Unlocked SIM-Free iPhone 6 Now Available in the U.S. Starting at $649

5:46 AM, Jan. 6th, 2015 · · Product News

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Almost four months after the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is now offering unlocked, SIM-free versions of the company’s latest phones via its U.S. online store and, soon, U.S. Apple Retail Stores. Pricing for the unlocked iPhones remains the same as the unsubsidized cost of carrier-specific models.

Swiss Watchmaker Montblanc Announces eStrap Smartstrap for Mechanical Watches

3:41 PM, Jan. 2nd, 2015 · · Product News

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Montblanc announced Thursday a wearable computing option for mechanical watch owners. Being launched initially for the Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed line of watches for 2015, the eStrap includes an OLED screen and various fitness-related sensors.

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The smartwars in the watch industry are just starting, all thanks to Apple Watch. I personally expect a lot of smartstraps to be introduced throughout 2015, from startups and established watch brands alike.

Report: Apple Pay is Disrupting and Transforming Mobile Payments

5:10 PM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · · Product News

ITG report on Apple Pay

"Apple Pay has the ability to significantly transform the mobile payment space." That's the conclusion of an ITG Investment Report published on December 19. A major finding is that Apple Pay has been responsible for one percent of all digital payment dollars. This is a "strong showing" given that Apple customers must have the latest iPhones and the limited list of merchants. John Martellaro summarizes the report.

Workflow: It’s Like Automator for your iPhone and iPad

7:10 PM, Dec. 11th, 2014 · · Product News

Automating tasks on your Mac has been relatively easy thanks to Automator and AppleScript, but has little more than a fantasy on the iPhone and iPad—until now, that is. Workflow from DeskConnect lets you build your own automated workflows on your iOS device to handle all kinds of tasks, and you can even save your workflows so they appear along side other apps on your Home screen.

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There are a few beyond-cool utility apps for iOS: TextExpander touch, 1Password, Fantastical, Transmit, and now Workflow. Considering Apple's hot-and-cold track record with highly useful utility apps, you should grab Workflow right away just in case the company decides it shouldn't be on the App Store.

Bushel Launching Mac/iOS Device Management - Get Your Invite Here

5:50 PM, Dec. 8th, 2014 · · Product News

Smaller organizations may not have dedicated IT staff for mobile deployment, or the bandwidth to take on such a project. JAMF is fixing to resolve that for smaller organizations with a new product called Bushel. Find out more about this invite-only pilot program, and get your own invitation.

appLOUD for iPhone Allows Fans to Tip Bands, Post Concert Videos

8:04 PM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · Product News

Tip a Band

Have a band and want to monetize your fan base? There's an app for that called appLOUD. The free app allows fans and artists to post concert videos, and tag those videos with a band's Twitter handle and the band's genre hashtag. The app then automatically connects the video to iTunes and concert ticket sales, and it even allows fans to directly tip bands.

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If you like music, download the app. If you appreciate a good performance, pony up. If you know someone with a band, tell them about this.