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Thursday August 15

Apple seeks to reverse gold mining damage by...

Apple has announced that they have begun sourcing gold, used in circuit boards in devices, from miners who are looking to restore and improve sites after they’ve been used. The…

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App Store Today editorial stories are now available...

Apple has recently updated its App Store Preview pages for stories to allow users to view the full content of stories from inside their desktop web browser. App Store stories have always been shareable as links, but the web version was just a title and a navigation link to ‘open this story in the App Store’.

Between August 9th and August 11th, Apple has upgraded the experience and now includes full imagery, app lists and paragraphs copy in the web version. This means you can access the same content online as you would be ale to find in the native App Store experience.


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App Store Today editorial stories are now available...

Apple has recently updated its App Store Preview pages for stories to allow users to view the full content of stories from inside their desktop web browser. App Store stories have always been shareable as links, but the web version was just a title and a navigation link to ‘open this story in the App Store’.

Between August 9th and August 11th, Apple has upgraded the experience and now includes full imagery, app lists and paragraphs copy in the web version. This means you can access the same content online as you would be ale to find in the native App Store experience.


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The story of the iMac is the story of Apple

More than even the iPhone, it is the iMac that shows us what Apple always aims for -- and usually gets. On August 15, 2019, the 21st anniversary of when you could first buy it, here's how one machine changed Apple and how Apple changed that one machine.

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Apple granted over 2,000 patents last year, ranking...

Apple was last year granted more than 2,000 patents, putting in around 10th place in a ranking of US companies.

Two different organizations came up with slightly different numbers and rankings …


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Huawei Mate X delayed again, shipping before the end...

Huawei has decided to postpone its Mate X folding phone for a second time until after the Galaxy Fold ships -- for reasons unknown.

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Understanding how Time Machine manages its file...

Time Machine is an archive rather than a backup, because it retains multiple versions of files as you change them. That’s useful, because if you’re editing an image, a word-processing file, or another document, you can use Time Machine to restore a version before you made certain changes.

It always maintains at least one copy of every file, no matter how many times it’s revised, and if Time Machine has just a single version, it’s always the latest copy. If a file is never changed from its initial backup, Time Machine never deletes it, either.

Apple has Time Machine automatically consolidate snapshots. It’s set to run every hour, making a copy of any file changed from the previous 24 hours. After 24 hours, Time Machine deletes hourly backups, but keeps one per day. After a month, it deletes daily backups, but retains one weekly snapshot.


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Apple Faces Lawsuit Over Dual-Camera iPhone...

Israeli firm Corephotonics filed a lawsuit against Apple in which it claimed Apple had stolen its dual-camera technology.

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Apple releases support document explaining why some...

Apple last week announced out an Apple Card preview period, and has since rolled out Apple Card availability to an assortment of iPhone users ahead of the official launch.

While a number of customers, including those with credit scores in the 600s have been approved, there are still reasons as to why some users might be denied for the card.

Apple shared a new support document, wherein the company outlined the reasons as to why someone might be denied. These reasons include low credit score, frequent credit card applications, heavy debt and low income, tax liens, bankruptcy, property repossession, past due debt obligations, a recent checking account closure by a bank, past due medical debt, and more. 

Apple’s support document has a detailed list of explanations for those who were declined, and when you apply for Apple Card, if you are declined by Goldman Sachs (Apple’s partner) you’ll get a reason why so you can cross reference it here for more information. ...

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Apple releases statement that iPhone Battery Warning...

This probably calls for a software update in the near future.

Following news that a new iOS feature warned users if an iPhone battery can’t be verified as genuine, Apple released the following statement defending its stance.

“We take the safety of our customers very seriously and want to make sure any battery replacement is done properly. There are now over 1,800 Apple authorized service providers across the US, so our customers have even more convenient access to quality repairs. Last year, we introduced a new feature to notify customers if we were unable to verify that a new, genuine battery was installed by a certified technician following Apple repair processes.

