Earlier this week, Apple took the wraps off of its the new mobile operating system, iOS 8, which is kinda available now for developers, but once the kinks and bugs are fixed will be available for everyone else in the Fall. The latest software is packed with great tools for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, but there are a handful of features that parents of iPhone loving households will especially love. Check out our three favorite iPhone household hacks that could be coming to an iPhone near you soon, courtesy of iOS 8.
iOS 8 Household Hack 1 – HomeKit
Soon, you can turn your home into a home of the future (kinda like the Jetsons – where Rosie the Robot is replaced by Siri the iPhone instead.) HomeKit is a technical feature that allows iPhone users to control their homes with their devices, like magic. It’s a software kit that taps into Siri, the iPhone’s voice-activated personal assistant, to listen for audio cues like “it’s time for bed,” which could then lock doors and dim lights, or whatever you program. “Smart” Internet-enabled appliances like Nest and the Philips Hue bulb may be potential partners with Apple’s new HomeKit SDK.
iOS 8 Household Hack 2 – Ask To Buy
‘Ask To Buy’ gives you the power to set limits or approve purchases from anywhere! My niece is notorious for buying games, in-app purchases and more (when you’re not looking of course!) Now your kids can request to purchase an app, game, movie, etc., and you can allow the purchase from anywhere! You could be on a business trip and when your kid requests to buy a game while he or she is with a sitter you still have control over approving the purchase. “Ask to Buy,” doesn’t just limit app purchases on the iPhone or iPad either – permissions can be set for music in iTunes and iBooks too!
iOS 8 Household Hack 3 – Health
Want to keep your kids active, healthy (and keep an eye out on it all?) The newly announced Health app will be the best new tool in your arsenal. Health is a new app built in to iOS 8, and it’ll not only track important data like lab results, vitals, and medications but info collected from your fitness apps and gadgets as well. If you use Fitbit, Nike+, and the nutrition-tracking MyFitnessPal, the new Health app for iOS 8 will gather all of that data into a single dashboard, so you can get a clear overview of you and your family’s fitness activity and health. If you’re a parent concerned about childhood obesity – you can easily reward your kids based on their daily fitness outputs (all managed by you in the Health app).
Now that you’ve seen our favorite home hack-worthy apps from the new iOS 8 upgrade, what’s your thoughts? Do you plan on putting any of them into good use? Share your thoughts below.
ATTENTION IPAD USERS EVERYWHERE! Microsoft has FINALLY released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite.
Today’s unveiling of the anticipated iPad apps for Microsoft’s bundle of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software comes nearly four years after Apple Inc. released the tablet computer that has contributed to a steady decline in sales of desktop and laptop machines running on the Windows operating system.
The Office app for the iPad represents a major step in the right direction for Microsoft, said FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives. “They finally looked in the mirror and realized they needed to go with the crowd in terms of iPads,” Ives said.
The availability of an Office app also could encourage more people to buy an iPad. That, in turn, could siphon more sales away from laptops running on Windows, which also generates billions in licensing fees for Microsoft each year. This year, Gartner Inc. expects 271 million tablets to be sold this year, including those running on Windows and Android, versus a total of 277 million desktop and laptop computer. By the end of 2015, tablets should be outselling PCs by a wide margin, Gartner said.
Microsoft hasn’t made Office apps for Android tablets yet, though the company has previously said those will be coming. Last year, Office apps for Android phones came out a month after the iPhone versions debuted.
Earlier this week T-Mobile announced that an exciting Twitter Press Conference to “Unleash” a bit more news for customers and competition alike. T-Mobile had two big pieces of tablet news to announce yesterday, (in perfect timing that they both come on the heels of the iPad Air reveal.) Could T-Mobile really be unleashing new freebies our way?
Freebies is an understatement. T-Mobile is offering everyone 200 MB of 4G LTE data free every month, indefinitely, regardless of whether or not you’re a T-Mobile customer. If you have a 4G LTE tablet, you can use it with T-Mobile’s network. Since 200 MB isn’t very much data to work with, T-Mobile hopes that this freebie lures you away from the competition. For example, you can score $10 per month for unlimited 3G data plus 500 MB of 4G LTE data, then $10 more every time you want to get 2 GB more of 4G LTE data (tablet pricing only.) A second major freebie T-Mobile is offering customers the iPad Air for free when it hits on November 1 without a penny out of your pocket (the day of purchase). Instead, you’ll have to pay in monthly installments (which could work for different financial circumstances) at a T-Mobile starting November 1.
