How Technology Can Keep Kids both Entertained & Educated

Being a parent can be tiring and time-consuming. So in order to make your life just that little bit easier, it might be worth bringing a bit of tech into the home. In addition to making your life easier, the right tech can keep your kids entertained as well as helping them to learn and get to grips with modern technology. There’s no doubt that we’re living in a highly-digitised world, and it’s only going to grow as your children grow too. So what is out there tech-wise than can make a difference for you and your families’ lives?

Monitoring the Situation

Everything seems to have a screen on it these days, and baby monitors are no different. Whilst conventional audio monitors were and are still useful, having a video baby monitor can add ultimate peace of mind when you leave the baby in the other room. Whilst they aren’t cheap, they aren’t inexpensive either, and if you plan on having more than one child, it can be a suitable investment. If you want to take a look at how each one compares, then check out these reviews from the trusted source of ‘Which?’. And if the prices are still a bit of concern, then don’t worry, Pugscode is here to help. We bring together all the best tech codes from a whole range of retailers, doing the work of finding the best deals for you so you can spend time doing the things that really matter to you, like caring for your children.

Take a Tablet

It might be something that you resist at first, but tablet computers like the Apple iPad, Microsoft’s Surface Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Tab can be useful tools to help your child learn through play, as well as doubling up as a distraction tool for them on long car journeys or rainy weekends. Whilst there are some apps out there that are purely designed to keep kids addicted to playing certain big, popular games (naming no names, Fortnite), there are still a good number which have been specifically designed with kids in mind. Just take a look at these four apps from Cbeebies which will keep them entertained whilst learning them a thing or two.

Pinna Your Hopes On This

And it’s not just the Cbeebies apps that can keep kids entertained. With a whole raft of apps out there, it’s important that you pick the right ones. Well getting your kids into audiobooks, podcasts and music is a great way of keeping them busy, whilst knowing everything will be safe and age appropriate. Well that’s what Pinna offers. They have a vast library of audio goodness, including such audiobooks as Captain Underpants, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and original podcasts like the Totally Unauthorized Minecraft Fan Show. Having things audio-only means there is a reduced amount of screen time and it will introduce your children into the wonderful world of audio entertainment.

A Bit of Jiobit

Letting your kids leave the house to play with their friends is always an unnerving experience. These days you can give them a cheap mobile phone and send them on their way, but there’s no way of knowing where they are, and no guarantee of an answer when you do ring their phone. However, by using the latest advancement, you can keep a closer track whilst at the same time keeping your distance. The Jiobit is a tracker which was recently the winner of the Baby Health & Safety category at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as well as being recommended by Wired and PC Magazine. So what is it, and what does it do?

Well basically, it’s a GPS tracker you can clip onto their trousers and track through your phone. As well as that, you can get notifications for when they reach certain destinations, as well as telling you where they’ve been, and if his friends also have Jiobit, who they’re with. Take a closer look at what you can do with it in this review from Fatherly.

So there you have it. Just a few ways you can incorporate tech into the home in a safe, smart and healthy manner. Technology does get a bad wrap, but as you can see it’s not all TVs, games consoles and mobile phones – there’s so much more you can do. So why not give one of these a try?

How Tech Improved My Life

I used to be that person who would always be behind the times. I wouldn’t never have the latest phone, the coolest clothes or the newest video games. It felt like, for the whole of my life, I was lagging behind. It wasn’t great because I was missing out on life experiences and job opportunities because of my reluctance to make myself digital and have up to date technology. However, I recently decided that I wasn’t going to come second place any more. I slowly invested in tech which has helped to change my life for the better. So I’m going to tell you how that happened.

But first, a site that really helped me throughout this process was when I started working for Pugscode. They have a whole host of discount codes on their website for everything techy. So not only was I saving a good deal of money with those codes, I was also finding out new recommendations for the latest gadgets and useful appliances. So how did tech improve my life exactly? Well I’ll tell you.

