- How to add an app to Launch Center Pro for iPhone and iPad
- How to launch an app with Launch Center Pro for iPhone and iPad
- Open Launch Center Pro on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on the Edit button in the upper right hand corner.
- Here you can either tap on an empty square in the main screen to add an action, or open a group and create one within. In this example, I’m going to create an action inside the Apps group.
- Now tap on Action Composer.
- Choose an app category. Again this choice is yours and you can browse through each section to see which apps they contain.
- Tap on the app name in order to start creating an action. In my example, I’ll choose Fantastical.
- For this example, I just want the app to launch so I’ll select Launch Fantastical 2.
- Give your action a name if you haven’t already and then tap Done in the upper right hand corner.
- Tap on Done on more time to confirm.
That’s it, you’re now ready to start using your new action.
- Open Launch Center Pro on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on your action to launch the chosen app or tap and hold on a group to expand it.
- Now slide your finger to the action inside the group and release it on the action.
That’s it. The selected app will launch instantly.
Launching apps with Launch Center Pro is a great alternative to using folders that you have to continuously open and thumb through. Give it a try and tell us what you think as opposed to using folders!
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Oh noes! take into account about that nasty virus that’s causing HTC to delay the release of the one phone in the Netherlands? Much to our dismay, we ought to file the unfortunate news that the UltraPixel shortage has claimed another victim. Clove has just posted an update of the HTC One’s availability in the UK. According to the mobile retailer, HTC has now pushed back the UK launch of its flagship handset to the end of the month.
Yesterday was a huge day for HTC (and for bloggers covering the event, we may add).
HTC One price and availability
Clear, the beautiful, gesture-ridden list-keeper for iPhone, has been updated with the power to share lists through email.
The Wall Street Journal confirms in a new report that Nokia is going to release an Android-powered smartphone at the Mobile World Congress later this month.
The device will be “tailored in a way that won’t promote some of the key Google-developed features that a more traditional Android-powered phone might”, say people familiar with the matter cited by the WSJ. In other words, despite some speculation of the contrary, Nokia is indeed forking Android, and its devices won’t be compatible with Google’s Play store and other set of applications. Instead of Google’s apps like Gmail and Maps, the device will feature apps from Nokia and Microsoft, including the Here map service and the Mix Radio music service. Nokia will also be offering an app store of its offering Android apps.
As previously reported, Nokia was working on this Android fork back when Microsoft was preparing to make an offer for the Finnish company in the summer of last year. Microsoft is said to have several reasons for using Android along with its own Windows Phone operating system, including the need to utilize Nokia’s manufacturing capabilities and to offset some of the high costs of running its mobile division. Another big reason is, according to the WSJ’s sources, the fact that Windows Phone cannot run on low-end devices, forcing Microsoft to be “pragmatic” and adopt software made by its fiercest competitor for the entry-level smartphone segment.
Over the past weeks, several reports have painted an almost complete image of Nokia’s upcoming Android device, codenamed Normandy. The device will feature entry-level specifications and a design that reminisces of the Asha line, while on the software front, Nokia’s UI designers created a hybrid between Android and Windows Phone.
Nokia sent out invitations for an MWC event scheduled for the morning of February 24, which in the light of this report, seems a safe bet for the debut of Normandy. The theme of the event is “Under the Tree”, a possible clue to the commercial name of Nokia’s forked Android implementation.
Will be at MWC 2014, and Nokia will definitely be high on our priority list. What do you hope to see?
For 2014, HTC is betting on more devices and a renewed focus on marketing. After “years of development,” the company will launch its first wearable device by the end of the year.
Company executives talked to Bloomberg about the challenges and opportunities awaiting HTC, after a year of falling sales and financial losses. To fix the problems that beset it in 2013, HTC promised to diversify its product range and focus more on marketing. CFO and head of global sales Chang Chialin declared himself “positive and optimistic”, while Chairwoman Wang said the company would finally release a wearable by Christmas.
