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How to Use Apple’s New Intercom Feature Between Your Devices; And Even Your Car

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Just last month, Apple released iOS and iPadOS 14 to the public alongside new iPhones. They also introduced a new, smaller iteration of their HomePod smart speaker called HomePod mini. The mini has many of the great features found in its older sibling but in a smaller package and with an even smaller price. HomePod mini costs just $99 and is only 3″ tall. For a small speaker the sound is phenomenal and having Siri built-in makes it the perfect smart home companion.

In addition to being a great…

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How to Test Out Your iPhone 12 Pro’s Exciting, New LiDAR Sensor

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Apple’s iPhone 12 introduces an interesting mix of new features, from improved design to its promising MagSafe technology. But its iPhone 12 Pro, Apple’s flagship phone, that gains a quirky new feature first seen on the most recent iPad Pro models: LiDAR.

LiDAR? What’s That?

LiDAR—also styled LIDAR, Lidar, and even LADAR—started out as a blend of the words “light” and “radar,” but was later used as an acronym: “Light detection and ranging” or “Laser imaging, detection,…

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What’s That Song? Use Your iPhone’s New Single-Tap Music Recognition Button to Find Out

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Earlier this month, Apple released iOS 14.2 with a new music recognition feature that makes identifying a song easier than ever. The new feature brings a music recognition button that lets you identify a song that is playing with a single tap.

The music recognition tool is powered by Shazam, which Apple acquired in a 2018 deal worth an estimated $400 million. This new feature works independent of Shazam and does not require the user to install the Shazam app or subscribe to any services. Instead…

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Are Your Favourite Apps Ready for Apple’s New M1 Macs? Here’s How to Find Out

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If you’ve been hesitant to pick up one of Apple’s newest M1-equipped MacBooks out of fears that your favourite apps or games may not be ready for Apple Silicon, there’s now a useful database that can help to put your mind at ease.

To be absolutely clear, Apple offers a Rosetta 2 emulation layer in macOS Big Sur — the only version of macOS that will run on Apple’s newest M1 Macs — that allows all existing Mac apps to run on the new M1 chip, meaning that for the most part you…

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New to iOS 14? Learn How to Master Widgets, Smart Stacks and More

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One of the biggest changes that iOS 14 brought to the table was the introduction of widgets for the iPhone and iPad.

After years and years of asking for it, Apple finally implemented more customization features to the iPhone and iPad’s Home screen. Now it’s easier than ever to show your style and to organize your devices just the way you like them.

It’s true that Android has had widgets for a very long time, but if you’re a hardcore iPhone user, you’re probably still trying to…

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You Can Finally Stream Spotify on Your Apple Watch

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Although you’ve been able to listen to Spotify on your Apple Watch for a couple of years now, the service’s watchOS app has been limited to functioning as little more than a glorified remote control for the companion iPhone app or other Spotify Connect devices, but the good news is that it looks like that may finally be set to change.

Spotify first rolled out its Apple Watch app in late 2018 with a promise that offline playback for music and podcasts along with direct cellular streaming would…

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Pandora Becomes the First Third-Party Music Service on HomePod (Here’s How to Set It Up)

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With the HomePod mini going up for preorder later this week, Apple has already made good on one of the promises for its smart speaker family — the ability to use third-party music services on the HomePod.

The new capability is debuting courtesy of Pandora, which just released an update to its iOS app that will let you connect the service with your HomePod, and it doesn’t just work with the HomePod mini; Apple’s traditional HomePod supports this too as long as you’ve updated to HomePod OS…

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Facebook Confirms That Dark Mode Is (Finally) Rolling Out to the Public (Here’s How to Enable It)

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If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the appearance of dark mode for Facebook on your iPhone, the good news is that Facebook has now admitted that it’s publicly testing the feature, which means it should be starting to arrive for a much larger number of users very soon.

While we first heard about the arrival of Facebook’s Dark Mode back in June, it seems that the social media giant wasn’t kidding when it said that it was only testing it with “a very small percentage of people” globally,…

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How to Switch Apple Watch Faces Automatically, Anytime, Anywhere

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Customizable faces and complications are the most distinctive features of the Apple Watch. Unfortunately, you won’t find a watch face store like in other operating systems, but the watch faces provided are unique and cool enough, plus there are a bunch of faces for you to choose from. You could choose to have an elegant or business-type look one day and switch to a cartooney style the next. It’s even possible now to share them with the world.

With so many options, choosing which watch face to…

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Is Your Apple Watch Running Slow? Here Are 9 Easy Ways to Speed It Up!

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Apple recently released not one but two new Apple Watches. Both are great wearables and are must-haves if you don’t already own a newer Apple Watch.

We’ve recently discussed whether you should upgrade from the older Apple Watch Series 5 to the recent Series 6. But, since the newest Apple Watch doesn’t really offer any ground-breaking features, we suggested you should keep the Series 5 model for at least one more year.

That being said, it’s possible that you still want to make an upgrade. Your older…

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