Getting A Laptop

Genuinely, this is how far behind I was. I didn’t have a computer of my own at home. Until recently I was going to the library and using the computers there for any digital stuff I needed to do. Everything before such as banking and bills, I did with paper, in person or over the phone. One thing that convinced me to invest in a good laptop was the benefit on what going paperless would mean for the environment. Less post equals less wastage, and so things like my gas and electricity, my water bill and my TV license are digital now. Also being able to connect to the internet at home means I can search for things more regularly and also have more time to watch silly YouTube videos like this

Upgrading My TV Setup

My TV was tuned to accept Freeview, but that’s probably when the upgrading stopped. I’ve never been one for Sky or any of the other TV stuff. I don’t really watch too much TV anyway, only during the evenings when there’s plenty on really. However, I didn’t have an HD TV. I know that’s the standard now, and has probably been for a few years, but the picture quality suited me fine. However, since I upgraded to a new LG HD screen, I’ve noticed just what I’m missing out on. The picture is crystal clear and the sound is much better too. I still have Freeview and have no real desire to upgrade that. But with having a ‘smart’ TV it means I can watch BBC iPlayer on it. So if I’ve missed shows, like I sometimes do, I can go back and watch them at my own convenience. I know you’re probably reading this thinking catch up TV has been around for years. But when you’ve been relying on ‘as live’ programming for all these years it’s a relief to have.

Getting A Games Console

Now, I did use to own one of these before, and it was the first time I was at least on par with the crowd. In the mid 00s I had an original Xbox and had a few games on it like Halo 2, Project Gotham Racing and Star Wars Battlefront. I was relatively young at the time and did enjoy playing on it, but when all the new models started coming out that’s when things passed me by and when work took over in a big way. I blinked and before you knew it they were releasing the Nintendo Switch and announcing details for the PS5.

However, after getting my TV upgrade, I wanted to see how far along games had come. As it turns out, a long way. Because one of my favourites before was Star Wars Battlefront, I decided to give the two EA Battlefront games a go. The first one doesn’t have a lot on it, but the graphics are good. The second one is much better though. A lot more characters, a lot more levels and a good story mode too. Because I had an Xbox before I went for an Xbox One this time, which meant I couldn’t play that Spider-Man game which is a shame but I could have a go on Forza Horizon 4. Which apparently the best current racing game just like Project Gotham Racing was back in the day. The open world nature of it all fascinated me, and if you compare that to what early racing games were like, then you can definitely see that game developers have come on leaps and bounds over the years.

So to summarise….

So all in all, these tech upgrades helped improve my life by making me feel more connected and more fulfilled when it comes to enjoying entertainment. I still have a way to go though, as my phone isn’t a very good one, so that might be the thing to change next. Let’s see what the future holds.

What is the best Battlefront II DLC?

If EA can be criticised for one thing with 2015’s reboot of the Star Wars Battlefront series, it’s that there was too much reliance on purchasing costly downloadable content in addition to the game in order to gain an adequate gaming experience. It then looked like EA were going the same way with 2017’s Battlefront II when there was a furore about microtransactions and loot boxes, which they have since said they’ve learnt from. So it’s refreshing to see that in the past year-or-so, the developers have added quite a bit of new content to the game all for free. So what are the latest additions, and what so far have been the best updates?

Hello Felucia

EA have recently announced their ‘roadmap’ for the next few months, telling fans what to expect in the build-up for the newest Star Wars film: The Rise of Skywalker. Coming up in September will be two new game modes – a co-op PvE mode and the single player Instant Action – as well as a new reinforcement, the Clone Commando, and a new map: Felucia. Unless you’re a Star Wars die-hard you’ll be forgiven for not recognising the name of that planet nor any pictures of it, as it very briefly featured in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith as well as five Clone Wars episodes. Now though it’s getting its Battlefront bow, and rumour has it that the map will be used for Capital Supremacy. 

So with all that great content to look forward to, as well as the other awesome bits of DLC that didn’t come with the original game, getting your hands on a copy of Battlefront II is already looking like a good piece of business. But thanks to sites like My Favourite Voucher Codes, you can make that even better. They have discount codes for a whole host of gaming retailers such as 365 Games and Argos, meaning you can get your hands on a copy of the game for a ridiculously cheap price, as well as finding discounts for all the other tech you require too.

