Apples and Androids
Apps Like Tinder
In the war between iOS and Android, there are a few things we know: iPhone users are big spenders, live in more affluent neighborhoods and are vastly outnumbered by their Android counterparts. But now, we also intimate knowledge of their reading habits, which shows us more about their personalities than anything we’ve seen so far.
Oyster, the Netflix for books, released a study of their readers this morning, comparing the reading habits of iOS users with the Android users that have signed up since their recent Android release and redesign. Oyster told Betabeat that they pulled from their entire user database for the study.
Life is Tweet
Tinder may be the night, but this swiping app is for your morning coffee.
Buffer, a platform for sharing content and managing social media accounts, released a new app that adopts a Tinder-like approach to make it easy to find and share interesting news items.
The iOS app, Daily, displays headlines from various news outlets one at a time and allows users to read the story then swipe left to pass or right to share on social media.
The Internet stood still today in hopes that Apple’s WWDC ’14 would give them the first glimpse of the near future in tech. They were, for the most part, sorely disappointed.
There were no new devices, no cool gadgets, no hotly anticipated iWatch, no new iPhone, no line of sick Macbooks. Sure, they finally debuted Healthbook — renamed “Healthkit” — but we’ve known about that for months. Otherwise, they showed off an iOS upgrade, some cosmetic changes to OSX, and a new programming language called “Swift” that’s sending the code community into a frenzy.
Find your apartment finder Scrolling through disgusting and/or terrifying Craigslist apartment ads has become an unfortunate initiation ritual for NYC newcomers. But just in case you’re maybe, sort of, kinda getting tired of completely re-imagined neighborhood lines and surprise walkups, real estate site Lovely just added a direct-to-landlord application feature this week. Like job application Read More
Programs for Programmers
If you’ve checked up on social media at all in the past week, chances are you’ve been exposed to mondo belly-aching due to humanity’s mass upgrade to iOS 7.
“iOS 7 SUCKS,” that guy you knew in high school bellows via Facebook. “WTF,” some girl you worked with once tweets, “iOS 7 is bull shit.”
A year and ten days ago, to be exact, Manhattan’s Flatiron School was founded—its mission to turn programming noobs into poachable techies by the end of one intensive, semester-long Ruby course.
Now, the school is expanding its offerings with the launch of a new ten-week iOS program that promises to make you a master of mobile development (in other words: apps. Lots of apps.)
The latest iteration of iPhone servant Siri may be eschewing Google in favor of Bing, but she’s also taking steps to finally learn how to say Sheik Fartington, or whatever it is you force her to call you.
Channeling Eliza Doolittle, Siri will now ask her master, “Which pronunciation should I use?” according to 9to5Mac. Phone-owners can then direct her to stop dropping h’s like a Cockney plebe — “It’s Henry Higgins, dummy.”
Hack Hack Hack Hack It Apart
One of the biggest flaws of the iPhone is how quickly it runs out of battery life–even when you’re not using it. Now, a German developer might’ve discovered the reason why that’s happening: it’s all Facebook’s fault.
Apple in Your Eye
Everybody knows you shouldn’t get into a car with a stranger. And if hackers can find a way to mimic the work of three Georgia Institute of Technology researchers, you may want to reconsider using a stranger’s iPhone charger, too.
Another year, another iOS problem dealing with January 1. Some users are reporting that “Do Not Disturb,” which lets you mute calls and other notifications during specific times, is not shutting off at the preset time on their iPhones and iPads. That means that if you use the setting to get a little shut-eye, Read More