Verizon JustKids Plan + A Quick Trick to Turn Your iPhone Into a Magnifying Glass


Verizon JustKids Plan

Early last month Verizon released a new postpaid plan specifically designed for kids called “justkids”.  It’s cheaper, has parental controls built in, and can be limited to how many people they can call and text etc. Check out more details here if you would like to see plan comparisons and more details about the justkids plan.


SnoreLab

Losing sleep due to snoring?  You’ve got to check out SnoreLab! Download it onto your iPhone and it will track and record snoring.  It will show you how loud you are snoring and for how long, and will give you ideas to help reduce your snoring. It turns out there are TONS of different products to help with snoring. Of course all of them will tell you theirs is the most effective, but people snore for different reasons, so that product may or may not help. If you’re serious about improving your sleep, try out different products and record them with SnoreLab so you can see what’s effective for you.


iTunes built into TVs

Earlier this year, Samsung announced that its smart TVs will include direct support for Apple’s iTunes movies and TV shows, without needing an Apple TV streamer. They are also going to support Airplay so if you’re playing music on your phone and want to stream it to your TV with an awesome sound system, you’re only a couple taps away. Keep an eye on Samsung if you’re looking for a new TV.


A Quick Trick to Turn Your iPhone into a Magnifying Glass

Did you know you can turn your iPhone into a magnifying glass?  Just add the Magnifier button to Control Center in Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. Then swipe up from the bottom of the screen (or down from the battery meter on models without a home button). The special camera viewfinder is zoomed automatically, but you can change the zoom level with the slider, tap the flash icon to turn on the LED light, enable a filter to change the color or contrast, or lock the focus by tapping the lock icon. You can also freeze the image by tapping the white shutter button, which is great for grabbing a picture of a tiny serial number on the back of some device (tap that button again to resume using Magnifier). To leave Magnifier, press the Home button or swipe up from the bottom of the screen.  Pretty sweet huh?


Clean Up Old Tabs in Safari in iOS with This Quick Trick

Did you know that every time you tap a link to open a Web page in Safari on your iPhone or iPad, it automatically opens a new tab?  To close all your old tabs in one fell swoop, press and hold on the tab button, then tap Close All X Tabs in the popover that appears.

Cleaning these up won’t make your device run any faster, but if you dislike clutter and you’re finding it difficult to locate the things that are useful to you, this could be easier than closing all of them one-by-one.


Can’t Remember When Your Warranty Expires? iOS 12.2 Lays It Out

Go to Settings > General > About, where you’ll find a new entry that’s either called Limited Warranty (the basic Apple warranty) or AppleCare+ (the extended warranty and insurance you can buy). The entry shows the expiration date, and tapping it provides more details on the Coverage screen. If your iPhone or iPad doesn’t have AppleCare+ but is eligible for it (within 60 days of purchase), you can even buy it from this screen. You won’t see anything if your device is out of warranty and no longer eligible for AppleCare+.

Unfortunately it’s not quite as easy to check the warranty on your Mac, though it is hoped that they will add a similar feature to a future update. In the meantime, you can check your Mac’s warranty by visiting checkcoverage.apple.com and entering your serial number, which can be found in the menu > About This Mac.


AMBER and Other Emergency Alerts on Your iPhone?

Have you ever gotten an emergency alert on your iPhone, telling you about a public safety emergency? That’s the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system, at least in the United States.

This system replaces the Emergency Broadcast System that has been in use for years. I’m sure you remember the tests on your television with the colored bars and the long beep. But since few people watch television anymore, a new way was created to alert people in case of emergency.

Unfortunately, the alerts aren’t always helpful or well targeted. Worse, they break through the Do Not Disturb cone of silence, and there’s no way to change their tones. Fortunately, if you’re in an important meeting when one of these go off, you likely aren’t going to be the only one getting them.

In iOS 12 in the US, you’ll see three categories of government alerts at the bottom of Settings > Notifications: AMBER Alerts, Emergency Alerts, and Public Safety Alerts.

In most countries, Apple lets you turn off all three categories, but you will still receive so-called “Presidential Alerts,” which are meant to reach everyone in the country during a national emergency.


What Is 5G and When Can You Expect to See It Go Live? + Aperture Going Away for Good


What is 5G and when can you expect to see it go live?

