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BMW plans to debut a 1 Series electric hatchback in...

While we've know for a while now that BMW plans to make electric variants of all its most popular vehicles, the company has now shared more definitive plans. In an interview with Auto Express, Robert Irlinger, the company's EV division chief, reveale...

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[Sponsor] Kolide: User Focused Security for Teams...

Kolide is a new Slack app that messages employees when their Mac, Windows, or Linux device is not compliant with security best-practices or policy.

With this app, Kolide will notify users or groups when a device is out of compliance along with clear instructions about what is wrong, and step by step instructions to remediate the issue themselves. They can even confirm in real-time that they resolved the problem with an interactive button inside the Slack message!

Unlike most endpoint security solutions, Kolide was designed with user privacy in mind. Your users will know what data is collected about their device, who can see that data, and can even view the full source code of the agent that is run on the device.

Kolide is already used by hundreds of fast growing companies who want to level-up their device security without locking down their devices. Try Kolide’s new product for free for 30 days for your entire fleet by visiting ...

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Apple looks to snatch up rights to ‘A Christmas...

Apple is apparently getting the rights to A Christmas Carol, a live action musical based on the Charles Dickens’ classic that will  star Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell, reports Variety. It will arrive later this year on Apple TV+, although it could get a limited theatrical release first.

The article adds that Reynolds and Ferrell stand to make “staggering amounts” as producers and stars, along with “significant paydays” for writer-directors Sean Anders and John Morris (Daddy’s Home, Instant Family). Fees for talent alone will clock in at north of $60 million, according to Variety, quoting unnamed “numerous insiders.

Representative for Apple, Ferrell and Reynolds had no immediate comment on the matter. Apple TV+, Apple’s media streaming service, will debut Nov. 1 at $4.99 per month....

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Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Apple...

Apple is said to be spending a couple billion dollars over 2018 and 2019 on the development of exclusive original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment.

What can you get for a couple billion dollars? Apple hopes to attract some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and to lock down the television and movie rights to best-selling books. Though the company has only given us a glimpse at a handful of shows, the Hollywood trade press has uncovered many more through its reporting on deals from casting agents and production companies.

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Don’t update to macOS Catalina yet if you use...

If you are a “professional” user of either app, you’d have to be insane to update to macOS Catalina until Adobe pulls its head out of its posterior and fixes these issues.

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How to sync iPhone and iPad to your Mac in macOS...

If you’ve updated to macOS Catalina, you probably already know that iTunes is gone and has been replaced with separate Music, TV, and Podcasts apps. So syncing, backing up, updating, and restoring iPhone and iPad (Apple TV, too) works differently with the latest macOS release. Read on for how to sync iPhone and iPad to your Mac in macOS Catalina without iTunes.


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Game Streaming Platform Twitch Rolls Out on Apple TV

Twitch, a popular game streaming platform is now available as an app you can download on the Apple TV App Store. The function and interface is nearly the same as…

The post Game Streaming Platform Twitch Rolls Out on Apple TV appeared first on iLounge.

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‘The Elephant Queen’ Trailer Released Ahead of Apple...

Apple has shared a trailer for ‘The Elephant Queen’, which should be available to view come November 1 on Apple TV+. Acquired in 2018, the documentary focuses on elephant herd…

The post ‘The Elephant Queen’ Trailer Released Ahead of Apple TV+ Debut appeared first on iLounge.

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Tony Fadell Takes to Twitter to Discuss iPod...

Classic iPod creator Tony Fadell took some time to answer questions on Twitter about one of the most iconic tech devices we’ve ever had. The Q&A started off with Fadell…

The post Tony Fadell Takes to Twitter to Discuss iPod Development appeared first on iLounge.

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Apple Stops Signing Several iOS Versions After iOS...

Apple has phased out earlier iOS versions, notably iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13, and iOS 12.4.1 after iOS 13.1.2 was released on Monday. Stopped signage means these versions are no longer…

The post Apple Stops Signing Several iOS Versions After iOS 13.1.2 Goes Public appeared first on iLounge.

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‘For All Mankind’ Gets a Preview at New York Comic...

Apple has previewed its second Apple TV+ show at New York Comic Con, ‘For All Mankind’ in a 15-minute teaser of the first episode. A panel interview was set up…

The post ‘For All Mankind’ Gets a Preview at New York Comic Con appeared first on iLounge.

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Jennifer Aniston on how “Me Too” (and Matt Lauer)...

I’m really looking forward to this show and seeing what Aniston pulls off.

