The biggest shopping week is now upon us! No matter if you’re looking for smartphones, tablets, gadget accessories or televisions – the best deals are right under your nose, you just have to know where to look! Retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target are already offering massive sales even though Nov. 27 is still days away. Keep in mind that some outlets, (AHEM Amazon,) will be changing their deals leading up to Black Friday, so it’s important to check back regularly.
If you’re looking to upgrade your tablet or laptop, look no further! Check out the best Black Friday tech deals on tablets, laptops and smartphones below!
The iPad mini 2 is a great choice for those who want a premium tablet with a nice screen that don’t necessarily care about having the latest model. It’s usually priced at $268, according to Walmart.
Amazon is offering its touchscreen 6-inch Kindle for a $30 discount off its normal $80 price. The company says it can hold thousands of books and that its battery lasts for weeks.
Best Buy is selling laptops that run Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system for just $250. These devices from Asus and Acer run on Intel Celeron processors and will be powerful enough for those that just need a computer for writing papers, checking email, and getting online. They also come with 500GB of storage space and 4GB of memory.
Those looking for a nice high-end Android tablet that’s comparable to the iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 is the device to get. The tablet is thin, light, and has a gorgeous 2,048 x 1,536 resolution screen. Target is selling the tablet for a decent discount — the larger 9.7-inch model is available for $400 versus its usual $500 price, and the 8-inch edition is on sale for $350 compared to $400 regularly.
If you need a new smartphone and don’t mind committing to a carrier contract, Walmart has a compelling deal. Any Samsung smartphone and the iPhone 5S and higher will be available through AT&T and Verizon for $0 up front. That means you still need to pay off the phone through the carrier’s monthly payment plan, but there’s no immediate cost. Check the fine print in Walmart’s ad for more details.
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Did you know that twice a year, there’s a way to optimize your smartphone and tablet speeds? Hey iPhone users, have you been noticing that your iPhone is running a little sluggishly lately? It’s highly possible your speeds are getting bogged down with unnecessary things in your storage — like your Safari cache. Some may argue that your Safari cache actually helps you load pages faster, and that’s true… but the trade-off is you may find that your phone has slowed down. It’s also possible that due to an bulky cache that hasn’t been cleared since the beginning of TIME, you phone gets confused and your pages don’t load correctly.
How To Increase Your iPhone Speed
Simply go to Settings > Safari and scroll down to “Clear History and Website Data.” When you tap on that, a pop-up notification will alert you that “Clearing will remove history, cookies, and other browsing data.”
To translate this into layman’s terms: It erases documentation of all the sites you’ve surfed on your browser. It also deletes cookies, which are essentially messages that go from an Internet server to your web browser that help identify you (i.e. provides your login info or customize your pages). Also, it gets rid of other data like the time you visited, page titles, etc.
Just confirm you want to clear all that out and voilà! You’ve made your iPhone/iPad just a tad faster.
Need a little more speed? Try it out and let us know in the comments how well it works for you!
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!
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.
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.
Apple last week released its latest mobile operating system, which has some great new features like Apple News, better battery life, and split-screen multitasking. But have you noticed your data and battery consumption lately? Discover two tips that’ll help save your data and battery life below.
If you’ve received a text from your carrier alerting you about your data consumption, then you may have burned through almost double your data and you didn’t even know it! Take a close look at your iPhone settings because one new feature, called Wi-Fi Assist, may be eating through your data plan.
The new setting, which is automatically turned on when a phone is updated to iOS 9, attempts to ensure that users don’t experience any buffering when on a weak WiFi signal. The iPhone will detect when a WiFi signal lacks strength, and switch over to a cellular connection. This is great for when you’re stuck in places like the connectivity nexus right outside your home, where old iPhones would cling to the WiFi signal for as long as possible, but wouldn’t actually be able to load anything. But there is a cost: The switch to cellular could mean you’re using more data from your monthly plan—potentially significantly more than you’re accustomed to using.
If you’re on a wireless plan with a fixed amount of data each month, it might be worth checking to see if your data consumption has risen. (I checked my data on my iPhone 6—I tend to use about 1 GB a month, and I’ve apparently used close to 3 GB this month.) Head to Settings > Cellular to see your data tally, and scroll to the bottom to see if Wi-Fi Assist is on.
