iOS 12’s Screen Time Feature Will Curb Your Phone Addiction

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For many, smartphones have become our world. And some are downright addicted to technology. Both Apple and Google understand this problem and have released new digital wellness tools. When dealing with any kind of addiction, the first step is acceptance. iOS 12’s new Screen Time feature shows you detailed statistics for how you spend time on your iPhone. Once you’ve seen the data and realize how much you use your phone, you can use new tools to limit the time you spend in apps and your iPhone in general. Let’s take a look. How Much Do You Use Your iPhone?…

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For many, smartphones have become our world. And some are downright addicted to technology.

Both Apple and Google understand this problem and have released new digital wellness tools. When dealing with any kind of addiction, the first step is acceptance. iOS 12’s new Screen Time feature shows you detailed statistics for how you spend time on your iPhone.

Once you’ve seen the data and realize how much you use your phone, you can use new tools to limit the time you spend in apps and your iPhone in general. Let’s take a look.

How Much Do You Use Your iPhone?

First, let’s find out how bad your iPhone addiction really is. Open the Settings app and choose the new Screen Time option. Then tap your device name on the top.

Now, you’ll see a detailed breakdown of how much time you’ve spent on your iPhone today. To view data for the entire week, tap on the Last 7 Days tab on the top.

The total time spent shows at the top, along with a chart showing the time periods when your iPhone was active. The usage breaks down by categories like Social Networking, Productivity, Entertainment, Reading & Reference, and more.

Scroll down and you’ll see your most used apps for the day or the week. This is the crux of the matter. Here, you can figure out which apps you spend the most time on.

Tap Show Categories to switch to the categories view, or tap an app or a category for a detailed view. This shows you a detailed breakdown of your usage. The day view breaks down your usage by the hour. In the week view, you can see the usage on a day-to-day basis, along with the daily average, and the total notifications you received during the week.

Scroll down further on the Screen Time screen and you’ll see two more sections: Pickups and Notifications. The Pickups section tells you how many times you picked up your iPhone during the day or the past week.

Use the Notifications section to figure out which apps are capturing your attention. Notifications are usually the gateway to your iPhone. If an app is sending you way too many notifications (even if it’s a messaging app like WhatsApp), you now know why you end up picking up your phone. It might be wise to silence notifications for chat apps, even if only for a couple of hours per day.

Set Category and App Limits

Check in with the Screen Time statistics every night for a couple of days, and you’ll start to recognize patterns. This is similar to the Quantified Self movement and automated health tracking. The first step to the path of improvement is knowledge. Use the Screen Time stats to accrue knowledge about how you use your device, like which apps take up too much of your time over the weekend.

Once you realize you spend 8-10 hours a week on Instagram, you can think about how much time you actually want to spend on Instagram during a day. You might aim to cut this from two hours a day down to one hour. Then you can use the rest of the time doing something productive or creative—or nothing at all.

This is where the new App Limits feature comes in. There are two ways to add limits. You can go to the App Limits section in Screen Time and tap on Add Limit. But here, you can only create a limit for a category like Social Networking or Entertainment (not an app). Choose a category, tap Add, and then set the time.

When the limit is up, the relevant apps will appear grayed out on the Home screen and you’ll see an hourglass icon next to the app’s name. When you tap on it, iOS will show you a splash screen that says that you’ve reached the time limit for the day. You can tap on the Ignore Limit button and either snooze the feature for 15 minutes or disable it entirely for the day.

App Limits

To set an App Limit for a particular app, select your device from Screen Time and scroll down to the Most Used section. Tap an app, scroll down, and select Add Limit. Configure the time and then tap Add. If you want to add the same limit for multiple apps, tap on Edit apps.

And here’s the genius of App Limits feature: it applies to websites as well. Say you’ve exhausted your daily quota for Instagram and think you can just use the website instead. When you open the Instagram website in Safari, you’ll be met with the same Time Limit splash screen (of course, this won’t carry forward in third-party browsers like Chrome).

Set Downtime

Downtime is the nuclear option. Using this feature, you can schedule a time period where almost every app on your iPhone will be disabled. Only phone calls and apps like Phone, Messages, FaceTime,and Maps will be allowed by default.

Downtime is like Do Not Disturb, but for apps. If you find yourself using apps late at night, you can schedule Downtime to begin one or two hours before you go to bed. This way you can strongly discourage yourself from using your phone.

From the Screen Time section, tap on Downtime. Enable the feature and then set the Start and End times. Now go to the Always Allowed section. From here, you can add apps to the allowed list. These apps will be accessible even when Downtime is enabled. In practice, Downtime works just like App Limits. So even though apps are grayed out, you can still choose the Ignore Limit option to disable the limit for the day or for 15 minutes.

If you’re in a Family Sharing group, you can use the Screen Time feature to set App Limits and Downtime for a child’s device as well.

Can You Curb Your Smartphone Addiction?

Hopefully with Screen Time, you’ll have a better shot at reducing how much you use your phone. Then you’ll have more time every day to spend on other activities.

There’s another trick you can try if you’re addicted to your iPhone. Draining all color from the screen will make it less interesting and help you use your iPhone less. Try it yourself and see what you think.

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How to Take Control of Annoying iPhone Notifications With iOS 12

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Ever since Apple introduced the Notification Center in iOS 5, we’ve waited for new features to put us in control of notifications. But over time, it actually got worse. Notifications became the preferred way for apps to capture your attention. In the eyes of the Notification Center, a gaming app pestering you about buying coins was just as important as an email from your boss. But with iOS 12, this is starting to change. Apple is making notifications easier to deal with; your Lock screen can finally be clutter-free. Using Grouped Notifications One of the best parts of iOS 12…

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Ever since Apple introduced the Notification Center in iOS 5, we’ve waited for new features to put us in control of notifications. But over time, it actually got worse.

Notifications became the preferred way for apps to capture your attention. In the eyes of the Notification Center, a gaming app pestering you about buying coins was just as important as an email from your boss.

But with iOS 12, this is starting to change. Apple is making notifications easier to deal with; your Lock screen can finally be clutter-free.

Using Grouped Notifications

One of the best parts of iOS 12 is how it automatically groups related notifications. Instead of seeing 20 notifications from the same WhatsApp thread, you’ll now only see one stack. You can tap on a stack to expand it and view all the individual notifications.

3D Touch or swipe left to take action on an individual notification or the whole stack.

Disable or Customize Group Notifications

Notifications in iOS 12 are grouped automatically, based on context (location, app, and threads). By default, you don’t really have control over how a particular app groups notifications. And while there’s no global switch to disable grouped notifications altogether, you can change the behavior on a per-app basis.

iOS 12’s default behavior is weird sometimes. If you use a messaging app like WhatsApp often, you might end up with multiple stacks of messages, even if they’re from the same conversation. On the other hand, there might be important apps (like medication reminders) where you don’t want the notifications to be grouped at all.

