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Instagram steals from Snapchat for new Threads app

Facebook-owned Instagram launched a new standalone app today that pretty much steals some of Snapchat’s key features. Threads, rolling out globally to iOS today, is built around Instagram’s Close

Apple seeds full version of macOS Catalina to developers

Work has wrapped up on the full version of macOS Catalina, and Apple sent the resulting Golden Master to developers. This is the last step before releasing the first non-beta of version 10.15 to the

Apple finds a way to revolutionize the haptic keyboard

Apple invented an on-screen haptic keyboard with virtual keys that simulate movement, which should make typing a better experience. A laptop’s hardware keyboard is great for text entry but is in the

Apple Watch owners plagued by bad battery life under watchOS 6

Apple’s recent watchOS 6 upgrade brought a host of new features and faces to Apple Watch. But it has also had a nasty impact on battery life for lots of upgraders. Apple Watch Series 5 owners are

Larger iPhone SE 2 could arrive in early 2020 with A13 Bionic

Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE 2 will arrive during the first quarter of 2020, according to one reliable analyst. Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities reaffirms the device will be larger this time

Apple helps teach Swift coding lessons to kids as young as 5

Kids as young as five are learning the principles of coding — courtesy of Apple’s expanding Swift learning curriculum. As part of EU Code Week, Apple is highlighting how its Swift coding language is

First Indian Apple store will open in Mumbai mall

Apple has reportedly selected the location for its first Apple Store in India. The store will be located in Maker Maxity mall in Mumbai, India’s most populous city with a population of around 18

This is your chance to get free Netflix for life [Deals]

It would take a lifetime to get through all the content on Netflix. With this giveaway, lifetime access is what you get. Win this, and you’ll be able to binge through every episode and movie you want.

75% of Netflix users have no plans to jump ship to Apple TV+ (right away)

Apple TV+ and Disney+ may be the two new kids on the streaming services block, but the majority of Netflix subscribers are in no rush to check them out. According to a survey carried out by Piper

Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protesters from the App Store

Apple has booted an app used by protesters in Hong Kong out of the App Store. Called Hkmap Live, the crowdsourced app uses reports from a Telegram group that tracks the whereabouts of police and

Spectacular Untitled Goose Game could be coming to mobile

The spectacularly pleasant Untitled Goose Game could be on its way to mobile. Publisher Panic says it is “chewing on” the idea of bringing the phenomenon to Android and iOS. It just expanded its reach

Reliable source says there will be no ‘iPhone 11S’ in 2020

Apple will not release an “iPhone 11S” in 2020, according to one reliable analyst. Cupertino is instead expected to name its next-generation smartphone — which will launch next September — the “iPhone

Mario Kart Tour races ahead on first-week downloads

Mario Kart Tour may be a disappointment on a critical level, but it seems to be off to a good start in terms of downloads. According to new data from Sensor Tower, Mario Kart Tour racked up 90 million

Get free power anywhere with myCharge’s solar battery [Review]

A solar-powered battery should be part of any disaster-preparedness kit, and the myCharge Solar PowerFold can keep an iPhone up and running just by sitting in the sun for a few hours. We tested the

Apple CEO urges Supreme Court to protect ‘Dreamers’

Apple today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the DACA program — an Obama-era policy that gave some legal status to children of illegal immigrants. The Trump Administration ordered it shut down,

Make Apple Watch easier to read with built-in Zoom

You can zoom the display with a simple tap, and use the Digital Crown to navigate. Here's how to set up and use the Apple Watch Zoom feature. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Super-sturdy case brings brighter colors to iPhone 11 Pro

Spend even more of your hard-earned cash on iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max and you’ll have to forget the fancier color options offered by iPhone 11. But there is another way to brighten up your new

Google adds enhanced privacy tools to Maps and YouTube

Google just promised that Incognito mode will soon be added to Maps. And YouTube is getting timed auto-delete for the user’s video history. In addition, a new Password Checkup tool helps users avoid

Revamped AirPods with noise cancellation spilled by iOS 13.2

A new iOS 13.2 beta, out today for registered developers, spilled details about Apple’s next-generation AirPods with noise cancellation for the first time. An image of the new Apple earbuds reveals a

Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds are unbelievably fugly

When Apple unveiled the AirPods in 2016, the first thing I thought was how dorky they looked with that long stem and no wires. Fast-forward three years, and you know what looks dorky? Wearing wired