Apple Music, more then just music

One thing I’d never even considered, until I spotted a tweet from John Paczkowski was alternative content on Apple Music from the main stream music stuff. 

Apple Music holds a plethora of sound effects, ranging from animated noises to zoo animals.. Digging through the archive, I even stumbled across a collection of Nokia monotone ringtones.. 

A quick search of the Apple Music library for simply “sound effects” will bring back a vast collection of ‘albums’ full of effects. What’s more, if you’re looking for something specific typing in the search term also does a pretty good job of returning just what you’re looking for. 

Of course, to take full advantage of the sound effects a subscription to Apple Music is ideally required. 

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Order Domino’s from your Apple Watch

If ever there was a great time to own an Apple Watch, you can now use the Donino’s app on your watch to order Pizza in just two taps!

The Apple watch app uses the pairing to your iPhone, stored card details and previous order information to make ordering pizza so (dangerously?) easy. Just one tap and your order is “in the bag”. 

Once ordered you can also track the status of your order all the way from the oven to the door with the same app. 

   

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Pilot a drone with an Apple Watch

Boffins over at PVD+ in Taiwan have created a new app for the Apple Watch which allows complete control over the flight of a drone. Seen below in the video, the pilot, dubbed to be “using the force” uses his Jedi powers (and his Apple Watch app) to pilot the drone! 

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iPhone owners take heed – a new phishing scam has landed

A new scam targeting iPhone owners has been spotted out in the wild, the phishing scam entices users to click through to a link – claiming their devices have been hacked and data is being stolen. The scam presents its self in a pop up message purporting to be from Apple.

The message requests the user hand over £50 or risk loosing all of their devices data. The user is prompted to dial either 0800 6524895 or 0800 2796211. Should a user fall for the message and submit their card details, nothing will change on their device, but the users bank balance will deplete by at least £50.

There are a few important things to note; firstly Apple would never contact iPhone owners using push messages, secondly they’re unlikely to pick up on the fact someone is stealing your data. Whats more, it would be almost impossible (unless jailbroken) for someone to connect on remotely and steal data stored on iPhones

The message seems to have foxed some users, however its quite an easy fix to get rid of it without having to pay the premium.

From the home screen, swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone then switch the device to Airplane mode. Now, head over to Settings and Safari, scroll down and tap ‘Clear History and Website Data’. Now scroll back up the screen and swipe to turn on ‘Block Pop-ups’ this will prevent any future pop-ups occurring.

Thanks to Ben Mortimer for the heads up on this one.

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Everything you need to know about Apple Pay in the UK

Apple Pay Here

So today (14/07/15) saw the launch of Apple Pay in the UK.. But what is it, and why should I care I hear you say.. Well – hopefully the post below will help you get the most from Apple Pay, and answer any questions you may have.

What is Apple Pay?

Apple Pay is Apples attempt at getting you to leave your wallet at home, or at least your bank cards! Ever since the inception of the Apple Wallet (aka Passbook) companies have offered up ‘membership/club’ cards as ‘Passbook’ items, to save you having to carry extra cards round with you. Apple have worked hard to take that one step further, and have worked with some pretty influential organisations to introduce Apple Pay. Which allows you to store your bank card details in the secure enclave on your Apple iDevice, then using NFC (Near Field Communications) and Apple’s Touch ID you can use your phone to securely pay for items or services at supported pay points.

Sounds cool doesn’t it? But wait.. Also a little daunting? Well no need to panic just yet, check out my definitive and always up to date post below to find out all there is to know!

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