Category: Cool Features

Apple now powered by 100% clean energy WHAT

Want to hear some good tech news?

 

Apple has announced that its global facilities, including all retail stores, offices, data centers, and more, are powered with 100 percent clean energy.

 

This number includes facilities in 43 countries, including the United States, UK, China, and India.

 

From the Sauce, Tim Cook:

 

“We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone, we’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.”

 

To accomplish this feat, Apple has invested in and constructed renewable energy facilities all around the world, such as solar arrays, wind farms, biogas fuel cells, and micro-hydration generation systems, and include the solar panels on the roof of Apple Park, its newest campus, 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects across China, solar facilities in Reno, Nevada and Maiden, North Carolina, more than 300 rooftop solar systems in Japan, and an 800-rooftop renewable energy system in Singapore.

 

Since 2016, 96 percent of Apple facilities have been run on renewable energy, so this 100% clean energy target having been met feels like they finally got the cigar. You know, as in up until now they’ve been ‘close, but no cigar’?

 

We’ll be here all week. Yay for good tech news!

 

Apple Planning iPhones With Touchless Gesture Controls and Curved Screens

There have been unconfirmed reports that in an effort to stand out in the smartphone world, Apple is planning to incorporate “touchless gesture control” and curved screens into future iPhone models.

 

The touchless control feature would apparently let iPhone owners navigate iOS “by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.” This technology, if the reports are correct, would still be about two years away, unless Apple finds even better tech to come out with instead.

 

The curved iPhone display feature would curve inward “gradually from top to bottom,” unlike Samsung’s smartphones that curve down and away at the edges of the screen.

 

Along with these claims comes reports that Apple will expand OLED technology to more devices, releasing a larger model iPhone later this year with a 6.5-inch screen, up from the 5.8-inch size in the current iPhone X.

 

The company is also apparently working on an update to the iPhone X’s size and a new, lower-cost LCD model.

New Deals from T-Mobile and AT&T

This week, from T-Mobile, we have a limited time offer to ‘Share the Apple Watch experience.

 

If you buy one Series 3 Apple Watch, you get a second one for half off.

 

Small Print—>  Via 24 monthly bill credits with qualifying DIGITS™ plan. If you cancel wireless service, credits stop and remaining balance is due.

 

AND! Also from T-Mobile, and offer to Get 4 lines of unlimited for just $35 each. PLUS 2 screen Netflix.

 

Small print —> For new customers only activating 4 lines of service. Capable device required. Limited-time offer; after bill credits with AutoPay. Receive Netflix Standard 2-screen (up to $10.99/month value) while you maintain 2+ qualifying T-Mobile ONE lines in good standing. 

 

From AT&T, you can get a new 32GB iPad for $49.99 when you buy a new iPhone on AT&T Next.

 

Small Print —> Get a 32GB iPad for $49.99 on a 2-year agreement* when you buy any iPhone on AT&T Next(R) *Svc activation req’d on both devices. Fees, charges & restr’s apply.

 

 

New Whole Foods Perk coming with Amazon Prime

Amazon recently announced that it will offer free 2-hour delivery of Whole Foods groceries for Prime customers via Amazon Prime Now.

 

What.

 

You read that right, beginning in four select markets – Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach, Prime Now Members will get free Whole Foods Delivery with only one caveat – their purchase must be over $35. At Whole Foods? Sounds easy peasy.

 

Oh, and the delivery window? A measly 2 hours. If you need your foods within the hour?  That’ll be an extra $7.99.

 

From the Sauce, Whole Foods Co-Founder and CEO, John Mackey:

 

“We’re happy to bring our customers the convenience of free two-hour delivery through Prime Now and access to thousands of natural and organic groceries and locally sourced favorites,” said Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey in a press release.

 

Amazon plans to expand the service across the country during 2018.

 

 

HomePod is (almost) here!

Apple’s $349 HomePod will launch in the US, UK and Australia on February 9! AND customers can preorder Apple’s home wireless speaker starting on Friday.

 

Even though the wait for the Siri speaker has been longer than expected after the launch was delayed from late 2017, we’re still pretty excited to see her in all her glory!

 

A direct competitor to Alexa and Google Home AI Assistant/speaker systems, HomePod promises to be everything you need from a home assistant. That’s some future words, right there. But will it stand up? With other companies already moving on to Video AI assistants ( Hi Alexa Show) some are wondering if Apple might be behind the ball a teeny tiny bit.

