By David Becker
Over the course of this summer, Walmart released Walmart Pay. This app lets users create an account on Walmart’s website, enter your card information, and allows users to use Walmart Pay, which is essentially scanning a QR code to pay for your items. Also, last week, CVS announced CVS Pay, which will be a feature that is coming soon to their mobile app. Both businesses do not accept Apple Pay or any other NFC payment methods at the moment. Here is why these payment systems are wrong.
Both of them rely on users to create an account for their websites, put in their credit/debit card information, and then pay for items in the store via your smartphone. My personal complaint is the threat of the store’s website being hacked and people’s card information being spread all around the internet like confetti at the Super Bowl.
We cannot have this. Not only is it not smart, it’s inconvenient for the customer. Customers have to gain the trust to use these types of services and also have to download yet another app onto their already app-crowded smartphone.
Apple Pay fixes this by having the Wallet app embedded on the iPhone and Apple Watch, but works the way it should. When you put your iPhone or Apple Watch up to the credit/debit card reader, the screen automatically opens up Apple Pay and users can do their part, put their finger and the Touch ID scanner, and pay. Just like that, the transaction has been completed.
If Walmart and CVS really wanted to make a splash into the new mobile payment world, then they could allow for customers to pay for things directly through the app using Apple Pay. Now that Walmart is going to allow for customers to pay for their groceries online and have them delivered via Jet, allowing them to pay with Apple Pay is a seamless experience and easy on both ends. Target (affiliated with CVS) allows customers to order and pay for items directly through their iOS app, and I can say that based on my personal experience, it worked out great for both parties.
Being able to pay for things online and in-store via Apple Pay and other NFC payments is something that is completely new. However, if done right, not only can businesses make more money, but can also make customers happier. Walmart and CVS Pay are decent ideas, but allowing users to pay with items with debit/credit card apps (Wallet) that are already installed on the devices (and more encrypted) is a lot smarter.
This is where the future of retail shopping is heading, so pay the money now (for using Apple Pay services) and allow for more satisfied customers to use those services or get stuck in the past and lose customers. The choice is yours…
By David Becker
I acquired this watch over a week ago from a third-party seller on Amazon. Although there were some issues with the payment (not on my end, but the seller’s), I will be doing a review of this here because I cannot do an honest review on Amazon, given the circumstance of what happened when purchasing through the seller. However, I will say that this will be shorter than other reviews because this is only an analog watch, not a smartwatch.
The design of this watch gives it a luxurious vibe. Not only is it shiny and reflective, but it’s definitely not something one would find at a Walmart or Dollar General. It is quite refulgent and I love that when I press me ear down on the glass, you can hear the ticking sound. Obviously you can do that on most watches, but it’s one of those things where hearing that sound truly never gets old.
As for functionality, it does what a watch should do; tell the current time. Even though I do miss seeing which day it is or would love to see the temperature outside, at the end of the day, it does what it is supposed to do. And that right there is the Apple way; have something work the way it’s supposed to without complications.
One of the flaws that I have found with this product is that the lines between the 1, 2, 3, etc are not bold enough, therefore hard to see. A second issue I have found is what to call this product? Currently, I have been calling it (on Twitter) my “Steve Jobs Watch” because both Apple Watch and iWatch are taken. If you have any suggestions on what I should call it, please comment down below!
Overall, this is a pretty great watch given the $10 price tag. I have to say that it is a generous price, due to the fact that the watch face is one that you will not see often. It gets a 3.5/4 rating on my end for it’s great design, luxurious look, and amazing price.
BUT here is the thing. You see, normally when products have good ratings on my reviews, I tend to recommend them, but for this one, I am not going to. Since I had such trouble getting it ordered and eventually getting my debit card hacked at the same time, the last thing I am going to do is put other readers and users at risk of losing their money. I will not say the exact number of how much money the seller tried to take from me, but I will say that it was over $1K. Along with providing a good product, you have to provide good customer service and the seller from Amazon did not do that in my experience.
This is a great watch for someone who wants something nice, retro, yet modern at the same time. Not many companies can pull that off, especially to a young demographic such as myself. As for buying this watch, save yourself the money, time, and stress, and purchase from a different seller or store.
By David Becker
In iOS 8, Apple brought yet another stock app to the iPhone’s home screen, this one being called “Health.” It allows a user to track their steps, miles, and calories one has eaten in one day. There is another feature called Medical ID, which allows users to list items such as medical notes, medications the person is on, height, weight, and whether or not the person is an organ donor or not. With all of that said, although this is a great feature, there is a huge flaw in it and it could possibly mean life or death for someone. A human being. A life.
