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Apple Could Be Breathing New Life Into The iPad With The Help Of A Huge Display

Posted by jnolan | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products, Uncategorized | Posted on 27-08-2014

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According to most of the speculations and rumors that have been going around for most of this year, late 2014 and early 2015 is going to be a huge time for Apple. They have the iPhone 6 that is expected to drop, different variations of the iPhone 6 that are expected to drop, and there have already been rumors and leaked photos of the next installment of the iPad Air.

When it comes to tablets, Apple pretty much invented the tablet market. Not only that, but they have always dominated it as well. In order for Apple to stay in their position as top dog in the tablet market, they are going to have to keep things as fresh and exciting as they did when they launched the original iPad.According to new reports, it looks like they are planning to launch their biggest iPad to date. As early as next year, we could be seeing a 12.9 inch iPad.The report comes from Bloomberg. They say that the company is currently working on a new iPad that will be much larger than any of the previous models. Right now we only have the 7.9-inch iPad mini and the 9.7-inch iPad. The Bloomberg report cites a few sources that have proven to be trustworthy in the past. They say that Apple has been working on this brand new iPad variation for over a year with different suppliers.

As stated earlier, this is a big time for Apple. This news is coming right as the company is getting ready to launch the next generation of the smartphone that started it all, the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 is rumored to be coming in two different sizes, a 4.7-inch model and a larger version that comes with a 5.5-inch display. That launch is rumored to happen on September 9th.

The idea behind putting out a larger iPad would be to reintroduce the excitement that has always surrounded the iPad line of devices. Sales have really been slow for the iPad lately compared to previous years. Most consumers have focused more on upgrading their smartphones instead of upgrading their tablets. So, by giving people a huge display on an iPad, it gives them something to look forward to because you really can’t get a smartphone with an almost 13-inch screen. That would be crazy.

A larger iPad also means a more productive iPad as well. Apple has been trying to expand their business at the enterprise level, and this might just be one of the things that does it for them. A bigger iPad could have a huge role in the workplace. They are also going to be offering iPhones and iPads to businesses along with preloaded enterprise specific apps.


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Apple’s New Patent Could Change Navigation Forever

Posted by jnolan | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products, Uncategorized | Posted on 30-07-2014

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I know you have all thought about this a million times, because I know that I think about it and even complain about it on a daily basis. What if a navigation app could not only give you the shortest distance or quickest general route… but could actually give you directions based on how many traffic lights, stop signs, and just generally annoying obstacles were along the path. Well, my friends, Apple’s new patent is just for that. It seems they are trying to make our lives easier and better.

On Tuesday the US Patent and Trademark office granted their new patent. It is called “Routing based on detected stops”. It is basically crowd-sourced navigation but taken up a few levels.

It’s not like different companies haven’t already attempted to do things like this. The problem is just that the result is always ineffective and doesn’t really work right. Waze and Google Maps both have crowd-sourcing things going for them, and it is really nice because we can get some real time data on where we are going and what is happening along the way. The problem is that there is just no way to be in depth enough to be incredibly useful. There is no way they are going to detect stop signs or stop lights or anything like that and take them into account when calculating your route. This idea is for a smarter system that will be much better, more productive, and will let us know about as many obstacles as possible.

The patent that Apple filed basically explains a navigation system that is going to use the GPS in whatever device you are using to collect any sort of stops that it detects you are making. This includes every stop sign, light, traffic jam, anything. After it collects the data from your GPS, it is analyzed to determine what kind of stop it is (stop sign or traffic light), and then it is uploaded to a remote server and shared with anyone else who is using the same GPS app.

This will allow you to ACTUALLY choose the quickest route to your destination. It will also greatly improve the estimated trip times and make them way more accurate. This could also even be able to tell you the best time of day to make your trip based on traffic data that it has collected. The GPS system is also used for the robotics field, to position and navigate in a long distance, and the robot compare the robot’s GPS data and the target’s GPS data to get the relative position between both, which guides the direction of motion for the robot later, this is very high technology that EMS Solutions in Utah works with.

Now, just because a patent has been filed and granted doesn’t always mean that an actual product is ever going to see the light of day. BUT, this is a REALLY good idea. And I feel like if anyone has the power and resources to make it a reality, Apple would be the company to make it happen.

