Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Apple Hack by a Melbourne Teen who Dreamed of Working for Apple

Apple
Though Apple claims to protect their networks, Apple Hack was done by a 16-year-old Australian lad from Melbourne. The Apple Hack was done on the Apple’s network where he downloaded the internal files and accessed the customer’s accounts.

When he appeared in a Melbourne court, the 16-year-old said that he admired the company and the sole purpose of the Apple Hack was to work in Apple someday. As per The Age newspaper, the lawyer of the teen told the children’s court in Melbourne that his client conducted the Apple Hack on several occasions within a span of one year since he was a great fan of the Apple group. The lad who studies at a private school is said to have stored the information he gathered in a folder which he titled ‘hacky hack hack’.

At the hearing, it was informed to the court that the teen had conducted the Apple Hack and downloaded 90GB of secure data. They were secure files of the customer’s accounts that he had hacked into. In spite of this Apple Hack, the company has said that none of their customer’s accounts were affected.

Tight security by the Apple vigilantes helped detect the Apple Hack


When the security was breached, the Apple vigilantes informed the FBI and they in turn notified the Australian federal police. The company spokesperson told Guardian Australia that they ensure that all their networks are secure and all their data are well protected. They informed them that at Apple they have a dedicated team of professionals who specifically work to detect and respond immediately to any security breach.

In addition, they also stated that as soon as they detected the Apple Hack, the team contained the breach and immediately informed the law enforcement department. They made sure that none of the accounts of their valued customers were breached since they consider the security of the customer’s data their primary responsibility. The Apple Hack did not allow the personal data of their valued customers be compromised in any way.

Apple did not tell Guardian what information the boy accessed neither did they tell them how their personnel identified the breach.

How did the Australian teenager conduct the Apple Hack?

According to The Age, the teen managed to conduct the Apple Hack by accessing the customer’s data by getting the login access of the customers. He got into the company’s network and downloaded the internal files. He downloaded 90GB of secure files and accessed the customer’s accounts. He then stored them in a folder titled ‘hacky hack hack’. The teen is also said to have shared the details of the Apple Hack with members of a WhatsApp group.

Dr Suelette Dreyfuss who is a privacy expert from the University of Melbourne’s school of computing and information systems, appealed that they do not take any punitive action against the lad. He has been researching a lot of teen hackers worldwide.

He says that these teens outgrow the technology hacking and go on to live useful lives and contribute to society. He says that they often make mistakes during their youth when they are exploring and breaking rules especially online. They could also be boasting and bragging about their exploits. Putting them in jail could be a waste of potential.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

What is the New Wi-Fi EasyMesh Standard?

Wi-Fi EasyMesh and what to expect?

Today everyone has a need to stay connected to the internet. For that purpose, we have mobile data and Wi-Fi systems at our disposal. In cases when there is Wi-Fi, sometimes we find that we don’t get the same coverage everywhere and why would you too? The closer you are to a router the better the Wi-Fi. That’s where mesh Wi-Fi s come in.

Wi-Fi EasyMesh allows you to get the same coverage no matter where you are in the vicinity of a router. A mesh Wi-Fi system is where you connect devices or routers from the same manufacturer to get the same reception throughout the place irrespective of where you are in relation to a router. What happens when you want to use different manufacturers devices to create one mesh? That’s where Wi-Fi EasyMesh steps in.

What is Wi-Fi EasyMesh? 


Wi-Fi EasyMesh is a mesh system where you can connect any manufacturer’s hardware in the house together to get Wi-Fi throughout a space.

Mesh systems allow you to get strong Wi-Fi throughout a space no matter where you are in relation to a router. You may think why not use an extender then?

You can always use an extender but setup is problematic and they often have a different name to your actual router. They come with the suffix SSID. But under mesh systems that is not there.

With mesh systems you connect to the closest device that gives you the best connection and you get Wi-Fi all under one name itself.

Why Wi-Fi EasyMesh is Better? 


With any mesh system you have to get hardware from one manufacturer itself. If you’re already using linksys then you have to get hardware from linksys itself. Where as in Wi-Fi EasyMesh, that is not required. You will be able to use hardware from any manufacturer to set up your mesh system.

Wi-Fi EasyMesh is a standard developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance to allow users set up a mesh network using various manufacturer’s hardware and not just one.

Under Wi-Fi EasyMesh standard, one unit becomes the controller and the rest are all agents. So, if manufacturers decided to adopt this system then you could use one manufacturers hardware with another. For example, you could use Google Wi-Fi with Linksys to create your Wi-Fi EasyMesh system.

Why Manufacturers do not like Wi-Fi EasyMesh? 


Manufacturers are not so ready to adopt Wi-Fi EasyMesh as yet and here is why.

The main reason has to do with manufacturers wanting people to use all of their hardware itself. If you were to use Wi-Fi EasyMesh instead, then you could use two or more different manufacturers hardware to create your Wi-Fi EasyMesh system. This will affect their bottom line.

The next point to note with Wi-Fi EasyMesh is that if you use devices form different manufacturers, then upgrading will be a problem. Just think about it, if one manufacturer updates his hardware and others do not, then you have to wait till all manufacturers update all their hardware to update your Wi-Fi EasyMesh.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Apple Hides iPhone X Plus Secrets In iOS 12

 iPhone X Plus

Apple to make a New iPhone X Plus Model

Yes you read right Apple plans on making a new iPhone X plus model that will be radically different from the previous iPhone X. But who am I kidding, any phone coming out these days has to be way different from their predecessors if you want people to latch on to them. The same goes for the Apple iPhone X plus. While Apple does enjoy a huge and loyal customer base, their new phones have to have the wow factor if Apple has to maintain its image in the market.

This new detail about iPhone X plus coming out is due to another leak by Apple. These days companies really need to get plumbing done. Most are suffering form various “leaks” and that to of the big variety. The first Apple leak concerned a major upgrade in iOS 12 beta and now it has to do something with Apple iPhone X plus.

What is the new leak about?


This new leak was discovered by a Brazilian site called iHelp,BR which reveals details of Apple’s new and gigantic iPhone X plus in iOS 12 beta version 5. This new iPhone X plus will have a huge 6.5 inch screen and will operate much like an iPad. This new bit of information will have significant implications for the iPhone X plus.

How did iHelp,BR discover this you say? Well the answer is simple enough through a hack of course.
What’s the Hack concerning iPhone X plus all about?

Previous leaks concerning the iPhone X plus ( Apple should really look into a good plumber), shows that the iPhone X plus will have a 2688 by 1242 pixel which is higher than what you’ve ever seen before with Apple iPhones.

So now coming closer to the point, iHelp,BR used Apple’s Xcode simulator to run this iOS 12 beta 5 on it at 2688 by 1242 resolution and the results were astounding. They found that by doing this, new secret landscape modes were unlocked. Besides this many new interfaces for core Apple iPhone apps too were visible.

Apple’s new landscape mode with iPhone X plus:


Up till now Apple has played with the idea of using landscape modes for apps such as Calendar as well as Contacts on the iPhone plus sized variations. But has never thought of doing it for the iPhone X 5.8 inch model.

Now Apple is pegging the iPhone X plus as a more productive phone than its predecessor pushing the iPhone X down to second best.

