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Apple Announces Global Shift in Platform

ios7_Settings_iconAt the WWDC conference today, Apple announced the releases of 3 new inititives.  iOS8 for iPhone, iPad and other handheld devices, OSX 10.10 Yosemite for Macs, and the Swift Programming Language.

iOS8 releases this fall with the release of iPhone6.

  •  iOS8 delivers native cloud stored photo albums, and simplified iOS photo editing tools.
  • Improved iMessage lets you one-touch share your location, and send voice recordings.
  • iCloud Drive, which is a direct competitor to Google Drive.
  • iOS8 includes native health apps, aimed at target the market that is now dominated by FitBit & the like.
  • Nearfield application sharing.  Lets you answer a call on your mac or iPad.  Start typing an email on your Mac, but want to finish on the go?  Just pick up your iPhone without having to save it as a draft.
  • Touch login integration for 3rd party apps.  You can now login to Facebook & Twitter with just a thumb-scan.

The biggest improvement in iOS8 is Family Sharing.  Allowing you to share the purchase of apps with up to 5 other members of your family.  Now you no longer have to purchase the same app, movie or song for each device you own.

OSX Yosemite brings a completely redesigned interface, similar to the change Apple introduced in iOS7.  Some big changes will be available to those who own iPhones as well.  Integrated hot spot, calling & SMS means you no longer have to pick your phone up while working on your Mac.

Disabling Unwanted Twitter Notifications

Lately, Twitter has been rolling out some extra notifications that you might have seen show up that you really don't care about like "People are talking about this" or "Three people you follow just followed this guy." If you'd like to get rid of these, there's a setting for it, but it's buried.

On both iOS and Android, the fine-grained notification settings are tucked away under less-than-obvious menus. As Mashable points out, on iOS, you first open Twitter's main settings panel and tap on the account you want to change. Scroll down far enough and you'll see options for notifications for things like "Recommendations," "News," and "Other." While none of these are very obvious labels, they're also not direct interactions with you, which we assume you're most interested in.

Android's layout is even more confusing. Under Settings, choose the account you want to modify. The top option is "Notifications" and underneath it says "Notifications are ON." One would assume this is a toggle, but tap this button and you'll find a list of all the notifications you can enable/disable. Scroll to the bottom to find "Recommendations," "News," "Other," and any of the other types of notifications you might want to disable.

Instructions via : LifeHacker

Google Fiber coming to 34 more cities across the US

Tired of dealing with Comcast, AT&T or Verizon?  Don't like your current ISP.  Along comes Google Fiber, in its infancy stage for much of the past 3 years, and has only been available to the residents of Kansas City, Provo & Austin.  Gigabit Bandwidth speeds and crystal clear HDTV means you'll have another option for a consumable entertainment & internet choice.  Google plans on rolling out to 34 total cities by the end of 2014.  These locations include...

  • Atlanta, GA & Metro Area (Avondale Estates, East Point, Brookhaven, Hapeville, College Park, Sandy Springs, Decatur & Smyrna)
  • Charlotte & Raleigh-Durham, NC & Metro Area (Carrboro, Garner, Morrisville, Chapel Hill, Cary)
  • Nashville, TN
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe, AZ
  • Portland, OR & Metro Area (Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro, Tigard & Gresham)
  • San Jose, CA & Metro Area (Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto)

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