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  • newApple Pay's Express Transit Feature Now Supported in 275 Chinese Cities
    From today, iPhone users across China can set up their T-Union cards for Express Transit, Apple's contactless transit payment system. The new support is a result of a partnership between Apple and China T-Union, a contactless transit card currently used in 275 Chinese cities.Express Transit is an Apple Pay feature that allows users to pay fares with a swipe of their ‌iPhone‌ or Apple Watch at the turnstile without having to unlock their device first with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.H…
    - 3 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:18pm -
  • newApple CEO to Address Employees at Virtual Company-Wide Meeting Later This Month
    Apple CEO Tim Cook will hold a company-wide virtual meeting later this month for employees to ask questions about working-from-home arrangements that have been put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple sent a note to staff on Wednesday advising them of the plan.It asked that questions be submitted by end of day on Saturday and also encouraged workers to share their experiences of working through the disruption to daily life that the Covid-19…
    - 4 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 2:25pm -
  • newDisney+ Reaches 50 Million Subscribers in Just Five Months
    Five months after launching, and with millions of people stuck at home, Disney's streaming service Disney+ now has 50 million subscribers, reports Deadline.Disney+ in early February had 28.6 million subscribers, which means the streaming service has grown by 21.4 million subscribers in the last two months. Much of the boost can be attributed to recent launches of the service in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, France, Switzerland, and India.50 million subscribers is ahead of…
    - 13 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 5:16am -
  • newFoxconn and Other Chinese Factories Implement Strict Measures to Prevent Another Outbreak
    Foxconn and other factories in China have implemented stringent measures to prevent the another viral outbreak in the country, according to an overview of the practices shared today by The Washington Post.Pages from a manual issued by Foxconn that covers rules employees must follow. Image from The Washington Post.Apple iPhone supplier Foxconn, for example, has organized workers into teams of 20 who stick together day and night for health tracking purposes. "The same group of employees work, t…
    - 13 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 4:56am -
  • newUnicode Consortium Delays Emoji 14 Update for Six Months, Emoji 13 Characters Not Affected
    The Unicode Consortium today announced that it is delaying version 14 of the Unicode Standard by six months due to the impact of the ongoing pandemic, and the delay will affect emoji that were scheduled to be included as part of the update.Unicode 13 Emoji image via Emojipedia"Under the current circumstances we've heard that our contributors have a lot on their plates at the moment and decided it was in the best interests of our volunteers and the organizations that depend on the standard to pu…
    - 14 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 4:29am -
  • newApple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.4 Supplemental Update With FaceTime Bug Fix
    Apple today released a supplemental update to macOS Catalina 10.15.4, two weeks after releasing the macOS Catalina 10.15.4 update with Screen Time Communication Limits and Real-Time Apple Music lyrics.The ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 Supplemental Update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free using the Update feature in the System Preferences app.The new software introduces a fix that caused Mac computers running ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 to be unable to participate in FaceTime…
    - 15 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:27am -
  • newSix iPad and iPhone Apps and Games to Keep You Entertained at Home
    If you're stuck at home and are looking for things to do, our latest YouTube video has some suggestions for various apps and games that we've found fun during our quarantine period. We're highlighting podcast apps, a few games, and a couple other options that will hopefully help keep you or your family members entertained this week. Some of these are iPhone and iPad, while some are ‌iPad‌ only.Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.Quibi ($4.99/Month)- Quibi, which stan…
    - 15 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:19am -
  • newApple Releases watchOS 6.2.1 With FaceTime Bug Fix
    Apple today released watchOS 6.2.1, the seventh update to the watchOS 6 operating system that's designed to run on modern Apple Watch models. watchOS 6.2.1 comes two weeks after the release of watchOS 6.2, which brought a in-app purchases to the watchOS App Store.watchOS 6.2.1 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated ‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To install the new software, the ‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌ needs to have at leas…
    - 16 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 2:03am -
  • newTeen iPhone Ownership Hits an All-Time High in Long-Running Survey
    The iPhone continues to be the most popular smartphone among U.S. teens, a title that it has held for many years, according to new data gathered by investment firm Piper Sandler for its most recent semiannual teen survey in the United States.85 percent of teens surveyed own an ‌iPhone‌, and 88 percent expect an ‌iPhone‌ to be their next phone, both of which are new all-time survey highs, but it's worth keeping in mind that most of these respondents are from higher-income families. Last…
    - 18 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 12:15am -
  • newApple Releases Safari Technology Preview 104 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements
    Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced four years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.Safari Technology Preview release 104 includes extensive bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Inspector, Web API, CSS, Web Animations, Intersection Observer, Media, WebRTC, WebAuthn, and Safari Extensions. The new Safar…
    - 20 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 10:15pm -
  • newApple Sending Replacement AirPods With Unreleased Firmware, Rendering Them Unusable
    Customers who require a replacement AirPod from Apple have in some cases been receiving an AirPod running 2D3 firmware, which is not a version of the AirPods firmware that's been publicly released.As described on the MacRumors forum and Reddit (via iMore), customers who get an AirPod with the 2D3 firmware are unable to pair it with the existing unreplaced AirPod, leaving the ‌AirPods‌ unable to be used together.Apple has apparently been shipping these ‌AirPods‌ running the unusable f…
    - 20 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 9:53pm -
  • newApple Working Out Plans to Safely Bring on Over 1,000 Interns for Online and In-Person Roles
    Amid the current work-from-home restrictions in place throughout the United States and other countries, tech companies are grappling with how their summer internship programs will work, and Axios has rounded up statements from a number of the largest employers to see what their plans are.Summer internship programs are important for both interns and the companies, as they provide valuable experience and contacts for students while companies can use them for recruiting purposes as they later loo…
    - 21 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 9:11pm -
  • newChinese Retailers Slashing iPhone 11 Prices to Entice Reluctant Customers
    Multiple third-party resellers in China are offering discounts on the iPhone 11 lineup this week, with savings up to an equivalent of $227 off a high-end iPhone 11 Pro Max, according to the South China Morning Post.On JD.com, the 64GB version of the basic ‌iPhone 11‌ now costs 4,999 yuan (US$708), 500 yuan (US$70) cheaper than the original price. The more expensive iPhone 11 Pro has an even steeper price cut that shaves off 1,200 yuan (US$170). And the top-tier ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌ is se…
    - 22 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 8:35pm -
  • newDeals: Apple's 10.2-Inch iPad Discounted by $50 at Amazon This Week (Starting at $279 for 32GB)