This information is there to help protect our customers from damaged, poor quality, or used batteries that can lead to safety or performance issues. This notification does not impact the customer’s ability to use the phone after an unauthorized repair.”

The warning indicates that users can’t...

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The best bias lighting for TVs and computer monitors...

Read on for reviews of some of the best bias lighting kits we’ve tested, along with what to look for in bias lighting for a TV.

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Philips Hue Play review: This versatile bias...

If you’ve already got a Philips Hue Bridge in your home, the Hue Play makes for a great way to add bias lighting to your home theater setup, or as a responsive bias light for your computer monitor.

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iOS 13: How to use the QuickPath swipe keyboard

With iOS 13 and the new QuickPath feature, the iPhone finally has a native version of the “swipe” keyboards that have been popular on Android devices for almost a decade. You could previously use such keyboards on iOS if you installed a third-party keyboard such as Gboard, SwiftKey, or the discontinued Swype app, but now you no longer have to deal with the occasional hassle of switching keyboards. You can also use QuickPath on the iPad if you’re using the miniature floating keyboard.

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Govee DreamColor for TV with Alexa review: This bias...

If you want more from your TV bias lights than a subtle glow that boosts contrast and eases eye strain, this responsive LED light strip from Govee is worth a try.

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Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting review: A nice range...

If you’re looking for a moderately priced, multi-colored bias lighting strip for the back of your TV, the Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting strip makes for a solid choice.

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The MediaLight bias TV lighting review: Subtle bias...

The MediaLight bias lighting strips are designed for discriminating viewers who want to enhance their TV’s visuals while preserving the integrity of the original image.

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Vansky Bias Lighting for HDTV review: This bargain...

This popular LED light strip is easy to install and boasts a variety of colors and light modes, but its color temperature leaves something to be desired.

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How to check your credit score for free before...

Apple Card offers a super fast and simple application process that’s done right on your iPhone. However, you may want to check into a few things before signing up for the new credit card like checking your credit score, looking over your credit report, and more.


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Wednesday August 14

Apple accused of stealing dual-camera technology...

Israeli-based camera technology firm Corephotonics is back with a massive lawsuit claiming Apple knowingly used patented dual-camera technology in iPhone, then attempted to cover its tracks with largely similar intellectual property filings.

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T-Mobile and AT&T partner to battle robocalls

AT&T and T-Mobile have announced a new partnership designed to thwart robocalls by authenticating incoming calls across both networks.

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New Waterside Shops Apple Store opens August 24th in...

Apple Waterside Shops in Naples, Florida has been completely rebuilt from the ground up and will celebrate its grand reopening on August 24th at 10:00 A.M. local time. The store closed early last September for expansion and will now feature Apple’s latest retail design language and the capability to host larger and more immersive Today at Apple sessions.


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Sony's Xperia 1 is available with hands-free...

Don't like that nearly all of Amazon's Alexa-centric phones are budget models? You won't have that complaint after today, although you might not have expected this option. Amazon has started selling a variant of Sony's Xperia 1 with hands-free Alex...

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WebKit working group publishes anti-tracking policy

Apple's WebKit team this week published a "WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy" that details web tracking practices it believes are harmful to consumers, as well as technology the group has implemented or intends to implement in its browser engine to block such activity.

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Charter will integrate Hulu and Disney+ into its set...

Disney and Charter Communications inked a multi-year deal today that will deliver a wide range of content -- from college sports to The Bachelor -- to Spectrum subscribers. The deal avoids a blackout of Disney-controlled networks like ABC and ESPN, r...

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Apple WebKit team shares ‘Tracking Prevention Policy...

Apple’s WebKit team today has released its full “Tracking Prevention Policy.” This policy is an outline of WebKit’s tracking efforts and details what types of tracking WebKit will prevent, countermeasures, and more.


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Slashdot Asks: Do You Use Your Laptop's...

