Hand up who listens to music in bed at night? Hand up who sometimes falls asleep then wakes in a heart attack of terror 2 hours later when your playlist hits onto your awesome screamer metal songs? It might not be a problem for all of us, but boy, for some of us, it can be a little…
Well now you can stop freaking out boys and girls, cos you know what? We got you! Use a timer to help you shut down the music before the heavy metal comes on.
Clock >Timer > When Timer Ends. Scroll down and tap Stop Playing. Then, set a timer (say 30 mins) and tap Start. Now you can play music as you fall asleep and it will be turned off according to the timer.
The iWatch! Could it finally be on it’s way onto our super deserving wrists? Well, we think so. We’re almost as sure as we can really ever really be with an Apple product release, especially a completely new product release. Here’s a bunch of stuff we think we know about the iWatch.
Way, way back in 2008, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak confirmed to the Telegraph that “Apple’s future could lie in an ‘iWatch’.”
Then, in the midst of a thousand iWatch rumours, Apple trademarked ‘iWatch’ in Japan, Mexico, Russia and a number of other countries.
Tim Cook has said this about wearable tech:
“I think the wrist is interesting. I’m wearing this (Nike Fuelband) on my wrist…it’s somewhat natural. But as I said before, I think for something to work here, you first have to convince people it’s so incredible that they want to wear it.”
So we know it’s coming, and we know it’s going to be incredible, which is pretty exciting.
The iWatch is rumored to be out this year. Definitely, probably, this year. We think it will be if not announced, at least hinted at during the WWDC in June, and released in the Fall, possibly the last quarter in time for Christmas shopping.
The idea is that the iWatch will feature a small number of already established products combined into one, similar to the original iPhone when it came out.
It is said to be standalone with the option to be used in combination with your iPhone. It will most likely include watch, (duh) as well as fitness, health and phone functionality. Siri is a possibility, as is FaceTime capabilities, and maps, if not full iOS 8 functionality.
Fitness and health tech accessories were one of the big new industry product sectors at this year’s CES conference in Vegas. Many believe that it’s where the future of wearable tech lies.
Apple have recently made a bucketload of new roles rumored to be centered on the creation of the iWatch. Some of these are a little vague, others are quite telling. These include:
Sleep analysis experts who hold “several patents for integrating mobile devices with fitness equipment”
Ben Shaffer (see below, previously innovation leader at Nike) and Jay Blahnik, a health and fitness instructor who consulted on the Fuelband for Nike.
Sleep research expert Roy J.E.M Raymann, below, a scientist from Philips Research last month. Raymann’s experience includes extensive research into non-pharmacological methods of altering sleep quality and in wearable sensors and miniaturization of sensors related to tracking sleep and alertness activity.
Nancy Dougherty was hired as a hardware engineer in late 2013. Previously she worked with technology-based medical products with Proteus Digital Health. Her work there included a health metric-reading wearable patch and ingestible, Bluetooth-connected smart pills for monitoring dosages and scheduling. Most recently, Dougherty worked as a hardware lead for Sano Intelligence, whose tagline reads ‘the API for the bloodstream,’ working on a wearable sensor system.
Apple recently advertised for an Exercise Physiologist to oversee cardiovascular fitness and energy expenditure tests at its main headquarters campus.
The ad read: Design and run user studies related to cardiovascular fitness & energy expenditure, including calories burned, metabolic rate, aerobic fitness level measurement/tracking and other key physiological measurements.
Michael O’Reilly, M.D. was recently added to the Apple team. Previously he was the Chief Medical Officer of pulse oximetry (measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood) for Masimo.
In the fashion line, Former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve, below, was hired last year to work under Tim Cook on a “special project”, and Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, joined Apple in a newly created position last year, as a senior vice president and member of their executive team.
Pretty promising stuff, right? So what else do we know?
A supply chain source indicated to Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White in early October that it may also serve to integrate with home automation systems, allowing users to control heating and cooling, lights, and audio/video systems right from their wrists.
The design will come from the delightful brain of one Jony Ive (and his no doubt delightful team).
It is expected to have a 1.5-inch display, it will more than likely have a battery life longer than one day (Hi Galaxy gear!) and no one is brave enough yet to guess at a price.
What about competition? There are already a few smart watches, coming from the likes of Samsung with the Galaxy Gear (1& 2), the Pebble, the Sony smart watch 2 and now Google who has confirmed to the Financial Times after filing a patent that they are indeed manufacturing a smart watch, possibly for release this year.
Apple will be looking to blow them all out of the water, obviously. This means that it has to be innovative in the same way that shocked the world with the original iPhone, and that all the components such as battery life, synchronization with other tech, wearability and functionality will have to be perfect.
So, no pressure, Apple. Also: hurry up, cos we really, really want one.
