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Review: TempTraq Wearable Bluetooth Thermometer

TempTraq, a Blue Spark Technologies company, has released the TempTraq Wearable Bluetooth Thermometer ($25), also known simply as TempTraq. A sticky patch designed to constantly monitor a child's temperature, TempTraq is worn directly on the skin, with the tip of the patch placed under a child's armpit. It uses Bluetooth to send live readings to a free app when a linked iOS device is within 40 feet. The app also allows users to track multiple children with multiple patches, and take notes, among other features. The patch is designed for one-time use, which makes the $25 price tag hard to swallow.

Report: iPhone 6S may be slightly thicker than iPhone 6

An alleged schematic revealed by Engadget Japan alludes to the iPhone 6S as being slightly thicker than the iPhone 6. If true, the 6S will be 7.1 mm thick, a very slight increase over the existing iPhone 6’s 6.9 mm profile. The increase in size could be explained by rumors that Force Touch will be making its iPhone debut in the new model. Sources have claimed that any change to the 6S won’t be big enough to alter how existing iPhone 6 accessories fit.

Apple Pay set to launch in UK on July 14?

Internal communications sent to employees at multiple U.K. retailers appear to confirm that Apple Pay will be accepted for mobile payments in their country starting on July 14, 9to5Mac reports. Apple has also informed its own retail employees they’ll be getting training for Apple Pay support on July 12, just ahead of the launch date for retailers. It’s possible that Apple Pay will launch later at some stores, but July 14 seems like it could be a fairly widespread start date. Apple confirmed a July launch at WWDC, and an FAQ released a few weeks later explained that U.K. Apple Pay users won’t need to enter a PIN for purchases, but will still face the usual £20 limit currently imposed on contactless transactions. That limit is being increased to £30 nationally this September.

Report: New iPhone’s base storage could stay at 16GB

An examination of photos of an iPhone “6S” prototype shows that baseline models of the new phone could still start at 16GB of storage, 9to5Mac reports. Analysts agreed that a Toshiba memory chip spotted in the photos has a 16GB capacity, though whether that chip will actually ship with production models is unknown. The guts of the new model feature fewer chips and the ones that remain are notably smaller, hinting at Apple’s attempt to reduce power use while maintaining functionality. For all the changes inside, the photos seem to back up rumors that, despite adding Force Touch, the new iPhone’s size is identical to the iPhone 6, so using existing cases and other accessories shouldn’t be a problem. A leaked document from last week claimed that the new phone’s upgraded 12-megapixel camera will be able to record 4K video.

Daily Deal: SplashID Pro Lifetime Plan

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a Lifetime subscription to SplashID Pro for only $24.99 – that’s 75% off the normal price. Trusted by millions of people over the past 10 years, SplashID makes sure your confidential information stays safe and in sync across your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can sync your data using SplashID’s cloud-based sync service, over Wi-Fi, or simply keep your data locally on your device, take advantage of the SplashID dashboard for security feedback, and even share individual SplashID records securely with other SplashID users or non-users.

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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.2

Earlier this week Apple released iTunes 12.2 to accompany the new Apple Music service, expanding the Music section of iTunes to provide access to the new on-demand library for subscribers, as well as the new Radio and Connect features of Apple Music.

While for most users the Apple Music features will be enough of a reason to make the jump to the new version, there are a few other interesting changes to be found through iTunes 12.2 as well.…

Apple exploring person-to-person Apple Pay transactions?

A new patent application uncovered by Patently Apple reveals that the company may be considering the expansion of Apple Pay into a wallet system capable of handling person-to-person transactions. Patent application 20150186887 describes a method that would allow two iPhone users to make a private sales transaction authenticated with Touch ID. The system would leverage the iOS Wallet/Passbook app and an encrypted wireless communication channel between the two devices likely similar in concept to the technology Apple already uses for transferring data via AirDrop; the Wallet app would identify nearby devices enabled for receiving payments and allow the user to select a target device to send a payment to, enter an amount, authenticate the payment with Touch ID, and send it to the other device. The receiving user would then have the option of accepting or declining the payment, and choosing a target payment applet such as a mobile banking app. The invention is attributed to Apple’s Senior Director of Apple Pay Engineering Timothy Hurley (formerly of Citibank) and Apple Pay engineer Ahmer Khan. The patent application was originally filed last year and as with many of Apple’s patent applications there are no guarantees as to when or if anything contained in the application may actually come to fruition. [via 9to5Mac]

Daily Deal: Last chance to pick up the Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger

It’s your last chance to grab the Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger for only $13.99 in today’s iLounge Deal – that’s 80% off the regular price. Providing 33W/6.6A high-speed charging for all of your USB-capable gadgets, the Mpow can charge up to three devices from your car at practically full charging speeds – even iPads. The Mpow supports both 12V and 18V input, and its compact 0.5” design lets it fit snugly and unobtrusively into most car sockets.

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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music

Apple’s iOS 8 development cycle has taken a more interesting direction from past releases, with more significant and rapid minor releases and fewer bug fix patch releases. For the first time, Apple had three versions in simultaneous development, released the first-ever public beta of iOS, and even released new versions while the beta cycle for the next version was already underway. iOS 8.2 brought with it support for the Apple Watch, while iOS 8.3 brought iCloud Photo Library out of beta to accompany the new OS X Photos app.

This week’s release of iOS 8.4 marks another feature milestone, debuting with a completely redesigned Music app for the debut of Apple Music, some significant changes to the iBooks app, as well as the usual collection of other fixes and improvements. As with previous releases, iOS 8.4 comes out while the iOS 9 beta cycle is already well underway, and it’s also anecdotally worth mentioning that this is the first “.4” iOS version to be released — an indication of how much has been added since iOS 8.0 first debuted last fall.…

Review: JBL Clip+ Bluetooth Speaker

JBL's Clip+ ($50) is a new, splashproof version of the company's Clip. The small, puck-shaped Bluetooth speaker is similar in almost every way to the past version of Clip, which we found to offer great value upon its release a year ago. As with the original speaker, Clip+ promises 5 hours of playtime with its rechargeable battery. It has a built-in carabiner and speakerphone, as well as an integrated 1-foot audio cable that can be attached to the back of the speaker — this allows the speaker to plug into other sources, including another Clip+ for daisy chaining purposes.






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