Power Saving Mode
Are you constantly searching for a place to charge your iPhone? To remedy that, with the iOS 9 software update came the brand new “Low Power Mode,” which turns off auto fetching of emails, lowers your screen’s brightness and other battery saving techniques. The setting, which you are auto-prompted to turn on when your iPhone hits 20 percent, is said to give you an extra hour of battery life. But what if you just turned on Low Power Mode for the whole day? Matt Birchler of Birchtree tested it out and discovered that keeping your phone in “Low Power Mode” all day could save you almost 40% of additional power.
This week (on September 16) Apple released iOS 9 for iPhones everywhere, and it’s unlocking even more capabilities and possibilities than ever before. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone is the most beloved smartphone on the market — and for good reason.
Nowadays, we rely heavily on our smartphones for just about everything, but most of us aren’t using them to their fullest potential. That’s right, your smart gadget is jam packed with capabilities, and it’s not just smart — it’s straight-up genius. So why not unlock the potential and make the most of your beloved iPhone with 9 awesome tricks you probably didn’t know your iPhone could do.
Customize Siri to respond only to your voice: This cool new iOS 9 feature upgrades the “Hey Siri” feature big time. Now, when your phone is plugged in and the feature is on (Settings > General > Siri > Allow “Hey Siri”), you can set up Siri to recognize only your voice.
It’s Christen, not Christian
Teach Siri how to pronounce names correctly: Isn’t it irritating when Siri can’t seem to get a name right? Did you know you can actually teach Siri how to pronounce a name or a word correctly? Just say, “That’s not how you pronounce it,” and Siri will immediately ask you for the proper pronunciation. From there, it’ll give you three options and you can select the right one.
Personal Assistant Siri
Siri reads you emails: When you tell Siri to read your emails, the digital assistant will pull up your 25 most recent emails and proceed to read aloud the subjects. She’ll also tell you what time they were sent. If there is a specific email you’d like to respond to, you can actually tell Siri to “respond,” and from there, you can dictate your reply. (If you really want to feel fancy, you can change Siri’s voice to project a British Male dialect like I did – aka Butler Siri at your service!)
Let’s Fly Siri
Preview your flight: When Mail or Safari detects a flight number and it’s hyperlinked, you can click on that link, which will bring up a “Preview Flight” option. The next screen will show you all the flight info + a nifty map. (Depending on the travel/airline app you have downloaded on your device – it will then be automatically saved for your
Can’t Talk Now
Send a canned or custom message when you can’t pick up: If you can’t pick up because you’re driving/in a meeting/indisposed, shoot the caller a text by hitting “Message” on the call screen. You can even customize it.
Send yourself a callback reminder: When someone calls you and you don’t have time to speak to them, this handy little “Reminder” option pops up above “Slide to Answer.” You can set it to remind you to call them back when you leave, when you get home or in one hour.
Send your location: To make it easier for a pal to find you, you can drop a pin or send your location straight from Messages. From your chat screen, tap on “Details” in the top right corner. Then, you can choose to “Send My Current Location” or “Share My Location.” The latter allows you to select whether you’d like to share your location for one hour, end of day or indefinitely. You have to make sure Location Services is turned on for Messages to use this feature.
Reading At Night
Inverting colors to make it easier on the eyes at night: Sometimes you stay up late on your phone, and maybe your partner is trying to sleep. One way to keep the light from your screen from disturbing anyone’s sleep is inverting the colors of your phone. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on “Invert Colors.” Another way to more easily access this feature is Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut. From there, select “Invert Colors.” Each time you triple-click your home button, this feature will be activated.
Set a time to turn off music: For those of us who like to go to sleep with soothing music playing, this is going to be your fave trick. Choose whatever music-playing app you want (could be iTunes, could be Spotify) and then go to your Timer app. From the screen, click into “When Timer Ends,” scroll to the bottom and select “Stop Playing.” Then, set your timer for however long you’d like. Your music will come to a halt by itself once the timer is up.
These are just a few ways you can make the most of your iPhone experience with iOS 9. What are some of the things you can do with iOS 9? How are you looking forward to getting more out of your smartphone? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Have you ever wanted the new Apple iPhone EVERY TIME the latest version is announced? Now Apple has your back! Originally, the smartphone payment programs began with carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon, but now Apple is getting in on the action and lacing you with the latest iPhones for life for a small monthly fee.
Exclusively at Apple’s retail stores in the US, customers can choose their carrier and get an unlocked iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus with the opportunity to get a new iPhone annually and AppleCare+ on the new iPhone Upgrade Program with monthly payments starting at $32 and $37.
