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How to Download iOS 8 Without Deleting Anything At All

September 18th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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You were super excited about downloading the latest version of Apple iOS 8 – that is until, you realized that you had to delete a ton of data from your iPhone to make room for the update. It’s not that iOS 8 occupies a ton of storage on your iPhone or iPad (iTunes says the file is about 1.2GB), but rather that the download itself needs up to 5.7GB of free storage to be completed.  (For me this was a welcomed challenge, since I’ve had about 4,500 photos on my phone and needed to purge it immediately.)  But for others, there’s an easier way around the iOS 8 download without deleting any of your photos, music or data at all.
But before you start deleting everything you’ve ever saved, there’s a very easy solution: Sync your iPhone or iPad to the computer and download iOS 8 directly from there. This won’t suck up any space on your device, and you can manually transfer the new software back to your device. Updating via your PC or Mac is more reliable way to upgrade, versus OTA (over-the-air), which is performed directly on the device.

If you’re taking this alternate route, be sure to select “check for update” when the prompt pops up on iTunes — not “restore iPhone.” The latter option will indeed wipe all content from your device.
For those who haven’t downloaded the software yet, we recommend backing up your data via iCloud before you start.  If anything, the 5.7GB requirement to update to iOS 8 is a subtle nudge from Apple that you may need to splurge for the 64GB device next time.  (Smooth move, Apple.  smooth move indeed.)

 

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6 Amazing iPhone 6 Accessories You Can Buy Now

September 16th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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So you’ve pre-ordered your iPhone 6 (or you’re currently camped outside the Apple store) either way, you can’t invest in a new phone without tricking it out with all-new gadgets, now can you?

 

A few of my favorite accessory companies are already jumping on board to create iPhone 6 products. From cases to  wallets I’m downright excited to start dressing up my new (soooo close) iPhone with some of these amazing iPhone 6 accessories below.

 

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Grovemade Cases ($49-$129): If you decide you want to go a more natural route, Grovemade is making leather and wood cases for your new toy. Show off the most of the phone with just a bumper made of maple or walnut.

 

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Case-Mate Wallet Cases ($60): Handcrafted from premium leather, the Wallet Folio for iPhone 6 presents a timeless, sophisticated look. Featuring multiple slots for cards and cash, this contemporary design redefines the boundaries between form and function for the modern commuter.

 

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Otterbox Defender Series Case: The Otterbox can survive even the worst smartphone abuses. Butterfingers everywhere rejoice, they’ve got the iPhone 6 covered!

 

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Case-Mate Karat Cases ($50): Treasure the luster and dazzling display of 24 karat gold. Each iPhone 6 Karat case offers a truly unique design with genuine gold leaf highlights thoughtfully placed to create this translucent and radiant finish.

 

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Zazzle Cases ($40-$57): If it’s just a cute or customizable case you want, Zazzle is ahead of the curve. They’re already offering a variety of stylish options for the iPhone 6 and we’re drooling over several of them.

 

Did you pre-order the iPhone 6 or 6 plus? What iPhone accessory can you not live without?  Share your thoughts below!

{Finally Announced} The Apple Watch Still Won’t Be Available Until 2015

September 9th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Today, Apple unveiled Apple Watch – unfortunately for everyone waiting with baited breath, it won’t be available for purchase until next year.

“Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people’s lives. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made.”

 

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Apple’s newest venture inside the realm of wearables will enable users to communicate right from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone, and with Digital Touch it makes sending personalized drawings, doddles and emojis easier than ever before. With comprehensive health and fitness apps that measure all fitness activity (not just walking or heavy exercising) ultimately helping users lead healthier lives. Apple Watch lets you interact quickly and conveniently using the apps you already know and love.  You can get step, by step directions, pay for coffee using Apple Pay, board a plane with a Passbook or even unlock your Starwoods hotel room door. Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

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Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349. Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running the latest version of iOS 8.

 

 

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What do you think?  Are you willing to wait for your Apple inspired watch or do you think the next best thing is already here?  Share your comments below.

 

 

6 Things You Need To Know About The New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

September 9th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

 

Apple Inc CEO has left the stage and now the details is flying throughout the blogosphere.  The latest generation of iPhones have been unveiled if you’re looking for the must-have features and how they’ll benefit you, look no further than below.

 

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Apple today announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design. The new iPhones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms seamlessly with the shaped glass of the display, resulting in a completely smooth and continuous surface. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use.

