iPhone 6s Rumors

12/09/2014
Dec 09, 2014
As we reported earlier this week, there is a good possibility that Apple is slated to release the iPhone 6S in the spring of next year, possibly coinciding with the release of the much-anticipated Apple Watch (possibly followed by the release of the iPhone 7 in their annual September release slot).

If these rumors are true, there is no shortage of speculation as to what exactly the 6S might look like. While it's unlikely that the design would change very much, some rumors suggest that the new iPhone may have a display that wraps around the edge of the phone, similar to the Galaxy Note Edge. These rumors are inspired by an Apple patent describing "sidewall displays."

There are also rumors describing an incredible jump in the iPhone's camera quality - although it's unlikely that we will see this by next spring.

Rumors of an iPhone 6C release with the iPhone 6S are circulating the internet, as well, possibly due to the rumored imminent discontinuation of the 5C model. While the iPhone 6's 4.7-inch phone has been a smashing success, there is still a demand for Apple to continue releasing a 4-inch model. Some reports insinuate that the 6C may fill this demand. As always, these are all simply rumors, and should be taken with a grain of salt. The speculation is always exciting, however, and we're sure to be hearing more rumors surrounding an iPhone 6S (and possibly 6C) in the coming months.

// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Apple Patents Groundbreaking New Drop Protection

12/09/2014
Dec 09, 2014
How many of you have an iPhone with spider-web style cracks all over the screen? It is the bane of any iPhone owner's existence - you buy a beautiful new phone, forgo a bulky case that sticks in your pocket and destroys the phone's aesthetic, and then you inevitably drop it. The screen is shattered, but still useable, so you put up with it for months or years. Sound familiar? Apple was just approved a patent that may put an end to this.

Have you ever heard the saying that cats always land on their feet? Well, Apple just recently patented technology that may allow your iPhone or iPad to do the same thing. Theoretically, the phone or tablet will use technology (much of which is already present in the devices) such as the accelerometer, gyroscopic sensor, positioning sensors, vibration motor and more to detect a fall, and subsequently right itself to minimize damage when it lands.

While the patent may also allow for more elaborate safeguarding techniques (extending air foils and small gas canisters to control the landing have been mentioned), much of the technology to for the phone or tablet to right itself mid-air is already present in the iPhone and iPad. Nonetheless, it's not clear when we can expect to see this technology implemented. For the millions of iPhone users with cracked screens around the world, we certainly hope it's sooner rather than later.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

5 Cool Features in the iMessage App

12/09/2014
Dec 09, 2014
5. Toggle Read Receipts While "read receipts" are a valuable tool, allowing message senders to see when the recipient receives and opens their messages, sometimes you just don't have a chance to reply right away. You can access the setting for this via Settings > Messages> Send Read Receipts to toggle this option on and off.

4. Send an Audio or Video Message The iMessage app allows users to send a short video or audio clip as a message. Users can touch and hold the microphone icon to the left of the text area or the camera icon to the right to send an audio or video clip to their friends.

3. Custom Vibrations for Contacts Since iOS 7, Apple has included a little-used but very useful feature in their iOS mobile devices - the ability to create custom vibration patterns for certain contacts. This can come in handy when you have your phone on vibrate, and you're trying to discern whether that message or call you missed is from your spouse or from volunteers at the local politician's office. In order to set up a custom vibration pattern, navigate to the contact you want to set up the pattern for, click Edit, and scroll to Text Tone and Vibration. From there, you can select from several vibration presets, or create your own via a series of screen taps. Voila! You don't even need to take your phone out of your pocket to know who messaged/called you.

2. Managing Group Texts iOS 8 introduced several features that make managing group texts much easier. Leaving group messages is very simple via Details > Leave this Conversation. If you're interested in staying in a group message, but can't be bothered to receive a notification for every message, you can temporarily mute notifications with "Do Not Disturb" mode via Details > Do Not Disturb. Group messaging is a wonderful feature, but it can also turn into a royal pain. These features allow you to manage them a bit more gracefully.

