The Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns


The annual Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns makes its return to Southern California featuring 5,000 unique hand-carved pumpkins displayed along a 1/3 mile walking trail. This year the event features larger than life dinosaurs, giraffes, an under the sea exhibit and numerous pop culture icons. Make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time at as this event sells out each year.

Apple Music Review

Apple Music
Photo courtesy of Apple

Originally seen on  M.U.S.E.

Its been a week since Apple Music debut promising a revolutionary music streaming experience aiming to become the premier destination for music lovers. The service launched alongside the latest version of the operating system, IOS 8.4 replacing the default music player on iPhones, iPads, and iPad Touch.

iTunes Music Library
Full access to Apple Music entire catalogue for a flat fee.  Unlike iTunes where users purchase music that live on individual devices, music is stored remotely and owned by Apple.  It works similar to streaming movies from Netflix.

Curated Playlists
Apple Music offers recommendations based on an individual users likes into a playlist curated by actual people.  That’s right! Apple took it a step forward and ditched the algorithm approach and hired “the most talented music from around the world” to help make your experience even more personal.  You can find out how this works upon installation by following the prompts in the “For You” section of the app. Users can still keep/add their existing playlists and albums to Apple Music. Be advised, playlists will not automatically download to a device via WiFi. Instead, they will have to make sure that they are checked off for offline listening.

Apple Music
Photo Courtesy of Apple

Apple Music Radio
Beats 1 is Apple’s live 24-hour radio station broadcasting worldwide with DJs based in Los Angeles, New York and London.  Beats 1 is the first of its kind that allows listeners to listen to the same music at the same time. Music featured on the station is handpicked by DJs Zane Lowe (Los Angeles), Ebro Darden (New York), and Julie Adenuga (London). Listeners can also expect to hear celebrity interviews, guest hosts, and other music related content all commercial free (at least for now).

Apple Music is available for individual subscription for $9.99 per month or a family subscription for $14.99 per month (up to 6 people and requires iCloud Family Sharing).

There is an initial three-month free trial period upon signing up for the service.  After the free trial users are automatically charged according to subscription chosen.  Users can prevent the automatic charge by Apple Music by unchecking the auto-renewal button under account settings.

Apple Music is available for all iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models running iOS 8.4. It can also be used on Mac or PC via iTunes 12.2.  It will be available this Fall on Apple TV and Android phones.

Windows 10: What You Need to Know


Windows 10 arrives on July 29th complete with a free upgrade for current Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users.  Now if your still holding out due to previous version headaches, here’s a break down of what to expect:

It’s free!
From the official launch date to a full year after the July 29 launch date.  Reserve your copy now and receive the download sometime after July 29.

The Return of the Start Menu.
Unlike Windows 8, Windows 10 takes users back to the good old days of the start menu conveniently located on the left side of the screen complete with pop-up menu.  For those fancy types who adored the Windows 8’s tile approach, the new version will have that option available under the new menu.

Cortana-in-Windows-10Meet Cortana
Cortana basically is a better version of Siri with a little Google mixed in.  Like Siri, Cortana is capable of booking appointments, answering questions, setting alarms, etc. Unlike Siri, she can be programmed to meet your preferences by going through a quick interview and then updated as needed by editing them in her notebook.

Fun fact: Cortana is voiced by Jen Taylor, the original voice to Cortana in the video game Halo.

Microsoft-EdgeWindows Edge
In lieu of the soon to be defunct Internet Explorer, Windows 10 introduces Windows Edge. Windows Edge will offer all the same features as current browsers with a few added bonuses such as Web Note.  Web Note will allow you to add notes to a website and share it through email or on Web Note.  Cortana will also offer suggestions as you search and add information about businesses on the sidebar.

Whatever device you choose to run Windows 10, rest assure it will look great.

Will it work with my device?
Truly depends on what current version of Windows your device is operating on.  If you are currently running Windows 7 or 8.1 the transition will be flawless.  Older versions may a bit trouble with certain pre-installed, check with Microsoft’s Window’s 10 Specifications site for full details when upgrading.