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Apple Patents A Smart To-Do Listing That Utilizes Contextual Information From Your iPhone To Fill The Spaces
An Apple patent filing published by the USPTO and detected by AppleInsider on Thursday explains a task manager that works out beyond the standard Reminders app that is now developed in to iOS and Mac gadgets. The patent explains a brilliant to-do list that incorporates natural language processing for effortless text entry, with contextual info sourced from your gadget to fill in all the little information that you might omit in making a laid-back job entry. It ’ s a bit like Google Now in the means it actively seeks information from the device, however with the certain aim of turning a light-weight suggestions app into a much more powerful and smart getting-things-done device, without any extra complexity required on the user ’ s part.
The usage case is easy: An individual quickly enters a job into their phone such as “ send him an email, ” because they think at the time it ’ ll be enough to induce a memory about all the various other vital details. But as we all understand, just what we think we bear in mind one minute doesn ’ t turn ou t to be exactly what we in fact do remember later on. Apple ’ s patent application addresses this by having the phone appearance for supporting details, including recently read and opened emails, recent voice messages or calls, text messages and even more to identify who the individual is chatting about, and potentially even when might be a better time to call, depending on calendar details. It might fill in details in this way for all kinds of different jobs, consisting of “ go to meeting later on, ” “ catch trip at 8 PM, ” and lots of more.
Apple accounts for both spoken and text entry of activities, and actually it ’ s surprising exactly how much this resembles Fantastical ’ s vision of how calendar management must be managed on iPhone, with the added advantage that an Apple system-level procedure would have access to every little thing stored on the phone, possibly making its powers of deduction much stronger in terms of making enlightened guesses.
The system would additionally be able to group and trigger activity and notices based upon cues, so that an item like “ pick up eggs ” would automatically be set to be induced when near a grocery store, and would live in a sub-category of tasks that serves as a grocery list. Notices can additionally be caused by even more than just place and time– one example provided is “ Remind me to call my mother the following time I am on the phone, ” or “ Remind me prior to sundown this night. ”
A few of these types of components are already being made use of and enhanced upon by Google in its rival Android mobile OS through Google Now, however Apple ’ s patent is also a natural extension of exactly what it has currently been attempting to do with Siri, Passbook and Reminders in terms of making the iPhone more into a comprehensive personal digital assistant.
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Another day, another selection of pocket change-priced apps. Highlights from today’s offering include the return of Endomondo Sports Tracker to the sale shelves, swashbuckling adventure BackStab HD and SimCity Deluxe. It’s a game-centric selection for this lazy Sunday, rounded out by Backbreaker Football, Captain America and Jenga. You can fill up your pretend basket at the Android Market link below. Four more days to go.
Statesiders aren’t the only ones waiting on the Lumia line to launch. You can add China to the list of countries beholden to Espoo’s “coming soon” promise. According to a report in Chinese magazine Global Entrepreneur, an unnamed Nokia exec has pinned down a release for the company’s flagship WP 7 handsets, stating they’d likely hit sometime in April of 2012. True, that date may seem a bit far off, but the Finnish company’s got quite a bit to tackle before next spring, as certain aspects of the Redmond-made OS require localization to keep in line with the government’s media censorship. As for pricing, well, look for the phones to retail between 4888 to 4999 yuan (about $ 768 – $ 786) — that’s bank-breaking territory, indeed. But, if it’s a bargain Windows Phone you’re after, we hear those are available in spades.
Those batteries have probably met a worse fate than the white MacBook line they came from. According to Forbes, Charlie Miller’s managed to render seven of them useless after gaining total access to their micro-controllers’ firmware via a security hole. Evidently, the Li-on packs for the line of lappies — including Airs and Pros — are accessible with two passwords he dug up from an ’09 software update. Chuck mentions that someone could “use them to do something really bad,” including faulting charge-levels and thermal read-outs to possibly even making them explode. He also thinks hard-to-spot malware could be installed directly within the battery, repeatedly infecting a computer unless removed. Come August, he’ll reportedly be detailing the vulnerability at the Black Hat security conference along with a fix he’s dubbed Caulkgun, which only has the mild side-effect of locking-out updates by Apple. Worth being safe these days, though. Right? Full story in the links below.
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