Macworld/iWorld 2014 Session wrap-up

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Date: Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014, 08:49
Category: Apple, conference, Features, iPhone, Mac, Meetup, Software

Macworld_sessionSessions have always been a big part of any Mac Expo, but especially in recent years in response to the absence of Apple’s Steve-notes and daily product demonstrations and tutorials. While I miss the Apple presence, as a power-user I welcome the fact that the bar for session topics has been risen. Past “standard” sessions (non-IT) focused primarily on the average consumer, giving tips on using iPhoto for organizing and improving the quality of photos, using standard utilities to execute basic maintenance, or creating ringtones with GarageBand. These are all worthy topics, and the average user is an important demographic for Mac, but it was frustrating that there were few opportunities for the average power-user to learn something new or push their learning experience to the next level. While there has been some improvement, I think there could be more done for power-user education, however, that is not to say there have not been some great additions to the session agenda to improve the experience for all types of Mac users.

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Macworld/iWorld 2014 Expo Hall wrap-up

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Date: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, 09:01
Category: Apple, conference, Developer, iPhone, Mac, Software

2014-expo-floorLast week was a bit of a whirlwind as Macworld/iWorld took over a large portion of my week. Now that I’ve had some time to put together some of the things I saw, I thought I’d provide a brief recap. This year, the convention was held in Moscone Center’s North Hall. The first day, Thursday, was my traditional walk around the show floor which I always do on the first day so I can make some mental notes about what I want to go back and see later. This makes it easier to go straight to the important stuff when you only have about 45 minutes between talks and demos. There wasn’t much that was unique about the Expo Hall this year, except for possibly the two live stages (I only recall one in the past).

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Fresh renders of the thin and wide iPhone 6 look phabulous

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Date: Monday, March 31st, 2014, 19:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor
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Render: Nowhereelse.fr

With the rash of iPhone 6 rumors hitting the wires lately, the expression “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” could be considered apropos.

The months leading up to an iPhone announcement (expected in September, in the case of the iPhone 6) are filled with leaks from Apple’s supply chain. Parts, pieces and components become increasingly harder to hide as the company begins to manufacture millions of devices. Manufacturing partner Foxconn (a.k.a. Hon Hai Precision Co.) has the capacity to build as many as half a million iPhones per day at its peak, and as it does, leaks become inevitable.

Armed with leaks of case molds, schematics, and the rear bezel of the iPhone 6, French Apple blog Nowhereelse.fr and graphic designer Martin Hajek teamed up to create some fabulous 3D renders of the most anticipated smartphone of 2014:

Fresh renders of the thin and wide iPhone 6 look phabulous

Courtesy: Nowhereelse.fr

What’s your take on the iPhone 6 renders? Love ‘em or hate ‘em?

Is this the iPhone 6′s rear bezel?

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Date: Monday, March 31st, 2014, 18:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

While this one lands squarely in the rumor department, someone posted what might be the first photos of a bona fide iPhone 6 to microblogging service Weibo (via Nowhereelse.fr and BGR)

It might only be the rear casing, but these photos look like they could be the real deal.

What’s your take? Any Chinese readers care to translate the on-screen text to the left of the first image? Any pixel pushers care to grok the EXIF data? Start sleuthing and post your discoveries in the comments.

New leak purporting to be the iPhone 6

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Leaked iPhone 6 dimensions: definitely larger than the iPhone 5

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Date: Saturday, March 29th, 2014, 18:55
Category: Hardware, iPhone

The good folks at Nowhereelse.fr have posted a document from a Chinese website that they think could be a schematic design for the iPhone 6. The drawing depicts a device that is 85 millimeters wide by 150 millimeters long, which would give it a display with a 5-inch (diagonal) screen.

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The problem with the leaked dimensions is that they don’t sync with previous rumors that we’ve seen about the upcoming iPhone 6 sporting a 4.7, 5.5, or even 5.7-inch display (or possibly, both).

Take this one with a healthy grain of salt and, as always, consider the source. Without further confirmation the drawing should be treated with skepticism and scrutiny, but if you have any theories on it (one way or the other) sound off in the comments.

