Dec 27, 2016
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As we move further into the age of wireless audio with the iPhone 7 abandoning the ever-so-present headphone jack, a new category of "truly wireless" earbuds has been popping up. So you may be asking, what does "truly wireless" even mean? Well, as you may have seen, many earbuds that have claimed to be "wireless" actually have a wire in between the buds that generally goes around your neck. So, a few companies, such as Bragi, decided to do away with any and all wires, leaving us with Bragi's first product, the Dash. The Dash started as a Kickstarter project back in February of 2014, with an enormous amount of support, raising just under $3.4 million with the promise of earbuds completely free of wires and with loads of other features. These features included activity tracking, touch controls, on-board storage, water-resistance, and more. The campaign had initially intended to ship out the Dash units in October of 2014, but due to many setbacks, they started shipping out units in early- to mid-2016. With initial reports of problems with the microphone and Bluetooth connectivity, it seemed, at first, like the Dash could be just another Kickstarter flop. Instead, however, the company dedicated a lot of time into creating new updates to the firmware that drastically improved, if not completely solved these issues. The Sound DSC01138An earbud can't be good without sounding good, of course. So, how does the Dash stack up to the competition? After all, the price for these is not cheap, coming in at around $300. Well, they're actually pretty good! I wasn't expecting amazing sound from a device so small, yet packed full of components. What I found was that the Dash produces a good, clear sound, though certainly preferring the mids over the lows and highs. That said, I am quite a bass-lover myself and I'm coming from using a V-Moda Crossfade M-100, so I've been spoiled, and for earbuds, the Dash does a good job producing the bass it does. If I had to compare it to some other earbuds, I'd compare the sound to something like the "wireless" (but not completely wireless) Jaybird Bluebuds, which are quite good themselves. Bluetooth Connectivity Now, a common issue with truly wireless earbuds is their often lacking performance in their ability to hold a strong Bluetooth connection. In the beginning, there were lots of complaints from users experiencing poor connection even if the phone was placed only as far as the user's pockets. Obviously, that's a huge issue, but also one Bragi appears to have fixed through their updates. I can confidently say that I have had virtually no issues whatsoever with the connectivity of these earbuds, other than maybe one or two micro drops in connection. I tested the Dash by walking around a room and was able to go as far as 10 to 15 feet away from the source without experiencing any connectivity issues. Additionally, just the process of using and connecting the earbuds is really simple. All you do is take them out of the case and put them in your ears. The buds sense when they're in and automatically turn on, connect to each other, and connect to your phone or other device. Comfort and Design DSC01125Another historically common problem with this category of audio products is the ridiculous look of the product or their inability to stay in ears due to the sheer weight they carry. Luckily, this is not an issue with the Dash. While you may get some head turns while using this product, people often just don't care, and the Dash really doesn't look bad at all. Additionally, these earbuds were surprisingly comfortable to wear. They come with multiple sleeves to fit your ears (XS, S, M, and L), and once you find the right fit, the earbuds fit snuggly and quite comfortably. I haven't had too many issues with the buds falling out, which has always been a problem for me, whether or not the earbuds I was using were wireless. Yet another check mark for the Dash. Gestures/Controls A neat feature of the Dash is the way you control them. There are multiple ways that you control the Dash, including through the app, touch sensors on the outside of each bud, and head gestures. For instance, if you receive a call while using the earbuds, just nod or shake your head to answer or deny the call. Playing and pausing is easy, with just a tap on the right earbud, or start tracking activities with a tap on the left. One of the issues I noticed is that the touch sensors aren't only sensitive to your fingers, so putting on a winter hat caused the earbuds to do some unwanted actions. After looking around a bit, though, it looks like Bragi addressed this issue by including a touch lock that can be implemented by holding down on both the right and left touch sensors, which worked well and solved my problem. Other Features DSC01143The other features included with the Dash are a microphone, onboard storage, a heart-rate sensor, and a case that charges the buds 5 times on-the-go. To start off, the microphone had quite a few complaints in the early days, with users claiming it was unusable and that the person speaking sounded robotic over the phone. This is yet another area where Bragi has used its firmware updates to address an issue. When I was using the microphone for phone calls, some people said there were no problems at all, while others said it sounded a bit muddled, but they could still hear me and know what I was saying. As for the onboard storage, there's not much to be said about it. Songs can be added through a computer and using it works as described. Next up is the heart-rate sensor, which seemed to be relatively accurate, though I didn't have another device to compare it to at the time. This is a really nice feature for athletes looking to listen to music without an annoying wire and no need for a smartwatch. And lastly, the charging case. The case is built quite well, with an aluminum sleeve and a strong metal or plastic where the earbuds actually rest. The earbuds flash when they've been connected properly, and a magnet holds them in place. My only complaint is that I feel like I will drop the earbuds when trying to get them out of the case because you have to take the sleeve off, hold that, hold the battery part, and then fiddle with getting the buds out. That said, overall, the battery case is a nice feature, as the battery life on the buds isn't spectacular at about 3 hours. Conclusion So, what are my overall thoughts of the Dash? Well, I like them. I don't know if I, personally, would quite want to spend the $300 for them, but I could understand why some would. The features work well and the sound quality is pretty good, considering everything that's built into them. I think Bragi's next product, the Headphone, could also allow a lot more people to purchase their products, with reportedly better sound quality and a much lower price of $149. However, that new product does strip the Dash of many of its capabilities, including the water-resistance, touch controls, onboard storage, and heart rate sensor. So it really comes down to what you want. If you want the smart capabilities, there really is no other product out there that offers all of the Dash's capabilities, but if that does interest you, the Headphone is probably the way to go.

