iPad Weekend Sale: Save on the iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro | Digital Trends

iPad Weekend Sale: Save on the iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro | Digital Trends

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If you’re thinking about getting one of the latest models of Apple’s iPad, don’t miss this chance to get one with discounts from a weekend sale by Best Buy. With the popularity of these tablets, we’re not sure how long stocks will last, so take a look at the offers that we’ve rounded up here and make your decision on what to buy quickly because like with most iPad deals, these prices aren’t going to last forever.

Apple iPad Mini 2021 (Wi-Fi, 64GB) — $400, was $500

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The 2021 Apple iPad Mini is the oldest iPad in this list, but it’s still in our roundup of the best iPads as the best small iPad because it’s extremely portable with its 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display. Performance is still pretty quick by today’s standards as it’s equipped with Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, which is the same processor inside the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 14, and the iPhone 14 Plus. The tablet features the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system for security, a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage technology, and a battery life of up to 10 hours on a single charge.

Apple iPad Air 2022 (Wi-Fi, 256GB) — $600, was $750

The back of the iPad Air 5.
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The 2022 Apple iPad Air is our top choice among the best tablets for several reasons, but it all starts with the amazing performance provided by Apple’s M1 chip. It’s the same processor in the 2021 Apple iPad Pro and the 2020 Apple MacBook Air, and even if you multitask between several apps, the tablet simply won’t slow down. The 2022 Apple iPad Air also features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, Touch ID, a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, and a battery that can last up to 10 hours from a full charge.

Apple 11-inch iPad Pro 2022 (Wi-Fi, 128GB) — $749, was $799

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If you want the best performance that you can get from an iPad, you should go for the 2022 Apple iPad Pro with the M2 chip that’s also inside the 2022 Apple MacBook Air and 2022 Apple MacBook Pro. The smaller model with an 11-inch Liquid Retina display is still pretty large, which will give you a great view of the streaming shows that you’re watching and the projects that you’re working on. The tablet is protected by Apple’s Face ID facial recognition system, and it comes with a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage.

Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2022 (Wi-Fi, 512GB) — $1,349, was $1,399

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For the largest display that you can get from an iPad, check out the 12.9-inch model of the 2022 Apple iPad Pro. The tablet’s larger model comes with all of the same features, expect for the 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display that’s downright gorgeous for all purposes.

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How to enable Apple Music lossless audio on Apple TV | Digital Trends

How to enable Apple Music lossless audio on Apple TV | Digital Trends

Despite having spent hundreds of hours listening to lossless audio from Apple Music on my iPhone since the feature launched, I’ve done very little listening to the format via my Apple TV. Or at least, I thought I had done very little listening. As it turns out, I had done zero lossless listening via Apple TV, a fact that a video from Audioholics’ Gene DellaSala makes abundantly clear. Lossless audio is not turned on by default on that device.

Thankfully, the fix is easy and only takes a few clicks of your Apple TV remote. DellaSala’s video runs you through the steps, but I’ve reposted them here as a quick reference.

Unfortunately, these steps only apply to the three generations of the Apple TV 4K. Lossless audio from Apple Music isn’t supported on other Apple TV models.


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Switch the Apple Music audio quality setting from High Quality to Lossless

To get lossless audio from Apple Music on an Apple TV 4K, follow these five easy steps using your Apple TV remote or the Remote app on your iPhone.

Step 1: From the Apple TV 4K’s home screen, open the Settings app.

Apple TV 4K: Home screen with Settings app highlighted.

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Step 2: Scroll down and select the Apps menu item.

Apple TV 4K: Settings menu.

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Step 3: Scroll down and select Music under the App Settings heading.

Apple TV 4K: apps settings.

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Step 4: Take note of the current setting for Audio Quality under the Audio heading.

If it says “Lossless,” you’re already getting lossless audio quality from Apple Music, congrats!

If it says “High Quality,” move on to the next step.

Apple TV 4K: Apple Music settings.

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Step 5: Scroll down and select Audio Quality from under the Audio heading.

Apple TV 4K: Apple Music audio quality settings.

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Step 6: Highlight, then select the Lossless option.

The check mark should move from the High Quality option to the Lossless option. If it doesn’t, select the Lossless option again.

To confirm that the change worked, use the back button to return to the Music screen. You should now see “Lossless” in the Audio Quality field.

Apple TV 4K: Apple Music audio quality settings.

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Now that you’ve got lossless audio for Apple Music enabled on your Apple TV, we should point out one small caveat for audiophiles. While the steps above ensure that you’re getting the best possible audio quality from Apple Music on Apple TV, lossless audio isn’t actually Apple Music’s top quality level.

Included with every Apple Music subscription is access to the service’s collection of “hi-res lossless” tracks. These tracks are streamed in 24-bit/96kHz or higher resolution, but unfortunately, the Apple TV 4K is currently limited to regular Apple Music lossless quality of up to 24-bit/48kHz.

