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The Library of Congress makes thousands of fabulous...

What an incredible collection to peruse and use.

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I’m fascinated by the technical “class” obsession...

Really interesting thread from a guy who knows a lot about this stuff.

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9to5Mac Daily: November 7, 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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Comcast reportedly planning streaming TV box that’s...

According to a new report from CNBC, Comcast is planning its own hardware streaming TV box for broadband-only customers. The box is said to integrate apps and services including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube, and feature a voice-activated remote.


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iHeartRadio now offers an on-demand family plan for...

Last year, iHeartRadio rolled out its on-demand streaming plan to everyone, and now it's adding a family tier. With the All Access Family Plan, six family members can get their own on-demand profiles and have access to personalized playlists, unlimit...

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iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote for...

Apple has upgraded  iMovie and GarageBand for macOS and iOS, and the latter for iOS only. All updates are available at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store.

iMovie 2.2.6 for iOS lets you connect an external display to your iPad or iPhone and choose to mirror the iPad display or preview your video fullscreen while you edit. There’s support for uncompressed 4K video output on the 2018 iPad Pro 11-inch or iPad Pro 12.9-inch.

iMovie 10.1.10 for the Mac Removes the option to share video files directly to Facebook, and adds a new Prepare for Facebook option that exports a Facebook-compatible video file to your system that you can manually upload to the Facebook website. It also improves overall stability.

Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for both macOS and iOS have been upgraded with performance and stability fixes. And the Pages app for both operating systems now lets you publish directly to Apple Books for download or purchase.

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Ford is reportedly buying e-scooter startup Spin

Ford might not sit idly by while other transportation companies expand beyond cars. Axios sources say the Blue Oval has agreed to buy e-scooter service Spin for roughly $40 million. It's not certain what Ford would do with the company or what would...

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First watchOS 5.1.2, second iOS 12.1.1 & tvOS 12...

Apple on Wednesday has issued its second developer betas for iOS 12.1.1 and tvOS 12.1.1 for testing, and has started the beta cycle for the Apple Watch once more with the first developer beta for watchOS 5.1.2.

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iPad Pro cases: What you can buy now for the new 11-...

Apple’s new ultra-powerful iPad Pros are now available to order starting at $799 for the 11-inch and $999 for the 12.9-inch. They boast a redesign, USB-C, and the full power of a laptop computer thanks to the A12X chip. The new designs also mean you’ll need a new case or cover for the iPad Pro.

Macworld picked out some of the most intriguing cases and covers available today for order. Watch this space as we will be updating it as more great iPad Pro cases come out.


  1. ArmourDillo 12.9-inch Protective Case View
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Netflix hack day project uses eye tracking to...

Netflix's hack days frequently produce fanciful results, but its latest might be key to making its streaming service more accessible. The company's engineers have developed an experimental "Eye Nav" feature that lets you navigate the iOS app using t...

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Gorgeous platformer 'Gris' arrives...

Indie platformer Gris, which caught our attention for its beautiful visuals, now has a firm release date. Publisher Devolver Digital has revealed you'll be able to explore the game's gorgeous landscape starting December 13th.

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Samsung's 'Infinity Flex Display'...

Samsung has revealed a prototype flexible display at its developer conference in San Francisco, with the demonstration of the "Infinity Flex Display" allowing for a tablet-sized mobile device to be folded in half to the size of a smartphone.

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GigSky brings support for eSIM on iPhone XS and XR...

While some international carriers have rolled out dual SIM support for the iPhone XS and XR, the major US wireless carriers have pushed back official support until “later this year.” However, GigSky has today updated its iOS app which brings support for eSIM on iPhone XS and XR to its North American and worldwide mobile data plans.


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Second iOS 12.1.1 and first watchOS 5.1.2 betas...

A little over a week since the first beta, Apple is now pushing out its second beta for iOS 12.1.1 and tvOS 12.1.1. We will also see the initial beta of watchOS 5.1.2 for today as well. more…

The post Second iOS 12.1.1 and first watchOS 5.1.2 betas coming today, likely unlock new Apple Watch Series 4 complications [U: It’s out] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Microsoft Word will automatically create to-do lists...

Microsoft will start turning the notes you leave in Word documents into to-do lists. The company is testing a new feature in its word processor that will automatically detect notes and messages left for yourself and others and turn them into actionab...

