Category: New Releases

New Apple TV+ show!

You’ll never guess what it is!

 

Well, you might have guessed in the end, but you don’t have to, because here’s the answer: Apple has picked up the rights to  “A Christmas Carol,”: a live action musical!

 

So many good things in that sentence, could we fit anymore in? Yup! It’s going to star all round good guys Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell, who will also produce.

 

Apparently , and for good reason, the show was the subject of a harsh bidding war, but Apple won out with, well, money. According to reports, they’re paying above $60 million just for talent.

 

“A Christmas Carol” will be added to Apple’s Apple TV+ streaming service, which premieres on November 1st. It’s not known specifically when “A Christmas Carol” will be available, presumably near… Christmas?

 

 

Video Calling on your TV? Yup, it’s a thing now.

Facebook has announced three new Portal models. You’ve now got the option of new models of ‘The Portal’ and the ‘Portal Mini’ ($179 and $129 respectively), as well as, in a new turn of events, ‘Portal TV’, which, for $149, will turn your TV into a giant smart display.

 

Which means, giant video calling. Which means, video call parties, obviously. Hi friends! What are you doing in my TV?

 

The two new standalone Portal models have a 10-inch HD display (1,280 x 800),  and an 8-inch HD display (also 1,280 x 800) for the Mini, with improved speakers.

 

The Portal TV is a camera that you attach to your television’s HDMI port that comes with a small remote control to navigate the Portal TV interface. Not only can you make video calls, you can also watch Facebook Watch tv shows with another Portal TV owner during a video call. Long distance relationships gold right there.

 

For privacy, all three new devices have a toggle switch that mutes the microphone and shuts off the camera simultaneously as well as a physical camera lens cover.

 

 

Pre-orders for all three Portals start today, the Portal and Portal Mini will start shipping on October 15th, while the Portal TV begins shipping November 5th.

 

If you want ALL the FaceBook things, you can also bundle any two Portal devices for $50 off.

 

 

Apple Special Media Event

 

Give people wonderful tools and they’ll do wonderful things!

 

 

So begins the 2019 Special Media Event keynote. Tim Cook is, as per usual, very excited about all the very cool things he’s about to show us!! All the things that let us do all the wonderful things!! He says wow a bunch, and then we’re off and running!

 

Beginning with.. the App store, or more specifically, Apple arcade, available within the App store, which is a subscription based service that allows for unlimited game play for over 100 games, with new games added every month. We see a couple of cool game play examples, such as a new frogger ( who knew we needed a new Frogger? Not complaining).

 

Apple Arcade will be available September 19th in over 150 countries for a pretty reasonable price of $4.99 a month for the whole family. They’ll also be offering a 1 month free trial.

 

 

Next up – Apple TV +

 

We’ve seen a couple of trailers for upcoming shows, such as ‘Dickinson’, ‘The Morning Show’ starring Jen Aniston & Reese Witherspoon, and now we get to see the first trailer for the Jason Momoa show ‘See’:

 

 

 

 

Apple TV + will be available on November 1st with more shows added every month in over 100 countries at launch.

 

You can subscribe for, again, a pretty reasonable price of  $4.99/month for your whole family. AND if you’re lucky enough to buy a new iPhone, iPad or Laptop from Apple, you’ll get 1 year of Apple TV + for free.

 

 

Now we get to the new 7th Generation iPad, with a larger 10.2 inch retina display with 3.5 million pixels, A10 Fusion chip and Smart connector to connect a full size smart keyboard. It takes full advantage of the new iPadOS ( of course, would be kind of dumb if it didn’t, right?), weighs about a pound, and is made from 100% recycled aluminum.

 

You can order the new iPad today, and it will start shipping at the end of the month.

 

Prices start at $329, and for education customers you’re looking at a starting price of $299.

 

Before we get to Apple watch Series 5, they talk about 3 new health studies that they’re doing: the Apple hearing study, working with WHO and University of Michigan, the Apple women’s health study, and the Apple heart & movement study partnering with American heart association and Brigham and Womens hospital.

 

If you want to participate in the studies, Apple is launching a new Research app for Apple Watch owners that will allow you to opt in to privately contribute by sharing the data collected. It will launch later this year.

 

The new Apple Watch Model has an innovative new retina display that is ALWAYS ON. Which sounds annoying, but will actually be great. It’s dulled when not held up, so you can still see it but it’s not in everyone’s face all lit up, and now Apple Watch wearers everywhere won’t have to look like they’re bored of where they are all the time because they look at their watch right in front of there face all exaggerated.

 

And yet – we still get our all day 18 hour battery life. AND a built in compass! Win much. There’s also a new safety feature – every cellular model has international (over 150 countries) emergency calling capabilities even without your iPhone.

 

New cases are made from 100% recycled aluminum, there are new titanium models and a ceramic white model.

 

Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $399 for the aluminum GPS models,  $499 for the aluminum LTE models, $699 for the  Stainless steel models, $799 for the  titanium models, and (fewf) $899 for the ceramic models.  You can choose whichever band you like in Apple Retails’s  new “Apple Watch Studio.”

