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Apple Watch Sensor Impacted by Tattoos

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If you are one of the fancy pants people who are getting an Apple Watch right now, be careful that you also do not have a wrist tattoo. It has been found by several users of the schmancy device that one of the device’s features, the heart rate monitor, is affected by certain changes or defects in a person’s skin – such as tattoos.

The sensor uses technology called photoplethysmography, its the skin with green LED and infrared light to monitor the blood flow during and between heart pumps. The tattoo makes it difficult for sensor to get accurate readings.

According to the support page on Apple’s page:

“Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.”

There is a bypass. Wearers can connect their Apple watches to an external heart rate monitor via Bluetooth.

Apple Patents an Analogue Stick Home Button

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Apple has officially filed a patent on turning their iconic home button into an analogue stick as well. Could this mean the mobile industry is making a push towards making gaming more acceptable (and more importantly easier on the platform?)

The design, as you can see above, integrates the analogue stick with the home button by popping the button out of the frame slightly. The design seems very similar to that used on the PSP and Nintendo 3DS. The small analogue stick gives you 360 degree movement allowing greater ease for gaming and probably other activities.

The patent was released by Forbes last week. However, there is no word on whether Apple is actually moving forward with this plan or if they have it on a back burner instead.

If you have ever tried to play a game on your iPhone that is any more difficult than “Tetris” or “Doodle God”         you understand how amazing it would be to have the analogue stick. RPGs would be actually fun to play rather than frustrating.

Apple Reveals the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple has officially revealed the next iteration in their line of smartphones: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both with larger screens than we have previously seen from the line.

With the iPhone 6, users will see a larger 4.7 inch retina HD screen, while the Plus model will get a  5.5 inch screen. The full 1080p HD screen features no borders with glass that covers the entire surface and curves around the edges of the thinner device.

The camera on the back does stick out a bit and still sits at 8 mega pixels but boasts a new sensor. It claims to do a better job of recognizing faces in scenes while delivering better focus, especially in low light conditions. The iPhone 6 including digital image stabilization, while the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization.

With the camera getting an upgrade, the video camera now also has a slow-motion feature to capture video at 120 fps ir 240 fps.

The screen on the iPhone 6 itself has over 1 million pixels while the Plus has over 2 millions.

Thankfully, these new releases are also 50% more energy-efficient. On the bad news side, the battery life remains about the same as the iPhone 5s.

BUT. Calls can now be made over Wi-Fi when you are in poor cell service areas.

Pricing for the iPhone 6 starts at $199 and goes to $399. The iPhone 6 Plus will start at $299, with the highest priced at $499.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will become available on September 19 and come in gold, silver, and something referred to as “space gray.”

“Today we are launching the biggest advancement in the history of the iPhone,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the start of the company’s press event in Cupertino, Calif., where Apple is headquartered.

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Try The Lumia 928 – You’ll Forget Why You Ever Loved iPhones

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I had been an iPhone user for a while, like years. And not just an iPhone user, a complete Apple user. Macs, iPads, iPods. Everything. Then one day, I made a switch to the Lumia 928. That’s right. A Windows Phone. The complete opposite spectrum of smartphones. Even though it took a few weeks for the shock to my system to wear off, I ended up loving the phone despite some ups and downs in the process.

The Good:

The first unit I bought was black because I figured it would look good with everything and any scratches would look minimal on it. The second unit I got was the white model which I admit looked WAY better than the black. It appeared much sleeker and overall attractive.

Coming from an iPhone what enticed me the most was the size of the screen. It is MUCH bigger. The iPhone screen can fit inside of the Lumia 928 screen. Plus the responsiveness of the touch screen is one of the best I have ever experienced. One subtle flick of your finger sends the screen reeling wherever you want to go.

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Previously when I found myself roaming about in a not so great cell service area (oh like Kentucky for example), my iPhone would die within a matter of hours. The Nokia Lumia 928 lasts much longer. On one charge, in a particularly terrible service area it would be around 12 hours before it would get close to dying. Significantly better than the iPhone. It should be pointed out that this only applies when not using frivolous apps and such in those particularly terrible areas. In good cell areas, like my big city, I still found the Lumia to have better life all together when compared to the iPhone.

The Lumia boasts a Sunlight Readability feature which is INCREDIBLE. Anyone who has ever had an iPhone knows the pain of trying to read anything in the sunlight. It is near impossible. With the Lumia, that is not a problem. The screen adjusts and you can read anything and everything no matter where you are and no matter what kind of visibility you are in. I cannot tell you how much of a step up it truly is until you experience it on your own.

As a Xbox Live gamer, I absolutely ADORE the integrated gaming between Windows Phone and my Xbox. The integration allows you to play certain Xbox games on your phone and the gamer points you earn on your phone will show up on your Xbox! I absolutely love it. You can even see you gamer avatar and adjust it on your phone, see which of your Xbox Live friends are online and what they are doing and check out the achievements you have earned so far. The Xbox integration is by far my favorite feature of the Windows Phone.

If you have a need for Microsoft Office products on the go without wanting to carry the Surface Tablet around, the Lumia also has Office products integrated. I have my work email which runs on Office Outlook synced to my phone so that I am never left out of the work loop. I love being able to see presentation and Word documents whenever I need to on my Lumia as well.