Got iOS 7? Yeah? Want to know a Safari feature not many people know about? Yeah? Yeah?
Here you go: In Safari on iOS 7 devices you have the option to search within a page for a specific word!
Start typing the word you’re looking for into the URL bar at the top of the page. The results will show you the google search results first but if you scroll down it will show you “On This Page” and let you jump through the mentions of that page.
Are we excited for the iPhone 6? Huh? Huh? Duh! Rumors about the upcoming 9th generation iPhone to be released by Apple are running rampant already, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Here’s a rundown of everything we know about the iPhone 6. And what we think we know. And what we think other people might be potentially correct on what they think. And some things that probably aren’t true but some people think they are. Etc. All photos in this article are not real and are representations of what people believe the iPhone will be, or photos or purported prototypes.
Most people agree that one if not two new iPhones will be released this year, and following Apple’s recent naming system one of them more than likely will be called the iPhone 6. The main hardware difference that most people are solid on is that the new iPhone(s) will be thinner and slimmer, just like your New years resolutions!
Tim Cook has revealed that 2014 is a big year for Apple product releases, and people are optimistically expecting the release of the iWatch, possibly the iTV, and the next iPhone update(s!). These possible new product releases alongside other factors such as the possibility of dual iPhone releases will obviously affect when and exactly how fancily updated the new iPhone(s) will be.
Some people are speculating that the iPhone 6 will be, in fact, the iWatch and the current mobile iPhone will only get a new iOS update.
The more trusted and reliable thought is that the iPhone 6 will be its own separate hardware update, and because of the rumored new product releases set most likely for the Fall, it will be released early this year; think sometime in the 2nd quarter, June, or early Summer. This is certainly a possibility – Apple released the first four generations of iPhone in June, before moving to an September/October launch schedule.
The other line of thought is that the iPhone 6 will follow the more recent iPhone release schedule and released in the Fall, leaving the Apple team plenty of time to make sure everything is perfect.
A lot of analysts believe that Apple will continue with their new 2 phone release model, this time featuring 2 differing size options. The sizing rumors range from 4.5 inches waaaay up to 5.7 inches. There is additional speculation that Apple will minimize or completely eradicate the bezels (the part bordering the screen) on the iPhone 6.
Arguments against the bigger screen sizes are backed up by Apple’s hard stance on one handed mobile use and their reluctance to provide a bigger screen at a loss to function just to compete with other smartphone companies. Tim Cook said this in April of last year:
“My view continues to be that the iPhone 5 has the absolute best display in the industry. We always strive to create the very best display for our customers. Our competitors have made some significant trade-offs in many of these areas in order to ship a larger display, we would not shop a larger-display iPhone while these trade-offs exist.”
Two new hardware components that are rumored to be allowing the iPhone to be thinner, lighter and more durable are Sapphire Glass and Liquidmetal.
Apple has exclusive rights to Liquidmetal, but have done for quite a long time. However, in November, five new Apple patents relating to Liquidmetal were published. Liquidmetal is a very strong and very durable material, which, if used, could make the iPhone 6 stronger and thinner as less material would be needed in comparison to Aluminum. According to some reports, the iPhone 6 could be just 6mm thick compared with the iPhone 5s’s 7.6mm. Below is a purported prototype from Sonnydickson.com
Sapphire glass is the material currently used on the iPhone 5S’s Touch ID Home Button the cover of the iPhone’s rear-facing camera. It’s more than twice as durable than Corning’s Gorilla Glass, and is “extremley scratch resistant. Apple has apparently spent $578 million to enter into a multi-year agreement with manufacturers GT Advanced Technologies to provide sapphire materials from a huge new Apple facility in Arizona.
The iPhone 5s incorporates a 64-bit A7 28-nanometer chip manufactured by Samsung. Apple’s iPhone 6 will reportedly incorporate a 20-nanometer A8 chip from TSMC, which will be both smaller and more energy efficient.
Samsung will continue to be involved in the production, alleviating some of TSMC’s manufacturing workload. The A7 chip marked a 31 percent improvement over the A6 in the iPhone 5, and it is likely that the leap to a 20-nm A8 chip will offer similar increases in performance.
Apple’s next-generation iPhone should, and may support the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard that first began appearing in Apple products in 2013. 802.11ac, or “Gigabit” Wi-Fi offers speeds up to three times as fast as existing 802.11n wireless networks, reaching speeds over 1 Gigabit per second. It’s though that Apple have been waiting for external technology to catch up before they update their iDevices with the Wi-Fi Technology.
Wireless Charging is something that has been tossed around in the great big salad bowl of rumors, but we don’t think it’s coming- yet. Curved Glass is also a feature many are looking forward to- and would be be beautiful on the iPhone 6, but we wouldn’t be betting the house on it.
