Day One, the popular journal app, has announced they will be offering a service to print journals. It's called Day One Books. While I don't feel most people would be comfortable about turning their personal stories into coffee table books, I do see potential for trip stories. Personally, I wouldn't mind documenting my upcoming college journey in one of these books. The books can display location and weather metadata in summaries and in individual posts. They start at $14.99, available in soft and hard cover, and are purchased through Apple Pay in the Day One app.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
It's very frustrating when there's a rumor drought for a product you want to get. It was frustrating when news sources left us on a cliffhanger with the 2016 MacBook Pro. But it's happening again with the iPad Pro. While the refresh of the iPads earlier this year was completely welcome, we were expecting iPad Pro updates in April, hopefully with an event at Apple Park. April is almost up and we haven't heard much about the iPad Pro. So this post basically goes to Apple as a plea that they can get the next iPad out soon enough, without sacrificing quality of course. It's been a year since the last iPad Pro update, which was minor, and even longer since the iPad Pro launched. As much as appealing to the target demographic of social butterflies is a good strategy, you're leaving your iPad and Pro-market in the dust.
Monday, April 24, 2017
USB-C is still a very new technology, so there have been a few misconceptions about the new port. Thunderbolt 3 uses the same port as USB-C. However, it's important not to get the two confused. Having USB-C doesn't mean that every USB-C device you plug in will be at Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Thunderbolt 3 has speeds up to 40 Gb/s. Meanwhile, USB-C has up to 10 Gb/s. In order to achieve Thunderbolt 3 speeds, both ports and the connecting cable must be Thunderbolt 3 compatible. Otherwise, they will be bottlenecked down to the component with the lowest speed.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The long neglected iTunes Podcasts has finally had a quiet rebrand. It is now Apple Podcasts. Most users probably won't notice this change at first. However, podcasters using Apple Podcast marketing materials will. The new Apple Podcasts badge is the most prominent result of the rebrand. Apple also updated the service's Twitter handle to @ApplePodcasts.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
In iOS 11, I would like to see something called FoodKit implemented. With mobile ordering becoming more and more prevalent, Apple has an opportunity to streamline the process. Having an app that combines all your food menus would allow users to have a personalized menu. Ordering or reserving a table would add that restaurant's location into your suggested places in the Maps widget. Calories from the meal could be added to your Health app. There is a lot of potential with this idea. It just needs developer support.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Apple has announced that Live Photos will be available on the web through an API. This will allow developers to embed Live Photos on their websites. There is likely a lot of possibilities of where this can lead to in terms of web development. On their developer site, you can take a look as to how Live Photos may look on the web.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
To promote Earth Day, Apple is issuing achievements for workouts of 30 minutes or more. You just have to complete the workout on April 22. You will also receive stickers for iMessage for completing the challenge. This will be the third special achievement, the other two being the Thanksgiving challenge and the New Year challenge.
|Image Credit: MacRumors|
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
According to Andy Hargreaves, the iPhone 8 may be forced to get rid of Touch ID. If Touch ID cannot be placed underneath the display, Touch ID will be absent. Personally, I would prefer a Touch ID sensor on the back of the phone if this is the case. Apple's alternative would be facial recognition. I don't like this for two reasons. One, I don't want to see my face when I unlock my phone or make a payment. Two, the Galaxy S8 has shown that a simple picture of the owner can unlock a phone. At this point, I can only hope that Touch ID can be implemented under the display.
Monday, April 17, 2017
KK Sneak Leaks has released what they claimed to be leaked renderings of the iPhone 8. These can't be verified whether they are real, but KK Sneak Leaks has been correct in the past. Even if these are real, the design could easily change by the launch. In this rendering, the space around the Home Button is being used for Control Center, similar to Touch Bar.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
This will be my biggest hope for watchOS 4: Custom Watch Faces. Similar to iMessage Stickers, Apple should make easy-to-create watch faces for Apple Watch. Companies and organizations could make their own color schemes and logos fit into their watch face. University students could have their school's mascot and colors incorporated. Fallout could have a Pip-Boy themed watch face. The possibilities would be endless. Make it happen Apple!
Saturday, April 15, 2017
All three models of the next iPhone will have 3 GB of RAM [Source: Timothy Arcuri]. This isn't a big deal, but it is nice to see all three models achieve this standard. 3 GB breaks the whole everything is divisible by 8 rule. I don't think RAM matters much in a smartphone since most of the activities are just social media and picture taking.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Apple Park is a beautiful campus that uses elements of nature and technology in its design. Unfortunately, Apple may be purchasing a few trees too many. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Apple has bought so many trees, it has created a tree shortage. Apple plans to buy up to 3,000 trees for Apple Park. Very interesting to see how Apple's architectural feats affect other areas.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
With Mac Pros and new displays not coming for some time, let's look at a really cool concept for them. CURVED/labs has created this concept. It's modular, has a Touch Bar, and comes with ports galore. Check out the image and video below.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
We've all heard the stories of commercials and TV setting off smart home devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home. But this was the breaking point. Today, Burger King released a new ad. An employee for Burger King is seen holding a Whopper, and notes how 15 seconds is too short to do an ad. He then has an idea and says, "Ok, Google. What is the Whopper burger?" Owners of a Google Home would hear their devices respond with "The Whopper is a burger, consisting of a flame-grilled patty made with 100 percent beef with no preservatives or fillers, topped with sliced tomatoes, onions, lettuce, pickles, ketchup, and mayonnaise, served on a sesame-seed bun." Google Home's source is Wikipedia. Now, for those who don't check up on the Whopper's Wikipedia page every 5 days, here's what the quote was for the past decade or so: "The Whopper sandwich is the signature hamburger product sold by the international fast-food restaurant chain Burger King and its Australian franchise Hungry Jack's." Doesn't have the same ring. Looking at the change log, it can be seen that Burger King's marketing chief changed the page himself. When consumers realized this, they also began to change it to more negative descriptions. The higher ups at Wikipedia eventually reverted the page and locked it down. Meanwhile, Google captured the advertisement's audio and restricted Google Home from responding to the commercial. This does beg the question: Can we trust products like Google Home if they're just going to use Wikipedia as their source most of the time?