To adjust this, go to Settings > Notifications > App > Notification Grouping. The default is the Automatic option. To force iOS 12 to group all notifications from an app in one neat stack, tap on the By App option. If you want to turn off grouping altogether, select the Off option.

Disable Notifications From the Lock Screen

Finally, you can disable notifications for an annoying app directly from the Lock screen—there’s no need to go to the Settings app. When you get a notification from an app you’d rather not see any notifications from, swipe left on the notification and tap the Manage button.

This will bring up the new notification tuning menu. From here, simply tap the Turn off option. Now the app won’t bother you anymore.

Temporarily Disable Notifications From Lock Screen

One of my favorite features in iOS 12 is hidden in the notification tuning screen. It’s called Deliver Quietly and it’s something you should take note of.

Swipe left on a notification from the Lock screen, tap the Manage button, and you’ll find a new Deliver Quietly option. This feature is genius: it basically flips several different notification settings switches at the press of a button.

When you tap the Deliver Quietly button, iOS stops the app from showing up on the Lock screen. It also disables its sounds, banner notifications, and app icon badges. But the notification will stay available in the Notification Center.

After unlocking your iOS device, you can swipe down from the top of the screen to see it. But it will no longer buzz your iPhone, or show up on the Lock screen. Simply put, it won’t ask for your attention anymore.

I’ve found the feature really useful for temporarily disabling app notifications. Let’s say you want to mute WhatsApp for a couple of hours, but don’t want to enable Do Not Disturb. Using the Deliver Quietly feature is a good workaround.

Reversing the effect is quite easy. If the notification is still visible in the Notification Center, go to the Manage section again. The Deliver Quietly option will be replaced by Deliver Prominently. Tap it to go back to the default behavior.

If the notification isn’t available anymore, go to the Notifications section in Settings and find the app. It will show Deliver Quietly as the current status. Go in and enable the Sounds, Badges, and alerts for Lock Screen and Banners. You’re now back to the default behavior.

Do Not Disturb During Bedtime

Do Not Disturb mode has a new toggle called Bedtime. When enabled, the Lock screen will dim itself and hide all notifications. The only way to get to your notifications is to turn off Do Not Disturb.

If you already use Do Not Disturb, we recommend you go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and enable the Bedtime feature. It will help you get a good night’s sleep, and is especially useful for notification addicts. Schedule Do Not Disturb an hour before you sleep and extend it to an hour after you wake up. This way, you won’t be tempted to act on your notification impulse instantly.

Enhanced Do Not Disturb Mode

While iOS still doesn’t have an app-based Do Not Disturb feature (something I’ve hoped Apple would steal from Android), there are some useful new enhancements to how Do Not Disturb works in iOS 12.

From Control Center, try 3D Touching (or long-pressing) the Do Not Disturb toggle. You’ll now see a new pallet with a variety of options for enabling Do Not Disturb: For 1 hour, Until this evening, Until I leave this location, and Until the end of this event.

iOS 12 Do Not Disturb Options

The last two options are really useful if you work in an office environment and you keep your meetings synced with the Calendar app.

Turn Off Siri Suggestions

Siri is everywhere in iOS 12, and for good reason. Other than the new Shortcuts app, you can use Siri to automate tasks that you frequently do on your iPhone or iPad. But Siri can be a bit too proactive, especially when it comes to the Lock screen.

Some Siri Suggestions on the Lock screen aren’t that useful. A reminder to call someone back while the Phone app has the missed call notification right on top of it isn’t exactly useful (or that smart).

If Siri Suggestions on the Lock screen are getting a bit too annoying, you can turn them off. Go to Settings > Siri & Search and turn off the Suggestions on Lock screen option.

If you want to disable suggestions for a particular app, scroll down, find the app, and disable the Search, Suggestions & Shortcuts option. This will stop the app from showing up in Lock screen suggestions, Spotlight suggestions, and in the Shortcuts app.

New iPhone? Do This

A new iOS update also means new iPhones. If you’re setting up your device, you should make some tweaks to get the most out of your new iPhone. Try customizing the Control Center, enabling iCloud Photo Library, and of course, don’t forget to tweak notification settings!

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How watchOS 5 Makes Your Apple Watch Even Better

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The next generation of Apple Watch software is here. Along with iOS 12, Apple has made watchOS 5 available to download for everyone. Apple Watch wearers will notice a number of different improvements and handy additions that continue to make the wearable device even better. Here’s a roundup of the new features in watchOS 5. All About Activity While there are a wide variety of third-party Apple Watch apps to track a workout, Apple’s own built-in tools are taking a big step up. In the Workout app, you can now select from two new types of exercise—hiking and yoga. After…

Read the full article: How watchOS 5 Makes Your Apple Watch Even Better

watchos-5-better

The next generation of Apple Watch software is here. Along with iOS 12, Apple has made watchOS 5 available to download for everyone.

Apple Watch wearers will notice a number of different improvements and handy additions that continue to make the wearable device even better. Here’s a roundup of the new features in watchOS 5.

All About Activity

While there are a wide variety of third-party Apple Watch apps to track a workout, Apple’s own built-in tools are taking a big step up.

In the Workout app, you can now select from two new types of exercise—hiking and yoga. After selecting either one of those, the Apple Watch will track active calories and exercise minutes.

Speaking of workouts, watchOS 5 will now automatically detect a number of different popular workout types. You’ll see a notification on the Watch to confirm the workout and give correct credit.

And there’s no need to worry about forgetting to end a workout. After a short period when no activity is detected, a notification will allow you to end the workout or switch to another type.

watchOS 5 Running Features

Runners will also be happy to take advantage of several new features. The steps per minute feature will work for indoor or outdoors walks and runs. When running outside, a vibrating pace alarm will let runners know if they are ahead or behind of their selected pace without needing to look down at the watch screen.

A rolling pace mile will also show runners the pace for the immediately preceding mile, along with the average or current pace. That will help give runners a better idea of how they are fairing.

watchOS 5 Activity Competitions

You can also now do more than just share activity data with friends and family. Apple Watch wearers can invite another person to battle in a one-on-one activity competition. These last seven days and offer points for closing rings. Special notifications will also help motivate you to a victory.

Say Hello to Walkie-Talkie and a Podcasts App

watchOS 5 Walkie Talkie

Apple Watch users are getting another way to communicate in watchOS 5 with the new Walkie-Talkie feature.

Just like the old-school devices, you can talk with friends and family using Wi-Fi or any LTE-enabled Apple Watch.

