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Loki Charms Cereal: Marvel Gets Marshmallow Before Disney Plus Show

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Loki has a different idea of ​​what the Lucky Charms box should look like.

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On Wednesday, when the Disney Plus show Loki premieres, you won’t have to wonder what kind of snack to serve for your viewing party. It has to be cereal. The naughty marvel antihero He’s taking over Lucky Charms, transforming them into Loki Charms.

Lucky Charms’ regular mascot is Lucky the Leprechaun, but trickster Tom Hiddleston is replacing the packaging with a limited edition of the cereal. The famous catchphrase “They are magically delicious” has been modified to “They are mischievously delicious.”

Lucky Charms showcased what the box looks like on Monday with an animated video. The packaging includes all of Loki’s favorite black and green color scheme. The content, however, will be the familiar crisp shapes alongside the usual colorful marshmallows that look like hearts, shamrocks, and unicorns.

Putting your hands in a box can be a bit tricky. Fans should visit the mischievouslydelicious.com website on Wednesday to buy a box. Pre-sale opens at 6 am PT “for participants who correctly guess the encryption password.” You will have to consult the site to try to find out the password. The regular passwordless sale begins at 8 am PT.

According to Comicbook.com, the cereal will cost $ 8 per box and there will only be 3,500 boxes available. While General Mills missed out on making Marvel-shaped marshmallows (I’d like some edible Infinity Stones please), the fun box design and pun is what makes this marketing hack work.

So stock up on milk and check out our Loki review before the premiere. The God of Mischief is about to become the God of Munchies.

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WatchOS 8 is coming soon. Here are all the Apple Watch updates you can expect

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This story is part of Apple event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Ready for some new features for your Apple Watch? WatchOS 8 played a big role at Apple WWDC 2021 event. The globally popular Apple Watch platform will see some exciting changes in its next software update, which you will see soon. Developers will have access to a beta version first, and the general public will be able to download the update later this year, probably in the fall.

Read more: Apple Watch SE vs. Series 6 vs. Series 3: How to choose?

The Breathe app is getting an update, from a new animation to help you focus to a “reflection” mode that asks you to think about something specific and improve mindfulness. Reflect will be available as a separate application so you can use it as much as you like.

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Fans of sleep tracking will find a new breathing rate that will track how many breaths you take in a minute and look at trends over time to see what needs improvement. The more you use this feature, the more likely Apple Health will show you more information about your sleep trends, which could lead to preventing potential future problems.

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Fitness workouts will now include tai chi and Pilates training modes, so you can more accurately track those activities. Like all other workouts, select the option and continue until you have finished a workout. All activity during that workout is shared with Apple Health.


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Popular Fitness Instructor Jeanette Jenkins To Be Added To Apple Fitness Plus, with seven new workouts for each body type. A new Artist Spotlight series will be added to focus on musicians and keep you moving. Expect them to be available on Apple Fitness Plus next month.

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The new Portraits watch face gives the popular photo watch face a greater focus on a person and offers depth with animations when you turn the crown of your watch. In addition to this, Apple Photos on the watch has been improved to give you more options and more easily find the photos you are looking for from your wrist.

Apple Watch messaging has also been improved, including tiny gif responses for browsing and improved voice responses. You can also send photos from the updated photos app in two taps, just like you would from your phone.

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Apple Health is also using your step-tracking data to help assess what it calls “walking stability.” This measurement analyzes your gait and balance, and shows you how to monitor the overall health of your steps in a single measurement.

The Apple Health app will give you a score based on available data and make recommendations to improve your walking stability. This feature is not limited to the Apple Watch, but if you already use one, you will be able to send additional information to this extent.

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One thing that is heavily rumored to be part of WatchOS 8 is glucose monitoring, which would exist alongside a new glucose sensor on a new Apple Watch. While the words were never said out loud, the “blood glucose highlights” were briefly seen on this slide during the event, so we may hear more about this feature once the next Apple Watch is ready. to be released.

The Apple Watch has come a long way since its original release in 2015, when it was initially touted as a luxury item complete with a $ 10,000 gold variant called the Apple Watch Edition. But in recent years, Apple has touted the watch as a health device, tracking the steps and activity of users. Additional Apple health-related features such as an ECG heart monitor, sync technology for gym equipment, and a meditation app.


