The so called "streaming wars" between Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and a handful of lesser players ramped up last month when Apple joined the fray with its own streaming service, Apple TV+. Now a new behemoth, Disney+ has made its debut. Featuring a full library of Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar content for starters, this service looks promising, and it launches with a free one week trial period. Here's how to start your Disney+ trial period so you can check out new original content like the new Star Wars series The Mandalorian:
Another holiday shopping season is upon us but that doesn't mean you need to go broke buying the latest iPhone accessories. Not everyone is an audiophile and needs a $200 on a Bluetooth speaker to listen to music while in the shower. Whether you're looking for a way to blast the latest tunes, or listen to podcasts while you cook, there are a lot of decent speakers available for around $100 or less. Here are a few affordable options that will make you the hero of the holidays, and save you some extra money so you can buy something nice for yourself.
Apple's Screen Time feature launched with iOS 12 as a tool to help track and limit time spent on specific apps or app genres, basically offering a way to help parents deal with excessive smartphone use by their children (and themselves). Catalina, the latest version of macOS now offers Screen Time as well, letting you track total time spent on an app whether it is on your Mac, iPhone or iPad. Your iPhone and Mac will both be set to share Screen Time data with your other devices, but you can turn that off if you want.
Live Photos capture 1.5 seconds of video before and after your shot, giving your photos an extra dimension of life as compared to a still. While you can trim and edit Live Photos and add effects like Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure and even convert them GIFs (with third-party apps), there hasn't been a way to convert them to regular videos, until now.