A Look at Apple’s iPhone 6S September 9th Event

September 9th, 2015 Apple will be hosting its popular event in which they announce the next update to the iPhone line. Headlined “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”. Really try it, you’ll get all sorts of colorful replies from Apple’s voice assistant. The event itself will be scheduled for 10:00 AM on September 9th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Here’s a look at what we can expect from the upcoming event. iPhone 6S: Being an “S” improvement this will focus on mainly internal hardware changes. No noticeable design changes. Hardware improvements such as A9 Processor 12 megapixel camera Force Touch Rose Gold Color Scheme There’s also rumors of Apple switching to a new aluminum based shell to reduce the bending of the iPhone 6 & 6+. The notable upgrades aside from speed of course will be the Force Touch integration. Force touch is a technology Apple has integrated into their Macbook trackpads that can better detect taps on a touchscreen. Long presses, harder presses, so on, and react differently. This will tie into the iOS software allowing you to interact with items dependent on your touch. Apple TV: In a long awaited update Apple’s set top box will be refreshed with some new hardware now confirmed by various sources. Hardware wise Apple TV will now come in a slimmer design compared to the current model. More importantly the main hardware will be updated with the following- A8 Processor New Touch Based (Black) Remote More Local Storage Full App-Store Siri Functionality It’s said to maintain all current ports without any upgrade to support 4K quality. The... read more

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to Step Down. Jack Dorsey to serve as Interim.

Effective as of July 1st Dick Costolo Twitter’s current CEO will be stepping down. After taking Twitter public at its IPO & seeing it through its biggest period of growth Costolo will be leaving his role. As of now he’ll be remaining on the board while Jack Dorsey co-founder of Twitter will step as CEO in the interim.   Thank you for everything @dickc! You’re a selfless leader who’s built an amazing team and company #proud https://t.co/52z4TIYIUh — Jack (@jack) June 11, 2015 As of right now Twitter stock has climbed 7% since closing. Costolo has been ridiculed from all sides since taking Twitter public. Being blamed for the lack of direction for the company  & the declining growth in users since he took the helm. Investors & the press alike have expressed their thoughts on his replacement for quite awhile. Despite the seemingly forced removal Jack Dorsey had this to say about Costolo’s leave. One thing I do want to make clear is that this transition is not the result of anything more than Dick deciding to move on from his role as CEO This will be Dorsey’s 2nd time in the CEO position. It’s also worth noting he’ll retain his role at Square during this time. He’ll serve until a permanent candidate has been named. The board will be considering candidates  both within the board & outside of the company. Regardless of the news you can’t ignore the role Dick has played since he originally became CEO five years ago at Twitter. The company was valued at around $3 Billion, in that time since the company has grown to a $23 Billion... read more

Why I Love Audiobooks

There are 3 ways we as humans learn things visually, kinesthetically, and auditorily. Everyone differs in what works best for them. Sometimes its one specifically or a combination of styles. For me I’ve always processed information audibly. When I was younger I had passion for reading. Be it for school or personal reading pleasure I always seemed to have a book. As I began to grow & reading became a mandatory thing versus something I was doing in my own time I lost the capacity to read books. Novels, short stories, fiction or non-fiction it didn’t matter. Even when the book really appealed to me I found myself to distracted to get through half the book let alone the entire story. Easily distracted I strived to find a method in which I could absorb information at a pace that made sense to me in a format that I enjoyed. Thats when I discovered audiobooks through a service known as Audible. Now prior to this service audiobooks have existed whether they were in tape or CD form but Audible made the process simple & appealing. I could listen on the web player, my phone, through my desktop etc. Audiobooks as the name describes are literally books narrated by a voice actor. Sometimes its professional voice talent, multiple voiceovers, or even the author themselves. Audiobooks instantly appealed to me for various reasons. They made the story come to life & add a voice to the otherwise words on a page. I was able to focus more on the story & still continue with my daily activities. Listen to a book while... read more

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A Look at Apple’s iPhone 6S September 9th Event

