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Q: Hi. I’m actively using my new iPhone 6 and want to delete everything from my old iPhone 5. How do I delete all of my contacts at once on the 5?
A: There are actually two separate questions here, so it’s unclear exactly what you want to do, but let’s take a look at both scenarios. If you only want to delete the Contacts from your iPhone 5, while leaving everything else intact, the easiest way to do that is through iCloud. If you’re already using an iCloud account, simply go into your iPhone Settings app, select iCloud and then toggle “Contacts” off. You should see a prompt asking you whether you want to keep the contacts locally or remove them from your iPhone. Choose “Delete from my iPhone” and they’ll be removed from your iPhone, but left in iCloud, and on your new iPhone 6.
AG Drive ($4) — Three years in development, this new 3D racing game from Finnish game studio ZORG entertainment takes players on a blazingly fast-paced anti-grav race through a stunning and lively futuristic Earth city landscape. Built on the company’s own ZORG 3D engine, the game renders at 15 million polygons every second and runs at an impressively smooth 60 fps, providing seriously impressive visuals. The game also features an immersive and engaging soundtrack produced by the award-winning composer of other hit games such as Angry Birds, Outland, Trine, and more. Several racing modes are available ranging from single races to duels and eliminations. Multiple tracks with different environmental settings give you a wide variety of courses to race on, and each ship has its own unique set of skills for players to master.
Crazy Taxi City Rush (free) — Sega teams up with Mattel in this latest update to Crazy Taxi City Rush, letting you spin around Bay City in the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker hot rod. Available as part of an in-game Hot Wheels event that runs for the next month, players can unlock the car through the in-game activities, or buy it outright via an in-app purchase. Additional Hot Wheels content is included in this latest update as well, including the Spare Hot Wheel tire trunk cover, a Hot Wheels themed decal, and players will be able to retain all of the unlocked content after the in-game event ends.
We are the Chuggineers ($5) — We are the Chuggineers features characters from the popular kids show about trains — no, the other one — Chuggington. As we’ve seen in other recent StoryToys apps, We are the Chuggineers keeps things varied to hold a child’s attention. While the app is built around a read-along story, there are also video clips from the show, and four interactive games thrown in, as well. We’d recommend it for Chuggington fans, but other StoryToys apps are more fitting for a wider audience.
Although Beanco Technology's Mobile Home ($79) has been out for a little while now, we still thought it was worth a look, considering that Apple's CarPlay may take longer than anticipated to show up in new vehicles. Mobile Home is a Siri remote designed for use in the car — when connected, its large button acts as a Siri button, so users don't have to actually press the Home Button on an iPhone to activate Siri. The remote allows users to operate Siri through an already existing Bluetooth system compatible with Siri; there's no microphone, speaker, or any other features on Mobile Home.
Today in iLounge Deals you can enter our The 50” LG TV + Sound Bar Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive an LG 50LB5900 50-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED TV with an LG Soundbar System . Enter by signing up for iLounge Deals via either Facebook or e-mail at the link below; the winner will be selected on March 25, 2015. Good luck!
In a stop in London during his European tour, Apple CEO Tim Cook made some more interesting comments on the Apple Watch, The Telegraph reports. Touting the revolutionary features of Apple’s upcoming wearable device, Cook highlighted Apple Pay and the fitness aspects, but also described other “potentially revolutionary uses,” notably saying that the Apple Watch “is designed to be able to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used by many vehicles.” While it’s unclear whether Cook was referring to this as a long-term application or a feature for the device’s initial launch, Apple has already demonstrated apps from companies such as Starwood Hotels that could employ the Apple Watch to replace traditional room keycards, and a BMW iDrive app was also visible in the initial demonstrations of the Apple Watch last fall. Of course, Apple’s alleged plans to develop its own electric car will likely integrate the Apple Watch in some way, but with a vehicle not expected to arrive until 2020, it’s a safe assumption that the company’s ambitions for the Apple Watch are somewhat nearer term.
Ericsson has escalated its legal dispute with Apple, Bloomberg reports. The Swedish phone maker announced that it plans to file seven new lawsuits in a U.S. court as well as a request to the U.S. International Trade Commission to block Apple products from being sold in the U.S. Last month, Apple and Ericsson filed several suits against each other over LTE patents, after Apple’s license to use Ericsson’s technology expired and re-negotiations broke down between the two companies. Ericsson’s latest series of complaints allege that Apple has infringed as many as 41 patents related to mobile device communications, user interfaces, battery conservation, and the operating system itself.
In other patent litigation news, after Apple was ordered to pay $532.9 million to Smartflash, LLC earlier this week, Reuters reports that the Texas-based patent licensing company has launched a second lawsuit against the larger company, over the same patents’ continued use in devices that were introduced after the original case began. The $532.9m settlement in the original case was awarded to Smartflash as a result of Apple using the company’s patents in all devices capable of accessing iTunes up to the point the lawsuit was filed, but it excluded the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2. This second salvo by Smartflash is intended to make Apple pay the royalties deemed necessary by the original case, applied to these newer devices, as well.
We’ve seen STM’s Dux for both iPhone and iPad before, and now we have an early look at the MacBook Air edition of the protective case. STM’s Dux for MacBook Air ($60) is a transparent polycarbonate case with TPU edges for drop protection. Four textured rubber feet on the bottom of Dux prevent your MacBook from slipping on a smooth surface. We received the 13” MacBook Air version of Dux, but a 11” MacBook Air version should be available, as well. The 13” version should be released in late April/early May.
Apple has sent out media invitations for an event on March 9, with the tagline “Spring forward.” The Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco will host the event. It’s expected that the event will mainly focus on the Apple Watch, which is scheduled for an April release, but some other surprises may also be in store. [via The Loop]
Update: Apple has announced that it will stream the event live on its website. The event takes place at 10 a.m. Pacific time, March 9.
Brikk, a company that produces high-end versions of tech and lifestyle products, has announced Lux Watch, an expensive line of modified diamond-studded Apple Watches. The Lux Watch is available in three versions — Standard, Deluxe, and Omni — with prices set based on its materials, size, and the amount of diamonds included. A Lux Watch Standard starts at $7,500, while the Lux Watch Omni in 24-karat yellow gold can reach a price as high as $75,000, with 12.30 carats of diamonds on the 42mm version of the watch. Brikk is now accepting pre-orders on Lux Watch, which will ship four to six weeks after the Apple Watch’s release.
While only a select group of people will have interest in Lux Watch, it raises a few other questions about the price of Apple’s 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition. Estimates for the Edition have ranged from $4,000 to $20,000, with lots of guesses in between. Though certainly not out of the question, it would nonetheless be peculiar for a diamond-studded version of the Apple Watch — coming in 24-karat yellow gold, 18-karat pink gold, or platinum — to cost less than Apple’s own Edition. [via MacRumors]