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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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            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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