FAA to officially allow use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing.

FAA to officially allow use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing

The Federal Aviation Administration has changed their regulations regarding the use of electronics during takeoff and landing. The rule change will allow airlines to determine whether a flight will permit the use of electronic devices during all stages of the flight. Activities such as reading ebooks or watching video will be allowed, though there will be some restrictions on how devices are handled, according to anFAA press release

Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.

Airlines hoping to implement these changes will need to prove to the FAA that their planes meet certain standards for protecting aircraft from electronic interference. Additionally, connecting to the internet is still prohibited under 10,000 feet. Additionally, the rule changes will not be implemented immediately, and their adoption will vary by airline as each company completes their safety inspections, and the current policies will remain in effect for now.

Source: iMore.

Most popular iPhone colors are space gray and blue.

iPhone Color Breakdown

One of the coolest things about Apple’s new iPhone 5c is the fact that it comes in a variety of colors. There have long been rumors about a colorful iPhone that would break the traditional white and black mold for devices, and this year was the year that we saw Apple break out of its shell. However, it also came in the variety of adding a gold iPhone 5s to the line up as well. Now, if you’re anything like me, you have probably wondered which colors sold the best. While I personally would have gone with the space gray iPhone 5s, and either the blue or white iPhone 5c, I never knew where others stood on the idea. Now, thanks to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (or CIRP), we can get an idea of which colors have sold the best.

As evident in the chart above, my color choices would have been among the most popular (I say would have because I’m still tied down to a contract, so I’m stuck with my iPhone 5). The space gray iPhone 5s accounts for 43% of sales, while silver and gold are close to each other at 30% and 27% respectively. While the gold number is respectable, it is still quite a bit higher than I anticipated. I personally am not a huge fan of the gold iPhone, or the idea of a gold phone, but it seems like Apple has been successful with its new color choice.

iPhone 5c Color Breakdown Gender

When it comes to the iPhone 5c, blue is the most popular color, but white is not far behind. Blue and white combined account for 52% of all iPhone 5c sales. These have definitely been the most popular colors, and pink and green are actually not too far behind. Yellow is the outcast in the group, only accounting for 7% of sales. The charts also go on to break down the device sales by gender as well.

From CIRP co-founder Mike Levin:

“iPhone 5S and 5C colors seem to confirm some traditional gender biases. In the iPhone 5C, men prefer the neutral white, and the Space Gray in the iPhone 5S. In contrast, women prefer lighter silver 5S and the brighter iPhone 5C colors. Interestingly, no one, including the women in the survey, appears to want the Yellow iPhone 5C very much.”

Apple To Replace All iPhone 5S’ With Battery Issues.

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Apple has released a statement to the New York Times saying that it will be replacing all iPhone 5S devices affected by a confirmed battery defect. In the statement, Apple promised that it would begin to contact customers with affected phones. However, if you feel that your iPhone 5S is affected but haven’t yet been contacted, you can get your phone replaced free of charge at your local Apple Store.

Teresa Brewer, an Apple spokeswoman, released the following statement to theNew York Times:

We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life. We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone.

Apple has not released any specifics as far as the number of affected iPhones go, but it’s likely a large number due to the fact that Apple sold nine-million iPhone 5S and 5C devices during their first weekend on the market.

Still Miss Your Old Macintosh? Run Mac OS 7 In Your Web Browser.

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Apple may have just released OS X Mavericks and made it available to all for free, but it comes with a major flaw that you may not have noticed: it doesn’t run MacPaint… or MacDraw. But don’t worry — thanks to James Friend, you can run Mac OS 7 (System 7) — complete with MacPaint and MacDraw — right in your web browser.

Friend has taken a Macintosh emulator and tweaked it so that it runs in a web browser, and you’ll be surprised how much you can do with it. Not only can you play around on the desktop and reminisce about how good life was back in the 90s, but you can also run a bunch of apps, including HyperCard Player, TeachText, MacDraw, and MacPaint.

