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Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs coming soon exclusively to iOS devices

It’s been a minute since Angry Birds was a thing. Once practically synonymous with mobile gaming, the franchise was so ubiquitous that it spawned an animated series and even a star-studded theatrical release. While there’s a sequel film due for release this summer, the mobile gaming world just isn’t that hot on Angry Birds anymore.Perhaps Rovio’s … [Read more...]

Low-hanging fruit: Five things Apple could (and should) fix immediately

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As one of the world’s richest and most admired companies, we expect a lot from Apple. We expect big-thinking innovation and cutting-edge design. Perhaps it is because the company does so many things very well that it stings even more when it drops the ball on something simple.Everyone seems to agree that Siri needs to improve, or that MacBooks … [Read more...]

Apple announces winners of its Shot on iPhone Challenge

Apple has announced the winners of its Shot on iPhone Challenge, in which iPhone users were tasked with sending Apple their most stunning and creative photos. Participants retain the rights to their photograph, but would grant Apple a royalty-free non-exclusive right to use the photograph.After some controversy, the contest was changed so that the … [Read more...]

Report: Apple working on sleep tracking feature for future Apple Watch

According to a new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, Apple is testing a sleep tracking capability for the Apple Watch.Gurman’s sources say that the company has been testing the feature for several months at sites around Cupertino, and if the testing goes well, it hopes to add the feature to “a future version of its smartwatch” in 2020.It may be … [Read more...]

iOS 12.2 beta 2 is available to public testers, adds four new Animoji

After releasing iOS 12.1.3 with a few minor bugfixes, Apple has has moved on to iOS 12.2. The first beta was released to developers on January 24, 2019, with the first public release following on the 28th.Registered developers can download the iOS beta profile by visiting developer.apple.com/download using the device on which they want to run the … [Read more...]

Apple releases iOS 12.1.3 with fixes for a handful of minor bugs

Apple has just released iOS 12.1.3, offering a handful of minor bug fixes for the iPhone, iPad, and HomePod. We're not aware of any major new user-facing features, but it's a good idea to stay up to date with the latest bug-fixing releases.Apple's release notes for the iPhone and iPad are as follows: Fixes an issue in Messages that could impact … [Read more...]

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support is coming to smart TVs, including those from Vizio, Sony, and LG

Apple fans don’t typically have a lot to look forward to from CES, but we were treated to a surprise announcement from Samsung that it will bring the iTunes video store to its smart TVs, complete with Bixby support. But Samsung isn’t the only TV maker working with Apple—AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are coming to other smart TVs.Apple has updated … [Read more...]

Year in review 2018: Apple’s year of predictable updates and high prices

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If 2017 was a year in which Apple let some products stagnate while over-aggressively trying to update others, 2018 was the exact opposite. Long-neglected favorites like the MacBook Air and Mac mini were finally refreshed, and iOS 12 focused on addressing longstanding complaints.For the most part, Apple didn’t wow us in 2018 with breakthrough … [Read more...]

How to delete apps from your iPhone or iPad

You know how it is. Over the last several months, you’ve downloaded a bunch of apps, because hey most of them are free, right? And after trying them out, you decide some are just not for you. Or you find another one you like better. Or you play a game until you’re tired of it and now you’re never going to touch it again.For whatever reason, it … [Read more...]

5 things we wish we could change with the new MacBook Air

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At long last, there’s a new MacBook Air! The most beloved of Apple’s laptops, after being largely neglected for several years, has gotta a total makeover. Apple says, “every part of the product has been redesigned and re-engineered.”That’s good, right? It’s the MacBook Air we love, without the low-res display and huge silver bezels? With a … [Read more...]

Apple releases Shortcuts 2.1 app with new weather, alarm, timer, and photos functions

As if Apple weren't busy enough releasing iOS 12.1 and announcing new MacBook Airs, iPad Pros, Apple Pencils, and Mac minis today, it also released version 2.1 of the Shortcuts app.This isn't just another bug-fix release. Shortcuts 2.1 adds a host of new features that will allow you to create even more powerful and useful automations (and if you … [Read more...]

iOS 12.1 is released, adding with Group FaceTime, new emoji, dual-SIM, and more

Apple wasted no time jumping on the first point release of it's latest mobile operating system, releasing the first beta just 24 hours after the release of iOS 12. Now, Apple is ready to release iOS 12.1. It re-introduces Group FaceTime, fixes bugs, adds emojis, and includes a number of hints about new iPads that we may see this fall.To update your … [Read more...]

The new MacBook Air: Everything you need to know

After years of borderline neglect, the MacBook Air finally received the long-overdue update it deserved at Apple’s Brooklyn event on October 30, dragging the ultra-thin laptop into the modern era with a design overhaul and a Retina display.The previous MacBook Air felt out-of-place in Apple’s current lineup. It was the only Mac without a Retina … [Read more...]

Apple’s original TV shows and series: Steve Carell joins Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon morning show drama

Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it’s still a huge commitment.What can you get for a billion dollars? Well, some simple math gives us 200 episodes at $5 million a piece (a reasonable per-episode price for … [Read more...]

Apple describes ‘beautygate’ iPhone XS bug, says it will be fixed in iOS 12.1

Shortly after the release of the iPhone XS, users began to notice that photos taken with the front-facing camera have a somewhat softer appearance than those taken with previous iPhones. It’s almost as if Apple is intentionally applying a “beauty filter,” a popular optional feature in a lot of camera apps. And because we all apparently can’t think … [Read more...]

Google’s new products look great, but they’re still no threat to Apple

Google just announced its suite of new hardware for 2018, including the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, Pixel Slate tablet, and Home Hub smart display. They look like great products for those who are committed to the Google ecosystem.But there’s nothing about them that should cause Apple to start sweating yet. As impressed as we may be by some … [Read more...]

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