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New 16" MacBook Pro earns a 1/10 from iFixit, which is not surprising

Nov 18, 2019

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The Magic keyboard doesn't inject new magic into repairing Apple's new laptop. What you need to know iFixit has dropped its full teardown of the 16" Macbook Pro The teardown focuses mostly on the new keyboard but also looks at thermals, speakers, and mics. Despite new engineering, the Macbook Pro still earns a 1/10 repairability score. iFixit has published its full teardown of Apple's new 16" Macbook Pro, and it is as unrepairable as ever. This is a surprise to virtually no one and therefore comes as no surprise that iFixit gave the laptop a 1/10 rating for repairability. After publishing an initial teardown and look at the new Magic keyboard that replaces the long-polarized butterfly keyboard, iFixit has completed the teardown of the rest of the laptop. The teardown reveals almost no discernable difference between the keyboard in the new Macbook Pro and the Magic keyboard that has long been a staple with Apple's desktop computers like the iMac, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro. Apple ha...

Everything you'll ever need to know about Disney+

Nov 18, 2019

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Finally. The most anticipated streaming service is here. Home to not just Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and all your Pixar favorites, but educational entertainment like National Geographic and storied series like The Simpsons. Oh, and all the Disney movies and TV shows you could ever want to watch. Welcome to Disney Plus (Disney+). A magical streaming service Disney+ $7/month at Disney+ All your Disney favorites, and so much more From DCOMs to National Geographic, from Marvel to Lucasfilm to 20th Century Fox and beyond, Disney+ delivers a streaming service for all ages. What is Disney Plus? When is my country getting it? All the devices you can watch Disney Plus on So much to watch, here's where to start Parental controls, profiles, and account limits Disney Plus tips and troubleshooting What's the best price for Disney Plus? How Disney Plus stacks up to the competition What is Disney Plus? Disney+ is a streaming service that brings together all of the conten...

Built-in isn't necessarily better: These are the best webcams for Mac!

Nov 18, 2019

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If you're looking for an external webcam to enhance your streaming, chatting, or conference call, we have the solution. Whether you want the best webcam that money can buy or prefer a low-cost option, we've rounded up some of the best webcams you can find for your Mac. Best for Most Logitech BRIO Staff Favorite The Logitech BRIO is a plug-and-play external webcam that films in 4K, meaning you're going to look as crisp as possible while you're using it. It can display two different viewing angles — 65 or 78 degrees — so you can include as much or as little of your surroundings as you want. $153 at Amazon Versatile Tandberg PrecisionHD While the Tanberg PrecisionHD only films in 720p, it does so at 30FPS, giving you a smooth-looking video at all times. It doesn't need any drivers to work, so it's truly plug-and-play. It really shines when it comes to the internal optics – the light correction is almost unparalleled. It even has an optical zoom, meaning...

Apple releases iPadOS 13.2.3 with bug fixes

Nov 18, 2019

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Apple has released iPadOS 13.2.3, the latest OS version for iPad. Update now! Apple has released iPadOS 13.2.3, which features new privacy settings for Siri, the ability for Siri to announcement incoming text-based messages, and more. What's new in iOS How to install iPadOS 13.2.3 using Software Update on your iPhone or iPad How to install iPadOS 13.2.3 using your Mac How to install iPadOS 13.2.3 over the developer or public beta What's new in iPadOS 13.2.3 November 18, 2019: Apple releases iPadOS 13.2.3 for iPad Apple has released iPadOS 13.2.3 for the iPad. The update fixes an issue with system search in Mail, Files, and Notes. It also addresses an issue where photos, links, and other attachments might not display in the Messages details view, and fixes an issue that may prevent apps from downloading content in the background, The update also resolves issues that may prevent Mail from getting new messages, and fail to include and quote original message content in Exchange ac...

Apple releases iOS 13.2.3 with bug fixes

Nov 18, 2019

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Apple has released iOS 13.2.3, the latest OS version for iPhone. Update now! Apple has released iOS 13.2.3, a fairly minor update that nevertheless has an important fix for a bug that caused apps in the background to be completely closed too aggressively. What's new in iOS How to install iOS 13.2.3 using Software Update on your iPhone How to install iOS 13.2.3 using iTunes on your Mac How to install iOS 13.2.3 over the developer or public beta What's new in iOS 13.2.3 November 18, 2019: Apple releases iOS 13.2.3 for iPhone Apple has released iOS 13.2.3 for the iPhone. The update fixes an issue with system search in Mail, Files, and Notes. It also addresses an issue where photos, links, and other attachments might not display in the Messages details view, and fixes an issue that may prevent apps from downloading content in the background, The update also resolves issues that may prevent Mail from getting new messages, and fail to include and quote original message content in Ex...

'For All Mankind' blasts off to show us the space race that might have been

Nov 18, 2019

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It takes its time, but For All Mankind achieves liftoff to show us an exciting alternate history. For All Mankind is one of the first flagship shows from Apple TV+. Created by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi (Fargo), the show imagines a world in which the USSR, and not the U.S.A., was the first to land on the Moon. The show speculates on how that one event might have impacted NASA and the U.S. at large. The race, spurred by the Russian victory in that leg of the space race, is the launchpad for an interesting dive into how human space exploration could have unfolded with a cast of fascinating characters who are ultimately the heart of this first season. Exclusive content Apple TV+ $5 per month at Apple 100% exclusive content for the price of a cup of coffee. With TV+, you can watch well-produced, big-budget TV shows from famed directors, and starring award-winning actors and actresses across all your Apple devices and with up to...

Get a 21.5-inch iMac for just $349

Nov 18, 2019

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The Apple Mac is one of the most popular and attractive computers on the market, and for good reason. They have a sleek build and streamlined features, but the true magic behind Mac’s success is macOS, which is designed for both creators and your average end-user. This makes it the perfect home computer for family use. If you’re worried about the steep price, you can get your very own 21.5-inch iMac for just $349. This is a certified refurbished Apple iMac, but don’t let that fool you; it’s been rigorously tested by Apple technicians to be free of defects, so you’ll essentially get a brand new iMac for a fraction of the price. This model contains a dual-core Intel i3 processor and 4GB of memory, which is more than enough for word processing, productivity, and multimedia usage. It’s also packed with 250GB of SATA storage to store all of your apps, photos, videos, and more. Finally, this iMac contains Radeon HD 6750M, allowing you to play games...

All you need to know about your Pokémon Sword and Shield League Card

Nov 18, 2019

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Best answer: The League Card is your ID card that showcases some important information about your character and progress in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Unsheathe your Pokémon: Pokémon Sword ($60 at Amazon) Shield against attacks: Pokémon Shield ($60 at Amazon) Represent yourself with a League Card Trainers in the Galar region utilize Leaguer Cards to show off their deadly Pokémon squad, as well as other useful details like gym badges and statistics. Not only do you have a League Card, but so too does every trainer in-game, from gym leaders to general trains and even your dear friend Hop. You collect League Cards by playing the game, taking down trainers, and completing activities. It's an essential representation of yourself, which is displayed to any competing player you face against — it's why Nintendo has poured resources into allowing you to customize your League Card with different styles. League Cards essentially replaced older Tra...

Nope, it's not you, casting Disney+ doesn't work on Vizio TVs

Nov 18, 2019

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Best answer: Yes, and no. There's no built-in SmartCast app, and the built-in Chromecast feature doesn't work at all. Apple's AirPlay feature does, however. A galaxy of videos: Disney+ ($7/month at Disney+) Here's what's going on There's no Disney+ app in the built-in SmartCast operating system. That's a shame — especially for those who only use the built-in OS with their Vizio TV without any other sort of streaming device plugged in. And that shouldn't be (and in fact isn't quite) the end of the world because all modern Vizio TVs also serve as a target for Chromecast — Google's (and Android's) method of getting video from a phone to a TV — and Apple's AirPlay protocol. AirPlay works just fine. If you have Disney+ on an iPhone or iPad, you can use it to to get Disney+ onto your Vizio TV without anything else plugged into it. Chromecast, however, does not work. Try, and you'll be greeted with an error message. All's not lost, though. You c...

Get this iTunes alternative to manage your iPhone

Nov 18, 2019

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Apple replaced iTunes with a trio of apps when they released macOS Catalina and shifted device management into Finder. For Windows users, the iTunes experience is more complicated. The software was designed as a music player first and later integrated with the iTunes Store. In the spirit of library curation, iTunes eventually introduced the idea of device syncing. Many people loved the expanded catch-all iTunes design, encapsulating media consumption, device managent, and library management. Others hated that iTunes became a bloated and slow experience. Why Using an iTunes Alternative to Manage iOS Devices Matters iTunes adopted library management, which was a blessing and a curse. It helped to consolidate media and keep everything in sync between your computer and iPhone. However, there are risks of losing data when transferring iPhone photos. Using iTunes, you cannot flexibly drag-and-drop pictures to sync. If you delete photos from Mac or PC, this change also syncs to your iPhon...

Pokémon Sword and Shield are available now - learn all about them

Nov 18, 2019

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Become the champion of the Galar region with a new team of Pokémon. The time has finally come where you can get your hands on Pokémon Sword and Shield. There's been a lot of debate, controversy, and anticipation surrounding this game. We're just happy it's finally here. Here's everything you need to know about Pokémon Sword and Shield. What are Pokémon Sword and Shield? What region do they take place in? What starters can I choose from? Can I catch Pokémon from other regions? Which Pokémon can I transfer into Sword and Shield? How many gyms are there? How will Pokémon encounters work? Will there be autosave? Will there be HMs? Will there be Exp. Share? Can I customize my character? What is Dynamaxing? What is Gigantamaxing? What's involved with the new multiplayer raid mode? What are Galarian forms? Will there be new fossil Pokémon? Who are the team antagonists? What is Pokémon Camp? What are Poké Jobs? What dif...

Amazon UK is offering 25% off its Blink XT2 security cameras right now

Nov 18, 2019

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Keeping all of your stuff safe and sound is always important, but setting up security camera systems is nobody's idea of fun. But in recent years things have gotten much better and Blink has been at the forefront. Right now you have the chance to pick up a new XT2 camera, or a whole set of them, while saving a massive 25% at the same time at Amazon UK. The chance of saving a full £100 on the five-camera kit doesn't come along often and if you're fortunate enough to have a home large enough to need them all this price is a steal. A steal of the right kind, of course! Safe and sound Blink XT2 Security Camera Systems Right now there's the chance to save a whopping 25% on the popular Blink XT2 security cameras. They're weather-resistant so can be used anywhere and they're completely wireless, too. From £67.49 See at Amazon Everything is on offer right now, starting at the add-on cameras that can be had for just £67.49. If you need multiple cameras there are optio...

Is it safe to update to macOS Catalina?

Nov 18, 2019

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Is Catalina going to break my Mac? Has Apple worked out all the bugs yet? Is it time to update? First launched in October 2019, macOS 10.15 Catalina offers lots of new features, including Sidecar, the move from iTunes to Music, and much more. If you haven't yet upgraded your device, you're probably asking yourself whether now is the right time. Have the glitches been worked out? Are there any major bugs? Are there any additional reasons not to upgrade? Should you upgrade? After the launch of macOS 10.15 Catalina, some early would-be adopters reported installation and compatibility issues. Since then, the company has released macOS 10.15.1, which will soon be followed by macOS 10.15.2. These updates, like all software updates, include bug fixes and new features. For example, the macOS 10.15.1 update fixed issues relating to the Photos, Messages, Contacts, and Music app, among others. At the same time, it added 70 new or updated emoji. Keep in mind that software is never bug-free. ...

Photographers: Time to check out Luminar 4

Nov 18, 2019

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New AI-inspired tools are available in the latest release for Mac and Windows. What you need to know Luminar four is packed with four new Al-based tools. The update primarily focuses on making portraits and sky images better during post-processing. The included Luminar 4 plugin works with Photos for macOS, Aperture, Adobe Photoshop, and more. Skylum has announced the immediate availability of the AI-powered Luminar 4 photo-editing app for Mac and Windows. Featuring a fresh interface and enhanced workflows, the update introduces several new tools tied closely to machine learning. Shifting its focus from a tool-based approach to one that's purpose-based, Luminar 4 has been designed to shorten the learning process. In doing so, photographers are encouraged to experiment more creatively. Among the new tools are AI Sky Replacement, AI Structure, AI Skin Enhancer, and Portrait Enhancer. With the AI Sky Replacement, Luminar now has the ability to detect both the sky and the other obj...

Popular free-to-play game Path of Exile is coming to iOS and Mac

Nov 18, 2019

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What you need to know Path of Exile is coming to iOS and Mac. The game is free-to-play and hugely popular on other platforms. Gamers can choose from six characters as they battle through dungeons. Apple's iOS and Mac are no longer exiled. Grinding Gear Games has confirmed (via iDB) that it intends to bring Path of Exile to iOS and, wait for it, even Mac. The title is a free-to-play action role playing game that is already hugely popular on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. And now it's coming to our side of the gaming world, too. The announcement was made during the recent ExileCon 2019 event that took place in New Zealand. And there's more good news with the company saying that gamers can look forward to an experience without what Grinding Gears Games co-founder Jonathan Rogers called "evil garbage." He was speaking about micro-transactions and the like, something that has caused quite the discussion in gaming circles in recent months. Mobile gamers have had to deal with timers, ads, an...

Here's how to upgrade the Circle 2 camera to HomeKit Secure Video

Nov 18, 2019

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HomeKit Secure Video is finally here! The Logitech Circle 2 Camera is the first camera to support the privacy-focused feature, and although it may look scary, the upgrade process is quite easy. All you need is version 3.4.5 or later of the Logi Circle Security Camera app. Here's how to get your camera updated in no time. How to upgrade your Circle 2 camera to HomeKit Secure Video Launch the Logi Circle Security Camera app. Tap on the Menu button on the top left of your camera feed. Scroll down and tap on Smart Home Integrations. Choose Apple HomeKit. You may see a prompt asking you to allow access to your Home if you haven't given this permission previously. You will need to allow access to proceed. Tap on Beta: Convert to support HomeKit Secure Video. Thoroughly read the warnings about the conversion process, then tap on each of the Checkboxes to indicate that you accept and understand, then tap Upgrade. This process will remove your ability to use your camera with the L...

AirPods Pro Takes Accessible Earbuds to the Next Level

Nov 18, 2019

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From an accessibility perspective, AirPods Pro beat most other headphones on the market. Since their release nearly three years ago, AirPods have become one of my favorite Apple products—and one of the company's best. Until now, I've been using the originals since their debut and they are still going strong. They work well and are as delightful today as they were when I took them out of the box in December 2016. I never found a reason to upgrade to the second-generation model, which has made the new AirPods Pro even more alluring and exciting. As well as my old AirPods have served me over the last few years, I admit to feeling the beginnings of upgrade's itch of late. As such, the introduction of AirPods Pro was my invitation to scratch. My patience was rewarded—Apple's premium earbuds were worth the wait. I've been testing AirPods Pro for close to two weeks as of this writing, using a review unit given to me by Apple. In a word, they're fantastic. They have been a mas...

Apple & Salesforce announce productivity and learning apps for iPhone/iPad

Nov 18, 2019

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What you need to know Apple and Salesforce has announced two productivity and learning apps. Both apps will be available for iPhone and iPad. A new Salesforce Mobile SDK was also announced. New apps and a whole new SDK optimized for Swift and iOS 13. Apple and Salesforce have today announced a pair of apps that will "ignite productivity and learning on the best devices for business," according to a press release. The existing Salesforce Mobile app has been completely redesigned, while a new Trailhead GO app is "the firs-ever" mobile app for Trailhead." Both apps have both iPhone and iPad versions with Trailhead GO being exclusive to Apple's devices. Apple's Vice President of Product Marketing for Apps, Markets, and Services Susan Prescott believes powerful multitasking and security make iPhone and iPad the best place for Salesforce apps. "Working together, Apple and Salesforce have helped hundreds of businesses and millions of developers transform the way they work," said ...

White House says President Trump will tour Apple's Texas plant on Wednesday

Nov 18, 2019

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What you need to know President Trump will tour Apple's Texas plant on Wednesday. Trump and Apple CEO have a strong relationship. The Texas plant is the home of the Mac Pro. Maybe he'll find out the Mac Pro release date while he's there. The relationship between Apple CEO and US President Donald Trump is one that is far stronger than many would have predicted. But it's one that has stood Apple and its share price in good stead of late. It recently won tariff exhemptions for the parts that will be used to build the new Mac Pro in Texas and now Trump is coming to town, too. CNBC reports that the White House has now officially confirmed that a visit to Apple's Texas plant is on the calendar for this coming Wednesday. While he's there he'll likely get to see the new Mac Pro being built. But none of Apple's most popular hardware will be there – it's all put together in China instead. As CNBC also notes however, the current symbiotic relationship between Cook and Trump is work...

Watch your favorite Disney movies right from your phone on Disney+

Nov 17, 2019

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Best answer: Whether you are rocking an Android or an iPhone, your favorite Disney movies and TV shows can be right at your fingertips with the Disney+ app. You can also use the Android and iOS apps to cast videos to your TVs using Google Chromecast or Apple AirPlay. Disney on the go: Disney+ ($7/month at Disney+) Watch Disney+ wherever you are Disney+ offers hundreds of movies and television shows for you to feast your eyes on. This means that you'll probably end up watching even when you aren't at home. This is an easy task since the streaming service has apps out for a variety of devices — almost all of them. You can stream from your phone, Android TV, and even Chromecast. This means that keeping your kids happy during long car rides and plane trips will now be easier than ever, since they'll have access to so much content. You can even turn your old phone into a dedicated Disney+ device for your kids to watch on the go. While the Disney+ app doesn't support every mob...

How to evolve Milcery in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Nov 17, 2019

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You'll have to do more than just gain some XP. Pokémon has introduced a variety of unique evolution mechanics throughout the years, but the process required to evolve a Milcery in Pokémon Sword and Shield just might take the cake when it comes to convulution. Unlike many of its Poké-pals, this creamy creature needs much more than an evolution stone or simple experience gain. If you're an aspiring Pokémon Master on a mission to 'catch 'em all', here's what you need to know to catch and evolve a Milcery into an Alcremie. Where to find Milcery Milcery is one of the 94 new Generation 8 Pokémon and is available to catch in both Sword and Shield. However, if you're not sure where to look, this Pokémon can be very easy to miss. Thankfully, we know the best locations for tracking down this illusive critter. The easiest and most consistent way to catch Milcery is at Route 4. You won't see this particular Pokémon stomping through the tall ...

Here's how to trade Pokémon in Sword and Shield

Nov 17, 2019

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One of the most integral aspects of playing Pokémon is trading your catches with friends so you can complete the Pokédex. There are hundreds of Pokémon in the Sword and Shield Pokédex and several of them are exclusive to one version of the game or the other. So, in order to catch 'em all, you really need to trade with someone, either online or locally. We're here to help you out. Here's how to trade Pokémon in Sword and Shield. How to Link Trade How to Surprise Trade How to Link Trade This kind of trade allows you to see which Pokémon your friend or someone online wants to send you. If you don't like the option they are suggesting you can cancel the trade. If you're trading locally with a friend, you will both need to complete these steps on your own Nintendo Switch. Press the Y button on your right Joy-Con to bring up the Y-comm menu. Check the upper right hand corner to see what trading mode it's in. If you want to trade with a frie...

How to find a Galarian Farfetch'd and evolve it to a Sirfetch'd!

Nov 17, 2019

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Galarian Farfetch'd is a little tricky to find and even more tricky to evolve — here's how! If you've been dying to get your hands on a Farfetch'd for the Galar region, you may have noticed it can be a little tricky to find one. What's more, evolving a Farfetch'd into the awesome sword-and-shield-wielding Sirfetch'd take a bit of knowledge and luck. While you can only find a Galarian Farfetch'd in Pokémon Sword, you can always get the Pokémon via trade in Pokémon Shield as well. Here's where you can find a Galarian Farfetch'd and how to evolve it into a Sirfetch'd! Where to find a Galarian Farfetch'd in Pokémon Sword The Galar version of Farfetch'd will only pop up in two places in the wild in Pokémon Sword and the spawn rates are pretty low, so if you want to catch one, you'll likely need to search for a while to get the chance to catch one. The easiest place to get one is on Route 5, which is the road that leads out of Turffield (pictur...

iMore show 682: Finger Acuity Shame

Nov 17, 2019

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The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple! Rene Ritchie, Georgia Dow, and Lory Gil are joined by iMore's own Rebecca Spear for our opening segment about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. The gang also review Disney+ and compare its value to TV+ and other services. The biggest news for Apple users this week is the release of a brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro. Rene attended a media briefing and has a review unit in-hand to share all the changes to this flagship laptop. Listen now Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Watch now Show notes Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield are out! TV+ vs Disney+: Fight! 16-inch MacBook Pro Rebecca Spear (@rrspear) | Twitter Sponsors Netgear If you are ready for Netgear's best WiFi ever, you can get it today from NETGEAR and never worry about WiFi again. Check out Orbi WiFi 6 at your local Best Buy or at netgear.co...

Luminar 3, the award-winning photo editing software, is just $29 today

Nov 17, 2019

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In the age of the smartphone, everyone likes to think of themselves as a professional photographer. But the truth is that there’s a huge gap between professional-level photography and even the savviest smartphone snapper, especially when it comes to editing. Luminar 3 makes it easier than ever to bridge that gap by allowing you to quickly and easily create mind-blowing images using cutting-edge photography software, and it’s currently available for over 55% off at just $29. With a series of powerful and intuitive tools, this award-winning software allows you to professionally create and edit photos on the fly. You’ll be able to use the renowned Accent AI 2.0 technology in order to make dozens of pro-level adjustments to your photos using a single slider, apply adjustments to individual faces using human-aware recognition technology, enhance your photos to bring out the ideal lighting with a single click, and much more. Don’t settle for subpar edits. L...

Support your iPad Pro with one of these stands

Nov 17, 2019

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We love perching in weird configurations while drawing or lettering on our iPad, but sometimes it's better to get work done at a desk. If you're drawing on a steady surface, you're going to want a great stand to support your iPad Pro and keep you from hunching over its screen. These are some of our all-time favorite iPad Pro stands for drawing and writing work at a desk. Take a gander and see if any of them fit your fancy. People of the world: prop up your life! Cremacaffè KOLIBRI Staff Favorite This transformable wooden stand is minimalist, like the Yohann, but provides multiple angles and display options for iPad Pro users. Best of all, it collapses into its component parts for easy storage and travel. So, you can build a solid iPad Pro workspace, whether your desk is in your office or on a plane. $48 at Cremacaffè Got a keyboard? Not a problem Canopy by Studio Neat The Canopy unfurls to provide a flexible canvas stand for writing on your iPad Pro with a B...

Things you might not know you could do in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Nov 16, 2019

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There are number of hidden and unapparent things you can do in the Galar region. I've been playing Pokémon Sword and Shield since the minute it first released in the US. During my jaunt through the Galar region, I've discovered some cool things that aren't pointed out for you or even immediately obvious. Some of them are game changing, while others are just fun to know about. At any rate, the fact that so many of these hidden things exist definitely makes it fun to explore. Here are some awesome things Pokémon Sword and Shield doesn't tell you about. 1. You already have a change of clothes at the start of the game When I started my game, I was so excited to run into the first shop and change my main characters outfit. Clothes aren't cheap, so I had to be careful about which ones I purchased. It wasn't until after I had bought new clothes that I realized that my character already had a change of clothes on her. If you're good with those options, you don't have to bu...

Pokémon Sword and Shield: How to camp and cook!

Nov 16, 2019

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Camping is a useful way to heal your Pokémon and gain EXP while you're in the Wild Area! The Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Shield is a massive open world-like area in which you can run around, find a ton of Pokémon, battle Dynamax Pokémon, find useful items, and much more. One of the activities you can do in the Wild Area (and on the road in other places) is set up camp, which allows you to interact with the Pokémon you currently have in your party, and you can even cook meals for them. While you probably could go an entire game without setting up camp, it super useful to camp with your Pokémon in the Wild Area for many reasons. Here's a complete guide to camping in Pokémon Sword and Shield. How to set up camp in Pokémon Sword and Shield Camping with your Pokémon provides a lot of value and allows you to fond a strong bond with Pokémon in your party. If Pokémon grows close to you, this will allow them ...

Here's how to fast travel with a Flying Taxi in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Nov 16, 2019

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As much as I think that Pokémon Sword and Shield's Galar region is an absolute feast for the eyes, it's super convenient to fast traveling around the map instead of backtracking trails the long way. One of the best things about Pokémon Sword and Shield is that you can fly to places you've already been to from pretty early on. In previous games, you usually only acquired this ability once you'd made it through most of the map. The funny thing is, while the game lets you know that Flying Taxis are available, it doesn't really teach you how to use this feature. Here's how to use the Flying Taxi in Pokémon Sword and Shield. When can I start using the Flying Taxi? Shortly after you've reached the Motostoke Stadium you'll be able to use the Flying Taxi, which is basically a Corviknight that flies you around the map. Depending on how much time you spend investigating the Wild Area and catching Pokémon, it could take you anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to un...

Customize your character with ease in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Nov 16, 2019

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Are you fed up with staring at the same character design for hours on end? Simply don't like what your character is wearing or your hairstyle? Want to be different from everyone else? Want to have rainbow-colored eyes or even fireballs? If so then you've come to the right place, find out how to break away from the crowd and personalize your look here! Prepare beforehand Prepare your Nintendo Switch itself Ensure that all updates have been downloaded and installed and then either insert or download Pokemon Sword or Shield and start the game! Select your character: You start the game with only one main outfit which depends on which character you pick. A dress and a jacket for the girl and a shirt and trousers for the boy. You can change your clothing, hair, and make-up after the game starts so just pick the gender and skin color that you want for now. Products used in this guide Get ready to defend yourself!: Pokemon Shield ($60 at Amazon) How to change your clothes Finding a ...

Download your favorite Disney+ movies and shows right on your iOS device

Nov 12, 2019

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Disney+ is finally here, bringing all the Disney content we can handle, including offerings from Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, National Geographic, and Fox. Since there are decades worth of stuff to watch on this streaming service, your watch list is bound to be huge, and viewing all of those shows and movies is sure to eat up your data if you're not on Wi-Fi. Fortunately, there is the option of downloading videos directly to your device (as long as you have the space for it), which is insanely helpful. How to change your Disney+ download quality However, the download setting is on the lowest quality by default, so we're going to want to change that first. Launch Disney+ on your iPhone or iPad. Tap your Profile icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. Select App Settings. If you don't want to wait until you're on Wi-Fi to download, change the Download Over Wi-Fi Only to OFF. Tap on Video Quality. Select the quality of video you prefer. Under each one, it tells you how many ho...

Do you have Verizon Unlimited? Get Disney+ for a year

Nov 12, 2019

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The Disney+ subscription video service is here and it's looking pretty cool. If you've got unlimited internet with Verizon you can get Disney+ for free for a year if you've got the right plan. As well as Disney content, Disney+ has content from Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox, and National Geographic. Current or future Verizon customers, make sure you don't miss out. Which wireless plan do you need? Does it work with Fios and 5G Home? What's the fine print? Disney and more Disney+ $7/mo. at Disney+ Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and so much more. Watch Disney classics as well as favorites from other studios without limits. You can pay just a little per month for it, or get it for free through Verizon. Which wireless plan do you need? Current and past Verizon unlimited plans work with the Disney+ plus plans. If you have one of the plans below, add your Disney+ account to your Verizon account to get started or sign up for free. Keep in mind, not all plans will get the same streaming qual...

Disney+ is available on nearly 900 LG TV models

Nov 12, 2019

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Best Answer: Yes. LG and Disney have made sure that all LG TVs running WebOS 3.0 or higher can experience the best of Disney+. The Disney+ app is downloadable from the LG Content Store on your TV. Get all of Disney: Disney+ (starting at $7 a month at Disney+) So I will be able to access Disney+ on my LG TV? Absolutely. The Disney+ app is now available on nearly 900 LG TVs as of this writing and can be downloaded via the LG Content Store directly on your TV. All LG TVs running WebOS 3.0 should be eligible to download the app, which should include most models produced between 2016 and 2019. It only takes a few clicks or a quick search on LG's ThinQ AI to find it. On the more technical side of things, the Disney+ app on LG TVs supports both 4K resolution and HDR formats, so long as your LG TV is capable of displaying Dolby Vision HDR. Dolby Atmos surround sound is also supported on TVs with the capability, meaning you'll be able to enjoy the very best of everything Disney has to off...

There are still good Pokémon Sword and Shield fans out there

Nov 12, 2019

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Several gamers are upset with the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield games leading to a lot of online abuse via social media. What you need to know Pokémon Sword and Shield release on November 15 for the Nintendo Switch. Many gamers are upset with the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield games, which has led some of them to attack Nintendo, Game Freak, and online media outlets covering Pokémon content. Serebii.net is a popular, fan-created site that's been around since 1999 and covers Pokémon-related information. Recently, the creator of Serebii.net has received some negative and hateful feedback for his coverage of the games. In response, many Twitter users have started using #IStandWithSerebii to show their support for the man that runs the website. You can preorder Pokémon Sword and Shield for $60 from Amazon. The long-awaited Pokémon Sword and Shield games release on Nintendo Switch this Friday, November 15, 2019. Despite not being...

We tracked down the best online printing service so you don't have to!

Nov 12, 2019

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If you're looking for the best online photo printing service, you've come to the right place. I placed orders on a dozen different photo websites and reviewed each one individually. From each website, I ordered 4x6 prints in both color and black and white, wallet photos, an 8x10 print, a 20x30 print, a photo book, and the minimum order of cards. All of the professional engagement photos you see in my orders were taken by JMS Imagery. I tried to order the least expensive version of each item, though it's not always easy to shop by price. In this article, I summarize my results, so you can have an easier time choosing where to buy your next set of photos, photo books, cards, or other photo products. While none of the services I tested were bad, my favorite online photo printing service was Printique(formerly AdoramaPix), for its superior quality and attention to detail. Best Overall: Printique I struggled with which website to put in the top spot because other sites do have better ...

Adding parental controls via a Kid's Profile on Disney+ is fairly simple

Nov 12, 2019

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Disney has some of the most beloved characters and movies of all time. From the likes of Mikey Mouse and Donald Duck to Woody and Buzz, kids of all ages have enjoyed watching Disney for decades. However, that doesn't mean that everything on Disney+ will be wholesome and appropriate for young children. Which is why Disney+ can set up a Kid's Profile to help filter shows that are safe for children. Setting this up can be done in just a few steps, so let's get started. Products used in this guide Disney's best in one place: Disney+ (From $7 after a 7-day free tiral at Disney+) How to set up a Kid's Profile on a desktop web browser: In your web browser, go to Disney+. If you have an account already then log in or sign up if you don't. To add a new profile, click the add profile from the upper-right navigation menu. Select the profile image. Enter a name for the profile and toggle the 'Kids Profile' slider. Click save. There you have it! You've set up a Kid's Profile so your kids ...

How to switch from Disney+ to the Disney+ bundle with Hulu and ESPN+

Nov 12, 2019

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With 24/7 access to Marvel, Star Wars, all of your favorite old-school Disney movies, and even exclusive originals, it's no surprise that Disney+ is as popular as it is. Disney's all-new streaming service is an incredible deal for just $7 a month, but if you want to get even more bang for your buck, the $13-a-month bundle with Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ is where it's at. If you signed up for the basic Disney+ service but want to switch your account to the coveted bundle, here's what you need to do. Products used in this guide So much to stream: Disney+ (From $7/month at Disney) How to switch from Disney+ to the Disney+ bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ Note: This guide is for if you have only signed up for Disney+ and not Hulu and ESPN+. If you want to bundle Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+ accounts that you already have, you'll need to be sure to use the same email address you use with those accounts. Log in to your Disney+ account on your computer. Hover your mouse over your profile icon. C...

Is Disney+ missing any content for Canadian viewers?

Nov 12, 2019

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Best answer: You'll find almost all classic Disney animated and live-action features and shorts, the majority of the Marvel cinematic universe, Pixar's full catalog, and National Geographic. It also features content from Twentieth Century Fox, including 30 seasons of The Simpsons, which should be well worth the subscription price on its own. All Disney all the time: Disney+ ($9/month at Disney+) Disney+ is a great value for Canadians In the lead up to the launch of Disney+, there was a lot of talk around whether Canadians subscribers would get the full catalog of movies and TV shows that American audiences would enjoy. It's a valid concern, as Canadians often get the short end of the stick when it comes to streaming services, the most glaring example being a disparity between US and Canadian Netflix. But having spent the good chunk of the launch day scouring through the Disney+ library (when it wasn't giving me error messages), I can confirm that there doesn't seem to be much, if...

Apple releases iPadOS 13.3 public beta 2

Nov 12, 2019

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Looking to try out iPadOS 13? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! iPadOS 13.3 is on its way with features that need to be tested before the software is made available to the general public. As such, Apple is letting interested users check out iPadOS 13.3 and provide feedback before it goes into wide release. If you're one of those interested users, however, you will have to go through the public beta download and install process. While it's not complicated, it's a bit of a departure for how you might normally get software onto your iPad. So, we're going to walk you through it and give you a place to ask questions if you need extra help. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, App...

Apple releases second public beta of iOS 13.3

Nov 12, 2019

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Looking to try out iOS 13.3? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! iOS 13.3 is on its way with features that need to be tested before the software is made available to the general public. As such, Apple is letting interested users check out iOS 13.3 and provide feedback before it goes into wide release. If you're one of those interested users, however, you will have to go through the public beta download and install process. While it's not complicated, it's a bit of a departure for how you might normally get software onto your iPhone. So, we're going to walk you through it and give you a place to ask questions if you need extra help. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Wa...

These amazing screen protectors will keep your iPhone 11 Pro Max safe

Nov 12, 2019

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If you're looking to get the newly announced iPhone 11 Pro Max, you know you're going to want a screen protector to protect that gorgeous display. The good news is you can get one right now and have it waiting and ready to go when your new iPhone arrives! Note: The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a slightly different size and weight than the iPhone XS Max. Because of this, you might find slight variances on some of the screen protectors mentioned here. We're doing our best to update this post as iPhone Pro 11 Max - specific products arrive on the market. Case and screen protector combo EasyAcc clear case Staff Favorite With a thin and transparent TPU case to slip on the back and a tempered glass screen protector to protect the screen, you can protect your whole phone. $12 at Amazon Black Outline IRSHE temepered glass screen protector The black outline matches the bezel of the new iPhone to ensure edge-to-edge protection. Plus, it comes with everything you need for easy installatio...

Keep the music playing wherever you are with Handoff for HomePod

Nov 12, 2019

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Apple has taken the first steps into the world of audio Handoff that we've always hoped that they would. For a long time, many of us have hoped that, in addition to Continuity and Handoff for documents, web pages, and other items, Apple's ecosystem would also let you Handoff music and podcasts between devices. With iOS 13.2, Apple has taken its first steps in that direction with the audio Handoff for HomePod. This feature lets you tap to either transfer your iPhone's audio to your HomePod or vice versa by tapping your phone to the top of the speaker. Once it's set up, transfer is very easy. Here's how to get everything ready for audio Handoff with HomePod. How this works How to turn on Handoff between iPhone and HomePod How to transfer audio from your iPhone to your HomePod How to transfer audio from your HomePod to your iPhone How this works Audio Handoff between iPhone and HomePod lets you transfer audio from your iPhone to your HomePod and vice versa if both your iPhone and Ho...

Disney+ not for you? Here's how to cancel

Nov 12, 2019

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Disney+ has finally arrived, allowing subscribers to enjoy decades worth of content from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, National Geographic, and Fox for a low price every month. It is something that many of us have been wanting for years, and it's finally here! But what if you aren't that impressed with the service? Or you finished watching what you wanted to watch and don't have a use for it now? Don't worry, it's easy to cancel. How to cancel Disney+ Log in to your Disney+ account on the website (or device of choice). Hover or click on your Profile tab in the corner. Select Account. Click on Billing Details. Click Cancel Subscription. Confirm that you want to cancel by clicking on Complete Cancellation. If you change your mind, just click No, Go Back. You will get an email to your associated email address that you canceled your account. Keep in mind that when you sign up for Disney+, you get a seven-day free trial. If you are unsatisfied with it and don't want to be ...

Your new iPhone 11 Pro will love these screen protectors!

Nov 12, 2019

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The iPhone 11 Pro is here, and the last thing you want to do is break it. The screen on your new iPhone is costly to replace. Because of this, you may want to consider buying an inexpensive screen protector. Available in packs of two or three, these products get the job done, so you don't have to visit an Apple Genius Bar. Note: The iPhone 11 Pro is slightly different in size and weight than the iPhone XS. Because of this, you might find slight variances on some of the screen protectors mentioned here. We're doing our best to update this post as iPhone Pro 11-specific products arrive on the market. Apple's choice Belkin Anti-Glare Screen Protection Staff favorite Exclusively available through Apple, the Belkin Anti-Glare is engineered to 3H hardness and features an anti-scratch coating. You can have one of these professionally applied at an Apple retail store. $20 at Apple Premium selection Belkin InvisiGlass Ultra Screen Protection With a hardness rating of 9H, here's a...

Changing passwords, emails, and creating profiles is easy on Disney+

Nov 12, 2019

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Everyone rejoice, for Disney+ is here! You've probably already signed up for an account, started your free trial, and let your friends and family know. This probably means that they've asked you for your account information so that they can use your Disney+ account as well. While that's fine and dandy, maybe at some point you want to change the password to the account for security purposes. Here's how to do it. How to change your Disney+ account password Log in to your Disney+ account on the website (or your device of choice). Click on your Profile tab. Select Account from the menu. Click Change Password. Enter your current password in the appropriate text field. Enter a new password in the appropriate text field. Click Save to save your new password. Once you save the new password, you'll need to log in again on all of your Disney+ devices with the new password to continue access. If you've shared your account with others, then it's up to you to give them the new password ...

Moshi Avanti C wired headphones are comfortable, affordable

Nov 12, 2019

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For those looking for a wired audio solution, check these out. Moshi Avanti C headphones are one of those rare audio products that weren't designed to pair with Apple's iPhone. Despite this, don't rule them out if you're in the market for a comfortable pair of wired, on-ear headphones. Here's why. A sweet spot Moshi Avanti C Bottom line: Beautifully designed and available in different colors, Moshi Avanti C is a forward-looking choice for those looking for a USC-C audio solution. The Good Stylish design, comfortable too Provides immersive listening experience with noise isolation Includes 3.5mm cable too Your iPad Pro will love this Fair price, but ... The Bad ... but still pricey No immediate Apple love Some sound leak Companion app in Google Play Store only $200 at Amazon Ready for its closeup What is the...

Replace those hard to find candelabra bulbs with these HomeKit options

Nov 12, 2019

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Candelabra light bulbs, those tiny light bulbs that hide in chandeliers and ceiling fans, are some of the hardest to find when it comes to smart lighting. Their compact design definitely makes things harder to produce, which limits options and makes them more expensive. We have tracked down all of the HomeKit enabled candelabra bulbs around to help bring Siri and automations to your small light fixtures. Colorful candle LIFX Candle Color E12 Staff Favorite The LIFX Candle Color is the only HomeKit e12 size bulb around that can display more than one color at a time thanks to LIFX's Polychrome Technology. This colorful wonder has 26 individual color zones, making it capable of producing true candle-like effects, keeping it true to its name. The LIFX Candle also supports up to 16 million different colors, perfect for setting any scene that you desire. $45 at Amazon Just white Philips Hue White Ambiance Philips Hue is a household name due to its fast response times and ...

Disney+ is here: All the news, shows, movies, launch issues and more

Nov 12, 2019

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Finally. The most aniticpated streaming service is here. Home to not just Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the Pixar franchise, but TV networks like FX and storied series like The Simpsons. Oh, and all the Disney movies and TV shows you could ever want to watch. Welcome to Disney+. This is the future of video for Disney. Anything and everything that falls under the Disney umbrella — and make no mistake, it is a huge umbrella — will go through the Disney+ app, on whatever platform you wish to watch it on. If that sounds impossibly big, well, you're right. But Disney has done well to pave this road with the also extremely successful ESPN+, which also is owned by Disney and runs on the same technology. (In fact, Disney bought the company that built the streaming side of things.) So with all that in mind, here's everything you need to know about Disney+. A magical streaming service Disney+ $7 a month at Disney+ This is the streaming service you w...

Look like you're wearing Hermès without spending the money on one

Nov 12, 2019

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The Hermès Double Tour band gives your Apple Watch an iconic look, but it comes at a pretty steep price. If you don't want to shell out that much for the official Hermès band (and who could blame you), there are some watch bands on the market that offer the same sort of look for a much lower price. Best for most Valkit multi-color double wrap Staff Favorite The Valkit double wrap is a super comfortable and sleek Apple Watch band that's ideal for day to day wear, while still looking stylish enough to wear out on a night on the town. It's available for any version of the Apple Watch and comes in seven different colors. From $19 at Amazon Affordable V-Moro Double Tour Leather Band The V-Moro Double Tour Leather Band is a beautiful leather band that comes in a variety of brown shades, black, and this pretty soft pink. It comes in four sizes to fit every Apple Watch and every wrist. From $17 at Amazon Colorful WAfeel Double Tour Band The WAfeel Double Tour ...

Which 4K TV should you get to enjoy your new Disney+ subscription?

Nov 12, 2019

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As soon as Disney+ was announced, there were a lot of questions regarding what the streaming service would offer, other than the lineup of content. The company delivered — Disney+ supports videos with 4K, Ultra HD, or HDR content, providing for a great viewing experience. With that said, we have found some of the best 4K TVs you should consider if you plan on subscribing to Disney+ now that it's available. Best overall Samsung QN55Q60 QLED 4K TV Staff pick Samsung makes some of the best display panels, and the same goes for the TV lineup. The QN55Q60 4K TV not only sports 4K HDR capabilities but also supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice support. There is even built-in Bixby voice along with SmartThings to connect to your existing smart home setup. $698 at Amazon Built-in Chromecast VIZIO M-Series Getting support for Google Assistant is all fine and dandy, but the VIZIO M-Series steps it up a notch with a built-in Chromecast. That means you can find...

Can you pair one new AirPod with another?

Nov 12, 2019

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Best answer: If you lose a single AirPod, you can purchase a new one from Apple. From there, you can pair the new AirPod unit to your existing one. However, the replacement must match the generation of your current AirPod. Don't call it basic: Apple AirPods 2 (starting at $159 at Amazon) The best: Apple AirPods Pro ($248 at Apple) Yes, you can If you can't find one of your regular AirPods, Apple does allow you to order a replacement for $69. The company will also sell you a replacement AirPods charging case for $59. Apple also sells the 2019 wireless charging case for $79. A replacement AirPods Pro is $89, while the charging case for this model is also $89. Apple AirPods vs. Apple AirPods 2 Because the original AirPods and second-generation AirPods use different chips, you can't match one with the other. In other words, a W1-powered AirPod won't work with an H1-powered AirPod 2. When ordering your replacement AirPod through the Apple website, you'll be asked for the serial numbe...

How to disable autoplay and background video on Disney+

Nov 12, 2019

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Disney+ is finally available to the public, and with it come a host of apps that allow you to watch Disney's great streaming service on your favorite devices. Lots of people enjoy "binge-watching" shows from time-to-time, but what if you just want to watch one episode and don't want to be bothered by the annoying autoplay that occurs the second an episode ends? Many services, like Netflix and Prime Video, often start the next episode just 3-5 seconds after the credits begin to roll, which can be irritating. Disney, thankfully, offers a way to shut this off in its Disney+ app. How to disable autoplay in your Disney+ app Open the Disney+ app. Tap your Profile picture in the bottom right corner of the screen. Tap Edit Profiles at the top of the screen. Select the Pencil icon next to your profile (by default, named Profile). Slide the Autoplay option to the off setting. Now you can enjoy those credits in peace after the end of a show instead of being inundated with the next episode o...

Did the former Disney CEO really just throw shade at Apple TV+?

Nov 12, 2019

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Maybe, or maybe not. On the other hand, you could only actually watch one of those services on launch day. Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner today did what one does on Twitter, whether you're a billionaire, a president, a billionaire president — or just one of the peasants. He trolled. And it was a decent troll, at that, taking aim at the quality of content on Apple TV+ thus far on the same day that Disney+ launched.. Have seen all the original shows on @AppleTV’s new streaming service. One of them is great, two good, and one forget; and I’m not saying which. Good start for #Apple— Michael Eisner (@Michael_Eisner) November 12, 2019 "Have seen all the original shows on @AppleTV's new streaming service," Eisner tweeted. "One of them is great, two good, and one forget; and I'm not saying which. Good start for #Apple" And he's not wrong. That's about how I'd rate things as well. At first blush his tweet could well be taken as a trolling attempt. Apple's definite...

These are the best cheap headphones you can buy!

Nov 12, 2019

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We spend a lot of time talking about high-end wireless headphones like the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 and the Sony WH-1000XM3 — and for good reason, they're incredible products — but nothing says you have to spend a lot just to get some good headphones for casual listening. Panasonic, Monoprice, COWIN, and even Google all make great, affordable headphones to fit almost any budget. Best sound quality Staff pick Audio-Technica ATH-M40x If you're straight up looking for really good sound for a low price, the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x are unbeatable. In terms of sound quality, they sound very natural with a wide soundstage. Nothing fancy, just wired over-ear headphones that sound really good, especially for the price. $99 at Amazon Smartest headphones Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds For better of worse, most phones these days ship without a headphone jack, so USB-C earbuds are your best bet for wired audio. Google's Pixel Earbuds support 24-bit digital audio, an...

Apple releases watchOS 6.1.1 developer beta 2

Nov 12, 2019

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Installing the watchOS 6 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it's also for developers only. Of Apple's four primary operating systems (iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS), only watchOS lacks a public beta, which isn't surprising, given how comparatively complicated is. You need to install a certificate on your Apple Watch, then download the software to your iPhone running the iOS 13 beta, transfer it across, and get it up and running. It's not hard, but it does take patience and you may have to troubleshoot. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from develope...

Apple releases tvOS 13.3 beta 2 for developers

Nov 12, 2019

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Installing the tvOS 13 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it's also for developers only. Just like with iOS and macOS, Apple makes beta versions of tvOS available for developers to test. But unlike the betas for other systems, installing it on the Apple TV (4th generation) or Apple TV 4K is more complicated than a simple download and go. If you're a developer and you're having trouble getting the tvOS beta installed, here's what you need to do. Unlike Apple's other operating systems, you can't back up your Apple TV; as such, Apple offers two options for updating tvOS: over the air, which just updates the system; and via USB-C, which restores the device to its factory settings. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the nor...

Apple releases iPadOS 13.3 developer beta 2

Nov 12, 2019

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If you're a developer looking to take a peek at iPadOS 13.3, here's how to install the developer beta. iPadOS 13.3 is on its way with new features that require third-party developer input. As such, the company is releasing developer betas so that software engineers can get a head start on making great software for you. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release. What's new in iPadOS 13.3? November 12, 20...

Apple releases second beta of iOS 13.3 for developers

Nov 12, 2019

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If you're a developer looking to take a peek at iOS 13, here's how to install the developer beta. iOS 13.3 is on its way with new features that require third-party developer input. As such, the company is releasing developer betas so that software engineers can get a head start on making great software for you. Are you trying to download the developer beta of iOS 13.3 using macOS Catalina? The steps are different. Check out our guide! Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas ...

How to sell your Mac in 2019

Nov 12, 2019

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How do I sell my Mac? We've got some tips to make sure it's easy to do! There comes a time in every Mac's life when it's time to say goodbye. Maybe it's time to move up to the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2019). Maybe it no longer has that new Mac sparkle you crave. Maybe it's just old and busted. No matter what the reason, it's time to part ways. Here are some tips on what you can do to unload your old Mac. How to prepare your Mac for sale Physically clean it Before you sell your Mac, you have to make sure it's ready to sell. Physically, make sure it's in good-looking and sellable condition. Clean the screen and the case, keyboard, and trackpad. Use a microfiber cloth and alcohol-free cleanser. Back it up! The next step is to back up your data. If you're migrating to a new Mac, now's a good time to make sure you've got a secure copy of everything you need for the transition, so use Time Machine or clone your Mac's hard drive. How to easily back up and restore your Mac with ...

If Apple's upcoming Pro Display is too Pro for you, there are alternatives

Nov 12, 2019

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Apple's upcoming 32-inch 6K Pro Display XDR is not for everyone. It's not even for most of us. Especially with such a hefty price tag. If you're looking for an external display for your Mac that's easier on the pocketbook, here's a list of monitors that won't disappoint! Multiple Thunderbolt 3 Ports LG UltraFine 4K Display Staff Favorite With two Thunderbolt 3 ports on this 23.7-inch display that can handle 4K video, audio, and data all at once, on top of supplying up to 85W of charging power, it's the perfect monitor for hooking up to your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. It's additional three USB-C ports allow you to connect other peripherals like a USB-C hub or a hard drive, and LG's beautiful IPS panel with P3 wide color gamut carries a 3840-by-2160 resolution for impeccable clarity. $700 at Apple Tons of connectivity LG 32UL950-W LG's big 32-inch 32UL950-W is not only a Thunderbolt 3 monitor, meaning you can daisy chain monitors together but also has quite a few ports. Wi...

Apple expands employee's parental leave and mental health benefits

Nov 7, 2019

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Apple's benefits just keep getting better. What you need to know Apple has announced new expansions to its employee benefits. Parents will now receive four weeks of full-time pay while returning to work part-time. The company is also doubling the number of counseling sessions they will cover. Apple has announced new expansions to its employee benefits today. Reported by Fast Company, the company is adding new benefits to help new parents ease back into their work, and also expanding its focus on mental health by providing more counseling coverage. Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail + People, talked about the balance that new parents have to maintain when returning to work after paternal leave: "What we find a lot of times is people are really excited to get back to work. At the same time, they feel like they need to make sure things are really stable and successful at home. And that weighs heavy on people's minds, I think." In order to help make that tr...

Are the Airpods Pro Apple's best new audio invention?

Nov 6, 2019

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Just because you call them pro, doesn't mean they are pro-quality. Does Apple's AirPods Pro meet my standards? Apple is taking everything pro these days, even if the product doesn't necessarily reflect what we consider something to be a professional grade product. AirPods Pro are Apple's latest addition to the pro lineup with better audio, active noise-cancellation (ANC), and a more comfortable design. Are they pro quality? I've had AirPods Pro solidly set into my ear canals for 4.5 hours at a time since I got them and have some opinions to share with you. AirPods Pro $249 at Apple Bottom line: Finally, a comfortable pair of AirPods with active noise-canceling. What more could you ask for? AirPods Pro In-Brief For people who want: That iconic AirPods look A more comfortable fit than AirPods Active noise-cancelling earbuds Deeply int...

Pokémon Go: the final Looming Shadows Willow Report has arrived!

Nov 6, 2019

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Pokémon Go has been building up the Looming Shadows storyline for weeks. Now, players can only wait for the in game update! What you need to know Another Willow Report for Looming Shadows has gone up. Professor Willow has begun to decrypt the previously mentioned Encrypted File. This is the final update to the Willow Report but hints that actual gameplay will officially launch on November 7, 2019. Pokémon Go has spent the last few weeks building up the Looming Shadows storyline through the Willow Report but that is coming to an end. With a final update, Professor Willow has informed trainers that he has partially decoded the Encrypted File to find a Memo from Team Go Rocket. While he was not able to completely decode the message, he did share the following: ███████████████████████████ ███...

Best Apple Watch bands: The ultimate guide for Black Friday and beyond

Nov 6, 2019

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You love your Apple Watch, and to you, it's more than just a fantastic fitness and communication device. It's also a fashion statement. If this sounds like you, you're in good company. I'll confess to owning several dozen Apple Watch bands. I do change my band daily to match my outfit; in fact, most days, I wear one band to work out and a different band for the rest of the day. From one true Apple Watch band aficionado to another, here are some of the best Apple Watch bands to enhance both its looks and its functionality. Unless otherwise noted, each of the bands below will fit any generation Apple Watch and is available in both the 38/40mm size and the 42/44mm size. Black Friday is almost here, and it's an excellent time to find the best deal on Apple Watch bands. Some of the bands on this list will likely be discounted for Black Friday, but even if not, you're sure to find some bargains here. Our deals team is working overtime to make sure we offer you the best discounts on Black ...

Turn your Nintendo Switch into the ultimate console with a microSD card

Nov 6, 2019

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The Nintendo Switch only comes with 32GB of onboard storage. If you're anything like me, you know that's not nearly enough. With the sheer volume of fantastic games in the eShop that can be downloaded directly to your Switch, storage can quickly become an issue. If you are looking to put a little extra space on your Switch, then you are going to want to expand your storage with a microSD card. If you're buying a Nintendo Switch (or Nintendo Switch Lite) sooner or later, you're going to need a microSD card. The system lacks any real, meaningful amount of storage on its own. Luckily, Black Friday is a great time to buy microSD cards because many of the top brands put their products on sale throughout the weekend. Whether its an alternative from our list here or another great alternative, our deals team at iMore is dedicated to finding the best deals this Black Friday on microSD cards. Best Overall Samsung EVO+ 256GB Staff Pick Samsung's very-highest-of-the-high-end microSD card ...

Here are 70 awesome iPhone 11 Pro Max cases that we love

Nov 6, 2019

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The iPhone 11 Pro Max is Apple's largest iPhone, which is more area to worry about damaging. You could go case-free if you don't mind the risk, but if you want the ultimate protection, but want it in style, there's a perfect case for your iPhone 11 Pro Max on this list. If you are searching for the perfect case for your iPhone 11 Pro Max, then Black Friday is going to be an ideal time to shop. There are sure to be deals and discounts on many of the cases that we mention here, so if you want to save money while getting great cases for your iPhone 11 Pro Max, then check back on Black Friday! We will be updating our Buyer's Guides to make sure you're getting the best buying advice, and our deals team will be scouring the web for all of the best mobile accessory deals, so you can get great iPhone 11 Pro Max cases while saving some dough. Splash of color Sankel Ultra Thin Clear Gradient Case Staff favorite $8 at Amazon These clear cases have a cool color gradient. The reinforced...

Remember awesome memories with these great photo collage apps

Nov 6, 2019

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Stitch together your favorite moments onto a single photo sheet. It's like scrapbooking for the 21st century! Sometimes you have a group of photos but need to put them all together into one, unified, collage. Maybe it's to show off an amazing meal, or multiple angles of your new outfit, or simply a before and after. Whatever the reason, you can turn a collection of moments into one special moment with collage apps. Fair warning, most collage apps do very similar things. So, this list covers apps that do it in their own unique ways. Moldiv Layout from Instagram Diptic Collage Maker Vidstitch Pro FrameMagic Lite Moldiv Moldiv is more than just a collage app, it is also a photo editor. You can combine groups of up to 16 pics with more than 300 filter styles or 135 magazine layouts and use a variety of editing tools for each picture. It comes with stickers, editable text overlays, and patterns for backgrounds. You can adjust the frame style by making it thicker, rounder, shadowed,...

Looking for the best? Here's the top choice for your all-in-one iMac

Nov 6, 2019

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The Apple iMac has long been a popular choice for families and professionals alike who are looking for an all-in-one computer solution. Our favorite for 2019 is the 21.5-inch iMac 4K (2019), which is packed full of terrific features at a reasonable price. There are other models worth considering depending on your needs. Black Friday is always a great time to find awesome deals on the hottest Apple iMacs on the market. Whether you're looking for a 21.5-inch or 27-inch iMac, or 27-inch iMac Pro, the deals should be flowing throughout the day. Some of the models presented here are likely to be on sale on Black Friday. As such, we're updating our buyer's guides to help you make informed decisions. Best Overall: 21.5-inch iMac 4K (2019) Featuring an aluminum and glass enclosure with a five millimeter-thin profile, the iMac 4K ships with a matching Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2. The iMac 4K (2019) that we're recommending comes with a 3.0GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 proce...

Protect your iPhone 11 Pro while saving money with deals on cases

Nov 6, 2019

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The iPhone 11 Pro is Apple's latest update to its flagship device, and while it mostly looks a lot like the iPhone XS that came before it, there's a big difference: the camera. The new triple camera setup on the rear of the phone means you'll need a brand new case. Luckily, there's quite a fresh selection of cases ready to be ordered, and these are the best cases for the iPhone 11 Pro. If you've picked up an iPhone 11 Pro, now is the perfect time to also grab a brand new case. Black Friday is just a few weeks away, and we're updating our buyer's guides to keep track of all of the best deals available. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for the best discounts you can find on cases so that you can keep your iPhone 11 Pro safe without making your wallet cry. Martial arts action Smartish Kung Fu Grip Staff Favorite The Kung Fu Grip case from Smartish features an especially-grippy texture to help you keep your hold on your iPhone, even through strenuous activity. $12 at Amazon Affo...

These smart plugs work with Siri and HomeKit

Nov 6, 2019

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If you're new to home automation, a smart plug can be an excellent first step — a toe in the water, if you will — in building out your connected home. If you've gone all-in on HomeKit-enabled accessories, this list can help you track down the perfect HomeKit-enabled plug for your smart home. Black Friday is a terrific time to find awesome deals on smart accessories that work with Apple HomeKit. These products come in various sizes and price points. Some of the smart plug mentioned here will no doubt get the Black Friday treatment. As such, we're updating our buyer's guides to reflect the most current buying advice. As part of this process, our deals team is on alert to find the best deals on smart plugs for the year. Best for most Wemo Mini Staff Favorite Belkin's Wemo Mini features a slim profile that won't block the receptacle outlet, allowing two of them to be used in a single outlet. The Mini is UL safety certified, and it also includes a three-year warranty, p...

If your iPhone XS Max needs a case, these are the best ones we found!

Nov 6, 2019

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You've selected the iPhone XS Max, a phone with a big beautiful screen that you will undoubtedly want to protect. However, before you unbox that beauty, you'll definitely want to have a case in hand. We've rounded up the best of the cases available for this big beauty of a phone. Keep checking back, as we'll be adding to the list as new awesome cases come out. If you just got a shiny new iPhone XS Max recently, or just want to switch things up with a new case, Black Friday is a great time to shop around for some new protection. Some of the manufacturers that we mention here will probably have a Black Friday sale going on directly on their website, or you may find nice Black Friday deals for them at other places like Amazon, Target, or Best Buy. We'll be updating our buyer's guides to make sure you're getting the best Black Friday sales and deals, but also know which cases offer the best protection and value. The bare minimum Totallee Thin Case Staff favorite This is the minima...

These USB-C hard drives can back up or beef up your Mac's storage

Nov 6, 2019

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The current line of MacBook Pro only has Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, but that's OK, because USB-C is fast, future-proof, and will likely replace standard USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, power, and more. A USB-C hard drive is the perfect storage box to locally back up all of your most essential files, including photos, documents, music, movies, and anything else that's important to you. Save your Mac's hard drive and pick up a USB-C hard drive. Here are a few options to get you started on your search. The good news is if you're looking for a new USB-C hard drive, Black Friday is going to be the best time to buy one. Hard drives featured in this article will likely be on sale for the holiday weekend, but there may be some great alternatives to this list on sale as well. The deals team here at iMore is continuously on the lookout for the best deals for Black Friday, and we'll update as they become available. Fan favorite G-Technology G-Drive 1TB Staff Favorite The G-Drive by G-Technology ...

Protect your Mac from data loss with one of these external hard drives

Nov 6, 2019

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When it comes to storing data, personal information, and essential documents, you can never be too safe. External hard drives are not only useful for storing data but are an excellent way to transport files from one location to another. When you take into account price, ease of use, and portability, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is the most reliable hard drive you can carry around with you at all times. Getting a reliable external hard drive doesn't have to cost a ton of money, and with Black Friday just around the corner, there's a good chance that several of these hard drives will go on sale. Other great alternatives to the hard drives listed in the article may drop in price, and our deals team is on high alert to find you the best deals on everything. If you're looking to save money, check right here for great deals on some awesome products. Best Overall: Seagate Backup Plus Slim (2 TB) If you want a reliable external hard drive that has a decent amount of storage, is super ea...

Erase that step count before Google gets its hands on it

Nov 6, 2019

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If the thought of Google now owning your Fitbit data is keeping you up at night, or if you are just finally ready to make the jump to the Apple Watch, chances are you are thinking about dropping your Fitbit in a drawer and deleting your account. We'll show you how to do this in a few simple steps. How to delete your Fitbit account (in-app) Open your Fitbit app and tap on the Today tab at the bottom of the screen. Tap on your profile picture in the top left corner of the app. Scroll down and tap on Manage Data. Tap Delete Account and follow the on-screen prompts. How to delete your Fitbit account (on the web) Go to fitbit.com in your web browser of choice. On the top right of the page, click on Log in to access your Dashboard. Click on the gear icon. Click on Settings. Scroll down the page and click on Delete Account, then follow the on-screen prompts. Now you've done it! Your Fitbit account and associated data will be deleted shortly. While your part is done, it isn't an i...

Apple releases iPadOS 13.3 public beta 1

Nov 6, 2019

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Looking to try out iPadOS 13? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! iPadOS 13.3 is on its way with features that need to be tested before the software is made available to the general public. As such, Apple is letting interested users check out iPadOS 13.3 and provide feedback before it goes into wide release. If you're one of those interested users, however, you will have to go through the public beta download and install process. While it's not complicated, it's a bit of a departure for how you might normally get software onto your iPad. So, we're going to walk you through it and give you a place to ask questions if you need extra help. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, App...

Apple releases first public beta of iOS 13.3

Nov 6, 2019

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Looking to try out iOS 13.3? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! iOS 13.3 is on its way with features that need to be tested before the software is made available to the general public. As such, Apple is letting interested users check out iOS 13.3 and provide feedback before it goes into wide release. If you're one of those interested users, however, you will have to go through the public beta download and install process. While it's not complicated, it's a bit of a departure for how you might normally get software onto your iPhone. So, we're going to walk you through it and give you a place to ask questions if you need extra help. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Wa...

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite November events are all about the heroes

Nov 6, 2019

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November is focused on the heroes of the last wizarding war. What you need to know Throughout November you will be able to collect heroes like Hermoine and Tonks. International Games Week at libraries will let you encounter heroes from November 3–9. The Stronger United Brilliant event part 1arrives November 7–14. The November Community day is all about Wizard challenges and is on November 17. The Stronger United Brilliant event part 2 is happening November 19–26 In its latest blog post Niantic has highlighted what's in store for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite fans in the month of November. While October was all about the villains and scary things of the wizarding world, November is all about the heroes. Dark forces don't stand a chance when witches and wizards come together – what an impressive display of teamwork this past Dark Arts Month! However, this is no time to relax. After all, constant vigilance! Throughout November, stand beside some of the most n...

Amp up productivity with an awesome USB-C monitor for your MacBook

Nov 6, 2019

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If your daily-use Mac is a MacBook and you need a bigger display than the 13 or 15-inch laptop screen, your best bet is LG's 27-inch 4K display for its versatility and price. It's perfect for most people, though there are other monitors better suited to different needs. Black Friday is a terrific time to score deals on USB-C monitors. Because most work with MacBooks, they should also be considered awesome Mac deals too! Our deals team is actively looking for the best deals possible and are updating our buyer's guides whenever deals are found so you are better informed when the time comes to make a purchase. Best Overall: LG 27UK850-W LG's latest 4K display is perfectly sized for most people at 27-inches. It supports a wide range of peripherals, including USB-C, USB-A, DisplayPort, HDMI, and standard headphones. The best part of this monitor is its ability to power your MacBook while acting as a display so that your battery does not limit you. It can even power the 13-inch MacBo...

iOS 13.3 beta 1 lets you disable Memoji stickers

Nov 6, 2019

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What you need to know iOS 13.3 beta 1 lets users disable Memoji stickers. The update went life for developers yesterday. It's likely the feature will remain in iOS 13.3 proper. If you don't want to see Memoji stickers anymore, you don't have to. The release of iOS 13.3 beta 1 brought with it an unexpected but welcome feature. Users can disable Memoji stickers, meaning they won't appear to the left of the emoji keyboard anymore. The new setting can be found in Settings > General > Keyboard and is a simple toggle. And with a flick of that toggle those who never want to see Anomoji stickers again, don't have to. I'm personally a fan of Memoji stickers even though I never actually use Memoji itself. I must confess to wishing they weren't quite so large when added to tweets and such, but maybe we'll be given the option to turn them into normal emoji-sized images in the future. Apple does have a reputation for removing features between beta releases right now, but I don't th...

Pokémon boxes, nicknames and more detailed for Pokémon Sword and Shield

Nov 6, 2019

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Trainers will have new features to manage their Pokémon. What you need to know There's some new features being shown off for Pokémon Sword and Shield. These features include mints for your Pokémon and boxes to access the Pokémon wherever you are. Pokémon Sword and Shield are currently set to be available on November 15. You can preorder Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield for $60 at Amazon. Pokémon Sword and Shield are almost here and we're learning more about the games with each passing day. Some new features in Pokémon Sword and Shield have been revealed today, showing off some ways Trainers can better manage their Pokémon. There's also been on an update on when it'll be easiest to find Gigantamax Butterfree in Raid battles.You can check out the new video below that goes through these features. Being able to access and swap out your Pokémon from anywhere using boxes will be a big deal, as well as the a...

Luigi's Mansion 3 is one of the best games to come out on Switch this year

Nov 6, 2019

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Silly humor and colorful locations keep you smiling from one spooky room to the next. Luigi's Mansion 3 finally released for Nintendo Switch on Halloween 2019. I've been a huge fan of these games since the first one came out on GameCube back in 2001. As you can imagine, I've been desperate for another game in the series considering that there have only been three games released in the last 20 years with the sequel having come out about six year ago. Fortunately for me and other Luigi fans out there, all of our waiting was well worth it. This lighthearted ghost adventure opens with Luigi, Mario, Peach, Polterpup, and three Toads heading to the Last Resort hotel for a luxurious stay. Shortly after falling asleep in their respective rooms, Luigi awakes to screams and discovers that not only has his longtime nemesis King Boo captured his brother and friends, but the entire hotel is infested with ghosts. With the aid of his Poltergust vacuum, his friendly ghost canine, and his gooey dop...

Trailer released for M. Night Shyamalan Apple TV+ series Servant

Nov 6, 2019

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It's reasonably terrifying. What you need to know Apple has released the trailer for TV+ series Servant. Servant will be directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It looks very creepy. Apple has released the full trailer for Servant, airing on Apple TV+ on November 28. The description for Servant states: A new psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. The show stars Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) and Nell Tiger Free (Game of Thrones). The trailer is pretty intense, so maybe don't show it to your kids. The couple in the story are mourning the death of their newborn child, who died at just 13 weeks old. The couple replaces the child with an extremely lifelike doll and even hires a nanny to care for it. The nanny is, erm... well just watch the trailer... Apple also released a trail...

Windscribe VPN is now offering Black Friday pricing on their subscriptions

Nov 6, 2019

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As the first line of defense against nefarious hackers and cyberattacks, a VPN is a must-have app for anyone who’s interested in protecting everything from their browsing history to their banking information. But not all VPNs are created equal. Windscribe VPN is an award-winning service that safeguards your privacy without inhibiting your browsing speed, and a 3-year Pro subscription is available for over 75% off at just $69. Unlike most VPNs that offer limited security and limited bandwidth, Windscribe VPN keeps all of your devices safe without slowing you down. Also available as 1-year, 2-year, and 4-year subscriptions, this service allows you to easily access a growing number of super-secure servers across the globe, remove ads and trackers from your everyday browsing experience, and mask your physical location from 3rd parties via an encrypted tunnel. You’ll even be able to torrent securely and share files without having to worry about you...

Even more Sword and Shield Gigantamax Pokémon have been leaked

Nov 6, 2019

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Best answer: In Pokémon Sword and Shield, a Pokémon who Gigantamaxes grows to a humungous size during battle. This transformation changes the look of the Pokémon, increases the stats, and allows them to use a special G-Max Move. However, only some Pokémon can Gigantamax. Flashing steel: Pokémon Sword ($60 at Amazon) Defender of the realm: Pokémon Shield ($60 at Amazon) Dynamaxing vs. Gigantamaxing: What's the difference? Dynamax: In specific areas of the Galar region, Pokémon can temporarily transform into a colossal version of themselves during battle. This transformation changes the Pokémon's moves and increases their stats. However, it can only be used once during the battle. It's important to note that the effects of Dynamaxing only last for three turns and then a Pokémon turns back to normal. Every Pokémon has the ability to Dynamax. Gigantamax: As with Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing makes your Pokémon gr...

Pokémon Go will allow small businesses to sponsor events this December

Nov 6, 2019

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Beginning in December, small businesses will be able to sponsor their Pokéstops and Gyms through Pokémon Go. What you need to know Small businesses can apply to have their Pokéstops and Gyms upgraded to sponsored. Sponsored Pokéstops and Gyms have additional space to feature their products and promotions. Sponsored locations can host mini-games to drive foot traffic at specific times. Sponsors will also have access to data concerning how and when players interact with their Pokéstops and Gyms. While Pokémon Go has featured Sponsored Pokéstops and Gyms for a couple years, these special Pokéstops and Gyms have only been utilized by large companies, such as Starbucks, Sprint and Mc'Donalds. That will all be changing this winter as Pokémon Go has opened up applications for small and medium sized businesses. Once approved, these businesses would have their Pokéstops and Gyms upgraded to Sponsored status but that's onl...

These Pokémon won't be in Sword and Shield, according to leaks

Nov 6, 2019

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Did your favorites make the cut? When news dropped in June that Pokémon Sword and Shield would be the first core Pokémon game in which players wouldn't be allowed to catch or trade up all of the previous games' Pokémon, fans were understandably upset. Since the very first Pokémon games and shows, the motto "Gotta catch 'em all" has been a driving force behind the series. There are certainly many other aspects to the Pokémon games with more new features being added each generation but completing the Pokédex has been a goal for most players at some point. A leaked Pokédex? The news many have been dreading since that interview make have leaked early. Several users on Reddit have been sharing a supposed leaked Pokédex for Sword and Shield and the cuts were more severe than any had imagined. For the fans who aren't outright furious that many of their favorites will be unobtainable in Pokémon Sword and Shield, the list is at...

31% of Apple's revenue this year came directly from its stores and website

Nov 6, 2019

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That's up from 29% last year. What you need to know JP Morgan has suggested that 31% of Apple's revenue came from its Apple Stores and website this year. The findings are based on analysis of Apple's 10-K filing. It says Apple's retail strategy is driving more direct purchases from customers. Analysis of Apple's 10-K filing for the end of its financial year suggests that 31% of Apple's revenue in 2019 came from its Apple Stores and its website. According to AppleInsider, the figure is up from 29% in 2018, and 28% the year before. The report states: Observations from JP Morgan of the 10-K filing seen by AppleInsider reveals Apple's retail strategy is "driving greater direct purchases from customers," with Apple Stores and its website accounting for 31% of total revenue for the financial year. This is an improvement from the 29% seen for the 2018 fiscal year and 28% in 2017. It is suggested direct distribution revenue rose 5% year-on-year to $81 billion for the year, while ...

iPhone 11 Pro or Pixel 4 XL? You can't go wrong with either phone

Nov 6, 2019

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Apple's best iPhone 11 Pro From $1,099 at Apple Pros Stunning matte glass design OLED display looks fantastic Three rear cameras Legendary battery life iMessage and AirDrop Cons iOS isn't very customizable Lightning port The iPhone 11 Pro looks a lot like Apple's past two generations of handsets, but it makes upgrades in all the right places. It has excellent battery life, blazing-fast performance, and one of the best camera packages available on any smartphone in 2019. Google's best Pixel 4 XL From $899 at Amazon Pros OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate Industry-leading cameras Motion Sense gestures Android's best face unlock Three years of software updates Cons Mediocre battery life Disappointing 4K video recording Google didn't play it safe with the Pixel 4 XL. It used the phone to introduce a 90Hz display, a new face unlock system, dual rear cameras for the first time, and more. Save for lackluster battery life and storage options, this is one of Android's be...

Best PDF markup and annotation apps for iPad and Apple Pencil

Nov 6, 2019

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Sign, add text, highlight, and connect PDF documents together with these excellent apps. The iPad and iPad Pro are great for many reasons, but I love them in part for helping me make paper documents and forms almost obsolete: I can't think of the last time I had to print a form and send it through the mail (or worse — fax it). Instead, I rely on iOS's built-in tools and great third-party apps to take care of all my form, document, and signature-related needs. After testing a bunch of PDF markup apps — and asking for your favorites on Twitter, here are my top apps worth considering. Markup PDF Viewer PDF Expert LiquidText PDFPen 5 iAnnotate 4 Markup Preview may not exist on the iPad just yet, but its excellent markup and annotation tools are available systemwide in iOS as an extension since iOS 11. The Markup extension can be triggered by pressing either the Share button or new Markup button in certain apps — it looks like a pen tip with a circle arou...

How to fix issues with your Apple TV remote

Nov 6, 2019

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Here's how to troubleshoot issues with the Siri Remote on your Apple TV. If you're an Apple TV owner and you're anything like me, you've had your fair share of frustrations with the Siri Remote that came in the box with it. Perhaps it's even become unresponsive, or incorrectly responsive. Maybe your original remote broke, and you need to pair a new one. There are a lot of issues that can crop up with the Siri Remote. The good news is that many of them are easy to solve. Exclusive content Apple TV+ $5 per month at Apple 100% exclusive content for the price of a cup of coffee. With TV+, you can watch well-produced, big-budget TV shows from famed directors, and starring award-winning actors and actresses across all your Apple devices and with up to six members of your Family Sharing group. How to pair a Siri Remote to your Apple TV How to reset your Siri Remote How to pair a Siri Remote to your Apple TV Pairing a Siri Remote with your Apple TV is simple. While the remote that...

