Category: New Releases

Facebook releases it’s future on us all

At F8, Facebook’s developer conference, the social media company introduced the way that it wants you, the end user, to see the world.

 

How’s that? Well, augmented.

 

Facebook’s augmented reality camera, or camera platform as FB calls it, will place digital imagery on the world around you. Think Pokemon Go, except…useful, realistic, change the way we see the world type stuff.

 

From the Sauce, Mark Zuckerberg:

 

“Facebook is so much about marrying the physical world with online, when you can make it so that you can intermix digital and physical parts of the world, that’s going to make a lot of our experiences better and our lives richer. Facebook is so much about marrying the physical world with online.”

 

From now on (actually, for a while now, but here’s where the action really starts) the camera is no longer just a tool that you use to capture images.

 

Now, you can change the world with it, manipulate the images that you capture as well as the environment you see through it. You’ll be able to display and intake information, add digital objects, and enhance existing objects.

 

Again, from the Zuck:

 

“The camera needs to be more central than the text box in all of our apps,” he said. “We’re making the camera the first augmented reality platform.”

 

At F8, the demos were on an Oculus headset, but soon, the plan is that you’ll be able to create and interact with augmented reality right on your smartphone. Or whatever replaces the smartphone – which may well be lightweight glasses, according to Zuckerberg.

 

And so the race begins to see who wins on creating the end augmented reality platform. Will the end product be shaped more by  software, rather than hardware? What mix will we end up with?

 

Over the coming months Facebook plans to give developers a chance to use its tools to create their own filters and effects for Facebook’s cameras. Developers who want to build their own apps, games, and art will be able to do so, perhaps taking the Camera in unanticipated directions.

 

Hi Future! *Waves* We’re in you…almost!

 

 

 

 

YouTube TV launch!

YouTube TV has launched!  Ahead of a larger roll out, Youtube TV has launched today for users in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago.

 

Wait, so what does this mean?

 

YouTube TV, announced back in Feb of this year, is a standalone TV service that offers 4 big networks and other channels ( see below) on your iOS or Android mobile device or your desktop  through your browser, with unlimited DVR functionality. It’s a subscription based service that will cost you $35 a month.

 

The big 4 are: CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC and the others include:

 

CW, Telemundo, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, CSN, Fox Prime Ticket, FSI, NBCSN, USA, FX, Freeform, Disney, E, ESPN U, FS2, BTN, ESPN SEC, Bravo, Oxygen, FX, Syfy, Disney Junior, Disney XD, NBC Universo, CBS Sports Network, ESPN News, NBC Golf, National Geographic, MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, Fox Business, Local Now, FXM, Sprout, Universal, Nat Geo Wild, Chiller.

 

More networks coming soon include: AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, WE tv, and BBC World News.

 

You can watch on up to six devices simultaneously, however for now, in order to watch on the big screen you’ll be limited to Chromecast functionality. YouTube has confirmed that it’s planning apps for more connected TV devices to come later this year.

 

You can sign up and get a free trial where available at tv.youtube.com.

 

What do you think about YouTube TV? Yay or nay?

 

 

Apple might be retiring support for some iPads and iPhones sooner rather than later

If you have an iPhone 5, iPhone 5C or an iPad with a 32 bit processor, and you have no thoughts of upgrading any time soon – we’re giving you a bit of a heads up – Apple might have a different thought process…

 

It’s been predicted for a while now that Apple will likely cease support for these devices in the near future. Some are predicting now that it will come early, while others are still thinking that this will come on June 5th with the release of iOS 11 at WWDC.

 

Apple just released iOS 10.3 earlier this week, and the above mentioned devices were supported with this upgrade, however there were hints that future software upgrades will not include support for these devices.

 

What people thought was curious, and which gives credence to the idea that this will happen before iOS 11 is that in the code of the iOS 10.3.2 beta, which was made available to developers shortly after the iOS 10.3 release, users that opened 32-bit software in iOS 10.3 were met with a message saying the app will not work with future versions of iOS.

 

Devices with 32 bit processors instead of 64 bit processors are the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5C, the standard version of the iPad (so not the Air or the Pro), and the first iPad mini.

 

So what does it mean if your beloved iPhone or iPad is no longer supported? It’s not the end of the world per se, because these devices would still function, but you wouldn’t be able to install the latest apps and it would be easier for hackers to access your device.

 

Previously, Apple stopped supporting the iPhone 4S, first iPad mini and the fifth-generation iPod touch when it introduced iOS 10.

 

 

 

 

New models all over the place! Here’s what happened in the Apple world today.

First things first! THE RED PHONE

 

AND now if you’re anything like us you have Hotline Bling stuck in your head for the rest of the day. You’re welcome?

 

 

Apple today announced a special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that will launch this coming Friday, March 24.

 

These swanky models will be available in 128GB and 256GB for the same $749/$849 and $869/$969 prices as the others.

 

 

The model is in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and the Charity (RED). Every purchase contributes to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs and help deliver an AIDS-free generation

 

From the Primo Sauce, Mr Cook, CEO:

 

“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (PRODUCT)RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.”

