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Any Apple product, service or news is deemed important if it’s preceded by the ‘one more thing’ tagline that the late Steve Jobs used to announce that defined historic moments for Apple in the past. The current boss of Apple Inc, Timothy Cook has used it well to introduce the Apple Watch and the Apple Music in early June 2023.

What’s in Apple Music? And How to Use it?

The Apple Music app bears its logo from the early generations of the company when they were just making iPods. Its interface is divided into five main tabs built into the app where-in the first tab is for “You”. This is the section where you will have to give your preference of what you would like to listen from tons of options such as Bollywood, Pop, Rock, Metal, Dance and many more. On selecting your favorites, the app will intelligently search for music that you prefer and build a virtual apple library where you can stream the music and videos on the go. (Below are the  screenshots)

Once you are set up, you will see another tab called “New”. This option includes the trending tracks and videos based on your preference. The option also includes new music, top songs, recent releases, recommended videos and essential that are all knitted and brought under one hood just for you.

If you have heard of or remember BBC Radio1, you will not take a moment to understand the third tab which Apple has named “Beats 1”. You guessed it right, Beats 1 is a 24×7 radio station with DJs from New York, Los Angeles and London. The Beats 1 is hosted by former BBC Radio1 presenter Zane Lowe. Apart from playing the latest and greatest music on demand, there are guest RJs, interviews and hordes of contests. Those of you who have listened to BBC Radio may not find a great difference in Apple’s Beats 1 Radio unless there are massive improvements made by Apple in due course of time. In the meantime enjoy the favorite tracks on the move that you may not get to listen live unless you download them.

Creating Playlist in Apple Music

Creating playlist in the new Apple Music app is quite simple, though not easily traceable. This is how you can create a playlist:

You need to be on the latest software (8.4) released by Apple to load the Apple Music

Launch the app and select the last tab “My Music”

Select the “New” option and you will be redirected to a new window

You can Name your playlist in the “Title” along with the description

Then you can add your favorite songs in the new playlist and you are all set

The following screenshots would guide you on how you can create a new playlist:

PS: After you are done creating the playlist, you can then save it. You can even share it by tapping on the share button. Any changes that you make in the future will result in the playlist updating across all iOS devices.

How to save tacks / playlists for Offline listening

Did you know that Apple Music allows you to listen to your favorite tracks even offline so that you do not have to burn your data all the time when you are not on Wi-Fi? Here’s how you can do it:

One you have launched the Apple Music app, simply navigate to the song / album or the playlist that you desire to download to your iPhone for offline listening.

Tab on the truncation (the three dots next to the selected track) to the right of the title.

You will get a menu popping up from the bottom of the screen with various option. Select “Make Available Offline” option

This action will download the music and save it in your iPhone

If you are on Wi-Fi network, your iPhone could automatically download the tracks and you can listen to them when-ever you desire

The tracks and playlists that you download would show up across all your devices loaded with Apple Music

Better Use of Siri

So, you can now say: “Hey Siri, play me top charted songs from the playlist of Calvin Harris” and there you go.

Associated Costs

Apple Music and the Competition


Apple Music is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later, iTunes 12.2 or later (OS X Mavericks or later; Windows 7 or later), and Apple Watch. It will also release for Android devices and Apple TV in late 2023.

End Note

Folks, who are impressed and satisfied with the services of Apple Music would definitely shift their preference to Apple. I’m using Apple Music from the hour it was launched on June 30 and I’m using it thoroughly since 5 days and I should say that I’m pretty impressed with the content and the choice of tracks and videos. But your preference may not be same as mine. I would suggest all music enthusiasts to get excited about Apple Music and if you really like it then go for the subscriptions. However you would also have option to unsubscribe when-ever you want to.

Happy Listening!

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Apple Homekit: Everything You Need To Know

Apple HomeKit guide

Related: The smart home privacy policies of Amazon, Apple, and Google

How does Apple HomeKit work?


We’ll go into this more in later sections, but the gist is that once you’ve created a “home” location in the Apple Home app, you pair accessories with the app using an iPhone or iPad. Each accessory appears as a tile with its name and the most important status details. With some tiles, you can tap on button for a quick toggle, or on the rest of the tile for more options. Accessories can be linked together via rooms, scenes, and automations.

Apple HomeKit setup

More: How to reset Apple HomeKit

Controlling accessories

Turn the lights on/off.

What’s the temperature in [room name]?

