Checky – Phone Habit Tracker – Calm.com

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Checky – Phone Habit Tracker

Calm.com

Genre: Productivity

Release Date: September 13, 2014


Checky answers a simple question: how many times a day do I check my phone?

By giving you insight into your phone checking habit, Checky helps you become more aware. This awareness can help you make changes to your phone usage, if you feel you need to make a change!

It's also fun to find out exactly how much you are using your phone, and to compare your stats with friends.

If you like the app, please take the time to rate it! It's pretty painless, and it'll keep our boss from making us add those annoying "please rate us" popups.

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Please be aware that Checky requires continued location tracking. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

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SoftBank and Saudi Arabia tout the world’s largest tech fund

It's normally not a big deal if a tech investment fund scores a lot of money (unless you're a startup CEO eager for cash), but the latest windfall is definitely an exception to the rule. After no shortage of hype, Sprint owner SoftBank and the Saudi…

Moment – Screen Time Tracker – Kevin Holesh

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Moment – Screen Time Tracker

Kevin Holesh

Genre: Health & Fitness

Release Date: June 27, 2014


Track how much you and your family use your phone and tablet each day, automatically
• See what apps you use the most too! Moment is the first and only app on the App Store to do this.
• Set daily limits on yourself and find a balance for the screens in your life.

Moment Family
• Monitor all of your family member's screen time too.
– Look at your entire family's day from the comfort of your own device.
• Start screen-free family dinner time, which means for the next 60 minutes, every time a person in your family picks up their phone or tablet, an annoying alert will go off and everyone will hear it. How embarrassing!
– You can decide how long each family dinner time will last.
– Everyone in your family can start family dinner time, including your children.
– Schedule it for the same time every day.
• Change a family member's daily limit and force them to put down their phone when they're over that limit.

The Highlights
• Tracks how much you use your phone or tablet automatically.
• Keeps track of what apps you use the most almost automatically (iPhone only).
• Trains you with the Coach to use your phone less, if that's your goal.
• Logs how many times you pick up your phone each day.
• Force yourself off your device when you're over your limit, and force your family members to do the same.
• Break down each day to see when you're on your device and what apps you're using.
• Tracks where you go each day, and have it plotted on a map.
• Invisible app. Once you set it up and as long as the app is running in the background, you never have to open it again.
• Choose from 6 relaxing reminder sounds and 6 intense sounds for your daily limit reminders.

Apple Watch
• Quickly see how long you and your family have used your phone today.
– You'll see a colorful icon for each one of your family members on your glance. Green means well under their daily limit, yellow means getting close, and red screams they went overboard.
• No, the app doesn't track how long you spend looking at your watch.

Warning to parents: Moment is not strictly about parental control. Using Moment Family as a parent gives you certain powers, but your children have power too.
• If your daughter notices you on your phone while you're supposed to be watching a family movie together, she can start family dinner time for the entire family until the movie is over. That means no one can pick up their phone, and you as the parent can't turn that family dinner time off.
• Your entire family can see everyone else's screen time for the day from the family scoreboard. You can see if your son is over his limit for the day, and he can see if you are over yours!

Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Moment has been designed to use GPS sparingly.

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Apple Music’s Three-Month Trial is No Longer Free in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland

Since launching in June 2015, Apple Music has offered a free three-month trial in the United States and over 100 other countries around the world. In some countries, such as Ireland and the Netherlands, the free trial is for one month.



According to Apple’s website, however, the trial now costs 99 cents in Australia, 0,99 € in Spain, and Fr. 0.99 in Switzerland. Based on our spot check, the trial remains free in all other countries where Apple Music is available.

The reason why Apple has started charging a nominal fee for the trial in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland is unclear. The trial was still free in those countries as of May 14, according to archived versions of Apple’s website.

Apple Music rival Spotify’s three-month trial also costs 99 cents in Australia, 0,99 € in Spain, and Fr. 0.99 in Switzerland.

(Thanks, Alex!)

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Redesigned Version of Microsoft OneNote Now Available on Mac and iOS

This week, Microsoft took the unusual step of pushing out a redesigned version of OneNote for Mac and iOS ahead of its release on Windows and Android. The update to the note-taking platform introduces a new interface that aims to enhance usability for users of assistive technologies, simplify navigation controls, and create consistency across devices, according to the company.

Microsoft said it has listened to user feedback to learn how it could improve the navigational layout of the note-taking apps, especially for larger digital notebooks with more sections. As a result, the new interface places all navigation panes in one collapsible area on the left-hand side of the app, instead of having menus for notebooks and sections/pages on either side of the window.

This allows users to easily switch between their notes and dramatically improves usability with assistive technologies. With the new consolidated and simplified design, screen readers can easily navigate through the app to help those with disabilities. In addition, content is front and center—helping students to focus and avoid distractions.

