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Facebook Begins Dark Mode Rollout for iOS

Monday June 29, 2020 1:18 am PDT by
Facebook has begun rolling out Dark Mode support for its flagship iOS app, which comes just over a year after the Facebook Messenger app also gained ‌Dark Mode‌ support. Photo via 9to5Mac After evidence showing the company had been working on the feature surfaced in April, select users are now able to activate the feature under Settings & Privacy within the Menu tab. Users are able to choose...

App Recap: Bluelane, Originate, Twobird and Major App Updates

Sunday June 28, 2020 9:21 am PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted utility app "Bluelane," graphics and design app "Originate," and productivity app "Twobird" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Bluelane (iOS, Free) - Bluelane is an app that allows for easy sharing of a route and location with anyone. Those who...

Apple Shares Teaser for Upcoming Apple TV+ Series 'Foundation'

Monday June 22, 2020 1:52 pm PDT by
Apple today during its WWDC keynote shared a trailer for the upcoming Apple TV+ series "Foundation," a sci-fi series that's based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, and the company has now shared a longer teaser on its ‌Apple TV‌ YouTube channel. The show will be produced by Skydance Television and is set to debut on ‌Apple TV‌+ in 2021.Foundation chronicles a band of exiles on their...

Revamped Apple Maps App Expanding to UK, Ireland, and Canada Later This Year

Monday June 22, 2020 1:17 pm PDT by
Apple today announced its revamped Maps app will be expanding to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada later this year. The updated Maps interface features richer landscape details such as roads, parking lots, parks, buildings, airports, and more. To obtain its mapping data, Apple utilizes its own vehicles equipped with LiDAR sensors and cameras. Apple had been working for over a year...

Bloomberg's WWDC Expectations: Arm-Based Chips and New Software, Hardware Updates Coming Later This Year

Sunday June 21, 2020 10:25 am PDT by
Apple will announce Arm-based chips and new software updates at WWDC, but hardware isn't expected until later in the year, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. As Gurman said earlier this month, Apple will unveil its work on custom designed chips that use Arm technology, but no Macs will launch with the hardware until late 2020 or early 2021. Apple is announcing the chips early to provide...

App Recap: Noted, PodWise, Sidekick and Major App Updates

Sunday June 21, 2020 6:02 am PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted productivity app "Noted," utility app "PodWise," and health app "Sidekick" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Noted. (iOS & Mac, Free) - Noted is a productivity app that fully integrates audio recordings with notes to help users make the most out...

App Recap: Pastel, Punkt, Remote Control for Mac and Major App Updates

Sunday June 14, 2020 8:44 am PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted utility app "Pastel," health app "Punkt," and utility app "Remote Control for Mac/PC Pro" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Pastel (iOS, Free) - Pastel, an app marketed for developers and artists, allows for the creation of color palettes for use ...

App Recap: Concertino, Outgoings, and Major App Updates

Sunday June 7, 2020 8:04 pm PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted music app "Concertino" and finance app "Outgoing" as new apps worth checking out. We've also both highlighted older apps worth checking out and compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. New Apps Concertino (iOS, Free) - Apple Music client app Concertino was recently released for iOS, and it works by combining information...

Apple Patents Ability to Take Long Distance Group Selfies

Sunday June 7, 2020 2:50 pm PDT by
Apple has won a new patent that would allow for "synthetic group selfies," as mentioned by The Verge. Should this software be successfully developed, users would have the ability to take group selfies while not physically present with anyone. Based on the patent application, it appears a user could invite others to take part in a group selfie, and the individuals would be arranged...

App Recap: Magnet, Parcel, Unfold, and Major App Updates

Sunday May 31, 2020 7:47 pm PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted productivity app "Magnet," utility app "Parcel," and graphic app "Unfold" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Magnet (Mac, $1.99) - Magnet is a productivity app that helps to seamlessly organize open windows on a Mac by "snapping" windows into...

