How Much Is Each iPhone @ Each Carrier

09/17/2014
Sept 17, 2014
With both of Apple's phones being released this month, it is important for users to know how much pricing per model they will be expected to pay. People will be allowed to pre-order on September 19th so they should stay informed on all of the options. This week, we review the pricing of the models by the four major carriers in the U.S.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon is selling the iPhone 6 starting at $199 and the Plus for $299 on a two year contract. You also have the option of paying your iPhone over a period of 20 months if you don't want to pay all at once. With this option, the iPhone6 would cost $32.49 per month and the Plus would cost $37.49 per month. Apparently there is no down payment for qualified customers on the starting price.

AT&T

AT&T has a few options for users who want to buy an iPhone 6. You can either buy the phone on a two year contract, or pay it off over the course of 20 to 24 months. With its Next 12 or Next 18 Plan. You can upgrade your phone after 12 or 18 months, at no extra cost, depending on the plan you choose.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile is selling the new iPhone with its Simple Choice Plan, which allows you to pay off your phone in monthly installments over 24 months. The iPhone 6 will cost $27.08 per month for two years. While the iPhone 6 Plus will sell for $31.24 per month. There is no down payment required if you're buying the base model iPhone 6 or 6 plus (16GB). However, if you want the 64GB model, you'll need to pau $99 up front, and $199.99 for the 128GB model.

Sprint

When it comes to selling iPhones, Sprint will allow you to lease Apple's smartphones the same way you would a car. Spring recently unveiled its new “iPhone for Life” plan where you can lease the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus for $20 per month with no down payment required. After two years. You ca trade that iPhone for Apple's newest model. If you want a more traditional plan, you can buy the phone for $199 on a two year contract, or pay $58 up front and $30 er month to pay your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus off.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Rumors: Apple unveiling next Major Product Next Month

09/17/2014
Sept 17, 2014
Apple just introduced its new iPhone and its first smartwatch, but rumor has it is that there may be even more products that they will unveil. Apple is reportedly preparing a second announcement event that will launch iPad models. What are the next big Apple products? We know there are analysts out there who strongly believe that the Apple TV is the next big thing!

The company is supposedly planning an event for the second half of October which will introduce more gadgets. Rumors also have reported that we'll be seeing a new sixth generation iPad, a newer, iPad mini, and the launch of Apple's new software OS X Yosemite on October 21nd. If this rumor is true, the schedule would align with Apple's pattern for the last several years, with last year Apple unveiling the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.

Rumor has it that this year the updated iPad will include a faster A8 processor, anti-reflective display, and Touch ID fingerprint sensor, although some reports state that these upgrades will be limited to larger iPad Air models. One recent rumor has also claimed that Apple may release a new ultra-high definition 27-inch monitor with 5120 x 2880 resolution in 2014, but details on are limited. Only time will tell if these rumors prove to be true. Until then, we have the iPhone 6 , 6 Plus, and Apple watch to entertain us.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Apps of the Week: 5 apps that will help you get the most out of iOS 8

09/17/2014
Sept 17, 2014
If you've just downloaded the new iOS 8 to your iPhone or iPad, then you are probably still getting used to the features that Apple has added. To help you with this adjustment process, we've picked some apps that have been designed specifically to take advantage of iOS 8's best additions, including support for widgets, third-party keyboards and Touch ID support. Hopefully these apps will be useful to you and help you explore iOS 8 to its fullest potential.

1Password

Although we've already review 1Password in previous articles about iCloud security, we think it's important to mention this one again. This app is great for managing passwords on your smartphone. You just need to memorize one master password that will gie you access to every account you use online. 1Password will make a creative unique password for every site you long into and keep them stored in your for a secure locker. With the iOS 8, the app has added support for Apple's Touch ID finger scanner so you can unlock the app using just your fingerprint. This app is great for security and imperative if you have many passwords to remember.