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Apple updates iWork, iMovie for iOS & Mac,...

Apple on Wednesday released a slew of updates to Mac and iOS productivity apps, the more important changes affecting GarageBand and iMovie.

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Amazon's Alexa and Echo launch in Mexico

Amazon's Alexa is available in numerous countries, but there are still major expansions left to go -- case in point, Mexico. The company has launched both Alexa and its Echo range of smart speakers in the country, complete with a new voice, Mexico-o...

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iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork for Mac and iOS...

Apple has released new versions of its GarageBand, iMovie, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps for both iOS and Mac (GarageBand update is iOS-only). Some of the new Apple apps offer features made for the new iPad Pro that’s also out today.


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Apple updates Clips app with new filters, Selfie...

Apple has announced an update to its fun video-selfie app Clips that adds a wealth of new content.

For starters, there are six new Selfie Scenes, including one from the movie Incredibles 2. Selfie Scenes are 360-degree animated backgrounds that put you in the middle of an augmented reality scene. They’re exclusive to Apple products with the TrueDepth camera system: the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR, and the new iPad Pros.

Selfie Scenes now use the A12 Bionic’s neural engine in both previews and recording modes for better portrait segmentation, so they should now more accurately "cut and paste" your image into the scene.

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AirPod Updates, Holiday Gift Guides – TMO Daily...

Andrew Orr joins Kelly Guimont to talk about AirPods both legit and counterfeit, as well as Black Friday and holiday gift guides.

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Samsung cleans up its Android skin with 'One UI...

In addition to unveiling its much-rumored folding phone at its developer conference today, Samsung also shared its plans for a cleaner Android skin. The new look will be called One UI, and feature not only a refreshed design with rounded corners in i...

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Samsung debuts foldable 'Infinity Flex'...

As predicted, Samsung has unveiled a flexible display at the company's 2018 developer conference in San Francisco. It's still very much in prototype stage, but Samsung wanted to take the opportunity to show off how UI and UX works on a flexible d...

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Apple's Phil Schiller reveals iPad Pro A12X...

The A12X system-on-chip used in the new iPad Pro is extremely powerful courtesy of a few design decisions taken by Apple in its creation, a walkthrough of the new chip with Apple's Phil Schiller reveals, with one performance-enhancing example being the ability to run all eight processor cores simultaneously.

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Apple updates Clips for iOS with new Selfie Scenes,...

A Wednesday update to Clips, Apple's short-form video app, includes six more Selfie Scenes, as well other content like new filters and soundtracks.

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LaCie launches new portable USB-C SSD, up to 2TB...

As the new Retina MacBook Air with its updated I/O start arriving to customers today, LaCie is out with its new portable USB-C SSD to offer durable, fast, and reliable storage.


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Xiamoi AirDots – the Latest AirPod Copy

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” the old saying goes. If that is true, Apple should be feeling very flattered indeed. Chinese company Xiaomi has become the latest firm to imitate the AirPods with its AirDots wireless headphones. It is not just the name that’s similar. The design of the AirDots shares a lot with the AirPods. They are fully wireless and have a very familiar look charging case. The next generation of the AirPods is thought to use Bluetooth 5.0, and the Air Dots utilise that same technology. In fact, the biggest difference is the price. The Next Web reported that the Air Dots will retail for just $30. Here is a bit of what they make off this copy-cat offering:

It seems like everyone wants to get on the AirPod...

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Apple Daily Report: you can replace the battery in...

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.

The battery can be individually replaced in the new MacBook Air, according to Apple's internal Service Readiness Guide for the laptop, notes MacRumors

Seven of top 10 smartphone markets declined in quarter three of 2018. Huawei took second place ahead of Apple, shipping 52 million units after growing 33% year on year, according to Canalys. Apple grew by just 0.4%, shipping 47 million units, adds the research group.

Apple is not in talks “at any level” to settle its wide-ranging legal dispute with mobile chip maker Qualcomm, according to Reuters. quoting an unnamed...

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Android will natively support foldable phones

Samsung said it would unveil its foldable phone features at its developer conference, and Google is willing to help out. The company is introducing native foldable device support in Android to let apps and interfaces adapt to phones that can bend on...

