How to Live Stream the Super Bowl on Your Apple TV without Cable

Super Bowl 52 is just a few weeks away, which means football fans need some information to get ready for the final game of the NFL season. Where is the Super Bowl being played this year? Which network is broadcasting Super Bowl LII? And, of course, can we live stream Super Bowl 2018 on Apple TV? Luckily, the answers to all these questions and more are available so that we can all prepare for the big game. Super Bowl 2018 will be played on Sunday, February 4th at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and NBC has broadcasting rights this year. Leslie Odom Jr., star of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton, will sing America the Beautiful, followed by Pink singing the national anthem, and Justin Timberlake performing at halftime. So how do we live stream the Super Bowl and surrounding hullabaloo with Apple TV? Broadcast rights for the Super Bowl are rotated between CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox, so the method for live streaming the Super Bowl can change from year to year, depending on the channels included in live streaming services. Fortunately, most live streaming services don’t have long-term contracts, so it’s a simple matter to switch providers if your current choice won’t be broadcasting Super Bowl LII. Let’s check out some live streaming options for Super Bowl 2018!

Related: Apple TV: Your Complete Guide to Setting Up & Streaming On-Demand Content

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NBC will stream the Super Bowl on the NBC Sports App, as well as Also, Verizon will live stream the game for smartphone users via NFL Mobile, go90, or Yahoo Sports. It’s likely that AirPlay wireless streaming will be blocked, though, so while you can catch the game with these options, you won’t be able to watch it on your Apple TV. So what options do we have for watching the Super Bowl on Apple TV this year?

How to Live Stream Super Bowl 2018 on Your Apple TV without Cable

Watch NBC Live With OTA TV

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OTA stands for over the air, in other words, an antenna! Yes, it’s true, you can legally pick up locally broadcasted channels and stream them to your Apple TV with an antenna. While you might be envisioning the old-fashioned version that looks like a laundry rack attached to your roof, there are now lots of ota options that stay right inside your house. Some can boost signals, as well, which is really helpful if you live in a rural area. There are lots of choices, so look into whether NBC is broadcast in your area, or could be picked up with an antenna that features signal boosting. Some options include: AirTVHD HomeRun, and Mohu, but there are lots more out there!

Stream Super Bowl LII with fuboTV

Compatibility: fourth-generation Apple TV

Cost: $ 19.99 a month for the first two months, $ 39.99 a month thereafter.

Pros: Seven day free trial period with no commitment, then a two month special reduced price. 

Con: Channel availability varies by region.

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FuboTV is a tv streaming service with a heavy focus on live sports. The basic package, fubo Premier, offers more than 70 channels of content and in my area includes Fox and the NFL Network. NBC is available in other areas, CBS in still others, you have to do your research with this one! If you live in an area where FuboTV includes NBC, you’l be ready to live stream the Super Bowl! 

For $ 8.99 more a month FuboTV will give you Sports Plus, 16 channels of sports content ranging from the mainstream to the extremely obscure but including one very important NFL broadcaster: Red Zone. NFL Red Zone is a subsidiary of the NFL Network, lots of cool features and shows, but no live streamed Super Bowl this year.

To sign up for FuboTV and find the Apple TV app, click here.

NFL Playoffs Streaming on DirecTV Now

Comaptability: fourth generation Apple TV 

Cost: $ 35 per month

Pros: Seven day free trial period. Streaming included for AT+T Wireless Customers.

Cons: NFL game access blocked for smartphones.
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DirecTV Now is DirecTV’s streaming offering, and I was super excited to find that their lowest cost plan includes ABC, CBS, NBC, and ESPN! Then I looked at the small print to the right of each channel and noticed small boxes indicating “Live”, “Vod” or both. Live is pretty obvious, live streaming is available, but “vod?” That stands for video on demand and if only vod is offered, you won’t be able to live stream games from that network. Check with DirecTV Now to make sure that live, not vod NBC is included in your area. If you decide to go with this option, here’s a tutorial on how to set up DirecTV Now on your Apple TV.

