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Get this highly-rated gaming mouse for just $45

Heads up gamers (and general mouse users), Amazon is offering a big discount on this highly-rated gaming mouse from Razer. It has a 20K DPI optical sensor, 11 programmable buttons, and right now it’s nearly 50% off.

What you need to know:

  • Focus+ 20K DPI optical sensor offers on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment through dedicated DPI buttons
  • Buttons utilize light beam-based actuation, which is 3X faster than traditional mechanical switches
  • Customizable chroma RGB color profiles that support 16.8 million color combinations w/ presets
  • 11 programmable buttons allow for reconfiguration and assignment of complex macro functions through Razer Synapse 3
  • Drag-free cord for wireless-like performance
  • 4.6-star Amazon customer rating on 13K reviews
  • Typically retails for $73-$80

Buy for $45

Other notable tech deals:

  • Get this popular smart scale for just $20
  • Office Space and The Waterboy $5, The Adjustment Bureau $7, John Wick: Chapter 3 $10, and other iTunes movie deals
  • 1-year Playstation Plus membership – get access to multiplayer online games, freegames, discount games, and much more. Normally $60. Buy for $27
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick + Food Network bundle – includes a 1-year subscription to Food Network’s Kitchen service. Buy for $40
  • Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad – this is the new one with the touch pad. Works with 11-inch Pro and newest Air. $100 off Buy for $199

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‘Ted Lasso’ earns Apple TV+ three wins from the 2021 Critics Choice Awards

Back in January, the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards revealed this year’s nominations. And now, right on schedule, the winners have been revealed. And sure enough, one of Apple’s most well-received comedies is a big winner.

The Critics Choice Awards actually revealed the winners over the weekend, on Sunday. There weren’t any big surprises this year, especially with Netflix leading the charge. The giant steamer actually earned itself 14 wins this year, thanks to films like The Trial of the Chicago 7Mank, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Next up on the list? Amazon Studios with “only” four wins. Searchlight Pictures also secured four wins, but it secured some of the most coveted awards, including Best Picture for Nomadland and Best Director for Chloé Zhao (who directed Nomadland).

Meanwhile, Apple TV+ earned three wins this year, all thanks to Ted Lasso. The comedy series earned itself the win in the Best Comedy Series category. In addition to that, Jason Sudeikis, who plays the titular character, won the Best Actor in a Comedy Series. And then Hannah Waddingham, who plays Rebecca Welton, won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

For those keeping track, that means Apple TV+’s comedy series won all of the awards it was nominated for.

Those are some pretty big wins for Apple TV+, to say the least. With these wins, this means Apple TV+ has earned 77 awards since it launched in 2019. It has earned over 300 nominations.

The second season of Ted Lasso is currently in production, and it will have more episodes in its slate than the first season. The third season may be the show’s last, unfortunately.

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Video: Thoughts and observations after four months with Apple’s MagSafe Wallet for iPhone

First look can be deceiving, especially if you glanced at Apple’s MagSafe Wallet only to shrug it off as a pointless, pricey accessory. But spend some quality time with it and things may start to look differently. In this clip, our videographer Harris Craycraft shares with you some pretty interesting thoughts based on his everyday usage of this accessory in the past four months.

Watch Harris’s hands-on video embedded right ahead. While it runs six minutes and thirty seconds long, you can save it for later if you’d like to watch it on your own time.

I have owned Apple’s leather-based accessories before and while I haven’t purchased this wallet, I did play with it at my local store. What I can tell you from my brief hands-on time with it is that the look and feel is pretty premium. The wallet is made from specially tanned, finished European leather, the same high-quality material used for other leather cases from Apple.

The MagSafe Wallet is available from Apple.com, Amazon and other retailers. The accessory is priced at $59 and available in Baltic Blue, California Poppy, Saddle Brown and Black.

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How to manage your Instagram notifications

If Instagram is your social network service of choice, then it’s important to set up your notifications. And with the flexibility and options, you can tailor your Instagram notifications to your preference.

From receiving alerts for likes and comments to IGTV view counts, you can get a notification for whatever is most important to you. Here’s how to manage your Instagram notifications on iPhone and the web.

