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Monday, September 22, 2014

A Weekend With the iPhone 6

I preordered the iPhone 6 somewhere around 3:30 in the morning a little over a week ago, and I anxiously awaited last Friday when I'd be able to pick it up at the Apple Store. After waiting in the preorder line for what felt like an eternity (actually only an hour and a half), I got my hands on a pristine, white iPhone 6 ith 128 GB of storage. After loading my most recent backup, apps that weren't backed up to iCloud, and my music from my computer, I began to use the iPhone 6. This is Apple's biggest (pun intended) update to the iPhone line since it was introduced in 2007. The latest version of the iPhone is fantastic, Apple's best phone to date, but it's not without a few small flaws.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Apple Launches Page to Help Android Users Switch

Are you an Android user tempted by the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 8? Then Apple has the guide you're looking for. With unprecidented demand for the new iPhone, Apple's seeing more Android users buying new iOS devices on launch day than ever before. As such, they want to ensure that Android users are comfortable on their new platform. The guide also shows potential iOS users just how easy switching would be. You can find the page here.

Source: TUAW


Monday, September 15, 2014

Verizon Offering 2 Month Early Upgrades for iPhone 6

Personally, if Verizon did not offer me an early upgrade, I was going to swith to T-Mobile. I was surprised, however, to find that despite the fact that it hadn't yet been 24 months since I activated my iPhone 5, I was able to buy the iPhone 6 on contract, with new contract pricing. I'm not that special, and Verizon certainly doesn't like me (I tend to speak poorly of them), they're offering the early upgrade to everyone. If you started your contract before November 15th, 2012, you can upgrade to a new iPhone now. This is Verizon's ploy to keep people who might switch carriers on board.

You'll have some trouble finding a new iPhone now though, as the preorders are mostly sold out online. However, you'll be able to try on this Friday, when they're released to retail stores in many locations across the world. Check your eligibility, you might be surprised to find you're eligible for upgrade pricing now.

Source: 9to5Mac


Microsoft Buys Minecraft Maker Mojang

Most of my readers likely know of minecraft, if they haven't played it themselves. The game is a large sandbox, where players can create and craft whatever they'd like. You can make machines, shelters, carve out mines for resources, and fight off the monsters that come out at night. It's a fun game, and can captivate players for hours. For example, I started writing this post in the morning, got distracted playing it, and realized I hadn't finished this article. It's easy to get lost in a world you create from scratch.
Not to sound too dramatic, but for $2.5 billion, Microsoft may change Minecraft forever, and it might not be a good change. Mojang, maker of Minecraft, has been sold to the tech giant, founder "Notch" and others excluded. Notch apparently was frustrated with the fact that Minecraft had become so big that he was no longer able to work on other projects. This deal will be great for him, not only due to the large fortune he made selling the studio, but also because he's now free to create new games.
However, it may end up being a bad thing for gamers. Microsoft hasn't been historically trustworthy with game studios they've purchased, and there's no reason to believe that Mojang won't be the same way.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Concept Shows Apple Watch OS Running on iPhone

Seven years ago, had I told you that the new operating system Apple revealed for their phone would one day influence the operating system Apple uses for their Macs, you'd call me crazy. Why would a watered down version of Mac OS, made for a small screen, invade the large screened, fully capable, powerful Macs? And yet, every year since, Apple's Mac OS has taken some cues from iOS. With the Apple Watch, Apple revealed a new product category, a highly personal one, and one with a new operating system. One concept video asks, what would that operating system look like on an iPhone? Surprisingly, it makes more sense than you might think. The video is below.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Onion Made Software to "Comcast-ify" Webpages

Comcast wants to control every aspect of the Internet. Part of that involves fighting net neutrality, so they can slow down websites, then charge customers or the website to return it to full speed. Comcast recently did this to Netflix, forcing the company to pay more so Netflix video streaming would operate at the same speed as streaming from any other website. The Onion typically writes hilarious satirical articles and makes videos, but this is their first satirical piece of software. The Comcastify script that's up on GitHub now slows the loading of images on webpages back to 1990 speeds. If only it added the classic dial-up sound, the illusion would be complete.