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by Christine Chan

Writer and Editor at AppAdvice. Coffee drinking technology addict.

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Living with the Fitbit Flex: One Month In

With my job being a work-at-home kind of thing, it’s definitely hard to be active throughout the day. I’m always on the computer or on my mobile devices, doing what I have to do. And when I’m done with that, I end up being just a bit tired, and just wanting to kick back. However, I’ve come to realize that this is one of the reasons why I never seemed to lose any weight, as well as my poor dieting habits.

Just a month ago, I finally managed to find the Fitbit Flex in stock at my local Best Buy (it was the last one!), and decided to pick it up. I wanted to work on a more formal review of the product, but then Fitbit decided to drop the Force on everyone, which is basically what the Flex should have been to begin with. Rather than be angry about it (granted, I was for a bit when I saw that the Force was already available to order), I decided to tell you all about...

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My impressions on the iPhone 5s

On September 25, 2013, I was giddy with joy as I found out that my Silver 64GB iPhone 5s unlocked for T-Mobile had arrived at my house. I rushed home to get it, and then took it to the T-Mobile store to get my number ported over from Sprint to T-Mobile, and now that I’ve had the phone for a while, I decided to share my thoughts with the rest of you.

The Port from Sprint to T-Mobile

The first thing I want to mention is how much happier I am off of Sprint’s crap-tacular network. Two years of the slowest speeds ever imaginable, though their still-expanding LTE network was good when you had it, the coverage was still very spotty as of the end of September 2013. The employee at the T-Mobile store ported my number over and it has been smooth sailing for me since.

While T-Mobile may not be considered in one of the top wireless providers, so far the coverage has proven to be...

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On the Argument of the Proper Way To Pronounce “GIF”

“The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Mr. Wilhite said. “They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.”

So, “Jraphics Interchangeable Format?”

Gotcha.

I’ll keep saying it as Graphics Interchangeable Format, or “GIF” with a hard G.

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Apps I’m Using This Week 12/2/12

Last week was pretty big for apps, and for good reason. So here’s a few of the things I’ve been using as of late, and you should definitely check out.

Fantastical: A beautiful and fast calendar for your iPhone. The Day Ticker focuses on the events that you have scheduled, rather than just looking at the week. You can even switch it to the month view so that it is an iPhone replica of the Mac app, which I also use on a daily basis. The best part of Fantastical is the natural language input, so you can just put in something like “Have lunch with Bob tomorrow at noon,” which the app will then sort out into traditional calendar event input. Creating events has never been easier. Fantastical has earned a spot on my home screen, and for good reason. If you want to learn more about Fantastical, make sure to check out my full in-depth review on AppAdvice.

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Some of My Thoughts on the iPhone 5

So I’ve had my iPhone 5 for an entire weekend, and I figure it’s time to jot down some thoughts. I decided on a black/slate 32GB model, currently on Sprint. While I am not able to enjoy LTE on my iPhone until Sprint rolls out their LTE network in the Los Angeles area (which they claim to launch in October/November), I still like the device.

Profile: The first time I picked up my iPhone 5 from out of the box, I was amazed at how much lighter it is. In fact, for a second I thought, “This feels like a fake iPhone!” Yeah, it’s just that light. Now when I pick up an iPhone 4 or 4S, it really does feel like a brick in comparison. It’s amazing what Apple has done to the overall weight of the device. Even though I have wrapped my iPhone 5 in a case (and many more to come, reviews incoming), it is still incredibly light. It’s just mind-blowing.

Despite...

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Apps I’m Using This Week 9/7/12

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I’m going to do a little catch up in this one. This will be a collection of the best apps that I’ve discovered or have been using in the past several weeks. Enjoy!

Drafts for iPad: Drafts is the best app for quickly jotting down text the moment it happens. I have been a user of the iPhone version since it came out, and it’s become one of my favorite apps. The iPad version takes advantage of the larger screen estate and even includes a new keyboard extension that makes it easy to navigate between characters and insert common punctuation marks, including those for Markdown syntax. All of your settings and actions are kept intact between iPhone and iPad thanks to Simperium Sync as well, which works flawlessly. If you write on the iPad at all, make sure to get Drafts for iPad — you won’t regret it. And...

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Shit Apple Fanatics Say Part 1 & 2

Part One:

Part Two:

I have to admit that I’m guilty for saying about 90 percent of these.

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Product Review: Q Card Case from CM4

The Q Card Case for iPhone 4 and 4S

As much as I love my iPhone, I also can’t leave my wallet behind. But it’s just so much of a hassle to keep my wallet separately, because it’s just another thing to worry about. I would love to just remember my bag, keys, and iPhone, without having to think, “Did I get my money?”

Fortunately, there is the CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 4/4S.

This is a hybrid rubber and premium cloth case that provides fantastic protection to your beloved iPhone. It’s easy to get it on your device too — just push it in to the rubber and make sure that it fits snugly around it. Once it’s on, it just feels right.

The rubbery sides will provide added grip to your iPhone, and the “Natural Throw” buttons helps to provide an organic connection with your volume and power buttons. All of your ports and switches are easily accessible as well, since the case has...

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Twitter’s Bullshit And Why I Backed App.net

I will say that Ben Brooks has done a fine job of summing up all of the Twitter news that went down today, so I won’t rehash it too much. You can see his post here.

I loved Twitter since I joined back in 2007. That was when it was a tight community of early adopters and other geeks and nerds. The kind of people I like to talk to.

Then, Ashton Kutcher came in to the picture and started using Twitter. Then celebrities joined, thus pulling in the “average” person to what was once a geeky haven.

Now Twitter is all over the place and they want to focus more on their official apps, which really suck, by the way. I mean, Twitter for Mac hasn’t even been updated since June 2011, and there have been two major OS X releases since then, and even a Retina MacBook Pro. Really, it’s clear where their priorities are.

Third party apps were what started Twitter and got it...

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Starbucks Signs Up for Square

As a frequent Starbucks customer, color me extremely happy.

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