Installing macOS Sierra Public Beta

Installing macOS Sierra Public Beta

Are you thinking about installing the Public Beta of macOS Sierra on a Mac? There are some amazing features coming, although some of them "aren't ready for prime time" at this early date. In this post I'll provide you with a list of caveats, and if you decide that you have a spare machine available for the beta, then you have a primer on how to sign up for the Public Beta program and then install macOS Sierra on your Mac.

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How to enable and adjust Night Shift on your iOS 9.3 devices

How to enable and adjust Night Shift on your iOS 9.3 devices

You've probably heard a lot about Night Shift, the new feature in iOS 9.3 that adjusts the color temperature of your iOS device display after sunset to make the harsh, usually bluish light less stressful on your eyes. The result? You may find that you fall asleep faster with Night Shift enabled, as studies have shown that using an iPad or iPhone at night can cause some people to have problems getting to sleep. Here's how to enable it.

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How to update to watchOS 2... whenever that may actually happen

How to update to watchOS 2... whenever that may actually happen

Apple Watch owners have been anxious to get their hands on watchOS 2, which was pulled at the last minute on Wednesday (September 16) because of bugs that were apparently taking longer to fix than expected. On the off chance that it happens today, or perhaps over the weekend when the AWT team is resting up for the iPhone 6s unboxing next Friday, here is how to update to watchOS 2. watchOS updates are done in a different manner from what we're used to with iOS and OS X updates, so here's what to expect.

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Use Siri to make college life easier

Use Siri to make college life easier

College life can be hectic. Classes, your social life, fitting into someplace new are all challenges that students face. There are poor decisions to be made, too. During the winter semester of my sophomore year I decided to take an 8:00 AM swimming class. Walking to a pool at 7:30 AM on a December morning is a good time to reassess your life choices.

Fortunately, Siri is here to make things easier. From dictation to location-awareness to grabbing a late-night pizza, Apple's digital assistant has got you covered. Here's how Siri can make your school day easier.

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How to catch every song Beats 1 plays

How to catch every song Beats 1 plays

Thanks to Twitter, you can find every song that gets played on Beats 1

Here's a scenario you might find familiar. You're listening to Beats 1 when a great song comes on that you haven't heard before. You try to add it to your collection but it's not available. You search the iTunes Store but it's not there either. In the meantime, the song is over. What was it again? Drat, I forgot. Oh well. 

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Turn off automatic renewal of your Apple Music subscription

Turn off automatic renewal of your Apple Music subscription

To entice users to check out Apple Music, Apple is providing three free months of the paid service at launch. This includes access to the streaming Apple Music service, unlmited skip in Music Radio and full access to Music Connect. Similar to most trials, Apple automatically will charge you for your first month of paid service when that trial period ends. 

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How to use the mini music player while browsing Apple Music

 How to use the mini music player while browsing Apple Music

The new Music app in iOS is chock full featueres, including Beats 1 radio content, the For You recommendation engine and the Connect social network. The Music app is all about music so it make sense that Apple`would include a mini player that allows you to control your music while you browse through all the content in the app. Read on to find out more about the mini player and how to use it. 

 

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How to remove Connect from Apple Music and replace it with a Playlists tab

How to remove Connect from Apple Music and replace it with a Playlists tab

Apple Music Connect is a social network for musicians to "connect" with their fans by sharing content and adding a comment when their fans respond. Connect isn't for everyone, and you can remove it from Apple Music if you do not want to use the social network. Once removed from Apple Music, the Connect tab is conveniently replaced by Playlists. 

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How to request a song on Beats 1 (Updated)

How to request a song on Beats 1 (Updated)

Certain shows on Apple's Beats 1 will accept requests from listeners. You can submit a request into one of three ways. 

First, pick up the phone. That's totally old school, but so is listening to the radio. Just point your browser to http://beats1radio.com/requests  to find a list of numbers for customers in 13 countries, including the US, Canada, France, Japan and Germany.

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Listen to Beats 1 on your Apple TV

Listen to Beats 1 on your Apple TV

Apple Music is live and ready. You can tune into Apple's 24 hour radio station, Beats 1, on your iOS device or Mac running iTunes 12.2. That's great, but some customers have their premium sound system connected to their home entertainment system, including the Apple TV. Fortunately, it's easy to listen to Beats 1 via Apple TV. 

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