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Apple Watch How-To: Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

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When the Apple Watch first launched, we showed you in detail how to pair and set-up the device with your iPhone. Now, we’re going to show you how to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone. There are several reasons one might want to unpair the two devices…

The process could be a troubleshooting step for users who are experiencing connectivity issues between their Apple Watch and iPhone. The unpairing process could also be useful when selling your Apple Watch or returning it to Apple.

The first step in the unpairing process is to ensure that your Apple Watch and iPhone are close enough together to be connected. Then, you’ll want to open the Apple Watch App on your iPhone.

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From there, tap “My Watch” tap at the bottom of the interface, then choose the “Apple Watch” panel, as shown in the screenshots above. Then tap the “Unpair Apple Watch” button. The app will ask you to confirm that you wish to unpair the two devices, which will erase all content and settings from the Watch. Your iPhone, however, will make a backup of your Apple Watch before completing the unpairing process. You’ll later be able to restore that backup to a new Apple Watch if you desire.

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If you wish to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone directly from your wrist as opposed to using the app, you can do so by heading into the Settings app, then choosing General, Reset, and Erase all Content and Settings.

Once the process is complete, you can pair and setup Apple Watch with your iPhone again using these steps.


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Apple Watch How-To: Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

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When the Apple Watch first launched, we showed you in detail how to pair and set-up the device with your iPhone. Now, we’re going to show you how to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone. There are several reasons one might want to unpair the two devices…

The process could be a troubleshooting step for users who are experiencing connectivity issues between their Apple Watch and iPhone. The unpairing process could also be useful when selling your Apple Watch or returning it to Apple.

The first step in the unpairing process is to ensure that your Apple Watch and iPhone are close enough together to be connected. Then, you’ll want to open the Apple Watch App on your iPhone.

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From there, tap “My Watch” tap at the bottom of the interface, then choose the “Apple Watch” panel, as shown in the screenshots above. Then tap the “Unpair Apple Watch” button. The app will ask you to confirm that you wish to unpair the two devices, which will erase all content and settings from the Watch. Your iPhone, however, will make a backup of your Apple Watch before completing the unpairing process. You’ll later be able to restore that backup to a new Apple Watch if you desire.

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If you wish to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone directly from your wrist as opposed to using the app, you can do so by heading into the Settings app, then choosing General, Reset, and Erase all Content and Settings.

Once the process is complete, you can pair and setup Apple Watch with your iPhone again using these steps.


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Top 6 essential smart home accessories (Video)

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There’s no denying that connected smart home accessories are on the rise. Apple’s HomeKit is slowly making an entrance into this space, but for the moment there are a wide variety of accessories available that can make your house a lot cooler. Today we’re taking a look at some of the essential options that have been around for a little while, but are definitely must-haves if you’re into the smart home scene. These devices may not be necessary, but they make things around the house more convenient…

Withings Home

First up we’re taking a look at Withings Home. This is one of the easiest ways to keep an eye on the house while away. Withings Home is a connected security camera that even has Apple Watch integration. Withings Home features a 5MP sensor, wide angle lens, shoots 1080p video, and actually has night vision. You can check in on the camera at any time, anywhere in the world, using its app. As mentioned, you can even pull up a live video feed on Apple Watch. There’s also motion detection, an air quality sensor, and 2-way communication using its microphone and speaker. Withings Home is available for $199.

Philips Hue

Next up: Philips Hue. This is one of my favorite smart home accessories, but it is a bit overpriced. That being said, you’re paying for the quality of product. If you’re not familiar with it, Philips Hue is a system of connected color changing LED bulbs that can be controlled with your smartphone. Philips backs up their bulbs with a two year warranty. I’ve actually had a bulb replaced with Philips and the process was simple. There’s also a good amount of third party integration with Philips Hue such as IFTTT. The Philips Hue starter kit is available for $199 and if you’d like to find out more, check out the video.

Watch our smart home tech video below:

Pronto

Next up, we’re taking a look at Pronto. This thing will actually turn your smartphone into a universal remote. Pronto is a single unit that’s powered by four AA batteries (which last up to a year) and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This little device has the ability to control virtually any device with an IR receiver such as TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-Ray players, and others. Just set it on a shelf with line of sight to your A/V equipment or use the included IR extension cable to tuck it away.

Pronto works with the free Peel Smart Remote app and will provide customized TV listings, a full guide, and access to multiple remotes within the app. Pronto connects via Bluetooth, but it will allow multiple device connections so everyone in your house can have their own remote with personalized suggestions and favorites. Pronto is available for around $50 and I highly recommend it.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest has been around for quite some time now. I’ve had my Nest 2.0 for about 2 years and it has been working flawlessly. With Nest you gain remote smartphone access to the temperature in your house, customized schedules, energy reports, and more. It’s certainly a classic piece of smart home tech in my book. This thermostat will learn your schedule and temperature preferences and automatically come up with an energy efficient schedule to help save you money on electricity. Nest also has an “away mode” which it will kick into when its sensor detects a lack of motion in the house and set the temperature to a customized range. Nest is available for $250, but it will definitely pay for itself over time.

August Smart Lock and Ring Video Doorbell

The last items in this list are August Smart Lock and Ring Video Doorbell. I’ve decided to combine these two because their combination is very useful. Simply having any video doorbell and a smart lock can be handy. We detailed August Smart Lock and Ring Video Doorbell in separate reviews if you’d like to find out more. First off, August integrates with Nest, so when I leave the house, August’s app will suggest setting the A/C to away mode.

Having a smart lock and a video doorbell will easily allow you to identify the person at the door and unlock it to let them in without taking a step. When someone rings the doorbell, a notification will pop up on your smartphone and allow you to see/communicate with the person on the other end. Once identified, you can launch the August app and unlock the door if necessary. Currently, you can pickup the August Smart Lock for $250, while Ring Video Doorbell is available for $199 (or $10 off).

