So I had a little time today to get some shots with the iPhone 6s, something I wasn't able to do for my review. Some photos lack sharpness while the contrast may be a little too strong in some other photos. I'm a firm believer in editing your own photos after-the-fact anyways, but these are just shots straight out of the iPhone with the stock app. Nothing was done to alter anything outside basic cropping (hence some file names), I don't think I even adjusted the auto-exposure on some of these (tap to focus was used on others though, which does adjust exposure at times).
These were designed as test shots, I took whatever shots look half decent, some came out nice, others did not.
For those of you on a slow connection, these photos are full-sized (2.5-3 MB each), so be aware of that.
Pixel C: Google's Answer to the Surface and iPad Pro
Google's newest offering is a tablet called the Pixel C. One of its main features is the ability to use an additional hardware keyboard that its designed for. Though the keyboard comes at a hefty 150 dollar price, it utilizes strong magnets for a more secure connection. BT is used for connectivity and charges inductively while the tablet is closed. Google promises a 2-month battery life with the keyboard.
Other notes about the Pixel C is that it will run Android (as opposed to Chrome OS) and uses USB-C for charging and wired data transfer. Not much more is known about the device, expect it to launch during the holiday season.
Both, yes, I said both, of Google's new Chromecast devices look the same as they use the same housing. They are designed for two different things, however, one for audio and one for video. Both of the devices offer improved connectivity and wifi. Both Chromecast and Chromecast Audio will retail for 35 dollars and are available today.
The standard Chromecast (along with the older models) will see updated features through software. The "What's On" feature, for example, will suggest shows and videos based on your apps and other information compounded for you. Additionally, the new design allows for an integrated HDMI cable and an easier time connecting it to the TV.
Chromecast Audio is meant to be like Sonos, but without the physical speaker. It replaces the HDMI cable for 3 forms of audio: a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, RCA, and optical connections. Any app that supports streaming will be supported by Chromecast Audio,...
Though Google Music was only touched on today, the addition of a family plan was announced. The cost matches that of Spotify and Apple Music, 15 dollars, but also allows up to 6 people. If I'm not mistaken, that's more than either of the competitors offer.
It seems like Google is taking the Apple route and introducing 2 new Nexus phones this year instead of the normal single, one-size-fits-all device. The 5X and 6P both enter the Nexus lineup as the new flagships for Google.
Both devices will have some similar new hardware, mainly 2 things will allow them to align, but that's about it. They both will feature USB-C for charging and wired data transfer. Additionally, Google has introduced its Nexus Imprint feature. It's a round fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone that can be used for unlocking the device as well as other 3rd party apps. I'm sure there is an API for it as well.
The 5X is more of an updated Nexus 5. It'll feature a 5.2" display with updated internals. The phone features a Snapdragon 808 with 2 GB of RAM. The cameras used are a 5 MP for your selfies and a 13 MP for the back (f2.0) that supports 4k video. It'll be available in white, black, and a...
Well, today is launch day for the iPhone 6s. Those of you lucky enough to get one in hand, congrats. I reserved an iPhone 6s in rose gold in the 64 GB variety at my local Apple Store (first time actually purchasing an iPhone from a physical Apple Store ). That said, the new iPhone really does feel like last years model with a couple defining features.
Design and Feel
Many of us know what the iPhone looks like by now, it's essentially last years model that has grown by about .1 mm in each direction. The new model uses a a heavier alloy of aluminum, the 7000 series which adds weight along with the new Taptic engine. The extra heft is actually nice to have. Higher mass means that it's harder to fumble the phone around. That said, this aluminum should pass the bend test quite well (I never had the issue with the 6, but others have).
So a security firm is looking for a security exploit... So much so that they're willing to payout one million (1,000,000) dollars to the person who finds it. Granted one million dollars doesn't seem like a lot of money, but if you've got the exploit, now's the time to do it.
There are a couple requirements for the exploit though:
It must work through Mobile Safari or Chrome on default settings
Webpage targeting any app reachable through said browser
A text message or media file delivered through an SMS or MMS message
So, Apple is busy cleaning a class of malware that has gone live on the App Store as of late. It seems that the malware is specific to Chinese locations/stores, however, it still is around. It started with the malware provider tricking developers into using a different version of Xcode which builds the apps to send device information (serial numbers, addresses, etc.) to the malware creators to use at their own disposal.
One of the key features Apple introduced in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus is 3D Touch, the capability of the touchscreen detecting different touch pressures and providing different contextual options. Since the announcement, there have been many comments among fans about how the feature can be simulated by detecting touch duration or change in contact radius, and the new Cydia tweak ForceTouchActivator by developer Ethan Arbuckle is one such example in practice.
ForceTouchActivator is an Activator listener that detects a tap and hold with an increase in contact radius between the finger and the touchscreen. While it's not the same as having 3D Touch hardware, the tweak operates on a similar principle. Once installed, it appears under Activator and can be set to trigger events with a simple tap and press. It doesn't require much force, yet is accurate enough not to mis-detect other taps and swipes. Currently I have it set up to...