Friday, June 23, 2017

Google No Longer Using User's Emails to Personalize Ads

Google has announced that they will no longer scan your Gmail inbox to help personalize ads. While that's nice and all, that's the equivalent of a restaurant saying they'll start using 100% real meat in their food. Why was it like that before? It's hard to believe they've been doing it for so long. Of course, we've known they've been doing it all this time. Despite this, it's definitely a step in the right direction and I applaud Google for being direct with us.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Multiple Restaurants Receiving Apple Pay Support with Loyalty Rewards

Punchh, a cloud-based loyalty program, has announced that they will bring Apple Pay support to multiple restaurants. The restaurants include Quiznos, Smashburger, MOD Pizza, and more. I have been waiting a long time for more businesses to adopt the Apple Pay loyalty passes. Hopefully, we'll see much more of this in the future. Gone are the days of installing individual apps for every business we go to, just for some rewards card.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Unicode 10's New Emoji

With another update to Unicode standards, we see more emoji. We see a followup to the infamous thinking face ūü§Ē, the thinking face with monocle. Speechless and can't use words? The mind blown emoji is just for you! And don't even get me started on how we've made it this far without an emoji with a raised eyebrow. Endless riveting text conversations. I can already imagine a second Emoji Movie. Anyways, I'm hoping we'll see these emoji in iOS 11 in the fall, but we'll probably see it in October in a supplementary update, like iOS 11.1.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Apple Releases 'The Archives' Ad

Apple released a new ad called "The Archives." This ad demonstrates how the Memories feature in Photos can be a great way to look back on life. It follows an archivist looking at physical Live Photos and putting them together to create a movie for the user. The ad is trying to convey how Memories have a personal touch to them. The ad is available to watch below or on YouTube.

Monday, June 19, 2017

IKEA and ARKit

Apple's ARKit looks really cool, at least from the demos. While I find AR to be gimmicky in gaming, using it well in practical situations, like navigation or furniture placing is a great idea. IKEA has plans for including ARKit in a furniture placing app. This would help people imagine furniture in their homes. If properly executed, it would be much easier to see how well that couch will fit in your room. The app is expected to launch this fall. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Google Takeout

If you are graduating or leaving a school that uses the G Suite (i.e. a school-issued Google account), your account will probably be deleted. To ensure you keep all of your files, use Google Takeout. Google Takeout will take many of your files from various Google services, including Google Drive, and put them in a zip file for download. This serves as an easy way to download all of your files. I hope this helps!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

'Lose Your Wallet' Apple Pay Shopping Event

Apple is advertising an Apple Pay shopping event for San Francisco. Titled "Lose Your Wallet," some stores in Hayes Valley and The Marina will be offering exclusive discounts or offers for those who use Apple Pay. It's cool to see a shopping event like this, however I personally prefer the online offers for Apple Pay, since they work anywhere. The event runs from June 23-25.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Birthdays on watchOS 4

According to mrToasty via MacRumors, watchOS 4 will celebrate your birthday with a special notification. It wishes you happy birthday with a balloon effect similar to that of iMessage. This feature may be inspired by Siri's large prescence in the update.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Developers Continue to be Disappointed with Mac App Store

The Mac App Store has not seen the same success as its iOS counterpart. Setapp polled 742 developers about the Mac App Store. The results showed that only 23% of the sample used the Mac App Store as their sole method of Mac app distribution. 30% solely used a method outside of the Mac App Store. 47% used both. It's clear the Mac App Store suffers from flaws that the iOS counterpart doesn't. This is likely due to Apple taking a cut of the profits and their strict regulation on apps. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

iPhone 8 Will Be Waterproof with Wireless Charging

Nikkei Asian Review reports that the iPhone 8 will include wireless charging and a waterproof design. It should be noted that the iPhone 7 is advertised by Apple as "water-resistant" and not waterproof, yet that doesn't seem to be a problem for most. Given this rumor, we can expect a very solid phone coming from Apple in the fall.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

iPad Pro Now Available at Apple Stores

The iPad Pros announced last week at WWDC are now available at Apple Retail Stores. In store pickup is also available for stores with stock. Many pre-orders for iPad Pro have been delivered. Engraved iPads are only available from the online store and may take extra processing time. The 10.5-inch model starts at $649.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Safari Autoplay Blocking