Apple’s budget friendly 6.1 inch iPhone X did not get this feature too. Apple is planning on using this feature exclusively for iPhone X plus along with giving it dual sim exclusivity as well. This may be because the company wants to move users from their earlier models on to the new and better iPhone X plus. Which is also more expensive too.

The good news relating to iPhone X plus:


To make your decision to buy the iPhone X plus even easier, Apple has decided to slash prices of their phones this year.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How to Get Rid of Annoying Mac os Update Notifications (2018)


Imagine you could get your mac up to date without the annoying mac os update notifications.

If your updates are installed in the background automatically without showing up annoying updates means you can stick with your work without any disturbance. It is beneficial for you, and even you can work flawlessly.

Usually, these software updates are useful for any device, and they are essential. It is because they can bring brand new abilities and features to your device and helps to safeguard your system.

In general, these updates are quite frequent for any modern devices. But, If you are mac computer users means you will probably feel frustrated and sick with all those annoying update notifications which show up every day on your computer screens.

Usually, people don't have a problem with updating their computer, but their main problem is all about the frustrating notification which appears at the right time -- when you usually arrive at your work hours or when you have week worths work to complete in few days or at the first thing in the morning, etc.

These situations are quite annoying, and people complain about these most often. Even if you update your computer today, there will be another update waiting for your tomorrow. So, if you want to get rid of these annoying mac os updates means, merely follow this post.

In this post, you will find about how to install updates with getting any annoying mac os notifications. You can even see the solution for updates notifications which you can dismiss or remind me later as well.

Before going to the article how to get rid of annoying mac os update notifications. You have to think about the updates process as well.

Usually, these updates can fix all the security issues and resolve bugs in your system. In this post, I’ll show you all the three options, and you have to choose the best option which you want to try?

So, let's start,

Get Rid of Annoying Mac os Update Notifications

How to get rid of seeing Mac OS update notifications:


Usually, stopping the mac os update notifications is quite easy. I’d instead suggest you skip this method because in this method you’ll skip updates and notifications. But, that is genuinely your call, and you can do as you wish.

If you want to ignore all of the Apple’s Mac OS updates means you can simply use this option. This option opens up the vulnerabilities of your system, and it could be open for the attackers.


To quickly stop seeing updates just follow this process:

  • Firstly, Open System Preferences
  • Then click on the App store settings.
  • After clicking on that, a box will appear on your screen.
  • Now, uncheck “ Automatically check for updates option.”
That's it with this process you can quickly stop seeing updates. But if you really want to install updates without showing any annoying notifications means, follow the next process.

How to get rid of only Mac OS update notification but not updates:


If you want to improve your computer health and want to keep your computer updated means you have to use this method.

In this method, you keep your system update but you I’ll get rid of annoying updates.

Process:

  • Firstly open the system preferences on your Mac.
  • Then select “App Store.
  • After that click on “ Install macOS updates” in newer versions. If you are using an older version means click on “ Install OS x Updates.
In this way, you can quickly install updates without getting notified. That's why this is one of the best ways to get rid of annoying notification updates.

How to get rid of updates apart from the security updates:


If you want to safeguard your mac with security updates means you can install only security updates other than installing Mac Os Updates.

It is still possible if you want me to show that process means, have a look at below method.

Here’s the process:

  • Head over to the system preferences.
  • Then open your Mac’s App store settings.
  • After opening check the box beside the “ Automatically check for updates option.”
  • It will have four options now deselect the “ Install Mac OS Updates.
  • Then you can deselect the install app updates.
  • After that "deselect download newly available updates" in the background.
  • Make sure you only check in the install system data files and security updates option only.
This process will install all the data files and security updates, but it will not install significant OS updates until and unless you update them by selecting Mac > Software Update.

Now if you want to disable high sierra notifications means you can do that.

How to disable high sierra notifications:


Usually, all of the above notifications are easier to manage, but the new major operating system upgrades High Sierra, is the Apple’s latest big update and it is a sophisticated update which comes with a notification that's always harder to dismiss it manually.

In this notifications, you will only have two options one is "install," and another one is "details" so there is no way to skip the notifications. So, to these harder changes, we have come up with a solution.

There are two different ways to merely mute these high sierra notifications: 


First way:

  • The first one is a simple process -- here all you have to do is launch the mac app store.
  • Then click on the updates.
  • After that, you will see a big banner for the high sierra at the top of the page.
  • Right, Click, anywhere on the image and select the hide update button which pops up.

Second way:

  • If the above process doesn't work, then you can use this method.
  • In this method, you have to open finder and press the shift + Command + G keys
  • simultaneously to launch the “ go to folder.”
  • Then type “/Library/Bundles” in the dialogue box.
  • After that, you will see a file named “OSXNotification.bundle.”
  • All you have to do is delete or move the file somewhere on your computer.
  • While doing this, it will ask your computer password.
  • You have to enter the password and allow your computer to restart.
  • Once it is restarted means, you will be free from high sierra update notifications as well.
These are the two different ways to get rid of notifications. This last high sierra second process was learned from Make Use Of article. You can find more details on that post regarding high sierra.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

5 MacBook Stands to work Smarter

MacBook Stands

MacBook Stands and why you’ll Love them

So everyone knows that when you use a laptop, you can use it on your lap but for better performance you might want to switch over to using a base. With a MacBook stand you will allow for better air circulation with your MacBook and will also help improve your posture as you won’t have to bend to look at anything. So better posture equals better work.

You might think what’s so great in a MacBook stand, they’re all the same. Well no some do offer you more than others and also will cost you more than the others but from your work to your posture they will all seem a little different. Depending on ease of use we give you a list of the best MacBook stands out there.

The First MacBook Stand on our list- ProBASE HD USB- C Aluminum Monitor Stand: 


This MacBook stand comes with a Type- C port as well as 4K HDMI output and a number of USB ports. You can charge up to a number of devices using this MacBook stand and all at the same time.
Plus the way things are organized you get less wire clutter and everything in order while you work at your MacBook stand. When not in use the MacBook stand doubles as storage, allowing you to stash away your MacBook.

MOBICASE MacBook Stand in Carry bag form: 


This is not just your average laptop carry bag but this bag features a MacBook stand too. You can raise the height of the stand to up to 8 inches and is great for those travelling and working at the same time.

As a bag you get a lot of storage for all your workly paraphernalia too.

Henge Docks Presents to you a MacBook stand- Pro Docking Station: 


This MacBook stand is not just a stand, just like the others but is a docking station too and can dock to up to 13 devices all at the same time.

You can even connect up to 3 external displays on to this MacBook stand to create your own mini work station.

A Curvy MacBook Stand on the list- Twelve South Curve MacBook Desktop Stand: 


This MacBook stand has a curve on its base bring in a little modernity to its look. Made of aluminum, this MacBook stand has a notch to hold your laptop in place. Your laptop will be at a slight angle thus helping you look at your work more comfortably.

Something a Little Fancy on the list: 


The de Dolomieu Marble MacBook stand is made specifically for Apple products. This MacBook stand is actually made of marble form Italy while the actual MacBook stand is made from Germany and you have your self an international MacBook stand right on your desk.

The MacBook stand lifts your MacBook to just the right height too.

