Immediately after you jumped off the diving board with your brand new phone in your pocket, you were probably wishing you had invested in a waterproof case. Nobody wants to be stuffing their phone into a bowl of uncooked rice, hoping that it will somehow absorb all of the pool water out of it. Read more
Every September when Apple releases their newest iPhone model, people line up to see how they have topped the previous version. An increasingly hot topic in recent years, is the battery life of Apple’s high-powered smartphones. While they always seem to make some improvements to the battery life, there hasn’t been a major breakthrough that iPhone users have been hoping for. The majority of updates seem to be aimed more towards how we charge the phones, and how long it takes. There have been rumors that Apple will be using new wireless charging technology with the new iPhone 8, 8+, and X. This would come as a welcomed improvement as last year they made the switch to one universal port on the phone, used for both headphones and charging. Nothing has hit the market yet as Apple is still unclear with the specifics. For now, let’s take a look at how you can give your battery life a boost.
Coming up in August, students can visit one of 5 twin cities metro area Device Pitstop locations where they will learn about the importance of computer and phone tuneups!
Workshops will be held at all twin cities locations: Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Eden Prairie and Burnsville
- August 2nd: 10:00 – 11:00AM
- August 9th: 10:00 – 11:00AM
- August 16th: 10:00 – 11:00AM
Please call the individual store locations as noted above for more information.
Watch YouTube videos with your friends via Uptime, a new app from Google. Read the article below from appleinsider.com to find out more.
Google launches Uptime collaborative YouTube viewing app exclusively for iOS
By Mike Wuerthele
Google’s “Area 120” incubator project has developed Uptime —an iPhone app for watching YouTube videos collaboratively with other users of the app.
Users of the app will see other viewers icons progressing along the video’s progress bar. Users can follow other Uptime users to see what they’re watching, and share clips from the service from within the app.
The app also features live commentary by people watching the video, as well as the ability to like videos, and get daily video recommendations from friends and people you follow.
At present, the app is iOS-only, with no sign of an Android app.
The app itself is currently available on the iOS App Store, and is free, but requires an invite to use. According to TNW, code “PIZZA” can be used to garner an invitation for the service.
The Uptime app came out of Google’s incubator program, first launched formally in 2004.
“We encourage our employees, in addition to their regular projects, to spend 20% of their time working on what they think will most benefit Google,” Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wrote in 2004, launching the program. “This empowers them to be more creative and innovative. Many of our significant advances have happened in this manner.”
The 20% rule turned into the Area 120 incubation program, which is now helmed by long-time Google executives Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz. Other 20% projects in the past have included Gmail, and Google News.
Broken smartphone, tablet, laptop or other electronic device? Save money by taking it to your local Device Pitstop for repairs rather than replacing the whole thing. Watch this quick video featuring Device Pitstop Maple Grove to learn more: