Apple Raises Starting Price Once Again

Apple upgraded the newest Macbook air and pro laptops, but both of these have vanished from the website. The $999 MacBook air and the 12 inch pro ar no longer available, but now, the price has jumped up 100 dollars to the $1099 Macbook air and the 13 inch pro. Both of these are now the new entry-level MacBooks.

This is part of a new trend to hike up the prices of these products in each of the lines. It now streamlines the lineup further, offering a simpler, but more expensive, set of options for every single customer.  The $999 MacBook Air will be available for educators though.

Though the iPhone continues to generate most of the revenue, the Mac has started to become the second in the hardware line, surpassing the sales of the iPad.

This was first released only about 4 years ago, and it’s the low-cost option for college students. But, it was getting annual updates until 2017, and now, it has a much higher price tag, which will affect whether these young college students or professionals can afford the device.

This did get a few new design changes over the years, and now, it’s thinner, sleeker, and while it doesn’t have the Retina and the 4K screens, this one definitely has gotten some new upgrades.

It now contains a much more shallower keyboard, however and were more prone to damage, and didn’t offer the same tactile experience that the previous versions did. Apple has said the new air and pro would come with a keyboard during the third generation that would supposedly address all of these issues.

The 12 inch MacBook made its debut around the same time, and it was essentially a smaller version of the pro, and not as expensive as it, but more expensive than the air. It was the first to incorporate just one USB-C port, which means that most people would need a dongle to incorporate more peripherals.

There was a new release on this one which rendered the previous one irrelevant though.

However, new searches still show these laptops on there, but now, it will redirect to the new landing page.

So what does that mean for the new phones and other devices that will come out from Apple? Will the price be hiked further? Probably and possibly, but who knows, maybe there will be a potential for this to start to lessen over time.

The truth about Apple products is they are designer, and they must keep up with the current trends. So who knows, there might be more information about why the price spike very soon, and there may even be another laptop coming down the road. Only time will tell on this, and the best thing for you to do is to keep up with this, and look into each of the detail so you can figure out for yourself what is going on behind the scenes, and with these devices too.

Apple Pay Vs. Samsung Pay Vs. Google Pay, which is the best one

Mobile payments may be making your wallet obsolete, but they’re not equal. Here, we’ll talk about some of the pros and cons of each, and which one is the most widely accepted currently.

Samsung pay is used on phones since the note 5 and beyond, and also the Gear watch and the S2 models. It works in 24 countries, and you use Fingerprint, iris, or a PIN to activate. It works with most magnetic strip or EMV terminals, and in-app purchases. This works with loyalty, debit, and credit cards. It works with a wide variety of banks, and PayPal as well.

Apple Pay works with Apple iPhones since the SE, and the Apple watch, but also with the MacBook Pro, and iPads since the fifth generation. It works in 41 countries worldwide, and it can be activated with Face ID or fingerprint. It works with web purchases and most NFC terminals. It takes credit, debit, and loyalty cards, and many banks.

Finally, you’ve got google pay which works with android phones with NFC and HCE support, and it needs to be running Android 4.4 or higher. It works in 29 countries and works with Fingerprint, PIN, pattern, or password, and it works with NFC terminals, and in-app and web purchases. It accepts most credit, debit, loyalty, and gift cards. It works with a full list of banks, and PayPal too.

With most of these, once you’ve added the card and are in a place that accepts this payment, you can then use it.  Samsung pay lets you work with any terminal that includes a card reader.

Samsung pay is probably the best in terms of how much you can use it since it uses NFC and magnetic secure transmission that holds up against any terminal without the merchant updating the POS systems. Offline payments are supported on all platforms, and you can use this on most public transit systems.

In terms of security though, apple pay requires you to go through a lot of different authentication, whereas Google only needs to be unlocked with a pattern or PIN, or password, making not to be as secure as others.

All three have a lot of different ways to pay, and a lot of great options, and both Samsung and Google pay work with over 340,000 sites that use the Visa checkout, and Chase pay works with Samsung Pay too, so you just need to look.

With peer to peer payments, google pay is probably the best, since you can do this with any phone number or email address on there, and google pay is pretty simple and straightforward.

Now, which one is best for you is really dependent on the ecosystem that you have, and the location you’re in.  if you’re an Apple user, then apple pay works. But, Samsung pay has the most terminals, but if you’re using apps and such, google pay has the most flexible way to pay.

