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iPhone X event recap: Everything Apple announced at its first Apple Park event

Let's meet at our placeImage by AppleWhile the iPhone always headlines Apple’s annual September event, the opening acts are worth tuning in for in their own right—and this year was no exception! From three new iPhones (the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X) to an LTE Apple Watch to new animated emoji (“Animoji”), this keynote certainly was one for the books. … [Read more...]

8 times Google savagely burned Apple during the Pixel announcement

It burns! It burns!!!Hot on the heels of Apple’s big fall event, Google held an event of their own on Tuesday. The company announced a plethora of new products, including two new Android phones (the Pixel and Pixel XL), an updated Chromecast dongle (the Chromecast Ultra), a VR headset (the Daydream View), and some connected-home devices (Google … [Read more...]

Google’s Cloud Studio proves that cloud-based tech doesn’t have to be boring

Robots, GIFs, and lightsaber battles are not the first things that come to mind when I think about cloud services. But that’s the logic behind Google’s Cloud Studio, a South by Southwest popup showcase in Google’s Fiber building. Attendees can take breaks from the space’s coding challenges to check out some real-life examples of how Google’s cloud … [Read more...]

Report: Apple Watch Sport display outperforms the Watch and Watch Edition

We found the Apple Watch’s touchscreen display to be bright and beautiful right off the bat, but how does it really perform? According to a report done by research group DisplayMate, it stacks up nicely—but oddly enough, the Apple Watch Sport’s toughened “Ion-X” display performs better than the sapphire crystal found on the Apple Watch and Apple … [Read more...]

Four takeaways from ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’

AUSTIN—By this point, there isn’t much we don’t know about Steve Jobs and his story, but that didn’t stop filmmaker Alex Gibney from tackling Jobs as the subject of his latest documentary. And, spoiler alert, it shows off the ugly side of Jobs, painting an unflattering picture of tech’s most famous visionary. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine … [Read more...]

Twitter cofounder Biz Stone on Jelly’s spectacular failure and the yet-to-be-determined success of Super

AUSTIN—When Twitter cofounder Biz Stone first came up with the idea for Jelly, an app that lets users ask questions for other users to answer, everyone he pitched it to loved the idea. But instead of feeling reassured, Stone felt unsettled. It was as if they idea was accepted too easily. (After all, most investors didn’t think Twitter would catch … [Read more...]

Apple will shut down original TestFlight beta testing platform in February

After acquiring TestFlight developer Burstly in 2014 and releasing an official Apple-approved TestFlight app shortly after, Apple is now shuttering TestFlight’s original mobile Web-based testing platform in February. Developers will have a couple of weeks to prepare for the switch, and testers will have to download the TestFlight app to continue … [Read more...]

Apple’s next MacBook could be a 12-inch MacBook Air

If 9to5Mac’s latest findings are true, than Apple’s biggest product of the year could be the MacBook Air. (You know, right behind the Apple Watch.) According to early reports, Apple has completely redesigned the MacBook Air, ditching the full-sized USB port, MagSafe connector, and SD card slots for something entirely different.9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman … [Read more...]

Apple Watch reportedly set to ship in the U.S. by March

When Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch back in September, its official launch date was set as the oh-so-vague “Spring 2015.” Now, we have our first guess as to what that launch date could actually look like. 9to5Mac reports that the Apple Watch is set to ship in the U.S. by the end of March, with Apple Store retail training scheduled for mid … [Read more...]

Report: Apple will start selling unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models on Tuesday

Now might be the time to consider upgrading your iPhone, if you haven’t already. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will begin selling SIM-free, fully unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on January 6. They should be available in both Apple’s brick-and-mortar retail stores and online store.Why this matters: Currently, Apple requires … [Read more...]

Apple drops iOS 8.1.2 to bring back vanished ringtones

Check your settings: Apple just released a software update for iOS 8 on Tuesday. iOS 8.1.2 includes general bug fixes and, most importantly, fixes a problem that caused ringtones purchased via iTunes to disappear from your device—which has been a known problem since iOS 8.0.2.  While the update itself won’t bring your ringtones back from the dead, … [Read more...]

YouTube’s app for Apple TV gets major overhaul

Sure, Apple hasn’t done anything major with its Apple TV streaming device in a while, but that doesn’t mean content channels are neglecting it entirely. YouTube announced an update to its Apple TV channel on Tuesday, introducing a complete design makeover and some new features.The design looks similar to YouTube’s channels found on the Roku and … [Read more...]

Instagram update finally lets us edit captions

When it comes to Instagram, a perfect caption is almost as important as the photo itself. So that’s why it’s frustrating when you make a typo or word something incorrectly when crafting your caption or leaving a comment— Instagram was pretty much the only social media tool where a typo couldn’t be erased. Once you hit send, that was it—your error … [Read more...]

Social news reader Nuzzel wants to make sure you never miss a trending story

Here at the Macworld office, a big part of our workflow revolves around keeping up with what’s hot in tech news. (Shocker, I know.) We each have our own methods to combat the madness—I’m dependent on Feedly, where I’ve got various news sites broken down into categories for me to monitor. But that’s not the only piece to the puzzle. Besides Feedly, … [Read more...]

Hands-on with Places, Waze’s latest feature

Community-powered navigation app Waze got a major update on Monday, which introduces a new feature for sharing info about destinations. Dubbed Places, drivers can share information about local businesses and residences with other Waze users, providing tips and photos of places they’ve visited.  With Places, users share photos and tips about … [Read more...]

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