The iPhone and iPad have come a long way from where they started. The iPhone is darn near a professional grade camera with the right app to support post editing. The photo taking is one thing but what really sets the iDevices apart is that they also do a wonderful job with video-recording.
The capabilities of the devices coupled with the vision of create directors have lead to some spectacular projects. In that route, ABC’s Modern Family will air an episode that was completely filmed on iPhone 6, iPad, FaceTime and iMessage apps. There is still some Hollywood magic involved a side from the Apple products. To make it feel real, the show’s creators shot everything at the same time, using three sets rolling at the same time.
This is either the best marking stunt ever created or a genius idea to save budget. We are guessing its a little bit of both but more of a marking stunt. I will tell you right now that it has worked. The WebSphere is talking about it and the numbers for tonight’s episode should be incredible.
“Everything was shot on the iPhone 6 or new iPads. With one or two small scenes shot using MacBook Pros.” ~Steve Levitan, Modern Family’s Co-Creator & Executive Producer
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This year Apple should wow us at WWDC. I mean 2014 is almost over. Ok, I’m reaching but come on. It’s at least half way over. What happen to that Apple wow factor? No wonder they went out of their way to the tune of $3 billion to bring Dr. Dre. into the fold. Maybe the Dr. can help get them their cool factor.
This year’s WorldWide Developer Conference is important for a few reasons for Apple. CEO Tim Cook has said that we would get new products in 2014. Not just new updates or revisions to old products but bonafide new product segments. That said, WWDC will of course focus iOS 8. However, this is not the venue where Apple will show off its new toys. Apple will launch new products later this year right before school starts or right before the holiday season. Don’t worry, there will still be lots of things to talk about at the WWDC.
Here is a rundown of what to expect:
Apple will unveil iOS 8.
A standalone iTunes Radio app [maybe with Beats?]
Shazam for Siri
Here is a rundown of what might be there:
iPad split screen [I say maybe on this one]
Apple smart home platform
MacBook Air with Retina
New Apple TV
What Not to Expect:
A real Apple TV
Did I already say iPhone? Well that goes for a phablet too
While everyone is waiting for the Apple TV or iWatch; Apple has quietly released CarPlay. Notice there is no “i” in the name of an Apple product. The last time Apple left out the famous “i” was because they had no choice. The Apple TV was going to be called iTV until the BBC put its foot dow. Apple announced the iOS Car initiative last year. Apple today with partners Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will show off CarPlay this week.
CarPlay’s tagline is “smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car.” It looks like an iPad mixed with Siri. You will need an iPhone connected to CarPlay at all times. Siri be your copilot for information and navigation. You will be able to use your contacts, make phone calls or listen to voice mails. Just like your other iDevices, Siri try to do what you tell it via voice commands.
CarPlay of course work s with Apple’s Maps for navigation. One wonders if you will be able to use all 3rd party apps on the CarPlay. Right very few are on the program. If not, I wonder how long before CarPlay gets jailbroken? I wonder this because Waze is so much better than Apple Maps or Google Maps. Will you be able to put on Netflix for the kids or Watch ESPN? These are the things we want to know.
The iPad Air is the device that all other tablets will be compared to from here on out. Even Apple’s own iPad line will be put up against this device. It will come down to a question of size and cost. In a nutshell it’s lighter and faster. I have to say I do wish they had added Touch ID. I think that was miss but the way Apple works is they will use that to sell the iPad Air 2. Below is that the interwebs are saying about the new device that comes out tomorrow.
When I first picked up the iPad Air, I noticed how light it was. I mean really light. In reality, Apple shaved about half a pound of weight off the new iPad compared to the previous generations. That may not seem like much, but when the old iPad only weighed approximately 1.5 pounds, knocking off half a pound is significant.
It’s very hard to describe how good the iPad Air feels in your hand without actually picking one up. It’s kind of like the first time you saw a Retina display for the first time—shock.
Despite its petite size and lightweight build, it doesn’t feel at all flimsy. The unibody aluminum chassis is just as solid as on older iPads. The sides have a blunter edge this time around, so you get more of a grip than the gradually sloping edges on previous models; and Apple has added chamfered, diamond-cut edges that form a boundary between the bezel and the rest of the tablet’s body, which gives it a premium look.
Love Dropbox but hate having to pimp out your friends and contacts to get more space? The company Connected Data has just the thing for you. They have come up with a device called Transporter Sync. The Transporter Sync gives users Dropbox-like functionality without subscription fees or hassling contacts to sign up for anything. The Sync lets you use any external HDD that is smaller than 4TB.
The Sync does just what it’s namesake says. It synchronizes between all the top operation systems and devices out on the market. It will work with Mac OS® X 10.7 or higher, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8 32 & 64 bit. The App will work on Apple iOS 5.1 and higher as well as Android 4.0 and higher. Sorry Linux and Windows Phone. You will be able to start working on a file at work. Save it on a folder. Get home sit on the couch, pick up your tablet and finish working on that same file. The company says you will get seamless syncing between your computer, smartphone or tablet. All of your data is saved locally so they should be very safe. Sync will be available for $99.
Twitter keeps trying to expand into more and more forms of media. Sometimes media needs to be a two-way street. Twitter has always been a great place to discuss or mock news. A new update to the website, iOS and Android apps makes conversations on Twitter an intuitive process. The first tweet in a chain will show up on your timeline above the replies, allowing you to read the conversation in chronological order. Up to two subsequent related tweets will be connected to the first by a vertical blue line; for lengthy conversations, you can continue reading with a simple tap. For more detail, check out Twitter’s video after the break.
It has been a while since I have written any relationship advice so I thought I do that this weekend. Do you feel like you and your partner are drifting apart? It seems that the only time you two talk is to ask for something. You don’t have anything to talk about other than to talk about why you don’t talk anymore. Let’s say she wants to go to the movies but you are more of a stay at home and watch Game of Thrones type of person.
It’s more like you have a pen pal more than a loving relationship. You don’t mean for this to happen it just does over time. You’re both pretty busy with work, maybe the kids and errands. After work you just want to be left alone and in the morning you have no time for anything else. Here is how you can start to work your way back to each other. Try just these 3 things and see how you do.
[I] Make time to talk to each other
I don’t mean talking about your kids, bills or money issues. No I mean take the time to find out what is going on in their life. You can even talk about a show or say a blog you might have read called Saintel Daily.
[II] Enjoy each other again
By that I mean how about you go out on a weekend trip. Nothing too expensive or you can pick up a hobby together.