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Two new reports out of Asia this morning purport to shed light on improvements coming to Apple’s next-generation Apple Watch and the iPhone 6S.

According to a report out of Korea (via Naver/Digital Daily), Apple has decided to source flexible OLED screens for the Apple Watch 2 from both Samsung and LG, prioritizing improved outdoor visibility rather than changing the screen size, shape, or resolution. Outdoor screen visibility is a particular issue for the more reflective, sapphire-faced Apple Watch and Edition, which noticeably reduce the underlying screen’s apparent brightness compared with the glass-faced Apple Watch Sport. The report also claims Apple is more concerned about thinning components than reducing weight, in order to make room for a larger battery.

A second and more questionable report out of Taiwan, allegedly posted to microblogging site Weibo by a Foxconn employee before being pulled and recirculated by PhoneArena, claims to offer a series of additional details regarding the upcoming iPhone 6S. As detailed below, a new pink color, higher-resolution cameras with Force Touch simultaneous video/photo modes, and a faster Touch ID fingerprint scanner are all said to be on tap…

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May 10

USB hubs are often hard to tell apart from one another: the Moshi iLynx 3 I reviewed here in February was the rare hub that actually matched the silver metal and black plastic look of the Macs it was designed to be used with. After an extended post-announcement delay, long-time Mac accessory maker Mobee Technology has finally released an alternative that uses two cool tricks to stand apart from all of its rivals: the Magic Hub ($50).

Five inches tall, 2.6″ wide and around 2″ thick, the Magic Hub is the first USB hub designed such that its physical characteristics are all but irrelevant. Mobee’s concept is to completely hide the Hub behind your iMac, filling the hole Apple left in the iMac’s stand using a screw-on clamp and a pass-through wall power port. Rather than requiring its own wall outlet for power, it hijacks the iMac’s power cable and passes power through both itself and your computer, powering four USB 3.0 ports in the process. If that sounds cool, read on…
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April 21

Following months of rumors, Adobe is today announcing Photoshop Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC, the latest versions of its popular photo editing and organization software. Sharing the same code, design, and much of the same functionality, the two Lightroom releases are separated into purchasable (Lightroom 6) or subscription (Lightroom CC) versions, only the latter of which can sync with Adobe’s mobile applications. Apple notably recommended Lightroom as a replacement for its recently-discontinued Aperture professional photo application, and worked with Adobe to build an Aperture library importing tool to aid users during the transition.

Lightroom manages large photo libraries, while offering photographers powerful tools for RAW and JPEG image adjustment. Now solely a 64-bit application, Lightroom 6/CC promises huge speed improvements when applying prior effects to images, as well as newly added tools and brushes. As shown in the embedded video, facial recognition has been added, enabling functionality similar to Apple’s Faces feature from Aperture and iPhoto. A new HDR (high dynamic range) tool uses two images to create a composite photo with more vivid colors and detail, while brushes such as radial and graduated filters have been added. The app has also gained new slideshow options, automatic panorama stitching, video slide shows, and many other features.

Photoshop Lightroom CC can be downloaded now as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography subscription service for $9.99 per month; a prepaid year of CC Photography access is normally $119.88, and currently on sale at B&H Photo Video for $99.88. Photoshop Lightroom 6 can be ordered for $149 as a standalone download. Adobe has also released version 1.4 updates to its mobile apps Lightroom for iPad and Lightroom for iPhone with support for Lightroom CC, improved cropping, and TIFF file support. Both iOS apps are now available for free from the App Store, but require Creative Cloud subscriptions.

April 16

Up until now, Bluetooth wireless audio was purely optional for Apple’s devices: every iPad, iPhone, and iPod has shipped with a 3.5mm audio port to connect with wired earbuds and headphones. The Apple Watch is different: it’s Apple’s first fully wireless device, with no user-accessible ports to connect accessories, even though it can work as a standalone music player during workouts. The lack of a headphone port is actually a positive, since tethering your wrist to your head with a cable would look silly, and isn’t ergonomically ideal. Thankfully, Bluetooth headphones have come a long way over the past few years, shrinking from gangly and boxy earmuffs into earphones comfortable enough to exercise with.

