Nov 20, 2017
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With the release of the Series 3, Apple released a set of new Nylon/Velcro Sport Loops which are the most comfortable Apple Watch bands released to date. Unfortunately, these new Sport Loops are only bundled in with the Cellular Apple watch so that means if you get a normal Series 3, Series 2, or Series 1 you will have to shell out a little over $50 for one band which is insane.

[caption width="3671" align="aligncenter"] Apple Watch Sport Loop in Black, Fake[/caption]




I’d been waiting for a fake/copy to pop up on Amazon and it finally did! It’s called the Qifit New Nylon Sport Loop with Hook and Loop Fastener and it comes in all of Apple’s original colors which I couldn’t believe so I purchased a pink and a black one to see how close they come to Apple’s version. Basically, it’s the exact same thing but for $16. The colors are exactly the same but more importantly, the way the velcro is laid out and how the band feels is also exactly the same! This is the first band I’ve bought on Amazon that actually looks like an Apple product without branding.

[caption width="4031" align="aligncenter"] Fake Band, That redness is exactly like Apple's Color[/caption][caption width="4031" align="aligncenter"] Fake Apple Watch Sport Loop, Just Like The Real Thing[/caption]



If you have been wanting a sport loop then you can confidently buy these knowing you are getting the same thing as Apple but without the hefty price tag. It’s ideal for working out and sleeping but I bought mine mainly for sleeping since it makes the watch so much more comfortable than any other band. You can get one here on Amazon. Just as a tip, the black one is like the one I am wearing in the picture and isn’t completely black (just how Apple’s is), I believe dark olive is more of a darker gray/black.

How To Install The iOS 11 Beta on Your iPhone or iPad!

iOS 11 will be launching in the fall for consumers, but developers can use iOS 11 starting today with the first beta. If you are not a developer there is still a way to get it on your device but keep in mind that beta software is buggy and could cause issues with apps and battery life. If you want your device to remain fully functional I would suggest staying away from the first couple of beta releases. You can sign up and wait to get into the public beta like Apple did last year. The good thing about the public beta is that Apple doesn’t release a version until it’s more stable to avoid any major problems. The public beta program also doesn’t require you to register your UDID or do anything manually as it gets pushed directly to your device; you can sign up for the public beta here.

Backup Your Device

Before doing all of this make sure to completely back up your device just to be safe. I’ve never had any issues when updating to a beta but it’s best to take as many precautions beforehand to avoid any problems if something goes wrong. You also want to make sure your device’s UDID is registered in Apple Servers as a developer device. There are many places that can register your UDID, some people install the beta without registering the device but I don’t condone any of that.

Finding Your UDID

You Can Find Your UDID by:
-Launching iTunes and connecting your iPhone.
-In the top pane, click on the little icon of your device. Locate where it shows name, phone number, & serial number.
-Reveal the UDID by clicking on the Serial Number. You should now see a long string of characters. I registered mine at https://udidactivation.com but there are many places that can do it for you.

To get the iOS 11 onto your iDevice you’ll need to:

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes, MacOS, Xcode & Make Sure your UDID is Registered
  2. Download/install the iOS 11 Configurator Profile (LINK) Just send it to your device via email and click on it or access from your device directly. If that doesn’t work then send it via Airdrop.
  3. Follow On Screen instructions to restart device
  4. Once restarted, go to Settings > General > Update and Instal the iOS 11 Beta.
  5. The iOS 11 beta installation will begin. Don’t do anything to device until iOS 11 has been installed!

iOS 11 Download Links (iOS 11 Configurator Profiles):

iPod touch (6th generation) HTTP
iPhone SE HTTP
iPhone 7 Plus HTTP
iPhone 7 HTTP
iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 HTTP
iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 Plus HTTP
iPhone 5s HTTP
iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 HTTP
iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 HTTP
iPad Air, iPad mini 2 HTTP
iPad (4th generation Model)HTTP
iOS Direct Download (Preferred)HTTP
Apple Watch HTTP
Apple TV (4th Generation)HTTP
9.7-inch iPad Pro HTTP
12.9-inch iPad Pro HTTP

How Does Pokémon Go’s ‘Nearby’ Pawprint Feature Work?

