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Facebook hits one billion users in a single day for the first time

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Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that the social network passed a significant milestone this week. On August 24, more than 1 billion people used Facebook in a single day for the first time ever.

“When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post this afternoon. “On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.”

He goes on to say “I’m so proud of our community for the progress we’ve made. Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern world.”

You’ve likely heard the story by now. Zuckerberg started Facebook with a small group of friends and roommates in his Harvard dorm room in February 2004. He is currently believed to have a net worth in upwards of $40 billion.

Source: Facebook

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How to post photos and videos in landscape or portrait mode on Instagram

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Earlier today, Instagram announced a big change to the way your feed will look like soon by finally allowing users to upload content in landscape or portrait orientation. Up until now, only square images or videos could be uploaded, although there were apps offering a workaround for that, making Instagram a very standardized experience for most.

Now that the company has updated the app to allow for different orientations, we are going to show you how to publish photos or videos in landscape or portrait mode on Instagram.

Step 1: Make sure you have updated the Instagram app to its latest version. To do so, go to the App Store, and select the Updates tab. Update the app if it has a pending update.

Step 2: Launch the Instagram app and tap the camera icon in order to select a photo or video to post on the service. Choose the photo or video you want to use.

Step 3: By default, Instagram will show your photo or video in square format. To change that, tap the Format icon in order to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square.

Step 4: Tap Next, and continue posting your photo or video as you normally would.

Once published, your followers will see the content in the format you have chosen.

And for those wondering, you can find me @SebastienPage on Instagram.

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Mysterious new chip has been discovered on a leaked iPhone 6s display component

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As various iPhone 6s parts continue to leak out like crazy, a source provided MacRumors with new high-quality images and information pertaining to a screen assembly on Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’.

The claimed part is slightly heavier and thicker than on the iPhone 6, but the biggest takeaway is a mysterious new chip which seemingly confirms that Force Touch is coming to the next iPhone.

Force Touch display

While the part provides no discernible cues with respect to rumored force sensors,
the display panel is thicker than that on the iPhone 6 even though the screen shielding is glued in place rather than use mechanical screws.

“Our source also says the iPhone 6s display panel is slightly thicker than the iPhone 6 panel, a change that may be related to Force Touch support and contributing to the reported 0.2 mm increase in overall thickness for the device,” reads the article.

It weighs just under 2 grams more—and that’s without a front camera assembly.

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A mystery chip, shown above and up close below, is visible through a cutout found on the rear of the display. The same chip made an appearance in previous leaks showing a partially assembled iPhone 6s but its purpose remains something of a mystery. “Our source suspects it is indeed related to Force Touch,” writes MacRumors.

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The cutout is apparently necessary because the chip is slightly thicker than the rest of the display assembly, so the hole allows the shielding to cover the display panel evenly without adding too much thickness, with the chip protruding through the rear shielding.

There is another vague possibility: this chip could be a whole new Renesas SP Drivers part designed to improve image quality. Back in 2014, rumors were swirling that Apple was buying Renesas SP Drivers, a division of Renesas Electronics that builds mobile display chips.

The deal was supposed to help Apple “improve image sharpness and battery life” on iPhones, but negotiations broke down. Renesas was later acquired by touchscreen chipmaker Synaptics in an effort to combine its touch technology with Renesas’ display drivers into one chip.

iPhone 6 inside view retina hd display

Both Renesas and Synaptics were on Apple’s list of suppliers at the time of this writing.

It’s unclear if Renesas is still the sole supplier of iPhone display chips like it used to be prior to the acquisition deal with Synaptics.

Anyway, all will be revealed soon enough as Apple gears up for its media event on September 9 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, the same historic venue where it introduced the Apple II.

Source: MacRumors

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September 9 event wallpapers: “Hey Siri, give us a hint”

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On Thursday, August 27, Apple released the media invitation for an event on September 9. The fall announcements typically highlight updates for iOS devices. Sometimes iPhone and iPad are announced separately, but it is estimated both devices will receive a refresh in the coming weeks.

