Review: Readdle Spark Email Client for iOS

I’ve tried every single iOS client for iOS and for some reason I’ve decided for various reasons I’ve disliked something about them all except Apple mail enough where I stopped using them.  As someone with a few lingering quirks from OCD, I can be very picky when it comes to apps.  This is doubly so with email and RSS reader apps.  The newest email client is one I’ve ended up absolutely loving, Spark from iOS developer Readdle.

Spark features a really powerful smart mailbox with commonsense groups.  It tries to group emails into 5 different categories: New emails – emails you want to see most, Notifications,  Newsletters, pinned emails, and your overall inbox.  Each one of these categories can be viewed 3 different ways: a unified email box with all your accounts funneled in, grouped emails for each inbox, or each inbox separately.  You can choose to customize your preference for each one.  So you can have all your important mail grouped by individual inbox and all the store emails you get lumped together.  Its smart enough to know that you’re probably going to want to be looking at a job site’s email rather than put it in the newsletter section.  Email actions in your inboxes is based on half or full swipes so getting through unwanted emails, pinning them, or archiving  is quick and ready.  Spark also gives you access to the full mailboxes of all included email accounts.  The search is powerful is has natural langue support.

What really makes Spark special is the customization and integration with other services.  Its highly compatible with Google Gmail, MS Exchange, MS Outlook, Yahoo, iCloud, and quickly and easily sets up any custom email servers.  Same story with cloud services.  You get Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, MS OneDrive, Evernote, OneNote, Readability, Pocket, and Instapaper.  The client is compatible with 1Password and LastPass extensions which makes signing in to these services very easy.  Most of the interface is customizable as well.  You can rearrange the top and bottom sections, add new categories, change what the swipes do and add widgets.  The only real widget available is currently for the calendar, but there’s quite a few more coming soon like access to your Apple and Amazon accounts, flight information, packing tracking, weather, and even statistics information.  Spark has the potential to become a lot better than it is and its already the best email client I have ever used.  Readdle left no stones uncovered.  Yes, there’s even an Apple watch companion app.

When it comes to flaws, I’m hard pressed to find them.  It functions exactly how my work flow wants an email client to be.  If there’s an achilles heal at this point its that the apps is iPhone only at that stage.  If you’re on a iPad and you don’t want to run an iPhone app, you’re out of luck.  given Readdle’s history though, I would expect a universal version to come eventually.

Readdle’s apps usually trend towards the $3-10 range range and I would have gladly paid that price in a heartbeat.  Readdle had other ideas and is offering it totally for free.  For $10 it would have been a bargain for its functionality, free there is no reason not to download Spark.  Like all iOS apps you can grab it exclusively from the Apple App Store.

It does’t happen very often, but Spark is an app I can full get behind.  Its what an email app should be.  Its feature packed, customizable, fast, and you can’t beat the price.  It also makes you more productive.  What are you waiting for, go download it now!

Tech Hangout 2.0 #7: Are you TWiTing me?

Tech Hangout 2.0 Runsheet

Introduction

Ben or Replacement Primary host introduces the show
Additional Co-Hosts

Hosts

Ben Roethig

@benroethig
www.benroethig.com

Patrice Brend’Amour

@casual_kitchen
brendammour.net

Mikel Potts

@twerppoet

Paul Gans

Classified

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Charter to merge with TWC, promises net neutrality

Additional Coverage
– Charter has announced a merger with Time Warner Cable
– $78.7 billion valuation or $195 a share
– Charter also announced the purchase of Brighthouse Networks for $10.4 billion
– TWC just came from a failed merger attempt with Comcast
– will still require a FCC review
– Charter has vowed to avoid data throttling or data caps
– FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says that there is no merger ban and the merger will be judged on its own merit
– Combined Charter/ TWC/ Brighthouse will be called the new Charter
– will be 2nd largest cable company with 23 million customers behind Comcast’s 27 million

Verge parent Vox Media buys Re/Code

  • Vox Media is buying Recode
  • Vox’s flagship site is the Verge
  • Verge will focus on consumer tech while Recode will continue on with business news
  • Recode’s review arm will become part of the Verge
  • Walt Mossberg will also contribute to the Verge in addition to recode