Lasting Jedi

The first introduction to DLC was with the Last Jedi season, arriving at the same time as the highly-anticipated Episode VIII film. Arriving to the pantheon of characters were Resistance hero Finn and the First Order’s Captain Phasma, both of whom featured in the Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Also arriving was a space map over D’Qar and a Galactic Assault map on Crait, a planet which made its debut in the eight edition of the Skywalker Saga. However, for the fans who had played and enjoyed the fun but short story mode, the most exciting inclusion had to be Resurrection, an additional three-chapter campaign which continued Iden Versio’s story. 

Ridin’ Solo

Coinciding with the release of the critically successful but low-attended Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second season of Battlefront II DLC was released. The highlight of the content was the return of game mode Extraction and the map of Jabba’s Palace, as well as the inclusion of the Kessel spice mine map, as seen for the first time in the 2018 film. Also included were new character skins for Han and Lando featuring the likenesses of Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover – they really help to ground those to recasts into the Star Wars universe.

Whilst the film didn’t reach as big an audience as Lucasfilm would have expected, this season is a welcome addition to the game with Extraction, as it offers a completely different mode to what else Battlefront was offering at the time. Having the Kessel map included in the game so soon after the film was released harked back to the trend in the mid 00’s of tie-in games being released at the same time as their big screen counterparts, meaning you could watch the film then go home and play the game.

Clones and Clones and Clones and…

The Clone Wars season has been by far the biggest DLC of the lot. As well as confirming the introduction of Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker as Jedi, they also brought balance to the force by including Count Dooku and General Grievous too. And if that wasn’t enough, they introduced a map from the planet Geonosis as well as a new game mode to go with it: Capital Supremacy. To coincide with the new mode, new maps for Kashyyyk and Kamino were also released. In addition, a new ‘infiltrator’ class was introduced for some game modes, and the hotly-anticipated droidekas were also released. Take a look at this clip to see them in action.

So there’s been so much released. And with a bit more to come, playing Battlefront II is getting better day by day. If you don’t already have it, you’re missing out.

3 Gadgets That’ll Help Your Workflow (And 2 That Won’t)

Technology can be a wonderful thing. It can make our lives easier and make us more focused at work and more creative in our endeavours. However, technology can be a hindrance in equal measure. With everything useful there’s usually something else that’s been created explicitly to waste time. So what’s out there to improve your workflow? And what’s out there that could distract you? Let’s find out.

Wacom Graphics Tablets

If you’re an artist, then this will really improve your productivity. With everything going digital now, sometimes it can be a bit of a faff drawing everything manually, then scanning it in, uploading it to a graphics editor, re-touch lines and colouring it. Working straight from a graphics tablet can help you cut out the middleman and go direct to the source. By hand-drawing direct to your computer, it means you have a great range of customisation as everything would be a vector graphic set in different layers, instead of a flat scanned image. There are a huge range of graphics tablets out there to suit all needs and budgets, and they are available at places such as Currys-PC World. And if you wanted to get your hands on one for less, then you can’t do much better than visiting Promo Codes For. They have a whole host of discount vouchers for retailers like Currys-PC World, as well as Laptops Direct and Apple, so you can get better value on all your tech products.

The Freewrite Traveler

If you’re a writer then there’s a good chance you’ve probably needed one of these before. A Freewrite Traveler is basically a mini laptop with a small screen, but it only allows you to do one thing: type. It is marketed as a ‘distraction-free’ writer’s device, which is useful for when you have a tight deadline or want to get on with mashing the keyboard with your words without having the means to access Facebook, Twitter or your emails on the regular. Currently in its IndieGoGo phase, the product has attracted over £500,000 worth of interest so far, so it’s certainly a tool than many writers think they’ll find useful. Check it out for yourself.

