Saturday, April 19, 2014

Thanks for the Google Glass!

I'd just like to thank my grandparents for being so genorous to give Google Glass to me as an early birthday present. Thanks Baachan and Jiichan! Also, I intend to do a review on this. More to come…


Friday, April 18, 2014

Apple Will Honor Earth Day This Year

April 22nd, Apple will be celebrating Earth Day. Earth Day is a day typically celebrated by planting a tree and doing "green" things. Every Apple Retail store will have a green logo and employees will wear t-shirts in honor of the occasion. The last time Apple celebrated Earth Day, it was 2006. They created a free computer take back program.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Run in Low Resolution on MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Have you ever wanted to waste the Retina Display that you paid extra for? Of course you do! To do so, you can pick an app (a Retina Display enabled one) and "get info" on it. To do this, control-click on the app in Finder, and click "Get Info". Then, check the box that says "Open in Low Resolution". This really does nothing that helps. I suppose it could make your Mac run slightly faster, but not by much. It just makes your apps look awful.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Integrated Shazam App in iOS 8?

Apple may be working on a way to quickly identify songs with the popular company, Shazam, who already makes a similar app. According to Bloomberg, this service would be used with Siri as one of the ways. If this is the primary way of accessing the feature, it may be likely that iPad 2 will not be compatible with iOS 8. This is because iPad 2 is not compatible with Siri.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Heartbleed: #InternetApocalypse

Heartbleed is a new exploit in the internet developed by people who just really hate sunshine and all things good. Basically, this exploit allows people to get passwords and other private information on over half-a-million sites that were thought to be up-to-code on their security stuff. Some affected (and popular) websites include (but not limited to) Amazon, Bitbucket, GitHub, IFTTT, Mojang (a.k.a. Minecraft), Reddit, SoundCloud, Tumblr, Wikipedia, and Wunderlist. If you have accounts on any of these sites, I really do recommend that you change your password immediately! Also, Google for some sites that may be affected.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Google Glass Explorers Being Accepted Tomorrow at 6am (PDT)

Tomorrow, April 15th, you can become a Google Glass Explorer. Note that a Glass Explorer is a beta tester and not an actual final product. That said, you must also be 18 years old, live within the US, and be willing to fork over $1,500. Google Glass is a device that you wear on your head. The display is a prism that is slightly translucent and can show information quickly. Google Glass also takes voice commands.

Yes, that's what I look like wearing Google Glass.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

NDS4iOS Launches For iOS

Right after the major update to the GBA (GameBoy Advance) emulator, GBA4iOS, a new Nintendo DS emulator is now available for download. With consistency to its predecessor's name, it's dubbed NDS4iOS. This emulator has a similar layout to GBA4iOS. To install, follow this link on your iOS device (iOS 5.1.1 or later), tap the download button (the non-jailbroken one; assuming that your device isn't jailbroken), set the time to February 8th, 2014 or before (Settings > General > Date & Time > Turn off "Set Automatically"), open the app, and change back the time! I know that it's lengthy, but it's the only way to do it unless you jailbreak your iPhone. If the app crashes repeatedly, change back the time to February 8th, 2014 or before, open the app, and change back the time.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My First Android App!

I figured because I know some Java coding, I could make a quick app to see what it's like to be a developer on Google Play. I made a little app that lets you make a service bell sound. Basically, when you have very bad customer service or what to add a bell to your bike, just take out your phone, open the app, and tap the 8-bit bell! Instant bell anywhere! It's called Service Bell! Service Bell is available from the Google Play store for free [Direct Link]! Every download helps! Don't worry, this won't be my only Android app! Stay tuned!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Bloom.fm iAd Blocked by Apple

Apple has blocked an iAd, a special type of advertisement for iOS devices, for a competitor to Apple's iTunes Radio in the UK. Bloom.fm is a service that allows free music streaming (of a limited selection) for 1£ a month. While iTunes Radio isn't available in the UK yet, but is coming in early 2014. Bloom.fm says that they understand why Apple would "want to protect their business." Bloom.fm is only available in the UK.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

iTunes Going HD?

Not as many people download music from digital stores anymore with the large rise of apps. Apple is expected to redesign its iTunes Music Store and add high resolution audio (24-bit). It would be nice to see something like this, however not many people would notice a difference unless they were wearing Beats headphones or were Skrillex. All that aside, 24-bit downloads are much better than the 16-bit downloads that Apple currently sells.