To switch to any other page or section, users can click its name in the navigation panes, or Control-click the name of any page or section and then choose from more options. To open a different notebook, users can click the Show Notebooks button and select it in the list, while options for creating new notebooks/sections/panes now appear at the bottom of the associated navigation panes. On Mac, each pane can also be resized by moving the mouse pointer over the vertical edge and click-dragging it.



The new design philosophy also brings greater interface consistency across Mac, iPhone, and iPad, enabling users to transition between devices quickly and easily, which Microsoft hopes will benefit those with visual impairments and also help in learning environments where device variety is increasingly common.

OneNote for Mac is freely available on the Mac App Store [Direct Link]; likewise OneNote for iOS is a free download on the App Store [Direct Link] The overhauled interface has also been applied to Microsoft’s web app. Windows and Android versions are expected to roll out in the coming weeks.

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Rare Apple-1 Computer Sells at German Auction for $130,000

A rare working Apple-1 computer that was built in Steve Jobs’ garage has been sold at auction in Germany for over $130,000 (via news24).

The highly sought-after vintage computer auctioned off in Cologne on Saturday was one of just 200 that the late Apple co-founder and Steve Wozniak designed and marketed in 1976.



The owner John Dryden, a Californian software engineer, admitted that finally parting with the machine was difficult. “(The Apple 1) was one of the first opportunities for someone to possess a real computer,” he said. “I’d been working with computers for a while but they were huge.”

The Apple-1 was sold with the original receipt for the motherboard and cassette recorder, an operating manual, and even notes of telephone conversations between Dryden and Wozniak from 1977. Apple never offered an external housing for the computer, while the power supply, keyboard, monitor, and cassette recorder had to be obtained separately by the owner.

This machine was actually expected to fetch significantly more than it did this weekend, after an Apple-1 sold for a record $905,000 at a Bonhams auction in New York in October 2014. More recently, a unique “celebration” model went for $815,000 at a CharityBuzz auction in August of last year.



Breker’s auction house, which hosted the sale and specializes in technical antiques, put the lower price down to a settling of Apple “hype”, now coming over five years after the death of Steve Jobs. The winning bidder was a German engineer who collects old computers.

The 8K machine, which originally sold for $666 over 40 years ago, is one of just eight still in working order. There are thought to be only around 50 to 60 Apple-1 computers still in existence.

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Beauty and the Beast: Perfect Match – Disney

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Beauty and the Beast: Perfect Match

Disney

Genre: Games

Release Date: May 17, 2017


Be our guest in an all-new magical puzzle game Beauty and the Beast: Perfect Match! Join Belle, Beast, and the castle staff as you solve match-3 puzzles, decorate the Beast’s Castle, and experience a tale as old as time like never before.

• Put your matches to the test! Solve magical match-3 puzzles alongside Belle and the Beast
• Decorate the castle with 150+ elegant items like chairs, paintings, chandeliers, and more!
• Explore the Beast’s Castle and discover enchanting rooms like the Grand Staircase, Belle’s Bedroom, and the Dining Room
• Meet favorite characters like Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Garderobe as you add your decorative touch to the castle
• Discover inventive boosters and power-ups to create combos. Enchantment is everywhere!

Before you download this experience, please consider that this app contains:
• In-app purchases that cost real money;
• The option to accept push notifications to let you know when we have exciting updates like new content;

We respect your wishes regarding your Privacy. You can exercise control and choice by resetting your Advertising Identifier in your device’s Privacy Settings.

Privacy Policy – http://disneyprivacycenter.com
Terms of Use – http://disneytermsofuse.com

© © 2017 Disney

Apple Says 2011 MacBook Pro No Longer Eligible For ‘Video Issues’ Repair Program

Apple says the following models are no longer eligible for its MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues:

• 15-inch, Early 2011

• 15-inch, Late 2011

• 17-inch, Early 2011

• 17-inch, Late 2011

The following MacBook Pro models remain eligible, so long as they were purchased less than four years ago:

• Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012

• Retina, 15 inch, Early 2013

Apple launched the repair program in February 2015 to address a “small percentage” of MacBook Pro models that “may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts,” allegedly due to faulty GPUs.

A support document on Apple’s website says the affected models were sold between February 2011 and December 2013. Use the “Check Your Coverage” tool on Apple’s website to determine if a particular model is eligible.

The video issues impacted many customers, prompting a class-action lawsuit against Apple and an online petition with over 40,000 signatures. Affected users often experience visual banding or malfunctions on the screen, particularly when watching HD videos or using pro apps such as Final Cut Pro X.

Apple will continue to repair Mid 2012 or Early 2013 models, free of charge. Affected customers can call an Apple Store to schedule a Genius Bar appointment, visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or call Apple Support and request a postage paid box to mail in the MacBook Pro to a local Apple Repair Center.

Related Roundup: MacBook Pro
Tags: repair program, Apple Support
Buyer’s Guide: MacBook Pro (Neutral)

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