iPhone 6 Unveiling: September 9th

08/22/2014
Aug 22, 2014
BIG NEWS: The unveiling of the new iPhone 6 line is reported to be September 9th are tons of iPhone 6 rumors swirling around and people are waiting in anticipation for the actual model to be released. This week we review all of the rumors about the design, shape, and details of the new iPhone 6 up-to-date.

So far, the best look of first 4.7 inch iPhone 6 models according to a Russian technology site. The picture was assembled from collection of production parts to make one cohesive iPhone 6 model. This model features rounded corners and pill shaped volume buttons. It is also significantly thinner at just 7mm. There was some talk about a protruding camera lens on the new iPhone6. However, according got sources at Apple club, the camera lens will only come out 0.77 mm, which is similar to the iPod touch.

The new iPhone is supposed to have revamped core as well. According to Chinese Apple info sites, the new iPhone is supposed to be fitted with faster LTE modem from QUALCOMM. This means up to 150 MB per second and support for LTE advance. There is also going to be a NFC chip, created by the company NXP that will fit onto the iPhone 6 board.

Last but not least, there is rumored to be a lightning cable that can go both ways with the upcoming model. The new lightening cable is supposed to come with a reversible USB Cable on the other end. Unfortunately, we won't know any of these as facts until September 9th. By the looks of these rumors, it seems like we can expect a lot with the new iPhone 6 model!
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

How to prepare your iOS device for iOS 8

08/22/2014
Aug 22, 2014
As some of you may already know, Apple announced the eighth version of its iOS mobile operating system in June. The latest version of iOS is supposed to have improvements to Siri, a new health and wellness program, and new notifications, along with many other things. The transition to the iOS 7 was not so popular, so this week we will give you some tips on how to make sure this new update with be as easy as possible.

1. Check Compatiblity

If you still have the original iPad or iPhone 4, then it may not be capable of being updated to the iOS 8. The devices receiving the update are as follows: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad 2, third- and fourth-generation iPad, iPad Air, fifth-generation iPod Touch, iPad Mini, and iPad Mini with Retina display.

2. Make Space

When users upgraded to the iOS 7, they were required to have at least 3Gb of free space on their devices to install the updates. We can only expect similar requirements for iOS 8, so now is a good time to make some free space on your device. You can delete apps you don't use or move photos to iCloud, or another cloud service.

3. Check for Updates

Also, don't forget to install any updates that you may have been putting off. You will need the latest version of iOS to update to iOS 8. You should also install any app updates before upgrading to iOS 8 to ensure your apps will function properly.

4. Backup Your Device

It's unlikely that you will experience any major loss of information when updating your phone but it's a good idea to back up your device just in case. With iTunes, you can store a backup file on your computer. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer with the USB cable, then select your device and click on the Summary tab in the menu. Make sure your computer is chosen then click on "Back Up Now" on the right side. You should have the latest version of iTunes installed. You can also back up data directly to iCloud.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Product Review: Best iPad Cases

08/22/2014
Aug 22, 2014
Amazon: iPad Cases
For the iPad, there are many different styles of cases you can buy for both looks and productivity. It can be hard to narrow down the options for what will best suit how you utilize your iPad. This week, we will help you decide by reviewing some of the most useful iPad cases that come with a unique twist.

1. Belkin LapStand Case

This iPad case is a typical folio-type cover, but has a specific design modification to make it one of the most comfortable cases to put on your lap. On the edge of the case there's a circle made from a neoprene-like fabric that will form to fir the shape of your knee when folded. It's perfect for using your iPad on the go and has amazing comfort.

2. Pong Case

The Pong Case looks like your basic iPad case, but it comes with so many different performance surprises. The case is made with technology that is meant to increase cell reception, speed, ad range. The front can also fold into numerous positions that use built in magnets to make sure each position stays in place.

3. Favi Swivel keyboard case

The Favi Swivel multifunctional Bluetooth keyboard is a gold plated case that has a removable back plate that can clip into the stand and can recline into different positions. This can also swivel all the way back in order to take advantage of all iPad Air's great viewing angles.

