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Several Reasons You Should Consider Getting An IPhone

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Millions of people love using the iPhone. Why, though? What excites so many people about using the iPhone? Read on for more information, including tips and tricks about how to best use the iPhone.

If you accidently get your iPhone wet, there is hope! First, do not push the power button; this may cause additional damage. Dry off the phone as much as possible and then put it in a bowl with uncooked rice. Allow it to sit for at least 12 hours. This should help the phone dry out and allow you to use it again.

Download and sign up with the Find My iPhone app. This invaluable application can help you locate your iPhone in the event that it is lost or stolen. This app not only allows you to display a message on the screen or cause the phone to ring extra-loud, but it allows you to wipe data or lock your phone from a remote location.

You can turn your iPhone into a thumb drive by equipping it with an app that lets you upload files to it. With the app, text, music, and even photos can be uploaded. All you have to do to get this music is to connect your iPhone to a laptop or desktop computer.

For faster photo taking, tap twice on your iphone’s home button, and a camera icon will appear. Tap it again, and it will immediately bring up access to the camera. You can snap a picture using the volume (up) button on the phone or on the headphone cord. A pinch of the screen will allow for zooming.

Capture those fleeting on-screen moments by using the screenshot function. To take a screenshot with your iPhone, simply hold down the “Home” button while simultaneously depressing the “Sleep” button one time. You should see a flash of white on the screen, and the image should be archived in your camera roll right away.

When typing in a web address to visit a page, sometimes you may not know the domain name ending. Even if you do, there is a way to get it in the address bar faster. In the iphone world, this is very helpful. All you do is hold down the .com button in order to see different domain name endings. You can then choose from the list.

If you are using certain apps that allow you to select a word, you can get definitions for any word that you do not recognize. All you need to do is press and hold the word and a box will come up that will ask if you would like to define it.

Check out all of your stocks and how the market is doing in the stocks section of your iPhone. This section allows you to look at how the Dow Jones is doing at the current time in addition to a timeline of its performance and different articles for quick access to the market.

It is easy to save an image from Safari on your iPhone. When you are on the image you want, tap and hold down on the image. A message will come up, asking you if you want to “Cancel” or “Save Image”. Obviously, you will want to pick the “Save Image” option.

There is a quick way to take a picture with your iPhone even if the screen is locked. Tap the home button twice, and a camera icon appears beside the unlock bar. Tap the camera, and you can take a picture immediately without the need to take the time to unlock the screen first.

You should not bother dealing with word corrections offered by the phone. When typing up something and a suggested word distracts you, simply tap your screen to get rid of the box. Doing so will save you having to hit the “x” at the conclusion of each word.

You’re going to need to switch between punctuation keys and the alphabet keys, and you would like to know how to do this much more quickly. Press the ?123 key, but then don’t let up your finger as the actual punctuation layout shows up. Slide your finger over to the comma key, release, and you will see the ABC layout appear automatically.

If your iPhone freezes up, do not be alarmed. The first thing to try is, of course, the sleep/wake button. If you are unsuccessful, push it along with the home button. This will restart your phone and the Apple logo should appear.

Use rice to help your wet iPhone. If you have found that your phone has gotten water all over it, the best solution is to set it in a bag full of rice. Rice will draw out the water and absorb it, hopefully allowing water to leave your phone in a way that you can still use it.

If your iPhone freezes and the Sleep/Wake button does not work, do not worry. There is another option. Try pressing and holding on the Home Button and the Sleep/Wake button instantaneously. Then, you’ll be notified to slide the tab that will turn off your phone. This type of hard-reset can revive your frozen iPhone.

Take precautions against losing your iphone. Your iphone can be tracked by a GPS. You can use this to locate your lost iphone, if you have taken the time to set it up. Consult your instruction manual or the settings in the iphone itself. Make sure that it is set to be tracked should you misplace it.

