Apple Schedules ‘Spring Forward’ Event on March 9th

Apple Spring Forward

Apple has sent out invites today for a March 9th event. The image on the invitation features a pastel colors behind an Apple logo. It reads 'Spring Forward' just below. With Apple previously promising an April launch for their Watch, it seems likely this event will provide more details and specifics regarding the release. As of now, all we know regarding pricing is that it will start at $349. There has been widespread speculation that prices could reach $10,000 or more for the Apple Watch Edition. … [Read more...]

Here’s to the crazy ones, who would buy a $10k Apple Watch

Apple Watch

There's been plenty of speculation regarding the pricing of the Apple Watch, specifically "Edition". It's the premium model that's available in six different options. The watch case on Edition models are crafted from 18-karat gold. Its display is covering is polished sapphire and there are an assortment of accompanying bands. When you look at some of the most prestigious watch-makers, these sort of materials often command prices that range well above $10,000. People drop what I'd deem an excessive amount of money of brands like Tag Heuer, Breitling and Rolex each and every day. They don't blink when it comes to purchasing what is a luxury item. You can buy a $20 Timex that tells time and a $20k Tag Heuer will do very much the same. When it … [Read more...]

The Best iPad and iPhone Apps for the Oscars

The Oscars

Whether it's a guilty pleasure or a genuine joy, many of us will be settling down on the sofa this Sunday to celebrate the victories and curse the losses of our favorite films. Though Boyhood seems like it might just have the big award sewn up, there's still plenty of room for surprises. If you want to be well-prepared for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, there's no need to settle for just the info you can find on the big screen. Just pull out your iPhone or iPad—you'll have access to all the trailers, history and prediction tools you could want. … [Read more...]

How to turn off those awful Facebook sounds on iPhone

Facebook turn off sounds

Every two weeks, Facebook pushes a new software update. Often these are bug fixes and what they term as improvements. The most recent release introduced a most unwelcome feature, sounds. Every navigation point now includes an audible reminder. More importantly, those in your immediate surroundings, are also privy to the soundtrack of your Facebook activity. Luckily, if you'd prefer to to turn off these sounds, it's easily done. How to turn off Facebook sounds 1. Open Facebook and tap on the 'More' menu. 2. Tap on Settings. 2. Select Sounds. Toggle in-app sounds to off. It's odd that Facebook has committed  to such a bizarre update schedule. Are these updates that vital? Are they improving things? I understand the … [Read more...]

Will the lack of groundbreaking health features impact the Apple Watch?

Apple Watch health

There's been a tremendous amount of fallout after the Wall Street Journal report that Apple scrapped much of its health monitoring features. Wait for the second generation. It's being rushed to market. It's missing a killer feature. These have been some of the reactions on blogs and social media. Are they warranted and does the lack of groundbreaking sensors and health features seriously impact the potential success or failure of the Apple Watch? The timing of this story, which cites unnamed sources, is curious. It's a story that lowers expectations for Apple's first generation wearable. If this was a message Apple wanted to send, the message was received, loud and clear. Prior to release, there had been a number of rumors, most … [Read more...]

8 Killer Tips To Master Safari On iPhone

Safari iOS tips

Apple's Safari for iOS is an incredibly capable web browser. Years of improvements have resulted in advanced features throughout, some of which you may not know. We've uncovered 8 things you can do to master Safari on iPhone and iPad. Don't just browse the web, take control of it with these tips. 1. Change Safari's Default Search Engine If you had a list of the most often used features on a smartphone, searching the web would probably rank near the top of that list. As recent as iOS 8, Apple sets the default search engine to Google. You can make a radical change to your web searching experience by changing it and when you do, there are a number of options. 1. Navigate to Settings > Safari > Search Search Engine 2. Tap on … [Read more...]

How to setup iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone and iPad

Setup iCloud Photo Sharing

If you are someone who shares photos from your iPhone or iPad with friends and family often, then you should rejoice at iCloud Photo Sharing. Before Photo Stream, most people would use iMessage, SMS or attach photos to an email. Apple realized this was a terribly inefficient method of sharing photos made even worse if you want to share more than a few images. If you share photos often, read on for how to setup shared Photo Streams on iPhone and iPad. This might just be the best feature in iOS, making it easier than ever to share those important moments. … [Read more...]

How to improve your Redbox movie rental experience with iPhone

Redbox movies

I absolutely love movies. It's a great way to spend 2 hours where you can laugh, cry and find enjoyment outside of our busy lives. Having an active 3 year old, my wife and I just don't have the time to get to the theater as much as we'd like. So for us, renting movies is our way to enjoy the magic of cinema. In our neighborhood, there are no shortage of Redbox kiosks. They don't offer a back catalog, instead focusing on newer releases. At times, they will feature an older movie if there is a tie-in with a sequel or specific actor. This month, you can find "Out of Sight", a great movie with Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney. Being our primary source of movies, I've gotten very good at getting the best from my Redbox experience. Here are my … [Read more...]

How send flowers, edible treats to that someone special with these iPhone apps

Sharrie's Berries

Just days away from Valentine's Day, it is time to think about gifts, cards, chocolate, dinner reservations and flowers. With Valentine's Day landing on a Friday this year, most of you are mired in the middle of the work week. Whether it's your best girl, guy or your Mom, your iPhone might be the most effective way to send flowers. Here are a few apps to help you order flowers or edible treats using your iPhone. … [Read more...]

How to sync Safari bookmarks on iPhone, iPad with Mac or PC

Sync Safari bookmarks

Having an organized set of bookmarks can vastly improve your experience when browsing the web. Conversely, having different sets on different computers, iPhones and devices can be frustrating. It’s not simply a matter of remembering your favorite sites, but the time you save in manually entering each website address. Whether you are surfing the web for fun, work or education, bookmarks are a vital part of the overall experience. If you mainly surf the web from your iPad, you may be looking to export your favorite bookmarks, so that they are accessible on your Mac or PC. We’re here to help you bring a sense of order to your bookmark chaos. Read on for our comprehensive guide to how to sync Safari bookmarks on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. … [Read more...]