TWiT to discontinue chat and behind the scenes coverage

Additional Coverage
– TWiT will make changes to its chat and live programming
– Will discontinue IRC chat June 1st
– Due to threats from troll activity
– will look for a more secure and manageable chat service
– will now run Pre-recorded version of most shows, but will still live stream some
– will continue live coverage of major events
– Live New Years Eve will not be continued

Streaming services like Netflix and HBO Increasing data traffic, Torrents down

  • Netflix traffic up from 34.9% of web traffic in 2014 to 36.4
  • HBO Now and Go account for 4.1% of web traffic
  • up 300%
  • File sharing like Bittorrent traffic down

Apple

News about iOS, Macs, Apple TV, Apple watch, etc

Jony Ive promoted to chief design officer

  • Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design Officer
  • will be responsible for all design from devices to interface to stores
  • will hand off management responsibilities to top lieutenants
  • Richard Howarth will become VP of Industrial design
  • 20 year Apple design veteran
  • Alan Dye VP of User Interface Design
  • 9 year Apple employee
  • key part of team for iOS 7, iOS8, and Apple Watch

Google

News About Google and Android

Google i/O Keynote

  • Announced Android M
  • No version number available
  • iOS like individual permissions and OS-Wide fingerprint scanner support
  • USB-C recommendation for devices with bi-directional power capability
  • Doze power mode almost doubles battery life

  • Android Pay

  • Works pretty much exactly like Apple pay in form and function.
  • virtual account numbers
  • both in-app and in-store support
  • support of all 4 credit credit card issuers
  • works in store with most Apple pay stores
  • also works with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile

  • Project Brillo

  • stripped down Android for internet of things
  • Weave communication protocol for Brillo devices
  • cross-platform

  • Google Photos

  • new stand alone web service and apps
  • stores unlimited photos up to 16mp and 1080
  • can edit photos with apps
  • advanced facial recognition
  • coming to the web, Android, and iOS today

Periscope shows up on Android

  • Periscope has come to Android
  • App has new features like return to broadcast after phone call
  • Designed by Sara Heider who was previously working on Vine
  • will work with Android KitKat and above

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

MS to offer Cortana apps and integration with Windows 10 for iPhone and Android

  • Windows 10 companion for windows 10
  • Connects to MS services apps on your phones
  • Cortana app for iOS and Android
  • will interface with cortana notebook on other devices
  • not all the functionality of Windows version
  • new xbox music app with free playback of your files and syncing with OneDrive

Transportation Tech

Cars, Planes, Ships, Rockets, ETC

Guy takes drone hoverboard to new record

  • Catalin Alexandre Duru of Montreal broke the hoverboard distance record
  • flew 905ft 2in
  • 5 times longer than previous record
  • 15ft of height above Lake Ouareau in Quebec

Picks

Each brings an item, app, device, show, etc they want to talk about

Ben

Spark by Readdle

Patrice

New Roost Laptop Stand

Mikel

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Tech Hangout 2.0 #6 : Tales From Monti’s Bunker

Introduction

Our Hosts for today

Ben Roethig

@BenRoethig
BenRoethig.com

Patrice Brend’Amour

@casual_kitchen
ThePatrice.com

Paul Gans

REDACTED

Andrew Rouch

@Montisaquadeis

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Court rules samsung did not violate Apple trade dress

  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Samsung violated Apple patents, but did not violate trade dress
  • $930 million judgement will have to be revisited
  • Samsung will not be granted a retrial

Spotify to get major update with video clips, spotify, smart playlists

  • streaming market leader Spotify has launched a major update to its service
  • Spotify running – smart playlists based on your workout temo
  • will have integration with Nike+ and RunKepper
  • Adds video support for audio and video podcasts
  • Rollout starts with iOS app, will rollout to other platforms soon

Netflix to get Major update as well

  • Netflix rolling out new web layout
  • abandons the carousel design for something similar to tablet app
  • faster and less errant clicks
  • Rolling out randomly to users

