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After Apology, Battery-Related Class Action Lawsuits Against Apple Grow

After Apology, Battery-Related Class Action Lawsuits Against Apple Grow

To date, lawsuits in California, Illinois, New York, Texas, Israel, and South Korea have been filed against Apple. Though the cases vary slightly, they each say Apple has worsened the consumer experience by slowing older iPhone models to prevent a shutdown due to less efficient batteries.

On Thursday, Apple apologized for how it has handled performance on iPhones with older batteries and how it has “communicated that process” to the public.

According to “A Message to Our Customers,” Apple explained:

To address our customers’ concerns, to recognize their loyalty and to regain the trust of anyone who may have doubted Apple’s intentions, we’ve decided to take the following steps:

  • Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 — from $79 to $29 — for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018. Details will be provided soon on apple.com.
  • Early in 2018, we will issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.
  • As always, our team is working on ways to make the user experience even better, including improving how we manage performance and avoid unexpected shutdowns as batteries age.

It will be interesting to see where these class action lawsuits go from here. I would expect we’ll be seeing more cases filed before this issue moves towards resolution. Stay tuned.

Published at Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:29:05 +0000

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Apple Drops Price of iPhone Battery Replacement, Issues Apology

Apple Drops Price of iPhone Battery Replacement, Issues Apology

According to “A Message to Our Customers,” Apple explains:

To address our customers’ concerns, to recognize their loyalty and to regain the trust of anyone who may have doubted Apple’s intentions, we’ve decided to take the following steps:

  • Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 — from $79 to $29 — for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018. Details will be provided soon on apple.com.
  • Early in 2018, we will issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.
  • As always, our team is working on ways to make the user experience even better, including improving how we manage performance and avoid unexpected shutdowns as batteries age.

In early December, a report claimed that Apple intentionally slows down older iPhones in the iPhone 6/6s range with batteries that need to be replaced. Soon after a class action lawsuit was filed against the company.

For Apple’s full announcement, click here.

Published at Thu, 28 Dec 2017 21:56:50 +0000

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Health Accessories for iPhone Users to Help Monitor Your Body

Health Accessories for iPhone Users to Help Monitor Your Body

Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

  • Measures systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as heart rate
  • Multi-user capabilities with personalized monitoring and data for each user.
  • View your last measurement and overall trends with App on phone or Watch

Published at Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:59:16 +0000

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Find the Right Volunteer Opportunity for You with Helpful Apps

Find the Right Volunteer Opportunity for You with Helpful Apps

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Golden Volunteer Opportunities

Golden Volunteer Opportunities

1 Inc.

For those interested in a volunteering app that works with thousands of organizations.

Golden Volunteer Opportunities works with over 2,000 organization, and non-profit companies with vetting for the volunteer opportunities. Search for locations in need nearby, receive personalized results, filter by your available days and times, and sign up right within the app.

Why we love it

Golden Volunteer Opportunities is a terrific and easy-to-use tool for finding volunteer opportunities in your area and when you are available.

DEED APP

DEED APP

Go Deed Inc.

DEED APP

For those who want a volunteering app that offers instant signup and the ability to invite your friends.

The Deed App gives you a great way to give back while spending time with your friends. Invite others to join a volunteer event, sign up with a tap, and find the right fit for your schedule with flexible opportunities.

Why we love it

If you have friends who are interested in volunteering too, get the Deed App and find event together.

Be My Eyes – Helping the blind

Be My Eyes – Helping the blind

Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes – Helping the blind

For those who want to help the visually-impaired by using video assistance.

The Be My Eyes – Helping Blind See app lets you assist others through a live video connection. The blind user will point their rear-facing camera at the item they need help with and the sighted person will tell them what they see. The app has a helper-network so that no one is left without assistance.

Why we love it

Be My Eyes is an easy way to help those who cannot see. With a live video connection, you can volunteer your time to help the blind and visually-impaired.

iChipN

iChipN

We Chip’N LLC

iChipN

For those interested in a volunteering app that offers rewards.

With iChipN, you can find or create volunteer events, sign up, and track volunteer impact. The app offers curated content that you can read and share, chips you can earn for volunteering, and a shop to redeem those chips. Be rewarded for volunteering your time for some extra motivation.

Why we love it

Get rewards for becoming a volunteer and do good for others at the same time with iChipN.

Elev8society Volunteer Opportunities

Elev8society Volunteer Opportunities

Brittany Chung

For those who want a volunteering app that lets you chat with other volunteers and view worldwide events.

With Elev8society Volunteer Opportunities, answer a few questions and you will be matched with the ideal volunteer opportunity for you. You can chat with others in the volunteer community, create events of your own, and see opportunities all over the world.

