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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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Building A Better Battery

Posted by eblasko | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 04-02-2014

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Always have trouble conserving your iPhone battery life? No worries, a better solution is in the works. In the next few years we may start to see batteries pull energy from the air and power themselves through Wi-Fi signals, or even our body movement.For many years, Apple’s engineers have tried to build a battery for iPhone users by adding solar charging to iPods and iPhones. Recently, Apple announced that they are continuing with the solar power experimenting. The race is on to find a better solution at battery life with smartphones. Most consumers say that with all the apps they are using their battery dies on an every day basis while they are on the go.It’s 2014, we do have the technology but the problem is that it is hard to ensure safety of many new power technologies. A faulty battery could turn into a miniature bomb! Revamping the smartphone battery so it will last longer requires exhaustive testing before it can hit the store shelves.

In the fall Apple will be posting a job listing seeking engineers who specialize in solar energy. Many experiments to find the best answer to saving battery life on Apple products are in the works this year.Another experiment Apple is involved with is actually charging the battery through movement, which is a method already used in many modern watches. How does this even work? By swinging your arm, a tiny charging station is activated that generates power to the device. Charging your phone while exercising may be the new million dollar idea for people to stay healthy!

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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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Newest iPhone 6, iPad Pro, and iWatch News!

Posted by jnolan | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 02-12-2013

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It’s time for some more Apple rumors! The iPhone 5S and 5C are still fresh in our minds, it still feels like they came out just yesterday. But Apple has already spent hundreds of millions on the production of the iPhone 6. Here are a few more rumors going around about what we could be getting next year.

3D Vision

It has been confirmed that Apple has not only teamed up with PrimeSense, but they bought the whole company. PrimeSense is the same company that built the technology behind the Xbox Kinect motion sensor. It is said that Apple has already spent over $350 million dollars on the Israeli company.

Rumors of the purchase have been around for a while, and everyone automatically assumed that since Apple bought the company that they would be putting the new technology into a new TV. But it is starting to look like they will be looking beyond that and using the technology for a few new things, including the next iPhone release.

PrimeSense has refined their technology and has been able to make it so small that it actually could fit inside the next iPhone and bless it with new 3D sensing capabilities. If this is the case then people will be able to take pictures of any object or person and the camera would be able to determine the size and mass of the object. It seems like old technology that no one would care about after phones like HTC’s EVO 3D, but this goes even deeper. The new iPhone would be able to actually take pictures of items and measure them. For instance, if you need a new couch, you would be able to take a picture of your current one and your phone could give you suggestions on new ones that would fit in the same space. How neat?

iPad Pro?

It has been reported by the Korea Times that Apple is working on a new iPad with a 12.9 inch retina display. The current iPad Mini is 7.9 inches and the original is 9.7 inches. So, this would be a huge jump in size. This is reportedly expected to hit stores in the later part of next year, around the time that we would be seeing a new iPhone release.

Touch ID

The fingerprint reader in the home button of the iPhone 5S is still pretty fresh. Lots of people love it, but others can’t seem to get it to work for some reason. According to new reports, Apple filed a huge patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organization showing that they want to turn the Touch ID into a trackpad.

If this happens, people would be controlling their iPhones by twisting their finger over the home button. You would slide your finger left or right and the map display on the screen would scroll in the same direction. You would also use this to scroll while using the browser. Kind of seems like old BlackBerry technology to me, not that exciting. And as it turns out, I’m not the only person who thinks that. Do you think that a trackpad would be a step backwards for Apple?

Other rumors for the iPhone 6 include a full front display with no borders. It is said that the new display is going to be made with sapphire glass, the same glass used on the touch ID. Apple has reportedly spent a few hundred million on just the development of the machines needed to make high volumes of the glass.

An upgraded camera, external flash compatibility and 128GB storage are also all on the list of rumors.

iWatch could be here soon

Apple is a little bit late on the wearable game, but that might give them the advantage. Seeing where other companies are falling short and applying the knowledge to make a superior device could prove to be fruitful. Mass production of the new watch is said to be in full swing by early to mid 2014.

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The iPhone 5S/5C, What’s The Difference?

Posted by eblasko | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 21-11-2013

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As we all know, Apple comes out with a new upgrade or device every few months. Most people can’t keep up with the constant advances. But, recently Apple launched it’s new iPhone 5, not too long ago. Since then it’s been restyled and perfected into the most high-tech smartphone up to date.There are two types, the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, but what’s that differences between the two? Understanding the differences in these two phones can be tricky, except the obvious difference, the new color choices of the phones. The iPhone 5C is rumored to be Apple’s “low-cost” iPhone choice for consumers.  Prices depend on how many GB you purchase. A 16GB is around $100 USD, and a 32GB is priced around $199 USD. The iPhone 5S is more expensive, ranging from $199-$399 USD when purchased with a two-year contract. The iPhone 5S also offers more storage options, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB being the largest storage capacity.

Most differences are in the phone’s hardware inside the phone. Both models are quite fast, but the iPhone 5S has a faster processor than the 5C. If you like colored phones, then the 5C is for you. The 5C uses a plastic body that comes in multiple bright color choices (blue, red, yellow, green, white), where as the 5S uses a metal body in only three colors (white, black, gold). The newest high-tech advance on the 5S is the built in fingerprint scanner on the home button on the front of the phone and the new camera features. The fingerprint ID scanner provides extra security rather than just entering a passcode to unlock your cellphone.

