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Apple Rumors, Trends And Top 6 Updates That’ll Change Your Life Forever!

June 14th, 2016 by Tech Staff Today Apple rolled out the red carpet introducing the latest advancements, updates and bells and whistles.  Major updates are on the way for operation systems including the Apple Watch, iPhone and more!  Discover the top Apple updates that will upgrade the way you use your Apple device, accessories and change your life forever!   emoji1   Apple iMessage Bring on the Emojis, invisible ink messages and more!  Soon, your iPhone will have emoji predictions as you type and when you tap the emoji button, words that can be emoji-fied will be highlighted. All you have to do is tap to emoji-fy your message. Bubble effects lets you send messages in a whole new way — slam text, loud text, gentle text, Invisible ink  — which allows you to reveal a concealed message or photo with a swipe of your finger —  and more. You can also draw images via digital touch, send reactions to texts, write messages in your own handwriting and send full-screen effects.   watchOS 3 is on the way! watchOS 3 is seven times faster. Rather than simply waiting for your apps to load, thanks to watchOS 3’s Quick Start feature and Instant Launch, everything on your watch is going to load faster than ever. You can expect this lightning-fast update to launch in the fall.   music   Apple Music is getting redesigned. AGAIN. With Apple Music’s redesign, you’ll have access to lyrics, a daily playlist curated just For You and other new features like Browse, which will allow you to discover new music.     photos1     Photos in iOS 10 = PURE AWESOMENESS.  Photos in iOS 10 will be able to do Face + Object + Scene Recognition and sort your photos accordingly. There’s also a new Memories feature that will aggregate events and trips for you, and will even automatically string together your clips to make videos for you. Oh, and those super cool Live Photos Apple introduced back in September are now editable.     Apple Pay is coming to the web. Soon Apple Pay is going to be as ubiquitous as PayPal or Visa. When you’re shopping online, you’ll be able to select and pay with Apple Pay. Just have your iPhone or Apple Watch handy, then use your thumb to checkout.     siri   Siri is coming to the Mac Siri is coming to the Mac. You read that right. Siri is coming to your computer and will soon be able to pull up files with just the sound of your voice.   In other news, in order to make the OS more cohesive with its other operating systems, Apple has decided to change the Mac operating system name to macOS. Apple, which has a long tradition of naming its Mac operating systems after California landmarks, is calling the newest edition Sierra. The public beta of Sierra will be available in July, but will officially launch in the fall. What updates are you looking forward to in the new macOS systems this fall?  Share your thoughts below!   source      

4 Reasons To Upgrade To The New OS X Yosemite For Your Mac

October 17th, 2014 by Tech Staff yosemite So you’ve just downloaded Yosemite, (or you're still pondering if a lengthy download is worth it) - Apple’s latest update to the Mac platform. There’s a lot that’s familiar, but a number of features still look, feel, and function differently.  Depending on how much of an avid user you are, the new features could really be a game changer. There's quite a lot to take in with the new update, but don't worry - I've narrowed down the best 7 Yosemite features that will change the way you use your Mac.  

1.  Spotlight Search

Whether you’re looking for a file, a fact, or a place to eat, Spotlight is a robust and useful tool for your needs.  Press the command-spacebar shortcut, or tap the magnifying glass icon in the upper right of your Mac’s display, and you summon Spotlight, Apple’s system-wide search tool. In Yosemite, Spotlight goes beyond the file system though, tapping into Maps, Wikipedia, Mail, and your web history to cull answers to your search queries. Type in a restaurant name, and it pulls up the establishment’s information and ratings from Yelp, a map of its location, and any calendar events that have or will take place there. Type in a band name, and you get options to check out their albums on iTunes, music files on your computer, their Wikipedia page, and more. It’s often quicker and more informative than opening up the browser and doing a Google search.  