 

Also, Apple Watch Series 3 now starts at $199

 

 

 

Now for the big guns! Right? NEW IPHONES!!

 

Well, kind of.  There’s some really cool things in here, but for some reason the presentation was a little lackluster. So here’s the good bits!

 

iPhone 11 is the new iPhone model. But we knew that, didn’t we? It has an aluminum & glass design, a 6.1 inch Liquid Retina Display, with spacial audio. Equipped with a A13 Bionic Chip, it has the fastest CPU in a smartphone, with all day battery life, faster face ID, and wireless charging capabilities.

 

We have a new dual camera system with a new wide camera and ultra wide angle camera with 120 degree view, brighter flash, new monochrome portrait lighting effect, a a really awesome looking new night mode for low light settings.

 

You can switch between the Ultra Wide camera to the Wide camera really easily mid video by tapping the screen. You can also take a video whilst taking a photo by tapping and holding the shutter button. The camera system looks really neat, and is, according to Apple, the highest quality video in a smartphone.

 

They’ve also given us an updated 12MP true depth front camera and added 4k video & slow motion. They’re trying to get #Slofies to be a thing, but we’re resistant. Only on animals, guys, please.

 

The iPhone 11 comes in 6 new colors – Purple, Black, White, Yellow, Green, and Product Red.

 

 

You can order the iPhone 11 today, and it will be available in store September 20th starting at $699

 

 

 

The iPhone 11 Pro is a step up, made from surgical grade surgical steel, and the back is made from a single piece of glass. It comes in new colors as well, with Midnight green, Space Grey, Silver, and Gold matte finishes. It comes in 2 sizes – 6.5 ( The iPhone Pro Max) and 5.8 inches and has what they’re calling a ‘ Super Retina XDR’ Display, a OLED panel with a 2 million to 1 contrast ratio,HDR 10 Dolby Vision, and 458 pixels per inch. It also has the toughest glass ever in a smartphone.

 

It’s 15 % more energy efficient with spacial audio sound, also has the , A13 Bionic Chip, and has 4 more hours battery per day than the iPhone XS – the iPhone 11 Pro Max has up to 5 hours more per day.

 

Now let’s talk cameras. The Pro has a new wide camera – f/1.8, a new telephoto camera, and a new ultrawide camera f/2.4 with something they call ‘Deep Fusion technology’ to create the best photo. All three cameras shoot 4k 60 fps video.

  

iPhone 11 starts at $699

iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999

iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1099

Pre order 5am PDT Friday

They’ll start shipping September 20

 

iPhone 10R now starts at $599

iPhone 8 now starts at $449

 

 

 

We also get a new line of cases! Yay!

 

So that’s the highlights, folks. What did you think? If you wanted to see it in video form, because, why not? It’s Tuesday. And Apple are really good at videos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung cancels Galaxy Fold pre-orders

The Galaxy Fold will be launched very soon, however those os you who made pre-orders may have had a rude awakening this morning with your pre-orders cancelled by the company.

 

Folks who had made pre-orders for the foldable device earlier this year received an email this morning from Samsung letting them know that their pre-orders, have been canceled. Why? A ‘rethinking of the customer experience’.

 

From the Source:

 

“Ensuring that you have the best possible experience with this revolutionary new technology is our top priority. We are taking the time to rethink the entire customer experience – from purchase to unboxing, to post-purchase service – so in the meantime, we have, regrettably, decided to cancel your existing pre-order. While not an easy decision to make, we believe this is the right thing to do.”

 

So if you’re still up for Samsung’s Customer experience, you’ll need to place orders once again when the Galaxy Fold launches in the United States later in September. Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Fold in South Korea on Friday, September 6, but the U.S. rollout is being delayed.

 

The new ordering process will include Samsung’s “Galaxy Fold Premier Service,” which offers customers “direct access” to Samsung experts and an optional one-on-one onboarding session that walks users through the Galaxy Fold features.

 

It’s not all woe and sadness though, as pre-order customers who had their orders canceled will receive a $250 Samsung credit that’s redeemable for anything on the Samsung.com website.

 

 

The Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s first foldable device, and will be launching after pretty significant problems when the device was given out to media before the previous launch date. It’s priced starting at $1,980.

 

 

The Apple Special media event is coming!

It’s coming! The media Invites have been sent out, and the date has been (officially) set!

 

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. when you can livestream the event right from the Steve Jobs Theater at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.

 

 

 

 

 

We’re expecting three new iPhone models, two OLED models in 5.8 and 6.5 inches and one LCD model that’s 6.1 inches, all with camera improvements and a new matte finish with new colors added into the mix!

 

 

 

Ahead of when the launch, we’ll likely see iOS 13 released alongside macOS Catalina, watchOS 6, iPadOS, and tvOS 13.

 

As with past events, Apple will stream the event live on its website and on the Apple TV when it kicks off at 10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

You can pre-order Powerbeats Pro headphones in other colors now!

As of this morning, Apple is accepting pre-orders on it’s online store for its Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones in Ivory, Moss, and Navy.The black Powerbeats Pro have been available since May.

