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Making the Apple Watch mine

By about 14 mins ago.

Making the Apple Watch mine

I’ve come full circle.

I was probably 10 or 11 years old when I first fell in love with watches. I noticed a peculiar looking device on my grandfather’s wrist and upon further investigation, I came to learn that it was a digital watch with a special sensor that could read your pulse. I had absolutely no reason to ever know my pulse, but I was blown away by the fact that I could hold my finger on a watch and have it tell me how fast my heart was beating.

I ended up getting the same watch for my birthday a few months later, and so began my decades-long love affair with watches. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By about 2 hours ago.

10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

You made it, dear readers: it’s finally Friday. Back to school week always seems like it takes an eternity to get through, but now you can sit back and relax, knowing that the long Labor Day weekend is ahead. Of course, you’ll need something to fill your time over the three-day weekend, so why not check out this great list of 10 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free right now, and find some sweet new apps to check out this weekend.

And if 10 apps aren’t enough for you, you’ll find several more freebies in yesterday’s post. More →

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Best iPhone Widgets

5 of the best iPhone widgets you’ve never heard of

By about 3 hours ago.

5 of the best iPhone widgets you’ve never heard of

On Thursday, I ran a simple post that covered 10 of the best iPhone widgets in the App Store. Widget support isn’t new on Apple’s iOS platform, but it’s buried in the Notification Center and so many people have forgotten widgets are even there. While Apple’s implementation of widgets isn’t quite as functional as Google’s widget support in Android, widgets can still add tremendous value to the iOS experience, and yesterday’s post gave you 10 great examples of apps that do just that.

Following that post, I received a number of emails from readers who were excited to find some nifty new iPhone and iPad widgets, but also who wanted to recommend a few additional apps that people might not have heard of. In this post, I’ll share five of the more obscure recommendations I found in those emails — and be sure to keep sending in your recommendations via email or to @zacharye on Twitter. More →

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Labor Day Car Sales 2015

5 of the best Labor Day car deals in the country, according to Edmunds

By on September 3, 2015 at 2:52 PM.

5 of the best Labor Day car deals in the country, according to Edmunds

According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” What better way to celebrate than to sink a huge amount of the money you’ve worked so hard to earn into a new car purchase?

Edmunds has long been known as an authority when it comes to finding the best (and most realistic) prices you might pay for a new car, and the company has now issued a report detailing what it believes to be five of the best buys in the country for deal hunters hoping to score a new car at a deep discount over Labor Day weekend. More →

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Samsung Gear S2 Review

Samsung Gear S2 hands on: Has the Apple Watch met its match?

By on September 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

Samsung Gear S2 hands on: Has the Apple Watch met its match?

Ahead of the debut of Samsung’s new Gear S2 smartwatch, Apple blogs were abuzz with accusations that Samsung was about to rip off Apple once again. Leaked images showed circular icons that certainly seemed to be eerily reminiscent of the Apple Watch’s icons. Given Samsung’s rich history of copying Apple, bloggers took the leap and assumed we were in store for yet another Samsung product inspired by an Apple device that came before it.

Now that I’ve met with Samsung and tested the Gear S2 a bit, it’s time to see how it stacks up against the smartwatch market leader, and to determine once and for all whether Samsung’s new watch really is an Apple ripoff. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now

By on September 3, 2015 at 11:55 AM.

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now

There are only two more days left in the work week, which means two more lists of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale. Lucky for you, Thursday’s list is a terrific one. We’ve got 9 paid iOS apps on sale for free today, carefully handpicked from more than 150 paid apps that dropped for free today. You can also grab a few more premium apps for free if you jump back to yesterday’s post. More →

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Car Crash Videos

Insane video puts you in the driver’s seat as a 420HP Audi RS 4 rolls into a devastating crash

By on September 3, 2015 at 11:13 AM.

Insane video puts you in the driver’s seat as a 420HP Audi RS 4 rolls into a devastating crash

The rise of action cameras from companies like GoPro has flooded the Internet with footage that would have been impossible for most people to capture just a few short years ago. Thanks to popular cameras like the GoPro HERO4, the world can enjoy first-person video as if each viewer was him or herself.

