Apple and iOS 10.2.1 address unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6s

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Rene Ritchie.
Categories: Uncategorized.

iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s powering off when you least expect it? iOS 10.2.1 will help!

For a while now there have been reports of some older iPhone models, namely iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, shutting down unexpectedly. Apple introduced some diagnostics into iOS 10.2 back in December to try and determine what was happening and, with iOS 10.2.1, they've rolled out a fix.

"With iOS 10.2.1, Apple made improvements to reduce occurrences of unexpected shutdowns that a small number of users were experiencing with their iPhone," Apple told iMore. "iOS 10.2.1 already has over 50% of active iOS devices upgraded and the diagnostic data we've received from upgraders shows that for this small percentage of users experiencing the issue, we're seeing a more than 80% reduction in iPhone 6s and over 70% reduction on iPhone 6 of devices unexpectedly shutting down.

"We also added the ability for the phone to restart without needing to connect to power, if a user still encounters an unexpected shutdown. It is important to note that these unexpected shutdowns are not a safety issue, but we understand it can be an inconvenience and wanted to fix the issue as quickly as possible. If a customer has any issues with their device they can contact AppleCare." 

My understanding is that, if a particularly processor-intensive task, such as a complex photo filter, caused a significant spike in power demand, an older battery unable to meet that demand could prompt a shutdown. So, by improving the advanced battery management in iOS 10.2.1, Apple has reduced the likelihood of that happening.

Batteries do age with time and charge cycles, though. To help with awareness, Apple is adding a service notice to Settings > Battery in iOS 2.1. It's similar to the one already in place on the Mac. Anyone with a particularly weak battery who still experience the issue should contact AppleCare.

You can also take steps to prevent your battery from aging prematurely. Apple's a set of battery best practices available.

In general, though, Lithium Ion doesn't like getting too hot or too cold. Don't leave your iPhone on your car's dash board or beneath the hot sun in summer, or in a mount if front of a hot car vent in Winter. Likewise, don't leave it out in the ice and snow.

Technical elements aside, I like how Apple solved for this. Phones are complex, but Apple controls the whole widget from atom to bit to pixel. Getting new diagnostics into a previous update, collecting data, figuring out the problem, and then rolling out the solution in a subsequent beta isn't just clever, it's smart.

You can criticize how long troubleshooting sometimes takes or how Apple almost never communicates during the process, but the "measure as many times as needed, cut once" approach has so far produced good results. It's also one of the primary reasons I use an iPhone. No janky outsourced support, no carriers getting in the way of updates, just issues getting fixed.

If you were experiencing the shutdowns on iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, let me know how iOS 10.2.1 worked for you!

HARMAN Introduces Support for Wireless CarPlay in New Infotainment System

Posted on by Evan Selleck.
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Technically speaking, Apple introduced the ability for in-car systems to support wireless CarPlay with iOS 9, but the adoption has been anything but quick. Continue reading

Best new apps for iPhone and iPad

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
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What are the hottest new apps on the App Store right now? These!

There are over a million and a half apps for iPhone and iPad and the number just keeps growing. Every day new and newly updated apps hit the App Store, and it's impossible to keep up with all of them. Luckily, you don't have to. All you have to do is bookmark this page and come back every day. When you do, we'll have the best of the best new apps waiting for you!

And don't forget to check out our list of this week's best games for your iPhone.

Best new and updated apps

This week, cut down your restaurant wait, control your computer from your iPhone, use Twitter DMs like an instant messenger, and more.

  • Allset - This app hopes to eliminate waiting times at restaurants. You can book, order, and pay all before you even get to your favorite local lunch spot so your food is being prepared or ready to eat by the time you arrive. Allset is currently only available in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, but it should be coming to more cities soon. - $1.99 - Download Now
  • Quadro - This apps acts sort of like a Touch Bar for your non-Touch Bar Mac or PC. For most of the actions you can perform on your computer, Quadro allows you to create a shortcut, a one-tap button that performs a specific task. Quadro comes with built-in controls for popular desktop applications, while you can also make custom controls for your personal favorite utilities. - Free - Download Now
  • TwIM - TwIM is a new take on instant messaging, and is powered by your Twitter Direct Messages. TwIM moves DM into their own messaging experience, with no need to worry about whether or not your friends have the app installed. The app utilizes 3D Touch shortcuts and allows you to send messages with Siri. - Free - Download Now
  • Peanut - This new social network is all about mothers getting in touch with one another. Swipe to connect with other moms you that share your interests, letting you chat with each other in pairs or groups. Create events for meet ups right in the app with just one step directly from a conversation, too. - Free - Download Now
  • journi Travel - Frequent travelers will want journi for their next adventure. It's a travel journal app that's focused on sharing the best moments of your trips, letting you create a blog in the app. Show off your cool photos, and even collaborate with friends and loved ones on stories from the same trip. You can also search through a feed of stories shared by other travelers and be part of a global community. - Free - Download Now
  • Storyo - Document the important and interesting moments of your life that you spent with the people you care about the most. Invite your Facebook friends to the app, then combine photos you took at an event with those they took at the same event to create a group video memory. Storyo analyzes your camera roll to find new stories that you and your friends might share. - Free - Download Now

Featured apps

Apple's featured apps and games this week are all about the Oscars, with apps for entertainment publications, party planning, and even games that feel like movies.