Smart home tech may not be the most affordable accessories, but they are super convenient and some of them will even save you time and money. Check out the video above for a closer look at all of these devices. What kind of smart home tech do you have in your house?


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‘Marvel Future Fight’ action RPG for iOS arrives as Avengers: Age of Ultron movie hits theaters

With the North American release of the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie hitting theaters tomorrow, Korean developer Netmarble has perfectly timed the release of its anticipated “Marvel Future Fight” action RPG for iPhone and iPad.

Available on the App Store now for free, the game features 36 officially licensed Marvel characters, including The Avengers, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Loki, Doctor Octopus and Ultron.

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The game includes a single player campaign, 3 vs. 3 battles, one-finger gesture control or a virtual gamepad, and a familiar RPG leveling system.

With a storyline penned by best-selling Marvel comics writer Peter David, players can experience the world of Marvel firsthand across four action-packed modes. In addition to the PVE Mission Mode, Marvel Future Fight also includes a PVP three-on-three Timeline Battle that will see teams of players fighting heroes from other dimensions. For players looking to take it to the next level, the Villain Siege mode taps on players’ knowledge of the Marvel Universe to uncover evil plots of the most infamous villains, while Dimension Rift Missions will offer a true test of skill for players seeking the ultimate challenge.

To celebrate the launch of the title, Netmarble and Marvel are offering players the ability to unlock Iron Man armor as an in-game item during the first week.

Marvel Future Fight is available for free on the App Store now.

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Apple will soon let you shop the Apple Store from your Apple Watch

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Amazon and Target won’t be the only major retailers on your wrist for long: sources say that Apple is finishing up work on a version of its Apple Store application for the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch app will come “soon” as part of an update to the Apple Store iPhone and iPad application, and will likely enable customers to make certain types of Apple Store purchases from their wrists, as well as receiving Apple Store-related notifications. As the Apple Watch does not have a keyboard, more involved orders will require the user to move over to the iPhone app. Apple will ask employees to push Apple Store app installations for the Apple Watch to customers this summer, when the Watch goes on sale in Apple’s own stores. Until then, retail employees will be encouraged to show off the Apple Store app on demo Apple Watches.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook on why he’s still optimistic about the iPad despite significant decline in sales

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Tim Cook has once again defended the iPad in the face of continued falling sales, arguing that the “underlying data” paints a more positive picture than the pure sales numbers, and predicting that there will be future iPad growth.

As Quartz noted, the 23% year-on-year fall in iPad shipments to 12.6M means that iPad revenue actually dropped below Mac revenue for the second time since 2011. Cook again acknowledged that other Apple products cannibalize iPad sales, the iPhone 6 Plus a strong competitor on one side and the MacBook Air and new 12-inch MacBook on the other, but said that there were a number of reasons to be positive about the future of the iPad … 

First, he said, the partnership with IBM is still in its early stages, but is already showing great promise. First-time buyers also make up a high proportion of sales, suggesting future upgrades likely down the road, and intent-to-buy numbers are also great. The iPad also hit a new quarterly record for sales in China. Cook also made his usual comments about the iPad topping the tablet stakes in both customer satisfaction and usage.

Cook said that Apple was continuing to invest in the iPad “product pipeline” as planned, and that while he wouldn’t predict when iPad sales will return to growth, he “strongly predicts” that they will.

The reference to the future product pipeline almost certainly refers to the long-rumored 12-inch iPad ProBloomberg reported last month that the larger tablet aimed at the education and professional markets had originally been targeting an April to June launch but has now been pushed back to September.

There have been various rumors about how the iPad Pro might differ from existing models, suggestions including both an optional stylus and ports that would allow a keyboard and mouse to be connected.

There was, however, some skepticism from analysts, noting that Cook made the same arguments last time around, and Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi observing that the consensus view is that Apple will ship more Watches than iPads in the next two quarters, despite very constrained supplies of the Apple Watch. Cook responded simply by saying that he was “thrilled” with response to the watch, and no more should be read into it than that.

John Gruber did draw my attention to one final piece of good news for the iPad in Quartz‘s excellent set of slides – albeit one that may not last much longer. If you measure cumulative shipments by months since launch, the iPad is still, for now, doing better than the iPhone did.

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China finally overtakes U.S. in iPhone sales, Chinese revenue up 71%

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Pundits have been predicting for several successive quarters that iPhone sales in China would outstrip those in the U.S., and Q2 2015 was when it finally happened, reports Reuters.

Apple […] sold more iPhones in China than the United States for the first time […] increasing its revenue in the country 71 percent to $16.8 billion, although that was helped by gift-buying for Chinese New Year.

Tim Cook said that the iPhone was responsible for the bulk of Apple’s revenue in China, though he did also note that Mac sales were “unbelievable,” up 31% year-on-year. As with other markets, the iPhone is usually the first Apple product people buy, but that brings them into the ecosystem and boosts sales of other products … 

Cook reported that App Store revenue in Greater China doubled over the past 12 months, and that almost $5B had been paid to Chinese developers in total, more than half of it in the past year.

The Apple CEO also reiterated Apple’s plan to increase its retail presence in the country to 40 stores by mid-2016, noting that they were now more than halfway there, at 21 stores. Online Apple Store revenues have tripled year-on-year, and by next quarter the company will offer 2-day delivery to 365 cities in the country.

Cook said that adding Union Pay to payment methods for the Chinese App Store was helping Apple to significantly expand the ecosystem in the country, though it was recently reported that issues with Union Pay and bank negotiations was delaying the local launch of Apple Pay.

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