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Luminar Flex adds plug-in power for photographers used to Adobe

Style and workflow get hardwired in the brains of photographers working with programs like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. New imaging software can be a hard sell. Even if the positive reviews for

Apple Store barricade highlights Apple’s obsessive attention to detail

Whether it’s ensuring that the back of the original Macintosh looked as good as the front or hand-painting the corners of every single iPhone box to make the color uniform, Apple has always sweated

Monument Valley celebrates birthday with new update and videos

It’s one thing to be reminded that Apple turned 43 earlier this week. But it’s another when a major anniversary comes around for something which, seemingly, arrived just a couple of months back.

WhatsApp Business for iOS rolls out worldwide

WhatsApp Business for iOS has begun its worldwide rollout. The new app, which lets businesses connect with their customers in an instant, made its debut on iOS last month — but only in a small number

Apple slashes price of iPhone XR in India

India is cutting the price of the iPhone XR by up to 22 percent in an attempt to boost sales. Apple has long wanted to make meaningful inroads into India with its potential customer base of 1.3

Apple co-founder Woz will talk tech’s future at free event

Want to hear Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak talk about his career and the future of tech? As part of Purdue University’s Ideas Festival, Woz is headed to West Lafayette, Indiana, later this month.

Vizio starts inviting TV owners to test AirPlay 2 support

Vizio has started inviting TV owners to test AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support. The invites come just over a month after users started registering their interest in the beta. Apple’s frameworks are baked

Apple cuts price of HomePod in U.S. and other countries

Apple permanently slashed the price of HomePod in the United States and a number of other countries. The company’s first smart speaker now lists for $299 — a full $50 less than its original price.

Intel’s modem challenges may delay 5G iPhone until 2021

Update: In a statement, Intel says: “As we said in November 2018, Intel plans to support customer device launches in 2020 with its XMM 8160 5G multimode modem.” Apple replaced Qualcomm with Intel when

Alleged 2019 iPhone chassis makes room for 3 cameras

A smartphone chassis, allegedly destined for the 2019 iPhone, has leaked out on Chinese social media. The metal plate seems to indicate Apple’s next-generation handset will have an additional

Apple names Adrian Perica as VP of Corporate Development

Apple has promoted Adrian Perica to the role of Vice President of Corporate Development. The company updated its Leadership webpage to highlight Perica in the new role. He will now report directly to

Logitech’s keyboard case puts the ‘pro’ in iPad Pro [Review]

Amidst calls for a touchscreen MacBook, Logitech introduced the next best thing: a keyboard case that converts the 2018 iPad Pro into a laptop. The Slim Folio Pro has a backlit keyboard and a design

Apple offers to spend $9.7 million to fix congestion in Cupertino

Cupertino’s congestion problems are about to get little bit of help from Apple’s wallet. The iPhone-maker has offered to spend $9.7 million on bikeways and pedestrian projects in the city in light of

How to ditch your Mac for an all-iPad lifestyle

Switching from Mac to iPad is easier now than ever. Between iCloud, USB-C, Bluetooth, and the rich, deep iOS App Store, the transition can be almost seamless. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

Google’s creepy Duplex callbot arrives on iPhone

People find Google Duplex both amazing and slightly creepy. And this service, which can make restaurant and hotel reservations via synthesized voice calls, is now available for iPhone or iPad. Duplex

iOS updates might drain your battery faster

A side-by-side test of four iPhones running current and older iOS versions found that the more recent ones drain batteries more quickly. This result is likely to feed the concerns of people who refuse

Sketchy report claims Apple will resurrect iPhone SE this fall

Apple is preparing an entry-level “iPhone XE” that will be introduced this fall, according to a sketchy new report. The device is claimed to be an iPhone SE successor with huge improvements, including

Stark is a new kind of guitar amp for iPad

Stark is a new audio unit amp sim app from Klevgrand. If you know what all that means, then you should go and buy it right now. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Powerbeats Pro earbuds look like AirPods for athletes

The first truly wireless Beats earbuds have finally arrived. Beats unveiled its new Powerbeats Pro earbuds today which are a successor to the Powerbeats 3 buds that feature an over-the-ear support

Verizon 5G goes live in Chicago and Minneapolis

Verizon’s rollout of 5G mobile data service is finally underway in the U.S. after nearly a year of hype about the technology. Certain parts of Chicago and Minneapolis are the first two places Verizon