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APPLE EXCLUSIVE: Here’s What’s Launching At Today’s Apple Event

March 21st, 2016 by Tech Staff

In just a few hours, Apple is going to blow your mind and make news headlines announcing its’ new additions to the already epic lineup.  It’s a tech press holiday and we’re ready for Apple to “loop” us in to what’s new, what’s now and what’s next from Cupertino. Let’s talk iPads, iPhones and Apple Watches shall we?  We’ve combed through the rumors and image leaks and scored some exclusive details of what’s launching at today’s Apple event below!

 

 

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Software Updates for everyone

In case you haven’t been keeping track, Apple has already pushed seven beta versions of iOS 9.3 to testers. At this point, we’d say the company is very close to pulling the final build out of the oven. And really, what better opportunity to show off new features like Night Shift (which adjusts the screen by reducing blue light and enhancing “warmer” colors when it’s dark) and Touch ID protection for Notes.app than with a new iPhone. Then again, iOS 9.3 is also said to pack an improved dashboard for Apple Health and expanded support for 3D Touch gestures on first-party apps, so there’s a little something for everyone here.

 

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Say hello to a smaller iPhone

If the latest iPhones still feel a bit large and cumbersome in your hands and pockets, you’re in luck! We’ve seen the new images of the latest iPhone with a 4-inch display and a design that reminds you of the old iPhone 5 (remember those?)  While the outside may look familiar, the inside will likely have the A9-M9 chip combo that powers the iPhone 6s.  Be on the look out for a 12-megapixel camera that shoots LIVE photos and 4K video, along with a Touch ID sensor and NFC for Apple Pay.  The question is, will it or won’t it come equipped with 3D Touch?  It will certainly be less expensive than the iPhone 6s – so expect a few shortcomings for the newer, smaller iPhone SE.

 

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The portable iPad Pro

When the iPad Pro first launched, we were amazed at the robust features packed into the large tablet.  It rivaled many Apple Air notebooks and didn’t take off as expected due to it’s large 12.9 inch size.  Well today, Apple is expected to launch a smaller version of last year’s iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch display.  The new iPad will feature a fast A9X chipset, speakers etched into each corner and a Smart Connector to provide access for keyboard cases and other accessories.  One more thing – expect to see an LED flash on the new portable iPad Pro – it’ll make portable photography that much better.

Could The New Apple iPad Pro Entice Microsoft Surface Users From Windows?

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Apple Watch Updates

The Apple Watch could possibly be the biggest update of them all.  We’re expecting a new software update, a handful of new bands and dare we say – a new Apple Watch?  Starting with the software, Watch OS 2.2 will allow users to link multiple watches to a single iPhone, plus a bigger and better Maps interface.  As far as the new Apple bands “loop” in, we’re expecting to see more Hermes bands and newer Milanese loop band options too.  Could we see a refreshed version of the Apple Watch with a FaceTime camera?  We certainly hope so, but just like you – we’ll be waiting to see what’s unveiled later today.

 

Want to watch the event LIVE from Cupertino?  

Apple will host a lifestream of the launch event, and there are a number of ways you can watch with us!

 

How to watch

Starting time: San Francisco: 10:00AM / New York: 1:00PM / London: 5:00PM

Live streaming: Apple’s live stream is available via a dedicated channel on the Apple TV set-top box or the Safari browser on OS X (10.8.5 and above) and iOS devices (iOS 7 and above). Windows 10 users can watch in the Microsoft Edge browser.

Live tweeting: Follow @DivasandDorks on Twitter for the latest headlines and specs as they’re launched.

Simply The Best: 15 Of The Best Apple Watch Accessories of 2015

December 8th, 2015 by Christen

If you happen to be one of the many new wrists sporting an Apple Watch this year, you’ve probably noticed how important it is to style your peice of wearable tech to make it your own. In a world where hundreds of new Apple accessories are released practically everyday, it’s super easy to find yourself drowning in search of the right accessory for you.

Just in case your holiday plans include gifting or receiving an Apple Watch this season, our roundup of the best Apple Watch accessories of 2015 will point you in the right direction of the best Apple Watch accessories for you!

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Nomad Power Pod ($59.99) – Available in silver or space grey the Nomad Pod for Apple Watch is a portable power station and cable manager with an integrated lithium polymer rechargeable battery that packs enough power for four complete charges of the Apple Watch.

