Use these smart Apple Music playlists to find old forgotten favorites


record player smart playlists
The good old days etc.
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Apple Music is great, but sometimes swiping and tapping around on your iPhone to find the right track is the opposite of great. That’s where Smart Playlists come in. These playlists automatically update themselves, based on criteria you choose, so you can quickly listen to, say, all the songs you have Loved, or everything you’ve added recently.

Let’s take a look at some of the best Smart Playlists for Apple Music on your iPhone.

Steve Jobs job application hits auction block for $50,000


Steve Jobs
Jobs during the early days of Apple.
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Steve Jobs probably never had to fill out a job application after founding Apple Computer Inc., but if you want proof that he was once some regular Joe, one of his last job applications is up for auction.

A signed copy of Steve’s job application is expected to fetch as much as $50,000 at an auction next month. The document is a single 8.5 x 11-inch paper questionnaire filled out in Steve’s own handwriting.

Take a look at the full document:

How to fix your AirPods after iOS 11.2.6 broke them


Fixing your AirPods is easy.
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The latest iOS version 11.2.6 is making some users’ AirPods stream in mono, instead of stereo. That is, the same audio channel is coming out of both AirPods. If you only ever listen to podcasts, you may not have noticed this as most podcasts are recorded in mono, but if you listen to music it might be driving you nuts.

The update may also be screwing with the AirPods’ tap controls.

Either way, the fix is easy.

This compact 2-in-1 battery pack recharges your Apple Watch and iPhone [Review]


Zens' Powerbank charges an iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously.
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When traveling, if you forget your charger, you’re often hosed. Especially for the Apple Watch. That’s why I keep a Zens Powerbank battery pack in my bag. The Powerbank features a built-in charger for the Apple Watch, plus a USB port for plugging an iPhone or iPad.

It’s light and easy to carry around, yet has enough juice for recharging an Apple Watch almost 12 times. Best yet, the Zens Powerbank battery pack is available now in Cult of Mac’s Watch Store. 

Customer service on Twitter just got a big upgrade


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Businesses can deliver better support on Twitter.
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Twitter has made new tweaks that make it easier for businesses to provide customer service through direct message.

Its more relaxed rules mean that businesses can more freely reply to customers who need support without having to worry about reaching a direct message limit. Spam accounts will still find it difficult to bombard users with junk, however.

Instantly upgrade your MacBook’s lonely USB-C port [Deals]


Reclaim your favorite devices by adding two USB 3.0 connections, HDMI, and more to your MacBook.
Reclaim your favorite devices by adding two USB 3.0 connections, HDMI, and more to your MacBook.
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The new MacBooks are fantastically powerful and versatile machines. Except for that one thing. You know, literally, that single USB-C port. It’s a serious drag for anybody who still use external devices with any other kind of connection.

How to find out if hackers leaked your passwords


Has your password leaked online?
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Longtime favorite password manager 1Password just teamed up with Pwned Passwords, a new service that helps you find out if your passwords have been leaked online. The database boasts more than 500 million passwords collected from various breaches.

Here’s how to use it.

Apple repair centers are accidentally calling 911 dozens of times a day


Apple Watch Emergency SOS
Emergency SOS isn’t always useful.
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Emergency responders in Elk Grove and Sacramento Country have received over 1,600 accidental 911 calls from Apple repair facilities in the past four months.

The calls waste valuable time and resources and potentially slow down the response to genuine emergencies. The problem seems to have been introduced by iOS 11, which added an Emergency SOS shortcut to iPhone and Apple Watch.