Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tap and hold to add event

To quickly add an event to your calendar, simply go to the month view of the calendar on your iOS device. Tap and hold on the date you want the event to be. This will pull up the new event menu. Just input the information and there you go! I hope this helps!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

128 GB iPad

Yesterday, Apple released a new 128 GB iPad model. 128 GB is twice the amount of the current highest amount of storage which was 64 GB. While there was no keynote, Apple did release it in the press info. This was expected as the code in the iOS 6.1 beta seed refers to 128 GB devices. iOS 6.1 is out now and will be talked about tomorrow. The 128 GB is NOT a new generation iPad and is categorized under the fourth-generation iPad. The 128 GB iPad will cost $799 for Wi-Fi and $929 for Wi-Fi + Cellular and will be available on February 5th. The 16, 32, and 64 GB models of the fourth-generation iPad will still be available when the 128 GB iPad comes out.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Glendale Apple Store

The Glendale Apple Store is a very classy Apple Store compared to the others in California. It's quite the site. Definitely worth taking a look…

Monday, January 28, 2013

Manhattan Beach Apple Store

The Manhattan Beach Apple Store is a great Apple Store to go to for your post-holiday shopping spree. They have everything from accessories to additional software. Go check it out.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Why, ngmoco:)?!

Recently, the game company, ngmoco:), made a statement saying the games We Rule, Godfinger, Touch Pets Cats, and Touch Pets Dogs 2 will be discontinued. They say that better games will come to fill the void. The apps will be removed from the Apple App Store on February 28, 2013. The service will be discontinued on March 30, 2013. More to come soon.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

CAPS-LOCK

To use Caps Lock on iOS, double tap the shift button and type. To get out of Caps Lock, tap the shift button again. If this didn't work, go to Settings > General > Keyboard and switch the "Enable Caps Lock" switch to on.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Do Not Disturb 4 School

If you are a student, you don't want to be disturbed by unwanted text messages. What I do is put my phone in "Do not Disturb" mode (iOS 6). To do this, go to Settings. There should be a switch that says "Do not Disturb". Switch that to on. This silences all incoming calls. I hope this helps.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cheap Products: Lightning to Micro USB Adapter

Do you have an iPhone 5, iPad Mini, or anything that uses the new Lightning connector? If so, this is for you! Here's what the series is about. I was looking for adapters for my iPhone 5. But the ones made by Apple are SO expensive. No offense Apple. Anyways, I found some cheaper items for free shipping. They cost around $2 each. Don't ask me why they are so cheap. There is a catch. They're shipped from China. That means that it takes AT LEAST 11 days to deliver. If you want faster shipping, it's $30. You're better off buying the ones sold by Apple for $20 and free two-day shipping. Yesterday, my first package arrived. It only took 11 days. My other packages are taking 44 days to deliver, so this is a treat. This package has the Lightning to Micro USB Adapter. So, let's put this to the test. Does it work and is it worth it? Right out of the box, there's a huge error. It looks completely different than the product advertised. It was supposed to look like the adapter made by Apple, but instead, it looks strange. The edges are messed up. And if you look at the reviews, rage is what you read.

"Product send was a fake. It was not the authentic Apple adapter pictured. It is not the same size. It does not have the pictured logo on the product. It's clearly a fake."
- TXShopper 
Product advertised
Product delivered
However, I must say that it does work and does what it's advertised to do. However, it appears that some people's adapters came broken. You may have to take a chance when buying this. Good luck!

To see or buy the product described, click here.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

#Revolution4Geeks

Remember to post with the hashtag, #Revolution4Geeks on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook! Just type it anywhere. This is from a post about a major security flaw in Apple iOS devices. Share it to two people and if they do the same, this could go on, and on, and on. Let's do this!

