Jack Dorsey, the founder and Chairman of Twitter must feel pretty good today. His next creation, Square, of which he is now the CEO has been adopted by Obama For America. For those of you who don’t know Square, Square is a mobile payment company with an unusual business model. Square gives out tiny white “Squares” that attach to the iphone/ipad/Android device through the headphone jack, and couples that with a mobile application which uses the square as a credit card reader. The square, and app are free, and in return Square (the company) receives a commission on the sale. Since the Obama campaign is expected to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in donations Square stands to make several million dollars out of this.
Recently, a new Siri knockoff was launched into the app store, and Android Market. Bad idea. The knockoff called Evi($.99) had so many downloads, and concurrently so many people using the app at the same time (several thousand people) that the servers were overloaded meaning it has barely worked over the past few days.
That is coupled with the fact that it lacks a lot of core functionality you would expect. First of all, the voice recognition is weak at best, and works accurately about 35-40% of the time. The app cannot send messages like Siri, and has a very weak places section that is poor at sorting. You cannot make phone calls. There is no intergration with other apps. Until they improve this app it is a waste of money.
Right now it scores a: (1/5 Do not Buy). For cheap or free decent Siri replacements check out our other article here. Subscribe to our email list, or feed for daily Tech news, Reviews, and How To’s.
The Apple ipad is now two. On January 27th of 2010 Apple unveiled the hit tablet. A year later they delivered the ipad 2 in white, and black as a faster, lighter tablet with cameras. The ipad is fast. The ipad has cameras. What can we expect from the ipad 3 when it comes out (within the next few months)?
We will see highly improved cameras. I expect that it will be the 1080p HD 8mp Camera set that is currently on the iphone.
We will definitely see improved battery life. I think Apple could shock the world with ana amazingly strong new battery. I’m calling a battery that can last one week of music playback. This isn’t just based on demand. Apple has filed patents for new long lasting batteries.
The new screen will be Retina quality or better unlike the previous two screens. This means that there are so many pixels that are so tiny that it will blend to the human eye. I could also see Apple bringing in a revolutionary new 3D screen that popularizes the medium. It will also probably be the new Gorilla Glass 2.0 instead of the Gorilla Glass original by Corning which will lead to a thinner ipad with more responsiveness and durability
I also think the latest and greatest ipad will have a shock factor. There will be something cool that no one has predicted. So get excited for the latest and greatest ipad, rolling out soon. Be sure to tweet this article and comment below on what you think the next ipad will be like. And subscribe to our feed for the latest and greatest in Apple News, How To’s, and reviews.