In line with new invitations, the web quickly rushes to build corresponding, celebratory wallpapers. Inside, we have some quick work done by avid iDB readers. Within hours, they shared their collections and we pass them on to you.

This post may be updated throughout the day with more wallpapers as they become available, so make sure to check back periodically.

Wallpapers

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By @stijn_d3sign: full white (center); half opacity (left); full opacity (right)

September 9 Wallpaper Splash

By @JasonZigrino: iPad (left); desktop (5K)

By @bart172_: iPhone (right); matching iPad (not pictured)

Submissions

The wallpapers section is curated on a weekly basis to highlight amazing images, every Sunday. To have your images considered for Wallpapers of the Week, catch up with me on Twitter @jim_gresham. Please ensure, any images you submit are pre-formatted for the latest iOS devices.

What are you most excited for in the upcoming September 9 announcement? Are you looking for an iPad Pro? Will the Apple TV update make its way to the screen? Could the Siri hint indicate Apple TV with Siri integration? Leave your thoughts below!

splash image via placeit.net

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How to sell your iPhone on Craigslist like a pro

Sell iPhone Craigslist Tips

As many of you guys know, I’m sort of a Craigslist junkie. I have sold literally hundreds of items on Craigslist over the years, and I can’t remember ever having any big problems with a transaction.

Since the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is only a couple of weeks away, many people are now interested in selling their current iPhone in order to finance the new iPhone. This is a smart move, as value of the last generation phones will dip and continue to do so once the new iPhones come out.

So what’s the best way to go about selling an iPhone on Craigslist? I’ve discussed this topic several times on our Podcast, Lets’ Talk iOS, but now I’ll fully break down what makes a successful Craigslist selling experience.

Be honest

Honesty is always best. Be up front about the condition of your iPhone. Don’t lie, and don’t try to mask obvious flaws with the device. You’ll save yourself a lot of time, embarrassment, and potential confrontations if you are honest about what you’re selling. Don’t try to scam people. It’s never a good thing, and can come back and bite you in the butt.

Oh, and turn off Find My iPhone, please!

Get a burner phone number

That said, you still want to use common sense. It’s best not to give out your real phone number on Craigslist, or any public website for that matter. The last thing you want is someone calling your real phone number harassing you about an iPhone that you sold two weeks ago.

I use Google Voice as my burner phone number, and it works great. I include this number in all of my Craigslist posts, which makes potential customers feel more at ease knowing they can contact you.

Including a phone number also allows customers to text you, and when you receive a text, you’ll know that it’s directly related to your Craigslist selling activity. It’s a great way to filter Craigslist from the rest of your life.

Get a burner email address

When you create your Craigslist account, create a burner email address that’s only used for Craigslist activity. The same principal mentioned above applies. People feel better about doing business with you if you advertise your email. Having a Craigslist-only email address keeps all of your Craigslist selling activity separated from day-to-day life.

Emphasize texting

State in your post that you prefer texting. Your phone number is there just in case, but make it obvious that you want to be texted about potential sales. Texting allows you to quickly filter out nonsense, and separate the legitimate inquiries from spam and low ball offers.

Be assertive, yet friendly

Don’t be curt in your post, but be very up front about your expectations. Let the buyer know that you will not stand for low ball offers, and that they will simply be ignored—state this in your ad.

Remember, this is your iPhone and your life that you’re dealing with here. Stand up for yourself, and let people know from the tone of your text that you mean business. People will try to test you on Craigslist, and they will try to get a deal. That’s fine, but don’t be a pushover.

No trades

I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me to do trades. I don’t do trades on Craigslist. Never have and never will. I only deal with cash. If that’s your stance, be sure to state that in big bold letters. Tell potential buyers that you will ignore any requests for a trade.