September 9th, 2015 Apple will be hosting its popular event in which they announce the next update to the iPhone line. Headlined “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”. Really try it, you’ll get all sorts of colorful replies from Apple’s voice assistant. The event itself will be scheduled for 10:00 AM on September 9th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Here’s a look at what we can expect from the upcoming event. iPhone 6S: Being an “S” improvement this will focus on mainly internal hardware changes. No noticeable design changes. Hardware improvements such as A9 Processor 12 megapixel camera Force Touch Rose Gold Color Scheme There’s also rumors of Apple switching to a new aluminum based shell to reduce the bending of the iPhone 6 & 6+. The notable upgrades aside from speed of course will be the Force Touch integration. Force touch is a technology Apple has integrated into their Macbook trackpads that can better detect taps on a touchscreen. Long presses, harder presses, so on, and react differently. This will tie into the iOS software allowing you to interact with items dependent on your touch. Apple TV: In a long awaited update Apple’s set top box will be refreshed with some new hardware now confirmed by various sources. Hardware wise Apple TV will now come in a slimmer design compared to the current model. More importantly the main hardware will be updated with the following- A8 Processor New Touch Based (Black) Remote More Local Storage Full App-Store Siri Functionality It’s said to maintain all current ports without any upgrade to support 4K quality. The...

How To: Recover Lost Data on Windows

Awhile back we featured a tutorial on recovering data on OS X via a tool known as DiskDrill. Not to long ago the makers behind the app Clever Files released a windows equivalent completely free! So I wanted to showcase the app that allows you to easily recover files/lost data on Windows. Be it accidental deleted data, corrupted partitions, SD-Cards and so on. Disk Drill for windows has you covered & more importantly offers features to help prevent future data loss. Disk Drill also supports all major formats & drive types. Video Overview:   The steps to recovering data is literally as simple as 2-steps on the windows app. 1- Scan Select your drive that you’d like to recover data from be it local or external & choose the scan method of choice. You have the options of deep, quick, and all scan/recovery methods. Personally I recommend running the default all recovery method scan in the case your looking to recover important data that may have been deleted or corrupted.     2- Recover After your scan has either completed or its found the data your trying to recover you can then set the data to recover to a set location. You can easily filter through files that are detected by file type, size, and date to make it easy to recover specific files.   However thats not all that DiskDrill offers. The app features several other extras which are worth noting such as the ability to setup a recovery vault on your drive. This helps prevent file loss in the future by protecting certain files you specify within the app. Preventing...

Why I Love Audiobooks

There are 3 ways we as humans learn things visually, kinesthetically, and auditorily. Everyone differs in what works best for them. Sometimes its one specifically or a combination of styles. For me I’ve always processed information audibly. When I was younger I had passion for reading. Be it for school or personal reading pleasure I always seemed to have a book. As I began to grow & reading became a mandatory thing versus something I was doing in my own time I lost the capacity to read books. Novels, short stories, fiction or non-fiction it didn’t matter. Even when the book really appealed to me I found myself to distracted to get through half the book let alone the entire story. Easily distracted I strived to find a method in which I could absorb information at a pace that made sense to me in a format that I enjoyed. Thats when I discovered audiobooks through a service known as Audible. Now prior to this service audiobooks have existed whether they were in tape or CD form but Audible made the process simple & appealing. I could listen on the web player, my phone, through my desktop etc. Audiobooks as the name describes are literally books narrated by a voice actor. Sometimes its professional voice talent, multiple voiceovers, or even the author themselves. Audiobooks instantly appealed to me for various reasons. They made the story come to life & add a voice to the otherwise words on a page. I was able to focus more on the story & still continue with my daily activities. Listen to a book while...

What you need to know about Windows 10

Microsoft will be launching its latest OS on July 29th. Windows 10 will be the latest upgrade since Windows 8 & aims to bring the windows we all wanted. A mix of the best features of 7 & 8 while throwing in some new additions. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Windows release. How Much is it? The Windows 10 upgrade will actually be free to Windows 7 & 8 users for a full year. After the year you’ll have to pay either $120 for the home edition & $200 for the pro edition. Am I Eligible for the Upgrade? As noted anyone currently on 7 or 8 can upgrade however there are some hardware requirements. Minimum requirements are as follows: Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit Hard disk space: 16GB for 32-bit OS or 20GB for 64-bit OS Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver Display: 800-by-600 resolution How to Upgrade Microsoft is offering the upgrade to Windows testers first & foremost however if your a normal user you can join the upgrade queue by simply making sure your windows is up to date & you’ll be receiving an option to “Reserve Your Free Upgrade”. Which is worth doing whether you plan on upgrading or not simply for the free price point. What’s New in Windows 10? Windows aims to provide that familiar UI that your used to & bring an assortment of new features into the mix. Cortana- Cortana is Microsoft virtual assistant rivaling that of Siri or Google...