  • POPSUGAR Award Season - Stay up-to-date on the latest entertainment news with POPSUGAR. Check out red carpet galleries, get looks backstage, read interviews, and get the latest on award winners. You can also fill out ballots on your predictions for who will take home the big awards. - Free - Download Now
  • Grubhub - Get food for your Oscar part from your favorite local restaurants with GrubHub. Place your order, then get it delivered or set it for pickup. Express Reorder lets you place orders for your favorite dishes faster, and even pre-order food up to four days in advance. - Free - Download Now
  • FiLMiC Pro - Maybe you want to make your own movies, but can't afford fancy equipment. That's not a problem, because with FiLMiC Pro on your iPhone and iPad, you can capture video like a professional, with a host of tools at your disposal. - $9.99 - Download Now
  • Tales from the Borderlands - Head to the chaotic frontier planet of Pandora in a quest for power and riches in this title from Telltale. Play as Rhys and Fiona in a five-part tale full of danger, humor, and impactful decisions that play out over the course of the story. - Free - Download Now

Free app of the week

Nightgate - Step into a digital world full of puzzles and danger. You need to avoid your enemies as you manipulate the world around you across 50 levels, complete with an original, atmospheric soundtrack.

Here's what the developer has to say:

  • Universal app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV
  • No ads, no in-app purchases
  • Immersive digital environments
  • Over 40 minutes of original soundtrack (also available on iTunes Music Store)
  • Minimalist design featuring vibrant colors and complex geometries
  • Discover achievements scattered throughout the game
  • In-game camera to capture beautiful screenshots
  • Sync your progress using iCloud
  • Fully localized for English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Russian

You can get Nightgate for free from the App Store until March 2.

Out of storage error on your iPhone? Here’s the fix!

Posted on by Rene Ritchie.
Categories: Uncategorized.

How do you fix the dreaded 'Out of Storage' error on your iPhone? Here are some things you can try!

Whether you have a 16 GB iPhone or a 256 GB iPhone, running out of storage sucks. It means you can't take the photo or video you want to take, download the app or game you want to download or do anything that adds any significant amount of data at all. The solution is twofold: enable Apple's built-in storage saving features and delete anything you no longer need. Here's how!

What's taking up all your storage space?

16 GB isn't a lot anymore but even 256 GB might not be enough, depending on how you use your iPhone. Here's some of what takes up your storage space:

  • Operating system: The first big bite out of your of iPhone storage is iOS itself. Apple has made iOS smaller and more storage efficient over the years, but it still takes up to 5 GB of space right off the top.

  • Photos & videos: Recent iPhones have 12-megapixel, 4K video cameras on the back and even older models are 8-megapixel and 1080p. That can lead to camera rolls and photo albums in the double or triple GB digits.

  • Movies, TV, and music: iTunes movies can be 1-3GB in size for SD depending on the length. If you prefer watching HD, they can be 3-6GB. iTunes TV shows can be a quarter to half the size of movies, but more than make up for it by the number of episodes typically available. Music files are much smaller, but most people have a lot more songs, which more than makes up for it.

  • Apps and games: Apps and especially games can also take up a lot of space on your iPhone. It's not uncommon for some console-quality games to be over 2 GB in size days. Podcast apps, especially if you download a lot of shows, can also grow to 10 GB or more.

  • Attachments: If you get a lot of files attached to your email, or receive a lot of Messages with media attachments — looking at you, animated GIFs! — it takes up a lot of space. A lot a lot.

  • Files: If you work in GarageBands, iMovie, or otherwise edit a lot of content, those projects can take up considerable space as well.

Here's how to get specifics:

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Storage & iCloud Usage.
  4. Tap on Manage Storage.

It can take a while for the list to popular, especially your Photo Library but, after a few seconds, you'll see exactly where all your storage has gone.

Pro tip: If you tap on some apps, you can delete them or their content/data right from Settings. Not that you should — you might regret it later. But, if you're confident you know what you're doing, save yourself some time and do it right then and there!

So, what can be done?

How can you reclaim your the storage space on your iPhone?

The bad news is you can't reduce the amount of space taken up by iOS. The good news is, you can reduce almost everything else. And you have a few options:

  • Optimize: Apple's been implementing a "nearline" approach lately where it automagically stores recent files locally but moves older files to iCloud. Both iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Music Library do this for media. On-Demand Resources will leave later game levels on the App Store and only download them when you get close to them. With iTunes in the cloud, you can even delete local copies of iTunes movies and TV shows, and iBooks, and apps, and re-download them at any time — even stream video while downloading it if time is short and bandwidth plentiful.

  • Delete: If you typically take 10 photos or videos to get 1 that you like, deleting those failed attempts can save you considerable space. If you don't want to risk deleting anything you think you might want in the future, you can connect your iPhone to your Mac or Windows PC, copy over any photos, videos, movies, TV shows, and music, apps, and then delete them from your iPhone. That way, if you ever have regrets, you can go back and reclaim them.

  • Upload: Beyond Apple's services, there are several prominent online providers like Dropbox, Google, and Microsoft that let you work and store content in the Cloud. Same goes for streaming services like Netflix and Spotify, which have some offline options but mainly let you stream whenever or wherever you want.

Off-loading limits

Off-loading content from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows PC feels almost anachronistic these days. Most of us simply don't want to fuss with cables or manual transfers anymore. Still, if you're often near your computer and always have your Lightning cable handle, maybe it won't be a problem. In the real world, you'll have to be pre-emptive and take enough stuff off that you always have extra space when you go out.

