Thursday, May 5, 2011

Customize iOS notifications and multitask using the volume keys now available in Cydia




Everybody knows that the iOS notification system is way overdue for a much-needed refresh. It needs to be rethought from the ground up, if fan-made concepts are an indication. In the meantime, you can customize the look and feel of of the boring blue iOS notification alert using AlertArtist, a tweak for jailbroken devices available on the Cydia store.

The program lets you customize a number of elements, such as typeface and the color of border, font and shadow. Or, you can quickly switch between one of the pre-installed templates. If you’ve been on the lookout for the ultimate multitasking tweak for your jailbroken device, look no further than Physwitch.

Physwitch, another handy Cydia tweak seen in the below video, lets you easily switch between running apps by hitting the volume up and down keys. You can set the app to activate, say, when you hit both buttons simultaneously. This lets you use the volume keys to both multitask and control the volume.

Although Apple is known to pull apps that mess with the iPhone’s hardware buttons, we’d love to see them bake a better way of multitasking into future iOS updates. Physwitch is a two bucks download and AlertArtist costs 99 cents. Both programs are found inside the BigBoss repository.

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New concept marries Polaroid Pogo to an iPhone 4 case




I bet you’d want an iPhone case that doubles as a portable Polaroid printer, like the one envisioned in the above shot. It’s just an artist’s rendition, mind you. Give a thumbs-up for this one to freelance designer Mac Funamizu who designed an imaginary iPhone dock which can instantly print iPhone images. But why bother? Funamizu explains on his blog:

I wish there were an iPhone dock that instantly prints out the photo you take. Yes, I’m one of those people who still relish the feel (and smell) of photos.
It’s not just a pretty render – this wondrous concept accessory has been conceived with two cool features in mind…




Pay attention to the below render and you’ll notice a QR code which links to the original image hosted on online services like Flickr or Photobucket.

Another example of thinking outside the box is the optional addition of a map showing the location where the image was taken.

If you ask me, Funamizu’s concept doesn’t seem unrealistic given that Polaroid Pogo can print your photos on the go (seen at the bottom). I give it a 50 percent chance of becoming a real product.




Above: The QR code and a location map on the back of the photo in Funamizu’s concept
Below: Polaroid Pogo


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IDC: iPad and other ARM devices can be classified as PCs




Influential market research firm IDC has begun listing ARM-based mobile chips alongside Intel PC processors. Previously, smartphone and tablets chips based on Arm Holdings’ CPU blueprints were listed in a category separate of Intel-based PC chips. CNET relayed an IDC research note that says:

For the first time, IDC is forecasting PC microprocessor units by processor architecture, including those based on x86 (Intel and Advanced Micro Devices) and those based on ARM.
IDC didn’t say whether the change means categorizing iPad as a personal computing device. If so, grim surveys showing a decline in consumer PC sales might look different. Folks are increasingly picking up tablets and prolonging computer upgrades. IDC expects that by 2015 over thirteen percent of PC processors will be based on ARM designs.

A number of chip makers have licenses ARM’s IP. ARM-designed processors are then combined on a single die with other components, such as graphics cores, the memory controller and logic that binds it all together. ARM’s CPU designs dominate in the mobile space, powering the vast majority of smartphones and tablets out there. This includes market leading iPad plus iPhone 4 and iPod touch.

Apple’s A5 chip in iPad 2 is based on ARM’s dual-core Cortex-A9 processor design and is being manufactured by Samsung, which is also an ARM licensee. Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, chip makers behind processors in most Android devices, use ARM designs.

Graphics giant Nvidia also licensed ARM chips for its Tegra processors. The company should debut a new desktop chip by 2012 capable of running Windows 8 as Microsoft announced at CES 2011 that its operating system will support ARM-based architectures in addition to Intel’s x86 platform.


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