How to stop your iPhone from autoplaying music in the car

August 15, 2017
Does your music library inundate you with music, podcasts, or audiobooks when you get into your car? Here’s the fix.

As auto manufacturers and Apple have progressed forward in their relationship to make your car as smart as possible, occasionally not-smart things happen. Like your vehicle blasting music (or the latest audiobook chapter) into your ears when you first get in the car.


While the original impulse may have been a helpful one on the part of the manufacturers — surely, users want to hear their music first thing — it’s often ended up a nuisance. Spoiler: If you’re listening to a steamy romance book on your AirPods, you don’t want that chapter to blast in the car when driving your mother to the mall.

Unfortunately, Apple’s provided no easy “Turn off auto-playing music over Bluetooth” switch directly on your iPhone or iPad. But you can still solve this somewhat irksome issue with a couple of other fixes.

Option 1: Disable auto-play settings in y…

Select Logitech accessories are down to their lowest prices today

August 14, 2017
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a one-day sale on Logitech accessories you won’t want to miss.

Amazon is back with another great Gold Box deal, this time saving you up to 30% on some of the best Logitech gear out there. Whether you are in need of a new mouse, keyboard, webcam, or set of speakers for your computer, you won’t want to miss out on this one-day sale.

Logitech MX Master Mouse – $49.99 (Was $64.99)
Loigtech MX Anywhere 2 Mouse – $39.99 (Was $54.99)
Logitech C920 Webcam – $46.84 (Was $59.99)
Logitech K400 Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad – $17.99 (Was $26.99)
Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard & Mouse – $35.99 (Was $49.99)
Logitech Z523 Speaker System w/ Subwoofer – $49.99 (Was $69.99)
For the full list of items included in this one-day sale, be sure to hit the link below.

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How to get the most out of your Amazon Prime membership
How to save money when driving
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How to mute keywords and filter out “eggs” on Twitter

August 14, 2017
How do I mute keywords and “egg accounts” in my Twitter timeline? These features are currently rolling out to users!

There’s no getting past it: Twitter has an abuse problem. If you’ve yet to hear about someone leaving Twitter due to an onslaught of harassment, you can read this story, this story, or this story … or read any of the stories from this Google search query. The company, to its credit, has recently accelerated its efforts in combatting online abuse. Part of those efforts include better tools for filtering out content you may not want to see.

To learn how to enable Twitter’s advanced filters and mute keywords in your timeline and notifications, read on!

How to mute keywords in your Twitter timeline

Back in November Twitter added a mute feature that let you mute keywords, phrases, and more in your Notifications. The company has since expanded the feature to also include your timeline.

Launch the Twitter app.
Tap the Notifications tab (looks like a bell).
Tap the…

Only use ISO certified eclipse viewing glasses … seriously

August 14, 2017
Don’t mess around with your eyes during the 2017 total solar eclipse. It’s not worth it to risk using the wrong type of glasses.

If there’s one thing I can’t stress enough about preparing for the 2017 total solar eclipse, its that you should never ever look directly at the sun until it has reached 100 percent eclipse (which will only happen within the path of totality). Even if the sky is dim, and it seems like you could look at it without harming your eyes, you’re wrong. You could suffer damage almost immediately.

The AAS says the following about viewing an eclipse:

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.

When shopping for a pair of viewing glasses, make sure they are ISO certified to meet curre…

The story behind this iOS sticker pack is almost better than the stickers themselves

August 14, 2017
The dramatic saga of Jen Lewis’s *Kisses Fingers Like a Chef* sticker pack is almost better than the stickers themselves … almost.

If you don’t follow Jen Lewis on Twitter, you should. Lewis is an illustrator, a designer, and easily one of the funniest people on Twitter. She’s also the creator of my new favorite sticker pack in the App Store for iMessage. It’s called *Kisses Fingers Like a Chef* the Perfect Emoji, and it is exactly that: The perfect emoji representation of a chef kissing their fingers to express absolute approval or appreciation (it also has a chef turning their head in disgust). You can get it for 99¢ in the App Store for iMessage.

*Kisses Fingers Like a Chef* the Perfect Emoji – 99¢ – Download Now

The only thing better (well, almost better) than the sticker pack is its saga, which Lewis shared on Twitter.

Ever since Lewis posted this tweet earlier this month, I’ve been waiting patiently for the *Kisses Fingers Like a Chef* sticker pack to bec…