Friday, September 30, 2016

New Untappd Badges: Rye Is for Sharing & The Luck of the Belgians

Name: Rye Is for Sharing 

 We first brewed Guinness Rye Pale Ale as a gift to our friends and families. They loved its rustic character and spicy finish so much we had to share it with you, too. Here’s to paying it forward (but if you keep some for yourself, we won’t tell).

How To Unlock:
- Check-in to one Guinness Rye Pale Ale 
- Active between September 30th - December 31st, 2016.

Name: The Luck of the Belgians 

 Long a secret pleasure among beer connoisseurs, Guinness Antwerpen Stout has been sold only in Belgium since 1944. Now in the U.S. for a limited time, we know you’ll enjoy its intensely roasted malt and endless finish as much as those lucky Belgians.

How To Unlock:
- Check-in to one Guinness Antwerpen Stout 
- Active between September 30th - December 31st, 2016.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Google Doodle To Celebrate Ladislao José Biro’s 117th birthday

You may not know the name Ladislao José Bíro, but you certainly know his most famous invention: the ballpoint pen.

Bíro was born in Budapest, Hungary, into a Jewish family. A journalist by trade, Bíro noticed how efficiently newspapers were printed and how quickly the ink dried – in stark contrast to his fountain pen. He worked with his brother, György Bíro, a chemist, to develop a new type of pen made up of a ball that turned in a socket. As the ball turned, it picked up ink from a cartridge and rolled to deposit it on paper, much like a newsprint roller transfers an inked image to paper.

Bíro presented the first prototype of the ballpoint pen at the Budapest International Fair in 1931, later patenting his invention in 1938. To this day, the ballpoint pen is still referred to as the “Biro” in several countries.

Today Google celebrate Bíro and his relentless, forward-thinking spirit on the 117th anniversary of his birth.

Below you can see an early sketch for the Doodle:

Source: Google Doodles

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

When is Google's Birthday

Google is now officially an adult. The internet giant is celebrating its 18th birthday on Tuesday with an animated Doodle shown to web browsers around the world. The company, founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998, traditionally marks its birthday on the Google homepage on September 27.

However, not even Google seems to really know when it was formed. Since 2006, it has celebrated its birthday on September 27, but the year before that, had it as September 26. In 2004, its 6th birthday Doodle went online on September 7 and in the year before that, it was September 8. (Telegraph)

The previous Google Doodle To celebrate Google Birthday:

17th Birthday (27.September.2015)

16th Birthday (27.September.2014)

15th Birthday (27.September.2013)

14th Birthday (27.September.2012)

13th Birthday (27.September.2011)

12th Birthday (27.September.2010)

11th Birthday (27.September.2009)

10th Birthday (27.September.2008)

9th Birthday (27.September 2007)

8th Birthday (27.September 2006)

7th Birthday (26.September 2005)

6th Birthday (07.September 2004)

5th Birthday (08.September 2003)

4th Birthday (27.September 2002)

1st Google Doodle (30.August.1998)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Apple Releases iOS 10.0.2 With Audio Controls Improvement

After the release iOS 10, Apple has released iOS 10.0.2, its second full release. iOS 10.0.2 continues to trend of all Apple iOS 10 releases: it is designed for the iPhone 5 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini 2 or later, iPad Pro range and the 6th generation iPod touch or later.

Upgrade prompts will be received automatically, but if you don’t get one or want to trigger it manually go to Settings > General > Software Update

As always, the size of iOS updates differs depending on your device, and iOS 10.0.2 is coming in at between 40MB and 120MB with the larger file sizes for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

There are update not for iOS 10.0.2:

- Addresses an issue that could prevent headphone audio controls from temporarily not working.
- Resolves an issue that causes Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library.
- Fixes an issue that prevented enabling some app extensions.

Related Post: 
Apple Releases iOS 10.1 Beta Public With Portrait Mode

Friday, September 23, 2016

Swarm App Introducing Swarm's Trivia Game!

Swarm App from Foursquare update their apps with new features, introduction Swarm's Trivia Game!, reedem special Perks with coins and more according App Store Page.

