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Q: “As a tourism and amateur photographer, I always like to take interesting photos and clips with my iPhone 5 and share them with my friends online. Due to some reasons, these files on my iPhone was corrupted and they could not be played on my iPhone 5 any more. Luckily, these is backup in my iTunes. But I am not sure how to extract them and restore on my computer.”

A: “You can have a try of iFonebox, which is an iTunes backup extractor that could help you to rescue iPhone 5 media files in your iTunes backup.”

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Maybe the files in your iPhone become corrupted or maybe you need to access certain backed up databases from your iPhone such as photos and videos. Whatever the case may be, iFonebox comes built-in with the most powerful and easiest to use iTunes backup extractor.

What you will need

  • iFonebox
  • A Mac or PC with iTunes installed
  • The iTunes backup Files you need to extract

Before you begin

If you don’t already have iFonebox install, download the free trail version with below link.

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How to Restore photos and videos from iTunes backup of iPhone 5

Step 1: Choose Recover Mode

Install and run iFonebox on your computer, choose “Recover from iTunes backup” as the recovery mode.

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Step 2: Choose iTunes backup

Then, all the iTunes backup files will be listed on your PC automatically. Choose the one of your iPhone 5 and start to extract it by click “Start Scan” button.

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Step 3: Preview and restore media files for your iPhone 5

All the data in your iPhone 5 iTunes backup can be found and showed on the of list by scanning result. Now, you need to click “Camera Roll”, then all your previous photos and videos will be displayed and you could choose the one you want to restore them on your computer by clicking “Recover” button.

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You can also restore voice memos and recent called/missed calls with iFonebox.

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There are a large amount of Messages (Text, photos) on my iPhone4S, In order to avoid the loss of data; I want to copy these messages to my Mac for storage. So I searched online and tried many methods, finally found an effective and easy way to quickly backup large number of messages from my iPhone 4S to Mac by using iPhone Data Recovery-a great third party tool. Here I would like to share my experience about how to copy/transfer messages from iPhone 4S to Mac.

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Where can you find such a tool? Look here: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS for Mac , which can directly scan your iPhone 4S, and allow you to selectively save data on it, including messages, contacts, photos, videos, notes, call logs, etc. Furthermore, you can use it to retrieve deleted data from your iPhone 4S when you mistakenly deleted them.

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Step 1. connect your iPhone 4S

Here, let’s try Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS  for Mac. If you’re a windows user, it doesn’t matter. You still can follow the way below to save your iPhone 4S messages to PC in a similar way.

To begin with, launch the program on your computer, and connect your iPhone 4S to Mac. Then you’ll see the primary window as follows.

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Step 2. Preview and save messages from iPhone 4S to Mac

The scan will take you a short while. During the scan, do not disconnect your iPhone 4S and don’t connect other iOS devices to your computer, in order to get a successful scan. When the scan completes, you can preview all SMS on your iPhone 4S in the scan result as shown below. Preview them one by one and mark those you want. Click “Recover” to save them all on Mac with one click.

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It is very easy, Have a try~

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Follow below article, you will know clearly on how to transfer and play recorded 2014 FIFA World Cup TiVo files to Apple TV 3 on Mac.

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 is coming on the way. Everyone is cheerful especially those football followers. However, it is hard to for them stay sticking to every second on TV without letting a splendid moment slip away.

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If you plan to record some splendid moment of the football matches by Tivo, it will be a nice idea to share them with your family and friends on Apple TV 3 after recording. Then whenever you like, at breakfast or during breaks, just turn on your ATV to watch it! In the following guide I would like to demonstrate how to transfer World Cup recordings from TiVo to Apple TV 3 for playing back with ease.

Note: If you downloaded the TiVo files from Internet on Mac, then you do not need to do the first part.

Part I: How to transfer Tivo recordings to Mac.

If your original TiVo is TV shows or other videos from TiVo box, then you need to get Tivo Decode Manager to help you stream TiVo recordings to Mac.

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1. Run the app, and enter your TiVo’s IP address in the TiVo IP Address box.
2. Click the Prefs button in the lower-right corner.
3. Fill in the Media Access Key to get the TiVo files to the download Queue list.

Once the TiVo files are transferred on your Mac, then the second part will be Tivo to Apple TV 3 conversion on Mac.

Part II: Convert 2014 FIFA World Cup TiVo recordings to to Apple TV 3 compatible formats on Mac

To convert the FIFA world cup video record, not only past 2010 FIFA, but also the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac will be the very qualified one, which can satiate your needs to convert World Cup TiVo shows to Mac iTunes compatible formats without quality loss for smoothly streaming with Apple TV 3 or other iOS/Windows/Android devices.

Step 1. Load Tivo files.

Free download the best Tivo to ATV 3 Converter for Mac, install and run this Mac program and click two icons on the top left corner to import Tivo files or the entire folder.

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We all know that Tivo recordings require Tivo key to be unlocked when playback on Mac. So does the conversion. The first time you importing Tivo files to this Mac Tivo converter, it will pop up a window as below:

Hit OK and you will see box asking for Tivo Media Access key:

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How to find your Tivo key?

Simply head to your TiVo main menu. From there you’ll key down to “Messages & Settings”. Here you’ll find several selections but we’re interested in “Account & System Information”. Scroll down and press your OK key. On this menu you’ll see a selection for “Media Access Key”. That’s it!

