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How to Create a Virtual Home Button in iOS Using Assistive Touch

After testing some apps on an old iPhone 6s recently, I started to notice the device's Home button was becoming less and less responsive to finger presses, especially when it came to double-clicking it. Sure enough, after a few more days' use, the Home button stopped working completely. In memory of the Home button Now, ordinarily this would … [Read more...]

Apple to Present Plaque to Korean Police for Cracking Down on Sale of Fake Accessories

Apple will express its gratitude to Korean police for seizing fake accessories worth 1 billion won ($892,000) by presenting a plaque to officers at a local police unit, reports The Korea Herald. As a token of thanks, Donald Shruhan, senior regional director for Apple's Asia-Pacific operations, will visit the Bucheon Sosa Police Station in … [Read more...]

Apple Hires Prominent Facebook Critic for Internal-Facing Product Privacy Role

Apple has recruited a former Facebook employee who went on to become one of the social network's most ardent critics, reports The Financial Times (paywall). Sandy Parakilas monitored the privacy and policy compliance of Facebook developers for 18 months before leaving the social network in 2012. Sandy Parakilas talking to Bloomberg During his … [Read more...]

How to Use Google Lens on iPhone

Google Lens can now recognize over a billion items in the world around us, the search engine giant announced this week. That's four times as many things that the AI-powered feature could identify when it was first launched last year, thanks partly to a huge number of Google Shopping products which have been added to its knowledge … [Read more...]

Apple Offering Discounts on HomePod to Apple Music Subscribers

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Apple this morning began offering promo codes to Apple Music subscribers that allow them to buy a HomePod at a discounted price for a limited time, in a holiday-themed promotion. As of writing, customers in the UK have received codes for £50 off a new HomePod, bringing the price down to £269, with the offer available until December 16. The … [Read more...]

iPhone Suppliers TSMC and Foxconn Report Strong November Revenue

Two of Apple's largest suppliers have reported healthy jumps in monthly revenue, suggesting fears of weak iPhone demand may be overblown (via Bloomberg). Asian firms TSMC and Foxconn (Hon Hai) both posted a 5.6 percent rise in November sales, reversing a recent trend of Apple suppliers reducing production or revenue outlooks to reflect lowering … [Read more...]

Tropico Coming to iPad December 18, iPhone Version Confirmed for Release Next Year

Feral today announced a December 18 release date for the iPad version of Tropico, the popular strategic island city builder and humorous dictator sim, and also confirmed that an iPhone version is forthcoming sometime in 2019. Based on the acclaimed series originally published by Kalypso Media, Tropico for iPad has been redesigned and developed … [Read more...]

Next-Gen AirPods to Spark Intense Competition in Smart Earbuds Market Next Year

Continuing improvements to Apple's popular AirPods wireless earphones will trigger an intense round of ear-device innovation and competition in 2019 as tech companies look to other avenues for growth amid declining smartphone sales, according to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a research note published today and obtained by MacRumors, Kuo … [Read more...]

How to Customize File and Folder Icons on Your Mac

This article shows you how to change the icon of any file or folder on your Mac. Apart from adding a bit of personal style to your desktop, there are good practical reasons why you might want to do so. For example, perhaps you've dragged some folders to your Dock so that you can easily drop items into them, but you don't want to have to keep … [Read more...]

Withings Announces ‘Pulse HR’ Fitness Tracker With 20-Day Battery Life

Withings today announced the Pulse HR, the first all-new addition to its health and fitness tracker range since the French company relaunched two months ago. Reviving the classic design of Withings Pulse – the first tracker Withings ever launched in 2013 – Pulse HR matches an OLED display in stainless steel casing with a silicone wristband that … [Read more...]

LG Display to Supply Apple With 400,000 OLED iPhone Panels By End of Year

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Apple has contracted LG Display to begin production of OLED panels for iPhones. According to ETNews, the display panels will be produced at LG's E6 production line in Paju, with shipping to begin next month. LG will supply approximately 400,000 OLED panels to Apple before the end of the year, with the cost of each unit expected to be around … [Read more...]

How to Let a Contact Bypass iOS 12’s Do Not Disturb Mode Without Adding Them to Your Favorites List

In iOS 12, Do Not Disturb mode conveniently allows you to silence all calls, alerts, and notifications on iPhone or iPad for a given period and reduce the potential for unnecessary distractions. Aside from new time-limited options in iOS 12's Control Center, Do Not Disturb can be turned on and scheduled ahead of time by going to Settings -> Do … [Read more...]

Tim Cook Calls for US Privacy Law to Protect Citizens From Growing ‘Data Industrial Complex’

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for a tough new U.S. data protection law to protect user privacy rights in the face of a growing "data industrial complex," in a passionately delivered speech in Europe. Cook argued for the law during a keynote speech given today at the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners … [Read more...]

Apple Registers Several New Mac Models in Eurasia Ahead of October 30 Event

Apple has registered new Macs with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) this week, indicating that new models and refreshes could be just around the corner. The filings, discovered by MySmartPrice and French website Consomac, are legally required for any devices with encryption sold in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. … [Read more...]

How to Use Text Clippings in macOS

In macOS, a Text Clipping is a selection of text that you've dragged from an application to another location on your Mac, where it becomes a unique kind of standalone file. The relatively little-known feature has been around since Mac OS 9, and it offers a convenient way to save out pieces of text from pretty much anywhere for later use in … [Read more...]

Chrome 70 Will Allow Users to Opt-out of Controversial Automatic Sign-in Feature

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Google says it is willing to make changes to its new Chrome auto-login feature, following heavy criticism from privacy-conscious users. In previous versions of the browser, it was left up to the user whether they wanted to log in to Chrome while they used the app. However in Chrome 69, released earlier this month, if you sign in to a Google … [Read more...]

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