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Inside Xbox event will showcase updates to ‘...

Xbox fans have a lot of news and announcements to look forward to this weekend as Microsoft's X018 event is underway in Mexico City. Tomorrow at 4:00 PM EST, X018 will host a special two-hour live edition of Inside Xbox, the monthly show covering all...

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DEVONagent 3.11

Improves compatibility with macOS 10.14 Mojave and reorganizes the search sets for all three editions of the research software. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates)

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Writing with iPad Pro: The first 48 hours away from...

Every time a new iPad Pro is released, reviewers tend to ask the question: can it replace a laptop? That’s a valid question as Apple pitches the iPad Pro as the future of computing, even boldly creating the commercial last year that asks What’s a computer? I’ve spent 48 hours writing with iPad Pro and here’s what I think…


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Apple Stores Come To Thailand, Disney’s Streaming...

Andrew Orr and first-timer Charlotte Henry join Kelly Guimont to discuss the first Apple Store in Thailand and Disney’s streaming service.

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Scrivener 3.1

Adds support for Mojave's Dark mode and updates its scriptwriting features. ($45 new, free update, 102 MB)

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You’ll soon be able to buy Apple’s products on...

If you’re planning on buying an Apple product or three this holiday season, you’ll soon be able to buy them from the most popular online retailer in the world. As first reported by CNET, Amazon and Apple have finally struck a deal to sell Macs, iPads, iPhones, and everything else designed in Cupertino on the retail giant’s site.

While the partnership hasn’t officially been announced, Amazon confirmed to Macworld it will start selling the devices soon. In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Amazon is constantly working to enhance the customer experience, and one of the ways we do this is by increasing selection of the products we know customers want. We look forward to expanding our assortment of Apple and Beats products globally.”

To read this...

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BBEdit 12.5

Big jump from version 12.1.6 includes a novella-sized list of additions and bug fixes for the long-standing text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.3 MB)

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The new Mac mini is a great machine, but a $499...

While the 2018 Mac mini is remarkably powerful and remarkably good value for what it does, you can't call it inexpensive. Now that it's been launched, however, there is an argument for Apple to do something to make it more affordable for education and for the now seemingly-abandoned switcher market.

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Mac mini teardown uncovers all of the tiny desktop...

The long-overdue Mac mini update looks similar on the outside, but how much has it changed on the inside? Quite a bit -- though you'll be glad to hear some things have stayed the same. iFixit has torn down the diminutive desktop, and it's evident t...

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How to move your photos from Flickr to another...

I’ll most likely keep and pay for my Flickr account but many of you may not. Here’s one way to get your photos off of the service.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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New MacBook Air and Mac mini now differentiate built...

Good news for new MacBook Air and Mac mini owners who are serious about audio. While yes, both machines retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, unlike some other devices Apple has recently announced, the new Macs now better handle audio when played through the jack or through the built-in speakers.


The post New MacBook Air and Mac mini now differentiate built-in speakers and 3.5mm audio jack appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Review: Twelve South PowerPic can show off your pets...

Twelve South's PowerPic is a simple wooden picture frame that doubles as a way to show off your kids, vacations, or pets and a way to power up your most essential gadget.

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Sprint Might Be Throttling Skype, Say Researchers

An ongoing study by Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts claims that Sprint is throttling Skype without telling customers.

Choffnes and his team analyzed more than 719,417 tests conducted by 100,000 users across 135 countries, and discovered that wireless carriers routinely throttle streaming video applications. While carriers often claim this kind of throttling only occurs in response to network congestion, evidence suggests the practice is often tied to efforts to upsell users to pricier plans.

We need net neutrality more than ever.

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Looking for Amazon Apple Products? Soon It Will Sell...

The online shopping giant recently signed a deal to expand the selection of Apple offerings in its store.

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Amazon makes deal with Apple to begin selling iPads...


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iFixit tears down the Mac mini and MacBook Air


On schedule as always, iFixit has documented teardowns of the new Mac mini and MacBook Air and given them each a repairability score. The Mac mini is an improvement over the 2014 model in a few ways. The MacBook Air has some positive points for user serviceability, but it requires a significant teardown to do much.

Starting with the Mac mini, iFixit found that after opening the enclosure, you just have to unscrew and remove the fan to get inside. The logic board can be removed without special tools. Unlike the 2014 Mac mini's RAM, the RAM in this model can be replaced. It's covered by a metal cage, but once you unscrew...