Swift Key

Although there are numerous 3rd party keyboard apps available for iOS 8, Swiftkey is supposed to be one of the best. With this app you can quickly zip through words by sliding your finger over different letters instead of pressing each letter one at a time. The more you use this app the more it adapts to your swiping style and comes up with autocomplete suggestions based on words and phrases that you use more often than words. This app supports many languages including French, Portuguese, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Clear

Clear is an amazing productivity app that has a Today screen widget in iOS 8's notification center. These widgets allow for interactive notifications, so you'll be able to view and manage your tasks from the notification center without having to open up the app. Clear is very simplistic in the best way. It creates different lists for all of the most important tasks that you have to do and can be used to send reminders when a time-sensitive task needs to be done soon. You can also organize your tasks into different lists that can keep work tasks separate from personal tasks.

Routie

With iOS 8's new fitness feature, we decided Routie would be a good addition. Routie is a GPS enabled sports tracker that will help you keep track of and share details about your workouts. Routie also has a Today extension that will let you interact with the app in your notification center without having to open it up. You can use the interactive widget and it will let you view the current distance and duration of your workout, as well as stop and start tracking. The app costs $4.99, but it's worthwhile for those who are into fitness.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Product Review: The difference between iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

09/17/2014
Sept 17, 2014
Besides the difference in size, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus have difference in their specs and certain features. The iPhone 6 comes out to 4.7 inches versus the iPhone 6 plus which is 5.5 inches and weighs 1.5 ounces more than its smaller counterpart. The 6 plus is more than just pricier and larger than the iPhone 6, this week we review a few key specs in differences.

Screen

Aside from the screen being larger, the iPhone 6 plus has a higher resolution (1,920x 1,080 vs. 1.334 X. 750). There is a higher pixel density on the iPhone 6 plus (about 401 pixels per inch vs. 326 pixels per inch on the iPhone 6). Both phones have a bigger and crisp display with improved LTE and Wi-Fi speeds. Both phones are incredibly similar, but the 6 plus has a few extra features. You will not be missing out on a lot with the iPhone 6 except that it is not as top of the line as the 6 plus. If this is your preference however, than go with the iPhone 6 plus and you won't be disappointed.

Camera

Both devices come with 8-megapixel lens on the camera. However, only the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization. This will help with any unsteady photographers who have hard time keeping a fixed image while shooting or recording a video. The Plus does shoot slower than the iPhone 6, but delivers sharper image quality. Longer exposure means lower ISO and less image noise, plus better color. The front facing camera on the 6 and 6 Plus have improved front-facing camera. This means better selfies in the dark or dim-lit areas.

Battery Life

The iPhone 6 plus has a higher battery capacity, which means you can use your phone to watch movies, surf the web, text, and make phone calls for a few hours longer than the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 will have up to 14 hours on 3G talk and the iPhone6 will have 24 hours. On standby, the iPhone 6 will last 10 days whereas the iPhone 6 plus will last 16 days. Initial tests of A8 processor did not blow testers away, however it is still noticeably better than the iPhone 5S. Bottom line, a bigger battery is nice step up over the iPhone 5 S for both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Size and Features

One of the best things about the iPhone 6 plus is that it will be able to have landscape modes on some apps if you hold the phone horizontally, like the iPad. The iPhone 6 will not have this feature. One thing to note is that not everyone will love the iPhone 6 plus size. The size of your hands and your tolerance for reaching the corners of the device will be a bug determining factor if you prefer the iPhone 6 plus over the iPhone 6. If you do prefer the larger size, it may take some getting used to
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

iPhone 6

09/09/2014
Sept 09, 2014
Today was Apple's much anticipated event that announced many updates on the iPhone 6, iWatch, iOS 8 and so much more! We will be giving you updates on everything that happened during today's event so you can know as much as we do about everything Apple!

iPhone 6

Tim Cook starts the event by saying "These iPhones have been recognized time and time again as the best in the world." As Apple announced "Today we're launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone" and boy, was that an accurate statement. We learned so much about the iPhone 6 and what that means for consumers. There are two versions of the new iPhone 6: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. First of all, the iPhone 6 starts at $199 for a 32GB model. A 64GB model is $299 and a 128GB model is $399. The new cases for both phones come in both silicone and leather, in 6 and 5 colors respectively. The 5S and 5C (so the original iPhone 5, basically) will still be on sale. And they ship Sept 19 in 9 countries, as expected with pre orders start Friday.

