According to Huanqiu, a Chinese publication, Apple will launch a bigger version of the iPhone this May. If the report is true, the tablet-size iPhone phablets will be a separate product line from the iPhone 6 smartphones, which are expected to debut in September.
I recently downloaded the OnPage app (Onset Technology). The mobile app essentially turns your smartphone into a pager. It’s pretty neat and is a very handy tool for dads and moms. I tested the app on my Apple iPod Touch and it works great. However, the iPod Touch isn’t an ideal device because you need to be able to connect to the Internet 24×7. Otherwise, you won’t receive the alerts when someone is trying to contact you. The Onset Technology app works better with iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android devices.
Tactus Technology has an interesting new technology, Tactile Layer, that can create dynamic physical buttons that users can actually see and feel in advance of entering data into the device. When the physical keyboard is no longer needed, the buttons recede back into invisibility. Isn’t that cool? I can’t wait until it’s available on smartphones. I hate typing on a mobile device. Even though I have small fingers, I still have trouble typing on a smartphone. The letters are just too close together. While Tactile Layer won’t make a keyboard larger, I think the tactile buttons will make it easier to press the right letter.
Today, Google announced two-factor authentication for all Google accounts. Previously, two-factor authentication was only available to Google Apps customers. With two-factor authentication, users need both a username/password and a phone to sign-in to their Google account. If you enable this feature, you will be prompted for your username/password like normal. Then you will be prompted for a verification code, which Google will send to your phone. The extra requirement adds an extra layer of security in the event someone steals or guesses your password. Without your phone, your password is useless to a hacker. I like the idea behind 2-factor authentication, but it also means extra work to set-up and log-in.