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Windows 11: everything we want from Microsoft’s new operating system

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We still don’t know what the big Windows 10 redesign will look like, or if it will be called Windows 11, but we do have a few things we’d like to see in it.

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It seems that Windows 11 is happening. Microsoft wants to reveal what it’s been calling “the next generation of Windows“at a virtual event Thursday, despite previous promises that Windows 10 would be the final version of the operating system. Filtered images of the new version of Windows shows a total redesign, with a new Start menu, start screen and startup sound, and a more modern aesthetic, similar to that of Mac.

Outside of aesthetics, CNET editors, including Jason Hiner, Stephen Shankland, Lori Grunin, and myself, have high hopes for what the latest version of Windows might pack in terms of performance, productivity, and other features. This is what we expect to see in Windows 11 (or whatever the new version of Windows is called).

One control panel instead of two

A big complaint among Windows 10 users is the confusing division between the Control Panel and the Settings app. A single control panel interface would be a welcome improvement on Windows 11.

Computational videography for webcams

With many people switching to remote or hybrid work, the need for a robust webcam experience is imperative for all those zoom and team calls. The iPhone 12 Pro and recent Google Pixel Phones already includes computational image processing to improve quality. We’d love to see this feature in Windows 11 for webcams, which could also give PCs an edge over the new M1 Macs.

More Mac-like virtual desktops

Macs have a great feature known as Spaces that allow you to easily create multiple virtual desktops to keep your screen tidier. On Windows, do it take a few more steps. We would like to see easier virtual desktop creation and management in Windows 11.

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Virtual desktops help you distribute your applications across multiple workspaces.

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Stop forcing us to use Edge

Based on Microsoft Chrome Edge browser it is the default in Windows 10. Of course, you can change it to the browser of your choice, such as Chrome, Firefox or Brave. But some users have reported a problem with Microsoft. resetting the default back to edge. We hope it is easier to set and maintain the defaults in Windows 11.

Faster Windows updates

Windows 10 Microsoft’s move to offer Windows as a service, with continuous updates, which is great for keeping the represented machines safe. However, these updates can be slow. In Windows 11, we’d like to see a more Google-like approach with Chrome OS, where the update happens on a second partition to be done in the background.

Faster shutdown, reboot and wake up from sleep

PCs running Windows 10 may face slower shutdown, reboot, and wake-up times, sometimes due to the need to close applications like Task Manager. We would like to see those options accelerated in the next version.

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We’d like to see faster startup, shutdown, and wake-up times in Windows 11.

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Three-finger trackpad for drag and drop

MacOS offers the option of using three fingers on the trackpad to drag and drop items. But Windows machines currently double-click it to do this.

Easier options to reverse the direction of travel

Again, MacOS makes it easy to reverse the direction of mouse scrolling if you want to from System Preferences. But in Windows 10, you have to enter the registry and it is a more complicated process.

Simple user account creation

In Windows 10, you must sign in to create a new user account, and Microsoft recommends that the new account also be attached to a Microsoft account. We’d like to see easier user account creation without logging in or being pushed to create or connect a Microsoft account.

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We hope that setting up user accounts is a bit easier in Windows 11.

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Improve settings for multiple cameras, webcams, microphones, and headsets

With the rise of working from home, more people are upgrading their computers setup with multiple webcams, microphones, and headsets. However, Windows 10 makes it difficult to choose the device you want to use and sometimes requires you to disable one of the others. We’d like to see better options for switching between multiple devices in Windows 11.

What other features do you want to see in Windows 11? Turn off the sound below in the comments.

For more information, see everything we know so far about Windows 11 other how to download Windows 10 for free if you haven’t already.


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How to stream music for free with Amazon Prime

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Amazon prime Memberships come with much more than free two-day shipping. The Prime Video streaming service is quite popular, but you may not know that Amazon has music streaming too. We will show you how to start listening.

What is Amazon Music?

