Second-Gen Apple TV Updates Are No More Apple Ends Tech Support Declares Device Obsolete

The second-generation Apple TV is the latest Apple device to be retired. Apple has added the digital media player to its retired products page and will no longer provide most product support for the device, according to a report from AppleInsider.

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Coverage is still available in Turkey and California, because the Apple TV is classified as a vintage product — meaning that it has “not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago” — but for everywhere else, Apple has classified the Apple TV as an obsolete device.

The second-generation Apple TV was notable for taking a different approach compared to the original Apple TV when it launched in 2010, dropping the device’s internal hard drive for media storage and relying much more on streaming and remote applications.

It also introduced the compact black box form factor found in subsequent Apple TV models. After it was discontinued in 2012, the second-generation Apple TV was replaced with an incremental update in the third-generation Apple TV, which itself was discontinued in 2016. As AppleInsider notes, the third-generation Apple TV has seen minimal updates within the past year.

As of late, Apple has taken a stronger focus on apps for the home electronics space. The latest fourth-gen Apple TV, which was released in late 2015, is built with bolstered internal specifications and Apple introduced an Apple TV-specific App Store that has games and apps from outlets like Facebook. While a long-rumored actual Apple home TV is far down the road, Apple expects to rely on the Apple TV to maintain a presence on your own TV.

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Apple iPhone 7

Since its launch in September, the iPhone 7 has helped Apple maintain its spot as a dominant player in the tech market. You might think too with Christmas three weeks away that the phone is flying off the shelves and it is.

Apple looks even better now to some Samsung users since the Note 7 has had its battery issues and people might be contemplating a move to the iPhone.

Internet rumors told us about a lot of potential features and the release confirmed them too. It was no surprise that social media sites lit up with outrage because the headphone jack is gone. Apple is pushing us to move to Bluetooth or wireless headphones and this is a smart move.

Stock sold out early with iPhone 7 plus and Jet Black 7 being among the hardest to get. Stock is trickling in now and Apple has cleverly created this need that we must have the new iPhone 7 particularly the Plus. Head over to the Apple website and check out this comparison page on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Having used the phone quite a bit, some things stood out for us while using the new iPhone.

Size and Colour

Apple phones don’t let you add an SD Card like Samsing phones. This meant that users of 16GB models were often running out of space. The 7 starts at 32GB, much like the Galaxy s7 and has 128 and 256 models available.
The screen on the 7 is 4.7 inches like the 6 and 6s models while the 7Plus is a 5.5 inch screen. The Space Grey color has been replaced by Black and Jet Black. The Gold, Rose Gold and Silver models are still available.

Home Button

The Home Button is very different on the new 7. It no longer clicks like previous versions. Force works when using the home button to unlock your phone. It’s a lot less prone to breaking or wearing out according to Apple. I still don’t like this feature much and prefer the clickable home button on the iPhone 6s. Apple also gives you three options to use when setting up the home button using this technology, one that I think could confuse many users.

Water Resistant

Taking a page from Samsungs book, the iPhone 7 is water resistant. Apple has never done this before and its a great move. How many of us buy a lifeproof or Otterbox case to protect our phone from water. The phone is not waterproof however and we encourage you to find out the difference before you take a plunge in the pool with it. A water resistant phone is not waterproof.

Sonos now available in Apple physical and online stores

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sonosappleLast month Sonos announced it was expanding its collaboration with Apple by bringing Sonos into Apple’s physical and online retail stores. Two of its most popular speakers — the PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 — were available 468 Apple Stores worldwide on October 5, and Apple’s online stores outside of the US starting November 2.

“Our expanded collaboration with Apple is a great example of our ongoing work with our full ecosystem of partners to make it easier than ever to listen to music out loud at home,” said Patrick Spence, president of Sonos. “Apple Music on Sonos is a powerful experience, one we’re proud to bring directly to Apple fans at Apple Stores worldwide.”

“This is a big deal — both for our companies, and for music lovers around the world who can now experience Sonos and Apple Music like never before. We know that the best way to discover Sonos is by experiencing it first-hand, which shoppers in 180 Apple Stores will be able to do, with a hands-on Sonos and Apple Music demo featuring a guided Sonos app experience on the iPad Pro.”

It wasn’t long ago that Apple Music joined Sonos as its exclusive partner in the connected home, creating experiences that only Sonos and Apple Music could provide– Beats 1 Radio in every room in the house, Apple Music exclusives like Frank Ocean in the kitchen, and Drake’s latest drops in the bedroom. With expanded collaboration, the Sonos whole home sound system with Apple Music’s curated playlists and personalized recommendations, tuned perfectly for your home.