As cellular data evolves, we are getting closer to having 5th generation or 5G service soon.

With the first-phase release of 5G's specifications scheduled to be completed sometime in 2019, and a second-phase release to complete at some point in 2020, we can expect to see this increase start to change (yet again) our hardware for wireless.  While the carriers are building up the hype for 5G, it will be quite some time before it becomes a meaningful thing to consumers. Sprint has expressed it will start launching its 5G service in a small number of cities in May, Verizon has named more cities it will be bringing 5G to by the end of 2019, and AT&T insists it will be able to nationally roll out 5G by early 2020.

The question we should be asking though is do we want 5G? Do the benefits outweigh the costs? I’m not talking about the cost of our wallets, but our health. Finland has been at the forefront of the development and testing of 5G technology. Citizens have been protesting in Finland because of the increased radiation disrupting cells in the human body. Start looking up 5G affects in cities and plant life. Where 5G towers are built around trees, they wither and die. We’re talking about microwave radiation that’s not compatible with biology for faster wifi to keep us glued to our devices and more connected when we really need to disconnect and get perspective. If you haven’t read Digital Minimalism yet, here’s another plea to read it!

End of soapbox rant :)


Where can you use Apple Pay?

When Apple Pay first launched, there were very few stores who were equipped to take that as a method of payment.  Now it is almost everywhere. With this list ever-growing it is becoming easier and easier to not have to pull out a card when making purchases.  Take a look at the most recent list of locations that take Apple Pay.

And if you haven’t set up Apple Pay, you should! It’s totally saved my bacon a few times when I’ve forgotten my wallet. Plus, it’s less to do in the checkout process.


Looking for new lenses for your iPhone?

With iPhone cameras getting better and better, several companies have created lenses that will turn your pictures from great to amazing.  Take a look at these from Sandmarc if you want to get fancy with your photos on your iPhone. While these look really great, compare to Moment Lenses. Each have their pros and cons. What piqued my interest with Sandmarc is the ability to screw on filters.


iPad Pro USB-C Hub

If you are looking for a Hub for your iPad Pro, take a look at the Sanho HyperDrive.  It comes in both Silver and Space Gray and will give you an HDMI port that supports up to a 4K display, an SD card reader, a 3.5mm audio jack, as well as USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A and Type-C ports.


Aperture going away for good

With the next major macOS update potentially coming out this fall, you can expect to see Aperture to go away for good.  You can move everything into macOS Photos app or Adobe Lightroom Classic.  Apple is also warning people now to convert older iMovie, Final Cut, and Motion files if they want that media to remain useable as well.  Some big changes coming this fall for sure! Be sure to reach out if you have a big library and need some help!


Upcoming Apple TV+ shows we can expect to see

Apple talked about a lot of upcoming exclusive content coming to Apple TV+ during their last keynote.  I came across this recent article that goes more in depth about what we can expect to see this fall.


Super Slim Battery Case for iPhone + My Review on Time Flip Magnet


Super Slim Battery Case for iPhone

Finally!  A battery case that doesn’t look or feel like a battery case! I love this. Instead of adding another battery, it has tech that keeps your phone cool. Why does that matter? When your phone gets hot, it takes up more energy. People are getting up to 20% longer battery life just by using this case. It fully supports wireless charging and is available for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, XS models. Find it here.


Netflix rolls out high quality audio for Apple TV owners with Surround Sound

Netflix has teamed up to make sure that your listening experience is the best ever.  They have upgraded their audio streaming technology to adjust based on the speed of your internet connection. You can read more about it here on The Verge and watch a short video explaining the process.


Powerbeats Pro Launch May 10

If you like to use headphones while working out or doing anything active and the Airpods just don’t cut it, check this out. Apple finally has a launch date of Friday, May 10 for Powerbeats Pro.  Preorders started May 3 so if you do not want to wait until Friday to order these click here now!


Is Touch ID coming back?

Rumor has it that Apple may come back to touch id but a full-screen version this time.  Face ID still has some flaws that Touch ID continues to be better at, such as unlocking the iPhone without looking at it.  Take a look at this article if you want to see the nitty gritty of details. But stay tuned for the next iPhone to see what Apple decides to do.  How do you like to unlock your phone?