Since one of the Apple Watch’s major selling points is fitness functionality, this quick guide to the best Apple Watch headphones and earphones focuses mostly on accessories that can work anywhere, rather than options you can’t wear while exercising. But I’ll include some larger options, too, just in case you’re picking a pair for non-athletic use, or to share with your iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Mac…

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April 10

Now that the Apple Watch is officially in the wild, it’s clear that stands and docks make sense for two reasons: they keep metal and metal-accented bands from getting scuffed up, and guarantee a stable charging connection all night long. Some stands also serve as beautiful displays for your Watch, as well. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the best Apple Watch stands and docks to help you choose one that’s great for your needs. Every solution relies upon the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable includes in each Apple Watch box, so what you’re getting is a stand with the ability to manage the Watch and charger.

Inside, I’ll show you a large collection of stands that range in price from $20 to $135, with considerably different levels of sophistication. Some are just basic plastic holders for Apple’s charger, while others have really nice designs made from metal, leather, and wood. Updated with new Apple Watch options on August 8, 2015!

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March 26

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As I noted in Part 1 of How-To: Decode Apple’s Tech Specs pages before buying a new Mac, Apple has designed the Mac purchasing process to be easy: pick a model, pick the good, better, or best configuration, hand over your cash, and enjoy your computer. Since most people get confused by tech specs — bullet points filled with numbers and acronyms — Apple downplays them in its marketing materials, leaving customers to sort through the details and figure out what most of them mean.

But these specs are really important when you’re shopping for the right Mac for your current and future needs. So I’ve created this How-To guide to walk you through each of Apple’s Tech Specs pages using clear explanations, hopefully enabling you to properly understand what you’re about to buy. Part 1 focused on the “big 5″ Mac specs you really need to know about, and this Part 2 looks at the rest — generally things that remain the same in a given model, regardless of the configuration you choose…

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March 17

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Apple today released a trio of OS X security updates for the Safari web browser, labeled 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4 for OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion, respectively. The updates revolve around fixes for WebKit:

Impact:  Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an
unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
Description:  Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit.
These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

Impact:  Inconsistent user interface may prevent users from
discerning a phishing attack
Description:  A user interface inconsistency existed in Safari that
allowed an attacker to misrepresent the URL. This issue was addressed
through improved user interface consistency checks.

The updates are available from the Mac App Store’s Software Update tab. An update is not yet available for OS X 10.10.3, which includes Safari version 8.0.5.

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The newly launched iphone 6 has been a long awaited and one of the most desired phones of the year. The new iPhone 6 is turning up as a device to get in love with. When it comes to a new launch, Apple has again surprised people with goose bumps and successfully turned the tables. The new iPhone 6 is the topic where mesmerizing experience starts from the very first look to all the way to its performance. iPhone 6 has become the most searched gadget on Google 2014. It won’t be wrong to say that people went insane for owning the iPhone 6. The waiting in long queues in front of the stores after months of pre-ordering, is justified by the arrival of whole new experience. The iPhone 5 and 5s users are wondering the worth to upgrade to the new iPhone 6. When it comes to new features integration, Apple shows up very well with a pretty impressive work on the long enough list.

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 Display –The first look of the iPhone 6 says all about “The Change”. Apple has now finally movedfrom its small screen customs to bigger screen phones. The screen size of iPhone 6 is stretched from 4 inch to 4.7 inch. Now the resolution of iPhone is 1334*760 pxwith 326 PPI density. Where as the iPhone 5s has resolution of 1136*640 px with a much small screen of 4inch.

iPhone 5s is slim with 7.6mm but the Apple has pretty well managed to make the new iPhone 6 much slimmer to 6.9mm. The placement of physical buttons are also re-positioned (lock button) from top to right side; and the edges are also curved.

