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Apple’s Newest Map Competition Acquisition: WiFiSlam

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According to an article published yesterday by Reuters, Apple has acquired mapping application company WiFiSlam for “around $20 million.” An apple spokesman told Reuters that “Apple acquires smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” While that statement is 100%, how hard is to say that Apple may be making another attempt at a maps application? Their last attempt was a complete disaster, so much that Tim Cook himself recommended Google Maps. What is WiFiSlam? It appears that at one time WiFiSlam did have a website at www.wifislam.com, but it has since then been removed, probably due to the acquisition. We were however, able to find some information on company information site AngelList. WiFiSlam is listed as a product that allows your smartphone to pinpoint its location in real-time using only “WiFi signals that are already present in buildings.” If I’m interpreting that statement correctly, you in theory wouldn’t even need to be connected to WiFi for this application to pinpoint your location, but I could be wrong. Obviously this pinpointed location is most likely not longitude and latitude, but rather location information that would be tailored perfectly for indoor navigation, something that Google is …

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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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Apple Finishes Switching Data Centers to 100% Renewable Energy

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It took nearly a year, but after a scathing report released in early 2012 by Greenpeace ripped Apple apart for using unsustainable energy sources to power their data centers, the company knew they had to do something to regain the public’s trust. Thankfully, instead of paying for some elaborately veiled PR campaign to minimize the damage, Apple actually went out and did something about it. With the exclusion of their North Carolina plant (which is facing an uphill battle against local power company lobbyists), Apple is now running all of their servers and even their home office in Cupertino off 100% renewable sources. In regards to the chip on Apple’s southern block, they had this to say: “This 100-acre, 20-megawatt (MW) facility has an annual production capacity of 42 million kWh of clean, low-carbon, renewable energy. And we’re currently building a second 20-MW solar photovoltaic facility on nearby land that should be operational in late 2013. In addition, we’ve built an onsite 10-MW fuel cell installation that uses directed biogas and provides more than 83 million kWh of 24/7 baseload renewable energy annually — it’s the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country. All told, Apple will be …

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How to Setup Apple Two Step Verification For iCloud and Apple ID

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Apple has finally come up with the two- step verification process for Apple ID and iCloud users. It is the same as with Google and others. It has to be first enabled on the Apple ID website after which the user can use their mobile device to receive verification codes either via text message or call in the Find my iPhone app to sign into various Apple services. In the event of losing your phone or do not have access to it there are already recovery keys which have to be printed and kept some place safe beforehand. It is available in the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand at present but will be available to the rest of the world soon. How to set up Apple Two Step Verification Step 1 Go to appleid.apple.com and hit “Manage your Apple ID” Step 2 Enter user’s login details and sign in. Step 3 On the left there is a “password and security” tab. Click on it. Enter the answers to your two security questions. Step 4 Under the two – step verification banner click on “get started” , the user will be directed to a screen showing three images …

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How to have more than a 4 digit passcode on an iPhone

How to have more than a 4 digit passcode on the iPhone

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This tip will actually work on more than just the iPhone. It will work on any iDevice running iOS, so iPad, iPad Mini, iPod Touch, etc. A user can secure their iDevices by instituting a passcode. When the device is locked in order to unlock it the passcode must be entered. The security can be further enhanced by having the device delete all the data after a number of un-successful attempts entering the passcode. When using this security feature the user can use a simple 4 digit passcode or by setting the simple passcode option off they can enter a more complex password. These two options are at opposite ends of the spectrum. A 4 digit passcode can be broken or memorized by anyone looking over shoulders. While a password is going to be annoying to type in everytime the device is unlocked. So how about a happy middle ground, well here is how to have more than a 4 digit passcode on the iPhone. Using this tip you will be able to use a longer string of numbers for your passcode. You can use 6, 8, 12 numbers or as many as you can easily remember and input when …

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6.1.3 Update Available for iPhone