Right now, there is only one way to access Medical ID from the lock screen, which is done by sliding your finger to the right (the way you normally unlock your iPhone), tap Emergency, and then tap the Medical ID badge in the bottom-left-corner to access it.
The issue is that it is too lengthy and to complicated to get to. To fix this, it would literally require a simple move of the badge and icon, and an upward swipe, similar to the one that you make to easily access your iPhone’s camera.
My fix is to have the Medical ID logo on the lock screen in the bottom left corner and putting your thumb on the icon, then swiping up. It’s that simple. This way medical personnel can access it without getting into your iPhone’s information (personal photos, videos, text messages, etc).
Based on the fact that Apple’s has a lot of active iPhones and iPod Touch’s out there, making Medical ID easier to access would help the medical professionals out there trying to save lives. Even just this slight update could allow a surgeon, nurse, or doctor to save a person’s life.
By David Becker
Apple has stated multiple times that the new 12 and 9.7-inch iPad Pros are designed to be a PC or laptop replacement. Although users can buy a keyboard and Apple Pencil as add-on accessories to make the experience even more laptop-like, in the end, you are still stuck with a tablet.
One thing the iPad Pro is great for are things such as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Pages documents, and YouTube/Netflix playback. There are apps in the App Store that are designed for doing tasks in photoshop via an Apple Pencil, but a desktop computer is still better for those kinds of tasks. Essentially, the iPad Pro is the centerpiece for creativity.
Users can download iMovie onto the iPad Pro for editing video with the iPad Pro’s cameras. It should also be noted that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro can also record in 4K, which iMovie for iOS has been updated to handle. Still though, if you’re a content creator, wouldn't it be easier to have a MacBook Pro and use iMovie on that, or even spend the extra $300 and purchase Final Cut Pro?
Another thing that I have noticed is that it offers not as much to writers and authors. Although writers can use Microsoft Word (must have Office 365 subscription) or Pages, Apple has yet to make a stand alone iBooks Author app, which is available on the Mac.
Now I might be taking the whole laptop replacement to far and overthinking it, but that statement is not entirely true...yet. The iPad Pro is great for basic tasks like internet surfing, video playback, writing, slideshows, and spreadsheets, but I’m still not sold on the whole “laptop replacement” part. Perhaps one day, but not anytime soon.
By David Becker
Although I do not own the newest Apple TV 4th Generation, I still do own the Apple TV 3rd Generation, which given its simple and revolutionary interface, it’s still a good product to own. With that said, here are my favorite and most-used apps on the Apple TV.
It is truly a first world problem for an Apple guy like myself to not have the newest Apple TV, but I have college to pay for, so perhaps I’ll get one cheap on Black Friday or have to wait until this Christmas to get one. When the time does comes (if I get one), expect a review of it here on FutureAppleCEO!
By David Becker
Retail stores within the past 15 years have always had the three options for payment: cash, credit/debit card, and/or check. However, NFC payment systems such as Apple Pay are quickly changing the game, allowing for customers to pay for things directly from their phones. Paying for things via our smartphones is nothing new, but Apple Pay brings a great twist to in-store and online shopping.
One thing that separates Apple Pay from the competition is its integration. Based on which bank you have, users can easily put their credit and debit cards on their iPhone or Apple Watch and pay for things wirelessly. It should also be noted that Apple Pay is heavily secured and encrypted to the point where the only person who sees the information is you. Apple nor the merchant see what you bought or how much you spent, just the basics to verify the payment.
The reason why all businesses need to accept this form of payment is because it protects customers from hackers who want bank account and credit card information. Some businesses do have the new security chips that are embedded into credit and debit cards, but a lot of stores do not have it yet and it still requires pulling out your card for purchase. Seems a bit old fashioned in today’s tech centric society?
An issue with credit and debit cards is that they require a pin or code number to put in when purchasing, which can be stolen from anyone. Numbers are universal, not unique. Apple Pay requires the user’s fingerprint, which cannot be copied. Best of all, Apple does not save your fingerprints. The iPhone will save the fingerprint but only for memorization. When paying with Apple Pay, you have to use your fingerprint for every single purchase or else it will not work. With the Apple Watch, a fingerprint is not necessary.
I will honestly spend more money in stores that have Apple Pay already installed. Just this past spring, a friend of mine was graduating from high school and I bought her gift through the Target app and payed with Apple Pay. It was secure and I didn’t have to worry about my information getting hacked and breached. Starbucks even allows users to order their drinks via their app, pay with Apple Pay, and then let the customers pick up their drinks right in the store. It has become the way of the future.
Recently, I emailed Barnes and Noble, the world’s largest book-selling retail store, on their plans for integrating Apple Pay in their stores. Their response was, “We assure you that we will keep your feedback regarding Apply Pay in mind as we review our stores and the services they provide."
