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Dangerous lifestyles: You’re not my dad, Apple

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 06:00

Do not vape ’em if you got ’em because Apple has taken App Store action again and has removed vaping apps.

If you’re not into vaping, it’s pretty easy to cheer this action. For starters, some vaping companies are terrible people. Second, some kinds of vaping are simply not good for you, even when they don’t contain cyanide. So who could be against this move?

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Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.2.3 with fixes for system search, Messages, and background apps

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 14:08

The release of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 has been anything but smooth and predictable. Apple has been hard at work addressing all the issues that have cropped up and making all the promised features available, but there's still some work to do.

On Monday, the company released iOS and iPadOS 13.2.3, with fixes for some rather important bugs. The release notes are as follows:

iOS 13.2.3 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone. This update:

  • Fixes an issue where system search and search within Mail, Files, and Notes might not work.
  • Addresses an issue where photos, links, and other attachments might not display in the Messages details view.
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent apps from downloading content in the background.
  • Resolves issues that may prevent Mail from fetching new messages, and fail to include and quote original message content in Exchange accounts.

To download the update, open the Settings app, then tap General, then Software Update.

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MacBook Pro rumor: 13-inch model to get the Magic Keyboard in 2020

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:16

When Apple unveiled the new 16-inch MacBook Pro with its new Magic Keyboard last week, the company did not mention if or when the keyboard would make its way to other Mac laptops. However, according to a report from DigiTimes, the Magic Keyboard could be coming to the 13-inch MacBook Pro soon.

DigiTimes reports that a new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be available in the first half of 2020. It’ll be equipped with a Magic Keyboard, which uses a scissor-based mechanism similar to that found in the Magic Keyboard for the iMac. The report does not say if the 13-inch model will also get dedicated Escape and Touch ID keys, or the inverted-T arrow key layout, but they probably will.

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Disney+ 'hack' panic stresses why you need to use unique passwords

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:12
Disney+ accounts are already popping up on the Dark Web, driving home why you should be using unique passwords for every site and service.

How to set your Mac as a shared backup destination for Time Machine

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 08:00

While Time Machine in macOS 10.15 Catalina still can’t back up to a directly connected APFS-formatted drive—only to one formatted with the older HFS+ filesystem—you can back up over a network to most volumes that can be shared, including other Macs.

There’s a semi-hidden feature in the Sharing preference pane that you can set up:

  1. On the destination Mac, open the Sharing preference pane.

  2. Click File Sharing Service, or check its box if it’s not already turned on.

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TiVo Edge review: A once-great DVR in decline

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 06:00
The TiVo Edge DVR is new and improved, yet the experience is still sliding backwards.

EZVIZ DB1 video doorbell review: Local video storage is this wired doorbell’s best feature

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 06:00
But a quirky app, limited chime compatibility, and an expensive cloud-storage plan limit its appeal.

1Blocker 3 review: Safari extension revamps its content-blocking for macOS Catalina

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 06:00

Apple introduced content-blocking Safari extensions in 2015 for iOS and 2016 for macOS, offering third-party developers a way to bring rule-based blocking without requiring users to give up privacy. Extension creators can produce and update unwanted lists of URLs, structural page elements, and a few other kinds of items that are unwanted or outright malicious. These lists are loaded into Safari, which handles blocking. User behavior isn’t uploaded—it’s a one-way street.


The standalone 1Blocker app lets you choose which categories of rules to apply, but is more limited in choosing among rules in each category.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 06:00
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Black Friday 2019: The best tech deals available now

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 20:04

Black Friday is no longer contained to the day after Thanksgiving. Deals roll out in a chaotic stream all throughout November, and these days, you can score great deals among the lackluster discounts.

For 2019, Best Buy, Newegg, and Amazon have all offered an early taste of sweet bargains. Today's the last day of this round, but we expect further teasers to come soon. Keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by—we’ll add new deals as we spot them.

Not sure if you should wait or buy now? Newegg's second round of Early Black Friday sale offers an interesting twist: If the company offers a lower price on a purchase between now and the end of November, they'll refund you the difference. Otherwise, holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure, assuming you can float the cash.

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Apple to remove vaping apps from the App Store

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:54

According to a report from Axios, Apple is going to remove apps that control vaping products from the App Store. 

Apple has never allowed apps that allow a person to purchase vaping related products, but there are many apps made to be used in conjunction with them (to control time, temperature, lighting, and so on). Other related apps to get the axe include vaping-themed social networking and news apps. If you have such an app already installed it will continue to work, however.

