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Get this mini 24W dual USB car charger for less than $9 right now

Everyone can always use another car charger, and today is a great day to grab one. Amazon has the Anker PowerDrive 2 Alloy, which features dual USB outlets and is small enough to sit flush with your vehicle’s console, for just under $9 right now.

What you need to know:

  • Twin USB-A ports can pump out a combined 24W of power
  • Powerful enough to charge to smartphones at full speed
  • Features a scratch-resistant alloy surface and gold-plated circuitry — looks good, works good
  • Includes an 18-month warranty
  • Typically retails for between $10-$15
  • Be sure to clip the on-page 8% off coupon and use promo code ANKERD27 at checkout to get the sale price

Buy for $8.51

Other notable tech deals:

  • Apple Mac mini with new M1 chip – yep, it’s the new M1 Mac mini and it’s already $30 off. Buy for $670
  • 3-pack of PowerA Nintendo Switch controllers – these GameCube-style, wireless controllers come highly rated and this 3-pack is $50 off right now. Buy for $70
  • Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker (latest model) – these are brand new and nearly 50% off. Great deal. Buy for $30
  • Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones – these headphones also have Apple’s H1 chip, they’re sweat resistant, and look and sound great. Lowest price we’ve seen. Buy for $150
  • Sony PS Plus 1- year membership – get instant access not only to online multiplayer gaming, but free games as well. These retail for $60, and average discount price is typically around $40-$45. Buy for $33
  • iTunes movie deals – Goodfellas and The Town $5, Knives Out and 1917 $10, bundles starting at $15, and more. Shop the sale
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Create and achieve New Year’s resolutions with the Dreamer app

There’s no shortage of apps that help you achieve New Year’s resolutions and various big dreams. Enter the Dreamer app that makes it easy to stay positive with daily affirmations and focus on your lifestyle goals and New Year’s resolutions. Use it to create a plan on how to achieve them and start putting it in motion. No more excuses to quit smoking!

In its most recent update, the app brought users Spanish and German localization. You can create your new habits or resolutions on your iPhone, iPad or Mac in form of a dream board, and then visualize your goals as you’re reaching them.

Each and every goal can be easily broken down into smaller, actionable steps. Consistency is key to achieving life goals, so this app allows you to create daily reminders and encouraging messages to help you find motivation and stay focused on your goals.

I’ve stopped smoking a few years ago as one go my most important New Year’s resolutions ever, and I didn’t need an app for that. But if I had one, I’m sure I would’ve stopped smoking earlier and skipped a few years of failed attempts.

Dreamer is available across the iPhone, iPad and Mac. It requires iOS 13, iPadOS 13 or macOS 11 or later. It runs natively on Apple Silicon Macs. Dreamer is free, with one-time purchases available to unlock full functionality.

Download Dreamer: Vision board from the App Store.

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A pair of foldable iPhone prototypes have allegedly passed internal durability tests

Foldable phones are all the rage these days, gobbling up plenty of attention. However, they’re not quite yet the mainstream devices some companies might hope (due in large part to the price tags). That may change when/if Apple hops into the circus at some point in the future.

And, sure enough, there have been rumors that Apple is indeed at least investigating the idea. The most interesting part of the rumors at this point is the back-and-forth between the actual design of the future device. Will Apple go with something like Samsung and other companies have made, offering up a single display that actually folds? Or will the company follow in the steps of Microsoft and launch a device with a pair of two, separate displays connected by a hinge?

Well, if a new report from United Daily News is to be believed, Apple is actually in the process of testing both. What’s more, both designs have actually passed internal durability tests, one of the most important steps in the development process.

According to the report, tests for two foldable iPhone prototypes were completed at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China, recently. The first of the two is a dual-screen iPhone, similar to what we’ve seen in recent patent applications — and what was rumored by serial leaker Jon Prosser earlier this year as well. That rumor suggested this iPhone will have two separate displays, with a hinge in the middle to connect them. When the device is open, and the displays are connected, the viewing experience is said to be “fairly continuous and seamless”.