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The New iOS 8 Is Taking A Few Shots At Android And Making Us More Connected Than Ever

Posted by mluciano | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products | Posted on 04-06-2014

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Just in case you’ve not been on the internet at all with the past couple of days, Apple just recently had their WWDC 2014 event. Let me just be the first to say that I was quite impressed with what I saw. While there may not have been any new hardware announced (does the iWatch even exist???), there was still quite a lot that was shown off. Obviously the two biggest parts of the keynotes, again in case you missed it, were the announcements of the new OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and the new iOS 8! Yes, the next big iOS update is here, so for all of us iPhone and iPad users, this is the part where you pay attention.

The biggest addition that I saw to the new iOS is a little feature called “Handoff”. Handoff is basically a new way to continue working on something from one device to another. Seamless continuity if you will. Lets say for example you’re viewing a spreadsheet or working on an email from your computer but you need to go somewhere. Simply pick up where you left off via another Apple device that’s synced up. All you need to do is swipe up from the bottom left corner if you’re continuing on a mobile device, or click a button if you’re continuing on your Mac. This isn’t really like working with your iCloud. Although you can still sync data, this type of seamless transition is strictly based off of location proximity and your mobile Apple devices. There’s no waiting or loading the data from the cloud. It’s just there!

The next thing that I saw coming with the new update was the HealthKit. Now this is essentially two different app platforms, but it controls the new Health fitness tracker app for which works amazing when combined with the best mass gainer. This is where Apple has Android beat. Apple owns the iPhone. They have all of the rights. They own the technology that has all of the sensors needed to gather the health data. Android does not. Android still needs separate manufacturers to come up with their own initiatives as they don’t own that type of technology. Samsung has been the only real taker for that sort of app project, with their “S Health”. Needless to say, Apple has the one up on Android in that department.

The HomeKit is the part of the app platform that truly impressed me. This is where virtually EVERYTHING became connected. It’s Apple’s idea of the completely connected home. Once everything is set up correctly and synced together, all you need to do is tell your old pal Siri to “get ready for bed” and a number of crazy things will happen. Your thermostat lowers the temperature. Your garage door gets closed. Your door could even lock for you! It’s the things like this and the Handoff app that show me just how connected Apple is trying to make everything, and personally, I’m totally fine with it!

Android isn’t necessarily a bad OS, and they don’t make necessarily bad products. I’ve seen my fair share of people walking around with them and I even owned a Droid phone for a while (I wasn’t exactly pleased). Even though they remain popular and have their own following, I feel that Apple has just tremendously outclassed them with this new update and its features. Good work Apple, good work.

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The Apple iWatch Is In Production Right Now! (So Say The Reports)

Posted by mluciano | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products | Posted on 07-05-2014

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It’s way too easy to get hung up on new tech. All facts aside, can you really be mad at someone for getting pumped up on new technology. Take the iWatch for example. It seems as if this particular product has been nothing but a rumor for quite some time now. Having said that, the rumors have continuously piled up. Naturally, as rumors begin to escalate and progress, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and start to believe it all. I’m not saying that the iWatch isn’t coming out. In fact I’d say that it is almost definite, although there’s not been any confirmation on it yet.

So where would I get an assumption like this from? Well from our good friends over in China of course!

There have been no official announcements yet, but the China Times recently reported that the device’s production is now underway. Again, it’s still not confirmed that this is what the new device will be, but it’s still pretty safe to assume that it will be an iWatch.

The production of the device is already looking pretty promising with some of what it will reportedly include. So far the reports have shown that the device will include a few SiP modules. SiP stands for “system-in-package”. These little modules can contain some pretty nifty things. Everything from DRAM, flash memory, and even a processing unit all in one. The fact that reports are saying that the new devices will be housing these is still up in the air, as everything is still speculation, but it could be entirely true. These modules are used already in some of our every day devices that we use. Everything from your MP3 playter to your iPhone include SiPs. These particular modules could eventually pave the way for a wearable computer for all we know. It’s all up in the air. Aside from the modules, however, there have been no other technical specs discussed yet.

As far as release dates go, we should expect to see the new device during the end of 2014. Apple talked of starting production for their new product during the second quarter of this year. Wouldn’t you know it, that time has come now. Up the 3 million new tech toys could be (and are more than likely) in production right now as you’re reading this. Again there is no certain answer from Apple yet, pertaining to what the “new category” of device is that they will be releasing.