Step 2. Choose best video format for Apple TV 3.

Click the “Format” drop-down list and select “Appele TV > Apple TV 3 1080P Dolby Digital Pass-through(*.m4v)” for ATV 3. Or you can submit “apple tv” in the search box at the bottom right corner.

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Step 3. Customize video specs (Optional)

Click “Settings” to enter “Profile Settings” window, you can free set video size, frame rate, bitrate here. If you want to get smaller video file, lower the Bitrate.

Step 4. Trim out commercials. (Optional)

Click this edit icon on top:

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Then you enter the Video Editor.

Check the “Trim” tab, enter the start and edit time manually, or you can drag the small point on progress bar.

There’re are two small icons to let you adjust frame by frame.

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Don’t forget to click “Ok” to confirm the change.

Step 5. Start Conversion.

Click the big red “Convert” to start converting World Cup Tivo recordings to MP4 for Apple TV 3 on Mac OS X. After the conversion, click “Open output folder” to quick locate the converted video.

PS: Transferring TiVo recordings to Mac is not that easy and straight-forward as to PC. The TiVo Desktop software for the Mac (supplied by TiVo) does not allow user to transfer TiVo recordings to Mac, here I take some help from the freeware TiVoDecode Manager which gives you some of the features for taking content from your TiVo, moves it over to your computer, and automatically adds it to iTunes. Although it does have support for conversion, the quality of the result videos is poor and converting speed is so slow yet the output for apple devices are terrible.

Having tried On Apple TV 3, I browsed the iTunes library for the movie and it played the converted my tested TiVo shows smoothly. I found the quality to be excellent and see no difference when compared to playing the TiVo recordings themselves.

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iOS 7.1, the first major update to Apple’s iOS 7 software, has been released for iPhone Although the features and enhancements were brought in by iOS 7.1, software update was praised by critics and users alike. There were many complaints from the …

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iOS 7.1, the first major update to Apple’s iOS 7 software, has been released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models in March.

Although the features and enhancements were brought in by iOS 7.1, software update was praised by critics and users alike. There were many complaints from the users after the update.

iOS 7.1.1 Update

According to 9to5mac, Apple is gearing up to a bug fix (update) to iOS 7.1 called iOS 7.1.1. The Web site saw countless visits from areas around Apple’s campus. Apparently, the devices were running on iOS 7.1.1 as shown in their analytics. In all likelihood, the increase in views indicates the bug fix update will come over-the-air to all Apple devices shortly. The Web site also indicated iOS 8 testing inside Apple has also seen a considerable increase in its analytics.

Here is a list of bugs compiled by CNet, introduced after upgrading to iOS 7.1:

1. Battery Drain Issue

Every time Apple sends out its software update, users are bogged down by perennial battery drain issues and the situation was no different. Many users complained of their sudden reduction in battery life once they updated their device to iOS 7.1.

2. Fingerprint Scanner Malfunction

After upgrading to iOS 7.1, many users complained the Apple’s touchID (fingerprint scanner) did not work as expected by not recognizing the users’ fingerprint.

3. Disabled Bluetooth And Wi-Fi

Fewer users complained the iOS 7.1 update causing their iPhones to disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity completely. For some users, however, the Bluetooth disconnected sporadically.

4. Bluetooth Pairing (in Cars) And Device Volume Issues

A good bunch of users have complained the iOS 7.1 update has caused Bluetooth connectivity and synchronization problems, especially when using mobile devices in their cars. Upon making a hands-free call, many users realized that the audio is not routed via Bluetooth. Also, iPad volume jammed after upgrading to iOS 7.1.

5. Personal Hotspot Problems

Several users found out the personal hotspot APN settings were not getting saved after iOS 7.1 update. This issue was quite prevalent with iPhone 4 but not with any other models.

From: http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/548669/20140418/apple-ios-7-1-bug-fix-battery.htm

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I have a Mac mini. With a large collection of Blue-ray movies, I want to make them more organized by converting them into .m4v for iTunes library on Mac mini normally. So I searched for “Blu-ray ripper mac” to help me transcoding the Blu-ray movie file. That’s when I started looking around for another way. What I found that worked best was an application called Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper for Mac, a top Mac BD/DVD Ripping Tool.

The program is a great little application that allows you to convert your Blu-ray movies to iTunes compatible format on your Mac without quality loss for smoothly streaming with Apple TV 3, iPad Air/iPad Mini 2, iPhone and MacBook Air and other iOS devices. I like its variety of options. Follow the steps below to learn how to perform it.

Convert/Transfer Blu-ray movies to Mac iTunes for streaming to Apple TV 3, iPhone and MacBook Air with original HD quality

Step 1: Launch the best Blu-ray Ripper for Mac, drag and drop the Blu-ray movies to the software.

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Step 2: Click on the pull down menu of “Format” and then tap “Common Video”, the preset “M4V – MPEG-R Video(*.m4v)” is recommended to you. The profile is supported by iTunes perfectly.

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Step 3: Start the process by converting Blu-ray to Mac iTunes for iPhone and MacBook Air with m4v format.

Step 5: Import the converted m4v file into iTunes (drag .m4v file to the iTunes icon on the dock)

Import m4v file into iTunes. Open up iTunes and follow “File>> Add file to Library…” to sync ripped Blu-ray 1080p movie to iTunes.

