News from Apple about iBeacon – a new technology that extends Location Services in iOS. Your iOS device can alert apps when you approach or leave a location with an iBeacon. In addition to monitoring location, an app can estimate your proximity to an iBeacon (for example, a display or checkout counter in a retail store). Instead of using latitude and longitude to define the location, iBeacon uses a Bluetooth low energy signal, which iOS devices detect. To learn more about Bluetooth technology, see the official Bluetooth website. More news about iBeacon here
A noteworthy and perhaps one of the biggest trends of 2014 has been the Ghost Buttons (they are the transparent and clickable elements in a UI that are this big simple buttons). You’ll see these buttons on splash pages featuring those big epic images… and if you hadn’t noticed they are taking the UI design world by storm.
So the basic elements of a ghost button are: they are basic, flat shaped and often geometric – a square, rectangle, or circle. Importantly they have no fill and feature just a a simple stroked outline. They are transparent, (or perhaps have a faint opacity) asides from the outline and text – and that’s where the term ghost is derived from.
They are popping up all over the web and seem to be popular in creative and cultural sectors like fashion, photography and interior design.
These buttons suit a minimal theme and layout, often featuring large format images. They tend to be somewhat larger than traditional clickable buttons on websites and are often situated in the center of the screen.
Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, expects Apple to sell 5 million to 6 million iPhones worldwide through Sunday, according to an investor note obtained by Mashable. Munster expects that Apple will sell about 2.5 million iPhone 5S devices and about 3 million iPhone 5C devices, with pre-orders accounting for 1 million of the latter.
“We believe that Apple will likely sell all of the 5Ses they will produce for launch weekend,” Munster wrote in the note. “Based on Apple not taking online pre-orders for the 5S, which we believe was to avoid customers immediately seeing delivery times for 2+ weeks out, we believe the 5S is more production-constrained than the iPhone 5 was at launch, likely due to the addition of the finger print technology.”
As you might already know given the massive global coverage, Apple released a new Operating System (OS) for its mobile products yesterday. iOS7 has a new look with the theme’s design led by Jonathon Ive, the SVP for Design.
The former glossy, brash and textured themes have been replaced by a minimal sallow pastel look with ultra thin Sans Serif Font.
A number of the big social networks and apps have already developed their themes to maximise the new OS and here is a list of the best twenty apps.
Here is a picture of Soundwave’s App – which is going down a storm in the App store. Brendan O’Driscoll said the team at the digital start-up, which is now based in the ‘Silicon Docks’ area of Dublin City (Soundwave is just around the corner from the Google, Facebook and Linkedin) is “really excited” about being listed again on the worldwide App Store as they sought to refresh the Soundwave design theme with a more “simple and colourful look.”
Ube is now part of Techstars! They’re looking forward to having access to over 90 qualified mentors and the great opportunity to connect with investors in accelerating the delivery of the Ube App and their Smart Dimmers to control lights and home automation. Techstars is the #1 startup accelerator in the world and only 1% of applicants are accepted. http://www.techstars.com/program/locations/austin/
Factotum’s Peter Fossick is an Angel Investor in Ube and Factotum helped design the Branding, Products and App for Ube.