Review on Time Flip Magnet

Time Flip is one of the coolest ideas I’ve come across for a smart device. I just want one that works. I bought it, set it up, and it just didn’t work as advertised.  I hope they have gone back to the drawing board to create something in the future that will work because it is a pretty amazing idea! I’d love to be able to drop this in my bag and bring it with me to the office and flip it depending on the tasks I’m working on.

I’m going to keep my eye on this company and will let you know if I come across anything great. By-the-way, if you ever come across something cool and helpful, drop us a line! We know about a lot, but not everything!


G-Tech SSD

With the prices of SSDs going down we’re finding more and more great products that are affordable. Check out this new drive from G-Technology. It’s a 1TB external drive that’s about 15x faster than your typical cheap external you’d get from Best Buy. It’s water and dust resistant, can handle drops up to 9 feet, and crush proof up to 1,000lbs. I would compare this to the Samsung T5. The T5 is just as fast and about the same size but wasn’t built to be “rugged”. You’ll find the T5 comes in about about $170 for 1TB and the G-Drive at $210 as of May 2019.


The iPad 2 is now considered obsolete

The last device that Steve Jobs launched at an Apple event, the iPad 2, is now considered obsolete.  This is no surprise as it is now 8 years old. Pretty crazy to think how far we have come with the iPad since it was first launched. RIP Steve.


Save 20% on a Session with Me in May + Apple Pencil vs Logitech Crayon for iPad Pro


Read Digital Minimalism and Save 20% on a Session with Me in May

I’ve always been a digital minimalist, but Digital Minimalism author, Cal Newport, takes things to the next level and I’m totally inspired right now! It aligns perfectly with the mission of The Digital Organizer.

Last year I rebranded to The Digital Organizer from Lemon Consulting because I wanted to laser focus into the most important work I do. I was “The Apple Guy” for a long time. Many people found me at a point where things were so broken they just couldn’t take it anymore. I patched them up and sent them on their way and they referred me to their friends. People saw the value of having their stuff working and in sync, but were fine with that and didn’t want to take it a step further. Frankly, I didn’t know how to frame the organization part properly. Now I know better and I’m going to be talking about it a lot more.

The most valuable thing we do at The Digital Organizer is removing demands for your attention from your life. The thousands of unread emails, being bombarded with text messages, notifications, clutter, frustration that things aren’t syncing, not being able to remember a password, spending 20 min tracking down your damn logo…. This stuff is really, really draining. You’re living with it now and you’re still here, so it’s not the end of the world. But if you get intentional about how you use technology, it WILL change your life.

When we take it to the next level and start to organize your files through a system I’ve designed, work gets less tedious and a whole lot more fun. Ideas start flowing again, you start thinking about doing things differently than you used to because the overwhelm is receding. It’s pretty exciting!

So back to Digital Minimalism. I want to start taking my digital organization to the next level and incorporate some of the specific things suggested in this book. If you’re willing to start the journey and get serious leverage for change in your life, I want to give you 20% off a session with me in May to help give you a massive head start. Reserve your spot here and put in the notes Digital Minimalism. My schedule books up pretty fast, so don’t wait to book a session. Do it now and go buy Digital Minimalism


How to recycle, resell and buy used electronics

With the passing of Earth Day last week, there have been several questions around how to recycle electronics properly.  I came across this really cool article from NBC laying out the best way to recycle, resell and buy used electronics. They even have links to some of the many retailers who sell refurbished items.  I typically recycle Apple products through the Apple Store website and tend to get the best price there. Apple also recycles non-Apple tech for free. Check it out!


Apple has a voluntary recall of the three-prong AC wall plug adapters

If you have purchased an Apple World Travel Adapter Kit and plan on traveling, you will want to check out this recent voluntary recall of the three-prong AC adapter.  The one affected is primarily used in The United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong.  Apple is replacing the adapter free of charge.  You can start the process here.


Save up to $300 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro on top of recent price drops

Several of you have asked me where to get a good deal on a new Mac.  You should take a look at Adorama and right now. AppleInsider has a code to save even more!  Take a look at the deals and discount code here.