According to a reports from The China Post, Apple will not be upgrading the resolution of the rear camera for the iPhone 6 later this year. Citing analysts from Nomura Securities, they indicate that while the iPhone 6 will have some camera improvements like enhanced optical image stabilization, it will continue to use an 8-megapixel sensor rather than a higher-resolution sensor in the 12-16 megapixel range.
Some people think that the Touch ID introduced on the iPhone 5S last year will be removed from future iPhone updates – we think this is pretty categorically not going to happen. What we think will happen is that Apple will, this year, introduce new payment methods using the touch ID.
Apple recently purchased PrimeSense, a firm specializing in the development of three-dimensional sensors for home appliances and mobile devices. This technology is similar to the gesture-detecting sensors of the Xbox’s Kinect controller. This purchase could certainly hint at a move to include gesture control on the next generation of Apple devices, although unlike Samsung, they would want to have it perfected before they release anything with gesture control.
The iPhone 6(s) will run on iOS 8. Yay!
So that’s it – so far. Everyday there are new rumors and people certain they know exactly what the iPhone 6 will be like. In actual fact, there’s very, very few people in the world who knows exactly what it will be like. This guy is one of them.
So if you see him, can you guys ask him for us? Thanks.
Here we go again. We have gathered all of our iPhone buyback data (from the best way to sell your iphone, obviously), and we have created a heat map breakdown.
This map shows the percentage of broken iPhones that were sold using our buyback service. Red states show that we purchased a higher percentage of broken iPhones from that state. Green areas show that we purchased a higher percentage of used iPhones from that state.
State by State Broken iPhone Buyback Comparison
Hopefully your state isn’t one of the dark red ones (sorry West Virginia and Kansas). The data tends to show that our customers that are tend to be in the country (Kansas, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho) tend to break their iPhones more often. While the Southern states tend to be quite good at taking care of their iPhones (as they tend to mostly sell their used iPhones instead of broken ones).
So maybe if your like us, and you happen to have broken your iPhone once or twice (or maybe more), then you should consider moving down to the South. Otherwise, well, maybe its easier just to use our buyback service to sell your iPhone (don’t worry, we still pay a ton even if your iPhone is broken!)
Yes, our iDevices are super awesome for organization, education, sophistication, communication and blah blah blah. This post is purely concerned with entertainment. Games, to be precise.
You may have heard the recent furore over the Games App ‘Flappy Bird’ being taken down from the App store by the creator.
The fact that the dude has since gotten death threats and iPhones with Flappy bird installed are supposedly selling on eBay for MEGA big bucks is testament to how seriously people take their iOS gaming!
And so do we. Here are our votes for the best games currently available on iOS and why you should go ahead and download them. What are you, like working today? Pfft. That’s right, PFFFT. Download these games and start playing, that’s an order!
One word: Addictive. Essentially a puzzle game with super cute graphics and light bouncy music. The goal is to move different objects in different ways in order to cover one or more poor little orange dudes from the evil rainstorm that kills them. Kinda like fun physics. Kinda.
Simple to start, with an impressive number of levels – 400- that gradually gets more and more challenging. Incredibly frustrating when you just can’t work it out, there is also Cover Orange 2 available.
This is an iPhone Antidote personal favorite. Just be warned, this might just take over your life- and that of your significant other. This beautifully animated game offers duel functionality, allowing multi level play against the computer and online multiplayer games.
You might find yourself yelling at the screen and saying how grossly unfair and stupid the game and everyone you’re playing against is but don’t worry- you’ll be back. Because it’s a really good game. It’s just that it can be really hard, and stuff, ya know?
You can play against the computer ad free as much as you like. For the multiplayer option, you get 5 free games that deplete as you play and lose. One game is replaced every hour and you can keep playing as long as you keep winning! If you do that, you move up the ladder. Just a warning, that ladder is hard, man.
This game is actually born from an Australian public service announcement campaign by Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia, to promote rail safety. Which is weird, and cool and all, but it’s also really fun. Try to beat our top score of 3200!
The aim of the game is to avoid the dangerous activities that the funny looking cartoon dudes get themselves into throughout the campaign. You get three lives, which you use to do such heroic things as saving a dude from getting run over by a train, putting mustard on a bun so you can feed it to a snake so it wont eat you, flicking pirahnas away from a dude’s privates as seen above and other such delightful activities!
The longer you manage to stay alive the quicker each play gets until it’s all rather frantic. It is free and it includes the capability to tweet your death! Sweet!
An interesting and perhaps momentarily captivating puzzle game where you must collect and use multiple tools clues to find objects which in turn lets you open locked cabinets and drawers within the room. The objective is to get out of the room and into the elevator, so you can enter and figure out the next room.
Extremely frustrating in a good way, it’s the type of game where you find yourself jabbing furiously at the screen. I KNOW these stupid keys go HERE! Until you realize that they don’t, actually go there, and you’re a moron.
