Lory Gil

Lory loves all things tech-related and doesn't care about being made fun of for being the first on the block with the newest gadget. Plays in a band. Is a board game hoarder. Has a 20 pound cat.

Lory Gil's Articles

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Apple Music Tidbits: Nicknames, Playlist Management, and More

Thursday July 2, 2015 2:08 pm PDT by
Apple's new subscription-based music service launched earlier this week, and even if you've taken advantage of Apple's free three-month trial to see if it is worth your dime and time, there are a few things you may not have discovered yet about its features. While our Getting Started guide gives an overview of how to get up and running, this article gives more details on some of the things you ...
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Troubleshoot Issues on Apple Watch by Backing Up and Restoring

Thursday June 25, 2015 2:38 pm PDT by
No matter how much research and testing goes into ensuring the Apple Watch runs smoothly with no problems, there's always a chance that you will have to perform a few IT-style actions in order to fix a minor issue with your device. The best way to troubleshoot a problem on Apple Watch is to backup the data and restore it. We've got a guide for backing up your Apple Watch to your iPhone and...
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How to Get the Most Accurate Heart Rate Reading on Apple Watch

Tuesday June 23, 2015 2:02 pm PDT by
Apple Watch features a heart rate monitor to help guide you through your workout sessions, tracking your heart rate while you exercise to better determine the amount of calories you burn during your activities. The monitor also automatically tries to measure your heart rate every 10 minutes, but doesn’t record the data if your arm is moving. That is why your Health app doesn't reflect a...

How to Use Your iPhone With HomeKit-Enabled Devices

Friday June 19, 2015 2:04 pm PDT by
Now that HomeKit-enabled accessories are hitting the market, you may be wondering what you can do with your new connected devices. Whether you are controlling the temperature, turning off lights, or locking the front door, you will be able to use your iPhone to take care of various activities around the house. If you are away from home, you’ll even be able to use Apple TV (third-generation...
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How to Make Icons and Fonts Bigger on Apple Watch

Wednesday June 17, 2015 1:39 pm PDT by
The Apple Watch screen is small. So small that it can be difficult for some people to read messages and other text on the device. Also, even though the Home screen icons get bigger when they are centered on the screen, you might find yourself accidentally tapping the wrong one more often than you'd like. Apple has included a couple of accessibility features that make dynamic text larger on the ...
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How to Add Reminders and View Your Daily Schedule on Apple Watch

Friday June 12, 2015 2:02 pm PDT by
Apple Watch is the perfect device for quickly glancing at the things you need to do today or to fill you in on your plans for the weekend. It is also a useful device for quickly setting up a reminder without needing to pull out an iPhone. While much of the setup for Calendars is done on iPhone, you can use Apple Watch to respond to invites, add a quick event, and get alerts to remind you...
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How to View Photos on Apple Watch

Thursday June 11, 2015 11:31 am PDT by
The Apple Watch may have a small screen, but it's still large enough to show off those pictures of your little one's dance recital to the grandparents. As long as you've got an album synced from your iPhone, you can even view pictures while your smartphone is out of range. To help you get the most out of your photo viewing experience, we've put together this tutorial to explain how to set up ...
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How to Use the Mail App on Apple Watch

Friday June 5, 2015 2:01 pm PDT by
Dealing with daily emails on Apple Watch is probably low on the list of things you want to do with the wrist-worn device, especially since you can't actually write or respond to emails in the Apple Watch Mail app. However, Mail can be a useful way to clean out your inbox without pulling out your iPhone. Plus, if you need to address an email right away, you can always use Handoff with your iPhone ...
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How to Use Apple Watch to Get Directions

Thursday June 4, 2015 10:24 am PDT by
Apple Watch includes a miniature version of Apple Maps, which offers many of the same features as the full iOS version if you know how to access them. Some of what Maps can do is fairly obvious, but there are a few features that require a bit more know-how. If you are interested in learning the ins and outs of Apple Maps on Watch OS and would like to know some simple tips for getting the most...
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What You Can Do With Apple Watch When Your Paired iPhone is Out of Range

Sunday May 31, 2015 4:16 pm PDT by
Apple Watch uses both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to transfer data to the iPhone. It defaults to a Bluetooth connection whenever possible because it conserves power, but if your iPhone is not in Bluetooth range, Apple Watch will switch over to compatible Wi-Fi if it is available. For Wi-Fi to work on Apple Watch, it needs to be 802.11b/g/n on a 2.4GHz band. It will not connect to the faster speed 5GHz ...
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How to Calibrate Apple Watch for a More Accurate Offline Workout

Monday May 25, 2015 8:14 am PDT by
Apple Watch tracks your movement and heart rate. It uses that information in conjunction with your gender, height, age, and weight to estimate how many calories you burn during daily movement, including light strolls and dedicated workouts. However, Apple Watch needs proper calibration to get the most accurate reading of your movement and heart rate, which is used to help determine distance...

