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9to5Mac Watch Time podcast episode 2: An unlikely marathon

9to5Mac - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:00

9to5Mac Watch Time is a brand new seasonal podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. Over the next three months, we’ll talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives.

In the second episode of our new Watch Time podcast, my personal fitness coach Jacob Knight and I talk about his role in helping me explore new forms of fitness with the Apple Watch, the benefits of starting an exercise streak, his experience with both losing weight and building muscle, and an unlikely marathon he ran in December with the Apple Watch. Jacob’s transformation with the Apple Watch is one you have to see for yourself.

9to5Mac Watch Time is available on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, and your favorite podcast player through RSS. Subscribe now to catch up with each episode and automatically hear new episodes as soon as they’re released every two weeks from July through September.


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Eufy Video Doorbell Review: HD Video and advanced motion detection features [Video]

9to5Mac - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:29

In its ever-expanding line of home security offerings, Eufy now carries a Video Doorbell which offers alerts, a live feed to the app and the ability to talk to those at your door. 2k 2560 x 1920 resolution tops the feature set on the Doorbell. Priced at $180, the Eufy Video Doorbell offers some nice features along with its hi-res image. Check out the video below. more…

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Spotify finally supports Slide Over and Split View on the iPad

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:27

Spotify is one of the most popular streaming music platforms out there, and now it finally supports full multitasking on the iPad.
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Apple @ Work: Top 3 mistakes Apple IT managers make [Video Webinar]

9to5Mac - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:27

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Jamf, the standard in Apple management. Learn more at Jamf.com/9to5mac.

Many of you know me from my writing here at 9to5Mac. I post a few articles each week that are mainly opinion, but in my day job, I run IT for a school in Chattanooga, TN. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working through a few tips, tricks, and workflows for best practices with device management for the Apple-focused organization.

Today, I’m happy to say that we’re kicking it off with a brand new webinar on the top mistakes that Apple IT managers make. In this video (below), I work through each mistake and explain why it’s a problem.

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40 Years Later, Lessons From the Rise and Quick Decline of the First 'Killer App'

Slashdot - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:26
It was the first killer app, the spark for Apple's early success and a trigger for the broader PC boom that vaulted Microsoft to its central position in business computing. And within a few years, it was tech-industry roadkill. From a report: The story of VisiCalc, a humble spreadsheet program that set the tech world ablaze 40 years ago, has reverberated through the industry and still influences the decisions of executives, engineers and investors. Its lessons include the power of simplicity and the difficulty of building a hypergrowth company in a hypergrowth industry. Indeed, its lessons have been so internalized by today's tech titans that they have significantly inoculated themselves against that sort of tumultuous, competitive dynamism -- aka disruption. VisiCalc was unveiled on June 4, 1979, and shipped that October. Dan Bricklin first dreamed it up in a classroom at Harvard Business School -- the room now bears a plaque commemorating his idea -- and partnered with Bob Frankston, who coded VisiCalc and collaborated in its design. When users opened VisiCalc, they would see a character-based grid where numbers or text could be manipulated. It was handy for budgeting, financial projections, bookkeeping and making lists. Today it's instantly recognizable as a spreadsheet, as familiar to us as a blinking cursor, but at the time it was a novel idea that had to be experienced to be understood. Initially VisiCalc ran only on the Apple II, a then-revolutionary new personal computer and Apple's first major consumer product. While some Apple II models had just 4 kilobytes of RAM, VisiCalc demanded a whopping 32KB. (Even the cheapest of today's iPhones have tens of thousands of times as much RAM.) Further reading: VisiCalc Turns 25, Creators Interviewed (June, 2004).

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‘Snoopy in Space’ trailer teases upcoming Peanuts show for Apple TV+

9to5Mac - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:06

Apple TV+ is arriving this fall with a host of original content. Among the new programs will be Snoopy in Space and we’ve got our first look at the upcoming show with a new trailer today.

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Report: Apple reduces number of factory secrecy staff, cracking down on CAD schematics leaks

9to5Mac - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:48

An article from the Information today covers a breakdown of the lengths that factory workers have gone to get parts of unreleased iPhones out into the black market, and Apple’s countermeasures to tackle the issue and maintain high levels of product secrecy.

Most interestingly, the report says that Apple is actually reducing the number of staff it has assigned to catching leaks of factory parts and is instead focusing on cracking down on the leaking of CAD drawings and schematics, just like the schematics that we’ve seen this year showing the iPhone 11’s design.

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How Many Kinds of USB-C To USB-C Cables Are There?

