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How to use Memories in Photos for Mac

How do you rediscover all the amazing moments lost inside your library? With the Memories feature in Photos for Mac!

You've probably snapped some truly memorable photos and captured some awesome video, but it's probably been buried beneath thousands more over the years. That's why Apple made Memories. It bubbles up your favorite events in Photos for Mac, complete with music, transitions, related content, and more!

Here's how to navigate and get creative with Memories in the Photos app on Mac.

How to find Memories in the Photos app

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

You will now be able to see all of your available Memory slideshows.

How to watch a Memories slideshow in the Photos app

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like to watch.
  4. Click the play button. It looks like a triangle.

  5. Click Play Slideshow at the bottom of the menu that appears.
  6. Your slideshow will begin playing automatically on a full-screen mode.

How to change your slideshow theme in Memories in the Photos app

You can customize and change your Memory theme depending on the type of story your photos tell. It's a really great, simple, creative way to showcase a certain period of time or event!

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like to watch.
  4. Click the play button. It looks like a triangle.

  5. Click on the slideshow theme you would like to select.
  6. A preview will appear in the window on screen.

How to change your slideshow music in Memories in the Photos app

Just like customizing the theme of your Memories slideshow, you can also change up the music!

You can either choose your Memories music from your iTunes, or from their list of chosen songs.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like to watch.
  4. Click the play button. It looks like a triangle.

  5. Click Music.
  6. Select the song you would like to play in the background of your Memory slideshow.

How to view all photos that are in your Memories' slideshow

Get a better idea of how many photos and videos will be in your Memories' slideshow by taking a peek at all your pictures.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like.
  4. Click Show all.

All of the photos that are in the specific Memory will appear.

How to see who was in a Memory

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like.
  4. Scroll down until you find the People section.

You can scroll left and right to see who was in the Memory.

How to add a Memory to your favorite Memories

Keep your favorite moments close and quick to access by marking your favorite Memories' slideshows!

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of your screen.

  5. Click Add to Favorite Memories. If this is your first favorite Memory, a little icon will appear in the menu bar to the left of the screen that's called Favorite Memories.
  6. Click Favorite Memories to view your favorite Memories.

To remove a memory from favorite memories, simply scroll to the bottom of the memory and click Remove from Favorite Memories.

How to delete a Memory

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Click the Memory you would like.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of your screen.

  5. Click Delete Memory.
  6. Click Delete on the prompt that appears to delete your memory.

How to show an album as a Memory

  1. Launch Photos from your dock or Applications folder.
  2. Click on the album that you want to show as a memory.

  3. Click Show as Memory.
  4. Click the play button in the toolbar.

  5. Click Play Slideshow to play the memory.
  6. Scroll down and click Add to Memories to save the album as a permanent memory.

What do you think of Memories?

Now that you've had some time to explore Memories in the Photos app, what do you think about this new feature?

Update September, 2017: Updated language and screenshots under 'How to show an album as a Memory' to reflect changes in macOS High Sierra.

Enlighten your home appliances with iHome’s $45 iSP8 Wi-Fi SmartPlug

Discover new control over your old appliances.

The iHome iSP8 Wi-FI SmartPlug is on sale at Amazon for $44.99, a discount of $5 off its regular price.

Plug your coffee pot into it to schedule your drink in the morning, or connect your lights so you can turn them off at night without having to get out of bed. You can even sync it with personal assistants like Amazon Alexa and control your appliances with your voice.

  • Broadest Smart Home platform support, compatible with Apple HomeKit , Nest, Smart Things, Wink, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • WiFi enabled wall plug lets you control small appliances using 1800 watts or under
  • Great for controlling lights, window air conditioners, fans, portable heaters, coffee makers, home audio systems and more
  • Pre-paired remote control included. Turn plug on or off without smartphone or tablet. Great for children and guest control of connected devices
  • Global remote access., 24/7 home monitoring and control your SmartPlug and home products with the iHome Control App
  • Power usage monitoring via app. Helps you save money by monitoring the power your connected devices consume
  • Slim design fits into any standard 120 VAC outlet, leaving second outlet free

This product comes with a one-year warranty.

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Stop searching for a place to plug-in and charge with the $5 RAVPower mini battery pack

This small portable charger can fit in your pocket keep your phone charged to full!