1. Share Your Location One of the most convenient features in iOS 8 is the ability to share your location via iMessage. Tapping on Details in the upper right corner opens a menu that allows you to send your current location (a one-time message), or to share your location with the message recipient for either an hour, a day, or until you stop sharing. This feature is fantastic for meeting up with friends and families, and is one of those features we're not sure how we lived without before we discovered it.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Rebelsauce Offers Beautiful Photo Filters and Editing for iOS Devices

12/09/2014
Dec 09, 2014
Rebelsauce, the makers of several fine film presets for Adobe Lightroom, have recently released a beautiful new app for iOS devices. Offering some basic photo editing features and a host of gorgeous presets, Rebelsauce is our new favorite photo app for the iPhone and iPad.
Rebelsauce allows you to edit or add filters to any current photo in your library. With basic saturation, brightness, rotation, and cropping features (among others), Rebelsauce is certainly competent as a basic photo editor. However, where the app really shines is with its preset filters, or "sauces" as they are called. Users have the option of scrolling through the many different "sauces" the come available with the app (all of which are elegant and gorgeous), or purchasing other sauce packs (only $0.99 each). After selecting a preset, users can adjust the intensity of the filter for a custom look (if you're not looking for something too overdone).

Once the preset and editing has been applied, users can save the new photo directly to their Camera Roll, or they can share the photo via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and others. With an elegant, easy-to-use interface, basic editing features, and plenty of classy presets, Rebelsauce is a must for anyone that enjoys taking and sharing pictures with their iOS devices.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Microsoft Word Now Free for iPad and iPhone

12/09/2014
Dec 09, 2014
Just a few days ago, Microsoft released new Office apps for mobile iOS devices. While Excel and Powerpoint apps are also available, it has become clear that iOS users are most excited about the new Word app.

Word has been available on the iPad for several months now, and the consensus is that Word for iPad is an excellent feature-rich word processor. Certainly the biggest complaint from users was the lack of a free version. Previously, iPad users needed a paid Office 365 subscription in order to edit documents with the Word app. With this most recent release, however, Word users on the iPad and the iPhone can edit documents for free.

The free version of the app does come with some limitations, however. Some features, such as custom colors, page orientation changes, as well as image editing and some other more intensive layout and editing features still require a paid subscription. However, the free version certainly works fine for basic document editing and formatting.
The app itself is simple, elegant, and effective. We found that editing documents in the Word app is much more painless than it used to be on mobile devices. Even on the phone, where size limitations have always made document editing a hassle, we felt completely comfortable navigating through the app. Sharing between users and accounts (OneDrive, Sharepoint, and Dropbox all supported) works easily, and the formatting remains the same between devices. We can see why this quickly became one of the most downloaded apps in the iTunes Store.
The Word app for the iPhone and iPad are simply must-have apps. Whether you're looking to make some quick edits or touch-ups to documents you started on your desktop for free, or if you're using the paid version to make intensive formatting changes to documents, Word can handle it. It's simply a beautiful and useful app that we highly recommend.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Tweetbot 3.5 - a Feature-Rich Twitter Client Optimized for iOS8

12/03/2014
Dec 03, 2014
Tweetbot has always been one of our favorite third-party Twitter clients available. Tweetbot is fast, beautiful, efficient, and stacked with convenient and intuitive features. The long list of features is what attracted us to Tweetbot initially. Multiple account switching is available, videos and images display right in the timeline, push notifications, the ability to mute people, topics, and hashtags, swiping and tapping features, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on. Tweetbot even supports services such as Pocket and Instapaper, a feature that I personally find myself using often.

The most recent version of Tweetbot, version 3.5, was specifically designed to take advantage of the new features available in iOS 8. While the app hasn't changed much visually, the layouts have been optimized for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Feature-wise, Tweetbot now supports interactive notifications and support for share sheets.

An already beautiful and convenient Twitter client just became more-so. Check out Tweetbot 3.5 - available at the iTunes store for $4.99

// [Author: Mikey Franks]

iXpand Offers Easy Removable Storage for your iOS Device

12/03/2014
Dec 03, 2014
One of the biggest criticisms of Apple's iPhones and iPads is the lack of expandable storage, and the inability of their users to transfer files via the ever-popular USB thumb drives. With SanDisk's new iXpand thumb drive for iOS devices, that criticism won't hold water anymore.

