Modern Dad on HomePod: It’s only for the Apple Faithful

Creating converts will have to wait.

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I love me some connected speakers. I’ve got almost every speaker Sonos has released spread throughout my home. I’ve got every Amazon Echo ever sold. (Including, yes, the Look.) I’ve got all three entries in the Google Home line.

I am, as the kids say, a fan of the audios. (The kids don’t say that? Well, they should.)

So I was very much looking forward to the Apple HomePod. I mean, sure. On one hand you wouldn’t even have to buy the thing to know that the following things would be true:

HomePod would sound great.
HomePod would look great.
HomePod would treat Apple’s own devices and services first, and everybody else’s second.
HomePod would cost more than it should.
OK, so we got surprised on that last part. At $350, HomePod is priced very competitively for a speaker of its caliber.

But it also comes with some pretty serious caveats. If you’re not all-in on Apple stuff — iPhone or iPod, Siri, and…

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Franska aktivister vinner tvist – får demonstrera i Apple-butiker

Apple stämde den franska aktivistgruppen Attac och ville förbjuda deras demonstrationer i Apple-butiker, men har förlorat i första instans.

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Apple Pay Cash ser ut att snart lanseras internationellt

Användare i Brasilien, Irland och Spanien har upptäckt att Apple Pay Cash nu syns i deras Wallet-appar och verkar alltså vara nära en lansering.

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Sony’s trying to cash in on Pokémon Go’s success with Ghostbusters World

Coming to iOS and Android at some point in 2018.

If you’ve been itching to catch more virtual monsters and Pokémon Go is starting to get long in the tooth, you’ll soon have a few new options to choose from. In addition to Niantic’s own AR Harry Potter-themed game that’s coming out this year, Sony Pictures Entertainment just announced it’s taking its own stab at this game type with Ghostbusters World.

Ghostbusters World will be available for demo during Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, and it’ll feature ghosts from the Ghostbusters movies, TV shows, comics, video games, theme parks, and also introduce original ghosts that are brand-new to the franchise.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Consumer Products, Ghost Corp, FourThirtyThree, and NextAge are all working on the game, and commenting on it, Ivan Reitman (Director and Producer of the original Ghostbusters movie) said:

The Ghostbusters Universe is rich in characters and Ghostbusters World is the perfect med…

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How to use to see if your passwords are compromised

1Password has already integrated with the new Pwned Passwords tool to let you check for compromised passwords. Here’s how you use it.

This week saw the release of a new service from security researcher Troy Hunt, Pwned Passwords, which lets you check your passwords against a database of more than 500 million passwords to see if any of yours are compromised. And though this tool was just released, the folks over at AgileBits have already integrated it into accounts for subscribers. With the click of a button, you can check to see if a particular password is in the database, letting you know if you need to change it.

Here’s how you use 1Password’s new Pwned Passwords integration.

A note on security

As AgileBits notes, sending your password off to be checked makes it inherently less secure. But working with Hunt and a team at Cloudflare, they have been able to devise a method of checking passwords without compromising their security. This is especially good news if you…

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Best Nintendo Switch games to share with your family

Looking to switch it up and play some video games with your family this upcoming game night? Here are the best games to get little ones and your grandparents involved with the Nintendo Switch!

I’ve now played Odyssey for Nintendo Switch with pretty much every demographic now and I’ve noticed that it’s a perfect game for every single member of the family. So that got me thinking…

Which Nintendo Switch games are the best to play during family game night? Here are the best options out there!

Super Mario Odyssey
1-2 Switch
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!
The Jackbox Party Pack 4

Super Mario Odyssey

There’s a reason that there’s a ”Best Family Game” award on the Super Mario Odyssey’s page in the Nintendo eShop: and it’s because it truly is an incredibly fun, whimsical, interactive and over-the-top game to play with family of all ages.

Not only does Super Mario Odyssey have a little something for everyone, but the colorful world of Odyssey will hav…

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Adhere the iOttie One Touch 2 car mount to your dash or windshield for just $13

Navigate and take hands-free calls safely with an iOttie One Touch car mount.

The iOttie One Touch 2 car mount is now on sale at Amazon for just $12.57. This is its lowest price ever and a $6 drop from what it sells for on average.

The One Touch 2 features a mounting system which locks and releases your device with a single push. The One Touch line is pretty well-rated, and this version is no exception. It uses a sticky gel pad to adhere to most surfaces, while still being easily removable. It won’t work well with leather or vinyl dashboards though. It can rotate 360 degrees and has a telescopic arm which can adjust out two inches for closer viewing.

This car mount is suitable for devices up to 3.2 inches in width. Over 14,400 reviewers on Amazon left this product with a collective 4.1 out of 5 stars.

Other iOttie One Touch car mounts are on sale, including the CD player model for $12.57, and the iOttie One Touch 3 for $16.

See at Amazon

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Best Charging Stations for Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 in 2018

Keep your Arlo Pro security cams charged up with these charging stations!

If you have the Arlo Pro or Arlo Pro 2 security camera from Netgear, then you have a security camera with rechargeable batteries or a solar panel. The problem is that, without a charging station, you can only charge the batteries by plugging in in your camera. If you need a spot to charge your cam’s batteries, then check out one of these charging stations made specifically for the Pro and Pro 2.

Netgear Arlo Pro charging station
Wasserstein charging station
Netgear Arlo Pro charging station

Who better to buy from than the manufacturer itself? The Arlo Pro charging station features two battery docks, which is perfect if you have more than one camera around the house, and it doesn’t matter if it’s the Pro, Pro 2, or Go.

At roughly $60, this is the priciest option on the list, but it’s straight from Netgear, so you know it’s guaranteed to work. Netgear also promises that this will charge four times fa…

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iMore show 595: Competitive Gremlin

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple!

Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Serenity Caldwell mourn the deprecation of the official Twitter client for Mac and offer some alternatives. They also talk about the visual and sonic marvels within Alto’s Odyssey, a brand new game for iOS and Apple TV. Plus, rumors are circulating about a new version of AirPods that are said to offer a hands free Siri experience. Join us!

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iMore show 595 video edition
The life and death of Twitter for Mac
Alto’s Odyssey Review: A perfect follow-up to Alto’s snowy adventure
The evolution of Alto’s Odyssey: A Q&A with Team Alto
Alto’s Odyssey Tips and Tricks Guide
New AirPods said to let you use Siri completely hands free
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Live Photos: The ultimate guide

The idea of moving pictures isn’t new (any Harry Potter fan will tell you that!) but thanks to Live Photos, everyone can take and share them!

Live Photos aren’t quiiiite video, but rather a full-on 12-megapixel photo that animates 1.5 seconds of motion before and after the still. Super cool, right?!

You can take them with any iPhone from the iPhone 6s onward, as well as iPad Pro.

How to take a Live Photo with your iPhone or iPad
How to view Live Photos on newer iPhone models
How to view Live Photos on an older iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
How to share Live Photos on your iPhone or iPad
How to set a Live Photo as the wallpaper on your iPhone 6s or Apple Watch
How to extract a still shot from a Live Photo
How to turn a Live Photo into a GIF

How to take a Live Photo with your iPhone or iPad

Live Photo can easily be turned on and left on, or turned off and only turned on when you expressly want to use it — which is a great option if you’re looking to save the battery and so…

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