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Apple Arcade: Robot puzzler 'Rosie's Reality' now available

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:33

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally here. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service features premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If all goes well, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Got questions? Fortunately we have plenty of answers. Here’s everything we know about Apple Arcade so far.

Updated 11/15/19: Added Rosie's Reality to the list of available games.

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Logitech’s Circle 2 camera gets support for Apple HomeKit Secure Video

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:14
A just-released beta firmware update for the camera, which is among the first to support HomeKit Secure Video, allows users to securely store recorded video clips in iCloud.

4XCamera Maker review: Multi-cam video app thwarted by clunky editing tools

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 08:00

For video makers, the highlight of this year’s September Apple keynote was undoubtedly the slick demo of Filmic Pro taking advantage of all four iPhone 11 cameras to record multiple angles at the same time. Multi-cam is a great way to quickly create dynamic videos without the time-consuming task of shooting a performance multiple times from different views.

Although Filmic Pro’s multi-cam update isn’t expected until later in the year, there are other ways to shoot and edit multi-camera video right now, using as many as four iOS devices you already own. Unfortunately, the app in question turns out to be cooler in concept than execution.

Multi-cam shooting Roland

Have access to four iPhones or iPads? With 4XCamera Maker installed, you can turn them into a multi-camera video recording studio.

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Apple listens strategically, but acts tactically

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 07:00

Apple listens.

It often seems like it doesn’t, for a couple reason. Firstly, because it usually doesn’t come right out and say “we’re listening”—at least not specifically. But more visibly, because the actions that result from that listening generally take a pretty long time to come to fruition.

The old metaphor for something that’s slow to change is "turning a battleship," but Apple is so big at this point that it’s more like turning a flotilla of aircraft carriers that have been lashed together as a floating city. In the middle of a glacier.

We’re talking slow here, people.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro released this week points to the fact that Apple can bring its ships around, eventually. And even when they do get on a new heading, it might not be exactly the one that all of its users are looking for. But there are certainly enough significant changes in this latest update to indicate that the company is looking to keep its customers, especially its most vocal ones, happy.

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Arlo Pro 3 review: 2K video, motion tracking, and more highlight the latest Arlo security camera

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 06:00
The third-generation indoor/outdoor leaps forward on the shoulders of the top-of-the-line Arlo Ultra.

Eve Extend review: This simple device brings Eve’s Bluetooth smart home devices onto your Wi-Fi network

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 06:00
While hampered by buggy setup and a high price tag, Eve enthusiasts may find this device worth a look.

Why the 16-inch MacBook Pro is a repudiation of the ‘Ive Doctrine’

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 18:00

It’s not the first and it won’t be the last, but Wednesday’s announcement of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is probably the clearest sign thus far that Apple has changed its priorities when it comes to the Mac.

It’s a process that’s been visible in public for a couple of years now, and it’s not quite done—but here in the latter half of 2019, we’re getting our clearest look at a company that got out of sync with some of its most important customers and has realized it needs to change some of its assumptions about product design.

Tweaking Jobs’s Law

Apple is clearly guided, at least in part, by a design philosophy that considers size and weight to be the enemy of good. I like to call this Jobs’s Law, though it could just as easily be called the Ive Doctrine: Always strive for the next version of your product to be thinner and lighter than the current one.

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Apple issues a firmware update for the AirPods Pro

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 13:28

Apple has released a firmware update for the AirPods Pro. The excellent new wireless earbuds originally shipped with firmware revision 2B584, the new revision is 2B588. It is not clear what the new firmware does; Apple does not typically issue release notes for accessory firmware updates. The minor revision number suggests that it is a small bugfix or reliability update.

There is no good way to force your AirPods Pro to update the firmware—they do so when they connect to your iPhone, on a schedule determined by Apple. You just have to use them as normal and trust that they will eventually be updated.

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I would totally pay $50 a month to Apple for an iPhone+ bundle

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 12:04

Now that Apple has video and music streaming, games, all-you-can-read news, and online storage services, the only logical next step is bundling. And a new report from Bloomberg suggests Apple will be doing just that in 2020.

According to the “people familiar with the matter,” Apple is already taking steps toward that end. In the latest deals with News+ partners, Apple is reportedly building in a clause that lets it “bundle the News+ subscription service with other paid digital offerings,” thus lowering the percentage publishers get paid per view.

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The new MacBook Pro is nice, but it’s missing a few things I still want

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 07:00

Apple on Wednesday finally took the wraps off the long-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro, and it ushers in a new era for the highest-end Mac notebook you can buy. Most notably, it brings a much-needed change to the keyboard, eschewing the maligned butterfly mechanism for more traditional scissor keys that should be quieter and more reliable than recent models.

But along with a bigger screen, better speakers, and more battery, the new MacBook Pro still feels like an iterative update rather than a transformative one. Yes, it introduces a new screen size for the first time in years and retires a model that’s been in existence for more than a decade, but aside from some extra pixels, the new notebook doesn’t really break the mold or offer much in the way of big change.

