iPhone 6S – Is It Really Worth It?

iPhone 6S has been out for a couple of weeks now, and people have had a chance to experience all the new features. Many say that the upgrade to 6S was a waste of money, while others are in fact very satisfied with the phone.
In a previous post, I wrote about two new main features, 3D Touch and Live Photos an already when the phone was announced, people were sceptic about if the upgrade from 6 to 6S is worth it.
The truth? It depends. If you’re like me, and love traveling and capturing moments, then I’d without a doubt get the 6S. Coming back from a vacation to and showing people your Live Photos brings more depth into the trip. Of course, there’s also the upgraded 12 MP camera which allows better pictures and 4K filming.

After using the standard 6S (not plus) for a few days, I can say that I am more than satisfied (coming from 5S). Previously, because of the smaller screen, I would never consider watching a film or serie on my phone, but now I wouldn’t mind it at all.
The 3D Touch gives the phone a little more utility, which is really nice when browsing Instagram for example. The better and faster hardware gives the phone an overall better experience, and the Touch ID is super responsive now. The Touch ID is so fast, that if you want to check the time on your phone, just clicking the home button will unlock the phone. There’s no delay!

I have to say, though, that if you have a fully functioning iPhone 6 already, think twice before going for a 6S. The changes aren’t really that game changing if you think about it.

iPhone 6S Announced – Closer Look: Live Photos and 3D Touch

As most of us know, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus was announced on September 9, and a lot of people were, and still are sceptic about the new iPhones. I was too, but after looking more closely I was sold. Let’s start by going into Live Photos and the camera itself.

Now, a lot of people could still think that this is not such a good feature but I’d say think about it. Going on a trip and capturing Live Photos and then browsing through them when you’re home would not just remind you of the time you were to South Africa for example. It would also let you have that exact same feeling you felt when you were there and took the photo. You will miss it, and re-watch it over and over again.

The way it works is that if you decide to capture a photo with the Live Photo setting enabled, it will capture your photo AND 1.5 seconds before and after the photo you took. Don’t worry though, it won’t take take 3 seconds for the photo to be captured and processed. Thanks to Apple’s smart capturing technique, it’s as fast as taking a standard photo. The space a Live Photo occupies is, however, about twice the size of a standard photo according to TechCrunch
Of course, Live Photos isn’t the #1 required feature for taking selfies, but the new 12 MP camera and the front-facing 5 MP camera are two other reasons to upgrade. With a rear-facing 12 MP camera, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are able to shoot video at 4K resolution and 30 FPS which is FOUR TIMES the resolution of 1080p Full HD.

With the release of iPhone 6S, they are still standardly manufactured with 16 GB space which will be a bit tight if you decide to use the new features. It all really depends on what you want to use it for. If you are going to store music, take pictures, film videos and download apps, I recommend that you purchase the 64 or 128 GB version. If you are planning on streaming music instead of storing it, and not using the camera that much, you can get by with 16 GB.

3D Touch / Force Touch

Rumors have for a long time said that this will be in the new iPhone and they were right.


With 3D Touch, your iPhone can understand how hard you are pressing the screen and it performs different actions depending on your press. If you decide to lightly press and hold on an e-mail in your inbox, you can preview that e-mail. If you press a little harder it will open this e-mail. Same principle goes for Messages. If someone sends you a link or a location on Maps, you can preview this without jumping into some other app, and if you then decide you want to open the link or locations just press a little harder. Apple calls these two features Peek and Pop. Pretty obvious, right?

App developers will be able to access 3D Touch and make their own apps and actions so you can expect a lot more from it.

What’s great about Live Photos and 3D Touch is that it almost feels like the iPhone is alive and more personal. Tomorrow, September 25, is the day the 6S and 6S Plus are released and people will start reviewing it, so please tell me what you think.

Samsung Breaks World Record with 16TB SSD

Samsung’s recent accomplishment will make things a whole lot easier for a lot of people and companies. The product code for the new SSD is PM1633a and it will be released next year.


What makes this SSD so amazing, is that Samsung managed to fit 16TB (15.36TB accessible) of memory onto a 2.5″ SSD, the same form factor laptops use, all thanks to the new 3D V-NAND technology. When Samsung showed the SSD at the Flash Memory Summit event in California, they didn’t spare us the boasting. Samsung decided to create a server configuration with 48 of these drives, which adds up to 768TB.

This amount of memory is obviously not intended for personal use, but for enterprises. Accessing files has never been easier and with new technology, SSDs has a lot more potential than HDDs when it comes to both speeds and memory sizes. The new drive will ease things for all the companies that need a lot of storage space. The PM1633a is also a big step for photographers and image editors as very high-pixel pictures can be stored and accessed without a hassle.

The only ‘problem’ is the price tag. Not everyone will be able to purchase this beast unless you have a lot of money to spare. Analysts say that the price will land somewhere around 5000-7000 USD.

