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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

VideoReview: 2020 MacBook Air is once again the computer for the rest of us

Review: 2020 MacBook Air is once again the computer for the rest of us

After incremental updates in 2018 and 2019, the MacBook Air returned to prominence in 2020 with upgraded internals, a new keyboard, and a price drop to boot.

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Apple updates iWork, iMovie for iOS apps with trackpad and mouse support for iPad

Apple updates iWork, iMovie for iOS apps with trackpad and mouse support for iPad

After updating its iWork suite of apps for Mac, Apple on Tuesday pushed out refreshed versions of iWork and iMovie for iOS that take advantage of iPad's new support for trackpad and mouse cursor control.

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Apple stops iOS 13.3.1 code signing following release of iOS 13.4

Apple stops iOS 13.3.1 code signing following release of iOS 13.4

Apple on Tuesday ceased signing code for iOS 13.3.1 after the release of iOS 13.4, effectively restricting users who upgraded to the latest operating system version from downgrading.

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iOS 13.4.5 beta suggests Apple's 'iPhone SE 2' will support 'CarKey'

iOS 13.4.5 beta suggests Apple's 'iPhone SE 2' will support 'CarKey'

Apple's latest iOS 13.4.5 beta contains snippets of code that reveal details about the company's CarKey digital key API and potential integrations with a rumored low-cost iPhone.

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Amazon knocks $50 off new 2020 MacBook Air, iPad Pro; plus 256GB Mac mini on sale for $758

Amazon knocks $50 off new 2020 MacBook Air, iPad Pro; plus 256GB Mac mini on sale for $758

Apple's new 2020 MacBook Air and iPad Pro may have just been released, but several models are already on sale at Amazon with units in stock and ready to ship. Meanwhile, the 256GB Mac mini is also discounted even further on top of Apple's recent price drop.

Apple iWork Mac apps updated to support iCloud Drive folder sharing

Apple iWork Mac apps updated to support iCloud Drive folder sharing

The iWork Mac apps have been updated to support collaboration via shared iCloud Drive folders, and other new features.

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Apple Music gains new 'share to Instagram and Facebook' option in iOS 13.4.5 developer beta

Apple Music gains new 'share to Instagram and Facebook' option in iOS 13.4.5 developer beta

Apple has made sharing the music you love even easier with a feature that generates shareable images for Facebook and Instagram Stories.

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ExclusiveApple partners with AR startup to become driving force in indoor navigation

Apple partners with AR startup to become driving force in indoor navigation

An augmented reality startup named Dent Reality has announced a new partnership with Apple Maps that could have wide-ranging implications for the Cupertino tech giant, the Apple Indoor Maps program, and augmented reality programs as a whole.

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Apple acquires popular weather app Dark Sky

Apple acquires popular weather app Dark Sky

Dark Sky, a popular weather app for iOS, Android, and the web, has been purchased by Apple.

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Apple releases first developer betas of iOS 13.4.5, iPadOS 13.4.5, tvOS 13.4.5, macOS Catalina 10.15.5

Apple releases first developer betas of iOS 13.4.5, iPadOS 13.4.5, tvOS 13.4.5, macOS Catalina 10.15.5

A week after it completed the last beta testing cycle, Apple has restarted the process once more, issuing new first betas for the unusually numbered iOS 13.4.5, iPadOS 13.4.5, tvOS 13.4.5, and macOS Catalina 10.15.5.

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Tim Cook personally petitioned feds during US-China tariff spat

Tim Cook personally petitioned feds during US-China tariff spat

Apple CEO Tim Cook chose to take a direct and personal approach when facing potential billion-dollar tariffs on parts and finished goods imported from China.

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Apple now rumored to announce 'iPhone SE 2' on April 15

Apple now rumored to announce 'iPhone SE 2' on April 15

Further rumors say that Apple is provisionally planning to announce the "iPhone SE 2," or what may be called the "iPhone 9", in mid-April, with shipping from April 22.

