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Apple’s iPhone 4S: Everything You Need to Know

Apple’s iPhone 4S: Everything You Need to Know

    Yesterday in Cupertino, a little company announced the coming release of a new cellular phone. Maybe you heard about it?

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    Apple will release the next generation of their popular iPhone, iPhone 4S, on October 14th in the United States. Here is the rundown of the new device in a handy-dandy list for you list nerds.

    The List

    • iPhone 4S will come to AT&T, Verizon, and now Sprint in the United States
    • It will be priced starting at $199.99 for 16GB, 299.99 for 32GB, and 399.99 for 64GB while the last generation model will be reduced to $99.99 for 8GB. Of course a two year commitment is required for this pricing.
    • 4S comes in white or black (for some reason, Apple is pushing the white version hard in their promo materials)
    • The new 4S features an upgraded 8MP, 5-lense camera which will take sharper photos, have better white balance, and will supposedly challenge some of the better digital point-and-shoots on the market.
    • 4S has the updated Apple A5, 1GHz dual-core processor that has previously shipped with iPad 2.
    • 4S supports “rich” 1080p HD video recording up to 30 frames per second.
    • The antenna design has slightly changed and now 4S is a truly global device sporting CDMA and GSM bands. This allows for global use.
    • The general look and feel of the device hasn’t changed from iPhone 4; the exterior has the same dimensions.
    • iPhone 4S will sport the new Siri Assistant program that allows the user to search for things, schedule and move appointments on their calendar, email, text message, play music, dictate anywhere on the phone – basically anything that they can do on their phone – with their voice alone. Siri Assistant was the company that Apple purchased a couple of years ago for their voice technology. The company “went dark” since the purchase and yesterday was the unveiling of what they have been working on. Of note, on the iPhone 4S will contain the Siri Assistant (total bummer). This may be due to the processing demands but more likely because Apple wants you to upgrade.
    • There is a new Cards app that allows iPhone users the ability to create greeting cards right on their device with pictures from their library. The cards can then be mailed my Apple (yeah, like Postal Service, real kind of mail) to friends and family for $2.99 in the USA or $4.99 abroad.
    • iOS 5 ships on October 12th for existing iPhone customers and will be shipped with the iPhone 4S on the October 14th release date.
    • iCloud will also be able to be used on October 12th. With iCloud you can host your email, photos, calendar, contacts, music and more. 5GB for free and low prices for more storage after that.

    Thoughts

    Many pundits and news outlets are throwing around words that the new iPhone is “underwhelming” and that Apple hasn’t “delivered to their full potential”. In a world where we want more, better, faster (and want it all right now), this reaction is understandable. But, Apple delivers products that are polished and complete. Yes, the hardware is mostly the same, besides the upgraded camera and A5 processor, but I think that this announcement is about much more than the hardware.

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    Apple has single-handedly threatened Hallmark, “GTD” app makers, Gmail, Google Calendar, Instapaper, and even Dropbox by giving users new apps and access to iCloud. I am in no way saying that these apps are going anywhere soon or will be knocked-out by Apple’s stock offerings. What I am saying is that Apple is integrating services into their hardware and software lines to engrain users into their ecosystem further.

    With the announcement of Siri, iPhone 4S users will be able to use their phones like mini HALs and will truly be doing some 21st Century feeling stuff. Just take a look at the iPhone 4S promo video (click on the video link under the big iPhone banner) with the man running and scheduling appointments. It’s unbelievable.

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    Yeah, it’s an evolution

    So, while the 4S isn’t revolutionary and the software has been done on Android and other devices before, Apple has made it accessible and easier to use. Apple does an excellent job of providing their customers with use cases whereas their competitors just pile on a list of features and specs expecting that their users will just inherently know what to do with them. This is why iPhone 4S and Apple as a company is a big deal.

    So, will you be picking up a new iPhone next week? Or do you think that the iPhone is gibberish and will be going for something else entirely? Let us know your thoughts and concerns in the comments!

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    11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

    11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

    Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

    Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

    Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

    1. Lumosity

    This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

    Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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      2. Fit Brains Trainer

      This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

      Free.

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        3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

        Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

        First four games free, then $13 a month.

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          4. Brain Fitness Pro

          The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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          Buy for $3.99.

          5. Happify

          If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

          Free to use.

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            6. Clockwork Brain

            You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

            Free.

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              7. ReliefLink

              Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                8. Eidetic

                Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                  9. Braingle

                  Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                  Free.

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                    10. Not The Hole Story

                    If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                    Free.

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                      11. Personal Zen

                      This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                      Free.

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