The headphone jack is increasingly being omitted from smartphones and tablets, but what about laptops? When Apple launched the redesigned MacBook Pro in 2016, it decided to remove the SD card slot, full-sized USB Type A ports, and Thunderbolt 2 ports -- but keep the 3.5mm headphone jack, even though it axed the headphone jack in the 2016 iPhone 7. The reason, Apple said, had to do with the lack of wireless solutions for pro audio gear that many users use with their MacBooks. "If it was just about headphones then it doesn't need to be there," said Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller. "We believe that wireless is a great solution for headphones." He added: "But many users have set-ups with studio monitors, amps and other pro audio gear that do not have wireless solutions and need the 3.5mm jack."

While most laptops today still retain the headphone jack, that trend doesn't seem like it'll last for too much longer as the industry moves to embrace wireless audio. Laptop...

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Pandora expands podcasting efforts with new direct...

As Apple reportedly plans to expand its role in podcasting, Pandora is also now looking to compete. The company announced today that podcasters can now submit their shows to be included in Pandora’s growing catalog of podcasts.


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Marvel's next Stitcher podcast premieres fall...

Marvel and Stitcher have unveiled their next big podcast collaboration, and this one is aimed squarely at long-time fans. Their next project, Marvels, premieres in fall 2019 and will revisit the similarly titled 1994 story from Kurt Busiek and Alex...

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New Amazon donation program gives unsold products to...

Following reports that Amazon often destroys unsold and unwanted products stored in its warehouses, the company is launching a donations program that will help distribute goods to people in need, according to a report from CNBC. The program, called F...

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How to Get the Most from Your Apple Card Benefits

Apple is slowly rolling out its new Apple Card across the United States. If you’re an early adopter, here’s how to maximize your cashback benefits.

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Scientists have even found microplastics in the...

Microplastics are polluting tap water, the deep sea and now even remote corners of the Arctic. Scientists found concentrations of plastic in ice floes from the Fram Strait, the passage that connects the Arctic Ocean to the rest of the world's oceans....

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Apple, Spotify Discuss Siri Truce, as Antitrust...

Apple and Spotify are in talks about potentially enabling Siri to play songs, albums, and playlists from the leading subscription music service. The Verge: A new report from The Information confirms that Spotify would be taking advantage of new capabilities that Apple is introducing in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, which allow other apps to be on equal footing with Apple Music when making music requests through the company's Siri voice assistant. If Spotify takes advantage of the new tools, you'll be able to play music without having to open the app on your iPhone or iPad. The integration could be a sign of progress between two companies that have butted heads to a more heated degree than ever before over the last year. In March, Spotify filed an antitrust complaint with the EU that accused Apple of disadvantaging third-party services that compete with its own apps. Among other gripes (such as Apple's subscription tax), Spotify pointed to hands-free Siri compatibility as one convenient...

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June promises to fix smart ovens that are preheating...

As convenient as smart ovens can be, they also introduce their own hassles -- namely, technical hiccups. June plans to update the software for its signature oven after multiple reports of the devices accidentally preheating overnight. CEO Matt Van...

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Google employees don't want it to work with US...

In a newly published petition, Google employees are demanding the search giant not bid on a recent cloud computing contract from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.

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Apple explains Apple Card application process,...

Apple continues to release more information about Apple Card in the run-up to a full-fledged launch and on Wednesday detailed why some applications are denied, offering suggestions as to how prospective customers might improve their chances at acceptance.

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What It’s Like to Be Banished from Apple’s Garden

Can you imagine what life would be like if Apple locked you out of your Apple ID? Unfortunately, it can happen through no fault of your own and may not be easy to fix.

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Microsoft says humans will still transcribe Cortana...

Just like seemingly every other major tech company with a voice assistant or voice chat service, it emerged that Microsoft contractors were listening to Skype and Cortana recordings. Apple, Google and Facebook have temporarily halted similar efforts,...