As much as I love buying products in-store, Apple Pay needs to be an automatic upgrade. We as the customers should not have to wait for the business to “decide” whether or not they want to add it. I am completely aware that it costs money to add it, but in retail today, you have to do what is best for the customers and Apple Pay has become a necessity for quick and safe transactions.
By David Becker
Just last month at Apple’s WWDC event, the company unveiled the new Mac operating system, which will be called macOS Sierra. With this update came many new features, but there are a couple that I have my eye on that I think will make the Mac experience even better than what it already is.
The first feature is Siri for Mac. Despite the fact that Microsoft has had Cortana on Windows 10 for the past year, Siri on the Mac is something that Mac users have been waiting for a long time now, and right now is a great time to do so. It will work very similar to the way how it is used on iOS and the Apple Watch, by means of asking and searching for things like the weather or directions to the nearest Apple Store, but can do more advanced things such as searching for documents and files.
My second favorite feature coming to macOS this fall is Apple Pay. I have been using Apple Pay for the past few months via my iPhone 6 and absolutely love it. It definitely improves the shopping experience, whether it be in-person or online. Apple Pay on the Mac will also allow for safer online shopping on sites like Target. One of the nice things about Apple Pay is that it is heavily encrypted, meaning that your iPhone does not have the credit/debit card data, Apple does not have it, and the store where you are purchasing from does not get that information either. You as the customer are completely safe from hackers and intruders who want to get into your money and steal it.
Although these are not huge changes like we have seen in the past, they are definitely still features to get excited about. In other words, they will still change the way people use their Macs everyday, and that is what Apple does. They know what you want before you know you want it. That has always been part of their legacy and macOS Sierra will be no different.
By: Austin Dean
A little over three weeks ago, Niantic Developers and The Pokémon Company released the latest Augmented Reality (AR) Game for iOS and Android; Pokémon Go. As nostalgic as this game is, you of course want to be the very best like no one ever was, so you dive right in; Walk all over from town to town to catch just one more Pidgey to evolve it and even to hatch all those Eggs you've collected at Pokestops all to achieve one goal... to be a Pokémon Master Trainer.
This app is great, but let's get down into our actual review. Here at TeamApple News, we give this app a 4/5 Star Rating. There is a lot of draw backs to having over 58 Million Downloads the first day. This comes in the form of server issues, Pokémon that just don't show up, and
Sorry about that last sentence, our game disconnected and logged us out. Pokémon Go v1.0.3 is the latest version available on the iOS App Store and Google Play store and we have in fact seen a plethora of bug fixes thus far. Gym Battles now are less riddled with lag, the Augmented Reality feature now works on iOS 10 beta as of Seed 3, and you don't have to sign back in every time the server goes down.
But what keeps us from giving the game that final star? Pidgeys, Weedles, and Rattata Galore. There is just too little variety as of now. Players like myself are already quite far into the level system and have grown tired of that CP10 Weedle breaking out of 4 Pokeballs. I'd love to "Catch Em All", but unfortunately my friends have some species that I am unable to find for the life of me and until trading is added, I will just remain the jealous person I am. And lastly, battles; sure, gyms are a great way of earning coins that I'd have to spend money on otherwise, however how can I be superior to my friends and other trainers if I cannot battle them outside of a gym.... Niantic says this is coming soon. Until then we will keep our fingers crossed.
Do you play Pokémon Go? If so, we love to hear about your strongest or most prized Pokémon you've caught so far, and finish your comment with #YourTeam.
Thanks for reading. Until next time, this is Austin Dean
by Brahm Shank
On Monday iOS 9.3.3 was finally released to the public and is now available via an OTA software download. We highly recommend that you update to iOS 9.3.3 as it includes a number of bug fixes, stability enchantments, and enhanced security changes for your iOS device. While you may not notice any new features in iOS 9.3.3, you'll definitely experience less of those occasional screen freezes and annoying device crashes. In addition, installing iOS 9.3.3 will also make your device less susceptible to web-born viruses and malware attacks.
Along with iOS 9.3.3 came iOS 10 Developer Beta 3. This third beta build of iOS 10 is strictly intended to be downloaded by developers while a separate version dubbed "iOS 10 Public Beta 2" will available via Apple's Public Beta Program today. We've been testing out iOS 10 Beta 3 here at TA News for a few days and we've noticed a significant improvement in speed and reliability. Earlier iOS 10 betas were subject to shaky or delayed animations, frequent screen freezes on the multitasking screen, and occasional springboard crashes when trying to launch the multitasking window. Thankfully, these bugs have been squashed in iOS 10 Beta 3. In fact, the OS feels extremely stable compared to early iOS 10 Betas. A lot of the animations in iOS 10 Beta 3 feel a bit speedier. The now softer keyboard-click sound from Beta 1 is back and a subtle Taptic Feedback vibration is now felt on iPhone 6S when pushing the sleep/wake button to put the device to sleep. A full list of all the new features and subtle changes in iOS 10 Beta 3 are listed below.
