Customizing the iOS 11 Control Center

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

iOS 11 Control Center

This is probably one of Jeff Butts’s favorite new features in iOS 11, since it lets him set up Control Center exactly the way that best suits how he uses his iPhone.

Sphero Adds R2-Q5 Imperial Droid to Spy on the Other Sphero Star Wars Droids

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Sphero RA2-Q5 from Star Wars

Don’t look now, driods, but Sphero has a new model come to spy on your. It’s R2-Q5, an imperial droid in the service of Emperor Palpatine, and it’s enough to send you scurrying for an oil bath! Part of Sphero’s amazing app-enabled droid product line, R2-Q5 is the 4th droid to be unleashed, and he serves as a sort of mirror to the company’s amazing R2-D2. The company said it features emotive waddles, a rotating dome, and bipod or tripod stances. As with the other models, you control R2-Q5 through your iPhone (or Android, if that’s your thing). While different from the R2 models, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my BB-8 unit from Sphero, and I think these R2 units are just amazeballs. It’s $199.99, and initially available through Best Buy.

Watch the Apple Music Trailer for 'Bang! The Bert Berns Story'

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple Music is premiering Bang! The Bert Berns Story on October 24th. Bert Berns is one of the biggest names in music most of us have never heard. He was a record producer and songwriter, writing or cowriting songs such as “Twist and Shout,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “I Want Candy,” and one of my 60s favs, “Hang on Sloopy.” There are many more, and he was one of those behind-the-scenes people who had a huge impact on rock and R&B as those musical forms emerged in the 1960s. Oh, and he was apparently involved with the mob, something I didn’t know. The documentary is being narrated by Steven Van Zandt with lots of historical footage and interviews with artists he worked with or recorded his music. Even Dobby has something to say. Or maybe that’s Keith Richards. Hard to tell any more. In any event, I can’t wait to watch it.

Here's How to Block Cross-site Tracking in Safari

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Prevent cross-site tracking setting in Safari on macOS High Sierra

Apple promised a way to block websites from cross-site tracking in Safari in macOS High Sierra and iOS 11. Here’s how to see if it’s enabled.

Apple Music with Sonos, Alexa, and AirPlay 2

· Dave Hamilton · Analysis

Sonos One with Amazon Alexa, Apple Music, and AirPlay 2

Sonos’s new Alexa support doesn’t offer full control for Apple Music, but next year’s AirPlay 2 integration might just provide Apple Music subscribers full voice-control of their Sonos sytems.

iOS 11: How to Type to Siri

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Type to Siri in iOS 11

iOS 11 lets you type to Siri instead of speak, which is handy if you don’t want to disturb everyone around you by talking to the iPhone super computer in your pocket.

Apple Music Social Profile: How To Set It Up

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

apple music social profile

You have to do some digging to find the Apple Music social profile settings, but once you’re there you’ll find them easy to use.

Apple's iTunes Decisions, Apple Music Plans, the Need for LTE, More - ACM 431

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

In Episode 431, Bryan and Jeff dig into four topics, and they didn’t even run late. They discuss Apple’s App Store-ectomy from iTunes, Jimmy Iovine’s plans for Apple Music, FM radios in our iPhones, and whether or not Jeff is going to regret not getting LTE in his new Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple Watch gets LTE Connectivity Fix with watchOS 4.0.1 Update

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

watchOS 4 control center

Apple released watchOS 4.0.1 on Wednesday with a fix for a problem where some Apple Watch Series 3 models with cellular connectivity support were connecting to unauthenticated public Wi-Fi networks.