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Tips to set up your Mac Notification Center Today View for remote work

MacBook Today View Notification Center

The Today View area on Mac, coupled with your Notification Center, is one of those things a lot of people take for granted. But just like on your iPhone, this handy area can hold widgets for apps you use often. And if you get into the habit of using it, especially by opening it each morning before you begin work, you can start your day right.

Here are some tips for setting up your Mac Notification Center Today View when working from home.

How to use Apple Watch as a remote for Apple TV

Remote App Apple Watch for Apple TV

You may already know that you can use your iPhone with the Remote app to control your Apple TV. But did you know you can also use your Apple Watch?

These are convenient options if your Siri remote isn’t nearby, it needs to be charged, or you are having trouble with it. And since you’re already wearing your Apple Watch, you have the handiest remote of all.

Here’s how to use Apple Watch as a remote for Apple TV.

How to precisely see when currently watched video will end on Apple TV

Did you know that your Apple TV can estimate what time you will finish viewing the current movie or TV show, barring any interruptions? The video scrubber that pops up along with other controls doesn't just let you see the time remaining until the current show ends, but can optionally estimate what time you will finish viewing the video without having to pause.

Apple TV Siri Remote is on a serious backorder

Apple TV Siri Remote in hand

A 4K-capable Apple TV refresh may or may not be announced at Apple's presentation next Tuesday (it certainly is on our wish list for the upcoming event). Coincidentally or not, the current Siri Remote for the fourth-generation Apple TV is on a serious backorder on the US and Canada Apple Online Store and is now shipping in 2-3 weeks.

Smart light bulbs you can control with your iPhone

If you're looking to dip your toes in the smart home pool, there's perhaps no easier or less-expensive way than with smart light bulbs. Simply install them into the appropriate light sockets, pair them with their mobile app, and you're ready to go.

As with most electronics, there are a lot of choices out there, and some are much better than others. So to help you separate the good from the bad, we decided to compile a list of some of the best smart bulbs you can can control with you iPhone.

Accessories that turn your iPhone into a universal remote control

Tired of using 3-4 different remotes to control your TV? Tired of losing your remotes? Well what if I told you that you can turn your iPhone into a universal remote control. That way you can control all of your devices, using a device that you have with you at all times.

This isn't what most would consider a crowded category, but as with all consumer electronics, some models are better than others. To help you make the right decision, we've decided to put together a list of the best gadgets for turning your iPhone into a universal remote.

Apple TV Remote app gains support for iPad, lyrics, playlists, chapters & more

Apple's free app for controlling Apple TVs from anywhere in your home via your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch was just updated on App Store following a barrage of software updates that the company released for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS earlier this morning. Bumped to version 1.1, the official Apple TV Remote app finally supports iPad natively and now lets you see music lyrics, browse playlists, navigate chapters and more.

How to change the behavior of the Home button on your Apple TV remote

Starting with the release of tvOS 10.1 and the launch of the new TV app for Apple TV, the behavior of the Home button (the one looking like a TV icon) has changed. Prior to this update, pressing the Home button would take you back to the main Home screen. But after the tvOS 10.1 update, pressing the Home button takes you to the new TV app.

This can bring some confusion or downright frustration, especially if you're not planning on using the new TV app. Fortunately, as someone pointed out to me, there is an easy way to remap the Home button so it takes you to the main screen again instead of launching the TV app.