Amazon Music is actually made up of four different subscriptions, each with various music libraries and features. Here are the basic differences (a full comparison chart can be found here):

  • Free Amazon Music: It does not require a primary membership. Similar to Pandora, they are just playlists and stations with ads. Limited to one device at a time.
  • Amazon Music Prime: Included with your Amazon Prime membership. Two million songs, playlists, stations, and no ads. Limited to one device at a time.
  • With Amazon Music Unlimited: Requires a subscription outside of Prime. 60 million songs, playlists, stations and no ads.
  • Amazon Music HD: Requires a subscription outside of Prime. Same library as Music Unlimited, but with songs in HD, Ultra HD, and some with 3D studio sound. No Ads.

Amazon Music Prime is a good music streaming service in the middle of the road. It doesn’t have a huge music library like Spotify or Apple Music, but two million songs are decent. If you’re a casual music listener who doesn’t want to subscribe to an additional service, this is a great deal.

Where can I listen to Amazon Music?

Amazon Music is compatible with many of the popular platforms. That includes iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Kindle Fire tablets, Fire TVs, Echo devices, Windows PCs, Macs, and web browsers. You should be able to stream Amazon Music on almost any device you own.

How to get started with Amazon Music Prime

Using Amazon Music is really as simple as logging into your Amazon account. Of course, you will need to be a Prime member to use the Music Prime streaming package. The process will be the same for whatever platform you are using.

First, download the appropriate application for your platform. Here, we are using the Android application. You will be asked to log into your Amazon account.

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Once you are logged in, you will see a few different sections to explore. Mobile apps have tabs at the bottom, while desktop apps have tabs at the top. Scroll and search for music or do a search.

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You can save songs and albums to your music library or create playlists.

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That’s the basics of Amazon Music Prime. It’s a great little streaming service that you might not even know was available. If you are a Prime member, this is another little benefit that you don’t want to miss out on.

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Take 2: Spacewalking Astronauts Tackle Solar Panel Work

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Spacewalking astronauts are back 260 miles up, working to install powerful new solar panels outside the International Space Station.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Astronauts ventured on their second spacewalk in less than a week Sunday to install powerful new solar panels outside the International Space Station.

France’s Thomas Pesquet and NASA’s Shane Kimbrough picked up where they left off on Wednesday, when spacesuits and other problems prevented them from unrolling the first in a series of high-tech solar panels.

“Remember, it’s butterflies with biceps today,” astronaut Megan McArthur radioed from inside.

The spacewalkers managed to shut down the first solar wing last week, but had to delay the electrical connections and deploy the panel to its 63 feet (19 meters) in length. That topped Sunday’s to-do list.

These new solar wings are designed to unfold like a red carpet, unlike the station’s old ones that unfolded like an accordion. They will give the old station a much-needed electrical boost, as demand for space experiments and tourists grows.

NASA originally assigned two spacewalks for the job, one for each solar panel that is installed. But the managers added a third spacewalk, given all the above problems. Pesquet and Kimbrough will be dating again on Friday to complete work on the second panel delivered by Space X earlier this month.

This first pair will augment the space station’s oldest solar wings, which are degrading after 20 years of continuous operation.

SpaceX will deliver two more pairs over the next year.

Although smaller than the originals, the new solar panels can generate much more power. The space station needs this revitalization if NASA expects the space station to continue operating for the rest of this decade, with private guests paying millions of dollars to get on board.

A Russian film crew is scheduled to launch into the orbiting outpost this fall from Kazakhstan, followed by a string of wealthy businessmen. SpaceX is providing the trips from Cape Canaveral.

On Wednesday, Kimbrough’s suit display control panel broke down and he had to go back to the airlock to reset it. Then its cooling system registered a momentary pressure spike. “Space is difficult,” he later tweeted.

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AirTags Hands On: Apple’s Awesome Bluetooth Trackers Will Get An Android App

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Despite its small size, Apple AirTag has Bluetooth, ultra-wideband, and NFC to help you find it and attach items.

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This story is part of Apple event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

To apple AirTag It is a small Bluetooth tracker that connects to an object like your keys (with the help of a case sold separately) and can be located using Find my Apple network with an application on the iPhone, Mac or iPad. It offers a level of security and privacy unmatched by other Bluetooth trackers. Apple includes alerts to notify a person if an unknown AirTag travels with them, but some journalists and social media posts They suggest those unwanted tracking deterrents didn’t go far enough. Thursday, Apple said it would update the time it takes for an AirTag to play an alert once it is separated from its owner. Apple is working on a version of Android that will be released later this year to help those users “detect” if a stranger’s AirTag is moving with them.