Instagram notifications on iPhone

You may be surprised at the number of notifications you can receive in the Instagram app. There are five main categories of alerts with a drill-down inside each. So it’s worth your time to go through them to make sure you receiving those you want and disabling others.

1) Open Instagram on your iPhone and tap your profile on the bottom right.

2) Tap the Menu icon on the top right and pick Settings.

3) Select Notifications.

At the top of the Notifications screen, you have a Pause All option. This is a good thing to keep in mind if you want to temporarily stop your notifications for some reason.

Instagram Notifications and Pause Setting

Next, tap each category to see the options you have within them, here’s a summary to help you find one in particular if needed.

Posts, Stories and Comments: Likes, likes and comments on photos of you, photos of you, comments, comment likes and pins, and finally, first posts and stories.

Following and Followers: Follower requests, accepted follow requests, friends on Instagram, mentions in bio.

Instagram Notifications for Posts and Following

Direct Messages: Message requests, messages, group requests, and video chats.

Live and IGTV: Live videos, IGTV video uploads, and IGTV view counts.

From Instagram: Reminders, product announcements, support requests, unrecognized logins, and order updates.

Instagram Notifications for Direct, Live and Instagram

Email and SMS notifications on iPhone

Below the categories on the Notifications screen, you’ll see one more option for Email and SMS. Select this to subscribe to feedback, reminder, product, news, shopping brands, cart, and support emails.

Instagram Notifications for Emails

Just pick the On or Off radio button for each notification.

Instagram notifications on the web

If you happen to be online already, you can make changes to your notifications on the Instagram site. You don’t have quite as many options as you do in the Instagram app on iPhone, but you can still have a look if it’s convenient.

1) Log into your Instagram account and click your profile on the top right.

2) Select Settings.

3) On the left, pick Push Notifications.

To the right are all of the Instagram alert options available on the web. You have a dozen settings you can adjust from likes, comments, and comment likes to follow requests, Instagram Direct requests, and IGTV view counts.

Instagram Push Notifications Online

Most are a simple Off or From radio button. For instance, Likes let you pick Off, From People I Follow, or From Everyone. Below each setting is a statement giving you an example of the notification.

Select the setting for each one and your changes are saved automatically. You don’t have to hit a Save button.

Email and SMS notifications online

Like in the Instagram app, you can subscribe to emails online. Right above Push Notifications in your Settings, you’ll see Email and SMS. You have all the same options as in the app except for support emails.

Instagram Email and SMS Alerts Online

Simply check or uncheck the notifications you want to receive.

Wrapping it up

With so many possible Instagram notifications, you can certainly customize them for exactly what you want to receive. Do feel there are too many alert options for Instagram or do you think it’s great to have so many options?

For more on Instagram, check out how to screenshot stories without a notification and how to quickly delete an Instagram message you sent.

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How to apply conditional highlighting (formatting) in Numbers

If you’ve ever seen or used Conditional Formatting in Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers offers the same type of feature. While labeled Conditional Highlighting, the feature works the same way. Based on rules you set up, cells in your sheet will automatically format a certain way.

So if you want all dollar values above a specific amount, dates between a certain range, or cells with missing data to appear highlighted, this is the feature you’ll use. Once you set up the conditions to look for, your sheet takes over to automatically format the data you specify.

This can be an extremely easy way to call out particular data or even locate errors in your spreadsheet. And because of the flexibility, the possibilities are almost endless for what you can automatically highlight. Here, we’ll show you how to apply conditional highlighting in Numbers on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Conditional Highlighting in Numbers on Mac

Open your workbook and select the sheet you want to use in Numbers on your Mac. You’ll be working with the Format sidebar for this, so click the Format button on the top right and let’s get started.

1) Select the cells you want to apply conditional highlighting to, keeping in mind that if you select an entire table that uses column and row headers, it can affect the results. This is usually only an issue if you’ll be using text for your rules.

2) In the Format sidebar, click the Conditional Highlighting button.

3) Click Add a Rule and you’ll see the options in a pop-up window. You can set up rules for numbers, text, dates, durations, and blank cells.