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Astronauts bioprint beef in space for the first time

Lab-grown meat is no longer confined to Earth -- Aleph Farms and partners have successfully grown meat in space for the first time. The experiment, conducted aboard the Russian section of the International Space Station on September 26th, used a bio...

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All the TV shows Apple has in the works for Apple TV+

Apple announced Apple TV+ at a special event in March, introducing the world to a slate of upcoming original shows that will made available later this year. AppleInsider has been keeping track of everything the company is said to be producing, updated on October 8 with news of Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds "A Christmas Carol" landing on the service.

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Jennifer Aniston explains selling ‘The Morning Show...

The Morning Show is one of the flagship Apple TV+ original shows, starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. In a new interview with Variety, Jennifer Aniston offers new details on working with Apple, the show’s inspiration, and more.


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How to use Sidecar in macOS Catalina with your iPad...

Now that macOS Catalina has been released, we've been seeing just how the much hyped Sidecar feature has been working -- and what the final system requirements are to use it.

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Airstream Bambi: Keep connected while off the grid

Our connected lives can be overwhelming. A constant stream of notifications, horrifying news and, seriously, why hasn't your latest Instagram post of your cat not broken 10 likes? It's information overload and the remedy is the alluring pull of t...

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MeeBot 2.0 educational robotics kit ships as Apple...

The MeeBot 2.0 from UBTech Robotics has just launched as an Apple Store-exclusive kit, one that enables children to learn how to build their own robot at the same time as learning basic coding skills to make it move and dance.

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Sling adds a 'Micro Guide' and simpler...

Sling is giving its living room interface some decidedly useful tune-ups, including one designed to stay out of your way. Its app for LG TVs, Samsung TVs and the Xbox One now includes a "Micro Guide" that won't obscure as much of what you're watchin...

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Apple Watch Series 3 hits new record low price at...

After Apple dropped the price of the Apple Watch Series 3 to $199 in September, Amazon is knocking another $10 off GPS models, bringing the price down to a record-low $189 while supplies last.

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Google streamlines music transfers between Home and...

Moving music between different Google Home and Nest devices has been a convoluted process for a while now, but Google is at long last making it easier to do just that. The company is introducing a new feature called stream transfer that allows you to...

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Linksys Aware uses mesh Wi-Fi network for motion-...

Linksys has introduced a new surveillance feature for its mesh Wi-Fi routers called Linksys Aware, a subscription which can allow some Velop routers to perform motion sensing using Wi-Fi signals, providing alerts to the homeowner when activity is detected.

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‘Rabbids Coding’ teaches young gamers basic...

We've seen plenty of games that teach kids the basics of coding, but it's rare to see the big game publishers embrace the "edutainment" sector. The latest coding game, though, comes from Ubisoft, the creators of the Assassin's Creed and Rainbow Six f...

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You can see 'Gemini Man' in 120 fps or 4K...

Ang Lee wants people to see his latest movie, Gemini Man, in 3D at 4K resolution and 120 frames per second. But it'll be a tough ask to watch the Will Smith thriller that way if you're in the US -- it seems no American theaters will project it in the...

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Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass will be totally...

Google and Apple have just begun a public experiment. One that affects the daily lives of millions of people; specifically, anyone who plays mobile games.

Apple launched Arcade on September 19th, charging $5 a month for unlimited access to more than...

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Get Winclone 8, now updated for Catalina [Sponsor]

Thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. Winclone 8 is a complete solution for backing up, migrating, and deploying Windows 10 on a Mac. You spent a ton of time getting your Windows setup just right, and Winclone makes sure that you can get back to that same setup. Winclone creates an image of your Boot Camp partition, including all Windows system files, applications, and data. If you have a failed update, bad drive, or ransomware attack in Windows, you can quickly restore your Winclone backup and you are back up and running. Winclone 8 now fully supports Catalina.

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iOS 13 and iPadOS users are randomly seeing an...

A sizeable number of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users are experiencing an issue with some Apple services at the moment. More specifically, there are some reports about an unknown message that has appeared on iOS 13 and iPadOS. The iTunes Store error simply pops up on the screen unexpectedly and for several times.


The post iOS 13 and iPadOS users are randomly seeing an iTunes Store error message appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Addigy announces Apple Device Management support for...

Addigy, a provider of cloud-based Apple Device Management software, has announced general availability of its enhanced platform with support for macOS 10.15 Catalina. It enables full utilization of Catalina’s new features, including support for 64-bit systems and advanced privacy controls, according to Addigy CEO Jason Dettbarn.

Addigy Apple Device Management for Catalina enables IT solution providers and businesses to rapidly upgrade their entire network of macOS systems to the Mac operating system upgrade, he adds.