The Google Stadia

Because Google looked at the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch and went ‘nah’, they’ve decided to create the Google Stadia, a cloud gaming service. Launching in November, the platform won’t have any physical console but will be available through Google Chrome, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and Chromecast. Whilst being entirely digital, Stadia will work like the PS Store rather than something like Netflix, in the sense that you’ll have to purchase each individual item rather than paying a subscription fee to have access to everything. There will be a basic free plan available, but also there is a premium $10 a month service where you have higher streaming rates, discounts for some games, and a library of free games that will grow over time.

So what games will be available? Well on initial release there will be some titles that have already been released on other platforms such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Mortal Kombat 11, and in the pipeline there’ll be titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Marvel’s Avengers, both due out in mid-2020.

Ultimate Quizzes

Have your headphones in? Good, you’re going to need them. If you’re looking for the ultimate distraction from work, then why not stretch your film music knowledge by playing the Movie Music Quiz? Choose between a number of different difficulty modes, genres and decades to make it as hard or as easy as you like. However, if you’re more of a geography bod, test your knowledge on the world’s countries, cities and flags with Seterra Online.

So now you have the choice. Do you choose productivity or procrastination? The choice is yours.


Sport the Odd One Out: What Sports Have Successfully Made it onto Consoles?

The sporting world is a billion-dollar industry. Just take a look at how much footballers earn, how much money is in Formula 1 and how much the top tennis stars can make per tournament. The gaming industry can also be lucrative, if you make the right games. Sports titles are a great way for both sports to cash in on their brand as well as making developers loads of money, but not every sport has successfully transferred themselves to the digital medium. So who have succeeded and who have failed? Let’s find out.

Forza FIFA

Well the FIFA series the obvious one, isn’t it? It’s hardly surprising that the world’s most popular sport also takes the crown (albeit unofficially) as the world’s most popular sporting game franchise. Released every year, EA Sports have so far released 35 titles spanning 25, and they’re set to make it 36 in 26 with the release of FIFA 20, the latest in the line, towards the end of September.

Along with football games, racing titles have been a mainstay of the gaming world. Most of them aren’t translated literally from the motorsports on TV, but do feature real cars and real tracks. The ever-popular Forza games are the go-to for Xbox users, with Forza Horizon 4 being the latest console title in the series. And if you’re a fan of the games, find out how you can get Forza Motorsport 6 for free.

Formula 1 seem to release a game every year now, with F1 2019 being the latest in the long line of games emulating the high-performance motorsport. So far there have been eleven F! Games released by developer Codemasters, starting with F1 2009 in, you guessed it, 2009. But despite all the millions in Formula 1, you may not be so fortunate to have that much money. However, you what you have you’ll want to make it go as far as possible, without having to sacrifice buying the latest gaming titles. However, thanks to Pugs Code, you can get what you love for much, much less. They have codes from retailers like 365 Games as well as Argos and Zavvi, so it’s not just gaming you could be saving on.

Failed to Score

But despite the numerous successes, there have been many sports titles that have failed to hit the mark. The world of cricket has featured a few hit-or-miss games, with no title being good enough to earn a regular annual released like the FIFA or F1 games. Cricket 19, released this summer, covers the ongoing Ashes series as well as all test nations and all formats of the international game. The graphics on it, however, look outdated, but the game as a whole was praised by IGN. The mixed reviews, however, are nowhere near the criticism that one cricket game from a few years ago received. Ashes Cricket 13 was due to be the official game of the Ashes series taking place in the same year. It was initially available on Steam for Windows users to play, however it was lambasted for its plethora of bugs and woeful game play. Judge here for yourself to see if you agree. Only a week after it was released, the developers 505 Games said they had cancelled the release scheduled for consoles and refunded everyone who bought the game on Steam.

Now skiing isn’t something you would think of when it comes to creating a sporting video game, but that’s what Ubisoft Annecy were thinking of when putting together their 2016 game Steep. Set in the Alps, the game features all kinds of sports such as snowboarding, paragliding and wingsuit flying. Addons to the game featured sledding, base jumping and speed riding. The game itself gained mixed reviews, with it being praised for its graphics and open world nature, whilst also being derided for its lack of direction and reliance on multiplayer online gameplay. Despite the huge number of DLC packs the game later incorporated, there are currently no plans to develop a sequel, giving snow sports fans only a taste of what’s possible when non-mainstream sports are given their time to shine in the huge market of video games.

