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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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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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Mobile battery life could be getting better

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There have been countless posts about the new importance battery life plays as a deciding factor in mobile electronics. Most smartphones today do pretty much the same basics, equivalent of the point A to point B reference commonly used. So one of the biggest differentiator has become battery life, after all what good are all the features if you can’t use them? Well it seems that some new breakthroughs mean mobile battery life could be getting better eventually. There are some things that are being held back by the constraints of battery life.Take for example Siri, the digital personal assistant on Apple’s iOS devices. Currently the assistant has to be activated with a key press because having the device listen for audio ques would cause horrible battery life. This is just one example of a feature that could be made exponentially better if battery life was removed from the eqaution as a concern. Well then the new advancements that have been made at the University of Illinois could have a very big impact in that area. The article “Small in size, big on power” explains how the microbatteries offer phenominal power in their small size. The article explains that, The …

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Why Google Glass is a perfect play by Google

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Google Glass is the best thing Google has done for many reasons. It is much more important than their Android OS and no one even knows it yet. Why google glass is a perfect play by Google begins with the fact that they have first mover advantage. But it goes far beyond that, it spiders into everything Google and that is why it can become their most important venture, if it is done right! Google Glass like iTunes has first mover advantage. There are no competitors in the market yet and what that does is allow Google to develop their 1.0 product and perfect it long before anyone gets a clue and joins the party. It is a huge advantage for them because when the device does become more popular and competitors appear Google will already have a huge head start. I compared it to iTunes because iTunes existed long before the iPhone, iPad, App store, etc. ever came about. It was just yet another media player. This afforded Apple the time to work on it, implement and get things working while having it work on Macs and Windows. Then when the mp3 craze hit and iPods became a craze …

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Google Fiber everywhere

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You have inevitably hear about Google Fiber by now. It has launched in Kansas City, will be expanding to Austin Texas and was announced to be heading to Provo Utah.  Google Fiber is using Google installed fiber optics to bring internet and TV service at Google says 100 times faster. The hope is that Google would eventually step into the ring as an Internet Service Provider(ISP) and bring Google Fiber nationwide. However many posts have been written about the enormous cost it would take and also the roadblocks and hurdles Google would face to take on such an endeavour. However there is a way that there could be Google Fiber everywhere. Well at least here in North America. The problem is just one word “Greed” but you’ll understand more about that when we get into it. It will take many billions of dollars to bring Google Fiber to all the cities in North America. A huge cost even for Google but if you think about what fiber and that 100 times faster internet means there is a way that it might happen. The recent talks of the new video game consoles Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s XBox 720 or whatever …

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PS4 share button was pitched using Microsoft software

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The PS4 has gained a lot of respect in the gaming circles ever since it was announced. The developers simply can’t stop praising the wonderful gaming console. That is because the PS4 has been designed by keeping the development ease in mind. The PS4 follows an architecture which is much closer to the one which PC has and hence has made every developer on this planet instantly familiar with the PS4 hardware. Remember in the start of the current console cycle, the games were not too amazing? And by the end they are absolutely stunning? Well that is because the developers have become intimately familiar with the architecture of the consoles. By knowing what the console is actually capable of is one thing, being able to milk the resources to the fullest is another and it takes a lot of time. The point is PS4 is a more developer friendly console and it is quite evident because the PS4 share button was suggested by a first party developer. “I think it was [creative director] Nathan Gary in Santa Monica studios who suggested it,” said Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida in an interview with Edge Magazine. “So Nathan put …

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Modder Creates System that Plays Games from 18 Consoles

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When you learn how to be a modder, you learn very quickly that all things are possible. Modding a game allows you to break down the structures that the developers have provided for players, and it allows you to create your own structure. Whether you’re modding games or consoles, there are many possibilities at your fingertips if you can find out how to make them happen. One modder recently showed off his combo console that can play games from 18 different systems. John “Bacteria” Grayson was tired of having so many consoles sitting around his house. He wasn’t a big fan of emulators, saying that it doesn’t bring all the nostalgia from playing the game on the original console. With this problem, he decided to start Project Unity. His goal was to create one giant console out of his other systems that he had. His console would only require one power supply and one video output, and just one controller as well. As far as projects go, Grayson proves that he’s as good of a modder as anyone. He proved his dedication, putting 3,500 hours into building the console. He estimates that the cost of parts and the consoles that …

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Internet effectively ruined my monthly LAN party

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I love gaming but I’m not really into the whole online gaming business. Sure I try out multiplayer but only for reviewing purposes. I used to hold a monthly LAN party for my friends and cousins, a bunch of guys who would get together and have good old fashioned multiplayer fun. This was a tradition, one whole Saturday night, pizzas, coke and a lot of trash talking. It started back when I was in high school and decided that I don’t want any more friends. And since then, I have the same group of friends who love playing video games. Back then around 2006 (I’m not that old) not all of us had good internet connections. And the only way we would get some multiplayer action was either go to the local gaming zone or haul our PCs at one place. As we were cheapskates, we chose the inexpensive way. The LAN party was the most amazing night of the month, mostly because we could actually hit each other and do victory dances. Tension used to run rampant in high stakes matches, the matches which determined which team will pay for the next pizza. But as internet became faster and …

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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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