    Amazon has a few notable discounts on Apple's 10.2-inch iPad from 2019, in both 32GB and 128GB sizes for the Wi-Fi only option. For the 32GB iPad, you'll find a sale price of $279.00, down from $329.00 ($50 off).Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.This is currently the best price for this model among the major Apple resellers online, although it isn't quite the lowe…
    - 22 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 8:19pm -
  • newHBO GO and HBO NOW Will No Longer Be Available on 2nd and 3rd Gen Apple TVs Starting April 30
    HBO today announced that its HBO GO and HBO NOW streaming services will no longer be available on second-generation and third-generation Apple TV models starting April 30, 2020.In a support document on its website, HBO says this change is being made "in order to provide the best streaming experience":In order to provide the best streaming experience, we need to make some changes to our supported devices list. Starting on April 30, 2020, HBO GO will no longer be available on the Apple TV (2nd a…
    - 23 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 7:35pm -
  • newDeals: Nomad's 'OptInside' Sale Takes 30% Off Sitewide
    Accessory maker Nomad today launched a new sitewide sale that takes 30 percent off sitewide when you use the coupon code OPTINSIDE at checkout. The new sale is part of a larger event where numerous brands are coming together to provide discounts to customers in quarantine.Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Nomad. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.For Nomad, you can find some solid discounts using the 30 pe…
    - 23 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 7:02pm -
  • Facebook Launches 'Tuned' Messaging App for Couples
    Facebook has quietly released Tuned, a new messaging app designed to provide a "private space" for couples to connect, reports The Information.Designed by NPE, an experimental group within the company that was established last year, the app encourages couples to share messages, notes, cards, voice memos, photos and Spotify songs with each other, thereby creating a "digital scrapbook" of their relationship. As described on the App Store:A private space where you and your significant other can…
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 5:20pm -
  • 'Forza Street' Simulation Racing Game Coming to iOS on May 5
    Developers Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft have announced that simulation racing game Forza Street is coming to iPhone and iPad on May 5.Forza Street is a simplified version of the original Forza racing game series for Xbox and PC that emulates the performance and handling characteristics of real-life production, modified, and racing cars. The mobile version will include a story-driven mode as well as the option to compete in races that last just a minute.In a game where collecting and upgradin…
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 4:32pm -
  • Apple TV 3 Owners Report Issues Viewing YouTube Content
    Google appears to have handicapped its YouTube support for the third-generation Apple TV, based on hundreds of user complaints on Apple’s support forums and in YouTube’s Help Center.Multiple users are reporting problems accessing certain YouTube content such as music videos. When attempting to watch the content, viewers are being met with the message "An error occurred loading this content. Try again later." One Reddit user who contacted Apple customer support reports that Apple claims…
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 4:09pm -
  • Apple Music Launches $50 Million Advance Royalty Fund to Make Sure Independent Labels Can Pay Artists
    Apple Music today told independent record labels that it is launching a $50 million advance royalty fund to make sure that artists get paid amid the ongoing pandemic.In letters sent out to record labels that were seen and shared by Rolling Stone, Apple said that livelihoods are at risk and that it "wants to help."These are difficult times for the music industry globally. Livelihoods are at risk, with multiple sources of income that our industry relies on vanishing overnight. Apple has a deep,…
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 4:07am -

The Unofficial Apple Blog

  • newThe Morning After: Google's giving away two free months of Stadia Pro
    While Zoom frantically tries to reassure users that its teleconferencing app can be safe and secure, Google is again reshuffling the deck chairs of its messaging strategy. The good news, for now, is that it has not launched a new service (yet), inste...
    - 1 hour ago 9 Apr 20, 4:55pm -
  • newMicrosoft set to push Windows 10X and Surface Neo releases back until 2021
    Microsoft might not be able to release Windows 10X and its flagship hardware, the Surface Neo, within this calendar year. According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay told some of his team members that the tech gian...
    - 2 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 4:40pm -
  • newFrance orders Google to pay news companies for showing article extracts
    France’s competition authority has ordered Google to negotiate payments with publishers and news agencies to display extracts on its news, search and discovery pages. The interim ruling comes after France implemented the EU’s “Copyright Directive” la...
    - 2 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 4:10pm -
  • newNASA reveals the next company to deliver expedition tech to the Moon
    Humankind is one step closer to its next lunar expedition, as NASA has awarded a contract that will see foundational exploratory kit delivered to the surface of the Moon ahead of manned missions in 2024. California’s Masten Space Systems has won the...
    - 2 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:50pm -
  • newNext year's emoji update will be delayed by six months
    While this year’s crop of new emoji is set and ready to go, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed the Unicode Consortium to delay version 14 by about six months. That means instead of debuting in March 2021, the new additions will be announced in Septe...
    - 3 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:05pm -
  • newRivian won't start delivering its EV pickups until 2021
    Rivian’s electric pickups are some of the most hotly anticipated EVs in the US, but potential buyers will have to wait to get their hands on one. After shutting down its plant last month due to the coronavirus crisis, the startup has announced that p...
    - 4 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 1:56pm -
  • newGoogle expands its conversational Duplex AI to the UK, Australia and Canada
    Google’s high-tech Duplex AI calling service has quietly made its way to the UK, Australia and Canada. The tech giant originally launched the feature in the US back in 2018 before it started a pilot testing for it in New Zealand a year later. With Du...
    - 6 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 12:26pm -
  • newZoom forms security council and adds features to prevent 'zoombombing'
    Zoom has been beefing up its security measures ever since it vowed to fix its “biggest trust, safety and privacy issues.” Now the company has revealed that it has officially formed a security advisory council and that one of its members is Alex Stamo...
    - 9 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 9:46am -
  • newLG teases curved edges and 'Raindrop' camera for its next phone
    With Mobile World Congress canceled, the calendar for new phone introductions is up in the air, but LG is already moving towards a new device, and tonight teased the “design language” for another phone. Presumably this device will represent the next...
    - 11 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 7:46am -
  • newMaingear is building ventilators using gaming PC cases
    Numerous tech and automotive companies have stepped up to make ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that now includes gaming PC builders. Maingear has developed a ventilator, the LIV, that uses an old version of its F131 PC case as the chass...
    - 11 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 6:58am -
  • newHangouts Meet has been renamed to Google Meet
    If it wasn’t already clear that Google is less than fond of the Hangouts name, it is now. As noticed by Android Police, the internet giant has rebadged Hangouts Meet as Google Meet on the web, and confirmed the old name will be retired. We’ve asked G...
