How to pair Bluetooth headphones with your Apple Watch

To listen to audio from your Apple Watch, you’ll have to pair it with a Bluetooth headset.

That’s because, while the Apple Watch has a speaker, it’s only meant for tones, calls, Siri (on Series 3), and other short and simple sound. If you want to listen to your music or any other audio you’ve synced with Apple Watch, you’ll need to pair. Any Bluetooth headphones or headset will do, and the process is super simple.

Note: If you try to listen to local music before you pair with a Bluetooth headset, you’ll be prompted to connect headphones during the playback process, as outlined in Step 4.

How to pair your Apple Watch with a Bluetooth headset

Put your headphones or headset into Pairing mode. (This usually involves pressing a button on the device.)
Press the Digital Crown to go to your Apple Watch’s Home screen. (If you aren’t there already.)
Tap the Settings app.

Tap Bluetooth.
Tap the name of the device you want to pair with.
Your device’s status will switch from ”pairing” to ”p…

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Six of the coolest things you can do with Bigscreen

Here are some cool things you can use Bigscreen for other than just using your desktop in VR.

Bigscreen is a free VR app available for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive that primarily lets you view your PC’s desktop inside a head-mounted display (HMD). If you’ve installed Bigscreen and you’re sitting, staring at the icons on your desktop, wondering what to do, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest things to do with this awesome tool. Let’s take a look!

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ARise: The ARKit app you should download right now!

ARise is a fantastic and simple game that shows off the power of Apple’s ARKit.

ARKit in iOS 11 is here in a big way and there are already close to a hundred apps that take advantage of ARKit, and that number just keeps growing.

Whether you’re getting the new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, or you just want to see what ARKit has to offer, I’m recommending you download the game ARise first.

$2.99 – Download ARise
Why should your first AR experience be a game?

The potential for AR with ARKit is huge, and developers have only begun to scratch the surface of how augmented reality can be incorporated into their apps and games; however, it’s pretty easy to see that AR gaming is the best way to interact with augmented reality.

AR gaming gives you the ability to not only see something appear in the real world around you that you can look at, but also interact with the digitally created objects in various ways. It’s that interaction, big or small, that really sets AR gaming apart from conve…

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Apple Watch Series 3 LTE Review: Small, flawed, and mighty

The author, taking a Portrait mode photo of herself wearing the Series 3 Apple Watch by using the Series 3 to do so.

The Series 3 LTE Apple Watch isn’t going to be for everyone yet. But it’s a peek at the future for 38mm and 42mm users alike.

Before Apple’s official Series 3 Apple Watch announcement in September, I admit: I was concerned. As a devout fan of Apple’s 38mm casing size, I didn’t love the rumors over LTE connectivity. LTE networking is hard and battery-draining, and every other manufacturer on the market who’s tried it has been forced to make big, clunky watches that look more like 1980s ideals of wrist-connected technology than actual watches for humans without 6’4″-sized wrists.

Would Apple abandon 38mm users in its quest to chase after the ”true” dream — the watch as a stand-alone product? Or would it include 38mm users but destroy the user experience? Could it actually make LTE useful on the small watch?

Apple’s official on-stage debut and our subse…

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How to sync your Apple TV Home screen across all Apple TVs

In tvOS 11, you can sync your Home screen across all Apple TV devices signed in with the same iCloud account, even if they’re not on the same network, thanks to One Home Screen.

iMore Managing Editor, Serenity Caldwell, once wrote about how she wished she could back up (and restore) her Apple TV. As of tvOS 11, her wishes have mostly come true thanks to the Home screen sync feature, One Home Screen.

Apple TV connects most of your content in iCloud – movies, TV shows, app purchases, podcasts, music, etc. – but until tvOS 11, you had to download and install apps one-by-one if you had to restore your Apple TV. With One Home Screen, you can simply sign into iCloud and everything on one Home Screen will automatically sync to all Apple TV devices. Here’s how to enable it.

How to enable One Home Screen on Apple TV

One Home Screen is found in the accounts section of your Settings on Apple TV.

Launch Settings on Apple TV.
Click on Accounts.

Click on iCloud. Sign in if you’re not alread…

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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.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

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