New Features

Both phones are WAY bigger than the iPhone 5: 4.7 for iPhone 6 and 5.5 inches for iPhone 6 plus. The iPhone 6 is also significantly thinner than the iPhone 5: 6.9mm on the iPhone 6, 7.1mm on the iPhone 6 Plus. There is a new M8 chip which knows how high you are (air pressure). Basically, there's a new barometer sensor which measure air pressure, meaning it can actually measure how many stairs you climb by microscopic changes in pressure. Apple also made a point of showing off the new gestures that make it easy to use giant phones with one hand. You can double tap the TouchID button and the display slides down so you can use it one-handed.

Battery Life

The iPhone 6 will get 50 hours of audio playback; the plus gets 80. Phone talk time is more in the 13 hour range. There will also be faster Wi-Fi in both products, 802.11c. This means you'll be able to use Wi-Fi for calling. Very impressive!

Camera

Panoramas will go up to 43 megapixels. And that's one reason why Apple might not want to go beyond 8MP for the camera itself -- the file sizes get HUGE. However, optical image stabilization over digital- only on the 6 Plus. The video camera can do up to 60 FPS (1080p). Slow-Motion can do 240 frames per second. There will also be burst mode on FaceTime camera.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Apple Watch

09/09/2014
Sept 09, 2014

Previously thought to be named the iWatch, Apple has come out with a new wearable smart watch called the Apple Watch. There is a lot going on with the Apple Watch screen. There are a ton of icons, as well as tiny thumbnails of all your photos. At least you can easily zoom and scroll. The maps app, which vibrates on the left or right side when you have to turn, does show how the watch can be used without looking at it. Unfortunately, this watch won't be available until next year. Until then here is a brief overview of some of the cool features it will include.

Features and Partnerships

There is a wealth of interesting features, such as non-verbal communication via the iWatch. For example to s suggest going out for sushi, draw a picture of a fish in a text. To respond strongly, send your actual heartbeat. Pretty neat huh? Another feature worth mentioning is Apple Watch partnership with American Airlines and Starwood hotels. You can actually get on the plane and unlock your hotel room with your watch. BMW will show you where your car is.

Health and Fitness

The Apple Watch also wants to focus on health and wants the Apple Watch to motivate people to be "a bit more active." Health is divided into the Fitness app and the workout app -- the former to track you through the day, the latter for targeted bursts. There are so many more features that we will cover in a separate article on specifically the Apple Watch.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

iOS 8

09/09/2014
Sept 09, 2014

You can download iOS 8 on Sept 17, two days before the new phones go on sale. Some features include the new one-handed messages, new notifications, as well as TouchID with third-party applications. But perhaps the best new feature with the iOS 8 is Apple's new payment system, Apple Pay.

Apple Pay

Basically, Apple Pay is NFC plus TouchID plus Passbook app. For this feature, you can use the card that's already on file with your iTunes account. Or add a new card via the camera. In terms of security, Eddy Cue states that "Apple doesn't know what you bought, where you bought it or how much you pay for it. The transaction is between you and the bank ... the cashier doesn't get to see." This is starting in the US with the six biggest banks, debit and credit cards. 220,000 locations -- everywhere that does that touchless card payment essentially. Some of these include Whole Foods, McDonalds, Subway, and much more. You can also do online payments with Apple Pay -- Uber and Target, Panera and MLB are signed up. You can also use Apple Pay via OpenTable app to pay for your restaurant check. Unfortunately, Apple Pay is not available in other countries with any future dates set yet.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Product Review: Best Tech Gear Under $25.00

09/09/2014
Sept 09, 2014
Amazon: Top Tech Bargains Under $25.00
With school expenses and holidays coming up, it may be hard to buy all of the tech gear that you want. At this point every dollar counts. So this week we review all of the best tech accessories that cost less than $25. This includes everyday gadgets that make your life easier such as cables, headphones, chargers, and more.

1. Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120

These headphones will give you a surprisingly good quality for the cost. They come in a variety of colors as well as the basic black. The price can be as low as $4 a pair, or you can buy $12 to get the Ergofit RP-TCM125 which adds a microphone for cellphones.

2. JVC Flats

The JVC Flats are the best quality headphones that you will find for under $20. They may look a little cheap, but they are lightweight comfortable on-ear headphones that give an amazing sound. A wonderful bargain for headphones that you won't regret.