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Apple will continue to pay contract Apple Park workers, including janitors and drivers

Apple will continue to pay contract Apple Park workers, including janitors and drivers

Janitors and other contracted hourly workers at Apple Park will continue to be paid throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with Apple ensuring that they will get their wages despite contractor announcements that jobs would be suspended.

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TipsHow to listen to Sirius XM free on your Mac or iPhone

How to listen to Sirius XM free on your Mac or iPhone

SiriusXM is offering free access to its premium streaming service until May 15, giving users the ability to tune in to over 300 channels conveniently from their Mac or iPhone. Here's how to take advantage of the offer.

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Logitech launching Streamlabs OBS on macOS

Logitech launching Streamlabs OBS on macOS

Popular online streaming software Streamlabs is finally arriving on macOS in open beta, bringing a plethora of tools to help Mac users engage with their audiences more effectively.

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Publix rolling out out contactless Apple Pay at Supermarkets amid COVID-19

Publix rolling out out contactless Apple Pay at Supermarkets amid COVID-19

Publix, a popular grocery store chain in the U.S. south, has begun rolling out contactless payments in several of their locations including support for Apple Pay.

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Zoom macOS install 'shady,' plus video chats aren't end-to-end encrypted

Zoom macOS install 'shady,' plus video chats aren't end-to-end encrypted

Video conferencing service Zoom reportedly installs itself on Macs by working around Apple's regular security, and also promotes that it has end-to-end encryption, but demonstrably does not.

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FeatureFree apps and things to do at home during the coronavirus pandemic

Free apps and things to do at home during the coronavirus pandemic

If you've been stuck at home with plenty of free time lately, there's probably an app for that. Finding things to do online while social distancing doesn't cost that much money, and it can even be free.

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FeatureWhat you get for $500 — iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini versus Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

What you get for $500 — iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini versus Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

You can still buy Apple gear when you're on a budget, but you need to make more careful choices — and also know exactly where to look.

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Apple rumored to start iOS 13.4.1 beta within days

Apple rumored to start iOS 13.4.1 beta within days

Apple is thought to be preparing a few minor updates to iOS 13.4 as the last for iOS 13 as a whole ahead of the release of iOS 14 in September.

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Japan Display raises $200 million from customer believed to be Apple

Japan Display raises $200 million from customer believed to be Apple

Beleaguered screen manufacturer Japan Display has raised more funding by selling LCD equipment to a customer sources say is long-term customer and benefactor Apple.

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Russia ban on iPhones, computers without government mandated apps postponed

Russia ban on iPhones, computers without government mandated apps postponed

New legislation in Russia that will mandates all smartphones, computers and smart televisions to have Russian-made software pre-installed has been postponed, with provisions not kicking in until January 2021.

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Apple supplier Samsung to end all LCD production by end of 2020

Apple supplier Samsung to end all LCD production by end of 2020

Samsung, a key Apple supplier that manufactures a number of vital components for iPhone, iPad and Mac, on Tuesday said it plans to cease traditional LCD panel production by the end of 2020.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Apple Music launches 'Come Together' collection amid pandemic

Apple Music launches 'Come Together' collection amid pandemic

Apple on Monday added a new collection, "Come Together," to its Apple Music streaming service for users taking part in COVID-19 social distancing, quarantine and lockdown measures.

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Case for affordable 4.7-inch iPhone arrives at Best Buy, suggests handset will debut this week

Case for affordable 4.7-inch iPhone arrives at Best Buy, suggests handset will debut this week

With rumors of a next-generation "iPhone SE 2" aswirl, Best Buy this week reportedly received a batch of cases designed for an as-yet-unannounced 4.7-inch iPhone model that could go on sale in the near future.

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Lawsuit alleges Apple part of 'massive music piracy operation'

Lawsuit alleges Apple part of 'massive music piracy operation'

A new lawsuit claims that Apple and a music distribution company are involved in a "massive music piracy operation" to profit from re-recorded compositions.

