You can now enable two-factor authentication for your Nintendo account

Nintendo has introduced two-step verification using Google Authenticator to better protect your cherished Nintendo account.

That’s right – Nintendo has finally joined other gaming companies in offering two-factor authentication, so all your games, info, and screenshot hoards can be more secure than ever. If you opt in, you’ll now be asked for a special code (generated using Google Authenticator) as well as your usual password when logging into your account. You’ll need to get the Google Authenticator app if you haven’t already, but it’s free to download on the App Store so that should be relatively painless.

Note: You can use any app that supports OTP (one-time password) generation — like 1Password — in place of Google Authenticator.

Here’s how to enable two-step verification for your Nintendo account (taken directly from Nintendo’s support page):

Go to the Nintendo Accounts page and log in.
Select ”Sign-in and security settings,” then scroll down to ”2-Step Verifica…

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Dropbox adds support for Files app in iOS 11

Dropbox’s latest iOS update (version 64.3) adds full support for the Files app in iOS 11.

Easier access to Dropbox: Once you upgrade to iOS 11, you can access your Dropbox files from the new Files app and supported third-party apps. No need to flip back and forth between apps.

After you’ve updated to the latest version of Dropbox, you’ll need to re-authenticate in order to access your files using the Files app. It’s as simple as opening up Files in iOS, tapping on the Dropbox folder in Locations, and following the prompts to authenticate your account. Afterward you’ll be able to access all the files you’ve stored in Dropbox both within the Files app and in any app that supports iOS 11’s new document picker.

The company announced support for the Files app back in June:

You’ll be able to access files in your Dropbox account from third-party apps just as if they were stored on your iPhone or iPad. This integration will even work with Dropbox-specific features for teams, like …

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iTunes rentals now last 48 hours in the U.S.

Ever feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Yeah, us too. Unfortunately, nobody can stop the unremitting march of time (yet). But we do have good news: You now have an extra 24 hours to finish that movie you rented.

Along with the release of Apple TV 4K today, Apple updated their movie rental policy to extend the window of time in which rented movies, once started, can be watched. Before the update, U.S. users only had 24 hours to finish watching their chosen film. Now they have a whole 48, during which they can watch their content as many times as they like until it expires. This is a long-awaited and welcome change for iTunes users, considering the 48-hour watch window has been available for quite awhile now in other locations such as the U.K. and Canada.

Like with the old 24-hour window, the 48-hour timer doesn’t begin until you have actually started your movie. After you pay for your rental, you have 30 days to begin watching it. After that 30 days is up, if you h…

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London refuses to renew Uber’s license to operate due to safety concerns

Transport for London announced today that it would not be renewing Uber’s license to operate, citing Uber’s current policies regarding safety and security as grounds for the decision.

According to a statement released by TfL, Uber’s license will expire on September 30. However, Uber has 21 days to appeal this decision in Britains courts, and will be allowed to continue to operate while any appeals remain ongoing. The full list of reasons TfL gave for terminating Uber’s license included its approach to reporting serious criminal offenses (such as sexual abuse) and its use of software (internally referred to as ”greyball”) that is capable of blocking law enforcement officials from gaining full access to the app.

General Manager of Uber London, Tom Elvidge, released his own statement in response to TfL saying approximately 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers in the city use the app at least once every three months, and that those dedicated patrons would be ”astounded” at the dec…

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How to share your iCloud storage with your family

Let the whole family use the same iCloud storage plan with iOS 11!

iOS 11 lets you share a storage plan between members of your Family Sharing group on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, so that no one runs out of space. For $9.99 a month, your whole family can share 2TB of storage, so everybody has enough space for photos, documents, and more.

Here’s how to share!

Note: You must be on the 200GB plan or higher in order to be able to share storage with family.

How to share iCloud storage with family

Launch Settings from your Home screen.
Tap your name at the top of the screen.
Tap Family Sharing.
Tap iCloud Storage.
Tap Let your Family Know.

If a family member already pays for storage, they’ll be given the option to upgrade to your plan. If they don’t pay for storage, they’ll automatically be added to your plan if they accept the invitation.


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Keep your laptop cool with this $16 AmazonBasics ventilated laptop stand

If you’ve been noticing your computer getting hot while sitting on your desk or in your lap, it’s time for a change.

