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iOS 7: The Biggest Update for iOS Since the iPhone Itself

iOS 7: The Biggest Update for iOS Since the iPhone Itself

Apple has come up with the biggest change to the iOS to address the growing chorus of discontent against the operating system whose UI has remained static since iOS 5 was released. Apple’s new OS has a radical new look which is pretty similar to android. The visual overhaul is a clean sweep of absolutely everything from color schemes to the iconic apple button shaped icons. While there are a few notable new features in iOS7, it does nothing to threaten its competitors. However, there is a feeling that apple is saving some major reveals for its next iPhone announcement.

Design:

Gone are those bubbly icon effects and in come the flat and sharp graphics and pastel color scheme. Apple promises a 3D effect that makes your wallpaper appear distant from the icons when you move your phone. And the “slide to unlock” screen lock which was so synonymous with the iPhone goes out the window and in comes the “slide up to unlock” lock screen which is very Android-esque.

Control Center and Notifications:

Another feature which is pretty synonymous with android users is the control center from where you can access pretty much everything your phone boasts of. The only difference is to access the control center you have to slide down in android whereas you gotta slide up in the iOS7.

In notification center three tabs show you all the alerts, the calls and messages you’ve missed and a new “today” pane tracks all your goings-on.

Safari Browser:

The biggest change to the browser is a unified search and URL field. And now you can preview the tabs vertically again very much android-esque. And guess what you are no longer limited to 8 tabs in the browser. And not to forget the new safari icon is not one that would be liked by everyone.

AirDrop:

This feature would be liked by Mac users, a peer to peer file sharing that supports all of the Apple devices. It works by creating a local ad-hoc network among nearby users.

iTunes Radio:

Apple has launched this service which is pretty much an expansion of iTunes as a direct competition for slacker radio, Pandora , Nokia music and pretty much any other music service. It’s free for all and ad-free for iTunes match users.

Automatic Updates:

A feature which is bitter sweet for users,while we don’t like constantly looking at the update notifications, there are some apps which we would want to see the new features before we update. But Apple has assured that auto updates can be turned off in settings.

iCloud Key Chain:

This is a feature that most of us would be uncomfortable with, basically it’s made to store all your sensitive data like credit card numbers and passwords which u can access using a password that u need to require, though it’s uncertain how secured is your sensitive information.

A few more notable features:

  • Night mode for maps
  • iCloud photo sharing
  • Swipe from day to day calendar
  • Activation lock for theft protection
  • Wi-Fi hotspot 2.0
  • Support for 60fps video capture
  • Facetime audio
  • Male voice for SIRI

 Verdict :

Since Steve Jobs had passed away Apple has lost a little bit of direction under Tim Cook. Though there is a major effort being made to significantly improve iOS Apple have ended up mimicking Android. The biggest disappointment to the iOS users is that iOS doesn’t seem to be unique anymore. But on the other hand though iPhone users would be happy that they no longer need to jailbreak their devices.

IPL Spot Fixing Scandal : More To It Than Meets The Eye

The past few days have been nothing but heart breaking for  all the cricket fans around the world, more so in India were cricket is more than a sport it’s a religion .Match fixing is pretty synonymous with the Indian cricket . In the year 1999, that people we made aware of the match fixing scandal and  Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja faced allegations of match fixing .But the first thing that BCCI did was ban them for life the decision was however overturned which is another matter. But back then atleasttheBCCI acted swiftly.Fast forward to 2013 what does the BCCI do when the spot fixing scandal comes out to the public they try to downplay the whole scandal and what more the IPL continues even though there might be a possibility that the competition may be rigged.

Clearly there’s lack of leadership in the BCCI or is it because even the governing body might have been involved in this match fixing scandal. The first thing that the BCCI should have done is to stop the competition when the scandal broke and  an internal probe should have been conducted to find the root of this cancer called match fixing. Because even the IPL is a limited company unless the probe is conducted and the guilty are brought to justice the IPL can’t and shouldn’t take place next year. Unless u can be sure that the competition is not rigged how can one conduct a competition. It’s like taking part in a running race knowing the winner is gonna be the organizer’s relative.

The sponsors have to put pressure on the BCCI to clean up this mess because the sponsors are huge global brands with their reputation at stake. SAHARA INDIA group have taken a bold step to stand up to the BCCI and they ought to be commended for their act. More of the franchisees and sponsors have to follow this lead. Just remember  how Tiger Woods was treated because of his illicit relationship, match fixing is far worse than a casual fling. JUVENTUS F.C an Italian football club were stripped of their 3 titles and were removed from the first division of the Italian league.

The main stumbling block for the police is that BCCI is an independent body which is not accountable to any higher authority. Over the years BCCI has become too  powerful so the board members can do anything and not be responsible or accountable for anything because of the lack of transparency in the system. But I guess no cricket fan in India wants to see the IPL not carrying on , but people have got to look at the bigger picture unless the whole organisation is ripped apart we can make a clean start.

The BCCI has become too powerful because no other sport in India has got such following like cricket has got. Is it time that us Indians start turning our loyalty towards other sports?