Get the iOS 8 Wallpaper for Your iPhone or Android Phone

Below is the new iOS 8 Wallpaper for iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 4/4s. This will also work on Android and Windows Phone Devices.

Download Instructions

Mobile: Tap on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads, tap and hold on the image until the “Save Image” option appears. When you click “Save Image” the wallpaper will appear in your Camera Roll. To stay updated with our latest posts, you can add us to your home screen.

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Xcode 6 Beta Now Available for Download

Xcode 6 is now available for developers to download. If you have a developers account, you can go to here and download the Xcode 6 Beta.

What’s new in Xcode 6.

Xcode 6 introduces a radically new way to design and build software. Swift is an innovative new programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch and, when combined with Xcode tools, makes programming a delightfully live experience. This same live experience permeates throughout Xcode 6. Live rendering within Interface Builder displays your hand-written UI code within the design canvas, instantly reflecting changes you type in code. And the new view debugger explodes all the UI layers into a 3D visualization, making it easy to understand how your interface is composed, and identify overlapping or clipping views.

Swift

Xcode 6 has deep support for Swift throughout. It’s easy to create a brand new app using 100% Swift code, add new Swift code or frameworks to existing apps, and view documentation in either Swift, Objective-C, or both. All the popular affordances such as “Jump to Definition” or “Open Quickly” work equally well with Swift, and even Objective-C header definitions can be shown in Swift syntax.
Learn more about the Swift programming language

Playgrounds

Playgrounds enable the interactive experience of a script language, even though Swift compiles to highly-optimized native code. Type a line of code and the result appears immediately. If your code runs through a loop, add that line of code to the timeline assistant editor to watch its progression. Display variables in a graph, inspect each step when drawing a view, or watch an animated SpriteKit scene. When you’ve perfected your code in the playground, simply move it into your project. Playgrounds documentation includes tutorials that you can open in a playground, providing an interactive worksheet for experimentation.

Command Line

Xcode’s debugger includes an interactive version of the Swift language, known as the REPL (Read-Eval-Print-Loop). Use Swift syntax to evaluate and interact with your running app or write new code in a script-like environment. The REPL is available from within LLDB in Xcode’s console, or from Terminal.

Live Rendering

Interface Builder now displays your custom objects at design time, appearing as they will when your app is run. When you update the code for your custom view, the Interface Builder design canvas updates automatically with the new look — no need to build and run. APIs let you add properties to the IB inspector for quick design time changes to your views, and you can even pre-populate the view with example data to get a more accurate feel for the interface.

Storyboards for iOS support UIKit size classes, so you can develop a single universal storyboard that behaves correctly on any iOS device. Choose unique behaviors for certain device sizes or orientations while keeping the majority of the interface consistent and easy to maintain. Interface Builder can preview any combination of device and orientation as you design the interface.

