Thanks to everyone who entered the May 18 iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Every other week we give away three amazing prizes, so if you didn't win this time, make sure you enter the June 1 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!
And the winner is... (drum roll please):
It seems like I have been waiting for an app-enabled smartwatch since my calculator watch days in the early 1980s. I'm still waiting, because while the Apple Watch runs apps as extensions of the iPhone's screen, those apps still run on the iPhone. Apple has said that developers will be able to write apps that run natively on the Apple Watch, but it hasn't committed to a date. Perhaps June's Worldwide Developers Conference will shed some light on this limitation.
Steve Jobs has been gone for years, but his presence is still felt. Apple CEO Tim Cook honored the Apple founder at a commencement speech at George Washington University this weekend. Cook, fresh off a visit to China, told the audience they shouldn't have to choose between a job that pays the bills and their ambitions to do good and make a difference.
Apple rarely comments on forthcoming products, but reacted quickly when the rumor began spreading late last week that HomeKit devices wouldn't be available until August or September.
I had the opportunity to try BM101 Mini Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker ($24.99) from Life n Soul. It is a teeny tiny adorable speaker about the size of two dozen quarters, stacked on top of each other. When placed on its side, it almost looks like a jet engine. There are two small metal hooks on the side that you can attach a small lanyard to, for use on the go.
I try to be good about keeping my Messages app cleaned out from unwanted texts by deleting them. There are times though that I receive texts from people who are not in my Contacts and I may want to save the text, but not necessarily add the person to my Contacts list. That’s why I’m glad Apple added a new sorting feature to Messages in iOS 8.3. Now I can keep my Contacts and Unknown Senders separate.
As the tech world awaits an announcement by Apple regarding its expected subscription music service, Rdio on Thursday undercut the competition by offering a low-cost streaming music service called Rdio Select. For $3.99 per month, you can stream Pandora-like stations ad-free at 320 kbs, enjoy unlimited skips, and access 25 of your favorite songs each day.
If you are one of the elite few to score a gold Apple Watch, or if you gravitate towards the gold iPhones or iPads, then the Monster 24K headphones ($299.95) may be the perfect accessory to compliment your sense of style. Monster's 24K headphones are a sleek synthesis of a high performance, self-contained sound system, with decadent elegance and posh style. With their extremely flashy look, the 24K may not be for everyone, but for those looking to make a Kardashian-esque fashion statement with their headphones, these are a classy alternative.
As many advancements as Apple has brought out recently, the camera has remained pretty stagnant. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer the same 8 megapixel resolution as the iPhone 5s. At least the larger iPhone 6 Plus offers optical image stabilization. In fact, as the phones got thinner, Apple wasn't able to reduce the size of the lens, and that's why it protrudes a bit on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Do you find yourself mostly answering the phone in speaker mode? Well, there’s an easier way than tapping buttons. You can set your iPhone settings to answer in speaker mode automatically. Here’s how:
Act fast, because until May 16th at 11:59pm (ET) only, PowerSkin is offering their PoP'n for just $10 shipped. Technically, it's a penny with $9.99 shipping, but however you slice it, it's a good deal, since it normally lists for $49.99 plus shipping. The PowerSkin PoP'n latches on to the Lightning port (or microUSB if that's what you order) of your iPhone and sticks to the back of the phone or case. Not all cases will work with it, as you need some clearance around the lightning port, but you could always remove your case if needed. Their website lists the iPhone 5/5s/5c, but it should work with an iPhone 6.
I love using my Calendar app to keep track of my family's schedule. It can only be so helpful, though, when I'm the only one using it. Having a sharable family calendar means that we can all be on the same page—all the time. The family calendar just might be my favorite feature of Family Sharing!
If you were lucky (and brave) enough to pick up an Apple Watch, you probably want to find some killer apps for it. Maybe you want to justify your purchase, or show it off to friends, or just get the most out of your new device. After all, the original iPhone didn't really strut its stuff until the App Store showed up a year later.
Some of Siri's specialized knowledge comes courtesy of WolframAlpha, a service that offers access to an extensive knowledge base. When you ask Siri how many calories are in a bagel, or what the square root of 128 is, Siri's answer comes from WolframAlpha.
Don't forget to enter this weekend's Giveaway Contest!
Hey folks! It's not too late to enter to win a free Apple Watch from iPhone Life! You still have 12 hours left, and it just takes 10 seconds to complete your entry.
I have had my Apple Watch for two weeks now, and I already won't go anywhere without it. It's incredibly convenient for texting, tracking my workouts, and keeping an eye on my schedule and the weather (full review to come in our July/August How-To Guide). So what are you waiting for? Enter to win your very own Apple Watch!
Pros to using ZipGrade:
- Scores are returned instantaneously as the student waits.
- You can see how your entire class did on a test from the Item Analysis screen.
- You can import students and classes and then export them to many online grading sites.
- Backed up to the cloud.
- You have
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.
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.
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.