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Apple’s new iOS 7 looks for inspiration to please

6a00e54f916452883401901d42c1af970b-320wiApple’s mobile operating system iOS has gone under the knife to get some major plastic surgery, giving it a fresh new look that’s drastically different from what we’re used to.

But some might say it’s not a whole lot different compared to the features and design basics that Android, BlackBerry 10 and even Windows Phone users have been enjoying.

Apple unveiled iOS 7 at its WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) Monday, the biggest change since the launch of the mobile operating system back in 2007.

What’s most noticeable is that all of the system graphics and menus are a lot more basic-looking.

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Remember the names of people you meet at meetings with Cardign app for iPhone

The Cardign app is shown in this screenshot.

The Cardign app is shown in this screenshot.

We all know the feeling:

You’re at a party introduced to someone who looks incredibly familiar. You swear you’ve met them before, but you’re not sure what their name is, or how you know them.

Cardign is an app that aims to help you connect the people you meet to the places you met them and the connections you made.

The iPhone app works by building a database of the people you come across – from photos to social networking connections..

On principal, people who get the app add themselves to the database.

If you get the app, all you need to do is take three different pictures of yourself in three main poses. Then, the app figures out a database of users.

Should you see someone you recognize at a networking event, a board meeting a shmoozefest, take their picture using the app.

When the app recognizes them, you’ll get their contact information, like Twitter, Foursquare and LinkedIn, via the app. If they’re not already in the system, you can add them and the relevant details. What’s helpful is that you can also add the details about when and where you me that person.

Regardless of whether you recognize the bigshot or the low-level network, there’s a way to make a link no matter how bad your memory is.

As featured on Season 3 Episode 29 of App Central.

Is Apple testing the next iPhone 6?

A new report suggests Apple is already testing the next generation iPhone – and one analyst thinks Apple could eventually be selling coloured handsets.

According to tech news website The Next Web, Apple seems to be testing a new phone, judging by telltale signs left in software logs.

App developers working with Apple’s iOS operating system tell TNW that they have spotted logs for a device with the identifier “iPhone6.1” that’s running iOS 7.

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Partly Cloudy – the ultimate weather app

There’s weather apps, and then there’s Partly Cloudy. It’s quite possibly the best weather app you’ll find.

Partly Cloudy doesn’t just tell you the weather, it shows it to you.

After firing it up, the app shows you a visual representation of the day’s weather. The weather is represented by different colours displayed in a circle, with hotter temperatures showing up red, and cooler temperatures showing up blue.

A needle points to the current temperature, which you can slide from from left to right to see the days’ different temperatures.

Since weather involves more than just the temperature, a blue bubble within the circle shows when you’ll get precipitation – and how much will fall.

iPhone 5 review: Minor updates keep Apple’s phone in front

Apple’s newest smartphone improves on several features that needed an upgrade, but is it enough to make it the best device out there?

The most noticeable thing you’ll spot with the iPhone 5 is that it’s slightly longer, sporting a 4-inch screen that’s larger only in length. It’s not quite up there with the big 4.3 and 4.8-inch touchscreens on Android devices.

Physically, the handset is only about 4 mm longer, and it’s still the same width. Otherwise, the 5 is lighter and thinner than the 4S.

The taller screen, however, plays 16×9 HD video like a proper widescreen TV, no more letterboxing on the side. With its predecessors, you’d get a bit of black around the edges. It also helps that the screen appears to show deeper colours with more clarity

The iPhone 5 looks good, that’s for sure, with a new aluminum body that looks better and is actually stronger – able to withstand an unfortunate tumble from my hand (down to concrete). In terms of design, it’s almost like the Porsche 911. Very predictable, very consistent, but Apple is just making minor tweaks over the years.

A faster A6 chip powers the phone through apps and multi-tasking better than on the 4S. Apple says it’s up to twice as fast as the old chip (A5) although it’s not blatantly obvious unless you play a lot of games. Those apps, such as Asphalt 7, play smoother and with virtually no lag on the iPhone 5.

My favourite feature on the iPhone 5 is its LTE connectivity, which lets users surf the web at speeds comparable to a home or office Internet connection, compared to connecting via 3G.

While the high-speed LTE coverage isn’t widespread yet, it helps load pages and social media feeds almost instantly when you’re in range.

The iPhone 5 also sports dual-band 802.11n wireless, so you can take advantage of quick Wi-Fi networks and data transfer rates.

Apple is introducing a dramatically new  headphone design with the new earbuds they supply with the iPhone 5. Fortunately, music sounds much better from the new pair.

The camera underwent a minor update, capturing better photos in low-light situations with more vivid colour saturation – but sometimes with noticeable and undesirable chromatic aberration (purple haze) when taking pictures into direct sunlight or indoor lighting.

Ultimately, it’s not all good news. In terms of battery life, it seems the iPhone 5 runs out of juice about 10 per cent earlier than with the 4S. A larger screen, faster processor and LTE connectivity are likely to blame for sucking the juice dry noticeably quicker.

The new Lightning connector is also another sour spot, particularly if you’ve been in Apple’s mobile ecosystem for a while. The connector is sturdier and smaller, but means some will have to buy adaptors for their speaker docks, car chargers, etc. It’s almost like the switch from Beta to VHS years ago. Some of your gear and your media is going to be useless.

If you have any previous iteration of the iPhone except the 4S, the 5 is worth upgrading. The iPhone 5 is also worthwhile if you’re looking for an app ecosystem more robust than what’s available with Android.

But don’t forget to explore the Samsung Galaxy S III or LG’s Optimus G – especially if you’d like a big screen. The iPhone 5 has both close on its heels in its rear-view mirror.

WorldCard Mobile business card reader

WorldCard Mobile is an app that helps scan, store and organize your business card collection in a digital format on your phone.

Fire up the app and then scan any business card. The app then uses character recognition to translate the numbers and letters printed on the card into relevant data, grouping a contact’s information by name, number, email address…well you get the idea.

If the app doesn’t automatically recognize whether someone’s phone number is their office or cell number, you can manually add that in. But for the most part, the app gets it.

You can then add this new contact info to your phone’s address book, or send it to the cloud using Google Contacts. And if they didn’t include their Twitter or Facebook information info on their business card, you can look them up with the help of the app.

It’s available for iOS devices.

Popular app rates a person’s ugly factor, bullying experts concerned

An iPhone app that rates the ugliness of a face is catapulting up the charts following a radio mention – even though bullying experts are sounding the alarm.

Ugly Meter works by taking a picture of your face, and then scanning it for certain facial features. A green bar glides across the face, drawing polymetric shapes surrounding a person’s facial structure.

The app then produces a score out of ten on the “Ugly Meter.” And with this app, you’ll want to score like you do with golf: the lower the score, the better.

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