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WatchOS 7 Compatibility – Which Apple Watch Models Support watchOS 7?

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WatchOS 7 is set to debut in the fall, bringing new features and refinements to the Apple Watch experience. However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that not all Apple Watch models will be compatible with the upcoming version of watchOS 7, since the hardware needs to meet certain requirements to be able to run the latest software. If you’re trying to figure out if your Apple Watch supports watchOS 7, then read on to see the official compatibility list.

Apple has released a total of 6 Apple Watch models over the past 5 years, but unfortunately, half of the…

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MacOS Big Sur Compatibility & Supported Macs List

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MacOS Big Sur is coming in the fall of 2020 with a big visual redesign and a variety of new features. You might be wondering if your Mac is able to run macOS Big Sur, or macOS 11 (or macOS 10.16 according to the beta installer), so with that in mind we’re going to share a list of Macs capable of running Big Sur.

Apple has a pretty good track record of providing software updates and support to their devices for years, but naturally not all Macs will officially support macOS 11 Big Sur. Whether you own a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, iMac, Mac mini, or Mac…

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iPad Models Supporting iPadOS 14

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iPadOS 14 is coming to iPad with new features and capabilities. But like most software updates, your iPad needs to meet certain hardware specifications to be able to run the latest iPadOS, and accordingly, not all iPad models will be supported.

Since there are many different iPad devices, compatibility can be confusing. To make it easy, we’ve compiled a list of all iPads that will be supported and capable of running iPadOS 14 when it comes out. If have a fairly new iPad or you’ve purchased an iPad in the past few years, you should likely be good to go. And…

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Which iPhone Models Support iOS 14

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iOS 14 will be available in the fall for compatible iPhone and iPod touch models. Of course, this leads many users to wonder if their iPhone will support iOS 14 when it comes out.

To make this easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of all iPhones that will be capable of running iOS 14 when it comes out. The list is fairly inclusive, so if you’ve purchased an iPhone in the past few years, you should be good to go. In addition to all the iPhones, there’s also one iPod Touch model that supports iOS 14, if you still have one of those lying around. And of…

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How to Download & Install iPadOS 14 Developer Beta on iPad

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Apple’s developer betas are a good way to see what Apple has cooking for a final release to the public, and iPadOS 14 beta is no exception. Apple does run a public beta program too, but if you want the fastest access to the latest beta software, you need to be registered as a developer (FWIW, the iPadOS 14 public beta starts in July). Once that’s squared away, actually downloading and installing the iPadOS 14 beta is surprisingly simple. You just need to know where to tap.

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How to Outsmart Algorithms and Take Control of Your Information Diet

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“Certain algorithms,” says Tim Cook, “pull you toward the things you already know, believe, or like, and they push away everything else. Push back.” In a commencement speech to Tulane University, the Apple CEO tells graduates to take charge of their information diet. And much as we want to sneer at the irony of a phone maker telling us to beware of algorithms, we have to admit that Apple’s Screen Time app is one good tool for improving your tech habits. Here are the best posts we’ve already written on pushing back against the algorithms.

Break out of the echo chamber

News feed algorithms try to show you more of what you already like, which can lead you down a rabbit hole of increasingly radical content, or just block you from any information that might broaden your perspective. This isn’t just about Republican vs. Democrat (vs. leftist revolutionary vs. neoliberal centrist shill), but also about ending up only with the most popular, sensationalist or insipid feel-good stories from garbage sources. Instead of getting your news from a Facebook or Twitter news feed, try less popularity-driven platforms like Feedly.

Educate yourself on which news sources are reliable, fair, and well-researched. Learn the signs of fake news, and how to fact-check. Don’t share news stories that seem suspicious, just because you want to be the first person in your feed to “scoop” something.

YouTube is one of the worst algorithmic offenders, chaining its recommendations until you end up with some middle-aged teenager ranting about how to see through George Soros’s round-earth lies with the help of a brain supplement. Hide the “related videos” section, or weed bad videos out of your viewing history to tell YouTube’s dumbass algorithm that no, you didn’t want to see 100 more videos of CGI Spider-Man murdering Peppa Pig.

Check your phone less

Smartphone notifications were supposed to keep us updated on important things. But app makers easily hijacked these tools to buzz your phone for every like, comment, new friend, new follow, update, challenge, sale, or free gem. The reason there’s no Tamagotchi app is that your phone is already a Tamagotchi, whining for attention and constantly dying.

Turn off notifications, hide or delete distracting apps, and encourage good habits that make your phone more than a time killer.

Block algorithmic cruft

Social sites and media sites (including Lifehacker) are desperate for more of your time, so they (we) throw all kinds of recommendations at you, hoping you’ll click and read more. Sometimes you want those recommendations! It’s nice to discover an old article from a writer you love, or find the related how-to post that actually solves your problem. But sometimes you want to block that all out. Use apps and extensions like Freedom and uBlock Origin to hide “around the web” links, trending topics, and distracting ads. (Remember to whitelist sites that respect your time and your attention, or sites that you want to support financially.)

Stop training the algorithms

If you don’t take drastic measures, you can’t keep all your personal information private. But you can cut down on your information sharing by opting out of certain programs and using high-quality alternatives to default services like Google.

Don’t let the algorithms run your life. Take back your time, your attention, and your thoughts. You’ll find a lot more advice on our tag pages for privacy, security, annoyances, social media, news, advertising, and personal data.