On Apple TV 3, iPhone and MacBook Air, I browse the iTunes library for the movie and it plays smoothly and at full quality. I don’t think it could get much simpler unless of course, Apple provides native support for Blu-Ray which doesn’t seem likely.

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For app developers, gaming is proving to be the best way to make money, and what’s becoming increasingly apparent is that mobile devices are becoming the next big gaming platform. While traditional consoles and gaming handhelds still remain important and are capable of delivering experiences that mobile devices simply can not match, this gap is steadily eroding.

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In September 2013, a Gartner report showed that revenues of mobile app stores had risen from $18 billion in 2012, to an estimated $26 billion. At the start of this year, Apple announced that customers spent over $10 billion on the App Store in 2013, including over $1 billion in December alone.

The bulk of this, Gartner estimates, comes from games. According to 148apps.biz, games are the most numerous category of apps as well, with 1,95,415 games currently available for download. This is nearly 60 percent more than the nearest category, education, which has 1,15,469 apps available for download.

And while mobile gaming conjures visions of Flappy Bird and Candy Crush Saga, Apple’s trying to make it clear that there’s more to the platform than just casual games to play while on the commute.

Here come the hardcore
Since February 26, Apple has been running a sale curated with the name “Amazing Hardcore Games”. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it is a collection of 12 new games that should appeal to the so called “core” gaming audience. Games like Infinity Blade III, The Room Two, Limbo, Badland and more are available for 50 percent or less of their usual price.shadow blade What do games tell us about Apples future?

These are all premium games, and none of them has gone free even now – some, like Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion normally sell for Rs. 550, and are now discounted to Rs. 170. Others, like Shadow Blade, normally sell for Rs. 110, and are now priced at Rs. 55. The discounts are pretty big, but by not going free, a clear line is being drawn, differentiating these paid, premium games from the large number of casual friendly, free to play titles that are crowding the app store.

What’s particularly interesting is that these are all titles that are very “finger friendly” – games that are either designed with mobile interactions in mind, or were ported in such a way as to make them very user friendly on the platform. In many ways, these games are a showcase of all that’s best about Apple’s iOS devices as a gaming platform. In other words, these games are a great way to get the casual gamers to move on from the 5000 match three or Flappy Bird clones, and get them invested in gaming. What’s the upside to that though?

There’s another side of hardcore games on the App Store which this list has glossed over. Games like Bastion, Lego Harry Potter, Orc: Vengeance are all beautiful games that offer polished experiences. However, while the developers have worked hard to make the interactions user friendly, the experience is compromised compared to what a player on a console with a gamepad will enjoy. But gamepads are coming to iOS.
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No more virtual buttons
A January report by mobile data-intelligence firm App Annie suggests that gamers world-wide are picking their smartphones over handheld gaming devices like the Nintendo 3DS and the Playstation Vita. Combined, iOS and Google Play spending on games was three times the amount spent on titles on the handheld gaming consoles in the third quarter of last year, according to the report, which didn’t provide absolute figures. Overall, there were 15 percent more yearly app downloads from Google Play than the App Store in 2013, but iOS generated double the app revenue of Google Play.
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As per the report, the number one mobile game was Candy Crush Saga. At the same time, iOS 7 added controller support, and you now have the Logitech Powershell and the Moga Ace – controllers that you can clip onto your iPhone. The Powershell is available in India with an MRP of Rs. 8,995; it’s a high price for what feels like a really cheap plastic controller. But it’s only the first one.

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Moga has recently teased a new controller, and from the small image which the company made available, the design of the controller seems to be very similar to the Xbox 360 controller, which is definitely a good thing. Aside from the asymmetrical thumb-sticks, you can see the D-pad, and the face buttons seem to be in the familiar Xbox layout as well. Next to the left thumb-stick, there’s something like looks like a pause button, and also a Bluetooth button a little higher up.

Steelseries has also recently revealed the Stratus, in January, a palm-sized Bluetooth controller which can work with your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Also in January, Signal showcased the RP One, a full size controller that looks like the Xbox 360 gamepad, but uses the thumb-stick placement of the Playstation controllers.

Thinking beyond mobile
Apple has thus proven that they have a range of powerful gaming devices which can handle everything from the casual game you play for two minutes while on your commute, and also the high-end game which will keep you glued to the screen till the battery runs out.

Apple is also reportedly working on television next – recent acquisitions such as PrimaSense, which developed the sensors that Microsoft used for its voice and motion based Kinect technology, and Matcha.tv, a recommendation engine for TV shows – seem to point in this direction.

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With a strong gaming ecosystem already present, and a growing number of hardware partners emerging to support it in this segment with controllers, a powerful new Apple TV could also be a strong gaming platform.

At the launch of the third generation iPad in 2012, the then president of Epic Games Mike Capps had said: “It is quite easy to imagine a world where an iPad is more powerful than a home console, where it wirelessly talks to your TV and wirelessly talks to your Bluetooth controller and becomes your new console.”

At the same time, Kristoffer Waardahl, a Crytek studio manager said, “As more people come to these platforms, we have to follow our fans.”

Closing the loop
With the iPad and iPhone becoming more powerful, using them to run high-end games that can be mirrored to your TV screen is already happening, albeit in a very limited fashion. That’s because a mobile game requires you to look at the screen to see what buttons you’re pressing.

