Business apps for Apple's iPhone, iPad

Top Business apps for Apple's iPhone, iPad
Apple iPad Apps Development - Experience the New Age of Tablet PC
Apple always brings a revolution in the technology through its products. It has created a separate market (niche market) for itself. Today, Apple is booming for its tremendous and highly acceptable products in the world market.

Recently, Apple has launched a tablet computer that is amazing and fresh technology. iPad has attracted many users over the world. It has created its own market in the world. It has developed a platform for the audio and visual media. The look of it makes it as a pearl of the device.

iPad has open the new path to see the technology world in the different way. It has opened new doors of application development. It has boosted new users to avail this tremendous service developed by Apple Inc. It comes up with advanced and fascinating features that have to attract the users to use it.

Some stunning features of it take iPad apps development service to the top:
  • High-resolution 9.7-inch touch screen
  • iPod
  • Multitasking
  • iTunes
  • Virtual keyboard
  • Multimedia
  • Unique software
  • App store
  • Quick contacts
  • Connectivity and accessibility
  • iBooks
  • GPS Navigation
  • iWork
The main and the best feature of it is that its capability to run applications that has developed for iPhone and iPod. It is necessary to keep in mind the size of iPad. So, the iPhone application can be increased to the large iPad screen.

The demand of it is increasing day-by-day as the use of it is increasing in the iPad app development to create dynamic applications. It runs on the same operating system on which iPod and iPhone runs. It is exciting for the iPad developers to develop applications for the iPad. iPad apps development seems alike that of the iPhone application development. Dynamic applications for it can be created by iPad application development to make it more functional and richer.

iPad apps development can be avail for various applications as follows:
  • Business apps
  • Gaming apps
  • Finance and money application
  • Social networking apps
  • Education application
  • Utility apps
  • Shopping cart application
  • Multimedia
  • Entertainment application
  • E-book apps
  • Travel application
If you want to develop applications then you need to hire iPad app developer who provides you delightful service of iPad apps development at affordable cost with the quality.

Apart from the above applications, many other web apps are there to develop. Today, iPad is changing the mentality of the users and attract users to shift from computer and laptop to it. iPad has started a new age of devices and take the technology area to the top.

Samsung's Galaxy Gear

Wanted: Real convergence instead of 'accessories' like Samsung's Galaxy Gear

To hear consumer electronics vendors tell it I'm supposed to have a laptop, tablet, smartphone, maybe e-reader and now wearable "accessories" like Samsung's Galaxy Gear that'll reportedly run me $299.

It's a bit much. Way too much.

Samsung's Galaxy Gear would look enticing at the right price. About $150 approaches the right price, but $99 is definitely the right price. After all, you're asking me to take along yet one more thing to distract me from the present moment.

But there's a bigger problem here: The concept of convergence has died. If you're a true uber techie you're wearing Google Glass and a smart watch as you carry around your smartphone (not to mention tablet and maybe laptop). Good luck with that. How many tweet receptacles does one person really need? How many ways to take a picture are really necessary? How many devices do people need simply to conduct happiness fraud on Facebook?

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I realize convertible laptops haven't caught on with the masses, but the idea is in the right place. At some point, I need to lug around less stuff. Wearable computing will be a big category, but it has to be more than an accessory. Don't give me a dumb device Bluetoothed to my smartphone. Give me something that'll replace the damn smartphone.

Samsung has urged us to design our lives. In Samsung's view, that design includes buying a lot of the company's gear. Other tech giants have the same view.

At some point, this "here's yet another computing device" strategy breaks down. People only have so much money and only so much brainpower and bandwidth for devices. There are already signs of computing saturation. Computing devices will just start cannibalizing each other in the future.

