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WWDC 2015

So WWDC 2015 happened and what a show as these are starting to look like worldwide events rather than just a tech company keynote.

Quite a bit happened last night as we followed it on TheTechSpy’s Live Twitter account as literally every minute there was something new to announce.

So here it goes, all the best bits for iOS9 in bitesize chunks for you lovely people to digest;

iOS 9

1: With the new Proactive Assistant, Siri is starting to look a lot more like Google Now. As you speak to it, Siri will learn your habits, locations and when and where to open apps that you use. For example, if you pop your headphones in every day, it will just launch the music app or suggest directions when you jump in your car.
2: One of the interesting additions to iOS9 is the Caller ID suggestions for unknown calls. This is based in what it finds in your email, so I am not sure how much use this will actually be.

3: They are now bringing us Split displays, allowing you to have two apps open side by side and even adjust the sizing of the apps you are viewing and drag content either side. unfortunately this will only work on iPad Air 2 and of course anything coming out in the future.

4: The other cool new feature was the keyboard upgrades, allowing you to swipe on the keyboard acting like a trackpad. This feature is great for instantly highlighting words or moving the cursor to a new place.

5: Good old transit maps, or Tubes to us Londoners. This will overlay the tube map and stations into maps and will give you details of the stations and train/bus arrival times.

6: Passbook renamed Wallet – Our very own Mr Carroll got very excited at this addition as Apple Pay is finally being introduced to the UK. You will be able to have all of your credit cards and loyalty cards all in the same wallet making paying and earning seamless. The best part is from the start, London Tubes will be accepting Apple Pay as a way to pay your fare….Very nice indeed!

7: My personal favourite is News, it looks a lot like Flipboard and this is superb. This pulls in content from various publications and displays articles in a very smooth and cool way. It delivers newspaper and magazine type articles based on your habits and has beautiful hi-res galleries of photos and can even play video direct from the publication itself.

8: Along with this we particularly liked the idea of being able to have video content from an app while you are doing something else. Imagine writing an email while having YouTube up in a small screen in the top right of the screen.

Part two to follow

I am quite confident in saying that a few of you reading this will have kids, and even more confident that most of you remember the 2am Club.

Let me refresh your memory if it has been that long, remember when your pride and joy used to wake between 2-3am screaming for milk, at which point one of your had to run to the kitchen, boil some water, mix the formula and then cool down the mixed formula enough to give to your baby….all while trying to open your eyes and wake up.

Well, a husband and wife team who used to work for Samsung have come up with some tech to make this task a little easier to swallow and are trying to achieve funding over at Indiegogo. As you can see below, it looks like an “old school” coffee machine which can be loaded with up to 24oz of formula which will stay fresh and dry for up to 4 weeks and up to 8oz of water.

All you need to do is place a bottle underneath and hit the “on” button which starts the 60 second countdown on the water boiling which is then cooled again to body temperature and released into the bottle which will sort out all sterilisation issues that most parents are concerned about. Once this is complete, you turn the formula wheel which dispenses 2oz of formula at a time until you get your desired amount. This complete process takes about 90 seconds.

Of course, along with this the all the units that will need cleaning are dishwasher safe and are BPA free. This device is also manufactured to the Microban standard to inhibit the growth of those nasty micro organisms.

All in all this looks like a great product and one that I can’t see any parent turning their nose up at. What a great idea for the home and that’s without even thinking about the possibilities of this in hospitals and countries that do not have a good quality supply of water.

Move over Teasmade, Piena are in town to save us even more time!

Piena

 

 

 

 

So TheTechSpy has been very busy recently….not only enjoying the rare UK sunshine while surveying the world of tech but we have also been building a website for you guys to enjoy all of our blogs in one place. It is nearly finished, but you can take a sneak peek over on TheSpyGroup

The first issue we came across when building the website was that we could not find a simple way to display our Facebook posts in one place. After some serious research, we came across a small team of individuals with a revolutionary product…. Tint.

Let’s start off with what Tint actually is and I think it is best explained in their own words;

“Tint is a simple, yet effective tool that lets anyone aggregate any social media feeds into one page and embed it anywhere they want.

