Kuo: All iPhone 8 Color Variants To Come with Black Front; Provides Details on 3D Sensors Used

Posted on September 8, 2017 by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Ahead of Apple’s September 12 event, KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo has published a new investor note detailing the 3D sensors the iPhone 8 will feature, color predictions for the device, and more. Continue reading

iOS 11 GM Leak Confirms iPhone 8’s Design, Portrait Lighting, 4K 60fps Video Recording, Revised AirPods

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
After leaking the 16 new wallpapers that will be a part of iOS 11 and confirming that an Apple Watch with LTE connectivity does exist, the iOS 11 GM leak has now provided details about some new features on the iPhone 8. Continue reading

Download: New Wallpapers from iOS 11 GM Leak

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
The leaked iOS 11 Golden Master build has already confirmed that Apple will be launching a new Apple Watch with LTE connectivity next week. Now, it has also given us a look at all the new black-themed OLED wallpapers Apple will be bundling with the OS, with 9to5Mac posting all the 16 new high-resolution wallpapers for your downloading pleasure. Continue reading

Leaked iOS 11 Golden Master Build Confirms New Apple Watch with LTE Connectivity

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Apple would have likely pushed out the Golden Master build of iOS 11 to developers next week after its September 12 event. However, the iOS 11 GM build has made its way into the hands of 9to5Mac digging into which has revealed the new LTE Apple Watch that Apple will be unveiling next week. Continue reading

Can Apple Entice New iPhone 8 Buyers With Music and iCloud Subscriptions?

Posted on by Evan Selleck.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Recently, before August wrapped up, an analyst chimed in to suggest that, in an effort to help defuse any negative feedback regarding the price for Apple’s upcoming flagship iPhone, the company may consider bundling a pair of its services together along with the phone. Specifically, with the iPhone 8, future owners may also get a free subscription to Apple Music and iCloud storage. Both of those subscriptions would be for a year, so if you want Apple Music that’d save you $120, and if you want 200GB of iCloud storage, that’s $36 a month. Saving just over $150 for a year is pretty nice, and it would probably help garner some positive attention whether the phone’s as expensive as some folks think it will be or not. The question, of course, is whether or not it would make a bit of difference. Word on the street for quite some time has been that the iPhone 8 will start at $999. That’s $30 more than the iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of built-in storage (if you buy it from Apple right now). And yes, Apple is changing things around in a big way with this year’s iPhone. It’s going to be completely different than any model before it. Will it have the same things as other phones already on the market, on devices that don’t cost as much? Yes. But, phones are getting more expensive. Just look at the Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung, which is priced around $940 or so depending on where you get it. So, priced at $999 but you get to save more than $150 in Apple services. It’s hard to argue that that wouldn’t be a good deal for someone who isn’t already paying for those services. I pay for 200GB of iCloud storage per month, and I’ve gone back-and-forth with Apple Music, so a deal like this could be beneficial. But, I’ll be honest: It wouldn’t convince me to buy an iPhone 8 if I was on the fence. Would it be enough to sway a potential buyer who isn’t going to pay for iCloud or Apple Music? A friend of mine is using a Galaxy S8 right now and he’s told me that he is considering switching to the iPhone 8 when it becomes available. I asked him if he’d be interested in getting the Music/iCloud bundle, and he said no because he uses other cloud storage options and he doesn’t want to use Apple Music. He’s not invested in the Apple ecosystem like Apple would like, so these services just don’t have the same sway. And what about the people who are already planning on buying the iPhone 8? Who already are invested in Apple’s ecosystem? If you already know you’re going to buy an iPhone 8, does this bundle speak to you? Is it something that is making your purchase even more of a sure thing? I don’t see the bundle as being a bad thing at all. It should be an easy move for Apple to make, as it means more people using their services right out of the gate — and not just the free option (for iCloud, since Apple Music doesn’t have a free option). But if Apple wants the bundle to be some kind of shining force that somehow makes the iPhone 8’s price tag seem less daunting, well, I don’t really think that’ll be the case. Do you think Apple should, or even will, bundle Music and iCloud storage subscriptions with the purchase of an iPhone 8? Do you think it will matter if they do or not, when considering the upcoming flagship’s price? Continue reading

Can Apple Entice New iPhone 8 Buyers With Music and iCloud Subscriptions?