What's New in Version 4.7 
Introducing: Swarm’s Trivia Game! It's simple. Every so often you’ll be quizzed about past check-ins. When were you last at the gym? Seen your pal Tracey recently? Answer correctly to win bonus coins! 

For iPhone users with a fancy new operating system: we’ve got a fancy new sticker pack. No need to take the time to type "Do you want to grab coffee?”, just pop that Joey Beans sticker into a message and hit send. 

Also... We know you've all been wondering "What the heck do I do with all these coins I've earned?" Coins can now be used to unlock and redeem special Perks available in the US. So that Tuesday night grocery store check-in?....It just got you a free drink at the bar down the block. Cheers.

Apple Releases iOS 10.1 Beta Public With Portrait Mode

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 10 update to public beta testers for testing purposes, just under two weeks after releasing iOS 10 to the public and one day after providing the iOS 10.1 beta to developers. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 10 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

iOS 10.1 introduces a "Portrait" mode for the iPhone 7 Plus, which was first shown off when the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus debuted on September 7. Portrait mode is designed to mimic the kind of shallow depth of field images that can be taken with a high-end DSLR, with a front subject that stands out over a blurred background.  (MacRumors)

New Untappd Badges: DC Beer Week (2016), Ach! TuberFest & Vermont Beer Week (2016)

Name: DC Beer Week (2016) 

 Thanks for participating in the 8t h Annual DC Beer Week! Check out for more places to celebrate local craft beer throughout the rest of the week.

How To Unlock:
- Check-in to any beer at two (2) of the participating venues listed here 
- Active during DC Beer Week (September 24th to October 1st)

Name: Ach! TuberFest 

The earliest known usage of the term ‘Oktoberfest was probably the phrase, ‘Ach!, Tuber Fest!’, hearkening back to the Dark Age reign of Sir Loin of Boef when Irishmen celebrated the harvest season with a unique fermented potato beer. The rest is, well, history, sort of.

How To Unlock:
- Check-in to one (1) TuberFest from Lagunitas 
- Active between September 19th - November 19th

Name: Vermont Beer Week (2016) 

Thank you for celebrating Vermont Beer Week 2016 (September 16th – 25th)! Share your photos and messages socially using #VTBW and always be sure to enjoy #VTbeer responsibly Visit for more information.

How To Unlock:
- Check-in to any four (4) different beers from any Vermont-based breweries (List Here
- Active between 9/16 - 9/25

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New Untappd Badges: The Foredrinker, Get Toasted in Autumn & Charleston Beer Week (2016)

Name: The Foredrinker 

Your fine taste in hard cider is certainly a tale of its time. Thanks for making your mark on history with a Smith & Forge Hard Cider.

How To Unlock:
- Check-in to one (1) Smith & Forge Hard Cider 
- Active between September 16 and October 14

Name: Get Toasted in Autumn 

 The sweetness from Toasted Lager’s unique blend of 6 specialty malts makes it a perfect pairing for the pumpkin-spiced/apple crisp flavors found in the dishes of the season. Enjoy this crisp award-winning Amber Lager on cool autumn days!

How To Unlock:
- Check-in one (1) Blue Point Toasted Lager 
- Active between 9/15/16 – 10/15/16

Name: Charleston Beer Week (2016) 

Demand a high five from the nearest person 'cause you just unlocked the 2016 Charleston Beer Week badge! Celebrate our city’s beer community, from brewer to bartender, from keg to glass, September 11th through the 17th. For more info visit

How To Unlock:
- Check-in to any beer at one (1) participating venue listed here 
- Active between September 11th - 17th
- Add location to your checkin

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

GoPro Launch New HERO5 Black: Waterproof, Video Stabilization, Voice Commands & More

GoPro just officially announced the Hero 5 Black, the company’s first flagship action camera since the Hero 4 was unveiled in 2014. The company also announced the Hero 5 Session, and update to the original Session — the small, cube-shaped camera that was released last summer. The cameras were unveiled at the launch event for the GoPro Karma drone at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Northern California, and both are compatible with GoPro’s first quadcopter. They’ll be available October 2nd. (The Verge)

