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Now that we can add certain third-party accessories to Find My, that service for locating misplaced devices is going to prove ever more useful. Here’s how to set it up, add devices — and remove them, too.

Until that panicked moment when you realise that you’ve misplaced your AirPods, you’re likely to regard Find My has just one of the things you have to do when setting up an iPhone. Set up Face ID, sign in with your Apple ID, set up Find My.

We go through it quickly and most of us, most of the time, never needed to think about it again — and certain never wanted to. Now that Apple has extended the service to third-party devices, though, it’s going to become a much more familiar part of our routine.

Next time you buy an expensive device that can be tracked through Find My, for instance, you’re now going to add it. And when you sell that device, you’re going to want to remove it.

With this one development, Find My has become significantly more useful and so it’s going to be significantly more used. If you didn’t set it up when you got your new iPhone, do it now.

How to set up Find My on iPhone

  1. Go to Settings, then tap on your name
  2. Choose Find My from the list that appears
  3. Tap on Find My iPhone at the top of the screen
  4. Turn on Find My iPhone, Find My network, and Send Last Location
  5. Get back out to the main screen of Settings
  6. Now tap on Settings
  7. Choose Location Services
  8. Tap to turn on Location Services

L-R: open Settings, tap on your name, choose Find My, turn it on — and then turn on all the options

There is also an option to Share My Location, on the first page of Find Me. It’s useful for many reasons, and you can specify which family members you want to be able to share your location details with, but it’s not needed for tracking your own devices.

Strictly speaking, neither is anything except the Find My iPhone option. However, if your iPhone is running out of battery power, having this turned on means it will send its location just before it gives up the ghost.

How to turn on Find My for AirPods, Apple Watch, or Beats devices

Assuming that your AirPods, AirPods Pro, Apple Watch, or compatible Beats headphones are paired with your iPhone, they are automatically added to Find My when that phone is.

This is more than some assumption that those devices will be near your iPhone, and so tracking the phone means tracking them. Each device has its own, distinct entry in the Find My system.

They can each be found by themselves, they can each be made to play a sound — if the device has a speaker — and they can each be removed separately.

How to turn on Find My for a Mac

  1. Open System Preferences, and choose Security & Privacy
  2. If the Privacy tab isn’t automatically selected, click to choose it
  3. Click on the padlock icon at bottom left and enter your Mac’s password when prompted
  4. Click on Location Services
  5. If Enable Location Services isn’t already ticked on, tick it on
  6. Click on the icon of 12 dots in a grid, next to Security & Privacy at the top of the screen
  7. This takes you back to System Preferences, now click on Apple ID
  8. Choose iCloud
  9. Make sure Find My Mac is ticked on
  10. Click on the Options… button on the same line
  11. Turn on Find My Mac
  12. Turn on Find My network
  13. Click on Done

Again, there are more options you can consider as you go through these, but they’re not needed to make Find My work.

Chiefly, when you’re in Security & Privacy, and have enabled location services, you get a list of apps that are, or have been using your location. You can choose to tick or untick any of them, if you need.

There are also indicators next to some. There will be a location symbol next to each app that has used your location within the last 24 hours, for instance.

If you see any warning icons next to an app’s name, it’s most likely that the app has been moved or deleted since it ask you for permission to be included. It’s not very clear how you find out what the warning means, though.

Rather than clicking on the warning icon, you need to position the cursor over that icon, and wait several seconds. A pop-up will appear that explains what you’re being warned about.

Turn on Find My on Mac

Turn on Find My on Mac

If none of this is truly needed for Find My, then arguably neither is Find My network — not for your Mac, or for your iOS devices. Yet this is what’s new, this is the heart of Apple’s addition of third-party devices to the Find My system.

How and why to use Find My network

“Find My” is a very un-Apple-like contorted name that grew out of Find My iPhone and has come to mean find any Apple device or, now, many other devices. The contortion is only really confusing, though, over this name How and why to use Find My network.

It is not something you use to locate your home or office Wi-Fi network, nor even a hotspot which might be more likely to be on the move. It’s not Find My Network, it’s Find My network — with a lowercase “n.”

What turning this on does is enable the new feature that sees your devices as part of a global resource. “The Find My network is an encrypted, anonymous network of hundreds of millions of Apple devices that can help you locate your device,” says Apple.

Making sure Find My network is turned on means you have two ways of tracking your devices — and Apple makes it look seamlessly as if you have just one.