On the Apple Watch, using the Walkie-Talkie app, you’ll add a specific contact to communicate with. When ready to talk, just select the contact and tap and hold the Talk button to speak. When you’re done, take your finger off of the screen.

You can also opt to turn off availability for Walkie-Talkie at any time through the app.

watchOS 5 Podcasts

Apple is also bringing its great Podcasts app to the small screen of the Apple Watch. When starting Podcasts, it will show episodes that you’ve downloaded to the Watch or those on your iPhone.

It’s easy to download a podcast episode to the Apple Watch or stream it with the LTE-enabled version. You can then listen with Apple’s AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones.

Using Siri on the Apple Watch, you can even subscribe to a podcast or start playback of an episode.

As a nice touch, a new syncing feature will allow users to partially listen to a podcast on the Watch and then pick up where they left off on an iPhone or iPad.

A Better Siri Watch Face

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The Siri watch face continues to stand among the variety of watch faces available to customize the Apple Watch. And it’s getting even better in watchOS 5 thanks to a dose of machine learning.

Some of the new additions you’ll notice include heart rate information after a workout, commute times, and scores from favorite sports teams. Siri Shortcuts, a major new addition to iOS, will also appear at the correct time of the day.

Third-party apps can now also provide information for the face. Apple says apps like Nike+ Run Club, Glow Baby, and Mobike will support the face, and you can expect many other popular choices as well.

Other Notable Improvements

We’ve covered the major upgrades in watchOS 5, but you’ll find plenty of little touches too.

  • Talking to Siri is now even easier. Instead of needing to say “Hey Siri,” just raise your wrist to talk with the virtual assistant. You can also change the volume of Siri using the Settings app.
  • The Control Center on your Apple Watch is now customizable. Swipe up from a watch face, then scroll down to the bottom and select Edit. From here you can move the icons in any order you like.
  • Instead of dealing with notifications one at a time, watchOS 5 groups information from the same app together. You can open or clear all notifications from one group with just a tap.
  • Selecting the Do Not Disturb icon in Control Center now brings up a number of options. Along with simply turning the mode on, you can enable it for an hour, until tomorrow morning, or until you leave the current location.

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  • When tapping on some links in Messages and Mail, you can now view web content on the Watch screen. The content shows in the best format for the small screen, and can utilize Reader Mode as well.
  • While there are definitely some better options available for the Apple Watch, the stock Weather app now shows wind direction, wind speed, air quality, and UV index.
  • Instead of needing to carry around a college ID, the Apple Watch can now step in and provide students quick access to places around the campus, pay for meals, and more. Students at Duke, the University of Alabama, and the University of Oklahoma can take advantage of the feature starting this fall. A number of other universities will join the program before the end of 2018.

Update Your Watch Now

If you haven’t already updated to watchOS 5, it’s available for every version of the Apple Watch except the original Series 0 that hit the market in 2015.

Head to the companion Watch app on your iPhone and select the My Watch tab. Then choose General > Software Update and follow the prompts. To update, you’ll need to have an Apple Watch on its charger with more than 50 percent battery life remaining.

While the Apple Watch continues to get even better with each new software release, there are a number of lesser-known Apple Watch features that can help power up the wearable device. You should also make sure to install the best Apple Watch apps.

Read the full article: How watchOS 5 Makes Your Apple Watch Even Better

How watchOS 5 Makes Your Apple Watch Even Better

watchos-5-better

The next generation of Apple Watch software is here. Along with iOS 12, Apple has made watchOS 5 available to download for everyone. Apple Watch wearers will notice a number of different improvements and handy additions that continue to make the wearable device even better. Here’s a roundup of the new features in watchOS 5. All About Activity While there are a wide variety of third-party Apple Watch apps to track a workout, Apple’s own built-in tools are taking a big step up. In the Workout app, you can now select from two new types of exercise—hiking and yoga. After…

Read the full article: How watchOS 5 Makes Your Apple Watch Even Better

watchos-5-better

The next generation of Apple Watch software is here. Along with iOS 12, Apple has made watchOS 5 available to download for everyone.

Apple Watch wearers will notice a number of different improvements and handy additions that continue to make the wearable device even better. Here’s a roundup of the new features in watchOS 5.

All About Activity

While there are a wide variety of third-party Apple Watch apps to track a workout, Apple’s own built-in tools are taking a big step up.

In the Workout app, you can now select from two new types of exercise—hiking and yoga. After selecting either one of those, the Apple Watch will track active calories and exercise minutes.

Speaking of workouts, watchOS 5 will now automatically detect a number of different popular workout types. You’ll see a notification on the Watch to confirm the workout and give correct credit.

And there’s no need to worry about forgetting to end a workout. After a short period when no activity is detected, a notification will allow you to end the workout or switch to another type.

watchOS 5 Running Features

Runners will also be happy to take advantage of several new features. The steps per minute feature will work for indoor or outdoors walks and runs. When running outside, a vibrating pace alarm will let runners know if they are ahead or behind of their selected pace without needing to look down at the watch screen.

A rolling pace mile will also show runners the pace for the immediately preceding mile, along with the average or current pace. That will help give runners a better idea of how they are fairing.

watchOS 5 Activity Competitions

You can also now do more than just share activity data with friends and family. Apple Watch wearers can invite another person to battle in a one-on-one activity competition. These last seven days and offer points for closing rings. Special notifications will also help motivate you to a victory.

Say Hello to Walkie-Talkie and a Podcasts App

watchOS 5 Walkie Talkie

Apple Watch users are getting another way to communicate in watchOS 5 with the new Walkie-Talkie feature.

Just like the old-school devices, you can talk with friends and family using Wi-Fi or any LTE-enabled Apple Watch.

On the Apple Watch, using the Walkie-Talkie app, you’ll add a specific contact to communicate with. When ready to talk, just select the contact and tap and hold the Talk button to speak. When you’re done, take your finger off of the screen.

You can also opt to turn off availability for Walkie-Talkie at any time through the app.

watchOS 5 Podcasts

Apple is also bringing its great Podcasts app to the small screen of the Apple Watch. When starting Podcasts, it will show episodes that you’ve downloaded to the Watch or those on your iPhone.

It’s easy to download a podcast episode to the Apple Watch or stream it with the LTE-enabled version. You can then listen with Apple’s AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones.

Using Siri on the Apple Watch, you can even subscribe to a podcast or start playback of an episode.

As a nice touch, a new syncing feature will allow users to partially listen to a podcast on the Watch and then pick up where they left off on an iPhone or iPad.

A Better Siri Watch Face

watchOS 5 Siri Face
The Siri watch face continues to stand among the variety of watch faces available to customize the Apple Watch. And it’s getting even better in watchOS 5 thanks to a dose of machine learning.

