Do you have a movie currently sitting in iMovie just waiting for additional edits? Just in time for new 4K and 5K iMacs, Apple released a major update of iMovie for OS X that adds 4K video editing, along with a slew of other changes. The iOS version of iMovie got 4K support last month to coincide with the debut of the iPhone 6s. Now that both versions of the movie editing suite support higher res video, you’ll also be able to continue edits on your Mac that you’ve started with your iPhone or iPad.
The updates won’t bring professionals to iMovie anytime soon, but it could encourage regular consumers to explore the wonders of editing (so your family isn’t stuck viewing your 30-minute home movie clips). Additionally, the new iMovie also supports 1080p at 60 frames per second for smoother footage, which is ideal for shooting sports and other action-heavy clips.
How often do you use iMovie to edit your videos? What upgrades would you like to see in iMovie on iOS devices? Share your thoughts below.
Creating a connected home may sound tech intensive, but it’s actually a lot easier than you think. As a girl that has reviewed her fair share of technology, nothing excites me more than discovering tech products that improve the way I live! Installing an in-home camera system revealed my dog’s secret life of lounging in my bed while I was away and thwarted thieving roommates in my NYC apartment. You could imagine how thrilled I was when I received the new Netgear Arlow Smart Home camera set, Netgear Router and Sling TV exclusively from Best Buy for my new home.
The Netgear Arlow Smart Home HD camera set is equipped with 4 indoor/outdoor HD cameras to upgrade your home (or business) security. The motion-activated security cameras enables you to capture 720p video footage both during the day and at night. Plus, set up is easy, wire free and weatherproof for indoor/outdoor temperatures ranging from 14° to 122°. The system comes with 6 magnetic camera mounts and 9 mounting screws, for easy installation on a wall or flat surface. The motion-activated design automatically records motion once detected, sending e-mail or app notifications directly to your Android, Apple iOS smartphone or Amazon Kindle, Windows or Apple tablet.
Paired with Netgear Nighthawk DST Router and DST Adapter you absolutely can’t lose! Best Buy even includes Geek Squad Set Up and Support via phone & web, for one full year. This brand new router (exclusively developed by Netgear and Best Buy), is an easy, all-in-one solution to support their home’s connected devices. There’s nothing worse than a weak WiFi signal at home. If you’re anything like me, you depend on your in-home WiFi to be strong and lightening fast! The average American home has at least 7 WiFi connected gadgets on their home network at any given time. Using smart phones, tablets, laptops, Wi-Fi printers while binge watching your favorite shows on Netflix or Hulu takes a toll on your home network and router. With the Netgear Nighthawk DST Router and DST Adapter, I no longer have to live in fear of experiencing slow Wi-Fi, dropped calls, or “dead zones”. Plus, having Geek Squad one call away is just the assurance I need in case troubleshooting issues arise. (Geek Squad is like your very own IT department ready and waiting to assist with any tech problems or needs.)
Did I mention that this exclusive Best Buy deal even includes one free month of Sling TV? It’s now easier than ever to take your connected home to the next level by taking control of your home entertainment. Cut the cord and get TV on your terms with Sling TV – watch when you want, on the device you want, plus pay for the channels you want at a great price. Personally, I’ve been “cable-free” using Roku for almost a year and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. I can still watch all my favorite shows, anytime I want and I’m saving more money on home entertainment than ever before. Enjoy live TV from many of the most popular channels, including ESPN, AMC, A&E, TNT, HGTV and more — for just $20 per month. Plus, watch the latest episodes of your favorite shows and new movies on demand. You can also get extra entertainment with add-on packages starting at $5 a month, and HBO for an additional $15 per month.
Tis the season for smart home protection and easy to access entertainment. Why not get a jump on creating the connected home of your dreams with Best Buy? Discover the latest in connected home products, accessories and services from BestBuy.com.
Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
There are plenty of upgrades being promoted for the new iPhone 6s. From improved speed everywhere (new processor, faster wireless, quicker Touch ID sensor); better front and rear cameras and a bold new 3D Touch pressure-sensitive display that could end up being a really useful tool in apps down the road, and which already offers new iOS shortcuts. But which updates are really worth taking the time to master and which ones have missed the mark? Still pondering about the new iPhone 6s and if it’s worth the upgrade? Check out a quick review of what I love/hate bout the iPhone 6s below.
What do Live Photos do? Apple’s new camera innovation records a second and a half before, and a second and a half after you snap any shot on your phone, with front or rear cameras. Press down, and I could see the photos become little videos, of sorts. Or animated GIFs with audio. They don’t look like normal videos, exactly: they’re more like time lapses. I love using Live Photos to relive moments that photos can’t completely capture and moments to impressive to ruin it capturing video. Vacation photos thrive with Live Photos.
Front Facing Camera
Long gone are the days where grainy selfies are forced to grace social media avatars. The new iPhone 6s HD FaceTime camera boasts crisp and clear 5-megapixel photos, 720p HD video recording, face dectection and even a “selfie flash” screen illumination for low-light selfies.
3D Touch is the clear innovation that makes the iPhone 6s the best iPhone ever made. But did you know if you use 3D Touch often, it could help you save time and extra steps using the home screen apps you know and love? I love using the 3D Touch shortcut to battle my enraged inbox daily. I can preview emails, save photos, take photos and dive deeper in apps like Google Maps, iPhoto and more from the home screen with just one touch.
You’ve heard the quote that says “There’s nothing constant, except change” right? With the widely upgraded features that the iPhone 6s boasts, there are a few upgrades that definitely missed the mark. Here are a few of the advanced features that are great, but that I also hate to see that missed out on greatness below.
FaceTime & Phone Call Transfer
How often do you answer Facetime calls from your computer and then have to pick up and go? Facetime has been around for a while now and even allows you to answer phone calls from you iPhone on your computer. If you can answer Facetime calls from any device and iPhone calls from any device why shouldn’t you have the ability to transfer the phone and Facetime calls between devices? I know hate is a strong word, but c’mon Apple, if we’re going to upgrade with new features, let’s upgrade them completely so that they’re actually useful!
Live Photos / Video
I love the Live Photos feature, but I hate there’s not an easier way to convert the live photos into video and upload them to social media directly from the phone. Did you know the live photo feature automatically saves the live photo into a 3 second video iPhoto? The only problem is in order upload the video, you have to email the video from a computer and open it on your iPhone 6s. I’m sure it doesn’t automatically save videos to preserve storage space, but having that as an option would be nice.
More Apps Utilized 3D Touch
My plight with Apple is that there’s no clue or hint to which apps work with 3D Touch and which ones don’t. Personally, I wish there were more apps that were 3D Touch capable. Right now, I love using the 3D Touch for live photos, emails and even apps like Instagram, Dropbox and Evernote – but after getting finger cramps from pressing on all my apps – I want more! There’s rumors that a 3D Touch Facebook feature is coming out today and hopefully it (along with other app integrations, will be worth the wait!)
Still not quite sure if you should upgrade to the new iPhone 6s? Discover 6 reasons why you should (or shouldn’t) upgrade to the new iPhone 6s and everything you need to know about the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus here.
Did you pick up the new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus? What are some of your favorite features and some you wish could improve? Share your thoughts below!
Calling all Happy Hour fanatics, TGIT Scandal fans and boozy brunch lovers alike. If you love to get your drink on, Floome – the pocket-sized breathalyzer that connects to your smartphone, could be the best next thing you buy!
I know you love to get your drink on, but I also know that part of being a grown adult is knowing when you’ve had too many glasses of wine, martinis or shots to get behind the wheel. Let’s keep it real, it’s near impossible to make an educated guess about your own sobriety once you’ve got some alcohol in your system, so rather than playing a guessing game and taking a huge risk getting behind the wheel, Italian startup 2045Tech as developed a better solution: a stylish portable breathalyzer called Floome.