Apple gains five new VPs, including an early iPhone executive

Nov 1, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has named five new Vice Presidents in the company. Four are internal promotions while one is a returning executive. Apple has also been hiring aggressively in the health space recently. Apple's senior leadership continues to grow. Apple's senior leadership has seen a decent amount of shakeup this year, and that trend continues today. Bloomberg reports that Apple has elevated four of its senior-level employees to Vice President roles within the company. They have also brought back a marketing executive who was part of the early iPhone marketing team. Paul Meade, who has been leading hardware development of Apple's rumored and very much expected augmented reality headset, has been promoted to Vice President of Hardware Engineering. Jon Andrews, who works closely with Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi on the company's software architecture, has now been named Vice President of Software Engineering. Gary Geaves, who has worked on...

HomePod update opens Siri Shortcuts to all

Oct 31, 2019

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With iOS 13.2 released this week and the iOS 13.2.1 update for HomePod following soon after, Apple has added multi-user voice recognition support for their smart speaker. Now that HomePod can be linked with your account and given approval to understand who's speaking, Apple has now enabled access to Personal Requests for every member of a home – and with it, support for each person running their own Siri Shortcuts. Personal Requests expand to every user Previously, the "Personal Requests" feature for HomePod enabled only one user to ask Siri about private information like their own reminders, calendar events, or messages – or, to trigger custom Siri Shortcuts they've set up in the Shortcuts app. With this update, Personal Requests is expanded to each user who is added to a Home in the Home app and accepts voice recognition from the HomePod. That means each person can ask for their own reminders, calendar events, messages, or shortcuts, and Siri will respond with "Ok...

The president's cybersecurity advisor locked himself out of his iPhone

Oct 31, 2019

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Even people in powerful security positions forget their password every once in a while. NBC News is reporting that shortly after Rudy Giuliani was named Donald Trump's cybersecurity advisor in 2017, he took his iPhone to an Apple Store because he had forgotten his passcode, and after 10 failed attempts, was ultimately locked out of his iPhone. Whoops. We've all been there. You let your S.O. unlock your phone but now you're getting sext messages sliding up in your DMs from your co-worker so you have to change that passcode, post haste. But then, the very next day, you forget what that new one is, so you just start typing in every passcode you've ever come up with for as long as you can remember and then ... crap. Locked out. NBC News provides a photo of the technician ticket, which shows Giuliani's name (which really doesn't prove that it was actually Giuliani) and a description of the problem and solution. Customer came in with an iPhone that had a forgotten passcode and the ...

Here's how to get the best stuff in Luigi's Mansion 3

Oct 31, 2019

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Want to find a bunch of money and take ghosts down quickly? Here are a few pointers to help. At its core, Luigi's Mansion 3 is a puzzle game. To get the best treasures and find all of the hidden items, you're going to need to use all of the tricks up your sleeve. Anyone who's played previous Luigi's Mansion games will notice that it uses many of the same mechanics we've seen before while elaborating upon them. While this isn't the hardest game out there, it can be tricky defeating ghosts in the quickest way possible or finding all of the goodies hidden in each level. Here are some tips for making your way through the haunted hotel. I see dead people Luigi's Mansion 3 $60 at Amazon Defeat ghosts as you search for your friends The newest game in the Luigi's Mansion series has you playing once again as the scared plumber. But this time, you'll be exploring a haunted hotel, using new fighting elements, and have the help of a gooey doppelganger. You can even play the main story wi...

The Mac Pro will come with new, multicolored Magic accessories

Oct 31, 2019

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Mac Pro accessories are getting a new paint job. What you need to know Magic accessories for the Mac Pro will come in new color combinations The Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad are pictured in a new silver/black combo. There are no details as to whether these accessories will be available to purchase individually at launch. The Mac Pro is still incoming and supposed to ship sometime this fall (which gives it until December 21st if anyone is counting). While we are all still waiting for its arrival, details of the new desktop continue to make its way out. Reported by 9to5Mac and noticed by Steve Troughton-Smith, the new Mac Pro will have some new color combinations available in its Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad accessories. I somehow missed the fact that the new Mac Pro has a line of silver and black accessories instead of the Space Gray of the iMac Pro pic.twitter.com/i8GkDv8Kut— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) October 31, 2019 The new Magic Keyboards picture...

Pokémon Go Announces Cobalion as next Legendary Raid Boss

Oct 31, 2019

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What you need to know One hour after an enigmatic tweet suggested the Swords of Justice were coming to Pokémon Go, Cobalion was named as the next Legendary Raid Boss. From November 4 to November 26, players will be able to challenge the leader of the Swords of Justice The announcement says two of the other Swords of Justice will be coming soon. Just one hour after hinting that the Legendary Pokémon known as the Swords of Justice would be coming to Pokémon Go soon, Niantic announced that the leader of these Legendary Pokémon, Cobalion would be coming to Legendary Raids starting on November 4, 2019 at 1 PM. Based loosely on the Three Muskateers, Cobalion is a Steel and Fighting type who represents Athos, the oldest and de facto leader of the group. The other three members of the group are Terrakion (a Rock and Fighting type) representing Porthos, the strongest member of the group, Virizion (a Grass and Fighting type) representing Aramis, the feminine and ro...

Should you get Apple Arcade or GameClub? Honestly, why not both?

Oct 31, 2019

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Apple Arcade and GameClub may look similar on the surface, but one focuses on new games and the other on classics. You could settle for one, but honestly, why not both? It seems that gaming subscription services are all the rage these days. We have Apple with their own Apple Arcade that launched back in September 2019 and now GameClub, which launched earlier this month. Both of these cost $4.99 a month, though Apple Arcade includes Family Sharing since it's Apple's own service, whereas GameClub is a third-party service. On the surface, both of these seem like the same thing, but there's one big difference: Apple Arcade is made for new releases, while GameClub is resurrecting classic, legacy games that helped shape the App Store. So which one of these gaming subscription services is worth getting? Or do they complement each other? Let's take a closer look. What is Apple Arcade? Apple Arcade is Apple's gaming subscription service that costs $4.99 a month for unlimited access to ...

Pokémon Go: Enigmatic tweet hints at Swords of Justice

Oct 31, 2019

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What you need to know The Pokémon Go Twitter account sent out an enigmatic tweet that hints at the Swords of Justice being brought to Pokémon Go. A quartet of Legendary Pokémon, also known as the Legendary Muskateers, the Swords of Justice are from Gen 5. Many speculate they will be the next Research Breakthrough Reward or perhaps the next Legendary Raid Bosses. The official Pokémon Go Twitter account just posted an enigmatic tweet of only two emoji: a pair of crossed swords and the scales of justice. This tweet has many fans excited as it strongly suggests that Pokémon Go will soon feature a quartet of Legendary Pokémon known as the Swords of Justice. Based loosely on the Three Muskateers they consist of Cobalion (a Steel and Fighting type) representing Athos, the oldest and de facto leader of the group, Terrakion (a Rock and Fighting type) representing Porthos, the strongest member of the group, Virizion (a Grass and Fighting type) represe...

Latest changes to Pokémon Go Eggs examined and explained!

Oct 31, 2019

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Which Pokémon can you hatch from 10 KM, 7 KM, 5 KM, and 2 KM Eggs? And what are the odds of hatching them? Here's the answer! Pokémon Go isn't just about catching — hatching is a big part of the game as well. You get Pokémon Go eggs from spinning Pokéstops and from friend Gifts, incubate them, walk them for 2 KM, 5 KM, 7 KM, or 10 KM, and then hatch Pokémon from the common to the hyper-rare. Which Pokémon are in which Pokémon Eggs? And what's the best — read: fastest! — way to hatch them? Here's the updated list along with some tips and tricks — and maybe a cheat or two! What kind of Pokémon Eggs are there in Pokémon Go? Aside from the very different Lucky Eggs, available in the Shop, there are six kinds of Pokémon Eggs in Pokémon Go: 2 KM Eggs with green spots. 5 KM Eggs (standard) with yellow spots. 5 KM Eggs* (Weekly Fitness 25 KM) with purple spots. 7 KM Eggs that are yellow w...

These spooky apps will help you get into the Halloween spirit

Oct 31, 2019

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Halloween is just around the corner. Get into the spirit with these haunting apps! If you want to get into the Halloween spirit with spooky apps, check out these great titles. They'll put you in the mood for tricks and treats! Zombies Run! It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown myNoise The Walking Dead: Dead Yourself Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle Into the Dead 2 Plants vs. Zombies 2 Creepypasta Zombies Run! What better way to motivate yourself to get out there and run than if a zombie is chasing you? Zombies Run! takes that idea and ... runs with it (pun intended). The story starts with a helicopter crash and a city full of zombies. In order to get away, you've got to run to the next checkpoint. While your outside, moving around, the story unfolds. When you reach a distance checkpoint, you'll hear a new piece of the story. You'll be able to track down hidden first aid kits, cell phones, and even people that need your help. Get into the Halloween spirit first thing in the morni...

Check out Resident Evil Triple Pack for Nintendo Switch today!

Oct 31, 2019

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Nintendo Switch has tons of awesome games available right now! Plus, there are dozens more in the pipeline. When the Switch first launched, there were fewer than a dozen titles available for sale. But, as time goes by, and as game makers realize the popularity of Nintendo's hybrid mobile console, more and more titles are being added to the list all of the time. Here are all the games available right now, in digital and game card form, as well as games that are officially coming to Switch sometime in the future. What's new? New games released and announced games coming soon Here's where you'll find everything new that is either now available in the Switch eShop or as a physical game card, as well as games that have recently been announced as coming to the Switch. New physical game cartridges you can buy right now! Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout - Available October 29 - $60 Resident Evil Triple Pack - Available October 29 - $60 Vampyr - Available October 29 -...

GRIS is currently on sale at the Nintendo eShop

Oct 31, 2019

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Are you searching for an excellent game for your Switch but want to get great deals? We've found the best games for a fraction of their price! Have you played all of your Nintendo Switch games, and you're looking for a bit more fun? I know how pricey they can be, especially if you're on a budget and can't spend $60 on a game. Here at iMore, we have found some great games currently on sale. If any of these types of games spark your interest, be sure to check them out by clicking the links below. Pre-orders available on Amazon right now Physical game cartridges on sale now eShop games on sale this week Pre-order options on Amazon Here's every game you can pre-order on Amazon right now. Just click the title to check it out! Luigi's Mansion 3 - Available October 31 - $60 Race with Ryan - Available November 1 - $40 Jumanji: The Video Game - Available November 8 - $40 Pokémon Sword - Available November 15 - $60 Pokémon Shield - Available November 15 - $60 Pokémon S...

Trying to decide whether to get ecobee or Nest? Here's our recommendation

Oct 31, 2019

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ecobee SmartThermostat Sense everything $250 at Amazon Pros HomeKit-enabled Works with Siri Amazon Alexa support through built-in microphones Works with Google Assistant Remote sensors detect both temperature and room occupancy Cons Does not learn from your behavior Wired power only With Amazon's Alexa assistant and support for HomeKit built-in, along with satellite sensors that detect not only the temperatures of different rooms but the people in them, the ecobee SmartThermostat is a great all-around smart thermostat. We just wish it was smarter and used batteries for backup power. Nest Thermostat Comfortable learning $232 at Amazon Pros Learns your behavior, creating an automatic heating and cooling schedule Works with Amazon Alexa Works with Google Assistant Both wired and battery-powered Cons No HomeKit support Remote sensors only detect temperature What lets the Nest Thermostat stand out is its ability to learn your temperature preferences and set an automatic sch...

Gamers are loving Luigi's Mansion 3's single player and multiplayer modes

Oct 31, 2019

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A delightful entry in the Luigi's Mansion series that brings plenty of multiplayer options along with it. It's been a stellar year for the Nintendo Switch, seeing as how several highly-rated exclusives have released on the console within the last few months. Luigi's Mansion 3 is adding to Nintendo's glowing stack of praiseworthy games with its gorgeous visuals and light-hearted spooks. This is only the third Luigi's Mansion game to release in the last 20 years, with the sequel, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, having released roughly six years ago. Fans, myself included, have desperately been waiting for the third game's arrival, and so far, it seems the wait has been worth it. When I last jumped on Metacritic, I saw that several professional critics have given the game mostly favorable scores while user reviews have been overwhelmingly positive resulting in a Metascore of 86. Not too shabby. More: Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch: Everything You Need To Know First impressions ...

iOS 13.2 closes background apps so quickly, it may have broken multitasking

Oct 31, 2019

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More iOS 13 torment. What you need to know Numerous reports suggest that iOS 13.2 is causing problems with multi-tasking. Many users seem to think that background apps are being killed off too quickly. Marco Arment even suggests at iOS "effectively doesn't offer multitasking anymore." Multiple reports across Twitter, Apple Community support forums and Reddit are piling up, suggesting that Apple's iOS 13.2 is very aggressive when it comes to killing off background apps. A report from MacRumors notes: A growing number of iPhone and iPad users have complained about poor RAM management on iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, leading to apps like Safari, YouTube, and Overcast reloading more frequently upon being reopened. Several MacRumors users have claimed that they have experienced problems when multitasking with Youtube, Safari, Messages and more. Over on Twitter Marco Arment said: Major new bugs introduced in iOS 13.2:- background downloads often hang forever and never run- apps get kill...

One analyst is worried about a falling iPhone average selling price

Oct 31, 2019

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What you need to know Apple announced its 2019 Q4 earnings yesterday, but not everyone is happy. One analyst is concerned about Apple's falling iPhone ASP. It's likely any fall is due to iPhone 11. Cheaper iPhones are good for us. Bad for analysts. Despite Apple's largely promising earnings call yesterday, not everyone is happy. Barclays analyst Tim Long is concerned that Apple's iPhone average selling price (ASP) is slipping. In a note to clients picked up by CNBC (via Cult of Mac) Long says that while iPhone revenues were where they were expected to be, ASPs are "weaker." "IPhone revenues were in-line, but we believe ASPs [average selling prices] were weaker," Barclays IT hardware analyst Tim Long said in a note to clients Thursday. The note was titled, "Services Strength Masks ASP Pressure." Overall iPhone revenue for the quarter sat at $33.6 billion against an estimate of $32.42 billion, but that isn't enough for Long. Instead, he's concerned that iPhone ASP will fall 10...

Get the party going with these amazing Halloween playlists

Oct 31, 2019

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Looking for some tunes to add the perfect touch to your All Hallow's Eve get-together? Here are some playlists that will turn your humdrum house party into a full-on monster mash. Spotify HALLOWEEN: A Trick Or Treat Mix: This playlist strikes a perfect balance between groovy scores from 70s and 80s horror films and more modern artists like Symmetry, MGMT, and Kavinsky. It's haunting, lullabye-esque, and a bit psychedelic — think wearing a retro cocktail dress at an art school Halloween party, hosted by the girl whose apartment is lit exclusively by neon. Halloween: This is the Halloween playlist middle school me would make. It's moody and melodramatic, and features soundtrack hits from movies like Nightmare Before Christmas and Sucker Punch, as well as original songs from Deftones, Melanie Martinez, Depeche Mode, and more. Plus, it starts out with a beautiful version of Sarah Sanderson's "Come Little Children" from the best Halloween movie of all time, Hocus Pocus. Headbange...

How to set up HomePod to play music when you arrive home

Oct 31, 2019

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With the arrival of iOS 13.2, you can now automate your HomePod to play your favorite songs as soon as you walk through the door. Setting up the automation involves using the Home App, and can be done with just a few taps. Before you begin, make sure that both your iOS device and your HomePod are running the latest software, as this will not work with any versions prior to iOS 13.2. How to automate the HomePod to play music when you arrive home Open the Home App and tap on the Automation Tab. Tap the plus icon. Choose People Arrive. Tap on the i button next to Anyone Arrives. Make sure that you select yourself, and uncheck others if this is only for you. Tap next and select your HomePod from the device list. Tap on Audio. Choose Play Audio and select Choose Audio. Go into your library, and navigate to your favorite song or playlist by selecting where it is stored. Tap on your song or playlist. You can select more than one if you wish. Select done when you have finished. Turn ...

Apple's AirPods Pro ads didn't have the earbuds in at first

Oct 31, 2019

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What you need to know Apple's AirPods Pro went on sale yesterday. There are huge ads across some of Apple's most iconic stores. They had AirPods Pro added after they were put in place. When advertising goes right. Apple announced AirPods Pro earlier this week and they went on sale yesterday. But before any of that happened some huge advertising installations were put in place, ready for the big unveilling. But nobody knew – because they didn't have AirPods Pro in them. According to AdWeek, Apple and its creative agency got the ball rolling by putting 17 ads in place. And then it went back and added the important bits after the product had been announced. Apple and creative agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab revealed the AirPods Pro through a two-phase outdoor campaign. First, giant and unbranded images of dancers appeared on 16 outdoor boards and across the facades of 17 Apple Store locations in major global markets. After the AirPods Pro were announced, the images—some mo...

The Adonit Note+ Stylus is great under pressure

Oct 31, 2019

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You can program two buttons on the stylus for instant access to a variety of tools. The latest Bluetooth stylus from Adonit features pressure and tilt support plus two programmable shortcut buttons for the ultimate in customizable control. Customizable Adonit Note+ Stylus Bottom line: The Adonit Note+ Stylus offers pressure and tilt control plus two programmable shortcut buttons. The Good 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity Two programmable shortcut buttons Palm rejection Tilt support for shading USB-C charger The Bad Must be charged Only works on certain devices Special features like shortcut buttons only work in certain apps $70 at Amazon For newer iPads Adonit Note+ Stylus: Features The Adonit Note+ Stylus is an advanced stylus that is only compatible with a handful of iPad models. You can use it with the third-generation iP...

Saving money is great, but can you do that with Disney+?

Oct 31, 2019

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Best answer: No, as of now, there are no promo codes for Disney+. However, some great deals are going on right now that can get you discounts on a subscription. Welcome to the kingdom: Disney+ (From $7/mo at Disney+) Disney at a discount With so many streaming services out there and each one having content unique to their service, it's not hard to find yourself with a few different subscriptions — and that means the dollars add up pretty quick. So finding ways to save a buck here and there is a great way to help out the budget while still getting the content you want, and Disney+ is going to have some content you will likely want. As it stands now, Disney isn't offering any promo codes or free trial periods at sign up. However, there are a few different ways to get yourself a discount on your subscription. Can you watch me now? If you are a Verizon customer, then you might have the best deal of all. On October 22 Verizon announced that they were going to be the exclusive wi...

Get your own 21.5-inch iMac for just $349

Oct 31, 2019

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The Apple Mac is one of the most popular and attractive computers on the market, and for good reason. They have a sleek build and streamlined features, but the true magic behind Mac’s success is macOS, which is designed for both creators and your average end-user. This makes it the perfect home computer for family use. If you’re worried about the steep price, you can get your very own 21.5-inch iMac for just $349. This is a certified refurbished Apple iMac, but don’t let that fool you; it’s been rigorously tested by Apple technicians to be free of defects, so you’ll essentially get a brand new iMac for a fraction of the price. This model contains a dual-core Intel i3 processor and 4GB of memory, which is more than enough for word processing, productivity, and multimedia usage. It’s also packed with 250GB of SATA storage to store all of your apps, photos, videos, and more. Finally, this iMac contains Radeon HD 6750M, allowing you to play games...

Can you watch Disney+ on Chromecast?

Oct 31, 2019

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Best answer: Yes, Disney+ will support Chromecasting content from your Android phone or tablet. Whether your TV is new or old, smart or "dumb," you'll be able to watch Disney+ on it with a Chromecast. Cast away: Disney+ ($70/yr at Disney+) Google Chromecast is supported by Disney+ Among the many platforms that Disney+ will be supporting at launch are the Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. This is great news because that means that it'll be easy as pie to switch between watching on a phone to watching on the big screen at home, even if you don't own a TV with Android TV or Roku built into it. Here's the full list of platforms supported at launch: Android phones and tablets Android TV devices Google Chromecast Apple iOS phones and tablets Apple TV Desktop web browsers Xbox One Playstation 4 Android-based Sony TVs Roku We know that you can cast Disney+ from the Android app on Android phones, tablets, and Chromebooks with Android apps through Google Play. We aren't...

Check out TechSmartt's Extreme AirPods Pro Water Test

Oct 31, 2019

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Will they survive? What you need to know TechSmartt has put Apple's new AirPods Pro to the test in water. Apple says that the AirPods Pro are sweat and water resistant (IPX4). The results were... mixed. Popular YouTube outfit TechSmartt has published an Extreme AirPods Pro Water Test on its channel. In the video they don the AirPods and take to a treadmill to check out Apple's claim that the AirPods Pro are Sweat and water resistant. Running whilst being sprayed with water, the AirPods held up, and they were even able to complete an Ear Tip Fit Test whilst running. So it looks like the AirPods will indeed hold up to the rigours of running and other exercise, even in inclement weather. After that, things start to go downhill. Next up is full submersion in a swimming pool, and whilst the initial submersion seems to go well, just moments later they begin to emit an extremely high pitched frequency that is painful to listen to. After a while the noise seems to die down, and the Activ...

Here are the best cases for the 2018 9.7-inch iPad!

Oct 31, 2019

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The 2018 9.7-inch iPad is the exact same size and weight as its predecessor, the 2017 9.7-inch iPad. The real differences are inside, with Apple Pencil support in the 2018 model. Luckily, the best cases you can get for the 5th-generation model are the same for the 6th-generation iPad. Here are the best of the best options available for you and your iPad today. Best for most ESR Trifold case Staff Favorite The ESR Trifold case is a gorgeous, elegant case that comes in a bunch of awesome colors. It features a cover that folds into a kickstand, and it has an automatic sleep and wake functionality, just like Apple's own Smart Cover. The ESR Trifold case covers the front and back of your iPad. Plus, it costs a fraction of what Apple's does. From $10 at Amazon Functional Logitech Create Keyboard Case If you're looking to create a mini powerhouse laptop, then Logitech's Create Keyboard Case is an excellent choice. It uses Apple's Smart Connector for an easy connection every time...

Get into the Halloween spirit with these horror games for iPhone and iPad

Oct 31, 2019

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Looking for a scare? Test your mettle with these fantastic horror games for iPhone and iPad! Horror games have long been a favorite pastime of many — just look at how many YouTubers stream them — and it's always a good time to get spooked! Whether you're more a fan of jump scares or you like long, drawn out games with a spooky and tense atmosphere there are plenty of spooky games available for iPhone and iPad. Here are our favorite horror games for the iPhone and iPad. Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location Into The Dead 2 The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Lost Within White Night The School: White Day Year Walk Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location The Five Nights at Freddy's series of games have been a hit since the beginning and the newest installment — Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location — refreshes the gameplay style but still brings the spookiness! Unlike the previous games, Sister Location has you move around the game and complete certa...

Leaked video shows Cortana managing emails and appointments

Oct 31, 2019

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Cortana will soon be more helpful when it comes to emails and scheduling. What you need to know A new video shows off Cortana managing emails and appointments. The video also shows Cortana reading emails. Some features showcased in the video were first seen in December 2018. A leaked video has appeared on Twitter, showcasing several new Cortana features. The video shows new options that make it easier for people to stay up to date by using Cortana, including reading emails out loud and scheduling appointments. Twitter user WalkingCat was the first person to share the video. WalkingCat has a reputation for leaking videos early, such as the Mac Book "get a Surface commercial that leaked earlier this year. The leaked video shows off a clean interface for listening to emails on iOS, which allows you to flag an email, control playback, and skip to the next email like a playlist. Cortana also helps manage calendar appointments and schedule events in the video. The new Windows 10 version...

Best Pokémon Go cheats and hacks for Fall 2019

Oct 31, 2019

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What are the best hacks and cheats for Pokémon Go that'll help you get ahead faster and easier than ever? These! If you can't win, cheat. Hell, cheat anyway. That's how the saying goes. Whether you choose to apply that saying to Pokémon Go is up to you. If you prefer to earn your rewards honestly, through hard work and determination, then stop here and go check out my Pokémon Go tips and tricks instead. Otherwise, if all you want to do is win at all costs, here's how people are hacking and cheating their way to the top! Warning: Stuff that can and should get your account banned There are some cheats and hacks that are expressly against the Pokémon Go terms of service (ToS). People do them, and they seem to work, which is frustrating, so more people start doing them, and it creates a vicious cycle. They can also get you banned. Bans sometimes come in waves every month or so, but now they've also been joined by "slashing," which puts a line across illegit...

Jason Momoa says he prefers 'See' to 'Game of Thrones'

Oct 31, 2019

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What you need to know Jason Momoa says that, personally, "See" is better than "Game of Thrones." "See is an Apple TV+ launch show. Apple TV+ goes live tomorrow. Of course, he was barely in "Game of Thrones." When Apple TV+ kicks off tomorrow one of the shows many will be keen to catch first is "See," starring Jason Momoa. To help publicize the show he and co-star Alfre Woodard spoke with Sky News. And of course, "Game of Thrones" came up. "Game of Thrones" is a show that "See" has been compared with many times in recent weeks and it's easy to see why. Taking the Mamoa link out of the equation, the show just looks like "Game of Thrones." And that's no bad thing. But according to Momoa, "See" is the show that he prefers. "Nothing compares to Game of Thrones," he says. "To me, it's one of the greatest shows of recent history. You know, this is first season. There's so many different worlds… this doesn't really compare. But personally? This is better for me. It's easy to ...

DigiTimes claims Apple will receive 16-inch MacBook shipments in Q4

Oct 31, 2019

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Still no word on a release though... What you need to know DigiTimes claims that Apple will receive shipments for the 16-inch MacBook in Q4 of this year. Quanta Computer is the purported supplier. DigiTimes had previously reported the MacBook Pro 16-inch would launch this month. A report from DigiTimes via MacRumors claims that Apple will begin receiving shipments of the 16-inch MacBook Pro in the fourth quarter of 2019. According to DigiTimes: Apple and Microsoft are both expected to perform strongly in the fourth quarter. Apple's new 16-inch ultra-thin-bezel MacBook Pro is expected to begin volume shipments in the fourth quarter, while Microsoft's new third-generation Surface Laptop will boost sharply the brand vendor's shipments sequentially in the fourth quarter. Because of Apple's new MacBook Pro, Quanta Computer, the key supplier of the machine, is expected to see rising share of Taiwan's shipments in the fourth quarter, while Wistron and Pegatron will also see thei...

The Beats Solo Pro headphones have five-star sound but have a few flaws

Oct 25, 2019

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Apple recently launched a new product in the Beats Solo line. I've been testing the Pros for a couple of days and have my first impressions. Since the launch of the Powerbeats Pro, I've been excited about the direction that Beats are being taken. No longer are we listening to bass-heavy tunes that muddle the clarity of some of our favorite guitar riffs. The Powerbeats Pro are my new favorite in-ear headphones, so when the Solo Pro active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones were announced, I was very excited to see what else could come from the Beats line. I've had the Beats Solo Pros crowning my head every day for hours per day for two weeks now and have my full review below, including comparisons with Powerbeats Pro and Beats Solo 3 headphones. Beats Solo Pro Bottomline: Beats Solo has gone Pro and brought with it active noise cancelling ...

7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud accounts were exposed in data breach

Oct 25, 2019

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Password and credit card information was not leaked. What you need to know Security researchers discovered an exposed Adobe Creative Cloud database earlier this month. The personal information of nearly 7.5 million users was accessible. Passwords and credit card details were not vulnerable. Adobe suffered a serious security snafu earlier this month when security researcher Bob Diachenko, in collaboration with cybersecurity and privacy advocacy firm Comparitech, discovered an exposed database belonging to the company's popular Creative Cloud subscription service. The records were accessible to anyone and did not require a password. Thankfully, users' passwords and payment details were not kept among the data that was exposed. However, a laundry list of personal information belonging to nearly 7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud users was accessible via the database. This included: Email addresses Account creation date Which Adobe products they use Subscription status Whether the user...

Niantic's Wayfarer released globally by accident

Oct 25, 2019

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Many Pokémon Go players gained access to Niantic's Wayfarer tool following a maintenance update but the company has since disabled access. What you need to know Wayfarer, the tool for Ingress and Pokémon Go players to add locations into Niantic's AR games is not available globally. Global access was accidentally made available during a maintenance update. While this error has been corrected, any progress made will be saved. On October 24, many Pokémon Go players who had been eagerly awaiting access to Niantic's new tool, Wayfarer found that they could login and begin reviewing new locations for Pokéstops and Gyms, despite no official word from the company. Today, Niantic reported that this was an error. During the latest maintenance update to Pokémon Go, global access was accidentally made available. This error has since been corrected so any players who were able to access the tool should no longer be able to do so outside of the handful of coun...

Turn your Apple TV into a companion for your professional presentations

Oct 25, 2019

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With Conference Room Display mode, an Apple TV makes a perfect, professional presentation tool for any office. The Apple TV isn't just a great entertainment device, it can also serve a practical purpose in business environments. Using Conference Room Display mode on your Apple TV, you can have readily accessible wireless displays for your presentations and other big-screen meeting materials ready to go in your office. That way, if you need to present something from a Mac or iOS device, all you need to do is activate AirPlay, connect to the right Apple TV, and everything should just appear. Using Conference Room Display mode isn't difficult, and there are a number of options available to you to personalize it for your work environment. How to turn on Conference Room Display on your Apple TV How to require a PIN to use Conference Room Display How to see a preview of Conference Room Display How to set a custom message for Conference Room Display How to select a background photo for C...

See which of your friends is the best racer in Mario Kart Tour

Oct 25, 2019

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You can finally play Mario Kart Tour on your iOS or Android devices. It's a fun game that pits players from around the world against each other in silly races. Unfortunately, you cannot choose to race against specific people just yet, but you can add friends to your Mario Kart Tour account and compare your scores. There is a Multiplayer button in the Mario Kart Tour menu, but it's currently grayed out with the words "Inbound" written over it. Knowing Nintendo, this multiplayer mode will likely become available in the near future. For now, you can still compare your racing scores with friends. Here's our guide on how to add friends to Mario Kart Tour. What is Mario Kart Tour? It's a mobile app available for both iOS and Android devices where you get to race in a simplified version of a classic game. Cartoony characters race around the track and use silly items like banana peels and shells to trip up other players. What makes this app fun is that it features courses seen in previous ...

Automate your viewing habits with the best HomeKit TVs

Oct 25, 2019

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HomeKit for TVs brings complete control over your viewing through automation, scenes, and the remote app on your phone. This means that you can change inputs, volume levels, and of course, toggle it on and off through the iOS control center or with just your voice. Here's our roundup of the best HomeKit options that you can buy right now. Beautiful balance LG 55SM8600PUA Staff Favorite The LG 55SM8600PUA strikes the perfect balance of image quality, features, and price, making it the best option for most. This 55-inch TV packs in all of the bells and whistles, such as 4K HDR and support for all of the smart home platforms, including HomeKit. Nanocell and ThinQ technologies utilize A.I. and a powerful image processor to offer vivid colors and great image quality. $697 at Amazon Top of the line LG E9 OLED65E9PUA LG's E9 series offers some of the best visuals around thanks to its gorgeous OLED screen. This display technology enables true blacks, and "infinite" contrast...

Jim Henson Co. to bring puppet talk show to Disney+

Oct 25, 2019

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What you need to know "Earth to Ned" is a comedy talk show featuring puppets. Disney+ finally arrives on November 12. The launch date for the series hasn't been announced. Disney+ launches on Tuesday, November 12. A puppet talk show from Jim Henson Co. is set to arrive on Disney+, the Mouse House's upcoming premium streaming service. The half-hour comedy "Earth to Ned" will feature an alien and his lieutenant that interviews celebrity guests, according to The Hollywood Reporter. According to Disney+,"the comedy follows Ned, a blue-skinned alien, and his lieutenant Cornelius, who were sent to scout Earth for an eventual invasion — but instead became obsessed with popular culture. Now they host a talk show, broadcast from the bridge of their spaceship hidden deep underground, where they interview our most precious commodity — celebrities — to talk about Ned's current pop culture obsessions. Ned will be bringing real-life celebrity guests to his ship from across the...

The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch might not look as good, but it's portable

Oct 25, 2019

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Take your Witcher quests with you wherever you go. After several months of waiting, the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt finally made its way onto the Nintendo Switch. The game originally released in 2015 and has already been on all of the other main platforms including PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It was such a popular game that it won over 250 Game of the Year awards. As the name implies, this is the third game in the series and continues the story where the sequel left off. You take on the role of Geralt of Rivia, a mercenary who uses magic, swords, and quick thinking to get himself out of tough situations while also adding coins to his purse. The Witcher 3 has Geralt searching for his adoptive daughter, Ciri, who is a witcher like himself. War and terrible monsters plague the land. It's up to you to decide what quests to take and what political situations to get entangled in. Due to the lower graphics abilities of the Switch, many have criticized the visuals of this version. As you can tell fro...

Does local wireless play on Nintendo Switch hurt my battery life?

Oct 25, 2019

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Best answer: Yes. Battery drains just a bit faster with a local wireless network running on the Nintendo Switch, and can drain even faster depending on how you're using it. The best battery pack: Anker PowerCore 20100 Battery Pack ($50 at Amazon) Cheaper, but still good: RAVPower 16750 Battery Pack ($30 at Amazon) How do you create a local wireless network on the Nintendo Switch? Creating a local wireless network on the Nintendo Switch only happens for one reason: you're trying to play a game locally with someone on another Nintendo Switch. Many multiplayer games include the option for local wireless play with other Switch systems, and by choosing this option, the hosting Nintendo Switch effectively creates a limited local wireless network that only other Nintendo Switches can connect to. There's no way to create this network for use by other devices or independently of local wireless gameplay, so don't get any ideas! How much battery life does it drain? I tested local wireless ...

Arlo app updated with Dark Mode and more

Oct 25, 2019

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What you need to know The Arlo app has been updated to version 2.1.0. The update adds Dark Mode support. Improved two-step veriication is also included. Now you can see all of your cameras in Dark Mode. Following the announcement that some Arlo cameras now support HomeKit, the Arlo app has also been updated. Along with the HomeKit improvements the update also brings Dark Mode support for the first time. The inclusion of Dark Mode support means people can make using the app easier on the eyes during the night time, according to the release notes. Those same release notes (via 9to5Mac) also mention unspecified improvements to how two-step verification is handled – something that's important for an app that gives people complete access to your home security camera system. New Features: Dark Mode for iOS 13 has arrived! Enabled from iOS system settings, streaming a camera or checking a video recording is easier on your eyes with Dark Mode, especially at night. We've al...

Check out new music, exclusives, and more on Apple Music this week!

Oct 25, 2019

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Each week we'll bring you the best radio shows, playlists, and exclusives that Apple Music has to offer! Apple Music has a plethora of content that goes up each week for you to discover. Whether it's exclusive interviews with artists, cool new music videos, awesome radio shows on Beats 1, or, of course, new music, there's a ton of stuff for you to listen to each week. While it would be impossible for me to tell you about everything new, here's some of what caught my eye on Apple Music this week. Sweet Music Apple Music From $4.99 at Apple Apple Music Review Apple Music FAQ iCloud Music Library Ultimate Guide Apple Music help Apple Music discussion Exclusives This week, check out an exclusive interview between Zane Lowe of Beats 1 and legendary artist Kayne West about his newest album Jesus is King. Kayne opens up about his new album and how he's trying to live out his Christian faith in is personal and professional life. Listen to the interview - Check it out! Listen to the...

Your older iPhone can still do Night mode photos with these apps

Oct 25, 2019

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These apps help you get the Night mode effect, even on your older iPhones for much less than an iPhone 11. Since Apple added Night mode to the iPhone 11 series, a lot of us have been praising this new camera feature. It has finally made it possible to get amazing low-light shots in complete darkness. But what if you are using an older iPhone that is sans Night mode, and don't plan on upgrading right now? Don't worry, there are some useful apps out there that will help you capture great Night mode photos without having to drop a few hundred dollars. NeuralCam Night Camera HD NightCap ProCam Cortex Camera NeuralCam NeuralCam only came out recently, but it's definitely earned a spot on this list because it's one of the better options out there. What NeuralCam does is blend computational photography and machine learning to bring the most out of your low-light photos. The app captures a certain number of frames as you hold the phone steady for a few seconds. Then it uses advanced im...

'For All Mankind' will start shooting its second season next month

Oct 25, 2019

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What you need to know "For All Mankind" actor Joel Kinnaman was interviewed on a podcast. He confirmed that season two begins fiming in the next two weeks. He also outlined how the show came to be with "Mad Men" being the inspiration. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long after watching season one. When Apple TV+ kicks off next week there's one show that I'm particularly looking forward to. "For All Mankind" promises to be quite the ride and star Joel Kinnaman says that the second season will begin shooting soon. Very soon. Speaking with Variety and iHeart's "The Big Ticket" podcast , Kinnaman said that shooting begins as soon as two weeks time. They start shooting the second season in a couple of weeks. "I'm amazed at what they've created," Kinnaman said, adding, "They've done an incredible job with it and it's just been such a pleasure shooting. I don't think I've been this excited to show something that I've done to people." That's great news. We'd already heard that t...

Would you pay $1.75 million for an Apple-1?

Oct 25, 2019

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What you need to know An Apple-1 is available on eBay. It has a BIN of $1.75m but you can make an offer if you'd like. It's said to be in "almost perfect condition." A little piece of history for a lot of money. It isn't every day that a piece of Apple history becomes available to buy but that's the case right now. If you're willing to spend around $1.75 million, that is. If you mosey on over to eBay you can take a look at what might the best Apple-1 I've ever seen. Its seller says that its in "almost perfect condition" which probably explains why it's listed for almost three times the usual going rate. This is truly a first for eBay. This is a verified fully operational original Apple-1 computer system in excellent condition in its original Byte Shop KOA wood case, with original power supply and Datanetics Version D keyboard. This Apple-1 is an unmodified NTI board in almost perfect condition on both front and back of the main board where you can see there have been no modif...

Get Rosalina and Diddy Kong in Mario Kart Tour

Oct 25, 2019

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There are several things that you can purchase in Mario Kart Tour using real money, however, these purchases aren't mandatory for playing the game. I've absolutely loved playing Mario Kart Tour on my smartphone since its release. The races are short, the tracks are fun, and I love being able to play as my favorite characters. If you've been playing for a while you've probably noticed that every driver, kart, and glider have special perks on specific courses. For that reason, you'll want to collect as many of them as you can to get better scores and thus increase your global ranking. In order to acquire gear and characters, you'll need to obtain and spend coins as well as rubies within the app. You can go about collecting these forms of in-game currency by playing through the courses and completing challenges. Or you can dip into your wallet and spend real-world money to acquire gear, rubies, and drivers from Special Offers in the Shop. Here's a list of all of the things you can spe...

The Master & Dynamic MW07 Go is priced right but money isn't everything

Oct 25, 2019

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The MW07 Go is the lowest-priced Master & Dynamic wireless headphones you can get, but a little extra money could get you more features. New York-based Master & Dynamic is known for creating high-quality audio products that stand the test of time thanks to the materials it has painstakingly chosen for its entire lineup of headphones, earphones, and speakers. Buttery leather, lambskin, and premium metals, however, have priced many would-be buyers out of the company's reach. Until now, perhaps. The recently released MW07 Go truly wireless earphones mainly cater to consumers who like the AirPods concept, but either dislikes the Apple design or have difficulties wearing the white sticks. Primarily based on the MW07 earphones first introduced in 2018, the MW07 Go arrived this fall alongside the MW07 Plus earphones, which serves as a more natural successor to the original MW07. That double-launch, unfortunately, could prove troubling for the MW07 Go, as I'll explain below. A M...

Cast your vote for the best products of the year for the Future Tech Awards

Oct 25, 2019

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Let us know which products wowed you in 2019! Technology is expanding and advancing at a faster rate than ever before. There were dozens of incredible new computers, phones, speakers, games, and home automations launched in 2019. With the end of the year drawing closer, we're celebrating with the announcement of the Future Tech Awards ceremony on January 8, 2020. The Future Tech Awards recognize the best people, products, and services from across the U.S. technology sector. We're asking iMore readers, to vote on the best products and professionals in multiple categories to help us honor the ground-breaking innovations of this year. There are four prizes that make up the Future Tech Awards: Future Choice - The best products, as voted for by Future Tech's editorial committee. Reader's Choice - The best products as voted for by Future Tech's readers (that's you!). Future 50 - The top 50 tech people, across five key tech industry categories. Tech Hall of Fame - Decorated industry vet...

Apple Watch Series 5 now available in Korea, Thailand and Brazil

Oct 25, 2019

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In Brazil it'll set you back $996! What you need to know The Apple Watch series 5 has been released in three new countries Now available in Brazil, Korea and Thailand. The prize in Brazil is significantly higher at R$3,999 ($996). Apple has launched its the Apple Watch Series 5 in 3 new countries. The latest iteration of Apple Watch is now available in Brazil, Korea and Thailand. Prices in Korea and Thailand seem to match roughly with the US, however in Brazil the Apple Watch Series 5 will set you back R$3,999, a whopping $996. Apple Watch Series 5 brings a host of improvements including fall detection and an always on display! If you're still on the fence about the Apple Watch Series 5, check out Rene Ritchie's review after one whole month with it here!...

Learn how to grow your website's traffic with this $25 Google SEO bundle

Oct 25, 2019

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You don’t need to work in the marketing department at Facebook in order to understand just how important SEO practices are when it comes to promoting your website. Whether you’re trying to hit the top of Google’s search rankings or increase conversions, maximizing your website’s traffic is paramount. The Complete 2020 Google SEO & Growth Hacking Bundle will teach you everything you need to know about the latest SEO tools and tricks, and it’s available for over 95% off at just $25. With seven courses and over 40 hours of training, this bundle will help you drive more traffic to your site through strategic SEO campaigns that focus on Facebook, Google, and more. You’ll learn how to bring new leads to your site through specialized promotion techniques, create more effective copywriting campaigns that engage new audiences, place links in competing environments in order to drive more traffic to your page, and more. There’s also in...

5 new titles added to Apple Arcade

Oct 25, 2019

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There's also Hogwash and Tales of Memo What you need to know Apple has added 5 new titles to Apple Arcade. Titles are Fallen Knight, Yaga, Lifelike, Tales of Memo, Hogwash. Brings total games library up to 89. Apple has added 5 more titles to its Apple Arcade Subscription service, as it edges ever closer to the promised total of over 100 titles. The first new game is Fair Play Studios' Fallen Knight, where you play as a knight of the round table in a side-scrolling, futuristic platform game, where you try to stop a terrorist organization. Next up is Yaga from Versus Evil, an RPG about a one-handed blacksmith named Ivan. It features Slavic folklore, ancient Pagan references and a Romanian hip-hop soundtrack. Lifelike from Kunabi Bros is a hypnotic game designed to calm players who control a strange, jelly-fish looking creature. Tales of Memo by Ten Days is a puzzle based memory game. Finally, there's Hogwash from Bossa Studios where users take on other players in a race to pro...

iPhone doesn't have an SD card slot, but you can use a flash drive instead!

Oct 25, 2019

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If you're looking to save some space, add some new music to your device, or plan to move a large file, having a flash drive that works with your iPhone is great. There are dozens of iPhone flash drive options to choose from online, and we've highlighted our favorites that give you the most bang for your buck. Here are the best flash drives for backing up your iPhone. Unless otherwise noted, each of the flash drives below has a storage capacity of 128GB. Best for Most EATOP iPhone Memory Stick Staff Favorite The EATOP iPhone Memory Stick is an efficient and affordable memory stick with 128GB of storage space. It comes in black, gold, rose gold, and silver color options and has a Lightning plug and a USB side that can be used with the simple flick of its switch. $22 at Amazon Rugged HooToo iPhone iPad flash drive If you're looking for an iPhone flash drive that transfers your files super fast and is built to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life, the HooToo iPhon...

Scary Halloween ideas for your next holiday party

Oct 25, 2019

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🎶 Spooky scary skeletons plan Halloween parties divine 🎶: here's how to create yours! 💀 Halloween can be an unusually stressful time of year, especially if you have a party to plan, a costume to pick out, cobwebs to hang, and creepy-crawly shenanigans to embrace! Here are some quick tips, apps, and gadgets you can use to plan the perfect Halloween extrava-ghoul-za! Todoist Tasty EventBrite Horror Movie Classics AtmosFX The Perfect Costume Todoist Plan, decorate, and organize your perfect Halloween party in a pinch with Todoist, a task management app that helps you keep your head on straight (until you get to the party and have it fall off in front of everyone — that would be a killer Halloween party trick). With Todoist, you can create spooky lists to help sort your to-dos, from picking up punch to grabbing the scariest, creepiest mask for your costume, set up dates and reminders to make sure you never forget important deadlines like paying the co...

Amex launches 30,000 point bonus and credit with Away luggage

Oct 25, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. What you need to know Amex has launched a new limited-time offer on its American Express® Green Card. Earn 30,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $2,000 on purchases. Receive up to $100 in statement credits towards purchases with Away travel. Amex is getting and giving green with its newest revamped card. American Express keeps bringing new features and benefits to its credit card lineup. Recently, the company has rolled out new perks for its American Express Green Card as well as a limited-time offer with Away Luggage. Rachel Stocks, executive vice president of Global Premium Products & Benefits, details the reason for the reimagining of the iconic card: "The Green Card (Amex Green Card) was introduced 50 years ago, to meet consumer needs as the travel industry took off. Today, we are reimagi...

Investor's note predicts $90 billion record holiday quarter for Apple

Oct 25, 2019

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Cowen cites increased iPhone demand and strong service performance. What you need to know Analyst firm Cowen predicts Apple could post a record $90 billion in earnings for Q4 The optimistic prediction is based on increased iPhone 11 demand and strong peformance of services. Says iPhone production could reach 69 million for the quarter. An Investor note from Cowen seen by AppleInsider predicts that Apple could post a record $90 billion in earnings for Q4. The prediction is based on strong iPhone 11 demand, along with growing services. According to the report: "Recent... third party data suggests the recent price cut to the XR model and newly launched 11 are seeing healthy demand," says the investor note. "Continued expansion in the iPhone trade-in program and 0% financing options are also expected to play a part in improving affordability." "We think gaming driven revenues in China are likely now normalized after the catchup in game approvals earlier in the year and could ...

Organize your photos with albums and libraries in the Photos app on Mac

Oct 25, 2019

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How do I use albums and libraries in Photos for Mac? We take a lot of photos with our iPhones and even DSLRs and other cameras. Photos are great for capturing memories with others, or when you just want to get a snapshot of something beautiful. Photos on Mac can help you keep all of your photos in one place, and even help you organize them. How to add pictures and videos to albums How to organize albums and folders How to use smart albums How to navigate Photos for Mac faster with the sidebar How to navigate moments, collections, and year views How to navigate through Years, Months, and Days in macOS Catalina How to create a new library How to switch between libraries in Photos for Mac How to move your Photos library to an external hard drive How to add pictures and videos to albums If you have a lot of photos and videos, one of the simplest and easiest ways to start organizing everything is to make use of albums, especially when you give them good names. And if you use iCloud Pho...

Drift into the lead in Mario Kart Tour with these helpful tips

Oct 25, 2019

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Best answer: Mario Kart Tour racers can drift using one of two modes: default and manual drift. Players control their racers by swiping in the direction they wish to turn, and holding. While drifting looks pretty awesome, it can give you much needed boosts with proper timing and propel you to the finish line. Mobile kart racing: Mario Kart Tour for iOS (Free on the App Store) Ride on: Mario Kart Tour for Android (Free on the Google Play Store) Drifting toward victory Following in the footsteps of previous Nintendo IPs like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Dr. Mario World, Mario Kart Tour entered the mobile gaming race, and that means it's time to get your game face on. That's right; you can have the fun of Mario Kart without needing a console. You do, however, need an iOS or Android phone to feel the need for speed. Pump the breaks for a second, though. Mario Kart Tour isn't like any of the previous entries. Unlike your typical console Mario Kart, players only need one finger to s...

Square announces free stock trading on Cash App, start with just $1

Oct 25, 2019

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Buy one share, or a fraction of a share instantly and for free! What you need to know Square has announced free stock trading on its Cash App for iOS and Android. Users will be able to buy shares, or fractions of shares for as little as $1 Cash App will be the first platform to support both free trading and fractional share buying. Square has announced it is bringing free stock trading to Cash App, allowing users to buy and sell shares, or fractions of shares. Announced on Twitter yesterday, Cash App said: You don't need to buy an entire share to make your first investment. With Cash App, you can own a piece of hundreds of different stocks, including the most expensive stock on the market, Berkshire Hathaway Class A, which regularly trades above $300,000 per share. Introducing #CashAppInvesting. Now you can instantly buy stock in your favorite companies with as little as $1 with Cash App. 📈 pic.twitter.com/H5vEsqEPKX— Cash App (@CashApp) October 24, 2019 The fe...

Could full mouse support pave the way for hard-core gaming on iPad?

Oct 25, 2019

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But could it cloud the space between MacBook and iPad? What you need to know An analyst says full mouse support for the iPad could be "a game-changer". He says mouse support would be Apple's first foray into hard-core gaming. Says Apple Arcade is a big step, but still aimed at casual gamers BayStreet analyst Cliff Maldonado says that if Apple was to enable full mouse support for the iPad it could mark Apple's first foray into hard-core gaming. According to a report from CNET, Maldonado echoed Apple's sentiment that the iPad is becoming a PC, and postulated as to how improved mouse support for the iPad could revolutionize gaming on the tablet: "It's a game-changer ... To me, it's Apple executing a vision of 'we want the iPad to be as good and as powerful as the MacBook.'.. There are three types of gaming: PC gaming, console gaming and mobile gaming," he said. "Apple could have a PC gaming play with the iPad with the mouse and the chips prowess they have, the way they're moving ...

A 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with advantages, trade-offs, and questions

Oct 25, 2019

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A 16-inch MacBook Pro released right now comes with both advantages and trade-offs. While it has yet to appear, Apple is heavily rumored to be producing a 16-inch variant of the MacBook Pro. This would be the first new screen size added to the MacBook Pro lineup since the introduction of the 13-inch model in 2009. It would also be the largest display on a MacBook Pro since Apple discontinued the 17-inch model in 2012. A recent code-diving expedition unearthed what appeared to be an icon of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, so we may have gotten our first (kind of) look at this thing. It doesn't look that different from the current 15-inch MacBook Pro, and that can actually be both good and bad. Here's how I think it could break down. The Good: Bigger screen without a bigger MacBook If the image that appeared in the macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta is indeed a 16-inch MacBook Pro, it would appear that the laptop isn't getting a bigger footprint, or at least not much bigger. Instead, it appears...

Fly into first place in Mario Kart Tour with these sweet gliders

Oct 25, 2019

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Each glider provides a different perk. Now that you've downloaded Mario Kart Tour and have played a few rounds, the competitive racing can really begin. In order to get ahead of your fellow racers, you're going to want to take advantage of the best gear for each course. Mario Kart Tour assigns different perks to each kart, driver, and glider. For instance, each glider has a special skill, which typically results in a specific item showing up more often as you race. Additionally, gliders provide bonus points on specific courses. You'll want to take advantage of this system and mix and match your glider, driver, and kart if you want to get better global scores. Undoubtedly, Nintendo will be adding more gliders to this list as time goes on. We'll update it regularly to keep up. Here's our complete list of every glider in Mario Kart Tour along with its special skill and the list of tracks that it can receive bonus points on. More: Everything we know about Mario Kart Tour The Gliders ...

Your iPhone 8 Plus screen isn't scratch-proof — get a screen protector!

Oct 19, 2019

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The iPhone 8 Plus has a beautiful, big screen, and if you went through the trouble of buying it, chances are you want to keep that screen in pristine condition. One of the best ways to avoid scratches and scuffs on your display is to invest in a screen protector. Remember, the iPhone 8 Plus screen size is the same as the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6s Plus, so the screen protectors are interchangeable. Here are our favorite tempered glass screen protectors for your iPhone 8 Plus! Our pick Spigen tempered glass screen protector Staff Favorite Spigen's tempered glass screen protector is covered in an oleophobic coating to protect the screen protector from getting covered with fingerprints. Plus, if you typically use a case that has a lip around the front of the phone, Spigen's screen protector is just a tad smaller than the front glass. So, it's compatible with all cases. The auto-alignment kit makes installation foolproof. $12 at Amazon Best value Supershieldz HD...

These AirPod alternatives offer superb audio and battery life for $40

Oct 19, 2019

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Smartphone manufacturers are slowly but surely removing headphone jacks from their flagship models, and soon enough, your reliable wired headphones will be obsolete. Luckily, Bluetooth earbuds are more accessible than ever, and popular choices like the Apple AirPods dominate the market. Not just anyone can buy a pricey pair of AirPods though, but you can get these AirPods alternatives for just $40. The AirSounds Pro is a pair of true wireless Bluetooth earbuds featuring an AirPods-inspired design. They offer great sound quality for a fraction of the AirPods’ price, and they use Bluetooth 5.0 to deliver up to 33 feet of operating range. They deliver 4 hours of battery life, which is perfect for gym sessions and office usage. However, these wouldn’t be true AirPods alternatives without a charging case; the included case offers an additional 8 hours of battery life and can even be charged wirelessly. The headphone jack apocalypse is already here, but you can stay ahead of ...

MediaLab acquisition saves Kik messenger from shutdown

Oct 19, 2019

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"We believe that Kik's best days remain ahead of it" What you need to know MediaLab has acquired Kik Messenger, and has announced that Kik Messenger is here to stay. MediaLab has agreed an acquisition with Kik interactive to acquire the service. It had previously been announced that the service would close as its parent company focused on Cryptocurrency. MediaLab has announced the acquisition of Kik Messenger from Kik Interactive, and the news that it plans to keep Kik Messenger running! Kik's parent company had previously announced plans to shut down the app to focus on cryptocurrency. Now it seems, Kik is here to stay. MediaLab is a holding company that owns several internet brands including Whisper and Datpiff. Speaking as to the motivation to purchase Kik is said: Whether it be a passion for an obscure manga or your favorite football team, Kik has shown an incredible ability to provide a platform for new friendships to be forged through your mobile phone. As a group of non...

iMore show 678: Social Politeness

Oct 19, 2019

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The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple! Google announced a wide range of products this week — many of which inspire comparison to those in Apple's ecosystem. This provides a springboard for Rene Ritchie, Lory Gil, and Georgia Dow to riff on privacy issues in public and your own home. They also talk AirPods Pro rumors and Lory has been testing the Beats Solo Pro. Additionally, Rene resets our expectations for an iPhone SE 2. What will it be or not be? The crew round out the show with the possibility of an Apple TV jailbreak and a support document from Apple that tells you how to wear your watch. Listen now Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Watch now Show notes Google's Pixel event AirPods Pro coming soon? Beats Solo Pro iPhone SE 2 (NOT!) Is an Apple TV jailbreak possible? Are you wearing your Apple Watch wrong? Sponsors Zapier: Connect Your Apps and A...

Dry your hair faster and smarter with an infrared hair dryer

Oct 19, 2019

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Infrared, or far infrared, hairdryers use longer wavelengths to penetrate the hair shaft and heat it from the inside out. This means that infrared dryers need less heat to dry your hair quickly and efficiently. Less heat and shorter dry time mean less damage and frizz. Our overall favorite is the Xlinder 1875W Professional Salon Infrared Hair Dryer, which comes with three attachments at a reasonable price point. Best Overall: Xlinder 1875W Professional Salon Infrared Hair Dryer This 1875-watt far infrared hair dryer uses negative ions for a fast dry time with less heat. The long-life AC motor is made to last. Two-speed settings that are separate from the three heat settings give you flexibility. There is a cool shot button to set your style. Included attachments are a diffuser, a concentrator, and a straightening comb. This dryer weighs 2.4 pounds. Pros: 1875 watts Separate heat and speed controls Comes with a diffuser, a concentrator, and a straightening comb Cons: On the hea...

Subscription comes to Twitch on iOS, but it will cost you more than usual

Oct 19, 2019

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Apple's 30% digital cut is to blame... What you need to know Twitch users on iOS can now subscribe directly within the app. Subscription is bought through iOS Sub Tokens, redeemable for a one-month tier 1 subscription. Because Apple takes 30% of digital revenue, these cost $5.99 so that streamers don't lose money. Twich has rolled out subscriptions to users of its service on iOS, however the pricing could leave a sour taste in the mouth of users. Twitch announced the launch of the feature on its blog yesterday, after the feature was revealed at TwichCon San Diego. As per the release: Until now, viewers on iOS weren't able to subscribe to their favorite channels from the Twitch mobile app. That changes today with the launch of iOS Sub Tokens. Starting NOW, viewers on iOS can subscribe to any Partner or Affiliate channel directly from the Twitch iOS app. Subscriptions on iOS work a little differently than on desktop, so here's everything you need to know:Viewers can purcha...

Developer successfully burns CD with... an Apple Watch?

Oct 19, 2019

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Yes, you are reading that correctly. What you need to know A developer has managed to burn a CD using an Apple Watch. Niles Mitchell used Rumpus, an FTP server and a web file manager to accomplish the feat. This is not an advertised feature of the Apple Watch. App developer and AppleScript expert Niles Mitchell has published a video to Youtube, in which he successfully burns a CD using... an Apple Watch. As absurd as that sounds, Mitchell uploaded a full video documenting the process. Granted, there's quite a few hoops to jump through. Essentially, Micthell used Rumpus, and FTP server app, and a web file manager. He sent an IP address to a web page containing a blank CD to himself in iMessage, Siri was used to create some blank folders. Then it was just a case of heading to the settings icon and selecting "Burn". Voila. Still don't believe us, check out the full video below! Of course, this is not an advertised feature of the Apple Watch. Although I would love to see this ma...

House of Representatives will report on antitrust probe in early 2020

Oct 19, 2019

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google don't have long to wait What you need to know The House of Representatives will report on its antitrust probe in early 2020. Chair of the Panel David Cicilline revealed the timeline on Friday. Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are the firms under scrutiny, initial submissions have already begun. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will deliver its final report on its antitrust probe in early 2020, according to reports. According to Reuters during a hearing on Friday, chair of the panel Rep. David Cicilline said: "Our hope is to conclude our evidence collection end of this year, beginning of next year with the idea that we will have a final report, instead of recommendations in the first part of next year," Cicilline was speaking at a hearing on the effect of consumer data collection on online competition, alongside Rohit Chopra, Commissioner of the Federal Trade commission. Whilst the probe essentially seeks to determine whet...

AOC and Ted Cruz wade into Apple's China censorship debate

Oct 19, 2019

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An open letter described the move as "deeply concerning" What you need to know Senators and representatives have written to Tim cook expressing concern over Hong Kong mapping app. The letter describes the move by Apple as "deeply concerning." Apple removed HKmap.live from the App Store after reportedly seeing evidence it was used to target police. A report from Bloomberg via 9to5Mac has revealed that representatives and senators have written an open letter to Tim Cook over Apple's decision to remove controversial app HKmap.live from its App Store Apple caused global outcry following its decision to remove HKmap.live from its App Store earlier this month, despite claims it had received evidence the app was being used to target police in Hong Kong. Now, the saga has taken a fresh turn after senators and representatives wrote to Apple expressing concern over the decision. The letter was signed by Ted Cruz, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Mike Gallagher,...

Apple complaint seeks to stop relitigation in IXI Mobile patent case

Oct 19, 2019

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iPhone's Personal Hotspot feature is in the spotlight What you need to know Apple has filed a complaint with the District Court in California. The complaint seeks to prevent IXI Mobile relitigating a case dating back to 2014. The case centers around Personal Hotspot, which allegedly infrings an IXI Mobile patent. Apple has filed a complaint with the U.S District Court in Northern California, seeking to prevent Israeli mobile firm IXI Mobile relitigating a patent infringement case dating back to 2014. Accorindg to the report from AppleInsider In 2014, IXI sued Apple in New York court, claiming devices that incorporate personal hotspot capabilities infringe on claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,039,033 for a "System, device and computer readable medium for providing a managed wireless network using short-range radio signals." Also cited as infringed were certain claims from patent Nos. 7,295,532, 7,426,398 and 7,016,648. IXI leveled similar patent infringement claims against Samsung an...

Beats Solo Pro first-look: Like HomePods on my ears

Oct 18, 2019

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Apple recently launched a new product in the Beats Solo line. I've been testing the Pros for a couple of days and have my first impressions. Since the launch of the Powerbeats Pro, I've been excited about the direction that Beats are being taken. No longer are we listening to bass-heavy tunes that muddle the clarity of some of our favorite guitar riffs. The Powerbeats Pro are my new favorite in-ear headphones, so when the Solo Pro active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones were announced, I was very excited to see what else could come from the Beats line. I've been testing the Beats Solo Pro headphones for just a few days, but I already have some strong opinions. I'll have a full review of them coming soon, complete with a comparison against the Powerbeats Pro and the Beats Solo3, but for now, let me share my first impressions. Isolated audio Beats Solo Pro $300 at Apple Similar Solo design. New ANC sound. Beats Solo has gone Pro and brought with it active noise cancelling, Lig...

Spooky things are appearing in October's Community Day on Wizards Unite!

Oct 18, 2019

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Community days in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite are designed to bring players together out in the world to achieve goals and maybe score some extra goodies in the process. They normally last around three hours in different parts of the world every month, and they tend to have bonuses like extra spawns, free energy, as well as extra potion effects. October 2019: On October 19, you'll have a chance to level up extra-quickly by battling ominous Oddities while also earning extra Dark Arts Runestones, which will come in handy later this month on Halloween. Event Date and Time The way the event times work has changed. Now, instead of separate regions having different times, everyone will get the event between 11 am and 2 pm local time on October 19, 2019 Event Features Werewolf, Vampire, and Doxy Oddities will appear more often Werewolf, Vampire, and Doxy Oddities have the chance to reward Dark Arts Runestones Tonic for Trace Detection will only reveal Werewolf, Vampire, and Doxy...

Beats Studio3, Solo3, and BeatsX get new colors

Oct 18, 2019

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What you need to know The new Camo Collection has landed. Both BeatsX and Studio3 get two new colors. The color options continue to grow. We're spoilt for choice. Never ones to sit on stagnant color choices Beats has now updated a couple of its ranges. The BeatsX and Studio 3 Wireless have now gained new options. Starting with the Studio 3 Wireless we have a new Camo Collection (via MacRumors). The new options are functionally identical to existing colors, meaning the W1 chip and 22 hours of battery life are present. The same $349 price point remains, too. The Satin Collection is back in the Solo3 Wireless Headphones, too. Satin Silver and Satin Gold join the existing colors, the former of which is a personal favorite. You get the Apple H1 chip and a solid 40 hours of battery life for $199.95. The BeatsX sees the return of the old Defiant collection with Black and Red available - no matter which color yuou go for they'll be costing costing $99.95. Continuing the music theme A...

Embark on a fulfilling journey in these amazing Apple Arcade RPG games

Oct 18, 2019

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Itching for a new RPG adventure to play on Apple Arcade? Here are your best options. Apple Arcade is a separate gaming subscription service that offers players hundreds of premium, high-quality titles for one low, flat rate each month. With Apple Arcade, you have unlimited access to all of these games as long as the subscription is active, and there is a lot of titles for pretty much everyone. What are the best RPG games you can download? Here are some of our favorites! Get your game on! Apple Arcade $4.99 per month from Apple Hundreds of games, one price Apple Arcade features over a hundred premium games with more added regularly. There is something here for everyone, and it costs less than your morning coffee! THE BEST Oceanhorn II: Knights of the Lost Realm Studio: Cornfox & Brothers Ltd. Age rating: 9+ Use a gamepad? Yes Oceanhorn is an action RPG that is heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda games. In fact, if you just glance at Oceanhorn, you would probably ...

Best Pokémon Go tips and tricks for October 2019

Oct 18, 2019

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What are the best Pokémon Go tips and tricks? Here are all the latest! I've been playing Pokémon Go since it launched. I've almost got enough experience points to have reached level 40 — twice. I've completed my regional Pokédex for Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn, and have beaten over 1000 Raids. Over the last couple of years, levels, events, and encounters, I've picked up a few tips and tricks that have helped me immensely. It's the stuff I know now that I wish I knew back when I started. Heck, I wish I knew some of it back when I hit level 30! Check out these Pokémon Go cheats as well! Special Research: How to finish Raid tasks fast Some of the Special Research Tasks, including two for the Let's Go, Meltan task, require you to complete several Raids to proceed. That can take time, especially if you have to find the raids, and need to find help to complete them. The good news is: You don't have to complete them. All the task wants is your Raid pass. G...

Pokémon Go Wayfarer Guide: Now you get to choose Pokéstops!

Oct 18, 2019

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Wayfarer is currently only available to level 10+ Ingress players and level 40 Pokémon Go Players in select countries but you can still prepare for the eventual global roll out! Niantic recently released a new tool called Wayfarer, which allows eligible players across some of its apps to nominate and review submissions for Portals and Pokéstops. At the moment, this tool is only available for level 10+ Ingress players and level 40 Canadian and German Pokémon Go Players but Niantic has promised to release the tool globally by the end of the year. Are you one of the lucky few who can help build Niantic games? Here's what you need to know. What is Wayfarer? Who can use Wayfarer? How do I sign up? How do I submit a location? What is Wayfarer? Long before Niantic set the bar for real world AR games in Ingress and Pokémon Go, the company had its first app, Field Trip. Field Trip was built around the idea that local people could better tell others about the imp...

Grab your next Apple Watch band on the cheap

Oct 18, 2019

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If you're looking to pick up your next wristband or strap for your Apple Watch, you've come to the right place. Here, we have some solid choices that deliver elements like durability, style, and color options, all at an affordable price. The Fullmosa Silicone Band is the strap that truly comes through on all those attributes. If this one isn't your style, then you may find one of these other watch bands more appealing. Best Overall: Fullmosa Silicone Band Fullmosa has an interesting take with its wristband for the Apple Watch, as it uses an acid-resistant and non-toxic silicone. This silicone has a special dustproof oil coating that's great for repelling sweat. The silicone material on this band is soft and waterproof, which is perfect for those who hit the gym frequently. It doesn't feel swamp-like on your wrist from sweat accumulation during a workout, as seen with most rubber-based sport bands. It also has a built-in groove design to help dissipate moisture and improve airflow...

AT&T TV Now's newest plans are about to go up in price

Oct 18, 2019

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The bigger question is whether other streaming services will follow. What you need to know The two lowest plans on AT&T TV Now will increase starting Nov. 19 The "Plus" plan will be $65, and "Max" will be $80. AT&T TV Now's legacy plans also are going up. AT&T today confirmed to CordCutters that increases are coming to two of its newest streaming plans, as well as to four older players that aren't actually offered to new subscribers. Here's the gist: Folks got word of an an email announcing an upcoming price increase to the base "Plus" plan (which doesn't have the most channels but does include HBO), taking it from $50 a month to $65 a month. But that's just the start. The next step up — the "Max" plan, which adds a bunch of sports channels — is going from $70 a month to $80 a month. Other plans in the current scheme — Entertainment ($93), Choice ($110), Xtra ($124), Ultimate ($135) and the Spanish-language Optimo Mas ($86) are not affe...

How to catch Ditto in Pokémon Go in 2019

Oct 18, 2019

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If you're still trying to catch Mew, you're still working on catching Ditto. Good news: Now the new mythical Meltan form can help you out! Ditto is a Pokémon who can transform — essentially take on the appearance and attributes of other Pokémon. Although missing from the original release of Pokémon Go Gen 1, Ditto eventually found its way out into the world, hiding as Pidgy, Rattata, Zubat, and Magikarp. With Gen 2, Ditto also learned to hide as Sentra, Yanma, and Hoothoot, and Gen 3, as Zigzagoon and Taillow. Then, when Shiny Magikarp appeared, Ditto Magikarp disappeared. Now, just as Ditto has become a prerequisite for finding the mythical Mew, Ditto has added Whismur, Gulpin, Paras, and Remoraid to its repertoire as well, and for a brief time, Meltan as well. Pokemon Go often changes what Ditto will disguise itself as, so be sure to check back often for the latest list. So, come out, come out, wherever you are. It's time to play hunt and go catch! W...

Quanta reportedly supplying 'Autonomous Driving Solutions' to Apple

Oct 18, 2019

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What you need to know Quanta is reportedly providing Apple with "autonomous driving solutions." Apple has been working on self-driving tech for considerable time. The report comes from DigiTimes, so there's that. Apple isn't making autonomous driving tech all on its own. Apple is reportedly continuing to work towards some form of self-driving car technology with DigiTimes (via MacRumors) reporting that Taiwanese firm Quanta Computer is helping out. The paywalled site says that Apple is also expected to be on the lookout for more partnerships in this venture, with Quanta one that is supplying "autonomous driving solutions" already. With the test of its autonomous vehicle, Quanta is now able to prove its ability in designing an autonomous driving platform, which is expected to assist the company to obtain more partnerships, said the sources, adding that Quanta is currently one of the suppliers of Google's and Apple's autonomous driving solutions. Quanta has already said that i...

Four new titles come to Apple Arcade including PAC-MAN Party Royal

Oct 18, 2019

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'Manifold Garden', 'Ballistic Baseball' and 'Things That Go Bump' also added What you need to know Apple has added four more titles to Apple Arcade. Titles are 'Manifold Garden', 'PAC-MAN Party Royale', 'Ballistic Baseball', and 'Things That Go Bump'. Manifold Garden has been in development for 7 years, and is a 3.1GB download. Apple continues to bolster the roster of its already stellar Apple Arcade lineup. Today Apple has added four brand new titles to the service: 'Manifold Garden', 'PAC-MAN Party Royale', 'Ballistic Baseball', and 'Things That Go Bump.' Manifold Garden, created by William Chyr, has been in development for 7 years, and is a monster 3.1GB download. In the game you explore a vast world, solve puzzles and manipulate gravity. Things That Go Bump is a sidescroller which supports up to four players and has controller support, battle spirits in the night and use various objects to create new characters. Ballistic Baseball from Gameloft features cross play over i...

There's a problem with Apple Arcade on Apple TV

Oct 18, 2019

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There's much to already love about the newish Apple Arcade streaming service, from its robust selection of over 100 original games at launch to its availability across multiple platforms, including macOS, tvOS, iOS, and iPadOS. Plus, at just $4.99 per month with access for up to six family members, Apple Arcade is an inexpensive treat that keeps on giving for pennies a day. One of the advantages of being a part of the Apple ecosystem is Family Sharing. As we've previously noted, the perk lets you share iTunes, App Store, and Book purchases with everyone in your "Family" group, including subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple News+, the upcoming Apple TV+, and now, Apple Arcade. Game save progress in Apple Arcade is tied directly to a user's Game Center account. This requirement isn't a big deal on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad since most folks have their own devices, or on Mac, where you can go back and forth between different user accounts with relative ease. With the introduction of ...

Apple thinks you're wearing your Apple Watch wrong

Oct 18, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has a new support article explaining how to wear an Apple Watch. Apparently putting it on your wrist isn't enough. If the watch is ill-fitting the various sensors can't work correctly. "You're wearing it wrong.". People may have been wearing Apple Watch for more than four years at this point, but Apple still thinks that it needs to tell us all how to do it properly. The company published a new support document (spotted by Apple Insider explaining exactly how an Apple Watch should be worn. The lengthy article covers not only how Apple Watch should be worn, but also what materials went into making it. The various Apple Watch bands are also covered, so if you ever wondered what was in your fancy Link Bracelet, now you know. Spoiler, it's stainless steel. Apple makes it clear that it makes Apple Watch in a way that should reduce any reactions wearers might have, too. A great deal of care and research goes into choosing materials for all our devices. In...

Create stunning video and photo content using the best cameras

Oct 18, 2019

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Anyone in the digital space knows that good content is king. Unlike text, creating visual content is quite demanding. Quality videos and images have the power to attract and keep your target audience engaged. As a vlogger keen on building your food, travel, fashion, or tech brand, you ought to invest in a good vlogging camera. The camera you settle on depends on the environment and the type of content you create. To ease your search, we have put together a list of the best vlogging cameras available today. Compact performer Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Staff Favorite The G7 X is a member of the Canon PowerShot G-Series. The camera features a compact design with unequivocal performance. Its 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor balances the amount of light collected for stunning images and videos. It can shoot continuously up to 8fps in RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG mode. The camera's DIGIC 7 Image Processor keeps your subject in focus throughout the shoot, thanks to its detection an...

Get a lifetime of Disconnect VPN for as low as $20

Oct 18, 2019

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If you’re still surfing the web without the protection of a VPN, you’re leaving your devices open to an increasingly large number of powerful cyber attacks that can compromise everything from your browsing history to your banking information. But not all VPNs are created equal. Disconnect VPN is an award-winning service that protects your devices without compromising your browsing speed, and a lifetime subscription for five devices is available for over 90% off at just $39.99. This all-in-one VPN solution safeguards your privacy and data while letting you browse at full speed on all of your devices. You’ll be able to connect to a growing number of super-secure servers across the globe, keep your data and location away from both hackers and government agencies, and block trackers whenever you browse. Also available for one or three devices, this VPN even allows you to bypass those obnoxious content filters when you travel overseas—meaning you’ll be ab...