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Apple held a challenge to Apple employees to be more active in February. Those who closed their three Apple Watch rings for a month would receive a pin. The pins are gold, silver, and bronze. The color is based on performance. What's awesome is that the pins match the digital achievements given by the Activity app. There was also a shirt and note given to participants.
Got my #apple #circles t-shirt and badge today for completing the 30 day close the rings challenge :) #closetherings pic.twitter.com/QeS5bjidkf— Sheraz (@sherazkhan) April 6, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
According to Patently Apple, a new AirPods case could have a fancy trick up its sleeve. The case would have the ability to charge other devices. Specifically, Apple Watch, through its MagSafe charger. However, another idea would be to charge iPhone with the newest model expected to have wireless charging. The case could serve as reserve energy. However, this is probably less likely because its harder to implement and most consumers do not care for wireless charging.
|Image Credit: Patently Apple|
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Most ransomware locks up your files until you pay the program money. However, Rensenware takes this concept to a more frustrating level [Source: Engadget]. It will lock your files until you score 0.2 billion points in Touhou Seirensen (Undefined Fantastic Object), a top-down shooter game. This started off as a gag, but caused people's computers to freeze up. Developer Tvple Eraser didn't expect this to happen and replaced his program on GitHub with a fix tool. It may have been a joke, but this was no laughing matter to those affected.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
On computers without a Touch Bar, it can be a bit inefficient to constantly switch between tabs in a browser. Luckily, there's a little known keyboard trick that you can use. On macOS, use the command key and the number of the tab (left most is one and so on...). On PC, just do the same thing, but with control instead of command. What's nice is that this command is pretty universal. I've tested it on Safari and Chrome, but I'm sure other browsers use it as well. I hope this helps.
Friday, April 7, 2017
According to Pike's Universum, the rise of 8K displays may warrant Apple creating an 8K display for the next Mac Pro. We really don't have any details other than that. All we know is that Apple will make displays for the Mac Pro. 8K is certainly great for professionals, but a more affordable option would be helpful for the average consumer.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Today, Apple released the Clips app. It's an app that allows the user to create videos in a square format with pictures, music, and text. In other news, professional users are desperately waiting for a new desktop. Anyways, these types of apps aren't my expertise, but for the social butterflies out there, try out the Clips app for free from the Apple App Store [Direct Link].
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
According to the Economic Daily News, the iPhone 8 could be delayed to October or November. If this is true, this would be a similar situation to AirPods, which were scheduled to be released in late October. Of course, AirPods were delayed beyond that. Hopefully, the iPhone 8 doesn't suffer the same issues. It's a bit too early to say anything on the iPhone 8, but it's already April. We have just 5 more months.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
No matter what, no company can ever be considered perfect. Even Steve Jobs admitted this at the Antennagate Keynote for the iPhone 4. It's hard to deny Apple's short comings, but it's nice to finally hear some official word back from the company regarding them. Apple has long neglected catering to their "Pro" demographic, an important portion of the market to hold. While Apple has been traveling toward a post-PC world, they've turned away from their desktop user base as well. The same computer that Apple hyped up with parts made in the USA and its own movie trailer, would be the same computer to go over 1,200 days without a single refresh. It's also their most expensive computer. In the end, Apple said the new Mac Pro will be coming next year, with better upgradability. There will also be Apple-branded displays. While the computer is coming later than most would prefer, it's a big step that Apple was so transparent with today's news.
"If we've had a pause in upgrades and updates, we're sorry for that — what happened with the Mac Pro — and we're going to come out with something great to replace it."
- Phil Schiller
|Image Credit: TechCrunch|
Monday, April 3, 2017
Not long after iOS 10.3 being released last week, iOS 10.3.1 was released today. It's a small security update. The details of this update a relatively scarce, but it addresses a WiFi vulnerability. Given that, I see no reason why iOS users shouldn't update. It's a mere 30 MB.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
USB-C is the cable that many have dreamed of. Reversible, compact, and universal. And its adoption keeps getting larger. However, how long until HDMI gets replaced by it. It's hard to believe that some PCs still use VGA for displays, so it wouldn't be a stretch to say that video adoption is a bit harder to pull off. It may take a while, but if the industry pushes for it, here's what you can look forward to with USB-C. Ethernet would be easier to pass through. Some HDMI cables allowed for Ethernet, but many didn't, so this would be a new standard. USB-C also would probably have a better time with 4K video and graphics. Perhaps manufacturers would be kind enough to let TVs power peripherals via USB-C, meaning no clunky power cables. Finally, USB-C is easy to plug in. I would definitely love to see this in the future, and we just might.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
April Fools' Day is always an interesting day for me. It's the one day where I'm momentarily surprised by something and then come to expect it for the rest of the day. It's also the day I have to remember where the apostrophe goes in Fools'. But Siri seems to spend her day switching doorknobs in the ninth dimension. Ask her how her day is. See what she says. If you ask her to flip a coin, she might give you a combination of both. Thanks to MacRumors for the story.
