December General Meeting

Read the minutes of the December General Meeting. Many thanks to MacsWest Secretary Clyde Johnson for recording and preparing them.

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This Week @ MacsWest
Teaching, Helping, Learning and Having Fun! 

 • Monday, December 11, 2017
      11:30 AM – Monitor Training Class, until noon, in Room C @ Palm Ridge Rec Center

 • Tuesday, December 12, 2017
      1:00 PM – Q&A Session, hosted by Bruce Merrihew, until 2:00 PM, in the Palo Verde Room @ Palm Ridge Rec Center. Q&A sessions provide Club members the opportunity to ask ANY question about their Apple devices or Apple apps. Our attitude is: “The only dumb question is the one you don’t ask!”

 • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
      10:00 AM – SENIOR GENIUS BAR: in Room C @ Palm Ridge Rec Center, until 11:30 AM. Hosted by the usual suspects, these sessions continue throughout the year. We’re here to help you solve your Apple device and Apple app problems. Drop by for a one-on-one session with the Geniuses and get all the help you need. Be sure to bring your list of IDs and passwords
      1:00 PM – WORKSHOP: LEARN TO USE FACEBOOK & MESSENGER, taught by Gerry Smith, in Room C @ Palm Ridge Rec Center, until 3:00 PM

 • Thursday, December 14, 2017
      Nothing scheduled @ MacsWest

 • Friday, December 15, 2017
      11:30 AM – Education Committee Meeting, led by Committee Chair Elaine Miller, in Room C of the Computer Lab @ Palm Ridge Rec Center
      1:00 PM – REGULAR MEETING, led by Chair Bill Turvin, followed by demonstrations of the AppleWatch 3 by Carolyn Turvin, and the new iPhone X by Wally Bock

Winter Festival January 13, 2018

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Net Neutrality Repeal How does it effect you? Not at all if you are a Cox Customer.

People who pay for the premier Contour cable service from Cox Communications can now access Netflix programs through their cable box, if they subscribe to that video service.

Cox and Netflix unveiled the new feature last month. Contour customers at Cox can now simply speak the name of a program into their voice remote, and if it is available on either Cox or via Netflix, the program will appear on screen.

Customers must first log in to their Netflix account through Cox.

Customers who want to watch Netflix programs can simply say “Netflix” into their Contour voice remote to launch the application.

Netflix programs also will now appear in the on-demand menus for subscribing customers. Previously, Cox customers who subscribe to Netflix would have to launch the service through a separate remote control on their Apple TV, smart television or DVD/Blu-ray player.

Photo Sharing by Nick Gruin

Slides form Nick Gruin's Photo Sharing Presentation. Photo_Sharing_.pdf

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macOS Sierra: Quick Look files and folders

Use Quick Look to view photos, files, or a folder without opening them. You can use Quick Look for items in Finder windows, on your desktop, in emails, in messages, and other places.

An image in the Quick Look window, with buttons to see a full-screen preview, open the file, or share it

  1. Select one or more items, then press the Space bar. Or force click an item.

    A Quick Look window opens. If you selected multiple items, the first item is shown.

  2. In the Quick Look window, do any of the following:

    • Manually enlarge the window: Drag its corners.

    • See the item in full screen: Click the Full Screen button  on the left. To return to the previous size, click the Exit Full Screen button .

    • See the next or previous item: Click the arrows on the left, or press the Left and Right arrow keys. In full screen, you can click Play to view the items as a slideshow.

    • See the items in an index sheet view: Click the Sheet View button  on the left, or press Command-Return.

    • Play the video portion of a Live Photo: When you open a Live Photo in the Quick Look window, the video portion of the photo plays automatically. To view it again, click Live Photo in the bottom-left corner of the photo.

    • Open the item: Click Open with [App].

    • Share the item: Click the Share button  on the right.

  3. When you’re done, close the Quick Look window: Press the Space bar, force click again, or click the Close button .

How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money

Want a new Apple device but don't want to shell out for a full-priced version? Consider a refurbished model instead.