Addigy’s full-stack cloud-based Apple Device Management platform allows for centralized management of Catalina and iOS 13 computing environments. The solution provides 24x7x365 oversight of Apple devices to ensure systems are secure, up-to-date, and running at the highest levels of efficiency, according to Dettbarn. 

IT administrators can audit their Apple assets quickly, without server setup to identify which OS...

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The Energy Observer is a boat that makes its fuel...

Energy Observer is a vessel powered only by energy that it generates itself, be it the onboard solar panels, wind turbines or a hydrogen fuel cell. It's a floating laboratory, PR stunt and clean-energy evangelist all at once, showing how the future o...

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PSA: Here’s the keyword to get your dead AirPods...

If the batteries in your AirPods have about run their course, there’s another option besides buying a new pair for $159 or more. If you take your AirPods to an Apple Store there’s no option to get the AirPods’ batteries replaced but there is a keyword to get new ones at a discounted price.


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Backblaze updates Cloud Backup 7.0 with macOS...

Backblaze has updated its Cloud Backup software to version 7.0, enabling the online backup service to work with macOS 10.15 Catalina, as well as adding often-requested features including an extended version history and making uploads of large files more efficient.

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Get 30% off on the Ligtro Grip with LED Light Bundle

The ergonomic Ligtro Grip is a handy camera kit for taking videos and pictures on the go. Simply attach the accessory, and you can now adjust all your camera app’s…

The post Get 30% off on the Ligtro Grip with LED Light Bundle appeared first on iLounge.

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Linksys unveils Linksys Aware software subscription...

Linksys has announced Linksys Aware, a subscription service within the Linksys Smart WiFi App on the Apple App Store and Google Play that senses motion in Mesh WiFi environments.

Available initially on all Linksys Velop Tri-Band AC2200 routers (one-packtwo-packthree-pack) Linksys Aware utilizes Velop’s existing Intelligent MeshTM WiFi network to sense motion without the use of cameras or additional hardware, ensuring privacy and convenience throughout a residence, making an already smart home that much smarter, says Matthew Keasler, Linksys Aware product manager.

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Why DearMob iPhone Manager is The Reliable Solution...

Do you put off backing up data on your iPhone because it’s too tedious? Due to iOS’ closed nature, managing your precious files can take several more steps compared to…

The post Why DearMob iPhone Manager is The Reliable Solution to Creating Backups appeared first on iLounge.

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TCL opens up pre-orders for its 8-series 4K QLED TVs

Less than a month after putting its 6-series 4K QLED TVs on sale, TCL is opening up pre-orders for its 8-series displays through Best Buy. The 8-series is a newcomer to the TCL Roku TV range. Like the 6-series, it boasts boast quantum dot LED technol...

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9to5Mac Daily: October 08, 2019 – macOS Catalina now...

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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Xbox One adds game sale alerts and expanded parental...

Sometimes, the most important Xbox One updates are less about interface changes and more about conveniences -- in this case, for bargain hunters and concerned parents. Microsoft is rolling out an October update whose centerpieces are more powerful p...

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Tuesday deals: Apple Watch Series 3 hits new all-...

Tuesday’s best deals include Apple Watch Series 3 at a new Amazon all-time low price. There’s also notable markdowns on DJI’s Osmo Action Camera and the new Nintendo Switch. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.


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Linksys mesh routers offer whole home motion sensing...

Linksys has released a new feature today for its Velop mesh WiFi customers. Linksys Aware is what the company calls “a first-of-its-kind” motion sensing technology that works via its mesh WiFi system without needing cameras or motion sensor hardware. Read on for all the details on this new feature.


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‘John Wick Hex’ is strategic, ultra-violent bliss

"John, is a man of focus. Commitment. Sheer will."

In the movies, John Wick is portrayed as a force or nature. A terrifying assassin with unrivalled stamina and frightening proficiency with every known firearm. He has brains to match the brawn, too:...

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Linksys' Velop mesh routers can detect...

If you want to improve your home security but would rather not add cameras or sensors to your living space, you could try using your router instead. Linksys has introduced a new motion sensing subscription service, Linksys Aware, which uses data from...

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Facebook's Portal devices now support Workplace...

Facebook's Portal has seen mixed responses, but the company's move into smart display and TV hardware has won praise for its video calling capabilities. However, the issue of privacy is never far behind, with the company coming under fire for having...

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Apple Pencil could gain magnet-based force feedback...

The Apple Pencil could provide its users with form of haptic feedback in a future version, with the use of magnetic fields physically affecting the stylus while it is actively being used to draw on an iPad or iPad Pro, using the force to vibrate the implement.

