We had all heard the rumors prior to the big announcement, but yesterday it was all out there in the open for the world to see. There were now two iPhones: the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. But what struck me about the two models wasn’t that there was now a low-cost version of the phone that changed the game, but that one of them was significantly better than the other.

Just a few years ago, we had a low-end Mac that fit into the lineup. It was made with a plastic case that was, for the most part, seamless. And it was flanked by more powerful models with higher options. Is the iPhone 5S now really the iPhone Pro? (more…)

One of the greatest pleasures I have found with iOS is incorporating it into my everyday life. So far, iOS has incorporated itself into my kitchen and security system, and I am looking forward to its continued movements thoughout my house. The latest addition is through the Belkin WeMo Light Switch and the WeMo Switch.

The Belkin WeMo Switch plugs into an outlet and allows you to plug in a device which then can be controlled through the WeMo app. Recently, Belkin also introduced the WeMo Light Switch which replaces a light switch to allow control of the switch from the WeMo app. This type of home automation has been around for some time but never has it been this easy or affordable. Keep reading on to see if the Belkin WeMo is truly a contender for a home-automation solution. (more…)

If you’re a foodie, you probably take lots of Instagram photos of your meals and share them with all your friends. You check into restaurants with Foursquare and announce it to the world on Twitter. What if you could tell the world about your favorite restaurants and food venues by making quick, easy, beautiful videos? Tastemade has burst into the app scene with a fabulous platform for sharing food moments. They’re fostering an eclectic, worldwide community of foodies who want to discover restaurants and food events in their own backyard or on exotic travels. This is going to be huge, and you don’t want to be left behind.

Keep reading to find out more. (more…)

So what happened at today’s big iPhone event? Let’s find out.

iTunes Festival

  • In its 7th year
  • 20 million people applied

Retail

  • New store in Stanford that’s 1,100 sq ft.
  • The Stanford store has glass on 3 sides. Looks amazing
  • Two rooms: One up front for demos, back room for Genius Bar, etc.
  • This month Apple will ship the 700 millionth iOS Device

iOS 7

  • More convenient search in iOS 7, right in Notification Center
  • Lots of edge-to-edge apps
  • New sound effects for calls and texts
  • Can search for tweets with Siri
  • New square aspect ratio camera
  • Built-in filters and more in the camera app as well
  • AirDrop showcased for iOS 7. Easier way to move photos and so on between devices. It works on P2P Wi-Fi.
  • iTunes Radio. All about discovering new music.
  • Over 200 new features
  • Comes out on Sept 18 for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th Gen)

iWork/iPhoto/iMovie

  • All for iOS 7.
  • All Free for any new iOS device.
The iPhone 5C

The iPhone 5C

 

iPhone 5C

  • Comes in lime green, white, blue, red/pink, yellow
  • Entire back and sides are made from just one part. No seams.
  • Custom cases with soft feel silicone rubber. Circular cutouts to show the color underneath.
  • Hard coated polycarbonate shell
  • 4-inch Retina display and integrated touch layer on iPhone 5C.
  • A6 processor.
  • Slightly larger battery than iPhone 5.
  • 8MP iSight camera, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, 5-element lens. FaceTime HD camera on front size with more pixels.
  • FaceTime Audio
  • Dual band Wi-Fi,
  • Bluetooth 4.0More LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world
  • Up to 100Mbps download speed
  • iOS 7 wallpapers complement the iPhone 5C colors
  • $99 for 16GB, $199 for 32GB
  • Cases are $29 each
  • Pre-order Sept 13
  • Buy in store Sept 20
The new Touch ID on the iPhone 5S

The new Touch ID on the iPhone 5S

 

iPhone 5S

Three colors: gold, white and black (or slate and silver, depending on your perspective)

A7 Processor

  • 64-bits, works with iOS 7
  • Backwards compatible
  • Almost twice as fast as A6
  • Amazing with games, such as the new Infinity Blade III.

M7 Motion Co-Processor

  • Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, all in one piece.
  • Enables a new generation of health and fitness apps.
  • Can tell if walking, driving, etc.

