Have you been going over on your data lately? Perhaps an app is using some data without you knowing. To see a handy overview of cellular usage (iOS 7 only), go to Settings > Cellular > and scroll down to "Use Cellular Data For:" to see what apps are using data and to disable their ability to use data. You might just be surprised.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Some people are very passionate about music. For those people, I have a great app to tell you about! It's called MuseScore. You can digitize your sheet music, play the music, add your own little touch, and print new, crisp, clean sheets of music. In addition, you can write your own music. This has a very nice music editor that's user friendly for those who know how to write. In addition, you can import various file types, including MIDIs. MuseScore is available at it's official website for free on Mac, Windows, and Linux!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
OS X Mavericks, Apple's flagship operating system, has about half of all Macs running it in less than six months. The runner-up operating system is the previous version of OS X, Mountain Lion. Because computers have a longer lifetime than iOS devices, the fact that many computers are ineligible for the upgrade may be to blame for the slower adoption rate. iOS 7 has about 90% of iOS devices running it. Hopefully, Mavericks sees better results because it's the first major operating system to be free from Apple.
Friday, March 28, 2014
The Microsoft Office Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) have topped the Apple App Store's free app listings in a single day! That's pretty impressive for an app that's not a Flappy Bird clone. To learn more about these Office apps, check out my post about what they're all about!
|Credit to: MacRumors|
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Today, Microsoft released their Office for iPad suite. This suite consists of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote (It should be noted that OneNote was already on the Apple App Store). These apps require an Office 365 subscription ($99.99) to be able to edit documents. What's interesting to note is how Office 365 is purchased. You can purchase a subscription from Microsoft directly or through an in-app purchase through the Apple App Store. The guidelines for the Apple App Store state that Apple receives 30% of all App Store purchases. That means if you buy an Office 365 subscription through the in-app purchase, Apple will receive about $30 from your purchase. However, if you buy it through Microsoft, Microsoft gets 100% of the purchase. It is thought that this is the reason Office hasn't been on the iPad before. Microsoft Word [Direct Link], Microsoft Excel [Direct Link], Microsoft PowerPoint [Direct Link], and Microsoft OneNote [Direct Link] are available from the Apple App Store on iPad for free. The Office 365 subscription is available for $99.99 from multiple retailers and the Office apps mentioned above (excluding OneNote).
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Have you ever wanted to read a book in less than two hours? Well, now you (technically) can! Introducing Spritz! Did you know that when you read a book, you spend about 80% of the time getting your positioning correct and only 20% is actually reading and analyzing? Spritz is a new service that allows you to read without making you move your eyes. This lets you read at a faster pace! Eventually, you could have the potential of reaching 1000 words per minute! This project is still in beta, but you can learn more and try out a demo by going to Spritz's official website.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Google Drive has recently announced and released a new idea for Google Docs. It's called "add-ons". They're pretty much what the name tells you. Little widgets and tools to help you make a document. Some of the most popular include a consistency checker, a bibliography generator, and a translator. Go get started, go to Google Drive, open a doc, and click the "Add-ons" menu item.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
It's about time that I touch on this subject. Windows XP support is ending April 8, 2014. Why is this a big deal? A lot of people are still running this operating system (P.S. It's 12 years old). What does this mean to you? If you're still running XP, no more security updates or support articles will be available from Microsoft. Either way, it doesn't mean your PC is at anymore risk than it was before. If you choose to upgrade to Windows 8, don't. Unless you're buying a touch screen for Windows 8, it's a pain to use. If you can possibly get a hold of a Windows 7 upgrade, do that. Windows 7 is a lot like XP and it doesn't assume that you have a touch screen. You can learn more about XP support ending here.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Have you ever wanted to control a fan or light from your phone? You can! With just a $50 investment (okay, maybe it's not cheap), you can buy a WeMo switch! These switches allow you to turn lights and anything that plugs into an outlet on and off. Check them out! I intend to make a review on this soon!
