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Total Trivia Android Review

March 22, 2017

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We have all heard of bidding apps, shopping apps and play to win apps. What if you could combine all of those things? That is where the Total Trivia app comes in. Here is some of the app’s description: Total Trivia – are you good at trivia and quiz games? On Total Trivia, you can play […]

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How to sync content with iBooks on iPhone and iPad

March 21, 2017
How do I sync my content in iBooks? Make sure all your important data stays up-to-date by adjusting your settings.

Updated March 2017: Updated for iOS 10.3.

By adjusting your settings in iBooks you can ensure that all your favorite books, audiobooks, and PDFs between your iPhone, iPad, or even Mac are synced, so all your content is accessible on all your Apple devices. On top of that, you can also make sure that all your bookmarks and any notes you make also syncs between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, meaning you never have to worry about losing your spot when switching between platforms mid-read.

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How to sync bookmarks and notes in iBooks on iPhone and iPad

When you are reading a book, you can set a bookmark so you’ll never lose your place, or add a note to a highlighted pass…

(Product) RED iPhone 7: Unboxing and hands-on!

March 21, 2017
Unboxing the (Product) RED iPhone 7 Plus — much watch!

This is the (Product) RED iPhone 7. And it’s gorgeous. It has a really deep, really matte, almost lustrous red anodized finish on the back and sides. Unlike the rose gold and gold iPhones, Apple even color-matched the antenna lines so they all but disappear. I’ve had a Product (RED) iPod touch for years and this is even… redder. The look is beyond sexy. It’s fire 🔥.

See at Apple

The faceplate is white, which has rankled some people. I totally get it. Black makes the screen look more expansive for dark interfaces, including video and gaming, but a lot of interface is white and bright these days as well, from good old web pages to the new Apple Music and News interfaces. Plus, white just looks lighter to me. I’ve preferred it since the gold and rose gold iPhones. (Selfishly, it’s also easier to photograph since it doesn’t show as much dust.)

The Touch ID sensor ring is silver. It’s supposed to match the silv…

Save 50% on Twelve South’s HiRise for Apple Watch

March 21, 2017
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time saving you big on the best way to charge your Apple Watch!

Twelve South is known for making high-quality accessories for a variety of Apple products, and the HiRise charging dock for the Apple Watch is no exception. Right now you can pick one up for $24.99 at Amazon, a savings of $25. It’s pretty rare to see big deals on products from Twelve South, and even more rare to see a 50% savings hit, so you won’t want to miss out on this one.

The weighted base will help keep it in place and prevent it from being knocked over when trying to put your watch on it or take it off the charger. You can charge your Apple Watch in either orientation, and the slots where the band go through have soft silicon inserts to keep your bands and buckles safe while using it.

Stop charging your Apple Watch flat on your desk, and add some style to your routine right now. If you want a matching stand for your iPhone, you can pick one up for just $16.99 right n…

How to delete multiple contacts at once from your iPhone

March 21, 2017
Who are all of these people and why are they in my Contacts list and how do I get rid of them all at once?

Updated March 2017: Updated steps to reflect changes to version 3.6.2 of Groups.

By default, your iPhone will only let you delete contacts one at a time, which isn’t a very pleasant process for anyone who has lots to delete. For those that don’t want to go the nuclear option of deleting all of them via iCloud, these is a way to delete multiple contacts at once, you’ll just need the help of an App Store app to do it.

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How to delete multiple contacts from your iPhone all at once

Download the Groups app on your iPhone.
Launch the Groups app on your iPhone.
Grant Groups access to your contacts when prompted.
Select All Contacts from the Groups list.
Go through your contacts and mark the ones you’d like to delete by tapping on the circle outline to the left of their name.
Tap Choose Action at the top.

Tap on Delete contacts… in the popup me…

How to share your current location with friends and family

March 21, 2017
How can I share my current location with my friends and family? Why, with location services, that’s how!

Updated March, 2017: Updated screenshots and added steps for sharing location and removing friends from seeing your shared location.

There are lots of reasons you may want to share your location through the Messages app or Find My Friends. For example, sharing a location is a lot faster than manually typing out a location to someone! If you have more than one iOS device, maybe an iPhone and an iPad for example, you may want to change which one is used for default location sharing.

