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OS X El Capitan gets a supplemental security update

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 14:45

Still using OS X El Capitan on your Mac? If so, then you should know that Apple has released a supplemental security update for your Mac. According to Apple, the update “fixes a kernel issue that may cause your Mac to occasionally become unresponsive.”

The update originally was released in December 2016, but on Tuesday it was reissued. Users can get the update by launching the App Store app and then checking for updates. You can also download the update from the web; users who did not initially install the update can download the standard security update, while users who have the original update from December installed can download the supplemental update.

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Evernote overhauls its iOS app with focus on speed and simplicity

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:00

In its quest to make you more organized and productive, popular note-taking app Evernote grew a bit bloated. The app’s speed, or lack thereof, is a common thread in user reviews. Evernote just released a redesigned iOS app that aims to address those complaints, plus make your notes a little easier on the eyes.

The first thing you’ll notice when you launch Evernote version 8.0 is the new home screen, which picks up right where you left off with your most recent notes at the ready. The note preview allows you to see which notes have a lot of content and which contain just text. Then there’s the new navigation bar pinned to the bottom of the app, where you can jump into all notes, search, see shortcuts, or view your account. A green plus icon in the center of that new menu bar lets you immediately start a new note, and a long press on that icon lets you swipe up to capture an audio note, a photo, or add a reminder.

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Twitter's Vine dies today, so download your videos pronto

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:49

It’s the end of the Vine. On Tuesday, January 17, Twitter’s video-sharing platform is morphing from the popular social network spin-off to an integrated part of Twitter.

As part of the changeover, the Vine app will become Vine Camera. With the new app you’ll be able to record and edit six-second videos, and then save them to your phone’s camera roll or upload them to Twitter.

The impact on you at home: January 17 is the last day you’ll be able to download your Vines via the mobile app or the vine.co website. After Tuesday, Vine.co will become an archival site where you’ll be able to view Vines, but the downloading feature will be turned off. If you’re seeing this notice after the download function is shut off you might try a third-party solution to grab your Vines—though we can’t guarantee they’ll work.

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Eat, pray, shoot: Our favorite gear and apps for travel photography

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 06:04

Some photos turn out great, but most are merely okay. As anyone who has picked up a camera will tell you, everyone shoots both kinds. But let’s be honest: the majority of the photos we capture on vacation fall into the just-okay category. Thumbs make their way into shots. People and objects show up that we failed to notice when composing the shot. The sun can wash your photos out or cast harsh shadows. Not enough sun can turn what should be a beautiful moment into a grainy mess.

The good news is that, with the right hardware and software, most of these issues can either be improved upon or avoided altogether. To help you up your photographic game before your next adventure, I present a two-part travel photography special. In this first installment, I’ll cover the best hardware and software to use, and next time, I’ll focus on putting those tools to use.

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15 Apple TV games you should absolutely play

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 10:31
Game on!

It has been more than a year since the current-gen Apple TV launched, bringing with it the ability to download and play games on your television—like a tiny, Apple-made game console. With millions of the little boxes in people’s homes now, we’ve seen a steady stream of top games make the leap from iOS and dedicated consoles over to the Apple TV.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: More accessories seen at CES

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 09:00
New gear for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

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This week’s roundup is full of more iOS-compatible devices seen at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Read on! 

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SteamWorld Heist's tactical action might steal all of your free time

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 08:00

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

While your iPhone might seem most ideal for quick-hit games, it’s also a pretty great vessel for richer and lengthier experiences like those seen on consoles. Classics like the old Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games are available on the App Store, as is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, while newer games like XCOM: Enemy Within, Severed, and The Banner Saga can all provide extended play sessions—and are well worth the time. 

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The Week in Apple News: iPhone 10th anniversary, MacBook Pro battery life, Apple’s plans to make TV shows and movies, and more

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 06:00
Apple headlines for the week ending Jan. 13, 2017

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The Apple-related headlines were slow to roll out at the beginning of this year, but going into the second week of 2017, the news picked up. Check out the important Apple headlines from the past week in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Games galore

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 16:35
This week's new apps (and games!)

When the dog days of winter have set in, what to do? How about distract yourself with a good iOS game. This week’s roundup is chock full of them. Read on!

Astropad Studio

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Snapchat just got way easier to use thanks to a new search bar

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 14:49

Snapchat is confusing to use. That’s part of what makes it fun, because it’s sort of like knowing a secret language not everyone can understand. But it can also be annoying, like when you’re looking for something specific and don’t want to tap or swipe a million times to find it. So Snapchat’s latest update, rolling out soon to both iOS and Android users, adds a universal search bar you can access from anywhere in the app.

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Finding stuff in Snapchat just got waaaay easier.

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WhatsApp vulnerability could expose messages to prying eyes, report claims

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:08

Update, 9:08am: WhatsApp has provided a statement to Greenbot. This article was updated to reflect this.

When Facebook’s WhatsApp turned on end-end-end encryption in its messaging service last year, it was a big deal. As all eyes were glued on Apple’s fight with the FBI over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, WhatsApp took a huge step toward protecting its users’ privacy by moving to encrypt all messages and calls being sent between its apps.