In macOS High Sierra, Safari will be getting a few new features. Apple has been focusing hard on controlling things that ruin the user's experience. One of these things are autoplaying videos. These videos are often found on news sites and automatically play as an advertisement, distracting from the written article. This is embarrassing if you're in a library or work setting with the volume turned up. Thankfully, we can start to hope this to be a thing of the past with macOS High Sierra.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

iOS 11 Business Chat

iOS 11 will be offering a more subtle feature focused on connecting businesses and customers: Business Chat. Business Chat allows customers to use iMessage to communicate with local businesses regarding queries, appointments, and support. No more having to call businesses to receive a long, boring automated message. If there's enough adoption, this could be a really cool feature. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Google Suggested Clips

If you search on Google for something like a tutorial, you'll probably find a video that will teach you. But you don't want to see the entire clip, just the part that's relevant to your query. Google now shows you a suggested clip from the video. This excerpt is relevant to your search query and will save you time from long introductions and off-topic information.


Friday, June 9, 2017

iOS 11 App Reviews

We've all had the annoying prompts come up asking us to rate an app [Source: 9to5Mac]. Many of us disregard these messages only to see them come up again. Now, there's a better way, and it's required by Apple. An Apple-designed prompt will appear asking the user to rate the app. Without leaving the app, the user can rate the app on a scale of one to five. If the user declines, this message may only appear up to three times a year. These prompts can also be removed completely through Settings.

Image Credit: 9to5Mac

Thursday, June 8, 2017

iOS 11 Custom Apple Watch Faces

According to MacRumors, iOS 11 has a share sheet available for Photos that allows a custom watch face to be created. Normally, the user doesn't have too much of a choice when it comes to which photos appear on a watch face, as most of the time, watchOS shuffles an album and picks a photo for you. This feature makes it easy to pick a particular photo. In addition, you can choose to make it into a kaleidoscope watch face.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

iOS 11 WiFi Password Sharing

iOS 11 will make it easier than ever to share WiFi access [Source: 9to5Mac]. Simply have one iOS device attempt to connect to a network. Meanwhile, have another iOS device (connected to the network) nearby. A prompt will appear on the connect iOS device asking them if they want to share access. If accepted, the device will now be connected to the WiFi network.

Image Credit: 9to5Mac

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Natively Scan QR Codes in iOS 11

According to MacRumors, QR codes can now be scanned from the Camera app. When a QR code is detected in the viewfinder, a banner notification will appear. This passively asks the user to act on the QR code. A very simple way to scan QR codes without the need for an external app.

Monday, June 5, 2017

32-Bit Apps in iOS 11

I'm sure you've heard the news at WWDC today, but if you haven't there's minimal spoilers here. Anyways, in February, we learned that 32-bit apps in iOS will not be compatible with iOS eventually.  We now know that they are not compatible with iOS 11 [Source: MacRumors]. Many outdated apps will no longer work when using iOS 11. To check if you'll be affected, go to Settings > General > About > Applications. You'll see a list of apps with no updates available that will not work with iOS 11.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Files App for iOS 11

Found by Steven Troughton-Smith, there is a 'Files' app placeholder on the App Store. This is likely a system able that can be deleted in iOS 11. As for functionality, it's probably a file system for iOS. There is nothing notable in the description or in the screenshots. We'll see how Files works tomorrow at WWDC.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Google Ad-Blocking

Google is probably the last company you'd expect to launch an ad-blocker, but they've announced one coming in 2018. Not entirely true to the name, the ad blocker will not block all ads. Instead, it's designed to block intrusive ads. This is in an effort to encourage advertisers to be more passive. Ads owned by Google may be blocked if they fall under this umbrella. We'll likely hear more in early 2018.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Siri to Expand Third-Party Functionality

Currently, developers can only use Siri for very specific tasks, such as booking a ride. This is expected to expand to more options at WWDC according to Reuters. While it probably won't give developers full access to Siri, it is a step in the right direction. Reuters says, "[T]he Cupertino, California company is likely to stick to its tested method of focusing on a small amount of features and trying to perfect them, rather than casting as wide a net as possible, according to engineers and artificial intelligence industry insiders."

