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Apple Unveils The iPhone 6 And The Apple Watch

  • Today, Apple unveiled two new phones: the gigantic-screened iPhone 6 and the even clunkier iPhone 6 Plus. Both phones will be released on September 19th. One exciting feature will be mobile payments, which allows users to use the phone as a credit card on trips to the store. A bigger surprise announcement today was the upcoming Apple Watch, which is essentially a teensy iPhone for your wrist that also heavily monitors your fitness activity. The watch will be available in early 2015 for around $350. Exciting! [The Verge, New York Times]
  • But don’t get too excited: those new iPhones may be too big for women’s hands. [The Atlantic]
  • U2 pulled a Beyonce and announced a surprise album release at today’s big Apple unveiling. (Whatever, Beyonce still did it first.) The album, Songs of Innocence, is currently available on iTunes for free — yes, free. ( [Entertainment Weekly] Keep reading »

Watch The iPhone 6′s Sapphire Crystal Screen Survive A Stabbing

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I have a love/hate relationship with every single Apple product I own. I am what you might call an Apple Truther, someone who believes that Apple products are designed to break right after your warranty is up, either through “normal” wear and tear or the installation of “critical” updates that are actually critical because they put your damn iPhone/iPad/laptop/whatever on life support. And yet, despite my belief in this conspiracy, like a good sheep with an addiction to shiny, new things, I keep buying Apple’s products year after year because they are kind of amazing and wonderful for the majority of the two years (length of the warranty!) and one day (first day without a warranty!) that they actually last. Which is why I will no doubt be buying the iPhone 6 when it comes out — but this time, Apple may have actually made a design update that improves upon the phone’s hardware. The iPhone 6 will reportedly come with a bigger, scratch-resistant sapphire glass screen that, if the video above from YouTuber Marques Brownlee is to be believed, puts its current screen to shame. Keep reading »

Cool Or Creepy: New App Lets You Embed Yourself In The Life Of A Stranger

Would you share your life with a stranger?

We all got stern warnings about stranger danger when we were kids, but according to a research group at MIT, we could all use more contact with strangers, not less. That’s why they developed a new iPhone app called 20 Day Stranger, which connects you and a stranger and lets you anonymously observe each other’s lives. You get updates on what they’re doing, how they’re feeling, where they are (the app pulls photos from Google Maps and FourSquare instead of using exact locations), all delivered matter of factly, without Instagram filters or disingenuous Facebook status updates clouding reality. At the end of the 20-day period, each person has the opportunity to send the other a single message, in which they can include their real contact info (but only if they feel so inclined).

The goal of all this anonymous life sharing? Fostering connection, understanding, and empathy. Keep reading »

Etsy Spotlight: An iPhone Case For California Dreamers

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When I think of my phone, I think of text messages I forgot to return, emails piling up, and this article I read a few months ago that said most people’s cellphones are so teeming with germs that they make porta potties seem like gleaming beacons of cleanliness and sanitation. One way to cut through all these stressful phone thoughts? Outfit your phone with the calmest of covers — like this one, featuring a blissful beach scene. It won’t fix your text message backlog, but it might help you remember to take a breath. Say it with me now: Aaaaahhh. And then go buy some phone cleansing wipes, just for good measure. [$35, Journey's Eye]

Some Good News For Once: Apple Will Create More Racially Diverse Emojis

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You may have noticed by now that you can text a koala, the Mexican flag, sushi or a space alien, but when it comes to depictions of humans, iPhone emojis are not exactly racially diverse. Both Miley Cyrus and Tahj Mowry have mentioned the racial disparity, and MTV Act blogger Joey Parker recently wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook about making a change.

The vice president of Apple’s corporate communications gave Parker a response :

“Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms.  There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard.” Keep reading »

New App Can Track Exactly How Caffeinated You Are

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Raise your hand if you’re a caffeine addict just like I am? (I’m guessing that’s about 99 percent of us, right?) If we are ready to be slightly horrified at our behavior, UpCoffee, a new app by the life-tracking wristband folks at Jawbone, explains exactly how much caffeine you consume each day. The app hopes to make it easier for users to understand how caffeine effects our quality of sleep and ascertain that the latte or latte they guzzled a few hours ago won’t keep them awake. Keep reading »

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