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See page 46 for an iPhoto primer. Effects such as negative, sepia, and black-and-white can also help you take charming photos. Dynamic range is the light spectrum that an eye—or a camera sensor—can read; it can be great for shots that have multiple light levels. A sunsetportrait shot, for example, will capture both your subject and the fire-red sky.

Though it may be tempting to leave HDR on all the time, each HDR photo takes several seconds to save, and the larger and extra images eat up storage space fast. HDR is effective in many instances, but there are a few situations to watch out for. That said, several tools within the Camera app and other thirdparty programs can aid you in taking very attractive pictures. If you move, or if the view changes too much, the Camera app recalibrates and picks a new focus and exposure point. Just tap and hold on that point until a yellow focus box appears and pulsates; then release. To clear the lock and change the focus, tap anywhere else on the screen.

To avoid ghosting, use a tripod. When contrast is key: A good shot can create a sense of drama by contrasting light and dark—say, to play up the impact of a dark silhouette against a bright background. HDR shots decrease image contrast. When recording vivid colors: HDR mode can bring back colors in blown-out or dark areas. But when you are taking pictures of colorful subjects that are properly exposed, HDR mode desaturates colors.

To avoid this, turn off HDR. Like the HDR mode, though, this tool sucks up storage. So as you save your favorites, take a moment to delete the rejects. FLASH The flash has saved many a nighttime photo, but often at the expense of adding red-eye and blinding your subjects. Rule of Thirds Placing your subject off center, using a three-by-three grid, creates a more compelling image.

Effects range from dramatic monochrome to more-playful color filters. You can still access the live filters in the Photos app if you decide to wait until later. Here are some cases where you should avoid using a flash. At large events: When you are shooting in a large venue, such as at a concert, your flash is essentially useless. Around glass: If a mirror, a window, or a TV or computer screen is situated nearby, your flash will bounce off of it and create a blurry ball of white light somewhere in your picture.

Turn the flash off. In iOS 7, you can elect to shoot pictures in a square format. According to the rule of thirds, the most visually interesting parts of the photo should fall along one of the lines, or at one of the points of intersection. HDR is perfect for capturing sunset landscapes. But the problem with using a wide angle is that when you zoom out, distances get stretched and details in your image get smaller. The result can be an image with no discernible subject. For great landscape photos, layer your shot: Find something evocative in the foreground, middle ground, and background that you can unify in an image.

Sometimes, a scene is simply too big to fit in a photo. In that case, go for the details instead: Get in close and capture just a sliver of a broad vista, or find an evocative detail in the scene to shoot. Instead, try these tricks. Set your flash to On, which forces the flash to fire even in well-lit situations. Your odds of getting a good shot increase if you capture the subject at the peak of the action.

However, developing good timing takes practice. Complicating the process is the problem of shutter lag. To combat it, try using a tripod to stabilize the camera. Alternatively, use an external release button—such as the Volume Up control on your headphone cord or Bluetooth remote—to fire the shutter without shaking the camera. This is also a great opportunity to use Burst mode: Press and hold the shutter release button to take a series of photos at once.

Hopefully one will catch the action. You also want to keep the focus on your subject. For example, if you manually set the focus on the left side of your frame and the subject moves to the right, the camera might focus on the background instead of on your model. Try locking the focus on your subject ahead of time. Another trick is to focus on the area you expect the action to move to. Instead, aim for a more complex or natural composition. Mixing sitting and standing postures can be a nice option. Not everyone has to be on the same plane. Lines of people stretching toward the camera can be an interesting effect to play with.

The iPhone 5s has a facedetection feature that locates the people in a shot, and then fine-tunes both the focus and the exposure for those faces. Face detection is also a boon for flash photography. If you have an older iPhone with no face-detection capability, you can get similar results with a bit of extra work. KIDS The best way to photograph children is to get down on their level.

Go in close and shoot with a wide angle; if your kids are skittish, shoot from farther away and try zooming in a bit with the digital zoom or with an external iPhone lens. What gives? The reason your shots look gloomy is precisely because the ambient light is so bright outside. This effect is called backlighting. The background at this point will look extremely blown out. You can also cure a bad backlighting problem by turning on your flash, as long as your subject is within range. Your camera will do its best to expose properly for the background while producing enough light with the flash to illuminate nearby subjects.

This simple technique can transform a disappointing photo into a stunning one. Tap and hold on the grass to force the camera to lock in the meter reading. Then compose your shot and take the picture. You can then position yourself at a distance or even inside a tent or cabin and fire away as the animals go about their business. When the flash fires, the shots can look as though you took them in a dungeon.

While your flash does a good job of illuminating the subjects within range, everything farther than about 6 feet away fades to black. Instead, try using HDR mode on still subjects, or lock your exposure on a dark object before the party begins to compensate for the lighting. And then keep shooting. Use HDR mode at a party for in-the-moment low-light candid photos. Unless you absolutely need it, retire the flash and rely on existing light for candid shots.

This will allow you to work quickly and from a greater distance. Keep in mind that candids rely less on perfect lighting than they do on human interaction and emotion. If you feeling like getting funky, parties are a great time to bust out your iPhone filters. Pick a filter that fits the mood of your event and shoot away! The photos from the night will all have the same fun look. Look for high angles when people are bunched together, so you can get a clean shot. Try to position yourself in such a way that you can compose as uncluttered a shot as possible; isolating the defining moment in a photo makes it even more powerful.

The mistake many people make in this situation is to stand too far from the glass. When you do this, you pick up all of the light sources in the room, reflected in the shiny surface. The key is to eliminate these reflections by turning off your flash and placing the back of your phone as close to the glass as possible. This transforms the glass into just another lens filter. Instead, hold your iPhone slightly away from the glass as you shoot.

Here are quick primers on both. In the absence of a technology enabling the Mac OS to recognize every camera that comes along, Apple creates updates to let cameras work with its software. If your Mac has an SD slot, remove the card from your camera and slide it into this slot. By default, iPhoto will launch and offer to import your images. Insert the card into the appropriate slot on the reader, and iPhoto will launch and prompt you to import the images from the media card.

When the progress bar vanishes, an Import pane takes up most of the iPhoto window. Image thumbnails fill most of the Import pane. The Already Imported row displays small thumbnail images of previously imported images. To the upper-right of the pane are two buttons: Import Selected and Import X Photos X being the number of not-yetimported photos on the camera or card.

To import the unimported photos, click Import X Photos. Click that button to halt your first order. Your options are Delete Photos and Keep Photos. Card Reader Import A typical card reader can import from a variety of card types. Creating a slideshow on the fly is a cinch. While viewing images as thumbnails, just click the Slideshow button at the bottom of the window. At once, any images in the selected album or event become part of the slideshow. When you click the Slideshow button, a sheet informs you that some photos need to be prepared for full-size viewing.

If you click Prepare Photos, you may have to wait awhile as iPhoto readies the images for use. I click Continue Playback. If a problem arises due to the lack of a full-size image, I quit the slideshow and try again, this time clicking Prepare Photos. Before your slideshow starts, iPhoto opens a window where you can choose a theme and music, and configure settings.

