The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Revealed! Here’s Everything You Need To Know

iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 PlusApple has just released all the deets on the new iPhone.  Here’s what you need to know.

 

Display

That’s right folks.  Apple will be releasing two versions of their new iPhone – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  The regular iPhone 6 will have a 4.7 inch screen while the iPhone 6 Plus will have a 5.5 inch screen, making both versions bigger than the current iPhone 5s.  It is clear that Apple is trying to target a new demographic with their monstrous iPhone 6 Plus – sumo wrestlers, sasquatch, and Transformers.

iphone 6 sizes

In terms of picture clarity, the iPhone 6 display will contain 1 million pixels and the Plus will contain 2 million pixels.  According to Apple, their ultra-HD displays will be officially dubbed as Retina HD.  Based on their naming convention, I will assume the pixel overload will blind your retinas from the immaculate picture quality.  Apple also introduced an ion-strengthened screen cover for the display.  Let’s hope it’s not too durable or I might be out of a job.

 

Body

Apple should’ve gotten the Real Slim Shady to stand up for this event because the new iPhone 6 is quite slim!  The iPhone 6 will be 6.9mm thin while the Plus will be 7.1mm thin.  If it was any thinner, I would be scared of getting a paper cut from holding the new iPhone.  The iPhone 6 is so thin that a thin mint cookie is actually bigger.  I’ve attached a picture below so you can have your mind blown visually.

iphone 6 thin

System

The latest iOS 8 is confirmed to appear on the iPhone 6.  Moreover, the A8 chip is the new 64-bit cpu processor that will power this beastly phone.  Apple claims the iPhone 6 will run 50x faster than the original iPhone, which means you can theoretically text 50x faster!

iphone 50x faster

Furthermore, Apple will be upgrading their new M8 motion processor that can track your every movement whether if you’re cycling, running, swimming, etc.  It can even detect elevation.  The NSA will be thanking Apple for this new feature.

nsa apple

Camera

There will be an 8 MP camera with a new iSight sensor that will “focus pixels” twice as fast as the iPhone 5s.  Overall, image stabilization will be better resulting in less blurry photos and better low-lighting captures.  There will be a new selfie burst mode that will allow you to take 10 photos in a second.  Thanks Apple, now my grandma will be posting 10 selfies of herself playing Mahjong on Instagram!

iphone 6 camera

Pricing & Availability

The iPhone 6 will cost $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, and $399 for 128 GB with a two-year contract.  iPhone 6 Plus will be $100 more at $299 for 16GB with a two-year contract.  Pre-orders begin Friday, Sept. 12 and ships Friday, Sept. 19.  It will be available in 115 countries by end of 2014.

iphone 6 pricing

Apple Pay

Apple introduced their new mobile payment system called Apple Pay.  It will utilize NFC technology and basically transform your iPhone into a digital credit card and make one-touch payments possible. Because that’s what we need – to make impulse buying more convenient.  “It is so cool!” exclaimed Tim Cook during the live event.  Yeah I am not so sure he will be that enthusiastic when he gets ihacked and has all his credit card information stolen.

Apply Pay

BONUS: Apple Watch aka iWatch

The Apple Watch has been revealed.  It utilizes a digital crown that controls the watch, much like rotary dials on an old school land-line phone.  The Apple Watch will be built from only the finest materials including stainless steel, aluminum, and 18-karat gold alloys.  There will be a plethora of apps available on the Apple Watch like the clock app, which conveniently tells time. One touted feature is the ability to share your heart beat with other people through the Apple Watch.  In unrelated news, pre-orders of Apple Watches have been sold out due to immense demand from nursing homes.

iWatch Digital Crown

Fitness is an area Apple is really focusing on with the Apple Watch.  With the prevalence of FuelBand and FitBit wristbands, there is a big opportunity here as Apple Watch is being pushed as an all-day fitness tracker and sports watch in a single device.  The Apple Watch will include 2 critical fitness apps – Activity app and Workout app.  With these apps you can track all physical feats you have done throughout the day from walking, running, cycling, etc.  Important: the Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or above to operate.

iwatch fitness

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Pre-iPhone 6 Reveal: 4 Things You Should Be Aware Of

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Apple will be revealing their heavily anticipated iPhone 6 on Tuesday, September 9.  Here are some things you should be aware of before the event of the year!

