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Tip of the Day: How to Compare the Photo You're Editing to the Original

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Ever wish you could compare the photo you're in the process of editing to the original image? Photos in iOS 8 allows you to do so.



Google Apple Watch App Offers News, but Is Not as Good as CNN's

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It's always a good sign when one of the top companies develops an app for a new platform. Google has just launched their first Apple Watch-ready app: Google News & Weather (free). The app offers the top 10 news headlines, drawing upon over 65,000 publications. On the iPhone and iPad, the app, which was first available last fall, offers news in categories such as Technology, Sports, and Fashion. The Apple Watch content, though, is limited to the latest headlines, and doesn't include local news and weather. With each headline you can scroll down to see a photo. However, you're not able to view the full story or to see a summary. On the other hand, a Force Touch adds the news story to your reading list in Safari. 



Mount the Apple Watch in Your Automobile

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The Apple Watch may not be cheap, but it could actually be a practical alternative to a CarPlay or Bluetooth-enabled stereo system. I recently added Bluetooth stereo to my old car and it cost over $200 for an entry-level model. With the right car mount, you can use your Apple Watch as a hands-free speakerphone, complete with Siri integration.



FiftyThree Introduces Think Kit for its Paper App

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FiftyThree, the team behind various creative tools, added a few more upgrades to its Paper (Free) app for iPad. The Think Kit includes three new modeling and graphing instruments  Diagram, Fill, and Cut.



Tip of the Day: How to Delete Frequently Visited Sites in Safari

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Is there a site you visited frequently in Safari for a while, but now no longer need to visit, such as irs.gov during tax season, or consumerreports.org while you researched new cars? Rather than wait for them to eventually disappear from your Frequently Visited list or get replaced by other sites, you can easily delete any sites you don't want to see anymore right away.



LUNATIK Is at It Again, with a Protective Case for the Apple Watch

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You might remember LUNATIK, the folks behind Epik, a hardened case that turned the old square iPod nano into a rugged watch. Apple stopped making that little iPod a few years ago, and during that time, LUNATIK has been anticipating an Apple Watch. They are now ready to release their Kickstarter campaign for a protective shell for the Apple Watch. As I wrote about earlier, the Apple Watch is proving to be more durable than expected and even scratches on the stainless steel model can be removed.



Catalyst's Waterproof iPhone Case, Now Offering Superior Protection for the iPhone 6 Plus

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The makers of my favorite waterproof iPhone case have finally come out with the Catalyst for the iPhone 6 Plus, and I continue to be tremendously impressed. They've taken a design that was already exceptional and tweaked it with subtle refinements producing an end product that happens to be what I would consider, the best waterproof case on the market. Not that there aren't other great waterproof cases available for the iPhone 6/6 Plus series, there certainly are. That's why it's even more of an accolade for me to state that the Catalyst case is perhaps the best of an increasingly crowded and competent waterproof case market.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 15: Core Data Next Steps

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How to Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step-by-step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 15 of the series. If you are just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here(This post has been updated to Swift 1.2, iOS 8, and Xcode 6.3).

In my previous post in this series, I discussed some of the basics of Core Data, the technology that allows you to store and retrieve information on an iOS device. You learned about entity data models, databases, and how you can improve on Apple's default Core Data implementation. 



More Colors, Memory, and Megapixels For Next iPhone?

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A new iPhone isn't likely to show up until September and given Apple's track record, it is likely to be a minor tweak of the existing design with an "s" suffix. Applelnsider is reporting that the next iPhone, the iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus) will be available in Rose Gold to match the high-end Apple Watch Edition models. Its doubtful that the phones case would actually be made of real gold, given the size and short lifespan of phones and the "bendability" of gold and the "Bendgate" controversy. The more interesting aspects of the rumor, to me, are a better camera, which is long overdue, and more memory.



Tip of the Day: Save an Email as a Draft in the Mail App

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Writing and sending Emails from your iPhone or iPad is a quick and simple way to keep up with your correspondence while on the go. But sometimes you need to finish what you've started at another time.