 

The new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order on Apple’s website, at Apple Stores, and at select authorized resellers and carriers and will ship by the end of March in the US and more than 40 countries and regions around the world.

 

NEXT! New models, new prices and discontinuations!

 

 

Apple introduced a new low-cost 9.7-inch iPad, a newly priced iPad mini 4 is available now on Apple.com in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray and they’ve discontinued the iPad mini 2.

 

The iPad mini 4 now offers more capacity for the same price. The 128GB model with Wi-Fi now starts at $399, which was previously the price for the 32GB model with Wi-Fi, which has been discontinued. A cellular model with 128GB of storage is also available for $529.

 

The new 9.7-inch iPad, which Apple are just calling ‘iPad’ is equipped with an A9 chip and a brighter Retina display to replace the iPad Air 2, which has also been discontinued.  The 9.7-inch size will be Apple’s new entry-level model, starting at $329 for 32GB and $429 for 128GB.

 

The specs of the new 9.7-inch iPad are as follows:

 

9.7-inch screen with 2,048‑by‑1,536 resolution and 264 PPI.

8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera.

1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime camera.

Two speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack, Touch ID with Apple Pay, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.2.

 

From the Sauce,Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing:

 

“iPad is the world’s most popular tablet. Customers love the large, 9.7-inch display for everything from watching TV and movies, to surfing the web, making FaceTime calls, and enjoying photos, and now it is even more affordable. New customers and anyone looking to upgrade will love this new iPad for use at home, in school, and for work, with its gorgeous Retina display, our powerful A9 chip, and access to the more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for it.”

 

The 9.7-inch iPad is available to order beginning Friday, March 24 from Apple.com.

 

 

Something Apple this way comes?

Apple has updated its System Status page to say that its online store will be “updated and unavailable” due to “maintenance” tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21, between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time .

 

 

This could mean that Apple is preparing for the rumored iPad launch that’s been predicted for the week, with the extra hint that Apple commonly issues press releases at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, which is exactly when the maintenance update is scheduled to end.

 

A little light for an actual hint, but we can work with it.

 

The last couple of weeks has been home to a host of rumors expecting Apple to announce three new iPad Pro models in the next few weeks, including an all-new 10.5-inch model with slimmer bezels and updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions.

 

This wouldn’t necessarily be a launch, per se, rather an official press invite to a launch. If it’s actually a real life Apple Thing at all.

 

Other products rumored to be in the launch line up include a larger iPhone SE model with 128GB storage, new Apple Watch bands, and a red color option for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

 

Of course, this could just mean that the store is down for maintenance. Booooorrrrring. We want new iPads for all!

Will we see a new iPad Pro announced in April?

It’s not like Apple is a totally mysterious company when it comes to launching new products, right?

 

Uh…. not right. So here’s what we’re looking at, rumor-wise for the possibly upcoming announcement of a new iPad:

 

First week of April, Apple will announce two new iPads at an event that will be marking the inauguration of its Apple Park campus. When we say first week of April, we mean from approximately March 20th to mid April.

 

Apple plans to target the education and business sectors with a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a refreshed 12.9-inch model.

 

The 12.9-inch iPad will probably only feature small upgrades, but the 10.5-inch model might feature a nearly bezel-free edge-to-edge display.

 

What do you think would be some sweet iPad Pro upgrade features? What would make you want to upgrade?

 

 

 

Are you an educator at a school that has a 1:1 iPad Program?

iPad

 

Many schools across the country are now participating in a number of different edutech programs, most commonly a 1:1 program with laptops, iPads or ChromeBooks.

 

In fact, a (now three-year old) report by the education nonprofit Project Tomorrow found that one-third of all high school students were using wireless devices provided by their school districts.

 

In the past, providing a rounded education meant providing students with up to date and thorough text books, excellent teaching staff, and a safe and happy place to learn. Now, this also means providing them with up to date technology. In 10 years…. personal AI tutors? Let’s hope they’re subsidized.

 

Many schools are in the fortunate position to be able to provide iPads to their students, while many others have their students participate in a ‘BYOD’  – Bring Your Own Device – system, whereby the parents and families of the students provide the device under the school’s direction.

 

These very admirable and, at this stage necessary edutech initiatives aim to have as many children as possible excel in tech immersive learning so that they can excel in a world where tech is everywhere – teaching them how to create, use, and consume technology responsibly and effectively .

 

This is excellent. 

 

However, we recognize that at this stage these devices are not (yet) indestructible nor are they lasting, particularly in a school environment. Additionally, with technology improving at the current rate, the opportunity to provide a child with an upgraded device is one that comes around very regularly.

 

It’s also one we wouldn’t want to deny for too long for any child.

 

That’s why we provide a fast, economical and stress-free solution for 1:1 Initiative educators. We deal with old or broken tech so that you don’t have to.

 

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The ultra swank Apple campus – ‘Apple Park’ is opening soon!

