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Four Things You’ll Likely See At The iPhone 6 Event Next Month

August 6th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

It’s finally here!  Apple is expected to hold an event to introduce its new iPhones on Sept. 9 and the world is all abuzz about it.  Later this year, Apple is expected to launch two large-screen iPhones, one with a 4.7-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch display, according to Apple snitches.  Apparently, Apple is already asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million units combined of the new iPhones – which are rumored to be larger, faster and come with a few new accessory options.

 

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If you’re planning on watching (or “twitching” = “tweet watching”) the live broadcast you know that they’ll be plenty of expected announcements and maybe a few surprises thrown in there for good measure.  Check out four likely things you should definitely be on the lookout for from the Apple event next month below.

 

Two New, Larger iPhones
The iPhone 6 will come with much larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, but will both be unveiled at the same event? The 5.5-inch model is at the centre of delay talk but since Apple is unlikely to run a second event so close afterwards logic suggests both models will be announced, even if they have differing release dates.

 

Lightning Headphones
Apple tried to keep this one under the radar, but when it submitted a specification to its MFi developers program on how to make headphones use the Lightning port instead of the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack the secret was out.  Apple’s quest for minimalism by doing away with a legacy port in favour of one which offers “more functionality” just after buying Beats – the world’s largest headphone manufacturer suddenly makes a lot of sense.

 

13 Megapixel Camera
Apple has avoided the megapixel war having stuck at 8 megapixels for some time, but with ever improving smartphone camera lenses – they need to step up to a higher resolution in a big way. If Apple does make the move to 13 megapixels expect it to stay there for a generation or two and make all current iPhone users “Apple Green” with envy.

 

iWatch: Now Is The Time
Rumours of an Apple smartwatch have been floating around for years but with the competition having already made their moves – most notably the Android Wear platform – Apple seems unlikely to let another product cycle pass without an answer. Up to now smartwatches have hinted at potential without fully convincing users they are a must buy. Apple famously disrupted the sleeping smartphone and tablet sectors with the iPhone and iPad and will be keen to repeat the trick one more time.

 

What else could Apple have brewing in time for their September 9th event?  Any ideas?  Share your thoughts, rumors and conspiracy theories in the comment section below. 

 

 

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Stop Siri Mispronouncing Contact Names Once And For All

August 1st, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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As intelligent as Siri may seem, she still needs a little guidance when pronouncing some of the names stored in my contact list. Names like LaJuan, Okpwae and even my family last name of Rochon gets slaughtered aloud is not safe!  Thanks to a not-so-new feature in iOS 7, you can tell Siri how to pronounce contact names correctly. Siri will listen to the way you pronounce a name, then give you a few pronunciation options based on what you’ve said.

If you’d like to teach Siri to pronounce contact names correctly in iOS 7, there are a few steps to follow. First, you’ll need to instruct Siri to list your contact information, then say, “That’s not how you pronounce” followed by the contact’s name.

For example, I said, “That’s not how you pronounce Shannon Rochon.”

Next, Siri will ask you to pronounce the first name. Once you’re finished, you’ll need to select a proper pronunciation.

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Finally, Siri will ask you to pronounce the contact’s last name. After you’ve selected the proper pronunciation for the first and last name, Siri will confirm what you’ve selected by saying the name again. In the future, Siri should have no problem pronouncing the name correctly. Keep in mind, you’ll need to perform this action for each contact if you wish to change its pronunciation.  (Can you imagine how many Rochons I have in my contact list?  It was time consuming to say the least, but I can happily say that I won’t ever have to bare the embarrassment of the family name being referred to as “Roaches” or the like ever again! LOL!)

Siri mispronouncing a name in your contact list?  What are some of the craziest mispronounciations that Siri just can’t seem to get right?  Share your stories below.

 

 

Could PHHHOTO Gif Maker App Be The Next Big Thing In Photo Sharing?

