Here's How to Update Your HomePod Software

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

HomePod update light

HomePod is pretty much a hands-off device for maintenance, but what if you want to start a software update right now? Here’s how to update your HomePod software when you want.

Revogi Smart Bluetooth LED Bulb: $24.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Revogi Smart Bluetooth LED Bulb

We have a deal on the Revogi Smart Bluetooth LED Bulb, a smartbulb you don’t need a hub to control. It works over Bluetooth, and is controlled from an iPhone or Apple Watch app, or an Android device, if that’s your thing. You can control color and intensity, with support for 16 million colors. It’s $24.99 through us.

That Time Tim Cook Acknowledged People Can Surf Porn on iPhone

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has had a long-standing off again, off again relationship with the existence of porn, but CEO Tim Cook kind of, sort of softened that stance this week. No, there’s specifically not going to be a bunch of porno apps flooding the App Store (you’ll need to go to iBooks to get your soft-core porn), but Mr. Cook made the frank acknowledgement that people can always use Safari to surf for porn. And then he went so far as to clarify that he wasn’t making fun of it. I’m not arguing that this is some kind of seismic shift in Apple policy, and Mr. Cook iterated the fact that Apple intends to keep the App Store family friendly. It is, however, a much less confrontational statement on the world’s favorite pastime than Steve Jobs’s declaration that, “folks who want porn can buy an Android phone.” I’m not the only one who noticed the difference, either. BusinessInsider, for one, did a full workup on the subject. In any event, it’s interesting to see Apple taking a more enlightened tone on the subject, including his comments about what you sell says something about you.

tvOS 11.3 Adds Content Filtering for Apple TV, Apple TV 4K

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

tvOS 11.3 update for Apple TV and Apple TV 4K

Apple released tvOS 11.3 for the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K on Thursday. The update adds new ratings-based content filtering options, along with more transparent privacy information.

watchOS 4.3 Available with HomePod Controls, More

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple Watch watchOS 4.3 update

Apple released watchOS 4.3 on Thursday with support for controlling HomePod playback and volume from your Apple Watch, as well as adding back the ability to control iPhone music playback from your wrist.

Apple Rolls Out First HomePod Software Update

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Along with iOS 11.3, Apple released the first HomePod software update on Thursday. The update, HomePod 11.3, includes what Apple calls “general improvements for stability and quality.”

Music Videos Section Comes to Apple Music Ahead of iOS 11.3 Release

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Music Videos section in Apple Music

iOS 11.3’s promised music videos section in Apple Music has shown up early. The new feature groups together music videos into categories like “Today’s Video Hits,” and “New Music Videos,” and “Music Video Playlists.”

macOS: How to Add a Screen Saver Icon to Your Dock

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you want to lock your Mac’s screen quickly when you’re walking away from it, there are lots of ways you could do so. In this Quick Tip, we’ll give you a few suggestions, but we’ll also show you how to add a shortcut to your screen saver to your Dock, which’ll mean a one-click way to lock your Mac when combined with certain security settings. We’ve got you covered!

Talking to an E-Learning Teacher about Apple and EdTech - ACM 455

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet are joined by Laura Bain, E-Learning Coordinator at a private school in Brisbane, Australia, to talk about Apple and the “Let’s Take a Field Trip” event. They discuss what it’s like in the trenches of E-Learning, including the ongoing battle between Apple, Google, and Microsoft. You’ve been hearing a lot of tech pundits talk about Apple and education, but this conversation has a voice from the trenches.

The Complete 2018 Learn to Code Bundle: $49.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Complete 2018 Learn to Code Bundle

We have a deal on the Complete 2018 Learn to Code Bundle, aimed at people who want to develop with PHP, Ruby on Rails, Java, Javascript, Python, and more. It includes more than a thousand lectures, more than 220 hours of content, and more. It’s $49.99 through us.