In a few years this app will be totally useless if we may believe the latest BI stats on the growth of mobile payments towards 2019, we are making over 800 billion in value of transaction that year. But hey for now it can be an adventure to find a store which accepts the new smooth iPhone 6 (Plus) experience. Vince Davis had the idea to create a merchant finder for Apple Pay and just released it. It does much more then finding merchants for example it also lets you know when your bank is finally seeing the light and supports Apple Pay amongst other features.
This week we’re testing a new tool from Fireebok—iCloud Extractor—which you can use to look into your iCloud backups, something which isn’t possible with native OS X tools.
You can extract every item from these backups to your Mac or external HD—e.g. fotos & videos. This way you can free up iCloud storage space before having to buy new one. Not only that but it’s an easy way for adding these fotos to your iPhoto library for example.
Some weeks ago we reported about the first fake Apple WATCH caught out in the wild, the Chinese WWT clone. Now we have stumbled upon another clone called the Tonsee Smart Wrist Watch. The Tonsee is created to work with iOS and Android.
We are surprised to see that it is for sale on Amazon, I would expect that this US company would not sell clones but you can check it out here, they really do. It costs $40.99 plus $1.0 for shipping.
On the black Tonsee it looks like that the big dial knob is obliquely.
By the latest estimates there are over 1,200,000 apps available to download in App Store. While this means that iPhone users have an incredible range of choices when it comes to software, but it can be very difficult to sort the hidden gems from the dross. Here we take a look at some must have entertainment and productivity apps which earned rave reviews, but you might have missed.
Outlook has been Microsoft’s flagship email client for years - but a new iPhone version, freshly released for 2015, is drawing a lot of attention. Gmail users have long complained that there are no good email options for iPhone; ironically Microsoft may have the solution!
The Outlook app has a slick and visually appealing look, with a great amount of functionality. You can now swipe across messages to delete, archive or even schedule them to appear later, when you’re less busy. The app also has a “focused” feed which attempts to filter your most important emails for immediate attention, though this option can be easily turned off in settings.
The app also integrates a full screen calendar and file management; therex a toolbar you can use to search attachments and transfers to Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive are supported.
Symphonic Audio Solutions has developed a very interesting kind of iPhone case. The Amp is basically a speaker extention in the form of a case. Actually it’s even more than this. The Amp has also a battery life extention of 20 to 25 percent (depending on your iPhone model), in combination with an audio quality improvement unit (high quality 24-bit DAC).
More than a normal Amp.
Amp sports a Dynamic Noise reduction technology which is a valuable feature for headphones users. It also improves voice quality which is usefull for in car integration and meeting room situations.
I have to confess that I’m a longtime B&W fan. I’ve had several sets of their speakers for my HiFi and surround setup. My latest speakers are the vintage B&W DM2 MKII from the late 70-ties, early 80-ties. These’re three-driver loudspeaker systems of 47 litres capacity and weigth 60 Pounds (27 KG) each. The bass driver is housed in a critically vented enclosure and has a crossover point of 400 Hz where the vent tuning is so designed to extend the low frequency half point to 45Hz, and that sounds awesome. You can feel the instruments kicking in like the band is playing live in front of of you.
Sound quality like this you can put on your head nowadays with the all new Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2 headset series. Their drivers are engineered to work like those of my HiFi speakers with even better precise and controlled movement.
Homeautomation vendors had to wait 7 years to be part of the iOS ecosystem with Apple’s recent announce of HomeKit. Here’s how Apple describes it to its developers;
HomeKit is a framework in iOS 8 for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user’s home. You can enable users to discover HomeKit accessories in their home and configure them, or you can create actions to control those devices. Users can group actions together and trigger them using Siri.
Now enter the development labo of Insteon. Insteon has already over 200 Home-automation products that are controllable via their current Insteon Hub. They’re creating the successor called the Insteon Hub Pro which can be pre-ordered for $150. It’s accompanied by their new Insteon App which you can see in action in the video below.
Apple’s personal voice assistant. With HomeKit, you can create scenarios to direct Siri, such as “Bedtime, Siri,” that would dim the lights, lock the doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat.
The buying argument for the ‘iPhone 6 plus’ over of the regular ‘6’ is the big screen of course—next to the better camera—it really shines in some areas like displaying route information when you’re on a trip. The smaller display sized iPhones make it quite hard to see all the little details, like street names and Point of Interests.
Recently we published about how the Navigon for iOS GPS app (version 2.9) has been optimized to take advantage of the bigger 6 plus screen. For those of you who want to complete their in car 6 plus experience any time soon, here is a nice suggestion for a nice car mount. They come in multiple colors, I like the white because my previous black Navigon Design Car Kit has melted by the sun on an average spring day.
Copytrans turned 10 years and for this they redesigned the looks and have some promotions up their sleeves for you. We have reviewed Copytrans in the past, in 2009 to be precise when the iPhone was just 2 years in the market. and since then it only has improved.
So what is in for you;
- Free update for existing users with valid activation code
- And for 3 more days 50% off for new users
For around $100 you can possibly safe your life in a car crash. Automatic the tiny new device that you can plug into the diag-port (OBD-II) of any car built after 1996, records all the live data from the computers in your car. The cool thing is that it can detect a collision and call for help with the Crash Alert live agent. This service is available 24/7 in the U.S. with no recurring fees at all.
That is just one of the most important features, at least if you ask me. Automatic is packed with cool and fun stuff like it remembers where you parked, even after a heavy night out your iPhone tells you that you aren’t parked in the obvious location but somewhere else because there was no place free in front of your house.
Automatic can even interact with other apps and has an API where other soft and hardware developers can hook into.