Secret Oops! brings silly spy-themed AR fun to Apple Arcade [Review]

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Secret Oops! is AR fun on Apple Arcade
Secret Oops! puts its virtual 3D game board in your living room.
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Mix a bumbling spy, a secret base, and a lot of augmented reality and you’ll get Secret Oops!, the latest addition to Apple Arcade. This innovative children’s game from MixedBag shows a virtual 3D game board in the real world through the magic of AR.

I explored the possibilities of Secret Oops!; read on to see what I found.

Take control of your Mac’s audio with BlackHole

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Down the hole!
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BlackHole is a free, open-source tool to route audio anywhere on your Mac. You know how the audio from YouTube in Safari comes out the speakers or headphones of your Mac, and that’s about it? Well, with BlackHole, you can intercept that audio. Then you can record it, redirect it to another app or do basically anything you like.

Support a good cause when you snag these snazzy Apple Watch bands

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10% of all profits go to plastic awareness charities.
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Icon Days is out with its first band for Apple Watch, and not only is it beautiful, but it’s also helping clean up our planet.

The band is made from genuine leather, finished with unique and snazzy designs. And at least 10% of all profits go to environmental charities on a mission to eradicate single-use materials that are destroying the environment.

Connect AirPods to almost anything with AirFly Pro [Review]

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Twelve South AirFly Pro is the perfect companion for AirPods Pro.
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AirFly Pro can wirelessly connect your AirPods to a plane’s entertainment system. Or the machines at your gym. If it has a 3.5 mm audio jack, this Bluetooth adapter lets it communicate with your AirPods. Even two pairs at once.

And the same easily-pocketable gizmo can connect your iPhone to a car stereo’s AUX port to play music off your iPhone.

I tested both these features — find out how well they work in this AirFly Pro review.

Slap on a Strapa band for the ultimate Apple Watch upgrade

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Apple Watch looks even better with a Strapa band.
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There’s no better way to upgrade your Apple Watch than by adding some of the finest leather money can buy. That’s why you should check out these wonderful Strapa straps.

They’re beautifully made from only the finest materials, and come in a range of gorgeous color options. They’re also compatible with all generations of Apple Watch.

Mophie iPhone 11 battery case adds hours between recharges [Review]

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Mophie Juice Pack Access adds to the thickness of the iPhone 11, but also adds hours of battery life.
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The Mophie Juice Pack Access for the iPhone 11 extends the battery life of Apple’s latest handset while also protecting it. This hard case leaves the iPhone’s Lightning port available, while also letting you charge you phone with your MacBook’s cable.

Discover if this is the right iPhone 11 battery case for you in our hands-on review.

How to make the most of the Files app’s column view in iPadOS

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Check out the columns on that!
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iOS 13 brought all kinds of neat new features to the Files app, aka the iOS Finder. But maybe the best of all these is the new column view, a very Mac-like view of all the files and folders stored on your iPad. It’s not just an easy-to-browse view, either. The Files app column view also introduces a preview panel with plenty of tricks of its own.