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Reuters Looks at Apple’s Challenges in India

India is home to a large population full of very tech-savvy. Not surprisingly, Apple is keen to increase its sales there. However, small incomes, high device costs and cheap alternatives are making this increasingly difficult. A good piece of analysis on Reuters reveals that even those in Bengaluru – India’s Silicon Valley, are resisting high-end new Apple devices. To compound the difficulties, Apple faces high import tariffs in India and lost some of its top executives in the country this year. While I suspect that tales of Apple’s demise in India is somewhat premature, there is little doubt the firm faces big challenges to keep the country’s 1.3 billion consumers buying its products. Here’s a snippet:

But in a country where the average per capita income is around $2,000 a year, even the cheapest of this year’s new...

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BF1 Body Fat Analyzer: $24.99

We have a deal on the GoHealthy BF1, a body fat analyzer. It features a backlit LCD display, and syncs data with your smartphone app via Bluetooth. It analyzes and measures body weight, fat percentage, water mass, and muscle and bone mass. Check out the promo video below for more info. This device is $24.99 through our deal.

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Vizio is selling a Product RED TV to help fight AIDS...

If you've ever found yourself looking at your TV, wishing its gray or black casing was a little more exciting, Vizio might have the answer. Plus, you might help out a good cause, too.

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LG Reportedly Producing OLED Panels for iPhone

Reports are surfacing that LG has begun producing 400,000 OLED panels for Apple, most likely for the company’s OLED iPhone XS product line.

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∞ “What if He Falls”? The terrifying reality behind...

There are moments in this video that literally made me queasy. I’ve been a fan of Honnold for years and I can’t wait to see “Free Solo” in the theater. This just screams for an IMAX release.

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A Glimpse at Spotify on the Apple Watch

Spotify for the Apple the Apple Watch is on its way but a first look shows that the functionality is pretty basic at this stage.

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New iPad Pro and MacBook Air Now Available in UK

LONDON – The new iPad Pro and MacBook Air are available for UK customers. Currys PC World is offering new iPads from £769 (US$1,011).  The retailer is also offering customers £50 ($66) off the price of the new device if they trade in an older tablet.  The new MacBook Air is also available, starting at £1,119 ($1,472). However, the 256 GB SSD model seems to be currently sold out. Currys PC World is also offering financing options on the new devices.

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Clips for iOS updated with more content for video...

Clips, Apple’s free app for iOS that lets you create and share videos using an he iPhone or iPad, gets a new update that includes more content for video creation.

The new version of Clips adds six Selfie Scenes, which are 360-degree backgrounds that transport users into different worlds when taking selfie photos and videos. Selfie Scenes use the TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone and the new iPad Pro to allow users to record themselves against immersive, animated backdrops including a rainforest, a mad scientist’s lab, and even an action-packed scene from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2.

Clips also gets three new filters including a black-and-white comic book, monochrome watercolor painting and aged film. New posters let users create title cards for their videos with themes like science, sports and silent movie, as well as animated posters from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Coco. New stickers and text labels let users add emphasis and fun...

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Samsung opens Bixby assistant to developers

Samsung is widening Bixby's reach in a big way. The company is opening its AI assistant to developers, giving them the power to build their own Bixby-based apps. A Bixby Marketplace will even help developers make money from the intelligent companion....

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AirPods were Best Buy's top selling item last...

Although there was speculation Apple would announce a new version of AirPods during its Oct. 30 event, the event came and went without an update to the wireless earphones. That, however, did not stop shoppers from ordering the portable accessory as AirPods grabbed the number one spot in the list of best-selling items at Best Buy for the month of October.

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macOS 10.14.2 beta 2 now available to developers

A little over a week after the first beta, Apple is now pushing out its second beta for macOS 10.14.2 for developers.


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Apple’s Clips app gains six Selfie Scenes,...

Apple’s Clips app for iPhone and iPad has been updated with new creative assets including content from Pixar’s Incredibles 2 movie. The latest update includes six more Selfie Scenes that use the TrueDepth camera on the latest iPhones and iPad Pros, and the new version powers them with the Neutral Engine on the new A12 Bionic Chip.


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Schlage's new smart lock lets Amazon into your...

Locks are usually meant to keep people out of your house, but Schlage and Amazon are letting people in -- as long as they're dropping off a package for you. Schlage's new Zigbee-certified Connect Smart Deadbolt is the latest smart lock to work with w...

