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This is What to Expect from Apple in 2015

This is What to Expect from Apple in 2015

There’s always a lot to look forward to from Apple, but the upcoming year looks particularly exciting. Coming up from Apple in 2015 is a brand new product called the Apple Watch; all the regular (but still exciting) yearly updates to technology like the MacBook, the iPhone, and the iPad; as well as possibly the much-anticipated revolutionary upgrade to the Apple TV. Read below to learn what to expect from Apple in 2015.

1. Apple Watch

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    Apple held its press event announcing the Apple Watch in September, but the gadget isn’t expected to debut for at least a couple more months until February. The first new category of product since the iPad launched in 2010, the Apple Watch is smart technology on your wrist similar to Android Wear. The Apple Watch will come in three forms: Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition, each of which have multiple screen sizes to choose from. The price starts at $349.

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    Many think that the Apple Watch will legitimize wearable technology for the masses, so its launch is sure to be exciting. It’s arguably Apple’s most anticipated launch of 2015.

    2. MacBook Air Retina

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      A retina version of the crazy-thin MacBook Air is expected from Apple in early 2015. With the help of new Intel CPUs, Apple finally has a way to use a retina display for its MacBook Airs while holding on to a 10-hour battery life. This isn’t going to revolutionize the PC market by any stretch, but it’s sure to delight a lot of computer users looking for higher resolution screens. It will likely start at $899, the same price as the current MacBook Air.

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      3. iPhone 6s/7

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        The new iPhone, whatever it’s called, will get a lot of attention like all iPhones do, but the upgrades expected honestly aren’t anything all that special. They might upgrade from gorilla glass to scratch-resistant sapphire and move up to a more powerful A9 chip. There’s also a remote possibility of wireless charging and maybe a reversible USB charger, but those are only rumors right now. If history is any indication, the new iPhone will launch in September. A $199 price with a two-year cell phone contract can be expected.

        4. iPad Pro/iPad Plus

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          I don’t know how many people were clamoring for a bigger iPad from Apple in 2015, but for those who were, I’ve got good news. What may be known as the iPad Pro or the iPad Plus is expected to be 12.9 inches. Targeted primarily for professional use, the word is that Apple and IBM partnered to create around a hundred enterprise apps for iPads and iPhones. Since the tablet market is on unsteady ground, Apple hopes this new iPad will shake things up. The expected release date for the device is currently somewhere between April and June, but that could easily change. The iPad Pro/iPad Plus could either start at the current iPad’s price of $499 or jump to $599.

          5. Apple TV

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            The $99 streaming box competing with the likes of Roku, Chromecast and the Amazon Fire TV is hopefully getting a long-awaited upgrade from Apple in 2015. The biggest hurdle for Apple is acquiring content that will enable them to steal people away from their cable subscriptions. HBO offering a streaming service separate from cable was a good start, but Apple needs more than that. There are rumors that the new Apple TV will have a PVR-style hard drive, which could turn it into a full home entertainment device. That would mean that it would cost significantly more than its current $99 price tag, though. No release date is known, though fans are hoping it will show up sometime in the new year.

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            Hopefully we’ll see the Apple TV, along with all the other gadgets, at some point from Apple in 2015.

            Featured photo credit: Apple amnesty/Dan Taylor via flickr.com

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            11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

            11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

            Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

            Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

            Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

            1. Lumosity

            This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

            Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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              2. Fit Brains Trainer

              This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

              Free.

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                3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                  4. Brain Fitness Pro

                  The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                  Buy for $3.99.

                  5. Happify

                  If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                  Free to use.

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                    6. Clockwork Brain

                    You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                    Free.

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                      7. ReliefLink

                      Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                        8. Eidetic

                        Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                          9. Braingle

                          Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                          Free.

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                            10. Not The Hole Story

                            If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                            Free.

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                              11. Personal Zen

                              This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                              Free.

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