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5 things you can do right now to support Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

Looking to support today's Day of Action in order to help save net neutrality? Here are 5 things you can do to help.

At its core, net neutrality is the principle and belief that internet service providers (ISPs) should give customers access to all content, applications, and information available online without favoring or blocking any organization or website in particular. (Mike Tanasychuk)

Day of Action takes place on July 12, 2017, and if you don't really know what that is, it's essentially a global event that's been put together by Fight for the Future – which is a non-profit organization that deals with digital rights – in order to open a dialogue with the FCC regarding its plans to roll back laws surrounding net neutrality.

If you're someone who strongly believes in the cause and is looking to get involved in some way, shape, or form, there are a couple of things you can do to support Day of Action and save net neutrality.

1. Educate people — in any way possible

Whether it's in a brief conversation around the family dinner table, a post on Facebook to your friends, a retweet from your followers, or however else you choose to spread a message to the masses, educating people on what net neutrality is is key.

Giving people access to learning about what net neutrality is — and allowing them to come to their own conclusions — is important because not everyone may know or understand what net neutrality is, and if they do, they might have prior assumptions based on material from a not-so-great source.

Bringing net neutrality into conversation isn't all that difficult, and informing people about the issue casually (whether it be through social media, a conversation in the break-room at work, etc.) can be a good way to bring attention it.

2. Sign up at battleforthenet.com

You can sign up and join the protest at battleforthenet.com. If you do, you'll be joining hundreds of companies and organizations who want to keep the internet free for the entire U.S. to use and enjoy as every person sees fit. (Mike Tanasychuk)

Signing up and joining the protest against censorship is one direct step you can take in fighting the war against the elimination of net neutrality! You can even subscribe to Fight for the Future's newsletter to get updates about future campaigns if you want to stay in the loop.

3. Show people how much life would suck without it

It has been said that 80% of what people learn is visual. (Allen Klein)

There are a couple of companies that are doing this right now on platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and it's not only scary to think about, but it's even more terrifying to see actually taking effect across platforms and programs that you've grown to love and enjoy.

Use your social media to retweet and repost people who are showing good, visual examples of what the future could be like without net neutrality. Show your parents and your family members (who may not fully understand what's going on) what their favorite websites might ultimately look like if net neutrality is eradicated.

4. Get in touch with a member of Congress

You have a voice, and you have the right to use it — so use it!

If you're someone who is genuinely passionate about the issues regarding net neutrality, then consider writing to a member of your local Congress to voice your concerns and opinions.

You can even write the the FCC and tell them what net neutrality means to you and how its absence would change everything for the worse.

You can even get out and take part in protests near you (peacefully, of course). (Mike Tanasychuk)

5. Go online and educate yourself!

At the end of the day, the more exposure you get from different points of view, the more articles you read on the issue, and the more sources you're able to delve into to get your information will be the key to helping you not only educate yourself on net neutrality, but educate others.

The ironic part about this is if net neutrality goes down the tubes, educating yourself on the issue will probably be nearly impossible…

So why wait until it's too late?

How to get the Pride flag reaction on Facebook

Share some love on Facebook during Pride Month!

Everyone at iMore loves, well, love. We also have Facebook accounts! If you're celebrating Pride Month and have a Facebook account, you've already seen most of the account tweaks you can add, like temporary profile banners. If you want to go a little deeper, Facebook now lets you share the Pride flag as a reaction to both posts and comments. It's not a takeover of an existing reaction, it's an entirely unique reaction you can share!

Here's how to enable the Pride reaction for your account!

Enabling the Pride reaction on your Facebook Account

Like many other custom reactions on Facebook, you can opt-in by liking a specific page. In this case, liking the [email protected] page will enable the Pride reaction for your account.

Once you've liked the page, if you hadn't previously liked it, wait about five minutes and you'll see the rainbow option appear on both mobile and the web. This will probably only be around for the rest of the month, so enjoy it while it lasts!