Take great pictures

Don’t post without pictures. If you don’t include pictures, 90% of the time your post will be looked over, even if legitimate. Post good, well-lit photos of your iPhone. If your office looks like a dungeon from a horror film, go outside and take photos.

Expose flaws, and don’t try to hide them. Being up front about the appearance and condition of your iPhone will put people at ease.

Take pictures of everything that comes with your iPhone, including the box and accessories. It may even help to put your Craigslist email address on a piece of paper and include it in the shot, vouching for your ad’s legitimacy.

When you post your photos on Craigslist, be sure to upload the photo that best-describes your iPhone first. The first uploaded photo will be used as the featured image for your ad. This is the photo that’s displayed in the Craigslist listings.

Use bullet points

People love bullet points. Highlight the best parts of your iPhone, and why the buyer is getting a good deal. List things like storage size, condition, operating system, etc. Let them know if the device has ever been dropped. Little details like that can go a long way.

Use a brief and accurate headline

Don’t try to explain everything in the headline; that’s what the body of the ad is for. Be brief, yet descriptive. Don’t use all caps. Describe the condition of your iPhone at the end of the headline.

Pricing

Price your iPhone in such a manner that you have a little wiggle room to price haggle. It’s human nature to want to get a good deal, and although it’s happened to me a number of times, it’s rare that someone buys your item at the exact price you asked for.

If you want $350 for your iPhone, ask $400 in the listing. Be flexible, but don’t be gullible. Firmly let the potential buyers know when you’ve reached your rock-bottom price.

Meet in a busy public place

Stress to the potential buyers that you will only meet publicly to make the sale. Malls, banks, and grocery stores make good locations. You want to go where there’s lots of people in a well lit area. Don’t meet in parking lots, always meet indoors. I like malls, because they’re big, have tons of people, have tons of cars, and have tons of exits just in case someone wants to act a fool.

Do not, under any circumstance, invite people to your home, or go to their home. Don’t meet in shady areas, even in public.

Don’t meet at night time, even if the guy insists that he works third shift and he can only meet you on his lunch break at 4:00am. Use common sense. If there’s one thing in this list that you should never compromise on, it’s this.

Meeting for the sell

Once someone bites on your sale, it’s time to arrange the meet up. Hopefully you’ve followed the main rule—meeting in a safe public place with lots of people. Be prompt. I find that it’s best to be there a few minutes before the buyer, which gives you time to relax, check out the surroundings, and get comfortable. Even in a public place with lots of people, you’ll still need to be observant and smart. Arriving early helps you do this.

Smile, be friendly, look them in the eye, and conduct the sale.

Show the product, let the buyer check it out, and get things moving. Don’t spend time haggling over price in person. You should only accept what was agreed on. If someone wants to haggle, let them know you’re not going to put up with it. If they insist, just leave. Remember, until the money is in your hand, it’s still your iPhone. Don’t let someone pressure you into doing something you don’t feel comfortable doing.

Count your money immediately after the transaction, shake their hand if your feel comfortable doing so, and make your exit. If the person looks a little shady, I usually let the buyer leave first, so as to not be followed. Or you can always walk around the store for a while to foster a clean break.

It’s better than eBay

Craigslist gets a bad rap, but I’ve had great success using it. I’ve sold countless items on Craigslist and have never had any real issues. The main thing is to use common sense. If you don’t have a good feeling about a sale, even if you’ve crossed all of the I’s and dotted all of the T’s, call off the sale. You can always sell another day, and you should never feel pressured to sell anything.

The fact is, Craigslist is largely safe to use if you do it the right way. eBay is full of scammers, and it takes forever to get your money. Even when you do get your money, there’s the whole thing about disputes, which can cause frustration and loss, and then there’s PayPal, which can be all sorts of terrible.

I would never use eBay unless it was my absolute last resort. If you live in a metropolitan area, there are tons of potential customers out there that can make your day. The trick is simply finding the right one.

Have you ever sold your old iPhone on Craigslist? What was your experience like?