Spotify vs Apple Music

Are you having troubles deciding on whether to get a Spotify or an Apple Music subscription? The best way to find out which one of these two is the best of you, would probably be to try them both as they both offer trial periods. Spotify offer a one-month trial while Apple Music offers three months.




Now, you could spend 4 months of your time to try them both out, or you could learn a thing or two from this post. For now, Spotify will release new songs faster than they get released on Apple Music and also let you discover them. So if you want to be able to discover upcoming songs, Spotify would be the right thing for you. If you are more into listening to the usual hits and singles, you might as well go with Apple Music. What’s important to know, is that Apple Music pulls most of their music library from iTunes. What I mean with ‘most’ is that some songs that are on iTunes, can’t be streamed on Apple Music.

The price for a subscription plan for either Spotify or Apple Music is the same. You begin with the trial period, and then pay $9.99 monthly but of course, both of them offer a free version with limited features/ads. They share most of the important features like family sharing, offline listening, a huge music library, radio etc. The radios, however, work in different ways. Apple Music has a station called Beats 1 where people are hired to run them. The music there is what you often will find on a “Top 100” list, and they also discuss music on the air. Spotify’s radio feature is more personalized. You can create your own station based on which songs you like, and Spotify will pull songs from its library and create a station for you. The songs that were assigned to your station are songs within the same genre, artists, related artists etc. If you don’t like a song in the radio, you can just ‘dislike’ it and help Spotify understand what kind of music you like.

Now, in conclusion I would say stick with Spotify for now. The only reason that I can see (for now) to choose Apple Music is if you want a live 24/7 radio station to listen to.

Windows 10 is Ready to be Installed!

Earlier today, Microsoft released their new version of Windows and it is thought to become a success. Now, there are quite a few reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 and I am going to walk you through some of them.


Firstly, most Windows users are still using Windows 7 to date. What Microsoft wants to do is to transfer their whole user base from Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10. The reason for that could be the release of DirectX 12. They probably want to take over the multimedia API scene, and want all of their customers to upgrade to Windows 10 in order to have support for DirectX 12.

So, if you are still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can go ahead and claim a free copy of Windows 10 until July 29, 2016. After this, they might still provide an upgrade for free, but nothing has been said yet. There’s some confusion that I would like to clear up about what this free one-year-upgrade means. If you decide to go through with the upgrade to Windows 10 within this time frame, you will receive free Windows updates forever. It’s not just until July 29, 2016. If you don’t upgrade and the offer expires, you will not receive a free copy of Windows 10 at all.

What’s great about DirectX 12 is that it does not depend on only one GPU vendor, unlike some other APIs. All computers that support Microsoft Windows can use DirectX 12 no matter what GPU you have.


A lot of people were upset about the start menu in Windows 8, and Microsoft listened to their customers and decided to bring the old concept back. The start menu in Windows 10 works pretty much like the one in Windows 7, with some visual changes. You can still search for whatever you are looking for and customize it to your own liking.

Another new feature in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. The new Internet browser that replaces Internet Explorer. It is without a doubt better than the predecessor, but it is still too early to speak too much about it.


The last feature I’d like to mention is Cortana. This feature is much like the personal voice assistants that come with iOS (iPhone etc) and some Android phones, but for PC.

Some people worry about compatibility with drivers and such, but I have yet to experience any issues. If you are still worried, I would wait about a week for everything to settle, and then upgrade.

Now, that is all I had to say. I am very satisfied with this new OS and I think you will be too.

Windows 10 Features

How to Upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 10 FAQ

The Ultimate Car for The Tech Fanatic

For a very long time, all cars have been pretty much the same in driving conditions: Gas, Clutch, Shift, Brake. The Tesla Model S is here to change that. The company Tesla Motors has for a long time been rather unknown to a lot of people, but since the Model S breakthrough, I have felt that they are getting a lot more recognition.


As a tech devotee, I can say that this is my dream car. The car is equipped with a 17 inch touchscreen that controls just about everything in the car. Fans, Media, Navigation and Web Browsing are all operated through the touchscreen. Other than that, you can also view the consumption and range of the car’s electric motor and a lot of other functions. The Tesla Model S gets firmware upgrades regularly that affect and improve the car and the changes can all be viewed online.

Another thing that may appeal to you, is that the car has an autopilot. The car can actually drive itself and switch lanes. All you have to do is tap the turn signal. How is this possible you ask? Well, the Tesla Model S has a camera, radar and a 360 degree sensor that can read the traffic and adjust to it.

If you also like speed, you must know that the “Performance” version of the car (P85D) can do 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.1 seconds, despite it’s heavy weight at 2,239 kg (4,936 lb)

Now, there are things that I don’t like with the car. A fully charged Tesla S can cover around 430 km (265 miles) of land before it has to stop and recharge. That is actually a lot for an electric car. The problems are the charging times. It all depends on which battery you have for your car, but unless you are charging at a Tesla Supercharger station, you can count on that you will probably have to leave your car to charge overnight if you used it the same day. It all varies on how long based on what kind of outlet you are using. Using a 240v/24A outlet, a full charge could take up to 15 hours. There are, however, faster options to consider.

