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Kick Off Your 2019 Resolutions with Apple Watch Apps

Happy New Year! It’s that wonderful time where you can make resolutions to improve yourself in the new year. If you unwrapped an Apple Watch over the holidays and set resolutions for better habits in 2019, here are our favorite apps to get you started!

Resolution: Get more or better sleep

App Solution: AutoSleep, $2.99
We’ve tried many sleep trackers and this is worth the $3 bucks. Sleep tracking was the one feature the FitBit always beat the Apple Watch at—until now. It works the way it should: automatically! No need to tell your watch that you are now commencing sleep mode, or keeping your iPhone on your bed, or sacrificing haptic alarms. AutoSleep will automatically detect that you’re asleep (even naps!) and will analyze your sleep quality with impressive accuracy.

Resolution: Drink more water

App Solution: WaterMinder, Free
Until the Apple Watch can someday detect your H2O levels, custom reminders and trophies are a close second.

Resolution: Lift all the things!

App Solution: Strong, $4.99 a month or $29 a year (but the free version is excellent!)
Track those reps, sets, and personal records, and progress with this incredibly intuitive interface. Strong has a large database of strength exercises and includes video tutorials. This app has everything: warm-up and plate calculators (kilos and lbs!), automatic rest timers, 1RM calculators, RPE tracking, tagging sets as warm-up, failure, and dropsets, supersets—they really thought of everything. And of course, Strong works with HealthKit and will automatically start a workout and track your heart rate. The free version is surprisingly full-featured but if you’re a gym rat, the pro version is worth it.

Resolution: Exercise more (but also less)

App Solution: Intervals, Free
Burn more calories in less time? Gotta love HIIT (high intensity interval training)! Intervals is a powerful, highly customizable, and intuitive HIIT workout app. Get an audible (or not!) and haptic notification when it’s time to sprint, time to walk, or the best notification: cool down! There are, surprisingly, very few apps that do this! Even the holy grail apps that have been around since the original Apple Watch don’t offer this simple functionality. Intervals is compatible with HealthKit and logs your calories, heart rate, distance, and pace. A great

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USB-C Charging for iPhone and iPad

     

If you own an iPhone 8 iPhone X or an iPad then you’re going to love USB-C charging. With the newly released 30W USB-C adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable, your iPhone will never be dead again.

But first let me get this out of the way. If you have any of these in your home

throw them in the trash right now. Now for everyone using the 12W USB adapter, the 30W adapter is much faster. When charging an iPhone 8 after 30 minutes the 30W is at 52% while the 12W is at 36%. For the iPhone X, it’s 49% vs. 39%. The 30W adapters are $49 and the 1m USB-C to Lightning charging cable is $25.

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Products We Love: eero Wireless

We love our Apple products because they “just work”. Nothing takes away that feeling faster than bad Wi-Fi. The eero Wi-Fi system helps keep our devices working great, even in more challenging home and apartment layouts.

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Products We Love: eero Wireless

We love our Apple products because they “just work”. Nothing takes away that feeling faster than bad Wi-Fi. The eero Wi-Fi system helps keep our devices working great, even in more challenging home and apartment layouts. Eero is a custom designed mesh system, with all the latest protocols, where your iPhone app is your network admin.

Finally a home wifi system worth recommending, enthusiastically. A beautifully packaged eero simply plugs into your current modem, and you begin configuring your network with a free app on your smartphone. There are a few configurations, the most common of which is the eero with two beacons. The beacon simply plugs into to your electrical outlet (à la the original Airport Express) and wirelessly connects to the main unit (the app guides you on optimum placement). The beacons even have a nightlight feature, which comes in handy when placed in bedrooms and hallways. And depending on the size and layout of your home you can reduce or increase the number of beacons until you’re covered (even in that pesky back room, or on the other side of that elevator), or get the Pro series, where you use multiple eero units instead of beacons for really intense coverage.

So, if you want Wi-Fi that just works, without the more complicated setups we would recommend and install in a business or enterprise environment, eero is for you. In a world where Apple stopped updating its Airport line, this swooped in and did it right, with a dash of Apple’s classic white design, and polished looks. In a world without updated Airports, we love eero.

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Products We Love: Glyph Atom



We got a hold of one of the first Glyph Atom SSD drives when it came out. The first thing I noticed was that all my techs loved it. Drives are one of their tools so techs are very particular. If they liked the drive, I knew our customers would. The Atom is a single solid-state drive (SSD) with very fast throughput. It does 420 MB/s writing and 270 MB/s reading, making it one of the fastest single drives available. It is housed in a handsome metal case with a rubber bumper for extra protection. CNET drop tested it at 6 feet and it still worked fine. The best part: the price. At $159 for 275GB, it has the best price for any SSD we’d seen. We use them, we love them; we think you will too.

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