People are so desperate for a 16-inch MacBook they're seeing it everywhere

Oct 18, 2019

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This macOS Catalina rendering is definitely not real... or is it? What you need to know Alleged icon depictions of the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro are said to have been found in the macOS Catalina Beta. The images were supposedly discovered by French blog MacGeneration. However, Twitter users have been quick to point out the rendering looks awfully similar to the current 15-inch model. A very sketchy report today suggests that French blog MacGeneration has somehow discovered the renderings of a 16-inch MacBook Pro hidden in the beta of macOS Catalina. The find was reported with some scepticism (and rightly so) by MacRumors, as a possible clue to Apple's much rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro. However, the news was met with even more scepticisim on Twitter, with users pointing out the similarities between this leak and the current 15-inch Macbook. It seemed that, according to Guilherme Rambo, this was in fact just some optimized icons of the 15-inch MacBook pro. Well, for about 20 minut...

Take quick videos and burst photos on the iPhone 11

Oct 18, 2019

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Start taking video right away on your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro have a lot of updates centering around the camera systems, and not all of them involve the hardware. On Apple's latest iPhones, the Camera app works a little differently, introducing new features, including the new quick video feature. By holding down the camera's shutter button, you can start taking a video without even moving to video mode in the app first. This new feature necessitates a change in how burst photos are taken. Here's how to take quick videos and burst photos on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. How to take a quick video How to take burst photos How to take a quick video on iPhone 11 Open Camera on your iPhone. Tap and hold on the shutter button with the camera in Photo mode. Your video recording will now begin, and lifting your finger at this point will cause the video recording to stop. Swipe the recording button to the lock icon on the right. This will keep your r...

Your iPhone 11 Pro is naked — protect it with one of these cases

Oct 18, 2019

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The iPhone 11 Pro has officially been announced, and while it mostly looks a lot like the iPhone XS that came before it, there's a big difference: the camera. The new triple camera setup on the rear of the phone means you'll need a brand new case. Luckily, there's quite a fresh selection of cases ready to be ordered, and these are the best cases for the iPhone 11 Pro so far. Martial arts action Smartish Kung Fu Grip Staff Favorite The Kung Fu Grip case from Smartish features an especially-grippy texture to help you keep your hold on your iPhone, even through strenuous activity. $12 at Amazon Affordable protection URMax iPhone 11 Pro Case This affordable clear case keeps your iPhone protected while letting you continue to admire beautiful colors. $9 at Amazon Crystal clear Spigen Liquid Crystal Case This clear case that lets you get the full effect of your iPhone's color while keeping it protected, without taking up a lot of extra room. $11 at Amazon Get dancing S...

Facebook has a two-year plan to combat grooming and child exploitation

Oct 18, 2019

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Prevention over cure. What you need to know Facebook has a two-year plan to tackle grooming and child exploitation on its platforms Measures reported include flagging of profiles, and scanning photo comments for patterns of suspicious behaviour. Will also seek to redesign how users report inappropriate and illegal behaviour. A report from the Financial Times has detailed how Facebook plans to combat online grooming and child exploitation across its platforms over the next two years. According to the report, Facebook is seeking to balance its plan to encrypt messaging across its platforms with the need to monitor and prevent the exploitation of children. The report, via 9to5Mac quotes Antigone Davis, Facebook's global head of security: She said Facebook's goal was to shift from flagging and removing illegal content to preventing abusers from contacting potential victims in the first place. "When you find content, the problem with that is the harm has already been done. Ult...

Truly customize your iPhone with a Skinit Impact case

Oct 18, 2019

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Show your true colors with an officially licensed, personalized case. Skinit is known primarily for its custom decals, but the company also offers some pretty great cases. Your iPhone is practically an extension of you, shouldn't your case express something about your personality? Show off your love for a favorite team, school, movie, character, or theme of your choice. Skinit offers a huge range of licensed themes, plus you can create and upload your own completely custom design. Skinit Impact iPhone Case Price: $40 Bottom line: Let your personality shine through with this custom-made case. The Good Custom-made for you Tons of licensed brands Can create your own design Well-built, slim but protective case Wireless charging compatible The Bad No grippy textured edges See this case at Amazon See Skinit storefront at Amazon Custom de...

The Pokémon in your party will share battle experience in Sword and Shield

Oct 6, 2019

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Best answer: There won't be a specific item called Exp. Share in Pokémon Sword and Shield. However, Pokémon within your party will automatically receive an equal amount of experience during battle whether or not they participated in the fight. Blue Sword: Pokémon Sword ($60 pre-order at Amazon) Red Shield: Pokémon Shield ($60 pre-order at Amazon) What is Exp. Share? In the very first generation of Pokémon games, the only way for a Pokémon to receive any experience points was for them to participate in a battle. Old school players had to spend a lot of time battling with each Pokémon if they wanted them to level up. It also made it very hard to keep all your Pokémon equally leveled up as you journeyed. Starting with Gen 2, we finally got the Exp. Share item. This was a held item; when held by a specific Pokémon, it allowed the six Pokémon within your party to share the experience points obtained through a battle,...

I love the fashion-forward look of this protective case from Velvet Caviar

Oct 6, 2019

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This gorgeous case is no slouch in the protection department. I love a pretty case, but this is more than that. There are tons of fun, fashion-forward patterns from which to choose, but make no mistake: this is a sturdy, protective case to set your mind at ease. If you like having a grip on the back of your phone, you can purchase one of Velvet Caviar's ring grips to match (or contrast with) your case pattern. Velvet Caviar iPhone Case Price: $30 Bottom line: I immediately fell in love with this pretty, protective case. See at Amazon Velvet Caviar Cell Phone Ring Holder Price: $12 Bottom line: Get the matching (or not) ring grip for a more secure hold and a viewing kickstand. See at Ama...

How Tony Fadell made the iPod, convinced Steve Jobs to put it on Windows

Oct 6, 2019

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Tony Fadell was one of the senior vice presidents at Apple most responsible for shipping the original iPod. I was at the starting point of first 18 gens of iPod that shipped (& a few generations that didn’t ship). Was a team effort, but mainly technology driven since we could only deliver what we could push the tech to do.You are defined by what you do & also by what you don’t do. https://t.co/P3u11ZcmLm— Tony Fadell (@tfadell) October 6, 2019 Why does Fadell think the iPod went on to be so successful? The real reason why iPod & iPhone were successful was based on the market timing & the complete ground up design (HW+SW) That said, I pushed to ship the 1st iPod in <10 months. Long timelines are the death of daring projects inside (struggling) companies.We even surprised SJ! https://t.co/lnMHYG5BBh— Tony Fadell (@tfadell) October 6, 2019 Does Fadell wish he could go back and make any hardware changes to that original iPod? Not at all&hell...

Fighting Forces is coming soon featuring increased Oddities!

Oct 5, 2019

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Bookmark this page for all the details on Wizards Unite's first in-game event! Like Pokémon GO before it, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has regular events for its players to complete and, with some of the bigger events, go to and participate in. Right now in Wizards Unite, they are called Brilliant Events and they offer special shiny Foundables for your registry as well as special assignments for you to gain XP. These events are not always active, though they do appear in your registry a little time before the launch of the event. They are also particularly important as they give you restricted section books. In fact, they are the only source of these books currently, and you need the books to complete your Profession path especially if you want to be a Professor. This article is going to be a running primer of all the events, past and present, in Wizards Unite and will serve as your guide throughout them. We will try to include all the information we can and, with the help o...

Tim Cook has an “unlikely” relationship with Trump

Oct 5, 2019

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What you need to know Apple CEO Tim Cook has an "unlikely" relationship with Trump. Cook built a relationship with Trump and his family. Apple informs the White House if it is going to be critical of policy. Strange bedfwellows. When you run a company the size and wealth of Apple, making sure you keep presidents on-side is an important part of the job. The Wall Street Journal has a new report out which looks into how the relationship between Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Trump works. Cook has been able to elicit praise from Trump while also being critical of policy, something that not many other business leaders have been able to pull off. The report looks into the "unlikely" relationship between the two. The report does highlight that there were concerns within Apple that Trump would have an issue with the amount of business Apple does in China. Its products are largely made there, just like many technology companies. The month after his election, Mr. Trump summoned Mr. C...

The RemoBell S is an affordable video doorbell that covers all the bases

Oct 5, 2019

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This cost-effective video doorbell doesn't skimp on features, and it doesn't require a subscription. Video doorbells are one of the staples of the smart home, thanks to their ability to keep an eye on your packages and your home in a compact, easy to install package. Each doorbell has its own unique features and pricing structures, although they all offer some essential features. These features include 2-way communication for speaking to those at your door, notifications, and of course, video recording, and they deliver all of this from the comforts of an app. The RemoBell S Video Doorbell is an affordable alternative to the established players on the market, offering all of the connected doorbell basics with a low up-front cost, and no subscriptions. We recently set up RemoBell's offering, and we were happy to see that it provides everything as advertised, making it one to look for if you are shopping around for connected video doorbells. RemoBell S Video Doorbell ...

Rise up and put an end to neck pain with these monitor stands

Oct 5, 2019

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Desktop real estate often comes at a price. Either you have a cluttered workstation that is impossible to keep organized, or you're always looking for things you've had to move out of reach. That's where a monitor stand can help. Our favorite is the VIVO Dual Desk Mount because it pulls your monitors up and out of the way, so you gain more surface area. Best Overall: VIVO Dual Desk Mount This sleek model from VIVO attaches to the rear of almost any surface with a C-clamp or bolt-through grommet. Since it doesn't sit directly on your desk, it frees up tons of space. This model supports up to 22-pounds, and it works well for televisions and tablets too. You'll love the VIVO for its quality craftsmanship and thoughtful features. It can hold two 13-27-inch monitors, though it's a tight squeeze for two larger screens. Monitors can be positions vertically or horizontally, which is endlessly helpful. My sole complaint here is that you can't individually adjust the height of both monito...

This CompTIA certification training bundle is now just $18

Oct 5, 2019

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There’s never been a better time to work in IT. Companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 conglomerates and spanning all industries are scrambling to hire talented and trained professionals who can install, maintain and troubleshoot networks, and they’re paying these pros handsomely for their services. But if you want to land the best careers in the field you need to have the right training under your belt. The Complete 2019 CompTIA Certification Training Bundle will help you earn some of the most valuable certifications in the field, and it’s available for just $17.25 when you enter the coupon code LEARN75 at checkout. With 12 courses and over 200 hours of training, this in-depth bundle will help you earn some of the most relied-upon and in-demand certifications in IT. You’ll learn how to install servers, set up firewalls, anticipate threats to networks, troubleshoot a wide variety of IT problems, implement cloud computing elements and...

Wireless headphones that work with Nintendo Switch Lite

Oct 5, 2019

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If you're a Nintendo fan, you probably already know that the Switch and Switch Lite don't have Bluetooth. So, you can't connect any old pair of headphones to them. To go wireless on your travels, you'll need a special Bluetooth transmitter dongle and compatible earphones. We've gathered the best wireless headphones to use with the Switch Lite. See which one fits your lifestyle. All you need SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Headset Staff pick This headset comes with a Bluetooth transmitter adapter. You simply plug the dongle into the Switch Lite, and the wireless headphones will connect. $100 at Amazon The golden key HomeSpot Adapter Plug it into the Switch Lite, and then Bluetooth headphones should be able to connect. Low latency transmission headphones with aptX codecs work best. $40 at Amazon Long battery life Cowin SE7 These headphones come in six different colors, are comfy, offer 50 hours of playtime, and feature aptX Hi-Fi technology. They're pricey but worth it....

Looking for a minimal, slim wireless charger? Totallee's got you

Oct 5, 2019

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Totallee's wireless charger looks great on your desk or nightstand. Totallee's wireless charger is thin and aesthetically appealing, much like Totallee's popular cases. With its tweed cover and tasteful lightning bolt symbol, it looks good with just about any decor. It's a Qi charger, so you can use it with any iPhone from the iPhone 8 up to the current models. You can also use it for AirPods if you have the wireless charging case and any other Qi-enabled smartphone. Totallee Wireless Charger Price: $49 Bottom line: This slim, good-looking wireless Qi charger goes with just about any decor. See at Amazon See at Totallee The Good Slim wireless Qi charger Looks good with any decor Tweed cover prevents scratching Overheating and foriegn object detection The Bad Not fast-charging in my informal testing A fine-looking charger Totallee...

Users take to Apple's website to complain of early scratching on iPhone 11

Oct 5, 2019

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Painful viewing... What you need to know Apple support discussion thread suggests iPhone 11 could be prone to scratching Several users have taken to the forum with photos of their damaged iPhone 11. Many of the disgruntled customers claim their phones were scratched whilst inside their pockets. Following the launch of the iPhone 11, a discussion thread over on Apple Support is gaining significant traction over claims that the iPhone 11's screen seems to be particularly prone to scratching. First picked up by GottaBeMobile, the thread can be found over on Apple's communities page. In the iPhone hardware section one user posted the following: Iphone 11 screen scratches my wife and me have put our brand new iphones 11 inside our pocket pants and both screens get scratched the second day of use (mines right in the selfie camera, apple says "without mal function"...). Has someone experimented somethg similar? We are really dissapointed, apple only cares if you have bought "app...

Shiny hunters, you can turn off autosave in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Oct 5, 2019

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Best answer: Yes, Pokémon Sword and Shield Switch games will be the first core Pokémon games in the series to use autosave. It's good news for many players, but Shiny hunters might want to turn it off. Fortunately, you can choose to turn off autosave and rely on manual saves. Blue Sword: Pokémon Sword ($60 pre-order at Amazon) Red Shield: Pokémon Shield ($60 pre-order at Amazon) How will autosave change the way you play? In previous Pokémon RPGs, players had to go into the main menu and select save to record their progress. However, the director for Sword and Shield, Shigeru Ohmori, recently revealed to Game Informer that these games will automatically save as you play. We do have an autosave feature this time, where you can adventure, and it'll continuously save the game. Since the game will automatically save when you reach specific checkpoints or certain cut scenes, it's going to make playing through the game more convenient for the most...

Apple sued over "Sign in with Apple" patent infringement

Oct 5, 2019

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Developer Blix says it was patented in 2017 What you need to know Apple is being sued over its "Sign in With Apple Feature". Developer Blix says it patented the tech in 2017 as part of its "Share email" feature. Blix previously involved in a dispute with Apple over artifical suppression of search results for its app Blue Mail. A report via Beebom today suggests that developer Blix, which created email client Blue Mail is suing Apple over claims that "Sign in With Apple" infringes on its own patented technology. According to the report: Blix, the maker of an email client Blue Mail alleges that the Cupertino giant infringes on its patents. It has filed a lawsuit against the company with the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, saying that Apple stole the mail app's "Share Email" feature and integrated it with the new "Sign in with Apple" feature. You can read a full breakdown of "Sign in with Apple" here, however it essentially uses encrypted, burner-email addres...

Synology's DS620slim is a rock solid small-office server in a tiny package

Oct 5, 2019

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If you're running big server needs in an itty-bitty living space, this NAS is for you. Back in June, when Synology released their low profile DS419slim, the Synology press rep told me to keep an eye out for the 6-bay slim device they were planning to release in the fall. According to Synology, the new $450 (without drives) DS620slim has the same specs as their full-sized DS218+, but with 6 bays that are optimized to use NAS-quality SSDs. So my interests were, of course, piqued. I've had a chance to test out Synology's claims and found the DS620slim to be more than enough NAS in just the right amount of space. Synology DS620slim Price: From $450 Bottom line: An NAS so slim and light you could literally take it on the go. It's perfect for small office environments. See at Amazon The Good Powerful server in a small package Rock-solid S...

Setlist Carrot lets you search for favorite band's setlists

Oct 5, 2019

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Amazing! What you need to know Setlist Carrot has launched for iOS. The app lets you search for the setlist of your favorite bands based on artist, location and the year of the concert. The setlist data is provided by Setlist.fm. Setlist Carrot is a brand new app on iOS that lets you search for setlists from your favorite artist's concerts, creating Apple Music playlists directly within the app. Developer TrickPie UK took to Reddit today to announce the new service. Setlist Carrot enables users to search for setlists that a band or artist has performed at a concert. Users can filter their searches by the year the setlist was played or the location of the concert. Once you find a setlist you like, you can create an Apple Music playlist directly from within the app. The setlist data is provided by website Setlist.fm, The full description of the app says: Research your next gig or relive your last one. Setlist carrot will allow you to search for your favorite artist gigs do...

Remembering Steve Jobs

Oct 5, 2019

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Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple, CEO of Pixar, driving force behind the popularization of the Mac, of iTunes and iPods, of Apple Retail, of the iPhone and iPad, and of Apple itself, passed away on October 5, 2011. A temperamental, triumphant, fallible, transcendent technologist and artist, his taste, sensibility, and the sheer force and audacity of his will more than dented our universe — it shaped our culture and our lives, and helped empower us to dent universes all our own. You shook the world, Steve, and it was shaken at your passing. But technology goes on. Art goes on. Apple goes on. We're lessened without you, but what you left behind enables us to achieve so much more. Thank you. ...

Tim Cook pays tribute to Steve Jobs on anniversary of his death

Oct 5, 2019

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"The most precious resource we all have is time." Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Steve Jobs, on the 8th anniversary of his passing. In a simple but moving tribute, Cook took to Twitter this morning to honor the co-founder and former CEO of Apple. “The most precious resource we all have is time.” - SJ. Remembering you always. pic.twitter.com/nsUUiFzZnz— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 5, 2019 Cook in his tribute quotes Jobs' own words, the full quote says: "My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time." Medium Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple in August of 2011, and sadly passed away on 5 October 2011 at his home in California....

Taiwan Flag removed from iOS 13.1.1 in Hong Kong and Macau

Oct 5, 2019

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Typing "Taiwan" still brings up the flag emoji however What you need to know The Taiwan Flag emoji has been removed from the iOS emoji keyboard for Hong Kong and Macau. Users can still access the flag by typing "Taiwan". The question of Taiwan's statehood is an extremely sensitive topic in China. A report via Hong Kong Free Press suggests that Apple has removed the Taiwan Flag from its emoji library in iOS 13.1.1, for users in Hong Kong and Macau. According to their report: The Republic of China flag emoji has disappeared from Apple iPhone's keyboard for Hong Kong and Macau users. The change happened for users who updated their phones to the latest operating system. Updating iPhones to iOS 13.1.1 or above caused the flag emoji to disappear from the emoji keyboard. The flag, commonly used by users to denote Taiwan, can still be displayed by typing "Taiwan" in English, and choosing the flag in prediction candidates. The change was spotted on Twitter, with users in HK and M...

The Big Draw Festival announces Today At Apple event in Paris, October 17th

Oct 5, 2019

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Will take place at the Champs-Élysées Apple Store What you need to know The Big Draw Festival 2019 has announced an event at the Champs-Élysées Apple Store. The event will take place on Ocotber 17. Event in San Francisco's Union Square also announced. The Big Draw Festival has announced a Today At Apple event at the Champs-Élysées Apple Store in Paris on October 17. The news comes following the announcement that Apple would be supporting the Big Draw Festival 2019 throughout October just a few days ago. Now, via Twitter, the Big Draw Festival has announced that a Today At Apple Event will take place on October 17 at Champs-Élysées Apple Store in Paris with illustrator Tiffany Cooper. 🗓️✏️ #TodayAtApple Date for #TheBigDraw Diary! 17.10.19 | 6:30-8pmFREE session at Champs-Élysées #AppleStore #Paris as part of the #BDF19 🙌 add a touch of madness to your photos with illustrator ...

Apple files lawsuit seeking to prove it does not use keyboard patent

Oct 5, 2019

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The patent is at the centre of a separate lawsuit against the company... What you need to know Apple lawsuit seeks to prove it does not use "Universal Keyboard" patent. Patent is owned by patent holding company Princeps. The patent is at the centre of a lawsuit filed against Apple in June. . Apple has filed a lawsuit in a bid to prove that it does not use a "Univeral Keyboard" patent at the heart of a separate lawsuit against the company. As reported by AppleInsider, the suit filed relates to a patent named "Universal Keyboard', which is owned by Princeps, a company holding the patent on behalf of inventor Timothy Higginson. In June of this year, the company filed a lawsuit against Apple, over claims that Apple's iOS keyboard violates the patent, which was filed way back in 2002. According to the report: The parent suit that Apple is acting against was filed in June, and alleges that Apple stands in violation of U.S. Patent No. 6,703,963 for a "Universal keyboard." Invent...

Apple highlights apps featuring Joker as new film hits theaters

Oct 5, 2019

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Why so serious? What you need to know Apple is celebrating the Joker movie by highlighting games and apps that feature the villain. Some of the games include Injustice 2 and Batman: The Enemy Within. Apple also highlights DC Universe and DC Comics. To celebrate the release of Joaquin Phoenix's new Joker movie, Apple has published a story that highlights some of the best games that feature the Clown Prince of Crime. Apple also highlights DC Universe and DC Comics, where fans can enjoy some of the villain's most essential appearances. That face. That suit. That bloodcurdling laugh. Few villains have captivated comic book fans quite like the Joker. And with the arrival of his new film, there's no better time to enjoy the many side of DC's Clown Prince of Crime with these great apps. Some of the games include Injustice 2, DC Legends: Battle for Justice, Batman: The Enemy Within, and LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes. As for the movie, it's an original story that brings audiences b...

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models that won’t turn on eligible for free repair

Oct 4, 2019

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The new repair program is available for models manufactured between October 2018 and August 2019. What you need to know Apple is offering a free repair program for certain iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models. The issue may affect devices manufactured between October 2018 and August 2019. Apple said the program covers affected iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices for two years after first retail sale. If you own an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus that was manufactured between October 2018 and August 2019, your device may be eligible for a free repair. Apparently, the affected models contain a failed part that may prevent them from turning on. As a result, Apple is offering a new repair program, and you can check if your device is eligible by inputing the serial number on Apple's support page. Apple has determined that certain iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices may not power on due to a component that may fail. This issue only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured...

Here are all of the new Star Wars Funko Pops you can get this weekend

Oct 4, 2019

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Triple Force Friday is among us, friends! This means new product launches for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, and Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. Among the new products that are coming out are a bunch of new Funko Pops that are sure to sell like hotcakes. Here are all of the new Star Wars Funko Pops that you'll be able to get your hands on. Everyone's favorite droid Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker BB-8 Staff favorite BB-8 is adorable, and even more so in Funko Pop form! This BB-8 Pop has his own base stand and is 3.75-inches tall. $11 at Entertainment Earth Join the dark side Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Sith Jet Trooper The Sith Jet Trooper stands tall and ready to protect the Dark Side. He measures 3.75-inches tall and is perfect for your desk. $11 at Entertainment Earth It's all about Rey Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Rey Femme Fatale Rey is the main protagonist of the new trilogy, so here she is, all dressed up like the Jedi M...

Apple Arcade teased in Mac App Store ahead of macOS Catalina launch

Oct 4, 2019

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The gaming service will be available with the launch of macOS Catalina. What you need to know Apple Arcade is being teased by Apple in the Mac App Store. The service should be available now if you have the GM of macOS Catalina. Apple Arcade is a gaming service that's available for $5 per month. Apple has begun teasing the release of Apple Arcade on Mac ahead of macOS Catalina's public release. However, if you've downloaded the GM of macOS Catalina, you can apparently access the service now. Announced in September, Apple Arcade offers unlimited access to over a hundred games for a monthly price of $5. A subscription can be shared by family members, making it a great deal for anyone who enjoys mobile gaming. The biggest draw of Apple Arcade is the games found in Apple Arcade don't feature in-app purchases or advertising, which has become a major point of discussion in free-to-play titles. So far, people are really enjoying Apple Arcade, with many praising the variety and quality of...

Alleged image of HomeKit Secure Video suggests launch imminent

Oct 4, 2019

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Apple showed off the new feature at WWDC over the summer. What you need to know A leaked screenshot appears to show off the UI of Apple's HomeKit Secure Video. Users will see a timeline of events with icons for what was detected. Users who have download the iOS 13.2 beta are being prompted to enable the feature. At WWDC in June, Apple teased a new feature known as HomeKit Secure Video, which provides greater security and privacy for cameras inside your home. Since then, however, there's been no update as to when the feature would — until now. An image posted to Reddit shows off what appears to be HomeKit Secure Video's UI. Apple gave the briefest of looks at WWDC, but this is a little more comprehensive. HomeKit Secure Video playback view from HomeKit In the image, the UI shows a timeline along with the events that occurred that day. Each event appears to feature an icon of what was detected, including a person, dog, and car. There are mic and vol...

Apple stops signing iOS 13.1.1 after releasing iOS 13.1.2

Oct 4, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has stopped signing iOS 13.1.1. That means users won't be able to downgrade anymore. It is the lastest step in the hectic iOS 13 upgrade cycle. iOS 13.1.1 has been replaced by iOS 13.1.2. Apple today stopped signing iOS 13.1.1 with the release of iOS 13.1.2 available now and iOS 13.2 on the horizon. iOS 13 has been a crazy upgrade cycle for Apple. After the release of iOS 13.0 a couple of weeks ago, it quickly followed that up with updates 13.1, 13.1.1 and 13.1.2 and has already seeded out the first beta for iOS 13.2. The hectic iOS 13 upgrade cycle doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon. With Apple not signing iOS 13.1.1, that means that users won't be able to downgrade from the current version of iOS 13.1.1 through iTunes. It's something to keep in mind if you were thinking of downgrading from newer versions of iOS 13. Everything you need to know about iOS 13...

PayPal is leaving the founding group for Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency

Oct 4, 2019

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PayPal remains "supportive" of Libra. What you need to know PayPal is officially leaving Facebook's Libra Association. The Libra Association still has 27 other members, including Visa, Uber, Spotify, and others. Facebook plans to launch its Libra cryptocurrency next year. This past June, Facebook made headlines with its announcement to launch its own cryptocurrency in the first half of 2020. The cryptocurrency is called "Libra," and it's governed by the Libra Association that's made up of a bunch of different companies. The Libra Association initially had 28 founding members, but on October 4, it lost one of them, with PayPal announcing its departure from the group. PayPal hasn't given an exact reason for this decision, but the company did offer the following statement to The Verge: We remain supportive of Libra's aspirations and look forward to continued dialogue on ways to work together in the future. Facebook has been a longstanding and valued strategic partner to PayPal, ...

GoodNotes 5.3.3 update takes the best of iPadOS and makes it better

Oct 4, 2019

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If you want to see just how amazing multitasking and multiple tabs can be on iPadOS 13, GoodNotes pushes the boundaries with its latest update. By now, you've probably heard of GoodNotes, the note-taking app that is specifically geared toward handwriting. It's one of iMore's favorite note-taking apps and is always an impressive program for it's many and robust features. GoodNotes got a big update alongside iPadOS 13 that takes iPadOS's multiple window support and runs with it. You can view and work in one notebook while the other is open and waiting for you. It also, of course, supports Dark Mode, which makes the entire experience on the new iPad operating system an absolutely pleasant experience. Handwriting expert GoodNotes 5 $7.99 in the App Store If you're a handwriting notetaker, you can't get any better than GoodNotes. When you...

London's National Portrait Gallery adds photo of Jony Ive at Apple Park

Oct 4, 2019

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The gorgeous image was taken by renowned photographer Andreas Gursky. What you need to know London's National Portrait Gallery announced a new portrait of Jony Ive is now on display. The portrait was made by Andreas Gursky and portrays Ive in an all-white outfit at Apple Park. The image is on display now in room 32 of the gallery. London's National Portrait Gallery on Friday announced the addition of a portrait of former Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive. The image, taken at Apple Park, was commissioned by Andreas Gursky. The image was shared on Instagram with a caption about Ive's life and career: Jony Ive is one of the leading figures in contemporary design. Described by founder Steve Jobs as 'his creative partner' Ive joined Apple in 1992. From his early cutting-edge designs for the iMac and iPhone to realising the vision of Apple Park in 2017, his role has been central to Apple's progressive ambition and success. As one of a few portraits by Andreas Gursky and the only portr...

Apple introduced the iPhone 4S eight years ago

Oct 4, 2019

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Image: iMore What you need to know Apple introduced the iPhone 4S eight years ago. Apple VP Phil Schiller took the stage to unveil the successor to the iPhone 4. It was the last iPhone unveiled while Steve Jobs was still alive. It was the last iPhone unveiled while Steve Jobs was alive. On October 4, 2011, Apple VP Phil Schiller took the stage during Apple's fall event and unveiled the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S was the follow-up to the iconic iPhone 4 that ushered in a new era of premium smartphone design. With the eighth anniversary falling today, let's take a look back at the iPhone 4S. When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, it was entering a new era. Steve Jobs had recently stepped down as CEO of the company to focus on his battle with pancreatic cancer. This forced Tim Cook into the spotlight to lead Apple into its next phase. That started with the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S was the "s" version upgrade of the iPhone 4, which meant it didn't usher anything new design-wise aside from ...

Minecraft Earth will begin its global early access period in October

Sep 28, 2019

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Microsoft will begin rolling the game out to Android and iOS devices in October, country by country, to be global by the end of 2019. Minecraft Earth is an upcoming game from Microsoft and Mojang, bringing the blocky create 'em up to augmented reality for Android and iOS devices. Microsoft has been testing the game in closed beta in a few countries around the world, but as revealed today during Minecon 2019, the game will begin a global public preview in October. Up until now, Minecraft Earth has been pretty limited in terms of features. Only "tappable" blocks around the world map and augmented reality building have been available. With the rollout of the public preview, Microsoft will begin including more of the features Minecraft is known for, namely crafting and adventure experiences. You will be able to find tools such as mining picks, axes, and so on via tappables on the world map. You'll also be able to craft them using the new crafting section that will open up in t...

Need to print something from your iPhone? Check out these printers

Sep 28, 2019

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Although printers may seem like old technology in today's world, they still are a reliable way of obtaining a physical copy of documents. Even if you are mostly using your iPhone or iPad for your everyday computing, AirPrint capable printers will keep you printing with no problems. Here are some of our favorites! Fast monochrome printing Brother HL-L2350DW Staff Favorite It doesn't have a catchy name, but the Brother HL-L2350DW is one of the best minimalist printers you'll find. It can reach speeds of up to 32 pages per minute and has a 250 sheet capacity tray. For pure black and white printing, you'll find no better option. $120 at Amazon All-in-one ink printer HP OfficeJet Pro The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 is an all-in-one printer that is perfect for the office. Able to fax, scan, copy, and of course print, the OfficeJet Pro 9025 won't leave you wanting more. Plus, with the ability to do 24 pages per minute, both in black and color, you will always have all your documents a...

iPhone 8 in 2019 Review: Should anyone still buy it?

Sep 28, 2019

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The iPhone 8, the end of the original design era, at the end of 2019. If you'd bought one when it launched two years ago and were asking me if you were still good to keep going with it today, and for another year or two, I'd say sure. With Apple's typical build quality, the headroom designed into its A11 Bionic chipset, and the constant software updates it's both gotten and will keep getting for some time to come, I'd say absolutely. But buying an iPhone 8 new, now, and in the age of iPhone 11? But starting at $449? iPhone 8 in 2019 review: Design The iPhone 8 still comes in two sizes, regular and Plus, with a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch LCD Retina display. And it still looks every bit like an iPhone, of course. Apple has this habit of making new phones look like old phones. Even when they rebuild the phones at the atomic level, developing whole new formulations of existing materials, like they did from iPhone 6 to iPhone 6s, or when the switch those materials completely, like going f...

iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8: Which new iPhone are you?

Sep 28, 2019

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The iPhone 11 has launched. It's here. And while I was at the launch at Apple's brand new, redesigned, reimagined, 2.0 version of the 5th Ave. Store, I started thinking about, if I was there… if I was lined up, if I was looking over all the choices… not just one iPhone and only one iPhone any more, but a range of choices and options and colors… which would I get? And, maybe even more importantly, a day from now, a week from now, if I'd kept my old iPhone for as long as I could, and I needed or just wanted a new one, if I was just walking into any store, or even shopping online, which iPhone would I want for the next year or several? If that's what you're thinking, don't worry. I got you. How to pick your next iPhone Best for most iPhone 11 From $699 at Apple If you want a modern iPhone you can do pretty much everything with, then you have the new iPhone for everyone — the new baseline — the new 6.1-inch iPhone 11. Great price iPhone XR ...

"Surprise" might come from watching Pokémon Sword and Shield live stream

Sep 28, 2019

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Maybe we'll see a new Galar region Pokémon. What you need to know The Pokémon Company announced that it will have a 24-hour broadcast for Pokémon Sword and Shield. It's will be "live" footage showing a forest area within the Galar region known as Glimwood Tangle. The Pokémon Company has said that you "may notice things that surprise you," during this streaming. It starts Friday, October 4 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET. The Pokémon Company recently announced that it would be holding a special broadcast for Pokémon Sword and Shield. It's going to be a 24-hour live stream that showcases "live" footage from a forest within the Galar region known as Glimwood Tangle. The premise for the stream is that Professor Magnolia's assistant, Sonia, wants viewers to help her with her research by viewing the footage. It will take place starting Friday, October 4 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET. The Pokémon Company has further teased that viewers "may notice things t...

This $800 mini projector is just $280 today

Sep 28, 2019

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Your laptop or tablet is the perfect device for watching movies and shows while on the go, but what if you’re trying to watch something with multiple people. Rather than having them peer over your shoulder, what you need is a wide image that all of your family and friends will enjoy no matter where you go, and this PIQO projector delivers for just $279.99. The PIQO is a mini projector that can fit in the palm of your hand, but powerful enough to project a 240-inch image at 1080p. Its powerful 200-lumen light bulb produces a clear image that can be seen at any time of the day. To use the PIQO, all you have to do is sync it to your device via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and cast movies or shows through Netflix, YouTube, and more. It also features a powerful built-in speaker, so you don’t need to carry a set of speakers to enjoy your favorite movies. Finally, the PIQO has a battery life of up to 5 hours when projecting, but you can also use it as a standalone speaker for up to ...

Protect your Mac from data loss with one of these external hard drives

Sep 28, 2019

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When it comes to storing data, personal information, and essential documents, you can never save it in enough places. External hard drives are not only useful for storing data but are an excellent way to transport files from one location to another. When you take into account price, ease of use, and portability, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is the most reliable hard drive you can carry around with you at all times. Best Overall: Seagate Backup Plus Slim (2 TB) If you want a reliable external hard drive that has a decent amount of storage, is super easy to carry around and has a very affordable price tag, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is the best option for most people. Formatted for Windows and Mac right out of the box, it's easy to carry all your essential documents from desktop to laptop without missing a beat. The Seagate Dashboard back up system is a fantastic simple tool that can let you schedule backups to ensure you never miss any critical files you need in case something...

The new iPhone is a hit in India!

Sep 28, 2019

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Huge queues across the nation for the latest iPhone. What you need to know The new iPhones are proving to be massively popular in India. There have been huge queues at several premium resellers. iPhone 11 proving to the most popular model of the 3 new devices. Local reports in India are suggesting an enourmous uptake of Apple's brand new iPhones. Gadgets 360 described the atmosphere as "reminiscent of the arrival of the iPhone 6 and 7 series in the country in 2014 and 2015. Pre-ordered phones were made available for collection at 6pm on Friday evening, with reports suggesting that at some stores, such as Pacific Mall in West Delhi, people were queuing up as early as 12 noon to get their phones. Tarun Pathak of Counterpoint research stated: "Looks like Apple iPhone 11 pricing strategy is going down well for the consumers. Additionally, the offers on top of it from the financial/retail partners make it a great buy for users looking to upgrade...We won't be surprised if Apple hit i...

Apple given further 2 weeks to provide location in India rape case

Sep 28, 2019

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Apple says it needs time to establish availability of the data What you need to know On Thursday, a Delhi court ordered Apple to provide the location data of accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar. Sengar is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in 2017. Apple has requested a two week extension to establish how best to comply with the directive. A court in Delhi has today extended the deadline given to Apple earlier this week by which is was asked to provide the location data of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl from Unnao. District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, presiding over the case, had previously directed Apple to supply the location data of Sengar on the date the incident is alleged to have taken place. The previous deadline for a response had been today. In a hearing held in-chambers, the same judge extended that deadline until October 9. It is reported by The New Indian Express that Apple had requested the extra time to locate and access the data. Cou...

Keep your 10.2-inch iPad safe with these rugged cases

Sep 28, 2019

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If you're looking for the best heavy-duty case for the new 10.2-inch iPad, you've come to the right place. On this list is a combination of cases that are rugged, reliable, and stylish. That said, the Logitech Rugged Keyboard Case is the one case that we feel truly checks all the boxes. It offers both the excellent looks and protection needed. However, if that case isn't your jam, there are plenty of cases that may be better suited to your tastes. Best Overall: Logitech Rugged Keyboard Case Logitech is a trusted brand name that's been making reliable accessories seemingly forever. With that said, its rugged keyboard case delivers on that stellar reputation. Logitech delivered with this ruggedized case, as it touts impressive military-grade drop protection with a spill-resistant full-size keyboard. It comes with what the company calls an Any Angle Kickstand that promises 40-degrees of tilt to help support four use modes of typing, viewing, sketching, and reading. Furthermore, it...

Get 50% off Pixelmator Pro for Mac if you own Pixelmator

Sep 28, 2019

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Get 50% off Pixelmator Pro if you already own Pixelmator What you need to know Pixelmator users can upgrade to Pro with a discount of up to 50%. Users can select 'Complete My Bundle' in the App Store to take advantage. Completing the bundle much cheaper than purchasing separately. Users of Pixelmator on Mac can upgrade to Pixelmator Pro, potentially recieving a discount of up to 50%. Pixelmator users can complete their Pixelmator bundle via the App Store, and the option to complete the bundle is significantly cheaper than buying Pixelmator Pro separately. Depending on how much you may have paid for the original Pixelmator, the total cost of completing the bundle could see you save up to 50% compared to buying Pixelmator Pro outright. Pixelmator Pro is a marked upgrade on the original Pixelmator, which was released in 2007. Pixelmator Pro was such a good advance on the previous version that it won Apple's App of the Year award in 2018. Via its blog Pixelmator said this about the ...

Don't miss out on this excellent iPhone XR deal in India

Sep 28, 2019

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Amazon's Great Indian Festival brings the iPhone XR down to just ₹39,999 ($560). The festive season is in full swing in India, and retailers are getting in on the action. Amazon's Great Indian Festival is now live, offering enticing discounts on hundreds of thousands of products. One of the standout deals on the first day of the sale is the iPhone XR, which is available for just ₹39,999 ($560). That is the lowest price we've seen for the phone so far, making it a fantastic deal if you're in the market for a new phone. What makes it that much more exciting is that the discount is valid on all color options, including the red model. The iPhone 11 is now on sale in India, with the phone retailing at ₹64,990 ($915). The phone offers interesting new cameras, but it is nearly twice as costly as the iPhone XR deal. iPhone XR ₹39,999 at Amazon India The iPhone XR still has plenty to offer, and at ₹39,999 it is a fantastic deal if you're in the market f...

A hardshell case for your MacBook Pro is protective and stylish

Sep 28, 2019

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One of the best ways to protect your MacBook Pro is with a hardshell case. These cases offer scratch and drop protection, and they can often lend a touch of your style to your laptop. These are your best options to both protect and beautify your MacBook Pro. Make sure you choose the correct size of your MacBook Pro (13 inches or 15 inches) before checking out. Top pick Ueswill matte hard case Staff Favourite Ueswill's hardshell cases are pretty similar to Mosiso's, but if you'd rather more of a design than a solid color, this should be your choice. Ueswill offers a bunch of fun designs, including floral and marble patterns, as well as various graphics of space, nature, and more. $17 at Amazon Reliable protection ProCase hard shell cover These matte cases are pretty standard for hard shell covers. There are several colors to choose from, and each comes with a keyboard cover, though the keyboard cover is black — it won't match the case color. $15 at Amazon So. Man...

How Steve Jobs' diet put Ashton Kutcher in hospital

Sep 28, 2019

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PHOTOGRAPH BY TOM MUNNECKE—GETTY IMAGES The orange stuff put Kutcher in hospital 2 weeks before filming was due to begin. What you need to know Steve Jobs' fruitarian diet hospitalised Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher tried Jobs' experimental diet to get into his mind An overdose of carrot juice landed Kutcher in hospital. Ashton Kutcher, talking on First We Feast's hot sauce fuelled talk show 'Hot Ones' hosted by Sean Evans, has revealed how he was hospitalised by Steve Job's experimental fruitarian diet prior to filming biopic 'Jobs'. Kutcher, recalls how when studying Steve Jobs' character in order to play the role, he discovered that Jobs' had read a book the healing properties of a fruit-based diet. In studying Jobs' eating habits and behaviour, Kutcher learned that Jobs' used to drink a lot of carrot juice. Naturally he decided to give it a go, in order to get himself into the mindset of perhaps the tech world's most iconic figure. Kutcher also hoped it would give his skin the ...

Apple opens new stores in Japan and Mexico City

Sep 28, 2019

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One has a bamboo garden... What you need to know Apple has opened two new retail stores. Apple Antara is a brand new store in Mexico city. Fukuoka store gets rebuild 150 meters away from the previous store. Apple has this weekend open the door at two of its brand new retail stores across the globe. In Mexico City, Apple Antara was opened in the Polanco disctric of Mexico city. The store opened at 5 p.m. Friday, and features monumental 23-foot tall sliding glass doors. In a statement prior to opening Apple said: Apple Antara is the first Apple Store of its kind in Latin America, and features a pavilion design. Taking full advantage of Mexico City's mild climate, the large sliding doors open to create a 20-foot-wide entrance to welcome visitors in from the public plaza outside. A thin profile metal roof hovers above limestone-clad walls and curved corner glass panels to create a bright great hall. The interior trees blur the boundary between inside and out, where the community can g...

Listen to these J. Lo and Shakira Apple Music playlists

Sep 27, 2019

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Image: NFL What you need to know Shakira and Jennifer Lopez are headlining the Super Bowl LIV halftime show. In honor of the announcement, Apple Music shared a couple playlists to get caught up with their music careers. The respective playlists features hits like "Jenny From the Block" and "Hips Don't Lie." A little latin flavor for Miami. This week the NFL announced who will be the Super Bowl performer this year. In a surprise, it revealed that not one, but two artists will headline the marquee event: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. And in honor of that, Apple Music shared a couple playlists that will get you caught up with their careers before the two rock the Super Bowl halftime show. Super Bowl LIV is taking place February 2, 2020 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. With that as the backdrop, the NFL chose two iconic latin artists that have reached the pinnacle of the music industry. Both Jennifer Lopez and Shakira have careers that span over two decades. They a...

Mario Kart Tour for iOS is already a smash hit worldwide

Sep 27, 2019

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What you need to know Mario Kart Tour for iOS has proven to be a smash hit. The game became the number one app downloaded in 58 markets including the U.S. and Japan. It seems Nintendo nostalgia is still going strong. You can't say no to Mario Kart. This week marked the anticipated release of Mario Kart Tour for iOS giving iPhone users the ability to play the iconic racing game. Unsurprisingly, early data suggests the game is a worldwide hit. According to analytics from Sensor Tower (via VentureBeat), Mario Kart Tour was the number one app in the App Store in 58 markets, including the U.S. and Japan. In the U.S., the game reached No. 19 for iPhone revenue, easily surpassing the last Nintendo mobile game, Dr. Mario. Additionally, Mario Kart Tour has already reached 10.1 million downloads worldwide, per data by intelligence firm Apptopia. That mark is better than other marquee titles like Pokémon Go and Clash Royale. Obviously Mario Kart Tour has a long way to go to attain t...

Apple reportedly sets theatrical release dates for three original movies

Sep 27, 2019

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The films will arrive in theaters before coming to Apple TV+. What you need to know Three original Apple movies reportedly have theatrical release dates. The films include The Banker, The Elephant Queen, and Hala. The same films will be available on Apple TV+ following their theatrical run. Not long after a report claimed Apple was planning to release some movies in theaters before hitting Apple TV+, Variety has even more details on the company's plans. Apparently, Apple has set release dates for The Banker, Hala, and The Elephant Queen, the latter of which will be in theaters on October 18 and then stream on Apple TV+ in November. The Elephant Queen apparently premiered in New York this week to "great fanfare," according to Variety. The Banker stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as real estate and finance moguls, respectively, in the Jim Crow era. The film hits theaters on December 6 and is expected to be an award contender. Finally, Variety reports Hala, about a young M...

It comes as no surprise that Dragon Quest XI S is amazing on Switch

Sep 27, 2019

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Fulfill you destiny as the Luminary of Erdrea. On Friday, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition finally released on Nintendo Switch. Ever since its initial release, Dragon Quest XI has gotten glowing reviews from critics and fans alike. Now the Nintendo Switch version is getting equally good praise. When I last checked Metacritic, there were 95 user ratings averaging a score of 8.2. According to many fans, the Switch version is the best one to play. This beloved JRPG originally released back in 2017 on Playstation 4 and even had a 16-bit Nintendo 3DS version only available in Japan. Then, In 2018 it became available for PC. Now, it's come to another console with this special Switch version, which lets you play both 3D and 2D versions of the game. The music has also been upgraded to a full orchestra. Additionally, there are new story lines and cut scenes to discover. From what I've seen in user reviews, most gamers are loving these enhancements. For those...

LG’s UHD UM7X TV series gets AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support

Sep 27, 2019

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What you need to know LG is rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support for its 2019 UHD UM7X TV series. LG originally promised the update for October but rolled it out early. UM7X TV series users can download the firmware update now. The update comes ahead of schedule LG is rolling out a firmware update that will add AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support for the 2019 UHD UM7X TV series. First spotted by MacRumors, the update is version 04.70.03 and is now available to download. LG had previously stated the update would arrive in October, but it seems it had a change of heart and rolled it out ahead of time. The AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support is part of an initiative by Apple to make its products more accessible via televisions, especially now that it is working on services like Apple Music and Apple TV+ that users can access outside of its ecosystem. UHD UM7X users will now be able to AirPlay content from their iOS, iPadOS or macOS device to the TV. HomeKit will allow Apple users to contro...

Play comfortably with these great stands for the Nintendo Switch Lite

Sep 27, 2019

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You may not think a stand is necessary for Nintendo Lite, but that's where you'd be wrong. Due to the Nintendo Lite being handheld, it is incompatible with the Nintendo Switch docking station that links your Switch to the TV. With that in mind, you'll need a stand for the Lite to play with friends, as well as for those intense sessions of Smash where you'll want to use a Pro Controller. Thankfully, we've got a fair selection of stands for you to choose from. An official stand for your Lite HORI Lite Stand Staff Pick Why not try something official with the HORI Lite stand? You can charge while playing (though AC adaptor is not included) and can even connect up to two devices. $12 at Amazon Universal use Nulaxy Switch Stand The Nulaxy stand comes with an adjustable stand that allows you to re-adjust the height you can play your Lite. And it has rubber pads on the prongs to prevent marks and scratches. $10 at Amazon One for each color! FYoung Nintendo Lite Charging ...

Don't let the OLED screen on your iPhone X break — get a screen protector

Sep 27, 2019

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The iPhone X features a beautiful, almost bezel-less display that is all glass. Even though Apple describes the glass as its most durable ever on an iPhone, it's not made out of magic. You need to protect that display if you want to keep it crack-free. To protect that beautiful OLED display, a screen protector is a way to go. 2-for-1 from a trusted brand Spigen iPhone X screen protector 2-Pack Staff favorite Spigen has been a respected brand in the phone accessory space for a long time, especially where screen protection is concerned. Spigen's precise cutout for the iPhone X's camera notch will ensure that all the functionality packed into that small space will work correctly. It lets you unlock your phone with Face ID and take all the Portrait Mode selfies you want! At only 0.3mm thin, typing, scrolling, zooming, and all the other gestures you use on the screen of your iPhone X will work as they usually do. $9 at Amazon Super thin Maxboost iPhone X screen protector 3-pack ...

This little Apple TV remote tweak with tvOS 13 was long overdue

Sep 27, 2019

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What you need to know Apple made a small change to the Apple TV remote with tvOS 13 that is most welcome. You can't turn on the Apple TV by pressing the touchpad on the Apple TV remote anymore. The change eliminates accidentally turning on your Apple TV when you don't mean to. No more accidentally turning on your Apple TV. With the rollout of tvOS 13, aside from adding new software features, Apple also made one big change to the Apple TV remote. You can't turn on your Apple TV by pressing the remote touchpad anymore. This is an unexpected and long overdue change to the Apple TV remote. The touchpad Apple TV remote has been polarizing to say the least. On the one hand, it looks really sleek with its aluminum and glass finish that is reminiscent of the iPhone. On the other, it's befuddling there is no dedicated power button. All in the sake of minimalism goes Apple's thinking. Prior to tvOS 13, the "power button" was pressing any button that wasn't the volume toggle, including the...

Get charging with one of these cables for the Nintendo Switch Lite

Sep 27, 2019

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I love using my Nintendo Switch Lite. It's super portable, and I can play my favorite games just about anywhere. However, since I do take it everywhere, there is the potential for me to misplace or damage my charging cable. If this has happened to you, or you're only looking for an extra power cord to keep in a different room, you'll want to make sure you purchase a replacement that works efficiently and safely with your handheld. Here are the best charging cables for Nintendo Switch Lite. Power to you Switch AC Power Supply Staff pick This is the Amazon Choice for replacement Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite chargers. It works efficiently and has a five-foot-long cord. $15 at Amazon For the road PowerA Nintendo Switch Car Charger If you're the kind of person that prefers officially licensed gear, then this is the car charger to get; it's made by PowerA and is the Amazon Choice. $15 at Amazon Charge more YCCTEAM Switch Lite Car Charger This car charger is pe...

It's safe to download third-party keyboards again on iOS 13

Sep 27, 2019

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Yet another update. What you need to know Apple has patched a security issue with third-party keyboards. The fix is available in iOS 13.1.1. iOs 13.1.1 also introduces fixes for issues that impact battery drain and restoring from backup. Earlier this week, Apple acknowledged a bug in iOS 13 that allowed third-party keyboards to gain full access to a device even without users permission. Now, thanks to iOS 13.1.1, that bug has been patched. That's good news for iOS 13 users who prefer to use a third-party keyboard such as Gboard. Here's what Apple previously said about the bug: Third-party keyboard extensions in iOS can be designed to run entirely standalone, without access to external services, or they can request "full access" to provide additional features through network access. Apple has discovered a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS that can result in keyboard extensions being granted full access even if you haven't approved this access. Since iOS 13's initial release on Septem...

Keep your audio to yourself with a pair of headphones for your Mac mini

Sep 27, 2019

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After going many years without a refresh, Apple finally did the Mac mini some justice in 2018 with a big overhaul. The Mac mini received some new and mighty insides, support for modern connection standards like Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, and a higher price tag. However, it's still a highly capable and powerful machine that's slightly more affordable than the rest of the lineup, with a lot of room for customization in your setup. But what if you want to listen to audio in peace? We've rounded up some of the best headphones that you can get for your Mac mini! Apple magic Apple AirPods Staff favorite Apple's AirPods are some of the best little gizmos around. They connect magically to supported iOS devices as well as any Mac running macOS Sierra or later. They connect via Bluetooth and automatically pause audio when you take one out of your ear. Plus, you can tap on them to do things like play/pause, skip forward or rewind, and more. They also have a microphone, so you can use it for vid...

Apple hires pharmaceutical chief David Smoley for VP role

Sep 27, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has hired David Smoley for vice president role. David Smoley was previously Chief Information Officer at drugmaker AstraZeneca. He will now work under Apple CIO Mary Demby. He's working under Chief Information Officer Mary Demby. Apple has filled out the position of vice president by hiring AstraZeneca Chief Financial Officer David Smoley. According to Bloomberg, he will work under Apple CIO Mary Demby taking up an information technology role. Smoley had previously been at U.K. drugmaker AstraZeneca for six years but has moved on and started working at Apple this month. Bloomberg notes that he joins Apple's group of about 100 VPs across the company that work under the executive team. Smoley will work under Mary Demby, Apple's Chief Financial Officer. Oddly enough, even though Smoley has a background in pharmaceuticals, he won't be involved with the health team....

Track your progress with the Best Fitbits in 2019

Sep 27, 2019

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Fitbit has been a leading giant in the fitness tracking industry for quite some time and offers a variety of products that track every part of your day. We believe that every step makes a big difference, and not every Fitbit is built the same. The Fitbit Versa 2 is the best overall because its Fitbit's latest and greatest second-generation smartwatch and features a lighter, sleeker design than the Fitbit Versa 1, a faster processor, longer battery life (5+ days), and a microphone and Amazon Alexa built-in for convenient voice commands and speedy text replies. Smart, feature-heavy, and versatile, the Fitbit Versa 2 is the best of the best when it comes to the Fitbit family. Best Overall: Fitbit Versa 2 The Fitbit Versa 2 is Fitbit's second-generation hybrid smartwatch and fitness tracker. It has versatility and style with its numerous features and the option to trick it out with designer accessories and a customizable watch face. While customisation is excellent, the Versa 2 wins...

Don't let drift affect your Switch gaming experience

Sep 27, 2019

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If you're like me, you love the Nintendo Switch and the Switch Lite. They're convenient, can go anywhere, and have plenty of awesome games for you to play. However, playing on these systems can become incredibly frustrating when your on-screen characters start moving around without you even touching your joysticks. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to fix controller drift. Check out our list of fixes below. Products used in this guide Cleansing blast: WD-40 Contact Cleaner Spray ($9 at Amazon) Replacement stick: Veanic 3D Joystick ($11 at Amazon) A new pair: Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons ($70 at Amazon) Controller Drift Solutions Why is it happening? How to fix it with compressed air How to perform a system update on your controllers How to recalibrate your Joy-Cons and joysticks through software DIY fix by replacing the analog stick How to prevent it from happening Nintendo warranties and official repairs But why is this happening? There are at least two main reasons w...

Apple TV+ shares new trailers for Snoopy In Space and more

Sep 27, 2019

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They'll all be available on November 1. What you need to know Apple on Friday released three new Apple TV+ trailers. The trailers show off Helpsters, Ghostwriters, and Snoopy in Space. Each show will be available on Apple TV+ beginning November 1. Apple on Friday shared three new trailers for shows headed to Apple TV+, including Helpsters, Ghostwriter, and Snoopy in Space. Each new show has one thing in common: they're catered to younger audiences. We've seen glimpses of these shows already. Helpsters, created in partnership with Sesame Workshop, is about a team of monsters who love solving problems. "Whether it's planning a party, climbing a mountain, or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out — because everything starts with a plan," the description for Helpsters reads. Ghostwriters is a live-action show that features a younger cast who find themselves helping ghosts who have "unfinished business." Finally, Snoopy in Space follows Charlie...

Haptic Touch replaces 3D Touch but it's practically the same

Sep 22, 2019

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How does Haptic Touch work? Practically the same as 3D Touch, with a few exceptions. Haptic Touch is multitouch made multifunctional. With it you can long press to launch actions instead of apps, reply to notifications, preview messages and links, switch keyboards, switch apps, animate Live Photos, and more. It's like a wormhole through iOS that lets you do more without having to do more. Haptic touch replaces 3D Touch in iOS 13 and the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Most of the functions are the same, but how you get to those functions is slightly different. You no longer "deep press" or "hard press" to trigger an action. Instead, place your finger on what you want to get more info or perform a new action and rest it there for two seconds. Then, tap the action you want to use. Though some 3D Touch functions still work on devices built with 3D Touch (like triggering the cursor on the keyboard), they've been redesigned in iOS 13 as Haptic Touch instead. Whether y...

Hey Siri, make it rain with these HomeKit sprinkler controllers

Sep 22, 2019

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Whether you have an in-ground sprinkler system or rely on the standard models that attach to a garden hose, there are HomeKit options available to make your watering smart. Once set up, you can make it rain anytime, anywhere thanks to automations and Siri. Check out these awesome options to determine which is the best for your needs. Super spigot Eve Aqua Staff Favorite The Eve Aqua is the only HomeKit compatible irrigation solution that connects directly to a standard hose spigot. This allows the Aqua to work with standard above-ground sprinklers and irrigation systems, making it highly flexible. The Aqua is also incredibly easy to install with no wiring needed, so you can begin watering in no time. $95 at Amazon Highly compatible Rachio 3 (8 zone) Rachio's 3rd generation irrigation controller takes the place of traditional in-ground sprinkler systems. Once set up, the Rachio 3 can work with all of the major smart home platforms, including HomeKit. This controller ...

Apple Card now accepted through Apple's Trade In Program

Sep 22, 2019

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What you need to know Apple allows you to request a new Apple Card for free Your old Apple Card will be deactivated and no longer work once you activate your new one Apple has begun accepting Apple Card through its recycling program for old cards Apple wants you to give them your old Apple Card back. Apple Card's security features make it a credit card that you will most likely rarely have to replace. Since the card does not have a number, expiration date, CCV code, or signature on the physical card, replacing it will only happen when there is actual physical damage to something like the chip or stripe of the card. However, if you do have to get your Apple Card replaced, what do you do with your old Apple Card? Apparently, Apple wants you to recycle it with them. Reported by The Mac Observer, Apple's Trade In website now accepts Apple Card as a device you can now recycle. While you cannot receive any kind of value for your Apple Card through Apple's Trade In, it is processed th...

Why I’m coming around on Apple rebranding the iPhone “Pro”

Sep 22, 2019

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If the iPhone 11 Pro is for the pros, the iPhone 11 is for everyone else, and that's what makes the iPhone 11 Pro a pro. Months ago, when we first got wind of Apple's new naming scheme for the iPhone lineup, I was disappointed to think that Apple might be "tricking" us by calling, what was at the time, the entry-level iPhone, the new standard and then rebranding what was the current standard as a "pro-level" device. Basically, the iPhone XR becomes the new iPhone while the iPhone XS becomes some new elite iPhone. When Apple officially announced the new iPhone11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, my first thought was, indeed, disappointment. I wasn't on-board for this rebranding thing. Price-wise, the iPhone 11 Pro stayed the same even though it received a very big upgrade (much longer battery life along with the new triple-lens system). To me, this fits what Apple does every year; improve the standard. Why was this now a "Pro?" What really threw me for a loop, however, is jus...

Apple Watch helps paramedics find man after mountain bike accident

Sep 22, 2019

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What you need to know Mountain biker Bob Burdett had an accident which left him unconcious Apple Watch called 911 and his emergency contacts and led them to his location Fall detection is a feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 Apple Watch's safety features continue to save lives. Apple Watch's fall detection, as well as its other emergency features, has helped another person get emergency help when they needed it most. Reported by 9to5Mac, Bob Burdett is a mountain biker who, on September 20th, was trying to meet his son to hit the trail together for awhile. Since his son was still on the way, Bob decided to ride by himself while he waited. While on the trail, Bob flipped the bike and was left unconcious, by himself, in the woods. Fortunately, the Apple Watch dedected the fall and called 911, as well as sending an alert to his family. By the time his son had gotten to where he had the accident, paramedics had already located him and transported him to the closest hospi...

Master QuickBooks with this in-depth training bundle, now just $29

Sep 22, 2019

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You don’t need to be a professional accountant in order to appreciate how powerful the famed QuickBooks software is when it comes to accounting. Whether you’re trying to join a multinational accounting firm or simply want to do your taxes quickly and efficiently, understanding how to use this program is a must. The Complete QuickBooks Guru Bundle will teach you everything you need to know about Intuit’s leading accounting platform, and it’s available for over 95% off at just $29. With seven courses and 85 hours of training, the bundle walks you through both the fundamentals and more advanced elements of this award-winning accounting platform. You’ll learn how to use and apply theoretical concepts within a wide variety of processes, use advanced tools in order to cut down on your work time, build simplifying models of complex data sets, file your taxes without missing a single deduction, and more. There’s also instruction that teaches ...

iPhone cases: Heavy duty doesn't necessarily mean bulky anymore

Sep 22, 2019

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Thanks to ever-improving materials and manufacturing techniques, heavy-duty iPhone cases no longer have to be bulky. Case in point is our favorite iPhone 11 Pro Max case in this category, the UAG Pathfinder. Rugged, yet lightweight, this case meets military drop-test standards despite having a smaller footprint than other cases. We've included other cases on this list that are worth considering, depending on your situation. Best Overall: UAG Pathfinder The Pathfinder series is where UAG got its start. The case, which is available in multiple colors, offers rugged, lightweight protection without the bulk. It's this combination that makes it our pick for the best heavy-duty case for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Featuring a hard outer shell and soft core, the Pathfinder provides 360-degree protection 24/7. Despite these positives, the Pathfinder offers half the drop protection of the UAG Monarch, although it still meets military standards providing increased shock protection. If you don...

Protect your iPhone 11's screen from day one with a screen protector!

Sep 22, 2019

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Buying a brand-new iPhone 11? Don't wait until you have the iPhone in hand to buy a screen protector. Applying a screen protector the moment you remove the protective film it ships with is the best way to avoid fingerprints and dust. Pick up one of these screen protectors to cover your new iPhone from day one. If you've already started using your new iPhone and you want to add a screen protector, or you need to replace a damaged one, just be sure to clean your screen well before applying. Both the iPhone XR and the iPhone 11 have the exact same screen dimensions: 5.94-inches-by-2.98-inches. So, a screen protector made for one will fit the other just as well. Best overall TETHYS Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 11 Staff Favorite This well-priced, well-reviewed three-pack comes with a plastic frame to guide perfect installation. The curved black frame around the clear glass screen protector goes all the way to the edge of your screen and melts into the iPhone's bezel. So, you wo...

I tested Night mode on iPhone 11 Pro in the worst lighting conditions

Sep 22, 2019

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Live music in a dimly lit club is one of the worst conditions to photograph in. Even SLR cameras struggle. How did the iPhone 11 Pro hold up? Since my first iPhone, more than 10 years ago, I've tried to capture some of the amazing live music experiences I've been lucky enough to enjoy. Until the iPhone 7 Plus, no live music pics were even worth keeping. Everything was grainy, noisy, and just flat. With iPhone 7, however, things got a little better, and every iPhone thereafter incrementally better, but nothing to start a digital magazine for. Mobile phone photography on iPhone just never seemed to quite meet my standards for capturing the action and depth I see when watching bands at my favorite local venues. The conditions are practically impossible, even for the most trained photographers with more advanced cameras than any iPhone ever had. Dim lighting plus wild movement equals noise, grain, and blur where you don't want blur. Using the iPhone's flash is out of the question. Not ...

Protect your iPhone 8 Plus on the front and back with a folio case

Sep 22, 2019

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The iPhone 8 Plus is a pretty big phone, and sometimes you'll just feel like carrying it and a few essential cards or cash with you. That's when folio cases come in handy, and we've rounded up some of the best options out there for you. Keep that iPhone 8 Plus protected and eliminate the need of carrying extra stuff! Popular pick SHIELDON Genuine Leather Wallet Case Folio Staff favorite The SHIELDON folio case is magnetic with three card slots and a money pocket all made from genuine leather. It comes in a selection of colors. $30 at Amazon Sleek minimalism TwelveSouth SurfacePad The SurfacePad is made from ultra-thin genuine leather. It protects the front and back of your device, while carrying two card slots for your credit cards. $50 at TwelveSouth Just the basics TUCCH Premium Leather Folio Case The TUCCH's soft leather folio case has a magnetic closure and features three card slots and a pocket for things like cash and receipts. $19 at Amazon Chic fashion for...

Hoping to use the Apple Watch Series 5 with your Android phone? Think again

Sep 21, 2019

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Best answer: No. While you can use a cellular Apple Watch while using an Android phone, the watch won't pair to the phone, so they won't exchange data. You'll also probably get terrible battery life. Get it with LTE: Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular (From $499 at Apple) The Apple Watch needs an iPhone to get set up, and won't pair with Android at all There's no getting around it: if you want to activate and set up your Apple Watch, you need an iPhone. You need to use the built-in Watch app on your iPhone to activate your watch, set up things like iCloud and Apple Pay, and activate cellular connectivity if you have a watch with LTE. There's no way to pair an Apple Watch with an Android phone after setup, either. While it is a Bluetooth device, the Apple Watch is made explicitly to work with the iPhone. The only workaround requires a cellular Apple Watch, and you'll still need an iPhone To call this a 'workaround' might seem a bit disingenuous, but it's also technically correc...

Apple Watch Series 5 battery test: 50 miles with an always on display

Sep 21, 2019

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Once again, when Apple makes a battery claim it means it. I use a lot of fitness trackers throughout the year. Each has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, but if I'm honest I usually find myself coming back to Apple Watch. It's easiest to use, integrates better with many apps I use daily, and is comfortable enough to wear with just about anything. But the lack of an always on display has been a pain point for me as a cyclist. I like being able to glance down and see my pacing or my distance traveled without adjusting my wrist and moving my fingers away from my brakes. So when the Apple Watch Series 5 was announced with its always on display, I was more than a little excited. But I was also somewhat doubtful. Apple claimed during the announcement this new always on display was not going to impact battery life, that you could still get an 18 hour day in a single charge with "mixed use" like you could with the Series 4. Considering the new Series 5 is the exact same size and sh...

The Mac Pro might avoid Trump's tariffs after all

Sep 21, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has applied for and been given a number of tariff exemptions for the Mac Pro Trump had originally stated that no exemptions would be given Tariffs are set to rise to 30% on Chinese products in October The Mac Pro begins to dodge Trump's tariff war. Despite Trump's earlier assertion that Apple would not be excluded from U.S. tariffs on Chinese manufactured products, the company has gained tariff exemptions for a number of parts for the new Mac Pro, Apple's new desktop computer that is set to ship at some point in the fall. Reported by Bloomberg, Apple has gained approval for ten of its fifteen exemption requests that focus on components of the new Mac Pro, according to the U.S. Trade Representative's office. President Trump had originally stated back in July on Twitter that Apple would in no way be excluded from the new tariffs, arguing that if the company doesn't want to pay tariffs, they should make the parts in the United States. Apple will not be ...

Watch the iPhone 11 take on the Galaxy Note 10 in latest drop test

Sep 21, 2019

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What you need to know Phonebuff has released a new video drop testing the new iPhone 11 Pro Max This video pits the new iPhone against the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ The results vary, depending on the location of impact Will Apple or Samsung's flagship be the drop test king? There have already been quite a few drop test videos of the iPhone 11 Pro Max by itself, so naturally the next move was to match it up against some competition. Reported by 9to5Mac, that's exactly what Phonebuff has done, pitting the new iPhone against Samsung's equivalent flagship, the Galaxy Note 10+. The first test drops both phones from a height of around three feet with their backs facing down. The iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ both shatter, but the Galaxy shows less overall damage. The second test drops both phones to ensure they impact on their sides. In this test, the iPhone performs much better and shows much less overall signs of damage. This can be attributed to the fact that t...

Master Microsoft Excel with this in-depth training bundle, now just $19

Sep 21, 2019

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If you’ve worked in an office at any point over the past thirty years, chances are you’ve at least dabbled in Microsoft Excel—that ubiquitous piece of software that can be found at the heart of companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 conglomerates. But you’ve likely only scratched the surface of what this incredibly powerful program can do, and having only a baseline understanding of Excel in an increasingly data-driven world isn’t going to cut it. The Complete Excel Pro Tips Certification Bundle will transform you from an Excel novice into a full-fledged pro, and it’s available for over 90% off at just $19. With six courses and over 100 lessons, this bundle will teach you how to take advantage of the more advanced and in-demand elements of Microsoft Excel. You’ll learn how to create captivating visual presentations that break down complex data analytics, how to gather and work with large data sets, how to create au...

Can I play Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch Lite?

Sep 21, 2019

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Best answer: Yes! Because the Nintendo Switch Lite supports games that are playable via the Switch's handheld mode, that means Fortnite will indeed be playable. Players won't have any HD Rumble features available, however, thanks to the Nintendo Switch Lite not having it built on. Other than that, you'll be able to experience the same game as everyone else. Go for victory: Fortnite Battle Royale (Free at Nintendo eShop) Pick one up!: Nintendo Switch Lite ($200 at Amazon) What is Fortnite? Fortnite Battle Royale is an extremely popular PvP take on the game that is available to play for free. Ever since its launch two years ago, the game has blown up into a worldwide phenomenon, and is likely the most popular game on the planet right now. Similar to other battle royale games like PUBG, Fortnite drops 100 players onto an island where they then have to fight to be the last one standing. Unlike other battle royales, Fortnite incorporates its PvE aspects into the PvP gameplay, allowing ...

Apple shows off the magic of the iPhone 11 Pro’s Night mode

Sep 21, 2019

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Before and after. What you need to know Apple shared a short video on Instagram demonstrating what Night mode can do. The results truly are remarkable and photographers are full of praise for the feature. One photographer said the mode mimics how the "human eye would see in the dark." One of the coolest new features in the iPhone 11 Pro is the new Night mode, and it's the focus of a dazzling new post on Apple's Instagram. "Commissioned by Apple. Low-light images captured before and after #nightmode on the #iphone11pro." In the post, Apple shares images from Geordie Wood, Jason Nocito, and Laura Jane Coulson, all three of whom have hi praise for Apple's Night mode. Their glowing reviews line up with what another photographer, Austin Mann, had to say about Night mode. View this post on Instagram Commissioned by Apple. Low-light images captured before and after #Nightmode on the #iPhone11Pro #ShotoniPhone by... - 1. Geordie W. @geordiewood "Night mod...

iMore show 674: Shortcuts!

Sep 20, 2019

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The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple! Shortcuts expert Matthew Cassinelli is here with a wealth of information for making life better with iOS 13! He guides Lory Gil and Georgia Dow through the basics of shortcut creation and shares some of his own creations from matthewcassinelli.com. Listen now Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Watch now Show notes SHORTCUTS! Matthew Cassinelli (@mattcassinelli) / Twitter Matthew Cassinelli - YouTube Matthew Cassinelli - Siri Shortcuts, apps, and technology tips iOS and iPadOS 13: The MacStories Review - MacStories Sponsors Zapier: Connect Your Apps and Automate Workflows. Zapier moves info between your web apps automatically, so you can focus on your most important work. Now through November, try Zapier free by visiting zapier.com/imore for your free 14-day trial. Hosts Lory Gil Rene Ritchie Georgia Dow Be part of ...

Here’s what Android users think of the iPhone 11 Pro

Sep 20, 2019

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Are they tempted to switch or satisfied with what they have? What you need to know Android users are reacting to the iPhone 11 Pro. Some users say they're not going to switch. They argue that Android has had many of the iPhone 11 Pro's features for months. The iPhone 11 Pro has launched and is now in the hands of millions of users, and so far people are loving the new device. But what do Android users think of Apple's latest flagship? Are they tempted by the triple-camera system? Or is the iPhone 11 Pro just playing catchup? For the most part, Android users aren't particularly impressed by the iPhone 11 Pro's hardware. Some of today's top Android devices, including the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10, appear to offer better hardware features, like expandable storage and bilateral charging. Those of us using android phones, we're not under any pressure to buy the new #iPhone11 or #iPhone11Pro, we're using our android with peace of mind. If you like call us broke, phone na phone ԅ...

iPhone 11 drop tests prove even the toughest glass can break

Sep 20, 2019

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What you need to know The first drop tests for the iPhone 11 are out now. The tests show the glass will hold up better, but eventually it will break. Apple says it is the toughest glass on any smartphone. Drops will most certainly lead to breaking. Apple unveiled the iPhone 11 at its annual September event and on top of unveiling all of its new features, it also announced it featured the toughest glass in any smartphone. That may be true, but drop tests of the iPhone 11 have confirmed it'll still break if you drop it. Multiple outlets like Tom's Guide and YouTube channel EverythingApplePro conducted their own drop tests of the iPhone 11 and each came to the same conclusion: it still breaks. Tom's Guide managed to break the glass from a drop of hip height, or 3.5-feet on concrete, relatively easily. The first thing to break was the front glass. The back glass held up better but a drop from shoulder height managed to crack the glass. The iPhone 11 held up better in EverythingApp...

Locked out of your SIM card with your new iPhone? Here's the fix!

Sep 20, 2019

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Ever lock yourself out of your own SIM card by not remembering your SIM PIN? Here's what to do! With iOS 12 and later, Apple gave us a way to secure our SIM cards by locking it with a PIN code (here's how-to set it up). It's a simple process and gives us an added layer of security each time we restart our iPhone or remove the SIM card and pop it into another device. But what happens when you've set up a SIM PIN a long time ago and forgot you did so? And then, when you try to create a new one, you've managed to lock yourself out of your own SIM card because of numerous failed attempts at guessing what your previous SIM PIN was? This happened to me recently (don't ask how), but fortunately the process to regain access to your SIM card is not too difficult. Here's how to do it! How to (accidentally) lock yourself out of your SIM card Of course, you don't want to lock yourself out, but this is how it happens. Go to Settings, then find Cellular and then select SIM PIN. Tap on the to...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director shares video he shot on the iPhone 11 Pro

Sep 20, 2019

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What you need to know Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson shared a video he took with the iPhone 11 Pro. Apple gave him the iPhone early and he took it on his trip to Paris. He came away really impressed with the ultra wide angle lens and called it a "game changer." The iPhone 11 Pro camera makes Paris look even more beautiful. The iPhone 11 Pro offers a lot of improvements over the outgoing iPhone XS, but none are as big as the camera. Apple has spent a lot of time and resources highlighting this, it even gave one to a well-renowned Hollywood director to use and he came away impressed by the camera capabilities of Apple's newest smartphone. Director Rian Johnson, best known for directing and writing Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Looper, got his hands on an iPhone 11 Pro and took it along for his trip to Paris. He created a short near two-minute video that shows off the amazing video it can take. Apple let me mess around with their new iphone pro, and I cut together th...