 

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Packed with innovative new technologies, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; ultrafast wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger. Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive.

Benefits for you:  No more lag time waiting for messages to load or send.  

 

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Voice Calling Over WiFi

The new iPhones also support high-quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) as well as Wi-Fi calling. With support for up to 20 LTE wireless bands—more than any other smartphone in the world—the new models make it easier to experience high-speed networks around the world. Both iPhones also include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.

Benefits for you:  Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor. 

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The iSight camera gets even better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, making it easier to quickly capture any moment. iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video.

Benefits for you:  Sharper, enriched photos, better face recognition and clearer FaceTime chats. 

 

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, an easy way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps with just the touch of a finger. Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by simply holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID; there is no need to unlock your iPhone or launch an app. With Apple Pay, you can also make one-touch purchases within apps, without having to enter credit card or shipping information. All payment information is kept private, encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Element, a chip inside the new iPhones.

 Benefits for you:  Paying for food, services, tickets with the tap of your iPhone from such retailers as McDonald’s, Macy’s, Whole Foods, Disney World and more!

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iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $399 (US) with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for the 16GB model, $399 (US) for the 64GB model and $499 (US) for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.

 

Now that you know the details, which Apple device are you looking forward to getting your hands on first?  The iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

 

 

iWatch 2014: Apple Announcement With iPhone 6, Smartwatch And What You Need To Know. [LIVE BLOG]

September 9th, 2014 by Christen Rochon


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Today is the day that Apple enthusiasts have been waiting for.  In a matter of moments the smartphone and technology industry will wait for the latest news from Apple that is rumored to include a next generation,  larger screen iPhone, wearable smart watch and possibly more.  Typically Apple hasn’t been all that great surprising fans with the latest advancements (thanks to leaked photographs, patent slip ups and loose journalistic lips spilling the beans well before an Apple executive steps onto the big stage.)  However, could today be the day that we’re all stunned and surprised?

 

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What is it consumers want most from the iPhone 6?  Beyond a larger screen, we polled readers on Facebook as well as gathered some interesting facts online and have listed the top features desired > [We Asked, You Answered:  What You Want From The iPhone 6]

 

So what should you expect coming from the Apple giants?  A new iPhone, iPad Air and iWatch respectively.  According to Time Magazine, all signs point to two new iPhone models, a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version curvaceous designed smartphones.  There will reportedly be a one-handed mode that rejiggers the interface slightly so you can reach everything (Samsung has a similar feature on some of its larger phones).  Alongside the new iPhones, Apple will reportedly be rolling out its followup to the iPad Air. It’s believed to be similar in design to the previous model, with the addition of a faster processor, the iPhone 5s’ fingerprint sensor and a gold color option.  Apple will reportedly be showcasing its long-rumored smartwatch, though it’s believed the device won’t be available for purchase until next year. Features apparently include a curved, rectangular screen made of impact-resistant sapphire crystal, tap-to-pay functionality, 8GB of storage, health-tracking sensors and two screen sizes.

 

 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and friends will unveil Apple’s holiday gadget lineup. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT.

I’ll be keeping you in the loop with live updates from the Apple Special Event in California today.  

[STAY TUNED.]

 

 

 

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iSight Camera – Improved features include 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture. And an all-new sensor.

 

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Voice Over LTE - Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.

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Barometer - The iPhone 6 can judge distance and elevation, so you can get credit for flights of stairs in all those fitness apps

 

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Face Detection in photos

 

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Apple Pay - A groundbreaking NFC antenna. The security of Touch ID. The privacy of the Secure Element. And the convenience of Passbook.

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Full iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Posts Coming Soon…

Meet The World Of Virtual Reality With Galaxy Note 4 And Gear VR

September 4th, 2014 by Christen Rochon
Yesterday Samsung Mobile introduced the next generation in wearable technology, the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, enabling users to fully immerse themselves in a cinematic virtual reality environment. Powered by Oculus technology, the Samsung Gear VR delivers a completely new way to experience and consume mobile content. It continues Samsung’s leadership in the wearable category through innovative technology and compelling design to expand the definition of mobile life.

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The Samsung Gear VR creates an immersive mobile virtual reality experience that the industry has never seen before.