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Save over $100 on Bose's QC35 II noise-...

If you have a long-haul flight coming up, a Rakuten merchant has discounted Bose's popular QC35 II noise-canceling headphones by $86.04. With the discount, the headphones now start at $263.95. You can get an additional 15 percent off after tax by usi...

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The $1,500 smart fitness mirror now offers personal...

Last year, the fitness company Mirror launched its signature $1,500 reflective LCD display meant to stream fitness classes into your home. Since then, users have been able to follow along with instructors and see themselves mimicking the moves. Today...

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UBTECH unveils new MeeBot 2.0 coding robot,...

UBTECH is a company that is far from new to the home robotics scene. We’ve previously admired its Walker and Cruzr, and have taken a hands-on look at its Iron Man MK50 bot. Now, UBTECH is back for something a bit different with the announcement of its MeeBot 2.0 robot kit. Launching as an Apple store exclusive, the new coding kit looks to improve on the company’s past releases with a larger design, programmable LEDs, and more.


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Save Energy and Money With iHaper HomeKit-Compatible...

As the Northern Hemisphere starts seeing longer nights, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how much your light bulbs are costing you in energy use. We have a set of smart light LED light bulbs and a smart lamp from iHaper — all compatible with Apple HomeKit — on sale in the Apple World Today Deals Shop this week.

iHaper B2 E26 Smart LED Light Bulb - $15.97

The Haper B2 E26 Smart LED Light Bulb is designed to work with Apple HomeKit. It can be directly controlled through Home App, Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. With dimmable white daylight, you can use app or voice commands to easily dim or brighten the light to your desired brightness...

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Asphalt 9 and DC Universe may have backed out on...

Just after the launch of macOS Catalina that brought along the first wave of apps ported from iOS to macOS with Catalyst we’re already hearing about the challenges from both developer and consumer perspectives. And two of the headlining developers that Apple announced would be offering early Catalyst apps may have backed out or delayed their releases.


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Backblaze 7.0 adds unlimited version history option...

I’ve used Backblaze for many years as my go-to backup service on macOS. Just last week, it saved me from re-creating a presentation I worked on for three hours. I had been having issues with one of my laptops (due to macOS Catalina), so I decided to reformat the drive and set up from scratch. I didn’t realize that iCloud Drive hadn’t uploaded the document, though. I am not blaming Apple here because I was running a beta OS, and I knew I had some wonky things going on. Thankfully, Backblaze was working, though. I logged in to the online portal, downloaded the PowerPoint, and was up and running. One of the things that makes Backblaze such an excellent backup service on macOS is how much care they put into their app. It’s fast, lightweight, and is 100% native to macOS. Today,...

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MacBook Pro Diary: The upgrade to macOS Catalina is...

If I didn’t write about Apple-related tech for a living, I’m honestly not sure whether I’d upgrade to macOS Catalina. For me, the loss of 32-bit app compatibility could potentially be both a major hassle and a significant expense.

A hassle in part because there are several small utility apps I use which are 32-bit only. All are old, and the developers have long since lost interest in updating them, so I’m going to need to find suitable alternatives…


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Kirk McElhearn on the new apps that just replaced...

Good read, lots of detail, from someone who’s been following iTunes for years.

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Catalina and Sidecar

One of the many features that came along with iOS 13 and macOS Catalina is Sidecar, the ability to connect your iPad to your Mac as a second display, one that supports touch and Apple Pencil.

Have you heard about Sidecar, but not yet given it a try? Check out the linked doc, Apple’s detailed, but easy-to-follow Sidecar overview and set-up instructions.

If you’ve updated to Catalina, do give this a try. It’s kind of cool.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Supreme Court allows blind people to sue retailers...

LA Times:

The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for blind people to sue Domino’s Pizza and other retailers if their websites are not accessible.

In a potentially far-reaching move, the justices turned down an appeal from Domino’s and let stand a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling holding that the Americans With Disabilities Act protects access not just to restaurants and stores but also to the websites and apps of those businesses.

This is a pretty big deal. Far-reaching indeed. Is your web site accessible?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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∞ Apple posts Oceanhorn 2 Apple Arcade trailer

[VIDEO] This is a surprisingly long trailer (embedded in main Loop post), filled with detail. I can guess why Apple did this.

Some (if not most) Apple Arcade games have relatively simple stories to tell. Frogger is a well known game mechanic. Stay alive, pick up stuff. Gorgeous, but relatively simple.

Same with many other Apple Arcade games. Oceanhorn 2 is a much bigger game, with more game mechanics to master and a much larger story to tell. It’s beautifully built, well balanced, and a lot of fun. The trailer does it justice.