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Apple issues second developer beta for macOS 10.14.2...

Apple has progressed onto the second beta release of one of its operating systems, with a new build of macOS Mojave now available for testing by developer program participants.

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Apple makes MacBook Air with Retina display battery...

In a slightly surprising move, Apple has shared that the new MacBook Air’s battery can be replaced on its own.


The post Apple makes MacBook Air with Retina display battery replacements easier, no longer requires replacing top case appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Instacart’s grocery pickup service is live in a...

Instacart, known for its same-day grocery delivery services, is now giving customers the option of ordering their groceries and picking them up at the store later on. The company has been testing this service over the past few months, and now it's ro...

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Anand Shimpi and Phil Schiller deliver iPad Pro A12X...

The new iPad Pro is out today, and ArsTechnica has a deep dive look at the iPad Pro A12X chip with the help of Apple’s Anand Shimpi and Phil Schiller. Shimpi founded the hardware review website AnandTech before being hired to work on chips at Apple in 2014. In the piece, Shimpi says that Apple is using its own customer-designed performance controller to use all eight cores of the A12X chip in the new iPad Pro.


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LaCie intros Portable SSD with 10Gbps USB-C, storage...

LaCie on Wednesday announced its new Portable SSD, an external drive intended for people working in video, photography, and other media-intensive fields.

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Facebook delays identity checks for UK political ads...

Facebook is delaying its identity checks for political ads in the UK. The internet giant told The Guardian in a statement that it was delaying the requirement to December after realizing people could "game the disclaimer system" by entering bogus in...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12″ MacBook 512GB Refurb $1,...

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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Flickr won’t delete Creative Commons photos when its...

Last week, Flickr announced that it would be changing its free tier, allowing users to store just 1,000 photos and videos rather than providing them with 1TB of free storage as it had in the past. Those wanting unlimited storage would need to upgrade...

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Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro’s A12X system...

Enlarge / The 2018, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. (credit: Samuel Axon)

BROOKLYN—Apple's new iPad Pro sports several new features of note, including the most dramatic aesthetic redesign in years, Face ID, new Pencil features, and the very welcome move to USB-C. But the star of the show is the new A12X system on a chip (SoC).

Apple made some big claims about the A12X during its presentation announcing the product: that it has twice the graphics performance of the A10X; that it has 90 percent faster multi-core performance than its predecessor; that it matches the GPU power...

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2018 iPad Pro review: “What’s a computer?”

Samuel Axon

Early this year, Apple ran an ad that featured a young girl using an iPad as her primary computing device. An older woman asked the girl a question about her computer, and she responded, "What's a computer?"

The ad was widely mocked. For starters, an iPad is a computer. But also, the hypothetical future when kids don't even know what a desktop or laptop are seems very distant at best. Yes, tablets and smartphones have replaced laptops and desktops among large numbers of young people for personal uses like social media, Web browsing, and games. But despite some high school students who sometimes write their college papers on their smartphones, mobile devices are still not where the real work gets done. Real work is done on a laptop or desktop.


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Just in Case: My 2018 iPhone Case Roundup

Dr. Mac reports that he is an iPhone case addict who is happiest when he’s trying at least a couple of iPhone cases each week.

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The best laptops to give as gifts

Even at the cheaper end, laptops make for expensive gifts, and with tons of options out there, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. Let us help simplify things for you. If you check out our 2018 holiday gift guide, you'll see we narrowed our s...

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Twelve South’s PowerPic hides a wireless charger in...


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Apple Not in Settlement Talks 'at Any Level...

Apple is not in talks "at any level" to settle its wide-ranging legal dispute with mobile chip maker Qualcomm, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing a source familiar with the matter. From the report: In the past, Apple used Qualcomm's modem chips in its flagship iPhone models to help them connect to wireless data networks. But early last year, Apple sued Qualcomm in federal court in San Diego, alleging that the chip company's practice of taking a cut of the selling price of phones as a patent license fee was illegal. The case is to go to trial early next year and has spawned related legal actions in other courts around the world. In July, Qualcomm's chief executive, Steve Mollenkopf, told investors on the company's quarterly earnings call that the two companies were in talks to resolve the litigation.


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Spotify's connected device streaming is now...

