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Friday, April 29, 2011

White One Is Thicker

Before its 10 month late launch, white iPhone4 was intensively rumored all over the world. Widely believed to be unreal, the white smartphone finally arrived in App store yesterday, April 28th. The Apple lovers are all happy, rushing to get one, but… there is one big BUT!

The white iPhone 4 appears to be significantly thicker than its black counterpart. The pictures obviously prove it- the black one is 0.2mm thinner than the new white iPhone4. 

The reason for thickness is said to be the extra UV protection and other tweaks added to reduce the "unexpected interactions" between the cover's whiteness and the internal components. It seems that apple sacrificed a bit of slimness for the iPhone to function smoothly. 

White iPhone4 0.2mm thicker than its black counterpart
The difference is so small that its actually below the JND (Just Noticeable Difference) edge for consumers with disarmed eye. But the implications caused by this 0.2mm are much greater than we can imagine- the problem is the cases! Unfortunately, Apple's own spec page doesn't highlight the change in thickness (measured at 9.5mm by TiPb). Instead it still shows a 9.3mm depth with a tiny disclaimer stating, "Actual size and weight vary by configuration and manufacturing process." This fact misleads case producers while creating tight fitted cases for iPhones, forcing to start manufacturing a new line of their product specially for white iPhone4.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Apple Answers Questions!

Apple decided to respond to the hubbub aroused about the gathering and use of location information by heir devices. To be objective and consider the arguments of both parties, we decided to publish Q&A session without any change, as we did in case of two American citizens accusing Apple, in our previous post. So it's up to you to decide who's right and who's not.

So here is the whole story, without any change. In case of further questions, do not hesitate to ask.

1. Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone? 
Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.

2. Then why is everyone so concerned about this? 
Providing mobile users with fast and accurate location information while preserving their security and privacy has raised some very complex technical issues which are hard to communicate in a soundbite. Users are confused, partly because the creators of this new technology (including Apple) have not provided enough education about these issues to date.

3. Why is my iPhone logging my location? 
The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested. Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data can take up to several minutes. iPhone can reduce this time to just a few seconds by using Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data to quickly find GPS satellites, and even triangulate its location using just Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data when GPS is not available (such as indoors or in basements). These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple.

4. Is this crowd-sourced database stored on the iPhone? 
The entire crowd-sourced database is too big to store on an iPhone, so we download an appropriate subset (cache) onto each iPhone. This cache is protected but not encrypted, and is backed up in iTunes whenever you back up your iPhone. The backup is encrypted or not, depending on the user settings in iTunes. The location data that researchers are seeing on the iPhone is not the past or present location of the iPhone, but rather the locations of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers surrounding the iPhone’s location, which can be more than one hundred miles away from the iPhone. We plan to cease backing up this cache in a software update coming soon (see Software Update section below).

5. Can Apple locate me based on my geo-tagged Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data? 
No. This data is sent to Apple in an anonymous and encrypted form. Apple cannot identify the source of this data.

6. People have identified up to a year’s worth of location data being stored on the iPhone. Why does my iPhone need so much data in order to assist it in finding my location today? 
This data is not the iPhone’s location data—it is a subset (cache) of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database which is downloaded from Apple into the iPhone to assist the iPhone in rapidly and accurately calculating location. The reason the iPhone stores so much data is a bug we uncovered and plan to fix shortly (see Software Update section below). We don’t think the iPhone needs to store more than seven days of this data.

7. When I turn off Location Services, why does my iPhone sometimes continue updating its Wi-Fi and cell tower data from Apple’s crowd-sourced database?  
It shouldn’t. This is a bug, which we plan to fix shortly (see Software Update section below).

8. What other location data is Apple collecting from the iPhone besides crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data? 
Apple is now collecting anonymous traffic data to build a crowd-sourced traffic database with the goal of providing iPhone users an improved traffic service in the next couple of years.