Some of the new additions you’ll notice include heart rate information after a workout, commute times, and scores from favorite sports teams. Siri Shortcuts, a major new addition to iOS, will also appear at the correct time of the day.

Third-party apps can now also provide information for the face. Apple says apps like Nike+ Run Club, Glow Baby, and Mobike will support the face, and you can expect many other popular choices as well.

Other Notable Improvements

We’ve covered the major upgrades in watchOS 5, but you’ll find plenty of little touches too.

  • Talking to Siri is now even easier. Instead of needing to say “Hey Siri,” just raise your wrist to talk with the virtual assistant. You can also change the volume of Siri using the Settings app.
  • The Control Center on your Apple Watch is now customizable. Swipe up from a watch face, then scroll down to the bottom and select Edit. From here you can move the icons in any order you like.
  • Instead of dealing with notifications one at a time, watchOS 5 groups information from the same app together. You can open or clear all notifications from one group with just a tap.
  • Selecting the Do Not Disturb icon in Control Center now brings up a number of options. Along with simply turning the mode on, you can enable it for an hour, until tomorrow morning, or until you leave the current location.

watchos5-more-features

  • When tapping on some links in Messages and Mail, you can now view web content on the Watch screen. The content shows in the best format for the small screen, and can utilize Reader Mode as well.
  • While there are definitely some better options available for the Apple Watch, the stock Weather app now shows wind direction, wind speed, air quality, and UV index.
  • Instead of needing to carry around a college ID, the Apple Watch can now step in and provide students quick access to places around the campus, pay for meals, and more. Students at Duke, the University of Alabama, and the University of Oklahoma can take advantage of the feature starting this fall. A number of other universities will join the program before the end of 2018.

Update Your Watch Now

If you haven’t already updated to watchOS 5, it’s available for every version of the Apple Watch except the original Series 0 that hit the market in 2015.

Head to the companion Watch app on your iPhone and select the My Watch tab. Then choose General > Software Update and follow the prompts. To update, you’ll need to have an Apple Watch on its charger with more than 50 percent battery life remaining.

While the Apple Watch continues to get even better with each new software release, there are a number of lesser-known Apple Watch features that can help power up the wearable device. You should also make sure to install the best Apple Watch apps.

Read the full article: How watchOS 5 Makes Your Apple Watch Even Better

Apple’s 2018 Event: 3 New iPhones and a New Apple Watch

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Apple has just wrapped up its fall 2018 event, with three new iPhones and a new Apple Watch available for pre-order now. The rumors were mostly true, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone by now. The company also announced the release date for the upcoming iOS 12 update, macOS Mojave, and the new version of tvOS which powers the Apple TV. We’ve crunched through the news to bring you the most important and interesting bits. We’ll also have a look at what was missing from the event. iPhone Xs With the introduction of the iPhone X in 2017 (our review), it…

Read the full article: Apple’s 2018 Event: 3 New iPhones and a New Apple Watch

Apple has just wrapped up its fall 2018 event, with three new iPhones and a new Apple Watch available for pre-order now. The rumors were mostly true, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone by now.

The company also announced the release date for the upcoming iOS 12 update, macOS Mojave, and the new version of tvOS which powers the Apple TV. We’ve crunched through the news to bring you the most important and interesting bits. We’ll also have a look at what was missing from the event.

iPhone Xs

With the introduction of the iPhone X in 2017 (our review), it made sense that 2018 was going to be an “s” year. In these, Apple traditionally refreshes the internal hardware rather than focusing on design refreshes. With the arrival of the iPhone Xs and its new larger sibling, the iPhone Xs Max, that’s exactly what we got.

iPhone Xs

Both versions come with Apple’s first 7-nanometer processor, the A12 bionic. This promises more advanced machine learning in the form of the eight-core Neural Engine. That means the new iPhones will be better at tasks like analyzing photos for recognized objects, faces, and more.

Apple also announced that the new chips use 50 percent less power than the previous version. They also come with a 15 percent boost in overall speed, and 50 percent faster GPU architecture. Overall, these improvements will result in faster Face ID, better augmented reality, improved pattern recognition (meaning improved Snapchat filters), and better gaming performance. It’s what we expect from an “s” upgrade.

A12 Bionic

Both models are also IP68 water resistant, which means you can submerge them to a depth of around 32 yards for 30 minutes. Oddly enough, Apple only markets the depth around two yards. But in order to reach the IP68 rating, the devices must comply with the 32 yard requirement.

Camera, SIMs, and More

Apple has buffed the camera technology in the new Xs and Xs Max. They pack a better image signal processor on the A12 chip, improved quad-LED true tone flash, and smarter camera technology for better bokeh when taking portraits. Both models still feature the dual-lens system, with f/1.8 and f/2.2 apertures on the wide and telephoto lenses respectively.

A new Depth Control feature lets you adjust the depth of field after you’ve taken your shot. Meanwhile, Smart HDR apparently features zero lag for better exposures with less inconsistencies. The iPhone Xs uses the same impressive OLED display as the last version. Plus, both models ship with Gorilla Glass 5 for displays that are twice as tough as last year’s model.

Depth Control iPhone Xs

Thanks to Apple’s eSIM virtual SIM technology, the new iPhones have support for two phone numbers. Another communications update means support for Gigabit-class LTE, plus improved band support for better worldwide roaming.

The iPhone Xs offers a 30 minute improvement in battery life over its predecessor, with pricing starting a $999 for the 64GB option. You can also get 256GB and 512GB versions for $1,149 and $1,349 respectively. Both phones are available in a new gold finish.

iPhone Xs colors

iPhone Xs Max

While the Xs retains the same 5.8-inch form factor as its predecessor, the Xs Max is a larger 6.5-inch iPhone. It houses a 2688×1242 display at the same 458 pixels-per-inch rating as its smaller sibling. Not only is it a bigger screen, but the iPhone Xs Max can run two apps side-by-side in landscape mode thanks to all that real estate.

iPhone Xs Max

Apple chose the “Max” name since there’s more screen space than a traditional “Plus” model iPhone. A bigger screen means more space for a bigger battery, so the iPhone Xs Max features a 90 minute boost in usage over the standard iPhone X introduced in 2017.

