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iOS 7 on an iPhone 5c
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Recently a SSL/TSL security flaw was uncovered in iOS 7 and OSX Mavericks that makes every iDevice and any Mac on Lion or later vulnerable for an attack by a hacker.  Here is what could happen if you don’t update your devices: the attacker could intercept data, like email, banking information, passwords, communications, pretty much anything if they are on the same network as you or are able to create an interception between you and the remote server (OSX Daily). iOS 7.0.6 and OSX 10.9.2 fix this security flaw, so please update to protect your information.

Select 'Install Now' to update to iOS 7.0.6.

Select ‘Install Now’ to update to iOS 7.0.6.

 

On your iDevice: Settings –> General –> Software Update –> Download & Install (or Install Now if already downloaded).

If your device is jailbroken, 7.0.6 is jailbroken already so you can update too.  Here’s how.

On your Mac: OSX Daily provides more information

Map Out Your Black Friday

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Black Friday shopping has officially started, thanks to Kmart.  For all others, Black Friday shopping starts tonight at 6pm or 12am depending on local laws.  Below you will find store hours, the links to the store maps and the best deals at each store. For all store hours in your local area, check out the International Business Times and for every Apple deal on Black Friday, check out my Black Friday Survival Guide.
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iDevice Deals

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Apple has already announced all of the products they plan on releasing this year, which means that the rumor mill has quieted down for a little while. We are still waiting for the Retina iPad mini to be released (November 22 most likely) and the Mac Pro (December?). For the next month and a half/until the end of the year, this blog will be primarily focused on deals for iDevices and their accessories. My twitter feed will be updated with bunch of deals, the Facebook page will have the iOS 7 Tip of the Day in addition to deals and the blog will feature the best deals and a full guide to Black Friday.

At the top, you’ll see the link for the Black Friday page of deals. This page has all the deals for Black Friday 2013 at major retailers, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Apple Store, etc. The page will be updated at least twice a week and more frequently as Black Friday approaches. You can also click here to get to the page.

Finally, tweet or share any part of my blog with #idevicegeekblog to be entered to win an iTunes Store, Windows or Google play gift card.

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The Stack: The Simple Solution to a Common Problem

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sumeU5FOgOI

Our computers are really great for connecting our iDevices to iTunes, our flash drives to download content and external hard drives, but there is one limitation that our computers struggle with: USB ports.  Many computers only have a few USB ports and usually they are taken up by our products.  I have a MacBook and it only has two USB drives, but I have 3 iDevices in addition to other products that require USB ports.  A new product on Indiegogo has a solution for this problem and it is called the Stack.  This handy little device incorporates an iPhone charger (either 30-pin or Lightning) in a male/female USB port (see picture below).  The Stack borrows a concept from something we all know: Christmas lights.  Christmas lights stack into each other and are very convenient because usually people don’t have hundreds of extension cords laying around.  On the Stack, there’s a “male” end which connects to the computer, the charger cable that connects to your iDevice and the “female” end which allows another USB device to connect to it.  For more information, click the image below or check out their Facebook page.

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October 22 Event: The Full Breakdown

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Here is the full breakdown of all the new products that Apple announced at 10am PT today.  Check us out on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with tips, news and rumors for next year’s Apple devices.  We should see a large iPhone 6, full-sized Apple TV and iPads with Touch ID.

Apple covered a lot of new products today.  Click below to see them all!

Apple covered a lot of new products today. Click below to see them all!

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October 22 Event: The Day Of

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Check out Apple.com to see this beautiful advertisement for today's event.

Check out Apple.com to see this beautiful advertisement for today’s event.

“In just a few short hours” (thanks Apple!) Apple’s new products will be revealed.  We expect a new Retina iPad mini 2, a slimmer iPad 5, Macbook Pro updates, a new Smart Cover/Case and the release date for two already-announced products: Mac Pro and OSX Mavericks.  The Apple Store has already been shut down ahead of today’s event and they announced  earlier a live stream of today’s event is available here.

After the event today, I will post a full breakdown of Apple’s new products including lots of pictures and the tech specs.  For when my post goes live, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Apple will be revealing the new iWork in the Cloud today at their event.

Apple will be revealing the new iWork in the Cloud today at their event.

Attention ladies and gentlemen: the Apple Store has been shut down for the iPad event.

Attention ladies and gentlemen: the Apple Store has been shut down for the iPad event.

In other news, Nokia is expected to reveal today an iPad and iPod competitor.

 

December 2013 Contest Ideas

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The holidays are coming and December’s prize is going to be big.  Well, roughly $50 big.  The poll is below, please give me your ideas for the perfect prize for December.  Some of the answers are Apple related and if you have an Android, Windows, etc. (non-Apple device), your opinion matters and I will adjust the prize accordingly.  For example, the prize could be either an iTunes or Google play or Windows phone store, etc.  This poll will end November 1, 2013 at 12am. 

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Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the iOS Tip of the Day, new rumors that don’t make it on to the blog, news and other information.  As always tweet or share this post for fun.  Next month’s contest starts November 1st, 2013.  The December contest will not start until December 1st, 2013.

October 22 Event Invitation Released

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Yesterday afternoon, Apple finally released their event invitation for the iPad-focused event on October 22.  We expect Apple will announce the slightly thicker Retina iPad mini (second generation), the slimmer iPad mini-shaped iPad 5 (fifth generation full-size iPad), the release date of OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro.

