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Upgrading your iPhone? Get iMazing and kick iTunes to the curb [Deals]

iTunes isn’t always your best friend. When it comes to managing mobile data and backups, you can do better. Luckily, there’s a straightforward iTunes alternative — iMazing. Our own Leander Kahney

Apple joins other tech giants opposing proposed anti-encryption law

Apple has joined Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook in opposing a proposed Australian law requiring tech companies to let law enforcement access private encrypted data in suspected criminal

Apple Music is getting exclusive Ministry of Sound playlists

Apple Music is teaming up for an exclusive playlist deal with the popular Ministry of Sound music label. The first playlist is set to debut on Thursday, October 4. The move isn’t just about helping

Today in Apple history: CEO Michael Spindler denies Apple is a ‘lame duck’

October 3, 1994: Apple CEO Michael Spindler reassures the world that Apple “is not a lame-duck company.” Why would anyone suspect that it is? The answer lies in Apple’s collapsing Mac sales, massive

Fortnite 6.0.1 update adds Chiller trap, new Playground options

This week’s Fortnite update is now available across all platforms, including iOS. Version 6.0.1 isn’t quite as exciting as last week’s big season six launch, but it does bring some new content to

Preorder iPhone XR using Siri Shortcuts and the Apple Store app

The Apple Store app has been updated to support Siri Shortcuts. It provides shoppers with an “even faster way” to preorder the iPhone XR later this month, Apple says. Here’s what you need to do to get

True Surf for iOS puts realistic surfing sim in the pocket

Okay, so the new iPhones are more waterproof than ever, but if you don’t fancy taking your Apple handset for a dip, the next best thing is a new game that landed in the App Store today. Called True

Feds test nationwide emergency alert system today

Your iPhone could send out a pair of alerts this afternoon, but they aren’t ones you’ve set yourself. Instead, they’re from the U.S. government, and both are test messages. The goal is to try out a

Samsung hands out free phones to Appel fans

The Appel community is all over Samsung these days. And, no, before you accuse us of failing to properly proofread these articles, we’re talking about Appel, a hamlet in the Netherlands with a

iOS 12.1 beta fixes reported iPhone charging problems

Some, but not all, iOS 12 users complain their iPhone or iPad won’t begin charging if it’s in sleep mode when a Lightning cable is plugged in. Apple has introduced a beta of iOS 12.1 that appears to

Microsoft scarcely tweaked the design of its iPad Pro competitor

Microsoft today unveiled a new generation of its Surface Pro 2-in-1. This has a faster processor than its predecessor but other than that remains practically unchanged. The long hoped for USB-C port

Tim Cook talks privacy, Alex Jones and China in new interview

Tim Cook went on the offensive toward competing companies like Amazon and Google in a new interview tonight on privacy. Appearing on Vice News Tonight on HBO, the Apple CEO was asked if his company’s

Apple to reveal first iPhone XS sales numbers on November 1

The last Apple earnings call of 2018 has already got an official date. Investors will get their first glimpse of iPhone XS sales numbers during Apple’s Q4 2018 earnings call that has been slated for

Tile Bluetooth tracker finally adds replaceable batteries

Tile offers some of the most popular Bluetooth trackers, but these had a significant drawback: non-replaceable batteries. Getting a fresh battery required buying a whole new tracker. That finally

Use Shortcuts to download YouTube Videos on iPhone

Apple's Workflow app can download videos from YouTube and save them to your Camera Roll, your Dropbox, or any app you like. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Apple Watch Series 4’s processing power will blow you away

The new S4 chip in the Apple Watch Series 4 is an absolute beast when it comes to processing power. Apple didn’t brag too much about the S4 during its September keynote other than saying the chip is

Fresh iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS betas head to developers

Apple is plugging away at updates for all its operating systems, and just came out with no less than four new betas exclusively for developers. These are the second pre-release versions of iOS 12.1,

Power up Apple Watch & iPhone with this all-in-one charging stand

Instead of waiting for the yet-to-be-determined release date of Apple’s AirPower charging mat to fire up your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously, consider the HiRise Duet charging stand. This

Check out the 70 new emoji coming soon to your iPhone

A fresh batch of new emoji are coming soon to your Mac, iPhone and iPad. This morning, Apple posted a teaser of over 70 new emoji that are being included in iOS 12.1 once it launches to the public.

Bag a MacBook Air for $490, iPhone 7 for $330 [Deals & Steals]

Apple’s gorgeous new MacBook Air is the upgrade we’ve all been waiting for, but it’s incredibly pricey. If you need a more affordable notebook, you can pick up an older model at a great price from