On my short list of best Apple Arcade games.

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Hunter Muller: Apple’s performance will benefit...

Hunter Muller, president and CEO of HMG Strategy, a provider of executive networking events and “thought leadership,” predicts that Apple’s financial performance over the next few quarters will also benefit Samsung, Google and Microsoft as competition and opportunities in the smartphone market continue to heat up.

Apple’s steady performance over time is benefitting all tech makers, at virtually every level of competition,” says Muller. “Sooner or later, many of the new features and capabilities introduced in smartphones will make their way into the products and services we use in our roles as technology executives. That’s why the ongoing competition between Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies matters – and why we need to pay close attention.”

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WaterField Designs has released the Air Duffel in-...

WaterField Designs unveils the Air Duffel in-flight personal item. Designed in collaboration with over 1,200 frequent travelers, the carry-on is designed to maximize allowable airline personal item space yet fits under an airline seat leaving room to stretch out legs. 

The Air Duffel slips over a wheeled suitcase handle while granting access to travel documents and electronic devices from its pockets. With the Air Duffel, travelers can carry more gear on board and avoid checked-bag fees and lost luggage headaches, according to WaterField Designs founder Gary Waterfield.

It’s available in brown waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon, with a full-grain leather flap. The canvas version costs $429; the nylon version is $399.

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That iPhone camera bump could get a lot smaller, if...

Apple is trying to improve the image quality of its iPhone cameras even more and cut back on the external camera bump at the same time, by researching the use of a periscope-like lens assembly inside the body of the iPhone.

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How to turn on Home Sharing in the Music and TV apps...

The iTunes feature that let you stream your personal media to other devices like an Apple TV is still in macOS Catalina, but the procedure is a bit different. Here's what you need to know to set it up, turn it on, and why it's worth doing.

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Hulu adds downloads for iPhone and iPad

Hulu press release:

Available today on iOS for viewers on our Hulu (No Ads) plan, you’ll now be able to download thousands of shows and movies — like past seasons of hit series including Family Guy, Desperate Housewives, This is Us, How I Met Your Mother, and ER, as well as Hulu Originals like The Handmaid’s Tale, Shrill and The Act — to take with you on the go.


Navigate to the Downloads tab at the bottom of your screen to access your downloaded content. To find more shows and movies to download, click “See What’s Downloadable” and browse through thousands of titles just a few clicks away.

Similar to what Netflix has had for a while now. To me, download support is a critical feature for a media service to make the cut, earn that monthly payment. As the field gets more crowded, download support will be one of the features that helps me decide which services to keep, which to discard.

My question is, will Apple TV+ support downloads? Answer is...

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∞ Apple posts Apple TV+ trailer for The Elephant...

[VIDEO] I had zero interest in this show until I watched the trailer. Compelling. Video embedded in main Loop post.

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Here's what it's like when Apple wants to...

Six years after Apple bought his transit app firm, David Hodge has revealed the tensions, the secrecy, and the conditions that Apple puts you through while buying your firm.

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Here's what it's like when Apple wants to...

Six years after Apple bought his transit app firm, David Hodge has revealed the tensions, the secrecy, and the conditions that Apple puts you through while buying your firm.

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Apple granted another patent for eye-tracking...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,437,327) — one of several — involving eye-tracking features for the rumored “Apple Glasses,” a head-mounted artificial reality/virtual reality headset. 

It involves a capturing unit for capturing images of at least one part of at least one eye of a user. The eye tracking device further comprises a processing unit for determining at least one property of the at least one eye (e.g. the gaze direction) based on the captured images. 

What’s more, the capturing unit is configured to capture a first image and a second image of the at least one part of the at least one eye of the user. The invention also relates to a corresponding method for operating an eye tracking device. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the eye tracking device may be a head-mounted eye tracking device, like an eye tracking spectacle device, or an eye tracker integrated in a helmet or also integrated in a head-...

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Apple launches rare Disney movie sale from $10, more...

Apple has a fresh batch of movies on sale this week, headlined by Disney titles from $10 with a number of new all-time low prices. There’s also the usual selection of $5 films and the latest $1 HD rental of the week. Hit the jump for all of our top picks.


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iCloud Drive folder sharing for macOS Catalina...

macOS Catalina arrived yesterday, but the expected iCloud Drive folder sharing feature didn’t. 

iCloud Drive photo sharing would all users to share folders with a private link. Anyone who has access would be able to see the folder in iCloud Drive, add new files, and get the latest versions of files.