October 22 Event

 

Invitation Clues:

“We still have a lot to cover”

  • “We still” –> Apple isn’t finished yet announcing products, the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 are expected to be announced around this time and Apple is secretly confirming that “yes, we know and yes are going to be talking about iPads.”  Also, “still” refers to them updating their products, not necessarily announcing new ones.
  • “a lot” –> 2 new iPads do not qualify as “a lot”.  Apple is expected to announce the iPads in addition to the release date for OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro.  Does 4 new products count as “a lot” to you?
  • “cover” –> very interesting choice of word, could it refer to the new color choice for the iPads (Space Grey, White and Gold) or maybe a new Smart Cover because their iPad 5 is changing form or something.
  • The colors of invitation and transparencies are interesting, I don’t think it has a direct referral to the iPads.  The leaves could represent Autumn, since the event is in Autumn and the colorful transparent leaves could relate to iOS 7.
  • Here’s a crazy theory: I mentioned on Facebook that 71% of users have upgraded to iOS 7 within a month.  What if the leaves represent people who have upgraded.  The non transparent leaves represent people who have not upgraded (they are in the minority towards the top of the invitation) and the transparent leaves are users who have upgraded (the majority towards the bottom of the invitation).  Or the leaves are covering one another, directly relating the the “We still have a lot to cover”.
  • We will know within a few days.

 

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iPad 5 Tech Specs:

  • Touch ID
  • 7.2mm thin due to thinner display
  • iPad mini-like design, narrower bezels
  • storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
  • camera: 8MP rear facing, 1.2MP front facing
  • colors: Space Grey, White, Gold
  • same prices as previous generations

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iPad mini 2 Tech Specs:

  • Touch ID
  • Retina display with 324ppi (2048×1536 resolution)
  • same form as previous generation, maybe slightly thicker to incorporate Retina display (like the iPad 2 vs. iPad 3)
  • A6X processor (same as iPad 4)
  • storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, potentiall 128GB
  • camera: 8MP rear facing, 1.2MP front facing
  • colors: Space Grey, White, Gold
  • same prices as before

 

 

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iPad 6, 12-inch MacBook and Lower Cost iMac Coming 2014

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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has said that 2014 will be a major product year for Apple. The mostly reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities has predicted that some of the new products Tim Cook is talking about include a higher resolution iPad 6, 12-inch Retina MacBook and a less expensive iMac. The iPad 6 will have a greater pixel density, up to 40% more pixels per inch (PPI). It will retain the same 9.7″ display we all know and love. Although rumors recently have pointed to a larger iPad display, a higher resolution model is more likely. In February of 2013, I posted about Apple likely creating a higher pixel density Retina display, code named “Retina HD”. The 12-inch MacBook would likely be released in Summer of 2014 with a Retina display and n brand new design. This MacBook is said to “redefine laptop computing” with its clamshell structure, Intel chip and potentially lower price. Finally, the lower cost iMac should help Apple compete with PC desktop computers and will be released during roughly the same time of the 12-inch MacBook.

This week we expect to see invitations for Apple’s rumored October 22 event where they will introduce a second generation iPad mini, iPad 5, OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro they have been teasing movie-goers about for months. The iPad mini will have the same form factor, but have a Retina display. The iPad 5 will have a smaller form, like the iPad mini, and will be announced initially with the standard storage sizes along a 128GB model. Rumors have indicated we should see the new iPads in Space Grey, Gold and White. OSX Mavericks was announced at WWDC 2013 and should be out sometime before the end of Fall (December 21). The Mac Pro also will be out before the end of Fall, as said by Apple.

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Top 5 Apps

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As soon as I purchase a new iDevice, there are a list of apps that I must download first (before I change the Settings or update the Home screen). These are a list of the apps I must have on my new iDevice:

1. Facebook

Facebook is the best social network since sliced bread. It has over one billion active users worldwide and it integrates our virtual online lives into the real world. It allows us to communicate to virtually anyone within seconds, living anywhere in the world. So this is definitely my first app that I must download because I like to connect with my friends.

2. The Weather Channel

This app is self-explanatory, but it gives the weather. Although not as beautifully designed as other weather apps, this has always been my weather app since I got my first iPhone (May 2009).

3. MacHash

MacHash allows me to stay up to date on all the Apple rumors, news, etc. so I can post weekly on here to inform others. I love this app and I love checking up on Apple daily.

4. Shazam

I love listening to music on the radio and Shazam is the app that not only tells me what I’m listening to, but all gives me other helpful information: find the song on Spotify, buy the song on iTunes, find out artist information, etc.

5. Hulu Plus

One of my all time favorite apps, this app is downloaded for free but requires the user to have a subscription to Hulu Plus ($7.99/month). All my favorite shows can be watched on here with very limited commercials: Saturday Night Live, Glee, Once Upon a Time, Castle, Bones, etc. If you sign up for Hulu Plus, you get a free monthly trial. If you sign up here, I get 2 weeks free and you still get a free trial. So everybody wins.

All these apps are great and my favorites, but whenever I get a new iDevice, these 5 apps are the first apps I download. Then I change my Settings, download some more and update my Home screen.