[6:37 AM | 0 comments ]
Since my son lived with me, I got him one anyway. Back then, no one thought of radiation from the cell phones. These days, with all the new technology available, I worry about the radiation constantly. Especially, for my grandkids.
When you think about it, radiation is everywhere. Cell phones, laptops, computers, microwaves and on and on. And how many people do you know that don't have a cell phone? If you are like me, not very many. My mom, who is 93, even has a cell phone.
A friend of mine is a nurse. I was talking with her over the summer and she telling me how she doesn't like her kids being on the cell phone a lot because of the radiation. She said she knows things about the effects of radiation that normal people like me, don't know.
She was looking into this new product called Aires Shield, made by Aires Technologies. It is a silicon based micro processor that neutralizes harmful radiation from electromagnetic waves. Usually when she tells me something, she is usually right. It decomposes oscillations of electromagnetic fields of any types in harmless components.
I figured this Christmas, since everybody already has a cell phone, I am going to protect my family by getting them each an Aires Shield. And for only $39.00, they are very affordable and will give me peace of mind. Plus I can still get them what they really want.
I was on the Aires Tech website and I had to laugh because even though our microwave is new, my husband is always yelling at me to not stand in front of it when it's on. You can place it on the microwave too to protect yourself. I guess I will be adding a few for us too.
[6:34 AM | 0 comments ]
Touch ID is built right into the iPhone 5S Home button. When a finger is pressed on the Home button, the TouchID sensor reads the fingerprint and unlocks the phone if it recognises it. In addition to this, TouchID can be used to authorise purchases from the iTunes, App, and iBooks Stores.
Touch ID can read a fingerprint from any direction which means that, no matter which way round it is presented, the iPhone reads the fingerprint and identifies the user. Touch ID can be programmed to recognise up to five different fingerprints, which could be from five different users if you so chose. Stored fingerprint data is kept only on the phone not online.
You use Touch ID or a typed passcode on your iPhone 5S to protect it and the data on it. Each time you switch it on or wake it up, it will ask you for a passcode (numeric or fingerprint) before you can access it. Once security protection is activated, you will be asked for a fingerprint or passcode whenever you:
• Turn on or restart the device;
• Wake the device up; or
• Unlock the screen.
You can specify how long the screen must be locked before you have to enter a passcode to gain access again.
Does this mean that Touch ID removes the need for a normal passcode? In a word, no.
In order to configure Touch ID on your iPhone 5S, you must first set up a normal passcode. Touch ID is meant to minimise the need to enter a passcode, but a passcode is needed first because it is used as a security measure when adding a new fingerprint to the TouchID database. You HAVE to remember the passcode even if you never type it in again but always use Touch ID to unlock the phone.
Is Touch ID safer than a normal passcode?
If your iPhone is stolen, how might a thief get your fingerprints? It isn’t necessarily difficult because the phone will usually be covered with its owner’s fingerprints. There are several methods, described online, for lifting a print and using it to fool fingerprint readers. Apple claims that Touch ID’s test includes a method of sensing “sub-epidermal skin layers.” It still remains to be seen if Apple’s Touch ID includes enough test sensors to rule out advanced fingerprint spoofing.
Returning to the conventional passcode, you might think that all you can use is a simple code of four numbers or digits. However, you can disable the “simple” passcode restriction and enter a longer one which includes alphabetical characters. This makes the passcode much harder to break and much more secure. Remember, though, that you’ll need to enter it whenever the phone needs unlocking.
You have to weigh up your concerns about your phone and data security with ease of use. You might choose NOT to secure your phone. After all, if the phone is mislaid and it contains critical data, you can perform a “remote wipe” to delete everything on it. But… How much time will it take for a thief to download the phone’s contents before you even know it’s missing from your pocket?
As a minimum, then, you SHOULD use Touch ID to secure your phone from casual opportunists. For improved security, use a complex passcode instead of Touch ID.
Author Bio: - Elicia Robert is an IT trainer and teaching in an institute in Melbourne name Logitrain. Logitrain is providing IT training with job guarantee in Australia. If you need more information read logitrain reviews.
[8:38 AM | 0 comments ]
iOS 7.0.4 has just been released, bringing number of improvements to this year's big iOS 7 software. Additionally to some general bug fixes, Apple lists a fix for hanging FaceTime calls as well.
As usual, the iOS 7.0.4 can be grabbed over-the-air (OTA) and in-place. This is the fastest and most efficient way to do it, just navigate to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Otherwise, you can tether up to iTunes and do a full backup, install, and restore over USB.
Below you’ll find the instructions of updating iOS 7 using over-the-air (OTA) Software Update on iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad:
Tap on Settings from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad and select General.
Towards the top, you’ll see Software Update and tap on it. Your device will now check for new software and find that iOS 7.0.4 is now available. Once you tap on the Download and Install option towards the bottom, and turn the Wi-Fi on in order to download the update. If the Wi-Fi is off, this option will be greyed out.
Depending your internet connection speed, the download process can take some time. Once the process comes to an end, your iPhone or iPad may prompt you to confirm the update, so tap on install and that’s it!
