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How to Turn Your iPhone or iPad Into the Ultimate Gaming Machine

Gaming PCs are great, but sitting at a desk after an entire day of work isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world. You could game on your TV, but what if your spouse or kids are hogging it? No worries: With the right stuff, you can turn your iPhone or iPad into the ultimate portable gaming machine.

Find Good Games (and Get Them On Sale)

First and foremost, let’s talk games. If you only think of phones and tablets as capable for silly, five-minute Angry Birds, you’re missing out. There is a whole App Store full of quality, console-like games that can take up hours of your time, tug at your emotions, and wow you with high-end graphics. Check out our list of the best high-quality mobile games to take your collection to the next level—and don’t forget to track the sales if you want to save a few bucks.

Get an MFi Gamepad for Better Control

Some games are perfect for touch, while others…really work better with a controller. Thankfully, there are a few solid gamepads made for iPhone and iPad that work with a ton of games in…

How to Mirror your Mac, iPhone, or iPad Screen on Your Apple TV

You can beam all kinds of music and video to your TV with an Apple TV, but did you know you can also mirror the screen of your iPhone, iPad, or Mac on the big screen? Here’s how.

First: Make Sure Your AirPlay Is Enabled on Your Apple TV

To mirror your Mac or iOS display, you’ll be using AirPlay, which is built in to Apple TV. The first thing you should probably do is verify that AirPlay is actually on—it’s available on second generation Apple TVs and beyond. I’m using a fourth gen Apple TV here, but the steps should at least be similar on older models.

Go ahead and jump into your Apple TV’s settings, then scroll down to AirPlay. Click into this menu.

The first option is AirPlay, and is a simple toggle—it should be on by default, but if it reads “off” here, go ahead and give it a click to turn it on.

With that little bit out of the way, you’re ready to mirror your other device’s screens to Apple TV.

How to Mirror Your iPhone or iPad Screen on an Apple TV

Before you get into this wild and crazy mirroring adventure, make sure your iPhone and Apple TV are on the same Wi-Fi network.

Assuming you’ve taken care of the Wi-Fi issue, go ahead and swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen…

The Best MFi Gamepads for Your iPhone or iPad

There are some surprisingly decent games on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, but touch controls are usually…less than ideal. Many of those games support full gamepads, though, so you can play with the same precision you do on a console. Here are the gamepads to buy.

Sadly, you can’t just use any ol’ Xbox or PlayStation controller with your iPhone (unless you’re jailbroken). iOS only allows certain controllers using Apple’s “made for iPhone” (MFi) standard, so you’ll need something specifically made for iOS. And there are quite a few MFi controllers out there, so it can be hard to know which ones are the best. Here are the ones we recommend. (And before you buy, make sure the games you want to play are compatible with MFi controllers.)

The Best Full-Size Controllers for iPhones and Apple TV: SteelSeries Nimbus and PXN Speedy

If you want a traditional gamepad to use with your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, we have two main recommendations—depending on your preferred button layout.

The SteelSeries Nimbus ($45) is generally regarded as the best MFi controller out there, and it’s easy to see why. The build quality is solid, the sticks are smooth in all the right ways, and the D-pad is great, which is rare. The triggers on the back are rather large, but they feel pretty good to use too.

The Nimbus’ only downside is that it doesn’t come with a clip for your iPhone, which is annoying—who wants to sit their phone on a table to play it? Thankfully, there are a few clip-on adapters out there, like the the MP Power foldable adapter ($15) for the Xbox One controller, and they fit perfectly on the Nimbus. So, for just a few more bucks, you can clip your iPhone to the controller and game comfortably.

The Nimbus uses Bluetooth to communicate with your iPhone, which can be a little finicky (as Bluetooth always is), but it worked well enough in…

Standard eBooks Is a Gutenberg Project You’ll Actually Use

I’m always trying to save a few bucks when stocking up on books for my beat-up Kindle or my iPad. I’m not a big ebook reader, but I do use it to crank through classic books I should have already read—books too unwieldy to carry during my morning and evening commute. Luckily for me, there are thousands of free books available from places like Project Gutenberg. Just one problem: a lot of them look terrible.