One of Pokémon Go’s most annoying aspects is the fact that you can’t tell in which direction or just how far away that Pokémon you are trying to catch is. The developers behind the app have been very vague regarding that feature but I believe there is reasoning behind it. If you came here looking for a representation of distance every Pawprint indicates then you’ll be happy to know that there is a number but it’s quite vague. I have been told that during the beta each Pawprint indicated 50 meters while serebii.net is reporting that the first Pawprint translates to 20 meters, 2 prints is 100 meters, and 3 prints is nearly 1 kilometer.

Pokemon Go Pawprint Disntance to Pokemon How It Works

Which is the more accurate? Well, from my experience it really varies but I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. Just the other day I was at a park and everybody in the park was helping each other out as to where each Pokémon was. In my opinion, this lack of information just makes each new Pokémon you catch feel far more satisfying. A direction indicator would definitely help in finding Pokémon but at the end of the day it’s the thrill of the hunt that makes it fun! If you are completely set out on catching all of the Pokémon on your radar then there is a way but it requires some time to exeggcute it. A redditor by the name of DJToaster has devised this elaborate plan:

How To Find Pokemon Go Pokemon in Radar Distance

Pokémon Go Team Mystic, Valor, and Instinct Wallpapers

Pokémon Go is now available in most places around the world and it has been a huge hit. If you haven’t tried out Pokémon Go, you can download the app from the iOS or Google Play App Store. The app is free to download but has in-app purchases that are optional and not needed to advance in the game. Below are a set of wallpapers for the Mystic, Valor, and Instinct teams in Pokémon Go. If you are unfamiliar with the teams in Pokémon Go you will get an in-game message regarding choosing a team once you reach level 5.

Download Instructions

Desktop: Click on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads, right click and choose “Save Image As”. When you click “Save Image As”, you will be able to name the image and save it to a location of choice on your computer. Stay up to date with our latest posts by following us on Twitter (@DarGadgetZ)!

Mobile: Tap on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads, tap and hold on the image until the “Save Image” option appears. When you click “Save Image” the wallpaper will appear in your Camera Roll.

 

Source: Enxee (Imgur)

Google Announces Allo & Duo Messaging Apps

Google has announced two new apps that are launching this summer for Android and iOS. Allo is a simple one-to-one video calling app with some cool new features while Allo is a secure text messaging app with an intergrated Google assistant.

 

Allo is a smart messaging app that makes your conversations easier and more expressive. It’s based on your phone number, so you can get in touch with anyone in your phonebook. And with deeply integrated machine learning, Allo has smart features to keep your conversations flowing and help you get things done.


Allo has Smart Reply built in (similar to Inbox), so you can respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and will show suggestions that are in your style. For example, it will learn whether you’re more of a “haha” vs. “lol” kind of person. The more you use Allo the more “you” the suggestions will become. Smart Reply also works with photos, providing intelligent suggestions related to the content of the photo. If your friend sends you a photo of tacos, for example, you may see Smart Reply suggestions like “yummy” or “I love tacos.”


Allo also features the Google assistant, bringing the richness of Google directly into your chats—helping you find information, get things done, and have fun. You can chat one-on-one with the assistant, or call on Google in a group chat with friends. Either way, you no longer have to jump between apps to do things like book a dinner reservation with friends, get up-to-date sports scores, settle a bet, or play a game. The assistant in Allo lets you bring things like Search, Maps, YouTube and Translate to all your conversations, so that you and your friends can use Google together.

The Google assistant in Allo understands your world, so you can ask for things like your agenda for the day, details of your flight and hotel, or photos from your last trip. And since it understands natural language patterns, you can just chat like yourself and it’ll understand what you’re saying. For example, “Is my flight delayed?” will return information about your flight status.