|Image Credit: MacRumors|
Friday, March 31, 2017
Yeah, it's been a bit of a slow news day. But it seems that Twitter will no longer be using an egg for its default profile picture, because it conveys a negative connotation. The photo is typically associated with accounts used to harass people. So, instead of taking whisks with the egg photo, Twitter hatched up this plan. They're using a generic silhouette for the photo to keep people on the sunny side up. Okay, I'll stop. Normally, I don't do puns on this blog, but for now, omelettin' it slide.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
When you are replying to a tweet, you no longer have to worry about the mention (@username) taking up any character space. This is pretty useful since to reply to a tweet, you are required to have this text, which wastes precious characters. The whole "why do we need character limits in 2017" argument is irrelevant. Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The USB-C Multiport Adapter is one of the best adapters for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It contains a USB-A port, USB-C port, and either an HDMI port or a VGA port. It's only $50 until March 31. However, new users will be prompted with a notification offering to update the adapter. This is the first time I've seen an update for an adapter. I'm not sure about the specifics, but it is interesting to see the potential for updates for future adapters that need security patches.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
iOS 10.3 allows the user to select an app icon for certain apps. If the app developer desires, they may allow the user to select from their choosing of app icons. MLB At Bat and the NHL app have demonstrated this in their latest updates. The user may select their favorite team's logo as their app icon. Hopefully, we see more of these apps in the future.
|Image Credit: MacRumors|
Monday, March 27, 2017
Apple has finally released their latest updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. iOS 10.3 includes Find my AirPods. macOS 10.12.4 includes Night Shift. watchOS 3.2 includes Theatre Mode. tvOS 10.2 includes improved scrolling. Be sure to install these major updates when you get a chance.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
On the newest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you can quickly access different settings. In the Control Strip (the area where the volume control typically is), you can hold option and tap an icon to access that button's System Preferences. For example, tapping Siri with option will open Siri's pane in System Preferences. I hope this helps.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
A quick reminder: Apple's sale of USB-C cables and adapters will be ending on March 31. This lowers the price of so many USB-C cables and adapters, including the LG UltraFine Displays. Now is a great time to stock up, even if you don't have a USB-C computer. If you're planning on getting a new computer within the next year, I would recommend buying an adapter you might need. The deals are available from the Apple Online Store and in Apple Retail Stores.
Friday, March 24, 2017
The new iPad and (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 are now available to order. The products were announced in a press statement earlier this week. They can be ordered from the Apple Online Store and Apple Retail Stores. If you're not interested in the iPad Pro, this is the cheapest we've seen a current generation iPad at just $329 for 32 GB. Great if you need a refresh for you current iPad.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Over two years ago on this blog, I talked about a little app called Workflow. It was an easy way to create automations and workflows. Its design was gorgeous and had a lot of creative potential. Apple has now acquired Workflow [Source: TechCrunch]. Seeing Apple pick up small apps is always a bit interesting. How we'll see this integrated into Apple's products? Who can say? But I think it will definitely be part of Siri in the future. Workflow is available for free from the Apple App Store [Direct Link].
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Earlier today, a group of hackers claimed to have compromised over 300 million iCloud accounts. While this was false [Source: Fortune], many were able to determine there was no threat at all. First off, the ransom price. 300 million accounts is a lot. To give that up would take a lot of money. Definitely more than $75k in Bitcoin. The second giveaway? The fact that their alternative offer was asking for $100k in iTunes gift cards. I'm not sure what you could say to that. But either way, the hack was false, and there is nothing to worry about.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
This morning, I was a bit surprised to see how much would come out of an Apple Store update. Apparently, when we heard new iPads would be announced this week, this was what it meant. These aren't new iPads exactly, nor are they iPad Pros. However, they are a 9.7-inch iPad with an A9 chip, giving it more powerful. The real kicker here is the price. It starts at just $329 for 32 GB and $429 for 128 GB. Also, the iPad Mini 4 now starts at $399 for 128 GB. The other big piece of news was a new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7. This is all fine and dandy, but I'll personally be waiting for the iPad Pros and maybe, just maybe, a new desktop announcement finally. Priorities...