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Rumor: iPhone 6s sports animated backgrounds inspired by Apple Watch’s Motion face

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Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones are said to include animated backgrounds inspired by the Apple Watch’s Motion face, 9to5Mac learned from sources. Of course, Apple has offered dynamic wallpapers since iOS 7, but it’s a single motif in seven color choices.

These new animated backgrounds created for upcoming iPhones are being described as sharing the same theme as the Motion face on the Apple Watch, which shows painstakingly crafted animations of jellyfish, multi-colored butterflies and brightly colored flowers.

“Apple is preparing to bring some motion from the Apple Watch to the iPhone 6s,” reads the report. The publication learned from three sources who have used internal iPhone 6s prototypes that in-house created backdrops for upcoming iPhones range “from sets of animated fish from a koi pond to colorful arrays of smoke. ”

It’s interesting that the most recent beta of iOS 9 includes a batch of new static wallpapers, including one depicting colored smoke against a solid black background.

Another sketchy evidence of spiced up wallpapers on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus came yesterday in the form of a purported iPhone 6s packaging leaked by Chinese website cnBeta. As shown below, the alleged packaging features a gold koi pond fish wallpaper.

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“Based on Apple’s internal testing of motion wallpapers, we now believe that box photo to be legitimate,” noted 9to5Mac.

In an interview with Wired earlier this summer, Apple’s human-interface chief Alan Dye described the insane attention to detail and craftsmanship that went into designing the Motion face for the Apple Watch.

“What Dye seems most fascinated by is one of the Apple Watch’s faces, called Motion, which you can set to show a flower blooming,” reads the article. “Each time you raise your wrist, you’ll see a different color, a different flower. This is not CGI. It’s photography.”

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They used Phantom cameras to shoot many different species of jellyfish in 4K at 300 frames per second.

Then they shrunk the resulting 4096 x 2304 images to fit the Watch’s screen, which is less than a tenth the size. “When you look at the Motion face of the jellyfish, no reasonable person can see that level of detail,” Dye said. “And yet to us it’s really important to get those details right.”

For the blooming flowers on the Apple Watch’s Motion face, the team picked picked different flowers to photograph and then “trained a camera on them for as long as it took.”

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A single flower took more than 285 hours and 24,000 shots to photograph.

Conveniently, Apple collaborated with Selfridges to create an impressive display that wraps around Selfridges’ London store. The display features blooming flowers and other floral motifs directly inspired by the Apple Watch’s Motion face.

And last but not least, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, hinted in a lengthy profile for The New Yorker’s February 2015 issue that the Motion face on the Apple Watch’s OLED screen could make up for a nice animated wallpaper on an iPhone.

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On the other hand, Ive cautioned the iPhone’s LCD screen technology would make it less magical because the Apple Watch’s display has blacker blacks than those in an iPhone’s LCD screen.

“An Apple Watch jellyfish swims in deep space, and becomes, Ive said, as much an attribute of the watch as an image. On a current iPhone screen, a jellyfish would be pinned against dark gray, and framed in black, and, Ive said, have ‘much less magic’,” reads the article.

Source: 9to5Mac

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PowerColor brings custom color gradients to the iOS battery indicator

PowerColor

Want to better visualize the current status of your iPhone’s battery? PowerColor is a new tweak that lets you enjoy a gradient of colors ranging from green (fully charged) to red (empty). As the power level of your iPhone’s battery decreases, the color of the battery indicator will subtly change to represent the appropriate range of remaining charge.

PoweColor Prefs

That’s cool and all, but what really makes PowerColor stand out is its ability to let users customize the colors of the battery indicator. Via the tweak’s preferences, which are accessible via the stock Settings app, users can go in and customize each color on a 5% scale.

Color customization is accomplished by means of a color picker, but for more accurate color changes, users can opt to take advantage of the hex color value input. If you’re looking to create a true gradient range, then the hex value colors are indispensable.