 2.  Record Your iDevice Screen

For sharing tips, or other useful productivity moments, you can record your iOS device’s screen as a video file in Yosemite.  Plug your iOS device into your Yosemite-running Mac via its Lightning cable, open QuickTime, then go to File > New Movie Recording. Select your iDevice from the dropdown menu next to the record button, and hit record. Now you can easily record what’s happening on your iOS device screen using your Mac. To stop recording, just hit the record button again. This capability could be useful for capturing some epic game moves, for showing a friend or family member how to adjust a setting on their device, or for documenting a glitch that’s plaguing your machine.    

3.  Handoff

yosemite   Handoff lets you pick up where you left off when you switch devices, in a variety of apps.  With iOS 8 and Yosemite, you can easily stop what you’re doing, be it browsing in Safari, writing a text, or an email, and pick back up right where you left off on another Apple device. If you start surfing in Safari on your iPhone, for example, when you hop on your Mac, an extra Safari icon will tack onto the edge of your dock with a small iPhone symbol in its corner. Tap it, and you’re taken to the exact page you were reading on your mobile. Conversely, this works from Mac to iOS, too, with an icon showing in the bottom left of the device’s screen. Third party apps will begin integrating this soon, making it even more useful.  

4.  Your Mac Is Now Also a Phone

You can send and receive SMS, MMS, and iMessages from your Mac, as well as phone calls, if you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone.  Beginning with OS X Mountain Lion, we’ve been able to send iMessages back and forth with other iOS users whether on an iOS device or a Mac, while FaceTime (introduced in 2010) lets us make video calls on either platform. With Yosemite, you can send and receive SMS messages from friends on your Mac, as well as make phone calls. As long as both your Mac and iPhone are on the same WiFi network, calls will get forwarded to your Mac, so you can answer them there if it’s more convenient. And if you don’t have time to chat, you can send an iMessage or SMS.  

BONUS:  iMessages

Silence chatty group threads, and share your screen, with Apple’s new Messages app.  Messages in Yosemite gains one of the features that also makes it great in iOS 8: the ability to bow out of super chatty group threads. You can mute a thread temporarily, or you can leave a conversation altogether. Messages on the desktop also gives you the ability to screenshare with the person you’re chatting with, if you want to share something cool on your desktop, or help troubleshoot a relative’s tech issues.  

Have you downloaded the new OS Yosemite for your iMac or Macbook device?  What are you waiting for, download and take advantage of the new features today!   

Security Shortcut: Use The New Knock App On You iPhone To Unlock Your Mac

November 6th, 2013 by Christen


  I will admit, ever since I picked up the iPhone 5s - I've been using the fingerprint scan technology for everything (and by everything, I really mean making iTunes store purchases and unlocking my phone).  I guess I'm just  one of many people that hate the tedious act of typing in a passcode to unlock their smartphone every five minutes.  So you could imagine my surprise when I discovered the new Knock app.  Knock is a combo iPhone/Mac app that lets users unlock their computer, simply by tapping on the phone screen.  
  The guys behind Square Wallet brings a type of human touch to technology and security.  Knock was created by William Henderson and Jon Schlossberg. The two came up with the idea after realizing how much they both hated having to constantly unlock their computers.   That type of human approach to security is something the two want to carry on with Knock. Knock works by pairing your computer (a 2011 or new MacBook Air or Mac mini, a 2012 or newer iMac or the upcoming Mac Pro) with your iPhone (iPhone 4S and later). Simply install, for $3.99, the Knock iPhone app, install the free Mac app from the Knock website and follow a few quick steps and you're ready. Knock works by using Bluetooth Low Energy, a technology that modern Macs and newer iPhones have. The two Knock apps create a secure connection with one another and when you "knock" on the screen of the phone, it transmits the unlock key to your Mac instantly. Like Touch ID, Knock is one of those apps that really gives the average user no excuse notto use a password.


  Would you use this new security shortcut?  Is it worth the $3.99 price tag?  Sound off below.