The iPhone makes it so easy to send messages that you might be tempted to invest a little effort into formatting. Fortunately, a little effort is all it takes. Like many of the other keys on the on-screen keyboard, the punctuation keys will give you a lot of great options (like straight or curly quotation marks) if you press and hold them.

As stated in the first portion of this article, people everywhere are using iPhones. Although you may not have known what the big deal was before, after reading this article, you now understand the appeal of the iPhone.

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Review: MacBook users should consider the IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station, MacBook Pro owners need not apply

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The IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station with Power Delivery Pass-Thru is a port-replacement peripheral for USB 3.1 type C gear, but isn’t ideal for Apple’s entire portable line.
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Opinion: Nokia hasn’t been healthy for Withings, Apple should consider HealthKit hardware

Nokia’s ownership of Withings has been incredibly messy. After buying Withings in mid-2016, Nokia sued Apple over unrelated patents which resulted in Withings digital health products being pulled from the Apple Store.

While that dispute has since been resolved, Nokia now says it is reviewing its digital health business altogether. The result could be positive or negative for Withings customers depending on where ownership lands.

As a Withings customer myself, my hope is that Apple buys the digital health product business from Nokia — if only to do the bare minimum to maintain hardware that works with Apple HealthKit.



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Apple HomePod review: Only Siri fans should consider this bass bomb

Apple’s “smart speaker” HomePod was released last Friday, and if you’re considering buying one, you’ve probably already read our earlier coverage — and perhaps visited an Apple Store to hear one for yourself. Assuming you have the $ 349 to spend, my advice last week was to bring one home, audition it in your room of choice, and decide whether it fits into your life.

Today, you might be able to skip that visit, as this full review may answer your questions without a personal audition. In short, the HomePod is a somewhat different beast from Apple’s long-since-discontinued iPod Hi-Fi: It’s best understood as a small, bass-heavy speaker that will fit into your life if you enjoy using Apple’s digital assistant Siri. If you’re bothered by either a bass-heavy audio skew or the thought of relying on Siri, skip HomePod and use your money toward a pair of excellent Sonos One speakers instead.

Basic pitch: A Wi-Fi smart speaker for any room

Looking past the HomePod’s tech specs page, the best way to understand Apple’s first smart speaker is as a place-it-anywhere performer of Apple Music — or any music you’ve stored with Apple’s iTunes Match service. Measuring just under 7″ tall and 6″ in diameter, it exists almost exclusively to stream audio, performing it in mono, not stereo.

If you’re expecting it to do anything else, you’ll probably be disappointed. HomePod has no charging dock, no audio-in port, and no way to receive music over Bluetooth. For now, it’s a completely closed system, and presently won’t stream directly from Spotify or other third-party apps. This may change over time, but for now, expect HomePod to be limited. Whether you’re cool with that or not will depend on what you expect from a “smart speaker.”

Pro: HomePod is easy to set up and fairly easy to use

I found setting up HomePod for the first time to be almost effortless. As there’s no remote control and no power button, the only thing to do is plug HomePod into the wall — it cannot run off of batteries. During the initial setup, HomePod’s Siri voice and your iOS device will work together, prompting you for permission to share Wi-Fi, iTunes, and iCloud settings, among other things.

You step through six or seven screens — depending on whether you need to go through Apple’s now ubiquitous Apple Music sales pitch — and then your iOS device’s screen will prompt you to try some basic Siri commands. That’s pretty much it: HomePod’s ready to use.

Anytime HomePod hears the phrase “Hey Siri,” a circle of lights will swirl on its top while it’s listening, processing your requests, and responding. If you have multiple Siri devices in the room, HomePod will be the device Siri responds from, pre-empting the others. I had only one issue with that: All of the devices that can hear you will be triggered, briefly interrupting whatever people are doing on their screens. Ideally, there would be a way to refer to Siri on HomePod as “HomePod” to avoid the triggering.