 

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Pad & Quill Timber Catchall ($99.00) – Another stunning Apple Watch accessory is The Timber Catchall from Pad & Quill. It’s a charging station/organiser that provides a neat, convenient place to charge your Apple Watch as well as your iPhone, and there’s also a space for keys, change or any other small bits and bobs that you might want to add. It’s handmade from a single piece of hardwood, and its available in American Cherry, African Mahogany or Premium American Walnut.

 

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Fintie Apple Watch Case [6 Color Pack] ($13.99)  – What if you wanted a variety of Apple Watch bumpers and bands that’ll protect your Apple Watch just as much as reflect your colorful mood?  This 6 color combination pack easily allows you to protect your device with front raised edges that recess your screen to protecting your watch against scratches when placed face down and with 6 interchangeable bands for less than $15, this definitely made the list for the best value for 2015.

 

 

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 Calypso Timeless Moment ($149) – The Timeless Moment is a handcrafted Italian leather Apple Watch charging system. Available in four different colours, the Moment’s arch shape allows every Apple Watch and strap combo to fit perfectly and is held in place using magnets. The Apple Watch charger itself is hidden within the Moment, making it a very stylish charging system – simply place your Apple Watch on top and it’ll start charging automatically.

 

 

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Aerb Bamboo Apple Watch Stand ($16.99) – Looking for a few inexpensive wooden alternatives? The Aerb Bamboo Apple Watch Stand is a cradle for you iPhone, Apple watch and iPad. Like all Apple Stands, you bring your own charger to the dock (the puck sits nestled in the stand). Aerb also sells a few other stands, include a metal version that retails for only $11.

 

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Teslasz Apple Watch Replacement Bands ($34.99) – Why not personalize your Apple Watch with this refined yet, less expensive strap.  Priced three times lower than many Apple brand straps, the Teslasz bands are high quality alternative straps with metal adapter to mix and match with your Apple Watch bezel. Available in Rose gold, Gold, Blue, Black and Silver it’s a great way to personalize your Apple Watch style without spending a lot of money.

 

 

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4-in-1 Apple Watch Docking Station ($25.00) – One super multi device charging station which can accommodate multi-port USB (not included) inside, you get 2 smartphone stand holders, 1 ipad stand holder and 1 apple watch stand holder for less than the price of many single Apple Watch docking stands.

 

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Case-Mate Premium Black Band ($35.99) – Let this genuine exotic leather band charm its way around your wrist, creating a truly curious, yet classically refined look for your Apple Watch. Finished with Case-Mate’s signature logo-engraved clasp it’s a haute accessory for the most stylish of gadgetinstas.

 

 

 

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Pomarks 42mm Golden Stainless Steel Band Strap ($44.99)  – Made exclusively for the 42mm Apple Watch bezel, this is a stylish alternative for those that revel in their wrist wear standing out.  The side bars match the slots exactly the same as the original and all Pomarks products are backed up with customer service and 1 year warranty.

 

 

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Orzly Night-Stand ($11.99) – If you’re looking for a colorful approach to showcase your Apple Watch and keep power chords tidy, then the Orzly Night Stand is for you.  Made from a durable TPU material, with a Non-Slip Base the precise cut outs hold the Apple Watch Charger and keep your cable neatly in place.  Available in a variety of colors.

 

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NuDock Power Lamp Station ($179.00) – For the home office, the NuDock Power Lamp Station is the only accessory the Apple loyalist needs!  This elegant power station allows you to rapid charge up to four devices at the same time, including your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Free up to 3 power outlets by replacing your power adapters with just one easy power plug.

 

 

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Casetify Personalized Apple Bands ($70) – Casetify lets you design your own Apple watch band by using photos from Instagram, Facebook or your computer to create your own strap through Casetify’s website or smartphone app. You can select from a variety of layouts once you have the image you want, or choose one of Casetify’s suggested strap designs if you find yourself stuck for inspiration. The ordering process lets you specify whether you’re getting a 38mm or a 42mm Apple Watch and free shipping is available.

 

 

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Watchkeeper ($59.95)  – If you want to be able to keep your Apple Watch safe and charge it at the same time then the WatchKeeper stylish container is for you.  It comes in black or tan and is perfect for the wearable owner on the move: the MagSafe connector and charging cable fit neatly under the watch while it’s stored.

