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Apple Launches Tool to Remove U2

Posted in Apple by Tam Yue on September 18th, 2014

U2 Songs of InnocenceThe minute we heard that Apple gave away free music to every iTunes account in the world we were shocked, to say the least. Our first thought was the cost and how much they had to pay U2 for a HALF BILLION downloads of their album Songs of Innocence. Our second thought was about how those HALF BILLION iTunes users were going to feel about Apple just dropping free music into their private accounts.

Well, now we know the answer to both of those questions. Apple paid U2 approximately $100 million to give the album away. As far as how users feel about it, there were so many complaints that Apple had to launch a special removal tool so unhappy customers could delete the album out of their iTunes.

If you are one of those unhappy people who feels Apple is …

Apple iOS 8 Release Today

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on September 17th, 2014

iOS 8 Release TodayApple is planning to release iOS 8 today, its latest operating system for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Apple usually lets the releases go around 11am PST but it might not get to everyone’s device right away. iOS 8 is compatible with the iPhone 4s and up, iPad 2 and up, all iPad Mini’s and the 5th generation of the iPod touch.

A quick recap of the new iOS 8 features include an updated photo album with improved on-device photo editing, enhanced voice and video messages, an updated predictive keyboard that anticipates your next word, new fitness apps, a cloud-based drive, enhanced notifications and a few others. You can see all of the details from Apple here.

Record Pre-Order Sales for iPhone 6

Posted in Apple by Tam Yue on September 15th, 2014

iPhone 6Did you pre-order an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? You’re not the only one. When customers were given the go ahead to pre-order the iPhone 5 two years ago, 2 million of you did so on the first day. With the iPhone 6 pre-orders that first-day number doubled to 4 million.

The numbers aren’t in from the weekend yet, but it was estimated that pre-orders would reach the 10 million mark by the end of day on Sunday.

If you pre-ordered your phone quickly, yours will probably be in the mail by this coming Friday. If you were late at the pre-order rush, yours might take as long as October to reach you. This is because of that good old “supply and demand” concept we all learned about in Economics 101. The company said demand has outstripped the supply.

If you haven’t …

Apple Pay Enables Paying With your iPhone

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on September 12th, 2014

Apple PayOne of the major announcements coming out of Apple’s meeting on Tuesday was another anticipated technology from both retailers and consumers called Apple Pay. This feature will be built into the iPhone 6 coming later this month and the Apple Watch being released early next year.

Apply Pay will build on the Passbook app and will incorporate a near field communication (NFC) antenna allowing consumers to pay at the counter by a simple tap. The iPhone 6 will also incorporate Touch ID to get the fingerprint of the consumer for added security and Apple also included something called the Secure Element, which is a dedicated chip to store encrypted payment information on the device.

In order to help with adoption, which has been difficult with this type of technology in the past, Apple is making it easy to incorporate your …

Apple Officially Announces the iPhone 6

Posted in Apple,iPhone by Tam Yue on September 12th, 2014

iPhone 6We are pretty sure the world stopped spinning Tuesday Sept, 9th in order for everyone to hear the latest news from Apple. They have officially announced that they are releasingApple Watch in early 2015 and the iPhone 6 later this month. No big shockers here.

What was a bit of a shock however was that Apple was taking a step forward by upgrading the physical size of the iPhone. There will be two different sizes; the 6 will get you a 4.7 inch screen while the 6 Plus will get you a 5.5 inch screen. They have also slimmed it down again from the 5, and it will now be one of the slimmest smart phones on the market.

Most of you in today’s social media world want us to cut right to the chase about the camera. It is still the …

New Email Policy from Apple For iCloud Users

Posted in Apple,Security by Tam Yue on September 10th, 2014

iCloudAfter the huge hack into some celebrities private photos last week, Apple has come up with a temporary fix, kind of. You will now get an email from Apple telling you each time your account has been accessed from the web.

The email will read: “Your Apple ID has been accessed from a web browser on (date and time). If you accessed your account disregard this email. If you have not signed into your iCloud account recently and believe someone accessed your account please go to My Apple ID and reset your password.”

Yeah, this kind of helps. We are just going to pray that none of us here ever get this email.

via Gizmodo

Apple Smart Watch Scheduled for October: Nikkei

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 6th, 2014

Apple Smart WatchAccording to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Apple announced on Thursday at the Worldwide Developers Conference that it will be releasing a new wearable watch-like smart device as soon as this October. According to the report, the ‘iWatch’ will have a curved OLED touchscreen display and will be able to collect health-related data such as calories, sleep tracking, blood glucose level and blood oxygen levels and integrate with smart phones.

The report indicated that the smart watch from Apple will also run on iOS 8, the new operating system recently announced for the iPhone and iPad, and will be partnering with Nike, which could be marking the end for the FuelBand and all coincides with the release of a new OS in the fall along with the previously announced Health and Healthkit applications.

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Apple’s New iOS 8 Will Not Support iPhone 4

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 2nd, 2014

iOS 8 Will Not Support iPhone 4 and olderThe rumors appear to be true, iPhone 4 users will be left in the dust once the new iOS 8 update is released. This is nothing new for Apple, as keeping with tradition, they did the same thing with the iPhone 3GS which did not support the iOS 7 update.