Turn the [room name] lights on/off.

Set the lights to [percentage].

Lock/unlock the [room name] door.

Turn the [smart plug name] on/off.

Set the temperature to [degrees].

Is the [room name] door locked?

Creating scenes

Here’s how to create a scene in HomeKit:

Tap the plus icon in the Home tab, then Add Scene.

Choose one of Apple’s presets, or else Custom.

Pick a scene name. Make this descriptive yet simple, because you may want to trigger it with Siri, for example by saying, “Hey Siri, Good Morning.”

Tap the Add Accessories button, then on any hardware you’d like to include. Hit Done when you’re finished.

Back at the New Scene panel, tap on accessories to choose what state they’ll enter once the scene is triggered. For example, a light bulb could be set to both turn purple and lower brightness to 50%.

Toggle Add to Home View if you want it to appear on the Home tab’s dashboard. Select Done when the scene is ready to go.

You can trigger any scene via Siri, automations, or tapping its name in the Home app. If it’s not in the Home tab, you’ll have to select the right room(s) to find it.

Building automations

To get started on an automation:

Tap the plus icon, then Add Automation.

Choose an Event that will trigger the automation. This can include household members coming or going, a time of day, an accessory being controlled, or a sensor detecting something. Time-based automations can be linked to sunrise or sunset offsets, and some Events can be given additional People conditions based on whether one or more home members are present (or absent).

Choose all the scenes and accessories you want to include in the automation, then tap Next.

Tap on accessory tiles (if any) to configure how they’ll respond when the automation runs.

If you want an automation to run for a limited time, select Turn Off to select when accessories will shut down. The default is “Never,” but you can select runtimes between one minute and four hours.

In the blank field at the top, type in a name if you don’t want to use the one Apple created for you.

If everything looks okay, hit Done.

You can see which automations you have active via the Home app’s Automation tab. Pick one there to see its details, tweak settings, and toggle it on or off.

Setting up a Home Hub

The best Apple HomeKit devices

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance


Although it’s a little pricey, Philips Hue remains the gold standard in smart home lighting. You can find Hue lights in every conceivable form factor, from standard A19 bulbs to lightstrips and HDMI sync boxes. Their best feature may be the Hue Smart Hub (a.k.a. Hue Bridge), which connects up to 50 lights and lifts some of the burden from your Wi-Fi network.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium


The Smart Thermostat Premium is the top HomeKit-compatible thermostat on the market. Not only does it have an easy touchscreen interface and full integration into HomeKit controls and automations, it operates as its own smart speaker, either for Siri or Alexa. If you choose Siri, you’ll need a HomePod set up as a Home Hub — even an iPad or Apple TV won’t work.

The product comes bundled with an external sensor you can use to extend its temperature and occupancy detection to another room. That might seem excessive, but an Ecobee can quickly pay for itself by making heating and cooling more cost-efficient.

Upgrades to the Premium over prior Ecobee models include a metallic frame, a 50 percent larger display, an overhauled interface, and improved internal sensors. This includes radar for better occupancy detection, and an air quality sensor that monitors CO2 and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). If you don’t care about speaker or air quality functions, or having an external sensor, the Smart Thermostat Enhanced is cheaper while retaining all of the Premium’s other features.

Arlo Essential Video Doorbell


The Essential comes in both wired and wireless versions. Its top feature is a 180-degree field of view in all directions, making it possible to see both visitors and packages clearly. Other perks include a built-in siren, and pre-recorded messages in case you don’t want to speak.

You’ll have to pony up for an Arlo Secure plan, however, if you want features like cloud recording, activity zones, or object recognition. Specifically Secure enables person, vehicle, animal, and package detection, which cuts down on false alerts.

Read more: The best HomeKit accessories for your smart home

Everything You Need To Know About Tihmstar’s Ios 9.1

First things first: do not rush off and install this untether on your devices. It could easily boot loop them. This isn’t a general warning to be ignored; the tool does not support most devices yet, and I will not be held responsible for any damage done by it.

Having said that, let’s have a gander at this new release, the first jailbreak untether that we’ve seen in quite some time.

It’s an untether package, available from tihmstar’s repo on Cydia, which will eventually be able to turn devices jailbroken with the Home Depot jailbreak from semi-untethered to fully untethered.

What does it support?

Currently it only supports iPhone4,1 (that’s the iPhone 4s) on iOS 9.3.4. The device must be jailbroken already with Home Depot.