Finding devices from near and far

If you’ve lost your AirPods in the office, open the Find My app on your iPhone and look for them through that. If you’ve lost them in London, open the Find My app on your iPhone and do exactly the same thing.

It’s just that the data the app shows you will have come from very different routes.

Locally-lost devices will show up because they’ve sent you their location, or they’re near enough by to receive the request to play a sound. Devices mislaid in other cities, other countries, will show up because they are near someone else’s Apple device.

They’re practically bound to be near someone’s Apple gear, and you are more than bound to be near yours since you’re looking at the app on your iPhone right that moment.

Find My network is really the first sign of Apple’s forthcoming “AirTags” system. That system is known to work like the Tile tracking one, and it’s now embedded within the increasingly familiar Find My app.

So, though, are every device you’ve added and there’s going to come a time when you need to remove one or more. Maybe you just have a very long list now, or maybe you’ve sold one of the devices.

Also enable location sharing on Mac

Also enable location sharing on Mac

How to remove devices from Find My

  1. On the device, go to Find My in Settings, or System Preferences, as above
  2. Turn off Find My
  3. Next, turn off the device
  4. On another device you own, open the Find My app
  5. Tap or Click on Devices
  6. Select the device and then right-click on Mac, or tap on iOS
  7. Choose Remove This Device
  8. When prompted, confirm you want to do this

If you haven’t turned off Find My on the device, then when you choose Remove This Device, you’ll be told that it will reappear in the list next time it’s turned on.

Turn off the device and switch off Find My on it, then remove it from your list

Turn off the device and switch off Find My on it, then remove it from your list

There’s a slightly different final set of steps if you’re removing the device because you’ve sold or given it away.

  1. On another device you own, open the Find My app
  2. Tap or Click on Devices
  3. Select the device and then right-click on Mac, or tap on iOS
  4. Choose Erase the device
  5. You’ll be prompted as if the device were lost and you want it back: ignore the prompts to send a message
  6. Erasure can take a time, especially if the device is not presently online
  7. Wait until you get an automated email confirming the device is erased
  8. Then follow the steps above to remove the device from your list

You still don’t want to use Find My if you can help it

Hopefully you will never mislay an iPhone, have a MacBook stolen, or forget that you’ve reluctantly given your iPad to a family member who doesn’t appreciate it.

When you do, though, Find My is a help. And if Apple’s addition of third-party devices to its system does nothing else, it will make more of us more familiar with how to use this excellent Apple feature.

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String of satellites baffles residents, bugs astronomers

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A string of lights that lobbed across the night sky in parts of the United States over three nights earlier this week had callers frantically calling TV stations from Texas to Wisconsin and speculating that a fleet of UFOs was coming

PHILADELPHIA — A string of lights that lobbed across the night sky in parts of the U.S. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday had some people wondering if a fleet of UFOs was coming, but it had others— mostly amateur stargazers and professional astronomers— lamenting the industrialization of space.

The train of lights was actually a series of relatively low-flying satellites launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX as part of its Starlink internet service earlier this week. Callers swamped TV stations from Texas to Wisconsin reporting the lights and musing about UFOs.

An email to a spokesman for SpaceX was not returned Saturday, but astronomy experts said the number of lights in quick succession and their distance from Earth made them easily identifiable as Starlink satellites for those who are used to seeing them.

“The way you can tell they are Starlink satellites is they are like a string of pearls, these lights travelling in the same basic orbit, one right after the other,” said Dr. Richard Fienberg, press officer for the American Astronomical Society.

Fienberg said the satellites that are being launched in large groups called constellations string together when they orbit, especially right after launching. The strings get smaller as time goes on.

This month, SpaceX has already launched dozens of satellites. It is all part of a plan to bridge the digital divide and bring internet access to underserved areas of the world, with SpaceX tentatively scheduled to launch another 120 satellites later in the month. Overall, the company has sent about 1,500 satellites into orbit and has asked for permission to launch thousands more.

But prior to recent years, there were maybe a few hundred satellites total orbiting Earth, mostly visible as individual lights moving across the sky, Fienberg said. The other handful of companies that are planning to or have launched the satellite constellations have not launched recently and largely pushed them into orbit at a farther distance from Earth, he said.

