Apple’s holiday return policy: What you need to know

Sometimes a gift just doesn’t land as well as you want it to.

Sometimes, you accidentally get a blue iPhone case instead of a red one, or a bag for an 11-inch MacBook Air instead of a 13-inch MacBook Pro, or an iPad Air 2 instead of an iPad Pro. Whatever the case, it’s a simple matter to return or exchange the wrong gifts and make sure you end up with the right ones.

First, the rules

Normally, the Apple Store — online and retail — offers a 14-day return policy on any item sold. For the holidays, the company has expanded this window: If an item was purchased between November 10 and December 25, 2016 you have until January 8, 2017 to return or exchange it.

There’s no fee to return a hardware gift, even if it’s been opened, but Apple does ask that you include all cords, adapters, manuals, and the like in the original packaging.

There are a few things you can’t return, including opened software, electronic software downloads from the App Store, Apple Store gift cards, Apple De…

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Apple Music Student Memberships arrive in 25 additional countries

Apple Music Student Memberships are now available in additional countries including Brazil, Canada, and India.

Apple has brought its Student Memberships for Apple Music to 25 new countries. These memberships allow university students to subscribe to the music service at a steep discount, and originally launched in just seven countries earlier this year.

Student Memberships for Apple Music are now available in the following countries, according to MacRumors:

Hong Kong
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
These are in addition to the original launch countries of Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States, bringing the total to 32 countries where these memberships are available.

In order to qualify for a discounted membership, students will need to have their enrollment in a d…

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6 ways the Touch Bar is improving my Mac workflow

Touch Bar is brand new but it’s already made an impact on my workflow. Here’s how.

Rene Ritchie has been covering Apple and the personal technology industry for almost a decade. Editorial director for Mobile Nations, analyst for iMore, video and podcast host, you can follow him on Snapchat, Instagram, or Twitter @reneritchie.




Touch Bar is Apple’s new experiment in adding multitouch to macOS without adding touch screens to the Mac. Whether or not the experiment is ultimately successful remains to be seen but anyone with a higher-end 13-inch or any 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016 can try it out right now and decide for themselves.

I was originally skeptical. I’m not a huge fan of context switches, be it reaching up from the Smart Keyboard to tap the screen on my iPad Pro or looking down from the MacBook Pro screen to tap the Touch Bar. Hands on one plane eyes on the other is simply how I’ve learned to compute and how, I think, it makes both ergonomic and c…

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Netflix now lets you download some TV shows and movies

Netflix adds the long-requested feature for select programs and movies.

With the latest update to its app for iPhone and iPad, Netflix has added a long-awaited feature: downloads for TV shows and movies. For now, only a portion of Netflix’s library is available for download, but the feature allows you to keep up that binge of Stranger Things without worrying about going over your data plan or having to buy in-flight Wi-Fi.

From Netflix:

While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited. Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection.

To help you know what shows, movies, and specials can be downloaded, Netflix has added a new section to the sidebar of its app called Available for Download. Just click the menu button at the top of the screen to ge…

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How to customize the Touch Bar Control Strip on the MacBook Pro

Do you hate that Siri is in the upper right corner of the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro? You can change that!

The Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro has a lot of customization features. You can add or remove a lot of tools in the Touch Bar settings section of various apps. Even the Control Strip is customizable if you know how to find it. Here’s how.

What is the Control Strip on the Touch Bar?
How to set the expanded Control Strip as the default display on the Touch Bar
How to remove the Control Strip from the Touch Bar
How to customize the Control Strip on the Touch Bar

What is the Control Strip on the Touch Bar?

On a traditional Mac Keyboard, you will notice that the top row of keys, also known as the function key row, has additional tools, like volume controls, screen brightness, quick access to Mission Control, and the like. The Control Strip is where you find those features on the Touch Bar.

You can have a collapsed Control Strip with just four tools that sit on the right side …

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In support of World Aids Day, Apple turns their Stores (RED)

This year you can help raise money for the fight against AIDS through Apple Pay, App Store games, new Apple Store products, and more

Apple has been supporting Product (RED), which raises money for the fight against AIDS through a portion of the profits made from (RED) co-branded products, for decade. In that time the company has helped raise well over a hundred million dollars. But they want to do more. So, this year, Apple is providing ways for customers to donate through select App Store game purchases, new accessories sold at the Apple Store including a (RED) Smart Battery Case for iPhone 7, donations made when customers use Apple Pay, the U.S. proceeds of the Killers new Christmas album, and direct donations through iTunes.

Speaking to Buzzfeed news, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook said:

”We look for ways we think we can uniquely contribute to the world in which we live,” Cook said. ”And we’ll always touch more people through our products than anything else. … It’s that area — an…

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Digital Offers: The Ultimate Project Management Certification bundle is just $69 now!

Project Management happens to be one of the fastest growing fields in several industries right now, and you may be looking to make a switch. But just how does one get started with Project Management and learning the ropes? Well, they take expensive courses that consume a lot of time, right? Wrong.

You don’t have to spend a ton of time and money to begin learning the basics. Meet the Ultimate Project Management Certification bundle which provides you access to 9 comprehensive courses seven days a week, 24 hours a day. From learning the basics to getting more in depth with Six Sigma Black, this is a great way to jumpstart your career change.

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Explore study materials for PMI Risk Management Professional, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Bundle, PR…

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How to make and receive phone calls on your Apple Watch

You can make a call without pulling your phone out of your pocket thanks to your Apple Watch. Here’s how!

While you might not even use your iPhone as a phone, did you know that you can use your watch as a phone? If you’ve got an Apple Watch, you can do just that, placing and answering calls right from your wrist.

Use this guide to get started with calls on your Apple Watch.

How to make a phone call with Siri on the Apple Watch

The quickest way to start a phone call from your Apple Watch is to call out to Siri.

Say Hey Siri or press and hold the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to activate Siri.
Tell Siri who you want to call (For example: ”Call Joe.”)

Tap the number you want to call, if there’s more than one option.
How to make a phone call from the Phone app on the Apple Watch

Of course, you can also use the built-in Phone app to scroll through your Favorites, Recents, or even your whole contact list.

Open the Phone app from the Home screen of your Apple Watch.
Choose from…

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How to cancel an iTunes or App Store subscription on your iPhone or iPad

Do you want to cancel a trial subscription before time runs out? You can do it right on your iPhone or iPad!

If you’ve been trying out TV apps, like STARZ or HBO GO through the App Store, or you’ve subscribed to the Wall Street Journal inside the News app, but now you don’t to renew your subscription, you can cancel it from your iPhone or iPad with just a few steps. Here’s how.

How to cancel an iTunes subscription on iPhone or iPad

Launch the Settings app.
Tap iTunes & App Store.
Tap on your Apple ID.

Tap View Apple ID when the pop up window appears.
Enter your Apple ID password or fingerprint ID when prompted.
Tap Subscriptions.

Tap the Subscription you want to cancel.
Tap Cancel Subscription.
Tap Confirm when prompted to confirm that you want to cancel your subscription.

After your current period ends, whether it is part of a free trial or a regular recurring subscription, iTunes will no longer bill you for that subscription.

How to resubscribe to a service you canc…

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Silicon Labs lanserar nytt initiativ för att snabba på Homekit-utrullningen

Nu ska det bli billigare och enklare att utveckla för Homekit.

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