Apple's new 2019 AirPods drop to a record low $139, plus $10 off the Wireless Charging Case

Have you been waiting for a discount on Apple AirPods?  Amazon is stepping up their game with a nice discount off the previous generation Apple AirPods. There is even a $10 discount on the new Wireless Charging Case.


Apple Pencil vs Logitech Crayon for iPad Pro

With Apple’s recently released iOS 12.2, Logitech's Crayon works with more of Apple's iPad Pro lineup.  Take a look at this pretty cool comparison of the Crayon vs Apple Pencil. I think it is sweet that Apple is supporting a cheaper option for a writing tool on the iPad Pro.


Spark for Android!

The beginning of this month, Spark announced they are now available for Android devices too!  So if you are not on the iPhone platform but want to use one of the best email clients on the planet, then check out Spark for Android now!


A Battery to Charge Your MacBook Pro + Emergency Bypass so You’ll Never Miss a Call or Text


Want a Battery to Charge Your MacBook Pro?

Or for that matter, any of your devices? Check out the Jackery Supercharge Portable Charger. It’s got a ton of juice to power all your stuff, including your laptop (USB C models only).


Tell Siri to Ping Your Phone from your Mac

Did you know if you have macOS Mojave, you can click the Siri button at the top right corner of your screen and tell it to “ping your iPhone”? No need to find an iPad or have your significant other pull out Find My iPhone. Just tell Siri on your Mac and she’ll do it for you :)


Locked out of your iOS device due to too many wrong password attempts?

If you have ever been locked out of your iOS device due to too many wrong password attempts, all you need to do is put the device in recovery mode and start over.  Just make sure you are backing up your device regularly so you can restore your data if this happens. Check out this article with step by step instructions on how to put your device in recovery mode.  Hopefully this won’t happen to you!


Use Emergency Bypass and You’ll Never Miss a Call or Text from Important People

The main reason people don’t use Do Not Disturb is they’re worried about emergency phone calls or texts. With this new tip, you no longer have an excuse! Emergency Bypass is a feature you can enable for specific contacts so that no matter what if your phone is powered on, the call or text is coming through. Here’s a clip of how to enable it. If you use this, remember to turn on Airplane Mode or power your phone off when you’re in meetings or church and you don’t want those alerts coming through.


Nomad AirPod Rugged Case - $30

With AirPods being so popular it is hard to distinguish whose are whose sometimes.  I recently came across the Nomad AirPod Rugged Case. They come in three colors of leather that should age great over time.


Seven Useful Tips Every Apple Watch Owner Should Know

If you have an Apple Watch, you will want to check out these seven tips that you may or may not know about.  Did you know you can use your Apple Watch as a TV Remote?  Check out how here!


The Coolest Smart Lamp Ever + AirPods Alternative


IKEA and Sonos introduce Wi-Fi speakers, including one that is a lamp

I’m so stoked on these! Ikea and Sonos teamed up to create a speaker lamp and bookshelf. I have a real thing for items that serve more than one purpose, and I think these things look so cool.  Both products will come in black and white color options. The bookshelf speaker will be $99 and the table lamp will go for $179.  There is still no launch date for these but it is hinted at this August. What do you think?


ProtonMail

Looking for a new secure email provider?  I recently came across ProtonMail. It is an encrypted email service based in Switzerland.  Their goal is to build an internet that respects privacy and is secure against cyberattacks.  With End-to-end encryption, no one but the intended recipient can read the message.


Apple’s Airpower Cancelled

It was a sad day when Apple announced that they were canceling the Air Power mat due to not being able to meet their quality standards. I’m curious if Apple will revisit the Air Power mat in the future, but for now you can check out this option from Belkin.


Powerbeats Pro - $249.95

For those of you who don’t really like the AirPods because they fall out of your ears, Apple has announced the new Powerbeats Pro available this May.  They have adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks and are sweat resistant with 9 hours of listening time. Check out the promo video and specs on Apple’s website here. Did I mention they will come in 4 different colors?


Apps Not Optimized for your Mac

Some of you may start to see a dialog pop-up that says, “App Not Optimized for your Mac”.  Here is a lengthy article that goes into more detail. The short version is that some Apps have not been updated yet to Apple’s current platform and it is warning you that it is not using that platform.  There is nothing wrong with it, but if not upgraded, it could potentially be an app you will not be able to use after the next OS upgrade this fall.