 

Power up #backtoschool with power solutions from #Logiix

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LogiixBack to school is a busy time and if you are on the go a lot you’ll invariably need to charge your smartphone. Logiix has a great selection of charging solutions including a couple we have been using for a while.

Piston Power Multi 3000

Retailing at 54.99, this portable pack has connectors for Apple (lightning) and Android (Micro USB). I use a Galaxy S7 and an iPhone so it works well for me. It’s a handy charger because it is so small and lightweight you hardly know you are carrying it.

It will charge your smartphone 1.5 times. I was able to coax a little more charge out of it because my iPhone was not at 0% when I decided to charge. I find these take about an hour or so to charge a phone so be aware that it is not an instant charge.

Piston Power Slim 360

A little bulkier than the Multi 3000, The Piston Power Slim 360 is another great charger from Logiix. It will cost you 49.99 to buy but will charge a phone 3 times vs 1.5. The Lightning and Micro USB chargers are not built in so you will have to carry one of those cable types with you when you need to charge. Not a huge deal.

The Slim 360 is the better of the two charges in my option. I felt more confident with it if i dropped it or had to lug it around. Perhaps it was the sturdy metal construction and the appearance it gives of looking like a small external drive.

#iPhone7 Rumors and Release Dates

iPhone7Apple’s latest iPhone, the 7 should be released on September 7th.

Rumor has it that iPhone 7 will ditch the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, causing much outrage among current Apple users. You won’t then be able to use your current headphones on new Apple devices as you can now.

Every device since the Sony Walkman arrived in 1979 has had the jack on it. Apple once again goes against the grain and tries to show us that it still thinks differently. iPhone 7 is expected to come with updated EarPods that connect via Lighting — or, in a somewhat longer shot — Bluetooth.

If you are looking to upgrade to the 7 and are expecting major design changes you may be disappointed. The 7 is expected to have minor upgrades prompting one blogger to call it “iPhone 6SS,” In addition to the 7 and 7 Plus, a Pro Model may also be released.

Ditching the headphone jack would also leave room for a second speaker grille, which has appeared on other leaked photos. That would allow the iPhone 7 to be the first model with true stereo sound.

A redesigned home button  “Force Touch” home button. Instead of a physical mechanism, Apple will use its ‘Force Touch’ technology and a motor inside the iPhone to provide the sensation that the button is being physically depressed.

The camera should also get an upgrade with some sources saying that a dual lens might be possible. According to the rumors, the dual camera would likely be included on the 5.5-inch-screen iPhone 7 Plus and/or Pro, but probably not the standard 4.7-inch-screen iPhone 7.

Win a gift from Guusto

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In March we told you about Guusto, an app that allows you to send gifts to family and friends. Now you’ll get a chance to win a gift and gift it to someone that you know.

How does Guusto work?

Guusto is an app that’s easy to download for iOS and Android and works like this. You choose the gift and its value and then send it via email or text message. You don’t need the app to receive the gift but simply open the link and choose any partner venue to redeem it.

Now here is your chance to win a gift from Guusto and send it to a friend of your choice. Just see the details of our contest below and find out how to enter and you could send a friend a gift. Note this contest is open to Vancouver and B.C. Residents only.

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Cell Clinic Vancouver lets you trade-in devices this Christmas

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To help families this Christmas, Cell Clinic is accepting trade-ins on broken/used mobile devices for cash at cellclinicnearly twice the value offered by major cell phone providers, and an extra 20 per cent to trade for in-store credit.

Gifts or cash will help families buy presents this Christmas. We are also encouraging people to use this offer to buy gifts and give directly to a charity of their choice such as YWCA Metro Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Salvation Army, Covenant House, Senior Services Society, BC SPCA, Vancouver Humane Society, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and Kocihta (helping Indigenous youth reach their career potential).

“We want to help charities and families that are in need,” said Alex Dechant, owner of Cell Clinic Ltd. “Many people don’t realize that old cell phones and tablets can be turned into cash or repaired Vs. purchasing a new one. Repairing a new mobile device can save consumers hundreds of dollars, reduce technology’s carbon footprint, and cut the need to buy a phone prior to the end of a cellular contract, or a long-term contract with a mobile provider”, said Dechant.

About Cell Clinic:

Cell Clinic provides people and corporations with a quick, affordable, and quality repair option in the heart of downtown Vancouver (935 Seymour) that will improve the functionality and life of their current cell phone and tablet. The store also offers gift certificates, refurbished mobile devices, and a variety of mobile accessories such as protection options, cases, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, chargers, etc.

