Furthermore, when installing the app, it clearly states that it will be taking this information. It does not say what they will be doing with it, but this clearly should have raised some red flags for a simple flashlight app. Like long ULAs, users don’t read what these apps are asking permission for and just click through.
I am on the board of a school in NYC and we are currently in the process of deploying iPad 2s. In doing so, I was tasked with finding a case that was suitable to protect these devices from everyday use in an educational environment. I first looked at Apple’s Smart Cover and Smart Case. They are both light and aesthetically pleasing, but is expensive and did not provide the protection we thought we needed.
I scoured the web for alternatives and came across the Snugg Ultra Thin. I contacted the company and they were nice enough to send me one to try. I’ve been using it on my iPad 2 for two weeks now and am pleasantly surprise on how well it’s held up.
The packaging is decent, but my initial reactions when holding the case for the first time was that it felt cheap and in actuality it is cheap. The Snugg case goes for $35.99, that’s less than half of what Apple charges for their Smart Case ($79) and less than Apple’s Covers ($39). It consist of a shell that’s made out of plastic and a polyurethane cover.
The iPad attaches to the case’s shell via the four corn clips. When locked in, the iPad is very securely attached and maybe be even a little difficult to remove. I accidently dropped by iPad from a four foot tall table on a carpeted floor and it was still in pristine condition and the case didn’t even budge. The case is very light and a little flimsy on it’s own, but feels more substantial when attached to the iPad. It adds minimal bulk and provides many of the features that you come to expect from an iPad case. The buttons, ports, camera, and speakers are exposed for easy access/use and the cover folds up to create a stand.
The cover does not have any magnets like Apple’s Smart Case or Covers, but still folds into place to mimic similar functionality. I used it both horizontally as a stand when using the keyboard and vertically when viewing videos for long periods of time. In both situations, it proved to be just as sturdy as Apple’s Smart Case and more sturdy than Apple’s Smart Covers. It also supports the automatic sleep and wake feature, where you can open or close the cover to wake or sleep your iPad. But because it lacks magnets, the cover will not stay closed and this could be problematic depending on your usecase.
The bottom line is the Snugg Ultra Thin Case is a great value. It pairs well with the iPad and provides exceptional protection without degrading the design or functionality. It is one of the contenders for our iPad deployment in education. It’s available for the iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad 4.
Michael A. Prospero of Laptop Mag comparing the iPhone 5s and Lumia 1020’s camera:
The iPhone 5s conclusively beat the Nokia Lumia 1020 in our photo face-off, taking seven out of 10 rounds–and tying one. Even after updating the Lumia 1020′s camera software, which reduced issues with the blue color cast on many images, colors were still more accurate on the iPhone. Apple’s device also excelled when delivering detail and contrast.
The advantage that the Lumia 1020 has is that you can recompose your shot after you take it because of the phone’s very high 41-MP resolution. Overall, though, the iPhone 5s snapped better-looking images in a wider range of conditions.
To be fair, the Lumia 1020 offers much greater control over individual settings, letting the user manually adjust ISO, shutter speed, white balance and more. However, when it comes to being able to whip your phone out of your pocket and fire off a quick shot or two — the way most smartphone cameras are used — the iPhone 5s is the better everyday smartphone camera.
Nokia’s approach of equipping their Lumias with powerful hardware is being beat by seamingly Apple’s software.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance…
Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.
It looks like the implementation was an after thought. It’s in an awkward location and is not meant for enhance the user experience. In fact, if you want to use the scanner, the experience is worse than not using it.
Apple is cannibalizing their Mac sales with iPads. Does it really matter? At the the end of the day, they are still getting your money. I would argue that they are getting more of it too because many upgrade their iPad a lot more frequent than their Macs.