To change those settings, move the cursor and the transport controls will appear. Click the Themes, Music, or Settings button to adjust that element. The general idea behind it is pretty simple. And it will do so without your having to choose to share it. Everything happens in the background. In this window, first enable the Photo Stream option.

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The first option instructs your Mac to download new photos that your other devices share via iCloud and to upload to your devices any images you add to Photo Stream on your Mac. On an iOS device, Photo Stream permanently downloads images to the device only when you add them to another album.

In the iCloud screen, tap Photo Stream. Your device will now share the photos it takes and let you see photos added to your Photo Stream or added to shared streams to which you subscribe. Introducing Remo MORE an innovative device management app that gives centralized control over all your smart devices.

Now available on iPad. Your favourite Camera Plus is back in a completely redesigned avatar for iOS 7. To turn off your streams, scroll to the bottom of the Photo Stream window and click Settings. Each option does what its name indicates. Share Photo Streams You can share your photos with others and in turn, view their shared photos with Photo Stream.

The procedure differs slightly between iPhoto and iOS devices. In the window that appears at the bottomright of the iPhoto window, click New Photo Stream. A New Shared Photo Stream sheet appears. Enter a name for the stream in the Name field if you like. Open an album by selecting it, and tap the Edit button.

Tap the Next button, and the window flips around. Add a comment if you care to, and tap Post. In the window that appears, tap Photo Stream. Tap that window to add the selected images to an existing Photo Stream album, or tap New Photo Stream. As on the Mac, you can add names to the To field and, if you like, give your Photo Stream a suitable name.

Invitees click Join to participate or Ignore to tell you virtually to go soak your head. If they view this email message on an iOS device, they can tap to accept; the Photos app then launches, and they can find the shared stream by tapping Shared at the bottom of the screen. On the Mac, select Photo Stream, choose the stream you want to work with, and then click the Info button at the bottom-right of the iPhoto screen. The names of subscribers to the stream appear in the Shared With area.

To add subscribers, click this area and enter their names. On an iPhone or iPod touch, launch the Photos app, tap the Photo Stream item, and tap the blue right-pointing arrow icon. To add subscribers, tap this entry and enter other email addresses in the To field.

On an iPad, launch the Photos app, tap the Photo Stream tab, tap the Edit button, and tap the Photo Stream album you want to work with. In the Edit Photo Stream window that appears, tap Add People to enlarge your audience , or select a name and, in the next window, tap Remove Subscriber to shrink it. Consider the following coverage as merely outlining the first steps in image editing. The resulting window offers an enlargement of your image, previews of nearby images, and three tabs—Quick Fixes, Effects, and Adjust.

Rotate: If your image is in portrait view when it should be in landscape view, you correct its orientation with this control. Click Rotate, and the image moves 90 degrees counterclockwise. Keep clicking until the image is oriented as you desire. Click it, and iPhoto automatically adjusts levels, exposure, contrast, saturation, and other controls to improve the image. In some cases, Enhance vastly improves the image. In others, the results may be a bit rough.

You can use other controls to tweak the settings that Enhance imposes. If you hate the automated changes, click the Undo button at the base of the pane. In response, iPhoto seeks out glowing eyes and removes the red. This should turn the pupil from red to black. Straighten: Click the Straighten button to bring up a slider that lets you adjust the angle of the image as much as 45 degrees Increasing the contrast often adds a bit more drama to an image.

Conversely, reducing the contrast causes the image to look somewhat flatter. To aid you in making the adjustment, a grid appears over the image. Crop: The Crop tool cuts out stuff on the edges of a shot to produce a more compelling image. Click Crop, and the frame around the image becomes adjustable.

To make a crop, create your selection and click the Done button that appears within the Crop area. The unselected content will disappear, and the cropped image will zoom to fill the preview area. To undo a crop, click the Undo button at the base of the pane or once again click Crop and click the Reset button.

Retouch: Click Retouch to open a Size slider. The Effects Tab The Effects tab holds controls for making quick adjustments to exposure, contrast, temperature, and saturation. The tab includes an array of useful elements for altering images. When you increase the contrast, you make darker areas darker and lighter areas lighter. Increasing the contrast often adds a bit more drama to an image. Warmer and Cooler: Photographers Creative Crop When the action is in the center of the frame, crop to accentuate it.

Broadly, when you click the Warmer button, the image becomes more yellow. Click Cooler, and the image acquires bluer tones. You might use the Warmer button to give an image that you shot indoors with a flash a more lamp-lit look. On the other hand, if an image appears too yellow because it was lit with an indoor bulb, you can reduce its yellowness by clicking Cooler. Click Saturate to bring out reds, blues, greens, yellows, and so on more effectively. Dull or achromatic colors such as gray, white, and black are unaffected by changes in saturation.

Saturating an image can make it seem more vibrant, but oversaturating an image can make it appear garish or unnatural. You can add any or all of these effects to your image by clicking them. Click the None button to remove the effects you applied earlier. Histogram: The hills-and-valleys graph at the top of the Adjust pane is called a histogram. In this case the graph represents the distribution of tones—from dark on the left to light on the right—that your image contains. The higher the peaks, the greater the number of pixels in that tonal range.

So if you see lots of peaks near the far left side of your image and few on the right side, your image is going to be dark. The portion of the graph between the left and right sides represents midtones. A workable image will show a fairly even distribution of tones across the histogram. Sitting immediately below the histogram are the Black Point slider on the left , the Mid-Tone slider in the middle , and the White Point slider on the right.

By adjusting them, you redefine those reference points, thereby altering the image. Move the Exposure slider to the right, and the image brightens. Move it to the left, and the image darkens. The Contrast slider increases or decreases the difference between light and dark areas, while the Saturation slider pumps up colors or tones them down.

As you move these sliders, the histogram changes. Below the Saturation slider is the Avoid saturating skin tones option. At its highest setting, everything in the image is clear, which can look great. But with human subjects, too much definition yields unduly harsh results. Sharpness increases contrast between adjacent elements. Again, at high levels, Sharpness can translate into harshness. You might use it if you took an underexposed shot indoors without a flash, say , pumped up the exposure, and then found that the image looked blocky when you zoomed in.

Overused, it smears away detail. Do the same with the Highlights slider, and bright areas grow dimmer, reducing glare in the background for example and helping bring your subject to the fore. So use each one judiciously and in tandem with the Exposure, Contrast, and histogram options. Likewise, you can make adjustments between purple and green hues using the Tint slider.

You can save yourself some work, however, by relying instead on the eyedropper tool next to the Tint slider. Click it and click a gray or white area in your photo; iPhoto then moves the Temperature and Tint sliders based on its internal calculations. The result is very unlikely to be a perfectly balanced image, but you may find that it is quite satisfactory. You can preview media on some Macconnected devices. For example, if you jack in an iPad, click Import, and select the iPad under the Cameras heading, you see thumbnails of the images and videos it holds.