Pro: It fits easily in any room

I tested HomePod all throughout a house, and it was easy to place anywhere: It fits effortlessly in bedrooms, a dining room, an office, a family room, and a living room. Because it’s so small and has a fairly long power cable, there was always an existing space where it could fit, and I could always find a power outlet close enough to plug it in without stretching. Visually, the Space Gray version I selected blends in wherever it sits.

That said, I don’t love how HomePod looks, and everyone in my family similarly shrugged when asked for their opinions. Given Apple’s design philosophy, it should perhaps come as no surprise that the HomePod is a visually neutral object — less shiny and standout than the similarly shaped Mac Pro, thanks to its wraparound diamond mesh plastic and fabric grille. But unlike an iPhone X, it doesn’t have any conspicuous premium touches. Upon first inspection, my older daughter asked me why Apple keeps making products that look like little trash cans, and I didn’t have an answer for her.

The top is glossy plastic, the bottom matte rubber, touches that make sense to give it flash and practicality, respectively. If you never touch it, controlling it solely through speech, the top will only show dust rather than fingerprint smudges. But within hours of starting to use the HomePod, we found that three distinct fingerprint areas formed on the top, indicating where the volume up, volume down, and Siri/track control areas appear when illuminated. We also found that we were using the on-device track controls a lot more than we’d wanted, because it was a pain to wait for Siri to skip multiple tracks.

Above: Volume up and down buttons appear and disappear on HomePod’s top; you can tap between them to play, pause, and skip tracks.

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There’s also a small, semi-weird design decision that some people will like more than others: HomePod doesn’t illuminate or provide any other sense that it’s turned on when it’s just been plugged in. Other devices tend to offer a small chime or light to let you know they’re connected, either always or optionally, and a quick flash of the Siri lights on top wouldn’t hurt.

Pro: It offers low-distortion audio at loud volumes

As Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs used to say about design, “It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Since it’s supposed to be a speaker first and foremost, how HomePod works (and doesn’t work) is more important to me than how it looks. Over the years, I’ve come to expect excellent audio performance from any speaker at or above the $ 300 price point, and though the $ 349 iPod Hi-Fi fell short of that mark, it was a rare exception.

The two most positive things I can say about HomePod’s audio performance are that it can be turned up louder than one would ever expect from its size, and that it does a very good job of controlling the performance of its speaker drivers at all volume levels. When Apple’s Phil Schiller introduced the HomePod, he said that it would “rock the house,” and that description is fairly accurate.

HomePod pairs one upward-firing woofer (bass driver) with seven tweeters that project higher-pitched sounds in a circle. The concept is that in the unlikely event that you have a power outlet in the middle of a room and place HomePod there, you can listen to music from pretty much any angle. Alternately, if you place HomePod in any other part of a room, such as in a corner or against a wall, it can use its microphones and Apple A8 processor to adjust its sound so it’s good wherever it’s placed.

In my testing, HomePod sounded pretty much the same no matter where I put it. Whether that’s “good” or not depends on your frame of reference, but I can say that I was generally impressed by the quality of the bass — atypically detailed and capable of some real lows for a small speaker — and the precision of the treble, as well as the speaker’s non-existent noise floor. HomePod is capable of utter silence, as well as crisp high-frequency and low-frequency performance at normal volumes, and very controlled performance even when it’s at its absolute volume peak. It very nearly matches the old iPod Hi-Fi in overall volume, which is astonishing given their different sizes.

Con: We didn’t love the overly bassy, mid-recessed sound

If HomePod was a $ 99 speaker or even a $ 199 speaker, its sonic skew — solid highs and lows, but weak mids — would be easy to accept. But having tested many great $ 299 all-in-one speakers over the years, I’ve become accustomed to expecting no compromise at that price: Highs are supposed to be handled by dedicated tweeters, mids (250-2000Hz, including voices and most musical instruments’ fundamentals) are supposed to be performed by midrange drivers, and lows come from woofers. HomePod instead expects its tweeters and woofer to handle everything from highs to mids to lows. The result, which you can hear for yourself on recent pop songs like Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” is very dominant bass with chirps of voice, but too little detail in the rest of the instrumentation.