Got an Apple iPhone 5 During the Holidays? (Read This First…)

December 26th, 2012 by Tech Staff Got an Apple iPhone 5 During the Holidays? Here are a few things to know to get you started. iPhone 5If you were lucky enough to get the iPhone 5 for Christmas you are in for a treat.  With such power and beautiful design at your fingertips it’s know wonder this little gem is one of the best selling smart phones.  Although, we admire the iPhone 5 thin and light design, there is no shortage of performance and features it has to offer.  Here is a list of features you should know and understand to use the full value of the iPhone 5.                   iCloud (What is it and how do I use it?) icloudiCloud allows you to download any media you have and access it on any Apple device without synching.  For example, when you download a song or movie from iTunes, you can view it on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac PC immediately.  Your media is saved on Apple’s cloud service so no need for worrying over using all the space on your iPhone 5.  You can save music, photos, video, books, documents, calendar, contacts, and email to the iCloud – and automatically synchs with your other Apple devices.     iSight Camera (What’s different?) Camera   The iPhone 5 now features an option for panoramic view of photos you take.  “The new panorama feature lets you capture everything from a family reunion group photo to a jaw-dropping shot of the Grand Canyon. With one smooth motion you can shoot up to an impressive 240 degrees. The gyroscope, A6 chip, and Camera app work together to create one seamless, high-resolution panorama up to 28 megapixels.” ( The camera also feature enhanced HD video recording that also allows for still photo snaps as you record – a first for iPhones.       isight_iphone_image                         Maps Maps                         A separate vehicle GPS is no longer needed with Apple’s voice enhanced turn-by-turn Maps app.  With vector based image mapping the images are crisp with better response time.  It also features 3D, panoramic and street view.  With real-time traffic updates the GPS will reroute you to avoid traffic.     AirPlay (How can I view my photos and video on my T.V.?) airplay_image With AirPlay your video, games, and photos are wirelessly streamed to your T.V. (if you have Apple T.V.).  Whatever you do on your iPhone 5 will mirror on the television so everyone can view.                     AirPrint (How can I print?) airPrint Using an AirPrint-enabled printer you can wirelessly print whatever is on your iPhone 5.  Know worries about installing software, drivers, and cables for the iPhone 5 or printer – everything is wireless.               Wireless Technology (Will downloads be slow?) Unlike the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 uses Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology which is the next generation of cellular networking.  You will get a maximum download speed of 100 Mbps, which mean your videos, music, apps, email, etc., will download faster. chip_image       The Processor (How fast is it?) Two times faster than the previous iPhone4S model, the Apple A6 processor chip speed is 1.3Ghz which means the response time completing an email, using apps, downloading media will be lightning speed coupled with the LTE technology mentioned above. The Battery (How long does the battery last?) This smart phone packs a punch with so many features, functionality, and power and it demands a battery with excellent battery life.  The iPhones are known for keeping a charge for more than 8 hours with regular usage starting at 100% battery charge.  With the iPhone 5 you can get 10 hours of streaming video playback time.  That’s awesome. The Connector (How will I charge my phone?) The Lighting is what Apple is calling the new battery charger.  The new iPhone 5 is not compatible with the old 30-pin connector. The iPhone 5 is a power and elegant mini-computer you can fit in your pocket, staying on the go taking care of business remotely and wirelessly.

The New MacBook Pro Is On The Way…

May 15th, 2012 by Tech Staff

Apple is putting the finishing touches on an entirely new 15-inch MacBook Pro that is the outcome of years of research and development in ultra-thin mobile computing and super-high-resolution displays. According to trusted sources in Apple’s supply chain, who have handled prototype components and casings for the new Apple notebook, the computer is currently undergoing test production rounds. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is coming this summer, and it features an ultra-thin design, a “jaw-dropping” Retina Display, and super-fast USB 3. According to - Apple will also introduce the Mac Retina Display in this new MacBook Pro, according to these sources in the far-east. Also a new addition to the MacBook Pro (and actually to the Mac itself) is a USB 3 port. Apple has long been testing Macs with USB 3 ports, but it sounds like the new MacBook Pro will be the first to actually sport the next-generation connector.   While the new MacBook Pro does not take all of the external design cues from the current MacBook Air, it does adopt the tweaked MacBook Air keyboard design with the power button on the keyboard itself (which replaces the disc eject key). This is according to the sources who are familiar with the components being installed into the new casings. Current MacBook Pros have a round aluminum power button to the top right above the keyboard. The rest of the design is basically what we are all familiar with: charging and connection ports along the sides, and a spacious glass Multi-Touch trackpad (either same or similar in size to the current MacBook Pro and MacBook Air trackpads based on the cutout present in the prototype unibodies).

