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Mark Zuckerberg's Comments on the Emerging Platform of VR Got Me Thinking...

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I remember interviewing Oculus co-founder and VP, Nate Mitchell at CES 2013, back when his company was barely more than a humble crowd-funded campaign demoing a chunky, duct-taped box that strapped precariously on to your head. We talked optimistically about the future of virtual reality (VR), agreeing that the potential was great, even though consumer interest in this fledgling platform hadn't had a chance to gather much steam. Fast forward three years and Oculus is now a division of the Facebook empire, and we have Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg weighing in on the impact that this emerging technology will have on the world.



MacUser Logs Off

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It's a sad day, as a longtime (since 1984) Mac user. We lost MacWorld magazine last year (and the MacWorld tradeshow) and now MacUser has logged off for the last time. In fact, www.MacUser.com redirects to www.MacWorld.com, which is still around as an online publication. Both magazines were helpful when I, along with the rest of the PC counterculture rebelled to make sure "1984 won't be like 1984!" It was a great way to keep in touch with Apple news and learn about programs and accessories. I also looked forward to the different editorials and columns from like-minded (and not-so-like-minded) writers.



CES Recap: Heady Headphones

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CES is over but the products that were presented are just hitting the markets or in some cases, aren't available yet. One of my perennial favorite product categories at CES is headphones and there were some distinctive sets introduced. Anyone can make headphones and make them loud, but Kidz Gear takes a different approach. Instead of trying to make them loud, they make them safe for kids' sensitive ears. After all, damage to the ear canal can be bad enough for old rockers like Pete Townshend, but for kids with their whole future ahead of them, it's an even bigger deal.



Another Apple iPhone Feature to Make its Way to the Next Samsung Galaxy

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It's not a surprise that Samsung might be copying another feature from the Apple iPhone, especially since that feature, Touch ID, is over a year old. Samsung has already had a fingerprint reader, but it was the old fashioned kind that required the user to swipe their finger at just the right speed and angle to be recognized.



Tip of the Day: How to Answer a Call with a Text Message

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Sometimes, you just don’t have time to answer the phone. Sending the caller a quick text instead of answering is a good alternative if you happen to be busy.



Apple Macs to Adopt CPU Chip from iOS Devices?

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Every year, Apple updates their "A" series of chips that power the iPhone and iPad, prompting speculation that such a chip might find its way into the Mac product line. There are a lot of compelling reasons why that could happen, but there are usually more compelling reasons against it. Which is probably why it hasn't happened yet. However, the buzz is growing around an A-series chip in Apple's next low-end MacBook Air. Apple could control their destiny, using their own chip instead of relying on (and paying) Intel.



Vent Up: Express Yourself Freely and Annonymously

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Everyone would choose to keep things positive and spread good vibes in social media, but from time to time, there will simply be circumstances which can prompt us to lose it. Whether it be a rant about an irritating reality TV celebrity, a boyfriend who is late again for the umpteenth time, or lousy customer service, we want an outlet for unloading these feelings.



CES 2015: HomeKit Devices Make Their Debut

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Your home is well on its way to becoming a whole lot smarter. At CES 2015, we got a glimpse of the first round of HomeKit-enabled devices that will eventually end up in living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms.



Rumors: 2 GB RAM for iPhone 6s, Stylus for 12.9-Inch iPad

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A Chinese-language publication in Taiwan with sources in Apple's supply chain has reported that Apple will up the amount of RAM in the next iPhone to 2 GB. But even more important, it will be next-generation LPDDR4-based RAM. According to an article on Forbes, this type of RAM is twice as fast as the RAM in the current iPhone.



Rumor: Apple May Hold Special Event on February 24

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There's not much to go on, and not many blogs have picked this up. Yet I pass it along, given that I'd love to think that Apple may be offering a special event soon. According to Tgaap, Apple may be holding a special event on February 24. They aren't clear on the date, though, nor on what will be announced. But their "research" suggests that Tim Cook will revisit the Apple Watch and may introduce yet new features. Plus, at that time he would announce the availability dates and pricing for all the various models. According to Tgaap, Apple itself hasn't yet settled on a specific date when the Apple Watch will be available. Which makes sense, given that it often depends on how smoothly mass production goes. And production has only recently begun. The post also says something unknown will be announced, possibly Apple Watch-related. In addition, Tgaap says Apple will announce a new entry-level MacBook Pro with retina display.



Tip of the Day: How to Name Your Alarms on Your iPhone

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Many people have different alarms for different days. Maybe you need to get up at 5:30 a.m. for work, but like to sleep in until 8 a.m. on the weekends. Maybe you need more motivation to GET UP!!!! before work in the morning. Never fear: you can name your alarms for that extra boost, or to remind you which one you need to use that day.



Tip of the Day: Automatically Erase Old Text Messages

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The stuff on our iPhones and iPads tends to accumulate, using up valuable storage space. But if you're careful, you can use your storage space more efficiently. And one way to do that in iOS 8 is to enable a setting to automatically delete text messages after 30 days. This will be especially useful in saving space if your text messages include video and audio messages.

To have your iPhone or iPad automatically delete text messages, go the Settings > Messages > Message History.

Tap on the Keep Messages setting to bring up a screen that shows your options: 30 Days, 1 Year, and Forever.



Tip of the Day: Horizontal iPhone 6 Keyboard Has Forward and Backward Cursor Buttons

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Navigating around in a document can be challenging on your phone because it's hard to get around the page. You don't have to be frustrated by that anymore as your iPhone 6 hooks you up with an easier way to zip around the screen.



January 26 Biweekly Giveaway!

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This is the official announcement of the iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iPhoneLife.com/giveaways to win prizes, which we'll announce January 26! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.



New Version of Free Google Translate Lets You Translate Using Camera

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On Wednesday Google released a new version of Google Translate (free) in the App Store that has some great new features. Most importantly, it now includes Word Lens: you can point your camera at some text in a foreign language, and the translated text will instantly overlay the image on your screen. You don't even need an Internet connection. According to the announcement on the Official Google Blog, the translation works between English and French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, with more languages to be added.



CES 2015: Rugged Gear Highlights

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After scouring the sprawling sea of tech-gear that is CES, here's a compilation of the best of the adventure-proof, rugged gear that was on display. While not all of the items featured here are available for order quite yet, all of these products are expected to start shipping by Q2 this year, sometime around March most likely. Read on after the break to see what's coming in the world of heavy-duty gear for our iOS devices.



Tip of the Day: How to Apply Filters and Tweak Contrast in Your Photos App

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If you’re not one to splurge on third-party editing apps, but you would still like the benefits of being able to apply filters to your photos or tweak their contrast and color, then you’re in luck! Your iPhone’s built-in Photos app already has all the tools you’ll need to create just the right image you want.



Evernote Scannable: A New Vista for Mobile Scanning

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For many of us who rely upon smartphones as part of our work flow, chance are we’ve used a scanning app or two. We might even have broken down and gotten one simply for scanning barcodes when we’re out shopping. But a fairly new development from Evernote looks to change the field dramatically. That development comes in the form of Scannable, their iOS app that’s now available in the App Store.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 5: Next Steps

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 5 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here.

In my previous post, you learned about navigating between different scenes in your app, and learned about using custom user-interface controls in your apps. We started building the Write Review scene (shown on the left side of Figure 1), which we will finish in this post, and we'll move on to the App Category scene shown on the right side of Figure 1. (This post has been updated to iOS 8, Xcode 6 and Swift). 



Product Obsession: WaterField Designs American Made Bolt Briefcase

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Meet my new product obsession. It's the new Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs (starting at $249) and I want one in the worst way.



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