•iOS 10 beta 1 keyboard sound returns (reverted to original in beta 2)
•New lock/sleep sound (softer and more subtle)
•iOS 10 alerts users when lightning port senses moisture, mainly when a cord with liquid on it is plugged in. (Do not try at home)
•"Rest Finger to Unlock" feature is now working properly
•Haptic feedback on iPhone 6s when device is locked
•Haptic feedback doesn't interfere with audio playing on device. (Bug experienced by some users)
•Notification Center has a slightly different animation when pulled down inside an application.
•3D Touch quick actions on home screen seemingly darker than before
• 3D Touch "Share" option on home screen apps now includes app name. Ex: "Share Facebook"
•Pokémon GO Augmented reality not working bug fixed
•Widgets on iPad slightly wider
•Speed slightly improved
•Number of songs no longer displayed in Music app
•Images no longer cropped in photo picker in Messages
• Sharing icon slightly changed in Notes
•Headphones glyph in second cc panel slightly different
•New "App Support" option in Siri Settings to configure Siri functionality for apps like WeChat, Lyft & Uber. (Not Yet Fully Functional)
•Videos in Health app now have captions. (Videos themselves still won't play)
•Ability To Share Activity and Workout information with Apple to improve Health application accuracy.
•Option to set iPad as "Home" hub in the Home App.
By David Becker
Retail stores are everywhere you look, especial when in big cities. With these retail stores come the biggest computers that are still around; cash registers. Despite most businesses using new credit/debit card readers with NFC payment available, it’s still not enough.
A 12.9-inch iPad Pro would be ideal for this because of its large screen. The Square debit/credit card reader or Square Dock for Square Reader + Apple Pay and Chip Card would be perfect for this. Customers would be able to use all three modern forms of payment (credit/debit card swipe, chip reader, and NFC payment methods such as Apple Pay).
Now this does bring in the issues of checks because some people still use them, but it has to be one of those things where it is time to kiss the check goodbye. Most check readers cannot read them anymore, due to the fact that they are made out of recycled paper, and it slows down checkout lines. Even most self-checkout do not accept checks, so why not make it universal for all transactions?
Other iPads (12.9 and 9.7-inch iPad Pros and iPad Air 2) could be good for this, but I would not recommend the iPad Mini because of how small the screen is and how bad it would be on people’s eyes.
Although there are still some barriers around this idea, it’s still a great concept. All this concept would need would either be a dock where cashiers can scan items and customers can pay via one single device. Otherwise, stores would also have to possibly purchase a set of iPod Touches for scanning items, which is similar to what employees use at Apple Stores.
This is all a very expensive process, but businesses and stores could also use this move as a tax write-off. And from the words of YouTube content creator and entrepreneur David Di Franco, “You have to spend money to make money.”
By David Becker
Tablets are becoming more popular due to more people wanting something small and portable, while still having the product work correctly. With that said, after testing out multiple iPad models, I have now come to my own conclusion as to which iPad makes for the best blogging device.
The winner is the 9.7-inch iPad Pro with it’s excellent smart keyboard. It simply allows you to get writing done and in a professional manner. Bloggers can open up Pages, choose their template, and begin to blog. Apple’s smart keyboard makes it even better with its easily foldable keyboard/cover. When the time comes, bloggers can fold-open their tablets and begin to write.
Another thing this tablet has that makes it better than it’s competition like the Microsoft Surface, is iOS 9. Being able to navigate and have two apps open at once on the same screen is incredibly useful. Windows and Surfaces have had this feature for a long time now, but iOS 9’s version of this looks better and is easier to do. In addition to that, there’s also the picture-in-picture mode that allows users to watch TV shows, movies, and videos on the same screen while doing other tasks. I know for a fact that the Surface cannot compete with that.
Some would probably wonder why I did not choose the bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro and there is a specific reason for it. It’s nice to have a big screen like that, but bloggers are the type of people who want something small, and like the iPhone 6S Plus, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is clearly too big to meet that criteria.
Lastly, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a beautiful camera. Apple gave it a 12 megapixel camera with the ability to record in 4K. Bloggers need to be able to have a great camera for photo-taking, and what better way to do that than to do take the pictures directly from the device they are blogging from.
All in all, for what you get in such a small device, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in my opinion, is the best tablet for bloggers. With its slim form factor, portability, the option for an Apple Smart Keyboard, camera, and blogging related apps in the App Store (WordPress, Weebly, Blogo, Squarespace, etc), this is the best tablet for bloggers. And for only $599 for the baseline 32GB model, you can’t go wrong!
