Mobile document scanning and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is a great example of the fusion and evolution of technology. What used to require a bulky scanner and special desktop software, almost any smartphone with a camera can now do. There are several apps in the App store (SmartScan+OCR ($3.99), Perfect OCR ($3.99), etc.), that allow you to scan and recognize printed text and images, but Prizmo ($9.99) is a scanner application for iOS that takes it one step further. It will attempt to detect and then segment these captured areas out as separate document fields, preserving the formats (image sections vs. text), translating the results into multiple languages, and even reading them out to you! Prizmo makes it easy for you to arrange and share them as needed, and is also a great business card or image scanner.
This was a good all-around gaming week: Three decent games, and only one featuring detested in-app purchases (IAPs). Top billing goes to Orborun ($1.99), which is a mind-melting 3D physics puzzler with multi-level high-flying courses and tricky obstacles. Gods VS Humans ($1.99) is a different strategy game that pits you against ancient humans that are trying to dethrone you as their deity—also great for the whole family. Asphalt 8: Airborne ($0.99), previously reviewed by Siva Om, is about as freaking cool a race game as you can find in the known universe.
I have used Microsoft Office desktop programs along side many alternatives over the years. I have benefited hugely from the various mobile editors out there, and am always on the lookout for new or updated options. The oldest example of this is the mobile editing suite called Documents to Go from Data Viz ($9.99). I use MS Office more than anything else, but often do minor edits on the go, and since I was evaluating a new DTG version, I figured it couldn't hurt to do another shootout. This time Documents to Go will go head to head with newly acquired and rebranded Google QuickOffice (Free). Both are good editing options, but read on to see who will emerge the victor! I'll also roundup some other editing apps you may not have been aware of....
The new iPhone 5S is coming very soon, and a lot of people are wondering the same thing... (maybe for the first time). Is it worth the hype? Let's face it, Apple didn't exactly blow socks off at their recent press event, though I was still pretty impressed, particularly over two things: the ARMv8 64-bit design and support for OpenGL 3.0 ES. Some would say, "well, you are a fanboy writer for a magazine called iPhone Life." Of course, I should be impressed, right?! You might be surprised to know I'm not really such a fanboy of the iPhone (more the iPad and iPod), But I digress from the question at hand. Can the new iPhone 5S render a startling 2X performance boost over the iPhone 5, and will that translate to better iStuff in the future? I'll try to sum it all up for you. Without being too much of a fanboy, I promise.
It's been awhile since my last WIPTW postup, but the hardware review queue had been piling up. Anyway, I managed to grab at least three keepers this week, and all of them were free at the time of this writing (though two have now have reverted back to full price—sorry about that). First up is Undead Slayer (free), a 3D hack/slashfest; Pinball HD ($1.99 with 3 tables), a realistic pinball simulation; and finally Time Surfer ($0.99), a side-scrolling slider akin to Tiny Wings.
Apple is touting its new fingerprint-scanning security in the latest iPhone 5S as, "making something as important as security so effortless, so simple. We believe that technology is at its very best, and its most empowering, when it simply disappears." As anyone who has worked in the field of security knows, to accomplish this is not a small order and the devil is in the details. Most online services use two-factor security as well as encryption for a reason—because for every security apparatus that you put in place, there will probably appear multiple hacks to circumvent it. That said, Apple is boldly implementing a technology that was been tried before. Based on today's press event, it may change the way we authenticate to our iPhones and even the way we authorize purchases from them.
Well, the press event just wrapped up, and I'm sure our excellent bloggers will be digesting and rounding up all the details for days. Coming to iPhoneland will be a bevy of colors (iPhone 5S: Gold, Silver, and a "Space-Gray"; iPhone 5C: White, Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow). To accompany the new 5S: $39 leather cases, in 5 colors, and $29 silicon cases for the 5C. News about older iPhone models was somewhat surprising, but makes sense when you think about it: The iPhone 5 goes away, and the 4S 8GB model will become free with contract. A pricing roundup on the new models follows. (source CNET):
Holy s'molies, the new iPhone 5S will sport an A7 64-bit mobile chip, and a motion co-processor, creating a whole new era in game graphics as well as health and fitness apps for iPhone! The specifics include support for xcode and 32- and 64-bit apps (2x gen, and floating point registers).
Wow, there is a bunch of great news already coming out from the press event today at Apple. Am following the excellent CNET live coverage here. Not only will Siri get pumped up to search tweets and Wikipedia sources, iTunes Radio lets you create custom radio stations. Outstandingly, iWork apps, iMovie, and iPhoto will be free!
As is already widely known, Apple has just kicked off a press event today to likely announce that it is doubling down on new iPhone models (5S, and 5C, more technical covereage on that angle from Todd Bernhard forthcoming) at a press event at their Cupertino, CA headquarters. Most will undoubtedly love the new 5S 4G LTE network download speeds, with a snazzy new iOS shell to gaze at to boot and maybe a fingerprint sensor. Mainly, I was interested to hear about other stuff, like maybe new iCloud/iTunes (since so much press has been leaked about the new iPhones already), or something earth-shatteringly cool like a new iWatch or iPad model (though not likely), but anyway... All of our iPhoneLifers are keenly scouring every tech news outlet to grab news about this exiting event for our readers!