Make Your Old iPhone Red with SlickWraps

· · Cool Stuff Found

Apple’s (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has been received a warm welcome. Your mileage may vary, but I’ve personally had even Android zealots express an interest in the RED iPhone to me. And I love the (PRODUCT)RED charity, but not everyone can get a new iPhone at any given moment, which is why a SlickWraps promotional email grabbed my attention. That company has red wraps for iPhones for those who want a red iPhone, but can’t get a RED iPhone. To be fair, they have a wide variety of colors, but red is the color du jour, and it’s $22.95.

Make Your Old iPhone Red with SlickWraps

5 Things to Consider when Evaluating a VPN for Privacy

· · Deep Dive

Yesterday we explained what a VPN is and covered the benefits of using one. Today we’re examining how to figure out if you have a trustworthy VPN provider. In place of your ISP, your VPN provider receives your browsing data, and it’s good to shop around and compare privacy policies. Andrew Orr tells us what to look out for.

Google Maps Transforms Your City into Ms. Pac-Man for April Fools Day

· · Cool Stuff Found

Google is all about April Fools Day pranks, and this year they put one inside the Google Maps app. Instead of navigating your city, you can turn it into a Ms. Pac-Man game. Seriously. Just launch the Google Maps app on your iPhone and tap the Ms. Pac-Man button. The city streets turn into the game grid and you swipe to move around and avoid the ghosts. It’s 8-bit awesomeness that makes pretty much any city cooler. If you don’t already have the Google Maps app it’s a free download at Apple’s App Store.

Google Maps Transforms Your City into Ms. Pac-Man for April Fools Day

The Alexa Assistant, OK Google, and Lots More in one Full-Featured Speaker

· · Cool Stuff Found

Say hello to the first standalone device to give you the Alexa assistant, OK Google, and plenty more. The folks at Indiegogo have more than funded the Clarity Speaker. Still, you can preorder yours until the end of April 2017. One great thing about Clarity is you get a portable Bluetooth and Wi-FI speaker with a seven-inch fully-featured touchscreen. Additionally, Clarity includes a built-in Alexa assistant and “OK Google” functionality. It’s also a fully functional Android tablet, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Clarity Speaker is extremely portable, weighing less than two pounds. The device is powered by a quad-core processor. Clarity includes two 5-watt speakers and a 2MP camera. Internally, you’ll have access to 16GB of memory. You can expand storage with a  micro SD card. The speaker is available for preorder at US $149 until April 30, 2017. The regular retail price is $199, and the device begins shipping in June.

MacX Media Management Bundle: $19.95

· · TMO Deals

MacX Media Management Bundle

We have a deal for you on the MacX Media Management Bundle, a collection of Mac apps designed to help you encode and decode videos and move them to your iOS devices. It consists of MacX DVD Ripper Pro, MacX Video Converter Pro, and MacX MediaTrans, for $19.95

Looperverse, a Wireless Looping Stompbox for iPhone and iPad

· · Cool Stuff Found

Check out Looperverse by Retronyms, a looping solution for iOS. It’s a combination of a wireless looping stompbox that works with the Looperverse app. Ed Sheeran, KT Tunstall, Jamie Lidell, and a growing host of other artists use looping stompboxes to build songs one layer at a time, live on stage. Looperverse lets musicians do this using a $199.99 stompbox, a $9.99 companion app, and their iPhone or iPad. The app supports up to 16 tracks, has effects, does advanced waveform editing, and a lot more. The stompbox has 6 switches and low-latency Bluetooth MIDI. Music production has been a thing on iOS for years, but products like these turn iPhone and iPad into a bona fide stage solution. It’s fun to see.

What Is A VPN, And How Can It Help You?

· · Deep Dive

Now that Congress have chosen to allow ISPs to sell your data, many people are turning to VPNs to help. But you may not know how VPNs work, or how a VPN can help you browse the web safely. In this article Andrew Orr explores the technical details and gives you our VPN recommendations.

iOS: Close Running Apps All at Once

· · Quick Tip

Close running apps all at once

Even though Apple says this is unnecessary, sometimes when you have a lot of apps running, it can help boost your iPhone’s performance to shut them down. Doing that one by one is a pain, so Jeff Butts found a way to close running apps all at once.

Kove Commuter Wireless Speaker:

· · TMO Deals

Kove Commuter Wireless Speaker

We have a deal for you on the Kove Commuter Wireless Speaker. It’s a Bluetooth 4.1 portable speaker with a large 4,000mAh battery capacity giving you 8-plus hours of playback time. It’s $89.99 through us.

6 Cool Tech Things Going On in Germany

· · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (concert hall) as seen from the harbor.

Dr. Mac was in Germany last week, where he found six cool tech things, including his first encounters with Microsoft’s HoloLens Augmented Reality (AR) headset and HTC’s Vive Virtual Reality (VR) headset, plus robots galore, a very cool drone, and more.

Twitter Drops User Names from Counting Against 140 Character Limit

· · News

@usernames no longer count against character limits in Twitter replies

Twitter has been quietly changing how replies work for some users over the past few days, but now it’s official for everyone: user names no longer count towards the 140 character limit. The change means you tweets don’t have to be as short when several people are included in your replies.

iOS 10.3: How to See Which Apps Are Still 32-bit

· · Quick Tip

Settings > General > About > App Compatibility shows which iOS apps are still 32-bit

Apple is making it very clear the days of 32-bit app support on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are coming to an end. Lots of developers are working to make sure their apps are 64-bit, but there’s a chance some of the titles you depend on haven’t made the move. If you want to see if any of the apps you’re using are still 32-bit there’s an easy way to check on your iPhone and iPad. Follow along to learn how.

Apple's USB-C Adapter Discounts End Friday

· · News

Apple extends its USB-C discounts to March 31, 2017

If you’ve been procrastinating on buying those USB-C adapters for your new Touch Bar MacBook Pro it’s time to get motivated because Apple’s discounts are about to end. The discounts are available through March 31st, which means you need to buy yours today or Friday before the prices go up.