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What is iOS?

Default iOS 7
                homescreen (screenshot of copyrighted computer software,
                and the copyright for its contents is most likely held
                by the author(s) or the company that created the
                software. It is believed that the use of a limited
                number of web-resolution screenshots: for identification
                of, and critical commentary on, the software in question
                in the absence of a free alternative, on the
                English-language Wikipedia, hosted on servers in the
                United States by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation,
                ...  qualifies as fair use under United States copyright
                law. Any other uses of this image, on Wikipedia or
                elsewhere, may be copyright infringement. See
                Wikipedia:Non-free content for more information. Purpose
                of use: To illustrate the default layout and
                configuration of the iOS 7 homescreen as released by
                Apple. Replaceable? There is no free alternative to
                replace a screenshot as a free image.)iOS stands for iPhone OS. Just like Mac OS X, iOS is based on Darwin, which is based from FreeBSD.

iOS is heavily directed to multimedia and games. For this, iOS has four abstraction layers — Core OS, Core Services, Media and Cocoa Touch.

As a matter of fact, iOS (iPad, to be more specific) is my youngest son's favorite OS. Over 500 apps later, I still cannot make him trade it for Android, which is my favorite portable OS.

Installing iOS:

There is no OS installation that a user can perform. At the same time, all updates for OS and apps (mobile applications) are pushed by Apple, but authorized by the user. Note that iOS 6 on iPhone and iPod is fairly buggy. The update drains the unit's battery in a matter of an hour or so. If you are running iOS 5, there is nothing more you can do as there is no iOS 7 update for iPhone and iPod. This does not seem to be a problem in iPad, which seems to run iOS 7 smoothly.

At the same time, all apps are installed from Apple's App Store. This means that no vendor can distribute any software without Apple checking it first for malware and/or performance — a fairly costly process, about $800 for a developer's license (last time I checked).

Aside from downloading files from the internet or from a service like Dropbox to an iPod, iPhone or iPad, there is no access to the device storage other than using the iTunes program for Mac and/or Windows. With iTunes, you can merely transfer multimedia to and from the device.

As in the case of Android and probably any other OS, there are ways of rooting iPod, iPhone and iPad. Note that the latter might be considered illegal.

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On a side note, I never stop thinking and processing information all around me. As such, one of the subjects that attracts me most (aside from technology and music) is human behavior, not limited to psychology and ethos of the individual and masses. Hence I usually read, study and write essays of my own. From all possible authors in this field, some of my favorites are (in order of interest) Nietzsche, Levinas and Kant. As such, I have published two science fiction books, in which I include my opinion on religion, sociology, psychology, politics, manipulation of the masses, media, science and various technologies.

Under the Thelian Sky, ISBN
             9781494232283, ASIN B00GTQBY04

In Under the Thelian Sky, mankind did not originate on Earth, but rather on Mars. When Mars could no longer sustain life, mankind had to escape and colonized Earth. Many years later, a study was written about the survival of mankind in Mars and its struggle in Earth led by Doctor Ajidan Edejem. We proved to be a species that has survived wars, slavery and other forms of abuse. All the while, the government controlled by "them" wants to keep everything quiet and even kill him for telling others about the unavoidable doom. Years before the extinction of life in Mars, the Thelian society was perfect, yet corrupted. Life was easy, yet difficult if you were different. For every good person, like Ahila Keinj who found peace in The Faith, there were many willing to destroy it all for gain while "they" controlled the fate of many. At the end, an outsider simply known as Operative Logger 9C56 tries to fight "them" and stop "their" manipulation of history and mankind.

You can get Under the Thelian Sky exclusively at Amazon — available on print (ISBN 9781494232283) and e-book (ASIN B00GTQBY04).

In The Daydreamer, Robert James is a normal New Yorker who wakes up one morning unsure what had happened in his life. He is accused of killing the woman he has always loved, but he remembers three possible realities. Which reality could be true? Has he dreamed these realities, seen this events or taken part of these strange acts? Is he a killer or is he being framed? Perhaps he knows the killer better than anyone else without realizing it.


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