Slashdot - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:47
From a blog post: Classic USB from the 1.1, 2.0, to 3.0 generations using USB-A and USB-B connectors have a really nice property in that cables were directional and plugs and receptacles were physically distinct to specify a different capability. A USB 3.0 capable USB-B plug was physically larger than a 2.0 plug and would not fit into a USB 2.0-only receptacle. For the end user, this meant that as long as they have a cable that would physically connect to both the host and the device, the system would function properly, as there is only ever one kind of cable that goes from one A plug to a particular flavor of B plug. Does the same hold for USB-C? Sadly, the answer is no. Cables with a USB-C plug on both ends (C-to-C), hitherto referred to as "USB-C cables", come in several varieties. Here they are, current as of the USB Type-C Specification 1.4 on June 2019: USB 2.0 rated at 3A, USB 2.0 rated at 5A, USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5gbps) rated at 3A, USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5gbps) rated at 5A, USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10gbps) rated at 3A, and USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10gpbs) rated at 5A. We have a matrix of 2 x 3, with 2 current rating levels (3A max current, or 5A max current), and 3 data speeds (480mbps, 5gbps, 10gpbs). Adding a bit more detail, cables 3-6, in fact, have 10 more wires that connect end-to-end compared to the USB 2.0 ones in order to handle SuperSpeed data rates. Cables 3-6 are called "Full-Featured Type-C Cables" in the spec, and the extra wires are actually required for more than just faster data speeds. "Full-Featured Type-C Cables" are required for the most common USB-C Alternate Mode used on PCs and many phones today, VESA DisplayPort Alternate Mode. VESA DP Alt mode requires most of the 10 extra wires present in a Full-Featured USB-C cable.

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A comprehensive guide to the modern furnishings of Apple Store Boardrooms

9to5Mac - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:15

The iconic wood tables that fill every Apple Store have long been globally admired as symbols of tasteful interior design. Fewer people are aware that recent top Apple Stores contain a hidden space called the Boardroom. Each Boardroom is decorated with a collection of premium furniture and accessories from some of the most respected designers in the world. We tracked down these hard-to-find items to create a directory for those with a discerning eye for design.

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Belkin expands Boost Up lineup with iPhone wireless chargers for home and the car

9to5Mac - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:11

Belkin has launched three new Qi wireless chargers today, all optimized for iPhone 8 and later. The new options in the Boost Up Charge lineup include a wireless stand, pad, and vent mount for cars.

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Bluetooth Exploit Can Track and Identify iOS, Microsoft Mobile Device Users

Slashdot - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:11
A flaw in the Bluetooth communication protocol may expose modern device users to tracking and could leak their ID, researchers claim. From a report: The vulnerability can be used to spy on users despite native OS protections that are in place and impacts Bluetooth devices on Windows 10, iOS, and macOS machines. This includes iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch models, MacBooks, and Microsoft tablets & laptops. On Wednesday, researchers from Boston University David Starobinski and Johannes Becker presented the results of their research at the 19th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, taking place in Stockholm, Sweden. According to the research paper, Tracking Anonymized Bluetooth Devices, many Bluetooth devices will use MAC addresses when advertising their presence to prevent long-term tracking, but the team found that it is possible to circumvent the randomization of these addresses to permanently monitor a specific device. Android is immune as the OS does not continually send out advertising messages, the researchers said.

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Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ renewed for a third season

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:10

Apple's "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" has been renewed for a third season, with production already underway.
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Apple renews its ‘Carpool Karaoke’ spin-off for a third season

9to5Mac - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:09

Apple has renewed its Carpool Karaoke original series for a third season, according to a report from Variety. Apple’s Carpool Karaoke series is available to Apple Music subscribers and is a separate initiative from Apple TV+.

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New report details Apple’s security efforts in preventing leaks

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:54

Apple takes security very seriously, especially as it fights back against leaks of incoming products. A new report sheds some light on the lengths the company will go to keep leaks from happening.
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What’s new in iOS 13 developer beta 4?

9to5Mac - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:47

Apple today has released the fourth developer betas of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6 to developers. Read on as we recap all of the changes in today’s updates.

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AI Photo Editor FaceApp Goes Viral Again on iOS, Raises Questions About Photo Library Access

Slashdot - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:34
FaceApp, an app that applies filters to photos, is having another moment in the spotlight this week. An anonymous reader shares a report: The app has gone viral again after first doing so two years ago or so. The effect has gotten better but these apps, like many other one-off viral apps, tend to come and go in waves driven by influencer networks or paid promotion. We first covered this particular AI photo editor from a team of Russian developers about two years ago. It has gone viral again now due to some features that allow you to edit a person's face to make it appear older or younger. You may remember at one point it had an issue because it enabled what amounted to digital blackface by changing a person from one ethnicity to another. In this current wave of virality, some new questions are floating around about FaceApp. The first is whether it uploads your camera roll in the background. We found no evidence of this and neither did security researcher and Guardian App CEO Will Strafach or researcher Baptiste Robert. The second is how it allows you to pick photos without giving photo access to the app.

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The best iPhone apps for astronomy and exploring space

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:30

Astronomy apps for iPhone - SkySafari

If you want to learn more about the objects in our galaxy or see them up close, these are the best astronomy apps for iPhone and iPad.
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Spotify iOS app for iPad now features support for Split View and Slide Over

9to5Mac - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:18

Even though Apple released its iPad multitasking features years ago, many third-party apps have been slow to adopt them. But better late than never. The latest version of Spotify for iOS now brings iPad support for Split View and Slide Over.

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Apple seeds fourth iOS 13, iPadOS, and tvOS 13 betas to developers

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:16

Apple this week has seeded the latest beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS to developers.
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