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Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Oprah to produce documentary on sexual assault in the music industry

Tue, 2019-12-03 14:49

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that features only original programming—no reruns of hit TV shows or last year’s blockbuster movies.

The company is said to be spending several billion dollars a year on 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 all that money? Apple is attracting some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and locking down the television and movie rights to best-selling books.

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Google's latest messaging service is basically DMs for Photos

Tue, 2019-12-03 14:30
Google is rolling out a new messaging service for sharing, liking, and commenting on photos inside the Photos app.

Sony firmware update adds AirPlay 2 and Homekit to some 2018 and 2019 TV models

Tue, 2019-12-03 13:28

Back in January at CES, several TV manufacturers announced their intent to support both HomeKit and AirPlay 2 on some of their current and upcoming TVs. Most of the announced products have now either shipped or had firmware updates to add the necessary support, but Sony has been a little slower than LG, Vizio, or Samsung.

On Tuesday, Sony is rolling out firmware updates for several TV lines that run Android TV, upgrading them to Android 9 Pie. The update adds several new features, including Dolby Atmos support, and of course HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support.

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Live-streamed Billie Eilish concert to cap Apple’s year-end app, game, and music awards

Tue, 2019-12-03 10:05

Apple has expanded its annual year-end awards this year to include Apple Music artists, and to celebrate, one of the biggest performers of the year is giving a free concert.

On Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30PM P.T., Billie Eilish will give a “a bespoke performance” at the Steve Jobs Theater, which will be streamed live on Apple Music. Apple says the show “will be unlike anything ever seen from this unanimously crowned Artist of the Year.” Apple routinely features popular artists during its product launches, but this is the first time it’s live-streamed a concert from the Apple Park campus. The annual iTunes/Apple Music Festival, which featured performances by Elton John, Chance the Rapper, and Coldplay, was held at various venues around the work before its 2017 cancellation.

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‘Servant’ review: A deliciously creepy thriller that creeps along

Tue, 2019-12-03 09:30

Servant is a show that makes you question what is real and what is not, and a show that might make you suspicious of people you live with and even love. Does the educated, professional woman it shows us truly believe the obvious falsehood before her, or does she embrace it solely because it makes her happy? Are spooky shenanigans really afoot, or do the protagonists have a relatively workaday crisis on their hands? For that matter, you might find yourself thinking, is there anyone in this world who’s not utterly awful?

All of which is to say that Servant is a perfect show for our times. That’s said with tongue firmly planted in cheek, but there’s plenty of evidence that producer (and sometime director) M. Night Shyamalan wants Servant to be exactly that. Every scene of this extremely watchable creepshow suggests that it’s dying to say so many things.

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FontExplorer X Pro 7 review: Helpful tools to find the font you need

Tue, 2019-12-03 08:00

While an up-to-date font management utility is a necessary tool for creative professionals, version 7 of FontExplorer X Pro adds features that make it appealing to any Mac user who wants to explore their font collection. In addition to the arsenal of useful features and tools in previous versions, version 7 adds helpful and educational features, such as automatic classification of your fonts by style, suggested usage, or theme, as well as the ability to show you similar fonts, and to show you fonts that pair well with a selected font.

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Fluance RT85 turntable review: A great-sounding turntable for the vinyl enthusiast on a budget

Tue, 2019-12-03 07:30
You'd typically need to spend hundreds more to get the upgrades and performance in Fluance's budget-priced turntable.

How to add trusted phones to your Apple ID two-factor authentication

Tue, 2019-12-03 07:00

The two-factor authentication (2FA) system Apple developed to protect access to your Apple ID account and associated purchases and the ability to make purchases has safeguards in place to make sure that you shouldn’t easily lose access to your account even if you lose one piece of the authentication puzzle.

When you enroll in 2FA, all Macs, iPhones, and iPads logged into the same Apple ID become “trusted devices,” capable of letting you approve access from a given location and then receiving the code that you must enter to complete a log in when setting up a device, setting up store access, or accessing your account at the Apple ID site.

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Cherished traditions: Where are the iPhone production cut rumors?

Tue, 2019-12-03 06:00

Looking at the calendar on the wall, The Macalope sees it’s December and if you’ve paid attention all these years you know that it’s time once again for the inevitable reports that Apple is cutting iPhone orders.

This is the moment The Macalope trains for every year. He hydrates. He lifts. He does squat lunges.

So many squat lunges.

He’s not really sure why he does squat lunges. They have literally nothing to do with writing about Apple’s iPhone pipeline. The hydration, sure. But squat lunges? Makes no sense.

Anyway, let’s do this! Time to start the annual loose rumor-based speculation! It’s tradition!

Here we go!

“JPMorgan raises iPhone sales estimates.”

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5G FAQ: What is 5G and when is it coming to the iPhone

Mon, 2019-12-02 14:56

The marketing machine for 5G is just getting warmed up. AT&T arguably fired the first shot when it started re-labeling some of its 4G LTE service “5G Evolution,” complete with a “5G e” logo in the status bar of some phones. Soon, 5G will be everywhere you look. All four major carriers are going to spend billions of dollars hyping up “5G” and trying to convince you that, one, you need it, and two, their carrier has the best 5G.

It’s all going to be needlessly confusing, too. The carriers will bamboozle us with big bandwidth numbers, coverage maps, and confusing claims that have little to do with reality.

