Sarah Guarino

@sarahg1113

I have been using Apple products for over ten years.  My first Mac was a 14″ Late 2004 iBook with a 1.33 GHz Power PC processor, 60 GB hard drive and 512 MB of RAM.  Now, I write and work on a 15″ Mid 2010 MacBook Pro with dual core 2.4 GHz i5 processors, 500 GB hard drive and 8 GB of RAM.
I currently have a 16 GB iPhone 4S, a 32 GB iPad 2 Wifi Model, a third-generation Apple TV, a 8 GB fourth-generation iPod Touch, a fourth-generation iPod shuffle, a seventh-generation iPod Nano, and a (rare!) @mac.com email address.

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September 21, 2014

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New in iOS 8 you are able to create a Medical ID in the Health App. Even though the rest of the Health app is down, the Medical ID is fully functioning. The Medical ID is important because in case of an emergency, medical responders can look at your phone and know any allergies or medical conditions you have and know who to contact for you without unlocking your phone. To continue to make a Medical ID, press the word Create Medical ID in red.

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September 19, 2014

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Before Family Sharing, there was Home Sharing, which allowed you to share apps and media with your family by having an Apple ID that contained the purchases to be used on up to five computers and an unlimited number of iOS devices. For your family to make purchases with that Apple ID, they either know the password to that Apple ID (which also means they can access your passwords, credit card information, documents), or they have to go to the account holder every time they want to purchase an app or music.

Now with iOS 8 there is Family Sharing and it does not require sharing an Apple ID. Instead your family of five (six including yourself) each have their own Apple ID with the same credit card and can download apps and iTunes. Your family does have to have their Apple ID based in the same country. Also, parents can approve their kids’ purchases right from their device. Besides managing the App Store and iTunes purchases, Family Sharing can help you track where your children are using Find My Friends and can help find their lost devices using Find my iPhone.

Family Sharing also allows you to easily create a shared family calendar and shared family reminder list that anyone in the family can view and edit. It also creates a shared family photo album. In this how to, I will discuss how to set up Family Sharing and how to use it.

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September 17, 2014

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With iOS 8 launching later today, it’s worth taking a look at how you should prepare your device for the new operating system. Before installing the update, it is recommended that you have a backup of your data. This how-to is going to walk you through backing up your iOS 7 device and transitioning it over to iOS 8:

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August 31, 2014

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A couple of months ago, we covered the launch of Ringly, a high-tech smart ring that can notify users of incoming messages, notifications, and phone calls. Their pre-order sales campaign has been extremely successful. They exceeded their $60,000 goal within eight hours of launching and reached over $100,000 in sales in under 24 hours.

Through the Ringly app, which will support iOS and Android, you can customize the light and vibration patterns for different kinds of notifications. The ring can notify you when you receive a text, phone call, calendar alert, or email, as well as when you leave your phone behind. It also supports third-party notification from Airbnb, eBay, Facebook, Gilt, Hinge, Instagram, LinkedIn, Lyft, Pinterest, Poshmark, Skype, Snapchat, Tinder, Tumblr, Twitter, Uber, Vine, WhatsApp, and Words with Friends.

The fall launch collection rings are made of 18K heavy gold plating are still available in black onyx, pink sapphire and rainbow moonstone for $145 at the early-bird pricing. After September 1st they will be $195.

 

Ringly Launch Collection

Today Ringly is launching a new limited-edition winter style ring, Dive Bar. It differs in style from the initial rings that were launched by being a bit edgier and more modern in design. It is now available for pre-order for $195 and will ship in Winter 2014/2015. One of our lucky readers will be able to win one of the Dive Bar rings. To enter in the giveaway, leave a comment in the post and include your ring size. Winner will be announced next week.

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August 26, 2014

August 21, 2014

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New startup Q Designs seeks to help solve a problem that many people have: we sometimes need to power our mobile electronic devices, but we don’t want to carry external battery packs or bulky charging cases. Q Designs’ solution, the QBracelet, looks like an ordinary bracelet, but it is actually a high-tech charger that can juice up your electronic device discreetly.

The QBracelet will work with iOS and Android devices at launch. No cord is needed, since inside the bracelet’s clasp there is a lightning adapter for Apple products and a micro-USB port for Android devices.

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July 19, 2014

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New startup Ringly seeks to help solve a problem that many busy women have: missing important phone calls, texts or notifications because they cannot hear their phone go off in their purse, or find the phone quickly enough to get to it. Personally, I’ve run into this problem several times.

Ringly’s solution looks like an ordinary fashionable ring, but is actually a high-tech smart ring that can notify users of incoming messages, notifications, phone calls, and more.

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May 24, 2014

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In the latest Captain America movie, Captain America: The Winter Solider, Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) end up taking a trip to the Apple Store. An eager Apple Specialist (D.C Pierson) does try to approach and engage the super heroes who end up covering their real agenda by pretending to be looking up information about their honey moon in New Jersey.

Based on the background on the MacBook and window display of the iPhone 5, this was filmed in an Apple store in the Fall of 2012.

March 29, 2014

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With the highly anticipated update to Mavericks 10.9.2, users gained the ability to block contacts in FaceTime and iMessage. This has been a long-awaited addition, since iOS 7 received this feature five months ago. If you previously blocked people in iOS 7, the block list syncs over from your iOS devices to your Mac through iCloud. Make sure Documents and Data is turned on in order for that to occur.

Now with Mavericks, you are able to block certain phone numbers from iMessaging or FaceTiming you without needing to get up and grab your iOS device…

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February 23, 2014

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Screenshot 2014-02-13 17.29.57iOS devices are built with all users in mind: they come with several accessibility features for low-vision or legally blind users, hard-of-hearing or deaf users, individuals who have physical and motor difficulties, and individuals with learning
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In this accessibility segment, we will be discussing how to use and customize subtitles and captioning.

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