Monday, September 24, 2018

Macmyth Apple Watch Series 4 Review

Apple Watch Series 4

Is Apple’s watch Series 4 for You?

Apple recently released its all new Apple watch series 4. Just by looking at it you wouldn’t straight off see any major changes but once you power it up you’ll realise that Apple has come a long way with its watch series. The same shape, same design and same bands, on the looks side, Apple watch series 4 is your same Apple watch. However as soon as you turn it on you just know that the Apple watch series 4 is not like its predecessors in some ways.

What’s New in the Apple Watch Series 4?

Due to its curved display and no bezels, the Apple watch series 4 seems to have a 30% larger screen which you notice as soon as you power up the thing.

But that’s not all that is new with the new Apple watch series 4. The new Apple watch series 4 comes with a crown that provides haptic feedback as you scroll through the screen, a much louder speaker (don’t know when anybody is going to need that), a much faster processor and an all and new wireless chip all snuggled up into one sleek body.

If this still does not impress you then let me tell you the Apple watch series 4 also comes with a heart rate monitor and an ECG scan. The heart rate monitor thing may not be super interesting as all sport watches come with anyway but having an ECG in the watch is a start.

Having all these things in the Apple watch series 4 is not going to come cheap for anyone. You can get the basic model with GPS for $399 and the cellular model with a 40mm case or a 44mm case for $499. But this shouldn’t be surprising as Apple is hardly known as an affordable brand.

A combo of hardware and software in the new Apple Watch Series 4: 

What’s makes this Apple watch series 4 all the more special is the combination of updated software and hardware. The new health features added to the watch also makes it a winner in anyone’s eyes.

The Apple watch series 4 comes with new sensors that monitor not only your heart in the ECG readings but also notifies 911 when the user takes a tumble and does not get up for a minute. To know more- Apple has updated the gyroscope and accelerometer to identify when a person has fallen and needs emergency services to be phoned up.

Heart Screening not yet there….

The Apple watch series 4’s heart screening features are at present are a no show and will come later this year along with an update.

The heart screening tech keeps track of your heart rate throughout the day and the Apple watch series 4 also has electrodes in the crown and crystal back to record an ECG.

If the Apple watch series 4 gets an atrial fibrillation in its reading it will confirm it four more times and then send the user an alert.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Apple Event: Go Big or Go Home!

Go big or go home seems to be Apple’s new motto when it came to the Apple event that it held this Wednesday. As Apple released its new iPhones, the overriding theme seemed to be that if you didn’t go big you had to go home as the starting price of these new unveilings are at $750, $1000 and $1,100, when last year it was at $700, $800 and $1,000.

As iPhone markets saturate around the world, Apple plans on getting as much out of the market before it dwindles altogether by getting better performing phones and another alternative is to make a phone do more so that people wouldn’t have to look elsewhere for gaming and such.

Introductions at the Apple Event: 

The new round of iPhones are supposedly bigger, better and faster than their last year’s counterparts. The biggest ever iPhone to be released at an Apple event was this time around. The new ever largest iPhone ever to be released by Apple is 6.5 inches and is called the iPhone XS max not extra small mind you but ten S.

This mammoth of an iPhone, as mentioned at the Apple event will retail for $1,100, if that does not make your eyes pop then I don’t know what will.

Another mention at the Apple event was a larger Apple watch that comes with a heart trend monitoring system or ECG apparently approved by the FDA or Food and Drug Administration.

Bigger, Faster iPhones at the Apple Event: 

The recent Apple event saw an iPhone XS which is a premium model that has a 5.8 inch screen and a 6.5 inch screen iPhone XS max model, which is its biggest ever selling smart phone.

But if you’re looking for a more basic one then Apple also unveiled a 6.1 inch entry level iPhone XR model.

What’s the Difference in these models discussed at the Apple Event: 

The XS iPhone models will be the better, faster and bigger iPhones that was mentioned with better processing speeds and a super retina OLED display that has a wider color gamut.

The iPhone XR model on the other hand will be made of aluminum instead of the higher end stainless steel and is made of LCD tech rather than the high-fi super retina OLED display.

Although, the XR model is as fast as the XS models as said at the Apple event.

Here comes Apple watch Series 4 inaugurated at the Apple event:

Apple also released its watch series 4 at the Apple event which is much sleeker than what they released previously back in 2015. This time around, the watch series 4 as released at the Apple event has no bezel to go with it, making it seem as if it has a larger screen.

This new watch as Apple said at the Apple event has better motion sensors to detect when a person has fallen down and has got major injury as well as a faster processor.

Monday, September 10, 2018

What is a 5G network mobile network?

How is 5G Network going to Help You!

