Tip: Your iPhone or iPad can read to you

Posted by Sophie at Apr 2nd, 2013 14:05 Uncategorized

Enabling the Speak option makes it possible for your iOS device to read aloud any selectable text. Launch the Settings app, tap on General, and then choose Accessibility. Scroll down to Speak Selection, and tap to turn it on.

Now, go into any app where you can highlight text. Your options include Mail, Safari, Notes, and many others. Select some text, and you’ll see a new option appear in the contextual menu (you may have to tap the right arrow to view more options). Tap the Speak command, and your iOS device will start reading the text aloud.



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Apple files patent for new system to protect dropped iPhones

Posted by Sophie at Mar 25th, 2013 23:12 Uncategorized

The system, registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office as a ‘Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device’, reportedly uses sensors to deduce when a phone has been dropped.




Apple's "Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device" could be a system that potentially save the most fragile component of an iPhone by detecting when the device is falling and shifting the handset's center of mass to control its landing.

The system needs a sensor or sensor array that can detect when a device is in freefall and how it is positioned relative to the ground. Coupled to the sensor is a...

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