Are you thinking about getting a new laptop soon?  Is the New MacBook on your radar for purchase?

::LIVE BLOG:: Apple’s New iPad Launch Event

March 7th, 2012 by Tech Staff In only a few hours, Apple execs take the stage in San Francisco to unveil it's newest addition to the Apple tablet family. Taking place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST the unveiling event will put to rest all the rumors regarding Apple's newest tablet -- hitting store shelves later this month. The iPad 3 (which could very well be called an iPad 2S) is rumored to feature a Retina display, which Apple defines as a "pixel density is so high your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels." The iPhone and iPod Touch have Retina displays, and the iPad is expected to join those two with this upgrade, doubling the resolution and ultimately making it a really cool viewing experience. :: STAY TUNED :: We'll be live blogging the Apple unveiling event in 3...2...1
1:03pm - What started out with Tim Cook discussing Apple accomplishments thus far including Apple's newest store opening in Grand Central Station - will ultimately end with the latest details surrounding Apple's newest tablet device...
1:10pm - Cook is talking "iPhone, iPad, iPod touch are all based on iOS and we have now sold an astonishing 315 million ?devices through last year, 62 million in Q4 2011."
  • 25 billion apps downloaded! 25 billionth was downloaded in China.
  • iCloud now. "iCloud keeps all of your content synced across all of your devices."
  • 100 million iCloud users.
  • iTunes in the cloud now supports movies!
  • New Apple TV for $99
Now onto the ipad...
The momentum behind iPad has been incredible and it has surprised virtually everyone." 15.4 million? sold in the last quarter.
It's 2048 x 1536, sure enough. That's 3.1 million pixels. "The most ever in a mobile device."
44 percent better color saturation than before
A5X processor is confirmed, quad-core graphics
iSight camera
Third feature: 1080p video recording.
Fourth feature: voice dictation
Fifth feature: 4G LTE
The iPad can now be a personal hotspot too -- if the carrier supports it.
it's 9.4mm thin, weighing 1.4lbs
10 hours of battery life (9 hours on 4G)
We're talking $499 for 16GB! 32GB is $599 and 64GB for $699.

Could A Lack of New iPad Releases At SXSW Mean Anticipated Sales Failure?

March 6th, 2012 by Christen With the anticipation of tomorrow's Apple announcement, could one disappointing no show of a pop up store elude to the enivetible?  What goes up, must eventually come down and it's only a matter of time until demands for the latest in Apple technology begins to fade away.  It's been recently announced that Apple has no plans for a Pop Up store in Austin during SXSW like last year.  Could this possibly elude to a suspecision of lower demand for the newly announced iPad tablet  or could it mean better preparation for the supply and demand of the newer table by next week?  As it gets closer to the Apple announcement, other questions have surfaced, including the questionable name of the new device.  Is it an iPad 3 or is it an iPad HD? Either way it WON'T be at SXSW which leaves us questioning if the overall demand for the new device will be lower than previously expected.  According to Gizmodo - last year, Apple’s store in 2011 almost eclipsed the coverage of the interactive festival, which is a steady draw for more than 20,000 people to visit Austin. It was also one of the best places in the country to get an iPad 2; for the first two weeks, the pop up store was getting daily shipments, while other stores were experiencing shortages. (Online customers were waiting two to three weeks for an Ipad 2 at launch.)   Stay tuned to as we report LIVE up to the second announcements from tomorrow's Apple iPad launch event... According to 9to5mac, the iPad HD (or 3) will be available on March 16th. Last year's iPad 2 release date was March 11th, which was the Friday following the announcement event. The 16th this year would be the same. In addition to the following-Friday bit, two new Apple stores in London and Houston, Texas will be opening on the 16th

Holiday Travel: Get Ready, Packed, SKYPE!