Safari’s Link Preview

Check this out! Next time you’re in Safari on your iPhone, find a link you’re interested in. Press hard on the link, then let up on the pressure and just leave your thumb resting on the glass. What happens is a preview of the article (or whatever you pressed on) appears. You can drag your thumb out of the way, but leave it on the glass if you still want to see what’s on that page. Release your thumb and the page goes away. Press hard again and it takes you to that page instead of just previewing it.


Tons of Announcements from Apple + A Text Message Autoresponder


Facebook Live with Apple’s Special Event

Were you able to tune into my Facebook Live last week or did you watch the Apple Keynote?  They announced a bunch of changes happening this year primarily to services. Apple News+ out now, Apple Card coming this summer, and Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade coming this fall.  Apple is making sure that the common theme through all of these services is privacy. I would love to hear what you are most excited about with these announcements. Keep reading for more details on each service.


Apple TV+ coming this fall

Apple TV + is a new streaming service exclusively on the Apple TV app.  Featuring original shows and movies that will most likely rival Netflix, Amazon Prime, and the new YouTube TV.  Apple TV + was announced to release this fall and you can have Apple notify you when it premieres.


Apple News+ available now with a free 1-month trial then $9.99/mo after that

Apple News + is a digital newsstand available now.  With animated covers that draw you into some of the best magazines and newspapers.  Check it out for free here


Apple Arcade coming this fall

Tired of ads and in-app purchases?  Apple’s upcoming Arcade will be an all you can play subscription.  You will be able to jump from one device to another while playing and have access for up to six family members.  If you love games you will want to check out what Arcade has to offer. Check out some highlights here


Apple Card coming this summer

Apple Card definitely has me intrigued.  With features like Daily Cash back and map pinpoints from where you made a purchase, to spend summaries and no fees at all.  This card will give credit card companies a run for their promotions. Another super cool feature is that you can estimate your interest based on different amounts you pay up front.  In real time! Check out Apple Card here and if you want to be one of the first to know when it arrives this summer be sure to click the ‘Notify Me’ button in the top right corner of the window.


Apple releases macOS 10.14.4, iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2, HomePod 12.2, Watch 5.2

Apple just released a number of software updates.  For those who have an Apple TV and have wanted to be able to use Siri to turn on your favorite show...you may just be in luck with the new tvOS that was released.  You can use your updated iOS device or updated HomePod which will turn on your television and switch to the correct input if your TV supports using only one remote.  Take a look at this article that will detail out the latest updates. New Animojis anyone?


Google Stadia

Cloud based gaming seems to be the next step for gamers.  Google is taking their turn with a new gaming platform called Stadia.  Unlike previous gaming consoles, Stadia does not live in a box. The Stadia controller will have specific smart functionality but they said other USB-powered controllers will work as well.  Google says that games will be accessible through the Chrome browser on devices such as desktops, laptops, select phones, and tablets. To start, it will only work over Wi-Fi and you should expect to use over 25Mbps internet connection.  You will need a $35 Chromecast if you want to access on a TV. It is said to launch later this year. Do you think it will it rival Apple’s Arcade? Check out what CNN Business has to say.


Brick Mode

Wish there was a text message auto-responder? I’ve found an unconventional way to get you one with your iPhone using Do Not Disturb While Driving. People call it brick mode. I got the inspiration here. I created a video on my YouTube Channel talking about the many features as well as a walk through on how to set everything up. Take a look here and don’t forget to subscribe!


Simple Hack to Take out Stress from Using Technology + Coolest Time Tracker Ever


Simple Hack to Take Out Stress from Using Technology

Our technology enhances our lives in so many ways, but it has its drawbacks too. The emotional charge it holds to make you feel the need to constantly engage with others around us, and to consume information has a lot of drawbacks too.  

I recently came across some people who were changing their iPhone screens to black-and-white and decided to try it as well. What I found was the emotional charge when I checked my email and scroll through apps, and in just general use of my phone, while in black-and-white, was pretty much eliminated.

I had no idea how much anxiety I felt every time I picked up my phone. It’s a little embarrassing to admit how unaware I was of this. I had almost all my notifications turned off. The badge icon that shows unread messages was already off on almost all my apps. I even have a new private number and my work line is primarily checked by my assistant, Jeanette.

