Quick Tip: Stop Mac Spaces rearranging themselves

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Dealing with Spaces' default behaviour feels like trying to battle a street magician.
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If you use Spaces on your Mac, then there may be one “feature” that annoys the hell out of you. Do you keep nicely-arranged workspaces for specific tasks? Do you like to always have your text editor in the middle Space, and your slacking off apps (Twitter, Slack) out in the very last space of all?

That’s neat, but macOS can drive you crazy by forever rearranging your Spaces, so that your Twitter and Tumblrs end up where your work Space should be. Fortunately, it’s a one-click fix.

Why Apple’s HomePod is poised to bomb

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Will the HomePod be DOA?
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HomePod, the first new Apple product of 2018, is about to arrive. And as a huge Apple fanboy, I couldn’t care less.

Apple’s been hyping its smart speaker ever since unveiling the device last June at the Worldwide Developers Conference. And yet HomePod has failed to really excite fans (except through leaks that gave us early details about the iPhone X). Apple bills HomePod as a powerful speaker that packs Siri to take your listening experience to an all-new level. But with its Feb. 9 release just weeks away, HomePod is looking more like Apple’s next big bomb.

Juuk releases five new Vitero Apple Watch bands for preorder [Watch Store]

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The extremely popular Ruby Grey Vitero sold out immediately upon release last month. It's back for preorder to ship the first week of February.
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Update: Juuk’s added four new Vitero Apple Watch bands now available for pre-order, which will ship the first week of February. The new finishes available for preorder are: Vitero Cosmic Grey, Vitero Granite, Vitero Ruby Silver, Vitero Silver and Vitero Ruby Grey. Many of the original Vitero finishes are sold out until June: Vitero Fire, Vitero Cerulean, Vitero Ruby Grey, Vitero Citron, Vitero Sapphire and Vitero Crimson. 

Best List: Juuk Design aluminum Vitero Apple Watch band

Our friends at Juuk have done it again! The Hong Kong-based company has created a totally unique, aluminum Apple Watch band with an aggressive design inspired by motor racing.

Juuk’s Vitero band looks, feels and performs like no other Apple Watch band on the market — or any watch band for that matter. When these bands debuted a few months ago, they sold out quickly and a new batch won’t be back from production until June.

Until then, Juuk’s satiated customers with five brand-new finishes available now for preorder to ship the first week of February — Vitero Cosmic Grey, Vitero Granite, Vitero Ruby Silver, Vitero Silver and Vitero Ruby GreyThese will sell out, so reserve yours today! 

Emergency Bypass lets selected contacts punch through Do Not Disturb

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Now you can finally relax and take that siesta, without missing texts from your loved ones.
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The iPhone’s Do Not Disturb feature really is great. It silences your phone on a daily schedule, so you never need to worry about being woken up by a Facebook alert, or some other useless beep. But maybe you want to be disturbed by certain people. Maybe your teenage kids are out late, or your better half is away on a trip. Is there a way to let their calls and texts punch through the Do Not Disturb shield? Well, yes, there is! It’s called Emergency Bypass, and here’s how to enable it.

iOS 11.2.5 is out along with tvOS, watchOS and macOS updates

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A new update is out for iPhone!
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Apple pushed out a big batch of software updates this morning for iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS, bringing a host of bug fixes and performance improvements to all of its major platforms.

iOS 11.2.5 is the biggest of today’s software updates. The update for iPhones and iPads adds a couple new features, including support for Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, which opens for preorders this Friday.

2018’s entry-level iPhone might lack key features

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You'll have to sacrifice big features for a cheaper iPhone.
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Apple will cut key features from its upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone to reach a more affordable price tag, according to one reliable analyst.

The device, which is expected to look a lot like iPhone X, could cost as little as $700. But buyers will lose luxuries like a stainless steal frame, dual rear-facing cameras, and even 3D Touch.

Apple could launch a more affordable 13-inch MacBook this year

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The MacBook Air could be headed for the scrap heap.
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Apple is said to be preparing a new 13-inch MacBook for 2018 that will likely replace the MacBook Air as its most affordable notebook.

Suppliers are already manufacturing displays for the machine, which will reportedly make its debut in the second half of the year, according to industry sources.