Monday, March 20, 2017
Gabriel O'Flaherty-Chan has created an emulator to play Game Boy games on the Apple Watch. Named Giovanni, after the leader of Team Rocket from the original Pokémon games, the emulator uses the Digital Crown for moving up and down, giving a natural interface feel to menus. While this will definitely steer clear of the App Store, you can view the code on GitHub.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Rotating your iPhone in the Messages app will enable handwritten messages. This can become quite annoying for some. To disable this, simply tap the keyboard icon in the bottom right corner. This will reveal the keyboard once again. To return to the handwritten mode, just tap the curvy line in landscape. I hope this helps.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
First off, if you've never heard of Jonathan Morrison, definitely go check out his YouTube channel. He is one of my favorite tech channels out there. Today, he showed off a new desk design based around the Nintendo Switch. The result is gorgeous. Bright colors complement the Neon Joy-Con controllers of the system. There is perfectly placed and portioned Nintendo-themed decor. Even the wallpaper of the computer is perfectly themed. Words don't do this setup justice, so please check out the video below if you have time.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Previously, if you wanted AppleCare+ for your iPhone, you would have to buy it within 60 days of your iPhone purchase. That changes now. You can now wait up to an entire year to purchase AppleCare+ for your iPhone [Source: MacRumors]. With phones becoming more and more important to our lives, I feel this is important to know since people will find new ways to break things under warranty.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
According to Firi Games, developer logs have shown a new model identifier for a new Apple TV. Getting technical, the identifier is "AppleTV6,2." The current identifier is "AppleTV5,3." It also seems to appear to run tvOS 11, which is to be expected. The details on this are cloudy, but it will likely support 4K video if nothing else, based on previous rumors. We may see at WWDC, or more likely at Apple's September event.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
As if it wasn't expensive enough to live in the Bay Area, HomeKit-enabled homes have gone on sale in San Jose, California [Source: KRON4]. Everything has HomeKit integration. Locks, thermostats, fans, dimming lights, and blinds. It's the real deal. In addition, some power outlets have USB ports built-in. As cool as this is, it is notable that houses can't just be disposed of as easily as a smartphone. If any of these devices become obsolete, the homeowner will likely need to replace all of the appliances themselves.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
It's Pi Day once more. An unsung day in which nerds and geeks celebrate an irrational and delicious number. So, TIME wrote a cool little program that allows you to find your birthday in the first million digits of Pi. The first date possible is March 14, for 3.14 and the last date possible is December 3, or 123, which is the 60,873rd digit. Be sure to try it out.
Monday, March 13, 2017
According to a source through MacRumors, Apple may be planning an iPad Pro event as soon as next week. If this is true, this would be one of the shortest notice Apple events of all time. Personally, I am very much looking forward to this update, since it feels like forever since the last big update. It is strange that Apple started a new line of iPad Pro ads just before the next generation, but it may be just to spark interest.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
When it comes to Apple, you get what you pay for. While many people argue that their products are overpriced, there's no denying that support is likely included in that price. A successful Twitter account dedicated to providing support helped bridge the transition from phone support to Twitter support. This provided quick, direct support from Apple. Apple has also created a great support website and app as well. It's reasons like these that Apple has topped Laptop Mag's Tech Support Showdown list for their third year in a row. Apple scored a 93 out of 100.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
The smart home is quickly becoming a reality for many people. Homebuilder WeberHaus has announced that they will be the first HomeKit homebuilders in Europe. It's only a matter of time until more homebuilders catch onto the trend. Who knows what IKEA will do? Their first HomeKit houses will be available by the end of the year.
Friday, March 10, 2017
National Mario Day comes every March 10. Why? March abbreviated is "Mar" and 10 looks like "IO." Today, Nintendo is celebrating by partnering with the Starlight Children's Foundation to bring new gowns for hospitalized children. They feature designs of Mario and his companions. In addition, Nintendo is offering discounts on some Mario games.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Indie games have recently become a bigger and bigger part of the gaming industry. Individuals or small groups of people who make a game by themselves or with crowdfunding. Apple has decided to celebrate this genre by showcasing them in the App Store. This promotion is likely to promote how developers use iOS to help bring their creations to fruition.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Apps like Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks often take up way too much space because they are constantly caching posts. To fix this, often times you would have to delete and reinstall the app. However, Twitter has added the ability to clear the cache in-app. It's currently being rolled out, but it appears in a menu called "Web Storage." While it's great Twitter has added this, it worries me that companies will get into the habit of having the user habitually clear the cache, when the app should honestly be managing its own storage better. There's no reason Twitter should ever take up more than half a gigabyte. Hopefully, someone will eventually break the trend.
|Image Credit: MacRumors|
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
According to Mac Otakara, the iPhone 8 could be called the iPhone Edition. This would be to possibly justify its high price of what could potentially be over $1,000. The Apple Watch Edition was a series of Apple Watches priced over $1,000 and even over $10,000 for Series 1. This would be the first time an iPhone would have just a single English word after the brand name.
Monday, March 6, 2017
I do want to see USB-C on iPhone. It is the new standard. It's always a growing pain when Apple and the industry change the ports used on any device. It'll be a whole different nightmare when USB-D is a thing. But standardizing the iPhone would be a cool thing to see. Apple may not do it now because it may increase the width of their phones. Maybe now isn't the right time to do it. Most people are still transitioning to USB-C from USB-A. But when it is a popular standard, Apple would be able to change the iPhone to USB-C with minimal repercussions because the cable is so widely used. Perhaps in one or two years, the time will be right.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
With the iPhone 8 having much more real estate for display, Apple will certainly have a way for developers to make the most of it. Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that the space next to the digital home button will have areas for developers to add buttons, similar to the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar. Something like this would make perfect sense considering how voice messages through iMessage became possible just before the Apple Watch. This design also allows grandfathered apps to still use the same space as it would have on any other phone.
|Image Credit: deuxani|
Saturday, March 4, 2017
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 8 will have a Lightning port. However, it will support USB-C fast charging. I believe this means that using a Lightning to USB-C cable will speed up the charging process. This makes sense as USB-C cables are made with this power-delivery capability in mind. What's interesting is that Lightning to USB-C cables likely already had this in mind. The cables may very well be in circulation already. This is just my speculation, but it is possible.
Friday, March 3, 2017
The Nintendo Switch uses USB-C as a charging port. MacBook Pro's newest model uses USB-C as a multipurpose port. So, one would think that the MacBook Pro would charge the Nintendo Switch when plugged into each other. According to Mike Murphy via Twitter, the Nintendo Switch actually charges the MacBook Pro. Furthermore, if the Nintendo Switch is turned off, the MacBook Pro will charge the Nintendo Switch.
