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First public betas of iOS 12.1.2, macOS Mojave 10.14.3 squash some bugs

There’s always another version of iOS in the pipeline. Just a few days after iOS 12.1.1 brought improvements to FaceTime and Face ID, the public can now download the first beta of the upcoming

Top iPhone suppliers give Apple investors good news

A pair of companies critical in producing the iPhone enjoyed very strong sales in November. While not definite, this is a clear hint that the recent pessimism about sales of Apple’s handsets is

Mojave update hints at new AMD Vega GPUs coming to Mac

The most recent macOS Mojave update suggests we’ll soon see new AMD Vega GPUs coming to the Mac. Apple recently introduced a refreshed MacBook Pro with faster Vega graphics chips, and it seems those

Linea Sketch adds fantastic new Apple Pencil features

Linea Sketch gets another bounty of features in this great update: Version, blend and fill, ZipShapes, and more. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Amazing Google Lens gives you a new way to search on iPhone

Google’s amazing Lens technology has finally landed on iPhone, more than a year after making its debut on Android. You can use it inside the Google app to identify objects in the real world. It’s also

Huawei executive arrest could wind up hurting Apple

On paper, the recent arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, has nothing to do with Apple. But it could nonetheless wind up hurting the U.S. tech giant. Here’s why. Wanzhou was

Super Micro investigation reveals no Chinese spy chips

As promised, Super Micro Computer, the manufacturer of technology accused by Bloomberg of containing Chinese spy chips, has carried out an investigation of its hardware. And it’s apparently clean. The

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If you’re a digital creative of any kind, at some point you’ll have to encounter Adobe Creative Cloud. Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are the industry standard for visual design tools. so

Epic Games kills groundbreaking Infinity Blade series for iOS

Epic Games has pulled its groundbreaking Infinity Blade series from the App Store without warning. The studio, which is also responsible for hit battle royale game Fortnite, explains that it has

Guten tag! Apple Pay goes live in Germany

Apple Pay has made its official debut in Germany. The country marks the 32nd market to receive Apple’s mobile payment service after it went live in Belgium and Kazakhstan last month. Apple Pay is

Egypt is upset about the high price of iPhones

One of the priciest countries on the planet to buy an iPhone claims that Apple is violating competition rules — thereby driving up prices for customers. Egypt, where an iPhone costs up to 50 percent

Apple joins tech giants in speaking out against Australia’s anti-encryption law

Apple has joined other tech giants — including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others — in speaking out against the anti-encryption law recently passed in Australia. The country’s controversial law

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Binge watching can be something you actually feel good about. That is, if you’re watching content that’s enriching and informative. So instead of spending hours on Netflix, maybe sink into the couch

Instagram just slid a walkie-talkie feature into your DMs

The biggest photo and video sharing social network in the world is doubling down on voice messaging. Instagram launched a new feature today that gives all users the ability to share short voice

Google Maps now suggests where to go, not just how to get there

Google Maps is going beyond just giving driving directions. It’s new “For You” tab provides updates on restaurants, stores, or entire neighborhoods. This free feature launched for Android over the

How to lock your iPad into a single app

Did you know that you can lock the iPad into a kiosk mode with Guided Access? This disables the Dock, the Control Center, Notifications, and locks you onto a single app. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and

Boost your backups with a powerful cloud client

This post is presented by CloudBerry. Extending your backup from a local drive to the cloud is a good idea. But if you’re using iCloud, your options are limited to approved apps, and absent useful

Apple seeds first iOS 12.1.2 beta to developers

Developers received a fresh batch of new beta updates this morning, just in time for the holidays. iOS 12.1.2 beta 1 was made available today, bringing a host of new fixes and improvements to the

iPad Pro bug makes music apps stutter and crackle

The new iPad Pro is brought to its knees by simple music apps. It stutters and crackles, and the CPU goes into the red, even running apps that any old iPad can handle just fine. (via Cult of Mac -

iPhone XS Max dominates Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro in speed test

The iPhone XS Max is still the fastest new smartphone on the market, based on the latest speed test that pits Huawei’s flagship Mate 20 Pro against Apple’s most expensive iPhone. PhoneBuff pitted the