Battery Life

  • 3G talk time: 10 hours
  • 10 hours LTE browsing
  • 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing
  • 40 hours music
  • 250 hours standby

Camera

  • 5-element lens
  • F2.2 aperture
  • 1.5 micron pixels. Bigger pixels = better pixels.
  • iOS 7 takes advantage of new sensor
  • iOS 7 adjusts exposure and settings automatically to take a better pic
  • DSLR-level autofocus.
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode for multiple photos and it combines to get the sharper ones. 10 frames per second.
  • A7 determines best pic out of burst
  • 120 FPS slow-mo video.
  • 5S camera shoots 720P video at 120 FPS
  • Normal video is 1080P at 30FPS
  • 28 MP panoramic shots

True tone flash

  • Lights according to color temperature in the room
  • One is white, one is amber
  • 1,000 unique variations

Security

  • Fingerprint sensor — Touch ID
  • It has a touch capacitive sensor
  • 500 pip resolution
  • 170 microns thin, scans sub-epidermal skin layers. Can read in any orientation, embedded in the home button
  • Covered by sapphire crystal
  • Just touch the home button and it unlocks
  • You can use it for iTunes purchases as well
  • Can handle multiple fingerprints
  • Encrypted fingerprints
  • Never available to other software.

Availability and Pricing

  • 16GB $199
  • 32 GB $299
  • 64 GB $399
  • All with 2- year contract
  • Purchase on Sept 20

If you love sharing photos of your meals on Instagram, you need to know about Burpple: a social food guide for sharing your favorite meals. Foodies like you feel passionate about their dining experiences and want to help others by giving recommendations and championing their favorite restaurants. Looking at photos of beautifully plated food leaves you feeling inspired and excited to get in the kitchen and try new things. Burpple’s mission is to connect the world through our one common language: food. If you’re interested in taking that passion for Instagram a step further by joining a community of passionate foodies, keep reading to learn more about this budding social network. (more…)

I was just 12 years old when I created my first website, and remember spending hours upon hours teaching myself how to code. Since then, I must have built close to a hundred and therefore, naturally, one question I am frequently asked is how to build a website from scratch. Um, where do I begin?

Luckily for me, I now have a suitable answer to this question: Jimdo.

Jimdo is a cross-platform website builder in which you can create and maintain your own website for free, without the need to know how to code. Interested? Hit the jump to find out more! (more…)

I was at the barbershop the other day, getting my hair cut as I do every few weeks, when my barber says to the room, “Isn’t the new iPhone supposed to be coming out soon?” I’m about to open my mouth when a guy sitting in a chair to my left peeks up from his phone to say, “Beginning of October. Who cares anyways, Apple doesn’t have anything for me anymore.” Then he went back to playing with his HTC One.

Surly and inaccurate statements aside, I’ve heard similar thoughts voiced amongst the Apple community. The feeling seems to be that Apple’s already pulled out all of its magic tricks, what could they show us tomorrow that would really wow the crowd? What’s the big feature this year? Do they have one more thing in them or have we seen all the magic left to offer?

Who knows. But more importantly, why do you care? (more…)

Waking up in the morning can be difficult, and no one knows that better than me. Not because I have difficulties waking promptly to my alarm, but due to witnessing what occurs every time my fiancée’s alarm goes off in the morning. For starters, she sets multiple alarms that go off in five minute intervals, which she snoozes several times over the course of 30+ minutes. Afterwards, she transitions to the second stage of her wake up routine, which includes sitting up in bed for several minutes with a look of severe pain on her face, which I imagine includes an internal monologue of her cursing the world. Eventually she stumbles out of bed and begins preparing for her day.

To say she’s the only person goes through such pains just to get out of bed is a bold face inaccuracy. Several people find themselves in a similar experience on a daily basis, while others go to far more extreme lengths. Perhaps what these individuals really need is a bit of motivation, which CARROT Alarm is more than happy to offer. (more…)

Meeting new people can be intimidating, especially for wallflowers such as myself. I’ve got the gift of gab, but I can only really open up after I’ve known you for a few decades or so. Until then, my social anxiety keeps my lips shut and my feet firmly planted in the corner at parties, making friends with the host’s cat.

Sometimes being taciturn just isn’t an option, especially if I’m meeting a new business contact. I have to find my voice somewhere, but how can I break the ice and put myself at ease? Maybe Refresh can help. It finds all of your new contacts for you and gives you lots of tidbits of info, so you’re never going into a meeting unprepared again. (more…)

Happy September, friends! Luckily, we’ve seen a great influx of new titles to help assuage the pain of returning to school, so come on in and pick out some games to keep you occupied in the downtime between classes … (more…)

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