There’s a GIF for That

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Mashable just let the Internet know that iOS 8, Apple’s latest mobile operating system, will be featuring a GIF keyboard.

Sure, you can already copy and paste GIFs on iPhones already, but imagine the luxury of being able to simply select a keyboard and search for the appropriate GIF for your text conversation.

Unfortunately, if you have any iPhone model older than a 4s (like me), you’re going to have to wait for your upgrade to play with iOS 8 and just accept that some of your friends may be wittier than you for a while.

Read more about the keyboard here.

 

Wake Up Call

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It’s a general rule of thumb for me that how my morning plays out will typically dictate the course of my day; if I have a calm and collected morning, my day will follow suit, but if I wake up frazzled and late, well…you get the idea. Because I like to start my day early, I always set my alarm for 6:30AM. And how often do I actually get up at that time?

Just about never.

However, a new app might help me with my ambitious morning pursuits. This particular app actually has strangers (yes, strangers!) give you a wake up call. Read this article from Mashable to learn more.

P-Dub Undergrad Conference Funding

Conference Funding

Undergrad Professional Writing Majors presenting research, writing, or anything PW related at a conference may be eligible to apply to the WRAC department for funds to help with travel and conference expenses. As long as departmental funds are available, students may be awarded up to $300 by the department for a national or international conference.

In order to apply, you will need to:
1) Submit the following to the PW Program Director: A budget of expenses, including the cost of conference registration, travel to the conference city, and hotel accommodations. 
A copy of the invitation to present, and the presentation title.
2) Complete a Travel Authorization form with Diana Shank in the WRAC department room 235 Bessey.
3) Submit the documentation of your expenses promptly to Diana after you return from travelling.

For more information, contact PW Program Director Laura Julier at julier@msu.edu.

Stop. Apple Time.

Apple Watch

If you hadn’t already heard, Apple launched their latest products this past week in California. On top of updates for the iPad, MacBook, and smart home features, Apple brought out the majorly underwhelming Apple Watch, iPhone 6, and Apple Pay.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Main Features:
4.7-inch screen and 5.5-inch screen,
Enhanced camera,
Faster chip,
Improved battery life,
128GB option

Price:
$549 – $929

Availability:
Mid-September for the US

Apple Watch

Price:
$350

Availability:
Not until 2015

Summary:
The Apple Watch works primarily by using a dial on one side of the gadget, in contrast to rival smartwatches currently on the market. “We didn’t take the iPhone interface and shrink it and strap it on your wrist,” said Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple. “It would be terrible. Pinch to zoom doesn’t work.” To further interest in the Watch, apps are being made to work with it specifically. Such apps include Apple Pay, yet another Apple product announced this past week.

Apple Pay

Main features:
Mobile payment platform,
Connects select iPhones and the Apple Watch to credit card and payment firms,
Works by swiping contactless payment terminal

Availability:
Will be coming to the US only and soon

Summary:
Apple Pay is a digital payments system that will allow Apple Watch, iPhone 6 or iPhone 5 users to pay for things in shops and online by simply swiping their device against a shop sensor. Apple Pay agreements have already been signed with American Express, Visa, Mastercard, McDonald’s, Groupon, Uber and 220,000 American retailers online and off.

For more details on the newly launched Apple products, check out Adrian Weckler’s piece in Independent.ie’s Business Review.