 

 

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 eLander™  Solid Stainless Steel Apple Watch Band ($29.99)  – This professional looking premium stainless steel band features luxury, nobility, elegance & durability.  If you a fan of masculine wrist wear, this stainless steel band will definitely suite your fancy.

 

 

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Sena Leather Nightstand Case ($79.95) – This stylish-looking dock for your watch is more than a case, Made from European leather with a gunmetal accent, it’s compatible with all Apple Watch bands and supports the new Nightstand mode as well. Whether you’re slinging your watch in a bag or displaying it by the bed, the Sena Leather Watch Case fits the bill.

 

 

Did any of these Apple Watch accessories make your top wish list this season?  Let us know which Apple Watch pieces you’re in love with 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???

 

Hermes Apple Watch bands

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.)

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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.

 

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Rebecca Minkoff Double Leather Strap band

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)

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JetTECH Apple Watch Band

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)

 



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 eLander Top-grain Leather Band

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!

Instagram Giveaway: Enter To Win A Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Watch This Weekend! #Contest

October 2nd, 2015 by Christen

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…

 

ANNOUNCEMENT 10.2

 

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).

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Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport

Good Luck!!!


 

[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.  


 

Five Apple Watch Upgrades That Makes Connecting Easier Than Ever Before!

September 22nd, 2015 by Christen

Are you an Apple Watch owner who anxious awaits for the moment your wearable does everything you could ever dream or imagine?  After days of delay, yesterday Apple released the first watchOS update ever – and it’s a pretty big deal!

watchOS is the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch, much like iOS runs on iPhones and iPads and OS X runs on Macs. While watchOS has taken design cues from iOS 8, it’s been built from the ground up for the Apple Watch, with features and apps that take advantage of all of the hardware in the device.

 

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Along with these new developer tools, watchOS 2 brings two new watch faces and a feature called Time Travel, displaying future complication info like weather and calendar events. watchOS 2 also introduces a new Nightstand mode that’s activated while the Apple Watch is charging, plus it improves Mail, adds support for FaceTime Audio, allows multiple colors for sketches, and lets users add more than 12 friends.

 

 

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NEW ACHIEVEMENTS

Because I be up in the gym, just working on my fitness – I want to share my #ThickFit accomplishments with friends!  watchOS 2 adds new health and fitness achievements, with new trophy icons that can be shared with friends over social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

 

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SIRI

Siri is able to answer more requests and do additional tasks with watchOS 2, like starting specific workouts with the command “Siri, start an 30-minute indoor run,” or “Siri, start a 45-minute outdoor walk.” Siri is also able to open specific Glances, even those that are not present in the Glances menu. If you want to get a quick look at Twitter but don’t have the Glance activated, you can still ask Siri to open the Twitter Glance.

iOS 9 brings transit information to Maps, and with watchOS 2, Siri is able to provide directions that include transit routes, as long as you’re in one of the cities where transit directions are available. Transit directions are available in the following places: Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington D.C., and several cities in China.  Siri can also look up words in the dictionary and calculate tips on command.

MAIL

In the original version of watchOS, Apple’s Mail app only allows users to view and organize email. With watchOS 2, Mail supports dictation, so you can send replies to email messages directly from your wrist. You can also reply with emoji or preset responses like in Messages.  Who needs to fumble with email responses on your smartphone when you can conquer your inbox with the flick of da wrist?

 

 

 

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WATCH FACES

Apple’s not ready to let developers create third-party watch faces just yet, but watchOS 2 does introduce two new watch face options designed by Apple. The first is a photo watch face that takes advantage of the photos stored on your Apple Watch, letting you pick a photo or an album of photos to use as your watch face. If you pick an album, the Apple Watch will display a different photo each time you lift your wrist, cycling through all of the available selections. If you pick a single photo, it’ll always show the same image. If you pick an album, the Apple Watch will display a different photo each time you lift your wrist, cycling through all of the available selections. If you pick a single photo, it’ll always show the same image.

