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More Cities, More Towns: Verizon Expands XLTE to Six Additional Markets to Provide a Superior Customer Experience

Today, July 28, Verizon announced XLTE is now available in six additional markets, bringing double the 4G LTE bandwidth and greater peak speeds in more than 400 markets coast to coast. That means that 4 out of 5 Verizon Wireless 4G LTE markets, large and small, from New York to San Diego, from Chicago to Miami and beyond, are powered by Verizon Wireless XLTE.  If data were cars, it would be like doubling the number of lanes on a freeway from 10 to 20 – XLTE allows data to move faster. For customers who are visiting, traveling to or living in these cities and towns, XLTE will enhance their mobile experience when they visit local attractions, landmarks, festivals and more. With XLTE, customers can share photos, stay connected to their social networks to share the experience with friends and family and get information faster than before: Carlsbad-Artesia, NM – When sightseeing at the Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, quickly share images and videos of nature’s beauty. Coos Bay-North Bend, OR – While visiting the Coos Art Museum, Mingus Park and the birthplace of legendary runner Steve Prefontaine, look up historical information and facts. Corbin, KY – At the home of the NIBROC (Corbin spelled backwards) festival, share videos and music of the open-air concerts and other events. Jackson, MS – Share photos of blue ribbon winners at the Mississippi State Fair in October. Selma, AL – Before checking out Sturdivant Hall, the National Voting Rights Museum, Old Depot Museum and Vaughan-Smitherman Museum, get museum information…and share the best exhibits from each museum after your visit. Stevens Point-Marshfield, WI – At the world’s largest trivia contest, look up answers quickly while you watch more than 400 teams compete. Mobile technology is only as good as the network it is on, and Verizon is providing the largest and most reliable 4G LTE network in these cities and towns.  Verizon helps enable a more mobile lifestyle for customers who are continuously on the go –...

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A Site for Your Sight

As we get busier and busier in our adult lives, it gets harder to find the time to many tasks, such as getting new glasses, without a loss of pay from missing work to go do just that. Because of this, companies are finding more ways to make such products available online, so that you can order from the convenience of your home and you’re not limited to normal business hours. One such site is While this does not allow you to skip going to an eye doctor (because you do require your prescription), it does save you the additional time of browsing their shop (which sometimes has completely different hours) to pick out the perfect frames.             Once you get your prescription from your eye doctor, the first step is, of course, the most basic one for all merchandizing sites: create your account. At this point, you can also sign up for a newsletter, though it is optional. Then your search begins! You can filter your search based upon categories, materials, frame shape, frame style, lens type, and frame size. I always have trouble with glasses being rather big, so I focused on frame size and I thought this was probably the best starting point for anyone. If you already wear glasses and you like that general size, you just measure the width of them and select the one that suits you. This automatically will save you the time of “Oh! I like those! Wait…they’re too big/small. Oh, well….” Once you find a pair you think you like, you can open it up to get further detail. You get the full dimensions, color options, and the basic description. Additionally, this is where they list which options automatically come with your glasses such as the UV coating. The site has an option to “try on” your glasses before purchase. This isn’t incredibly accurate since you are zooming your picture to fit the frames, but it gives you a pretty basic idea since the...

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Introducing Apple Music — All The Ways You Love Music. All in One Place.

SAN FRANCISCO ? June 8, 2015 ? Apple® today unveiled Apple Music™, a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place. Apple Music is a revolutionary streaming music service, a pioneering worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a great new way for music fans to connect with their favorite artists. Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet with the expertise of world-class music experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac®, PC, Apple TV® and Android phones.* Apple Music will be available starting on June 30 in over 100 countries. “We love music, and the new Apple Music service puts an incredible experience at every fan’s fingertips,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “All the ways people love enjoying music come together in one app — a revolutionary streaming service, live worldwide radio and an exciting way for fans to connect with artists.” “Apple Music is really going to move the needle for fans and artists,” said Jimmy Iovine. “Online music has become a complicated mess of apps, services and websites. Apple Music brings the best features together for an experience every music lover will appreciate.” Apple Music Apple Music is a revolutionary streaming service and app that puts the entire Apple Music catalog at your fingertips across your favorite devices. Starting with the music you already know — whether from the iTunes Store® or ripped CDs — your music now lives in one place alongside the Apple Music catalog with over 30 million songs. You can stream any song, album or playlist you choose — or better yet, let Apple Music do the work for you. Curation is the soul of every playlist created on Apple Music. Apple has hired the most talented music experts from around the world, dedicated to creating the perfect playlists based on your preferences, and they become...

