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15.11.2015
Apple has a terrific bit of tech called "AirDrop" that allows you to share Macintosh photos, contacts, files, and whatnot pretty much effortlessly.
One of the big new "features" for iOS that got touted at Apple's event was iTunes Radio, so I'm busting it out to take a look. If you don't have an artist in mind, iTunes Radio has some "featured stations" to get you started.
I could be wrong, but I think choosing "Never Play This Song" only applies to the current channel.
Also note that you can temper a station between "Hits" (most popular songs), "Variety" (all songs), or "Discovery" (obscure songs). The first is that you'll find yourself buying a lot of music because it's just so convenient.
Note that the Upstairs At Eric's version that iTunes Radio played and wanted me to buy has been "matched" by iTunes Match. Once I fine-tune a station, I'm getting even better play-lists than I did from iTunes Genius Mixes. An essential tool for managing all the alerts and info your iPhone is throwing at you, Notification Center was a welcome addition. One thing I was excited about with the New and Improved Siri was the option to have her become a him and speak with a male voice. Apple did us a huge, huge favor when they finally gave us a way to access frequently-used settings and tools in iOS7's new "Control Center." And it's great. Falling in line with my previous point, turning off International Data Roaming wouldn't be so important if I could choose which apps are able to use it.
Thankfully, nothing was so compelling that I flushed my iPhone 5 down the toilet and drove to Seattle so I could stand in line at the Apple Store to get a new one. That being said, I was very impressed with the direction that Apple is taking their mobile handsets.
And so they came up with "Touch ID," which is fingerprint identification technology that has been woven into their new high-end 5S model to be pretty much effortless and transparent. The phone has also gone 64-bit, is unbelievably fast, and has graphic capabilities that shame a lot of desktop computers.
But, I'm not going to lie here, even with the new NEX-6 in my possession, I am still taking the vast majority of my day-to-day photos with my iPhone.
For that reason, I want a camera on my phone that will give me the highest possible quality image. How refreshing to have a mechanic send business away rather than charge you to take a look at something they know they can't fix, then make you pay for a referral. Muffler Mart ("Three Old Guys and One Kid Work Here!") very kindly squeezed my piece-of-crap car in for a look after only a short wait. How refreshing to have a mechanic not try and sell you something you don't need, but instead apply a band-aid to your car's ouchie at no charge.
It looks like most of the stuff going on here is under-the-hood improvements, which is fine.
This basically means that everything is set on three-dimensional layers, so as you move your phone around, the different planes move to communicate depth. This very cool bit of tech puts stuff like tickets, boarding passes, loyalty cards, membership accounts, and other things all at one place. It's just a question as to when (if?) these companies will return the favor and give their customers the convenience of implementing it. Blogography is a place to learn and grow by exposing yourself to the mind of David Simmer II, a brilliant commentator on world events and popular culture (or so he claims). EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE BOTH CALLED "AIRDROP," THE iPHONE AND MAC TECHNOLOGIES ARE NOT FUCKING COMPATIBLE!
I promised myself that I wouldn't start in on the new video game, SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH, until I finished LEGO MARVEL SUPER-HEROES, but I just couldn't resist any longer. The Veronica Mars movie (which I reviewed here) has only been out for three days, and already the sequel talk has started.
Especially if we get a fantastic Veronica-Mars-style mystery on-par with what we saw in the first and second seasons of the show. For example, if you like Depeche Mode as I do, setting up a "Depeche Mode Station" is dead simple.
You'll get occasional Depeche Mode, but you'll also get similar artists like Erasure, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, and Eurythmics. So if there's an artist you really hate, you'll want to ban them from every channel manually.
To be honest, I don't notice a heck of a lot of difference at this point, but maybe that's something that will get better with time?
On more than a couple occasions, a song will play again for a second or third time after it's just finished. Whether it's in your play history, or in the track info window, you're being given every opportunity possible to purchase whatever it is you like listening to that you don't already own. I ended up purchasing $26 of new stuff in just one day (curse you, 1980's and your delicious music!).
Plus discovering some terrific stuff I either never knew about or didn't recall hearing before.
