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'Album of the Day' Will Save You Some Cash [App Review]

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AlbumOfTheDayIconIf you’re like me, you enjoy looking for a lot of cool stuff to fill up your iOS device. Whether it’s amazing apps, music, or photos, you simply enjoy engaging with your iOS devices. There’s a great new app available in the App Store that allows you to capitalize on great deals on music. If you follow iOS Etc on Facebook or Twitter, you know we report about apps that are being offered for free or on sale for a very limited time. Well, now you can use Album of the day to receive notifications on some great music from Sony Entertainment that’s being offered for a discounted price.

Album of the day is amazingly simple to use. Simply open the app and the most current album on sale is displayed with a current count down showing when the deal expires. In addition to this, you’re able to find out more information about the artist and the album on sale. For example, one of the albums recently on sale was Billy Joel: The Hits. For those requiring information the artist and the album were able to read, “‘The Hits’ is the place to start: a definitive collection on an iconic pop-rock songwriter.” Furthermore, the description provided in Album of the day illustrates Mr. Joel’s songwriting styles and the overall style of music he provides listeners. The information area is a great place to gather some details about the artist and the album before navigating over to iTunes to purchase.

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Rumor/News Round-Up: Microsoft Office, iPhone 6 Leaked, WWDC 14

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Here are this past week’s top news and rumors:

Microsoft Office Available on iPad

This week, Microsoft has brought many of their products: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the iPad.  Although each of these apps are free to download on the App Store, you must have an Office 365 Subscription for full functionality.  The subscription costs $99/year or $9.99/month depending upon your needs (click here for a free trial offer).  If you don’t have an subscription, you can still view, share and present documents.  The table below details what the paid subscription will give you access to.  Please note, the apps for the iPad are meant to be used in conjunction with a computer.  There are many features available on the computer that are not available on the iPad.

Links: Microsoft Word for iPad, Microsoft Excel for iPad, Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad and Office Mobile for iPhone

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Credit: OSX Daily

iPhone 6 Plans Leaked

Nowhereelse.fr has found a leaked document from a Chinese website that shows design plans for the next-generation iPhone.  Although these may actually be plans for a prototype (or they could be fake), it is getting us one step closer to the iPhone 6.  The document shows the iPhone will be 85mm wide by 150mm long (calculated by Nowhereelse.fr to have a 5-inch display).

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Credit: Nowhereelse.fr

 

Hide Unused Apps (No Jailbreak Required)

There was a bug found in iOS 7 that allowed users to nest folders within another folder.  With the release of iOS 7.1, this feature was thought to have been fixed, but it actually now allows users to hide apps in addition to nesting folders.  To hide unused apps, like Weather or Compass, follow the steps in the video below.  Note: you must use a Home Screen that is full of apps (both in the top part and the fixed bottom row), when you reset your device the apps will reappear and you can still access hidden apps in the Search bar.

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WWDC 2014 to be Announced on April 23

The Worldwide Developer’s Conference, Apple’s annual Summer event, is expected to be announced on April 23.  The event is typically announced on the fourth Wednesday in April.  Tickets are $1,599 per person and last year the tickets were sold out within 2 minutes.  This conference is rumored to reveal iOS 8, the next operating system for the Mac, new MacBooks and a new iTunes Radio subscription service.

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Credit: Slashgear.com

 

 Finally, unfortunately there was no Kickstarter Project of the Week because I was busy moving into my new apartment.  Check out the last few weeks’ projects of the week: MagBak (17 days remaining) and COBURN Jr. (9 days remaining).

iPad: Latest Rumors

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This past couple of weeks I have written posts about the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, but now it is time for the iPad.  Some rumors came up this week about the 12.9″ iPad (code named iPad pro) and third generation iPad mini won’t be launching until 2015 and the iPad air will have some iPhone 5s improvements.  At this point in time, there are not many rumors for the next generation iPads because they usually don’t launch until October.  With that said, here’s a quick guide to what we know so far about the iPad air, iPad mini and iPad pro.

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The iPad air, credits: Macgasm

The iPad air, credit: Macgasm

This iPad, for those of you who are keeping track, is the iPad 6 (or the sixth generation iPad.)  The redesign of the iPad 5 came with the new name “air” which relates to the lightness and thinness of it.  There’s a lack of rumors for the new iPads, so many of the points will be educated guesses based on Apple’s history.