Select a photo or video in the preview window above the thumbnails, and it appears there. To stop playback, press the spacebar again. With some devices—such as a digital camcorder connected via USB—the preview may take a long time to play, or it may stop and start. Some connected devices may display no preview window. The media you imported will appear in the Browser pane for the event. Alternatively, you can import video clips into an iMovie project by dragging them from the Finder into the timeline or onto an event in the Libraries pane.

Connect such a device, click Import, and if supported its name should appear under the Cameras heading. To import video from it, select it, insert a tape, and use the controls under the preview window to rewind or fast-forward to the beginning of the footage you want to capture. After you click Import, the tape plays as iMovie captures the output.

Capture Live Video To capture FaceTime-compatible video from a camera attached to your Mac, click the Import button and select your camera under the Cameras heading. To start the capture, click the red Record button that appears below the preview area. To stop the recording, click the button again.

You can even drag the selected clip into the timeline. To add a specific portion of a clip, click and drag over the portion you want to add; then press the E key, click the plus button, or drag the clip to the timeline. Drag the desired image into the timeline. Manipulate Clips Import Audio To import audio files, click Import, choose an attached volume under the Devices heading, navigate to an audio file, select it, and click the Import Selected button. Or select a folder full of audio files, and click Import All.

The files will show up in the Browser pane as green bars. Or click the iTunes entry below the Content Library heading in the Libraries pane and, in the Browser pane, drag the track you want into the Project pane. Rearrange clips: To shift a clip or image to a new location, click and drag it to the place where you want it. You can make your still images longer or shorter by dragging their edges, too. Add Transitions Video transitions serve as bridges from one clip to another, help denote passing time or movement from one subject to another, or make it less jarring for your viewers to adjust to the next clip.

To add transitions to your movie, select Transitions under the Content Library heading or press Select the one you want, and drag it to the beginning or end of a clip. Add Titles To add a title to the beginning of your movie, select Titles under the Content Library heading or press Add Background Music To add a musical track to your video, choose iTunes under the Content Library heading or press Drag a track you want to use as background music into the music Constructing a Project After importing your media, you can add transitions, titles, and soundtracks.

To import an audio clip from somewhere other than your iTunes library, drag it from the Finder into this music track. Theater: By default, when you share a movie via Theater, it uploads to iCloud automatically and is viewable on devices Video transitions help denote passing time or movement from one subject to another, or make it less jarring for viewers to adjust to the next clip.

To view a movie in Theater, click its Play button. Email: Select the Email option to email your movie. Click Share, and iMovie will create the movie. When it finishes, your email client will open, displaying a message with your movie appended to it. Fill in the To field, enter any other text you like, and send it. Click the Compatibility entry, and a menu tells you which devices will play your movie.

Click Share to encode the movie and add it to your iTunes library as a home video. For that you need the clip trimmer. Double-click the clip, and the clip trimmer opens above the timeline. The active portion of the clip is bright and shiny. Any material that occurs before or after the active clip has a gray sheen.

Drag the line toward the center of the clip to shorten the clip. Drag it away from the center to lengthen the clip. The Precision Editor The precision editor deals with the point where two clips meet. In a timeline containing two or more clips, double-click the edge of one clip to open the precision editor. Click a gray dot, and the clips move. The clip before the dot moves above the later clips and shows in its entirety, with the active part of the clip bright and the inactive part dull. Drag the dot to the left to make the second clip play earlier and last longer and to shorten the first clip.

Drag the dot to the right to extend the first clip and shorten the second. Click the Adjust Thumbnail Appearance icon it looks like a film frame in the topright corner of the timeline, and enable the Show Waveforms option. In the blue audio track that appears below the video thumbnail, click and drag the line denoting the end of the active portion of the clip. If you drag it to the right—beyond the bounds of the active portion of the video clip—the audio will continue playing into the next clip.

This bubble represents the length of the transition. To extend the transition, drag a dot away from the center. Drag a dot toward the center to shorten it. To make the transition earlier or later, click in the middle of the bubble and drag it to the left or right. Specific Adjustments Recent iMovie versions offer windows and tabs for adjusting color, cropping, audio, and effects. In iMovie 10, Apple places those features in a single Adjust toolbar, which you can access by clicking the Adjust button at the top of the iMovie window.

The Auto option analyzes the frame and changes the color cast of the clip based on its calculations of what looks best. Match Color splits the viewer pane into two views, consisting of the current frame and the frame to be mimicked. The White Balance option lets you select a white balance based on a neutral color such as white or gray in the frame.

When you choose this option, the eyedropper tool appears. Click a neutral color in the frame to change the balance. The Skin Tone Balance option works similarly. Click the eyedropper on the skin of someone in the frame; the color shifts to balance against that tone.


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Color correction: You adjust color correction via three sliders. You have three styles: Fit, Crop, and Ken Burns. To force the clip to appear in its original aspect ratio, choose Fit. Choose Crop to resize the clip to fit. To use the effect, first adjust the solid rectangle marked Start. This rectangle determines what the frame looks like when the clip begins. Then click the dotted rectangle marked End, and size it to encompass the area that you want to fill the frame at the end of the clip. To impose the effect, click the checkmark icon to the right. When you play the clip, it will begin at the Start point and, over time, move to the size of the End frame.

The Ken Burns effect works across an entire clip. Now you can apply the effect to just that portion of your movie. Two rotate buttons near the crop style buttons turn the frame 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise, respectively. To remove shakiness from your footage, enable the Stabilize Shaky Video option. It then crops the video to cut out the edges, and tries to take the shake out of the remaining frame. The more stabilization you apply from 0 to percent , the greater the crop is likely to be. Shutter control. To undo the last setting, click the Undo arrow icon to the right; then try the next-highest setting.

Volume: Here you find controls for adjusting the loudness of selected clips. The Mute button entirely silences the audio in selected clips. Alternatively, you can use a volume slider to increase or decrease the audio of the selected clips. The waveform has fade controls in the form of small dots at both ends of this line. Drag the left dot to the right to create a fade-in effect. Drag the right dot to the left to make the audio fade out. Drag these points up or down to increase or decrease, respectively, that portion of the audio. Noise reduction and equalizer: Though iMovie is not a full-featured audio-editing application, you can use it to enhance your audio in a couple of ways.

Click this adjustment, and you spy two options. The first is for reducing background noise; you use the slider to adjust how much noise to let through. This effect is pretty broad. And even removing a less obnoxious hum may adversely affect some of the sound that you want to keep. The equalizer option has presets that emphasize or deemphasize certain audio frequencies, so you can bring up the bass or treble, for example.

Video and audio effects: Select your clips in the timeline, choose this adjustment, and two pop-up menus greet you. Hover your pointer over an effect to see it applied to a sample of your video in the viewer. Click an effect to apply it. The reverb effects small room, medium room, large room, and cathedral could be useful.