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Apple Smart Speaker Already in Production

Just before WWDC, Bloomberg reports that Apple's smart speaker is already in production. While they will not ship until the end of the year, Apple may announce it at WWDC. In addition, we are expecting a Siri update at WWDC, as many complain about the lack of Siri functionality when compared to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. WWDC starts this coming Monday.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Alexa Adds iCloud Calendar Integration

iOS users will finally be able to sync their calendars to Alexa via iCloud. This lets Alexa read off your schedule for the day and add events. To enable this, just sign into iCloud in the settings of the Alexa app for iOS. It's nice to finally have this feature. I was a bit disappointed when I got my Echo a year ago and it didn't have this integration. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Apple May Be Causing Nintendo Switch Supply Issues

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple's strong grasp on component manufacturers may be causing supply issues with the Nintendo Switch. As many know, the Nintendo Switch has been very difficult to find and requires hopeful owners to be ready to purchase with a moment's notice. The Switch is in need of a steady supply of flash-memory chips, LCDs, and motors for HD Rumble. Let's hope both companies can work out a steady supply somehow.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Apple Park on Apple Maps

Apple Park has been added to Apple Maps, complete with 3D models and its own icon. It's quite a spectacle considering the unorthodox design of the building. The icon is the now iconic ring of the campus. The Steve Jobs Theater is also displayed on the map. Be sure to check it out on Apple Maps.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Transition to Internet TV

Internet-based TV is quickly becoming more popular. Platforms like Netflix and Hulu are becoming the forefront in what will be a highly competitive market. Companies like Apple and Google have begun making their own content. Think about it: tech companies making TV shows. Sounds very strange, right? In the coming months and years, keep track of how often you find yourself watching any video-based content on a tablet, phone, or video streaming device. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Wemo and HomeKit

Belkin has finally announced their solution to connecting Wemo devices to HomeKit. It's called the Wemo Bridge. It's a standard bridge that will enable HomeKit functionality, similar to Homebridge, the Raspberry Pi plugin for HomeKit (which I've used for several months for my Wemo devices). No pricing has been announced yet, but it is expected to ship this fall.


Friday, May 26, 2017

'The New Yorker' Cover Sketched on iPad

It's pretty cool to see how Apple products have been used in professional productions. We've already seen iPhone cameras being used to create feature-length films. This week The New Yorker had its cover sketched on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. It's really cool to see the results of these kinds of creations. The artist, Jorge Colombo, sketched it while watching the scene in real life, worried the basketball would hit him or the iPad.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Apple Watch Named Most Accurate Heart Rate Tracker

In a study, the Apple Watch was named the best heart rate tracker in a fitness tracker study. This is a big win for Apple in a market dominated by Fitbit. The fitness trackers were compared against a control of a ECG. Apple Watch had about a 2% error in heart rate tracking. Be sure to check out the study for more details.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DJI Spark

While I was personally hoping to see a Phantom 5 reveal, DJI has unveiled the DJI Spark. This is a lightweight, cheaper drone compared to their other drones. It relies heavily on gestures for movement and can use an iPhone as a controller. It also comes in multiple colors, giving it more options than DJI's other drones. Pre-orders start today at $499.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

iPad Pro May Be Able to Connect to Macs for New Functionality

According to Thom Holwerda, the iPad Pro may have the ability to be connected to a Mac. In order to make up for Macs without Touch Bars, using an iPad as a new display with a touch screen may be their plan. The iPad could be used as a drawing tablet. When paired with an Apple Pencil, there is sure to be a lot of untapped potential for this concept. I'm hoping we see more iPad Pro specific features at WWDC this year.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Apple's New Switch Campaign