Lol if you plug a Nintendo Switch into a new MacBook Pro, the Switch charges the laptop, not the other way around pic.twitter.com/YJhMct6fKO— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) March 1, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
It's been a very long journey but the day has finally come. The Nintendo Switch has been released in the east parts of America. And it certainly has an amazing launch title. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has gained unprecedented scores, earning perfect scores by nearly every major gaming publication. The Nintendo Switch marks Nintendo's pivot from their traditional ways and creating a new Apple-like style of continuity. It has the unique feature of being both a console and a handheld, all while playing fully-fleged console games. The Nintendo Switch officially launches at midnight on March 3 and is priced at $299.99.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
In line with their other Twitter-based iPad Pro ads, another ad has surfaced in the series. This one touches on how instead of printing, you can digitally annotate a document and send it. I'm sorry, this just isn't a selling point. I don't spend $99 on the Apple Pencil to sign documents. I would use it to draw, personally. Printing is going nowhere. Most people will only take signed documents printed. And, based off my school's printing system, printer queuing isn't the biggest issue. While the Twitter concept is clever, I'd like to see Apple tackle more creative aspects of the iPad Pro, especially considering the recent Windows 10: Creators Update.
Monday, February 27, 2017
If you've ever needed a temporary email, like for a quick verification email for an account, try 10 Minute Mail. Upon entering the site, you are assigned a randomly generated email immediately. A countdown timer starts from 10 minutes and any email sent to that generated email will appear. You can also reset the timer if you need more time. Definitely a useful tool if you ever find yourself in the situation.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
In the Health app for iOS, you can now store health records. However, it requires a CDA file to work. You may ask, "What is CDA?" It stands for Clinical Document Architecture. It works as a format for health records to follow. It's written in a standard markup language, with special attributes for the medical field. It may change how medical records work forever. The hope is that it will become a standard across all doctors and hospitals. In addition, part of the intention is that this file could have legal integrity, and could be used to confirm medical information. It's easy for the patient to read on a phone. I'd like to see this take off one day, and that day may be soon.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Previously, if a third-party performed an iPhone screen repair, your warranty would be voided. This changes with the condition that the issue being fixed is not because of the display. If it was a display-related issue, you will be charged out-of-warranty prices for future repairs.
Friday, February 24, 2017
S'well Bottles are very popular today. They definitely have a e s t h e t i c. Well, Apple has picked up on the trend and has custom S'well bottles with their logo on them in their Company Store in Cupertino. I'm hoping I can get one if they still have them the next time I go. It comes in Space Grey and White.
|Image Credit: pollo3571 via eBay|
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Brianna Olivas claims that her iPhone 7 Plus started smoking an exploding yesterday. In the video she posted (viewer discretion advised), the iPhone can be seen smoking and melting the case. According to Mashable, the phone started squealing next to Olivas while in her bed and her boyfriend threw it in the bathroom, where it exploded. The reason I'm talking about this is to give my stance. Obviously, after the Note7 explosions, this wouldn't look good for Apple. However, I, along with many other people in the tech community, don't buy this video. Not to the point where it was directly Apple's fault anyways. I could use my fancy AP Lang and AP Lit skills and analyze the tone of Olivas voice in the video. I even have a thesis statement. "In the video, Olivas' tone is very monotone and shows very little concern for the smartphone burning in front of her, using particular diction and imagery to describe the situation." But I take things from a technological standpoint. Could it be a one in a million chance of a faulty battery? Possibly. More likely, the phone was put through conditions no phone should be able to go through (microwaves?) or an off-market, bootleg charger was used to charge it. Who knows? Maybe people will catch on and these will be the next "1000 Degree Knife" videos. Apple will have a cause for the situation within a week.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Apple has announced that Apple Campus 2 will be called "Apple Park." The new campus will open in April. In addition, the theater within Apple Park will be named the "Steve Jobs Theater," in honor of the late CEO, who would've turned 62 this Friday. The campus definitely looks Apple. I'm looking forward to visiting it eventually.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
After being sold in popup vending machines, Snapchat Spectacles are now available online for $130. The glasses that take 10 seconds of video come in three colors: coral, black, and teal. In my opinion, these seem way more overpriced and gimmicky than AirPods, but to each their own, right? Spectacles are available online for $130 with 2-4 weeks shipping [Direct Link].
Monday, February 20, 2017
iOS 10.3 has confirmed that non-64-bit apps will no longer work with future versions of iOS. As such, developers have been put on notice for this. To submit an app to the App Store, the app must be 64-bit. That has been the standard for some time. However, app developers who neglect their users and don't maintain their apps will soon find that their apps no longer work at all. In iOS 10.3, which is currently in beta, you will be able to check which apps need to utilize 64-bit. I recommend the users contact the app developer to implement 64-bit.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
With Siri making its debut on the Mac last year, third-party developers have made it so Alexa is available on macOS and iOS. Reverb is a free app that uses AWS to emulate Alexa's abilities. It's really impressive. If you're embedded in the Amazon ecosystem, this is definitely the app for you. Reverb is available for free from the iOS App Store [Direct Link] and Mac App Store [Direct Link].
Saturday, February 18, 2017
There's a new iPad Pro ad campaign revolving around Twitter messages from real people. It's a bit funny to see how Apple interprets these tweets. It's also good to see that Apple knows iPad Pro isn't a computer. It's an enhanced tablet, but it does what it does well. Apple shouldn't try to advertise iPad Pro as something it's not, and these commercials seem to show that. The first commercial is embedded below.