Bluetooth trackers are not new. But AirTag’s biggest selling point is Find my Apple network, which is made up of hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Last week, the Find My network was opened to third parties They can use the net for items like bikes and headphones. This will only increase that number of devices on Find My and make it even more robust. And that’s important, because let’s say you lost your keys and they had an AirTag attached. As soon as someone with another device on the Find My network, such as an iPhone, crosses your path, AirTag will securely communicate with the iPhone in the background to update the location of your lost keys. AirTags is basically a framework that shows the strength and reach of Apple’s Find My network.


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AirTags works with any iPhone or iPodTouch on iOS 14.5 or any iPad on iPadOS 14.5. A single AirTag costs $ 29 (£ 29, AU $ 45) and a pack of four costs $ 99 (£ 99, AU $ 149). You can order an AirTag starting Friday, April 23, and AirTags will be available on April 30.

Read more: Apple AirTag is a rival to Tile: price, free engraving, Hermès accessories, privacy and more

An AirTag is slightly larger than a Junior Mint

I can’t stress enough how small an AirTag is. It weighs about the same as two quarts. It has a larger diameter than a Junior Mint, Milk Dud, or Mento, but not by much. One side is white, the other is stainless steel. And it feels well done. In fact, it is classified IP67 for dust and water resistance and can survive submerged up to 1 meter (approximately 3 feet) for 30 minutes.

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The Apple AirTag is slightly larger than some popular candies.

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Behind the stainless steel back is a replaceable CR2032 battery, which Apple claims will last for a year. Each AirTag comes with one already installed. When it starts to go down, your iPhone receives a notification. And CR2032 batteries are common. I like that Apple has decided to make the battery replaceable and easily accessible.

The Apple logo on the stainless steel side already has some scratches, just a few days ago. I have the AirTag on the Apple Leather Keychain on my keychain. The scratch marks are not deep. In fact, the metal itself doesn’t appear to be scratched at all. I’m not sure how the logo is applied to stainless steel, but the only way I can describe what happened is that it looks like a scratch. lottery ticket.

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After a day, the Apple logo has some marks on it.

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Get an AirTag setup with your iPhone

Setting up your AirTag is easy. Just pull the tab on the battery, bring it closer to your iPhone, and tap the Connect button. Is similar to set up a pair of AirPods. I had to update my iPhone to iOS 14.5, log into my iCloud account, and check the lock code on my iPhone. But even with the extra steps, it was a straightforward process.

From there, you will be asked to give it a name. For example, I called my AirTags “keys” because I attached them to my keys. I know, original. (Have a step-by-step guide on how to set up and use your AirTags here.)

Locate an AirTag by ringing a doorbell

Once AirTag is linked to your Apple ID, you can use and interact with the Find My app on the Items tab. To help you find your item, you can ping the attached AirTag and play a sound. The AirTag uses its surface as a sound actuator to produce sound, hence the absence of small speaker grilles.

Even if you don’t have the Find My app open on your iPhone, you can say, for example, “Hey Siri, where are my keys?” The AirTag will sound in response.


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AirTag uses the precision search function to guide you to it

But it gets better. If you have an iPhone 11 or 12, you can use Precision Finding to locate your AirTag. And that’s because AirTag, like the iPhone 11 and 12, has an ultra-wideband U1 chip to determine the exact distance and directions to reach it. A really cool interface pops up on your iPhone to guide you to the article and AirTag. It uses the iPhone’s cameras, its ARKit software, its accelerometer and gyroscope, along with the AirTag data to create a visual guide that, with haptic and sound, directs you to your lost item. Precision Finding works within the AirTag’s Bluetooth range.

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Precision Finding can take you step by step until you get to your item and AirTag.

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If someone finds a lost AirTag, they can interact with it using NFC

If your AirTag is far away, you can put it in Lost Mode, which allows you to enter a phone number. If someone comes across AirTag, they can touch it with an NFC phone (iOS or Android). This will take them to a website with information on how to contact you.

AirTags does not store your location data

You are the only one who can see where your AirTag is. Location data or history is not stored on the AirTag. When AirTag comes into contact with another Find My device, such as an iPhone, the location information is transferred encrypted and anonymously.

