How to watch the NFL draft on Apple devices

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How to watch NFL draft 2017
Here's how to stream the NFL draft on all your Apple gear.
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By Chris Brantner, guest blogger

It may feel like forever until the beginning of football season, but the NFL draft is here to offer us all a brief glimpse into the excitement to come. The draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday, is an opportunity to dive into the NFL early and get an idea about the futures of certain teams.

You can keep up with all the picks whether you’re on your iPad, iPhone, Mac or Apple TV. There’s truly no reason to miss out!

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How to enable YouTube’s secret dark mode

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How to enable YouTube Dark Mode
YouTube's hidden Dark Mode is perfect for late-night video consumption.
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YouTube is testing a Dark Mode design, which can be toggled on and off once you activate it.

If you’re watching videos late at night, Dark Mode is super-useful to help avoid straining your eyes — plus, it just looks cool. Find out how to enable YouTube Dark Mode it in the video below.

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Overcast app now lets you send podcasts to Apple Watch

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Like podcasts? Like Apple Watch? Then this is the app for you!
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Superior iOS podcast app Overcast has issued a new 3.1 update, allowing users to send individual podcasts to their Apple Watch to listen to when they’re not in the immediate vicinity of their iPhone.

This is something that can’t be done with Apple’s official Podcasts app, even though users can send audio files from the iOS Music app.

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Nike unveils new Apple Watch with ‘bone and black’ band

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Say hello to the new Nike Apple Watch.
Say hello to the new Nike Apple Watch.
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Apple’s partnership with Nike has birthed a fresh new look for the Apple Watch Series 2 aimed at runners with a passion for style.

Nike unveiled its new twist on Apple’s iconic wearable today, dubbed the Apple Watch NikeLab. Nothing is new on the watch as far as hardware upgrades go, but the new “bone on black” band is so gorgeous fitness freaks will probably be lining up to get it on their wrists.

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How to shoot iPhone video like a pro

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iPhone video tips
Learn all you need to know to get the most out of your iPhone's camera.
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While iPhones have pretty much replaced standalone video cameras, they don’t offer the same level of polish that a dedicated video camera or DSLR produces. It’s true that “the best camera is the camera you have with you,” but you can almost always spot a video shot on a phone.

The quality gap isn’t purely due to the lenses and tech within our phones, though. Bad habits make plenty of iPhone videos look lackluster. To show just how good an iPhone video can be, I put all my filmmaking knowledge to use for the montage below.

Instead of using my $3,000 video camera, I picked up my iPhone. With a minimum of accessories, I managed to produce what I think is a pretty cinematic video. You can see the results below — and then I’ll give you some useful tips and tricks for shooting iPhone videos like a pro.

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How to watch the NBA playoffs on Apple devices

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How to watch NBA playoffs 2017
Ready to catch some hoops?
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By Chris Brantner, guest blogger

The NBA playoffs are upon us again! At this point, it could be anyone’s championship, which makes watching all the more interesting. Who will rise to compete in the final games, and who looks likely to fall?

If you plan to watch the NBA playoffs on your Apple device, you’re in luck. Whether you’re using your Mac or your iPhone, there are several options for both cable users and cord cutters.

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How to watch the NHL playoffs on any Apple device

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How to watch NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017
Ready to watch the NHL playoffs 2017? Here's how.
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By Chris Brantner, guest blogger

Catching every game of the NHL playoffs can seem slightly complicated — especially for cord cutters. Coverage is shared across multiple networks, including NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC and NHL Network.

If you’re reading this article, odds are you’re in the Apple ecosystem and you’re wondering how to watch the Stanley Cup games online. Luckily, plenty of options for watching the NHL playoffs exist, many of which work great on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and Mac.

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How to make your videos more amazing with Clips

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Clips will make your lame videos look super-mega LIT!
Clips will make your lame videos look super-mega LIT!
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Apple’s new Clips app wants to be your go-to for making short, fun videos geared for social networks. Clips is the perfect tool for the social media generation, allowing users to bust out engaging videos in seconds.

While the user interface is pretty simple, Clips packs a bevy of tools that help put a unique spin on your shots. Getting the hang of all the features can take a while, so we’ve rounded up some pointers on how to make the most of the new app.

Follow these Clips tips to make your videos pop.

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Dramatically improve iOS dictation using Google’s Gboard

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Gboard dictation makes iOS even better.
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Google’s Gboard has been a great alternative iOS keyboard since its launch, and the latest update makes it even better. Now you can use it to dictate your messages, which will save you a load of time once you get in the habit.

In my opinion, Google has Siri licked when it comes to voice recognition, so there’s never been a better time to give Gboard a try. Here’s how to get started.

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