I will admit, ever since I picked up the iPhone 5s – I’ve been using the fingerprint scan technology for everything (and by everything, I really mean making iTunes store purchases and unlocking my phone). I guess I’m just one of many people that hate the tedious act of typing in a passcode to unlock their smartphone every five minutes. So you could imagine my surprise when I discovered the new Knock app. Knock is a combo iPhone/Mac app that lets users unlock their computer, simply by tapping on the phone screen.
The guys behind Square Wallet brings a type of human touch to technology and security. Knock was created by William Henderson and Jon Schlossberg. The two came up with the idea after realizing how much they both hated having to constantly unlock their computers. That type of human approach to security is something the two want to carry on with Knock. Knock works by pairing your computer (a 2011 or new MacBook Air or Mac mini, a 2012 or newer iMac or the upcoming Mac Pro) with your iPhone (iPhone 4S and later). Simply install, for $3.99, the Knock iPhone app, install the free Mac app from the Knock website and follow a few quick steps and you’re ready.
Knock works by using Bluetooth Low Energy, a technology that modern Macs and newer iPhones have. The two Knock apps create a secure connection with one another and when you “knock” on the screen of the phone, it transmits the unlock key to your Mac instantly.
Like Touch ID, Knock is one of those apps that really gives the average user no excuse notto use a password.
Would you use this new security shortcut? Is it worth the $3.99 price tag? Sound off below.
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?
Although I won’t be live blogging the event from 36,000 feet, I will however give you the skinny on what to expect from today’s Apple iPhone event. Two new models are expected to be revealed later today – a higher-end iPhone 5S and its cheaper alternative, the iPhone 5C The invite… Apple is holding a special event today but is keeping the purpose of it a top-secret. It has been widely-rumoured online that the event will see the launch of a higher-end new phone, probably named the iPhone 5S. Speculation and leaked images also suggest it will have a fingerprint scanner, but it is also expected to have several other exciting tweaks.
I’ll be watching the developments on the star of the show — the iPhone 5s and will have a roundup of the best features, when/where you can buy it and the best ways to trade-in your current phone for cash towards your new upgrade later today…
QUICK UPDATE: Both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available for pre-order online on Thursday and in stores Friday, September 20th…
Apple® today announced iPhone® 5s, the most forward-thinking iPhone yet, featuring an all-new A7 chip, making iPhone 5s the world’s first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance in the palm of your hand. iPhone 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including an all-new 8 megapixel iSight® camera with True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID™, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5s comes with iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, engineered for 64-bit technology and featuring hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos, Safari®, Siri® and iTunes Radio?.
iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model.? iPhone 5s will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
Apple® today introduced iPhone® 5c, featuring an all-new design, packed with incredible features in five gorgeous colors-blue, green, pink, yellow and white. iPhone 5c is built on a foundation of features people know and love like the beautiful 4-inch Retina® display, blazing fast performance of the A6 chip, and the 8 megapixel iSight® camera-all while delivering great battery life. iPhone 5c comes with more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world, a new FaceTime® HD camera, and iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone.
iPhone 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $99 (US) for the 16GB model and $199 (US) for the 32GB model.? iPhone 5c will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5c cases will be available in blue, green, pink, yellow, black and white for a suggested retail price of $29 (US) through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5c will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 20, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5c beginning Friday, September 13.
There’s a bevy of tech rumors and shake ups that happy everyday from mergers to break ups and new technology emerging by the second. Here are the top tech rumors to keep you in the know.
The iPhone 5s rumors keep pouring in and they include everything from fingerprint scanning technology to NFC capabilities. Your next iPhone may be able to unlock itself based on your touch and hold a charge without requiring a cable. These are just three intriguing possibilities that could turn up in Apple’s iPhone 5 successor, which is rumored to go public as soon as September. Check out more iPhone 5s rumors here.