However, on its web page listing macOS Catalina features, Apple notes that this feature is coming in spring.

Right now you can share an individual document that you have stored in iCloud Drive; however, an entire folder can’t be shared.

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HomeKit Secure Video features, interface leaked from...

In a video posted to YouTube, Apple's forthcoming HomeKit Secure Video technology has been exposed, and shows what the software's artificial intelligence will flag for the user.

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Instagram offering a clever, simple way to identify...

Instagram is rolling out a really neat way for users to identify phishing scams. If you receive an email claiming to be from the company, you can easily check in the app…


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Why you’re prompted to erase an external drive when...

When you attach an external drive to a Mac to use with Time Machine and confirm the prompt that appears asking if you want to use it for that purpose, you may then be prompted to erase the drive. Why does that happen?

As noted in previous columns, Apple supports backing up macOS drives in both the older HFS+ (“Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” in Disk Utility) and newer APFS formats. But Time Machine backup drives must use HFS+ for now. It’s a weird requirement on Apple’s part after automatically migrating all Macs startup volumes to APFS during recent macOS version updates (10.13 migrated SSDs; 10.14 migrated hard drives and Fusion drives).

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You can build a robot with MeetBot 2.0

You can build a dancing humanoid robot with MeeBot 2.0, an Apple store exclusive now available for $129.99 at Apple retail stores.

MeeBot 2.0 Kit is part of UBTECH’s JIMU Robot line, a robotic building block system designed for children ages 8 and up. Version 2.0 features a new gear system as well as new programmable tech including two LED “eyes” and a codable color sensor that responds to the included color cards or other colorful objects to make your robot move. 

The free JIMU app — available lat the Apple App Store for iOS and iPadOS devices — allows you to build and control robots. The  integrated Blockly coding system opens up the potential for new actions and adventures.

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A look at five elago cases for the new iPhones

Elago makes some of the most affordable iPhone cases around, including models for the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The $12.99 Hybrid Case — amiable in clear and four neon hues — covers the whole back part of the iPhone, including the bottom and offers full access to all the smartphone’s buttons. Most of the case is hard, while the bottom and button covers are made from light, smooth, and flexible TPU material. 

This combination makes the Hybrid both tough and easy to slip on and off. What’s more, the raised lip helps protect the display and camera against the scratches from direct surface contact. That’s not as safe as a full screen protector, but it’s a nice feature.

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★

The $12.99 Slim Fit Strap Case, which is slim and lightweight, offers less protection than the Hybrid, but will appeal to...

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Teenage iPhone ownership rises as intent to buy...

The teenage market continues to be extremely strong for Apple, with data from a Piper Jaffray survey suggesting more teenagers own iPhones than ever before, with the Apple Watch also seeing high intention to buy from the impressionable customer demographic.

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NYC law enforcement has been able to crack iPhones...

Law enforcement agents in New York City have been able to crack iPhones in-house since January 2018 – some 18 months before the capability was revealed by the company supplying the technology.

It was June 2019 that Israeli forensics firm Cellebrite announced its ‘new’ UFED Premium product would, for the first time, allow customers to unlock iPhones in their own offices – rather than have to send them to the company’s own labs. But a new report today found that the product has been in use for far longer than this …


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I’ve got no strings: AirPods are more than an evil...

The Macalope regrets to inform you that even though it’s late 2019 we’re still talking about the headphone jack.

Writing for NBC, Nicky Woolf says “Apple's AirPods changed everything. They gave the company near-monopolistic power over users.” (Tip o’ the antlers to JoeFoe and Bill in Dallas.)

The Macalope is so old he remembers when AirPods were so overpriced and ugly no one was going to buy them. Now we must buy them because our Apple overlords have made us. Stands to reason, though. They certainly can’t be popular because people like them.

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How to attach a game controller to an iPad

One of my favorite features of iPadOS is the ability to use a PlayStation DUALSHOCK 4 (my favorite and the one pictured) or Xbox Wireless Controller with an iPad. For me, it’s a must-have feature for playing games in Apple Arcade.

To pair or unpair one of the controllers with an iPadOS (or iOS) device:

Step one: Begin with your controller turned off. Then to put your controller in pairing mode:

With an Xbox Wireless Controller, press the Xbox button to turn on the controller. Then press and hold the Connect button for a few seconds.

With a DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller, press and hold the PS and Share buttons at the same time until the light bar begins to flash.

Step two: On your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, tap Settings. 

Step three: Select Bluetooth and check that it's turned on. 

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Jamf announces support for Apple fall releases...

Jamf, which specializes in Apple management, says it’s prepared with both compatibility and key feature support across its product portfolio for Apple’s macOS Catalina, which was released yesterday. 