Both cameras are waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet) without a housing. GoPro's past cameras were only rugged and waterproof when in a polycarbonate housing, and dealing with them is a hassle. Presumably there will be dive housings for those who want to go deeper or need shock protection, but out of the box you can just take them out in the sand and surf.  GoPro also introduced what it calls professional-grade electronic image stabilization. It's disappointing the company wasn't able to work in optical image stabilization for the Hero5 like Sony did for its latest, but at least there's the option for EIS. I'm not sure if it comes at the cost of image quality or resolution, though. Speaking of resolution... (CNET)

New GoPro HERO5 Black Features:
- Voice control
- 2-Inch Touch Display
- Rugged + Waterproof
- Simple One-Button Control
- Advanced Video Stabilization
- Access + share from anywhere with With a GoPro Plus subscription
- Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos. In Single, Burst, and Time Lapse modes
- RAW photos provide the most flexibility when using advanced photo editing software.
- WDR photo mode captures both added detail in shadows and highlights in the scene.
- Fine-tune exposure settings with simple on-screen Exposure Control.
- Advanced audio processing captures left and right stereo audio channels.
- Captures the location where your photos and videos are taken.
- Capture life in a whole new way with 30+ GoPro mounts and accessories, including Karma™, 3-Way™, Remo and more.

More Info: GoPro Shop (Price US$399)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Apple Introduce Wireless Headphone "AirPods"

The new wireless AirPods are the first of their kind to intelligently connect to your devices while delivering incredible sound for up to five hours on a single charge. The Apple-designed W1 chip makes it possible.

AirPods will forever change the way you use headphones. Whenever you pull your AirPods out of the charging case, they instantly turn on and connect to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac. Audio automatically plays as soon as you put them in your ears and pauses when you take them out. To adjust the volume, change the song, make a call, or even get directions, just double-tap to activate Siri.

Driven by the custom Apple W1 chip, AirPods use optical sensors and a motion accelerometer to detect when they’re in your ears. Whether you’re using both AirPods or just one, the W1 chip automatically routes the audio and engages the microphone. And when you’re on a call or talking to Siri, an additional accelerometer works with beamforming microphones to filter out background noise and focus on the sound of your voice. Because the ultralow-power W1 chip manages battery life so well, AirPods deliver an industry-leading 5 hours of listening time on one charge. And they’re made to keep up with you, thanks to a charging case that holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time. Need a quick charge? Just 15 minutes in the case gives you 3 hours of listening time.

- Designed by Apple
- Automatically on, automatically connected
- One-tap setup for all your Apple devices
- Quick access to Siri with a double-tap
- More than 24-hour battery life with Charging
- Case Charges quickly in the case
- Rich, high-quality audio and voice
- Seamless switching between devices

Tech Specs:
- Weight AirPods (each): 0.14 ounces (4 g)
- Dimensions AirPods (each): 0.65 by 0.71 by 1.59 inches (16.5 by 18.0 by 40.5 mm)
- Connections AirPods: Bluetooth
- AirPods with Charging Case: More than 24 hours listening time, up to 11 hours talk time
- AirPods (single charge): Up to 5 hours listening time,(2) Up to 2 hours talk time
- 15 minutes in the case equals 3 hours listening time(4) or over an hour of talk time

Friday, September 9, 2016

New Untappd Badge: Long Live the King

Name: Long Live the King 

"Held in the highest regard, Pumking’s high ABV & unmatched flavor earned it the throne as the king of pumpkin beers. #LongLiveTheKing"

How To Unlock:
- Check-in to one (1) Pumking Imperial Ale 
- Active between September 7th - October 7th

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Untappd Badges: Small Town Brewery Vanilla Cream & 10.7% Root Beer

Name: Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale 

 Thank you for trying our newest nationally launched brew, Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale!

How To Unlock:
- Check-in to one (1) Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale from Small Town Brewery 
- Active between September 1st and October 31st

Name: Not Your Father’s Root Beer 10.7% 

Thank you for trying our limited edition 22 oz. Not Your Father’s Root Beer 10.7% bomber!

How To Unlock:
- Active between September 1st and October 31st
- Be sure you’re checking in to the 10.7% ABV version of NYF 

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