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Amazon to carry more Apple products on its global...

Amazon has signed a deal with Apple to expand the selection of the tech giant’s products on Amazon worldwide, reports CNET.

The e-commerce company says it will soon start selling more Apple products directly and have access to Apple's latest devices, including the 2018 iPad Pros, iPhones, and Apple Watches, as well as Apple's lineup of Beats headphones. The deal encompasses the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and India.

The new products will arrive on Amazon sites in the coming weeks, according to CNET. Also, only Apple-authorized resellers will now be allowed to sell Apple and Beats products on Amazon's marketplace.

At present, many Apple products are either unavailable on Amazon or are on sale only through its third-party marketplace at varied prices and conditions. However, the e-commerce giant does...

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The clever phone-, tablet-, and PC-friendly Logitech...

A good keyboard is hard to find, so once you do find your perfect match, you'll want to use it for everything. The Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard fits the bill, seamlessly switching between your phone, tablet, and PC at the push of a button. And today, you can grab one for just $45 on Amazon...

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Amazon deal brings new iPhones and iPads to store in...

Amazon will be expanding the selection of Apple products sold in its online store in the coming weeks, following an agreement with Apple to allow the online retailer to sell Apple's newest iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch models.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Honeywell HomeKit Thermostat $...

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Apple to donate to fire relief efforts in California


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Apple and Amazon make global deal to directly sell...

Amazon has had an interesting history with Apple products. It stopped selling the Apple TV for some time and only started offering it again as the Prime Video tvOS app launched this past December. Now, a new deal between Apple and Amazon will bring its products directly to consumers. more…

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Apple's Tim Cook promises donations for latest...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday announced donations directed against the newest wildfires impacting its home state of California.

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Disney Unveils Disney+, Coming 2019

The confirmation of the heavily anticipated Netflix challenger came from the firm’s Chairman and CEO Bob Iger during an earnings call on Thursday.

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Free! Process and Edit Videos with VideoProc and you...

Our friends at Digiarty are back with a new Mac and Windows app called VideoProc that’s the best tool we’ve seen for doing video processing. Today we’d like to tell you about the advantages of processing your video with VideoProc, let you download the app for a free trial, and give you a chance to win an iPhone XS, Apple AirPods and more!

What’s Video Processing?

There are a lot of video converter apps in the Mac world, but not that many video processing apps. What’s the difference? Converter apps are used to take video in one format and convert it into an optimum format for another platform. For example, think of taking a DVD and converting it to a file that’s optimized for an iPhone. Video processing apps are much different, as they are designed to do a lot more with video files, like edit, resize, and adjust those files.


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Apple Face ID Supplier Acquired for $3.2 Billion

Finisar, an Apple Face ID supplier that makes laser scanners, has been acquired by optical system producer II-VI, Inc. worth US$3.2 billion.

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How to download your Flickr photo library and...

For much of its time under Yahoo, Flickr suffered benign neglect, even though a small team of developers kept it alive and advanced in often tiny increments. After 13 years, Yahoo finally made a solid decision about Flickr, its photo-hosting website: It sold it. 

SmugMug, the professional photography oriented company, bought Flickr in April 2018. On November 1, 2018, SmugMug announced changes to its free and paid (or “Pro”) tier. SmugMug said that the 1TB of storage that Yahoo gave free-tier users is not sustainable. Instead, SmugMug will let free-tier users retain 1,000 images and videos of any size (even at the maximum 200MB per image).

On February 5, 2019, SmugMug will delete all images and media on free accounts after the 1,000 newest photos and movies. These are permanent deletions: Paying for a $50-a-year Pro account after that won’t restore the images. (SmugMug currently offers a 30 percent discount on the Pro account.)


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Overeager Chinese music fans spark iTunes and...

Music from Chinese-Canadian artist Kris Wu sold on iTunes will not count towards its ranking in charts compiled by Billboard and Nielsen, after allegations the sales were made by users in China rather than within the United States.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour 198: 2018 iPad Pro impressions,...

This week Benjamin and Zac offer up early impressions on the 2018 iPad Pro, new Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard Folio, a few iPhone XR thoughts, changes coming in iOS and watchOS for FaceTime and more, a change to how Apple is reporting earnings, and much more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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USPS Informed Delivery Vulnerable to Identity Thieves

The USPS Informed Delivery Service is vulnerable to identity thieves. The services lets you see a preview of your mail on the web and mobile, and this week the U.S Secret Service issued a warning about it.