Stream NFL Playoffs With Sling TV 

Compatibility: fourth-generation Apple TV

Cost: Sling TV Orange Plan, $ 20 per month, Blue Plan, $ 25 per month, Orange and Blue, $ 40 per month

Pros: Seven day free trial period with no commitment. 

Con: Channel availability varies by region.

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Sling TV is an a la carte, streaming tv service that allows viewers to pay far less than a cable subscription would cost. Customers can choose Sling Orange, Sling Blue, or both. As an added bonus, Sling offers a Cloud DVR option for $ 5 a month.  This way you can record the Super Bowl and watch it later if you have work or family plans to accomodate. Once again, offerings vary from region to region; make sure NBC is available in your area.

Here’s a step-by-step instructional to help you find and install the Sling TV app on your Apple TV. 

Stream Super Bowl 52 on Apple TV with PlayStation Vue

Compatability: fourth generation Apple TV running tvOS 10.0 and up

Cost: Five day free trial, then $ 39.99 per month.

Pros: Stream on up to five devices at once. 

Cons: Some channels are restricted outside of your home network, not all games are available to view on your iPhone.

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You don’t need a PlayStation to subscribe to PlayStation Vue, a live-streaming TV service that includes cloud DVR and the ability to stream on five devices at once. The least expensive package, Access, includes ESPN and rings in at $ 39.99 a month. NBC, and therefore the Super Bowl, is available if you live in the right service area—check with PlayStation Vue to be sure.

Click here to learn all about setting PlayStation Vue up on your Apple TV.

Watch NFL Playoffs with Hulu Live on your Apple TV

Compatability: fourth generation Apple TV

Cost: seven day free trial, then $ 39.99 a month

Pros: Watch on two devices at once.

Cons: Beta version

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Hulu makes the jump and joins the live-streaming tv game with their Hulu Live offering, which includes access to the entire Hulu streaming library. If you live in the right area, $ 39.99 a month will get you ABC, NBC, Fox, ESPN, and even CBS! All the NFL games, one live streaming service. A few cautions, though, Hulu warns right up front that this is a beta version and therefore subject to bugs and hiccups, so if you want to ensure the smoothest possible streaming of the Super Bowl, this could be slightly risky. As well, Hulu customers have complained about commercials with adult themes before, during, and after family and sports content, so if you’re watching the big game with kids Hulu might not be the best choice for your family.

If you live in an area where Hulu Live provides NBC, you can learn how to set it up on your Apple TV here

Live Stream the 2018 Super Bowl to Your Apple TV

I hope that one of these options will help you live stream the Super Bowl to your Apple TV, and that you have a great game day, with all your favorite snacks!

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How to Hard Restart iPhone X

A Hard Restart (aka Force Shutdown) on iPhone is a way to override everything and completely turn off iPhone so that it can restart with refreshed memory and fewer glitches. This isn’t something you want to do everyt time you turn off your iPhone; it’s more of a last resort when your iPhone is acting wonky or freezes completely. A hard restart is a bit more complicated on the iPhone X than on other iPhones, so we’ll quickly go over the new way you’ll force shutdown your iPhone. Here’s how to hard restart the iPhone X.

Related: The Complete Guide to iPhone X Gestures & Navigation

Let me just quickly say that there are a bunch of ways in which people describe this function. Some call it a force shutdown, others call it a hard restart. Some even call it a hard reboot. Generally, any term that means “restarting your device beyond the regular shutdown options” is referring to this function.

How to Force Restart (aka Hard Reboot) iPhone X

  • Click and release the Volume Up button.
  • Click and release the Volume Down button.
  • Click and hold the Side button.

  • The Slide to Power Off screen will appear; do not slide to power off. Simply continue to hold down the Side button until your screen goes black.
  • The Apple logo will appear once your iPhone X begins to power back up.

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Where is AirDrop in iOS 11?

Before iOS 11 changed the layout of Control Center, the AirDrop options were clearly visible within Control Center. With iOS 11, AirDrop is still there but hidden. If you’re wondering what happened to AirDrop, we’ll help you locate it. AirDrop in Control Center is where you choose who can find you and send you things via AirDrop. Of course, even if anyone can find you, you still have the option to decline. But it’s good to know where AirDrop has disappeared to in Control Center with iOS 11. Here’s how to find AirDrop in iOS 11 on iPhone.