The others are mostly for goofing around. Info: The last adjustment in this area provides one useful control. Enter a different duration, and the clip expands up to the length of the source clip or contracts. Speed Effects iMovie lets you slow down and speed up your clips, and it also includes an Instant Replay effect that works great with sports videos or pie-in-the-face moments.

Slow Motion and Fast Forward are for slowing down and speeding up the action and audio respectively. The first gives you options for slowing down the video by 50, 25, or 10 percent. The Fast Forward submenu lists 2x, 4x, 8x, and 20x adjustments. When you apply an effect from these groups, a chrome dot appears in the top-right corner of the clip, indicating that the speed has been adjusted.

You can then play with that adjustment by dragging the dot: Drag it to the right, and the clip slows down. Drag it to the left, and the clip plays faster. A rabbit or turtle icon imposed on the clip indicates whether the clip is currently playing faster or slower than the original. At percent, the clip plays at the same speed as the original. At 10 percent, it runs ten times as long and ten times as slow as the original. The Rewind effect appends a reversed copy of the clip to the end of the clip and plays it at 1x, 2x, or 4x speed.

It then repeats the original clip. The effect is like playing some video on your camcorder, pressing Rewind, watching the video and audio scrub back, and then pressing Play to start playing it normally again. Scroll through the list of options in the left-hand column.

By default the delay is set to 2 seconds, meaning that every 2 seconds one of the album covers will flip to expose a new cover. Click in the Preview section of the preference pane to see the screensaver in action. As a bonus, if you spot an album you want to play, you can hover your cursor over its artwork and click to start the music. Here are four tips for customizing OS X and making it more fun to use. But one setting will make your Desktop a lot more interesting: At the bottom of the window, select Change picture, and choose a frequency—say, every 5 seconds, every day, or when waking from sleep.

To make the image unpredictable, select the Random order option. You might have seen these little faces, animals, and other images pop up in text messages or tweets. But you may not realize that you can use them in your file and folder names too. At once a pop-up palette will appear; click any of the icons at the bottom of the palette.

Browse through people smiley faces and more , nature including cute little animals and flowers , objects such as food items and sports balls , places like buildings, vehicles, and road signs , and symbols for instance, from the zodiac , to find one you like. Click an emoji character to add it to a file or folder name. You can type normal letters before or after the graphic. Change them. You can use almost any graphic—a photo of your child or of a pet, album art featuring a favorite band, or almost any other graphic—as a folder icon.

Try downloading art designed to serve as folder icons— for instance, something from InterfaceLift go. Double-click a picture to open it in Preview, or open it in your favorite image editor. You might want to crop the picture to a square so that it will look more balanced as an icon. Next, press 1-A to select the picture, and press 1-C to copy it. In the Finder, look for the folder you want to embellish with the icon. Select it and press 1-I to display its Info window. Press 1-V to paste your picture over the standard folder icon, and close the Info window.

The folder will henceforth appear sporting its fancy new icon. It makes silly, customizable noises sound whenever you plug a USB device into your Mac and has the added benefit of making it very easy to get extended information about the device. Here are some tips for optimizing your iPhone and iPad backups. When plugged in, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi, your device will back up Camera Roll, accounts, documents, and settings content automatically.

Apple also stores the most recent photos from your Photo Stream, if that iCloud feature is turned on. None of that counts against your iCloud storage. Ax Unneeded App Backups Since iCloud storage is limited, it pays to be choosy about what your device backs up. All the devices associated with your Apple ID will appear here. If so, toggle off its iCloud backup here. In the Backup Options area, you can use the toggle switches to turn off backups for individual apps. Turning that off saves about 10 percent of my total backup. But first check to see if you can trim some fat.

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Different types of routers have different interfaces, but the principle remains the same. Getting Started First things first: Find the port number that you need to forward to. I know from its server configuration screen that it expects incoming traffic on port The port forwarding section is listed under the Network tab and labeled Port Settings. For the description, enter the name of the service—here, MapTool. The public ports are the ports that friends will enter when they want to access this server.

UDP and TCP are two different types of networking protocol; if in doubt, enter the same information for both. However, you can enter the IP address of any machine on your network in its place. The private port number to enter is the port that we looked up at the beginning: In my case, my friends can access my server at my external IP address and the port number that I specified. But it offers acceptable speed and respectable storage capacity at a reasonable price.

It works with many but not all older iMacs and displays as well. Ergotron has a compatibility guide on its website. If your desk has a back, you may not find a spot to mount the workstation, but you can set it up in a grommet hole, if your desk has one or if you cut one. In fact, its most distinguishing feature may be its lack of distinguishing features. Western Digital announced a version with a more noteworthy 2TB of storage capacity, but that model is not yet shipping.

Still, the WorkFit-A has such great features as an adjustable tilt for the keyboard, and the ability to swing the arm into a wide range of positions. The entire platform can tilt a bit, too. The Ergotron WorkFit-A is a good standing desk, if you can get past the jiggling monitor that comes with typing. The apps link via the free VIPsync service, which synchronizes any changes you make using your devices: Once your devices are linked and syncing, a change you make on one device will sync across all your other connected devices. The merge tool compares information from each source and allows you to choose the most appropriate.

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The app is designed to work as a stand-alone application with its own to-dos, meetings, and contact information. VIPorbit is an excellent first-generation relationship management tool that makes it easy to keep your fingers on your crucial personal and business contacts. Though I encountered occasional crashes, overall VIPorbit did a fine job of managing my contacts.

Databases you access via the Web use an interface mirroring the one the desktop app uses. Changes made through the Web update to the FileMaker database in real time, so you can see new information regardless of which client makes the updates. At release, FileMaker 13 supports desktop browsers only; mobile browser support will come later. FileMaker 12 introduced themes—customizable templates with distinctive colors, buttons, fonts, and borders.

FileMaker 13 offers more than 50 themes, and to give your database a uniform look, it introduces styles, for changing the look of objects all at once. FileMaker Go for iOS is free. A small, colored header at the top of the Snapshot displays a list of your open estimates, unbilled time, open invoices, and overdue invoices, plus info on invoices paid in the previous 90 days. Below this bar are graphs and other details about your account balances, income and expense breakdowns, and accounts payable, and comparisons of year-overyear income and expenses.

QuickBooks for Mac allows you to import journal entries, which are essentially the debit and credit information for every transaction you create. This feature lets your accountant alter your data using QuickBooks for Accounts as you continue using QuickBooks. When your accountant is done updating your data, you simply import the journal information. QuickBooks remains a strong business accounting app that will help you keep an eye on your business. Otherwise, QuickBooks for Mac should help your business stay on solid financial ground. You can get a similar list from your second iOS device, compare them, and then compare both lists to the apps in your iTunes library.

Alternatively you can work in the opposite direction. Go to your Apps library in iTunes, click List to display all of the apps, and click the Name header in the iTunes window to sort them by name. You can then go back and delete the unused apps from iTunes. Print an iOS apps list, choose an iTunes controller, and more. How can I create a list of the apps on each of my two iOS devices, combine the lists, and toss out anything not on them?