The big advantage that a Logitech Powershell brings is that you can play a game mirrored to your TV without having to look at the phone. The mobile experience and the games tailored to that form factor won’t go anywhere, but there will be a possibility now for Apple’s platform to bring in a whole new segment of games.

At the same time, if you don’t have an iPad or iPhone, a future version of Apple TV could still bring you into the fold as a gamer. A future version is almost certainly coming, and reports are that it’s going to be a major update.

It is being suggested that Apple will be tying up with companies like Time Warner and other content partners, and in this scenario, a greater focus on gaming as another type of content that’s well suited to television makes sense.

Once you have an Apple TV and a controller, making your next smartphone compatible with your library of games and accessories makes sense. Imagine playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown with a controller and your Apple TV, and then, when it’s time to go, picking up the same game thanks to a cloud save, and taking it with you on your iPad?

Both the mobiles and the TV could reinforce each other and reduce the cost involved in buying into Apple’s ecosystem. Developers have long made it clear that they will go where the fans are. And while the first few Bluetooth controllers were not very well received because of price and build quality, they are proof that a strong third-party ecosystem can help fill the gaps Apple leaves behind. Between all these factors, it’s clear that Apple TV will be about a lot more than just television.

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We compare the Samsung Galaxy S5 with the iPhone 5S: which is the best premium smartphone of 2014? Read our Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S smartphone comparison review to find out.

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The Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5S are likely to be two of the biggest premium smartphones of 2014. And they are the ying and yang of the superstar smartphone world. One a big and brash Android, built to be robust and to make a statement when you slap it on the table in the pub. The other a beautiful if somewhat delicate handset, designed for ergonomic ease of use, to be a perfectly curated – if locked-down – experience.

You will no-doubt have a favourite. Here we compare the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5S to help those of you who haven’t yet made up your minds to make a choice. But also so that fans of both or either can have their say in the comments at the bottom of the story. To be clear: we are currently basing our assessment of the Galaxy S5 on our initial hands-on review and the product spec. We’ve spent a lot more time with the iPhone 5S. We’ll update this article as we run more tests on the Galaxy S5.

So eyes down for the biggest smartphone comparison of the year: it’s Team Android vs Team iPhone, and here’s our Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S smartphone comparison review. For more on the Galaxy S5, see our story Samsung Galaxy S5: Release date, price and specs.

iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S5: UK price and availability

We had been expecting Samsung to make the Galaxy S5 available in March, but it looks like we’ll have to wait until 11 April to get our hands on the new smartphone. Samsung says it’ll be launching the Galaxy S5 on 11 April in more than 100 countries.

At present, there’s no price for the Samsung Galaxy S5, but we’ll update this article as soon as we find out more.

Speculation suggests that you’ll have to shell out around £600 for a SIM-free Galaxy S5. That’s the same price as the Galaxy S4, which is exactly what Samsung would want.

It also keeps it in the same ball park as the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S is readily available right now with prices starting at £549 if you buy one off-contract from Apple. There are £629 and £709 models, depending on what level of storage you require.

(See also: iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5 comparison review.)

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iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S5: Processor and performance

The Galaxy S5 will, like the iPhone 5S, be fast. Super fast. Certainly fast enough to handle multiple processes at the same time, without feeling laggy. So let’s compare to the spec of the Galaxy S5 with our experience of the iPhone 5S. Remember, we’ve only briefly tested the Galaxy S5.

Inside the Galaxy S5 is the kind of high-end specs you’d want to find in a flagship. A 2.5GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Krait) is accompanied by 2GB of RAM. During our hands-on time with the device, performance is extremely smooth and nippy.

The iPhone 5S, on the other hand, has a 64-bit A7 processor running at 1.2- to 1.3GHz. It’s a dual-core Cyclone processor paired with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. We’ve never found the iPhone to have any major performance issues, and Apple says it’s twice as fast as the previous model in both CPU and graphics performance. But that hardware is no match for that of the Galaxy S5. Does it matter in real-world terms? Remember that the feel of performance is as much software- as hardware related.

On the iPhone 5S the A7 makes iOS 7 buttery smooth. There’s nary a judder or stutter when swiping between home screens, or exiting an app and watching your icons fly into place. Apps launch and web pages load faster than ever: the iPhone 5S is simply a joy to use.

Our benchmarks show just how much quicker the new A7 chip makes the 5S. In SunSpider 1.0, the 5S completed the test in just 417ms. The iPhone 5 (running iOS 7), meanwhile, took 721ms, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 922ms.

Similar gains were found in Geekbench 3, with the iPhone 5 scoring 721 points. Running GLBenchmark 2.7 (Egypt HD), the iPhone 5S managed 53fps, compared to the iPhone 5′s 41fps. However, a bigger difference can be seen using the T-Rex HD test, where the 5S scored 37fps. Again: number crunching is all well and good but the real-world performance of the phone is more important. And our early experience of the Galaxy S5 is just as good as you would expect from such a well-specced phone.

Without further testing we’ll say only this: if you want a fast, high-end phone, S5 or 5S is all gravy.

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iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S5: Design and build

The Galaxy S5 retains that recognisable Samsung look. This means not much has changed compared to previous generations and other Galaxy devices. The S5 looks a lot like the Galaxy Note 3 which is a shame because it really requires its own style as a flagship device. Unfortunately it’s bigger, squarer and more boring than the Galaxy S5.