Friday, March 21, 2014
A recent tech craze has been going on recently. iBeacons! Basically, iBeacons are little beacons that can be stuck to make a "digital field" that iPhones can detect to notify the user of something. For example, stick an iBeacon in the cereal section of a grocery store and when an iPhone goes near it, it could get a notification on a deal on cereal. Well, now (credit to TechCrunch) you can stick them around your house for different areas with the help of a new app, Placed. If you walk into your kitchen, you can have a timer app open for when you cook. Check out this video for more info.
|Image Credit to MacRumors|
Thursday, March 20, 2014
While many people were looking at the Google Doodle of the first day of Spring, I found a hidden detail that Apple made to their most obscure series. The Tumblr account, isee5c, is where Apple posts funny, short clips of animations of dots from the cases of the iPhone 5c to show off personalities (or just to hopefully get some customers into the failed phone). Today, a new animation was posted of a white iPhone 5c with a green case created a rather cute animation of a dandelion being blown and turning the white iPhone 5c into a green one. It's rather hard to explain in the word, so why don't you just watch it here?
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Today at the Game Developers Conference (in San Francisco), Dong Nguyen, creator of popular game Flappy Bird, ran into several fans. The fans tweeted that he told them that Flappy Bird was coming back to the App Store. When asked, he said "Yes. But not soon." Flappy Bird was pulled front the App Store in February because Nguyen said it was too addictive. The new Flappy Bird will come with a warning to ask players to "take a break."
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
After a long lifetime, the iPad 2 is no longer sold. It has been replaced by the iPad with Retina Display (iPad 4). This iPad costs $100 more, but features a Retina Display, an A6X chip, and a Lightning port to charge. The iPad 4 was discontinued when the iPad Air came out. The 16 GB WiFi iPad 4 is available for $399 and the 16 WiFi + LTE iPad 4 is available for $529.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Today, Microsoft has released Microsoft OneNote for Mac on the Mac App Store. In the past few hours, it has been the most popular free app. Yes, surpassing OS X Mavericks. That's a lot of downloads! Even Apple has advertised this app on their featured page. For those who don't know, OneNote is part of the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and allows one to make a digital notebook of snippets and images from other apps or within the app. Microsoft OneNote is available for Mac from the Mac App Store for free [Direct Link].
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Did you know that you can make your own homemade eBooks? It's pretty cool and simple. All you need is Pages (Mac software), a Mac, iBooks for Mac (optional; available in OS X Mavericks). Unlike iBooks Author (if you don't know what this is, don't worry about it), this is for making reading books for stories, not textbooks or anything. In addition, these are also compatible with iPhones, Kindles, Nooks, and most other eReaders. All you have to do is type your story in a new document in Pages, export it to an ePub format (File > Export To > ePub) and open the file with iBooks for Mac to test it out. There you go! You've just made your first eBook!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
3D printing is the next big thing and 3D printed food may just be the next big art craze. Basically, some people in Japan (specifically iJet) used a 3D scanner on a KFC chicken wing and created this little chicken. What other foods could become of this?
Friday, March 14, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
In a desperate attempt to sell more iPhone 5c's, Apple has resorted social media! Apple doesn't usually do this kind of thing. Well, the Tumblr page is essentially just a compilation of fancy ways to show off how different colors show different personalities. My personal favorites are the Pac Man and Tetris ones. Find your favorite by clicking here!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Back in the olden days of 1989, the world wide web was born. It proved to bring new purpose to connecting friends and family and educating children. It's been a wild road trip. From 2000, when people thought that computers would destroy the world because of the new millennium, to modern times where people practically find the internet like oxygen. Or when Netscape (Yes, Netscape!) was a popular web browser. Remember American Online? Sure, it's still alive, but it still holds a special place in the internet's heart when it was the only place to get emails from. So, thrive on internet and happy birthday! And I hope to see you in 2039 for your 50th birthday!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
In crowd funding news, Moov is becoming a popular topic. This is a new competitor to popular health device, Fitbit. Moov is a simple device that can be attached to many things using a wrist/ankle band. Take for example, a golf club. Siri, with the help of the Moov app, will coach you to help you perfect your swing. For more information, watch the video below. Moov is currently available for preorder for $60 (LIMITED TIME) instead of $120. I hope to do a review on Moov once it comes out into the public. If you want to buy it, please use my referral link. Also, you can share it with your friends if they are considering to buy Moov. The link is below:
Monday, March 10, 2014
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Sunday, March 9, 2014
For the upcoming SXSW iTunes Festival, Apple has added an iTunes Festival app to the Apple TV for people to watch performances. This iTunes Festival will be the first iTunes Festival in the U.S. and an app for iOS was released last week [Direct Link]. The iTunes Festival starts March 11 and ends March 15.