9. Does Apple currently provide any data collected from iPhones to third parties?  
We provide anonymous crash logs from users that have opted in to third-party developers to help them debug their apps. Our iAds advertising system can use location as a factor in targeting ads. Location is not shared with any third party or ad unless the user explicitly approves giving the current location to the current ad (for example, to request the ad locate the Target store nearest them).

10. Does Apple believe that personal information security and privacy are important? 
Yes, we strongly do. For example, iPhone was the first to ask users to give their permission for each and every app that wanted to use location. Apple will continue to be one of the leaders in strengthening personal information security and privacy.

Apple arguments seem to be very honest, doesn't they?.. Have your say! 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Two American citizens against Apple!!

Vikram Ajampur and William Devito- the owners of iPhone-and iPad accuse Apple for illegal gathering of information for their own purposes.

The appeal may be granted as the protest of all the users of Apple devices to protect their interests. According to the accusers, Apple collects data of the users about their location, without warning, and illegally collects personal accounts of life violating the rights of inviolability.

Citizens are particularly concerned by the fact that they have not been informed in advance. The complainers require Apple to remove this offending feature from next product additions and insist on payment of monetary compensation.

 The Appeal was led by the scandalous discovery of British Pete Uorden, former software engineer of Apple, who revealed some strange files in iPhone memory by accident. 29 thousand records have been found by the specialists, who argue that these files track the users’ destinations, and get into the computer automatically while synchronizing. They also claim that the files remain in the memory forever.Experts created a data visualization program to make their discovery available to everyone. Allen said that if Apple does not delete the function, at least it should inform consumers about the functions to shut down the service offer.

Later, the same experts said that the function of the software made a mistake and was not premeditated. "In case of conspiracy the files of the company would be more reliably hidden and we would not be able to find them so easily. Most probably, that this is an error or software engineers are the result of incomplete “. - they say. 

However, the study conducted in the United States and other countries by public authorities and human rights organizations was severely criticized. The governments of France and Germany have already said that such action is unacceptable and the incident may become a pretext for launching the investigation. 
What do you think, is Apple dishonest while integrating this feature in the device, or is it our “fault” that we are being tracked (if so)?  

Steve jobs,  who is currently on a medical leave due to his health worsening, replied to a user who tried to frighten him by switching on Android device, that it’s not an iPhone, but Android, who is keeping track of all the users….

You can even see CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT AND DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL by the two citizens against the company in details right HERE
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

iPhone 4 with DSLR Lens!

Apple’s iPhone 4 has surpassed the hopes of many, yet its 5-megapixed camera is outdated in comparison with some of its competitors like HTC’s Evo 4G, featuring an 8-megapixel camera. A fresh sample around the net shows how a discrete character formed a special tripod to attach a DSLR lens to the iPhone 4. An invention like this can definitely help a wandering photographer who avoids carrying apparatus around the trip at all costs or the one who just wants to enter the world of photography and cannot afford expensive equipment. Isn’t the creation just brilliant? Have your say!


iPad 2
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Free iMingle Insurance iPhone® App

The more comfort you give, the more customers you get… the more quality you offer, the more satisfied customers you have… the more demand you find in need of customers, the more supply you are able to provide to them… Each business tries to discover something extraordinary in these saturated markets.

I found an interesting App for iPhone customers but before covering the features of the new free app, I was interested in how many apps does iPhone have? In one of the sources, 148Apps, there are 148 All Time Top iPhone Apps. That is the huge number but not complete list. One of the latest app is Free iMingle Insurance iPhone® App. It is an Auto Insurance, though is also includes services if one needs to update information, pay bills, report claims and more at fingertips.

So what we can do with it?!

• Access your policy 24/7
• Update your policy contact information
• Make payments instantly online
• Report a claim and submit photos of the accident
• Gather witness and police reports
• Connect to a claims representative
• Get assistance with a taxi, tow truck or rental car
• Get a quote for Renters Insurance

With these features drivers are provided with a more convenient way to manage their auto insurance policies with no restrictions of place and time. The iPhone app that is to satisfy the needs of a techno-centric consumer, offers group buying for individual policyholders with discounts that give customers opportunities to gain 2 in 1: using social media and buying insurance.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The App Gold Rush !