It also doesn’t feel like a premium smartphone in the hand. A perforated rear cover supposedly makes it feel more natural but we just don’t see the benefit here, perhaps we need to live with the device for longer.

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A huge design change is that Samsung has added dust and water resistant credentials. That’s something which Sony has been offering for a while now in its Xperia range. The Galaxy S5 has an IP67 rating which means it will happily get wet without frazzling inside. However, you’ll need to make doubly sure that the port covers is on and the rear cover is perfectly clipped into place. I’m sure a number of users will get an unwanted surprise when the gaps aren’t completely covered.

The Galaxy S5 comes in four colours at launch – black, white (as you might expect) plus blue and something called ‘copper gold’. The latter has a kind of peach tone to it in our opinion.

The S5 measures 142 by 72.5 by 8.1mm, and weighs 145g. Going on the evidence of all previous Samsung Galaxy phones, the Galaxy S5 will be robust – you won’t need a cover.

We cannot say the same for the iPhone 5S. Here construction is the same as the iPhone 5, a rather delicate and all-too scratchable aluminium body with aluminosilicate glass front, and glass inset top-and-bottom cheeks behind. At 112g and 7.6mm thick, it’s as ridiculously light and thin as before. And that is lighter, and smaller than the Galaxy S5. If you need small and light, the iPhone should be your choice.

It’s not just the iPhone 5c that now demands you choose your colour. For the iPhone 5S Apple introduced a new gilt-free option it’s calling Gold – gold-effect back and edges with white glass trim. There’s the Silver option resembling last year’s white/silver iPhone 5. And the most sober of three, and the only one approaching decent availability at launch, is the black and grey model, dubbed Space Grey. It’s like the original black iPhone 5, only with a lighter shade of graphite to its back and edges.

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Instead of the Black & Slate and White & Silver options that the iPhone 5 was available in, the iPhone 5S has three colour options: Silver, Gold and “Space Grey”.

Big, bold and plastic, or slight, classy and metal. Built for the slings and arrows of life on the road, or a beautiful object you’ll want to protect. The choice is yours.

iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S5: Cameras

The Galaxy S5 camera has reached a decent 16Mp and has a few new features which catch the eye. Super-fast auto focus means you can take a photo in 0.3 seconds, according to Samsung. We couldn’t exactly time this but it does seem to be very nippy. A selective focus mode allows you to choose from three different focal points after you’ve taken a photo – near, far and pan. This didn’t work amazingly well in our hands-on but the conditions weren’t exactly ideal so we’ll test this out, and the other features when we get our review unit. Video shoots in 4k resolution like the Galaxy Note 3 which is impressive.

Below the camera is a flash but also a heartrate monitor, making the Galaxy S5 the first smartphone to come with the feature. Place your finger on the sensor and it can read your heartrate in a matter of seconds. This is built into the S Health app and a cool feature for those into fitness. (It didn’t work first time for me but I think I was pressing too hard.)

The iPhone 5S has an 8Mp rear-facing camera that offers a ‘True Tone’ flash and backside illumination (BSI) sensor. It shoots video at 1080p and the iPhone 5S also has a Slo-mo mode. Around the front is the iPhone 5S’ 1.2Mp camera which is limited to 720p video.

The iPhone 5S iSight camera has what Apple describes as a ‘better 8Mp sensor’, than either the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 5C. It lists the sensor as 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels. It has ƒ/2.2 aperture and a True Tone flash which has two LEDs, one of which is amber. The FaceTime Camera takes 1.2Mp photos at a resolution of 1280×960, and offers 720p HD video recording.

Importantly, the 5S no longer uses an upscaled 4Mp mode in very low light as the iPhone 5 does, and photos taken in dark conditions have much less noise. In good light, you won’t see a huge difference between images from the two iPhones, but at night, the 5S does a better job.

Without properly testing it is difficult to be too definitive here, but it is fair to say that both of these handsets have very good smartphone cameras. Neither will replace your DSLR or even bridging camera.

iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S5: Software

Android vs iOS is a big debate and with iOS 7 comes a major overaul of Apple’s mobile operating system.

On the plus side, iOS 7 now comes with a much needed quick settings feature called Control Center. There are also other tweaks and improvements such as better multi-tasking and lock screen access to the notification centre.

Apple has the strong App Store store on its side but iOS has a distinct lack of customisability which is Android’s major strong point.

Android smartphone manufacturers tend to go one of two ways with their Android interfaces; vanilla as Google intended or all-out customisation with their own skin or overlay.

The Galaxy S5 comes with Samsung’s take on Android 4.4 KitKat. This is Google’s most mature and easy-to-use mobile OS, albeit overlaid with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. If you’ve used a Samsung phone before you’ll know what to expect.

Both phones will offer a stable and easy-to-use interface, with multiple places from which to purchase music and other media. The choice will be a subjective and personal one. If you forced us to make a decision we would say that iOS is better for those new to smartphones, worried about security, or keen to have the latest apps and games first. Android offers greater choice in where to purchase music and movies, and more opportunity for customisation.

iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S5: Storage

The Galaxy S5 comes in either 16- or 32GB capacities. A microSD card supporting up to 64GB is almost a given nowadays.

The iPhone 5S is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities but doesn’t have a microSD card slot for expansion.

