Thursday, July 12, 2018

Here’s What Your Favorite Apps Looked Like Nearly a Decade Ago

This week, Apple's App Store officially turned 10. It's easy to take for granted, but prior to a decade ago, there wasn't anything like the App Store for mobile platforms. In other words, we can thank Apple's platform for basically kickstarting the entire app economy and helping it gain popularity.

Apps back then were revolutionary, or at least, they felt like it. But like with most things in the technology world, they didn't really age all that well (just look back at the Web 1.0 versions of your favorite websites). Continue reading to learn about seven of your favorite iOS apps, and how they looked in the early days of the App Store.


I can definitely relate to the homescreen above, as well as to Facebook and  the App Store.

Monday, July 9, 2018

RIP Tallie Lintra

In watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I wondered what happened to this A-wing pilot when Kylo Ren fired missiles into the Raddus hanger bay where she was about to take off from. All the movie showed is a shock wave and fire coming over her starfighter. It did not look good when the internal bay doors closed. Indeed, this is because:
Tallie died when Kylo Ren blasted the main hangar of the Raddus with missiles. See also:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

5 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Lost iPhone Back

It's a nightmare for many of us: losing or having our iPhones stolen. And there's no doubt that it's a situation we hope never to find ourselves in. But it can happen.

But before you get too anxious about misplacing your device, there are a few things you can do to bump up your chances of getting it back — beyond Apple's native Find My iPhone feature.

5 Turn on Send Last Location

We shouldn’t have to tell you to enable Find My iPhone and to use it if your device goes missing. That’s the surest way to figure out where your handset went — and to recover it. But you can do one more thing to help your chances. It’s called Send Last Location, and it does what it says on the tin.

If you’re iPhone dies or is turned off, iOS will automatically log the last location before the signal is cut. You’ll then be able to see this last location in Find My iPhone — a good last-ditch measure to recover your device.

On many devices, this is off by default. But you can enable it in
  1. Settings.
  2. Tap Your Name (Apple ID card).
  3. Tap iCloud.
  4. Tap Find My iPhone.
  5. Toggle Send Last Location on.

4 Set Up Your Contact Card

Many iOS users might not know this, but Siri can help direct good samaritans to an iPhone’s rightful owner. You can try it yourself: just invoke Siri and ask “who do you belong to.” The digital assistant will provide the owner’s contact card.

Normally, it’ll just show the phone number of the iPhone in question. But you can add additional notes to your card that Siri will show when asked. Just go to Contacts and find your card (it should say “me” next to it).

Adding an email is a good idea, as is a home phone number. You can also add an alternate phone to the Notes section — which will also be shown by Siri.

3 Add Contacts to Your Medical ID

Of course, asking Siri who a device belongs to might not occur to everyone. But you can double your chances that someone will be able to find your contact info with Medical ID.

Normally a feature meant for emergency contacts, Medical ID can be accessed from the Lock screen without inputting any password. You can find and edit your Medical ID in the native Health app. From there, you can add emergency contacts with a relationship tags like “spouse,” “partner,” or “roommate.”

In the case of a missing phone, it’s a handy way for a good Samaritan to find the contact information for people close to you.

2 Add Contact Info to Your Lock Screen

If you don’t have much faith that a good Samaritan will be able to figure out how to find your contact info, you can add it directly to the Lock screen. It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but it could ensure that your iPhone finds its way back to you.

Research studies have found that this easily viewable contact information can triple the chances that an smartphone finds its way back to its owner. But that kind of goes without saying.

Just add an alternate phone and other information directly to the photo you’re using as a background. You can do this to a wallpaper saved in the Photos app:
  1. Open the photo.
  2. Press Edit in the top right corner.
  3. Press the circle button with three dots.
  4. Then press Markup and use the built-in text tool to add an email address or alternate phone number to the wallpaper.

1 Call Where You Lost It

Most people assume the worst when they lose their devices — but it’s probably best not to. Because of the incredibly tough encryption on Apple's handsets, it's not really a lucrative business to steal and resell stolen iPhones.

If you’re at a restaurant, hotel or business, your iPhone may have been discovered by an employee and put in a lost & found. Or someone may have found it and turned it over to staff.

So call around the businesses and locations that you may have lost your iPhone in. Be sure to identify the exact color and model of the device. In many cases, your iPhone may be sitting in a drawer somewhere waiting to be picked up.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Solo movie now available for pre-order

That was fast... it's still in the theaters and Best Buy and Target already have versions of it on pre-order.

Shown here are links to the least expensive Blu-Ray versions:
$22.99 Save $2 Was $24.99

Friday, June 8, 2018

One prequel character you likely missed

Maz Kanata first appeared in Star Wars 7 The Force Awakens, right? Actually, she made her first appearance in The Phantom Menace, the first prequel, in the form of a statue in Anakin Skywalker's bedroom!

See this:
Anakin Skywalker's statue of the pirate queen Maz Kanata

As reported on Wookieepedia:

Developing that statue that made a brief and unnoteworthy appearance in Episode 1 into a character in Episode 7 was really quite clever!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Last Jedi Library

What happened to Luke's Jedi Library on his island home on Ach-To? Was it briefly seen without any mention in a drawer on the Millennium Falcon? The Star Wars Database says concerning it:
The fabled founding texts of the Jedi Order were sheltered from Ahch-To’s weather by the huge trunk of a once-mighty uneti tree. This collection of ancient tomes was painstakingly assembled by Luke Skywalker, but became a burden and a torment to him. Luke vowed to burn down the library, but repeatedly found himself unable to do so – until Yoda’s spirit called down lightning to do it for him. Luke didn’t know the library was empty: Rey had already spirited the Jedi texts to safety aboard the Millennium Falcon. (emphasis added)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Last Jedi’s Throne Room battle

In the second to last sequence of this epic Throne Room battle, Rey is seemingly disemboweled by a crested Praetorian Guard wielding a seperateable melee weapon called vibro-arbir blades. But she screams "No!" and the blade does nothing and then vanishes. Far from being a cinematographical error, this must be the old "use the force to protect yourself from a blade and then make him fling it off camera" move.

This fight is isolated here in a loop:

Regarding Luke's metal hand disappearing with him, it's clearly because it has become part of his body and one like his bones. This is pretty easy to think through, unlike the fight scene discussed above. Simply put, it must be some awesome force-move of Rey implied.