Read the complete article here. How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money 

How to set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and iCloud account

It only takes a minute or two to set up.

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If you aren’t using two-factor authentication to protect your Apple ID and iCloud account, you really should do it today. Hackers who claim to have millions of stolen iCloud credentials are demanding Apple pay a ransom or they’ll release them—and ZDNet obtained a sample set of credentials and determined they’re real.

But guess what? Using two-factor authentication should protect you completely. It’s easy to set up, so take a minute and do it now.

You used to be able to set up two-factor on the account settigs page at appleid.apple.com, but now this has to be done on a Mac or iOS device. (Apple ID users who don’t have a compatible device can still use an older two-step verification system—see below for more.)

iOS

Follow these steps on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running iOS 9 or later. The iOS device must be protected with a passcode (Settings > Touch ID and Passcode).

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Once you set up two-factor on an iOS device, you’ll see a code pop up when you try to log in to iCloud anywhere else. If you don’t see a pop-up or get a text message, you can cme back to this Settings > iCloud screen and tap Get Verification Code. (Click to enlarge.)

  1. Launch the Settings app, and go to iCloud. Obviously you need to be signed in with the account you want to protect with two-factor authentication
  2. Tap your Apple ID. It doesn’t really look like a button, but it is. Then tap Password & Security in the next menu.
  3. Tap Turn on two-factor authentication. You’ll see an explanation screen, and tap Continue.
  4. You may be asked to verify your identity by answering the security questions you set up when you created your Apple ID.
  5. Next, enter a phone number where you can receive a text message or a phone call with a two-factor code. You can also specify if you want a text or a call. Then you’ll get that text message or call, and enter the six-digit verification code on the next screen.
  6. That’s it! Two-factor is on, and this is your official Trusted Device. The next time you sign on to iCloud.com, or set up your iCloud account on a new device, you’ll have to first enter your username and password, and then be prompted to enter a code. That code will come in a pop-up on your trusted device, texted/phoned to the number you provided, or, you can come back to this screen and tap Get Verification Code.

Mac

Setting this up on a Mac is nearly the same steps as on an iOS device. The Mac must be running OS X 10.11, El Capitan.

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  1. Open System Preferences and select iCloud. Click the Account Details button, and sign in if prompted.
  2. In the Security tab, click the button labeled Turn on two-factor authentication. Read the message and click Continue.
  3. Verify your identity by answering your security questions.
  4. Enter a phone number you can use to receive verification codes, and choose if you want to get text messages or calls.
  5. Enter the code that’s sent you to right away to finish up.
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What if my device is too old?

If your Mac isn’t running El Capitan, or your iOS device isn’t running iOS 9, you can still use two-step verification, which is slightly different than two-factor authentication, mostly because it relies on a text message being sent to a phone number, while the newer “authentication” is baked more seamlessly into the OSes. Plus, the older verification method requires you to hold onto a Recovery Key in case you ever lose your password.

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Two-step verification always sends you a text message. With the newer two-factor authentication, you'll get this cool pop-up on nearby trusted devices signed in to the same iCloud account. 

You can read more about the differences from Apple as well as from our own Glenn Fleishman.

Apple still provides a way to enable two-step verification, by following this link, signing in, and following the instructions.

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T-Mobile targets 55-and-older crowd with cheaper unlimited plan

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Over the last several years, T-Mobile has refashioned itself into the rebel "un-carrier" catering to a younger, hipper crowd. 

Now, it's going after their parents and grandparents. 

The nation's third-largest carrier on Monday introduced a new rate plan specifically marketed at consumers who are 55 and older. The plan, which includes unlimited data, calls and text messages, costs $50 a month for an individual line and $60 for a couple. Like other T-Mobile One plans, the rates include the taxes and fees. 

The normal price is $70 for a single line, and $120 for two lines (although there's currently a limited promotion that brings it down to $100). Customers will be able to sign up for the new plan starting Wednesday. 