What You Need to Know About Smart Homes

There is a difference between owning a house and owning a home. The effort that you put into making your house better and conducive for you is what makes it a home. While many think that smart homes require a fortune to come up with, here are our top tips on what you need to know about smart homes;

A conducive home environment

The home environment can create a positive or negative first impression on your visitor. As a homeowner, always strive to make your home as favorable as possible. It can be as simple as taking advantage of home fragrances to give it the ambiance that makes you long for this space after every long working day. There is a lot to explore when it comes to home fragrances; candles, sticks, home diffusers, and sprays. Always choose a scent that blends in well with the season.

Security systems

Security should be a top priority. Every smart homeowner knows the benefits of being in the know in terms of technology and home security. Take advantage of the high tech services available at the Argos and Currys retailers. Currys retailers have the best rates on smart security and CCTV, and these apply to both purchase, installation and repair services.  Get up to 30% off shopping smart security and CCTV with Promo Codes For. Some top smart security features to consider include; cameras and alarms.

Entertainment

As the saying goes, work without play makes Jack a dull a boy. Invest in smart entertainment and make your home the ultimate relaxation atmosphere. Smart entertainment cuts across many smart devices including; television, home theatre, computer games, video games, automated devices such as drones, and so much more. You never miss out on a good deal with Promo Codes For.

Home appliances

The home appliances you purchase for your home should be energy saving. Saving energy is part of what technology is trying to achieve worldwide. Therefore, get all the necessary home appliances and make your day to day life easy. They could be small home appliances such as kettles, blenders, toasters to large home appliances such as freestanding cookers, fridges, among others. Always watch out for the energy saving label.

Lighting

What is your ideal home environment? Lighting plays a vital role in the home. Invest in good lighting options and apply AI. It could be anything from automated lighting when it gets to a particular time or the use of voice control. Besides, you can choose to do this for every room in the household or each room on its own. Alternatively, you can opt for automatic lighting whenever a person approaches the corridors as this also helps save energy.

Ideal furniture

Lastly, invest in quality furniture according to your spaces. Habitat, Laura Ashley and the White Company stores have incredible deals in the home furniture you do not want to miss out on.  Shop by room and turn your smart home into your dream home.


Joy-Con Drift on the New Nintendo Switch Lite

The Nintendo Switch Lite was released earlier this week offering a cheaper alternative to the original console, but it is already running into some problems. There have been several reports of people’s Joy-Cons starting to drift and seeing as the console has been out less than a week this is very concerning. 

What is Joy-Con Drift?

Joy-Con drift is where the controller registers movement from the joystick without it being touched. This can be extremely detrimental to your gameplay as it will cause your characters to start moving around by themselves. The cause of this is that the pin which connects the joystick to the motherboard slowly wears away, causing discrepancies in the input.

Nintendo is aware of this issue and they have been repairing models experiencing this issue for free even if it is outside of warranty. It does beg the question however why are they releasing products that they know have a fault? Although this issue isn’t happening to every Switch Lite model they have only been in the public’s hands for a few weeks, it is therefore likely that issue will increase over time as more of the consoles become worn. What makes Joy-Con drift a major problem for the Switch Lite is that the joy-cons are not detachable, unlike its predecessor. This means that if one of your Joy-Cons starts to drift then you will have to get the whole unit repaired, as opposed to just swapping out the faulty Joy-Con. 

How To Identify Joy-Con Drift

There are a couple of ways you can identify if your console is suffering from Joy-Con drift. The first is that you may notice your characters are moving without being told to in-game or the camera slowly starts panning. Although these may be quite subtle to start with it will increase over time to become more noticeable. You can see the effects of this in Alexis Javier’s video below.

The second method you can use to identify if you have Joy-Con drift is to use the control stick calibration. Once you reach the calibration page you will notice that the purple circle will slowly start to move by itself in one direction. If this happens then it is more than likely that you have a defective Joy-Con.

Joy-Con Drift Gif

What if you Already own a Nintendo Switch Lite? 