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Getting ready to take on mobile virtual reality with the Gear VR and Note 4

The Samsung Gear VR delivers an unrivaled viewing experience with the 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display of Galaxy Note 4 providing stunning and engaging visuals at a mobile-leading resolution. With the Gear VR Innovator Edition, users can sit in the best seat of a theater, can be on-stage of a performance with full 360 3D video, and can enjoy gaming like it’s never been seen before – inside stunning worlds where imagination becomes reality. Samsung’s industry leading Super AMOLED display technology and cutting-edge Oculus-driven technologies fuse to create an experience that surprises and delights – all on a mobile device.

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Taking a trip and exploring the galaxy with the Gear VR (powered by the Note 4)

 

Built with soft, flexible cushioning and lightweight materials, Samsung Gear VR is comfortable to wear. It is completely wireless, so users can be fully engaged in virtual worlds without being tethered to a computer. With a robust selection of optimized virtual reality content from a wide range of top-tier creators, users will be able to enjoy a wide range of film, gaming, 360 degree video, and educational/experiential content.

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Full Gear VR and Note 4 video coming soon to a reality near you. (No virtual reality necessary.)

The Samsung Gear VR will be available in Frost White through the Samsung online channel and selectively by carriers this fall.

Would You Buy The New Apple iWatch? It Could Cost You A Pretty Penny!

September 2nd, 2014 by Tech Staff

Consumers are becoming anxious, you can now get the latest iPhone for pennies and the rumors on the new iWatch is well on its way to become a hot wearable commodity.  One more rumor for the Apple device pile: Re/code’s sources say the company is planning a $400 starting price for its iWatch.  Consumers might find that hard to swallow. Smartwatches from the competition, Google and Samsung, retail for $200 to $300.

 

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But Apple aiming for premium buyers shouldn’t be much of a surprise, says Digital Trends. It makes sense for the company to shoot for “that same high-end bracket where it has found so much success with its phones, tablets and computers.”  And for some fun perspective, high-end consumer electronics still have nothing on actual high-end watches. Your average Patek Philippe fetches well north of $20,000 at auction.

Anyway, an iWatch would be Apple’s first launch in a new product category since Steve Jobs debuted the iPad in 2010.  Some blogs are floating the suggestion Apple is using that $400 price point to gauge market reaction ahead of time. Or it could be a straight up feint, says SlashGear, “intended to lead to surprise when Apple actually announces a considerably lower price.”

One thing we do know for sure is that’s not exactly Apple’s style, especially for new product categories. The 1st gen iPhone went for $599. The iPad was $499.  Apple is expected to put an end to this speculation with an official announcement during its September 9 event. Industry watchers predict the iWatch — if it exists — will go up for sale sometime in 2015.

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The Mosaic App Will Capture Your Favorite End Of Summer Moments To Share Forever

August 29th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Are you looking forward to capturing amazing moments this holiday weekend?  Why not capture moments to share forever with your personalized Mosaic photo album?

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How does the Mosaic app work? It lets you gather up pictures from a vacation, party, barbecue, or other life event, and easily make a coffee table book of photos at a reasonable price. Once ordered, the finished product arrives in four days.

The app is incredibly easy to use. You simply touch a button that says Create a New Mosaic, then choose your Camera Roll, Photo Stream, or any other shared folder of photos. From there you need to select 20 photos — preferably from an event so all the photos fit a theme. As you select photos, a window opens up on the bottom that shows you your selections. If you would like to reorder the images, just touch and hold them as you would apps on the home screen, then touch and slide each photo into the order you want.

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When you’re finished, the app presents you with a preview of your photo book, with a cut-out front cover that shows your photos in a mosaic on the first page. There’s a shuffle button at the top that will change the position of your selected photos on the mosaic. Using swipe gestures, you can flip through the book to look at each image the way it will show up in your hard copy. You have just one customization option here: you can select a black or white background for your photos.

When you’re satisfied with the photo order and background, you can touch a Place Order button and enter your information, address where you would like the book sent, and payment information. The service costs $20 plus tax and shipping and will arrive in four days. You’ll also receive push notifications for order status changes, such as when it is shipped and out for delivery.

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I was able to order one and I like the end result. The book itself is made of a hard cardboard cover that feels substantial and the end result makes for an excellent gift or addition to your coffee table. Mosaic is a neat idea and I think the service is well worth the $20 for a simple way to make a quick and elegant photo book.  Available for iPhone or Android devices today.  For more information visit heymosaic.com

Is NFC Technology Coming To The iPhone 6 Next Month

August 28th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If you’re an iPhone-only user, then you haven’t experienced the joy and convienece of NFC mobile payment on the go.  (Check out how easy it is to use ISIS Mobile Wallet NFC mobile payment app HERE.)  According to reports everywhere, the latest iPhone device slated for release next month, could bring NFC technology to consumers everywhere.  Don’t know what an NFC iPhone could mean to you?  Discover how NFC technology enabled iPhones could make a huge difference in using smartphones today as we know it below.