Reachability – iPhone 5s hasaddicted userswith the comfortably operable iPhone 5s average sized screenbut a thing to be thought will be for accomplishing the same comfort after migrating the user to the BIG screen phone.With increasing the screen size, Apple has made a remarkable move with integrating a new feature for single-handed use. Reachability is a new astonishing aspect to empower the users of the iPhone 6. Users just need to double tap on home button, and with a blink of an eye the whole screen is shifted downwards for easy access to the options that were showing at the top of the screen. Despite of the 4.7-inch screen of iPhone 6, the glamorous feature has made the access and use very smooth and reachable. That is one wonderful thing to be thought of and Apple has done justice with it.

NFC –Apple pay is here. Although previous versions including iPhone 5s did not had any NFC (Near Field Communication) but it was always on the radar of Apple. Apple has now embedded the NFC chip iniPhone 6 for the users to pay without taking out their wallet and getting the card swiped. The whole process can now be done by just putting the phone in front of the device and then pay by touch ID only. Users have to just enter the credentials of the card and complete the process of using the phone to pay only once. The details of the credit card and credentials are not anywhere saved on the database of Apple, which is a fabulous thing. The security has been the one of the major concerns these days which is made sure to be taken care of in iPhone 6. But the chip is closed for the third party developers since now. According to the resources, Apple is looking forward to expand the use of NFC for public transit tickets, building security and on some other different commercial levels.

Camera – Not a big change has been noticed in the front side and the rare side camera as iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 both have 8 mega-pixels. Apple has though made some changes and tweaks in iPhone 6. Now the iPhone 5s users can enjoy a lot more features by upgrading to iPhone 6 integrated inside the camera of iPhone 6.

Autofocus of the phone is re-touched with the new “Focus Pixels”.  Autofocus of iPhone 5s was great but now it is twice as fast as the previous one. One can easily autofocus and that too very quickly. The rear camera is one that does “Digital Image stabilization”, which means that the photos will be much clear and crispier. One of the really awesome things about the rear camera is the slow motion video capturing at 240 FPS that is a fantastically sharp experience. The front camera is also of the aperture f/2.2 as of the rear camera. Now the front camera can capture much better photos in low light as well as offers a burst mode too.

Processor and Wi-Fi – Peeking inside, iPhone 5s posses the A7 processor where as in iPhone 6Apple has introduced the new A8 processor which 13% small in size than the previous processor A7. And additionally is designed to be 50 percent more efficient. The new processor is tremendously fast.

The A8 processor is accompanied by M8 co-processor, which tracks the user’s activity such as walking, cycling, running for the records and use of health kit.

Speed is not only limited to the processor as the WIFI 802.11 ac is 3 times faster. 4G LTE is supported by both iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 but the iPhone 6 has now an extra support on 20 LTE, which makes iPhone 6 a better option in performance terms as well.

Battery – Apple has broken the myth of more battery consumption by a big screen phone that drains by lunchtime and prompts to charge. Talk time of iPhone 5s is 10 hours and Internet surfing is 8 hours. Although iPhone 6 is a BIG screen phone but the battery life as claimed by Apple for iPhone 6 for talk time has improved from 10 hours to 14 hours. Adding on, Internet use has increased10 hours from 8 hours.

Apple has now moved to the large screen segment and justified the new look as being elegant that makes it standout. Not just the looks, but also its inside is built strong and proficient for the flawless performance. Apple iPhone 6 is a good option for those who want a bigger and better iPhone in terms of performance, looks, and some big and small tweaks.

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November 5, 2014

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The latest evidence of the continued trend away from music downloads toward streaming services was provided by Kobalt, a company that collects music royalties on behalf of thousands of artists, reports TechCrunch. Income from Spotify overtook that from iTunes for the first time in Q1 of this year, putting Spotify 13% ahead of iTunes.

While Kobalt operates only in Europe, there is no reason to believe that the trend would be different in the U.S. …  expand full story

October 28, 2014

Following an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook last night at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJD Live conference, today videos of the event have made their way online. Cook talked about a number of subjects during the interview including the upcoming Apple Watch, stats related to the Apple Pay launch, why the iPod Classic was recently discontinued, and talks regarding a possible partnership with Alibaba.

A video of the full interview isn’t yet available, but WSJ has posted the clips above and below showing Cook’s take many of the topics noted above.

