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Everything you need to know about white balance for your iPhone camera

White balance is one of the most important settings on any camera. It can make the difference between vibrant colors and a muddy mess. It's also the setting least likely to be tweaked manually by

Office 2019 will force procrastinating Mac owners to upgrade

Microsoft clearly expects Office 365 for Mac users to keep their computers at least generally up to date. The company requires users to run macOS Sierra or a newer version to have access to additional

Turn your old Apple Watch into real cash in time for an upgrade

This year’s Apple Watch refresh could be the biggest yet. With rumors surrounding a new design and a larger edge-to-edge display, every smartwatch wearer is going to want to upgrade. To help you pay

EU may finally allow Apple to buy Shazam

Apple has been trying to buy Shazam since last December, but the deal has been held up for months by regulators in the EU. That’s reportedly just about to change. It’s likely Apple wants this

Photo fakery in smartphone ads shows genius of ‘Shot on iPhone’

Within a week’s time, two of the Apple’s biggest rivals got caught using misleading photos in ad campaigns that promoted the quality of their smartphones’ built-in cameras. The embarrassing screwups

Day One journaling app gets a major upgrade with audio notes

Super-popular journaling app Day One gets a big update, with a new editor view, photo grids, and audio notes. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Mystery iPhone spotted in Apple code hints at surprising refresh

Apple is expected to introduce three new smartphones this fall — all of which will include some of the best features of iPhone X. But it seems it could have another surprising refresh up its sleeve.

Cavalier Maverick may be the most stylish smart speaker yet [Review]

Boasting superior sound quality and a high-quality finish that ditches metal and plastic for distressed leather and fabrics, Cavalier Maverick is one of the best smart speakers we’ve tried. It’s a

Beware the vulnerabilities in this popular macOS mail app

Airmail 3, a popular email client for macOS, ships with big security vulnerabilities that could put users’ personal data at risk. Researchers uncovered an exploit that allows attackers to steal users’

Tim Cook could find himself $120 million richer this Friday

Tim Cook is set to rake in around $120 million in Apple stock this week, thanks to another year well done as Apple CEO. Cook will receive a maximum of $560,000 shares on Friday. This is split into two

Historic shipwreck leaves its mark on green leather Apple Watch band

Sometimes even an item as mundane as a watch strap tells a story. And the Russian Green Leather Apple Watch Band by Clessant has a cool one. The band’s design is inspired by leather discovered in a

iPhone owner charged after punching employee over ‘faulty’ Face ID

A 23-year-old iPhone X customer in Bangkok has apologized after a shocking video of him punching a female retail store employee in the face went viral on social media. The customer, called Kritpan

Learn a new language on your commute with the uTalk app [Deals]

As the world shrinks, the reasons for learning a new language are growing. But the time and consistency for language study can be elusive. So this deal on portable, flexible, lifelong language lessons

This week’s Fortnite update puts a rift in your pocket

It’s hard to escape tricky situations in Fortnite Battle Royale, but not if you have a rift in your pocket. This week’s update will add the Rift-To-Go into the game, giving players a quick and easy

App Store revenue could take big hit if developers fight Apple’s cut

The App Store is a big money spinner for Apple, but that could change if more developers, helped by regulatory intervention, push back against the commission that Apple currently takes. In a note to

Today in Apple history: FireWire wins Apple its first Emmy

August 22, 2001: Apple takes home a technical Emmy for developing FireWire, the high-speed serial port that allows users to transfer data quickly between a Macintosh and another device, such as a

Microsoft confirms plan to kill Office Sway app for iOS

Microsoft has confirmed plans to discontinue its Office Sway app for iOS. The service will no longer work on iPhone and iPad as of December 17, 2018. Sway will be removed from the App Store two months

Apple TV veteran leaves the company to join ‘social broadcasting’ startup

Jen Folse, the former Apple TV executive who is best known to Apple followers for her on-stage presentations at Apple events, has left the company for the startup Caffeine. Caffeine is a social

Apple HR couldn’t care less if you have a college degree

The traditional life plan includes four years of college then a good job. But not everyone takes this path, and sometimes the lack of a college degree keeps some people from getting a job they are

Tim Cook gives almost $5 million of Apple shares to charity

Tim Cook has long talked about how he plans to give his entire fortune to charity — and a recent SEC filing shows that he’s living up to his word. Recently, Apple’s CEO gave 23,215 Apple shares to an