In a world obsessed by technology, apps are the latest currency.
Apple opened the floodgates in 2008 with the release of the App Store - what followed was a surge of publishers and developers who quickly put the money-making machine into overdrive.
Ten million apps were downloaded within the first weekend of the App Store's launch… that number now stands at over ten billion.
The App Rockstars

Kostas Eleftheriou

Made £63k ($100k) in just three months after releasing the iSteam app
Ethan Nicholas

Made £22k ($35k) in a single day from sales of the iShoot game
Steve Demeter

Made £156k ($250k) within the first two months of releasing Trism
Ge Wang and Jeff Smith

Made £600k ($1m) in a year through various apps
Igor and Marko Pusenjak

Made over £600k ($1m) each after selling 3.5m copies of Doodle Jump

Countless more have joined their ranks, releasing apps that beat the hundreds of thousands competing for potential customers' time... so how do you go about making an app, and what are the chances of success?

Reported Costs for App Development 

As you can see, putting an 'average' figure on app development costs is impractical given the variance. So what factors come into the process?

Staffing costs
You'll Need:
A Developer: £60-£90 ($100-$150) per hour
A Designer: £40-£80 ($65-$130) per hour
It should be noted that these are guide prices only - both can be found outside the US and UK for as low as £10 ($16) per hour, but this is likely to be false economy as the process nearly always takes longer and results in lower quality.

An app can take between four to eight weeks to create - let's call it six for the sake of argument.
Generally this breaks down to:
Design: One week at 40 hours
Coding: Two weeks at 80 hours
Testing and Polishing: Two weeks at 80 hours
If we take a developer's fee to average at £75 per hour and a designer's to be £60, the total cost in this example totals £14,400 ($23,000). Of course, if we take the upper figure on fees this cost rises to £16,400 ($26,000).
Gaming apps are usually significantly more expensive to develop than this estimate, involving up to 2,000 hours of development with multiple designers working at the same time. Costs upward of £140,000 ($224,000) can be expected for making a gaming app.

Still too conservative?
Even the cost estimates above may be too low, since we haven’t factored in:
In-house planning
Project Management Fees
User testing
Unforeseen delays
Additional updates after release
Multi-platform releases
Back-end server support

So, while many agree that very simple, one-function apps can be developed for as low as £3,000 ($5,000), it's of no surprise that feature-heavy apps such as Angry Birds or BBC News can cost over £125,000 ($125,000).

In fact, it's reported that Twitterific cost over £156,000 ($250,000) and Instagram ate up double that amount during development!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Shipping the Next iPhone starting in September

After that the tale that Apple won’t publicize the next-generation of iPhone in June or July (which was the case with all prior iPhone announcements) was spread, here arises a report that the new iPhone is in fact upcoming in the first month of the fall.

While Apple’s providers will begin manufacturing in July this year, the completed device is likely to begin shipping in September, Reuters reports, based on the  sources familiar with the matter.

As for what the definite augmentations of the next-gen iPhone, the details are limited as always; one of Reuters’ sources claims the device will look similar to the iPhone 4, but it will feature a faster processor.

To roughly summarize all the iPhone rumors and reports we’ve heard so far, this is what we can conclude: the white version of the iPhone 4 should become available within 2-3 weeks; the iPhone 5 (if that’s what Apple will call it) will be an evolutionary advancement, visually similar to the iPhone 4 but with a better camera, processor and a bigger display. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Apple Accuses Samsung Of 'Copying' Its Devices

Apple has sued Samsung Electronics for copying "the look and feel" of its iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone- the Wall Street Journal reports. The entire bustle is about the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, which features more than a passing similarities to the iPhone 3G models. 

"Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products."

The process was filed in the Northern District of California on Friday and seeks sanctions against Samsung, compensations (both actual and punitive), and a finding that the infraction was deliberate. 

