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Tips and Tricks for the MacBook Pro‘s Touch Bar

With the 2016 MacBook Pro, Apple introduced an all-new design that incorporates a Touch Bar, a small touch-sensitive OLED display that offers up contextual controls depending on what you‘re doing on your Mac. Though the Touch Bar has been available, in our experience, many Mac owners don‘t take advantage of it, so in our latest YouTube video, we thought we‘d share a few tips and tricks that might make the Touch Bar more appea

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Apple Confirms June 4 WWDC Keynote Will Be Live Streamed

Apple today added a new events page to its main website, confirming that the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on June 4 will be live streamed and available to watch on the Apple website, through the WWDC app, and through the events app on the Apple TV. Apple previously made it clear that the entire conference would be live streamed through the Developer website and in the WWDC app, but the new event page clarifies that the keyn

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iOS 12 Wishlist: Features MacRumors Readers Hope to See in the Next Version of iOS

Apple plans to introduce the next-generation version of iOS, iOS 12, on June 4 at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Rumors have suggested this is going to be a bug fix and performance improvement update, with Apple delaying some features until iOS 13 to focus on these internal changes. There are, however, rumors that we may see updates that include cross-platform apps for Mac and iOS devices, new Animoji, Animoji support for FaceTime, updat

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Graphic Designer Envisions Apple Music With Simpler UI, Music History Stats, Group Playlists, and More

Graphic designer lvaro Pabesio shared his vision for an updated, enhanced Apple Music on Behance earlier today, and it‘s an impressively detailed look at UI tweaks and changes that Apple could make to fix a few user gripes with its streaming music app. As you look at Pabesio‘s designs, remember that this is a concept and in no way indicates or confirms what we‘ll see with Apple Music in iOS 12 later this year. To start off, P

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Deals: eBay 15% Off Memorial Day Coupon, Anker and Koogeek Amazon Sales, and More

eBay shoppers this week have the chance to save 15 percent off their purchases thanks to the online marketplace‘s new Memorial Day coupon. While the coupon is limited to certain sellers, it provides savings on select top brands like Apple, DJI, Dyson, and more. Similar to some previous eBay coupons, the discount applies to the purchase price (excluding shipping, handling, and taxes) of an order priced at 50 or more, and the code can onl

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‘Once Upon a Time‘ Co-Creators to Work on Apple‘s ‘Amazing Stories‘ Reboot

One of Apple‘s upcoming original television shows is a reboot of Steven Spielberg‘s "Amazing Stories," a science fiction and horror series that originally ran from 1985 to 1987. For the new version of "Amazing Stories," Apple has inked a deal with "Once Upon a Time" co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who are set to serve as executive producers and show runners on the series. Horowitz and Kitsis are joining "Amazing S

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Apple Sends Media Invites for WWDC Keynote on June 4

Apple today sent press invites to a variety of news and media sites for the upcoming 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference, confirming the company‘s plans to hold a keynote event on Monday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. It is tradition for Apple to hold a keynote event on the first day of the Worldwide Developers Conference to introduce new software and hardware products. This year, we expect to see new versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS,

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Belkin Launching Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Cable for iPhones

Belkin today introduced a certified Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable, and announced that pre-orders will begin on its website today. The cable has a male Lightning connector on one end and a 3.5mm output on the other, allowing iPhone models that lack a headphone jack to be connected to a car stereo via the AUX port without the need for any adapters. The cable can also be used to connect an iPhone to other products with 3.5mm inputs, ranging

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Instagram Announces Mute Feature So You Can Hide Posts Without Unfollowing People

Instagram today announced the ability for you to mute accounts in your feed, so that you can hide posts from people or brands you may not want to see anymore without needing to unfollow them completely. Instagram says that the change is another update to make your feed "even more personalized to what matters to you." Account muting will be in the ellipsis menu at the top right of each post, and you can choose to "Mute Posts" or "Mute Posts a

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Legrand Launches Wall-Mounted, Qi-Certified Wireless Charger Compatible With Latest iPhones

Legrand today introduced a new Radiant wall plate with a Qi-certified wireless charger compatible with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The wall plate includes a double receptacle on the left side with a built-in USB-A port, and a wireless charging plate with a holder for smartphones on the right side, with an overall 3.1 amps of power for charging capabilities. A small LED light at the base of the charger indicates the smartpho

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Starbucks‘ In-Store Mobile Payments Estimated to Be More Popular Than Apple Pay in U.S.

By the end of 2018, an estimated 23.4 million users in the United States will be paying for their coffees and bakery items at Starbucks using the company‘s own in-store mobile payment system. The estimate comes from research firm eMarketer (via Recode), which also predicts that Apple Pay will hit 22 million users by the end of the year. Starbucks itself says that its mobile order-and-pay system accounted for 12 percent of all U.S. transa

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Castro Podcasts Updates With Quicker AirPlay Controls, Cleaner Layout, Apple Watch App, and More

Podcast app "Castro" updated to version 3.0 this week, introducing a collection of notable additions like a rebuilt player engine, cleaner layout, Apple Watch app, and more. Developer Supertop Software says that Castro 3 is "much faster" when users start streaming a podcast and the app‘s controls are more responsive thanks to a simpler layout on the player screen. Users can now star the current episode they‘re listening to from the