 

Either way, we’re excited to find out.

 

 

 

HomePod is configured through the Home app on an iOS device running iOS 11.2.5 (which is yet to be publicly released).

 

It will be available in two color choices, white or space gray. Order it from January 26 for $349.

Cyber Monday Deals on Apple products

Happy Cyber Monday!! Here’s some deals for you!

 

 

B&H Photo Video is offering pretty great discounts on some 2016 MacBook Pro models. They also have free shipping. Discounts include $1,000 off a high-end 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray, and $900 off a mid-range 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Silver.

 

 

eBay is offering $270 off a mid-range 2017 model with a 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650. The sale price is $1,529.99, down from $1,799 on Apple.com.

 

Amazon is offering $100 iTunes gift card for $85 using promo code ITUNES15 at checkout

 

Adorama is offering $250 off a higher-end 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray.

 

 

Best Buy is offering free shipping on nearly everything, and some pretty good discounts on Apple products. Specials include:

 

32GB iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: save $150 when purchased and activated with a monthly installment plan

12.9-inch iPad Pro for –
– 64GB Wi-Fi: $699.99, down from $799.99
– 256GB Wi-Fi: $824.99, down from $949.99
– 512GB Wi-Fi: $999.99, down from $1,149.99

 

There’s a bunch of discounted MacBook Pro models as well.

 

 

T-Mobile has an offer for new customers considering a move to its cellular plans. If you buy a 32GB 9.7-inch iPad with a T-Mobile ONE plan, then activate a T-Mobile ONE voice line on a new or existing cell phone (which you can carry over from a different carrier and keep your number), you’ll get a full rebate for the iPad. The rebate will come in the form of a $460 Prepaid MasterCard Card, which will arrive in the mail within six to eight weeks.

 

At Walmart you can save $200 on iPad mini 4, $30 on 9.7-inch iPad, and $50 on iPad Pro

 

 

And finally, get 25 percent off select accessories at OtterBox. 

 

Enjoy clicking and saving, friends!

 

 

New Apple Ads

Apple today uploaded several new iPhone X ads to its YouTube channel, mainly highlighting features such as Face ID and Animoji, adding to an Ad posted a couple of days ago that went right ahead with the first of their usual Holiday tearfest ads.

 

Chhhhheck ’em out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple making a folding phone?

Apparently, Apple is developing a foldable iPhone with a LG Display, according to Korean site The Investor. They’re partnering with LG rather than the norm Samsung because of fears Samsung might access secret foldable iPhone tech.

 

Back in December of 2016, there were rumors suggesting LG’s display division were planning to mass-produce foldable displays for smartphones as early as 2018, and Apple was tossed around as a name involved with the project.

 

LG has a bunch of prototypes of folding phones, like one that folds over like a book and (believe it or not) a second that rolls up kind of like a newspaper.

 

Don’t get too excited yet though, kids, if it happens, we’re looking at a possible release in 2020. Which, to be fair,  is both really far in the future, and also will happen just like that.

 

 

New Emoji coming with iOS 11.1

iOS 11.1 was released to registered developers today via Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

 

The exciting part? Well, CRAZY FACE, the new version will include a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head (obvs), face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe (yay!), fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, and more.

 

 

 

 

There have also been some detailed but small design changes to some of the emoji.

 

 

 

 

Yay Emoji! The language of the future?

 

 

 

AT&T Unlimited Choice plans now get free HBO

Do you have an Unlimited Choice plan with AT&T? Well, for starters, good on you buddy, and for seconders, you now get FREE HBO! Hello Ballers!

 

Just to be clear – AT&T will offer Unlimited Choice customers free streaming HBO on their AT&T devices. ( HBO is normally $14.99 per month).

 

This deal starts  TODAY, Sept. 15, and will work for all new and existing AT&T customers.

 

Until now, AT&T offered this only with its Unlimited Plus plan, which runs starting at $90 per month for one line and increases with each line you add.

 

The Unlimited Choice plan starts at $60 per month for one line. Like the Unlimited Plus plan, and increases when you add more lines.

 

The Unlimited Plus plan includes AT&T’s fastest data speeds and high-definition video streaming, and it allows up to 10 GB of mobile hotspot use per line.  On the other hand, the Unlimited Choice plan is limited to data speeds at 3 MB per second, does not permit mobile hotspot use and caps video-streaming quality at around 480p.