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Google’s Schmidt about iPhone6:‘Samsung had these products a year ago’

During an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday, which was a part of a publicity tour for his book “How Google Works,” Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and co-author and SVP Jonathan Rosenberg commented on the state of affairs between iOS and Google and Apple’s new iPhones. 

Schmidt said, that competition between the both companies is more keen than ever before, with “enormous, enormous racing” going on between Apple and Google, which ultimately has “enormous benefits for consumers worldwide.” 

This brutal competition between Apple and Google over Android and iOS has enormous benefits for consumers worldwide. If you look at the innovation on the Apple side and on the Google side, that competition which I think is the defining fight of the computer industry, it benefits global at the billions of people level.”

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When asked about Apple’s iPhones, Google executive chairman said: “I’ll tell you what I think. Samsung had these products a year ago.” 

The entire interview is worth to watch. Schmidt is currently on a book tour to promote his How Google Works.

It’s always good to have more competitors, but trust me, between Apple and Google you’re seeing enormous, enormous racing,”- Schmidt stated.

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Flexible display of new iPhone?

The new Apple iPhone line became available for sale on 19 Semtember. It took less than the week to find disadvantages of the device. iPhone 6 was accused of being too slippery, while iPhone 6 Plus has a real drawback.

The first iPhone 6 Plus owners discovered the smartphone’s body can be deformed while bearing it in jeans pocket.

During the discussion the new Twitter tag #Bendgate appeared.

The first complaint was posted on the forum of MacRumors site. The author told he spend severeal hours driving, and then as a guest at the wedding, keeping his iPhone in the trousers pocket all the time. The device bended quite notably.

Then the user’s dissatisfaction flew out in Twitter.

The flashmob #Bendgate even has now the own Twitter account, the author of which tries to attract Tim Cook’s attention, praising the «flexible display» of the new device.

Such editions as Mashable, Daily Dot, Business Insider, Huffington Post are involved in the discussion now as well.

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Unbox Therapy carried out a test on new device, filmed the process and added on YouTube. The experiment confirmed it’s pretty hard to bend the smartphone.

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You can make sure of it, watching the video below.

Apple is not the first company having such complaints. Sony Xperia users also said about the deformation of their devices.

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Adobe announced Photoshop and Premiere Elements 13 for Mac with new editing tools

Adobe on Wednesday released the latest versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, adding a number of improvements to its consumer level photo and video editing software.

Both apps received several new features, including improved editing tools, additional guided techniques, and Elements Live, a new portal that provides tips and tricks directly within each app. 

The updated versions offer new cropping tools, which allow you to automatically compose perfectly cropped by detecting faces and other details and determining how to best frame them in the shot.

One of the main new features is the Photomerge Compose tool, which is used alongside the Refine Selection Brush to let users seamlessly copy people or objects from one photo to another with just a couple of clicks. 

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The new version comes with tools to create matching Facebook cover and profile images, customizable with text and graphics. New guided edits, which are Adobe’s interactive tutorials, are also available and give users the power to create black and white photos with hits of color.

Premiere Elements 13 also brings some enhancements for video, including an enhanced Shake Stabilizer for software-based shake reduction. Another addition dubbed Video in Titles adds in video to a title screen, mimicking the latest styles applied by Hollywood moviemakers.

Other improvements include a Video Story mode, which allows to add various clips, adds in transitions, music, and applies a theme for a particular occasion like a birthday party. 

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Favorite Moments can be used to select the best spots in a video, which can then be automatically assembled into a short clip.

Both Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 for Mac and Windows can be purchased through Adobe’s website for $99.99 separately or $149.99 as a bundle. Existing customers can upgrade for $79.99 or $119.99 for the bundle. 

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Apple airs new iPhone 6 ads starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

Apple on Monday debuted two brand new ads called “Huge” and “Cameras”, starring the duo of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The both ads focus on the larger sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and all of the new features of the highly praised new camera in both smartphones.