If you really want a better design for your life you may want to kick off this cannibalization process now. Here's your homework: Ruthlessly cut any device you have to think for 3 seconds about packing before a business trip. Maybe you'll miss that device you left home. My guess is you won't.

iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s

iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s: Connecting up the dots in Apple's plans


With Apple expected to launch new hardware next month, the rumour frenzy is building, but by now the speculation is coalescing into a comprehensible and even believable pattern: that Apple is likely to unveil two iPhones at an event in September: one premium model (thought to be called the iPhone 5s) and an economy sidekick (the iPhone 5c). It may even throw in an unexpected bonus by adding gold to its range of device colours.

But whatever Apple actually unveils, it will have to deal with a shifting smartphone landscape, marked by growing competition and fresh challenges. Here are some of the priorities that Apple needs to tackle — regardless of what colour its next handset turns out to be.

Turning dumbphones into iPhone fans

It may come as a surprise to those of us inside the high-tech filter bubble, but there are still some people out there who don't have a smartphone. In fact, there are quite a few, even in the US and western Europe (and plenty, plenty more in emerging markets). Persuading them that now is the time to make the jump from feature phone to smartphone, and chose Apple when they do, must be a top priority for Apple.

But it's not going to be easy: in a survey commissioned by Fortune, Samsung was found to be attracting more first-time smartphone buyers upgrading from feature phones (37 percent) than Apple (26 percent). An entry-level iPhone model that can trade on the cachet of Apple's premium brand could certainly help here, especially in developing markets.  

Taking on Android, and defending the iOS app ecosystem

Android phones continue to utterly dominate the smartphone market: Android increased its lead to 79 per cent of the market in the second quarter of this year (up from 64.2 percent in the second quarter of 2012), according to data from analyst Gartner, while iOS held a 14 percent share. It's a tough fight — Apple's family of (very similar) handsets versus pretty much the rest of the mobile industry.

And what of apps? While Apple users may spend more on their apps, Android users download on average the same amount per device, per month — and there are far more Android users out there. That means Android is becoming a more attractive development platform than it has been previously, analyst Benedict Evans points out. "This is a major strategic threat for Apple. A key selling point for the iPhone (though not the only one) is that the best apps are on iPhone and are on iPhone first," Evans writes on his website
His answer: a cheaper iPhone to push up market share and protect the broader app ecosystem.

Laying the foundations for the next big thing

While it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Gear will be the first of the new generation of smartwatches to hit the market, there has been the constant tick-tock of leaks and rumours that suggest an iWatch is on its way.

But apart from the 'quantified self' fans, there's not a clear demand for smartwatches (or Google Glass either) yet. That means Apple needs to start laying the foundations for wearable devices and explaining why anyone ought to care.

Elsewhere, there's plenty of speculation that Apple will finally add the long-expected biometrics to its next iPhone. As my ZDNet colleage Jason O'Grady points out, adding biometrics could (assuming the implementation is decent) open the way for a whole new range of mobile payments applications.

Stop the average selling price slide

But while Apple's sales have continued to grow, the company has faced a significant drop in the average selling price (ASP) of its smartphones: despite the iPhone 5 being the most popular model, its ASP declined to the lowest figure registered by Apple since the iPhone's launch in 2007, thanks to strong sales of the iPhone 4, according to analysts Gartner.

The declining ASP suggests a need for a new flagship model, but introducing a new lower-priced model alongside could risk even greater cannibalization than is happening with the iPhone 4. Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta has warned: "Despite being seen as the less expensive sibling of the flagship product, it would represent a new device with the hype of the marketing associated with it." Launching a premium model and an economy handset could reduce the risk, but Apple has to get the balance between the two right.

Regaining momentum and defeating iPhone fatigue

It's incredibly hard to deliver major innovations in the smartphone realm, but following the underwhelming iPhone 5 launch, Apple needs to come up with something better than a gold iPhone to regain its momentum.

And much of its competition are currently quite invigorated: Samsung has done a good job with layering additional services on top of Android on the S4, the Motorola Moto X has some interesting new ideas and even BlackBerry's BlackBerry 10 operating system looks surprisingly elegant: Apple needs to leapfrog all of these. That iOS 7 has dumped the tired skeuomorphics of previous iterations suggests a step in the right direction.

