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iTunes Subscription In the Works?

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Ever since Apple bought Beats there has been speculation that they would offer an Apple-branded music subscription service. Now Apple Insider is reporting that tucked away in some new updates to the iTunes desktop client, there are references to an iTunes subscription. This doesn't appear to be a reference to iTunes Match which has been around for a few years. Such a subscription service is expected to be strictly for songs, as the text reads "iTunes Subscription: You can save songs for offline use and download purchases from iCloud on up to 5 devices." 



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Add Reminders to Specific Lists

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When you ask Siri to remind you about something, like your car payment, Siri automatically adds the reminder to the default Reminders list. But if you want the reminder added to a different list, that's possible too. You just have to phrase your request a little differently.



Apple Watch Charger May Not Be Proprietary After All

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Apple often likes to go their own way. If there is a standardized solution that meets their needs, like USB-C, they may embrace it as they did with the new MacBook. Apple has also been known to work with companies like Intel to develop technologies such as Thunderbolt and Firewire. But other times, Apple is happy to blaze their own path, as they did with Lightning. Initially, it looked like the Apple Watch's magnetic charger might be as proprietary as Apple's MagSafe chargers. It now appears that the circular watch charger is based on the Qi open standard, although Apple has not confirmed this.



Tip of the Day: How to Turn on Siri Just by Raising Your iPhone to Your Ear

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(Please note that this tip now only applies to those who haven't upgraded to iOS 8. The Raise to Speak feature has been replaced in iOS 8 with the Hey Siri feature.)

If you're not already using Siri, you need to start right now. Siri is awesome because it makes doing things like setting reminders and alarms, dictating calls and emails, calculating tips, and creating secure passwords quick, easy, and hands free. 

You can make Siri even more convenient to use by using the Raise to Speak feature. Here's how:



Tip of the Day: Siri Is Better with Numbers than Your iPhone's Calculator

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The utility I use the most on my iPhone is the calculator. I use it often to reconcile my checkbook, calculate discounts in the store, and more. but when I use the iPhone's calculator to add up a list of numbers, it doesn't offer a record of what I input, so I don't know if I made an error tapping numbers in.



Apple Posts Apple Watch User Guide; iMore Posts Buyers Guide

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Apple has posted an extensive Apple Watch User Guide on their website in addition to making it available as an iBook. The guide has 22 chapters covering every facet of this new device, from the Basics and Watch Faces to Mail and Phone Calls. There's a concluding chapter on Safety, Handling & Support. Each chapter has clear instructions along with screen shots. The chapters cover all the native apps as well as general tips and tricks.



Apple Offering Online Chat Sessions to Help with Apple Watch Setup

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If you have a new Apple Watch and want Apple's help getting it set up — without having to go to an Apple Store — you can schedule an online chat on a special page Apple has posted. The page says: "For help setting up your new Apple products, choose a time below to schedule an online chat with your Apple Specialist. We'll give an online demo and show you some tips and tricks." As I write this, all of the Saturday times are already booked, as well as Sunday morning.



May 4 Biweekly Giveaway!

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This is the official announcement of the iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iPhoneLife.com/giveaways to win prizes, which we'll announce May 4! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.



Apple Releases Three 1-Minute Ads for Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch is certainly creating a lot of buzz today, now that people are beginning to receive them. And to go along with that, Apple has released three new one-minute ads showcasing the many different ways in which the watch can be used: making payments, connecting with other people, tracking one's fitness, setting alarms, getting directions, getting reminders, and more.



Find Your Killer App for the Apple Watch

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In preparation of worldwide availability of the Apple Watch, Apple has published a web page showing some of the third-party watch apps. The iPhone-based Apple Watch app also lists such apps. With 3,000-plus Apple Watch apps available, Apple is focusing on the brand-name apps that will appeal to most users.



Screen Shots and Over 2,000 Demos of Apple Watch Apps

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Developers have seized the opportunity to add Apple Watch functionality to their apps, and thousands of apps with Apple Watch compatibility are already available. You don't need to have an Apple Watch to get a sense for what's available, thanks to two websites that are posting screen shots and interactive demos. A developer has figured out a way to take screenshots of Apple Watch apps, and 9To5Mac has posted a gallery of them (with the intention of continually updating it with more screen shots). The screenshots include Twitter, Uber, Instagram, ESPN, Flipboard, Microsoft PowerPoint, Pandora, Yahoo Weather, and many more. 