Most Used Tech: July 2015 Edition

I’ve decided near the end of every month to round up the technology I’ve been using the most throughout my day to day life. Be it work or personal, hardware or software, services & websites you name it. In an effort to take a step back from focusing on the latest & greatest and write up about things that I’ve just been enjoying. New or old. So consider it a roundup of my favorites for whatever specified month & whatever I have ongoing in my life at the moment. Hardware: Bose QC15 I bought these about a year ago before going on a trip to Osaka, Japan. I’ve been looking for a decent pair of noise canceling headphones with that being the priority. Now grant it Bose isn’t the greatest in terms of sound quality & while I am a stickler for quality they do a great job for my use case. I’ve been putting these through the paces traveling with them constantly & using them in the office daily. Draining batteries constantly which can be a pain but other than that no major issues. The noise cancellation is amazing especially on planes. The second part coming in the comfort, the design is simple & easily sits on my head for hours without any issues. Software/Services: Spotify (Premium) I have a whole series of music streaming service content upcoming however Spotify seems to be the one I’ve turned to the most. Working primarily at my desk & in the office Spotify is always on If I’m not recording, watching something, and or in a call for work. I have...

Apple restricts App Store reviews in prerelease iOS versions

Not to long ago Frederico Viticci of Macstories wrote this post. In it highlighting why these prerelease app reviews were harmful to developers. Seeing as betas like iOS 9 are still not out for the public its understandable that there’ll be bugs with certain 3rd party apps. As developers work to update for the upcoming version. As Frederico states Betas are, by definition, unfinished software, and unfinished software has bugs and works inconsistently. As Apple writes on their Beta Software Program website, “you can take part in shaping Apple software by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think”. Developers here are crippled in that they literally can’t post updates for iOS 9 & OS X El Capitan as the App-Store won’t allow it. So users on these betas have who’ve been experiencing bugs have been taken to the review section. However as of today that changes as Apple now restricts anyone from writing reviews on prerelease versions of iOS, as it should be. While most apps work fine on iOS 9 there are still some bugs & crashes you’ll experience that aren’t on the fault of developers who are well aware of the issue. As of right now this is limited to iOS but we’ll surely see this adapted to OS X betas as well. For now however it’s a good start....

Instagram Brings Search to it’s Website

The popular photo sharing app Instagram has finally brought search functionality to its web counterpart. Instagram.com has been a complimentary portal to your feed for some time now. Today they’ve made it possible to search users, hashtags, and locations all via the web.   Via the website you can just about do everything you can on mobile with the exception of actually uploading photos. The sites main purpose is to serve as another method of access to your photo stream & people your following. While Instagram plans on keeping its main focus of course on the mobile end this is a nice addition for those who like myself time to time like to open up IG on the browser end. As of now still no word on a desktop/web uploader for photographers who may use another camera to take their pictures. For now you’ll have to stick to importing the photo from desktop to mobile device. However search away at...

Spotify Brings Personalized Playlists with Discover Weekly

As the music streaming service battle continues Apple Music brought a focus to personalized user playlists. The “For You” tab centered on interests that the service thinks you’d like to listen to. So far its done a great job of curating new & related music to my tastes. However Spotify is now stepping up to compete with that very feature. By heading into your “Browse” tab you’ll find a new playlist known as Discover Weekly. This is accompanied by your profile picture & a list of songs you’ve never listened to via Spotify. As the service describes it Your weekly mixtape of fresh music. Enjoy new discoveries and deep cuts chosen just for you. Updated every Monday, so save your favorites! I like the idea of music lists being generated solely on your taste & listening habits. Thus far Spotify has done a decent job of compiling artists, renditions/covers of songs, and new music I haven’t heard before. This certainly will be a great feature for users who enjoy it via Apple Music’s service & without a doubt will have to be updated in order to be relevant. The idea here is to keep the content fresh & not recycle artists, songs, and genres. Apple does a great job of making this part visually appealing, having a whole tab dedicated to this. While Spotify aims to keep it simpler & provide it as an add-on within a playlist. So head over to your browse tab today & start following your weekly playlist.  ...