 

1. State of the Global Smartphone Market

The 2 giant smartphone makers, Samsung and Apple, have previously dominated the market with their products.  Most recently however, new Chinese companies have started to churn out some great new phones, taking away market share from the 2 heavy players.  Chinese vendors now account for 1/3 of all Android handsets.

 

Xiaomi Chinese Phone

The well-received Chinese smartphone: Xiaomi

In terms of software, the Android OS continues to expand its lead over Apple’s iOS.  According to BI Intelligence, Android has 84% market share over iOS’s 11% share.  This continues to be a problem for Apple as it has historically had trouble establishing its foothold in countries across the globe.  Will the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8 be able to reverse this trend?  Only time will tell.

 

iOS market share

Apple's iOS has had stagnant growth

 

2. iCloud Hacking Scandal

With the recent events of celebrity photos being obtained and leaked by hackers, analysts and consumers alike have questioned the vulnerability of the iCloud.  The iPhone 6 will undoubtedly utilize the iCloud platform more heavily than previous iPhones.  With that in mind, smartphone users are becoming more reluctant to trust personal, sensitive data to cloud platforms that clearly have security issues.  Some users have already responded to the events by beefing up their mobile security with specialized smartphone data protection apps.

 

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The iCloud has been iHacked

3. Sapphire Glass vs Gorilla Glass

Apple is rumored to be installing a new Sapphire Glass that is more durable, resistant, and bendable than the Gorilla Glass they use on their current iPhones.  This may sound like an automatic win, but some researchers like Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies have their doubts.  Soneria is concerned that Sapphire may be more brittle than glass.  Soneira states, “Breakage is a complicated process.  It depends on the stresses that are involved when something falls and that’s really hard to predict without doing testing.  And I would think Sapphire might be more prone to breakage than Gorilla Glass.”

 

Sapphire Glass Preview

 

4. iWatch

Not to steal iPhone 6’s thunder, but the iWatch is expected to debut during Apple’s big event on September 9.  Early media reports have claimed that the iWatch will come in 2 sizes – 1.3in screen and a 1.5in display version.  Memory space will be limited to 8GB of internal storage, which is a large amount for a watch.  The Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch has only 4 GB of storage in comparison.  The aim for the iWatch is for it to be more than just a wrist-worn controller for your smartphone.  Apple wants it to be a standalone product that can operate independently.

iWatch

The iWatch for your iWrist

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Top 10 Safety Tips When Renting a Rental Car

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Part of your travels may involve renting a car which can certainly be enjoyable as it allows you to get around just like you would at home. However, driving a rental car comes with its own complications as this is generally not the typical vehicle that you drive. Even if the car is the same make and model as the one you own, there are still differences in the way it is going to handle.

 

Plus, getting involved in an accident or worse can not only cost you a great deal of money, it can put you in a serious bind being so far from home. First things first, when you rent a vehicle, be sure to protect yourself with rental car insurance. It adds that extra layer of protection that you will need in case the unexpected should happen while you are far away from home.

 

Once you have taken care of the insurance, here are the 10 best safety tips to help keep you safe when driving a rental vehicle. You cannot eliminate the chance that an accident will occur, but you can reduce the odds significantly which may make all the difference.

 

1. Rent a Vehicle with which You are Familiar Withcar rental

If you’ve never driven a large van before, this is not the time to learn. You’ll want to rent the basic type of vehicle that you have driven before. It is much easier to go from driving a large vehicle to a smaller one than the other way around. Large vehicles are more cumbersome and do not respond as quickly as smaller cars.

 

Also, while it may be tempting to rent a high performance sports car, if you’ve never driven anything fancier than a standard mid-size vehicle, you should leave the racing to someone else.

 

2. Check the Outside of the Vehicle

Before you get in, take a minute to check the outside of the vehicle first and pay particular attention to the tires. Even a tire that is just a few pounds under the recommended level can cause your vehicle to turn in unexpected ways, so have it taken care of before you leave the rental car agency.

 

car scratches3. Report any Scratches, Dents or Other Significant Imperfections Before you Leave

In many cases, the rental agency will send a representative with you to the vehicle so that both of you can check it out to report any dents, dings, scratches and the like before you leave so that it is fully reported. The failure to do so means that you might be charged for a ding or dent that you did not cause. So take the time to go over the vehicle so that everything gets reported.