Spotify is giving non-paying users access to Connect audio streaming for supported speakers and devices -- a feature previously limited to Premium members. You'll still have to put up with ads though. In order to take advantage of the perk, hardware-...

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How to use your iPhone to follow the long-term...

This midterm election saw a rush of new people coming to vote. Political engagement doesn't stop there, though, and your iOS device will help you continue to have your say.

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Back up everything with this awesome deal on the 8TB...

You don't have to have been a victim of the October Windows 10 update file-deletion bug to understand the importance of a solid backup. And today Amazon is offering a great deal on a drive big enough to back up all of your files for years to come: the 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub is down to $150 todayRemove non-product link, matching an all-time low and more than 30 percent off...

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Flickr clarifies recently announced changes, says...

Last week, Flickr announced that it will be making some big changes to its consumer plans, including dropping its free tier with 1TB of storage down to allowing just 1,000 photos. Now, Flickr is out today to clarify what the changes mean for institutions and organizations.


The post Flickr clarifies recently announced changes, says images from institutional accounts won’t be deleted appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Apple having 'no meaningful discussion'...

Even with the time, money, and legal pitfalls at stake, Apple isn't talking to Qualcomm about resolving the businesses' worldwide legal battle, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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iPad Pro Diary: I’m already in love with the new...

I wrote earlier that I was hoping the 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro was going to prove to be, as Apple claimed, ‘the ultimate iPad.’ All the joy of that huge screen in a form factor which didn’t prove too great a compromise when it came to comfort and portability.

When the folio case arrived ahead of the iPad, I was encouraged: the size difference didn’t seem to me to be too great. Since then, I’ve been waiting impatiently for my iPad to arrive – and today it has …


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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 9...

The Macworld staff talks about the new iPhone XR, new MacBook Air, and new Mac mini. What’s going on with Apple’s stock price? We also respond to your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 629.

Watch us live

Due to scheduling conflicts this week, the Macworld Podcast will broadcast an hour earlier than its usual time. This episode will air on Wednesday, November 7, at 9 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.


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Twitter poll: Would you be interested in a folding...


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Apple’s new MacBook Air ‘to see a wave of...

Apple's newly announced MacBook Air has been in mass production since September and is expected to see a wave of replacement demand despite its $1,199 starting price, “which is much higher than expected,” according to Digitimes Research. The laptop is expected to help the tech giant secure fourth place in the global notebook market.

Digitimes Research says worldwide notebook shipments are forecast to increase 2.8% sequentially to their highest levels for 2018 in the fourth quarter thanks to strong seasonal demand and improving Intel CPU supply. Despite the tight supply of Intel's mainstream and entry-level processors, worldwide notebook shipments still rose 4.8% sequentially and dropped less than 1% on year to arrive at around 40 million units in quarter three due to rising Chromebook and gaming notebook sales, notes the research group.

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∞ [VIDEO] The new iPad Pro: An artist’s review

[VIDEO] If you are considering laying out the bucks for one of the new iPad Pros, take the time to watch Ian Bernard’s video, embedded in the main Loop post. It is a thoughtful, rich piece, told from an artist’s perspective. [H/T Tim

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The new iPad Pro and Laptop Magazine’s video...

Lots and lots of numbers in this review, packed with easy to read comparison charts. This iPad Pro comes out on top all the way through.

There’s a battery life comparison (based on continuous web surfing), with the iPad Pro lasting more than 13 hours, compared with the Surface Pro 6 at a bit over 9 hours. Same with GeekBench 4 numbers, with the iPad Pro multi-core at 17995 and the Surface Pro 6 at 13,025.

But scroll down to that video transcoding chart. Whoa. The Surface Pro 6 took 31 minutes to transcode a 12-minute 4K video clip. The MacBook Pro fared a bit better, just under 26 minutes. But the new iPad Pro? 7 minutes, 47 seconds.

That is one blazingly fast machine.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple has no plans to settle with Qualcomm, is...

It wasn’t long ago that the long-running dispute between Apple and wireless chipmaker Qualcomm looked like it might be settled out of court. Qualcomm had been using much softer language, and when the company asked a court for more time to reach a settlement, Apple backed the motion.