Why we love it

Get matched with the perfect volunteer event with the Elev8society Volunteer Opportunities app.

Published at Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:30:00 +0000

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Best Fitness Gear for iPhone Owners Who Want to Get in Shape

Best Fitness Gear for iPhone Owners Who Want to Get in Shape

GAME GOLF Live Tracking System

GAME GOLF Live Tracking System

GAME GOLF Live Tracking System

  • GPS Real Time Automatic Shot Tracking
  • Strokes Gained Analysis-Robust metrics to pinpoint improvement opportunities
  • Range Finder-Get precise distances to greens, hazards and landing zones
  • Insights-See club distances and shot dispersion patterns
  • Challenges-Compete online with friends and golfers worldwide

Published at Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:19:55 +0000

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Amazon Alexa App Rises to No. 1 on the US App Store Charts

Amazon Alexa App Rises to No. 1 on the US App Store Charts

Just yesterday, Amazon said that the $29.99 Echo Dot was the best selling device on the entire site during the holiday season.

The line also includes the second-generation Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, and Echo Tap, Echo Plus, and Echo Look.

Anyone setting up their Echo device for the first time needs the companion app to fine tune the Settings and different options.

Amazon Alexa downloads also saw a big spike in other countries where the Echo devices are available including Germany, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

After originally promised to hit the market in December, Apple delayed the $349 HomePod’s debut. And it seems that the Siri-powered speaker will have some catching up to do when it arrives.

Published at Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:53:22 +0000

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Here’s an easy trick to get an extra life on HQ Trivia without a referral

Here’s an easy trick to get an extra life on HQ Trivia without a referral

Want an extra life on HQ but hate shilling out your referral code? Try this trick.

Open HQ to the main page (where it shows the next game time and your balance) and swipe up really fast with two fingers over and over again. Do this and you should get an extra life.

Yeah, it’s that easy.

I just tried it and it worked perfectly, although one friend who already had an extra life said it didn’t work for them – so it may only work if you currently have no extra lives, but that’s not confirmed.

You may also have to be running the latest version of the app, so try updating if it doesn’t work.

The trick was first discovered a couple of days ago by Mashable, and is a great holiday present for any HQtie.

In other HQ news, their Android beta launched today in Canada, just a day after the startup confirmed it should be available for all Android users before the end of the year.

Published at Wed, 27 Dec 2017 17:37:57 +0000

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Apple's 2017 Product Hits and Misses Include Some Surprises

Apple's 2017 Product Hits and Misses Include Some Surprises

There were a lot of new Apple products released since January. Not all of these were hits; the five that follow were, however.

10.5-inch iPad Pro, launched June 13

Since the first iPad launched in 2010, Apple’s flagship tablets had always featured 9.7-inch screens. That changed in 2017 with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Still, there’s more to the new tablet than the size of its screen.

Alongside the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is the first Apple tablet to feature an anti-reflective coating, ProMotion technology, and a wide, True Tone Color display.

The new iPad Pro lineup was further enhanced in September with the arrival of iOS 11, which introduced a refreshed Dock and Drag and Drop capabilities. The OS update also gave Apple Pencil much more to do.

With iPad sales finally increasing after years of decline, it will be interesting to see where Apple’s tablet lineup goes from here.

Did you know the iPad mini hasn’t been updated since September 2015?

iMac Pro, released Dec. 14

This year’s arrival of the iMac Pro proved Apple hasn’t given up on the professional Mac community. First introduced at WWDC 2017, the expensive device (it starts at $4,999) features an 8-, 10-, 14-, or 18-core Intel Xeon processor, 5K video, AMD Vega graphics, ECC memory, and a lot more.

We can’t wait to see what Apple has in store for the next-generation Mac Pro, which should launch in 2018. 

iPhone X, released Nov. 3

Despite a late release date and industry-busting price tag, the iPhone X represents the future of iPhone, for better or worse. From its Super Retina OLED display to the introduction of Face ID and the TrueDepth camera, this is the handset future Apple mobile devices will be built upon over the coming years.

Our bet for 2018: iPhone screens are going to get even bigger, while prices on the next round of Apple handsets could go lower.

Apple Watch Series 3, released Sept. 22

With the introduction of LTE on Apple Watch for the first time, 2017 could be remembered as the year Apple’s wearable device finally grew up. Plus, with price points ebbing lower for some models, Apple Watch is increasingly becoming a mainstream device for the first time since the device arrived in April 2015.

Is 2018 the year Apple Watch finally receives a design makeover?

Apple TV 4K, released Sept. 22

You can finally buy an Apple TV with 4K compatibilities. And yes, that reason alone is justification to celebrate the company’s “hobby” device.