As DellaSala points out, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with 24-bit/48kHz. In fact, in many circles this resolution is considered the entry level for hi-res audio. Still, if you want to hear the very highest quality from Apple Music, you’ll need to use a hi-fi or headphone DAC that’s compatible with iPhones or Android phones. These will let you decode hi-res lossless tracks from the Apple Music mobile app.

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How to stop spam texts on iPhone and Android phones | Digital Trends

How to stop spam texts on iPhone and Android phones | Digital Trends

Everyone from legitimate marketers to outright scammers wants to get your attention these days. With a mobile phone in nearly every pocket, many of these have turned to SMS text messages as a way to extend their reach. After all, it’s a fast means of communication that’s much more likely to be noticed than traditional email messages. Plus, there aren’t nearly as many spam filtering solutions available for dealing with text messages, making them ripe for abuse. Here, we explore your options for reducing spam, depending on your phone type.

Regardless of your smartphone platform of choice, the first rule of dealing with suspicious text messages is the same as for email: Don’t interact with them in any way. Don’t reply to a spam text, even if it seems like there’s a valid “opt-out” option, as you’ll just be confirming your existence. And definitely don’t click on any links in a text, as some of these can lead to sites that will try to install malware on your phone. Contrary to popular belief, smartphones aren’t immune to such things. Instead, check out our guides below for ways in which you can deal with unwanted text messages.

Looking for tips on how to stop spam calls instead? See our guide on how to stop spam calls on iPhone and Android phones!


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How to report spam texts on an iPhone

While it’s nearly impossible to avoid text message spam entirely, you can help cut down on it by reporting spam texts to your carrier and Apple. Thankfully, Apple has made this very easy to do in iOS 16 with a one-tap reporting feature. This can also be used to report the rare bit of text spam that comes through Apple’s iMessage service, but it’s best at helping you report SMS/MMS spam — as long as your carrier supports it. Here’s how to do this.

Step 1: Open the Messages app on your phone.

Step 2: Select a conversation that contains a spam text.

iPhone showing a spam text with the Report Junk option.

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Step 3: Select the blue Report Junk link below the most recent message. As long as your carrier supports it, this should appear for any conversation for which the sender is not in your contact list, and to which you have not replied.

iPhone showing the prompt in Messages to Delete and Report Junk.

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Step 4: Select Delete and Report Junk from the pop-up that appears at the bottom of your screen.

*Note that this does not automatically prevent future spam texts from this messager, but you can block the number manually. We’ll explain how to do that in the next section. *

How to block spam texts on an iPhone

You can block any number to prevent text messages from that number from getting through to your phone. Spam texts often come from a wide assortment of seemingly random numbers, so it probably isn’t worth your time to block every single one, but this can be handy if a large number of unwanted texts are coming in from the same number.

Step 1: Open the Messages app on your phone.

Step 2: Select a conversation that contains a spam text.

Example of a spam message in iPhone Messages app.

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Step 3: Select the icon with the number at the top of the conversation.

Example of a spam message in iPhone Messages app.

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Step 4: Select the Info button from the card that appears.

Option to block caller in iPhone Messages app.

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Step 5: Select Block this Caller at the bottom of the next screen.


Block Contact confirmation in iPhone Messages app.

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Step 6: From the pop-up that appears, select Block Contact to confirm.

This will block both texts and phone calls from the selected number — including FaceTime audio and video calls. Incoming cellular calls will be sent to voicemail, FaceTime calls will be ignored, and texts will be silently discarded. Note that texts coming in from a blocked number cannot be recovered even if you later unblock the number.


You can view and manage your list of blocked contacts in the iPhone Settings app under Messages > Blocked Contacts.

How to filter spam messages on iPhone

You can automatically filter out messages from unknown senders — those not in your contacts list. Filtered messages will still appear in the Messages app, but they’ll be grouped into their own folder. You can also disable notifications for messages from unknown senders so they won’t disturb you or light up a badge on your Messages app icon. Here’s how to set this up:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

iPhone showing Messages options in Settings app.

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Step 2: Scroll down and select Messages.

iPhone showing Filter Unknown Senders switch in Messages settings.

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Step 3: Scroll down and find Filter Unknown Senders and select the switch to toggle it on.

iPhone showing Messages settings screen.

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Step 4: To also disable notifications for messages from unknown senders, scroll back up and select Notifications near the top of the Messages settings.

iPhone showing how to Customize Notifications for Messages.

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Step 5: Select Customize Notifications at the bottom.

iPhone showing option to disable message notifications for unknown senders.

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Step 6: Toggle Unknown Senders off. Note that this setting only applies to notifications on your iPhone; you’ll need to turn it on separately on your iPad or Mac if you’re syncing your text messages to those devices.

Step 7: Once you’ve enabled the option to Filter Unknown Senders, a new Filters option will appear in the top-left corner of the conversation view in the Messages app. Selecting this will allow you to choose between viewing all messages or filtering the list by either known or unknown senders. There are also options here to filter by unread messages and view recently deleted conversations.

Two iPhones showing how to permanently delete a conversation in the Messages app.