Next up, a foldable phone that features an actual folding display, similar to what’s present in the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. This would be a clamshell design, so it would be different than what Samsung offers in the Galaxy Z Fold. It’s been reported in the past that Apple ordered a large number of Samsung-made foldable OLED displays. That initial batch of orders was probably for testing purposes.

The report indicates these prototype devices are still in the very early stages of design. That means there aren’t many internal elements in place quite yet, and these are not fully working devices. This is more about the physical design, the overall durability than anything else. We don’t even know if the same hinge system is being used in both devices, or if Apple is toying with different designs for each.

Apple will reportedly only go with one of these two designs, so it will be interesting to see which, if any, foldable iPhone makes it to market at some point in the future.

Which of these designs are you hoping to see Apple bring to market?

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Amazon has acquired podcasting company Wondery

Following yesterday’s article in the Wall Street Journal newspaper alleging that Amazon was in talks to acquire Wondery, a top-five podcast publisher, the retail giant has confirmed the deal.

Wondery will be joining Amazon Music and customers will be able to listen to shows from Wondery (and other podcasts) at amazon.com/podcasts. The Wall Street Journal report hints that the deal may give Wondery a valuation of over $300 million. The company is expected to increase its revenue to more than $40 million this year. Amazon called the acquisition “a pivotal moment” to expand the Amazon Music offering beyond music.

Interestingly, Wondery is working on a television series about the rise and fall of WeWork, based on the Wondery podcast “WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork,” which will premiere on Apple TV+. Wonderty is also developing several other TV shows based on its podcasts.

The Wondery network offers such popular shows as “Dirty John”, “Even The Rich”, “American History Tellers”, “Dr. Death”, “The Shrink Next Door”, “Business Wars”, “American Innovations” and others. In 2019, “Dr. Death” won iHeartRadio’s Most Bingeable Podcast award.

Established in 2016 by former Fox International Channels CEO Hernan Lopez, Wondery creates both original podcasts and curates other people’s shows with a focus on mobile users. In December 2018 alone, it had 40 million downloads and is now a top-five podcast publisher.

Amazon Music launched podcasts in September 2020.

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How to stop sharing Apple Watch activity with your friends

If you set up your Fitness (Activity) app to share your details with a friend or family member, you can stop sharing anytime you like. Maybe you no longer want them to see if you’re reaching your move goals or how many steps you take in a day.

Here, we’ll show you how to stop sharing your Apple Watch activity on both your iPhone and your Watch.

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Ways to stop sharing activity

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Stop sharing activity on iPhone

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Ways to stop sharing activity

You have two ways to put an end to the activity sharing in the Fitness app. You’ll see both options whether you go through the steps to stop sharing on your Watch or iPhone.

Hide my Activity does exactly that; stops your friend from seeing your activity. You can still see their activity and you can start sharing yours again by tapping Show my Activity. Note: You cannot hide activity from a friend you’re competing with.

Remove Friend deletes them from activity sharing altogether. Neither of you can see each other’s activity. If you have a change of heart later, you can simply invite your friend to share activity again.

Stop sharing activity on iPhone

On your iPhone, open the Fitness app which was previously named Activity. Head to the Sharing tab and then follow these steps.

Select the person you’re sharing with from the list if you have more than one. Choose either Hide my Activity or Remove Friend.

Stop sharing activity on Apple Watch

On your Apple Watch, open the Activity app. The app on your wrist still carries its original name.

Swipe right to left to access the Sharing screen and select your friend. Tap either Hide my Activity or Remove Friend.

 

Wrapping it up

You might be seeking more privacy when it comes to your activities and goals. So if you want to stop sharing your activity, you can do so easily on Apple Watch and iPhone. Will you?

For more, take a look at how to simply mute notifications for your friend’s activity.

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How to turn an existing album into a shared album in Photos

Have you ever created an album in Photos that a friend or family member wanted access to? Did you make an album and then realize that you meant for it to be a shared album instead? Or maybe you didn’t know when you created an album that you would later want to share it?

While there isn’t a simple switch to convert a plain old album in Photos into a shared one, it is possible. Here, we’ll show you how to turn an existing album in Photos into a shared album on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Convert to a shared album on iPhone and iPad

Open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad, go to the Albums tab, and tap the album. Then follow the steps below to make it a shared album.

