Universal texts, Bear notes, Sylvania smart bulbs, Apple TV Universal Search expanded


Make iPhone texts and iMessages appear across all your Apple devices — One of the advantages of Apple’s iMessage system is the ability to see and respond to iPhone texts across multiple Apple devices. AppleInsider shows you how to set up the feature and get messaging on your iPad, Mac and more [except this feature was not available on my New Zealand Vodafone iPhone 6].

Bear enables text editing, notes on any device from Apple Watch to Mac — The note-taking app Bear is free to try, but to enable such important features as iCloud syncing, themes, and exporting files in certain formats there is a monthly (US$1.49) or annual (US$14.99) subscription fee paid through an in-app purchase. The monthly subscription includes a free one-week trial, while the annual subscription gives you a month to try out the features of Bear.
[Er, the completely free Notes app on Apple devices and Macs already syncs without having to pay a subscription …]

Sylvania intros Apple HomeKit-compatible Soft White bulb & Full Colour Indoor Flex Strip — LEDVANCE’s Sylvania brand has announced two new Smart+ lights supporting HomeKit: the Soft White A19 bulb, and the Full Colour Indoor Flex Strip.

Apple TV gets new universal search options in US, Canada, many other countries — Apple has significantly expanded the universal search options present on the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, improving coverage in the US, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere.
Apple has also expanded the number of countries with Apple Music search beyond the US, covering Australia [but not NZ?], Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.