Earn even more than Apple Card's 3% cash back at T-Mobile

Sep 20, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. What you need to know T-Mobile is the latest retailer to offer 3% Daily Cash with Apple Card The program is currently limited to T-Mobile retail stores Chase still has two credit cards that meet or beat that offer Apple Card gains, but Chase is still in the lead. John Legere, T-Mobile's CEO, took to Twitter today in true John Legere fashion to announce that the Uncarrier is now the latest retailer to join Apple and offer customers 3% Daily Cash when they pay with their Apple Card at any T-Mobile store, as long as that purchase is made with Apple Pay. While this is a great offer and its wonderful to see more and more retailers join forces with Apple to offer customers better rewards when paying with Apple Card, T-Mobile's partnership comes with some pretty glaring limitations, at least at launch. For one, you can curren...

PSA: Verizon is down for a lot of people in the U.S. right now

Sep 20, 2019

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It's unclear when the service will be back up and running. What you need to know Verizon Wireless is down for a lot of people in the U.S. The most affected states include Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. It's unclear right now when service will be back to normal. We hate to interrupt your Friday with this kind of news, but if you've been having issues with your Verizon service today, you aren't alone. For a lot of people across the U.S., Verizon is down. A search for "verizon outage" on Twitter shows a lot of people complaining about the network having issues, and these complaints are also confirmed according to Down Detector. The largest area of complaints are stemming out of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas, but people are also reporting outages in Minnesota, Illinois, and Washington. It's unclear right now when Verizon will be back up and running like normal, but in the meantime, feel free to drop a comment below if you're also experiencing downtime in your area. Veriz...

Update: iFixit [probably didn’t find] bilateral charging in iPhone 11

Sep 20, 2019

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Let's look inside the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Image: iFixit What you need to know iFixit found evidence of bilateral charging inside the iPhone 11 Pro Max. multiple sources have informed iMore that this is almost certainly an error. according to sources, bilateral inductive charging wasn't slated to ship with iPhone 11. Update: Rene here. After this story broke, multiple different sources reached out to tell me it's inaccurate or erroneous. There's no bilateral charging in any of the iPhones 11 nor was there intended to be. (Though, I personally have little doubt Apple has considered it - they're smart and rich enough time consider everything. Even if they ultimately decide no or not yet.) Original story below. ——- Before the iPhone 11 was unveiled, a report claimed the device would feature bilateral charging. Then, another report said the feature was axed at the last minute. Well, the iPhone 11 was unveiled with no bilateral charging in sight. iFixit performed its cust...

Master the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro's new Camera app

Sep 20, 2019

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Get started with your new iPhone's dual or triple camera. Because of the new camera setups in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple's newest phones feature a number changes to the camera apps compared to other phones on iOS 13 and later. There are new controls to access, a new way to move between multiple cameras, features like quick video and more. Here's how to use the Camera app on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. How to quickly move between wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto cameras How to take a quick video How to take burst photos How to use additional controls in the Camera app How to set up photo capture outside of the frame How to edit images with data from outside the frame How to switch between close and wide-angle selfies How to take a slofie How to quickly move between wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto cameras Open the Camera app on your iPhone. Tap 0.5x, 1, or (if you have an iPhone 11 Pro) 2 to instantly switch between cameras. Tap and hold on the camera selection ...

You can transfer game data between Switch consoles, eventually

Sep 20, 2019

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Best Answer: "Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences," Nintendo of America president, Doug Bowser, said. While there was no official announcement of a game save data transfer system, this confirms it's in the works. Pre-order the Switch Lite: Nintendo Switch Lite ($200 at Amazon) Nintendo Switch Lite: Everything you need to know An update on data transfer Before we were unsure whether data transfer between two Nintendo consoles was possible, but thanks to the official Nintendo website, it has been confirmed how data transfer works. For this feature, you will be able to move one save data file per game/user from one console in the Nintendo Switch family to another console that is nearby. Handy, isn't it? We're talking about data transfer, not data sync The transfer usually involves moving data over from one device to another. From previous experiences with Nintendo's 3DS handheld line, the transfer system for the Switch — whic...

Shh! Secret Apple Watch controls are right here

Sep 20, 2019

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There's a lot you can do with your Apple Watch's buttons, gestures, and taps Despite its size, your Apple Watch has a surprising amount of functionality -- all controlled by three unique inputs, including a side button, a Digital Crown, and Force Touch capabilities. Here's what you can do with each! The Side Button The Digital Crown Button combos Multitouch The Side Button The only traditional button on Apple Watch, the side button powers and turns off your wearable device. You can also use it for the Dock and the device's emergency features. Powering on and off You can turn your Apple Watch on and off using the side button. To power off, hold the side button until you see the menu. Slide to Power Off. To power on, hold the side button until you see the Apple logo. How to restart and reset your Apple Watch Press and hold to access Medical ID or SOS You can access your Medical ID or notify local authorities of an emergency by using the side button on your Apple Watch. ...

Load up your new Apple Watch with these tiny games!

Sep 20, 2019

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Can't or don't want to pull out your phone? Play on your wrist! Apple Watch is cool — just plain cool. There are myriad things that we can now do by tapping the gorgeous device on our wrists, and while productivity is the name of the game, a little fun once in a while never hurt anyone! Let's be real: You're not gonna find a fully immersive gaming experience for Apple Watch, but you will find some excellent time wasters. Here are the best games you can play on your Apple Watch! Note: You'll have to download all of these on your iPhone first, and in many cases, you'll have to play a bit or sign in/open them on your iPhone before you can play on your Apple Watch. Pocket Bandit Lifeline Rules! Trivia Crack Field Day Letter Zap Snappy Word Runeblade Tiny Armies Komrad Elevate: Brain Training Bubblegum Hero Lifeline 2 Pocket Bandit Although it's a rather simple game, Pocket Bandit does what a lot of other Apple Watch games don't; use the hardware in a memorable way. You'r...

Apple's new series highlights flexibility of iPhone 11 Pro's camera

Sep 20, 2019

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Go behind the scenes with photographer Justin Bettman. What you need to know Apple has shared a new photo series highlighting the iPhone 11 Pro. The series takes a look at the triple-camera system. It shows how flexibile and dynamic the triple-camera system is. In conjunction with the iPhone 11 Pro's launch, Apple has put the device in the hands of some notable creators. Andy To first took us on a dazzling visual tour of Tokyo, and then Austin Mann produced some remarkable images with Apple's new Night Mode. Now, Apple has released a new series of images with photographer Justin Bettman. "The mechanism of shifting from Wide to Ultra Wide to pull back and view the picture in its entirety is actually a metaphor for storytelling," Bettman said. The new series is a nice demonstration of the flexibility photographer's get with the iPhone 11 Pro's triple-camera setup. Instead of getting closer or farther away from a subject, iPhone 11 Pro owners can just switch between the differen...

These three must-have Mac apps for creatives are on sale today

Sep 16, 2019

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Mac computers are the tool of choice for most creatives thanks to the vast array of creative-minded features that macOS offers. However, all of that creative power will go to waste unless you have the right apps to leverage it. Today, we’ve lined up 3 must-have apps that you should have on your Mac. Movavi Video Editor 15 Plus for Mac When people think of the creative field, one of the first things that comes to mind is video editing. As such, Movavi is one of the easiest video editors to use. You can easily add video files and overlay tracks, filters, transitions, and special effects to make your movies unique. Movavi’s asset library includes 16 video clips, 86 themed stickers, 29 music tracks, and over 100 transitions. If you’re new to video editing, you can even use the smart Montage Wizard to create a video for you! Check out Movavi Video Editor 15 Plus for Mac for $19.  Super Vectorizer 2 for Mac Scalable vectors are used by graphic designers to...

Keep your iPhone 11 Pro safe with these rugged cases

Sep 16, 2019

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While the iPhone 11 Pro may be made from the "toughest glass ever on a smartphone," as Apple might say, it's still made of glass. No matter how tough it is, it's not invincible. So if you want the best protection you can get for your iPhone, check out one of these tough cases. Case with a kick Spigen Tough Armor Staff Favorite Tough shell with raised edges around the screen and camera cutout to protect from drops onto flat surfaces. Built-in kickstand for media viewing. $17 at Amazon Tough candy Speck CandyShell Grip It has colorful ridges to help you keep your grip and will protect your iPhone against most drops. It also uses anti-microbial technology for a cleaner phone. $25 at Amazon Rugged but clear Vapesoon Rugged Case Heavy-duty drop protection, with its own included screen protector, this case offers full protection for your iPhone and a 12-month warranty. $16 at Amazon The royal treatment UAG Monarch The Monarch case for iPhone 11 Pro features five-lay...

Best iPhone 11 Caseology Cases

Sep 16, 2019

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Caseology iPhone 11 Collection With iPhone 11 pre-orders going live on September 13th and releasing in-store on the 20th, the furious scramble to buy cases that will arrive before the phone does has begun. While we love the shiny, luxury look and feel of the iPhone, it's truthfully something most people only appreciate for a few short seconds when it's first unboxed. Let's be real–why risk it with expensive devices? To alleviate those fears, here are some of our favorite picks from Caseology's line-up of iPhone 11 cases, drop-tested and mil-grade certified. Basically, they dropped their phones so you wouldn't have to. SKYFALL for iPhone 11, Pro, and Pro Max With the latest batch of colors released for the newest iPhone 11 lineups, including a trendy pastel purple and mint, Apple users now have a veritable rainbow of colors to choose from. If you just pre-ordered a fancy new color but are loathe to cover it up, we recommend these gorgeous, clear cases from Caseology that ...

Mophie’s new convertible wireless charger will be sold at Apple stores

Sep 16, 2019

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What you need to know Mophie launched a new wireless charger. Called the Wireless Charging Stand, it can shift from stand to pad and chage in portrait or landscape. It will be available through Apple's online and retail stores for $69.95.. It'll also work in portrait or landscape mode. Mophie today launched its new convertible wireless charger called the Wireless Charging Stand. As the convertible nature suggests, you'll be able to easily shift it from stand mode to pad mode to charge up your Qi-enabled devices depending on your preference. The design of the charger is similar to past Mophie wireless chargers. It comes with a smooth and polished finish that matches multiple settings. On top of being convertible, new wireless charger will also be able to charge up the any mobile device in either portrait or landscape modes. The switch between stand or pad mode just involves just a simple slide out and lift mechanism. At the bottom of the charger lives a horizontal LED light alerti...

Link's Awakening : A classic remake for Switch to get excited about

Sep 16, 2019

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A long-awaited re-imagining of the first hand-held Zelda experience We're living in an era of reboots, remakes, and rehashes. Our media lives are constantly being rebirthed, and we are drinking up that nostalgia like it's going to dry up tomorrow. From movies to televisions shows, the past has found a way to circle back, and video games are no exception to this rule. Players are frothing at the mouth for remakes of legendary gems, but there's a fine line that developers must walk so as not to anger the beast that is the fanbase. Many companies play it safe when re-releasing a game. They touch up the graphics, fix up the score, and then send it off into the world to make money. Other developers can get so caught up in remaking a game to perfection that it takes years to hit the shelf. Either way, the goal is to please the die-hard fans while making it accessible to a whole new generation. When it comes to Link's Awakening, this isn't Nintendo's first rodeo. The original release has...

Apple picks up another Emmy for Carpool Karaoke

Sep 16, 2019

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What you need to know Carpool Karaoke won another Emmy. It's the best short form variety series. The show won the same award last year, too. One Emmy's cool. But you know what's better?. Apple may not have gotten Apple TV+ up and running just yet, but it's already becoming accustomed to winning awards. The popular Carpool Karaoke won a Creative Arts Emmy last year, and darn gosh it's gone and done it again. The award, for being the best short form variety series, comes for a show that initially aired as part of another. It was a segment on James Cordan's The Late Show on CBS, as noted by Variety. Carpool Karaoke had a good night, winning short form variety series for the Apple incarnation of the franchise that began on CBS' The Late Late Show with James Corden. Last year, Corden delivered a special extra-long edition with Paul McCartney that became an hourlong CBS primetime special, Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool, which took home the win for var...

Use your watch to start spending on your Apple Card

Sep 16, 2019

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You can earn 2% daily cash on all Apple Watch purchases with your Apple Card! The Apple Watch was designed gloriously to add even more to Apple's expansive continuity between all of the devices. You can already make purchases with your other cards through Apple Pay on your Apple Watch, but you can also use your Apple Card to get that awesome Daily Cash. As if that isn't incentive enough, it is just so convenient to be able to leave your wallet at home and not have to carry a single thing. Add the Apple Card to your watch Use your Apple Card on your Apple Watch Set as your Default Card Add the Apple Card to your watch The first step to earning 2% daily cash on all Apple Watch purchases, among all the convenience that comes with it is to add the Apple Card on your watch. You do have to have the watch set up with your iPhone and signed in with the same Apple ID. Open the Watch app on your iPhone. Scroll to and select the Wallet & Apple Pay. Click Add where it shows your Apple ...

First three Dragon Quest games to come to the Switch

Sep 16, 2019

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One of the very best RPGs is coming to Switch this September What you need to know The three games are called: Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II: The Seeds of Salvation and Dragon Quest III: Luminaries of the Legendary Line The games will come out on Switch the same time as Dragon Quest XII S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Recognize the art style? Dragon Ball artist Akira Toriyama was part of these games. These Dragon Quest games will release on September 27th. The Nintendo Switch has become a home to some of the most amazing RPGs around, such as Octopath Traveller, Tales of Vesperia, Fire Emblem, and so much more. So, it only makes sense that Nintendo would want to add the mother of all RPGs, Dragon Quest -- known a Dragon Warrior in the West -- to its diverse arsenal. The fact that it's coming out on the same day as Dragon Quest XII S: Echoes of an Elusive Age? Well, that's just an added bonus. The announcement came from the official Dragon Quest account. Find out where it all began - ...

There won't be an Elite Four in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Sep 16, 2019

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Become the champion of the Galar region with a new team of Pokémon. It's been a long time coming and us Pokémon fans have been rewarded for our patience (or lack thereof) with some insights into Generation 8! Try to contain your excitement, because it looks like what we've all been wanting. Battle on! Pokémon Sword $60 at Amazon Unsheath your sword Pokémon Sword is one of the two latest Pokémon adventures. It takes place in the Galar region, which is inspired by the UK, and features three new starters and brings back gym battles. Older Pokémon seem to make an appearance as well, so you'll see some of your favorites. Defend! Pokémon Shield $60 at Amazon The latest Pokémon adventure Pokémon Shield is one of the two latest Pokémon adventures. It takes place in the Galar region, which is inspired by the UK, and features three new starters and brings back gym battles. Older Pokémon seem to make an ...

Fitbit Versa 1 or Fitbit Versa 2, which should you do?

Sep 16, 2019

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Fitbit Versa 1 First generation $170 at Amazon Pros Extensive health & fitness tracking/features Call notifications Text, quick replies, voice replies Apps & music Customizable clock face & aesthetic Swimproof Cons No built-in GPS No Amazon Alexa Shorter battery life (4+ days) Slower processor LCD screen The Fitbit Versa 1 is Fitbit's first-generation smartwatch. It features a variety of awesome health and fitness tracking features as well as smart features, music, and apps. It is a noteworthy smart watch and at a discounted price from its next-generation brother: the Fitbit Versa 2, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Fitbit Versa 2 Second generation $200 at Amazon Pros Amazon Alexa built-in Long battery life (5+ days) AMOLED screen Extensive health & fitness tracking/features Call notifications Text, quick replies, voice replies Apps & music Customizable clock face & aesthetic Swimproof Cons Pricey No built-in GPS Fitbit's second-gen...

Apple TV+ Show Dickinson premieres

Sep 16, 2019

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What you need to know Dickinson is the first Apple TV+ show to be premiere. The show stars Hailee Steinfeld. Apple TV+ launches in 100 countries on November 1st. The show documents the life of poet Emily Dickinson. Apple said a couple of weeks ago that it would premiere its new Apple TV+ show Dickinson at the Tribeca TV Festival. And true to its word, that's now happened. Apple had stars Hailee Steinfeld and Jane Krakowski available to answer questions about the show alongside creator Alena Smith. The show itself is a period drama that documents the life of poet Emily Dickinson and is one we're keen to get our teeth into. As Deadline notes, this isn't likely to be anything like the period dramas your parents watched when you were growing up. Instead, there's a much more modern twist to proceedings. Including a modern soundtrack. The period-set look at the life of poet Emily Dickinson offers a wealth of contemporary flourishes. (Think Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.) Rapper...

Dev has app rejected because app reviewer can't test iOS 13 apps

Sep 16, 2019

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What you need to know Apple told developers to submit iOS 13 apps. Developer submitted their iOS 13 app. App review rejected the app because it requires iOS 13. 🤔 When you're developing a new app ahead of a big iPhone launch, it's important to be in the App Store on day one. That's what the developer of Allegory set out to do. But they're having a problem. Apple's App Store review team won't let the app into the store because it requires iOS 13. Apple recently told developers to begin submitting their iOS 13 apps for review, but in this case the app appears to have fallen at the feet of a team member who didn't get the memo. As the developer tweeted, they were ultimately told to submit the app after iOS 13 launches so it can be properly tested. Apple will release iOS 13 on Thursday, September 19th. On the phone with Apple -“You’re using pre-release software so I can’t even review your app as I’m not running iOS 13. Please just wait four days till ...

Kuo says iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are selling better than expected

Sep 16, 2019

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What you need to know iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro pre-orders began on September 13th. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes sales are strong. The Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro is particularly popular. New iPhones sell. Who knew?. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a new research note over the weekend in which he says that iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro sales appear to be going well. In fact, demand is higher than expected. Kuo appears to be making most of his claims by looking at how long Apple's online stores say new orders will take to be delivered. From that he also believes that the new iPhone colors offered this year are particularly popular. The Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro seems to be selling very well in particular. It's Kuo's belief that initiatives like Apple's trade-in program as well as interest-free monthly payments are making it more enticing for customers to buy new devices. The placement of the iPhone 11 at just $699 is also believed to have stimulated sales, especially give...

Get an inexpensive, but reliable band for your Fitbit Alta HR

Sep 16, 2019

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When fitness trackers first hit the market, they were honestly a little bland. Most of them came with black bands, and there weren't a whole lot of ways you could customize them or jazz them up. Thankfully, we live in a world where Amazon exists, which has quite literally opened up a whole new world of options for customizing your gear. The Fitbit Alta HR is a great fitness tracker, and if you got one over the holidays, you might be looking for a way to customize it a little. We've got you covered. Comfortable and Breathable Hanlesi Breathable Silicone Bands for Fitbit Alta HR Our Favorite The tri-hole band design is one of my personal favorites, and the perforated design reminds me of the popular Nike bands for the Apple Watch. $8 at Amazon Best bling EPYSN Rhinestone Silicone Band for Fitbit Alta HR Sometimes you just need a little bling, and that can be hard to come by with a silicone band. If you like shiny things, be sure to give this band a look. $13 at Amazon Shi...

iOS 13's offline device finder already located a lost iPad

Sep 16, 2019

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What you need to know A Wi-Fi-only iPad was lost at LAX. It was located using the new Find My offline features. The owner was able to retrieve it successfully. Turns out it actually works. With the release of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Apple will introduce the updated and renamed Find My app. Part of the update includes the ability to locate devices even when they are offline. And it's already done its job with one Reddit user locating a lost Wi-Fi-only iPad at an airport. The story goes that the person lost their Wi-Fi-only airport at Los Angeles International Airport and appears to have given up hope of finding it. However, the next morning they were greeted by two notifications saying that the iPad "has been seen". After returning to the airport they were able to locate and then retrieve the lost device. The way this is made possible is pretty mind-blowing. Users mark their devices as lost and then other peoples' iPhones, iPads, and Macs effectively start looking for them via an enc...

The titanium Apple Watch may cost more, but that doesn't mean it's better

Sep 15, 2019

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There are now two brushed metal options available for the Apple Watch, but they present a very different look and a very different price. If cost is the most important factor, your choice is simple. If style is more important, the decision becomes a little harder. Fashion forward Titanium Apple Watch Series 5 From $799 at Apple Pros Deeper, richer look than aluminum Harder metal The newest material for Apple Watch Cons No gold option More expensive Now that Apple Watch comes in titanium, we have two options for a brushed metal casing. Titanium is harder metal and has a richer finish, but it doesn't come in gold. Cost factor Aluminum Apple Watch Series 5 From $399 at Apple Pros Lighter weight Comes in gold Less expensive Cons Older material design Aluminum is the entry-level price for Apple Watch and it's the preferred model for many runners, but there's nothing new to look at here. The titanium and aluminum versions of Apple Watch Series 5 are nearly identical in e...

Protect your iPhone 11 Pro with these great thin cases

Sep 15, 2019

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The iPhone 11 Pro is on its way, and like the iPhone XS and iPhone X before it, it's covered in glass. And while you might not want to add a lot of bulk to your phone, you can still protect it with one of these great thin cases. Thinking thin Spigen Thin Fit Staff Favorite This thin Spigen case features raised edges on both the front and the rear camera cutout, offering additional protection if your phone falls down flat. $11 at Amazon Barely there Totallee Thin iPhone Case This super-thin, super-light case should keep the glass on the back of your iPhone safe from scratches wherever you go. $29 at Totallee Crystal clear Spigen Liquid Crystal case A thin clear case that lets you admire your iPhone while making it easier to grip and keep it safe from nicks and scrapes. $12 at Amazon Artistic touch GVIEWIN Marble iPhone 11 Pro Case A little more protective than other thin cases, this case also features a beautiful marble pattern available in either green/gold or...

From the Editor’s Desk: Apple season is here … it’s a whole season now

Sep 15, 2019

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I'm not going to call it "Apple fatigue" but am I the only one that feels like there's a lot of Apple stuff launching this fall? It used to be that we could count on Apple to launch a new iPhone every fall, usually within the first couple of weeks of September. It was, and still is, the one constant in Apple's yearly product cycle. This year, it was the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. Fall has turned into an entire season of Apple product launches now. We saw a new iPhone and the new Apple Watch Series 5, but we also got a new iPad. This week, Apple will release iOS 13, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13, with iPadOS 13 launching on Sept. 30 and macOS Catalina arriving "in October." Apple Arcade is also finally arriving. Oh, but there's more. November 1, Apple TV+ launches across our shiny new Apple devices, and we still haven't heard about the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro, which means there's a pretty good chance we'll see another event in October. It's no longer that there is a yearly Apple ...

The GameShell Open Source Portable Game Console is 28% off today

Sep 15, 2019

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Video games have come a long way since their humble inception, thanks to super-fast processors and bit rates that can transform a digital landscape into a stunningly realistic environment. But when it comes to truly great games, the classics never fade. The GameShell Kit: Open Source Portable Game Console allows you to play thousands of classic games on an incredibly portable console, and you’ll even be able to create your own games using simple code—all for over 25% off at just $142.99. As the world’s first modular, portable gaming console with a GNU/LINUX embedded operating system, the GameShell allows users to play thousands of retro games from Atari, GB, GBA, NES, and more. You’ll be able to use programming languages like preset C, Python, Lua, and LISP in order to create or modify games on the go, and a programmable keypad offers unparalleled functionality for a variety of popular gaming scenarios. Relive the heyday of classic gaming while c...

Need a clicker for your Apple TV? Here are the best

Sep 15, 2019

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While all Apple TVs come with the Siri Remote, some people just don't like using it. Lucky for you, there are other options if you feel like you want a better experience. Whether you hate the Siri Remote, lost your old one, or are just scouting out the market, these are the best remotes to control your Apple TV. All-in-one control center Caavo Control Center Staff Favorite The Caavo Control Center has included remote and is perfect for anyone that uses multiple set-top boxes, such as the Apple TV, game consoles, and more. $60 at Amason The OG Apple Siri Remote 1144" /> This black glass remote is what ships with all new Apple TVs. Use the touch trackpad on top of the remote to navigate through menus and control playback. $48 at Amazon Upgrade pick Logitech Harmony 950 If you want a remote control that can do absolutely everything and price isn't a concern, the Logitech Harmony 950 is hands-down the best remote. $200 at Amazon Value pick Logitech Harmony Smart Co...

Transfer your user data to a new Nintendo Switch following these steps

Sep 15, 2019

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Whether you are getting the new Switch Lite, want to buy the new Switch V2, or have a second Switch saved for jailbreaking purposes you'll want to keep your old user settings and save data. No worries. It can be done fairly simply. Here's how to make the transfer. What you need to know before you transfer Step 1: Start on the old Switch Step 2: Continue on the new Switch Step 3: End the process on the old Switch Watch the video instead What you need to know before you transfer You'll need both the old and new Switch consoles to perform the transfer. Both the old and new Switch need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Both the old and new Switch need to be connected to an AC adapter. The firmware for both the old and new Switch must be 9.0 or higher (don't do this if you're still on version 3.0 and want to jailbreak your Switch). The old Switch has to have a Nintendo Account linked to it. The new Switch can't already be linked to the same Nintendo Account that you want to t...

Your in-store pick-up of iPhone 11 is coming up — make sure you're ready

Sep 15, 2019

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If you preordered the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro and chose to pick it up in-store, you may be wondering what to do next. You can choose to either have your new iPhone delivered right to your doorstep, or pick it up at your nearest Apple Store. Each option has benefits and drawbacks. It's up to you what you decide. If you've preordered your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro and selected in-store pickup, you might be wondering what you can expect at your check-in window. Here's what you can do to prepare. Keep an eye on your order status Make sure you get your email or text message notification first Bring the credit card you purchased, your order confirmation number, and your photo ID Get there a few minutes early and check in with an Apple staff member right away Have patience Walk out happy! Keep an eye on your order status When you view your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro preorder online at Apple.com or on the Apple Store app, you'll see, in bold, what your order status is. If it still s...

The iPhone XR is super inexpensive now, but the iPhone 11 is a better phone

Sep 15, 2019

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The iPhone 11 is being called the replacement for the iPhone XR, but with the many improvements over last year's model, the iPhone 11 is more like the replacement for the iPhone XS, but it's also the least expensive new iPhone Apple has launched since 2017. If you are considering whether to invest in the iPhone 11 or the iPhone XR or if you already have the iPhone XR and wonder if you should upgrade, we've got some advice. Much improved iPhone 11 From $699 at Apple Pros New colors dual-lens camera Lots of new camera features Longer battery life Dolby Atmos support Cons No coral or blue More expensive The iPhone 11 has some significant and major upgrades over the iPhone XR and it launches at a price $50 cheaper than the iPhone XR launched at. Today, however, you can get a XR for $100 less. Entry-level price iPhone XR From $599 at Apple Pros Brighter color options Same display quality as iPhone 11 $100 cheaper Cons Single-lens camera No support for Night mode or "Slo-f...

Apple Watch Series 5 is amazing, but is it worth upgrading from Series 4?

Sep 14, 2019

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The screen size is the same. The case is the same. The bands are the same. So what's new with the Apple Watch Series 5 and should you upgrade from the Series 4 or stick with what you've got? There's more to the Series 5 than you realize — it's much more than a spec bump — but is it worth it? Let's find out. New & improved Apple Watch Series 5 From $399 at Apple Pros Always-on display Titanium! 32GB storage capacity Cons Not much different than Series 4 The biggest addition to Series 5 is the always-on display so you can check the time without a big arm movement. Apple Watch also now comes in titanium. But many of the smaller details are exactly the same as Series 4. Awesome oldie Apple Watch Series 4 From $349 at Amazon Pros Already discounted some places Specs are mostly as good as Series 5 Cons No support for always-on display If you're already sporting the Series 4, you've got a darn good Apple Watch on your wrist. It's hard to imagine upgrading, b...

Every macOS wallpaper found in real life, captured on video

Sep 14, 2019

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What you need to know Every macOS wallpaper was visited in real life. Photos of each location were taken. The whole thing is documented on YouTube. This is what happens with too much time on your hands. Have you ever wondered where your Mac's macOS wallpaper was taken? Sure, we know roughly where, but do you want to know exactly where those iconic shots were captured? YouTuber Andrew Levitt apparently did. So he set about tracking down the location of each macOS wallpaper along with photographer Taylor Gray and videographer Jacob Phillips. The result is a 13-minute video showing their escapades as they attempted to recreate the images we've been seeing on Mac desktops for years. Each release of macOS carries the name of a location and that location is the base for the release's standard wallpaper. So far we've had Mavericks, Yosemite El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, and Mojave. Apple will release the latest version, macOS Catalina, soon. And each has its own wallpaper, with a loca...

You can earn Daily Cash for the full price of iPhone 11, even with trade in

Sep 14, 2019

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What you need to know Preorders with Apple Card at the online Apple Store earn 3% Daily Cash Trading in a device online requires you to pay full purchase price and then receive a credit The credit you receive back on Apple Card does not take away from your Daily Cash earned Earn a little bonus of Daily Cash when you preorder you new iPhone online with a trade in. If you are planning on preordering the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, or the new iPad and have a trade in to put towards that new device, you might want to do it online, especially if you are planning to pay with your Apple Card. Apple is making it very clear when preordering the new iPhones, Apple Watches, and iPads that you can earn 3% Daily Cash if you use your Apple Card to make your purchase, going as far as to list the exact amount of Daily Cash that will be earned. But what happens when you have a device to trade in that will lower the cost of the phone? It turns out that if you are doing your ...

It's easy to use Alexa on the Fitbit Versa 2!

Sep 14, 2019

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Fitbit recently announced an all-new model of its popular Versa smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa 2. This new version takes everything that was great about the previous edition and cranks it up a few notches. The company added a better AMOLED display, a faster processor, an always-on mode, and even Spotify support. What's more, you can enable Alexa and use it from your Versa 2 anywhere you go. How to enable Alexa on the Fitbit Versa 2 Perhaps the most exciting new feature of the Fitbit Versa 2 is its onboard Alexa integration. Now you can take advantage of Amazon's smart voice assistant on your wrist, wherever you may be. We'll show you just how easy it is to use this new feature in the guide below. Brace yourselves, as this couldn't be simpler! From the Today tab in the Fitbit app, tap your profile picture and then your device image. Tap Amazon Alexa and Login with Amazon. Tap Get Started. Log into your Amazon account or create one if necessary. Read about what Alexa can do, and tap...

My Three Accessibility Takeaways From This Week's iPhone Event

Sep 14, 2019

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Apple puts accessibility at the forefront of its values. At the September event, Apple had some wins and some misses, in terms of accessibility. These are my thoughts. There was an Apple event this week and I was in attendance. Accessibility is core to the company's values, and as such, I expect anything Apple announces to have relevance in some way to the disabled community. Tuesday's event was no different. 'See' is a Big Deal for Representation As I wrote following the March services event, See is a landmark show in the sense that it makes disability the default. Hollywood typically pits disability as pitiful—the result of an unfortunate event or circumstance. These plot devices, as I wrote, involve the "typical moribund and patronizing approaches" to people with disabilities. It's the so-called "inspiration porn" that many in the disabled community use to describe society's penchant for casting being disabled as an obstacle that must be overcome rather than disability be...

IKEA Symfonisk Bookshelf speaker vs. Sonos One

Sep 14, 2019

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The Sonos One and the IKEA Symfonisk Bookshelf speaker are arguably the two best looking smart speakers on the market today. However, there are some key differences outside carrying the Sonos name, like the sound, features, and most importantly, price. The upstart IKEA Symfonisk Bookshelf speaker $99 at IKEA Pros Can mount it as a shelf AirPlay 2 support Has full Sonos capability Unique design Cons No 3.5mm aux input No built-in mic No Bluetooth IKEA's Bookshelf speaker comes at an affordable price with the color option of black or white. The minimalist design on the speaker is great, as it will surely blend into any room without drawing much attention. Industry leader Sonos One (Gen 2) $199 at Amazon Pros Rich sound Support for Google Assistant, and Alexa AirPlay 2 support Can pair multiple speakers Cons No Hi-Res audio support No Bluetooth The Sonos One is undoubtedly the industry leader in the world of smart speakers that sound really good. With AirPlay 2 t...

These AirPod alternatives are just $20 right now

Sep 14, 2019

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Apple’s famed AirPods are undeniably awesome. They’re also undeniably expensive, and purchasing a new pair can oftentimes feel like you’re putting a down payment on a small (but very real) new car. These Avanca i11 True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds deliver the same sonics, style, and functionality as the Apple AirPods at a tiny fraction of the cost, and they’re currently available for over 65% off at just $19.99 for a limited time. Perfect for on-the-go listeners who don’t want to sacrifice sound for convenience, these earbuds let you answer calls and sync to your go-to devices. You’ll be able to connect these headphones to your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth, and a built-in microphone makes it easy to take calls without having to take the headphones off. There’s a wireless range of 10 meters so you won’t have to worry about your sound cutting out, and a 300mAh battery means that these phones can last for up to three ho...

TSMC's record August might be down to iPhone 11. And it might not

Sep 10, 2019

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What you need to know TSMC has reported a record August. The company is the sole supplier of Apple's A-series chips. It also produces chips for some other big players, too. But it might not all be Apple's doing. TSMC has reported its revenue for August 2019 and its a big one. With revenue of NT$106.12B (US$3.4B) the company had its best ever August according a report by 9to5Mac. TSMC is the sole supplier of the A-series chips that Apple uses in iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and even the Apple TV and HomePod. With a big new iPhone announcement taking place today it's easy to think that the cause for TSMC's record month is because Apple ordered a huge number of iPhones. And that might be the case, although the reason might not be what you think. As we've noted before, Apple's iPhone imports are set to be hit with a 15% tariff come this December. It's possible that Apple is trying to protect its margins by importing huge numbers of iPhones ahead of that date, avoiding the tariffs on...

Today is the big iPhone event of 2019 — here's how to watch it live

Sep 10, 2019

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Another September another Apple Event. Here's how you can watch it live on September 10. It's that time once again, folks. Apple has sent out the invitations for a new event, this one to be held at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. Currently, it's rumored that the event will focus almost exclusively on Apple's new subscription services, one for news and magazines, and one for original TV and movie content. Apple September 2019 Special Event Preview Apple's September 2019 event will kick off at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Watching the live stream Most of us won't be able to attend the event live and in person. But we do have a window into the event thanks to Apple's live stream, which it will once again provide so that everyone can get a look at Apple's latest announcements as they happen. If you want to stream via the web, you'll be able to find the keynote at Apple's event live stream page for all users on iPhone, iPad, and Mac running the latest ver...

Apple's online store is down ahead of iPhone 11 launch

Sep 10, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has taken its store offline ahead of its iPhone 11 event. Apple normally takes the store offline for big product announcements. Apple is expected to announce new iPhones and a new Apple Watch. The next time we see it, there'll be new products to explore. It's pretty standard fare for big product announcements and Apple has once again taken its online store offline prior to the iPhone event today. Whether a marketing strategy or a technical requirement, Apple takes its store offline when new products are set to be added. With the iPhone event taking place at 10:00 Pacific Time we shouldn't have to wait too long before it's back up. Apple is widely expected to announce three new iPhones, although the naming convention is still a little fuzzy. Regardless of name, there will be a 6.1-inch LCD model to replace the iPhone XR, with new 5.7-inch and 6.5-inch OLED models replacing the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max respectively. It's believed that the Apple Watch...

Facebook's worried iOS 13 will tip users off about location tracking

Sep 10, 2019

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What you need to know Facebook published a new blog post about iOS 13 changes. iOS 13 notifies users when an app uses their location in the background. Facebook seems worried users will want to know why it collects location data. "Facebook is better with location", apparently. Facebook has published a new blog post outlining what users can expect to see when they install iOS 13. The update will notify people when an app uses their location in the background, and Facebook loves it some location data. The company appears concerned that users will wonder why it collects the data and is hoping to get ahead of the backlash. With the arrival of iOS 13 later this month users will not only see notifications when an app uses their location, but also a map showing the specific locations that the app has tracked. That's likely to cause concern among those who aren't aware Facebook has access to such data. Facebook's blog post is aimed at not only explaining why, but also suggesting that if p...

iPhone shipments to drop 15% in 2019 but bounce back in 2020, says IDC

Sep 10, 2019

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What you need to know A new report by IDC predicts iPhone sales to drop 15% in 2019 The decrease is due to "market maturity" and lack of 5G devices Shipments are expected to grow again in 2020 from the introduction of 5G iPhones Analytics firm International Data Corporation, or IDC, is out with a new report detailing their lookout for the smartphone industry fot the rest of 2019 and into the beginning of 2020. Reported by 9to5Mac, they predict that iPhone shipments will continue to drop through the rest of 2019 in comparison to last year, due to market saturation, lack of 5G, and the fact that consumers continue to delay upgrading their phones for longer. 2019 will remain a challenging year for iPhone shipments with volumes expected to drop to 177.9 million, down 14.8% year over year, mostly due to market maturity as well as a lack of 5G devices. However, Apple is likely to deliver 5G handsets later in 2020, which will pick up iOS volumes slightly as it will have an edge over ot...

Apple may scrap one of the iPhone 11’s best features, says analyst

Sep 9, 2019

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What you need to know Notable Apple analyst released his final predictions for Apple's September 10 event. He says Apple Pencil support and USB-C will not be included in the new iPhones. He also says that Apple could scrap bilateral wireless charging because it is unhappy with the charging efficiency. Sorry, Apple Pencil support is not coming this year. We are hours away from Apple unveiling its new iPhones, and in anticipation of that, notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a report outlining his expectations of the announcements. First spotted by 9to5Mac, Kuo's predictions lineup with what we've been hearing. He imminently shoots down the expectations of Apple Pencil support and the inclusion of USB-C. Neither of those is coming to the iPhone in 2019, says Kuo. He also says the new iPhones' notch will remain unchanged, they will come in new colors and will offer new ultra-wide band technology for better reception. Again, these are details that have already been mentioned. ...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ It’s Blitz! turned 10, listen to it on Apple Music

Sep 9, 2019

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What you need to know The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' transformative album It's Blitz! turned ten this year. The album is considered one of the best to come out in the 21st century. It boasted hits like "Heads Will Roll" and "Zero." Billboard and Rolling Stone ranked it as one of the best albums of 2009. Every now and then an album comes out that becomes the soundtrack to a generation. It perfectly encapsulates the time while delivering catchy and rhythmic beats. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' It's Blitz! is exactly that. Released on March 6, 2009, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' masterful record wasn't the most popular album at the time but it left an indelible mark on the decade with its electronic beats and haunting vocals by Karen O. Just give "Heads Will Roll" a listen (or one of the countless remixes that have come out since) and you'll know exactly what we're talking about. Even the iconic cover still holds up. It built off the momentum the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' first major hit, "Maps," gave them and launched...

Facebook is back online after resolving outages

Sep 9, 2019

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What you need to know Facebook is down for the count. Many users in the U.S. have reported issues with the social network. Most of the outages seem to be taking place in California. Facebook is experiencing issues for many users. Updated 4:23 pm PT: Facebook seems to have resolved the issues with outages that popped up today. You can go back to stalking your former high school classmates. Facebook is down for the count. Multiple users in the U.S. have reported the service is suffering through issues preventing them from accessing the site When they try to load the service, they are greeted with a warning: "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can." Down Detector has slotted the social network at a "Problems at Facebook" level which notes multiple users are not able to use the site. The issues seem to have started around 2 p.m. PT. Courtesy of Down Detector. According to its Facebook outage map, most of the issues are stemming from Cal...

Take advantage of Pokémon Go with these tips

Sep 9, 2019

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The Ultra Bonus rewards roll on with Week 2 getting underway. Niantic has done an excellent job keeping Pokémon Go players engaged and feeling like they're working toward compelling goals as of late, and the most recent Global Challenge is a prime example. After trainers worldwide joined forces to knock out a series of shared goals (not that there was any real doubt they would, given the success rate of the game's community in the past), the developers unlocked three weeks of Ultra Bonus rewards. Ultra Bonus Week 2 gets underway at 1 p.m. PT on Sept. 9 and runs for exactly one week -- that's truth in naming for you. Let's explore what's up for grabs in Week 2 and how to spend your precious in-game time wisely to benefit from the bonuses as much as possible. Do any bonuses from Week 1 carry over to Ultra Bonus Week 2? As a matter of fact, there is one, and it's a very welcome bonus indeed. All Eggs hatch at 2x the normal speed, making the current hatch rates as follows: 2 ...

Snapchat is currently down across the US, UK, and Europe

Sep 9, 2019

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No, it's not just you. What you need to know Snapchat went down on September 9 around 4 p.m. ET. Down Detector shows the outage affecting many parts of the U.S. and Europe. There's no word on what caused the outage or when it will be back up. If you've noticed Snapchat isn't quite working right today, you're not alone. On September 9, 2019, Snapchat went down for many users across the globe. A check of Down Detector shows reports of the outage started spiking around 4 p.m. ET. The hashtag #snapchatdown has also picked up steam on Twitter, with users reporting an inability to send snaps to friends. Snapchat has acknowledged the issue on Twitter, stating that it is "looking into it." There's no indication of when the service will be up and running again....

Check out more eye-popping images of Apple’s iridescent Fifth Avenue store

Sep 9, 2019

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What treasures are hidden at the end of Apple's rainbow? What you need to know More and more pictures of Apple's iridescent Fifth Avenue cube are streaming in. A sign posted on the store teases the reopening. Rumor has it the store will open in time for the iPhone 11 launch. After two years of renovations, Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York City is ready to reopen. To prepare for its return, Apple has unveiled the location's captivating new look: an iridescent glass cube, which looks downright eye-popping among the nearby skyscrapers. We've already seen an official look at the iridescent cube, but Apple fans have since flocked to the Fifth Avenue store to take their own pictures, giving us a much better idea of what the cube looks like. View this post on Instagram - O famoso cubo de vidro está sendo colocado de volta. E isso pode ser um ótimo indicativo de que as obras no subsolo, estão perto do fim. . A Apple já est...

Apple confirms new Apple Music lyric visualizer is coming with iOS 13.1

Sep 9, 2019

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What you need to know Apple's Craig Federighi confirms the Apple Music lyric visualizer feature is coming with iOS 13.1. Apple unveiled the feature during WWDC 2019. Federighi revealed Apple ran into issues with battery drain, but figured out how to make it "a less CPU intensive feature." The feature is on its way. Apple's Craig Federighi has always been open to respond to customer emails, but it seems he's ramping up his responses. After replying to a user asking about a scheduling iMessage feature, he got back to another user inquiring about the lyric visualizer feature for Apple Music. As has been the case with other instances, the user posted the response on Reddit. Federighi confirmed the feature will "hopefully" roll out with iOS 13.1 and expanded upon other details. One was that multiple users lobbied with Apple for a while about adding the feature. Apple was open to the idea but ran into issues with battery drain with the visualizer running in the background. Here's what ...

How to use camera zoom features on iPhone and iPad

Sep 9, 2019

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There's a reason #ShotoniPhone remains a popular social media tag year after year. The powerful little camera that's built into iPhones and iPads has enormous potential. Precise digital zoom has long been a useful tool on mobile cameras. More recently, iPhone 7 and later models include an optical zoom feature for more accurate photo magnification and focus. To make the most of your iPhone and iPad camera zoom features, learn the different methods that are available for your model. How to pinch to zoom in the Camera app on iPhone and iPad How to use the slider to zoom in the Camera app on iPhone and iPad How to use optical zoom in the Camera app on supported iPhone devices How to use the slider to zoom on iPhone devices with optical zoom How to pinch to zoom in the Camera app on iPhone and iPad The most well-known method for zooming into an iPhone or iPad photo subject is the pinch gesture. This is called a digital zoom - a mechanism that crops into a small portion of the photo to ...

Why wait for your cash back rewards when you can get them right now?

Sep 9, 2019

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The Apple Card may not have the best cash back rates, but at least you don't have to wait to be able to use that cash you earned. The Apple Card has been available for everyone for a few weeks now (here's how to apply for one), and the general consensus among cardholders is that it's a pretty good card with an intuitive app interface. In fact, our own Lory Gil gave the Apple Card a glowing review, and I've been using it as my primary method to pay for things (unless I get better rewards with another card) ever since I got it. How to apply for Apple Card One of the perks of the Apple Card is the fact that you get Daily Cash back on all of your purchases with the card, either through Apple Pay or with the physical titanium card. Remember, you get 3% cash back on purchases through Apple (Apple Store, Apple services, including iPhone Upgrade Program) and Uber/UberEats (possible rotation of merchants), 2% on all Apple Pay purchases, and 1% on purchases made with the physical card (unle...

Apple Store in Louisville's Oxmoor Center set to reopen on September 14

Sep 9, 2019

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There seems to be an emphasis on green. What you need to know Apple is gearing up to open a new store in Louisville, Kentucky. The new store is at Oxmoor Center and will replace a store that's already there. The Apple Oxmoor will open its doors on September 14. If you're in Kentucky, you'll soon get to enjoy an upgraded Apple Store in the Louisville area. According to WDRB, a newly constructed Apple Store in Oxmoor Center will open its door on Saturday, September 14, about a week before the iPhone 11 is expected to go on sale. The new store will apparently be over twice as large as the current store, which is in a different part of the Oxmoor Center. 9to5Mac has more details: Outside, Apple has replaced an Old Navy facade between BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse and Sephora to create an inviting new entryway. A plaza has been carved into the mall, wrapped on two sides by towering green walls. Trees, benches, and planters dot the approach to the store. These elements have been use...

Apple has considered scheduling iMessages in the past

Sep 9, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has considered allowing scheduled iMessages. Craig Federighi revealed this in a response to a customer email. He pulled back the veil on Apple taking into account every little detail, including social norms that made the feature hard to employ. "This is something we've definitely considered." Apple considers many features to employ in its devices and services, most of which never see the light of day. One of those seems to be scheduled iMessages. A customer recently emailed Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi asking about the feature and his response revealed that it is something Apple has considered in the past. The Apple user who emailed Federighi posted the response on Reddit. He was likely expecting no response or a simple yes or no statement, but what he got was some inside knowledge of the way Apple thinks of software features. Federighi revealed that Apple has considered the feature, but there are many elements it...

Microsoft To Do gets fresh design that taps into its Wunderlist roots

Sep 9, 2019

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To Do is tapping into its Wunderlist DNA to for a warmer, more customizable look. What you need to know Microsoft debuted a new look for To Do today. The new experience incorporates more customization with background images and warmer colors. The updated experience will be available across Microsoft To Do on all platforms. Microsoft To Do has evolved considerably since its initial launch in 2017. Over time, Microsoft has sought to make the app a replacement for Wunderlist, which it acquired (along with its team at 6Wunderkinder) in 2015. It's been a gradual process to say the least, but we've seen a marked increase in the pace of To Do's development over the past year or so. Today, Microsoft unveiled a new user experience and design tweaks for To-Do with the aim of merging the best of both To Do and Wunderlist. "We've come a long way since those first Wunderlist days," Microsoft said in a blog post today. "Today is one more step in our evolution. We'd like to unveil what we've bee...

Apple is bringing back the 3D window displays for Apple Stores

Sep 9, 2019

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What you need to know Apple Stores will see the return of the classic 3D front displays. Many users have reported seeing black curtains covering the front of Apple Stores. Mark Gurman confirmed the news on Twitter saying Apple is bringing back the displays. The front window displays haven't been used in years. Apple is making some changes to its Apple Stores. Some people have been reporting that a few Apple stores have mysteriously blocked off their front windows with black curtains, similar to how it did in the past when it put up the 3D front displays. Turns out Apple is bringing back these front window displays from yesteryear. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman confirmed the return of the 3D displays in a tweet. Reason: It’s because they’re bringing back the old-school 3D front windows at some stores. Here are some old examples. I liked these. https://t.co/IQBbFF0tCn pic.twitter.com/LxhBlTUo65— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) September 9, 2019 Gurman's statement has since ...

Instagram is currently down all around the world

Sep 9, 2019

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There's currently no word as to when the app will be back up. What you need to know Instagram went down on September 9 around 12:00 ET. Down Detector shows outage reports all around the globe. Instagram has yet to address the issue. If you're having trouble accessing your Instagram feed today, you're not the only one. On September 9, 2019, around 12:00 ET, the hashtag #instagramdown began trending on Twitter with tons of users complaining about the Instagram app not working. Looking at the live outage map on Down Detector, the app is experiencing issues all around the world — including the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Malaysia, and other countries. Instagram's Twitter account has yet to say anything about the outage, so for the time being, we're left in the dark with no idea when the app will be back up and running....

Does the Fitbit Versa 2 work with an iPhone?

Sep 9, 2019

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Best answer: Yes, you can absolutely use your Fitbit Versa 2 with an iPhone. Versa-tile: Fitbit Versa 2 ($200 at Fitbit) The Fitbit Versa 2 and app pair great with iPhone Fitbit accessories have worked with the iPhone for years, and the Versa 2 continues with this tradition. The fitness brand also has an excellent iOS app that receives continuous updates and improvements. In fact, in the latest iOS release, Fitbit tweaked the user interface a bit to simplify the way important metrics like sleep and exercise were displayed in the app. They also moved challenges and workouts to a new Discover tab to make them more... well... discoverable. I have been sporting various Fitbits since at least 2016, and I've been a die-hard Apple fan for even longer. So, I can certainly testify that the devices work really well together. While I was unable to find specific stats, I'd wager that a large percentage of Fitbit wearers are iPhone users as well. Even as the popularity and functionality of the...

Here's why Apple expects iPhone 11 sales to best 2018 iPhones, says analyst

Sep 9, 2019

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The triple-camera system is expected to be a big seller. What you need to know Wedbush believes initial sales of iPhone 11 will outperform iPhone XS, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR. Initial sales of 75 million units are expected, with a capacity to boost production. The iPhone 11's triple-camera setup is expected to be a big seller. Initial sales for Apple's upcoming iPhone 11 are expected to outperform last year's iPhone models, but not by much. Apple suppliers are allegedly expecting an initial surge of 75 million units, with a capacity to boost production depending on demand. Wedbush (via 9to5Mac) on Monday released a note to investors saying capacity could easily be boosted to 80 million. Based on our recent Asia checks, we believe Apple's supply chain is planning on 75 million units for the initial iPhone 11 launch period, which is a slight uptick versus its prior iPhone cycle last fall. We note there is capacity in the supply chain to bring this launch period unit range produc...

The best smart multi-zone thermostat

Sep 9, 2019

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You're not always going to be in the room that houses your thermostat. For some homes, that can mean a pretty substantial difference in temperature in every season. There's a fix for this common problem, though: smart thermostats with multiple zoning like our favorite the Ecobee 4. Being able to set the temperature where you are instead of where the thermostat is can be a lifesaver. We've rounded up the best of them for 2019. Best Overall: Ecobee 4 The Ecobee 4 is the best smart thermostat for multi-zone heating and cooling, and one of the best thermostats you can buy overall. It's compatible with all popular smart home platforms — Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, and Microsoft Cortana — and is fully controlled via an app on your phone. It also has a full-color touch display if you'd rather go hands on. As a bonus, the Ecobee 4 also has a microphone and is a stand-alone Amazon Alexa device; it's basically a smart thermostat a...

It's all about that Apple TV and you can find out about it right here

Sep 9, 2019

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Everything you need to know about Apple TV! There were two parts to Steve Jobs' 2007 keynote. The first was iPhone. The second, Apple TV. Previously teased as iTV, back then it was a Mac-based, hard drive-equipped, iTunes sync box. Novel, but hardly the future. In 2010, Apple rebooted the TV. Basing it on iOS, it went all-flash storage and all-streaming, all the time,. 2012 brought 1080p and then... nothing. For. Three. Long. Years. Finally, in 2015, Apple rebooted the TV again. Then, just two years later, Apple unleashed the Apple TV 4K, featuring 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision support. There are currently two Apple TV models available, with the Apple TV 4K available in both 32GB and 64GB configurations. Our recommendation: The Best Apple TV is the 32 GB model Apple TV 4K Buying your Apple TV HD or 4K? 32GB or 64GB? These are the sorts of questions you need to ask yourself when you buy an Apple TV these days. And while you only need to decide a few things when getting an Apple TV,...

You can now draw with your finger in OneNote on iOS

Sep 9, 2019

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OneNote for iOS gained support for inking with fingers as well as inserting perfect shapes. What you need to know OneNote for iOS now supports inking and writing notes with fingers. The same update also brings the ability to insert perfect shapes. Inking with fingers is already support on OneNote for Windows 10. OneNote for iOS has a new update that brings support for inking with fingers as well as the ability to insert perfect shapes into notes. The update brings OneNote for iOS to version 16.29 and is available to all users through the App Store. Users can now draw, write notes, and mark up documents using their fingers, rather than having to use an input device like an Apple Pencil or another supported stylus. This feature is already available on the Windows 10 version of OneNote but is new for iOS according to the app's change log. The addition of finger inking should make it easier for users to add notes, highlights, and other annotations. While many users have Apple Pencils...

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iOS gain sparkly ink animation and more

Sep 9, 2019

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Inking now has a bit more personality on several Microsoft Office apps on iOS. What you need to know Word, Excel, and PowerPoint gained a sparkle animation for inking on iOS. Word also gained a new eraser size. Excel gained a new "Focus on What's Left to Do" feature. Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on iOS all have new updates. The updates bring a sparkle animation for ink strokes as well as a couple of smaller features for Word and Excel. The updates are available to all users through the App Store. In addition to the sparkle animation, Word on iOS now has two erasers so users will have more precision when correcting mistakes. Additionally, Excel on iOS will "collapse comments and make open items stand out" when "Focus on What's Left to Do" is selected. Microsoft shipped several updates to apps this week, including the option to draw with your finger in OneNote on iOS. Microsoft To Do got a design refresh as well as a slight name change that dropped the hyphen from the ap...

Don't hurt your Switch. Safely swap out microSD's by following these steps.

Sep 9, 2019

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Nintendo has made it very easy to expand the internal storage on the Switch, but that removable storage offers a secondary benefit. As soon as a card is inserted, things like screenshots are immediately saved to the new storage instead of the internal system memory. That means those of us who don't want to post screenshots immediately to Facebook or Twitter can quickly grab screenshots and other files from the Switch and move them elsewhere by removing the card. If you're going to quickly swap microSD cards back and forth on the Nintendo Switch, it's important to know there's a right way and a wrong way to do this. Here's the right way. Cards for the occasion Room for all your games: Samsung 256GB EVO Plus microSD ($45 at Amazon) Budget friendly storage: Samsung 64GB EVO microSD ($12 at Amazon) What you can do before removing your microSD card Depending on what you need that microSD card for, there are a few things you can do before removing it. If, for example, you want to format...

iPhone 11 will reportedly launch on Friday, September 20

Sep 9, 2019

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The launch will allegedly coincide with the reopening of Apple's landmark Fifth Avenue store. What you need to know Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 11 on Friday, September 20. Preorders will reportedly go live on Friday, September 13. The iPhone 11's launch is said to coincide with the reopening on Apple's landmark Fifth Avenue store. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 11 at an event on September 10. About a week later, on September 20, the device will launch, according to an AppleInsider report. The report claims Apple employees are currently prepping for a planned iPhone 11 launch on September 20 — a timeline that sticks closely to previous iPhone launches. If history is a guide, Apple fans should be able to preorder the iPhone 11 this Friday, September 13. To celebrate the launch of the iPhone 11, Apple will reportedly reopen its iconic Fifth Avenue store in New York City, which has been closed for the past few years due to renovations. Recently, Apple uncover...

Top 100 Apple People to Follow in 2019

Sep 9, 2019

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A lot of people cover Apple, across a lot of different spaces and mediums. Here are all the ones you need to follow. It's weird. I've blogged and done podcasts for a long time, and YouTube much more recently. And even when you're just talking about one company, like Apple, the analysts and journos don't always know the podcasters or bloggers, or vice versa, and the people on YouTube don't always know the people off, and also vice versa. It's almost like we all exist in the same space but vibrate at different dimensional frequencies. And the intersection of people who read Daring Fireball, watch MKBHD, listen to Connected, and follow Above Avalon is way, way smaller than it should be. So, let's fix that. These are all the Apple analysts, journalists, bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers, and more that you need to follow at Apple's WWDC 2019 event. Updated Video Original Video YouTubers You all probably already know the YouTubers that focus on or at least regularly cover Apple,...

Do you need to manage your Apple Card notifications? We can show you how!

Sep 9, 2019

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Let there be silence! Or not... It's your choice. Notifications can be helpful or annoying at times. That is why Apple has created a way to shut off any notification that you don't want to see on your phone. If for any reason your desires change, you can easily adjust this in a couple of different places. Manage Apple Card notifications Weekly Summary Manage Apple Wallet notifications Manage Apple Card notifications There is a specific place on your phone that you can adjust notifications based on the cards you have. It is the perfect way to manage if you want some cards to show you notifications and some not. Here is how you can manage just your Apple card notifications. Open the Wallet App on your iPhone. Select the Apple Card. Press the three dots in the top right corner. Scroll down to Allow Notifications. Toggle Allow Notifications on or off. This process you can repeat for any cards you want to have on or off. That being said, if you want to have all of your notific...

How to choose between the Nintendo Switch Lite and the new Switch

Sep 9, 2019

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We absolutely love the Nintendo Switch and all its variants. We're committed to helping you find the best gaming experience. New Switch Switch King $300 at Amazon Pros Up to 9 hours of battery Works with all Switch games Tabletop mode TV mode Detachable Joy-Cons Cons Expensive Less compact The new and improved Switch allows you to play up to nine hours before needing a recharge. The Joy-Cons slide on and off the device for easy multiplayer gaming. You can play it in TV, tabletop, and handheld modes. It costs more, but it works with every Switch game and you'll be able do more with it than you can with the Switch Lite. Switch Lite Budget Buy $200 at Amazon Pros Inexpensive Up to 7 hours of battery Compact 4 color options Cons No TV mode No tabletop mode Some games won't work as easily No motion controls or HD rumble This smaller Switch provides up to seven hours of battery life in a handheld gaming system, but It's less expensive than its Switch siblings, and is more c...

Logitech's MX line just way better with a new mouse and keyboard

Sep 4, 2019

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What you need to know Logitech announced the MX Master 3 and MX Keys keyboard. The MX Master 3 is a redesigned mouse that adds a new MagSpeed scroll wheel for more precise scrolling. The MX Keys is the spiritual successor to the Craft keyboard with handy backlit keys. The MX Master 3 gets redesigned and MX Keys brings its spacious keys to a wider audience. Today Logitech announced the MX Master 3 and MX Keys, two new products that continue the legacy of its illustrious MX line. The MX Master 3 is completely redesigned taking the best parts of the previous two generations—mainly the aggressive design and high precision sensor—and enhances it. The design is still very much cut from the same cloth of past generations, but it is sleek, mean, and fresh. Logitech made a myriad of minor changes such as the re-positioned back and forth buttons to a more natural location, tweaked battery indicator, making the gesture button at the bottom more pronounced, and including a USB-C ...

Leaked Apple document reaffirms iPhone 11 branding, new iPads

Sep 4, 2019

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The document provides information on iPhone 11 branding, upcoming Apple Watch and iPad models, and iOSS 13.1 release date. What you need to know A leaked Apple internal document says Apple will announce three iPhone models: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The phones will come with iOS 13, with 13.1.0 hitting public beta last week. Four new Apple Watch models are also set to be announced alongside the iPhones. Apple is also planning to launch new iPads in October. A leaked internal document gives us a better idea of what Apple is launching at the iPhone 11 event on September 10. The document says Apple will announce three models in the iPhone 11 series — iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max — with the branding lining up with the N104, D42, and D43 internal identifiers. The leak comes by way of AppleBeta2019 (via AppleInsider), a Twitter account that has shared reliable information on beta releases in the past. The branding for the iPhones i...

LEGO Star Wars Battles brings adventure to iOS and Android

Sep 4, 2019

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Fight for your life in this brand new LEGO Star Wars game What you need to know You can fight other players in real-time, no matter where you are. There are up to 40 different characters and creatures to collect and add to your army. LEGO Star Wars Battles will be available in the year 2020. LEGO Star Wars Battles has been announced by the official Star Wars website. As the website describes it, LEGO Star Wars Battles is a mobile game that "combines competitive combat, character collecting, and tower building with the classic charm and humor of LEGO." In this game, you'll be able to collect and then lead an army of LEGO Star Wars characters into real-time, PVP battles. These battles will be set in iconic locations from throughout the movies (such as the tropical planet, Scarif), and as such, will include some very familiar characters that we all know and love like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Players will need to build LEGO towers on the battlefield as strategically as possibl...

Google about to get slapped with an antitrust probe by U.S. state officials

Sep 4, 2019

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More than half the country's State Attorneys general are said to be ready to begin processes next week. What you need to know Approximately 30 attorney generals have signed on to an antitrust probe aimed at Google. The investigation is expected to be announced on Monday. It's still unknown whether other tech giants like Amazon or Facebook will also see antitrust scrutiny. The Washington Post is reporting an antitrust investigation into Google's actions expected to be announced at a news conference on Monday in Washington. This is part of a coalition of states that are questioning whether tech giants are breaking antitrust laws. Recently, the federal government, headed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), launched a national investigation into antitrust actions against Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. This new information is on a state level, allowing states to independently seek answers to their questions about whether tech companies shoul...

The first wireless headset design for Nintendo Switch releases today

Sep 3, 2019

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Wireless headphones specifically designed with the Nintendo Switch in mind. What you need to know SteelSeries released a gaming headset on September 3, 2019. It's specifically designed to work wirelessly with Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC, but it can also work wired with Xbox One. It comes with a USB-C dongle to connect with the Switch console in handheld mode and a USB-A adapter for use in docked mode. These headphones work up to 30-feet away and offer 20 hours of battery life. It features a detachable microphone and uses a 2.4GHz wireless platform. Today SteelSeries released a new gaming headset called the Arctis 1 Wireless that is designed to work with a variety of devices and consoles including the Nintendo Switch. It comes with a USB-C dongle for attaching to the hybrid console in handheld mode and a USB-A adapter so you can also use them when your Switch is docked. Instead of a Bluetooth connection, these headphones function using a 2.4GHz wireless platform, which allows for...

iOS 13 beta testers question software's quality ahead of launch

Sep 3, 2019

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Will iOS 13.1 be a patch on day one? This month, Apple is expected to unveil a trio of new iPhones, as well as release the consumer version of iOS 13. With features like Dark Mode, revamped Reminders, and pro-level camera tools, there's a lot to look forward to in Apple's new mobile update. Unfortunately, developers are questioning the software's quality after a buggy beta period. By its very nature beta software is in a constant state of repair, so problems are expected to arise. Even "finished" software exhibits its fair share of bugs. However, iOS 13's beta cycle appears to be particularly bad, with several testers questioning what shape the final software will be in by the time it's released. I think there’s a significant chance of this happening this year.The OSes need more time, but holding back the hardware would be VERY expensive to them.Wouldn’t surprise me if new phones ship with 12.x and some of the marketed features get enabled ~1 month later with iOS 13. ...

Apple relaxes notarization requirements for macOS Catalina

Sep 3, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has relaxed notarization required for macOS Catalina devices. The deadline is now four months away — January 2020. This should help developers having issues with adopting notarization. This will make it easier to protect macOS Catalina users. Apple today announced it is relaxation some of the requirements of macOS Catalina notarization. From Apple Developer Updates: As a reminder, Mac software distributed outside the Mac App Store must be notarized by Apple in order to run on macOS Catalina. To make this transition easier and to protect users on macOS Catalina who continue to use older versions of software, we've adjusted the notarization prerequisites until January 2020. You can now notarize Mac software that: Doesn't have the Hardened Runtime capability enabled. Has components not signed with your Developer ID. Doesn't include a secure timestamp with your code-signing signature. Was built with an older SDK. Includes the com...

Geekbench 5 now available with support for new benchmark tests

Sep 3, 2019

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The updated release is 50% off until September 10. What you need to know Primate Labs has announced the release of Geekbench 5. Geekbench 5 will allow users to measure CPU performance related to AR, machine learning, and computational photography. Geekbench 5 is available now and is 50% off until September 10. Geekbench, the popular computer and mobile device benchmarking software, has received an update that brings support for Dark Mode to macOS as well as new CPU and GPU benchmark tests. Developer Primate Labs says the update to Geekbench 5 allows users to "measure your system's power more accurately than ever before." One of the biggest changes in Geekbench 5 will allow developers to measure CPU performance related to AR, machine learning, and computational photography—all of which are big buzzwords in today's mobile landscape. Primate labs explains some of the more technical additions in the update: Geekbench 5 also increases the memory footprint of existing workloa...

Apple pulls plug on drama series that was set to star Richard Gere

Sep 3, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has pulled the plug on the Apple TV+ drama series Bastards. The series was an American remake of the Israeli series Nevelot. It was set to star Richard Gere, but creative differences led to its cancellation. Creative differences led to the scrapping of the project. Apple's slate of possible content for Apple TV+ is getting smaller after it opted to cancel the drama series "Bastards." The series was set to star Richard Gere, but creative differences between Apple and the showrunners led to the cancellation. According to Variety, showrunners Howard Gordon and Warren Leight were set to pen the script and produce the series but ran into issues with Apple. The series involved a dark turn that saw the two main characters go on a shooting spree. That idea is highly problematic in the today's climate given the issues with gun control. It's unclear if that was the main reason Apple nixed the series, but it came with a cost as the decision led to a "large financi...

Monitors that will love your older MacBook Pro

Sep 3, 2019

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MacBook Pros stand the test of time and typically last a lot longer than other laptops on the market. If you're looking for a monitor for your older machine, we recommend the LG 27UK850-W, which offers all the bells and whistles you need for a home environment. We've gathered other noteworthy models to help you choose the one that fits your needs best. Best Overall: LG 27UK850-W Great computer monitors offer robust color, brightness, and sharpness. On these three points, the LG 27UK850-W blew us away. We found the color spot-on and didn't require any additional fine-tuning during setup. In doing so, the monitor provides a natural extension to any workspace. Speaking of setup, the entire process for the 27-inch monitor takes less than 10 minutes. The same speediness can't be said about other monitors on the market. We're also impressed with LG's decision to add multiple ports on this monitor. If your computer supports USB-C, stick with it. Otherwise, use the monitor's USB-A or H...

The tiny Moon wireless charger is surprisingly powerful

Sep 3, 2019

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This small and thin wireless charging pad does the job. If you're looking for a wireless charger that doesn't take up quite so much space on your desk, table, or counter, look no further than Moon. It's the tiniest wireless charger for your iPhone, AirPods, or any Qi-enabled smartphone in every dimension that I've seen. Measuring just 2.44 inches in diameter and 0.15 inches thick, you'd be hard-pressed to find a smaller charger. Moon Wireless Charger Price: $30 Bottom line: If you need a compact wireless charger, check out the tiny Moon Wireless Charger. See at Moon The Good Tiny 2.44-inch diameter Slim: Just 0.15-inch thick Waterproof (IP67) Foreign object detection Doesn't get hot The Bad Slower than plugged-in charging Fabric offers no traction and phone can slide off The smallest charging pad Moon Wireless Char...

Switch owners — you need this microSD card

Sep 3, 2019

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Best answer: If you're downloading games digitally, you should go for no less than a 64GB microSD card. Thanks for the Memories: Samsung EVO+ 256GB ($45 at Amazon) Games are only getting bigger If you're planning on downloading your games digitally, you should try to aim for the biggest microSD card you can afford. Nintendo Switch games are launching with bigger and bigger file sizes every week. From open world games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild to games jam-packed with characters like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you will eventually find yourself quickly running out of space. Our recommendation is to go no smaller than 64GB. This is a comfortable size that would allow you to hold a couple of big games at around 14GB each, a couple of medium-sized games at around half that mark, and a smattering of smaller games to fill out the bottom (or use that space for another big game or two). You should expect to do some shuffling in the future at that size. As long as you are OK regular...

Class in session: can your really ditch your laptop for an iPad?

Sep 3, 2019

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Best answer: If you're planning on using your device primarily for word processing, note-taking, web research, drawing, and similar tasks, the answer is yes. Otherwise, you should stick with a laptop. Entry-level goodness: iPad Air (2019) (from $499 at Apple) Another level: iPad Pro (2018) (from $799 at Apple) Making a choice iPads are getting ever-closer to replacing laptops -- at least in certain situations. The best starting point in deciding between the two is to ask whether you're going to be using your device for highly intensive tasks such as video or photo-design. If your schoolwork requires that you use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Apple Final Cut Pro, to name just a few examples, stick with a laptop. By contrast, if you only need your device for writing term papers, researching topics, sketch work, or playing the occasional game, an iPad is a great choice. For this, we recommend either the iPad Air (2019) or iPad Pro (2018). The newest iPad Air Introduced ear...

Apple Pay gets increased support in the Netherlands

Sep 3, 2019

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You can add your card to Apple Pay through the Wallet app on iOS. What you need to know Bunq and Monese both announced Apple Pay support in the Netherlands. You can add your cards to Apple Pay through the Wallet app on iOS. Apple Pay makes it easy to pay for stuff using nothing but your phone. Customers of Bunq and Monese can now use Apple Pay in the Netherlands, both banks announced this week. Apple Pay has been available in the Netherlands for a about a month now but only through ING. Now, Bunq and Monese can add their cards to Apple Pay through the Wallet app on iOS. According to Apple's website, Apple Pay can be used at several retail locations in the Netherlands, including Aldi, Adidas, Starbucks, and Burger King, among many others. Of course, these are just the stores Apple felt necessary to highlight on its website; many other supermarkets, restaurants, and more should accept Apple Pay. In a FAQ on Bunq's website, the bank notes that Apple Pay is only available to Premium...

The best Reddit app, Apollo, continues to get better with this big update

Sep 3, 2019

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Apollo, one of the better Reddit apps on iOS, just received a major update with cool new features. Reddit is the place on the Internet where things usually start before going viral, or even where news breaks. On iOS, one of the best ways to access Reddit is with a little app called Apollo by Christian Selig, and it's one of our favorite apps here at iMore (in fact, it even lives on my home screen). Today, Apollo gets an update to version 1.5, and it's a pretty significant update. New features The biggest new feature in this update is better private messages support, which has been a highly requested feature by many users. Now you'll be able to view and respond to PMs in a gorgeous, fully-threaded conversational view, and you'll still be able to go to separate inbox sections (viewing comment replies, etc.) For those with Apollo Pro/Ultra, there is a new auto-collapsing child comments feature. This will hide everything that isn't a top-level comment, so it's easier than ever befo...

Protect your iPhone XS with little extra bulk with a thin case

Sep 3, 2019

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So you just got an iPhone XS and want to protect it from minor scratches and bumps without sacrificing the original feel of the phone itself? If you answered yes to that, then you're searching for an ultra-thin case. Fortunately, we've got you covered with some great options. Best for Most totallee Thin iPhone XS Case Staff Favorite If you want the thinnest case out there, then totallee has you covered. This Thin iPhone XS Case is only 0.02mm thick, so you'll barely feel anything at all. It's thin enough to protect your device from scratches, but don't expect anything beyond that. It's made for people who want to have a naked iPhone, but don't want anything to scuff it up at the same time. From $25 at Amazon The Original Peel Super Thin iPhone XS Case Peel cases are paper-thin at 0.35mm and fully or semi-transparent, depending on the color you choose. Even if you go with a color, such as Rose Gold, the semi-transparent (frosted) matte finish still lets your phone's natura...

Thieves broke into Apple store and stole $200,000 worth of iPhones

Sep 3, 2019

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What you need to know A gang of thieves broke into an Apple store in Australia. The thieves got in by breaking a glass panel and then threatened the security guard on duty. They got away with over $200,000 worth of iPhones. This was after a previous effort was thwarted the same night. If at first you fail, try again. That's how the saying goes, but whoever said it likely wasn't referring to the gang of thieves that stole more than $200,000 worth of iPhones from an Australian Apple store. According to The West Australian, a group of men attempted to break into an Apple store in Perth but were thwarted when a taxi passed by. Unrelented, the thieves made their way to another Apple store in Garden City where they accomplished their mission. Smashing the front glass, they entered the building that was guarded by a security guard and threatened him with blunt weapons. They then began to grab all of the iPhones they could carry. In the end, they managed to get away with over $200,000 i...

New York’s MTA wants you to stop losing your AirPods

Sep 3, 2019

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There's been an increase in dropped or lost AirPods. What you need to know Reports say New York's MTA is considering a PSA that would urge people not to remove their AirPods while on the subway. Dropped AirPods are allegedly becoming a major problem. If you drop an AirPod on the subway tracks, don't retrieve it yourself. The amount of AirPods dropped in New York City's subway system is becoming a problem. It's so bad, in fact, that the MTA is considering a public service announcement urging subway riders not to remove the wireless headphones when they're on the subway. According to the Wall Street Journal, who spoke with MTA maintenance supervisor Steven Dluginski, this summer has been particularly bad for dropped AirPods. Dluginski said thanks to the increased temperatures more commuters are dropping their AirPods on the train tracks, and MTA employees then have to retrieve them. According to Dluginski, his team had to retrieve as many as six AirPods in a single summer day. Not ...

Nintendo Direct focuses on Pokémon Gen 8 and Luigi's Mansion on September 4

Sep 3, 2019

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Along with what you missed out on from the last few Directs. Nintendo Direct is Nintendo's newest way to update you on what is coming to their consoles, but it's changed routes and made it mostly Nintendo Switch content. With these updates, Nintendo tells us about its plans for future games and about any updates that may be coming sometime soon. Here is a recap of the past Directs and when we expect the new one to come. September 4, 2019 Another Nintendo Direct is coming on September 4, 2019. This is going to be a longer Direct than normal, lasting around 40 minutes. Nintendo has stated that it will focus on Switch games of 2019 including Luigi's Mansion 3 and Pokémon Sword and Shield. The video will air 3:00 p.m. PT/6:00 p.m. ET. As usual, we'll be here to cover any big news the company reveals. August 19, 2019 In the morning of August 19, 2019 Nintendo will be holding a new Indie World presentation. Tune in at 6:00 a.m. PT / 9:00 a.m. ET for a 20-minute show all abo...