July 29th, 2014 by Tech Staff


PHHHOTO
for iPhone
 can now turn your selfies and other photos into moving Gifs. Fans already include celebrities like Katy Perry, and Diplo- and has already passed popular apps like YO in the App Store.  PHHHOTO is the free camera app that captures life in motion through its exclusive, multi-frame camera. Now anyone can shoot and share images that look and feel alive. The PHHHOTO format consists of a series of frames captured with a single touch. 

 

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HYPERHYPER explains, “Until today, cameras had two modes: snap a picture or record a video. Now there is something in between. PHHHOTO makes the most ordinary moments look and feel mesmerizing, instantly and effortlessly. Anyone can do it. Quicker than video, more lifelike than stills.”

If you’ve attended any great parties or social events this year, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced PHHHOTO PRO®, the wildly popular animated photobooth. PHHHOTO PRO® detects your face, shoots several frames, then delivers a sharable, animated selfie to your phone via SMS. PHHHOTO is now bringing this format to the iPhone — and bundling it with sleek community features so you can follow, like, comment and share PHHHOTOS with friends.

At PHHHOTO parties, the app becomes an extension of the photobooth, which has been tapped by some of the world’s most influential brands, like Red Bull and Michael Kors, to capture and distribute PHHHOTOS of fans, socialites and celebrities. The results speak for themselves — a single PHHHOTO party often generates more original social content than some social campaigns lasting several weeks. And with PHHHOTO for iPhone now gathering these PHHHOTOs in one place, people can see and share the party forever.

Are you ready for the next frontier in photo sharing?  Have you checked out the new app yet?  What do you think?

Give Your Smartphone A Makeover With @OtterBox Brazilian Pop By Nina Garcia (Giveaway)

July 28th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Don’t you love it when functional accessories also express your personal style?  That’s why I’ve become a huge fan of the OtterBox brand of smartphone protection.  Gone are the days of drab, monotone cases of old, everything is anew with bold and electrifying prints, colors and more!  The latest installment of brilliant Symmetry designs comes OtterBox Brazilian Pop by fashion icon Nina Garcia.

 

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The new OtterBox Symmetry Series is now available in a limited edition design created in collaboration with Project Runway judge Nina Garcia. Garcia brings her style and fashion industry expertise to this fashion-oriented case. Protection no longer comes at the expense of style with ‘Brazilian Pop!’ - a runway-ready blend of designer fashion and premium protection.

 

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Must Read:  Balancing Protection And Style With OtterBox Symmetry Cases [Review]

 

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Inspired by Brazilian street art, ‘Brazilian Pop!’ was created exclusively for Nina’s Quarterly.co box. Quarterly is a box subscription service whereby influencers and celebrities, including Nina curate items and goods to send their followers and fans each quarter. The ‘Brazilian Summer #NGQ03′ box taps into this theme and ‘Brazilian Pop!’ reflects the movement, exploding with color and patterns.

 

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Style:

The OtterBox Brazilian Pop Symmetry, is a vibrant mixture of tonal colors that is a welcome design into an ever-growing world of smartphone accessories.  The mix of prints, colors and graffiti-like optical illusion stands out among what’s considered fashionable smartphone accessories.  If you’re crazy about the tribal-trend like I am, you’ll absolutely love this stylish and protective case.

 

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Protection:

The OtterBox Brazilian Pop Symmetry case includes an inner rubber case, surrounding the power button, volume buttons and charging ports while a hard shell exterior protects the rear of the phone.  The raised beveled edge protects your smartphone screen, making a two-layered combination of intuitive protection.   That’s multiple layers of protection in one all-inclusive design!

 

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The ‘Brazilian Pop!’ designer iPhone 5s cases and GALAXY S 5 cases are available to subscribers of the Nina Garcia ‘Brazilian Summer #NGQ03′ box and for a limited time on otterbox.com for $49.95 while quantities last.  How would you like to win your own OtterBox Brazilian Pop case for the iPhone 5s or GALAXY S5?  Follow DivasandDorks on Instagram for your chance to enter this EXCLUSIVE Giveaway today!

