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Wanna chat it up with the King of Apple?

You’re in luck!

 

The King of Apple, otherwise known as CEO Tim Cook, is taking part in an auction to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization, and the winner gets to, well, have lunch with him at the new Apple Park in Cupertino.

 

This lunch, (or rather, the over-lunch-conversation) was originally valued at $100,000 but has now risen to a whopping $456,789.

 

Check it out on Charitybuzz here.

Macbook battery concerns

Did you buy a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar? Have you noticed a shorter than expected battery life? You’re not alone.

 

An apparently large number of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar users are claiming to get as little as 3-6 hours of battery life on a single charge. The device is advertised to have a 10 hour battery life. Specifically, up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing, up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback, and up to 30 days of standby time on a single charge.

 

Battery life also differs between users based on screen brightness, background processes, and other factors, and it’s important to note battery life could be initially reduced until Spotlight finishes indexing your new MacBook Pro.

 

Apple’s website provides tips for maximizing battery life on the MacBook Pro, including updating to the latest version of macOS, optimizing Energy Saver settings in System Preferences, dimming the screen’s brightness to the lowest comfortable level, and turning off Wi-Fi while not connected to a network.

 

Additional battery optimization advice includes performing a fresh install of macOS Sierra and resetting the SMC.

 

However, if you’re still only getting 3-6 hours of battery? Go see your local Apple guy, cos that bleep’s just not right.

 

 

99% of Apple chargers sold online fail

Illinois-based global safety specialists UL have revealed that after being commissioned by the U.K.’s Trading Standards they conducted studies that showed 99 percent of fake Apple chargers sold online fail a basic safety test.

 

The insulation tests applied a high voltage to the chargers, which were bought online from eight different countries, including the U.S., China, and Australia.

 

Only three out of 400 counterfeit chargers were found to have adequate insulation to ensure protection against electric shocks.

 

From the Sauce, Leon Livermore, the chief executive of Chartered Trading Standards Institute:

 

“It might cost a few pounds more, but counterfeit and second-hand goods are an unknown entity that could cost you your home or even your life, or the life of a loved-one,” he said.

 

Apple last month sued a company selling fake power adapters and cables on Amazon, after finding that over 90% of Apple cables and chargers found on Amazon were fake. Amazon have since announced that fighting fake Apple products is a major goal.

 

 

 

 

Tech of the week – material that can create energy?

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have invented a super-thin, flexible fabric that can generate electricity from light and movement. That means recharging all our tech  may soon be as simple as easy as wearing a sweater when we go out.

 

Holy whats that now?!

 

Well, it’s basically wool weaved together with special fibers made up of solar cells and “triboelectric nanogenerators”. Those generate a small amount of electrical energy from the friction produced by slight movements, like rotation or vibration.

 

In tests that exposed the material to ambient sunlight and wind, it was able to charge a commercial capacitor to two volts in one minute.

 

The fabric is slightly thick and rough but lightweight enough to be integrated into clothing, tents or backpacks.

 

Check it out here.

 

This is a great step forward – and hints at great potential for wearable tech in the future. Yay future tech!

What kind of iPhone will we see in 2017?

Rumors are already building up regarding the 2017 fleet of iPhones.

 

This is fairly understandable as next year marks the 10 year anniversary of the first Apple iPhone, and Apple being Apple, folks tend to think they’re going to make a pretty big deal out of it, with the flashiest upgrades we’ve seen in recent years.

 

Here’s what the people are predicting for the 10th anniversary iPhone. (Sidenote: doesn’t it seem like it’s been around forever? Good Job, Apple.)

 

It’s believed to be the iPhone 8, not the iPhone 7s, skipping a generation in the naming scheme. It is believed that it will have the same basic release schedule – unveiled early September, released mid to late September.

 

At least one of the new models will have a curved OLED display next year, which means we’re talking 3 models, if not more- it’s been debated that Apple is testing up to 10 different prototype models. The OLED model will be thinner, lighter, more energy efficient and prettier, but it will likely be the most expensive model.

 

This model may also have a glass body, no bezels, and the touch ID and front facing camera built right into the display.

 

The other models will likely be new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices with traditional LCD displays, although there is some disagreement about if these models will have a glass body or not. All models will likely sport a 10-nanometer A11 chip that will be both faster and more efficient

 

There are also rumors of 3D features, the possibility of long-range wireless charging and biometric additions like iris scanning. In higher-end models with a dual-lens camera, both lenses are expected to feature optical image stabilization.

 

What else do you think the iPhone 8 might bring? On our end, all this looks great, but we’re kind of pinning our hopes on the line of sight teleportation…. Because that would be pretty cool. 

 

Good guy Apple donating lotsa clams to (RED) in the fight against AIDS

Apple is again supporting World AIDS Day by doing a whole bunch of stuff, including donating $1 to (RED) for every purchase made with Apple Pay at an Apple Store, on Apple.com, or through the Apple Store app, up to a total of $1 million, starting tomorrow through December 6.