Combining simplicity with Functionality- Elgato Thunderbolt 3 MacBook stands: 

 

This MacBook stand combines functionality with a flair of simplicity. The stand also supports many ports and is connected through a USB- C port.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Apple Stops Signing iOS 11.4 Following Launch of iOS 11.4.1

iOS 11.4.1

Code Signing to Apple iOS 11.4 stopped just a Week after iOS 11.4.1 Release

Apple has recently launched its official version of iOS 11.4.1 to users earlier in the month. Besides the not- so- spe
cial correction of bugs and a system update, the most interesting news with iOS 11.4.1 is that the signing of iOS 11.4 ceased only a week after the iOS 11.4.1 release. According to Apple the ceasing of iOS 11.4 has to do with getting all users on the same page. Basically everyone should be using the most up to date iOS software available.

This is done so that everyone can have not only the latest but also havea software where the old bugs are sorted out. Normally Apple ceases code signing a month after the official iOS software releases but this time has been different.

What does iOS 11.4.1 contain? 


Like all previous software updates and all coming software updates, iOS 11.4.1 takes care of a number of bugs and addresses some critical issues.

Among coding that iOS 11.4.1 corrected was the coding related to phone crashes. Some users’ iPhones crashed after typing in the word “Taiwan” or being sent a Taiwanese flag emoji in a text.

Apple also instated USB restricted Mode for iPhone and iPad owners, in iOS 11.4.1, as a way to disable hardwired USB data connections after some time of use, to prevent brute force passcode attacks.

Apart from the above, Apple also fixed AirPod tracking with iOS 11.4.1, for Find My iPhone and also improved the reliability of mail, contacts and notes sync with Microsoft Exchange. Before the update, users complained of their phone’s battery draining due to syncing of data in the background.

Apple’s trend of ceasing old iOS signing: 


Apple normally ceases code signing a month after the official new iOS release to prevent users form downloading old and buggy versions of the old iOS following a new release.

This strategy helps keep users safe and ensures that all Apple devices are running on the most up to date version of iOS that there is. This eases potential compatibility issues that devices may have with the new software and its features. At present all Apple users will have to download and run iOS 11.4.1.

Apple’s new iOS 12 release: 


Apple is currently working on its new generation iOS release which it hopes to launch along with its new iPhone models coming out later this year. Earlier in the week Apple launched the fourth developer beta version of iOS 12 for developers to test and try out.

This new version is all set to bring in new features and performance enhancements than previous iOS versions. Among those new features will be newer first party apps, a new measure tool that measures 3D objects in space with AR technology, group Facetime, Memoji, Siri shortcuts and much more.

iOS 12 is slated to release this fall along with Apple’s new iPhones that are supposed to release this fall too. iOS 11.4.1 may be the last of the iOS 11 series to be released.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

How to Use Emergency SOS on Your iPhone

SOS on Your iPhone

Using Emergency SOS on Your iPhone

Apple released emergency SOS last year with iOS 11, this really helpful feature allows you get in touch with 911 services or the like (depending on your country of residence) in a matter of seconds. Even when you’re travelling abroad things like the emergency numbers may not be readily known by you and in such an emergency situation knowing what the emergency number is, can be invaluable.

The emergency SOS mode varies on the iPhone you’re using but essentially you’ll be able to place the call within a matter of seconds no matter the model of phone you have.

Getting to emergency SOS on the iPhone:

If you’re tagging along your iPhone 8, 8 plus or the X, then to get to the emergency SOS feature all you have to do is hold down on the side button and one of the volume buttons to activate the emergency caller on the phone.

In about 2 seconds, you’ll see the caller and all you have to do is slide the slider to dial emergency services. Another option would be to continually hold down on both buttons till a countdown of 5 seconds begins and the emergency SOS service is dialed automatically.

As for iPhone 7 models to access emergency SOS all you have to do is rapidly press the side button 5 times to get to the emergency slider.

Depending on your country of residence you get to see multiple options some for hospitals, police or the fire station. For iPhone 8 users and later getting to the same emergency SOS mode as that of iPhone 7 is a simple change of settings.

All you have to do to get the same emergency mode as that of iPhone 7 is to go to settings and then press on emergency SOS to turn on the side button switch. Besides that you may also want to switch on the automatic dial button to call emergency services directly without the slider button.

Once this is done you’ll get a 3 second countdown, after 5 times pressing the side button, before emergency services are called. To cancel emergency services just press the cancel button before the countdown is over.

Using Emergency contacts with the Emergency SOS mode:

Your emergency contacts will be automatically notified when the emergency SOS mode is used. Your contacts will automatically get your location as well as updates to it. You can set up your emergency contacts by going to the Health app and tapping Medical ID to go through the set up process.

By also inputting your medical details, medical personal can access these details without the need of unlocking your phone.

When using your emergency services a valuable point to note is that face ID and Touch ID will be automatically disabled so as to prevent people from forcing you to open your phone with your finger or face. People have found it more difficult to access Passcodes from a user rather than forcing them to unlock their phones with their face or finger.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Peppermint 9 OS Review – Chrome OS Alternative

Peppermint 9

Peppermint 9 is a new, cooler and efficient OS for Linux lovers

For Linux users nothing sounds cooler and exciting than the launch of the new distribution of their OS. Our world is being aggressively ruled by the Windows and Mac OS which simply doesn't give the due share of popularity to the Linux based systems. One of the least known and particularly new Linus based operating system to debut recently is the Peppermint 9 which is available for free download for everyone. People still gets surprised to know that installing and running a Linux based operating system doesn't require any money. The best thing about the Peppermint 9 is that is extremely light OS which can run easily even some of the really hardware.

Peppermint 9 has taken feedback into consideration

  Peppermint 9 is based on the 18.04 LTS code base and it has been made available in both 64 bit and 32 bit flavours. Being available in the 32 bit will ensure people still using the older hardware will be able to make use of the OS without much hassle. Peppermint 9 comes with its own share of new cool features and changes which helped in enhancing the capability of the OS further. Team Peppermint has actively taken the user feedback into account while working on the version 9 and it has incorporated a number of features which has been sought out by the users. Likewise Menulibre menu editor has been installed in Peppermint 9 as default. Now users will also find a "Create new launcher here" option upon giving a right-click. This will help in improving the menu and launcher management on the Peppermint 9.

VLC will run smoothly on the Peppermint 9 as it honors the system Gtk theme. HTOP has been installed on the OS right out of the box and comes with its own menu item. Developers had also added a new fin your mouse cursor keyboard cursor which can be accessed by pressing Alt along with C key. Peppermint 9 has done away with Chromium bowser in favour of the Firefox browser for this version. It also comes with a new Skype web client SSB and it has been developed exclusively keeping the Microsoft users in mind who are able to make use of the Skype on their ageing systems. It also has a newer version of the Nemo file manager of 3.6.5.

Lightweight, fast and full of opportunities


Developers are hoping that people will find using the new Peppermint 9 a better experience than the earlier versions. Integration of apps both local and web based hasn't been new thing on the Linux based OS but Peppermint 9 takes the experience of using both to the next level. It has a dedicated cloud and web application management tool named Ice which ensures easy and simple integration of the apps into the system menus. It is free to download from its official website and it backed by a dedicated user support team which offers help through chat and email. So the time is ripe to enjoy the new age advanced and fast paced free Peppermint 9 OS to unlock your world of opportunities.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods

Apple Airpods

AirPods Slated for 2019 Release

According to sources, Apple is planning for the release of high-end AirPods, HomePod and over-ear headphones for as early as 2019. The AirPods are slated to pump up the volume and will also come with noise cancellation and water resistance. When we talk of water resistance, the AirPods will not be suitable for swimming, but essentially to protect it against rain and perspiration.