You’d have to call that a draw.

iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S5: Display

Despite numerous rumours of a 5.25in screen, the Galaxy S5′s display is only marginally larger than the Galaxy S4′s. It’s 5.1in and if you were hoping for a new crazy high resolution then you might be disappointed to find out that the Galaxy S5 has a now very standard Full HD display. Of course, it’s still Super AMOLED as you would expect from Samsung. The screen looks good but we were expected the next generation of technology so we can’t help but feel disappointed.

Samsung does say that the screen automatically adjust elements like colour gamut, white tone and contrast but we’ll have to wait for our review unit to test this out properly.

Apple’s iPhone 5S still has a 4in display, in a 10:9 aspect ration. You get a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels, which makes for a pixel density of 326 ppi. It is a more-than decent screen – one that until 18 months ago would have beaten out all comers. However, compared to the larger, Full HD displays of the iPhone 5S’s rivals, the screen is starting to feel cramped.

You do pay for that extra screen size in extra bulk, but we’re going to chalk this one up to the Galaxy S5.

iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S5: Connectivity

Wireless connectivity is all up-to-date on the Galaxy S5 with 11ac Wi-Fi (MIMO), NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, an infrared transmitter, and the latest 4G technology. Samsung has fitted the Galaxy S5 with Cat 4 LTE supporting eight bands and a download booster which uses your Wi-Fi connection to give you a theoretical max download speed of 400Mbps. And there’s a fingerprint reader for added security.

The iPhone 5S offers 802.11n WiFi and full 4G coverage. Apple also added a fingerprint scanner – known as Touch ID – to the iPhone 5S when it launched in September 2013.

That’s two well-connected and pretty well-matched handsets. We can’t split them for connectivity.

iPhone 5S vs Galaxy S5: which should you buy?

The Galaxy S5 is fast, well built, full featured. It will have a big bright and bold screen, and good cameras, and it will offer good storage and connectivity options. And you could say all of the above about the iPhone 5S. The Galaxy S5 may offer a better, bigger display. It may even be slightly faster although we have no way of quantifying that and – frankly – it is irrelevent. By contrast the iPhone is smaller, more delicate but much easier to operate with one hand and lighter to carry. Both phones offer a fingerprint scanner. Both have good but not great smartphone cameras. Connectivity is well taken care of. Android is good for some things, iOS for others. Both are great. Storage options are different but while there is no 64GB Galaxy S5, you can add in an SD card (which you can’t with the iPhone).

Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S is a good battle because the handsets are so different. But that means your decision is likely to be subjective. You can’t honestly say that one is better than the other, just that one is better for you. If you don’t have strong feelings then availability and pricing may determine this battle. But it really is a personal choice.

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In this How-To guide, I will whip up a guide to getting TV shows off TiVo and onto iPad Air/iPad Mini 2 so that you can freely play your favorite TV shows when travelling.

Apple has launched the new iPad Air and the iPad mini 2 at a dedicated event hosted at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and the iPad mini 2, has been updated with a much needed Retina display, giving the 7.9-inch screen a 326ppi.

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Both iPad Air and the Mini 2 are hot Apple tablets which are great for your digital entertainment. By any means, it is a great portable video player. So why not transfer your TiVo recordings to iPad Air/iPad Mini 2? If you are keen on this idea, just follow the guide below, I would like to show you how to get TiVo shows ready for iPad Air/Mini 2.

When you have captured TV shows and would like to enjoy them on iPad Air/iPad Mini 2, you will find it difficult to put them to iPad Air/iPad Mini 2 as the Tivo files are saved by digital video recorders with copyright protection. If you also have this problem to figure out how to play Tivo videos on iPad Air/iPad Mini 2, this article is right here to help you out.

At first, you are suggested to transcode Tivo into MP4 format for that it’s well accepted by iPad Air/iPad Mini 2 for steaming directly. To accomplish this, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended for its easy interface, efficient workflow and reliable video quality.

Supporting multithreading and batch conversion, this program works perfectly on converting standard video formats and HD video formats to all regular video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, AVI, WMV, MPG, ASF, etc. with smart video editing features. Also, if you have some BD/DVD disc and have any requirements of outputting 3D (Side-by-Side, Top-Bottom, Anaglyph) in MKV/MP4/AVI/MOV/WMV formats, this converter can also help your rip them with ease. The audio/video synchronization is very good, the size of the subtitles too. The time it takes to convert in this software is almost half that in other.

For Mac users, Pavtube iMedi Converter Mac is recommended to you.

Now get it installed and let’s start to quick convert Tivo to proper video formats on PC with perfect videoaudio sync technology

Part 1: Transfer TV shows from TiVo to PC

It takes a while depending on length of TV program you are transferring. Make sure your TiVo and computer are in the same home network, and follow this guide to proceed TiVo file transfer:

1. On your PC, launch TiVo Desktop for PC (click to download), the freeware that transfers shows from your networked TiVo box to your computer.

2. Click “Pick Recordings to Transfer.” A window showing your TiVo box’s “Now Playing” or “My Shows” list appears.

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3. Highlight any title in the list to see more information about the show. Check the box next to the title of the show (or shows) you want to transfer.

4. Click “Start Transfer.” Transfer times vary, but may take as long as the show’s duration to complete the transfer.

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Part 2: Convert TiVo shows to iPad Air/iPad Mini 2 friendly MP4 video

After transferring to computer the TV shows are saved as .tivo files. See below how to convert TiVo shows to iPad Air/iPad Mini 2 playable videos.