Apple has decided to make another ad campaign and site tailored towards Android users, in hopes to switch them over to iPhone. It touches on speed, security, and iMessage. These three points are huge. iPhone is one of the few smartphones to have software and hardware designed together. iPhone is the industry leader of security. iPhone is the only smartphone to support iMessage. And we all know that one person who ruins a group chat because they don't have iMessage. Be sure to check out the new site.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Messages

In iOS 10, animations for iMessages where introduced. However, using a phrase like "Happy Birthday" will automatically add a balloon effect to your message. It's a neat touch that adds surprise to those who don't know about the effects. Be sure to try it out next time you wish someone happy birthday!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

iPad Pro Production

According to the DigiTimes, the iPad Pro will have increased production numbers. In July, shipments will increase to 600,000 units, from 500,000 units. Apple is clearly expecting a lot more sales with this iteration, as the iPad Pro has not had a major update for some time now. In addition, the fact that these shipments are in July may hint that the iPad Pro may have a July release, with an announcement at WWDC. Take that with a grain of salt, as this is my own speculation.

Friday, May 19, 2017

iOS 11 Concept - iOS Tailored for iPad

For a while now, I've been wanting an iOS made for the iPad. An iOS that has a fine balance between iPhone and Mac. This captures that beautifully. MacStories has created an amazing concept for iOS 11 with some cool and improved multitasking features. There is also a universal clipboard that can store addresses, sites, text, and more. With a new iPad Pro expected at WWDC, we can expect new multitasking features in iOS 11. Be sure to check out the video below.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Updated MacBook Air Coming at WWDC 2017

According to Bloomberg, the MacBook Air could see an update at WWDC. This is unexpected as most were expecting Apple to discontinue the laptop due to its old hardware. However, its affordable price point has secured customer loyalty. While the update would be mostly under the hood, it's an update nevertheless. We may see Kaby Lake processors. Hopefully, this doesn't hold back Apple's other computers.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Donate Your Color

Sherwin-Williams has created a pretty cool initiative to help communities. It's called Donate Your Color. By browsing their website in black and white (hence, donating your color), Sherwin-Williams will help a community in need by donating paint. Their current goal is to donate 10,000,000 square feet of paint.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Apple to Discontinue iPad Mini

According to BGR, Apple is planning to discontinue the iPad Mini. This isn't very surprising at this point, as the iPad Mini has been lagging behind the iPad Air and iPad Pro for the past few years. With only a smaller size to offer, the regular iPad has become a better bargain for the most part. It will likely confuse some too, as there is only a $30 price difference between the 128 GB iPad Mini and regular iPad. With a new sized iPad Pro in the rumors, this is all the more reason to discontinue the iPad Mini. We may know for sure in June with WWDC coming up.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Glucose Monitoring for Apple Watch

According to BGR, a future Apple Watch model could have glucose monitoring, in addition to potential smart bands. Apple has often advertised the Apple Watch as a health device, and Apple Watch does a great job of collecting data seamlessly into the Health app. Glucose levels are in the Health app, so this would make sense as a potential feature. BGR didn't specify explicitly when this could come out, but we can only hope it could be the Apple Watch Series 3 coming this fall.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Future of the Home App

With a Siri speaker coming at WWDC, it's time to take a look of what the future could hold for the Home app. The Home app does a lot of things right, for those who use it. But there's a lot that could still be improved.

First off, I believe that more devices should be added to this app. As the main hub for home control, I think adding devices like an Apple TV would be very beneficial. I can turn on my lights as I use a digital remote. The two can interact and can set my "Theater Mode" scene when I use my Apple TV. This could be expanded with an API too. For example, a digital picture frame could have its picture changed from the app. Turn on a gaming console or a TV.