You, like me, probably want properly formatted ebooks for your devices, or books with covers that aren’t white text on a blue background. So Standard Ebooks, a volunteer-driven project, is republishing public domain ebooks to comply with today’s ebook readers and standards. Each book’s page has its word count, reading…

The Best MFi Gamepads for Your iPhone or iPad

There are some surprisingly decent games on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, but touch controls are usually…less than ideal. Many of those games support full gamepads, though, so you can play with the same precision you do on a console. Here are the gamepads to buy.

Sadly, you can’t just use any ol’ Xbox or PlayStation controller with your iPhone (unless you’re jailbroken). iOS only allows certain controllers using Apple’s “made for iPhone” (MFi) standard, so you’ll need something specifically made for iOS. And there are quite a few MFi controllers out there, so it can be hard to know which ones are the best. Here are the ones we recommend. (And before you buy, make sure the games you want to play are compatible with MFi controllers.)

The Best Full-Size Controllers for iPhones and Apple TV: SteelSeries Nimbus and PXN Speedy

If you want a traditional gamepad to use with your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, we have two main recommendations—depending on your preferred button layout.

The SteelSeries Nimbus ($45) is generally regarded as the best MFi controller out there, and it’s easy to see why. The build quality is solid, the sticks are smooth in all the right ways, and the D-pad is great, which is rare. The triggers on the back are rather large, but they feel pretty good to use too.

The Nimbus’ only downside is that it doesn’t come with a clip for your iPhone, which is annoying—who wants to sit their phone on a table to play it? Thankfully, there are a few clip-on adapters out there, like the the MP Power foldable adapter ($15) for the Xbox One controller, and they fit perfectly on the Nimbus. So, for just a few more bucks, you can clip your iPhone to the controller and game comfortably.

The Nimbus uses Bluetooth to communicate with your iPhone, which can be a little finicky (as Bluetooth always is), but it worked well enough in…

Why Apple’s HomePod has a chance

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I’m counting down the days on this one.

My primary phone is an iPhone 7 Plus, although I use Android phones all week as well as part of my job. In my house, I use the Apple TV and quite a few HomeKit devices, so I’m already using Siri to turn my lights on and off and even activate a sprinkler system. (In case you’re wondering, yes — my neighbors have looked at me funny when I command the garden to water itself.)

Product success can depend greatly on an established audience. When the Apple HomePod ships this December, I’ll buy one or two or six. I’ll probably even try to score one of the first ones at my local Apple store as I did with an iPad long, long ago. I haven’t tested the speaker quality against the Google Home, which is outstanding as a music device. We don’t know exactly how Apple is going to make Siri work more like a true AI bot by the fall. We do have a few hints — translation and more proactive suggestions should be available in iOS 11.

Yet, I already know how this will fit into my own digital lifestyle. For starters, I am firmly implanted into the iTunes ecosystem. One reason is that I’m lazy. I can’t imagine having to categorize my entire collection of indie music all over again, and the brains inside iTunes…

All the Ways Apple’s iOS 11 Will Change Your iPhone

After Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference last week, everyone was talking about new hardware. The company introduced its new HomePod speaker, a competitor to Amazon’s Echo, and unveiled a new iMac Pro, along with upgraded iMacs and MacBooks.

The company also announced an update to its mobile operating system — the one that powers the millions of iPhones and iPads that have become a common part of everyday life for many people. Apple will roll out iOS 11 this fall, with a host of new features.

What are they? Let’s take a look.

We all know how dangerous texting, or using your phone in general, while driving can be, but it doesn’t stop people from thinking they can get away with it. Plus, buzzing alerts on your phone are distracting even if you don’t look at them (and sometimes it seems like they never stop). Apple’s next update will include a possible solution to that problem: It will automatically block notifications when your phone thinks you are behind the wheel.

Texts sent via iMessage will also be intercepted. When one arrives, the phone will send an automatic reply saying you are driving and that you’ll respond when you get to your destination. (You can program your phone to let some numbers through the blockade, so loved ones can reach you in a pinch.) When the phone has determined that you’ve stopped driving, your screen will come back to life, and you can catch up on everything you’ve missed.

