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Hands-on with the Apple Watch

Following yesterday’s event, a number of attendees were provided with the opportunity to go hands-on with a finished version of the Apple Watch with fully functional software.

Apple allowed journalists to try out demo versions of the new device when it was announced last fall, but this is much different. This time around, they were given the ability to launch apps, navigate menus and play with different features.

Several sources have shared new tidbits and impressions on the device, which we’ve rounded up below.  They are expected to help create a proper picture of what to wait from your Watch next month. 

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Apple Watch is set to go on sale April 24, with preorders and hands-on previews in stores beginning April 10. The Sport version will be available starting from $349, the stainless steel version will start at $549, and the luxury Apple Watch Edition will start at $10,000.

In addition to Apple wearables, the company also announced an all-new 12-inch MacBook with a high-resolution Retina display and a click-less Force Touch trackpad. The MacBook will be available April 10 starting at $1,299.

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Ahead of launch, Apple Watch wins noted iF Design Gold Award

Ahead an expected debut in April, Apple’s Watch won design awards at the 2015 iF Design Awards, an annual industrial design competition dating back to 1954.

TIF upcoming device was given the iF Design Gold award from the iF International Forum Design. The organization declared that the Cupertino-designed smartwatch is “already an icon.”

“The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

Overall, 1,124 products were granted an iF Label, while only 47 won the gold award for excellence.

The wearables went up against more than 3,200 other designs in the Product discipline, the largest iF award area that deals with several commercial industries, including vehicles, medical devices, smartphones, computers, tableware, kitchen equipment, furniture, bathroom products and more.

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Each product was judged by a number of criteria, including design quality, workmanship, choice of materials, degree of innovation, environmental friendliness, functionality, ergonomics, visualization for use, safety, brand value and branding, and universal design. 

It is not the first time, when Apple’s creations are granted an award. Nearly every company’s product has won one, including most of the iPhone and iPad case the company has produced.

The Apple Watch is set to debut in April in several countries.

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Apple Watch reportedly to get ‘Power Reserve’ mode to conserve battery life

Ahead of the company‘s media event, The New York Times has shared a piece about the culmination of the Watch project.

Among the new details is the existence of an unannounced “Power Reserve” mode for the device that will display only the time in order to stretch the smart-watch’s battery longer and make for less frequent charging. According to the company’s statement, the watch battery is estimated to last a full day, requiring an owner to charge it at night, similar to a smartphone. The low-power mode will display the time only and will be able to do so on even very little battery.

Apple has said the watch battery is estimated to last a full day, requiring a user to charge it at night, similar to a smartphone. The company also developed a yet-to-be-announced feature called Power Reserve, a mode that will run the watch on low energy but display only the time, according to one employee.”

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The wearables were previously reported to get approximately 19 hours of average usage time per day, combining in-app functions with standby time, as well as 2.5 hours of straight heavy app usage. Improving battery life appears to be a main goal of development since the Watch’s initial debut in September. Tim Cook has also said several times that the product will need to be charged every night, implying approximately one day of battery life.

The source also reported that while the new product has been widely tested by Apple employees, the iPhone maker did work to conceal a lot of those prototypes by disguising them to resemble Samsung smartwatches.

Apple is expected to offer more specifics at its event on March 9th, where the company will reveal more details about Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch makes US magazine cover debut with Victoria’s Secret Angel

In October 2014, the Apple Watch released its magazine cover with Vogue China, featuring the Chinese model Liu Wen. Now, as the company prepares to reveal the Apple Watch in April, the device is given its U.S. magazine cover debut. Its March issue will feature cover model Candice Swanepoel, best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, wearing Apple’s unreleased smartwatch. 

Considering Swanepoel’s athletic prowess, it was the best accessory for her sporty cover shoot. She told SELF, “I’m an athlete. I use every single muscle, especially my core and arms, when I pose. It’s so important for me to feel strong!”

Candice Swanepoel will be demonstrating the Apple Watch Sport with a white fluoroelastomer band. Self also gives a brief overview of Apple Watch’s features, such as its accelerometer, heart rate sensor, GPS and WiFi in print and in photos. 

Self will probably one of many publications to feature the Apple Watch in the coming weeks as the product‘s launch approaches, and the company plans to market the Apple Watch to a wide range of potential customers.

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Aside from existing details on the upcoming device, the short blurb on SELF’s website does not give new information regarding Apple’s forthcoming wearable. It is also unclear if the print version will bring a more comprehensive look at the new product.

