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Review: The Glimpse App and Widget

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Do you find yourself heading back to the same websites over and over again, especially those which update often? 

Arno Appenzeller has developed a new new app called Glimpse ($2.99) that let's you see all your favorite websites in one quick glance. Once you download the app, you can add web pages into it that will then show up as a widget in your Today view, located in your Notification Center. 



Apple Watch Rumored for March

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Much is known about the Apple Watch — except for the date of its arrival. And we'll likely be seeing many rumors in that regard. On Tuesday 9To5Mac passed along the rumor that the Apple Watch will go on sale in March, with staff training scheduled for mid-February. Citing sources familiar with the Apple Watch's development, 9To5Mac said that representatives from Apple Stores across the US will be sent for training Feb 916 to familiarize them with the new watch. Prior to the release, these employees will then train other Apple Store personnel. At least that's the plan. Apple itself probably hasn't yet pinned down a date when it will go on sale, since it all depends on how smoothly production goes.



Dish, Not Apple, Disrupts Cable Industry with New $20 Streaming TV Service

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Despite Apple's best efforts to line up a streaming TV offering and disrupt the cable TV industry, Dish has succeeded where Apple has failed, announcing their new Sling TV service that will cost $20 per month. Their bundle of 12 channels will initially include ESPN, ESPN2, CNN, TBS, TNT, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, and Cartoon Network. More are expected to be added. Plus, for $10 per month one can purchase add-on packages of special-interest channels, such as news and children's programming. This is the sort of low-cost, à la carte offering that many had been hoping for. The web-based service can be streamed to one's computer, smart TV, and mobile devices. There's no contract, no installation fee, no special equipment, and no credit check.



Tip of the Day: Spotlight in iOS 8 Offers Movie Info, Web Search, Wikipedia, Maps, and More

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Spotlight has long been a great feature of iOS, and is especially useful at helping you find apps that are buried away in a folder on your device. Since iOS 7 you invoke this handy search tool by simply swiping down on any home screen. (But keep in mind that if you swipe down from the very top of the display you'll get Notification Center instead.) In iOS 8, introduced last fall, Apple greatly expanded what Spotlight can do. In addition to finding apps and text strings in apps such as Mail and Notes, it also now searches the web, searches Wikipedia, finds related apps in the App Store, finds related movies, and even brings up results in Maps if you search on a location.



Apple Now Selling Unlocked iPhone 6, 6 Plus

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Apple began selling unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models on Tuesday that can be used with carriers around the world, as well as with with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint in the U.S. An unlocked iPhone 6 with 16GB costs $649 and 6 Plus $749. Apple had already been selling an unlocked model, but it came with a T-Mobile SIM card. 



Wizard Golf: Become a Scratch Level Sorcerer!

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Wizard Golf (free) is the most bizarre, yet weirdly addictive game you are likely to find in the App Store. Featuring retro dungeon-crawler-style graphics, this hybrid golf-strategy game is a keeper, if only for the right to say (when people ask), "I'm playing Wizard Golf!"



Jabra Stealth: A Bluetooth Headset with Big Features in a Tiny Package

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Jabra has been at the forefront of noise cancelling Bluetooth headsets since the early days of the iPhone. Their most recent headset, the Jabra Stealth, is the culmination of years of experience in a remarkably tiny, comfortable earpiece. I don't normally like Bluetooth headsets because they interfere with my glasses or are uncomfortable inside my ear.



Deciding Which Essential Accessories to Buy for Your New iPhone

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You just bought a new iPhone, or better, received one as a holiday gift. It comes in a perfectly wrappable white box, complete with headphone, a charger and a cable for charging and data interchange. It even comes with a bit of iCloud storage for backups and file access.

What more could you want?



How I Crafted My Own iPhone 6 Case Solution Just in time for CES

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Unlike the early days of Apple iOS hardware, finding cases for newly released Apple hardware has become relatively easy, especially when you compare it to the availability of the devices themselves. Within a few days of receiving my iPhone 6, a couple of manufacturers sent me samples. With CES coming up, I’m sure I will see and experience a wide variety of cases within the next few weeks, some variations on existing themes in larger sizes, and others, inspired by Apple’s venture into largess, that are new innovations.

So far I have spent time creating my own innovative solutions, as I mixed and matched cases from multiple sources.



Tip of the Day: How to Display and Hide Birthdays in the Calendar App

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Birthdays are a great thing to celebrate with those you care about. If you have someone's birthday saved with their contact information, the Calendar app will automatically create an all-day event for that date. However, with Facebook event integration now built-in to the Contacts and Calendar apps, you might be seeing more birthdays than you'd like to. Fortunately, hiding birthdays from your calendar is a simple process.