Related: What Is Airdrop & How to Use It to Share Media on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

How to Find AirDrop in iOS 11

  • Open Control Center.

    • On iPhone X, swipe down from the top right of your screen.

    • On every other model of iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of your screen.

  • 3D Touch or long press the Wi-Fi icon. This will open up a whole other menu that reveals quick access to your Personal Hotspot and, of course, AirDrop.

  • Tap on AirDrop. Select who can find and send you stuff via AirDrop: Receiving Off, Contacts Only, or Everyone.

I generally leave AirDrop on Everyone, because rarely is someone near me trying to send me something they haven’t discussed sending to me. And by setting it to Everyone, I never really need to change this setting. But of course, you’ll want to select the option that works best for you.

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Develop a Healthier Lifestyle with Lifesum (plus, Image Recognition for Food Tracking!)

It’s the time of the year when we could all use a little help staying healthy. Between winter, the holidays, and New Year’s, the parties are plenty and the food is too good to turn down. But simply keeping track of what you’re eating makes staying (at least somewhat) on track easier. Or if you’re hoping to adopt healthier choices in 2018, set yourself up for success with Lifesum. The beautiful user experience and plethora of features, from tracking to recipes, makes developing a healthier lifestyle enjoyable. Check our what Lifesum does and why we love it below.

Related: Best Apps for Diet, Exercise & Cultivating Well-Being

Lifesum (Free)

What It Does

Lifesum is the most fully-featured health and fitness app I’ve ever tried (and they just added more features! But we’ll cover that later). The free version of the app allows you to set goals, track your food intake and exercise, and add friends for fitness inspiration. Aside from the differences in UI, the free version of Lifesum is pretty comparable to other popular health and fitness apps. But the premium offerings really catapult Lifesum to the next level. It goes from being a beautiful tracking app to an awesome one-stop shop for tracking, meal plans, recipes, nutritional advice, macronutrient tracking, and more. The only piece I wish they would add is the ability to plan meals in advance and compile a grocery list from the plan. I’m the type of person that would prefer to have all of my needs for a category taken care of in a single app, and Lifesum is incredibly close to being that holy grail of apps for the health world.

The Lifesum app focuses on more than just calories. For each food and meal, the app will give you a face, which may be grinning, smiling, deadpan, frowning, and more. At a glance, you can see how on-track your choices are. The app also includes places where you can track your vegetables, fruit, and water intake. Each week, you’ll get a Lifescore, which will let you know how healthy you were overall and offer suggestions for how to improve in the coming week. For fitness, you can sync Lifesum with a multitude of fitness apps (Moves, Withings, FitBit, Jawbone, Endomondo, and Runkeeper, etc) and allow the app to automatically track your activity and steps.

Why We Love It

Lifesum recently added a dream of a new feature: image recognition. Yeah, you read that correctly. You can now take a picture of your food and have the app recognize what you’re eating, confirm it with you, and track the nutritional info without you ever having to look anything up. I’m writing this before the new feature is released; although, if you’re reading this, it’s available in the app now. I tell you this to say that I haven’t had a chance to test this new feature’s accuracy; however, if that it works with even 85 percent accuracy, it’s going to make tracking food way easier.

Lifesum is an app that’s easy to love. The design of the interface makes it really lovely to view and interact with. And I think we can only expect things to get better and better with Lifesum. The company is clearly dedicated to constantly improving and providing a better and better experience for its users, making tracking health easier and achieving goals natural.

You can try the premium free for a week; regardless, even the free version of Lifesum is a dream to use. And the features available to premium members are far more than I can fully capture in one article. If you’re looking for an app that will help you develop sustainable, healthy life choices, I highly recommend giving Lifesum a try.

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How to Turn on Face ID for Apps in Settings on iPhone X

Face ID can be used to unlock apps on iPhone. For example, when I open my Day One journaling app, it pretty quickly recognizes it’s me and lets me in. This saves me from needing to enter the passcode. Whether or not Face ID works with an app depends on the app’s developers and what they’ve programmed it to be able to do. But you can easily see which of your apps will work with Face ID within Settings; you can also turn Face ID on for apps in the same place. Here’s how to turn on Face ID for apps in settings on iPhone.

