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20+ must-know HomePod tips [Video]

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber who’s all in on the Apple ecosystem, then the HomePod is a compelling smart speaker. Not only does it sound excellent, but it has Siri built in, which can do things like control your music and control smart home accessories.<p>HomePod isn’t yet as “smart” as Google …

How to Disable Personal Requests on HomePod

You can use Siri on your HomePod to access your messages, notes, and reminders, all of which are what Apple calls Personal Requests. As a rule, these only work when the device that was used to set up HomePod is connected to the same local network, which Siri interprets to mean that you're …

HomePod is Now Widely Available at Apple Stores

Today is HomePod launch day in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, and as promised, the speaker is now on display and available to purchase at most of Apple's retail stores in each of those countries.<p>HomePod has already received rave reviews for its sound quality from both the media …

Find out everything HomePod can do in the online User Guide

In line with the HomePod public launch, Apple has posted the HomePod User Guide. The guide covers what to do when you first unbox the HomePod as well as what kind of things to ask it, from music questions to smart assistant features like driving traffic, weather, and alarms.<p>The guide covers how to …

17 hidden useful tricks and shortcuts for your new Apple TV

The Apple TV 4, which came out last fall, is one of the most advanced media streamers on the market.<p>As opposed to older Apple TV models, the latest version can install apps and is a fairly sophisticated computer that you can hook up to your flat screen television.<p>You can tell if you have the latest …

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How to Find Your Parked Car Using iOS 10 on iPhone

No one likes getting lost in a parking lot. iOS 10’s parked car feature allows you to use Maps to find your car in a sea of vehicles. In order for this to work, your car will need either CarPlay or a Bluetooth stereo your iPhone pairs with. Once you’ve set up the parked car feature, it will be …

Case Closed: 20 Best iPhone 7 Cases

VRS Design Duo Guard Case<p>This case offers exactly what most of us need – drop protection. Thanks to reinforced dual layers (hence the ‘duo’ in the …

Hands-on with the new black Lightning Dock for Jet Black and black iPhone 7 users [Video]

As we’ve learned through various reader polls over the last week, people really love the new black and Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Alongside the new device colors, Apple has also introduced a new black Lightning Dock and YouTuber DetroitBorg has gone hands-on with the accessory ahead of …

Diet, Exercise, and Sleep Are Great, but 1 Thing Matters Even More for Your Health

Everyone knows about diet, exercise, and sleep, but studies show there's something even more important.<p><i>What is the best way to live a happy and successful life? originally appeared on Quora, the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer</b> …

The Best Thing to Eat Before and After Your Workout

Whether you’re eating for endurance or snacking for strength training, it’s not always clear what is best to put into your body. Moreover, “what’s …

10 tips and tricks for the iPhone 6S

Introduction<p>The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus have burst onto the scene, and while on the outside Apple's latest handsets look a heck of a lot like …

Best Apple Watch apps list: The 26 best free and paid-for Apple Watch apps so far

Got an Apple Watch? Get these 26 apps and games first<p>The Apple Watch is finally here, and it easily ranks as one of the best wearables we’ve tried. …

Review: Native Union's DOCK for Apple Watch

Native Union’s DOCK is a charging station for Apple Watch. How well does it do the job? Let’s find out.<p>The Facts<p>Company: Native Union<br>Product: …

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How to Customize Default Replies on Apple Watch

With watchOS 2, Apple added some features to the Mail app that make it possible for you to actually respond to email right from Apple Watch. Similar to responding to text messages on Apple Watch, users can now use voice dictation, send an emoji, or respond with a preset default reply.<p>Additionally, …

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How to Personalize Your Watch Face and Complications in watchOS 2

watchOS 2, the first major update to the Apple Watch's operating system, was released in September, just five months after the device's debut. If you didn't face any download issues getting watchOS 2 on your Apple Watch, you are well on your way towards looking for the new features the update …

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Best smartphone cameras: Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s vs. Nexus 6P vs. Lumia 950

Samsung vs. iPhone, Nexus vs. Lumia. It's time to find out who makes <i>the best</i> smartphone camera.Recently a new smartphone waltzed onto the scene, …

Here are the secret apps that only Apple employees get to use

When a prototype iPhone 4 was carelessly left in a bar by an Apple employee, the company quickly scrambled to retrieve it, fearful that journalists and competitors could use it to find out what goes on during the making of a new product.<p>Apple employees are given access to a suite of apps to help …

Apple Watch Series 2 UK release date, features and live blog: Apple unveils "swimproof" Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 2 has in-built GPS and new waterproof technology<p>Apple has announced its new smartwatch iteration – the Apple Watch Series 2. …

How to take 'Live Flash Selfies' on your iPhone 6s

Make your selfies bigger, brighter, and more magical than ever with iPhone 6s.The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus take selfies to the next level. Not …

The 30 Best Apps for your new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus

Got a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus? Here are some of our favorite iPhone apps that’ll help you make the most of your shiny new iPhone. Continue …

Give your Apple Watch a facelift with watchOS 2

I was so excited to have a color screen on my Apple Watch when I picked the Sport up this past April.<p>When I went through all the watch faces, though, I was rather underwhelmed; really, you have a bright, high-resolution monitor on your wrist and all you can do is put a moving moth or Mickey Mouse …

4 watchOS 2 improvements you didn’t know you wanted

Apple’s second major iteration of its wearable firmware, watchOS 2, is finally out today, and it has some extra fun features hiding along with all of the ones the company has been talking about since it first announced the update back in June.<p>Sure, native apps and custom watch faces are cool, but …

iPad Mini 4 Display Has Improved Color Gamut and Lower Reflectance

DisplayMate has tested the iPad mini 4 display and found that its colors and color accuracy are on par with the iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with an improved 101% color gamut. All previous iPad mini models had 62% color gamut with poorer color saturation, according to the company's …

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iFixit’s iPad mini 4 teardown shows smaller battery, heavy similarities to iPad Air 2

At its event earlier this month, Apple took the wraps off of a refreshed iPad mini 4 that is nearly identical to the iPad Air 2, but obviously in a smaller form factor. This evening, the crew at iFixit has shared its detailed teardown images of the iPad mini 4 and as expected, they show what is …

Apple iPad mini 4 unboxing and comparison [Video]

This wasn’t discussed much in the official announcement, but the iPad mini 4 is a pretty nice step above its predecessor with enhancements in a few key areas that definitely make a difference. The major things you need to know about with this iPad mostly falls in line with Apple’s upgrade patterns: …

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How to use the iPad's new 'slide-over' feature in iOS 9

Slide-over is a new feature you'll find on your iPad shortly after updating to iOS 9. In a bid to increase the multitasking capabilities of its tablet lineup, Apple is adding features that make it possible to do more than one thing on your iPad at a time.<p>Accessing slide-over is simple; when using …

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Complete guide to iOS 9

After a novel public beta program Apple released iOS 9 in its official form today. iPhone and iPad users can download the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system either over the air or through iTunes. The update will be compatible with all iPhones back to the iPhone 4S , all iPod Touch …

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How to use Up Next in iTunes and the Music app

In the old days, if you were in the midst of a killer mix, but one track led you to want to mix in another song, you could either forget about it and …

How to play music in iTunes and the Music app

iTunes and the Music app offer a slew of controls for playing, shuffling, DJing, and queuing your music. Here's how you can get the most out of …