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Step 8: Note that Apple considers any active conversation you’ve replied to as coming from a known sender, even if the number isn’t listed in your contacts. If you’ve replied to a spam text and want to revert that number to being treated as an unknown sender, you’ll need to permanently delete the conversation: 


  1. In the Messages app, swipe to the left on the conversation you would like to delete and continue swiping until you feel some haptic feedback and see the red banner expand all the way across the screen.
  2. Select Delete from the pop-up that appears.
  3. Select Filters from the top-left corner.
  4. Select Recently Deleted.
  5. Choose the conversation you just deleted. A blue checkmark should appear on the left side to indicate it’s selected.
  6. Select Delete from the bottom-left corner.
  7. Choose Delete Message to confirm.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra next to the Google Pixel 7 Pro.

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How to block spam texts on Android via Google Messages

Blocking spam texts on Android can be trickier since just about every handset maker has its own take on the operating system, which often includes its own app for handling text messages. Thankfully, the most popular smartphone makers have more recently standardized on Google Messages. Here’s how to block spam there:

Step 1: Open the Messages by Google app on your phone.

Step 2: Select your profile picture or initials in the top-right corner.

How to access setting in Google Messages.

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Step 3: Select Messages settings.

Google Messages Spam Protection option in Settings.

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Step 4: Scroll down and select Spam protection.

Google Messages Enable Spam Protection Setting.

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Step 5: Select the toggle beside Enable spam protection to turn it on.

Messages that are identified as spam will go into a Spam & blocked folder that can be accessed from the three-line hamburger menu in the top-left corner of the Messages app (the one with three lines on top of each other).

How to report spam texts on Android

Unfortunately, enabling spam protection for the first time won’t scan your existing messages, meaning any messages you’ve already received will remain exactly where they are. However, you can manually report these as spam. Further, since Google’s algorithms aren’t perfect, some spam messages will slip through. Manual reporting will move these to the spam filter and help train your phone to better recognize similar patterns in the future. Here’s how to do this.

Step 1: Open a spam message in the Messages app on your phone.

Report spam banner in Google Messages.

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Step 2: Select Report spam.

Report spam confirmation in Google Messages.

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Step 3: Select the box beside Block to block the number permanently as well.

Step 4: Choose the Report spam button.

Banner for a blocked number in Google Messages.

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Step 5: Select the back arrow in the top-left corner to return to your message list. The reported conversation will no longer appear on the main list since it’s been moved to the “Spam & blocked” folder.

Step 6: You can also report a message as spam without opening it by long-selecting it in the Messages app and choosing the Block option from the three-dot menu in the top-right corner. This shows a pop-up box with the opposite behavior of the Report spam option; it blocks the message by default, with a separate checkbox to optionally report it as spam.

Close up detail of a man iMessaging on an iPhone.

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Other tools for stopping spam texts

Apple and Google both provide “hooks” in their messaging platforms that allow third-party apps to scan your incoming text messages to try to determine if they’re spam before passing them on to your phone. As a result, a number of developers have taken up the challenge of trying to build better anti-spam filtering than what Apple and Google’s messaging apps offer on their own.

These range from dedicated apps like Truecaller to more full-featured security suites like Malwarebytes for iPhone or Android.

If you opt for a third-party app, be sure to read the company’s privacy policies very carefully. By necessity, these apps need to scan your text messages to do their job, and that’s usually done by sending copies of the messages from your device to that company’s servers. Thankfully, Apple and Google offer some protections against this turning into a free-for-all on your messaging data, such as only allowing access to messages from unknown senders, but there are still privacy trade-offs with any of these apps, and some apps require that you expose more of your data, such as uploading your entire contact list to their servers.

Blocking a number sending spam SMS on a phone.

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How to identify a spam text

Traditional spam texts are usually pretty easy to spot, as they’re typically trying to sell you something. These are also fairly easy to ignore, but of course, the reporting and blocking options we explained above will help you filter out some of the noise.

Sadly, there’s a more insidious category of spam texts that fall more into the category of scams. These are most commonly used for phishing attacks designed to steal your passwords or make you give up other personal information. They’re often disguised as alerts from your bank or other financial institution, a government agency such as the IRS, or even just an online service like Amazon, Google, Facebook, or Apple’s iCloud. They can also appear in other forms such as job offers. Some of these phishing scams can even be used to install malware on your phone.

In every case, these messages should be considered highly suspect and treated with extreme caution. Do NOT click on any links in these messages, as they’ll usually just lead you to a fake website that looks just real enough to convince you to enter a password or credit card number to “confirm your identity.” If you’re worried one of your online accounts may be compromised, open a separate browser window and visit it directly by typing in the address rather than clicking on a link in an email or text message.

There’s another category of spam/scam texts that have been making the rounds in recent years that may seem much more innocuous on the surface. Rather than offering up links or alerts, these are incoming messages are phrased in such a way to make you think somebody simply sent a text to your number by mistake. They can begin with everything from a simple greeting to a message that looks like it’s following up on a referral or another conversation, such as the examples shown in the screenshots above about a “golfing party tomorrow” or “a pet dog for sale.”