  • A8 Processor, which is the same processor that will be found in the iPhone 6 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID, found on the iPhone 5s (KGI Securities)
  • Similar design
  • Improved internal components
  • Better camera (higher than 5MP)
  • Release date: October 2014, some rumors suggest April or June at WWDC

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iPad mini with Retina display

This will be the third generation iPad mini, but the second one to feature a Retina display.

  • Release date: 2015 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID
  • They predict the release date won’t be until 2015 because the iPad mini currently has updated internal components (A7 chip and Retina display) and can survive another year.
  • This reminds me of a rumor saying the iPad mini 2 (the current generation) wouldn’t come out until 2014…but the rumor wasn’t true since it came out in October.

iPad pro

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air.

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a 11″ MacBook Air.

This 12.9″ rumored iPad will be aimed at the education market, business market and at developers creating apps for the iPad.  The larger display will be a hybrid between the laptop and a tablet.  Here are some of the latest rumors:

  • Quad-core A8 Processor, available in 128GB size, arriving in Fall 2014 (Patrick Wang of Evercore Partners)
  • Arriving in 2015 because Apple is busy working on the iWatch (KGI Securities)
  • 64-bit computing with an UHD (ultra-high definition) display (Korea Times)
  • Touch ID, 64-bit A7 or A8 chip (TechRadar)
  • Arriving with late spring/winter or October 2014 release, 2 models (2K display launching in April 2014 and 4K display launching in October) (Pad News)

Other iPad Rumors

iPad 4 and iPad air side by side, credit: iMore

iPad air and iPad 4 side by side, credit: iMore

iPhone 6 Rumors

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Every year Apple announces a new iPhone, whether it be an upgraded model (#S) or a re-designed model (#), and this year is a re-designed iPhone year.  The iPhone 6 is not only wanted, but it is expected.  There are many rumors about it, ranging from realistic (larger display) to unrealistic (curved glass).  This guide will give you the most up-to-date information about the iPhone 6, updated 02/12/2014.

The iPhone 6

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Display

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Two models will be available: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch.

Tech Specs

 

Here are some recently leaked images of the proposed iPhone 6:

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This image shows a probable prototype for the iPhone 6. The back of the device (top) has an Apple logo, FCC information, cut out for dual-LED flash (found on iPhone 5s) and camera. The front shows a larger display (around 5.25 inches diagonally), Touch ID on the Home button and thin bezels.

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Here’s another close up of the iPhone 6. This device prominently shows Touch ID on the Home button, the lightning port, the cut outs for the speakers, microphone and headphone jack.  Also, the design is very similar to the iPad air and iPad mini.

iOS 8

  • health and fitness tracking integration
  • Healthbook (new app made by Apple)
  • integration with iWatch
Credit: MacRumors

Credit: MacRumors

Release Date

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Other Rumors

For the latest iPhone 6 rumors, check out our iPhone 6 Rumors page and see Rumors for everything else.

iOS 8: Latest Rumors

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Rumors for the next generation operating system has been increasingly recently.  Likely called iOS 8, based on Apple’s history, it will have a health and fitness focus.  Here is a quick sum up of the rumors (and expectations) of this OS.

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iOS 8

  • health and fitness tracking integration (9to5Mac)
  • “Healthbook” (a new app, like Passbook, from Apple that can monitor and store steps taken, calories burned, miles walked and other fitness statistics in addition to monitor a person’s blood-related data points like glucose levels and heart rate)
  • integration with iWatch
  • new features for Siri, including voices (Macworld UK)
  • no major interface or graphics changes (unlike iOS 7)
  • minor enhancements and bug fixes, like battery bugs
  • will be announced at WWDC in June and then in the Fall with the new iPhones
  • release date (ibtimes): September 17

Motivation to Exercise This Year

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It has been a few days since the new year has started and many New Year’s resolutions that were made might seem to be nearly impossible.  The number one New Year’s resolution is to exercise because the holidays always take a toll on people’s bodies. With delicious treats like gingerbread and pumpkin pie, it is hard to say no to a second or third helping.  To keep you motivated in your New Year’s resolutions, there are some excellent apps on the App Store and Google Play (for our Android users).  My New Year’s resolution in 2013 was to exercise and I exercised the entire year.  To take it a step further this year, my resolution is to exercise at least twice a week and these are the apps that I will be using to help me accomplish this:

1. Lift – Daily Motivation by Lift Worldwide

20140104-125223.jpgThis app is excellent motivation for any goal.  Choose from hundreds of plans; including exercise, drink more water and spend less time on Facebook.  Once you decide on a plan, you’ll see you are not alone in your plan.  Many of them have thousands of participants that you can connect to.  Set a goal, like exercise, and make it your priority for 21 days (the time it takes the average person to make something into a habit) with this app.  Lift is free on the App Store and Google Play.

