Review: Lenovo’s Google-equipped Smart Clock is a solid choice when bedtime means bedtime


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You’ll have to go elsewhere if you want all the features of a Google Nest Hub or Echo Show, but for smartspeaker buyers who just want a cheap wake-up and bedtime option, the Lenovo Smart Clock doesn’t disappoint.

TipOff #16: Save and Share Voicemail on Your iPhone


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If you didn’t know, there is a handy way to save or share a visual voicemail on your iPhone.

  • On your iPhone, open the Phone app and select Voicemail in the bottom right corner.
  • Select the voicemail message that you’d like to save or share.
  • Tap the share icon in the upper right corner (the square with an up-arrow).
  • Choose Add to Notes, Voice Memos, Evernote, or any other app that supports audio import.
  • Or choose Messages, Mail, AirDrop, or any other app that supports sharing. Type in a message to accompany the attached voicemail and send it on its way!

There are also a few apps that can help you too!

Photos: How to adjust image perspective in iOS 13


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Justin Titi displays intelligently curated photo albums in iOS 13.

You can adjust the perspective along the x-axis and y-axis in Photos, starting in iOS 13, Apple told us at WWDC. Here’s what you’ll need to know to start adjusting perspective in Photos on iPad and iPhone.

Now you can adjust perspective in Photos

Apple introduced a range of new Photos editing tools and effects in iOS 13, including two for adjusting perspective, which you’ll find inside of the crop tool when editing a photo or video.

You can get some sense of how the perspective shift works in iOS 13 here:

The company’s applied machine intelligence is all across Photos.

Those tools also come into play to enhance

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Tips for Travelers 2019: Packing Tech for a Trip


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Photo of Bow River, Banff, Alberta, Canada. © 2019, Steven Sande

Photo of Bow River, Banff, Alberta, Canada. © 2019, Steven Sande

This is the second in a series of articles from the Rocket Yard to help you enjoy your tech equipment while you’re on a trip, either for business or (hopefully) pleasure. The series began with Tips for Travelers 2019: Apps You Should Install Before Departure, a list of apps that can provide information, directions and entertainment during your travels. Today we’re looking at suggestions on packing your devices for physical protection, easy access, and security.

The Tech I Packed For My Trip

I just got back from a 17-day trip to Alaska and Canada, and as a professional photographer and writer, my tech kit includes not only devices to write articles while I’m enjoying the wilderness scenery, but camera equipment as well. There are also two items on this list that can be considered personal health devices

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8 things you need to know as Apple kills iTunes


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Apple is separating iTunes into new Apple Music, TV and Podcasts apps, but it isn’t really killing the veteran media management software it launched in April 2003.

Here’s what you need to know:

Why is Apple ending iTunes?

Apple’s software chief joked as he announced the end of iTunes

“How about a calendar in iTunes?,” joked Apple engineering lead Craig Federighi when he announced the news at WWDC.

“I mean, you can have all of your appointments and your best tracks all in one app!” The media management software had grown to a point at which it simply did too much.

The music industry owes a lot to iTunes

iTunes didn’t stop online piracy overnight, but it did“open up the promise of a celestial jukebox for anyone who believed that it’s better to pay for stuff.”

That turned out to be plenty of people who still

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Smart Fitness Device Activ5 Now Available From Apple


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Apple retail stores and the Apple online store are now carrying the Activ5, a fitness device designed by Activbody.

Described as a portable isometric-based strength training device with digital coaching, the Activ5 coaches users through each isometric exercise, measures maximum strength for each exercise, and communicates this to an iPhone.



The device itself is a small pad that’s outfitted with a number of pressure sensors inside.

The Activ5 is personalized to each user to create a challenging but achievable workout. Each workout pose is demonstrated in the app, and the device itself is able to tell users to push harder or less hard throughout the workout. Every detail of the workout is tracked via the app, providing fitness stats for each exercise.



There are more than 100 full body workouts available based on isometric exercises, which are designed around contractions of a specific muscle or group of muscles. Activbody

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Mattel Launches New Hot Wheels ‘id’ Smart Track Kit and NFC Cars Exclusively at Apple Stores


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Mattel’s Hot Wheels brand is getting a major digital upgrade with the launch of the Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit, Race Portal, and Hot Wheels id vehicles, all of which are available exclusively from Apple starting today.

With the Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit, Hot Wheels id vehicles can be raced on a track that incorporates digital tracking elements through an app on the iPhone or iPad. The system allows users to keep track of speed, count laps, build a digital garage, and more, providing a mix of physical and digital play.



The new Hot Wheels id setup includes 51 die-cast cars with NFC tags that are going to be released in six mini collections throughout 2019, with each vehicle to be priced at $6.99. Each car can be leveled up digitally, with challenges available to break race records.



Launch vehicles include the Corvette C7R, SRT Viper GTS-R, 2016

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How to use external storage with iPadOS


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Launching iPadOS

iPadOS turns everything into a new play

Apple will finally deliver one of the most-requested iPad and iPhone features with external storage device support with iOS 13 and iPadOS – what does this mean and how do we use it?

How does iOS 13 support external storage?

iPad users have been stranded in cloud storage services due to the lack of support for external storage volumes in their devices.

They have also been able to use cloud-connected local storage devices, such as the popular Sandisk iXpand range of connected memory sticks.

This has driven most of us to spending money on iCloud storage, or using Dropbox, Box or any other available online storage solution, most of which deliver way more than iCloud’s miserly 5GB of free storage space.

This changes in iPadOS, which introduces support for external storage volumes, including USB drives, SD cards, and SMB file servers, all

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Apple reportedly requires Comcast and Charter to sell iPad, Apple TV as part of iPhone deal


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In a bid to gain access to Apple’s popular iPhone, mobile industry newcomers Charter and Comcast reportedly agreed to somewhat onerous terms that require the cable giants to also sell iPad and Apple TV, some of which are offered with carrier subsidies.