Here’s what you really need to know about 5G and how it’s going to impact you as an iPhone user.

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2020 iPhone rumors: Four new iPhone models?

Mon, 2019-12-02 14:15

The 2019 iPhone models haven’t even been officially announced yet, and we’re already starting to see reports about what will be in the 2020 iPhones. We’ve compiled the most notable ones here, but take these with a big grain of salt. Even if these reports are accurate representations of what suppliers are saying, or come from moles within Apple itself, the company’s plans can and do change. There’s still plenty of time before the design and features have to be totally set in stone.

Update 12/2/19: Apple could release four new iPhone models next year.

The latest rumor: 4 new iPhone models in 2020

CNBC features a J.P. Morgan analyst report that says that Apple could release four new iPhone models in the fall of 2020. That’s a change from Apple’s current lineup of three models.

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16-inch MacBook Pro: What you need to know about Apple’s laptop

Mon, 2019-12-02 10:45

For the first time in nearly a decade, a brand new MacBook Pro may be on the way. Rumors have been ramping up for months regarding a brand new 16-inch flagship notebook, expanding Apple’s laptop lineup beyond the 13- and 15-inch models its been selling since 2012. Here’s everything we know so far.

It’s here: 16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple revealed the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro in November of 2019. To learn more about the laptop, click on an article below.

Philips Hue Smart Plug review: Just the basics, except for the price tag

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:00
Is the Philips brand name worth double the price for a commodity smart plug?

Kaiterra Laser Egg+ CO2 review: an improved air quality monitor

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:00
With the addition of carbon dioxide detection, the latest Laser Egg device provides more complete protection from common pollutants.

Monoprice True Wireless Plus Earbuds review: The same again, only better

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:00

At $50, I already thought Monoprice’s True Wireless Earbuds were very good. That’s why I was so surprised by its slightly more expensive earbuds, the $70 True Wireless Plus. The two pairs of earbuds look identical: They’re exactly the same size and shape, and they even weigh the same. Could Monoprice really cram in enough of an upgrade to make this worth it?

It turns out, it can. For a modest increase in price, Monoprice squeezed a huge upgrade into these earbuds. The new Monoprice earbuds sound better, reconnect faster, and last more than twice as long on a charge.

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The best indoor air-quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:00
Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

Best iPhone 11 cases: For iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Sat, 2019-11-30 19:04

Just three days before my iPhone 11 Pro arrived, I was harshly reminded of how important it is to have a phone good case when my poor iPhone XS Max decided to dive into the concrete—three days before I was supposed to trade it in. The screen cracked, and in a rarity for me, I wasn’t using a case.

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That’s partially why great care was taken to create this list of the best cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Since the designs for the three phones (and cases) are all so similar this year, we’ve compiled them all into one listing and provided links to each model. Over on the right, you’ll see a link to “See More,” and these links will almost always go to the iPhone 11 version. If you don’t see a price listing for a particular model, that means there isn’t one.

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This weekend, new Apple News+ users can score a three-month free trial

Sat, 2019-11-30 17:30

Remember Apple News+? Apple really wants you to give its off-the-radar magazine-based subscription service a shot, so if you’re a new user and you sign up today, you can get a free trial for three months instead of the usual single month. To activate it, go to your Apple News app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and press the Apple News+ tab, and you should then see the offer.

Sorry, early adopters: If you used a free trial when Apple News+ first launched and you’d like to see what has changed, you’ll have to pay the full $9.99 monthly fee (or $12.99, if you're in Canada) to jump in again.

I wouldn’t worry too much—after all, not much has changed. Apple News+ appears to have had a rougher time than any of Apple’s other new subscription-based services, and earlier this month I suggested that may partially be because Apple can’t curate the content as easily as it can with Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+. It has apparently struggled to gain more subscribers than the 200,000 that signed up in March. Among a few other remaining problems I first wrote about in March, the integration with regular Apple News remains wonky and you’ll find a jarring mishmash of PDFs and normal digital text as you jump from magazine to magazine.

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Apple software features to be thankful for

Fri, 2019-11-29 07:00

It's that time of year here in the U.S. where we take a break from viewing everything through the lens of what technology companies can do in the future and instead remind ourselves of all the things we're lucky to already have in the present. And so, inspired by my colleague Jason Snell's look at the tech accessories that he's thankful for, I figured I'd take a similar tack and run down some of the software capabilities that I just couldn't get by without.

Some of them are marquee features, others unsung heroes, but they all have one thing in common: they're things I use day in and day out, and my life just wouldn't be the same if they weren't around. So, in the spirit of the holiday, here are the Apple software features that I'm most thankful for.

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How to send large attachments with Mail Drop and other services

Fri, 2019-11-29 07:00

Apple added a clever option in its 2014 Mac operating system update for letting the Mail app handle large files. Many email servers limit the file size of attachments to something that can be quite modest—in the 10s to 100s of megabytes. This is partly to prevent spam and harassment that could clog a mail server or an email account, putting a user over their quota.

But it’s also just for plain efficiency. Email is a terrible way to send large files.

For an iCloud account, you can choose to check the “Send large attachments with Mail Drop” box in Mail > Preferences > Accounts in the iCloud account’s Account Information tab. Apple has never defined how large “large” is, presumably so it vary that amount over time or based on factors for individual recipient mail servers.

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