The program, coined T-Mobile One Unlimited 55+, marks a departure from the usual wireless promotions that go after younger customers or families. It's another sign of the broader move by the carriers to offer more incentives to people to stick around or switch to their service. In this case, it's targeting a segment that hasn't gotten a lot of love. 

"We're bringing the un-carrier revolution to people who are underserved and overpriced," Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Sherrard said in an interview Friday ahead of the news.

Sherrard said the push to go beyond younger consumers in big markets comes from T-Mobile's expansion of its wireless network into areas outside of major cities. 

"We've done phenomenally well with millennials and in urban centers," Sherrard said. "Now we have an amazing opportunity to move beyond that." 

He noted that the older age demographic represents the fastest-growing group of smartphone adopters and users. 

The new rate includes a discount for enrolling in its auto-pay function. Customers who don't want to sign up for auto-pay will shell out an $5 each month. 

Everything Apple Announced at WWDC

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Apple HomePod

Amazon’s Alexa lives in the Echo; Google’s Assistant lives in the Home. Now, Siri gets a place of its own with the HomePod, Apple’s new smart speaker. The 7″ device comes with seven tweeters and runs on an Apple A8 chip. It customizes the sound to fill out the room you’re in, and the six microphone array in the middle gives you a direct line to Siri. Ask it to play Beats 1 Radio, deliver the weather forecast, set a timer, or control your HomeKit devices. The HomePod ships in December, starting at $350. Read our story here.

The Most Powerful Mac Ever Made

The all-new iMac Pro packs monster power into the same super sleek design that makes Apple products so covetable. It comes with processors up to 22 teraflops, memory up to 128 gigs, and as much as 4 terabytes of storage. And now, the entire shell comes in space gray, with keyboard and trackpad to match. Apple also introduced upgrades to the entire line of MacBooks and iMacs, all of which are now getting a boost with Intel’s super efficient Kaby Lake processors. The new MacBook Pros and iMacs now start at $1,299, but you’ll have to shell out $5,000 for the new iMac Pro. That’s way too much to pay if you spend most of your time on the browser streaming Netflix, but if you’re looking for a supercomputer, this is the one. Read more about it here.

High Sierra macOS

The latest macOS, dubbed High Sierra (yes, really), brings updates to everything on your computer: Safari now runs 80 percent faster, according to Apple, and comes with built-in autoplay blocking and intelligent tracking prevention to hide cross-site scripting data. New features in Mail spotlight your most important messages and use less storage space on your phone, and improved machine learning capabilities in Photos to automatically sort your library by event or detect who’s in your pictures. There’s also the new Apple File System, which comes with fast directory sizing, file level encryption, and built-in crash protection. The new OS is available today in developer beta, and will roll out to everyone this fall.

Amazon Comes to Apple TV

Apple TV already has 50 partners integrated into the app to let you stream whatever entertainment you want—whether it’s Master of None on Netflix, the Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, or Silicon Valley on HBO Go. Now, that list also includes Amazon, which will build its Prime Video library into Apple TVs later this year. This sets the stage for a 4K-capable Apple TV in the fall, since now there’s one more third-party library with a huge library of 4K content.

Apple Watch Brings AI to Your Wrist

A new watchface powered by Siri automatically displays the information that’s most relevant to you, based on the apps you use most. Siri will automatically pull up the next item on your calendar, your reminders, even photo memories to remind you of that adorable picture you took of your dog last year. WatchOS 4 also brings new fitness features, like motivational messages to help you hit your exercise goals and integrations with gym equipment to better track your workouts. You can even sync playlists to your Apple Watch and listen to them through your AirPods while exercising without your phone nearby. Those updates will come to Apple Watches this fall.

iOS 11

Apple stuffed all kinds of new capabilities into its latest update for iOS: Look forward to new features on Maps, like a “do not disturb while driving” integration, and Photos, like the ability to make loops of your live photos (remember those?). Messages comes integrated with more apps, including Apple Pay, which lets you pay your friends directly through a text. There’s also a totally redesigned App Store, and a refresh on the control center, which now packs all of your notifications into a single page. All iOS devices will get the boost later this year. Read about the nine key features on iOS 11 here.