Yet somehow my brain associates this device with stress. The night I changed my screen to black and white, that charge disappeared. I made a very short video showing you the steps to set up your phone so that if you triple click the home button, the screen will convert to black-and-white. Repeat the process and the color comes right back. Check it out here in the new YouTube channel I just started thanks to your feedback.

Would you consider commenting and liking if you find it helpful? Any feedback would be great since this is new for me. Come back after watching the video! As always, we’ve got more great content below in this newsletter!


The Coolest Way to Track How You Spend Your Time

A lot of you have asked what the best time tracker app is. I use Toggl to keep track of the time I spend working on client projects, but for the everyday tasks we’re doing, there’s no way I’m going to open up an app to tell it what I’m doing. This is where the Time Flip Magnet comes in. You just pick it up and flip it to the face that matches your new activity. I’m so stoked to try this out. Hopefully I’ll have it next week. Check it out here!


The Browser You May Not Have Tried yet but Should

Brave is a new(ish) internet browser. It's really fast and all your Chrome extensions work. Basically it's a total ripoff of Chrome, but they designed it to protect your privacy and it’s faster than Chrome. You have to set up your extensions again, but your bookmarks and everything come over. You can download it here if you want to try it out! I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and love it!


Sanebox’s Do Not Disturb Feature

Do you use Sanebox?  If not, you should start a trial right now! If so, did you know it has a Do Not Disturb Feature? Here’s the deal. I always use an autoresponder when I go on vacation. I have a problem though. My fingers want to tap that icon and check email. It opens without me even thinking about it. I’ve tried deleting the app, but what about when I want to write somebody, or still receive messages from a particular person? Sanebox thought this through and provided the solution! All the email sent to you is held back from delivery to your device until your end date, then it gets put in there. You can have exceptions if needed. Unfortunately, they don’t read and respond to everything while you’re away :(

Check out this guide that will walk you through the setup process and even let you set a date range for this feature to be turned on, as well as the option for an Auto Reply message.


How to Choose Between Archive and Delete in iOS Mail

Have you ever wondered why sometimes your email archives and sometimes deletes?  This is a feature you can choose between. Archiving will move your email into a folder you can access later where as deleting will move to your trash.  If you have it set up for your trash to delete permanently these emails will no longer be accessible. The cool thing about archiving is it gets these emails out of your inbox but gives you the ease of holding onto emails you may need to reference later.  Check out the gif I created on the left to see how to set up your archive or delete preferences.


Looking for an iPhone with No Frills but It’s Still Fast?

Check out the iPhone SE. I read an article from Mac Rumors talking about using it this year and how it’s still super responsive but isn’t overloaded with a ton of features you might not use.

If you are looking for an iPhone for basic use (Phone, Mail, Messages, Calendar, and FaceTime) the SE model might just be exactly what you’re looking for.  Apple started selling them in January on their refurbished and clearance site but know that they come and go pretty quick as this is still a pretty popular model.


Apple’s Upcoming Special Event + 5 Must Try YouTube Tricks


Apple Special Event

Apple has announced their next Special Event!  Live from the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino March 25 at 10:00AM PST.   If you would like to watch the event live click here. I am pretty excited to see what they have to announce with all the rumors going around. Jeanette and I are going to watch live and stream us talking about all the new stuff as it’s announced. We’ll send out a link when it’s closer to the date.


Spark Email Delegation

Want to take Spark to a new level?  Their newest feature, Email Delegation is definitely going to be a game changer.  With the ability to delegate emails and set up deadlines right from the email delegation, this new feature is no doubt going to add more time to your life with better productivity in your workflow.  Check out Spark’s short video introduction here.


Spotlight Presentation Remote - $129.95

Tired of using a laser pointer during presentations?  Have you ever wished that you could zoom in or highlight a portion of your presentation?  This Spotlight Presentation Remote by Logitech may just be your new best friend. You can even set up timed vibration alerts to help you stay on track without disrupting your flow. If you would like to see a short highlight video check it out here.


