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iOS 8 supports widgets in the Notification Center. Apps that are properly built will be visible there and support a subset of the app's full features, often for quick reference. Here are four science oriented apps that integrate with Notification Center.
By some standards, Apple has had a rough two weeks. The media has pointed to these problems for several classic reasons: attention and money. But how bad is it really? Which problems are real and which ones will blow over? John Martellaro does his grading.
Back in the early days of the iPhone, it was a fairly small device that easily fit in a shirt pocket or jeans pocket.
Today, the power of the iPhone and the demands we make of it virtually require a larger display. So how do we carry it?
John Martellaro looks at a classic SciFi concept.
There are occasions when you must have an iPhone with you, readily available, but the environment is rugged. Examples are construction, airline and military operations. In those cases, one may prefer to have the ultimate in iPhone protection: ports covered, display protected, and a multi-layer, cushioned shells. This case fills the bill.
There is no way around it. Most any case for the iPhone will change its look, feel and heft. The question is, given that you want some good protection and mobile accessories what kinds of options do you want? Rokform provides a boatload.
There may be times when you want to hand your iPhone to someone to let them scan through some photos. But perhaps there's a photo mixed in that you don't want to be seen. iOS 8 introduces a way to hide the photo.
Apple resisted the idea of a phablet for a long time and so did its customers. But times have changed, and we've moved on. Nowadays an Apple phablet is just what many need. Just don't call it a phablet. Call it a Plus.
In iOS 7, Apple's native weather app had rather sparse information about the local conditions, and it was hard to find. iOS 8 fixes all that and includes a better presentation of sunrise, sunset, atmospheric pressure and more.
One of the cool new features in iOS 8 is the ability to double tap the Home button and bring up not only the running apps but also your favorite and recent contacts. John Martellaro explains why this feature is so convenient.
Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington have developed a 3D printed microscope housing for various mobile devices that costs pennies. Combined with an easily available glass bead, the device can offer up to 1,000x magnification. The result is a cheap, digital microscope that can be used in the field to photograph and transmit images of biological samples and get results in minutes. If contaminated, the device is so cheap, it can be thrown away and a new one substituted. "We believe it can fill a need for professional first responders, and also for teachers and students in the classroom, health workers and anyone who just wants an inexpensive microscope readily available," said Rebecca Erikson an applied physicist at PNNL. The laboratory has made the 3D printer specifications available for free, and the video notes, "We've found that the iPhone 5 provides a more optimal picture."