How to use the group messaging features in iOS 14

Learn about iOS 14’s new group messaging features that make long conversations easier to manage with threads and how to add more personalization to your group.

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iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 has brought about some substantial changes to the Messages app, building on the redesign that Apple completed in iOS 13 with the ability to set up profiles for iMessage conversations. This new redesign brings about some great new features for group conversations, which have likely been used more frequently due to social distancing in the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. These new features, like the ability to set a group photo, threaded replies, and mentions make for a great new experience when there’s a conversation going with multiple people.

Let’s take a look at these three new group features and learn how you can utilize them in your own workflow.

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Setting group information

iOS 11 featured the ability to set a name for group messages to distinguish between the various chats that you might have going in the Messages app at any given time, but Apple upped that a notch with iOS 14. You now have the ability to set not only

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2020 Subaru Legacy review: A feature-rich sedan with a vanilla wrapper

It won’t win any fashion contests, but the Legacy’s real beauty is found within.


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Despite not looking all that different, the 2020 Subaru Legacy pictured here is a brand-new sedan. And while it might not stir emotions with its design, those who look beneath the conservative sheet metal will discover a spacious interior chock full of new technology, not to mention a more robust chassis that makes the Legacy much nicer to drive.

Like

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Cushy ride comfort
  • Massive infotainment screen

Don’t Like

  • Bland exterior styling
  • Base engine is somewhat gutless

Beneath the skin

The 2020 Legacy rides on Subaru’s new global platform that also underpins the Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza and Outback. This stiffer, stronger frame forms the bones of a sedan that’s about the same size as before, with a 108.3-inch wheelbase.

For those hoping the stiffer platform translates to tighter, more responsive handling, I’m sorry to say that’s not the case. Tossing the Legacy Sport into curves, you’ll experience some dive under braking and a bit of controlled roll at turn in. The car’s road-holding abilities are

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2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 review: More than enough, but something’s missing

A four-cylinder engine joins the Supra range for 2021 and it’s a good ‘un!


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After a couple hours in the 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 I thought to myself, “We waited two decades for this, a reskinned BMW Z4 with a fixed roof?” Don’t get me wrong, this new, entry-level, four-cylinder Supra is stylish, sharp and plenty swift, but it still lacks a certain magic, that somethin’-somethin’ that compels you to take a late-night drive to get some milk even though there’s still plenty in the fridge.

Like

  • Impressive fuel efficiency
  • Blistering acceleration
  • Sharp steering
  • Exotic looks

Don’t Like

  • Unintuitive infotainment system
  • Gargantuan roof pillars
  • Where’s the magic?

Mazda’s pint-sized Miata has exactly this enchanted feel; its spellbinding dynamics harmonize with your soul. Something like a Ford Shelby GT350 with its bellowing V8 can provide similar feels, albeit on a much larger, louder scale. But the Supra gives me no such tingles. I feel no more connected to it than I do to my work laptop. Both are purposeful and highly responsive, but I’m in love with neither.

This sentiment was completely unexpected because the Supra does the sports-car thing well, Bavarian underpinnings and all. The car’s

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Stimulus check eligibility status: What you should know so far

It’s expected that millions more people will be included the second time around.


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Millions of people who didn’t count toward a first stimulus payment may qualify in some capacity for a second direct payment if Republicans and Democrats can finally strike a deal for a new stimulus bill that broadens the requirements.

Both sides of the aisle have said in their respective proposals that there should be a second stimulus payment for as much as $1,200 and an expansion of who qualifies as a dependent. (CNET’s stimulus check calculator can help you estimate your potential payment.) As negotiations to get a second stimulus check in motion tentatively pick up the threads of a bitter road block, let’s take a look at everything we know about what the eligibility requirements could look like in a second round of payments. 

(And for a broader view, here’s what you need to know about stimulus checks in six simple points.) We update this story regularly.

Stimulus check qualifications: Could you be eligible?

We won’t know for certain who will qualify for a new stimulus payment until Congress passes the legislation. We can, however, draw

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How to migrate data, apps, and settings to Apple’s iPad 8th gen or new iPad Air

Apple’s September 2020 event introduced two new iPad models: The 8th generation iPad and the iPad Air 4. Learn how to migrate your data, apps, and settings to one of the new Apple tablets.

Apple’s new iPad Air include new full-screen design and a faster processor, among other upgrades.

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Apple announced the new all-screen 10.9-inch iPad Air in five different finishes and the 10.2-inch iPad in three different finishes at its September 2020 event. The new models just don’t look good. The iPad Air version shown above boasts Apple’s new A14 Bionic CPUs, Liquid Retina displays, and Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard support. The 10.2-inch iPad features faster A12 Bionic engines and Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard compatibility. If you purchase one of these new Apple tablets–whether it’s for design or performance reasons–here are steps for smoothly migrating data and settings from an older model to one of the new devices.

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Back before cloud services became popular, migrating files, content, configuration settings, and other information from one tablet computer to another proved a challenge. Apple’s iCloud service makes the process of migrating your setup from an older iPad

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How to use the Apple Pencil features of iPadOS 14

iPadOS 14 features all-new Apple Pencil support that will let you write and draw across the OS to interact with text fields, and in the Notes app.

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When the Apple Pencil was first announced for the iPad Pro back in 2015, it rightfully garnered a lot of attention. It was the perfect companion for the iPad for graphic designers and artists because the near zero-latency input of the pencil meant that you had almost the same drawing experience as on a piece of paper.

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For a few years, the features of the Apple Pencil didn’t really change, until Apple unveiled iPadOS 14 at its WWDC developer conference in June 2020. This is when all iPad users started to take notice of the Apple Pencil and the new features that the OS would be brining.

Now that iPadOS 14 has been released, let’s take a look at two of our favorite features in the release: Scribble and Notes. Both of these features take full advantage of the Apple Pencil and Apple Pencil 2 on compatible iPad models, so grab your Apple Pencil and follow along.

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