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Tip of the Day: Quickly viewing your most recent Notifications

While Touch ID is a really great way to unlock your iPhone, sometimes it’s a little too fast, as anybody can attest to who has ever watched an important notification disappear from the Lock Screen before you could even identify what it was. The good news is that you can easily find these notifications by pulling down the Notification Center, but they may not always be easily seen if you’re not sorting them properly.

The good news is that you can control the sort order for your Notification Center by going into the iOS Settings app and choosing Notifications. While sorting manually can be handy for putting the important notifications at the top all the time, the “Sort By Time” option is a great way to ensure that the most recent notifications are always at the top, so that when you miss one while unlocking your iPhone, you can simply pull down Notification Center and see it right at the top of your screen.…

Report: Apple Watch retail strategy aims to push iPhone sales

The approach expected to be used by Apple Retail to sell and promote the Apple Watch has been unveiled in a new report by 9to5Mac. The strategy will focus on “three key features” as well as a plan to encourage Apple Watch customers to adopt the latest iPhone models. Citing sources within Apple Retail, the new selling guidelines indicate that Apple believes “many customers have already decided they want an Apple Watch.” The company expects to leverage the Apple Watch to “position the benefits” of users either upgrading to the latest iPhone model or switching to the iPhone from other platforms. Retail employees have been specifically instructed to “highlight the ways Apple Watch will add value” to a customer’s life, before asking a variety of iPhone-related questions. It’s interesting that Apple appears convinced of customers’ desire to buy an Apple Watch — as the report notes, employees aren’t instructed to make a “hard sales pitch” regarding the device.

Review: Speck MightyShell + Faceplate for iPhone 6 Plus

Last October, we reviewed Speck's MightyShell for iPhone 6, a slightly bulkier, more protective version of the company's classic CandyShell case. Now the company will soon be releasing an iPhone 6 Plus version of MightyShell. Additionally, the company has recently introduced its Faceplate, a front film cover that Speck claims has five layers of protection to prevent screen damage. We'll be offering two separate ratings in this review — one for the iPhone 6 Plus MightyShell ($55) and another for the iPhone 6 Plus MightyShell + Faceplate ($70).

Apple back on top in phone sales for first time since 2011

Apple took back the throne as the world’s top-selling phone manufacturer in the final quarter of 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. Sales of the iPhone made up more than 20 percent of the total phone market, narrowly edging out Samsung for the first time since 2011. Apple reported its best quarter ever at the end of 2014, selling 74.8 million units. The increase is attributed to Apple’s strong ecosystem of products and the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which were a concession to users in the U.S. and China looking for bigger screens than previous iPhone models ever provided.

Phishing scam targets iCloud credentials of iOS device theft victims

Criminals who stole iPhones and iPads are phishing for iCloud information from the very people they robbed in a new scam, according to Symnantec’s security blog. Some users with lost or stolen devices have reportedly received messages informing them that their device has been found — these users are then sent links to fraudulent websites that often incorporate the word “icloud” into the URL and are made to look like the real iCloud login page. Once the thieves have the user’s iCloud credentials, they’re able to turn off Lost Mode and use or sell the device. Symantec warns users with lost devices to be wary when receiving unsolicited messages and to carefully examine URLs before entering any information. [via MacWorld]

Apple, others likely to reach $415M settlement in poaching lawsuit

A U.S. judge appears ready to accept a $415 million offer to settle a lawsuit accusing Apple and three other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to keep employee wages low, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected an earlier $324 million offer as too low after one of the plaintiffs objected. Apple, Intel, Google and Adobe are accused of agreeing not to recruit employees from the other companies, limiting job mobility to keep salaries lower. The lawsuit, filed in 2011, was largely based on emails from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and leaders at the other rival companies.

Daily Deal: WALTR Audio/Video Uploader for Mac & iOS

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the WALTR Audio/Video Uploader for Mac & iOS for only $20 – a savings of 33% off the normal price. Allowing you to seamlessly play any type of audio or video file on your iOS device, using the native apps, WALTR is a drag-and-drop video converter for Mac that can make MKV, AVI, FLAC, and other files play in native formats without the need to resort to third-party iOS apps. The app can quickly convert and transfer files to your iOS device without requiring a separate sync operation, and even supports files with .srt subtitles.

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Apple adds vehicles to list of company’s activities in Switzerland

Apple has filed to expand protection of its brand name and logo to the automotive industry in Switzerland, ApfelBlog reports. Public filings made by Apple lawyers to Swiss regulators request protection of Apple’s trademarks to be used with multiple types of vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, golf carts, trains, planes and ships. Though not a major development, it’s another sign pointing to Apple’s rumored car plans; a recent report claimed the company intends to produce an electric vehicle by 2020.

Cook: Apple Watch to be available outside U.S. in April

Apple CEO Tim Cook told a group of employees in Berlin that the Apple Watch will be available in countries other than the U.S. this April, 9to5Mac reports. Germany will also get an April launch for the smartwatch, Cook said. It’s possible the U.S. launch could occur early in the month, with other countries getting the device in late April. But there’s also the possibility Apple Watch will roll out in the U.S. and other countries simultaneously. We’re certain to hear details on the launch schedule during Apple’s March 9 event.

Ask iLounge: Can I transfer the existing version of an app to my new iPhone?

Q: I just got my girlfriend a new iPhone 6 as a birthday present a couple of weeks ago, but she’s been holding on to an older version of a game that she’s obsessed with (Threes) because she likes the red color scheme that they only had for a short time in an older version. As crazy as it sounds, she actually refuses to switch from her iPhone 4 as she doesn’t want to lose the colors. When I download the game onto the new iPhone, it’s the latest version, without the red scheme. Is there some way I can transfer the older version that’s on her iPhone 4 over to the new iPhone 6?

A: The good news is that there are actually a couple of ways you can do this. If she’s been using iCloud to backup her iPhone 4, you can actually set up the new iPhone 6 to restore from her iCloud account. Despite the fact that an iCloud Restore re-downloads apps from the App Store, it actually tries to re-download the versions that were backed up, not the latest versions available. It’s a “best-effort” basis — Apple can only restore the older version if it’s still available in the App Store archives, but older versions usually are.

The good news is that you can test this easily enough without affecting her existing iPhone 4. Since the iPhone 6 is a separate device, just make sure you have a current iCloud backup from her existing iPhone — you can check this by going into the Settings app and then choosing iCloud, Backups, and from here you can even initiate a new backup if the previous backup is too old. If she hasn’t been using iCloud to backup her iPhone, you can also simply switch it from here and then initiate a backup.…






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