To see the post mentioned, click here

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gifting Digital Media

To gift a song, movie, TV show, or app to a friend via the iTunes Store, go on the iTunes Store or App Store from your iOS device. Find the content you're looking for. Look at the top of your screen for the share button (square with an arrow coming out of it). Tap on it and tap "Gift". You can gift that media to your friends from here. Unfortunately, this doesn't work with the iBook Store. I wish this were possible. :-(

Monday, January 21, 2013

iCloud Sticker Packaging

If you bought an iOS device recently, you may notice that the iCloud sticker is missing. The picture below shows an iPhone 5 (top) and an iPad 3 (bottom). What could this mean?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Let's get Productive: Writing a Report 4 School

If you're a kid like me, then you probably write reports for school digitally. Here are some rules for making sure you get the best out of your hard work.


  • Save once AT LEAST every 5 minutes
  • Don't use the Schoolloop Document Creator; It's not reliable!
  • Use services like Google Drive, iWork, and Microsoft Office
  • Find out if your computer auto-saves
  • Don't wait until the last minute. You will regret it.
  • Understand how to use your program
  • Check your printer if you need it
  • If you use an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch for writing reports, I HIGHLY recommend buying the Pages (Document; $9.99), Numbers (Spreadsheet; $9.99), or Keynote (Presentation; $9.99) app. It's defiantly worth it. I usually use Pages and Keynote mostly for school. I rarely use Numbers for school.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Take Still Pictures while Recording Video

To take pictures while recording, open the camera app on an iPhone 5. Take some video and tap the camera button that is in one of the corners. This takes a picture. It is saved in the Camera Roll. Sorry for the short post for today. :-( More tomorrow.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Emergency Call

If you're like me, you're scared about tapping that "Emergency Call" button when typing in your passcode. It's easy to accidentally tap. Never fear! Tapping that button doesn't automatically call 911. It shows a screen where you can call many numbers for different countries.


This is the screen that appears when you tap "Emergency Call"
At the top, "Emergency Call" is shown in
different languages

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Save your work!!!

This is a friendly reminder from Tech Talk 4 Geeks asking you to save your work once every five minutes. Your computer may not auto-save. Don't take the risk. If you do, buy something squishy, like Play-Doh. You'll need it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Notification Center shows your carrier's stock

If you swipe down on your iPhone (make sure that it is unlocked), Notification Center (iOS 5) should show up. Look at the stock section. If you scroll through it, you can find your carrier's current stock along with Apple's. Just letting you know that it's there.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Google Goggles

Google Goggles is a product by Google that let's your smartphone take pictures of certain things and search them on Google. You can use it by downloading the Google app for iOS or the Google Goggles app for Android. For iOS, look at the bottom menu and select "Goggles". Then, take a picture of something. A notebook, shampoo, anything!

To learn more about Google Goggles, go to http://www.google.com/mobile/goggles/

Monday, January 14, 2013

Let's start a revolution!

Everybody! Stop what you're doing and spread the post from two days ago around. It was about a major security flaw. Please help me get this to Apple. Tweet it, post it to Google+, Facebook, anything! Use the hashtag #Revolution4Geeks when posting. To use a hashtag, simply type #Revolution4Geeks in your post. We can do this. Share it to two people and if they do the same, this could go on, and on, and on. Let's do this!

To see the post mentioned, click here.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Phone? Tablet? The best of both. You're kidding me, right?

I've been hearing about Samsung's Galaxy Note II. The motto is, "Phone? Tablet? The best of both." You may have heard the ad campaign before as it quickly gathers attention. My deal is, since when is a tablet known for a stylus?! It's known for the large display and Samsung's phone doesn't come close to tablet size. So, the verdict is, "The best of neither."

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Apple, you missed a spot!

When it comes to security, Apple's on top. But in this post, I'll reveal to you Apple's little spot that they missed. Apple, if your reading this, please fix this issue.