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The iPhone maker asked several developers to make content for the Apple Watch to have their apps completed by mid-February. Apple is also reportedly inviting certain developers to its Cupertino headquarters to put the finishing touches on some Apple Watch apps. 

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the Apple Watch will hit the market in April, but the exact date is still unclear.

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iRing-motion controller to direct your music on iPhone and iPad

Motion control continues to enter the tech world and one of the latest inventions is a really brilliant idea. IK Multimedia’s iRing turns your iPad into a musical instrument and allows users to control music using hand gestures alone.

The iRing system consists of two pedestal-like objects, which you place between your fingers on each hand. There are three linear dots on one side and three dots aligned like a triangle on the other. Each side has a various pattern that the iRing Music Maker recognizes. The triangular ring should be worn on your left hand and the linear one on your right. To produce different control results, you are tasked to waving your hand in different directions. The triangle pattern ring must be used to speed up or slow down the beat by moving your hand closer to and further from the iPad camera. With the iRing you can control what type of bass line you will use. You are also given the ability to randomize the loops by rotating your hand 90 degrees. The patterns controls are ranged depending on how close or far you are from the screen.

The iRing requires no batteries, no constant app updates, or any special drivers. They fit between two fingers like some high-tech brass knuckles, so, they fit every size hand. They are very comfortable to wear for a long time, as each ring weighs just 5.67 grams.

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The new accessory makes it possible for you to mix loops, trigger beats, and set parameters using the special iRing Music Maker app.iPhone and iPad

iRing FX/Controller is a free companion app, which provides a simple interface for playing electronic music on the fly. Once the app installed, open it up, register your iRing, and start making music.

The Ring system is available for $24.99 and can be ordered via the IK Multimedia website.

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Divoom Airbeat-10 compact wireless Bluetooth speaker

Are you looking for a Bluetooth speaker, which is small enough to share your bag with keys and purse? Then, The Airbeat-10 from Divoom is a good solution for you.

The Airbeat-10 is another stunning sound device with wireless connectivity via Bluetooth. That means, that you can easily connect this audio device with your Bluetooth enabled devices and wired devices.

The Airbeat-10 is splash-proof, which means it can be used in the shower or on the beach. It has an integrated microphone that allows a hands-free communication session.

Also, it is a portable Bluetooth speaker so you can carry it in your bag or hand. The Airbeat-10 comes packaged with bike mounts, so you can attach Divoom speaker anywhere you want. The suction cup that comes with the Airbeat-10 as well makes it possible to stick it to just about anywhere. 

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The Airbeat-10 itself is a very compact wireless Bluetooth speaker with a dimensions of 87 x 78 x 45 mm, that has a built-in rechargeable battery of 500 mAh which can be used up to 6 hours in continuation and can be recharged in just 2.5 hours via USB cable. The Bluetooth version 3.0 used in the speaker provides connection up to10 meters.

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The Divoom Airbeat-10 is available in several color versions, including “Passion Red, Sky Blue, Pearl White and Smart Black”and priced at $30.

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Elgato’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock-basic Mac accessory with a lot of promise

Thunderbolt 2 Dock is a new solution to ramp up the speed of your devices and boost the performance of integrated USB 3.0, HDMI video, and analog audio-out ports.

The Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock has an appealing design and matches well with virtually any device in Apple’s line-up of personal computers. It has a silver aluminum frame with a black plastic core, looking almost similar to the previous model. However, the newer version’s front and rear ports are located in different orders.

Elgato features three USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, a 3.5mm microphone input port, a USB-to-analog 3.5mm audio out port, a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and an HDMI port.

The Dock’s USB 3.0 ports feature standalone 1.5-Amp power output with USB Battery Charging 1.2/UASP standard compliance, which is enough to make sure your iPhone or iPad can charge when connected.

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The HDMI port now supports the HDMI 1.4b standard and 4096×2160 resolution output in case you happen to connect your Mac to a 4K monitor.

The USB 3 ports guarantee enhanced speeds, which means that USB 3.0 hardware will transfer files faster, and the sounds will be a bit more deep and rich. A separate audio input port also makes it possible to simultaneously connect a high-quality microphone for conference calls or any other project that benefits from having your voice heard.

The Gigabit Ethernet port provides your MacBook with a wired connection.

The companion software can be downloaded from Elagto’s support site.

Thunderbolt 2 Dock, a basic accessory that benefits about any Mac owner, is available for $230.