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Lightroom Classic CC 8.4

Adds accelerated image editing with GPU support for smoother performance. ($9.99/19.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

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GraphicConverter 11.0.1

Major new release for the Swiss Army knife of graphics programs adds macros and improves RAW image editing. ($39.95 new, free update, 151 MB)

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FAA Warns Airlines about 2015 15-inch MacBook Pros

You may have trouble flying with a recalled 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro due to its potential fire hazard. It remains to be seen how airline and airport staff will distinguish between affected and unaffected units and those whose batteries have been replaced.

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‘Doom Eternal’ multiplayer trailer highlights...

Id Software and Bethesda breathed new life into Doom with their 2016 entry into the gory FPS series, but fell short when it came to the game's multiplayer mode. "There was not a lot of Doom in our multiplayer in 2016, and players noticed that," said...

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Review: Native Union’s Stow Organizer is a perfect...

Whether it’s your daily carry or a longer trip, Apple accessories can quickly become troublesome to keep organized and easily accessible. Native Union’s Stow Organizer is designed specifically with Apple users in mind to tame your cables, dongles, power adapters, and more. It even has Apple Pencil storage and a zippered interior pocket for small items like SD cards and flash drives. Read on for a closer look at this handy Apple accessory organizer.


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Google’s ‘Assignments’ tool flags plagiarism and...

Google is setting out to make plagiarism harder than ever. The search giant today announced the launch of Assignments, a new grading software for higher education instructors who use G Suite for Education. Formerly known as Coursework, Assignments wi...

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Millions of books are secretly in the public domain...

This has been around for a while but I like reminding people every now and then.

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How to turn your dorm room into a smart 'home...

Please enjoy this guide to the best dorm room gear, just one part of our larger 2019 back-to-school series. In addition to top picks in 11 categories -- everything from laptops to smartphones to gaming and dorm gear -- we went big on tips and buying...

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Michael Gandolfini opens up about the difficult...

Following in your father’s footsteps is never easy. I can’t imagine how much more difficult it is for this young man.

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Pandora hopes to pad its podcast lineup with direct...

Pandora doesn't want to sit by the wayside while Spotify snaps up podcast listeners. The streaming music service has started accepting podcasts for "consideration" to be included in its catalog. Those who want a shot just have to submit their feed...

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Porsche's Cayenne E-Hybrid is the company'...

The Porsche Cayenne lineup is getting crowded. There are the gasoline engine-only versions and now two hybrids. The high-end electrified Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is a sports car masquerading as an SUV. But if you're looking for the less dramatic powe...

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Goldman Sachs spends $350 for every Apple Card signup

Goldman Sachs is spending somewhere in the region of $350 to acquire every new customer of Apple Card, analysts claim, with the investment bank not expected to make a profit on the user until they have been a customer for four years on average.

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Twitter starts testing DM searches

It didn't take long for Twitter to make direct message searches a practical reality after teasing them -- though you'll need a little luck to give them a try. The social network has begun testing a DM search bar in its iOS app and the web. It'll on...

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Who are you and why are you leaving old TVs on...

Residents in Virginia remain bewildered after a mysterious person with a TV on their head placed out-dated televisions on the doorsteps of more than 50 homes in Henrico County. The bandit (of sorts) struck this weekend, The Washington Post reports. P...

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Chrome OS finally supports virtual desktops

Chrome OS is adding a mainstay feature that other computer platforms have had for years: virtual desktops. The newly released Chrome OS 76 supports "Virtual Desks" that, like elsewhere, lets you create app layouts you can switch to in a heartbeat....

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9to5Mac Watch Time podcast episode 4: Apple Watch...

9to5Mac Watch Time is a new seasonal podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In this series, we’ll talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives.

In the fourth episode of our new Watch Time podcast, Zac is joined by Kyle Seth Gray to talk about fitness experiences in school, fitness trackers before the Apple Watch, useful watchOS apps for exercise tracking, learning to scale and even enjoy workouts including cycling and yoga with the Apple Watch, and much more.