Fienberg’s group as well as others that represent both professional and amateur stargazers don’t love the proliferation of satellites that can obscure scientific data and ruin a clear night of watching the universe. The International Astronomical Union issued a statement in July 2019 noting concern about the multiple satellite launches.

“The organisation, in general, embraces the principle of a dark and radio-quiet sky as not only essential to advancing our understanding of the Universe of which we are a part, but also as a resource for all humanity and for the protection of nocturnal wildlife,” the union’s representatives wrote. They noted that light reflection can interfere with astronomical research, but the radio-waves can also cause problems for specialized research equipment such as those that captured the first images of a black hole.

Fienberg said there is no real regulation of light pollution from satellites, but SpaceX has voluntarily worked to mitigate that by creating visors that dampen the satellites’ reflection of sunlight. They’ve made significant progress in just two years, he said, but many hope that the satellites will some day be at such a low magnitude that they will not be visible to the naked eye even at dusk or dawn.

Fienberg noted a massive telescope being built in Chile, costing millions of dollars and a decade of planning. The telescope will capture a huge swath of the sky in the Southern hemisphere and take continual pictures to record a sort of movie that will show the universe changing. Because of its size, nearly eight meters across, the massive telescope could also lead to the discovery of dimmer objects in the night sky, he said.

The plan is for the telescope to start recording in 2023. And with plans for thousands of satellites, Fienberg said it’s hard to imagine that they won’t cause issues with the data since there’s no way to correct for their lights and know what amount of light should be emitted from any dimmer objects behind the path of the satellites, which could also create ghost images in the data.

“We’re talking with companies now and hoping to continue to make progress, and potentially by the time it goes into operation, have tools and techniques to correct for the lights and perhaps fainter satellites,” Fienberg said. “We can’t say this is wrong and you have to stop because the point is to provide internet access to the whole globe. It’s an admirable goal, that we would support, if it didn’t mean giving up something else… the night sky.”

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Tesla, SpaceX and Boring Company honcho Elon Musk isn’t the only tech-world curiosity stirring up New York this weekend. It seems the soon-to-be SNL host has been joined by the Tesla Cybertruck (or at least a prototype of it).

The notorious Armageddon-ready e-pickup, which starred in a viral demo-gone-wrong in 2019, appears in a video tweeted out Saturday by Tesla. The brief clip shows the vehicle rolling past the Radio City Music Hall (doesn’t look like any Rockettes were injured during the stunt — or any rockets either, for that matter).

Twitter user Eric Rihlman also tweeted out footage of the Cybertruck, and he posted a still shot of the pickup making its way through Times Square on Friday night, along with a comment about the “Blade Runner vibes” he felt on witnessing the spectacle.

That tweet got a rise out of Musk himself, who replied, “Great pic.” (On Friday, Musk had tweeted that the prototype would be visiting New York.)

Musk of course is scheduled to host Saturday Night Live tonight, where, he’s said, there’s “no telling” what he’ll do. Here’s how to watch, as well as what to know about the comments that Musk, his fans, and SNL cast members have made about his role as host.

As for the Tesla Cybertruck, it’s supposed to launch sometime this year. But in April, Musk made it sound like that may not be happening.


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How to watch Technoking Elon Musk on SNL

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is hosting Saturday Night Live this week. He’s coming in fresh from Wednesday’s successful Starship prototype landing but also on the heels of recent customer complaints about Tesla’s Solar Roof costs and last month’s deadly Tesla crash. If you have the desire to spend part of your Saturday finding out if the self-proclaimed Technoking makes a good comedy show host, here are the details.

Update: NBC announced Saturday afternoon that the show would be live-streamed internationally for the first time. The link for people to watch outside of the US is here.

How do I watch?

SNL airs on NBC, and it’s available to watch on the NBC website if you have a cable login. It will also be available on other live TV streaming services like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and Fubo TV.

If you don’t catch it live, SNL episodes are available on Hulu and Peacock the next day.

When does it start?

It starts at 11:30PM ET on May 8th, which is — you guessed it — Saturday night.

What will happen?

Miley Cyrus will be performing. Beyond that, who knows! Perhaps Musk will make a bunch of references to Dogecoin, do a skit where he re-creates the faces he pulled while smoking weed, or joke about rockets catching fire. Maybe his Twitter charisma won’t quite carry over, or maybe he’ll shock us with a surprisingly good delivery of a witty monologue. It remains to be seen, but either way, I’m sure we’ll hear all about it on Twitter.

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