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Take Smartphone Photos To Another Level With Olloclip

July 23rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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If you’re familiar with taking photos on your smartphone, you already know how limiting the standard lens can be.  There have been many accessories promising improved smartphone photographs through filters and external lenses but none of them have been more popular to date, than the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens system.  The olloclip 4-in-1 lens system is one of the most popular smartphone lens solutions, and it comes with a wide angle lens, fisheye lens and two macro lenses to complete versatility in any photography setting.

 

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This set includes a wide angle and fisheye lens, which can be easily converted into 10X and 15X macro lenses by unscrewing the outermost part of each.  The compact design means that instead of four lenses you’re carrying around just one small accessory, which will easily fit in your pocket or elsewhere. Olloclip slides onto the iPhone and comes off easily and the lenses are attached securely, but you can’t use olloclip if your iPhone has a case. There are convenient lens caps for each of the lenses, and you also get a soft bag that you can use for storage or cleaning.

 

Wide Angle lens

It’s not always possible to fit in everything in one photo, which is what the wide angle lens is for.  The wide angle lens isn’t the best in optical quality, but for iphoneography it definitely does the trick and give you the width of the canvas that you’re looking for.

 

 

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a wide angle view of familiar sights in downtown Portland, Oregon.

 

 

 

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A wide angle view of my hotel hallway.

Fisheye lens

The fisheye lens works exactly as you would expect and delivers the photos that you’ve come to know and love.  However, you have to be careful when shooting your photos with the fisheye lens as I have found that my fingertips somehow get caught in the shot, unless I’m extremely careful before pressing the shutter.

 

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a fisheye lens view of downtown Portland, Oregon.

 

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A fisheye tale of a recent auto industry event in Portland, Oregon.

10x lens / 15x macro lens

The macro lenses are very useful for macro photography. You can’t do macro photography without a macro lens, so olloclip 4-in-1 can open an entirely new world of creativity for you.  I used the 10x lens and the 15x macro lens on tea bag packaging and the contents.  You can see that both the 10x and 15x lens delivers in quality and makes the macro photography experiences worthwhile for use on text and shooting other objects, while on the go.

 

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An external view of the Smith Teamaker Herbal Infusion tea bag packaging and directions.

 

 

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An up close and personal view of the Smith Teamaker Herbal Infusion tea bag.

 

 

Olloclip 4-in-1 is available for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5/5s for $69.  Do you love taking photos on your iPhone?  Would you consider yourself an  iphoneographer?  What are some of your favorite iPhone camera accessories that you use?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

 

Create Great iPhone Photos And Videos With KLYP+

July 21st, 2014 by Tech Staff

Looking for a DSLR alternative to create great iPhone photos and videos on the go?   A brand-new smartphone case from Manfrotto called KLYP+ promises to do much more than be a protect your precious smartphone, it has accessories that essentially transforms your iPhone 5/5s into a  portable photo studio.  

 

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Create great iPhone photos with KLYP+ iphone photography accessories including lighting, lenses and more!

 

 

Like any good gadget, the KLYP+ comes equipped with enough transforming tricks to make other iPhone accessories squirm in inadequatcy. With just a few easy clicks, you can attach a super bright LED light ($65) to your bumper that lets you shoot images + record video in just about any light condition.

 

 

Create Great iPhone Photos KLYP+

 

The continuous illumination makes the images you capture incredibly vivid with no light reflectors required. KLYP+ is also compatible with a trio of external lenses ($60) that screw right on so you can alter your POV from portrait mode to landscape to fisheye effect on the fly.

 

Create Great iPhone Photos KLYP+

 

Even a kickstand and tripod mount connect to your bumper so that you can prop up your phone when you want more than a selfie.   Now that’s what i call a really iPhonographer’s accessory!

Do you have any iPhone photography gadgets that you love? Would you use the KLYP+ for your photography and videography needs? Tell us in the comments below. 