Related: How to Set up Face ID, plus Using It to Unlock Apps & Make Purchases

How to Turn on Face ID for Apps in Settings on iPhone X

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select Face ID & Passcode.
  • Enter your passcode.
  • Under Use Face ID For, select Other Apps.

  • Toggle on the apps you want to let use Face ID for unlocking.

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Presenting iPhone Life’s Best of CES 2018 Winners!

Looking for a glimpse into the future? That’s why 180,000 people gathered in Las Vegas this year for CES, an annual event where tech companies from all over the world debut their most innovative new products. A dedicated team of iPhone Life writers combed the far reaches of every hall to find the coolest new tech for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Our Best of CES 2018 Awards went to the most forward-thinking, creative, and useful iOS-related gear and more coming to market this year.

Related: CES 2018 Top Trends & Gear

Here, in no particular order are iPhone Life’s 2018 Best of CES winners. Please note that while a couple of the award winners are also iPhone Life sponsors, the editorial award selection process was independent of our advertising department; we just really like those particular products! Additionally, all product names and prices in this list are as accurate as possible, but may change as manufacturers bring them to market.

Jabra Elite 65t & Elite Active 65t True Wireless Earbuds ($ 169.99–$ 189.99)

Not everyone needs or wants the fitness tracking capabilities, waterproof rating, or $ 249.99 price of Jabra’s Elite Sport True Wireless Earbuds. That’s where the Jabra Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t True Wireless Earbuds come in. Users can get the excellent audio quality, comfort, secure fit, and the consistently reliable Bluetooth connection of Jabra’s true wireless earbuds without paying for features they don’t need. The Elite 65t Elite Active 65t come with Siri capabilities, a 15-hour battery life, four microphones that provide ambient noise reduction, and the ability to customize music playback with the Jabra +Sound app.

Belkin Boost Up wireless charging stands and pads (prices TBD)

Belkin’s Boost Up wireless charging stands and pads will not only charge your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X at 7.5 watts, they can also charge Samsung devices at 9 watts and other Qi-enabled devices up to 10 watts. This makes the chargers ideal for situations where multiple brands of qi-compatible devices will need charging. The Boost Up Dual Wireless Charging Pad can even charge an iPhone and an Android phone simultaneously at the proper wattage for each. And the Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand lets you charge your phone while using it in a vertical position. Additionally, Belkin has expanded its color offerings beyond the utilitarian black and white to include pink and blue.

Fuse Chicken Shield Lightning cable ($ 35)

Fuse Chicken makes some of the strongest, most durable Mfi Lightning charging cables out there. This year the company introduced the Shield Lightning cable to its lineup. While the Titan is a bendy cable wrapped in two layers of steel and the more flexible Armour cables are woven from steel strands, the Shield is comprised of a Lightning cable wrapped in chain mail, making it extra flexible and ultra strong, all at once.

Libratone Zipp & Zipp mini Alexa firmware update (free)

Are you eager to get on the smart speaker bandwagon and make Amazon’s AI part of your life? Well, good news! If you already have a Libratone Zipp or Zipp mini speaker, there’s no need to go out and purchase a new speaker with Alexa capabilities. Late last year, Libratone released a firmware update that made its Zipp speakers compatible with the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. And in February, Libratone will release a free firmware update for existing Zipp speakers that will turn the speakers you already own into speakers with Alexa skills without having to buy any further hardware from Amazon.

Coros Omni Smart Cycling Helmet ($ 199)

In spite of the obvious dangers, many cyclists enjoy listening to music and taking or making calls while riding their bikes. With the Omni Smart Cycling Helmet, Coros has cleverly minimized the dangers. The helmet delivers audio via bone conduction, allowing cyclists to enjoy music while staying aware of their surroundings. A remote mounted on the handlebars allows riders to take calls and use other functions without pulling out their phones or taking their hands off the handlebars. Rear lights improve visibility to drivers. And riders can also track their rides via Omni’s companion app.