The collapsible flash drive has two connectors -- one, a Lightning connector that plugs right into your phone or tablet, and the second, a USB 2.0 connector that is easily read by any Mac or PC. Users simply download the iXpand sync app at the App Store, and syncing files between your phone/tablet and your desktop computer is a breeze. Thanks to the impressive bandwidth of the Lightning connector, the drive reads and writes extremely quickly. As a matter of fact, playback from a full-HD movie file stored on the drive is smooth as can be, and starts with no lag (AVI, MPG, WMV, even Matroska videos are all supported).

The iXpand offers a host of other features, as well. Cross-platform encryption makes it easy to password protect sensitive files when transferring between devices, and the app offers a convenient backup function, which will automatically sync the entire camera roll and/or contacts on your device as soon as you plug it in. iXpand is also available in several different sizes at several different price points, at 16GB ($60), 32GB ($80), and 64GB ($120), respectively.

While there are a couple of areas in which the iXpand could use some improvement, such as the 4GB single-file max storage hindrance and the high price relative to similar-capacity USB thumb drives, it is a great tool for any owner of an iOS device.

// [Author: Mikey Franks]

iOS 8.1.1 Released to the Public

12/03/2014
Dec 03, 2014
Apple fans rejoice - iOS 8.1.1 has been released to the public. This newest update is available for any device capable of running iOS 8, including iPhones 4S through the 6 and 6 Plus, all second generation and newer iPads, and the fifth generation iPod Touch.

While Apple did report that there are several "bug fixes" in this most recent release, such as cellular connectivity bugs, and problems users have been reporting while using iCloud Drive and other apps, this release is probably most exciting for those of us that are using older Apple devices. Devices such as the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 suffered a hit in performance with the feature-rich iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.1 releases. This new update promises enhanced performance and stability for these older devices.

To install the iOS 8.1.1 update, simply navigate your device to Settings > General > Software Update for an over-the-air download. If, by chance, you don't have enough free storage on your device for an over-the-air update, it is available on iTunes, as well. Make sure to backup all of your data, and then enjoy the new and improved iOS.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Night Vision For Your iPhone 6?

12/03/2014
Dec 03, 2014
Engineers at MSM Labs have designed a case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that offers truly legitimate night vision for your iPhone. While there are several apps that claim to do the same thing, they simply use software tricks to boost low light conditions. The NVC case contains a true night vision camera built into the back.

With eight infrared LEDs on the back and a 5-megapixel camera, the Kickstarter-based case can illuminate objects up to 30 feet away to view objects in complete and total darkness. The NVC case is powered by its own separate battery, which is said to provide two to four hours per charge, and can even be used to charge the phone itself. The case also offers a microSD card slot, allowing users to store photos and video they take within the case.

One of our favorite features of the NVC case is that, because it utilizes its own camera and battery, it can be removed from the phone and used separately (perhaps as a security monitor or to watch a sleeping baby), connecting to the phone via Wi-Fi. The NVC case is currently being funded on Kickstarter and is expected to ship in May of 2015.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

iPhone 6s May Be Unveiled Sooner Than Expected

12/03/2014
Dec 03, 2014
Fans of Apple's iPhones have always known to expect a new release roughly once a year. In 2013, however, Apple made a (somewhat) surprising move, releasing two handsets in a year - the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. This past year, Apple released two handsets as well with the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. While tradition says we might expect the iPhone 7 to be released next September, rumor has it we may see another handset released sooner.

Reports say that Apple may unveil an iPhone 6S in the spring of 2015. While there are plenty of rumors circling the internet concerning what kind of features and upgrades may be included with the release, nothing groundbreaking yet has garnered any strong credibility.

Many reports are hinting that the iPhone 6S release will coincide with the release of the hotly anticipated Apple Watch. This possible release could pave the way for a biannual release of Apple's smartphones, perhaps to keep up with the almost constant release of competitor's phones.

As per usual, Apple has not released any statements denying or lending credibility to the report, but with the release of the Apple watch and the recent reports that Apple is discontinuing the iPhone 5C, a release of the 6S next spring wouldn't be surprising.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Canopy Offers a Better Amazon Experience

12/03/2014
Dec 03, 2014
We here at iDropNews love Amazon. Really, most tech junkies love Amazon. What we don't love is Amazon's interface - especially the interface on their mobile app. With the millions of products Amazon offers, navigating through the clutter can be an exercise in futility.

