Stories From Around the Web: April 12th – April 18th, 2014

It’s that time again, folks. Let’s talk about what has been up with iPhones this week.

The biggest thing on our radar is the new Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment. I know, you are probably thinking: the Smartphone Anti-What What Now?

Well, it is basically a promise made by phone manufacturers and wireless service providers that will ensure new phones made after July 2015 will have a preloaded or downloadable anti-theft tool. Right now, this seems to be contained to the US. But as it goes, we can probably anticipate something similar happening in Canada in the coming months.

A move in this direction is a pretty big deal because, well, iPhone theft is a pretty big deal. Some have even gone far enough to call smartphone theft an “epidemic”. We are definitely in support of mobile companies and carriers putting more power in the hands of users to protect themselves against theft.

This week in iOS rumors, Bloomberg sources reported that future iPhones will have Shazam built-in. Instead of downloading the original music-detection app and hitting a button, you could just ask Siri what’s playing. While this might be exciting for iOS users, we suspect Android users might be rolling their eyes– they have had the technology for years.

Our last story might make you cringe if you’re one to worry about how far iPhones have crept into our lives. As an alternative to traditional hearing aids, one company has recently launched a hearing aid that is integrated into your iPhone, called Halo. It doesn’t just amplify hearing; rather, it allows users to listen to music, watch movies, and chat over the phone– all calibrated according to the volume of a user’s surrounding environment. Our thoughts? Super cool. No question.

 

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