Last year was the first time that I left my iPhone for more than a month and switch to Android. I used the Galaxy S7 for around 5 Months until the iPhone 7 came out. I've always liked Android but until a couple years ago it just wasn't as good as iOS and when I say good I mean the apps available on the OS were not as good as those on iOS.
I believe 2017 is the first year that it doesn't really matter what phone you choose because all of them are going to be pretty much the same. The iPhone 8 will look and function very similarly to the Galaxy S8 and both devices have lots of features which end up accomplishing the same thing. I sold my iPhone 7 a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the Galaxy S8 because it is the best smartphone ever made. The combination of materials, features, software, and design of the phone make it the most comfortable smartphone I have held and it sports the most beautiful screen I have seen. The iPhone 8 will most like match all this but we are still months away from an announcement this means it's currently Samsung's turn to shine.
I ended up purchasing the Silver since I have had a black phone for the past couple of years and Samsung has given all the S8 colors black fronts which is perfect. If you have yet to see one in person, I highly reccomend going to a store and checking it out. This is what phones will look like for the next couple of years until the foldable displays become more affordable. I’ll be making some videos on the S8 this coming weekend so stay tuned for those!
I recently updated to the official build of OS X Sierra and for a couple of weeks I had been getting annoying notification updates regarding new developer Sierra updates. I only update to developer builds to test new version of OS X but when the a stable build is out, I stay on it. There are quite a few drawbacks to staying on the developer updates so here is how to remove those updates from the App Store:
iOS 10 will be launching in the fall for consumers, but developers can use iOS 10 starting today with the first beta. If you are not a developer there is still a way to get it on your device but keep in mind that beta software is buggy and could cause issues with apps and battery life. If you want your device to remain fully functional I would suggest staying away from the first couple of beta releases. You can sign up and wait to get into the public beta like Apple did last year. The good thing about the public beta is that Apple doesn’t release a version until it’s more stable to avoid any major problems. The public beta program also doesn’t require you to register your UDID or do anything manually as it gets pushed directly to your device; you can sign up for the public beta here once iOS 10 is announced on the 13th of this month.
Backup Your Device
Before doing all of this make sure to completely back up your device just to be safe. I’ve never had any issues when updating to a beta but it’s best to take as many precautions beforehand to avoid any problems if something goes wrong. You also want to make sure your device’s UDID is registered in Apple Servers as a developer device. There are many places that can register your UDID, we do it for $4. Do not install the beta before registering your device somewhere as it could cause your device to brick and Apple will not help you as that is not covered with warranty.
Finding Your UDID
You Can Find Your UDID by:
-Launching iTunes and connecting your iPhone.
-In the top pane, click on the little icon of your device. Locate where it shows name, phone number, & serial number.
-Reveal the UDID by clicking on the Serial Number. You should now see a long string of characters.
Apple’s new Apple TV is now available for purchase, the device sports a slew of new features which set it apart from the rest but one in particular is a set of sweet Screen Savers. Apple filmed some aerial shots of London, Hawaii, China, NYC, and San Francisco that play on the Apple TV whenver it goes idle.
Auto Load Latest Aerials: Aerials are loaded directly from Apple, so you’re never out of date.
Play Different Aerial On Each Display: If you’ve got multiple monitors, this setting loads a different aerial for each of your displays.
Favorites: You can choose to only have certain aerials play.
Preview: Clicking on an aerial in the screen saver options previews that aerial for you.
You can now get these screen savers on your mac thanks to John Coates on GitHub. Depending on the version you download the Screen Saver you download it might stream the videos directly from Apple’s servers and consume data when on. If you download version 1.2 beta 4 and up then the Screen Savers will cache offline, here is what to do:
If zipped then double click to extract it (It should be a file with blue swirl square)
Open Aerial.saver and confirm installation
Now open System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Saver -> Screen Saver
5. Select ‘Aerial’ as your Screen Saver and click on “Screen Saver Options” and choose the settings you want then click done!
You should now have the Screen Saver working without any issues. I highly recommend setting up a Hot Corner to activate the Screen Saver that way you can manually turn it on from time to time. If you are thinking of getting an Apple TV then check out our review here (YouTube).
Today Apple announced that iOS 9 will be coming in the fall for consumers, but developers can use iOS 9 starting today with the first beta. If you are not a developer there is still a way to get it but keep in mind that beta software always has bugs and issues. Before doing all of this make sure to completely back up your device just to be safe!
To get iOS 9 onto your iDevice you’ll need to:
Download the latest version of iTunes
Register Your UDID (We can register it for you for $4, contact us)
Open iTunes and connect your iDevice via USB cable
Select your device from the left navigation pane on iTunes
Hold down the Shift (Windows) or Alt/Option (Mac) key and hit the update or restore (depending on what you prefer) button on iTunes
Browse and select the downloaded iOS 9 IPSW file.
The iOS 9 beta installation will begin. Don’t disconnect your device or close iTunes until iOS 9 has been installed on the device!
After completing all the steps your device should be up and running. Here is a video just in case you prefer that format:
We can register your UDID for $4 through PayPal. Contact us here and we will get that set up in no time so you can get iOS 9. You can also get your UDID registered at countless other websites and from independent developers. If you have any questions you can ask us in the comments below or contact us here.
Apple Pay is now fully operational after the iOS 8.1 update that was pushed to users earlier today. One problem some users are experiencing is that the add a “Credit and Debit Cards” option is not appearing in Passbook. If this is happening to you, the solution is very easy…
Go to “Settings”
Now tap on “General”
Scroll down to “Language & Region”
Make sure the region is set to “United States”
That’s it, you can now setup Apple Pay in Passbook!
Apple’s release of OS X Yosemite means that they have changed quite a few things and for some it’ll be some time before they get used to the new look and feel. One of the settings they moved was being able to change the account name (the name that appears when you login and on the top right hand corner of the screen), they didn’t move it too much but it’s kind of hidden. Here is how to change your profile name in OS X Yosemite:
1. Launch “System Preferences” and click on “Users & Groups”.
2. Make sure the lock has been unlocked so you can make changes.
3. Control Click on the profile name that you want to change and click on “Advanced Options”.
4. That’s it! You can now change the Account name and Full name. After you change the name, click ok and make sure to click the lock so no one changes anything!
Posted below is a video on how to replace the bands/straps on the Samsung’s Gear Live and LG’s G Watch. They can both use any 22mm watch strap but in the video I switch out the LG G Watch strap with the Samsung Gear Live strap.
After the Yosemite app and system icons post, many of you asked if it was possible to get a dock that looks like the one that comes installed on OS X Yosemite. It turns out that installing a dock that looks like the one on OS X Yosemite is extremely simple to do, just follow the steps below!