The AmazonBasics Ventilated Laptop Stand is on sale for just $15.95, a discount of $4 off its regular price and the lowest price its been in over a year.

This laptop stand features a metal-mesh platform which draws heat away from your laptop and allows for ventilation, keeping your laptop cooler while in use. Its height is adjustable giving you a lot of viewing options, and it also features a cord organizer on the back which will seriously help tidy up your desk.

This product comes with a one-year limited warranty and has a 4.5 out of 5-star ranking on Amazon with over 1,500 reviews.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something a bit more sleek and slim, Jelly Comb’s Unibody Aluminum Monitor Stand is down to $22.39 with promo code K6EJAHPG at checkout. That saves you $6 off this item’s regular price. This one is a bit wider than the one above, though its height isn’t…

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Grab Aukey’s cell phone tripod for $8 to become a better mobile photographer

It’s time to take your photography game to the next level, and this inexpensive accessory can help!

Smartphone cameras have become significantly better over the past few years, and people like to push them to their limits. A great way to really take advantage of how far they’ve come is by using a tripod to take your skills to the next level. We know, people don’t want to lug around a full-sized tripod to ”get the shot”, but what about a mini one?

Aukey is currently offering its cell phone tripod for $7.91 when you use the coupon code LSYFN9DC during checkout at Amazon. This is a savings of around $3 from its regular price. Beyond just your smartphone, you’ll also be able to use this for a GoPro or even a DSLR.

Take clearer shots or time-lapse videos from a stable fixed position
Best for capturing a variety of landscapes and points of view
Compact, lightweight, foldable design to easily to grab, setup, and put away
Mount to smartphones up to 5.7″ with included holder, or attach dig…

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How to use Echo effect in iOS 11

Want to know how to use iOS 11’s new Echo screen effect in Messages? Here’s how!

One of the new screen effects that has come along with iOS 11 is ”Echo,” which floods the recipient’s screen with countless copies of your message, all swirling around for a few seconds. It’s a fun effect, and here’s how you’ll activate it.

How to use the Echo screen effect in Messages in iOS 11

Open Messages on your iPhone or iPad.
Tap on the conversation within which you want to use Echo.
Type your message.

Press firmly on the send button to be taken to the effects screen (press and hold if your device does not support 3D Touch).
Tap Screen.
Tap the send button, since Echo is the first screen that comes up..

And that’s all there is to it! Just like the rest of the screen and bubble effects, remember that Echo is confined to iMessage threads and won’t be sent to your contacts with whom you communicate with standard SMS.


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IKEA shows off wireless charging furniture for iPhone 8, iPhone X

In the wake of iPhone 8, IKEA wants to remind us all that its products have had Qi wireless charging capabilities since 2015.

IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, launched its new ad campaign today just in time for the release of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the first iPhones to adhere to the Qi wireless charging standard. The campaign — created by IKEA and famed advertising company ACNE— very pointedly caters directly to Apple users with sayings that play on Apple slogans such as ”This changes everything” and ”Think different.”

IKEA introduced its Qi wireless charging products all the way back in 2015, and offers freestanding wireless chargers as well as furniture with the chargers already built in. The company also gives customers the option to embed its JYSSEN wireless charger into any nearly any item they’d like in order to allow for a completely tailored experience. The specific items the ads focus on, though, are IKEA’s RIGGAD work lamp and VARV table lamp, b…

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The iPhone X Portends a More Accessible Future

How does the iPhone X integrate with accessibility?

Apple is hailing the forthcoming iPhone X as ”the future” of the smartphone. And futuristic it is: It has an edge-to-edge display, wireless charging, facial recognition, augmented reality, and is driven almost completely by gestures. As with so many of the products to come out of Cupertino, to own an iPhone X is to own a piece of the future today.

I was in the audience at the glistening Steve Jobs Theater as Phil Schiller blitzed through the equally impressive iPhone 8 only to return to the stage moments later to discuss the iPhone X. As its features were being explained and demonstrated, one thought that persisted in my mind was how accessible this glimpse of the future is going to be. The iPhone X, in some ways, is a radical departure from the iPhone we’ve come to know and love for a decade now, and surely accessibility is going to be a question.

Apple says iPhone X isn’t shipping until November 3, and I had only about a minute…

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