Sunday, August 31, 2014

How Paying With NFC On iPhone 6 Might Work...

Since Apple has partnered with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express for their mobile payment initiative, I figured I should explain how this might work. NFC, or near-field communication, will allow you to tap your iPhone to an NFC equipped payment terminal at the time of a payment. Your iPhone will show a notification on the lock screen allowing you to pay with a credit card. Then, using a passcode or Touch ID, you can digitally sign and verify the purchase. Then, the purchase is complete! This could potentially be how payments on iPhone could be.

Ricardo Del Toro's EXCELLENT Concept

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Behold! What May Just Be The iPhone 6!

Feld & Volk has released a video of what they claim to be an iPhone 6 equipped with NFC. The video shows the iPhone booting up to the "connect to iTunes" screen. Feld & Volk managed to build this iPhone from rare parts that were leaked from production. Check out this video:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Apple Sends Out Invites For iPhone 6

Apple has sent out invitations to the media for the iPhone 6 event. The invite is fairly simple and simply says "9.9.2014" and "Wish we could say more." Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to be announced on September 9th at 10 AM Pacific Time at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

iWatch To Be Announced With iPhone 6, But Not Released With iPhone 6

Although the iWatch is expected to have a late 2014 or early 2015 release date, Apple is announcing their smart watch with the iPhone 6 (September 9). It was expected originally to be announced with the next generation iPads in October. This is surprising because Apple tends to like to have a minimal period between the announcement date and the actual release date. Re/code states that the iWatch will "make good use" of HealthKit and HomeKit.

iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

QuickBoard

QuickBoard is a cool app that takes full advantage of iOS 8's third-party keyboard feature. QuickBoard is a cool keyboard because it allows you to type large chunks of text with a single tap. Just preset the text in the app, change keyboards, and use it in another app. You can also quickly put in personal information (e.g. filling out shipping information) and put in location information. Check out the video below for more information! The app will be available to the public when iOS 8 is fully released in the fall.









Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Google Slides Apps Finally Comes to iOS

The long awaited Google Slides app has come to iOS. Up until this point, Google Slides haven't been available on iOS platform. You could only view the slideshows. Now, Google has released an app that allows you to edit slideshows on the go! This completes the triforce of Google Drive apps for iOS, which consists of Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Google Slides is available from the Apple App Store for free [Direct Link]. The Google Drive app is available from the Apple App Store for free as well [Direct Link].


Monday, August 25, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I finally do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! What makes this so special is that I incorporate a Rube Goldberg and a robot to dump the water on my head. Check out the video below! I hope you like it! 

P.S. If you want to donate to the ALS Association, go to alsa.org or follow this link.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Reversible USB Lightning Cable Might Not Come with The iPhone 6

Unfortunately, the rumors of the reversible USB Lightning cable won't be available by the release of the iPhone 6, according to Moca.co (an Apple third-party vendor). However, the new USB adapter design may be available by the release of the iPhone 6.

"We are informed by the Official Appointed Manufacturer of Apple that the new Reversible USB Cable will not be released together with upcoming iPhone 6 and Apple has not placed any order with them yet. Apple fans will not be able to get the MFi version of this revolutionary cable from Apple this year but that is not the end of the story."
- Moca.co
While the new, official cables won't be available for several months, you can still buy Moca.co's (not available yet) and Truffol's version of the cable.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Leaked Image of New Apple USB Power Adapter

This image shows a new power adapter supposedly made by Apple. This particular adapter has a new design. It's more of a rectangle instead of a square. This image is convincing because it has the "Designed by Apple in California" text with logos. This new design looks very similar to the USB power adapter sold in Australia, just with American prongs. The only reason the redesign makes much practical sense (at least to me), is for a comfortable grip on it. 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Buy The Reversible Lightning Cable Today!

Third party vendors have already started to manufacture reversible Lightning cables with USB Type-C ports. To learn more about this, check out my post about the subject. Basically Truffol has created one, priced at $9.99. It's a meter long. I haven't tried this, and I doubt it's certified by Apple (buy at your own risk). But try it out if you want. If you want one, check out Truffol's cable here.