The iOS press release states that these devices will be receiving the new update: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display. iOS 8 is set to release in the fall of 2014 along with that release, are rumors of the new next generation iPhone. So start saving those pennies now iPhone 4 users.

Apple Releases Info on iOS 8

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 2nd, 2014

Apple Announces iOS 8Apple made a number of anticipated announcements today at WWDC, but the likely most anticipated was the release of iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad devices. This is the latest operating system for the mobile devices from Apple, replacing the existing iOS 7 with a number of changes. None seem radical but all were well received. Below is a summary of what came down for the new OS today:

The Mail application will have the ability to hold and simply swipe to delete messages, not unlike Mailbox or Android’s Gmail. They also added a feature to minimize a message you are composing temporarily to read other messages.

When typing emails or any other text using the keyboard, Apple added something they are calling QuickType. QuickType will prompt with predictive words, again not unlike Android’s OS, but Apple claims that the …

Apple Announces iCloud Drive

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 2nd, 2014

Apple Announces iCloudApple announced a host of new software developments today with one of them being the iCloud Drive. Apple has had the intentions of creating a something to take on Dropbox and Google Drive for some time and they’ve thrown their hat into the ring today.

The service does have a competitive price but still a little more than its main competitors. iCloud Drive will be free for the first 5GB and 99 cents a month will get you 20GB. In comparison, Google offers 100GB for $1.99/month and you can get 100GB for $9.99/month at Dropbox.

Apple has added a couple of nice feature aside from just the storage, however. Each app that you install that uses iCloud will have its own folder created, and that folder of data is shared across your computers and devices that run OS X, iOS and even …

Apple Wants to Help you Text While You Walk

Posted in Apple,patents by Tam Yue on March 31st, 2014

Texting while walking.Not too many of us are willing to admit it, but it most likely has happened to you. You are walking along and you get a text that you need to reply to. Do you stop, step out of everyone’s way and then reply? Most likely you continue walking, your eyes focused on the phone in your hands and not on the inevitable light pole just ahead. We all know what happens next, we have all seen the youtube videos and think that it could never happen to you.

Well, walking into harms way while texting might be more common than many people think and has actually spawned some laws in some cities. To this, Apple has just filed for a patent to start working on the technology for “transparent texting“. This technology will enable you to text and see …

Apple Roles out Fifth Generation iPad Air

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on October 23rd, 2013

Apple iPad Air MiniOn Tuesday Apple announced the release of its fifth generation iPad mini, named the iPad Air as an offshoot naming of the Macboook line of products, confirming rumors of the anticipated release earlier in the month. The new iPad Air primarily features a new lighter, thinner design weighing in at just one pound and 7.5 mm thick (that’s less than a third of an inch to you metrically challenged folks).

Apple has also added in a faster A7, 64-bit chipset, where Apple states it doubles the processor speed with the same battery drain as its predecessor. They’ve also added dual WiFi antenna’s with MIMO, the high resolution (2048×1536) Retina display on a 9.7-inch screen and kept up to 10 hours of battery life.

Apple is releasing the iPad Air November 1st with prices starting at $499 for a 16GB …

Rumors of Apple Revealing New Products October 22

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on October 9th, 2013

Apple iPad Mini According to unnamed sources, rumors are that Apple is not done with new product releases for the year. According to AllThngsD Apple is planning an invitation-only event, location still undisclosed, to unveil an 5th generation iPad on October 22nd.

Allegedly the new release will be an updated iPad mini with a slimmer design, improved camera and a faster chip with the 64-bit A7. It also would have retina display like its bigger sibling and rumors of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor which is not on any iPad but was introduced recently on the iPhone 5s.

Coinciding with this news Apple shares are up by 1%, or over $4 a share. Even though the iPad remains the top competitor in tablet market Apple has seen some hefty competition from Google and more recently Amazon with the Kindle Fire. The Apple …

Apple Updates iMac Processor, WiFi

Posted in Apple,iMac by Darrin Olson on September 24th, 2013

Apple iMacs updated with new processor and updated WiFiApple announced today an update to its iMac computers, improving performance through faster processors, WiFi, graphics and storage options.

The 21.5 inch and 27 inch models of the iMac both will come equipped with Intel’s faster, Haswell fourth generation quad-core processors. They will also both support the 802.11ac WiFi standard (if you have an 802.11ac base station to connect to, of course) for data transfer speeds boasted as much as three times faster than the previous WiFi generation. Apple has also added in PCIe-based storage to both models to support faster Flash storage and Apple’s Fusion Drive configurations even quicker.

Apple is offering the entry level 21.5 inch model for $1,299 with a 2.7GHz quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. The 27 …

Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones for Biggest Launch Ever

Posted in Apple,iPhone by Darrin Olson on September 23rd, 2013

Apple sells nine million iPhone 5s and 5c phonesApple has reported selling over nine million of its new iPhone 5s and 5c models withing the first three days after launching the products, making it the most successful iPhone release yet. Apple did not provide details on the numbers between the two models, but overall the launch almost doubled the release of the iPhone 5 a year ago with over 5 million in the first three days.

The two models have different price points with the 5s version starting at $199 featuring a touch ID that scans fingerprints, and the 5c version that starts at $99 and comes in five different colors (white, yellow, blue, green and pink). Friday’s launch was the first time Apple has released two iPhone models at the same time.

Although no …