Audiophiles once derisively described woofer-and-tweeter-only speakers like HomePod as having “boom and tizz,” appealing to people who appreciate only the highs and lows of music, not what’s in between. But Beats headphones demonstrated that companies can get away with charging premium prices for that sort of sound if the enclosures are stylish enough and marketed aggressively.

Apart from lacking midrange drivers, HomePod’s bass driver sounds like it’s always turned up to 10 or 11. In test after test with HomePod and familiar songs in my library, the low thumps of bass became the dominant force in songs, drowning out any mids and leaving the highest-pitched notes as the only ones really standing out. Apple deserves credit for including such a powerful, controlled bass driver in HomePod’s small enclosure, but that’s really the only noteworthy accomplishment here. Ideally, there would be a way to throttle the bass back a bit, particularly at lower volumes.

Con: The lack of stereo sound is disappointing

If you take one look at HomePod next to the iPod Hi-Fi, you can probably guess why the smaller HomePod doesn’t offer stereo sound: As is its frequent issue, Apple prioritized form over function. Since both of these speakers launched at the same $ 349 price tag, this image gives you a very rough sense of how much stereo speaker hardware could be bought for the same amount of money as the HomePod, putting the wireless and A8 chips aside.

Does stereo sound matter? Yes. Almost every professionally recorded audio track produced over the past 60+ years was mastered in stereo. Apple even sells music as “Mastered for iTunes,” which goes beyond mastering in true stereo, paying extra attention to the high-quality sound modern audio sources are capable of. “We’re committed to delivering music as the artists and sound engineers intend it to be heard,” Apple says, and it’s true with iTunes. But that’s not what HomePod does.

Any track you’ve purchased on iTunes (or CD) has been designed to sound “the way the artist intended” when heard through excellent stereo speakers or headphones. On rare occasions, artists go even further than traditional stereo, having music mastered with proprietary 3D positional technologies such as QSound, which was memorably used in the mix of Madonna’s 1990 greatest hits album, The Immaculate Collection. In every case, the artist and sound engineers intended the music to be heard through separate left- and right-channel speakers, not through a single tube directly in front of your face.

That’s why HomePod’s approach to stereo sound is almost mystifying: It’s just not there. Yes, Apple was limited by the Echo-esque shape it chose: With $ 349 worth of components, it could have built a wide iPod Hi-Fi-like box with left and right sides, including the same or similar audio drivers found in HomePod. But instead it went with a vertical tube that makes traditional stereo sound difficult to perform, following Amazon’s Echo lead.

To provide a semblance of stereo audio, Apple says that HomePod’s audio processor analyzes music, determines what it’s hearing, and tries to place certain instruments on certain tweeters to approximate a soundstage. But in practice, while you can hear individual instruments, HomePod doesn’t really make them sound like they’re floating on a virtual stage in front of you. In distinctively stereo tracks I tested, including “Express Yourself” from the aforementioned Madonna album and the opening of Edwyn Collins’ “A Girl Like You,” stereo mixes were flattened, and I didn’t get the sense that the audio engineers’ left or right channel data was being faithfully replicated in HomePod.

When HomePod was introduced, there was a suggestion that two units would be able to function as stereo pairs. Over the past few weeks, Apple has made that somewhat ambiguous, hinting that it might use two synchronized speakers in the same room merely to fill that room rather than performing in true stereo. Apple also delayed multi-room HomePod functionality until some point later this year. We’ll have to see how that all shakes out.

