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How to tell Photos it recognized the wrong person

Does your Photos app ever add the wrong person to a People album? Here’s how to find the absurdly well-hidden setting to remove them. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Apple Music finally passes Spotify in U.S. paid subscribers

More Americans pay to listen to Apple Music than Spotify. The Swedish company had been ahead since the iPhone maker got into the streaming music business back in 2015, but Apple finally closed the

Surf’s up in Apple’s new ‘Shot on iPhone’ short film

Cuba’s vibrant surfer culture is the star of Apple’s latest ‘Shot on iPhone’ short film. The new five minute video shows how Cubans connect with nature through surfing, even though good boards are

Living with a MacBook keyboard is like managing a chronic condition [Opinion]

At this point, we all know the MacBook’s butterfly keyboard can prove problematic. Apple recently admitted the problem is real — and even issued a rare apology. Anecdotally, pretty much every MacBook

Qualcomm still prepared to supply 5G modems for iPhone

Qualcomm is still prepared to supply Apple with 5G modems for a future iPhone — despite an ongoing legal battle between the two companies. Reports have indicated Apple may be struggling to secure 5G

Crook steals $6 million worth of Apple gear using company credit card

There have, unfortunately, been plenty of scams involving stolen or misappropriated Apple products due to their high resale value. However, few clock up the kind of quantities revealed in a report

Hacker knits Mac ROM scarves to boot up your fashion game

You could safely assume that computer hackers and people who knit have little to talk about. One activity is clearly analog and seemingly old-fashioned while the other pre-occupies the mind of a tech

Get super-slim wireless charging wherever you need it [Deals]

If you want in on wireless charging, buying a Qi-enabled device like an iPhone X is just the start. You also need a wireless charging pad (and no, you’re not getting an AirPower.). Why not go with one

Nintendo spills details about Fire Emblem Heroes updates

Tactical, turn-based role-playing game Fire Emblem Heroes has been a massive hit for Nintendo on iOS. And now we know what’s it’s got in store next. In a YouTube video update, Nintendo shared some of

Death of AirPower: What no one’s talking about! This week, on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: The death of AirPower — the real problem that no one is talking about. Plus: 2019 iPhone rumors point to some wildly useful new features; more evidence the 2018 MacBook, Air

Apple Music undercuts Spotify in India with even cheaper prices

Apple Music has undercut rival streaming services in India with even cheaper subscription prices. The cost of an individual plan has fallen to the equivalent of $1.43 per month. Apple’s changes come

Tim Cook calls into ESPN to talk sports

Tim Cook has made no secret of the fact that he’s a sport fan — with a particular love of the teams at his alma mater, Auburn University. With the Auburn Tigers basketball team entering the Final Four

Slowing smartphone sales hit Samsung profits hard

The massive rise of the smartphone is coming to a close, and Samsung is bearing the brunt of it. As well as a manufacturer of its own handsets, Samsung also provides memory chips and display panels to

2019 iPad mini holds up in brutal bend test

Apple’s efforts to make the iPad as thin as possible mean that their fragile aluminum frames have been known to bend easily. But the new iPad mini holds up surprisingly well in a brutal bend test.

Apple scraps plans for controversial flagship store in Melbourne

Apple has scrapped a controversial plan to build a flagship Apple Store in Melbourne, Australia’s Federation Square. Apple had been battling to build the store for much of last year. It even scrapped

You can no longer downgrade from iOS 12.2

Anyone who upgrades an iPhone or iPad to iOS 12.2 can’t change their mind. Apple ceased digitally signing the previous version so it can’t be installed anymore. This is normal. Apple always stops

Google AI expert jumps ship for Apple

One of Google’s top AI experts has left the company to join Apple’s special projects group. Ian Goodfellow, who created an AI approach called general adversarial networks (GANs), was hired by Apple as

Amazon thinks it can beat AirPods on audio quality

Apple’s AirPods are about to get some fresh competition from Amazon. The online retail giant is reportedly planning to release its own set of wireless earbuds that will be powered by its digital

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is ready to murder your Mac’s hard drive

Call of Duty: Black Ops III has finally made its way to the Mac after being available on Windows PC since its launch over three years ago. The Mac version of Call of Duty: Black Ops III was revealed

App Store downloads fall, but revenues still rise

The number of downloads from Apple’s iOS App Store declined slightly last quarter, according to a report from market analysis firm Morgan Stanley. However, revenue from iOS software is increasing, up
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