The internal alert — sent by the Secret Service on Nov. 6 to its law enforcement partners nationwide — references a recent case in Michigan in which seven people were arrested for allegedly stealing credit cards from resident mailboxes after signing up as those victims at the USPS’s Web site.

According to the Secret Service alert, the accused used the Informed Delivery feature “to identify and intercept mail, and to further their identity theft fraud schemes.”

Ugh, why can’t we have nice things?

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iFixit's MacBook Air teardown reveals Apple...

iFixit has completed its customary teardown of the new MacBook Air, and to its (and our) surprise, it's not completely unrepairable. Whether it's a sign of easing standards or a holdover from the old design remains to be seen, but if you buy one, you might actually be able to fix it on your own.

Some of it, anyway. When Apple released its new MacBook Air, we pretty much knew the RAM and storage wouldn't be upgradable, and that's still the case here. Apple hasn't had a laptop with easily-replaceable components since 2012, and the MacBook Air's size is a dead giveaway that Apple isn't interested in letting people take it apart. The RAM and storage are soldered to the motherboard, so you'll need to buy what you need from the outset. Apple offers twice as much RAM (16GB) for $200,...

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∞ A remarkable take on Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody

[VIDEO] Just listen to this take. Astonishing. Marc Martel could be Freddie Mercury. Video embedded in main Loop post.

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∞ The new Apple Pencil

Ever since I saw that first Apple Pencil 2 reveal, I’ve been struck by the genius of having the Apple Pencil stick to the side of the new iPad Pro, giving it a secure place to live and keeping it from rolling away. But most importantly, it makes charging so much easier.

I’m fascinated by this design choice and have been reading every review I can find. A couple of review points jumped out at me.

First, there’s this review from 9to5Mac’s Zac Hall. Zac loves the fact that the new Apple Pencil sticks to the iPad case and charges inductively, but:

One early concern, however, is that the magnetic charging and attachment side is on the right of the iPad Pro when holding it with Face ID at the top center. If I were right-handed, this would be ideal as Apple Pencil would always be there to grab and start writing with as needed.

As a left-handed person, I find that...

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A Roundup of the Best 2018 Black Friday Tech Deals

Black Friday deals seem to be appearing earlier than ever, but are they really deals? Here are some Black Friday tech deals I’ve found so far.

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Blind surfer uses iPhone XR and VoiceOver to take to...

Apple is highlighting the ability for the iOS ecosystem's accessibility functions to help the visually impaired, by sharing how one blind US Navy veteran uses the iPhone XR to prepare for his daily surfing sessions.

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Apple celebrates VoiceOver success with story of...

Apple has today said that its accessibility feature VoiceOver is helping more blind people to read than any competing system.

More people in the blind community now use VoiceOver than any other mobile screen-reading software combined.

As an illustration of the power of the technology to assisted blind and partially sighted customers, Apple tells the story of Scott Leason, a blind veteran who regularly surfs off San Diego’s Mission Beach …


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Kris Wu’s iTunes takeover happened “fraudulently”,...


A strange thing happened on the iTunes U.S. store on Monday (Nov. 5) when Kris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor and artist, practically swept the Top 10 songs chart.


It seemed curious that Wu, whose album “Antares” had yet to be released in China, would have such momentum on a U.S. chart. While he’s a household name in Asia, in America he’s comparably an unknown. Also, Wu’s tracks weren’t streaming in significant numbers which was reason enough for some industry insiders to cry foul.


According to a well-placed insider, Wu’s album sales were acquired fraudulently and will not count toward the iTunes sales chart reported to Nielsen and disseminated by Billboard. The determination was made to “suppress those sales numbers” on Wednesday afternoon following patterns of high-volume purchases on iTunes, first of the explicit version of “Antares,” and then of the clean version.

An odd story, but not quite what it appears. Read on:...

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Review: The iPhone XR isn't a $1,000 flagship,...

The cheapest option in Apple's 2018 iPhone collection, the iPhone XR isn't expected to live up to the standards set by the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. While it does have some different components in order to bring the overall cost of the device down, the iPhone XR certainly isn't any less of an iPhone than the other two models.

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2018 Mac mini teardown

Pop the bottom cover, 6 Torx screws to remove the antenna plate, and you’re in. Very similar to the old Mac mini in approach.