I can think of two ways to generate a list to determine which apps you can delete. The first method is to back up your iOS devices; if you have them set to back up to iCloud, you need to do a backup to your Mac. Look for an info. In addition to giving you control over iTunes, the app provides quick access to some display settings, and also provides a stopwatch and timer.

Its iTunes controls are a bit limited, but it may be enough for you. However, I prefer using my keyboard to control iTunes playback. Setting disc numbers is easy to do, and it lines up albums with multiple discs perfectly for playback or for adding to playlists. But I have many multidisc albums that also give a title to each disc. Especially in classical music, this happens a lot. How can I tag a multidisc album with both the disc number and the disc title?

With these names, iTunes groups the albums together in an Album list, yet I still have enough unique information to be able to tell them apart. A: iTunes takes disc numbers into account only when more than one disc has the exact same title. So what I think you want to do is find a way to group related discs from multidisc sets so they show up together in iTunes. I set album titles for multidisc sets to be the same at the beginning, then I add a number, and then I add other information. You can swipe a single song to the left to display a Delete button, and press that to delete the track.

You have two ways to bulk-delete music on an iOS device. Wait a minute, and then toggle it back on. This will delete all your music. Tap this and tap Delete to clear the music from the device. Q: I buy movies and download the digital copies into iTunes. Normally the download runs smoothly. How can I fix this? For movies, you must find your own cover art. I use Google whenever I need artwork for movies. Just do a search for the movie, and click Images to find the right poster art. Make sure to download a file large enough so it displays well on your TV—I generally choose at least pixels wide.

Select the movie, press 1-I, and then click the Artwork tab. Later, when the Canadian store came out, I created a second account for Canadian purchases. At the time, having two accounts was no big deal, but now I want to use iTunes Match, and I want to be able to get my whole collection into the system. What is the best way to do this? First, make sure that you have gathered all of the music files from your U. Select all the music, right-click, and choose Download; then wait until everything has downloaded.

Scroll through your library to confirm that all the music is there, sign out of the U. Turn on iTunes Match, and let iTunes do its work while it matches and uploads music. Your music will stay on iTunes Match in the U. Can you help? A: I get this question a lot, and wish I had an answer. Q: After I upgraded my iPhone, I discovered that the ringtone I had purchased and set on the phone had been replaced with a generic one. Juicy chunks of info - Mastering the iPad, digital photography, security, disaster recovery, and the cloud. Next, connect your iPhone to iTunes, and click iPhone.

When you do, you should see a Tones tab at the top of the window. Q: Is there a way to print only a list of your albums on iTunes? Click Album list, then select List of albums from the Theme pop-up menu. Well, Roku just beat Apple to the punch. Like a Roku set-top box, these sets will offer more than 31, movies and channels of streaming content.

Users can navigate the whole thing with a simplified button remote control, or they can use the Roku apps for iOS and Android. Wood says that a total of six manufacturers will be releasing Roku TV models. Pass the popcorn. But the people who make Holi think you should be able to set a mood from your phone as well. Holi is a uniquely shaped lamp. The design permits the lamp to give off light in a number of different colors and shades. Exactly what color and intensity of light the Holi displays is up to you, with the help of a mobile app. The app—currently available for iOS, with an Android version due to have arrived by the time you read this—features around 50 different lighting effects, all tailored to specific moods.

Got a party going on? Try the CelebraFeeling Blue? Feeling more contemplative? Moonlight seems like a nice option. Its maker says Holi will support Spotify imminently. You simply set a time in the app, and the lamp brightens as that time approaches to help you wake up gradually. Ever since the partnership between Adobe and Blurb—the company that lets you produce your own hard-copy photo book— Adobe has integrated a Book module with Lightroom, specifically in versions 4 and 5, that lets you print from Blurb. Books can be 20 to pages long not including covers.

The Book module offers a wealth of options, especially with the new features available in Lightroom 5, but the process of creating a photo book is similar in Lightroom 4. C Step 1: Getting Started In the Library module, open and select the photos you want to include in the book, preferably in sequential order or in thematic groups. You can always change the order later. Images should be dots per inch.

Switch to the Book module. Your images will automatically fill the pages. Click Create Saved Book. Enter a name for the book in the dialog box and click OK. Also check the box labeled Include only used photos. To add other photos to the book, go to the Library module and then drag and The Book module has a wealth of options, especially with new features in Lightroom 5, but the process of creating a photo book is similar in Lightroom 4. Double-click the book name to reopen the book. On the logo page, choose On to include the Blurb logo and to get a discounted price; or choose None to exclude the logo.

In the Guide panel, check Show Guides and also one or more guide options. Step 3: Customize Page Layout Drag and drop pages into the sequential order you prefer. The latter method provides more creative leeway. Then click the downward-pointing arrow at the lower right, and choose the page layout you want from the Modify Page drop-down menu. If you choose a layout that calls for multiple images, drag and drop all the images onto the page. You can also save your layout as a Custom Page and apply it to other pages in the Page panel.

Click each image on the page. Resize the photo with the zoom slider and reposition it with the trackpad or mouse so that it lies within the safety zone indicated by gray lines. You can also use the padding sliders in the Cell panel to further adjust image size and position. Type captions and page text directly onto the page in the spaces provided.

Use the drop-down menu to choose where to place the numbers. Step 6: Add Background You can add a solid color or graphic background to individual pages or globally. In the Background panel, check or uncheck Apply Background Globally. If you want to use different backgrounds for multiple pages, manually select the pages you want. Layout Options Click the small arrow at the bottom of the selected page to reveal the page-layout options—with or without text.

Various options allow you to resize and place images. To apply a solid color, check Background Color and choose a color swatch. Step 7: Create a Cover You get fewer layout options for covers than for individual pages, but most of the previous steps still apply. Click the small arrow on the lower-right corner of the page to choose the cover layout.

If you are creating a hardcover book, with or without a dust jacket, you can add text for the spine. Softcover books do not have this option. Fantastical can pick up existing accounts and calendars set in the Accounts system preferences pain, or stored locally or via Exchange, as well as let you manually add other iCIoud, Google, Yahoo, and Fruux accounts, or any CalDAV-compati- ble calendar link.

The date is set by default to the current one selection; the address added to the location field; the end point figured out; and the alarm turned on. This lets you include the kitchen sink when you make an appointment instead of needing to tap buttons and flip levers later, though those options are available to modify later. You can also add entries in the drag-and- release model on the calendar layout, but even then Fantastical takes your mouse movements and fills in the parameters related to them and moves the text-entry focus to its fill-in field.

Flexibits says it will be responsive to feedback and expand the vocabulary based on user requests, and even did so during the beta-testing phase. Reminders have more limited parameters. If in the process of creating a reminder or event, you can click a switch to flip to the other kind of entry. As with most mature software. Fantastical rewards you by experiment- ing or becoming a more sophisticated user.

