BlackBerry 10: Presentation of the new new BlackBerry OS

When the BlackBerry Jam, dedicated developers conference that took place this week in San Jose, RIM unveiled the new features of the new version of its mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10.

From my side I have had the opportunity to attend a presentation and demonstration of some of the new RIM BlackBerry 10 in France.

The Canadian firm is listening to developers and actively working for months to propose a new stable platform and open to its 80 million users around the globe.

You should know that it is possible to develop applications on BlackBerry 10 Native (C, C + +), HTML 5, Adobe AIR or Flash, and do not forget Accounting Android.

New in BlackBerry 10

Instead of displaying a grid applications on the home screen, the new platform is the latest in display applications running under dynamic thumbnail but the full list of applications is easily accessible.

In place of the famous "Home" button found on the major mobile operating systems, BlackBerry offers an alternative called Flow. By simple gestures with fingers, for example, can view notifications without leaving the current application view messages without leaving the notifications and return to the home screen.

The Hub, meanwhile, includes all SMS, BBM, emails, messages on social networks and even events in a single application. Contact management is intuitive, you can easily find the information for a contact, the latest news on the company and its work flow.

In addition, the keyboard has a predictive text works in several languages. Basically, it learns according to what you type and function of messages on social networks (if you make mistakes, it will tend to take!).

The browser, which has undergone a facelift, is much faster and fully compatible with HTML 5. Score of 465/500 HTML5Test demonstrated, while Chrome is a score of 371.

The company has not forgotten most professionals as a system called Libra makes it possible to move from one environment to professional staff and each environment has its applications and data. Finally, the work environment, encrypted remote can be deleted if you leave the employer without such personal environment moves.

Future BlackBerry Phones

BlackBerry should come first full touchscreen smartphone with a screen greater than four inches and a front camera, and then a smartphone with a physical keyboard.

Specifications for future phones should be similar to those of Development phone (the one you see in the photos), but the design should be radically different.

These are of course a part of the new BlackBerry 10 because the firm wants to keep things on hand for the coming weeks.

How to take advantage of the new Twitter banner

Twitter recently offered its users a new profile page , introducing the banner ("header"). Here is what you need to know to take full advantage of this feature.

Like its competitors from Palo Alto and Mountain View, Twitter offers its users the possibility to better highlight. Users of Facebook were able to be creative with the launch of the Timeline ("Journal") and his famous "coverage. "It is now the turn of twittos further customize their profiles.

Change its banner

Users not really excited about the image the default egg on the famous microblogging site probably already know the settings menu "Profile" and "Theme. "This is also where there is the possibility to change the background image of user profiles. So now, a new line was introduced.

Go to the gear icon in the upper right, then "Settings", and then in the menu "Theme. "There are a few pre-designed themes to apply directly, or the ability to set its own colors and upload images of their choice to apply wallpaper or as a banner (called" header").

A banner of the coat

The purpose of these banners is at the base, stand out from others. Also choose just a pretty picture, match an original or funny with his avatar image header is the most beautiful effect.

For optimum, know that the banner on Twitter measuring 520 pixels wide by 260 pixels high. The avatar, he is a square of side 73 px. It is located at 223 px from the left edge of the banner and the top 24.

For your convenience, here is a file. Psd (Photoshop) with the required dimensions and frameworks already exist, in which just drag and resize the images you want. Once the desired effect in place, some "Layer via Copy" in a new document duplications and other trims if necessary, followed by registration (JPG, PNG or GIF) layers the right size, will provide 2 image files corresponding to the image header as well as the avatar, which incrustera in the banner at precisely the right place.

Find inspiration

You now have all the keys in hand to create a beautiful banner Twitter. In inspiration? Find below some examples of headers original relayed by BuzzFeed and Mashable . And if it really was not enough, as some services TwitrCovers allow hardest to find their happiness in a bank of images and themes elegant diverse and varied, displaying the ideal dimensions to save as a traditional image after clicking Download now.

The HDD Market is Doing Well

Remember, in late 2011, devastating floods hit Thailand, a country which accounts for the hard disk manufacturers since it is the second largest producer. The year 2011 was also marked by a high concentration of the market with Samsung or Hitachi buyouts to leave the place to a duel between American Western Digital and Seagate (Toshiba does well but resistance remains to deal with the trouble these two giants ).