Homes are generally shared by families. So when I tell Siri to set my "Good Night" scene, I don't expect it to turn off my parent's lights too. If I leave my house, I don't want my "Leave Home" scene to enable unless no one is in the house. Each person the house is shared with should have their own scenes. In addition, there needs to be a way to make sure the scenes aren't affecting other people in the house.

When I get home, I want my fan to turn on, but only if the temperature is high enough. Conditional scenes would be amazing. Using factors like weather to determine what should be turned on or off would be amazing. Scenes and automation should incorporate different parameters and triggers.

Speaking of scenes, we need more icons. There are only 12 and five of them are just variations of the same house. More icons means more inspiration. Maybe a work, reading, or gaming icon? Seems easy enough.

Finally, indoor mapping. A couple years ago, Apple quietly released an Indoor Survey app, which has since been removed. It was made to map out the inside of a building. Personally, I think it would be amazing to see if scenes and lights could be activated with this technology, without camera-based sensors or iBeacon.

Anyways, that's my "Wish List" for Home and HomeKit at WWDC this year. We will most likely be seeing some improvements to the app, and I will welcome them with open arms. I use HomeKit everyday and can only hope it gets better.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

iPad Pro Likely Coming at WWDC

We finally have some word about when we'll see the long awaited iPad Pros. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, there is more than a 70% chance of the next iPad Pro to be revealed at WWDC. While we were expecting an announcement in April, it's good to finally have a very clear answer to our call for a new iPad Pro. WWDC will start on June 5, in just over a month.

Friday, May 12, 2017

iTunes is coming to the Windows Store

With the announcement of Windows 10 S, having developer support for the Windows Store is critical. With this, Apple is returning iTunes support for Windows and adding it to the Windows Store. iTunes will be available on the Windows Store by the end of this year.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Apple Creates iPhone Photography Website

Apple has launched a new photography website for iPhone, designed to give users tutorials on how to capture great photos. The lessons consist of short videos giving tips about certain subjects. The videos are less than a minute long. While the videos are centered around the iPhone 7, most of the tips apply to all modern iPhones.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Apple Acquires Beddit

Apple recently acquired Beddit, a sleep tracking system. This could mean a lot for Apple's future. It could bring sleep tracking to the Apple Watch or an Apple designed dedicated sleep tracking device.. Or Apple may just keep Beddit to make money off of its sales without rebranding, similar to Beats. As of now, Apple has kept selling Beddit.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

WWDC 2017 Invites

The press has officially received their invitations to WWDC 2017. However, what's more interesting is what the invitation is implying. This basically guarantees that there will be no iPad Pro event and if there will be an iPad Pro announced, it will be at WWDC. Hardware hasn't been unveiled at WWDC in recent years, however with an iPad Pro update imminent and rumors of a Siri smart speaker, this may be the perfect time for Apple to revive this tradition.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day Apple Watch Achievement

May 14 is Mother's Day this year and Apple is celebrating with another Apple Watch challenge. To get the badge, you must complete a one-mile workout on the 14th. Completing this challenge will also grant an iMessage sticker. This is the fourth Apple Watch challenge we've seen so far. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Leave WWDC to the Professionals This Year

WWDC has been an event since 1983, but it's clear it has been made more consumer-friendly in recent years. For good reason too, more average consumers get to learn about the next software updates three months ahead. However, last year was a big problem in this regard. In an attempt to connect with consumers, Apple had normal people demoing software with respect to how it benefitted their lives. But it all came to a halt when two people demoing the new iMessage crashed the demo and had a huge stage malfunction. Later, a woman demoed the new Apple Music and tried to get the audience to sing along. Apple, come on. This is something I expect to see from Steve Balmer, not you. Your target audience should be developers who paid over a thousand dollars to attend this developer conference. They didn't pay to sing along to random songs or watch demos crash. In the demos, there should be a fine balance between relating to the consumer and communicating features to the developer. People like Craig Federighi did a great job at this. He explained how the features benefitted the user, but also explained how the features worked to achieve this. I hope to see this style return this year.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Update on iPhone 8 Touch ID