Choose what you want to format and you’ll see options for that item. For instance, you can have Numbers > Equal To, Text > Contains, and Dates > After.

Add a Rule in Numbers on Mac

4) After you select the type of rule, complete the information in the sidebar. This is where you’ll add values, text, or dates pertaining to the type you picked.

5) Select the type of formatting to apply to cells that match your rule. You can format the data within the cells using bold, italics, or a color or fill the cells with a certain color.

Choose Formatting in Numbers on Mac

6) Click Done when you finish.

We’ll use a Student Grades sheet as example. We want to fill cells with red for all F grades that our students received. Here’s how to set that up.

  • In the Add a Rule pop-up, pick Text and select Is.
  • In the sidebar, enter “F” into the value box.
  • From the formatting drop-down list, pick Red Fill.

You’ll see the sheet instantly update to fill all cells just as we instructed. Click Done to save the rule.

Conditional Highlighting in Numbers on Mac

Edit, Add, or Remove Conditional Formatting

After you add a rule in Numbers, that Conditional Highlighting button converts to Show Highlighting Rules. Click it to edit, add, or remove a rule.

  • Make edits in the sidebar and click Done.
  • Click Add a Rule to create another.
  • Hit the trash can icon to delete a rule.

Edit Conditional Highlighting in Numbers on Mac

Conditional Highlighting in Numbers on iPhone and iPad

Open your workbook and select the sheet you want to use in Numbers on your iPhone or iPad.

1) Select the cells which you want to apply conditional highlighting.

2) Tap the Format icon (paintbrush) at the top.

3) Pick Cell in the pop-up and tap Add Conditional Highlighting.

4) Choose the item for the rule and its condition.

Add a Rule in Numbers on iPhone

5) Add the value for the rule you picked and select the formatting you want to apply.

6) Tap Done.

Your sheet will update and your highlighting will apply as you set it up.

Conditional Highlighting in Numbers on iPhone

Edit, Add, or Remove Conditional Formatting

Similar to Mac, the Add Conditional Highlight option changes once you create a rule. To edit, add, or remove a rule, do one of the following.

  • Tap the existing rule to make changes.
  • Pick Add Rule to create another.
  • Tap Edit and then the minus sign to delete a rule.

Edit Conditional Highlighting in Numbers on iPhone

Wrapping it up

If you want to save time and reduce errors when reviewing your data, consider applying conditional highlighting to make certain data stand out. And if you give this a try and discover some tips you’d like to share, you can comment below or hit us up on Twitter!

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Kuo predicts Apple will launch a lightweight mixed reality headset in mid 2022

Apple may release an extremely lightweight mixed reality (MR) headset next year that would combine the best features of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) products.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Combined AR/VR features.
  • Very portable, not truly mobile.
  • Way lighter than current VR headsets.
  • Much better than existing VR products.
  • Might be cheaper than expected.

Target weight: 100-200 grams

The most accurate Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted in a new note to clients, obtained by MacRumors, 9to5Mac and AppleInsider, that a new “helmet type” MR headset with combined AR and VR capabilities is coming as soon as the middle of the next year. Somewhat reliable smartphone leaker Jon Prosser recently went against Kuo on this one, saying the headset would drop between March and June of this year.

According to Kuo, current prototypes weigh between 200 grams and 300 grams.

The shipping version is said to be only 100-200 grams provided “Apple can successfully solve the significant technical problems.” In line with a previous rumor, the product should utilize Sony’s micro OLED displays providing a “see-through AR experience” as well as VR.

Not only should the device be more lightweight than the current crop of similar products but also independent of an iPhone because it would sport “independent computing power and storage.” As a result, the rumored accessory would not need a nearby iPhone for processing.

The Information recent alleged that such a headset would cost about $3,000 because it’d file as a development device ahead of a more mainstream product: AR glasses. Kup doesn’t think that will be the case—headset pricing is likely to be “similar to that of a high-end iPhone.”

As for product design, it’s allegedly complex and “above that of the iPhone.”

What about content?

Video could be one of the killer apps, Kuo speculates.