4. Belkin APEX 360

This case of the iPad Mini is a great option for those who have a tendency to drop things. This case has a comfortable grip and can withstand a 6-foot drop. The frame secures the iPad in the case and makes insulating air pockets to absorb the shock of any fall. This case is extremely durable and useful for any iPad mini.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Best Phone apps for iPads

08/22/2014
Aug 22, 2014
The Apple iPad doesn't come with a built in phone app. This can make it difficult if you need to make a conference call or if you don't have your phone and need to get in touch with people on the road. This week, we review some apps that you can use to make calls without using minutes that you ca use on your iPad.

1. FaceTime Audio

Facetime Audio is a part of iOS 7 on every iPad as a part of the FaceTime app. This app is just like the normal FaceTime app, but it is voice only instead of including video. You can use this app to call anyone else using iOS 7. The audio is amazing, especially when you are using Wi-Fi and it is free to an iOS user.

2. Skype

Microsoft's Skype is one of the easiest and most simple phone apps to use. It is free to anyone who has a Skype account. You can use Skype as a replacement for a phone, however you have to sign up for their paid service and get an assigned phone number. Skype can do both voice and video calling in addition to having just a regular online chat. It is likely that most people will have a Skype account since it is popular throughout the world.

3. Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a worldwide messenger app that you can use on phone iPhone and the iPad. Anyone in your Google contacts can be contacted via Hangouts. You don't need to have a phone number because Hangouts supports audio and video calling. You can use this app for both individual and conference calls. It's free between Google accounts and is completely free in US and Canada.

4. Facebook Messenger

The Facebook Messenger app is a fairly new app that lets you make free voice calls to your Facebook friends to several countries throughout the world. If you are on vacation and want to stay in contact with friends and family this app is perfect for you. The Facebook Messenger uses data to power phone calls so you can contact friends.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

iPhone 6 Rumors: New backplate in design

08/14/2014
Aug 14, 2014
As an Apple information blog, we try to update you on Apple rumors as often as possible, and it looks like there is another one about the setup of the phone. New photographs have shown what could potentially be the new back design of the iPhone 6. This week we review some of the details of this new development and its implications.

Source Sonny Dickson has a good track record when it comes to reporting Apple news and leaks, and recently he has shown Twitter two high resolution images of the iPhone6 metal backplate. It appears that recent photos of the new iPhone show a backplate design with metal chassis and deeply defined lines to accent the design. This design appears to show up on the 4.7 inch model.

There have been many different iPhone 6 rumors circling around for months. Some include the 4.7 and 5.5 inch model that will run on the iOS 8 launch. There have also been talks of the iPhone holding a special event in early September for the smaller version of the iPhone. Stay tuned for more news as we receive it!
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Product Review: Best Blu-Ray Players

08/14/2014
Aug 14, 2014
Amazon: Xbox One & Other Great BluRay Players
Blu-ray players serve as a great way to watch high quality movies and can be a staple in any home entertainment system. Not only can they handle Blu-ray discs, DVD's, and CD's, but they can also stream content such as Netflix or Pandora. This week, we will review some of the top Blu-ray players to add to your home entertainment collection.

1. Microsoft Xbox One

The old price of the Xbox One with the bundled Kinect 2.0 used to be $500, but now for $100 cheaper you can purchase just the Microsoft Xbox One. This discounted no-Kinect version of the Xbox one gives users a better deal by matching the price of the Sony PlayStation 4. You also don't have to and Xbox Live Gold requirement to access the entertainment apps. This is a great multi-function player that has will satisfy all of your Blu-ray needs.

2. Samsung BD-FS900

This Blu-ray player offers a number of features and amazing speed performance. There is a wealth of apps and a good interface that is easy for any customer to use. The image quality is also just as great (if not better) than other similarly priced Blu-ray players. This is great option for Blu-ray players that has the right amount of usability, performance, and quality.

3. LG BP530

This Blu-ray player has a good selection of streaming services on top of having built in Wi-Fi. There is also a good disc playback with easy to use remote. The remote is logically arranged and the buttons are easy to tell apart. This Blu-ray player is also reasonably priced at just under $100. Good for those who want a Blu-ray while shopping on a budget.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

App review: Best apps for saving money

08/14/2014
Aug 14, 2014
Everyone appreciates a good deal. Whether you're looking to buy new appliances or new tech gear, saving money always benefits your lifestyle. Apps can actually help you find deals, get the best rebates, and locate the best prices. This week we will be reviewing the best apps for saving money through apps instead of coupons.