I love the way this comes apart. Gives me the chance to repair and replace parts myself.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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To be a Computer, iPad Pro Needs a Computer OS

Writing in his iPad Pro Diary series, Ben Lovejoy argues that the iPad needs a computer OS in order to be closer to a computer. He calls it “padOS.”

But while the iPad Pro isn’t trying to be a Mac, it is a grown-up device and it needs a grown-up operating system. Not macOS, but rather a tailored version of iOS, designed to take advantage of the additional capabilities of the iPad. What some people have termed padOS.

To Mr. Lovejoy I say this: Have no fear, this is what iOS 13 will be. *crosses fingers*

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2018 MacBook Air Retina teardown

More of those stretchy adhesive pull tabs. Not as good as screws, but way better than glue.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Future Apple headphones could detect how they are...

Apple is continuing to come up with ways to solve the problem of wearing headphones the wrong way around, by coming up with a detection method to determine how the audio accessory is being worn and switching channels, just by listening to the user's voice.

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Apple published a new Press Release
Apple published a new Press Release
iOS 12: How to Create Album Folders in Photos

In iOS 12 you can create album folders in the Photos app, but the way to create them is a little hidden.

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Comment: Today at Apple transforms the redesigned...

I remember when the Today at Apple initiative was first announced, I mentally shrugged. It was, I thought, just a rebranding of the workshops that had existed for many years. I thought it was an excellent idea to draw attention to them – I’ve long been a big fan – but Apple seemed to be presenting an old idea as if it were a brand new one.

But subsequent news and a recent visit to the revamped flagship London store in Covent Garden has persuaded me that the initiative is actually a much bigger deal. Apple has transformed what used to be a fairly well-kept secret into something which is now key to its brand image …


The post...

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2018 Mac mini more repairable than 2014 model with...

Apple's revamped Mac mini is both easier to repair than most recent Macs and its 2014 predecessor, according to a teardown published on Friday.

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Cowin E7 Pro Active Noise Cancelling Over-Ear...

We have a deal on a pair of Cowin E7 Pro, active noise cancelling, over-the-ear wireless headphones. If you travel or spend a lot of time in a noisy environment, a pair of noise-canceling headphones can make a huge difference. These feature Bluetooth 4.0, up to 30 hours of battery life, and 45mm large-aperture drivers. They’re $78.99 through our deal, 12% off retail.

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Daily Deal: Windscribe VPN Lifetime Pro Subscription...

One of the most popular deal types we sell in the AWT Deals Shop is for Virtual Private Network services. VPNs, as they’re called, create a secure and encrypted “tunnel” for your Internet traffic, keeping your data and personal information safe. Windscribe (Lifetime Pro Subscription just $59) is more than just another VPN service. It’s a desktop application and browser extension that work in conjunction to protect your online privacy, unblock websites, and remove ads and trackers from your everyday browsing.

  • Mask your physical location from 3rd parties w/ an encrypted tunnel

  • Access...

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iFixIt tears down the 2018 Mac mini

iFixIt, which tears apart tech gadgets and looks at their insides so you don’t have to, has down a teardown of the new Mac mini, which they call a “monster upgrade.”

Removable RAM, oodles of ports, and a serious fan make the iFixit gang wonder why this mini didn’t earn a "Pro" moniker. Teardown highlights include: 

  • You don’t need a tool to remove the logic board.

  • The RAM is held captive under a perforated shield. Also seen in older iMacs, this EMI cage lets the memory sticks operate at a high frequency without interfering with other device functions.

  • The processor and storage remain firmly rooted on the logic board, as do the many ports. If any one of those breaks, it’s taking the whole logic board with it. 

In the end, the mini earned a 6/10 repairability score from iFixIt.

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Can Film Emulator Apps Like VSCO Replace Actual Film?

The Phoblographer writes about why film emulator apps like VSCO and iPhone don’t replace traditional film photography. My argument is that yes, they have. Film isn’t dead just like vinyl isn’t dead, but both have been relegated to a small group of people. I’ve tried to use VSCO as an editor for years, but I never stuck with it until they introduced Film X. Now I use VSCO for 90% of my own editing. You can write about how things like film and vinyl make you feel all artsy-fartsy, and how iPhone photographers aren’t real photographers. But the photographer’s goal is to capture the world, and you should use the best tools you can in service of that goal. Whether those tools are film, a DSLR, or a disposable camera, the end result is that you created something.

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Mac mini iFixit teardown says 6/10 for repairability...