Apple issued the following statement to Axios:

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Here are all the Apple Arcade games that support controllers

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:37

Apple Arcade is here, and you can play some of the subscription service’s many games with select models of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers as well as Mfi (Made for iOS) controllers!

During Apple Arcade’s announcement, though, Apple gave the impression that all Apple Arcade games would work with gamepads (in part because the service will eventually also come to macOS and tvOS), but it turns out that’s not entirely true. Some games have interfaces solely designed for touchscreens—at least on iPhone and iPad. 

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Apple Arcade: Robot puzzler 'Rosie's Reality' now available

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:33

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally here. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service features premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If all goes well, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Got questions? Fortunately we have plenty of answers. Here’s everything we know about Apple Arcade so far.

Updated 11/15/19: Added Rosie's Reality to the list of available games.

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Logitech’s Circle 2 camera gets support for Apple HomeKit Secure Video

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:14
A just-released beta firmware update for the camera, which is among the first to support HomeKit Secure Video, allows users to securely store recorded video clips in iCloud.

4XCamera Maker review: Multi-cam video app thwarted by clunky editing tools

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 08:00

For video makers, the highlight of this year’s September Apple keynote was undoubtedly the slick demo of Filmic Pro taking advantage of all four iPhone 11 cameras to record multiple angles at the same time. Multi-cam is a great way to quickly create dynamic videos without the time-consuming task of shooting a performance multiple times from different views.

Although Filmic Pro’s multi-cam update isn’t expected until later in the year, there are other ways to shoot and edit multi-camera video right now, using as many as four iOS devices you already own. Unfortunately, the app in question turns out to be cooler in concept than execution.

Multi-cam shooting Roland

Have access to four iPhones or iPads? With 4XCamera Maker installed, you can turn them into a multi-camera video recording studio.

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Apple listens strategically, but acts tactically

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 07:00

Apple listens.

It often seems like it doesn’t, for a couple reason. Firstly, because it usually doesn’t come right out and say “we’re listening”—at least not specifically. But more visibly, because the actions that result from that listening generally take a pretty long time to come to fruition.

The old metaphor for something that’s slow to change is "turning a battleship," but Apple is so big at this point that it’s more like turning a flotilla of aircraft carriers that have been lashed together as a floating city. In the middle of a glacier.

We’re talking slow here, people.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro released this week points to the fact that Apple can bring its ships around, eventually. And even when they do get on a new heading, it might not be exactly the one that all of its users are looking for. But there are certainly enough significant changes in this latest update to indicate that the company is looking to keep its customers, especially its most vocal ones, happy.

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Arlo Pro 3 review: 2K video, motion tracking, and more highlight the latest Arlo security camera

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 06:00
The third-generation indoor/outdoor leaps forward on the shoulders of the top-of-the-line Arlo Ultra.

Eve Extend review: This simple device brings Eve’s Bluetooth smart home devices onto your Wi-Fi network

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 06:00
While hampered by buggy setup and a high price tag, Eve enthusiasts may find this device worth a look.

Why the 16-inch MacBook Pro is a repudiation of the ‘Ive Doctrine’

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 18:00

It’s not the first and it won’t be the last, but Wednesday’s announcement of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is probably the clearest sign thus far that Apple has changed its priorities when it comes to the Mac.

It’s a process that’s been visible in public for a couple of years now, and it’s not quite done—but here in the latter half of 2019, we’re getting our clearest look at a company that got out of sync with some of its most important customers and has realized it needs to change some of its assumptions about product design.

Tweaking Jobs’s Law

Apple is clearly guided, at least in part, by a design philosophy that considers size and weight to be the enemy of good. I like to call this Jobs’s Law, though it could just as easily be called the Ive Doctrine: Always strive for the next version of your product to be thinner and lighter than the current one.

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Apple issues a firmware update for the AirPods Pro

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 13:28

Apple has released a firmware update for the AirPods Pro. The excellent new wireless earbuds originally shipped with firmware revision 2B584, the new revision is 2B588. It is not clear what the new firmware does; Apple does not typically issue release notes for accessory firmware updates. The minor revision number suggests that it is a small bugfix or reliability update.

There is no good way to force your AirPods Pro to update the firmware—they do so when they connect to your iPhone, on a schedule determined by Apple. You just have to use them as normal and trust that they will eventually be updated.

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