9to5Mac Watch Time is available on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, and your favorite podcast player through RSS. Subscribe now to catch up with each episode and automatically hear new episodes as soon as they’re released every two weeks from July through September.


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How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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Skip’s new electric scooter is equipped with...

Electric scooters are prone to a lot of wear and tear -- which gives most of them a pretty short shelf life. Skip unveiled a new model of electric scooter, the S3, that should be tougher and more sustainable than its predecessor. The S3 includes swap...

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FAA tells airlines MacBook Pros with defective...

The 2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

The Federal Aviation Administration has banned certain 15-inch MacBook Pros with potentially defective batteries from US flights. The move, which follows Apple's June recall announcement, is part of a general FAA policy on devices with defective batteries.

"The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops," FAA spokespeople said in emails to Ars Technica. Under FAA policy, affected MacBook Pros are banned from the passenger cabin and from checked luggage.

The FAA says it alerted airlines about the recall in early July. The agency also says it informed the public on social...

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What to do when the robocalls won't stop

You recognize it the moment you pick up the phone. The quiet beat before a clearly pre-recorded message speaks ominously about your Social Security number getting canceled. Or perhaps it's a call trying to sell you health insurance or a vacation. Eit...

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Facebook simplifies its Group privacy settings

Facebook wants to make it easier to understand its Group privacy settings. It's doing away with public, closed or secret settings. Instead, Groups will be "private" or "public." Facebook claims this will simplify who can find a Group and see its memb...

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Close your Apple Watch exercise rings on Aug. 25 for...

Those who walk, hike, run, or complete a wheelchair workout of at least three miles on August 25th can earn a unique, hiking-based award in the latest Apple Watch Activity Challenge celebrating the Grand Canyon's 100th anniversary.

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THQ Nordic says a new Saints Row game is 'deep...

THQ Nordic had plenty of updates about upcoming games from its sprawling empire in its latest earnings report. Perhaps the most notable is that its Volition studio is "deep in development" on a new Saints Row game. It didn't offer any information on...

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Apple responds to aftermarket iPhone replacement...

Apple's 'Service' battery message in the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max Battery Health bar following a battery replacement outside of Apple's authorized repair network is doing its job, Apple has confirmed, with the warning a a safety measure for users that doesn't affect how the installed battery functions at all.

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Facebook movie ads now offer premiere reminders and...

Facebook is hoping you'll do more with movie ads than give them the occasional click or tap. The internet giant is rolling out support for upgraded ads that include premiere reminders. Much like events, you can press an "Interested" button to get a...

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9to5Mac Daily: August 14, 2019 – Spotify + Siri,...

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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Apple defends new aftermarket battery warning in iOS...

Last week, a report from iFixit detailed a new feature in iOS that alerts users if an iPhone battery can’t be verified as a genuine Apple part. In a new statement today, Apple defends that warning in iOS as a way to ensure device performance and safety.


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Fall 'Destiny 2' update makes it easier to...

Destiny 2 developer Bungie is doubling down on microtransactions as a way to fund the continued development of its popular online shooter. In a recent blog post, Destiny franchise director Luke Smith detailed how microtransactions (or MTX) will play...

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How to pay your Apple Card bill

It's not the best part of owning a credit card, but since we have to pay them off, Apple has made the process remarkably fast and easy for Apple Card payments.

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WW, formerly Weight Watchers, launches a weight loss...

Last February, Weight Watchers drew criticism when it announced a free weight-loss program for teens ages 13 to 17. Skeptics feared the program would encourage obsessive eating habits in adolescents, but Weight Watchers -- since rebranded WW -- isn't...

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Apple Watch Activity Challenge set for August 25 in...

Apple has set its latest Apple Watch Activity Challenge for August 25. This challenge is being held in celebration of the Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th anniversary.


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Stacktrace Podcast 049: “Old enough to make...

Rambo explores running iOS apps on the Mac with Catalyst, John falls in love will full screen mode all over again, and Apple’s new security measures for Mac apps and batteries cause a bit of a stir in the community. Also, tips for minimizing distractions, our first app crushes, and how come SwiftUI won’t run on iOS 12 and below?