Death knell is coming for Google Voice

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Date: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014, 08:42
Category: Android, Apps, Google, iOS, iPhone, News, Services, Software, Telephony

GoogleHangVoiceAfter five years, it looks like Google Voice is going away…at least as an independent service and app. In 2007 Google acquired GrandCentral (started in 2005) and eventually rebranded it and launched it as Google Voice in 2009. Very little was done for the switchover, from a user standpoint, other than to incorporate the service into Google’s infrastructure. I had a GrandCentral account and it was nearly identical to how Google Voice works and looks today. According to 9to5Google, sometime in the coming months, Google plans to depreciate and eventually phase out the service with its features to be rolled into the Google Hangouts app.

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iPhone Tips: Fight off the battery blues, Part 2

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Date: Friday, March 21st, 2014, 10:50
Category: Apple, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, Software, Tips

iPhoneBattery-part2-note cropWelcome to the second part of my iPhone battery conservation tips. Check out yesterday’s post for Part 1. With the recent iOS 7.1 update came many complaints that battery life had gotten worse instead of better. Some of the following tips are useful on their own, but may be of particular interest to anyone experiencing faster power loss since the 7.1 update. Shall we begin…

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iPhone Tips: Fight off the battery blues, Part 1

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Date: Thursday, March 20th, 2014, 08:29
Category: Apple, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, Software, Tips

iPhoneBatteryBattery life has always been the bane of any mobile device user, and the trend continues to this day. As handheld device manufacturers add new capabilities, more demands are placed on the battery which offsets at least some of the improvements in battery technology. Other technologies like Bluetooth LE have been developed to reduce the drain on batteries, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle plus not every device has this capability yet. Inevitably, any time Apple updates iOS there will be nearly as many people saying that their battery life was shortened as people saying it was improved. Why is this? The plain answer to the question is that every iDevice out there is different. Some people leave their iPhones at the stock settings, some customize them extensively. Some people have 10 apps total on their phone, and some have over 300 (I’m guilty of the latter). There are many other factors such as how often your phone has to search for a wifi or cellular signal, the amount of video you watch on it, and how many notifications you get, just to name a few. So what can you do about it? Other than carrying around a charger or using a battery case, here are a number of tips that I use regularly when it seems like the battery drainage has gotten excessive.

 

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Pebble updates device hardware and iOS app to version 2.0.2

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Date: Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, 09:44
Category: Accessory, App Store, Installation, iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables

Pebble-202-updatePebble has released the latest software for the Pebble Smartwatch. Once the iOS Pebble app is downloaded or updated, it will prompt to let it update the firmware on the watch, leaving both at version 2.0.2. The update includes the following;

Pebble OS Firmware, ver. 2.0.2

  • Fixes an issue preventing some users from successfully installing the Pebble OS 2.0 firmware onto their watches.

Pebble App for iOS, ver. 2.0.2

  • More JavaScript apps included!
  • Fixed a number of crashes.

No update for the the recently updated Pebble app for Android to Pebble 2.0…YES, it’s out now! More on that in a future post.

 

 

Raise a virtual glass on St. Patrick’s Day with iBeer Free

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Date: Monday, March 17th, 2014, 09:10
Category: App Store, Apple, Apps, Fun, Holiday, iOS, iPhone, Review, Software

iBeer iconFirst off, Happy St. Patrick’s Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage!

I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to tie the holiday into a post, but then I ran across iBeer Free. I’m not sure this is the type of app that gets used on a regular basis, but it can be fun to pull out as a fun way to demonstrate how the iPhone’s accelerometer works. As you can imagine, the app turns your iThing into a virtual glass of beer, or other beverages via in-app purchases. Tilting your iPhone to your mouth as you would a glass makes the simulated beer magically drain away as if you had consumed a refreshing beverage. By default, you get to choose between four simulated types of beers and some green mouthwash, which at first I thought an odd addition, but then I realized it would be perfect for St. Paddy’s Day to give the appearance of chugging some green beer. For $0.99 you can get rid of the ads (highly recommended) which also adds coffee to your list of beverages.

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