Friday, February 17, 2017
YouTube's ad system has gone downhill. It's annoying to viewers and does little for content creators. A 30-second ad definitely won't make me anymore likely to purchase a product than a skippable 5-second ad. So, YouTube will be removing these 30-second ads in 2018 [Source: Campaign]. Definitely a welcome decision by me and many others. Hopefully, there's no crazy catch with this change.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
In December, I used Microsoft Excel for a statistics project on my 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. After updating, I was shocked to see there was no Touch Bar support, even though it was announced at Apple's event. I searched the topic, but no one seemed to have any information. Today, Touch Bar support is finally available. This is particularly awesome with Excel, because of how functions are used. A very welcome update from Microsoft.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Pokémon Go, that one game that was popular for about a month, is receiving a long overdue update. So long overdue, that it may be too late to revive the once sensational game. What many Pokémon players don't know is that the 150 Pokémon available in the game aren't all of the Pokémon. These are just the Pokémon from the Kanto region, the setting of the original games. There are over 800 total Pokémon. Yeah, that brings new meaning to "Gotta Catch 'Em All." The Johto region, which will be added to the game, consists of about 80 new Pokémon. And while this is the largest update since the game's inception, I don't see it jumpstarting interest. The update will be coming later this week.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
For the upcoming film, The LEGO Batman Movie, Siri will give a witty response when you say "Hey 'Puter" or "Hey Computer" [Source: MacRumors]. This is a reference to how Batman can say the phrase to his computer and get a response. There are quite a few responses, mostly summed up in the image below.
|Image Credit: MacRumors|
Monday, February 13, 2017
In my opinion, I think if Amazon made their own digital flyer, it could be a great way to get customers to buy new things from Amazon. What I mean by this is a weekly advertisement, similar to Target, tailored to each Prime member by their interests. This isn't just an email lost in the inbox. This is a beautifully designed flyer with embedded coupons. Sellers would create graphics of various sizes to be put into each edition. If they have a big sale or their product deserves a spotlight in some way, larger images would be used, with accessories around it. Maybe it won't be Amazon to do this, but whichever marketplace adopts this idea first, will likely change the way weekly ads are looked at.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
|My Cat Photo Watch Face|
|My iPhone Lock Screen|
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Apple has debuted a new ad for Apple Watch, called "Catch, Swim, Play." The ad focuses on the three activity rings in watchOS: move, exercise, and stand. It's short, but it still gives a basic understanding of some of the fitness features Apple Watch has. It shows people doing ordinary normal tasks, instead of just hardcore exercise. These activities all contribute toward these rings.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Today, after a super long wait, BeatsX have finally been released. These are one of Apple's less popular pairs of wireless headphones, but are still in high demand. I believe this is the first model of Beats headphones to be charged via a Lightning cable. BeatsX are available from Apple for $149.95.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I've always said that AirPods would be so much better if they added a three month trial of Apple Music. Apple Music combined with AirPods or Beats headphones truly is a premium listening experience, and getting people into streaming is integral to that. According to Jonathan Morrison's latest video, BeatsX comes with three months of Apple Music. I think this was a great idea. Hopefully, they also add this to AirPods eventually. BeatsX are $149.95 from Apple.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Although the iPhone 8 is going to have Lightning, there have been thoughts of having the smartphone switch over to USB-C. In some ways, this would be a good move, since everything from the Nintendo Switch to your Mac would be charged with a single cable. However, the switch from Lightning to USB-C obviously shows there isn't much fidelity when we buy our cables. How long until they're obsolete? That goes for most technology, but cables are different. They outlive the products they work with and are reused. How long until USB-D revolutionizes everything again? And cable companies will be all too happy to sell you one.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
If you thought AirPods took forever to launch, look no further than BeatsX, which were announced at the iPhone 7 event and still haven't been released. Today, we now finally know that they will be released on February 10. BeatsX was made as an affordable option for Beats with W1 chips. At $149.95, these are the least expensive headphones with a W1 chip as of this post. Hopefully, everyone who wants a pair gets one this time.
Monday, February 6, 2017
The Apple File System (APFS) is a new file system optimized for flash storage, being developed for Apple's operating systems. It also has various security features, but the big kicker is how well it will optimize and save storage. The system can create copies of items while occupying minimal drive space. This will be coming to iOS in iOS 10.3, perhaps next month.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
The Super Bowl took place today, and with that comes a slew of ad campaigns. However, Google Home may have wanted to be a bit more subtle with their trigger phrase. While this ad is nothing new, many more people have the device in their homes. So, when the commercial played, Google Homes around the country would be set off. Many expressed their experiences with this on Twitter.
That @Google home trailer made my google home have a meltdown.— Jared Feldman (@jfeldman452) February 5, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Jawbone has recently revealed that they have pulled out of fitness trackers (via TechCrunch). While this seems to be the equivalent of them going out of business, Jawbone plans to release a medical device in the future. However, their company's condition says otherwise. Jawbone has let go of all of their support staff, which isn't good considering how many angry customers there are who can't get help. In addition, they have an F rating on the Better Business Bureau. Certainly not helpful for investors. Unfortunately, it seems this will be the end of Jawbone, while Fitbit continues to thrive in a growing wearable market.