Posted on by Evan Selleck.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Recently, before August wrapped up, an analyst chimed in to suggest that, in an effort to help defuse any negative feedback regarding the price for Apple’s upcoming flagship iPhone, the company may consider bundling a pair of its services together along with the phone. Specifically, with the iPhone 8, future owners may also get a free subscription to Apple Music and iCloud storage. Both of those subscriptions would be for a year, so if you want Apple Music that’d save you $120, and if you want 200GB of iCloud storage, that’s $36 a month. Saving just over $150 for a year is pretty nice, and it would probably help garner some positive attention whether the phone’s as expensive as some folks think it will be or not. The question, of course, is whether or not it would make a bit of difference. Word on the street for quite some time has been that the iPhone 8 will start at $999. That’s $30 more than the iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of built-in storage (if you buy it from Apple right now). And yes, Apple is changing things around in a big way with this year’s iPhone. It’s going to be completely different than any model before it. Will it have the same things as other phones already on the market, on devices that don’t cost as much? Yes. But, phones are getting more expensive. Just look at the Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung, which is priced around $940 or so depending on where you get it. So, priced at $999 but you get to save more than $150 in Apple services. It’s hard to argue that that wouldn’t be a good deal for someone who isn’t already paying for those services. I pay for 200GB of iCloud storage per month, and I’ve gone back-and-forth with Apple Music, so a deal like this could be beneficial. But, I’ll be honest: It wouldn’t convince me to buy an iPhone 8 if I was on the fence. Would it be enough to sway a potential buyer who isn’t going to pay for iCloud or Apple Music? A friend of mine is using a Galaxy S8 right now and he’s told me that he is considering switching to the iPhone 8 when it becomes available. I asked him if he’d be interested in getting the Music/iCloud bundle, and he said no because he uses other cloud storage options and he doesn’t want to use Apple Music. He’s not invested in the Apple ecosystem like Apple would like, so these services just don’t have the same sway. And what about the people who are already planning on buying the iPhone 8? Who already are invested in Apple’s ecosystem? If you already know you’re going to buy an iPhone 8, does this bundle speak to you? Is it something that is making your purchase even more of a sure thing? I don’t see the bundle as being a bad thing at all. It should be an easy move for Apple to make, as it means more people using their services right out of the gate — and not just the free option (for iCloud, since Apple Music doesn’t have a free option). But if Apple wants the bundle to be some kind of shining force that somehow makes the iPhone 8’s price tag seem less daunting, well, I don’t really think that’ll be the case. Do you think Apple should, or even will, bundle Music and iCloud storage subscriptions with the purchase of an iPhone 8? Do you think it will matter if they do or not, when considering the upcoming flagship’s price? Continue reading

Get Filmora, The Video Editor Experts Love [Deals Hub]

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Editing videos can be a real pain, especially when you just want to polish the footage so it looks good enough to share. Luckily, Filmora makes it easy to cut, edit, and enhance your footage so it looks great on any screen. You can get Filmora plus assets to add to your videos on sale now in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. Continue reading

Apple reportedly hoping to halt Western Digital takeover of Toshiba flash storage business

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Apple is rumored to have threatened not to purchase Western Digital products in the future, should the storage company attempt to take over Toshiba's chip business. Doing so would give Western Digital control over Toshiba's NAND flash memory production, of which Apple is a customer.

From Reuters:

Apple, which uses Toshiba's NAND flash memory chips in its iPhones, is concerned about losing pricing power if Western Digital is running the operation, the sources said on Friday.

However, if Western Digital remains a minority investor in the business, Apple, a top customer for Toshiba chips, is offering around 50 billion yen ($460 million) to a group including the U.S. firm to help finance a bid, one source said.

Toshiba is seeking to finalize a deal on one of a number of bids for the chip business in order to avoid reporting negative net worth or liabilities exceeding assets for the second year in a row. All three bids that Toshiba is entertaining are said to involve Apple in some way, due to the company's status as one of Toshiba's largest customers.

Anchor: Everything you need to know!

Posted on by Mikah Sargent.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Download Anchor and tune in to daily audio broadcasts or create your own!

Anchor is an audio streaming and publishing platform that lets you listen to and publish bite-sized audio broadcasts. Anchor says its service is "radio, reinvented," which is a pretty fitting description. You can use Anchor to essentially create your own radio station, populated with audio tidbits, music from Spotify and Apple Music, transitions between sections, call-ins, and interviews. You can even use Anchor to create a podcast feed.

Free - Download now

What's new with Anchor?

We'll be keeping this section updated with the latest, greatest stuff coming from Anchor. Be sure to check back regularly for the latest updates!

September 8, 2017 - Anchor adds new features, including new Apple Music and Spotify integrations

Anchor announced in a blog post today that new music-related features are available for the app. The additions are as follows:

  • Users can now connect their Spotify and Apple Music playlists so they can add their favorite songs to their Anchor station as they desire - a faster method than searching for the songs in order to add them.
  • Because many people say they've found great new music while listening to Anchor, the company has responded by giving users a way to save songs easily to both their Apple Music and Spotify accounts. That way they don't have to go through the whole process of toggling between apps and searching.
  • Users can now permanently save songs to Anchor episodes instead of having them expire after 24 hours.

August 17, 2017 - Anchor is now available in your car

Yep, that's right - Anchor announced on its blog that you can now listen to your favorite stations in your car. All you need is the Anchor app (of course) and a CarPlay or Android Auto enabled device. Connect your phone to your car by plugging it in or using Bluetooth, and voila! You now have access to Anchor on your commute.

August 8, 2017 - Anchor adds video!

If you're ever in a situation where you can't really pull out your headphones or blast audio through your smartphone speakers, Anchor's new video feature is going to be great for you!

The feature transcribes the audio you upload to Anchor and puts together a dynamic video with both text and audio that you can share across social media. I don't know about you, but I often find myself watching Facebook videos on mute regardless of whether I'm in a situation where I can listen to audio without disturbing others. As much as we see video on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, this was a very smart move by Anchor.