Let’s see, grab an iPad Air from T-Mobile and walk out without any money leaving your wallet AND ON TOP OF THAT the free 200 MB of 4G LTE for life applies for the iPad Air, too? I know plenty of people that may snatch this deal up before it becomes extinct.
UPDATE ALERT! The Facebook for iOS update hit iTunes yesterday allowing users a few desktop options like editing posts and adding photos via their iOS device. Although the latest version doesn’t add a laundry list of updates to the Facebook app, there are a few app additives that are worth the click.
Facebook iOS update in a nutshell:
- Add photos and emoticons to your comments.
- Edit your posts and comments through the app (Note: a label indicating that the post has been edited will appear).
- Access privacy shortcuts by simply tapping the lock by your name on the main menu.
A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Facebook can be downloaded now in the App Store for free.
The last update to the social networking app came right after the official introduction of iOS 7 in September. Version 6.5 of the app brought a new menu bar for users of the latest version of iOS.
What do you think? Will you be downloading the latest Facebook iOS update today?
We understand the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but reading is still fundamental in the busiest of lives! It’s important to have a seat, relax, and take in knowledge from the written word, outside of (yes, even the juicy) blogs. Most companies around the world are encouraging lifelong learning to their employees and partners. It is a simple notion. People are never too old to learn a new lesson! Take the time to download these e-books on your tablet, soak it in throughout the day. If you’re old school feel free to rent, buy, or check out a hard-copy They are worth reading, and are likely to change your outlook on life!
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
About: In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey uses penetrating insights and anecdotes to present a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems.
Why It Made the List: The book was published in 1989 but is still acclaimed a must read for people that want to gain some practical tips on navigating through life more efficiently. Covey’s advice is very straightforward but makes readers think about how they can make each habit a part of their daily lives.
Download The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People from Amazon for $1.99 today.
About: Inspired by true events, R.J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be.With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.
Why It Made the List: The book is an easy read as it was written for young readers but it teaches a lesson that many adults can benefit from.
Download Wonder from Amazon for $9.99 today.
About: In Mastery, Robert Greene’s fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world’s masters. Debunking long-held cultural myths, he demonstrates just how we, as humans, are hardwired for achievement and supremacy.
Why It Made the List: Everyday, we face obstacles that make it difficult for us to reach our goals. InMastery, Greene offers some keys to achieving mastery, which he believes is attainable by every human being.
Download Mastery from Amazon for $12.99 today.
4. The Secrets to Success
About: You may have seen the video where a man is speaking to a classroom full of students saying that in order to be successful, you have to want it as bad as you want to breath. That man was Eric Thomas. In The Secrets to Success, renown speaker, educator, author, activist and minister, Thomas shares his experience of how he made it from high school drop out to where he is now and also gives the secrets to readers on to how to live up to their full potential and greatness and by breaking the cycles of crime, hopelessness and despair that many may face daily.
Why It Made the List: Thomas is a dynamic speaker and has a way of showing folks who follow him ways to be successful. Having those tips that you can watch on YouTube in his videos in a concrete form is even more helpful.
Download The Secrets to Success from Amazon for $7.69 today.
5. The Happiness Project
About: On a city bus, Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon. They included, “The days are long, but the years are short,” and “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
Many can relate to Rubin who didn’t have the option to uproot herself to make a dramatic change in her life. Instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Her conclusions are sometimes surprising and are though provoking.
Why It Made the List: Who doesn’t want to be happy? This book is an example of how people can approach finding happiness if they are not satisfied with their current situations.
Download The Happiness Project from Amazon for $10.99 today.
What are some of your latest reads? How have they changed your outlook on life?
Long gone are the simple days where students carried composition notebooks and pencils to class. There was a time in the past where students had to carry paper into classrooms. And pens. And they used these pens to write on this paper. Often, this was done in a composition book. If you don’t miss the paper but do miss simplistic design of old, LifeWorks has you covered with the iHome Classic Composition Notebook for the iPads 2, 3, 4 and mini.
I had the chance to speak with Johnathan Freeman, Director of Product Quality and Design for LifeWorks about getting back to the simplicities of life in a technology-infused world. iHome designs take a unique approach to technology with designs that make you feel all melancholy inside
In addition to providing “superior protection” for your iPad, the Composition Case will feature dual position display functionality, making it ideal for reading, playing games, watching movies, etc. It’s available online in four colors—black, red, green and blue—at a suggested retail price of $39.99 for full size, and $29.99 for iPad mini.