If you already own a Nintendo Switch Lite and you encounter Joy-Con drift then you have a couple of options. The first of which is to use your warranty and send your Switch back to Nintendo to get repaired. It is possible to repair it yourself but this is a very complex process. To prevent further damage being done to your console it is recommended that you avoid doing this. 

Before you contact Nintendo it is worth trying to recalibrate your Nintendo Switch. To do this you need to go to ‘System Settings’ and then click on ‘Controllers and Sensors’.  From here scroll down to ‘Update Controllers’ and once it has finished you can click on ‘recalibrate your controllers’. Your console will then ask you to perform certain actions with the joysticks. This should resolve any underlying issues it may have been having. If this still does not solve the problem then you will need to get in contact with Nintendo.

Still Looking to buy a Nintendo Switch?

If you are looking to purchase a Nintendo Switch then it is probably worth avoiding buying the Lite until Nintendo rolls out a permanent fix for this recurring problem. If you really want to buy a Switch then consider buying the original console. It’s not even that much more expensive than the Lite if you use one of these Zavvi voucher codes. Although it is slightly more expensive, it offers more features and its detachable Joy-Cons means that it will be much easier to repair if it does start to drift. If you would like to know more about the key differences in the consoles then you can look at the image below or read the full article here

Nintendo Switch Comparison




Microsoft Compensate $10,000 After A Window’s 10 Update Went Wrong

Microsoft has reached an agreement to pay out $10,000 (£7,500) to a woman who was left with an unusable device after windows 10 update attempt.

 

Windows 10

 The technology giant took responsibility for their failed software update effort. Teri Goldstein claimed that her Windows 7 computer automatically tried to update itself to Windows 10 only to leave her work computer completely unusable. The business owner was left with an unstable computer and meant that she could no longer run her business from it.

Microsoft has been aggressively pushing their latest software onto Windows 7 and Windows 8 users with many machines carrying out an automatic update. Some consumers have even claimed that the company have tried to trick them into downloading the latest version.

The Californian lady told The Seattle Times how she had never even heard of Windows 10 and wasn’t asked to make an update. Despite not agreeing to Windows 10 she found her computer attempt the update only for it to completely fail and then have her software back to crawling she then received no help. Her cry for help was overlooked and her business activity on that device had to stop which meant it cost money too. Microsoft said they had dropped their appeal to save legal costs. From February Windows 10 was a recommended update that meant it would install automatically unless blocked by the user.

Why Are Some Consumers Not Updating

You’d be excused for assuming that most people would jump at the chance of an upgrade but the past has proved that the newer software versions aren’t always an ‘upgrade’. It takes many companies a while to master their changes and fix bugs. But computer users have already voiced their concerns over Windows 10 as it is unable to host some of the old hardware plus other consumers refuse to activate the tracking features that coincide with the latest edition.

Windows 10

  • Windows 10 boasts universal apps opposed to Windows 8 metro apps, this means you can run apps from your desktop.
  • They have now made security improvements too.
  • It has a familiar desktop and has notifications.
  • You can enable the tablet mode to make it user friendly

Despite the new additions and modifications it is quite evident that it is not for everyone and their pushy ways of promoting the software and trying to get users to stay updated have certainly backfired. Their upgrading prompts and little help to resolve the situation once their software update went wayward were non existent. This $10,000 hit will surely have the team at Microsoft thinking carefully about their next moves.

 

Spotify Make Allegations Against Apple As They Claim Their App Has Been Blocked

Spotify v Apple

It was inevitable that the battle would heat up between these two competitors, Spotify have now accused Apple of blocking their app to diminish the competition.

Once Apple announced the launch of Apple Music a year ago many technology enthusiasts monitored the situation and predicted some fall-outs along the way. Many different music platforms have attempted to test Spotify’s service to no avail but if anyone were likely to give them a run for their money it’d most certainly be Apple. The industry giants continue to dominate many fields and have now decided to attempt a snatch of the crown from the music streaming leaders.