This generally works to its advantage. In the I year view, for instance, often a somewhat wasted view in other calendar programs that provides too much I information and too little functionality. Fantastical uses I shading to indicate the intensity of a day from yellow I least to red most. Clicking an event in the list sidebar or in the Mini-Calendar list or double-clicking an event in the weekly or monthly view brings up an editable pop-over with the same options found when you initially create an event. This also appears when selecting an event in the day view, although in a separate right-hand pane.

In its drive to keep its approach clutter-free, options besides the basics are hidden while creating or when editing an event or reminder.

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For frequent travelers, Fantastical supports fixed and floating time zones for events: the former used for events occurring at a specific time an appointment or a flight and the latter that should happen at a given time of day such as taking a medication regardless of zone. The current time zone is derived from the system, but can be overriden in the Advanced preferences. Flexibits uses Calendar Sets to L manage which of your calendars appear. Rather than constantly display a list of all calendar, active or otherwise.

Fantastical offers a Calendars preference to build sets which can be selected among in a pop-up menu at the bottom of the list view. It goes further, too, by using geofencing to choose which set should appear when arriving or leaving at a set location. While this is good in theory, in practice Flexibits needs to take it further, because it lacks a way to create a set of calendars that always displays or to duplicate a set.

As a result, you have to re-create your choices every time you create a new one, even if the difference is a single calendar. I definitely miss the ability to toggle one calendar on and off, but I also appreciate that I use this so infrequently that I prefer having the screen space back for useful information I refer to all the time. Reminders that have a due-date attached appear in the list with a checkbox to mark them completed, along with exclamation points for higher-priority tasks. However, you have to press Commond-R to reveal all reminders, which flips the monthly calendar and list to show to-dos.

The list is sorted by newest- to-oldest, then priority, then alphabetically. The weekly view is the one I tend to keep open at all times. Flexibits accounts for two or more simulta- neous events occurring as with shared calendars. The company says that it will add a font-size option for views in a future release, but expects the left-hand list view to be consulted more frequently than labels on the datebook layout.

This means setting up Fantastical from scratch on each device and, when a change occurs, managing it on each device as well. The com- pany opted to not use iCIoud for syncing, as it offers the software in the Mac App Store and directly as well, but there are many other sync options for these kinds of configuration details. Lb Mon,. But the company made distinct choices based on years of develop- ing its iOS version and previous OS X release. You can learn about those ratings at ESRB. WhatSize combines the functions of analysis and utility. Its analysis scans every file and folder on the disk and builds sortable, brows- able, and visual directories.

Its utilities can suggest files to remove. It all starts by selecting a drive in the Devices list: WhatSize goes about its indexing business or loads a previously completed scan. Table comprises every file and folder on a drive and can be sorted and filtered. This can help spot standout problems easily. I found the PieChart view most immediately useful because it visualizes how storage is divided up into folders and files, and by clicking a pie segment, it lets you descend into folders. On the tools side. Cleaner, Delocalizer, and Duplicates have unique functions.

Nibs are user-interface bundles that are often broken out by language. These can often, but not always, be deleted without affecting the application. Delocalizer identifies OS X resources that are required for other languages. In the past, such localization files could take up substantial space, but they were only a few megabytes for me. This is useful. If you had a 5GB movie that you copied and renamed, a tool that matched only name and file size would miss its duplicate status. Conversely, files called Imagel.

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The Duplicates feature lets you instantly delete a file or move it to the H 4 P rruH. I Trash. A symbolic or soft link is a kind of redirec- tion, like an alias in the Finder. Multiple hard links can point to a single data file. One major warning: It took more than a full workday to perform the initial analysis on my mid Mac mini 16GB RAM , often slowing down other operations. In my testing, quitting halted the process, but relaunching left it in an incomplete state, and the Remeasure option appeared to start all over again.

An Activity Monitor will at least show you the progress. Yes, if you frequently find yourself with a filling drive and no explanation, or need to remove duplicates on a regular basis. Standalone de-duplicators work the same and cost less, but lack the visualization and other lists and tools. If you find yourself squeezed regularly, or want a great one-time blast, WhatSize fits the bill with smart, easy scanning and file cleanup.

Now in its fifth major release, IPassword has matured along with its userbase. One of its most stalwart longtime competi- tors, LastPass, has had an iOS version, but OS X customers have had to work through browser plug-ins or its website, putting it at a disadvantage. The release of the free LastPass for Mac puts the two popular secrets-protection packages head to head. But in most respects, Last- Pass feels unfinished and clunky— a work in progress that works, but needs more work. The Mac version is free. This has the advantage that you can log into the LastPass website to access passwords anywhere and the disadvantage that anyone with your credentials can log into the LastPass website to access your passwords anywhere.

The FormFill feature puts T- different categories of items in a single profile. Choosing Undo after creating a new entry crashed the app. Buttons in the Vault and other dialog boxes are odd— like they belong on another platform, but which one? The browser plug-ins are better designed and seem more mature, although they also have a very technical field and are rather chatty. Applicable form fields have the LastPass asterisk icon in them, which you can click to bring up matching entries or perform other tasks.

Fine for long periods, it would sometimes cycle through logins, logging itself out and then. This seemed to affect syncing as well. There are polish problems all over: Form fill is sometimes called FormFill, some- times Form Fill, and sometimes lowercase form fill. The app has the surface feeling of ported software, instead of a native OS X program. This starts with the menu options. A menu bar item is persistent, from which you can select Vault. Choosing Preferences from the menu or from the Preferences item that appears and then clicking Cancel bafflingly closes the Vault.

From a security standpoint, after an interval you specify has passed during which the vault remains unlocked, a master password request appears. However, it comes up without blanking the vault main display, allowing account names and other information to be viewed, unlike IPassword, which secures the display when the timeout occurs.

It does store and fill in site logins as promised, but unless you need its web-based access or already use LastPass via plug-ins or mobile apps, I cannot recommend its use yet. It seems like no matter how the outlets on the typical outlet strip are oriented, you always wind up with one or more adapters blocking an adjacent plug and rendering it useless. Not this one. In addition to its six outlets, the strip has two USB charging ports that can deliver 5 volts and 2. Plug in two phones that draw 1. Plug in a phone drawing 1. The MOVs metal-oxide varistors that enable the PowerGenius to protect connected devices from power surges are encased in a fireproof material that prevents them from igniting in the event of a massive power surge.

Once the strip is no longer capable of absorbing power surges, it will cease to conduct power to its outlets to protect connected devices. The PowerGenius is a pretty terrific surge suppressor, but two features found on the Tripp Lite TLPDMUSB would make it even better: A set of sturdy clamps to secure it to the edge of your work surface, and locating the master toggle switch on the end of the strip— where the power cord emerges— instead of the top.

The switch is somewhat recessed in its present location, but I did depress it unintentionally and turn the strip off while I was plugging a power adapter into the closest outlet. A 1-meter Thunderbolt cable is included too. Teach, o. Called ResearchKit, the framework will allow developers to create apps for medical research studies that turn a smartphone into a diagnostic tool, Apple said during an event in San Francisco.