Step 1. Download and install Pavtube Tivo to iPad Air/Mini 2 Converter to your PC.

Launch it and press “Option” button. Switch to “TiVo” tab in Option window, and enter TiVo Media Access Key.

Tip: How to find your Media Access Key on TiVo: Go to “TiVo Central” menu >> “Messages and Set Up” “Account and System Information”, and your Media Access Key would be there.

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Step 2. Drag and drop TiVo shows to the main interface for converting.

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Step 3. Click “Format” and select an output profile for your iPad Air/iPad Mini 2.

Click the drop-down list on the bottom, select “iPad” on the left, and then we will find all the presets for different models of iPhone.

To get best video quality on iPad Air, you are suggested to choose “iPad Air Full HD Video(*.mp4)” as the target video format at your needs. (Download a patch here to get the iPad Air preset). The preset is specially designed for iPad Air perfectly.

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If you want to convert videos to iPad Mini 2 with best settings, you can choose “iPad Mini HD Video(*.mp4)” for playback.

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Optimize the settings – The default settings may not satisfy you, and you can click the settings button to change the settings by yourself. Keep in mind that the file size and conversion quality is based more on bitrate than resolution (bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa).

Step 4. If you’re happy with the output videos, just press the “Convert” button to begin encoding TiVo shows to MP4 for iPad Air/iPad Mini 2.

Once the encoding task completes, you can transfer the converted videos to your iPad Air/iPad Mini 2 for viewing on the move when travelling.

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iPhone 6 fantasies will no doubt reach fetishistic levels at some point, but we’re far enough out from the fall, and from the inevitable leaks that will come as fall approaches, that many possibilities, many dreams, remain open to us. What with the all the new Android phones at MWC dropping like cluster bombs this week, I’ll admit I’m incredibly eager to see what Apple has planned for this year as well. I’ll preface it by saying all I’ve heard so far is that there’ll likely be two iPhones this year, a 4-inch model and a bigger than 4-inch model. Whether that’s the iPhone 5s dropped down, an iPhone 5sc made unabashedly plastic, or simply a smaller iPhone 6 remains to be seen. As does the size of the larger phone, from 4.3 to almost 5-inches. So let’s begin there…

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1. Larger screen

This part should go without saying, seeing as how I — and pretty much every one else — have said so much about it already. A larger screen would increase Apple’s share of the premium market, remove the only key physical differentiator of the subsidized competition, make a better primary computing device, make a more accessible product, and open the platform up for future advancement. An iPhone 6 with a bigger screen, at this point in time, would do what Apple does best — make for a better product that could delight and even larger pool of potential customers.

I used to think I’d prefer 4.3, but after having used a BlackBerry Z10, Nexus 5, and Lumia 1020 over the last few months, I’ve come to realize the point of going big is GOING BIG. I’d love as close to 5-inches as possible, especially if the overall size of the iPhone scales as little as possible with it.

2. Curvier design language

One of these things is not like the other. That’s what comes to mind when I look at the iPod touch, iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, and iPhone 5s. The iPads and iPod are sleek and slim, with curves in all the right places. The iPhone 5s, like the iPhone 5 before it, is an extruded round-rect with sharp edges. Rather than just catching up to the iPad and iPod design language, it would be great to take it a step further. Or, rather, a touch further. iOS 7 is so physical, do directly manipulable, that it’s hard to imagine iOS 8 being otherwise. And all of the current lateral edge gestures — the hierarchical back gesture, the forward and back sequential gestures — would just feel so much better with curved edges.

How a combination of Apple’s ultra-thin screen technology with what would hopefully be much, much smaller bezels and my desire for rounded edges would all come together, I’m not certain, I just know I’d love it if they could.

3. Smarter sensors

The iPhone 5s not only added Touch ID but iBeacon and the Apple M7 motion coprocessor as well. Apple’s been at the forefront of the contextual awakening, from multitouch, accelerometer, ambient light, and proximity, to aGPS and GLONASS, gyroscope and magnometer, and, of course, Siri which made the mic “smart”. The Moto X has natural language and contextual coprocessors to enable Google Now to “always listen”. Whether or not Apple goes that far, letting Siri run locally would be a welcome upgrade all its own.

There’s a lot more that can be done with sensorsl, including adding smarts to iSight, improving indoor navigation, and tying into the rumored HealthBook and iWatch projects, and all of that will require not only software, but data gathering, battery-saving technology as well.

4. Prioritized battery life

Once upon a time speed was the most important thing. Every year we expected our computers to be significantly faster and more powerful than the year before. Eventually, however, the speed improvements leveled off. Luckily, for most people, most of the time, computers were already fast enough, and something else became even more important — battery life. Thanks to Haswell and OS X Mavericks, we now have a MacBook Air that can outlast any iOS device on the planet. Maybe it’s time for the same shift in priority to hit the iPhone?

Every year Apple has made the new iPhone significantly faster, thinner, and more powerful than the year before while keeping the same battery life. Miracle of engineering that may be, I’d love to see the priority shift to keeping the same thinness but greatly increasing battery life. Let’s see the iPhone regain the long-lasting crown.