Tip of the Day: Don't Know What to Ask Siri? Siri Will Tell You

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It took me over a year to get in the habit of using Siri, partly because she seemed so human-like. I was worried I'd say something dumb. One day I finally got it: there ain't no one listening. And ever since then I've used Siri with abandon. Lately I was surprised to discover that Siri offers a helpful guide to what you can say or ask.



Apple Posts Final Three "Guided Tour" Videos of Apple Watch

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Amidst the excitement surrounding the launch of the Apple Watch, Apple has posted the final 3 of their series of 11 Guided Tour videos that show how it works. These last three short videos cover Apple Pay, Activity, and Workout. The health & fitness functions of the Apple Watch promise to be one of the killer features, so it's good to have a sense for what the Activity and Workout apps can do for you.



Six Words Apple Fans Want to Hear: Your Shipment Is On Its Way

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If an Apple fan is going to get their new Apple Watch on Friday, April 24, then they should be looking for an email from Apple that says "Your shipment is on its way." That's what I woke up to this morning, and it also dictates how I'll be spending my Friday. Because of the small size, high value, and rarity of the Apple Watch, don't expect FedEx or UPS to just drop one off at your doorstep. A signature will be required and you may not be able to pre-sign for it either. You should get a tracking ID so you can try to follow your Apple Watch as it makes its way to you.



Tough New iPhone Cases Available from Pelican!

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We had a few minutes to preview the latest Pelican cases at CES this year, but really only a glance. We wanted to make sure we circled back and provided full reviews now that Pelican was able to send out some samples. We recently received both a Pro Gear Protector (starts at $29.99) and Voyager (starts at $37.49) series case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and we can confirm that these new cases provide the serious protection you want if you are dragging your device around with you everywhere. They also come with a lifetime guarantee!



Controlling Your Presentations and Other Great Apple Watch Apps

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It's amazing how many apps have already been tweaked to include Apple Watch features, and helpful websites are now cataloging some of the most useful. One really handy use of an Apple Watch is to remotely control your Keynote and PowerPoint presentations. Apple has now updated Keynote ($9.99) with this feature, and Microsoft has updated Microsoft PowerPoint (requires a subscription) to control the iOS version of PowerPoint. These are must-have Apple Watch apps if you give presentations. Four other must-have productivity apps for getting work done from your wrist that are highlighted in a useful Macworld post include Slack (free, chatting and sharing documents with your work group), HipChat (free, group chat and video and file sharing), Evernote (free, note-taking), and Trello (free, project management).



Tip of the Day: Control iTunes Radio from Your Lock Screen

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iTunes Radio is a nice freebie from Apple (at least for those who live in the U.S. and Australia), and I hope Apple continues to offer it even after they launch their rumored subscription service. You can create your own station and customize it to play the kind of music you like best. iOS 8 added the convenience of controlling iTunes Radio from the lock screen.



Scratching the Surface of the Apple Watch

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The entry-level model of the Apple Watch, a.k.a. the Apple Watch Sport, will not use a sapphire screen, unlike the higher-end models. But Apple claims this is an ion-infused glass that should make it more durable than traditional glass. A video has been released claiming to show a scratch test of the actual components. Lew at Unbox Therapy put the samples through the wringer, abusing the screen with a key, a knife, and steel wool, but no scratches were found.



Enter the iPhone Life Photo Contest: Deadline April 28!

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It's photo contest time again. We know you enjoy taking the occasional artistic shot with your iPhone, so why not get rewarded for it? Enter our iPhone Photography Contest for a chance to win awesome prizes and a spot in our magazine! 



Headphones, Headsets, and Earbuds, Oh My: Make it an Even Dozen

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There is nothing like the post-Consumer Electronics Show fulfillment of promise, as things that were just demos in January start to ship. I spent the last month reviewing a wide variety of headphones, earbuds, and other audio devices. Here are my thoughts on a dozen ways to bring audio into your life, categorized by type: mono earbuds, stereo earbuds, on-the-ear headphones and over-the-ear headphones.