AR on Your iPhone

Facebook, Google, and everyone else in tech is investing heavily in AR, and Apple is no exception. Using computer vision, your iPhone can now detect surfaces and add AR objects on top of them—like putting an AR coffee cup on top of an IRL table—and move them around while keeping everything to scale. How developers will use these new capabilities isn’t clear yet; it could be with games, informational apps, or something else entirely. But now, hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads will have AR capabilities, making Apple the largest AR platform in the world.

Siri Intelligence

Siri has a new, more humanlike voice with way more functionality. Ask the virtual assistant to translate for you (“Hey Siri, how do I say ‘Where’s the bathroom’ in Chinese?”) in five new languages. There are new capabilities like task management, banking, and bringing up VR codes. Apple’s also ramped up Siri’s intelligence: Now, the assistant can learn how you use your device to better anticipate your needs. If Siri notices you’ve been spending a lot of time searching for “hotels in Iceland,” it might bring up some Iceland-related articles in Apple News.

iPad Pro 10.5-inch

When Apple introduced the iPad Pro 18 months ago, it seemed like the company’s best attempt at an all-screen computer. Now, an all new iPad Pro takes that concept to the next level with a model that’s truly all screen. The new 10.5-inch iPad is almost exactly the same size as the 9.7″ model, but without bezels. There’s enough room on that screen to fit a full-size on-screen keyboard, and Apple says it’s the fastest model yet, with a six-core A10X Fusion. It also brings HDR video to an iPad for the first time, . The new iPads come in LTE models, starting with 64 gigs of memory, starting at $649. Read our story here.

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Cheap 2017 iPad vs. 9.7-inch iPad Pro: How to decide

There is the iPad, and there is the iPad Pro. One is almost twice the price of the other. They are virtually identical, except for a few minor features. So which should you buy? And why?

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The 9.7-inch iPad Pro was released in March of 2016. The new, regular ol' iPad was released one year later, in March 2017. The base price for the iPad Pro (I'll only be talking about the 9.7-inch model in this article) is $599 with a mere 32GB storage. The new 2017 iPad is $329 for the same amount of storage.

That's a $270 difference and it's at the core of how to decide which machine to buy.

First, let's look at the elements of the two iPads that are virtually identical. The two devices are exactly the same length and width. They both have the same Retina resolution, 2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch. They both have Lightning ports, Touch ID sensors, and 3.5mm headphone jacks.

The iPad Pro is about an ounce lighter than the iPad. For those keeping track of such things, a slice of whole wheat bread weighs about an ounce, as does a single AA battery. The iPad Pro is also very slightly thinner than the iPad. The iPad Pro is 6.9mm thick, while the iPad is 7.5mm thick. That's only about half a millimeter difference, or about a third the thickness of an American penny.

Would you pay $270 to carry one fewer slice of bread in weight, or something that's a third of a penny thinner? Well, to be honest, there's more to it than that. Here's where the Pro of the iPad Pro comes into play.

iPad Pro supports Apple Pencil: The Apple Pencil is a pretty amazing writing and art creation device. It's another US$99, but if you're an artist, it's all that and a bag of chips.

iPad Pro has a slightly faster processor: The iPad Pro has an A9X processor, while the iPad has only the A9 processor. The A9X is an 2.16GHz dual-core 64-bit ARM-based CPU, while the plain iPad is running at 1.85 GHz, but it's also a dual-core 64-bit CPU. By contrast, the original iPad first-generation machine ran a 1GHz 32-bit ARM CPU. It doesn't sound like much, but there's a lot more power in the A9.

iPad Pro has a spiffier display: If you're an artist, the iPad Pro's fully-laminated screen and higher color gamut will mean something to you. Basically, you can't tell there's glass between your finger and the icons on the iPad Pro, and colors represent with a truer rendition.