By David Becker
Now that people are making a slow transition to getting rid of their cable and satellite subscriptions, here are some free ways how to still follow the news even without a TV package and doing it with just Apple devices.
On the Apple TV side of things, there is always the option of downloading the CBS News app. The reason why is that they provide 24/7 news coverage. Most recently, since I do not have a TV package, I was able to follow the Dallas shooting all from my Apple TV for completely free. Best of all (besides being free), there were no commercials during that time.
As for the iPhone and iPad alternatives, there is always the solution of downloading the CBS News app on there as well, but also downloading NewsON. This is an app that allows you to stream certain local news station broadcasts. The news station has to have an agreement with NewsON before allowing streaming rights, but the app also allows to watch reruns of older newscasts. Another thing that I love about this is that it is a free service! It is best to watch on the iPad, but could also be good on the iPhone 6/6S Plus or even the iPhone 6/6S.
Twitter has become a beacon of news coverage for a few years now. In fact, most of the time when news is breaking, you’ll hear on Twitter first about new information than what you would see or hear on TV. One thing that Twitter has exclusive to it that a TV station just cannot compete with is the number of active users on the website and that are on-location. For example, during the recent Dallas shooting, Twitter broke first with video that captured the first shots. Users also take pictures of what is happening around them, and due to how fast and convenient it is to tweet things on Twitter, you’ll see more news on this social media platform than what a national or local TV news station could ever bring you. Sometimes when you’re watching a newscast, you can even see reporters in the field checking Twitter on their smartphones, and looking for the newest information to report.
I would recommend purchasing Tweetbot 4 on Twitter because not only does it have the best design of any Twitter app in the App Store, but instead of constantly having to scroll to the top to get new information, Tweetbot has this cool feature where it streams your tweets for you so that you can see them as soon as they are posted without having to constantly refresh the app. Currently, Tweetbot 4 runs for $9.99 in the iOS App Store.
Lastly, the Mac does have some options where sometimes CNN will provide a free stream of their broadcasts, but it is only when something big happening (something like a 9/11-like event) not for the Dallas shooting kind of events. There are some USTREAM users who do provide streaming to newsworthy events, but even that can be hit-or-miss. Lastly, YouTube has been known to stream important news events, such as the Paris terrorist attacks. Other than streaming a local or national TV station, using Twitter would be your best option.
Even though I do like watching Anderson Cooper broadcasts on CNN, you no longer need a cable or satellite subscription in order to follow the day-by-day news. Technology has evolved and with that, so has the way we get our everyday headlines. In today’s society, all you need is a connection to the internet and with that connection, you are literally connected to the entire world.
Written by Peter Almeyda
After three long weeks, Apple has finally released its second beta for iOS 10 along with second betas to WatchOS and MacOS. It seemed like every summer Apple would release a new beta every two weeks on a Monday however it seems that for an extra week of work time, Apple truly managed to fix various bugs to make it a more smooth experiance.
So what's new in iOS 10 Beta 2?
By David Becker
With people becoming more and more addicted to the internet and devices, one of the most important questions out there is whether or not kids need an iPhone. This is the same device that can pull up information about anything right at your fingertips, and can allow you to literally contact anyone in the world with this device.
In my eyes, I do not believe kids need an iPhone or any smartphone at all. The reason why is that it turns into the child’s entertainment center and takes away from things such as playing outside, riding bikes, going to the pool, etc. One could say that it takes away imagination and creativity from young kids. Little kids do not need to be constantly connected to the internet, there is simply no adequate reason for it. It turns the iPhone into the parent for the kid. Sure it knows more than the parents, but it becomes the child’s life. It relies and becomes attached to it.
Now here is where the numbers and costs come into play. Even with a base-model iPhone SE, it still costs $399. Also, along with paying the price of the phone, parents still have the monthly bill. That’s not attractive to parents. There are many other products that Apple makes that are cheaper and will do the job just fine for kids.
With all of that said though, these are still electronic devices and given that most kids are very savvy with these kinds of things, they will be able access stuff that is not meant for their young innocent eyes. This includes pornography, chat rooms, and inappropriate TV shows. I should also include that having a device like an iPhone can give a kid an entry way into cyberbullying, whether it be through texting, Facebook, or any other sort of digital communication.
All in all, if you have a son or daughter that is practically begging you for a new iPhone and they are in elementary-early high school (freshman or sophomore), then tell that they do not need one. They’ll feel like you are the worst parent in the world and pretend to hate your guts, but you’re doing it for their own protection. If push comes to shove, get your kid a simply flip-phone. It’ll save money because you won’t be paying for a smartphone and data, and it will teach your kid responsibility. Their day for owning a smartphone will come, they just have to be patient until that time comes.