What do you think of the retro protection for your iPad? Are you ready to go old school with an iHome Composition case of your own?
If you’re one of the few T-Mobile customers holding their breath for an iDevice…you can finally breath a sigh of relief.
Apple has confirmed news that T-Mobile will be carrying the company’s products in 2013.
The news came as part of a press release by T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom this morning. Apple representative, Natalie Harrison confirmed it earlier today.
In the coming year, T-Mobile USA will continue to reinforce its market presence with additions to its rate plan and product portfolio, including Apple products. “Following on from the preceding steps such as the spectrum swap with Verizon, the towers deal with Crown Castle and the transaction with MetroPCS that we have announced, we have now added the final piece to the jigsaw to boost the competitiveness of T-Mobile USA sustainably,” said René Obermann.
T-Mobile representative Michelle Taylerson reiterated that the company would bring Apple products to the carrier in 2013. “Additional details will be made available at a later date,” she said.
There was no mention of which Apple products T-Mobile would carry, but you’ll probably see the iPad and quite possibly the iPhone 6 make it’s debut next year…(don’t act like you’re not expecting it…LOL)
What do you think? Are you a T-Mobile user waiting on Apple to make the switch?
What’s under Apple’s tree this season? Could it be the gift of savings? Apple hasn’t announced any deals for Black Friday (yet), but in this season of giving, we can only assume that Apple plans to offer huge savings for Black Friday. If 2011 is any indication as to 2012 savings, we’re in for a treat and it’s safe to write our list for what we want. Last year Apple offered respectable discounted items for the one-day shopping event including iPad savings and savings on the iPod Nano, iPod Touch, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac devices.
We’re checking our list twice and on our list this season, we’re asking the big red man (ahem, Apple) for:
iPad specials: In 2011, the iPad 2 was only a few months old when Black Friday rolled around, and customers enjoyed about a $50 savings. We expect the same level of savings for iPad 3 and older model iPads this year. If you haven’t bought an iPad yet because of the hefty price tag, we suggest waiting until Apple officially announces its specials. Because they will…at least we hope. Apple reduced prices on Mac last year so we predict savings on Mac products as well.
Discounts on Accessories: We expect Apple to reduce prices on accessories. Some stores offer free Apple accessories with your purchase of an iPad so be on the lookout for these savings. There’s nothing better than getting something free especially when it’s from Apple.
Shorter Lines and Less in-store Crowds: Wildly popular is Black Friday so expect to see a lot of consumers. We hope that Apple is well stocked and equipped to handle the influx of customers. How about express lines and customer service oriented sales people to direct the traffic? We don’t want our turkey & stuffing to get cold.
Participating Stores: While Apple is the go-to spot for all things Apple, other retailers like Best Buy will have possible savings on Apple products. Best Buy has its own surge of customers on Black Friday, but it’s a healthy alternative to buying your iPad directly from an Apple store. You can even buy your Apple product online and skip the long lines and overcrowding. However, in store sales seem to be the most lucrative and cost-effective.
You may be wondering about iPhones. Last year there were no iPhone savings, but you never know. These are just our predictions. Apple may have some surprises up its sleeves.
Tell us about your Black Friday experience. Do you plan on going this year? What tech pieces are you looking to get your hands on?
We’ve all been victim of the stolen iPhone or iPad charger. These fun, inexpensive decals allow you to customize your Apple charging accessories so there’s no mistaking “Whooz” is whose!
What we love more than our tech accessories is personalizing them! Kickstarter project, Whooz provides you with a mini closet of decals to dress up your chargers and earphones to give them your personal touch. Even better, now you’ll know who nabbed your mobile life-line!
For only $10 you’ll receive these cute and fashionable vinyl decals that will really spice up your power strip and give life to that old white cord! Each pack comes with four sheets of labels to create your custom look to cover one adapter, the ends of the USB cable, and one set of earphones. Decals are compatible with both generations of Apple connectors and are can be easily removed or swapped out. Decals are finished with a UV laminate to insure your Whooz creation won’t warp due to heat and the coating also protects the graphic from wear and tear.
Whooz is a great stocking stuffer for the Apple lover in your life. If successfully funded this project promises to be available in time for the holiday season when iPhone and iPad charger theft is at its highest!
For more information or to support visit kickstarter.com/projects/whooz