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Sep 16 2012

Review: iOS 6

Adam Shear

With the iPhone 5 on the horizon, Apple will also release with it an update to iOS, the operating system that powers the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Most iOS users will enjoy this free update on September 19 which comes with plenty of new goodies to keep your device feeling fresh and new.  iOS 6 is the sixth major iOS update. Every previous update has had its claim to fame with the App Store in iOS 2.0, copy and paste in iOS 3.0, multitasking in iOS 4.0, and iCloud in iOS 5.0. Each of these features have changed the way iOS devices are used. Does iOS 6 change the way iOS is used, or does it happen to be the least important major iOS update to date?

Like other iOS updates, iOS 6 comes with over 100 new features. Through this review, I will go over many of its major features and put my concluding thoughts in the end. All of the screenshots you see come from my iPhone 4S during the three months I have been testing a beta version of iOS 6. Continue reading


Jun 14 2012

Jammin’ Review: Positive Vibration Headphones by The House of Marley

Tarndeep

Music is everywhere, and it’s a party of everyone’s life nowadays. Unlike the late 80s and early 90s, many people are no longer carrying a loud, disposable battery powered boombox, playing a mix tape their significant other oh so lovingly made for them. Today, for the most part, it’s all about the headphones – it’s hard to go outside nowadays without seeing someone with out headphones on, listening to music. And with this music revolution, you can be sure there are many varieties of headphones, from in earphones to on ear headphones, ranging from prices like $5 – several thousand dollars! But with so many headphones, how can one be sure which pair to purchase – aren’t they all the same, made for the same purpose? Alas, it’s not that easy, and in a way, that’s good because if it wasn’t for me trying out various headphones, I’d never discover the House of Marley headphones. Ever since I’ve seen a demo of them at CES 2012 & started using them, I’m in love, and my music sounds better than before, when I was using a nice pair of Sennheisers. The House of Marley offers a plethora of headphones, with options for many types of listeners, with many different comfort options, and the best part is, unlike many other “high-end” headphone companies, Continue reading


Mar 20 2012

Review: The New Apple TV

Adam Shear

While Appl

e has many famous product lines, there is one that hasn’t received as much attention. Apple’s device used to bring iTunes content to your HDTV has gone through significant changes from the first generation model to second generation. The second generation relied completely on streaming video in 720p HD and lacked the bulky, expensive hard drive the first version relied on. It also brought Internet streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. The final major feature the second generation Apple TV brought to the world was AirPlay which allows one to play videos from an iOS device on their big screen TV. Aside from The new iPad, Apple also launched the third generation Apple TV on March 16. This new Apple TV finally brings us streaming video in 1080p HD and an all new user interface. Does the Apple TV deliver as a great set top box or is this tiny black box still a hobby product for Apple enthusiasts?

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Jan 19 2012

Apple Changing Education with iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and iTunes U Apps

Adam Shear

The first thing Apple looks to change are textbooks. Textbooks are an old 20th century idea. Students carry around tons of heavy books with them every day. These books are expensive and sometimes come in terrible conditions if used. Textbooks are also not engaging, interactive, or stay up to date. To remedy this, Apple has announced iBooks 2 for the iPad. iBooks 2 will have a specific section for textbooks. These textbooks contain more than just text. Videos, 3D models, slideshows, and more will play a critical part in helping students learn the material. Students can easily highlight important text and take notes right within the textbook. These textbooks are also searchable. If a teacher says “jump to page 34″, this is now as simple as typing the number 34 in a search bar. The books will also contain searchable indexes and glossaries. The books also stay up to date via updates and students keep them forever. Apple is starting with high school textbooks and has gotten support from around 90% of the high school textbook industry. Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will have many of their textbooks available today with more in the future. Unlike their not so interactive hardcover counterparts, textbooks on iBooks 2 will be available for $15 or less. Aside from high school textbooks, DK Publishing is releasing some textbooks today for younger children and Harvard professor E.O. Wilson is releasing his new textbook Life On Earth exclusively on iBooks 2. The first two chapters of Life On Earth are available today for free with more chapters coming for a small fee. iBooks 2 is available now on the App Store. Click here to download it. If you have iBooks installed on your iPad, just check for updates and it should be there.