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Selfy case gives iPhone GoPro-like abilities

iLuv Creative Technology introduced a new iPhone case, that aims to offer adventurous people, who love a good selfie, a way to capture their action-filled moments. Called Selfy, the new product is not just one more protective case for the Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus, but also a new way to take photos and videos. 

iLuv makes it possible to always have a quick way to snap a selfie and inlcudes GoPro accessory, which is easy to setup and adjust. The case is equipped with the innovative remote, which can be seamlessly integrated. You just need to slid it out when it’s time to take a quick photo, and fit back into the case after the procedure is complete. The remote is conveniently stored  in the back of the case and slides out for use. The selfy remote controls the device’s shutter with the only touch of a button, without requiring any third-party apps. All you need to do is just pair the remote to your phone via Bluetooth. The remote can be connected to iPhones 6, iPhone 5/s, iPad mini and iPad Air, currently excluding Air 2. 

Power and volume buttons are covered and the mute switch can be simply accessed along with the Lightning port.

In addition to the basic package, users can slide in one of six convenient accessories, including a mini tripod, car mount, helmet mount and more, and help users capture moments ranging from family reunions to outdoor activities.

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iLuv’s selfy ecosystem is set to debut at the 2015 International CES, which runs Jan. 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Selfy Connector for GoPro Mounts can be purchased for $9.99 via iLuv’s online store while the iLuv Selfy Case is price at $15.22 via Amazon. The package also comes with a Built-in Wireless Camera Shutter for Apple iPhone 5s / iPhone 5.

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Apple stops signing iOS 8.1,downgrades impossible

Apple has stopped signing iOS 8.1 meaning there is no way to either upgrade to it, or downgrade to it. Instead, you’ll have to go directly to iOS 8.1.1.

Fortunately,TaiG has released a jailbreak utility for iOS 8.1.1 that works on Windows. iOS 8.1.1 was officially jailbroken. TaiG can be used to jailbreak iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 8, iOS 8.0.2, iOS 8.1, and iOS 8.1. It works well and is pretty easy to follow along.

Users who have already been jailbroken on iOS 8.1 can decide whether to stay put on iOS 8.1 or upgrade to iOS 8.1.1. But those who’re not jailbroken and are currently on a non-jailbreakable firmware, have to upgrade to iOS 8.1.1 if they wish to jailbreak now.

taig-jailbreakYou can use the below instructions on how to jailbreak your device.

Step 1: Download the latest version of TaiG jailbreak on your computer, and unzip the zip file. You are also required the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2: Connect your device to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3: If you have password on your iPhone or iPad, disable it from Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.

Step 4: Turn off Find my iPhone from Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone.

Step 5: Launch TaiGJBreak as an Administrator. Right click on the TaiG exe and select the “Run as Administrator” option.

Step 6: TaiG will take some time to detect your device. Once done, deselect the TaiG App Store, just below Cydia 1.1.16.

Step 7: Click on the green jailbreak button to proceed:TaiGJBreak will start the jailbreak.

Step 8: After the jailbreak is complete, your device will reboot automatically, and you will see the Cydia icon on the Home screen.

Congratulations, your device is jailbroken!

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iXpand Flash Drive-‘iPhone for Life’ plan with USB and Lightning connectors

Sprint, the nation’s fourth-largest carrier, announced the iXpand Flash Drive, that allows users to transfer images, videos, and other data between an iOS device with a Lightning connector and a desktop or notebook with a normal USB port. iXpand Flash Drive is a similar ‘iPad for Life’ plan for the latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 and offers customers to have an iPad for $0 down and monthly payments over the course of a 24 month lease. Its monthly payments vary depending on the storage capacity.

The flash drive works with the iXpand sync app, which can be configured to automatically sync images and videos from the device’s camera roll to the flash drive. Full movies of such formats like AVI and WMV, can also be stored on the flash drive and played from it directly onto the iPhone or iPad.

The iXpand also provides users with an additional layer of security in cross-platform encryption. While in the iXpand sync app, all the data can be password protected while the flash drive is connected to an iPhone or iPad, then decrypted on a Mac or PC and vice versa.

The new flash drive can be ordered at SandDisk.com starting at $59.99 for the 16-gigabyte model, $79.99 for 32 gigabytes, and $119.99 for 64 gigabytes. Best Buy will also sell the 32-gigabyte model in stores starting this Sunday.

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It is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini running iOS 8 or iOS 7.