We had been following the adventures of two brands in the first and second quarters of 2012 to fight the world number one. Western Digital is who eventually take the lead through the acquisition of Hitachi after being strongly affected by the floods in Thailand. 
Whereas the CEO of Seagate announced a return to normal  by the end of 2012, it seems the world of the hard disk is ahead of schedule ... to the detriment of the consumer.

Indeed, according to  iSuppli , 524 million are expected to be delivered this year against 502.5 million in 2011. The year 2012 is not complete, it is an estimate but the arrival of Windows 8 and the market for ultrabooks , booming, should allow the 2012 to sign a new record. Two important factors in the world of hard, pushed by falling prices of SSDs and growing market for smartphones and tablets that continue to take share in that of netbooks and laptops.

The estimate goes even further than 2012 because it allows us to see that the HDD market should continue to rise until at least 2016 with 575 million units announced. Information that must be taken however in hindsight as it is difficult to predict in a changing environment. SSD and storage services in the cloud should offer real competition to the last piece of our mechanical computers that has a price / size almost unbeatable, despite rising prices of hard drives.

Prices that do not fall!

This is one of the consequences of the floods in Thailand, the significant increase in the price of hard disk. In any case, the justification announced by the two leaders because we realize that if the return to normal is initiated, any price reduction is the order of the day. 
Worse, the two brands have revised down the length of warranty that accompanies their hard drives. 
A very bad news for users and companies, but a good way for manufacturers to maximize their margins by the end of the hard drive?

The new Myspace: Revolution or Stillborn Project? This is the Weekly Music and Web

This Web Chronicle Music & number 13 will be devoted to the event of the week: the return of the giant Myspace . I could not miss such a comeback. Web 2.0 activists, surfers and musicians have commented on this news. Analysis and explanations on Presse Citron today!
We all know (at least in Europe), the social network with 75 million users no longer the dream for a few years. In loss of traffic constant, the firm has seen its business fall by half. And because the advent of Facebook has led to the migration of the majority of its users, probably looking for a network simpler but equally or more interconnected.

While Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. , sold in June for $ 35 million - only 6% of the purchase price of 580 million - at the American Society MySpace Specific Media , the singer Justin Timberlake came to the rescue of the social network in 2011. The love story between the site and the singer has been going on since the early 2000s. And as a faithful husband, Justin wants to straighten his partner.

The star then shareholder return grandiose promises, and under the video presentation of the "New Myspace", released this week, we want to believe.

Myspace will have a design at the forefront of the current aesthetic, with all the technology you love on different sites: galleries kind Pinterest / Tumblr , bar music to Grooveshark , or a system of circles the Google+ . Navigation is primarily horizontal scroll. Smells like HTML5 and CSS3, full nose, and we love it. More fluidity for ergonomics further.

Strong point of this new version: MySpace finally realized that it is better to rally the cause of much of the world - Facebook and Twitter - and thus directly integrate with the platform. This is now done.

Ok, we have a beautiful design. Ok, the platform has integrated new features. But is all this enough to attract users who have left Myspace for a long time? Nothing is less certain. For several reasons.

Firstly, competition is ubiquitous in the category "social network." Between us, who have the motivation to pack his bags and move to Facebook or Twitter to post on MySpace? Your opinion interests me!

Personally, I took my habits, I check my Facebook to be aware of my surroundings in news, Twitter or cultivate for me to enjoy myself and Spotify loop for a good time, earphones ears.

Google+ - also known as "No Man's Land", was also well broken teeth trying to reverse the social. Myspace happen then a little later. At least it does not seem to show developments such as the game is worth the candle.

Competition is also ubiquitous in the music industry, sector specific Myspace since the beginning. To name a few: Spotify , Pandora , Rdio , Bandcamp , Deezer , Soundcloud , and many others. It has beautiful site have a music library online richer - more than 42 million songs - a musical reference back fan for lambda is a risky challenge.

Rupert Murdoch has lost millions adventure with MySpace and had indicated in late 2011 that the 2005 purchase of MySpace was a "huge mistake" and that the social network was poorly managed.

It is true that we can ask some questions about the economic viability of such a network. Myspace can no longer be beneficial, and this has been for a number of years. So, today, what business model?

Myspace has more or less worked with advertising. I guess it should still be the case for this new version. While I admit I can not imagine inserting advertisements in a design already pretty full. We are waiting to see how the site is going to head out of the water financially speaking.