Apple Introducing New Internal USB-C Diagnostic Tool

Sunday May 31, 2020 7:26 pm PDT by
Apple is introducing a new internal USB-C Diagnostic Tool as a successor to its existing Serial Number Reader, which can be used to both collect a device's serial number directly from its logic board and test power on a device itself. Image via Giulio Zompetti With only a Lightning version previously available, images have surfaced of a new USB-C Diagnostic Tool (UDT) that appears to be known ...

Now Patched 'Sign in With Apple' Bug Left Users Open to Attack

Saturday May 30, 2020 12:47 pm PDT by
Researcher Bhavuk Jain in April discovered a critical Sign in With Apple vulnerability that could have resulted in a takeover of some user accounts. The bug was specific to third party apps that used Sign in With Apple and didn't implement additional security measures. Jain notes that Sign in With Apple works by authenticating a user through a JWT (JSON Web Token) or a code that's generated...

Jailbreak Tool 'unc0ver' 5.0 Released With iOS 13.5 Compatibility

Sunday May 24, 2020 3:06 pm PDT by
The team behind the "unc0ver" jailbreaking tool for iOS has released version 5.0.0 of its software that claims to have the ability to jailbreak "every signed iOS version on every device" using a zero-day kernel vulnerability by Pwn20wnd, a renowned iOS hacker. The announcement comes just days after it was announced that the tool would soon launch. The unc0ver website highlights how the tool...

App Recap: Voice Dream Reader, SmartGym, BIAS FX 2, and Major App Updates

Sunday May 24, 2020 11:57 am PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Voice Dream Reader (iOS, $9.99) - Voice Dream reader, a text-to-speech app featured in the Today section of the App Store, has been one of the most popular accessibility apps since its launch eight years ago. The...

Apple Details Safety Measures When Reopening Apple Retail Stores, Including Curbside Pickup and Drop-off Option

Sunday May 17, 2020 5:12 pm PDT by
Apple Senior Vice President of Retail & People Deirdre O'Brien today published a letter regarding Apple's approach on the reopening of retail stores. O'Brien mentioned that over 100 stores globally have already reopened their doors. The letter notes that when a store does reopen, face coverings will be required for both Apple employees and customers. Apple will also be providing face...

App Recap: 'Usage' System Activity, 'Backdrops' Wallpapers, and Major App Updates

Sunday May 17, 2020 11:09 am PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted two apps worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Usage: System Activity & Info (iOS, Free) - Although not a particularly new app, Usage recently received a major update with version 3.0 in which the app was completely redesigned using SwiftUI. Complete with a sleek and...

App Recap: Edison Mail, Here Kitty!, Whisk, and Major App Updates

Sunday May 10, 2020 9:25 am PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted three new apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. New Apps Email - Edison Mail (Free) - Popular mobile app Edison Mail is now available on Mac App Store for the very first time. With its fast and simple user interface, the app touts the ability to make your email experience both ...

Apple's Greg Joswiak on AirPods Growth: 'It Was Almost Like Wildfire'

Saturday May 9, 2020 2:32 pm PDT by
Apple's AirPods have been doing better than the company could have ever imagined, Apple's Vice President of Product Marketing Greg Joswiak said in a new report by Wired. Joswiak notes how the growth of AirPods "was almost like wildfire." Joswiak touched upon Apple's vision for a wireless future. Apple crossed a pivotal point in its push towards a wireless future with the controversial...

Apple CEO Tim Cook Delivers Virtual Commencement Address to Ohio State University Graduates

Sunday May 3, 2020 12:08 pm PDT by
Apple CEO Tim Cook today delivered the virtual commencement address at The Ohio State University's virtual commencement event. ‌Tim Cook‌ to Ohio State University graduates: Graduates, I’m sorry that we’re not celebrating together today. Your class is a special one marked by history like few others in OSU’s 150 years. And while we aren’t shoulder to shoulder in the Horseshoe, filling...

App Recap: Views 4, CleanMyMac X, MacTracker and Major App Updates

Sunday May 3, 2020 11:06 am PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted two new apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. New Apps Views 4 ($4.99) - Views 4 is a news and podcasts app that presents content tailored to the interests of the user. Upon downloading the app, users are presented with a series of screens that allow for the selection of...