Why you shouldn’t pre-order the Apple Watch

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As with past products, Apple is once again offering a pre-order window for the Apple Watch. Starting sometime in the wee hours of April 10th, we'll witness the symbolic closing of the Apple Store, only to open a few hours later filled with new products for sale. When it comes to iPhones, pre-orders are a fantastic way to get your ideal iPhone. Just enter your cellphone number, check your eligibility and you're set. That's assuming that in the previous years time, you've settled on a color and storage size. Though with the iPhone 6, there was no good decision but to upgrade to the 64GB model. Yes, I'm still bitter about Apple's insistence on shipping 16GB models in the year 2015. The only real major sticking point when choosing an a new … [Read more...]

How to attach files, photos to email on iPhone or iPad

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Take a great photo on your iPhone and it’s natural to want to share it with friends and family. We’ve covered sharing photos from the Photos app, but you can also share photos directly from within your Mail application. As more and more are using their iOS devices for productivity and work, attaching files like Word documents or PDFs becomes a necessity. Here’s how you can attach files and photos on iPhone or iPad, directly from the Mail app. … [Read more...]

How To Use Do Not Disturb On iPhone

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Do Not Disturb is one of the best and often ignored features in iOS. If your iPhone is home to multiple social network apps, email, messaging and more, I’m guessing it buzzes and beeps plenty throughout your day. While not uncommon, this sort of thing can be extremely distracting when night falls and you’d like to get some well deserved rest. In the past, that mean switching on Airplane mode, which is like taking a hacksaw to a dandelion. With Do Not Disturb enabled, and customized to your preferences, calls and alerts that you designate will be silenced if your iPhone is locked. Read on for how to use do not disturb on iPhone. When you wake up tomorrow, you’ll be well rested and you will not have missed anything important. … [Read more...]

Rumored Apple Web TV Solves Little For Cord Cutters

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Once again, rumors have surfaced regarding the future of Apple TV. The television industry is broken, at least from a consumer perspective. Cable companies continue to rule to the roost. They act as what seems like an unnecessary middle-man, shaking down consumers with excessive packages with hundreds of unwanted channels. All of this controlled by an archaic interface on an often storage constrained DVR. People are desperate for change. We've seen little in the way of change from Apple when it comes to their hobby. Sure there have been a steady stream of new streaming channels, but those aren't unique to their streaming box. They also make the set-up very un-Apple like. Probably the biggest news was their three-month exclusive with HBO … [Read more...]

The Unique Selling Proposition of Apple Watch

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I find it incredibly interesting to see the different responses to the Apple Watch. Some are absolutely frothing at the mouth in anticipation of April 24th, when the future gets strapped to their wrists. On the other end of the spectrum, there are iPhone owners like my wife, who have little to no interest in it. There are some who share that interest level, but for some reason, have an intense hatred for a product they've never seen in person, let alone used. I'm guessing that most fall in the third category – intrigued by what is an entirely new way to interact with your apps, while being cautiously optimistic how this could result in real positive change in how we use technology. When the iPhone was announced in 2007, there were similar, … [Read more...]

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...]