 

Apple Block Spotify App

Spotify made their legal action public and enabled everyone to have access to their letter of complaint. Their officials openly claimed that Apple set their app regulations to try and disrupt competitors in order to exclude Spotify’s competitive efforts. Since then Apple has hit back expressing their view, they claim that they have made no alterations and that in fact it is Spotify that seek preferential treatment. Currently, Apple take 30% of income from apps and any company that refuses to conform can remove their app from iOS. At this point it’s simply a war of words and heightened tension between the two businesses but it is hard to comprehend whether Apple are using ‘bully boy’ tactics or not. Spotify have also highlighted the multiple advantages the Apple Music app possesses as they only enable their own software to be used during the lock screen and to be controlled via Siri.

 

Spotify v Apple Music

This fierce competition could be a blessing for many fans as they both try to drive their sales. Spotify have become rather uncomfortable in a market they have dominated for a decade, they are no longer the only platform of streamed music of their kind. Apple Music look to delve deep into the music industry and even showcase their new live music feature, with that said- Spotify’s auto-generated playlist has been favoured by many of the music enthusiasts.

Both apps have a price of £9.99 a month with different free options. Apple have a free three month trial whilst Spotify boast a free tier that offers a limited time of music but this means you must listen to advertisements too.

The two similar programs will continue to compete and it will be interesting to see if Apple can retain the stir they seem to have caused.

iPhone’s Missing Headphone Socket Sparks Anger From Fans

iPhone 7 Socket

Apple are allegedly making some big changes to their new emergence as they eliminate the headphone socket from their yet-to-be released handset. The latest iPhone 7 speculation fuelled anger from technology enthusiasts with more than 300,000 taking to a petition.

 

Although the news has neither been confirmed nor denied there are strong rumours surfacing about the lack of a headphone socket on the latest handset. The new release was dubbed to be the king of the industry as all Apple’s products seem to be but this latest news has caused a stir.

 

The Background Of The Headphone Jack

  • The first purpose of a quarter-inch jack was at a telephone switchboard to connect calls
  • The classic quarter-inch jack was replaced by the 3.5mm which many are familiar with today
  • The first headsets were called telephones until eventually being labelled headphones

The bemusement Of Apple’s decision

Although many are still awaiting an official announcement on the soon-to be released model of the iPhone, a huge amount of loyal Apple fans have displayed their disdain at the possibility of the phone not containing a headphone socket. Potential problems have already been highlighted, as customers would have to throw away expensive headphones they have already bought specifically to coincide with their apple music or downloaded iTunes. It would mean many customers would have to start again and pay money out for a second time. Apple officials have claimed that the non-inclusion of the socket would be a positive thing, as it would enable more room for a bigger battery, it’d be thinner and also more waterproof. The Fast Company reported Apple would rely on the lightning port for the sound output, which would obviously interfere with charging. This would mean that consumers will not be able to listen to music and charge their phone.

History Repeats Itself

Apple is renowned for making bold statements as well as taking controversial actions. Often their approach is genius and their leading figures would be enough to portray that- to continually progress and enjoy their realm of the technology industry they are compelled to make changes. They have already made huge transformations to their devices in the past including scrapping the CD/DVD drive on their Macbooks, removing the USB port and floppy disc drives but this has never stalled their reigning success. They’re evidently not shy to enduring the painful period in order to make cutting-edge technology, this transition could be for the better. But many customers will still hold anguish towards the change of the charger port made in 2012. Loyal brand users would have forked out for speakers, docking stations, spare chargers and more for the iPhone 3 and iPhone 4 but the next model completely changed the charger meaning that customers would need to buy adaptors to make any of their old accessories useful. Could they once again disregard customer’s requests and make a gigantic modification sure to cost many people who have already paid big money on expensive headphones.

A New Era

The change could mean some innovative changes as everyone would be able to sport wireless headphones or enjoy high quality from the lightning port. Another option could be to take to Bluetooth headphones that have already proved popular. As times continue to evolve it seems that wires are being ditched and consumers no longer need to worry about untangling their endless knots.

Many will await the news from Apple before taking it as gospel and of course it will be interesting to see how the retailing giants react to the 300,000 that have actively gone out of their way to halt their plans.