You can now easily share an Anchor video wherever you want — and other users will be able to share your video moving forward, too. Best of all, you can pick the size that makes sense for where you're sharing, including wide (16:9, perfect for YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook), square (1:1, perfect for Instagram), and story (9:16, perfect for Instagram Stories).

Can you give me a quick summary of what exactly Anchor is?

Sure can! Anchor really is what it says on the tin: "radio, reinvented." In the same way that radio DJs line up music tracks, transitions, interviews, and audio bites, Anchor gives you the ability to do the same. You can use your phone's microphone to record audio tracks, use the app to edit them as you see fit, add in transitions and music from Spotify and Apple Music, and publish your broadcasts to your personal station.

The best way to understand what Anchor is is by giving it a listen. Here's one of my favorite Anchor broadcasts, Let Me Google That:

Neat! So say I just want to listen to stations on Anchor, not make my own. How do I do that?

If you're just interested in listening to Anchor, you can use the Anchor app or visit individual stations on Anchor's website. Anchor is a free app available on both iOS and Android.

Free - Download on the App Store
Free - Get it on Google Play

You can also listen to Anchor on your Google Home, Amazon Echo, Alexa-enabled devices, and devices with the Google Assistant.

  • To listen to Anchor using the Google Assistant just say, "Hey Google, play me the news from Anchor."
  • To listen to Anchor using an Alexa-enabled device just say, "Alexa, enable the Anchor skill."

Got it. If I do want to create a station of my own, how do I do that?

Well, you'll start by downloading the Anchor app and creating an account. You can use Facebook, Twitter, or an email address to create an account. Once you're all signed in and set up, you can use the gigantic red plus (+) button at the bottom of the app to add segments to your station.

You can add five types of content:

  1. Interview: You can record and broadcast a phone call.
  2. Record: You can record audio segments of your voice. You literally lift your phone to your ear and talk to Anchor like you'd talk on the phone. You can also record and publish audio on the desktop by going to anchor.fm/clip.
  3. Music: Connect your Spotify and/or Apple Music account to add music tracks to your broadcast. If listeners have their Spotify or Apple Music accounts connected, they can hear full songs. Otherwise, Anchor will play previews of the tracks you choose.

  4. Interludes: You can add small transitions between sections of your broadcast. There are loads to chose from and you can tap the play button to get a preview.
  5. Call-ins: Listeners can "call in" to your station by sending in audio recordings. Those recordings will show up in the Call-ins section. You can add them to your broadcast and respond to them if you'd like.

I heard you can turn your Anchor station into a podcast … Is that true?

It's absolutely true! If you'd like to publish your Anchor station as a podcast (so that you can create a show for Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and more), you can use the Anchor app to create an RSS feed of your content. Anchor makes it fairly simple to get up and running, but they've put together a comprehensive guide with screenshots as well as a tutorial video to help you through the process:

OK, say I'm done using Anchor and I want to remove my account. How do I do that?

If you'd like to remove your account from Anchor, you'll have to contact Anchor's support team to let them know you'd like to delete your account. You can contact Anchor by emailing support@anchor.fm.

Questions?

If you have any questions or thoughts about Anchor, be sure to give us a shout in the comments!

Spotify no longer lets you stream music in Apple’s Safari browser

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Spotify users have found that they're no longer able to use the site's media player to stream their playlists in Safari.

In a post yesterday on Spotify Community, user riegelstamm lamented they could no longer use Spotify in their Safari web browser despite the fact that Spotify's system requirements page said that the service was compatible with Safari 6 or higher. They contacted Spotify, and a bit later updated the post with the subsequent response:

After taking a look backstage, we can confirm that after recent updates Safari is no longer a supported browser for Web Player. We're always testing things by adding or removing features to make Spotify better overall. We're sorry that this means you're not able to use the Web Player like you could before. We can't say if or when any specific features will be back. But as soon as we've got anything to announce, we'll let everyone know via the Spotify Community.

Sure enough, if you look on the system requirements page today, you'll see that Safari is no longer on the list of browsers supported by Spotify. The list now only includes Chrome 45+, Firefox 47+, Edge 14+, and Opera 32+. When Safari users attempt to stream music in the browser, they receive an error message saying "This browser doesn't support Spotify Web Player. Switch browsers or download Spotify for your desktop."

It seems some individuals who don't wish to install the desktop player or switch browsers - riegelstamm included - plan to take their music streaming elsewhere if Spotify doesn't restore Safari support.

Thoughts?

How do you feel about Spotify removing web player capabilities from Safari? If you use both Spotify and Safari, will you download the desktop player or switch to a different streaming service? Let us know in the comments!

Every Nintendo Switch game you can play right now and a look at what comes next!

Posted on by Lory Gil.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Nintendo Switch has a lot more games available than you realize. Plus, there are dozens more in the pipeline.

When the Switch first launched, there were less 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.

You can play these Nintendo Switch games right now

You can find all of these games right now, either in digital form on the Nintendo eShop or at your local game store. The games at the top of the list are available as physical or digital games. You can click the link to buy the physical version on Amazon.