Apple

News about iOS, Macs, Apple TV, Apple watch, etc

iCloud suffers outage

  • sustained outage of iCloud since last night
  • occured from 2:30am to about 9:30 am EDT
  • 40% of iCloud users were affected

Apple Updates 5k iMac, 15” Retina MacBook Pro

  • 5K iMac and 15” MacBook Pro Retina updated
  • New low end model. 3.3ghz Quad Core i5 CPU. Radeon R9 M290 graphics and 1TB mechanical hard drive. $1999
  • original version given $200 price drop to $2299
  • Force Touch Trackpad, PCI-X4 SSD bus, and Radeon M370X graphics in higher end model
  • Slightly larger battery with longer life.
  • Maintains same 4th generation Core i5 Haswell CPUs and Iris Pro 5200 IGPs. Quad core parts not available from Intel.
  • 13” models were upgraded to 5th generation Broadwell Dual Core CPUs in April
  • Pricing and general configuration remains $1999 for IGP model and $2499 for model with discrete graphics card

Apple Buys Coherent, renews mapping contract with TomTom

Additional Content
– Apple has bought an iGPS company called Coherent
– Technology uses both mid and low orbit GPS satellites
– could make GPS technology accurate to just a few inches
– Apple also extended its mapping data contract with Tom Tom
– length or detail of contract not available

Google

News About Google and Android

YotaPhone to come to US via Indiegogo

  • YotaPhone 2 can be pre-ordered in the U.S. via Indiegogo
  • From Russian Telecom Yota
  • Combines a 5” AMOLED color screen with a 4.7 black and white e-ink rear display
  • released worldwide back in December
  • $550 price
  • will ship in August
  • Yota version of Android Lollipop coming in summer

The 3 faces of Android

  • Article discusses the 3 different types of android
  • From Jerry Hildenbrand of Android Central
  • The first Android is the Android Open Source Project
  • Completely open and free to use and modify
  • Can be used to create custom implementations of Android for both tinkerers and companies alike
  • Then there’s the “Popular Android”
  • This is the end user version
  • From Google to Samsung, takes the open platform and mixes it with proprietary source software and services. Skinned version
  • The third is the device itself
  • Jerry notes that there isn’t a whole lot of difference for the end user since most Android devices can run the same apps

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Microsoft adds paid path to legitimacy for pirates with Windows 10

  • Microsoft will allow pirates to upgrade to Windows 10
  • But not for free
  • Pirated copies of Windows 10 will operate normally, but will include a watermark on the desktop
  • will have some “very attractive offers” once Win 10 is released

Microsoft to take back update control from carriers?

  • Windows Phone 8.0 and 8.1 have faced some carrier interference in the upgrade path
  • that may change in Windows 10 mobile
  • All phones will be part of the Continuous upgrade program of win 10
  • Microsoft will have full responsibility for updates
  • carriers will receive builds early
  • Carriers still have to push out upgrade builds from Windows Phone 8.1 mobile on existing devices

Misc Tech

anything that doesn’t fit above

LG makes paper thin OLED panel

  • New 55” OLED TV concept from LG
  • 1mm thin and less than 2 kilos
  • mounts via a magnetic mat
  • OLED is thought to eventually replace traditional TVs
  • Still extremely expensive

Oculus Releases VR system requirements, Pauses Linux/ Mac Development

  • Oculus has released the recommended specs for its Rift VR system
  • GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290 graphics
  • Intel Core I5-4590 quad core
  • HDMI 1.3
  • twin usb 3.0 ports
  • Roughly modern mid level gaming PC
  • almost all laptops would have trouble meeting that kind of performance, even gaming ones
  • Development of OS X and Linux has been paused in favor of focusing on Windows

KFC to deploy Keyboard Tray liner

  • KFC Tray Typer
  • Part of an advertising program by KFC’s Germany arm
  • replaces the traditional paper insert with a rechargeable bluetooth keyboard
  • connects to your smart phone and keeps you from typing on your phone with greasy fingers.
  • Designed to be reused by restaurants, but all the keyboards were taken home by customers within a week

Picks

Each brings an item, app, device, show, etc they want to talk about

Mikel Potts (via absentia)

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card: First book in a science-fiction trilogy with an interesting take on both space colonization and time travel.