Back in April, there were rumors of Apple getting rid of Touch ID if they failed to embed it into the screen. Now, it seems that Apple will put Touch ID in the back of the display [Source: Sebastian Hou and Brian Chen]. Hopefully, this will be appropriately positioned, as Samsung Galaxy S8 users seem to heavily dislike its proximity to the camera.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Speedpass+

Your phone may be the future of paying at the pump. ExxonMobil's Speedpass+ app lets you use your phone or Apple Watch to pay for gas and car washes. Instead of using those dirty self-serve kiosks, you can use your phone to select a pump and pay. Speedpass+ is available from the Apple App Store for free [Direct Link].


Thursday, May 4, 2017

C by GE Will Add HomeKit

This Summer, General Electric's C-Life and C-Sleep lightbulbs will receive HomeKit this summer. "Wow, Alex. You're really desperate for a post today aren't you?" 1. Yes. 2. There is some substance to this though. GE is expected to drop out of the light bulb business. Keep in mind that GE was founded by Thomas Edison and had the first consumer light bulb on the market. This begs the question: Will GE truly get rid of their bulb line or is their "C by GE" collection an evolution of the light bulb? If the latter, then that's truly a testament to how far light bulb technology has come.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Steve Jobs Manga

Mari Yamazaki has created a manga based on the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. The first book in the series details his life up until 1974. While it's written entirely in Japanese, it's a must-have for those interested in both Steve Jobs' life and Japanese culture. It's available on Amazon from mostly used sellers for less than $10.

Image Credit: Kotaku

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

T-Mobile's Plan to Launch 5G

4G LTE is extremely fast, yet the idea of something even faster is very intriguing. T-Mobile plans to roll out 5G in the U.S. in 2019. By 2020, they plan to have nationwide coverage. Of course, a 5G network doesn't mean anything without a phone that supports it. These phones are expected to be released this year. No word yet on when Apple would implement this, but it will likely be closer to the rollout of 5G by all carriers.

Monday, May 1, 2017

AirPods Satisfaction Rate

AirPods have been out for about five months now. While most are still unable to get a pair due to stock issue, Experian and Creative Strategies have shared survey results regarding customer satisfaction of AirPods. Overall, they received a 98% satisfaction rate. Looking at the results below, customers seem very satisfied. However, it should be noted that those who purchase AirPods are likely deeply embedded into the Apple ecosystem and may not be representative of the average consumer.




Sunday, April 30, 2017

Why the Nintendo Switch is a Game Changer

I've been playing with the Nintendo Switch for about a week now, and while I'm not prepared to do a full review on it yet, I do have to make this point clear. I know it's been said time and time again, but I have to reiterate it: the portability aspect of the Nintendo Switch completely changes the way you will look at big triple-A titles. With console games, I find myself not having enough time to commit myself to sit down, turn on the console, and play the game. You don't just play these games for short periods. Meanwhile, handheld games, specifically those on the 3DS, can be played in quick bursts, but often have clear limitations held back by the hardware. The Nintendo Switch solves this problem by putting console quality games wherever you go. No other console can do that. Now, you want to see all your favorite games on this system. Rocket League, Fallout 4, Overwatch, and so on. Games you'd like to have more time playing, but don't have the chance to. While many of these games likely won't be ported due to the technical limitations of the Switch, it's important to see how game developers will rethink their future titles. Local wireless play may soon be an alternative to online play even. I can only hope this becomes a reality.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

tvOS Predictions

According to 9to5Mac, tvOS 11 will have Picture-in-Picture and User Switching. It's funny because I literally had these two ideas just before this article came out. Unfortunately, I didn't write that blog post before this came out, so just take my word for it. The TV has historically been the American family's gathering place after a long week. While that has died out with every screen having a TV on it, it doesn't hide the fact that the Apple TV needs multiple user profiles. Amazon Echo even has this. The other feature, Picture-in-Picture, helps make use of the "smart" aspect of the smart TV. What good is an Apple TV if you can't do anything while content is playing? Anyways, I definitely hope these features get added at WWDC.

