This website was a part of my hoobie project to publish technology reviews and videos on my YouTube. As you can see I have not posted to either in a very long time. I have just grown up and moved on from those hobbies, even though I am still very much interested in technology.
I have also started to attend college (Go Hokies!) for Computer Science and I just don’t have time to spend on all of my hobbies so some had to be cut and this was one.
Many of the features and the ‘look and feel’ of this website has been disabled as I just could not continue to keep updating it to support new mobile, browser, and operating system requirements and still function the way I first imagined it. I have restored the site back to the default theme so I can continue to work on my future and keep a part of past and childhood still available for me to come back and look at (This website and YouTube channel).
This YouTube channel and website was one of the first things I actually did to put my interest in technology to actual use, however, I have since moved on. I will try to keep this hosting and domain up forever so I can continue to look back on part of my childhood.
Apple just pushed out the iOS 10.3 update, and this one includes major changes including the brand new File System.
Apple File System
With iOS 10.3, your iOS device will automatically update it’s file system from HFS+ to APFS. This new file system is supposed to make iOS faster, more secure and free more space for the end user. This is VERY IMPORTANT that before doing this update, you should back up your phone with iTunes to make sure data is not lose in case there is problem during the updating process. If you’re not sure how to backup your device, see this. We recommend doing the backup with a computer if you have one nearby however if not a iCloud backup will be fine but, remember it will backup less things and usually take more time.
New Dashboard Profile
If you look in the settings after the update you’ll see that there are is a now a section at the very top, which will include all the information form your Apple ID. This includes the previous settings, along with all your other devices using that Apple ID and a quick way to pull up information about these devices.
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The “Super-Secret” Stuff
The WikiLeaks leaked documents a few weeks ago containing some of the tools/exploits the CIA uses to spy on it’s citizens. This document included a lot of exploits for iOS, to which Apple responded by saying they were all already patched. However it, even though it may come as a surprise to some people, iOS 10.3 has a long list of exploits it patched itself, 65 to be exact. You can find the full list of exploits patched here.
The Little Stuff
Find My iPhone
View the current or last-known location of your AirPods
Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them
Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps
Support for scheduling with ride-booking apps
Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights, and activating horn with automaker apps
Cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council
Shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to last-used apps
Apple Music Now Playing screen gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album
Daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music
Other improvements and fixes
Rent once and watch your iTunes movies across your devices
New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings, and devices
Hourly weather in Maps using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature
Support for searching “parked car” in Maps
Calendar adds the ability to delete an unwanted invite and report it as junk
Home app support to trigger scenes using accessories with switches and buttons
Home app support for accessory battery level status
Podcast support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows
Podcast shows or episodes are shareable to Messages with full playback support
Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying your current location after resetting
Location & Privacy
VoiceOver stability improvements for Phone, Safari, and Mail
Sprint, the US’s third largest phone carrier which is on the come up with major network upgrades and changes. Sprint grow tremendously last year however their prepaid sales were VERY down.
As of February 2nd, 8:40 PM EST, most links on the Sprint Prepaid website redirects to Boost Mobile, a Prepaid MVNO of Sprint and a separate company. As of right now, there has been no direct information from Sprint about what is going to happen to the existing customers and the future Sprint Prepaid brand, if we had to guess they are moving all the customers to Boost Mobile.
Sprint has two main prepaid MVNOs, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. Both offer similar device selection, customer service and other feature, like roaming and free music streaming. However Virgin Mobile offers 5GB of high speed data VS 2GB on Boost with the same price.
We will update this post with the latest information from Sprint, once provided.
Apple seeded the first beta of iOS 10.3 yesterday right after they released iOS 10.2.1 to the public. The field test app is a “hidden app” within iOS which can be accessed from the phone app by dialing *3001#12345#* on the dial pad.
The field test app can be used to quickly find out a lot of information about your cellular connection like the LTE Band you’re connected to, the bandwidth available etc.. Apple hasn’t updated the app for a very long time fence falling behind the curve and not showing a lot of the information the new iPhone(s) now support like carrier aggregation.
The new screenshots show that the app is now updated for the larger screens, shows a lot more information about different “carriers” of LTE bands and most importantly showing the current carrier aggregation status.
Currently the new app is only on the Intel version of the iPhone 7s’ but, it should roll out to other devices in future betas.