By Brahm Shank
Yesterday Apple released public beta software updates across three of its major software platforms, including iOS, tvOS, and OS X (soon to be MacOS). Those who have signed up for Apple's Public Beta Program are now able to download the following pre-release software for free; iOS 9.3.3 Beta 4, tvOS 9.2.2 Beta 4, & OS X 10.11.6 Beta 4. These updates do not contain any new features or notable changes except for minor bug fixes and security enchantments. iOS 9.3.3 was expected to be released to the public earlier this morning, but instead we saw the release of a fourth beta this afternoon. Although the official public release date of iOS 9.3.3 remains unknown it is speculated that we will see a release sometime next week. Developers awaiting the release of iOS 10 Beta 2 on June 27th were disappointed to learn today that its release has been postponed until this Friday, July 1st.
By Brahm Shank
Yet another photograph of one of the decorative banners on display at Apple's WWDC 2016 event has raised speculation surrounding the release date of iPhone 7. Apple is already expected to stick to its usual upgrade schedule and unveil its next major iteration in the iPhone product line, dubbed "iPhone 7" this Fall. The green syntax-styled text above almost confirms the release date of iPhone 7. Ever since iPhone 5, iPhones have seen a Fall upgrade cycle every year with Apple's last two iPhones (iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S) being released during the month of September. Monday, September 19th falls within the 38th week of 2016 which would indicate the unveiling of iPhone 7 on that day, assuming that Apple sticks to its tradition of holding its Keynote product unveils on Mondays. Do you think we'll see an iPhone 7 on September 19th this year, or do you think Apple is just planting fake seeds to generate hype and anticipation?
By David Becker
Apple has been making a big deal about wanting their customers to purchase new iPads such as the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Apple wants you to treat your iPad like a productivity-oriented tool rather than a media consumption device. I’m going to give you some advice on how to do just that!
My first example is using the iWork suite for iOS. It has been improved over the past couple years and comes for free with any new iOS or Mac purchase. These apps are Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. With these apps, you can create documents, graphical presentations, and spreadsheets. Besides it being free, these files can be formatted into Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files, if necessary. And now thanks to iCloud Drive, users no longer have to keep the documents and files on their iPad, but instead up in the cloud. I would also recommend getting a Smart Keyboard or third-party Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad because it will make the experience a lot better.
Another recommendation would be to keep a journal/diary. Yes, it does sound cheesy, but typing on the iPad is fun and will make you even more productive with it. It will give you a reason to carry it around. The app I would recommend using is called Day One. It’s a great app for journaling on the go and best of all, it uses the cloud so that none of the journal entries are put on the iPad itself. Also, the cloud storage is not through iCloud (you can set it up that way if you want to) but through Day One. And the biggest bang is that the cloud storage is free! It might also get you into photography as well because users can put at least 10 photos in a single journal entry. Whether you take them from your iPad or iPhone is your own choice. Day One currently runs for $9.99 in the iOS App Store.
Want to run a blog? You can do so by using just an iPad. I will point out that once you have the name and interface theme (one should use a laptop for this), you can easily manage it with just an iPad. I would personally recommend using WordPress for this because not only does it have a nice interface, but it is always being updated. If you want to use the third-party app route, Blogo (free app as well) is a great substitute, but be sure to have the WordPress app on the iPad just in case! Having a keyboard on the iPad would also help with this as well.
My last example is for cooking in the kitchen. The app I’m going to recommend is called AnyList. With this app, you can get easily create and organize recipes down to the brim. Of course, you can always get the Pinterest app to get your recipes and integrate them into the app. Both Pinterest and AnyList are free in the iOS App Store, too!
And when the day is near its end, be sure to stream Netflix and reward yourself for not only staying productive, but making the iPad your key ingredient in doing so. Technology has taken over our lives and is trying to make life easier for us everyday. If you’re smart about it, it just might be able to make it work for you.
By David Becker
Apple has finally decided to discontinue their Thunderbolt Display. The Apple branded monitor was released in 2011 and unfortunately has still not been updated since 2011. An Apple spokesman had this to say about the company discontinuing their only branded monitor, “We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options for Mac users.”
Could this possibly mean that Apple is working on a 4K or 5K display to be released in the fall with the new rumored MacBook line with the new OLED panel on it?
Now would be a great time for Apple collectors to try and purchase the Thunderbolt Displays while Apple’s website and stores still have them. Although they are still very expensive and overpriced, just remember that Apple will not have them much longer. Plus, if you purchase one at an Apple Store, there’s still a good chance that you can get financing options on it!