Truth be told, Apple got so many things right when they first created the iPhone that there's not a lot that needed to evolve and change. It's not going to be in-depth, because there's a gazillion websites out there that have this covered, but it will be things I feel are a bit annoying.
It has my loyalty cards, train tickets, airline boarding passes, and other great stuff available instantly without adding bulk to my wallet! This would allow me to live with HAL from the movie 2001 in my pocket, which is a dream come true for somebody with my name. But, while iOS 7 does allow you to choose which apps can use cellular data, it's all or nothing. But let's get to the one feature that is almost enough to make me sell my kidney so I can buy a new iPhone 5S the minute it goes on sale. I like most of the colors and love the feature set of the new iPhone 5C, but honestly thought this was going to be the sub-$50 phone that could have really broke into the cheap handset segment for Apple. They found that my exhaust system was in great shape, and the racket was just a screw that had gone missing (I can so relate to that). As a Certified Apple Whore, it's required by law that I post my thoughts on all the stuff Apple talked about in the keynote speech of the 2013 World Wide Developer's Conference (watch it for yourself right here!).
But there are a chunk of notable usability enhancements as well, so I'm hopeful that I won't have as many problems with Mavericks as I had with Mountain Lion.
So now that Apple has run out of big cats to name their OS X releases, they're going all mavericky and using surfing locations. Am I being insane, or is this just a re-do of the "labels" feature that we've had on the Mac for decades? I love it when Apple gets riotous applause for something that they should have been doing all along.
Now here is where things start to get interesting, and where Apple is innovating with something that's more than just window dressing. At first, I was thrilled that Apple came up with a system-wide notifications solution because I had always had some problems with the third-party solution called "Growl." The honeymoon didn't last, however, because notifications were just irritating distractions that you could never really do anything with except dismiss. It is unquestionably the best bit of tech I have ever owned, and the size, weight, features, and speed are amazing. I finally gave up on Apple ever releasing a new Mac Pro a year ago, and am now using an iMac that I'm quite happy with. Having access to all your stuff wherever you are with whatever device you have is the future. I was scared to death that Apple was going to copy Microsoft's "Live Tiles" which I fucking hate to bombard you with information that is ultimately no more helpful than the little red badges Apple is already using. And here is a situation where I can fully appreciate Apple taking their time to get it right rather than blasting out some battery-sucking "LET'S MULTI-TASK EVERYTHING!" bullshit that renders your phone useless half-way through the day. The demo of the new "Photos" started out by showing how the average iPhone user has a mess of thousands of photos piled up that makes it tough to find anything. Yeah, it's all visually beautiful and shit but, if the back-end is still totally fucking crap, what difference does it make? I may be one of the few people who actually likes Siri, uses her often, and thinks it's an invaluable part of the iPhone experience.
There's one thing I saw in the keynote that has completely haunted me about the new design, and I love it more than sliced bread. This gave me 30 minutes to pack, shower, put on pants, brush my teeth, check out of my hotel, and catch the shuttle to arrive at BWI at 4:30am.
As somebody who travels a lot, this is exactly the kind of thing that makes my life easier. But some people prefer local backups for their speed, which is a special advantage when dealing with a slow internet connection. This may sound limiting but, if you find yourself wanting more than six, you're probably not listening to the right station in the first place. Meaning I can start listening to a song on my Mac, then pick up where I left off when I head out with my iPhone.
I'm not an avid Pandora listener by any means, but I maybe purchased two whole songs in the years I've been using it off-and-on. So, unlike the iTunes Music Store, you're in real danger of purchasing stuff you've already bought. The super-thin text makes readability difficult, and will probably be what convinces me to turn on "bold" text in Accessibility settings. So imagine how thrilled I was to find out that the new iOS 7 Passbook was going to allow you to scan barcodes on cards so you can add them to your iPhone arsenal!
There's no way of saying "This app can use Cellular data at home, but not Data Roaming abroad." So, basically, Apple has screwed international travelers not once here, but three times.
