Twitter rolls out night mode in its iOS app

Now it’s easier for iPhone users to tweet past their bedtimes.

On Monday, Twitter added a night mode feature to its iOS app. When night mode is activated, the Twitter interface changes to darker hues so that Tweets are easier to read in low light, when you don’t want to be squinting at a bright white screen. The feature was originally introduced in Twitter’s Android app back in July.

72% off Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Deal Alert

The Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Next Generation Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker currently averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 8,300 people on Amazon (read reviews).  It's regular list price is $99.99, but with the current 72% discount you can get it for just $27.99. The OontZ Angle 3 connects effortlessly to your device via bluetooth. It is designed to be loud and clear, with rich bass delivered through their proprietary passive subwoofer design. IPX5 water resistance makes the unit splashproof, rainproof, dustproof, and sandproof. A good consideration for the beach, poolside, in the outdoor shower, car, boat or golf cart. At only 9 ounces and just 5 inches long, it's very light and easy to fit in a backpack. Its high capacity rechargeable 2200 mAh battery lasts for up to 7 hours of playtime.  Check out the dramatically discounted OontZ Angle 3 from Cambridge Continue reading "72% off Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Deal Alert"

What to do if the Characters palette won’t appear in Safari

In some recent troubleshooting, I tried to get the Characters palette to appear by selecting the Input menu’s Emoji & Symbols item. This worked in every app except Safari: switching from, say, the Finder to Safari hid the palette. Choose Hide and Show from the Input menu didn’t fix it. Something was corrupted.

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Sometimes, this bad boy won’t show up.

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StepsApp review: A gorgeous way to visualize Apple Health data

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This ain’t no Apple Health dashboard. StepsApp provides a more beautiful way to view your step count activity for the last week.

The iPhone, Apple Watch, and HealthKit have been an amazing combination over the last year or so, helping me shed nearly 40 pounds by counting calories and encouraging frequent activity. But the built-in Health app lacks Apple’s usual visual flair, so I’ve been searching for a more attractive way to view my progress.

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The best educational apps and games to jumpstart the school year

Learning is fun!
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Parents everywhere grapple with the question of how much “screen time” to allow for their children—and part of the challenge to this question stems from how many apps and games are mindless diversions.

So to help you out, we’ve pulled together a group of higher-quality choices that are both educational and fun. Any guilt you have about screen time will be vastly diminished when your kid is learning about the solar system, practicing multiplication, or using logic to solve a puzzle. Check out some of our top choices for making learning something that can happen anytime.

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macOS Sierra dev beta 7/Public Beta 6 now available

Just when you were getting comfortable with last week’s beta release of macOS Sierra, it’s time to back up your data and get ready for another version. Apple on Monday released macOS Sierra developer beta 7, which is also known as Public Beta 6 to the general public. If you are participating in Apple’s Sierra beta, you can get the latest versiopn through the App Store, under Updates. Developers can also get the beta through Apple’s Developer Center.

Apple doesn’t include any details on what’s included in the new version. The notes say only that the “update is recommended for all users.” The download is 2.14GB.

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Apple’s Gliimpse acquisition will help you access and share your medical records

Do you know if you’ve had your tetanus shot? There’s a record of it somewhere... it’s just not very easy for you to have access to it, unless you keep an organized file with all of your medical documents. Apple is apparently hoping to make that process a lot easier, while keeping your personal health data secure.

Earlier this year, Apple acquired Gliimpse, a startup with a platform for securely collecting, managing, and sharing private health records. According to Fast Company, this was the first acquisition made by Apple’s digital health team.

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