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Apple’s plans to blow us away

Apple plans to blow us away with plans for future products. What plans? Well, this is Apple, so we don’t have very much of an idea. But here’s some tiny shreds of ideas we do have.

 

In the annual investor’s meeting this morning,  CEO Tim Cook said he was “rolling the dice” on some future products that will “blow you away.”

 

So there’s the blow you away part.
Then he said that one of Apple’s goals is to reduce the price of the 2018 Retina MacBook Air, (currently at $1,200) and that  there’s a “long, great roadmap” of “fantastic” products on the horizon.

 

We’re thinking Airpods 2, possibly in new colors and with wireless charging and Siri functionality, and something WAY more exciting is the prospect of augmented reality smart glasses based on some recent patent filings. Some are still hopeful of a full self driving vehicle, but we’re not so sure about that now, after Apple recently laid off a bunch of folk in that department.

 

We can also likely expect a new entertainment streaming service and news service being unveiled in the next couple of months.

 

On another note, during the call, Tim Cook also advised that Apple is well on its way towards meeting the goal it set in 2016, which was to double its $25 billion revenue by 2020.

 

That’s a whole ‘lotta apples.

 

Apple’s new YouTube series

Apple has recently produced a new series for iPhone called, fittingly, ‘How to shoot for iPhone’.

 

It features a super broad list of 38 videos in the series, covering topics such as ‘How to shoot during Golden Hour’, ‘How to shoot a Selfie with the timer’, ‘How to shoot a close-up’ and much more.

 

If you’re like many people and just use the camera on your iPhone to point and shoot in the way that looks best, sitting down and watching a few of these could be worthwhile.

 

We’ve featured the first Two videos below; ‘How to shoot with depth control on iPhone’ and ‘How to Shoot with Stage Light Mono on iPhone’. Also see Apple’s new Ad featuring people being funny about using Depth Control.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy Learning! It’s the best!

 

Discounted iPad Pro!

Right now, Amazon is having a limited-time-only sale on a current 10.5-inch iPad Pro model.

 

In the market? Get the 64GB Silver or Space Gray Apple iPad Pro with WiFi for only $500, down from $649. Want WiFi + cellular? This is also on sale for $699 instead of the usual $779.

 

Get on it while it lasts! Good Luck!

 

 

 

HOT Deal of The day on an iPad!

Just in time for Christmas because no one knows what to get anybody ever!

 

Get this! The 32GB Apple iPad 9.7″ WiFi Tablet (Latest Model) is now just $229, down from $329  at Walmart.

 

Shipping is FREE or select free store pickup where stock permits.

 

Available colors are Space Gray, Silver  or Gold

 

Check out this stellar deal here! 

 

 

 

Have better passwords people!

SplashData, a large provider of security applications, just did its thing again, the thing that it does every year – published a list of the worst passwords, sourced from more than five million passwords leaked on the internet in the last 12 months, mostly from North America and Western Europe.

 

And is it good news? ….Not…really?

 

Like last year, this year has seen some pretty major data leaks, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting any better at passwords.
For the fifth year in a row,  you guessed it, Password is up there. Like right up there at the number 2 spot. The number 1 spot? 123456.

 

New entries this year include ‘donald’ and ‘princess’.

 

According to SplashData CEO Morgan Slaint:

 

“Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online because they know so many people are using those easy-to-remember combinations.”

 

Here are the top 10 most popular passwords of 2018:

 

1) 123456
2) password
3) 123456789
4) 12345678
5) 12345
6) 111111
7) 1234567
8) sunshine
9) qwerty
10) iloveyou

 

The guys at SplashData estimated that almost 10 percent of people have used at least one of the top 25 worst passwords on this year’s list, and nearly 3 percent of people have used the worst password at one time, “123456”.

 

So, if you find your password on the list, what should you do?

 

Change it.

 

SplashData said that passwords should be no shorter than twelve characters and have mixed types of characters in each one. Aaaaand as hard to remember as it is, every log-in should have a different password, BUT investing in a password management app to store everything, generate random new passwords, and automatically log into websites is  a good idea.

 

 

Check the rest of the top 100 worst passwords out here. 

Apple’s $29 battery replacement offer ending soon

Any of you guys have an iPhone that needs a battery replacement?

 

You can most likely get it replaced for a new one by Apple for $29 , but you have to do it before December 31, 2018.

 

The devices that works with the program are the  iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X, as these are the models that were affected by the battery slow-down issue that Apple got in a bit of trouble for. The $29 replacement offer has been in place since Dec 2017.

 

After December 31, 2018, replacement batteries will be priced at $49, with the exception of the iPhone X which will be $69.