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Apple staffers suffer work-from-home setbacks due to security guidelines, travel bans

Apple staffers suffer work-from-home setbacks due to security guidelines, travel bans

While COVID-19 is impacting virtually every sector of the tech industry, a new report claims that Apple is experiencing some unique setbacks because of its culture of secrecy and lack of access to prototyping tools and test rigs.

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Apple releases beta of ProRes RAW for Windows 10

Apple releases beta of ProRes RAW for Windows 10

Apple is making it easier for video editors to work with footage encoded in ProRes RAW within their preferred workflow, by releasing beta software for Windows allowing Adobe video editing tools to use ProRes RAW files on PCs.

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watchOS 7 'Kids Mode' changing up activity rings

watchOS 7 'Kids Mode' changing up activity rings

The rumored "Kids Mode" coming to watchOS 7 may include a modified version of Apple's Activity Rings tailor-made for younger users' activities.

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Microsoft 365 subscription offers AI assistance in Word, PowerPoint

Microsoft 365 subscription offers AI assistance in Word, PowerPoint

Microsoft is offering an enhanced form of its Office 365 subscription for consumers, with the new Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions adding a number of extra cloud-based features to the online productivity suite to assist with working, security, and communications.

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Wedbush bullish on AAPL long-term, COVID-19 only a temporary speed bump

Wedbush bullish on AAPL long-term, COVID-19 only a temporary speed bump

Despite ongoing concerns about temporary coronavirus effects on Apple's supply and demand, Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives is maintaining a positive outlook on the company's performance in 2020.

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'Trying' trailer shows adoption issues in British Apple TV+ comedy

'Trying' trailer shows adoption issues in British Apple TV+ comedy

Apple has released a trailer for "Trying," an Apple TV+ comedy about the trials and tribulations of a couple who are unable to have a child attempting to convince an adoption panel they are suitable parents.

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Facebook beats out Apple with exclusive AR glasses display buy

Facebook beats out Apple with exclusive AR glasses display buy

Facebook has forged a big deal with an AR display manufacturer to build a future augmented reality glasses platform with Plessey, a company that was once a rumored target of an Apple buyout.

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Pixelmator Pro 1.6 adds new selection and color tools, boosts performance

Pixelmator Pro 1.6 adds new selection and color tools, boosts performance

A new update to Mac image editing app Pixelmator Pro revamps how colors are chosen, adds an improved selection tool, and increases performance.

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VideoComparing the 11-inch versus 12.9-inch 2020 iPad Pro

Comparing the 11-inch versus 12.9-inch 2020 iPad Pro

The new 2020 iPad Pros are powerful, stunning, and better than ever. We take a closer look at both sizes of the 2020 iPad Pro to see what the differences are in specs as well as what it is really like to use the larger or smaller versions.

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'iPhone 12' at less risk of late release than future products because of coronavirus

'iPhone 12' at less risk of late release than future products because of coronavirus

A new report into Foxconn's financial situation suggests that it isn't the "iPhone 12" at risk for a later than expected release, but Apple products currently in development for future years will be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak the most.

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VideoReview: Brydge Pro+ keyboard & trackpad both helped & hindered by iPadOS

Review: Brydge Pro+ keyboard & trackpad both helped & hindered by iPadOS

The Brydge Pro+ is an all-aluminum keyboard and trackpad designed specifically for the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pros. While the hardware is in the right place, the changes in iPadOS 13.4 have left us wanting a bit more for this otherwise excellent accessory.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

TipsHere's how to help your favorite Mac or iOS developer during Indie Support Weeks

Here's how to help your favorite Mac or iOS developer during Indie Support Weeks

You too can help app developers in this difficult time, by trying out their Mac and iOS apps. It's a great and important cause, plus you will find app gems you didn't know about.

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GarageBand's Live Loops heading to Logic Pro X in future update

GarageBand's Live Loops heading to Logic Pro X in future update

Apple may be preparing to update Logic Pro X by adding a new feature, with a leaked screenshot indicating GarageBand's Live Loops function will be making the transition to the professional music creation tool soon.

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