The future is here! Well, you know, the building where some people might help create stuff that is likely to contribute to technology in the future is here.

 

Remember seeing photos of the super swank new, circular Apple campus that was being built? Well it’s almost ready! According to Apple, the campus, named ‘Apple Park’ will be open and ready for employees in April.

 

There’s still some small building construction and landscaping to be done, but moving all of the expected 12,000 employees over to the new site will also take about 6 months, so they’ve got some time.

 

Apple Park will also include a visitor’s center with a full Apple Store and cafe,  which will be open to the public. That’s us! Yay! The theater at Apple Park will be named the ‘Steve Jobs Theater’ in honor of the former CEO and will be open later this year.

 

Direct from the sauce, current CEO, Tim Cook:

 

“Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come, the workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved the most energy-efficient building of its kind in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.”

 

So about that energy efficiency thing? The complex takes up 175 acres and will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

 

Such cool beans.

 

The main circular building includes 17 megawatts of rooftop solar power, meaning Apple Park will be running one of the largest solar energy installations on the planet. ON THE PLANET.

 

Sorry for yelling, it’s just that tech and renewable energy get us excited, ya know?

 

Apple also replaced 5 million-square-feet of asphalt with various greeneries, including over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees.

 

From Lauren Powell Jobs:

 

“Steve was exhilarated, and inspired, by the California landscape, by its light and its expansiveness. It was his favorite setting for thought. Apple Park captures his spirit uncannily well, he would have flourished, as the people of Apple surely will, on this luminously designed campus.”

 

Check out more images and a video about Apple Park here.

 

 

 

AT&T comes to the party with all 4 main carriers now offering Unlimited plans

AT&T has a new unlimited data plan! Hooray!

 

 

Starting today! HOORAY

 

Previously only having unlimited data plans available to customers who were also DirecTV or U-Verse Customers, this unlimited plan will be available to all postpaid AT&T customers.

 

The new plan will provide unlimited talk, text, and data on four lines for $180. This includes unlimited calls from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico and unlimited texts to more than 120 countries around the world. Customers are also able to talk, text, and use data in Canada and Mexico with no roaming charges.

 

BUT the $180 is after a $40 credit for the fourth smartphone line, which will start after two billing periods. Prior to then, customers will need to pay $220 per month for the plan.

 

According to AT&T, the company “may slow speeds” during periods of network congestion for customers who consume more than 22GB of data, because, 22GB is kind of a lot, you know?

 

With AT&T coming to the party, now  all of the major carriers in the United States have unlimited data plans available!

 

UNLIMITED DATA PLAN PARTY

 

Sprint and T-Mobile have offered unlimited data plans since August, and Verizon announced its unlimited plan just this week with inclusions like 10GB of tethering data and HD video streaming. T- Mobile have since implemented similar changes.

 

T-Mobile is $70 per month for a single subscriber, Verizon’s plan is $80 or $180 for four subscribers, and Sprint’s plan is priced at $55 per month for a single subscriber, but its coverage can’t compete with T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T.

 

AT&T is $100 per month for the first smart phone, and $40 for additional smartphones with the fourth line free after bill credit.

 

From the Source:

 

 

“We’re offering unlimited entertainment on the nation’s best data network where and when you want to enjoy more of what you love,” said David Christopher, Chief Marketing Officer of the AT&T Entertainment Group.

 

 

 

 

WWDC in San Jose this year!

Apple’s annual 28th Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off June 5th, and this year it’ll be held at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center. Last year it was held in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and between 1998 – 2002 it was held in San Jose at the convention center, after which it moved in between the San Francisco Moscone Center and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

 

Now, the conference is exciting for all kinds of reasons – bucket loads (about 5000 buckets worth) of developers getting access to over 1000 Apple engineers, learning about their platform tech and how to work together to create even better tech based in these platforms – but of course, for most of the population, the most exciting thing is the Keynote speech.

 

Cue fancy music!

 

Every year, Tim Cook and his posse of cool beans execs go on stage with exciting and (for the most part) mysterious new products and amazingly well produced videos showcasing them. This year, we’re looking at the reveal of the mucho, mucho anticipated iPhone 8.

 

Well, maybe.

 

As always, Apple doesn’t create and tell until it’s ready to do the telling. But we’re going to go with maybe the iPhone 8? Apple has’t revealed an iPhone at WWDC since 2010, so there’s that to take into consideration. The iPhone 8 is the 10th anniversary update of the iPhone, and people are pretty excited about it.  Rumors are swirling around wireless charging, 3D face recognition instead of touch ID, no more home button, an edge to edge OLED screen, and a fantastic new line of sight teleportation feature.

 

That last one might be us being optimistic…

 

We should definitely see the reveal of the latest versions of Apple’s software platforms, which this year is likely to include iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4.

 

Tickets will be offered by random selection for $1,599. Ticket lottery registration opens Monday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Those that plan on registering must be a member of the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program as of February 16 at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

 

The conference will be live-streamed through the Apple Developer website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) and on the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.