1) With the album open, tap Select on the top right.

2) Then tap Select All, on the top left.

3) Tap the Share button at the bottom.

4) In the Share Sheet, pick Add to Shared Album.

5) When the small window pops open, you may see a shared album already selected. Tap Shared Album and then New Shared Album.

6) Name your album and tap Next.

7) You can add people to share it with immediately or wait until later by just tapping Next.

8) Optionally, add comments to the album and/or tap Post.

Now when you go to the Albums tab in Photos, you’ll see that album in the Shared Albums section.

Related: How to create and manage albums in Photos on iPhone

Convert to a shared album on Mac

Open the Photos app on your Mac and select the album on the left under My Albums to get started. Then, follow these steps to make the album shared.

1) With the album open, click the Share button in the toolbar or File > Share from the menu bar.

2) Select Shared Albums. You’ll notice at the top of the small window the number of photos you have in the album that you’ll be sharing.

3) Pick New Shared Album.

4) Give your album a name. You can add people to share it with immediately or wait until later. Optionally, you can add comments to the album.

5) Click Create.

You should then see your newly created shared album in the sidebar under Shared Albums.

Related: How to create and manage albums in Photos on Mac

Wrapping it up

You don’t always know at the time you set up an album in Photos that you’ll want to share it down the road. It could be photos from a recent holiday or other celebration, or simply pictures of pets or your home projects.

Are you going to turn any of your recently-created albums into shared ones? Let us know if you find the process easy!

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Get this mini Alexa speaker and smart bulb for just $10

Now this is a deal. Amazon is currently running a promotion that knocks the price of this bundle, which includes both the Echo Flex mini smart speaker and a Sengled smart bulb, to just $10.

What you need to know:

  • This bundle contains the Echo Flex -Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa and Sengled Smart Bulb.
  • Simple to set up and use – To set up your free bulb, plug in and set up your Echo device, plug in your bulb, and ask, “Alexa, discover my devices.” Use your voice to name your bulb and begin using immediately.
  • No smart home hub required—set up routines and schedules through the Alexa app.
  • Use your voice to control your lights, just say “Alexa, turn on lights” for a hands-free experience
  • Also performs other Alexa tasks – ask her to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.

Buy for $10

Other notable tech deals:

  • Apple Mac mini with new M1 chip – yep, it’s the new M1 Mac mini and it’s already $30 off. Buy for $670
  • 3-pack of PowerA Nintendo Switch controllers – these GameCube-style, wireless controllers come highly rated and this 3-pack is $50 off right now. Buy for $70
  • Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker (latest model) – these are brand new and nearly 50% off. Great deal. Buy for $30
  • Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones – these headphones also have Apple’s H1 chip, they’re sweat resistant, and look and sound great. Lowest price we’ve seen. Buy for $160
  • Sony PS Plus 1- year membership – get instant access not only to online multiplayer gaming, but free games as well. These retail for $60, and average discount price is typically around $40-$45. Buy for $33
  • iTunes movie deals – Goodfellas and The Town $5, Knives Out and 1917 $10, bundles starting at $15, and more. Shop the sale
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The best apps for tracing letters on iPhone and iPad

When you’re little one is ready to start learning to write, fun and entertaining apps can help. Colorful shapes, cute characters, and enjoyable sounds can make learning more interesting for kids. These letter tracing apps for iPhone and iPad are terrific tools to encourage your child to learn the alphabet and write each letter correctly.

Apps for tracing letters on iPhone and iPad

These apps all have their own style for a bright appearance and neat sound effects. And since each shows the letter tracing steps similarly, you can try them all yourself to see which your child might enjoy most!

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ABC Kids – Tracing & Phonics

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ABC Tracing Games For Toddlers

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iTrace (handwriting for kids)

ABC Kids – Tracing & Phonics

Jump aboard the alphabet train with Lucas and Ruby in ABC Kids. The first two cars on this enjoyable journey let you trace upper and lower case letters. Then, check out the other cars on the train for more learning games.

