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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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Are Cyber Attacks something to worry about?

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There have been several high-profile cyber attacks in the last few of weeks. Chinese hackers attacked the New York Times and Wall Street Journal; Facebook and Apple were also the targets of malicious software attacks in the past. The question is whether or not this is something that regular consumers should be worried about. For the most part, cyber attack coverage is FUD If you aren’t aware FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. For the most part the media blows most of these cyber attack stories way out of proportion. In other words, the media perpetuates FUD. Nothing sells newspapers more than fear. If companies do their updates and protect their data with backups, cyber attacks are hardly ever as bad as the media makes them out to be. The Apple and Facebook hacks for instance, were the result of employees of the two companies visiting a site with malicious code on it. The code took advantage of a known flaw in Java, and some employee’s computers were infected. No consumer data was affected in either case, but the media went crazy with headlines like “Apple admits to being hacked!!!!!!!!!!” or “Facebook’s data put in jeopardy by hackers!!!!!!!!!!!” Neither …

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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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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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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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What Will Web 3.0 Look Like?

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If you think about it, web 2.0 was first a thing about a decade ago. It seems an awful long time for the web to have stayed on the same version. Are we on 3.0 yet? If not, what will web 3.0 look like? A Web of Apps In web 3.0, web apps will reign supreme. More and more sites you use will cease to be websites and become full fledge applications that live on the web. It is already happening with some sites like news aggregator news360.com. In a world where the web is apps, each app will have much more functionality than a traditional website. Things like the ability to interact with your computer in new ways, better graphics and speeds, higher resolutions and more. You will use the apps on the web just like you use apps on your computer or smartphone. You will be able to store the icons in a folder or on your desktop or home screen, and access them individually instead of through a browser. Apps should also have the added benefit of being more secure. Since Apple, Google and Microsoft are requiring and building in sandboxing into browsers and web apps, things …

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How the Internet has Changed Tax Time

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It’s almost that time of year again: Tax Time. You’ve received your W2 and all of your tax docs and you’re thinking about sitting down and doing your taxes. If you remember just a few years ago, you would have to go to the library or post office, pick up a hundred-page instruction book and a five-page form. The Internet has changed all of that forever, and soon everyone will do his or her taxes online. A Web of Tax Sites In the last few years tax help and tax filing sites have bloomed across the Internet. This has been aided by the IRS’ addition of e-filing, which allows users to truly file their taxes online. Before that online tools were just there to help out tax filers by filling in forms and printing them out. Now with e-filing, users don’t (usually) even have to physically sign their tax return forms, they just have to electronically sign them by providing certain information. The elimination of mailing in forms and waiting weeks and weeks to hear about your refund has revolutionized the way people do taxes. Instead of waiting until the last-minute, people can do their taxes beginning in mid-January and …

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