Saturday, February 6, 2016

Teach Siri Name Pronounciations

If Siri pronounces a name wrong, you can fix it. First, get Siri to tell you their name by asking for their contact. Then say something along the lines of, "That's not how you pronounce that." Siri will then ask you to say the first name, offer you a list of pronunciations to choose from, and will do the same with the last name. I hope this helps!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Pink iPhone 5se?

Similar to the iPod Touch, the iPhone 5se may come in a bright pink color according to Mac Otakara. I suppose this is the iPhone 5se's equivalent of the iPhone 6s' Rose Gold color option. In addition, it would come in Silver and Space Gray. However, it may not have a Gold color option. This is a strange lineup for an iPhone color lineup, combining refined, sophisticated colors with bright, rambunctious colors.

The pink iPod Touch

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Apple TV Universal Search Expanded

One of the features I was looking forward to the new Apple TV was being able to see all of the apps that can be used to play The Simpsons. However, I didn't realize that the Universal Search feature didn't work with apps such as FOX NOW and FXNOW. That changes now. Searching for movies and TV shows will now show new ways to play content. FOX NOW, FXNOW, and NAT GEO apps will now be shown in search results. Hopefully this makes binge watching that much easier.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Apple Music for Android Supports SD Cards

Apple has made it clear in the past that they will be sure to utilize elements from the Android OS into their Android apps, such as Apple Music and Move to iOS. For example, they will use the Android share icon instead of the iOS share icon in Android apps. Google actually doesn't do this in their iOS apps. If you look at YouTube for iOS for example, you'll find there are Action Bars, Android icons, and Card Views. Apple Music for Android now supports saving songs to SD cards, a feature iOS is unable to do. Although not all Androids can do this, it's interesting to see Apple use something iOS can't do in one of their apps. Now what this means is that Androids could potentially hold more songs offline than iOS. iOS devices don't have SD card readers built-in, so they can only hold about 128 GB of songs. Android devices could potentially have 128 GB of storage plus a 128 GB SD card for Apple Music. Of course, that's a far stretch to have that much music. Let's just hope that Google returns the favor by adding multitasking to YouTube for iOS. Apple Music is available for free from the Google Play Store [Direct Link].



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se Reveal Event Expected March 15

Move over Ides of March, because Apple is expected to have their iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se reveal on March 15th according to 9to5Mac. While the date is a rumor, most event date rumors have proven to be accurate. This would be the first Apple event of the year. Apple would reveal the iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se, and possibly some Apple Watch updates (but no Apple Watch 2). Let's get this hype train started and hope for something good!
"As the scheduled event is still a month-and-a-half away, the date could conceivably still shift or turn into an online announcement. The media event would be Apple’s first since September, and much like the fall event, is planned to touch on three major product categories for the company."
-9to5Mac 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pokémon Movies on iTunes

This year marks Pokémon's 20th anniversary. And with this momentous occasion, The Pokémon Company has released remastered versions of 13 of their Pokémon movies. In addition to this, there is an iTunes page dedicated to Pokémon content on iTunes. This includes apps, several Pokémon TV show series, music, books, and game guides. If you want to check it out for yourself, it is available on the iTunes Store [Direct Link].

Sunday, January 31, 2016

iPad Air 3 Cases

We just keep seeing new rumors that show that the iPad Air 3 will be similar to the iPad Pro, something that I am really hoping for. Now, we have a new case that fits an iPad Air with the specifications of an iPad Pro. This case is likely from a third-party, but whoever made it seems confident that the iPad Air 3 will be similar to the iPad Pro. Evidence of this is clear with the indents and creases for four speakers, a Smart Connector (for Smart Keyboard), and LED flash. Even if this case is from a third party, there are many likely true rumors that support this case's design.

Image Credit: Nowhereelse.fr

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Apple Recalls International Wall Plugs

If you have a wall adapter (doesn't affect U.S. models), you may want to check if you are affected by a new recall by Apple. Apple says the plugs could cause electric shock. These adapters were designed for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand, and South Korea. Affected models were also sold in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. To check your model, look in the slot of the plug (shown below). If it has 4 or 5 characters or no characters at all, your model is considered affected. If it has a three letter regional code, it is a redesigned model and not under recall. To receive a new, redesigned adapter from Apple for free, just check out their recall page. Stay safe everyone!

NOTE: Digits depicted in affected models vary. Affected models are not limited to the numbers "4913" and can be 4-5 characters, or have no characters.

Friday, January 29, 2016

iTunes Radio No Longer Free

A while back, I talked about how Apple will cease playing iTunes Radio for non-Apple Music members. Today, that change is in effect. You must be have an active Apple Music membership (or trial) to be able to listen to iTunes Radio. However, this choice doesn't affect Beats 1, however Beats 1 is not customized radio. An Apple Music membership costs $9.99/month for an individual and $14.99/month for a family.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Apple Pay and ATMs

Wells Fargo and Bank of America are planning to add Apple Pay into their ATMs. What this could mean is that you could tap your phone to an ATM to do standard ATM functions. How security would be handled has yet to be disclosed. In addition, Android Pay is already available for Wells Fargo. This would mean there would be a faster rollout for Apple Pay at Wells Fargo ATMs. There are over 12,000 ATMs owned by Wells Fargo in the U.S. and 16,000 owned by Bank of America in the U.S.
"We've been working on the technology that allows us to hook to digital wallets, leveraging NFC on mobile phones to replace the card at the transaction at the ATM. Right now the wallet that we support is Android Pay... But we're also looking at lots of different mobile wallets and evaluating which ones are going to be appropriate for our customers. We'll likely add more mobile wallets throughout the year."
- Jonathan Velline