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Review: IK Multimedia iRig Micro Amp is a Portable...

iRig Micro Amp atop a speaker cabinet. Image via IK Multimedia

By now, most readers of Apple World Today are aware of the fact that I’m learning guitar as a 61-year-old. The great thing about learning now as an adult is that all of the technological tools I’m using to help me advance weren’t available when I was a teenager, so I have a real advantage. Since I’m learning electric guitar, an amplifier isn’t just something nice to have — it’s a necessity. IK Multimedia provided me with one of their iRig Micro Amps (MSRP, $149.99) for testing and use during my learning experience, and today I’ll take you on a tour of the features of this small, but powerful device.


Most practice amps usually...

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Report: Goldman Sachs spending $350 to acquire each...

A new analyst report today from Nomura, seen by CNBC predicts that Goldman Sachs could see notable losses on Apple Card customers if a recession happens within the next few years. This estimate is based on the firm’s belief that it will take several years for Goldman Sachs to break even on the cost acquiring of Apple Card users.


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Formula 1's underdogs struggle with the...

As Renault approached the French Grand Prix, a lot was at stake. The race was on the team's home turf, at a make-or-break point in the season. Nobody was panicking, yet. Despite having won twice in 2018 with Red Bull, new driver Daniel Ricciardo knew...

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Formula 1's underdogs struggle with the...

As Renault approached the French Grand Prix, a lot was at stake. The race was on the team's home turf, at a make-or-break point in the season. Nobody was panicking, yet. Despite having won twice in 2018 with Red Bull, new driver Daniel Ricciardo knew...

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Best iPad Mini 5 Cases in 2019

The best iPad Mini 5 cases of 2019 are those that make your beautiful iPad Mini even more stunning! Looking for a vintage cover that oozes style? Or how about…

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Nike+ Apple Watch over $100 off, latest MacBook Pro...

Nike+ Apple Watch Series 4 models return to their best price yet in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. You’ll also find deals on MacBook Pro at up to $550 off and Samsung’s all-metal BAR flash drives hit new all-time lows at Amazon. All of our favorite deals and more can be found just below.


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Final ‘13 Reasons Why’ trailer asks 'who killed...

Netflix has dropped the final trailer for the third season of 13 Reasons Why ahead of its August 23 premiere. (Spoiler warning: we talk about the content of the trailer as well as events of past seasons in the rest of this post!)

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iOS 13: How to turn on Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad

One of iOS 13’s most highly anticipated changes is also one of its simplest. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system finally introduces a Dark Mode for your iPhone and iPad’s interface, much as last year’s macOS Mojave finally bought a Dark Mode to Apple’s desktop operating system.

Once it’s on, formerly white interface elements of iOS change to black (or a deep slate gray), and the text shifts to a brighter color for better legibility. That means that many Apple apps (such as Mail and Music) will now put less of a strain on your eyes at night, and there’s a small chance that Dark Mode will even improve your battery life. And, of course, it just looks cool.

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Review: IKEA SYMFONISK table lamp and bookshelf Wi-...

Sonos and IKEA’s home decor meets smart speaker collaboration has an interesting challenge: will it blend? Not in the squeeze-it-in-a-blender sense; will it blend in with your home and fit your taste?

Like sound, design preference is highly subjective. What’s not is just how versatile the new SYMFONISK lineup can be. Sonos and IKEA have bundled a Play:1 level Wi-Fi speaker inside a table lamp and bookshelf end cap. Useful features and attractive prices make both speakers worth considering even if you’re not in the Sonos ecosystem.


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Review: The Doxie Go SE portable scanner will help...

The Doxie Go SE is an ultraportable scanner that doesn't require a computer in order to use it. It's great for those last straggling bits of old paperwork, photos, and artwork that you haven't converted to digital formats yet.

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∞ Deep Fakes: Full House…of Mustaches, and now it’s...