Pick any letter to trace, upper or lower, and then go through each one at a time. You’ll see a hand draw the lines and you simply follow along. Cute encouraging characters let you know you’re doing great!

When it’s time for a break or different car on the train, drag the X on the top to the left.

What’s awesome for parents about ABC Kids is that the app is completely free and contains no ads! This lets you and your child focus on learning and enjoy the app without distractions or worries of extra fees. If you and your toddler like ABC Kids, check out 123 Numbers – Count & Tracing.

  • Availability: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, and Windows
  • Cost: Free

LetterSchool – Learn to Write!

Head to LetterSchool and learn to write by tracing letters, numbers, and shapes. The app gives you great options to get started for upper case block letters.

Choose a letter, A through E to start. You’ll trace the letter three times, each with a different shape and style of connector for the lines. Get three stars for tracing correctly every time and keep up the good work!

You can try LetterSchool’s Lite version for a limited selection of letters, numbers, and shapes. Then, check out the free trial and subscription to unlock all learning games which include lower case letters, cursive writing, and learning to spell.

  • Availability: iPhone, iPad, and Android
  • Cost: Free with paid monthly and yearly subscription plans

ABC Games for Kids – EduKittyABC

Who doesn’t love a cuddly green kitty cat? With ABC Games for Kids from EduKittyABC, your child can trace both upper and lower case letters while following the dotted lines.

Start by selecting upper or lower case letters and then just trace the letters in order. You’ll hear the sound each letter makes and a super “Yay!” from the kitty.

ABC Games for Kids includes flash cards, matching games, spelling practice, and more in its paid version. It’s a one-time in-app purchase to unlock additional fun and learning games for your son or daughter.

  • Availability: iPhone, iPad, and Android
  • Cost: Free with an in-app purchase for the full version

ABC Tracing Games For Toddlers

ABC Tracing Games For Toddlers lets you trace upper and lower case letters, numbers, and shapes. With fruits and fun, the app gives you a colorful full screen view to show the steps with nifty sound effects.

Choose a place to start, upper or lower case letters, and drag the fruit or shape to create each line of the letter. You’ll see dotted lines and arrows to make each letter perfectly.

You can try ABC Tracing Games For Toddler with a handful of letters, numbers, and shapes. If you and your little one enjoy it, you can unlock everything with a one-time in-app purchase.

  • Availability: iPhone, iPad, and Android
  • Cost: Free with an in-app purchase for the full version

iTrace (handwriting for kids)

If your learner is a little bit older, check out iTrace. While the app has nice background music, it offers an appearance that children older than toddler age would appreciate.

Start with upper or lower case letters and trace your way through the first few. Then check out the Words section for learning to write your own name along with short, common words.

With iTrace, you can try the app before you buy it with sections for letters, numbers, and words. If you like it, you can then buy the full version with a one-time in-app purchase.

  • Availability: iPhone and iPad
  • Cost: Free with an in-app purchase for the full version

Wrapping it up

Whether you have a toddler or an older child who is learning to write, these apps for tracing letters are awesome tools to encourage them and help them learn. Let us know which one you and your child like the most or if you have a different one you’d like to suggest!

For more, take a look at the best apps for kids’ books and those to teach children cursive writing.

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How to see if someone else has access to your Apple device or account

Have you ever noticed something about your iPhone or iPad that made you wonder if someone else used it without your knowledge? If you suspect that another person has used your device or your account, but aren’t sure how to confirm your suspicions, we’re here to help.

Here’s a list of ways to see if anyone else has access to your Apple device or account.

Device and account checklist

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Review your details

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Review your device list

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Review apps and websites using your Apple ID

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Check fingerprints and Face ID

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Double-check your installed apps

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Be aware of employer profiles

Review your device list on iOS and Mac

You can make sure that no devices other than your own are using your Apple ID. Any device signed into your account is in a list for you to check. If you spot something unusual, like a device that doesn’t belong, you can remove it.

On iPhone and iPad, open Settings and select your Apple ID. At the bottom is the list of devices for you to review. If you see one that doesn’t belong, or even and old device you no longer own, select it and tap Remove from Account. Confirm by tapping Remove.

