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Apple acquires Italian startup that specializes in backend automation

Apple recently acquired a startup that could soon help the iPhone-maker deliver better backend tools to iOS and macOS developers. Stamplay, an Italian startup that specialized in building a “low code

Are AirPods 2 worth the price of an upgrade?

If you already own AirPods, should you upgrade to AirPods 2? That depends. But if you never had AirPods before, now is the time to buy. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Microsoft Defender anti-virus is coming to protect your Mac

Microsoft might see the Mac as a threat to its Windows platform, but that won’t stop it from protecting macOS users. The company’s Defender anti-virus software, previously a Windows exclusive, has

New AirPower image discovered on Apple’s website

A new image of Apple’s MIA AirPower charger, alongside an iPhone XS and the new AirPods wireless charging case, has been spotted online. The image was discovered on Apple’s Australian website,

AirSnap gives new AirPods the tough protection they deserve

Yesterday, Apple launched the long-awaited second-gen AirPods, and its online stores are already having trouble keeping the updated wireless headphones in stock. You’ll likely be waiting a little

Bill-paying service doxo adopts Apple Pay

Doxo, an online bill-paying service for more 2.5 million people announced today its users can now pay bills Apple Pay. Most of its users pay bills with a mobile device using the company’s app. More

iPad mini 2019 review roundup: The best compact tablet

The iPad mini got its first refresh in more than three years this week. The newest, fifth-generation model ships with Apple’s latest A12 Bionic processor, more RAM, and a True Tone display with more

Find My iPhone tracks down possible armed mugger

iPhones’ high market price makes them tantalizing to thieves. Unfortunately (for criminals, at least) Apple also provides ways for these devices to be tracked down if they’re lost or displaced. James

iPad Air 2019 review roundup: Middle child done good

The new iPad Air might not be quite as beautiful or cutting edge as its Pro counterpart, but it’s still a gorgeous piece of tech — and a potential “Back to School” winner. That’s according to the

Wall Street Journal reportedly signs on for Apple News subscription service

The Wall Street Journal has reportedly agreed to participate in Apple’s paid news subscription service. Apple should offer details on the new service during the “It’s show time” media event. News of

Apple’s TV service could hit 100 million subs in next 5 years

Apple hasn’t even debuted its streaming video service yet, and already analysts are salivating over the potential cash tidal wave it could earn Apple. According to Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives, Apple

Apple’s Chris Evans drama series signs new lead actors

Apple has added new cast members to its original series Defending Jacob, based on a best-selling 2012 thriller novel. Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery and It actor Jaeden Martell will star opposite

Satechi launches headphone adapter iPad Pro needed all along

Satechi just introduced an adapter for audiophiles with the new iPad Pro. There’s no headphone jack in this tablet, so this accessory maker created a USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter. At the same time, Satechi

Why this week’s Apple PR blitz is brilliant [Opinion]

Apple isn’t following its usual strategy for product launches. Rather than holding a press event during which a collection of devices gets shown off, it spread the news out across multiple days this

Prioritize and cancel app downloads with 3D Touch

If you 3D Touch the icon of a downloading iPhone app, you get a menu of handy options to pause, cancel, and prioritize its download. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Battle against fake news comes as Apple preps to become publishing titan

Apple is cracking down on fake news. By helping fight the scourge of disinformation, Apple is taking a pre-emptive step to protect itself as it prepares to launch a new subscription news service. In

Sorry, slowpokes: Shipping times slip for new AirPods

Apple is already having a hard time keeping its new AirPods in stock just hours after their debut this morning. Shipping times for the new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case have started slipping,

How to add a local folder to your iPad

It’s ridiculous that the iPad won’t let you create a local folder in the Files app, but there are workaround. Today we find out how. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Apple design dictate: Make apps look good on our latest devices

All new apps and app updates must support the iPhone XS Max and latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro starting March 27. In a post on its developer portal, Apple notes that apps must be built with the iOS 12.1

SliQ wireless AirPods charging case will save you money, drive you mad [Review]

Dying to charge your AirPods wirelessly but hesitant to plunk down $79 for Apple’s new wireless charging case? If so, you might consider dropping $25 on a SliQ silicone cover for your AirPods case.