THE ISSUE:
Find My Friends is Siri compatible. This means if you ask Siri where you friends are, she'll tell you. The other part to this is protecting this information. Find My Friends asks for your Apple ID password initially and again for a minute of inactivity. But if you have a pass code, you only need to enter your Apple ID password once. Then, it automatically logs you in because you need to enter your pass code. This works with Siri too. Without a pass code, Siri won't tell you your friends are. With a pass code, she'll tell you where they are. That's the problem! Siri will tell you where they are in the lock screen! That's before you enter your pass code. What to do?

THE "HOPEFULLY TEMPORARY" SOLUTION:
To fix this, go to Settings > General > Passcode lock and enter your Passcode. Remember that this solution is for people who already have passcodes on their iOS devices. Now, look at the section that says "Allow Access When Locked". Turn off Siri. And while your at it, you might as well turn off Passbook because if it's on, it lets anybody who has your phone to pay with your gift cards without a Passcode needed. Trust me on this one. And Apple, please fix this problem so we don't have to use these weird solutions.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Dictation on the iPhone 5: Review

The dictation on the iPhone 5 (also on models as old as the iPhone 3GS) (along with Siri as well) is perfect. To activate it, open up anything that requires your digital keyboard (except when typing websites, credentials, etc.) and tap on the microphone in the bottom right corner and speak what you want to type. When done, tap "Done". There you go! And I give this five-out-of-five Geek Glasses.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Passbook: My Book Is Boring

Want a pass to an Apple event to show off to your friends? Try out this site I found. It works with Passbook. The site is:

www.passsource.com

From here, you can create real or fake passes. Try it out! I'll give a tutorial as I learn more about it.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Passbook: My book is "passless!"

If you need more passes in your Passbook (Requires iOS 6), try the Gyft app. It's totally passbook integrated and has many gift card brands. Just add a plastic gift card and add it to Passbook. Here's the process in pictures.

Add a gift card to Gyft

It appears in the Gyft Library


Tap on the Gyft Card and tap "More"

Select "Add to Passbook"


A confirmation appears


It appears with the rest of your cards

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Video Tutorials: Making Your Desktop Presentable

Today, I will show you how to make your desktop look nice and neatly organized in video form. The video is my very first Tech Talk 4 Geeks video tutorial! This should give you a better perspective of the process as this is a bit hard to word. Anyways, I hope you like it.

video

Monday, January 7, 2013

My Friend's Minecraft Server

My friend, who in this post will be referred as RyGuyN, has created a server on Minecraft. And my other good friend, who will be referred to as AnimalCrossing35, has made a video of the server. It's really cool. Check it out!



P.S. I am redyellowgreen99 in the video and I got my friend's blog address wrong. It's mcnewsusa.blogspot.com

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Charging Your Battery

I know this is a rather simple topic. However, some people don't fully understand exactly how it works. The battery in your iOS devices are lithium-ion batteries. They are different than the ones in your remote control. They are rechargeable (and, yes, I know about the batteries for remote controls that are rechargeable, but this is different). I know a few friends and relatives who shall remain name-less in this blog post. They tend to take advantage of their iOS's massive battery life and let it drop until the battery dies. This isn't wrong, but it isn't as efficient as the method I will now describe.

The Rules of the Method:

1. Charge your iOS device EVERY night when you go to sleep. Even if it is around 100%. Lithium-ion batteries CANNOT be overcharged.

2. Don't worry about the environment or power. When charging your iOS device, it uses less energy than your average light bulb.

3. Keep your battery at a good level before you go out. When you're not using it after you wake up or if you're using it, but you're not too far from a charger, keep it plugged in. Try to keep it above 75% before noon.

Note: Games like Minecraft: Pocket Edition or Plants vs. Zombies are VERY battery consuming.