On Mac, open System Preferences and choose Apple ID. On the left is your list of devices. Click to select one and hit the Remove from Account button if needed. Confirm by clicking Remove.

Confirm your Apple ID information online

You can also review your device list as well as details for your Apple ID online. This is a good way to see if anything has been added or changed for your account.

Review your details

Visit the Apple ID page and sign in. Review the sections especially those for Account, Security, and Payment & Shipping. If you see something out of the ordinary or simply want to make a change, click Edit in the corresponding section.

Review your device list

Here again, you can review the list devices you are signed into. To delete one, select it, click Remove from account, and confirm by clicking Remove.

Review apps and websites using your Apple ID

This is also an ideal time to double-check apps and websites that use your Apple ID for signing in. In the Security under Sign In With Apple, click Manage Apps & Websites. You’ll see a list of services that you set up with Sign in with Apple. Select one to see its details and choose Stop Using Apple ID if needed.

Check fingerprints and Face ID

Is it possible someone set up their own fingerprint to unlock your device? Or maybe they created an Alternate Appearance for Face ID? If you suspect another person has accessed your device, it’s certainly worth checking out.

Open Settings and select Touch ID & Passcode or Face ID & Passcode. Enter your password and look for additional fingerprints that you don’t believe you set up or an Alternate Appearance for Face ID. You can

For Touch ID, you can put your finger on the sensor and the matching fingerprint will be highlighted in the list. Swipe to delete one if necessary.

For Face ID, if you do not see the Set Up an Alternate Appearance option, then one has already been created. If you’re sure it wasn’t you and want to Reset Face ID, you can do so by tapping that option. Just be aware that this will reset all of your Face ID data.

Related: How to disable Face ID discreetly

Double-check your installed apps

Although obvious, you should look through the apps installed on your device. Make sure that you yourself chose to purchase or install the apps and games you see.

If you’re unsure about an app, check it out on the App Store. And if you see a paid app that you don’t remember purchasing, read our article on reviewing your purchase history with prices.

Be aware of employer profiles

If your device is owned by your employer or company, this allows them additional access to that device. Many times what’s called a Mobile Device Management (MDM) profile is installed.

To see if you have this, go to Settings > General and look for Profiles & Device Management. If you don’t see this option, then there isn’t an MDM profile installed.

Wrapping it up

These are some quick and easy ways to see if someone else has accessed your device or account. But maybe there’s something else you’ve discovered that gave it away? If so, let us know in the comments below so that our readers can check for it as well!

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Apple and Prepear are negotiating a settlement over disputed pear logo trademark

It’s been a few months since Apple raised some concerns over a logo trademark. Prepear had garnered the ire of Apple over the company’s pear logo earlier this year, but now the companies are working towards a settlement.

The receipt and meal-planning company Prepear (owned by Super Healthy Kids) has a very distinct logo in its own right. It is an outline of a pear, and it absolutely does not look like an apple — let alone Apple’s trademarked apple logo. However, Apple took umbrage with the proposed trademark application from Prepear, saying the company’s logo was too familiar to its own. Apple said the proposed pear trademark logo “consists of a minimalistic fruit design with a right-angled leaf, which readily calls to mind Apple’s famous Apple Logo and creates a similar commercial impression”.

Now, according to a report from MacRumors, the pair of companies are moving towards a settlement. You can see both companies’ logos just below.

Filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trial and Appeal board last week reveal that a request for trial suspension has been submitted. The request aims for a pause for 30 days. The documentation reveals that both “parties are actively engaged in negotiations for the settlement of this matter”, which suggests they are trying to work out an out-of-court settlement on the matter.

The proceedings will automatically restart on January 23 if there is no settlement reached. And, despite the pause right now, either company can continue forward with their own proceedings as they fee fit. Basically, Apple can kickstart its opposition for the Prepear logo at any point, if it so desires.

If nothing changes, though, pretrial will begin in March. And then, after that, main trial briefs are set to begin in October. And then, all the way in December, a potential request for an oral hearing. So, this may drag on for a long time, but hopefully both companies can come to a mutually beneficial understanding before that.

What do you think? Is Apple’s argument here a solid one, or is the company reaching?