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You’ll need to perform a respring in order to enact any custom color changes. The developer also included an option to reset the colors back to defaults in case you mess up.

This is one of those tweaks that’s pretty much impossible to show off on video, unless I incorporated a time lapse and just let my iPhone die, but take my word for it, it works as advertised.

You can find PowerColor on Cydia’s BigBoss repo and it is a free download.

I really like it, even if not doing custom colors. It’s a nice change of pace from the bland white power indicator that’s normally lodged in the top right-hand corner of iOS.

What do you think?

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Oeago’s Ultra Thin iPhone 6 case is just 0.3mm thick

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One of the best features of the iPhone 6 is the ultra slim design. It is so thin, it could hide behind a CD case. You may want to protect your high tech device but not want to add any bulk at all.

Oeago makes an Ultra Thin case for the iPhone 6 that is actually the thinnest you can buy. At only 0.3mm thick and weighing only 0.3 ounces, the case adds the least amount of bulk to your iPhone 6 possible so you can maintain the same aesthetic you love.

The case is made from soft thermoplastic polyurethane so it is fully flexible. It wraps around the device like a protective skin. It is transparent, so you can see your iPhone 6 in all of its glory. There are cutaways for ports and controls and a hole on the backside of the case for the back-facing camera.

Due to the ultra thin nature of this case, there is no lip to protect your screen when lying on a flat surface, so you may want to add a screen protector to your investment.

Oeago’s Ultra Thin case for iPhone 6 costs just $7 on Amazon.

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Force Touch code discovered in iOS 9

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Developer and noted iOS beta hacker Hamza Sood has discovered code relating to Force Touch in iOS 9. Sood tweeted out a screenshot of the code this evening, saying it appears Apple has been “testing keyboard trackpad gestures on the iPhone 6s, activated via Force Touch.”

Given that the 6s is expected to be unveiled within the next few weeks, and believed to already be in mass production, it would seem the code all-but-confirms that the new iPhone will include Force Touch technology—a feature that already exists in MacBooks and Apple Watch.

For those who aren’t familiar with Force Touch, it enables a device to sense how hard a user presses down on its screen. It’s been said that the feature will open the door for shortcuts, hidden menus and various other UI elements for both third-party and stock iPhone applications.

Sood’s pseudo code is the latest in a growing stack of evidence that Apple’s next-gen handsets will include the technology. In June, Bloomberg reported that Apple had begun production on Force Touch-iPhones, and reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has since corroborated the story.

Apple is believed to be planning an event for Wednesday, September 9, where it will present new iPhones, as well as a redesigned Apple TV and possibly new iPads. Earlier today, a report claimed that the event will be held in the massive Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.

Source: Twitter

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Apple rumored to hold September event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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Apple has rented out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for its all-but-confirmed September iPhone event, reports Hoodline. The publication says it has seen documentation from event logistics indicating the company has the building through September 12th.

Today’s news follows speculation from earlier this week that Apple is behind a mysterious “trade show” booking at the Civic Auditorium for the first two weeks in September. On Monday, SFPD officers and private security guards began patrolling the grounds at the building.

If true, the venue certainly sets the stage for a major event. The Civic Auditorium holds up to 7,000 people—nearly 3 times that of the Flint Center used for last year’s iPhone 6 event—and according to Hoodline, authorities are preparing to shut down several streets in the area.

Furthermore, planned street closures in the area reveal that Grove Street in front of the auditorium will be shut down to traffic from 6pm on Tuesday Sept. 8th to 11:59pm on Thursday Sept. 10th, while Fulton between Hyde and Larkin will be shut down on Wednesday Sept. 9th between 4am and 11:59pm.

BuzzFeed’s well-connected John Paczkowski reported earlier this month that Apple is planning an event for Wednesday, September 9. The company is expected to use the stage to present a new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as a redesigned Apple TV and possibly new iPads.

Source: Hoodline

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