The 2018 Mac mini iFixit teardown is up, and the company gives the new incarnation of Apple’s smallest Mac a repairability rating of 6/10. That’s significantly better than the 3/10 the company gave the new MacBook Air in its teardown of that.

It says that the machine is pretty easy to access, with one tool being nothing more than a pair of thumbs …


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Earnings, iPhone XR, India, and more on the...

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about the earnings call, iPhone XR, and Apple's presence in India.

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Three Quick Reminders Tips!

Reminders—available both on the Mac and on iOS devices—is one of Apple’s simplest apps, but it’s also one of the most useful. In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt’s going to give us a few of her favorite tricks on using it!

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Apple’s upcoming over-ear headphones may use HomePod...

One of the key features of Apple’s HomePod speaker is the beamforming technology used to adjust the sound output to the shape of the room, and using those same microphones for a neat Siri trick. By cancelling out the music output, Siri commands can be easily heard by the speaker even when it is blasting out music at full volume.

A new Apple patent application, published today, suggests that Apple may be seeking to use the same basis of that beamforming tech in its rumored over-ear headphones, to achieve two things …


The post Apple’s upcoming over-ear headphones may use HomePod-style beamforming; be reversible appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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How to make a video screensaver for your Mac

We've got dynamic desktops but we're stuck with ordinary old screensavers. Except, with the right software and settings, you can replace that with a new video screensaver. AppleInsider explains what you need to do.

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Apple's Face ID component supplier Finisar...

Finisar, the producer of laser scanners used to power Apple's Face ID system on its iPhones, has been acquired by optical system producer II-VI Incorporated, in a purchase said to be worth approximately $3.2 billion.

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Apple-backed Face ID supplier Finisar acquired by...

Finisar, a key supplier for Apple’s Face ID system, is to be acquired by optical systems company II-VI, Inc.

Apple last year reached a $390M deal with Finisar to safeguard its supply of key components for the Face ID system now used in the iPhone XS, iPhone XR and 2018 iPad Pro models …


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How to use tabbed windows in macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave provides tabs to apps that allow for multiple windows. Tabs are available in such Apple apps as Mail, Maps, TextEdit, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. And the feature works with third-party document-based apps and the Finder.

To take advantage of macOS Mojave’s tabbed windows, open a couple of documents in the same app. Look at the top left side of your Macs screen. Go to Window > Merge All Windows to group the open windows together as tabs. Once these docs are grouped in a single tabbed window, you can click the plus button to the right of the last tab to create new blank documents.

Tabbed document groups work just the same as tabs in Safari, so you can switch documents with a click, and drag to rearrange them. Or you can hit the CMD+T shortcut on your keyboard.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac review: Supercharged...

Virtualization software like Parallels is usually associated with running Windows on a Mac, but virtualization can be used to also run other versions of macOS. I’ve been able to safely tinker with Apple’s latest developer or public beta by using virtualization to run them right inside the current stable release of macOS. I also keep older operating systems around to occasionally run software like Final Cut Pro 7, which was orphaned with last year’s macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac is now available and is fully optimized for macOS Mojave. Version 14 focuses less on whiz-bang new features and instead wisely focuses on where it counts: Under-the-hood performance improvements. You’ll notice the difference each and every time you launch the application, which is the fastest it’s ever been by as much as 80 percent, according to the company’s marketing claims. In this case, they have good reason to boast—on...

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Apple Champs-Élysées opens in Paris on November 18th

Apple will unveil one of its “grandest Forums in Europe” on November 18th. The opening of Apple Champs-Élysées in Paris will come just over one week after Thailand’s first store, Apple Iconsiam, opens its doors. Both monumental locations mark a significant expansion of Today at Apple around the world.


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Apple releases macOS 10.14.1 Supplemental Update for...

If you just snagged a 2018 MacBook Air, this could come in handy.

Apple on Thursday released its macOS 10.14.1 Mojave Supplemental Update for the 2018 MacBook Air.

The code makes unspecified “stability and reliability” fixes for Airs running macOS 10.14.1. It’s available as a direct download from Apple’s website, or throught the Updates tab in the Mac App Store.

The update measures 1.3 gigabytes, although it isn’t specifically clear as to what the update contains or what bugs it might fix.

The new Air is Apple’s first major update to the notebook since 2015, incorporating a Retina display, a slimmer chassis, Touch ID, and Thunderbolt 3 ports, among other enhancements.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider

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2018 MacBook Air battery now user-replaceable

If you’ve suffered through the Parade of Glue and Adhesive that was involved in replacing the batteries on Apple’s MacBook Air notebooks since 2012, you’re going to love this.