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YubiKey Gains iOS SDK to Enable Secure 2FA Logins in Select Apps Using NFC

Yubico is a company that sells the "YubiKey," a small piece of hardware that protects access to computers and online accounts by providing strong two-factor authentication in lieu of receiving a text message code on a smartphone or other 2FA steps. With the NFC-equipped YubiKey NEO, Android users have been able to authenticate their log-ins with a tap, and this week Yubico announced that ability has launched for iPhone users as well (via The Next

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Spark 2.0 Launches for Mac and iOS With Support for Team Email

Readdle, the company behind the popular Spark email client for Mac and iOS, today announced the launch of Spark 2.0, a free update to the existing line of Spark apps. Spark 2.0 continues to offer the same feature set for individual users, but it introduces a new collaborative email experience for teams. Teams can use Spark 2.0 to discuss email using private in-line conversations, share emails through email threads rather than forwarding,

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1Password 7 for Mac Launching Today With Redesigned Sidebar, Easier Access to Vaults, and Much More

Following two months of beta testing, AgileBits has announced that 1Password 7 for Mac will be released for all users at some point on Tuesday. The latest version of the popular password manager is a major update with dozens of new features and improvements, including a new dark-themed, collapsible sidebar that makes it easier to use and manage password vaults. Users can now access their vaults by clicking on "All Vaults" in the sidebar,

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‘Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia‘ Coming to Mac on Thursday, May 24

Feral has announced that Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia will be released this week for macOS. The epic historical strategy game made its way onto Windows last month to generally favorable reviews, and from Thursday, May 24, Mac owners too can test their strategic nous on the battlefield, provided they can match the system requirements. Originally developed by Creative Assembly, Thrones of Britannia is the first in the new Total War Saga

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Google Photos Gains ‘Favorite‘ Feature and Shared Album ‘Hearts‘

Google Photos is set to plug a couple of holes in its basic feature set over the next few days, bringing it in line with similar functions available in Apple Photos. Up until now, the cloud-based photo service has lacked the ability to favorite photos, but that‘s about to change. Google says it‘s rolling out an option for users to tap a star in the upper right of any photo in their library, and the photos will be automatically a

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Razer Launches New Core X External Graphics Enclosure, Adds Mac Support to Razer Core Lineup

Razer today announced the launch of its latest external graphics enclosure, the Core X, and alongside the debut of the new accessory, the company is also adding Mac support to its enclosure lineup. Both the new Core X and the existing Core V2 and Core V1 external graphics enclosures are now compatible with all Macs that offer support for Thunderbolt 3, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, and iMac Pro. The Razer Core X, which also works with

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1Password 7 for Mac Launches Today With Redesigned Sidebar, Easier Access to Vaults, and Much More

Following two months of beta testing, AgileBits has announced that 1Password 7 for Mac is being released for all users today. The latest version of the popular password manager is a major update with dozens of new features and improvements, including a new dark-themed, collapsible sidebar that makes it easier to use and manage password vaults. Users can now access their vaults by clicking on "All Vaults" in the sidebar, with full drag-and

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Instagram Working on ‘You‘re All Caught Up‘ Feature to Let You Know When All New Posts Have Been Viewed

Instagram has not used a chronological feed for years now, making it difficult to determine when you‘ve seen all of the new content on the social network. Instagram may be planning to fix this issue with a new "You‘re All Caught Up" feature that‘s designed to notify users when all unseen posts from the last 48 hours have been viewed. The feature was first noticed by TechCrunch, and an Instagram spokesperson confirmed tha

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Intel Discloses New ‘Variant 4‘ Spectre-Like Vulnerability

Intel, Google, and Microsoft today disclosed a new variant of the Spectre design flaw and security vulnerability that impacts millions of computers and mobile devices from a range of manufacturers. Called Variant 4, or the Speculative Store Bypass, the vulnerability is similar to Spectre, taking advantage of the speculative execution mechanism of a CPU to allow hackers to gain access to sensitive information. Variant 4 was demonstrated by rese

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Apple‘s Clips App for iOS Gains New Soccer Graphics, Poster and Label

Apple today updated its Clips video app for iOS devices to introduce new soccer assets ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, set to kick off in Russia on June 14. Apple has added new soccer graphics that can be added to video clips, and there‘s a new soccer label and a soccer-related background poster that includes customizable text elements. Today‘s Clips update comes several months after the launch of Clips 2.0, a new version of

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Sonos Launches New Lineup of Discounted Speaker Bundles

Sonos today introduced several new speaker bundles, which are designed to allow customers to purchase more than one Sonos speaker at a discounted price. The new bundles range in price from 379 to 1,899 depending on the products included, with discounts up to 157 on the highest priced bundles. A two room set that includes two Sonos One speakers is priced at 379, for example, down from the regular price of 398 that the speakers would cost w

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MacRumors Exclusive Sale: Power Your Apple Devices With RavPower‘s Portable Batteries, Qi Mats, Cables, and More

Our next exclusive partner sale is debuting this week, and it allows our readers the chance to save on nine Apple accessories from well-known company RavPower. The products on sale focus on power delivery for your Apple devices, with Qi mats, Lightning cables, portable battery packs, and more available at a discount. All of RavPower‘s products included in the sale are on Amazon, so if you‘re interested in any of the accessories sim

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