Code within iOS 13 reveals Apple is working on new Schooltime feature

Sep 3, 2019

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What you need to know Code within iOS 13 reveals Apple is working on a new feature called Schooltime. The feature will block notifications from the Apple Watch to help students focus. It's unclear if the feature will be available with iOS 13.0 or later. It will block access to apps, complications and notifications to help students focus. Apple has multiple unannounced features in the works with iOS 13 and every day we're learning more. Yesterday, it was reported that the company may add long-awaited sleep tracking to the Apple Watch and now we're learning about a new feature meant to enhance students' learning. According to MacRumors, code within iOS 13 reveals Apple is working on a new feature called Schooltime for the Apple Watch. The feature is meant to cut down on student distractions by blocking access to apps, complications, and notifications during school hours. The only thing that will not be blocked will be emergency calls and alerts. Users will be able to enable the fea...

Can you use old Versa bands on the new Versa 2?

Sep 3, 2019

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Best answer: Yes, you can use your old Fitbit Versa bands with the new Versa 2! The bands are interchangeable between the original Versa, Versa Lite, and Versa 2. The new hotness: Kim Shui Horween Braided Suede Bracelet ($55 at Fitbit) A timeless classic: Kmasic Fitbit Versa Soft Silicone Sportband ($4 - $10 at Amazon) Original Fitbit Versa bands DO work with the Fitbit Versa 2 One of the most frustrating things about being a diehard Fitbit fan is that if you upgrade devices somewhat frequently, you have to get new accessories as well. Bands have not traditionally been compatible between generations of Fitbit products - even in the same product family. True, you may have wanted to get new bands, but it was aggravating that you HAD to. Thankfully Fitbit has changed this strategy and followed the likes of Apple and other watch manufacturers by allowing for band interchangeability between generations of the Versa line. Even though the size of the watch face and casing is slightly l...

Apple Watch bands could authenticate your identity with wrist sensor

Sep 3, 2019

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The sensor could look at patterns in your skin. What you need to know Apple has filed a patent for a biometric sensor built into a watch band. The sensor could detect pattens in a user's skin. The sensor may also look at patterns in the hair on your wrist. Apple has explored biometrics with features like Touch ID and Face ID. Now, the company is exploring a new way to authenticate your identity with what could become known as "Wrist ID." A patent uncovered by Patently Apple (via 9to5Mac) describes a biometric sensor that's built into a watch band designed for Apple Watch. Apparently, the wrist biometric sensor would "acquire skin texture pattern images" to authenticate a user's identity. A wearable electronic device may include a device body and a device band coupled to the device body for securing the device to a wrist of a user. The wearable electronic device may also include a wrist biometric sensor carried by one of the device body and the device band. The wrist biometric ...

If you can't get your iPhone or iPad to work try recovery mode — here's how

Sep 3, 2019

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When all else fails, recovery mode lets you restore your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad in iTunes. If updating your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad through Software Update simply isn't working, you're trying to get off a bad beta, or your device has simply become completely unresponsive and nothing else is working, recovery mode might be just what you need to get things going again. It's painful, so it's more of an almost-last resort than a first step. It's not complicated, however, and knowing about recovery mode is important if you ever need it. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, or iPhone XS iPad Pro with Face ID iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 6s or earlier and iPad How to put your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X or iPhone XS into recovery mode Because iPhone 8 doesn't have a physical Home button and iPhone X and iPhone XS don't have a button at all, recovery mode is accessed via a series of button presses. If iTunes is open on your Mac, close it. Plug your USB to Lightnin...

Get the most out of your iPad Pro with these USB-C hubs

Sep 3, 2019

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Now that the iPad Pro uses a USB-C port for charging, it opens up Apple's tablet to an entirely new world of possibilities with USB-C. You could make use of USB-C hubs to share your iPad screen to another monitor, transfer photos from an SD card or other drives, get a headphone jack, connect to other USB-A peripherals, and more. While there are many on the market, the one we think is the overall best pick is the HyperDrive 6-in-1 USB-C Hub Adapter. Best Overall: HyperDrive 6-in-1 USB-C Hub Adapter The HyperDrive 6-in-1 USB-C Hub Adapter is a hub that connects directly into the USB-C port on the iPad Pro and sits flush along the bottom. It's like a small brick with a grip that helps it distribute the weight evenly, preventing strain on the port itself. Unlike a lot of other USB-C hubs, this one was designed specifically with the iPad Pro in mind. The HyperDrive USB-C Hub Adapter includes the following: 3.5mm audio jack, USB-A, SD, Micro SD, USB-C, and HDMI. With these ports, it ...

Get a lifetime of VPN Unlimited for only $40 right now

Sep 3, 2019

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If you’re still surfing the Web without the protection of a VPN, you may as well be leaving your laptop open and unattended in a busy coffee shop. Hackers are now able to access everything from your banking information to your browsing history with just a few lines of code, and they are only growing more powerful by the day. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is an award-winning service that allows you to browse both securely and conveniently, and right now a lifetime subscription is available for over 90% off at just $39.99. Unlike most VPNs that offer security at the expense of browsing speed, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited offers next-level protection and won’t slow you down. You’ll be able to access a growing number of super-secure servers in over 70 locations across the globe, surf on a wide variety of unique VPN protocols including IKEv2 and OpenVPN, enjoy handy features like Ping Tests, and much more. You’ll even be able to bypass those obnoxious content filters...

Possible iPhone 11R Geekbench score reveals major upgrade

Sep 3, 2019

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What you need to know A newly discovered Geekbench score may have revealed a major spec bump for the iPhone XR successor. The Geekbech results revealed the new iPhone could come with 4GB of RAM. The iPhone XR came with 3GB of RAM. The 4G of RAM could be a 25% bump over the iPhone XR. The iPhone 11R could come with 4GB of RAM, or so an unearthed Geekbench score suggests. First spotted by MacRumors, a Geekbench score was discovered by one of its forum members that revealed a device with the model number "iPhone 12,1" that was running iOS 13.1. The giveaway point is the motherboard identifier, which is N104AP. Previously, Bloomberg reported that the iPhone XR successor was internally known as N104. The device's score was impressive enough, but what was more interesting was that it comes with 4GB of RAM. Last year, the iPhone XR only came with 3GB of RAM while the iPhone XS and XS Max came with 4GB of RAM. This could mean two things: Either Apple is catching up the R model with the...

Apple Card found to be mix of titanium and aluminum

Sep 3, 2019

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We're more concerned with how tough it is to keep Apple Card clean. What you need to know Bloomberg asked a scientist to test whether the Apple Card really is made of titanium. A University of California, Berkeley professor concluded the Apple Card os 90% titanium and 10% aluminum. The scientist used a scanning electron microscope to determine the card's atomic makeup. On Apple's website, the company makes it a point to tell readers that the physical Apple Card is made of titanium. "How the titanium Apple Card works;" "Get your titanium Apple Card;" How to cancel your request for a titanium Apple Card." Turns out, Apple Card mostly definitely is made of titanium, but Apple isn't telling the whole truth. According to University of California, Berkeley professor Hans-Rudolf Wenk, the Apple Card is 90% titanium and 10% aluminum. Wenk apparently used a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to determine the card's atomic makeup, Bloomberg said. This isn't some major controversy, so don't...

Reduce that pesky "other" section of your iPhone or iPad's storage capacity

Sep 3, 2019

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The 'Other' category in iPhone and iPad's storage doesn't have to take up so much space. The "Other" category on your iPhone and iPad is basically where all of your caches, settings preferences, saved messages, voice memos, and… well, other data is stored. There is no simple way to identify and remove data in the Other storage category. With a bit of patience, you can reduce the amount of space it takes up on your iPhone or iPad. Follow the steps below to get started. How to check your iPhone or iPad's storage space How to check your iPhone or iPad's storage space using iTunes Try clearing Safari caches and the offline Reading List Try deleting old iMessage and Mail data Try restoring your iPhone or iPad from a backup How to check your iPhone or iPad's storage space You can quickly see what apps are taking up space on your iPhone or iPad by checking out the Usage folder in the Settings app. Open the Settings app. Tap General. Tap iPhone [or iPad] Storage. Your device's...

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 vs. DJI Osmo Mobile 3: Should you upgrade?

Sep 3, 2019

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Second coming DJI Osmo Mobile 2 $114 at Amazon Pros Compact, comfortable design Great special effects Good battery life Slightly cheaper Cons Not foldable Can't use the DJI Mimo app Doesn't have ActiveTrack 3.0 Only has Bluetooth 4.0 Blocks phone charging point No gesture control No sport mode The successor to the original DJI Mobile, the Mobile 2 is a very competent handheld smartphone gimbal stabilizer. The Mobile 2 offers ActiveTrack technology for smooth footage, perfectly focused on your subject. Thanks to the companion app, there's the ability to create timelapse, motionlapse, hyperlapse, slow-mo, use cinematic zoom control, and more. The 15 hours battery life is brilliant, and the design is portable and lightweight compared to competitors. Third up DJI Osmo Mobile 3 $119 at Amazon Pros Gesture control Foldable Story mode templates Sport mode Allows access to phone charging point Quicker to balance Standby button Cons Slightly more expensive Th...

Download Boreal Blade for Nintendo Switch today!

Sep 3, 2019

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Nintendo Switch has tons of awesome games available right now! Plus, there are dozens more in the pipeline. When the Switch first launched, there were fewer than a dozen titles available for sale. But, as time goes by, and as game makers realize the popularity of Nintendo's hybrid mobile console, more and more titles are being added to the list all of the time. Here are all the games available right now, in digital and game card form, as well as games that are officially coming to Switch sometime in the future. What's new? New games released and announced games coming soon Here's where you'll find everything new that is either now available in the Switch eShop or as a physical game card, as well as games that have recently been announced as coming to the Switch. New physical game cartridges you can buy right now! Astral Chain - $60 Spyro Reignited Trilogy - $40 Physical game cartridges you can pre-order right now! Daemon X Machina - Available September 13 - $60 The Legend o...

Here's absolutely everything you should know about HomeKit

Aug 29, 2019

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Want to jump into the world of HomeKit? Here's what you need to know. HomeKit is Apple's framework for home automation: It's what manufacturers use to integrate their products — lights, speakers, thermostats, plugs, sensors, locks, and more — with Apple's iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and HomePod. Thanks to HomeKit, these accessories can be more secure, easier to use, and best of all, triggered with Siri. So why is it called "HomeKit"? It follows Apple's other "Kit" name-schemes, combining "Home" (for home automation) with "Kit" (short for software developers kit, or SDK). Thus, HomeKit. How does HomeKit work? It's pretty cool. Using the Home app or a HomeKit-compatible app, you set up Homes and Rooms that can contain your various accessories. Then you set up scenes and automations to control those accessories. The result is a powerful, flexible system for controlling everything from a single light bulb to your entire connected house, all from your iOS de...

Was Astral Chain influenced by Pokémon?

Aug 29, 2019

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Best answer: Yes! The director's love of Pokémon inspired the main character's partnership with Legion. Fight aliens with a living weapon: Astral Chain ($60 at Amazon) What element of Astral Chain was inspired by Pokémon? Astral Chain is an action game, so in most regards, it's not an awful lot like Pokémon. However, game director Takahisa Taura has said that one very specific element was inspired by GameFreak's monster-catching and battling game. In an official tweet promoting the game, Taura revealed that he was a fan of Pokémon and that its themes of fighting alongside monster companions inspired the main character's relationship with its assigned partner, Legion. Legion isn't as cute and fluffy as a lot of Pokémonv; it's a chimera-like being that can change shape and fight alongside its partner, rather than just stepping in to fight for them. But its partnership with the main character forms a strong bond like that of a Pokémon comp...

Helpful hints for parents of Pokémon Masters players

Aug 29, 2019

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Pokémon Masters is a fun, family-friendly game, but there are things you need to know as a parent Pokémon is a big deal. If you are a parent in your thirties you probably already know this, and you are likely a fan yourself. With the arrival of Pokémon GO in 2016, Pokémon went through a huge revival and now kids all over the world are on the Pokétrain. DeNA and the Pokémon Company have just released a mobile game centered around Pokémon called Pokémon Masters and it may just be your child's newest obsession. Let's talk about what that means and what you need to know about it before you let your little one play. Become the PML Champion Pokémon Masters Free-to-play at the Apple App Store Sync up! Pokémon Masters is the latest Pokémon game to grace our phones. Collect your sync pairs and become the champion you know you can. What is Pokémon Masters? Pokémon Masters is a mobile gam...

CASETiFY's new Lisa Frank collection is a blast from the past

Aug 29, 2019

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Take CASETiFY, makers of cute-yet-protective cases and tech accessories. Add in Lisa Frank, Queen of the '90s. Mix them together and you have the just-released Lisa Frank x CASETiFY Collection, available now for a limited time. The nostalgia-inducing cases, ring holders, and accessories start at just $25, and they'll be around while supplies last. As a '90s kid, I'm obsessed with everything the collection has to offer. I used to spend hours tracing my Lisa Frank trapper keeper, and when it was time to shop for school supplies, her folders were hands-down the coolest options available. CASETiFY's collab capitalizes on the love so many have for Lisa Frank, paying homage to her sticker sheets and splashing neon color across every item available. There are plenty of phone cases in the collection, but my personal favorite is the glittery Lisa Frank's Stickerfest Case. Pick your favorite color combination and pay $49. You could also get a case that looks like a composition notebook, and ...

Apple's new program makes indies right for iPhone repair

Aug 29, 2019

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Apple is expanding repair support for out-of-warranty iPhones beyond AppleCare, beyond Apple Stores, beyond even Apple Authorized Service Providers. Right now, today, they're launching a brand new program for Independent Repair Providers and here's what it covers. Apple's had the Authorized Service Provider program, or ASP, for a long time now, and it's grown to support 1,800 locations in the U.S. and over 5,000 internationally. But, even when you factor in Apple retail, that's still not everywhere and certainly still not everyone. So, in typical measure 1000 times, cut once, Apple has realized they have to do more. And so, they're announcing an additional program for Independent Repair Providers. IRP. Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer: "To better meet our customers' needs, we're making it easier for independent providers across the US to tap into the same resources as our Apple Authorized Service Provider network. When a repair is needed, a customer should have...

Here's how you can send large email attachments with your iPhone or iPad

Aug 29, 2019

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How do you add an email attachment on your iPhone or iPad? With Files, Dropbox, Google Drive, and more! You're writing an email and need to attach a file to it, perhaps an office or iWork document, or maybe a PDF or text file. For security reasons, you can't go wandering through the file system, but you can attach any file to any email from any storage provider app, including the Files app, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more. How to attach files from the Files app to an email on iPhone and iPad How to attach Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive or enterprise files to email on iPhone and iPad How to use the attachment shortcut on iPad How to attach files from the Files app to an email on iPhone and iPad The Files app gives you access to all of your documents, videos, photos, and more that are saved onto your iCloud Drive, all from the convenience of your iPhone. Launch Mail from your Home screen Tap Compose to start a new email. Touch-and-hold to bring up the editing menu o...

T-Mobile adds eSIM support to postpaid plans for iPhone XS and iPhone XR

Aug 29, 2019

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What you need to know As of today, T-Mobile is bringing eSIM to its postpaid customers It had supported eSIM for its prepaid customers since last year eSIM is supported by the iPhone XS and iPhone XR Today, T-Mobile has announced that it is bringing eSIM support to the iPhone XS and iPhone XR for its postpaid customers. Reported by 9to5Mac, this offering by the Uncarrier is actually an expansion of existing functionality. T-Mobile was already supporting eSIM on both iPhone models in December of last year, but it was limited at the time to prepaid customers only. T-Mobile today announced expanded support for embedded SIM (eSIM), which is basically just a physical SIM card gone digital. Last year, the Un-carrier launched eSIM on prepaid plans, and starting August 28, customers can light up an eSIM with a T-Mobile postpaid plan -- something Un-carrier customers have asked for – to open new ways of using an eSIM-equipped device by adding a second line on the same device. App...

Apple’s rumored Tile-like tracking tool could have additional features

Aug 28, 2019

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What you need to know Apple's rumored Tile-like service could have additional features. A new report suggests it will offer ARKit functionality and the ability to leash devices together. With leashing, whenever a device is too far from another like an iPhone and Apple Watch, you will be alerted. The service could use augmented reality to track lost devices. Apple introduced a revamped Find My app for iOS 13 in June, paving the way for Offline Finding, its way of tracking lost devices even when they're turned off. Along those lines, Apple has also been rumored to be working on a Tile-like service to make tracking devices even easier, and new evidence within iOS 13 suggest that this new service could offer even more functionality. According to MacRumors, an ARKit "star" image was discovered in the Find My app in the iOS 13 beta which suggest the service could use augmented reality to find a lost device. Additionally, code strings discovered suggest the service could add a "leashing...

iPhone 11 Pro design seemingly confirmed by case maker

Aug 28, 2019

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Apple's next iPhone will allegedly feature a triple-camera setup. What you need to know Cases from Totallee have seemingly confirmed the iPhone 11' Pro's design. The case maker said its manufacturer confirmed the designs are legit. We're expecting Apple to unveil the iPhone 11 Pro on September 10. The iPhone 11 hasn yet to be announced, but that hasn't stopped Totallee from introducing cases designed for Apple's upcoming smartphone. Totallee already has cases for sale designed for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone Pro Max, saying its manufacturer has confirmed that the designs are the real deal. That means the two higher end models will allegedly feature a triple-camera setup, according to Totallee, while the iPhone 11 (the successor to the iPhone XR) will feature a dual-camera system. The case maker is so confident in the designs that if you buy an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max case now and it doesn't fit what Apple ultimately introduces, you'll get you...

AirPods fail to make the grade in latest Consumer Reports testing

Aug 28, 2019

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The wireless headphones were compared to Samsung's Galaxy Buds. What you need to know Consumer Reports said it cannot recommend the AirPods. The report cited sound as one of the biggest negatives. Consumer Reports said consumers should check out Samsung's Galaxy Buds instead. Apple's AirPods are one of the company's most successful products, becoming an overnight hit following their release in 2016. Despite their popularity, Consumer Reports still won't recommended them. In new sound quality testing between AirPods and Samsung's Galaxy Buds, the publication compares things like sound quality, form and fit, features, and ease of use. On almost every occasion Consumer Reports says the Galaxy Buds are better, especially when it comes to sound quality. One weak spot is bass. The AirPods deliver the physical thump you get from percussive low sounds like a kick drum, but the earphones lack depth. Think of the acoustic base on Miles Davis' "So What." The bass is there, but you miss t...

Get a Fitbit Versa 2 on your wrist before anyone else — preorder now

Aug 28, 2019

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Best answer: Fitbit just announced the next generation of its popular Versa smartwatch - the Versa 2 and Versa 2 Special Edition. The best way to get one is to pre-order right now on Fitbit's website. Direct from the source: Versa 2 ($200+ at Fitbit) Free Prime member shipping: Versa 2 ($200+ at Amazon) Your local big box store: Versa 2 ($200+ at Best Buy) Pre-order directly from Fitbit in order to secure your new Versa 2 Now that the cat is out of the bag on the new Fitbit Versa 2, the fastest way to get your hands on one is to go directly to Fitbit.com or through the Fitbit app on your phone. Going directly through Fitbit generally gives you greater access to more colors and inventory than third-party sellers. Since Fitbit is already promoting the device heavily in-app through a splash screen ad, you can be assured they are ready and willing to take your order! Can you get it from big box stores? During this initial rollout the only major retailers that we've seen offering pr...

Keep track of your HomeKit accessories with notifications

Aug 28, 2019

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How do I turn on notifications for HomeKit-enabled accessories? Head to the Home app! Looking for a quick summary of what's happening in your HomeKit Home? Want to receive notifications from certain HomeKit-enabled accessories? You can do all that and more with the iOS Home app! How to monitor and adjust the status of your HomeKit Home How to enable notifications from your HomeKit-enabled accessories How to monitor and adjust the status of your HomeKit Home in iOS 13 How to enable notifications from your HomeKit-enabled accessories in iOS 13 How to monitor and adjust the status of your HomeKit Home You can get a quick summary of what's going on in your HomeKit Home by launching the iOS Home app and navigating to the Home tab. You'll see the name of your Home in big, bold lettering. Beneath it, you'll find a couple of sentences describing the state of your HomeKit-enabled accessories. The sentences describe the state of your accessories: How many lights are on? What's your thermos...

Apple could soon start selling iPhones online in India after rules change

Aug 28, 2019

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What you need to know Apple could start selling iPhones online in India. It was previously prevented from doing so with a rule that forced companies to source 30% of their production locally. That was an issue as most of Apple's production is based in China, but with the rules being eased, it opens the door for online sales and more. Apple isn't required to source 30% of iPhone production in India anymore. Apple could soon start selling iPhones in India online. According to a report from Bloomberg, India eased rules that forced companies to source a number of their production in India, and in the process allowing them to set up online stores and eventually physical stores. India's rules previously forced companies like Apple to source at least 30% of their production locally, but now that number will include exports. It bypasses Apple's problem with having most of its manufacturing based in China. It will now allow Apple to sell its products online before setting up brick and mor...

There hasn't been any good Reddit app on Mac, until Yack

Aug 28, 2019

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Looking for a beautiful way to get your Reddit fix on Mac? Say hello to Yack! For a lot of us, Reddit is where we get our news first, or even memes and other humorous media before they go viral on Twitter or Facebook. However, if you're on a Mac, you may have noticed a lack of good native Reddit apps, especially compared to iOS (Apollo is a favorite around here if you want a great iOS Reddit app). Truth is, there has not been a good way to browse Reddit on Mac, aside from just using the mediocre website in your browser of choice. That's just how it's been, until now. Say hello to Yack! What is Yack? Yack! bills itself as a unified community browser that consolidates your favorite networks, communities, accounts, and content into a single space. With Yack, you're able to log in and browse Reddit, YouTube, Hacker News, and Indie Hackers, all within a single app window. The mission behind Yack is to provide the most simple and streamlined user experience across different social n...

Best Apple Watch bands: The ultimate guide

Aug 28, 2019

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You love your Apple Watch, and to you, it's more than just a fantastic fitness and communication device. It's also a fashion statement. If this sounds like you, you're in good company. I'll confess to owning several dozen Apple Watch bands. I do change my band daily to match my outfit, in fact, most days I wear one band to work out and a different band for the rest of the day. From one true Apple Watch band aficionado to another, here are some of the best Apple Watch bands to enhance both its looks and its functionality. Unless otherwise noted, each of the bands below will fit any generation Apple Watch and is available in both the 38/40mm size and the 42/44mm size. Best Overall: Apple Milanese Loop When I first saw this band announced, I didn't get it, even with Jony Ive's silky smooth introduction. But it's simple, elegant design won me over, and now it's one of my absolute favorites. Light hits the stainless steel mesh just right and gives it a subtle shine. The magnetic loop...

Hulu's refreshed live guide now available on Roku, tvOS and its web player

Aug 28, 2019

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It's now far easier to find what you want to watch, when you want to watch it. What you need to know This live guide has been in the works for a while now. It hit a number of devices in the spring, including Amazon Fire TV, Xbox and Apple TV. Now Roku is on board, as well as the updated Apple TV operating system. Hulu today announced that it has rollout out its new live TV guide on Roku, on Apple TV's tvOS, and on its web player. The improvements — which, frankly, have been sorely needed for quite some time — give you the ability to see two weeks worth of listing, making it far easier to find and record shows and movies that are coming up. You'll also be able to add channels to "My Channels," so you can get to what you want to watch faster. In addition, Hulu has made it easier to find recommendations of live shows or movies that are on right that second, all right from the home menu. And, finally, you'll be able to more quickly sort through live content collections. ...

Qantas bans 15-inch MacBook Pro from checked luggage over fire concerns

Aug 28, 2019

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More and more airlines are taking a stance against Apple's laptop. What you need to know Qantas is the latest airline to ban Apple's recalled 15-inch MacBook Pro. The laptop can no longer be in checked luggage. Apple in June announced a voluntary recall on certain 15-inch MacBook Pro models due to a fire risk. Earlier this month, the FAA banned the recalled 15-inch MacBook Pros from all flights in the U.S., citing a possible fire risk. Now, airlines across the globe are following suit, with Qantas the latest airline to take a stance against the laptop. Qantas announced (via Bloomberg) that all 15-inch versions of the MacBook Pro can no longer be in checked luggage for fear the batteries could catch fire. Instead, the laptop must be carried in the cabin and switched off. Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency also announced new rules related to the recalled 15-inch MacBook Pro. In June, Apple launched a voluntary recall o...

Can you play local co-op in Astral Chain for Nintendo Switch?

Aug 28, 2019

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Best answer: Yes! A co-op mode is available only if you remove the Joy-Con controllers from the sides of the Nintendo Switch and use one for the main character, and one for Legion. Stop the alien invasion: Astral Chain ($60 at Amazon) How do you activate co-op in Astral Chain? Speaking to Kotaku, game director Takahisa Taura said that there is indeed a way to play co-op in Astral Chain. It can't be done just by hooking up a second controller. You have to remove the Joy-Con controllers from the Nintendo Switch. When you do this, the game will switch modes to allow one Joy-Con to control the main character, and the other to control their "living weapon" assistant, Legion. How does the gameplay work in co-op? When you play Astral Chain, you control your character while your living weapon, Legion, serves as a sort of AI assistant who will perform offensive, defensive, or supportive strategies to fight alongside you. You can give it commands, perform combos, and use it to your lik...

Apple releases iPadOS 13.1 public beta 1

Aug 28, 2019

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Looking to try out iPadOS 13? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! iPadOS 13 is on its way with features that need to be tested before the software is made available to the general public. As such, Apple is letting interested users check out iPadOS 13 and provide feedback before it goes into wide release. If you're one of those interested users, however, you will have to go through the public beta download and install process. While it's not complicated, it's a bit of a departure for how you might normally get software onto your iPad. So, we're going to walk you through it and give you a place to ask questions if you need extra help. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple ...

Apple releases first public beta of iOS 13.1

Aug 28, 2019

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Looking to try out iOS 13? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! iOS 13 is on its way with features that need to be tested before the software is made available to the general public. As such, Apple is letting interested users check out iOS 13 and provide feedback before it goes into wide release. If you're one of those interested users, however, you will have to go through the public beta download and install process. While it's not complicated, it's a bit of a departure for how you might normally get software onto your iPhone. So, we're going to walk you through it and give you a place to ask questions if you need extra help. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, ...

Apple releases seventh developer beta of macOS Catalina

Aug 28, 2019

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If you are a developer and want to know what to expect in macOS 10.15, here is how to install the developer beta. macOS Catalina 10.15 will be arriving soon with new features that need testing before they're launched to the public. As usual, Apple is providing an early version of this macOS release to developers so that they can test their apps against it and prepare for its release to Mac owners. What's new in the macOS Catalina beta? August 28, 2019: Apple releases macOS Catalina beta 7 for developers Apple has just released macOS Catalina beta 7 for developers. Follow the instructions below to get started with the macOS 10.15 beta. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.15 to start testing with macOS, now's the time to start downloading. August 19, 2019: Apple releases macOS Catalina beta 6 for developers Apple has just released macOS Catalina beta 6 for developers. Follow the instructions below to get started with the macOS 10.15 beta. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.15 ...

Apple addresses Siri privacy and grading questions with new FAQ page

Aug 28, 2019

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What you need to know Apple published a new FAQ page addressing Siri recording concerns. The page follows Apple's apology for the Siri controversy. Among the topics the FAQs address are grading, transcripts, minimizing data and more. If you have a Siri privacy question, you'll find an answer here. Following the release of its apology for the Siri recording controversy, Apple published a new FAQ site that answers some of the most common questions regarding its Siri recording policy. Titled "Siri Privacy and Grading," it is aimed at calming customers' concerns over their audio Siri recordings. Apple says it listened to feedback and suspended the program, for now. It will return in the fall with new changes, but that still leaves a lot of questions. You'll find answers with this page. The first questions answers the lingering concern about grading: What is grading? Before we suspended grading, our process involved reviewing a small sample of audio from Siri requests —...

Outlook and the rest of the Office mobile apps are getting dark modes

Aug 28, 2019

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Give your eyes a rest. What you need to know Microsoft is bringing a dark mode to Outlook and the rest of its Office mobile apps. Outlook and Office.com will see the updates today, while the rest of the Office mobile suite will be updated alongside iOS 13's launch. This brings the mobile apps in line with the rest of Microsoft's Office suite on other platforms. Microsoft announced today that it's finally bringing a dark mode to Outlook mobile, the rest of the Office mobile suite, and Office.com. Outlook mobile and Office.com are the first to get the treatment starting today, while the rest of the Office mobile apps will follow once iOS 13 launches later this year. "A cross-company design collaboration propels us to seamlessly bring Dark Mode to the broader M365 product suite, and today marks the initial rollout of Dark Mode on Outlook for iOS and Android, as well as Office.com," Microsoft said in a blog post announcing the new design. "The upcoming launch of iOS 13 will then exte...

Does Eero work with Siri? You better believe it

Aug 28, 2019

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Best answer: Absolutely. The Eero Pro router is fully compatible with Apple's voice assistant Siri. This is made possible in large part to its integration with HomeKit. Buy Eero Pro: Eero Pro ($199 at Amazon) Grab the bundle pack: Eero Home Wi-Fi System with 1 eero + 2 eero Beacons ($399 at Amazon) Cheaper bundle pack: Eero Home Wi-Fi System with 1 eero + 1 eero Beacons ($299 at Amazon) The science behind Siri and Eero integration With upgrades to Apple's smart home system, HomeKit, many household devices such as cameras and routers received full support by way of deep integration into the iOS platform. Eero is one of the few who can handle this kind of connectivity reliably. So, basically, you can command Siri to control all smart home devices in your household. This can only be done if you have accessories with a compatible router. That's where Eero comes in. For example, if you want to turn smart lights on or off in your home just using your voice, Siri can do that. Because of ...

Steve Wozniak laments power of big tech, says Apple should split up

Aug 28, 2019

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Wozniak co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs in the late '70s. What you need to know Steve Wozniak appeared on Bloomberg TV, where he talked about breaking up Apple. Wozniak said he wishes Apple had independent divisions in "far away places." He also said he's in favor of breaking up big tech because of how powerful they've become. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently appeared on Bloomberg TV, where he talked about a number of topics, including Trump's ongoing trade war with China, Apple's pivot to services, and the importance of privacy. Wozniak also shared his thoughts on big tech, and how he believes Apple should have split up a long time ago. On big tech: I am really against monopoly powers being used in unfair, anti-trust manners. Not opening up the world to equal competition. You know, using your power in unfair ways. And I think that's happened a lot in big tech, and that they can get away with a lot of bad things. Wozniak went on to say he doesn't like seeing compani...

The new version of Adventure Sync is live for all in Pokémon Go

Aug 28, 2019

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The new version of Adventure Sync could be quite handy any time a new generation of Pokémon hits the game. What you need to know The Adventure Sync: Nearby feature is now live for all in Pokémon Go. It's designed to tell you when Pokémon you haven't caught are close at hand. You can toggle it on or off in the settings menu. Adventure Sync has proven to be a pretty sweet addition to Pokémon Go since it gives you credit for all the walking you do while not staring at your phone, but now it can do something else as well. The Adventure Sync: Nearby feature is now live for players worldwide following its test in Australia and New Zealand. Also known as Adventure Sync 2.0 or Adventure Sync v2, the Nearby functionality lets you know when Pokémon are nearby by sending you a push notification. Perhaps unsurprisingly, you can toggle it on under the Push Notifications portion of the Settings menu, right under Adventure Sync: Walking. To answer a question...

Apple apologizes for Siri recording controversy

Aug 28, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has released an apology for the Siri recording controversy. In a letter released today, Apple acknolowedges its errors and says it will make changes. The grading program will return in the fall, but only after a few privacy focused steps are installed. "As a result of our review, we realize we haven't been fully living up to our high ideals, and for that we apologize." Apple today released a letter apologizing for the Siri controversy and outlining how it will change its Siri privacy policy moving forward. Controversy erupted a few weeks ago after a report surfaced detailing how Apple was using contractors to listen to Siri recordings, even ones that were extremely personal. Apple is now apologizing for the ordeal. In the letter, it outlines some of the steps it will now take to ensure privacy is at the forefront of its changes with Siri recordings. As a result of our review, we realize we haven't been fully living up to our high ideals, and for tha...

Protect your Nintendo Switch Lite from damage with ease

Aug 28, 2019

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Looking for the best way to protect your Nintendo Switch Lite against any damage? If you need to keep your Switch Lite safe while on your travels or to stop any accidents at home from ruining your device, have no fear! We have plenty of ways to help keep your switch safe. Whatever the reason you need to safeguard your Switch, here are the best ways to protect your game system and also transport it with you. Best all round case HORI Tough Pouch Staff pick Need something a bit tougher? Then this officially licensed semi-hard case won't let you down. Available in either black or blue, this case is capable of going through the rough and tumble that life often brings. $17 at Amazon Best budget option Orzly Carry Case This budget case from Orzly is truly marvelous. Not only capable of fitting the Nintendo Switch Lite inside, but it can also fit up to eight games and numerous accessories in a mesh separator. It comes in a wide variety of colors and can also double as a sta...

Get your hands on a copy of Terraria for Nintendo Switch

Aug 28, 2019

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You can finally play Terraria on Nintendo Switch. What you need to know Both physical and digital copies of Terraria released on Nintendo Switch today, August 28, 2019. The Switch version has been enhanced to include touchscreen controls and the 1.3 update seen on previous versions. Today mobile players also receive the free 1.3 update to enhance smartphone play. The update includes a new expert mode, 800+ new items to discover, the Endgame Celestial Invasion Event, and much more. Terraria for Nintendo Switch is $25 at Amazon. Terraria initially released way back in 2011, but it's such a good game that it's stuck around all these years. Now players can enjoy it on Nintendo Switch either by purchasing a physical copy or acquiring it digitally. The release of the Switch version includes the 1.3 update previously seen on PC and various consoles. Those who play Terraria on their iOS or Android smartphones will receive the free 1.3 update today as well. The manufacturer states that th...

Huami Amazfit GTS is just a blatant copy of the Apple Watch

Aug 28, 2019

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Save your money and see what Apple has planned for the fall. What you need to know Huami's Amazfit GTS was announced and it looks like an Apple Watch knockoff. The wearable features an aluminum build and a 1.65-inch AMOLED display. The Amazfit GTS will be available next month in China. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. The new Amazfit GTS by Huami (via Wearable) takes that saying to the next level by blatantly copying the Apple Watch. The Amazfit GTS doesn't just ape on the Apple Watch's design; the wearable also features watch faces that mimic watchOS down to the very last detail, with complications, information graphs, and the whole nine yards. Huami's smart watch features a 1.65-inch AMOLED display, an aluminum design, water resistance, and a 220mAh battery, which the company claims will last all day. The watch also sports a heart rate sensor, NFC, and comes in six different colors, including black, silver, and rose gold. You'd be forgiven if you thought the...

The latest iTunes sale is discounting a ton of amazing Keanu Reeves movies

Aug 23, 2019

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What you need to know The latest iTunes sale is focusing on everybody's favorite Hollywood star and all-around good guy, Keanu Reeves. You can grab many of his classic movies for just $5. That includes The Matrix movies, Point Break, Speed and more. That includes gems like Point Break, Speed and Constantine. This is turning out to be a great week for Keanu Reeves. First he saw the return of his most successful franchise with the announcement of Matrix 4. And now, he is the spotlight of the latest iTunes movie sale that offers some of his most iconic movies for just $5. The Keanu Reeves-centric sale is a continuation of an earlier sale iTunes offered that focused on action movies. That naturally included a lot of Keanu movies. In case you haven't noticed, he has been around for a while now. His career spans over three decades and has delivered some outstanding gems like Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Johnny Mnemonic and My Own Private Idaho. Of course, that doesn't even ge...

Protect your Mac from data loss with one of these external hard drives

Aug 23, 2019

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When it comes to storing data, personal information, and essential documents, you can never save it in enough places. External hard drives are not only useful for storing data but are an excellent way to transport files from one location to another. When you take into account price, ease of use, and portability, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is the most reliable hard drive you can carry around with you at all times. Best Overall: Seagate Backup Plus Slim (2 TB) If you want a reliable external hard drive that has a decent amount of storage, is super easy to carry around, and has a very affordable price tag, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is the best option for most people. Formatted for Windows and Mac right out of the box, it's easy to carry all your important documents from desktop to laptop without missing a beat. The Seagate Dashboard back up system is a fantastic simple tool that can let you schedule backups to ensure you never miss any critical files you need in case somethin...

Win an iPhone XS Max from Zagg and iMore

Aug 23, 2019

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Learn about InvisibleShield's innovative VisionGuard technology, and enter to win an iPhone Xs Max and Glass+ Visionguard! As we use our devices more, our exposure to high-energy blue light increases. High-energy blue light has been shown to contribute to digital eye strain which can cause dry and irritated eyes, sleep disruption and sleep loss, blurred vision, and premature eye aging, especially in children. InvisibleShield has developed a new Glass+ VisionGuard screen protector with Eyesafe technology that not only protects your phone from scratches and impacts, but also filters harmful blue light from your device screen without affecting the natural colors or quality of your device screen. By blocking harmful wavelengths of light before they leave your screen, VisionGuard is an easy choice for those who care about eye health. Instead of removing blue entirely and distorting your screen's color like some eye health solutions, VisionGuard has been expertly engineered to maintain ...

Apple contractors allegedly listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift

Aug 23, 2019

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The workers have since been laid off, a new report says. What you need to know A new report claims Apple contractors listened to more than 1,000 Siri recordings per shift. After suspending its Siri grading program, contractors were let go. Apple said in the future users can opt out of the Siri grading program. Contractors hired by Apple reportedly listened to more than 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, before Apple suspended the internal project, according to Irish Examiner. The report, citing a former contractor who was tasked with grading Siri's response to these recordings, said all of the contractors have since been let go by Apple. In July, a report claimed Apple contractors were hired to listen to Siri recordings, which would sometimes reveal private customer information. "There have been countless instances of recordings featuring private discussions between doctors and patients, business deals, seemingly criminal dealings, sexual encounters and so on," the report said. "T...

The Circle 2 is a great security cam, but does it work with HomeKit?

Aug 23, 2019

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Best answer: The wired version of the Logitech Circle 2 camera is compatible with Apple HomeKit. By adding the Circle 2 to your HomeKit setup, you can view and control the camera within the Home app on your iOS devices and via Siri. Amazon: Logitech Circle 2 ($180) The best HomeKit-enabled camera The Logitech Circle 2 is, by far, the best camera to use with your HomeKit setup. The setup process is simple, with just a quick scan of the included HomeKit code. The camera is rock solid, motion notifications are reliable and accurate, and the camera's view is available in the Home app for iOS. For additional features, such as cloud storage, you can set up the camera with Logitech's Circle App if desired. Just make sure you get the wired version, as the battery-operated version does not work with HomeKit. How to connect the Logitech Circle 2 to Apple HomeKit Adding your Logitech Circle 2 to Apple HomeKit is as simple as finding your HomeKit setup code and tapping a few buttons in the...

The ZENS Liberty wireless charger picks up where AirPower left off

Aug 23, 2019

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What you need to know ZENS has a new wireless charger that delivers some of the charging magic Apple's AirPower promised. You can charge two Qi-enabled devices anywhere on the mat. It uses a complicated 16 overlapping coil system to make the magic happen. You can charge two devices anywhere on the mat. When Apple unveiled AirPower in the fall of 2017, we were given a glimpse into the wireless future that was for naught. It was canceled 19 months later. Though canceled, that wireless charging dream is not dead and ZENS, a dutch company, has delivered the closest thing to AirPower yet. First spotted by MacRumors, the ZENS Liberty is a wireless charger that lets you charge two Qi-enabled devices anywhere on the mat. That's much different than the multi-device wireless chargers we've seen that use a two to three coil system. Its solution for this is a complicated array of 16 overlapping coils that deliver an output of 30W. Special Edition see through version. As an added bonus, the...

Apple Music introduces ‘New Music Daily’ playlist for all the latest hits

Aug 23, 2019

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You'll want to follow this playlist for the freshest hits in pop music. What you need to know Apple Music has named its Best of the Week playlist to New Music Daily. The playlist features the "latest must-hear songs." The playlist includes music from Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, and Brockhampton. Apple Music on Friday introduced a new playlist that features the latest must-hear songs in pop music. Well, technically, New Music Daily is replacing Apple's Best of the Week playlist, but it's new in the sense that it features new artwork and a renewed commitment to discovering the latest hits. Think of it like the playlist that never sleeps, updated every day with new music you simply can't miss. When the most important artists—from across the world and across genres—have something new to drop, this will be the place to find it first. The playlist is currently dominated by songs from Taylor Swift's new album Lover. There are also songs from Vince Staples, Lana Del Rey, ...

Enter the Gungeon is a hilarious challenge game

Aug 23, 2019

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Battle hilarious bosses and adorably evil Bullet Kin. Anyone familiar with dungeon crawlers like the Binding of Isaac has probably heard of Enter the Gungeon. It initially released in 2016 for PC, PS4, Xbox One as a digital-only game and later became available on Nintendo Switch. Due to how well it has been received, the game has even gotten a physical copy on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. I got my hands on the physical copy and played it for several hours. You play as one of four gun-toting characters or "Gungeoneers": The Marine, The Pilot, The Convict, and The Hunter. Each character has their own unique weapons and abilities and thus provides varied gameplay. The point is to dive into an ever-evolving dungeon in order to take down enemies and ultimately "kill your past." A good chunk of your enemies are adorable bullets or "Gundead" bent on destroying you by shooting smaller versions of themselves. Just be wary, if you die at the hand of these cute lead heads you'll have to start ove...

Ninja Foodi: My next favorite kitchen gadget

Aug 23, 2019

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It's the all-in-one kitchen wizard that might actually replace other appliances for me. Walk into any electronics or home good store, and you'll find no shortage of kitchen appliances claiming to be multiple things in one, but they rarely work out. The electric can opener with the wine cork remover never works as well as the dedicated tool, and I'm honestly embarrassed by how many times I've fallen for this. My kitchen isn't particularly big, so space is at a premium, which is difficult for someone who loves to explore new ways to cook. With the world being positively overrun by multipurpose pressure cookers right now, Ninja caught my eye with its new Foodi cook system. On top of offering a full pressure cooker, it's also an air fryer? It sounded too good to be true, but after a little additional research, it quickly became clear this is an actual multipurpose cooking system worth a spot in my kitchen. Cooking, contained Ninja Foodi $199 at Amazon Quite literally two machin...

Manage all of your tasks and produce more for as low as $20 with Toodledo P

Aug 23, 2019

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Nowadays, we keep track of more tasks than ever before, so much so that missing one or two chores is inevitable. Rather than trying to juggle all of these tasks by memory, why not use a tool that’s designed to keep you on track and get more done? If that sounds interesting, then Toodledo Plus is what you’re looking for, and you can sign up for as low as $19.99.  Toodledo Plus Online Task Manager is a tool that allows you to keep track of all of your tasks so that you’ll never skip a beat. You can sync Toodledo to your email, calendar, and other productivity apps so that you’ll have a unified platform to view and manage all of your tasks. Toodledo can be accessed via your phone or web browser, so you can record tasks, forward emails, and save web pages wherever you go. Finally, you can set alarms to tasks so that you’ll be alerted by email or push notifications, and you can even set recurring alarms or location-based alarms. If you have a million resp...

iPhone users are upgrading more slowly than ever, says report

Aug 23, 2019

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What you need to know A new study by Strategy Analytics reveals iPhone upgrade times are longer than ever. The average U.S. smartphone user now waits 33 months to upgrade their phone. Key factors for this is the perceived lack of innovation and prices that eclipse $1,000. The average time to upgrade is now up to 33 months. There have been many questions about why smartphone sales have been slumping. Many point to the increasing price tag and lack of innovation, but whatever the case, smartphone users are upgrading less than ever. According to a new study by Strategy Analytics, the average time U.S. smartphone users wait to upgrade now stands at 33 months. According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, the average Apple smartphone has been active for 18 months and 16.5 months for Samsung. 1 in 5 Caucasians plan to keep their phones for 3 years or more while Baby Boomers increasingly are delaying their smartphone purchase for 3 years+. For the new study, Strategy An...

Taylor Swift's newest album Lover now available on Apple Music

Aug 23, 2019

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It's her seventh studio LP. What you need to know Taylor Swift's seventh studio album, Lover, is now available on Apple Music. The album features St. Vincent, Cautious Clay, and Jack Antonoff. To coincide with the album's release, Apple Music Lab has new sessions where you can remix a song from the new record. Taylor Swift on Friday released her seventh studio album, Lover, and you can listen to it now on Apple Music. In the lead up to Lover's release Swift has introduced a handful of singles including "ME!," "You Need to Calm Down," "The Archer," and "Lover." Today you can listen to the album in its entirety in what's being referred to as the singer's most "free-spirited" record yet. Apple Music's editors' notes reflects on Swift's journey: Arriving 13 years after her eponymous debut album—and following a string of songs that sometimes felt like battle scars from public breakups and celebrity feuds—this project comes off clear-eyed, thick-skinned, and grown-up. I...

You can customize Siri's voice on Apple Watch, too — here's how

Aug 23, 2019

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Sometimes, you want Siri to be quiet In addition to its other fancy features, the Apple Watch Series 4 features a more chatty version of Siri. The Apple voice assistant uses your voice to activate and answer queries. As such, it doesn't require a keyboard or a ton of screen space. And because it's contextually aware, it can handle complex questions and commands. That makes it ideal for something like the Apple Watch, where it can often work faster and more conveniently than any other input method. How to set up Siri on Apple Watch How to use Siri on Apple Watch How to change Siri's voice on Apple Watch How to turn off Siri's voice on Apple Watch How to set up the Siri watch face How to quickly and reliably trigger Siri Everything Siri can do on your Apple Watch How to use Handoff to switch from Siri on your Apple Watch to your iPhone How to set up Siri on Apple Watch Siri on Apple Watch is intrinsically tied to your iPhone: If you've ever turned Siri on for your iPhone, it'll a...

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 vs. DJI Osmo Mobile: Should you upgrade?

Aug 23, 2019

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Best answer: DJI's original Mobile was a great tool at the time, but now that we've seen the third incarnation, we think it might be time for the early adopters that bought the first-gen Mobile to upgrade. Smooth operator: DJI Osmo Mobile 3 ($119 at DJI) Three is the magic number Cell phone videography has advanced leaps and bounds, thanks to new technology. That means you can shoot professional-quality footage on your mobile device. Some specialist accessories help though, like a stabilizing phone holder to help you achieve super-smooth footage. The Osmo Mobile was a very capable device when it hit the market a few years ago, but DJI has now discontinued its original Mobile model having since launched the Mobile 2. Now, they've unveiled an even more updated version, the Osmo Mobile 3. In conjunction with the DJI GO app, on the iPhone platform, the Osmo Mobile could create timelapse and hyperlapse videos, long exposure shots, slow-motion footage, panoramic imagery and using the ...

The Zagg Rugged Messenger might just be my new favorite iPad Air case

Aug 23, 2019

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It's quite versatile and has quickly become a favorite! I'll be the first to admit that I showed up late to the iPad space and, quite honestly, I never really knew whether or not a tablet would add any value to my life. I've purchased previous iPad models for my wife but never used one extensively myself until just this year, and the more I use my iPad Air, the more I wanted to expand how I could use it. The first obstacle for me was typing, something that I have to do a whole lot of for my job, so I set out to find a great keyboard case. I've tried a few of them, including Apple's Smart Keyboard, but none of them seemed to fit right with my lifestyle until I gave the Zagg Rugged Messenger a try. Protected typing Zagg Rugged Messenger for iPad Air 2019 $100 at Amazon Feature loaded and quite protective. I'm not saying that this ca...

These are the Best Photography Lighting Kits

Aug 23, 2019

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Whether you're a professional photographer or an amateur videographer, one key component determines the quality of your projects: lighting. Having adequate lighting in your setup will help ensure that all of your images look breathtakingly professional. Lighting will also help fuel your creativity through what you choose to illuminate and what you choose to keep in the dark. We recommend the Fovitec Studio Pro 2500 Watt photography lighting kit. It has three different lighting sources and abilities to control individual bulbs through the easy flick of a switch. Best Overall: Fovitec Studio Pro 2500 Watt The Fovitec Studio Pro is a great photography lighting kit for anyone who is looking to perfectly illuminate a small to medium-sized area such as an apartment or small studio. This kit comes equipped with two five socket head softboxes offering 2500 watts of power. The heights for these softboxes can be adjusted from 2'8'' to 7'6'' high to suit the needs of each photoshoot. The s...

Fall asleep to Beats 1 with an Apple Music sleep timer

Aug 23, 2019

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Want to listen to Beats 1 or Apple Music while falling asleep but don't want it to keep you up? There's a timer for that! If you like to listen to music while falling asleep, both Beats 1 and Apple Music can be really attractive options. With Beats 1 you get an old-fashioned radio experience wrapped up in all the latest technology, and with Apple Music you get access to all the songs the online library and your own collection can provide. But how do you stop the music when you've fallen asleep and there's no one left to listen? Luckily, the iPhone and iPad have a sleep timer built right in! How to set a sleep timer on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch Once you have the music you want playing, you can follow these steps to ensure it stops playing after a set amount of time. Launch the Clock app from your Home screen. Tap the Timer tab. Using the picker, set the amount of time you want to let the music play. Tap When Timer Ends. Tap Stop Playing. You'll have to scroll down to the b...

Is Blue Apron Keto?

Aug 23, 2019

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Best answer: No. Blue Apron is not a good meal kit choice for Keto dieters as most recipes would need serious tweaking to remove enough carbs. Keto meal plans: Green Chef ($13/serving at Green Chef) Blue Apron meals: Blue Apron ($10/serving at Blue Apron) Pass on Blue Apron's carbs For Keto fans, Blue Apron offers a few meals each week that could be easily adapted for an ultra-low carb, ketogenic diet, and most recipes would sacrifice key ingredients or flavors. Some of Blue Apron's best meals are the pasta/pizza/sandwich dishes, and many recipes use a sauce that adds sugar. Not to mention all of the vegetable substitutions you'd need to make. A quick look at the current menu shows a few dishes that could skew Keto, including seared steak and chicken dishes. These come with sides that could be included on a Keto plan, like green beans or roasted bell pepper and eggplant, as well as sides that would need to be tossed, like gnocchi and mashed potatoes. Even so, there are very few d...

Can I use a meat thermometer with Joule?

Aug 23, 2019

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Best answer: You can indeed use a meat thermometer when you're cooking with your Joule. It's a super-smart way to ensure proteins are cooked thoroughly. You simply need to pick up some sous vide sealing tape to protect the integrity of your vacuum-packed food. Bathtime: Joule Sous Vide ($199 at Amazon) Sticky subject: Julabo Sous Vide Adhesive Sealing Tape ($32 at Amazon) Probing: ThermoPro Thermocouple Meat Thermometer ($20 at Amazon) Flesh it out A probe-style meat thermometer is something all ambitious home cooks should own. Using a thermometer when cooking roasts, ribs, steaks, chops, chicken, and fish is a great way to ensure your food has reached the correct temperature inside. While you can enjoy beef rare, no-one in the world wants to find out their chicken is still pink. Sous vide cooking, when you vacuum seal food and cook it slowly in a water bath, is a classic case for needing a thermometer as you can't easily access the food to check for "doneness." Check your sous vi...

Apple launches beta of redesigned iCloud website

Aug 23, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has released a beta version of its redesigned iCloud website You can now access Account Settings to manage your Apple ID, storage, and devices Some users report having access to the new Reminders app Found by Federico Viticci, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of MacStories, and reported on by 9to5Mac, Apple has released a redesigned iCloud website. It is currently in beta and can be found by going to Apple's iCloud beta website. The new iCloud website is much more minimal than its predecessor, forgoing the dynamic, bubbly wallpaper with a flat, black and white design. The homescreen icons are much smaller than before and now sit under your Apple ID photo, a welcome message, and a quick link to your Account Settings. The first section of the Settings page give you a link to manage your Apple ID as well as the ability to set your preferred language and time zone. Below that, you can get a glance at your iCloud storage and your registered devices, with som...

Get started in Yu-Gi-Oh! on Nintendo Switch with these beginner tips

Aug 22, 2019

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Feeling a bit overwhelmed in Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution? Here are some tips to get started! It's time to duel! Whether you're a newcomer or a veteran of the series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution just recently landed on the Nintendo Switch and it's a great way to play the card game on-the-go. With Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution, you can relive iconic duels from the anime series, from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series to the latest VRAINS story. There are also Reverse Duels where you play as the antagonist, local and online multiplayer, and Sealed and Draft Battle Modes for that tournament-like feel. And with over 9000 cards to choose from, you're getting the largest available collection of cards to build your own decks from. But when you get into the game, it may seem a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips for those just getting started! Check out the tutorial if you're new If you're completely new to Yu-Gi-Oh!, there is a tut...

Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Chase Sapphire Reserve

Aug 22, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network The Chase Sapphire Preferred® and Chase Sapphire Reserve® are two of the most popular travel credit cards offered by...you guessed it: Chase. Which one is better for your travel needs? Premium benefits Chase Sapphire Reserve® Apply at The Points Guy Pros Welcome bonus Annual travel credit Airport lounge access Cons Annual fee No intro APR The Chase Sapphire Reserve® is a premium travel card with an impressive amount of additional benefits. Powerful points Chase Sapphire Preferred® Apply at The Points Guy Pros Welcome bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards® program No foreign transaction fees Cons Lacking in everyday rewards Annual fee The Chase Sapphire Preferred® card is one of the most enticing travel cards on the market, sporting a solid signup bonus and a universally accept rewa...

Relive iconic duels in Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution

Aug 22, 2019

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Whether you're a veteran fan or newcomer wanting a trading card game video game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is a fantastic title! Back in my middle and high school days, I was big on all the trading card games. I collected Pokémon cards, I was interested in Magic: the Gathering (though it felt a bit too strategic at the time for me), but I loved everything Yu-Gi-Oh! From the anime series to the trading card game to video games of the card game, Yu-Gi-Oh! was totally my jam back then. In fact, I even gained a reputation at my high school for being one of the good female Yu-Gi-Oh! players way back in the early 2000s. Back then, the game was pretty simple and straightforward, even the video games. But as years passed, I grew out of it and fell behind in all of the new mechanics that were added over the years. I tried to get back into the actual card game, but the meta these days is completely different from the game I used to know. Plus, it's a rather expe...

Curate your Apple Music radio stations for personalized listening

Aug 22, 2019

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Apple Music lets you create and tweak automated music stations based on artists you love. Here's how. Beats 1 is just one part of Apple Music's radio experience: You can also create, listen to, and personalize semi-automated radio stations to your heart's content. How are these radio stations different from Beats 1 How to listen to pre-created Apple Music radio stations How to create your own Apple Music radio station How to find Apple Music radio stations you've listened to recently How to find recently played songs on Apple Music radio stations How are these radio stations different from Beats 1? In Apple Music, there are countless radio stations just waiting to find an audience. These stations take one of two forms. Semi-automated pre-created stations are organized by genres, such as alternative, electronic, and news and sports. Custom stations are those you create and based off of your favorite artists or songs. Neither option includes live DJs as Beats 1 does; instead, they ...

Macs are no longer immune to malware. Does your Mac need protection?

Aug 22, 2019

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Best answer: Though Windows malware doesn't affect Mac devices, it's easy to unknowingly send these threats to PC-using colleagues, family members, and friends. During our testing, we used live malware and saw that the protections that come with Mac devices don't always stop them. Several threats are disguised to look like legitimate Mac programs and often sneak in through email messages and network connections. Luckily, a good antivirus program can stop them while keeping your Mac safe. Staff pick: Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac ($60 at Bitdefender) Tech support recommended: Malwarebytes ($40 at Malwarebytes) Free Mac antivirus: Avast Essential Security for Mac (Free at Avast) How do I know if I have malware on my Mac? If you start to notice weird advertisements popping up in strange places on popular websites like YouTube, you might be infected. These ads tend to feature adult content or claim that a virus has been detected on your device and will often appear in places that you...

British Airways is giving all of its cabin crew members an iPhone XR

Aug 22, 2019

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What you need to know British Airways is going to provide each of its 15,000 cabin crew members with an iPhone XR. It is part of a £6.5 billion investment aimed at improving customer experience. Some crew members are already touting the benefits of having the iPhone XR at their disposal. It's part of an initiative to improve customer support. British Airways announced a new initiative to improve customer service that will involve providing every one of its cabin crew members with an iPhone XR. Here's what British Airways said in a statement announcing the news: As part of British Airways' £6.5bn investment for customers, the airline has announced that all of its 15,000 cabin crew will be issued with iPhone XRs to help them offer a more personalised service to the more than 45 million customers that travel with the airline every year. The investment for all cabin crew members follows a successful trial of iPads for senior cabin crew on board every flight. These iP...

Get a Bluetooth speaker that lets you listen to your music anywhere

Aug 22, 2019

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Bluetooth speakers are one of the best ways to listen to your favorite tunes, podcasts, and other audio everywhere you go. As long as your iPhone, iPad, or Mac is around, your music can ring out loud and proud. There are a ton of options on the market, but the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 shines above most of the competition by offering exceptional performance in portability, sound quality, and price! Best Overall: Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Taking the Boom 3 to your next pool party is absolutely no problem. It has a high water-resistant rating, allowing it to be submerged in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. It's also protected against dirt and mud, but you can hand-wash the speaker with warm, soapy water just in case it gets messy. Plus, if you truly want the Boom 3 to live up to its onomatopoeic name, you have the option to set up another one (or up to 150 Boom speakers) to make a stereo pair and really raise the roof! Pros: IP67 water resistance PartyUp with up to 150 other Boom speakers...

Powerbeats Pro are practically perfect in every way

Aug 22, 2019

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A collaboration between Beats — a company that specializes in audio — and Apple — a company that specializes in quality and design — is obviously going to produce great things. Powerbeats Pro is Apple's newest set of Beats-branded earphones. They're the first of their kind from the Beats line in that they are the first truly wireless headphones from the department. Because Beats understands audio and Apple understands quality, the culmination of the two teams learning from each other has produced an incredibly set of in-ear headphones that have a much broader appeal to music fans. The Powerbeats Pro are amazing. We've all already heard the positive feedback, including my own and Rene Ritchie's first impressions. But why are the Powerbeats Pro so impressive? What makes them stand out from other earphones? That's what I'm here to talk about. By gathering questions that people are asking and researching details about frequency levels and harmonic distortion, I'...

Bose announces new Portable Home Speaker with AirPlay 2 support for $349

Aug 22, 2019

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The speaker will be available for purchase on September 19 in Triple Black or Silver Luxe. What you need to know The Bose Portable Home Speaker launches on September 19 for $349. It will support Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, and AirPlay 2. It has a built-in handle, IPX4 water-resistance, and up to 12 hours of battery life. Bose has announced its first portable smart home speaker, aptly named the Bose Portable Home Speaker. The new speaker stands 7.5-inches tall, is just over 4-inches wide, and weighs in at 2.3 pounds. It has an anodized aluminum body and inside are "three passive radiators, a high-excursion driver, and a proprietary deflector" to "distribute clear, lifelike sound evenly in every direction — including size-defying bass." There is also a built-in handle, and Bose says the battery will last for up to 12 hours, meaning you can bring your tunes with you wherever you go. It even has a water-resistance rating of IPX4 which is a...

Remix Taylor Swift in new Apple Music Lab session

Aug 22, 2019

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Channel your inner music producer by remixing one of Taylor Swift's newest songs. What you need to know Apple's latest Music Lab session will let you remix Taylor Swift. The sessions will begin on August 23. Devices will provided to attendees. Starting August 23, Taylor Swift fans can sign up to remix a song from her new album at an in-store Music Lab session. Apple will provide devices during the sessions, so anyone can attend. Apple describes what fans can expect from the upcoming session: Exclusively in Apple Stores, get hands-on with tracks direct from your favorite Apple Music artists. In this session, you'll deconstruct Taylor Swift's song You Need to Calm Down, find out what inspired her and create your own version of the song using GarageBand on iPhone. The latest session comes on the heels of a Music Lab that challenged Billie Eilish fans to remix the song "you should see me in a crown." The session to remix Taylor Swift coincides with the release of the singer's n...

iMore show 669: Resigning to the Chaos

Aug 17, 2019

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The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple! Rene Ritchie and Lory Gil are joined by Russell Holly for iPhone 11 rumors, and a recent statement by Apple about third-party battery replacements. They also chat gaming and controller support in iOS 13, and the ridiculousness of green bubbles vs. blue bubbles. Listen now Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Watch now Show notes iPhone event Sept. 10? Apple's statement on iPhone battery monitoring iPhone users won't date Android users? WTF? iPhone Pro? Sponsors Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. Hosts Lory Gil Rene Ritchie Georgia Dow Be part of the show! Send in your comments, questions, feedback, or follow-up to: Email: imoreshow@imore.com Twitter: @iMore with hashtag #askimore Web: Leave a comment below! ...

Built-in isn't necessarily better: These are the best webcams for Mac!

Aug 17, 2019

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If you're looking for an external webcam to enhance your streaming, chatting, or conference call, we have the solution. Whether you want the best webcam that money can buy or prefer a low-cost option, we've rounded up some of the best webcams you can find for your Mac. Best for Most Logitech BRIO Staff Favorite The Logitech BRIO is a plug-and-play external webcam that films in 4K, meaning you're going to look as crisp as possible while you're using it. It can display two different viewing angles — 65 or 78 degrees — so you can include as much or as little of your surroundings as you want. $199 at Amazon Reliable Logitech C920 The Logitech C920 records video in 1080p at 30FPS and is certified for Skype HD, meaning you know all your Skype calls are going to have you looking immaculate. It has a pretty wide 78-degree viewing angle and has a fantastic microphone with noise cancellation. So, the next time you are chatting with your friends, they won't hear ...

Apple opens Apple Arcade early access program

Aug 17, 2019

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Image Credit: 9to5Mac Apple employees get to experience the subscription gaming service right now. Apple Arcade is headed to an iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV near you this fall. We have no idea what day it'll launch or how much it'll cost, but we're finding out today that Apple has opened up an early access program, but it's not for everyone. Apple employees are the only ones invited to the beta testing program and 9to5Mac has a contact on the inside (lucky devils). In this early access phases, according to 9to5Mac, includes a small subscription price of $0.49 per month with a one-month free trial to start (this is almost definitely not the final price of a subscription to Apple Arcade). The trial is set to end "with the launch of iOS 13." 9to5Mac, with access to Apple Arcade on Mac, explains the process of signing up for the free one-month trial and temporary monthly subscription price, and then goes on to explain what Apple Arcade looks like on the Mac. After the subscript...

Control your garage door from anywhere with the best HomeKit openers

Aug 17, 2019

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Adding HomeKit functionality to your garage door offers many modern conveniences that smart home devices are famous for. Features such as automatic opening and closing based on your location combined with instant notifications ensure that you will never be left wondering if you did close the door on your way out. Of course, you can also use your iPhone or Siri to open and close the door at will. Which is perfect for those times where you leave the house without a key, or when you want to be just plain lazy. The Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub brings smart capabilities to an existing garage door opener, all without the hassle of wiring or climbing up and down a ladder. An additional bridge is necessary for HomeKit support, but the added benefit of having a smart garage door more than outweighs the costs. We have gathered all of the best garage door openers with HomeKit support so that you can choose the best for your needs. Best Overall: Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub Chamberl...

Next Apple Watch may come in new titanium casing

Aug 17, 2019

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Apple Watch Series 5. There's been little whispered about it all year. So little so, some people were wondering out loud if there'd even be a new Apple Watch this year. That Apple might stick with the Series 4, price drop it a little, and soak up more sales that way. That's never really resonated with me, though. Unless Apple wants to permanently fix a lower price for the Apple Watch in people's expectations, introducing a new Series 5 and then price-dropping the still excellent Series 4 seems like a more Apple way to handle it. Especially since Apple doesn't really ever coast. Sure, sometimes there are longer gaps between products than others. The iPad, for example, has averaged far closer to 18 months than 12. There have been huge gaps between Macs, but seldom the ones that really sell, or for any legit desire to coast. Apple Watch in particular, ever since Series 2, has been updated every September, on the September, in absolute lockstep with the iPhone. Which, makes the kind ...

This Microsoft Office training bundle is only $39 right now

Aug 17, 2019

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If you’ve worked in an office (or even at home) at any point over the past thirty years, chances are you’ve used at least one Microsoft Office program. These ubiquitous tools—ranging from Excel and Powerpoint to Word, Outlook and beyond—stand at the heart of countless businesses ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 conglomerates. But chances are you’ve only scratched the surface of what these powerful programs can do. The Mega Microsoft Office 2019 Bundle will transform you from an Office novice into a full-fledged pro, and it’s currently available for 90% off at just $39. Featuring 120 hours of training led by Office pros, this course will give you a leg up over the career competition in virtually any industry. You’ll learn how to create captivating graphs and charts in Excel, uncover the more advanced elements of Word that can cut down your work time, build pro-level presentations in Powerpoint, customize your entire Outl...

Keep your iPhone 8 Plus safe with one of these awesome cases

Aug 17, 2019

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The iPhone 8 Plus deserves an ultra-cool case to keep it safe. Whether you're looking for a very protective one or just something to prevent scratches, there are several options available. Not only does Apple makes its own line of cases for the iPhone 8 Plus, but many third-party accessory makers do as well. Here are our favorite cases. Slim and rugged Spigen Neo Hybrid Staff Favorite It offers excellent protection, has enough style to stand out from ordinary cases, and the seamless two-piece design is delightful to hold. It gives you confidence every time you pick up your iPhone. The Neo Hybrid won't add too much bulk to your iPhone 8 Plus. It will even allow it to charge wirelessly without you having to take off the case. From $15 at Amazon High-quality leather Apple Leather case We would, of course, be remiss if we didn't mention Apple's own cases for its products. Apple's Leather case comes in 10 different colors and is made out of specially tanned and finished Europe...

Check those messages on your Apple Watch too

Aug 17, 2019

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Ditch your iPhone and still send messages Do you need to send a quick message and don't have your iPhone with you? You can read and reply to messages with your Apple Watch. Here's how to do it. How to read and respond to messages on Apple Watch How to send a new message on Apple Watch How to read and respond to messages on Apple Watch To read messages on your wearable device: Tap the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch. Select the Messages app. Scroll to find a message to read. Unread messages are in bold. Tap on the message to read. To reply, scroll to the end of a message, then choose an option. Each is mentioned below. Send a preset reply Tap to send a preset reply. To add preset replies: Tap on the Watch app on your iPhone. On the My Watch tab, select Messages. Scroll, then tap Default Replies. At the bottom, tap Add reply. Type a preset reply. Tap Add reply to add another one. Select Done when you're finished adding preset replies. To delete preset rep...

These Are the Best Ultrawide Monitors in 2019

Aug 17, 2019

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When choosing any monitor, there's an important question you need to ask yourself: "What do I need this for?" Whether you're an intense gamer, a movie fanatic, or just enjoy the visually appealing aspects of a monitor, an ultrawide monitor may be just what you're looking for. We recommend the Dell U-Series as it is an ultrawide 38 inches, has a curved screen, and produces impressive picture quality. Best Overall: Dell U-Series This 38-inch ultrawide curved monitor has plenty of features that will make using your computer a much better experience. The monitor has a special flicker-free screen that won't irritate your eyes like other screens can. This allows you to happily spend hours on end using your monitor for editing pictures, videos, or any other type of work. Another great feature is that this monitor allows you to rearrange and align your open documents to reduce your eye movement while viewing your screen. One of the downsides users report about this monitor is that if y...

Grab your music and listen offline on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Aug 17, 2019

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Yes, you can listen to your favorite songs and albums offline In the Music app for iOS and iPadOS, Apple Music subscribers can add and download songs and videos for offline use. Here's how to download, view, and delete music on your iPhone, iPad, or iPad touch. Apple Music Subscription Starting at $4.99 a month Apple Music is Apple's massive music service, comprising a subscription music catalog, iCloud Music Library syncing across your devices, Beats 1 live and algorithmic radio, customized playlists, and more artist exclusives than you can shake a stick at. How to automatically download content from Apple Music How to select/download content from Apple Music How to view only downloaded music on Apple Music How to delete downloaded music on Apple Music How to automatically download content from Apple Music You can decide whether to have Apple Music content automatically downloaded when it's selected for your library. Tap on the Settings app on your mobile device. Choo...

Is Hello Fresh Keto friendly?

Aug 17, 2019

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Best answer: Unfortunately, Hello Fresh does not offer Keto meals. However, a pricier sister company, Green Chef, offers meals catered to ketogenic diets. Keto meal plans: Green Chef ($13/serving at Green Chef) Everything else: Hello Fresh ($8/serving at Hello Fresh) The Meal Box Plan for Keto Fans Hello Fresh does not offer a dedicated meal plan for Keto diets. Keto dieters need the most restrictive level of carb-control, with close to zero carbs per meal and a slim variety of fruits and vegetables allowed. Hello Fresh announced last year that it would offer Keto-friendly meals after the company bought the organic Green Chef meal kit service. Green Chef offered plans for more stringent diets, but, unfortunately, this plan seems to have fizzled. If you need meals that are completely restrictive on carbs, your best option is Green Chef, now a sister company of Hello Fresh. Other meal kit services pay lip service as being "carb-conscious," or "Paleo," but the only one I found with a...

Does Hello Fresh offer gluten free meal kits?

Aug 17, 2019

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Best Answer: Unfortunately, Hello Fresh is not gluten-free. However, there are a few gluten-free meal kit options including Green Chef and the pre-cooked Freshly boxes. Green Chef kits: Green Chef gluten-free meal kits ($13/serving at Green Chef) Freshly meals: Freshly gluten free meals ($10/serving at Freshly) Sun Basket kits: Sun Basket gluten-free meal kits ($12/serving at Sun Basket) Where to buy the meal without the gluten Green Chef offers a Keto menu and a Paleo menu that are both gluten-free with certification from the GIG. The Paleo option will be much less restrictive, as Keto dieters won't eat more than a few grams of carbohydrates per day. A selection of the Paleo menu options includes coconut-crusted chicken, honey-citrus glazed salmon, and shrimp scampi with grain-free fettuccine. Freshly offers a complete gluten-free menu, also certified by the GIG, but the meals arrived pre-cooked and are heated in a microwave. If you don't care about cooking your own meals, Fre...

If you recently bought a Nintendo Switch, you could get a free upgrade

Aug 16, 2019

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Nintendo is reportedly offering free upgrades for those purchased an original Switch after the new model was announced What you need to know The new Nintendo Switch model with improved battery life is beginning to roll out. If you bought an older Nintendo Switch model after July 17 then you may be able to upgrade to the new model for free This offer is most likely only valid within the U.S. and Canada. While the new Nintendo Switch model is rolling out to different retailers, it looks like you might be able to trade in your current Nintendo Switch and get the model for free if you purchased your Nintendo Switch after July 17, 2019. That is the date that Nintendo confirmed the existence of the new model. This offer was first reported (as best we can tell) by Reddit user DarthMewtwo, who shared the information in a Reddit post. According to DarthMewtwo, you only need to contact Nintendo and you'll have to pay for shipping the console out to be swapped. Additionally, this news has be...

Flex that Apple Card a little as you shop and make purchases

Aug 16, 2019

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Have your awesome new Apple Card? Here's how to start using it for your purchases! We've been eager to get our hands on Apple Card since it was first announced back at Apple's Show Time event in March 2019. While the official public release isn't until around the end of August, there are many out there right now who have Apple Card already with the limited, invitation-only rollout. If you're wondering how to use your shiny new Apple Card to pay for things, here are the basics. How to make Apple Card your default card in Wallet How to make a purchase with Apple Card in-store How to make a purchase with Apple Card online How to make a purchase with Apple Card in-store without Apple Pay How to make Apple Card your default card in Wallet To make things easier, you should have your Apple Card set up as the default card in Wallet. This way, it's always the first card that shows up whenever you use Apple Pay. Launch Wallet on your iPhone. Find your Apple Card, then tap-and-hold on it. ...

Some app developers are upset over location tracking changes in iOS 13

Aug 16, 2019

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What you need to know Seven app developers sent a letter to Tim Cook voicing concerns over location tracking changes to iOS 13. Their main concern is that the "Always Allow" option has been removed from the page that pops up when a new app is installed. The companies also voiced concerns over other issues like the changes to VoIP in iOS 13. They're upset because the "Always Allow" option was removed from the splash screen in iOS 13. Apple is making some changes to the way location tracking works in iOS 13 and many developers aren't happy. According to The Information, seven app developers collectively sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter to voice their frustrations and concerns. The seven app developers in question are for the apps Tile, Arity, Life360, Zenly, Zendrive, Twenty and Happn. The chief complaint in the letter is that Apple removed the "Always Allow" option during the initial set-up of an app and replaced it with "Allow While Using" and "Allow Once." The "Always Allow" opti...