Permissions on Over 1000 Apps still take your Data

For many Android users, they try to set permissions on their apps so that it shows how much data a device is giving up. If you don’t want your flashlight app to read through your calls, you should be able to deny access. But even when you say no, some apps still figure out how to do it. There are more than 1000 apps around here that are skirting restrictions, allowing you to have your geolocation data and phone identifiers behind your back.

The discovery highlights how difficult it is to stay private online, especially on phones and mobile apps. Tech companies have mountains of personal data of many people, including what they like, and where they’ve been.

Lawmakers are trying to reel this in with privacy regulation, and app permissions are supposed to control what data you give up. Apple and Goole have released new features to improve privacy, but there are still ways to get around these protections.

Researchers from the international computer science institute has found that up to 1325 apps on android were gathering data from other devices, and even people explicitly denied these permissions. This is an interesting study, and consumers have very little tools and cues that they can use to control their privacy. Google has been notified of these issues, and they said it would address the issues in Android Q, which is supposed to hide the location information on the photos from apps that you haven’t given permission to, and requiring any apps that do have access to wifi to have permission on the location data.

This is 1325 out of 88000 apps, which is a little bit, but still, worth mentioning especially since there are workarounds in the codes that are there to get this information. Shutterfly, which is a photo-editing app, actually gathers the coordinates in the GPS, in order to send data to the servers, and users that are declining the permissions still are having their information compromised.

The reason they do this is that it’s supposed to enhance the user experience, but ti definitely is compromising your data. Some also rely on other apps to piggyback off of this.  Some of them use unprotected files on the SD card itself to harvest the data that’s there. There are only about 13 apps doing this though, but, the Hong Kong Disneyland park app is doing this.

There are 153 apps currently that have the capability, including the browser and health apps, which are installed on phones.

So far, there isn’t a full list being made, but there is supposed to be a list of everything that’s happening, and which apps are best for you to keep your information off of, or even off your phone.

The world of data is becoming more transparent every day, so it’s imperative to make sure that you take the time to ensure that you have the best photos and video protection possible, and to protect your information.

Apple TV 4K Review

The Apple TV 4K has some of the best streaming available on a 4K device, and it even comes with HDR and Dolby Vision as well, and it provides a positive streaming experience. It also has excellent Siri voice options. However, it is expensive. It doesn’t stream youtube in 4K or HDR either, which makes it kind of a downer.  The devices from Roku and others have similar capabilities. But, it is one of the best streamers on the market, and if you’re willing to forgo the price, it may be a wonderful idea.

This streaming device does stream amazon prime video, and it has a new update, so if you are a Dolby Atmos fan, this is a wonderful streaming device.  This is just getting better too, and it now has a channels option that comes with iTunes integration. It also has support for multiple user accounts, along with PS4 and Xbone gaming controllers, so it’s great because once the Apple Arcade service releases, it will be useful.

This one is pretty good, and it only costs 30 bucks more to get the 4K experience.  It definitely is pretty easy to navigate, and the biggest competition thus far is the Roku streaming stick of course.

When compared to the two main juggernauts in the streaming business, the Amazon fire TV stick 4K and the Roku streaming stick, you may want to go with those two, since Roku is still one of the best on the market for half the price.

But the 4K Apple TV does a pretty good job, and let’s face it, compared to other products from Apple this is a steal, especially when you look at some of the other audio equipment that’s out there that does this. With 4K being almost a given these days, the 4K Apple TV works great.

It does have incredible streaming quality available, and for people willing to pay for it, it’s worth it. It does come with the Dolby Vision HDR, and it also has really polished and smooth audio, and it definitely is a nice price for whatever you’re paying for it.  it’s definitely cheaper than other systems.

But, when you compare it to say the Roku Streaming stick, this is half as much as the other, and it’s almost as good. The Roku can do what the Apple TV does but in almost a better sense.

If you do have an Apple ecosystem already, then this may be a good investment. But otherwise, you may be better off going with a competitor rather than an actual Apple device, simply due to the fact that the price of this is a bit much, and it can be a turnoff from other devices and other types of streaming services that are out there, that’s for sure.

If you’re stumped, the Roku may be a better option due to the price, but this is pretty good. You check different apple product reviews to make a final decision. If it were cheaper, it would be more of a contender.