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How iOS 7 can save you battery life

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Most smartphones today all have the necessary features. So battery life has become a big deciding factor for many people. After all what good are all these new features if the device is dead? Well now that iOS 7 has been out for almost 2 weeks. What does Apple’s new iOS have that might help save user’s valuable battery life. Apple has made some enhancements to Siri in iOS 7. The digital assistant can now do a lot more than in previous iOS versions. Siri can now turn things on and off including Bluetooth, Wifi and Cellular Data. It might not seem like a big deal to have your Wifi, Cellular Data and Bluetooth on all the time but the radios do use battery power. So why have them on consuming power especially at times when they are not in use. Now it would be a pretty daunting task to turn them on and off manually whenever you leave the house, office, or wherever else you have or don’t have wifi, need or don’t need bluetooth. But now with Siri, iOS 7 makes it easy and this is one way iOS 7 can save you battery life. The only thing …

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iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iOS 7 what did we get

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On Tuesday of this week, Sept. 10th, Apple held their event. We speculated on what we would get and talked about the other questions that still remained to be answered. Well now we have our answers. The iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iOS 7 were shown off so what did we get? Well we’re going to cover some of the details and also talk about some of the questions that are now created about where do they go form here. The video of the keynote is now available on the Apple site, go watch it. So to go through what we got to see at the keynote, there was the iPhone 5c (Android Free) The iPhone everyone thought was going to be cheap turned out to be “less expensive” instead. No one should have been surprised since Apple doesn’t do cheap and yet they were. When netbooks proliferated the computer landscape Apple did the MacBook Air. It was far from cheap but “less expensive” than a MacBook Pro. The iPhone 5c is the same. It is far from cheap but at $99 for a 16GB model on a 2 Year contract(US) it’s cheap enough that it becomes a throwaway phone. …

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Apple Event today!

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I know it’s been awhile since there has been any activity here on T3kd. Matt put up a very eloquent farewell speech but the Apple event today has brought me out of hiding. Matt is still just as busy as he was before so it will probably be mainly me for the next little while discussing everything tech. However I’m sure when time allows Matt will pop in and bless us with a few articles. Anyway lets get down to business here, today is the day, it is Apple’s September 10th event. So let’s talk a little about this event, what to expect and where you can get coverage. We haven’t been invited to the event so we wont be covering it live. However many sites in the blogosphere will have live coverage. You can find a few at the following places: iMore Engadget Ars Technica AllthingsD MacWorld So tune in to any one of those places to get live, or as close to it as possible, coverage of the event. Now what’s going to be announced? You know it’s funny I’ve been talking to a few of my friends about the iPhone 5s and 5c leaks that have happened …

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iPhone 5s dual flash or red eye reduction?

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iOS 7 is coming out this fall and along with it most likely the launch of the iPhone 5s. In recent days different blogs have shown some hardware leaks of the purported iPhone 5s. One in particular caught my eye, MacRumors post had pictures of the iPhone 5s prototype, one picture in particular shows what they claim is dual flash. The iPhone is a very popular camera. On photo site Flickr it bested the Nikon D90 DSLR in popularity. Low light pictures however has always been one of it’s weaknesses and we can obviously see the dual LED in this prototype. My question, “Is it dual flash?” or is it something else. One of the things my friends hate is the zombie like pictures created by the red eye in pictures taken with the flash on iPhones. Unlike the top LED in the flash unit on the prototype the bottom LED is more red looking. I think there is more of a chance that the bottom LED is for “red eye reduction” a feature that is standard on run of the mill point and shoot cameras. Cameras whose lunches the iPhone has been eating for a long time now. So …

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Spotlight in iOS 7

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If you’re a dev and are playing around with iOS 7, you may have noticed that spotlight, iOS’s search feature, appears to be gone in iOS 7. However, Spotlight in iOS 7 is still available. Here’s how to get to it. On any homescreen, simply pull down on the icons. Don’t pull down from the top, since that brings down notification center.¬†Literally¬†place your finger anywhere below that and pull down. The motion is similar to when you are scrolling up on a webpage in Mobile Safari. Here’s a picture of what Spotlight in iOS 7 looks like.