    - 12 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 5:51am -
  • newFacebook will provide free Portal devices to UK hospitals and care homes
    Facebook’s support for the fight against COVID-19 now includes a simple but important addition: keeping people in touch. It’s partnering with the UK’s National Health Service to offer up to 2,050 free Portal video calling devices to the country’s hos...
    - 14 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 4:31am -
  • newDisney+ racks up 50 million subscribers in five months
    Disney+ hasn’t had much trouble attracting customers now that its honeymoon phase is over. Disney has revealed that its streaming service now has over 50 million subscribers in the five months since launch. International expansion played a significan...
    - 14 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 4:01am -
  • newHere's what Twitter's weird 'data-sharing' notification really means
    Twitter is rolling back a privacy setting that allowed users to control whether or not some of their data was shared with the company’s advertisers. The company began notifying users of the change Tuesday, saying that the update will help Twitter “co...
    - 15 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:29am -
  • newRadiohead is uploading concert films to YouTube for isolated fans
    Radiohead has made a career for themselves writing songs about personal and social alienation. And so it should come as no surprise that the band is now trying to help its fans get through recent tough times by posting weekly concert videos to its Yo...
    - 16 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 2:17am -
  • newRocket Lab proves it can recover a rocket in mid-air
    Last year, Rocket Lab announced that it would attempt to reuse the first stage of its Electron rocket. The company’s goal is to catch the stage as it falls back towards the ocean by plucking it out of mid-air with a helicopter. While that’s ambitious...
    - 17 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 1:26am -
  • newESPN will broadcast and stream 'League of Legends' spring playoffs
    ESPN’s 12-hour esports marathon was just the start of its return to live competitive gaming. The broadcaster and Riot Games have reached a deal that will stream the League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split Playoffs live on ESPN2 or the ESPN...
    - 18 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 12:46am -
  • newAmazon extends return window amid coronavirus pandemic
    Amazon is temporarily extending its return policy window to help its customers during the coronavirus crisis. If you live in the US or Canada, you now have until May 31st to return any products you buy between now and April 30th through Amazon or one...
    - 18 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 12:41am -
  • newFrance is developing an app to track the spread of COVID-19
    France is joining those countries betting that technology will help track and contain COVID-19. It’s developing a StopCovid contact tracing mobile app that will use Bluetooth to detect transmission chains for the coronavirus and help limit the spread...
    - 18 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 12:02am -
  • newExploring the slow-burning surrealism of 'The Gateway Trilogy'
    There’s something uniquely fascinating about a pitch-black room. Being blanketed in darkness is simultaneously terrifying and thrilling -- a duality that’s been expertly exploited by Spirit Halloween stores and the haunted house industry. The reason...
    - 19 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 11:30pm -
  • newThe COVID-19 shutdown is making weather prediction more difficult
    The coronavirus pandemic is blinding us to the future. While medical professionals around the globe fight to snatch as many lives as possible from the jaws of COVID-19, the pandemic continues to impact increasingly broad swaths of modern life. It has...
    - 19 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 11:00pm -
  • newAbleton Live is currently even cheaper than it was on Cyber Monday
    If you want to make music on a computer, you’ll need a digital audio workstation, or DAW. This type of software typically provides a suite of virtual instruments and effects, as well as a recording and editing environment. One of the more popular opt...
    - 20 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 10:40pm -
  • newStadia Pro is free for two months starting today
    It took a while, but Google is finally making it easier for people to check out Stadia. Starting today, people in 14 countries around the world will be able to sign up for two free months of Stadia Pro. The full list is as follows: the US, UK, Canada...
    - 20 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 10:26pm -
  • newNetflix’s ‘Space Force’ spoof starring Steve Carell arrives on May 29th
    Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, the newly formed US Space Force is pushing ahead -- it launched its first satellite last month. Fortunately, Netflix’s spoof, dubbed Space Force, isn’t far behind. Today, Netflix announced that the series, co-...
    - 20 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 10:11pm -
  • newHBO Go and Now won't work on older Apple TV models after April
    Plenty of people are stuck at home without much to do. In other words, it’s the perfect time to catch up on TV shows and movies. HBO might be throwing a wrench into some people’s binging plans, though, as the company is pulling its HBO Go and HBO Now...
    - 20 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 9:47pm -

9to5 Mac Apple News

  • newTwo big encryption names create privacy protocol for coronavirus tracking apps
    An international team which has created a privacy protocol for use by coronavirus tracking apps includes two of the biggest names in encryption. Other institutions involved further boost the credibility of the approach.The protocol is known as PACT: Private Automatic Contact Tracing … more…The post Two big encryption names create privacy protocol for coronavirus tracking apps appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 56 mins ago 9 Apr 20, 5:20pm -
  • newFoxconn’s strict coronavirus precautions include tracking where workers sit
    Foxconn is implementing some of the world’s strictest coronavirus precautions as it aims to keep its one million workers safe and iPhone 12 production on schedule.The Chinese government requires all factories to implement a series of specific safeguards, but Foxconn is going far further … more…The post Foxconn’s strict coronavirus precautions include tracking where workers sit appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 4:24pm -
  • newApple suppliers expect production stagnation amidst coronavirus uncertainty as Chinese carriers discount iPhone 11 to boost sales
    A report from the Commercial Times suggests that many Apple partners in the Taiwanese supply chain are expecting a stall in production as a result of the coronavirus impacts on consumer demand. “There will be a lot of stagnation in the second quarter” said one source.Apple will officially report revenues for the current quarter on April 30. The closure of Apple Stores and global retail stores is expected to have a big hit on iPhone sales. Online sales are also expected to be down as consum…
    - 4 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 2:25pm -
  • newChinese commuters can now use Apple Pay Express Transit nationwide with China T-Union cards
    The handy Express Transit feature of Apple Pay lets you ride public transport systems just by tapping your iPhone or Apple Watch, no Touch ID or Face ID authentication required. However, Express Transit is only available in certain places. This week, the addition of China T-Union cards dramatically expanded the reach of Express Transit in China. more…The post Chinese commuters can now use Apple Pay Express Transit nationwide with China T-Union cards appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 4 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 2:08pm -
  • newPiper Sandler: Teen iPhone ownership hits new high as AirPods and Apple Watch also grow
    Piper Sandler is out today with its latest semiannual survey highlighting teen interest in brands and spending habits. According to the the latest Taking Stock With Teens survey, iPhone ownership has hit a new all-time high of 85%, up from 83% in the same survey last year. more…The post Piper Sandler: Teen iPhone ownership hits new high as AirPods and Apple Watch also grow appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 12 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 6:43am -