2. POPSUGAR Active by POPSUGAR Inc.

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The POPSUGAR Active app is a great exercising app that makes any workout fun.  Discover new workouts (yoga, strength training, running, etc.), save workouts and create custom routines, download workouts for offline viewing, schedule workouts directly into your calendar and more.  The workouts either come with a video that makes you feel like you are part of the class or a step-by-step guide that moves at your own pace.  For exercising apps, this one covers a broad range of exercises. POPSUGAR Active is free on the App Store and Google Play.

3. Fooducate by Fooducate Ltd.

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Fooducate has to be the best app on the App Store that tells you more information about the food you have in front of you.  It can be used to track your meals and exercise, personalize your weight loss goal and help you achieve it.  I rather use the app to find out how healthy my food is and what are some better alternatives.  Scan any product to reveal if any ingredients are genetically modified, if there is excessive sugar present, additives and preservatives, vitamins, good fats and more.  The app not only identifies the negative aspects of the food, but the positive aspects too.  The food is graded on a scale with “A” being the highest depending on nutrition and ingredients.  Fooducate is free on the App Store and Google Play.

For more great exercising apps, check out RunKeeper (App Store and Google Play), 7 Minutes by Lolo (App Store) and MyFitnessPal (App Store and Google Play).

Download these three apps and you will be on your way to a healthier 2014 full of exercising.  Many New Year’s resolutions don’t survive the first month, but it is time we change this.  Stick to your New Year’s resolutions so when Christmas comes around, you can indulge without having to worry about the effect on your body.   Good luck and enjoy your 2014.

12 Days of Gifts

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Christmas is my favorite time of year because of the smells, the sights, people coming together, being able to spend time with family and friends and receiving gifts.  I love spending the entire month deciding which gifts to get each of my loved ones in order to have a great Christmas (and they do the same so I have a great Christmas too.)  However, as soon as Christmas comes, the season ends and everything goes back to the way it was.  To keep the Christmas ball rolling, Apple has created an app called 12 Days of Gifts.  This app has been around for many years in other parts of the world, like the UK and Japan, but this is the first year it is available in the United States.

12 Days of Gifts, created by Apple, gives you a new gift (free song, movie, app, book and more) each day from December 26 to January 6.  The gifts are only available for 24 hours and they are not available in all countries.  Apple gives you Lorde’s new single to get you started once you download the app.

12 Days of Gifts app

12 Days of Gifts from Apple, credit: Apple

12 Days of Gifts from Apple, credit: Apple

Cyber Week Deals

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Black Friday was almost a week ago already and we are on our way to Christmas.  For the rest of the month, my blog posts will be about iDevice deals, potential rumors for next year’s iDevices, this year’s roundup and expectations for next year.  While we wait, let’s look back on the expectations I had for this year.  It is still cyber week, at least for a little while, so here are some great deals you can score on this week:

Walmart:

  • iPhone 5c: $45 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th
  • iPhone 5s: $189 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th

There are new deals every day of this week.  Click on each retailer below to be directed right to their deals page.

Cyber Monday Week:

Regular Deals:

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Map Out Your Black Friday

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Black Friday shopping has officially started, thanks to Kmart.  For all others, Black Friday shopping starts tonight at 6pm or 12am depending on local laws.  Below you will find store hours, the links to the store maps and the best deals at each store. For all store hours in your local area, check out the International Business Times and for every Apple deal on Black Friday, check out my Black Friday Survival Guide.
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Black Friday Survival Guide

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Black Friday is almost here and that means most of the advertisements are out.  Apple, as expected, waits until nearly the last minute to post their Black Friday deals.  For now, we have all the major retailers with their Black Friday Apple iDevice deals.  Here is your full guide to getting the best deals for the best iDevices, for hours check out this page:

First, the hot buys:
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