No other devices or firmwares are supported at present.

In theory, it should eventually support all 32-bit devices all the way from iOS 9.1-9.3.4, provided they are jailbroken with Home Depot.

How do I use it?

For now, do not use it unless you have an iPhone 4s on iOS 9.3.4, or unless you have enough expertise to modify it for your device. If you do, simply add the following repo in Cydia:

And then install the package entitled UntetherHomeDepot.

How does it work?

It piggybacks off the semi-untethered Home Depot jailbreak, and adds an untether package to it. The untether itself is based on the Pegasus vulnerabilities. Although the Pegasus bugs are well documented, the details of tihmstar’s use of them in the untether are not currently available as he has not open sourced the untether code yet. It remains to be seen whether he will do so at a later date.

Is it stable?

The tool is currently at version 1.2.0, which fixes an issue on devices with a passcode set. Version 1.1.0 rectified a major stability issue with the initial release in which the device going to sleep would make it inoperable. Although these bugs have been fixed, the tool is still not necessarily stable. Unless you have a supported device and/or technical knowledge, exercise caution. An additional known bug is the OpenSSH daemon failing to start. The release tweet gives you some idea of the reliability of the tool at present:

Can I help out?

If you have enough knowledge of the topic to find offsets for other devices and firmwares, to write a script to automatically find them, or even to troubleshoot the untether itself, then go for it! Check out tihmstar’s Twitter for information on how to find offsets, as well as what kinds of help are needed. Tihmstar has appealed to the community to come together to finish off the untether, in the interest of creating a sense of camaraderie and lightening his workload. Once all offsets are found he plans to incorporate them into the untether package for a final release.

You can see a video of the untether in action below:

Although some of our readers will no doubt say that 32-bit devices are no longer of interest to them, many will be glad to see the string of powerful tools which have recently cropped up for legacy devices. From dual-booting utilities and downgrade tools to an iOS 9.3.5 jailbreak and now this untether, it seems there’s some life in the old girl yet.

Once stability and device support comes to this package another big hole will have been filled in the iOS untethered jailbreak record, which used to cover every device and firmware, but which has recently become more hit-and-miss. It’s also no bad thing to see a developer releasing tools of this kind, showing their growing understanding of the complex and specific materials necessary to create further jailbreaks in the future.

Everything You Need To Know About Wearable Health Tracking

How Is It Being Used?

Wearable technology is in a semi-nascent stage. People are still finding new uses for such devices, but for the most part, health tracking has proven to be very promising. For consumers, this means that doctors are able to have a complete picture of their patients’ health.

Sensors can also be used in private businesses, allowing them to understand when employees begin feeling overwhelmed or stressed and lets them take this into consideration when making decisions on what roles employees are ready to play. Sports teams can use sensor input to determine when players are feeling too tired to continue playing and bench them.

Implications in Big Data

Wearable sensors not only give us an idea of our own bill of health, but also play a major role in a much bigger spectrum (hence the use of the term “Big Data”). With wearable technology in the workplace, we can better understand what conditions employees need to be more creative by measuring spikes in gamma brain waves that occur just before that big “aha!” moment. By making large-scale studies, compiling data from multiple workplaces, we can understand what makes people tick and provide environments that promote productivity and creativity harmoniously. Life for employees can improve, while businesses can become more competitive. It’s a complete win-win for everyone!

Things to Watch Out for

Of course, whenever there’s a new technology, pitfalls come along to ruin the party for us. By storing more data about employees and consumers, we potentially expose them to data breaches that can have very negative implications to their own personal privacy. Security will have to be the number-one priority as adoption moves forward. Remember, online credit card payments have been happening every day for years, but we still see breaches happening on massive scales. We still do not understand completely how much more a security breach will negatively affect employees and consumers whose health data we are recording, but we should definitely work on making sure that the benefits of the technology outweigh its risks.

What’s in the Future?

Wearables, as far as health is concerned, show a lot of promise for doing some good in this world. But wearables can have many more implications in our lives. I’ve already explained in an earlier piece how the HoloLens from Microsoft can improve the way we work with the added benefit of being addictively entertaining. The ability to make sensors, wear them, and then use those wearables for our convenience and benefit will provide a significant boost to almost every industry. Should the technology overcome all of the things that may hold it back in the future, we should be seeing these devices making a strong presence in our lives by the year 2023.

