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Oct 24 2012

iOS 6.0 Untethered Jailbreak

Manu Singh

Welcome to Apple’s most recent iOS update, a lot has changed from Maps to Siri. The only thing that has not changed is the need for a jailbreak for the new

est iOS. Through the weeks following the iOS 6.0 release people have been avidly waiting for an exploit to be discovered, but at the moment the only exploit that still works are in A4 devices. A4 devices include iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the iPod Touch 4G. The exploit in A4 devices has been used to jailbreak different operating systems also, this unpatchable exploit does not exist in the newer Apple devices. A later article will be out, which will include a guide to jailbreak A4 devices, remember that this jailbreak is still tethered meaning when your phone turns off you will need to reboot through the computer/laptop. Other than that many jailbreakers are working on finding an exploit that will allow a jailbreak. This may take a while since a new iOS update is coming up called iOS 6.0.1, which may lead to an exploit being discovered. Thanks for reading, if you have any questions then comment away, and keep informed. TripTronicTech-Simply Everything

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

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.

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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Nov 26 2011

Editorial: The Bright Future of Siri

Adam Shear

With the iPhone 4S, Apple has brought a magical new feature to separate this new iPhone from the rest, Siri. Originally being an application, Apple bought the company Siri not too long ago after their voice recognition app, which was deleted off of the App Store recently, became a success. From there, it was obvious that Siri would go from being an impressive app to being a native part of the iOS experience. I might have not said too many good things about Siri in my iPhone 4S review, but my opinions really have changed since then. I am now always able to access Siri and no longer get error messages saying that Siri cannot connect to the network. Kudos to Apple on fixing that. Siri also feels more accurate as I have noticed a few less errors when I use it.

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Nov 15 2011

Review: The Dazzling iPad 2


When Apple released it’s predecessor in early 2010, the tablet world had exploded. Apple made their first impression in the field, and shortly, the iPad became the largest selling tablet in the world. In April this year, Apple released the iPad 2. This is a one of a kind mammoth packs features like a dual-core processor, a front and rear-facing camera, just to name a few. So is this device any different than the rest of the tablets on the market, is it a real step up from the iPad, and is it really a “Revolutionary device?” Continue reading

Nov 15 2011

Earwax Be Gone!, Says Apple Patent


Grossed out by sharing those gross earwax filled headphones with your friends? Well Apple hears you and is working on some solutions. According to a newly published Apple patent, Apple will most probably add speakers to their nano or shuffle models, without compromising its compact design.

Not surprisingly, the move comes after the declining sales of the iPod line, (last quarter, Apple only sold 6.6 million iPods, a 27 percent decline from the same period in 2010). Apple CEO Time Cook said iPod is a “large and important product” for the company, and hopes that the new features, along with a price drop will breathe new life into iPod sales. But the hopes for new features don’t stop there. According to an industry expert, the new feature “might point to the nano being used to interface with an iOS device”. So, maybe in the near future, the nano might have the power to sync with your iPhone and display text messages and calls directly on its screen. The expert believes that the addition of a speaker alone wouldn’t make any big difference, but believes that more new features like activating Siri might also be even possible.

Well whatever the future holds for the nano, the addition of speakers is definitely exciting for me. I have always wondered why they didn’t bother to put speakers on the newer models of the nano, and now that they are, I definitely think that a lot of people will be excited for this new feature.

Nov 14 2011

iTunes Match: The Software That Fuels The Cloud-Computing Fire

Eric Engoron

Originally intended for release in October, Apple’s long awaited iTunes Match service is finally here, and it definitely takes cloud computing to a new level of amazing.

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Nov 13 2011

Apple Recalls First Gen iPod Nano – It May Cause Your Pants To Light On Fire

Manu Singh

Apple is now recalling all first generation iPod Nanos all over the world. What’s the problem with them? Apple says the Nanos will overheat quickly, and they also advise all owners stop using them and get them replaced. Apple has known about this battery defect for several years, but only just decided to take action because of a recent accident: In Tokyo, last August, a commuter train was delayed during rush hour when passengers complained of a strong burning smell, which came from an overheating iPod Nano that had apparently burst apart. I don’t know about you guys, but I definitely love my iPod Nano, and I would love a free replacement!