Coolors App Brings Color Palettes to iOS

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Looking for a flawless color scheme? Coolors ($0.99) — an app for the web and iOS — can generate an unlimited number of color arrangements to help with your design projects.

The app was created by designer and developer Fabrizio Bianchi. In an interview with Wired, Bianchi says that “the process of creating a color scheme should be easy.”



New York Times Now Free in iOS App

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A new version of the New York Times app for iPhone, called NYT Now (free), was released yesterday. And the big news is that you can now read unlimited articles without having a paid subscription. (Previously, the cost was $7.99 per month.) In addition, the new version highlights the latest news at the top of your news feed, lets you share screen shots of stories with your friends, and includes support for 1Password. You can also subscribe to the Morning Briefing and receive an alert when it's ready. 



Apple Watch Takes a Licking, Keeps on... Clicking

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The Apple Watch doesn't "tick" like a Timex, whose slogan has been "Takes a licking, keeps on ticking" but in a recent "torture test" it survived better than Apple promised. An enterprising amateur athlete, dubbed DC Rainmaker, took an Apple watch on a 10-plus minute swim, a few dives from a high diving board, and more and found it worked without any noticeable issues. He even simulated a 40 meter dive, although the watch is rated for just 1 meter!



Review: The Timbuk2 Rogue Laptop Backpack

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For the past few weeks, I've had the opportunity to test out the Timbuk2 Rogue Laptop Backpack ($79) loaded with everything I need for a mobile office and more. Of course, there are things I like and things I don't. Let's dig in.



Video Gives Good Look at $400 Gold-Plated Apple Watch

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Not long after the Apple Watch became available, some companies began offering gold plating. Why spend $10,000 on the Apple Watch Edition when you can get a gold-plated Apple Watch for $1,000 or less? I was curious what the result would be, and a video posted on YouTube's TechSmartt channel gives a clear look at how Keaton Keller's watch turned out. He is thrilled, as you can see in the video below.



Tip of the Day: How to Leave Family Sharing

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There are a few different ways to leave a Family Sharing group, however, there are some rules you should be aware of before doing so. This tip will show you how easy it is to leave a Family Sharing group, then tell you about Apple's Family Sharing stipulations.



Cogito Classic Could Be a Smart Affordable Alternative to the Apple Watch

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In the post-Apple Watch world, like it or not, every wearable will be compared to the Apple offering. Fortunately, Apple has left quite a few gaps in their product line, allowing folks like Cogito to compare quite favorably. They offer a pair of watches, one at about $130 and the other at $180. This is about the price of a nice band from Apple!



Rumor: Apple's Forthcoming Streaming Music Service to Include Up to Three-Month Free Trial

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Re/Code reported late last week that Apple's new subscription music service, expected to be announced next month, may include a free trial of one to three months, if Apple gets its way in current negotiations with the record labels. In addition, Apple would like to offer free samples of songs. A company, for example, might make one song from a new album available for free as a way of enticing listeners to purchase the album. Plus, Apple wants to offer free iTunes Radio stations curated by real DJs and has already begun hiring them.



iPad Pro Screen Could Be Bigger but Thinner

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It's a poorly kept secret that Apple is looking at making a bigger iPad, dubbed an iPad Pro, likely with a 12.9-inch screen. And we have seen indications that such an iPad would make use of Apple's new Force Touch sensors to detect how hard a user presses, and respond differently based on that pressure. But to add a Force Touch sensor similar to the ones in their new MacBooks, Apple may need to make more room available. If they can make the already slim iPad screen even thinner, this could provide the space they need.



The Verdict on the Apple Watch, from Twitter and from Kids

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So now that the Apple Watch has been out for a while, you've likely read the reviews. Overall, they tend toward the positive but are definitely mixed. But what about regular users? A company called CrowdFlower analyzed more than 30,000 individual tweets on Twitter to get a sense for what users are saying. And a delightful video, embedded below, gives the charming reaction of 11 kids who are introduced to the Apple Watch.



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