Author: Ryan Cecil

New Mac mini with M2 chip has slower SSD speeds than M1 chip. Upgrade to 512GB storage for better performance. The new Mac mini with the M2 chip has a lower starting price of $599, but the base model with 256GB of storage has slower SSD read and write speeds compared to the previous-generation model with the M1 chip and 256GB of storage. A teardown of the new Mac mini reveals that the 256GB model is equipped with only a single 256GB storage chip, while the same configuration with the M1 chip has two 128GB chips, which explains the slower…

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Smartphone case with camera-like features. The iPiX is a new iPhone case with camera-like features. It is compatible with iPhone 13 and 14 Pro and Pro Max models and comes with dimmable front and rear LED light strips, an optional slide-in lens module, and a wirelessly-rechargeable battery that can extend the phone’s runtime by a claimed 60%. It also includes magnets on the sides for sticking to ferromagnetic surfaces and a threaded hole for mounting on a tripod. Additionally, the iPiX has a case-mountable dongle that plugs into the iPhone’s Lightning port, and which incorporates USB, HDTV, SD, MicroSD and…

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Tapbots launches Ivory app for Mastodon; familiar Tweetbot-like layout, multiple features, free to download with subscription fee. Tapbots, the company behind the now-defunct Twitter client Tweetbot, has launched Ivory, an app designed for use with the Mastodon social network. Available for the iPhone and iPad, Ivory has been in testing with a limited number of beta testers since late November. The app has a familiar Tweetbot-like layout, with tabs for home timeline view, mentions, notifications, profile, lists, and more. It also includes features like content warnings, muting, polls, bookmarks, trending posts, post statistics, gif access, and the ability to view…

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Set up Family Sharing to share location and send alerts in Do Not Disturb mode. Smartphones are increasingly being used as a tool to stay prepared for unexpected emergencies. On iPhones, the Do Not Disturb mode silences calls, alerts, and notifications when the phone is locked. The Find My app can be used to locate any Apple device, such as Airpods or a MacBook. Additionally, it can be used to share your location with family and friends, allowing them to keep track of your safety. Family Sharing must be set up in order to share locations with loved ones. To…

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Restart device, clear app/Chrome cached data to improve Android performance. Having a slow performing smartphone or tablet can be frustrating. However, there are a few common steps that can be taken to troubleshoot and often fix the issue. Restarting the device is the first step and can be very effective. Clearing an app’s cached data and Chrome’s cached data for websites visited is another common way to improve performance and free up storage space. To clear an app’s cached data, open the Settings app and look through the main list for Storage; tap it. On the next screen find and…

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Language, technology barriers hinder Latino, Asian telehealth use; hybrid approach can improve care. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of telehealth services in providing care to patients, particularly those from marginalized communities. A recent study by the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute found that language barriers and limited access to technology have hindered Latino and Asian patients in Los Angeles from making full use of telehealth services. The research also revealed that Black and white patients had greater ease with video visits. To address these issues, the authors recommend that health care systems and providers invest in programs…

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Sound Recognition provides text-based notifications for hard of hearing users. Sound Recognition is a useful accessibility feature found on the latest iPhones running iOS 16. It allows users to set up their phones to recognize specific sounds, like a baby crying or a siren blaring, and send text-based notifications when these sounds are heard. This feature is especially useful for those who are hard of hearing, as it allows them to receive notifications when they might not be able to hear the sound. Setting up Sound Recognition is easy, just a few simple taps in the Settings app. Once set…

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Apple offers Reachability to make using iPhones easier, even with larger screens. Apple has introduced a new feature, Reachability, to make using iPhones with larger screens easier. This feature allows users to pull down the top of their screen displays to the middle of their screen, which makes it easier to use the device with one hand. Reachability is available for iPhones with smaller screens as well. To activate Reachability, users should open the Settings app and select Accessibility from the Physical and Motor section. Once there, they should toggle on Reachability. After that, users can go back to the…

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Remove duplicate photos from iCloud and iPhone to save space. Having an iPhone can be a great way to store memories, but it can quickly become a storage issue. To save space and prevent the need for an upgrade to iCloud storage, it is important to delete duplicate photos from your iPhone. The new iOS 16 update makes it easy to find and remove duplicates from the Photos app. Open the Albums folder and select Duplicates to view all the duplicate photos in date order. Select Merge to combine the photos into one. You can also select multiple photos to…

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M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural thriller Knock At The Cabin arriving in theaters February 3. M. Night Shyamalan has been thrilling audiences for over 20 years with his psychological thrillers. His latest movie, Knock at the Cabin, is a combination of home invasion and apocalyptic horror. It stars Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Kristen Cui, Dave Bautista, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abby Quinn, and Rupert Grint. It is based on Paul G. Tremblay’s 2018 best-selling novel The Cabin at the End of the World. Knock at the Cabin follows the story of Eric and Andrew, a married couple, and their young daughter Wen, who…

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