  • newNew emoji will come to iPhones later than usual because of coronavirus
    The Unicode Consortium has announced today that it is delaying the release of Emoji 14.0 due to COVID-19. The news was announced in a blog post, with the delay being attributed to the “lead time for developers to incorporate emoji into mobile phones.” more…The post New emoji will come to iPhones later than usual because of coronavirus appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 14 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 4:37am -
  • newDisney+ crosses 50 million subscribers just five months after launch
    Disney+ continues to grow its subscriber base, thanks in large part to expanding availability to new international rollouts. The company announced today that Disney+ has surpassed 50 million subscribers just five months after launch. more…The post Disney+ crosses 50 million subscribers just five months after launch appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 14 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 4:22am -
  • newApple releases macOS 10.15.4 supplemental update with FaceTime and USB-C fixes, more
    Apple has released a notable supplemental update to macOS Catalina 10.15.4 today. The update brings a FaceTime bug fix, MacBook Air 2020 improvements, and more. more…The post Apple releases macOS 10.15.4 supplemental update with FaceTime and USB-C fixes, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 15 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:30am -
  • newApple releases watchOS 6.2.1 with FaceTime Audio bug fixes
    Apple has released watchOS 6.2.1 to the public today, bringing bug fixes and performance improvements specifically related to FaceTime. Today’s update for Apple Watch users comes following yesterday’s release of iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1. more…The post Apple releases watchOS 6.2.1 with FaceTime Audio bug fixes appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 16 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 2:13am -
  • newHodinkee delivers a lesson on twilight with the Apple Watch ‘Solar’ face
    Jack Forster has published a fascinating piece for the watch experts at Hodinkee that takes a deep dive look at the Solar face in watchOS 6 for Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5: more…The post Hodinkee delivers a lesson on twilight with the Apple Watch ‘Solar’ face appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 17 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 1:22am -
  • newiPhone: How to improve Face ID with a mask
    As we noted back in January, most people have found wearing a face mask renders Face ID unusable. Even though it sounds like a first-world problem in the current circumstances, there are a lot of people, especially medical professionals, who would value the ability for Face ID on iPhone to work while wearing protective equipment. Well, it turns out you actually can teach your iPhone to do this. Read on for how to use Face ID with a mask. more…The post iPhone: How to improve Face ID with a m…
    - 17 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 12:59am -
  • newReport highlights hospitals using iPads to reduce PPE usage, communicate with patients, more
    The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing hospitals to adapt at a rapid pace to protect patients and healthcare workers alike. A new report from Wired today explores how hospitals across the United States are using iPads to help nurses check in on patients and much more. more…The post Report highlights hospitals using iPads to reduce PPE usage, communicate with patients, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 17 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 12:54am -
  • newHBO Now stops working for 3rd-gen Apple TV at end of the month, here are your options
    The HBO Now and HBO Go apps are ending support for the third-generation Apple TV at the end of April. The apps will no longer work. HBO announced the retirement on March 30, and a banner is now visible in the HBO app on the older Apple TV boxes.Although the third-gen Apple TV is actually an eight-year-old device at this point, released in 2012, a lot of them are still in use as the upgrade cycle for set-top boxes is much longer than it is for phones. Apple also sold that model of Apple TV for…
    - 18 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 12:05am -
  • newTwitter removes option that allowed users to not share data with advertisers on its mobile app
    Twitter announced today that it will collect more data from its users to be shared with advertisers. The company removed an option from its mobile app that allowed users to control which personal details were sent to Twitter’s business partners. more…The post Twitter removes option that allowed users to not share data with advertisers on its mobile app appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 19 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 11:44pm -
  • newStacktrace Podcast 078: “An XPC festival”
    John and Rambo take a spontaneous deep-dive into XPC and the pros and cons of using it to modularize a Mac app. Also, what can be learned from looking at old code, comments on the latest Apple rumors, and designing a delicious dinner.Sponsored by OWC: Get the new OWC memory and Accelsior 4M2 SSD for the 2019 Mac Pro now. Enter the Mac Pro Rack giveaway here.http://traffic.libsyn.com/stacktrace/UqzhHmirSb_StacktraceEp78.mp3Download MP3 more…The post Stacktrace Podcast 078: “An…
    - 20 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 10:20pm -
  • new9to5Mac Daily: April 08, 2020 – Apple’s plans for Beats, iOS 13.4.1
    Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.Enjoy the podcast?: Shop Apple at Amazon to support 9to5Mac Daily!https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/04/9to5Mac-Daily-04-08-2020.mp3 more…The post 9to5Mac Daily: April 08, 2020 – Apple’s plans for Beats, iOS 13.4.1 appeared first on 9to5Ma…
    - 21 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 9:34pm -
  • newLatest iPad Pro $50 off in today’s best deals, plus AirPods $123, Anker accessories from $11, more
    Discounts on the latest iPad Pro return in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break, plus AirPods hit one of their best prices yet, and you can save on various Anker accessories. Head below for all that and more. more…The post Latest iPad Pro $50 off in today’s best deals, plus AirPods $123, Anker accessories from $11, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 21 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 9:29pm -
  • newLinea Sketch version 3 released with time-lapse screen recording, custom background tool, more
    Iconfactory is out today with an update to Linea Sketch that sees the launch of a new screen recording feature that includes a time-lapse option, new QuickToggle control to more easily draw lines, more seamless custom background color creation, and a switch to a subscription model. more…The post Linea Sketch version 3 released with time-lapse screen recording, custom background tool, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 21 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 9:07pm -
  • new9to5Mac Watch Time 20: Watchsmith for Apple Watch with David Smith
    Developer David Smith joins 9to5Mac Watch Time this week to discuss his brand new Apple Watch app called Watchsmith. Read our review to see how Watchsmith works, then dive into this episode to learn so much more about David and his new app.9to5Mac Watch Time is a podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In this series, we talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives. Subscribe now to catch up with each episode and automatically hear new episodes as soon as they’re relea…
    - 21 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 8:53pm -
  • newApple commits to hiring over 1,000 summer interns, with online and in-person components
    A new report from Axios today highlights how major tech companies are “scrambling to craft digital options” for summer internships this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For its part, Apple has committed to hiring over 1,000 people for internships this summer. more…The post Apple commits to hiring over 1,000 summer interns, with online and in-person components appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 21 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 8:51pm -
  • newHow will Today at Apple adapt to an era of social distancing?
