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Apple Watch’s ‘Schooltime’ Isn’t Just for Kids

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It’s a good thing I didn’t have a lot of geeky gear back when I was in school. I would absolutely have failed every class because I’d have spent all of them mucking around on my smartphone and/or smartwatch. (One can only play so much Drugwars on one’s TI-83 calculator.)

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To help counteract this, Apple introduced a new “Schooltime” mode in watchOS 7. In theory, it is supposed to make it easy for any teacher to see that your kid has the mode enabled, as it turns their watch face into a bright yellow clock. At the same time, said student also loses the ability to access apps, view notifications, and otherwise distract themselves with anything more than checking the time.

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“But wait,” you say. “That sounds kind of nice.”

It does. And kudos to Apple for opening up Schooltime to more than just those in a family-sharing setup. You, by your lonesome, can enable this setting on your Apple Watch if you want—no lunchbox or .edu email needed. I think it’s a great solution if you are looking for something a little more restricted than the Do Not Disturb mode. You’ll still get emergency notifications and be able to check the time, but it’ll be a lot harder for you to distract yourself with apps.

How to enable ‘Schooltime’ in watchOS 7

Enabling Schooltime is easy. Simply swipe up on your Apple Watch to pull up the Control Center. Scroll to the bottom and tap on Edit, and then scroll down until you see the icon of someone raising their hand—it’s under the “More” section. Tap the green plus sign to add that to your Control Center, and then tap on “Done.”

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To fire up Schooltime mode, simply tap on that new icon, and then tap on the yellow “Schooltime” box that appears. You’ll now enter Schooltime mode, which turns your Apple Watch face into this:

Illustration for article titled Apple Watchs Schooltime Isnt Just for Kids

Screenshot: David Murphy

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Even with this bright, yellow face enabled, your Apple Watch will still go to sleep as it normally does, but tapping the screen or flicking your wrist will only show you the time. The only way to get rid of it and go back to your normal Apple Watch is to turn your Digital Crown. When you do, you’ll get a notification that tells you how long you used Schooltime.

Setting up Schooltime is a smidge more complex if you’re a parent looking to put it on your kid’s Apple Watch—at least, if you want to be able to force a Schooltime schedule on your kid and/or see when they turned Schooltime off.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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