Will Apple HomePod Survive Its Delayed Launch?

2017 has been the year that saw the boom of smart speakers in homes all around the world, but there’s one notable exception that won’t be seen this side of Christmas. So now Apple’s HomePod has been officially delayed, has it missed its chance to make an impact?

The smart speaker revolution has been a rapid one. It’s only two years since the launch of the very first Echo, a product that changed the whole marketplace, not least because its maker Amazon was previously seen as very much an outsider to the big players of Apple and Google.

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My iPhone 6s Home Screen

Two years ago I first shared my iPhone 4S Home Screen, shortly before upgrading to the iPhone 6s. With my usual biennial update due soon – whatever the new iPhones may be called – it’s time to look back at how my home screen has changed over the period.

The Main Players

Not one for dramatic changes, my dock has remained steadfast. The four key built-in iOS apps Phone, Mail, Safari and Messages, still fill the fixed bottom row.

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How To Fix Xbox One S Error E200 or Stuck On Green Loading Screen

Has your Xbox One S thrown up an error code or is failing to get past the Xbox One green loading screen? Fear not, it’s usually fixable without losing any of your games or saved data.

Normally caused by an interrupted or failed update, or by turning off the Xbox power at the wrong time, the E200 error can seem like a hard one to cure. You may see codes such as E200 00000074 00000000 or E200 000000EF 00000000.

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Remove Spigot Malware on Mac

Apps Like 'TuneUp' Bundled with Yahoo Adware

Beware of adware and malware on the Mac. It can’t do much damage on OS X (macOS), but it’s incredibly annoyingly and trivial to remove.

I first came across the Mac app TuneUp a few years ago. It was essentially an iTunes extension that helps you clean up your library by identifying unnamed songs and adding track names and cover art.

Like many others, my iTunes music collection largely halted a few years ago with the advent of Spotify. 

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Fix iPhone iOS Mail Broken Push/Fetch Not Updating in Background

In the last few years, certainly spanning iOS 8 and iOS 9, you may have experienced a bug with the Mail app on iPhone not updating in the background. Here’s one solution that may fix it.

The way Apple Mail on iOS should work is simple – unlike other iPhone apps there is no ‘background app refresh’ option, you choose between ‘Push’, ‘Fetch’ and ‘Manual’. ‘Push’ is the most common with email accounts these days, forming a constant connection with your email provider to allow it to send emails straight to your phone.

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