HAVOC iPhone 6 from LENMAR Undead Power is water and shock resistant

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Lenmar Enterprises, Inc. has unleashed the HAVOC, announcing a crowdfunding campaign for its new iPhone 6 battery case.

Unlike any other battery case, the HAVOC is packed with power, guaranteeing that your adventure doesn’t stop. This rugged case has a built-in battery with double the power, is shock resistant, water-resistant AND it’s completely dust proof.

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  • Double the battery life. With 3200mAh of built-in power, recharge your dead phone from 0-100% and save a little something extra for later.
  • Rated at IP65 – the HAVOC is water-resistant, keeping your iPhone 6 protected from inclement weather or coffee mishaps.
  • Shock Resistant – all corners and key points of impact are covered with a second layer of protection, keeping you protected against drops.
  • The seamless and sealed design allows you to touch the retina display directly.
    Completely sealed against dust.

Through the IndieGoGo campaign, LENMAR is also offering their classic iPhone 6 battery case, known as the MAVEN, as a bonus perk. This is the newest version of the wildly successful Lenmar MERIDIAN battery case for iPhone 5/5s. The MAVEN features everything you’ve come to love and expect in a battery case – 100% more power, optimized speaker channels, and pass through sync capabilities in a sleek and lightweight package.

LENMAR is launching the rugged battery case on IndieGoGo with the goal of raising $75,000 by Jan 5, 2015. The funds raised will cover the costs of tooling, R&D and testing. Additionally, this campaign gives contributors the option to pre-order a case at a steep discount. All battery case units are expected to ship in March.

The HAVOC is available at a special pre-order price of $79 in a limited quantity (Value $119.99). The MAVEN is available for pre-order now at the discounted price of $59 (Value $89.99). Both the HAVOC and the MAVEN will be available to the public on Lenmar.com and with Lenmar’s retail partners after all orders from the campaign have shipped.

For more information about the HAVOC and the MAVEN, please visit the campaign page here http://igg.me/at/iphone6-battery-case

About Lenmar

Founded in 1965, Lenmar Enterprises, Inc. is a worldwide provider of power solutions for consumer electronics and the creators of Undead Power. The company has nearly 1,400 products, including portable power packs, battery cases, power accessories, replacement batteries and AC/DC charging solutions. Lenmar is available around the world through a network of distributors, retailers and e-commerce companies.

Lenmar has offices in Southern California, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and the Netherlands, as well as strategic distribution partners that span all major continents.

For more information, visit www.lenmar.com.

Handybook lands in Vancouver to provide on demand services for you

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handybookCleaning and staying on top of your home can be challenging at the best of times. Now imagine you don’t have time to do these things and you need to hire people you can trust. Handybook solves these problems and provides you with reliable professionals to help you do so.

It allows you to book fully vetted, background-checked professionals at the push of a button – simply select your desired service, confirm the time of service and enter your email address – all in under one minute. Handybook is also available for iOS devices as an app.

We spoke with Oisín Hanrahan, co-founder of the company.

The Handybook Story

‘With Handybook we are looking at how to change the way people buy services and connect with different services professionals. We have over 3,000 Services professionals across all of our cities for things such as cleaning, handyman and plumbing in our database.”

The service doesn’t stop there however as the company website lists many other things you can book should you need help. It’s like Uber but without the costs associated with that new service.

Coming to Canada

Vancouver is the second Canadian city to come on board after Toronto. Hanrahan shed some light on why the city was a good choice. “We look at Cities where there is great tech adoption. Through market testing we can decide how Cities respond to booking services online and mobile.”

The service started in New York and Boston and has spread out across 24-25 cities in North America. Handybook has 100 employees in New York and 50 in its other centres. Vancouver has a GM and Operations Associate now. Tech startups often expand at a quick rate these days but Handybook has a different strategy.

“We’re going deeper into cities we are in and hoping to add more users first. We’ll wait 6 months for a place like Vancouver and see what the adoption rates are”

Phantom Glass review

Phantom Glass

Phantom Glass has the answer to protecting your devices as its a tempered glass screen protector, created with Corning Gorilla Glass, to ensure maximum impact and scratch protection.

What is it?

at .2millimeters thin Phantom Glass features two unique coatings: a silicone nano-adhesion layer, which allows for easy installation while its oleophobic nano-coating that allows fingerprints to wipe off with ease.

Where can I get it?