When I first switched from the iPhone I was surprised by how much better the camera is on the Lumia 928. The photos are much crisper, cleaner, and well-defined. The zoom works infinitely better than on the iPhone with the photos coming out clearer. The Lumia also has a much better rear facing camera pixel ratio.

The Bad:

The bad aspects of the phone are far outweighed by the good which is why I plan to keep it regardless of what they are. But they exist and here they are.

Currently, there are a lack of apps when compared to the Apple App Store and the Android App stores. Though on the plus side it is growing. There inst a free Spotify version, which I find very frustrating and my bank doesn’t even have Windows Phone app yet. When I first started using the Windows Phone there were not a lot of official apps for popular websites but that has started to change over the past few months so don’t let that change your mind. Vine, Instagram, and others have started creating platforms for this smartphone so it will be a matter of time before it will be just like any other. It is just a matter of hanging in there!

While the Lumia 928 is a lightweight sleek model, putting it in a case somehow made it feel bulkier and uncomfortable. The first Lumia I purchased, I made sure to put in a case. I purchased the silicon case through Verizon. I hated it. It felt somehow larger and much more uncomfortable in my hands (which are tiny by the way) so I switched to this model which was much more comfortable. Though the phone still never felt as comfortable as did without a case.

Which brings me to the worst part of the phone design. The rough edges and the reason I ended up with TWO Lumia 928’s. Despite my first 928, the black one, being in a case. It shattered. I dropped it from about a foot off the ground and the entire screen just shattered even though it was in the above mentioned Incipio Case. As you can imagine, I was beyond pissed off. I was a year from my contract renewal with Verizon. But accidents happen I suppose and the Lumia does not have rounded edges so it should be noted that impacts can be rough.

But also…

The Incredibly Annoying:

Here is what I find very annoying about the Lumia 928 but not also not enough so to switch back to the iPhone ever again.

There are not enough color choices for the tiles. I end up switching through the same five colors ever few days and it gets a bit boring. I think it would be a lot more fun to have customization color wheel or picker, rather than just 28 colors to choose from. Though that is a lot better than the iPhone where you get no choices.

I cannot use the Lumia 928 as my music player in the car. The sound is shit. I have to turn my car stereo up all the way to MAX and the phone volume up all the way to 25 just to get good sound. Then when I get out of the car I have to turn my phone volume back down to 10 (which is where i like it and it doesn’t disturb those around me when i get calls or texts.) And I have to remember to turn my car volume back down so I don’t blow my eardrums out when I turn my radio on. I find this insanely frustrating. This is the one and only time I still use my iPhone, it’s practically a $500 music player now.

Conclusion

The Lumia 928 is a magnificent phone. It is hard to find a better smartphone for the price. It has better specs, better battery life, and a better price than the iPhone and even has a batter screen. Take the plunge and try something new. You won’t regret it. I won’t ever go back to Apple as a primary phone in my life and I doubt that if you try a Windows Phone, you would either.

Microsoft Office Comes to iPad

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Microsoft Office has finally come to iPad. iOS users can now get Word, PowerPoint, and Excel designed “from the ground up” for the tablet. The best part is that users will not be required to use a keyboard or mouse to operate the apps.

Content and formatting of Office documents will be maintained whether you access them via computer, tablet, or phone. Documents can also be retrieved and accessed easily through Microsoft’s cloud service OneDrive.

The Office apps have both free and paid versions, downloadable via the App Store. The free version will allow users to read and view their documents; the paid version, accessible via an Office 365 subscription, will go one step further by allowing users to edit their documents. Subscribers can install Office for iPad on up to five devices, in addition to the five copies available for PC and Mac.

“This isn’t simply Office on another device,” Microsoft said in their announcement. “We thought a lot about what people want to do when they’re on their tablet, iPad functionality, and touch-first when we were building Office for iPad.”

Additionally, Office Mobile – which was previously free to Windows Phone users – is now also free for those using iPhones and Android devices.

Office for iPad is available for iPads running iOS 7.0 or later.

Apple Patents Oculus Rift-Style Headset

 

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Look, we all want to experience a roller coaster and a guillotine via virtual reality and Oculus Rift is getting us there. However, it looks like Apple isn’t okay with Oculus getting all the glory. Recently, patents were uncovered detailing a potential Apple-branded head-mounted display.

Based on the sketches, which you can see above, the 3D glasses resemble goggles and the patent details a focus on media viewing. It appears to me more like a Google-Glass type system rather than a gaming system.

Though, there are some unique aspects to the patent. Rather than having to squeeze a pair of prescription glasses under the goggles, Apple describes a conceptual data processing technique that could adjust the image sent to each individual lens to compensate for those with eye-sight problems — an-as-yet unaddressed short coming with other dual-display 3D glasses systems.

While a patent does not necessarily mean that a new product is on the way, it does mean that tech-innovating Apple is eyeing a journey to join Google and Oculus Rift.

 

Cat Paws Can Utilize Unlocking Imprint on iPhone 5S

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I know like most of the world, you have been wondering for ages whether your cat is old enough for their first cell phone. But at the same time you didn’t want those other mean cats who bully your baby to get ahold of it and steal their personal information. Well then you are in luck! The upcoming new installment of iPhones have a unique “fingerprint” scanner that allows for extra security that also works for your cat! In the video, we see that a cat paw can be used to unlock the phone just like a fingerprint.

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