Apple’s Big iOS 8 Event With iWatch and iPhone 6 Preview

Apple’s Big iOS 8 Event

Developers from around the globe, from 69 countries to be exact, gathered for Apple’s iOS 8 event.  Tim Cook kicked off the event with re-releasing the specs on the operating systems Yosemite X and iOS 8.  Apple threw punches at Android and even joked about the newest employee, Dr.  Dre.


Photo Via Apple Live Stream

Notifications– The original started with an aqua interface, but has been updated with a new translucent app app and notification bar.  The typography has to upgraded to be more precise.  And for those of you who like to play in the dark a new “dark mode” has been added that adjusts the screen for optimal visuals.

iCloud Drive– iCloud will make photos and documents availble across all platforms.  iCloud will also be available to Windows users.

Mail Drive-With the new mail drive users can now send email attachments up to 5gb in size, which was impossible before. Large files are encrypted to prevent “bouncing” off of the mail server.

Markup– Users can now draw in signatures or doodle on email attachments without corrupting the original file.  Notes and text bubbles can also be added to the documents.

Photo Via Apple Live Stream

Safari-The power of UI into one single bar.  The new spotlight toolbar will provide and content found in the system.  Users can subscribe and share  RSS feeds right from the side bar. Apple was the  first to introduce private browsing and has taken it a step farther. Now

Search Bar-In the new search bar (spotlight) information will pull up from several sites, translucently for the search bar to,updated calendars for more details, it’ll bring up anything with the keywords, news from varies sources and maps,

Hand off– Hand off is a new feature that allows users to continue working on documents across any device.  With a simple swipe up across the screen the information will be synced onto a new device.

Messaging-Before users with different a OS messages would not show up on iMessage.  Now iMessage can receive both phone calls and messages from any OS.  Users can dial phone numbers straight from their Mac product.  Tim Cook even joked about giving the new employee a phone call, and believe it or not , but Dr. Dre picked up.

Family Sharing– Parents can now find the location of the childs device.  A new sharing option will bring notifications to all members of the family.  A new in-app purchase feature has been added since the recent problems companies having been having with unauthorized app purchases.  Before an app can be purchase a parent or guardian must first approve of it.  Phones connected to the same credit card can be shared with up to six family members.  In the future, Apple will allow users to bundle apps to receive discounts.

iOS 8 Devices Available September 17

Over 800 million Apple products have been sold, so far.  In this past year, over 130 million people converted from Android to Apple.  According to Tim Cook, 97% of iPhone users software is up to date, compared to Android’s 9%. iOS 8 was first announced at WWDC 2014.

Notifications–  The notification feature received some time savvy updates.  Users can now view and respond to notifications from the lock screen or an app without having to close it first. Developers will soon have the opportunity to make 3rd party widgets.

Messages– Users can now name group chats and even add or remove people from the thread.  A new “do not disturb” option puts those pesky alerts to rest. Friends can share their location and even set the duration. Messages with attachments will be viewed live in the messaging thread without having to download the attachment separately.  A new audio and video feature has been added to messaging system.  Simply hold down the speaker button and a new side bar will pop up the new options.  One neat trick that Jaws demonstrated is the way an audio message can be listened to.  Audio messages can listened to from lock screen by holding the phone up to your ear like you would a phone call.

Photo via Apple Live Stream

Keyboard-The updated keyboard will now have access to new characters and dictation.  Content is sensitive and “learns” typing behaviors to best suggest words according to who your talking to.  

The Moment We Have All Been Waiting For

The iWatch and iPhone 6 has been announced.

Photo Via CNET YouTube.

The new iWatch will come in two different screen sizes to fit all wrist sizes.  An integrated microphone allows users to make and receive phone calls.  Users can respond to messages from a list of preset dictations.  The sensor on the back of the watch will release a small pulse to alert the user when a notification has been received.  For a more personal touch, users can record their heartbeat and send it to a loved one.  Like most of the smart watches on the market the iWatch will record health analytics and goals.  Apple is working on bringing 3rd party apps available to the new wearable. An assortment of bands and watch cases will be available along with designer styles coming later. The new wearables will be available early 2015.

Photo Via Apple Live Stream

The new iPhone 6 will come in two model, the 4.7 inch and the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus.  Not only is the screen larger and the phone slimmer, but the new phone will come with the new iOS 8 update features.  The multi-touch screens received an HD retina upgrade along with new security features for Touchid.  Apple has been the front runner in picture quality and remains so with the 1080p HD camera.