 

Duo is a simple, fast one-to-one video calling app for everyone—whether you’re on Android or iOS, a fast or slow connection, in New York or New Delhi. Like Allo, Duo is based on your phone number, allowing you to reach anyone in your phonebook. And its simple interface fades away when you’re in a call, so it’s just the two of you.

One of our favorite features of Duo is Knock Knock, which shows you a live video preview of the caller before you pick up. Knock Knock invites you into the moment, making calls feel spontaneous and fun. Once you answer, Duo seamlessly transitions you right into the call.

Duo calls are in crisp HD video (up to 720p) and audio. We’ve optimized Duo to work well even on spotty networks, so if bandwidth is limited it gracefully adjusts quality so you’re still able to connect. We also seamlessly transition calls between cellular and Wi-Fi, so you don’t need to worry about what network you’re on. Finally, we built Duo with privacy and security in mind and all calls on Duo are end-to-end encrypted.

Unfortuantely none of these apps are replacing any of Google’s current apps such as Hangouts which means the market will remain fragmented untill enough people choose to switch to Allo and Duo. This is basically Google’s BBM or iMessage but with some really cool features and it’s cross-platform.

How To: Install iOS 9 Beta on Your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

Today Apple announced that iOS 9 will be coming in the fall for consumers, but developers can use iOS 9 starting today with the first beta. If you are not a developer there is still a way to get it but keep in mind that beta software always has bugs and issues. Before doing all of this make sure to completely back up your device just to be safe!

Developer Portal

 

To get iOS 9 onto your iDevice you’ll need to:

  • Download the latest version of iTunes
  • Register Your UDID (We can register it for you for $4, contact us)
  • Download iOS 9 firmware for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from this link –> iOS 9 Download Links.
  • Open iTunes and connect your iDevice via USB cable
  • Select your device from the left navigation pane on iTunes
  • Hold down the Shift (Windows) or Alt/Option (Mac) key and hit the update or restore (depending on what you prefer) button on iTunes
  • Browse and select the downloaded iOS 9 IPSW file.
  • The iOS 9 beta installation will begin. Don’t disconnect your device or close iTunes until iOS 9 has been installed on the device!

After completing all the steps your device should be up and running. Here is a video just in case you prefer that format:

 

We can register your UDID for $4 through PayPal. Contact us here and we will get that set up in no time so you can get iOS 9. You can also get your UDID registered at countless other websites and from independent developers. If you have any questions you can ask us in the comments below or contact us here.

Apple Announces Research Kit

Apple has announced “ResearchKit”, a software framework made for medical research. More specifically, ResearchKit is a solution for making iOS devices with HealthKit into tools for diagnosis. There are 5 apps that are launching today on iOS that will allow people to contribute towards reasearch of different diseases. 

New Health Apps Apple

Sonos System Review

Sonos Logo Jul 29, 2014

There are many electronic devices that can give you the ability to stream music from your devices to a speaker wirelessly. However, a lot of them are only meant to be portable, and as such don’t give you the best audio quality. Well, Sonos is an option that can give your all of the above to add some great audio experiences at home!

Background

Sonos Connect Jul 29, 2014The idea is that the Sonos Bridge will act similarly to a router, creating its own “Hi-Fi” system that connects to all of the other devices in the Sonos line. This system is more reliable than a standard Wi-Fi connection, and provides fantastic audio quality to your speakers.

Now, in order to get sound, you need to have other devices from Sonos. A Connect or Connect:Amp will connect to your existing speakers (the Amp giving more powerful audio) and make them wireless. Along with the Connects are the Play:1, Play:3, and Play:5, with bigger and better sound as you rise in number. Lastly are the Playbar and Sub, which as you probably guessed are a soundbar and subwoofer. The Playbar and Sub can be connected to your TV as well as play music wirelessly.

The connections available are vast, being able to be controlled by Mac, PC, Android, or iOS devices over WiFi. The services that can be used are also quite large, and include Rhapsody, Google Play Music, Rdio, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Slacker, SiriusXM, Songza, or even connecting to your computer’s library. Basically, you can play any song in the world on this system.