The second watch face is a dynamic Time-Lapse face that displays videos shot over 24 hours in different locations around the world, including Hong Kong, London, Mack Lake, New York, Shanghai, and Paris. When you glance at your watch, the image will be different based on the time. For example, with the New York watch face, if you look at your watch at 10:00 a.m., you’ll see a sunny skyline. If you look at your watch at 10:00 p.m., it’ll be dark and you’ll see a skyline filled with lights.

 

 

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NIGHTSTAND MODE

Nightstand mode is a new feature that’s activated whenever the Apple Watch is placed on its side when connected to the charger, allowing it to better function as an alarm clock. In this mode, the Apple Watch illuminates whenever the screen or Digital Crown is pressed, clearly displaying the time. Nightstand mode also changes the function of the buttons on the Apple Watch when used as an alarm. When an alarm sounds, the side button turns it off while the Digital Crown acts as a snooze button.

These are just a few of my favorite watchOS 2 features keeping me connected in this ever-changing world.  What about you?  What are some of your favorite new features of the watchOS 2 – share your new favorite features in the comments section below.

 

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Apple’s Unveiling The New iPhone RIGHT NOW! (PLUS 5 #AppleEvent Innovations The World Will Be Talking About) [LIVE BLOG]

September 9th, 2015 by Christen

Let’s go! It’s September 9th and there’s no better day than our (6th year anniversary) than to spend our afternoon salivating over today’s Apple Event announcements. This could be one of the biggest Apple events ever, happening right now in San Francisco. Apple CEO Tim Cook may introduce as many as three new phones (including an iPhone 6S), a redesigned Apple TV set-top box and a 12.9-inch, business-friendly iPad tablet.

While rumors abound, do not expect a radical redesign of the iPhone. We’ll learn release dates for iOS 9 and the OS X update El Capitan; the Apple Watch is getting some stage time, too, with WatchOS 2.

 

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Follow along with us below. You can also watch Apple’s live stream online.

Discover the live updates below!

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The Apple Watch Sport is currently available in silver and space gray. It didn’t really make sense not to have a gold option for gold iPhone owners. For those who want a matching watch, rejoice! Apple heard you. You can now buy a gold Apple Watch Sport in its full aluminum glory.

When it comes to the new bands, Apple is partnering with Hermès on a new collection. It starts with a new hand-stitched leather “double tour” band. This band is going to be available in select stores in October.

 

 

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It looks and feels like a bigger iPad Air, with an aluminium casing, thin bezels and curved edges. It features a 2,732 x 2,048 display that lets you display more stuff. For instance, you are now able to take advantage of the recently announced split-screen multitasking to run two apps side by side with very few compromises. It’s also a great device to take advantage of the picture-in-picture video playback feature in iOS 9. Starting at $799 – it’ll be available online and in stores come November!

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iPad Pro – Apple Pencil

Apple also announced a smart keyboard accessory, which looks a lot like the Surface keyboard cover. You connect it to your iPad Pro thanks to a new smart connector on the side, as well as the Apple Pencil, a stylus. Priced at $99 it’ll be available online and in stores come November!

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iPad Pro with Microsoft Office

Today’s Apple Event wouldn’t be complete without guests!  And Apple invited Microsoft executive to talk productivity on the go!  Microsoft’s goal is to make the best apps it can and to get as many people using them so that it can sell them some of its more specialized services. Office has long been the go-to suite of productivity tools, and — while they debuted on the iPad a bit late — Microsoft is still pushing for Office to take that role in the tablet world as well. So far there’s no obvious winner in the tablet productivity world, and having a great choice will be important once the iPad Pro is released.

 

 

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Apple TV

One of today’s most anticipated Apple event announcements is the new Apple TV.  Apple Tv is making it easy and exciting to watch tv again.  From exclusive digital content to the unique remote – the Apple TV may become your favorite entertainment device later this year. Apple TV Pricing: 32gb $149 64gb $199

 

 

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So what’s new with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus?  It responds to the pressure of your finger and totally changes the way you use your device.  It shoots 4k video.  Now your screen is the flash.  You can get it in rose gold.  Your photos move now and the price is the same as the original iPhone 6 and 6+… starting at $199 and offering installment plans – it’s pretty much a great new deal on a new iPhone and all available September 25.

 

 

Stay tuned for more in depth details on today’s Apple event announcements including the new Apple Watch colors/accessories, iPad Pro, Pencil, Apple TV and iPhone 6s / 6s Plus later today.