From the keynote, Apple is basically saying that very few people bother to protect their phones with a passcode or other security measures (I know I don't), and they feel it's important that this attitude be changed. A big reason that I invested the money in it was because it takes SLR-quality photos, but loses the SLR mirror so that it does the same job at a much smaller size and weight. They said that muffler & exhaust were out of their expertise, and I should give Muffler Mart a try.


Muffler Mart is exactly the kind of business I want to support with my hard-earned dollars.
He gives a good presentation, represents Apple well, and inspires confidence in his company, which is all that matters.
Sure, "tags" look easier to manage, locate, and work with, but this is hardly revolutionary stuff.
Granted, Apple's handling of multiple displays has always been miles above any other OS, but it's still been pretty broken. OS X is getting very smart about using precious battery-sucking CPU cycles only when their needed, which should really help with battery life quite nicely.
You had to find the app alerting you, fire it up, do your business, then go back to what you were doing when you were so rudely interrupted. That being said, there are times when I'm traveling where I would really appreciate having a much smaller machine to lug around. Fortunately, Apple is smarter than that, and just tweaked Notification Center with a new look and some new toys. Nope, Apple's approach is to give us a "smart multi-tasker" that learns how you use your phone and assigns CPU threads appropriately. In video games and animation, this is called "parallax scrolling" (or something like that), and it's some visual trickery that really pays off. Green Lantern finally made it to the big screen with a fucking horrendously shitty movie that I hated.
I keep thinking "It's coming any day now, I'm sure!" But then it doesn't, and I get pissed off all over again. This wouldn't be terrible if Apple allowed 3rd party voices so somebody could build HAL for iPhone, but they don't. This reduced bulk encourages me to take a "pro" camera with me much more often than I used to, so I end up taking more photos. I thought that Apple had seen the light when they put tabs in Safari eons ago, but better late than never. Now, at long last, they've decided to do something about their busted shit and they bring the house down? And using memory compression over hard disk virtual memory is truly behind-the-scenes magic that's going to have all kinds of yummy ramifications. Speed and efficiency are always welcome in a browser because it's always running (at least on my Macs), so the battery savings should really add up. Sure there are third party add-ons like FantastiCal that help, but the Mac needs a serious native calendar and scheduling app.
Just like with Aperture, buying iWork almost immediately makes you feel like you've purchased abandonware. Though I have to admit that my favorite part of the demo was Craig Federighi's slam on Samsung's inelegant "tap-to-share" solution. Siri can be stupid as a box of rocks with simple requests that she should be able to handle.
And it would be nice one day if credit cards could be added, because that would lighten my wallet considerably.
Why bother naming them both "AirDrop" if they are so different that they can't even talk to each other? The Depeche Mode song Something to Do that I own is, I suppose, different from the Something to Do: Remastered version that Apple wants me to buy. Notifications are actually smart enough to let you act on them directly instead of just sitting there like a dumb shit. Sure, you run the risk of installing an update that has a huge bug, which is why so many people wait for a while before installing new updates, but I am not one of those people.
Unfortunately, we're still taking baby-steps here, but I guess any improvement is a good thing. I'll reserve comment on the new design visuals until I've actually seen them up-close-and-personal, but my initial reaction is mixed. It's the little touches like this that makes Apple be Apple, and keeps Apple Whores such as myself in a constant state of geek heaven. If iPhone would stick to the tab I last used, it would be okay, but it randomly switches to "TODAY" for no discernible reason. They've even given us a way to make her smarter, thanks to being able to tell her when she's pronounced a word wrong. The new "Info Card" with travel times, forecasts, and contextual info is pretty slick (though it seems a bit pale compared to the way Google handles this on their Android handsets).
Hopefully it will make it less likely to accidentally be in video mode when you're trying to shoot a photo. Their rock-solid reliability could be an interesting option if Apple doesn't get their shit together. At first I thought that she would also be learning from the new "tap to edit" link that appears after your query has been parsed, but she doesn't. Apple Maps is horrible at locating businesses, and it's still giving me fucked-up directions from time to time. The fact that iTunes Match subscribers don't have to deal with ads is kind of a nice bonus. The filters are a nice addition if you like that kind of thing (and, obviously, a lot of people do), but I'll still be using a more feature-rich third-party app for photo manipulation. This is an area where Apple should literally spare no expense, because it could be the one area where iPhone completely trounces the competition. Instead it takes multiple taps to get to the settings because I can't configure Control Center to have it, and this is nuts. Until Apple can vastly improve the data driving the app, it's always going to be second-ran to Google.