Enter Canopy - Amazon's endless stream of products simplified and personalized to each user. Created by a group of former Google designers, Canopy works as a personalized curator, organizing the jumble of products available on Amazon into an aesthetically pleasing collection of products that have been hand-picked by Canopy's staff.

Canopy essentially turns Amazon into a curated boutique store. Each product is hand-picked by Canopy's staff, and the presentation is beautiful. The products are displayed in a Pinterest-style layout, and each product offers beautiful custom photography, several related items, comments, and a link to the product on Amazon. Users can shop by category or brand, or they can browse recommended items by the Canopy staff or other users who offer recommendations that pique your interest.

Since discovering Canopy, I've found that I tend to use it almost exclusively to browse Amazon. While you may not find every little useless knick-knack that Amazon offers on Canopy, it really improves the Amazon shopping experience.

// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Your iPhone 6 Can Play 4K Video

11/26/2014
Nov 26, 2014
Developers of the Mac video uploading app WALTR (which uploads nearly any video format to iOS devices without having to convert them) made an incredible discovery - the new A8 processors found in recent Apple devices is so powerful, it offers playback of 4K video.

While testing the WALTR app, Softorino developers found that the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2 were capable of playing 4K videos right out of the box. While this is a very impressive feat of mobile hardware, it isn't a very useful feature just yet. Not only is there a serious lack of 4K content currently available, but the file sizes are very large - far too large to be stored on a mobile device. Also important to note is that while 4K playback is possible on these devices, the resolutions (1330x750 for the iPhone 6, 1920x1080 for the 6 Plus, and 2048x1536 for the iPad Air 2) simply aren't capable of replicating the output of a true 4K display. Although this technology isn't quite useful at the moment, it points to an exciting future for Apple devices. With the recent launch of the new iMac with 5K Retina display, it is clear that Apple is serious about the future of high-definition content. Perhaps a new Apple TV with the A8 processor is due for us in the future?
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Incredible Camera Improvements Due for iPhone 7?

11/26/2014
Nov 26, 2014
Although the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released relatively recently, there are already several rumors circulating the internet about what's in store for the iPhone 7. Assuming Apple follows the same release schedule we all have become accustomed to, we should see a new addition in the iPhone line next September. While there is plenty of speculation as to the new features the next iPhone will offer, perhaps the most interesting rumor is that of a huge jump in the iPhone's camera performance.

According to famed blogger John Gruber (known for his technology blog "Daring Fireball"), the iPhone 7 may see Apple's "biggest camera jump ever." Featuring two lenses, it is rumored that this new camera may be able to take DSLR-quality images.

Lending credibility to this rumor is the fact that Sony, from whom Apple gets its CMOS sensors, just announced their latest 21-megapixel CMOS sensor for smartphone cameras, which supports high definition still images and 4K video recording. We may see an incredible new camera on the latest iPhone release next September.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Rumors: Apple Rumored To Push Beats on Every iPhone

11/26/2014
Nov 26, 2014
Last week, Apple released iOS 8.1.1, a much-anticipated update to iOS 8.1, which was reported to include several bug fixes and increased performance for older iOS devices. After spending a week putting iOS 8.1.1 to the test, we found that while there are still a few issues that need addressing, iOS 8.1.1 is a solid update.

The iOS 8.1 update included several bug and security fixes, performance enhancements, and new features (such as Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus). However, with the release of iOS 8.1 came new bugs (and the persistence of old ones) that absolutely needed to be addressed. There were thousands of reports of apps crashing, Wi-Fi issues, iMessage problems, and Bluetooth bugs. One bug that wasn't addressed in iOS 8.1 that many of us iOS users faced was the infamous "landscape bug," in which the iPhone 6 would get stuck in landscape mode, only fixed by closing and re-opening the offending app (usually iMessage).
While some users are still reporting issues with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, we found that during our trial run iOS 8.1.1 addressed every issue we had concerns about. Apps opened quickly and ran with great speed and stability (we had zero crashes over the course of the last week, and zero problems with iMessage). Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity was solid across the board throughout several test runs. Perhaps most importantly, the landscape bug seems to have been eliminated. On older devices, such as the iPad 2, the update seems to have sped things up a bit - although it seems as if there is still room for improvement in this area.