Jamf Pro and Jamf School support Apple’s new User Enrollment framework, a feature currently available in Apple’s beta program, giving admins a new way to manage devices while protecting their users’ privacy for devices that aren’t institutionally owned. Apple has provided a curated set of management capabilities specifically designed for BYOD. 

Jamf Pro previously limitied what information an admin could see about “BYOD” devices. Supporting User Enrollment is another step forward in how Jamf admins can ensure workplace security while also enabling employees to access work email and apps on their...

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Apple moves launch of macOS Catalina iCloud folder...

The promised macOS Catalina feature that will give iCloud the Dropbox-like capability to share an entire folder instead of individual files, has quietly been delayed to early 2020.

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Apple apparently looking to bundle services for flat...

Apple is presently in early discussions with a number of record labels about bundling both Apple Music and Apple TV+ as part of a “super-bundle of media content” for a flat monthly rate.

While some record labels are said to be open to the idea, the report claims at least one big label has voiced concerns, adding that the industry is growing more wary about its relationship with Apple. In particular, the report claims record labels are worried that the bundle would lead to lost revenue. 

Per the Financial Times, the two sides have yet to discuss a pricing formula, so it’s unclear what the bundle price would be. It’s also unclear if the bundle would extend to Apple’s other subscription-based offerings like Apple News+, Apple Arcade, AppleCare+, and iCloud storage. 

Apple Music currently retails for $9.99 per month for individuals in the United States, and $4.99 per month for student accounts. Apple TV+ accounts will be priced at $4.99 per month, with a free one-...

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Hands on: New Tile Sticker, Tile Mate, Tile Pro, and...

Announced on Tuesday, Tile has an entirely new line of Bluetooth trackers -- and AppleInsider goes hands on to check them out.

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Tile launches waterproof ‘Sticker’ and credit card-...

Tile is out today with two new smart trackers along with updates to its Tile Mate and Tile Pro products. The headlining new products are the Tile Sticker, the company’s smallest tracker yet that includes a waterproof design and the Tile Slim that now has a credit card form factor for a low-profile design.


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Apple releases macOS Catalina operating system

You’ve been waiting for it and it’s here.

Apple on Monday released macOS Catalina to the public today, complete with the following new features and changes:

  • Apple Arcade
  • iTunes split into Podcasts, Music, TV
  • Sidecar lets you use your iPad as a second display or use it as an input device as a drawing tablet
  • Accessibility based on a grid system lets customers with disabilities control their Macs easier than ever before
  • Catalyst lets developers bring iOS apps to macOS
  • Screen Time lets people monitor their usage of apps and websites and set limits
  • And more

macOS Catalina can be located, downloaded, and installed by going to System Preferences -> Software Update.

If you’ve had a chance to play around with macOS Catalina and have any feedback to offer, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

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If you're looking to dive into Ring's Smart Lighting world, the best place to start is the Spotlight Battery.

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Delaney Smartlock & Video Camera and Bridging...

These two also-ran smart-home products form a mediocre bundle.

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Microsoft Surface Pro X vs 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Which...

Microsoft has a new Surface tablet that seems specifically designed to take down the iPad Pro. But does it have the specs to do it?

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iCloud Drive folder sharing feature delayed from ‘...

Apple has quietly informed customers that the shared iCloud Drive folders feature, which would make iCloud Drive a head-to-head Dropbox replacement, is no longer scheduled to be released this year.

Before today, the macOS All Features page had an asterisk for iCloud folder sharing that said the addition would be coming later this fall. Overnight, the text has changed to ‘coming this spring’.


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Monday October 7

LG puts its transparent OLED TVs in Harrods windows

Despite years of trade show demonstrations, we haven't seen jaw-dropping transparent OLED screens put to much practical use. If others won't use the tech, then LG will have to make an example itself, which will be visible to the public this month in...

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US government adds Chinese facial recognition firms...

A total of 28 Chinese organizations have been added to the US government's "entity list," including eight tech corporations that specialize in video surveillance, facial recognition and artificial intelligence. The administration has effectively proh...

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Elon Musk and NASA's administrator will talk...

Just before Elon Musk took a victory lap to show off SpaceX's Starship in Texas, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine congratulated him while mentioning that his organization "expects to see the same enthusiasm focused on the investments of the America...

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What's on TV this week: 'El Camino: A...

This week Breaking Bad fans can dive into another expansion of the story, as Netflix delivers its El Camino movie. If you haven't started watching Succession yet, you can still binge two seasons and also tweet about watching it all before the season...