Things got a little testier when Qualcomm accused Apple of stealing its source code, and then complained about the company’s mounting unpaid bill. But Apple subsequently made a good faith payment of $500M while discussions took place. However, a new report today suggests that Apple has no plans to settle...

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TwelveSouth PowerPic combines wireless iPhone...

TwelveSouth on Wednesday released the PowerPic, a 10-watt wireless charger for iPhones that blends into rooms as a photo frame.

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PowerPic is a new picture frame that wirelessly...

TwelveSouth has launched the $79.99 PowerPic, a picture frame that wirelessly charges your phone. It works with all Qi-enabled smartphones, including all recent iPhones.

The PowerPic holds any 5 x 7-inch photo, and contains a hidden, 10-watt wireless charger behind the photo. Simply set any wireless enabled phone against the photo to begin powering up; it even works with phone cases up to 3mm thick. 

You can add your own pics with matching phone backgrounds from TwelveSouth. The company’s downloadable collection can be found here.  

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Spotify Connect will no longer require a Premium...


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Report: Apple’s AirPods top Best Buy sales charts...


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Daily Deal: Get connected for less with this MFi-...

Have you ever noticed that you can’t find that one cable you need to connect something to your iPhone? We have a solution for you: a MFi-Certified iPhone Dongle Bundle ($39.99) that contains those dongles and cables that you need to stay connected.

What do you get?

  • MFi-Certified Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle

  • MFi-Certified Lightning to USB-C cable

  • MFi-Certified Lightning cable

All of the dongles and cables are Apple MFi (Made for iPhone/iPad) certified, and are great spares to have on hand in your home or office. With the Lightning to 3....

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Gorgeous low-angle satellite photo of San Francisco

Follow the link, check that second photo. Stunning. Simply stunning. Amazing to me that this picture was taken from a satellite.

Lots of links to explore in the linked piece.

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Apple's current 12" MacBook with 512GB SSD...

While supplies last, Woot with Amazon has refurbished Mid 2017 12-inch MacBooks marked down to $999.99, a discount of $600 off retail. These systems feature an upgraded 1.3GHz processor and 512GB of storage for enhanced performance.

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Hands-on: Twelve South PowerPic Wireless Charger –...

Today, Twelve South released its latest Apple-related product — the PowerPic Wireless Charger. This Qi-enabled charger looks like a picture frame, because that’s what it actually is. Twelve South combined a 5×7 New Zealand pine picture frame with a 10W-rated wireless charger that will power up your iPhone. more…

The post Hands-on: Twelve South PowerPic Wireless Charger – old school meets new school [Video] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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OnePlus plus has bit into Apple in India, and things...

Apple is facing not just lower iPhone sales in India during 2018, but even a shrinking userbase as it deals with the likes of Android-based phone maker OnePlus, according to new research data.

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Apple will likely be unaffected by the federal...

Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives, meaning divided government and changes in how Washington works -- and AppleInsider takes a look at possible implications for Apple's initiatives in Washington D.C., and on a more local level how the company may have to spend in its home state.

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Apple’s AirPods top Best Buy’s October sales

According to sales-rank data for Best Buy, Apple's AirPods wireless headphones shot to the #1 spot for October sales for their first time. They were #2 in September behind the Amazon Fire TV Stick, according to Thinknum, a data firm.

Apple also continued to sell a lot of its $9 Lightning-to-35mm Headphone Adapter. It’s number three among the October rankings. Sales of the adapter were probably boosted by the fact that Apple no longer includes it in the box with a new iPhone.

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Apple’s AirPods surge to top of Best Buys’ October...

AirPods have long flirted with the top spot on Best Buys’ monthly sales list but this report is the first time they’ve made it all the way to the top.

Why now? Could be the new iPhones, Macs and iPads, combined with the approaching holiday gift-giving season, a bit of a perfect storm.

Number three on that list? Apple’s Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone adapter. Interesting counterpoint.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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LG Display starts production of 400,000 OLED panels...

LG Display has reportedly started to mass produce OLED panels for Apple, which could be used in the production of iPhone displays, with the first batch of 400,000 panels expected to be delivered in December.

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As with the iPad Pro, Apple quotes from reviews of...

