los permisos de acceso más polémicos explicados

La reciente separación del Facebook Messenger de la aplicación social por antonomasia, ha traído consigo bastante polémica acerca de los permisos que hay que conceder para poder instalar la aplicación. Hace un mes, nuestro carismático androidpitiano Fierann colaboraba con su artículo “Whatsapp y Facebook – Permisos para llorar”, el cual no calmaba, precisamente, las aguas. A continuación, intentaré explicar para qué, tanto Facebook o Whatsapp como cualquier otra aplicación, nos pide tantos permisos y tan intimidantes.

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¿Una organización secreta supermaligna nos acecha? / © ExtremeTech

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 shows up on official Thailand site

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has popped up on Samsung's official website for Thailand where Samsung lists a lot of details along with product images and specs for the device.

The Galaxy Mega 2 has been on sale in Malaysia and even Thailand for awhile now and has been previewed, this is as close to an official announcement as it gets.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has a 6" 720p screen on the front and is bigger than the 5.7" Galaxy Note 4. It replaces the 5.8" and 6.3" Mega's of old and seems to go for that middle ground.

Under the hood there's an Exynos 4415 chip with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP and 2.1MP camera duo, LTE connectivity and a dual-SIM option.

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Rumor: Vivo Xplay 5 to be the first Snapdragon 810 phone

According to Chinese tech analyst Pan Jiutang the Snapdragon 801 chipset may premiere in either the Oppo Find 9, Xiaomi Mi5 or Vivo Xplay 5 with the latter having the highest chance to come first when taking the launch cycles of the others in regard.

Being first isn't the most important thing as we're bound to see the rest of the flock follow suit in a timely manner but in this case Vivo could premiere Qualcomm's potent 64-bit chip by the end of the year or early next year – December 2014 or January of 2015.

The Snapdragon 810 chipset is an interesting addition by the chipmaker Qualcomm. Like its inferior Snapdragon 808, it uses ARM's big.LITTLE architecture and goes for four Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 ones. The chip switches between one or the other to provide a good balance between power and efficiency.

What's interesting is that Qualcomm strongly believed that better cores are more important than the sheer number of cores. Times change, we guess.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note Edge – ¿Cuál es la mejor opción?

Estábamos seguros de que veríamos el Samsung Galaxy Note 4 durante la IFA 2014 de Berlín, un clásico. A medida que se acercaba la fecha, surgían rumores de un dispositivo con pantalla curva, pero lo que no sabíamos es que entraría en la categoría de Note. El Samsung Galaxy Note Edge tiene una pantalla curvada que abre nuevas posibilidades de software. Veamos en qué se parecen y diferencia el Note Edge y Note 4 en la siguiente comparación

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El Note Edge tiene una pantalla curvada. / © ANDROIDPIT

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Echo Notification Lockscreen: Descubre una app de personalización para tu Android

Echo Notification Lockscreen

Echo Notification Lockscreen es una aplicación de personalización para los dispositivos Android que se encuentra en su fase alpha y que desde la pantalla de bloqueo se enfoca en las notificaciones permitiendo de forma automática simplificar y clasificar de una manera inteligente tus diferentes notificaciones, enviándote alertas para los mensajes que realmente quieres ver.

Sus principales características son:

  • Te ofrece la posibilidad de crear recordatorios para tus notificaciones pudiendo configurarlas para que te lleguen alertas períodicas o aparezca en otro lugar o lleguen de acuerdo a cierto horario.
  • Además esta app organiza tus notificaciones categorizándolas como ser para tus correos electrónicos, los tweets y actualizaciones de juegos evitando que se apilen en tu pantalla.
  • Esta app aprende de tu comportamiento y de una forma automática se le da prioridad a las notificaciones que abres más.
  • Se incluye un bloqueador despertando tu pantalla para tener acceso fácil a los mensajes conservando la batería de tu dispositivo y evitando interrupciones cuando activas la pantalla.
  • Además te proporciona detalles sobre una notificación individual, a diferencia de los widgets, permitiendo ver o ignorar cada mensaje.
  • Funciona con una serie de lanzadores personalizados como ser Go Launcher, Aviate, y Everything.me.
  • Para poder usar el bloqueador debes permitir el acceso a tus notificaciones.
  • Su funcionamiento es mejor cuando no usas el código NIP para tu pantalla de bloqueo.
  • La plataforma de Android requerida varía con el dispositivo.

Descarga: Echo Notification Lockscreen

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Counterclockwise: iPhone and iOS, Asus Glaxy 7

Counterclockwise gives us an opportunity to look back at the past and reminisce about how different it was back then. Or as it turns out, that things tend to repeat year after year – Apple's iPhone and iOS release plan certainly follows a set path.

iPhone launches

This week the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched in retail stores after a week of pre-orders. Last year things went slower – the iPhone 5c was just starting its pre-order in the third week of September (to be delivered a week later). The iPhone 5s didn't even get a pre-order.

Actually that was very similar the iPhone 5 time frame too, pre-order started on September 14 with the shipment date set for September 21.