Although Apple has been focusing on AR, we think the hardware specifications of this product can provide an immersive experience that is significantly better than existing VR products. We believe that Apple may highly integrate this helmet with video-related applications (like Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, etc.) as one of the key selling points.

The content side of the story would appear to corroborate an August 2020 report by Bloomberg, saying the Apple TV+ video service would incorporate (AR)-based bonus content ahead of the planned headset release sometime n 2022.

For what it’s worth, Kuo goes on to say that the unreleased product will be “positioned more like a portable product rather than a mobile product” such as an iPhone.

According to the analyst, the headset will be followed by a more mainstream product—a “glasses type” accessory in 2025. He also called for Apple-branded AR contact lenses between 2030-2040 but cautioned that there’s “no visibility for the launch schedule” yet.

The Information recently reported similar timeframes for Apple’s AR/VR products.

Finally, Kuo concludes his note by predicting that AR and MR will be the “next critical technology that defines the innovative human-machine interface of electronics products.”

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Apple releases iOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.41, macOS Big Sur 11.2.3, and watchOS 7.3.2

While Apple continues to move ahead with a larger update to iOS, the company today released a minor one before that.

On Monday, Apple officially released iOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4.1, macOS Big Sur 11.2.3, and watchOS 7.3.2 to the public. This comes more than a month after Apple released iOS 14.4 to the public, which landed in late January of this year. As the version number will tell you, this is a minor update in the grand scheme of things. Newer features are coming in the next larger update to iOS 14.5.

The new software is still free to download and install, though. It’s available now as an over-the-air (OTA) update for supported devices.

As far as what’s new, it’s all about security fixes this time around. To update, open Settings –> General –> Software Update. Follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the new software. If you have automatic updates turned on, along with automatic downloads, your supported device will download and install the software automatically overnight while the device is charging.

Apple says the new software is recommended for all iOS users, and they should install the new software now. Per the release notes:

This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

No other details are available at the moment of publication.

watchOS update, too

In addition to the update to iOS, Apple also released a minor update to watchOS as well. The new software version is watchOS 7.3.2, and it’s available now for supported models. To update manually, open the Watch app, then select General –> Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions.

To update, the Apple Watch must have at least 50% battery, be connected to a charger, and also be within range and paired to an iPhone.

With Automatic Updates turned on, the new software will be downloaded and installed overnight while the smartwatch charges.

As far as what’s new, the new watchOS 7.3.2 update also focuses on security updates. Per the release:

This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

macOS not left behind

Apple also updated macOS Big Sur to version 11.2.3 as well. As is par for the course with the new software releases, this one’s a minor update as well. It’s meant primarily for security improvements and changes. To update, select System Preferences –> Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions. With Automatic Updates, the new software will be downloaded and installed overnight.

The new update is available now.

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Apple is discontinuing the iMac Pro once supplies run out

Apple launched the iMac Pro way back in 2017. Starting at $4,999, the desktop computer wasn’t cheap. But it’s still a ridiculously powerful machine. But, supplies are dwindling and Apple has made it clear it plans on discontinuing the computer soon.

Over the weekend, Apple listed the iMac Pro with a new banner: “while supplies last”. The notice is still present on the iMac Pro’s landing page, indicating that Apple’s not planning on refreshing what’s currently available. At the same time, Apple also removed all upgrade options from the computer. That leaves only the standard configuration for folks interested in the desktop machine.

Now, MacRumors has confirmed with Apple that the company is indeed discontinuing the iMac Pro once supplies run out. That means the company will no longer have any available to buy once supplies dwindle to nothing. Of course, third-party sellers may have options, but, as for Apple, once the iMac Pro is gone it’ll be gone for good.

Or at least until they refresh the lineup. If they refresh the lineup.

The report from MR says that Apple is suggesting folks opt for the 27-inch iMac instead, if they’re looking for a powerful desktop machine. That unit is equipped with a 5K display with True Tone, features a 10th-generation Intel processor under the hood, and plenty of customizable options for RAM and built-in storage.

Now, this is where we should note that Apple has started the transition to its own M-series processors for the Mac and MacBook lineup. Apple is expected to launch a new iMac, with a hardware redesign and Apple silicon processor inside, sometime before the end of 2021. So, if you can hold out for a bit longer that might be the right way to go.