Review: Klok (Time Zone Converter Widget for Notification Center)

Klok is one of those gems you find in the app store now & again. For someone like me who has to deal with multiple timezones & be able to easily convert across them this app provides all of that in an elegant interface. When you first download Klok you’ll be able to adjust all settings within the app itself. Here you can add clocks of timezones you want to view & manage. Additionally you have options to adjust what clock you want to see be it digital or analogue. However the app is truly built for iOS’s notification center. Swiping down from anywhere in iOS gives you access to your NC widgets. You can easily add in the Klok widget by hitting the “edit” button at the bottom. Once added in your presented with a simple & clean clock interface. This at a glance shows you the time across your set clocks. However taking it a step further you can then tap on any specific clock to then set a time to convert across all clocks. So lets say someone in the UK asks to schedule a call at 2:00 PM their time. You simply tap on your London clock & then tap on 2:00 PM this will then change all your set clocks to their local time so you know what time it’ll be when its 2 o’clock in London. Video Review: Pros-  Free  Ease of Use Accessible anywhere via Notification Center Cons- Occasional bug with clock +1/-1 icon iOS only   All in all Klok is completely free & definitely worth the download if you deal...

Beme Aims to Make Video Sharing Authentic

I’ve personally been a huge fan of Casey Neistat (Film maker, vlogger, all around great guy) & his content for some time now. Not too long ago he ventured on a journey to start a daily vlog series in which he’d share his life while also talking about his new company in the making. That company would be working on an app that is known as “Beme”. 100+ vlogs later Beme has come to the world & aims to bring a unique spin to the social media world. Casey bias aside, Beme is a social network that focuses on video sharing in an effortless & authentic way. While I plan to overview the app next week when they release their big update here’s what I’ve learned so far about the app. Credit: Thanks to the user @JammyLaffers on Twitter for the invite code The Premise: Beme aims to record & share video immediately without revisions. There is no adding of filters, editing, or re-shooting. Just post out whatever it is you recorded. Even more unique than the concept behind it is the recording method. Beme utilizes the proximity sensor on the iPhone to start the recording of your beme. From there it’ll instantly send out your post to your followers. The idea behind this is to take the phone out of the way when it comes to capturing moments. To be looking at the person your talking to, see the sunset your capturing, and so on. Now this entails you either block the sensor by whatever method you see fit. Put it against your chest, block the sensor with...

How To: Paint on iOS w/Pixelmator

Pixelmator has made the series of content we’ve been producing this week possible. A huge thanks to their team for the support & for making the amazing image editor that is Pixelmator. Download it for iOS & OS X today! I’m no artist but I’ve always loved painting & creating art on digital based devices. I think the ability to create whenever inspiration strikes on our phones & tablets is revolutionary. Pixelmator is an app that facilities just that with their amazing painting tools. Painting on Pixelmator is easy whether your a novice or veteran designer/artist. The vast array of brushes, options, and technology built into the app makes it all seamless & allows you to focus on your art.   Video Overview:   Brushes- Pixelmator offers a wide variety of brush types to get that right touch for your image. Pencil Crayon Marker Ink Paint Spray Watercolor Smudge Each with a collection of styles within each category. The design & technology that goes into their brushes are unparalleled. My favorite for example the water color brushes allow for great blending of colors & make edges that are defined & detailed. Here’s an example of an image thrown together using the watercolor brushes. Notice how the colors overlap & blend into each other rather than featuring harsh edges. That level of detail is what makes pixelmators brushes so great.   Tools have never been easier to use & the interface no matter mobile or desktop is simple to use. The best part of Pixelmator & its toolset such as paintbrushes is that your limited by what you want to...