 

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Platforms like Google Wallet, Isis, and Square have been around for years, while Apple has remained curiously silent on the mobile payments front. Well not anymore.  The company’s next iPhone will feature its own payment platform, sources familiar with the matter told WIRED. In fact, that platform will be one of the hallmark features of the device when it’s unveiled on September 9. We’re told the solution will involve NFC.

Apple is in the perfect position to launch its own mobile wallet. The Cupertino company has a vast trove of credit cards already on file thanks to iTunes (over 800 million, in fact), and a huge pool of potential users, thanks to the millions of iOS devices out there. And mounting evidence has indicated that the company is investing in such an endeavor.

Regardless of the technology Apple ends up using, if the report is right, the company’s mobile payment platform will make a big splash come September 9th, when Apple will likely introduce the new iPhone or phones.   I love NFC and all but I’m still waiting for my iPhone to have double-duty as a remote control too!  This iPhone 6 better have all the features of the Samsung S5 or else! (LOL)  

 

 Are you looking forward to using NFC technology in your next iPhone?  What features are you hoping the new iPhone 6 will bring to the market?

 

Best Dating Apps To Get You Ready (and Drafted) For Cuffing Season

August 27th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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It’s a little known fact, but “Cuffing Season” is almost here. What is “Cuffing Season” you ask? Everyone knows what cuffing season is (that is, unless you’re apart of the AARP community or married…and even some married people are well aware of the cuffing season to come.)  If you’re in the market and ready to date, then you know cuffing Season is that seasonal time of the year where singles (or newly singles) seek companionship for the cold winter months.  Or according to UrbanDictionary.com cuffing season is defined as…

 

1.  Cuffing Season:  During the Fall and Winter months people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be “Cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.

 

Did you know there’s even a cuffing season schedule?  If you snooze, you loose!  We’re well into pre-draft workouts and you haven’t even prepared yourself yet.  Check out the full “cuffing season” schedule and get yourself prepped to get into the dating game. (check out this funny meme floating around the internet below.)

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So how does one get “cuffed”?  After sharing a comical conversation with my girlfriends, we’ve comprised a list of the best dating apps to get you trained and ready for a season of love below.

 

 

 

Coffee Meets Bagel appCoffee Meets Bagel (Free)

Coffee Meets Bagel takes a different approach to online dating. Instead of offering up a buffet of potential matches, CMB simply offers one person each day. You can either “like” or “ignore”, but if both parties like each other they’re routed to use the IM system within the app, meaning that users can get their chat on and coordinate meeting up for coffee, bagels or more.  Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).

 

Meld Dating AppMELD (Free)

MELD App is a dating mobile app designed exquisitely for the black professional. It aims to connect and to bring together sophisticated single black professionals on one platform for romantic discovery.  MELD is different from other apps because it requires users to sign up via both LinkedIn and Facebook. MELD never shares or posts anything on its users’ profiles. The combination of both LinkedIn and Facebook enhances the quality of profiles and adds an increased layer of trust. MELD is targeting people who are interested in the finer things in life, beyond just hook-ups.  Available on iOS (iTunes store).

 

 

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Tinder is the fun way to connect with new and interesting people around you. Using Facebook profiles, Tinder gathers users’ basic information and analyzes users’ social graph to match potential candidates who are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends and common interests. Based on the results of potential candidates, the app allows the user to anonymously like or pass them by swiping or tapping. If two users like each other then it results in a “match” and Tinder introduces the two users and opens a chat.  Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).

 

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Singles on the POF free online dating app exchange more than 200 million messages a week, that’s more than all other dating apps combined! With over 80 million singles, the POF free online dating app is the world’s largest dating app!  Unlike other paid online dating apps like Match.com and Zoosk, POF will help you find your match for free as part of the world’s largest dating app. Over 60,000 new singles join every day, 3,000,000 dates happen every month and 1,000,000+ relationships happen every year!  Available on iOS (iTunes store) and Android (Google Play).

 

 

Have you friend any of these apps lately?  Are you looking to get cuffed this season?  Share your thoughts (or favorite dating apps) below.

 

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