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Adam Engst 14 comments

Apple Releases AirPods Pro with Noise Cancellation

With the AirPods Pro, Apple has made wireless earbuds more attractive to anyone who has trouble with the fit of the first- and second-generation AirPods and to those who would appreciate active noise cancellation in loud environments.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 6 comments

AirPods Versus PowerBeats Pro: Same Parent, Different Paths

AirPods aren’t Apple’s only earbuds. The PowerBeats Pro buds, a product of the Apple-owned Beats by Dre brand, have features in common with their little white cousins yet differ in many ways. Which should you pick? Julio Ojeda-Zapata walks you through your options.

Michael E. Cohen 14 comments

Apple Unveils Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ Prices and Dates

Apple relieved media-heightened suspense at its September event by unveiling the debut dates and prices for its Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ services.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Apple Launches Beta of Apple Music for the Web

Have you been wishing you could access Apple Music on a non-Apple platform like that Windows machine at work? You’re in luck—Apple has now launched a beta of a Web-based Apple Music client that brings the service to any platform with a modern Web browser.

Josh Centers 13 comments

The HomePod Is Slated to Debut in Japan

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is headed to Japan, indicating that Apple is far from giving up on it, despite its small market share.

Adam Engst 6 comments

Avoid Netflix AutoPlay Previews on the Apple TV with Reelgood and WatchAid

If you dislike being in the Netflix Apple TV app because of the autoplay previews or just because it’s constantly pushing new shows on you that you don’t want to watch, Apple TV apps from Reelgood and WatchAid provide a front end to your queue. Neither is ideal, though.

Josh Centers No comments

Disney Will Bundle Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 Per Month

Disney says it will bundle Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for the same price as Netflix’s standard streaming plan. Is this essentially just an introductory rate to be followed by a price hike or is Disney setting a new low mark that competitors will have to match?

Josh Centers 3 comments

TipBITS: Watch YouTube Videos in Picture in Picture

YouTube tries to hide the Picture in Picture feature on the Mac and iPad, but it's easy to find if you know the trick.

Josh Centers 22 comments

A Million Streams and Nothing to Watch? Reelgood and JustWatch to the Rescue!

Tired of never knowing which streaming service has the show you want to watch? Reelgood and JustWatch can help.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Discovering Apple TV Channels

The new Apple TV app introduces Apple TV channels, an easier way for Apple users to subscribe to streaming video services. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explains how to use it.

Josh Centers 35 comments

Apple Releases iOS 12.3, macOS 10.14.5, watchOS 5.2.1, and tvOS 12.3 and Debuts New Apple TV App

Apple has released its new Apple TV app with the iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 updates, while macOS 10.14.5 updates AirPlay 2 and fixes bugs and watchOS 5.2.1 brings ECG and heart rate monitoring to additional countries.

Josh Centers 29 comments

Postal Address Insanity: Why I Switched from Spotify to Apple Music

Managing Editor Josh Centers dropped Spotify after finding out the bizarre and user-hostile way the music-streaming service tries to ensure that family members live at the same address.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 11 comments

Reeder 4 Gets a Long-Overdue Overhaul

Reeder has long been a favorite among news junkies wanting an attractive, capable RSS reader. The just-released Reeder 4 for Mac and iOS provides several new interface and feature enhancements while preserving the program’s minimalist aesthetic.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple’s First iPhone Game Since 2008 Is about… Warren Buffett?

Apple has honored its most famous investor by creating a game in his honor.

Josh Centers 21 comments

Prepare for Apple Dropping Old Media Formats with the IINA Video Player

In the next major release of macOS, Apple will be eliminating native support for many old video codecs. With the open-source IINA, you’ll have a Mac-native video player that can handle whatever you throw at it.