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OS X 10.10 Yosemite: What's New?





Apple has just announced the next version of the operating system for Macs - OS X Yosemite 10.10. The new operating system features numerous improvements and bug fixes. And, of course, some worth mentioning new features. More details - below.


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Monday, June 2nd, 2014. 22:48

New iOS 8 Concept and Widget Blocks [Video]



A concept designer named Jay Machalani has recently created an iOS 8 concept, which allows you to expand icons into special widget blocks. These blocks look pretty similar to Android's Widgets and Microsoft's Live Tiles.

You may take a look at the video showing iOS concept below.


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Friday, May 30th, 2014. 22:26

New Healthbook Concept - Video



As you know, Apple is expected to announce iOS 8 at WWDC. One of the most interesting things about the next-gen operating system is the widely-rumored Healthbook app.

If you’re interested in how this app works and if you can’t wait, you may take a look at the demo created by a designer named Jayaprasad Mohanan. This demo is compatible with iOS 7, so you can even run it on your iPhone.


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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014. 0:46

Mac Pro Ship Times Improve to 3-5 Business Days



Good news for all those who plan to buy a new Mac Pro. For the first time since its debut in December, the ship times have fallen to 3-5 business days. What this means is that if you purchase a completely redesigned Mac Pro now, it will be shipped to you in less than one week, not a month as it was earlier. Looks like the guys from Cupertino managed to overcome the manufacturing difficulties and now are working as were supposed to.


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Monday, May 26th, 2014. 20:04

Top 10 Stories of the Week



It's Sunday today, which means I should tell you about the most interesting posts of past seven days. Let's begin.

As you probably know, Apple is expected to release its next-gen iPhone later this year. Ahead of the purported launch, more and more mockups and alleged schematics appear on the Internet. They look pretty much the same, however, each one has a unique or worth mentioning feature. That's why I try to describe each mockup thoroughly.


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Sunday, May 11th, 2014. 19:36

'Latest' iPhone 6 Design and Schematics [Images]



A bunch of new images showing iPhone 6 'latest' schematics have recently appeared on the Internet. Whether these images are legitimate or not is still a question since they were spotted on a Chinese WeiFeng network. The people who published the renderings on the Net claim they got the images directly from Apple suppliers.


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Sunday, May 11th, 2014. 19:16

New iPhone 6 Mockup Compared to iPod touch [Images]



A number of new photos showing fifth generation iPod touch compared to iPhone 6 physical mockup have recently appeared on the Italian website called Macitynet. Both devices looks pretty much the same, however, the iPhone mockup is noticeably larger.

By and large, the design of the mockup resembles the design of the iPod touch and earlier iPhone models. However, it has some differences, which can be seen on the images below.


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Saturday, May 10th, 2014. 15:16

iPhone Tops South Korean Customer Satisfaction Rankings



A research firm called Marketing Insight has recently conducted a customer satisfaction survey among the South Korean smartphone users.


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Saturday, May 10th, 2014. 14:54

Apple to Open Flagship Store Inside of World Trade Center Mall in New York



According to the latest rumors, Apple may open its new flagship store inside of the upcoming World Trade Center mall in New York. The store is expected to be located in the lower level of the mall.

The guys from Cupertino signed all the documents required for opening the store. This means it may be opened as soon as in 2015.


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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014. 17:14

New Leaked Photos Depict Back Panel of iPhone 6



A couple of new photos appeared on the Internet yesterday that show something very similar to the upcoming iPhone 6. The renderings look pretty much the same as all of the previous ones, however, there's one noticeable difference. The back shell of the gadget is not solid; it has some breaks for the antenna.


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Saturday, April 26th, 2014. 23:16

Apple's Handsets Top Another Rating



The company from Cupertino has topped another rating. This time it's a J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study -- Volume 1. As seen from the title, this is a kind of rating, which deals with consumer evaluation of modern smartphones.

The rating is based on responses from 13,237 smartphone users, who own their gadgets less than a year and who are customers of four major U.S. carriers.


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Friday, April 25th, 2014. 16:26

Creative Hitz WP-380 review



Many users think of buying new modern wireless headphones to replace original old-type ones that came with a player or a smartphone. Today we will show you Hitz WP-380 headphones from Creative.

First impression always starts from the process of unpackaging the box. Hitz WP-380 looks great, at first sight one can tell that these headphones are very well made. The design is modern. These on ear type headphones have professionally-tuned 34mm neodymium drivers that must deliver excellent sound. There is also a microphone, so Hitz WP-380 can be used to make calls as well. Official web page positions Hitz WP-380 as a Lightweight On-ear Bluetooth Headset with NFC.

The box has the headset, small travel pouch, mini-USB cable for charging, standart 3.5mm audio cable and user manual.

The design is simple and modern. The quality is very good, just as you'd expect from device made by Creative. The headset sits comfortable and can be adjusted in several ways. The cups do fold, which is good. We find these headphones fairly comfortable and experienced no problems wearing them for a long time. WP-380 weights just 5.3 oz (150 g).