1. Retail Me Not

This app is great for new offers and coupons, and now even offers food delivery options. You have the option to save your favorite stories and get notifications from them when a new offer becomes available.

2. Restaurant.com

Sometimes you want to take a break from cooking and order out. This app will find you amazing deals on different gift certificates for local restaurants in your area.

3. GasBuddy

Everyone who drives realizes how expensive gas can be. It's always beneficial to know where the cheapest gas is. GasBuddy relies on locals to report where the best gas prices are, and is likely to save you money if you check with this app before you fill up.

4. Foursquare and Swarm

Although a mostly social app, you can actually find deals on food, restaurants, and other items when you check in with these apps. These deals range anywhere from discounts for first time restaurant diners to buy one get one free drinks at bars.

5. Checkout 51

Checkout 51 will send you real money when you buy from selected products. All you need to do is take a picture of your receipt and submit it to the app. After you verify your purchase and earn $20 you can cash out.

6. Cartwheel by Target

This app shows you items that have special sales prices but you can only pick as many spots as your list will hold. However, the more you use the app, the more spots you earn for you list. After your list is built, the app will create a bar code that can be scanned at checkout to apply the savings.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Five tips for setting up your MacBook

08/14/2014
Aug 14, 2014
There are so many ways to setup your Mac. It can be tricky to setup your Mac, especially if you are a new user. Some settings, however, are more essential than other settings when it comes to maximizing productivity on your computer. This week, we will review some different features you can enable on your computer to really improve your Mac's function.

1. Enable find my mac

Should you ever need to locate your Mac because it was stolen, you can enable Find My Mac to find your missing computer. The default settings on the Mac aren't enabled, so in order to turn it on head to system preferences, click iCloud and then click on the box that says "Find My Mac" and give it permission to use your location. After that, you won't have to worry about losing your Mac again! Just login into iCloud or use the app on an iOS device to find where your Mac computer is.

2. Enable Tap to Drag

This change is slightly smaller, but still useful when it comes to using your Mac to its full potential. To enable Tap to Drag simply go to preferences, click on ability settings, click on Mouse and Trackpad, then trackpad options and enable dragging.

3. Put hard drive icon on desktop

You can also customize what show up on your desktop. This is another simple way to maximize your Mac's potential. You can put your hard drive directly on your desktop for quick access. Go to Finder menu and choose preferences, then go to the general pad and click on the items you want on your desktop.

4. Show Battery percentage

It's not always easy to gauge how much percentage of battery life you have left on your Mac. By making your Mac show the percentage, you guarantee you'll never run out of juice. Just click the battery symbol and click on show percentage. This way you will always see how much battery life you have and always know when to plug in.

5. Trackpad Gestures

The trackpad on your Mac can do a lot more than function as a mouse. For example, you can use two fingers up or down to scroll on any page. You can also double tap or pinch to zoom in on things you want to see closer up. To navigate, swipe left or right with two fingers. To view all open apps swipe down with three fingers and pinch out with three finger to go back to the desktop. You can use three fingers to navigate between multiple pages as well.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Top 5 rumors surrounding iPhone 6

08/07/2014
Aug 07, 2014
There have been a lot of rumors about what is going to happen with the new iPhone 6. Apple devotees everywhere have become anxious and excited about potential changes with the new phone coming out this fall. This week, will review the top five stories circulating the Apple rumor mill to hold iOS users over until September. If you don't know whats happenin in September, it is the official Apple conference for the new iPhone 6!

1. Larger screen

Rumors has it that Apple is trying to improve screen size that can compete with the Samsung Galaxy S5. Each iPhone would have a large HD display, with potentially different screen sizes to please different consumers. Supposedly, Apple is working on a 170x960 resolution as well. However, we won't be able to confirm any of this until the product is released.