Apple’s new MacBook Air battery can be replaced by the owner in the notebook.

In all other MacBook and MacBook Pro models with a Retina display released since 2012, when a customer has required a battery replacement, Apple has replaced the entire top case enclosure, including the keyboard and trackpad. This is because the battery is glued into the top case in Mac notebooks with Retina displays.

While the battery in the new MacBook Air is still glued into the top case, a support document shows that Apple will be providing Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers with tools to remove the battery and reinstall a new one with no top case replacement required.

The trackpad in the new MacBook Air can also be individually replaced.

We’ll have to wait until the...

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Apple patent shows the tech giant wants to help you...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180317839) for “adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency.” It involves human sleep detection on devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Most people require a certain amount of sleep at night to feel well rested the following day. Often, when a person works, the person will set an alarm to wake them up at an appropriate time so that they can arrive at work on time. To get sufficient sleep, the person will go to bed at a time that allows for an appropriate amount of sleep (e.g., 7 hours, 8 hours, etc.). 

However, most people do not fall asleep right away when they go to bed. So, even if the person goes to bed at an appropriate time to provide 8 hours of sleep, the person often only ends up with 6 or 7 hours of sleep when the alarm goes off in the morning. Apple has an idea to change this — although it might make you late for work or school!

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “In some implementations, a...

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Chips ahoy: The Mac’s transition to Apple processors...

The recent Apple event in New York City had a lot going on, and we’re still working through all the new products the company showed off. But as the dust clears, there’s one lasting impression about which I feel remarkably certain.

There’s a sea change coming.

John Gruber alluded to this in his piece at Daring Fireball about the new MacBook Air:

Look at the iPad’s A12X compared to the iPhone’s A12 and you can see how much attention Apple is paying to the iPad’s system architecture. There’s no reason they won’t pay as much or more attention to the Mac’s custom silicon when they switch from Intel to their own chip designs. It should be downright glorious.

To read this article in full, please click here

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How to invoke Siri on iPad Pro

Siri helps you get things done by asking for it. With recent revisions iOS devices, the method in which you invoke Siri has changed. Follow along to learn how to invoke Siri on iPad Pro….


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How to charge Apple Watch and check battery life

Whether you’ve just got your first Apple Watch or want to learn how to check battery life numerically while you’re powering up your wearable, follow along for how to charge Apple Watch and check battery life.


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Thursday November 8

Top 5 third-party USB-C Power Delivery chargers for...

It’s 2018, and Apple has finally joined the USB-C train. The latest iPad Pro (our review) started to hit store shelves and customer hands yesterday, and I picked my iPad up today. Apple does include an 18W USB-C fast charger in the box, thankfully. Now you now have a large range of options thanks to Apple moving to a new standard. For most people, 18W is plenty for charging. If you have the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro and are using power-intensive applications, you might want some extra juice. These are our top 5 USB-C fast chargers for iPad Pro.


The post Top 5 third-party USB-C Power Delivery...

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What do you think of Apple’s decision to remove the...

With this year’s iPad Pro update, Apple is extending its removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone to the iPad. While the eventual loss of the headphone on the iPad seemed inevitable, many had hoped the iPad Pro would at least hold onto it for a bit longer given the device’s “pro” nature.


The post What do you think of Apple’s decision to remove the iPad Pro headphone jack? [Poll] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Early Black Friday deals: 2018 13" MacBook Pros...

The lowest prices of the year are back as Black Friday nears, with discounts of up to $300 off Apple's current 2018 MacBook Pro. Plus, take advantage of no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, and 0% financing for 12 months.

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Github announces it hosts 100 million repositories

GitHub, the widely used code management and development tool, revealed Thursday that it hosts 100 million repositories. VentureBeat has a good breakdown of the news and the current state of the platform. It includes the fascinating bit of trivia that Algeria has the most repositories per capita, while Egypt boasts the highest number of open source repositories. GitHub is used by approximately 31 million developers around the globe. It was bought by Microsoft in June for $7.5 million.

Source code management and developer collaboration platform GitHub today announced users have now created 100 million repositories. For context, GitHub had 33 million repositories when the company was founded in 2008, and nearly one in three repositories were made within the past year.

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These are the best 29 features of Apple's 2018...

