Oct
25
2014
Accessories for iPod
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apple connector

The fifth generation iPod Touch, as well as the iPhone 5, iPod Nano (7th generation), iPad (4th generation), and iPad Mini feature a dock connector named Lightning, replacing the 30-pin Apple connector which was first introduced by Apple on the third generation iPod.

The Apple Lightning connector has eight pins and all signaling is digital. It also can be inserted either way round unlike the 30-pin connector. More importantly, it can only be inserted in one way. Besides Apple Adapters can convert the Apple Lightning connector to the older 30-pin Apple Dock connector or USB. However not all signals are available and not all accessories work with the adapter (for example, video output and the iPod Out feature for BMW automobiles).

Earphones Apple EarPods are also included with the fifth generation iPod touch and other devices. The redesign of the Apple EarPods is aimed to improve sound quality by allowing air to travel in and out more freely (according to Apple, the redesign of their earphones allows it to “rival high-end headphones that cost hundreds of dollars more”).

Other accessories that come with the iPod Touch include the lanyard for the iPod Touch loop, which is besides sold separately for the 16 GB mode.

Apple Universal Dock provides a convenient home base for charging and syncing. And with the right cables, you can connect your iPod to your home stereo so you can share your music or to your home theater so you can watch videos on the big screen. Users can remotely control race cars and flying drones, as well as give their fitness routine a high-tech boost and automate their home with app-controlled lights, thermostats, cameras, and more.

All these accessories combine with apps to reveal new ways to do more with your iPod touch. Shop app-enabled accessories at the Apple Online Store.

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Oct
24
2014
Chromecast
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Chromecast

Chromecast is a digital media player developed by Google. The device plays audio and video content on a high-definition display by directly streaming it via Wi-Fi.

Users select the media to play using Chromecast-enabled mobile apps and web apps. Alternatively, content can be mirrored from the Google Chrome web browser running on a personal computer, as well as from the screen of some Android devices.

Measuring 2.83 inches (72 mm), Chromecast plugs into the HDMI port of a high-definition television or monitor. The power is supplied by connecting the device’s micro-USB port to an external power supply or a USB port. The device connects to the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection to the user’s home network.

Chromecast allows to stream content to a television, and playback is initiated through the “cast” button on the controlling device. If the television’s HDMI ports support the Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature, pressing the cast button will also result in the Chromecast automatically switching the television’s active audio/video input using the CEC command “One Touch Playback”.

When no content is streamed, Chromecast displays a user-personalized content feed that can include featured and personal photos, artwork, weather, satellite images, news and weather forecasts.

The Google Cast software development kit (SDK), which gives developers a way of handling “second-screen interactions” and making their apps Chromecast enabled, was released as a preview version on July 24, 2013. Google opened the SDK to all developers on February 3, 2014.

Google lists Chromecast operating system updates on the Chrome Releases blog. As with Chrome OS devices, Chromecast operating system updates are downloaded automatically without notification. In the device’s first year on sale, “millions” of units had sold and over 400 million casts had been made.

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Oct
23
2014
iPod Touch 5th generation
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iPod Touch 5th generation

The fifth generation iPod Touch, colloquially known as the iPod Touch 5G is a touchscreen-based pocket computer designed and marketed by Apple Inc. IPod Touch 5G succeeds the 4th generation iPod Touch. It introduces a higher-resolution, 4-inch screen to the series with 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The model is slimmer and lighter than the previous versions. Other improvements include support for recording 1080p video and panoramic still photos via the rear camera, as well as LED flash, Apple’s A5 chip, and support for Apple’s Siri. The iPod Touch 5G is available in space grey, blue, pink, silver and Product Red. Its finish features an aluminum unibody which is made from same kind of anodised aluminium used in the MacBook line.

The fifth generation iPod Touch was released on October 11, 2012. It was initially only sold in 32 GB and 64 GB models. The first 16 GB model was introduced in May 2013. The device was only available in one color and lacks the rear iSight camera and the iPod Touch Loop that is included in the 32 and 64 GB models. However a new 16 GB model was introduced on June 26, 2014, This version includes the furl range of color options and rear camera.

iPod Touch 5G features iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system. The user interface is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. Interface control elements consist of sliders, switches, and buttons, and interaction with the OS includes gestures such as swipe, pinch, tap and reverse pinch. Internal accelerometers are used by some applications to respond to shaking the device or rotating it vertically.

The device can play music, movies, television shows, eBooks, audiobooks, and podcasts. It can sort its media library by songs, artists, albums, videos, playlists, genres, composers, podcasts, audiobooks, and compilations.

