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Must-Have Accessories

Must-Have Accessories
Must-Have Accessories

Did you get a new device this holiday season?  Perhaps it was something that you purchased for yourself - a tablet, a phone, a TV, laptop, etc.  But your question is: now what do I do with this?  How can I accessorize my new favorite device and utilize it for all its worth? Let’s take a look at some of our favorite accessories for your holiday devices.

Cables

Most of your devices came with a cable, but let’s face it, you can never have enough of them. If it’s for your phone, you need one in your bedroom, the car, your purse, next to the computer, and an extra one because you know one of them might grow legs and simply walk away.

Getting extra lightning cables for your iPhone/iPad is a no brainer, but consider trying out the Moshi lightning cable for a little style and have the same one-year-warranty as the Apple brand.

You got the new Apple TV but it didn’t come with a HDMI cable and you need one to make it work. Did you know that when you AirPlay to the AppleTV it doubles your local traffic? Get yourself an ethernet cable to connect your AppleTV directly to your router for the fastest speed.

Battery Pack

Your new iOS device has a nice battery life, but it won’t always be like that. If you plan on going camping, traveling on a plane, or going beyond the range of an outlet, then you’re going to want to get some power on the go. The Moshi Ionbank 5K comes with an integrated Lightning cable to charge your iPhone, and a USB cable to charge itself. The extra USB port on IonBank 5K allows for a second device to charge, whether it be another iPhone or even an Android device.

Protection

Your new device looks pretty sweet and you should keep it that way.  With the i10 Pixel glass you can keep the glass scratch-free as it reaches to the top corners of your phone from the bottom corners. For full phone protection, look at the cases from Moshi.  They range in design from sleek to rugged, and even offer a wallet folio case. These cases keep your devices safe and in style.

Your computer should be protected from scratches as well. The Speck see-thru lets your Apple logo light glow through the case and gives it the protection needed from daily wear and tear, like sliding it into your full backpack.

What about a folio for the businessman/woman to look professional and have protection? The Tucano Palmo and Leggero are a great protective solution with a style that says, "Look out, I look good, I look important, I am successful." If you are looking for a folio that has a keyboard, look no further than the Moshi Versa Cover with keyboard; this bad boy turns heads.

Headphones

You’re probably going to lose these in a pocket, in the wash, in the car, leave them at a friend's house... you get the idea, you're going to lose them. And the headphones that came with you iPhone are average at best. The Moshi Mythro headphones are your answer to the average headphones; they're only $29.95 and according to CNet, they are the best headphones under $50.

Cleaning

No one likes fingerprints on screens, and the germs on your computer aren’t very attractive either. Apple Juice screen and device cleaner provides you with cleanliness, and it smells like apples.

Learning curve

You have the devices but don’t know all the ins and outs of how to utilize them most effectively. Understanding the benefits of iCloud seems beyond your grasp, and how to make a document look like you hired someone to make it is something weighing on your mind.  ME.Training can give you the advantages you’ve been looking for. Sign up for a private class with a trainer and get the undivided attention you deserve.

AirPort Time Capsule

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Automatic backup

  • AirPort Time Capsule is designed to work with Time Machine in OS X for automatic, continuous backup protection
  • Backups happen wirelessly, eliminating the need to find and connect a cable
  • Back up and store files for multiple Macs running Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard or later on your wireless network
  • Built-in 2TB or 3TB hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need

Share a hard drive and printer

  • The USB port lets you share a printer or hard drive and access it wirelessly

High performance

  • AirPort Time Capsule is a full-featured router with an integrated access point – so not only is it your backup storage, it also provides Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity to all your devices
  • Ultra-fast 802.11ac with beam-forming technology enables data rates up to 1.3 Gbps - triple the previous 802.11n standard, which means up to three times faster Wi-Fi
  • With simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi, your Wi-Fi devices get the fastest possible wireless performance and best possible range

Easy setup

  • With the setup assistant built into iOS and OS X, you're just a few taps or clicks away from setting up or extending a wireless network
  • Once your network is set up, AirPort Utility for iOS and OS C lets you manage and monitory your AirPort Time Capsule from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac

Ports

  • One Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting a DSL or cable modem
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting computer or network devices
  • One USB 2.0 port for connecting a USB printer or USB hard drive

Compatibility

  • Works with Wi-Fi Certified 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.11ac enabled Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Windows-based PCs, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices

Models and price

 

  • Apple AirPort TimeCapsule 2 TB
  • $299
  • Apple AirPort TimeCapsule 3 TB
  • $399

The new Apple TV

ATV_Remote_ISO-Table-SCREENThe new Apple TV delivers an all-new experience with Touch and Siri, powerful new hardware, and great content, games, and more on the App Store. The Touch surface on the new Siri Remote offers innovative ways to interact with your TV, creating a connected experience with a screen that’s across the room. With Siri, finding something to watch is as easy as just asking. And with apps, Apple TV allows you to customize your TV for personal and shared experiences in the living room.

 All-new interface

  • New ways to interact with Touch and Siri bring a connected experience to a big screen that’s across the room
  • 3D effects make posters, icons, and other images pop off the screen and come to life
  • Beautiful TV and movie product pages are designed to make the content the hero
  • Stunning aerial video screen savers display day or night scenes based on your time

Siri and Universal search

  • Natural voice interactions mean you don’t need to learn specific commands or key words
  • Find TV shows and movies with just your voice, no need to type onscreen
  • Search across popular apps at once, so you don’t need to go in and out of apps
  • iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime available, with more to come
  • Onscreen navigation, playback controls, and sports, stocks, and weather info

App Store for Apple TV

  • Content apps, including current Apple TV partners (e.g., Netflix, Hulu, etc.)
  • High-quality, high-performance games
  • Kid-friendly entertainment and learning
  • Other app categories, reimagined for the living room like fitness and shopping
  • Apps can use MFi game controllers and other Bluetooth accessories

Powerful new hardware

  • 64-bit A8 chip for great app and game performance
  • 32GB or 64GB flash storage options to store apps for the whole family
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO (a/b/g/n/ac compatible)
  • 1080p, 720p, and 480p video output

Pricing

  • 32GB    $149
  • 64GB    $199

Bump Your Apple TV

Did you know that you can setup an Apple TV by simply bumping your iPhone to your Apple TV? It's true. If your iPhone is already connected to your home wifi network and logged in to your Apple ID, you can simply bump your iPhone to your Apple TV during the setup process on the language select screen and the Apple TV will automatically import your wifi and Apple ID settings from your iPhone.

What is required?

A WiFi network Apple TV 3rd Gen using Apple TV software 6.0 or later One of the following iOS devices running iOS 7 or later:

  •    iPhone 4s or later
  •    iPad 3rd gen or later
  •    iPad mini
  •    iPod touch 5th gen

The steps:

  1. Connect your Apple TV to your television and power and wait until you Apple TV displays the setup screen.
  2. Unlock your iOS 7 device and ensure that Bluetooth is enabled. Also ensure that you are connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to use with Apple TV.
  3. Touch your iOS device to your Apple TV and wait for the prompts to appear on your iOS device and Apple TV.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password on your iOS device.
  5. Choose if you want Apple TV to remember your Apple ID password, and if you want Apple TV to send data to Apple.
Note: This does not change your iOS device preferences.
  6. Your Apple TV will start the configuration process, including connecting to your Wi-Fi network, activating Apple TV, and setting up your iTunes Store account.
  7. When complete, your Apple TV is ready to use.

Note: While configuring your Apple TV, keep your iOS device within 10 to 15 feet of your Apple TV until the configuration process completes.

My Favorite App for Family Game Night

When I was a kid, we didn’t have all of these fancy smart phones, tablets, personal computers, cable television, or even a VCR.  I had a bicycle, two big brothers, a lake nearby to swim, UHF, a few card games (Euchre was a favorite) and some board games.  

We engaged with one another all of the time, face to face, nothing to hide behind like the internet.  Sure there was limitations to who we could connect with, dad sure wasn’t going to pay for a long distance telephone call to my cousin.  Besides, I wanted to play a game or ride bikes with him, not talk on the phone.