Hmm.. How does $5.7 billion sound? That's how much Apple spent on buying up parts from Samsung last year, according to the AFP, which cites the Cupertino Company as Samsung's second-biggest client after Sony. Given the breadth of Samsung's component manufacturing, these expenditures can and probably do span everything from flash storage and RAM to processing chips to displays.

Another big thing to note is that, on the software front, they contradict iOS versus Android. When Apple calls Samsung uncreative due to its user interface, it concerns more Android's apparent simulation of the iPhone's interface. And of course, if you're going to sue Google indirectly, you can't leave a major player such as Samsung outside the courtroom, it just wouldn't be rational.

Despite the fact that all such legal collisions rarely end up with what’s expected, and based on previous experiences this lawsuit will most probably end up with money/license exchange. But still, “it's fun to see the big dogs barking at each other.”

Monday, April 18, 2011

HiFutureSelf - The Fastest Reminder App

DBelement, LLC is pleased to announce the release of HiFutureSelf version 1.5.5 for the iPhone and iPod touch. This amazingly simple app lets you to send messages to yourself in the future, or to your future self.

HiFutureSelf is fast, easy and unbelievably convenient. The new version enhances a social layer to the future messages.

You are allowed to instantly share messages via e-mail, SMS, Facebook, and Twitter within the HiFutureSelf app. The update also adds 6 high quality custom ringtones to stress the feel of the future messages. The app brings comfort and pleasure of text messaging to in order to set up alerts and reminders. With as few as two taps you can set up reminders for your daily routine, not to forget something important.  There are so many calendar and to-do note apps with alerts to help you clear out your multi-tasking job, but they are all clunky and unproductive for the one thing you really need, quick instant prompts.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 4.6 MB

The app is free and available exclusively through the App store!

Friday, April 15, 2011

White iPhone 4 At Last?!

Phil Schiller of Apple promised  that the white version of the iPhone 4 is coming “this spring” in March . Now that Deadline has been reduced to “the next few weeks,” according to a new report of Bloomberg news.

Apple has finally prevailed over the trouble, including paint peeling when out in the open to heat, with the manufacturing practice of the white iPhone. The device will apparently be obtainable from both AT&T and Verizon networks.

The white version of the iPhone 4 doesn’t bring any technological advance, but Apple confirmed its subsistence in 2010, and invariable holdups turned it into a legend that many thought would never be a reality.

Of course, with the iPhone 5 launch getting so closer, the idea of obtaining a white iPhone 4 feels less tempting, but we’re sure Apple will find plethora of buyers for the device — if it ever truly enters the market.

Would you either buy a white iPhone 4, or wait for an (while for a white) iPhone 5 to enter the market? Have your say, reader comments are always welcome.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

iPhone scoring 1840 out of 2000!

CIO of Clorox Ralph Loura suddenly has realized that the dissatisfaction of the employees with their corporate issued BlackBerry phones was emerging. He decided to give his 2000 employees a free choice of replacement and offered 3 alternatives: an iPhone, Windows Phone 7 and an Android device to choose from. Imagine what happened… whole 92% of employees chose an iPhone, 6% picked up an Android and only 2%, that is 40 employees out of 2 000decided to replace Blackberry with a windows phone 7!

Ever since Clorox according to the grapevine didn't offer staff an choice to attach to BlackBerry, it's unclear how many would have done so given the option. But according to Loura, "If you believe demographic studies, the workforce in their 20s and 30s isn't going to accept black corporate PCs with black corporate mobile phones and not be allowed to run Facebook or Angry Bird apps." 

The big thing is the huge gap in numbers between people choosing the iPhone versus an Android phone; if all the laudation about the superiority of the device is to be believed, the platform should be able to make a much better result than just 120 out of 2000 employees.