About 1 in every 2 people think that this whole wearable trend is just that; a trend. Many believe that it will come to pass, as it just doesn’t seem practical. This is where the challenge for Apple is really going to start. There are already smartwatches available for the consumer market today. That being said, they aren’t really selling like hot cakes. I know that I’ve not seen anyone walking around with the new Pebble or Nike Fuel band. I haven’t even seen a Galaxy Gear yet, aside from in store.

Apple is known for pretty much turning anything with their logo on it into gold. Even so, there is no telling how well the iWatch’s reception will turn out, especially if they decide to tack on a pretty price tag as they have been known to do.
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Apple May Be Fashionably Late To The Smartwatch Party, But The iWatch Is Coming!

Posted by mluciano | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products | Posted on 10-04-2014

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Just because you may be fashionably late to a party doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to be the life of said party. Any time a new device comes out, especially one that is able to generate a whole new section of technology, it seems like everyone jumps on board. This is typical if companies can actually see some use coming out of the device. It all depends on how crazy the demand for the product could become. If enough companies jump on the bandwagon, you can pretty much bet on the product being quite a big deal. Take the smartwatch. Apple has had rumors about their fabled iWatch for around half a year now. Many of the other companies have already beaten Apple to the punch however.

Companies like ZTE, Samsung, and Sony have all already made their own contributions to throw into the metaphorical pot, but Apple is still lagging behind. But, as we all know Apple to be the company that they are and come out swinging, there is quite a bit to expect still.

Apple may be late to the game, but they have some plans for what they intend to do with the iWatch. Rumors have already been spreading like wildfire, but now their may be a credible source to all of the talk.

A KGI analyst, one Ming-Chi Kuo, might as well be the Apple psychic, as so many of his predictions on Apple tech have been pretty spot on. Kuo had a few predictions already set for the new device. He claims that we may expect to see 2 different sizes of the new gadget by the end of this year. Closer to the third quarter of this year actually. We might be seeing a 1.3 inch display size and a 1.5 inch display size. The display of the smartwatch has been rumored to be a flexible AMOLED screen with a sapphire covering. What does the covering mean necessarily? It just means that the device will be able to mimic the shape of your write when you put it on. It might as well be comfortable too right? Kuo also made a prediction that the battery of the device could be anywhere from 200 to 250mAh in size. Since the device is so small, it is thought that the battery will be able to power the device for about a full day. This is already quite a bit longer battery life than many of the other competitors out on the market.

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The design of the watch isn’t the only thing. The functions of the watch are still being rumored as well. It seems like every smartwatch out now has some type of pedometer function to go along with it. Expect to see that with this gadget, as it will be working in tandem with an app called Healthbook on the new iOS 8 when it comes out. Obviously like its competitors, the iWatch has been rumored (to the point that it can basically be confirmed already now) to connect and sync up with your iPhone and iPad. With the way the Galaxy Gear works, it should be expected to be able to connect to your other Apple devices.

The price tag for this new toy is all over the map. That is not necessarily a good thing either, as it’s more towards the “high end” of all over the map. Price range could be in the thousands of dollars for the new smartwatch, depending on the casing and band options that Apple may offer with the new iWatch. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.

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New Product Categories From Apple in 2014

Posted by jnolan | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products | Posted on 12-01-2014

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Despite the hype, 2013 was actually a pretty calm and quiet year for Apple. 2014 should be a much different and bigger year for the company, who says they have big plans in the works.

During the earlier part of 2013, Apple kept dropping strong hints about new product categories and expanding on the smartphone and tablet market as well. In the last part of 2013, we did see lots of new improvements on older products, but nothing that we could really call new. So, what are these huge new plans that Apple has in store for us? Is a new invention going to turn the whole industry upside down like the original iPhone did?

The iWatch

This isn’t really what I would call “big news”, considering the rumors of this product were floating around for months before it was even officially announced that they were in production. Companies like Samsung have already put out smartwatches (and have seen them fail), so how could this be the big new invention that has Apple so excited? Well, although I think something bigger may be in store, let’s face it… Apple is the kind of company that makes sure their products are perfect before they release them, to the point that it will make people wonder why other companies even tried. When the iPhone came out, cell phones had already been out forever. It wasn’t even the first smartphone, at all. But, it changed the way we looked at phones and smartphones forever. It was so inspiring that it almost felt like cell phones never even existed before that point. Could Apple’s iWatch be the next iPhone?

