Ahead of next week's iTune's Festival at SXSW (March 11), the official iTunes Festival app has be released. This app has a new iOS 7 design in time for the festival. This festival will be the first iTunes Festival hosted in the United States. Earlier today, the app wasn't available to download, despite being featured and listed. It is available now for free from the Apple App Store [Direct Link].
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
On Chrome Beta, you can search the web and set alarms by saying, "Ok Google," followed by your command. For example, "Ok Google, how many ounces are in a cup?" It'd search that for you. How can you do this magic? Just install Chrome Beta or get the extension Voice Search Hotword. Either way, happy searching!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
If you didn't know, you can sign into Yahoo! with Google or Facebook. However, Yahoo! is stating that they won't be doing that for long. No end date was released, but they said that it was to create a more unified experience. Of course, it's probably because they are a competitor to Google and took down Facebook just to be fair and tidy.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Formally known as iOS in the Car, Apple has announced Apple CarPlay today. The name is a play on words from AirPlay, the media streaming method made by Apple. CarPlay is essentially a new car with a compatible interface with a connection to charge and display your phone on the screen. This method is used for allowing a simplified interface for less distracted driving. The features include phone, music, maps, messages, and a few select third-party apps (Spotify, Beats Radio, etc.). It also allows you to use Siri. The initial partners for CarPlay are Ferrari, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz. In the future, you can expect Ford, Chevrolet, Kia, Subaru, Toyota (as if Toyota didn't have enough technology in their cars), and more! CarPlay will be available with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. Apple has had a previous attempt with bringing distraction-free driving with phones called "Siri Eyes Free." While the idea was short-lived and is at this point still trying to become a thing, hopefully CarPlay gets popular faster.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Tonight, the Oscars will be on. Millions of people watch this event each year. Until March 4th, Apple created a promotion that lets buyers of Apple TV get a free $25 iTunes gift card. Apple's vision for this is that people will buy Oscar-nominated movies with. Also, some are able to watch the Oscars on Apple TV with the Watch ABC app. Just be sure you know that the Apple TV does not include a HDMI cable.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
After a staggering 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes, and 30 seconds, Twitch Plays Pokémon has come to an end. For those who don't know about this game, check out my previous post. For those who do know about it, it's time to talk about what's next. It's expected that the next generation of Pokémon (Gold, Silver, and Crystal) as Twitch's next big project. To end this post, here are some stats on the game. Not bad for a game in black and white!
- Commands Inputted: 122+ million
- Peak Amount of Watchers: 121,000
- Players: 1,165,140
|Courtesy of Polygon|
Friday, February 28, 2014
After a long absence of word from Apple, iOS in the Car is suddenly ready to be deployed (according the Financial Times). Ferrari, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz will be the initial cars shown off with the new technology.
"The deal marks the first time that Apple is embedding its software in devices other than its own branded products. The choice of the Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz is seen to be in keeping with the US tech group’s high-end phones."Last year, Apple already confirmed some partners including, but not limited to, Honda, Nissan, and Hyundai. Hopefully, many more brands will be incorporated.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Hack Day, a day that some Netflix developers wait for all year long. It's a day when Netflix brainstorms some cool ideas that may be random, but are certainly interesting. Take for example, Netflix Beam. An easy way to let friends and family stream their content to a tablet by bumping devices (without needing to exchange passwords). There's also a sleep tracker. If (for whatever reason) you fall asleep during a movie, a FitBit device can tell and the computer to add a "sleep bookmark" so when you wake up, you can jump back to that point in the movie. While these ideas may not become a final product, it's interesting to see what Netflix may or may not do with them.
Videos for more information:
Videos for more information:
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Now that you've updated your iPhone, it's time to update your Mac. Today, Apple released a similar update for the Mac that fixes a crucial SSL glitch. To learn more about this glitch, check out my post on updating your iPhone. Anyways, OS X 10.9.2 adds FaceTime audio calls (a.k.a. free phone calls for Mac) and the security features. You can update by going to the Mac App Store > Updates > and find the update from there.