Instagram Testing Live Stories with Friends

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Instagram announced Tuesday that it’s testing the ability to do live Stories with friends. Users who are broadcasting live can tap a button that allows them to invite anyone who is watching to join in on the broadcast. The original Story broadcaster can remove and invite another, too. As shown in the screenshot, the original Story broadcaster is on top of the split screen, while the participant is on the lower half. Instagram said the feature is being tested by a “small percentage of our community,” and will be launched globally in the “next few months.” It’s all part of Facebook/Instagram’s slow, but steady attack on YouTube, as well as SnapChat, and I expect it to be a popular feature. Especially after some split Stories go catastrophically wrong.

Instagram Testing Live Stories with Friends

Apple Unleases iOS 11 Public Beta 4

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iOS 11 Public Beta 4 install screenshot

The release comes the day after the company seeded iOS 11 Developer Beta 5 to developers, and two weeks after the release of Public Beta 3.

Get 28 USB Ports with the MondoHub Master USB Hub

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

MondoHub Master USB Hub

Check out the MondoHub Master USB Hub, a beast of a USB hub with 28 USB ports. That includes 4 USB 3.0 and 24 USB 2.0 ports, as well as a 5V / 4A power adapter. You can get it for $54.99 through us.

iOS: How to Edit a Playlist's Image

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is all about adding a custom image to your iOS playlists, so if you don’t like the look of the default album artwork Apple uses, you can switch it up! We’ve got the music-picture-changin’ details inside.

TMO Background Mode Interview with Joy of Tech Co-founder Nitrozac

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Nitrozac (Liza Schmalcel) is an accomplished artist and cartoonist. Along with her partner, Snaggy, she founded Geek Culture in 1997, and it continues to thrive. She’s also the co-founder of the Joy of Tech webcomic. Nitrozac told me about growing up in northern Manitoba, Canada. She knew at a very early age that she wanted to become an artist, and she’s been drawing non-stop ever since. After high school, she attended the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Nitrozac suffered for a bit with not very capable computers before she went on to photography and communication design. Eventually, she met Snaggy the team has been at the center of our geek culture for two decades. And now, she’s graciously provided a new self-portrait for us. It’s the Nitrozac mystique!

Apple Launches Back to School Promo in Europe with Free Beats Headphones

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple launched its annual back to school promo in Europe, offering students and teachers a pair of free Beats headphones with the purchase of a new Mac or iPad Pro. Customers can choose between Beats Solo3, BeatsX, or Powerbeats3 models. The offer is on top of the discounted pricing on the Mac or iPad Pro available to students and teachers through Apple’s education store. Current pricing includes discounts up to £270 on a new Mac, and up to £59 on a new iPad in the UK. In Euro countries, students and teachers can save €328 on new Mac, and up to €68 on a new iPad Pro. The offer mirrors the U.S. back-to-school promo launched in July.

Apple Launches Back to School Promo in Europe with Free Beats Headphones

Icons Appear for iOS 11 Screen Mirroring

· Jeff Butts · Product News

iOS 11 Now Shows Icons for Screen Mirroring

The icons might just be a nice aesthetic touch, but they could also be hints at more upcoming possibilities for using the iOS 11 Screen Mirroring feature.

iOS 11: How to Scan Documents in Apple Notes

· Andrew Orr · How-To

You can scan documents in Apple Notes with an iPhone or iPad. On an iPad with Apple Pencil, you can even sign a document after you scan it.

Apple Rolls Out tvOS 11 Developer Beta 5

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple TV tvOS 11 beta

Along with iOS 11 beta 5, macOS High Sierra beta 5, and watchOS 4 beta 5, Apple released tvOS 11 developer beta 5 (build 15J5347f) on Monday.

Apple Seeds watchOS 4 Beta 5 (15R5345g) to Developers

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

watchOS 4 logo

Apple didn’t include patch notes for the release, but as with other operating systems in Apple’s developer beta program, each seed is a mix of bug fixes, tweaks, and various stages of feature rollouts.