You can aggregate from Facebook pages, Twitter accounts/hashtags, Instagram accounts/hashtags, Youtube channels, etc. and embed it beautifully into any website, WordPress, Tumblr, Wix, mobile apps, Facebook Pages, and more!”

I could not have put it better myself 😉

The TintUp Widget displays like Pinterest with a beautifully flowing board of tiles and is easy to embed into your website. With the likes of Squarespace and Wix allowing it, you just need to create a login with Tint and create the code which is a piece of cake. Once in your chosen website management board, you embed the code by simply copying and pasting it from Tint.

Tint allows you to customise your feed from within the admin pages with various themes, colours and options and is supported by some of the biggest names in website creation;

Tint

The product is quite versatile and interestingly the guys at Tint also suggest using the product on a stand at an exhibition. People at the show could have their message on the board just by using the designated hashtag with the stand having full moderation control over what is posted.

One of the biggest positives for using this widget is the support you get from Tint. They pointed us in the right direction and helped us to create the product we wanted. Tim ( The CEO) was particularly helpful with the whole process and shows a great interest in his customers whether they are paying or not which is very rare (Thanks Tim). They are a very small team but seem to cover every hour needed by the client over email and even chat.

Here is one of our Tint boards displaying feeds from our sister company TheCarSpy

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Overall this is a great widget! Easy to use, customise and moderate and works with all the big names of website creation. Amateurs and professionals alike can use this product and both will get an equally slick operation. Of course the product in our opinion needs a few little tweaks, for example it is a little slow delivering embedded code and could do with an option to be able to choose what part of your title is in bold, but saying this it hasn’t stopped us from using them across our website and we believe this will only improve.

If you are looking for an aggregated social media feed to impress on your website, take a look at Tint, they get a thumbs up from TheTechSpy.

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Today Pioneer announced the BDP-160, a new way to use a Blu-ray unit as the centre of your media system.

The player, first and foremost, plays DVD, CD & Full HD Blu-ray movies with 3D thrown in for good measure. Where it gets a little smarter is the way it has gelled together other standards while still looking like our good ol’ friend the Blu-ray player.

The BDP-160 has inbuilt WiFi to help take care of the network features but can be easily connected up via Ethernet for a more trust-worthy connection. The connection will be used to stream content which can be obtained from your PC or NAS on the same network using the popular DLNA 1.5 standard. Pioneer have decided to also go with the WiFi Direct feature to stream content from a smartphone, tablet, laptop or even Android device direct onto your screen which I think is great to see in a product like this and has even allowed the YouTube “Send to my TV” function.

A USB slot on the front and back panel allows you to connect a USB hard drive which can handle formats like FLV, MPEG, AVI, WMA, FLAC2, MKV, MP3 and DivX to cover pretty much all users needs.

Pioneer also have some cool apps for Android and iOS, which have been included on this device, so you are able to control the unit via your smartphone as the remote control. iControlAV can be used by 4 people at the same time and will happily stream music direct to the device, so you could hook this up to your big speakers and have an alternative to a Sonos system.

If you fancy a bit of this, you can pick it up for a very pleasing £129.99 from July in the UK.

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The magnificent Olive One connects all of your portable gadgets and music libraries without the need for connectors and adaptors. Combining beautiful design, open architecture and audiophile sound quality, this really is the all in one home network music player to show off in your home.

You can connect your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth 4 viewing album art and info or via the dual band Wi-Fi connection for HD music quality. The Olive One will also connect wirelessly to your NAS or can have internal storage installed to those with limited storage.

Pandora is built-in, but you can also play Spotify and any other music services that you use on your smart phone. You can even queue music and videos from YouTube and stream music from your cloud service (iTunes Match, Amazon Locker and Google Play) and ONE is upgradeable through the internet, so future updates from new developers will be a breeze.

Hand-built in the US with a $40 international shipping charge, this player, which is currently being crowdsourced on Indiegogo, starts at $399 with a July shipping date. These guys seriously have thought about the perfect network music player and have opened it up to the public to make it even better.

The Tech Spy gives this the Thumbs up!

The Olive One