Below is a review of the new Apple AirPods which I have been using for two months now. The AirPods retail for $160 and are some of the first truly wireless earbuds to reach the market. Despite their limitations, the AirPods are my favorite pair of wireless earbuds at the moment and one of the best tech products I have purchased in the past decade.
For a long time, Apple and Android users have fought over which of their phones or operating systems are best, all while never actually accomplishing anything. Luckily, a company called 2in1cable decided to resolve one of the biggest 1st-world problems: your friend always has the wrong charging cable. The interesting part is how they went about solving the issue.
The interesting part is how they went about solving the issue. One may think they just created a splitting cable, where you have one USB end that connects to two different ends (one a micro USB end and the other a Lightning end). But that would look weird and not many people would be fond of it. So, the company came up with the novel solution of just combining the two ends into one single end that can fit into either a micro USB or Lightning port. Simple stylish, and most importantly incredibly useful. Now you can charge your friend’s Galaxy S7 even though you have the 6S.
Another pretty cool thing the team did is create a lot of different styles, from a simple white cable to cowboy blue jean or various colors of leather. If you’d like to pick up one of these neat cables, head on over to their website at http://www.2in1cable.com/. Also, check out the images of some of the cables below:
“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step, which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”
On February 16, 2016 Apple CEO, Tim Cook, released a letter to their customers about the United States government’s demand to essentially build a backdoor to their iPhone. Apple believes that this would threaten the privacy and security of their customers, with further implications in the wrong hands.
The San Bernardino Case
Apple received an order from a California court to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone by hacking. The iPhone belonged to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, a couple which took 14 lives last December. Apple has no sympathy for terrorists and has worked hard to help the FBI solve this tragic crime in an attempt for justice. Apple has taken great measures to comply with the government and provide all possible information such as complying with valid subpoenas and search warrants, making Apple engineers available to advise the FBI, and offering ideas on investigations. However, the US government is now asking for something that Apple does not currently have, and believes is dangerous to create – a backdoor for the iPhone.
What is the government asking for?
“Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession. The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.”
This backdoor to the iPhone would create a custom version of iOS that would ease the FBI’s attempts at unlocking the iPhone by “brute force,” i.e., trying millions of passcode combinations using a special peripheral, without the risk of deleting the data on the device.
Apple believes in encryption
Smartphones are an important part of our lives. A majority of the population now has a smartphone and “we use them to store an incredible amount of personal information, from our private conversations to our photos, our music, our notes, our calendars and contacts, our financial information and health data, even where we have been and where we are going”.
This information should be and needs to be protected from criminals, hackers, and terrorists who wish to use it without our permission for corrupt purposes. Customers expect and rely on companies such as Apple to provide protection of their personal information; thus, invoking the need for encryption. “Compromising the security of our personal information can ultimately put our personal safety at risk. That is why encryption has become so important to all of us.”
Why should we be concerned?
This order not only raises the issue of data security, but also personal privacy. It would expose customers to a greater risk of attack due to weakened encryption. In the wrong hands it could also compromise our security. It is also a question of privacy. “Rather than asking for legislative action through Congress, the FBI is proposing an unprecedented use of the All Writs Act of 1789 to justify an expansion of its authority. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture his or her data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.” This backdoor could allow the government to invade our privacy, and in a country promising freedom, this order seems to impose further restrictions on those liberties.
Apple has opened the debate to cellphone users everywhere. Personally, I stand with Apple’s decision to fight the order due to the implications it would have on our security and our privacy.
The letter from Apple can be viewed here: http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/
Henge Docks is a company that makes docking stations for various models of the MacBook, so you can just set your laptop in and essentially convert it to a desktop. This particular review relates to the MacBook Air 13″ model, which supports one USB and one Thunderbolt port. The cost of this dock is set at $65 and can be purchased at Henge Docks’ website.
First off, we’ll look at the design. This dock has a white plastic outer coating and grey inner color, with a durable plastic inside to help make sure it’s sturdy. With a larger base, you can ensure your MacBook won’t fall over. On the other hand, though, it’s not to big and the part that hold the MacBook is quite thin. On the back are the two ports: one USB and one Thunderbolt, and on the sides the Henge Docks logo is shown in grey.
This design is very nice, though I kind of wish that Henge Docks had chosen an aluminum color to match with the MacBook and accessories like the SuperDrive, Magic Trackpad, and keyboard.
Next up is the functionality. With a vertical dock and a design like the MacBook Air, there isn’t a great way to cover all of the ports, which does kind of leave me wanting more from something like this. Because the Air has one USB port, SD card port and Thunderbolt port on one side and another USB port, 3.5mm audio port, and charging port on the other, a vertical dock can only utilize one USB port and the display port. However, I wish Henge Docks had split the port into two on the dock itself so you could at least plug one mouse and one keyboard into it. Simultaneously, though, it’s not going to break the bank to purchase a USB hub for additional devices. The other side-effect to using only the one side is that you have to plug the charger into the top of the Air, so Henge Docks included a clip to hold the charger in place, so that also isn’t too big of a deal.