 

Over 400 Apple retail stores around the world will  turn their logos red or feature (RED) window decals on December 1 to raise visibility for World AIDS Day.

 

From The Sauce, Tim Cook:

 

“The gift of life is the most important gift that anyone can give,” said Tim Cook. “Thanks to the vision and dedication of (RED), an AIDS-free generation is within our reach. We want to leave the world better than we found it, and that’s why our longtime partnership with (RED) remains so important to us.”

 

Bank of America will also be making a donation for every Apple Pay transaction made using its cards, also up to $1 million, on December 1-7.

 

Apple will release new PRODUCT(RED) products available today, with a portion of proceeds raised from these products support The Global Fund.

 

For the next week, some App Store games will be offering limited-edition, custom (RED) content. All proceeds from the associated in-app purchases will go to The Global Fund. The 20 apps set to participate are:

 

• Angry Birds 2
• Angry Birds POP!
• Best Fiends
• Best Fiends Forever
• Boom Beach
• Candy Crush Jelly Saga
• Clash of Clans
• Clash Royale
• CSR2
• Episode

• Farm Heroes Saga
• FarmVille: Tropic Escape
• FIFA Mobile
• Hay Day
• MARVEL Contest of Champions
• PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator
• Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
• SimCity BuildIt
• War Dragons
• YAHTZEE With Buddies

 

In the United States, Apple is offering a free iTunes download of The Lazarus Effect, the documentary about the mission of (RED) – not the horror movie starring Olivia Wilde_.

 

ALLLLSO, 100% of U.S. proceeds raised from The Killers’ holiday album Don’t Waste Your Wishes, exclusively available on iTunes, will go to The Global Fund.

 

People are also encouraged to donate directly to (RED) through iTunes to join the fight against AIDS.

 

Apple’s one day Black Friday Sale!

Apple is joining in on the Black Friday fun this weekend by having a one day sale! “Black Friday Can’t Come Soon Enough.”

 

Apple did not do this last year, so this year might be the time for some super special Apple gifts under your Christmas tree.

 

On its Black Friday website, Apple says that its one-day shopping event will include free shipping on in-stock items ordered by 5 PM. You’ll also be able to take part in the event with the Apple Store app and in-store.

 

Previously, Apple has offered Gift Cards with purchase as a bonus, but it’s unclear what deals or bonuses might be offered this year. As they say – you’ll have to check back Friday.

 

 

 

New Apple Ad for the Holidays

Guess what?!

 

It’s the Holidays guys!

 

And as always Apple has the good feels coming at your face for the festive season!

 

‘Open your heart to everyone’ is the timely and important theme of the ad- put your eyes on it here:

 

 

Merry Advertising!

 

 

18 Tips for Better iPhone Battery Life

This guest post is written by Lisa Myers from Rebates Zone.

 

One of the inexorable truths of the modern day life is the use of technology. Technology – especially mobiles and laptops – keeps you connected to the world and one thing without which these gadgets cannot operate is energy.

 

The reliability of any mobile can be measured in terms of its capacity to keep functioning for a maximum time, in other words, efficiency and reliability are somehow connected with the battery life. For most people, Apple is a perfect mobile and it also gives you reasonable battery time, but when it comes to the matter of battery span, people always think that it should have been more.

 

It also happens sometimes that you are on the road and forgot to bring your charger, then you should be worrying about how will your mobile survive for a maximum time. We have made a list which will show you how exactly you can increase the battery life of your iPhone

 

1. Install iOS updates as soon as they are released Apple keeps on releasing energy saving updates. Having known that Apple has released a new energy saving update and still clinging to the previous version without updating is a foolish idea because your phone will certainly be consuming more battery. Therefore, it is better you install the update as soon as it is released.

 

2. Change data settings when apps are not in use What is the only thing that people crave most in this modern world in the perspective of technology? Certainly, it is the high-speed internet. 3G and 4G networks, no doubt, give you maximum speed but at the same time they also keep on draining your battery very quickly. If you see your battery is low and you want to save some of it then you should turn off the high-speed data network. It will save lots of your battery.

 

3. Stop auto-uploading of photos and videos to iCloud Auto update of photos on iCloud is good in terms of efficiency and because of the backup, you feel secure anywhere anytime. But it also has one disadvantage which is the consumption of battery as well as data. So you must decide your priorities; if your first priority is a back-up of your files, you shouldn’t turn off auto updates while if your priority is battery then you should turn it off.

 

4. Keep Bluetooth off when not in use Most people like to connect their iPhone with speakers, wireless earplugs, and Apple watches. It is not deniable that these features give you multiple utilities but at the other hand your iPhone connection with different gadgets via Bluetooth also consumes lots of battery. It is highly advised that you shouldn’t connect your mobile with these things when its battery is low.

 

5. Keep personal hotspot off when not in use Sometimes you need to share your data connection with your friends or other family members. You can do this by enabling personal hotspot. This feature, too, has outstanding utility but it also drains battery faster. You should make sure that when nobody is connected with your data connection, you should turn the hotspot off.