As expected, the Xs Max really is just a larger version of the new Xs, with a bigger price tag to match. You can pick up a 64GB model for $1,099, with 256GB and 512GB capacities available for $1,249 and $1,449 respectively.

iPhone Xr

Also rumored but still somewhat surprising for a company like Apple is the new cut-price iPhone Xr. It’s a 6.1-inch budget version of the Xs, available in a rainbow of colors: red, yellow, white, coral, black, and blue. It provides considerably more screen real estate than the iPhone 8 (our review), while only being a little bit larger.

iPhone Xr

In order to get the price down, the Xr forgoes the OLED display of the Xs model in favor of a new “Liquid Retina” LCD. Apple boasts that the display has the industry’s best color accuracy, a wide color gamut, the same “tap to wake” seen on its OLED panels, and the usual True Tone temperature adjustment.

While the Liquid Retina display is edge-to-edge, there seems to be slightly more bezel when compared with OLED models. Since it’s an LCD display and not an OLED, the blacks won’t be quite as deep. Just like the previous iPhone X, the Xr leaves the Home button behind. This marks the first time Apple has gone all-in on the design in its flagship lineup.

iPhone Xr vs iPhone 8 Plus

As you’d expect, the Xr features the same A12 Bionic chip, True Depth camera for Face ID, and a single lens rear-facing camera like that found on the iPhone 8. You get the same Smart HDR and Depth Control features, and the improved image signal processor means cleaner photos and better low light performance.

It’s a budget iPhone Xs, but it’s really a replacement for the iPhone 8. The new iPhone Xr starts at $749 for the 64GB version, with 128GB and 256GB models available for $799 and $899 respectively. Unlike the Xs models, the Xr isn’t available for pre-order until October 9.

iPhone Xr colors

Apple Watch Series 4

Also new for 2018 is the thinner Apple Watch Series 4. It features a new design with a larger watch face, and much thinner bezels than previous models. It looks more like a traditional watch and less like a piece of wearable tech. This is fitting since Apple also announced that the Apple Watch is the world’s “number one” watch (not just among smartwatches, but all watches).

Apple Watch Series 4

The Watch now features two sensors on the back. One is an Optical Heart Sensor for measuring heart rate; the other is an Electrical Heart Sensor. This generates an ECG (electrocardiogram) which you can share with your doctor. An advanced accelerometer can now detect falls, prompting the wearer to call an ambulance (which happens automatically if it senses no movement for a minute).

Apple Watch Series 4 back

Performance has been improved by double thanks to the new 64-bit processor. Apple has also brought its haptic feedback technology to the Digital Crown, which now “clicks” as you scroll. There are software improvements too, like new watch faces and a redesigned version of Apple’swatch face which makes better use of the larger display.

One thing that hasn’t improved is battery life, which still sits at 18 hours of wear. Just like the Series 3, the Series 4 is available in GPS and Cellular versions for $399 and $499 respectively. If you go for the cellular version, make sure you know what your carrier will charge to include it on your plan.

Apple Watch Series 4

The Watch Series 4 will run watchOS 5, which was announced at WWDC. It packs features like an improved Activity Tracker, Apple’s Podcasts app, new Walkie-Talkie functionality, better Siri integration, and more. You can pre-order the Apple Watch Series 4 now.

iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and tvOS 12

In other news, the updated versions of Apple’s iOS, macOS, and tvOS operating systems now have official release dates:

  • iOS 12: Available on September 17.
  • macOS Mojave: Available on September 24.
  • watchOS 5: Available on September 17.
  • tvOS 12: Available on September 17.

What We Didn’t See

Two glaring omissions from this year’s event include Apple’s AirPower wireless charging station (announced a year ago) and a revised version of AirPods. No AirPods 2 also meant no new Beats wireless headphones, though the rumor mill points to late 2018 as a release date for all these products.

Apple AirPods

Also absent was any news about iPads, particularly the iPad Pro. Apple is expected to refresh (or discount) the MacBook Air, possibly introduce a new Mac mini, and refresh a few of its other Mac models before the year is out. Thus, it’s possible we’ll see another event before the fall ends.

Make sure you keep this in mind if you want to buy new Apple gear at the right time!

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The 5 Best Investment Apps for Absolute Beginners

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Historically, the world of investments has had a high barrier to entry. Many traditional brokers used to set minimum deposit requirements of $10,000 or more. After a period of deregulation in the 1970s, discount brokerages started to pop up. However, trading commissions remained high. With the online boom in the 2000s, another new class of discount brokerage was born. That process has culminated in services that offer commission-free trades on several types of assets. Finally, the world of investments is open to absolute beginners. So if you’re a stock market noob, here are five investment apps you need to check…

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Historically, the world of investments has had a high barrier to entry. Many traditional brokers used to set minimum deposit requirements of $10,000 or more.

After a period of deregulation in the 1970s, discount brokerages started to pop up. However, trading commissions remained high.

With the online boom in the 2000s, another new class of discount brokerage was born. That process has culminated in services that offer commission-free trades on several types of assets.

Finally, the world of investments is open to absolute beginners. So if you’re a stock market noob, here are five investment apps you need to check out today.

1. Robinhood

If you live in the United States, Robinhood should be at the top of your list. The app is currently going through the process of approval for Australia as well. Other countries are expected to follow in the future.

The service’s commission-free structure lets you invest in stocks, options, ETFs, and cryptocurrencies without paying a fee for each trade. Instead of charging commission, Robinhood makes money through its $6 per month margin and after-hours trading service, called Robinhood Gold.

(Note: If you trade on margin, you are taking a loan from your broker. Beginners should not use this form of investment.)

The downside of the app is the dearth of technical and fundamental analysis tools. Beyond a simple candlestick chart, almost nothing is available.

Thankfully, you can access extensive information about your various positions, and you can create watchlists. Robinhood can also help you complete your annual tax returns.

Download: Robinhood for Android | iOS (Free)

2. Beanstox

Beanstox isn’t as well-known as Robinhood, but it’s perfect for new investors all around the world. It lets people from almost anywhere invest in US securities.

Unlike Robinhood, Beanstox does charge commissions. It will cost you $0.0125 per share, with a minimum of $2.99 per transaction. If you plan to actively trade a large number of shares, it is better to join the Beanstox Unlimited plan. It costs $5.99 per month, plus $0.01 per share traded.

Beanstox offers fewer investment vehicles than Robinhood. Stocks will only be available if a) the share price is more than $1, and b) the company either has a market cap of more than $1 billion or has a three-month average daily dollar volume of more than $0.5 million. There are no non-leveraged ETFs and no over the counter (OTC) assets.

The app is fairly unique in the investment world in that you can use credit cards (for a fee) and Western Union (no cost) to fund your account. Both of these methods are considerably cheaper than using wire transfers.

Download: Beanstox for Android | iOS (Free)

3. Betterment

Robinhood and DriveWealth both leave you to your own devices when selecting your investments, but beginners might feel uncomfortable with that level of responsibility.

If you’d like to access the benefits of investing without worrying about choosing your specific holdings, Betterment is a great option.