The fifth generation iPod Touch was the first in the iPod Touch line-up to include Siri, that allows the user to operate the device by spoken commands. Typing can be aided by the voice assistant, which converts speech to text, and also supports iMessage, a specialised instant messaging program and service that allows unlimited texting to other Apple devices running iOS 5 or later. Some newer applications and features that came with iOS 6 included Apple Maps, Passbook and screen mirroring.

With a iSight camera and a LED flash at the back, the iPod Touch includes a feature known as the iPod Touch Loop. At the bottom left corner on the back of the iPod Touch, it features a button which is activated by pressing it down to allow a loop to attach to the iPod Touch.

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Oct
22
2014
Video games on iPod
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games on iPods

Video games are playable on various versions of Apple’s Player iPods. The first iPod had the game Brick, invented by Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak. Later firmware versions added that game as a menu option. Revisions of the iPod added three more games: Music Quiz, Parachute and Solitaire.

In September 2006, the iTunes Store began to offer additional games for purchase with the launch of iTunes 7. Those games were Bejeweled, Cubis 2, Mahjong, Mini Golf, Pac-Man, Tetris, Texas Hold ‘Em, Vortex, Asphalt 4: Elite Racing and Zuma. Additional games have since been added and they work on the 6th and 5th generation iPod Classic and the 5th and 4th generation iPod Nano.

For example, in 2007 Apple released Lost: The Video Game based on the television show, which is made by Gameloft. Later the same year “SAT Prep 2008″ by Kaplan appeared. This game was introduced as three separate educational games based on the subjects writing, reading, and mathematics. In December 2007, Apple released Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which was originally packaged with the Sega Genesis system in the early 1990s.

With third parties like Namco, Square Enix, EA, Sega, and Hudson Soft all making games for the iPod, Apple’s player has taken great steps towards entering the video game handheld console market. Video game magazines like GamePro & EGM have reviewed and rated most of their games as of late.

The games are in the form of .ipg files (iPod game), which are .zip archives. When unzipped, the games reveal executable files along with common audio and image files, leading to the possibility of third party games.

Don’t forget that unlike many other MP3 players, simply copying audio or video files to the drive with a typical file management application will not allow an iPod to properly access them. The user must use software that has been designed to transfer media files to iPods, so that the files are playable and viewable. Usually iTunes is used to transfer media to an iPod, though several applications are available on a number of different platforms.

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Oct
21
2014
Is Apple Pay secure?
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apple pay security

Apple Pay is makes a purchase using a single step holding an iPhone near the payment terminal of a participating merchant while a finger is on Touch ID. Online payments in apps are also reduced to a single tap with Apple Pay, also verified via Touch ID. Thus with Apple Pay, there is no need to take out a credit card or confirm the authenticity of a credit card with a driver’s license or ID card. This one-step process works anywhere NFC-based contactless payments are accepted.

There’s no need to open an app or even wake your display thanks to the Near Field Communication antenna in iPhone 6. To pay, users must hold their iPhone near the contactless reader with their finger on Touch ID. Users don’t even have to look at the screen to know if their payment information was successfully sent. A subtle vibration and beep let them know.

All data is stored on the iPhone and protected by several built-in security systems, including Touch ID. To keep transactions secure, Apple uses a method known as “tokenization,” preventing actual credit card numbers from being sent over the air. Apple also secures payments using Touch ID in the iPhone 6 and skin contact with the Apple Watch.

After you add an item to an online cart and initiate the checkout process, you can select Apple Pay as the payment method. After that, the shipping/billing address associated with the credit or debit card on file is automatically entered, as is a user’s name. The purchase is confirmed via Touch ID. During this process, you can change some data, like a shipping address, which is useful when ordering a gift.

Within the Apple Pay and Passbook section in the Settings app, you will see credit card details and a list of recent transactions for each card that has been scanned into the phone. This section also allows users to get access to a relevant bank application and control push notifications.

In-store returns are also easy. When returning an item purchased via Apple Pay in an Apple Store, users can tap their iPhone 6 or 6 Plus against a payment terminal which displays their recent in-store transaction information.

Apple has placed a heavy emphasis on security of Apple Pay, to assure iPhone owners that their payment information is safe. It is safer on an iPhone than inside of a wallet. According to many experts, the way Apple Pay has been designed to work makes it the most secure payments scheme on the planet.