 

Are you excited about the latest Apple announcements? What are you looking forward to buying first?  We want to know what you think!  Let us know in the comment section below!

Make Your Tech Stand Out In This Hot Pink Bangle Apple Watch Band By Case-Mate

August 18th, 2015 by Christen

There are tons of Apple iPhone and Apple Watch consumers spending thousands on the latest accessories to customize their gadgets. Outfitting your technology with accessories that reflect your personality is not only a great way for self-expression, but it’s also a way to showcase your personal style.

 

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No other company gives consumers the opportunity to showcase their personal style quite like Case-Mate. I’ve outfitted plenty of my gadgets with Case-Mate cases and accessories from the iPhone 3 to the iPhone 6s and now my Apple Watch has a few stylish options to choose from too!

 

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The Turnlock Band for Apple Watch 38mm is a “totally rad” ode to the 90’s in vibrant “shocking pink”.  The bangle-styled band creates a fashionable look that’ll add a flair to any Apple Watch wearing wrist.  The signature logo-engraved metal charm is also a cute add on for this slip-on style watch band.

 

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The flexible elastomer band for 38mm Apple Watch fits wrist sizes up to 7.75 inches, however small wristed gals beware, one size doesn’t fit all.  The band was a little too loose for my particular taste, as it commonly twisted and twirled around my tiny wrist.

 

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As cute as it looks, I also wonder if my watch was actually able to measure some of the health measurements like heart rate and exercise — since the watch never actually stayed in place flat against my arm, there’s  possibility that there’s a lapse in data recorded from the Apple Watch sensor on the back of the watch.

 

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Overall it’s definitely a cute accessory to add to your Apple watch band collection.  Since the Apple Watch is fairly new, I’m sure there will be more than plenty of enough options coming out of the Case-Mate collection.

 

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For now, you can get your hands on your own Turnlock band or the Rebecca Minkoff band collection or check out my personal favorite – the Milanese Loop band. Add a few of your favorite bracelets and bangles to create a stylish arm party of your own.

 


I love styling my Apple Watch accessory with bright bands and plenty of bling, and if you’re anything like me, then the Turnlock band from Case-Mate is definitely a stylish accessory that you’d want to add to your accessory closet too.

Are there any new Apple Watch accessories that you’re a fan of? Share your tech style tips in the comments section below.

 

Loving The Apple Watch? You Can Win One For You Or Mom Today! (Apple Watch Giveaway)

May 7th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Are you loving the Apple watch yet?  It’s been seen on celebrities and tech enthusiasts everywhere and the reviews are in!  According to the “CrowdFlower Apple Watch Social Data Study,” 55% of Apple Watch consumers (and potential consumers) are loving the new gadget, while 45% have tweeted a less-than-positive response.

To conduct this study, CrowdFlower [www.crowdflower.com] — a data enrichment platform that collects, cleans, and labels big data sets —  analyzed more than** **30,000 individual tweets about the Apple Watch since its launch on April 24.  Other notable findings include:

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WOMEN MORE ENTHUSED THAN MEN

* 64% of women expressed positive feelings toward the new gadget, while men are less enthused at a 53% overall approval rating. (Sentiment about the product has slumped a bit since its official announcement, when almost 74% of women and over 56% of men were excited and intended to purchase it.)

‘VARIETY OF APPS’ IS MOST-LOVED FEATURE

* By far, the most-loved element of the Watch are the variety of apps, which were cited 56% of the time when discussing its positive features.  Specifically, Apple Watch owners tweeted in large numbers that the “health and fitness apps” are very useful and accurate.

How would you like a chance to win an Apple Watch of your own?  We have a special Apple Watch giveaway – just in time for Mother’s Day!

Show mom that you will love her till the end of time with the new smart and stylish #AppleWatch valued at $749!

 

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What you’ll win:  38mm Stainless Steel Case with Soft Pink Modern Buckle

Follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram today and look for the above giveaway graphic all day long and get access to enter the special contest before anyone else!  

 

GOOD LUCK!