Apple will be working on increasing the range that the AirPods can work away from an iPhone or an iPad. The AirPods will cost more than the $159 per pair. They are working on a wireless charging case which will also be compatible with the AirPower charger.

The company is also looking at biometric sensors to be added to the AirPods. It could be a heart-rate monitor which could be handy like the Apple Watch and thus expand their base in the health-related field. However, the AirPods that are currently available are slated to be enhanced later this year with a new chip. This will allow hands-free Siri activation.

Features of the AirPods

The cordless AirPod headphones can connect instantly with all your other devices as soon as you put them into your ears.

The AirPod has a W1 chip which allows 5 hours of non-stop listening on a single charge. It also has a charging case which accommodates additional charges and gives more than 24 hours listening time. In case you require quick charge, then put the AirPods in the charging case for just 15 minutes and you will get 3 hours of listening time.

Siri can be activated by double clicking on any of the AirPods, without any need of taking your iPhone out of your pocket.

The AirPods will connect with all the other Apple devices that you have. The AirPods connect with your Apple Watch and iPhone simultaneously. You need to just choose AirPods on your iPad or Mac in case you want to listen on those devices.

With the AirPods, you receive high quality AAC audio. Whenever the user wants to make a call or talk to Siri, then the background noise is cancelled by dual beamforming microphones.

The AirPods will help you hear more clearly in a noisy environment through the iOS 12 operating system which is slated for a launch in the fall.

The AirPods through the iOS 12 can be used for “Live Listen”, which is an assistive hearing technology developed by Apple. This is available on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with compatible hearing aids or cochlear implants since 2014. The AirPods need to be paired through the Bluetooth on your iOS 12 device.

The AirPods from Apple have raised the bar since you can not only walk around with them in your ears but you can also understand what people are saying more clearly.

In addition to the AirPods, Apple is said to be coming out with a new HomePod and over -ear headphones in early 2019. The headphones will be competing with those from Bose and Sennheiser. These headphones will be a higher-end alternative to the company’s Beats line.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Want to Try MacOS Mojave Right Now? Apple Releases Public Beta

MacOS Mojave

MacOS Mojave is now on public Beta

MacOS Mojave was released onto pubic beta just a day after Apple released the public beta for iOS 12. Mac users can now take a look at the new Dark Mode and other new features on Mac OS Mojave. We heard the first of the dark mode and other macOS Mojave features at the WWDC held earlier this year. But before you go ahead with those impatient fingers to download the new OS, keep in mind that this public beta may have bugs and you may want to back up your system before you go ahead with the Mac OS Mojave beta.

This will be the first time the general public as well as developers will get a chance to test out the new Mac OS Mojave beta ahead of its final release later this year, probably sometime in Autumn. If you are one of those who can’t wait for the final release, then make sure that you are signed up for the beta testing program. You also may want to take this beta to a secondary Mac rather than your main use one.

Macs that support MacOS Mojave: 


Mac OS Mojave will be available on 2012 and further Macs. So this would definitely include the newer 2015 macs, MacBook Air the 2012 version and newer, mac mini, MacBook Pro, iMac Pro and Mac pro models.

How to get the beta version of MacOS Mojave? 


You first have to be signed up for the beat testing program and then you can go on ahead to the official beta testing web page where you can get all the betas available such as the latest iOS or tvOS public betas.

But before you go ahead and download macOS Mojave, a word of advice, you might want to backup your data and maybe update your secondary mac for fear of bugs.

With mac OS Mojave, you can update your system through the software update tool in the mac app store.

You will have to register with your Apple ID at beta.apple.com. You’ll then have to download the macOS Mojave Beta access utility. After doing this, the app store will contain the public beta seeds for macOS Mojave. Once the update button is shown, this may take a few minutes, you could then procced to download the public beta for MacOS Mojave.

After downloading it, run the macOS Mojave installer on the drive of your choice and then agree to the terms and conditions. Once all this is done, you can then check out the new macOS Mojave beta.

Features MacOS Mojave will bring to mac: 


With the new macOS Mojave you will get a new dark mode, dynamic desktop wallpapers, a refreshed mac app store, a better Finder Window, Desktop stacks, Apple news, Stocks, voice memo apps and a new home app.

You will even be able to use Siri to control home kit products with your mac too.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Apple StudioPods Over-Ear Headphones

Apple StudioPods

Apple set to launch its own Headphones titled “StudioPods”?

Rumor has it that Apple is all set, well almost anyway, to release its own headphones which could possibly be named studiopods or something with pod in it. This new headphones will be Apple’s first and will complete their audio product range. The studiopods will likely be aimed at the higher end of the market and is supposed to be better that the current airpods.

So taking a look at the release date, the studiopod’s likely price and its name and features we will delve into studiopod’s features without further ado.

What’s in a name? 


At present there is no sure news that Apple plans on releasing anything that has to do with headphones, let alone decide on its name. But looking at the past and Apple’s reputation for naming everything that has to do with audio, “pods” or “air”, this pair of headphones too will come with a prefix or suffix “air” or “pods”.

Right now the only name I will be using is Studiopods since it has a good ring to it.

Likely release date of “studiopods”: 


At present, if rumors are anything to go by, Apple’s studiopods were scheduled to be released in the 4th quarter of this year. But according to Bloomberg, Apple has apparently pushed the release date to the first half of 2019.

We had our hopes that Apple would release these new studiopod headphones along with the iPhones this year. But Alas! Apple is facing some development challenges which might just push the release date to early 2019.

But then again, Apple might just do away with the studiopods project altogether. Rumor has it that Apple has been trying out various designs and has been on and off the project for quite some time.

Studiopod’s Likely Features: 


As Apple has not yet announced plans for a pair of headphones, the likely features of studiopods is anyone’s guess at this point.

But if we were to take a guess we would say, probably wireless pairing like the airpods, noise cancellation functionality and wireless charging which basically is the standard now a days with all headphones.

According to some sources Apple is working with SZS and Primax on the studiopods project.
Primax, a Taipei based company, is known for making camera parts for smart phones including the iPhone but is also known for making wireless speaker parts too.

Apple could also take cue from their Beats company’s Studio 3 which features Apple’s W1 chip and noise cancellation tech. Besides the features, I wonder if the Apple Studiopods price will also take cue from the Beats Studio 3’s.

Price of the highly anticipated studiopods: 


Sources say that Apple’s studiopods price will be much more than the airpods, surprise suprise.
On a serious note, Apple’s studiopods will be priced keeping in mind the higher end of the market.
These new studiopod headphones will likely stand in competition with companies such as Bose and Apple’s very own Beats by dr. Dre brand.

Monday, June 25, 2018

5 iPhone Lenses To Capture The Best Shots in 2018

iPhone Lenses

The Best iPhone Lenses in 2018 To Give You the Best Photos and Videos

Among the smartphone cameras available in the market, Apple promises the best. Cameras that have come along with the smartphones have created a total transformation in the way photos are taken and shared. However, there is a disadvantage since the focal length is fixed with a wide field of view and it will not be suitable for every subject that needs to be captured.