 

6. Check battery usage section to find battery killer apps In iOS 9 Apple introduced an update which analyzes the battery usage by multiple applications. When you run a test, this feature will tell you exactly what are the most battery consuming apps and it will also tell you the reason behind their heavy battery consumption. Once provided with the information, you can turn off the apps that are consuming the great amount of battery.

 

7. Make sure that location services are turned off when not in use It is the most popular feature among users who want to get suggestions about the nearest places – hotels restaurants etc. but in order to give you suggestions about your nearest places Apple initially tracks your own location. If this feature is permanently on in your mobile it will consume more battery than if it is turned off.

 

8. Avoid using dynamic backgrounds Bright and beautiful colors are what attract most people. This is the reason why most people use dynamic backgrounds and colorful wallpapers in their mobiles. These wallpapers might look beautiful but these also consume lots of battery. So if you want to reduce the consumption of your iPhone battery, you should avoid such wallpapers.

 

9. Keep auto-brightness mode off Adjusting brightness automatically is one of the most remarkable features of iPhone. This feature adjusts the brightness of your screen according to the surrounding light. If you are in darker places, the brightness of your phone will automatically increase, resulting in more battery consumption. If you want to save battery, you should also turn this feature off.

 

10. Avoid exposing your iPhone to higher temperatures It is suggested by the Apple Company itself that you should avoid using your phone in extremely high-temperature areas because it reduces the overall time-span of your battery. With the passage of time, if the battery timing of your mobile is reduced, exposure to a hot environment can reduce its battery timing further. Apple devices are made to work perfectly up to 35C temperature. If you want to protect your iPhone with a cover, you can explore plenty of discounted cases on Groupon.

 

11. Unplug your iPhone while shutting down your PC Most people prefer data cables to charge their phones instead of the direct charger. This is because it is easier and convenient to charge your Apple phone by connecting it with your laptop instead of placing your phone at the other corner of the room only because of a distant socket. Sometimes people forget to unplug the mobile cable and turn off the laptop. This consumes the battery of your phone.

 

12. Keep the background app refresh feature off In Apple and in many other mobiles the background applications keep on updating their data even if you aren’t using these applications. These applications consume data as well as battery. If you turn this feature off, you can really improve the battery time of your iPhone.

 

13. Keep device in airplane mode while in low coverage If you are aware of the fact that you are in the low coverage area, you should turn your phone to airplane mode. This is because in the low coverage area in order to get proper signals your phone processes fast and hence consumes more battery. Keeping your phone in airplane mode in such areas can help you increase the battery time of your iPhone.

 

14. Switch to Wi-Fi while in Wi-Fi zone High-speed networks like 3G or 4G consume lots of battery and give you maximum speed at the cost of energy. On the other hand, Wi-Fi can give you same amount of speed, but it will consume less battery as compared to 3G or 4G connections. Therefore, it is advisable that you switch from a data connection to Wi-Fi whenever possible.

 

15. Keep auto-update mode off for apps Some apps keep on updating themselves without even your permission. In such apps, there could be those which are of least importance to you and hence their update will be of no use to you. Therefore, it is better that you turn off the auto-update function in your mobile. On the other hand, if you want to install updates of important applications, you can do so manually. It will save you lot of money – especially if you are using data connection – and battery timing as well.

 

16. Keep Push Data On-Off Mode The main function of the push data is that it keeps on updating about the notifications when you receive any mail or any message. The reason that this feature consumes lots of battery is that it keeps on updating itself again and again. If you think it is convenient for you to check emails manually, then you should turn this feature off.

 

17. Keep your eyes on Wi-Fi feature Switching from a data connection to Wi-Fi is a good thing if taken into account the comparative battery advantage. But, Wi-Fi, too, consumes battery. When you are finished using Wi-Fi, it is advisable that you should turn it off because otherwise, it will keep on draining battery.

 

18. Set auto-lock to one or two minute Setting time for auto-lock also saves you a lot of battery because after a regular interval it turns your mobile to sleep. Setting your mobile to sleep also means low battery consumption. It will also save you from the trouble of putting your phone to sleep manually again and again.

 

 

New Macbooks.

At yesterday’s “Hello Again” Media event Apple revealed a new Macbook Pro!

 

Whatsup with it? For starters, it has a super rad looking integrated “Touch Bar” panel that unlocks new capabilities in apps. The models are thinner, lighter, with a better battery life, upgraded processors, and better displays.

 

 

Watch this:

 

 

And this:

 

 

 

The price point is a little ouchy – $1,799 in the United States for the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro model with a Touch Bar, and $2,399 for the 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

 

Explaining the ouch Vs gain conundrum, straight from the Sauce, Apple exec Phil Shiller –

 

“Affordability is “absolutely something we care about,” Schiller says. “But we don’t design for price, we design for the experience and the quality people expect from Mac. Sometimes that means we end up at the higher end of the range, but not on purpose, just because that’s what it costs.”

 

 

Apple also introduced a new Apple TV app that serves as a TV guide to help users find what to watch, a new Accessibility site, and 4K and 5K monitors from LG.