 

Today is a different age, a digital age where we connect via Instagram and Twitter. Where we post, like posts and repost things that make us laugh on Facebook.  Thanks to most cell phone plans, we can now talk to almost anyone without making a collect call (I had to explain what that was to my teenagers).   We engage each other through a series of 1’s and 0’s and our face is seen on a screen we hold in the palm of our hands (pretty cool really). Enough with the stories from yesteryear,  I really wanted to tell you about my favorite app. An app that gets the whole family involved, Sketch Party. Remember Pictionary? Image that for the digital age.  The rules are basically the same and everyone gets to draw twice.  What makes this app so great?!

 

  1. It’s like modern bowling, It keeps the score for you.
  2. Each play is only 2 minutes so the game doesn’t last forever
  3. Like modern bowling, it tells you who's turn it is
  4. The best part… It’s all displayed on your Apple TV.  The iPad is your canvas, but thanks to the Apple TV, everyone guessing doesn’t have to look over a shoulder or through your hand to see what you're drawing.

 

I don’t buy many apps but I’m glad I spent $5 on this one.  We play the game when grandparents and/or friend come over.  But I really look forward to Christmas gatherings this year. We husbands are going to put a smack down on the wives. Loser cleans the kitchen. Who are we kidding, you darn well I’m going to have the kids do it.

SketchParty  Available at the App Store

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EVX56atjHI

 

7 Reasons AppleTV Makes A Great Christmas Gift

Apple TV With Remote Still thinking of what to get your tech-loving father or already-has-it-all sister for Christmas? May we suggest an AppleTV?

In honor of the 12 days of Christmas, we were going to make “12 Reasons AppleTV is Awesome,” but we’re too busy handling central Indiana’s Apple gifters, so we’ll just stick with 7.

7) Design. Obviously, it’s Apple, so you know you’re getting a stylish device that is high quality and will look great in any setting.

6) Simplicity. All you need to install it is an HDMI cable and a TV with an HDMI input.

5) Down with cable. AppleTV makes cutting the cable cord that much easier with its interfacing with Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon Instant Video and more.

4) AirPlay Mirroring. Movies, sports, YouTube, Funny or Die and more can be accessed with your AppleTV AirPlay Mirroring, meaning you can put what’s on your iPad, iPhone or MacBook on your great, big, wonderful TV set.

3) Price. AppleTV is surprisingly affordable for all that it does. Just $99 gives you the perfect gift for anybody on your shopping list.

2) Integration. Photos, music, movies and more in one place lets your home theater become your single location to control your content with AppleTV.

1) What’s next. Apple is investing a lot of money to make AppleTV a content-delivery portal. This means the potential for movies, TV shows, music and more to be accessible from your AppleTV is only going to grow as they begin to take on large media companies and pluck more customers away from cable.

Avoid Cabin Fever This Winter with a Free AppleTV

How would you like to win a free AppleTV from MacExperience? All you have to do is “Like” us on Facebook! We’re giving away an AppleTV to one lucky new MacExperience fan on Facebook..

 MacExperience Free AppleTV Contest

AppleTVs allow you to stream apps like Netflix and Hulu+ to your television, as well as mirror your iPhone, iPad or MacBook, letting you see what’s on your mobile device screen on your TV. You can even control AppleTV with your iPhone or iPad as you browse movies, music and more. All you need is an HDMI cable to hook it up.

Find out more about AppleTV here.

This winter, when the cold has you huddled indoors, you can relax and enjoy an even greater television experience with an AppleTV.

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New Improvements Come With AppleTV Update

The most recent AppleTV update offers great new features for customers to fully take advantage of their streaming device. With the update to version 5.1, customers can find local movie showtimes and customize their screen to better suit their usage needs.

You can now move icons starting on the second row of the user interface by holding down the “Select” button -- middle button of the remote's click wheel -- until the icon begins to wiggle. You can then move it around the screen and put the icon where you want it to go. Click the “Select” button again, and the icon stays in that location.

The Trailer app also adds the feature for customers to search by their ZIP code to find local showtimes at many theaters nearby!

You can pick up an AppleTV at your local MacExperience for $99.