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Second-Generation AirPods Gain “Hey Siri” and Optional Wireless Charging

Apple has released second-generation AirPods that respond to “Hey Siri,” offer up to 50% more talk time, connect twice as quickly, and can be fitted with an optional wireless charging case.

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For Better or Worse, GarageBand Has Changed Music

Since its introduction in 2004, Apple’s GarageBand has become a staple in music production, perhaps even more than you may have realized.

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Apple and Stanford Announce Results of Heart Study

Can wearables like the Apple Watch help advance medical research? The results of the massive Apple Heart Study would suggest so.

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Apple Boosts iMac Performance with Faster Multi-Core CPUs

After nearly two years, Apple has beefed up the 21.5-inch and 27-inch Retina iMacs with faster processors, graphics chips, and memory. The company also added some high-end options to the iMac Pro.

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The Tragic Death of “Do Not Track”

Over at Fast Company, Glenn Fleishman documents the rise and fall of the Do Not Track browser setting, a well-intentioned but ultimately doomed effort to make privacy easy for users.

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Apple Quietly Releases New iPad mini and iPad Air

Apple has at long last updated the much-loved iPad mini with modern-day specs. Joining it is a new iPad Air that’s essentially an updated 10.5-inch iPad Pro with a worse camera and two fewer speakers.

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The Top Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2019

If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here’s our list for 2019. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others. Updated for WWDC, Macoun, and heise MacDev!

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CorelDRAW Comes Back to the Mac

After an 18-year absence, the CorelDRAW vector graphics editor returns to macOS in a graphics suite that also includes a photo editor and font manager, as well as a cloud-based app for on-the-go design work. Further showing its renewed interest in the Mac, Corel has also acquired virtualization company Parallels.

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WWDC 2019 Scheduled for June 3rd through 7th

Apple’s 30th Worldwide Developer Conference is coming up in a few months, and developers can now apply for tickets.

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Apple Responds to Spotify

Apple has published a response to Spotify’s Time to Play Fair site and complaint to the European Commission, but the response has drawn criticism from Apple developers and commentators.

Adam Engst 23 comments

Dropbox Limits Free Accounts to Three Devices

Dropbox has introduced a three-device limit for its free Basic accounts as of this month. However, if you have four or more devices currently linked to your Dropbox account, they’ll remain connected for now.

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Flickr Vows to Not Delete Creative Commons Images or Those of Deceased Members

In an effort to make the company’s business model sustainable, Flickr is deleting excess images, but it’s taking new measures to soften the blow.

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Considering a Smart Doorbell? SkyBell HD Reviewed

A number of video doorbells are on the market, but at the moment, none work with Apple’s HomeKit. A couple of companies announced future support for HomeKit and more products were announced at CES. But is HomeKit really critical for a doorbell?

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It’s Frustrating That Preview in Mojave Isn’t Better

After taking a close look at Preview in Mojave while updating “Take Control of Preview,” Adam Engst comes away disappointed. The new features aren’t impressive, one notable change is actively bad, and there are new bugs. But he’d still like to see Apple enhance the still-powerful graphics and PDF editor.

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Spotify Asks the European Commission to Make Apple Play Fair

Spotify is tired of Apple’s App Store policies and is now calling on the European Commission to regulate the company. The timing is notable given Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up a number of tech giants, including Apple.