It’s a little slow — you’ll have to give it some time to load — but it’s a lot of fun. It’s also a great chance to experience what Mac OS was like many moons ago, before we had color displays and pretty graphics.

To check it out, just visit http://jamesfriend.com.au/pce-js/ in your web browser. Friend also has an emulator running Windows 3.0 if you’re into that kind of thing, plus an even better Macintosh emulator with loads of other apps and games.

Source: Cult of Mac.

For The Uncoordinated, There’s The WobL iPhone Alarm Clock Stand.

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We’ve all been there: Some mornings simply aren’t compatible with a task as sophisticated as groping for an iPhone and then pawing at the screen or volume button to activate the snooze.

And for those especially drooly mornings when even smacking a massive rubber button is too much of a challenge, there’s the wobL: a stand-app alarm combo for iPhone that works simply by  — you guessed it — wobbling it.

It’s genius, really. The stand’s rounded base hides a thick metal rod around which it wobbles easily. When the iPhone moves in the stand, it activates wobL’s companion app, which then triggers the snooze. The result? The accompanying video clip it looms as if just groping blindly for the iPhone — and even missing it and smacking the desk instead — will activate the snooze. The only downside is being hours late for work.

wobL is the brainchild of Third Prime Studio, which is based in Portland, Oregon, and is a crowdfund project hosted at Crowd Supply, which is yet another Kickstarter clone. Early bird wobLs are still available for $25. Expected ship date is June 2014.

 

Source: Cult of Mac.

After the iPhone 5s launch, it’s time to let the iPhone 6 concepts roll …

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The iPhone 6 concepts of course started appearing even before the iPhone 5s was launched, but now that the new handsets are old news, the concept bandwagon is gathering speed.

Apple is known to be testing a variety of handset sizes, but has always said a phone should be usable with one hand, which rules out any of the more tablet-like sizes out there. An obvious way to increase the screen size without greatly increasing the external dimensions of the phone is work on reducing the size of the bezel.

Apple already did this with the iPad Air (though in that case to reduce the dimensions while retaining the screen size). That’s the approach we see in what I consider to be one of the most realistic concepts out there …

Mechanical engineering student Nikola Cirkovic put together a series of renderings of a design very similar to the iPhone 5s, but with a near-invisible ultra-thin bezel at each side. Possibly a little thinner than might prove possible to manufacture, but certainly along the lines I’d expect Apple to adopt.

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The gallery shows both Space Gray and Silver models, but no gold. I like the fact that Cirkovic has resisted the temptation to get carried away. The larger screen size and thin bezels aside, it follows all the design cues of the existing phone.

 

 

 

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A curved screen with the curve the wrong way, maximising reflections and leaving the vulnerable screen facing out in your pocket …

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The iPhone 3GS revisited …

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The just plain weird (ok, he wants to project a keyboard onto the desk, so there is the semblence of method in his madness, but still) …

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Bonus points for a concept that would make the phone unusable in landscape mode, turning the whole of the base surface into a touch-sensitive home button …

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I didn’t think the concepts could get much dumber than this …

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But it turns out I was wrong:

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(You won’t believe how many variations on that there are out there.)

Source: 9to5Mac.

Owners of the older Nike Fuelband will get some new features come November 6.

Nike is preparing to drop the updated Fuelband SE on November 6, and according to a new report owners of the older model will be able to enjoy some of the new features from the SE. Stuart Miles at Pocket-Lint:

Nike has confirmed that the older Fuelband will get the new better algorithms, and double tap to tell the time, as well as sessions support via the app rather than the band.

Sessions let users see how much Fuel they are getting per minute to better help them understand what activities work best.

Sadly, due to the lack of Bluetooth LE in the older model, some features won’t be available such as the new hourly alerts encouraging you to be more active. When the firmware update is available, a simple download and install by plugging your Fuelband into your computer is all that should be required.

Source: iMore.