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  • April 4, 2019

    Apple News+ Review

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  • Everyone has a friend that is a self-professed tech-friend. They will stand in line for hours to get the newest flagship phone. They will scour the internet for news and rumors to get all the details they need on upcoming releases. Their social media feeds are filled with unboxing videos, reviews and recommendations of the hottest gadgets. They are undeniably obsessed. The one problem that comes with getting a gift for a tech-fiend is that your options are usually pricey. You can’t exactly dish out hundreds of dollars for a single birthday present — especially if there’s a chance that they already bought it for themselves! Here are some ideas for gadgets and gizmos that will be perfect for your friend and your budget. For the Forgetful Friend: As much as your friend loves the newest gadgets, they always seem to be losing them. You’ve watched them tear apart their living room in search of their headphones and desperately dig into their bag to find their portable console. A great gift for your scatterbrained companion is a Tile tracker device to help them find any precious items they’ve misplaced around the house or lost outside of it. All they have to do is place the device on a key ring or attach it to the back of any tech, then download the free app. The Tile piece will ring if they’re in range, so they can locate their remote or Nintendo Switch stuck in between the couch cushions. If they really lose their expensive item, the Tile app will show where it’s located on a map, for a quick and easy recovery. For the Style Icon: Sometimes tech can look strikingly similar. All the sleek designs seem to focus on shades of silver or black. While these shades are classics...
  • Stanford Medicine today reported results of the Apple Heart Study app at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session and Expo. The Apple Heart Study app was released in November of 2017. The study lasted eight months and included 400,000 participants from all 50 states. Apple and Stanford joint study was to evaluate the use of Apple Watch’s irregular rhythm notification. The Apple Watch checks the wearer’s heart rhythm in the background periodically can send notifications if an irregular heart rhythm or atrial fibrillation (AFib) appear at any time. As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm was identified, participants received a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a telehealth consultation with a doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring. The study showed 0.5 percent of the over 400,000 participants received an irregular heart rhythm notification those who sought medical advice following their irregular rhythm notification, used the information collected to have a more in-depth discussion with their doctors. Apple’s COO Jeff Williams said “We are proud to work with Stanford Medicine as they conduct this important research and look forward to learning more about the impact of Apple Watch alongside the medical community,” going on to say “We hope consumers will continue to gain useful and actionable information about their heart health through Apple Watch.” Sumbul Desai, MD, Apple’s vice president of Health said “As physicians, we are always trying to find ways to offer patients health information that is meaningful to them for individualized care” going on to say “Seeing medical research reflect what we’re hearing from consumers is positive and we’re excited to see Apple Watch helping even more consumers in the future while collaborating with the medical community to further research.” This is a huge win for Apple as this...
  • February 23, 2019

    Apple TV (4th generation) Review

    I recently purchased an Apple TV 4 and its been a great device so far for me as a cord cutter and movie watcher. I did not purchase the Apple TV 4K because I don’t have a 4k TV and not much content is in 4K at the current moment. I have my Xbox in the living room so I could always use that device in the future for 4K content. I must first say I have a Chromecast, Xbox, Mibox (Android TV) and a Roku. None of these devices video quality is as good as Apple TV I am not sure why but the movies I get off of iTunes just look amazing compared to the videos I watch on Play Store or off Microsoft Store. I really like the interface it reminds me of iOS and has support for almost every app I have looked for and wanted to use on the Apple TV. I love the Apple Music integration its works great and seamlessly but that is to be expected on Apple TV since its Apples platform. Even on Android TV, the integration with Google Music and YouTube Music is amazing. I would expect that tight integration from a company making the apps for their own platform. Just like everything Apple does the design and hardware quality is great and the device works on both WiFi and Ethernet. The remote feels very high quality and well made looking similar to an iPod Nano. I like how you charge the remote and don’t have to buy batteries for it that makes me very happy as I like rechargeable devices as they save money and the environment. Just like everything Apple, TVos includes Spotlight, Siri, App Store, Apple Music, Podcast App, and other Apple apps just like iOS and...
  • February 18, 2019