Catalyst Waterproof Case for AirPods ($ 24.99)

One of the most unique products in the iOS sphere at CES has to be this Waterproof Case for AirPods from Catalyst. And this one has everything. The case is made of a soft silicone material that fits snuggly over your AirPods’ included charging case. The top easily folds over itself to give you access to your AirPods without removing the case and the bottom has a notch that provides access to the charging port. The case is waterproof up to 3.3-feet and drop proof up to four feet. It also includes a carabiner so you can securely clip your AirPods to your belt or backpack without worrying about losing them. It comes it various colors, including glow-in-the-dark. The design is what makes this case truly brilliant, because you never need to remove the case. Everything you want to do with your AirPods you can do with Catalyst’s Waterproof Case.

LifeProof Aquaphonics Speaker Line ($ 99.99–$ 299.99)

We couldn’t choose just one, so we decided to give a nod to the full line of LifeProof Aquaphonics speakers. Available in three different sizes, the entire line is waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof, and snow proof. The AQ9 (pictured above) is the most compact version at $ 99.99. With its built-in carabiner, it’s the perfect speaker to clip on your backpack before hitting the trails. It’s lightweight and features an impressive 16-hour battery life. The AQ10 is the middle man that’s perfect for pool parties and beach getaways; it has a built-in dry box for storing your keys, credit cards, and more. The AQ10 floats in water and has a 13-hour battery life. It’s available for $ 199.99. Last but certainly not least is the AQ11. This baby is built for your large gatherings, with sound made to blanket big areas with fantastic sound quality. It too floats and has a built-in dry box able to hold wallets, your phone, and keys. Its 15-hour battery life lets you dance the night away and is available for $ 299.99. The entire line is able to Bluetooth pair with up to eight devices, has a mic for taking calls, is submersible up to one meter for thirty minutes, can survive drops from 1.2 meters, and is sealed from dirt, dust, and snow.

Zagg InvisibleShield Glass+ Luxe 360 ($ 69.99)

We’ve been big proponents of not risking the iPhone X and its glass back by going case free. But if you miss using a naked iPhone, there is finally a solution. The InvisibleShield Glass+ Luxe from Zagg offers 360-degree protection with two pieces of beveled, tempered glass for the front and back. The Glass+ Luxe 360 is designed to protect your iPhone from drops and scratches. It’s compatible with wireless charging so you won’t lose any functionality. The edges of the Glass+ Luxe are color-matched, so it will blend seamlessly with your device. Its reinforced edges will prevent chips and cracks from falls. It’s also smudge resistant and provides perfect screen clarity. As with all InvisibleShield protectors, the Glass+ Luxe includes a lifetime warranty—if it gets work or damaged, InvisibleShield will send a replacement for as long as your own the device. If you’d rather not hide the natural elegance of your device, the Glass+ Luxe is the perfect solution.

Libratone Track+ Wireless In-Ear ($ 199)

The Libratone Track+ Wireless In-Ears are our feature web writer Conner Carey’s favorite product from CES. Getting to test them out on the showroom floor is an experience that can’t be fully conveyed through words, but needless to say they are incredible. Not only is the sound amazing (as we’ve come to expect from Libratone), they also have adjustable noise cancellation that automatically adapts to your environment. The Track+ Wireless In-Ear is lightweight and the band that connects the earbuds is the softest and most bendable cord you could possibly ask for. It’s sweat and splash proof (IPX4) with an eight-hour battery life. Plus, it will automatically go to sleep when you set it down, so no battery life is wasted. The Track+ Wireless In-Ears will be available this summer in Stormy Black and Cloudy White for $ 199. If you plan to invest in a new pair of earbuds that will provide you with incredible sound for years to come, we highly recommend giving these your attention.