Something as critical as frickin' EMAIL deserves a bullet-proof user experience and rock-solid operation in addition to a pretty interface. But, than again, I haven't actually bought music I already own (that I know of), so maybe Apple checks with the iTunes Store and iTunes Match before it actually charges you? And while it's nifty the first fifty times you see it, by the fifty-first you just want your life back.
I rarely use my phone as a calculator or stopwatch, why in the hell are they taking up space that could be designated for something I will use.
The guy is funny as hell, and has a conversational tone when he's presenting that sucks you in and compels you love Apple and the things they do. I just hope they work better than their current "share sheets" which don't post my photos to Facebook or Twitter half the time I use them. If Apple can't deliver the whole package, they should just get the fuck out of the email business.
I don't know what the hell Photos is trying to say, and FaceTime uses a video camera shape for an icon that practically doesn't exist any more.
Hopefully Apple tightens these up in the future, because wasting people's time like this is just wrong. But Siri forgets what I've taught her, so next time I say "Open Waze" she gets it wrong again.
Seriously, the keynote is totally worth watching just to see this guy at the top of his game. Fortunately, Jony Ive and his team have finally gotten rid of this crap so that iOS7 looks sleek and modern. Give us all the Star Trek computer experience of our fantasies, and THEN you can take a minute to catch your breath.
If this is the case, they really should go a step further and not waste your time encouraging you to spend your hard-earned money on something you already own (but may have forgotten about).
Bad enough she doesn't even try to find the app when she knows I'm asking for an app, but not being able to teach her that I actually have a Waze app is pretty lame.
After the copy process is done, rename the folder on your Mac to something like iTunes Backups Old or delete it if you really need the space.Creating the symlink in TerminalLast but not least, we will be creating a so-called symbolic link to tell our Mac that this folder has been moved to another location. It kind of pisses me off that people were clapping over this one, because it feels like Apple is being rewarded for bringing back a feature they never should have fucking removed in the first place. One of the major differences between consumer machines and pro machines is that you can open the guts and configure the thing the way you need it for the kind of work you're going to be doing. But Apple has lived up to every criticism by choosing design over functionality, and it's a load of bullshit. If nothing else, I think it's a consistent visual language that competitors lack will help keep Apple at the top of the heap. Netflix data usage is directly correlated with the video quality of your streams, which of course weigh heavy on your cell provider’s monthly data cap. Some people enjoy the liberty of having an uncapped mobile data plan, but most will have to watch their data volume limits. Hence Netflix introduced a feature that allows you to automate or manually set the stream quality on mobile device when not connected to your home Wi-Fi network.
Never mind that Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and the rest of the known fucking universe allows video streaming, Apple doesn't. Unfortunately, most of us still have to deal with traffic limits and pricey upgrade buckets.
When I bought my iMac, I worried I was making a mistake, and a new Mac Pro would be released that would work so much better for my needs.
Will Apple fix the myriad of problems that prevent developers from integrating iCloud into their apps? The fact that Apple is working so hard on getting The Cloud done right is meaningless if they can't see the forest for the trees. According to DigiTimes, TSMC reportedly completed the tape-out phase for the 10nm FinFET process chip and will consequently begin production of the first round of samples for Apple. The certification and first delivery is slated to be expected in late 2016 or early 2017, probably in the final quarter of the year.TSMC involved with Apple A10 and Apple A11Small-scale production of the Apple A11 might start as early as Q2 2017, according to the reports. TSMC is said to produce around two thirds of the order volume, while it is unclear which other company will claim the rest.
It is highly likely that Samsung will once again jump in to manufacture the iPhone’s heart. We finally get keychain syncing back, but it almost feels like too little too late when services like Dropbox and solutions like 1Password stepped up to the plate when Apple wouldn't for so damn long.


