Apple Watch Edition is a gut punch to the mainstream

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With a starting price of $10,000, the Apple Watch Edition has set off a firestorm of reaction. It's one of the most hotly debated technology products in recent history. But this is far from a pure technology product. It utilizes Apple's manufacturing prowess and meticulous attention to detail to create a product designed for discerning watch customers who place a high value on fashion and materials. Smart and fashionable. That's an incredibly powerful combination and one Apple hopes will allow them to sell products in the high end market. One thing is for certain, Apple Watch Edition stands alone. No one is selling a smartwatch in that pricing stratosphere. Is there a company other than Apple that can pull this off? I doubt it. Despite the … [Read more...]

Apple TV Price Dropped to $69, Becomes Exclusive HBO Now Launch Device

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Amidst the flurry of Apple Watch announcements, was the formal introduction of HBO's new streaming service. HBO Now will be available as a standalone service, providing customers with access to the entire collection of HBO programming for $15 per month. It's groundbreaking in that it won't require a cable or satellite TV contract. The service kicks off in April, just in time for the premiere of Game of Thrones. HBO Now will launch exclusively on the Apple TV. The service will be available on iPads, iPhones and Apple TV only for the first three months. If that wasn't enough to spur interest in the Apple TV, the new lower price makes it a much more attractive option. The third generation Apple TV will now be priced at $69, a $30 drop. This … [Read more...]

Apple Releases iOS 8.2, Introduces Support for Apple Watch

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Apple has releases iOS 8.2, available for download OTA or via iTunes. The upgrade is a significant one, at least according to the accompanying change log. The iOS 8.2 release is a requirement to use your iPhone with the upcoming Apple Watch, which ships April 24th. It will come with a new Apple Watch app, which allows you to pair and sync watch settings. There is also a new Activity app, which is for viewing fitness and data achievements from the Apple Watch. These features require an iPhone 5 or later. If you are jailbroken, you'll want to avoid this release. … [Read more...]

Apple Watch is splash and water resistant, not waterproof

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Apple has updated information on the Apple Watch. According to their website, the Apple Watch is "splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. " Apple Watch has a water-resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. According to that standard: "Withstands incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes." Apple doesn't mention anything regarding showering. Based on this rating, it should in theory be ok. Tim Cook was quoted as saying he showers with is Apple Watch. I'd wait from clarification from Apple on this before testing. If you opt for a leather band, … [Read more...]

Apple Watch Pre-Orders Start April 10th, Available April 24th Starting at $349

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The Apple Watch will be available for pre-order beginning on April 10th with prices starting at $349 for the Apple Watch Sport. Those who pre-order will receive their watch on April 24th, which is the release date. Apple Watch availability is limited to a select number of countries that include U.S. and Canada. Regardless of the model you select, there are two sizes of Apple Watch, a 38MM and 42MM. The larger version is an additional $50. The stainless steel Apple Watch prices start at $549/$599. These scale upward depending upon the band you select. The range starts at $549 and goes up to $1099. Also of note, is the Apple Watch Edition. Speculation was proven correct, with that 18-karat gold models starting at $10,000. These will be … [Read more...]

7 Big Questions Ahead Of Today’s Apple Watch Event

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After months of waiting, the second unveiling of the Apple Watch will take place in a few hours. You'll be able to catch it live at apple.com/live at 1:00 EST (12:00 CST,10:00 PST). For a product that was introduced back in September, 2014, there remain a significant amount of questions. There will always be the contingent of Apple customers who sight unseen, have plans to purchase the Watch as soon as it becomes available. For many, pertinent questions remain and will likely impact their purchase decisions. Ahead of today's event, here are the 7 biggest questions surrounding the Apple Watch. Price By far, the biggest topic of discussion over the past few months has been price. For their part, Apple has said the Watch starts at $349. When … [Read more...]

How to set Siri relationships

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If you’re like me, at times you can experience a love/hate relationship with Siri. You press the home button and ask her to phone a friend or family member, only to have her completely misunderstand your request, mangling what you thought was the proper annunciation of the name. We’ve all been there and my Long Island accent certainly doesn’t help matters. Thankfully, there are ways to improve Siri with a few easy steps and improve her accuracy. Read on for how to set relationships with Siri using your contacts. This tutorial works for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. … [Read more...]

How to track iPad, iPhone data usage and save money

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Both the iPhone and the latest 4G LTE iPads offer a wide array of applications that allow you to do most anything when you are outside of the home. From streaming live television using Slingbox to more mainstream uses such as checking email, browsing the web or surfing YouTube. All of these and many more have a direct impact on your data usage. It’s important to track your iPhone data usage where possible. Not only to prevent unwanted overage charges, but also to possibly downgrade your plan and save money. … [Read more...]

Guide to understanding iPhone status icons

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There are a number of status icons on the iPhone, each of which provide information. This short overview will provide you with a guide to the common icons and some which are not as familiar. This list has been updated to include the latest icons used in iOS 8. For those running older operating systems, we've kept an archive of some older status icons. The cell signal icon displays your current cellular signal and the strength of the signal. Starting with iOS 7, Apple replaced bars with circles. You want to see more solid circles on this display, which means better service for making and receiving calls. If you are outside of the range of your wireless carrier, the circles are replaced with “No Service”. When airplane mode is … [Read more...]

How to use Reading List in Safari

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Using the iPhone or the iPad, we often find ourselves in a constant state of feeling connected, with the ability to pull up a webpage in a matter of seconds. Whether it’s by using a locally available WiFi network or your carrier, it’s easy to access information from the Internet with just a few taps. However, there are times when you might find yourself in an area with spotty wireless coverage, no access to WiFi, or you might simply be too busy to read an article you’ve found on the Internet. Learn how to use Reading List in Safari and you will never find yourself without great content on your iOS device. … [Read more...]