After “years of development and technical challenges” HTC is positive it solved some of the core problems that affect the wearable user experience, including battery life:
This isn’t the first time HTC talks about wearables. Back in October 2013, the company said it would release an Android-powered smartwatch with a built-in camera by the second half of 2014. At the time, CEO Peter Chou called existing smartwatches “gimmicks”, openly alluding to Samsung’s Galaxy Gear.
Wang admitted that, despite bold statements from last year, marketing is still not a major preoccupation for HTC: “To tell the truth, we never think marketing is that important — this is really not very good.” The company plans to use its marketing budget smarter, though it won’t necessarily increase spending. Last year, HTC contracted Robert Downey Jr for a billion marketing campaign, with great fanfare and little palpable results.
Finally, CFO Chialin stated HTC is currently fixing its portfolio in the mid- and low-end, segments he says HTC neglected in the past.
If you’ve been following HTC throughout 2013, these statements might sound very familiar – the company was vocal about doubling down on marketing and strengthening its mid-range portfolio. Will 2014 be any different? We hope so, but HTC has its work cut out, with fierce competition from every side.
The invitation says the probably Galaxy S5 launch event will take place in Barcelona at 8 p.m. local time, which translates to 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT. Like all other Samsung Unpacked events, this one will be streamed on Samsung’s YouTube channel so those of us who can’t make the trip out to MWC can watch the announcement as it happens.
There’s no real teaser image for the next Samsung flagship in the invitation, but there are a couple conspicuous “5”s in the invite. If that’s not a hint at the coming of the Galaxy S5, we don’t know what is. The S5 is the next major device we’re expecting from Samsung, so it only makes sense that it would launch at the company’s next big event. And the timing is just about a year after the launch of the Galaxy S4.
Recent rumors for the Galaxy S5 say the phone will come in two models, one with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM, and one with an eight-core Samsung Exynos 5430 and 3GB of RAM. The phone is expected to have a 5.2-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display, a 2MP front-facing camera, and a 16MP rear-facing camera. There’s also a strong possibility that Samsung will include a fingerprint scanner to better compete with Apple’s iPhone 5s.
What we don’t know is how the Galaxy S5 will play into Samsung’s recent agreement with Google to scale back its Android customizations. Several screenshots have leaked of the new UI that will replace TouchWiz, but they came before the agreement. Samsung may change the UI from those images to look more like stock Android, which many Android fans would no doubt like.
Are you ready for the Galaxy S5?
Samsung is reportedly developing smart eyewear, with a target launch at the IFA Berlin show in September.
According to an unnamed company official cited by the Korea Times, Samsung hopes to benefit from an early mover advantage in the budding wearable devices industry and is currently developing a Google Glass-type device. The smart eyewear is tentatively dubbed Galaxy Glass, the official said, and Samsung is aiming for a release at IFA 2014 at the earliest.
Samsung introduced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA last year, and said it would release a second generation of the device along the Galaxy S5 this spring.
Samsung realizes that wearable devices will require long term investment, according to the Korea Times’ source, but the company is betting on the category as the next big thing:
Back in October, the Wall Street Journal uncovered a patent application showing Samsung’s take on a smart sports glasses device (pictured below). Presumably similar in functionality with Google’s Glass, the device would connect to the user’s smartphone and display information for things like incoming phone calls, location, or fitness tracking.
Samsung has been rumored to work on smart glasses since May 2013, just months after Google released Glass to developers. The two companies announced yesterday a sweeping deal to cross-license their existing patents, as well as new patents for the next ten years. At least in theory, that means Samsung should be safe from IP attacks from Google related to upcoming Glass-like devices.
Besides Google and Samsung, a host of smaller players are developing smart glasses, including Epson and Vuzix, which we recently got to see at CES 2014. The wearable market as a whole is exploding, though until now most companies have focused on smart watches, rather than other types of wearables,
Three years after HP pulled the plug on its WebOS-powered smartphone line, the PC giant is back in the game with two new devices launching today in India.
While no press release has come our way yet, HP has talked to Re/code about its smartphone comeback and explained why it chose India for the launch.
At 6-inch and 7-inch respectively, the Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab are straddling the thin line that separates phones from tablets. HP is hoping to capture the attention of customers looking for all-in-one devices, a category that’s growing steadily in emerging markets like India. In fact, the Slate 7 VoiceTab appears to be a cell-enabled version of the Slate 7, a cheap tablet that HP announced at MWC 2013 and shipped last summer.
