Tag: Apple news

Here’s why you need to stop force quitting apps on your iPhone right now.

If you’re like me, then you’ve probably thought that force quitting apps on your iPhone or iPad (by tapping the home button twice and swiping up) would make your phone run faster and save your battery. Well, turns out that tip — which I’ve been following religiously since then — is absolutely wrong. And in fact, it’s eating up your battery. Related: Do you know these 3 handy iPhone email tricks? When you double-click the home button, you’re actually accessing a navigation tool that’s there to help you find apps you have recently used. These apps aren’t running in...

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Tech trick: How to hide app purchases so your kids can’t download through Family Sharing.

I’m grateful to my daughter who (much to the chagrin of tweens and teens everywhere, I’m sure) tipped me off to a trick I wasn’t aware of: Kids can easily download new apps to their devices without your knowledge, if you have Apple Family Sharing in use. Now my kids do need my approval to download any new apps, because of the Ask to Buy feature I have enabled. And I love Apple Family Sharing, because it means I’m not paying three times when we all want to play Alto’s Adventure. (Don’t judge.) Related: A new study about kids’ online behavior might surprise...

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Here’s what you need to know about the Apple HomePod aka Alexa by Apple.

Okay, okay so the new HomePod is not technically the Amazon Echo (aka Alexa), but well, it pretty much is, just shaped more like a marshmallow in Apple’s signature black and white. That’s not to say we’re all not going to want it when it hits shelves in December, but it’s a pretty late arrival considering Alexa, Dot, and Google Home (just to name a few) have been on the market for awhile now. And for the most part, people (including me) are pretty happy with them. Related: 27 cool things you can do with the Amazon Echo While...

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Web Coolness: Mario Karts at Target, is Unroll.me safe, and teens are taking social media breaks.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   You can now use Mario Karts at Target. Watch out for this Apple phishing site. Is Unroll.me safe to use? A closer look at their privacy policy. Cool events for families at the Apple Store! How celebs are using busyness, not wealth, to show status on social media. Interesting.   This Mother’s Day card from 55 Hi’s. So freaking true. Is your child gifted? Helpful online resources from an educational expert. Here’s why you should consider...

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Spotify and Chill on Valentine’s Day with Prince to serenade you

Your Valentine’s Day just got a whole lot more romantic thanks to the official news that Prince is now available on Spotify and Apple Music. Whoo! That’s right, all of his albums can be streamed all day, and… all night. Ahem.  Start off with a little Purple Rain, and then, depending on how your evening goes (aka when the kids finally fall asleep after their day long sugar high), Get Off? We’ll let you take it from here. And if you need more romantic ideas for a date night at home, parents, we’ve got them in spades. Or should we...

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Web Coolness: Last-minute geeky Halloween costumes, fun Halloween apps for kids, and Twitter kills Vine. What?

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them too.   30 last-minute geeky costumes, like the Pokéstop above from PopSugar, that you can easily put together. One of our favorite to-do apps just got a major upgrade. Nice! Wow, big news: Twitter is killing Vine! Need last-minute Halloween costume help? Check out these DIY Star Wars costumes. New York subways might just be Metrocard free by 2020 thanks to this app.   6 Halloween apps for kids, from adorably spooky to downright scary. Amnesty International ranked 11 tech companies on encryption and...

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The quick and dirty on the new MacBook Pro

Today at the Apple Event, the new MacBook Pro was revealed, and let’s just say we are all trying to find ways to rationalize an upgrade. If you’re wondering whether you might want to trade in your older model for this new laptop, here’s a quick rundown of the new features we’re most excited about. Now, it’s been four years since the MacBook Pro got a makeover, so it’s not surprise that this new version is thinner and lighter, with 130% faster graphics. You’ll also notice that the screen is brighter, the speakers are louder, and the trackpad is bigger. Two times...

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Web Coolness: The iPhone 7 is here, the Samsung Note 7 gets recalled, and free Uber credits

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   The iPhone 7 is out! Here are 22 of the coolest iPhone 7 cases that suit every style. Here’s a recap of everything new from Apple in 2 minutes. They’ve officially recalled the Samsung Note 7. A comprehensive organized list of all the photo apps you should know about. A pen that has over 16 million colors. Whoa!   An app that finally understand women have different body shapes and types. Wow, this is a...

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The list of everything Siri can do for you. That’s 489 commands, to be exact.

I’m the first one to admit that I do not utilize Siri on my iPhone as much as I should. But after discovering Hey Siri website that lists out literally every single command (and variation on those commands) that Siri can do, let’s just say I’m upping my game. With the crazy back to school season right around the corner, I’ll take as much help as I can get. So, I read through the list of  the 489 Hey Siri commands (not to mention the 1204 variations) and created 12 Siri commands just for parents that you might find helpful. And sorry. “Hey...

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