Ben

Marvel Future Fight (iOS) (Android)

Patrice

Sonos Play:1 Bundle
Patrice’s Withings Aura Review

Andrew

His Bunker

Apple Updates 15-inch MacBook Pro, 5k iMac

Apple today updated two of its top of the line Macs, the 5k iMac and 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display.  Both are relatively minor refreshes that tweak the already existing lines.

5k iMac

The new iMac, which was launched in its 12″ 5k incarnation last fall, comes in a much more affordable price.  The initial model debuted at $2499 and today a new lower end version with a 3.3ghz Quad Core i5 CPU can be had at $500 less at $1999.  It also comes with 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive as well the Radeon R9 M290 graphics.  The original top of the line model receives a $200 price drop to $2299.  That features a 3.5ghz Quad Core i5 CPU and R9 M290X graphics.  If you were looking for other changes like USB Type-C, you’ll have to wait for the next generation.

The 21.5″ which was last refreshed in June of 2014 and Non-5K 27″ iMac last touched in September of 2013 were not updated along with the 5k models.

15″ Macbook Pro Retina

The 15″ Retina MacBook Pro was also updated with some of the features found on the new MacBook and updated 13″ model.  The updated machines feature the new Force Touch trackpad, faster PCI-E x4 SSD drives, and new Radeon R9 M370X graphics chip in the higher end model.  The battery has been tweaked to be slightly larger.  This has the side effect of bumping the battery life from 8 hours to 9 hours.

What does not change are the CPUs.  While the new 13″ has 5th generation dual core Broadwell chips, the 15″ retains 4th generation Quad Cores at 2.2, 2.5ghz, and 2.8ghz.  These are the exact same chips as the 15″ updates launched 10 months ago.  Apple isn’t alone.  Intel hasn’t shipped 5th generation Quad Cores to anyone yet.  Since the Intel graphics are on-die, it also retains the Iris 5200 Pro integrated graphics.

General configurations and the $1999 and $2499 price points remained unchanged from last year.

Source: Apple

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Tech Hangout 2.0 #5: Its All about Verizon… and Absolutely Nothing

Hosts

Ben Roethig

@Ben Roethig
www.Benroethig.com

Patrice Brend’amour

@casual_Kitchen
http://brendamour.net

Mikel Potts

@twerppoet

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion

  • Verizon Communications buying AOL for $4.4 billion
  • Deal is all cash for $50 per share
  • Main target is AOL’s ON Networks video and advertising arm
  • AOL sees it as a $600 billion growth industry
  • also receives AOL’s editorial arm in Huffington Post, Engadget, Techcrunch, Autoblog, and more
  • Could create conflicts of interest with Editorial independence
  • Engadget says they’re keeping control
  • Parent company CBS forbade CNET from giving the DISH Hopper a Best of CES 2013 award when it conflicted with corporate interests

Verizon, Sprint to pay huge fines over billing

  • Under a settlement with FCC, Verizon and Sprint will pay heavy fines
  • Related to an unauthorized third party texting charge practice called cramming
  • Carriers would receive 30-35% of fraudulent charges
  • Verizon will pay $90 million while Sprint will fork over $68 million
  • $120 million of the $158 million will go to victims of cramming
  • AT&T and T-Mobile already settled for $105 million and $90 million respectively in 2014
  • Carriers must now get clear consent from customers for third party charges

Apple

News about iOS, Macs, Apple TV, Apple watch, etc

Apple Watch water performance

  • Apple watch proven to be more waterproof than Apple stated
  • Certified to IPX7 for water resistance for splashes
  • Far exceeded those limited in tests by Triathlete Ray Maker
  • withstood a 1200m (close to 4000ft) swim, and 32ft platform dives, and simulated submergence up to 40m (~130ft)
  • watch doesn’t have swim tracking capabilities and wrist detection does not work underwater
  • Water ratings are typically conservative for liability reasons