Apple teamed up with several hospitals to develop the initial apps, said Williams. The apps allow smartphone users to participate in medical research experiments. Tremors are a symptom of the illness. The first five apps are available now. Apple will not see any of the health data the apps collect and people decide what experiments they want to participate in and how they want to share information.

Disease symptoms change con- stantly and using the data collected from a smartphone can give doctors more frequent and accurate data, Williams said. ResearchKit will allow for large-scale medical studies and give health care providers access to greater cross-sections of the popula- tion, he said. Oh, it wiii seii. The new TV spot is inspiring, and the stainiess steei poiish on these watches iooks fan-frigging-amazing. A troubling number of smartwatch owners eventually toss their gadgets aside. The most detailed data on this problem, a July Endeavor Partners study go.

Poor battery life certainly contributes to attrition rates. Aside from the Pebble, you need to put nearly all smartwatches in their charging cradles before you go to bed. Forget to do so once, and you blame yourself Forget to do so twice, and you blame the watch. Forget to do so thrice, and you begin losing interest entirely. The Apple Watch battery is rated for 18 hours, so users will need to be vigilant about recharging. So giving up is easy. But the Apple Watch faces exposure to an even bigger problem: feature bloat.

Certainly not if they just add to the noise. For this reason alone, Apple has diminished its essential brand promise by including this frivolous, me-too feature as well. J support for third-party apps. But the problem: Smartwatches have not been a resounding success. So why emulate mediocrity? I think a much stronger Apple Watch would offer simple notifications, Passbook with built-in Apple Pay, HomeKit integration, and a full suite of time- keeping and personal messaging functions. In other words: all Apple, all the time.

Addition via subtraction. Give users a relatively small set of exqui- sitely engineered and incontrovertibly useful features, and then drop the mic. You may find that a watch that tells the time, pays for coffee, opens doors, and sends haptic heartbeats to loved ones is all you ever need. We will never hold our computers and smartphones to the stringent requirements we ask of smart- watches. We have to have a com- puter and phone. But a smartwatch? Probably not. There was a glaring issue with it, however, in the fact you could only view documents for free.

To edit existing documents or create new ones, you needed to shell out for an Office account. Then in November, Microsoft surprised everyone once again by releasing an update that made editing documents part of the free set of features. There are two easy methods for connecting Office to Dropbox. Select Dropbox from the list in either place, and grant permission for the app to access your files. Just open an Office-com- patible document for viewing, and then tap the Edit button in the lower- right corner.

The document opens in its proper app, and you can make changes and then save it right back to your Dropbox account. Office for iPad has plenty, and Micro- soft has lists for Word go. Excel go. Take a while to peruse them, but they should immediately seem familiar— cut, copy, paste, select all, and undo are among the shortcuts that will immediately speed up your workflow.

Option and the arrow keys, for example, to move the cursor up and down by a paragraph in Word. Save the document to your iOS 58! To do this, while viewing the file you want to save, tap on the document icon with the two arrows making a circle. From the list of options, select Duplicate, then choose your device from the list of storage options. Start by filling in the first two cells, setting the pattern for Excel to under- stand. When you lift up your finger, the cells are filled automatically. Start by highlighting a block of text with the format you want to repro- duce, and tap Copy in the popup.

Next, highlight the text you want to apply the formatting to, and select Paste Formatting from the list of options. Too easy. There is. Version 2. Now, with the release of the universal app OmniOutliner 2. But as version 2. The minimal interface gets out of the way so you can focus on the outline, even on a relatively puny iPod touch. This is a tiny detail, but when you select a parent row, a faint line appears to indicate which child items belong to it. The interface for selecting and acting on multiple rows is also cleaned up.

Now, when you tap that button, you use the existing row handles at left to make selections. From there you can cut, copy, delete, group, or move the rows as a group. In documents with multiple columns, you can drag on the screen with one finger to reposition your view and expose columns that appear off the screen. I reported that to the developer. Just choose wisely. Now, how- ever, we expect not only editing but a way to make the documents appear 64 wherever we are, with as little friction as possible.

In my experience, Omni Sync Server is the model of cloud syncing. When you update an outline on the iPhone, for example, the edits are reflected on the iPad and in OmniOutliner 4 for Mac within seconds, even when the document is open on all the devices simultaneously. I would like to see an option to view documents as a text list instead of just the grid of previews. Also, editing a filename means tapping the title on this screen, which is a small target on the iPhone.

Currently, the only custom viewing option here is to sort the documents by date or title. There are settings specific to using an external keyboard with the app: using the Tab key to navigate between cells, showing keyboard shortcuts in inspectors, and typing Command-V to paste text styled or plain. And, additional templates from OmniOutliner 4 for Mac are available.

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It offers backlit keys for late night typing sessions. Shortcut keys let you quickly access commonly used commands on iOS, such as Spotlight search, Siri, media controls, and quick-lock. Even though I grew fond of the Slim Book during my testing, it had some shortcomings.

With each keypress, the key has little play and pops right back into place the instant the keystroke is completed. The size and spacing of the keys are par for the course when it comes to a tablet keyboard. The case included when you pur- chase a Slim Book is a hard plastic shell that wraps around the exterior of your iPad. Meaning, you can turn the iPad around so its screen is facing away from the keys, turning it into an impromptu stand to watch a movie.

Or you can essentially close the keyboard with the screen facing out and hold your iPad like you nor- mally would admittedly much thicker than before and read or browse the web. Since the keyboard detaches from the rest of the case, you can also leave the keyboard behind and still have a protective case for your iPad. It not only protects your iPad, but it adds functionality. As I mentioned earlier, the case included with the Slim Book doubles as a method to connect the keyboard to your iPad. Two slots on the side of the case act as the female end of a connector, with the male counterparts protruding from within the hinge.

When you press the case into the channel, magnets help line up the two parts, and a click sound can be heard as the iPad is put in place. Sometimes the iPad would pop out with little to no pressure. Other times it took a more of an effort on my part to make it happen.

I really like the innovative approach Zagg took with bringing added functionality via the case. A separate heart monitor can provide additional metrics. The Vivosmart looks like a traditional fitness band too, a slim, soft rubber- ized band with smooth, rounded edges. The Vivosmart is waterproof up to 50 meters, so you can wear it while swimming or in the shower. It fastens to your wrist with a pair on pegs that snap into holes along the band. I removed it shortly after using the device and never had an issue with the strap coming undone.

It uses a proprietary USB charger that clamps onto the device like a clothes- pin, aligning with charging leads on the inside of the band. Lift the Vivosmart when you get a notification and you immediately realize the display is oriented sideways as you look at it. The data seemed static and provided no trending or other insightful information. Even without the app, the Vivosmart provides plenty of feedback.

A little cheesy, perhaps, but I found the positive reinforcement to be very motivating. When I was too busy to heed its advice, I found the notifications to be a little nagging and annoying. When I was merely idle, however, I appreciated the reminders to get up and move a little. All in all. Ultimately, it comes down to which proclivity is stronger and what your budget will handle. The Vivosmart is not a smartwatch, nor does it try to be— which is, well, smart.

