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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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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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1Password 4 now 1/2 off

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This is happening for a limited time only so if you’re not already using 1Password on your iOS device or your computer better get it while it’s hot. If you don’t know what 1Password is it’s an application to store your passwords and sensitive information. It is secure and built by a trusted name so there is nothing to fear about using it. We did a post awhile back about putting together a secure password and one of the things about having secure passwords is for them all to be different. This app makes that possible because you can lock all the passwords away safely and you only need to remember one secure password, the one to open up the 1Password app. Right now if you buy 1Password like we said it is 1/2 off: 1Password 4 for iOS is $8, regularly $16 You can get the iOS app which is universal here 1Password for Mac is $25, regularly $50 and if you buy the Mac version right now you will automatically get a free upgrade to 1Password 4 when it is released for the Mac. The Mac app is located here

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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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App Store

App Store Hits 45 Billion Downloads

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Despite underwhelming sales performance for iPhone during the last quarter, Apple had some good news today. They announced that the App Store has officially surpassed 45 billion downloads, which keeps it well ahead of competition. With this announcement, Apple has seen more than 5 billion downloads in the past three months alone. They announced in January that the app store had reached 40 billion downloads, with half of those occurring in 2012. So despite slower than expected sales, Apple is still getting just as many downloads in their app store as ever, and are currently on pace to beat even last year’s total. In fact, the number of downloads in the app store is especially impressive since Apple announced that 500 million iOS devices had been sold by January 2013. That means that at the time, users averaged 1,125 downloads of apps, music, movies, and other media for their phones. That seems like a fairly staggering number to me, but not at all surprising considering the amount of music that many people download. They also announced that developers are making over $1 billion in app sales every quarter. This doesn’t include money made from advertising from within the apps themselves. …

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Apple, don’t worry be happy

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If you didn’t know yet Apple will be releasing their 2nd Quarter results today, actually in just under 2 hours from now. It will be covered by many blogs, talked about and read into for days to come by bloggers and also by the idiots on Wall St. I’m sure. ArsTechnica will be live blogging it as well as many other tech sites so be sure not to miss the action @ 2PM PDT(5PM EDT) today. Now doom and gloom has been forecasted for Apple for a while now, mostly thanks to brilliant Wall St. analysts, so it’s nothing new. I’m here to tell you that as far as it goes with Apple, don’t worry be happy. If you listen to the analysts on Wall St. you would think Apple is going down in flames and probably be tempted to sell any shares you own. This would be a mistake because you get such ridiculous rumors like “Apple is looking to replace Tim Cook” or sentiments that the iPhone and iPad are not selling well. Meanwhile if you look at the numbers carriers like Verizon have activated 4 million iPhones in the last quarter. You would get better information about …

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Don’t be a cheapskate when buying apps

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The race to the bottom in app pricing has been talked about a lot. People will always pay the least they have to whenever they can but just keep in mind “A cheap app isn’t always good and a good app isn’t always cheap”. But as consumers, customers we get so much more for the price we pay when we buy an app. So please don’t be a cheapskate when buying apps. I wrote a post sometime last year about just this topic and since it’s now gone that means I get to try to bring some attention to the issue again. Over at Macworld Lex Friedman (@lexfri) wrote a great post “A $5 app isn’t expensive” it’s a great read, check it out, there are many great points. I’m also going to talk about the same topic and will speak on some of the same points but with my own opinions and point of view. To start off with let’s look at what we get when we buy an app. If I buy an app I’m not only able to run it on my iPhone. I can run it on my iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or iPad Mini, if …

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Apple’s new Podcasts app

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If you didn’t know the Podcasts app from Apple has been updated. This might be the first step of the elimination of Skeumorphism in iOS. The podcasts app that existed previously had an analog representation of a reel to reel player when the “Now Playing” screen was flicked up. That is now gone along with the addition of a nicer looking interface with new features. I didn’t mind the old Podcasts app but I’m definitely loving Apple’s new Podcasts app so far. One of the new features is the option of making your own station of podcasts. So I can create stations of my favorite  podcasts grouping them in whatever way I choose. The podcasts will also update automatically with new episodes and are stored in iCloud so that they are updated on all iOS devices. This means that you will only change the settings once on one device and whatever stations I create will only be done once. I have always wondered why the Podcasts app either had to be running all the time in order to get new episodes when they are available or would download when the app is opened. It seemed silly to me because I …

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Mailbox app acquired by Dropbox

Mailbox Acquired by Dropbox — May Assist In Speeding Up Rollout

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Mailbox is a handy little IOS app that everyone loves. It’s essentially a third-party piece of software that revamps the Gmail user interface. Sounds boring if you ask me but with a clogged waiting list of well over 260,000 people it’s clear that somebody wants it. Apparently this re-skinning of a free service is the next best thing since Angry Birds. The interest has generated a rather interesting takeover as Dropbox acquired mailbox for an undisclosed amount of money. Dropbox is a similar information delivery services that allows the creation of shared folder in which users can store and transmit data and files – including large files that will choke most email clients. Dropbox also has a significant amount of revenue to spend which may be a good thing. Mailbox was desperately struggling with its own success. Dropbox Acquisition of Mailbox May Save the Start-Up The company reports that since launching, Mailbox has “grown 2000x and we’re already delivering more than 60 million emails a day.” It also stated that was “mind-bending growth for only a few weeks, and we’re just getting started.” The company received $5.3 million in venture capital in 2011 but clearly couldn’t keep up with its …

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iOS 7 Wish list

iOS 7 wish list

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This year will be the debut of iOS 7. There have been things said about iOS 6 like it’s boring, it’s getting old, it needs a revamp. While I don’t agree with all of those sentiments I do think there is a lot of room for improvement. This is the T3kd iOS 7 wish list. A list of the things that Apple will hopefully implement in the new iOS. Before I get started everyone needs to understand a few things about Apple and iOS. It’s been 5 years since the introduction of the iPhone and along with it the iPhone Operating System, now iOS. In that 5 years Apple has spent time perfecting iOS while throngs of people learned to operate it. They are not going to drastically re-write it now that everyone knows how to use it. What they will do is make changes that add to the Operating System (OS), keep it simple and retain the familiarity. Our iOS 7 wish list keeps this in mind, sort off. The list has features that would make using iOS easier, more efficient and more productive for the user. Which is what a new OS should always do for the benefit …

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