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iPod 15, top tech, free MyScript Nebo, HomeKit fix, tvOS 10.0.1 Update, watchOS 3.1, Watch Power Reserve

(Image from Apple's iPod page)
(Image from Apple’s iPod page)

To iPod on its 15th birthday: thanks for revolutionizing digital music — In 2001, Apple unveiled a singular product that launched the company out of the niche PC market and started an evolution that morphed the company into the world-dominating presence we know now. That device was iPod. [There are three models still available.]

9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPhone 7, and Apple Watch Series 2 are on Best Buy’s ‘Top Tech’ list — Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPhone 7, and Apple Watch Series 2 are all on Best Buy’s annual Top Tech list — the 20 “must-have technology products” for the holiday season.

MyScript Nebo iPad Pro note-taking App is temporarily a free download — The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil make for a great note taking combo. MyScript Nebo lets you amp that with built-in handwriting recognition. Nebo converts what you write into editable text, lets you add formatting, turns your drawings into editable graphics, exports to Microsoft Word or any app that supports text editing and more. You can currently get it free instead of the usual US$8.99 but this is temporary, so grab your copy now [if you have an iPad and an Apple Pencil; not sure if it works with other styli but for free, you can give it a try, right?]

Apple fixes Two-Factor Authentication setup bug — HomeKit in iOS 10 requires Two-Factor authentication if you plan to remotely control or monitor your smarthome devices. That isn’t a big deal, unless you’re one of the unlucky few who were blocked from switchting to Apple’s more secure password authentication system. The good news is that Apple finally fixed the issue, so HomeKit can be more that your in-home personal assistant again.

tvOS 10.0.1 Update improves security, skips Single Sign-on — When Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.1 and iOS 10.1 on Monday it also slipped out tvOS 10.0.1. The update is available for the fourth generation Apple TV, and offers security and bug fixes, but doesn’t give us iOS 10’s promised single sign-on feature.

watchOS 3.1 has Charging Fix, Message Effects improvements, more — Apple has released watchOS 3.1, an update with a mix of improvements and bug fixes. On the improve side if the ability to replay bubble and full-screen effects in Messages. On the bug-fix side, a charging issue for Apple Watch Series 2 was fixed, and more.

How to use Power Reserve on your Apple Watch — Although the Apple Watch Series 2 offers better battery life than the first generation smartwatch, sometimes you may still find yourself running out of juice. In that case, you’ll want to switch to Power Reserve mode.

iOS 10.0.2, Samsung dented, iOS 10 features, HomeKit fix, Apple Watch series 2


iOS 10.0.2 fixes headphone audio controls, more — Apple released iOS 10.0.2 over the weekend. The headline feature is a fix for an issue that kept some headphone audio controls from working. A Photos bug was also fixed, as well as a problem with app extensions. It’s available in settings>General>Software Update.

Branding Brand: Galaxy Note7 recall dents consumer confidence in Samsung — The Galaxy Note7 recall put a dent in Samsung consumer confidence, with 34% of current customers saying they won’t buy another smartphone from the brand, according to Branding Brand, a mobile e-commerce platform. Of these customers, 81% have always owned a Samsung or Android smartphone.

More iOS 10 features, tricks and tips — Here’s how to disable some of the Haptic Feedback, a quick guide to where the lock screen music controls went, how to save bandwidth in iMessage images, how to optimise storage in Music downloads, the latest apps that have gained 3D Touch, Apple Maps is more powerful yet clearer, and how Apple’s Data Detectors offer quick details on music, movies, actors.

If you can’t remotely control your HomeKit devices, enable iCloud Two-Factor Authentication — If you upgraded to iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, and tvOS 10 on your fourth generation Apple TV and now can’t remotely access your HomeKit devices, there’s probably an easy fix. Odds are you haven’t enabled iCloud Two-Factor authentication, which HomeKit in iOS 10 and tvOS 10 requires. Read on to learn how to get set up.

Review: Apple Watch Series 2 is a great improvement, but watchOS 3 steals the show — Equipped with a noticeably faster dual-core S2 processor, its own standalone GPS radio, and now with a waterproof design, the Apple Watch Series 2 is a worthwhile and fantastic upgrade from the first-generation model. It’s also a great jumping on point for new buyers. But the biggest changes come with a software overhaul in watchOS 3, meaning early adopters will probably be happy with their existing Apple Watch for another year. And here’s how to put the Digital Crown to good use.