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May the Force Touch Be with You and Your next iPhone

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At the March 9 Apple event, Apple introduced "Force Touch," which is basically a binary version of touch sensitivity, for the trackpad in the new MacBook as well as for the Apple Watch. Those devices can now distinguish between a touch and a hard touch. This isn't exactly the kind of touch sensitivity that a Wacom tablet would offer, where it recognizes multiple degrees of force. That can be great for artists who want heavier and lighter lines based on pressure. 



Tip of the Day: Be Sure You're Not Using Cellular Data to Make FaceTime Calls

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Some carriers let you make FaceTime calls over their cellular network, which can use up your data unnecessarily. To restrict your FaceTiming to Wi-Fi, go to Settings and tap Cellular.



How the Apple Watch Helps You Meet Health and Fitness Goals

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The Apple Watch is cool. It might be the next big thing in smartwatches, and it's certainly a step above the rest when comparing it to wearable fitness monitors. 



WINNERS of the iPhone Life March 9 Biweekly Giveaway

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

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



Headphones Roundup: Polk Nue Voe, Phiaton MS 100 BA, and TunePhonik iZX5

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I conducted an extensive review of three headphones. This review includes aesthetics, features, and sound. Like many areas of modern electronics, hundreds of headphones exist in a seemingly infinite variety of shapes and sizes. The most important element though, is good fit and good sound. Beyond that, nothing else really matters.



ACCELL PowerGenius: Gadget Power Options Galore!

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I missed these guys this year at CES, but wanted to swing back for a quick product review, since they have one or two new and interesting power gadgets and sent a review unit for us to try out: The PowerGenius Rotating 6-outlet Surge Suppressor ($29.99). If you're an iPhone Lifer, we know you are always on the lookout for smarter power options. ACCELL has an array of portable and home-and-office-oriented solutions to consider.



Review: Real Time Data Usage Tracking from DataMan

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If you’re like me, always on your phone, you’re likely always obsessing over how much data you’re using, especially if you’re on a family plan and need to account for everyone else’s data use, too!



Choosing Which Apple Watch to Buy

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We've "sprung forward." Now we know what the specs are for the Apple Watch, and most importantly, what it will cost, in each configuration. We know that the somewhat smaller watches with a 38 mm case (height) will cost $50 less than the 42 mm ones. We also know there is no functional difference between the smaller one and the larger one. For my money, I will probably get the smaller one. It should be somewhat less bulky and perhaps more importantly, $349 is closer to an impulse buy (at least as Apple products go) versus $399. As an app developer with several watch apps on the horizon, I know I need to own an Apple Watch. But that doesn't mean I need a fancy one.



Tip of the Day: Use Handoff to Seamlessly Go Between iDevices and a Mac

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If you're a Mac user running Yosemite, you'll want to take advantage of the wonderful new Continuity features. One of the aspects of Continuity is Handoff, which lets you continue whatever you were doing when you switch from using your iOS device to a Mac, or vice versa. If you're reading a web page on your iPad, for example, and you then sit down in front of your Mac, an icon will appear on the Mac that, with a click, will let you continue reading that same page on your Mac. Or you can be writing an email on your Mac and then seamlessly continue writing it on your iPhone. You'll need to be running iOS 8 on your device, and you'll need a Mac that's from 2012 or later.



Apple Watch App Rundown

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Thanks to the Apple Watch, we can now get apps everywherefrom our MacBooks on our lap and the iPad on the desk, to our iPhones in our hands and our Apple Watches on our wrist.



Apple Watch Event Roundup: Apple's Incredible Focus on Making Products People Love

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If there was a single theme in today's Apple event, it was the company's extraordinary commitment to be constantly envisioning great products, and then continually refining them. No other company seems to have such a dedicated focus, nor the resources to bring it off. 



I Want an Apple Watch, but Not for $10K!

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You can get a Fitbit to monitor your health activity and get notifcations from your phone. You can get a Pebble to do many of the same things. Both are reasonably priced. Or you can get an Apple Watch in one of three models that blow every other current smart watch/fitness wrist thing right out of the dang water! One of which, an 18kt-gold version is going to retail for at least $10,000 dollars. What!?



The Apple Watch: An Amazing Device, but Not for Me

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Well, the much lauded Apple Watch has finally arrived, and an impressive device it is indeed. It will land on the wrists of consumers worldwide on April 24, 2015. It's truly an amazing invention, but clearly not for me, at least not yet. Let me tell you why.



March 9 Apple Announcement: Apple Watch Availability and Pricing

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Whoever you are, there's an Apple Watch for you. These beautiful timepieces are completely customizable–you choose the face and band. Preorder and preview April 10, available April 24 in the following countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States. Apple is working on making the Apple Watch available everywhere. 



March 9 Apple Announcement: Third-Party Apple Watch Apps

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The Apple Watch is finally here! And with 18-hour battery life, you can use third-party apps all day.

Many of your favorite apps will be available for Apple Watch at launch, which is April 24,  2015. Browse your Instagram feed or call an Uber car right from your watch with the Uber App.



March 9 Apple Announcement: Apple Makes a Fashion Statement with the Apple Watch

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Would you take fashion advice from Apple's Tim Cook, Eddie Cue, Jimmy Iovine, Phil Schiller or even Dr. Dre or Jony Ive? If so, you would probably wear an untucked dress shirt with a button undone or a slim fitting dark t-shirt all the time (except when getting knighted by the Queen.) Thankfully, their fashion sense didn't dictate our options for the Apple Watch.



March 9 Apple Announcement: Native Apps for Apple Watch

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"It's not just with you, it's on you." That's how Tim Cook explains Apple's new Apple Watch. It's everything we hoped it to be, and more! 



March 9 Apple Announcement: How Will ResearchKit Change Our Lives?

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Wow, evidently Apple is not satisfied at having nearly a billion iPhones out there in the world, they are preparing to use them to battle breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Parkinsons just for a start! During today's announcement, Apple rolled out an applications framework, called ResearchKit, which will be openly available for the developing of custom apps to aid in monitoring and surveying potential participants. This new framework, available today, comes with five applications that will enable the use of Apple iPhone sensors. The data gathered can be analysed for symptoms and used to track progress while also helping to minimize the impacts of these grave health issues.



March 9 Apple Announcement: Surprise! Apple News We Didn't Expect

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Apple normally tries to be super secretive before an announcement, but the Apple Watch was an anomaly. Apple took the rare step of introducing it months before it was shipping or even finalized. As Apple did not have a smartwatch product line to protect, they could afford to do so. Plus, it froze consumer purchases of competing gadgets. Still, we didn't know everything about the Apple Watch, until today. And we still have more to learn, once it reaches consumers' hands (and wrists!)



March 9 Apple Announcement: Apple TV-Same Device, Lower Price. Featuring HBO NOW.

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The Apple TV hasn't had a product refresh in about three years. So when Tim Cook brought up the Apple TV at today's event, I was so excited to see what Apple was about to reveal. At long last I thought, a new Apple TV! Something fresh and refined to compete with the likes of the Chromecast and Roku streaming devices!



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