The app offers a robo-advisor model. When you create your account, you need to tell it about your preferred level of risk, investment objectives, time frames, and other pertinent information. Betterment will then automatically create your portfolio.

Betterment creates all its portfolios using stock and bond ETFs. You won’t find any commodities or other volatile assets available. You can invest in the US, other developed markets like the EU and Japan, and emerging markets like India, Russia, and Thailand.

The app is only available to residents of the United States. It costs 0.25 percent annually (a figure which includes all transaction costs). The fee’s running total is calculated daily.

Download: Betterment for Android | iOS (Free)

4. WealthFront

WealthFront uses the same business model as Betterment. You answer some questions about your goals, and the app advises you about your ideal investment portfolio.

Like Betterment, your scope of possible securities is limited compared to Robinhood and DriveWealth. WealthFront maintains a list of nine primary ETFs and nine secondary ETFs; your portfolio will always consist of some mix of them.

On the upside, the list does include popular Boglehead passive investment funds such as Vanguard’s Total Stock Market (VTI) and FTSE Developed Markets (VEA).

In addition to regular investment plans, WealthFront also offers a traditional IRA, Roth IRA, SEP IRA, and 401(k) rollover for people who want to save for retirement, and 529 College Savings plans for people who are thinking about their kids’ education.

WeathFront charges 0.25 percent per year, charged monthly. You will also be exposed to the ETFs’ expense ratios.

Download: WealthFront for Android | iOS (Free)

5. Firstrade

You might be a beginner today, but if you’re serious about your financial future, you need to get your head around the ways markets work. It’s the key to clearing your debt and building your wealth in later life.

Unfortunately, hands-off investment apps like Betterment and WealthFront won’t teach you anything, while services such as Robinhood and DriveWealth are so thin on research tools that you won’t be able to learn much, even if you want to.

If you’re looking for a little bit more from your investment app, we recommend Firstrade. The company accepts customers from around the world and offers commission-free trading on stocks, options, and mutual funds.

Firstrade offers considerably more investment vehicles than the other apps in this list. There are more than 11,000 funds, a huge number of ETFs, and some fixed income products. On the downside, you can only trade securities listed on US exchanges; companies on the London Stock Exchange and Tokyo Stock Exchange are out of reach. Cryptocurrencies are also unavailable.

From a learning standpoint, Firstrade is excellent. The app offers free access to Morningstar’s stock reports and daily market analysis, Briefing.com’s newsletters, and Benzinga. There’s even an extensive in-house library of video training content that’ll teach you the basics of investing, and an impressive amount of text-based content.

There is no minimum deposit to open an account.

Download: Firstrade for Android | iOS (Free)

Proceed With Caution When Investing

If you use any of the apps we’ve listed, your money is at risk. Investments in securities can go both up and down in value.

You should never invest more than you can afford to lose, and if you’re unsure how to proceed, seek professional financial advice.

If you’d like to stay on top of market news to give yourself a better chance of being a successful investor, check out the best financial websites. It might also be worth honing your skills before using real money by playing a stock market game.

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The 7 Best Brain Exercise Games for Android and iOS

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A variety of activities can train your brain, but sometimes you just want something fun. Logic puzzles, challenges that make you think outside the box, and brain exercise games offer enjoyment while keeping your mind mentally fit. If you like mobile games that challenge your brainpower and let you have a great time while doing it, then check out these all-time greats. 1. Left vs Right With 49 games in six categories, Left vs Right lets you exercise both sides of your brain. You can start your daily training with a tap and play four thought-provoking games. Memorize items that…

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A variety of activities can train your brain, but sometimes you just want something fun. Logic puzzles, challenges that make you think outside the box, and brain exercise games offer enjoyment while keeping your mind mentally fit.

If you like mobile games that challenge your brainpower and let you have a great time while doing it, then check out these all-time greats.

1. Left vs Right

With 49 games in six categories, Left vs Right lets you exercise both sides of your brain. You can start your daily training with a tap and play four thought-provoking games.

Memorize items that customers order and then recall who ordered what. Watch the shapes move and tap the fastest one. Calculate your share of the bill based on the total and what your friends are paying. These are the types of games that test your memory, reflexes, and reasoning.

You can grab Left vs Right for free. Subscribing to a monthly or yearly plan gives you all categories each day, plus progress reports. When you have a few minutes to spare for a game, train your brain with Left vs Right.

Download: Left vs Right for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

2. Brain School

Head to class for some brain training fun in Brain School. With perplexing puzzles, challenging math questions, and logic games that make you think, this is a great way to hone your mental skills.

In its school theme, the app takes you through four years of testing. Start in year one and receive an A+ on all games and levels. Each year contains a different set of games with five levels each. Beginning challenges include solving math equations within the time limit, assembling pieces of a puzzle to match the image, and a magic hat shell game.

If you pass, you’ll take your final exam and move to year two. And you can access reports of how well you do in each year. There’s no better way to test your brainpower than in school, and Brain School is the ideal app to do it.

Download: Brain School for iOS (Free)

3. Peak

Peak is another cool way to train your brain with fun and games. Each day you are greeted with a random collection of games that test areas like memory, attention, problem solving, and creativity skills.

You may need to create words from the letters displayed, paint tiles based on the numbers in the columns and rows, or tap faces showing certain emotions. There are over 35 games, statistics for your performance in each category, and achievements you can earn.

With four workouts available for free, you can test yourself each day with something new. If you want more, Peak has a pro version that opens 16 daily workouts, unlimited access to 45 games, replays, and relaxing challenges. If this one piqued your interest, then check out Peak.

Download: Peak for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

4. Lumosity

If you’ve been looking into brain exercise games, then you might have come across Lumosity. If not, what makes this app a great challenge is that you have a daily workout that will put your problem-solving, memory, and overall thinking skills to the test.

The games in Lumosity are unique and enjoyable while stimulating at the same time. You may be in a race car testing your reflexes, swiping leaves depending on their colors to test your memory, or assembling puzzle pieces to test your problem-solving abilities.

You can challenge yourself to over 40 games, get detailed statistics, and see where you excel. Play Lumosity for free and if you like it, take a look at the paid premium plan which gives you workout mode choices, access to all games, tracking, and more. Lumosity is fun, challenging, and definitely worth a look.

Download: Lumosity for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

5. Brain Dots

More of a challenging game for your brain than a test like others on the list, Brain Dots is a fun physics-based puzzler. It’s a simple concept: your goal is to bump the two dots. But how you do that is the tricky part.

You must draw lines, shapes, or whatever is necessary to get those dots together. What makes Brain Dots an interesting challenge is that sometimes the answer is more obvious than you expect. So this enjoyable game really makes you think.