|Image Credit: MacRumors|
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Did you know, that Flappy Bird clones, parodies of the popular game "Flappy Bird" (which was removed from the app stores), make up 95 of 293 of games released on the iOS App Store at their peak?! That's a whole third!!! The reasons for parodying Flappy Bird included popularity, ad revenue (The creator of the original Flappy Bird made $50,000 a day!), and bragging rights. Currently, a Flappy Bird clone hits an app store every 24 minutes.
|Original Flappy Bird Game (Credit to WonderHowTo)|
Friday, March 7, 2014
After two years in the public, Siri has not gotten an API for people who want to add Siri functionality to their apps. Perhaps iWatch will change that. The rumored iWatch (Apple smart watch) may create an API for that. This could potentially be because of the iWatch being in a completely different use area that iOS devices and Macs. Could this become a real thing? Hopefully. It makes sense for Siri to have an API.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Ahead of next week's iTune's Festival at SXSW (March 11), the official iTunes Festival app has be released. This app has a new iOS 7 design in time for the festival. This festival will be the first iTunes Festival hosted in the United States. Earlier today, the app wasn't available to download, despite being featured and listed. It is available now for free from the Apple App Store [Direct Link].
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
On Chrome Beta, you can search the web and set alarms by saying, "Ok Google," followed by your command. For example, "Ok Google, how many ounces are in a cup?" It'd search that for you. How can you do this magic? Just install Chrome Beta or get the extension Voice Search Hotword. Either way, happy searching!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
If you didn't know, you can sign into Yahoo! with Google or Facebook. However, Yahoo! is stating that they won't be doing that for long. No end date was released, but they said that it was to create a more unified experience. Of course, it's probably because they are a competitor to Google and took down Facebook just to be fair and tidy.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Formally known as iOS in the Car, Apple has announced Apple CarPlay today. The name is a play on words from AirPlay, the media streaming method made by Apple. CarPlay is essentially a new car with a compatible interface with a connection to charge and display your phone on the screen. This method is used for allowing a simplified interface for less distracted driving. The features include phone, music, maps, messages, and a few select third-party apps (Spotify, Beats Radio, etc.). It also allows you to use Siri. The initial partners for CarPlay are Ferrari, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz. In the future, you can expect Ford, Chevrolet, Kia, Subaru, Toyota (as if Toyota didn't have enough technology in their cars), and more! CarPlay will be available with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. Apple has had a previous attempt with bringing distraction-free driving with phones called "Siri Eyes Free." While the idea was short-lived and is at this point still trying to become a thing, hopefully CarPlay gets popular faster.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Tonight, the Oscars will be on. Millions of people watch this event each year. Until March 4th, Apple created a promotion that lets buyers of Apple TV get a free $25 iTunes gift card. Apple's vision for this is that people will buy Oscar-nominated movies with. Also, some are able to watch the Oscars on Apple TV with the Watch ABC app. Just be sure you know that the Apple TV does not include a HDMI cable.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
After a staggering 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes, and 30 seconds, Twitch Plays Pokémon has come to an end. For those who don't know about this game, check out my previous post. For those who do know about it, it's time to talk about what's next. It's expected that the next generation of Pokémon (Gold, Silver, and Crystal) as Twitch's next big project. To end this post, here are some stats on the game. Not bad for a game in black and white!
- Commands Inputted: 122+ million
- Peak Amount of Watchers: 121,000
- Players: 1,165,140
|Courtesy of Polygon|