View Debugging

Debugging an app’s UI is now as simple as a single click to explode the paused app’s UI into a 3D rendering of each layer in the stack of views. Easily see why a view may be clipped or invisible, and inspect and debug constraints and other properties within the inspector. To fix the problem, select a view to quickly jump to its related code.

Xcode 6 includes other new debugging tools, such as debug gauges to monitor I/O usage and an enhanced iCloud gauge. The debug navigator shows even more useful information, including recorded stack frames and enqueued blocks.

Performance Testing

The XCTest framework has been extended to support performance tests, and is fully integrated into Xcode and Xcode Server. Xcode will run your performance tests, letting you define a baseline performance metric. Each subsequent test run compares performance, displays the change over time, and alerts you to sudden regressions a code commit could introduce. Performance tests are tightly integrated into Xcode’s new logs UI that more clearly shows when test results change, alerting you to regressions in performance or functionality as you monitor the quality of your app.

Instruments now looks and works more like Xcode. The tracks of recorded data are given even more space, and configuration for how data is collected and viewed is managed in a unified inspector area. Instruments can even profile your XCTests.

More Features

Storyboards for OS X

Storyboards come to OS X, taking advantage of the new View Controller APIs in AppKit. Quickly wire together multiple views, defining containment and animations without writing code. Storyboards for OS X encourage interfaces that follow Mac standards, so your apps behave the way users expect.

Extensions and Frameworks

iOS developers can now create dynamic frameworks, just like on OS X. Frameworks are a collection of code and resources to encapsulate functionality that is valuable across multiple projects. Frameworks work perfectly with Extensions, sharing logic that can be used by the main app and the bundled Extensions.

Game Building

Xcode includes a SpriteKit level designer, SceneKit Support, and support for new features in the particle editor. It’s never been easier to create great games for both iOS and OS X.

Localization

Localization in Xcode 6 has been thoroughly upgraded. Base .strings files are now produced automatically from your code. View how your app looks in different languages with the Preview Assistant or launch your app in the iOS Simulator as though in other locales. When you’re ready, Xcode easily exports and imports industry-standard .XLIFF format.

Xcode Server

Bots running on OS X Server support triggers that run custom scripts based on rules, more options are available for setting the interval to run an integration, and bots can be grouped to share configurations. iOS Simulator configurations make it easy to create unique testing scenarios, especially when run by Xcode Server.

Source: Apple Developers

How To: Install iOS 8 Beta on Your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

Today Apple announced that iOS 8 will be coming in the fall for consumers, but developers can use iOS 8 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 back up your device just to be safe.

To get iOS 8 onto your iDevice you’ll need to:

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes
  2. Register Your UDID (We can register it for you for $3, contact us)
  3. Download iOS 8 firmware for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from this link –> iOS 8 Download Links.
  4. Open iTunes and connect your iDevice via USB cable
  5. Select your device from the left navigation pane on iTunes
  6. Hold down the Shift (Windows) or Alt/Option (Mac) key and hit the update or restore (depending on what you prefer) button on iTunes
  7. Browse and select the downloaded iOS 8 IPSW file.
  8. The iOS 8 beta installation will begin. Don’t disconnect your device or close iTunes until iOS 8 has been installed on the device!

After completing all the steps your device should be up and running.

Here is a video of the tutorial:

We can register your UDID for $3 through PayPal. Contact us here and we will get that set up in no time so you can get iOS 8. 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.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 App Review & Gameplay

Gameloft has released The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game for mobile devices, it has improved graphics and gameplay from the first one but it is poorly optimized for older devices. The game is available on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store for $4.99.  Check out the video review…

Become the Amazing Spider-Man in this open-world 3D adventure full of crime-fighting and non-stop action as you face the web-slinger’s greatest challenge yet!
New York is under threat from a city-wide crime spree and only our hero Spider-Man can stop it! Standing in his way are Venom, the Green Goblin, Electro and other nefarious villains. Can Spider-Man restore order and safety to Manhattan?!

