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Apple Watch Marks Beginning of New Road

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On September 9, Apple unveiled the long-anticipated Apple Watch, to be released in early 2015.  It will be available in three designs – Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, starting at $349 presumably for the Sport version.

As demonstrated, it is clearly the most advanced and innovative smart watch, featuring a reimagined iOS Multi-Touch interface and a Digital Crown for scrolling and navigation.  Beyond technical features, Apple has endeavored to make the watch very fashionable through customizable watch faces, numerous practical and elegant interchangeable bands, and a choice between 38mm and 42mm case sizes.

The watch has health and fitness apps, a walkie-talkie, and Siri along with standard iOS apps like Calendar, Messages, Mail, and Phone.  Users can send sketches to other Apple Watch users, as well as taps and heartbeats that will be subtly felt by the recipient.  Apple’s new, secure payment system Apple Pay is included.

There is potential for improvement and new innovations, especially in the area of health-related sensors that appear to be absent in this initial release.  It is unclear if the watch will sync with a Mac in addition to a required iPhone 5 or newer.  Developers will likely create many compelling apps for this new platform.

For more on the release of the Apple Watch, check out the website at:

http://www.apple.com/watch

Apple Announces iOS8 Release Date

iOS8 Coming Soon

As part of the iPhone6 announcement, Apple Inc. also announced that iOS8, the next version of their mobile operating system, will be released on September 17th.

Apple also announced that they will be continuing support of the older iPad 2 with this release as well as the iPhone 4’s, 5’s and 6’s.

iOS 7.1 released with visual tweaks and CarPlay

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Apple has released the first update to iOS 7 since last September to the general public after a long beta test period. This update includes fixes for the TouchID fingerprint system, a fix for the home screen crashing issue, as well as the new feature for automobiles: CarPlay. Apple calls CarPlay “a better way to use iPhone while driving.” The system is only available on select new cars for 2014.

iPhone 4 users will enjoy improved responsiveness and performance with this iOS update.

Access the Software update area of your iDevice to update to this new version.

Visit the Apple iOS 7 site for more

iPhone 5S and iOS 7 — A few glitches along the way

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Well, another year has passed and of course Apple has updated their iPhones in September with the advent of the 5C and the 5S.  While most of the S series phones over the years have been fairly stable, this latest version has left a bad taste in a few consumers mouths.  Even our own in-house models of the phone have been less then stellar.

The first of these glitches comes in the form of the Camera.  The new 8 megapixel camera was supposed to be the best iPhone camera yet.   However, software issues with iOS 7.x have left the camera looking like the Hubble space telescope before they fixed the lenses.  Photots taken with the camera are blurry and the focus on the unit seems to be constantly unable to focus on any one item within a picture.   Several users have also reported that their iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 have had the same issue once they upgraded to iOS 7.

Another issue with the new iPhone 5S is the newly installed fingerprint reading technology.  Supposedly, this technology was supposed to add one more layer of security for the users, however, it has left many users locked out of their phones.

Battery life with the iPhone 5S units here in-house have been less than desirable with the battery draining with average use at just over 26 hours.   This issue seems to be much like that of early iPhone 4 series models where software issues were causing the iPhone to run down within a very short time.

With each generation of the iPhone, new items are added and some highly touted features are routinely adjusted, yet with the 5S the main selling points of the iPhone have left many questioning why they purchased the new phone and some even threatening to return them to Apple.

 

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.4

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Apple has updated iOS to version 6.1.4.  The latest version of the software is intended to address issues related to the audio profile for speakerphone.  It is specifically targeted to the iPhone 5 as no other platforms currently have this issue.

iOS can be updated through the General tab on your Settings for your iPhone.  For more information about this update, check:

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1652

Famous Faces of Sports Quiz for iOS

McLean, Virginia – ICON, LLC has introduced Famous Faces of Sports Quiz 1.0, its new sports app developed for iOS devices. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is an amazingly addictive and fun trivia game that will put your knowledge to the ultimate test. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz features beautiful photos of the most famous sports players of Basketball, Football, Soccer and Hockey.

Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is free for limited time. What are you waiting for? Each photo of the top athletes is processed individually to obscure it for added challenge.

Retake the quiz and improve your scores. Climb yourself up the eight leaderboards of Famous Faces of Sports Quiz on Game Center. Beware you are timed against the clock. The game also includes global leaderboards with Apple Game Center that adds competitive edge. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is a universal app designed for iPhone, iPod touch and plays in HD on the iPad. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is optimized for and looks awesome on the new iPhone 5.

Famous Faces of Sports Quiz 1.0 is free for a limited time, exclusively through the App Store in the Game and Sports categories. Take advantage of the free launch special and download the new Famous Faces of Sports Quiz.

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Captions that take photos further with Typic Pro

Medelln, Colombia – Hi Mom S.A.S is thrilled to announce the release of Typic Pro 1.1, their new photo captioning app for iPhone, and iPod touch. After Typic’s huge success, the company decided to offer their users a lot more than what they expected with a Pro version.

typicWords can take your photos further, and Typic Pro is the best tool to take them even further than you ever imagined. People love to take and share photos, and by adding captions and unique designs to them, they can express themselves even more and take their creations beyond. It’s never been so easy for everyone and anyone to create outstanding posts that purely express their feelings.

Typic Pro has great filters, 28 fantastic fonts, 21 colors, and additionally it offers 36 super cool design elements carefully created to decorate your photos and turn them into great design pieces. You can also have two different captions, so you can play around with different fonts, colors, shadow, opacity and sizes, with full control and accuracy compared to other similar apps. Its user interface stands out from others for its simple sleek design, making the app super easy to work with.

Typic Pro 1.1 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category. There is a free version available.

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Apple Releases iOS 6.1.3 Update

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Apple Inc. has released another update to the iOS Operating System.   Version 6.1.3 is meant to fix a number of bugs and increase security on users iOS devices.  The update included the following specifications:

  •  Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the passcode and access the Phone app

  •  Improvements to Maps in Japan

The update is available through the General Information panel on your iOS device.  Should you require more information about how to  update your iOS device, you can find it on the Apple Support website at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4623.

MyFace for Facebook – A New Facebook Client for iPhones and Macs

United Kingdom – 360 Studios is pleased to announce MyFace for Facebook for Apple iOS and Mac OS X, a new social networking app that provides a great, reliable alternative to the standard Facebook mobile application. MyFace for Facebook is a powerful client that provides all the functionality of Facebook in an intuitive, easy to use interface.

Unique MyFace Features:
* Simplified navigation and refined user interface
* Stunning MyFace HD photo previews and beautiful photo galleries
* Integrated Instagram style photo filters
* Full support for push notifications
* Enhanced status update options to update profile and multiple fan pages simultaneously

The elegantly styled app provides a new reliable option to enjoy Facebook on iPhones and Macs. Simplified navigation allows users simply tap status updates to reveal like, comment, and share options, swipe left to read and add comments, and swipe right view post and profile details.

MyFace for Facebook makes creating media-rich status updates easy. Users can include their location or nearby points of interest to updates. In addition, the app makes it easy to instantly apply photo filters and post to profile and fan pages with a single tap. Designed for individuals that want a feature rich alternative to the standard Facebook client, MyFace for Facebook is sure to be an instant success.

Pricing and Availability:
MyFace for Facebook 1.2 is now available for free download through the Apple App Store in the Social Networking category. The ad free version, MyFace for Facebook 1.2, is also available for the special introductory price of $0.99 (USD). MyFace for Facebook 1.0.1 is also available for Mac OS X users for the special introductory price of $2.99 from the Mac App Store. Promo codes are available on request.

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Apple Updates iOS to Version 6.1

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Apple has released an update to iOS.  Version 6.1 of the operating system includes the following improvements:

•    LTE support for more carriers (complete list of supported carriers at http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/)
•    Purchase movie tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only)
•    iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
•    New button to reset the Advertising Identifier

According to the update release notes, the update is available for  iPhone 3GS and later, iPod touch (4th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later.  More information about the update and the on the security content of  the update, check out the Apple Support website for iOS at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222