Step-by-Step instructions

  1. Open the Facebook either through the app or browser
  2. Search for [email protected] in the top search bar
  3. Like the [email protected] page
  4. Wait five minutes
  5. Spread delightful rainbows as far and wide as you choose

Got it? Great! Have fun, and remember...

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Privacy is everything nowadays. It's hotly debated online, in political forums, and huge corporations are regularly selling our information so that other corporations can, in turn, make money off of us as well. A lot of folks are OK with that and view it as "just the way the world works" and other folks are tinfoil and don't even have a landline telephone. But you don't have to belong to either extreme camp — you can meet privacy and online freedom right in the middle.

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What you need is a VPN or "virtual private network". A VPN helps you browse the web anonymously by masking your online identity, thus preventing data mining, blocking ads and malware, cloaks your IP address, and more. In an age where identity theft, cloud leaks, and more are made easier thanks to the internet, you can protect yourself and feel at ease online.

The Private Internet Access VPN allows you to use up to five devices at once without limiting bandwidth so that you and the rest of your family can browse the internet in anonymity. This type of service is usually $166 for a two-year subscription, but through iMore Digital Offers, you can subscribe for $59.95, a savings of 63%. This VPN is perfect if you worry about your online privacy or if you like to view content from all over the world, since it bypasses censorship filters, freeing you from geographic filters. And, if the VPN connection is unexpectedly terminated, you can flip off your internet connection with a killswitch, so that you're not left open to any type of online attack.

If you hate online ads and you prefer your online identity and personal information to remain a secret, then a VPN is just what you need. Viewing unrestricted content from around the world is a bonus! You could end up spending hundreds on a VPN, especially if you're signing up for a multi-year period, but at iMore Digital Offers, you can subscribe to Private Internet Access for only $59.95 and browse safely, securely, and most importantly: anonymously.

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How to manage iCloud Photo Sharing

How can I manage my iCloud Photo Sharing settings, notifications, and so much more?

Sometimes managing and organizing your iCloud Photo Sharing can get a bit complicated and tedious, but we're here to help!

Here's how to manage your iCloud Photo Sharing!

How to access iCloud Photo Sharing

By accessing and organizing your iCloud Photo Sharing, you're able to share your images with friends all over the web. Here are the easiest ways to access iCloud Photo Sharing.

How to access iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen
  2. Tap Shared at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a cloud.

You will now have access to all your shared albums, the ability to create new shared albums, and so much more!

How to access iCloud Photo Sharing on Mac

  1. Launch Photos from your dock or the Finder.
  2. Double-click the photo you would like to share via iCloud Photo Sharing.

  3. Click on the share icon in the upper right corner. It looks like a box with an arrow coming out of the top of it.
  4. Click iCloud Photo Sharing.

You can then choose to add comments to the photo, add it to a new album, or add it to a previously created album. After you've created your iCloud Photo Sharing album, you'll be able to access it in the menu on the left of the Photos app.

How to edit settings for a Shared Photo album

Being able to add certain people to Shared Photo albums, tweak settings, and more allows you full and complete control over your images and who you choose to share them with. Here's how you can effortlessly edit settings for a Shared Photo album.

How to add people to a shared photo album on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Shared at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap the plus sign in the upper left corner to start a new album.

  4. Title your album and tap next.
  5. Type someone's name to invite them from your contact list or their email to add them to an album.
  6. Tap Create to create the album.

How to add people to a shared photo album on Mac

  1. Launch Photos.
  2. Click the Shared album you would like to view in your sidebar.

  3. Click the People icon in the upper right corner. It looks like a man in a circle.
  4. Click on the Invite People box and type in the phone number or email of the person you would like to invite.

You can also click on the blue plus sign in the blue circle for access to your contacts.