Our wish for 2018 is the arrival of a new Apple TV interface.

Published at Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:07:05 +0000

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Reach Your Weight Loss Goals with These Helpful Apps

Reach Your Weight Loss Goals with These Helpful Apps

Piqniq Inc.

YouAte – the mindful food diary and tracker that enhances self-awareness. Our days are jam packed, and we’re constantly running from one place to another. Do we actually remember what we snacked on earlier today or even yesterday? Do we remember how many handfuls we actually ate of those nuts or berries? YouAte helps us realize what we actually ate as opposed to what we think we ate. We tend to underestimate the shitty food or overestimate the healthy food, No matter what we ate YouAte shows it to us—so we can make a mindful decision going forward!

Most of us are not aware of our hunger cues. Did we eat because we were hungry? Were we out with friends and everyone else was eating? Do we sit at a table with others when we eat? Are we constantly eating in front of the TV? The environment and surroundings all influence how and what we eat.

YouAte helps you quickly capture your meal before you eat. With a few simple taps you can keep notes about your meal and learn about your hunger cues. You’ll soon realize how food affects your day-to-day activities and performance in and out of the office. YouAte helps track the time of your meal and the time between meals. If you are starving by lunchtime, you can see what you had earlier. Maybe you didn’t eat the right food to fuel you throughout the morning. YouAte helps you connect the dots to understand your mood and energy!

YouAte is your personal food diary. On it’s own it enhances your mindfulness and self-awareness. If you choose, it can be shared with your coach, nutritionist, or close friends for additional motivation. Whether you share it or keep it private, YouAte helps you become a healthier you.

Start today. It’s free!

People are loving it!

“I just wanted to let you know that since I started using your app I have lost 13kilos. I have tried MANY different things to lose weight (counting calories, macros, different diets) but I have found that this is the only thing that has helped me. So I wanted to thank you very much!” – from Christina

“I just wanted to say THANK YOU for developing this app! It’s helping me overcome my binge eating disorder by moving away from calorie-counting while preserving positive aspects of keeping a food journal.” – from Misha

“First of all, I’m loving this app! My wife and I wanted to start a food journal without having to constantly keep track of calories, and this app is perfect!” – from EJ

“I LOVE this app! I was looking for something exactly like this because I can’t be bothered to enter calories or even (or even search for) food descriptions. All I needed was something to make me be aware of what I was eating, and to record whether it was on the path or not. You have made it so easy and it’s really helping me every day! Please never change it. It’s perfect!!” – Phil

It’s compatible with your lifestyle

Whatever your diet, fitness or health goal is (losing or gaining weight, follow a specific diet like gluten-free, low-carb, South Beach, mediterranean, paleo, ketogenic, keto, ketosis, Whole30, plant based, diabetic, intuitive, intermittent fasting, to cut added sugars, full sugar detox, to build that six-pack, or washboard abs, improve on clean eating, or follow a vegan diet.) YouAte is here to help you.

PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION

Most of YouAte’s core features are free to use and will stay free. However, you can upgrade to a Premium account to unlock some additional features that will help you stay on a healthy path.

Processing of a subscription is handled by Apple. Your credit card will be charged through your iTunes account when you confirm your purchase. Subscription renews automatically at the same price, unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of the subscription term. You can manage subscriptions in Account Settings in iTunes after purchase. Refunds will not be provided for any unused portion of the subscription term.

Read our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy at https://youate.com/terms-privacy.html

Published at Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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Report: Noninvasive Apple Watch Glucose Meter Still 'Years' Away

Report: Noninvasive Apple Watch Glucose Meter Still 'Years' Away

According to the report, the technology to bring a noninvasive continuous glucose reader to the market is “still considered to be years away.”

As The New York Times explains:

The current solution used by many diabetics is also coming to the Apple Watch. Dexcom, a maker of devices measuring blood sugar levels for diabetics, said it was awaiting F.D.A. approval for a continuous glucose monitor to work directly with the Apple Watch. Continuous glucose monitors use small sensors to pierce the skin to track blood sugar levels and relay those readings through a wireless transmitter.

Last spring, CNBC noted Apple CEO Tim Cook was seen on the Apple campus test-driving a device that tracks blood sugar, which was connected to his Apple Watch. Earlier in the year, Cook had confirmed Apple was working on a continuous glucose monitor.

As a Type-2 diabetic, I can’t wait for the day when testing my blood doesn’t require a needle prick. Until then, I’ll stick with my One Drop system which works well with my iPhone and Apple Watch.

What medical devices would you like to see work with Apple Watch? Let us know below. 

Published at Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:00:56 +0000

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