Con: Siri is … well, Siri

An excellent AI assistant is now table stakes for even inexpensive “smart speakers” — that’s why Amazon’s Echo Dot sells so well despite its limited sound. Unfortunately, despite a $ 300 price gap between the Echo Dot and HomePod, there’s no question whatsoever that Amazon’s hardware would win an AI battle. Loup Ventures quantified that this weekend by showing that Siri only answered 52 percent of questions correctly, lagging behind Alexa (64 percent), Google Assistant (81 percent), and Cortana (57 percent). So it’s fair to say that Siri is a mediocre digital assistant, and although it has improved a little in the music department for HomePod, it’s still not close to its best competitors.

Above: Siri functionality is all that separates HomePod from being just another speaker

Image Credit: Jeremy Horwitz/VentureBeat

The nicest thing that can be said about the HomePod version of Siri is that it is very likely to hear and properly parse your requests. Six microphones inside are able to deliver what Apple calls “far-field Siri,” hearing your voice from a room away when you speak at a reasonable volume. I found that responsiveness and accuracy became spotty 10 feet away when music was playing, even if I shouted a command out, but under most conditions — including ones no rival product would even approximate — Siri could hear me.

Unfortunately, Siri on HomePod is plagued with the same issues it faces on other platforms: It misconstrues words, chases a decidedly wrong path rather than taking a moment to confirm intent, and has a very limited range of features. Unlike other Siri platforms, it can’t be used on HomePod to initiate phone or FaceTime Audio calls, and at some point, the exercise of calling out to the HomePod to do simple things like adjusting volume or skipping tracks one at a time becomes fatiguing. I began to feel that I’d made a mistake whenever I placed it far away, such as near a TV, because I wanted the immediacy of direct physical control.

The lack of a screen or remote control input manifested in different ways. When I first set up HomePod, I deliberately chose an account without Apple Music to see what Siri would do. It began by playing explicit language songs from a source I couldn’t determine — was it streaming from my iPhone? — and it took me a little time to see that it had dug into my iTunes Match library and just started playing random songs.

As of now, Apple is touting HomePod as essentially a standalone speaker that has very limited interactions with iOS devices, Macs, and Apple TVs. I’m certain that greater support for other devices will eventually be coming, but for now, their absence is befuddling, and needing to rely on Siri for almost everything makes HomePod feel even worse than the typical “dumb speakers” everyone’s accustomed to using.


Having tested thousands of speakers and headphones over the years, and endured too many “this changes everything” pitches to recount, I can tell pretty quickly when a new piece of audio equipment is truly something special, or just overhyped by its manufacturer. On the other hand, I know that Apple has a way higher ratio of legitimately revolutionary products than its competitors, so I won’t write off such a pitch as easily when it’s coming from Cupertino.

Unfortunately, the HomePod strikes me as a miss, and a fairly big one at that. Despite the “breakthrough” language that accompanied both the HomePod and the iPod Hi-Fi before it, I don’t believe Apple’s speakers are going to revolutionize anything. HomePod is just another speaker, and barely a “smart” one at this point. I don’t find it fun to interact with, and don’t think that the sound is worthy of the $ 349 asking price; the same dollars can buy two Sonos One speakers with superior overall sound, true stereo, and support for multiple third-party services. The fact that HomePod will see non-trivial software updates won’t fix the hardware it’s missing, and even if Apple adds a true stereo mode, that won’t remedy the need for nearly $ 700 worth of hardware to achieve it.

I hope that Apple will stay in the smart speaker space and come up with better follow-ups to HomePod, because it’s clear that the company cares about quality audio. Improving Siri and offering a better balance of sonic performance for the price would go a long way towards winning me over to a house full of HomePod sequels.

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Got Money to Blow? Consider This Ultra-Rare Bentley iPhone X

If you’ve ever thought that the iPhone X isn’t luxurious — or expensive — enough, then Bentley might have just the thing for you.

While the premium Apple flagship is already the most expensive iPhone the company has released, luxury car manufacturer Bentley has taken the handset and kicked it up a notch with what appears to be its own limited iPhone X.