How to allow people to post a Shared Photo album on iPhone and iPad

Thanks to iCloud, you can share Photo Streams with others. It's not just a one-way experience, either. If you want to share vacation photos with the group you recently took a trip with, everyone can upload to one photo stream together.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Shared at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the album for which you want to allow subscribers to add photos. You might have to navigate out of your shared Activity stream first by tapping Sharing in the upper left corner to go back to your list of shared photo albums.

  4. Tap People at the bottom right of the screen.
  5. Toggle the switch next to Subscribers can Post on to allow others to add their photos to your shared Photo Stream.

Now everyone that subscribes to your Shared Photo Stream will be able to upload their photos to the same album.

How to allow people to post a Shared Photo album on on Mac

  1. Launch Photos from your dock or the Finder.
  2. Click the Shared album you would like to view in your sidebar.

  3. Click the People icon in the upper right corner. It looks like a man in a circle.
  4. Adjust the album title, the people the album is shared with, whether subscribers can post, if it can be publicly posted on iCloud.com, and notifications to your liking.

There's also an option at the bottom of the settings window that appears that lets you delete the album altogether.

How to remove a subscriber from a shared photo album on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Shared.
  3. Tap the album you would like to remove a subscriber from.

  4. Tap People.
  5. Tap the name of the subscriber you would like to remove from the album.
  6. Tap Remove Subscriber.

How to remove a subscriber from a shared photo album on Mac

  1. Launch Photos from your dock or the Finder.
  2. Click the Shared album you would like to view in your sidebar.

  3. Click the People icon in the upper right corner. It looks like a man in a circle.
  4. Click on the name, phone number, or email of the person you would like to remove from the shared album and click remove subscriber.

How to invite someone back to a shared Photo album on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Shared.
  3. Tap the album you would like to invite someone to.

  4. Tap People at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Tap Invite People
  6. Type the name of the person you would like to invite.

How to invite someone back to a shared Photo album on Mac

  1. Launch Photos.
  2. Click the Shared album you would like to view in your sidebar.

  3. Click the People icon in the upper right corner. It looks like a man in a circle.
  4. Click on the name, phone number, or email of the person you would like to remove from the shared album and click Resend Invitation.

How to like and comment on photos in a Shared Photo album

Being able to like and comment on Shared Photos is a great way to interact casually with the people you share an album with. Here's how!

How to like and comment on photos in a Shared Photo album on iPhone and iPad

Just like posting on social networking sites like Instagram or Facebook, you can like and comment on photos in a shared Photo Stream, the main difference being that only the people you have invited to share photos with will see what you liked and commented on. It's much more private.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Shared at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the album for which you want to like or comment on a photo. You might have to navigate out of your shared Activity stream first by tapping Sharing in the upper left corner to go back to your list of shared photo albums.

  4. Select a photo.
  5. Tap Like in the bottom right corner to like the photo.
  6. Tap Add a comment in the bottom middle to add a comment.

You can also hide all comments in a shared Photo Stream by tapping Hide Comments under a photo that has a comment attached to it.

How to like and comment on photos in a Shared Photo album on Mac

  1. Launch Photos from the dock or Finder.
  2. Click the Shared album you would like to view in your sidebar.

  3. Double-click the photo you would like to like or comment on.
  4. Click the comment and like icon in the photos lower left corner. It looks like a plus sign in a speech bubble. If your image has a lot of texture, you may miss it!

  5. Click the smiley face to like the photo.
  6. Or add a comment and click send when you're happy with it.

How to share a Photo album with people that don't own an Apple Gadget

If you want to share a Photo album with someone who is anti-Apple, never fear! There are some simple steps you can take if you're looking to share with people who don't own Apple gadgets.

How to share a Photo album with people that don't own an Apple Gadget on iPhone and iPad

Apple actually makes it possible for non-Apple users to see photos you've uploaded to iCloud by viewing them on a public website. All a person needs is the URL. Viewers using iCloud via a web browser will not be able to like or comment on photos, but they can download a copy onto their devices.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Shared at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the album for which you want to allow anyone to view photos from a web browser via iCloud.com. You might have to navigate out of your shared Activity stream first by tapping Sharing in the upper left corner to go back to your list of shared photo albums.