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Apple Announces OS X El Capitan with Refined Experience & Improved Performance

SAN FRANCISCO — June 8, 2015 — Apple® today announced OS X® El Capitan, a new version of OS X that refines the Mac® experience and improves system performance. Building on last year’s landmark release of OS X Yosemite, El Capitan introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight® search, and makes everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — faster and more responsive. Metal™, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, is integrated into El Capitan, delivering system-wide performance gains and enabling games and pro apps to tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors. “OS X delivers unparalleled integration between Mac hardware, iOS devices, apps and online services, and has helped Mac sales outpace the PC industry every year for the last decade,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Customers loved last year’s landmark OS X Yosemite release and made it the fastest-adopted PC operating system ever. With El Capitan, we’re further refining the Mac experience with enhancements to window management, Spotlight and built-in apps, and improving performance so everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — are faster and more responsive.” Refinements to the Mac Experience OS X El Capitan refinements begin with the new system font, San Francisco, a modern and easy-to-read typeface that looks stunning on a Retina® display. Mission Control®, the quickest way to view all open windows, has a cleaner design so you can find the window you need even faster. When your desktop gets crowded, simply drag a window to the top of your screen to access the new Spaces Bar in Mission Control and create a new Space, OS X’s intuitive way to group applications. And, the new Split View feature automatically positions two app windows side-by-side in full screen so you can work with both apps without distraction. Built-in apps are even more streamlined in El Capitan. Safari® now features Pinned Sites to keep your favorite websites open and active in your tab bar and a new...

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Apple Announces News App for iPhone & iPad

SAN FRANCISCO — June 8, 2015 — Apple® today unveiled an all-new News app delivering the best news reading experience on any mobile device. Available with iOS 9 this fall for iPhone® and iPad®, News combines the visually rich layout of a magazine with the immediacy and customization of digital media. News follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests that can be easily shared or saved for later — without compromising your privacy. News is powered by the new custom-designed Apple News Format™, a digital publishing format that allows publishers to create beautiful layouts. “News seamlessly delivers the articles you want to read in a beautiful and uncluttered format, while respecting your privacy, because Apple doesn’t share your personal data,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We already have nearly 20 publishers representing more than 50 titles joining us, including Condé Nast, ESPN, The New York Times, Hearst, Time Inc., CNN and Bloomberg.” News conveniently collects all the stories you want to read in one place, in a customized newsfeed called For You. Readers can see the publisher channels and topics they’re following in Favorites, and to discover new content, Explore makes great suggestions based on what you’ve already read. The more you read, the more personalized the News app becomes, refining the selection of stories delivered to your iPhone or iPad. Apple News Format allows publishers to create stories that look beautiful and take advantage of the full power of iOS. Content can include photos and galleries, audio, video, maps and rich interactions such as parallax and animation. When publishers create their stories for News, content comes alive with custom fonts and intuitive Multi-Touch™ gestures. Apple News Format automatically customizes the layout for each screen size, so News content looks great on both iPhone and iPad. “Condé Nast’s premium content deserves a premium mobile experience and the News app delivers that,” said Bob Sauerberg, President of Condé Nast. “News offers...

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Apple Pay Coming to the UK

SAN FRANCISCO — June 8, 2015 — Apple® today announced that starting next month, Apple Pay™ will be available to customers in the UK, bringing them the easy, secure and private way to pay. Whether buying groceries, grabbing coffee, picking up lunch or taking the Tube, UK shoppers will soon be able to make many of their daily purchases with Apple Pay. At launch, over 250,000 locations will accept Apple Pay, with support from eight of the UK’s most established banks, across all of the major credit and debit card networks. “Apple Pay has quickly become a big part of millions of users’ everyday shopping routines, providing a simpler, faster and more secure way to pay,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants and many of our users’ favorite apps.” Paying in stores or within apps has never been easier. In stores, shopping with Apple Pay is fast and there are no extra steps — simply hold your iPhone® near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID™. With Apple Watch™ just double click the side button and hold the face up to the contactless reader to make a purchase right from your wrist. Shopping in apps with Apple Pay can be as simple as the touch of a finger, so iPhone and iPad® users can pay for physical goods and services, including apparel, electronics, health and beauty products, tickets and more. Security and privacy are at the core of Apple Pay. In the UK, users will soon receive all the benefits of protecting personal information, transaction data, and credit and debit card information with the industry-leading security Apple Pay brings. When adding a credit or debit card, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored...

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Apple Previews iOS 9

SAN FRANCISCO — June 8, 2015 — Apple® today unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® software that will be available this fall. In this upcoming release, iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri® features — all without compromising users’ privacy. New multitasking features designed specifically for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, to keep watching a video while browsing the web, composing email or using any other app. Built-in apps become more powerful in iOS 9 with detailed transit information in Maps*, a redesigned Notes app with new ways to capture ideas, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device. “iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps supports public transit, a redesigned Notes app provides great new ways to capture ideas, and a beautiful News app delivers content that’s personalized to your interests,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With our new iPad features, users can take advantage of the power of iPad, working in two apps at the same time with Split View, Slide Over or Picture-in-Picture.” Intelligence Siri features an all-new design in iOS 9, contextual reminders and new ways to search photos and videos. Proactive assistance presents the most relevant information without compromising users’ privacy and suggests actions at a particular moment — even before you start typing — automatically suggesting apps to launch or people to contact based on usage patterns, and notifying you when you need to leave for appointments, taking into account traffic conditions. iOS 9 can even learn what you typically listen to in a certain location or at a particular time of day, so when you plug in headphones at the gym or hop in the car before work, it can automatically display playback controls for your preferred app....

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