New, Larger iPhone models

It’s been rumored that Apple is working on iPhones with up to 5-inch screens, and according to The Wall Street Journal, they could even be working on 6-inch iPhones. This is a tough spot for Apple to be in because other smartphone companies are putting out phones with way larger screens, and now, the screen size has become the number one complaint from iPhone users. But that problem is not so simple to fix. Apple would have to find a way for app developers to redesign their apps for use with the new phones, or find a way to program the apps to be responsive to different screen sizes. But chances are, they already have it under control.

Other expected new products

Apple Television? Neat, but hardly a contender.  Moving on: There has been word on an iPad Pro coming soon. Adding the word “Air” to their last iPad seems like a hint toward things to come with newer models. But at the end of the day, consumers aren’t ready to turn to tablets for their everyday computing needs. It seems highly unlikely that this is the new and exciting product that Apple has been hinting at since April of last year, unless it ends up being some sort of super tablet that can do anything a MacBook Pro could do. That would be nuts, but it’s highly unlikely.

So, we already know about some new and exciting things to come from Apple this year, and we will have to keep our eyes peeled for what else is to come. My money on the iWatch though. It may not seem like a big deal now, but it might just change everything you thought you ever knew about watches or smart-gadgets.

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New Kickstarters For Apple Devices Let You Charge Your Device With Fire And Take Pictures In Complete Darkness

Posted by admin | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products | Posted on 11-12-2013

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PowerPot X

The PowerPot X is a pretty good name for this new device, as it is basically a pot that provides electricity. You pair it with a camp stove and thermoelectric modules on the bottom of the anodized aluminum kettle can give 10 watts to the PowerPot’s dual USB ports. The creator says that this is enough to charge one iPad or two iPhones.

The PowerPot comes in two sizes: The 4 quart PowerPot XL and the 2.4 quart PowerPot X. Other products like this have been popping up on Kickstarter like the FlameStower, which is basically the same thing but a little bit smaller with a little less power.

To make sure that your iPhones get an even, predictable flow of electricity, the power passes through a regulator before it reaches the USB ports. The regulator also has a built in power meter with LED lights arranged in a triangle design that shows how much power is flowing.

Currently, the Kickstarter campaign has raised more than it’s goal of $30,000 and still has 36 days left. It is set to start shipping out in May 2014.

Lightstrap

The new Apple iPhone 5s has a pretty great camera with a redesigned lens and dual LED flash, it is certainly capable of taking “acceptable” photos in a low light setting. But what about situations where that isn’t enough?

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The Lightstrap is a nifty case that has a built in flash that wraps all the way around the back of the case. It is built to mimic a professional flash ring that photographers would use. This type of flash will allow you to take much higher quality low light photos, and it pops right on the back of your iPhone and protects it just like any other case. It even looks good.

The Lightstrap lets you get pretty in depth. You can choose from seven brightness levels and six different color temperatures. The flash is 10 times brighter than the one built into your iPhone 5s, 15 times brighter than an iPhone 5, and 30 times brighter than the 5s’s video mode LED. The Lightstrap has its own built in 1000 mAh battery, and on a full charge can take about 500 photos or about 30 minutes of video. It can be recharged with a standard USB cable.

The 16-millimeter thick, 2.5-ounce accessory does not require a specialty camera app — Lightstrap is triggered by the iPhone’s built-in LED flash.

The retail price will be $97 dollars and it is set to ship out in April of 2014.

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Apple Confirms September 10th, 2013 For Big iPhone Event

Posted by admin | Posted in New Products | Posted on 04-09-2013

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An official date has been announced for Apple’s iphone event and Invites have been sent to the press. The event has been set for September 10th 2013 at 10 o’clock AM PT and it will be held at the Apple Campus in Cupertino California. It has been confirmed that Apple will be announcing the release of two new iphone models, the 5c, and the 5s.

The 5c is going the be the more affordable model of the two Apple is releasing at the event. This model with be sporting a plastic backing instead of the metal backing of the original iphone 5, but you will have many color options to chose from. The 5c will also contain the exact same internal workings as the original iphone 5.

However the 5s (Successor) will have the same metal backing as the original iphone 5, but it will come with a new color option, metallic gold. The iphone 5s will also include improved internal workings such as faster processor, a dual LED flash and an improved camera, but this is just a few of the improvements that will be made.

With the new IOS 7 set to be integrated roughly around the same time as this event, all of the new iphone gadgets should be up and running with the new operating system. This is event is mainly going to be focused on the hardware that is being released, which is very exciting for all you Apple lovers out there

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