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Apple’s annual report, filed today, confirmed the obvious: music sales through its iTunes Store have declined. The company did not give a figure, noting only that the drop was more than compensated for by growth in app sales, but a recent WSJ report put the decline as high as 14%.

Growth in net sales from the iTunes Store was driven by increases in revenue from app sales reflecting continued growth in the installed base of iOS devices and the expanded offerings of iOS Apps and related in-App purchases. This was partially offset by a decline in sales of digital music.

The fall in music downloads was of course the primary motivation behind the company’s largest acquisition, the purchase of Beats, as it moves towards a full music streaming service of its own. Apple is expected to rebrand Beats Music as an Apple product, with a rumored launch in February of next year …  expand full story

October 27, 2014

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With Apple Watch official and expected early next year, it’s likely too little, too late for Fitbit, but the company is finally moving beyond simple fitness bands to a fully-featured smartwatch in the form of the $250 Fitbit Surge.

The Surge is the company’s first device to display text messages on-screen, as well as the ability to control music on your iPhone. The move may explain rumored Apple plans to remove Fitbit from its stores (something which hasn’t yet happened), though these may also reflect the lack of Health app integration …  expand full story

October 16, 2014

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If you have an iPad you may be considering selling it if you want to upgrade to the new iPads which we now know will be announced on October 16th. You may be wondering when you should start looking into selling your old iPad to help offset the cost of buying the latest and greatest from Apple. Device values drop over time but you have options to help you make the best decision when selling your iPad. The list that follows will help you find the best place to sell your iPad (iPad Air prices are shown).

Sell Your iPad with eBay or Craigslist

eBay:

Payout Amount: $345 – $540 (asking prices)

Payment Options: PayPal, Check, Money Order, and others

Fastest Payment Option: PayPal or other Electronic Payment Options (Once Buyer Pays)

Price Lock: Not Offered

Reasons to Use: eBay will net you more money than most other options but requires the most work. You must have an eBay account and hope to have feedback to help entice buyers to purchase from you. In addition to that, you must arrange and pay for shipping with the money you receive from the sale. If using PayPal you will need an account with them as well. eBay charges a listing fee as well as a final value fee which equal to about 10% of the sale price. If you are being paid through PayPal, there will be fees taken out from that as well. You also may need to wait 21 days to receive your funds from your PayPal account if you are a newer seller.

Craigslist:

Payout Amount: $409 – $675 (asking prices)

Payment Options: Cash, Check, Money Order

Fastest Payment Option: Cash, Check, Money Order (Once Buyer Pays)

Price Lock: Not Offered

Reasons to Use: Craigslist will give you the best opportunity to make the most cash and get it in your hand quicker than eBay, all with no fees. Be advised that you must list the item and describe it, as well as arrange a meeting with the buyer to sell it. You will have to deal with many emails from people asking different questions and at times will ask you to adjust your price. When it comes time to actually meet the buyer, be sure to meet in a safe place like a coffee shop or bank to lower your chances of being scammed.

Trade-In Your iPad/ Buyback Options

UpgradeSwap:

Payout Amount: $230 – $380

Payment Options: PayPal, Check

Fastest Payment Option: PayPal (Same Day)

Price Lock: January 1, 2015

Reasons to use: UpgradeSwap pays out high prices and offers features that no other company has. One option is their 2015 Price-Lock Guarantee for payment by check. This is the industry’s longest price-lock and can help make those upgrading feel at ease when the time comes to send in their device. Another unique feature is their same-day payment option. They will pay you the same day you list your device if all requirements are met. The same-day payment option doesn’t have a price-lock guarantee so you won’t be able to take advantage of that. A free shipping box and return label are included with every order placed. Lastly, UpgradeSwap is throwing in a $25 Amazon Gift Card with each iPad sold using the check option.