Available as digital downloads or game card purchases

Digital downloads only

  • Astro Duel Deluxe
  • Azure Striker GUNVOLT: Striker Pack (physical version coming Oct. 31)
  • Blaster Master Zero
  • Boost Beast
  • Bulb Boy
  • Dark Witch Music: Rudymical
  • Death Squared
  • De Mambo
  • Flip Wars
  • Forma.8
  • GoNNER
  • Graceful Explosion Machine
  • Gunbarich for Nintendo Switch
  • Has-Been Heroes
  • Human Resource Machine
  • I and Me
  • Implosion
  • Ironcast
  • Jackbox Party Pack
  • Jackbox Party Pack 2
  • Jackbox Party Pack 3
  • Kamiko
  • League of Evil
  • Levels+: Addictive Puzzle Game
  • Little Inferno
  • Mighty Gunvolt Burst
  • Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  • Mr. Shifty
  • NAMCO Museum
  • NBA Playgrounds
  • New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
  • Oceanhorn - Monster of Uncharted Seas
  • Othello
  • Phantom Trigger
  • Physical Contact: SPEED
  • Piczle Liners DX
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • Puzzle Adventure Blockle
  • Qbics Paint
  • Retro City Rampage DX
  • Rocket Fist
  • Severed
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
  • Shephy
  • Sky Ride
  • Slime-san
  • Snake Pass
  • Sonic Mania
  • Strickers 1945 for Nintendo Switch
  • Thumper
  • Tumbleseed
  • Use Your Words
  • Vaccine
  • Voez
  • Vroom in the Night Sky
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap
  • World of Goo

NeoGeo digital downloads

  • Alpha Mission 2 (NeoGeo)
  • Aero Fighters 2 (NeoGeo)
  • Blazing Star (NeoGeo)
  • Over Top (NeoGeo)
  • Fatal Fury (NeoGeo)
  • Fatal Fury 2 (NeoGeo)
  • Fatal Fury Special (NeoGeo)
  • Galaxy Fight: Universal Warriors (NeoGeo)
  • Garou: Mar of the Wolves (NeoGeo)
  • Last Resort (NeoGeo)
  • Magical Drop II (NeoGeo)
  • Magician Lord (NeoGeo)
  • Metal Slug (NeoGeo)
  • Metal Slug 2 (NeoGeo)
  • Metal Slug 3 (NeoGeo)
  • NAM-1975 (NeoGeo)
  • Puzzled (NeoGeo)
  • Samurai Shodown (NeoGeo)
  • Samurai Shodown 4 (NeoGeo)
  • Sengoku (NeoGeo)
  • Shock Troopers (NeoGeo)
  • Super Sidekicks (NeoGeo)
  • Turf Masters (NeoGeo)
  • The King of Fighters '94 (NeoGeo)
  • The King of Fighters '98 (NeoGeo)
  • The King of Fighters '99 (NeoGeo)
  • The King of Fighters 2000 (NeoGeo)
  • World Heroes Perfect (NeoGeo)
  • Waku Waku 7 (NeoGeo)
  • Zen Blade (NeoGeo)

These Switch games are being made right now!

Any time a game publisher announces a game, we'll add it to the list here. Everything that has a launch date or estimated time frame will be at the top of the list, with launch dates attached as we find them.