Apple chose some excerpts from the recent iPad Pro reviews earlier this week, and has now done the same with reviews of the new MacBook Air and Mac mini …


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The rules of magnetic attraction in Apple products

There was a time when magnets were the most terrifying things in computing. Magnets erased floppy disks and tape cassettes and even hard drives. But in the modern era, magnets are our friends. Apple has used them for various important tasks over the years, from the convenient breakaway charging cable of MagSafe to the sensor that knows you’ve closed your MacBook’s lid—and the attraction that helps keep it closed.

In the last few years, Apple has brought the rules of magnetic attraction to the Apple Watch, the iPhone, and now the iPad. How do they work? You don’t need to know to appreciate what magnets do for modern Apple devices. And that goes double for the new iPad Pro, with its 102 magnets—as cited in Apple’s launch video about the product, no less—and all of the magnetic accessories that go along with it.

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iPhone XR production cuts suspected based on...

Rosenblatt Securities' Jun Zhang has jumped on reports that Apple is allegedly reducing production of the iPhone XR within weeks of its release, warning of further production cuts and possible supply issues over the quality of printed circuit boards.

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Xiaomi’s latest Apple clone is AirDots, an AirPods...

Xiaomi – a Chinese company which turned cloning Apple products into a hugely successful business –has announced AirDots, an AirPods competitor costing just $29 …


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Best MacBook, MacBook Air, and Macbook Pro sleeves:...

Nobody wants the beautiful aluminum body of their MacBook scuffed or scratched. Fortunately, MacBook sleeves are to the rescue.

Sleeves are a great way to keep your MacBook protected, store it for traveling, or just look classy when you’re carrying your computer around the office.

But there are an overwhelming number of sleeves online for the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. It can be hard to tell which are good quality and worth the money. 

So Macworld is getting hands-on with some of the best-known brands as well as more eclectic designers to pick out the best sleeves for Apple’s line of MacBooks, both new and old models. Watch this space as we’ll be keeping it updated with our favorites.

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The iPhone XR is a great phone but here are three...

As I write in my review, the iPhone XR is a great phone. It's has the speed and design of the iPhone XS, a price tag to match the iPhone 8, and battery life to beat them all.

But as good as it is, the iPhone XR isn't quite perfect. And the reasons why it isn't have nothing to do with hardware. The decisions Apple made with the camera and the screen make perfect sense on the iPhone XR, and neither is a deal-breaker. But there are some things related to the camera and screen that could be changed, and we don't even have to wait until the iPhone XR2 to get them. With a few simple tweaks in iOS 12.3, Apple can dramatically improve the iPhone XR experience and add even more value to its most affordable A12-based smartphone:

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Apple wants to make it easier for you to find your...

Apple wants to make it easier for you to user your iPhone or Apple Watch to find that parked car when you forget where you left your vehicle. The tech giant has been granted a patent (number 10,121,374) for “parking event detection and location estimation.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that a common frustration among commuters is forgetting where they parked their car. This can occur in large parking lots where the commuter may be unfamiliar with the parking layout or if the commuter is in a hurry and does not note where she parked her car. 

The conventional solution is for the commuter to jot down her parking location on paper. This solution assumes the commuter has a pencil and paper handy and remembers to jot down her parking location. 

Even if the commuter creates such a note it is quite common for a commuter to misplace the paper. If the commuter has a mobile device, the commuter may have a parking application installed that allows the commuter to...

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Apple releases updated iOS 12.1 build for iPhone XR...

When in doubt, go for the update.

Apple on Tuesday released an updated version of iOS 12.1 for the iPhone XR, one week after the initial launch of iOS 12.1 and a little over a week since the iPhone XR’s October 26th launch.

The iOS 12.1 variant for the iPhone XR carries a build number of 16B94, a slight change from the original 16B93 build number. While the update doesn’t appear to be surfacing as an update for iPhone XR handsets with iOS 12.1 already installed, Apple seems to have released it all the same and it’s thought that the new build includes minor bug fixes.

iPhone XR owners who have not yet installed iOS 12.1 can do so over-the-air by going to Settings –> General –> Software Update.

The iOS 12.1 update adds new features such as eSIM support, which activates a digital SIM that lets you activate a cellular plan from a carrier without the need to use a physical SIM card.

eSIM support has yet to be supported by U.S. carriers,...

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Pegatron cites resolved workforce issues, says order...

Thanks to a quick workforce resolution, it looks like the iPhone XR’s supplies won’t face interruptions.

