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Is the Apple Watch Kosher?

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It's Passover, so I thought I'd ponder the question "is the Apple Watch Kosher?" Believe it or not, "Kosher" is about more than food. Elevators, lights, and other devices can be consider Kosher or not depending on several factors. The concern is that we are supposed to take the Sabbath as a day of rest... no work. And our actions cannot cause a machine to work on our behalf. That's why "Kosher" elevators stop on every floor during the Sabbath, so you can get on or off, but the machine was operating either way. You didn't touch a button, turning a light on or summoning the elevator. Some folks might keep their lights on (or off) all Sabbath.



Leef iBRIDGE Mobile Memory Adds Storage But at a Price

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Leef gave me their iBRIDGE Mobile Memory (starts at $59.99) to try. I wanted to like it, but I have mixed feelings. It does the job, which is to provide extra storage for your iOS device, and allow for easy transfer between those iOS devices and a computer. But there are some deficiencies.



Apple Posts "Guided Tour" Videos of New Apple Watch

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Apple has begun posting Guided Tour videos of the forthcoming Apple Watch, with four videos currently available and at least seven more coming soon. A five-minute introductory video again refers to the Apple Watch as being intimate and personal and talks about the technologies it uses and the sorts of interactions it offers.



No 4K Apple TV, But How About an 8K iMac?

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The Apple TV is overdue for an upgrade and many new features are expected. One enhancement we may not get to enjoy is 4K resolution. While 4K content is coming online, at an extra cost from Netflix and others, Apple apparently doesn't think it's worth including in the upcoming Apple TV. Perhaps it could be a software upgrade, or Apple wants to leave room for a follow-on model.



Tip of the Day: Use "See Friendship" to Clean Up Your Facebook History

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We’ve all had embarrassing pictures of us posted on Facebook, and sometimes we need to clean up our borderline-mortifying past! There is an easy way to do that, especially if one friend is guiltier than others of posting pictures of you.



One More Thing to Buy With Your Apple Watch: AppleCare+

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When you buy your Apple Watch, as early as 12:01am Pacific Time on April 10, you will be asked if you want to buy one more thing... AppleCare+. 9to5mac.com is reporting captured screenshots showing a fee of $59, $79, or $999 for the Sport, Watch, and Edition models, respectively. $59 is actually pretty reasonable for the low-end model, depending on what it covers. A watch is likely to get dinged up more than most phones and tablets, as you bump into walls, doors, cars, etc. without concern for your watch.



Skylink Offers Home Security for the Do It Yourselfer

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Skylink allowed me to try its SK-200 Alarm System Starter Kit ($149.99). This is a compact, easily giftable solution for anyone looking for home security without the contract and monthly payments. Because it is mostly wireless and compact, it could be a great solution for apartment or dorm dwellers looking to add a little security without permanently installing a wired system.



Tip of the Day: How to Switch Between Keyboards on Your iPhone

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If you are bilingual, either between English and Spanish or between English and emoji, chances are you’ve had some experience with keyboards. You can access new keyboards whether you're fluent in another language, have a need to use emojis to express yourself, or want to use a third-party keyboard.



Use Your Old Fashioned Watch for One More Thing

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If you still use an old-fashioned watch to set alarms, but plan to upgrade to an Apple Watch, you have one last alarm to set. At 12:01a.m. Pacific the morning of April 10, the Apple Watch will be available for preorders. I anticipated this, and had already set my iCal alarm for 3 a.m. EST, when the 10th was announced as the order date.



App Review: getAbstract

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In a world of digital content, publishersnow a wider range of publishers than ever— while continuing to create bound books, increasingly create digital-only publications. Combine all those books with economics reports from think tanks and talks on the TED stage, and business people looking for the latest insight could spend more time trolling, curating, and reading than they do working and living. So in a world of outsourced assistance and quick returns comes the app getAbstract (free), from getAbstract, the company that condenses the essential lessons from business books and makes them available in a quick-to-read format.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Up an Apple ID for a Child Under 13

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Apple allows children under the age of 13 to have their own Apple ID if the account is created and verified by a parent or guardian, and only for the purpose of being added to a Family Group for Family Sharing. Having an Apple ID will allow your child to use services such as FaceTime, Game Center, iMessage, and iCloud. 



Review: The Trident Kraken Case

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This past weekend, during a long train trip (over six hours each way) I had the opportunity to try Kraken iPhone Case ($49.95). I appreciated the kickstand as it allowed me to flip down the tray table and catch up on some TV shows during the ride!



The Power of the Force Touch, and Emojis

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My colleague Jim Karpen has already revealed the rumor that Force Touch may find its way into the next iPhone. But what is Force Touch and why should we care? Apple Watch ambassador Christie Turlington-Burns has been blogging for four weeks now about her use of the Apple Watch in preparing for a marathon. Her latest missive discusses the use of Force Touch as she reveals her family has Apple Watches as well. She can send emoticons from her watch to theirs, and using Force Touch, change the image.



Last Chance to Enter Our April 6 Biweekly Giveaway!

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Don't forget to enter this weekend's Giveaway Contest! 

Here's how it works: Every other weekend we raffle off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE then announce the winners through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code. If you win an accessory, we will ask you for your mailing address.



Tip of the Day: How to Keep Your Camera From Tracking Your Location

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Having a difficult time remembering where that picture from your spontaneous trip to the beach was taken? Or at what time you captured that beautiful sunset? The great thing about geotagging is that you’ll never be left wondering when or where a particular photo was taken again—but for many, that might not be such a good thing.



More Rumors that Next iPhone Will Include Force Touch

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One of the special features of the forthcoming Apple Watch is Force Touch: the device senses the level of pressure of your touch. It can distinguish between a light tap and a firmer press, with the latter triggering a contextual menu. This feature has also now been included in two of Apple's new laptops. And rumors are flying that it will also be in the forthcoming iPhones. 



Favorite iPhone 6 Battery Cases

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OtterBox Resurgence Power Case ($99.95) 

Military-grade protection, a 2,600 mAh battery, and an auto-stop charge are some of the key features of this case. The auto-stop charge means that the case will stop charging your battery when it reaches 100 percent, saving the battery power for later when you need it. Available in black, glacier, cardinal, and mint ice.



Samsung Boots Management as iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Gain

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Samsung had an advantage over Apple for years by offering larger phones or "phablets" while Apple stuck with 4-inch iPhones. That changed with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which offer a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, respectively. Korea-based Samsung is also getting squeezed at the low-end by cheaper Android phones from Xiomi and other Chinese manufacturers.



The Evolution of Bluetooth Speakers: A Review of Four Speakers From Mini to Mega

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The Bluetooth speaker market continues to evolve. But rather than delivering consumers a bunch of also-ran mid-sized speakers designed for adequacy, the speaker market is taking a cue from evolution. Bluetooth speakers are evolving to fill consumer niches. Like the beetle, a creature that has evolved from near microscopic forms to gargantuan entities, Bluetooth speakers range from tiny, pocket-sized offerings to huge, credenza-filling sizes.



Tip of the Day: How to Add Favorites to Apple Maps

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If you use Apple Maps to get around and you have identified specific locations you want to travel to, you can save those locations as Favorites in Maps. Then when you need to travel to that location, you can simply tap on the name in Favorites and then tap Directions. It can be a real convenience, especially if you're planning a route with multiple stops.



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