Cloud concerns

Online is convenient, and can be used anywhere, but if you don't have a lot of data, or a solid connection, it can be expensive or frustrating to get what you want, when you want it. If you never leave a Wi-Fi hotspot, and the services you want are in your area, you could get by. Dropbox, Google+, Flickr, Spotify, Songza, iTunes Radio, Netflix, Amazon, and other services cover both your stuff, and catalog stuff, giving you way more from the cloud than you ever could fit on a single phone.

How are you managing your iPhone storage?

A mixture of all the above approaches is not only possible but ideal. You can copy off or delete away bigger stuff you don't use often, like old photos and videos, and movies and TV Shows you've bought but already seen. You can store or stream smaller stuff, and things you don't need all the time, but do need to be able to access at any time.

I'm all in on iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Music Library, iCloud Drive, and Dropbox. I set them and then let them do their thing. If you have a different approach, though, I'd love to hear about it. Let me know know what works for you!

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Old Apple Memos Showcase the Company’s Early Focus on Security

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One of the tentpole features for Apple in this day-and-age is security, and thanks to some vintage memos discovered at a Seattle Goodwill, this looks to be a drum that Apple has been banging since 1979. Continue reading

Best Headphones for Nintendo Switch

Posted on by Luke Filipowicz.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Enjoy all the sounds of Hyrule no matter where you are! Pick up a pair of headphones for your Nintendo Switch!

When you're playing your Nintendo Switch in console mode you won't need to worry about sound, but when you're out and about with your Switch in portable mode, that's a different story. The good news is the Switch comes with Bluetooth and a standard 3.5mm audio jack, so there are a ton of options for great sound while you're lugging your Switch around. Here are some of our favorite headphones that you can use with your Switch.

Bose QuietComfort 35

The Bose brand has been the gold standard for active noise-canceling headphones for years, and it's the Bluetooth QuietComfort 35 (QC35) over-ear model that carries the torch.

Though other brands have come close to matching Bose's quality, I still think Bose is the headphone manufacturer to beat, and I'm not the only one.

iMore's own Serenity Caldwell has used the QC35s everywhere you can imagine and continues to be impressed.

" I've used them on planes and on the bus. I've used them to drown out animal noises and small children. I am never taking off Bose's QC 35 noise-canceling wireless headphones."

I know battery life is of extreme importance when it comes to anything that runs on Bluetooth, but the QC 35 has a 20-hour battery life. Plus, even if you do run out of power, you can use the included AUX cable to still listen. The noise-canceling feature, however, will not function if the battery is dead.

If you want to hear your Nintendo Switch games with minimal distractions, the QC35s will bring you all the sword-clashing sound of Hyrule or the Mushroom Kingdom no matter where you are!

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B

If dropping hundreds of dollars on a pair of noise-canceling headphone is out of your price range, I don't blame you. Lucky for you, the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B is a great budget option.

In a headset that costs $99, you're going to make some sacrifices. The sound quality isn't as impressive as the Bose listed above, but as the The Wirecutter explains, the noise-canceling capabilities are impressive for its price.

"They offer a lot more noise cancellation than the competition that costs the same and even more. They averaged 15.6 dB reduction in the "Airplane Band," which is more than several $300 and $400 headphones we tested."

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B's are a wired over-ear headphone, and the padding is nice and thick on the cans, so wearing them for a marathon gaming sessions should be no problem.

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Sennheiser OCX 686G Sports

While you probably won't be running a marathon while you're playing your Switch, you may be moving around a lot, and if you're outside on a hot summer day that means you'll be sweating. If this sounds like you, then consider picking up a pair of Sennheiser OCX 686G Sports.

When it comes to durability, the OCX 686G has you covered. You won't have to worry about wearing them on a hot day because they're sweat-proof, and they even come with a two-year warranty, just in case something does go wrong.

For fans of Sennheiser's typical audio performance, The Wirecutter assures the OCX 686G pulls no punches.

"Overall, the sound is of a quality that audio fans have come to expect from Sennheiser, so if you're familiar with the company's products, you'll be very pleased with what you hear."

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B&O Play H8

For fans of on-ear headphones who don't mind shelling out the big bucks for quality, the Bang & Olufsen Play H8 fits the bill.

When it comes to Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones, the B&O Play H8 is as stylish and impressive as they come; CNET agrees.

"The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 has a sleek, sturdy design, with a metal/leather headband and plush earcups, and very good sound for Bluetooth."

The B&O Play H8 also have touch controls on the side of the right can, making it easy to control volume and skip tracks with a swipe of your finger.

Although battery life is slightly disappointing — roughly 14 hours — you can use the included 3.5mm cable to enjoy them through a wired connection, so you'll always be able to enjoy them with your Switch.

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Panasonic ErgoFit

Not everyone needs a pair of headphones with all the bells and whistles. If you're looking for simple, straightforward in-ear headphones, Panasonic has what you need.

Panasonic's ErgoFit is a basic in-ear headphones, which include a mic and a pause/play button built into the main cord, but they'll deliver great sound comfortably at a great price. With three different pad sizes available, you should be able to find the right fit for your ears, and they should stay in as you move around.

The ErgoFit impressed CNET due to it's preformance at its price point.

"For around $10, you'll be hard-pressed to find in-ear headphones that sound better and are more comfortable than the Panasonic ErgoFit."

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Your go-to?

Do you have a favorite headphone brand that you'll always stick by? Let us know in the comments below!