These are almost never real texts. Instead, they’re designed to draw the recipient in to a conversation with a scammer as a form of “social engineering” attack. Many folks will be tempted to respond either out of curiosity or a genuine desire to be helpful by letting the person know they have the wrong number. The scammer will then try to engage you with some friendly banter that will ultimately lead to a request for some kind of help that will involve clicking a link they provide or sending them some money.

It’s usually easy to recognize these messages by the numbers they come from — folks in South Carolina or San Bernardino aren’t likely to be legitimately mistyping a Toronto number asking about a pet dog for sale or announcing a golfing party.

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7 hidden iMessage features you need to be using | Digital Trends

7 hidden iMessage features you need to be using | Digital Trends

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Apple’s iMessage is a widely used messaging app with over 1 billion active users. It was launched in 2011 and is deeply integrated into Apple devices, allowing iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to exchange text messages, photos, videos, and more seamlessly across platforms.

Over the years, Apple has introduced many new features to the Messages app. You probably use some of them every day, but others are easy to overlook and forget about it. Below are a few of our favorite hidden iMessage features — and ones you should be using if you aren’t already.

Pinning messages

Screenshot showing pinning messages on iPhone.
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With iMessage, you can communicate with both individuals and groups. However, sometimes, it can be challenging to track meaningful conversations or specific content when you receive messages from multiple sources, such as organizations or companies. This is where message pinning comes in. This feature allows you to save essential conversations or specific content at the top of your Messages app to access them easily. Starting with iOS 14, Apple allowed you to pin up to nine conversations at the top of the Messages app.

To pin a conversation, drag and drop it to the top of the Messages app. Alternatively, you can long press on the conversation and select Pin from the pull-down menu.

Mark messages as unread

Screenshot showing how to market a message as unread on iPhone.
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We receive many messages daily, and when we see a new message, we often feel the urge to open it immediately. However, some messages require a response, which can sometimes be forgotten if we don’t reply immediately. Unfortunately, just opening a message can make it harder to remember to send a reply later since it can get lost in the shuffle.

One way to ensure important messages are not missed is to mark them as unread. This helps isolate them from other messages and serves as a reminder to address them later. To mark a message as unread on your iPhone, long press on it, then select Mark as Unread from the pull-down menu. Easy, no? A dot on the left side marks unread messages.

Message threads and tags

Screenshot showing how to reply to a thread on iPhone.
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Starting with iOS 14, Apple made it possible to reply directly to a message within a conversation. This allows you to highlight specific messages or people, and it’s especially handy if you’re in busy group conversations.

To do so, go into the conversation, then identify the message bubble to which you want to reply. Next, touch and hold that bubble, then tap the Reply button. Type your message as you usually do, then choose the Send button.

When replying this way, you also tag a specific person by typing their name. This person might be part of the thread, and they’ll receive this mention on their device.

Find deleted messages — and recover them

Recovering deleted messages in the Messages app on an iPhone.
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Have you ever accidentally deleted a message thread in iMessage? It can be frustrating, but don’t worry because there’s a solution. On your iPhone, you can view recently deleted messages for up to 40 days before the system permanently removes them from your device. If you act quickly, you can recover the messages you thought were lost forever.

To retrieve deleted messages on your iPhone, open the Messages app and tap the Edit button in the top-left corner. Then, tap Show Recently Deleted. Here, you’ll find a list of deleted threads and the number of messages lost in each thread.

Although you cannot read the thread from this page, you can recover it by tapping the circle to the left and selecting Recover at the bottom of the screen. After doing so, the messages will be restored to your main messages page. Alternatively, you can tap Recover All if you want to recover all of your deleted messages at once.

Bubble and screen effects

Screenshot showing how to add message effects on iPhone.
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Text alone might not be enough to convey a message. That’s where screen effects come in. The tools, which have been around for a few years, include bubble effects, full-screen effects, camera effects, and more.

To send a message with a screen effect, press and hold the Send button rather than tapping it. This displays two options: Bubble and Screen effects. This allows you to send a message with your bubble slamming into the screen, a fancy firework effect, and more. Only other iMessage users will see these effects, however, so they won’t work if you’re sending them to someone with an Android phone.

Shake to undo

screenshot showing what happens when you shake your iPhone in the Messages app.
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I’ll admit, the shake to undo feature is one I didn’t know about until I sat down to write this article. Regardless, it’s genius. If you type out a message and don’t like what you typed, you can delete it entirely. All you have to do is shake your iPhone and then respond to the prompt on the screen.

The feature works exactly how you’d expect, but it doesn’t work after sending the message. In other words, shaking your iPhone won’t unsend the message. However, even this is possible if you’re sending a message to another Apple user and less than 15 minutes have passed since you sent it.

Shift your keyboard

Screenshot showing how to activate the one-handed keyboard on iPhone.
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You may encounter situations where typing on a keyboard the length of your iPhone using both hands may not be practical, such as when you have only one free hand available. This is when the aptly named one-handed keyboard comes in handy.