Friday, February 3, 2017
A year ago, there was a lot of controversy about Apple not creating a backdoor for the FBI to access locked information in a criminal's iPhone. Although Apple was going to be forced to help unlock the phone, Cellebrite stepped in and unlocked the device for them. That seemed to be the end of it. However, a white hat hacker has hacked Cellebrite and leaked the bypass tools they made to unlock the iPhone [Source: Motherboard]. Yeah, maybe the FBI should rethink what hackers are capable of. In a file, the hacker left this note: "@FBI Be careful in what you wish for." Truly, something the FBI should consider when dealing with the security of millions of devices.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Moe Slah created an awesome iPhone 8 design concept that I think looks amazing. Most iPhone 8 concepts just show hardware, but Slah's video shows a completely new flavor of iOS designed just for iPhone 8. There's a digital contextual home button, acting as Touch ID, in the bottom left corner. The extra screen space of the edge-to-edge display is filled with detail. It might even inspire me to do my own concept designs. Anyways, the video is embedded below.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
If you have run a 32-bit app on your phone recently, you would've noticed a prompt that said it would slow down your phone. 32-bit apps are usually older apps that haven't been updated by their developers in quite some time. Well, in future iOS updates, they won't work at all. According to MacRumors, in the iOS 10.3 beta, this slow down message has been replaced with a "won't work at all" message. Hopefully, app developers can do some spring cleaning on their apps soon.
|Image Credit: MacRumors|
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Pac-Man has probably had one of the most profound impacts on Japanese culture in recent years. In fact, Pac-Man is the most recognizable video game character of all time. Unfortunately, his creator, Masaya Nakamura, passed away on January 22 at the age of 91. However, many would argue Nakamura had a life well lived. He created the Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company, in hopes of bringing amusement to Japan. This company would later become Namco. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government for his contributions. That was a huge honor to have. Nakamura was truly one of the great minds that took an idea and made it change the world. He wanted people to have fun, and that's what his company did best. May he rest in peace.
|Image Credit: Kyodo News|
Monday, January 30, 2017
If you told me seven years ago that I could bring my TV anywhere in my pocket, I'd say you're crazy. Growing up in a house without DVR, the only way for me to watch what I wanted was on a screen in a fixed position at a specific time. Today, that sounds barbaric. Why should the service that we pay for tell us when to watch what? Today, with on-demand options, we scoff at such options. It's truly amazing how fast everything has changed. I remember when I first experienced TV on my iPad, it was amazing. Even with a two minute delay and countless bugs, my mind was blown. Despite that, I rarely watch TV today. The rise of internet TV has given way to the rise of streaming video. Services like YouTube and Netflix have quickly dominated viewers. YouTube's broken algorithms even favor channels that publish content more frequently on their site, feeding users with more video to compete with most TV channels. That just begs the question: Has normal television become obsolete?
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Since the Super Bowl is this coming Sunday, Apple has added transit information for Houston, Texas, the city where the annual football game will be played this year. While Amtrak was previously supported by Apple Maps, other methods, such as METRORail, have been added. This will certainly be useful to some people who are visiting for the big game, but it should be noted that Apple Maps also books ride sharing services like Uber, which is becoming a popular alternative to public transit.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
There's no denying that Pokémon has made its place in society. Whether that was in 1996, when it wasn't cool to play video games, or in 2016, where it was cool to play Pokémon Go for two months. It's safe to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Pokémon Sun, the latest installment of the series. The story, the new mechanics, and the music. I continuously find myself listening to the game's soundtrack at school. But the icing on the cake was Pokémon Bank. Pokémon Bank is a step in the right direction for Nintendo, as it is the closest thing we've seen to a cloud-based storage system that is future-proofed. It essentially allows you to store all 802 Pokémon from all of the games online. That aside, it did get me to take a look at my old copy of Pokémon Diamond. This was the first Pokémon game I owned. I remember getting it because my friends were playing either Diamond or Pearl. I booted it up and found the various pocket monsters in their boxes. I think the fact that I named a Bidoof "Fat Racoon" proves I didn't understand the game at all at the time. But it was so cool to see my old partners from the Sinnoh region. I think that is part of the magic of the Pokémon franchise. It's been around so long, you don't just get to see your Pokémon evolve, but the entire series too.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Seven years ago today, the iPad was announced. The iPad was absolutely essential to creating the post-PC market. I remember distinctly watching the iPad being announced when I was in the fifth grade. By the time most of my classmates heard what the iPad was, they thought I meant iPod, which ironically is irrelevant today. The iPad brought the beautiful interface of the iPhone to a larger screen, allowing developers to create bolder, more detailed apps. The New York Times app was mind blowing to me. I had never seen a digital newspaper on such a screen before. The MLB At Bat app showed real-time baseball game data in an immersive way. The iPad has shaped the tablet industry as a whole, and today, we celebrate its seventh year of existence.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Safari uses Touch Bar to show you all of your open tabs. However, when you're typing, keyboard suggestions and some font options appear in its place. This can be annoying, as I may reach for the Touch Bar to change tabs, and there's no tab bar. To be honest, the tab bar made a problem of itself because of this. Instead, we should have Touch Bar websites. Amazon would have a cart button and some other functions for Touch Bar. iCloud could allow you to quickly switch between different iCloud apps from any page. This would actually pair well with Apple Pay for the web. I would definitely give up the tab bar for this.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Night Shift was a feature in iOS that would reduce the amount of blue light the screen showed to reduce eye strain and fatigue. That feature is coming to macOS according to the latest beta. macOS 10.12.4 can be toggled above Do Not Disturb in Notification Center, in Display Settings, and through Siri. The feature seems nearly identical to iOS, but it is interesting to see Apple's logic when creating macOS features.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
In iOS 10.3, Apple will add AirPods integration to Find My iPhone. This will display the location of AirPods on a map along with your other devices. In addition, you can play a sound on the left, the right, or both AirPods to help locate them. This only works when the AirPods are out of the case, since they can't be heard as well while in the case. iOS 10.3 is currently in beta and has no release date.