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iPhone 8 Longer Battery Life Said to be a Major Draw for Potential Upgrades

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One could argue that every aspect of the upcoming and oft-rumored iPhone 8 is meant to be a reason to upgrade from any previous version of the smartphone. Continue reading

Convert Native and Scanned PDFs into a Range of Editable Documents In a Snap [Deals Hub]

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50% off Dell UltraSharp U3415W PXF79 34-Inch Curved LED-Lit Monitor

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This 34-inch 21:9 curved monitor with a panoramic view, cinematic WQHD resolution and rich sound has just sunk 50% to its best price yet on Amazon, making this a solid deal on the U3415W. Learn more and explore buying options for the U3415W on Amazon.

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Google updates Gboard for iOS with new emoji and voice-typing

Posted on by Oscar Raymundo.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Apple upgraded Messages in iOS 10 to include a ton of new features, but that doesn’t mean that Google is giving up on Gboard, its third-party iOS keyboard. 

On Thursday, Google updated Gboard to support new emoji, voice-typing, 15 additional languages, and Google Doodles. Google originally released Gboard in May 2016 to give iOS users features like Glide Typing and built-in GIF search.

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How to tweak iOS 10’s visuals, multitouch gestures, and sounds to your liking

Posted on by Serenity Caldwell.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Don't like blurs? Can't read thin text? Want all that parallax stuff to just STOP ALREADY? Here's a guide to tweaking just about everything in iOS 10.

Whether it's lower-case keyboards, whooshing apps, accidental Slide Over swipes, or unreadable text, iOS has some visuals that can be less than pleasant. Here's everything you need to know about tweaking, turning off, or otherwise disabling certain aspects of the iOS interface.

Visual tweaks

Getting a headache from iOS 10's visuals? Here are the settings you may want to take a gander at.

How to make text bigger and bolder

Are your aching eyes struggling to read the iOS 10 system font? You can make your text both bigger and bolder.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

  4. Tap Larger Text.
  5. Tap, hold, and drag the slider to increase text size.
  6. Tap the switch next to Larger Accessibility Sizes if you need text to be even larger.

How to make text buttons into real buttons

With iOS 7, Apple moved away from bubbly buttons to flat, text-only links. If that confuses your brain, you can turn on Button Shapes.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. Tap the switch next to Button Shapes.

You can also add texture to those toggles (to better know whether they're on or off) by going to Settings > General > Accessibility and turning on the On/Off Labels toggle.

How to darken link colors and reduce transparency

If you're not a huge fan of iOS's bright blue and red link button colors, you can mute them somewhat with the Darken Colors toggle.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

  4. Tap Increase Contrast.
  5. Tap the switch next to Reduce Transparency to diminish transparency and blurs.
  6. Tap the switch next to Darken Colors to do just that.

Keep in mind that darkening colors only does so when it comes to system text, like in menus and what not.

How to turn off parallax and app zooms

Do iOS 10's app zooms and parallax wallpapers make you feel a little seasick? You're not alone: When these new animations came out in iOS 8, quite a few people rushed to the Settings app to disable them. You can do the same in iOS 10.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

  4. Tap Reduce Motion.
  5. Tap the switch to enable it.

This will change all animations to a graceful fade, and turn off the parallax motion applied to icons and wallpaper.

How to turn off the lower-case keyboard

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

  4. Tap Keyboard.
  5. Tap the switch next to Show Lowercase Keys to turn it off. Gray is off.

How to enable character preview

It's your choice now as to whether or not you want a larger version of each key you tap to appear above it while you type.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Keyboard.
  4. Tap the switch next to Character Preview. It's likely on by default.

Touch-based tweaks

Having trouble with your iPhone or iPad's multitouch gestures? See if any of these tweaks ease your pain.

How to turn off Reachability

Reachability is a feature on the iPhone 6 or later that lets you double-tap (not double-press) the Home button to bring the top of the screen down so that you might more easily access it with a thumb.

If you find yourself never using Reachability, however, or you keep triggering it accidentally, you can disable it.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. Tap the switch next to Reachability to disable it. Gray is off.

Stop manually triggering Apple Pay

As of iOS 9, you can double-press the Home button on the Lock screen to trigger Apple Pay, rather than just letting a nearby NFC reader bring it up. Here's how to disable the action:

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Touch ID & Passcode.
  3. Enter your passcode.
  4. Under Allow Access When Locked, tap the switch next to Wallet.

How to disable "Shake to Undo"

For many years, "Shake to Undo" was the quickest way to undo a line of text—and throw your iPhone across the room in the process. If you'd prefer to ignore this accelerometer-based feature, disable it!

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

  4. Tap Shake to Undo.
  5. Tap the switch to disable it.

How to turn off the split keyboard

Another Reachability-like feature came in iOS 8 for the iPad: the split keyboard. This triggers when you use a reverse-pinch to pull apart the two sides of the keyboard, gluing each to one side of the screen.

In theory, this makes for better typing, but if you find this gesture interfering with the two-finger keyboard trackpad, you can disable it.

  1. Launch Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Keyboards.
  4. Tap the switch next to Split Keyboard.

How to disable Slide Over and Split View

Don't want to use the iPad's multiple-app multitasking?

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Multitasking *
  4. Tap the switch next to Allow Multiple Apps (gray is off).

How to keep Picture-in-Picture from activating automatically

iOS 10's picture-in-picture is pretty great for watching video in the background while you work in other apps.

Normally, you can either activate PiP by tapping the PiP icon or by pressing on the Home button; if you'd prefer to only activate it by tapping PiP and have videos pause when you use the Home button, try this:

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Multitasking.
  4. Tap the switch next to Persistent Video Overlay (gray is off).