Friday, April 28, 2017

homeOS Coming at WWDC?

Apple's answer to the Google Home and the Amazon Echo could be coming as soon as this WWDC [Source: Sonny Dickson]. The rumor mentions that it could be using Beats speakers, which would be amazing. It would explain why Apple is trying to get rid of their Beats speakers with clearance sales. It will also be an AirPlay device, justifying the discontinuing of the AirPort line of products. It would be amazing if we could see this product so soon.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Echo Look

Yesterday, Amazon announced the Echo Look. It's basically an Alexa-enabled camera. It uses machine learning for fashion advice. Creepy as that sounds, one thing worth noting is the new form factor likely doesn't allow for the regular Amazon Echo's speaker. Personally, I'd say the best thing about Amazon Echo was how it combined voice recognition with a great speaker. This, in my opinion, combines voice recognition with a camera, which just seems really odd. It's available for $200 via invitation.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Day One Books

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.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Where is the new iPad Pro?

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

The Difference Between Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C

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

Apple Podcasts

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

FoodKit

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

Apple Watch NikeLab

Apple released a new variant of the Apple Watch Nike+ called Apple Watch NikeLab. It's a Space Gray Apple Watch Series 2 with a black and cream Sport Band. While there's not much else other than that, it is limited edition. It will be available April 27 from Nike.com.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Live Photos Coming To Websites

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

'Earth Day Challenge' Apple Watch Achievement

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

iPhone 8 and Touch ID

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

Supposed iPhone 8 Leaked Renderings

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

Custom Watch Faces

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

iPhone 8 Will Have 3 GB of RAM

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 Causing Tree Shortage

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

Mac Pro Concept

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

"Ok, Burger King"

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

Close the Rings Challenge 1.0

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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Next-Gen AirPods Case Patent

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

Rensenware

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

Navigate Through Tabs Quickly

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

Potential Apple 8K Displays?

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

Clips

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

iPhone 8 Could Be Delayed

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

State of the Mac Pro

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

iOS 10.3.1 Released

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

How USB-C Could Replace HDMI

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

Siri Gets in on April Fools' Day

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

Twitter Replaces Default Profile Photo

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

Twitter No Longer Counts Usernames Toward Character Limits

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

USB-C Multiport Adapter Update

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

User-Selectable App Icons Available in At Bat and NHL Apps

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

Newest iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS Versions Released

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

Touch Bar Can Quickly Access Settings

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

Apple USB-C Cable Deals Expiring March 31

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

New iPad and Red iPhone 7 Available to Order

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

Apple Acquires Workflow

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

Why You Shouldn't Care About the iCloud Hack

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

Apple Announces New iPad and Red iPhone

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

Game Boy Emulator on Apple Watch

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 Pok√©mon 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

Disable Handwritten Messages in iMessage

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

Nintendo Switch Desk

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

AppleCare+ Can Be Purchased One Year After iPhone Purchase

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

New Apple TV for 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

First HomeKit-Enabled Homes in San Jose On Sale

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

Pi Day 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

New iPads May Be Announced Next Week

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

Tech Support Showdown Crowns Apple for Third Year in a Row

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

WeberHaus Becomes First HomeKit Homebuilder in Europe

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 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

App Store Celebrates Indie Games

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

Twitter Adds Ability to Clear Cache

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

iPhone Edition

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

Thoughts on USB-C for iPhone

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

Touch Bar for iPhone

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

iPhone 8 Will Use Lightning, With USB-C Fast Charging

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

Nintendo Switch and MacBook Pro

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.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Nintendo Switch Released

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

Apple's Home Film

Apple's Home app is quickly becoming integral to Apple's vision of a smart home. To promote this, Apple has released a film on their Home site. This video shows a woman using the Home app throughout her day. It's cool to see Apple's vision for a smart home enabled lifestyle.