The Apple TV Setup Process Sucks, But It’s Fixable

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The Apple TV setup process¬†is awful, but it's not any different from the experience on the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google's Nexus Player and any other obscure media streaming box you want to add to the bunch. Having set-up an Xbox One over the weekend, you can add that too. Pretty much everyone is in agreement that cable boxes and the overall TV watching experience is flawed. That's not going to improve anytime soon, but we should demand better from our streaming media boxes. We can all hope that Tim Cook rides in on his white horse with something that magically transforms TV. In the interim, Apple has an opportunity to rise above the crowded field of media streamers. I seem to collect media streamers as if they were Twitter clients. … [Read more...]

Apple To Face Lawsuit Over Lost Text Messages

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Apple is going to have to answer to a lawsuit regarding lost text messages caused by its iMessage service. The suit claims that Apple failed to inform customers that switching platforms would cause lost text messages. The plaintiff, Adrienne Moore, is seeking class-action status and unspecified damages. Moore switched from an iPhone 4 to a Samsung Galaxy S5 and claims the loss of countless messages. According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh decided that Moore should have the opportunity in court to prove Apple violated California's unfair competition law by distrupting her wireless service contract with Verizon. … [Read more...]

Netflix Update Optimized for iPhone 6, iOS 8, Offers 1080p on iPhone 6 Plus

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Netflix released a major update today. Version 7.0 has been optmized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This means it takes full advantage of those big displays, allowing you to see more content, without scrolling. Also on the changelog is support for iOS 8 and Chromecast improvements. If you went big with this last iPhone release, this app offers some clear advantages for iPhone 6 Plus owners. On the iPhone 6 Plus, the Netflix app offers 1080p video. Not too shabby. Netflix is available as a free update from the App Store. … [Read more...]

Does the iPhone need more RAM?

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Apple has typically been a company whose focus has been on the user experience and that's largely the same today, at least when marketing to their base. Their yearly events tell a different story, often using those to inform the tech industry of serious performance gains, all of which are warranted. The A8 processor is a beast of a processor and one that offers impressive¬†performance gains over the previous generation. The iPhone 6 checks plenty of boxes. It's the first true big screen iPhone, follows their tradition of stellar hardware build and continues to ship with upgrades abound. In a year that saw so many upgrades, why are they continuing to ship iPhones with a paltry 1GB of RAM? … [Read more...]

New Apple Web Tool Lets You Deregister Phone Number From iMessage

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There have been no shortage of iMessage horror stories from folks who migrated to something other than an iPhone. This comes on the heels of widespread compliants and a class-action lawsuit. Earlier this year, Apple promised that a software fix was in the works. Noticed by a user on Reddit (via The Verge), Apple has published an online tool to dergister iMessage. … [Read more...]

How to setup and use iCloud Drive on iOS, Mac and PC

How to setup and use iCloud Drive

When you transition to iOS 8, Apple offers you the option to migrate to iCloud Drive. This effectively replaces Documents and Data , which on previous iterations of iOS, allowed for syncing of files using iCloud. So if you used a text editor like the wonderful Byword, the resulting files or changes could sync between your Mac, iPhone and iPad. There are some developers who don't yet support Cloud Drive. Prior to making the jump to Cloud Drive, you might want to take inventory of which apps are syncing through iCloud. It's an incredibly powerful feature and remains so, despite limited storage and pricing that still falls short of the competition. Here's how to setup iCloud Drive on iOS 8, Mac and PC. … [Read more...]

Apps of the Week, EllenTube, Woah Dave! and more

EllenTube

It's time to wake up from that candy coma and see what's happening in the App Store. So put down the KitKats and pick up your iPhone. This week, we run like a knitted sack, enjoy some feel good videos, play some gnarly retro games and find ourself surrounded by zombies. It's time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for November 3rd, 2014. Ellentube If you are a fan of the daytime show, you'll love the new app from comedian and daytime host Ellen. Dubbed ellentube, this app provides you with access to only the best, funniest and cutest clips from the show. As a bonus for you cat people (and I count myself among them), the app has plenty of cat videos. If you have a unique talent, the app makes it easy to share it with … [Read more...]

The Apple Pay off and why some retailers are betting on the wrong horse

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A collection of retailers including Rite-Aid and CVS have decided to disable NFC at their payment terminals. As a result, they have disabled Apple Pay functionality, along with Google Wallet (which also allows payments through NFC) as a beneficiary of the decision. They are part of Merchant Customer Exchange, who are working on their own payment system that uses CurrentC, an app currently available in the App Store. If you want to actually use it, you'll need to wait for an invitation. That hasn't prevented it from getting review torched by disenfranchised Apple enthusiasts, unhappy with the Apple Pay being turned off. The list of merchants supporting CurrentC is actually quite extensive with well known retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, … [Read more...]