Omron HeartGuide Blood Pressure Smart Watch (TBD)

Omron specializes in blood pressure monitors, but the company wanted to provide a monitor that could automatically check your blood pressure throughout the day with the level of accuracy you need. That’s where the HeartGuide Blood Pressure Smart Watch comes in and we are impressed. First of all, it will be certified by the FDA, which means you’re not sacrificing accuracy for convenience. Second, and equally impressively, the HeartGuide doesn’t look like a blood pressure monitor watch. It looks like many other smart watches we’ve seen, which is amazing since this one is also a medical device. The HeartGuide will check your blood pressure throughout the day so you can get an accurate picture of your health. The reading is also color coded either green, yellow, or red, so you can see whether or not it’s at a healthy level in a glance. Plus, the HeartGuide will last at least ten days and up to two weeks on a single charge. Lastly, it’s not just for tracking blood pressure. You can receive notifications, monitor daily activity, and even track your sleep quality. The free Omron Connect app will allow you to compile all of the information and even share it with your doctor. The Omron HeartGuide Blood Pressure Smart Watch is awaiting clearance from the FDA and will launch soon after (late 2018) at a price comparable to the Apple Watch ($ 349).  

Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera ($ 199.99)

One sign of a good product is that when you hear about it for the first time, you wonder how it didn’t already exist because it seems so obvious. That’s how we feel about the Pop, a Wi-Fi-enabled camera that spits out prints like an old-fashioned Polaroid camera but also connects to an app on your iPhone so you can keep digital copies of your snapshots that are easy to share on social media. Our editor in Chief Donna Cleveland is especially excited about the Pop, considering that Polaroids are her go-to party accessory. While she loves the instant gratification of a physical print, she wasn’t so fond of literally taking pictures of pictures with her iPhone! Not so high tech. Now, you can just connect to the same Wi-Fi network on your Pop and iOS device, open the app and all the pictures will be there. You can also customize the framing and write on the display if that’s your thing. A touch screen display on the back of the Pop lets you see your shots and choose custom framing, and a 20-megapixel sensor and 1080p video recorder mean you get high-resolution photos and videos along with the retro charm of a real Polaroid. The only downside, as with all Polaroids, is that the paper adds up at roughly $ 1 per print.

Scosche MagicMount Wireless Charging Line

We awarded Scosche’s entire MagicMount line because the company has created wireless charging stands for any place or situation that you could possibly want a stand or charger for. Whether that’s in your home, office, or car, Scosche has a great option for you. A lot of wireless chargers are flooding the market now that Apple has adopted Qi wireless charging in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. What sets MagicMount stands apart is that they not only charge your device wirelessly but also suspend it at an easy-to-use angle. You either adhere a small magnet to the back of your phone so that it sticks to the MagicMount base, or you can buy one of Speck’s new Presidio Mount cases (described below) that have the magnet built in. We were particularly impressed with Scosche’s product lineup for the car, as it makes it easy to enjoy features found standard in newer cars no matter the make and model year of your vehicle. With MagicMount, you can turn your car console into a Qi wireless charger or attach a mount the dash so you can enjoy many CarPlay features without the cost. For the home and office, several members of the iPhone Life editorial team have tried MagicMount and can attest to how accessible it makes your iPhone while charging it up so it’s ready to grab and go.

Speck Presidio Mount Case

At iPhone Life, we’ve been a fan of Speck’s Presidio line because they’re very protective but also look great. They’re not bulky and aren’t so rugged that you feel like you should go climb a mountain just because you have one. They just look good, are very protective, and are now extremely convenient for wireless charging thanks to the new Mount case Speck has added to the line. Speck partnered with Scosche (featured above) and has built in the magnetic plate from the MagicMount right into the case. While we’ve liked the MagicMount line for a while, none of us particularly enjoyed gluing a magnetic plate to the back of our phones, especially if we were using a clear case that you could see it through. Now with Speck, the plate is built into the case so you can mount and wirelessly charge your device without having to think about it.

Ember Ceramic Mug ($ 79.95)

Ember is an innovative product for coffee and tea lovers. While Ember has offered a to-go cup for years, it is now coming out with a new 10-ounce ceramic mug. The whole point of the mug is to keep any hot liquid at your ideal temperature for you. Through Ember’s iPhone app, you can set your drink to your preferred temperature and wait for the app to let you know once it’s warmed up for you. You can save your favorite presets in the app, so it’s easy to get to the setting for your morning coffee or evening chamomile tea. We know, this is definitely a first-world product, but hey! We love our coffee and hate it when it gets cold! (Note: this mug is not dishwasher safe, but we think hand washing is a worthy tradeoff for warm and toasty coffee throughout the cold winter months!)