Open the Messages app on your iPhone and start typing. Tap and hold the Smiley icon at the bottom left of the keyboard to access the keyboard settings. Choose the option to have the keyboard move to the left or right side of the screen, depending on which hand you prefer. This will allow you to type comfortably with one hand. You can use this tool anywhere the keyboard is on your device, not just the Messages app.

Hopefully, this list of hidden iMessage features will give you something new to try or remind you of a feature you might have forgotten. The Messages app is packed full of great features, so enjoy them, whether you have an iPhone 15 Pro or other Apple device.

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Apple Sports app looks to rule live scores and stats on iOS | Digital Trends

Apple Sports app looks to rule live scores and stats on iOS | Digital Trends

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As if what it’s done with MLS Season Pass wasn’t proof enough that Apple is serious about sports, today we have another example. Enter Apple Sports, a new app for iPhone that aims to be the only app you’ll need for live sports scores, real-time stats, and more.

Apple Sports is available in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Inside it you’ll find the likes of MLS, NBA, college basketball, Premier League, Bundesliga, LaLiga, Liga MX, Ligue 1, and Serie A — and that’s just for starters. We’re still in the offseason for sports like Major League Baseball, the NFL and college football, and the National Women’s Soccer League and WNBA, but you’ll see them all in Apple Sports once games begin.

Apple is putting a premium on speed and simplicity in this free app.

“We created Apple Sports to give sports fans what they want — an app that delivers incredibly fast access to scores and stats,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of services, said in a press release. “Apple Sports is available for free in the App Store, and makes it easy for users to stay up to date with their favorite teams and leagues.”

There’s a fair amount of customization in Apple Sports. You can follow your favorite teams, entire leagues, or individual tournaments. And in addition to scores, you’ll find things like betting odds (you can turn these off, if you’d like), team stats, and lineups.

And Apple has added a button that’ll take you straight to the event in the TV app on your phone, which should then take you to the game on whatever service you have tied into the TV app.

The Apple Sports app also will sync with anything you have favorited on Apple News. So while Apple Sports may not completely replace other sports apps you have installed — not yet, anyway — it’s likely to find a prime spot on home screens pretty quickly.

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How to customize a Samsung phone’s notification sounds | Digital Trends

How to customize a Samsung phone’s notification sounds | Digital Trends

The sound you choose to notify you when you get a text, call, or social media update is important since it’s what you’ll primarily need to listen for to know when someone is trying to contact you. Whether you’re the owner of the new Galaxy S23 or have a midrange Galaxy A53 5G as your smartphone of choice, Android gives you plenty of different options when it comes to what sound you hear when you get a notification.

If you don’t like the default notification sound or you want to add your own personal flair to your phone, changing your Galaxy phone’s notification sound is a relatively simple process. Luckily, the steps are the same regardless of if you have the latest Samsung flagship like the Galaxy S23 Ultra or a more budget device like the Galaxy S21 FE. Use the steps below to learn everything you need to know about changing your notification sounds on Galaxy devices.


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How to change all your notifications to a new sound

There are a handful of options when it comes to changing notification sounds. The easiest thing to do is to change them all to one singular sound. When you do this, you’ll hear the same noise when you get a text as you would if you received an email. Changing this option is best for those who don’t need customized sounds for their individual apps but don’t love the default sounds that their Galaxy device is using out of the box.

Step 1: From your Samsung phone home screen, swipe down to access your Quick Settings.

Step 2: Select the Settings option (the gear icon).

Step 3: In the Settings menu, select Sounds and vibration.

Step 4: Select Notification sounds in the next menu.

You’ll now see a list of potential notification sounds that you can set. Select one, and all your notifications will start making this sound.

How to set a customized notification for an individual app

General notification noises are fine, but if you’re juggling personal WhatsApp notifications and Slack notifications from your team at work, you might want to have different notification sounds so you can tell which app is sending an alert. If you don’t like the native sound that the app makes on its own, you can change notifications for each individual app to get the exact sounds that you want. Here’s what to do.

Step 1: Once again, start by swiping down to open up your Quick Settings menu, and choose the Settings icon.

Step 2: This time, scroll down until you reach Apps, and select it.

Step 3: Your downloaded apps will appear in alphabetical order. Select the app that you want to change the notification sound for.

Step 4: Go to the App settings section and select the Notifications option.

Step 5: Here, you can choose to enable or disable notifications for this app. This is a great way to make sure only certain apps make sounds on your Samsung phone. If this is one of the apps you want making noise, Allow notifications should be turned on.
Select Notification categories at the bottom of the page.

Step 6: In the Notification Categories menu, select Miscellaneous.

Step 7: In the next window, select Sound. You will again bring up the list of potential notification sounds, where you can pick whichever sound you want to enable.

How to add new notification sounds to your Samsung phone

If you aren’t a fan of the sounds that Galaxy phones offer by default, you can actually add your own custom sounds to your device. Here’s how:

Step 1: Download the sound file you want to use as your notification sound. The easiest way to do that is to email yourself the audio clip you want to use and then open the email on your phone. When looking at the audio attachment, select the download icon, which is represented by an arrow pointing down towards a straight line.