The iPhone 5C still has two cameras, like the 5S, one on the front and one on the back. The user-facing camera on the 5C is a 1.2 megapixel camera with 720p HD video, while the back camera is a 8 megapixel camera and can take 1080p HD video recordings.

Whether you find yourself a colorful iPhone 5C user, or high-tech 5S smartphone user, both iPhone’s perform basically the same with differences in quality, how quickly information loads and different features. Overall, the iPhone 5S has been the most popular choice amongst consumers for the upcoming holiday season. Many users of the iPhone 5S report positive feedback about its performance.

Apple Reportedly Working on Curved iPhone

Posted by jnolan | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 13-11-2013

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It seems that after the release of the LG flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round, Apple has decided to take a stab at the curved smartphone market. It has been said that they are developing iPhones with curved glass screens that will also be revamped to have enhanced sensors to detect different levels of pressure, according to a new report.

Like the simultaneous release of the 5s and the 5c, two different models with screens of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches are supposedly in the works. Both phones are said to use glass that curves downward at the edges, Bloomberg reported, citing an anonymous source who claims to be familiar with the plans. These screen sizes almost compete with with the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, which sports a gigantic 5.7-inch screen. For its part, Apple’s new iPhone 5S has a 4-inch screen.

The new phones would more than likely be released in the later part of next year, the source said, also claiming that Apple is also testing “pressure-sensitive technology,” which will sadly not be ready in time for the next iPhone launch.

As of the past few months, curved glass has become a smartphone trend among major tech companies. Samsung released its Galaxy Round phone, which has a 5.7-inch curved display, while LG is set to release its G Flex phone, which is curved from top to bottom.

Apple has not confirmed any of these rumors, and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

SilentSense Phone Security

Posted by jthompson | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 07-10-2013

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If you are an avid Apple user, then you probably know that the iPhone 5s features a new way to secure your phone. Instead of having to type in a passcode, the iPhone now has a touch ID sensor, which allows you to scan your fingerprint, and use that as a secure way to access your phone. Like you would expect, many other phone companies are following suit and creating their own versions of apples touch ID sensor, but some researchers are taking a different approach to this idea.

Cheng Bo and his colleagues, Lan Zhang and Xiang-Yang Li at the Illinois Institute of Technology have been working on their own version of the touch sensor ID that they call “SilentSense.” In it’s initial testing this system identified it’s owner correctly with a staggering 99% accuracy when used on an andriod phone. Instead of storing the owners fingerprint data, the SilentSense stores specific things like the size of the owners fingertip, how much pressure they put on the phone, and even the owners cellphone habits including the way they walk while holding their phone.

Although the iPhone 5s’s fingerprint scanner is pretty impressive, the ideas that it is spawning are even more unique and practical. Bo’s SilentSensor is truly a smart machine, it’s ability to learn who it’s owner is with such incredible accuracy will definitely give iphone’s touch ID sensor a run for it’s money. I am very excited to see what other advancements are coming up with this innovative technology.

No Downgrades For You!

Posted by admin | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 03-10-2013

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iOS7 No Downgrade For YouIf that title reminds you of the “Soup Nazi” from Seinfled, well it should. And that’s pretty much what’s going on here. As of last week Apple has closed the path to downgrade from iOS7 to it’s earlier versions of iOS 6. And by “closed” I mean it’s gone, you can’t do that, it’s not going to happen fanboy!

What this means for you is that if you’re not real fond of iOS 7 on your new iPad, iPod, etc. then tough tablets! And if you have an older Apple device and you thought you would try iOS7, because that’s what people do, they try things, once you’ve installed it you better learn to love it! Or to quote the headline on a readwrite.com post, “You Can Upgrade Anytime You Like, But You Can Never Leave”. (Insert Don Felder guitar solo from Hotel California)

Should this news be too much for you to live with.. there are always options, extreme though they may be. You could attempt to design the first jailbreak that solves this dilemma, or you could simply buy an older piece of hardware with your favorite version of iOS 6 still installed.

Sadly, if you are not a fan of iOS7 Apple has created the very definition of dilemma – a situation necessitating a choice between two equal, esp equally undesirable, alternatives. But that’s the way the upgrade crumbles!

iOS 7 Update Precaution

Posted by jthompson | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 25-09-2013

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With Apple brand new iOS7 update finally here, there are a few things that need to be addressed before we all rush to download the new update. Precautions must me taken. I’m not saying your phone will explode or anything of the sort, but if you would rather not spend hours and hours asking all of your friends for their contact information, it would be wise to know what steps you should take before you jump into the new update

To all the Apple mobile device users reading this, we are all aware of the issues with the iOS6 software that we dealt with. While they all not be completely detrimental to how we worked our devices, they were still enough of a bother that it made some of us less than excited. Some of these issues was loss of contacts and other various information. The answer to this loss of information is simple; Back up your data. Make sure all of your contacts, music, photos, etc. are backed up via iCloud, just in the event that the new update should wipe these documents and other files clean.head first. Nothing wrong with being too prepared!

There is nothing wrong with taking extra measures to make sure your data doesn’t get erased. Losing all of your photos and music can be extremely annoying. I speak from experience! Just make sure you back up  all your information before diving into the new update today. Better to be safe than sorry!