How to turn off multitasking gestures

If it's three- and four-finger gestures that are getting you down, you can disable them from your iPad's settings.

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Multitasking.
  4. Tap the toggle for Gestures to turn them off and limit your iPad to one- and two-finger expressions.

Remove Control Center from the Lock screen and apps

Don't want to accidentally trigger Control Center in an app or while your iPhone or iPad is locked? You can turn both options off.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Control Center.
  3. Tap the switches next to both Access on Lock Screen and Access Within Apps to toggle them off (gray is off).

Audio and information tweaks

Noises getting you down? Here's how to turn off (or change) most audio alerts from your iPhone or iPad.

Prevent Lock sounds and keyboard clicks

By default, iPhones and iPads chirp at you whenever you lock, unlock, or type on them.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Scroll down and tap the switches next to Keyboard Clicks and Lock Sound to toggle them on or off (green is on; gray is off).

Change your Maps navigation volume

Want to make sure you can always understand the Maps app when it's giving directions? Or, alternatively, do you hate hearing navigation? You can set your voice preferences, from No Voice all the way to Loud Volume. Here's how:

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Maps (you'll have to scroll down a bit to find it).
  3. Tap Driving & Navigation.
  4. Tap an option under Navigation Voice Volume: No Voice, Low Volume, Normal Volume, or Loud Volume.

Keep Siri from talking to you

Does Siri pipe up too much for its own good? You can turn off both "Hey Siri" and audible voice feedback from the Settings screen.

To disable Hey Siri:

  1. Launch Settings.
  2. Tap Siri.
  3. Tap the Allow "Hey Siri" switch to disable Hey Siri (gray is off). This will keep Siri from automatically triggering if it thinks you've said "Hey Siri".

If you like Siri but prefer that you be the only talker in this relationship, you can also disable Siri's voice feedback so that it only triggers when your mute switch is off or when you're connected to a Bluetooth Hands-Free stereo or headset. Here's how:

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Siri.
  3. Tap Voice Feedback
  4. Tap either Always On, Control with Ring Switch (Siri only speaks aloud when not muted or on Bluetooth connection), or Hands-Free Only (Siri only speaks aloud when connected to Bluetooth).

Turn off Siri Suggestions

Don't want to hear about the latest news or get contacts and app suggestions when you swipe down or right for the Search screen? You can disable these options and leave your screen clutter-free.

  1. Swipe right on your screen to get to Today view.
  2. Swipe up to scroll down and tap the Edit button at the bottom.
  3. Tap the minus button (red circle) next to Siri App Suggestions.
  4. Tap Remove.

You can alternatively tap the reorder button (three stacked lines on the right) and drag Siri App Suggestions down to the More Widgets section.

Stop calls from automatically going to Bluetooth

Do you have a terrible car stereo or a malfunctioning Bluetooth headset? You can set your iPhone to always manually route calls solely to your speaker or always to a Bluetooth headset (when connected).

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

  4. Scroll down and tap Call Audio Routing.
  5. Tap either Bluetooth Headset or Speaker.

Other settings you want disabled?

Anything else you can't figure out how to tweak? Let us know in the comments, or hop on over to the forums for some help.

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Apple speaks up on Trump administration rescinding Transgender bathroom protections

Posted on by Mikah Sargent.
Categories: Uncategorized.

After the Trump administration rolled back transgender protections Wednesday, Apple spoke out against the decision.

The Trump administration has decided to rescind guidance put in place to protect transgender students who simply want to use the restroom. The guidance allowed transgender students to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify. The Trump administration says such guidance shouldn't be provided by the federal government, but instead should be determined by individual states and local school districts.

Apple, in a statement to Axios, had this to say about the decision:

Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.

According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 78 percent of K-12 transgender students experienced harassment, 35 percent were physically assaulted, and 12 percent experienced sexual violence. Any action that communicates to the general public that transgender students are somehow "other" only increases the likelihood that harassment and assault could happen.

I'm happy to see a swift, more pointed response from Apple. Many tech companies took an embarrassing amount of time to speak out about the administration's travel ban; I can only hope the tech industry — which benefits from diversity in all forms — will continue to speak out with swift, pointed language.

Editor's note: Due to the political nature of this story, comments are closed. If you want to chat with Mikah about this story, you may do so on our forums or on Twitter.

Everything you need to know about Sprint’s Unlimited Freedom plan

Posted on by Jerry Hildenbrand.
Categories: Uncategorized.

A complete breakdown of Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan and everything else you can get when you sign up for service.

In the United States, there are a lot of companies that can get you and your phone online, but most people use one of the four biggest: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Choosing between them can be difficult. Your first priority should be what service works best in the places you spend your time. It's not worth saving $10 a month if the service is bad. Once you have that sorted, you can look at what each company has to offer and the prices they charge for it.

More: Which unlimited plan should you buy?

Let's take a look at Sprint to see what they can give you and what it will cost.

Note: The details of this plan are current as of February 20, 2017.

Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan details

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data (with certain restrictions)
  • Unlimited data for streaming video up to 1080p
  • Unlimited data for gaming up to 8Mbps
  • Unlimited data for streaming music up to 1.5Mbps
  • 10GB high-speed mobile hotspot with VPN and P2P support
  • Add a tablet with unlimited data for $25 per month

Note: These features apply only to new accounts.

Sprint's definition of Unlimited Data means that after you use 23 GB in a single month, your service can be slowed down if you're in a congested area. You'll hear the word throttled used here but you need to know that it's only a temporary deprioritization of your data connection when you're in a busy area. It may not happen at all depending on how many other customers are using the same towers.

