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you can now race fast and furious characters in anki overdrive

it's easy to forget you are holding a phone.like most middle-class suburban kids, i grew up around "toy" race tracks. everything from the simple hot wheels tracks you could assemble yourself to the hyper-realistic powered rail tracks we would all race at the local mall on weekends. every time i've played with an anki overdrive kit, there's been a combination of nostalgia and surprise at how well this race kit was aimed at every age group. but i never went and actually bought a kit for myself, and never seriously considered having a space in my house set up for friends to come over and race.for a couple of different reasons, the latest addition to the anki overdrive lineup has changed that. not just for me, either. as soon as the buy button...




you can now race fast and furious characters in anki overdrive

it's easy to forget you are holding a phone.like most middle-class suburban kids, i grew up around "toy" race tracks. everything from the simple hot wheels tracks you could assemble yourself to the hyper-realistic powered rail tracks we would all race at the local mall on weekends. every time i've played with an anki overdrive kit, there's been a combination of nostalgia and surprise at how well this race kit was aimed at every age group. but i never went and actually bought a kit for myself, and never seriously considered having a space in my house set up for friends to come over and race.for a couple of different reasons, the latest addition to the anki overdrive lineup has changed that. not just for me, either. as soon as the buy button...




best new apps for iphone and ipad

what are the hottest new apps on the app store right now? these!there are over a million and a half apps for iphone and ipad and the number just keeps growing. every day new and newly updated apps hit the app store, and it's impossible to keep up with all of them. luckily, you don't have to. all you have to do is bookmark this page and come back every day. when you do, we'll have the best of the best new apps waiting for you!and don't forget to check out our list of this week's best games for your iphone.best new and updated appsthis week, build a colorful robot that you infuse with emotion, create beautiful depth effect photos, and get together with the people around you.pixel - build your own digital robot using this app that encourage...




some watchos 4 features missing from series 0 apple watch

there are a few features available new in watchos 4 that are not available at launch on the first generation apple watch, aka: apple watch 0.with watchos 4, there are dozens of new features and design tweaks that improve the apple watch's usability. unfortunately for early adopters, some of those features have been excluded in the first-generation apple watch.to be clear, the first-generation apple watch is not apple watch series 1. it's the first apple watch that apple sold in april of 2015. around here, we call it series 0. if you purchased your apple watch new on or around september 2016, you probably don't have a series 0 apple watch.the excluded features, as first noticed by j travers and confirm...




apple wins two patent rulings against qualcomm

apple and qualcomm's ongoing patent wars have netted two victories for apple.qualcomm's processors — at the very least, its modems — are key for any lte-connected device in today's world. beyond the high quality of the radios, qualcomm is also the only company that licenses the cdma technology that sprint and verizon use for their 2g and 3g networks. earlier this year, apple and qualcomm began a legal battle over fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (frand) patents that stated qualcomm was charging unreasonable sums for patents essential to cellular technology. qualcomm followed that up with a claim to the u.s. international trade commission (itc) stating apple infringed on six of qualcomm's patents.apple insider reports that judg...




this $25 bluetooth speaker has a crazy long 24-hour battery life

keep the party going all night long with this loud bluetooth speaker!amazon's currently has a pretty great discount on the extremely popular anker soundcore bluetooth speaker. with this deal, the black version speaker drops down to $25.49 (the other colors are $32.99), from a usual street price around $36. anker is well known for coupon code deals, which are hard to track over time, so it's possible this speaker has gone lower than this in the past. for direct price drops, though, this price only matches a previous drop back ...




how to use the dock in ios 11

wondering how to use the ipad's new dock in ios 11? this should answer your questions.one of the major changes for using an ipad with ios 11 is the new dock, which works more like the dock on a mac than any previous ios dock. you can add anywhere from 11-15 apps to the dock depending on the size of your ipad, bring it up while in any app, and use it for multitasking.how to view and hide the dockthe dock is always showing when you're viewing your ipad's home screen, but you can call it up while you're in an app as well.open an app.swipe up from the bottom of the screen until the dock appears.swipe down on the dock to hide it again.how to add apps to or remove apps from the docktap and hold on the app that you want to add to the dock.drag ...