With the latest iPhone lenses you can enhance your photographic skills and take and share images. There are a few iPhone lenses that can be fitted over the smartphone’s lens to give you high quality photos that you shoot and videos you capture.

The iPhone lenses allow the user to get minute details (macro), 180degree field (fisheye) and even landscapes (wide angle). There is also the choice of telephoto lenses. If you are looking for a good deal then there is the option of multiple iPhone lenses with the added advantage of good picture quality.

We take a look at some of the best iPhone lenses that will give the sharpest photos yet

The first choice in iPhone lenses is the Moment’s lenses


The Moment’s lenses can be used as an add-on lens with a wide range of smartphones that includes the iPhone6, 7, 8 as well as the iPhone X. It can also be used for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 and the Google Pixel 2 Series. The Moment’s lenses range from macro to telephoto. These lenses are made of glass optical elements and are within a metal frame. You get a good image quality and the lenses are very durable.

Moment has come out with its latest Filmaker Collection by stressing on mobile cinematography. With the Moment’s lenses you get the sharpest photos and if price is not the criteria and you are looking for good picture quality, then it is the best investment you can make. It costs $90 for a single lens and $190 for a kit that includes wide angle lens, telephoto lens and mounting plate.

The OlloclipiPhone Lenses which are simple and still efficient


This is a professional iPhone lens that snaps onto your iPhone 7, 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.Olloclip is known for its high-quality iPhone lenses. Olloclip’s lenses comes in three sets-Core, Active and Macro Pro. The Core set includes the fisheye, 15x macro and a super-wide lens. The Active set has the telephoto and ultra-wide lens. In the Macro Pro set there is the 7x, 14x and 21x macro lenses as well as an InstaFocus hood whereby you get sharp images. It is simple yet efficient and the Olloclip set starts at $80. For $200 you can get all three lens sets and the Olloclip hand grip.

The Olloclip Connect X iPhone X lens enhances the iPhone X camera. You can shoot closer and wider angles with the Macro 15x and Fisheye Lens. These iPhone lenses can be attached easily and still retain the sleek design of the smartphone. This iPhone lens also provides for a 180degree spherical effect and is priced at $59.99.

Aukey Ora Lens: A best budget iPhone lens


The Aukey Ora lens is wide angle having a 140degree view and a 10x macro lens for close views. Both these iPhone lenses are of an aluminium alloy that comes with a coating to prevent lens flares and other problems. When we consider the 140degree wide angle view, it is fairly sharp and shows very little curvature. With the Aukey Ora 10x macro lens, fine details are sharply focussed and deliver quality pictures. It sells at $20 which is a good value for your money where you can keep things simple and also get good shots. The Aukey Ora lens works on IPhone 7, 6 and 6 Plus as well as Samsung and some Android smartphones.

ExoLens Pro by Zeiss: An iPhone lens which is great but heavy on the pocket


The Zeiss ExoLens Pro is an excellent quality lens with good image quality and low distortion. The casing is made of black anodised aluminium and the detachable lens is fairly heavy. Inside there are aspherical elements to overcome distortion and an antireflective coating to lessen the reflections and improve light transmission. The drawback is that it is large, a bit heavy and expensive. The quality of the images that the Exolens Pro captures justifies its size. It gives excellent images and widens the view of the iPhone camera without any distortion. Even the images at the edges of the frame are sharp, clean and detailed. There is the telephoto lens selling at $199.99 and the Macro Zoom at $149.99. The ExoLens Pro comes with rubber inner sleeves which is suitable for a wide range of iPhones.

SANDMARC iPhone lenses


SANDMARC has launched a range of lenses for iPhone users. It has introduced the wide angle, fisheye and macro optic which is suitable for the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. The macro lens is priced at 469.99, the fisheye at $79.99 which comes with a 5x wide capture. The wide angle lens which comes with a 2x capture is priced at $89.99. In case you wish to buy all the three SANDMARC lenses, then you can get them at $189.99. Each of the lens comes with a lens case mount or if the case is not available then you can use the lens with a clip mount.

Before you buy an iPhone lens, you need to consider the sharpness of the photos at the edges, see for any distortion, any distortion of light where the center of the photos are brighter than the edges and also the price. When going in for telephoto lenses, you need to be aware of the fact that they will produce jittery and blurry photos as compared to wide angle or fisheye due to slight hand shake or vibrations.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Top 10 Features of iOS 12 That Give iPhones an Edge over Android

Android P

Why iOS 12 May be better than Android P?

Apple recently announced the release of iOS 12 at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2018. With Google’s Andriod P set to be released somewhere in this year and with Apple’s iOS 12 coming out at the same time, it is going to be a tough competition for both companies. But at present Apple seems to be ruling the roost. At the recent conference Apple said that while Google’s latest update was enjoyed by only a few namely 6% of android devices, Apple’s latest iOS 11 is being used by 81% of their users.

With both android P and iOS 12 coming out with a slew of features, it will be interesting to see which company comes out on the top. Looking at the features Apple’s iOS 12 will bring, it seems that Google better pull up their socks soon or we may see more users shifting over to Apple.

Siri just got Smarter:


With iOS 12 users can now use Siri with third party apps without the need for actually opening up those apps to use the voice assistant. Apple users can even use Siri to trigger different actions or a single command can be used for multiple actions. As for Google assistant, users cannot use the assistant for giving commands to third party apps.

No Tracking with Apple’s Browser:


Apple’s Safari browser has smart tracking prevention that basically prevents people from tracking users based on their “likes”, “shares” and “comments” on social media. While on the other hand Google has no way of stopping cookies from tracking a user’s browsing habits.

iOS 12 has graduated to memojis:


With iOS 12 users get to play with memojis while Google is still stuck with animojis in Android P. Android is dependent on individual OEMs to power their emojis.

FaceTiming with a lot more people on iOS 12:


With iOS 12 users will get a major update to their FaceTime app. You will be able to chat with 32 people at a time using FaceTime and the app will also automatically detect the person who is talking and highlight their face in such a big group.

iOS to reach even older iPhones:


iOS 12 will supposedly reach even older iPhone models starting from iPhone 5S while Google’s Android P will be usable with only newer android phones.

Measure real life objects with iOS 12:


Apple’s iOS 12 will allow you to measure real life objects using the iPhone’s camera and AR technology. Google teases about a lot of AR in Android P but there are no real life cases in which the tech can be applied as of now.

iOS 12 brings you multiplayer AR games:


With iOS 12 more than one person and up to 4 persons can play AR games while Google’s Android P lacks any multiplayer AR games.

Already there QR scanner with iOS 12:


iOS 12 comes with an already there QR scanner while with Android P users will have to download the scanner from third party apps.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

iOS 12 Brings Cool New Features and Edge Over Others

iOS 12
Apple seems to have taken the challenge from Android P which has simply revamped the way Android works, feels and responds to a whole new level. iOS 12 is an apt answer for the millions of the Apple who were looking for something drastic on the similar lines. iOS 12 is filled with huge amount of new features which makes iOS exciting once again. iOS12 brings highly personalised animoji to the smarter Siri which is capable to do a large number of tasks on the go.

Memoji debuts in iOS12


Animoji is just too old for Apple and with iOS 12 Apple has brought the whole new memoji. Memoji are nothing more than the virtual avatar of the users and herein Apple allows users to tinker with the skin tone, age and facial features to make the memojis more personal. This can be found in the iMessage alongside the usual animoji. Users will also get a chanceto superimpose their Mmeoji right on the top of their real image in the FaceTime call.

