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MacRumors Exclusive: Save Up to 40% on Anker's Portable Batteries, Lightning Cables, and More

Monday July 2, 2018 8:01 am PDT by
A few weeks after our last offer, MacRumors has again partnered with Anker to offer our readers up to 40 percent off eight of Anker's iPhone and iPad charging products. The savings target two lightning cables, a Qi-compatible wireless charger, a wall charger, a car charger, and three portable battery packs, two of which have high-capacity batteries and dual USB-C/USB-A support for the latest...

DirecTV Now Raising All Plan Prices by $5/Month to Stay 'In Line With the Market'

Monday July 2, 2018 7:32 am PDT by
AT&T's live TV streaming service DirecTV Now will increase the price of every subscription tier by $5 per month beginning sometime around August 1, 2018. AT&T confirmed the price hike to CordCutters, stating that the move was made to ensure that the cost of DirecTV Now remains "in line with the market." The company is referencing the cost of rival services Hulu with Live TV, which started at ...

British Ad Industry Regulator Upholds Apple's iPhone X Claim of 'Studio-Quality' Portraits

Monday July 2, 2018 7:03 am PDT by
A British advertising regulatory body has overruled objections to an Apple television ad in which the company claims iPhone X is capable of "studio quality" portraits (via AppleInsider). The TV ad in question, which began airing in March, showcases the smartphone's "radically new cameras with Portrait Lighting" and uses the phrasing, "Studio-quality portraits. Without the studio." The...

Drake's 'Scorpion' Breaks Single-Day Streaming Record on Apple Music

Monday July 2, 2018 5:17 am PDT by
Drake's fifth album, Scorpion, has surpassed the artist's own single-day streaming record on Apple Music, with over 170 million streams in its first 24 hours of availability. Apple told The Verge that Scorpion now holds both the U.S. and global streaming records for the company's streaming service, and the debut is the biggest ever single-day streaming total for any album on any streaming...

WhatsApp Gains New Group Chat Setting for One-Way Messaging

Monday July 2, 2018 4:29 am PDT by
WhatsApp rolled out an update over the weekend that introduces a useful new administrator setting to the popular messaging platform to make group chats more functional. Essentially, the new setting allows group chats to be set up so that only approved admins are able to send messages to the group, which should help prevent important information from being lost in a hail of messages from group ...

Darkroom Gains New Frames Tool, Duotone Filter Pack and App-Wide Refinements

Saturday June 30, 2018 10:39 am PDT by
Popular iOS photography app Darkroom received a major update today, introducing a long list of app-wide improvements, a new Frames tool, a premium filter pack, and more. The new Frames tool, which marks Darkroom's first top-level tool addition in three years, offers up content-aware frame colors. Content-aware color allows the frames tool to analyze the colors in your photograph and generate a ...

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Cord-Cutting Bundle With Lifetime Plex Pass, TV Tuner and Antenna From Plex

Friday June 29, 2018 12:01 pm PDT by
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Plex to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a cord-cutting bundle that includes a lifetime Plex Pass, a TV tuner, and an antenna. Plex, for those unfamiliar with it, is an all-in-one media hub that organizes your entire library of content, from TV shows and movies to music and photos, plus it offers free access to news, support for Podcasts,...

Deals: eBay Debuts 15% Off Sitewide Coupon and Last Call for Anker's June Discount Codes

Friday June 29, 2018 9:49 am PDT by
eBay's latest sitewide coupon launched today, offering shoppers the chance to save 15 percent off nearly everything on eBay with coupon code PERFECTDAY. As usual, exclusions to "everything" include warranties and protection plans, coins and paper money, gift cards and coupons, and real estate. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a...

Apple Expands Availability of Carrier Billing and Lane Guidance in Maps

Friday June 29, 2018 8:09 am PDT by
Apple has expanded carrier billing to TIM in Italy, Bite in Latvia and Lithuania, U Mobile in Malaysia, Singtel and StarHub in Singapore, Sunrise in Switzerland, and O2 in the UK, according to an updated support document. The payment method enables customers to make purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store, and Apple Books, and pay for an Apple Music subscription, without needing to link a...