Miguel Leiva-Gomez

Miguel has been a business growth and technology expert for more than a decade and has written software for even longer. From his little castle in Romania, he presents cold and analytical perspectives to things that affect the tech world.

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What You Need To Know About Apple Icloud

Have you ever wanted to know exactly what everyone means every time someone says “iCloud”? Simply defined, iCloud is the name for all of the services Apple delivers through the cloud. That includes iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and all the information saved from your iOS device. iCloud provides all iPhone users a way to back up their iPhone and iPad in case it needs to be restored at any future point. So how does it all work?

What Is iCloud?

iCloud is the umbrella name Apple has given to its entire range of cloud-based services. It is also the place where all of your Apple information is stored online. Your data can be accessed on any Apple device, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac and even Windows computers. You can also visit chúng tôi log in and find a web-based resource for a good chunk of your iCloud data.

What Can iCloud Do?

Think about all of the people in your Contacts app. With iCloud, all of your contacts will sync automatically across your iOS and macOS devices. You only need to maintain one list of contacts, and if you delete or add a name, it syncs with the rest of your iOS devices. The same goes for your Calendar app. All of your events, birthdays, and holidays will sync across all of your Apple devices. This is also the case for Notes, Reminders, iWork and more. Even your iMessages are backed up to iCloud and can sync to all of your devices.

iCloud Drive, on the other hand, is something akin to Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. You can create folders, and drag and drop stuff into your iCloud Drive from elsewhere on your Mac. If you are familiar with any other cloud storage service, iCloud works in the exact same way. Like all those other services, changes you make in iCloud Drive are synced across all of your macOS and iOS devices. The “Files” app is your central hub for iCloud Drive and comes pre-installed on all iOS devices.

What Does iCloud Cost?

The good news is that Apple provides all of its customers with 5GB of free storage. That can be used for iCloud backup for your device, iMessages, photos, and iCloud Drive. While 5GB of storage can work for a number of iPhone customers, there is a strong chance you will need more. Purchasing more storage means you have more room to back up all of your apps, data, files, pictures and more. So what does iCloud cost if you need more storage?

For $0.99 a month, you will receive 50GB of storage.

For $2.99 a month, you receive 200GB of storage.

For $9.99 a month, you get 2TB of storage.

For the most part, those rates are extremely competitive. For its part, Google Drive offers 15GB free with plans starting at $1.99 a month for 100GB, $2.99 a month for 200GB and so on. Dropbox matches iCloud with 2TB of storage at $9.99 per month while their free plan offers a meager 2GB of storage. With these examples, it’s easy to see iCloud as very competitive in the space.

Enabling iCloud Drive

The easiest way to set up iCloud Drive is during the initial setup of any new iOS or Mac device. Halfway through the setup process, iOS will ask if you want to use iCloud. If yes, it will then walk you through the steps. If you choose not to activate during setup, you can enable it later on through each device’s settings. Here is how to do that across any iCloud-enabled platform.

iOS or iPadOS

2. Tap iCloud and turn it on.

3. You can also see everything taking up your existing iCloud storage on this screen. Apps, photos, mail, contacts, iOS backups, etc.


2. Select iCloud and sign in with your Apple ID if you have not already done so.

3. Enable iCloud Drive and then select what you want to sync.


1. Download iCloud for Windows or download directly from the Microsoft Store.

3. Log in with your Apple ID.

1. Sign in to chúng tôi with your Apple ID.

2. You will see all of your folders from iCloud Drive as well as Notes, Reminders, Mail, Contacts and much more.

3. Most of these web apps offer similar. if not the same, functionality as their native app counterparts.

iCloud Family Sharing

Like other cloud services, Apple and iCloud also allow for Family Sharing. Not only does this allow you to share App Stores and an Apple Music subscription, but also available iCloud Drive storage. As a privacy-driven company, Apple also makes it a point to say that even as a family plan, all photos and documents are private and hidden from each family member.

2. At this screen, you have the option to add up to six people from your household. It’s worth noting that the main organizer can add family members. In that case, the “primary” user should be whoever is being charged for the iCloud Drive account.

3. Inside this screen, you can also turn on Purchase Sharing, iCloud Storage, Apple Arcade, Apple News+ accounts, Location Sharing and more.

Since its inception, iCloud has become an invaluable part of the iOS and macOS experience. Even if you are an Android user, you still can access iCloud from your handset or log into iCloud from other devices. Do you use iCloud with your iOS device(s)?