The first ad, dubbed “Huge”, has Fallon and Timberlake talking about how big the new devices are.  While Fallon points out “huge” new features like the Health app, Timberlake constantly emphasizes that the new iPhones are “so huge.”

The second ad, “Cameras”, features the duo talking about Apple’s new iPhone camera capabilities, including slow-mo, time lapse photos and image stabilization for video while using their voices to vocally represent what each app does. While there are a few advanced camera functions in iOS 8, such as Photos integration, hardware-based functions like 240fps slow-motion video capture is available only with the iPhone 6 lineup.

Fallon and Timberlake do a great job of focusing on the devices and their features. The ads are the third and fourth in a new series of ads featuring Fallon and Timberlake. Apple’s first two iPhone 6 ads with the duo focused on the smartphones’ ability to track health stats and a quick run through of new features. 

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New Siri features Shazam integration and “hey, Siri” mode

As expected, iOS 8 features some important updates for Siri. In addition to hands-free functionality, Siri received the ability to analyze and identify songs automatically with recognition powered by Shazam.

Shazam integration was reportedly built within the new operating system in a similar manner to Twitter integration, which means iPhone and iPad users are not required to download a separate app to enable it.

Users running iOS 8 can now ask Siri to listen to what track is currently playing and identify it via Shazam, that will provide users with a link to purchase the song from the iTunes Store.

Siri responds to questions such as “What song is this?”, “What is currently playing?”, and even, the command “Name that tune.”

Siri also includes a feature that recently hit the iPhone through a jailbreak tweak that lets you summon the iPhone’s assistant by saying “Hey, Siri.” This procedure doesn’t require touching your iPhone or iPad as long as it is plugged in to external power.

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Additionally, Apple has also given from its servers the ability to respond to HomeKit-related commands. If there are no compatible apps or connected accessories available, Siri informs, that the capabilities will be activated when home is appropriately equipped.

Siri allows you to use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, make phone calls, and more.

Siri not only understands what you say, it also remembers that you asked about some places.

Apple is working with car manufacturers to integrate Siri into vehicles, which means drivers will be able to ask Siri questions without taking your eyes off the road. With the Eyes Free feature, they can ask Siri to call, select and play music, hear and compose text messages, use Maps and more. 

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How to save your money in travels with Airbnb

Airbnb allows travellers to rent homes in 190 countries.

Firstly it’s much cheaper than to stay in hotels.

Secondly, you are involved fully in the culture of the country.

For instance, 80 square meters two-room apartment in the centre of Prague with two bathrooms and huge kitchen costs 120 euros. That’s much cheaper in comparison with other prices.

From what to start with?

First of all, decide what town you want to visit and choose dates.

When you’re ready Airbnb will show you houses and apartments. Then switch on the filters.
For instance, the tourist travels with a baby carriage, and want to rent an apartment with elevator.

The tourist will get an exact adress after the payment.

Negotiations

You can contact simultaneously with several owners and ask them anything about flats you’re intrested in. For example, if there are any supermarkets near the house, or Wi-Fi at the apartment.

This is your right to ask because you’ll pay.

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Check-in

You should inform the owner about the time you’ll come. The owner will wait you at the place. The owner gives you the keys at once, instruct you how to bahave yourself in the place and that’s all.

When going away, just leave the keys on the table. That’s all.

Profit

Airbnb is vety profitable. It’s one of the most expensive start-ups in the world.

The main thing is to be accurate, read carefully the flat’s description, to ask questions…

And you’ll spend your vacation perfectly.

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Reputation

Each client of Airbnb has a reputation which is made from journey’s quantity and feedbacks.

Necessarily leave a feedback to the owner when you would come home, and he will do the same in reply.

By the way, you can let your accommodation on lease as well as to rent the others’ ones.

Log in now and get 19 euros on your account.

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Worldwide iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales begin

Australia has already started worldwide sales of Apple’s new iPhone on Friday local time, with Apple Stores having extremely long lines before doors. Australia is the first of nine launch countries to offer Apple’s new devices. According to initial reports, demand on the latest products is higher, than last year.

Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will go on sale in the United States today. In addition to Apple retail stores, carrier stores, and a number of major retailers, such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target offer the both products for sale. While those stores usually have a shorter line than the Apple Store or carrier stores, they also usually provide much less inventory. As a result, customers may waste time standing in lines for hours and leave the store empty-handed.

This year, Apple Stores will use a bit different procedure than it had in past years. The company will also be giving out iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units to customers who opted for Personal Pickup when pre-ordering online last week.  However, they are also recommended to arrive early to grab a new smartphone.

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Line at 14th Street Store in New York City

Apple will provide some drinks like coffee and water, as it did previous years, and ahead of the store’s opening, customers waiting in lines will be handed out sent via email or SMS digital Reservation Pass. This year’s Reservation Passes are replacements for the paper cards that have been use in past years. 

Customers who pre-ordered and preferred home shipping will also start receiving their products on Friday, September 19, with most shipments listing guaranteed delivery by the end of the day.

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Updating of iMovie for iOS 8

Apple released a renovated version of iMovie for iOS (version 2.1) today. The app will be supported on new iOS 8.

The update consists from 10 new Apple-designed filters you’ll be able to apply to videos, speed settings for projects on iOS devices such as iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini and support of iCloud Drive.

By the way, you’ll be able to transpose clips to other apps using iOS 8’s inter-app connectivity features.

There is also an iMovie extension for the Photos app with the help of which you’ll be able to improve videos in your camera roll not quiting the app.

You can now make titles with bi-directional text. The support of five languages was added as well.

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Get iMovie from iTunes for $4.99.

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Keymoji converts your text into emojis

One iOS development team has announced a keyboard that translates everything you say into emoji. Called Keymoji, it is tasked to convert your text into emojis as you type.

How does it work? The keyboard uses a crowdsourced database of emoji combinations that can then be substituted for words in your text messages, emails, tweets, and other communications. When you type, Keymoji understands what you want to say and translates it into a set of icons that properly convey your message.

According to founders Jonathan Zweig, Randy Saaf and Octavio Herrera, Keymoji is more than just a fun keyboard. The team offers a special app, that allows users to add emoji combinations they’ve created themselves. They also may opt to submit “emoji art” — giant emoji collages or pictures — that can hardly be created without copying and pasting. “There’s nothing quite like crowdsourcing,” said Saaf.

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The important thing is Keymoji does not record any personal information or conversations. The app uses the Grant Full Access option to allow internet connectivity to receive new emoji autocompletions from its crowd-sourcing system. Grant Full Access also gives access to a number of features available in the app, including replaying the tutorial and changing some keyboard settings.

Users enjoy adding emojis, but it requires time to look through the 800-plus emojis to find what they’re looking for. Zweig believes, that Keymoji may be a perfect solution for smartwatches, like the Apple Watch, as it will simplify communication.

Keymoji is a free download on the App Store. It requires iOS 8.

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Apple offers tips for moving content from Android to iPhone

Ahead of the iPhone 6 launch, Apple added a web page on Tuesday providing new iPhone users with details on how to move their content from an Android device to the iPhone.

“Ready to make the switch to iPhone? Here are some tips for moving your photos, music, documents, and more from your Android phone to iPhone.”

The document offers tips for moving email accounts to the iPhone, giving Android users instructions on how to add mail, contacts, and calendars, photos and videos, music, books and PDFs, documents, and apps to the Mail app. For example, it shows how to add a new email account, move images and videos with help of a third-party app, like Copy My Data or AT&T Mobile Transfer or a computer with iTunes, move documents to iCloud, and more.

Apple already announced record breaking pre-order numbers for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and, so it is not surprising, that the company attempts to lure as many customers as possible. This year, Apple managed to double the previous iPhone 5 pre-order record set in 2012.Android

According to the interview with The Wall Street Journal early this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the new iPhone 6 and iPhone6 plus will prompt “the mother of all upgrades.” He believes a big portion of Android users will switch to iPhone due to the fact that the phones are “appreciably better in every single way.”