December 20th, 2011 by Christen Getting ready for that uncomfortable flight tomorrow?  Christmas time is one of the heaviest travelled times of the year and with alot of travelers comes a lot of traveller delays.  While you waiting on your delayed flight, or just in case you arrive to the airport extra early with some time to spare, check out what Skype has for you. They don't call this the "giving time of the year" for nothing. Starting on December 21st thru the 27th, you'll be able to cling to an hour of costless internet access while you're waiting on your flight -- as long as you're in one of the 50+ airports included in the deal. Aside from being outside of the lounging areas capable of accepting the courtesy, Android users are being left out of the equation, as the present can only be used by those who own a Mac, PC or iOS device. Want to see if your traveling airport will have the Skyping gift for you?  Check out the map below...   source

Hey Big Apple…Meet The New Biggest Apple…

December 1st, 2011 by Christen Apple's bringing it's biggest Apple (store) to NYC's Grand Central Station sooner than we thought.  According to Mashable, the opening of the much-anticipated Apple Store at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, which will become the company’s largest retail venue, is officially scheduled for next week. A new message on a series of ticker screens featured on the boarded-up storefront announced Apple will be arriving at the highly-trafficked commuter terminal Friday, Dec. 9, according to TheNextWeb. “Apple Store, Grand Central. Arriving Friday, December 9,”the announcement says. Previously, many expected the company would open its new store before Black Friday, but construction workers at the location confirmed to Mashable last week that it wouldn’t be ready in time. “It won’t be any time too soon,” a construction worker at the site said. “We still have a lot to do, so my guess is that it will be ready in December.” The Grand Central location will be the company’s fifth Apple Store in New York City costing Apple over $1 Million in rent each year!  *YIKES* I just may have to stop by this store next week to check out all the glory and grandeur that is  

My Makeup Tip To Release The Diva Within…

November 30th, 2011 by Christen Thanks to L'Oreal for sponsoring my post about my favorite beauty looks, tips and tricks! Check out for beauty advice from the experts. First of all, I must admit my moment of vulnerability at the moment...blogging about makeup and makeup application is something that I'm no expert on, but I'm still extremely passionate about. (If I didn't blog about fashion and technology, I'd definitely be a beauty blogger - chatting about mascaras and foundations and lip colors (oh, my!)). Growing up, the one person who I idolized when it came to beauty was my mom. She'd whip out her makeup bag on a Friday night and within minutes went from "mom" to "AMAZING". She's the woman that introduced me to names like L'Oreal, MAC and Bobbi Brown and taught me "less is always best!" Since her teachings, I have been able to accomplish the challenge of the "cat eye", "smokey eye" and even "sun-kissed" looks with ease. But the one technique that I've been "eyeing" for the past year is how to find the perfect "red" lip.


I'll admit, I've tried different shades, some that were too orangey, others that were too dark or blueish --- but a couple of months ago, I strolled into Macy's Herald Square with my girlfriends, on a find my perfect "red" lip.


After a few misses, I stumbled upon my HIT! It was a beautiful matte finished red by MAC (Ruby Woo). Since then, I've learned how to perfect my red lip and make it last a little longer and stay a little brighter and I've listed my step-by-step tips below: 1. Start with a clean lip. (no glosses...maybe a tad of chapstick if your lips are too dry.) 2. Use a very light concealer and dab a bit across your lips (and a little beyond your lip line.) until you have an even colored surface. 3. Apply a lip liner (preferably the same color as your lipstick) to create the boundary of your lips. Start at the top crease of your lip (drawing the letter "V"). 4. Starting from the corners, apply the lipstick from right to the left of your lip (make sure you stay within the lip liner lines.) 5. Gently press your lips together to evenly distribute the color across the entire lip.




I don't know about you, but there's just something about a red lip that makes me feel invincible. I'll experiment with L'Oreal colors when I'm looking to alter my mood, or just for a little extra pep when I need it most. One of my favorite red lip divas is the one and only Gwen Stefani - that girl can rock a red lip better than anyone else.

 Have you conquered your "red" lip yet? Which of your favorite makeup looks are you trying to conquer next?

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