Here are the HomePod Touch Gestures You Need to Know

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

HomePod gesture touch surface

Apple’s HomePod will be in stores on February 9th, and along with Siri voice control you can use gestures to control your brand new smart speaker. Read on to learn how.

How to Use "Skip When Shuffling" to Exclude Songs

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re annoyed by Christmas music or spoken-word tracks when you’re shuffling through the music library on your iPhone, then this tip’ll make you happy! With the magic of iCloud Music Library, you can select which songs you don’t want to hear under iTunes on your Mac and have the changes sync to your iOS devices.

This Neato Four Way Adapto-Thing – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 693

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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AppleCare doesn’t void every upgrade, and your geeks talk through some things you can do on your own … and how to make sure you understand where your warranty begins and ends. Questions from you listeners are always the bulk of this show, and they’re all over the map today which makes for a fun, varied show. But Cool Stuff Found is always a favorite, and this week we’ve got a ton for you!

Tom Brady Features in New Apple Beats by Dre Commercial

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple picked quarterback Tom Brady to promote Beats by Dre headphones. A new spot for the brand features a grim and gritty locker room shot of the Deflategate quarterback wearing a pair of Beats by Dre. In a voiceover, Mr. Brady says: “Doubt me. Distract me. Give me noise. ‘Cause all I hear is, ‘It’s payback time.'” A tagline of “Above the noise” then appears, followed by the Beats logo. The spot was posted to YouTube this weekend, and already has more than 2.2 million views.

TMO Background Mode Interview with WUOT Morning Radio Host Victor Agreda

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Victor Agreda on Background Mode

Victor Agreda is a freelance voice actor, WUOT (Knoxville) Radio Morning Edition Host, and former Editor-in-Chief of The Unofficial Apple Weblog, affectionately known as “TUAW.” Early on, as a student at the University of Tennessee, he had an equal interest in English and electrical & computer engineering. By and by, he discovered that writing and journalism were what he was really good at. And yet, thanks to his engineering background, his first job out of college was as a Webmaster. We chatted about how he’s done stand-up comedy, founded Superpixels Studios, does voiced acting, does puppeteering, became the E-i-C of TUAW, worked with Angry Dad Gamer on YouTube, and finally, how he landed the job as a NPR Morning Edition host. Victor is a fascinating, delightful fellow to listen to.

iOS Beta Shows HomePod Mics can be Disabled

· Jeff Gamet · News

HomePod scenes with muted microphones

iOS 11.2.5 Developer Beta includes settings for disabling Siri in the streaming home speaker so its built-in microphones won’t eavesdrop on what you say.

Duke University Uses Animoji to Announce Tim Cook's Commencement Speech

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be the commencement speaker at Duke University on May 13th, 2018, and the school used Apple’s own technology to make the announcement. Duke President Vincent E. Price, along with students and Tim Cook, used Animoji for the big reveal. Animoji is an iPhone X feature that maps your facial expressions and what you’re saying to an emoji character in real time. Cook is a Duke graduate and a fan of the school’s basketball team—something he shares in the video. Check out Duke’s Animoji announcement video.

Apple's Approach to Education Only Goes So Far

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

iPads in education - girl in classroom with an iPad

There are some fundamental issues related to education in an environment immersed in social media. What can Apple do better?