If you’ve ever priced AppleCare+ on your own then you’re probably aware of the $129 price tag for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (current iPhone 6 & earlier models it’ll cost you $99). Now I’m not the greatest mathematician, but paying $32 a month for the latest iPhone WITH AppleCare+ coverage is a GREAT DEAL! Ultimately, instead of paying $199 and being locked into a 2-year carrier contract that $32 bucks will turn into $384 over twelve months (remember that $199 AppleCare+ inclusion) which means you’re actually only paying $185 for a phone and depending on your carrier plan, you could be saving big bucks.
Personally, I’m strongly considering the plan since I typically upgrade every other year. With the new Apple iPhone upgrade program I could potentially upgrade annually without costing me a fortune. For more information on the Apple iPhone Upgrade program, visit Apple.com.
Are you thinking about switching up the way you pay for your iPhone and carrier service? What are some of your favorite money saving tips? Sound off below!
While some accessories to customize and highlight your style may come and go, smartphone accessories are here to stay. If you’re anything like me, you obsess over finding the most stylish iPhone accessories (or other accessories for #TeamAndroid) that’ll stand out from the crowd of common and standard protective smartphone gear. Since joining team Gold iPhone last year, I’ve been analyzing and obsessing over the latest in bling-worthy cases and accessories and finally I’ve found my favorite mix of illuminous iPhone cases that’ll make any girl feel bright and golden and I’m sharing them with you below!
I’ve shared my love for this chic Trina Turk case before – and because I continue to received compliments and questions about it, it’s simply my favorite iPhone accessory! Fashionably guard your Apple iPhone 6 with this Trina Turk chrome case, which features a slim, sliding 2-piece hard shell for easy docking and removal and a stylish print. ($29.99)
This Isaac Mizrahi collection case exclusively from Best Buy is another favorite. The chrome and floral palette is a super flirty compliment to any Spring or Summer style moment. Personalize your Apple iPhone 6 with this Isaac Mizrahi New York CO8485 case, which features a printed floral design for a fashionable look. The hard shell exterior and TPU interior will undoubtedly keep your cell phone safe from scratches and bumps. ($19.99)
This Case-Mate gold leaf accessory could be the most popular of them all. I’ve seen plenty of my favorite D&D readers rocking this subtile bling case and since it by one of the leaders in stylish mobile accessories – it’s no surprise it made the list of my favorite gold iPhone cases. With a translucent finish and 24K gold leaf highlights, this Case-Mate Karat CM031453 case outfits your Apple iPhone 6 with a stylish appearance. The polycarbonate shell and TPU bumper offer defense against bumps and shocks. ($49.99)
Sometimes all you need is simple style and protection and that’s what this Dabney Lee gold iPhone case gives you! It’s a sleek outer shell case that protects with minimal bumper or interior shells. With a variety of options, you can find the perfect Dabney Lee case to suite your stylish mood at DabneyLee.com.
What are some of your favorite gold accessories to tote all day? Did I miss any? Don’t be stingy, share your favorites in the comments section below!
Hey Apple fans! Are you ready for the latest installment of iPhone devices? It’s that time of year again. Apple’s next iPhone event will take place on September 9th at 10AM PT, live at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This is expected to be the unveiling of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which are reported to have 4K video capabilities, upgraded 12-megapixel cameras and front-facing flash, among other new features.
Yet another feature that’s been on Android for years might be finally making its way to the iPhone: animated wallpapers! Specifically, Apple is reportedly planning to bring over the elegant “Motion” Apple Watch faces to the iPhone 6S, according to 9to5Mac. So far, those Apple Watch screens include things like swimming jellyfish, blooming flowers and fluttering butterflies that pop up when you check the time. For the iPhone 6S, sources say Apple is working on animated screens featuring koi fish swimming around a pond and moving smoke. The big difference between Apple’s approach and what we’ve seen on Android so far: It sounds like it’s focusing on just animating lock screens. That should add for a cool effect when you wake up your phone, but without eating up battery life like a moving wallpaper on your home screen. We may even see something about force-touch iPhones.
The event invite doesn’t share much, as usual, but features the tease, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” We just asked Siri and she isn’t hinting much of anything these days. Maybe that’ll change come September 9th, in the meantime are you looking forward the next iPhone? Share your thoughts below!