When a credit or debit card is scanned into Passbook for use with Apple Pay, it is assigned a unique Device Account Number, or “token,” which is stored in the phone rather than an actual card number. Actually, the iPhone has a special dedicated chip called a Secure Element that contains all of a user’s payment information, and credit card numbers and data are never uploaded to iCloud or Apple’s servers. When a transaction is made, the Device Account Number is sent via NFC, along with a dynamic security code unique to each transaction. Both of them are used to verify a successful payment.

The dynamic security code is a one-time use cryptogram that replaces the credit card’s CCV. The system uses this code to ensure that a transaction is being conducted from the device containing the Device Account Number.

Along with Device Account Numbers and dynamic security codes, Apple authenticates each transaction through Touch ID. Whenever a transaction is conducted with an iPhone, a user must place a finger on Touch ID for the payment to go through. With the Apple Watch, authentication will be done through skin contact. When the watch is placed on the wrist, a user will be prompted to enter a passcode. After a passcode is entered, as long as the device continues to have contact with the skin (which is monitored through the heart rate sensors), it will be able to be used to make payments. However, if skin contact is lost, it can no longer be used to make payments. Both Touch ID and the skin contact authentication method in the Apple Watch will prevent someone who has stolen an iPhone or Apple Watch from making an unauthorized payment.

A user’s credit card number is never shared with merchants or transmitted with payments. Store clerks and employees do not see a user’s credit card at any point, and they also do not have access to personal information like name or address because an ID is not required for verification purposes. If an iPhone is lost, the owner can utilize Find My iPhone to suspend all payments from the device, without needing to go through the hassle of canceling credit cards.

Apple has partnered with the three major credit card companies in the United States: Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Apple has also signed deals with major banks, and Apple has pledged to continue adding more banks.

Anyway, Apple Pay will change how you pay with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into the devices you have with you every day. So you can use your iPhone, Apple Watch, or iPad to pay in a simple, secure, and private way.

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Oct
20
2014
Apple Pay
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Apple PAy

 

 

 

 

Your wallet without the wallet

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple Pay will “forever change the way all of us buy things.” It is a new mobile payments service which is available through the iOS 8.1.

Apple Pay is designed to allow iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users in the United States to make payments for goods and services with their iPhones, both in stores and within participating apps, using an NFC chip built into the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch.

To keep transactions secure, Apple uses a method known as “tokenization,” preventing actual credit card numbers from being sent over the air. Apple also secures payments using Touch ID in the iPhone 6 and skin contact with the Apple Watch.

Apple Pay is makes a purchase using only a single step holding an iPhone near the payment terminal of a participating merchant while a finger is on Touch ID. Online payments in apps are also reduced to a single tap with Apple Pay, also verified via Touch ID. This one-step process prevents people from needing to dig through a purse or wallet to find credit cards, and it works anywhere NFC-based contactless payments are accepted.

With Apple Pay, there is no need to take out a credit card or confirm the authenticity of a credit card with a driver’s license or ID card. All data is stored on the iPhone and protected by several built-in security systems, including Touch ID.

Actually, Apple Pay works remarkably smooth and has been described as the smoothest payment system on the market, which is much faster than pulling out a credit card, wiping it, and typing a Pin or signing a receipt. Touch ID adds a real sense of security.

Once the service is enabled through an update to iOS 8, the credit card that is attached to a user’s iTunes account will be transferred automatically to Passbook, which is a key element of Apple Pay. Additional credit and debit cards can also be uploaded to Passbook using the phone’s camera.

The cards stored within Passbook can then be used to make payments both in retail stores and online.

When a purchase is made with Apple Pay, users will feel a subtle vibration and hear a beep to confirm the purchase is complete. Making a payment online is equally as simple, as it uses the same credit card and authenticates with Touch ID in participating apps that have adopted the Apple Pay API.

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Oct
19
2014
iPhone Roaming data
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You wonder if is it possible to get the iPhone to show how much roaming data you have spent within a given period. Or you don’t want to use roaming at all. For example, you are headed overseas and will want to use wi-fi but not the phone services. The answer is definitely yes. You can use default settings or apps from the app store.

Depending on what service provider you are using they should have an app on the app store that you can download free of charge and see how much data you have used and how much you have left, as well as any other data you may need. However, some carriers have up to one month delays on roaming data, so it’s kind of useless to use as a guideline for how much you are spending when you are on vacation and using roaming.

So the best and simplest way would be as follows:

Go to Settings – tap Cellular – tap the Data Roaming to change the setting, for example, to switch data off completely or to turn data services on.