[VIDEO] There’s a clip flying around the internet of Bill Hader being interviewed by David Letterman. Hader does impressions of Al Pacino and Tom Cruise. But in this Deep Fake version of the clip, Hader’s face morphs into Pacino and Cruise as he shifts characters. It’s eerie, creepy, fascinating, and a sign of deeper fakes to come.

If you haven’t seen the clip, take a minute to watch. And then watch the clip embedded in the main Loop post. It’s a similar treatment of the opening to the show Full House, but with a special Nick Offerman mustache treatment.

The future.

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iPad Pro Diary: It’s a Mac substitute for many,...

Way back in 2015, I looked at whether the iPad Pro of the time could be a Mac substitute. My bottom line then was “not for everyone, but for many, yes.”

The answer, of course, is the same one I give when non-techy friends ask me which laptop they should buy: It depends on what you want to do with it.

But once I’ve heard what they want to use it for, my answer to the question, ‘Which laptop should I buy?’ has often been, ‘You shouldn’t: Buy an iPad plus Bluetooth keyboard instead.’ So far, at least, everyone who has taken this advice has been happy with the result…


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One click, a bit of typing to make an Apple Card...

First things first, this is a terrific Apple Card explainer by Juli Clover for MacRumors.

But have a bit of fun and click on the Apple Card image in the middle of the post. Type in any name you like and see the Apple Card with that name come to life.

Mine is here. Feeling particularly clever? Feel free to reply with your own creations.

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Apple’s new credit card comes with forced...

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Apple's new credit card is rolling out in stages to interested users (I got mine Monday!) and the early reception is generally positive. The card's primary draw isn't in its benefits, which are perfectly fine but not outstanding by any metric, but instead lies with its tight vertical integration with the Apple technology ecosystem and the (hopefully) increased security one gains by moving to using tokenized payments for (most of) your point-of-sale transactions. The card otherwise has a lot in common with other traditional credit cards—and, unfortunately, one of those things is the Apple Card's...

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Apple locked me out of its walled garden. It was a...

Luke Kurtis, Quartz:

A few months ago, I purchased an iTunes gift card off of a popular discount website.


About a week after I redeemed the gift card, I noticed my iTunes account wasn’t working. When I tried to log in, it said my account was locked. I searched online for help, but I couldn’t find a solution. I called up Apple support.

And that’s the beginning of a two month journey. Fascinating read, especially if you consider the personal impact of being locked out of your Apple ID for two months.

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FAA bans recalled MacBook Pros from flights


U.S. airline safety regulators banned select MacBook Pro laptops on flights after Apple Inc. recently said that some units had batteries that posed a fire risk.

In a statement, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it was “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops” and stated that it alerted major U.S. airlines about the recall.

I totally get this. A bad battery is a bad battery. But my question is, how will they enforce this ban? Will they be checking model numbers on all MacBook Pros? This going to be an honor system thing?

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Take home a renewed iPhone XS Max and save $450...

A flagship Apple phone that’s under a thousand dollars only comes once in a blue moon, but it seems that Amazon is making every Apple enthusiast’s dream come true with…

The post Take home a renewed iPhone XS Max and save $450 along the way appeared first on iLounge.

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There is a new 'leak' listing 'iPhone...

As we draw closer to the unveiling of a new iPhone lineup, there is a fresh batch of rumors allegedly sourced from former Foxconn workers -- but be careful about what you believe.

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Apple’s wearables growth poised to overtake Mac and...

Apple’s wearables product category, comprised of the AirPods and Apple Watch is estimated to overtake the Mac and iPad by the end of 2020, according to a report. Neil Cybart,…

The post Apple’s wearables growth poised to overtake Mac and iPad appeared first on iLounge.

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PSA: Asking for your Apple ID for Apple Card invite...

If you’ve received an email from Apple asking for your Apple ID in order to send you an invitation for the Apple Card, it’s not a phishing fraud…


The post PSA: Asking for your Apple ID for Apple Card invite is a glitch, not phishing appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Kasa Smart Plug Mini from TP-Link Skips HomeKit...

