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!
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 begun airing a new MacBook Air TV ad which promotes the MacBook Air as ‘the notebook people love.’
The ad shows off different decals of famous shows, cities, movies, and even companies like Beats. The MacBook Air isn’t only ‘the notebook people love’, it’s also Apple’s most affordable notebook at $899. Check out the ad below…
Apple has refreshed the MacBook Pro lineup with new 13-inch and 15-inch models. The 13-inch model will have nine hours of battery life and use PCI Express solid-state drives as well as 802.11ac WiFi. The 13-inch model will start at $1,299 with 2.4GHz Core i5, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The 15-inch model will start at $1,999 and also will have longer battery life and faster internals. Both laptops start shipping today.
With the latest-generation dual-core Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processor, the 13‑inch MacBook Pro with Retina display lets you take your most performance-hungry apps on the road. That means wherever you can take your camera, you can take Aperture and your entire digital photo studio, too. Hyper-Threading technology, which enhances performance by letting each core handle multiple tasks simultaneously, is included in every model. And with speeds up to 2.8GHz, shared L3 cache up to 4MB, and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3GHz, these processors are ready for just about anything.
The 15‑inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has the power to do even more amazing things. Fourth-generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processors provide the fastest performance ever in a MacBook Pro. You can make quick work of even the most complex tasks in professional apps like Final Cut Pro, thanks to speeds up to 2.6GHz, 6MB of shared L3 cache, and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8GHz. And the top-of-the-line model comes standard with 16GB of superfast 1600MHz memory. All of which means the 15‑inch MacBook Pro is ready to take on whatever you can dream up, wherever your travels take you.
The laptops are now available on Apple’s Online Store.
Apple has sent out invitations to an October 23rd event at which many are expecting to see an iPad mini, a 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, updated iMacs, and updated Mac minis. Unlike Apple’s recent events that have been held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Apple will hold this event at the California Theatre in San Jose at 10:00 am PT. The invite says “We’ve got a little more to show you.” and while it’s pretty straightforward, the “little” might be a hint towards the iPad Mini but, who knows. Whatever Apple announces you can count on us to have details on everything and some hands-on coverage on most of the products once they are released.
There have been numerous tethering apps that have made their way into the App Store in the past and today we have another. DiscoRecorder, a $2 ‘voice recorder’ app that according to 9to5Mac comes with a hidden tethering feature. This means you can tether the 3G connection from your iOS device to your computer or device of choice.
The video above explains how to set up the tethered connection which is basically done by creating a computer-to-computer network. Enabling tethering from the app requires a bit more work like renaming a recorded message “PearSauce269.aac” it works. Check out the video and download the App before Apple finds out and pulls it from the App Store.