This option shows how much data has been used with a separate entry for roaming. It also shows how much data individual apps are consuming. You can turn off any applications that are not needed. Of course, if turn them off, you’ll save data usage if you’re trying to keep it down. Even more, if you want to start monitoring data usage from a given point you may want to scroll down to the bottom and tap Reset Statistics.

To save money, you also can put you iPhone on airplane mode, and switch the data roaming and voice roaming to off.

Note that some of these options may look different depending on country and carrier.

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Oct
18
2014

 

iOS troubles

If you can’t update your device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) wirelessly, it may be for one of these reasons:

  • Not enough available storage space: Tap Settings > General > Usage to see how much space your content uses. If your iPhone, iPad or iPod don’t have enough space to download and install the update, you can use iTunes to update your device. Before you make any updates, back up your device to iCloud or iTunes. Use iTunes to create space if you don’t have enough, or remove content from your device. Here’s how to do it: Plug in your device to a power source. Tap Settings > General > Software Update.

If you can’t connect to iTunes, you can make room for the update by removing content on your device that you don’t use. Touch Usage Settings in the Software Update screen.

  • Download takes a long time, or you can’t reach update server: Updates require a persistent Internet connection. The time it takes to download the iOS update will vary according to the size of the update and your Internet speed. To improve the speed of the download, avoid downloading other content. Otherwise, you may use the device normally. iOS will notify when user can install the update.

If you get a message “an error occurred downloading iOS,” try again later. If the issue persists, tr another network or use iTunes to update your device.

  • Update does not complete: If you’re installing the update and the progress bar moves slowly, be patient. The time an update takes depends on the size of the update and the number of files on the device. Updating over the air, keep your device connected to a power source so that it doesn’t run out of power. If the device does run out of power, connect it to a power source and turn it on to let the update or restore complete. If the progress bar hasn’t moved for an extended time, try restarting your device. If you still see the issue after you restart and your device appears frozen or unresponsive, you can try and restart it. If it is still unresponsive, reset it.
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Oct
17
2014
What is Mac?
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Macintosh

Mac or Macintosh is a series of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc.

The very first Macintosh computer was launched in January 24, 1984 as thefirst mass-market personal computer featuring a mouse and an integral graphical user interface. Users communicated with the original 1984 Mac computer, using a metaphorical desktop that included icons of real life items, instead of abstract textual commands.

This first Apple model is known as “Macintosh 128k” and the Macintosh product family has been nicknamed Mac since the development of the first model.

The Mac, however, was too expensive. The IBM PC overtook thus the general market, but Macintosh systems found success in education and desktop publishing.

Since the distant epoch, Apple has always been one of the largest personal computers manufacturers. In 1998, Apple consolidated its multiple consumer-level desktop models into the all-in-one iMac G3, which became a commercial success and revitalized the brand. Today, the current lineup comprises three desktops – the all-in-one iMac, entry-level Mac mini, and the Mac Pro tower graphics workstation, as well as three widely known laptops – MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Apple facilitates all aspects of its hardware and creates its own operating system that is pre-installed on all Mac computers. Unlike IBM PC compatibles, where multiple sellers can integrate hardware intended to run another company’s operating system, Apple exclusively produces Mac hardware, choosing internal systems, designs, and prices. Apple also develops the operating system for the Mac. However, Macs are capable of running non-Apple operating systems such as Linux, OpenBSD, and Microsoft Windows with the aid of Boot Camp or third-party software.

In recent history Apple has generally dominated the premium PC market, in 2009 having a 91 percent market share for PCs priced at more than $1,000. The Apple Macintosh takes about 40-45 percent of operating profits in the PC industry (Dell Inc., Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, etc. having the rest of the market).

Sales of Macintosh have held steady, in comparison to Apple’s sales of the iPhone and iPad which increase significantly. MacBooks are focused on the ultraportable niche that is the most profitable and only growing segment of PCs. Generally, each year Apple’s Macintosh rank second or third on the “list of intended brands for desktop purchases” holiday season.

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Oct
16
2014

 

iphone-6-

Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, will arrive in 36 additional countries and territories across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of October. Thus these smartphones will be available in a total of 69 countries and territories by the end of the month. Apple says that these devices are on track to be available in more than 115 countries by the end of the year. This advancement will make it the fastest iPhone rollout ever.

The new iPhones come with iOS 8, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard and Family Sharing. iOS 8 also includes the new Health app, giving users a clear overview of their health and fitness data and iCloud Drive.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design, very comfortable to hold and easy to use. Both models include the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, as well as ultrafast wireless technologies.

Phone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray. This phone is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and a new 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Let’s remind you that Apple also designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store.

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