The design is super slick, and skillfully straddles the line between minimalism and functionality. Without sharp edges to snag on anything, Floome slides easily in and out of your pocket, and since it plugs into your smartphone it also doesn’t require any batteries or recharging of any kind. 2045Tech also outfitted the device with a removable cap so you can pop it off and wash it every so often to keep it clean, making it a much more hygenic choice than other breathalyzers on the market. And the best part? It all works through your smartphone.
If your blood alcohol level is too high, it’ll give you an estimate on how long it’ll be before you can get behind the wheel and automatically set up a reminder for you to blow again after that period of time passes. Don’t feel like waiting around to sober up? The app can also hook you up with local cab services and food in your area at the touch of a button. And of course, if you feel like sharing just how wasted you got last night, you can also post your breathalyzer results on your social media accounts.
Before you grab your wallet, grab your keys and head out to your next happy hour with your girlfriends, pickup your personal Floome device (you can order it from Amazon Prime) here.
Does your iPhone malfunction, freeze frequently or seem slower now that Apple has released the iPhone 6s. It’s no longer a conspiracy, or well-thought out theory – there’s a scientific reason why your old iPhone zonks out every time a new iPhone is released. Find out the #1 reason why your slow iPhone malfunctions below.
As this chart from Statista shows, every time Apple comes out with a new iPhone, search queries for the term “iPhone slow” peak right around launch time, then decline slowly after that….until the next release.
There’s evidence that new versions of iOS slow older iPhones down, as new features take up more processing power. Don’t fret, it’s no conspiracy, but before you click “update” simply keep in mind you may regret downloading the latest software upgrade.
Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix to repairing slow iPhone other than upgrading to a newer one. Is it possible to create an iPhone that malfunctions a lot less with more use? I’m sure there is – but you don’t think Apple wants you to keep that old iPhone 3s forever do you? They’re in the business of iPhone sales and if Apple can convince you that the latest device will save your patience and is worth the price, well cashing out on the latest device is an option you’re going to have to live with.
Doesn’t it feel like summer vacation fun was just yesterday? Retailers like Kmart are already baiting shoppers for holiday layaway and you know what’s next? Black Friday deals. Personally, I am a serious fan for Black Friday sales and disguised deals by big-boxed stores. But I’m just not ready to start my holiday savings plan just yet. Thankfully, I’ve discovered the ultimate money saving app just in time for holiday shopping – Say hello to Digit!
Digit is a free online app that automates your savings in a way that you won’t realize you’re saving. Digit first links up to your bank account, reviews your payment history and predicts your income and cash flow. After Digit’s system understands how much you spend every day and how you try to manage your money, it calculates all your possible daily savings opportunities. Everyday, Digit takes out small amounts of money (anywhere from $5-$50) that you may not have realized you didn’t need or use. After Digit takes out the dough, it puts that cha-ching into your savings account.
The whole idea behind the Digit money saving app is that you’re saving little by little on the daily without feeling like you’re restricting your normal use of money. So you’re still buying your lunches, groceries and gas, but you’re saving too! Your savings stash goes into your personal FDIC-insured Digit account. Digit doesn’t store your password or go through your savings. The account is entirely yours with no minimums and no fees.
Digit always checks in with you and lets you know how much it’s been able to save for you via regular text messages. But if a particularly rainy day hits, just text the word “Withdraw” and your money will be in your pocket by the next business day. Sounds like we’re all going to need a bigger wallet. Ready to get started? Download the Digit money saving app and instantly earn $5 when you share this money saving app with others HERE. Just think, if you sign up today, you could save at least $500 (or more) just in time for Black Friday sales!
So what are you waiting for? Download the Digit app and begin saving dough for next month’s Black Friday deals today!
Remember a few months ago when the revolutionary Apple iPad Pro and Pencil was revealed? Discover the iPad pro release date and exactly when you can get your hands on the highly anticipated tablet below!