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THEY decide what's important to their users rather than responding to what users find important and are actually doing. The rumor mill concerning the iPhone 7 proved to be relatively fruitless and Apple is keeping up the stealth pretty well, earlier models have seen far more leaks and detailed speculations that proved to be accurate.
As of now, we’re even unsure whether the iPhone 7 will include a headphone jack or use the lightning port and wireless EarPods instead. As it is often the case with Apple’s own apps, harsh critics tend to appear upon the launch of a new service or native iOS app and this time the criticism was well-earned. Its PC and Mac incarnations are simply of low UI quality and don’t show the same eye for detail and minimalistic, logical approach Apple took on the hardware engineering or their operating systems.
It is a cluttered mess that has grown in functionality over the years but rarely received any love in terms of UI structure and user experience. Hopefully, Apple will deliver on the promise to improve these two lacking products and provide a better user experience.
The process of getting help from Apple is pretty straightforward and usually devoid of complications.
Or pick the corresponding icon that is fitting for your case.You can then choose from a number of topics which describe your issue. The latter will probably have to be paid by you.If your iPhone has suffered a fatal drop or similar accident, it can be sent in right away after completing the form. Other cases that might be covered under warranty will have to go through Apple Support first, in order to allow for troubleshooting processes and coverage checks.In the last step, we will be picking our preferred communication channel. You can schedule a call, call Apple support later and give them your contact information, chat directly with an Apple Support agent or make an appointment for in-store repairs. Preparing an iPhone for repairs is discussed in the following hints and steps.Make sure you have a backup phoneFirst of all, Apple is not supplying customers with temporary devices anymore. This means that you will have to make sure that you own a backup phone for the brief time period that the repair will take, or you won’t be available for calls.
Read More…Keep the Apple ID password handy in case you need it to reset your iPhone to factory settings. Your iPhone however includes the necessary sensors for determining how many steps were taken during your day in a digital way, provided you carried your phone along for the walk. Counting one’s steps goes a long way towards keeping track of your personal fitness and how much you are doing for your health. If you own one of the newer iPhones, all you need is already built into the device and you won’t actually need an Apple Watch.
A sensible goal for someone who isn’t used to exercising and spends a lot of sedentary time would be 3000 steps a day. The M7 chip or newer is necessary so that the iPhone can track your steps with minimum energy expenditure. Beneath this toggle are the apps that are currently allowed to access your fitness tracking data.
By default, the Health app collects all of your fitness tracking data and displays it in handy charts.
But there are also numerous third-party apps for more detailed analysis, goal-setting and more.Keep in mind that your iPhone needs to be with you and switched on to track fitness data.
It will automatically display your steps in the dashboard and keep track of any fitness data that is trackable by iOS.
This page lists messages received from people who are not on your contact list, but might possibly be actual contacts to you and trying to reach you. The messages listed here will reach you through regular means and push notifications or on the Facebook website. You can read these messages without sending a read receipt to the author by tapping them.Once you tap the message in question, you will be shown public information about the sender and the possibility to Accept the message request. From time to time however, message requests that are completely legitimate might end up here.
This comes in handy when contacts do not have your phone number, which serves as the main identifier for iMessage. If you want that potential contacts should be able to find you on their Messages app by simply adding one of your known email addresses to the contact entry associated with you, check out the following guide. Adding another email address to your iMessage account allows for easy contact via your known addresses and is especially useful when people don’t have your phone number.
This goes both ways: You may want to give your phone number only to certain groups of people but use iMessage with, say, business contacts. You will probably be prompted to enter your Apple ID login credentials for verification.It might take a moment or two until Apple verifies your additional email address and you should be then able to select it in the two sections on this settings page. It should be listed in the first section, whereas you can select which identifier should be used for new conversations in the second section. Apple will send out a simple confirmation email which you will have to open in said account’s inbox and tap the link to confirm that you are actually the owner of the address. Without this step, the connection between the email address and the iMessage service simply won’t work.