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Get free or discounted Beats with these 2019 MacBook...

Outside temperatures might be dropping, but Apple deals are heating up at B&H Photo this week with additional exclusive bargains launching -- this time on 2019 MacBook Pro and Beats bundles. Enjoy $150 to $199 off Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones when paired with popular 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. Only at AppleInsider.

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Slashdot Asks: What Did You Like/Dislike About...

iTunes is officially dead with the release of macOS Catalina today. Apple decided to break apart the app into separate Apple Music, Podcasts and TV apps. "Each is better at its individuals task than it was as a section within iTunes, which was teetering on collapse like the Jenga tower of various functions it supports," writes Dieter Bohn via The Verge.

"In the early days, iTunes was simply a way to get music onto Apple's marquee product, the iPod music player," reports Snopes. "Users connected the iPod to a computer, and songs automatically synced -- simplicity unheard of at the time." It was the first service to make songs available for 99 cents apiece, and $9.99 for most albums -- convincing many people to buy music legally than seek out sketchy sites for pirated downloads. "But over time, iTunes software expanded to include podcasts, e-books, audiobooks, movies and TV shows," recalls Snopes. "In the iPhone era, iTunes also made backups and synced voice memos. As the...

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Google gives its Android office apps a fresher, more...

Google is making it easier to juggle its productivity apps on your phone. The internet giant has released updated versions of Docs, Sheets and Slides for Android with a refreshed visual design that doesn't add any big features, but should provide an...

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macOS Catalina breaks compatibility with DJ apps...

One of the main changes of macOS Catalina is the new Music app that replaces iTunes after 18 years. Although it still allows users to manage songs locally, the new Music app is based on the same experience offered on iOS, which is focused on Apple Music. That change has brought some issues for professionals who work with music programs on the Mac.


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Instagram for iOS updated with support for Dark Mode...

Nearly three weeks after the release of iOS 13 to the public, Instagram for iOS has been updated with Dark Mode support. The new design is a mix of dark gray and black, and matches the system-wide setting in iOS 13.


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macOS Catalina helps iPad apps come to the Mac, here...

After a summer of beta testing, macOS Catalina is now available to the public. In addition to features like Sidecar and Apple Arcade, macOS Catalina adds Mac Catalyst, a new technology that makes it easier for third-party developers to port their iPad apps to the Mac.

These are some of the first new applications to come to the Mac using Mac Catalyst.


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Roomba update tells your robovacs to steer clear of...

iRobot's Roomba vacuums just got an update that improves their cleaning prowess by telling them what not to do. Roomba i/s and Braava jet M6 models now have Keep Out Zones that outline specific areas they're not allowed to visit. The company sugges...

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Correction: Regarding an Erroneous Allegation in ‘...

When I wrote “Richard Stallman’s Disgrace”, I included the following anecdote from a 2011 email from a DF reader:

I worked 10 years ago at VA Linux which had Richard Stallman on
its board of directors. You might have heard that Stallman applied
his open source ideas to his publicly open marriage as well. The
problem was that he was more than open. He made overt sexual
advances to women at work. One young woman who worked next to me
was so upset from his multiple advances that she took it to senior
management. She was able to deal with the problem without taking
the issue outside the company. I don’t know the details, but she
was given advanced warning anytime Stallman was headed over so
that she could leave. He was a creep and women at the company knew
to stay away.

And he smelled horrible.

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Private Medicare Advantage provide now offers Apple...

CNBC reports that Devoted Health says it’s the first Medicare Advantage plan to offer Apple Watch as a benefit to its members. Its marketing materials show that it will help members pay for the cost of the device up to $150. 

CNBC says that Apple is in talks with a number of health insurers to cover the Apple Watch, but this represents an early move into the senior market. Devoted Health is a health insurance start-up targeting seniors. Medicare Advantage is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare.

Working with Medicare Advantage plans offers a big potential boost to device sales because seniors are increasingly adopting smartphone technologies and might be interested in a smartwatch. CNBC...

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Apple Watch subsidized for those on Devoted Health...

Devoted Health, a Florida-based plan for senior citizens, is the first private Medicare plan to cover the Apple Watch as a benefit.

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Microsoft plans to bring internet access to 40...

As of last year, approximately half the world's population is now connected to the internet. While it's definitely a positive milestone, the flip side of that number is that there are still billions of people that don't have access to any sort of int...

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macOS Catalina: How to use the new features in...

Safari is probably the most frequently used app in macOS. Fortunately, with the upgrade to macOS Catalina, Safari gets a few helpful new features. Here’s a look.


The new start page includes Siri Suggestions.

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