 

If you’re in need/desire of these babies, you’re looking at 5-7 business days to get either the Ivory or the Navy headphones, whereas the Moss color will be a bit longer at 1-2 weeks.

 

All of the colors are planned to be available in retail stores from August 30.

 

You can also pre-order them on the Beats By Dre website.

 

Like AirPods, Powerbeats Pro fare wireless, feature a dedicated charging case that offers 24 hours of battery life and an H1 chip for fast connectivity to your devices, device switching, and Hey Siri support.

 

Cash wise, you’re looking at  at $249.95. But you’ll look so good  with that moss green on your face, dude. So good.

 

 

 

 

More upcoming iPhone rumors!

 

Just weeks away from the (suspected, of course) announcement of the new models of iPhone, we have some more rumors for you!

 

1- We’ll see a smaller Apple Pencil that will work with the new models.

 

2 – The new iPhones will have USB-C chargers

 

3 – But will also support wireless charging.

 

4 – Triple lens rear cameras are almost a certainty

 

5 – As is the fact that there will be 3 new models in the line up

 

6 – Substantially longer battery life has been suggested

 

7 – We could see all three new phones have an OLED screen, rather than the previous OLED/LCD mix

 

8 – Line of sight teleportation has been suggested by at least one media outlet.*

 

So do you think we’ll see anything crazy this year? What feature are you looking forward t most? The rear camera setup could be used really well for AR, so that’s pretty sweet in our opinion!

 

* It was us. We’re the only ones predicting this. If wishes were horses, right?
 

 

 

 

Best back to School deals on all the tech goodies you may need!

Back to School time!!

 

Sorry kids, but the silver lining? You might get some new tech out of all that learning!

 

Back to School sales are on! Here’s some deals we spotted for you guys!!

 

To start with, Apple has its 2019 Back to School deal – they’ll give students a free pair of Beats headphones (Beats Studio 3, Beats Solo 3, or BeatsX) when they buy an eligible Apple device.

 

If buying an iPad Pro or iPad, students can choose from either free BeatsX, free Beats Solo 3 Wireless, or a $199 credit against the purchase of Beats Studio 3.

 

To qualify for free Beats Studio 3 headphones, education customers can purchase any any iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air.

 

This deal sits alongside the usual education discounts, whereby students can buy Apple hardware at 5-10% below the normal retail prices.

 

You can get your hands on the deal if you’re a K-12 employee, higher-education faculty, or students attending higher education institutions.

 

What else?

 

 

At Best buy: Students save up to $300 on select laptops, including MacBook Air. 

 

AND, you can save on chromeBooks at Amazon, as well as Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Latest Model) for $144.99 down from $15, and while you’re there, get a shiny new Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 32GB) – Space Gray (Latest Model) for $249 ($80 off list price) or go large with a Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 128GB) – Space Gray (Latest Model) for $329 ( down $100).

 

 

Let’s get to shopping, ammirite?

 

 

Apple creates ASMR video series

You guys have heard of ASMR videos, right? Well if you haven’t, Apple’s giving you that opportunity right now!!

 

As part of their “Shot on iPhone” series, Apple has created 4 6-10 minute long ASMR videos for your listening pleasure!

 

Here’s the gist – ASMR is autonomous sensory meridian response. Got it? No?

 

Well, here’s what wiki has to say – ASMR signifies the subjective experience of “low-grade euphoria” characterized by “a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin”. It is most commonly triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attention control.

 

The first video is called “Whispers from Ghost Forest,” and features a woman whispering about the legend of Ghost Forest.

 

 

The second video focuses on wood shop sounds:

 

 

The third video features a man walking on a trail and crunching leaves and brush underfoot:

 

 

The fourth video, “A calm rain at camp,” features the sound of rain pounding on various items at a campsite in the woods.

 

 

 

 

 

Each one lovingly created using an iPhone, and Apple recommends using headphones whilst you watch. Enjoy!

 

 

Apple starts to sell coolest toy ever

Um, yes please?

 

Apple has begun selling LEGO’s “Hidden Side” LEGO kits. Lego is awesome, yes, but what’s better than awesome? Lego that mixes the physical toy with an augmented reality experience.

 

It’s a new series of LEGO sets that are based on a “chilling, creative world of ghosts,” so kids can build toys that come to life thanks to augmented reality on a smartphone.

 

After the sets are built, kids can view them on an iOS device for interactive augmented reality gameplay that varies based on the set.

 

All of the sets have unique interactions, with mysteries to solve, items to find, games to play, ghosts to collect, AND A GHOST BOSS BATTLE.

 

Four of the LEGO Hidden Side sets (sell below) are available from the Apple online store as of today, and will likely be available in Apple retail stores as well.

 

Newbury Haunted High School – $129.95
 

Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000 – $59.95
 

Wrecked Shrimp Boat – $29.95

 

Graveyard Mystery – $29.95

 

All of these kits come with mini figures, animals, and other theme related accessories as well as all of the building materials to create the intended design.

 

Who’s got a birthday coming up? Does 11 months count as coming up?