The whole point of the smartphone revolution was we could carry the power of a full-blown computer in our pocket. We didn't have to make room for more stuff... until it came time to charge the battery. Then you needed a backpack just to carry all your cords and power adapters and giant, monolithic, battery packs.

That's the beauty of a mini external charger like the RAVPower Luster Mini 3350mAh portable battery pack. It can fit in your pocket, or purse, and you don't have to go out of your way to keep your phone juiced up. Right now it's down to $4.99 with code RAV3K5SD.

Its normal street price is $11. We haven't seen another deal on this RAVPower since the end of August and that deal only dropped it to $7, not $5.

Despite its size, it still has enough power to fully charge an iPhone 7 and similar phones. Assuming you actually leave the house with a full charge (and didn't forget to charge it all night like I usually do), it should keep you topped off while you're out. Other features include:

  • Thoughtful And Ergonomic Design: White plastic cap at the top and unique clip-inspired design prevent the charger from scratching and rolling off your desk
  • Easy-to-press power button plus three status LEDs keep you informed of remaining capacity
  • 1A output and 1A input: charge faster and smarter than others. Automatically detects and delivers the optimal charging current for any connected device, which ensures the fastest and most efficient charge
  • Short-circuit and over-current protection will make the charger automatically shut down if a short circuit or overload output occur while the unit is charging
  • Ultra reliable Lithium-Ion battery with over 500 battery charge cycles

RAVPower offers an 18-month warranty for the charger as well.

This charger only comes with one USB to micro USB cable, so grab an extra USB-C cord or Lightning cable if you need one.

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The best tech deals that you don’t want to miss out on

Our friends at Thrifter post some great deals every day, and here are the best ones available right now!

From mobile phones to general tech, home goods and much more, the team at Thrifter is scouring the web every single day to find the best deals. Whether something hits a new all-time low, gets discounted for just a limited time, or has a new coupon code available for it, you won't want to miss out any of them. If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!

So, what are the best deals that you should be looking at right now? Well, let's take a look at them so you can see which ones are best for you!

Etch A Sketch - $7.91 (Was $10.99)

Etch A Sketch. That's a name that brings back memories for lots of people out there, and sometimes you want to stop looking at those high-resolution Retina and OLED displays and give your eyes a break. Right now you can bring back a piece of your childhood and pick up a classic Etch A Sketch for just $9.99 at Amazon. Other retailers, like Walmart and Toys R Us sell this for as much as $20.

It may seem like a silly purchase to some, but to others, this is an absolute steal. Instead of trying to explain to your kids what brought you joy in the past, now you can show them.

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Anker Dual USB Car Charger - $6.99 (Normally $8.99)

Whether you are in your car for just a few minutes a day or spend a large portion of your day in it, you should definitely have a charger in it. We've seen tons of advancements in smartphone and tablet batteries lately, but we demand a lot from our phones and can't afford to have it die during the day.

Since you probably carry more than one gadget with you while on the go, you'll want to check out Anker's 24W dual-USB car charger. Right now you can pick one up for $6.99 at Amazon with coupon code BEST2311. Each USB port offers a 2.4A output, which is enough to easily charge a tablet at full-speed while on the go.

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Emerson Sensi Smart Thermostat - $95.99 (Normally $128.99)

The Sensi Smart Thermostat is down to $95.99 at Amazon right now. It hasn't dropped below $97 in 2017 and it spends most of its time hovering around the $130 mark.

Emerson's Sensi is fairly plain design-wise. It probably doesn't look too different from the thermostat you already have in your home. What it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in functionality and is a definite improvement over basic thermostats. With the accompanying smartphone app, you can use the Sensi to view and set the temperature and switch among the sort of features a thermostat should have like Heat and Cool.

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What’s new in macOS High Sierra

macOS High Sierra could be considered a minor upgrade, but it comes with some major new features.

Apple gave macOS 10.13 the "half-step" name of High Sierra with the tagline, Your Mac, Elevated. Basically, what that means is Apple didn't make a lot of big changes, but the changes it made are pretty impressive. There are some great new features in Photos, Notes, and Safari. Plus, Apple has added support for virtual reality and improved file compression for audio, video, and standard documents on your Mac with HEVC, HEIF, and APFS.

Here's a list of all the major changes in macOS High Sierra you can read about while you're downloading the update on your Mac.

