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6.8 Million Smartwatches Sold Last Year; Apple Projected to Sell 42 Million in 2015

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April is getting closer, and we'll soon know if Apple has yet another winner. A lot is riding on the Apple Watch. Wall Street is eager to know that Apple can continue to disrupt industries. Consumers are eager to know that Apple can still come up with the goods. Expectations are high. 



Tip of the Day: How to Bypass a Bluetooth Device When Taking or Making a Call on Your iPhone

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A lot of gadgets connect via the iPhone’s built-in Bluetooth these days. But what if you’re listening to music on your portable speaker and don’t want the whole room to hear your conversation once you pick up the phone?



Apple Stock Heads into the Stratosphere, Doubles Next-Highest Stock

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I hope you have some shares of Apple stock, because it just keeps going up. The stock closed over $133 on Monday, giving Apple a market capitalization of $775 billion. That's more than double the market cap of Exxon Mobil, the next highest stock, at $346 billion. According to the Wall Street Journal, this doubling is a rare event, and the last time it happened was 30 years ago when IBM doubled up on Exxon. Earlier this month Apple was the first company in history to exceed $700 billion in market capitalization. Apple stock is up 19 percent in 2015. I hate to say it, but now might be a good time to sell. Everyone is bullish on Apple, and that's typically a good time to cash in. The time to buy is when everyone is dumping a stock, as happened with Apple during the crash in early 2009.



An iPhone 6 Case Roundup 1- Post CES 2015

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This case round-up looks at the first big wave of iPhone 6 cases that I received after the Consumer Electronics Show. Keep in mind that price doesn’t necessarily reflect the quality or protection attributes of the cases. It is very difficult to compare cases to each other because you need to include your own personal use case in the equation. As you read these reviews, think about the following questions:



Pebble Announces New Apple Watch Competitor

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On Tuesday Pebble announced their new Pebble Time watch, which will be available in May. At the same time, they launched a new Kickstarter campaign to help fund the device, with a starting price of $159 and an expected retail price of $199. Pebble Time uses a new interface called Timeline that's based on a timeline that includes notifications, news, weather, sports, traffic, reminders, and more. Like the Apple Watch, the timeline elements are fed by apps. And like the Apple Watch, you can get information at a glance. The new interface puts apps more in the background and exerts a bit more control over the user experience. This, too, is reminiscent of Apple Watch. 



Tip of the Day: How to Slow Down the Triple- and Double-Click Shortcuts

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The triple- and double-click shortcuts are designed to let you easily maneuver through a few features of your iPhone. The double-click shortcut lets you find the recent apps you’ve used as well as recent Contacts, and the triple-click shortcut allows you to quickly enter most Accessibility features. However, the triple- and double-click Home commands have a default setting that might be too fast for some to push. 



WINNERS of the iPhone Life February 23 Biweekly Giveaway

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Thanks to everyone who entered the February 23 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 March 9 giveaway and tell your friends to enter too!

And the winner is... (drum roll please):



Parents Note: Google Releases New "YouTube Kids" App

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YouTube just made the job of parenting a little easier with their new YouTube Kids app (free). The Internet is such a trove of content, and naturally kids want to have access to it. But there's so much there that parents would rather they not be exposed to. YouTube Kids provides a walled garden of content that's rich enough to keep children entertained and to provide opportunities for discovery and learning but that keeps out things parents would rather they not see. 



Mysterious Apple Vans with Rooftop Sensors Roaming the Country

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Mysterious vans registered to Apple that have an array of sensors mounted on the roof have been spotted around the continental U.S., including California, New York, Wisconsin, and Florida, as well as Hawaii and Panama. According to AppleInsider, the vehicles appear to be carrying cameras, LIDAR, and GPS equipment. Apple, of course, isn't saying anything.



Vote Now in the iPhone Life Photo Contest: Voting Ends March 7!

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Vote now in the iPhone Life iPhone Photography Contest! The voting deadline is Saturday, March 7. Click HERE to choose your favorite images. The top nine photos will be featured in an upcoming issue of iPhone Life magazine.