Check out CNET’s hands-on review:


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Sony Keynotes From IFA 2014 In Berlin

IFA 2014

Tech companies from all around the globe join together this year for IFA 2014.  IFA is a trade show that allows companies to display all of the upcoming consumer products and home appliances.

To start the day off, Sony started with the new flagship  4K TV.  The new Sony TV will have a curved 4k ultra HD tri-luminous display for minimal distortion. A Tri-luminous display means that there are individual pixels that adjust unlike LCD TVs.  The updated Sony HD 4K processing system brings vibrant hues and details to pictures or videos.  A multi-angle surround sound system will be embedded within the TV to bring better sound quality.

Next up was the new camera line.

The Sony QX1 and QX30 contains the same processor as the Alpha series, which means you can switch the smartphone camera lenses in and out.  The lenses will connect to the Sony Xperia smartphone series and uses the phone screen display for better picture quality.  Files can be transferred via Wi-Fi and NFC. A Sony rep even mentioned a PlayMemory 5.0 update.  The PlayMemory will include grid line display and GPS location data.  

An Old Friend Is Brought To Life

Unveiled at IFA, the Sony NWZ-A17 Walkman will be the first to include Hi-resolution audio playback features.  The new player will include 2.2”inch screen, 64GB of internal memory, along with NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities.  Sony also gave a sneak preview of the upcoming accessories that  will be released, but did not go into detail.

The company also discussed the artists, such as Miley Cyrus and John Legend, who will be working with Sony to create albums.

New Smartwear.

Smartband talk- Is a life logger with a 3 day battery life.  The band can answer and make calls straight from the wrist.  

Smartwatch 3 is specifically designed for the android updates with google to create a unique platform.  The watch will connect to bluetooth headsets, and is GPS enabled in case you get lost.  Unlike most watches, phones can be left at home to play music without any connection problems.  The watch charges through a usb and will have a 2 day battery life.  Oh, and did I mention it’s WATERPROOF?!

Sony also gave a teaser that the company will be working with other brands like Roxy to bring add a little “style” to the smartwear line.

A New Line of Smartphones.

The New Xperia Z3 ultra thin bezel smartphones will come in a choice of three colors black, silver grey, and copper.  The phone contains a 27 mpg camera along with a 25mm wide angle lens, which is “The world’s best technology in a smartphone” according to a Sony rep. The battery life will last up to two days and of course it is all waterproof!  So those underwater shots are now possible.  The phones will be released in the U.S. later this August.

Sony even mentioned a new way to play video games.  With the new Xperia phones, players are able to disconnect from the console and play video games anywhere via Wi-Fi.

Sony also previewed a few new projects that are in the works.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t much information other than pictures released.

If you missed IFA 2014 Live, You can watch the stream here.

Photos via IFA2014 Live Stream.

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NSA Spies Leak Information To Tor

What exactly is Tor?

Tor (previously short for The Onion Router) was originally designed  by the U.S. Navy to create software that would protect government communications.  Today, over 2.5 million people of all professions use Tor daily.

 Tor encrypts the information that is sent out across the network and is then transferred to several different servers so that the information cannot be traced back.  Now, Tor is a non-profit organization whose main focus is securing online privacy.  Tor is useful for anyone who wants to keep their IPS address and identity hidden.  One thing to keep in mind is that “Tor will not protect you from the NSA (National Security Agency) or GCHQ (British Government Communications Headquarter)” , said Lewman, “Because they are multi billion-dollar agencies with fantastic capabilities”.  So in other words, don’t do anything you wouldn’t want the world to know about.

How did the NSA and GCHQ leak information?

“Cyber spies” from the United States and the UK have been leaking information to the Tor team, according to an interview from BBC with Tors project manager Andrew Lewman. In July of this year, two researchers from Carnegie Mellon University gained access to user information.. The NSA has tried several tactics including CNE attacks (computer network exploitation) to hack into the Tor system, according to The Guardian.   Even though the NSA and GCHQ have both targeted Tor users, there are a few employees who stand by internet privacy.  Lewman stated, “We’re one of the few open source projects that take anonymous bug requests – completely anonymous”, which is how the tips were submitted.

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