Google

News About Google and Android

Google fit update adds features, fixes Samsung incompatibility

Additional Coverage
* Google’s Fit software has been updated to version 1.51
* Now calculates distance and calories burned in app
* Uses just gender, height and weight
* activities now can be grouped by days, weeks, or months on timeline
* update also introduces Google Fit widget and Android Wear watch face
* Update also fixes an incompatibility with the Samsung GS6 and Note 4’s sensors and Android wear

Immature users cause Google to temporarily close Map Maker

  • Google Map Maker has been made temporarily unavailable
  • Due to users misusing the service
  • Most well known misuse was a picture of the Android logo urinating on an Apple placed on a map in Pakistan
  • Team originally discontinued automatic approval of map edits in favor of manual review, but that became unmanageable
  • Google hasn’t said when it plans to reopen submissions.

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Windows to become a service?

  • Microsoft developer evangelist Jerry Nixon has stated that Windows 10 will be “last version of windows”
  • Does not mean windows is going away
  • company will update Windows 10 via regular updates instead of major point releases from now on

Microsoft Announces official editions of Windows 10

  • Microsoft has released information about the editions Windows 10 will come in
  • the standard edition will be Windows 10 home for consumer desktops and tablets
  • Windows 10 Mobile will be on phones and tablets between 3 and 7.99 inches in size
  • Windows 10 Pro will be for power users and includes some business feature control
  • Microsoft will offer enterprise versions of Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. Will give IT the ability to stagger releases. Will not have free upgrade, but will be part of existing licensing programs
  • There will also be a Windows 10 edition aimed at the education market.
  • Still no date of release

Linux and Open Source

News about Linux, Unix, BSD, and open source software

CHIP Brings computing power for only $9

  • Ultra affordable micro computer called CHIP
  • offered for as little as $9 on Kickstarter
  • Similar to $25 Raspberry Pi
  • 1ghz ARM cpu, 512mb of memory, 4gb of onboard storage
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi and BT 4.0
  • composite video auto
  • runs Linux
  • add on options includes batteries, VGA and HDMI outputs, and pocket CHIP enclosure
  • Designed for open source maker projects
  • $1.2 million in funding out of $50,000 goal. Almost 24k backers
  • still 3 weeks to go

TV, Web, and Comics

If something happened in hollywood or print, talk about it here.

CBS, CW Release trailers new DC shows

  • Legends of Tomorrow will launch in 2016 on the CW
  • Third show set in the Arrow/ Flash universe
  • will be set around a team of time traveling heroes and villains who battle a new and great threat
  • Will include Arrow/Flash characters including Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/ ATOM, Victor Garber as Martin Stein/ Firestorm, Wentsworth Miller as Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Heatwave, and Caty Lotz as the resurrected Sara Lance/ White Canary
  • New characters include Doctor Who alum Arthur Darvill as time traveler and team leader Rip Hunter, Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders/ Hawkgirl, and Franz Drameh as Jay Jackson
  • Oliver Queen and Barry Allen will play a part in at least the pilot

Supergirl

  • Premieres on CBS in November
  • also from Berlanti Productions who handles the Arrow-verse
  • Follows Glee alum Melissa Benoist as 24-year old Kara Zor-El/ Supergirl, the cousin of the more famous superman
  • Origin story will Kara becoming Supergirl
  • working as a Personal Assistant and trying to live a normal live
  • a plane disaster that would have killed her adoptive sister Alex Danvers causes Kara is out her powers and find herself as a hero
    shows a more down to earth, vulnerable hero
  • also stars Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Mehcad Brooks as veteran photographer and Superman ally James Olsen, Calista Flockhart as media mogul Cat Grant, and David Harewood as government operative Hank Henshaw.

Picks

Each brings an item, app, device, show, etc they want to talk about

Mikel

Absolutely Nothing

Ben

USB-C Hub+ for MacBook launches on Kickstarter

Patrice

Anthony Bourdain – Parts Unknown: S5 E3 Scotland

Tech Hangout 2.0 #4: Patrice Has the Power!