Design

Play-1 Speaker Jul 29, 2014

 

The quality of materials used by Sonos is outstanding! They have fantastic aesthetics and could almost look like decor for a home. My personal favorite for looks is

the Sub, with a very intriguing design (though I don’t actually own one of these). As far as the Play series goes, they are very solid pieces weighing a lot more than you’d think, so it’s quite stable while being compact. The Connects are the only products I’m not too fond of for the design category, as they are white, so anything that gets on it will show.

Sound

The sound quality is also great, with very clear highs, mids, and lows in every one of the products I’ve tested, which includes the each Play series speakers, Connect (though sound will vary based on your speaker), and the Playbar. I was especially surprised by the Play:1, being that it’s so small compared to the others in the Play line, as it was able to deliver some of the best sounds I’ve heard from speakers. The Play:3 and Play:5 are even better with deeper bass tones and consistently great vocals.

Of course, it’s difficult to know what I’m talking about without actually hearing it for yourself, so I suggest you check it out for yourself, but I can say from my experience, I’m very impressed with what I’ve heard!

Ease-of-Use

Sonos App Jul 29, 2014The Sonos system is fairly easy to setup, requiring you to press two buttons on each added device to get it to connect to the overall system. To add services, just find which one you want to add on the app, login with your existing credentials, and you’re good to go. As with all technology, not everything goes according to plan, though, so luckily they have good customer service that can help guide you along.

Once you have everything setup, the hard part is over. Just download the apps on the corresponding devices, and you’re good to go! To play a song, search for an artist, title, or album, and Sonos will search through each connected service, whether it be Google Play, Rhapsody, or something else, and choose to play it now, next, or just add it to the queue. Want to create a playlist? Sonos can save playlists, too, so you can have the ultimate party with automated sounds. One of the coolest features, I think, is that you can have the option to play a different song in each room when multiple people are home and want to listen to their own songs, or if you’ll be all around the house, pick one song or playlist to play synchronized in each room you want it to. Once you’ve played around with the app, you’ll get the hang of controlling it fairly quickly, as they made it very easy to use.

Issues

Now, I know I’ve talked up Sonos a lot in this review, and that’s because it’s a great system. However, there are still some issues that can be quite annoying. The biggest issue is that randomly the system will not connect with your phone or other device. I’ve tried reconnecting the speakers, checking for updates in the apps or system, and re-downloading the app, but nothing seems to work. After a while (usually a couple hours), it will start working again. I’m not sure if this is just my system of if it’s a problem all over, but it’s quite a nuisance, and it will happen usually once every couple of weeks (so it’s not too often). My only other complaint is that when an update is released for their app or the whole system, you HAVE to update; it’s not an choice given to you. So, if you just want to listen to music, you’ll have to wait for the update to be done, which granted usually only takes a few minutes, but it can be a bit annoying either way.

Conclusion

Overall, I think Sonos has done a fantastic job in creating a good system that’s easy to use, looks great, and sound fantastic. I think any music-lover would want this system in their house and I highly recommend it if you’re considering purchasing it.

Facebook Releases Slingshot, An App to Compete With Snapchat

Remember Facebook’s Poke app? If you don’t, I don’t blame you. Poke was Facebook’s Snapchat competitor which failed to catch on and was removed from the App Store. Facebook has now released Slingshot on iOS and Android which is essentially a new and improved version of Poke. Slingshot takes cues from some of Snapchat’s competitors to bring something easy to use with a fresh user interface.

Slingshot lets you quickly share moments—little and big—with lots of people at once. Shoot a photo or video of what you’re up to and sling it to a bunch of friends. They won’t be able to see your shot until they sling something back. Tap on a shot to react, or simply swipe it away.

• Stay in touch: Capture photos and videos of moments you want to share with friends
• Go shot for shot: To unlock new shots, first you have to sling something back
• Enjoy it while it lasts: Once you swipe a shot away, it’ll no longer be viewable
• Send a quick reply: After unlocking a shot, respond with your reaction
• Get creative: Express yourself with captions and drawings
• Look when you want: View unlocked shots later if you’re busy

Source: App Store (iOS) Play Store (Android)

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