In summary, Myspace plays all out, and they are right. However, not sure that the enthusiasm is apparent as the platform of meandering web. And you return you on MySpace?

Plans icon in iOS 6 in Unison the Proposed Service!

Plans, mapping app natively integrated into Apple iOS 6, was the focus of criticism since the last iteration of iOS is available. Multiple errors and other inconsistencies raised many criticisms from users. So much so that Tim Cook has stepped into the breach to present more apologies: "We are very sorry for the frustration this has caused to our customers and we do everything we can to make better plans."

It is common to let go easy on the criticism a product or app that poses serious defects. Criticism often also leaves room for ridicule. Do not give in to this facility and try to find the positives setbacks Plans. The first is that Google probably in an attempt to drive the nail logic, plancherait on a specific version of Google Maps iOS 6. Less constrained when the application was integrated natively in iOS (iOS before 6), Google could offer a more sophisticated version of its service (to follow). Seen with the YouTube app available on the App Store before disseminating iOS6. This is best done as the application that previously there were native in iOS 5. Go through the App Store makes it possible (subject to the rules of the Apple Store) for Google to have the freedom to offer services on iOS.

The semi-failure plans will also allow users to turn to alternatives and discover. Tim Cook is going to mention in his letter: "  While we are improving Plans, you can try downloading alternative mapping apps from the App Store as Bing, MapQuest and Waze or using Google Maps or Nokia by going to their websites and create an icon on your desktop for their service. 

Reacting the competition is the first positive. Then the excuses of Apple CEO are rare enough to be noted. A dose of humility to be welcomed and helps to make the giant Apple a little more "human".

Finally, as Tim Cook said in his letter, Plans will mature and provide more long-term at least a genuine alternative to Google Maps and other Bing. Competition always welcome for the user who is now quite incredible mapping services and which, moreover, are constantly enriched (recent example with Indoor Maps for France in the app Android Google Maps ).

Finally, note that if Tim Cook has put his foot in it with his letter of apology, Apple also put the dishes in the large in terms of inconsistencies, until the icon for the app.

The accuracy of the navigation turn-by-turn would be most perfectible like the icon of the app month surprising if we observe more closely. The area described is located near Infinite Loop, Apple's headquarters in California. To exit, you take Anza Boulevard and then to reach Route 280 toward San Francisco, you have to take a strap passing over a bridge. Gold icon, no bridge, it goes directly to the bridge over the motorway at 280 located below.

Facebook Launches in Gifts!

Facebook has launched a new "Gifts" (Gifts or English) who can buy and send real gifts to your friends...

This is not the first time the social network launched this feature for the less original because Facebook has closed its gift shop in August 2010 in order to focus its efforts on projects such as photos, RSS feeds, messages, games, comments, the "Like" or the wall.

At that time, the function was probably not popular enough to be part of the most important and urgent. Today the situation has changed and the social network is clearly lessee of a new source of income.

By visiting the profile of a (e) friend (e) and instead of posting a message or a photo on his wall, a button "Gift" will soon make its appearance. Express the same icon should also appear in the list of birthdays or important events (such as marriage).

You just have to choose a gift and pay now or later. People who receive gifts will be notified by phone, email or on their Facebook page and may even discover their gift before it arrives in their mailbox.

Finally, the person must accept and provide their mailing address to receive the famous gift. Facebook should offer many gifts, t-shirts to posters, through cookies.

This feature is being rolled out to users of the social network in the United States.

iPhone 5: Several steps ahead of the Video Evidence!

The HTC Titan was impressed with its 4.8 inch screen. And what about the Samsung Galaxy Note has a 5.3 inch screen (the Note II dare even 5.5 inches). Samsung always pushes the flagship of the Galaxy up to 4.8 inch or 0.1 inch longer than the HTC X. One And what about Apple?

While the Cupertino company could offer a tablet than 8 inches, she dared to "large" size on the screen of the new iPhone . Attention Apple has elongated (8.6 mm longer than the 4S) while it retains exactly the same width (ie 58.6 mm).

Finally brings the new iPhone compared to the previous model and compete for Lumia 920, Galaxy S III LG Optimus G? The answer is probably in her womb. If the change is very pronounced aesthetic, Apple has equipped its new flagship processor of its own design (through the acquisition of PA Semi in 2008). Tim Cook the company proposes its own services (now with maps Maps, iCloud cloud with, with Siri voice ...) and begins to integrate its components (application processor with that of the A6 and probably thanks to the Flash memory recent acquisition of Anobit). Finally, Apple joined the Samsung model that develops components for integration into its smartphones, unlike Apple has its own OS (though Samsung has Bada and Tizen participates in).

