Thursday, July 24, 2014

Google Acquires Twitch

One of the most trending acquisitions since Apple acquired Beats has been Google acquiring Twitch for $1 billion. For those who don't know, Twitch is a major San Francisco based website that allows gamers to stream games live to their viewers. Google (specifically YouTube) will use it to enhance their streaming services in some way. Not much else is known on the acquisition and Twitch had no comment.

Twitch's Logo

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Alex Voice for Accessibility in iOS 8

In iOS 8, Alex (Stephen Hawking voice) will be used as the accessibility voice for those who are blind. This is interesting as it has been Siri before. He will also be used for speaking selected text aloud. Could he possibly be a voice for Siri in the future as well? Possibly, but I don't think Apple would replace their new natural sounding Siri with that of Alex's. But, if Apple continues in the direction that their in, they may allow third-party voices in the future!

"Alex voice for accessibility" shown briefly at WWDC 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tips App in iOS 8

In the most recent release of the iOS 8 beta, the Tips app was added. It's a simple app that gives tips that are exclusive for iOS 8. You can "like" and share them. Below is a helpful video on YouTube that MacRumors made.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stickers Ad

Apple has made a new ad targeted for the people who like to add decals to their MacBooks. The ad shows a plethora of decals used on the MacBook Air. From the Simpsons to Pac Man! And- oh my gosh is that Aperture Science?! Apple has also dedicated a web page for it's "Stickers" ad. To watch the ad, it's embedded below.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Quickly Switch Between Multiple Keyboards in iOS

If you have more than two keyboards in iOS, this will help a lot. Hold the international key to reveal a list of all installed keyboards. Move your finger to select the keyboard. This allows you to quickly switch between keyboards. It install new keyboards in iOS, go to Settings > General > Keyboards > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard... Just in time for iOS 8 third-party keyboards!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Amazon Smile

If you have a charity you want to donate to, Amazon Smile is for you! Instead of shopping at Amazon, you can shop everything from a-to-z and have a portion of it go to a charity of your choice. This is a no charge on your end, just shop at Amazon Smile. Also, make sure your product is eligible for Amazon Smile. To learn more about Amazon Smile, click here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pixelmator is Half Off!

Pixelmator, advanced photo editing software for Mac, is currently 50% off. Previously $29.99, it is now only $15.99 (Okay, almost 50%.). This software is great for artists, graphic designers, and even pixel artists! You can get it from the Mac App Store [Direct Link]. Below is a graphic I made using Pixelmator and is currently used for the Tech Talk 4 Geeks' Twitter account header photo.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Apple Files Patent For Detecting Behavior Changes

Apple has filed a patent that allows an iPhone to lock out a user because of a behavior change. For example, a significant change in grammar would cause the phone to lock out. After the lock, the iPhone would use Touch ID, password, or a notification to another device to confirm identity.

"A method for determining behavior associated with a user device, comprising: receiving behavior data identifying multiple types of user interaction with the user device; comparing the behavior data with patterns of behavior data associated with the user device, wherein the behavior-data patterns are generated from previously-received behavior data of an original user; determining a current user is potentially different from the original user based on the comparison of the behavior data with the patterns; and transmitting a command to the user device to lock the user device until the current user is verified as the original user."

Although the idea is circulating, that doesn't mean it will come to iOS in the future. At the same time, this idea seems pretty significant. Enough so that it may come to iOS. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

iTunes Pass

iTunes Pass has released to the public in North America (Japan got it yesterday). iTunes Pass allows you to walking into an Apple Store, tell a Specialist that you want to add credit to your iTunes account, and let them scan your pass from Passbook. To get iTunes Pass, go to the iTunes Store on your iPhone (running iOS 6 or later), scroll to the bottom, find the "Redeem" button, tap it, and tap "Get Started" (under the iTunes Pass section), and add the pass to Passbook. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

iPhone 6 Cases Available... ALREADY!

People have looked at the leaked blueprints and specs of the upcoming iPhone 6 and have made cases to sell on sites such as Amazon. These are based purely on speculation, but have been right in previous generations of the iPhone. I don't recommend buying these cases until an official product has been released. But it is still cool to look at the listings on Amazon. Here's a cool one [Direct Link].