iOS 9 will allow users to temporarily delete apps to make room for updates

iOS 9 on iPhone 6 and iPad Air

One of the major setbacks of devices with 16 or even 8GB of storage is making room for Over-The-Air (OTA) updates that happen directly on the device, which can go from a few hundred megabytes up to actual gigabytes. When storage is running low you ought to delete something, but a new feature that appeared in iOS 9 beta 1 apparently solves this problem. If the device detects that there’s not enough room to start the update you are going to be prompted to allow a temporary “App Deletion”. When the update process will have finished, every app that has been deleted will automatically get downloaded again and installed seamlessly. Read More…

Holograms become a reality with Microsoft’s HoloLens at E3 2015

Do you remember the Enterprise‘s holodeck in Star Trek? Holograms have been a sci-fi dream for several decades. While we still don’t have entire rooms that can emulate real words through photons and force fields, HoloLens turned the dream in reality, or at least brought us very close to it.

During this years E3, despite all the triple A games that have been announced from various developers, they hardly match what we saw on Microsoft’s stage. Last year it was acquiring Mojang, including Minecraft for 2,5 billion dollars. HoloLens finally showed us a tangible reason for that move: controlling the game not with keyboard and mouse on your computer, but using your hand, eyes and HoloLens to see, control and modify an holographic representation of Minecraft’s world. With 55 millions of copies sold worldwide, Minecraft has been an incredible success that has a vast playerbase already, which can be used to act as a springboard for HoloLens to be sold to customers.

However the applications of such technology do not encompass only the gaming industry. Things like engineering and designing will literally come out from the screen, while being able to interact with in a truly tridimensional world. Everyday life would benefit too by emulating through holograms several things we do already with computers like surfing the web, playing, watching TV; nearly everything.

What we saw might have been a scaled down demonstration of what HoloLens can do, but there’s no doubt that the fundamentals for such technology are now in place.


In Italiano

Vi ricordate il ponte ologrammi dell’Enterprise in Star Trek? Gli ologrammi sono stati un sogno fantascientifico per alcune decadi. Anche se non abbiamo ancora intere sale capaci di replicare il mondo reale mediante fotoni e campi di forza, HoloLens ha trasformato il sogno in realtà, o perlomeno ci ha portati molti più vicini.

Durante l’E3 di quest’anno, a dispetto dei numerosi titoli a tripla A annunciati dai vari sviluppatori, difficilmente si regge il confronto con ciò che abbiamo visto sul palco di Microsoft. L’anno scorso stava acquistando Mojang per la cifra di ben 2,5 miliardi di dollari. HoloLens ci ha finalmente dato una prova tangibile per tale mossa: controllare il gioco non mediante tastiera e mouse sul nostro computer, ma usando la nostra mano, occhi e HoloLens per vedere, controllare e modificare il mondo di Minecraft in una rappresentazione olografica. Con 55 milioni di copie vendute in tutto il mondo, Minecraft è stato un successo incredibile in termini di vendite che vanta una base di giocatori vastissima, la quale può essere utilizzata come un ottimo trampolino di lancio per la vendita di HoloLens.

Tuttavia le applicazioni di tale tecnologia vanno ben oltre la sola industria videoludica. Cose come l’ingegneria e la progettazione usciranno letteralmente dallo schermo, essendo in grado di interagirvi in un mondo realmente tridimensionale. Anche la vita di ogni giorno ne beneficerebbe, emulando cose che già facciamo con i computer come navigare sul web, giocare, guardare la TV; praticamente tutto.

Quello che abbiamo visto all’E3 potrebbe essere stata una anteprima ridotta delle vere capacità di HoloLens, ma non c’è dubbio che i fondamenti per tale tecnologia siano stati messi.

Apple WWDC 2015 roundup: improving the fundamentals of OS X and iOS, watchOS 2 and Apple Music

During this week Apple has showed off the upcoming versions of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9,  alongside Apple Music on which we’ll come back later.

OS X El Captain head

As far as it goes for El Capitan, it’s based on the precedent release of Yosemite, which brought in all the UI updates that we have since last year. Indeed, El Capitan is actually a mountain that’s found inside Yosemite National Park in California.

Refinements span throughout the whole system: from entire apps like Notes, to the details like the new font San Francisco, made especially for Retina displays or the trackpad shaking to reveal where the pointer is. Mission Control and Exposé have been greatly improved, while reducing at the same time the number of steps needed to sort out the desktop. With a simple swipe you can see what’s going on your Mac, and pull one or even two apps full screen side-by-side. Read More…

Windows 10 will come out in 7 different flavors, and they’re five too many

Myerson Terry Windows 10

One of the things that has ever distinguished Mac OS X and Windows are the number of versions available to the user. OS X has one that’s released and updated every year. Make that two if you want to count OS X Server, which is essentially OS X with an app made to handle other devices or computers at once.

However Microsoft just won’t make that happen. Windows 7 differentiated between Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, Windows 8 between normal and Pro and Windows 10 in… seven, more than the common user can even get to differentiate: Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, Windows 10 Education, Windows 10 IoT Core. Read More…

iOS SSL security flaw forces devices in an endless reboot loop: had the iPad replaced for that.

Recently researches of Skycure have discovered an SSL security flaw in iOS systems which allows an external attacker to force your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in an endless reboot process, thereby making them useless.

The exploit uses a malevolent SSL certificate that makes the operative system crash every time it attempts to use a secure connection under Wi-Fi connectivity. Because of that, even if you had known what was causing the problem, you would never had the time to shut down your Internet connection on the device.

The flaw, named “No iOS Zone” first appeared on a video which showed an iPhone 5S stuck in reboot mode.

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