You’ll utilize a variety of tools like pencils and crayons of different colors and sizes. There are tons of levels and stages to move through. And if you are feeling inspired, you can make your own stage for other players to try.

The game offers in-app purchases for additional tools and to remove the ads. Put on your creative thinking hat and take a look at Brain Dots.

Download: Brain Dots for Android | iOS (Free, in-game purchases available)

6. A Clockwork Brain Training

A Clockwork Brain Training has been around for quite some time, but if you’ve never played it, then you’re in for a treat. The game’s intent is to exercise your memory, reasoning, language, dexterity, and attention skills with a variety of challenges.

For a test of your attention, see how quickly can pick out the object that is different from the rest. Or work your dexterity with a speed match. A Clockwork Brain Training also brings gamified elements, such as boosts in the form of Petbots, tokens to collect as you play, and attractive graphics.

If you enjoy the exercises, you can obtain more game packs via in-app purchases.

Download: A Clockwork Brain Training for Android | iOS (Free, in-game purchases available)

7. Tricky Test 2

Tricky Test 2 is a game that requires some cunning thinking. You are presented with a unique brain teaser. The tricky part, as the name implies, is that the answer is somewhat obvious. But with trick questions, it’s not as straightforward as trusting your initial reaction. You will need to strap on your thinking cap for this challenge.

You receive five lives and must pass the level to move forward, as with most level-based games. However, if you fail, you must go back a certain number of levels depending on your speed.

Curious? Check out Tricky Test 2 on Android or iOS. The games offer in-app purchases for coins that help you obtain clues.

Download: Tricky Test 2 for Android | iOS (Free, in-game purchases available)

Prepare to Train Your Brain

Sometimes it’s simply good fun to keep your mind fit with a game. You might want to test or improve your memory, dexterity, or problem-solving skills. Or maybe you’d like to hone those all at one time. Whatever your goals are for training your mind, these free brain games and apps will start you and keep you thinking.

And if you’re a puzzle fanatic, take a look at some online puzzlers along with puzzles just for Chrome.

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Apple Unveils the iPhone Xs and Xs Max

Apple has taken the wraps off of its latest (and possibly greatest) iPhone(s), the Xs and Xs Max. As this is an “S” year, the new iPhones are based on last year’s models. However, while they may look the same, there have been improvements made under the hood. The iPhone Xs and Xs Max The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are incremental upgrades over last year’s iPhone X. The iPhone Xs (pronounced 10-S) features a 5.8-inch display packing in 2.6 million pixels. The iPhone Xs Max boasts a 6.5-inch screen with 3.3 million pixels. This makes the Xs Max…

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Apple has taken the wraps off of its latest (and possibly greatest) iPhone(s), the Xs and Xs Max. As this is an “S” year, the new iPhones are based on last year’s models. However, while they may look the same, there have been improvements made under the hood.

The iPhone Xs and Xs Max

The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are incremental upgrades over last year’s iPhone X. The iPhone Xs (pronounced 10-S) features a 5.8-inch display packing in 2.6 million pixels. The iPhone Xs Max boasts a 6.5-inch screen with 3.3 million pixels.

This makes the Xs Max the biggest iPhone Apple has ever made, and is the company admitting its customers want larger screens. For many years Apple refused to move beyond the limitations of its 4-inch screens while Androids got bigger and bigger.

These new devices are powered by Apple’s new A12 Bionic processor, a six-core, 7-nanometer chip capable of running 5 trillion operations per second. Apple claims this means the iPhone Xs and Xs Max can launch apps 30 percent faster than the iPhone X.

Both new iPhones feature a dual camera system on the rear with a 12-megapixel wide camera and 12-megapixel telephoto lens sensor. There are new sensors, an updated TrueTone flash, an improved bokeh effect, and what Apple is calling “Smart HDR”.

Other things worth noting are:

  • Apple claims this is “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone”.
  • The new iPhones are splash, water, and dust resistant, with a rating of IP68.
  • Face ID has been upgraded, making it faster and more advanced that ever.
  • Both phones have dual-sim capabilities, but it’s an eSim everywhere but China.

Pricing and Pre-Orders

The iPhone Xs and Xs Max are both available with 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB of storage. The latter being a new capacity for Apple’s flagships. The iPhone XS will start at $999, while the Xs Max will start at $1,099. Pre-orders start this Friday (September 14).

Before you place your order for the new iPhone Xs or Xs Max, consider reading our review of the iPhone X. Or, if you have finally tired of Apple’s incremental upgrades why not consider purchasing one of these iPhone X alternatives instead.

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The Best Free Dating Apps for Teenagers and Young Adults

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If you’re having trouble finding the right match for you, why not turn to online dating? Any stigma online dating had in the past is gone, with dozens of apps to choose from and thousands of couples crediting their love to these apps. In this article we’ll show you the best free dating apps for young adults (anyone 18 to 25), along with some advice for using them. If you’re older, check out our list of dating sites for mature singles instead. A Warning on Age Restrictions Before we continue, it’s important to note that due to laws in the…

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If you’re having trouble finding the right match for you, why not turn to online dating? Any stigma online dating had in the past is gone, with dozens of apps to choose from and thousands of couples crediting their love to these apps.

In this article we’ll show you the best free dating apps for young adults (anyone 18 to 25), along with some advice for using them. If you’re older, check out our list of dating sites for mature singles instead.

A Warning on Age Restrictions

Before we continue, it’s important to note that due to laws in the U.S. and elsewhere, there are legal issues with under-18s using dating apps. Therefore, none of the apps below allow users under 18 years old to join, but of course, these measures aren’t foolproof.

While using any dating apps, we advise you to take caution with regards to age. Don’t take anyone’s age at face value, and be careful of predators looking to take advantage of apps aimed at younger people. We’ll share some safety tips after we discuss the apps.

To be clear: We don’t condone anyone under 18 using these apps.

1. OKCupid

For an all-around free dating app, OKCupid is the gold standard. The site uses powerful algorithms to find you the right matches.

OKCupid asks you to answer a large amount of personality questions when you sign up. As you do, you also select the answers you’d find acceptable in a partner. These questions range from the serious, like the importance of religion in your life, to the silly, like what crime you’d most likely be thrown in jail for.

By browsing others’ public answers, you can get a good idea of whether they’re a good fit for you. Messaging on OKCupid is free for everyone. This is great because you don’t have to pay to talk to someone you like, but it opens the door for unsolicited creepy messages.

The DoubleTake features offers a Tinder-like swiping interface for easy match evaluation, while Discovery highlights matches from variety of criteria. You can upgrade to the paid A-List plan to see who liked you, add more search filters, and more.