It’s also worth noting that if you’re in a Family Sharing group, anyone in your group can see all your devices via the Find My iPhone app. Following the steps below will choose your default device for constant tracking in certain apps, like Messages.

I’d recommend setting the default device as whatever one you carry around with you. For most people, this will be their iPhone!

How to share your cur…

How to fix syncing issues with the left Joy-Con controller on Nintendo Switch

March 21, 2017
If you’re left Joy-Con controller keeps dropping its connection, you can fix it!

Since Nintendo Switch hit retail stores, we’ve been hearing murmurings of issues with the left Joy-Con controller disconnecting from the Switch, leaving gamers up a creek without a paddle (if you’re playing a game where you’re in a boat). There’s been plenty of speculation as to what’s causing the problem, and plenty more people trying to come up with home remedies.

If you’ve been tempted to crack open your left Joy-Con controller and try installing a new antenna where no antenna should go, you might just want to try calling Nintendo. Sean Hollister of CNET did what none of us had thought to do (probably because we’re a bunch of DIY tech geeks that think we can fix the problem ourselves). He called Nintendo’s customer service and they promptly repaired his controller.

Imagine my surprise when — again, at 6:00 p.m. PT on a Saturday — a customer support rep immediately picked up the phone! She spen…

Best External Hard Drives for Mac

March 21, 2017
Need to store your files? Check out these great hard drives for your Mac!

When it comes to storing data, personal information, and important documents, you can never save it in enough places. External hard drives are not only useful for storing data; they are an excellent way to transport files from one location to another.

There are an insane amount of options when it comes to external hard drives for you Mac, and it can be a pain to look through all of them; we’re here to help. Here are our top picks to use with your Mac.

Seagate Backup Plus 4TB
8TB Western Digital My Book
G-Technology G-DRIVE USB 3.0 4TB
LaCie Rugged RAID
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB

Seagate Backup Plus 4TB

If you’re looking for a hard drive that not only offers a good chunk of space but also great software to use with it, look no further than the Seagate Backup Plus 4TB.

It comes with an addition 200GB in cloud storage that can be easily accessed by your iPhone or iPad via an iOS app.

The Seagate Backup…

djay Pro for Mac’s latest update will probably make you an unstoppable DJ

March 21, 2017
djay Pro update: Pioneer DJ certified, enhanced Touch Bar support, Spotify browse, and more!

* record scratch * * freeze frame * Yup, this is the latest update to djay Pro and let me tell you, folks, Algoriddim is really doubling down on the Pro moniker with this one. And I’m not kidding about that “pro” thing. You’re forgiven if some of the upgrades go over your head — some certainly went over mine.

Wait, first tell me more about djay Pro!

The Apple Design Award winning DJ software is sort of like a virtual DJ booth. You can open the app, connect to Spotify or iTunes, and start mixing music almost immediately. With beat-matching, key-matching, loads of pre-bundled sound effects, sampling, loops, cue points, visualizers, four decks for mixing, drum pads — the list goes on — it’s an incredibly powerful tool for performing DJs.

OK, so what’s going on in this update?

Buckle up, there’s a lot!

djay Pro now supports Pioneer DJ’s latest, greatest DJ hardware. Th…

Maybe Apple should consider selling Apple Watch cases and bands separately

March 21, 2017
Who needs a pared-down Apple Watch collection when you could order each part separately?

I’m going to preface this with a simple statement: Inventory management is hard. Once the undisputed king of operations and channel inventory, Apple has had its ups and downs over the last few years when it comes to shipping products on time — and the Apple Watch, arguably, kicked off that trend.

The “Series 0” Apple Watch launched with multiple casing sizes, band combinations, and casing materials, leading to dozens of individual SKUs that a customer could order. And those SKUs took their toll on Apple’s operations department: It took months to ship all the watch pre-orders, in part due to random Italian leather shortages and the difficulty in anodizing “space black” steel.

Thus, it’s no surprise to see that after continued watch inventory delays (among Apple’s other accessories — hi, AirPods), the company has chosen to pare down its initial Apple Watch options when pur…