On the specs front, the Slate 6 features an IPS LCD display of 1,280 x 720 resolution, while the Slate 7 VoiceTab features a 1,280 x 800 display. Besides this difference, the specs seem largely similar: a quad-core processor of an unspecified brand, 16GB of internal storage with an expansion slot, front-facing stereo speakers, five megapixels cameras on the rear, and two megapixels on the front. The devices will be running Android 4.2 with some modifications from HP.
HP has not revealed the price of the new Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab, but judging from the spec sheets and the target customers, they should be quite accessible. The devices will become available from February in India, but HP has refused to provide more details on their eventual international availability.
“I won’t say where or when, but you can expect us to do more in the coming months,” an HP rep told Re/code. “We’ll be talking about this in a more expansive way. But right now we’re focused on a successful launch in India.” The PC making giant has presented the devices to retailers last week at CES, and has supposedly received a “very positive response”, which seems to suggest that an entry in the North American market is just a question of time.
We’ll update this post with more details once HP makes the Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab official.
Malvern, Pennsylvania – RAJ Animation today is proud to announce “Rise Of War” is set to launch January 15, 2014 for iOS operating systems in the Apple Store.
“Rise Of War” is different from most defense games which tend to be single player supportive, wave intensive and come with predefined targets. Developer Raj Animation envisioned and built a multi-player defense game that feature strategically designed waves and random targets which vary according to the skill level of competitor opponents every time a user plays. “Rise Of War” utilizes the historical context of World War One as the game’s backdrop, to captivate the intensity of war.
“Rise Of War” is the brainchild of Kiran Pichika who set out to create an immersive game where players can customize their challenge with up to three friends in one online multiplayer turn based game. The custom in-game ‘Game center UI’ supports friends and game center matching, leaderboards and achievements.
The tactical, “Rise Of War”, is optimized for the iOS mobile platform and every battle is a challenge round against friends and foes. The battle strategy is easy to understand and learn to play, and geared toward all types of players, from casual gamers to those serious core gamers who can progress to RiseOfWarXtreme- a top level within the well-crafted game.
“Rise Of War” sports exquisite HD graphics and was created with an easy to learn interface that provides intuitive help screens for nine varying battles. There are seven towers and twelve enemy units where hidden powers bring randomness into the game every time it is played. The innovative game app incorporates multiple in-game selectable features and upgrades, so players can take more control of fielded weapons where every battle is unique and played strategically according to its own score and approach.
“Rise Of War” is a Universal APP that supports iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. “Rise Of War” also includes a social aspect where players can get social by sharing and telling the world about their wins through Facebook and Twitter integrations.
RAJ Animation is a Pennsylvania-based company powered by creative individuals with a passion for gaming and art. The team behind the company is experienced with development and creative art and they put quality into every product that is produced. Copyright (C) 2014 RAJ Animation. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
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The CES 2014 event may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with new product announcements, as HP is rumored once again to launch its first Android phone soon.
This time around it appears that sources within HP have talked to 9to5Google telling the publication that an HP Android handset that will resemble Samsung’s Galaxy Note will be launched “as soon as next week” with a price of around 0 – that’s the unlocked price of the handset.
The device will be primarily aimed at prepaid and emerging markets, although the publication isn’t actually mentioning any specific countries at this time. The phone reportedly looks like the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note “with obvious cost cutting measures to get the device down to the 0 price point.”
Interestingly, this rumor seems to echo what The Information said late last year, although that report wasn’t completely accurate – the publication claimed that HP would launch 6- to 7-inch smartphones by the end of the year and that didn’t happen. However, it may have been right about the size of the smartphone(s), especially considering that a recent Bluetooth SIG may have betrayed the name of the device, the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab.
That said, we’ll be looking forward to seeing HP’s first budget Android smartphone become reality. We already know the company wants to make smartphones of its own, and we already know it can sells affordable tablets.
Anyone excited to see an affordable Galaxy Note rival made by HP?
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