What's new with VR on Mac in High Sierra

With the update to High Sierra, Apple added software support virtual reality on those Mac computers with hardware capabilities. Unity, Unreal Engine, and SteamVR will support Mac systems over the next few months. If you've got yourself a VR headset, like HTC Vive, you're about to get your VR game on!

Everything you need to know about VR on Mac

What's new in Photos in High Sierra

Some of the most noticable changes in High Sierra come in the Photos app on Mac. Just like in iOS 11, you can edit and create new mini GIF style clips with your Live Photos. Add filters, adjust lighting, and trim length of your Live Photos, then give them some Bounce, Loop, or Long Exposure for extra fun. There are also some new advanced editing tools in the Photos app on Mac that provide additional tools for adjusting white balance, levels, curves, and more.

What's new in Photos on Mac in High Sierra

What's new with Notes in High Sierra

Notes gets incrementally better with each operating system update. In High Sierra, Notes gets a table creation tool so you can build out more productive rich notes. My favorite feature in Notes is the ability to pin important notes to the top of your list. This also exists in iOS 11, so you can sync your pinned notes across your devices.

What's new in the Notes app on Mac in High Sierra

What's new in Mail in High Sierra

Mail's updates may be minor, but they are no less important. In High Sierra, you'll get better results when searching for a specific email. Recommended results show up in a new section in your mailbox called "Top Hits."

You can now use a dual-window Split View of the Mail app. Similar to two-window Safari, you can open Mail in Split View on one side of your full-screen and compose an Email in a separate window on the other side.

What's new with the Mail app in High Sierra

What's new in Safari

Safari is more secure than ever before in High Sierra. With website tracking customizations, you'll be able to block websites from tracking you across sites you visit. Autoplay can also be disabled for specific sites, or across your entire web browsing experience. If you hate autoplay videos on CNN, but don't mind them on Facebook, you can disable them on one site, but not have to disable it for the other. Speaking of customization, you can customize each website you visit with specific options, like content blockers, autoplay, Reader View, and more.

What's new in Safari on Mac in High Sierra

HEVC and HEIF: Everything you need to know

Apple's under-the-hood updates are actually the most significant ones. There's been some huge improvements on shrinking your files, while still making them as robust as possible. With HEVC and HEIF, you'll get double the compression on your photos and videos at half the space. HEVC makes it possible for you to download and edit your 4K videos at 40 percent the size without losing quality. HEIF does something similar, and also provides the ability to store groups of images as single files. These changes will work together with JPEG files and H.264 files, so you'll barely notice the difference (except that you'll notice how much faster you can access and edit your larger files).

What you need to know about HEVC and HEIF on Mac in High Sierra

APFS: Everything you need to know

APFS, or Apple File System, is the document and data version of HEVC and HEIF. It is a faster way to access your documents, and a better way to store them. It reduces file and data bloat on your Mac so you can make room for all those 4K videos.

What you need to know about APFS on Mac in High Sierra

What's new with Siri

Siri's update doesn't do a whole lot more in terms of function, but it's a whole lot different than Sierra's virtual assistant. Starting with voice. Siri's been updated with a much more natural sounding voice. It's so much more natural sounding that its ... unnatural. Siri also has some Music enhancements. It can start a playlist for you based on your activity, like working out or having a BBQ.

What's new with Siri on Mac in High Sierra

If you ran the beta on a Fusion Drive Mac

You may have heard some hubbub recently about APFS and Fusion Drive Macs. If you installed an early beta of High Sierra on a Mac with a Fusion Drive and converted your drive to APFS, you're going to have to convert back to HFS+. It's a bummer, but it's gotta be done (unless you can afford to set your Mac aside for a few months until a High Sierra update adds APFS support for Fusion Drives). We've got a basic guide for converting back to HFS+ with a link to Apple's support page.

How to revert your Fusion Drive back to HFS+ file system in macOS High Sierra

Apple apps that you won't be able to use when you upgrade

Apple made some deep changes to the Mac software, and as such, some older apps won't work with your Mac anymore. Check third-party developers for information regarding your favorite apps. Apple also sunsetted some of its older pro apps, like some apps for Final Cut Studio and Logic Studio. Be sure to check out the list before you update to High Sierra, just in case one of your must-have apps will no longer work with your Mac.

Apps that won't work with macOS High Sierra

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about macOS High Sierra?

If you're still wondering about what's new in High Sierra, take a gander at our coverage. You can also leave a comment below and we'll try to help you out as best we can.

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