The iOS 8.1.1 update is still new, and new problems are sure to arise. However, after putting it through the ringer for the past week, we're confident in recommending anyone with an iOS device to go ahead and install this update for an improved iOS experience.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Rumors: Apple Rumored To Push Beats on Every iPhone

11/26/2014
Nov 26, 2014
Apple is already starting to make adjustments since it's acquisition of Beats Music earlier this year. There have been rumors about Apple planning to bundle the music subscription next year, making Beats music instantly available on hundreds of millions of iOS products. This means you will find the app pre- installed when you purchase a new iPad, iPhone, of iPod touch.

Apple paused $3 billion for Beat's headphones and music app business in May to try to re-establish its leadership in music. We suspect that the launch may coincide with the release of its iOS operating system, possibly iOS 8.2. The inclusion of paid-for Beats service in iOS could happen as early as March 2015.

This new Beats installation will put more pressure on Spotify, the leader in music streaming. Spotify has struck deals to bundle its app with handset makers such as HTC and Sprint, but non cane match Apple's customer base. This will also be Apple's first big push into subscription music at a time when iTunes downloads are in decline. It is speculated that Apple
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Apps of the week: 8 Apps to help master your commute

11/26/2014
Nov 26, 2014
Most people have to deal with a daily commute to work. Whatever your method of transportation, you can use apps to help alleviate the delays and transit boredom. This week, we review eight apps that will make your commute faster as well as more productive.

1. Waze

Waze potentially one of the best traffic apps you can use to effectively get you to your destination. This app uses crowd-sourced traffic reports from its user that work with Waze's GPS technology. Waze also identifies and shares road conditions such as speed trap locations, red light cameras, and potential road hazards.

2. Road Warrior Route Planner

Road warrior is an app for professionals who need help planning their route in the morning, Often, busy professionals have a jam-packed schedule and make several stops along their day running errands or going to a client lunch. Just put all of your destinations into Road warrior for an optimal itinerary which accounts for traffic, changes in your schedule, and cancellations.

3. Moovit

Moovit is a real-time transit app that updates transit information based on account user-generated reports. Moovit has updates on transportation such as subway, ferries, and trolleys. This app will give you updates on delays and outages in real-time so commuters can have the quickest route on various modes of transportation, so you can always plan ahead.

4. Downcast App

Downcast is a pod-cast app that has received rave reviews from various sources over the years, and remains one of the most popular podcasts to date. You can listen to Downcast on your commute to kill time and stay stimulated without having to sync with your iTunes. Downcast will automatically download podcast episodes in your playlist so when you don't have an internet connection you can still have access to pre-loaded episodes.

5. Duolingo

Duolingo is an interactive language learning app that actually won Apple's 2013 app of the year award. This app provides hundreds of speaking, reading, and writing lessons at varying levels of difficulty in nine different languages. This app assigns your grades as your lessons progresses, so you can continually improve yourself on your morning commute.

6. TuneIn

TuneIn Radio offers commuters 100,000 radio station and over four million podcasts that can be designed into personalized feeds. This app works on mobile, tablet, or a desktop so you can listen to the radio no matter what your transit looks like. You can also save and rewind programming at your convenience.

7. The Coursebook

The Coursebook is an app that allows you to access podcasts, lectures from top universities like Stanford and Yale, as well as TED talks and instructional videos. This app allows you to personalize your interests and will make suggestions based on what you like. You can also store your favorite content and share it with your friends on social media.

8. ASAM - AgileSpeech Audio Message

For working professionals, it may be difficult to respond to emails before work during your commute. AgileSpeech Audio Message is a great tool to stay productive during your commute and to prevent your tasks from gathering over time. This app uses voice commands to access your inbox and then will read your emails to you. You can also use this app in reverse and use speech-to-text software in order to reply to and forward messages.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Tips: Seven Mind-Blowing Tricks for every iPhone and iPad

11/26/2014
Nov 26, 2014
Little to most people's knowledge, and iPad or iPhone has many hidden talents that make using your device easy and interesting. With all the time you spend on your phone, it's time to figure out what it can really do. This week, we review some mind-blowing tricks you never knew you could do on your iPhone or iPad.