This game was the winner of Best Casual Game in the 2012 International Mobile Gaming Awards so you know it’s gotta be good.
Hella cute graphics, and level based gameplay where the aim of the game is to aim your water gun correctly to put out fires before it gets to your little blue guy!
You get points for how much time and water it takes you to put the water out. Level up, more fires, more rocks to help or hinder the direction of the water, and more ways to move your giant water gun.
If you run out of water, everyone gets sad, or if you don’t get to a house in time before it burns down. Obviously. The game starts off super simple but it gets harder and more addictive as it goes along. You get affectionate with the little guys too.
Sprinkle has 46 levels, 22 of them are available from the start, and you can unlock the remaining 24 levels by scoring 5 Drops (stars) on the first 22 levels, or unlock them with an In App Purchase (this unlocks all previous levels as well).
This game is by the classy guys over at Adult Swim, as are a few others in this collection. We might like them really a lot. They make well animated, fun, great looking games, usually with a dark edged twist.
Robot Unicorn Attack 1 was awesome. Yes sir, yes it was. Robot Unicorn 2 is… more awesome. That’s it, folks. It’s just as good, except better. A continuous running game, except you’re a Robot Unicorn. Obviously. Jumping through rainbow hoops, piercing rocks with your super awesome horn, and try to get as far along as you can while also trying to achieve the bonus level goals.
Twisted and pretty, with overpowering graphics that are almost too much to take in, this game is pretty good if you can handle it. You have to match colors of precariously stacked condos to clear them and gain power-ups. Also? Angry monsters surround your condos and try to topple them, unless you feed them the matching color buildings, or clear three of that color.
Super Monsters Ate My Condo is actually a free sequel to Monsters Ate My Condo. It adds a time limit for games and boosts that can be activated with in-game currency. This game is highly addictive. Silly Condo eating monsters.
Another continuous runner game. This time, you’re running through a subway, away from a station guard/inspector, dodging trains, jumping, ducking, and moving left to right. Controls are easy, design is pleasant and colorful and the music is pretty catchy.
Throughout the game you can collect coins and earn or purchase game extras and boosts to help you achieve the goals presented to you by the game as well as trying to get as far as you can with as many points. Works best on the iPad, with many different versions out there.
Go to the tropics, stop the dogs of war and save the world from mayhem! Great graphics. Easy to follow instructions. Great music, takes you inside the action.
You are given different missions to accomplish for each level. Your guy runs, then there’s ninjas which you have to shoot by tapping on the screen. You also have people you have to rescue- i.e, don’t shoot. With each mission more controls are slowly introduced, making it more and more difficult.
You get awarded with medals when you safely finish the level ‘mission’ and you get mayhem points.
ClayJam is another personal favorite.Beautiful claymation art bringing gameplay alive like few others can. And the game itself is fun, and addictive. Across a number of levels, you complete challenges using your one little clay ball. Collect clay through a variety of measures, rolling over a variety of awesomely unique objects and characters.
You are up against a red sea of clay follwing you at a quick pace, and objects much bigger than you that you bounce off and lose clay. The clay you have collected by the end you can keep to create further characters and unlock other worlds. Missions help with the addictiveness!
Well, what do people think about yourcity? We were a bit surprised when we checked out some of the results. (Fargo is good? Bozeman, Montana is expensive?!)
So just to be clear, we went through and used Google to search up each city, and we used the phrase “Why is (City Name) So …”
This prompted Google’s Autocomplete engine (you know, the one that pops up the sometimes-silly recommendations for you when you are searching). When the autocomplete recommendations came up, we wrote them down, and the result is here!
The Most Common Google Searches for Each City
After taking in all the data, well, it looks a little sad for most places. That being said, there was some interesting data:
Four cities were “Great”:
New York City, Denver, Boston, and Nashville
Four cities were “Boring”:
Charlotte, Louisville, Dallas-Forth Worth, and San Jose
And a few others had some pretty interesting ones:
Seattle is Loud
Portland is Weird
Chicago is Windy (Duh..)
and Atlanta is Gay
Sorry if we offended your city, but well, Google said so..
Hopefully you don’t live in one of the “Bad” cities:
Cleveland, Baltimore, Jacksonville, or Memphis
But then again, who trusts Google anyways?
*Black Rock City entry may include artistic liberties.
Confused as to how sometimes yours or others text messages show up in green and sometimes they show up in blue?
It’s ok! We got you. See, blue is for iMessages, green is for SMS messages.
This, in turn, means that the green messages are sent as a proper old fashioned SMS, but if there’s internet connection available over WiFi, your messages will be sent for free over those connections, otherwise known as iMessage. iMessages can also be sent over 3G if you have Data turned on.
iMessage works on iPhones, iPad and iPods, however it will only work between iDevices.
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