Buying a phone and getting exactly the data plan and extras you want is far easier on Sprint than every other company we've tried.

Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan applies only to new customers who are also buying (outright purchases or financing) or leasing phones from Sprint at the time of purchase, and credit approval is required. There is an activation fee of up to $30 per line and the Unlimited Freedom Plan requires eBilling. Current customers can call 1-866-275-1411 with questions about changing their plan.

Sprint offers a 14-day satisfaction guarantee and devices purchased on installments are subject to a $350 early termination fee.

Additional lines can be added to a Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan. Every line has the same benefits outlined above and requires an equipment purchase. Here is a pricing breakdown.

  • One line of service is $50
  • Two lines of service is $90
  • Three lines of service is $90
  • Four lines of service is $90

Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan add-ons

Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan is a no-frills option at a low price. There are few extras and add-ons available if you want international options or a few extra features.

  • Free Sprint Open World Winter Promo: Free calls, texts and high-speed data from Canada, Mexico and 25 other countries in Latin America until March 31, 2017
  • Mexico-Canada Plus: Unlimited calls and texts from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada, unlimited messaging to 180 countries and discounted international calling rates from the U.S. for $5 per month
  • Upgrade your phone every 12 months with a $5 monthly charge

Sprint also offers trials and discounts on some premium services for new customers. Spotify Premium has a 30-day trial available, as does Lookout and Sprint Family Locator. After the trial period, normal monthly rates apply.

Sprint also will offer "unlimited access to exclusive artist content not available anywhere else" now that the company has bought one-third of Tidal, though exact details on this aren't yet available.

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Apple plans expansion of artificial intelligence efforts in Seattle

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Apple putting additional focus on AI and machine learning with Seattle expansion.

Apple is planning an expansion of its Seattle operations, which primarily center on artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company is in the process of moving the engineering team from Turi, the AI-focused startup that the company acquired last year, into the Two Union Square skyscraper. Apple currently leases two floors of the building, and will lease more to accommodate its Seattle expansion.

Carlos Guestrin, Turi founder and current Apple director of machine learning, told GeekWire:

"We're trying to find the best people who are excited about AI and machine learning — excited about research and thinking long term but also bringing those ideas into products that impact and delight our customers," said computer scientist Carlos Guestrin, Apple director of machine learning. "The bar is high, but we're going to be hiring as quickly as we can find people that meet our high bar, which is exciting."

Guestrin, of course, didn't say much about Apple's artificial intelligence plans, saying only that AI is going to be a central component of helping your devices anticipate your needs. He also said that while the Turi team is doing a lot of long-term research, the group's is also working on some near-term projects.

Best external heart rate monitors for iPhone and Apple Watch

Posted on by Cella Lao Rousseau.
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What are the best external heart rate monitors that work with the Apple Watch and iPhone?

Updated February, 2017: Updated product descriptions and included Twitter recommendations

Pairing a device like an external heart rate monitor with your Apple Watch can take your fitness routine to the next level. An external heart rate monitor will help you keep closer track of your stats and progress as you workout, and syncing it with your iPhone and Apple Watch is a true match made in heaven.

Here are a few of the best external heart rate monitors to consider as you weigh your options!

Wahoo TICKR X heart rate monitor

With LED light indicators, waterproof and sweat-proof features, and heart rate training, the Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor is a reliable option to consider as you continue your search for the perfect external heart rate tracker!

The Wahoo monitor attaches flawlessly to your Apple Watch and iPhone, while the app makes monitoring your heart rate straightforward and easy on the go. The TICKR is waterproof up to 5 feet, while the coin cell battery lasts up to 12 months, meaning you don't have to worry about constantly recharging it.

The Wahoo measures heart rate and calorie burn and also works seamlessly with most third party apps, making it a user-friendly device to wear while workout out.


See at Amazon

Polar H7 heart rate sensor

Keep your Polar H7 heart rate sensor attached around your body, sync your Apple Watch or iPhone, and start your workout with a snap!

The Polar sensor is a waterproof tracker that has a long battery life and is compatible with certain gym equipment, making it a super high-tech gadget that tracks your progress flawlessly. The monitor comes with heart rate sensors for super accurate readings with wireless, Bluetooth technology.

On top of the Polar's innovative features, the fitness tracker comes with a planning program for burning calories and a training program where you can choose from over 100 sport profiles and voice guidance as you work up a sweat.

See at Amazon

Scosche Rhythm+ monitor armband

Pair your Apple Watch or iPhone with another modern and sleek-looking wrist strap and check out the Scosche Rhythm+ monitor armband fitness tracker if you're looking for a waterproof, rechargeable workout accessory!

This adjustable wristband monitors your heart rate and connects with your Apple Watch via a wireless Bluetooth connection. With the Scosche Rhythm+, on top of monitoring heart rate, you can keep track of your distance, pace, speed, calories burned, and more.

Because this fitness tracker isn't hidden under your clothes, style matters, and Scosche has kept that in mind with their design and color options. You can pick from black, orange, green, blue, pink, and red colors (to match your favorite workout outfit)!


See at Amazon

What's your pick?

Is there a heart rate monitor that you love using with your Apple Watch that we missed on our list? Let us know in the comments below and we'll be sure to check it out!

Here are the best new iPhone games out and on sale now!

Posted on by Luke Filipowicz.
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Here's what's new in iOS gaming this week!