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Apple has rolled out another update for its iOS software to counter a security flaw that had been uncovered putting owners of its devices at risk. Today Apple released yet another update to bolster the security of its iOS 6 operating system, rolling out their answer to a vulnerability that enabled users to bypass the lock screen and access the phone if done in a specific way. The exploit went on unchecked for almost a month and a half until today, and according to Tim Cook the exploit should now be closed. When the emergency call screen was accessed and canceled a certain number of times while holding down the power button, the home screen would eventually come up without having to know or enter to the PIN. A number of agencies have proven the method as viable, and alerted the mobile giant to the threat all the way back in February.   There’s also a small update to the Maps software in Japan, which is apparently running as poorly there as it is in just about every other region on Earth right now. Apple is losing their grip on the title of “most secure”, and if they aren’t careful …

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Doubles iPhone 5 Benchmark

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Earlier this week at the Samsung  Galaxy S4 launch event, Android Authority was able to get their hands on a unit and test it at its full capacity against a number of other devices including the Xperia S, HTC One, Galaxy SIII, and iPhone 5. Although it should go without saying, the others phones were SMOKED by the eight-core behemoth, and Samsung has proven that when you use the right people to engineer the right technology, the best gadgets are what come out on the other side. They used the same version that will be available at launch with identical specs and software, and averaged about twice the speed as its competitors. To verify the results, John Poole of Primate Labs performed the same test on several other top-tier smartphones and published his results. For the original test at the event, the Galaxy S4 received a benchmark of 3,163. The iPhone 5 only marked a mere 1,596, which means the GS4 is about twice as fast as a phone which was just released 6 short months ago. The GS4 is also twice as fast as Samsung’s last flagship phone, the Galaxy SIII, which means that even at its peak the iPhone …

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How to get better iPhone battery life

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Now that most smartphones will do most of the same things battery life is really what has become the deciding factor. Along with doing more a smartphone has to do more for longer. In order to get better battery life there is a mixture of settings and the usage of the smartphone that will help squeeze a little more life out of that battery. So here are a few settings you might want to check in my tip on how to get better iPhone battery life. Every person’s battery life will be different because the way they use the iPhone will be different. So keeping this in mind there are a few things that are big drains on the battery life and using these things will result in a quick need for charging up your device. The first of these is the screen, the biggest part of the interface with the device. However it takes a lot of power to run the screen so the longer it is on the more of a drain it is on the battery. The next thing is the radios inside the iPhone, which provide data(3G,LTE) and Wifi. Browsing the web or using social media …

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Blackberry calling the kettle black

Blackberry calling the kettle black

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The CEO of the company formerly known as RIM, now Blackberry, Thorsten Heins claims that Apple is trailing when it comes to innovation. He also basically called iOS the Operating System(OS) that iDevices(iPhones, iPads, iPods, etc) run on old. Now to me aint that a little like the Blackberry calling the kettle black. Yes pun intended, but really it wasn’t very long ago that Blackberry was on the brink of destruction as their marketshare in the mobile space eroded with their dated offerings. So if anyone should know about old, outdated and quickly becoming irrelevant it would be Blackberry. The new BBX isn’t even a smash success yet so does Mr. Heins really feel justified in talking about a competitor whose device has more market share and makes more profit than his company does right now? You can read more about what the Blackberry CEO had to say to The Australian Financial Review in this iMore post. Now before anyone claims that I’m getting deffensive because of my Apple Fanboyism. Go back and listen to some of the old T3kd podcasts where we argue and wax poetic about RIM and it’s future. I have been a supporter of them turning …

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Retina display leads to Apple class action lawsuit

Apple Class Action Lawsuit over Faulty MacBook Pro Retina Displays

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A group of irate Apple adopters are planning to sue the computer manufacturer over defective MacBooks. The Apple class action lawsuit was launched in response to fraud and deceptive marketing charges are leveled against the company in response to problems with certain laptop displays. Apple has faced criticism over defective retina displays in some of its most popular MacBook Retina models but now it looks like the battle will be going to court if the company doesn’t settle first — which it’s likely to do. Apple Class Action Lawsuit Claims Fraud and Deceptive Advertising The Apple class action lawsuit claims that the company actively defrauded its customers and failed to notify individuals of the specific problem in time to prevent purchases. The issue stems from defective Retina displays manufactured by LG. These displays exhibit ghosting (temporary image burn-in) that makes the user interface nearly impossible to navigate – not a good thing for a piece of equipment for which consumers had to shell out thousands of dollars. Though the displays did eventually revert to working order, the problem persisted each time an image was shown on-screen for too long. Sources state that as little as 15 or 20 minutes was allt hat …

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