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Deals on Non-Apple Smartwatches


The Apple Watch isn't the only game in town, and Apple has left quite an opening in the sub-$300 range. Competition is good, and several smart watch makers offer a lot more than just a lower price. Martian Watches offer a traditional analog clock face paired with a small strip of a digital display for Caller ID and text notifications. This saves battery life, and the analog clock uses its own battery which lasts as long as a year. Their higher-end models also add a Bluetooth Speakerphone with Siri voice control. Pebble offers waterproof watches, with e-paper display for a battery life of about a week.

Apple ][ Watch Discovered!


Behold the Apple ][ Watch. No, this isn't the Apple Watch 2.0 but a "smart" watch based on the original Apple ][ which holds a fond place in my heart, as my first computer. The handiwork that went in to this design is incredible and deserves praise from Jony Ive. It may be "putty" in color and not "Aluminium" but it's a thing of beauty, to me at least; you never forget your first computer!

Make iPhone Calls Over Wi-Fi with iOS 8.3


Apple just released iOS 8.3 with new emojis and other features, but the most important feature, for Sprint users at least, may be the ability to seamlessly use Wi-Fi to make phone calls. You need to edit some settings to make this magic work. Go to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calls. T-Mobile customers have already been able to do this, and now Sprint users of the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, and 6 Plus can join in on the fun. And those calls do not count against your cellular minutes!

Congratulations Photo Contest Winners!


A huge thank you to everyone who entered our May/June iPhone Photography Contest! We had so much fun seeing all of your creative shots.

The following are last issue’s winners:

Tip of the Day: How to set up Family Sharing


Though I love the idea of sharing an iTunes account with my family (who really wants to have to purchase the same song three times so everyone in the house can have it?), the job of setting up your Family Sharing account can be daunting. Here's a quick tutorial about how to set up your Family Sharing account. Stay tuned to our Tip of the Day posts to see how to add a child to your Family Group, turn off sharing of certain items, and more. 

Introducing iPhone Life Insider


Your iPhone is packed with cool features and amazing capabilities. But let's be honest; how much of your iPhone's functionality do you actually take advantage of? And isn't there that one thing that you wish you knew how to do with your iPhone, such as setting up your calendar or using call waiting, but you just don't have the time to figure it out? That's why we created the iPhone Life Insider program. Whether you're an iPhone newbie or an iOS enthusiast, or you just can't shake the feeling there's more to your iPhone than you know, iPhone Life Insider can take you to the next level of iPhone and iPad expertise!

Apple Watch Reviews Begin Appearing, Mostly Enthusiastic


Lucky journalists who get to have an Apple Watch long before anyone else. Now they're beginning to post their reviews, having used it for a week or more. Mostly they're very positive, but say that it takes time to get familiar with the new interface. Also, they say that this is clearly a first-generation device. In general, they seem agreed that the Apple Watch is opening up a new way of doing things.

Review: Jot Script 2, Evernote Edition Stylus


You have a stylus. You subscribe to Evernote. But did you ever think to combine the two?

Well, Adonit did. They recently released the Jot Script 2 stylus ($74.99), which ships with a free six months of Evernote Premium. 

Apple Watch Packaging Leaked


Perhaps it's because Apple is so secretive, or because the Apple Watch was preannounced long before its availability, but leaked photos of a watch "in the wild" with its packaging is being analyzed over and over. AppleInsider shows these photos from a now-private Instagram account.

Tip of the Day: How to Color Code Emails for Greater Security


iOS 8 has a neat feature that lets you color code emails that you're sending to help you avoid information falling into the hands of the wrong person. You've probably had the experience of inadvertently sending an email to the wrong person — and the problems that can cause. Apple's Mail now has a feature that lets you identify a particular domain and alerts you with a red color if you're sending an email outside of that domain. For example, if you want to make sure you don't inadvertently send your work-related emails to someone outside your company, you can stipulate your company's domain. Recipients within the company will have their email address appear blue in the To field, and the email address of recipients outside the company will appear red.

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