the best tech deals that you don't want to miss out on

our friends at thrifter post some great deals every day, and here are the best ones available right now!from mobile phones to general tech, home goods and much more, the team at thrifter is scouring the web every single day to find the best deals. whether something hits a new all-time low, gets discounted for just a limited time, or has a new coupon code available for it, you won't want to miss out any of them. if you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow thrifter on twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!so, what are the best deals that you should be looking at right now? well, let's take a look at them so you can see which ones are best for you!if ...




how to use an lte apple watch with an android smartphone

it's hacky as all hell and your battery life will be terrible. but it works.while testing the apple watch series 3 gps + cellular last night, i floated a crazy idea past imore editor-at-large rene ritchie: what happens if you set up the apple watch on an iphone, then swap that iphone's sim card over into an android phone? would the watch recognize that its paired iphone sim was no longer in an iphone and stop working? would it still work over a carrier's lte connection? and more importantly: if it worked, what could it do?well, because we embrace insanity here at imore, we tried it. and, barring a bit of hacky behavior, it works.i'm going to preface this writeup by saying that i personally think this is a terrible way to use the apple wa...




what's new with accessibility in ios 11?

ios 11 has some useful new features in accessibility to help anyone and everyone customize their iphone and ipad interface to work with them and for them. here's what's new.smart invertsmart invert is a new setting to be added to the invert colors section of accessibility in ios. whereas color inversion inverts everything on the screen, smart invert inverts only the areas where it may be deemed necessary for someone who requires it. otherwise, images stay true, and other insignificant elements of the user interface remain unchanged.to enable smart invert:launch settings from your home screen.tap general.tap accessibility.tap display accommodations.tap invert colors.tap the switch next to smart invert.auto-brightnessin the display accommodat...




how to rearrange your apps in ios 11 on iphone and ipad

how do you change your home screen wallpaper, move apps around, create folders, and otherwise make it your own? like this!even though you don't spend a lot of time on the home screen for iphone and ipad, that doesn't mean you shouldn't take some time to make it your own, including switching up the wallpaper. you can also organize it up to make your apps easier to find, either by moving them around or by creating and putting them into folders.already know how to customize but looking for tips on getting around?how to change the wallpaper on your home screenyour iphone or ipad comes with apple's default wallpaper on the home screen, but you can change it to another image from apple's gallery, one of a few motion wallpapers, or even a li...




how to use instant notes on ipad pro with apple pencil in ios 11

you can instantly tap into the notes app on your ipad pro with the apple pencil, right from the lock screen!apple added a feature to the notes app on the ipad pro (you might even say it's a new feature on apple pencil) that allows you to instantly open up to a new note from the lock screen. everything else is still locked down until you enter your passcode or use touch id, but you can use it to jot down a quick note without needing to jump through a bunch of steps. here's how to use it.how to enable instant notes on ipad pro in ios 11you can open a new note directly in the notes app from your ipad pro's lock screen, but you'll have to enable it first.launch the settings app on your ipad pro.tap notes.tap access notes from lock screen.sele...




best new games on iphone and ipad

here's what's new in ios gaming this week!every thursday, i go on a quest to find all the notable new games released on the app store over the week, but instead of taking all the gold and experience for myself, i pass my knowledge on to you! whether you're looking for new games, games on sale, or wondering if your favorite game got a big update, i'll break down all the notable ios gaming news for you!new games of the weekneed something new and shiny? every week tons of games hit the app store, and i keep track, so you don't have to; here are the notable releases for this week.ar games!apple's new arkit is one of the most exciting things to happen to mobile gaming. ever since i played pokémon go for the first time, i knew ar gaming was go...