Listen to Taylor Swift’s new single “Lover” on Apple Music

Aug 16, 2019

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The song is the title track from Swift's upcoming album. What you need to know Taylor Swift has released a new single titled "Lover." The title track is from her upcoming album, Lover, which will be released on August 23. You can pre-add Taylor Swift's Lover and it'll automatically be added to your library when it's available. With the release of her seventh album just a week away, Taylor Swift has released a new song called "Lover." The title track is available to listen to on Apple Music. Swift has already released other singles from Lover, including "ME!," "You Need to Calm Down," and "The Archer." The new album is expected to be available on Friday, August 23. Apple Music's editors' notes give more insight into Swift's upcoming album: The drama surrounding Taylor's love life has always been at the center of her music, but with "Lover," the swooning, swaying new single from her forthcoming album of the same name, we get something different: She's...happy, so happy she wa...

Apple chipmaker TSMC still believes chip innovation is coming

Aug 16, 2019

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What you need to know Apple A-series chipmaker TSMC published a blog post that argues chip innovation is still coming. It pointed towards the future of 5-nanometer chips. Apple currently uses a 7-nanometer chip, but it could introduce the first 5-nanometer chip in a couple of years. It's none more evident than with Apple's powerful A-series chips. Back in 1965, Intel CEO Gordon Moore related that given the advances in microchips, the power of the devices these chips were powering would double every two years thanks to better integrated transistors into circuits. TSMC, the maker of Apple's A-Series chips, still believes that is the case. In a new blog post (via AppleInsider) titled "Moore's Law is not Dead," TSMC Head of Global Marketing Godfrey Cheng argues why he believes chip innovation is still very possible. Here's his primary point: First, let's discuss the elephant in the room. Some people believe that Moore's Law is dead because they believe it is no longer possible to...

Here's how you can get your Apple Music family plan up and running

Aug 16, 2019

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Looking to set up Apple Music with your family? Here's what you need to know about setting it up. Next to iTunes Match, Apple Music's Family plan seems to be the big point of confusion surrounding Apple Music. How do you set it up? What log ins do you need? What do families share? Apple Music Subscription Starting at $4.99 a month Apple Music is Apple's massive music service, comprising a subscription music catalog, iCloud Music Library syncing across your devices, Beats 1 live and algorithmic radio, customized playlists, and more artist exclusives than you can shake a stick at. Here's what you need to know about setting up and troubleshooting your Apple Music Family plan. How Apple Music and Family Sharing works How to sign up for Apple Music's family plan If those steps don't work Apple Music and Family Sharing FAQs Of course, you'll also want to make sure that Family Sharing is set up. How to set up and use Family Sharing on iPhone and iPad How Apple Music and Famil...

Apple Arcade could make mobile gaming a premium experience again

Aug 16, 2019

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Apple is launching Apple Arcade this fall. We're eager to see it in action, as it could bring back the glory days of iOS gaming. Several years ago, I was big into the mobile gaming scene on the App Store. Not just because it was a part of my job, but because I loved seeing unique games by creative developers coming out every week. It was also amazing to see games that cost a few bucks up front and didn't pester you with loot boxes and other annoying in-app purchases (IAPs). Fast forward from the beginning of the App Store to now, and we have hundreds (or thousands) of freemium games that are riddled with ridiculous amounts of in-app purchases. It's either that or games that are nothing but cheap ripoffs of popular IPs or re-skins of other games. For the most part, I kind of stopped caring about the mobile gaming scene for the past year or so. I usually end up getting excited about some new game announcement, but then am severely let down once I find out it's free and laden with IA...

Study finds Siri is getting smarter, closing the gap on Google Assistant

Aug 16, 2019

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Siri, who's the best digital assistant around? What you need to know Loup Ventures performed tests and found that Siri continues to improve when it comes to understanding and answering questions. Although Siri has improved the assistant still lags behind Google Assistant. The data shows Siri is particularly good at "phone-related functions." A new study from Loup Ventures finds that when it comes to understanding and answering questions, Apple's Siri has gotten smarter with each passing iteration. In fact, the data shows that Siri is closing the gap on Google Assistant. The study asked today's top three smart assistants—Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant—the same 800 questions covering five categories. Some of the questions include: "Where is the nearest coffee shop?," "Who do the Twins play tonight?," and "How do I get too Uptown on the bus?" The questions were designed to test the acumen of these assistants during everyday scenarios. It's worth noting, however, that ...

Here are the details on the new Yu-Gi-Oh! game coming to Nintendo Switch

Aug 16, 2019

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Konami is bringing a full-fledged Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG game to the Nintendo Switch. Here's everything you need to know about it! It's time to d-d-d-d-d-d-d-duel! Yu-Gi-Oh! started out as a Japanese manga series in 1996, which then spawned a popular anime series as well as a trading card game and numerous video game titles. While the card game is still very much alive and well, it can become a pricey hobby if you want to get serious about the game. The alternative is to pick up a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG video game, as you usually gain access to a large collection of cards without having to pay an arm and a leg for rarer ones. Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! video game to come out, and while the original game came out in 2015 and was available on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, the Nintendo Switch version will have many new features, and also allows you to take the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG with you on-the-go in handheld mode. Here's everything you need to kno...

Apple sued for using third-party companies for iCloud storage

Aug 16, 2019

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What you need to know Apple is being sued for not properly disclosing it uses third-party companies for iCloud storage. The lawsuit argues that Apple should be forthright with this information during the set-up process. The suit was filed in California by two customers. Apple does use Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. Apple is being sued by two customers who argue that when they signed up for iCloud services, it did not properly disclose that their information could be stored on third-party cloud services. Thereby, it commited breach of contract, false advertising and violated California's Unfair Competition Law. First reported by ZDNet, the suit was filed by Apple users Andrea M. Williams and James Stewart, who have been using iCloud services since 2015, in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Apple initially only mentions that "When iCloud is enabled, your content will be automatically sent to and stored by Apple." However, upon further in...

How to fix iCloud Music Library syncing and freezing issues

Aug 16, 2019

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iTunes Match and Apple Music both allow you to sync your tracks to iCloud Music Library, where you can stream and download them to any iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV without having to take up physical storage space. While both services are incredibly convenient when they work, they aren't completely error-proof either. Whether they're hanging up while trying to sync, or your music isn't showing up on your iPhone or iPad, here are some steps you can take to try and remedy your issue. Apple Music Subscription Starting at $4.99 a month Apple Music is Apple's massive music service, comprising a subscription music catalog, iCloud Music Library syncing across your devices, Beats 1 live and algorithmic radio, customized playlists, and more artist exclusives than you can shake a stick at. Check iCloud's service status Turn iCloud Music Library on and off on all iOS devices Update iCloud Music Library within iTunes Turn iCloud Music Library on and off in iTunes Sign in and out of ...

Some alleged Apple Watch Series 5 details have been revealed

Aug 16, 2019

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Ming-Chi Kuo is back with another prediction about Apple's future. What you need to know The Apple Watch Series 5 will allegedly be released this fall. The wearable will feature an OLED display supplied by Japan Display. The new Apple Watch could be unveiled alongside a trio of new iPhone models. A new research note (via MacRumors) from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is all about the Apple Watch Series 5. More specifically, about the fact that the updated wearable will arrive this fall with an OLED display supplied by Japan Display. The note, which was shared with Chinese media, claims Japan Display will gradually become a prominent supplier of OLED displays for the Apple Watch in Apple's supply chain. By 2021, Japan Display will reach 70-80 percent of orders. Otherwise, Kuo's report doesn't provide much insight into the Apple Watch Series 5, which we haven't heard much about over the past several months. Since the first Apple Watch hit the market, Apple has released a new mode...

Apple requests to review Red's Rawcode format patent used for RAW footage

Aug 16, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has filed a petition with the USPTO to review one of Red's patents. The patent in question pertains to Rawcode, the format Red uses for RAW footage. Apple argues that the patent does not privde enough written support for its claims. Apple argues the patent does not provide enough written support for its claims. Apple has filed a petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to review and possibly invalidate a patent from camera maker Red relating to its Rawcode format. According to AppleInsider, Apple is seeking an Inter Pares review of patent 9,245,314 called "Video camera." The patent mostly talks about Rawcode, the format Red uses for RAW footage. Here's the description of the patent: Embodiments provide a video camera configured to capture, compress, and store video image data in a memory of the video camera at a rate of at least about twenty three frames per second. The video image data can be mosaiced imag...

Improve your handheld video with these phone gimbals!

Aug 16, 2019

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Moving even a little while shooting video with your phone can lead to shaky, unusable footage that no amount of optical image stabilization can correct. As a photographer, I don't get paid unless my images and videos are crystal clear on every take. I don't skimp on the gear that goes in my bag, and that's why I carry the Zhiyun Smooth 4. I love the Zhiyun for its reliable and rock-solid 3 axis stabilization that stands up to high winds, walking and running, and even shooting from a moving vehicle. This isn't the only winning gimbal I keep on-hand. These are the best phone gimbals for your money today. Best Overall: Zhiyun Smooth 4 Beloved by professional videographers, vloggers, and enthusiasts, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is a must-have piece of photo gear in my bag. The Smooth runs for 12 solid hours per charge and outputs rock-steady footage no matter the weather or your movements. Sliders on the side of the handle operate as a control panel, allowing you to switch between gimbal...

Apple’s appeal of the European Commission’s $14 billion fine has a date

Aug 16, 2019

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What you need to know Apple's appeal of the European Commission's $14.4 billion fine is finally being heard. The European Union General Court will hear Apple's arguement over two days on September 17-18. Apple hopes to overturn the hefty fine. Apple and the Irish government have appealed the fine. The appeal Apple filed against the European Commission's order for it to pay $14.4 billion in unpaid taxes to Ireland is finally making its way to court. According to Bloomberg, the appeal will be heard in the European Union General Court over two days on September 17-18. This marks the latest step in this ongoing saga that first began in August 2016. The European Commission has been trying to curve sizable tax deals for big companies. It set its sights on Apple, first ordering Ireland to recoup some of the money and eventually slapping the iPhone maker with the record $14.4 billion fine. Last year, the U.S. sought to make a case on behalf of Apple but was rebuffed by the European Commi...

Get a 21.5″ Apple iMac for just $379

Aug 16, 2019

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If you’re looking for a computer to satisfy your creative endeavors, few options are as powerful and versatile as the Apple iMac. It packs plenty of processing power and a vibrant display all in one sleek package. Unfortunately, the iMac, just like any other Apple product, is crazy expensive. Luckily, you can get your very own Mac for just $379, or a fraction of the price. This deal is for a certified Apple Refurb iMac with a 21.5-inch widescreen display, an Intel Core i3-2100 and 4GB of memory, which provides you with more than enough processing power for daily use and multimedia.  It also comes with 250GB of SATA storage for all of your apps, pictures, music, and more. Finally, the iMac contains an ATI Radeon HD 6570M, a powerful graphics card that’ll let you do graphical work and play high-end games in stunning detail. Not only is the iMac stunning to look at and easy to use, but it also delivers all the horsepower you need to get the job done. You buy...

Apple sues Corellium for illegal replication of iOS

Aug 16, 2019

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Apple says Corellium is encouraging users to find exploits and then sell them on the open market. What you need to know Apple has filed a lawsuit against software company Corellium. Apple calls the situation a "straightforward case of infringement." Apple is seeking an injunction against Corellium to cease virtualization of iOS immediately. Apple is suing software company Corellium (via AppleInsider) for allegedly creating "perfect replicas" of iOS and then profiting off its infringement. The lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The complaint Apple v. Corellium was shared on Scribd: This is a straightforward case of infringement of highly valuable copyrighted works. Corellium's business is based entirely on commercializing the illegal replication of the copyrighted operating system and applications that run on Apple's iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices. Apple's complaint continues: Corellium explicitly markets its produ...

Check out the crazy trailer for 'RAD' from Xbox's Double Fine Productions

Aug 16, 2019

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Check out the new trailer for RAD and then play it next week. What you need to know RAD is the latest game from Double Fine Productions, taking place in a post-apocalyptic world. Double Fine was acquired by Microsoft and made a part of Xbox Game Studios at E3 2019. RAD is still being published by Bandai Namco Entertainment and coming to all platforms. RAD will be available for $20 at the Nintendo eShop when it releases on August 20, 2019. RAD is the next game from Double Fine Productions, featuring a teenage hero who is making her way through the wasteland. What makes the game unique is the mutation system: as you progress, you'll experience wild mutations that change your abilities and gameplay. Ahead of the game's release, there's a new launch trailer, showing some of the environments, friends, and foes that players will get to see as they explore the wastes. RAD is currently scheduled to release on August 20 for all platforms. You can check out the video below. At E3 2019, ...

iMore show 668: Robots and Hair Products

Aug 11, 2019

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The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple! Georgia Dow, Lory Gil, and Rene Ritchie discuss pros and cons of Apple Card and talk about the many uses (besides making purchases) of the titanium card. They also clarify the facts behind third-party iPhone battery repairs and discuss the vast expansion to Apple's bug bounty program. The gang lust over the "Aura Glow" color option for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10 while wishing for Apple Pencil Support on iPhone. Finally, they follow up on privacy issues surrounding Apple contractors reviewing Siri recordings. Listen now Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show notes Apple Card invites start rolling out Apple isn't locking your iPhone's battery Apple wants hackers to break iPhones Note 10 news (no headphone jack!) Sponsors Wix Creation without limits. Visit wix.com/podcast and get 10% Off Your Wix Premium Plan — en...

If Apple's upcoming Pro Display is too Pro for you, there are alternatives

Aug 11, 2019

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Apple's upcoming 32-inch 6K Pro Display XDR is not for everyone. It's not even for most of us. Especially with such a hefty price tag. If you're looking for an external display for your Mac that's easier on the pocketbook, here's a list of monitors that won't disappoint! Multiple Thunderbolt 3 Ports LG UltraFine 4K Display Staff Favorite With two Thunderbolt 3 ports on this 23.7-inch display that can handle 4K video, audio, and data all at once, on top of supplying up to 85W of charging power, it's the perfect monitor for hooking up to your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. It's additional three USB-C ports allow you to connect other peripherals like a USB-C hub or a hard drive, and LG's beautiful IPS panel with P3 wide color gamut carries a 3840-by-2160 resolution for impeccable clarity. $700 at Apple Tons of connectivity LG 32UL950-W LG's big 32-inch 32UL950-W is not only a Thunderbolt 3 monitor, meaning you can daisy chain monitors together but also has quite a few ports. Wi...

From the Editor’s Desk: To USB-C or not to USB-C, that is the question

Aug 11, 2019

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Are we finally ready for an all-USB-C world? How many USB-A vs USB-C cables to you have lying around your house? A friend of mine recently asked if I had an extra microUSB cable, to which I thought, "I've got so many microUSB cables I could build a rope bridge with them." But when I went into my box of cables, I found myself having to dig to the bottom because most of the cables on top, the ones that came with my latest gadgets, are all USB-C. More and more, accessory makers are building USB-C compatibility into devices, replacing USB-A and microUSB, which makes me think that it may just be about time for Apple to switch to USB-C for the iPhone. For the past few years, we've been hearing tech bloggers and analysts shouting from the mountaintops that Apple needs to put USB-C on the iPhone. That it's long overdue and even somewhat hypocritical that you can't even connect your new MacBook to your iPhone without an adapter (not included). What I've been responding with is that it's not...

Learn how to capture beautiful outdoor photos with this $29 bundle

Aug 11, 2019

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In practice, photography is the science of light, and learning how to use light sources effectively will help you produce great photos. This is relatively easy in a studio because light can be controlled by the photographer. However, shooting outdoors can be difficult depending on the surroundings, external light sources, and the position of the sun. With this 5-course bundle, you’ll learn how to master outdoor photography for just $29. The Complete Outdoor Photography Bundle features courses on how to use natural light to your advantage. If you’re new to outdoor photography, the course you should read first is Landscapes & Natural Light by Matt Kloskowski, which will teach you how to work with different types of light and the tools you need to achieve the best possible results. You can supplement your knowledge further with the other courses in this bundle, which cover post-processing techniques and how to capture landscapes and wildlife. Shooting in natural light ...

Protect your MacBook Pro on the go with one of these cases

Aug 11, 2019

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The MacBook Pro is a hell of a machine, with slick internals and four very recent updates (a new one every year since 2016). If you've just picked up a new laptop, then you'll want to protect it or maybe even just dress it up a bit. Here are the best cases for your MacBook Pro. Note: Always remember to select the right size and model before you check out. Also, remember that any case for the 2016 MacBook Pro will fit the 2017, 2018, and 2019 models too. Best for Most InCase Hardshell case Staff Favorite InCase makes fantastic backpacks, and that craftsmanship translates to its MacBook Pro cases, which have a dot texture look and repel water. The Bayer Makrolon polycarbonate material is also abrasion-resistant, meaning extra scratch protection for your laptop. $50 at InCase Colorful TopCase 2-in-1 ultra slim hard cover This is the perfect basic case for your MacBook Pro, and it comes in 13-inch and 15-inch versions, so it's great for everybody. It's made from hard plastic...

Galaxy Note 10 features Apple should steal for iPhone 11

Aug 10, 2019

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The Galaxy Note 10 is here. I spoke all about it with Daniel Bader from Android Central, so be sure to check that video out if you haven't already. Now, I want to talk about the feature from the Note 10 I'd love to see Apple bring to the iPhone 11… or iPhone 12 if they're already locked and loaded for September. 1. Apple Pencil It's perennial at this point and is going to stay top-of-list until Apple takes it out of the labs and puts it into my geeky little hands. We've seen rumors of Apple Pencil support coming to the iPhone for years. And by rumors, I mean financial analyst fanfic for investor notes. But, while it's always coming it's never quite arriving. I'd all caps love it, especially a smaller version to better fit with the smaller device. Especially now that PencilKit is a thing — Apple's new framework for easy Pencil integration for apps. And especially with iPadOS here to provide more and growing differentiation between the phone and the tablet. But I'm ...

Is the iPhone Pro coming? A reliable leaker suggests just that.

Aug 10, 2019

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Is Pro coming to the iPhone? What you need to know A historically accurate Apple leaker suggests a new iPhone Pro The leaker has correctly predicted features of the iPhone XS before release This would be the first time the "Pro" name joined the iPhone family An anonymous Twitter account has suggested that the new iPhone that is likely to be announced this September might be called the iPhone Pro. Twitter user CoinX tweeted this morning "'Pro' for iPhone? Crazy naming schemes over the past few years." You can see the tweet and head over to Twitter to see the comments on it below: “Pro” for iPhone? Crazy naming schemes over the past few years.— CoinX (@coiiiiiiiin) August 10, 2019 While there normally isn't much weight to be put behind an anonymous Twitter account with a blank head, CoinX has actually predicted the name of previous iPhones, correctly naming the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR a week before they were announced. This prediction, however, d...

Get the Apple Watch sport band look for less

Aug 10, 2019

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Maybe your Apple Watch came with one of the unique, fluoroelastomer bands with pin-and-tuck closure and you're looking to get some more. Perhaps your Apple Watch came with a different band, and you've had your eye on a sport band (or several) ever since. The thing is, the real Apple bands are $49 a pop. While they're certainly worth it, there are also several excellent alternatives you can try for much, much less. Best for most AdMaster Sport Band Staff Favorite AdMaster's silicone band looks and behaves much like the official Apple band. The band is made of soft silicone and comes in a wide variety of colors such as red, black, midnight blue, ocean blue, pink sand, purple, and pink. $6 at Amazon High quality Clockwork Synergy Silicone Strap We love our well-crafted Clockwork Synergy bands. While the buckle of this comfortable silicon band doesn't function like your standard Apple Watch sport band, Clockwork Synergy gives you the option to choose your metal hardware: stai...

Lock in 2TB of secure cloud storage for life with ThunderDrive

Aug 10, 2019

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If you’re still relying on traditional, external hard drives to transfer and store your data, you’re missing out. Cloud storage services have come a long way since their admittedly shaky beginnings, and it’s now possible to quickly and conveniently store all of your files in secure cloud servers. But not all cloud storage services are created equal. ThunderDrive Cloud Storage offers unparalleled security and convenience, and a lifetime subscription is currently available for 95% off at just $59. Featuring a whopping 2TB of storage space, this subscription grants you unlimited access to your files at all times, along with a series of organizational tools and transfer methods. You’ll be able to quickly and easily store and access all of your files from a streamlined platform, log in via your smartphone, secure all of your files under 256-bit AES encryption, and more. This subscription is also 6x faster than Amazon storage services, and you’ll be able t...

Whether brand new or old, your iPhone 7 still rocks and these cases do too!

Aug 10, 2019

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The iPhone 7 is an incredible piece of tech to have in your pocket on a day-to-day basis, so keeping it protected, scratch-free, and, most importantly, stylish! While there are thousands of different cases available, some are better than others. Here are our favorites cases for the iPhone 7. Clear with a kickstand Spigen Ultra Hybrid Staff Pick Spigen makes excellent phone cases. I've tested them extensively with a bunch of different phones, and the same is true every time. They fit well, they feel great, and they work. This model has a kickstand with a magnetic latch that just pops open when you want to use it and closes securely when you don't. From $9 at Amazon More battery power Apple Smart Battery Case Apple's battery case nearly doubles the life of your iPhone 7 on a single charge, and you can charge the case and your phone simultaneously. It has a soft microfiber lining that protects your phone from scratches and absorbs bumps. The outside is made of smooth silicon...

Rumors, specs, price, and everything we know about Nintendo Switch Pro

Aug 10, 2019

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It hasn't been officially confirmed yet, but here's what we know about the more powerful console. There've been whisperings that Nintendo has been working on a more powerful version of the Switch. Nintendo hasn't confirmed the existence of such a console; however, they didn't confirm the existence of the Nintendo Switch Lite or the new Nintendo Switch model for a long time either. Fortunately, there's plenty of information out there to make us think it is indeed coming. What is the Switch Pro? Way back in 2018, The Wall Street Journal released an article regarding future Nintendo Switch versions. The article stated that Nintendo was working on two new Switch devices. The internet has speculated that one of these devices could be a more powerful version of the Switch and dubbed it the "Switch Pro." Since then, Nintendo has revealed the new Switch model and the Switch Lite. Given Nintendo's past practices, we still think the gaming company is planning on creating more Switch version...

iCloud Keychain makes remembering passwords easy — here's how it works

Aug 10, 2019

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iCloud Keychain is Apple's password manager built into every Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It makes it much easier for you to create safe, complex passwords, which you can easily access while using Safari. iCloud Keychain is Apple's password management system. With it, your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers can be safely and securely stored on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad keychain, and synced across all your devices using iCloud. When you're using Safari, you can easily access passwords or auto-fill shipping and credit card information. You can also access passwords stored in iCloud Keychain while in third-party apps. Here's everything you need to know about iCloud Keychain. How to enable (or disable) iCloud Keychain iCloud Keychain is a great program for creating, storing, and accessing your complex passwords. It's already built into your iPhone, iPad, and Mac so you've always got your passwords and credit card details at your fingertips. It's a good idea to have a second...

Is it difficult to clean my Ninja Foodi?

Aug 10, 2019

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Best answer: Most of the many components of the Ninja Foodi are nonstick, but some key plastic parts need serious scrubbing to keep clean. Best to keep extras on hand if you're a frequent Foodi cook. Replacement plastic foot: Diffuser for Foodi Cook and Crisp Basket ($9 at NinjaKitchen) Extra inner pot: Foodi Ceramic-Coated Inner Pot ($22 at NinjaKitchen) Ceramic-Coated Parts Good, Plastic Parts Bad The largest pieces of the Ninja Foodi are the two cooking lids, one each for air frying and pressure cooking, and the cooking bowls, including the vented "Cook & Crisp Basket." Surprisingly, whatever science magic is happening within the Foodi does not splash the lid, so a quick wipe to remove condensation is usually all that's required. The massive inner pot is ceramic-coated nonstick, as is the Cook & Crisp, so they aren't difficult to sponge clean. The hardest piece to clean are the feet; specifically, the X-shaped Diffuser stand that the Basket rests upon. This piece is pla...

Best iPhone 8 Deals January 2019

Aug 10, 2019

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Don't pay more than you have to for your new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Passing on the iPhone XR and going iPhone 8 this year? Whether you are looking to go with the smaller one or upgrade to the Plus version, you won't want to pay more for it than you have to. Whether you are looking to finance the phone or trade in something that you have around the house, it's hard to know if you got the best deal. We've taken the time to look at all the deals, and round them up in one place for you. Here are the best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus deals that you can get right now! iPhone 8 Deals Not everyone is looking for a huge display on their phone, and some people just prefer the feel of a smaller phone. With the iPhone 8, Apple has consolidated its offerings a bit, and is now only offering two storage capacity options and three color options. The 64GB version starts at $699 and the 256GB jumps up to $849. It comes in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray this year. If you're ready to make the purcha...

You can't buy 'violent' games at some Walmart right now, because reasons

Aug 9, 2019

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We absolutely live in the dumbest timeline, there can be no doubt now. What you need to know Multiple acts of gun violence have broken out recently, including an El Paso Walmart. Several public officials in the U.S. have started blaming violent video games. A couple of Walmart locations are now hiding the massive catalog of violent games it sells. Wal-Mart has issued conflicting statements on its position, including a denial this ban is taking place. Update: Walmart has issued a separate statement claiming no games will be pulled from shelves. We've updated the story to reflect this. Following multiple acts of unspeakable gun violence over the last week, there has been a serious effort to shift the conversation away from the actual causes and on to the old topic of violent video games. Even though we've had this conversation over and over again, with what feels like countless efforts proving this has nothing to do with video games, several Walmart stores felt it was appropriate t...

HomeKit support is finally available for Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2

Aug 9, 2019

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It's now easier than ever to control your Arlo security camera. What you need to know Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 now support Apple's HomeKit. Apple users can easily control the cameras using Siri voice commands. The HomeKit update is completely free and should be rolling out now. At CES, Arlo promised HomeKit support would be available for two of its most popular devices. Now, Arlo is delivering on that promise. Arlo is now rolling out HomeKit support for the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2, giving users the ability to control the devices through the Home app or using Siri voice commands. "Given the ever-evolving smart home ecosystem protocols and landscape, cross-compatibility is something we're always exploring," said Tejas Shah, SVP Product and CIO at Arlo. "Knowing HomeKit support continuously resonates with our users, we wanted to expand those offerings to our wire-free camera solutions. Here's what Apple users can do now that HomeKit support is rolling out: Activate an HD livestream...

Use VoiceOver and Zoom to more easily navigate your Apple TV

Aug 9, 2019

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Get familiar with Apple TV's vision accessibility features. The Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K are packed with accessibility tools to make it easier for everyone to use. VoiceOver is a screen-reading feature that narrates your actions in the Apple TV's menus, while Zoom increases the screen up to 15 times its original size. You can enable these vision accessibility features by following these steps. How to enable VoiceOver on Apple TV How to change what material VoiceOver speaks to you How to change the voice that VoiceOver uses How to add pronunciations for specific words to VoiceOver How to change the VoiceOver speech rate How to select controls that should appear on the VoiceOver Rotor How to manage braille settings for VoiceOver How to enable Zoom on Apple TV How to use the Zoom gestures on the Siri Remote with the Apple TV How to enable VoiceOver on Apple TV Open Settings. Click General. Click Accessibility. Click VoiceOver. Click VoiceOver to turn it on. Click Use Pitc...

Early Apple Card adopters share better look at physical titanium card

Aug 9, 2019

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The card is thick but it's not the thickest out there. What you need to know Several Apple Card customers have already received their physical Apple Card. One unboxing video shows the packaging of Apple Card. Photos show the Apple Card's thickness to other credit cards on the market. Following a limited preview launch earlier this week, Apple Card customers are starting to receive the physical titanium card. Users across Twitter and Reddit shared their early experiences with the physical Apple Card. Physical Apple Card has arrived. I have surprisingly strong feelings about having a Goldman Sachs logo in my life? Anyway, you can see how much thicker it is than my plastic or metal cards. pic.twitter.com/hXi3q4ijoJ— nilay patel (@reckless) August 9, 2019 Apple Card and Amex Platinum both have flush mag strips — but platinum has a clear laminate backing that seals it in — Apple chose to notch out the titanium and onset the magstrip. That is extra. pic.twitter.com...

Take control of the music on your Mac with these helpful apps

Aug 9, 2019

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Here are the best apps for taking control of your music on the Mac! We all love listening to music on our Mac, whether it's through iTunes, Spotify, or even a YouTube playlist. Music helps us focus, relax, or we just want some noise in the background. While you could just use something basic like iTunes, there are many other apps out there that can play music for you like iTunes, while doing so much more. Here are some of our favorite music controller apps for the Mac! Plaaying myTuner Radio Pro Vox Clementine IINA BarTunes Alfred Plaaying Plaaying works with both iTunes and Spotify, which covers a large user base. It removes the friction from both of these services, making your life much easier. If you're a master of keyboard shortcuts, then Plaaying will be your new best friend. There's a handful of keyboard shortcuts available that allow you to seamlessly control your music without ever having to stop what you're doing. And if you're a person who likes to love and rate songs...

Apple's new AR art installation is available in select stores

Aug 9, 2019

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What you need to know Apple partnered up with New Museum to deliver a new AR art installation to select stores. [AR]T will display the art works of multiple artists across an AR trip through various cities around the world. The stores you can experience this new art installation are in San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The new AR experience is available in multiple cities around the world. Apple has joined forces with New Museum to create a new AR installation called [AR]T that will be a part of its Today at Apple series available at various Apple stores throughout the world. Here's how Apple describes [AR]T on its site: Designed by Today at Apple, [AR]T brings together artists and curators, filmmakers and educators, in a collaborative initiative that pushes the creative potential of augmented reality. New Museum tapped artists like Nick Cave, Nathalie Djurberg, Hangs Berg, Cao Fei, Carsten Höller, Pipilotti Rist and John Giorno to be a part o...

If you want to get into the wireless charging game, these are the best

Aug 9, 2019

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Apple's latest iPhone models are easier to charge than any previous Apple devices. The iPhone 8 and newer (including the iPhone XS and iPhone XR) support the Qi standard, which offers contact-based "wireless" charging. Qi charging has been around for a few years, so users have a wide variety of options. Whether you want a simple disc that gets the job done or something with a bit more going on, these are the best wireless charging pads you can buy. Reminder: Don't put credit cards between your wireless charger and your iPhone unless you want them to become inoperable. Best for Most Nomad Wireless Charging Hub Staff Favorite Underneath the Nomad Wireless Charging Hub are four additional charging ports — three USB-A ports and one USB-C port. That's a lot of extra charging in such a small space. You can wirelessly charge your iPhone while sending juice to your iPad Pro, AirPods, Apple Watch, and Nintendo Switch at the same time. $80 at Nomad Minimalist Mophie Wireless ch...

Apple updates USB-C Digital AV Multiport dongle with HDMI 2.0

Aug 9, 2019

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The dongle was updated quietly. What you need to know Apple has released a new version of its USB-C Digital AV Multiport dongle. The new dongle adds support for HDMI 2.0. You can buy the new dongle now for $69. Apple's USB-C Digital AV Multiport dongle has quietly been updated with several improvements, including support for 4K at 60Hz. The dongle features ports for HDMI, USB-A, and USB-C, all three of which can be used simultaneously. Apple released a document, via 9to5Mac, comparing the newest model (A2119) to the outgoing version (A1621). It supports HDMI 2.0 at these resolutions and refresh rate when used with macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or later or iOS 12.4 or later. It also supports HDR video in HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats when connected to a compatible playback device and display, TV, or projector. You can connect your device and drive video through the HDMI port up to 1080p at 60Hz, 38240 x 2160 at 30Hz, and 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz. The latter of which is only supported by a...

Add CarPlay to your car with Sony’s new 8.9-inch touchscreen receiver

Aug 9, 2019

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What you need to know Sony unveiled its new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto receiver called the XAV-AX8000. The new receiver comes with an expansive 8.9-inch touch display. It will launch in December and retail for $599.99. The receiver will cost $599.99 when it launches in December. Sony announced its latest car system receiver that will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality to any older car that doesn't support the two formats. The new XAV-AX8000 system comes with an expansive 8.9-inch touch display that should add some style to any car, especially those without color displays. CarPlay (and Android Auto) receivers have become a popular modification for drivers of older cars. Outdated infotianment systems don't generally support the newer formats since they require bigger displays and update-to-date software support from car makers. This latest receiver by Sony is one the most intriguing options consumers will have as it looks sleek and has a big touch display. When i...

Keep your web browsing activities to yourself on your Mac

Aug 9, 2019

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If you're using Safari, you probably already know that it's the fastest web browser for the Mac. Even with all that speed, it's worthwhile to slow down a bit and make your web surfing experience safer. Apple continues to add new features to Safari on a regular basis to try to make our web browsing experience faster, easier, and—above all—more secure. You can open up a private browser window anytime you want in Safari's file menu and Safari won't save your browsing history and will ask websites you visit not to track you. But there are a few more steps you might want to consider taking. The place to go for most of these things is in Safari's preferences window, accessed from the Safari menu. How to guard against unsafe files How to identify fraudulent websites How to disable JavaScript How to prevent cross-site tracking How to block all cookies in Safari How to remove website data How to clear your browsing history How to check for Apple Pay on websites How to allow or...

Apple Maps is now so much better in these states

Aug 9, 2019

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The improved experience will be available across the entire U.S. by the end of 2019. What you need to know Apple's revamped Apple Maps is now available in Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi. The experience has been built from the ground up. Apple Maps provides much more detail than before. After rolling out to places like Southern California, Hawaii, and Arizona, Apple's revamped Apple Maps is now available in Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi. The news was first reported by MacRumors. Apple's improved Apple Maps has been a long time coming. Originally teased in the summer of 2018, the revamped experience was built from the ground up with street-level data, high resolution satellite imagery, and random segments of navigation sessions from iPhone users. Last year, TechCrunch had a detailed report about what to expect from the new Apple Maps: Every version of iOs will get the updated maps eventually, and they will be more responsive to changes in roadways and c...

Apple now sells an AirPower-like Mophie wireless charger

Aug 9, 2019

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What you need to know Apple is now selling two new multi-device wireless chargers from Mophie. These new chargers will be the first multi-device chargers Apple will sell in place of the fabled AirPower. The Dual Charging Base will retail for $99 and the 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad will go for $139. These will be the first multi-device wireless chargers Apple will sell at its stores. Back in March, Apple unceremoniously cancelled the hotly anticipated AirPower wireless charger. Up until now, that was the last we heard of any multi-device wireless charger associated with the Cupertino company, though that has now changed. Apple is now offering two new multi-device wireless chargers from Mophie in Apple stores. The new chargers are now available through Apple's online store and will be availble at select Apple retail stores starting next week. The first is called the Mophie Dual Charging Base and can charge two Qi wirelessly enabled devices at the same time via 7.5W. This one will r...

The Satechi Keyboard for Mac is better than magic — here's our review

Aug 9, 2019

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The Satechi Bluetooth keyboard for Mac offers a wonderful design, a full numeric keypad, and superb battery life! For all the accessories you can buy for your Mac, MacBook, or iPad Pro, there's probably no accessory you would use more than a great keyboard. After all, the butterfly-switch keyboard on the MacBook line up is polarizing, to say the least — it's been known to have issues in the past — and the Magic Keyboard that comes with Apple's iMac isn't for everyone. Enter the Satechi Bluetooth keyboard for Mac, which I have been using for several months every day. It's become my go-to keyboard to work with on all my devices due to its great battery life, full numeric keypad, and its beautifully Apple-like design. Great for any Mac user Satechi Bluetooth keyboard for Mac $80 at Amazon A better typing experience for those...

What size ear tips does the PowerBeats Pro include?

Aug 9, 2019

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Best answer: Powerbeats Pro come with four different sized ear tips so you can customize your fit. They range in size from 7mm to 12mm. There are two tip pairs that are considered small but have different designs, and so fit differently in your ear. If you lose your ear tips, you can always replace them. Delightful sound: Powerbeats Pro ($250 at Apple) Replacement tips: JNSA Replacement Tips ($7 Amazon) Which size is right for you? The four sizes of ear tips that come with Powerbeats Pro make it much easier for you to find your perfect fit. Not all ear conchal bowls are the same, am I right? Even with the smallest tips, it's possible to experience some pressure on your ear cartilage, which is why you probably want to know more details about their sizes than just "small, medium, and large." There are two ear tips that are considered size small, but one is bowl-shaped, and the other is double flange and is more of a cone shape. Though its measurement is larger, the double flange ear...

Apple Card lender is reportedly approving applications at a high rate

Aug 9, 2019

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What you need to know Apple Card lender is approving a high number of applications according to a report. Apple reportedly wants to make the card accessible to most people. An Apple Card customer with a FICO score of 620 confirmed he was approved. Apple wants to cast "a wide net for customers." With the Apple Card roll out in full swing this week, a lot of people have been applying to get Apple's new credit card. Though some are being denied, many more are being approved according to a report from CNBC. Per the report, Apple wants to make the Apple Card as accessible as the iPhone, so it nudged Goldman Sachs, the lender of the card, to approve a large majority of applications so as to be inclusive and provide a good user experience. The bank, which is in charge of deciding who gets the Apple Card, is accepting some applications from users with less-than-stellar credit scores, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Goldman began to make the card available to some App...

iPod touch 7 vs iPad mini 5: Which should you buy for your kids?

Aug 9, 2019

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Best for most iPod touch 7 From $199 at Apple Pros Less expensive Compact Comes in six colors Comes with headphones Cons No Apple Pencil compatibility For younger children, or children who are more likely to damage an electronic device, the iPod touch 7 is a better "starter" device. Your child can listen to music, watch videos, play games, and FaceTime with grandma and grandpa. More sophisticated iPad mini 5 From $384 at Amazon Pros Larger screen Apple Pencil compatible Starts at larger capacity Faster processor Cons Pricier For an older child or one who's into more serious video games or art, the iPad Mini 5 would be a better choice. With a larger screen, faster processing chip and Apple Pencil compatibility, the iPad Mini 5 is a more sophisticated device. As a mother who has raised three children, I've seen what does and doesn't work for kids and tech. Handing over your own precious iPhone is a test of nerves while buying your children their own devices is...

Did you know Apple has a special playlist for all of the music in its ads?

Aug 5, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has a special playlist in which it keeps all of the music in its ads. The list is updated as Apple rolls out new ad compaigns with new music. Its two most recent ads are accounted for with Latroit's "Nice" and Tessellated's "I Learnt Some Jazz Today." So that's where I've heard that song before? Apple has a certain knack for artistic flair. You can see it in its products and in the way it markets these products. Most of its video ads take you on a visual journey that is both engaging and enticing. That's because Apple puts great care in the content and in the music, which is surprisingly easy to find. In case you didn't know—I didn't until someone posted it on Reddit—Apple has a special Apple Music playlist called "Heard in Apple Ads" that keeps all that the catchy music it has incorporated into its ads. These songs often times leaves us pulling out Shazam or asking a voice assistant to name the song. Well, Apple has made the process a whole...

Blaming violence on video games is wrong and dangerous

Aug 5, 2019

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It's a bad take, and it's been a bad take for longer than most people have been playing games. Enough. Thirty-two people were murdered this past weekend, as two shooters in two states with different motivations decided it was their right to end the lives of other human beings. As a citizen of the United States, what happened next could basically have been read from a script. Talking heads on television dug into the background of these individuals to figure out what motivated them towards violence, and politicians spent half a breath offering condolences and the other half of that same breath pushing whatever agenda they support. Because both of these shooters are white men and U.S.-born citizens, instead of shouting about immigration reform or domestic terrorism at the hands of white supremacists, we get to hear about the violence in their media diets, and how being exposed to those movies, TV shows or video games negatively affected their mental states. Instead of blaming the peop...

Get these skills with Restricted Books in Wizard Unite's latest event

Aug 5, 2019

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Restricted Books in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite are super valuable, make sure you're using them to get the right skills! The Brilliant Events that happen in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite give you the opportunity to earn Restricted Books, which you can use to learn powerful skills for your profession. Whether you're an Auror, Professor, or Magizoologist, here's a few suggestions on what skills on how you should be spending your Restricted Books. Restricted Books for Aurors Aurors are a pretty straightforward class, and they excel at hitting hard — especially with critical hits. While spending scrolls and regular books on increase your attack power and precision are always good bets, there's two main skills an Auror should learn that both take with Restricted Books — Dancing with Dummies and First Strike. Dancing with Dummies Dancing with Dummies increases your Precision (Critical hit chance) by +35% when attacking a foe with 100% (or more) Stamina. This huge bonus to ...

OMG LOL, these are the best apps for expressing yourself in GIFs!

Aug 5, 2019

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These days, the best way to express your feelings or reaction to something is to use a GIF. These are the best iOS apps for all of your GIF needs! On the Internet these days, the best way to react to things is to use GIFs. You know, those reaction GIFs for your "OMG," "LOL," and even "WTF?!?" moments. And while you could just search Google for those GIFs each time you need them, it's actually easier to have a GIF app on your iPhone or iPad so you can browse and save your favorites in your very own repertoire, ready-to-go when you need a GIF to show your love, admiration, disgust, excitement, or whatever other reaction to something you see on the web. Some of them even let you create your very own GIFs, in case you want something more personalized for you. Here are some of the best GIF apps available on the App Store for all of your GIF-ing needs! GIPHY GIF X GIFWrapped Burstio Gboard GIF Keyboard GIPHY One of the best apps for GIFs on iOS is GIPHY, hands down. With GIPHY, you ar...

Excited for Apple Card? Here's how you'll apply in just a few minutes!

Aug 5, 2019

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Ready to get your new Apple Card application sent off? It's much easier than you think. Apple Card is the biggest hyped credit card since Magnises. Apple recently launched its application process web page, which includes a video detailing how to apply. Just because the Apple Card is Apple's next big thing, doesn't mean you should run out and get one. Remember, this could affect your credit score (and may put you deeper in debt than you've budgeted for). If, however, you've thought about it and have come to the responsible decision to apply for an Apple card, here's how. Note: Apple Card sign-up appears to currently only be available in a preview capacity. You'll need an invitation from Apple to the Apple Card preview to apply. What you need to apply First step: Update your iPhone to iOS 12.4 How to apply for an Apple Card on your iPhone What you need to apply Be sure your Apple ID has updated information with your current phone number, address, and email address for faster appli...

Apple’s R&D spending reaches new height as it looks beyond the iPhone

Aug 5, 2019

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What you need to know Apple is spending more than ever on research and development. R&D account for 7.9% for its revenue this part quarter. Apple is now on pace to spend $16 billion in R&D in 2019 as it preps for life after iPhone dominance. R&D hasn't accounted for this much of Apple's revenue since 2003. Apple is spending more than ever on research and development. According to a CNBC report, Apple dropped $4.2 billion on R&D during the third business quarter of 2019, accounting for 7.9% of its revenue, the highest percentage since 2003. The rising cost isn't out of the ordinary for most big tech companies, but it is for Apple who usually keeps the overall R&D number down. Microsoft and Google, for example, spent 13.4% and 15.7% of their revenue on R&D respectively. But as Apple moves to a future that relies less and less on the iPhone, it must spend money to find ways to offset declining revenue. During the third quarter, iPhone revenue fell 12%, contin...

What's iTunes Match all about? Here's everything you need to know!

Aug 5, 2019

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Want to use iTunes Match? Here's what you need to know. Apple has two subscription services: iTunes Match, and Apple Music. Both offer access to iCloud Music Library, the company's cloud-based music storage system, which lets you stream and download tracks from your Mac's music library on up to ten of your devices. If you're curious about iTunes Match — what it is, why you'd use it, how to set it up, and how to ditch it for Apple Music — here's the skinny. What is iTunes Match? For $25 a year, Apple's iTunes Match service lets you match or upload up to 100,000 tracks from your Mac's library (or libraries) to iCloud Music Library, where you can then stream or download said tracks — DRM-free — to up to nine of your other devices (a total of 10). That's it: There aren't any weird quirks, hidden features, or other bonus options. For more about iCloud Music Library and how that works: How to use iCloud Music Library: The ultimate guide Wh...

You can now apply for Apple Card, but there's a catch

Aug 5, 2019

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It looks like only a select few iPhone owners can apply right now in this soft launch approach. What you need to know You can now apply for Apple Card—but you need an invite. You can apply straight from your iPhone using the Wallet app. You must be a US citizen or a lawful resident at least 18 years of age or later to apply. Apple on Monday began rolling out Apple Card, although right now it's available on a very limited basis. The Apple Card's arrival comes just days after the user agreement was posted online. If you go to wallet.apple.com, there's a new landing page that explains how to apple; the process is quick and painless, but you'll need an invite to the Apple Card Preview to apply. There are a few things you need to know before applying, according to Apple: You are a US citizen or lawful resident at least 18 years of age or older. Make sure you're on the latest version of iOS. Applying for Apple Card requires an iPhone that can use Apple Pay. Apple also includes a...

New Apple TV? Here's how to get started!

Aug 5, 2019

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Welcome to the future of TV. It's filled with apps and games on your home's biggest screen. Here's how to use it all. So you've just picked up your new Apple TV. Whether HD or 4K, it has a number of features and capabilities, including Siri, third-party app and accessory support, Apple Music, and the TV app. Here's everything you need to know to get started. If you want a quick guide on getting your Apple TV up and running, we've got walkthroughs for setting up your set-top box with either your iOS device or manually. Meet Apple TV The Apple TV as we know it today debuted in 2015 as the fourth-generation Apple TV, now known as the Apple TV HD. It's a fairly basic streaming box, but it was the first to support tvOS, which allows you to download apps from third-party developers for use with your big-screen TV. Thicker than its predecessor, the Apple TV HD is still a comparatively small, sleek black set-top box that takes up very little space in your home theater setup. The Apple...

Manage your mental health using Aura Meditation for just $80

Aug 5, 2019

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It’s 2019 and caring for your mental health is not only acceptable but encouraged. One of the easiest ways to care for your mental health is by taking a few moments each day to meditate, and there are countless guided meditation apps that can help you. However, all of these apps use cookie-cutter sessions that won’t necessarily cater to your needs. If you’re looking for personalized meditation sessions, then Aura Meditation is perfect for just $79.99. Aura Meditation is an app that uses machine learning to completely cater to your specific needs. Aura will send you a 3-minute guided meditation session each day, but you can also meditate with 3, 7, and 10-minute sessions at any point during the day. You can use Aura to track your mood, learn about your mood patterns, and visualize how much you’ve improved along your journey. Finally, you’ll also find a wealth of non-meditation content such as life coaching sessions, stories, and music. Caring for your h...

Apple shares continue to slide as fear mounts over trade war with China

Aug 5, 2019

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What you need to know Apple shares are down 4%. The dip is a result of the U.S.'s ongoing trade war with China that continues to escalate. Apple's shares haven't taken a hit this big since May. The U.S.-China trade war continues to affect Apple. Apple shares have taken a 4% hit on Monday as it continues to be affected by the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, per CNBC. Most recently, the China announced the value of its currency would drop to the lowest point since 2008 further affecting many parties on both sides of the trade war. Apple manufactures most of its products in China, hence why the war is particularly hitting it hard. As it stands, it is already being affected with rising prices that it is expected to absorb instead of passing on to customers, but the company is seemingly being affected on all fronts by the trade war. As one move by each country leads to another, Apple is caught in the middle trying to handle its business but it's having a hard time trying to stay unscath...

More information on Pokémon Sword and Shield is coming on August 7

Aug 5, 2019

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More information for Pokémon trainers coming soon What you need to know Pokémon Sword and Shield are the first mainline Pokémon games built ground-up for the Nintendo Switch. According a recent Twitter announcement, more Pokémon Sword and Shield news is coming on August 7. Pokémon Sword and Shield are set to release on November 15, 2019. You can preorder either Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield for $60 on Amazon. If you're eager for more Pokémon Sword and Shield news, there's great news. The official Pokémon account revealed on Twitter today that additional information for the two upcoming Pokémon games will be coming on August 7, at 6:00 a.m. PDT, or 9 a.m. EST. 🚨 Galar Research Update 🚨 Show of hands, Trainers: Who’s ready for more information on #PokemonSwordShield?📅 August 7, 2019⏰ 6:00 a.m. PDT⚔️🛡️ pic.twitter.com/bqbbpiLyUK— Pokémo...

iPhone with on-display Touch ID to headline most ambitious iPhone yet

Aug 5, 2019

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The new system will come in addition to an improved Face ID. What you need to know Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will re-introduce Touch ID as a fingerprint on display (FOD). An iPhone equipped with Face ID and FOD could arrive in 2021. Kuo cites Apple patents, not supply chain activity, in his prediction. With the iPhone X, Apple ditched Touch ID and stepped into the future of facial biometrics. But come 2021, via MacRumors, the company could re-introduce Touch ID as an on-display fingerprint sensor. The report comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, who is basing his prediction on Apple patents, not info coming down the supply chain, meaning his info his highly speculative. Still, Kuo appears confident enough that the fingerprint on display (FOD) is worth mentioning. In terms of technology, we predict that four critical technical issues of FOD will significantly improve in 12-18 months, including module thickness, sensing area, power consumption, and lamination yield rate...

Use these tips to get great audio while filming on your iPhone

Aug 5, 2019

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It's easy to take and edit quick videos on the iPhone, but getting great audio isn't always as simple as pointing and shooting. Whether you have an iPhone 7, an iPhone X, or a fancy new iPhone XS, the iPhone microphone isn't too shabby at close distances. But when you're trying to film in a crowded room, it's not quite enough. Here are some tips to avoid tinny, awkward or terrible sound when shooting iPhone video, starting with great equipment like the Blue Spark Microphone! Best Overall: Blue Spark Microphone If you're someone who wants the feel of a professional mic without whipping out your DSLR, this mic is for you. The Blue Spark Microphone is a portable, highly-rated little piece of gear that makes recording on-the-go effortless. Focus control allows you to record in two different modes: normal mode and focus mode for more precision and a sharper sound. Simply set up the microphone on a flat surface, plug it into your iPhone, and start your recording in just a couple of se...

Keep your iPhone X juiced up on the go with a battery case 🔋

Aug 5, 2019

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Watching YouTube videos, browsing Facebook, sending emails, and making calls are all things we do with our iPhone. Unfortunately, it never seems like there is enough battery life to get it all done in a day. Luckily for all of us, there's a simple solution to keeping your iPhone X charged and always ready to go: a battery case! Not only will a battery case increase your usage time each day, but it also offers a little bit of protection, so your iPhone X stays looking like new! Trusted brand Mophie Juice Pack Air Staff Favorite Mophie makes some of the best battery cases on the market, and the Mophie Juice Pack Air comes packed with great features you'd expect from a high-end battery case. It's low-profile and ergonomic design makes it easy to hold. The LED indicator lights on the back will show you how much battery you have left in the case. Plus, you can charge your iPhone and the Juice Pack Air at the same time using Qi wireless charging. You don't have to charge them with se...

Apple won't charge us for any cost increases caused by U.S.-China trade war

Aug 5, 2019

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Apple has a plan in place for dealing with the potential consumer goods tariffs in China and it's not likely we'll see a price hike on Apple products in the near future. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kou sent a note to investors on Sunday saying not to worry about any consumer-facing price hike on iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Kou predicts that due to Apple CEO Tim Cook's spreading out of its reliance on supply chains more globally will help the company absorb the cost of any immediate tax on imported goods from China instead of passing the cost along to consumers. MacRumors reports, In the mid-short term, if Apple absorbs most of the additional costs due to tariffs, there will be a negative impact on its profits from its hardware business, but the company will reap benefits in its brand image and relationships with suppliers. We also believe that the negative impact on Apple are limited and temporary because the profit from service business is growing, and non-Chinese production locations wi...

Teachers will want this MacBook for the new school year

Aug 5, 2019

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Apple MacBooks have always had a place in classrooms thanks to their overall power and durability. If you're a teacher looking for a new laptop, we recommend the MacBook Air (2019). There are other noteworthy models we've gathered to help you choose the one that fits your needs best. Best Overall: MacBook Air (2019) The entry-level MacBook Air offers a 13-inch Retina display with True Tone, 1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory, 128GB SSD storage, Intel UHD Graphics 617, and Touch ID. At 2.75 pounds, the 2019 MacBook Air is the lightest MacBook currently on the market. It's also the least expensive. The lower price comes with drawbacks, starting with having an older and slower processor and less robust graphics card than the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It also contains fewer Thunderbolt 3 ports than most of the MacBook Pro models. On a positive note, the MacBook Air offers two more hours of use between charges ...

We tracked down the best online printing service so you don't have to!

Aug 5, 2019

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If you're looking for the best online photo printing service, you've come to the right place. I placed orders on a dozen different photo websites and reviewed each one individually. From each website, I ordered 4x6 prints in both color and black and white, wallet photos, an 8x10 print, a 20x30 print, a photo book, and the minimum order of cards. All of the professional engagement photos you see in my orders were taken by JMS Imagery. I tried to order the least expensive version of each item, though it's not always easy to shop by price. In this article, I summarize my results, so you can have an easier time choosing where to buy your next set of photos, photo books, cards, or other photo products. While none of the services I tested were bad, my favorite online photo printing service was AdoramaPix, for its superior quality and attention to detail. Best Overall: AdoramaPix I struggled with which website to put in the top spot because other sites do have better prices and a large...

Students can save money by using an older MacBook

Aug 5, 2019

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Best answer: If you have access to an older or hand-me-down MacBook of the Air or Pro variety from the last seven years or so, it would still work well as a tool for most students. Keep it light: MacBook Air (2017) ($746 at Amazon) Plethora of ports: MacBook Pro (2015) (From $800 at Amazon) What you're looking for in any used Mac laptop First thing's first: whether you're getting it as a hand-me-down from a relative, finding it on eBay, or buying it from Apple's own Certified Refurbished store, you're going to want something from no further back than 2012 or 2013. This is because if it's a MacBook Air from that time period, or a MacBook Pro with Retina display, which debuted in 2012, it will include SSD storage as standard. Speaking as someone who went to college with a laptop that used a spinning disk, you absolutely want an SSD in your MacBook. Don't get something old enough that it still uses a spinning hard drive. Whatever you get, make sure it has an SSD, rather than a sp...

Already settled on the Fitbit you want? Here's how to make sure it'll fit!

Aug 4, 2019

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To get the most out of your Fitbit, you want to wear it as much as possible. This means all day at work, all night when you're sleeping, and on every trip to the gym. Make sure your Fitbit is super comfortable around your wrist by following one of their sizing guides before buying. As our top pick for 2019, we recommend the Fitbit Versa for most people. Products used in this guide Fitbit's best fitness tracker: Fitbit Versa ($200 at Fitbit) Why do you need to measure your wrist before buying a Fitbit? Fitbits come in two standard sizes, small and large (though you can get an X-large by ordering models through the Fitbit site). It's a little strange that there's not a medium or regular size. Does that mean your normal-sized wrist is actually a large? How small is small? How large is large? Fortunately, Fitbit breaks down wrist sizes based on their circumferences (the distance around the outside of your wrist) and ties those with the different product sizes. This makes it easy ...

From the Editor’s Desk: Will tariffs raise the price of iPhones by $100?

Aug 4, 2019

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There's a lot of talk of tariffs, retailer price hikes, and stock drops right now. How does this affect your next iPhone purchase? Last week, President Trump sent out a tweet that threatened an additional 10% tariff on goods imported from China. Goods that include, among other things, technology. Apple's stock fell 2% that day wiping out earlier gains the company had after its Q3 earnings call on Tuesday. The news has caused a bit of hubbub regarding whether the 10% tariff would affect how much we as consumers pay for iPhones in the future. I've spent some time reading up on what tariffs are, what they are for, and whom they affect, and I've been listening to what analysts are predicting Apple might do if the 10% tariff goes into effect (and Apple is not given an exemption). What I've come up with is … it's complicated. First, tariffs on imported goods, which is what Trump is threatening, are taxes that the country receiving the goods must pay. I'm absolutely not qualified t...

This 27-inch Apple iMac is the perfect desktop for creatives

Aug 4, 2019

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If you work in the creative field, then you’ve definitely heard of the Apple iMac. These computers offer a wide range of functionality thanks to macOS, not to mention that there are hundreds of apps made specifically for Mac that cater to creatives. If you’re a photographer, video editor, or perhaps just someone in need of a new computer, then you should check out this deal for an $899 iMac. With this deal, you’ll get a certified refurbished iMac in near-mint condition. It features a vibrant 27-inch 2560x1440 IPS display, making it perfect for video editing, photo retouching, or any workloads that require accurate color reproduction. The iMac is powered by a 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 16GB of memory, offering you more than enough horsepower for even the most intensive workloads. Speaking of power, the iMac features an Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M graphics card, allowing you to play high-end games with stunning graphics. Finally, it contains a whopping 1TB of st...

Take your iPhone XS for a swim with one of these waterproof cases

Aug 4, 2019

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Though the iPhone XS has an IP68 rating, which guarantees protection in water up to 1.5m deep for 30 minutes, I know I don't want to risk dropping it into a swimming pool completely unprotected. That's where waterproof cases come in. They're completely sealed off so not only are you protected from potential water damage, but also from dust and debris. These are the best on the market for the iPhone XS. Best for Most Catalyst Staff Favorite Get true waterproof protection with serious drop protection on top. Catalyst cases have special acoustic membranes to provide better audio than most waterproof cases. $90 at Amazon Colorful LifeProof FRĒ The most popular waterproof case for iPhone gets the XS upgrade with all the same features, including drop protection, a built-in screen cover, and button covers across the board. It comes in some amazing colors, too. $72 at LifeProof Budget option Spidercase Just because this case is less expensive, doesn't mean it's less wa...

Shh! Secret Apple Watch controls are right here

Aug 4, 2019

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There's a lot you can do with your Apple Watch's buttons, gestures, and taps Despite its size, your Apple Watch has a surprising amount of functionality -- all controlled by three unique inputs, including a side button, a Digital Crown, and Force Touch capabilities. Here's what you can do with each! The Side Button The Digital Crown Button combos Multitouch The Side Button The only traditional button on Apple Watch, the side button powers and turns off your wearable device. You can also use it for the Dock and the device's emergency features. Powering on and off You can turn your Apple Watch on and off using the side button. To power off, hold the side button until you see the menu. Slide to Power Off. To power on, hold the side button until you see the Apple logo. How to restart and reset your Apple Watch Press and hold to access Medical ID or SOS You can access your Medical ID or notify local authorities of an emergency by using the side button on your Apple Watch. ...

Which size Instant Pot Aura should you buy?

Aug 4, 2019

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Best answer: If you can afford it, we'd strongly suggest opting for the larger (and obviously more expensive) Instant Pot Aura Pro. On top of giving you a larger capacity, which is great for cooking for a crowd, it offers more features and better functionality than its little buddy. 6-quart: Instant Pot Aura ($60 at Amazon) 8 quart: Instant Pot Aura Pro ($180 at Amazon) Size it up Two quarts might not seem like a huge difference, but when you're trying to squeeze your over-sized Thanksgiving ham into a 6-quart slow cooker, you'd be really grateful for an 8-quart version. Obviously, that size difference does impact the cookers' footprints on your countertop. The Aura Pro measures a not inconsiderable 16.8 x 11.6 x 11.3 while the other model is a teensy bit more svelte at 16.8 x 11.6 x 10.7. Likewise, the Aura weighs in a tad lighter at 11.7 lbs while the Aura Pro hefts it up with a bulk of 12.9 lbs. The cooking pots are also different. The Aura offers a non-stick ceramic coated alu...

Built-in isn't necessarily better: These are the best webcams for Mac!

Aug 3, 2019

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If you're looking for an external webcam to enhance your streaming, chatting, or conference call, we have the solution. Whether you want the best webcam that money can buy or prefer a low-cost option, we've rounded up some of the best webcams you can find for your Mac. Best for Most Logitech BRIO Staff Favorite The Logitech BRIO is a plug-and-play external webcam that films in 4K, meaning you're going to look as crisp as possible while you're using it. It can display two different viewing angles — 65 or 78 degrees — so you can include as much or as little of your surroundings as you want. $199 at Amazon Reliable Logitech C920 The Logitech C920 records video in 1080p at 30FPS and is certified for Skype HD, meaning you know all your Skype calls are going to have you looking immaculate. It has a pretty wide 78-degree viewing angle and has a fantastic microphone with noise cancellation. So, the next time you are chatting with your friends they won't hear a...

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: Tips and tricks for August 2019

Aug 3, 2019

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We're speed leveling to max out Wizards Unite and have learned a trick or two along the way to completing a registry and beating Fortresses. Here's what you need to know. It's clear that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a game with many facets, most of which are designed to get you out and about and playing the game as much as possible. While the game is easy to hop into, there are aspects of it that can be done a certain way to help you maximize your game time and the XP you earn. Here at iMore, we've been playing since the game released and we've been working on tips and tricks to help you as you start your Wizards Unite Journey. This list is not exhaustive; we will keep adding to it as we find out new things to help you beat the Calamity! Play during events! This is our biggest tip to anyone playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite because not only is it a fantastic way to gain XP, Runestones, new Foundables, and those elusive Restricted Books, it's also a ton of fun to discover ever...

Keep your iPhone 8 Plus safe with one of these awesome cases

Aug 3, 2019

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The iPhone 8 Plus deserves an ultra-cool case to keep it safe. Whether you're looking for a very protective one or just something to prevent scratches, there are several options available. Not only does Apple makes its own line of cases for the iPhone 8 Plus, but many third-party accessory makers do as well. Here are our favorite cases. Slim and rugged Spigen Neo Hybrid Staff Favorite It offers excellent protection, has enough style to stand out from ordinary cases, and the seamless two-piece design is delightful to hold. It gives you confidence every time you pick up your iPhone. The Neo Hybrid won't add too much bulk to your iPhone 8 Plus. It will even allow it to charge wirelessly without you having to take off the case. From $15 at Amazon High-quality leather Apple Leather case We would, of course, be remiss if we didn't mention Apple's own cases for its products. Apple's Leather case comes in 10 different colors and is made out of specially tanned and finished Europe...

These smart plugs work with Siri and HomeKit

Aug 3, 2019

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If you're new to home automation, a smart plug can be an excellent first step — a toe in the water, if you will — in building out your connected home. If you've gone all-in on HomeKit-enabled accessories, this list can help you track down the perfect HomeKit-enabled plug for your smart home. Best for most iDevices Switch Staff Favorite The iDevices Switch is hands down our favorite Wi-Fi-connected, HomeKit-enabled plug. The unique design, which shifts the plug to the side of the device, keeps it from unappealingly jutting out of the wall and the multicolor LED light strip, serves as an excellent night light. $40 at Amazon Stylish Elgato Eve Energy The Elgato Eve Energy is a Bluetooth-connected smart plug. With in-depth energy monitoring stats, it can help you keep a lid on your utility bills. Thanks to the device's Bluetooth LE connection, you won't need to struggle with a Wi-Fi setup process or crowd your network with another device — the Eve Energy com...

Instant Pot Aura vs Instant Pot Duo: Which should you buy?

Aug 3, 2019

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9-in-1 wonder Instant Pot Duo Plus 80 $160 at Amazon Pros Microprocessor technology 9-in-1 functionality Large capacity 15 useful programs Nice LCD display Cons No sous vide functionality Bulky in size This recent model from Instant Pot will save you some serious cupboard and counter space. It replaces your pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker, saute, steamer, warmer, sterilizer and can be used to bake cakes. It boasts 15 microprocessor controlled programs, so you can literally just press a button and rest assured your food will be cooked to perfection. This updated model adds cake, egg, and sterilize programs. 10 safety mechanisms offer peace of mind for those nervous about pressure cooking. Sous vide superhero Instant Pot Aura Pro $180 at Amazon Pros Microprocessor technology Sous vide functionality Large capacity 11 useful programs Glass lid Cons More expensive Not a pressure cooker Bulky in size The high-end Aura Pro gives you 1...

Apple lists eligible products for this year's Sales Tax Holiday

Jul 31, 2019

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Today, Apple released the details of how you can save on its products in six U.S. states that are participating in this year's Sales Tax Holiday, an event in which you can shop for a limited time to save a little more on the Apple products you were planning to buy. Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Virginia are all participating in the event this August, with varying dates that the benefit will be available to its shoppers. Sales Tax Holiday's also exist for Alabama and Tennessee, but both of those events are over. The dates for the coming events are: Florida: August 2-6 Massachusetts: August 17-18 Missouri: August 2-4 New Mexico: August 2-4 South Carolina: August 2-4 Virginia: August 2-4 Most of Apple's products are eligible for the promotion, from Macs, iPads, and the iPod Touch, to a ton of Apple and third-party accessories. Each state has a different set of rules and limitations to what exactly you can purchase and for how much of the purchase is...

Apple says it wants to make the new Mac Pro in the U.S.

Jul 30, 2019

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What you need to know During Apple's earnings call, Tim Cook said Apple wants to make the new Mac Pro in the U.S. Cook said Apple is investing in capacity to do so. Cook's comments come after President Donald Trump said Apple wouldn't get tariff waivers on importing from China. Apple's powerful new desktop will launch this fall. During its earnings call on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company wants to make the new Mac Pro in the U.S., seemingly responding to a Tweet from President Trump. "In terms of exclusions, we've been making the Mac Pro in the U.S.," Cook said. "We want to continue to do that. So we're working and investing currently in capacity to do so, because we want to continue to be here. And so that's what's behind the exclusions. So we're explaining that and hope for a positive outcome." President Trump last week took to Twitter to say Apple wouldn't be exempt from tariffs on Mac Pro parts, after the company requested exclusions. "Apple will not be given Tar...

The Apple Watch and AirPods continue to grow in popularity

Jul 30, 2019

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What you need to know Apple reported a record-breaking quarter for its wearables, home and accessories category. Tim Cook pointed to the wearables section as the big winner, meaning the Apple Watch and AirPods continue to grow in popularity. The category jumped in revenue from $3.7 billion to $5.5 billion, picking the slack for declining iPhone figures. The two contributed to big growth in Apple's wearables category. Apple today held its third quarter earnings report confirming it exceeded Wall Street expectations. A big reason for that was not the performance of the iPhone, as it has for so many years, but the performance of its Wearables, Home and Accessories, with the Apple Watch and AirPods leading the charge. Apple didn't disclose unit figures, but even Tim Cook couldn't help but gush over the performance of the wearables and services category. When you step back and consider wearables and services together to areas where we have strategically invested in the last several...

Tim Cook says the Apple Card will launch in August

Jul 30, 2019

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What you need to know Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the Apple Card will launch in August. The Apple Card is being billed as a "new kind of credit card." The news was dropped during Apple's Q3 2019 earnings call. Apple previously said the Apple Card would be available this summer. We still don't have an exact date, but Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Apple Card will be available in August on a limited basis, confirming recent reports. Cook announced the news during Apple's Q3 2019 earnings call. The Apple Card is being billed by Apple as a "new kind of credit card" designed to help consumers "lead a healthier financial life." The card will live in the Wallet app on your iPhone and offers no annual fees along with enticing rewards, including 3% cash-back on purchases made directly from Apple. "Apple Card is designed to help customers lead a healthier financial life, which starts with a better understanding of their spending so they can make smarter choices with their money, transparenc...

Transcript: Apple CEO Tim Cook on the company's 2019 Q3 earnings

Jul 30, 2019

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Apple's third-quarter results for 2019 are in. Here's our transcript of the call. Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri spoke with analysts during the company's Q3 2019 earnings call. Here's our ongoing live transcript of their remarks! If you want some quick analysis on Apple's results, we recommend checking out the awesome charts from Six Colors. Cook's opening remarks Tim Cook Good afternoon and thanks to all of you for joining us today. We're thrilled to report a return to growth at a new June quarter revenue record of $53.8 billion. We saw significant improvement in yea- over-year iPhone performance compared to last quarter. Very strong performances for both Mac and had an absolute blowout quarter for wearables where we had accelerating growth of well over 50% and a new high watermark for services where we set an all-time revenue record of $11.5 billion. When you step back and consider wearables and services together to areas where we have strategically invested in th...

Sales of the Nintendo Switch are at almost 37 million units sold

Jul 30, 2019

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Nintendo confirmed that sales of the Nintendo Switch reached almost 37 million units What you need to know Earlier today, Nintendo went through its financial results for the past three months (ending on June 30, 2019). Part of the information confirmed that the Nintendo Switch has sold 36.87 million units. Sales numbers were also updated for several pieces of first-party software. Today, Nintendo released its financial information for the past business quarter, for the three months ending on June 30, 2019. Thanks to these results, we've got updated information, including the news that the Nintendo Switch has sold 36.87 million units. The news wasn't all hardware-oriented though, as updated figures were also released for several pieces of first-party software: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 17.89 million units sold Super Mario Odyssey - 14.94 million units sold Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 14.73 million units sold The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 13.61 million units sold This stro...

The new LG UltraFine 5K display works with iPad Pro as well as Mac

Jul 30, 2019

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Up until now, if you were hoping for 5K resolution when using your iPad, you'd be out of luck. However, LG's new 5K UltraFine display is here to help. It's compatible with the 2018 iPad Pro as well as Mac, and if you're interested, you can find it over at the Apple Store, where it's currently being sold for $1,299.95. FIVE KAYS LG 5K UltraFine display This new display uses USB-C, meaning you can finally enjoy full 5K resolution with your iPad and Mac. $1,299.95 See at Apple For all intents and purposes, this is very similar to the LG 4K UltraFine Display that was released in 2018. It has a 5120x2880 resolution panel, a built-in webcam, mic, and speakers, and three USB-C ports. However, rather than using Thunderbolt ports, the 5K UltraFine takes 5K resolution over USB-C. You can connect your device using a single cable and access the crisp, gorgeous display output, plus speedy charging and external accessories....

Apple reports Q3 2019 financial results

Jul 30, 2019

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Apple has just announced its financial results for Q3 2019, covering the period between April 1 and June 30, 2019. The company posted quarterly revenue of $53.8 billion as it saw its various services continue growing at record rates. Press release: Apple Reports Third Quarter Results Company Revenue Sets June Quarter Record Services Revenue Reaches New All-Time High July 30, 2019 04:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2019 third quarter ended June 29, 2019. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $53.8 billion, an increase of 1 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.18, down 7 percent. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter's revenue. "This was our biggest June quarter ever — driven by all-time record revenue from Services, accelerating growth from Wearables, strong performance from iPad and Mac and significant improveme...

Apple will begin testing a new health API for insurance claims

Jul 30, 2019

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What you need to know Apple is set to begin a CARIN API that could make insurance claims much more easily accessible. The API could add the feature to apps, including Apple's own Health app. Testing will begin this year with full release of the API in 2020. The new feature could let users monitor health insurance claims right from the Health app. Apple is set to start testing a new third-party API from CARIN that will make insurance claims much more accessible. Announced at the 2019 Blue Button Developers Conference, the could even make its way into the iOS Health app. After many months of work, today the private sector released the CARIN Blue Button® data model and draft implementation guide as part of the White House Blue Button® Developers Conference. The CARIN Blue Button® draft implementation guide includes more than 240 claim data elements that have been agreed on by multiple regional and national health plans. These data elements are included in what we ...

August's Pokémon Go Community Day will focus on Ralts

Jul 30, 2019

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Pokémon Go's 20th monthly Community Day takes place on Saturday, August 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. your local time. Pokémon Go Community Days are exactly what the name implies — a way to get trainers out catching and raiding together. As an incentive, Pokémon Go is throwing in bonuses like extra XP, Stardust, faster egg hatching, lure modules that last three hours, and a special Pokémon with an exclusive move. All once a month, for three hours. The August 2019 Community Day is focused on...Ralts! Get out and play together in your local community parks on Pokémon GO Community Day. For just a few hours each month, you can encounter a special Pokémon in the wild. During these hours, there's a chance to learn a previously unavailable move for that Pokémon or its Evolution, as well as earn some Community Day bonuses. Celebrate what it means to be a part of the Pokémon GO community and make new friends along th...

Tune in to awesome podcasts like the iMore Show with these cool apps!

Jul 30, 2019

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Podcasts are great, but finding the right podcast app for your needs can be overwhelming. We're here to help! Do you love listening to podcasts on your commute, or just as some background entertainment while at home? No matter who you are, there's a podcast out there for everyone — after all, they can be about anything! But how do you keep track of multiple subscriptions to the shows you like? What if you want to discover new podcasts? While Apple has its own default Podcast app, it's fairly barebones compared to other options out there. So what are the best apps for podcast listening on iOS? Let's find out! Overcast Castro Pocket Casts iCatcher! Downcast Procast Spotify Laughable Breaker Castbox Stitcher for Podcasts RadioPublic Overcast This one is my personal favorite. It's from Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper, that popular read-it-later service that Betaworks bought a few years ago. Overcast features a design that's both beautiful and practical. Everything's ...

Apple just hired the co-creator of the original Xbox

Jul 30, 2019

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What you need to know Xbox co-creator Nat Brown announced he has joined Apple. Brown also worked on Valve's VR team Brown said he's excited to focus on "all applications of graphics." Could he contribute to Apple's rumored mixed reality headset? Nat Brown, a Valve veteran and co-creator of the original Xbox, announced he has joined Apple. Brown broke the news in a Twitter thread, in which he hinted at his role with the Cupertino company. "A major thread of my career is an obsession with platform ecosystems and systems engineering," Brown said to start off the thread. I was always fascinated with how hard games push software and hardware platforms in UI/UX, memory, storage, and network requirements, real-time rendering, low-latency input, audio quality, and multimedia generally.— Nat Brown (@natbro) July 29, 2019 games and AR/VR push systems really, really hard. so making games & AR/VR content work well makes platforms better for all types of software. often games spi...