No one, not even Apple, knows the location of your AirTag or the identity of the Find My device used to find it. All Bluetooth signals rotate frequently, so other people can’t use them to track you.


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AirTags can’t reluctantly track someone else

There are people who might want to take advantage of the anonymity and privacy that AirTag offers to track someone else without their knowledge. Apple created a number of features to discourage unwanted tracking.

Any AirTag separated from its owner for a period of time will play a sound to alert you when it is moved. You don’t need an iPhone or Android phone to receive alerts from someone else’s AirTag. Let’s say I put my AirTag in your bag and leave. As soon as that AirTag is moved, it plays a sound to alert you so you can find it. You can use any NFC-enabled iOS or Android phone to interact with and receive information about my AirTag (as if it were in lost mode) or see instructions on how to remove and disable the battery.

On top of all that, your iPhone or iOS device can warn you of the presence of an AirTag that has been separated from its owner. You can then play a sound on the unknown AirTag to locate it. There is a bit of “the green bubble does not have the same characteristics as a blue bubble“What happens here with AirTags, but at the most basic level, even without a phone, unwanted AirTags are designed to be found.

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The AirTag can be deactivated by removing the CR2032 battery.

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Use of AirTags on pets or children

As soon as the AirTags were announced, I saw friends online joking about how they wanted to put one on their kid or dog or whatever. If you attach it to a pet, it must be within Bluetooth range of a device on the Find My network for its location to be updated; It is not of much use if your dog has escaped into the woods.

When it comes to children, the AirTag is designed for items, for example, your child’s backpack. The built-in features aimed at avoiding tracking that I mentioned above mean that an AirTag is not the best option for keeping your child’s location data. It would be better to use an Apple Watch with family settings.

AirTag Accessories

AirTags are small and can be kept in a purse pocket, for example, but they lack a hole for the key fob. The only way to attach it to something else is to buy and use a case. Apple sells AirTag holders and Third-party cases are already starting to be published.:

I was able to wear an AirTag for about 8 hours, which is not long. I hope to test it for a longer time and will come back with an in-depth review when I have had more time with AirTag.

read more: The first Apple AirTag accessories are here, and prices range from $ 13 to $ 449 (actually)

Update, April 23: Added that the Apple logo already has scratch marks.

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What does “DW” mean and how is it used?

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The acronym “DW” is a great way to make a conversation a little less tense. We tell you what it means and how to use it in your messages.

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DW means “don’t worry”. Used to tell someone to relax and stop worrying about something. It can be sent as a complete message on its own or combined with other phrases. For example, “dw about it” or “dw too much”.

It is a general term in text messages and chat applications, such as WhatsApp and iMessage. You can also find it on social media websites like Twitter and Instagram.

Initialism is written in lowercase “dw” instead of uppercase “DW”. It can also be written as “d / w” with a slash between the letters, similar to how “whatever” is written as “w / e”. However, this style is very outdated.

The origins of DW

The actual phrase “don’t worry” has been used for a long time. He was featured on the famous Bobby McFerrin song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” which topped the charts in 1988.

DW is part of the first group of Internet acronyms to become popular in the 1990s and 2000s. The first definition for it in Urban dictionary dates back to 2003. Along with other slang terms like TBH and AFK, DW emerged in online chat rooms and early Internet forums. Then it gained even more popularity with the emergence of instant messaging applications such as AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo Messenger.

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DW is a reassuring and reassuring acronym. Used to tell someone that they don’t need to worry about something. You can defuse a tense situation with someone in chat.

One of the most common uses for DW is to show that you have solved a problem or situation. For example, if someone is concerned about the weather for an outdoor event tomorrow, they might say, “dw, I checked the weather earlier today and the forecast was sunny.” In this context, DW gives someone the assurance that you can handle things.

Alternatively, it can also be used to minimize the meaning of something. For example, if someone is concerned about their outfit, they could say “dw” to tell them that it doesn’t really matter what they wear. In this use case, it is a friendlier alternative to “IDC” or “I don’t care”.

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Another use of the acronym DW can be found online marriage or parenting forums. In that context, it means “dear wife” or “dear wife,” an endearing online term for people to refer to their partner. It is often used in conjunction with other family-based Internet acronyms, such as DH, DS, and DD, which refer to “dear husband,” “dear son,” and “dear daughter,” respectively.