iPad Pro has better cameras: Front and back, the iPad Pro ups the camera game. The rear-facing camera can record 4K videos, while the plain iPad can only record 1080p videos. The iPad Pro can take 12 megapixel images, while the iPad can shoot only 8 megapixels. The FaceTime camera on the iPad Pro can handle 5 megapixel images, while the iPad barely gets it done with a 1.2 megapixel imager.

iPad Pro goes up to 256GB: The iPad stops at 128GB of storage. But the iPad Pro goes all the way to 256GB. There's an Apple Tax for that, of course. The maxed-out 128GB iPad is $429, while the 128GB iPad Pro is $699 and the 256GB model is .. boom! ... $799.

Note that I've been quoting prices on the Wi-Fi-only units. For both, if you add the cellular chipset, you're paying an extra US$130 on top of whatever else you've configured up.

How to decide

Both machines look nearly identical, but the additional cost of the iPad Pro gets you Pencil support (you still have to buy the Pencil separately), a better display, better cameras, and the right to spend a lot more for more storage.

If you're flush with cash, you might just decide to go out and buy the fancier unit. But keep in mind that the Pro is pretty darn near twice the price as the base unit. Do you need to spend twice as much? Here are some considerations.

If you're an illustrator and use pencils, paints, chalks or other artist mediums, you'll want Pencil support. Every illustrator I've spoken to has raved about the quality of the Pencil experience, as well as the intelligence of the palm detection in the device. So if you draw pictures, you'll undoubtedly want the iPad Pro.

If you're a graphic designer or artist, you'll want the improved color representation on the iPad Pro. If the exact shade of a color or the breadth of color gamut matters to you (if you know what "gamut" means), then you'll probably want the iPad Pro.

If you're using your iPad as your main computer, you'll probably want the iPad Pro. If you're just reading Facebook posts, you won't care. But if you've traded in your laptop for an iPad, then you'll probably want all the storage and power that the Pro can offer.

If you're using the iPad as a camera, you might want the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro with a 4K display does give you a heck of a viewfinder, but you might do just as well with a smaller device. You can buy an unlocked iPhone SE with the same camera specs as an iPad Pro for $399.

If you just want the best, because screw it, you're spending other people's money, then you might also want the iPad Pro.

Most people won't notice the slightly faster processor speed, the slightly lighter weight, or the slightly slimmer body of the iPad Pro. If you don't fit one of the profiles I've mentioned above, you can probably keep some cash in your wallet. You won't need to pay the extra for an iPad Pro.

What I bought

I just bought a bottom-end $329 iPad. I skipped the iPad Pro. My wife and I already have an original generation iPad, an iPad 2, and an iPad 3. We also have an original generation iPad mini. All still work. The only problems are that even the iPad 3 is slow, and that some new apps I want to use won't work on the iPad 3. Those apps require iOS 10, and I didn't have any iPads that ran iOS 10.

I thought long and hard about getting the iPad Pro. I don't use iPads all that much. I read the web mostly on my big screen TV and on my Plus-sized iPhone.

What I wanted the iPad for was help in the workshop filming my DIY-IT how-to videos. I wanted it to act as a teleprompter screen. I've been doing some really complex videos where a teleprompter would help. I also wanted it to act as a remote camera viewfinder while pulling together my shots. That's what necessitated the upgrade, because the very powerful Filmic Pro and Filmic Remote apps require iOS 10.

The workshop has a concrete floor and a whole lot of moving parts. I have 3D printers, power tools, tripods, filming cranes, a drill press, and a ton of crap I haven't figured out how to throw out. I'm careful, but given that there's a chance I might drop the iPad (even if I put it in a nice case), I'd rather the damage be done to something that cost a little over three hundred bucks than something that cost nearly six hundred.

The camera quality caught me up for a while. I can use all the 4K cameras I can get. But when my wife got a new iPhone SE, she handed down her iPhone 6s Plus (with snazzy camera) to me. So the iPad Pro's camera was suddenly less compelling.