AT&T's New Live 'WatchTV' Service Launches on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

Friday June 29, 2018 6:36 am PDT by
One week after unveiling its new live streaming service "WatchTV," AT&T has now begun rolling out the platform's app on fourth-generation and fifth-generation Apple TV boxes, as well as on iOS [Direct Link] (via BestAppleTV). The service is a free add-on for anyone on AT&T's new "Unlimited &More" and "Unlimited &More Premium" cellular plans, and is also available as a $15/month service for...

LinkedIn Mobile App Gains QR Code Scanner and Translation Service

Friday June 29, 2018 5:08 am PDT by
LinkedIn is adding a couple of new features to its iOS app that should make it easier for users to expand their professional networks on the service. For the first time, QR codes can now be used to connect with other user profiles. This can be done by either tapping the QR code icon in the Home tab search bar to launch the QR scanner, or uploading a photo of a code taken with your device's...

Instagram Stories Gain Support for Adding Soundtracks

Thursday June 28, 2018 3:25 pm PDT by
Instagram today updated its Stories feature with the ability to add a soundtrack for background music, with Instagram offering thousands of popular songs to choose from. You can add music to Stories by tapping to add a sticker and then choosing the new "Music" sticker that's available in the list alongside other stickers like Location, Mention, Hashtag, and more. Tapping on the Music...

MacRumors Exclusives: Save 45% on Speck's Cases and Save 50% on Choetech's Wireless Charger

Thursday June 28, 2018 1:12 pm PDT by
Today and tomorrow only MacRumors readers can save 45 percent sitewide on Speck's website, making a great opportunity to purchase a new case for your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook at a discounted price. To take advantage of the deal, head over to Speck, find a case or accessory, add it to your cart, and enter MACRUMORS45 in the discount code box. This will net you 45 percent off up to two Speck...

'DC Universe' Digital Streaming Service Entering Beta in August, Coming to iOS and tvOS [Updated With Pricing]

Thursday June 28, 2018 10:16 am PDT by
DC Comics today revealed new details about its upcoming "DC Universe" streaming platform, which will hit iOS and tvOS devices this fall. Before that time, the company will launch a beta of the platform in August, allowing a small group of users to test out DC Universe before a wide rollout. The main draw of the service will be exclusive TV shows that feature popular DC characters, including...

Sling TV Increases Cheapest Plan to $25/Month, Introduces Limited Free Content and À La Carte Channels

Thursday June 28, 2018 9:34 am PDT by
Sling TV today announced that it will be increasing the price of its entry-level Sling Orange service by $5 per month, jumping the price up to $25 per month for subscribers. Existing subscribers will not be grandfathered in to their old price, and all Sling Orange customers will see the new monthly $25 price reflected in their bills starting in August. Sling TV president Warren Schlichting...

GE's Full Lineup of HomeKit-Enabled Window Air Conditioners Now Available in the U.S.

Thursday June 28, 2018 8:41 am PDT by
After a soft launch of just one model earlier this spring, GE today announced the launch of its full lineup of HomeKit-enabled window air conditioning units. While there are a few other HomeKit air conditioners on the market outside of the United States, the new units represent the first HomeKit-compatible air conditioners to launch in the U.S. GE's air conditioners deliver 8,000 to 12,000...

Amazon Working to Further Lessen Reliance on Power Cords for Future Echo Speakers

Thursday June 28, 2018 8:13 am PDT by
In an effort that would give future Echo speakers with Alexa a new advantage over Apple's HomePod, Reuters today reports that Amazon is working with chipmakers to build Alexa speakers that would not require a constant power source. As it stands, most smart assistant devices -- Amazon's main Echo, Apple HomePod, Google Home, etc -- require a constant draw of power due to their always-on...

Apple Pay Promo Offers 20% Off TGI Fridays Pickup Orders Through July 8

Thursday June 28, 2018 7:00 am PDT by
This week's Apple Pay promotion is offering customers the chance to save on their Fourth of July dinners with 20 percent off from restaurant chain TGI Fridays. If you use Apple Pay to checkout in the TGI Fridays iOS app, select the order for pickup, and use the promo code APPLE20, you'll get 20 percent off your meal through Sunday, July 8. Apple's new promotion encourages users to get out...