David Joz

David is a freelance tech writer with over 15 years of experience in the tech industry. He loves all things Nintendo.

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Excel Slicers – Everything You Need To Know

Excel Slicers are a professional way to enable users to easily and intuitively interact with your reports, filtering data in PivotTables, Pivot Charts, Excel Tables and CUBE functions. They’re available in Excel 2010 onwards for PivotTables, and for Excel Tables from Excel 2013. In this comprehensive tutorial I cover EVERYTHING you need to know about Excel Slicers.

Table of Contents

1. What are Excel Slicers? 2. Inserting Slicers 3. Using Slicers 4. Formatting Slicers 5. Custom Slicer Styles 6. Copy and Modify Slicers 7. Connect Slicers to Multiple PivotTables 8. PivotTables not Listed in Report Connections

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What are Excel Slicers?

Now I know you can already filter using the PivotTable or Excel Table filter tools, but Slicers are better for two reasons:

They can control the filtering of multiple PivotTables/Charts (but only one Table)

They look professional and are more intuitive to use

Have a go yourself using the interactive workbook below.

Warning: don’t go silly and choose too many areas though, or the PivotChart might implode….. what am I thinking? That’s like a red rag to a bull, of course you’re going to try it now that I mention it but at least I warned you!

Data used in chart above is from Greater London Authority (Microsoft Azure Marketplace).

Pretty cool, eh? I’m sure you’re now itching to get started with your own Slicers, so here’s how:

Inserting Excel Slicers

Using Excel Slicers

Slicers are intuitive to use, and they allow us to easily filter one or multiple items:

The Slicer displays the selected items in a different colour giving a visual indicator to the user:

Formatting Slicers

One of the gripes I had with Slicers in the early days was that they were a bit chunky. Since then, I’ve found some of the formatting tricks hidden deep down in the menus that allow you to make them a more manageable size.

I’ll take you through the obvious ones first and then I’ll show you the secret ones 😉

Excel Slicer Settings

Change the Slicer name

Turn the Slicer header off/on, or give it a different caption

Choose how to sort the Slicer

Choose how the Slicer should handle items with no data. Note: in Excel 2010 you don’t have the option to ‘Hide items with no data’.

Excel Slicer Styles

In the Slicer Styles group we can choose the colour and style, or create a new style (note: the colour options will be based on the Theme/Colors you have selected for the workbook in the Page Layout tab of the ribbon, mine is ‘Paper’):

Arrange Slicers

The Arrange group of tools allow you to quickly align your Slicers or move them behind or in front of other objects like charts, shapes, images etc.:

Buttons and Size

I generally find anything smaller than 0.5cm for the button height is as small as you can go.

If the overall height of your Slicer is too small to display all of the values a scroll bar will be inserted:

Custom Excel Slicer Styles

This will open the ‘New Slicer Style’ dialog box where you can format each of the 10 Slicer elements exactly as you want:

You can even check the ‘Set as default slicer style for this document’ box and use it over and over again, but wait right there because I have a quicker way.

Copy and Modify Excel Slicers

This will open the Modify Slicer Style dialog box:

Then go to the Border tab and remove the border:

Note: While removing the border serves to make the Slicer appear smaller it is actually still the same size. However, now you can squeeze it into a smaller space by placing the edges of the Slicer underneath other objects, like charts, without it being noticeable.

Ok, now that your Slicer is more compact, you’ll be able to squeeze it into your report.

If you want more customisation, check out this dedicated tutorial on Excel Slicer formatting for further tips on how to tweak them to your liking.

Connecting Excel Slicers to Multiple PivotTables/Charts

Once you’ve inserted your Slicer you can go about choosing which PivotTables/Charts you want it to control.

PivotTable not Listed in Slicer Report Connections Area

An Excel Slicer can only control PivotTables which share the same Pivot Cache. Typically, PivotTables which reference the same data source share a Pivot Cache, but not always. If the PivotTables you want to connect to don’t appear in the list, then you’ll know the cause is separate Pivot Caches

The easiest way to fix PivotTables that aren’t appearing in the Slicer Report Connections area is to copy one of the PivotTables that is in the list, and modify it to replicate the missing PivotTable. This way you’ll ensure the PivotTable is sharing the same Pivot Cache.

Note: If you copy a PivotTable that is already connected to one or more Slicers, the copied PivotTable will also be connected to those Slicers, so you may need to edit the Slicer Report Connections.

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