The big draw of the iPad Pro, to me, is the Pencil. I want to use the Pencil. More accurately, I want to "want to use" the Pencil. See, I have no drawing skills. None at all. I'd love to be able to use a wonderful graphics program and sketch out pencil sketches or chalk drawings using the iPad Pro and the Pencil. I've even thought about using the iPad Pro in concert with my Mac graphics programs. But I'm not that guy. I have no need for it, and if I'm really honest with myself, I probably wouldn't use it if I bought it.

Besides, we are planning, at some point, to get my wife a large 12-inch iPad Pro (she wants the big screen to see full page renderings of all her book PDFs), and that has Pencil support. So if I ever need to draw a square or a circle or a stick figure with a Pencil, I could use hers.

But again, I have to be honest with myself. I haven't used a pen or a pencil for much of anything since before Ronald Reagan was in office. I grew up using computers, keyboards, and mice. As far as I know, the only real use for a pencil or pen is pushing the point into a button to reset one device or another. I mean, really? Gripping a chunk of wood like an animal to scratch graphite onto dried pulp? You can't be serious.

So the odds of my really using the Apple Pencil are low. I wouldn't mind having it to draw some diagrams of servers (I like doing that as a way of relaxing), but need? No. And at more than double the price (the entry level iPad Pro plus the cost of the Pencil), did I need to waste that much money? No, not really.

That doesn't mean I'll never buy a smaller iPad Pro, because my work needs do change. But the key, and the lesson I'd like you to take away from this article, is that buying is about knowing your needs and picking what fits best for you. For now, for me, that's a cheap little iPad. And yeah, for a little, bottom-spec'd device, I quite like it. It was a good purchase.

There you go. Think through your needs, be honest with yourself, and then get what makes the most sense for you.

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iPad Pro 2 New Features Look Thrilling and They could Come Real Soon

Apple is reportedly implementing new design and features to the iPad Pro 2 and this can give clues to what iPhone 8 will look like.

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It's been extensively reported that the upcoming iPad Pro tablet will have three variants. The 12.9-inch and the 10.5-inch devices will be marketed for high-end consumers as they will use Apple's latest and fastest processor A10X chip. The affordable variant will have a 9.7-inch display and use A9X processor.

Last year, the fans heard about iPad major refreshes coming in 2017. The tablets are said to have a much thinner bezel, almost edgeless display, and thinner dimension as well.

The piece of information is interesting yet meaningful especially when trying to speculate what iPhone 8 will look like. There are many sources that said Apple is going to equip iPhone 8 with bezel-less display. This report is apparently in line with the upcoming iPad Pro 2 rumored design.

Another updates on specs include a 12 MP iSight rear camera, a headphone jack and quad microphones - and TrueTone display exclusively for 12.9-inch model. In addition to the refresh, Apple will also be updating its Apple Pencil with wider apps support and smoother experience as the tablet's navigation system is enhanced.

The new Apple TV app is: TV

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Another new wrinkle for Apple TV, is the ability for Siri to tune into live video streaming apps, and control third-party apps. Live tune-in with Siri is available now, while single sign-on and the TV app will arrive through a software update in December.

Update: Now that the feature has been officially revealed, Netflix confirmed last night's rumor that it won't be included. According to a spokesperson that it is "evaluating the opportunity, so this could change in the future, but for now it looks like you won't find Stranger Things, Luke Cage or the new season of Black Mirror in Apple's refashioned TV guide.

Key Features Within the TV App Include:

• Watch Now: Watch Now is where viewers will see their collection of available shows and movies from iTunes® and apps. From Watch Now, viewers can then go to Up Next or Recommended to choose what to watch.

• Up Next: Users can enjoy the shows and movies they are currently watching, including recent iTunes rentals and purchases — all presented in the order they are most likely to watch first. For example, when viewers finish an episode, the next one will automatically appear at the start of the Up Next queue, as will any new episodes as they become available. At any time, users can simply ask Siri to continue watching a show and immediately pick up where they left off.