2. Thinner than iPhone 5s

Just because the screen is going to be larger doesn't mean that the phone itself will be bulky. The rumor is that the iPhone 6 plans to be slimmer than ever before. The phone will be chic and curvy for those who would prefer a lighter phone.

3. Sapphire crystals

Sapphire crystals are known for being durable which would greatly benefit all those who have a tendency to drop their phone. Apple recently partnered wit GT Advanced, which is meant to increase production of sapphire crystals. Apple already uses sapphire for the camera, so it may be even more useful for the screen.

4. Faster processing

Rumors about the iPhone 6 also include a 20 nanometer quad-core, 64-bit A8 CPU. This will make surfing the web, videos, and websites load much faster. Apps and graphics will also be much faster. Now you can get so much more done on your phone than before, if this rumor proves to be true.

5. Better Camera

Although the camera is not going to be getting an upgrade, Apple is rumored to be getting rid of "shaky" photos. This mean the camera will have optical image stabilization so you can snap photos continuously without having a blur. There have also been rumors about there being a larger 10-MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture lens as well as filter around the lens itself.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Product review: Back to school Tech

08/07/2014
Aug 07, 2014
As much as it pains some people, fall is getting near, which means it is time for school start again. Whether you are starting classes again or you know someone who is going back to school, it never hurts to get some wearable tech to assist in your studies. This week we will review some of the best tech for anyone who is heading back to school this year. So grab your notebooks, pencils, and lets get back to school!

1. Pebble Steel

The Pebble Steel has 5 ATM waterproof and also works with both iOS and Android phones. You can get notifications and runs a lot of apps. This watch has a retro look in addition to being waterproof. A fashionable and functional wrist watch for any student.

2. Martian Notifier

This watch dawns a classic look, but has a modern twist. You can get notifications from your phone and even buzzes in different patterns for each message you get. This smart watch will work with both iOS and Android. It also costs significantly less than most other smart watches.

3. Withings Pulse O2

This wearable tech has several purposes which include being a watch and a clip-on fitness tracker. It has a digital scale which can track blood pressure and monitor your fitness schedule. It also comes with a wristband and a belt clip. The battery can last up to two weeks making it a great way to track your health while also doubling as a watch.

4. Fitbit Zip

Fitbit is known for their fitness apps, and this pedometer accurately tracks your steps and can sync the app to compete with people who have the same accessory. A Great way to kick start your health while walking around campus.

5. Moto 360

This Android Wear powered watch has a round design with a leather steel band, making it comfortable and stylish. A button on the side makes the watch turn on and off and is water resistant. You can talk to this watch and has amazing apps that can help you get home, tell time, and set reminders. The perfect accessory for those who like the forward-thinking design of this watch.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

App Review: Back to School apps

08/07/2014
Aug 07, 2014
To go in tandem with our article about back to school gear, this week we will be recommending some apps to assist with back to school duties. These apps help in every student from organizing notes to finding free book material. This app list will benefit everyone, whether you know someone who could benefit from these apps or you yourself could use some organization assistance. Enjoy!

1. iStudiez Pro

This app can not only track assignments, but will also track lectures, project deadlines, and more. This app will help you stay organized by letting you input and managing your schedule, including alternating, rotating and block schedules. Not to mention you and track your assignments, GPA, and events. A great source of organization app for all types of students.

2. Dropbox

Dropbox is a great way to back up your work, as well as sharing materials with others. Just download Dropbox on your computer and you can save all of your written work onto it. You can now access your work from your iPhone, iPod touch, and your iPad. Never lose your work again!

3. iTunes U

There is a good chance that no matter what course you are taking, you will have to read some classis books or utilize study materials. This app can provide anything you need from free courses, lecture material, and more. All you need is an Apple ID in concurrence with the iTunes store. You can also sync this app with your computer and will work on iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

4. Audio Class Notes Free

This app is great if you didn't quite catch what the professor was saying and you want to listen again later. This app lets you record class lectures, tag important points, and study faster than normal by jumping to the important parts. This app will also let you know if you need to sit closer to improve audio quality.