5 Must-Try YouTube Tricks: Tap for easy ways to be an internet-video master

Rewind with ease

Have you ever tried rewinding a YouTube video by swiping along the play bar and suddenly found yourself back several minutes instead of a few seconds? There is an easier way! While watching the video, simply double-tap the left half of the play window to rewind only 10 seconds. If you want to forward 10 seconds, just double-tap the right side.

Tweak your video quality

YouTube videos stream at a resolution of 360p but you can change that. Tap your video as it is playing, then tap the three-dot icon that appears and select Quality. This will give you several options to boost your video quality.

Choose your playback speed

Have you ever wished you could watch a replay in slow motion? You can change your playback speed! Tap the three-dot menu button in the top right corner of the video, then tap “Playback speed.” From there you can choose from several options of speeds to watch your video. You can even speed up your video!

Choose Dark theme

Do you love Dark Mode on your Mac? Well you can change the theme within YouTube to a Dark theme in order to cut down on glare. You can turn it on in the app settings. Tap the account icon, then Settings, then select Dark theme.

Remind yourself to take a break

Have you ever wondered how watching one video on YouTube suddenly turned into a couple hours? You can use this setting to remind you to take breaks. It will even pause your video automatically. To turn this feature on, tap the account icon, then tap Settings and select “Remind me to take a break,” then choose your frequency.


How to Set up Find My iPhone + The 10 Best HomeKit Lights, Locks, Thermostats, and More


Read this before upgrading your iPhone

Do you like having the most up to date iPhone without spending upwards of $1000 each year? Do you want security that if you ever lose your iPhone or it gets stolen that you can get a replacement without having to buy a new phone? If you haven’t heard, Apple has an iPhone upgrade program where you can trade in your iPhone after a year and upgrade to the newest phone without ever paying full price for the previous phone. This program automatically has AppleCare+ Protection built into the price you pay each month and you can now choose AppleCare + Theft and Loss. If you choose the AppleCare + Theft and Loss option just make sure that you always have Find my iPhone turned on. This is a requirement from Apple if you need to go to the store for a new iPhone in the case of theft or loss. Check out this article from Gadget Hacks that will walk you through how to set up Find my iPhone to ensure it is always turned on.


101 Most Useful Websites on the Internet

Have you ever tried returning to a website that you saved and it no longer existed?  Or wished you could track your flight status at airports worldwide?  Or how about a way to play ambient noises to help you focus better and boost productivity?  Well here is a site with 101 Most Useful Websites on the Internet. Although I have not been able to open all of the links, there are some pretty good options in there to check out!


How to Customize the Today Screen on macOS

Did you know there’s a special way ‘Today’ is viewed on your Mac? It’s a handy little sidebar that can show up on the right side of the screen so you can see what’s going on in your schedule, the weather and all kinds of little things. Check out The Sweet Setup for step by step instructions on how to make what you have going on today in a view that works best for you!


The 10 best HomeKit lights, locks, thermostats, and more

Ever wish your door would unlock as you’re walking up to the house? Wish the heat would turn down at night and up automatically in the morning? Wouldn’t it be neat to have your lights be bright white in the daytime but warm and mellow at night? Home automation is your new best friend.

All of your iOS devices have an app called Home. If you deleted it, just search the App Store for Home and it will pop back up.  This is the app that you open to control any smart devices that are HomeKit compatible.

If you happen to buy something that doesn’t work in HomeKit, then you’ll have to control it from another app. That’s why people some people only want to buy apps that are compatible with HomeKit, Google, Alexa or whoever. It’s about having everything in one place.

If you buy a smart lock that’s compatible with HomeKit, the Home app is where you control it! If you’re new to the home automation scene we found a list of the 10 best HomeKit lights, locks, thermostats, and more. Enjoy!


How to Shoot on iPhone

We all probably have used our iPhones for taking snapshots quickly and hope that most of them don’t come out blurry. If you would like to explore a little bit more with taking amazing photos with your iPhone, Apple has released several video tutorials on how we can shoot better photos and videos! Check them out here.

Water in your iPhone’s speaker? This Shortcut can help get it out

Have you ever used the water eject option on your Apple Watch?  Well now there is a shortcut you can use to do something similar for your iPhone in that oops situation where your phone gets submerged in water.  Check out the article here on how you can download the Water Eject Shortcut.