Overall, OKCupid is a good fit for people who want to try standard online dating without paying. It’s also less focused on hookups than some other options. Check out how OKCupid compares to some other dating apps if you’re interested.

Download: OKCupid for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

2. Tinder

You can’t have a discussion about dating apps for young adults with talking about Tinder. The app arguably popularized the dating app scene (succeeding past website-only dating services) and is still going strong.

Its interface is simple: swipe right if you like someone, and swipe left if you’re not interested. If two people swipe right on each other, they have the opportunity to exchange messages. But you can’t send messages to anyone without matching first—we’ve covered what to do after you match on Tinder previously.

That’s really all there is to it. The vast majority of Tinder users are under 35, so it’s a great choice for younger people. However, Tinder is heavily geared towards hookup culture. While it’s not impossible to find a long-term partner on Tinder, those looking for a serious relationship should keep that in mind.

Since Tinder matches you locally, there’s less chance that you’ll get matched with people hundreds of miles away like in other apps. The free version of Tinder limits the number of right swipes you get; upgrade to Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold to unlock more features.

Download: Tinder for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

3. PlentyOfFish

PlentyOfFish (POF) is another well-known free dating site. Its sheer size makes it a good option for finding a match, though sorting through all the noise can be a bit tough.

POF offers several ways to connect. Like OKCupid, it’s free to message anyone. You can also use the Nearby tab to look through other mobile users who are near you.

Of course, the service also brings you matches based on a chemistry test. Meanwhile, the Meet Me section brings the familiar Tinder-like interface of swiping on profiles.

An upgraded POF membership offers extended profiles, priority in Meet Me, username search, and more. A minor drawback is that PlentyOfFish’s interface is pretty dated and a bit cluttered, especially on the web. But it’s certainly worth a try.

Download: PlentyofFish for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

4. Bumble

If you like the idea of Tinder but want to shake it up a bit, Bumble is for you. This app uses the same swiping gestures and simple profiles as Tinder, but with one crucial difference: women always make the first move.

Once two people swipe-right on each other, the woman can choose whether or not to start a conversation. If she doesn’t do so within 24 hours, the match disappears. In a same-sex match, either person can initiate the conversation.

To help combat abuse, Bumble has a photo verification feature. This asks you to upload a selfie in a specific pose, which a real person reviews. Doing so adds a check mark to your account, letting others know you’re a legitimate profile.

Bumble offers a paid Bumble Boost service, which adds additional features.

Download: Bumble for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

5. Coffee Meets Bagel

If you find the onslaught of matches in other apps overwhelming, Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) is for you. The app takes a curated approach: at noon each day, the app sends you a handful of matches (“bagels”). Thus, instead of swiping through tons of people’s profiles, you can check out a few and see if you’re interested in them.

Men receive pre-selected matches, while women only receive bagels that have expressed interest. Once you match, you’ll be able to start a conversation. CMB even provides some starter questions to ease you in.

Upgrading to CMB’s premium plan adds information about how often your matches respond to chats, read receipts, plus more features.

Download: Coffee Meets Bagel for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

Advice for Online Dating Safely

Now that you have five great dating apps to choose from, let’s review some important points about dating safely online.

Meet Up Safely

After you connect and chat in an app for a while, you’ll eventually want to meet your potential match in person. This is great, but it’s important to take care when doing so.

You should always meet in a public place, like a restaurant or coffee shop. Having lots of other people around reduces the chance of your date threatening you or something similar.

It’s also wise to drive yourself to the date (don’t let them pick you up). Let some friends or family know where you’re going and how long you expect to be, just in case something happens. You should also avoid drinking alcohol the first few times you meet to avoid that layer of complication.

Avoid Common Scams

Unfortunately, the free nature of many dating apps opens them widely to scams. Always be on the lookout for signs that a profile is looking to rip you off:

  • Their photos are edited or stolen
  • They jump all over the place in conversation
  • They ask you to chat on another app or via email right away
  • They send strange links for you to click on
  • They start asking for personal details
  • They request money

Don’t trust anyone on a dating app right away, especially if they ask for money. Check out more tips on protecting your dating profile from scammers.

Protect Your Profile

Aside from avoiding scams, you should also take steps to protect your privacy while using dating apps. Don’t use the same profile picture you have set everywhere, which makes it easy to find you online. Avoid linking to your social media accounts, and be careful what photos you include.

Will Online Dating Find Your Match?

Online dating sounds like a magic bullet, but it’s not easy. It’s a tough balance of expressing yourself, chatting with matches, and avoiding the potential dangers that come along with dating apps. Don’t be afraid to block people if they get creepy, and remember that building connections takes time.

No matter which dating app you use, make sure you don’t make these major online dating mistakes.

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How to Watch the iPhone Event Live on Twitter

As you’re probably already aware, Apple is holding an iPhone press event (at 10am PDT) on September 12. During the press conference, subtitled “Gather Round”, Apple is expected to announce new iPhones, a new Apple Watch, and potentially a new iPad and AirPods. You may be planning to watch the event through your web browser. However, you can now watch it on Twitter instead, with Apple teasing that it’s going to be live streaming the whole thing on the social network for the first time in its history. Apple Invites Twitter Users to Gather Round Like no other company in…

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As you’re probably already aware, Apple is holding an iPhone press event (at 10am PDT) on September 12. During the press conference, subtitled “Gather Round”, Apple is expected to announce new iPhones, a new Apple Watch, and potentially a new iPad and AirPods.

You may be planning to watch the event through your web browser. However, you can now watch it on Twitter instead, with Apple teasing that it’s going to be live streaming the whole thing on the social network for the first time in its history.

Apple Invites Twitter Users to Gather Round

Like no other company in existence Apple likes to make a big song and dance about its product launches. Other companies try, but compared to the number of people who turn up to, and tune into, Apple events they may as well not bother.

In previous years Apple has been unnecessarily strict on the ways ordinary punters can watch Apple events. Until WWDC earlier this year you had to use either Safari or Edge, or watch on your Apple TV. Then Chrome and Firefox users were invited to the party.

Now, Apple is even letting the reprobates who hang out on Twitter all day watch the unveiling of its new iPhone. We know thanks to the promotional tweet above inviting you to tap Like in order to receive updates on the day.

The wording of the tweet strongly suggests the event will be live streamed on Twitter as well. And TechCrunch has since confirmed that this is indeed the case. So, no matter where you are tomorrow you can watch Apple unveil its newest shiny shiny to the world.

For the Legion of Apple Fans Around the World

For those of you with no interest in new iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches this will mean very little. However, for the legion of Apple fans keen to be first in line on launch day, being able to watch the Apple iPhone event live on Twitter will be an exciting prospect.

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