So this year Apple is slightly ahead of schedule and it's enjoying great sales too. A couple of years ago the iPhone 5 scored 2 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours, doubling the iPhone 4S numbers from the previous year.

Growth have slowed down since then, two years later it took the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus combined to double the pre-order numbers again to 4 million.

New iPhones bring new iOS too

This week saw the rollout of the latest iOS version, which coincides with the launch of the new iPhones. This is standard Apple practice, last year iOS 7 was rolling out as people were queuing up for the iPhone 5s. Two years ago it was iOS 6 as people waited for the iPhone 5.

Of course, each new model launches with the new iOS already installed, it's for the benefit of those who skip a year (or two, or three) that the new version is released. And inevitably each year the Internet gets flooded with reports how the latest OS makes the older devices unbearably sluggish.

Chipsets

In 2008 Apple acquired P.A. Semi, a chipset designer, and years later in 2012 unveiled its first custom chipset, the Apple A6, to be used in the iPhone 5. Unlike previous chipsets this one wasn’t based on ARM-designed cores (but still ran ARM instructions).

The CPU core is codenamed Swift and it lived up to its name – a dual-core processor at just 1GHz caught up to the Exynos 4 Quad and Tegra 3 chipsets that powered the Android flagships of the day. It doubled what the iPhone 4S had to offer with its dual-core Cortex-A9 processor.

That test was done with Geekbench and this year Apple has continued to push performance since. The latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus beat the iPhone 5s hands down, itself quite a bit faster than the iPhone 5. Apple promised only a 25% increase over last year's model so we'll have to wait until benchmark makers familiarize themselves with the new iOS 8 to make sure the numbers are correct.

Apple is still using PowerVR GPUs from Imagination but keeps fitting more and more powerful graphics. For example, the iPhone 5s practically doubled the performance of the iPhone 5 GPU. Here Apple promised gains of up to 50% but the pixel count even on the smaller iPhone 6 nearly 40%, which eats into performance gains.

You can't blame Apple for going its own way, the market had no clear leader back then. Tegra 3 powered most devices, but Samsung was pushing hard for its Exynos chipsets and Qualcomm wasn’t as dominant as it is today.

Three years ago the Snapdragon chipset maker unveiled a roadmap that showed plans for stunning (for the time) quad-core processors running at 2.5GHz. They were a few months away reportedly but it took them years to arrive on smartphones. And with the Snapdragon 801 they have and are already reaching towards 2.7GHz with Snapdragon 805.

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Around the same time three years ago SanDisk unveiled a massive amount of storage in a teeny, tiny form factor – the 64GB microSDXC. It went on sale at $220. Pricy! Of course, price for cards of that capacity has fallen a lot since then.

SanDisk recently unveiled another 64GB microSD card, even more expensive at $300 despite three years of price cuts. That card is special though it can write data at up to 90MB/s, faster than needed even for today's beastly smartphones.

Three years after the 64GB microSD card SanDisk has doubled the available storage to 128GB. It's been a long wait but with lagging internal storage capacities having a card slot is still a big plus for many people. Unless they buy iPhones, of course.

A long time ago in a Glaxy far, far away

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Verizon enables Voice over LTE on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Verizon has announced that it will be enabling Voice over LTE or VoLTE feature on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Verizon launched its VoLTE network earlier this month and so far the only phones that could use it were the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G2.

VoLTE enables users to make a voice call over the LTE network instead of having to fallback on the 3G network for calls and 4G for data. The feature has to be enabled through the settings on the new…

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Motorola Moto 360 to get a gold version soon

The Motorola Moto 360 is the most sought after smartwatch currently on the market and chances it will remain like this at least until the IFA-announced devices hit the shelves. However the US company is hoping its first smart wearable will retain its popularity even after that and is ready to spice it up a bit to achieve it.

Motorola posted the following picture on its official website, showing the Moto 360 in three different colors – black, silver and gold. The smartwatch is currently only offered in silver and black, so it could either be a mistake by someone on the Motorola design team, or simply a case of someone jumping the gun on an upcoming announcement. The series of events that came after the image was published makes us strongly believe that it’s a case of the latter, though.

After the guys from Android Police noticed the promo image, they immediately contacted Motorola for comment. The immediate response? The image was replaced with the one you see on the left below. Eventually that one was also replaced with the one on the right, which makes it look as if the gold watch was never there. Quite suspicious isn’t it?

The response that the Motorola representative delivered added even more fuel to the fire:

Although we can't comment on gold specifically, we’re always exploring new materials and we intend to provide Moto 360 in a selection of styles in the future.

For those not fluent in PR this roughly translates to: “Oopsie, we really shouldn’t have done that. But now that you saw it, please pretend it never happened until we actually announce it”. The choice of worlds is particularly interesting – “new materials” rather than “new colors” suggests that we are looking at a gold-made Moto 360. It could either be gold-coated or made out of solid gold, but if it’s the latter the price might go sky-high.

Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait too long until the image resurfaces, along with an official press release from Motorola.

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