Steve Jobs Crash & Burns At Box Office
The first of two movies about the late Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs hit theaters this weekend without any of the buzz or sales enjoyed by the iPods or iPads created by its subject. The movie opened in seventh place with a paltry estimated weekend gross of $6.7 million despite opening broadly in the U.S. and Canada. Throughout the movie, Mr. Jobs’s up-and-down career at the company is chronicled, as a rotating cast of board directors and executives hire and fire him before he returns the company to superstar status with the launch of the iPod in 2001. (more)
Dr. Dre Wants To Drop HTC
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dr. Dre and Co. are planning to buy back the phone maker’s remaining 25 percent stake in the business — just a year after HTC reduced its stake by half. Either way, we’re hoping that this potential separation helps HTC get back to winning ways and frees up Dr. Dre to resuming prescribing those pills he’s now so fond of.
It’s official: Samsung Electronics will launch its first wristwatch smartphone early next month, people familiar with the plan say. The move would allow Samsung to potentially beat rival Apple Inc. on what is expected to be the next major battleground for mobile phone makers. The world’s largest smartphone maker will unveil the device worn around the wrist called Galaxy Gear on Sept. 4, ahead of Berlin’s IFA, a consumer electronics show where technology companies showcase their gadgets. It will go on sale this year, the people said.
That’s our roundup for today! What tech rumors are you intrigued by? Share below…
The technology is in place and the rumors are true! The new IPhone 5S arriving in stores next month will have all the improved bells and whistles as expected from Apple but it will also have a little extra added security…as in fingerprint security. We have heard rumors that Apple would implement biometric security in their iOS devices because of its acquisition of AuthenTec last year, but this rumor really seems to be getting louder in the last few months.
According to BusinessInsider, analyst Brian White has said “we believe fingerprint identification technology will be part of the iPhone 5S and this is likely to be the major new feature used to market the iPhone 5S, similar to what Siri was to the iPhone 4S”
What could this technology mean for you? Improved security from mobile thieves unable to unlock your phone? Maybe a new payment delivery system which will accept mobile payments by simply using your fingertips. What do you think? Is too much technology always a good thing?
Vine users REJOICE!!! The app that was once exclusive to iOS users only is now available for Android devices! If you’re still in the dark ages and don’t know the hype about Vine, check out our earlier recap here.
Vine creates stop-motion videos that can include as many scenes as you can fit in. Video stops and starts when you press on your device’s screen. Your finished product can then be shared just on Vine, or with friends on Twitter! Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.
• Unlimited uploads and free
• Instantly post videos on Vine, then share to Twitter and Facebook (more coming soon!)
• Find, follow, and interact with people close to you
• Explore trending posts, featured hashtags and editor’s picks
Video Sharing App Vine Comes To Android
When Will Apple Launch The New iPhone
The Wall Street Journal says Apple is set for a possible summer launch of the next iPhone, rather than a fall launch like the last two models. Question is, how many models will be revealed?
Rumors have been buzzing about a cheaper iPhone model that could win Apple some market share in developing countries (or in the words of The Wall Street Journal – for unnamed people “familiar with the device’s production”.) I would assume that a cheaper model would not only do well in developing countries, but also for younger consumers who A. Don’t have the disposable income for a $600 smartphone or B. Whose parents aren’t thrilled about forking over $600 for a kid’s smartphone.
When Will Apple Launch The New iPhone
Hopefully in addition to a cheaper version, Apple will shock the masses by skipping the minimalist upgrade iPhone 5s by launching a redesigned and feature-packed iPhone 6. Now that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is out, it should be easy for Apple to create a killer product – they’ll just have to include an improved version of every feature that the S4 has.
When Will Apple Launch The New iPhone
Look out for an announcement of the latest Apple advancements by June. If Apple was to launch a new iPhone 6 – what features would you like to see inside?
When Will Apple Launch The New iPhone
When Will Apple Launch The New iPhone
Are you guilty of it? Nestling with your phone as you get cozy in bed? You’ve probably been found with your eyes closed, phone still in hand as if you were scrolling down your Twitter timeline, until you drifted off into dreamland. Although we are all guilty of it at one point or another, the question that comes up once you’ve entered dreamland is whether or not your sleep is meeting your needs? Sleeping with our smartphones, tablets, and laptops is not healthy. All of this can be detrimental to our sleep patterns. Here are some important stats from multiple studies, and compiled by Online Psychology Degree.
