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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.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Supreme Court Rules Apple Antitrust Case Can Continue

Apple has lost its attempt to dismiss an antitrust case that, if the company were to lose, could result in significant financial penalties or force changes in how we purchase iOS apps. Worse, it’s coming at a time when politicians are talking about breaking up powerful tech companies.

Adam Engst 26 comments

Is Do Not Disturb While Driving Reducing Car Crashes?

It has been over 18 months since Apple introduced the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature in iOS 11. Has it made a difference in the number of automobile crashes and, most importantly, fatalities related to distracted driving? Unfortunately, the answer is unsatisfying.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Apple Recalls Some International Three-Prong Plug Adapters

Apple is recalling three-prong plug adapters for the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong that it shipped with Macs and iOS devices from 2003 to 2010.

Josh Centers No comments

Charging an Apple Pencil Can Keep You From Unlocking Your Car

In a strange twist, the second-generation Apple Pencil’s charging mechanism can interfere with car key fobs. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid the problem.

Adam Engst 9 comments

Cardhop Rethinks How You Use Contacts in iOS

Looking for a faster and easier way to start phone calls, text conversations, or email messages with people in your contacts list? Cardhop for iOS from Flexibits brings the Mac version’s speed and elegance to the iPhone and iPad. Adam Engst takes a look.

Josh Centers 56 comments

Verizon Now Offering Free Call Filtering to Block Telemarketers

Under pressure from the US Federal Communications Commission, Verizon now offers a free call-filtering service, but it’s just a band-aid on the spam-call problem.

Adam Engst 15 comments

Apple Cancels AirPower, Can’t Take the Heat

Apple has officially canceled the AirPower wireless charging mat that it announced in September 2017 alongside the iPhone X and iPhone 8. Physics is a harsh mistress.

Adam Engst 9 comments

iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 Add Apple News+ and Enhance Apps

Apple News+ may be the main change in iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 Mojave, but Apple has also added small features and options to a number of apps and technologies, including AirPlay, Apple Pay, Safari, and Screen Time. There are also a handful of bug fixes and a slew of security fixes.

Adam Engst 46 comments

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.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 22 comments

Palm’s Tiny Phone Sucks, but How About an iPhone nano?

Most Apple users won’t be interested in the new Palm, a super tiny Android phone that’s also deeply flawed. But what might an iPhone with similar proportions look like? How would it work? And would anyone want it? Let’s take a flight of fancy!

Josh Centers 5 comments

The Lengths Thieves Will Go to Unlock iPhones

Apple’s Activation Lock feature has helped discourage iPhone thefts by preventing an iPhone from being activated while it’s registered to an iCloud account, but thieves are finding clever ways to work around this requirement.

Dave Kitabjian 21 comments

Seek and Ye Shall Find Things in the Dark with an iPhone Thermal Camera

If you’ve ever wanted to spot insulation leaks in your home or search for warm-blooded animals in total darkness, there’s finally an affordable thermal imaging camera that plugs right into your iPhone.

Adam Engst No comments

Apple in 2018: The Six Colors Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors has published his fourth annual report card on Apple’s performance in the last year, drawing once again on ratings and comments from a large group of industry observers.