Walmart's iPhone app, simply called Walmart (free), has a great feature allowing shoppers to use their phones to scan barcodes of the products they’re purchasing. The app totals the cost and lets you quickly check out via the self-checkout lane. The app provides both an electronic and paper receipt.
I’ve never used a smart watch, so naturally it’s been hard for me to get psyched about the rumored Apple iWatch. I've had a hard time imagining how it would be useful to me. However, after reading AppleInsider's favorable review of the Pebble watch, which is now on the market and is iPhone compatible, I’m beginning to see how convenient a gadget like this could be.
I want to point you to a couple of extremely useful tips I read on Macworld yesterday.
Improving Your Autocorrect Experience
My first tip comes from Macworld’s article, "How to make iOS autocorrect work for you." It begins with the basics, telling you how to accept or reject the autocorrect and autocomplete suggestions that pop up as you type on your iPhone or iPad. If you type a space, punctuation, or carriage return, you'll automatically invoke the suggestion. If you tap anywhere on the bubble, it goes away.
Rumors of a "budget" iPhone continue to gain credence. The latest prediction from a market analyst with a solid track record corroborates earlier reports that Apple is creating a low-cost iPhone for emerging markets with a 4-inch screen and less-expensive materials.
CBS launched a new app Thursday, simply titled CBS (Free), which allows U.S. viewers to stream full HD episodes of many of its popular TV shows from daytime, primetime, and late night. The videos are free, but are offered on a delayed basis. Daytime and late-night shows will be available 24 hours after their original broadcast.
If you're on the hunt for the best apps currently on the market, check out the winners of this year's Best App Ever Awards, announced a couple of weeks ago.
Apple has been hard at work improving its Maps app, and people are noticing. The company hired more engineers to work on the app, and yesterday The Loop reported that Apple is frequently and significantly updating Maps. In recent months it's updated Flyover, which offers a 3D view of a city's buildings. The feature is meant to compete with Google Street View.
As rumors go, I'm betting the latest are on the mark. According to AppleInsider, The China Times has reported that the iPhone 5S, rumored to arrive this summer, will come with both a fingerprint sensor and near-field communication chip. According to the report, you'd be able to simply touch your phone to make a payment. The sensor would recognize your touch, and the NFC chip would communicate your authorization to an NFC mobile payment terminal at the point of sale.
Apple is airing two new commercials featuring an iPhone 5, employing the same rapid-fire word theme it used in recent iPad commercials I posted about. And again, each word is followed by a rapid display of specific apps. The ads are fun and effective, and they show the remarkable diversity of iPhone apps.
Who could be better suited to compare the reliability of various smartphones than a technical assistance website? FixYa has analyzed more than 720,000 requests for smartphone support to determine which one reigns supreme in terms of reliability. The iPhone came out undeniably on top.
According to FixYa's report, the iPhone (with a reliability score of 3.47) is nearly three times as reliable as Samsung phones, which came in second place (1.21). Samsung phones were nearly twice as reliable as phones from Nokia (0.68), and close to 10 times more reliable than Motorola phones (0.13).