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Apple simplifies switching and beefs up sound quality in upcoming AirPods update

Mon, 2020-06-22 14:13

Among the flood of OS updates to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, Apple used its WWDC keynote to announce two major features coming to AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Coming to all devices is a new feature that will automatically switch between devices. For example, if you’re listening to music on your iPhone and switch to a Zoom meeting on your Mac, your AirPods will be smart enough to switch its pairing so you don’t need to fiddle with Bluetooth settings. And if a call comes in on your phone, your AirPods will instantly switch back.

If you use your AirPods Pro to listen to movies, your experience is about to get a whole lot better thanks to support for spatial sound. Just like a high-end audio system, your AirPods Pro will soon be able to mimic a full-room array of speakers just like a 5.1, 7.1, or Dolby Atmos system.

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Apple introduces Siri improvements, new Translate app to translate languages in real time

Mon, 2020-06-22 13:53

Siri was the first voice-activated virtual assistant, but it’s fallen behind Google Assistant over the years. But at WWDC20, Apple introduced new Siri features that could help Siri catch up.

The major new Siri-based capability is Translate, a new app that can translate written and spoken foreign languages in real time. The translations are done by Apple’s Neural Engine and does not require an internet connection. Apple also preserves user privacy, and no data is transferred to the company.

Apple Translate will support 11 languages at launch.

Apple has also done away with the full-screen Siri interface that users are familiar with. Instead, a Siri icon pops-up at the bottom of the screen, while Siri’s responses appear at the top. Also, Siri can now send voice messages.

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Apple, Basecamp reach a détente over Hey app but no in-app purchase offered

Mon, 2020-06-22 11:45

After a week of back-and-forth jabs and some high-profile bickering, Apple and Basecamp have reached a “good compromise” over email app Hey’s continued existence in the App Store. Nothing has really changed, but both sides seem happy with the result.

The thawing began late last week when Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson tweeted that he was willing to work on a way forward. He reiterated that he wants Hey in the App Store and said he was willing to try “some of the other ‘many things’” that SVP Phil Schiller had offered for App Store approval.

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Apple WWDC last minute rumors: Major iPhone and iPad UI changes, but no new hardware

Mon, 2020-06-22 09:21

Apple’s WWDC keynote kicks off in just a few hours, and the rumors are still coming in. So stay tuned to this post as we keep updating with new leaks as we hear about them:

No new hardware: WWDC is largely a software show, but Apple has used its stage to unveil plenty of new products, including Macs, iPhones, and even the HomePod. But it’s looking like that won’t be the case this year. Apple has a lot of new products in the works, including a new iMac, mini HomePod, Bluetooth tags, and an Apple TV update, but it’s looking like WWDC won’t get any of them. According to several accurate leakers, including Mark Gurman, Jon Prosser, and Max Weinbach, Apple has opted to focus on software this year.

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Aquanta water heater controller review: A smart solution for your home’s biggest energy waster

Mon, 2020-06-22 06:00
This smart home device should pay for itself quickly by slashing the amount of energy needed to heat water.

WWDC20: What not to expect

Mon, 2020-06-22 04:00

As the curtain prepares to rise, just hours hence, on this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, there are still plenty of questions about what exactly Apple will be showing off at its annual event. New versions of its software platforms seem a lock, as does some sort of news about the Mac line transitioning to Apple’s own chips.

But beyond that, speculation has varied wildly about what else Apple might have up its sleeves, running the gamut from brand new, never-before-seen products to minor updates to its existing lines. It remains, even at this late date, anybody’s guess.

That said, we can look at Apple’s history and the current state of the company’s portfolio to at least identify some announcements that are unlikely to show up when Cupertino’s first ever virtual WWDC keynote gets under way, which might help us winnow down what we can reasonably expect.

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5 far-out WWDC20 predictions that might actually come true

Sun, 2020-06-21 08:15

We’re just mere hours ays away from what is likely to be one of the most interesting WWDC keynotes ever. While Apple has booked its usual 10 a.m. Pacific time slot for streaming to the world, there’s a lot about the event that we don’t know: Will it be live or pre-recorded? Will it last two hours or 20 minutes? If Craig Federighi makes a joke about his hair and there is no studio audience at Apple Park to laugh, is it still funny?

What we do know is Apple’s will be announcing a ton of updates to its apps, OSes, and various other products. We might get the first real iMac redesign in over a decade and a pair of studio-quality over-ear AirPods, as well as the long-awaited transition to Apple’s ARM processors in the Mac. There might even be a HomePod mini in the mix.

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Amazon kills its coolest Dash product after ignoring it for years

Sun, 2020-06-21 08:09
Amazon has informed users that the Dash Wand barcode scanner will no longer work as of July 20.

WWDC 2020: Predictions and wishlist

Fri, 2020-06-19 17:04
Apple’s annual developers’ conference, WWDC, will happen virtually next week. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld writer Michael Simon join Juliet Beauchamp to discuss hardware and software predictions and their number 1 wishlist item for OS updates.(youtu.be)

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Apple closing some stores in AZ, FL, NC, and SC as COVID-19 cases increase

Fri, 2020-06-19 15:22

On Friday March 13, Apple announced it was closing all of its retail stores outside China. It was an early retailer to take action, but most countries and states soon forced the closure of similar stores anyway. 