The 2018 iPad Pro represents a massive overhaul of Apple's tablet line, with the device receiving much more than incremental improvements both inside and out. Here are 29 features that make the new iPad Pros better than any other tablet.

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Season 2 of ‘Mars’ Set to Air on Nat Geo Channel

I watched season one, and it was terrific. “Season one of Mars followed the crew of the spacecraft Daedalus, as the astronauts attempted to create a pioneer settlement on the Red Planet in 2033. Season two is set nine years later and follows the fortunes of the first fully-fledged colony.” Check your local listings for the National Geographic channel. Mine says Monday, November 12. (Image credit: National Geographic channel.)

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How to Select a Processor Option for Your New Mac

Apple has announced and shipped some exciting new Macs in 2018. For a prospective buyer, selecting the right processor option is one of the first tasks. John provides some guidance.

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Bald person, new smileys top list of most discussed...

Bald characters, emotive smiley faces and a foot were among the most talked about emoji to arrive in Apple's most recent iOS 12.1 software update, according to a report on Thursday.

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Review: 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro: a tamed beast [...

The 2018 iPad Pro is the most compelling new iPad to be released since the original. Whereas all previous iPad models more or less have had notable but incremental refinements and improvements, this new 2018 iPad is the tablet that Apple has longed to make.

Thanks to its flat edges, the 2018 iPad Pro looks vaguely similar to the original version, but that’s where the similarities abruptly end. This machine is an absolute monster in so many areas, from its “all-screen” front panel, to its ludicrously-fast CPU, to the sheer amount of flash storage space and memory.

But performance is only part of the story. The 2018 iPad Pro features many additional refinements and enhancements, and several direct answers to complaints levied against previous hardware releases.

Unfortunately, iOS is still a major thorn in the side of would-be iPad power users. iOS has improved over the last few years, but it still chokes the hardware of much-needed oxygen. The good news is that...

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Disney's Netflix rival to launch in 2019 as...

Following a takeover of 21st Century Fox, Disney is moving ahead with plans to launch a streaming service chock-full of blockbuster movies and TV shows pulled from its increasingly deep well of original content.

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Shadow VR is the latest rival to the Oculus Quest

While we're all anticipating the launch of the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset in spring 2019, HTC's been busy pushing its very own Vive Focus into more markets -- including the US and Europe as of today -- while letting developers toy with its 6D...

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Disney+ streaming service will launch in late 2019

Disney released its Q4 earnings on Thursday and, unsurprisingly, the entertainment juggernaut reported revenues in the billions thanks to strong performances from its media networks (ie its upcoming streaming service) and studio entertainment (ie its...

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Tweetbot for iOS updated with optimization for new...

Just a day after the launch of Apple’s latest iPad Pros, Tweetbot for iOS has been updated to take advantage of the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch displays. This means you’ll no longer see pesky black bars around the sides of the app on the new iPad Pros.


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Vine successor 'Byte' coming this spring

A long-promised replacement for Vine, which Twitter discontinued two years ago, should finally launch next spring.

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Apple Daily Report: iFixIt tells you how to upgrade...

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out.

Plan on buying one of the new Mac minis, but want to upgrade the memory yourself? You can, but it’s a bit tricky. Not to worry; the gang at iFixIt shows you how.

Some podcasters are reporting that they’re seeing a steep decline in listenership, specifically when using Apple’s Podcast Analytics tool, reports 9to5Mac.

White Boy Rick co-star Bel Powley has been cast opposite Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell in Apple’s untitled morning show drama, according to...

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Facebook’s pop-up store has everything from clothes...

The last thing you might expect to find inside a Macy's store is a space decorated by Facebook. But that's exactly what people in Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Pittsburgh and New York City will...

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9to5Mac Daily: November 8, 2018

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.


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Microsoft helps bring broadband internet to rural...

Microsoft announced today that it is partnering with Native Network to deliver broadband internet access to unserved rural communities in Washington and Montana. The effort will reach about 73,500 people living in and around the Flathead Reservation...

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Vine 2.0 is coming: Cofounder teases spring 2019...

Back in November of last year, Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann announced he was working on a “follow-up” to the popular six-second video sharing app. A few months later, however, Hoffman said he was delaying development of Vine 2.0 due to funding and legal concerns.


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T-Mobile temporarily drops its prepaid unlimited...