Siri becomes smarter in iOS 12


iOS 12 will allows users to create their very own commands to get more done with Siri. With this new feature users will be able to get more tasks done simultaneously by Siri without specifically asking for it. For example while going for a bike ride simply askingSiri to go for a bike ride will give it a signal to showcase results related to weather, map direction and even set up a reminder for carrying along the helmet. Users can create custom phrase by going to the Siri&Search section present within the Settings to come up with new exciting sets of shortcuts.

Notifications are better in iOS 12


We can’t live without the constant flow of the notifications on our mobile devices. Apple has made the notification management on the iOS 12 much smarter and better integrated than ever before. In iOS 12 users will get the notification grouped together by their type rather than being single long stream like before. Apple has simple taken the page from the Android counterpart to come up with this newer notification management. Apple has also added a new option called "Manage" which will allow users to have better control over the notifications.

Users get a "quiet" option, which will simply ensure that no notification makes it way to the lock screen at all. Rather users will find the notification present in the notification center or in the form of the badge placed on the app icon.

Screen Time is new on iOS 12


If you wish to know how much time is being spent on any particular app then Screen Timeis for you. Going to the Setting in iOS 12 users will find the new “Screen Time" feature which gives a breakdown of the time spent on the phone based on the app usage. This is very much like the Digital Health which made its debut with the Android P.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What is Apple Star?

Apple Star

New Apple Gadget on the Cards? Could Apple Star be the new Gadget we were all waiting for? 

 

Apple is planning a top secret new gadget called Apple Star. What exactly this gadget is about is anyone’s guess. It could be a hybrid laptop or a new iPhone? We may not know what the gadget is as of now but what we do know is that rumor mills are a float with news of the new gadget, with everyone taking a guess at what the new gadget code named N84 could be.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer conference is only days away and we think the tech giant may give us more updates on Apple Star at that event. Right now anything concerning Apple Star would be an update. But as of now Apple is mum on the whole thing. At present a debate seems to be going on Apple Star being a hybrid laptop or new and cheaper iPhone.

Apple Star a Hybrid Laptop? 


Rumor has it that Apple Star could be a Hybrid Laptop and why not? seeing as they’re doing so well. Take a look at HP Envy X2 and Huawei MateBook Pro X if you don’t believe me. Based on rumors Apple could me making a new touch screen laptop.

According to some reports Apple’s new hybrid laptop could come with an iOS operating system. This new gadget goes by the name of it’s model number N84. The rumored Apple Star will run an iOS which is commonly found in iPhones and never seen on laptops. Having iOS on this rumored laptop could mean that users will have access to the iOS app store just like chromebook users have to the Google app store.

Another feature Apple Star could have is a detachable screen that lets you use the gadget like a tablet too. Apple Star could be the start of a whole new line of products for Apple.

Besides the detachable screen, Apple Star is also rumored to have 4G LTE connectivity, GPS, a SIM card slot and a compass. If this is not enough for you Apple Star is supposedly water resistant too. Another feature commonly found on mobile phones and tablets is that some of them come with ARM processors and this too will be seen in Apple Star.

A bunch of trial computers are already being tested by Apple employees and then again these new laptops could be Apple’s Cheaper MacBooks that are supposed to be released later this year.

Could Apple Star be the next version of iPhone? 


Another report claims that Apple Star could be a cheaper iPhone X that Apple may release later this year.

This new iPhone is all set to have a huge 6.1 inch screen display and an LCD display instead of the OLED displays commonly found on Apple’s flagship offerings and this cheaper iPhone is rumored to cost just $550 as opposed to the much higher costing iPhones that are out there.

This Apple Star gadget is rumored to come out in September alongside the iPhone X2 and iPhone X Plus.

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Apple WWDC 2018 Keynote —Macmyth

Apple WWDC 2018

WWDC 2018 promises to ushers to new and refreshing take on the Apple ecosystem

Apple is all set to reveal the new line-up of software products and new versions of its various OS in the upcoming WWDC 2018. Worldwide Developer Congress (WWDC 2018) is expected to be held in San Jose California on the 4th of June. Apple devices runs on different OS tailored to maximise their potential and performance which includes the popular iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. It is worth noting that Apple will not be releasing any new hardware at the WWDC 2018 which simply means there wouldn't be any new iPad, iPhone, MacBook or any other product here. Some of the reports have suggested that Apple will be releasing the new Apple Watch at the WWDC 2018 but that isn't case at all.Here is what we can expect from the WWDC 2018.

New animojis to arrive with Apple iOS 12 at WWDC 2018


Apple is likely to bring new range of Animoji characters with the upcoming iteration of the successfuliOS at WWDC 2018. Some of the reports have even suggested that the Animoji is likely to be integrated into the FaceTime app for better usage. Apple has introduced the animojis in the iOS in 2017 which helped in transforming the classic emoji into a customized animation which was loved by millions globally. It is also expected that Apple will bring a new Digital Health tool alike Android which will help users in understanding their tech addiction in a better way.

New iteration of macOS will be a boon for the users at WWDC 2018


Apple has so far has not brought any major shift in the macOS which has left a number of users confused. But with macOS 10.14 launch at the WWDC 2018 everything will change for good. Users are likely to get the Apple's universal apps in the macOS with this new update. This would means that developers will be able to create one app which can run consistently on Apple's different ecosystem like iOS,macOS and others. The presence of the universal apps on the macOS will also help in boosting the number of apps on mac drastically.

WWDC 2018 will bring new watchOS


Apple watchOS is also due for an upgrade and Apple is likely to bring new watch faces along with some other nifty features. With new OS Apple watch will be able to support the third-party watchfaces. It will also support for the Spotify app as per some of the leaks.

Siri will not be the same anymore at WWDC 2018


Apple WWDC 2018 will bring a massive upgrade for Apple's voice assistant namely Siri which has started to lag behind the Google Assistant as well as Amazon Alexa. Siri has been a pioneer when it comes to being the capable AI on the phone but Google, Amazon and others had caught up to the Apple gambit quite early than expected. Apple will certainly like to change the game and perception of the users by launching the new and updated Siri with the iOS 12 update.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Apple, Spurned by Others, Signs Deal With Volkswagen for Driverless Cars

Apple to go in for Driverless cars with Volkswagen

From iPhones and iPads to autonomous vehicles, Apple has got it’s hands busy. Apple initially had its plans to make its own self driving cars and be a pioneer in the next generation form of transport. But since those initial plans, things have changed. At first Apple concentrated on making their own software for autonomous vehicles and then it moved on to making autonomous shuttles for their employees.

Next came, Apple’s decision to join with an auto partner in making self- driving cars. Apple’s initial choice had been BMW and Mercedes- Benz but talks with both companies broke down and nothing went further. So now Apple has joined hands with Volkswagen to transform Volkswagen’s T6 Transporter vans into Apple’s self- driving shuttles that they use for their employees.

Rough waters for Apple’s Self driving cars:


Apple’s four year plan to make self- driving cars has not been easy sailing. Apple’s breakdown of talks with other auto manufacturers and the fact that Apple- Volkswagen talks have previously not been made public suggests that the program may not be free from worries.

A lack of clear direction and morale has pushed many people working on the project to call it quits. Roughly around 1000 members of the team have quit.