Monday, January 23, 2017
BetterTouchTool has been making it easy to create custom ways to maximize productivity with input devices for years now. Touch Bar is no exception to that list of input devices. Has there ever been that one app that really could use Touch Bar, but the developer doesn't support it? Well, BetterTouchTool may be able to help. With BetterTouchTool, I was able to create a Touch Bar layout for Android Studio (shown below). I'm sure this setup would be super useful to app developers tired of complicated function commands. I especially love using this for stepping while debugging an app. BetterTouchTool is available on its website starting at $4.99, but will accept donations up to $50 to help further its development.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
If you have supported media playing, you can control that through Touch Bar. The nice thing about Touch Bar is that it lets you interact with your Mac through touch, which can transform user interaction. When you have supported media playing, you'll see a new icon appear in the Control Strip on the right half of the Touch Bar. Tap this to reveal a scrubber and some controls. Now you can control your iTunes playback while working in Safari. This works in any app, not just the source app for the media. I hope this helps.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
|Layers of The Parallax Effect|
|The Parallax Effect|
Friday, January 20, 2017
A sketchy rumor from The Verifier says that group FaceTime calls will be coming to iOS 11. This would allow for multiple people to show their faces through a video call. No matter the integrity of this rumor, this feature is long overdue. FaceTime originally replaced iChat, which supported group √idea calls. I would be satisfied with group FaceTime Audio calls. Let's hope both make it in.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Last year, I said that Logic Pro X would receive an update in early 2017. That update has finally come. Logic Pro X 10.3 has been released with Touch Bar support and a new interface. There are quite a few other features, but I wouldn't do them justice with whatever description I would give. The main point is that support for Logic Pro X users will likely continue to receive updates and support from Apple. Logic Pro X is available from the Mac App Store for $199.99 [Direct Link].
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
According to a supplier, Apple may be planning an Apple Pencil 2 to be released with the new iPad Pros this March. What this stylus would do better than the original Apple Pencil is questionable. The best guess is that it could have a magnet to attach to the iPad. Other features will likely revolve around the iPad Pro's new features.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
According to Reuters, Samsung has concluded that the cause of the Note7 battery explosions were... the batteries. I must be a next-tier news source, because I predicted that several months ago. My second guess was the stylus. In all reality, Samsung wasn't able to replicate any of the explosions, so this was the best they could do.
Monday, January 16, 2017
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, there will be a 15-inch MacBook Pro this year with some highly requested upgrades. First, there will be an option for 32GB of RAM. Phil Schiller said that the current MacBook Pros didn't have this option because it took too much power. Perhaps this means there's a battery upgrade in the works? And there will be Kaby Lake Processors, Intel's newer generation of processor. Needless to say, these upgrades are totally welcome, but I just wish they were available for last year's update.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
In macOS, you may move files to the trash by either dragging them to the trash can or by right-clicking and clicking "Move to Trash." However, there is a much simpler command to do this. Just select the item and use command and delete. This will instantly move your file to the trash. Don't let the delete key fool you, it's only in the trash. To delete it, empty the trash by going to the trash and clicking "Empty." I hope this helps.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
One of the more obscure features of macOS is Extensions. More commonly associated with iOS, Extensions allow you to enable app functionality in other parts of the system. For example, using Pixelmator's Distort Tool in the Photos app. There are a lot of cool extensions in macOS that you may have. To check, go to System Preferences > Extensions. Here, you can see all of the different extensions you have.
Friday, January 13, 2017
The iPhone 7 was the first iPhone to be water resistant. It was rated IP67, however, many tests said it did better than Samsung phones rated at IP68 in water. That being said, IP68-rated water resistance for the iPhone 8 would be amazing. And according to The Korea Herald, that's going to be happening. It would be interesting to see if the iPhone 8 will have water damage covered under warranty.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
There was a lot of controversy about how tvOS apps were limited to just 200MB upon launch. This would cause apps to resort to downloading data after install, which was inconvenient to the user. Apps like Infinity Blade would have no chance on the Apple TV without this loophole. But now, tvOS apps can now be a maximum of 4GB. It's clear that tvOS isn't the most popular platform in the Apple ecosystem, nor should it be, but I think it's important to make its app store as convenient as Apple's other app stores.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
According to Apple, the cause of low battery life in the new MacBook Pro has been a hidden setting in Safari [Source: MacRumors]. They disabled local caching. Consumer Reports has redone their tests with caching enabled and their tests resulted in better battery life. There will be a fix coming this week for developers and beta testers.
"We also turn off the local caching of web pages. In our tests, we want the computer to load each web page as if it were new content from the internet, rather than resurrecting the data from its local drive. This allows us to collect consistent results across the testing of many laptops, and it also puts batteries through a tougher workout.
According to Apple, this last part of our testing is what triggered a bug in the company’s Safari browser. Indeed, when we turned the caching function back on as part of the research we did after publishing our initial findings, the three MacBooks we’d originally tested had consistently high battery life results."
- Consumer ReportsAs an update, I am noticing better battery life on my MacBook Pro. It's about the same as what my old 2013 MacBook Pro had after three years of use. Honestly, it still should be better, but hopefully this update may help.