The Control Center, that panel full of easily-accessed buttons and tools you see when you swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen, will also get an overhaul in the new update. Soon all the controls will be located on one colorful, widget-filled page.

Some have complained that the new layout is confusing and cluttered, but it doesn’t have to be: The Control Center will be customizable, so you can add as many (or as few) widgets as you like, including quick access to your camera, calculator or Apple TV.

Additionally, there’s a new toggle for the iPhone’s “Low Power” mode, designed to save battery life while you’re out without a spot to charge your phone. The new Control Center also features quick accessibility settings, including options to magnify your…

How to Record Your Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iPhone Screen

Screenshots are great, but sometimes you need to create a video recording to really get your point across. You can record your computer’s desktop, your smartphone’s screen, or your tablet’s display.

This process gives you a video file, which you can do whatever you like with. Upload it to YouTube or email it to a friend. Put together a video tutorial or just capture a problem you’re having so you an demonstrate it later.

Record Your Mac, iPhone, or iPad Screen the Easy Way

Whether you want to create a screen recording, a video of something on your iPhone or iPad, or you need to create a full tutorial with high-quality editing, Capto is the best tool for the job.

You can record your screen along with audio to create instructional videos, you can capture video directly from an iPhone or iPad, or you can capture video from the webcam on your Mac. And once you’re done, you can use the high-quality video and image editing tools to make it perfect.

And they have a free trial. So you don’t have to pay for anything unless it does what you need it to.

Download the Free Trial of Capto Today

Windows

Windows 10 includes a built-in tool for recording your screen, so you don’t need to install anything—just use the GameDVR tool to create a quick desktop recording. Don’t let the name fool you: GameDVR can record any application, even if it’s not a game.

For more advanced screencasts (or Windows 7 users), we recommend OBS (Open Broadcaster Software). It’s a powerful, free, open-source tool that allows you to do a lot more than GameDVR. Insert watermarks, embed a video of your webcam while capturing your desktop, or capture multiple windows at once and position them wherever you like. OBS is widely used for video game streaming on Twitch.tv because it’s so powerful, but it works just as well for creating a professional-looking video of your desktop.

If you want something even more powerful that also comes with editing capabilities, you can pay for Camtasia, which doesn’t just record your screen, but contains powerful video editing tools as well. Just be warned, it’s not cheap. Luckily they do have a free trial, so you can test it before you buy.

macOS

macOS offers a convenient, built-in screen-recording tool. It’s one of the many useful functions hidden in QuickTime, which is more than just the simple media player it looks like on the surface.

To record…

iOS 11 lets you play FLAC audio files straight from your iPad and iPhone

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Yesterday, Apple announced the latest reiteration of its mobile operating system and while regular consumers will have to wait until autumn to try out the new iOS 11 on their iPhone and iPad devices, developers are already taking advantage of their early access to the beta version.

Redditors who have already installed the developer beta are reporting that Apple has purportedly included full playback support for FLAC audio files in iOS 11. This means…

Can I Use WhatsApp on My iPad?

WhatsApp is an incredibly common way to message your friends, and it seems like the kind of app you’d want everywhere—not just on your phone. But there’s no WhatsApp app for the iPad. Is all hope lost?

Well, sort of. We looked into a few ways to access WhatsApp on the iPad, but but the solutions on offer are so awful they’re mostly not worth using. Here’s the situation.

The Problem With WhatsApp

WhatsApp is weird among messaging apps. Rather than use one account across multiple devices, WhatsApp is tied to a single phone determined by to your phone number. If you try to log in on another phone, your old one will get logged out.

Until recently, you could literally only use that one device to access WhatsApp. That is, until, WhatsApp launched WhatsApp Web.

With WhatsApp web, you can connect to your WhatsApp account through your browser, or a client for Windows and macOS. The smartphone your WhatsApp account is set up on still needs to be online because all messages are relayed through it, but it works really well.

How to Use WhatsApp Web on the iPad (and Why It Isn’t Very Good)

With that in mind, I thought, one could easily just use WhatsApp Web from your iPad’s web browser. Unfortunately, that comes with problems.

You can try and point your iPad to web.whatsapp.com, but you’ll get taken…