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How To Avoid The Lines When Buying Your iPhone 6 This Weekend

September 19th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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If you haven’t pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and still want to be among the first to own the device, there’s a good chance you’ll be facing a long line at the Apple Store today or this weekend.

Most Apple stores get pretty big shipments of new iPhones; that’s the obvious choice, but not the only one. In fact, you can get the iPhone 6 (16GB) for below the recommended price at Walmart ($179, instead of $199), and you’ll probably have to wait less, too.  And if you do want to try your luck at Apple, be sure to check Apple.com for store quantities or try to arrange an in-store pick up. That could easily shave a good amount of time off your wait.

 

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Now, on to other options: Retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Staples have a healthy supply of devices. Best Buy is among the more popular retail spots to pick up an iPhone, so in some cases, be prepared to wait on line for awhile too.

Best Buy has a ticketing process to help the lines run smoothly, but it only offers one ticket for each customer, so if you want to upgrade your whole family, they will all need to be present. (Note: Apple lets each person in line buy two phones).  Not all Best Buy stores were packed this morning, though. According to a Best Buy employee in a message posted to Reddit, the store was practically empty for the launch. The user didn’t disclose the location, but included a picture of the “crowd.”

Walmart is another option that people might not consider for picking up an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and the company is giving customers a nice incentive to choose them over others by discounting the devices. In addition to an iPhone 6 price cut (with a two-year Verizon, AT&T or Sprint contract), the iPhone 6 Plus is priced at $279 ($20 cheaper than what you’ll find at the Apple store).

But some retailers only have iPhones for certain carriers But some retailers only have iPhones for certain carriers. Staples on Friday, only Verizon iPhones were available for walk-in customers (they accepted pre-orders too). There’s a rumor that AT&T delayed their iPhone shipments to the store, so so some stores only have Verizon devices right now.

In addition to select retailers, you’ll of course be able to find some at the carrier stores, too. Be choosy about which store location you go to — for example, the AT&T location in Union Square in New York City had a line halfway down the block before doors opened at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. But uptown, a location on East 86th Street had just about 15 people queued up — which sure beats the hundreds of people waiting at the Apple Store just 30 blocks south. Meanwhile, the T-Mobile store (also in Union Square) had no line at all.

Timing is key too — you might be holding off until the early Friday rush subsides, but just think how crazy it will get on Saturday when everyone who’s busy working today will try to pick one up then. If you wait too long, supplies will sell out.

Of course, if you’re not in dire need of a new iPhone, you can get it shipped to you directly. Right now, estimations are about four weeks away for arrival. You might not have an iPhone in your hands by the end of the weekend, but at least you’ll have your sanity.

 

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{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.

 

 

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?

 

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


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 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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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. 

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