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Peter Cao

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Peter writes for 9to5Mac. He has a passion for music and technology and has accepted the Bluetooth audio revolution, but will never give up the beauty of vinyl.

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March 14

Microsoft’s Xbox Live social gaming feature can now be integrated into any iOS and Android app

Microsoft is today launching a new Xbox Live mobile SDK to iOS and Android to allow developers to bring Xbox Live functionality to mobile platforms. The Verge reports that features such as achievements, Gamescore, hero stats, friend lists, clubs, and a few family settings will be available on both iOS and Android.

How to automatically answer calls on speakerphone on iPhone

Do you typically use speakerphone while taking your calls? If so, the iPhone has a feature that removes the need to tap the speakerphone button when you initially pick up the phone. Follow along to learn how to automatically answer calls on speakerphone on your iPhone.

March 13

Apple recently acquired the startup Laserlike, according to a new report from The Information. The company was founded by former Google engineers and makes it easier for users to follow news in various topics.

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Facebook and Instagram down for some users, company says its working to fix the issue ‘as soon as possible’

It’s not just you. Facebook and other services owned by the company such as Instagram and WhatsApp are experiencing outages right now. The company says that it is aware of the issue and working to get things back online.

How to set the iTunes MiniPlayer on top of all windows on Mac

The iTunes MiniPlayer is a great way to have quick access to your iTunes or Apple Music library on your Mac without having a giant window covering your screen. It gives you easy access to your currently playing song, skip and rewind controls, play/pause, and even shows a history of what you’re playing. Follow along to learn how to set the iTunes MiniPlayer on top of all windows on Mac.

March 12

How to enable VoiceOver on HomePod

VoiceOver is a useful feature for the visually impaired that tells you what’s happening on your device out loud. Fortunately, HomePod has the VoiceOver feature. Look below to learn how to enable VoiceOver on HomePod.

March 11

AT&T is having a tough start to its week. Earlier today, we reported that Sprint put out a full-page ad on the New York Times slamming AT&T’s 5G E marketing. Now, AT&T is hiking its DirecTV Now pricing by $10 and is also rolling out two new packages for new customers.

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How to check Apple Pencil battery level

While the second-generation Apple Pencil magnetically attaches and charges on the side of your iPad or iPad Pro, it’s still worth knowing how to check the battery status of your Apple Pencil. Especially if you’re using your Apple Pencil for long periods of time. Follow along to learn how to check Apple Pencil battery level.

March 8

Apple has been quietly adding custom artwork to its Apple Music playlists, designed by iconic artists. The Verge reports that Apple’s goal is to give its content some personality and recognition. The company will be updating the more popular playlists first, and will continue to work over time to update its vast catalog of curated playlists.

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March 7

Pokémon GO brings in $2.45 billion in revenue, 550 million downloads globally

According to data from Sensor Tower obtained by Variety, mobile users have spent $2.5 billion on the various Pokémon titles including Pokémon GO, Pokémon Shuffle, and Pokémon Quest.

DirecTV Now gaining TV app support, Single Sign-On, Siri search, more

An update to the DirecTV Now live TV app is today adding support for the TV app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Users will now be able to easily search and access shows, as well as keep track of your viewing history within the TV app.

Airbnb buying HotelTonight, adding traditional hotels to private home and room booking service

Airbnb has today signed agreements to acquire HotelTonight. The company announced the news via a press release.

Sinemia service offering non-subscribers movie ticket discounts, MoviePass to produce original movies in latest pivot

Sinemia, a competitor to MoviePass and AMC Stubs A-List, is today announcing a new plan that doesn’t require a monthly subscription. According to a report from TechCrunch, the company is going the rewards and discounts route rather than offering a monthly “unlimited” movies subscription plan.

How to turn on and turn off your Mac

Turning on and off your Mac can be a chore. In fact, most users simply just put their Macs to sleep. While that’ll work most of the time, sometimes you may need to turn off your Mac. For example, if you’re going to be away from your Mac for a few months. Follow along to learn how to turn on and off your Mac.

March 6

Captain Marvel star Brie Larson to lead and executive produce straight-to-series drama by Apple

As we inch closer to the rumored March 25 event later this month, Apple is continuing its work on original content, today adding a straight-to-series drama starring Brie Larson. The company will reportedly have Hollywood stars at the event to help leverage the launch of its new service.

Apple ramps up iPhone marketing with feature-packed ‘iPhone can do what?’ campaign

Apple has today updated its iPhone features page on its website with a new label “iPhone can do what?” The site demonstrates both hardware and software features of the iPhone.

How to customize time and date formats on the Mac

Unlike on iOS, you can customize the time and date formats and not be restricted based on your language or region. You can set up your date and time formats however you’d like. Follow along to learn how to customize time and date formats on the Mac.

March 5

Disney’s Bob Iger seat on Apple’s board could be at risk as both companies plan to launch video streaming service later this year

Apple’s push into original TV and movies could be a potential problem for Disney CEO Bob Iger as he currently holds a seat on Apple’s board. Both companies are set to launch video streaming services sometime this year.

The Apple Watch along with some of other Apple’s accessories such as AirPods have become some of the company’s most profitable and popular products. Apple has never revealed its wearable’s sales figures to the public, citing competitive concerns. So we have to rely on analysts to offer their best estimates. IDC is out today with a report on global wearables sales for Q4 2018.

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How to delete old Apple Watch backups

The Apple Watch periodically does a backup to your iPhone. While it’s not common, the Apple Watch also does a backup whenever you erase/reset your Apple Watch. Follow along to learn how to delete old Apple Watch backups.

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