These factors have pushed Apple even further in the race for self- driving cars. Already Waymo, a business started from Google and some start- ups have already started testing out autonomous vehicles on the road.

While some of the autonomous vehicles have been successful, others have discontinued the programs leading to major layoffs.

The origins of Apple’s self- driving program: 

Apple initially took the wheel of self- driving cars back in 2014 with Titan and T172. Apple had plans of coming out with its own self driving car which would be the car version of an iPhone. According to former employees working on the project, Apple had plans of making a plush interior filled car and seats facing each other instead of the front.

Apple took on software engineers, programmers, rocket scientists, automotive engineers, designers and the like to bring to reality their autonomous car. Some of the ideas include holographic displays on the windshields, a sun proof roof made of polymers to reduce the heat from the sun and windows with adjustable tints.

Apple had invested in hundred and millions of dollars in R&D labs around Cupertino including machine shops and labs that dealt with electric car batteries.

Not a Simple Affair:


Apple soon found out that building an autonomous car was not child’s play. After experiencing a number of hurdles regarding the autonomous driving program, Apple soon decided to partner up with an auto manufacturer to build the cars but not design them.

Apple soon went in for talks with various auto manufacturers to bring their autonomous car plan’s to fruition. But none of them worked out until Apple came across Volkswagen. Volkswagen too jumped at the opportunity to work with Apple.
 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Next-gen Apple iPhone Chips Reportedly Already in Production

Apple Production for New 7 Nano Meter Chips already begun!

With the smartphone market remaining stagnant, Apple has beaten all odds and has not only remained on top but also has grown it’s market share. Now to continue in the same light, the Cupertino based company has already begun production for the new iPhone chips. These 7 nanometer chips are all set to increase efficiency of the new iPhones and increase the time between charges. These new chips will find a place in Apple’s new iPhones coming out later this year.

But Apple may get some tough competition this year from Samsung as they too have plans for their own 7 nanometer chip. This new Apple iPhone chip apparently goes by the name A12.

Difference between the current iPhone chips and the new ones: 


Current chips in iPhones are of the 10 nanometer variety and the new ones will be 7 nanometers. The new iPhone chip is said to make the new iPhones a lot faster and is seemingly going to be much more efficient than those in current iPhone models.

Another report also states that these new iPhone chips could help run apps faster and make the iPhone go longer without a full charge.

Current trend in the smartphone market: 


These new iPhone chips will give Apple an edge in a market that is going stagnant. With the same trends, features seen in all smartphones these days and a lack of hardware upgrades all have made the smartphone market stagnant. In addition to all these factors people are also not changing their phones often too and why would they when they have a perfectly functioning expensive mobile already?

Apple has managed to remain above the rest even with the market cooling off. In the first quarter of this year Apple has managed to increase it’s market share while the rest of the industry experienced fewer shipments in this declining market. Apple seems to have hopes that they will be able to continue with this trend with their new iPhone chips.

Apple is not alone in the chip making faze: 


Recently Samsung too came up with plans for making their own 7 nanometer chips by employing extreme ultra violet lithography- a process which is used to etch smaller features onto the smartphone chips.

It is unsure as of now what features the intended Samsung 7 nanometer chip will have. But if commonsense prevails then we can expect the same faster processing and longer usage of smartphones before going in for charging. Apart from these basics, who knows what else Samsung has got up it’s sleeve?

Apple manufacturing partnering up with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has already begun mass producing the said iPhone chips. These new iPhone chips will be seen in Apple’s new trio of iPhones coming out later this year. Now we have to wait and see whether Apple will be able to convince Samsung’s users over to their side or not? After all Samsung is not too far back in coming out with their own new 7 nanometer chip.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Apple Loop: New iPhone Details Leaked

New iPhone, The Latest with Apple

Recently the Cupertino Company has a lot going on for it with a new screen for a new iPhone coming out later this year, the bugs found in Face Time, a reminiscence of the iMac journey and why people find the iPhone X better than the 8 Plus. Apple has even a set of drones on their work agenda. While Apple has a lot on it’s plate right now and undoubtedly more in the future, we will take a further a look into Apple happenings in the last week or so.

A 2018 iPhone with a new screen?


Apple’s flagship iPhones all have an OLED screen, but Apple plans on bringing out an iPhone in the coming months with a LED screen. This phone will follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 8 Plus and is rumored to target the $700- $800 range, hence the cheaper LCD.

The design on this supposed new iPhone will be based on the iPhone X and will probably have a 6 inch or 6.1 inch screen as well as with the new LCD screen. This new form of LCD will have been developed by LG and there is proof to support this fact too- a supply chain report bearing such information gives credit to the idea that Apple has a new LCD screen iPhone in the pipeline.

This new iPhone with the look of the previous iPhone X model will have a near all bezel free- screen and a new screen with new tech. The tech behind the screen is this – while normal LCD screens have red, green and blue sub- pixels, the new form of LCD known as M+ has an extra sub- bezel which is white, this white sub- bezel gives off more brightness than the other sub- bezels.

Face Time issues with the iPhone:


While Apple plans on making a new iPhone, current iPhones running on iOS 11.3 and 11.3.1 are going through a rough patch, to be more specific a microphone related rough patch. In news recently Apple said that any user experiencing such an issue, may have to do with a grayed out speaker button while they take phone calls. This issue may also be while Face Timing too.

Apple has informed service providers to run audio diagnostics and iPhones having the problem will show up as “device could not detect dock” and then the service providers are asked to initiate a repair of the iPhone. While many of the previous iPhone issues were handled with a new iOS update the current issue requires manual repairs.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Apple Eyes Drones as 6.5-Inch iPhone Comes Into Focus

iPhonesIn the News Recently: All Things Apple!

We aren’t talking about the fruit either. The tech giant has something or things up their sleeve which makes us question what they are really up to. One thing that made rumor mills churning on overtime this time around was news that Apple may make it’s own drones in the future. Yes they have moved from iPhones to drones. But while we are talking about iPhones, we also have to state that Apple is also planning on making a massive 6.5 inch iPhone tagged the iPhone X Plus.

Besides this massive screen iPhone, Apple is also planning on coming out with two other iPhones this year. If the drone thing and the 6.5 Inch screen iPhone isn’t enough to peak your interest then we have also learnt that Apple may be making it’s own credit cards with Goldman Sachs. Now let’s delve more into what Apple has planned for us in the coming months.

The iPhone with the 6.5 inch screen:


The new iPhone may be called iPhone X Plus. This huge 6.5 inch screen will have all the features of the iPhone X with added screen space. The screen will cover most of the overall phone’s face.

Apple in a Drone Program by the US Government:


Apart from many big names and transportation companies, Apple will also be participating in the US drone program. This Drone program will open up the doors to companies to test drone flights over people which is currently not allowed. This program will allow companies to test fly drones over a higher altitude than what is currently allowed. Amazon, Boeing and Intel are some of the other big wigs that will be participating in the program. While all these companies have drone programs in place, Apple hasn’t made formal any of their drone programs.

New iPhone X if yours isn’t working properly?


iPhone Xs with a face detection problem, previously used to have Apple change the screens of these devices but now the tech giant has reportedly changed it’s policy so that any devices having the problem will be swapped out with a new iPhone X.

New credit card by Apple?

