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Apple releases updated brand assets for Apple Music and iTunes

2018-03-13 20:38:02

Apple has today shared refreshed assets for to help affiliates promote and share music, movies, and TV content that can be found on Apple Music and the iTunes Store.

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Best CarPlay receivers on the market today

2018-03-13 19:45:41

Apple CarPlay is hands-down the safest way to interact with your iPhone in the car. That’s because you never actually touch your iPhone while driving — something you should never ever do anyway — and instead you control navigation, communication, and entertainment with Siri and a simplified interface on your car’s screen.

But what if your car doesn’t have a built-in display or the one it has doesn’t work with Apple CarPlay? The good news is you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy a brand new car. In most cases, you can buy and have a really good in-dash system installed for under $1,000, but picking the right solution before you make the investment is important. Here are a few tips:

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Best Apple CarPlay receivers for your car, aftermarket and built-in

2018-03-13 19:45:41

Apple CarPlay is hands-down the safest way to interact with your iPhone in the car. That’s because you never actually touch your iPhone while driving — something you should never ever do anyway — and instead you control navigation, communication, and entertainment with Siri and a simplified interface on your car’s screen.

But what if your car doesn’t have a built-in display or the one it has doesn’t work with Apple CarPlay? The good news is you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy a brand new car. In most cases, you can buy and have a really good in-dash system installed for under $1,000, but picking the right solution before you make the investment is important. Here are a few tips:

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AltConf announces 2018 event details, will once again be ‘next door to WWDC’

2018-03-13 19:10:42

On the heels of Apple officially announcing WWDC 2018 today, AltConf has released details for its week-long event as well. This year’s AltConf will feature two speaker tracks, two community labs and some special plans for podcasters.

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Apple opens WWDC 2018 registration: June 4-8 in San Jose

2018-03-13 18:04:45

Apple has officially announced dates for its annual developer conference where it is expected to unveil iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. WWDC 2018 will run from June 4 through June 8 and take place in San Jose, California for the second year in a row.

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Best Buy and Sprint launch aggressive iPhone payment plan offers: X 64GB from $360, more

2018-03-13 17:58:25

From 9to5Toys:

Best Buy is currently offering various discounts on the latest iPhone X, along with 7/8/Plus when electing for a 18 or 24-month payment plan. The best deals come via Sprint, which are what we’re highlighting below. Free shipping is available on all of today’s offers. A full list of the deals is available below.

Best Buy iPhone offers via Sprint include:

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YouTube for iOS gains a dark theme, rolling out today

2018-03-13 17:34:29

Since January, YouTube has been testing a dark theme for its iOS app that matches the revamped desktop client. That feature is now official and rolling out today.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Amazon iPhone Anker Sale, Mac App Bundle $15, Logitech Harmony Control $60, more

2018-03-13 17:30:44

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Another report suggests that AirPower wireless charging mat slated to launch sometime in March

2018-03-13 17:27:51

AirPower is Apple’s solution to wirelessly charging multiple devices at the same time, on a single mat. The company originally announced the mat back in September, alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

While not official, the company is also slated to launch a new wirelessly charging AirPods case alongside AirPower. The charging mat will support iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, and the new AirPods case.

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Clipboard manager app Paste 2, the ‘cloud clipboard time machine’ now available on iOS

2018-03-13 16:19:23

I’ve been using Paste on my Mac for quite a while, it’s one of the apps from my Setapp subscription I learned to rely on. My work often involves copying and pasting stuff, be it text, code snippets, URLs and even images, so having a centralized place to store all of my clipboard history is a nice thing to have.

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Adobe XD now lets you import Photoshop and Sketch assets, Illustrator and InDesign refreshed

2018-03-13 15:52:39

There’s news in the Adobe world today with feature updates to XD, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC out now. Adobe XD now lets designers easily work with Photoshop and Sketch assets and design files, and both Illustrator and InDesign have been refreshed.

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Google Assistant iOS app now offers native support for iPad

2018-03-13 15:39:56

If you prefer Google Assistant to Siri, the latest version of the app is available for iPad as well as iPhone …

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Fitbit’s latest smartwatch attempt borrows heavily from Apple Watch design and features

2018-03-13 14:49:58

Fitbit has announced a new $200 smartwatch which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Apple Watch in both appearance and feature-set. The Fitbit Versa is a lower-cost, redesigned version of the $300 Ionic that launched last year …

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Alexa-equipped ecobee Switch+ with HomeKit now available for pre-order, ships March 26

2018-03-13 14:49:23

After being teased last summer, ecobee has officially announced pricing and availability for its new Switch+ smart home accessory. Switch+ is available for pre-order starting today and ships on March 26 for $99 in the US and $119 in Canada. Like other smart light switches, Switch+ includes Alexa integration as well as HomeKit support for controlling lights  — but Switch+ takes integration with Amazon’s voice assistant a step further by building it in to the light switch.

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PSA: iOS Markup is not designed to be a redaction tool for sensitive information

2018-03-13 14:18:51

In iOS 11, Markup is a system-level feature able to annotate and draw shapes over images and PDFs. It lets you draw with a pen, a marker and some basic squares and circles over photos. Apple doesn’t really advertise Markup as a redaction feature, to cover up information, but it feels like it is up to the job and I’ve seen many people on social media use it to do just that.

However, you have to be careful as the Markup tools can be deceptive, particularly the marker. Even if it looks like the personal info is obscured, some basic photoshop work easily reveals what is underneath …

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The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle offers 10 elite apps: BusyCal, HoudahSpot, more for $15

2018-03-13 14:03:34

No Mac is complete without some great apps — and you can get 10 in one hit with the 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle. The lineup includes the ever-popular BusyCal, plus Movavi Photo Editor, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and much more besides. The bundle is now just $14.99 ($525 value) over at 9to5Toys Specials with exclusive coupon: SAVEMAC.

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Wistron set for expanded iPhone production in India as it gets approval for new plant

2018-03-13 13:40:46

Apple’s iPhone supplier in India has won approval for a new $105M assembly facility close to the tech hub of Bengaluru. The new plant will allow it to expand local iPhone production in the country.

Wistron currently only makes the iPhone SE model locally, but a recent report says that Apple plans to begin local production of iPhone 6s models too

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Apple tumbles from #5 to #29 in huge Harris corporate reputation poll

2018-03-13 12:49:06

Apple has fallen 24 places in a huge annual survey of corporate reputations. The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient shows that the company fell from 5th to 29th place …

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TSA denies ACLU suggestion that it illegally searches electronic devices on domestic flights

2018-03-13 12:06:46

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) suggests that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may be conducting illegal searches of electronic devices belonging to passengers on domestic flights …

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MoviePass CEO totally backtracks previous comments about tracking you after you leave the theater

2018-03-13 02:55:15

MoviePass made headlines last week when its CEO, Mitch Lowe, bragged that the subscription-based movie service collects an enormous amount of data from its users. In a new interview with Variety, however, Lowe backtracks and says his original comments were “completely inaccurate.”

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New survey aims to show how many people will upgrade to a new iPhone this fall

2018-03-13 02:23:13

A new survey from Loup Ventures aims to offer color on what percentage of Apple’s current iPhone users plan to upgrade to this year’s yet-to-be-announced models. The survey ultimately indicates that the iPhone is “settling into a lower growth, more predictable rhythm.”

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Snapchat to start featuring user-created AR lenses as it looks to boost creativity

2018-03-13 00:04:28

Snapchat is looking to expand the AR lenses it offers via its app by introducing new content from other creators. As reported by Mashable, Snapchat is going to start featuring creator-made lenses directly in the first-party Lens carousel…

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