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Feature Request: iPad Workouts Dashboard for Apple Watch exercises

I sometimes use my iPad at the gym to watch videos or read iBooks to pass time while exercising with the elliptical or treadmill. The tablet form factor is sleek and doesn’t draw attention to itself, and the iPad usually lays over whatever screen the gym equipment offers.

This works well because I usually ignore the heart rate trackers and progress indicators on exercise equipment and just rely on my Apple Watch for workout data. I glance at my wrist to check my progress and view metrics while using the iPad for entertainment.

Over the weekend I used a hotel gym that offered exercise machines with large screens and an easy-to-use interface, however, that made me think of how the iPad could be used for more…

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Not to be outdone by Instagram, Snapchat unveils custom Stories of its own

Just a few hours following Instagram’s announcement regarding all-new location and hashtag-based Stories in the app’s Explore tab, rival Snapchat just announced custom Stories of its own. Now there’s a new way to create Stories in Snapchat 10.9 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

You can create a custom Story in a specific location or with your cherry-picked friends. “It’s perfect for a trip, a birthday party or a new baby Story just for the family,” notes Snap.

Tap the Create Story icon in the top-right corner of the Stories screen to get started.

Song: “Sunroof” by courtship

Of course, you have the tools at your disposal to control who can add to your Story and who can view it. And by using geofencing, you can attach your Story to a specific location. Your custom Story disappears automatically if no one has contributed to it in the past 24 hours.

Aside from custom Stories, this edition of Snapchat puts your own Bitmoji selfie inside your Snapcode. To change the mood of your Bitmoji, just tap the Edit Bitmoji command.

Grab Snapchat for free on App Store.


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Pinterest expanding Lens feature to identify recipes, partnering with Epicurious and more for food ratings

Pinterest first started rolling out its new Lens feature back in February, and now the social network is expanding the visual discovery tool to identify recipes just by scanning foods.

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Upcoming HomeKit support will let you voice-control your Ikea smart lighting

Furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories giant Ikea announced on Tuesday that its inexpensive Trådfri smart lighting system will soon gain support for HomeKit, Apple’s smart home management platform.

German publication iPhone-ticker.de reports that Ikea is readying a software update to its Trådfri app to make its smart lighting products controllable not only via Apple’s HomeKit system, but also through Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home smart speakers.

The new firmware update should arrive in the summer.

HomeKit will let you use Siri to voice-control Ikea’s smart bulbs and incorporate HomeKit-enabled Ikea products in your custom scenes through Apple’s Home app on iPhone and iPad.

The official Trådfri app, seen below, allows different family members to easily customize the light and atmosphere however they want, depending on their activity (i.e. choose a light for early mornings, another for late evenings and a third for cooking or working at home).

Announced in March 2017, Ikea’s extensive smart lighting lineup sports plug-and-play simplicity at significantly lower prices than similar systems from the likes of Philips and others.

Starting at $12 a piece, for instance, Ikea’s smart bulbs cost half as much as Philips’ Hue range at $30 per white bulb (goes all the way up to $50 per bulb if you want color). With Ikea’s app, you can dim, turn off, turn on and switch your Ikea smart bulbs from warm to cold light.

The full range of smart lighting systems from Ikea includes LED bulbs, dimming lights, illuminated panels, a motion sensor kit and a gateway device. It was unclear at the time of this writing whether or not Ikea is planning on eventually making its whole range of smart products for the connected home compatible with the HomeKit platform, which would be splendid.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Ecobee3 Thermostat $148, SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit Drive $28, Logitech Wireless Keyboard $60, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Ecobee3 2nd Gen. Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with HomeKit support for $148 shipped (Reg. $185)

Daily Deals: SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive $28, LG 60″ 4K Smart UHDTV $650, more

Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard $60 (Reg. $80)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB gets a $279 discount to $920 shipped

Apple iPhone 6s (manufacturer refurb): 16GB $280, 64GB $340, more

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now just $1 on the App Store (Reg. $7)

Review: This is Ground takes on Apple Watch in style w/ new Connoisseur bands

9to5Rewards: Twelve South Action Sleeve for Apple Watch [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Caseology iPhone 7/Plus and Galaxy S8/Plus cases in multiple styles from $4

iTunes Movie Deals: 10-film Action Collection $10, Pirates of the Caribbean $13, more!

LEGO, Batman, Adventure and Fantasy iTunes Digital Movie Sale from $5

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Haikara smartwatch focuses on fashion with customizable watch faces and bands

This Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth Speaker is actually made out of reclaimed records

Beyond Zero’s liquor freezer puts your cocktail “in the rocks”

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller + $50 Amazon Gift Card: 8-Zone $200, more

Bose SoundLink Mini Series I Bluetooth speaker for $130 shipped (refurb, Orig. $200)

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