But a new report suggests it might not be as secure as users think. According to The Guardian, a serious vulnerability in WhatApp’s encryption could allow Facebook to intercept and read messages unbeknownst to the recipient, and only aware of by the sender if they have previously opted in to receive encryption warnings. The security flaw, which was discovered by Tobias Boelter, a cryptography and security researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, can “effectively grant access (to users’ messages)” by changing the security keys and resending messages.

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Google's adding native Chrome support for FLAC lossless audio files

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:25

Google is adding a little treat for audiophiles in the next version of Chrome. Chrome 56, which is expected to roll out by the end of January, is coming with native support for FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) audio files meaning you can play the high-quality sound files directly in the browser, as first noticed by 9to5Google.

Chrome isn’t the only browser rolling native FLAC support into its feature set. Mozilla is also adding FLAC support to Firefox 51, which is scheduled for mainstream release around January 24.

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Apple must face claims of monopoly in iPhone app market

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 09:09

An appeals court has ruled that Apple must face antitrust charges in a lawsuit that alleges that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps.

The U.S. Court for Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed Thursday a decision by a lower court and ruled that the app buyers filing the lawsuit are direct purchasers of iPhone apps from Apple, rather than from app developers, and hence have standing to sue. Apple was a distributor of iPhone apps, selling them directly to buyers through its App Store, according to the court.

The proposed class-action lawsuit started in 2011 with the complaint changing several times.

The purchasers object to the 30 percent “surcharge” that they pay to Apple. The company collects 30 percent of the revenue of third-party apps on its store, with the balance going to the developer, in a closed system in which Apple controls which apps can run on an iPhone, according to court records.

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Nintendo Switch console details revealed: launch date, price, games, paid multiplayer, and more

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 08:15
The Nintendo Switch will launch in March for a reasonable price, but it basically looks like a Nintendo console with Nintendo games.

Consumer Reports updates its MacBook Pro review with a recommendation

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 18:17

Earlier this week, Consumer Reports and Apple revealed that a bug in Safari caused erratic battery life test results in Consumer Reports’ testing, which resulted in the first Apple laptop to not receive a recommendation from the publication. Consumer Reports has finished its retesting, and on Thursday announced that it has revised its review to reflect a recommendation for the new MacBook Pro.

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Now you can summon an Uber ride without leaving Google Maps

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:22

We all know Google Maps is a great tool for getting directions to just about anywhere, but with a new update rolling out to Android and iOS users, you’ll also be able to use it to tell someone else where you need to go. Thanks to a tighter integration with Uber, you’re now able to book, pay, and track your Uber rides without having to leave Google Maps.

The process is similar to the one that was launched last March. When you type in a destination, tap the taxi-hailing icon to get a list of times and prices from both Uber and Lyft. The difference is that now when you select one of the Uber options you’ll no longer be whisked away to the Uber app. Instead you’ll see a new Request button, which directs you to log into your account and complete the payment process right in Google Maps. Once booked, a tiny car icon will appear on the map to track the progress of your ride.

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What Apple’s rumored original TV shows mean for Apple Music

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:30

We already knew Apple had plans to make original TV shows, like a reality series about app developers, a concept from Dr. Dre, and full-length episodes of James Corden’s popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment, but it turns out these aren’t one-off experiments. Apple is reportedly developing a full slate of shows and original films as a perk for Apple Music subscribers.

Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Amazon, and even Spotify, Apple is reportedly in talks with producers to buy original scripted shows, which will begin debuting on Apple Music by the end of the year. Unnamed sources told the Wall Street Journal that the concepts Apple is looking to develop aren’t related to music.

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New MacBook Pros stop Apple's skid in worldwide PC shipments

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 16:03

Apple's new MacBook Pros have put the brakes on a free-fall of Mac shipments globally, though they haven't provided the significant boost the company was looking for.

The company's Mac shipments totaled 5.3 million units during the fourth quarter of 2016, a decline of just 0.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2015.

That compares favorably to overall Mac shipments in 2016, which totaled 18.4 million units, a decline of 9.8 percent compared to 2015, according to IDC. 

Apple launched the new MacBook Pros in late October, and it was considered a significant upgrade. Had the new MacBook Pros shipped for all three months, the quarterly growth may have jumped up to flat or positive territory.

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Ossic's amazingly immersive 3D headphones give you an earful of VR audio's glorious future

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 14:17

At CES 2017, I poked at the first-ever AMD Ryzen systems, played Witcher 3 on a MacBook, and witnessed bombastic tricked-out PCs by the dozen. But nothing impressed me as much as trying Ossic’s amazingly immersive “3D” headphones.

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Instagram launches video ads in between your friends’ Stories

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 13:52

Don’t be surprised if the next Instagram Story you see is a paid video ad from Nike, Netflix, or Airbnb.

On Wednesday, Instagram announced that video ads would be coming to its Stories feature. The ads will auto-play fullscreen in-between your friends’ Stories, and you will be able to skip the ad by tapping on it. Advertisers will be able to turn an existing Instagram Story into a paid ad, as well as place static images. It’s a similar ad unit that Snapchat has been offering since summer 2016.

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