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Apple Card vs Citi, Chase, and Capital One: Is Apple's new credit card as good as it seems?

Wed, 2019-08-21 03:00

Apple might not be turning into a bank, but it wants to handle your money. At its March announcement of Apple Card, we heard a lot about financial health, low interest rates, cash-back percentages, and zero fees. Details were fairly light then, as Apple emphasized the card's simplicity, security, and ease of use while taking broad digs at the competition.

Now that the card has launched, we finally have all the hard numbers, too. Those final details let us stage a proper showdown between Apple and its most popular cash-back rivals, because formidable opponents do exist—as our dive into into the nitty-gritty details of cash-back percentages, interest rates, and fees shows.

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How to opt out of forced arbitration on the Apple Card

Tue, 2019-08-20 15:34

Should you apply for an Apple Card, one would hope that nothing will happen that leads you to want to sue Apple or Goldman Sachs. Should that happen, however, the customer agreement mandates something called forced arbitration.

What’s that? The customer agreement states that you “knowingly and voluntarily waive the right to be heard in court or have a jury trial on all Claims subject to this Agreement.” Essentially, when you get an Apple Card you agree to have any agreements settled by arbitration rather than the courts. Any disputes you have will be brought before an independent third-party panel (these are usually chosen by the companies to which you agreed to arbitration, in this case Apple and Goldman Sachs). 

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Apple Card is now available—with even better rewards than we thought

Tue, 2019-08-20 09:37

After a slow rollout over the past few couple of weeks, Apple Card is now available for any U.S. iPhone user who wants to apply. You can find the application inside the Wallet app, where you'll be able to begin the approval process.

While technically an Apple product, Apple Card is a MasterCard backed by Goldman Sachs. Apple has given it a hefty dose of smarts and iOS integration, however, with an emphasis on privacy and security features, and cash-back rewards delivered daily into your Apple Pay Cash balance. As a launch-day surprise, Apple has announced that Uber and Uber Eats can take advantage of the 3 percent rewards tier that was originally reserved solely for Apple purchases.

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YubiKey 5Ci review: WebAuthn encrypted Lightning key for iPhone and iPad for secure authentication

Tue, 2019-08-20 08:00

Yubico's new YubiKey 5Ci is the company's first hardware authentication device with a Lightning adapter for the iPhone. YubiKey provides security that reduces the potential of password-based account hijacking.

Just like a second-factor token sent via text message or generated by an authentication app like Google Authenticator or Authy, YubiKey provides an additional element after a login with a username and password. Because phone numbers can be and have been hijacked and re-routed to other phones, it’s even more reliable than assuming a text-based code will always wind up at the same physical device.

YubiKey currently works with some apps and via the Brave browser in iOS. YubiKey supports the relatively new WebAuthn protocol approved by the World Web Web Consortium (W3C) to allow strong, encrypted second-factor authentication directly within a browser, without requiring proprietary extensions or company-specific hardware or software.

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Five questions to ask yourself before you apply for an Apple Card

Tue, 2019-08-20 07:00

Any day now, the Apple Card will be available to tens of millions of U.S. consumers. And it’s definitely getting plenty of hype.

With that slick white titanium card, the purchase tracking, the security features… it’s easy to understand why you might want it.

But it’s ultimately still a MasterCard credit card backed by a big multinational bank, and before you apply for it, you should really ask yourself these five questions.

Can you always pay it off?

Do you intend to fully pay off your Apple Card every month, or will you run a balance?

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Netvue Belle video doorbell review: Certainly not the belle of the doorbell ball

Tue, 2019-08-20 06:00
Netvue makes a big AI promise for its Belle video doorbell, but that feature falls flat.

Security check: MacBook Pro battery chaos

Tue, 2019-08-20 06:00

The Macalope hopes you don’t have any travel plans for the rest of the year because you’re going to need to get to the airport eight days early because of the MacBook Pro.

“Huh?” you say, thinking The Macalope can hear you (he can’t). Let’s take a look.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and Chicken Little School of Aviation Security, Ewan Spence tells us “Apple's Dangerous MacBook Pro Banned From Flying, Get Ready For Airport Chaos.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Alex.)

The MacBook Pro is dangerous. You will face airport chaos.

These fortune cookies are getting weirdly specific.

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Report: Apple Arcade could cost $4.99 per month

Mon, 2019-08-19 13:30

Apple’s upcoming Apple Arcade service was announced at its March 25 “It’s Show Time” event, and immediately caused speculation about the games its price and games lineup. Now we may have the answer to at least one of those questions. 