5. Study Aid

Many students use flash cards to help study for exams, and this app makes it exceptionally easy to create them. These flash cards can be customized in a way that works best for the student. You can alter the font size, background color, embed HTML, and even use an external display.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Top Laptops of 2014

08/07/2014
Aug 07, 2014
Amazon Laptop Specials
Back again with another back to school special posting. Laptops! Having a laptop is great for a number of reasons: working at home, traveling with all of your music and games, or just something portable to take with you on the go. This week, we review all of the best and budget laptops of 2014 from MAC to Windows to ease, battery life, and more!

1. Best Battery Life: Apple MacBook Air (13-inch)

The upgrade to the stock CPU in Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air has improved performance and can run for more than 12 hours. With battery life as long as that, this is one of the most useful laptops you can buy. The base model has come down from over $1100 to about $999 in the last two years. This makes this one of the best laptops you can buy if you want to invest in functionality.

2. Best Travel Laptop: Asus Transformer Book T100

The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a budget-friendly laptop that can also double as a tablet. It's great for on the go, making it the best travel laptop you can purchase. Priced at just $350 it's fairly inexpensive and comes with features such as a keyboard, great battery life, and Windows 8.1. This laptop has a great value for money and is just perfect for travel.

3. Best Power Laptop: Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch screen)

The second generation of Apple's Retina-screen MacBook Pro adds internal upgrades to the Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt, and CPU resulting in a faster laptop with a 9 hour battery life. The body of the laptop is slimmer and has a higher resolution screen add great value. Additionally, the price cut makes it all the more desirable.

Best Budget Laptop: Acer Chromebook C720P

Although Apple Laptops are a great value for money, (the 11inch Mac Book Air priced at $799.99) it is nice to include something a little cheaper for those on a budget. The Acer C720P has a good keyboard, a touch screen and more than 2 USB ports, making it better than most basic laptops. If you are looking for something outside of the Apple realm on a budget, we recommend you try this one.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

10 Apps that Help the World

07/28/2014
Jul 28, 2014
Little do most iOS users know is that you can download certain apps that will help make the world a better place. Yes, you can actually change the world for the better from the palm of your hand with just a few clicks. Apple has been pretty green and environmentally sound. This week, we'd like to bring a thoughful and green-filled review some of these apps and what they do to benefit others all around the globe.

1. Feedie

For every picture that is taken at participating restaurants, this app donates 25 cents to The Lunchbox Fund. The Lunchbox Fund is a non-profit organization which provides meals to students in South Africa. Now you can make a difference when posting a picture of your delicious meal!

2. Charity miles

With this app, just pick a charity and start running! You can track your progress and Charity miles will donate 10 centers per mile for bikers and 25 cents per mile for runners. A great way to stay fit and make a difference.

3. Donate a Photo

Donate a Photo and Johnson & Johnson will give $1 for every photo you share through their free app. You can donate 1 photo a day and they will never be used for commercial purposes. This donation will go towards resuscitation devise to help newborn babies take their first breath.

4. HTC Power to Give

When you download this app, just plug in your phone and connect to Wi-Fi, and your phone's spare computing power is routed to a huge grid that provides power to a scientific project that you choose. Some of these include research centers for cancer or AIDS or research centers that look into climate change or space exploration.

5. Check In For Good

When you check in at participating restaurants, that business' will donate $1 to a charity of your choosing. You will also get coupons and incentives to go back again. Everyone wins with this app.

6. Volunteer Match

One of the best apps for finding volunteer opportunities in your area, this app has over 97,000 organizations to pick from. This app will determine your location and give you a list of volunteer jobs that you can pick from.

7. DonorReminder

Do you donate blood on a regular basis? If you do, then this app is perfect for you. This app lets regular blood donor's keep track of their schedule.

8. Budge Challenge

This app involves some friendly betting between friends. Whether its something serious or a silly challenge, the loser has to donate to a charity. This app gets competition involved and in the end, everyone wins!

9. One Today

This app shows you a new cause everyday where you can donate to. You can also match a friend's donation. This is an easy way to learn about different causes and how your contr4ibutions benefit them.

10. Acts of Kindness

This app suggests daily acts of kindness that you can do to make a positive difference. You can also donate to a worthwhile charity directly through their website. Inspiration has never been easier!
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

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