A when foundries Apple? Recently, we learned that Apple had tried to capture some of the foundries TSMC for its own components. Proposal that the Taiwanese founder refused and could lead Apple to try to organize themselves differently.

How the iPhone 5 has affected the smartphone market (computer graphics)

With all the new smartphones that have been announced in recent months, including the iPhone 5, it is not surprising that people are looking to buy a new smartphone in this period of season.

A study by AYTM Research, supported by the American blog Mashable, says more about the smartphone market in the United States and more specifically the iPhone market.

We learn that 73% of people looking to buy a smartphone in the next six months already have a smartphone and approximately 87% of iPhone owners would consider buying the new iPhone in the next six months.

According to the study, those who own an Android smartphone are more than twice as likely to move to the iPhone than the reverse. In fact, only 9% of iPhone owners considering a move to Android.

These statistics, based on a survey sent to 600 Americans aged over 18 years are actually quite logical. The life of a smartphone is indeed limited, thanks to manufacturers who come regularly for new models and the fact that everyone (or almost) wants to own one of the latest smartphones on the market.

If you're interested, AYTM Research provides questions and answers as well as his poll numbers and publishes the following graphic:

5 million iPhone 5 sales in 3 days

It took 24 hours for small two million iPhone 5 be pre-ordered. First new record previously held by the iPhone 4S. A craze that has not dried up last Friday, the day of the launch of the iPhone 5 in 9 countries, including France.

Indeed, in the space of three days, a little more than 5 million of the new flagship stamped apple were sold. Second new record since the same time the iPhone 4S had passed 4 million copies.

What to rival all manufacturers of smartphones competitors but nothing packing analysts who had forecast 6, 8, and up to 10 million sales in the first weekend of its launch. The market then assented Apple abandoned as 13.39 dollars today on the Nasdaq, down 1.91%, to pass under the symbolic $ 700 and settle at 686.70 dollars at auction closing.

Of the 5 million sales, we do not know what part of the pre-orders and sales during the first three days. Apple did not communicate about it. Tim Cook, however, said: "  The demand for the iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working to ensure that every user who requires one gets it as soon as possible.  "optimism is shared by the owners of iOS devices that have been $ 100 million to complete the upgrade to iOS 6. The new iteration of Apple's mobile OS is not yet available since last Wednesday.

Undeniable enthusiasm while some critics were issued on iOS 6. We refer in particular to the application mapping Plans (Maps in English), which is under fire from critics because of the many inconsistencies and other erroneous data.

Download an Archive of your YouTube Videos with Google Takeout

There is a now Google has launched Takeout service that allows you to save and retrieve much of their personal data. Since today, download all YouTube videos is possible.

This is a good step towards the release of data Google has done in launching this service for others to download from an archive of its contacts, circles, flows, documents, profile or videos.

By going to / takeout, we can indeed choose to download all data from all services supported or manually select services.

Service indicates the approximate number of files and the estimated size, service by service, before starting the creation of an archive that can take some time depending on its size.

All records, even those that are still being generated, can be found in the Downloads section and are available for download for one week.

In the same vein, Facebook also offers to download an archive of personal data consisting in particular of its publications, photos or videos and messages. Moreover, all services and social networks should offer this option.

YouTube Updated its Android Application

Google has updated its YouTube application for Android. In addition to the new terminal on Froyo and Gingerbread, a better reading experience and the ability to add a video in the YouTube TV queue are scheduled.

The main novelty should appeal to owners of terminals on Android 2.2 aka Froyo and Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread. In recent versions, which are still 14% and 57.5% of Android devices are not all forgotten by the Mountain View company for the update brings a new interface and preloading videos.

The new version also lets you add a video in the YouTube TV queue. This is particularly useful for running videos from the smartphone or the tablet on a TV that is compatible with YouTube (Google TV, PS3, etc.)..

Finally, Google suggests the addition of new channels in the Channel Store and a better reading experience without really giving details. If this is not the update of the century, it has the merit of not forgetting the older versions of Android that are still (too) many in circulation.

Google works well on a new Maps Application for iPhone and iPad

It's funny how sometimes you just feel like jumping in the past. If you said "Google is working on an application for iOS Maps" you say the guy is nice but a little behind, he found the info in 2006, before the release of the first iPhone .