How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones and Listen to Music on Apple Watch

Sunday May 24, 2015 7:02 am PDT by
Apple Watch includes storage space for adding content like apps, photos, and music, with up to some of that space dedicated to storing songs. When you add a playlist, you can listen to music on it, even when your iPhone is not in range. While the process is fairly self-explanatory, there are a few steps you don't want to forget in order to play music from Apple Watch to your Bluetooth connected...

How to Set Up Apple Pay on Apple Watch

Saturday May 23, 2015 7:02 am PDT by
Apple restricted Apple Pay to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus due to the need for an NFC chip that's not included in older phones, which means Apple Pay has been limited to those with newer iPhones since it debuted in October of 2014. One of the major perks of the Apple Watch is that it enables Apple Pay for some older iPhones because it has the same NFC chip that's in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. If you ...

How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch

Tuesday May 19, 2015 4:08 pm PDT by
Did you ever think the day would come when we could call someone right from our wrists? It still seems like the stuff that science fiction is made of, but you can, in fact, make and receive phone calls on Apple Watch. On Apple Watch, calls are routed through the iPhone, but you can answer even with your iPhone in another room or tucked away in a pocket, carrying on an entire conversation right...
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How to Use Siri on iPhone and iPad

Monday May 18, 2015 2:15 pm PDT by
Siri is a workhorse of a virtual assistant for iOS, but I rarely see anyone actually using the feature on the iPhone. Maybe it is because most people don't know all of the amazing things she (or he) can do. Siri's improved a lot over the past several years and there's now a long list of tasks she can accomplish, so if you haven't been using Siri it might be time to give it another look. Siri ...

What to Do if Your Apple Watch Disconnects From Your iPhone

Thursday May 14, 2015 12:23 pm PDT by
Apple Watch depends on the iPhone for almost all of its functionality, connecting to and communicating with the iPhone using two methods: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. If your iPhone and Apple Watch are connected to the same Wi-Fi network (an Apple Watch connection to a known Wi-Fi network is established through the iPhone), they can be as far apart from each other as the Wi-Fi signal will allow. The...
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How to Use Siri on Apple Watch

Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:20 am PDT by
Anyone with an iPhone 4S or newer knows how to use Siri. Even if you've never used the "Hey Siri" feature on iOS 8, you can probably figure it out fairly easily. However, on a completely different device, like Apple Watch, accessing Siri may need a little bit of extra training. If you are having trouble getting Siri to activate, we've got a tutorial that may help shed some light on how to...
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How to Add and Organize Glances on Apple Watch

Friday May 8, 2015 1:34 pm PDT by
The Glances feature of Apple Watch allows you to see an overview of content from specific apps. It is a great way to get a quick update on the day's content without having to open an app, either on your iPhone or on Apple Watch. For those interested in learning the basics of the Glances feature, today we are going to show you how to add, remove, and organize Glances on Apple Watch so you can...
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How to Send and Respond to Messages on Apple Watch

Thursday May 7, 2015 11:06 am PDT by
One of the main focal points of the Apple Watch is communication, and as such, it offers a Messages app much like the one on the iPhone. It's not quite as robust as the Messages apps available on other iOS and Mac devices, but Messages on Apple Watch lets you send pre-made replies, animated and non-animated emoji, and full voice-to-text messages. For those of you who want to learn the ins and ...
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How to Set Up and Manage Notifications on Apple Watch

Tuesday May 5, 2015 12:14 pm PDT by
One of the Apple Watch's most important features is the ability to keep you connected to your notifications without needing to have your iPhone in your hand or even in your pocket all of the time. I often miss important text messages because my iPhone is too far away from me to hear my alerts. But with Apple Watch, all of your notifications are at your fingertips, as if someone is next to you, ...