    How To Speed Up Your Mac

    Having a brand new Mac device on hand is such an awesome feeling. It’s because you get to experience its awesome performance at its high speed. So, browsing using your Mac is a great experience. However, your Mac starts to run slow for the longest time that you have been using it. This happens on your Mac because of all the files, documents, photos, videos, downloads, and more that is pilling up in your Mac’s system. All these things do not only make your Mac slow but are also take up a lot of your storage space. So, with all that being said, here are some tips on how you can speed up the performance of your Mac. The tips that we are going to mention here will not actually require you to spend more time. It can help your Mac to improve its speed performance in no time. So here are some tips for you. Tip #1: Look for the Resources That Takes More Power on Mac There are some applications that you have on your Mac that is actually taking up a lot of power from your device. And because of these applications, it can cause your Mac to slow down on its performance. So, for you to be able to find these apps that taking over your Mac, all you need to do is to access your Activity Monitor. The Activity Monitor tool that you have on your Mac will give you details about your device. This includes your CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk, and your Network usage. Once that you are experiencing that your Mac is running slow, you can go ahead and check straight on your CPU tab. This way, you will be able to see which processes actually have a great effect on your Mac....
  • February 9, 2019

    Best Ways To Use iPad in The Kitchen

    Tech-savvy cooks are using iPads as a handy helper in the kitchen. Whether it is to follow a cooking video, to look up a recipe or simply to watch TV series, the usage of iPads in the kitchen is increasing drastically. iPads help save your kitchen counter space by replacing all your cooking tomes. There are cookbook apps that help you in organizing your recipes and generates shopping lists automatically. There are many other ways iPads can be used in the kitchen? Read more to find out. Measure Ingredients With A Connected Scale  The Drop Connected Scale is the coolest accessory for your kitchen. If you are looking for an accessory that can make measuring ingredients easier for you, then Drop is your efficient helper, your kitchen assistant. Drop helps you make quality food at home by connecting the recipes you love with the appliances in the kitchen/  Drop is two things: Drop Scale and a Drop App. The scale measures the ingredients and sends the information to the iPad, whereas the app offers a wealth of interactive recipes that you can customize based on the number of people to serve. The App and the scale together help you cook dinner without anything getting in your way. Drop keeps track of everything – correct time and temperature. When you are adding ingredients to the bowl, Drop analyzes the difference in the bowl weight, prior and post to adding the ingredient, so it accurately alerts you when you’ve added ample quantity of that ingredient. Avoid Spills With an iPad Kitchen Stand While the scale is the coolest accessory for your kitchen, but to enhance your iPad use in the kitchen, a kiosk is the most useful overall thing. Ipad Kiosks are available as counter mounds and wall mounts for the kitchen....
  • February 9, 2019

    5 Steps to Increase Your Mac’s Security

    Apple MacOS has always been a very secure operating system at least when compared to its biggest competitor Windows. However times are changing and with the Mac now controlling about 10% of market share, the Mac OS has been getting a lot of attention from cyber crooks in recent years. Moreover, crooks are designing more sophisticated phishing scams and platform agnostic threats. As such, Mac users have never been at greater risk when taking their devices into the internet. Data can be lost in a variety of ways which makes the need to enhance your Mac’s security as important as ever. There is not only the risk of losing files when your computer crashes but there is the risk that you can get all kinds of viruses and malware when exchanging files with others or downloading from the Internet. The following are the five most important steps to take to increase your Mac’s security. Enable your Mac’s Security Features The Mac has some of the best security features any computer user could ever wish for. The only problem is that when you buy your machine, these features are usually not enabled by default. Enable the following features to harden your OS’s security: – Set up a System Password and Disable Automatic Login There’s nothing more annoying than having to enter your password every time you turn on the computer, but not having a password is like leaving your front door wide open. Thankfully you can enable system password and disable automatic login with one click of a password, which will make it harder for the hacker to get your data in case your Mac gets into the wrong hands. – Enable FileVault Encryption The hard drive on a Mac can be easily plugged into another computer using a SATA/IDE to...
  • February 5, 2019