Not at all. You probably know that Apple has turned the Google Maps application to the latest version of its operating system, iOS6 present natively on the iPhone 5 and also available update on iPad , iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S . According to Google, this volte-face came a bit by surprise since according to some sources he was still a year contract to run between the two firms in California.

Apple has replaced Google Maps Maps by its own mapping and GPS navigation with the added bonus of 3D views that were not available in Google Maps for iOS.

At a time when this type of application is strategic, the whole question was whether Google would propose new Maps application for iPhone and others. After blowing hot and cold , it seems that Mountain View is finally working on such an application.

RAM competition

But competition with Maps apparently somewhat tickled susceptibility Google, the return of Maps on iOS is not for now because it would work in Mountain View, this time on a 3D version. Problem would be to use data from Google Earth, and it is not at all the same code. While Google has made ​​no official statement on the subject, and his DG Eric Schmidt said the company has not taken any initiative in this direction, several sources close to the original Google occasions by the very serious New York Times , say that Google Maps application for iOS will be available well before the end of the year.

Remains whether Apple may wish to validate and accept on its App Store, or if this will be a significant new episode of the alleged thermonuclear war between the two big boys .

Meanwhile, despite some shortcomings, it is clear that plans on iOS6 is quite impressive in terms of speed of loading and framerate. I enjoy the views of my good city of Lyon in 3D.

Google with its Program for Entrepreneurs, Google Wants Good for Entrepreneurs

There are approximately 400 million entrepreneurs around the world in 54 countries. Beyond the innovation that can represent an incredible pool, assuming that each successful project and creates his own job at least, it lets us imagine the potential in terms of employment.

Google has not forgotten that just ten years ago, it was still a startup become, decided to get involved in the world of entrepreneurs and has launched Google for Entrepreneurs, an ambitious and world for its support to entrepreneurs.

Google for Entrepreneurs program has three components:

partnership with organizations that help entrepreneurs in local communities
programs run by Google that are available to its staff and contractors tools
Google provide tools suitable for startups in the growth phase

Google is already a partner or sponsor of many organizations and incubators, as is the case for example with Silicon Sentier and Camping in Paris.

The program includes targeting packages including Google Apps, Google Adwords or Google+ for Business, which allows the transition to the Mountain View company to do a little self-promotion of its services to young entrepreneurs in the pocket.

The Autonomy of the iPhone 5 Under Scrutiny

If there is a point common to the best black smartphones, and whatever operating system they boarded, it is autonomy. Indeed, race performance requires, smartphones increasingly struggling to show a satisfactory autonomy. This is an opportunity to review the latest in the Cupertino: the iPhone 5.

Not talking about the iPhone 5 compare to its competitors Android or Windows Phone, but after analyzing the various tests by iLounge and Macworld how does the battery last smartphone of Apple brand. The only comparison come from his elders, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

It is therefore necessary, before rushing headlong on the results to see the iPhone 5 is no miracle on the side of autonomy and often worse than its predecessors, recalling the news brought by this iPhone 5 . Indeed, the iPhone 5 feeds a larger screen than previous models and is equipped with LTE, two innovations for the benefit of the user, but which requires more battery power always wanted one especially Apple impressive finesse (7.6 mm) and a weight lowered.

Let us initially on testing performed by James Galbraith site , the latter wished to verify the argument that Apple announced on its website up to 10 hours of video playback. The last three generations of iPhone updated with iOS 6, are present as well as the iPad 3rd generation and iPad 2 for a test that is to read 120 minutes of video in a loop until total exhaustion battery, in airplane mode, the screen brightness to 200 nits and the volume adjusted to two squares.

The result is clear, the iPhone 5 finishes last with 8:21 minutes is about 6% less than the iPhone 4S (8h54min) and 4% lower than the iPhone 4 (8h42min), it is therefore far enough away from the announcement of Apple, it is true rather optimistic, which was "until 10" video playback. The performance of the iPhone 5 is not bad considering that it has a larger screen, displaying more pixels than the iPhone 4 and 4S ship the same screen.