Pegatron was able to sort out workforce shortages in time for the October launch of the iPhone XR despite rumors that the company is holding onto its share of production for the device.

“The shortages were mostly fixed by the end of September or early October,” said company chairman T.H. Tung. This, in turn, allowed a “major brand client” — thought to be Apple – to launch the handsets in October.

Tung also stated that Pegatron is capable of expanding its workforce in China several times in a two to three-week period to meet major product launches by its clients.

Apple had been rumored as dropping the ratio of Pegatron’s iPhone XR orders to 35 percent or lower and shifting more work to Foxconn. Pegatron was allegedly suffering not just from a lack of workers, but also some vital components.

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Samsung Q8FN 4K UHD TV review: A great TV and a...

It doesn't come with the One Connect breakout box you get with the Q9FN, but it offers nearly the same performance as higher-end model for $700 less.

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iPhone XR review: This iPhone might be the best...

We may never know what the R in the iPhone XR actually means—Apple VP Phil Schiller himself said that the R doesn’t really mean much to Apple. But I have my own guess: reboot.

Before the release of the iPhone X last year, the iPhone 8 was in need of a redesign. It had been some three years since Apple first unveiled its large-screen iPhones, but nothing about them changed much since the iPhone 6. The iPhone 8 brought wireless...

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How to delete mail in macOS Mojave’s Mail app

There are several ways to delete mail in the Mail app of macOS Mojave.  To delete a message from a Mail notification or with a swipe, the “Move discarded messages” option in Viewing preferences in Mail must be set to Trash; otherwise, the message is archived.

  • In a Mail notification: Move the pointer over the notification, then click Trash.

  • In the Message viewer: Do one of the following:

  • Swipe left with two fingers, then click Trash, or swipe all the way to the left until the message disappears.

  • Move the pointer over the message header, then click the Delete button (it looks like a trashcan) that appears.

  • Select a message in the list, then click the Delete button in the Mail toolbar.

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What can you connect to the new iPad Pro with USB-C?

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port. However, just because a device features a new port, it does not mean anything with a USB-C connector will suddenly work with the iPad Pro. There are still some limitations but USB-C makes it even easier to connect to external displays, cameras, and other accessories.

Here’s what you can do with your new iPad Pro and its shiny new port …


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What can you connect to the new iPad Pro with USB-C?

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port. However, just because a device features a new port, it does not mean anything with a USB-C connector will suddenly work with the iPad Pro. There are still some limitations but USB-C makes it even easier to connect to external displays, cameras, and other accessories.

Here’s what you can do with your new iPad Pro and its shiny new port …


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How to adjust Display Zoom on iPhone and iPad

As displays get larger, text is seemingly getting smaller. On certain iOS devices, Apple offers an option to adjust Display Zoom, which not only makes text larger, but things like the Home screen icons.


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How to setup Face ID on iPad Pro

Whether you’re setting up Face ID for the first time with the iPad Pro or it’s just been a while since you’ve done so on iPhone, read on for how to setup Face ID on iPad Pro.


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OmniGraffle 3 updated with second-generation Apple...

As the new iPad Pros start to arrive to consumers around the world, app updates continue to roll in for the new devices. Popular graphic design app OmniGraffle 3 has been updated this even with support for the new iPad Pro displays, as well as optimization for the new Apple Pencil.


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AirPods were the best-selling product at Best Buy...

Apple’s October event has come and gone without an update to the truly wireless AirPods, but they continue to remain incredibly popular. According to data compiled by Thinknum, AirPods were the top-selling product at Best Buy during the month of October.


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Apple’s Q4 2018 Results

Amidst last week’s event and diving into testing the new [iPad Pros] and MacBook Air, I didn’t find time to comment on Apple’s quarterly results. Let’s catch up. Here’s Apple’s press release, which includes links to their data summary. Long story short, compared to the same quarter last year:

  • iPad unit sales and revenue were down a bit.

  • Mac unit sales were down just under 2 percent but revenue was up over 3 percent — so mostly flat.

  • iPhone unit sales were flat but revenue was up a whopping 29 percent. The iPhone X (and now XS) is a hit.

  • Services and “Other Products” were up too, 17 and 31 percent, respectively. I take this to mean AirPods and Apple Watch are growing like crazy. Anecdotal observation everywhere I go backs this up.

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