The Bentley iPhone X apparently sports an 18 karat gold frame in place of stainless steel (though we’re not sure if it’s gold-plated or solid). Additionally, there seems to be another inlay of gold wrapping around the dual-lens camera module. In place of the iconic Apple logo, Bentley has clad the iPhone in its own signature winged branding, with an additional distinctive pattern on its back casing.

But that’s not all, the iPhone X is so limited edition that Bentley has only made 100 of the devices. Reportedly, the Bentley iPhone Xs are being handcrafted by a luxury custom handset firm called Golden Ace Geneva based out of Vietnam.

The device’s existence first surfaced on Instagram, when one of the iPhone Xs was spotted in a post by TheLuxuriousCave. The iPhone X in question appears to be number 19 out of 100.

Of course, there’s currently no word on how much the special edition flagship will cost — or even how one would purchase it. Neither Golden Ace Genera or Bentley has posted any information about the luxury device, and it’s not listed for sale on any online store or website.

Since the customized iPhone X doesn’t seem to be available for purchase, we can assume that it might be a special perk or addon for customers who purchase a Bentley car.

But, just for reference, the cheapest Bentley retails for upwards of $ 180,000. So, even though we don’t have a price range for this iPhone X, we can still safely assume that the only people who will own the device will be pretty well-off.

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Apple Did Not Consider How Battery Replacement Program Would Impact iPhone Upgrade Rates

During today’s earnings call covering the first quarter of 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked whether investors should be concerned about slowing upgrade rates due to Apple’s battery replacement program and the fact that consumers may opt to replace their batteries instead of purchasing a new iPhone.

In response, Cook said that he couldn’t answer because it wasn’t something that Apple took into account. Apple “did not consider, in any way, shape, or form, what it would do to upgrade rates,” said Cook.

We did it because we thought it was the right thing to do for our customers. I don’t know what effect it will have for our investors. It was not in our thought process of deciding to do what we’ve done.

In the same answer, Cook said the iPhone has fantastic reliability, and that the previously-owned market is continually expanding, with customers handing down older iPhones and using trade-ins to get new devices. Cook said he believes customers handing their devices down is a positive, because “the more people on iPhone, the better.”

Following the revelation that Apple introduced power management features that slow older iPhones in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns in devices with degraded batteries, Apple was accused of planned obsolescence and deliberately slowing devices to prompt customers to upgrade.

Apple has vehemently denied that the power management features were implemented to spur customers to upgrade, and the company has said that instead, the features were meant to expand the life of an iPhone for as long as possible.

Apple has apologized for the misinformation that has circulated about the power management features, and it has also introduced a program allowing customers to get $29 battery replacements for the iPhone 6 and newer. In iOS 11.3, Apple will provide more information about battery health and give customers the option to toggle off the power management feature all together.

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Should we consider adolescence to last until age 24?

Thinking of adolescence as lasting until age 24 “corresponds more closely” to how the lives of young people today work, writes an expert in adolescent health.

Compared to earlier generations, youth today are staying in school longer, marrying and having kids later, and buying a house later, writes Susan Sawyer, the chair of adolescent health at the University of Melbourne, in an op-ed published today in the journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. The transition period from childhood to adulthood lasts far beyond age 19, when it is popularly thought to end. As a result, she writes, we should change our policies and services to better serve this population.

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3 things millennial entrepreneurs should consider as they begin to create wealth

Many young entrepreneurs these days spend years and years paying their professional dues, pulling themselves out of debt, and living paycheck to paycheck. In fact, studies have found that the majority of today’s college graduates don’t expect to pay off their student loans until their 40’s! Once that frugal time period is over, getting to the point in life where your business ventures actually begin to accrue wealth can be very exciting. However, this is also a time when you need to be very, very careful. It’s easy to get caught up in the Silicon Valley mindset and overstep your…

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