While this usage is significantly less common than “don’t worry,” you may come across it at times. It is often found in stories or posts that refer to someone’s spouse. For example, a user might post: “My DW recently painted our master bedroom. It looks incredible! “It can also be used in an ironic and sarcastic way. If you are actually very frustrated with your partner about something, you could use the additional” dear “to express it.

There are also other specific uses of DW. It may be an abbreviation for the popular British science fiction show Doctor Who and its titular hero in film and television circles. They are also the initials of a character from the adult animation show Archer.

How to use DW

To use DW, put it in place of where it would say “don’t worry”. If you are using it in a conversation or social media post, be sure to use the lowercase “dw”. Because it is an informal slang term, avoid using it in formal or business communications.

Here are some ways you can use DW in your messages:

  • dw, I’ll take care of it.
  • I already asked the landlord for repairs, dw about it.
  • dw, I’m sure things will get better soon.
  • dw about the laundry for now.

If you don’t want to worry about knowing the correct words when online, you should check out our explainer on other internet acronyms like NVM and TLDR.

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The iPhone 13 is not a shoo-in: Why the iPhone 12S could be Apple’s next flagship?

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until Apple Marquee Event in the Fall, the name of the next iPhone family is anyone’s guess. Many wonder: Will the company stick to a sequential naming scheme this year? Here at CNET, we’ve been referring to the next flagship as the iPhone 13 for the sake of continuity, but a wave of reports suggests that it may not be Apple’s chosen nickname.

Of the possible names, the iPhone 12S is rumored to be this year’s series favorite. Emergency iPhone 13. As of January Bloomberg article Quoting Apple engineers, he says only minor updates are planned for the next line, which will likely be an “S” version of the iPhone 12. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser also pointed to an iPhone 12S. We’ve seen Apple use this naming scheme in the past with the 2015 iPhone 6S, which replaced the 2014 iPhone 6, and again with the 2018 iPhone XS, a continuation of the 2017 iPhone X.

But yes other reports they are accurate, there won’t be an iPhone 13 in stores next year eitherApple is expected to make the jump to an iPhone 14 in 2022, excluding “iPhone 13” from its nomenclature entirely. This is why.

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The name iPhone 13 may be bad for optics

It’s no secret that the number 13’s association with bad luck has real-world answers. Ask the real estate developers who skip the 13th floor of their skyscrapers, the crowds of couples who avoid getting married on the 13th, or the psychologists who treat patients with triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13.

Apple knows that this less than favorable perception could scare customers out of buying an iPhone 13. Apple has not shied away from marking its products with the number 13 in the past, after launching the A13 bionic chipset and the iOS 13 software update, for example. However, this is a high-stakes branding exercise, as we are talking about the iPhone, one of the most popular consumer products of all time. A product that generates almost 50% of Apple’s billions of dollars in revenue.

read more: Apple’s iPhone 12 generated the highest revenue and profits in its company’s history

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The iPhone X (center), released in 2017 alongside the iPhone 8 (left) and iPhone 8 Plus (right).

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The iPhone 12S paves the way for a big update

By opting for the iPhone 12S name and omitting the iPhone 13, Apple could also be setting the stage for a radical design overhaul when the iPhone 14 or 15 arrives, just as it did with the iPhone X. You may recall that Apple skipped the name of the iPhone 9 in 2017, instead of following the iPhone 7 of 2016 with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X. And don’t forget, it was the iPhone X that redefined design standards and paved the way for the modern iPhone.

By some accounts, the iPhone 14 or 15 (or whatever Apple decides to call it) could be the company’s long-awaited entry into the world of folding smartphones. To be clear, we cannot say for sure if a foldable iPhone will see the light of day, but we are hopeful that it can happen next year. A Bloomberg report, released in January, said Apple already has a working prototype of a foldable iPhone screen, but did not confirm a launch. Other outlets, such as Taiwan’s Economic Daily, for example, singled out 2022 as the year the foldable iPhone will come to fruition. Prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointed to 2023.

Until Apple’s fall event, there are no guarantees on what name will be placed on this year’s iPhone. But if you are interested in learning more about what we expect from Phone 13, or Ahem, iPhone 12S family, read our roundup of some of the juiciest rumors about the iPhone.

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