[11:27 AM | 0 comments ]
It’s only ten days of iPhone 5S and 5C sales, and Apple’s share of the U.S. smartphone market already grew by 0.7 percent in the last quarter to reach 40.6 percent, according to comScore data!
According to the report, sales of low-cost handsets mean that Android’s position as leading mobile platform is safe, with a marginal drop to 51.8 percent of the market, but Apple remained top of the vendor rankings. While second-placed Samsung grew faster at 1.2 percent, it still remains more than 15 percent behind the market leader. HTC and Motorola lost market share, while LG remained static in 5th place.
Launched on 20th September, The iPhone 5S and 5C were sold in the first three days, but comScore’s figures reflecting only the first ten days of sales. With the iPhone 5C, a record-breaking 9m handset, looking to be a slower burner, and a likely bet as a holiday gift, it’s interesting to observe the Q4′s numbers. Note that the figures are based on a combination of web and app analytics and a large-scale survey of U.S. consumers, so the credibility is out of question.
[1:45 PM | 2 comments ]
Recently announced iOS 7 has brought numerous amazing features, which we have already discussed. But there are still some, that we (and probably you too) have missed. We have listed 7 top hidden features of the Apple’s latest smartphone OS.
1. Turn Parallax On / Off – If you dislike the new iOS 7 Parallax effect on wallpapers (so called or 3D wallpapers), fearing that it might be draining your battery, you can just turn it off. Simply go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and turn it on or off according to your liking – just as it is demonstrated on the image.
2. Enable Motion Sensing Controls – with the iOS 7, you are allowed to launch Siri or press the Home button by simply tilting your head, or pull down Notification Center by tilting your head to the left. We know it sounds epic! So just head over to Settings > General > Accessibility > Switch Control to turn it on and then go to Switches to set up them the way they perform different actions.
3. Block Callers and Unwanted Messages – this is an absolute gem to use! Simply open the contact bugging you, scroll all the way down in contact details and tap Block this Caller. It’s this effortless! The contact will never be able to bug you again. As for the messages, to manage the blocked ones, head over to Settings > Messages > Blocked. This successfully applies to FaceTime and iMessages as well.
4. Siri To Enable / Disable System Toggles – shielding its beta tag along with the release of iOS 7, Siri can do a lot more than just telling you the weather, calling a certain contact, settings reminders etc. You can now press and hold the Home button to launch Siri and say – for example – ‘Turn Wi-Fi on’ and Siri will turn on Wi-Fi for you, or affect the Bluetooth and other system toggles.
5. Enable / Disable Advertising Tracking– if you don’t want your iPhone to be tracked for specific ads, you can go to Settings > Privacy > Advertising and disable Limit Ad Tracking. Moreover, this feature also saves battery life by a fraction.
6. Change Gender Of Siri – from now on, you are able to actually change the gender of Siri. if the female voice is not cutting it for you then you can add a more manly voice for voice feedback by navigating to Settings > General > Siri and changing Voice Gender to Male.
7. Zoom Into Album Art In iOS 7 Music App – the new Music app in iOS 7 shows your music album art is a neat tiled pattern in landscape mode, and moreover, you can actually zoom in or out your album art by simply using pinch gestures, just try it!
[12:22 PM | 1 comments ]
Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 fourth quarter ended September 28, 2013 on October 28th. The report shows that iPhone sales grow 26% to establish new September quarter record! The quarterly revenue of $37.5 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion, or $8.26 per diluted share was reported by the company this year, compared to revenue of $36 billion and net profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. As for the gross margin, it was 37% compared to 40% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60%of the quarter’s revenue.
According to the report, 33.8 million iPhones were sold compared to 26.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 14.1 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 14 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4.6 million Macs, compared to 4.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO commented: “We’re pleased to report a strong finish to an amazing year with record fourth quarter revenue, including sales of almost 34 million iPhones. We’re excited to go into the holidays with our new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, iOS 7, the new iPad mini with Retina Display and the incredibly thin and light iPad Air, new MacBook Pros, the radical new Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks and the next generation iWork and iLife apps for OS X and iOS.”
Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO said: “We generated $9.9 billion in cash flow from operations and returned an additional $7.8 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the September quarter, bringing cumulative payments under our capital return program to $36 billion.”
You can check the whole report along with the guidance for Apple’s fiscal 2014 first quarter here.
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With the Apple’s retail presence looking to expand yet further, the new reports suggest that the first store will open in Brazil by March of 2014. As for concrete location, the destination is Rio de Janeiro, according to multiple sources that passed the information. More specifically, the new store is set to be located in the Village Mall shopping center.
The source claims that Apple’s retail expansion into South America is of a high importance, and the company will begin looking for Apple retail workers from its U.S. stores to re-position to Rio de Janeiro for some months in the first half of 2014. Apple is said to destine the U.S. employees to work in the new store in order to exhibit and clarify Apple’s retail practices. Moreover, the same America-based employees will also serve as temporary personnel that can assist customers during this time period.
The date seems reasonable, while any opening set for March would be right before the massive influx of people headed to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This would no doubts see an increased footfall through the store. According to the same sources, the same store had been set to open in July of this year, but staffing problems cut that down. So, with the hope that no further delays could still happen, with any luck Apple fans in Rio will have a store to call their own within the next 6 months!