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[Editors Note: Here's an interesting Off-Topic story for you guys today. Microsoft just released a new wearable fitness device called the Microsoft Band. The coolest thing about this device (and the reason we are sharing it here) is that it has full cross platform compatibility. That means whether you are on a Windows Phone, an iPhone or an Android phone, you can pair up with and use this intriguing fitness smartwatch.]
Microsoft has released their very first fitness band and it is quite the piece of tech. The band has a built-in GPS tracker to monitor your movements and a novel UV sensor so that you can keep track of your exposure to sunlight. Some other cool and useful features involve a skin temperature monitor and a heart rate sensor that use an optical sensor which are far more accurate than the audio sensors attached to many other bands.
Keep in mind the Microsoft Band is much more than just a fitness band. It incorporates a whole slew of features that you’d expect in a smartwatch and builds them right into the band. Features such as Twitter, Facebook, Calendar, Weather, and stock tracking are all integrated into this well built piece of tech.. Microsoft has taken the bold step of making the Band compatible with devices running Android 4.3 and 4.4, iPhones running iOS 7.1 and later, and of course Windows Phone 8.1 users. Users connecting it to a Windows 8.1 smartphone get the added bonus of Cortana integration. How do you like those apples (no pun intended)
The Microsoft Band retails for $199 and is currently only on offer in the US. To purchase the Microsoft Band please visit the Microsoft Store.
As originally written by Cereal Killer over on SurfaceForums.net: Now Available Microsoft Band...
Logitech is a well-known accessory maker which has established itself with keyboards and mice for desktop computers, and it has continue that tradition with products aimed for smartphones and tablets.
Now, the company has updated its Type+ and Ultrathin keyboard cases to be compatible with Apple's new iPad Air 2, but also announced a new standalone ultraportable wireless iPad keyboard dubbed Keys-To-Go.
The new Logitech Type+ for iPad Air 2 is a thin and light two-sided protective case, connecting to the iPad via Bluetooth and getting attached. The accessory is priced at $99.99 and is available in black, dark blue, bright red, bright green, electric blue or violet.
The new Logitech Ultrathin model is a case-keyboard combo made of high-grade aluminum material and boasting a battery life of up to two years. It features an adjustable magnetic slot to allow the iPad Air 2 to be angled. This model is slightly cheaper, being priced at $89.99, but only available in space grey and silver colors.
The recently announced Logitech Keys-To-Go are touted as ultraportable keyboard which are just 6.1mm thick, weighing 180 grams. The keys offer tactile feedback, being protected by a water-repellant FabricSkin covering. There's a rechargeable battery that's said to last up to three months on a single charge. It is compatible with all generations of iPad and iPad mini, and comes in black, red and teal, for $69.99.
Flipboard is a social-network aggregation, magazine-format mobile app which collects content from social media and other websites, presenting it in magazine format. Released back in 2010, the app is used daily by millions of iPad and iPhone users all over the world. And now it has seen an important update being rolled out.
The third version of Flipboard offers topic tags that create a highly personalized experience and there's also a new morning news magazine called The Daily Edition along with a fresh new phone design that quickly brings the stories that are important. Here's a rundown of the new features that it brings:
- Choose from over 30,000 topics to follow. Each topic is powered by the best stories across publishers, websites and the 10+ million magazines made on Flipboard.
- Explore topics through search or by tapping on topic tags at the bottom left of articles.
- Start your day with The Daily Edition, featuring articles selected by our team, ready at 7 a.m. every day.
- Follow people to stay up-to-date on everything they're collecting into their magazines.
- Enjoy an overall design refresh, including full-bleed magazine covers, new typography, and more prominent comment displays and attribution.
There's always going to be an ongoing debate on such sensitive subjects as sexual minorities, but what's important to understand is that all of us have the right to be different. And this seems to be Tim Cook's message in a letter that he published recently, revealing that he is "proud to be gay". Apple's CEO says that this has given him perspective on what it means to be a minority.
What needs to be pointed out is that Tom Cook didn't hide his sexual orientation, but he has now decide to publicly acknowledge it. Apple CEO says that it was his desire for privacy that has held him back from "doing something more important." Here's how the entire content of his letter sounds like:
Previously we showed you how to Jailbreak an Apple device running iOS 8, iOS 8.0.1, iOS 8.0.2, or iOS 8.1 using the Pangu Jailbreak tool. Unfortunately, Cydia's Substrate was late to the game had to be kept out of the tool, so the popular Jailbreak marketplace never showed up after the Jailbreak. In this guide, we will show you how to manually install Cydia on Jailbroken iOS 8.x.