Every Thursday I go on a quest to find all the the notable new games released on the App Store release over the week, but instead of taking all the gold and experience for myself, I pass my knowledge onto you! Whether you're looking for new games, games on-sale, or wondering if your favorite game got a big update, I'll break down all the notable iOS gaming news for you!

New games of the week

Need something new and shiny? Every week tons of games hit the App Store and I keep track so you don't have to; here are the notable releases for this week.

Turmoil

Become your very own version of the Beverly Hillbillies as you dig around America for oil in this simulation game.

Turmoil takes place during the 19th-century oil rush and tasks you with becoming the biggest and baddest oil baron around! To be successful you'll need to lease land at town auction, build an oil rig and start digging.

Experience the rivalry of other wannabe oil kingpins around town as they will be racing to become town's mayor before you can. You can upgrade your pipe systems and even build storage silos to increase your production, but you'll have to sell your oil at the right time to maximize your profits and reign in the big bucks!

$5.99 - Download Now

Dungeon Rushers

Dungeon Rushers promises to bring you all the RPg action you've been looking for! Combining dungeon crawling with a turn-based battle system, you'll need to manage your team of heroes, grab the best loot, defeat fearsome foes, and craft your own magical weapons!

Learn and upgrade the skills of your heroes to combat tougher enemies with ease and with plenty of crafting recipes for equipment; you can ensure your characters are well-prepared for any situation.

On top of the single-player campaign, you can also challenge people from all over the globe by building your own dungeon filled with traps and monsters to keep your precious loot safe!

$4.99 - Download Now

Mage the Ascension: Refuge

An interactive work of fiction written by the critically-acclaimed author Karin Tidbeck, Mage the Ascension: Refuge takes place in modern-day Sweden.

As you continue through the story you will need to deal with the problems that occur while discovering the power of True Magick. A secret war is being waged, and many will try to recruit you, as each decision you make will affect the world around you; choose carefully.

$ 4.99 - Download Now


RPG Djinn Caster

A fantasy-action RPG that will make you feel like Aladdin!

Summon the great power of the Djinn as you journey across Dulshara to uncover the reasoning behind strange disappearances at the hands of the Sultanate Army. Collect and summon more than 20 Djinn and use them to battle formidable foes in thrilling battles. With a variety of dungeons to exploring, monsters to vanquish, and loot to collect, there's plenty to do to keep you playing for hours.

Jump into the epic story and beautiful graphics of RPG Djinn Caster today!

$4.99 - Download Now

Games on sale this week

Good things come to those who wait! Every week games go on sale, and you can take advantage of great savings. Here are the notable sales of this week.

Mini Metro

One of our favorite indie iOS games is now on sale for $2.99!

Do you ever look at you city's public transportation and think you could design it better? Well, Mini Metro will let you try to create your own subway system.

Minimalist in design but complex in its mind-boggling puzzles, Mini Metro provides hours of fun — even if for some of those hours you will be scratching your head.

$2.99 - Download Now

Deus Ex GO

A beautiful and fun game from the popular GO series developed by gaming legends Square Enix, Deus Ex GO is only $0.99 right now!

Avoid enemies, solve puzzles, enhance your cybernetic implants, and hack computers in this turn-based stealth puzzler.

Progress through an intriguing story as the hero Adam Jensen finds out exactly what the company who employs him is plotting.

If you love any of the other GO series games, or you love Deus Ex games, this is a no-brainer; download Deus Ex GO today!

$0.99 - Download Now

Nightgate

This gorgeous minimalist game takes place in the year 2398, where the only life form left on Earth is a network of intelligent computers known as Nightgate.

Travel to the future and avoid enemies in more than 50 different levels, as you navigate your way through the mystery of the digitally dark world of nightgate!

Free - Download Now

Updates of the week

Games are constantly being updated with new features, bug fixes, and gameplay tweaks. Here's the notable updates for this week.

Causality: Updated to version 1.1, you can now skip ahead one level in the level select screen. Perfect if you're stuck on a particular level!

Luke's game of the week.

There are so many games in the App Store and I'm on a quest to play them all, which means I'm always playing a different game each week. Whether it's brand new or a classic game I'll let you know what has my attention!

Ancestor

Free - Download Now

Ancestor is a game that I can't seem to play enough. I personally love it, and it's my go-to endless runner for whenever I feel like spending a few spare moments.

The retro look of Ancestor is what drew me to the side-scroller in the first place. Every pixel in this pixel-art masterpiece combines to create a unique look, all while maintaining an aesthetic that takes you back to when 8-bit graphics were the norm. The hero's sprite — along with their trust orb companion — looks like it was taken right out of an old Super Nintendo RPG, and the explosions and puzzles follow suit beautifully.

At its heart, Ancestor is an endless runner, so if you know you hate that genre of mobile game stay clear. That said, if you enjoy a game that gives you a real challenge, Ancestor will deliver in spades by forcing you to think fast and tap swiftly through cool little puzzles and obstacles that will keep you on your feet. Ancestor will keep you occupied in a retro-inspired gaming trance for hours on end.

Read my full review of Ancestor

Other games you saw this week?

Did I miss anything? Anything you're particularly excited about this week? Let me know in the comments!

How to leave a Facebook group message conversation on iPhone and iPad

Posted on by Cella Lao Rousseau.
Categories: Uncategorized.

How do I leave a Facebook group message conversation?

Updated February, 2017: Updated to reflect latest version of Facebook Messenger

Facebook group chats can be really annoying when you're added to one that you don't really want to be a part of or have no need to be anymore.