T-Mobile is the latest carrier to discount its prepaid unlimited data plan. For a limited time, the company is offering unlimited talk, text and data for $50 per month, which is $10 less than its T-Mobile Essentials Prepaid plan. The move comes after...

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Apple Music adds three to their Preferred...

Billboard reports that Apple Music has named three distributors as part of their “Apple Preferred Distribution Program”: CD Baby, The Orchard, and Kontor New Media. 

Apple bases its programs on several thresholds, primarily size and rejection rate, according to Digital Music News. A qualifying Preferred Plus distributing partner, for example, crosses the threshold of 40,000 songs per quarter, has a low Apple Music rejection rate, and supports basic and advanced customer features. A Preferred distribution partner crosses 10,000 songs per quarter, has a low rejection rate, and supports basic customer features.

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AX Series Macs, iBooks Author’s Future – TMO Daily...

John Martellaro joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss the possiblity of A series processors in Macs and the future of iBooks Author.

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Apple posts macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Supplemental Update...

Apple has released a macOS Mojave 14.1 Supplemental Update just for the 2018 MacBook Air. I’m not sure what all it entails.

Apple only mentions "stability and reliability" fixe. The Supplemental Update is available as a direct download from Apple's website, or via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store.

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Wirecutter's best deals: Jabra's excellent...

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of deals here.

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2018 iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard...

While I upgrade my iPhone every year, my iPad upgrade history trends toward every other generation: iPad 2, fourth-gen, Air, and 9.7-inch Pro. Skipping a generation (with the exception of the fourth-gen to original Air) has served me well as each upgrade is less incremental and more dramatic.

(I later acquired the original iPad — seen above stacked on the new iPad Pro — to collect; the new 11-inch iPad Pro feels like the modern version of that design with similar flat sides and the bulbous back squashed.)

This time around I’m upgrading from the 9.7-inch iPad Pro from early 2016 to the brand new 11-inch iPad Pro. The combination of upgraded specs, an all-new design, and subtly improved accessories is making this step all the more rewarding.


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Tidal's music library is now available on...

You now have another major choice for workout music on Samsung wristwear. Tidal has launched an app for Samsung's fitness trackers and smartwatches, ranging from the Gear Fit 2 to the shiny new Galaxy Watch. You can search for tunes and podcasts (i...

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Pixel Starships for the Mac

Whilst procrastinating and surfing through the app store on my MacBook Pro I came across a new game Pixel Starships made by Savvy Soda. Unable to resist anything that is a) space b) pixellated and silly, I immediately downloaded. The premise is simple. You are the captain of a starship and you must conduct missions, earning rewards and building your ship and crew as you go. Pixel Starships is fun, silly and totally addictive. If you spent hours playing Clash of Clans or similar on your phone, you will enjoy this. Available in the Mac App Store for free (with in-app-purchases).

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Black Friday 2018: The best early deals

Black Friday is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving. Deals now roll out in a chaotic mass all throughout November.

Just a couple of years ago, most of those early discounts weren’t any good. But that’s changed.

While the deals that command headlines (those so-called “doorbusters”) are typically still available on only Thanksgiving or Black Friday, some worthwhile sales are already trickling out now. 

We’ve begun rounding up those here, so keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by. We’ll add new deals as we spot them. And don’t forget: Holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure—assuming you can float the cash.

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Review: Belkin BoostCharge battery pack with...

The new Belkin BoostCharge 10K battery pack with Lightning simplifies the charging process by allowing you to use the same cable to charge your battery that you do for your iPhone.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review: The sequel is...

When Microsoft launched the original Surface Laptop last year, I was taken with its gorgeous, minimalist design. This year, I thought, the company can't possibly outdo itself on aesthetics. But then Microsoft went ahead and unveiled a matte-bla...

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Apple releases supplemental macOS 10.14.1 update for...

Apple has today rolled out a supplemental update for 2018 MacBook Air owners after the notebook has only been on the market for one day.


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iFixit Retina MacBook Air teardown earns better...

iFixit is out with its Retina MacBook Air teardown. While there are some notable repairability improvements, Apple’s latest notebook got its lowest marks for non-serviceable, non-replaceable RAM and storage. However, overall, it scored higher than the 2018 MacBook Pro and the 2017 MacBook.


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HTC’s standalone VR is available in the US, starts...

Almost a year after it was released in China, the HTC Vive Focus is finally available in the US and Europe, making it a total of 37 markets (including Japan recently). There is a catch, however, in that these headsets are geared more towards enterpri...

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