The only device that I have made an exception to is my Kindle. This is because it has a one month battery life and I take it to school everyday. I charge it once a month so I don't run the risk of leaving it at home.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Herobrine

Herobrine
Source: Minecraft Wiki
Herobrine is probably one of the most-speculated, non-canon characters in the gaming and technology world. For those who don't know, Herobrine is a fake character in Minecraft. He also looks very similar to Steve, the default character of Minecraft. I do think that it would be cool if he was in the game but, Herobrine is a figment of a community's imagination. He is sometimes portrayed as Notch's (from Mojang) dead brother. This is invalid as Notch never had a brother. The reason that Herobrine doesn't exist is because there is no source code in the game that refers to him. However, there has been times where Mojang (Minecraft Developers) have pretended that Herobrine was real with the community. In almost every update, a feature may have some reference with Herobrine. This, however, has no real reason to be there. Mojang would say that they removed Herobrine as a bug fix. This is in fact, not true. Notch once stated that Herobrine would one day be in an update, however, he has taken this statement back. Although Herobrine has been in many Mojang appearances, including adding his skin in the XBox 360 Edition, this not true and is either Mojang toying with the community or the appearance was fan-created. Bottom line, Herobrine couldn't exist in Minecraft.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Add Subject Field 2 iMessage

To add the subject field to iMessage, go to Settings > Messages and scroll to the bottom and tap "Show Subject Field" to on. This will let you add a subject to a conversation when texting other iOS devices.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Government Alerts

In iOS 6, you can receive emergency alerts in your area. These include AMBER alerts. They are automatically set on. You can turn these off at Settings > Notifications and scroll to the bottom. It should show AMBER alerts and emergency alerts. Turn them off by tapping on the switch next to the alert. However, I don't recommend turning them off. I hope this helps.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S: What's the diff?

My Uncle Wally recently got a iPhone 4S and he wanted to know what the differences were between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5. So, let's take the iPhone 4S (Older version) and the iPhone 5 (Latest version). If you put them side by side, the only thing you will notice is the screen size. However, there are many more differences. Here's a list of most of the differences:

  • The iPhone 5 has an A6 chip instead of an A5 chip (Faster processor)
  • The iPhone 5's unibody has a layer of glass removed to make it thinner and lighter
  • The iPhone 5 has either a black and slate color or a white and silver color while the iPhone 4S only has black or white.
  • The iPhone 5 has 4G LTE (Long-Term-Evolution) a.k.a. blazing fast cellular
  • The iPhone 5 has a Nano-SIM Card while the iPhone 4S has a Micro-SIM Card
  • The iPhone 5's front camera has a 1.2 Megapixel camera while the iPhone 4S's only has VGA resolution (Less resolution)
  • The front camera on the iPhone 5 also has 720p HD video while the iPhone 4S's only has VGA resolution (Less resolution)
  • The iPhone 5 has a backside illumination sensor unlike the iPhone 4S
  • You can take still pictures while recording video only on the iPhone 5
  • There is face detection only on the iPhone 5
  • The iPhone 5 comes with EarPods (Check out my review) while the iPhone 4S only comes with the Apple's older earphones
  • The iPhone 5 has the Lightning connector (a small, reversible connector to a charger) while the iPhone 4S has the 30-pin connector
  • The iPhone 5 has better battery life than the iPhone 4S (Actual results may vary)
  • The iPhone 4S currently only comes in the 16 GB model while the iPhone 5 comes in 16 GB, 32 GB, and the 64 GB (Bigger is better)
  • The iPhone 5 starts at $199 while the iPhone 4S starts at $99 (Contract not included)
Well, there you go. That's the general differences of the iPhone. I use the term "general" as I am sure there are more. Anyways, I hope this helps the people that need it.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

It's 2013 and we are still here. Congrats on surviving the end of the world. We've had our ups and downs. The iPad 3. iPad Mini. iPad 4. Galaxy Note II. iPhone 5. Here comes another chapter in the great book of life. In related news, Google has made another end of year video and it is great. It's a the end of this post. Until the next post, Happy New Year!


In Memory of

Dick Clark