  • The Bridge - September 9, 2017
  • Rayman Legends Definitive Edition September 12, 2017
  • NBA 2K18 - September 19, 2017
  • SteamWorld Dig 2 - September 21, 2017
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - September 22, 2017
  • Pokkén Tournament DX - September 22, 2017
  • LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game - September 22, 2017
  • EA Sports: FIFA 2018 - September 29, 2017
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar - October 3, 2017
  • Superbeat: Xonic - October 3, 2017
  • 88 Heroes: 98 Heroes Edition - October 10, 2017
  • Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle - October 10, 2017
  • Yono and the Celestial Elephants - October 12, 2017
  • Axiom Verge - Multiverse Edition - October 17, 2017
  • Axiom Verge - Standard Edition - October 17, 2017
  • WWE 2K18 - October 17, 2017
  • Fire Emblem Warriors - October 20, 2017
  • Syberia - October 20, 2017
  • Just Dance 2018 - October 24, 2017
  • Night of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon - October 24, 2017
  • Redout - October 24, 2017
  • Super Mario Odyssey - October 27th, 2017
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack - October 31, 2017
  • Ben 10 - October 31, 2017
  • Cartoon Network Battle Crashers - October 31, 2017
  • Lumo - October 31, 2017
  • Monopoly - October 31, 2017
  • Monster Jam Crush It - October 31, 2017
  • Unbox: Newbies Adventure - November 7, 2017
  • RiME - November 14, 2017
  • Resident Evil: Revelations - November 28, 2017
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - November 28, 2017
  • Gear.Club Unlimited - December 1, 2017
  • Lost Sphere - January 23, 2018
  • Blade Strangers - March 31, 2018
  • The Longest Five Minutes - April 30, 2018
  • Penny-Punching Princess - April 30, 2018
  • Wulverblade - September 2017
  • The Flame in the Flood - October 2017
  • Earth Atlantis - Fall 2017
  • Fire Emblem Warriors - Fall 2017
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Fall 2017
  • Monopoly for Nintendo Switch - Fall 2017
  • Sausage Sports Club - Fall 2017
  • Battle Chef Brigade - Holiday 2017
  • Dragon: Marked For Death - Holiday 2017
  • Morphies Law - Holiday 2017
  • Nine Parchments - Holiday 2017
  • Payday 2 - Holiday 2017
  • Poly Bridge - Holiday 2017
  • Rocket League - Holiday 2017
  • Save me Mr. Tako: Tasukete Tako-San - Holiday 2017
  • Skyrim - Holiday 2017
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Holiday 2017
  • AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected - 2017
  • Celeste - 2017
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age - 2017
  • MXGP 3 - 2017
  • Project Octopath Traveler - 2017
  • Shakedown Hawaii — 2017
  • Shin Megami Tensei - 2017
  • Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase - 2017
  • Sonic Forces - 2017
  • Steep - 2017
  • Light Fingers - Early 2018
  • Mulaka - Early 2018
  • Next Up Hero - Early 2018
  • Descenders - 2018
  • Indivisible - 2018
  • Kirby - 2018
  • No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again - 2018
  • Pikuniku - 2018
    • Starlink: Battle for Atlas 2018
  • Super Meat Boy Forever - 2018
  • Yoshi - 2018
  • Metroid Prime 4 - 2019
  • 1001 Spikes
  • Away: Journey to the Unexpected
  • Bit Boy! Arcade Deluxe
  • Constructor
  • Cube Life: Island Survival HD
  • Dandara
  • Dragon Quest X
  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Dragon Quest Heroes I & II
  • Dungeon of Zaar
  • The End is Nigh
  • The Escapists 2
  • Earthlock: Festival of Magic
  • Fall Flat
  • Farming Simulator 18
  • Flipping Death
  • Floor Kids
  • Golf Story
  • GoNNER
  • Ghost 1.0
  • Hollow Knight
  • Infinite MiniGolf
  • Ittle Dew 2
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns
  • LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2
  • Lost Sphere
  • Mom Hid My Game
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  • NBA 2K17
  • Owlboy
  • Pocket Rumble
  • Sine Mora EX
  • Sonic Forces
  • Stardew Valley
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • Syberia 2
  • Syberia 3
  • Thimbleweed Park
  • Rive
  • Runner3
  • Space Dave!
  • Splasher
  • Steep
  • Tiny Barbarian DX
  • Unbox: Newbie's Adventure
  • Unepic
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Untitled Grasshopper project (Probably No More Heroes 3)
  • Untitled Pokemon RPG
  • Wargroove
  • Yoku's Island Express
  • Yooka-Laylee

We'll be sure to keep you up to date as frequently as possible!

Update September 6, 2017: Added lots of upcoming games plus confirmed dates for a few upcoming titles.

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How to Accessorize your Space Gray iPhone

Posted on by Cella Lao Rousseau.
Categories: Uncategorized.

The space grey iPhone has a timeless, classic design and feel, but it can be difficult to pick and choose killer accessories that accentuate your sleek, space grey passion... So what are the best accessories available out there?

Ask anyone who makes anything and they'll tell you the black — or in this case, space gray — is the most popular color. It can go anywhere and go with anything. But that can make it difficult to find just the right accessories to accentuate your space gray iPhone.

... Beyond a space gray Apple Watch, iPad, and MacBook, that is!

The Scarf from Totallee

The Scarf from Totallee is an ultra thin, snug-fitting, and protective iPhone case that's minimalist design won't distract from your space gray iPhone's stylish appearance and feel. Praised for it's no-nonsense, no-bulk look, it adds only 0.02 additional inches to your space gray iPhone. The Scarf is designed with a slightly textured, frosted finished, making the case easy to grip in your hands and ideal if you just want a slight splash of color to match with your iPhone.

Because of The Scarf's minimalist design, you won't have to worry about logos cluttering up your iPhone, taking away from its simplicity. While the perfect color to match your space gray iPhone is the light gray color, The Scarf comes in four other shades, including black, white, navy, and mustard yellow.

Plus, it only costs around $15. How awesome is that?!

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Space gray Olloclip 4-in-1

Shoot your iPhoneography masterpieces in with the perfect mobile photography accessory: the space gray Olloclip 4-in-1 lens for your iPhone!

The Olloclip is perhaps one of the best tools out there for shooting photography and video with your iPhone. The 4-in-1 specifically breaks down into four lenses, including a fisheye, wide-angle, 10x macro and 15x macro, all which capture bright and vivid photographs and videos for around $80.

Simply slide on the Olloclip to your iPhone, adjust the lenses accordingly, and you have a whole new perspective! With the space gray Olloclip, you won't only be taking incredible pictures, but also shooting in matching, accessorized style with your space gray iPhone (ain't that just the most picture perfect thing?)