ILounge side, we pushed further tests and verified the independence of the smartphone on the 4G network AT & T and Verizon. Tricked by the words "up to 8 hours on 3G" for internet browsing, the iPhone 5 has taken 4 hours and 44 minutes surfing 4G AT & T (Verizon 5h15min) with two bars of signal LTE. So a disappointing score but as for video playback, the announcement by Apple is in the best case and depends on the quality of the network. An observation also applies to the results obtained for phone calls: If the iPhone 4S was pretty well up to expectations with 7h16min against 8h promised by Apple, the iPhone 5 was less with 6 hours and 15 minutes for Smartphone AT & T and 6 hours and 6 minutes for Verizon.

The side of good points, note that the iPhone 5 is better than its predecessor in terms of recording 1080p with 2 hours 30 minutes 2 hours 20 minutes against the iPhone 4S. Video playback on the other hand gives very different results from those of Macworld, the iPhone 5 doing better than the estimate of 10 hours of Apple with 11 hours 7 minutes with a volume of 50%.

If the result may depend on the settings and the video used, it should be noted that the results are generally below announcements Apple, showering optimism Wall Street Journal ( great battery life ) and Engadget ( Better battery life ? Actually, yes. ) who were enthusiastic about the autonomy of the new iPhone. The answer may come from iOS 6 if one believes the site Mashable that explains a simple Google search can see many testimonies of purchasers of iPhone 5 frustrated by the autonomy of the latest smartphone from Apple , joined by owners of iPhone 4 and 4S also note autonomy diminished since the transition to iOS6.

The Country Most Active on Twitter is China

China is one of the most powerful and populous in the world, it is not uncommon that the country holds leading positions in all kinds of lists. A new study reveals that China is the most active country on Twitter ... while the social network is blocked in this country!

For over three years now, the social network is indeed inaccessible to the average user but can be reached with various tools such as VPN that can pass the firewall. Finally, some third party services are not (yet) blocked by the government and can therefore easily post on Twitter.

According to this study Emarketer, based on figures from GlobalWebIndex dated 11 September 2012, China has more than 35.5 million active users, followed by India with 33 million and the U.S. with 22.9 million. At European level, the most active countries are the United Kingdom with 6.6 million, Spain with 5 million, Italy with 3.1 million, Germany with 2.4 million and France with 2.2 million.

GlobalWebIndex estimated that there are approximately 124 million users who have posted on Twitter during the quarter and 262 million users can be considered active. On Facebook , the numbers are higher: 400 million users have posted on the social network during the same period and 653 million are active users.

Play Google Passes 25 Billion Downloads

Google announced on its official blog that the Android application store for Google Play Android devices, had crossed the threshold of 25 billion downloads. Three months ago, American society was already celebrating the milestone of 20 billion.

If one considers the graph (see below), the growth of downloads began in 2011 and accelerated in 2012. An ascent which corresponds to the mass adoption of the Android mobile OS in the world with market shares are growing.

Google says there are now 657,000 applications on Google Play heels so closely that the Apple App Store, the apps store for iOS devices. It counted 700,000 apps according to Cupertino. If we continue the comparison, it took 3 years and 11 months Google Play (launched on 22 October 2008 under the name Android Market) to reach 25 billion downloads while the App Store has reached in 3 years and 8 months.

To celebrate this symbolic figure, Google is launching a series of promotions with special offers. Thus, ompter today and during the next 5 days, users can purchase apps from major publishers (including Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runstatic, Full Fat and others) cost. Promotions also concern from music, movies, books and magazines.

LIFX, Intelligent bulb Connected to Your Smartphone

LIFX, "the smartest bulb in the world" as its creators describe, is ambitious and promises many customization possibilities for big savings with a simple swipe of a finger.

Her name LIFX and Phil is Bosua, assisted by a group of boys (Andrew Birt, Andy GELME John Bosua Ben Hamey, Dave Evans and Guy King), who is at the origin. During six months, the team has designed, developed and tested for their project finally propose to participatory financing (crowdfunding) on Kickstarter . Their goal was to raise $ 100,000 and will be reached in just a day. At the time of this writing, the project has attracted more than 1.3 million. Knowing that LIFX will remain 50 days Kickstarter, its creator are right to feel grow wings and see, perhaps, their baby beat the record Ouya , who had met 4 million.

Specifically, the principle of LIFX could not be more simple: a light bulb , the look altogether traditional, coupled with a mobile application. If the installation of the bulb is traditional, the duo offers a wide range of options and gives this old-world object (or almost) connected dimension, design, economical and ecological.