Apple is planning on bringing out a new credit card called Apple Pay. The company is doing this in partnership with Goldman Sachs. The apparent motive behind this is to increase presence in consumer banking for Goldman Sachs.

Apple to reduce it’s environmental impact:


Apple is partnering up with aluminum manufacturers Alcoa and Rio Tinto to smelt aluminum in a way that would reduce green- house gas emissions and therefore help the environment. This new method would not only reduce Apple’s impact on the environment but also usher in a new way of producing the metal to be used in products of all kinds.

Apple to start new video service subscriptions:


Apple will be starting a new video service subscription through its Apple TV. This service will apparently allow subscribers to select a network or on the demand- channels through Apple TV.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone

Google Duplex

Google Duplex: Making AI Conversationalists

The biggest challenge when it comes to machines, is to make them natural conversationalists. Right now we can tell the machine to do this or that but we can’t really have normal conversations with them, that is where Google Duplex comes in. Google Duplex not only understands normal human conversations but also understands the context in which a person is speaking and then replies accordingly. Currently conversation systems in place, sound stilted and struggle to understand the basics of the conversation.

Here is where Google Duplex enters in. The AI network is capable of making certain conversations over the phone such as making an appointment. The conversation is supposed to be natural and the person on the other end shouldn’t even know that they are basically talking to a robot. Google Duplex is centered around only certain areas so that each of these areas can be explored extensively enough to help Google Duplex learn the speech requirements.

Challenges in making Google Duplex sound realistic: 


The whole idea for Google Duplex is for the system to sound natural,which means understanding the nuances of conversation like understanding when to pause mid- sentence and understanding the context of the conversation while making the right intonations.

When people have conversations with each other they often speak in more complex sentences, omit words and use words such as “umm” and “uh” often in the sentence. The problems of natural conversation is compounded by the fact that when the conversation is made over the phone, then word errors and such become all the more common taking into account background noises.

How does Google Duplex solve these problems? 


Google Duplex is a recurrent neural network. Google has trained Google Duplex to the highest level of precision based on a bunch of conversation data. Based on this conversation data, Google Duplex uses Google automatic speech recognition tech, features from the audio, the parameters of the conversation and the history of the conversation to learn speech requirements.

As for sounding natural, Google used text to speech or TTS engine for short and a synthesis TTS engine to help with intonation in a natural conversation. Google has also incorporated speech disfluencies or the “umms”and “uhhs” in conversation to make Google Duplex more natural sounding. They have also used timed pauses, as if a person is gathering their thoughts, in the Google Duplex system. But to make these timed responses more natural they have to be placed in the right places in a conversation, for that Google Duplex uses low-confidence models to decide when a pause is required and when it is not.

In Conversation with Google Duplex: 


The entire Google Duplex system is capable of carrying out sophisticated conversations all on its own without any human intervention.

The Google Duplex system also comes with self- monitoring capabilities that allow it to know when the conversation is going out of its depth and then it lets a human operator take over.

The Google Duplex system goes through a series of training wherein a real life instructor guides the system in conversation and can correct the Google Duplex system too in real time.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Apple Admits Some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Models Have Disabled Microphones During Phone Calls

 iPhone 7

Apple comes clean about disabled microphones during phone calls on some iPhone 7 and Plus models

For long Apple users believed that its products are devoid of any major kind of issues, bugs and virus attacks but sadly that doesn't hold true. Like every other smartphone, Apple's iPhone is also prone to bugs, glitches and attacks and this time around it’s quite embarrassing.

Apple has finally admitted that some of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models have been suffering from a bug which is disabling the microphone during phone calls. This issue is persistent with the iPhone 7 and Plus models running on the iOS 11.3 or later versions. Most of the users suffering from this bug have been seeing their speaker button greyed out during the calls or while using the FaceTime to video chat.

Knowing but not accepting

A number of users have been actively complaining about this issue on the Reddit and Twitter platform for past few months. They had specifically described the microphone issues on the social media but Apple has simply overlooked it. However, one of the leaked documents has suggested that Apple was alerted by its authorized service centres network but Apple has simply failed to take the action in time.

Apple engineers had come to the conclusion that only those iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models have affected which are running on the iOS version 1.3 or later versions. However, Apple has affirmed it is aware of the problem at hand and it is taking the right course of action to come up with a solution at the earliest for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users.

A noble solution

Apple has advised the tech support workers to relay the instruction to the customers. The best way to resolve this problem on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models is to unpair or turn any kind of Bluetooth devices or accessories connected with the smartphone. In case this fails to resolve the issue then run audio diagnostics which will give alert messages like "device could not detect dock" or "accessory not supported".

Upon receiving this messages on the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus models the tech support workers can start the lumber-some process of fixing the smartphone. The leaked documents, however, fail to clearly mention the software or hardware issue which seems to be plaguing a number of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices.

Apple seems to be a bit sluggish for some time to perform widespread testing of its iOS updates before releasing it. The issues with the disabled microphone aren't widespread but it has caused considerable pain for quite a number of users who took to the social media to raise this issue.

Apple is known for its excellent yet stiff warranty policy which is both loved and hated by the iPhone users. This time Apple is making the exception of allowing the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus beyond warranty to be fixed without any questions. The major thing to consider here is the price which has simply been non-existent on the leaked documents as well.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Apple Quickly Patches Siri’s Profane Mother Glitch

Apple’s Mother Glitch Phenomenon

Making a virtual assistant to misbehave is something some people find really interesting. Don’t ask me what the fascination is. But something about artificial intelligence using profanity or doing something unexpected appeals to their inner child. The latest AI tech to come under the profanity radar is Siri. The new so- called- glitch is known as “Mother Glitch”.

Recently a reddit user on r/apple asked Apple users to ask Siri to define mother and if you think that Siri dutifully gave a warm snuggly reply to that question well you’re wrong. Siri, to the surprise and maybe even shock of everyone went on to spew out profanity.

More about Siri’s Mother Glitch:

When you think mother, you think comfort, warmth and love but apparently the same cannot be said of Siri. When users asked Siri to define mother, in a glitch, Siri apparently used a bad word starting with mother to be more precise “mother******”.

The action on the part of Siri has now come to be known as the mother glitch. After the reddit user got almost everyone doing it, several YouTube video sprang out on Siri’s “mother glitch”.

The secret edit of Mother Glitch by Apple:

The reddit user first informed people of the mother glitch on 28th April and by 30th April the joke was apparently off. Apple may have secretly swooped in and edited Siri’s offbeat reply. The mother glitch joke is now at an end.

Now if you ask Siri what mother means, the assistant would give you the warm snuggly reply you hoped for in the first place.

Not the first time around:

Siri’s mother glitch is not the first time around users got to contort the iPhone’s function and then claimed that Apple was hiding some secret functions.

Another incident related to Siri was that by telling the assistant to charge an iPhone to 100% or by pressing on the button 5times would in fact surreptitiously call the police.

Where was the mother glitch present on? 


The iPhone wasn’t the only Apple device to be affected, Mac and other Apple devices with Siri on them too were affected. Apparently another user tried to see if Siri used the expletive on all Apple devices and apparently it did so without fail.

When asked what the definition of what mother is, Siri first said it is a woman with children, then the second definition contained something people were not going to expect- the expletive.

Apple has not come forth to address the issue and that is probably because they have dealt with similar situations in the past secretly and quietly.