The microphone is hidden in the earcup, it's a little far from the mouth, it is  it is hard to use the WP-380 headset in a noisy place.

It is very easy to start listen to the music: you need is to turn on WP-380 and keep holding on/off button. The light goes blinking blue, which means it is ready to connect to some gadget. On the iPhone just navigate to Settings - Bluetooth, then find and select Creative WP-380 in the list of found devices. That's it. Easy! The working distance is approximately 33 ft (10 meters), which is enough to walk around the house with no need to carry your player or smartphone with you.

WP-380 can also connect to devices with NFC technology (Near Field Communication). Unfortunately Apple smartphones do not support NFC, while Android users will be happy to try NFC.

Another interesting fact about WP-380 is Creative ShareMe and Creative Multipoint. Creative ShareMe (one source, two headsets) allows you to share your music wirelessly with your buddy or loved one using another Creative ShareMe-enabled wireless headset. Creative Multipoint (two sources, one headset) allows you to pair two separate devices to the headset at the same time. This means that you can easily switch your music source between these two Bluetooth stereo devices.

There are several buttons to control the headset. The on/off button is used to turn headset on and off, to set up BlueTooth connection, and to answer the incoming call. Using next, previous, play/pause (combined with on/off button) is is possible to control the music, stop/play, skip to the next track or play the previous one. Volume buttons are used to control the volume. Unfortunately it is not possible to use Siri voice assistant on the iPhone, there is just no button for that.

The quality of the sound is very good. This is not a surprise, since Creative uses different software and hardware trick s to improve sound playback and recording quality. Middle and high frequencies are well done, bass is good as well. The built-in speech microphone with ClearSpeech Engine actively suppresses external noises and digitally enhances speech clarity so that your conversations are loud and clear.

By the way, users of iPad tablet and iPod Touch player can use this headset to talk via Skype and similar voip apps.

The compatible list of devices is quite high. Hitz WP-380 works with Bluetooth enabled devices as well as with with every phone and player that has a standart 3.5mm jack.

Creative WP-380 charges in about an hour. Internal battery gives us approximately 12 hours of playback time.

Technical Specifcations:

  • General
    • Wearing Style: On-ear
    • Weight: 150g (5.3oz)
    • Adjustable Headband: Yes
    • Color: Black
    • Included Accessories: 1 detachable flat audio cable, 2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug (1.2m)
      1 travel pouch
      1 USB charging cable (1m / 3.3ft)
  • Specifications
    • Product Type: Wireless Headset
    • Volume Control: Yes
    • aptX: Yes
    • Drivers: 34mm (1.33 inches) Neodymium magnet
    • Frequency Response: 18Hz ~ 22kHz
    • Impedance: 32ohms
    • Connector Type: Bluetooth 3.0
      2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug
    • Cable Length: 1.2m / 3.9ft
    • Cable Style: Detachable flat audio cable
    • Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
    • Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP
      AVRCP
      HSP
      HFP (HD Voice ready*)
      *HD Voice requires supported smartphones and mobile networks.
    • Audio Codec: aptX
      AAC
      mSBC
      SBC
      FastStream*
      *FastStream allows low latency wireless bi-directional audio streaming and voice communication with Creative BT-W1 Bluetooth USB transceiver.
    • Content Protection: SCMS-T
    • Operating Range: Up to 10m / 33ft
  • Battery Specifications
    • Type of Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, 3.7V, 430mAh
    • Battery Life: Play time: 12 hours
      Talk time: 14 hours
  • Recommended Usage
    • Wireless Streaming: Yes
    • Music/Movies: Yes
    • Chats: Yes

iPhoneRoot thanks Creative and Powersales International for providing Creative WP-380 review sample.




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iPhone 6 Case Compared to iPhone 5s, Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3 - Video



So far, we have seen several different cases for the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6. In a video below we can see one of such cases compared to Apple's iPhone 5s, Google's Nexus 5 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. The video has been uploaded to YouTube by a user nicknamed Unbox Therapy.


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Thursday, April 24th, 2014. 15:48

New iPhone 6 Concept by Martin Hajek



A French website Nowhereelse.fr and a well-known designer Martin Hajek have recently teamed to create a new iPhone 6 concept. The images shown below are based on the schematics, which leaked online a couple of days ago. Well, what can I say? The device looks rather attractive.


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Friday, April 18th, 2014. 19:33

Samsung Denies Copying iPhone, Says 'Marketing Genius' Helped to Beat Rivals



While the guys from Cupertino accuse Samsung of copying the design of their iPhone and infringing on a number of their patents, Samsung executives claim it was marketing that allowed the company to gain popularity among users. This is probably a new type of marketing strategy developed by the South Korean manufacturer himself. It allows to use patented technologies without the owner's permission and to mock rival's products.


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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. 18:36