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iPhone Lightning Dock in Space gray

When you're charging your iPhone, why not charge it in style with Apple's iPhone lightning dock in space gray? If you like keeping everything uniform on your home-office desk or at your cubicle at work, then picking up a sleek lightning dock like the space gray model from Apple for around $50 may be worth considering.

With the iPhone lightning dock, you can comfortably make important speakerphone calls straight from the dock, connect your headphones to listen to music comfortably, and attach the dock to speakers or a stereo with a cable sold separately to play your favorite band's newest single or the latest podcasts.

While the iPhone lightning dock comes in three other bright, eye catching colors – including silver, gold, and rose gold – the perfect shade to match your space gray iPhone would be the space gray lightning dock.

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Satechi aluminum wireless headphones & stand

Finding a great, affordable pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones is one thing, but finding a pair that matches your space gray iPhone and comes with the perfect matching stand is a whole 'nother cause for celebration.

The Satechi aluminum wireless headphones and stand are a great pairing and a spot-on set of accessories for your space gray iPhone because of both their stylish simplicity and design. The headphones come with audio playback buttons with a sleek, modern aluminum look, including a built-in microphone and the perfect space gray finish.

The Satechi stand's corresponding design balances your headphones perfectly on your desk or side table, keeping them safe from potential spills or scratches. These space gray headphones will set you back around $70.

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Mophie Powerstation in Space gray

If you use your iPhone constantly — for Pokemon Go or Snapchat, we don't judge! — then you know how terrifying it is to run the risk of running out of battery power all together.

That's why the Mophie Powerstation in space gray is a solid option to consider if you want to keep your anxiety down (and your battery at 100%!) while still accessorizing to match your space gray iPhone for around $80!

With the Mophie Powerstation, you get up to three times the extra battery life, as well as two outputs, so you can charge two iPhones at once. The Mophie may look bulky or big, but it's actually quite thin, making it portable and easy to slip into your bag.

The Powerstation comes in a few different colors, but in order to match the Mophie's modern, aluminium finish best with your space gray iPhone, check out the space gray version!

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LAX Gadgets extra long nylon cable

Keep your space gray style strong with LAX Gadget's extra long nylon cable in gray, another perfect accessory to pair with your space gray iPhone! This charger is Apple MFi certified and charges your iPhone quickly, while the nylon cable is made to withstand any tears or tension that a normal cable may face.

Tough aluminum end-pieces keep everything secure and connected, while the nylon design prevents extreme tangling.

The LAX comes in four different lengths, including one foot, ten feet, four feet, and six feet, so you can mix and match your cables depending on where you need to charge your space gray iPhone. Depending on the length, you'll be spending between $9 and $15.

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What's your fave space gray accessory?

Is there a space gray iPhone accessory that you think is perfect that we missed on our list? (Sorry about that, btw). Then let us know in the comments below! We'll be sure to check it out.

Updated September 2017: This list still has the best of the best options for your space gray iPhone!

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iHome teams up with Amazon to bring Alexa to your bedside table

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

iHome recently released its iAVS16, an alarm clock/music system hybrid with full Alexa integration.

The iAVS16 may seem to follow the good old-fashioned clock radio format - LCD display, snooze button and all - but it is so much more: it can do pretty much anything that an Amazon Echo can do (no additional smart speakers necessary). You can ask for everything from the weather forecast to traffic conditions, and because the iAVS16 supports many streaming music services, you can listen to all your favorite songs as well. The company claimed in a press release that the clock is the first voice-activated Alexa-enabled clock radio from a major brand.

The alarm clock offers a plethora of cool features. It boasts far-field listening capabilities (the better to hear you with, my dear) as well as Smart Plug compatibility, so you can control all your favorite iHome Smart Plug devices. In addition to supporting streaming music services like Spotify, Amazon Music and Pandora, the iAVS16 also includes programmable presets so you can play your favorite playlists or radio stations with a single touch.

iHome says that along with the LCD display, the clock will have LED lighting with unique patterns for different Alexa functions - much like Amazon Echo speakers do. However, instead of a slim light ring, the entire bottom of the device will glow. The company refers to this as "mood lighting," but some users might find it bothersome.

The iAV16 will set you back about $150, and is available for preorder on Amazon and on iHome's website.

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Thoughts?

How do you feel about the iAV16? Would you like to see more Alexa-enabled products from iHome? Give us a shout in the comments!

What’s in Lory’s iPhone 8 event gear bag?

Posted on by Lory Gil.
Categories: Uncategorized.

I'll be heading to the iPhone 8 event next week and I've got a bag full of tricks to help me get through it!

Apple's big iPhone event is a few days away. I don't have to travel as far as my iMore companions, but I do like to take a lot of gear with me. While trying to pack as minimally as possible, I'll still be toting around my most important gadgets. Here's what's in my bag this year, and more importantly, what my bag is.

  • Booq Superslim case for 13-inch MacBook Pro: I don't have to drag my entire life with me to Cupertino, so I can keep my bag pretty minimal, which is why this slim briefcase/messenger-style bag is perfect for a one-day trip. It's small enough to carry around with ease but big enough to house my MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and other accessories (including charging cables!). Rene will tell you that a shoulder bag is bad for your back, but I argue that, as long as I'm not carrying too much, an unbalanced walk is doable.

