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After net neutrality concerns, Facebook is inviting everyone to be a part of Internet.org

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After net neutrality concerns, Facebook is inviting everyone to be a part of Internet.org

Facebook has launched an open platform through which developers can tailor their services for Internet.org, giving millions of users across the globe the ability to enjoy basic Internet services for free.

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Facebook to host entire articles from major publications directly on its platform

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Facebook to host entire articles from major publications directly on its platform

With Instant Articles, Facebook is set to host content from publications such as BuzzFeed, The New York Times, National Geographic and others natively on its website.

The move is targeted to decrease load times for articles hosted externally, with The Wall Street Journal report stating that links shared on Facebook take around eight seconds to load on mobile devices:

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17 hours ago

Looking for Mac strategy games? Check out this roundup!

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Looking for Mac strategy games? Check out this roundup!

Whether your tastes turn to real time or turn-based strategy games, you're bound for challenge. Here's a roundup of some of the best you can get for the Mac.

Strategy games have always had an important place in the pantheon of Mac games. And there are some absolutely terrific ones that will occupy hours of your free time which you can download right now.

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17 hours ago

How to make on/off labels more visible on your Apple Watch

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How to make on/off labels more visible on your Apple Watch

You can toggle a lot of settings from off to on and back again, including one that makes toggle state more visible.

By default on the Apple Watch, thanks to its iOS heritage, the difference between "on" and "off" for a lot of options in settings is little more than what side the switch it on and whether it's green or not. If that isn't accessible enough for you, you can make the toggles even more visible by — wait for it! — toggling on labels. That way you get a helpful O in off state and I in on state. It's especially useful if color alone isn't enough of a differentiator for you.

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17 hours ago

OWC Envoy Pro: Thumb-sized SSD packs desktop-class performance and capacity

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OWC Envoy Pro: Thumb-sized SSD packs desktop-class performance and capacity

If you want an external drive that's easy to carry, a new SSD option from OWC packs more capacity and more punch than you might expect.

We've previously written about the OWC Envoy Pro mini, a thumbdrive with desktop SSD performance. If you're curious about how it works, check out this review.

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21 hours ago

How to reduce transparency on your Apple Watch

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How to reduce transparency on your Apple Watch

Layers of gaussian blur and light and dark transparency can look great, but they can also make it harder for some people to read text and parse images.

For accessibility reasons, you can go into your Apple Watch settings and reduce the amount of transparency used in the interface. That'll make screens more opaque and everything more legible and understandable for anyone who finds the default transparency distracting or disorienting.

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22 hours ago

How to reduce motion on your Apple Watch

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How to reduce motion on your Apple Watch

Animation can make an interface look slick and sleek but it can also make it hard for some people to use.

If you suffer from vertigo or any form of motion sickness and watching things slide and zoom around on your Apple Watch is causing you distress, don't worry. You can switch transitions to fades and otherwise reduce the amount of motion right in the accessibility settings.

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23 hours ago

How to use the Apple Watch as a health and fitness tracker

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How to use the Apple Watch as a health and fitness tracker

How to use the Apple Watch as a health and fitness tracker

The Apple Watch includes new and novel health and fitness features that can help motivate you and keep you on track.

Out of the box your Apple Watch can count your calories and steps, track your workouts, and even monitor your heart rate. Whether your goal is losing weight, gaining cardio, monitoring your health for medical reasons, or to live a better life, the Apple Watch and its built-in Activity, Workout, and Health apps can help you do just that.

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1 day ago

How to enable bold text on your Apple Watch

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How to enable bold text on your Apple Watch

For some, Apple Watch text will be big enough, just not strong enough for easy reading.

One of the accessibility options the Apple Watch provide is for bold text, or a stronger typeface with thicker strokes to make characters and words even more legible. You still get a fair amount of text on screen, the text just stands out a little more from the screen.

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1 day ago

How to enable grayscale mode on your Apple Watch

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How to enable grayscale mode on your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch display is full color — but it doesn't have to be.

If full color is a detriment rather than benefit to your visual accessibility, you can easily toggle it off. It's one of the fastest changes you can make on the Apple Watch and, best of all, it's system-wide. So, once you've enabled it, it's enabled everywhere.

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1 day ago

Secret Apple Watch options: 14 Force Touch tips for your wrist

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Secret Apple Watch options: 14 Force Touch tips for your wrist

Force Touch on the Apple Watch is almost like a secondary (right) mouse click on the Mac or Windows.

When you press firmly on the screen of the Apple Watch it will blur out and one to four additional options will appear on top of it. It's not the number of options that matter, it's the utility. They can't be vital, otherwise burying them under Force Touch makes them undiscoverable. Yet they have to be important, otherwise they're just adding clutter and complexity to the interface and shouldn't be there.

That leaves useful, which is what Force Touch options really are. Eventually you'll find them all, but in the meantime, here's a handy cheat sheet to get you started.

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Having trouble tracking exercise on your Apple Watch? Here's how to fix it!

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Having trouble tracking exercise on your Apple Watch? Here's how to fix it!

If your Apple Watch doesn't seem to be properly tracking your steps or exercise, here's an easy way to calibrate it.

I'm loving my Apple Watch Sport so far, but I've had some minor problems getting it to properly track my daily movement and exercise goals. If you're having this problem too, you're in luck: Thanks to a helpful Twitter commenter, I found this great document from Apple Support on calibrating your Watch to more accurately track your Workouts and Activity.

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How to set up and use iCloud on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

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How to set up and use iCloud on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

How to set up and use iCloud on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

iCloud lets you sync and store all the data that's important to you, from photos and documents to calendars and contacts.

Apple's online storage service, iCloud includes a wide range of features like iCloud Drive for your files, iCloud Photo Library for your pictures and videos, iTunes in the Cloud for your music and movies, iCloud mail for your communications, and even Find my iPhone to track down missing devices. It makes sure everything you have on your iPhone is also available on your iPad and Mac, and even your Apple TV and Apple Watch.

Best of all, if you have an Apple ID (including an iTunes account), you have iCloud. Here's how to get the most out of it!

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2 days ago

How to set up and use Zoom on Apple Watch

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How to set up and use Zoom on Apple Watch

Zoom increases the magnification of the Apple Watch interface, making it bigger for those who need to see it more easily.

To better aid those who need greater visual accessibility, Zoom lets you set a default magnification level for the Apple Watch but also adjust it dynamically. For those with visual impairments or partial blindness, it can make what are otherwise small, hard to see screen elements bigger and easier to see.

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How to set up and use Voice Over on Apple Watch

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How to set up and use Voice Over on Apple Watch

VoiceOver literally talks you through the Apple Watch interface, making the visuals accessible to those who need audio.

Part of Apple's suite of accessibility features, VoiceOver will speak the names of icons and apps, buttons and sliders — of everything that needs identifying and can be interacted with on your Apple Watch. For those with visual impairments or blindness, it can not only make technology usable, it can be life changing.

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