    Apple Watch Heart Health Events

    February is American Heart Month and Apple is using their Apple Watch to get in on the fun. Apple will be offering Activity Challenges and heart health events at Apple Stores located in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York to educate consumers on their heart health and encourage them to get active and live a healthier life. Anyone who closes their Exercise Ring seven days in a row from February 8-14 will earn a special badge and stickers for Messages on Valentine’s Day. Sumbul Desai, MD, Apple’s vice president of Health said today in a blog post on Apples.com “Cardiovascular disease takes many forms and some are fully preventable through lifestyle changes like increased physical activity and better nutrition. It’s always great to see patients make those positive changes, especially with the help of Apple Watch,” he went on to say “Other conditions are more challenging to pinpoint like Afib and this is where we hope to help people access and understand information about their heart health through our irregular rhythm notification and ECG app.” Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of fitness for health technologies. said “Apple Watch users have told us since the beginning it has motivated them with everything from Activity Sharing to Challenges to all of the different workouts available all right from the wrist,” he went on to say “We hope this Activity Challenge and these conversations about heart health will motivate more customers to make regular physical activity a part of their lives.” Attendees will hear a discussion about heart health and participate in a new Health & Fitness Walk with Jeanette Jenkins. Dates are as follows San Francisco: Apple Union Square, February 11, 2019, 6 p.m.: Dr. Sumbul Desai, Jeanette Jenkins, Julz Arney New York: Apple Williamsburg, February 21, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: Dr. Sumbul Desai, Jeanette...
  • WhatsApp can definitely be regarded as one of the most famous messaging or chatting apps today throughout the world. However, it can also prove to be a real pain if you wish to convert from iPhone to Android, all the while preserving your all-important conversations, videos as well as photos intact. It is a known fact that the operating systems of both an iPhone and an Android phone have a provision of backing up your chats right from within WhatsApp. Yet, it is not a cake walk to transfer all these files between Android and iOS easily. A WhatsApp transfer between iPhone and Android usually entails getting help from third-party software. We introduce the iSkysoft Toolbox that can help you transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android in a hassle-free manner! Features of the iSkysoft Toolbox An iSkysoft Toolbox is a one-of-a-kind software that makes it super easy to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android. It is an extremely safe and reliable tool using which, you can perform a variety of tasks such as WhatsApp transfer, back up WhatsApp messages and chats on your iPhone or iPad and restore your WhatsApp messages to iOS or Android. iSkysoft Toolbox makes it a piece of cake to now shift from your iPhone to an Android phone and takes away all the headache that usually comes with this transfer. The best thing is that this software is compatible across a huge range of devices and operating systems. Therefore, you can easily download it and reap all its benefits without having to struggle with the process of WhatsApp transfer. Let us now check out how it works! How Does It Work? If you are tired of going through the motions and have tried almost all the tools and software online to make this...
  • January 30, 2019

    Apple Earnings Fall Flat As Expected

    Apple released their earnings report and while the company did not do the stellar numbers they always do the numbers are still impressive to say the least. Apple CEO Tim Cook stated in the earnings report “While it was disappointing to miss our revenue guidance, we manage Apple for the long term, and this quarter’s results demonstrate that the underlying strength of our business runs deep and wide, Our active installed base of devices reached an all-time high of 1.4 billion in the first quarter, growing in each of our geographic segments. That’s a great testament to the satisfaction and loyalty of our customers, and it’s driving our Services business to new records thanks to our large and fast-growing ecosystem.” As expected iPhone revenue declined by 15 percent from the prior year to me this big because this is the holiday quarter meaning fewer people wanted a new iPhone for the holidays but it is important to point out this is an iPhone S year. Total revenue from all other products and services grew 19 percent and services revenue reached an all-time high of $10.9 billion, up 19 percent over the prior year. Apple Music has been growing by leaps and bounds. This year Apple partnered with carriers and other companies like Amazon to bring Apple music to the world. This number does not surprise me Apple is heading in the right direction. Revenue from the Mac, iWatch, AirPods, HomePod, and Accessories also reached all-time highs, growing 9 percent and 33 percent, respectively, and revenue from iPad® grew 17 percent. I would like to point out here that Apple did up their prices on all hardware that might be a reason for this growth. But I will say I see a lot of people with Apple Watches as well. A...