Mizuho analysts suggest 2019 iPhones will ‘lack novelty’ for consumers


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The 2019 iPhones will largely be the same as the 2018 models in terms of basic specifications, analysts at Mizuho Securities believe, with the follow-up to last year’s releases thought to "lack novelty" aside from an upgrade to include more cameras on the rear.

Mizuho analysts suggest 2019 iPhones will ‘lack novelty’ for consumers


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The 2019 iPhones will largely be the same as the 2018 models in terms of basic specifications, analysts at Mizuho Securities believe, with the follow-up to last year’s releases thought to "lack novelty" aside from an upgrade to include more cameras on the rear.

How to change your name on AirDrop


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Tim Cook opens a new store

I wonder what meme they are sharing?

AirDrop. It’s so useful. You can privately share almost anything without being tracked, hacked or accidentally falling into some marketing hole. And it’s almost completely useless if you or others use names like ‘iPhone’, ‘Mac’ or ‘iPad Air’.

That’s why you need this tip:

How to change AirDrop name

This is one of those tips that’s really useful if you don’t know it, really annoying if you’re attempting to AirDrop items with someone else who doesn’t know it, and well worth sharing with others if you think they need to know how it is done.

If you’ve ever tried to find a Mac or an iOS device belonging to you or to someone else on your network and all you’ve found is generic iPhone or Mac information, so you can’t tell it is them, then this might help.

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How to change your name on AirDrop


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Tim Cook opens a new store

I wonder what meme they are sharing?

AirDrop. It’s so useful. You can privately share almost anything without being tracked, hacked or accidentally falling into some marketing hole. And it’s almost completely useless if you or others use names like ‘iPhone’, ‘Mac’ or ‘iPad Air’.

That’s why you need this tip:

How to change AirDrop name

This is one of those tips that’s really useful if you don’t know it, really annoying if you’re attempting to AirDrop items with someone else who doesn’t know it, and well worth sharing with others if you think they need to know how it is done.

If you’ve ever tried to find a Mac or an iOS device belonging to you or to someone else on your network and all you’ve found is generic iPhone or Mac information, so you can’t tell it is them, then this might help.

[Also read: How to share

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TipOff #13: Close All Safari Tabs at the Same Time in iOS


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How many times do you find yourself on your iPhone or iPad trying to close all of your Safari windows or tabs one-by-one? It can take a considerable amount of time if you have dozens of them open.

Stop it! Here’s how you can close all Safari tabs at the same time in iOS…

1. Open Safari. (Obviously)
2. Long press the “Tabs” icon. (Not as obvious – it’s the two overlapping squares)
3. Select “Close All Tabs.” (Obviously)

That’s it!

Ikea’s HomeKit-ready Smart Shades to ship in August


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One of the most hotly anticipated HomeKit products in recent memory, Ikea’s Smart Shades, will finally launch in August after a months-long delay, the company says.

How to create a HomePod stereo pair for use with your Mac


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The built-in speakers that come with most Macs are pretty darn good, especially (or so I’m told) on the iMac Pro. But if you want a high-end, expensive (about $700) set-up, you can pair two HomePods for some intense audio.

Apple says that setting up your stereo pair is easy and that “when you set-up a second HomePod in the same room, you’re prompted to form a stereo pair.” That’s true under ideal conditions.

Let’s assume that you are indeed working under ideal conditions and the set-up goes smoothly. Then your two HomePods communicate with each other so that only one responds to Siri requests. If both responded, you’d have a problem, of course.

Even though these two speakers act as one, each HomePod communicates with the other so that only one speaker responds to Siri requests. Unless this changes with the upcoming macOS Catalina, Apple says you

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Google teases triple lens camera system and square bump on Pixel 4


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Google has started to tease the Pixel 4, an upcoming refresh of its Android smartphone, by tweeting an image of the mobile device’s rear featuring a large square camera bump, one that seems similar in concept to the one rumored to be included in Apple’s 2019 iPhones.

Batteries in iPhone XR successor said to be 5% larger, and in production now


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Apple will be using batteries from the Chinese supplier Contemporary Amperex Technology in the 2019 follow-up to the iPhone XR, a report claims, with the component said to have an increased capacity from the current model that adds 5% more power.

WWDC: Apple adds AI to the iOS 13 Share pane


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iOS 13 screen at WWDC

Apple’s WWDC 2019 was action-packed

Apple’s Share Sheet comes in for several changes in iOS 13, which attempts to make it both easier and more logical to navigate – the company told me it wanted to make it possible to share items in a single tap with these enhancements.

Sharing with a little intelligence

While the overall Share Sheet design remains more or less the same as before, Apple has added a layer of intelligence and tried to make it easier to find the specific sharing command you are looking for.

The intelligence is in the top row within Share. In iOS 12, this only offers AirDrop shares. In iOS 13 it still does shares (denoted by an AirDrop icon), but adds intelligent suggestions of recommended contacts you might want to share something with.

Context is everything

These recommendations are smart – for example, if you are sharing a photo

iOS 13 features as noted at WWDC
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How to undo and redo in iOS 13


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Apple has made it much easier to Undo and Redo actions on iPhones and iPads in iOS 13. Here is what has changed and how to use the new gestures.

Did anyone use Shake to Undo?

We’ve always been able to Shake to Undo in order to cancel a previous action taken on an iOS device, but I most people never really took to the gesture.

In my own case, I usually forget it is available. Not only this, but I find the action of shaking my device breaks my concentration when I am trying to get stuff done.

It’s not the only instance in which an Undo action has been weirdly hidden on iOS – look at the action of backswiping in the numbers field on Calculator, for example.

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