Or maybe Apple will unveil a new iMac Pro, with Apple silicon, at the company’s rumored March 23 event. We’ll see!

Did you buy an original iMac Pro? If so, are you still liking the machine?

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WhatsApp is working on password-protected encrypted iCloud backups

Your WhatsApp chats saved in iCloud could be read and shared with authorities when lawfully requested. That might change soon as the Facebook-owned messaging service has been working on a new privacy feature that would protect these iCloud backups with encryption.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Encrypt backups with a password.
  • WhatsApp doesn’t store the encryption key.
  • No word on the release date.

An illustration with a WhatsApp logo in white set against a green background

Keeping your WhatsApp backups safe

To prevent unauthorized access to WhatsApp backups stored in iCloud, you will be permitted to set a password that will be used to encrypt future backups, WABeta Info reports. “This password will be required when you restore from the backup,” reads the prompt in the beta.

The app currently uses weak encryption to protect backups. With this new feature, WhatsApp won’t store an encryption key on its server. Because the backup encryption key stays private, your iCloud chats and media backed up in iCloud should be safe from unauthorized access.

That being said, it still remains unclear if the feature could stop law enforcement from gaining access to WhatsApp backups in iCloud. This was possible before with specialized forensic software tools, which can provide access to underlying messages in a readable form.

Are WhatsApp backups encrypted?

WhatsApp backups in iCloud are currently unencrypted.

As WABeta Info explains: the chat database is already encrypted now, but that doesn’t extend to your media. The algorithm is believed to be reversible because the backups are not end-to-end encrypted. This upcoming feature should plug that glaring security omission.

Currently, the security of the WhatsApp backups stored on Apple’s servers is provided by Apple. Apple encrypts some, but not all iCloud data, claiming this is to provide a way for customers to access their device backups in iCloud even after changing their Apple ID password.

There have been whispers that Apple might completely seal your iCloud data and make everything inaccessible without the password, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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You can backup your WhatsApp chat archive to iCloud by tapping the Settings tab, then choose Chats → Chat Backup → Back Up Now. According to the feature’s description, “media and message you back up are not protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in iCloud.”

WhatsApp’s been testing other features that may or may not see the light of day, including self-vanishing photos. Recently, WhatsApp rolled out voice and video calling on desktop.

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Apple TV+ announces a new programming partnership with Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai

Apple is constantly working on securing new content for Apple TV+. That ranges from series to films to documentaries. And now the streaming service has landed yet another major deal.

Announced on Monday morning, Apple has confirmed a multiyear programming partnership with the youngest Nobel laureate and women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai. The company says that the new programming partnership will net the Apple TV+ streaming service a variety of new content, including animation, children’s series, documentaries, comedies, and dramas.

The primary goal is to inspire people all around the globe.

I believe in the power of stories to bring families together, forge friendships, build movements, and inspire children to dream,’ said Malala Yousafzai. ‘And I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Apple to help bring these stories to life. I’m grateful for the opportunity to support women, young people, writers, and artists in reflecting the world as they see it.

Yousafzai and her production company, Extracurricular, are both joining Apple’s stable of content creators. At this point that list includes Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese, Idris Elba, and many, many others. All of which are bringing content to Apple TV+.

Yousafzai published her memoir, a best-seller, I Am Malala at the age of 16. And, since then, she’s written and published an additional two books and starred in a documentary centered around herself and her work. She has an Apple News-exclusive curated bit of content called Assembly as well.

Plus:

Malala also founded Malala Fund to champion every girl’s right to 12 years of safe, free, quality education. In 2018, Apple became Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner, supporting the organization’s work with local advocates and teachers in eight countries where girls face significant education challenges. Apple also assists with technology, curriculum, and research into policy changes to support girls’ education. The partnership has since expanded, and in Brazil, Apple’s 10 Developer Academies have partnered with Malala Fund to advance girls’ education opportunities there and around the world.

Today’s announcement confirms that Yousafzai has secured the partnership with Apple and Apple TV+. However, there’s no word quite yet when that content will see the light of day on the streaming service.