5 More Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

July 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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I’ve shared plenty of tricks and tips for iPhone users, but did you know there are hundreds of things your iPhone can do that you probably won’t ever use?  On the flip side, there are so many things you iPhone can do that you never even thought to take advantage of.  Check out my favorite features of things your iPhone can do below.

 

 

 

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5.  Create a passcode with letters (not just numbers)

By default, your iPhone asks you to type in numbers when you create the passcode that unlocks your phone. But you can change this setting. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn off “Simple Passcode.” You will be prompted to change your passcode, and a full keyboard will appear onscreen instead of just the number pad. This keyboard will pop up every time you unlock your phone.

 

 

 

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4. Customize vibrations

This will let you change the vibration pattern for alerts and notifications. Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration. You can also customize the vibration pattern for individual contacts by following the same procedure from your contact list. This way, you can tell who’s calling or messaging you just by feel.

 

 

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3. Reveal timestamps on text messages

Drag the text bubble to the left and you’ll see a timestamp for every text message. Among other things, this will show you just how much time you waste texting.

 

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2. Automatically turn off your music with the timer

If you like to doze off with music playing like I do, you can use the timer to automatically turn your music off so that it doesn’t play all night. In the timer app, select “When Timer Ends,” then scroll down and select “Stop Playing.” The Timer will automatically turn off your tunes after whatever length of time you set.

 

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1. Recharge your battery faster by switching to airplane mode

Switching to airplane mode turns off battery-draining wireless and cellular access, allowing your phone to recharge up to twice as fast.

 

BONUS: Get Siri to read your emails aloud for you

Just say the magic words “Read my email” and Siri will read all your messages aloud to you. If you like, you can tell her to read only your most recent email (“Read my latest email”) or just those from a specific contact (“Do I have email from Aldo?”).

 

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6 iPhone Tips/Tricks You Never Knew Existed

June 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Working while on the go can be tough & I need to get the most out of my time and mobile use, now more than ever. Did you know that your iPhone has dozens of hidden features that help you save time, communicate better and make you feel super super fancy? In recent days, I’ve had many friends ask me about tips and tricks to get the most out of their iPhone. So I figured, why not make a blog post about it. Check out a few of my favorite iPhone tips and tricks that’ll make life a little bit easier below.

Bold text — The new, thin font of iOS 7 can be a little difficult to read on the home screen. You can make the text more legible by heading to Settings > General > Accessibility and sliding the Bold Text option to “on.” (Use with caution! Bold texts can be mistaken for aggressive communication at times.)

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Read text out loud—iPhone can read text out loud in apps like Mail, Safari, Messages, and iBooks. Just turn on Speak Selection in Settings > General > Accessibility. Then go to the app, highlight the text you want to hear, and tap Speak.

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Multitasking — Double-tap the Home button to view a screenshot preview of all open mobile apps.

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Change the way Siri pronounces a name — If Siri mispronounces a name, simply say “that’s not how you pronounce that.” Siri will ask you for the correct pronunciation, then say the name back to you three different ways so you can choose the one you like.

Undo text — In case you just wrote a lengthy text or email you’d rather not send? Just shake your phone to prompt the “Undo” button instead of having to select the entire text and delete it. It’ll alleviate text-remorse later.

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Musical landscape — While browsing your music collection, switching to landscape view displays a mosaic of your album covers. Swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom in and out, and tap to play.

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What are some of your favorite iPhone tips, tricks and shortcuts? Share them below!

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3 iPhone Household Hacks Coming Soon Courtesy of iOS 8

June 6th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Earlier this week, Apple took the wraps off of its the new mobile operating system, iOS 8, which is kinda available now for developers, but once the kinks and bugs are fixed will be available for everyone else in the Fall.  The latest software is packed with great tools for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, but there are a handful of features that parents of iPhone loving households will especially love.  Check out our three favorite iPhone household hacks that could be coming to an iPhone near you soon, courtesy of iOS 8.

