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watchOS 4 FAQ: Everything we know about the Siri face, fitness features, and Music app

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 18:03

Editors’ note: We’ve updated this story to include an expanded watchOS 4 FAQ.

The Apple Watch might still feel like a new product, but its already on the fourth version of watchOS. And each one has brought some pretty major changes. Version 2 brought nightstand mode and third-party complications, and version 3 introduced the dock, a new Breathe app, and better overall navigation.

However, watchOS 4, unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in San Jose Monday, is more of a maintenance release than a full new version. Still, it brings some cool new ways to interact with our favorite apps and add a little fun to the screen we see the most. Here’s everything we know so far about watchOS 4, including a few new features that we can’t wait to try.

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69% off WowWee Lumi Gaming Drone - Deal Alert

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 17:05

The Lumi Quadcopter from WowWee averages 3.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon, which isn't earth-shattering, but at its currently discounted price you're sure to get your money's worth. EZ flight technology allows for instant drone stabilization, and for awesome aerial tricks with very little effort. But this Quadcopter also features a "Follow-Me" mode, where Lumi follows its pilot's every move. So where you go, Lumi follows. You can also program Lumi to perform custom choreographies to the beat of your music. If you're looking for a fun starter drone that won't hurt you in the wallet, you might want to consider this one right now. Its typical list price is currently reduced a generous 69% down to just $24.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: A case for the Apple Pencil

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:00
New gear for your old gear

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

It's official: Apple Pencil cases are a thing. We've got those, plus new earbuds and other fine accessories for your iOS devices.

This Is Ground

Image by This Is Ground

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60% off KANGORA 300 Lumens LED Tactical Mini Handheld Flashlights, Pack of 5 - Deal Alert

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:54

This mini LED Tactical Flashlight comes with a upscale box that can send as a gift and is powered by a single 3.7V AA battery or a 14500 Rechargeable (not included). Heavy duty, compact and tough as nails makes the KANGORA tactical torch perfect for hunting, camping or your next search and rescue mission. Its 300 Lumens LED produces an intense beam of light up to 600 feet. Right now the list price of $39.99 on this set of 5 flashlights is reduced 60% to just $15.95. See it on Amazon.

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25% off SanDisk Ultra 256GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter - Deal Alert

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:43

Capture life at its fullest with the breakthrough capacity of this 256GB microSD card from SanDisk. 256GB means that you never have to worry about what to delete. It’s enough capacity to hold up to 24 hours of Full HD video. You can transfer up to 1,200 photos a minute when you’re ready to archive. Built to perform in harsh conditions, SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Cards are waterproof, temperature-proof, shockproof, and X-ray proof. The 256GB microSD card is rated Class 10 for Full HD video recording performance and comes with an SD adapter and a 10-year limited warranty. The typical list price is currently discounted 25% from $200 down to $150. See this deal on Amazon.

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Parody is dead: One writer’s joke is another writer’s headline

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:00

Apple made a slew of announcements on Monday, going a long way toward making up for a somewhat lackluster 2016. So, what’s a perennial Apple naysayer to do?

Troll like there’s no tomorrow, baby.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and day care run by the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (video rated safe for work but not safe for sleeping ever again), Ewan Spence tells us “Why All Of Apple's New Hardware Releases Are Good News For Microsoft's Surface.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

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How to restart your Mac remotely

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 08:00

Reader G. Murray needs to restart his Mac at times when it’s not within arm’s reach—or even with walking legs’ reach. He’s wondering what options are available with modern Macs. His Mac is located on a network created by a Time Machine, so it has a privately assigned IP address using NAT (Network Address Translation).

Two kinds of options apply here: for when the Mac is still ticking away but isn’t doing what you want, so you want to restart it if only you could connect remotely to it; or when the Mac is unreachable and ostensibly crashed or experiencing other problems, and you want to power cycle it.

Remotely connect to a working Mac

Screen sharing and remote terminal access can both let you control a Mac remotely, but reaching that Mac over the Internet is often the fly in the ointment.

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Apple TV gets cozy with Amazon Prime, so where does that leave Netflix?

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 06:00
Why Apple's ambitious TV guide still lacks Netflix.

HomePod first impressions: Lots of unknowns, but its sound is impressive

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 06:00

This week, we learned that Apple’s much-rumored smart speaker is real, and it’s called HomePod. Now the wait begins—six months until it ships in December. But while we’re waiting, Apple’s still tweaking the product and getting it ready to launch.

Sure, a few of us lucky souls were able to listen to a HomePod at Apple’s developer conference, but nobody outside of Apple has talked to one or picked one up. At the risk of stating the obvious, that’s because this is a product that’s not finished yet. Apple doesn’t want to publicly commit to a feature and then realize it can’t ship it; the product as the company conceives it today may not be the product that ends up in customers’ hands in December.

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Podcast 562: Hi, Sierra!

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:00

Apple unloaded a pile of information at its WWDC keynote this week: the long-awaited and awkwardly named HomePod, a new iPad Pro model, upgraded Mac laptops and iMacs, and details about three of its four OSes—tvOS didn’t get much love. Roman and Glenn focus on the bigger picture of this packed keynote and go in depth on the HomePod, as well as a brief discussion of Macs and macOS. Next week, we dig into the iPad Pro and iOS, and everything else learned at WWDC.

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