  • 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro:The MacBook Pro is the only way to go when it comes to laptops, in my opinion. They are powerful enough to be used as a main computer but portable enough to take on the road. I prefer the 13-inch model because it's just easier to tote around, even though I am more comfortable using a larger screen. That's why I usually connect my MBP to my iPad Pro with Duet Display, so I can use a second screen. The Touch Bar update with the 2016 model provides some useful shortcuts, despite what others might say, that I fully take advantage of.

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Normally, I'd be toting the smaller, 9.7-inch "baby pro" to press events, but I've got the beta of iOS 11 running on my 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so this time, I'm bringing the larger screen, even though it's unnecessarily large for what I need. It's fine. I love the screen real estate anyway.

  • Apple Pencil: Admittedly, I'm a terrible artist, so you won't find me doodling awesome illustrations of Batman or anything (eh, hem, Rene). But, I love using it with my favorite coloring book apps to help me relax, which is seriously important at WWDC.

  • Apple Pen: Because Rene gave it to me at the MacBook Pro event (thanks boss) and it's awesome ... and it matches my iPhone SE and iPad Pro. #rosegoldallthethings

  • iPhone SE: The smaller, yet still powerful, iPhone SE has been my tried-and-true for over a year now. It's a little guy, but still does everything I need a phone to do.

  • Apple Watch Series 2: These days, I need my Apple Watch as much as I need my iPhone. It provides instant bite-sized bits of information about important communications. If I get a notification or a text message, I can simply glance down at my wrist to decide if I need to address it further. This is invaluable when you are working on a fast-paced schedule.

  • Apple AirPods: Though the AirPods give me a small measure of discomfort, they are much less painful than Apple's EarPods and are seriously the best in-ear headphones for using with iPhone, iPad, and Mac when on the road. I never go anywhere without them (especially thanks to my Lunies carrying case).

  • Reporter's Notebook: I always bring a Reporter's Notebook with me on business trips. I rarely ever use one, but they are great for getting quotes or jotting down notes when you are on the move. They are only 4 inches wide, so you can hold a notebook in one hand while writing with the other. If you are standing and don't have a hard, flat surface nearby, a Reporter's Notebook is a great secondary option.

Of course, this doesn't include my cables and adapters, but this is my typical gear bag list. If I add any last minute items, I'll be sure to let you know.

The keynote starts at 10am PT/1pm ET on Tuesday, September 12 and we will be bringing all of the biggest news to you live!

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Protect and charge your iPhone and AirPods with Nova Technology’s PodCase

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Do you struggle to keep your AirPods charged? Worse, do you frequently misplace them? PodCase might be the solution you're looking for.

Nova, a California-based company comprised of a small team of technologists, has recently launched a new Kickstarter campaign for the PodCase: a charging case for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that promises to be the end to your AirPod troubles.

See at Kickstarter

The PodCase has tons of features that make it sound incredibly handy:

  • First and foremost, the case has slots at the top that allow you to store your AirPods securely with your phone, so you'll always know exactly where they are.
  • The case itself is made of durable rubber, which protects your phone from drops. However, that doesn't mean it's bulky - it fits easily into a pocket.
  • The PodCase charges both your AirPods and your phone via a single USB-C charging port. No more crowding your desk or nightstand with charging implements! This also means that if you have a new MacBook, you can use the same cable and therefore eliminate the need for pesky extra cords. This is especially good for those of you who cart your tech everywhere while you travel, because you'll only need to bring one cord along.
  • In addition to plugging the case in to charge your stuff, you can charge on the go - the case is equipped with a 2500 mAh extra battery. That's enough power to juice for one full phone charge, or up to 40 AirPod charges.

If you're planning to upgrade to upgrade to the new iPhone 8 once it's unveiled, Nova Technology has that covered, too - they're planning to design a case for any new iPhones that may be released during the duration of the Kickstarter campaign. So if you need to switch your reward once they've done that, you can do so without penalty.

The project is a little over $280,000 away from its goal. You can back the PodCase Kickstarter here, or you can sign up for updates on the PodCase website.

Thoughts?

If you're an AirPods user, how do you feel about the PodCase? If you've been on the fence about getting a pair of AirPods due to their easy-to-lose reputation, would accessories like the PodCase convince you to take the plunge? Let us know in the comments!

Best Car Chargers for iPhone 7

Posted on by Luke Filipowicz.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Do you have a long daily commute? Top up your iPhone's juice with these great car chargers!

If you use your phone all day to do everything, you're going to run out of battery before you're ready to sleep for the night. When you're at the office or home, it's easy enough to find an outlet; however, if you have a long daily commute or are about to head out on a road trip, having a car charger is the best way to make sure your iPhone 7 stays charged up. Here are our favorite car chargers for iPhone 7.

Anker PowerDrive 2

This minimalist car charger from Anker features two USB ports on the front and packs Power IQ technology, meaning it will adjust its power output to the devices connected to it. Both ports on the Anker PowerDrive 2 are capable of putting out up to 2.4A, even when they are both in use.