Clorox's story is only one data point, and there might be other issues at work -- maybe the only Android phone Clorox offered its employees was a hunk of junk -- but at least in Clorox's case, Apple is the only platform that comes out of this looking like it has a feasible potential.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wordicus - Multi-Language Word Game

Dapper Gentlemen, the app development group behind the riotously triumphant Ugly Meter and Meatball Madness, today launched its latest application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Wordicus brings mobile game lovers a fast-paced, word-puzzle action game and featuring both turn-based multi-player and single-player modes. 

Wordicus 1.25 is a acknowledgment to typical word-themed games that transforms multi-player gaming. Besides, the Wordicus 1.1 version features a unique engine that allows people who speak two different languages to play against each other in their individual native languag, making for a truly world-wide opponent base and extreme fun.

The game works the following way:

* Players use a touch-screen interface to draw a line across a grid of letter tiles to form words then watch the word disappear as new blocks drop into their place. 
* A player's score is based on the value of the letter tiles used and the special power tiles. 
* Players unlock achievements and level up to access special blocks that multiply their score, destroy surrounding blocks and more. 
* Players work through the more than 40 levels by completing words and earning points. 
* Players can simultaneously play up to 20 games against opponents with an at-your-leisure, turn-based multi-player option or let the game find random opponents from across the globe. 
* While waiting for opponents to make their move, players can choose one of two innovative single-player modes: Zen Mode, which allows players to take their time and spell as many words as they can; or Blitz Mode, which sets a time limit for players to try and spell as many words as they can before the timer runs out.

Device Requirements:
* 3G iPhone, iPhone 4, iPod touch, or iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 9.1 MB 

For more information click here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Listen in on the supernatural world with Paranormal Recorder!

Excelltech's Paranormal Recorder for iOS utilizes the crude magnetic data from the device's digital compass to activate audio recording, revolutionizing the chase for ghostly connections.

"Atypical electromagnetic fields are associated with most reported paranormal phenomenon. It occurred to me that if Electronic Voice Phenomenon is caused by paranormal forces there are likely electromagnetic fluctuations occurring during these communications."- said Ben Williams, the developer of the app.

 The app enables you to communicate with paranormal forces, such as spirits, ghosts, or other supernatural entities. One of the most widely reported physical phenomenon associated with paranormal entities is electromagnetic radiation fluctuations.

By allowing you to run Paranormal Recorder for extended periods of time, and only actually recording sounds when something 'strange' is detected, Paranormal Recorder gives you the best chance to connect to the other side and record EVP (Electric Voice Phenomenon), or other paranormal actives. You can even hear the examples uploaded by the app users right here.

The device requirements are quite modest - only iOS Device 4.0 or later.

The app price is $2.99 USD and is available globally through the App Store in the Utilities category.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Marry Your iPhone!!!!

Sample Certificate of  Marriage
"I really wasn’t looking for a relationship when we met, but since we spent all our time together, we quickly became more than 'just friends.' It was only a matter of time before I got on one knee and proposed. She got so excited she dropped her signal! "~Johnny B. Proud, Madison, WI – this is a quote by a happy groom, whose bride is (somewhat surprisingly) an iPhone! has offered a new public service, enabling iPhone users to enter into marriage with their Apple device. "People love their iPhone so much, it's only natural to want to marry it" said a representative of Visitors of the site will be able to purchase an official marriage certificate that will tie them in holy union with their beloved piece of equipment.

"People can now show their true commitment to the iPhone beyond the 2-year contract plan."- says the Director of Communications. Initial feedback from the newlyweds has been awesomely positive, with many experiencing deeper and richer relationships with their mobile devices. 

Some what interesting are the names trends that aroused after introducing the service: Mary Fernandez-3GS, iSabel 4-Robertson, iSaac 3GS and so on………. is also a promoter of iPhone Life Partners rights. The site enables followers to sign a petition to make Human-Device partnerships legal in all 50 states of USA.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Mobile Market Illustration

At a modern point cell phone market grows a lot and many Internet leaders are attempting to make most from it. Keeping eye on this Microsoft Tag recently come up with a infographics which completely shows that mobile market is large, local searches, games and YouTube doing pretty well on Mobiles.

