Archive for December 12th, 2012

iPhone 5S rumours surface

According to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek, Apple may be releasing a new iPhone in the next six months. Misek, who spoke to Business Insider, stated that the phone would be known as the iPhone 5S. Like Intel, Apple commonly operates on a Tick-Tock strategy with one major revision (iPhone 4, iPhone 5) and one minor upgrade (iPhone 4S), so the iPhone 5S would make sense as being the next revision.

These minor upgrade cycles often include hardware changes, and that is reportedly true here as well. Misek claims that we’ll see an improved camera and NFC. An improved camera is definitely likely; it’s rare that Apple does not upgrade the camera in some way in a new iPhone. The iPhone 5S might be the first iPhone to come with a 12 or 13 megapixel sensor, but other smaller changes are also possible. NFC has always been a contentious point for Apple, but with the rise of many NFC iPhone 5 accessories they may have finally decided to include the functionality in the phone itself.

The analyst also suggested that for the first time, we’d see the iPhone come in colours other than black and white. With the rise of blue and white versions of the Galaxy S3 and the bold colours of Windows Phone 8X and Lumia 920 handsets, Apple may finally expand their chromatic range. They already produce iPod Touch models in a wide range of colours, so it’s definitely possible for them to do so.

According to Misek, there are also a number of iPhone 6 prototypes floating around, including a model with an Android-matching 4.8″ Retina+ IGZO display, an A7 quad-core processor and a new form factor with no home button. Of course, we’ve been hearing similarly outlandish rumours for some time now; without proof it seems a bit too much to believe – even for a phone that may be released more than a year from now.

What do you think – has this analyst got it right? I’m still wary, but on the whole the upgrades mentioned – camera, NFC, colours – are fairly safe bets and could well pan out. With Misek pinning the launch in June 2013, we won’t have too long to find out for sure.

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Microsoft to sell Surface at retail stores


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Surface Tablet (Photo credit: SpicaGames)

Microsoft said Tuesday it would make its Surface tablet available to outside sellers as soon as mid-December.

“The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see. We’ve increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface,” said Surface general manager Panos Panay, without providing any specific sales figures.

A Microsoft statement said retail stores in the United States and Australia would be the first to sell the introductory Surface model with Windows RT, which has many features of a tablet along with an attachable cover-keyboard.

Retail availability in other countries will be announced in the coming months, said Microsoft, which began selling the Surface through its website, its “pop-up” holiday stores and permanent branded stores.

“Our plan has been to expand the retail presence for Surface after the first of the year,” said Steve Schueler, head of retail sales for Microsoft.

“Based on interest from retailers, we are giving them the option to carry Surface with Windows RT even earlier.”

Microsoft also announced that some of its pop-up stores would remain open past the year-end holidays and several would become permanent Microsoft retail outlets.

“These stores will transition into either permanent brick-and-mortar retail outlets or specialty store locations,” a company statement said.

Surface, with a starting price of $499, is now sold at Microsoft retail stores in the United States and Canada and online in the US, Australia, Britain Canada, China, France and Germany.

Microsoft said last month that its Surface Pro, a version of its new tablet aimed at business users, would be available in January starting at $899 for US customers.

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WordPress 3.5 released

WordPress Version 3.5
WordPress Version 3.5, named for Elvin Jones, was released to the public. The version consists of many upgrades.

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How to optimize your blog for mobile

Why optimize your site for mobile? To encourage visitors to return! Have you ever tried to surf a site not optimized for mobile? They are often unreadable, and are often too hard to navigate. Optimization allows websites to adapt their ergonomics to make them more user-friendly and more fluid for use by mobile users. To optimize its SEO is another reason why you should make your blog optimized for mobile. There are mobile factors that are taken into account by search engines to determine the position of a website on the results page, and they are different depending on whether you are connecting from a desktop computer or a mobile device. For example, how the page is displayed on a laptop affects its indexing, but a site that is not optimized for searches via a mobile device will be at a disadvantage when competing for mobile device traffic.

A WordPress Blog

If your website/blog is developed in WordPress then there is nothing easier than optimizing it for mobile use. Install the plugin WP Touch and let yourself be guided during installation. The setting of preferences and graphics via this plugin is all you need to make your blog readable from any laptop or mobile device.

A Joomla Blog

Your website is developed in Joomla with their CMS (Content Management System), and you want it to be readable on Smartphone or tablet? You can download the extension “Joomla Mobile” that allows you to make it more readable on mobile devices. This is a custom-made plugin, so all you need to do is install it and follow its instructions.

HTML and CSS

If your website is developed hard with HTML and CSS, you must create a style that is uniquely for mobile reading. You will need to do this and name the file “mobile.css.” One of the most important things to do in order to optimize your site for a Smartphone is to create a style that is usable with a Smartphone, because you’re not going to want to display the same thing on a PC and a Smartphone. You are going to need to omit some things are like the sidebar, and some images. Other things you may need to add or change to make it perfect–this is why we must create a style sheet (mobile.css).

Adding the file to your host/server

Once you have created your style sheet, it needs to be added to your host or server, which may be done through embedding it into your current website and uploading pages. How you get your style sheet online is going to depend upon your own circumstances. You may be using HTML or your own CMS, so this is a part you will have to figure out yourself (for your own circumstances).

Check on your efforts

Once you are sure that you have created and uploaded your mobile website, you are going to have to check to see if it works. There are online tools that will help you to check the functionality of your mobile website. They are good if you want to thoroughly check every feature, but if you just want a brief overview of whether it functions or not, you need simply to access your site via a smart phone. Explore your mobile website and check any of its tools and a few of its links. If you are happy with it then you can leave it for now and run a full online analysis the next time you update it.

Duplicate content

The rules on this are a little bit blurry, but many people are saying that if your mobile website has the same content (duplicate) as your desktop website–it will be considered duplicate content. This means that one or both of your websites are going to be punished. How true this is–is unknown, but it does not seem like a risk worth taking.

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