 

Does this sound like something you need? Yes? Here’s what you do:

 

You can go to the official battery replacement site here,  or alternatively take your iPhone to an Apple retail store, an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or send it in for replacement at an Apple Repair Center.

 

Either method could take up to five business days, but anecdotally in-store battery replacements are often completed more quickly.

 

Take note- if you have any other damage to your iPhone that impairs the replacement of the battery, like a cracked screen, that damage will need to be repaired first before the battery can be swapped out for a new one.

 

If you want to check on the health of your battery before doing any of this, open the Settings app, choose the Battery section, and select “Battery Health.”

 

If the battery is not operating at Peak Performance Capability, you will see a recommendation for a battery replacement in order to restore the full functionality of the device.

 

Sound like you? Go team go!

 

 

 

 

New Apple Ads highlight Group Facetime and The Holidays

Apple has recently released a couple of new Ads, one celebrating the holiday season and one celebrating the joys of it’s new Group Facetime feature. As usual for Apple, both may make you feel all the feels. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re not crying – YOU’RE CRYING

 

 

 

Google Fi now available on iPhone and iPad

Google just announced that their Project Fi smartphone plan will now be available on iPhone and iPad, having previously only being available on Android devices. The service will now also be called Google Fi instead.

 

Interested? Here’s the deal:

 

You pay $20 for unlimited talk and text, and $10 for each GB of data used up to 6GB. Once you reach 6GB, data becomes free, but at 15GB, data speeds slow down. The monthly fee caps out at $80, not including taxes and fees. To add another person to the plan, it’ll cost you an additional $15 per person.

 

On the iPhone, LTE data speeds, unlimited texts, and unlimited calls are included, and there are no roaming fees in more than 170 countries.

 

Sounds very sweet, right? BUT… there’s a couple of downsides you should be aware of.

 

iMessage works normally, except sending texts to non-iPhones requires configuring some settings, and the visual voicemail feature in iOS won’t be available, instead being available as text messages, and you’ll need to call to check them. Google Fi’s network switching feature and VPN also do not work on iOS.

 

Google Fi operates as an MNVO, (mobile virtual network operator), so its coverage comes from carriers like T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Sprint. Google devices are able to take advantage of network switching for better coverage, but this does not work on iOS. Instead, these devices will use T-Mobile’s network for calls, texts, and data, but international roaming is still available.

 

Calls or texts cannot be made over WiFi with Google Fi, and when outside of the U.S., the data hotspot feature won’t work.

 

Google Fi will work on the iPhone 5s and later, on iPhones running iOS 11 or higher. If the sweet upsides mean more to you than the couple of downsides, check it out more here. 

 

 

Samsung teases with foldable technology

Samsung just had their 2018 Developer Conference, where it showed off a fancy new foldable display, called Infinity Flex.

 

Basically, it’s a 7.3-inch flexible display that can be folded in half. It’s a smartphone, then whammo, look at that, it’s a tablet.

 

The Infinity Flex display, according to Samsung, is the “future of mobile display technology” and the foundation for the “smartphone of tomorrow.”

 

From the Sauce:

 

“Today is a big milestone and I’m sure you’re all wondering what it looks like in real life and how it works. Wonder no more. When it’s open, it’s a tablet, offering a big screen experience. It’s gorgeous. When it’s closed, it’s a phone that fits neatly inside your pocket.”

 

Samsung developed an advanced composite polymer that’s “flexible and tough” to replace the glass that’s usually used as a display cover in smartphones, as well as a flexible, malleable adhesive that’s durable enough to withstand hundreds of thousands of folds, and a new ultra thin polarizer that’s 45 percent thinner than the technology used in its current displays.

 

The display shown during the conference is part of a future device, with mass manufacturing on said device to begin in the coming months.  A new software platform is being developed in partnership with Google that supports two UIs, one when the device is open and one when it’s closed.

 

Pretty foldin’ cool!

 

 

Amazing news! You might be able to unsend FB messages sooon

A lot of the population of Facebook users have felt that sudden fall in the pit of your stomach, that knot of dread, the realization that you can never go back to how life was before. What are we talking about? The accidental message send.

 

Wrong content, for the wrong person, at the wrong time. Eep. 

 

On FaceBook, it’s always been, ‘well, you stuffed up, but what’s done is done, guy.’

 

Not so anymore!!

 

Apparently, Facebook Messenger is going to begin to let you unsend messages, for up to 10 minutes after you first pressed send (stupid fingers, stupid brain).

 

This glorious new feature should be coming out with a future update of Messenger,  which is when, we don’t know. But don’t worry – it’s coming.