Sure these textbooks may look great but what if they were incredibly easy to create too? Apple has just announced the iBooks Author app for the Mac. This app allows anyone to create a great book with the same ease of use as Apple’s iWork apps. Everything and anything from photo’s, 3D models, videos, and more can just be dragged and dropped. The app can create any type of book but Apple is hoping that this is an easy solution to get great textbooks from people who are just not good with computers. The iBooks author app is available now on the Mac App Store. Give it a spin by clicking here.

The final app Apple talked about today is their new iTunes U app. The app, which just launched today for all iOS devices, will allow students to take full online courses from the comfort of their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It’s not just lectures anymore. Students can also have full access to a course syllabus, presentations, and all other course documents. It operates very similarly to a management program such as Blackboard. Students can take notes within the app as well and can purchase course materials straight from the app. If a teachers sends students a message, it will come up as a push notification. The iTunes U app makes taking online courses simpler and easier than ever (until you start counting the actual course work). And now for the first time, there will be iTunes U courses available for K-12 students. Teachers teaching these grades can create online courses for not just their students, but the world. The iTunes U app is available now. Grab it here.

Apple seems to have brought the public education system into the 21st century and is making it easier for anyone to take online courses. The one problem I see is whether or not students and whole schools can even afford iPads for every student. This may take a few years to get off the ground but when it does, students will be learning more and hopefully since students are actually using technology in the classroom, the willingness to learn will increase as well. The future for Apple and education looks brighter than ever before.


Jan 9 2012

CES Unveiled Preview: Kivic One- AirPlay in Your Car

Adam Shear

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Car connected products will surely be a huge trend at CES. Kivic is a new company which hopes to take advantage of iOS products to bring top notch entertainment to your car. The Kivic One is a little box which creates the Wi-Fi connection needed for AirPlay. Connect it to any display in your car via HDMI, VGA, or any other supported input cables and enjoy it right in your car. I was shown a quick demo and it seemed to work perfectly. It cannot do AirPlay mirroring but Kivic is hoping to have mirroring in future versions. There’s also a version for Android but instead of AirPlay, it uses an app which the user pre loads their media on. This can be a pain but when done, it offers the same wireless playback experience. The Kivic One comes out in March for $200. Those looking to use their iOS device for supreme in car entertainment should definitely check it out.


Jan 4 2012

iOS 5.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak all devices except iPhone 4S and iPad 2

Manu Singh

Follow this step by step guide:(video)
If you have any questions feel free to comment!

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The program used is redsnOw 9.10 beta 3

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Dec 11 2011

Quick Update: Untethered Jailbreak

Manu Singh

Anyone waiting for the untethered jailbreak, keep updated, release should be coming soon. Anyone wanting to update to 5.0.1, pod2g says go ahead, the untethered jailbreak should work for it! Follow @pod2g for quicker updates.


Dec 5 2011

H1Siri Update

Manu Singh

~Huge news on H1Siri~
H1Siri is illegal, corrupt, and is broken.

~Illegal~ H1Siri contains the same files from Siri on the iPhone 4s, which are copyrighted by Apple. So the developers had no right or power to actually give out the repository and the software.

~Corrupt~ The people that actually run the server that sends the Siri commands to Apple’s server, can also easily access all the data, from personal contacts to messages, on you iPhone. Not saying that they actually do that.

~Broken~ Since Siri requires a unique code from an iPhone 4s, the developers used one of their own. Since the traffic from that code was so high, Apple was easily able to discover what was going on and close it. Even if the developers chose new code, Apple could easily just block another code.

Will developers ever be able to create a real working model of Siri that can connect for any user? We will have to see in the close or far off future.


Dec 4 2011

Install Siri on iPhone 4 and iTouch 4gen

Manu Singh

Repos you can try:

http://www.iphone3gsystem.fr/cydia

http://www.cydia.be

1. Add the correct repo to Cydia. This can be accomplished by going to the Manage -> Sources -> Edit -> Add and typing in “any repo from above”

2. Go to the “Search” tab and type “H1Siri”

3. Install the package and continue as prompted.

4. Go to setting -> General -> Siri and switch it “On”

5. Hold the home button and Siri will appear.

It may be hard to get the download since the repo is being hit with so much traffic.

There are many bugs and people have claimed that this works off and on.


Nov 27 2011

Documents to Go: Productivity in Your Pocket

Eric Engoron

With smartphones becoming more and more popular among teenagers, they have begun to lose their true meaning, productivity on the go. In an attempt to bring back the productive side of smartphones, DataViz inc. has released Documents to Go, an app that aims to be Microsoft office in your pocket, and succeeds in being so.

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