Friday, January 30, 2015

Control A Tesla With Apple Watch

Now that developers can make apps for Apple Watch, Teslas can now be controlled with an app for Apple Watch. This is pretty cool. You can adjust when the Tesla should stop charging. You can unlock and lock the doors, sound the alarm, and turn on the lights. This is all from your wrist! Check out the video below!




Thursday, January 29, 2015

iTunes 12.1 Update Comes With New Widget

With OS X Yosemite came widgets. These widgets are accessible through Notification Center in OS X Yosemite. Today, iTunes now comes with a widget that allows you to have music controls in Notification Center. This is useful if you don't want to have to worry about where the MiniPlayer window is at or in which desktop. That's a huge step up for me. Anyways, you can get this update by going to the Mac App Store > Updates > and find the OS X update. A restart is required.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Apple Removes 2012 Mac Mini From Apple Online Store

After strangely appearing on the Apple Online Store yesterday, the 2012 model Mac mini has been removed. There has been no statement on the matter. It may have been a miscommunication or, for all we know, a hack. Since these models are sold in the refurbished section of the store, it may have been an accident. Many people would've been pleased to see a quad-core Mac mini available for purchase, but it was strange that it shipped with OS X Mavericks, an operating system that is outdated.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Apple Sells 2012 Model Mac Mini On Apple Online Store

In a strange move, Apple has decided to sell a 2012 model Mac mini on their online store. Although it does have a quad-core Intel i7 processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000 (unique to this model), it only has 2.3GHz (gigahertz) and 4GB of RAM. What's more, it comes with OS X Mavericks. I've never seen Apple intentionally ship a new Mac with an old version of their software. It costs $699.99. You can find it in the Apple Online Store. It's not known if this is a mistake or a way to get quad-core processing back to the Mac mini.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Monday, January 26, 2015

Quickly Swipe Between Tabs on iPad

In Safari for iPad, you can quickly switch between tabs with a flick of the wrist. Just take two fingers and swipe up or down. Depending on the direction you swiped, you will see another tab. I'm not sure which versions of iOS support this, but I tried it on an iPad Air 2 running iOS 8. Anyways, I hope this helps!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Apple Watch To Ship In March

According to KGI Securities, Apple Watch will ship this March. Apple's last words on the subject said that it would launch in early 2015. This is Apple's first jump into wearable technology. Although it ships in March, we don't know its release. We can assume that the release date will be not far after the ship date.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Problem With Nintendo and amiibo

With Nintendo out of the toy making business for 30+ years, their new amiibo figurines may be a bit of a flashback for people who are old enough to remember. However, it seems as Nintendo's skills have rusted over these years as their stab at Skylanders takes a turn for the worse. For those who don't know, amiibos are NFC-equipped figurines that allow gamers to use them for new game content or new ways to play, depending on the game. They run for $12.99 each, which is a good deal considering they sell their Nintendo Nunchuck, an accessory to an accessory, for $20, which requires a Wii Remote (not included with a Wii U), for $40. That's $60 right there just to make the console run as advertised. What's nice about amiibos is that they are well-made and durable. You won't find battery acid leaking out of these things anytime soon.

So, that's all fine and dandy... What's the problem? Simple: Nintendo is doing a horrible job as a supplier and a horrible job informing their customers on how they will address it. If you walk into a store that sells amiibos, many will be sold out. These sold out characters are usually from not-as-popular franchises, like F-Zero or Fire Emblem. This shows Nintendo's awful job at suppling. What's worse is their communication to their customers. When fans asked Nintendo if certain characters would return to store selves, Nintendo gave the most vague response of all time.
"We will aim for certain amiibo to always be available."
By "certain amiibo", I can almost guarantee that they mean characters from Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Metroid games will be available for long-term. So if you were hoping to get that new Ness amiibo, I wish you the best of luck. What's worse, retailers don't have great communication with Nintendo on this matter. Because of this, retailers can't guarantee pre-orders will be filled. You walk into the store, show the cashier your pre-order confirmation slip, and like a classic Seinfeld gag about taking reservations, the retailer is out of stock. It's not their fault. It's Nintendo's. Take a look at the Skylanders or Disney Infinity section of that store, and you'll find a plentiful supply. Now, stores can't take pre-orders.

I can understand that all 49 characters from Super Smash Bros. 4 won't fit on store shelves, but there's a simple solution: online stores. If you've seen the inside of an Amazon warehouse, you know what I mean. Club Nintendo, which recently announced that it's closing, could've easily sold these amiibos as gifts.

Another thing, Nintendo doesn't understand the phrase, "The customer is always right." If you post a let's play of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4 will no longer has a Subspace Emissary story mode because of that. If you buy a new 3DS, you have to move all of your games from one to the other. There's no continuity. All the games on the old 3DS will be deleted. Personally, I think Japan-based companies don't like having things in two places at once. That would explain why there are so few eBooks in Japan. Anyways, same case here. If Nintendo fans want a Rosalina and Luma amiibo figure, and some guy who lives in his mother's basement purposely buys 100 to diminish stock, Nintendo should make more and consider selling it at more than one store. Here's the thing, Nintendo has customers eating out of their "Master Hand" with these figures. They can easily make $10 profit from each one. There is no reason why they should stop production of lower-tier figurines.

I feel bad for any collector who can't get their hands on these figures. What's more, I feel worse for the EarthBound fans who won't be able to get their hands on the Ness amiibo. This is the first official EarthBound merchandise to be released in decades. These amiibo have created their own artificial economy. Sold out amiibos can go for at least $30. I've seen some go for $60! Which brings me to my next topic.
No Iwata... I don't understand...

Scalpers, in this case, are people who will buy insane amounts of amiibos just to have them go sold out. They might do it for profit or just because they don't like certain characters. I don't have anything to say about them. Nintendo knows they exist, but they don't do anything about it. They don't even put a limit on how many someone can buy. The discontinued amiibos are rumored to be turned from durable, well-made figurines into flimsy NFC cards. Probably for the same price too. Nintendo is just asking for a bad reputation.

Anyways, those are my thoughts... Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Let's hope this situation gets better for us fans and Nintendo.

Friday, January 23, 2015

50% of Phone Activations in Q4 of 2014 Were iPhones

Apple took half of phone activations in quarter four of 2014. Trailing behind at 26% was Samsung. At the end of this train, we find Blackberry with 0% of phone activations, lucky enough to even be acknowledged. This was conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. To learn more, check out their report.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

iPhone Usage Most Popular in Alaska and Montana

Chitika Insights conducted a new study that shows iPhone usage by state. It notes that iPhone is most popular in Alaska and Montana. This study was taken from December 25 through December 31. If you're wondering, Michigan, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Indiana have the least amount of iPhones. These states only have 40-44% of people using them.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Top 10 Worst Passwords of 2014

SplashData has compiled a list of the most used (and thus, worst) passwords for the year of 2014 from a list of leaked passwords. Here's the ten most popular:

10. football
9. dragon
8. baseball
7. 1234
6. 123456789
5. qwerty
4. 12345678
3. 12345
2. password

And, the worst password of 2014 is...

"123456"!

If you have any of these passwords, I highly recommend you change it ASAP to one not on this list.