By Brahm Shank
Last year when Unicode 8 was released with support for multiracial skin tones and same-sex couple character configurations, it seemed like we were moving in the right direction toward equality in the emoji-verse. However, one thing was still missing; gender equality. Unicode 8 made it possible to send a tan or dark skinned male police officer emoji or a multi-ethnic male doctor emoji. But what about women? Women all over the world serve as doctors, police officers, and firefighters. Yet Unicode 8 left out the ability to configure these emojis to illustrate a female image.
Unicode 9.0 : What's New ?
With Unicode 9 users are now able to configure emojis to customize the gender of a variety of different characters. In fact, among silly new character additions such as the selfie or gorilla emojis, Unicode 9 introduces a total of 7,500 new character configurations and over 72 brand new emoji characters. Other new emojis include bacon, pancake, shrug, and clown emojis. Unicode 9.0 is expected to debut alongside Apple's iOS 10 and Android's Android N this Fall. A wider variety of emoji characters will be perfect for iOS 10's Text-To-Emoji Replacement Feature which will allow users to quickly replace written words with fun and easily recognizable emojis. To see this feature in action check out Apple's website listed below. Also for the full list of new emojis visit the Unicode release notes link below and let us know what you think.
What's New In iOS 10: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios10-preview/
Unicode 9.0 New Emojis: http://emojipedia.org/unicode-9.0/
By David Becker
As of yesterday, Apple has decided to no longer continue making the non-Retina MacBook Pro. Who can blame them? This MacBook Pro only has 4GB of RAM and still has the old 500GB HDD inside. Apple is clearly telling customers that if you want true power and stability, you’re going to have to pay top dollar to do so.
Currently, the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro runs for $999, which for what you’re getting is not worth the money for the customer. It’s basically a base-model or entry level MacBook Pro. It has also become outdated spec wise. Yes, it can support the latest operating system, but at only 4GB of RAM, it can’t really be considered a “powerhouse.” Even the name “MacBook Pro” can be looked as false advertising.
Due to Apple discontinuing this model of MacBook, the only non-Retina products Apple sells are the Thunderbolt Display and both the 11 and 13-inch MacBook Airs.
Now you can still purchase the non-Retina MacBook Pro from the Apple Store in-store and online, along with stores like Best Buy. As for the Apple Store and some Best Buys, they just won’t be on display anymore. However, I would not recommend purchasing this model simply because if you spend $100 more, you can get one that not only has a Retina Display, but also a slim product design and SSD. Apple products have always been known to be expensive, but trust me, spend the extra $100 on the Retina Display model. Not only does it look nice, but it has the specs that will make it great for years to come.
By Brahm Shank
iOS 10: First Impressions
After only 3 days with iOS 10 we've already found several new hidden features that Apple didn't mention at its "Hello WWDC" Keynote event Monday. Below are just some of the new features we've uncovered. We'll be back each week to review any new features as we discover them. iOS 10 Beta 2 is also expected to release in about two weeks and we are sure to find many new features after we get our hands on it in late June. Without further ado, here are some of the hidden features we found.
Redesigned Health App: The Health App has been redesigned in iOS 10 to include informational videos and album art for each health category such as sleep, nutrition, exercise etc. The health dashboard now includes smaller health widgets so you can see more data without having to scroll, and the ability to change the appearance of your dashboard using categorical filters.
Redesigned Clock App- Along with an all-new dark black UI theme in the Clock App, Apple also added the ability to configure alarms based on a user's bedtime. A tab at the bottom of the screen titled "Bedtime" allows users to select how many hours of sleep they wish to get, as well as what time they'd like to be woken up by an alarm in the morning. The Clock App will then intelligently alert the user when it's time to go to bed, and then sound an alarm to wake up that user at the appropriate time, based on how many hours of sleep they wished to receive.
Hello iOS 10 & Goodbye Game Center: In iOS 10 the largely unpopular Game Center app has officially been discontinued 5 years after its debut in Summer of 2011. Even though Game Center no longer has its own dedicated app, it still exists as a service within other apps, that allows users to compare scores and send invitations to compete with one and another in games.
Delete Stock Applications: iOS 10 finally gives users the ability to delete pre-installed stock applications such as Mail, Find My Friends, FaceTime, and Stocks. If you want them back, all stock applications will be available for re-download in the App Store this Fall.
Turn Off Read Receipts In iMessage: iOS 10 gives users the ability to turn off read receipts for individual contacts in iMessage. This is great if you only want specific people to know when you've read their message.
3D Touch Improvements: In iOS 10 you can use 3D Touch on the home screen to share your installed apps with other iPhone users just by firmly pressing on them. 3D Touch also allows users to peek inside notifications to view relevant information. For example, if you receive a message you can firmly press down on the iMessage notification to peek into a conversation you were having with that person before you respond. In addition, 3D Touch now works within Control Center to allow users to control the intensity of their flashlight, set timers, copy the last result on their calculator, and even launch specific camera functions with just a press.