There are so many more features to discover about the Tesla Model S and the bottom line is that this is a really nice car. Not only because of all of the functions it delivers, but because of it’s looks too.

iPhone Release Patterns – New iPhone Incoming?

Since 2012, Apple has released five different iPhones. All of which were released around 20 September each year. Does this mean that this year’s iPhone will arrive 20 September 2015?

The answer is no. No one knows for sure when the new iPhone will be released. Nothing has been confirmed yet about “the new iPhone”. All we know for sure is that there will be a successor to the current iOS 8, the brand new iOS 9. Developers can actually already access iOS 9, but the public beta will first be available in July 2015.


I do not want to bore you with rumors, but let us speculate and think about what has happened in the past.

The iPhone 4S was an upgrade to the predecessor iPhone 4. It was released with SLIGHT change of looks, a better processor which made the phone significantly faster, a better camera and the phone assistant Siri. The S in 4S actually stands for Siri.

The most important visual change to the iPhone 5S in comparison to the former iPhone 5 was the home button. Apart from that, it also got a new processor, a camera upgrade and the fingerprint sensor Touch ID.

So what can we expect from the new 2015 iPhone? Will it be the iPhone 6S? Or the iPhone 7? Recent Apple products have been getting the Force Touch feature, and maybe the new iPhone will too. The Force Touch feature can sense whether you are pressing hardly or softly on your touchpad or touchscreen.

What we can expect are hardware upgrades such as camera and processor. Let us just hope that they will bring us a new feature with the announcement of the iPhone 2015, such as Siri or Touch ID.

The End of Unlimited Data – And What to Do About It

Unlimited data has been like manna straight from heaven, especially if you’re a super geek that loves to be on the go with your smartphone. However, it’s obvious that all of the major carriers are starting to bring the party to a halt. It doesn’t make them as much money — let them tell it. Unfortunately, us mere mortals are pretty much going to have to either look for an unlimited plan that seems like it’s going to be here to stay (as is the case with Sprint’s Simply Everything plan), or you’re going to need to try to make do with the new quotas.

Not sure how to do that? Don’t worry, we have things pretty much covered for you!

First and foremost, you should understand that most of the data crunch is coming on the 3G or 4G side of things. This means that you should switch over to Wi-Fi instead. We’re living in a Wi-Fi playground — even restaurants that never though to have Wi-Fi are now starting to have Wi-Fi. This is a pretty big deal as you can imagine, because you’ll be able to use your data for free and avoid those pesky data overcharges.

Unlimited Data

Using a server-assisted web browser like Opera could help you avoid pulling down too much data, because this is a browser that uses server-side preprocessing to reduce the load. That might sound a little too tech, but it’s really straightforward; instead of your smartphone doing all of the heavy lifting, the server in question will pick up some of the slack.

Video is something that tends to really be a data hog. If you’re going to be connected to YouTube and other video sites, but you might not realize that looking at YouTube could be eating your data link alive. That’s because many times these videos are sent to your phone in high quality. That means that you will have to make sure that you select lower quality videos. They’re not going to be as sharp, but hey — you also get to avoid those heavy overages! If you must watch in high quality, make sure that your phone is on Wi-Fi first. Your cell phone bill will thank you later! (more…)

Disney Snags Lucasfilm for 4.05B – What’s On the Horizon, Really

This is old tech news, but in case you missed it: Disney has your childhood memories on lock. Seriously — they bought Marvel, now they’ve bought Lucasfilm. A few people are still a bit confused on how this will affect things, but we wanted to clear up a few things.

The reality is that it takes money to keep these staples of childhood alive and well. Why not release the brand to someone who can really bring it to life? Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to have a lot of empty intellectual properly just hanging around.

The Disney-Lucasfilm deal is huge — 4.05 billion dollars, to be exact. A lot of geeks are assuming the worst will come out of this deal but we don’t think so at all.

Disney has indicated that they are going to make sequels to the Star Wars series. The first will be delivered in 2015 — though with obviously Hollywood slowdowns, who knows if that will actually happen.

It’s apparently a great day for charity as well, as George Lucas plans to donate much of it to charity once everything closes. The deal is to be distributed in terms of cash as well as Disney shares.

Star Wars is a franchise that is definitely not going to go anywhere. Securing the rights to the empire is definitely a strong move on Disney’s side of things. They have the distribution channels to really bring good things to the table. They have plenty of TV, theme parks, and everything else in between.

So relax, Star Wars fans. The deal just got greenlighted on December 5th. It’s going to be all about getting things together for some real big stuff to actually happen. Don’t give up — just stay tuned and watch!