Instead of just letting the message thread run its course and die off on its own, or muting it for eternity, Facebook for iPhone and iPad gives you the option to just leave the conversation: and it's not as difficult as you think it is!

Here's how you can get rid of that annoying Facebook conversation, and all of the obnoxious notifications that come along with it!

How to leave a Facebook group message conversation on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Messenger app from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the group conversation to open it and enter the thread.
  3. Tap the names of the people in the conversation or the group name at the top of the screen. It should be beside a little grey arrow.

  4. Tap Leave Group. You might have to scroll a little bit to see it.
  5. Tap Leave once the prompt appears. The group will now disappear from your messages.

And that's it! You'll no longer receive messages for this conversation unless someone adds you back in.

Alternatively, in the messages information section you can turn off notifications instead of leaving if you'd like to still be able to read the thread but just don't want to be notified of new messages, but leaving a group is a much more permanent solution.

How do you use Facebook messenger?

Do you prefer to use Facebook messenger for group chats, or do you find the app obnoxious and annoying? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

33% off NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Router with High Power 5dBi External Antennas - Deal Alert

Posted on by DealPost Team.
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Currently discounted 33% and selling for just $19.99, the NETGEAR N300 WiFi Router with external antennas (WNR2020) offers high-performance wireless speeds of up to 300 Mbps, and for the current price is a good consideration for the internet needs in your second home, apartment, dormitory, or as a drop-in replacement of your legacy router. It also features external 5dBi antennas for improved WiFi coverage and Push 'N' Connect for easy WiFi connections. The scheduled WiFi on/off button allows for convenient power savings by scheduling times for WiFi to be turned off. It's currently rated 4 out of 5 stars from over 7,600 customers (read recent reviews here) on Amazon, where its been recently discounted 33% to a very reasonable $19.99. See the discounted N300 Wi-Fi router from Netgear on Amazon.

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Apple Doubling Down on Artificial Intelligence as it Expands Seattle Engineering Center

Posted on by Evan Selleck.
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Like many other companies, Apple’s focus on artificial intelligence (AI) is only getting sharper. Continue reading

Best ways to protect the Apple Watch while working out

Posted on by Serenity Caldwell.
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Here's how to keep your Apple Watch nice and shiny — even when you're sweaty and gross.

In my years playing roller derby with my Apple Watch, I've been asked a few times about protecting my smartwatch — both from the outside world and fellow players. (No one wants a sapphire screen to the face.)

While you may not play as vigorous a contact sport as roller derby, there are still a ton of benefits to protecting your watch while running, swimming, playing basketball, and the like. Here are my favorite tips for fellow derby players and lifters — may they help you in your sport, too.

Before you do anything else: Turn on screen lock

I can't stress this tip enough: After you start a workout, your second step should be to turn on the screen lock (or water lock on the Series 2 Apple Watch). This keeps your Watch's screen and buttons from being accidentally triggered while you're working out and ensures you won't inadvertently pause your lifting session by having a sweaty glove swipe be mistaken for fingers.


1. Reverse your watch

If you're doing a lot of lifting or other exercise interactions where the back of your wrist may come into contact with metal, the easiest way to protect your Apple Watch is to simply reverse it: put the screen on the inside of your wrist, with the band facing outward. It looks a little silly, but the heart rate monitor works just as effectively (if not more so, since you're less likely to get misreadings from bending your wrist backwards) — and you won't risk a scientific experiment that pits metal weight bars against a ceramic watch.


2. Hide it under your gear

Photo courtesy Small Hall Studios.

If you play a partial- or full-contact sport, it's likely you have some sort of wrist coverings to protect your hands from sprains or breaks. Most guards have a certain amount of flex room — more than enough to slip an Apple Watch underneath. This is largely how I've been protecting my Apple Watch for the last year; I just put my wrist guards on over it and go (after locking the screen, of course).

I will note that throughout my Apple Watch Sport's life, I did get one small scratch on the Ion-X screen from this method, so your use may vary; I switched to the Steel watch and the sapphire screen as a result and haven't had any scratches since.


3. Wrap it

If you don't have wrist gear in your sport of choice, you can always make one: When I work out at the gym, I often wrap my watch in a sweat wristband, which helps protect it from wayward bumps and bruises.


4. Turn it into an armband

If your sport doesn't allow you to wear the Apple Watch for fear of accidental face-smacking with a metal object, consider taking it out of its watch setting and making it an armband. Twelve South's ActionSleeve takes your Apple Watch's casing and snaps it into a protective neoprene and plastic shell, reducing its ability to hurt anyone, while giving you a better heart reading, too. Before it disappeared in the bowels of my gym bag, I used this almost daily for a few weeks with my watch when working out — even at derby — and loved it.


5. Get a protective sleeve

If you're not so much worried about hitting someone as getting your watch dirty while working out, you might want to grab an all-purpose protective sleeve for your watch; this protects its sides and screen from scratching without interfering with heart rate monitoring or any of the watch's other vital functions. I've used (and like) Spigen's Rugged Armor line of Apple Watch cases, but there are a number of other options on Amazon, along with screen protectors (if you're worried about shattering that screen).


6. Take it off

If you're really truly worried about damaging your Apple Watch while working out, the best answer is to take it off. You can buy an external heart rate monitor to pair to your iPhone or Apple Watch for your vital health data and leave your Apple Watch activity tracking to more everyday actions. Not the most fun option, I know, but it's an option nonetheless.


How do you protect your Apple Watch?

Use these tips or others? Let me know in the comments!

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