THE OFFICIAL GAME OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 MOVIE
• Web-sling, wall-climb and web-shoot as the fast and quick-witted Spider-Man!
• An original story expands on the highly anticipated Marvel film!
• Go beyond the Sony movie and into the comics with new characters such as Black Cat and Screwball.
• Unlock Spider-Man suits such as Symbiote Spider-Man, Iron Spider and Ultimate Comics Spider-Man!
• Face off against famous villains such as Venom, the Green Goblin, Electro, and Kraven the Hunter!
• High-quality voice acting and 3D cinematic action cutscenes bring the movie experience to life!
CUTTING-EDGE GAME EXPERIENCE
• Intense combo-focused crime fighting! Defeat Spider-Man’s greatest enemies – from street thugs to super villains such as Electro and Venom – with crazy acrobatic fighting styles!
• Marvel at the amazing high-quality, fluid animations as you swing freely through the open-world city like never before!
• Take the fight to the sky with action-packed aerial combat!
• Unleash devastating combos through enhanced icon controls for an intense action game experience!
MASSIVE ENHANCEMENTS TO THE ULTIMATE PLAYGROUND
• Adventure in a larger 3D open-world Manhattan with 6 detailed districts to explore, from the bustling Times Square to picturesque Central Park!
• Console-like 3D graphics offer a bigger, better, and more beautiful experience.
• Be the hero in a deep story that takes you on an exciting adventure, showcasing 6 legendary villains and a super set of side missions!
• Amazing heroic social events, including battling waves of bosses and opponents in Mysterio’s Arena!
Note: An internet connection is required to play

Direct Link to App: http://bit.ly/1llRRn0 (iOS)

Code Your Own Flappy Game By Simply Dragging and Dropping Blocks of Code

Chances are that you have heard of Flappy Bird, a mobile game whose developer decided to remove from the App Store and Google Play. The game doesn’t look like it’s coming back but you can now learn some of the fundamentals of computer science while making your own Flappy Bird clone. Code.org has created a simple drag-and-drop tutorial that allows you to set the rules, change the difficulty, and share the game so your friends can play it right from their browser.

Head over to http://learn.code.org/s/6/level/148 and check it out.

Source: Code.Org (Tumblr)

Early Look at iOS for Cars [Video]

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith emulated a vehicle display on his desktop to enable the car version of iOS. iOS for the car is apparently hidden in iOS 7.0.3 and has basic UI elements for now. Steven made a video demonstrating some of the features, which are likely to change by the time the software is finalized, check it out the below…

http://youtu.be/M5OZMu5u0yU

Beats Music Now Available on The iOS App Store

Beats has launched its Beats Music subscription service app for iOS which lets you stream music from a catalog of over 20 million songs and download songs for offline playback. The service costs $9.99 a month but the app gives you free access to the service for 7 days.

Beats Music is a new kind of streaming service that combines the best music experts and technology to always deliver you the right music at the right time. All you have to do is hit play.

Access over 20 million songs, from every genre. Listen instantly or save to your device to listen to offline.

When you’re not sure what to play, lean on us. Here are just a few features that’ll make it easy for you:

JUST FOR YOU
Your first stop for music that’s right for you. A mix of albums and playlists that have been handpicked by our music experts are always ready and waiting just for you.

RIGHT NOW
Make your mix. Change the sentence up to match how you’re feeling or what you’re doing and who you’re with.

HIGHLIGHTS
Discover what’s happening in the world of music. Quick access to what’s worth checking out, even if it’s not on your radar.

FIND IT
When you’re not quite sure what to listen to, reach for the perfect playlist here. Choose a genre, activity, or curator and we’ll do the rest.

SHARE
Get a following by sharing your favorite tracks, albums and playlists with your friends on Beats Music, Facebook and Twitter.

There’s tons more waiting for you. Just open the app and hit play.

App Store: Beats Music

Mega Jump 2 Now Available in the iOS App Store

The sequel to one of the App Stores most popular games is now available for download.


The spectacular sequel to the #1 hit Mega Jump! Bigger, better and more mega than ever before!

Amazing Features:
– Activate the crazy Mega Mode!
– Hundreds of awesome Missions!
– Every character has special powers!
– Unlock secret characters!
– Grab Lucky Prizes to win awesome items!
– Brand new game engine with amazing effects!
– So much more!

Source: App Store (Free)

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