How To: Clone Objects in Photos on OS X w/Pixelmator

A thanks to Pixelmator for making this video series possible. Pixelmator is a great image editing tool that is available for OS X & iOS. Built with the platforms in mind taking advantage of both hardware in mac such as the force touch trackpad to iOS technologies like cloud support,  OpenGL, & handoff. Find out more information here. Continuing on with the Pixelmator series we’re focusing today on the clone stamp tool. A tool that is commonly known on image editors to clone objects in photos. This tool can be used to clone certain elements in a photo such as a water droplet & multiply it over the image. Optionally cloning can be used to hide portions of images as well. Video Tutorial:   Pixelmator’s clone stamp tool is super easy to use. Simply define first your clone source point, the object or pattern you want to clone and from there begin to drag along your cursor to paint in your cloned source. This will begin to follow the original point you set as you drag along. This can be used to fill in certain parts of the image you want covered or take something as shown in above like a water droplet & duplicate across the image. By holding “Control” when clicking you can define your tools hardness & diameter to make it easier to precisely clone over the part you want. This in conjunction with other effects can make for great ways to enhance an image. Cloning objects has never been easier. It’s worth noting this tool is easier to use cloning rounded objects or flat patterns...

How To: Remove Objects from Photos on iOS

This video was made possible by the great folks at Pixelmator. Pixelmator is a full featured image editor for OS X, iPhone, and iPad. Allowing you to edit, enhance, and create great works of art. Download Pixelmator today! Get a 30 day free trial for mac OS X users. So you took that great selfie, landscape photo, or what have you. Then you realize theres that person or object that just throws off the photo. If only you could easily remove it. Using Pixelmator on the iPhone you can! Making it as simple as coloring over the object & few seconds later away it goes. This is a look at how to easily remove objects from photos on iOS. Pixelmator for iPhone runs at $5 USD & while its a full feature image editor it also offers great tools like the repair/retouch tool. This tool makes easier than ever to strike out the object from your photo as soon as you take it on your iPhone. Video Overview:   Pixelmator offers this tool across all platforms mobile & desktop. The great part about the repair tool is its simple & easy to use. Anyone can remove objects be it skin blemishes or people in the background. Repair tool removes the object while also blending in whatever is in the background. Making it look seamless. You can adjust the tool size in order to precisely color over the object no matter the size. Before & After Example: Cover, wait, erase it really is that simple. UPDATE: As of July 15th, Pixelmator has been updated to version 2.0.2 which has improved...

The State of Social Media & The Desire to Belong

I’ve covered the technology space for nearly decade now. It all started with a broken PC & a desire to get back onto World of Warcraft. My 11 year old self would then become engulfed in a world that is ever changing & advancing. If I think about what my favorite part of covering such an expanding space it’d have to be seeing the social trends come & go. Seeing the would be networks fail, random networks become the new big thing, the big thing phase out as years rolled by. Thus I wanted to focus on the state of social media. Where we’re at now & how we’ve come to this point & what the future holds. Not just in the network itself but the social aspect. It is called “social” media after all. When it comes to social media over the years be it apps, sites, etc. The same reoccurring factor holds true, as the late Steve Jobs said “Alot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Years ago people wouldn’t be telling you that they wanted an messaging system in which their media would disappear after someone viewed it, a platform in which they were limited to 140 characters, and so on. These networks & trends come & go in different iterations. It’s more a matter of how long they last. Nowadays there’s a standard set of networks that really matter. By matter, I mean where the people you know are & what they’re using. State of Social Networks: Snapchat-  Arguably one of the most popular networks out there. Famous...

Pixelmator Overview: Powerful Image Editing for OS X & iOS

My thanks to the Pixelmator team for sponsoring a series of upcoming content this week on Digitaldojos and their amazing Pixelmator app that is available for iOS & OS X. Pixelmator provides a highly affordable & advanced editing platform filled with tools & a simple UI to navigate through.    Available on Mac OS X, iPhone, and iPad this is simply one of the best image editing apps you can get for desktop or mobile. Awarded the Mac App Store of the year in 2011 & iPad App of the year in 2014. Download Pixelmator OS X iPhone iPad As I have a whole series of graphic design content coming up via the Pixelmator app I thought it’d be best to kick off the campaign with an overview of the application to get a better feel of what it can do. Pixelmator for OS X: The OS X version offers a full fledge image editor that allows for touching up, enhancements, sketching, drawing, and other great effects on photos. So whether your  looking to move objects, paint a masterpiece, or simply retouch a photo you took Pixelmator has you covered. Below is our video overview walking you through the app.  Mobile Editing: For those who want to edit on the go their iPad & iPhone app is just as feature packed all in a mobile UI. Making even simpler to take a photo & quickly edit afterwards before uploading or saving it into your camera roll. Aside from just editing on the go you can of course create works of art using Pixelmator’s toolset such as sketching, painting, & various brushes to...