Remo+ DoorCam ($ 199)

Have you been eyeing a smart security system for a while, but don’t want to bother with a time-intensive setup? Or are you a renter and don’t have permission to tamper with existing hardware? A lot of us at iPhone Life can relate, and we were therefore happy to discover the Remo+ DoorCam at CES, a smart camera that’s as easy to install as hanging the camera over the top of your front door. You won’t need to get a drill out or pay a professional to do it for you! And if you’re renting, you’ll be able to take the DoorCam with you when it’s time to move on to a new apartment. The DoorCam comes with a motion detector and HD camera so you’re alerted if anyone approaches your home. You can chat with whoever’s at your door in real-time, which makes package delivery easy and effortless. We hope this is the first of many renter-friendly smart home products to come!

iDevices Instinct Smart Switch (TBD)

Smart switches are nothing new, including those controllable by Amazon’s Alexa, but the Instinct from iDevices goes further. The Instinct has Alexa built in, so you can access the voice assistant in any room where the wall switch is installed. This is a great way to make your whole house smarter without requiring an Echo device taking up table space and power outlets. 

Quantum Storey Company

Whether you think augmented reality or virtual reality is the future, Quantum Storey Company has a fun and educational offering. The company offers original childrens books that help teach a lesson using both AR and VR. The pages come to life using AR and you can use the VR goggles sold in special packaging (or bring your own) and interact with the characters from the story. These books are reasonably priced and more stories are on the way. 

WT2 from Timekettle

If you’ve read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you will remember the Babel Fish, a tiny creature that sits in your ear and translates other languages in real time. That is basically what the WT2 from Timekettle does with help from an iPhone. Two people each wear an earbud which pairs with the phone and the phone translates to and from each party’s native language. It’s done almost in real time and is quite handy for travelers. It could also be used for hearing impaired users as a way to caption a speaker as their words are also shown on the phone. 

Powercast remote wireless charging

Once you’ve tasted wireless charging with Qi-based technology in the newest iPhones you won’t want to go back. But what if you didn’t have to put your phone on a specific charging pad? That’s the promise of Powercast. The device transmits power to nearby devices, which could be a phone or a keyboards or a mouse or a combination of them. Imagine a really wireless environment for all of your accessories with no need to keep them on a special charging pad. 

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How to Use Animoji on iPhone X (They’re More Fun Than You Think!)

Animoji is a new feature that currently is only available on the iPhone X. The technology required for Animoji is really incredible and the potential applications are far-reaching. For now, you can animate various characters in ten-second videos and send them to friends. You can be a unicorn, the poop emoji, a panda, a chicken, and more. When you move your face, the Animoji automatically moves with you. With Animoji, you are essentially animating your own character, as though you were in a cartoon but from the comfort of your iPhone. Here’s how to use Animoji on your iPhone X.

Related: Opinion: Animojis Are the Most Exciting New Feature of the iPhone X

How to Use Animoji on iPhone X

  • Open the Messages app and open an existing message.
  • At the very bottom, you’ll see small ovals presenting different options and apps for within Messages. Locate the oval with a little hollering monkey and tap on it.
  • If you don’t see the options at the bottom of your screen, tap on the App Store “A” icon, then select the oval icon that’s a hollering monkey.

  • You should now be on the Animoji screen within Messages.
  • One the very left, you can scroll through the different characters. Select one.
  • Hold your iPhone up to your face. As you move your face, the character’s face will automatically move as well.
  • To record, tap the large red button next to the Animoji character.
  • While recording, you can speak, sing, and generally move with regular expressions and watch as the Animoji character does the same. After ten seconds, it will automatically stop recording.
  • Once it stops recording, you can tap the trash can to delete it, the arrow in a circle to replay it, or the arrow to send it.

  • Once you’ve sent the Animoji, you can tap and hold the Animoji video you’ve sent and tap Save to save it to your Photos. From there, you can share it with social media and other people from there.
  • Alternatively, you could 3D Touch the Animoji video you’ve sent, then tap the Share icon in the lower left-hand corner and do what you want with it from there, whether you want to send it via text or other format.