    Imagine this: you’re sitting among a few dozen friends and strangers to learn illustration techniques from your favorite artists. Everyone is sharing ideas and passing around iPads to start their own drawings. Crazy, right? In the span of just a few weeks, such a simple function of community has gone from commonplace to sounding absolutely utopian, like a story from a grandparent about the “good old days” that you just know is too good to be true.What I’ve just described to you is Toda…
    - 22 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 8:45pm -
  • newJust as Apple settles one FaceTime patent infringement claim, it faces another
    Less than a month after Apple paid $440M to settle one FaceTime patent infringement claim, it is now faced with another.Apple fought a claim from VirnetX for almost a decade before finally deciding to settle the case last month in order to end the drawn-out battle … more…The post Just as Apple settles one FaceTime patent infringement claim, it faces another appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 22 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 7:48pm -
  • newGovernments restrict or ban the use of Zoom, as company faces lawsuit
    The Taiwanese government has made the decision to ban the use of Zoom over security concerns. The German government hasn’t gone quite that far, but the country’s foreign ministry has barred it from government computers and heavily restricted any use of the service … more…The post Governments restrict or ban the use of Zoom, as company faces lawsuit appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 23 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 7:06pm -
  • newEuropean countries should all use the same coronavirus tracking app, says EU
    Rather than each European country developing its own coronavirus tracking app, they should either all use the same one, or at least ensure that they use common standards, says the European Commission.We recently outlined how these apps can help, but also how they can pose a significant risk to privacy without careful design… more…The post European countries should all use the same coronavirus tracking app, says EU appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 23 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 6:54pm -
  • newWatchsmith is a must-have app for unlocking new Apple Watch features with dynamic complications
    Apple Watch faces are highly customizable compared to watches that came before it. There’s still room for opportunity for a watch as smart as the iPhone, however, and that’s what David Smith’s cleverly titled Watchsmith app wants to prove.Watchsmith lets you create dynamic Apple Watch complications that change throughout the day. Want a complication to check the weather in the morning, show your work calendar during your 9 to 5, and show your activity data before bed?Watchsmith can do t…
    - 24 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 6:31pm -
  • Photographer under coronavirus lockdown takes remote portraits via FaceTime
    One business that has been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown is photography – but a British photographer has come up with an innovative solution: taking remote portraits via FaceTime.Tim Dunk’s main business is wedding photography, and that has completely dried up as all mass-gatherings are banned, forcing people to postpone their weddings.The idea of taking portraits via FaceTime is not quite as crazy as it sounds … more…The post Photographer under coronavirus lockdown takes rem…
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 6:00pm -
  • Racing game Forza Street coming to iPhone and iPad on May 5, with freebies
    Microsoft and Turn 10 have announced that PC and Xbox racing game Forza Street will be coming to iPhone, iPad and Android on May 5.No details on pricing have been revealed, but it appears that it will be a freemium game, as the announcement makes reference to ‘in-game credits and gold’ … more…The post Racing game Forza Street coming to iPhone and iPad on May 5, with freebies appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 5:18pm -
  • Latest claim for Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory is that it will make ventilators
    Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory is a seemingly never-ending tale of conflicting claims about what it will do and when it will do it. The latest of these is that it will now be used to make medical ventilators, to help hospitals cope with demand for intensive care beds during the coronavirus crisis.The Taiwanese company says that it will be partnering with a US medical firm … more…The post Latest claim for Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory is that it will make ventilators appeared first on 9to5…
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 4:39pm -
  • Apple iPad Magic Keyboard is up for preorder on Amazon, don’t trust the May 30 release date
    Several publications are noticing this week that the iPad Magic Keyboard is available to preorder on Amazon. This listing has actually been there since the Magic Keyboard was announced. But nonetheless, the details about the item weight and release date are getting people hyped up. Here’s the reality … more…The post Apple iPad Magic Keyboard is up for preorder on Amazon, don’t trust the May 30 release date appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 3:45pm -
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook makes surprise appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ via FaceTime
    Apple CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance on “The Tonight Show” yesterday. Cook joined Jimmy Fallon and Lady Gaga via FaceTime, committing that Apple will make a donation to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. more…The post Apple CEO Tim Cook makes surprise appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ via FaceTime appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 6:47am -
  • Heavy App Store promotion led Quibi to 300K launch day downloads, early data suggests
    Yesterday marked the official launch of the latest streaming service, Quibi. The short-form video app was heavily promoted in the App Store by Apple, and new data from Sensor Tower indicates it was downloaded around 300,000 times during its first day of availability. more…The post Heavy App Store promotion led Quibi to 300K launch day downloads, early data suggests appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 5:44am -
  • Apple Music launches $50 million COVID-19 advance royalty fund to help indie labels
    According to a new report from Rolling Stone, Apple Music has started a $50 million COVID-19 advance fund for indie labels. Through this fund, Apple will be able to ensure that artists still get paid despite the coronavirus pandemic. more…The post Apple Music launches $50 million COVID-19 advance royalty fund to help indie labels appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 4:29am -
  • Apple schedules Q2 2020 earnings release for April 30 after confirming it won’t hit guidance
    Apple today has officially scheduled its fiscal Q2 2020 earnings call for Thursday, April 30. This will be an incredibly important earnings release for the company as it comes amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. more…The post Apple schedules Q2 2020 earnings release for April 30 after confirming it won’t hit guidance appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 3:02am -
  • Snapchat encourages donations to fight against COVID-19 through new AR lenses
    Snapchat today released new filters to help in the fight against COVID-19 as part of its “AR lenses” feature. The new filters allow users to scan cash using the camera and then make a donation to the World Health Organization (WHO). more…The post Snapchat encourages donations to fight against COVID-19 through new AR lenses appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 2:58am -
  • Netflix now lets you lock your profile with a PIN, here’s how to enable it
    Netflix is rolling out the ability to set a passcode specific to your profile. As TechCrunch explains, this comes amid a broader set of Netflix updates designed to improve parental controls, but being able to set a PIN will also help keep roommates and others from using your profile. more…The post Netflix now lets you lock your profile with a PIN, here’s how to enable it appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 2:09am -
  • Facebook launches experimental Tuned iOS chat app for couples
    Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) Team has released its newest app today for iOS. Named “Tuned” the app is aimed at offering “space where you and your significant other can just be yourselves.” more…The post Facebook launches experimental Tuned iOS chat app for couples appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 12:06am -
  • Apple has no plans to phase out its successful Beats hardware brand
    Six years ago Apple dropped $3 billion on its largest acquisition ever to acquire Beats Electronics. Music mogul Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop legend Dr. Dre built the consumer electronics brand into a household name, and Beats-branded headphones were flying off the shelves.Apple could tell. It sold Beats headphones and speakers in Apple Stores so the success of Beats was no secret. Beats also had a months-old streaming music service that Apple used to build Apple Music, but it’s clear in retrosp…
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 10:55pm -
  • Apple’s Clips video creation app updated with iPad cursor support, new stickers, much more
    In addition to the release of iOS 13.4.1 today, Apple has also updated its creative Clips application. Today’s update brings the app to version 2.1.1 and includes cursor support for iPad, new editing features, and more. more…The post Apple’s Clips video creation app updated with iPad cursor support, new stickers, much more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 10:53pm -
  • Apple releases iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 with FaceTime and Bluetooth bug fixes, more
    Apple is releasing iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 to the public today. These updates follow the public release of iOS 13.4 last month and focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, and security enhancements. more…The post Apple releases iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 with FaceTime and Bluetooth bug fixes, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 10:37pm -
  • Book calls Apple’s IS&T group ‘a Game of Thrones nightmare’
    A new book out today called Always Day One takes a look at the inner workings of the tech giants and what they do to “stay on top.” Of particular note when it comes to Apple, the book interviewed several former employees from the company’s IS&T group who described it as a “Game of Thrones nightmare” and that there’s a “Cold War going on everyday.” more…The post Book calls Apple’s IS&T group ‘a Game of Thrones nightmare’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 10:28pm -
  • Concept shows how Apple could implement a ‘Main Menu’ for iPadOS apps
    We have recently shared some great concepts that show how the next version of iOS might look — with some of them based on leaked details from the iOS 14 code. Now, designer Alexander Kaessner has created a concept that imagines a new “Main Menu” that could be used by all apps on iPadOS to offer similar options to what already exists on macOS. more…The post Concept shows how Apple could implement a ‘Main Menu’ for iPadOS apps appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 10:08pm -
  • Apple publishes new details for its Face Shield designed to help health workers avoid coronavirus
    As Tim Cook announced over the weekend, Apple has designed and is shipping a custom Face Shield to medical workers on the frontlines of COVID-19. Now, Apple has shared a support document with more details on the Face Shield. more…The post Apple publishes new details for its Face Shield designed to help health workers avoid coronavirus appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 9:58pm -
  • iPhone deals start at $120 for today only, plus take $300 off 16-inch MacBook Pro, more
    Today’s best deals include a new iPhone sale at Woot from $120, plus you can take $300 off the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and Retina 4K iMacs are discounted again. Hit the jump for all that and more. more…The post iPhone deals start at $120 for today only, plus take $300 off 16-inch MacBook Pro, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 9:28pm -
  • Apple Maps emphasizes food delivery, hospitals, and pharmacies during COVID-19 pandemic
    Apple Maps has made slight adjustments to better promote things like food delivery and medical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple’s adjustments follow similar changes made by Google Maps, though Apple does not go as far in its efforts. more…The post Apple Maps emphasizes food delivery, hospitals, and pharmacies during COVID-19 pandemic appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 9:12pm -
  • Opinion: The coronavirus outbreak could have some beneficial long-term effects
    I should start by making it absolutely clear that I am of course not suggesting in this piece that the coronavirus outbreak was a good thing. It was a terrible thing. Many have died, many more have suffered extremely unpleasant illnesses, many have lost loved ones. If I could wave a magic wand and erase it from history, I’d do that in a heartbeat.Nor am I suggesting that there is any equivalence between the terrible harm done and the possible good that may emerge. Nothing can come anywhere c…
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 8:21pm -
  • 9to5Mac Daily: April 07, 2020 – iPhone 12 Pro leaks, NextVR acquisition
    Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.Enjoy the podcast?: Shop Apple at Amazon to support 9to5Mac Daily!https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/04/9to5Mac-Daily-04-07-2020.mp3 more…The post 9to5Mac Daily: April 07, 2020 – iPhone 12 Pro leaks, NextVR acquisition appeared first on 9to5…
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 8:17pm -
  • Cosmicast is a universal new podcast player that brings back the skeuomorphic design of iOS
    I still remember listening to podcasts on my first iPhone — the iPhone 3G — and being amused by the realistic-looking tape deck user interface that showed up while a podcast was playing. Shortly after, Apple started moving to what people used to call “flat UI.” For some, it meant iOS was losing some of its charm, while for others it was considered a welcome evolution.If you’re one of those people who miss the old skeuomorphic design of iOS and its apps, or if you’re just someone wh…
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 7:57pm -
  • Smartwatches helping to monitor the coronavirus spread; Apple Watch limited
    Smartwatches are now being used to help monitor the spread of the coronavirus in Germany, though the role the Apple Watch can play in this is limited … more…The post Smartwatches helping to monitor the coronavirus spread; Apple Watch limited appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 7:07pm -
  • [Update: Open beta signups live] iTunes-connected Movies Anywhere to let customers loan out content to friends
    Movies Anywhere is a great free service that brings together your digital movies purchased on different services — including iTunes — into one place. Today the company has announced that a new feature called Screen Pass is launching in its beta program to let users loan out a few movies per month to friends and family. more…The post [Update: Open beta signups live] iTunes-connected Movies Anywhere to let customers loan out content to friends appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 6:46pm -
  • Facebook removing 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories; opens coronavirus survey
    We noted yesterday that bizarre 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories were leading to mobile phone masts being set alight, and Facebook has now said that it is acting in response.The social network says that it is now removing posts claiming a link between the rollout of 5G service and the spread of the coronavirus… more…The post Facebook removing 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories; opens coronavirus survey appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 6:44pm -
  • Pixelmator Photo for iPad adds trackpad support, Split View, Match Colors feature
    Following an update to their premier desktop app last week, Pixelmator are today updating Pixelmator Photo with a handful of new features. This includes supporting the new pointer and cursor features of iPadOS, compatible with Magic Trackpad and external mice, and ready for the launch of the Magic Keyboard accessory for iPad Pro. more…The post Pixelmator Photo for iPad adds trackpad support, Split View, Match Colors feature appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 6:30pm -