Gazelle:

Payout Amount: $230 – $335

Payment Options: PayPal, Check, Amazon Gift Card

Fastest Payment Option: PayPal / Amazon Gift Card (Approximately 7 Days)

Price Lock: December 31, 2014

Reasons to use: Gazelle is probably the most popular buyback company. Gazelle makes it simple to sell your device and will give you a quote quickly just like the other buyback sites. Gazelle is offering an December 31st Price-Lock Guarantee. You can choose multiple payment options but if you choose PayPal, remember fees will be involved. A free shipping box and return label is included. Gazelle is also offering a $20 credit for all iPads sold.

uSell:

Payout Amount: $232 – $340

Payment Options: PayPal, Check

Fastest Payment Option: PayPal (Approximately 7 Days)

Price Lock: Varies by Seller

Reasons to use: uSell has also been in business for some time. uSell takes an approach which involves comparing different buyback companies to give you a list to choose from when wanting to sell your device. You can choose to get paid by PayPal or check. PayPal fees will be involved if you choose that payment method. A free shipping box and return label is included.

Nextworth:

Payout Amount: $230 – $385

Payment Options: PayPal, Check, or Target Gift Card

Fastest Payment Option: Target Gift Card (Same Day In Store)

Price Lock: 30 Days

Reasons to use: Nextworth has been a big player in the recommerce space for many years and offers a quick way to sell your device. Quotes are valid for 30 days and free shipping and insurance is always included. Target has partnered with Nextworth so you can go into a store and trade-in your device on the spot for a Target gift card. Nextworth is offering a $10 credit for all iPads sold (promo code OCTIPAD10).

No matter what method you use to sell your old iPad, there’s plenty of ways for you to sell it to offset the cost of buying the new iPad. Some options will give you a bigger return but will involve more work on your part while others make it fast and easy if that’s what you prefer. As always there are choices, that’s what makes it nice.

September 6, 2014

Nova wireless flash for iPhone

We first told you about the Nova wireless flash for iPhone last fall when it was merely an idea on Kickstarter having just collected enough funding to ship. The campaign successfully raised over $85,000 and the wireless flash for iPhone is now available for purchase with an iOS app available on the App Store. I recently had the chance to test out the Nova wireless flash for iPhone, and below I’ll share a few insights from my experience.

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August 20, 2014

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Hi guys,
my name is Mattia and i’ve decided to send you my new app, FEELINGS. During this time where selfies are the most attractive pics in the world, i’ve developed a new app to “EMOJIFY YOURSELF”. Please take a while to read and see it.
TITLE: FEELINGS
PRICE: FREE (for a limited time)
LINK: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/feelings!/id896732266?mt=8

         

      

DESCRIPTION:

° * ° * Share the excitement of be in front of a breathtaking sight! ° * ° * 

.:*° EMOJIFY YOURSELF °*:. 

With Feelings app takes the shot of the landscape, and you can capture your expression, using the front face camera. 

The two photos are mixed automatically: the real subject of the picture appears in the background, and a smaller image of your emotions will appear in the corner. 

° * ° * Create funny collages with your best selfie and send them to your friends! ° * ° * 

Edit your pictures with amazing filters. Adjust Brightness, Saturation, and much more or set up a special filter to give your pic a unique twist. 

Save and share your photos with your friends! And do not forget to use the #feelings hashtag :) 

With this app you no longer need to add emoji on your photo; now, EMOJIFY YOURSELF! 

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August 19, 2014

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Parallels Desktop has been with the Mac almost as long as it has run on Intel hardware.

Today, the company announced the 10th major release of its industry-leading virtualization software for Macintosh and mobile. It has more of what makes Parallels so special: Performance, integration and features.

Parallels has an important place in Apple history because it allowed many people who needed a few Windows applications over the last decade to buy and enjoy the Mac OS. In effect, it helped deal with Microsoft’s monopoly on software in the desktop era.

For many people that continues today. Microsoft still makes its Office suite a little bit handicapped on the Mac. Gamers know that to get a wider variety of games you need to run Windows. Developers need different environments, browsers and OSes to test their software on. And, probably most painful, many companies still require Windows to run proprietary apps or connect to antiquated network servers.

Speaking of Windows, Microsoft has made it harder for Parallels to integrate the Windows installation so you’ll have to do it yourself from with a Optical media or a USB port.  In v9 of Parallels, you could buy the image from Microsoft and then install from an image in a matter of minutes.

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The new Parallels 10 offers the following performance improvements:

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