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iOS 8 Household Hack 1 – HomeKit

Soon, you can turn your home into a home of the future (kinda like the Jetsons – where Rosie the Robot is replaced by Siri the iPhone instead.) HomeKit is a technical feature that allows iPhone users to control their homes with their devices, like magic. It’s a software kit that taps into Siri, the iPhone’s voice-activated personal assistant, to listen for audio cues like “it’s time for bed,” which could then lock doors and dim lights, or whatever you program. “Smart” Internet-enabled appliances like Nest and the Philips Hue bulb may be potential partners with Apple’s new HomeKit SDK.

 

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iOS 8 Household Hack 2 – Ask To Buy

‘Ask To Buy’ gives you the power to set limits or approve purchases from anywhere! My niece is notorious for buying games, in-app purchases and more (when you’re not looking of course!)  Now your kids can request to purchase an app, game, movie, etc., and you can allow the purchase from anywhere! You could be on a business trip and when your kid requests to buy a game while he or she is with a sitter you still have control over approving the purchase. “Ask to Buy,” doesn’t just limit app purchases on the iPhone or iPad either – permissions can be set for music in iTunes and iBooks too!

 

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iOS 8 Household Hack 3 – Health

Want to keep your kids active, healthy (and keep an eye out on it all?) The newly announced Health app will be the best new tool in your arsenal.  Health is a new app built in to iOS 8, and it’ll not only track important data like lab results, vitals, and medications but info collected from your fitness apps and gadgets as well. If you use Fitbit, Nike+, and the nutrition-tracking MyFitnessPal, the new Health app for iOS 8 will gather all of that data into a single dashboard, so you can get a clear overview of you and your family’s fitness activity and health.  If you’re a parent concerned about childhood obesity – you can easily reward your kids based on their daily fitness outputs (all managed by you in the Health app).

 

 

Now that you’ve seen our favorite home hack-worthy apps from the new iOS 8  upgrade, what’s your thoughts?  Do you plan on putting any of them into good use? Share your thoughts below.

 

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Does iPhone Camera Lens Adapters Really Improve Photos?

May 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Now days, we all know that a top of the line smartphone means nothing if you can’t capture stunning photos with it. With photo sharing social media apps being more popular than ever before, it’s all about taking the best photos as possible. (filters can only do so much.) If you’ve ever been intrigued by iPhone camera adapters and wanted to know if they really improve the performance of your photos, check out the iPhone accessory and pricing details below.

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The camera attachment is supposed to add a noticeable improvement over your iPhone’s standard camera lens with this 5x telephoto zoom lens.  It’s  “designed” to help you take crisp and clear photos even if the object is far away.

What’s inside: The camera lens adapter comes packaged neatly inside of a microfiber drawstring pouch and comes with two attached lenses, a plastic ring mount and black lens cap.

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The lens comes neatly packaged with four pieces inside of a microfiber cloth drawstring case.

The lens is made out of strong metal material to ensure a solid build that is supposed to offer you effective and accurate photos when used in combination with your standard iPhone camera. The plastic ring mount easily snaps on for a semi-firm fit, yet loose enough to quickly remove if needed.

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Meet the iPhone Camera Zoom lens from EZBuysDirect.com

 

Using the camera is simple. However because the camera attachment is not super stabilized it makes it difficult to use the snap-on lens without being conscious of the attachment potentially slipping off.

 

 

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A bird’s eye view of Harlem and The Bronx using the iPhone camera adapter.

 

What I’ve noticed with outdoor photos versus indoor photos is that you can get some pretty cool photos, however the image quality is not that much improved at all.

 

 

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A close up of typography using the iPhone lens adapter.

Overall the photos deliver a “fish eye” effect which is more than what the original iPhone camera offers, and depending on your use, you could benefit from creating unique perspective photos. If image quality isn’t a high priority and you’re looking for a neat way to create cool photos than this $25 iPhone accessory isn’t a waste of money.

The iPhone camera lens adapter from EZbuysDirect.com is now available on sale for $25.

Check out more iPhone camera photos used with the adapter and details below.

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