5. Optics to match the imaging

With iSight, Apple makes some of the best cameras in mobile. However, the greatness of the iPhone 5s camera, like the greatness of the iPhone 5 camera before it isn’t primarily in the optics or in the capture stage at all. It’s in the digital image processor. The Apple A7 is simply a monster when it comes to taking whatever data that thin 8 megapixel sensor can latch onto and making the most of it. It’s so good, in fact, the ultra-thin iPhone 5s can hold its own against much better, much deeper glass, including the larger aperture, bigger pixel, optically image stabilized monsters many of Apple’s competitors are fielding.

What makes a mobile camera great isn’t specs. Its the ability to take better pictures in the widest range of circumstances possible, including and especially low-light. If Apple could marry better, smarter optics to their already industry leading processing, no light would no longer be the limit.

6. Faster race-to-sleep Wi-Fi

Apple’s AirPort Extreme routers got faster, longer-range 802.11ac wireless networking last year, as did the Mac product lines and several Android phones. The iPhone 5s did not. It might seem like an odd thing to want, given how fast 802.11n is already, but for devices born to be mobile, for a wireless world, for syncing and streaming, downloading and beaming, every second of time you shave off is a measure of experience you improve.

Hopefully there’s a power-saving race-to-sleep advantage to 802.11ac as well, letting data move faster so the chips can power down faster, which would make it even better.And four things I don’t think we’ll see!

There are some things, fantasy or not, I don’t think we’ll see in an iPhone 6 or any imminent new phone from Apple. Some because of the laws of economics and physics, others simply because of Apple focus and beliefs.

Ditching the Home button. Making a screen bigger without increasing the size of the phone typically means removing or reducing almost everything else from the face plate. However, not only does Apple have that big round Home button, it’s now the nexus for Touch ID as well. Unless and until that moves — in screen? — the big honking Home button stays.

More metallic finishes. Gold was great but the metallic red and blue finishes on the iPod touch are likewise gorgeous. Apple could even stagger their releases so some of the colors come out midway through the typical year-long product cycle, giving it a little more life… All that said, so far Apple’s kept the brighter colors constrained to the lower end product lines, including the iPhone 5c and that doesn’t seem likely to change.

NFC. It remains a chipset, not a feature set, and Apple’s all in on Passbook, Bluetooth LE, and iBeacon. Personally, I’d love NFC. Outside the U.S. all of our credit and debit cards not only have chip-and-pin, but many have NFC as well. I can pay for my groceries, my fast food, my coffee, my gas, my clothes, and almost everything else under $60 with a tap. Just not the tap of an iPhone.

Multiple carrier radios. Yes, the iPhone 5s can’t do simultaneous voice-and-data on Verizon. That’s because LTE doesn’t support simultaneous voice-and-data and, unlike GSM carriers, Verizon has no HSPA to fall back on. Their EVDO Rev. A doesn’t do voice-and-data either. Other manufacturers add a second radio to get around this, giving up some battery efficiency to do it. Apple isn’t those manufacturers and they don’t like that tradeoff. Sadly, voice over LTE (VoLTE) is still a ways off, and Apple hasn’t traditionally embraced new radios quickly, and for the same power efficient reasons.

Your iPhone 6 dreams?

That’s a short list of some of the things I’d like to see — and a few I don’t expect to — in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. Since we’re over half-a-year away from the traditional fall launch window, there’s a lot of freedom to speculate right now and that’s the fun part. Not crazy stuff like a built-in iEspresso maker or glowing Apple logo but maybe things like better waterproofing or always-on notifications on the display? What are your dreams for the iPhone 6?

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From: http://www.imore.com/iphone-6-six-things-id-see

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For a few weeks, Apple has been acquiring patents for various devices. Recent reports claimed the tech giant will transform almost all its product lines with new features.

Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retnia display during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013.

Unlike in past years, the upgrades on the iPhone, iPadand Mac line were limited with new operating system, improved battery and camera. This time, Apple plans to use a different screen technology, new accessories and charging capabilities. What does Apple have in store for the 2014 iPad Air, iPad Mini and Pro line?

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According to a patent issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple has been working on new iPad accessories, including magnetic detachable lenses. The patent features an intelligent magnetic attachment system offering the iPad a way to communicate and connect with different devices. These also include other iPads.

The patent “Magnetic attachment unit” draws from the keyed magnetic mechanism found in all iPads. Apple currently employs an internal magnet arrangement as a simple anchor point for smart cases or smart covers. The patent takes that technology even further.

In the patent, Apple suggests a keyed magnetic structure integrated in the iPad chassis. This is similar to the current setup. Through the use of keyed magnets, Apple can get an optimal position for the add-on accessories without encountering many problems. The patent also suggests that Apple can place the magnetic structures in any side of the tablet. These include the stands and the docks.

Apple can deploy both electromagnets and traditional magnets. The magnets may be controlled through the operating system of the device. In case the user wishes to connect or disconnect an accessory, he just needs to choose the hands-free mode.

The patent also shows how Apple plans to connect to the attachable accessories to the iPad. The company plans on using the internal wireless hardware suite of the device. This will allow users to operate any accessory paired with the iPad.

The tech giant provides a range of solutions like “active peripherals” (game controllers) and static cases, including docks. Users will have to wait for Apple to confirm the final features of its iPad lineup. According to recent reports, the company plans to unveil its new set of tablets later this year.

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