Apr 18, 2017
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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.

Switching from iPhone 7 to Galaxy S8


 

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!

Turn any Picture into a Live Wallpaper on your iPhone 6s

If you have an iPhone 6s then you probably know about Live Photos which are photos that you can tap and hold on to see moments before and after the picture was captured. The cool thing about live photos is that they can be set as a wallpaper on the lock screen and still have the touch functionality. But what happens when you want to add some motion to your pictures that aren’t live photos? This is where the iOS App LivePapers comes in, it allows you to take a picture or import any picture and add a really cool 3D Touch effect to them. Here is a video review of the app which is available in the App Store for $1.99…

 

 

Source: App Store, AppQuest

How To: Install iOS 9 Beta on Your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

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!

Developer Portal

 

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)
  • Download iOS 9 firmware for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from this link –> iOS 9 Download Links.
  • 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.

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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Tweetbot 3 Now Available In App Store, Redesigned for iOS 7

Version 3.0 of Tweetbot is now available for download in the iOS App Store. The latest version includes a complete design overhaul to match iOS 7, customizable navigation, and realistic physics. Check out the video below…

Tweetbot is a full-featured Twitter client that’s fast, beautiful, and redesigned from the ground up for iOS7. Tweetbot has slimmed down to look and feel more like iOS7 and has also gained a lot of charm and speed in the process. Prepare to fall in love with your favorite Twitter client all over again.

Brief Highlights:

◆ Completely redesigned from the ground up for iOS7.
◆ Native Push Notifications.
◆ Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. Mute services, hashtags, people, and even keywords (regex included).
◆ Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses and mute filters between iPhone, iPad, and the Mac via iCloud or Tweetmarker.
◆ Customizable Navigation. The last 2 tabs are customizable and unused tabs are easily accessible.
◆ Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, Droplr, and more.
◆ Save drafts, add locations and POI’s, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much more.

Source: App Store (Tweetbot 3)

Hands on Video of Apple’s Low Cost iPhone?

For a long time we  have heard rumors that Apple has been working on a cheaper iPhone and recently there were leaks of parts of the device. Techdy put out a video of what looks like a cheaper iPhone sporting a plastic shell which matches past rumors and schematics. It is very likely that this device will be announced by Apple or at least something that looks very similar so check out the video above and gallery below!

Source: Techdy

August Smart Lock, a Simple And Secure Way to Manage Your Door Lock Without Keys

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ugust, a new company co-founded by Yves Behar and Jason Johnson, has announced their first product whose aim is to automate your front door lock. Smart Lock connects to your iPhone through Bluetooth and allows you to control who can get in and out from your phone or desktop without having to give out keys.

Smart Lock doesn’t require any wiring and works with basically any deadbolt, it also runs off of four AA batteries meaning that it’s independent from your home’s power source. Smart Lock is set to hit consumers hands later this year for $200 and if you want to make sure you get one as soon as they are available then go to source link below to reserve your spot in line.

August Smart Lock Features

The August Smart Lock is the secure, simple, and social way to manage your home’s lock. Now you can control who can enter and who can’t—without the need for keys or codes. And you can do it all from your smartphone or computer.

  • Keyless
    August’s encrypted locking technology is safer than keys that can get lost and codes that can be copied.
  • Total Control
    You control when people have access to your home. For example you can issue a key that works 24/7 for a family member, or one that works a couple of hours a week only for your cleaning person.
  • Log Records
    You can see a Log of who’s entered and exited—and exactly when they did—remotely from your phone or computer.
  • Always On
    It doesn’t matter if your power, cable or Wi-Fi goes down. August has standard batteries that keep it running in any circumstance. When the batteries get low we’ll even send you reminders.
  • Auto-Unlock
    With Auto-Unlock, August senses your approach and magically unlocks your door for you, without having to reach for your phone.
  • Easy Install
    August installs easily over the interior portion of your existing deadbolt and does not require you to change your door hardware. In about 10 minutes, you’ll be good to go.
  • Lock Status
    It’s easy to check and change the status of your door lock. Intuitively, LED indicators and open/close chimes keep you in the know without having to look at your phone.

Source: August

 

Apple Low-Cost iPhone Concept Features A Translucent Back Cover

For a long time there have been rumors that Apple might make a low-cost iPhone in order to compete with low-cost smartphones. A new concept by Nickolay Lamm and Matteo Gianni shows what Apple’s cheaper iPhone would look like if it had a translucent plastic chassis. The device takes design cues from the iMac G3 and closely resembles Apple’s latest iPod Touch.


“The reason the iMac was made transparent was to make it seem less alien to consumers. Before the iMac, computers were all in a box shape and in gray color. The ability to see inside the computer made the device seem less mysterious and much more personal.”

Check out the images

Source: MVC

iPhone 5S Being Announced On June 20th?

It has been speculated recently that Apple might begin launching iPhones in the summer like the old days. The MacFan magazine, Macotakara, is said to have revealed that the launch date for the iPhone 5S will be held on June 20th.

The date does match up with past iPhone launches and most likely this new iPhone will have a feature that will have everybody talking. iOS 7 will also be announced and is said to have a more flat design style which I am looking forward to. We should find out in the coming months whether or not the event will take place in June.

Source: Macotakara

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