With your audio downloaded, head to the My files app, then select Downloads and find your sound file. Because you just downloaded it, the file should be at the top of the list of downloads.

Step 2: Long-press the audio file you have downloaded and then select Move at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: With the file selected and ready for moving, go back to the My file home screen and select Internal storage.

Step 4: While inside the Internal storage menu, make sure that the dropdown menu says All and not Essentials. With that selected, you’ll see all of the different file location options for your device. Select the Notifications folder.

Step 5: Inside the Notifications folder, select Move here in the bottom right corner of the screen and your file will be transferred.

Step 6: With the file transferred, head to the settings and follow the steps listed above to add custom notification sounds. When it comes time to select the sound, your custom notification sound will now appear as an option under a new heading titled Custom.

How to remove custom notifications on a Samsung phone

Bored of the new custom notifications on your Samsung phone? No worries — it’s easy to remove them. In fact, removing a notification sound is done the exact same way as changing them to the custom sound in the first place.

Follow the steps laid out above for setting custom notification sounds, but instead of setting the custom sound in the sound menu, select Default, and the custom sound will be replaced by your device’s default sound.

How to snooze notification sounds on a Samsung phone

If you’re getting a lot of notifications and want to temporarily turn them off, Galaxy devices give you the option to “snooze” notifications from specific apps.

Step 1: Open the Quick Settings menu by swiping down from the top of the screen and select the gear icon in the top right corner to access your device settings.

Step 2: In the settings, select Notifications.

Step 3: In the Notifications menu, select Advanced settings.

Step 4: In the Advanced settings menu, toggle the Show snooze button setting so that it’s on.

Step 5: With the setting on, you’ll be able to snooze notifications by selecting a notification from the app you want to snooze and then selecting the bell icon in the bottom left corner of the notification. Once you do, you’ll be prompted to select how long you want to snooze the notification. Once you’ve chosen, select Save and you won’t receive any notifications from that app for the amount of time you selected.

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Apple Music just got a cool feature you won’t find on Spotify | Digital Trends

Apple Music just got a cool feature you won’t find on Spotify | Digital Trends

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The Apple Music Replay feature gives you a rundown of which songs and albums you’ve listened to on the service every year. But now, it’s getting a makeover that will make it more handy. Rundowns are being offered every month, allowing you to see your favorite tunes during the past 30-plus days — as well as how often you’ve listened to those titles.

The new monthly Apple Music Replay feature is only available through the web on the Apple Music Replay website, which is unfortunate, but unsurprising. The annual Apple Music Replay launches every December and is also a web-only feature.

With the new monthly feature, you can now view your listening history for January, including the total number of minutes listened, as well as top artists, songs, and albums. Your February list will most likely be released on Friday, March 1.

Apple Music Replay calculates your top songs, albums, artists, playlists, genres, and stations based on your listening history in Apple Music. This feature considers the number of times you have played a song, artist, album, playlist, genre, or station and the time you have spent listening to each.

The new monthly Apple Music Replay feature gives the service an advantage over its competitor, market leader Spotify. That company’s Spotify Wrapped feature, which is more comprehensive than Apple’s, is highly anticipated by its subscribers each year. Whether Spotify will also introduce a monthly version of its feature remains to be seen. To compete with Apple, it probably will.

Apple Music’s monthly recap is available now and can be accessed via its website from your phone, tablet, or any other device.

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Why I ditched my iPhone 15 Pro for the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra | Digital Trends

Why I ditched my iPhone 15 Pro for the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra | Digital Trends

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This is not another “lifelong iPhone user tries Android” story. I use and review all kinds of phones, and I prefer the flexibility of Android. That said, I’ve been on the iPhone 15 Pro since its launch — for two reasons. First, I had been getting the iPhone 14 Pro Max-level battery life on it. Second, I like the stability of social media apps like Instagram and X (formerly Twitter). But the experience has been downgrading for a while now.

Samsung’s “AI phone,” the Galaxy S24 Ultra, tackles these two issues and gives me some extra features that I didn’t think would be important for me. It’s been a surprisingly fun experience. Here’s why I shifted to the Galaxy S24 Ultra from the iPhone 15 Pro and decided to stay on it. And no, it has nothing to do with AI.

Updates have ruined the iPhone 15 Pro

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I’ve used the last four iPhones for at least three months each. The iPhone 13 Pro Max set a new standard for iPhone battery life. Then I switched to the iPhone 14 Pro Max the following year, which, unfortunately, didn’t deliver. I decided to go for the regular iPhone 15 Pro this year, and at first, I was surprised to find it delivering Pro Max-like battery life in a smaller size.

However, the joy didn’t last for long. Since the previous few iOS updates, my iPhone’s battery life has degraded quite a bit. And the drain is even worse on mobile data. I’m on 5G while commuting, browsing social media apps, navigating for around 10 minutes, and running YouTube Music in the background. With this type of use, it depletes up to 30% of the battery within 30 minutes.