In development for 2 years, Phantom Glass is available Staples, Future Shop Best Buy in Canada starting this week. It is available for iPhones, iPads, Microsoft’s Surface, and Samsung devices. Vancouverites should also inquire at other stores where they buy their technology as the company was in Vancouver this week hitting up potential vendors.

The company is based in Markham, Ontario and we spoke with Richard Waters, one of the company’s founders about why this is a great buy for smartphone users and techies alike.

“Phantom Glass is super strong, easy to install, impact resistant and has a lifetime warranty. If and when you drop your phone its engineered to break in a way that is safe to the consumer. We stand behind what we have built and will continue to do so.”

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For me it’s given my iPhone 4s new life. Switching from the Ballistic case to a cover for the back and Phantom Glass on front, my phone is lighter and brighter. Phantom Glass is so clear and easy to look at that you hardly know it is there. It also cleans easily and has taken a few drops and falls very well.

Waters notes that “We intend to keep company going and build respected brand that’s a go to for consumers and techies alike. We plan maintain retail partnerships and further enhance those relationships rather than sell the company to the highest bidder.”

Keep your eyes peeled for Phantom Glass at your local tech retailer or big box store. If you have the chance to give it a try or put it on your phone do it. You will be glad you did.

WWDC kicks off with some major announcements from Apple

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wwdcApple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) kicked off today in San Francisco. Highlights include Apple’s Mac operating system getting a new design while new features in the software for iPhones and iPads include one for keeping tabs on your health.

Apple executive Craig Federighi pointed out that data from various fitness-related devices now live in silos, so you can’t get a comprehensive picture of your health. That will change, he says, with HealthKit coming to the new mobile software, iOS 8. Apple is also working with the Mayo Clinic to make sure your weight, calorie intake and other health metrics are within healthy ranges.

Apple is also making it easier for various devices to work together. You can share songs, movies and books you purchase with your entire family. Macs and mobile gadgets will share more features, and you can share and sync files between the two more easily.

Changes to the Mac operating system, OS X

  • The next Mac operating system will be named Yosemite, after the national park.
  • Yosemite will have a translucent design. The notification centre will use that design, for instance, to give you an advance look at your calendar, weather and other information.
  • You’ll be able to search for content on the computer and on the internet at once, similar to a feature that came with Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 system.
  • Apple is expanding its iCloud storage service so that you can store and sync files of any type, not just the ones designed specifically for iCloud. It’s similar to how services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive let you work with the same files on multiple devices more easily.
  • A Mail Drop feature will make it easier to send large files. Instead of pushing the entire file by email and overloading mail servers, the Mac will create a link that the recipient can click for the full file.
  • The Mac’s Safari web browser will have more privacy controls and ways to share links more easily.
  • The free Mac update will be out this fall. A version is available for developers Monday. This summer, Apple will also make a test version available to selected customers who aren’t developers.

Changes for iPhones, iPads

  • Like the new Mac OS, the iOS 8 system will have a universal search tool to cover both files on your device and content on the internet. It will also get the iCloud Drive service.
  • A “quick type” feature promises predictive typing suggestions. For example, if you start typing, “Do you want to go to,” the phone will suggest “dinner” or “movie” as the next word. Currently, the suggestions are limited to spelling corrections.
  • A “do not disturb” feature will make it easier to stop notifications on a conversation with just a swipe, while a “tap to talk” feature records and sends audio messages to a recipient so you don’t have to type.
  • IOS 8 will have a built-in health-management tool to help people track their vital signs, diet and sleeping habits. Apple’s chief rival, Samsung Electronics Co., incorporated fitness-related features in its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5.
  • Apple announced new technology for controlling garage doors, thermostats and other home systems, although the company didn’t say how all the pieces will be linked together through what it calls HomeKit.
  • The new software will likely come with new devices for the holiday season, with free updates available for recent models.
  • Apple will also let app developers sell bundles at discounted prices.
  • The fingerprint security system on the iPhone 5s will be accessible to apps written by outside parties. Previously, it was limited to Apple functions, such as unlocking the phone and verifying iTunes purchases.

Working together

  • Although the Mac and iOS systems are separate, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the two have been engineered to work seamlessly together.
  • Apple’s AirDrop feature, which has let you share files with other devices of the same type, will now let iPhones and Macs share directly with each other.
  • A new “handoff” feature will let you switch devices more easily, so you can start writing an email on a phone and finish on a Mac. And when a call comes in on your iPhone, you can get caller ID information on your Mac.
  • The iMessage chat service will now let you communicate with devices that aren’t running iOS, such as those running the rival Android system from Google.

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