Fitbit has followed up its popular Flex wristband with the Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Fitbit Force. The wireless activity accessory includes most of the same features as its predecessor, but adds a new OLED display. The Force accurately measures steps, distance, calories burned, and contains an altimeter to track how high you climb each day.
The Force is also equipped with a sleep monitoring and silent wake alarm that tracks how many hours you slept, and it allows users to stay motivated with online and mobile badges and leaderboards.
A leaked internal document obtained by TechnoBuffalo reveals that Best Buy is preparing to roll out another iPhone trade-in program. According to the image posted below, Best Buy will offer a minimum of $100 in credit to customers who trade-in select smartphones. The smartphones have to be in working condition, and the credit must be used to purchase a new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c. The promotion will run from October 13 to October 19 and will only be available at select participating locations. Previously Best Buy was offering $50 in credit to anyone who purchased an iPhone 5c, without having to trade-in an older device.
As you may already know, $100 isn't really a great deal for a used iPhone. Electronics resellers such as NextWorth and Gazelle offer much more money for older Apple products. You can compare iPhone trade-in prices using our table here.
Foursquare announced its new updated iOS app today on its blog. The location-based social networking service now offers real-time recommendations for a "small batch" of iOS users. The new feature sends users notifications about the best items to order or about money saving deals based on their current location.
Foursquare promises that the real-time recommendations will be "in everyone's hands" very soon, but for now all users can enjoy the new "Right Now" and "Friends at a Glance" features by upgrading to version 6.4.
The "Right Now" button allows users to check which friends are currently nearby, and the "Friends at a Glance" option offers a quick look at each friend’s most recent check-in. Users can also see what their friends have been up to by tapping their profile and viewing their check-in history.
The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are only a few weeks old, but that hasn't stopped analysts from speculating on future Apple products. The latest comes from David Hsieh of NPD DisplaySearch, who claims Apple will launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.7-inch iPhone with a 1,920 x 1,080 display in 2014.
Apple is also working on a 12.9-inch iPad with a 2,732 × 2,048 resolution display, a Retina MacBook Air with 12-inch screen, a 1.3-inch and 1.63-inch iWatch with a 320 × 320 flexible AMOLED display, and a 55-inch and 65-inch Apple TV, according to the research note.
ITunes Radio, the free music service which was launched with iOS 7 in the U.S on September 18th, will be making its international debut in 2014. Currently available exclusively in the United States, Apple is looking to expand its reach into Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom.
The streaming service is giving Pandora a run for its money. The program comes automatically with the iPhone 5s and 5c and is now part of the iTunes 11.1 update, making it available on the Mac and PC. So far, over 11 million people have reportedly tried out the music program. The inclusion of iTunes Radio with iOS 7 has given Apple a slight advantage in the battle for streaming dominance since there are no extra apps for users to download.
If you weren’t able to get your hands on the coveted gold iPhone 5s last month when the new model was launched, accessory designer Miansai has just the thing to satisfy your needs. For the low price of $10,000, the company is offering a case made out of actual solid gold.
Company founder Michael Andrew Saiger told Market Watch the product was initially “a kind of joke,” but to his surprise people have “loved it.” The ostentatious case is admittedly impractical when it comes to protecting your iPhone, but with a five-figure sticker price it serves as more of a status symbol than anything else. Both the front and corners of the phone are exposed. Also, solid gold isn’t the strongest metal, so if you drop it, don’t count on the case to adequately safeguard your device.
The invisibleSHIELD from ZAGG is arguably the highest-quality screen and body protector on the market. What really sets the product apart from the competition is the ZAGG Lifetime Replacement Guarantee. Claims of free replacement can sometimes come with a list of fine print, so what's the real deal behind ZAGG's warranty program?
After purchasing an original back invisibleSHIELD for the iPhone 5 in October directly from ZAGG, the company proactively emailed three months later offering to "refresh" the product. With this email filed away, it wasn't until 8 months later that the invisibleSHIELD started to look shabby. Over 11 months it protected the iPhone 5 from several drops and pocket lint had infiltrated along one edge under the adhesive film.
Yahoo is celebrating Yahoo Mail's sweet 16 by giving the service a complete makeover. The updated mail client now allows users to view email threads as conversations, and offers the ability to collapse the left-hand toolbar for more room on smaller displays. Features like disposable email addresses, enhanced filters and automatic message forwarding are now available to everyone, instead of just Mail Plus customers.
Yahoo is also giving all users up to 1TB of free storage, and is introducing new themes with curated Flickr photos to "dress up your inbox." Users selected themes will apply across all devices such as your browser, smartphone or tablet.
Luke Wood, president and COO of Beats Electronics, LLC told TNW that Beats Music will launch “within the next few months.” The new music streaming service will be available on the Web and on iOS and Android devices.
Wood said Beats Music would be different than current music streaming apps such as Spotify because it is going to "focus really heavily on playlists."
“We’re talking about real depth of personalization and knowing who I am, who you are, what we’re listening to, what we like, what we’ve listened to before and then offering up music that is highly relevant to our taste profile," Wood explained.
The iPhone 5c price war rages on. Hours after Best Buy announced it would offer the new handset for only $50, RadioShack announced the same deal. Both electronics retailers will give customers a $50 gift card when they buy a $99 iPhone 5c. However not to be outdone, Walmart just announced it would begin selling the 16GB model for only $45 throughout the holiday season.
This is a great opportunity to make a profit by selling your old iPhone while still upgrading to Apple's latest handset. Both Gazelle and Nextworth are accepting trade-ins for all used iPhone models in working condition. You can get up to $115 in cash for a used iPhone 4, and up to $320 for a used iPhone 5. This is much better than Best Buy and RadioShack's $50 gift card deals. It also allows you to have enough money to take advantage of Walmart's $45 sale, and still have enough left over to pay off your carrier's early termination fees if you're still under contract. You can compare trade-in values for all the iPhone models here.