Who doesn’t want to be well rested every morning? A good night’s rest is great because it allows us to feel like we can conquer the day and are less likely to have to drag ourselves out of the bed. Getting sleep of bad quality doesn’t just affect our desire to go about our day, but also creeps into other aspects of our life. When not well rested, folks are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel, at work desks, and later in life are more likely to have a heart attack. Take these tips and decrease your risks.
1. Try sleeping with your phone, tablet, or other device on your dresser or nightstand instead of in bed with you. It will be less likely for sleepers to be woken up by texts and emails if their phone is further away from their beds.
2. Unplug from all devices an hour before sleeping. This allows people to live a bit without their devices attached to them.
3. Pick an unwind routine that works for you. If you live with people, use this time to have undistracted conversations. Or, you know that book you’ve been saying you’d read? Use this time to turn some pages in it. Maybe you could even prepare your lunch for the next day, or do some yoga.
4. Avoid caffeine within three hours of intended bedtime. That way, you won’t be wired and needing to get work done on any of your many devices.
Health.com reported on how celebrities find the time and get their rest. Check it out here!
Do you think your phone, tablet, or computer has an effect on your sleep? Have any tips to add to the list?
There’s nothing better than something new and new music is always “music to my ears”. (A phrase coined to describe news that is pleasing.) Music, too, should be pleasing to the ears in the same way that good news is when someone uses that phrase. If you feel the radio waves are not delivering the best right now, like we do, here are some up-and-coming artists whose music will definitely bring fresh sounds of pleasure to your ears. Here are five artists on the rise to add to your digital playlist, now!
1. B.J. the Chicago Kid
B.J. the Chicago Kid has been in the music industry for a while but has always been in the background as a back-up and songwriter. Finally the South Side Chicago-bred guy is now at the forefront. Signed to Motown shortly after being featured on some Kendrick Lamar records and releasing his debut album Pineapple Now-Laters, B.J. the Chicago Kid seems to have a promising future. Download Pineapple Now-Laters and other tunes from B.J. the Chicago Kid on iTunes orAmazon.
2. Marian Mereba
Marian Mereba is an Ethiopian-American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has been honing her artistry in Atlanta, GA. She’s gained a diverse fan-base from her fresh sound and intimate presentation. With production assistance from Berklee College of Music graduate John Key and Wondaland Arts Society‘s young prodigy Roman GianArthur, Marian has created a one-of-a-kind sound with the Room for Living EP. This is the first release from the independent artist, and was recorded entirely in her living room! These are the type of albums that will resonate with music lovers across the world. Download it on her Bandcamp!
3. Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$ is young and talented. Born in 1995 and raised in Brooklyn, New York the rapper has been described as “nice.” He is an independent artist and producer who is also a member of the hip hop collection Pro.Era. With the release of his mix-tape 1999, released in June of 2012, Joey Bada$$ received a lot of recognition and offers from record labels. He is still independent but with all he has his hands in we can expect to see much happen in 2013. Download 1999 on DatPiff.
Top Dawg Entertainment signee Ab-Soul is just that; Soulful in the way he delivers lines. From Carson, California he is ¼ of the Black Hippy movement. You’ve probably heard Ab-Soul, who calls Kendrick Lamar one of his inspirations, on Kendrick’s Section.80. Download Long Term and Long Term 2 on DatPiff. Download Control System on iTunes.
5. Jhené Aiko
This Los Angeles based artist has been seen opening for Nas and Solange for some time now. She considers herself a writer, a singer, and a student of life. Aiko was signed by a record label at the age of 12, but is coming into her own and garnering support in her early twenties. Her Facebook page reads, “sailing soul(s) is my first of many offerings to any and everyone who will listen and pay attention.” Download her offering on her official website.
Have you been playing any of these artist in your ear buds? Who are some new artists you have been listening to lately?