The battery drain on 5G is horrendous on the iPhone 15 Pro. If I step out of my apartment at 10 a.m. at 95% battery, there’s a good chance that I’ll be at 70% or less by the time I reach my location in 45 minutes. I’ve had instances where it was at 10% when reaching back home around 3 p.m. It makes my power bank a necessity instead of a backup, which defies the whole purpose of having a smaller, lighter iPhone. I’ve had days when I charged the iPhone 15 Pro to at least 90% twice, and it died by 9 p.m.

It’s not just the iOS updates, but also third-party app updates that have played a part in ruining the iPhone experience. One of the reasons I enjoy using the iPhone whenever I’m on it is the app’s stability. The apps don’t crash out of nowhere – at least they didn’t use to – and the social media apps experience is (umm … was) better than on Android.

Instagram running on iPhone 15 Pro.
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However, this has also gone downhill. I’ve had my banking apps crash after logging in via Face ID. That’s been the case for a month now. I open the app, get through Face ID, and it crashes. Or I reach the main menu before it ends up crashing. What should be a seamless experience now takes me three tries to see my account statement.

Similarly, X and Instagram have been poor. X has image loading issues, where if I open an image on a post and go back, it hangs – leaving me no choice but to force close the app. There’s no other way to get back to browsing on the app. As for Instagram, it randomly shows me blank spaces for posts that I share with my friends in DMs. When reposting a video from a friend’s story, the upload hangs and uploads the video stuck on a single frame. It doesn’t notify me of all the DMs that come in when I’ve had my internet off for a couple of hours.

The battery life and app stability with better social media integration are what made me use the iPhone instead of an Android phone in the first place. But the iOS and third-party app updates have ruined the experience. And so, I shifted to the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

The Galaxy S24 Ultra has been so much better

Galaxy S24 Ultra and iPhone 15 Pro in hands.
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I’ve had the Galaxy S24 Ultra last me an entire day on 5G. That’s with navigation, social media browsing, and the usual replying to messages on various apps. Coming back to the bigger form factor was a slight inconvenience at first, but if I’m getting great battery life, I’m fine with it. I’ve also used the iPhone 15 Pro Max for two weeks, and the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s battery life has been better than the best of the iPhone.

Secondly, I don’t face app crashes with my banking apps on the S24 Ultra – making it a less irritating experience. Now I can reach the unsolicited loan pop-ups (absolutely pathetic UI) immediately. I haven’t had an X photo hang for me or had Instagram not notifying me of DMs after I turn on the internet in the morning. Both of these apps seem more stable for me on the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

I also didn’t realize how much of a better experience I could have with a less reflective display until I used the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. The new Corning Gorilla Armor surprised me in day-to-day use. It’s one of the better upgrades that you’d not notice on the spec sheet. The lesser reflectivity has enhanced my content consumption experience. The Ceramic Shield on the iPhone 15 Pro also attracts more smudges, which are more visible and uncomfortable in sunlight. The Galaxy S24 Ultra solves this problem.

Pair these benefits with a smooth user experience, versatile camera setup, and great performance, and you have a winner. I haven’t been using all the Galaxy AI features on the Samsung phone in day-to-day life. However, two of them have made my life easier. First, the Circle to Search feature is great when I’m looking for a pair of shoes or an accessory that someone wore on Instagram or X.

Circle to Search on Galaxy S24 Ultra.
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Second, Photo Assist comes in handy when I want to delete reflections or make unusual stickers of my friends (I capture a lot of random photos). It’s more immersive than the Pixel 8 Pro if you are using the S Pen. I also found it to be slightly faster and better at filling in background details when deleting objects compared to the Pixel. Both of these are fun add-on features that I can do without, but they make the Galaxy S24 Ultra experience more enjoyable.

I also like the photos clicked at night better on the Galaxy S24 Ultra than on the iPhone 15 Pro. However, not all is good on the Galaxy S24 Ultra. For instance, the 10MP telephoto sensor in 3x optical zoom captures noisy images in lowlight. It bothers me because it’s one of the things I use the camera for. After all, I go out with friends in the evening, and I click a lot of pictures in 3x. But that’s the only time when I miss my iPhone. The iPhone 15 Pro captures better 3x shots, but turn to 5x, and you have a clear winner in the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

The poor battery life and app stability on the iPhone have led me back to using an Android phone as my primary device. I’ll probably shift to the Honor Magic V2 soon because I want the sleek foldable form factor, but for now, I’m staying on the Galaxy S24 Ultra for the all-day battery life with virtually no compromises elsewhere. And I’m loving it.

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How to download movies from Netflix for offline viewing | Digital Trends

How to download movies from Netflix for offline viewing | Digital Trends

If you want to enjoy a Netflix movie while on a plane or other place with poor reception, you can always download a movie for offline viewing. Downloading content to watch at another time is a pretty straightforward process that takes all the pain out of worrying about when you’ll be able to connect to Wi-Fi again. We’re here to show you how to download movies from Netflix.

