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How to clean and care for your HomePod

HomePod Ring

Apple has released a support document for the cleaning and care of the HomePod. Some customers have been complaining that the smart speaker is leaving a white ring on some wood surfaces, such as oiled or waxed countertops. Apple notes in its document that "it is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. Apple suggests "wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth" to remove any rings.

How to use AirPlay 2 on your HomePod

AirPlay 2 Logo

Update: Apple has removed AirPlay 2 from the third iOS 11.3 and tvOS betas suggesting it will not be released until iOS 12.0.

AirPlay 2 is Apple's move into multi-room technology and the first big update to AirPlay which was originally introduced in iOS 4. With AirPlay 2 you can send audio from your iOS device or Apple TV to other AirPlay connected devices like a HomePod. To stream audio to your HomePod your iOS device needs to be running iOS 11.3 or later and it must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

How to find your artwork doppleganger with Google's Arts and Culture app

How to find your art twin with Google Arts & Culture on iPhone and iPad.

You may have noticed a recent uptick in the number of people on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites sharing pictures of themselves next to works of art that resemble them. This is because Google added a new feature to its Arts & Culture app that allows users to search Google's catalogue of art works based on their similarity to the user's selfie. Not everybody will find their doppelgänger but a lot of people, including celebrities, are having fun with it judging by its popularity on social media. So if you want to check yours out, here's how to do it on iPhone and iPad:

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How to get free movie tickets and more with AT&T's Thanks app

How to get free movie tickets, magazine subscriptions and other rewards from the AT&T Thanks app for iPhone and iPad.

AT&T customers now have access to a variety of entertainment, benefits and services via the provider's new Thanks app. All you have to do is download it to your iPhone or iPad and sign in with your normal AT&T login info. There are a number of offers including a free movie ticket every Tuesday through movietickets.com, free 12-month subscriptions through Readly, access to limited tickets for sporting and music events and more.

Here's how to get started with Thanks:

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How to set up Face ID on iPhone X

How to set up Face ID on iPhone X.

The iPhone X introduces some major design changes including, most notably, the absence of a physical Home button. While this can understandably take some time getting used to from an ergonomic perspective, the lack of a Home button also means no more Touch ID, which was an incredibly convenient security feature not just for unlocking your iPhone, but for accessing apps with sensitive data as well. For this reason and for even stronger security, Apple introduced a new biometric scan with the iPhone X - Face ID.

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