• Recommended: Viewers can explore a great selection of curated and trending shows and movies, including collections handpicked by Apple's curators, and dedicated categories and genres such as kids, sci-fi and comedy.

• Library: Viewers can access their entire collection of iTunes movies and TV shows that they have rented or purchased on iTunes.

• Store: If users are looking for something new, they can check out the Store to discover great new content across video services that they have not yet downloaded or are not yet subscribed to, along with the latest releases on iTunes.

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Apple Pay: A 5-step beginner's guide

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called 2015 “the year of Apple Pay," referring to the company’s highly successful mobile payments system, which was developed across several years.

Step 1: Set up Apple Pay on iPhone

Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and an Apple Watch that’s paired with an iPhone 5 or later series device.

Launch the Passbook app (soon to be called Wallet).

Tap Set up Apple Pay

There are a couple of ways to set up Apple Pay for your card.

Add the credit or debit card you already use for iTunes to Passbook by entering the card security code

Or:

Use your iSight camera to scan your card in order to enter your card information.

Or:

Do it manually. Choose Enter a new Credit or Debit Card

Enter the Name, Card Number, Expiration Date and Security Code from your card. Tap Next.

In some cases, your card will be verified with your bank, which may require you make or receive a call and/or enter a code sent to you via SMS.

Your verified card will appear at the top of Passbook & Apple Pay section of settings.

Step 2: Set up Apple Pay on Apple Watch

Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and select Passbook & Apple Pay. Tap ‘Add a Credit or Debit Card."

To add the card you already use with iTunes just enter the security code.

You can also add a card using the iSight camera on your iPhone or type details manually (as above).

Step 3: Using Apple Pay

In theory, Apple Pay works in any store that accepts NFC payments, usually shown by the ‘Contactless’ (tap and pay) symbol on the payment machine. You can already use it internationally if you have an account with a supporting bank.

You can also use Apple Pay to pay with a single touch within apps – just look for the Buy with Apple Pay icon.

To pay with a phone: Just hold your iPhone near the contactless reader with your finger on Touch ID

To pay with Apple Watch: Double-click the side button and hold the face of your Apple Watch up to the contactless reader. A gentle tap and a beep confirm that your payment information has been sent.

If you have multiple cards, you can browse through all available payment cards in Passbook on your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Step 4: Update and remove

If you want to remove a card from Apple Pay to go to Settings>Passbook & Apple pay, tap the card that you want to remove and then select Remove Card.

You can change the address email, or phone number you use for paying within apps Settings > Passbook & Apple Pay to update your information.

Step 5: Is it safe?

Apple likes to say its system is safer than existing chip-and-pin system, and may have a point. Whenever you use a card to pay, your card number and identity are visible. Apple Pay uses a a unique Device Account Number to replace your actual credit and debit card numbers, so your real identity and card number details are not shared. And if you lose your iOS device, you can use Find My iPhone to suspend Apple Pay or wipe your device.

You can also remove your cards from Apple Pay on iCloud.com. Just sign in, click Settings, choose your device, and remove your cards in the Apple Pay section.

 

The best cable modem (for most folks)

 

 

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After researching 57 different cable modems, the $90 ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 remains the cable modem we recommend for most people. If instead of renting from your ISP, you buy your own cable modem, you can get a better device and recoup the cost in as little as a year—and then start saving anywhere from $6-$10 each month, depending on your ISP's rental fees.  Yes, you can probably find a slightly cheaper cable modem that only works with your ISP. We prefer our pick because its flexibility makes it a better long-term investment if you change service during the lifetime of the device. Unlike the competition, the SurfBoard is compatible with almost all of the fastest Internet plans from seven of the eight biggest cable Internet providers, including Charter, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable. You can move almost wherever you want and be assured that this buy-once, use-for-awhile device will still work. And you get the flexibility to switch providers if there's a better deal in your area.

 

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