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Apple Watch Emergency SOS Helps Student In Car Crash

· Andrew Orr · News

Apple Watch’s Emergency SOS has saved another life. 9To5Mac reports that Casey Bennett, a college student in Maryland, was driving to class earlier this month. Another driver hit his Jeep, and Casey flipped over. His iPhone dropped out of reach, but he had an Apple Watch. Andrew Orr tells us what happened.

Exxon’s Speedpass For Apple Watch Supports Apple Pay

· Andrew Orr · News

Exxon updated its Speedpass for Apple Watch app today, finally letting customers pay for gas using their Apple Watch. Although the app uses in-app Apple Pay for transactions, you can use it at Exxon Mobil gas stations even if they don’t have a contactless payment system. Andrew Orr tells us how to use it.

Air Force Bug Bounty Program Goes Live For Hackers

· Andrew Orr · News

Today the Air Force announced a program for sharing vulnerabilities that it will launch next month. The Air Force bug bounty program will let hackers comb several public Air Force websites for software vulnerabilities. Cash prizes are available for discovered bugs, and this new program also does something new that others of its kind don’t. Andrew Orr reveals all.

New Verizon Prepaid Plan Has Unlimited Data, But With Limitations

· Andrew Orr · News

Verizon launched a new prepaid plan today, featured unlimited data. It’s US$80, and you won’t need to sign a contract or fork over your credit details. However, Big Red will limit you in certain ways, so take that “unlimited” phrase with a grain of salt. Andrew Orr tells us what the new plan gives you.

Study Of AT&T Fiber Highlights Income Inequality and the Digital Divide

· Andrew Orr & Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

AT&T raising grandfathered iPhone unlimited data plan prices

The dark side of AT&T fiber internet is income inequality, according to a new study by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute (via ArsTechnica). The analysis focused on fiber deployed in California, and examined neighborhoods with a higher media household income compared to neighborhoods with lower media household income. Andrew Orr tells us what the study found.

iOS Control Center Bug Is Freezing Certain iPhones

· Andrew Orr · News

An iOS Control Center bug plaguing some Apple customers is causing some iPhones to freeze and restart. It happens when you tap any three buttons in the Control Center at once. iOS versions affected by this include iOS 10 and even the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta. Andrew Orr gives us the details.

Siri Could Access Federal Information One Day

· Andrew Orr · News

The General Services Administration is launching a pilot program aimed at opening up access to federal information to third-party virtual assistants. Agencies include the departments of Energy, Homeland Security and Housing and Urban development. The purpose is to make it easier for American citizens to find governmental information they need.

macOS: Automatically Format Reminders With Date And Time

· Andrew Orr · News

Reminders

This tip comes from Reddit, where user pralux found a handy shortcut. If you use the Reminders app on macOS, there is a way to automatically format reminders with the date and time. This saves you several clicks by doing it manually. Here’s how to do it.

New JavaScript API Brings Apple Live Photos to the Web

· Andrew Orr · News

Apple has created a new Javascript API so developers can bring Live Photos to the web. Live Photos are Apple’s way to bring your photos to life. A live photo is a cross between a video and a GIF, but on-demand animation for live photos was limited to iOS and Instagram’s Boomerang feature…until now.

iTunes Deal: $40 for Middle Earth 6-Movie Bundle

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is offering a fantastic US$40 deal on a six-movie bundle featuring The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as The Hobbit trilogy. Called the Middle-Earth Extended Editions 6-Film Collection, the HD movies are all extended editions, which means they have extra scenes and details you couldn’t see in theaters. The Middle Earth bundle includes: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. We don’t know how long this deal will last, so if you’re a Tolkien fan and don’t have the movies yet, take advantage of this deal today.

iTunes Deal: $40 for Middle Earth 6-Movie Bundle

iOS 10.3: How To Hide News Sources In Apple News

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

When Apple News was first launched, iPhone users had the ability to block news sources. If you read a story you didn’t like, or just didn’t like a particular website, you could hide all of their stories from Apple News. But with the release of iOS 10.3, Apple slightly changed how Apple News worked. But it’s still possible to tweak your news feed, and Andrew Orr shows us how.

iOS Tip: Be Careful When Blocking Safari Cookies

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Blocking Cookies

Andrew Orr had a funny little incident over the weekend while using iOS. One night, he decided to control his Safari cookies by having the browser always block cookies. Everything seemed okay at first. Then the next day, he cleared his website history and data. What happened next will change your way of thinking.

New Apple Music Show Coming Called House Of Strombo

· Andrew Orr · News

George Stroumboulopoulos, host for CBC Radio 2, will become the newest Apple Music Curator with new show House of Strombo. A spinoff of his radio broadcast The Strombo Show, a ten episode show featuring video segments, artist interviews and behind-the-scenes details.

T-Mobile Spends $8 Billion to Upgrade Its Wireless Network

· Andrew Orr · News

T-Mobile recently won an FCC wireless auction for a chunk of the wireless airwave spectrum, spending US$8 billion to expand its network. It acquired over 1,500 wireless licenses in the 600MHz range, which is high-quality. Andrew Orr tells us what this means for the future.

A New Drone Is Coming To Apple Stores

· Andrew Orr · Product News

A new drone on the market called the Hover Camera Passport will soon be sold in Apple retail stores. Made by Chinese startup Zero Zero Robotics, and it will soon be available for in-store purchase at retail locations around the world.

Western Digital Brings USB-C to G-Drive, Giving Photographers New Choice

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Western Digital, which owns the brand G-DRIVE, has created a powerful new external hard drive. G-DRIVE is a popular brand among photographers, and the new drive is perfect for those creatives with the latest MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops, which are USB-C only. Andrew Orr gives us the scoop.

Microsoft Opens Minecraft Marketplace For In-App Purchases

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

As part of the Discovery update, Microsoft is also bringing a new feature to the game called Marketplace. Minecraft Marketplace is coming to the Windows 10 platform, as well as Minecraft Pocket edition for mobile platforms. Players can create and sell items in the Marketplace using a form of game currency called Minecraft Coins. When a player creates an item to sell, they can set their own prices as well as take a small percentage of the sale. Once you sell something, such as a custom skin or a map, the app platforms will take a 30% cut. Players can access items they buy through their Xbox Live account. This means that you can access your purchases no matter what platform you use. Microsoft will launch a public beta on Android in mid-April. The beta will test the Microsoft Coins so you won’t see any player creations yet. Microsoft is also hosting a Reddit AMA on April 20 from 9AM-12PM PST.

Microsoft Opens Minecraft Marketplace For In-App Purchases

Tip: Lock Clips Recording With This Simple Trick

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Lock Clips Recording

Andrew Orr found a handy tip from Reddit to use with Apple’s new Clips app. It lets you quickly lock your video recording so you no longer have to “Hold to Record.” Andrew Orr shows you how to do it.

Buy A Western Digital External SSD For Your New MacBook

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Western Digital is finally selling an external SSD. This solid state drive is part of its My Passport series of portable drives. As you can see from the photo, it’s a tiny and highly portable external SSD capable of achieving data transfers of 515 Mb/s. If you’re looking to buy an external SSD for your MacBook, this looks like a great purchase. Western Digital put USB-C ports into this drive, so you won’t need an annoying dongle to use it with your Mac Book Pro with Touch Bar or MacBook. If you don’t have a USB-C laptop, have no fear. Every drive comes with a USB-A adapter in the box to use with other laptops. It’s available in three sizes: 256GB at US$99, 512GB at US$199, 1TB at US$399.

Buy A Western Digital External SSD For Your New MacBook