The following instructions should work for iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire tablet, Chromebook and Chromebox, and Windows 10 devices and computers. Of note: While Windows PC users can download episodes to watch offline, they must use the Netflix app from the Windows Store to do so.

Note that your capacity to download titles from Netflix will depend on your plan. As of this writing, that means:
* Standard with ads plans can download up to 15 titles per month on up to two devices. The downloads reset at the beginning of each calendar month.
* Standard plans can download on up to two devices.
* Premium plans can download on up to six devices.


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Get your download on

Step 1: Make sure Netflix is up to date.

Step 2: Navigate to the show or movie you would like to download.

The Netflix quality selection screen.

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Step 3: Select the Download icon affixed to the show or movie you want to watch.

The Devil all the Time on Netflix.

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Step 4: Once downloaded, all Netflix content will appear in the Downloads section. Tap the Downloads menu on mobile devices or the Menu button in the application’s upper-left corner on Windows.

How to download from Netflix: watch your downloaded titles.

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How much space do I need?

Netflix offers two quality levels for downloads: Standard and High. The latter is high definition — “up to 1080p depending on the TV show or movie,” Netflix says. Standard uses less space on your device and allows you to download content more quickly, whereas High takes a bit more space and patience. Which one you’ll want will depend on how much free space you have and what kind of device you’re using. The Standard mode’s appearance may look fine on your new phone, for instance, whereas a higher resolution may be preferable for your tablet or laptop.

To choose, locate the App settings menu. It could be called More or found under your profile icon on Amazon, Android (Chrome app as well), or iOS smartphone apps. From there, under the Downloads heading, click or tap Video quality or Download video quality (Android) and select your preferred quality. On Windows 10, go to Menu > Settings > Download and select the video quality there.

Just how much storage space a download takes up depends on how long the title is and the resolution quality. To give you a sense of the numbers, we went ahead and downloaded the first episode of Taboo and Ryan Reynolds’ Netflix movie The Adam Project in both Standard and High resolutions on an iPhone 13 Pro.

Taboo‘s episode has a runtime of 57 minutes, and its high-quality version used 981.2MB of space, while the Standard version used 226.4MB. The Adam Project, at one hour and 46 minutes, took up 1.12GB of space in High and 493.8MB in Standard. It’s always a good idea to see how much available space you have on your device before choosing between Standard or High quality.

Netflix's Available to Download screen.

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What’s available?

Not everything on Netflix is available for download, but the company has made downloadable titles easy to find by arranging them in a special section aptly named “Available for Download.” This category can be found among the other genre options, as a sub-menu when you select TV Shows or Movies. If you’re searching for a specific title, you’ll know that it can be downloaded by the Download icon, which is a downward arrow with a horizontal line beneath it.

There are some restrictions on how many times you can download some titles and how long you have to watch them, however. For example, you can’t download the same episode of Bridgerton more than three times in a single billing cycle. (Weird, we know.) You’ll also need to watch each one within a month of downloading it before it expires for offline viewing.

Not every property is so generous when it comes to downloading content. Occasionally, you’ll stumble upon a movie or show that can be downloaded only once, as a result of the licensing agreement Netflix has with the network that owns it. Such titles also tend to expire after a week if you fail to show them any attention and they usually disappear 48 hours after you first hit play.

How to enable automatic downloads

While manually selecting titles for download is a great feature unto itself, wouldn’t it be awesome if Netflix allowed you to download content automatically? Well, you’re in luck. Netflix introduced a feature for mobile users called Downloads For You that uses your Netflix viewing history to curate and download movies and TV shows that are in line with your tastes. This feature only works while you are connected to Wi-Fi. Here’s how to activate it.

Step 1: Open the Netflix app and tap Downloads on the bottom navigation bar.

Netfllix's Downloads for You feature.

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Step 2: Next, tap Smart Downloads at the top of the following screen.

Step 3: Then, all you have to do is toggle Downloads For You either on/off.

Step 4: Finally, use the Plus and Minus icons in Allocate Storage to choose your storage cap.

How do I delete titles?

Whether you’ve already watched downloaded titles or simply want to make room for other things, you’ll eventually want to get rid of them, especially considering you can only have 100 things downloaded at a time. There are two ways to go about this, depending on how much content you want to delete at once.

Step 1: Deleting a single title

If you want to delete a single title, you can do so via the My Downloads section. For iOS and Android apps, just tap the Pen icon, which will give you the option to select the title or titles you want to delete. In Windows 10, for example, just open the title, click on the Downloaded button, and select Delete Download. You can also click on the Pencil Edit icon and choose the files to delete.

Netflix's screen for deleting titles.

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Step 2: Deleting all titles

You could delete everything in the My Downloads section individually, but if you’re looking to clear everything all at once, there’s an easier way. Go to Settings, then simply click on Delete All Downloads.

The Delete All Downloads option in Netflix.

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Having a library of downloaded movies and shows on your device the next time you find yourself out and about or on the road and without a Wi-Fi connection will make for a much more pleasant and entertaining time-killing situation.

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