Luckily, Animoji recordings save as a regular video file. Which means you can share them with friends or post them on social media, even if they have an old iPhone or don’t have an iPhone at all.


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How to Change the Paper Style in Notes with iOS 11 on iPhone

When drawing notes or images by hand in the Notes app on iPhone, you can choose the paper style to draw upon. When you want lines to draw within or a grid to help you stay on track, you can choose a one-time paper style to use or even set up a default paper style to automatically appear in your Notes. When you type, the paper style disappears in that part of the tip; but for drawing by hand in the Notes app, choosing the paper style can make a big difference. Here’s how to change the paper style in Notes with iOS 11 on iPhone.

Related: How to Scan Documents into Notes with iOS 11 on iPhone

How to Change Paper Style in Notes (One-Time)

  • Open the Notes app and either start a new note or open an existing one.
  • Tap the Share icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • Tap Lines & Grids. *Note that if the Share menu pops up, you will still be able to find Lines & Grids along the bottom row.

  • Select the paper style you would like to use.
  • Once you’ve selected the paper style, it will appear within the note.

Use the built-in tools in Notes to write or draw on the lines. Remember, though, that typing will appear around the lines or grid—they won’t type as part of it. Use a table in Notes for that.

How to Change the Paper Style in Notes (Auto)

Alternatively, if you want one of the paper styles to always appear in a note by default, you can change the paper style in Settings. To do this:

  • Open the Settings app and select Notes.
  • Tap Lines & Grids.

  • Select the paper style you want to use.

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How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot

We’ve talked before about how Apple devices can share downloads as long as they’re registered to the same Apple ID, but did you know that cellular data can also be shared between devices? Oh yes, friends, it’s true. Say you’re stuck somewhere with no Wi-Fi (the horror) or just an overloaded Wi-Fi network. There’s work to be done, and you need a connection; the time has come to use your iPhone to set up your own personal Wi-Fi hotspot.

Related: How to Use Cellular Data for Automatic App Downloads on Your iPhone

How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot 

  • Go to Settings and tap Personal Hotspot.
  • Toggle Personal Hotspot on.

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Now it’s time to connect your Hotspot; most people will use Wi-Fi, so we’ll cover how to connect to a Hotspot using Wi-Fi below.

How to Connect to a Personal Hotspot with Wi-Fi

Since your iPhone is already a Hotspot thanks to the steps above, you are ready to link your other device.

  • Go to Settings and find Wi-Fi.

  • Look for your iPhone Hotspot network on the list and tap to join.

How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot

  • If you’ve set up a password, enter it now.

How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot

You’re now connected to your Personal Hotspot. Keep in mind that creating a Personal Hotspot uses your cellular data. Depending on your phone plan you may end up paying for overages, or experiencing a slow-down once you’ve reached a monthly cap; just something to be aware of before setting up and using your Wi-Fi Hotspot.

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How to Turn off Emergency Alerts on Your iPhone

We’ve talked before about how to schedule Do Not Disturb on your iPhone, but did you know that certain alerts can barge right through that setting? These include AMBER Alerts (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response), and government alerts about imminent threats, such as extreme weather. These alerts are extremely important to leave on as they can literally save lives, but you may have the occasional need to turn them off.  One recent example I can recall is when a tornado warning set my phone blaring.  My kids, dogs, and I went to the basement and were as prepared as we could be, but the alerts kept going off.  This was not helpful in my efforts to calm everyone down, and I didn’t want to turn off my phone because I was messaging friends and family to tell them we were safe.

I wish I had known then what I know now!

Related Content: How to Schedule Do Not Disturb on Your iPhone

How to Turn Off Emergency Alerts on Your iPhone

  • Go to Settings and tap Notifications.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen, where you’ll see the heading Government Alerts.

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  • Toggle off AMBER Alerts and Emergency Alerts.

How to Turn off Emergency Alerts on Your iPhone

Remember to turn your alerts back on as soon as possible! Tornadoes, flash floods, and other disasters can strike quickly; your iPhone is one of the best ways to get notified and get to safety as soon as possible.

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