  • China expected to be first smartphone market to recover from coronavirus hit
    China appears to be on track to be the first country to recover from the coronavirus outbreak, and a new report today suggests that its smartphone market may likewise be the first to pick up.Earnings reports, share prices, and analyst reports all give cause for optimism, suggests the piece … more…The post China expected to be first smartphone market to recover from coronavirus hit appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 6:08pm -
  • Apple movie complete collection sale, $5 iconic films, more from $1
    Apple’s latest movie sale includes the complete Harry Pottery collection, and a $5 film promotion highlighting the anniversary of varies titles. You’ll also find this week’s $1 HD rental and more down below. Hit the jump for all of our top picks. more…The post Apple movie complete collection sale, $5 iconic films, more from $1 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 6:02pm -
  • Edison Mail announces new OnMail email service aimed to eliminate clutter
    Edison Mail has just announced a new venture for their company. Currently, they make an email app for iOS and macOS. This summer, they are branching out into something that you don’t see from most email application developers: an actual email service. Email services are something that most app developers don’t attempt because Google, Microsoft, and Apple all offer free services that work very well. But Edison thinks they can offer something unique through their new OnMail service. more…T…
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 5:30pm -
  • Parents able to FaceTime babies in neonatal ICU during coronavirus crisis
    Parents are able to FaceTime their babies in neonatal intensive care units after hospitals were forced to ban physical visits over coronavirus fears.The iPad-based arrangement has been set up at hospitals in both the US and Europe as they enact measures designed to limit the spread of the virus … more…The post Parents able to FaceTime babies in neonatal ICU during coronavirus crisis appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 5:24pm -
  • WhatsApp coronavirus hoaxes prompt tighter limits on forwarding messages
    The increasing number of WhatsApp coronavirus hoax messages has prompted the company to clamp down further on the mindless forwarding of messages … more…The post WhatsApp coronavirus hoaxes prompt tighter limits on forwarding messages appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 4:47pm -
  • After Mac and iPad, Company of Heroes iPhone app coming ‘later this year’
    After versions for Mac and iPad, Feral Interactive has announced that a Company of Heroes iPhone app is coming ‘later this year.’The critically-acclaimed game was first released for Windows back in 2006, came to the Mac in 2012 and then to the iPad a couple of months ago … more…The post After Mac and iPad, Company of Heroes iPhone app coming ‘later this year’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 4:25pm -
  • Image reportedly shows iPhone 12 design with smaller notch and iOS 14 home screen widgets
    As a continuation of a purported leak of what the iPhone 12 camera bump will look like, the same Twitter source has now shared a larger image that shows the supposed front of the iPhone 12 as well.What appears to be shown is a new design iPhone 12 with a notch that is less wide than the current iPhone 11 series. The outlined graphic shows a stylized representation of the home screen, as if this image was meant to be used in an instructional manual somewhere. However, 9to5Mac cannot confirm its…
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 2:15pm -
  • iPad: How to keep widgets on your Home screen
    Like making use of the Today View on your iPad? Follow along for how to keep widgets on your iPad Home screen all the time. more…The post iPad: How to keep widgets on your Home screen appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 12:31pm -
  • Concept imagines what home screen widgets could look like with iOS 14
    Over the weekend, 9to5Mac reported that Apple is developing “real widgets on the iPhone and iPad home screen for the first time” in iOS 14. Now, a new concept created by Parker Ortolani imagines what that could like for iPhone users. more…The post Concept imagines what home screen widgets could look like with iOS 14 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 7:04am -

Cult of Mac

  • newHow to play free YouTube music in the background on Android and iPhones
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge There’s a lot of music — and storytelling and news — on YouTube, and so it stands to reason that you’d want to be able to play it in the background on your mobile device while reading, texting, or doing other things. Unfortunately, unless you’re a subscriber to YouTube Premium ($11.99 a month) or YouTube Music ($9.99 a month), your ability to listen to a YouTube video in the background is limited — doable, but limited.Android users have it…
    - 15 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:21am -
  • newHow to use an external display with your Mac
    Every computer I’ve called my own for work or personal use has been a laptop. I love the portability of a laptop. It’s great to do work while lounging in my favorite chair or at a coffee shop (when we could still do that). But it’s really hard for me to put in a full workday hunched over one. To fix that, I’ve found that plugging my laptop to an external monitor on my desk is essential for me to be productive. Now I can’t imagine working without one.If you’re considering adding an e…
    - 18 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 12:07am -
  • newThe Apple Watch Series 5 is cheaper than ever today at Amazon and Best Buy
    Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge If an Apple Watch Series 5 has been on your tech wishlist, Amazon and Best Buy are offering the best deals yet on both the 40mm and 44mm sizes of Apple’s latest smartwatch. Mind you, these are technically the lowest prices we’ve seen, but it’s only a hair more affordable than the stellar Black Friday deals we saw a few months ago. For a bit of background, the Series 5 is Apple’s first smartwatch that has an always-on display. It has a similar look to…
    - 22 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 7:51pm -
  • This photographer is taking lockdown portraits over FaceTime
    Tim Dunk Lockdown has disrupted everyone’s lives to varying degrees, and wedding photographers are some of the unluckier ones in terms of the impact on their careers — there aren’t any weddings happening, and even if there were it’d be unwise or impractical to attend. Yorkshire-based photographer Tim Dunk, however, has found a way to keep on taking portraits in self-isolation: FaceTime.Writing in PetaPixel, Dunk describes the process, which involves making use of the Live Photo butto…
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 9:48am -
  • Google Fit redesign makes step tracking much more prominent
    Illustration: Alex Castro / The Verge Google is rolling out a refreshed user interface for its Google Fit apps for iOS, Android, and Wear OS that puts a bigger focus on step tracking. The app will now show your step count as one of the two main metrics in the two circles at the top of the app in place of the Move Minutes measurement. “We recognize that counting steps is a familiar activity goal and a great starting point for many of our users when on the path to getting active,” a Google…
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 4:56am -
  • How to use FaceTime for group calls
    Image: Apple If you have an iPhone or MacBook, then you have probably used FaceTime, Apple’s built-in video and voice-calling app. While FaceTime has always been useful for keeping in touch, it’s become even more important for staying connected with friends and family while observing social distancing measures. You can have up to 32 people on a FaceTime call, so it’s a good video-chatting option if you don’t want to download another app to have a group video call — as long as you a…
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 1:24am -
  • Apple’s face shield instructions are everything you hoped they’d be
    Apple published support guidelines and a fitting video for health care workers who may eventually use the company’s new face shields. The simple plastic devices are designed to be an added layer of protection for health care workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Sunday that the company had launched “a company-wide effort bringing together product designers, engineering, operations, packaging teams, and our suppliers to design, produce and ship f…