Find Out Where You Parked In Maps: The Maps App in iOS 10 automatically marks your parking spot on the map after your navigation session has ended and you've reached your destination. No more trying to remember where you parked!
Mail Improvements: In iOS 10 the Mail App allows users to quickly filter mail to only show mail that is unread, flagged, or belonging to a specific account, with an all-new filter button. Mail will now also have the ability to recognize when you're on a mailing list and automatically send an email on your behalf to delete you from that mailing list with just the tap of a button. The 12.9 inch iPad Pro will now also have a triple-pane menu view that will allow users to see their accounts, mail messages, and mail previews all on one proportionate screen.
By David Becker
I have had my iPhone 6 for a couple months now and have really loved it. I had upgraded from an iPhone 4S, so that is a huge upgrade not only in screen size, but processor and memory wise as well. But how has this changed my workflow and how I write almost everyday? Also, how has it changed my life? Let’s find out shall we!
My iPhone 6 has a memory capacity of 64GB of storage, therefore I don't have to worry much about not having enough storage for pictures and apps. To put it simply, this smartphone has allowed me to do some much more with my writing content, which just in the couple months that I have had this iPhone, I have been able to publish content on my personal blog directly from the iPhone 6, along with checking my stats everyday.
An example of the actual writing is having the Day One Journal app on it. I use this to put my writing ideas in my phone so that not only do I have access to them on my iPhone, but it also available to me on my MacBook Pro. Like I said earlier, having 64GB of storage on your phone will change your life. One would say that I could just use the Notes app, but I’m not like that. I do have a Day One journal for my personal everyday writing, but since Day One allows users to now have multiple journals, it makes my life a lot easier. It also allows the journals to be color coded, which makes it even more organized.
Another way how the iPhone 6 has changed my workflow is the ability to have Pages on my phone. I do not use the app often because I find it harder to write blog posts and papers on an iPhone, but if I ever need to quickly compose a blog post or paper for school, the app is there. Pages on iOS also allows the ability to use iCloud Drive and have the iCloud Drive app on my iPhone is a big help.
Social Media plays a big part in my daily iPhone usage. I am a big fan of Twitter (@iBeckTech) and the iPhone 6 has easily changed the way I view Twitter. Thanks to its big screen, I can see tweets and pictures more clearly. I should also point out that I am not using Twitter for iPhone, but instead, I use Tweetbot 4. It works the way a Twitter client should.
Lastly, we have the camera. I have been using it more for taking pictures for blog posts on my personal blog (I consider it to be practice writing for myself) and for life itself. Although it’s probably not as good as a camera on the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the iPhone SE, I really enjoy it. One thing you have to remember with smartphone camera is that it’s a smartphone with a camera, not a camera with a smartphone.
The iPhone 6 is one of those devices that I must use everyday. It’s big screen helps me out so much with my writing. It does also come in handy for taking photos and watching YouTube videos. Also, it just looks more professional by carrying a modern phone or a phone that has been updated within the past two years. My old iPhone 4S could not do that. If you’re a writer, business person, or social media savant, you need to have this phone. Not only is it a quality smartphone, but it’s the best looking smartphone money can buy right now.
By William G.
A Reddit user reports that Bank of America ATMs in Redondo Beach, California, has begun offering withdrawals via Apple Pay.
At the beginning of the year, we reported that Bank of America would begin to test withdrawals via Apple Pay instead of a debit card. In May AppleInsider tested two ATM machines in San Francisco, and now it seems the bank have launched a major test.
The Reddit user Whatwhattech reports to Bank of America ATMs in Redondo Beach, California is now offering the service, and has also posted picture evidence.
With Visa Debit Card from Bank of America operates withdrawals but not deposits, while cards from other banks that work with Apple Pay in stores generated an error message.
By: Brahm Shank
The photo above was snapped by an app developer this morning at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. The developer, who was attending Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, a week-long event consisting of Swift code labs and Keynote workshops showcasing the future of software at Apple, noticed this hidden phrase printed on one of Apple's decorative WWDC banners at the Moscone Center. It reads "Hello Tuesday, April 18, 2017." Could this date be a clue foreshadowing a future product release? The printed date is indicative of the idea that something significant will take place in the Spring of 2017 at Apple; specifically on April 18th. Apple Watch, a product that was released back in the Spring of 2015, immediately comes to mind. With iPhone 7 expected to debut this Fall, Apple may be planning another Spring release for Apple Watch 2. Do you think we'll be seeing an Apple Watch 2 this next Spring? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!