Thus, thanks to the application via WiFi and connected to each of the lamps, it is possible to change the color of the LED, increase or decrease the intensity of light, create moods depending on the music played, etc.. All this on a case-by-case basis or in groups of bulbs previously set. Finally, we note the possibility of any light upon his arrival in the house or off his departure, or to set up a secure mode for the holidays. Of course, the physical switches connected to the bulbs still work,  "they could at most be slightly jealous" of their rival mobile, as specified in the project page.

Originally $ 69 to $ 490 Unit 10 bulbs, all price ranges are exhausted, but it is always possible to make a donation "just to help" and ask to be informed of news LIFX, knowing that Orders will be fulfilled in March 2013. The application LIFX, meanwhile, will be offered free, first on iOS and Android, with a possible future development for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Google Maps for Android: New Update Version 6.5

Google has released a new version of Google Maps for Android. This update (version 6.5) includes some improvements mainly concerning the resolution of the images.

The home screen of Google Maps Navigation has been revised, but only for smartphones running Android 4.0 +. For others, especially those with a high-definition screen, such as the Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung Galaxy S II or Motorola Droid Razr, the cards are displayed more accurately with better resolution.

On the other hand, Google Maps 6.5 for Android can now select priority mode of transport and route options for 475 cities in the world.

To download or update Google Maps on Android,  Visit Google Play , your PC or your smartphone.

Indoor Google Maps for France Available on Android

With its indoor maps, Google Maps makes life easier for many travelers and tourists. Google distills 10,000 for the United States, Canada and Japan, but also Switzerland and the UK since July 2012.

The Mountain View company now announces indoor maps for airports, museums and shopping centers in France. They arrive via the application Maps for Android. However useless to look for them via Google Maps on the Web since only Android smartphones benefit.

For starters, Google has 50 of these cards (full list below), but indicates that more will arrive soon.

Stores and other large surfaces are associated with Google. In some large areas of Carefree, the rays you specified plus signs to direct you. Paris airports Charles de Gaulle and Orly and Lyon Saint Exemplary are among the 50 proposed indoor maps by Google.

Four museums are also associated with Google (including Le Palais de la Découverte). But we may regret the absence of the Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre.

  • Airports

Paris - Charles de Gaulle 

Lyon - Saint Exupéry 


  • Stores






Galeries Lafayette 



Leroy Merlin 



  • Malls

BAB 2 

Bay 2 

Sénart Square 

Carrousel du Louvre 

Cité Europe 


76 Docks 

Vauban Docks 


Forum des Halles 

Gaite Montparnasse 

L'Usine Opal Coast 

The Golden Fleece 

Labège 2 

Les Quatre Temps 

Lyon Part-Dieu 

Mériadeck / Les Passages 

Nice Etoile 

Palace Congress 

Parly 2 

Place arc 

Rennes Alma 


Rosny 2 

Saint Sever 

Ulis 2 

Factory Fashion and Home / CUV 

Usine Roubaix 

Velizy 2 

Villeneuve 2

  • Museums

Music City 

City of Science and Industry 

iPhone 5: Google Maps iOS6 a Hope?

It was a buzz around the launch of the iPhone 5: Google Maps native application has disappeared, replaced by the Maps application developed by Apple. Problem, even if the 3D rendering is in the opinion of many observers much better than Google Earth on Android, the whole is less accurate, and even completely to pick up (I dare not say the street) in terms of accuracy of cards and their synchronization with the GPS device. Result: very random plans and GPS guidance that you could lose if you make up a highway in the opposite direction (the expected first lawsuits against Apple on the subject ...).

Google Maps to find iOS6, there are currently only official solution, but it is not nearly as effective: use the web application Google Maps pointing the browser's address on iPhone 5 and to facilitate future reference, record the favorite site icon on the screen, such as an application.

Salvation will come from Jailbreak

However, there may be hope for another solution, and how often the salvation would still side hackers. One of them claims to have been able to make a change on an iPhone 3GS with iOS6 which allows you to install and run Google Maps. According to him it is still unstable, but he promises that it will provide as soon as the method will become reliable file to download for the iPhone 5, provided of course that it is jailbroken.

Meanwhile it shows proof of his hack in a short video. Fake or real? It is of course say that we want a video but here it is not clear what would be the point of inventing such a story.

Of course the ideal would be that Google Maps application to download as has already been done for YouTube (which was also transferred from the latest iPhone), but according to some information that is not in the immediate plans...

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