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This week, how you can prepare for your next flight to the United States, and how I used Apple’s “Find My Phone” feature to avert disaster last weekend. But first, Tesla’s Model 3 EV is on the verge.

Tesla’s low cost, high range Model 3 EV is nearly in the world

Elon Musk kept the first Model 3 for himself.

The new electric vehicle (EV) from Tesla has a long range and entry-level price and Musk hopes will tip EVs in the auto market.

The next 30 Model 3s from Tesla will go to customers, who will be receiving their vehicles at a handover party next Friday, July 28, according to Musk.

The Model 3, first unveiled in March 2016, generated lots of excitement. Tesla had booked 350,000 preorders in a week, with each customer putting down a $1,000 deposit.

The true test will be whether Tesla can keep up with demand. Right now, Musk has said that production will start slow but grow exponentially: 100 in August, 1,500 in September, and pushing 20,000 per month by the end of the year.

If the company can’t keep up with demand, that would be an opportunity for other companies that have perfected manufacturing: General Motors and the Chevrolet Bolt, for example.

Apple’s “Find My Phone” feature for the win in Washington State

I was out of town last weekend, at the Timber music festival, which is held in Carnation, a quaint town along the Snoqualmie River about 30 minutes east of metro Seattle.

My family was there with friends, and we had a really nice weekend.

And on the Sunday morning as we were packing up to leave, I managed to forget my iPhone 7+ in the portable toilet.

I didn’t drop it in the hole or anything. Just set it down and didn’t pick it back up again.

It was at least 15 minutes before I realized what I’d done.

The phone wasn’t were I left it, of course. So I used my wife’s phone to call mine, hoping the person who had picked it up would answer it.

When that didn’t work, I realized I should have just started with the Find My Phone feature that Apple builds into its devices.

Instantly I could see where my iPhone was. I moved towards the green dot on the map and found myself in front of a group of teenagers. I asked them if any of them had picked up a phone, and indicated that I had tracked it to that location.

They all denied being in possession of the phone. I tapped the “Play Sound” button and while I couldn’t hear anything, the teens told me they could hear something in the long grass just behind them.

I got my iPhone back just before the group packed into a truck and drove away. I have no doubt that if I did not have access to Find My Phone, I would not have the device with me today.

Thanks, Apple.

You’re going to need more time at the airport if you’re flying to the U.S.

Starting this week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is requiring better scrutiny of air passengers flying into the United States.

Air Canada and WestJet are advising customers to give themselves two hours to clear airport security, where the extra screening is taking place.

The overall process hasn’t changed, but there is an increased likelihood that you could get selected for additional attention, with your carry-on being hand searched and your electronics being tested for residue.

You should be prepared to take laptops and tablets out of any protective cases, and you’ll need to be able to turn them on to prove they are fully functional devices.

The extra security is a byproduct of intelligence the U.S. claims to have received that terrorists had developed explosives that could be hidden in laptops. That led to an outright ban on computers and tablets from the cabins of flights heading to the U.S. from some airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

There is, as yet, no such ban on laptops and tablets for flights from Canada.

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This week, a closer look at the new iPad Pro models, including the perfectly-sized 10.5-inch edition, and Transport Canada provides new rules for the use of drones. But first, Amazon Prime Day approaches quickly. Are you ready?

Amazon Prime Day 2017 is on Tuesday, July 11

Amazon Prime is the online retailer’s subscription service. It costs Cdn$79 a year to subscribe, and benefits include free two-day shipping on many items, access to Prime Video, which produces shows like American Gods, Patriot, and Transparent.

Being a Prime member also means you get access to the deals that are part of the annual Prime Day sale.

Every category has something being sold for cheap on Prime Day. From Blu-ray box sets to camera gear to electronics to personal hygiene products, there will be something for everyone.

Many of the products that are steeply discounted are available in limited quantities, though, so it really is a “first come, first served” experience. In the days leading up to Prime Day you can visit Amazon and flag some things you’re interested in.

Amazon is also encouraging people to use its mobile app, and are offering app-only deals this year. You can get the app for Android and iOS.

I’ve been a Prime member for years, and I have to say that I save at least $100 a year in shipping costs.

iPad Pro’s two sizes make for more flexible tablet options

I need to say that it didn’t take long for me to love the first iPad Pro. The 12.9-inch screen was a delight for reading and watching videos. But I’ll begrudgingly admit that it was actually too big and heavy to be practical for how I used it.

The 10.5-inch model that Apple recently released solves that problem nicely. It’s light enough that I can hold it in one hand, but the advanced Retina display gives me the crisp resolution I want.

And the new 64-bit A10X Fusion chip means that the apps I run on the iPad Pro are blazing.

I’ve been testing out the new model for a couple of weeks, and I won’t go back.

The Apple Pencil, designed to work with the Pro line, is even more responsive on this screen. A light touch gives you thin lines, and pressing harder with the Apple Pencil gives you thicker lines. You can even shade with the edge of the stylus.

The obvious application is drawing and artistry, but the Apple Pencil can also be used to mark up documents or take notes.

Also available for the new iPad Pros are Smart Keyboards. This is an accessory that will draw comparisons to Microsoft’s Surface devices. Apple’s Smart Keyboard isn’t quite the same, though. It’s designed to be durable and to withstand things like spills, and the “spring” for the keys is created by the top layer of fabric.

It’s responsive enough, but Apple wanted this Smart Keyboard to be flat, which means its ergonomics aren’t ideal. You can type with it, but you won’t want to for long.

But that’s okay. Because I still think of the iPad as a tablet, and I still have a laptop for the keyboard work. I’ve not yet found that either device is good enough to render the other useless in my world.

And the iPad Pro line is Apple raising the bar again on what a tablet can be. It’ll get even better when the company releases the new mobile operating system, iOS 11, later this fall.

Transport Canada updates Canadian rules on use of drones

If you’ve got a drone, you shouldn’t need to be told to not fly it near airports. But just in case you need it in writing, Transport Canada has explicitly listed the conditions under which it is safe to fly a drone.

Larger drones, for example, need to be operated further away from “vehicles, vessels, and the public” (at least 75 metres if the drone weighs more than 1 kg).

The new rules are temporary while Transport Canada drafts new regulations for unmanned aircraft.

One thing that drone operators should also be aware of is that their actions are not only governed by Transport Canada. Drones also need to follow privacy and trespassing laws.

If you witness someone unsafely operating a drone, report them.

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