Get all the restricted books from the Potter's Calamity (Week 2)!

Jul 30, 2019

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The second week of the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Potter's Calamity event has started! Here's everything you need to know to complete the event The next Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Brilliant Event is here, and it's running from July 30, 2019 (11AM PT/ 2PM ET), until August 6, 2019 (11AM PT/ 2PM ET). This special in-game event — called Potter's Calamity — will give you access to get Restricted Books to help you advance on your Profession skill tree, as well as new Foundables to return and Portkey Portmanteaus to open! Yes, this Brilliant event is a continuation of the Potter's Calamity; however, this week there will be different Foundables to return and new Restricted Books to be rewarded! That being said, since it is part of the same event, you can still find all the Foundables form the first week of the Potter's Calamity as well! So if you missed any foundables the first week, now's your chance to pick them up! This event is only here for a limited time, meaning you ...

Don't like Apple's Magic Keyboard? Try these alternatives

Jul 30, 2019

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Every iMac and iMac Pro comes with a specially designed, Apple-branded Magic Keyboard and you either love it or hate it. If you love the look of the Magic Keyboard but don't love the feel, or maybe you were hoping for a little more than what comes in the box, we've got a list of keyboards that have a very similar design but offer something a little different. Easy multi-pairing Logitech Easy-Switch K811 Staff pick This little ditty is my personal favorite. It's a compact keyboard designed with Mac in mind that has plenty of useful additional features. It has the added benefit of being specially designed to control features on your iPhone or iPad, like navigating to the Home screen and audio playback controls. With one button, you can switch between three different devices. $99 at Logitech Comes with Numeric Keypad Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad If you love everything about the Magic Keyboard, but you really want a numerical pad, this model's nearly identical to the Ma...

More LG TVs are getting HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support

Jul 30, 2019

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What you need to know LG is rolling out support of HomeKit and AirPlay 2 for more of its 2019 TV lineup. The latest ones to get support are the OLED and NanoCell 4K TVs. This continues to bring Apple's services to more TVs. The OLED and NanoCell 4K TVs are the latest to receive support. LG is continuing to add HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support to more of its 2019 TV line-up. The latest TVs to get support include select OLED and NanoCell 4K UHD TVs with ThinQ AI capability. WithAirPlay 2, LG 2019 AI TV owners can effortlessly stream content – includingDolby Vision titles – from iPhone, iPad and Mac straight to their TV sets. Users can stream their favorite movies and television shows from the Apple TV app and other video apps as well as view photos directly on their LGAI TVs. Users can also play Apple Podcasts, Apple Music and music from their library or other streaming services through their LG AI TV and other AirPlay2-compatible speakers in their home at the same ...

Keep your iPhone locked away from prying eyes with strong passwords

Jul 30, 2019

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The iPhone and iPad make our lives more convenient than ever, but they can also help us make them more private and more secure. Here's how! Security is at perpetual war with convenience. The faster and easier it is for us to get to our stuff, the faster and easier it is for someone else to try to break in. Make it tougher for them, though, and it can get tougher for us as well. One of the biggest advantages the iPhone and iPad give us is a better balance of the two. Touch ID and Face ID let us have strong passwords but also biometric access. iCloud Keychain lets us have unique passwords but not have to remember them all. Two-step authentication protects our accounts but in a way that's still simple to use. That said, the iPhone and iPad also have options that help us be even more private and secure. Here's how to use them! 1. Be strong If you have a recent iPhone or iPad, you have one of Apple's personal identity sensors—Touch ID or Face ID. It lets you use biometrics to a...

Looking for more network protection? These are the best VPNs

Jul 30, 2019

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What are the best Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)? A VPN can be described as an encrypted tunnel that shuttles your internet activity between your computer or phone and a host server. While the internet is a public space, a VPN works by extending an invisibility cloak across the user's activity and allows people to send and receive data in a mostly anonymous manner. In the simplest terms, a VPN makes it hard for someone to track your activity. There are many different reasons people would want to use a VPN. In some countries, VPNs become a journalist's main tool to get around government censorship and geo-blocks. It's true, there are plenty of free VPN services out there, but none that you can truly trust. You need a service that has fast speeds, even when streaming video, and you want a service that doesn't keep logs of its users' activities. To help you decide which VPN is best, here are some great options that are available now. Who It's For Everyone Everyo...

Apple just joined Google and Facebook in exciting data initiative

Jul 30, 2019

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The data-sharing project aims to make transferring your information between services easier. What you need to know Apple has joined Google, Facebook, and Twitter in the Data Transfer Project. The project aims to make it easy for people to transfer data between services. There are now 18 contributors to the Data Transfer Project. Apple has confirmed it's now part of the Data Transfer Project, joining Google, Facebook, and Twitter. The initiative aims to make transferring your data between different services as seamless as possible. Created in 2018, the Data Transfer Project's mission is simple: The Data Transfer Project was launched in 2018 to create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform so that all individuals across the web could easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want. The contributors to the Data Transfer Project believe portability and interoperability are central to innovation. Making it easier for individuals...

Apple releases fourth tvOS 13 public beta

Jul 30, 2019

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Want to see what's going with tvOS 13? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! tvOS 13 is coming down the line, though Apple has yet to say anything about it. Ahead of its arrival, Apple is letting interested users check it out beforehand with a public beta. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release. If you're interested in trying out the tvOS 13 public beta, just sign on up for App...

Protect your privacy on social media — keep your information private!

Jul 30, 2019

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Social media can lead to some pretty terrible interactions; stay safe online with these tips! Social media is one of the best features of the modern internet but it's also one of the worst features of the modern internet. 🤔 What I'm saying is the connective power of the internet — the way it allows us to communicate with friends and loved ones all over the world — is pretty spectacular. But that connective power also gives ill-intentioned individuals access to the things you post online. It's not always doom and gloom, but it's always a good idea to keep your safety and security in mind. With all that in mind, here are a few tips for staying safe on social media. Private or public? Most social media networks give you the option to maintain a private or public profile. Generally speaking, anyone can view a public social media profile. A private profile, on the other hand, usually requires some form of permission. Some social media networks, like Facebook, gi...

Apple releases iPadOS public beta 4

Jul 30, 2019

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Looking to try out iPadOS 13? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! iPadOS 13 is on its way with features that need to be tested before the software is made available to the general public. As such, Apple is letting interested users check out iPadOS 13 and provide feedback before it goes into wide release. If you're one of those interested users, however, you will have to go through the public beta download and install process. While it's not complicated, it's a bit of a departure for how you might normally get software onto your iPad. So, we're going to walk you through it and give you a place to ask questions if you need extra help. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple ...

Apple releases fourth public beta of iOS 13

Jul 30, 2019

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Looking to try out iOS 13? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! iOS 13 is on its way with features that need to be tested before the software is made available to the general public. As such, Apple is letting interested users check out iOS 13 and provide feedback before it goes into wide release. If you're one of those interested users, however, you will have to go through the public beta download and install process. While it's not complicated, it's a bit of a departure for how you might normally get software onto your iPhone. So, we're going to walk you through it and give you a place to ask questions if you need extra help. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, ...

Apple releases watchOS 6 developer beta 4

Jul 30, 2019

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Installing the watchOS 6 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it's also for developers only. Of Apple's four primary operating systems (iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS), only watchOS lacks a public beta, which isn't surprising, given how comparatively complicated is. You need to install a certificate on your Apple Watch, then download the software to your iPhone running the iOS 13 beta, transfer it across, and get it up and running. It's not hard, but it does take patience and you may have to troubleshoot. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from develop...

Google Chrome’s slick new dark mode is making its way to the Mac

Jul 30, 2019

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What you need to know Chrome's dark mode is about to expand to the Mac, Windows PC and Chrome OS devices. The impressive dark mode wont' just turn the Chrome UI dark, it'll turn entire websites dark too. Google is still working on the feature, but it is on the way. It will turn entire websites dark making them easier to read at night. Google is expanding Chrome's impressive dark mode to the Mac. The feature, which is only available for Android, is migrating over to Mac, Windows PC and Chrome OS devices according to 9to5Google. Unlike the normal dark mode that just turns the Chrome interface dark, this one is special. This dark mode converts entire websites into dark mode, even ones that don't support it. The new mode will be cross-platform and offer support for five modes: simple HSL-based inversion simple CIELAB-based inversion selective image inversion selective inversion of non-image elements selective inversion of everything Here's how they'll work: The first two options...

With iTunes Match, store personal music in iCloud — Here's how to set it up

Jul 30, 2019

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How do I sign up for iTunes Match? It's simple — you just need a computer. Apple currently offers two music subscription services: Apple Music, and iTunes Match. Both services match and upload your Mac's music to iCloud Music Library, the company's cloud-based music storage locker. You can read a bit more about the differences between Apple Music and iTunes Match elsewhere; simply, you're likely to be in the market for iTunes Match if you already use Spotify or a different subscription service but want your previously-purchased music wherever you go, or you simply don't want to pay for a subscription service at all. After you subscribe to iTunes Match, you can stream or download any songs on up to ten of your devices, DRM-free — but before you get to do that, you need to sign up. How to subscribe to iTunes Match Note: You can't enroll for iTunes Match on an iPhone, primarily because the service needs a computer-based music library to get started. Launch iTune...

Beat hackers and protect your photos by following these simple steps

Jul 30, 2019

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Protect your private photos and personal content from being hacked by following these security precautions! You don't have to be a celebrity to have your private photos and personal data hacked. Although the blame and fault of these hacks rest entirely on the criminals, each new case is a cold reminder that security in the digital world is just as urgent as that in the real world. Whether you're storing data on Apple's iCloud, Google Accounts, Microsoft, Dropbox, or any other service, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from would-be hackers better. Here's how: Don't use weak passwords Everyone should know by now to avoid passwords like "password," "123456," your birthdate (or anyone's birthday), nickname, pet's name, child's name (or anyone's name). You also want to avoid any word or set of words in the dictionary and even common variations thereof, like d!ct!0n@ry. Anything easy for you to remember is also easy for someone else to guess or "brute force." Do use s...

It looks like more Apple retail stores are coming to Japan in 2019

Jul 30, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has updated its retail site with new imagery teasing new stores coming to Japan in 2019. The stores are part of a larger retail expansion Apple has planned in Japan. It's rumored the stores will be in the Kanagawa Prefecture and Marunouchi district. Apple updated its retail website with new teaser imagery. Apple has updated its retail website with new imagery, teasing two new stores coming to Japan in 2019. The new stores will join the ongoing rebuilding efforts at Apple's Omotesando location, which has seen big upgrades over the last few months. Apple has a large presence in Japan already, with locations in Shinjuku, Kyoto, Ginza, Osaka, and more. Last year, former retail SVP Angela Ahrendts confirmed Apple would invest further in the country. "Japan is a special place for me, and for Apple," Ahrendts said at the beginning of 2018. "Home to our first international store (Ginza), my first opening at Apple (Omotesando), and now we're honored to kick off...

Malware on Mac is a thing and here's how to get rid of it

Jul 30, 2019

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Malware and complete hard drive corruption on the Mac is rare, but it can happen. Here's how to rebuild your Mac. Though it's not easy to hack into or break through a Mac's security, it is possible, especially if someone accidentally installs malware without realizing it. If your Mac is running slow or you're seeing unusual advertisements within your web browser you might have accidentally installed malware at some point. Don't worry. It happens to the best of us (not me, of course). There are things you can do without having to burn it all down. The problem: Mac malware in the Library folder How to fix a corrupted Mac The problem: Mac malware in the Library folder Serenity Caldwell writing for iMore in 2017: My father-in-law's MacBook Pro had been running into curious slowdowns for a two-year-old laptop and he kept on seeing weird sites taking over his Safari and Firefox search bars. It was clear to me that his browser had been hijacked. We got rid of the browser hija...

Apple’s Lightning dongles are more impressive than you think

Jul 30, 2019

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What you need to know Apple's Lightning dongles pack much more tech inside them than you think. Hackaday examines some of the tech and it is very impressive. The little dong'es have full-fledged SoCs that run their own OS to better communicate. They feature full-fledged SoC that run their own OS. Apple is no stranger to trying to capitalize on its proprietary elements to maximize its profits. That's none more evident than with its expensive Lightning dongles. However, if you tear them down, you'll find out that Apple packs them with crazy technology. In a recent breakdown of Apple's Lightning dongles, Hackaday's Jenny List examines the tech inside them. Here's what she had to say: Where you might expect these to contain mostly the equivalent of a graphics card, in fact they have a fully-fledged SoC of their own that runs its own OS with the same Darwin kernel as its host. Unexpectedly this is not held upon the adapter itself, instead it is shipped with iOS and loaded dynamical...

Touch Bar on MacBook Pro can be very useful with the right apps, like these

Jul 30, 2019

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Check out these apps that actually make using the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro more useful! The MacBook Pro's Touch Bar is a fascinating feature that allows you to interact with your MacBook like never before. You'll be able to use it for all manner of built-in apps, but there will be a ton of third-party apps with Touch Bar support as well! Here are the best apps with Touch Bar support so far! Pixelmator Pro BetterTouchTool Evernote Adobe Photoshop djay Pro Final Cut Pro X Microsoft Office 1Password Sketch Mail Designer Pro 3 PCalc Pixelmator Pro Pixelmator is an epic photo and graphic editing program that lets you create and manipulate images, illustrations, and a whole lot more. They're best known for their robust painting tools, which are fully customizable. With Pixelmator's Touch bar shortcuts, you can quickly switch between tools, find customizations for those tools, and more. The on-board filter preview shows you a thumbnail of what the effect looks like, right on the Touc...

Custom Apple Modems: The 5G Future

Jul 24, 2019

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There have been rumors of Apple working on their own cellular modems for years. They're mainly LTE right now but 5G is on the horizon and they're already speccing out 6G beyond that. So, it's a critical part of the hardware we all use every day and Apple likes to control all of those parts. The rumors picked up recently when Apple settled with Qualcomm, the biggest modem maker in the game, and Intel, who'd been providing Apple with modems during the spat, announced they'd be getting out of the business now that the other two had made up. But that left Intel's modem portfolio up for grabs. And, much like Apple once bought PA Semi, licensed ARM's IP, and began making custom A-series chipsets for iPhones and iPads, the rumor here is that Apple will buy that modem business, license Qualcomm IP, and begin making custom modems as well. To help me sort the facts from the wishful thinking, I've got Ben Bajarin on the line. Principle at Creative Strategies and founder of TechPinions. Jus...

Amex launches the Blue Business Cash Card

Jul 24, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network What you need to know 2% automatic cash back on all purchases up to $50,000 per calendar year Expanded Buying Power to spend beyond the card's limit $0 annual fee Automatic cash back American Express has moved further into small business with the launch of the Blue Business Cash Card. The Blue Business Cash Card for small businesses has no annual fee, offers 2% cash back on eligible purchases automatically credited to your statement, and helps business owners manage cash flow with Expanded Buying Power. The Blue Business Cash Card focuses on a straightforward 2% cash backs on all purchases up to $50,000 in a calendar year. The cash back is automatically applied to the credit card's monthly statement, taking one more thing off of a small business owners plate. The card introduces a new feature to American Express's line...

Read with style and comfort with the best iPad options for readers

Jul 24, 2019

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We look at new Apple tablets each year when they arrive on the market to determine which ones are right for our readers. The iPad Air (2019) is our favorite iPad, especially for those primarily looking for a tablet for reading. We've gathered other noteworthy models to help you choose the one that fits your needs best. Best Overall: iPad Air (2019) Apple surprised many by introducing the first new iPad Air in nearly five years. With this third-generation iPad Air, Apple also resurrected the 10.5-inch display size previously found on the smaller of the two discontinued 2017 iPad Pro models. The iPad Air (2019) is a great step up from the iPad (2018). With the newer model, you get a larger display (10.5-inches versus 9.7-inches), an advanced chip, and more available storage. It also includes a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating and wide-color (P3), True Tone display, which makes it better for outside reading. There's also a Smart Keyboard thanks to its Smart Co...

Trademark filed for "Lovefrom Jony" as Ive plans to leave Apple.

Jul 24, 2019

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Jony Ive announced his departure from Apple last month, and now "Lovefrom Jony" trademark has been filed. We've known for about a month now that Jony Ive would be leaving Apple to start an independent design firm, but now documents from the US Patents and Trademark Office show that Ive filed for a trademark for the term "Lovefrom Jony". In Ive's previous stated about leaving Apple, he did mention that Lovefrom would be the name of his new company; however, this trademark clearly shows that Lovefrom Jony will at least be apart of the new company in some capacity. What's really interesting is these trademark documents mention goods and services that could fall under the Lovefrom Jony trademark. This list is quite extensive and covers a lot of categories such as drones, household appliances, cars, and much more. You may remember that in Apple original statement, the company stated that Ive (along with his new company) would still be working with Apple in the future. Cupertino, C...

Here's your chance to snag free AirPods from 7-Eleven!

Jul 24, 2019

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7-Eleven is giving away 500 pairs of 2nd-gen AirPods. Here's how to snag a pair. What you need to know 7-Eleven will be giving away 500 pairs of second-generation AirPods. The giveaway is being held through the 7NOW app on July 25. The first 500 customers to place an order of $50 or more will be eligible to win. Want to snag a pair of 2nd-generation AirPods for free? 7-Eleven is giving you the opportunity to do just that, as long as you are one of the first 500 customers who place an order of $50 or more tomorrow, July 25, through their 7NOW app. You'll want to make sure that you have downloaded the 7NOW app on your iOS device. Once it's downloaded, launch the app and turn on push notifications. This is actually important, because you will receive a push notification once this flash deal begins. 7-Eleven will also have updates on their social media accounts. In order to qualify for the free AirPods, you'll need to be one of the first 500 customers who place an order totaling at l...

Power up with the best charging stands for iPod touch 7

Jul 24, 2019

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The seventh-generation iPod touch offers new, more powerful internals over its predecessors while keeping the same form factor, colors, and cameras. Capable of using most of the latest features in iOS 12, it's a great entry-level iOS device that will let you rock out to your favorite tunes wherever you take it. Of course, you'll need to keep your iPod touch charged up, and there are many great stands you can use as a home base when you're not on the go! Lightning cable included Avantree Charging Stand Staff Favorite This simple stand will keep your iPod charging and upright making it easy to use while on the stand. It comes with a Mfi lightning cable that's 4-feet long, making it easy to find a good spot on your desk, nightstand, or table. $20 at Amazon Simple and affordable Lamicall Stand With multiple viewing angles and a hole in the back to run your charging cable through, the Lamicall stand is a great way to keep your iPod touch accessible. Plus, its made of metal, so...

The wacky Lego DC Super-Villains is currently on sale

Jul 24, 2019

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Are you searching for a great game for your Switch but want to get great deals? We've found the best games for a fraction of their price! Have you played all of your Nintendo Switch games and you're looking for a bit more fun? I know how pricey they can be, especially if you're on a budget and can't spend $60 on a game. Here at iMore, we have found some great games currently on sale. If any of these types of game spark your interest, be sure to check them out by clicking the links below. Pre-orders available on Amazon right now Physical game cartridges on sale now eShop games on sale this week Pre-order options on Amazon Here's every game you can pre-order on Amazon right now. Just click the title to check it out! Raiden V: Director's Cut - Available July 25 - $30 Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Available July 26 - $6 Kill la Kill - IF - Available July 26 - $60 Wolfenstein: Youngblood - Available July 26 - $30 Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden - Deluxe Edition - Available July 30 -...

What's new on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu in August 2019

Jul 24, 2019

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A new season of "Dear White People" hits Netflix this August. From the impossibly funny to the deadly serious, we've got every piece of new video headed your way on your favorite streaming services. Summer, thankfully, is finally starting to wind down. Unless it's still ridiculously hot where you are. In which case, stay inside a bit longer. Pop on some tunes or perhaps a show or two. We can help with the latter — and there's tons of great stuff headed your way in August from your favorite streaming services. Consider the following: On Hulu, we've got an incredible documentary on popular 1990s comic/magician "The Amazing Jonathan." He's one of those dual threats that you certainly won't forget if you've ever seen him — though there's a good chance you never knew the full story. (And quite possibly we still don't.) Netflix in August is full of the funny, with new seasons of Workin' Moms, Derry Girls, Dear White People, GLOW and so many more. If you don't end August...

How to use the Camera app on Apple Watch

Jul 24, 2019

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Use your Apple Watch's Camera app to get an awesome shot. No, your Apple Watch doesn't have a camera. But you can still use your wearable device as a remote to take the perfect shot with your iPhone. With the built-in Camera app on Apple Watch, you can position your iPhone for a photo and then snap an image from a distance. You can also use the wearable device to view the iPhone camera image and ultimately take the photo. The official Camera app for watchOS also works as a shutter timer. Using the Camera app on Apple Watch To act as a remote, your Apple Watch must be within normal Bluetooth range of your iPhone, or about 33 feet. This distance should give you plenty of flexibilty when taking a shot. Say Take a Picture near your Apple Watch or start the Camera app or Tap the Digital Crown on your wearable device, then Select the Camera app. Position your iPhone to frame your shot using your Apple Watch as a viewfinder. Tap the key area of the shot in the preview on your App...

There is a perfect pair of headphones to compliment your Apple Watch

Jul 24, 2019

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The Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the market, and you can listen to music directly on it! Such a small wearable device is perfectly in line with small Bluetooth headphones like the Powerbeats Pro. We've tested a lot of different earbuds while exercising, walking in the city, and just sitting on the couch to come up with the best ones to wear with your Apple Watch. Best Overall: Powerbeats Pro The first truly wireless headphones to come from Beats, the Powerbeats Pro, improve the sound quality, comfort, and design over previous and current iterations. Powerbeats Pro are practically perfect in every way. They fit comfortably, have an incredibly rich sound, and sport Apple's H1 chip with Siri voice control support. If you're worried about the iconic bass-heavy Beats sound, don't. The Powerbeats Pro are designed with a completely different audience in mind. They are calibrated for a broader audience. With sweat and water resistance, an ear hook for stability, and a v...

Get ready for a new mobile Pokémon game, Pokémon Masters!

Jul 24, 2019

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There's a new Pokémon game called Pokémon Masters and pre-registration is open right now. What you need to know Pokémon Masters is an upcoming mobile Pokémon game for iOS and Android devices. The game focuses on 3v3 battles, with a special tournament taking place on the island of Pasio. There's a new series of videos breaking down the gameplay mechanics. You can pre-register to play right now. Pokémon Masters is a new mobile Pokémon that will take players to the island of Pasio. There, a special tournament called the Pokémon Masters League is being held. In this game, aspiring Trainers will need to fight in 3v3 battles using something called the Sync system, making friends, building a team and defeating rival trainers along the way. If that sounds exciting, then there's great news: Pre-registration for Pokémon Masters is open right now on iOS and Android devices! There's now an official YouTube channel for the game and they'v...

Pokémon Masters is ready for pre-register and we have new training videos!

Jul 24, 2019

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Another new Pokémon game is coming to mobile, this time is a little different though In a surprise Pokémon event on May 28, the Pokémon Company announced multiple new products. Some of them are pretty out there, like the Pokémon Go Plus + — it's an activity tracker that includes sleep tracking — which is supposed to help you train Pokémon in your sleep... weird. An exciting piece of news though is the talk of a new Pokémon game, designed for mobile phones. Pokémon Masters, made by DeNA — the makers of Mario Run and Mario Kart Tour — is a battle game that you play in portrait mode and features a lot of familiar faces. What's the game about? Very little is known about the game right now except DeNA and the Pokémon Company has aimed to bring all of the Trainers you have ever played in any of the Pokémon games into one game in a grand battle. The game started out as an idea from Game Freak, to have...

These back cover cases will work with Apple's Smart Cover

Jul 24, 2019

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If you're someone who's ever used Apple's Smart Cover with an iPad, you'll know how awesome of an accessory it is. The tricky part is securing the back of your iPad Pro. Here are a couple of different back cover cases that'll fit your iPad Pro 10.5 or iPad Air 2019 and will work with Apple's Smart Cover. Convenient KHOMO Companion Cover Staff Favorite The KHOMO Companion Cover is designed to offer up some secure, reliable protection for your iPad Air 3 or iPad Pro 10.5 while still working with your Apple Smart Cover. It is a great accessory and back cover to keep in mind. It is designed with full access to all ports and buttons, while the flexible edge protects the iPad's screen and offers full protection for your iPad Air 3. It also has a built-in holder for an Apple Pencil. $15 at Amazon Minimalist Poetic Lumos Ultra-thin TPU case The Poetic Lumos Ultra-thin TPU case has it all. It's lightweight, durable, has room for your Apple Pencil, and can fit Apple's Smart ...

Don't let Joy-Con drift affect your game experience

Jul 24, 2019

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If you're like me, you love the Nintendo Switch. It's versatile, can go anywhere, and has plenty of awesome games for you to play. However, the Switch can become incredibly frustrating to use when your on-screen characters start moving around without you even touching your Joy-Cons. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to fix controller drift. Check out our list of fixes below. Products used in this guide Replacement stick: Veanic 3D Joystick ($11 at Amazon) Protective Case: Nintendo Switch Carrying Case ($18 at Amazon) A new pair: Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons ($70 at Amazon) Controller Drift Solutions Why is it happening? How to fix it with compressed air How to perform a system update on your controllers How to recalibrate your Joy-Cons through software DIY fix by replacing the analog stick How to prevent it from happening Joy-Con warranties and official repairs But why is this happening? There are at least two main reasons why Joy-Con drift occurs: 1.) After some fr...

Hey, meatbag! Your favorite weather app just got even better

Jul 24, 2019

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CARROT Weather, our favorite snide and snarky weather app, just got a juicy update, especially on the iPad. Everyone's favorite snarky weather app, CARROT Weather, has just received a significant v4.12 update, and it brings in some big new changes, especially on the iPad. This has always been one of our top weather apps because of the beautifully designed interface, informative data, sarcastic AI personality, and a lot of customization options. Today's update makes the app better than ever. What's new in CARROT Weather 4.12 Here are all of the changes that version 4.12 of CARROT Weather brings in store for users. Overhauled interface for iPad The iPad has much larger screen estate, so it only makes sense that it gets its own interface that takes advantage of the larger screen space. CARROT Weather 4.12 brings a brand new iPad design that makes better use of the space. It includes Split Screen and Slide Over multitasking modes, so you can make sure you know the weather at all t...

How to use Find My Friends on Apple Watch

Jul 24, 2019

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Keep track of the friends and family who share their location with you using Find My Friends on Apple Watch. Find My Friends lets you view the location of friends and family who have chosen to share their location with you, as well as share your own location with a chosen selection of friends and family. This is a great tool that's especially useful if you're meeting up with people for a night out or if you just want to keep track of where your children are. On the Apple Watch, Find My Friends proves particularly useful because it lets you keep your iPhone in your pocket. Just open the app right on your wrist to view your contacts' locations. Here's how you set up and use Find My Friends on Apple Watch. How to add a friend to Find My Friends on Apple Watch How to add a friend to Find My Friends on Apple Watch in watchOS 6 How to get notifications about a friend's location How to send notifications about your location How to add a friend to Find My Friends on Apple Watch For this...

Live healthier with Awair's Glow C air quality monitor and smart plug

Jul 24, 2019

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Air quality greatly impacts our quality of living. This smart plug air quality monitor makes it easy! Air quality in our homes is something that we may not always think about, but it has a big impact on our overall health. Awair has created several intelligent air quality monitors for homes and businesses in the past, but their latest product, the Glow C, doubles as a smart plug. The Glow C is a great pairing for non-smart humidifiers or purifiers, as the Glow C can prompt those devices to react to changes in indoor air quality. With the Glow C, consumers are able to get real-time insight on the air quality that exists inside their home, and then immediately take action to improve the overall health of their space. And if you're worried about the Glow C standing out like a sore thumb, fret not! It has a classic and clean design that blends in seamlessly with your home. To give consumers a touch of personalization, the Glow C can be customized by the LED light color, hue, and even...

Walgreens Photo Printing review: Great all around

Jul 24, 2019

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You get a huge variety of quality products, fair prices, and convenience. Walgreens Photo Printing services met my expectations in every regard. The website is easy to navigate, the photobook was easy to make, shipping was quick, prices are reasonable, promo codes are plentiful, packaging was fine, quality is great, and there are so many photo options and services available. Walgreens Photo Printing Price: Varies Bottom line: It's easy to recommend Walgreens, an all-around great photo printing service. See at Walgreens The Good Quality prints and products Easy to place orders Huge array of products and services Fast shipping The Bad Poster ships in a tube, causing rolled edges Something for everyone Walgreens Photo Printing: Features Walgreens offers so many prints, photo products, and photo services. You can upload your photo...

LG TVs will start getting Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit on July 25

Jul 24, 2019

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Hope you have a 2019 model, though. LG tonight announced that it'll start pushing an update to its 2019 line of televisions that will enable Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit capabilities. The firmware is coming to this year's OLED, NanoCell and UHD TVs that have the ThinQ AI on board. The addition of AirPlay 2 will allow owners to easily send content — video, audio, pictures and whatever else is supported — from their iPhones, iPads and Macs to supported televisions. Previously, you'd have to have an Apple TV box connected to your TV to do that sort of thing. Adding HomeKit essentially turns the TV into a giant portal for Siri, as well as the plethora of HomeKit-enabled devices. And instead of needing a separate piece of hardware (again, we're looking at you, Apple TV), you'll be able to do everything through your LG TV's remote control. Along with LG, Samsung and Vizio (which is currently beta-testing its new firmware) have committed to adding HomeKit and AirP...

Pokemon Go Team Rocket Invasion... on hold!

Jul 24, 2019

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Team Rocket has blasted off and their introduction to Pokémon GO is live right now. With trainer battles, trading, and other features, Pokémon GO is starting to resemble the outlines of the mainline Pokémon games more and more every day. The newest addition of Team Rocket has added to the feeling of Pokémon GO being a full-fledged title like never before. In this incarnation, Team Rocket is called Team GO Rocket, and instead of stealing Pokémon, they're....corrupting PokeStops! Info is still scarce, as not everyone has had a chance to fight, but here's everything we know so far: What's new with Team Go Rocket? Updated July 23, 2019: Team Rocket on pause As of right now, the Team GO Rocket is on hold. It seems that it introduced a bug that made the Rocket Pokéstops only appear at each Pokéstop once. So if you were unlucky enough to be 5 minutes behind a person playing you wouldn't be able to ever see them spawn. Not ideal at all. ...

Nintendo now reportedly fixing Joy-Cons for free

Jul 24, 2019

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You should be getting free fixes for your Nintendo Joy-Cons soon, according to documents seen by VICE. What you need to know Stick drift has been popping up as a serious issue for many Nintendo Switch owners. Nintendo has been charging to fix these issues. According to VICE, Nintendo has changed their policy and will now be fixing these issues free of charge. If you've already paid for repairs, then Nintendo will be issuing a refund (per VICE). Stick drift is a big problem. It essentially means that the sticks on the controller have begun to "drift" in a particular direction. At best, it can be irritating - at worst, it makes games completely unplayable. Over the last couple of weeks, many Nintendo Switch users have been reporting issues with their Joy-Cons experiencing stick drift. Nintendo has been charging repair fees in order to fix these problems. According to VICE, that will no longer be the case. VICE claims to have seen an internal customer service memo document which stat...

Amex Platinum Card 100K point sign-up bonus

Jul 23, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. Have you ever heard of the CardMatch Tool? If you haven't, you may be missing out on some sweet credit card bonus offers. CardMatch Tool will match you with offers in seconds and in a way that does not impact your credit score. In fact, it can even match you to special offers not presented to the wider public. For example, right now Mobile Nations is aware of a 100,000 point welcome offer on The Platinum Card® from American Express. CardMatch Instructions Using CardMatch is pretty easy but here's some step-by-step instructions: First, navigate to the CardMatch website and enter the necessary information including your name, address, and last 4 digits of your social security. Check the box if you would like to be contacted with offers, and then click "Get Matches". Accept the terms & conditions, and just wait abo...

How to set up and use Home Sharing on Apple TV

Jul 23, 2019

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Share content directly from your computer to your Apple TV, no iCloud needed! Home Sharing is a simple way to connect content between Mac computers and Apple TV, You can access music, movies, audiobooks, and more from the iTunes library on your desktop or laptop without having to be connected to iCloud. Here's how. How to set up Home Sharing on your Mac How to set up Home Sharing on macOS Catalina How to set up Home Sharing on Apple TV How to find content from your Mac on Apple TV with Home Sharing How to set up Home Sharing on your Mac Before you can share content to your Apple TV, you'll first have to turn on Home Sharing on your Mac computer. Open iTunes on your Mac. Select File from the menu bar in the upper left corner of your computer's screen. Select Home Sharing. Click on Turn on Home Sharing. Enter the email address and password associated with your Apple ID. Click on Turn on Home Sharing. You can now share content from your Mac on any other Mac or Apple TV...

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is a fun romp bogged down by technical issues

Jul 23, 2019

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Defeat Thanos with buddies while playing as your favorite Marvel superheroes. It's been over a decade since the last game in Marvel Ultimate Alliance series was released, and while the latest in the franchise is traditional in a lot of aspects, there have been some changes. These games are best known for providing players with a large cast of playable superheroes to use as you run through an overarching plot to save the world. They've traditionally featured campaign modes that can be played in either single-player or multiplayer modes and this one is no different. As you can tell by looking at the artwork, this game has a more cartoony feel compared to its predecessors, which attempted to look more realistic. That's partially due to the fact that unlike previous games in the series which have released on multiple platforms, this reboot is a Nintendo exclusive. That decade also allows the game to give us this playful retelling of the Infinity Stone saga with plenty of material to p...

Apple accused of skewing App Store search in favor of its own apps

Jul 23, 2019

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Notice Apple's own apps appearing first in App Store searches? You're not the only one. What you need to know The App Store uses an algorithm powered by machine learning and past consumer preferences. This algorithm causes search results that fluctuate. All apps are subjected to this algorithm, including Apple's. When it comes to the competition in the App Store, it's already a cutthroat market. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple's own apps are appearing first in App Store searches, making it unfair for third-party developers. For example, if you do a search on the App Store for "maps," Apple's own Maps app ranks first, and appears right underneath an ad for Google Maps. Underneath Apple Maps, you'll see Google Maps, Waze, and other map apps. If you search for "music," Apple Music shows up prominently at the top (including an ad), followed by other options like YouTube Music, Spotify, and more. A search for "books" returns Apple Books at the top, followed by A...

Calling all dongles — these are the best for MacBook Pro!

Jul 23, 2019

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If you've invested in a new MacBook Pro and you've concluded that, although USB-C is fantastic, having a laptop with nothing but USB-C isn't particularly convenient, you're probably looking for some port options. For example, if you just want to connect a USB-A device like your iPhone or iPad, you're probably in the market for a USB-C adapter. For USB-A Apple's USB-C to USB Adapter Staff favorite Nothing is simpler and more necessary than a single-use USB-A to USB-C adapter, and nothing is more reliable than having one directly from Apple. With this "dongle," you won't ever have to worry about whether it'll be supported with future updates. It does support syncing and charging, so you're covered for all of your basic iPhone to MacBook Pro needs. $19 at Apple Best budget adapter AmazonBasics USB-C to USB 3.1 adapter For a no-frills connection, you aren't going to get any cheaper than this. Amazon's simple connector charges your USB-A device and supports 5Gbps data transfer...

An external microphone makes iPhone video better — these are the best

Jul 23, 2019

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Why trust us? We're a company made up of tech experts across the globe, and most of us work from home. For podcasting, great audio for video, and more, we need the best and most convenient mics around. Which one you choose will depend on your specific needs, but we like the Blue Spark Digital Microphone the best overall. Best Overall: Blue Spark Digital Microphone The Blue Spark Digital Microphone is a microphone that's ideal for someone who wants beautiful audio during something like still video or interviews. It's a standing microphone that allows you to record real-time sound with the help of two modes: normal mode for recording low frequency recordings, and focus mode for extreme clarity and detail. With its plug n' play design that makes it simple to use with your iPhone (remember, you'll need to pick up a Lightning to headphone jack adapter in order to use it), Focus Control switch, advanced processor, and even the ability to answer phone calls, this microphone is worth ch...

How to use iPhone-to-iPhone setup

Jul 23, 2019

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Apple is making it easier to transfer personal data when setting up a new iPhone. Beginning with iOS 12.4, you can perform a local iPhone data migration wirelessly or with a cable. Previously, you needed an iCloud or iTunes backup to perform this task using Quick Start. How to download and install iOS 12.4 on your iPhone or iPad How to transfer data locally to a new iPhone To use the local option, your new and existing iPhones must both have iOS 12.4 installed. Otherwise, the choice isn't available, and you'll need to use another solution. With the local method, you can transfer data using your local Wi-Fi or a USB3 Camera Adapter and a Lightning cable. How to transfer data using local Wi-Fi During the Quick Start process, make sure the iPhones are near each other. When prompted, enter your Apple ID. Tap Continue. Wait for an animation to appear on your new iPhone, then hold your current iPhone over the new iPhone Center the animation in the viewfinder. Wait for a message tha...

How to change the look of closed captions on Mac

Jul 23, 2019

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How do you customize closed captions on the Mac? With accessibility settings! Just like enabling closed captions on your TV, you can do the same in Accessibility on your Mac, and they'll be there for you when available. And you don't just have to stick with one style. If the default reverse text is too hard to read, you can switch it up to different presets or create your own. Here's how! How to change the preset caption style How to create custom captions How to enable closed captions and SDH by default How to change the preset caption style Click the Apple menu button () on the top left of your screen. Click System Preferences. Click Accessibility. Click Captions in the menu on the left. You'll have to scroll down just a bit. Click one of the caption style options: Transparent Background Classic Large Text Outline Text The window above the choices will preview each one so you can decide which works best for you. How to create custom captions Click the A...

Don't crack your iPhone XS screen — get a screen protector

Jul 23, 2019

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Congratulations, you just got a shiny iPhone XS in your hands, but now comes the tough part: protecting that gorgeous phone. Whether you want to go naked or put a case on it, you should always have at least a screen protector to keep that glass panel safe and sound. Here are our top recommendations. Best for most amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector Staff Favorite amFilm provides three high-quality tempered glass screen protectors for a great price on Amazon, and we've seen them on sale for even less. You also get a microfiber cloth, dust removal stickers, three alcohol cleaning wet wipes, and a full guide on how to ensure the perfect installation, plus, if you do mess up, you have two other chances to get it right. $9 at Amazon Minimal Maxboost Screen Protector The Maxboost screen protector is made from tempered glass and is incredibly thin at only 0.25mm thickness compared to other options. It also sports an open-edge design to make it compatible with your personal ca...

Apple starts selling updated Rotor Riot Drone and Game Controller

Jul 19, 2019

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What you need to know Play iOS games or control a drone The only MFi iOS game controller that has L3/R3 joysticks On sale for $49.99 A solid upgrade to a fan favorite The Apple Store has a new addition when it comes to gaming on the go. Rotor Riot, the company that started focused on taking the first-person view mini-quad experience further. has also begun to move into mobile gaming. Their flagship to support this venture, the Drone and Game Controller, has been updated with some features that iOS gamers are really going to appreciate. The Drone and Game Controller is MFi certified by Apple for iOS and, unlike a lot of controllers focused towards iOS gaming, only comes in a wired configuration. Rotor Riot argues that the reason to get things wired is simple: it ensures low latency and a guaranteed connection, so your commands will be instantaneous and you won't have to worry about your controller dying right in the middle of that boss fight. The controller sports what Rotor Riot...

Super Mario Maker 2 tops the June 2019 NPD results

Jul 18, 2019

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Platforming its way to #1 over Crash and Mortal Kombat. What you need to know The June 2019 NPD data has been released. Super Mario Maker 2 was the best-selling game of the month. The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console of the month. Super Mario Maker 2 is $59 on Amazon right now. Every month, the NPD group releases information on the top-selling games across all video game platforms in the U.S. While it doesn't account for worldwide sales, it does provide a good snapshot of one the largest video game markets. Mat Piscatella, an analyst for NPD, has shared the results for the June 2019 NPD numbers. On the video games sales side, Super Mario Maker 2 took the top spot. Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled followed for the #2 position, while Mortal Kombat 11 is showing strong legs and only fell to the #3 spot. On the hardware side, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console for June 2019. It was also the only console to show growth, as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both ...

How to choose between the Nintendo Switch Lite and the New Switch

Jul 18, 2019

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We absolutely love the Nintendo Switch and all its variants. We're committed to helping you find the best gaming experience. New Switch Switch King $300 at Amazon - Coming Soon! Pros Up to 9 hours of battery Works with all Switch games Tabletop mode TV mode Detachable Joy-Cons Cons Expensive Less compact The new and improved Switch allows you to play up to nine hours before needing a recharge. You can play it in TV, tabletop, and handheld modes. It costs more, but it works with every Switch game and you'll be able do more with it than you can with the Switch Lite. Switch Lite Budget Buy $200 at Amazon - Coming Soon! Pros Inexpensive Up to 7 hours of battery Compact 4 color options Cons No TV mode No tabletop mode Some games won't work as easily No motion controls or HD rumble This smaller Switch provides up to seven hours of battery life in a handheld gaming system, but It's less expensive than its Switch siblings, and is more convenient to carry around. Since the Joy...

Zagg’s new Rugged Book case adds a backlit keyboard to the iPad mini 5

Jul 18, 2019

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The backlit keyboard is completely detachable. Zagg today unveiled its new Rugged Book case for the iPad mini 5 that brings a true full keyboard experience and complete protection to Apple's miniature tablet. The iPad mini was made to travel, so you need protection that's powerful as well as portable. The Rugged Book keyboard and case can withstand drops up to 6.6 feet. It also makes using your iPad mini easier than ever with backlit laptop-style keys, Bluetooth® pairing, and a detachable case with multiple viewing angles. The case itself consists of two layers: the outer tough polycarbonate shell and the TPU inner lining that absorbs shock leading to its 6.6-foot drop endurance. The keyboard, which is also protected by a similar case, is a fully backlit QWERTY keyboard that connects via Bluetooth. It can be detached magnetically if you just want to use the iPad in tablet mode. This will be one of the most versatile tough cases with a keyboard you can buy for the iPad min...

How to use widgets on iPhone

Jul 18, 2019

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How do you use Today widgets on the Lock screen, Home screen, and Notification Center? Like this! Widgets let you take a quick glance at information and even perform small actions without even having to open an app. You can access widgets from the Lock screen, the Home screen, or from Notification Center. It doesn't matter if you just want a quick glance at the weather, or to turn off the lights in your house, widgets are versatile and easy to use. If you don't have any set up yet, check out the best widgets for iPhone and iPad. How to access your Lock screen widgets How to use Lock screen widgets How to add Lock screen widgets from the App Store How to rearrange Lock screen widgets How to disable Lock screen widgets How to access your widgets You can get to your widgets from three different screens on your iPhone or iPad, so they're always within reach. The first two screens are your Lock screen and your Home screen. After waking up your iPhone or iPad's display or unlocking you...

Native Union releases new line of accessories to be sold by Apple

Jul 18, 2019

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The Dock Wireless Charger Marquetry Edition looks pretty awesome. Native Union has unveiled a new line of Apple accessories that will be sold exclusively through Apple retail stores and online. The new line of accessories include wireless chargers, cables, and cases for the MacBook and iPad. Of the wireless chargers, Native Union announced three new ones. The Drop Wireless Charger Marquetry Edition, which features a slick cross pattern, the Dock Wireless Charger and the Drop Wireless Charger Marquetry Edition. They retail for $79.95, $119.95 and $59.95 respectively. Among the new cables Native Union unveiled are the Belt Watch ($49.95), specifically for the Apple Watch, Belt Cable Universal ($39.95), Key Cable ($34.95) and Night Cable ($39.95). The first two come with a convenient leather strap for organization. Among the other new products is the new Stow Sleeve for the MacBook ($79.95), Stow Slim for the iPad ($69.95) and Clic Marquetry Case for the iPhone XR and XR ($59.95) A...

The best credit cards to get instead of a store-branded card

Jul 18, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network When shopping at virtually any store on earth, you've probably been offered a store-branded credit card at checkout. While you've originally planned to pay for the purchase with your debit or regular credit card, the merchant talks to you about how using their credit card is better. You can earn more rewards than your regular card, get extra perks with that brand, and to top it all off, you'll get 10% off today's purchase when you get approved for and use their card. Many brands, like Kohls and Gap, will sometimes bump that savings upwards of 35% off your first purchase with the card. It sounds like a no brainer, right? The downsides Well, almost all of the time the store-branded credit card turns out to be much less advantageous than your regular credit card, for a few key reasons. The first is kind of obvious, that is ...

Apple releases macOS Catalina public beta 3

Jul 18, 2019

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macOS Catalina, the next generation of Mac software, is now available as a public beta. Apple has been offering public betas for macOS for a few years now as a way for those interested in testing out the upcoming software on their Macs, and providing feedback. If that's you, you'll need to sign up, enroll your Mac, download the macOS Catalina beta (version 10.15), and install it. It's not an overly complicated process, but we're here to walk you through it and, if you need it, a place to get extra help. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unle...

Apple releases first tvOS 13 public beta

Jul 18, 2019

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Want to see what's going with tvOS 13? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! tvOS 13 is coming down the line, though Apple has yet to say anything about it. Ahead of its arrival, Apple is letting interested users check it out beforehand with a public beta. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release. If you're interested in trying out the tvOS 13 public beta, just sign on up for App...

Apple releases iPadOS public beta 3

Jul 18, 2019

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Looking to try out iPadOS 13? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! iPadOS 13 is on its way with features that need to be tested before the software is made available to the general public. As such, Apple is letting interested users check out iPadOS 13 and provide feedback before it goes into wide release. If you're one of those interested users, however, you will have to go through the public beta download and install process. While it's not complicated, it's a bit of a departure for how you might normally get software onto your iPad. So, we're going to walk you through it and give you a place to ask questions if you need extra help. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple ...

Apple releases third public beta of iOS 13

Jul 18, 2019

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Looking to try out iOS 13? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it! iOS 13 is on its way with features that need to be tested before the software is made available to the general public. As such, Apple is letting interested users check out iOS 13 and provide feedback before it goes into wide release. If you're one of those interested users, however, you will have to go through the public beta download and install process. While it's not complicated, it's a bit of a departure for how you might normally get software onto your iPhone. So, we're going to walk you through it and give you a place to ask questions if you need extra help. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, ...

You can finally play Sky: Children of the Light for the iPhone and iPad

Jul 18, 2019

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What you need to know The long-awaited game Sky: Children of the Light is finally available worldwide for iPhone and iPad users. First annonced in September 2017, the game then entered nearly two years of delays. The game is now available for iOS, though the Apple TV version is still delayed indefinitely. Nearly two years after its announcement, it finally reaches a worldwide audience. After nearly two years of delays, the highly anticipated iOS game Sky: Children of the Light has finally reached a worldwide audience. iPhone and iPad users can downloaded the game now through the App Store. First announced back in September 2017 to show off the Apple TV 4K's capabilities, the game looked like the next great mobile puzzle game. But then it ran into some issues. After a limited release in the Philippines that December, other countries were indefinitely delayed. A year and a half later, the game is finally out for iOS. The Apple TV version is still delayed and no word on when that'll...

Apple execs visit Samsung amid fears over limited iPhone chips

Jul 18, 2019

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What you need to know Executives from Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google visited Samsung in South Korea over fears of limited chips. An ongoing trade war between South Korea and Japan could limit certain chemicals Samsung uses for its production. This could cause a shortage in the DRAM and NAND chips it supplies for products like the iPhone. Microsoft, Amazon and Google also sent some executives. Apple and other tech giants sent executives to meet up with Samsung in South Korea over fears of limited DRAM and NAND supplies amid the country's trade war with Japan. The report came from The Korea Herald detailing the visit and how it went. US tech giants, including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google, have dispatched their respective executives and employees to South Korea to gauge the fallout of the ongoing trade war between Seoul and Tokyo, according to industry sources on July 18. The global tech firms are said to be especially worried about the possible impact on Samsung ...

Amazon Photo Printing review: Fantastic storage, great prints

Jul 18, 2019

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If you didn't know about Amazon's photo services, you definitely want to learn more Amazon offers free unlimited full-resolution photo storage plus 5GB of free video storage to Prime members. Amazon also has a reasonably priced photo printing service worth checking out. Amazon Photo Printing Price: varies Bottom line: Store and print your photos with this all-in-one service from Amazon. See at Amazon The Good Free, unlimited, full-resolution photo storage Free video storage up to 5 GB The app can upload photos automatically from your phone Storage is searchable, no tags needed Excellent quality photos Huge variety of photos and photo gifts The Bad One photo arrived bent (though customer service immediately offered a refund or replacement) Large logo on the back of the card Photo storage and printing Amazon Photo Printing: Feature...

Why Apple Card should include AppleCare+, and why it won’t

Jul 18, 2019

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With the announcement of Apple Card, many were hoping to see AppleCare+ as a free benefit for cardholders. Here's why Apple should have included it, and why they most likely won't. Phone protection, especially accidental damage protection, is almost a necessity when buying an iPhone today. The cost of repairing an iPhone XS with a cracked screen for someone who has AppleCare+ is $29. If you find yourself without AppleCare+, that cost jumps to $279. That's over a quarter of the price of the device for every time you drop and crack your screen, which we all know has and will happen at some point. If you damage any other part of your iPhone XS that needs repair you're looking at $99 with AppleCare+ and a cringe-worthy $549 without. That's over half the cost of the phone for one repair. While some might complain that this too expensive, it actually does makes sense as to why these costs are so high. Advancements in iPhone have continued to accelerate, bringing more advanced features th...

Satechi's new Aluminum USB-C Multiport Pro Adapter debuts at Apple Stores

Jul 18, 2019

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Satechi today announced a new entry in its line of USB-C accessories with the release of its Aluminum USB-C Multiport Pro Adapter. The 5-port USB-C hub is available exclusively at the Apple Online Store as well as select retail locations and costs $69.95. If you've got a modern MacBook or MacBook Pro with just one or two USB-C ports, you've probably encountered a situation where you want to plug a few things in at once and were either unable to as you had to charge the machine or didn't have the right I/O or dongle. USB-C has its benefits with its diminutive design, reversibility and versatility, but if you can't do what you need to do in the moment, it can feel frustrating so it's a good idea to have a USB-C hub on hand. Plug in Satechi Aluminum USB-C Multiport Pro Adapter This new Satechi USB-C hub is available exclusively at Apple and expands a single USB-C port into much more. $70 at Apple Configured specifically for Mac and iOS devices, the new Satechi Multiport Pro featur...

Bluetooth flaw could leave iPhones, Macs and more susceptible to tracking

Jul 18, 2019

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What you need to know A new Bluetooth flaw could leave you open for third-party tracking. The issue is affecting iPhones, iPad, Macs, Apple Watches, Windows 10 devices and Fitbit devices. The flaw can track the random MAC address Bluetooth uses by guessing the immidiete next address and keep tracking the device. A simple solution users can use is turning off and on the Bluetooth on their devices and it'll randomize the address again. The flaw affects Microsoft 10 and Fitbit devices as well. There's a new security to worry about that is affecting iPhones, iPads, Macs, Windows 10 devices, and Fitbit devices. The new Bluetooth flaw discovered by researchers at Boston University leaves devices open for third-party tracking. Researchers from Boston University (BU) have discovered a flaw in the Bluetooth communication protocol that could expose most devices to third-party tracking and leak identifiable data. Here's how the flaw works: The vulnerability allows an attacker to pas...

Watch Fortnite Premiers to start grabbing more loot

Jul 18, 2019

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Watch YouTube, get free Fortnite cosmetics. What you need to know Fortnite is getting a new rewards system called Fortnite Drops. By linking your Epic Games account and YouTube account, you can earn special rewards for watching Fortnite Premiers. There's a full schedule of upcoming opportunities to earn Fortnite Drops. Fortnite just keeps getting bigger. Today, Epic Games announced a new way for players to earn rewards with Fortnite Drops. After linking your Epic Games account and YouTube account together, you can get Fortnite Drops by watching different Fortnite Premiers on YouTube. In order to get the special cosmetic rewards in Fortnite, you'll need to watch 20 minutes of footage from specific YouTube Premier streams. There are going to be multiple times that you can accrue the needed 20 minutes of time watched, though if you want to get every single reward, you'll have to watch 20 minutes from each individual stream: 7/25 - Game Jam Hollywood premiere. 7/26 - Fortnite World C...

Make a purchase on a payment plan with Affirm

Jul 18, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. Maybe you're shopping online looking at a sale on a new pair of Warby Parker glasses or a shiny Movado watch. Problem is, you know you have some expenses coming up - a student loan payment, rent, and a credit card bill bolstered by summer wedding season travel and unexpected baggage fees. You know you can make the purchase by next month but by then, the sale could be over. But then you notice the "pay with Affirm" option that's allowing you to purchase the item now with an installment plan over 6 months. Is this legit? What is Affirm Affirm is an alternative option to credit cards and personal loans that offers quick financing with no hidden fees. Ideally, a shopper could put a purchase on a card with a 0% introductory APR offer. But when that's not available, Affirm is a good option. If the retailer is within Affirm's ...

Does my iPhone support PS4 Remote Play?

Jul 18, 2019

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Best answer: As long as your iPhone has iOS 12.1 or later installed, it will support PS4 Remote Play. We recommend an iPhone 7 or newer. The very best: iPhone XR ($750 at Apple) What is PS4 Remote Play? PS4 Remote Play is an app that allows PlayStation users to stream their games to PC and select mobile devices. It is not a separate streaming service that you need to pay monthly for. To use it you'll need to have a PlayStation 4 console and own the games that you want to stream. How do I know which version of iOS my iPhone is running? Finding out which version of iOS your iPhone is running is incredibly easy, and it's the same process no matter which model you have. Go to Settings. Select General. Select About. On the following screen, it will list which software version you have. PS4 Remote Play will not work with an earlier version (before 12.1) of iOS installed. You'll either need to update your iPhone or purchase a new one for it to be compatible. What else do I need to ru...

How to check for 100% IVs in Pokemon Go

Jul 18, 2019

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Appraisal is a function in Pokemon Go that, broadly, lets you get an idea of how strong an individual Pokemon can become beyond just its "CP," or Combat Points. While Combat Points (which are effectively a Pokemon's "level") can tell you how strong a Pokemon is at the moment, they don't give the entire picture. You need to understand something called "IVs" to know not just how strong a Pokemon is at the moment, but how strong they can become over time. Appraisal lets you do that. IVs, or "Individual Values," are invisible stats that determine how much a Pokemon's stats (HP, Attack, and Defense) will rise each time they are Powered Up. Each Pokemon has a different IV for each of the three stats, and the best and strongest Pokemon have "100%" IVs, meaning all of their IVs are at the highest they can possibly be. A recent new update to Pokemon Go has visually changed how the appraisal system works, making it much easier to read and understand. But in terms of IVs themselves or how the...

iPadOS Preview: Desktop-class Safari, Download Manager, and more!

Jul 18, 2019

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Our long, browser nightmare is over. Google web apps like GSuite now work as expected in Safari. So do Square Space and Wordpress. It's a modern mobile miracle. But it's also more than that: A download manager, a ton of keyboard shortcuts with modifiers, the ability to save and open tab sets, per site settings, text size controls, the whole WebKiit and caboodle. Apple is calling it Desktop Class Safari for iPad. The full-on web finally optimized for iPad or the iPad finally fully optimized for the web. And it's coming with iPadOS this fall and, a fair amount of it, with iOS 13 for iPhone as well. The real internet When Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone in 2007, he announced MobileSafari along with it. Built on the same KHTML-based WebKit rendering engine as Safari on the Mac, it was meant to put real browsing in the palm of your hands and at the tips of your fingers. And, if you weren't watching the keynote back then, with a WAP or proxy or pocket browser in whatever pre...

Do it up right - Get a tempered glass screen protector for your Apple Watch

Jul 18, 2019

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The Apple Watch's small display may seem easy enough to protect, but wearing it around on your wrist every day means it's going to be prone to damage. If you want to keep it scratch and scuff proof, a tempered glass screen protector is the best way to do it, but not all tempered glass screen protectors are created equal. Here are the best of the best Apple Watch Screen Protectors out there! Protection without sacrificing sensitivity RinoSkin Tempered Glass Protector (40mm) Staff Favorite Are you looking for a tempered glass option that provides full protection but still lets you show off your Apple Watch design? Look no further than this simple screen protector from Rhino Gear. The clear, thin piece of glass is designed to fit snugly to protect against scuffs, drops, and scratches on your screen. Make sure you select the right size for your Apple Watch before heading to check out, so you aren't disappointed when it arrives! $8 at Amazon Double the screens, double the protecti...

See things clearly with these robotic window cleaners

Jul 18, 2019

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Setting up a robotic window cleaner is a great way to keep your glass clean without the hassle of ladders and squeegees. Having a robot do the job for you not only frees you up to do more essential things in life, but it also keeps things safe for those that may not have easy access to their windows. The Hobot 298 is the ultimate robotic window cleaner as it uses artificial intelligence to determine the best cleaning route, and has an ultrasonic water spray system to ensure that your windows shine. We have gathered all of the best robotic window cleaners to help you choose the best for your needs. Best Overall: Hobot 298 The Hobot 298 a robotic cleaner packed full of powerful and convenient features. This cleaner uses artificial intelligence to determine the most efficient route, and it keeps track of areas it has cleaned, allowing it to stop when the job is complete. Laser frame detection keeps the cleaner from crossing over to another window or surface, and a fall prevention al...

Faceapp, the viral aging app, might be investigated by the FBI

Jul 18, 2019

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What you need to know Chuck Schumer has formally requested an investigation into the app Concerns center around user privacy and data collection. The FTC and FBI have not announced whether or not an investigation will occur. Faceapp might age without using its filter. Faceapp, the AR app that has recently experienced a newfound virality across the internet because of its shockingly good aging filter, might find itself in some hot water with the government. Originally reported by NBC News, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, asking both agencies to investigate the app. Schumer wrote in the letter that he has "serious concerns regarding both the protection of the data that is being aggregated as well as whether users are aware of who may have access to it." While some early reports posed the concern that the app was accessing and uploading photos from user's phones without their permission, ...

PUBG Mobile is hitting the waters with Royale Pass Season 8

Jul 17, 2019

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What you need to know A new update has been released for PUBG Mobile (PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile). This 0.13.5 content update includes some new content like the PP-19 Submachine Gun. This update also coincides with the release of Royale Pass Season 8, which brings a new ocean-based theme. Avid players of PUBG Mobile, rejoice! There's a new update out alongside the release of the Royale Pass Season 8. This update, titled update 0.13.5, includes a new gun, the PP-19 Submachine Gun. It's fully automatic, with 53-round capacity for 9mm-type ammunition. Update 0.13.5 also includes a new game mode for players to enjoy. Third Person Perspective (or TPP) Mode comes to Team Deathmatch, so players can swap up their field of view and get a better idea of what's happening around them. There's also several system upgrades to things such as Title Effects or Crate Names that should increase the average quality-of-life experience when playing. Finally, this update also brings the Royal...

Add wireless charging to your car with Belkin's new mount

Jul 17, 2019

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What you need to know Belkin today announced three new additions to its Boost Charge wireless charging collection tailor made for the iPhone. The most notable one adds wireless charging to your car. The other two are more standard wireless chargers that still offer a certain design aesthetic. Wireless charging at home, at work and in your car. Belkin today increased its wireless charger collection by announcing three new additions. Part of its Boost Charge line, the new wireless chargers target vast different areas including the car. That would be the Boost Charge Wireless Charging Vent Mount. Optimized to work with iPhones all the way back to the iPhone 8, it is a vent mount that has padded arms that extend to grip the phone to wirelessly charge your phone. This is one if the most interesting of the bunch as it brings wireless charging to a place (your car) that is still working to fully integrate wireless charging. The second is the Boost Charge Wireless Charging Stand. As the ...

Get a physical copy of Yoshi's Crafted World for the Switch now

Jul 17, 2019

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Are you searching for a great game for your Switch but want to get great deals? We've found the best games for a fraction of their price! Have you played all of your Nintendo Switch games and you're looking for a bit more fun? I know how pricey they can be, especially if you're on a budget and can't spend $60 on a game. Here at iMore, we have found some great games currently on sale. If any of these types of game spark your interest, be sure to check them out by clicking the links below. fsid * Pre-orders available on Amazon right now * Physical game cartridges on sale now * eShop games on sale this week Pre-order options on Amazon Here's every game you can pre-order on Amazon right now. Just click the title to check it out! Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order - Available July 19 - $60 Redeemer: Enhanced Edition - Available July 19 - $30 Raiden V: Director's Cut - Available July 25 - $30 Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Available July 26 - $6 Kill la Kill - IF - Available...

Spotify launches Disney Hub so you can sing along to your favorite songs

Jul 17, 2019

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"Life is like a hurricane here in Duckburg." What you need to know Spotify has launched a new Disney Hub. Disney Hub is filled with your favorite songs from Disney movies and TV shows. Disney Hub will continue to be updated as more movies and TV shows are released. Spotify on Wednesday unveiled a new Disney Hub, where you'll find Disney's most iconic music, from "You've Got a Friend in Me" by Randy Newman to "Duck Tales Theme" by The Disney Afternoon Studio Chorus. Whatever your favorite Disney tune, chances all it'll be stuck in your head for the rest of the week. The "Duck Tales Theme" has been stuck in my head since discovering Disney Hub, like when Spongebob had an ear worm from Musical Doodle. In Spotify's Disney Hub, there are album collections featuring songs from Disney movies, TV shows, and more. In Disney Hits, for example, you'll find songs from Moana, Lion King, and Aladdin. Disney Favorites includes current tunes and music from when you were growing up. There's also...

Snoopy heads off to space in new trailer for Apple TV+ series

Jul 17, 2019

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What you need to know The first trailer for the Apple TV+ series Snoopy in Space was just released. It shows Snoopy trying to be the first dog in space. The series will center around a trip the Peanuts take to NASA. "Why can't I have a normal dog?" The first trailer for the upcoming Apple TV+ original series Snoopy in Space just dropped and it shows just that, Snoopy trying to go to space. It'll be the first time a dog walks on the moon. The new trailer is our first look at animated series is a brief glimpse at the series in which Snoopy is ready to take the next step for dogs. However, it'll be difficult to do that with just his house as the rocket. His interest in space begin when the Peanuts take trip to NASA and he becomes enthralled by the great unknown. The series comes from a deal Apple signed with DHX Media to create Peanuts content on its new streaming platform. This will be the first piece of that content. Snoopy will be available on Apple TV+, which will launch in...

Amazon Prime Day is the new Black Friday!

Jul 12, 2019

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Amazon has really improved its annual sale day and we're excited to share all the deals with you! Amazon Prime Day is just around the corner and this year, we're more excited than ever. What started as a dumping ground for Amazon's overstock has turned into a legitimate reason to empty our pocketbooks. This year promises to be full of discounts on tech we actually need or have always wanted, but didn't want to pay full price for! Whether you are looking for a new iPhone case, want to stock up on a bunch Nintendo Switch titles (or actually buy a Nintendo Switch, finally), or are hoping to upgrade your analog house into a smart home, Prime Day is the best time of the year in the middle of the year to find what you need for less. Follow all our Prime Day coverage Amazon Prime Day: Everything you need to know Amazon Prime Day 2019 July 15 and 16 officially mark this year's Prime Day (I know, that's two days, not one), so we've got extra time to search for what we want. If the perfect...

iMore show 665: Things That Make You Go Hmmmm

Jul 12, 2019

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The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple! Lory Gil, Georgia Dow, and Mikah Sargent sit by the proverbial campfire and have a chat about updates to MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and discontinuation of the 12-inch MacBook. They also discuss the decision to temporarily disable the Walkie Talkie feature on Apple Watch due to an eavesdropping bug. In another example of Apple taking steps to ensure customer privacy, the gang look at the new 'Sign in with Apple ID' feature that's coming with iOS13. There was also a serious security vulnerability in the Zoom video conferencing software, prompting Apple to push a fix to macOS users. Listen now Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Watch now Show notes Apple kills 12-inch MacBook and updates MacBook Pro and MacBook Air for 2019 Apple temporarily turns off Walkie Talkie to fix eavesdropping bug Zoom vulnerability and Apple's r...

These are the most problematic games for the Switch Lite

Jul 12, 2019

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Not every game will be easy to play on the Nintendo Switch Lite. The Nintendo Switch Lite is a dedicated handheld gaming system that doesn't have removable Joy-Cons, can't dock to a TV, and doesn't include a kickstand. This means that the small number of Switch games that don't support handheld mode will be a little trickier to play on the new console. Note that you can pair a Pro Controller or Joy-Cons to the Switch Lite, so you can still play most of these games as long as you have either of those controller options handy. Since there is no kickstand on the Switch Lite, you'll need a stand to prop up your gaming system. Here are all of the games that either don't support handheld mode or are less convenient to play in handheld mode. Switch games that don't support handheld mode Super Mario Party 1-2-Switch Nintendo Labo/LaboVR Just Dance (any version) Fitness Boxing Switch games that aren't as convenient in handheld mode The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Super Mario Ody...

Apple reinstates parental control app OurPact to App Store

Jul 12, 2019

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What you need to know Apple has reinstated parental control app OurPact after removing it a few months back. The decision comes as Apple took on control apps after stating they posed a security risk towards its users. OurPact is now available on the App Store. It is back with the same great benefits without limitations. Apple has had a change of heart and reinstated parental control app OurPact after initially removing a few months back over concern of the technology used. OurPact announced that it is now available again in the App Store and can be downloaded. OurPact, the top-rated parental control platform, today announced its reinstatement to the iOS App Store after a period of removal, during which Apple reviewed its policies on all parental control apps. Despite initially citing data concerns as the reason for these removals, OurPact has been thoroughly reviewed by the Apple team and confirmed to pose no data security risk to children's devices. The return of OurPact's paren...

Looking for an iPad for your kid? We've got the list for you.

Jul 12, 2019

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Most iPads look the same. Throw in various price points, and suddenly, it's confusing. We look at new Apple tablets each year when they arrive on the market to determine which ones are right for our readers. The iPad Air (2019) is currently our favorite iPad for kids, but we've gathered other noteworthy models to help you choose the one that fits your needs best. Best Overall: iPad Air (2019) Earlier this year, Apple surprised many by introducing the first new iPad Air in nearly five years. With this third-generation iPad Air, Apple also resurrected the 10.5-inch display size previously found on the smaller of the two discontinued 2017 iPad Pro models. The iPad Air (2019) is a nice step up from the iPad (2018). With the newer model, you get a larger display (10.5-inches versus 9.7-inches), an advanced chip, and more available storage. This iPad also supports a Smart Keyboard thanks to its Smart Connector. Unlike the iPad (2018), the iPad Air (2019) has a fully laminated display...

Let's get familiar with the TV app on Apple TV

Jul 12, 2019

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Want to know what's up with the new TV app for the Apple TV? Learn right here! Apple TV has a content organization app called, simply, TV. This app will be the central location for TV and movie content on your Apple TV, not just from your iTunes library, but also from several of your video apps, such as Hulu, Starz, HBO Now, and CBS. With this guide, you'll learn how to use the TV app, link it to video sources, watch your purchased videos, and even change how Apple TV's Siri Remote works. How to watch a show or movie in the TV app How to connect apps to the TV app How to remove app connections to the TV app How to add shows and movies to Up Next in the TV App How to play a video from your library in the TV app How to buy movies in the TV app How to buy TV shows in the TV app How to watch live sports on Apple TV How to set up the TV app for your favorite teams on Apple TV How to remove a favorite team from Apple TV How to change the function of the Siri Remote Home button How to ...

Fortnite Season 10 releases in August with a new Battle Pass and challenges

Jul 12, 2019

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Say goodbye to Season 9. What you need to know Fortnite Season 10 releases on August 1, 2019. Based on past seasons, we can expect to see major changes come to the game. There'll be a new Battle Pass, replete with new challenges to complete and skins to unlock. Fortnite Season 9 is drawing to a close. As players wrap up their last remaining challenges and earn the last rewards on their docket, eyes are drawn to the inevitable Fortnite Season 10. Fortnite Season 10 will release on August 1, 2019. This means that Fortnite Season 9 will have run for twelve weeks, a bit longer than usual however, there's a good reason for it. The Fortnite World Cup finals are being held towards the end of July and the seasonal changes always impact the map and gameplay, alterting viable strategies and the exact balance. Since Epic Games wants to make sure the finalists play on an even field that they're all familiar with, Season 9 is taking a little longer to wrap up than past seasons. If the past se...

Hulu is now streaming some of its shows in 4K, but only on two devices

Jul 12, 2019

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If you've got the right hardware and love Hulu's original shows, you're in luck. What you need to know Hulu discontinued 4K streams in 2018, but now they're back. But only on Apple TV 4K and Chromecast Ultra. And only with Hulu's own original content. Hulu today very quietly began streaming some content in 4K resolution. That's the sort of thing you'd think it'd crow a bit about, but we've had nothing more than a smattering of Twitter replies, and a lone support page. But nevertheless, 4K resolution is back. But with caveats. First is that it's only supported on two pieces of hardware. And those are Apple TV 4K — which we very much still consider to be the best streaming box you can buy. It's also available on Chromecast Ultra, which is a great option if you don't mind using your phone a lot and don't need a full streaming box. The 4K resolution also is currently limited to Hulu's original programming. The good news is that includes such standouts as The Handmaid's Ta...

Coloring books on the iPad help you relax — here are our favorites!

Jul 12, 2019

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Coloring can be a great way to relax. Coloring on an iPad is even better! You've probably noticed more and more coloring books for adults popping up at retail stores recently. That's because it is a great way for grownups to take some time to relax and focus on art without having to be particularly artistic. There are some great coloring book apps built specifically for the iPad that cater to different techniques. We've got a list of the best coloring books for adults for all occasions. Pigment Lake Colorfy Recolor Colorest Colorgram Pigment Pigment offers the most versatile coloring experience. You can color with a variety of tools, including pencils, markers, airbrushes, watercolors, oil paints, and more. You can blend colors, including lighter on top of dark, and press light or hard to produce a different thickness of strokes. There are hundreds of colors to choose from, each with a shading gradient so you can customize your hues. There are three ways to color with Pigmen...

Epic Games issues warning to Fortnite iOS players

Jul 12, 2019

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No need to panic yet. What you need to know Epic Games has issued a warning, telling players not to update to iOS 13. It looks like playing Fortnite Mobile on the iOS 13 beta causes serious stability issues. iOS 13 is currently in opt-in beta and will release in a few months. iOS 13 is the next big iOS update coming to Apple devices, bringing plentiful new features for users to enjoy. It's currently in opt-in preview beta while different things are being finalized. While many Fortnite Mobile players might be eager to update and try out the iOS 13 beta, it looks like it's better to wait for now. Epic Games has issued a warning telling players to hold off on updating to try out the iOS 13 beta. According to Epic Games, there are stability concerns right now, which could mean performance issues or even possible crashes. As such, it's going to be safest to just hold off, wait and let these issues be fixed. If you've already upgraded to the public preview beta for iOS 13, our guide cov...

Don't let your Apple Watch get damaged; get a case!

Jul 12, 2019

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I love wearing my Apple Watch sans case. It looks good and is easily identifiable as an Apple Watch, which makes me feel like I'm part of an exclusive club. However, I'm no dummy. I always keep a case or shell nearby if I want to go on a nature hike, or if I'm doing some house painting. I want to be able to continue wearing my Apple Watch without fear of ruining its beautiful, stainless steel shine. If you feel the same way, take a look at these protective cases for Apple Watch. Apple Watch Series 4 Heavy-duty protection SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Luke's Favorite This case has an easy front cover snap-on design, which makes installation a breeze. It even comes with a strap built-in, so you don't have to worry about installing a new strap to use with it. It's made from hard polycarbonate on the outside — to withstand hard bumps and scratches — and soft TPU on the inside, so that it doesn't scratch up your Apple Watch. It comes in 40mm and 44mm sizes. From $20 for 4...

Apple spent big bucks on its Apple TV+ original series See

Jul 12, 2019

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What you need to know Apple reportedly spent nearly $15 million per episode on its new Apple TV+ series See. That puts it in Game of Thrones territory, which also cost $15 million per episode during the final season. That seems to be the going rate for marquee blockbuster content as Disney's The Mandalorian is in a similar price range. That puts the budget for the series in Game of Thrones territory. When Apple unveiled Apple TV+ earlier this year, it made it clear it is aiming to compete with the big dogs of streaming. To do so, Apple needs strong original contents, and a new report on the Wall Street Journal confirms Apple is paying top dollar for this content. According to the report, Apple is shelling out nearly $15 million per episode on the Jason Momoa series See. That is one of the biggest budgets ever for a live action series. Game of Thrones had a similar budget for its final season, but that was after eight seasons and the series had developed a huge following. But that...

Trying to decide whether to get ecobee4 or Nest? Here's our recommendation

Jul 12, 2019

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We're always looking to make our homes just a bit smarter with everything from automated lights to internet-connected thermostats, letting us (and you) build the home of tomorrow, today. ecobee4 Sense everything $199 at Amazon Pros HomeKit-enabled Works with Siri Amazon Alexa support through built-in microphones Works with Google Assistant Remote sensors detect both temperature and room occupancy Cons Does not learn from your behavior Wired power only With Amazon's Alexa assistant and support for HomeKit built-in, along with satellite sensors that detect not only the temperatures of different rooms but the people in them, the ecobee4 is a great all-around smart thermostat. We just wish it was smarter and used batteries for backup power. Nest Thermostat Comfortable learning $189 at Amazon Pros Learns your behavior, creating an automatic heating and cooling schedule Works with Amazon Alexa Works with Google Assistant Both wired and battery-powered Cons No HomeKit suppor...

