Friday, October 31, 2014

The Police Can Force You To Unlock An iPhone With Touch ID

According to the Fifth Amendment and Judge Steven C. Fucci, the police cannot force you to unlock an iPhone with a passcode, but they can with a fingerprint. Keep in mind that iPhone requires a passcode after 48 hours of inactivity, restarting an iPhone, or three failed Touch ID attempts. Essentially, if one wanted to be protected by the law, all they would have to do is restart the iPhone or  fake a Touch ID by trying to obscure their fingerprint to the Touch ID sensor. Hopefully, soon there will be a law that does the same with a passcode, not just Touch ID.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Notification Calculators Are Allowed in the App Store

After a very brief dispute, Apple is allowing the app PCalc on the Apple App Store. Basically, PCalc allows you to use a calculator from Notification Center. Apple didn't anticipate people to make something like this and they were going to pull it from the App Store. Apple takes back all that it has said and will allow the app to remain on the App Store. PCalc can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for $9.99 [Direct Link]. In addition, there is a free version that has the same Notification Center widget available for free [Direct Link].

Image Credit: MacRumors

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Microsoft Announces The Microsoft Band

Today, Microsoft revealed a new wearable just after the release of Apple Health, Google Fit, and the Fitbit Charge. It's called the Microsoft Band. It can track heart rate, exercise, sleep, and UV exposure to monitor stress. It works on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. It works with Microsoft Health, which is basically Apple Health and Google Fit. It collects data from apps and devices and displays them in one place. It goes on sale tomorrow for $199.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

iOS 8 is Now Installed on Over Half of All iOS Devices

According to the Apple App Store Support Page for Devlopers, over half of all iOS devices are running iOS 8. This took just over a month. A very fast rollout. Hopefully by the end of the year, more the 75% will run iOS 8. A screenshot of the statistic is below.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Monday, October 27, 2014

Apple Watch Will Be Charged Nightly

At the WSJ.D conference, Tim Cook commented on the battery of the Apple Watch. He said that people will use it so much that it will need to be charged on a daily basis. He said, "You're going to wind up charging it daily." I guess that's fine. Many other wearables require nightly charging. I do that with my phone, tablet, Glass, and laptop (even if they're at 90%), so why not my watch? Unless the Apple Watch gets an awesome sleep analysis app that syncs with Apple's Health app (*cough* This is all your fault Fitbit! *cough*). Apparently, the small battery life is the reason why charging the device is so easy. The charging takes after the MacBook's MagSafe technology.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Eddy Cue Posts Use of Apple at World Series on Twitter

Eddy Cue (@cue) posted a picture of him using Apple Pay at the World Series. The picture shows an NFC card reader. This comes just after CVS and Rite Aid discontinue their support for Apple Pay. The service seems to be good and has had a fairly good launch, the biggest problem being that cashiers don't know how to activate the NFC in the credit card terminal. I guess Google Wallet never really took off in its first two years of operation and cashiers were never trained on the matter. Anyways, here's Eddy's tweet.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

CVS Pharmacy Follows Rite Aid's Footsteps

Walgreens must be laughing at CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid, because CVS and Rite Aid have both removed functionality for Apple Pay and Google Wallet. CVS Pharmacy removed the ability with the reasons that they will have the own "mobile wallet" in 2015. Wow. Like I'm gonna get another app just to pay money to CVS. Anyways, below is a picture of the memo sent to CVS employee informing managers to tell the cashiers how to properly apologize to a customer and that they'll have to wait months for a worse solution.

Friday, October 24, 2014

AT&T Doesn't Allow Apple SIM Users To Switch Carriers

One of the nice things about the new iPads is the new Apple SIM. This allows you to pick a carrier after you buy an iPad and switch without buying a new iPad. Usually you'd have to buy an iPad with a specific carrier with no way to switch carriers. AT&T has disabled the ability to switch carriers after choosing AT&T. An AT&T spokesperson said "it's just simply the way we've chosen to do it." It's clear they did it so you can't change carriers and support the competition.

Image Credit: John Legere

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rite Aid Not Accepting Mobile NFC Payments Anymore

Causing the biggest geek riot against a company since Fitbit announced that they won't support HealthKit, Rite Aid has stopped accepting mobile payments from Apple Pay and Google Wallet after accepting them initially. Josh Hundall notes that the terminal specifically said that Apple Pay wasn't supported. This means that it is intentional that Rite Aid isn't accepting Apple Pay anymore.
Today, Allison asked me to pick up a few things on my way home from the office, and I’m a major nerd, so naturally I was all too happy to oblige. I was equally disappointed, then, when my transaction was declined with a message on the terminal informing me that Apple Pay was not supported. The terminal mentioned Apple Pay by name. So the system is smart enough to know about Apple Pay and to decide not to take it.
- Josh Hundall 
Rite Aid hasn't commented on the matter, making it seem like an intentional removal instead of an accident. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite tweets on the matter.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How To Expand Windows in OS X Yosemite

In OS X Yosemite, the green "expand" button is replaced by a green button that makes the window go full screen. But what if you don't want full screen (Like I have to ask...)? Simple! Just hover over the green button in the top right corner of any window and hold the alt (option) key down when you click on the button. This allows you to expand the window instead of going full screen. I hope this helps!

Green Button Without Alt (Option) Key (Left) / Green Button With Alt (Option) Key (Right)