To better illustrate the growing mobile marketing opportunity, take a look at these infographics we found to be the latest and most up to date.

This picture shows the total mobile market size and the shares of more than 40 countries of the world in the industry! The chart below responds to the number of mobiles for every 1000 people within the countries!

Now let's see what is the share of the smartphones in this huge market. The second picture shows the outline of the shifting landscape among the major players of the smartphone OS market.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Wozniak & Jobs Never Had A Falling Out!

“Tablets are the zenith of what Steve Jobs wanted to produce at Apple from the creation,”- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in his keynote session at Storage Networking World in Santa Clara, California on Monday. When being asked how tablets would change the computer industry, he made a parallel between them and TVs.

“The tablet is not necessarily for the people in this room, it’s for the normal people in the world,” Wozniak said to the listeners consisting of enterprise storage engineers.

“I think Steve Jobs had that intention from the day we started Apple, but it was just hard to get there, because we had to go through a lot of steps where you connected to things, and (eventually) computers grew up to where they could do ... normal consumer appliance things,” – he added.

The voluble Pirate of Silicon Valley legend, who hasn’t been in charge of Apple at a full time since the 1980s and is now chief scientist at solid-state storage vendor Fusion-io, did hurl out a cutthroat remark about the marketplace. “On the subject of tablets, I read today that Android tablets are expected to surpass iPads, and I hope that never happens,” Steve said.

Expectedly, Wozniak’s speech scarcely stroke on his current job, but mostly he amused the audience with stories of his Apple days and his feelings about the education.When being asked why he left Apple, Wozniak said  “We have never had an argument, we’re just in different places, and we’re different people.” Jobs was fond of running a corporation, while Wozniak was and will always be an engineer at heart.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Using Augmented Reality to Write Memo

The iPhone applications Development Studio Yudo is proud to announce the release of his newest creation: Air Memo, an application that uses Augmented Reality in order to allow the users to write and post their memos all around them.

Air Memo is an application that allows the user to write on a 180 degree environment around him by using to the technique of Augmented Reality. The use of the application is simple and easily accessible even at the first launch. Its interface is intuitive and is suited to everyday life needs.

We are used to write evry day post-it or memos that we stick on the desk or computer monitor, but without the opportunity to consult them as soon as we go out. Now thanks to Air Memo, you can access anywhere and at anytime all the memos you stuck all around you simply by moving your iPhone horizontally into the space around you.

Using Air Memo, you will be able to write and stick immediately all the things passing through your head, or paste pictures (with optional extra charge) in your virtual space. When you have finished writing, the memo will be reduced to going to stick to the place that you designate. You can drag voice memos you have written and move them wherever you like. The contents of your memos will be automatically saved in the application until you delete it.

Finally, this online application is available for free so that many users can try it. You can find in in an App Store in Utility category. The app is available worldwide.

For more information click here

Friday, April 01, 2011

Windows in iPhone5!!!

“Good artists copy, great artists steal”- we all remember this famous quote by Steve Jobs… The uncontrolled rivalry among Microsoft and Apple has come to a culmination- iWindows is coming to support iPhone5! 

The announcement was made by Ellen Doppler, Apple’s PR spokesperson on her private blog two hours ago…

Stealing the CORE product from the main GIANT competitor… is somewhat more than risky! But Apple spokeswoman claims in her article posted today, that no legal problems will arise, as they have everything under control and are not doing anything against the law(?!) From retrospective, Steve really appeared to be a great artist …!

No comments have been made from Microsoft’s side yet- sometimes ignorance is the best way out… Neither responded Google- Android device will definitely be in trouble as the best OS in the best device is something one and all would like to have!!!

It’s true that the banks don’t like beards, but will Bill like iWindows?! …. The details of iWindows are not public yet, but it’s obvious that “there may be a few... similarities…” 

Our team works in 24/7 regime after this announcement, so keep tracking, we will keep you informed!!!  

Truly Incredible, Phenomenal, Stunning……..