The company behind the app has now introduced a few new features to the chat part of the application which we would like to show you in today’s tutorial.
Read More…Share your location using SnapchatIf you have your Location Services enabled and type a specific street address into a Snapchat text chat conversation, it will be converted into a map preview automatically. You and the recipient can then open the map in Apple Maps or Google Maps, as well as copy the address in text form for further use.
The emoji will be sorted by relevancy.View links in the Snapchat browserSnapchat has an integrated browser and will convert links into preview snippets automatically when pasted into the chat. Tap the image button below the text entry field, then select one of the photos you would like to send. If there is no such emoji, you are alone in the current chat conversation.Learn about even more features for power usersIf you would like to know even more about Snapchat, its hidden features and become a true power user, feel free to check out our guide on the matter. Especially when you had been uploading photos in the period before August 2015, as a software bug caused your GPS data or Geotag to be included regardless of your settings. Then tap Done to confirm your changes.The geolocation data is now invisible to the public eye and your followers.
Another alternative would be Google Photos, where you can get unlimited free storage up to a certain image quality. Here’s a guide on how to disable iCloud Photo Library and free up space on your iCloud account. We will also discuss how to fully delete all photos and videos from your iCloud account.Backing up your photosBefore attempting any of the further steps, we suggest backing up your photos to a PC or a Mac, just to be safe. This means that the occupied storage space is only freed up as soon as we decide to delete the cloud-stored copies of the images. Try the following 3 iPhone SE storage tricks to max out your available storage space.Disable the Live Photos featureLive Photos are pretty cool.
They turn a regular photo into a three second video clip through a smart algorithm that barely uses more storage capacity than a couple of images.
When taking every photo as a live photo though, you will definitely notice the impact that has on your battery life and storage space.
Therefore we recommend using the Live Photos feature only when intended and sparingly.You can enable and disable it selectively by going into your Camera app and tapping the icon in the center of the button bar at the top of the screen.
It is always a tradeoff and we suggest deciding accordingly, or simply sticking to 1080p with 60 frames per second when unsure.
By adjusting the color temperature of your screen, the new feature is effectively reducing eye strain and even improving your sleep quality.Blue light tends to mess with our sleep schedules and makes it harder to fall asleep when exposed to it during the late hours. Simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen and select the toggle button in the center of your Control Center. These dynamic wallpapers are fully animated.Use the Retina Flash for selfiesWhen taking a selfie using the front-facing camera of your iPhone SE, consider using the new Retina Flash feature. The whole screen is used to fire a short burst of light that reaches three times the regular brightness of the display. Read More…Protect your notes using Touch IDPrivacy is important and so are your notes. Current problems involve downloading or buying apps and are confined to a small percentage of users, while Apple’s system status page does not state any kind of issue at the time of publication.
Some purchases are not going through at all.App Store suffering intermittent technical issuesSeveral consumers claim that the App Store problems have been an ongoing thing for several days now. Apple has not yet released a statement concerning the ongoing problem of unreliable App Store connectivity and it is unclear whether the problems are geographically limited in some way. Dragon Hills allows you to completely destroy the environment with a much larger degree of interactivity, as you can burrow into the ground while riding your dragon and shoot out with breakneck speeds on the other side of the tunnel. Your dragon is able to employ his fiery breath and burn down buildings or trees to make room for your speedy ride.
The game is very well made and has received an average of 5 stars in App Store reviews for the current version of the game. A recent update gave players access to new content, such as two dragons and a pirate-themed level including new foes and obstacles.
Cezary Rajkowski, the developer, appears to be involved with the community and actively working on the popular project. Not only the gameplay is of convincing quality, we enjoyed the cartoony artwork and the attention to detail as well as the original art style and sound design. This works pretty well and keeps users from messing up the aesthetic aspects of their iPhone to the point where they are no longer happy with it. After all, that is what user interface designers are for: Designing an interface that works for most people. If you happen to use this trick successfully with another firmware, please let us know in the comments section below this article.Creating round foldersTo turn your square or squircle folder icons in iOS into something resembling a circle, you will need a tiny 3 by 3 pixel graphic.



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