If that appeals to you, all those features are yours without the wait and at about half the entry price of the Apple Watch. Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions go. Periscope Not long ago, we told you about Meerkat, an app that lets users stream live video through their Twitter feeds. Competitors are now arriving. Periscope periscope. One big differ- ence: Periscope makes the video available as a replay on its network for up to 24 hours, whereas Meerkat videos disappear just as soon as the live feed is over.

It also produces a seemingly sharper live picture than other similar apps. The race is now on to see which live video app will come out on top. Senders post Gigs with details and pictures of their items and drivers choose the ones they like based on location, price, sender ratings and reviews. No bidding or bartering. What next? The wallet includes five card slots, a cash pocket, and a zippered compartment where you can store all of your necessities. It also sports a wristlet strap for easier carrying and can be combined with the optional Cogue case for additional protection.

Handcrafted to slim perfection, this trendy sleeve not only provides basic protection, but its unique texture and look makes it easier to grip while still looking great. Water resistant and lightweight, the wallet case meets military test drop standards for extra peace of mind, provides quick access to your ports and buttons, and features a glare-free camera opening that makes it possible for you to take pictures without worrying about unwanted flash halos.

The Apollo Folio slides in and out of your pocket easily, includes a self-applicable screen protector for extra peace of mind, and comes with interchangeable back plates for even more personalization. Should you wish to leave your wallet at home, there are two card slots inside the cover for cash, credit cards, or a photo ID. Handcrafted from full-grain leather, the case sports parachute-grade stitching and a generously sized camera opening, and comes in Galloper Black, Dark Chocolate, or Whiskey. Here are some things to consider before you buy your Apple Watch. The storage and battery life is the same across the board go.

You can see what each of these look like on your own wrist within the Apple Store app on your iPhone— the app shows their actual sizes. Apple has a comprehen- sive sizing guide, so keep that in mind when picking your band and case. Band sizes I. So, if you get the 42mm Watch case, you could pick any band designed for the 42mm version. But the models them- selves are all about materials, style, and price. Which one should you pick? For fitness buffs— or for those of you who have to have an Apple Watch, but are on a tighter budget— your pick is a no-brainer: Go with the Apple Watch Sport go.

Sport Band. Thanks, Apple! Name aside, the classic? Watch offers a bit of both sides of the coin— it packs extra style that the base Apple Watch Sport lacks without breaking the bank like the Apple Watch Edition. Apple boasts that its signature stainless steel is 80 percent harder than normal stainless steel, and it certainly is sleek-looking.

Yes, you can pair the Apple Watch Sport case with a Milanese Loop band, but the aluminum will clash with the stainless steel, while the classic Watch was made for these bands. So if you have a somewhat flexible budget and want a more polished look, go with the Apple Watch. That kind of dough gets you either a yellow gold or drool-worthy rose gold case, and ships with a Sport Band, Modern Buckle, or Classic Buckle. Edition will be available in limited numbers, in select Apple and high-end retail stores.

So, if you have a sky-high budget, if your name is Beyonce, or if you simply must have a gold watch to match your daily Oscar de la Renta, then the Edition is for you. Just remember: Even though the battery will be replaceable go. Are you willing to take the plunge, or are you going to wait for the second round? Rose gold go. Rose gray strap that felt like butter, with a modern buckle also in solid carat gold. It was beautiful. But as luxe as the materials are, my hands-on demo time with the Apple Watch made me confident that I can go with the entry-level Apple Watch Sport and be just as happy.

The animation from home screen to app even varies in speed based on how quickly or slowly you twist the digital crown. I immediately faded an app in and out with glee, over and over, like a kid in the back seat of a car who just found out about power windows.

Using the Digital Touch go. Then you can draw an image with your finger, tap out a pattern that will be tapped on their wrist, or even send your heartbeat. We knew that all already, sure. But seeing— and feeling— it on my wrist was next-level cool. The image I drew of a pink heart faded out only to flicker back to life on the other Apple Watch, in the same way I drew it. I predict this will be the biggest mover of his-and-hers Apple products since FaceTime. Apple is good about not overestimating battery life, and from what I saw in my demo, these figures seem reasonable.

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The watch is designed to get you the info you want quickly, both in how the information is presented and how easy it is to move between it. Stop for a second. Otherwise, just one swipe up from the clock face gets to your glances, and then you swipe between each one. Text mom. Your team won. Your appointment is clear across town.

You better leave. Notifications can be seen by swiping down the clock face from the top. Apple did a lot of work to make using a smartwatch with so many features this simple. All we saw was an app fromAlarm. The watch has iPod shuffle-like storage to play some songs during your run, as long as you have Bluetooth headphones. The problem is: I look at my iPhone too much. Throwing more technology at that problem seems frivolous, but if the right balance of notifications and glances actually succeeds to sift the signal from the noise?

If it can reduce the number of times I unlock my iPhone to do a simple little thing like reply to a text, only to fritter away time on three or four apps? That could change my game. Apple begins taking preorders April The watches ship April Which watch? Which band? TechHive helps you find your tech sweet spot. We steer you to products you'll love and show you how to get the most out of them.

We look at the design points that could make or break your next client contact. To put your best business card forward, try following these essential design tips. There are online resources aplenty, including VistaPrint vistaprint. Moo us. Most of these services have web-based design widgets, though you can upload your own designs, too. If you create a product, use a photo of that.

The right edge of the photo in the new design was faded out using a layer mask in Photoshop to provide a calm spot for text. For more on designing with imagery, see this column go. Try placing a photo or logo on the left and your contact info on the right. Since the line width of your contact info will vary, opt for right alignment near the right edge of the card. For example, instead of putting equal space between each piece of contact info, put less space between your name and title, less space between the lines of your address, less space between phone num- bers, and so on.

Pay special atten- tion to numbers— they often have ugly spacing! Colorizing certain bits of text is also a great way to draw attention to them. For example, if you prefer to be contacted by phone rather than email! For more on choosing colors that go well together, see this column: go. For more on typography, read this column: go. Myriad Bold with Myriad Light. Instead, opt for a matte finish. By following these tips, your business cards will always look their best. Until next time, may the creative force be with you all. A wide variety of third-party apps is available, making it easier than ever to keep track of names and numbers.

And just like your list of contacts, these apps are constantly being updated— some of them much improved since last time I looked at them. FullContact previously was a Web-based contact manager. An Android version is in the works. Full- Contacts pulls all of those contacts together, adding social media profile pictures which, alone, makes the app so much more visually appealing that the stock iOS app , and cleaning and de-duping your contact list FullContact does this automati- cally, which may be concerning to some users.

I was hesitant to hand over control, but I found the app surprisingly effective at cleaning up my contact lists. FullContact also syncs your contacts across your devices. Both versions allow you to purchase extra transcriptions as needed. Depending on how you intend to use it, that could be a very good or a very bad thing.