Sprint the third giant carrier in the US who is fastly improving was the last major carrier still partially offering 2-yr. contacts – only on it’s own site.. Sprint is also only one of the two major carriers still offering unlimited data on it’s own.
Starting 1/22 all locations and agents have been informed that the 2 year contact options has been removed from the website and from Telesales. The only option left are CostCo and Apple who may be removing the options soon as well.
Currently the only options are installments or lease, if you’re on a legacy plan (Everything Data or MyWay) you’re going to end up paying more with these options. However you can move to a newer plan and you will receive a $10/monthly credit or doing so. The new payments options go along with the new plans very well. Just remember any contract lines on the new plans will be charged a $25 fee.
The most stable version currently is BETA 3. Even thought it’s the most stable.. it’s not stable stable and substrate is still not enabled.
Luca has released a for the iPhone 6S TSMC devices on the Telegram group. With this users can jailbreak their TSMC devices – however it’s not stable at all.
qwertyoruiopz on Twitter has released a iPA on his website containing jailbreak (sort-of) for some devices.
His jailbreak is legit as confirmed by Saurik, the creator of Cydia. However currently nobody is able to use the jailbreak as they would normally expect.
The iPA file has to be signed in a special way so I can be loaded onto your device. You can then use the app to jailbreak your device however this BETA version does not include Cydia or mobile substrate (a component needs for almost all tweaks and sometimes Cydia itself).
We’re closely monitoring this release and we will update this page with the current details.
As of right now we suggest not trying to jailbreak your device unless you’re a developer as you could ruin your device.
The major electronics retails, how now stopped allowing Sprint customers to get their devices on a 2-year contract.
Sprint – the forth-largest cell phone carrier in the U.S. was one of the last offering however earlier this year it announced that customer will not be able to get phones on a 2-year contract without a $25 fee on their new plans. Legacy plans were not effected by this change. The same day it announced that it’s corporate stores will not allow customers to buy phones on a 2-yr. contract. At this point the only way to get a 2-yr contract was online at Sprint.com, calling Telesales or at a third-party retailer.
BestBuy was the last large retailer still carrying Sprint 2-yr. contracts. However it announced starting October it will no longer offer that.
Currently the only large retailers carrying Sprint 2-yr. contracts are Costco and Apple itself for iPhones.
NOTE: BestBuy has decided to hold off until the 6th to stop offering contracts so you still have time!
DISCLAIMER: We (the author and/or DDSHD) have no financial relationship with this company (Soundpeats). This product was bought at full price for personal use and/or the review. We are only paid by Amazon for referring you this product (only if you use our affiliate link) and that payment has no effect on what we think about this product.
There are many wireless earbuds on the market to choose from but, most of them cost up wards of $200 so I tested these the QY7’s from the Soundpeats. The earbuds are only $20 on amazon and sound just as good as the more expensive ones…
There are many versions of these earbuds sold from difference companies however from the very little research I did… Soundpeats sounds like the original manufacturer who less these in bulk to other companies who put their own logo on and resell them for a premium. The hardware is the same it’s just the logo that’s different.
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The earbuds have unique wing shape build with high quality, glossy plastic. The right earbud handles all the controlling with the power button, volume rocker and very tiny and muffled microphone. These buttons can perform multiple actions and the full list if provided in the manual, which we have also embed below:
The body of the earbuds can take quite a beating without any problems and also works well with a bit of moisture (Sweat or Rain) but, it definitely won’t stand up to a quick swim in the pool or a quick shower.
The left earbud on the other hand only contains the battery and the micro-usb port for charging.
CORNERS HAD TO CUT
The battery life is below average at about 5 hours. Less than the high priced earbuds but, the corners had to be somewhere for the $20 price tag. The charging time take about 2 hours with a standard iPhone charger and I wouldn’t recommend using anything with a higher amperage just to be safe.
The earbuds are connected to each other with a flat rubber cable which is also tangle-free. However, if you were to the tuck the cable under your clothing or anything that restrains it from it floating around freely, every small movement you make WILL be heard and it’s very distracting. If you leave the cable free to roam out it is not a problem at all.
The most important part of a headphone review is sound quality and somehow Soundpeats has nailed it for only $20. Since these are in-ear earbuds they are naturally very good to blocking out sound but, this is exceptionally good! I cannot hear anything in the outside even with the volume just at 50%.
These can be picked up for only $20 or less at Amazon using our affiliated link here. (Helps us run the company without any cost to you, we promise). There are also tons of colors available.