Korean ratings board outs new Super Monkey Ball game for Nintendo Switch

Jul 12, 2019

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The series is coming back. What you need to know Super Monkey Ball is a series of platformer games from Sega, with the latest entry releasing in 2014. An entry on a Korean ratings board indicates that another game may be on the way to the Nintendo Switch. With this rating, it seems likely that a reveal could be happening fairly soon. Super Monkey Ball is a series of platformer games developed by Amusement Vision and published by Sega that has been on a variety of platforms over its history. The most recent game in the series was Super Monkey Ball Bounce, which released on Android and iOS mobile devices in 2014. The last game to come to dedicated handheld gaming devices was Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz, which released on the PlayStation Vita in 2012. However, it looks like another game could be on the way - and this time, it's coming to consoles. A new finding on a Korean ratings board points to a new game in the series releasing on multiple platforms, including the Nintendo Sw...

Apple’s new swanky headquarter building is worth over $4 billion

Jul 12, 2019

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What you need to know Apple Park is worth $4.17 billion according to county estimates. That puts Apple's headquarters as one of the most valuable buildings in the world. The figure accounts for the land, the building and everything inside.. The figure includes the land, the building and everything inside. In designing and building Apple Park, its new marquee headquarter, Apple spared no expense. We assumed as much by the property and sheer size of the building, but now we know exactly how much it is worth. First reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, a recent evaluation of Apple Park by Santa Clara County pegs it to be worth $4.17 billion. New figures released this week show the tech giant's circular headquarters in Cupertino was assessed at $3.6 billion by Santa Clara County for property tax purposes. The valuation doesn't perfectly coincide with its market value — how much it would sell for — but is based off a detailed appraisal of the building, which opened i...

The End of iTunes: Apple's New Mac Media Strategy Explained

Jul 12, 2019

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Apple isn't really killing iTunes as much as setting it free. I'm sure everyone has heard the big iTunes news by now — as the old saying goes, any app sufficiently old becomes indistinguishable from an email client. Throw in a calendar and web browser and wow, howdy has Apple just absolutely been there, nailed that. Kidding. It's being broken up. Sundered. But not decimated. Let me explain. Apple isn't really killing iTunes as much as setting it free. It's as if Voltron had been stuck in its combined form for decades and now, finally, the Lions were being released to do what each can do far better alone. Especially if Voltron had had everything from a trash compactor to literally the kitchen sink welded to it over the years. Now, before anyone panics, nothing is being deleted. Nothing is being canceled. Apple isn't closing the iTunes Music or Movie or TV Store. Tim Cook isn't coming to your house to delete all your downloads. Everything you could do in iTunes yesterday y...

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is out now on Switch — here's what you need to know

Jul 12, 2019

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You've washed up on a new island, and with the help of a new companion, Malroth, you must survive, craft, build, and save the world again in Dragon Quest Builders 2! You're a Builder - a powerful creator who can shape the world in the image that they choose. That's the premise of Dragon Quest Builders, which combined a Minecraft-style building, crafting, and gathering system with the characters, universe, visuals, and story themes of Dragon Quest for an adorable adventure on the Nintendo Switch that launched back in February. Now, a sequel is already here, which will add to the fun recipes and exploration that the first game already had in spades. Rebuild the world Dragon Quest Builders 2 $60 at Amazon Defeat the Children of Hargon Dragon Quest Builders 2 offers a new story of a broken world you must rebuild. Explore, find materials, and use those to craft towns, level up your character, fight monsters, and ultimately save the ruined land and its people. There are even more r...

Stop Getting Cheated by Store Warranties

Jul 12, 2019

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Are you paying a monthly fee for smartphone protection? Were you pressured by a salesperson to add on protection for your new device at the store? If you answered yes, you are paying way too much. Most people do not know that warranties at the store can be marked up as much as 900%. Some of the worst offenders are big box stores and cell phone carriers. In 2015, Upsie was created to give consumers a more affordable, accessible and reliable warranty option. Upsie offers comparable warranty plans for up to 70% less cost than retailers. For example, a two-year warranty for a Samsung Galaxy S10 from Best Buy costs $169 with a $199 deductible. A two-year warranty from Upsie for the same phone costs $89.99 with a $75 deductible. If you have to make a claim, that's a savings of $203! If you never have to make a claim, that's still a huge savings of $79 for the same coverage. Why does Upsie cost so much less? Simple. Because they do no over-inflate their margins. Your money will stay in y...

Latest Apple Pay promo can get you free McDonald’s fries

Jul 12, 2019

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What you need to know Apple and McDonald's are teaming up for the latest Apple Pay promotion. If you spend more than $1 on the McDonald's on July 12, 19, and 26, you 'll get a free order of fries. The deal is limited to the United States. All you have to do is spend $1 and you get free fries. In the age old question of which are the best fries, McDonald's rank right up there with the best. Well now they can be yours for free with the latest Apple Pay promotion. Apple and McDonald's are teaming for the latest Apple Pay promotion. If you use Apple Pay in the McDonald's app on July 12, 19 and 26 and spend at minimum of $1 (before taxes and it excludes the dollar menu), you'll get a free medium order of fries. The deal is a small one, but what's better than free fries from McDonald's? Unfortunately, the deal is limited to the United States. If you live stateside and want some free fries, you know where it's at....

Teardown of 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro reveals bigger battery and more

Jul 12, 2019

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What you need to know iFixit did its teardown of the new 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro. It revealed that the SSD is now soldered down but it has a bigger battery. The bigger battery will help power the new Touch Bar, Touch ID and T2 chip. The battery got bigger and keyboard got more durable. With a new Apple product upon us, iFixit conducted its trusty teardown to see exactly what's new with the 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro and found that a lot has changed. On the exterior not much has changed, but inside, Apple moved around some things and tweaked others to make room for the new Touch Bar, Touch ID fingerprint scanner and T2 chip. The main tweak to this was a slightly bigger battery, which is now a 58.2Wh battery over the previous 54.5Wh battery. This ensures the base MacBook Pro still delivers the same 10-hour battery Apple promises. On the not-so-good changes, this time around the modular SSD was removed for one that is soldered down. This is offshoot with the Thunderbolt board becomi...

Your Apple Watch is a tiny weather station — Here's how to use it

Jul 12, 2019

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If you want to keep informed about the weather, there's no better place than on your wrist. With Apple Watch, the current temperature, precipitation, sunrise/sunset, and other weather-related information is a just a few taps on your wrist away. Thanks to Siri and the wearable device's Weather app, you can get more detailed information about any city in the world, and any day in the next week, with just a word or a few taps. Here's how! How to check the weather on your Apple Watch with complications How to check the weather on your Apple Watch with Siri How to check the weather on your Apple Watch with the app How to download a third-party weather app on Apple Watch in watchOS 6 (beta) How to check the weather on your Apple Watch with complications You can set up your Apple Watch's clock face to show you a wealth of weather information. That way, any time you glance at your wrist, you'll be updated. Pick a clock face that allows for a good quantity of complications. (Utility is g...

Dive in with the best Apple Watch for swimming

Jul 12, 2019

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Beginning with the Apple Watch Series 2 in 2016, Cupertino's wearable device has provided water resistance up to 50m, making it ideally suited for swimming. Our favorite Apple Watch for this type of adventure is the Series 4, which offers the newest features overall. We've also included other models to help you make a better-informed decision. Best Overall: Apple Watch Series 4 The Apple Watch Series 4 features the first design change in the short history of the wearable device. Offering larger displays, thinner bezels, and more rounded corners than previous versions, the current flagship is available in 44mm and 40mm sizes. With an S4 64-bit dual-core processor, the Apple Watch Series 4 doubles the performance of the previous model, the Apple Watch Series 3. This Apple Watch version is the first to include an electrocardiogram (ECG) system that's capable of detecting cardiac abnormalities such as atrial fibrillation. There's also a built-in fall detection tool that automatical...

iPadOS Preview: Files app, USB Storage, SMB Shares

Jul 12, 2019

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With iPadOS — and, yes, an iPhone and even an iPod touch running iOS 13 — you can finally access external files, not just photos, not just videos, but honest-to-Unix external documents, assets, and anything else, just by plugging in a USB drive, stick, even SD or Compact Flash card. You can even open photos and video directly in editing apps and access SMB shares right in the Files app. With some caveats, limitations, and, of course, adapters. Hey, this is still iOS we're talking about here. No. More. Files. iOS has been at war with traditional file systems since the very beginning. It's always had a traditional file system, of course, because it's always been based on macOS which is based on BSD Unix. But, for the sake of simplicity, Apple has kept it hidden completely away from users, and for the sake of security, sandboxed each part completely away from every other part. In wanting to make the computer for everyone else, everyone who always felt alienated and off...

Buying a new MacBook for school? Consider these 10 tips

Jul 12, 2019

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Before making this educational investment, consider these essential tips. Back to school time is in the air, which is when many families and students decide to purchase a new MacBook. Before making a purchase, there are a few things to keep in mind and consider. Happy shopping! Decide on a screen size first and portability Apple has two laptop lines, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Each product line is somewhat distinct for offering different screen sizes. Your first decision should be to decide on the screen size you want. If you want a 13.3-inch model, you'll have to decide whether to get a MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro based on other specifications. Along with screen size, be aware of the weight of the machine and how that could affect portability. All of today's MacBook models are lighter than past models. However, some remain heavier than the others. Especially for those on a large campus, there's a big difference in carrying a 2.75 pound MacBook Air and 4 pound 15-inch ...

Looking for the best Sonos Speakers? We've got you covered.

Jul 12, 2019

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Sonos provides a range of wireless speakers, from small, medium, and large single speakers to a soundbar and sub for home theater to interfaces for your existing sound systems. More than wireless, though, Sonos is connected. You can control it from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and you can use it to stream almost all of the popular music services, including Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime, Pandora, and more! But which Sonos speakers are right for you? A lot of that depends on where you want to place them and how you want to use them. Here are all the options! Best smart speaker Sonos One (Gen 2) Staff pick This stand-alone smart speaker is the perfect starter for any up-and-coming Sonos fan. It's inexpensive, easily movable, and works with AirPlay 2 so you can use it with Siri. Pair it with a second Sonos One for stereo sound. It can also be grouped with any Sonos speakers on this list. $199 at Amazon Value option Play:1 The Play:1 is Sonos' basic, room-filling ...

AirDrop lets you instantly share pictures and more with others — here's how

Jul 12, 2019

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AirDrop lets you quickly and easily transfer files between iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Using Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to broadcast, discover, and negotiate connections, and point-to-point Wi-Fi to transfer information AirDrop is fast, power-efficient, and secure. When you're using it between iPhones and iPads, you can AirDrop photos, videos, contacts, Passbook passes, Voice Memos, Map location, and any and everything else that appears on a Share sheet. How to turn AirDrop on or off for iPhone or iPad How to AirDrop files from your iPhone or iPad How to troubleshoot AirDrop on iPhone and iPhone How to AirDrop from your Mac How to turn AirDrop on or off for iPhone or iPad AirDrop lets you choose between enabling it for just your contacts or for everyone. "Contacts" requires more work, as you and the person you want to AirDrop with both have to be logged into iCloud and be in each other's Contacts. "Everyone" is easier but means random people you don't know can send you prank AirDrops....

Apple Music and Spotify have some serious competition with Amazon

Jul 11, 2019

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What you need to know Amazon Music Unlimited has become the fastest growing music streaming service ahead of Apple Music and Spotify. It grew 70% in the last year alone. It now boasts 32 million subscribers, gaining ground on Spotify's 100 million and Apple Music's 60 million subscribers. Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers grew 70% in the last year. Amazon Music Unlimited has overtaken Apple Music and Spotify as the fastest growing music streaming service. According to a report by the Financial Times, Amazon's music streaming service grew 70% in the last year alone outpacing its two main competitors. The number of people subscribing to Amazon Music Unlimited has grown by about 70 per cent in the past year, according to people briefed on its performance. In April Amazon had more than 32m subscribers to all its music services including Unlimited and Prime Music. By contrast, Spotify, the world's largest streaming service with 100m subscribers, is growing at about 25 per cent...

Marriott Bonvoy offering a free night after two stays

Jul 11, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network If you ever stay at Marriott hotels but haven't signed up for their Bonvoy program, now is a great time to do so with a new offer just being announced. New members to the program are being offered a Free Night Award (worth up to 25,000 points) after just two paid stays at Marriott Hotels from now through November 28, 2019. After signing up for your Marriott Bonvoy account, you will need to book both stays through Marriott.com in order to be eligible for the offer (nights booked through third-party services like Expedia, Travelocity, and Kayak will not count towards this promotion). Once you complete both stays you'll receive the free night as a credit in your Marriott account to be used up to one year from the issue date. This offer is only available to new members of the program, but whether you are new or have been wit...

Want an Apple Watch made for you? Here are the best options for seniors

Jul 11, 2019

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Apple Watches provide lots of great features and are available in various styles and price points. For seniors, our favorite version is the flagship Apple Watch Series 4, which offers the newest features, many ideally suited for more older users. We've also included other models to help you make a better-informed decision. Best Overall: Apple Watch Series 4 The Apple Watch Series 4 is noted for its larger displays, thinner bezels, and rounded corners than previous versions. The wearable device also features a rounder and thinner chassis with a redesigned ceramic back, regardless of the model. With an S4 64-bit dual-core processor, the Apple Watch Series 4 doubles the performance of the previous model, the Apple Watch Series 3. This Apple Watch version is also the first to include an electrocardiogram (ECG) system that's capable of detecting whether you're experiencing cardiac abnormalities such as atrial fibrillation. There's also a built-in fall detection tool that automatically...

Best photo editing apps for iPad in 2019

Jul 11, 2019

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What are the best photo editing apps available for my iPad? Whether you want to get rid of a skin blemish, blue a sky, add filters, or something else, there are tons of photo editing apps available for iPad! With the help of services like iCloud Photo Library, it's easier and more convenient than ever to shoot on your iPhone and start editing instantly on iPad. Depending on what kind of photo editing you need to do, some apps may be better suited for you than others, and that's exactly what we're going to help you figure out. These are the photo editing apps for iPad we feel are currently the best of the best! Pixelmator Adobe Lightroom A Color Story Snapseed VSCO Prisma Facetune SKRWT Photoshop Fix Pixelmator Photo Affinity Photo Darkroom Pixelmator If you don't mind spending a little money, and really want a photo editing app that seems to truly do it all, and if you're looking for endless editing options and creative control, then we recommend taking a peek at the highly-...

iMore show 664: We Catharted

Jul 5, 2019

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The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple! Rene Ritchie, Georgia Dow, and Lory Gil are here with rumors about a new keyboard deign for future MacBooks. They also debate the merits of a new FaceTime feature in iOS 13 for maintaining eye contact when video chatting. Lastly, are Apple execs giving notes on shows for the Apple TV+ service? Listen now Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Watch now Show notes Apple readying all-new all-non-butterfly keyboard for MacBook Facetime Attention Correction in iOS 13 Superhuman issues Tim Cook fights back against WSJ report, calls it "absurd" Apple's Eddy Cue shoots down report of exec meddling in Apple TV+ content Sponsors Paint Your Life: Give a truly meaningful gift. For a limited time, get 30% off your painting, and FREE shipping. Text the word 'IMORE' to 48-48-48. Message and data rates may apply. Hosts Lory Gil Mikah...

The AirPods just got new competition in Sony's WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds

Jul 5, 2019

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All the best qualities of the XM3s... packed into wireless earbuds. Sony's highly-regarded WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth headphones feature industry-leading noise cancelling technology that's about to be taken to the next level. Though they were released only less than a year ago, a new model has just been announced that takes many of the great features of the XM3 over-ear headphones and packs them inside truly wireless earbuds — the WF-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Earbuds. With 24-bit audio signal processing for dramatically improved sound quality and an HD Noise Cancelling Processor, the WF-1000XM3 earbuds are set to live up to their predecessor's legacy. Each earbud is equipped with a pair of microphones that work in real-time to feed external sound to the QN1e processor and block out background noise. There are also modes you can set using the Sony | Headphones Connect app which can adjust the amount of ambient noise heard at any given time. Similar to the Apple AirPod...

Start your kids on the path to life-long fitness with these Fitbit trackers

Jul 5, 2019

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As a team that works remotely, we understand the necessity behind getting to the gym, and we've tested all the fitness tech that we can find to figure out what works best. Finding a fitness tracker that works alongside your little one is a great way to start introducing working out and the joys of healthy living into your kids life. Best Overall: Fitbit Ace 2 The Fitbit Ace 2 is the best Fitbit tracker for kids because Fitbit has geared it toward them specifically. It has an excellent feature set, comes with a durable band, and is relatively inexpensive. The Fitbit Ace 2 is for parents of children aged six and older who want to buy their child a fitness tracker. It may be overly complex for anyone younger, and they may not be able to appreciate its benefits. It's the newest tracker in Fitbit's lineup. The Fitbit Ace 2 may be for kids, but that doesn't mean it's a simple plaything. It boasts practical features that its Fitbit counterparts have, offering your child a meaningful fo...

Protect your Mac from data loss with one of these external hard drives

Jul 5, 2019

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When it comes to storing data, personal information, and important documents, you can never save it in enough places. External hard drives are not only useful for storing data but are an excellent way to transport files from one location to another. When you take into account price, ease of use, and portability, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is the most reliable hard drive you can carry around with you at all times. Best Overall: Seagate Backup Plus Slim (2 TB) If you want a solid external hard drive that has a decent amount of storage, is super easy to carry around, and has a very affordable price tag, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is the best option for most people. Formatted for Windows and Mac right out of the box, it's easy to carry all your important documents from desktop to laptop without missing a beat. The Seagate Dashboard back up system is a fantastic simple tool that can let you schedule backups to ensure you never miss any important files you need in case something ...

Using notification alerts on Apple Watch

Jul 5, 2019

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When it comes to notifications, it's time to ditch the iPhone and use your Apple Watch instead. One of the advantages of using an Apple Watch is being able to see notifications without picking up your iPhone. By default, these notifications mirror those sent to your iOS device. You can also personalize notifications as you can see below. Setting up notifications for Apple Watch How to view and clear a notification on Apple Watch Reviewing a Notification How Silent and Do Not Disturb mode affect notifications How to Deliver Quietly Setting up notifications for Apple Watch There's a big difference between how native and third-party apps handle notifications on Apple Watch. For the former, there are special settings you can change through the Apple Watch app for iPhone. For the latter, you can only turn notifications on or off. Apple Watch notification alerts appear on the wearable device whenever it's on your wrist and unlocked. Missed notifications are available by swiping down on...

Theragun G3PRO is like having your own personal masseuse — we review!

Jul 5, 2019

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The Theragun G3PRO is the latest iteration of Theragun's percussive massage therapy device. Is it worth the high price tag? As I'm trying to do some more daily exercise to improve my lifestyle and overall health (Beat Saber is really intense, yo), my muscles and body get sore more often now. And when my body is aching, I just want to relax and get a massage, so my muscles can loosen up and unwind. But going to get a massage every few days can be costly, as those prices definitely add up. So what's the next best thing? Giving yourself a massage, with the help of a percussive therapy device. Say hello to the Theragun G3PRO. Theragun G3PRO Percussive Therapy Device Price: $599 Bottom line: If you often experience muscle tension or soreness, the Theragun G3PRO will help alleviate it. This version has two speeds for custom treatment, six ...

Print photos instantly with themed film packs with the Polaroid OneStep 2

Jul 5, 2019

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Everyone has a camera nowadays, whether it’s a DSLR or the one on their smartphone. In the right hands, these cameras can produce amazing results. However, one major downside is that digital photos can’t be printed out and shared right away; at some point, you’ll have to upload your photo files to a computer for printing. However, this Polaroid OneStep 2 camera lets you print and share your photos easily for as little as $99.99. The Polaroid OneStep 2 is an analog instant camera, meaning all you have to do is point and shoot for a photo to print instantly. The OneStep 2 features a high-quality lens and powerful flash to produce sharp photos. There are 6 bundles to choose from, 4 of which come with specialty i-Type film that produces unique results with each shot. For example, Summer Blues film will give your photos a cool tone, while the special edition Stranger Things film features themed designs based on the show.  One of the best ways to share an unforgett...

Taking your Switch on vacation? Try one of these backups

Jul 5, 2019

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As tech lovers and game fans, we immerse ourselves in everything new and old (and retro) at iMore. We love our Nintendo Switch just as much as you do and are always looking to get the most out of it. Best Overall: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD It's a great battery for road trips, extended flights, or just keeping in the car to top off when you need. The additional USB ports can be used while you are charging your Switch, which means you can also use this to charge your phone, tablet, controller, or anything else you can think of. At $130 it's not a cheap battery, but it'll keep your playing your Switch for quite a while. The key to its success is how much energy can be output via the USB-C port. This battery is rated at 30W output through that port, something most batteries cannot do. That means while many other batteries will charge your Switch slowly, this is one of few that will keep your Switch at 100 percent until you disconnect. Ultimately, it's a combination of price and the ...

How to set up a Sonos speaker to work with AirPlay 2

Jul 5, 2019

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Thanks to an update from Sonos, four speakers in the lineup support AirPlay 2, which means you can play music from your iPhone or iPad without needing a Wi-Fi connection and you can ask Siri to play something through your Sonos speaker. If you have one or more of the four supported Sonos speakers and you're wondering how to set them up, we've got you covered. The Guide Update your Software There are two bits of software that you'll need to update to update the firmware for your Sonos One. First, you'll need to make sure that your iPhone or iPad is updated to version 11.4 or higher. You must be running iOS 11.4 or higher to get AirPlay 2. You can check your current software version from the Settings app. Tap Settings on iPhone or iPad. Tap General. Tap Software Update. If your software is not updated to iOS 11.4 or higher, install the update. Tap Download and Install. Enter your passcode if prompted. Agree to the Terms and Conditions. Tap Agree again to confirm. The next thi...

Armored Mewtwo is coming to Pokémon GO Raids for a limited time

Jul 5, 2019

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What you need to know Armored Mewtwo will be around in Pokémon GO Raid Battles for a limited time. He'll be available from July 10, at 1:00 p.m. PDT to July 31 at 1:00 p.m. PDT. He can be found in five-star Raid Battles. An exciting announcement has confirmed that Armored Mewtwo is coming to Pokémon GO Raid Battles. Sporting a powerful, high-tech suit of armor that makes him even more imposing and dangerous, this version of the Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon will be available to fight in Raid Battles from July 10, at 1:00 p.m. PDT to July 31 at 1:00 p.m. PDT. Be forewarned - it's not going to be an easy fight. Armored Mewtwo is going to be showing up in five-star Raid Battles. For those trainers who do think they are ready for this challenge, there are several new themed items coming to the Style Shop. You can check out the announcement teaser trailer below: Raid Battles are an exciting event in Pokémon GO that involve you and a team of up to 20 playe...

May-Li Khoe: How design and operations really work at Apple

Jul 5, 2019

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There's an article on Jony Ive going around that, while I think it absolutely captures the frustration of a segment of people, also feels like it represents an extreme perspective, reaction, and yes, even agenda, from those people. Now, that's not unusual when big changes happen. Some people are happy with and some people are not but it's also not all there is to the story. In fact, it can be only a very small part of the story, to the point where other people directly involved -- sources even more familiar with the matters, if you will -- would call some of those stories abjectly false. And if it's all wrapped up in a deeply cynical narrative about Apple's current position in the market, with no context or clarity as to why and compared to who, when misses like HomePod are emphasized and huge hits like Apple Watch, which is currently bigger than iPod at its hight, are dismissed. Most especially when people whose jobs depend on them being skeptical promote the story not with questio...

How to use the QR scanner on iPhone and iPad

Jul 5, 2019

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You can scan and interact with QR codes natively on both iPhone and iPad with ease. Native support for QR code scanning via the Camera app means it's easier than ever to use these types of codes in your daily life. Previously, you needed to download a third-party app to do so. That's not the case anymore! How to scan a QR code on iPhone and iPad How to set up and use QR code scanning from Control Center How to disable QR code scanning on iPhone and iPad A little more about QR codes How to scan a QR code on iPhone and iPad To scan QR codes on iPhone and iPad, it's quite literally a matter of opening your camera and pointing. Launch the Camera app on your device Point it at the QR code you want to scan. Look for the notification banner at the top of the screen — this is the data stored in the QR code. If your QR code contains actionable data (contact info, a phone number, etc.) tap on the notification banner to trigger the action. How to set up and use QR code scanning fr...

Pokemon Go Events: Armored Mewtwo Raids start July 10

Jul 4, 2019

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Third Anniversary, Raikou Raid Day, Go Fest Bonuses Pokémon Go is intended to get you out and about, both on your own and with family and friends. One of the ways Pokémon Go tries to bolster activity is with events. Some of the events get splashy announcements and coincide with big public holidays. Others are quieter and more regular. Here's what's happened already and what's coming up next. Armorned Mewtwo in Legendary Raids from July 10 to July 31 Mewtwo returns...with a new look. For a limited time, you can encounter this Psychic-type Pokémon in five-star raids. Date + Time Armored Mewtwo will appear in five-star raids from July 10 at 1:00 p.m. PDT to July 31 at 1 p.m. PDT Features For the first time in Pokémon GO, Armored Mewtwo will be available to challenge in raids for a limited time! Avatar Items Do you consider yourself a Mewtwo Trainer? Show off your prowess for power and aesthetics with some stylish new ite...

Improve your Safari experience on Mac with extensions!

Jul 4, 2019

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Your Safari experience can be greatly improved with the use of Extensions. Here are some of our personal favorites! If you're using a Mac, chances are high that your browser of choice is Safari. Personally, I use it all the time unless something specifically doesn't work with Safari, and I need Chrome or some other browser. But by default, I just stick with Safari. While Safari looks barebones compared to other browsers, you can actually customize it and get some useful functionality through the use of Safari Extensions. Here are some of our favorites. 1Password Ghostery Lite StopTheMadness Mate: Universal Tab Translator Ebates Rakuten Cash Back Honey Turn Off the Lights PiPifier Short Menu Grammarly 1Password In a world where you need a password for pretty much everything, and the best security is always a randomly-generated strong and secure password, we always turn to 1Password to get the job done. The 1Password Safari Extension is a mini version of the full-fledged 1Passwor...

Does the Fitbit Versa Lite track swims?

Jul 4, 2019

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Best answer: Yes, but only in a general way. If you want specific information like the number of laps, you'll need a different tracker, like the Fitbit Versa. Exercise tracker: Fitbit Versa Lite ($160 at Fitbit) Swim tracker: Fitbit Versa ($200 at Fitbit) You can swim with the Versa Lite You can certainly swim with your Fitbit Versa Lite. It tracks all kinds of exercise, and swimming is no exception. It's what Fitbit calls "swimproof," meaning it's water resistant up to 50 meters. So you can wear it not only in the shower, but also in the pool, ocean, lake, or your local swimming hole. You may not want to scuba dive with it if you're going deep, but 50 meters is deeper than most scuba divers go anyway. So, the Fitbit Versa Lite will be great for tracking lap swimming, right? Well, sort of. The Versa Lite will track your lap swimming as a workout, as it tracks just about any kind of exercise, but for specific information about your swim workout, you'd have to upgrade to a different...

Your iPhone 8 Plus screen isn't scratch-proof — get a screen protector!

Jul 4, 2019

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The iPhone 8 Plus has a beautiful, big screen, and if you went through the trouble of buying it, chances are you want to keep that screen in pristine condition. One of the best ways to avoid scratches and scuffs on your display is to invest in a screen protector. Here are our favorite tempered glass screen protectors for your iPhone 8 Plus! Anti-scratch coating Spigen tempered glass screen protector Staff Favorite Spigen's tempered glass screen protector is covered in an anti-scratch coating to protect the screen protector for getting scuffed in your pocket. Plus, if you typically use a case that has a lip around the front of the phone, Spigen's screen protector is just a tad smaller than the front glass, so it's compatible with all cases. $12 at Amazon Flim six pack Supershieldz HD Film screen protector Supershieldz makes a top-notch film protector that comes with a lifetime replacement warranty. It's got edge-to-edge protection with a film that is made from five layers ...

iCloud down for you? You're not alone — here's what to do

Jul 4, 2019

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Apple's system status report page is noting several issues relating to iCloud. [Update] Everything's back up and running again! If you're having trouble logging into iCloud, you're not alone. There appears to be an issue with Apple's servers and some are reporting issues trying to log in. According to Apple's system status page, at the time of this writing, the following services are experiencing issues: Documents in iCloud Find My Friends Find My iPhone Game Center iCloud Account & Sign In iCloud Backup iCloud Bookmarks & Tabs iCloud Calendar iCloud Contacts iCloud Keychain iCloud Drive iCloud Mail iCloud Notes Cloud Reminders iCloud Storage Upgrades iCloud Web Apps iWork for iCloud Photos Screen Time Reports are coming in that some users are prompted to log in to iCloud, but are unable to verify their credentials. We were unable to reproduce log in issue or issues accessing iCloud documents on our devices, so it appears that the problem is not affecting everyone. It's ...

How to use Zoom on Mac

Jul 4, 2019

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How do I zoom in on Mac? You can zoom in on apps using the trackpad on your Mac laptop or gestures on the Magic Mouse, but with the Zoom accessibility feature, you can zoom in on the whole screen. You can do it with keyboard shortcuts or by using your mouse's scroll function along with modifier keys. Here's how! How to enable keyboard shortcuts for Zoom How to enable the scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom How to change the zoom style How to customize Fullscreen Zoom magnification How to manage Fullscreen Zoom behaviors How to change how the screen moves in Fullscreen Zoom How to change the window position for Picture-in-picture Zoom How to change the cursor style for Picture-in-picture Zoom How to manage picture-in-picture Zoom behaviors How to change the speak delay for Zoom How to adjust the size and location of the Picture-in-picture Zoom window Zoom in macOS Catalina How to enable keyboard shortcuts for Accessibility zoom By pressing a series of three keys, all at th...

How to run scheduled macros in Keyboard Maestro

Jul 4, 2019

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With Keyboard Maestro, you can automate your macros and schedule them to run whenever you want. Here's how. In our last segment, we created a simple Keyboard Maestro macro that expanded a couple of typed characters and turned into a signature. Next, we're going to create a macro that runs every day at a specific time. See at Keyboard Maestro Action Addiction Keyboard Maestro ships with more than 250 actions you can use to create macros. These actions can do anything from opening applications to changing the location of a window on your screen to reading text from a file and adding it to another application and much much more. In fact, if there's a macro you can dream up you'll most likely be able to create it using Keyboard Maestro. There's no way we can cover all 250 actions, but let's take a quick inventory of Keyboard Maestro's action collection. Open Keyboard Maestro Select the Actions menu Select Show Actions Once the Actions window opens, select the All Actions macro g...

Upsie is transforming the way you purchase product warranties

Jul 4, 2019

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Everyone has experienced that uncomfortable moment at checkout. You know the one: you're checking out and the sales representative asks if you would like to purchase a warranty for the already expensive new device you're purchasing. Do you buy something that you know nothing about? If you don't buy it, will you break your new device and wish you had bought it? What does it even protect? It's not a coincidence that customers aren't asked this question until the very end of the checkout process. This is the moment when customers are about to spend a significant amount of money on a new device. What's another hundred dollars or so? It's also when customers want to get out of the store. If they say yes to the warranty, they get to leave. If they say no, not only are they holding up the line, they have to talk to the salesperson for even longer. Minneapolis tech startup Upsie is transforming the way you purchase product warranties. They are getting rid of high-pressure sales situations,...

Save over $1,000 on this 55" LG OLED 4K TV

Jul 4, 2019

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Purchasing a TV is never an easy task. There's a mess of models to choose from, and you have to carefully research each one to make sure you're getting the most mileage out of your investment. If you're in the market for a new TV but don't want to pour a Ph.D. program's worth of research into getting one, here's a tip: go with the LG B8 Series 55" OLED 4K HDR TV, especially now that it's on sale for nearly 50% off the usual price. Named one of Consumer Reports' Best 4K TVs of 2018, this LG TV has made a name for itself as a feature-rich powerhouse that can bring movies, sports, and the like to life in your living space. It's engineered with the new LG OLED-exclusive α7 intelligent processor and LG ThinQ® AI, allowing it to produce rich colors and deep details as you immerse yourself in your favorite media. Keeping pace with much of the tech on the market, this LG TV is smart home-friendly. It comes with Google Assistant built in, so you can control compatible smart home d...

UK buyers can pick up a half price Amazon Echo Dot ahead of Prime Day

Jul 4, 2019

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It's not even Prime Day yet but Amazon UK has already dropped the price of its Echo Dot by 50%. The 3rd-gen smart speaker is just £24.99 right now in charcoal, heather grey or sandstone fabric colours. It regularly sells for £50 when not on sale and we haven't seen it drop this low since Black Friday. Alexa, what's the deal? Amazon Echo Dot, 3rd-gen The latest Echo Dot hasn't dropped this low since Black Friday, and that bodes well for the deals we're going to see coming up for Prime Day. £24.99 £49.99 £25 off See at Amazon Compared to the 2nd-gen speaker, the Echo Dot has 70% better audio quality and an improved design. You can pair two of them together for stereo sound, or connect it via Bluetooth (or 3.5mm cable) directly to another speaker that you prefer. With the Echo Dot you can control your smart thermostat, smart plug, and other smart home gear, as well as have measurements converted, find out the local weather, and more. This is obviousl...

UK Prime members can grab Amazon's 6-inch Kindle at £15 off right now

Jul 4, 2019

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Amazon's 6-inch Kindle reader is currently £55 right now as part of the retailer giant's Prime-exclusive promotion. This price is a steal, knocking £15 off the original listing, but is only available today. Read Everything Amazon Kindle You can buy Amazon's 6-inch Kindle reader for just £55 and take all your favorite books with you. £55 £70 £15 Off See at Amazon Amazon's popular Kindle reader is currently on sale right now, allowing you to ditch your physical collection of books in favor of digital copies. The benefits of using a Kindle include not having to pack physical reading material, being more comfortable to hold for hours, not straining your eyes like other digital displays, and working well in all environments. The newest Kindle is super-slim, comes in black and white, and the touchscreen keeps the device clutter-free. More than five million books are available to purchase from the Kindle store and the integrated battery will last f...

Keep up with Apple's seasonal fashion without breaking the bank

Jul 4, 2019

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Apple often releases special colors that are just for the season, and they're gone after a limited time. If you're a fashion-forward Apple Watch user, you may want to have these seasonal colors in your collection of Apple Watch bands, but don't want to break the bank doing so. Fortunately, there are plenty of cheap alternatives out there, and we've rounded them up right here for you. Show your pride Casok Pride Edition Sport Loop Staff Favorite Casok's Pride Edition Sport Loop band is a great match for the official Apple 2019 Pride Band. It's a Sport Loop style and the colors are pretty much the same, and it has the red lugs. The woven nylon is soft and breathable. No one will know that you paid a fraction of the cost for what looks like Apple's official 2019 Pride Band. $9 at Amazon Go for dragon fruit Casok Dragon Fruit Apple Watch Band If you love the bold pink flavor of Apple's Dragon Fruit Sport Band but not the price, this alternative from Casok gets you the same ta...

The best budget iPad you can buy right now

Jul 4, 2019

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Selecting an iPad that's right for you can fast become a frustrating process. Throw in a small budget and making a decision can become even harder. The iPad (2018) is currently our favorite budget tablet from Apple, but we've gathered other noteworthy models to help you choose the one that fits your needs best. Best Overall: iPad (2018) When the sixth-generation iPad arrived in March 2018, it became the first non-iPad Pro model to support Apple Pencil. Given the price difference between it and the more premium iPad offerings, this was and continues to be a big deal. Perhaps the last Apple iPad to feature a 9.7-inch display, the iPad (2018) offers plenty of great features that make it our top choice for budget seekers. When looking at the iPad (2018), it's important to note that many of the features on the newer (and more expensive) iPad Air 3 are available here. The similarities include the same 8-megapixel back camera with f/2.4 aperture and 1080p HD video recording with slo-m...

Apple readying all-new all-non-butterfly keyboard for MacBook

Jul 4, 2019

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Kuo Ming-Chi reports that Apple has new scissor switch keyboards on the way for the MacBook Air in 2019 and MacBook Pro... in 2020? Back in May, I talked about the scuttlebutt going around that Apple would be replacing the butterfly keyboards in MacBooks going forward with an everything-old-is-new-again scissor switch design. Now, supply-chain exfiltrator extraordinaire, Kuo Ming-Chi, has some details. Text via MacRumors: There have been successful developments in the new scissor keyboard. The new keyboard could improve the typing experience by offering longer key travel and durability by adopting glass fiber to reinforce the keys' structure. This, allegedly, for a 2019 MacBook Air update. If you're not up on your keyboard nomenclature, then scissor switches are the fairly standard mechanisms Apple used to use across their laptop lineups. At least prior to 2015 when they introduced their own, invented-at-Apple butterfly switches to the newly redesigned 12-inch MacBook, and...

Keyboard Maestro: How to use the built-in Editor

Jul 4, 2019

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You can use the included macros in Keyboard Maestro or create your own from scratch. We show you how. In our last two segments, we took a broad look at Keyboard Maestro and a look at the application's built-in macros and how to make Keyboard Maestro open when you log in. Now we're going to look at the Keyboard Maestro Editor, which is what you use to create, edit, and manage macros. We'll learn how to create macros by looking at the application's built-in macros. Once we see the basics, we'll create our own from scratch. See at Keyboard Maestro NOTE: Keyboard Maestro also has a built-in tutorial that offers an alternative way to learn how to use Keyboard Maestro. The anatomy of the Keyboard Maestro's Editor How to edit built-in macros How to create a macro from scratch How to test your macro The anatomy of Keyboard Maestro's Editor The Keyboard Maestro Editor consists of three sections: Groups You use the Groups column to organize all your macros. Keyboard Maestro ships wit...

Apple announces Q3 2019 financial results call for July 30th

Jul 4, 2019

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Apple has updated its website to announce that its quarterly conference call, in which Tim Cook and the executive team talk to investors, the press, and its shareholders, will take place on July 30, 2019 at 2:00 PM Pacific Time. The conference call will be streamed live through Apple's website. For those who are interested in tuning in, Apple has listed the recommended devices and software in order to do so: This stream is best experienced on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Safari on iOS 10 or later; a Mac using Safari on macOS Sierra 10.12 or later; or a PC using Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. Streaming to Apple TV via AirPlay requires an Apple TV (2nd generation or later) with the latest Apple TV software or tvOS. Other platforms may also be able to access the stream using recent versions of Chrome or Firefox (MSE, H.264, and AAC required). Apple's financial results call normally covers a wide range of topics, from the performance of Apple's product line (hardware, soft...

Newegg's FantasTech sale includes dozens of discounts on electronics

Jul 4, 2019

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Deals galore. July is starting to look like a crowded month for awesome deals. Newegg just announced a two-week sales event called FantasTech that's going to focus on deals for all the electronics you love. You can add that to the list of events to pay attention to right up there with Prime Day, Target Deal Days, eBay's Crash Sale, Dell's Black Friday in July, and all the rest. Newegg does stand out by being solely focused on tech and especially on the sort of tech you can't find a lot of other places, like PC internals. Much Tech. Such wow. Newegg's Fifth Annual FantasTech sales event Few places know tech the way Newegg does. And few places will be able to boast as many deals on electronics as Newegg will during this upcoming sales event. Various Prices See at Newegg The 5th annual FantasTech will run between July 8 and July 18, which is three times longer than previous years. That means Newegg plans to feature new discounts and limited-time deals every day. July 8 kicks off ...

Apple’s newest billboards tout its stance of privacy

Jul 3, 2019

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What you need to know Apple's newest billboards continue to boast its approach to privacy. They feature lines like "Privacy is King" and "We're in the business of staying out of yours." It's a continuation of the marketing campaign Apple began during CES 2019 in Las Vegas. "We're in the business of staying out of yours." Apple's latest round of billboards continue to tout is strict stance on user privacy. The billboards are a continuation of Apple's marketing campaign focusing on privacy that began at CES in January. The new billboards spotted in Canada feature catchy slogans like "We're in the business of staying out of yours" and "Privacy is King" punctuated with the line "That's iPhone." The rest of the billboard is black and white with a silhouette of the iPhone XS. It's simple and direct to the point. Oh I get it. It’s because it’s on King Street pic.twitter.com/3s8dCD6xC4— Josh McConnell (@joshmcconnell) June 28, 2019 New Apple billboard outside Sidewal...

Apple plays around with whimsical Twitter threads to suggest movies

Jun 28, 2019

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What you need to know Apple is testing out the choose your path threads on Twitter to suggest movies. The Apple TV Twitter account is using it to help its followers select the perfect selection for a movie night. You can try out the quiz thread yourself. Do you want to be scared or adrenalized? Make your choice. Apple is getting in on the Twitter fun of choosing your own path threads. These new Twitter threads that are going viral let users make their choice for something as trivial (and funny) as getting fired as Beyonce's or deciding between which movie to watch, which is the idea Apple's social media team is running with. What movie should you watch this weekend? — A THREADStart here to get our recommendation! pic.twitter.com/Twv8Pn1hau— Apple TV (@AppleTV) June 28, 2019 The Apple TV Twitter account presented followers with the scenario of hosting a movie night or looking to fall in love and presented them some options to select the perfect movie. The two options ...

Apple News+ will be refined and updated after publishers voice concerns

Jun 28, 2019

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What you need to know Apple is going to change up Apple News+ after lackluster start. Many publishers have expressed concerns that the service isn't really helping their numbers. Other have concers about the layout and how the magazine structure isn't really conducive for news. Apple is listening to all of the feedback and will take it into account moving forward. Multiple publishers have expressed concerns after less than expected revenue. Apple is doing some self-reflection about Apple News+ after the subscription based service got off to a rocky three-month start. According to a new report from Business Insider, multiple publishers have expressed concerns about early numbers that show the new Apple service hasn't lived up to its billing. Apple News is going back to the drawing board with its 3-month-old Apple News Plus after a slow start for the news subscription bundle, according to publishers who have had conversations with the phone maker. In many cases, the revenue the...

Watch Jony Ive talk about Apple design 22 years ago

Jun 28, 2019

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He had a full head of hair and a mustache. Yes, you read that right. With the news that Jony Ive is moving on from Apple after nearly thirty years with the company, that got many people thinking about what he meant to the company. (Spoiler, a lot!) Ive was passionate about what design could do, and you see that when he gets on stage at WWDC back in 1997 to talk about it. In the video (around the 31 minute mark), you can see a much younger Phil Schiller introduce a one, Jonathan Ive, the Director of Design at the time to talk about design at Apple. We must warn you, the sight is something to behold. Jony Ive has a full head of hair, a mustache and his brilliant British accent that became synonymous with Apple promo videos. He starts by talking about Apple's approach to design so people can better understand what they were doing at the moment and where they were heading in the future. This was a prelude to the iconic iMac G3 in 1998. Industrial design makes broad contribution ...

Pokémon Go: Complete list of Shiny Pokémon for June 2019

Jun 28, 2019

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Which Shiny Pokémon are currently available in Pokémon Go and how do you find and catch them all? Like this! First introduced as part of the Water Festival Event, with Magikarp and Gyarados, Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go have grown to include dozens of babies, base levels, and evolutions, from Absol to Wynaut. Here's the complete list of shiny Pokémon as of right now, and how you can catch 'em all! Which Shiny Pokémon are currently available in Pokémon Go? Image via leekduck As of May 2019, these are all the Pokemon that can be shiny in Pokemon Go, in order of Pokedex number: Bulbasaur Ivysaur Venusaur Charmander Charmeleon Charizard Squirtle (Costumes: Sunglasses) Wartortle (Costumes: Sunglasses) Blastoise (Costumes: Sunglasses) Caterpie Metapod Butterfree Pidgey Pidgeotto Pidgeot Rattata Alolan Rattata Raticate Alolan Raticate Pikachu (Costumes: Original Cap, Party Hat, Santa Hat, Witch Hat, Fragment Cap, Flower Crown) Raichu (Costume...

Pokémon Go: The Alolan Shiny are here!

Jun 28, 2019

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What you need to know about the Alolan forms of Pokémon — Now Shiny as well! Just when you were expecting Pokémon Go to start ramping up Gen 4, they went and threw us an Alolan Forms curveball. So, what are these tropical variants of a dozen-and-a-half Gen 1 Pokémon and how do you hatch, catch, and evolve them? Which Alolan Pokémon are currently available in Pokémon Go? Alolan Exeggutor (Catch/Raid) Alolan Grimer (Hatch from 7 KM Egg) Alolan Muk (Evolve from Grimer) Alolan Meowth (Hatch from 7 KM Egg) Alolan Persian (Evolve from Meowth) Alolan Vulpix (Hatch from 7 KM Egg) Alolan Ninetails (Evolve from Vulpix) Alolan Sandshrew (Hatch from 7 KM Egg) Alolan Sandslash (Evolve from Sandshew) Alolan Rattata (Catch) Alolan Raticate (Evolve from Rattata) Alolan Diglette (Hatch/Catch) Alolan Dugtrio (Evolve from Diglette) Alolan Geodude (Hatch/Catch) Alolan Gravler (Evolve from Geodude) Alolan Golem (Evolve from Graveler) Alolan Raichu (Rai...

Sidecar will turn your iPad into a second screen and it works beautifully

Jun 28, 2019

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Similar to apps and hardware like Duet Display and Luna Display, Apple now has its own remote display software coming to Catalina on Mac. At WWDC 2019, Apple ran through a huge list of updates coming to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS later this year. So. Much. New. Stuff. One great new feature is Sidecar, which is coming to macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13. It lets you use a supported iPad with a supported Mac as a second screen. Apple does not yet have an official list of supported Macs and iPads, but I can confirm that it works on MacBook Pro (2016) and iPad mini (5th generation) and it's pretty spectacular. Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended ...

Chase announces new bonus offer on its British Airways Visa Signature card

Jun 28, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network For anyone who travels across the pond or across the world, Chase is hoping to be your go-to credit card when traveling on British Airways. The company has just announced a limited time offer for new cardholders for its British Airways Visa Signature credit card, the only credit card that British Airways offers in the United States. The previous offer on the card was much more difficult to attain, so this is a welcome change. Customers used to earn 4 Avios per $1 spent in the first year up to $30,000. That equated to a total of 120,000 Avios, but of course, you had to drop $30,000 on the card to get there. The new offer enables new cardholders to earn 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $2...

Game Center still exists, even if you can't see it — here's how it works

Jun 28, 2019

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Need to know how to use Game Center? We've got the answers right here! If you've been using Apple's Game Center for a while, you've undoubtedly noticed the drastic changes the service underwent a few years ago. The gaming social network has been dramatically reduced in size and scope, nixing the app and focusing on the third-party app integration options, instead. What happened to Game Center? How can I tell if a game supports Game Center? How to view your achievements How to view leaderboards How to add and remove friends in Game Center How to invite or challenge someone to play a Game Center game How to play a game in iMessage How to disable game invites to nearby players How to record your gameplay on iPhone and iPad How to switch between Game Center accounts on Apple TV What happened to Game Center? Before iOS 10, Game Center was Apple's gaming-themed social network that connected through your iCloud account: It was built around a standalone app that let you add friends, cha...

Does the Fitbit Versa Lite have GPS?

Jun 28, 2019

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Best answer: The Fitbit Versa Lite doesn't have built-in GPS but it uses "connected GPS" to track the details such as pace, distance, and elevation for your outdoor workouts. The smartwatch: Fitbit Versa Lite ($160 at Fitbit) How the Versa Lite uses GPS While GPS is not built into the the Fitbit Versa Lite itself, it does utilize your smartphone's GPS to see real-time pace and distance during runs and bike rides. Your Versa Lite must be connected to your iPhone or other smartphone. The phone must be nearby in order for the Versa Lite to capture GPS information, as the Versa Lite is working with the sensors on your phone. This means you'll need to carry your smartphone with you on your run or ride. Fitbit calls this feature "connected GPS" to differentiate it from built-in GPS. You can use the connected GPS to gather the same information you'd get from a smartwatch with a built-in GPS. To use connected GPS, you do have to make sure your phone's cellular services are on so it can st...

iFixit’s new cases take you inside of your iPhone

Jun 28, 2019

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What you need to know iFixit today unveiled its new Insight Cases for the iPhone that take a look at its internals. The cases print on a color or x-ray image of the iPhone's internals on to the back giving you a peek inside. The cases are avaialable for every iPhone model dating back to the iPhone 6. Take a peek inside. Looking get even deeper into your iPhone? iFixit has the perfect solution for you. The company better known for taking iPhones apart unveiled a new line of cases for Apple's popular smartphone called the Insight Case that takes you inside the iPhone, literally. X-Ray vision has never been safer. These cases are made from thermoplastic polyurethane and protect your iPhone from drops, dings, dust, and more. The shock-absorbing technology prevents shattered screens, and the precise cutouts give you easy access to buttons, lightning port, and ringer switch. Each case comes in two options: a Color version, to show off the internal components as if you'd just lifted t...

Don't miss out on these Twitch Prime freebies for Prime Day 2019

Jun 28, 2019

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Gamers aren't getting left out on Prime Day this year. Amazon Prime Day 2019 is just two weeks away, and Twitch Prime is getting in on the action this year with free content giveaways for games like Apex Legends and unannounced EA Sports titles, along with Twitch Prime Crown Cup tournaments in London and Las Vegas. Beginning July 3, Twitch Prime members can unlock an exclusive Legend skin and weapon skin for Apex Legends, while later in the month and during August, three more exclusive skins will become available, as well as content for multiple EA Sports titles. Best of all, it's all free for Amazon Prime members who've linked their Twitch account. If you're not yet a Prime member, you can start a free 30-day trial to check out its benefits and try out Twitch Prime. You'll also gain access to all the exclusive deals that are only available for Prime members through Prime Day next month. Come July 13, Twitch Prime will be hosting two huge events in London and Las Vegas, both of wh...

Here's everything important to know about Apple developer and public betas

Jun 28, 2019

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If you're a developer or a tester on the public beta, here's what you need to know to get access to software betas. Apple engineers are working around the clock to build new versions of macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, Xcode, and more for users and developers alike. Whether you're building an app for one of Apple's upcoming operating systems or just excited for all the new features coming this fall, you're probably going to want to get ahold of the company's beta software. What iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, Apple TVs will run the new developer and public betas? iPhone running iOS 13 iPhone XR iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone X iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 6s iPhone 6s Plus iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPhone SE iPod touch running iOS 13 iPod touch 7th generation iPad running iPadOS 13 12.9-inch iPad Pro 11-inch iPad Pro 10.5-inch iPad Pro 9.7-inch iPad Pro iPad (6th generation) iPad (5th generation) iPad mini (5th generation) iPad mini 4 iPad Air (3rd generati...

Your Apple TV will love these accessories

Jun 28, 2019

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There's no denying Apple TV is a terrific device to have in your home. To enhance your home entertainment experience, consider one or more of the many accessories for Apple's "hobby device." The peripherals presented below are as classy as the set-top box itself. Whether you're listening to tunes, playing high-graphics video games, or watching your favorite movie in 4K, these are the best accessories for your Apple TV. Gamers unite SteelSeries Nimbus Bluetooth Mobile Gaming Controller Staff favorite If you're a gamer, you need the Nimbus. The perfect controller offers all the standard gaming buttons and a comfortable grip. Because it's Bluetooth compatible, it's also a fantastic controller for your iPhone or iPad, making it our favorite! Recharge it with ease using Apple Lightning. $50 at Amazon A must have Belkin Ultra High Speed 4K HDMI Cable Belkin's Ultra High-Speed 4K HDMI cable is Dolby Vision HDR compatible and supports up to 4096x2160 resolution with a bandw...

Does applying for Apple Card affect your credit score (hard inquiry)?

Jun 28, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. Apple Card is poised to become the Apple Music of credit cards for anyone that has an iPhone - the service people sign up for by default since it's built into the software. While Apple Card will bring solid rewards and impressive money management tools, it will also affect your credit score when you apply for it. So, how much will applying for Apple Card affect your credit score? The answer is simple: the same as if you applied for any other credit card. When you apply for a credit card, no matter who the card provider is with, the potential lender will request information from a credit bureau like TransUnion, Equifax, or Experian, to determine your creditworthiness. The request that they submit is called a hard inquiry and gets recorded on your credit history. Will a hard inquiry affect your credit? The truth is yes, bu...

Customize your browsing experience in Safari on Mac

Jun 28, 2019

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Need help getting started with Safari? Here's how! Safari is Apple's web browser — your portal to the internet. You can visit websites, bookmark favorite pages, and more. Here's what you need to know to get started! How to visit a website How to search with the address bar How to bookmark a website How to view all of your bookmarks How to remove bookmarks How to add a web page to your reading list How to view your reading list How to remove items from your reading list How to enable Private Browsing How to add extensions to Safari How to pin tabs How to set the homepage How to share websites How to use Picture in Picture How to use Reader View How to customize Favorites in Safari How to organize Frequently Visited in Safari How to access Siri Suggestions in Safari in macOS Catalina How to visit a website Safari's main use is to give you a portal to the internet, i.e. millions of websites. If you know the web address or "URL" of the website you'd like to visit, you can ent...

How long does the battery last on the Fitbit Versa Lite?

Jun 28, 2019

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Best answer: The Fitbit Versa Lite's battery can last over four days before it needs to be charged. The smartwatch: Fitbit Versa Lite ($160 at Fitbit) Extra charger: Fitbit Versa Charger ($20 at Amazon) Long-lasting battery The Fitbit Versa Lite is meant to be worn around the clock, so it can track both your daytime activity and your sleep patterns. Luckily, you don't need to charge it daily. With normal use, it can last over four days before it needs to be recharged. The Versa Lite comes with a charger, though if you like to keep an extra one at work or in your bag, you can purchase one separately. The charger is a cradle that holds your Versa Lite securely, and it plugs into a USB port. Plan on it taking about two hours to fully charge the Versa Lite. Avoid temperature extremes while charging. There are some ways you can maximise your Fitbit Versa Lite's battery life. The screen on your Versa Lite will turn on every time you turn your wrist towards you; but you can turn that fea...

Trump administration could ban iMessage’s end-to-end encryption

Jun 28, 2019

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What you need to know The Trump administration has held talks about possibly passing legislation to outlaw end-to-end encyrption. They argue that the number one priority for the DOJ and FBI is to stop criminals and terrorists. Besides Apple's Messages and FaceTime, this would also affect WhatsApp and Signal. It would not only affect Apple's Messages and FaceTime, but also WhatsApp and Signal. Senior Trump officials have discussed the possibility of passing new legislation that could make it illegal for companies like Apple to offer end-to-end encryption through its services, according to a new report from Politico. Here's what Eric Geller of Politico had to say: Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can't break — a provocative step that would reopen a long-running feud between federal authorities and Silicon Valley. The encryption ch...

iOS 13 & iPadOS 13 have support for external drives — here's how to use it

Jun 28, 2019

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Learn how you'll be able to transfer files to and from an external hard drive in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. iOS 13 and iPadOS, launching later this year, will bring support for external hard drives and flash drives to iPhones and iPads (though Apple only talked about this feature in relation to iPads, the company has confirmed that it will work with iPhones, as well). With a drive attached, you'll be able to move files around freely between the drive and your iPhone or iPad. Additionally, Apple will allow third-party apps to import files directly from the external drive, so you don't have to go through the Files app or, for instance, Photos. This will speed up workflows, letting you, for example, import your photos directly into Lightroom CC instead of the Photos app. Of course, this feature will be dependent on third-party support, but it's likely that there will be plenty of apps to implement it. Using an external hard drive or SSD with your iPhone or iPad is fairly simple, and in ma...

Upsie is transforming the way you purchase product warranties

Jun 28, 2019

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Everyone has experienced that uncomfortable moment at checkout. You know the one: you're checking out and the sales representative asks if you would like to purchase a warranty for the already expensive new device you're purchasing. Do you buy something that you know nothing about? If you don't buy it, will you break your new device and wish you had bought it? What does it even protect? It's not a coincidence that customers aren't asked this question until the very end of the checkout process. This is the moment when customers are about to spend a significant amount of money on a new device. What's another hundred dollars or so? It's also when customers want to get out of the store. If they say yes to the warranty, they get to leave. If they say no, not only are they holding up the line, they have to talk to the salesperson for even longer. Minneapolis tech startup Upsie is transforming the way you purchase product warranties. They are getting rid of high-pressure sales situations,...

Mophie Juice Pack Access gives charging priority to iPhones

Jun 28, 2019

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Best Answer: Yes, the Mophie Juice Pack Access gives charging priority to your iPhone whether you're using a Lightning cable or charging wirelessly. X-Men: Mophie Juice Pack Access iPhone X/XS ($100 at Amazon) X marks the spot: Mophie Juice Pack Access iPhone XR ($100 at Best Buy) -The X Factor: Mophie Juice Pack Access iPhone XS Max ($100 at Amazon) How does charging work? The Juice Pack Access uses what Mophie calls Priority+ Charging, which means plugging the USB-C cable into the battery case's USB-C port sends power to your iPhone before sending power to the Juice Pack Access. This duo also works with wireless charging pads. All you have to do is lay the battery-case-protected iPhone on a compatible pad and the charging process begins. Even when charging wirelessly, your iPhone takes precedence over the battery case. Since the Juice Pack Access' and the iPhone's ports are both accessible, you could even choose to charge both devices at the same time. Simply plug a USB-C cable ...

Learn soft skills to advance in your career for $99 with Skill Builder Pro

Jun 28, 2019

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Hard skills are required to land the first few jobs in your career. For example, you may need coding skills for a back-end developer position or accounting skills to be a financial advisor. However, as you progress in your career, soft skills will help you stand out amongst your peers. This includes skills like leadership and networking, which you’ll typically learn through hands-on experience. Thankfully, Skill Builder Pro can teach you these skills easily for just $99. Skill Builder Pro For Business is an online membership that offers over 300 courses on the soft skills you and your team need to progress in your careers. The library includes topics such as management, training, human resources, and additional skills to help you grow your business and personal relationships. You can test yourself with included quizzes and assessments, plus you’ll receive certificates and course transcripts to endorse your new skills. Finally, Skill Builder Pro’s courses can be acc...

Apple reportedly moving production of Mac Pro to China

Jun 28, 2019

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What you need to know Apple is moving production of the Mac Pro from Texas to China. The move comes as a change as Mac Pro production had been settled in Texas for the past six years. The decision could have far-reaching implications as tensions between the U.S. and China continue to rise. The move comes even as trade tensions between the U.S. and China escalate. Apple is moving production of its new Mac Pro computer back to China according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The Cupertino company had spent the last six years manufacturing the cylindrical Mac Pro in Texas. Apple Inc. is manufacturing its new Mac Pro computer in China, according to people familiar with its plans, shifting abroad production of what had been its only major device assembled in the U.S. as trade tensions escalate between the Trump administration and Beijing. The tech giant has tapped contractor Quanta Computer Inc. to manufacture the $6,000 desktop computer and is ramping up production at ...

Get a portable Bluetooth speaker and bring your music anywhere

Jun 28, 2019

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Portable Bluetooth speakers are one of the best ways to listen to your favorite tunes, podcasts, and other audio everywhere you go. As long as your iPhone, iPad, or Mac is around, your music can ring out loud and proud. There are a ton of options on the market at various price points, giving you the opportunity to find the speaker right for you. Lots of power Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Staff Favorite Taking the Boom 3 to your next pool party is absolutely no problem. It has a high water-resistant rating, allowing it to be submerged in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. It's also protected against dirt and mud, but you can hand-wash the speaker with warm, soapy water just in case it gets messy. Plus, if you truly want the Boom 3 to live up to its onomatopoeic name, you have the option to set up another one (or up to 150 Boom speakers) to make a stereo pair and really raise the roof! $130 at Amazon Rugged and magnetic BoomBottle MM Scosche has a portable Bluetooth speaker that is s...

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite getting its first in-game special event!

Jun 28, 2019

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The Flora and Fauna event features new Traces, assignments, Oddities, Restricted Books, and more! A countdown to the first in-game special event for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has begun! Players are seeing information in the Special tab in the assignment tracker. As of right now, the countdown reads just five days, meaning the event should be next Wednesday (July 3, 2019). Same event in beta The Fantastic Flora and Fauna event isn't necessarily new. When the game was only in New Zealand and Australia during its beta period, the event ran for the beta players. What does the special event give you A new Registry page The special event will have lots of new stuff for players to discover. A whole new Registry page with six different images that can be placed: Unicorn: Needs 12 fragments Buckbeak: Needs 10 fragments Acromantula: Needs 3 fragments Tree Stump: Needs 1 fragment Salamander: Needs 1 fragment Snargaluff – Needs 3 fragment While we can't say for certain this e...

Tim Cook to Apple Employees on Jony Ive's departure

Jun 28, 2019

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What you need to know Tim Cook has emailed Apple employees about the departure of Jony Ive. Cook also announces the promotion of Sabih Khan to Senior Vice President and the Executive Team. Cook affirms Jeff Williams takin on design reporting at Apple. Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, typically emails the entire company when something big happens. There have been few things as big, internally, as the news of Jony Ive leaving to start his own company, LoveFrom, but Apple retaining that company and Jony's services going forward. Buzzfeed obtained a copy of Tim Cook's email on the subject. I'm writing to let you know about some changes to the ET involving two people who embody Apple's values and whose work will help define Apple's future. ET is the executive team, or Tim Cook, Jeff Williams, and the group of senior vice-presidents that meet every Monday morning and otherwise guides Apple through its business, short and longterm business decisions. I'm happy to announce that Sabih Khan ha...

Conquer your classes with the best iPad for students

Jun 28, 2019

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We here at iMore are huge iPad users, having tried and tested pretty much every iPad model there is right now. With our expertise, we know which iPad suits every need and want for you guys, especially the students. Most students are on a limited budget, but that doesn't mean that you'll need to skimp out on features. The new iPad Air 3 is the best iPad that a student can get because it packs in a lot of power, including some Pro features, but is at a much more affordable price point than the iPad Pro lineup. Best Overall iPad Air 3 (2019) From $469 at Amazon From $499 at Apple Pro-level features for a mid-level price The new iPad Air 3 is a great option because it packs in some pro-level features, such as support for the first-gen Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, and it has an A12 Bionic chip for fast processing power. Despite these powerful features, the iPad Air 3 starts at just $500, which is much less compared to the Pro models. Who should buy the iPad Air 3 (2019) The i...

Good news! You can charge the Mophie Juice Pack Access wirelessly

Jun 28, 2019

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Best Answer: Yes, the Mophie Juice Pack Access supports wireless charging with compatible charging pads. However, your iPhone and battery case duo will charge a lot faster if you use cabled charging. Baby bear: Mophie Juice Pack Access iPhone X/XS ($100 at Amazon) Mama bear: Mophie Juice Pack Access iPhone XR ($100 at Best Buy) Papa bear: Mophie Juice Pack Access iPhone XS Max ($100 at Amazon) Wireless pad: Mophie Charge Stream Pad+ ($48 at Amazon) Which wireless charging pads work with Mophie Juice Pack Access? According to Mophie, any of the company's charge stream products and most Qi-enabled charge pads will help charge your iPhone and case duo. This means you have a few options when deciding which wireless pad you want to buy. Whether wireless charging is a good idea will depend on how you use your iPhone. Ways to charge the Mophie Juice Pack Access The Mophie Juice Pack Access makes it so you can see the iPhone's Lightning port and the battery case's USB-C port at the s...

Portrait Mode is the iPhone camera's best feature - here's how to use it

Jun 28, 2019

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What exactly is Portrait mode on the iPhone, and how do you use it? Here's everything you need to know. Available for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus, Portrait mode uses machine learning on your iPhone to shoot images in portrait or landscape orientation with "bokeh"-style blurred backgrounds and foregrounds. While most iPhones that support Portrait mode do so using both of their available rear-facing cameras, the iPhone XR, with its single rear camera, relies more on the A12 Bionic system-on-a-chip's Neural Engine to create a depth map that can be used to create the Portrait effect. The 8 Plus and later also get Portrait Lighting as part of this feature: It uses machine learning and Portrait mode's depth map to intelligently add special lighting to your photos in real time. Here's how to use it! How does Portrait mode work? How does Portrait Lighting work? How to shoot a person in Portrait mode or Portrait Lighting mode How to t...

Why Jony Ive is leaving Apple

Jun 28, 2019

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Jony Ive is leaving his post as Chief Design Officer of Apple, forming his own design company, LoveFrom, and promptly getting hired by... Apple. Wait... what? Wow, I mean. On one hand, I'm devastated. As someone who started out in the business as a designer, Jony Ive and his relationship with Apple was just everything I looked up to and aspired to be. On the other hand, though, as someone no longer in design, Jony Ive set free but still connected to Apple is something I really, deeply feel. Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. While he pursues personal projects, Ive in his new company will continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple. But, sorry, first. I wasn't going to do this write anything else today. I was going to wait and think on it a bit, and d...

Mophie updated its iPhone Juice Pack Air battery case with a Lightning port

Jun 27, 2019

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What you need to know Mophie updated its Juice Pack Air battery case for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. The new cases feature a redesign that protects the phone from all angles and adds a Lightning port for charging. It is now available on Amazon for $99.95. Don't worry, it can still charge wirelessly. Mophie updated its Juice Pack Air battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR to add full-frame coverage and a new Lightning port through which it'll be charged. Don't worry though, you can still wirelessly charge it if you opt for that. First spotted by AppleInsider, the new redesigned case ditches the open bottom design in favor of the classic chin design completely covering the bottom side of the iPhone. This means the speakers will now work through the traditional funnel cut-outs past Mophie cases have integrated. Aside for the slight redesign, the biggest change is the omission of USB-C in favor of Lightning port. Now you can charge the case through Apple's default iPhone ca...

How to download assets in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and why you should

Jun 22, 2019

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Download your game assets to help your speed in the game. Games like Harry Potter: Wizards Unite can be very data intensive. The game is constantly pulling data from the cloud to populate the world map and when you encounter something new the game has to download everything about that new thing, even the images that it's made of. To help speed your game up, and perhaps save you some data, you can download all the assets in the game in the comfort of your own Wi-Fi, thus saving you precious data MB. How to download all the assets Open up the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite app on your iPhone. Tap on the suitcase icon at the bottom of your world map view. Tap on the cog icon in the top left of the screen to access the settings. Scroll down to the Download all assets tab. Tap the Download all assets tab to begin the download. Tap accept when prompted to confirm the 300MB download file. But why though? This may not be the most important thing you will today, or maybe this week, ...

Need gold? Here's how to get rich in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite!

Jun 21, 2019

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Gold is a valuable resource in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Here's how to get the gold you need for items and upgrades! In the wizarding world of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, you're going to need gold if you want to speed up things like potion brewing, increase vault capacity, purchasing useful items in Diagon Alley, and more. While gold isn't something that you'll run out of as quickly as Spell Energy, you'll still need to have a stash of it handy. So what are the fastest ways to get those precious Galleons? Here are some tips. Buy the gold from Gringotts Log in every day Complete various assignments Play constantly and level up Buy the gold from Gringotts The fastest way, of course, is to simply purchase the gold from Gringotts in Diagon Alley. At Gringotts, you can trade in real Muggle money for in-game gold. This is the way to go if you're in a pinch and don't have time to go grinding for spell energy or ingredients, or just need to increase your vault capacity to hold more ...

How to complete Wizarding Challenges in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Jun 21, 2019

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Make sure you're prepared before you journey into the dark. Unlike the fairly simple systems in Ingress and Pokemon Go, there are a number of different building types in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Each offers a unite set of activities for you to perform and earn rewards from. The largest of these buildings are called Fortresses, and contained within these super tall structures are Wizarding Challenges. Unlike a single skirmish with a Trace you'll find around the world, these challenges are designed to be handled with friends like a raid event. And if you go into these unprepared, you're going to be deeply disappointed with the results of your journey into the Fortress. Before you start a Wizarding Challenge It's a pretty bad idea to wander into one of these events on your own, but it's an even worse idea to wander in without the right equipment. Before you start any Wizarding Challenge in a Fortress, make sure you: Have at least 10 Spell Energy, and be ready to possibly use al...

Plant the potion ingredients you need in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite!

Jun 21, 2019

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You need ingredients for potion brewing, but sometimes you can't hope to find it randomly. Here's how to plant what you need! With Harry Potter: Wizards Unite finally out, it's important to remember that being a great wizard or witch isn't just about the spell casting—you need some skill in potion brewing too! And in order to brew those potions, you need ingredients. While you can pick a plant from a Greenhouse every five minutes for a random assortment of ingredients, you can also grow them as well with the community! Here's how. How to plant ingredients in a Greenhouse On the main screen of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, tap on a Greenhouse (bright blue structures on the map) to enter it. If you haven't collected your potted plant, feel free to do so now if you want. At the bottom of the screen, tap on Growing to switch views. Tap on the Grow button on the empty pot. Check what ingredients you're able to plant (making sure you have the seed packet and enough water). Sele...

What happens when you get caught cheating in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?

Jun 21, 2019

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Best answer: If you get caught cheating in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the game creator can ban your email address and delete your account. And the company has gotten very good at catching cheaters. Game Credit Cards: iTunes Gift Card ($25 at Amazon) Battery Backup: Anker PowerCore 20100 ($50 at Amazon) Cheating in Wizards Unite is a bad plan As much fun as Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is, the game isn't always super easy to play. You have to be out in the real world to enjoy most of the experience, often at different times of the day. And with reports that rural areas don't have a lot of options for gameplay, that can be a challenge. Some folks try to solve for this by using location cheating apps, which trick the game into thinking you are in a different location to play the game. In some cases, programmers have created entire programs to actually play these kinds of games while you sleep, which is obviously not cool. How big a deal is this? Well, according to the Niantic Terms ...

Fastest and cheapest ways to get Spell Energy Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Jun 21, 2019

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Replenish your spell energy and keep on casting. Spell energy is, unsurprisingly, how you cast spells in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. As you adventure throughout the world, finding Foundables and fighting Confundables, you'll continually deplete your spell energy, and after a while, you'll need to refill it. The game provides a few ways to get your spell energy back, from stopping by an inn to replenishing it with gold. Here's everything you need to know about replenishing your spell energy quickly and cheaply. Replenishing spell energy How to expand your spell energy capacity Replenishing spell energy The first thing to know is that spell energy doesn't replenish on its own. You will have to actively do something, either visiting an inn or paying gold, the in-game currency for Wizards Unite. Both methods are fairly easy to accomplish and will have you back in fighting shape in no time. Additionally, if need be, you can purchase expansions to your spell energy capacity so you ca...

Southwest's latest credit card delivers 80k bonus points and free Wi-Fi

Jun 21, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. This just in: Southwest will be launching a brand new premium business credit card called the Southwest Performance Business Card. Successful new applicants will be eligible for 80,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the first three months. The best part is that these sign up points will be applicable towards Companion Pass! Let's take a look at the earning potential: 3x points on Southwest and Rapid Rewards hotel and car bookings 2x points on social media and Search advertising 2x points on internet cable and phone service 1x points on all other purchases 9,000 bonus points on every cardmember anniversary Furthermore, Southwest will waive all foreign transaction fees and cardholders can provide cards to employees at no additional cost. There is an annual fee of $199. High Performance Southwest Rapi...

Wondering what Astral Chain for Nintendo Switch is about? We've got answers

Jun 21, 2019

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Join your twin and a living weapon called Legion to fight off aliens in Astral Chain on Nintendo Switch With PlatinumGames already neck-deep in development of Bayonetta 3, one of the biggest surprises to come out of February's Nintendo Direct was that the studio is also working on a brand new IP for the Nintendo Switch, Astral Chain. And like Platinum's other project, we still don't know too much about Astral Chain despite the fact that it's scheduled for launch later this year, and even got a set release date. Save the Ark Astral Chain $60 at Amazon Stop the alien invasion Play as a pair of twin cops out to save a futuristic city from an alien invasion in the latest adventure from PlatinumGames and Nier:Automata's lead designer. There are plenty of remaining mysteries surrounding Astral Chain, but for now, here's everything we know about the game: What is Astral Chain? Astral Chain is a new action game being developed by PlatinumGames, the same studio that developed Bay...

How to turn the sound off in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Jun 21, 2019

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Don't smash your phone. Use the in-game controls to turn the sound off instead. Have you already been playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite long enough that you've grown tired of listening to its background music or sound effects? Luckily, there are some quick fixes for this inside the game. Take a look. Turning off the sound on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite The location-based augmented reality game allows you to turn off the sound for the game's music and sound effects. Additionally, you can turn off the game's vibration. By default, each setting is in the on position. To change the sound settings: Tap on the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite app on your phone's Home screen. Select the Suitcase icon on the main game screen. Tap the Settings icon at the top left of the screen. Under Sound, tap Music to toggle the background music on or off. Under Sound, tap Sound Effects to do the same for the game's sound effects. Under Sound, tap Vibration to turn the game's vibration on or off. ...

Which Profession should you pick in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?

Jun 21, 2019

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Your playing style should determine which Profession you pick. We break down who should play each type. There are a lot of new mechanics in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite that make it far more detailed and complex than Niantic's other big hit, Pokémon Go. One of the more interesting additions is Professions, which allow you to choose a job in the game. Each job does something a little different and helps you in different ways. All the Professions have different spells, both Passive and Active, that can be used to defe