Traveling this holiday season? If Southwest happens to be your airline of choice, then you can pay just $2 per day and get iMessage access while in flight. Available now, Southwest is enabling iMessage access on iOS devices for any user that has iOS 5 or later pre-loaded on their device – which is pretty much anyone with an iOS device! Check it out…and let us know how the service works.
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Is it just me or has Siri gotten slightly smarter. I’m not saying she was ever dumb…ok, how about I stop and just say that Siri is getting better at listening.–that seems more politically correct. Apple’s friendly assistant is indeed getting smarter thanks to its slowly weaning itself off of its reliance on Google. Siri is slightly more responsive and now does a better job of more accurately recognizing your voice, this according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. According to Munster’s latest report on Siri, she can now better interpret and hear what you are asking thanks to iOS7 and the new iPhone, which increases the number of microphones that eliminate ambient noise. According to Munster’s findings, only 4% of Siri’s answers now come from Google, versus 27% from back in December 2012.
Have you found Siri to be a better listener? Let us know with a comment below!
The free-to-play The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth has just dropped its first expansion–and iOS and Android gamers are in for a treat. The original strategic game-play allowed adventures to fight with familiar heroes from the Tolkien universe, including Gandolf, Legolas, Bilbo, and Tauriel; with the new expansion, players get to duke it out with the great dragon Smaug–and if they can best him in battle, untold riches and fame will be theirs (new armor and weapons have been added to the game to aid adventurers in their quest). The battle for Middle Earth is at hand; will the Desolation of Smaug cover the world in ash? If you want to find out, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth is available now in the iTunes App Store, as well as on Google Play.
In case you hadn’t heard, the Lumen TL800 is the first Bluetooth smart bulb to hit the market (Philips’ HUE is controlled over WiFi) and it’s finally available in North America. Featuring 16 million color options in a dimmable package, controlling the bulb is a breeze thanks to Lumen’s proprietary (and free) app, available for iOS devices, as well as some Android models. The energy efficient bulb retails for $69.99 and is currently available for purchase at www.lumenbulb.net. Check the full release after the jump to learn more.
If your holiday purchasing plans include anything from Apple online, you may want to pay attention. The company has issued their guidelines for an “iPad Christmas,” complete with cut-off dates to ensure delivery by December 24th. From configured MacBook’s to iPads, iPhones and iPods, your deadline is rapidly approaching for standard shipping (December 17th is the latest you can order an iPad mini of iPad 2). Check the full details at apple.com/ca for a complete list of cut off dates.
Glass screen protectors are the new trend thanks to their extreme durability and scratch protection; and when you think about screen protection and durability, you instantly think of Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Now you can get a screen protector made of this durable material courtesy of Armorz, a leading manufacturer of mobile accessories, with their Stealth Extreme R for the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display. Available for $89.95 and $69.95 respectively, you can pick yours up in time for the holidays at www.armorz.com and of course, Amazon.com. To learn more, check the full release after the jump.
WhatsApp has a brand new design for the holiday season – plus new broadcast lists, better location sharing, larger thumbnails and more. The update brings a sleek new design that’s been a long time coming, melding its new look with new features that let you share with groups, new notification settings, and a brand new interface for managing your blocked content. Lots to uncover when you update your app – let us know how you feel about it with a comment below.
When Apple launched their new iWork suite, it was met with a combination of praise and criticism–because in the process of streamlining its user interface, Apple removed some features and tools that longtime users had grown accustomed to. Well, it looks like the company is listening because customizable toolbars are now back in iWork thanks to an update that was recently pushed through. In addition to the new transitions to Keynote and the return of the customizable toolbar, Keynote, Pages and Numbers also received bug fixes and stability updates. Have you already updated iWork? If so, let us know what you think with a comment below!
If you are hunting for an unlocked iPhone, you can get a sim-free iPhone 5C courtesy of Apple direct from their online store. The SIM-free GSM handset, which will ship within one to two weeks from the day you order, is available in the standard 16GB/32GB/64GB storage configurations and 5 different colors–but unlocked pricing jumps to $550/$650/$750 respectively. While these prices are obviously much higher than your typical subsidized devices, on the positive side, you’ll no longer be tied to a new 2 year contract by buying the phone–which means you’re free to move to a different GSM carrier without penalty.
If you’re a tech savvy fashion aficionado, then the new Necklace Case by Vanesa Rey was created just for you. Combining fashion accessory with a protective case, the Necklace Case has the best of both worlds, featuring a detachable jewelry-grade chain, as well as a wallet fold to stash your valuables in. This case utilizes an open face design (so you can always get to your phone easily and securely) and comes in a variety of colors and styles–each of which is made with either genuine or vegan leather. The Necklace Case is available for $99.00-149.00 (depending on design choices) at vanesarey.com. Click past the jump for the full PR.