According to 9to5Mac, Apple is internally testing versions of iOS 7 that include AirDrop drag-and-drop file sharing capabilities. First…
I hope they bring AirDrop in iOS 7. It would help fix one use case they haven’t made very - taking photos and video with your iPhone, and then editing on the larger iPad screen. Sure iPhoto has beaming, but that doesn’t work for video or help with 3rd party apps. It would be nice to see this functionality baked into the OS.
Microsoft launched Windows 8 on October 26th, with a volley of new hardware designed for the touch-based interface. Just 12 months after an early Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft is now keen to…
I’m certainly not a huge fan on Windows 8, but there are some notable improvements coming in Window 8.1.
Start button is back - though it just brings up the start screen - at least it will be a bit more user friendly for mouse users
Customizable backgrounds for the smart screen.
Boot to desktop mode
New large and small smart tiles
Apps no longer pin to the start screen by default
Expanded snap views and multi-monitor support. 50/50, 60/40.
Any app can have multiple windows - get websites side by side and extend them across multiple monitors.
Application syncing across multiple PCs. - keeps your start screen in- sync.
Sky Drive sync built in - has smart caching to download files only as required. - Like Bitcasa. You can also pin folders and files so they’re available offline.
IE tab syncing across PCs and soon Windows phones
Built in Reading List
Of these I think the new snap view & multi-monitor support are the most interesting. I use two large monitors (30” & 27”) on my desktop and being able only use a single Metro app - and a small sliver of another are complete deal breakers for me today.
The Sky Drive sync changes are also very interesting. As a user of Bitcasa i’m very familiar with the sync on demand model. It is great for devices with smaller storage. And unlike Bitcasa they are letting you pin files and folders for guaranteed offline access. - I wonder if they will bring that to their other clients?
I’d love to see Apple open up more APIs to third parties. Things like custom keyboards, deeper access to the networks and Bluetooth stacks for example would be great. Tim seemed very vague and evasive though. Using terms like “protecting the customer from the risk if bad experiences” are exactly the excuses Steve Jobs made to avoid opening up the phone to 3rd party apps in the first place. Similar phrases used to avoid allowing multitasking and so on.
I regularly use Evernote to Video Journal. I like to record entries of around 5 minutes with the front facing camera on the iPhone. The problem is that the iOS versions of Evernote do not allow you to import video directly. Also the iOS photo app won’t …