While the company has since reopened many stores with specific restrictions and protections in place, it always left the door open to re-closing stores should the situation merit. Apparently, the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in some states has crossed the threshold, causing Apple to close stores.

When contacted for comment, Apple told Bloomberg News, “Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible.”

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Plex app lets you stream free movies and TV shows without an account

Fri, 2020-06-19 10:19

No Plex account? No problem. The latest version of the Android app for Plex, a DVR and media server service with a growing selection of free, ad-supported movies and TV shows, now lets you stream titles from its free video library without an account.

Android Police first spotted the new feature in the changelog for the Android version of the Plex app. I checked in with Plex and was told that the iOS version of the app is slated to get the same functionality later this month.

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Apple refuses to relent as fight with Basecamp over Hey app rages on

Fri, 2020-06-19 10:00

It’s not just the new all-digital format that’s going to make WWDC a little different this year. It’s also the battle between Apple and one of its high-profile developers that keeps getting worse.

To quickly sum up, earlier this week Apple denied Basecamp an update to its new Hey email app due to Hey's lack of an in-app purchase for its annual subscription. Basecamp responded by refusing to update its app and calling out Apple for “mafioso” tactics by strong-arming Basecamp with threats to pull the app entirely from the store.

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5 far-out WWDC20 predictions and why they might come true

Fri, 2020-06-19 07:00

We’re just days away from what is likely to be one of the strangest WWDC keynotes ever. While Apple has booked its usual 10 a.m. Pacific time slot for streaming to the world, there’s a lot about the event that we don’t know: Will it be live or pre-recorded? Will it last two hours or 20 minutes? If Craig Federighi makes a joke about his hair and there is no studio audience at Apple Park to laugh, is it still funny?

What we do know is Apple’s will be announcing a ton of updates to its apps, OSes, and various other products. We might get the first real iMac redesign in over a decade and a pair of studio-quality over-ear AirPods, as well as the long-awaited transition to Apple’s ARM processors in the Mac. There might even be a HomePod mini in the mix.

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1More Dual Driver ANC Pro Wireless review: This in-ear headphone has a split personality, but great phone skills

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:00
You’ll get clean, lean sound with ANC off, and rich, bass-heavy sound with ANC on.

Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Fri, 2020-06-19 06:00
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Apple is reportedly still working on AirPower, for some reason

Thu, 2020-06-18 13:46

AirPower is a curious product. It is one of the only products Apple has ever publicly announced and then never released. After announcing it on stage during its September Special Event in 2017, and showing it off on its website, Apple was never able to solve the technical problems with its production and ultimately killed the project, unreleased, early in 2019.

Now, new tweets from noted Apple leaker Jon Prosser show new AirPower (code name “C68”) prototypes still in development.

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According to the new leaks, Apple has apparently fixed the significant problem it was having with the pad not charging Apple Watch properly.

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WWDC 2020 preview

Thu, 2020-06-18 08:00

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference starts on Monday, June 22. On this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we talk about what could happen at the show.

This is episode 702 with Jason Cross, Michael Simon, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 702

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How to watch Apple’s WWDC20 keynote

Thu, 2020-06-18 07:00

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday, June 22, and the keynote presentation promises to be an event you won’t want to miss. We could see Apple announcing a switch from Intel to its own ARM processors in its Macs, and a new iMac. And Apple will unveil its plans for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and a lot more.

Because of concerns regarding COVID-19, this year’s WWDC is a completely online affair. You need to be signed up as a developer to attend the Platforms State of the Union presentation and the workshops, but anyone can watch the keynote presentation. If you want to watch, we’ll show you how.

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WWDC Wish List: Apple Watch and watchOS 7

Thu, 2020-06-18 06:15

The operating system that drives the Apple Watch, watchOS, doesn’t get as much attention as macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. But as someone who wears an Apple Watch every day, any improvement to watchOS has the potential to improve my everyday life in numerous ways. That’s why I’ve constructed this humble list of features I hope we see at WWDC next week as a part of the forthcoming watchOS 7, due this fall.

Sleep tracking

Most people don’t think about it often, but the amount of sleep we get (or don’t get) can have a huge impact on our physical and mental health. The Apple Watch is a health-focused device—and that’s why Apple needs to embrace using it as a sleep tracker.

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HBO Max still isn't supersized enough to attract cord-cutters

Thu, 2020-06-18 06:00

When HBO Max launched in late May, I was excited despite all the branding confusion around the service.

Whereas HBO focused on a small number of highbrow shows and movies, HBO Max offers many more movies and shows from WarnerMedia and beyond. It has the potential to be a true rival to Netflix, with a broad catalog that’s worth keeping year-round instead of just whenever the best HBO shows arrive.

Now that HBO Max is here, I can see the reality: HBO Max is a better value than HBO used to be, but its catalog is still dwarfed by Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. That probably won’t change anytime soon, as parent company AT&T continues to spread its content catalog across multiple streaming services instead of investing in just one. AT&T has claimed to be ”all in” on HBO Max, but as with so many of the company’s other streaming video endeavors, this one seems like another half measure.

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