Hosts

Ben Roethig
Patrice Brend’amour
Mikel Potts
Andrew Rouch

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Uber Hacked?

  • Hackers may have access to Uber accounts
  • Multiple accounts have been used by unknown person to book rides in unknown using their credit cards
  • one user was Stephanie Crisco who provided evidence of people using her account for rides in London
  • Uber denies there was a breach

Big Winner of the Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight: Periscope

  • Hundreds of Thousands watched the big Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight on Periscope
  • Fight cost as much $100 to watch on Pay Per View
  • Twitter received 66 DMCA notifications and shut down 30 streams during the fight
  • some feeds had up to 100,000 watchers
  • Top Rank Boxing is considering action not only against Periscope owner Twitter, but against users who illegally watched the fight as well

Home Depot blocks Apple Pay… Then Announces its coming to its stores

  • Earlier this week The Home Depot blocked Apple Pay from its PayPass NFC terminals
  • it issued a press release supporting Partner PayPal
  • Then they did an complete about face
  • The Home Depot announced they would be updating their software to formally support Apple Pay in their 2000 home improvement stores

Apple

News about iOS, Macs, Apple TV, Apple watch, etc

Phablets blow up, iPhone 6 Plus leads the way

  • Large phones over 5.3” called Phablets have soared in the US market
    • First Phablet introduced at IFA in Berlin back in 2011 in the form of the Galaxy Note
  • Made up 6% of US mobile phone sales in Q1 2014
  • Has ballooned to 21% Q1 2015
  • 44% of Phablet sales went to the iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus already make up 18% of all iPhones in use
  • 43% of iOS users and 47% of Android users reported screen size as primary reason for buying a phone

Apple Released Rules for Third Party Bands, service port usage not among them

  • Apple has released its set of rules for third party bands
  • Does not include official use of the service port for charging
  • bands also cannot mate to magnetic chargers
  • companies can either make their own fast connect lugs or buy them from apple
  • adjustment pitch must be less than 7mm for heart rate sensors to work
  • also has recommended materials for lugs
  • Will be part of a “Made for Apple Watch” Program

Google

News About Google and Android

Google+ Launches Pinterest -style Collections

  • New Google+ feature called Collections
  • Allows users to Group posts around specific interests
  • Somewhat similar to Pinterest, but maintains the Google Cards look
  • Users can create collections and choose whether or not to make them public
  • Initial support on web and Android. iOS will be coming at a later date

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Windows Chief offers Android smackdown

  • Windows Chief Terry Myerson delivered some disparaging remarks on the Android update process
  • Calls Android a “Big Pile of Code with no commitment to update your device”
  • Also said that it leaves Android devices vulnerable to attacks
  • Microsoft has had its own Mobile issues
  • Windows 7 phones did not receive windows 8 update, neither will Windows RT to Windows 10

Win 10 Gives Everyone the Middle Finger

  • Windows 10 has gone juvenile
  • has middle finger emoji in six skin tones
  • We roll our eyes

Misc Tech

anything that doesn’t fit above

Drop Box to Allow Greater Collaboration ahead of Office Editing

  • Dropbox 3.9 of iOS
  • Allows collaboration and mentions on comments
  • also has recents option
  • easy 1Password vault extension
  • will be able to create and edit Office Documents by the end of the Month

TV, Web, and Comics

If something happened in hollywood or print, talk about it here.

Supergirl Series Coming from Arrow Creators to CBS

  • New Supergirl series coming in CBS in the fall
  • From the creative team behind Arrow and the Flash
  • Rumored to also share that universe
  • Stars Melissa Benoist as Kara/ Supergirl, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, and David Harewood as DC Villain Hank Henshaw

Transportation Tech

Cars, Planes, Ships, Rockets, ETC

Freightliner/ Daimler Trucks given License for Self Driving Truck

  • An autonomous Freightliner Inspiration truck has been licensed in Nevada
  • Uses Daimler Trucks Highway Pilot system
  • Allowed Daimler to to test system on open roads
  • Based upon existing Cascadia Evolution platform
  • Optionally drivable, but allows driver to cede control to autopilot in highway conditions
  • Must operate under manual control off highway

Picks

Each brings an item, app, device, show, etc they want to talk about

Coming Soon

Tech Hangout 2.0 #3: Did Ben Get Kicked Off the Internet?