Overall, I think this dock is probably the best vertical one on the market for the MacBook Air. Even with its quirks, everything seems to work very well, and I feel completely safe using it without it falling over. I highly recommend you check it out!
Each year, Apple participates in the Japanese New Year tradition called Fukubukuro, or Lucky Bag, in which retailers create grab bags of items they sell, often for a highly discounted price. Apple has gained some attention with this tradition, as the bags have contained some premium products in the past.
Bags that are purchased contain items that the purchaser doesn’t know, and the bags cannot be returned with the exception of items not properly working. This keeps the tradition interesting and almost like a lottery of sorts.
Last year, four different versions of the bags were created and sold for 36,000 yen, which is the equivalent of about $345. Items in the bag varied from iPods, iPads, and Jaybird Bluebuds to MacBook Airs and Beats Pills. Below is an example of a bag someone purchased last year:
As you can tell, the bags are quite well-priced, with the above bag containing over $1300 worth of merchandise. Unfortunately, this deal is only available in Japan, but if you are there, the bags will be selling on January 2, 2015, and they will likely be sold out very quickly as there is a limited quantity.
Apple has just announced the Swift programming language which is a new programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. Swift is faster, safer, and more interactive than past programming languages.
Swift is an innovative new programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next iOS and OS X project — or for addition into your current app — because Swift code works side-by-side with Objective-C.
Swift is the result of the latest research on programming languages, combined with decades of experience building Apple platforms. Named parameters brought forward from Objective-C are expressed in a clean syntax that makes APIs in Swift even easier to read and maintain. Inferred types make code cleaner and less prone to mistakes, while modules eliminate headers and provide namespaces. Memory is managed automatically, and you don’t even need to type semi-colons.
Swift has many other features to make your code more expressive:
- Closures unified with function pointers
- Tuples and multiple return values
- Fast and concise iteration over a range or collection
- Structs that support methods, extensions, protocols.
- Functional programming patterns, e.g.: map and filter
Playgrounds make writing Swift code incredibly simple and fun. Type a line of code and the result appears immediately. If your code runs over time, for instance through a loop, you can watch its progress in the timeline assistant. The timeline displays variables in a graph, draws each step when composing a view, and can play an animated SpriteKit scene. When you’ve perfected your code in the playground, simply move that code into your project. With playgrounds, you can:
- Design a new algorithm, watching its results every step of the way
- Create new tests, verifying they work before promoting into your test suite
- Experiment with new APIs to hone your Swift coding skills
Read-Eval-Print-Loop (REPL). The debugging console in Xcode includes an interactive version of the Swift language built right in. Use Swift syntax to evaluate and interact with your running app, or write new code to see how it works in a script-like environment. Available from within the Xcode console, or in Terminal.
Designed for Safety
Swift eliminates entire classes of unsafe code. Variables are always initialized before use, arrays and integers are checked for overflow, and memory is managed automatically. Syntax is tuned to make it easy to define your intent — for example, simple three-character keywords define a variable (var) or constant (let).
The safe patterns in Swift are tuned for the powerful Cocoa and Cocoa Touch APIs. Understanding and properly handling cases where objects are nil is fundamental to the frameworks, and Swift code makes this extremely easy. Adding a single character can replace what used to be an entire line of code in Objective-C. This all works together to make building iOS and Mac apps easier and safer than ever before.
Fast and Powerful
From its earliest conception, Swift was built to be fast. Using the high-performance LLVM compiler, Swift code is transformed into optimized native code, tuned to get the most out of modern Mac, iPhone, and iPad hardware. The syntax and standard library have also been tuned to make the most obvious way to write your code also perform the best.
Swift takes the best features from the C and Objective-C languages. It includes low-level primitives such as types, flow control, and operators. It also provides object-oriented features such as classes, protocols, and generics, giving Cocoa and Cocoa Touch developers the performance and power they demand.
You can begin using Swift code immediately to implement new features in your app, or enhance existing ones. New Swift code co-exists along side your existing Objective-C files in the same project, making it easy to adopt. And when iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are released this fall, you can submit apps that use Swift to the App Store and Mac App Store.
To get started with Swift, download Xcode 6 beta and follow the tutorials included in the documentation.
Source: Apple Developers
Check out the video above of our tour of the iOS 7 beta. There is a chance that features and design will change by the time this software is out for the masses so keep in mind that the things you like or don’t like might not be there in the final release.
Today, Apple’s web team posted the Mavericks OS X background image. The image has the dimensions of 5120 x 2880 which indicate that Apple is getting ready for large Retina panels in the near future.
Get the wallpaper by going here >Right Click>Save As>Then Set As Desktop background