3. SanDisk Cruzer Fit

The SanDisk Cruzer Fit USB drive is a very small USB nub that is similar to the transmitter for a wireless keyboard or mouse. If you want a quick and easy 16GB for under $10 or a 32GB for under $19 the SanDisk Cruzer is the way to go.

4. Lacie Petite Key USB drive

This USB drive is more expensive compared to other USB drives, but it's worth it for the metal design. This USB is said to be waterproof for up to 100 meters. The 16GB model will be about $15, and the 32Gb is about $30.

5. AmazonBasics HDMI cable

You should never pay more for name-brand HDMI cables. Instead of paying upwards of $50 at Best Buy for premium cables you can get your basic cables from Amazon. These cables work just as well and you get 2 for just $10.

6. AmazonBasics iPhone 5/5S Case

There are a ton of iPhone 5 and 5S cases available for purchase that includes a variety of designs. However, if you want a basic protector for your Apple phone, it would be hard to go wrong with AmazonBasics model for just $4 each.

7. Anker USB Car Charger

It's always good to have a charger in your car for when your smartphone or your tablet runs out of battery. You can use this affordable car charger that can charge two gadgets at once including a tablet. This excellent option for a charger will only cost you $12.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Five Tips To Make Sure Your iCloud Security Is At Its Best

09/09/2014
Sept 09, 2014
In light in recent events relating to celebrity photo data theft, we thought it would be important to outline how to make sure your iCloud account security is at its best. This article is meant to empower people to make sure that their iCloud security and data is safe, and that you can never be a victim of data theft.

1. Use Strong Passwords

Apple has minimal requirements for passwords, but it would be smarter to make sure that your password goes beyond these requirements. You should make sure that your password is not something predictable and that you have a long password. Ideally you want to make sure that there is somewhere between 30-32 characters long, so that it is harder to crack by hackers.

2. Use a Password Manager

Using a password manager you can generate, save, and fill long unique passwords for every sit and service you use. Mac, iPad, and iPhones all have very good apps to choose from to help you manage your passwords. Some examples include 1Password or PasswordBox.

3. Avoid Security questions when you can

Although the purpose of security questions is to make it easy to recover passwords, they also make it easier for criminals hack accounts. If it's possible, avoid providing a security question whenever you can, and fill them with strong passwords when you cannot. If you fill with this with a strong password, such as: d02VZzS921)*. You can keep this in your password manager you will be able to maintain your security at all times.

4. Sign out of websites when you are done

Some websites store security tokens to make it easier for you to access them repeatedly during the same session. It's convenient for you, but it's also a way for someone to gain access to your computer. Logging out prevents someone whose sole purpose is to get your token so they can steal your online data later. Signing out ensures that this hole is closed, epically if you are using a public computer.

5. Play Safe

If you believe that you are a high value target for criminals, then you need to make sure that you take online security very seriously. However if you take reasonable precautions then you should be fine. Just be conscious of your data, as well as where and how you store it. Until Apple finds a way to improve security and security awareness, each person needs to take responsibility for their own online security.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Top Security Apps For Every iOS User

09/09/2014
Sept 09, 2014
With iOS security being a concern lately, we thought it would be important to review some apps that will help maintain data security. With these apps, your data and personal information will be secure and easy to access. Hopefully these apps can prevent you from any security or information loss!

1. 1Password

1Password may be one of the best security manager apps you can have. Although the cost is a little more than other password manager apps, it is definitely worth it for the guaranteed security you will have. This app is easy to use and can hold information about all important information in your life. You just have to remember one master password (we recommend a strong and lengthy password!) and you will have all of your information in one place.

2. Find my iPhone

A classic app to have on your phone in case your iPhone ever gets stolen or lost. If you have this app, you can use another iOS device with the app via iCloud and locate your missing device. You can also lock it remotely and hopefully, recover it. You can also erase all of your data if there is no change of finding your phone.

3. Password Manager

Password Manager is a free app that also acts as a password manager. This app securely stores important information that can auto log you into website with a single tap. You can also create folders for better organization and streamline the process of having multiple passwords.

4. SurfEasy VPN

This app protects your online privacy, unblocks websites, protects your security on Wi-Fi hotspots and encodes all of the data in your device. They manage their own Private Network 24/7 to make sure that you have a fast and reliable iOS experience. There are no complex settings that you have to configure.

