How to translate text in images using Live Text in iOS 15

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Translate text in photos in iOS 15
Translate almost anything in an instant.
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Live Text in iOS and iPadOS 15 is a terrific new feature that makes the text in your photos interactive. You can use it to copy and paste quotes, call phone numbers, find addresses and more.

Here’s how to use Live Text on your iPhone or iPad to translate signs, posters, and other things written in a foreign language.

How to quickly and easily fix common Apple Pencil problems

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There's almost always an easy fix.
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Just like any other electronic gadget, Apple Pencil can sometimes experience issues that prevent it from working as intended. The good news is that it’s quick and easy to fix almost any Apple Pencil problem.

Try these simple tricks to eliminate connectivity issues, stuttering and more when your Apple Pencil starts acting up.

Last chance: Save 15% on sweet Elago accessories for iPhone, Apple Watch

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Save on Elago's new Apple Pencil cover
Get the new Apple Pencil cover for just $11.04.
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Elago’s awesome accessories for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods are now available at 15% off through the Cult of Mac Store.

You can save on brilliant retro charging stands inspired by iconic devices like the original Macintosh and Game Boy, Apple Watch bands, iPhone cases, AirPods bumpers, and lots more. There’s also 15% off Elago’s new Apple Pencil cover.

This discount ends at 11:59 p.m. PST Sunday, January 9, so enjoy it while you can.

How to turn on COVID-19 exposure notifications on iPhone [Updated]

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Manage COVID-19 exposure notifications on iPhone
There's no good reason not to have exposure notifications enabled.
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With the omicron variant fueling lightning-fast spread of COVID-19, it’s a good time for iPhone owners to take advantage of the exposure notifications feature built into iOS. By simply enabling this feature, you will get an alert after being exposed to someone who tests positive for the virus — as long as they also have contact notifications turned on, and they report their test results.

For obvious reasons, this automatic version of contact tracing works more effectively if more people utilize it. If you discover that you’ve been in close contact with an infected person, you can take appropriate steps (getting tested, staying away from vulnerable people, etc.)

We’ll show you how to take control of COVID-19 exposure notifications on your device.

Protective case pairs 2021 Siri Remote with an AirTag so you can’t lose it

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Pair your Siri Remote with an AirTag
Before your Siri Remote goes missing, make sure you can track it.
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Forever losing your new Siri Remote for Apple TV? You should probably do something about that — like wrapping yours in this protective silicone case from Elago that also has room for an AirTag.

Priced at under $15, the R5 case keeps your sleek and slender remote in tip-top condition, and allows it to be easily tracked when it goes missing. It also makes your remote more comfortable to hold onto.

Bag yours today from the Cult of Mac Store.

Two years on: The very best of Apple TV+

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Apple TV+ offers up some real gems.
Apple TV+ offers up some real gems.
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When Apple TV+ launched on November 1, 2019, Cupertino had its sights set on creating a serious Netflix rival. Two year on, it may not have conquered the world like fellow streaming newcomer Disney+ did. But Apple TV+ continues to deliver a stream of top-notch shows — and some must-see movies.

With dozens of series and more than 20 feature films, where should you start? Here’s our guide to the best shows and movies on Apple TV+, in no particular order.

Direction without directions, Magic Eraser for iPhone and more [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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With roughly 2 millions apps available in the App Store, sometimes all you need is something to tell you what’s good.
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From an easier way to meet up with a friend, to betting on a fight night, to cleaning up a photo, this week’s awesome apps are, well, awesome. We have a great app for dabbling in fantasy sports, a clever and simplified alternative to using GPS, and a way to bring the power of the Pixel 6 to the iPhone.

Wood MagSafe Charger is prettier, more affordable than Apple’s [Review]

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Limited77 Wood MagSafe Charger for iPhone
It's just as practical, but much more interesting.
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MagSafe is a huge step forward in wireless charging for iPhone. But Apple’s own MagSafe Charger is somewhat boring and pretty overpriced. The Wood Charger from Limited77 is a great alternative.

It works just like a MagSafe Charger, magnetically attaching itself to the back of iPhone 12, and it charges just as quickly. It’s also much more affordable. Want to know more? Here’s our full review.