*** UPDATED 5/10/15 ***

Winner Announcement

  

Disclosure: This is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

Three Ways To Use The Apple Watch On Your Next Vacation

April 30th, 2015 by Christen

 

 

The Apple watch has plenty of noteable features, but they don’t mean a thing if they’re not applicable to you and the way you work and play EVERYDAY!  If you’re planning on traveling this summer, why not put Apple’s latest wrist wear to good use!  Discover a few ways I’ll be using my Apple Watch for summer travel and plan to make the most of your Apple Watch on your next vacation below!

Travel by Plane, Train or Automobile:

No matter if you’re checking into your flight, booking your next rail ride or catching an Uber – Apple watch has an app for that!  If you’re a frequent flyer of JetBlue, Delta and British Airways your favorite app has just found a new home on your wrist.   JetBlue gives you access to flight status and related information such as gate, flight and terminal numbers, along with a scannable barcode so you don’t have to pull out paperwork while juggling luggage; it also gives you a travel countdown to make sure you get to the flight on time. Delta and British Airways have also released Watch apps that offer similar functionality.

 

Not a JetBlue, Delta or British Airways customer? No worries – there are alternatives!  Frequent travelers should check out these apps from services like TripAdvisor, which lets you view your trip information, see reviews, ratings and even images of your destination. If you’re more focused specifically on flight info, you’ll want FlightTrack 5, which delivers flight notifications, status, gate changes, as well as flight progress and related information.

 

 

Hotel Check-In:

Whether you’re planning a last minute Hotels.com purchase or if you’re a loyalist to a specified hotel brand, there are some new apps that can help check you in/out with ease and even “unlock” a whole new world while in use.

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Mobile check-in and arrival and departure information is standard for most hotel apps. Some also feature loyalty information, while only Starwood offers wearers the ability to use the Watch as a key to enter rooms at W Hotels, Aloft, and Element properties. Accor will alert wearers that online check-in is open, too.

IHG’s app is all about Dick Tracy-style translation. The hotel has had success with a similar iPhone app, so it ported over certain features to the wrist.

 

 

Working It Out:

Love keeping fit but could use a little extra push to stick to your fitness regimen while on vacation?  If you’re into quick workouts, try the VimoFit 7 Minute Workout app. It guides you through a variety of exercises directly on the Watch. Since the app store is stocked full of great apps, RunKeeper isn’t  the only running app to have a Watch counterpart: ArgusMap My Runand Runtastic have also been updated with Watch support.

 

 

What are you looking forward to discovering first on the Apple Watch device?  How do hope the Apple Watch will improve your life? More productivity, less starring at your smartphone? Share your feelings about how to use the Apple Watch in the comments below!

The Blingiest Apple Watch Award Goes To…

April 24th, 2015 by Christen

As the Apple Watch officially goes on sale in upmarket stores around the world, Goldgenie’s in-house artisans are busy commencing the customisation of the devices for their pre-ordering clients.

 

From today, the Apple Watches are available to take home from high end retailers in fashion capitals around the world but the stylish smart watches are not yet available to buy in-house from physical Apple stores and instead customers are being pointed to order the devices from Apple’s online stores.  While those who got there first with their pre-orders on April 10th will benefit from shipments from today, many customers will have to wait a few weeks before their Apple Watch is dispatched.

 

Goldgenie had an unprecedented level of pre-orders for designs from their Luxury Customised Apple Watch Spectrum range and due to the company’s established relationships with premium Apple resellers, a limited number of certain models from the Apple Watch range have been reserved for their clients and therefore customisation can begin soon after an order is placed.

 


Goldgenie’s customised Apple Watch Spectrum collection, which stems from their iPhone 6 luxury customisations, ranges from the Apple Watch Elite, embellished in a choice of 24k Gold, Rose Gold or Platinum to the striking 18k Gold Apple Watch Diamond Ecstasy, embedded with hundreds of diamonds and finished with a 1 carat brilliant cut gem in the crown.  Goldgenie’s designers have also created a range of luxury straps in exotic python and crocodile skins and sumptuous calfskin, alongside classic link straps in their signature precious metal finishes.

 


Laban Roomes, CEO and Founder of Goldgenie, received his Apple Watch today and is looking forward to becoming accustomed to this innovative new piece of wearable technology. “I believe the Apple Watch will change the way we see and manage our time.  Time is the greatest luxury and like everything else in our modern times, it has now become customisable and we are excited to be customising this new face of time with our beautiful finishes.”

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