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Why I Would (or Wouldn’t) Buy the iPhone 6

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The summer before my freshmen year of college, I finally made the switch from an android to an iPhone – I got the not-really-new-anymore iPhone 4S. And I loved it, I could finally sync all my iTunes music, my pictures from my Macbook, and all the useless apps I had just downloaded onto my brand new iPad. It was great. It had the added benefits of working as an actual phone (which my previous one, being out of the country on a different network, didn’t have), the ability to get apps, the ability to connect to 3G (again, having just been out of the country had been an issue with my last phone) and the fact that I had finally made the complete conversion to Apple products. I was a very happy person.

And then the iPhone 5S and 5C came out a couple months later. I was only 2 phones behind at this point, but the knowledge that my 12 year old brother had an iPhone (period and also) two upgrades ahead of me stung a little, even if it was the 5C.

Now two iOS updates later, my supposed 16 GB phone can’t hold a movie, can’t hold more than 1,000 pictures, can’t run Facebook a third of the time and likes to freeze willy nilly.

So, I would buy the iPhone 6, or (more likely) some other newer phone; one that has a decent camera and a decent capacity, one that can access apps like Facebook and Twitter and one that can play music and videos. But most importantly, I want a phone that works well for more than a year, which I’m not so sure is a feature on the latest iPhone.

The moral of the story? Don’t buy a new phone because it’s the newest and latest technology. Buy a phone when you need a new phone.

For more information about whether or not you should buy the iPhone 6 check out this article on Wired: http://www.wired.com

The Fitbit Killer – Apple Watch’s Health Benefits

“Is that your cell phone or your living room TV?”

This is a taunt my Android using friend Jill is more than familiar with as a courteously remind her about the ridiculous size of her Samsung Galaxy at every football tailgate. Last week however, I had to eat those words as Apple jumped on the bigger is better bandwagon with the iPhone 6. Despite the larger breadth of the phone, all is not lost for those of us who prefer our technology compact.

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The big news out of Cupertino last week was the reveal of the much anticipated Apple Watch. Rumors of this device have been swirling on the interwebs for some time, but on September 9th Tim Cook unveiled the first new Apple product since the passing of Steve Jobs. A live demonstration showed many of the device’s functions which include access to emails and texts, the ability to control Apple TV, GPS through the Maps function and even a cool feature that tells you what time of the day it is. It would seem that the only thing missing is a line of piano wire needed to disable rival KGB spies à la James Bond.

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While these features already make the Apple Watch worth its $350 price tag, the item that most interested my wife and I was the watch’s functionality as a health and fitness device. The party starts with the set of sensors on the back of the watch that monitors vital statistics such as your heart rate. From there, Apple Watch comes with two apps built in to measure your liveliness. In the Activity App, three different aspects of movement are tracked on various rings. The “Move” ring reports how many calories you’ve burned for the day and alerts you when you have achieved your daily goal. Of course this comes in handy for strolls on the treadmill with your sorority sister in the student gym, but if you’ve ever inquired how many calories you burn walking to your daily classes or back from Penny Pitcher Night, you’ll now have a picture of just how active you truly are. Second is the “Exercise” ring which captures your rapid movements and alerts you when you’ve reached the widely recommended time of 30 minutes of exercise per day. Lastly, there is the “Stand” ring (seemingly geared toward us nine to five desk jockeys) which motivates you to do just that; stand for at least one minute per hour in a 12 hour period.

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The Workout App allows you to select your favorite exercise and set calories and time goals for yourself. With just a swipe of the screen, the watch will give you up to date results on your current exercise campaign from the length of your run to the intensity of your yoga session. Once done, you can send your data to your iPhone’s Health App (Which we’ll have in tomorrow’s iPhone upgrade) as well as various third party fitness apps such as Lose It.

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From late night White Castle runs to pizza for every meal, college is a hotbed for poor heath choices. Many of us enter our undergraduate careers feeling invincible, only to discover after graduation that four years of keg parties, fast food runs and passing the gym without batting an eye has taken a toll on our once trim physiques. Though we’ll have to wait a few more months to get our hands on this device as it won’t be out until early 2015, it certainly seems that Apple is giving us a prime weapon to battle the Freshmen 15 with.

Are You Using iTunes U?

What I love most about iTunes U is that everyone can benefit from it, it’s  free, and the sheer amount of information is astounding.  Not just any information though, info produced by professors at top Universities like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley make their lectures available on-line.  Students have a staggering amount of courses to take but limited resources in time and $$$ to learn everything they want or need to know.  Every year, classes are given that take you to Greece for an archeological dig, or out to the Mariana Trench to do research, but the truth is those classes cost more and fill up quickly.  This is exactly the kind of thing you will find on iTunes U, and why eCampus.com thinks it’s a great resource for college kids.  Recommend it to your parents, too if you get tired of hearing the phrase “if only I could go back to school…”

eCampus doesn’t have any affiliation with iTunes (um, if you want to partner Apple, we’d be down, wink wink), we just think it’s a great resource that’s been underused, and anything that helps college students, we’ll pass along to you.  I could totally see finding my next essay topic or discovering a major through this site!

It’s super easy to use: it’s available through the iTunes store with the familiar interface anyone who has bought songs from iTunes is familiar with.

 

The course downloads in a new tab in the bar where your music, podcasts and playlists are.  Once downloaded it can be played as much as you’d like, free of charge.  These screenshots fall more under the ‘interesting’ category but keep in mind that if you missed a MAT 104 lecture, those types of classes are available as well.  That’s where I forsee listening to the podcast multiple times will come in handy.

 

That’s really all you need to know to use iTunes U, the rest is up to you to find something you’re interested in.  We bet it won’t take long!

Thanks for reading,

 

Wonderbread

I’m reading Looking Out, Looking In

Top 10 Events of the last 10 years that helped shape america and our future.

Our designers are at it again. This time they compiled a list of the top ten events of the past 10 years that shaped your lives and our country and threw it all into an awesome infographic for your viewing pleasure. From Harry Potter, to iPods, to Obama, its all there.

Top 10 Events that Shaped the Past 10 Years

 

SeanJohn

I’m reading Understandable Statistics