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Best Money Tips: Fast and Cheap Meals for Busy Families

Welcome to Wise Bread’s Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found articles on fast and cheap meals for busy families, things you didn’t know about Apple stores, and a realtor’s tips for getting a lower mortgage payment.

Top 5 Articles

3 Fast & Cheap Meals for Busy Families — Crock Pot Pork Shoulder is quick, easy, and cheap. Shred the pork and dress it up however you like! [Everything Finance]

32 Things You Never Knew About Apple Stores, Straight From Employees — Every store offers free workshops to help you get the most out of your Apple devices. [PopSugar Smart Living]

5 Ways to a Lower Mortgage Payment, According to a Realtor — Keep an eye on interest rate trends. If it looks like rates will be going up for a while, submit your application and lock it in ASAP. [Get Rich Slowly]

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This app lets you completely disable Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Apple, sorry. But there is a new app that will let people basically render the Touch Bar on the latest MacBook Pro laptops completely useless.

It’s called TouchBarDisabler, from Georgia Tech computer science student Kay Yin. It doesn’t just work on the 2016 MacBook Pro; it also does its magic on the aptly named Touch Bar Simulator for Mac, or alternatively in Xcode’s virtual Touch Bar. Just know that you’ll need to disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) in order to get it running.

Many apps have introduced support for the Touch Bar since Apple introduced it in October. Just to name a few: Coda, Dashlane, dJay Pro, Evernote, Sketch, and Tenor.

But sentiment around the component isn’t all positive.

Apple developer Marco Arment and former Apple senior engineering manager Michael Lopp are among those who aren’t fans of the secondary display that’s mounted just above the keyboard…

Apple IDs, AirPods, and APFS: What’s New in iOS 10.3?

Apple has released iOS 10.3, and you may find yourself asking, “What makes it worth the update?” Turns out there are quite a few new features to make it worth your while.

There’s a new way to manage your Apple IDs all in one place, find my iPhone now includes support for AirPods, and there are new Siri and Carplay features. Safari has also had a small update, along with security and bug fixes.

Finally, this is the public debut of APFS. Wondering what all of that means? Let’s take a closer look at these changes.

All Your Apple IDs and Devices in One Place

You have always been able to keep separate accounts for iCloud and iTunes. However, managing each account has involved going between several menus on iOS. Now, iOS 10.3 consolidates your account settings into a single menu within settings.

When opening the Settings app, there is a new banner at the top with your name. Tap that to open a page that shows your iCloud, iTunes Store, and Family Sharing settings. After scrolling down, you see a list of devices you have registered to your iCloud account.

account settings

If you want to update the info on your account, tap through the first three entries on the list. The Name, Phone Numbers, Email menu holds your basic contact information. Also listed are your available email addresses for the Messages app.

The next entry is Password & Security, which lets you change your password or contact email. This menu also allows you to turn on 2-factor authentication, but hopefully you have already done that. Payment and Shipping covers your default credit card. If you have a shipping address on file with the Apple Store, it is listed here as well.

The next set of entries applies to your various accounts. The first entry is the iCloud account. Tap this to see a summary of your storage usage on iCloud Drive, as well as granular permissions for each app you use. The second entry is your iTunes account. Here you can turn on automatic downloads from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Stores. The third is Family Sharing where you can add and remove the family accounts you share.

These three entries previously existed as separate menus throughout the Settings app. It is not a significant change, but it is a nice touch to bring this account management into one place.

device settings

The next section consists of your devices tied to your iCloud account. You can click each one, and see if it has Find…

Samsung’s New iPad Pro Is Just Fantastic

Coming a year after the launch of Apple’s first 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the new iteration from Samsung feels daring. While it has the same sleek lines, is just as light, and possesses the magnetic connection on one side for easy keyboard cover attachment, Samsung’s iPad Pro for 2017 is, inexplicably called the Galaxy Tab S3, and unlike previous iPads this one runs on Android.

Technically, if you want to be “accurate” this is not an iPad Pro, but Samsung’s first premium Android tablet in over a year. In 2015 Android sort of lost the tablet war it had waged against iOS. While Google’s mobile OS rules the budget roost thanks to the cheap Kindle Fire, no one has really expressed a desire for a $600 media consumption machine running little green droid brains. Heck, at this point people don’t even buy iPads any more. The people who want tablets have them already.

Samsung’s hoping it can change people’s minds with a shiny new device that just happens to bear a remarkable resemblance to the current bestselling premium tablet, the iPad. It’s only a hundredth of a pound lighter than the comparable iPad, less than a tenth of an inch shorter, and both devices are just .24 inches thick. They’re both also $600 for a 32GB version, and they handle everything from drawing to quickly written screeds on Facebook with zero lag. Maybe Samsung considers the remarkable similarities between its new product and last year’s iPad Pro to be a compliment to Apple, rather than a naked bid for a share of a dwindling market. Though Apple, and courts, tend to disagree.

Some things are different about the two tablets. Besides running Android Nougat instead of iOS 10, the Tab S3 has a Qualcomm 820 processor (which is theoretically slower than the 835 reportedly planned for the Galaxy S8 phone), comes in only a 32GB version, and includes a nice little pen for drawing on its admittedly vibrant AMOLED display. As an Apple Pencil costs an additional $100, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 feels like a bargain.

Neither device includes the keyboard cover. Apple charges $150 for a cover and keyboard that…

Remains of the Day: Apple Quietly Updates the iPad

Apple added a couple of new products to their lineup this morning to little fanfare. The new red iPhone, in partnership with the (RED) charity, may be the only head-turner but they also upgraded the most popular size of lower-end iPad.

  • The new 9.7 inch iPad is a slight upgrade over the iPad Air 2, with a starting price of $329. That simplifies things a little bit; now the whole lineup includes the iPad Mini, the normal iPad, the iPad Pro, and a jumbo iPad Pro. Apple also announced a weird video app that they’re developing called Clips, which lets you create videos to be shared on other services. It’s sort of like Apple’s version of Snapchat minus the actual chat. You can add emojis and filters and all that jazz and do simple video editing. Clips will be available in April. [Apple]
  • In other news, following the U.S. ban…

Why Mac Apps Occasionally Ask for Access to Accessibility Features

If you use a Mac and any software that controls your keyboard, including text expanders, you’ve probably come across a dialogue box asking you to grant the app access to “accessibility features.” How-To Geek explains what that means.

Accessibility settings are gated off by Apple for security purposes because apps that help with accessibility, like text-to-speech applications or key logging applications, work by controlling certain system level services or other applications entirely. Traditionally, a Mac app is a single container that cannot access system level controls. Accessibility apps get a little more control over system access and can control other apps entirely. How-To Geek explains it like so:

In part, it uses this name because multiple accessibility applications need access to these…

Chrome for iPhone Gets a Reading List for Saving Articles and Offline Reading

iPhone: One of the nicer features in Apple’s Safari is the Reading List, which gives you an in-browser place to save articles to read later. Today, Chrome gets that too.

Chrome’s feature is called Read Later and it works basically the exact same as the one in Safari. In Chrome, open up an article you want to read later, tap the three dot icon, then the share…

Apple Roses Are as Easy to Make as They Are Beautiful

Though there is something rewarding and cathartic about baking a finicky, labor-intensive dessert, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy an easy, though still fancy-looking sweet thing. Apple roses are not only deliciously warm and comforting, but they’re just plain pretty, and a cinch to make.

My boy Justin Chapple can walk you through the whole process in the video above, but all you’ll need is a few apples, some puff pastry, cinnamon sugar, and…