amazon is offering $100 itunes gift cards for $85

after being sold from third parties for years, amazon appears to have recently decided to start officially selling itunes gift cards.if you're looking for another reliable place to pick up a digital itunes gift card from, you can add amazon to your list. the internet retailer is now selling $25, $50, and $100 cards, and right now you can save 15% on the $100 option.back at apple's annual developer conference, it was announced that amazon video was making its way to apple tv later this year, so this may be a part of that. itunes gift cards have been available on amazon previously through...




why your iphone and ipad don't fully disconnect from wi-fi and bluetooth in ios 11

don't worry, nothing's wrong with your phone: everything is as apple intended it.if you've recently installed ios 11, you may have noticed that no matter how many times you toggle bluetooth off in control center it's still automatically on when you reboot your phone. it's not just you. nor is it a bug — that's actually just how the operating system works. not a huge deal if you're privy to that particular information, but without seeking out the specific support page on apple's website, most of us who were used to ios 10 had no way of knowing about this feature change.now when you tap to power bluetooth or wi-fi down in the new control center, it doesn't shut them off completely. instead, it just disconnects you from most accessories ...




aldi grocery stores now accepting apple pay, android pay, more

aldi wants to help you get through the grocery line even faster — all you need is your smartphone.affordable grocery retailer aldi announced in a press release today that its nearly 1,700 stores across the u.s. will now be offering consumers the option to pay for their items with contactless payment methods like apple pay, google wallet and android pay. now when you stop at an aldi to grab some veggie chips or fresh flowers, you can just tap your iphone or other device against the payment terminal to complete your transaction, eliminating any bag-fishing or card-swiping that may have slowed you down in the past.this falls in line with aldi's longstanding commitment to being a super speedy one-stop shop for all your grocery and household...




how to enable power reserve mode on your apple watch

save battery life on your apple watch by putting it in power reserve mode.if you still want to see the time on your apple watch but have no need for its other features, consider putting it in power reserve mode to save a bit of battery life. when your watch is in this mode, all features are disabled save for the current time, which is displayed in green.how to enable power reserve mode on your apple ...




control center in ios 11: the ultimate guide

ios 11 has redesigned control center with more customizations than ever before!if you've recently updated to ios 11, you might have discovered that control center looks completely different from what it did before. it's still just as useful as ever, but now theres more customization options and you don't have to swipe left to access more controls. here's how to use control center in ios 11.note: this guide is specifically for using control center in ios 11. looking for control center in ios 10? check out our full guide to control center in ios 10.how to enable control center on your lock screencontrol center on your lock screen might be off by default. if you don't see it when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, check to make sur...




the canon rebel t6i dslr camera is down to a great low price refurbished

canon's "pumpkin spice sale" is discounting already discounted refurbs by up to $450!please stop pretending your iphone photos are awesome just because you tilted the screen and put a sepia filter on them. step up your photography game with a real camera - a digital slr. canon's refurb store regularly has some of the best deals on dslrs along with a full one-year warranty and great customer service. right now canon is having a "pumpkin spice sale" discounting already refurbished cameras and lenses, similar to the labor day sale we shared a few weeks ago.the best deal in this sale is the rebel eos t6i camera, including one with the body and a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 is stm starter lens for $498.99. that's a $95 drop compared to other refurbs ...




homekit news: everything you need to know!

thanks to apple's homekit framework, dozens of companies can create smart home products that work together in a secure, user friendly way. from the homekit pairing process to the use of ipads and apple tvs as homekit hubs within the home, apple has crafted an elegant way to control your smart home products. the framework's popularity means news about homekit and homekit-enabled devices breaks all the time; bookmark this page and check back regularly for the latest, greatest, or most outrageous smart home news.lifx's lifx, lifx gu10, lifx downlight and lifx + smart bulb models now offer homekit support. if you already own lifx lights but have yet to connect them to homekit, here's how:after that, you can use homekit to control your lifx...