Sometimes, GoPro videos give us fascinating footage of exciting adventures. Other times, GoPro videos can be terrifying — and such is the case with a video recently posted on YouTube by amateur car racer Tim Bucklin. More →

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Best iPhone Widgets

10 of the best iPhone widgets in the world

By on September 3, 2015 at 10:06 AM.

10 of the best iPhone widgets in the world

When Apple first added widget support to the iPhone and iPad, Apple fans had mixed feelings. Many Apple users had been waiting for widget support for years, and they had hoped to see home screen widgets similar to the ones available on Google’s Android platform. Instead, Apple confined its widget support to the Notification Center, where widgets stay hidden from sight until the user swipes down from the top of the screen.

There are definitely pros (battery life!) and cons (no zero-touch information) to Apple’s approach, but the very fact that widgets are almost always hidden from sight has led many people to forget about them all together. Let’s fix that: Here are 10 apps with some of the best iPhone widgets available right now, and many of them are completely free to download and use. More →

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Google Search Tricks

Google just added a fun new feature to Search… but we’re not sure why

By on September 3, 2015 at 9:20 AM.

Google just added a fun new feature to Search… but we’re not sure why

Google unveiled its brand new logo earlier this week, and it hasn’t stopped rolling out new features ever since. We’ve seen new additions come to Google Now and Google’s Android search app, and Google Maps for iOS was updated with five nifty new features. Now, the fresh-faced Internet giant has rolled out yet another fun new feature to its flagship desktop search product… but we’re really not sure why. More →

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Lenovo IFA Announcement Roundup

Every single one of the 36 new products Lenovo just unveiled

By on September 2, 2015 at 3:15 PM.

Every single one of the 36 new products Lenovo just unveiled

Lenovo is at the annual IFA trade show in a big way this year, and the company just let loose with its second round of big announcements. The first round of announcements came hot and heavy at 3:00 a.m. this morning, and it seemed like the company was done. Think again, because Lenovo just piled on a slew of new computers, tablets, smartphones and accessories that were just announced in Berlin, Germany.

Here’s every single one of the 36 new products Lenovo (and Motorola) just announced: More →

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Moto 360 Review

Hands on: Meet the new Moto 360

By on September 2, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Hands on: Meet the new Moto 360

Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch was arguably the first such device worthy of our attention when it debuted in 2014. The Android-powered watch was sleek and stylish in a world full of clunky, unattractive designs, adding some much-needed style to the Android smartwatch landscape. But the very fact that it was an Android smartwatch was one of its biggest problems; Android Wear was great in concept, however in reality it was practically unusable for the average consumer.

On Wednesday, Motorola unveiled the second-generation versions of its Moto 360 smartwatch, looking to improve on the first-generation version in every way possible. While it did accomplish that goal to an extent, the original model’s biggest problems may still be barriers for many users.

With the new Moto 360, Motorola chose to focus on a few different key areas, with the first and most obvious being personalization. The first-gen model offered buyers a few different choices when it came to case color and band type, but the new version takes things to an entirely new level. More →

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Moto X Pure Edition Release Date

You can preorder a Moto X Pure Edition right now for $399

By on September 2, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

You can preorder a Moto X Pure Edition right now for $399

In my hands-on preview of the Moto X Pure Edition, I called it the pure Android flagship phone that Android fans have been waiting for. Well, Android fans, the wait is almost over because Motorola finally announced availability details on Wednesday. And best of all, presales begin immediately, so customers looking to preorder the Moto X Pure Edition to ensure they can get their hands on one as soon as possible can now do so. More →

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Google Maps App

Google Maps for iPhone was just updated – here are 5 big changes

By on September 2, 2015 at 12:04 PM.

Google Maps for iPhone was just updated – here are 5 big changes

Google certainly had a big day on Tuesday, having unveiled a new logo along with some other updates. Beyond its new logo though, the company also updated a few of its most popular apps, including Google Maps for the iPhone and iPad.

Hundreds of millions of iOS users enjoy Google Maps on their iOS devices despite the availability of Apple’s own mapping solution, so updates to the Google Maps app are generally a pretty big deal. Let’s take a look at everything Google added in this most recent update. More →

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