1. Google Maps when traveling abroad

You can make use of offline Google Maps when traveling abroad or somewhere where you anticipate you won't have service. To do this open the area you want to save while you still have internet access, and in the search bar type "ok maps" and the map will be cashed for offline use. This is also great for iPads that are only Wi-Fi enabled.

2. Turn on Guided access

Guided Access is a feature on your iOS device that keeps users from click or tapping within an app and ending up somewhere you wouldn't want them to, or deleting something by accident. To turn this one just go to settings, general, accessibility, then guided access. You can also turn on the Accessibility shortcut. Triple click the home button in whichever app you want to turn it on. From here, you can select any buttons that you don't want clicked. You can also disable the home button while keeping the touchscreen on.

3. Camera app without unlocking your phone

Sometimes you want to snap a quick picture ASAP and don't necessarily have time to unlock your phone, or maybe you want to hand your phone to others for taking photos so they won't need to enter in your password. To do this, just swipe on the little camera icon in the bottom right corner of your home screen. The camera app will open, which bypasses the unlock screen.

4. Use ANY Bluetooth keyboard

Little do most people know, you can use your iPhone or iPad with any Bluetooth keyboard. This basically turns any iPhone or iPad into a portable laptop. Just go to setting app, select general, and make sure the Bluetooth is turned on. Make sure your keyboard is in discover mode and in the Bluetooth section on the iPad, you should see the wireless keyboard.

5. Level Gauge in Compass app

Little do most people know, you can use your iPhone or iPad with any Bluetooth keyboard. This basically turns any iPhone or iPad into a portable laptop. Just go to setting app, select general, and make sure the Bluetooth is turned on. Make sure your keyboard is in discover mode and in the Bluetooth section on the iPad, you should see the wireless keyboard.

6. Add apps and folders to the home row

The bottom dock of the home page is very malleable. The default is four apps, but you can fit a couple extra apps or even swap apps in and out. Just click any app and hold until you get the jiggle icons. You can also move folders into the dock as well. Your most important apps are always just a few clicks away.

7. Ending a sentence with space bar

When you end a sentence, instead of typing a period and then a space, just tap the space bar twice. Tapping the space bar twice adds a full stop, a space, and capitalizes the next letter. This will come in handy when you are composing a long message and you want to improve the speed. Eventually, this will become like second nature.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Product Review: Best Black Friday Computer Deals of 2014

11/26/2014
Nov 26, 2014
Amazon: 11in MacBook Air
Black Friday is coming up, which means there are going to be a ton of sales on all of our favorite tech products. Basically, you can buy a new laptop or computer for much cheaper than you normally would. This week, we review all of the best black Friday deals for computers for 2014.

1. 11 inch MacBook Air ($779 at Best Buy)

The MacBook Air has been called the most universally useful laptop you can buy, and with good reason; the 11-unch Air is extremely fast and runs longer than previous models. This Black Friday you can get the 11.6 version for only $779 (usually $899). The 13-inch is also discounted by at least $100 as well at Best Buy.

2. 15-inch HP Envy ($499 at Best Buy)

The Envy lines of laptops from HP are often overlooked when it comes to computer choices. However, these laptops have nice mainstream components and a touch screen. For under $500, you ca get a 15- inch mid-sized Envy at Best Buy. Costco will has have an upgraded version for $650, which is still $150 less than the usual price.

3.Dell Inspiron 15R ($549 at Walmart.com)

The Dell Inspiron line is a dependable laptop and usually a good value for the price. The Walmart online- only deal is for a decent performance and design with an excellent battery life. However, this deal is only while supplies last so make sure to order quickly. Staples will also have essentially the same system for the same price.

4. Microsoft Surface 2 ($299 at Best Buy)

The Microsoft Surface 2 us great for getting work done and has a sturdy build with high quality cameras. This laptop has Windows RT 8.1 is easier to use than before with fantastic features. The Microsoft Surface 2 Is premium laptop for only $229 at Best Buy, and is a great option for travel. Microsoft Office is included, but the keyboard is sold separately.

5. Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro ($999 at Best Buy)

This is a higher-end configuration of the Yoga 2 Pro. Although this laptop is a year old, but has a powerful Core i7 processor and an amazing HD display. It's also a hybrid that can fold down into a kiosk or tablet for only $998 at Best Buy.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Tips: Hidden Features on iOS 8

11/13/2014
Nov 13, 2014
Apple's new operating system has a ton of new features and functions that make your iOS experience interesting and easy. However not all these are easy to find right away. This week, we review some of these features and how you can set them up.

1. Turn your iPhone grey

You can actually remove all of the color form your iOS device and make everything greyscale. If you are visually impaired, don't want the bright colors on your phone, or just want to try something new this is a great option. To activate this go to Settings, General, Accessibility, and swipe to Greyscale.

2. Automatically send last location of phone before it dies

If you lose or misplace your iPhone, Find My iPhone will use the GPSD to pinpoint the location you were last at. However, if your phone is dead than the feature won't work. A good solution to this is to tell your phone to broadcast its last location right before the battery dies. Just go to Settings, iCloud, Find My iPhone.

3. Mute Individual People

If you don't want to mute your entire phone, but there's someone who constantly texts you, you can mute an individual from your contact list. Just open their message window, select details in the right, then swipe the "Do Not Disturb" button. This ensures that you will no longer be notified of their messages.

4. Siri Shazam

Siri's abilities continue to grow with the new iOS 8 and now you can use her to identify music. Just hold the home button and activate Siri and ask her what song this is. Wait for her to say "let me listen" and then hold the device to the song you're trying to identify.

5. Scan Credit Card Option in Safari

Some websites that require payment information allow iOS 8 users to scan their credit or debit card details with their camera instead of typing everything out one by one. When the time comes to add your card, an option will appear at the bottom of the screen asking if you would like to use the scan option. Just click and snap a picture.

6. Snapchat-Like photos and Videos

You can now send self-destructing videos, audio clips, and pictures to your contacts via iMessage, similar to the way Snapchat works. To send a picture, go to your message window and tap and hold the camera icon on the left. A small circular window will emerge, and allow you to take a quick snap.

7. Exposure Control

Apple has recently changed the exposure control of its iSight camera. When taking a picture, just tap where you wish to focus the screen (or tap and hold to lock the focus) and you'll see a small sun icon appear. You can drag it up or down to manually control the exposure levels.
// [Author: Mikey Franks]

Facebook News Feed Now 50% Faster on iOS Devices

11/13/2014
Nov 13, 2014
If you're one of the millions of people that regularly use the Facebook app on an iPhone or iPad, you may have noticed something different - with the new update of the Facebook app, your news feed is now loading up to 50% faster than it was in previous versions.

Why is it faster, you ask? Well, roughly two years ago, Facebook stopped programming the iOS version of the app in HTML 5, and began using native iOS code to improve the performance of the app. However, developers and users both began noticing that as they added more features with each update, the app actually ended up loading slower. After careful research, engineers at Facebook found that (in layman's terms), the problem was with the way the app was storing data. The engineers ended up designing a new way for the app to maintain and fetch its stored data - a method designed specifically for the iOS app. This new method has essentially streamlined the process of storing and retrieving information within the app. The result is a news feed that is up to 50% faster than previous versions. Facebook is continuing to work on improving this new method, which should lead to increased performance of the app in the future. As for now, enjoy your quicker news feed!
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Apple Rumors: iPad Pro New

11/13/2014
Nov 13, 2014
There have been numerous reports on the iPad Pro, a highly speculated product that have many Apple fanatics waiting in anticipation. The iPad Pro is right up there with the Apple Watch for hyped up products Apple was set to release. This week we review all the details surrounding this rumored iPad launch.

So what's the big deal about this iPad? It's a giant iPad with a bigger screen (reportedly 12.9 inches corner to corner compared to the current 9.7 inches). The device will apparently be laid out like the current iPad Air 2, with Touch ID, a Lightening connector and a front facing camera. But biggest addition will be Retina display. There have also been rumors of this product being a hybrid tablet/laptop. Other reports state that the new iPad could have voice call capabilities

The original release date was expected to be the end of this year, but it seems to have been pushed back. It is likely the iPad Pro won't come out until 2015 and possibly in the second half of the year. There have been many rumors surrounding the exact month of this release, but overall there seems to be a consensus on March 2015.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

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