Chinese network product manufacturing company TP-Link has announced that they will not be getting HomeKit support for their Kasa Smart Plug Mini after all. As explained on the company’s website,…

The post Kasa Smart Plug Mini from TP-Link Skips HomeKit Support appeared first on iLounge.

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Apple Reveals ‘The Morning Show’ Trailer for Apple...

Today, Apple has shared a sneak peek at one of its original Apple TV+ shows that will be included when the service launches at fall. ‘The Morning Show’ is a…

The post Apple Reveals ‘The Morning Show’ Trailer for Apple TV+ appeared first on iLounge.

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How to use 2FA on older Apple devices that won’t let...

Most people who own Apple hardware have different generations of equipment in use. And because the company’s gear can last a long time, you can wind up with some old equipment—like an ancient Apple TV or Mac that’s being used to serve up video or what have you.

Apple has shifted aggressively to require two-factor authentication (2FA) with Apple ID accounts as a way of deterring account hijacking. This is admirable, though it has some adverse side effects for people who have multiple Apple IDs for historical or other purposes. (I wrote a couple of years ago about using multiple macOS accounts and other tricks to manage that.)

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World Travelers Can Keep Devices Charged Anywhere...

If you travel the world, you know what a hassle it can be to make sure that you have the correct plug adapter for the country you’re visiting. The GOSPACE SuperCharger can take away that worry by giving you access to different plug adapters, USB-A, USB-C and Qi wireless charging, even when there’s no plug nearby. We have the GOSPACE SuperCharger on sale at 54% off the regular price for just $44.99.

Capable of charging up to 4 different devices at the same time, the GOSPACE SuperCharger is the perfect way to keep your tech essentials energized throughout the day. This compact charger sports two USB ports, one USB-C port, and a Qi wireless charging pad, giving you ultimate charging...

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Comment: Reluctantly, I tend to believe the ‘iPhone...

We’ve heard two credible reports now that this year’s successor to the iPhone XS will be named the iPhone 11 Pro. Today’s report suggests that the successors to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max will be, respectively:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

I think it’s a fairly horrible idea, but I do tend to believe it…


The post Comment: Reluctantly, I tend to believe the ‘iPhone 11 Pro’ naming reports appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Mailplane 4.1.4

Brings compatibility with the macOS 10.15 Catalina public beta, plus adds support for the Simplify Gmail extension and the DEVONthink 3 public beta. ($29.95 new, free update, 68.8 MB)

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Keyboard Maestro 9.0

Major update for the automation and clipboard utility adds Dark mode support, OCR for text in images, and JSON. ($36 new, $25 upgrade, 25.8 MB)

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Why Can’t Users Teach Siri about Its Mistakes?

Apple took well-deserved flak in the press for having contractors listen to Siri conversations—and inadvertent initiations where people didn’t know they were being recorded. But Adam Engst suggests that we users should instead teach Siri about its mistakes.

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FTC chief open to tech company breakups over...

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons is open to the idea of breaking apart giant tech firms like Apple by undoing mergers, if it is determined large entities like Facebook are harming competition across the tech industry as a whole by being too dominant.

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iOS 13: How to set and use Favorites and Collections...

Apple has slowly been releasing brand-new mapping data across the U.S., and it's more detailed and accurate than ever before. But a great mobile maps experience is about more than just great map data. With iOS 13, Apple's adding a slew of useful new features, and the most useful are probably the ability to mark locations as favorites and build sharable collections.

Both functions are somewhat related, but act a little differently. Favorites are there to provide quick access on your own device, while Collections group locations together and can be shared with others. Here's how they work.

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'iPhone 11,' 'iPhone 11 Pro,'...

Data from a budget iPhone enclosure manufacturer reportedly shows both the name and dimensions of the upcoming iPhones, set to release at Apple's September event.

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