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Best Accessories for Apple Watch

May 22, 2017
What are the best accessories for your Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch may technically be an accessory for your iPhone, but it’s also a powerful device in its own right — cataloging workouts, monitoring your heart rate, helping you pay for items, playing music, and, of course, telling time. The more you use your Apple Watch, the more you may find yourself wanting to accessorize your accessory with new bands, protective coverings, external monitors, stands, travel cases, or headphones.

Here are our must-have accessories to pick up for Apple Watch.

Get more bands

You can completely change the look and style of your Apple Watch with a lightning-quick band swap — but to do that, you need new bands!

Apple offers a wide variety of bands for casual and formal use alike, but the band market goes far beyond Cupertino: There are tons of third-party designs out there, along with ways to make your old watch band Apple Watch-compatible and customize the lugs.

Apple Watc…

Lens a dish, get a meal: Pinterest lets users scan food for recipe info

May 22, 2017
Imagine if it were possible to scan the dinner you’re eating at a restaurant and get all the ingredients: well with Pinterest, you can!

Back in February, Pinterest introduced a new feature for iOS called Lens that allowed you to point your camera at your surrounding environment and discover new ideas, objects, and details based on what was situated around you.

Now, Pinterest is taking their Lens feature a full step further with the new ability to scan food and get the ingredients that went into making said food – if you’re pinterested, of course!

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And now we’re rolling out a way for you to Lens an entire dish and get recipes to recreate the meal. So the next time you want to copycat the waffles at your favorite brunch spot, Lens them to see what ideas turn up.

How does it work?

It seems like all you have to do is launch the app and scan whatever food you want some info on!

You’ll then be able to look for recipes “by time, diet, a…

How to stop Facebook from accessing your Microphone

May 22, 2017
Facebook has gone on record to state that it is not listening in on your conversations, but those coincidental ads seem really creepy. You can turn off the microphone.

If you’ve ever received an advertisement in your Facebook feed that was eerily related to something you were just discussing with a friend, you might be thinking that Facebook is listening in on your conversations through the Messenger app, of which you may have given permission to access the microphone when you started using it.

Facebook has gone on record to state that it does not listen in on your conversations.

Facebook does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed. Some recent articles have suggested that we must be listening to people’s conversations in order to show them relevant ads. This is not true. We show ads based on people’s interests and other profile information – not what you’re talking out loud about.

We only access your microphone if you ha…

Denise Young Smith to head diversity initiatives at Apple with new VP role

May 22, 2017
It seems that Apple might soon be making more of an effort to increase diversity within the company, with human resources VP Denise Young Smith apparently taking on a new role in that arena. Formerly Vice President, Worldwide Talent and Human Resources, Smith now works under a newly-created title: Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity.

According to 9to5Mac, Smith will continue to report to Apple CEO Tim Cook:

The executive shuffle will see the creation of a new VP role for Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity team with Smith reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook. Sources say Smith has long had a passion for diversity initiatives at the company and the newly created position reflects an increased focus on the company’s efforts.

Apple SVP and CFO Luca Maestri will reportedly temporarily fill in for Smith at the now-vacant VP role for human resources.

Previously, Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity fell under the Human Resources umbrella and was led by a director, reporting to Smith in…

You won’t empty your wallet for studio-grade headphones with the Status Audio HD One’s at $30

May 22, 2017
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time bringing you studio-grade headphones for much less!

Wireless headphones have grown in popularity lately, but wired headphones are still invaluable for many since they don’t need to be charged, offer a more reliable connection and more. Over-the-ear headphones can range in price from around $10 to over $300, depending what you are looking for. If quality is the main concern for you, but you don’t want to go broke buying a new set of headphones, we’ve got just the deal for you. Status Audio, a company that specializes in high-quality affordable headphones, is currently offering its HD One wired headphones for just $29.92 with coupon code THRFTR32.

So, you’ve never heard of Status Audio? Don’t worry, these headphones have a 4.3 out of 5-star rating at Amazon with over 700 reviews, and the company’s other headphones, the CB-1, maintain a 4.8 out of 5-star rating with over 250 reviews. With the HD One’s you’ll get:


Surface Laptop vs. MacBook: Which should you buy?

May 22, 2017
Should you buy a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook… or Surface Laptop? Now that Microsoft is in the notebook business, you have more options to consider than ever!

At first glance, Surface Pro looks like a MacBook Air with a Retina display and is priced like one too. Start adding options, though, and you quickly reach MacBook Pro pricing. But with only one port, like a MacBook, but USB-A rather than the newer USB-C. So, depending on how you look at it, Surface Laptop might be the best of all the MacBook worlds. Or the worst.

Which is it?

TL;DR: Do you need to run macOS?

If you know you want to run macOS, you have to get a Mac. If you want to run Windows, you can get a Surface Laptop or a Mac — the latter lets you run both. Keep reading the rest for more details, but if running Mac software, including developing for iOS, are key to you, your decision tree is already done.

Surface Laptop vs. 13-inch MacBook Air

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop looks like a MacBook Air, i…

T-Mobile outs call failure fix for Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5

May 22, 2017

Two new small updates are now being rolled out by T-Mobile for Samsung smartphones. Each of these updates addresses an issue with Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 where users experience call failure.

The roll-out of both updates should be in full swing now, as T-Mobile announced their availability on May 21. The changelog is the same for both smartphones: “Intermittent call failure fix, Android 7.0 Nougat for users still on DQC2.”

However, the software build number is different, so if you own the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5, then you should be looking …

Instagram adds location and hashtag stories to Explore tab

May 22, 2017

Instagram has just introduced two new features that will improve the way users discover the world around them on Explore: location and hashtag stories. Both new features will be available from the Explore tab inside the Instagram app and should enable users to see what’s happening around them, as well as find stories related to their interests.

A new story ring positioned at the top of Explore gives Instagram users access to all the stories happening near them. It’s worth pointing out that these stories will come from users who’ve used location stickers on their …

New version of Pinterest Lens offers recipes based on full dish recognition

May 22, 2017

Pinterest’s Lens tool is available to everyone in the United States since March. The feature received many improvements in the coming months, but one of the most significant additions has been announced today.

The Lens tool can now provide users with recipes whenever it recognizes a dish. The option wasn’t available until today, as Pinterest Lens could only offer food recipes based on the individual ingredients.

With the new ability, Pinterest Lens users can now recreate meals, so the next time they like a dish they ate at their favorite restaurant, they …

Netatmo Weather Station is long on looks, longer on data

May 22, 2017
It was time to update my home weather station from something functional but ugly to something decidedly more modern. Netatmo has fit the bill nicely.

I was going to show you my old weather station — a venerable beast from Oregon Scientific, which is quite good at this sort of thing. But alas, as soon as I took it off the wall it disappeared to wherever Phil’s Old Stuff disappears. (Basically an older, less sexy version of this.

So. Time for something new. Something connected, and something definitely more modern.

A quick search of ye olde internet consistently returned offerings from Netatmo. They haven’t changed a lot over the years, which actually is a good thing in this case. So that’s the direction my credit card was pointed.

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The basics: The standard Netatmo Weather Station comes a relatively small indoor sensor, and an outdoor sensor. They look, well, like silver cans. The indoor one measures temperature and humidity and sound…