 

4. Check the Inside of the Vehicle

Before you start the vehicle, you will want to locate the following;

-       Speedometer

-       Lights

-       Windshield Wipers

-       Indicators like the Temperature Gauge, Check Engine Light and so forth

-       Gas Gauge

-       Radio and other features that you will use

Basically, you’ll want to get familiar with the car before you even move it from its parking space. Turn on the vehicle and check to see that all the lights and windshield wipers work properly. A sudden rain storm can greatly reduce your visibility quickly and you don’t want to fumble around looking for the windshield wipers.

 

5. Check the Trunkspare-tire-trunk

There should be a fully inflated spare tire or a smaller, solid rubber tire and jack so that you can change your own flat if needed. Plus, the rental agency should have an emergency service vehicle in case of mechanical difficulties, so have that number handy when driving.

 

6. If you have a GPS, Program your Destination

This can save you a great deal of time and effort in trying to find your location. So before you leave the parking area, be sure to program your first destination which can save you from becoming distracted while driving. This is especially true if you are traveling in densely packed urban areas where accidents are more likely to happen.

 

7. Test the Vehicle as You Drive

If the rental agency has a large parking area, take the vehicle around a couple of time to get the feel of it. You’ll want to test the brakes and steering as well so that way you can know what to expect. You only need a minute or two, but if you notice something really odd or even wrong with how the vehicle operates, immediately take it back to the rental agency.

 

8. Limit Distractions

This is arguably the toughest piece of advice to follow since it is very easy to become distracted when driving in a place that you have never visited. However, distractions are one of the leading causes of accidents so if you should see something so interesting that you must keep looking, pull the vehicle over to a safe place so you can view it without putting you and any of your passengers in danger.

 

9. Stay at a Safe Speed

Driving the speed limit will help you keep out of trouble with law enforcement and also allow you more reaction time if something should occur which requires you to apply the brakes or change lanes. It can be easy on long stretches of the highway to let the speed creep up. Just keep in mind that the faster you go, the less likely you are to avoid a potential accident.

75-mph-speed-limit-sign

10. Read the Map when the Car is Stopped

While reading a map has been the source of high comedy in television series and films, it is no laughing matter to get distracted by a map or anything else while driving your rental car. If you need to find a location, talk or text on your phone, or have to take your eyes off the road for something else it is best if you pull over the vehicle first.

 

By following these simple tips, you can significantly decrease the odds of having an accident while driving a rental vehicle and keep you and your passengers safer which makes for a much more enjoyable trip.

 


 

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Summer Vacation Never Dies: 5 Travel Ideas for Fall

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Whether you spent your summer lounging by the sapphire waters of a faraway land or slaving away in an office cubicle, you don't have to give up on vacation once Labor Day hits. Here are five fall vacation ideas for in-love duos, adults married with children, and singletons living for a good cocktail.

 

1. Belated Beach Trip

Somehow, someway, summer escaped—and you never even caught a glimpse of the ocean. Luckily, the beach and ocean are open year-round, especially in SoCal, where autumn is basically a continuation of summer. And by September and October, the crowds diminish and hotel rates go down. Where to go? The quaint surf town of Encinitas is a laid-lack Cali destination. Unlike L.A. and San Diego, Encinitas moves at a slower pace, and it has an eclectic downtown featuring various surf shops, coffeehouses and record stores.  So pack it up, get a protected rental car, and road trip it out to always sunny California.
encinitas

Photo by Mikefairbanks via Wikimedia Commons

 

Aquatic insurance: A dry phone is a working phone, but accidents happen. From stand-up paddle boarding to an extra-large latte, one small slip-up, and your phone could ultimately meet its demise. In this kind of emergency, you'll be happy you had liquid and water damage coverage.

 

2. Harvest Weekend Getaway

A break from the norm doesn't have to include a long-distance road trip crossing state lines or flying overseas. Day trips are fun too. For young families with kids back in school, the fall weekend is a great time to get away, even if it's just a jaunt to a nearby town. September signals the start of fall and the soon-to-be pumpkin-flavored everything pandemic: Pumpkin lattes. Pumpkin cheesecake. Pumpkin bars. Pumpkin beer. Pumpkin pie. And pumpkin patches. Take the fam to a pumpkin patch, apple orchard, corn maze or hayride for harvest fun, and don't forget to take pictures for Instagram.