Hosts

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Discover, coming to Apple Pay

  • Discover is joining rivals Visa, MasterCard, and American Express with Apple pay compatibility
  • will include both Credit and Discover Debit cards
  • Apple pay purchases will be eligible for all Discover benefits.
  • implementation will begin this fall

Best Buy Coming too

  • CurrenC member Best Buy has announced it will add Apple Pay support
  • Previously disabled NFC in stores to prevent Apple pay because of CurrenC commitments
  • has already added Apple Pay support to its mobile app
  • will add support to brick and mortar stores at a later date.

CurrentC loses CEO

  • Merchant Customer Exchange has a new CEO
  • MCX is known to the consumer as CurrenC or would be if it was out in the wild
  • Previous CEO Dekkers Davidson has “left to pursue other opportunities”
  • Former Bank of America executive Brian V. Mooney will replace him
  • He ran BoA’s Merchant services arm

Apple

News about iOS, Macs, Apple TV, Apple watch, etc

Apple Watch report by Patrice

  • Patrice’s thoughts about his newly delivered watch.

Apple Again Makes all the Money in Q2 2015 results

  • Apple Q2 Results
  • $58 billion in revenue, $13.6 billion in profit
  • 61 million iPhones sold (43 million Q2 ‘14). Up 40%
  • 12.6 million iPads (16.3 last year) down 23%
  • 4.5 million Macs (4.1 last year) up 10%
  • Majority of revenue from iPhones with $40 billion, Macs $5.6 billion, iPads $5.4 billion, and services (iTunes, app stores, iBooks, Apple Pay) just under $5.0 billion. Other products (iPod, Apple TV, Beats Products) make just under $1.7 billion
  • Americas still make up largest market for Apple Products. Greater china replaced Europe for #2.

Dark Tats don’t work with Apple Watch

  • customers with Dark tattoos are having issues
  • would lock in tattooed areas
  • sayed unlocked with bare skin
  • natural skin color had no effect
  • darker tattoos which more ink saturation had more issues than lighter colored tattoos
  • can be “fixed” by turning off wrist detection, which also disables Apple pay
  • Apple’s heart sensor users a series of 4 leds 2 visual light and 2 infrared

Google

News About Google and Android

LG G4

  • New flagship Android phone from LG
  • 5.5” IPS screen 2560×1440
  • 25% brighter, 50% better contrast, 20% better color and 11% more power efficient than screen on last year’s G3
  • 8-core snapdragon 808 cpu
  • leather wrapped back in colors
  • 16mp camera with f/1.8 lens
  • only available with 32GB of internal storage, but up to 128GB card
  • June availability. Pricing TBA

Tag Heuer Prices Android Wear watch at $1400

  • New information revealed by Tag’s chief executive Jean-Claude Biver
  • Intel powered
  • 40hr battery life
  • design and name not yet revealed
  • $1400 price tag

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Windows Brings tools to port iOS, Android apps to Windows 10

  • Microsoft had its BUILD conference Keynote this week
  • New developer tools announced
  • OS X version of Visual Studio (and Linux as well)
  • software can compile Objective-C code for easier porting of iOS apps
  • Also supports Java/ C++ apps for bringing over Android Apps
  • will have access to Windows APIs
  • will also have options to port Win32 and .NET code into universal apps

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Valves allows paid Steam Mods… then changes its mind

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* Earlier this week Valve added paid mod support to Steam Workshop
* developers were able to set their own prices
* started with Skyrim
* after negative feedback from users, Valve removed the paid mods

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Issues with Tech Hangout 2.0 #3

TH2.0 #3 didn’t go as planned to say the least. I had some major router trouble which lead to ISP trouble. I’m going to try to get the show edited as a single video and get the show noted. Thanks to Patrice is stepping up when I went down.