5. Private Photo Vault

Private Photo Vault is an app that you can download and protect photos that you don't want others to see with a password lock. Just move your photos from your phone to this app and you can make sure that your photos are never seen by anyone buy you. There is also a feature called Decoy Password, which can be used if someone is watching you enter the passcode.

6. Wickr

This app is way for you to communicate with others without it being tracked by third parties or in-between servers. The messages through this app can be destroyed by the sender, instead of just the person who receives the messages).

7. VirusBarrier

This app allows for files to be securely opened on your iPhone and wills top viruses and malware from entering your phone. Viruses can cause damage or even pass to your computer. This app app has an on-demand scanner that you can validate, view, and save any email attachment on your device.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Rumors: Apple event on Sept 9th hints at more than iPhone 6

08/29/2014
Aug 29, 2014
It's official; Apple has announced that there will be an event in Cupertino, CA to unveil the new iPhone 6. However, this year Apple has decided to maintain an air of secrecy around the details of the event's proceedings. The event invitation did not give any hints about the purpose of the event, as it has done in the past. What we do know about the event leaves much to be anticipated and even makes one wonder what else Apple could be revealing.

Our first clue is the choice of event venue. The event will be held at the Flint Center at De Anza College, which can hold 2,400 people. This is significantly more than previous years where Apple held 2012 iPhone 5 presentations. This suggests that Apple wants a broader audience and may be making one major announcement rather than just having separate events for different product releases.

Another clue is what the invitation itself said: "Wish we could say more". This makes us believe that there will be something unexpected. So far we know that there will be an iPhone in two different sizes, something wearable such as an iWatch, but there may also be something like a larger tablet. In the past, there have been rumors that Apple is working on a larger screen iPad with a potentially 13 inch display.

Hopefully the Apple event will live up to or even exceed our expectations. In the past, Apple has broadcasted keynotes to Worldwide Developers Conferences and also webcast its annual iPad events. As the date approaches we should be hearing more information, so stay tuned for details to come.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Product Review: iPhone 6 Cases Already Released

08/29/2014
Aug 29, 2014
As you found out per our last article, the iPhone 6 is expected to be announced at an Apple event on September 9th will need to buy a new case. This week we will review the new iPhone 6 cases that came out and what that means for iPhone users everywhere. . From what we know the iPhone 6 will have a larger screen, which will mean iOS users

Both the iPhone 5 and 5S have had pretty switchable cases between new models. However, the company Spigen has just released a case that is meant to fit an iPhone 6. Hard to believe that a company could release a case when the phone hasn't come out? Companies make prototypes and mock-ups that are based in specs and rumored sizes, as well as get real specs from Apple's supply chain in Asia.

There are two basic models in various colors, including one that has a round window which is meant to highlight the Apple logo in the back. So far, the cases have the slot left open for the sleep/wake button and left the entire top edge of the case open. The bottom leaves indents for the headphone jacks and the Lightning port.

The camera slot is large enough to encompass the camera and the double flash that is already on the iPhone 5S. Although designing a case without knowing the phone size is a risky move for the company, the rewards could be great for the first manufactures who can market their product first. We'll have to wait to see how accurate these cases are, so stay tuned for further details.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Best Labor Day Shopping Apps

08/29/2014
Aug 29, 2014
Labor Day is this weekend, which means there plenty of places to go for sales. This week, we review the best Apps for Labor Day shopping. You'll greatly improve your chances of getting the best deal if you download these apps before you hit the stores.

1. Smoopa

When you want to compare prices from your iPhone Smoopa lets you know where to find the best sales. Browse or scan products and if you‘ve found the lowest price on an item a green button will appear. If you see a yellow button, you might be able to find a better deal with another app. This app will then direct you to a page where you can find a better deal.

2. RedLaser

Before you pay for an item make sure it isn't priced lower elsewhere. Scan the barcode with RedLaser and it will let you know which retailers are close by]. You can then compare prices at thousands of local and online stores. It also stores all your loyalty card info so you won't miss out on any points.

3. Aisle411

Tired of trying to find an item you want in large complicated store? Just download Aisle411 and get a map of over 12,000 U.S. stores. This app pinpoints your location in the store and directs you to the merchandise you want. It also sends you alerts about special sales and offers.

