Nike+ Running iOS App Updated With New ‘Nike+ Coach’ Feature

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If exercising more often is going to be your New Year’s Resolution you’re in luck, because Nike has just updated its Nike+ Running app to Version 4.5.0 today. The big new feature is Nike+ Coach, which helps you train for an upcoming race suited to your ability.

You choose the distance that is right for you (5k, 10k, half marathon or marathon) and your experience level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) and the app will customize a program that’s right for you. The app will send you daily reminders to help keep you motivated and even give you some coaching tips in order to help you run faster than ever before.

Whether you are a person who is engulfed in the Nike+ ecoystem or you are new to running, the Nike+ Running  app and Nike+ Coach are a great option for you!

Here’s a full list of features in the 4.5.0 update today:

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Five Must Have Apps for Your iPad Air/Retina iPad Mini

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The iPad Air and Retina iPad mini are incredible devices. The 64-bit A7 processor in each is more than capable or running the absolute best mobile apps on the market today. But with over 1 million iOS apps to choose from it’s  hard to know where to start. Here is a list of five must have apps every iPad owner should download:

Flipboard (Free)

Flipboard is the best, most beautiful personal news aggregator for the iPad. Once you create an account you simply choose what type of news stories you want to read about. For example, I have chosen Sports, Travel, Technology, and Business with many more options available. You can even link your social networking accounts and view all your feeds and photos in Flipboard’s beautiful magazine like layout. There are also some new features like saving items to your own personalized ‘magazine’ for viewing later. You can easily spend hours within Flipboard and never be bored.

Netflix (Free)

While the iPad has come a long way in terms of content creation, its strongpoint is still content consumption, i.e. watching videos. If you have a Netflix subscription (and really, who doesn’t these days?) make sure to download the free iOS app. The app basically turns your iPad into a television anywhere you have an internet connection. This is great when you are on vacation, but I find myself

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Five Must Have Apps For Your iPhone 5s

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One of the best reasons to own an iPhone is the App store. Apple now boasts over 1 million apps, up from 900,000 in June. Not only are these apps useful but many iOS apps are designed beautifully. While Android and their Google Play store have caught up in terms of number of apps, Apple’s App Store is still where developers take their product first.

Whether you just got your first iPhone or are just looking for new apps to bring excitement to your iOS experience, here are my 5 favorite apps for the iPhone 5s.

Tweetbot 3 ($2.99)

Tweetbot 3 is far and away my favorite 3rd party Twitter client. While the official Twitter for iPhone app received a fresh coat of paint when iOS 7 was released, it still doesn’t hold a candle to Tweetbot. Tweetbot allows for easy switching between multiple accounts by tapping on your avatar in the upper left hand corner. This works well for those that want to monitor a business’s account along with a personal account. When Tweetbot 3 was released its primarily white background bothered some users. It did bother me a bit when I would check my feed in bed with the lights off. Enter update 3.2 and Night Theme. This theme allows for optimized reading in dark situations. You can quickly change between Night Theme and the Default White theme by swiping up and down the screen with two fingers like a light switch. This is the Twitter app made for the power user but can still be enjoyed by those who just want to scroll their feed. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Holiday Gifts-Tech Edition

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It’s not easy being a geek. Every year we salivate over the latest technology and we need want to have it all. But unless you rob a bank or take a second mortgage out on your home it’s just not possible. We have to pick and choose what we want the most. Here’s a list of some of the best products out there and how you can get the best deals this holiday season.

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By now we all have HD televisions. Many of us don’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars a month on cable bills. That’s where Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast come in. All of these products allow users to watch a wide array of programming on their TVs. The Roku and Apple TV are very similar as you plug a HDMI chord into them and connect them to your television. Chromecast works a little differently. It’s basically an HDMI dongle that you plug into your TV that allows you to stream content from your smartphone or tablet.

So which one should you buy? If we’re going by price the Chromecast is the clear cut winner at only $35. If you’re lucky you can find a retailer or two that is offering it for $30 this holiday season. The Roku is the option with the most content to offer. You can get hundreds of channels and even play games like Angry Birds if you are so inclined. You can get the Roku 3 for $99 or if you don’t mind last year’s model the Roku 2 can be had for $79.99. Last but not least is the Apple TV. If you are tied into the Apple ecosystem in any way look no further. Being able to Airplay your iPhone or iPad’s screen straight to your TV is fantastic. Apple TV is also $99 but I recommend picking up an Apple certified refurbished model for $75. It comes with the same 1 year warranty and you save 24% to boot. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing Number Of People Having Problems With TouchID On Their iPhone 5s

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In September Apple announced the brand new iPhone 5s to much fanfare. It looked almost identical to its predecessor, the iPhone 5, but it added some new significant features. The biggest feature of all is TouchID, Apple’s new finger print identity sensor that allows users the option to ditch passcodes and unlock their phones with a touch of their finger. Finger print sensors have been done before, but early reviews said this was the best implementation yet. Once TouchID was set up we were told it would work flawlessly.

I have used the iPhone 5s exclusively since late September. At first it did work very well. I was very pleased with its success rate. The only time it would really fail was when my finger was wet. After a couple weeks I noticed a slight spike in TouchID failures. I mostly chalked this up to user error and would go into my settings and recalibrate my fingers and the problem seemed to go away. Surely enough, after a couple of weeks I would have to repeat this process all over again. There have been a growing number of complaints in the past month or so and it is starting to be talked from mainstream news sources. Read the rest of this entry »

Amazon Promises 30 Minute Delivery Via Drones With Amazon Prime Air

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Last night Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was on 60 Minutes to talk about Amazon’s newest creation: drones that can deliver packages up to 5 pounds to your house in less than 30 minutes. These drones are part of a project called Amazon Prime Air.

These drones sit at the end of a conveyor belt waiting for packages. Once they are ready any package 5 pounds or less –According to Bezos 86% of Amazon packages are under 5 pounds– can be transported up to 10 miles from their fulfillment center to your front door. Bezos says that once they work out the regulations and figure out how to prevent drops from the sky, a fleet of drones will start delivering your orders from Amazon.

Much of the interview focused on Cyber Monday, Amazon’s biggest day of the year. It’s hard not to wonder if all this drone talk was more of a way to get publicity and drive sales for the company. Having said that, Amazon and its CEO want to change the way we shop and buy things and it’s hard to deny they have done that.

What do you think, will drones be delivering us our goods in say 5 years? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

Nexus 7 (2013) Review

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Last year Google, with some help from Asus, released its first generation Nexus 7 tablet. It was an inexpensive ($199) way to get into the Android eco-system. Quickly it became the most popular tablet not named iPad. It was small and portable, fitting in most pockets, while still packing a punch with a quad core processing chip. A big selling point of the Nexus brand of devices is that they are the first to receive Android software updates. The Nexus 7 (2012) was indeed the first device to ship with Android 4.1. It was a solid device which received much acclaim, but some improvements were needed to its 2013 offering in order to become a more well rounded tablet.

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