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 11:20pm -
  • Apple is designing and shipping face shields for medical workers
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has provided an update on the company’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. In a video posted to Twitter, Cook says Apple has sourced more than 20 million masks through its global supply chain and is working with governments to donate them where they’re needed. Apple has also launched “a company-wide effort bringing together product designers, engineering, operations, packaging teams, and our suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for health workers,” accordi…
    - 3 days ago 6 Apr 20, 9:12am -
  • Apple’s new iPad Pro cuts off the microphone when its case is closed to prevent snooping
    Photo by Brennan King / The Verge Recent MacBooks have included a security feature that shuts off the microphone at a hardware level when the lid is closed. Apple has now introduced the same feature on iPads, beginning with the 2020 iPad Pro. The iPad doesn’t have a lid, of course, so Apple instead activates the mic cut-off whenever a case with the company’s “Made for iPad” certification is closed over the screen. This should work with Apple’s own Smart Folio, Smart Keyboard Folio,…
    - 6 days ago 3 Apr 20, 9:29pm -
  • Brydge Pro Plus review: an almost awesome iPad laptop
    A good effort, but Apple’s Magic Keyboard looms Continue reading…
    - 6 days ago 3 Apr 20, 5:30pm -

Apple Insider

MacWorld

  • newIntego Mac Premium Bundle X9 review: Good for Macs, waiting for multi-OS improvements
    It’s not that common to find full-featured security suites for the Mac. Quite often major antivirus makers provide a stripped-down version of their Windows product with notable bells and whistles missing. Not so with Intego’s Mac Premium Bundle X9, a security solution purpose-built for Apple users. This top-tier suite has a variety of solid tools that any Mac user would be happy to use.But is that enough to recommend this product?Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go th…
    - 2 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 4:30pm -
  • newBest headphones: Our top picks for personal listening
    Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.
    - 3 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:30pm -
  • newSOL Republic Soundtrack Pro ANC headphone review: Good-enough features and performance for the price
    These wireless noise-cancelling headphones deliver the basics, but their looks and features don't set them apart from the crowd.
    - 3 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:30pm -
  • newCord-cutters have more free TV news options than ever
    How cord-cutters can stream the news for free.
    - 3 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:30pm -
  • newSign in with Apple FAQ: What you need to know about Apple's single sign-on platform
    At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in 2019, it introduced a new single sign-on (SSO) solution called Sign in with Apple. Similar to the ever-present Sign in with Facebook and Sign in with Google options, Apple’s solution is meant to allow you to sign up for apps and sign in with a single ID instead of creating new ones for every app and service in the world.To read this article in full, please click here
    - 17 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 1:01am -
  • newThunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more to a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air
    The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. And the new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash…
    - 22 hours ago 8 Apr 20, 8:30pm -
  • ‘The Banker’ review: Strong performances prevent low interest rate
    The Banker is a movie that both champions civil rights and the idea that making boatloads of cash through American capitalism is a fine and wonderful thing. Fittingly enough, it’s also one of the first feature-length films from Apple TV+, a service run by a company with near-unimaginable stores of wealth and which often sticks its neck out in support of LGBT and other civil rights. Beyond that, it’s also a good place to deposit a couple of hours of your time, even considering a troubled rele…
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 5:30pm -
  • iPad vs. Surface: Apple and Microsoft get closer to convergence
    When Apple announced the new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro—which features a trackpad that users can use to drive a cursor around on the iPad screen—some pundits pointed out that at long last, Apple was admitting that Microsoft was right after all when it designed the Surface with a keyboard and trackpad.Except that’s not what happened. With iPad and Surface, Apple and Microsoft are both headed for the same destination—a new kind of computer that is just as at home as a touch tablet, wi…
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 4:30pm -
  • Unread 2 review: Stylish RSS reader for iOS improves while remaining exactly the same
    For decades, major software versions were guaranteed to debut new features and fresh eye candy in the form of user interface enhancements. With the current subscription trend, developers have less incentive to wait for the next big release, instead choosing to roll out incremental updates as they’re ready.But what happens when an app works so well that UI improvements are unnecessary? Such is the conundrum with Unread, an attractive RSS news reader client for iPhone and iPad. After changing ha…
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 3:45pm -
  • PSA: Enjoy free digital movies, audiobooks, and more through your local library
    Through services like Hoopla and OverDrive, your library offers tons of digital movies, books, audiobooks, and more—and you don't have to spend a penny to access any of it.
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 3:30pm -
  • Quibi review: Quick bites of quality video entertainment designed for an audience on the go
    But with so few of us on the go right now, is Quibi still worth the price of admission?
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 3:30pm -
  • Apple updates its Clips video app with new Mickey and Minnie Mouse stickers, mouse support on iPad, and more
    Apple on Tuesday released Clips 2.1.1, an update to its iOS and iPadOS app designed for making short video clips that you can share with your friends and family.According to the release notes, the update contains the following:Use Clips on iPad with a mouse, trackpad, or Bluetooth keyboard for new ways to create videos (requires iPadOS 13.4)Use the Duplicate button to instantly create a copy of a clip with all its effectsTap the Split button to divide any clip in twoMake stickers pop on and…
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 2:54am -
  • Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1 with fix for FaceTime bug
    Apple has released iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1. This is a small bugfix release; it wasn’t ever even released as a public or developer beta.The update fixes a glitch whereby users were having trouble connecting in FaceTime calls with devices running very old versions of iOS or macOS.The release notes for iOS are as follows:Fixes an issue where devices running iOS 13.4 could not participate in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier.Addresses…
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 11:52pm -
  • How to use your iPhone as a webcam for video conferencing and virtual meetings
    Just because you’re working from home now doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to meetings. And just because you don’t have a spare webcam around doesn’t mean you need to peel back the tape that’s covering your laptop’s camera—as long as you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can easily turn it into a makeshift webcam.There are a few different apps you can use, but we recommend Kinoni’s EpocCam Webcam. Not only is it easy to set up, but the free version with ads and occas…
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 11:50pm -
  • Movies Anywhere’s Screen Pass program lets you lend movie purchases to your friends
    The still-in-beta Screen Pass feature lets you share selected movies in your Movies Anywhere digital locker for up to 72 hours.
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