4. Nextag Shopping

With this app you can compare prices and see product details and reviews from thousands of merchants. You can also scan the barcode of an item and it provides you with a list of all stores selling that item and makes a price comparison. This app also gives you the option to search by price, rating, date, or popularity.

5. Level Money

With all of the sales going on this weekend, it will be easy to overspend. This budget app will help make sure that you don't overspend. This app lts you know how much cash you have available for today or the rest of the month. Just link the app to your bank or credit card accounts and enter your goals.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

5 Tips on how to improve battery life on your MacBook

08/29/2014
Aug 22, 2014
Although the battery life continues to improve with each new MacBook model, it is still important to know how to preserve battery life for as long as possible. This can be done with a few simple tricks in System Preferences, which we will review in this week's how-to section.

1. Check battery condition

You should check the condition of your battery in order to see how it is functioning. To do this, hold the option key on the keyboard and click on the battery icon at the top of the menu bar. If the battery says "Normal" and not "Replace soon" then you are good to go. If it says the latter, than you can either; buy a new computer, contact Apple to fix your existing one, or replace the battery at your own risk. Newer models of the MacBook however do not have removable batteries and replacing the battery will require that you open up the MacBook. display.

2. Install software updates

Having the latest software updates on your computer will help you get the best battery life. To see if an update is available for your computer, press on the Apple Logo in the menu bar and select Software Update option, or open the App Store and click on the "Updates" tab.

3. Disable the backlit keyboard

Similar to a mobile device, the display on your computer uses a lot of energy. When you disconnect the power cord, the best thing to do is dim the brightness down below help or to an acceptable level for your eyes. Simply press F1 button on the keyboard, or use the F1 and FN button. It's also best to disable the MacBook's auto brightness feature. Just go to System Preferences, select display, and uncheck the "Automatically adjust brightness" box.

4. Turn off Bluetooth

The only reason to use your Bluetooth is if you are using a Bluetooth mouse or speaker. If you are not using these things or are away from your desk, then there is no point in having the Bluetooth enabled. You should disable the Bluetooth radio to conserve battery. To do this, go to System Preferences, select Bluetooth, and click the off button.

5. Disconnect unused dongles

If you aren't actively using a USB-connected device, like a flash drive, you should try to unplug it to make sure you battery doesn't drain. Also, if you don't have your power cord in, charging smartphones or tablets from your MacBook will take away a battery life.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

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]

Product Review: Solar Chargers

07/10/2014
Jul 10, 2014
Summer is here and if you're headed to the beach or the water you're going to need a solar charger. We've all experienced it: your battery to your iPhone or iPad gets drained after just a few hours and you're left with no device for music, GPS, etc. Why not take free limitless power from the sun? This week we will review the best solar chargers that you can use to charge your iOS device this summer.

1. Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit

The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit has mono-crystalline panels which provide long-lasting solar charge to your device. This solar charger can fully charge your iOS device within an hour, making it useful if you are on the go and outside rather than just lying on the beach. Simply spread the panel packs in the direct sunlight and an LED light will illuminate to let you know that it's working. Although this charger is a little pricier than others at $129.99, it comes with a 12V DC cord and USB to Mini USB cord. Great for outdoor junkies who want to keep their devices charged!

2. Anker 14W Dual-Port Portable Foldable Outdoor Solar Charger

Since the panels are sewn into a polyester canvas, the device can be taken to the beach or any sunny day location. The Anker 14W can power up any USB-charged gadget at speeds four times faster than a computer USB port. The PowerID technology communicates with the device making it charge up to 2 Amps under the direct sunlight. The high-grade solar panels in the device and premium circuitry easily make it durable for long lasting reliability. It is also compact and can fold to a standard 8.5 X 11 paper size portfolio.

3. Solio Universal Solar Charger Kit

The Solio Universal solar charger kit has a great design and is easy to take on-the-go. This charger also delivers a great deal of charging time and the internal battery can be charged from both the wall and the sun. This high-functioning device is great to take to the beach if you need some extra charge outside. Just swivel the panel outward so it looks like a windmill; about 60 minutes of sunlight will give your phone enough power to talk for about 10 minutes and four days of stand-by time. Just make sure to place in direct sunlight and you will be good to go!
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

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