  4. Tap People at the bottom right of the screen.
  5. Toggle the Public Website switch on to allow anyone with the URL access to the shared album from a web browser.

These photos don't have any sort of privacy wall. Anyone with the link can access the photos. Keep that in mind when deciding to share your Photo Streams via a URL link from iCloud. To grab a copy of the link, tap Share Link.

How to share a Photo album with people that don't own an Apple Gadget on Mac

  1. Launch Photos from your dock or the Finder.
  2. Click the shared album you would like to access in the menu on the left.

  3. Click the People icon in the upper right corner. It looks like a man in a circle.
  4. Click Public Website.

How to unsubscribe from a shared photo album

If you're done having old Shared albums cluttering up your Photos, then you can easily and effortlessly unsubscribe. Here are the steps you need to take!

How to unsubscribe from a shared photo album on iPhone and iPad

Things change. People change. Sometimes, you don't want to see pictures of you and your ex doing awesome things together. Sometimes you just want to unsubscribe to a shared Photo Stream. If you want to remove memories from your iPhone or iPad (and your life), you can unsubscribe from a shared Photo Stream.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Shared at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the album from which you want to unsubscribe. You might have to navigate out of your shared Activity stream first by tapping Sharing in the upper left corner to go back to your list of shared photo albums.

  4. Tap People at the bottom right of the screen.
  5. Tap Unsubscribe at the bottom of the page.
  6. Tap Unsubscribe to confirm that you want to unsubscribe from the shared Photo Stream.

This will remove the Photo Stream from your device, including any you uploaded. If you added photos to a shared photo stream that you want to keep, be sure to download them onto your device before you unsubscribe.

How to unsubscribe from a shared photo album on Mac

  1. Launch Photos.
  2. Click the Shared album you would like to view in your sidebar.

  3. Click the People icon in the upper right corner. It looks like a man in a circle.
  4. Click on the name, phone number, or email of the person you would like to remove from the shared album and click remove subscriber.

How disable notifications for a shared photo album

If you have a particularly popular album amongst friends and family members where people are constantly liking and commenting on things, then turning off notifications may be a good way to go.

How disable notifications for a shared photo album on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Shared tab in the bottom navigation.
  3. Tap on Sharing in the top left to return to the main album menu if you aren't there already. By default, the Sharing tab shows the activity stream.

  4. Tap on the shared album you'd like to stop notifications for.
  5. Tap on People at the bottom.
  6. Turn Off the option for Notifications.

How disable notifications for a shared photo album on Mac

  1. Launch Photos from your dock or the Finder.
  2. Click the Shared album you would like to view in your sidebar.

  3. Click the People icon in the upper right corner. It looks like a man in a circle.
  4. Click on the Notifications to turn your settings on or off.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about managing shared albums with iCloud Photo Sharing on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

Best legal add-ons for Kodi

Kodi gets a bad rap for piracy, but there's a ton of legal stuff you can add to it for your enjoyment.

Kodi isn't illegal, despite what some poor reporting may have you believe. It's a terrific piece of media center software that can truly help you cut that cable cord and get all your stuff in one place. There are so many add-ons out there to make your Kodi experience better, it's hard to know where to begin.

There's a lot of quality, legal content available to you, and here's some of the best.

How to install add-ons from the Kodi repository

First, here are the basic steps you'll need to grab these add-ons from the official Kodi repository. These are based on the latest version, Kodi 17 Krypton using the stock skin:

  1. Select add-ons from the sidebar.
  2. Select download.
  3. Select video add-ons.
  4. Scroll all the way down the list until you find the add-on you're looking for.
  5. Select on the add-on to open the listing.
  6. Select the install button.

YouTube

Ah, YouTube. It's one of the first add-ons you should install on Kodi to get content on your big screen.