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WWDC 2013 Live Stream

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Today is the day, it is Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference or WWDC for short. The first keynote is at 10AM PT or 1PM ET and it will be viewed by MANY! If you want to join in on the keynote fun you can by catching the WWDC 2013 Live Stream provided by Apple. You can catch the live stream here but you wll need to be running Safari on a Mac or using an iDevice(iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). The keynote is goign to cover things like the next iOS version coming, iOS 7. The new upcoming Mac OS, OS X 10.9, and any Apple device hardware refreshes. Like I said it will be watched by many so the live stream may be slow or un-responsive. Luckily many of the tech blogs will also be live blogging the event so it’s also a good idea to have their feed open too. Unfortunately all of the T3kd bloggers will be working so we will be unable to cover the event this year. However here are a few links to other blogs covering it, iMore and Engadget. If you have an Apple TV you can also catch Apple’s WWDC 2013 Live Stream …

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iPad Maxi (non-Rumor)

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I saw this rumor and immediately started laughing so hard I almost fell out of my chair. It’s a rainy day here in Canada as well as a few other places in the world so we need a little humor to make us laugh. So here is the latest non-rumor about the iPad Maxi, sorry I can’t say that with a straight face. I wonder if there will be a model with wings? Everyone blogging about this is quoting source, and I use that term lightly, Korean site ETNews.com who are claiming that Apple is working on a new iPad. An iPad to beat all other iPads measuring in at 12.9 inches diagonally. The best part of this rumor is that the iPad will be called, wait for it, wait for it, the “iPad Maxi”. Yes that is right the genius that is Apple, a company whose retail stores are brilliant at selling products and whose ads have been copied by many other manufacturers. Yes they if it can be believed would call this the iPad Maxi. ETNews.com is the same site that broke other rumors such as the iPhone 4s launching in late June 2011(actually launched October 2011) and …

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The iWatch myth or reality

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The iWatch myth or reality? I’m not sure we’ll have the answer to this question until it is soon to be released. Is Apple dropping subtle little hints at it’s coming debut. Apple is a really secretive company and they are also a company known to use mis-direction very well. So even the latest tease of the mythical iWatch in their newly released iPhone commercial does nothing to answer the question. I’m just as split on the possibility of the iWatch even being something Apple would put out anytime soon. When the rumors first started to surface I was excited and it almost seemed to make sense but the more I thought about it the less viable it seemed. Apple doesn’t do bleeding edge technologies and what I mean by that is they wait until the new technology is proven and perfected. People have pointed at the fact that they waited to put 3G in the iPhone and again Apple wasn’t the first to have LTE in their devices. Wearable technology is nowhere right now so would they venture into the waters to produce the iWatch? Then considering what an iWatch would need to sell for to make it a …

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iOS 7 Concepts

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Now with under a month until WWDC the reveal of iOS 7 is nearing. T3kd already put up a post about what we want to see in iOS 7. With all the rumors of Sir Jony Ive stripping out Skeumorphic elements to give a very different look to the User Interface (UI). Many iOS 7 concepts are being released based on the perceived “Flatter” design. It is a pretty exciting time since some of the well known sources in the industry have heard that the UI looks so different polarizing filters are being used to prevent others from seeing the differences. It is also rumored that people working on the new OS X operating system (OS) have been pulled off to help finish up iOS 7 in time for the reveal. I have read, talked to and heard people who are talking about how much the iOS interface needs a change. But in the current mobile space with competitors bringing out new features where does a new interface rank? Me personally, I would rather Apple make changes and introduce features that make iOS easier and more intuitive to use. Things like the rumored Flickr and Vimeo system integration but also …

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Looks Like iOS 7 Could be Delayed

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With the next iPhone supposedly coming out this September, Apple has been focusing on that release to coincide with the release of their next mobile operating system, iOS 7. Apple has been focused heavily on updating their operating system with new features. While iOS has seen quite a few valuable updates, it has remained fairly stagnant cosmetically over the past few years. With a major overhaul of the user interface appearing likely, Apple will be hard pressed to release iOS 7 on time. Apple has been receiving quite a bit of pressure in the mobile market lately, as Samsung and HTC have begun to eat away at the market share that Apple once dominated. Complaints have come out that products running iOS have been stagnant whereas Android operating systems have evolved and improved quite a bit over the past few versions. The issue with these complaints are mostly cosmetic issues, but Apple has always been slow to open up the flexibility of their devices. Many of the standard apps, such as Email and Newsstand, have been almost completely unchanged ever since the original iPhone launched six years ago. Gestures have remained unchanged, even though newer and better ideas have been …

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