Latest Apple Video, Shot Entirely on iPad Air 2, Features High School Students Making Videos

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Apple aired a new video during the Oscars that featured high school students making videos, with voice-over by Hollywood director Martin Scorsese. The video, which shows snippets of the students' videos as well as behind-the-scenes shots, was filmed entirely on the iPad Air 2. 



Are You Ready for Warmer Weather? Gear Up with These Rugged Outdoor Accessories.

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Even though it's still winter across much of the U.S., spring is just around the corner with its longer days, warming temperatures, and the promise of outdoor adventures. And after what has been such an intense winter for much of the country, playing in the beautiful spring air probably sounds pretty good to many of you right about now. To that end, we've rounded up some of the best, must-have gear for your spring and summertime fun.



Tip of the Day: How to Use Guided Access for Toddlers

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Little ones love using iDevices with the games and the swiping and the buttons. However, the owners of those devices may not love it when their toddler starts accessing other apps, notes, or the actual phone. Luckily, there is a way to disable all apps but the one you want your toddler to play with. 



This Week's Gaming Distraction: Radiation Island

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Mobile games can be more than just match-three puzzles and in-app purchases; they can also create a genuinely compelling environment and immerse you in another world. The folks at Atypical Games provided me with a download code to play their latest release, the first-person survival horror game Radiation Island. In it, you are deposited on a mysterious island with nothing but your bare hands; you must find food, craft tools, fend off dangerous animals and zombies, and try to uncover the island's secrets. This may sound a little like Minecraft, especially considering the crafting mechanic, but Radiation Island's gorgeous graphics and open environment appealed to me in a way that Mojang's blocky world hasn't quite matched. I've quickly become invested in my character's fate and spent many hours wandering and trying to survive.



Tip of the Day: Use Reader Mode in Safari for Easier Reading

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Web pages are often cluttered with ads and menus, all of which can be distracting if you're just trying to focus on reading the text. Fortunately, Safari has a Reader Mode that removes all those distractions and presents the page's text and images in a simple and attractive fashion.



Review: Punfound Word Game App

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Would it be corny to say that a game about puns is punny? 

Punfound (f re e) is a new word game app, and it's pretty dang punny (yeah, I went there).



Olloclip Does it Again, Big Time

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I've written often about Olloclip and their clip-on lenses for iPhones. Their latest batch supports both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, using an insert for each phone. This is great if you have both types of phones in your household, or if you might upgrade later. We have a few iPhone 6 phones in the family, but might add a 6 Plus to the household, so it's always nice when accessory makers keep multiple devices in mind.



Tip of the Day: How to Quickly Zoom In on Your iPhone or iPad Screen

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If you constantly find yourself squinting at your iPhone screen and you're tired of always pinching and zooming in and out, you can try turning on your iPhone's Zoom setting for easy zooming.



Bloomberg: Apple Targeting Year 2020 for Producing Cars

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The New York Times has jumped on the bandwagon and is also now reporting that Apple is focused on developing a car. Citing "two people with knowledge of the company’s plans," the Times said that Apple has assembled a team of over 200 people to work on an electric car. And on Thursday we got the first hint of a timetable: Bloomberg reported that Apple is pushing its team to get the car ready by 2020. That's extremely ambitious, Bloomberg says, given that it typically takes an experienced car manufacturer five to seven years to bring a new model to market. The report says that Apple will likely be competing with both Tesla and General Motors, which are planning to begin selling an electric car in 2017 for under $40,000 that will go 200 miles on a single charge. 



Convoto: The Conversion App that Apple Left Out

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Apple does a great job with apps in addition to hardware, and several of its "extra" iOS apps are must haves—Keynote and Pages are two examples. But the company should have included a conversion app, either as part of the calculator app or as a standalone one. Fortunately, there is Convoto, an elegant tool for conversions. The interface is nice and clean, clearly inspired by Clear, the to-do app. Rather than garish buttons, a swipe interface is used. Multiple rainbow-colored selections distinguish the numerous conversion options.



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