Navigating isn't quite as slick as you'd get on the website or on a mobile app, but assuming you already have your subscriptions set up you'll be good to go. It's even good for streaming YouTube Live broadcasts, as long as you know what to search for it'll come up and you can watch it on your TV.

HDHomeRun

While it's really easy to integrate your HDHomeRun tuner directly into Kodi, it does require a third-party developed add-on. If you'd prefer to avoid that and go straight to the developer, then you'll find the official HDHomeRun player available in the Kodi repository.

It also has the added benefit of using your DVR server if setup. HDHomeRun is busy preparing one as we speak, and it's currently $60 a year to try it out in early access. When properly released this will halve and only cost $30 for a full year of DVR goodness.

Twitch

If you, like me, spend an unnatural amount of time watching other people play video games, then the Twitch add-on is right up your street.

It's similar to YouTube in navigation; it's not quite what you'd find in an app or on the web. But you can log in and check out your followed streamers, browse by featured and top games just as you can on the web, and even indulge in chat. Though you'll probably want a keyboard for that.

Plex

It's still in beta right now, but if you're a Plex Pass subscriber you can install and use the official Plex add-on right now.

Plex is one of the best ways to create your own media server. It's cheap, simple to use and available on so many platforms it makes your head spin. If your media is in Plex, then with this add-on you can also access it through your Kodi system. Pretty neat.

Browse add-ons from the web

Kodi recently overhauled its website to allow you to browse its official add-on repository from the comfort of a web browser. It's a less painful way to view them all at a glance than scrolling through a seemingly neverending list, for sure.

The best way to install add-ons is still with the method mentioned above. However, if you're comfortable with deploying zip files, you can grab them from the web and do it that way.

Check out the Kodi add-on browser

How to install Kodi add-ons from SuperRepo

The official repository has hundreds of great add-ons to get started with, and you'll find all of them on the official Kodi wiki. Of note are Dbmc, a OneDrive alternative for folks who use Dropbox instead, HDHomeRun for users of those devices and South Park, which is perfectly legal in some territories, warning if you're geo-blocked. Not to mention American sports services like Fox Sports Go, which still requires you to authenticate through a cable provider.

There are also add-ons for legal services available outside the official Kodi repository. The ones selected here are available in SuperRepo, where not everything you'll find is above board. Some, like the ones listed here are, but you'll have to take responsibility for any grey and outright naughty areas you venture into.

To add SuperRepo to your Kodi system here's what you need to do:

  1. Open the system category.
  2. Select File Manager.
  3. Click the add source icon.
  4. Click the list (it might say "none") to open a text box where you can add a new source.
  5. Type http://srp.nu in the text box, and give it the name SuperRepo. Click Done.
  6. Back out to the home screen.
  7. Open the add-on browser.
  8. Click install from zip file.
  9. Select SuperRepo and click through to install the right zip for your build.

SuperRepo will now show up as a source alongside the official Kodi repository. Inside, you'll find these gems.

USTVNow

This is the first one to find in your new SuperRepo source. USTVNow is an online version of the cable channels you'll find through your cable company. CNN, NBC, Cartoon Network and a ton more are available and you'll always be able to find something to watch. You'll also find USTVNow in the official Kodi repository, but for faster updates and all-around better service, we recommend using the SuperRepo source.

USTVNow (the name is a clue) is for people in the U.S. only and requires an account. You can set that up, as well as stream to your computer, at USTVNow.com.

FilmOn TV

FilmOn TV is a service that offers both free and premium content. Good, current content. Whether you're looking for UFC matches, your favorite cable show, or A-list movies, you'll find them at FilmOn TV. You can also watch over 600 live TV channels or set up a recording to watch a show at your leisure. Paired with USTVNow, FilmON TV makes cord-cutting easy.

You will need to set up an account to use this at FilmOn.com.


If you've got a favorite legal Kodi service we didn't mention, be sure to share it with us all in the comments below so we can check it out!

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