GeekFuel is the Gift that Keeps on Giving Year Round

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The holidays are over, but if you didn't get what you want, don't fret. GeekFuel offers monthly surprise gifts in 3-, 6-, or 12-month increments. Each gift box is about the size of a shoebox, and promises $40 or more of value. You can expect a wide variety of items, but they are all geek-oriented items such as comics, science fiction, and technology. A t-shirt is in each box (you specify the size) but you can also expect things like Pez dispensers, comic books, stickers, posters, mini figures, action figures, downloadable content, and more.



Jamstik Helps with That New Year's Resolution to Learn to Play Guitar

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A year ago, I bought our daughter an acoustic guitar, complete with instructional DVDs. That guitar has collected dust ever since. But now, I have the Zivix Jamstik which should change that. The Jamstik helps kids (and adults) learn how to play the guitar using tools they are already comfortable with, like an iPhone or iPad and apps. It connects wirelessly via Wi-Fi, or via USB to a Mac. The Jamstik works with over a dozen apps like GarageBand or other MIDI apps, as well as the included Jamstik Connect, JamMix, and JamTutor apps from Zivix.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 3: Diving Deeper

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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 fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 3 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here (This post has been updated to iOS 8.0, Xcode 6 and Swift.)

In my previous post, we started the process of creating a prototype of an iPhone app called iAppsReview. You learned how to create a new project in Xcode, how to add a storyboard to a project and configure it, and how to add a navigation controller to a storyboard. You had just begun to configure the table view, which we will finish in this post. You'll learn how to create multiple sections in a table view, set section header text, add images to a project, and incorporate them in table-view cells.



January 12th Biweekly Giveaway!

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This is the official announcement of the iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iPhoneLife.com/giveaways to win prizes, which we'll announce January 12! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.



Apple Pay May Work with All Newer NFC Terminals, Including in Europe

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The New York Times has a helpful article that narrates writer Mike Isaac's spending a day using Apple Pay. His experience varied widely, going off without a hitch at some businesses and causing a bit of confusion at others. His best experience was at Whole Foods, where the clerk estimated that three out of every 20 customers use Apple Pay. At Babies "R" Us he never did get it to work after waving his iPhone four times. At some places the clerks were familiar with Apple Pay, at others they just gave him a blank look. Overall, he feels that there's room for improvement among the retailers.

But what really caught my attention in this article were two comments that were posted explaining that the newer "chip-and-PIN" credit card terminals apparently accept Apple Pay by default. One person posting a comment said that these terminals are universal in Europe and that he was able to use Apple Pay a number of times there. He just waved his iPhone and it worked.



Tip of the Day: How to Use Widgets

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Apple doesn’t often allow you to modify user experiences. I'm not saying that’s a bad thing, but it’s even more fun when you can! iOS users are now able to modify the “Today” view in the pull-down Notification Center in iOS 8.



ROCKI Makes Your Existing Speakers Wireless Without Bluetooth

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If you already have made an investment in speakers and want to turn them into wireless ones, there are a few options. You could get a Bluetooth adapter, but you would have to deal with the latency and distance limitations of that technology. On the high-end, there are SONOS speakers which use Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, but they are expensive and don't take advantage of your existing speakers.



You Can Now Analyze Wind Speed with the iPhone!

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It never ceases to amaze me what you can do with an iPhone, especially when paired with add-on accessories. Case in point, Vaavud makes a Smartphone Wind Meter ($40) that attaches to an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone. Unlike most accessories that connect via Bluetooth or Lightning, this gadget connects via the audio-in jack, just like the Square credit card reader. Because newer iPhones have the audio jack on the bottom, you flip the phone upside down and run their companion app while holding the iPhone in the air.



Roto: A Simple Puzzle Game to Test Your Wits While Having Fun

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If you are a sucker for addictive, challenging games, then you just found yourself one. Whether you are simply killing time, aiming for bragging rights, or love pushing your limits, Roto (free) can get your competitive spirits going with its simple yet challenging mechanics.



How to Follow an Interest on Pinterest (as opposed to Following a Pinner)

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Some people say that Pinterest is the new Google. People head to Pinterest to search for project ideas, recipes, and news about their favorite topics. Using the Follow Interest tool, you can easily find new pins about your favorite topics without following other pinners one at a time. Pinterest will find the most popular pins from all of of the users who are posting about the topics you love and display them in your Pinterest feed. I've used this feature to find new pinners to follow and find more great pins about my favorite topics: health & fitness, technology, and DIY. 



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