Showing posts from October, 2014

Nexus 7, Nexus 10 To Receive Android 5.0 Update 3rd November [Rumor]

Earlier this week, Google unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop. The software was officially previewed earlier in the year, but this week Google announced its name, version, and that it would be released onto Nexus devices in the coming weeks. No specific dates were mentioned, unfortunately, but according to the folks at Android Police, perhaps the 3rd of November is a possibility. Android Police claims to have heard from a reliable source that the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop will be taking place on the 3rd of November where it is expected to make its way onto the Nexus 7, both the 2012 and 2013 models, and the Nexus 10. It should be noted that all these devices are WiFi-only, so it seems that Google could be staggering the rollout based on that criteria. As for cellular devices like the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, or the LTE version of the Nexus 7, it is expected to be pushed out in the later part of November, but unfortunately no specific dates were mentioned either. Take it with a grain of salt …

The SIM card is about to die

If there's one thing I've learned about Apple's dealings with SIM cards in the past seven years, it's that Apple gets what Apple wants.
The little gold-plated circuits — which identify you as a subscriber on a particular carrier — plug into phones, tablets, and basically anything else with a cellular radio. Customers of GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile have been using them since time immemorial; CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon have started using them since switching to LTE. Apple hates SIMs, and has hated them for as long as the iPhone has existed: it is known to have explored the use of embedded, non-removable SIMs in the past.
Finally, with the iPad Air 2 and mini 3, Apple has decided to start making its move by using a reprogrammable SIM that can be taken from carrier to carrier, switching networks and pricing plans through user-friendly software alone. It's called "Apple SIM." Not every carrier is on board yet — Apple SIM is still remova…

Apple Unveils iOS 8.1, With Apple Pay and Return of the Camera Roll

Apple's iOS 8.1 will include Apple Pay (which will launch on Monday), its mobile payments platform and bring back the Camera Roll
The latest version of the operating system will also include a public beta of iCloud Photo Library.
See also: 5 Reasons Why Apple Pay Is the Sleeper Hit of the Apple Event iOS 8, released last month, has already been installed by nearly 50% of iOS users, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Apple's Craig Federighi announced during Thursday's event.
The high adoption rate comes despite some early problems with the operating system, most notably the disastrous iOS 8.0.1 update, which Apple pulled. Apple later fixed the issue in a subsequent update but users have still been unhappy with some aspects of the operating system, especially the removal of the iPhone's Camera Roll. Read more...
More about Apple, Tech, Ipad, Gadgets, and Ios 8…

OS X Yosemite will be available today from the Mac App Store

Apple is releasing OS X Yosemite today, launching what is arguably the most significant update to the Mac's operating system in years. Yosemite, which will be made available for free in the Mac App Store, includes a total visual overhaul of OS X that introduces a simple and colorful style, much like what's found on iOS.
In fact, the reason Yosemite is so significant is that it really begins to bring the Mac and the iPhone together in a meaningful way. For one, you'll be able to start answering phone calls and sending and receiving text messages from your Mac. Apple demonstrated the phone call feature at an event today by ringing up Stephen Colbert, who held a brief conversation involving a lot of code words with software chief Craig Federighi.
But the big feature here is that you'll be able to easily move your work between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad, with each device prompting you to pick up where you left off on another: for instance, you might start writing an email…

Buying a used iPhone? Here’s how to find out if it’s stolen first

The new iPhone 6 models aren’t the only iOS handsets selling well, as many people are more than happy to purchase a cheaper used iPhone model. However, one problem with the used devices selling in various places is that they might be stolen, or still accidentally protected by Apple'sFind My iPhone features. In such cases, the active Activation Lock iOS security feature will prevent buyers from using an iOS device without using the original Apple ID and password in order to activate it. But iDownloadBlog has discovered that Apple released a new online tool that lets users check whether Activation Lock is active on an iOS device. Continue reading...Buying a used iPhone? Here’s how to find out if it’s stolen first
Chris Smith
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:46:13 GMT

Flix Plus Customizes Netflix to Your Heart's Desire

Chrome: Flix Plus, a new extension from us at Lifehacker, adds new features and tweaks to, letting you filter its recommendations, remove spoilers, use keyboard shortcuts, and a whole lot more. Read more...

Flix Plus Customizes Netflix to Your Heart's Desire
Jared Sohn on Lifehacker, shared by Brian Barrett to Gizmodo
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:30:00 GMT