Connected devices are protected from surges, overheating, overcharging, and short circuits. Its compact design is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and is wrapped in a glossy polycarbonate with a single charging LED on the front to let you know when your devices are all topped up.

The Anker PowerDrive 2 starts around $9 on Amazon.

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iOttie RapidVOLT

iOttie is known for making great car mounts, but the iOttie RapidVOLT car charger is no slouch either.

With two USB ports on the front capable of outputting up to 2.5A to two devices at the same time, your iPhone will be topping up rather quickly.

That green ring you see in the picture (to the right), that's also an LED indicator to tell you when the charging is completed.

You can pick up an iOttie RapidVOLT for around $11 on Amazon.

See at Amazon

PowerBear Lightning car charger

If you don't like the idea of having to take a charging cable with you into the car, the Powerbear Lightning car charger has one built in.

The included cable is 3.3 feet in length, meaning you should be able to charge the phone and put it in a car mount on your dash if you wish. On top of charging your iPhone, the PowerBear also comes with two 2.1A USB ports, allowing you to charge three devices at once.

The added convenience of the included cable does drive up the price a little bit; the PowerBear Lightning car charger is approximately $30.

See at Amazon

Scosche USBC242M

Seemingly loved by everyone who uses it, the Scosche USBC242M is perfect for people that don't like the idea of a big bulky end sticking out of their car's cigarette lights port.

The minimal, almost not protruding at all car charger has two USB ports on the front that can both give out 2.4 amps of power at the same time. You can charge your iPhone 7 and another device with ease and pretty quickly with the Scosche USBC242M.

When I said people love it, I meant it. The Wirecutter put it in its best USB car chargers post, and it currently holds a 4.5 average rating with just under 2,000 reviews on Amazon.

You can pick up the Scosche USBC242M in a few different colors for about $25; however, I have seen it go on sale for as little as $13.

See at Amazon

Which car charger do you use?

Let us know how you charge your iPhone 7 in the car by leaving a comment down below!

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How to delete your Yahoo! data and shut down your account

Posted on by Mikah Sargent.
Categories: Uncategorized.

How do I delete my Yahoo! account and data? Your journey begins on Yahoo!'s Terminating Your Yahoo! Account page.

Update: Yahoo! has just disclosed yet another data breach. This time of 32 million accounts accessed using "forged" cookies. This follows over a billion accounts compromised over the course of two prior breaches. At this point, it's hard to recommend anyone keep using Yahoo!


Yahoo!'s been in the news as of late for some not-so-great revelations. They apparently built a tool to search customer email, per request of U.S. government agencies. They had more than 500 million accounts hacked. And now they've had 1 billion accounts hacked.

In light of these revelations — alleged or otherwise — you might be interested in closing down your Yahoo! account and scrubbing clean your data. I was pleased to discover Yahoo! makes the process quite simple.

Delete your (Yahoo!) account

  1. Visit Yahoo!'s Terminating your Yahoo! Account page.
  2. Log in with your Yahoo! account.
  3. Type in your password to confirm your identity.

  4. Type in the CAPTCHA code to confirm your humanity.
  5. Click YES to delete your Yahoo! account. You'll see a confirmation page if you successfully deleted your account.

What you need to know about Yahoo! account termination

When you go through the aforementioned process to delete your Yahoo! account, you are terminating the following:

  • Yahoo! ID (which could, in the future, be claimed by someone else)
  • Yahoo! Mail data
  • Yahoo! Address Book data
  • Yahoo! Small Business data
  • Yahoo! GeoCities data
  • Yahoo! Briefcase data
  • My Yahoo! data
  • HotJobs data
  • Flickr account (including photo library, stats, and metadata)

Note: Yahoo! says the deletion process takes about 90 days to complete. If you want your data scrubbed from Yahoo's servers sooner than that, you'll want to go through and delete your Yahoo! emails, Flickr photos, Yahoo! contacts, and more before completing the account termination process.

Yahoo! also warns some of your information "might possibly remain" in its records even after you've deleted your account. To learn more about what data could be left behind, visit Yahoo!'s Data Storage and Anonymization support page.

Questions?

Run into trouble trying to delete your Yahoo! account? Gimme a shout and we'll try to get it figured out!

Apple Faces an Uphill Battle in China Against Local Smartphone OEMs

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
The China smartphone market is an important one for Apple but the company has been losing its momentum to Chinese OEMs since the last year there. A Bloomberg report details that the high price of the iPhone is not helping things either for the company. Continue reading

How to Automatically Answer Phone Calls on Your iPhone in iOS 11

Posted on by Khamosh Pathak.
Categories: Uncategorized.
iOS 11 has a hidden feature that automatically answers a phone call for you. This can be a cellular call or a VoIP call from apps like WhatsApp or Skype. If you’ve been around the internet for a long time, you might remember Nokia phones with a similar feature. Continue reading

How to Save Documents from Anywhere to Files App on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11

Posted on by Khamosh Pathak.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Files app in iOS 11 is a fully fledged, cloud enabled file system on your iPhone and iPad. Which means you can use it a bit like you use Finder on your Mac. Create different folders for saving and organizing different kinds of things like photos, PDFs, text files and more. Continue reading