Apple unveiled its long-rumored larger iPad – the iPad Pro – at its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch event. Apple is even offering a stylus for the first time with the iPad Pro — something Steve Jobs famously joked was a sign of failure in both smartphones and tablets a couple years ago.
The iPad Pro is the most advanced and powerful iPad ever made. Its beautiful and large 12.9-inch Retina display has 5.6 million pixels and provides an immersive experience for content and apps. The iPad Pro is far and away the fastest iOS device ever made — its A9X chip beats most portable PCs in both CPU and graphics tasks, but is thin and light enough to hold all day.
Apple announced that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro would go on sale in November but never gave a concrete date. A new report claims it will actually be released in the first week of November, along with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories, which will set you back $99 and $169.
The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi model, while the high-end 128 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular retails for $1,079.
But wait, there’s more…
Our readers enjoyed our latest Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Apple Watch Instagram giveaway so much, that we’re bringing it back again! Want to get your hands on the new iPad Pro before any of your friends? Make sure to follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram and check daily for the announcement for your chance to enter to win!
How would you make the most out of winning a new iPad Pro? Let us know in the comments section below!
3 Cheaper Alternatives To The Hermès Edition Apple Watch (They’re Just As Cute And Cost A Whole Lot Less)October 6th, 2015 by Christen
If you’re a chic geek and style connoisseur, then you’re probably giddy about that Apple Watch Hermès models are now available for purchase. But have you seen that price tag???
Starting at $1,100 for the 42mm single strap option, which is available in black and brown (noir or gauvre), and a red strap (capucine) is available in the 38mm size. The iconic Hermès double strap band costs $1,250 and is available in gray, brown, red or teal. (If you’re really balling – for $1,500 buyers can opt for The Cuff, an extra large leather strap available for the 42mm watch.)
But what if there’s a more stylish and cheaper alternative to rock your techcessary and look fly (not frugal) while doing so? Check out my picks 3 favorite picks to rock the leather strap on your Apple Watch below.
Street chic style wraps its way around your wrist in this genuine leather band for your Apple Watch. Gunmetal dome studs and Rebecca’s signature clasp complete the look. ($100)
Personalize your Apple Watch with this refined strap compared to Apple ones, but at much affordable price. Available in black and red leather, it’s stylish enough to catch the eye of the chicest of geeks but affordable to make any frugalista’s wallet happy. ($14.99)
If you’re looking for soft to the touch leather, this top-grain calfskin band is perfect for anyone with excellent taste. It’s more than a watch strap. It’s a true expression of your personal taste. Available in black, navy blue, pink and light brown suede. ($24.99)
These are just a few alternative options to the expensive Hermès Apple Watch available in stores today. Do you have an Apple Watch? How are you accessorizing your latest tech accessory? Share your favorite Apple Watch accessories below!
You know we at DivasAndDorks.com LOVE a good gadget giveaway! This time, we teamed up with a few other chic geeks for an AMAZING Apple iPhone 6s AND Apple Watch Giveaway! Want to learn more? Well keep reading for details…
Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re hosting a super duper giveaway! Fight Like a Girl and celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness with our Rose Gold Apple Giveaway. You read right, you can enter to win the new smart and stylish Rose Gold Apple Watch sport and iPhone 6s this weekend!
PRIZE DETAILS: (1) 38mm Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport w/ stone band + (1) Rose Gold Apple iPhone 6s (Value: $1,048.00 +tax)
You know there’s a catch, right? You have to be apart of our Instagram community to be eligible to win!
HOW TO ENTER:
FIRST, you must follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram
SECOND, tag two friends in the comments who would love to win the iPhone 6s + Apple watch sport in Rose Gold.
LASTLY, click the photo to find the next person in the loop for even more chances to win!!
Check out Instagram to enter today – the contest ends Sunday, October 4th at 7pm (EST).
Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport
[UPDATED] Contest closed 10/4/15
[UPDATED] 10/5/15: Congratulations @JustBeHappy86 you’ve won our Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch sport giveaway.