At first it was 4G now it has become 5G network or maybe not so fast. 5G network is still a little ways off for now. But shortly that will be the norm and not 4G. Basically with a 5G network you will get faster speeds and lesser delays, that is if all goes well. It will be the upgraded version of 4G and like all upgraded versions, will give you faster speeds. In a few years we can expect 5G network to come to us. But for now let’s make do with all the changes that is going to come about with the new 5G network.

The Same Architecture with the New 5G Network:

The 5G network will have the same architecture with a few complex details here and there.

Basically a cellular mobile network has three parts to it- mobile devices, radio access network and a core network.

The simplest of the lot is the mobile device which could be a smart phone, laptop or tablet.

The radio access networks on the other hand are phone towers which are connected to the core network. These mobile phone towers use radio waves to relay data between the mobile devices such as our smart phones to the core network. The area so covered or the range is called a cell.

The core network has to setup communication between devices, other networks, user management and also has to record information for billing.

Since newer and newer mobile networks have come out, new changes were made to the network and its architecture.

Changes are of the analogue to digital kind, the introduction to data services, the move to a more simplified architecture, increased data speeds to users and better bandwidth efficiency.

So how is the New 5G Network Different? 

Many of the changes planned for the 5G network have to do with the base stations and core networks. The changes will be less apparent to end users as compared to the mobile operators.

With the new 5G network, there will be a new frequency too. 5G will transmit on high frequencies than their predecessors. The problem with this high frequency transmission is that the 5G network will weaken as it travels far.

Hence the cell or the space covered by mobile towers will be smaller like a few hundred meters in diameter.

With smaller cell sizes a number of unused frequencies become available but added problems also arise such as interference and handing over problems.

The new 5G network will also support many more devices than their predecessors such as around 1 million devices per square kilometer.

This has become the need at present as a number of devices have become smart and need a network connection to remain that way. I am talking about the smart toasters or fridges in the house.

Since 5G networks use high frequencies their wavelengths are much smaller and can be used with MIMO devices or multiple node devices.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

How to get started with Apple Music

Apple Music

Explore Apple Music to maximise on your Subscription

In order to get the maximum advantage from your subscription of Apple Music, you need to explore all the possibilities that is offered. Over the past three years the Apple Music service has grown, though there were bugs in the beginning.

Apple Music library has 45 million tracks to choose from.

The Apple Music is available on your Mac, Apple TV and iOS devices. By downloading anything you want from Apple Music, it becomes available wherever you go.

For the first-time users, Apple Music gives a confusing message like whether you want to Keep Music or Delete & Replace. Apple provides an explanation for the choices.

If you select Keep the Music, then the tunes that are present on your iPhone will remain there. In addition, you will get the choice of Apple Music.

The second option allows you to delete everything and replace it with copies from the Apple Music library.

It is better to choose Delete & Replace on your iPhone or iPad, while selecting Keep the Music on your Mac. These options ensure you get the best audio quality when you are on the go and also have a backup of your favourite tunes on your desk. Make sure to download the music on your iOS devices since you never know when you may need them especially during your commute.

How to explore Apple Music

There are five areas in Apple Music and navigating between them is done by using icons that are at the bottom of the mobile app. There is Apple Music: For You, Apple Music: New, Apple Music: Radio, Apple Music: Connect, Apple Music: Playlists and Library.

When should you download Apple Music? 

It is advisable to mark the Apple Music track and copy it to your phone at least a few hours before. You also need to download it on the device from which you would be listening to.

Once you find a song on your iPhone, then you will get a button with an icon to the right of the sound track. If you tap the plus sign, the track from Apple Music will be added to your library. The plus sign then turns into the iCloud one with a download arrow. On tapping on it, that track gets downloaded. It is faster to do this for entire playlists than individual songs. When you go to the playlist on your iOS devices and tap Add then all the tracks on the playlist get added to your library. It will then change to the iCloud one with the download arrow. Tap on this and it will be downloaded.

There is also a button with ellipses which lets you add tunes to your library or to a playlist. Select Add to Library where the options increase with a download button wherein everything on that list will go onto the phone.

Once you stop subscribing to Apple Music then you will lose all the tracks that you have downloaded. There is a possibility of all your favourite tunes vanishing even if you are still subscribing. It may occur after an iOS update which may be due to offloading music when space is required. It can also happen if you have more than one iTunes account and you switch between them. You may lose your entire playlist when you go back to your original account.

In that case, go to Settings and Music and then switch on iCloud Music Library. You will be prompted to choose between Keep Music or Delete & Replace.

Subscription of Apple Music

Apple Music costs $9.99 per month or $14.99 for a family package of up to 6 people.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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