Credit for this latest revelation goes to a bit of good sleuthing from 9to5Mac. The site went digging through some of the APIs used by the App Store app and found a promotional message that says the service will cost $4.99 per month, including a one-month free trial.

Apple has reportedly begun testing of the service with its own employees, using a largely-symbolic price of $0.49, lending some weight to the $4.99 price discovery: If the service were to cost $9.99, the “test price” might be $0.99, for instance.

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Apple Arcade FAQ: Games, price, compatibility, and everything else you need to know

Mon, 2019-08-19 13:09

Apple announced its new Apple Arcade gaming subscription service at its March 25 “It’s show time” event, and it’ll launch sometime this fall. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service will feature premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If it works as well as it sounds, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Many questions remain, but fortunately we already have plenty of answers. Here’s everything we know about Apple Arcade so far.

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Leaked images reportedly show off the Sonos Move, the company's first portable smart speaker

Mon, 2019-08-19 11:29
Ahead of a press event on Monday, August 28, images of the Sonos Move have leaked, showing off the company's new portable speaker.

How to use Google Maps’ re-routing option on the iPhone

Mon, 2019-08-19 08:00

I use my phone constantly for directions, as I’m sure millions of drivers do. And one of the primary situation I and others run into is that the chosen route turns out to be a bad one due to traffic, road closures, or accidents.

Apple Maps in iOS only lets you pick among possible routes when starting, although it will warn you and re-route while you’re underway. Google Maps for iOS has an in-progress re-routing option that isn’t as obvious, based on reader email.

While you’re actively following a route, tap the icon at the bottom of Google Maps that looks like a fork in the road with the left path dotted and one right path in black. It brings up an overview of the map showing alternatives and the estimated time difference compared to the current map.

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iMessage is never coming to Android, so please stop asking

Mon, 2019-08-19 07:00

Ask any Android user to name an Apple app that they’d like to have on their Galaxy or Pixel phone and the answer will almost universally be the same: iMessage. And the likely reason behind that answer? Green bubbles.

While Android users have no idea whether the person they’re texting with has an iPhone, Android, or a Windows Phone, Apple makes it very clear what device you and your friends are using. Messages from iPhone users are wrapped in serene blue bubbles while everyone else’s bubbles are colored in a garish green hue.

And we Android users would love for that to change. Not only are we tired of our iPhone-loving friends chiding us for ruining group messages, but we’d also like to see what all of the fuss is about. We’re still waiting for a do-it-all messaging app on Android, and an Apple client is certainly intriguing, especially for those of use still lamenting the loss of Allo. I’m willing to bet that if Apple were to release an iMessage Android client in the Play Store, it would quickly become one of the most downloaded messaging apps, challenging Google’s own Messages, WhatsApp and Signal, at least at launch.

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What we might expect from Apple’s A13 chip

Mon, 2019-08-19 06:30

We’re still a long way away from hearing anything official about Apple’s next system-on-a-chip. The A13 is likely to be unveiled in September, along with the new iPhones it will power. But the design, manufacture, and testing of these chips takes years, far too long for Apple to suddenly make radical changes. The A13 design is likely, for all intents and purposes, set in stone by now.

By looking at past A-series chips and extrapolating from what we know of the manufacturing process Apple will use this year, we can get a reasonable picture about what to expect from the A13 chip. It will almost certainly be the fastest SoC Apple has ever developed for iPhones, but exactly how fast can we expect?

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QNAP HS-453DX NAS box review: The most powerful multimedia NAS box that money can buy

Mon, 2019-08-19 06:00
The QNAP HS-453DX is the most capable multimedia NAS box on the planet. But it's very pricey and just how useful its direct audio/video output will be depends on your setup. But it's not dead easy to use.

LumaFusion 2.0 review: More tracks, streamlined UI beef up mobile video editor

Mon, 2019-08-19 06:00

iPadOS promises to bring improved multitasking, multiple windows from the same app, and support for SMB servers and external drives. That last one is of particular interest to mobile video editors, because it will enable access to video and audio content saved on USB hard drives and network-attached storage.

LumaTouch is poised to take advantage of this revolution with version 2.0 of LumaFusion, the company’s popular mobile video editing app.

Back on track

LumaFusion 2.0 improves upon everything that made the initial version great. First and foremost are the number of tracks, which have doubled to a maximum of six for video (including titles and graphics) with accompanying audio, plus another six for imported audio like music, sound effects, and voiceovers—a whopping 12 tracks of sound!

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