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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
Cosmicast App Recap Week 3

App Recap: Cosmicast, Incognito, Pager, and Major App Updates

Sunday April 26, 2020 7:07 pm PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've compiled a list of several apps released recently that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a second list highlighting some apps that received major updates this week. New Apps Cosmicast ($7.99) - Cosmicast, a new semi-skeuomorphic podcast player available for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, has a very simple and intuitive interface. As ...
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iFixit Details Which Parts Can Be Swapped Between the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE

Sunday April 26, 2020 3:46 pm PDT by
iFixit today shared a new report detailing which parts from the new iPhone SE can be replaced with those from the iPhone 8. This comes just days after a teardown video shared on Thursday by a Chinese YouTuber also highlighted many of the similarities between the two devices. ‌iPhone‌ 8 (left) and the new ‌iPhone SE‌ (right) via iFixit The report mentions that the 2020 ‌iPhone SE‌'s cameras, SIM...
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App Recap: New or Updated iPhone, iPad, and Mac Apps Worth Checking Out

Sunday April 19, 2020 5:44 pm PDT by
Several apps were either released or updated recently. We've compiled a list of some of these apps that are worth checking out. iOS Apps Content Creator (Free) - Content Creator is an app that allows you to create collages, images with text, and squared images perfect for content creation. The app also lets you produce and export videos straight to several social media platforms. Lugo...
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New AirPods Allegedly Ready to Launch, Possibly Next Month

Sunday April 19, 2020 12:11 pm PDT by
Next generation AirPods that were allegedly supposed to be announced at Apple's rumored March event are ready to launch, according to Jon Prosser of the YouTube channel Front Page Tech. Prosser believes the new ‌AirPods‌ could launch sometime next month, although he is not firm on timing yet. It is unclear at this time as to what new features Apple's next-generation ‌AirPods‌ will sport. One...
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Apple Shares New Documentation on How to Make Your Own Face Shield

Saturday April 18, 2020 3:36 pm PDT by
Apple has recently shared a new support document on how to make your own face shield. The support document does mention that the manufacturing of face shields should only be carried out by an expert. In the support document, Apple specifies the materials and their respective thickness values needed for the fabrication of the shield, forehead band, and strap. Additionally, the support...

Apple Registers Domain Name

Sunday April 12, 2020 4:34 pm PDT by
Apple has recently registered the domain name, according to a WHOIS record discovered by MacRumors. The new record indicates that Apple took possession of the domain name on Friday. The record's domain information lists Apple Inc. as the registrant organization. The registrar is CSC Corporate Domains, a firm that protects domain names for large corporations, and is used...

The New York Times, IFTTT, Medium, and Other Apps Adopt Sign in With Apple Ahead of June 30 Deadline

Sunday April 5, 2020 7:08 pm PDT by
Apps with sign-in functionality, including The New York Times, IFTTT, Medium, and more, have continued to adopt Apple's secure Sign in with Apple feature ahead of a deadline of June 30. The deadline for these apps to support the feature was recently extended from April 30. ‌Sign in with Apple‌, first introduced in iOS 13, allows users to create accounts for apps and websites using an Apple ID. ...

iOS 14 Could Offer Home Screen Widgets, Wallpaper Customizations

Saturday April 4, 2020 3:30 pm PDT by
iOS 14 could offer home screen widgets and wallpaper customizations for the first time, according to 9to5Mac and Twitter user DongleBookPro. Apple is reportedly working to implement ‌widgets‌ that can be moved freely around like icons on the iPhone and iPad homescreen for the very first time. The feature is reportedly codenamed "Avocado" and no other details are available. It was also...
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EPIX Available for Free Through Apple TV Channels Until May 2, No Subscription Required

Saturday April 4, 2020 9:28 am PDT by
EPIX is currently offering free access to its catalog of movies and TV shows through the Apple TV Channels feature in the TV app, and many additional services are also offering extended free trials. Upon navigating to the ‌Apple TV‌ app, users will notice that EPIX is listed under the "My Channels" section. Rather than offering an extended trial where users must first sign up, EPIX is...
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Apple Offers Free Books and Audiobooks to Users in U.S. for Limited Time Only

Sunday March 22, 2020 7:29 pm PDT by
Apple Books today sent out a push notification highlighting free books and audiobooks available to users for a limited time only. This appears to be U.S. only for now. The push notification reads: Enjoy a good book, on us Explore free books, read-alongs for kids, cozy mysteries, and audiobooks for the whole family. Upon tapping on the notification, users are brought to the Free Books page ...
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Apple Lifts Purchase Limits on iPhones, New iPad Pro, and New MacBook Air Outside of China

Sunday March 22, 2020 6:01 pm PDT by
Apple has lifted purchase limits previously imposed on iPhone, new iPad Pro, and new MacBook Air purchases made outside of China. Apple this past week had set purchase limits across several of its products. For example, the new ‌MacBook Air‌ and Mac mini were limited to five orders per customer, the new ‌iPad Pro‌ was limited to two 11-inch models per customer and two 12.9-inch models per...
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Oprah Talks COVID-19 in New Apple TV+ Series, No Subscription Required

Sunday March 22, 2020 11:16 am PDT by
Apple has launched "Oprah Talks COVID-19," a new free to view Apple TV+ series where Oprah holds remote discussions with leaders and those personally affected by COVID-19. The series, first announced on Twitter by Oprah, examines the vast amount of stress and uncertainty some may have amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a result of remote discussions, the goal of the series is to help...
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Apple Donating Millions of Masks to Healthcare Professionals in U.S. and Europe

Saturday March 21, 2020 12:37 pm PDT by
Apple plans to donate two million N95 respirator masks to hospitals in the United States, Vice President Mike Pence announced in a press briefing today. Apple has since elaborated on this announcement, noting that it is donating millions of masks for health professionals in the United States and Europe. With personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies dwindling across the United States,...