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What you will need:
Download Cydia .deb files here: MEGA
Download CyberDuck (or any FTP program): Cyberduck Libre FTP SFTP WebDAV S3 OpenStack Swift browser for Mac and Windows
How to install Cydia manually:
1. Open up the Pangu app on your iOS Homscreen, here you will see something called OpenSSH, tap on it, and hit "Install" in the top right corner.
2. After OpenSSH is installed, head on over to the Settings app (make sure you're connected to the same WiFi/network as your computer), go into WiFi settings, and tap the "i" icon on your connected WiFi network.
3. Here you will see your IP address for your device, open up CyberDuck, click on New Connection, click on the drop down menu and select SFTP.
4. Under server type in your WiFi address, for the user name "root", and the password is "alpine", accept and prompts that pop up.
5. Now copy the two Cydia files into the first "root" folder that shows up on your screen, accept the transfer.
6. At the top of you computer screen, drop down "Go" and click "Send Command".
7. Copy and Paste this command (without quotes): "dpkg --install cydia-lproj_1.1.12_iphoneos-arm.deb cydia_1.1.13_iphoneos-arm.deb" and hit SEND.
8. After wards open up Send Command again, type in "reboot", your iOS device should reboot and Cydia will show up on the Homescreen. Opening up...
Recently we shared a story that a consortium of companies which included Walmart, Best Buy, Rite Aid and more were refusing to accept Apple's new Apple Pay mobile payment platform because they were working on their own alternative which is called CurrentC. The consortium spear-headed by Walmart is called MCX and they claim that their CurrentC platform is “a payment option that is widely accepted, secure, and developed with [customers'] best interests in mind.”
It turns out that they were exaggerating when they described their system as "secure." According to the latest reports directly from MCX, the CurrentC mobile payment platform (which is in its trial test run) was just hacked and an unspecified number of email addresses were stolen. Here's the statement from MCX,
Source: Business Insider
Last week, we saw the Pangu team surprisingly release the iOS 8 Jailbreak for all devices that support the firmware. The Jailbreak however is still "under construction" so it's not perfect yet. One problem with the new Pangu tool is that Cydia is not included in the initial Jailbreak, however Cydia's substrate has since been updated and it's now possible to add Cydia manually to iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (we'll have a video on that in a bit).
Here you will find a tutorial teaching how to Jailbreak iOS 8.1, iOS 8.0.2, iOS 8.0.1, or iOS 8.0 on the following supported devices:
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 4s
- iPad (2, 3, 4, Air, Air 2, mini 1, mini 2, mini 3)
- iPod touch 5
How to Jailbreak:
1. Download the Pangu tool here
2. Right click on the .exe and Run as Administrator
3. Plug in your supported iOS device and wait for Pangu to recognize it
4. Click the big blue button on the Pangu program and let your iOS device and the Pangu tool run its course
5. As soon as it's done, you should see two Pangu icons on your Homescreen, meaning you are now successfully Jailbroken on iOS 8+
Once again, Cydia is not included in the current Pangu tool, however we will have a video and written guide on how to install Cydia manually in a bit.
Unlike the iPad Mini 3, the new iPad Air 2 isn't a minor, incremental update, but it actually features important hardware innovations. Besides the usual aspects taken into consideration - processor, display, thinness; Apple doesn't get into technical details, but we now have a new report that highlights the improvements Apple has made in the glass coating of the device.
Many are looking forward to scratch-resistant sapphire covers, but one display expert believes the impressive anti-reflective glass coating on the iPad Air 2 is what we'll be seeing on upcoming Apple products.
Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies says that the new anti-reflection screen on Apple's iPad Air 2 has a screen reflectance level of just 2.5 percent which is the lowest level he has ever measured on a tablet or smartphone. Soneira notes that previous record holders didn't get pass by the 4.5 percent mark. Here's what he said about the new coating technology:
"Anti-reflection coatings are used in just about all high-end lenses and related optics. The problem is that most coatings scratch easily and show fingerprints easily. Apple (or more likely one of its suppliers) has found something that doesn't scratch easily or show fingerprints and works well on tablet and smartphone touch screens."
He believes that Apple won't utilize sapphire in future iPhone screens because it has a very high 8 percent reflectance rate. Here's what more Soneira added:
"Presumably Apple's future products will have the same Anti-Reflection coatings as well - so forget about Sapphire on future iPhones because if you apply an Anti-Reflection coating to Sapphire, which has a very high 8% Reflectance all by itself, you lose its very high scratch resistance because the softer coating is now on top."
And here's why Apple can put both the anti-reflective coating and a sapphire panel together
"If Apple were to put the same anti-reflective coating found on the iPad Air 2 onto a mythical...
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