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How to restore correct dates for images in Photos

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 06:00

There’s a gaping hole in Photos, and it’s not a missing photo of your grandma. Rather, it’s how the app handles adjusting the date and time of photos that have been imported without the correct information.

This has quite likely happened to you, based on the volume of reader email about this particular situation.

When iCloud Photos syncs images captured on an iPhone or iPad, the date and time of capture comes through correctly. Likewise if you use the Finder (in Catalina) or iTunes (in Mojave and earlier) to sync images between your Mac and an iPhone or iPad.

However, importing images captured elsewhere, such as on a digital snapshot, mirrorless or DSLR camera, or scanned photos and documents, Photos relies on a combination of the file’s creation date and time and embedded metadata. In many cases, the date and time you see for an image in the Finder is what Photos uses to tag the image in its library.

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Disney+ review: An affordable, must-have streaming service for families and Disney nerds

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 17:30
Despite a few launch gremlins, Disney’s online streaming service looks to be a major contender.

How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 11:01

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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Brave 1.0 review: This excellent, privacy-focused browser can make you money, too

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 11:00
Brave Software releases its privacy-minded Brave browser for general use. It's an excellent, streamlined browser that commits itself to your privacy, and with the potential to make you some money, too.

Upcoming Versa update offers a glimpse of a post-Google Fitbit OS

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 09:44

It’s going to be a while before the Fitbit-Google partnership results in anything tangible, but in the meantime Fitbit is continuing to refine its wearable vision. The company announced Wednesday that it will be rolling out the Fitbit OS 4.1 update in December, and it brings a bunch of new features that prime the Versa for an inevitable Wear OS merger.

The biggest change is also the most visible: the clock face. Fitbit is finally adding the ability to store extra faces on the watch, so you don’t need to visit the app on your phone every time you want to change the look. Fitbit will now let users store up to five faces on their watch, and a new rating system will make it easier to find quality clocks from the 4,000-plus faces available in the gallery.

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Apple’s new Mac Pro will ship in December

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 08:31

Professional Mac users got a lot of good news on Wednesday. In addition to revealing the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple announced that the Mac Pro, the company’s workhorse tower computer, will begin shipping this December.

When specifically in December, Apple wouldn’t say. Regardless, the December shipping window comes after the Mac Pro was revealed at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this past June. And it was way back in 2017 when the company announced that it was working on a whole new design for the Mac Pro, a design that replaces the cylindrical model that was first introduced in 2013.

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Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro features a larger display, a new Magic Keyboard, and booming sound

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 08:30

Apple on Wednesday took the wraps off of its latest high-end laptop, the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Targeted for professional use, the new machine features 6- or 8-core processors, a larger display, a new Magic Keyboard, a bigger battery, and a lot more.

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro replaces the 15-inch MacBook Pro, but Apple hasn’t jacked up prices: The two standard configuration 16-inch models are the same as the 15-inch versions, $2,399 and $2,799.

Display, keyboard, and speakers

The most noticeable feature of the new laptop is its display, which, as the name implies, is bigger than the one on the MacBook it replaces. To provide more usable screen real estate, Apple reduced the bezel around the display. Specifically, Apple says the horizontal and vertical bezels have been reduced 25 and 34 percent respectively, when compared to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The display also has a native resolution of 3072x1920, boasts 500 nits of brightness, and supports the P3 color gamut.

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16-inch MacBook Pro hands-on: Faster, prettier, and all-around better (especially the keyboard)

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 08:30

On Tuesday Apple announced the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, which replaces the 15-inch models in Apple’s laptop lineup—and delivers some welcome updates to boot. I have a loaner unit and have already begun testing, so stay tuned for my final review. In the meantime, check out my first impressions below. The short story? This new 16-inch MacBook Pro—which is available for order on Apple’s website, and will be selling in the Apple store later this week—doesn’t completely rewrite the MacBook story, but it’s definitely better in some key areas.

Keyboard changes

Critics, rejoice: Apple dumped the butterfly-mechanism keyboard that it’s been using in the MacBook Pro since 2016. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro keyboard uses a scissor mechanism, and is based on the keyboard for the iMac and iMac Pro.

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Autocorrect suggests words and phrases in another language on your iPhone? Delete a keyboard to fix this

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 07:30

iOS and iPadOS allow the use of multiple software keyboards, which can include those used in different languages and those used for alternative input methods, like Gboard. But you can run afoul of autocorrect suggestions if you’ve added a keyboard and accidentally swap between them.

IDG

Autocorrect suggestions are based on the keyboards installed.

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Nvidia Shield TV (2019) review: This great media streamer is still just a little nerdy

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 06:00
The Nvidia Shield TV is still the best Android TV box, and it's not just for techies anymore.

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