The tablets of IFA 2013 LG G Pad 8.3

LG G Pad 8.3

LG hasn't made a big splash in tablets to date, but the Korean electronics giant hopes to change that with the G Pad 8.3, a rival to both the Apple iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7. Its screen size (8.3 inches) is a touch larger than the iPad Mini, while its 1,920x1,200 resolution is the same as the Nexus 7 (which packs those pixels into a smaller 7-inch display). 

It doesn't come with Android 4.3 like Google's latest (relying on 4.2.2 instead), but offers its own QPair feature that lets you sync your Android phone to the G Pad via Bluetooth. The tablet can then show you texts and calls from the phone. No firm release date has been announced, nor has LG said if the G Pad will reach North America or just be available to the rest of the world.

HP EliteBook Revolve 810 first impressions

HP EliteBook Revolve 810 first impressions: Solid convertible notebook

HP has long served up good laptops for the enterprise and the 11.6-inch EliteBook Revolve is a highly portable model for the business professional. Its styling is reminiscent of the convertible notebooks of old with a screen that swivels around to form a touch tablet.  

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When you tap the closed lid of the Revolve it feels like cheap plastic but in reality the laptop meets the MIL specifications for ruggedness. The construction is durable yet the laptop only weighs in at just over three pounds to keep things light. The 11.6-inch screen means the Revolve is only slightly bigger than the industry standard for size, the MacBook Air.  
Hardware specifications as reviewed
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 (not Haswell), 1.9GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB (SSD)
  • OS: Windows 8
  • Display: 11.6-inch (1366x768) 
  • Networking: Intel 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth
  • Ports: 2 USB 3.0; DisplayPort; headphone/microphone combo; power; docking connector; RJ-45
  • Slot: microSD
  • Camera: 720p webcam
  • Dimensions: 8.34 x 11.22 x 0.80 in (212 x 285 x 22.2 mm)
  • Weight: 3.08 lb (1.4 kg)
  • Battery: 6-cell Polymer Battery (44 WHr), up to 8 hours
  • Price: $1,449
Twisty screen
Swivel screen mid-swivel
The HP EliteBook Revolve is an old-school convertible notebook with a screen that swivels around to cover the keyboard. In this configuration it is a decent touch tablet (no pen support), although it's a bit heavy to use for extended periods.

Update: HP has informed me that the Revolve does support the pen but requires the purchase of a $49 pen from HP.

The keyboard is quite good which makes the Revolve a decent laptop with a touch screen to take full advantage of Windows 8. Windows is controlled handily with the touch screen, keyboard, and responsive touchpad. 

The display is not high resolution (1366x768) but it works well with the relatively small screen (11.6in). The viewing angles are reasonable and the swivel screen allows working in a variety of configurations. The hinge is easy to move the screen around and feels durable for long-term use.
The laptop has a good range of ports as expected in a business-class device. There are two USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort for working with projectors, and a jack for wired ethernet connections. Controls (power, radio on/off, and volume) are on the side of the unit to be accessible in both laptop and tablet modes.

There is an optional docking station ($199) for turning the Revolve into a desktop system when docked. This dock adds four USB ports, which means it serves as a hub of sorts. HP did not supply a docking station for this review.

The HP EliteBook Revolve has the quality one comes to expect from the company's business laptop line. It is expensive compared to consumer products ($1,449) but has a lot of enterprise security features included to meet corporate requirements.
  • Rugged construction
  • Fast
  • User-replaceable battery
  • Convertible to tablet
  • Expensive
  • Heavy for tablet use
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Tablet mode
Tablet configuration

Ports (Left-Right): RJ-45; USB 3.0; Lock; DisplayPort; USB 3.0; Power
Side controls
Controls (Left-Right): Power, Radio on/off; Volume rocker