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  • FBI overstates encryption stats — but there's no number high enough 23/05/2018 at 00:20h
    FBI repeatedly overstating encryption threat figures to Congress and to the U.S. public is sloppy, but privacy is critical even if the number was one. The FBI wants companies like Apple to provide back doors into operating systems like iOS, and one of the reasons is the number of encrypted devices the bureau has and wants access to. But, that number may not be what the FBI has been reporting. From The Washington Post: The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones, claiming investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year when the correct number was much smaller, probably between 1,000 and 2,000, The Washington Post has learned. I know some people will latch onto the numbers or the errors in counting. But I don't think we should be distracted by that. The right to privacy shouldn't vary if it's one person or everybody. That's what makes it a ri...
  • Popular Date-Based Note Taking App Agenda Expands to iOS 22/05/2018 at 22:28h
    Date-based note taking app Agenda, which we covered in one of our recent lists of top macOS apps, is expanding to iOS devices on May 29 and can be pre-ordered now. Unlike other note taking apps on the market, Agenda's date-focused structure makes it ideal for project planning purposes because you can see a total picture of everything you've worked on and everything you need to do. There's a timeline organizational system for keeping track of progress on a project by date, with the option to attach a date to each note, and there's an option to link notes to your calendar. Agenda is a date-focused note taking app for both planning and documenting your projects. With its unique timeline, Agenda gives you a complete picture of past, present and future. Add notes for what is currently on your agenda, while also preparing notes for an upcoming meeting. Use older notes as breadcrumbs to remind yourself why and when you took the actions you did.An "On the Agenda" feature highlights items that need to be dealt with right away, making them easier to search for and in a special group on the app's sidebar for higher visibility. Additional features like saved searches, navigation history, a related notes list, cross linking between notes, and more, also set Agenda apart from traditional note taking apps. The app includes a full text editor complete with styles, formatting and Markdown support, and notes can be added to categories and tagged for deeper organization. There are also detailed sharing options to make it simple to print and share notes, including a feature for sharing an entire project. Agenda is a free app, but it offers unique 12-month premium feature packs that include all existing premium features as well as new features added in the 12 months following the purchase. Unlocking premium features for the iOS app alone costs $9.99, while unlocking premium features for both the iOS and Mac apps costs $24.99. Agenda supports iCloud, so your notes sync across all of your Mac and iOS devices. Agenda will be available for download on the iPhone and the iPad on May 29, but it can pre-ordered from the iOS App Store immediately. [Direct Link]Discuss this article in our forums
  • Castro 3 Versus Overcast: Which podcast app is better? 22/05/2018 at 20:47h
    With Castro 3's new features, it's hard to decide which podcast app is better. Most of us listen to a podcast or two, or three or ten. Podcasts can be in either video or audio form. When you have a good queue of podcasts lined up, you have entertainment for hours on end, and they always provide useful news, interesting stories, or just downright fun chats between friends. I've been listening to podcasts for years, and while Overcast remains my favorite app, Castro comes in a close second. The previous version of Castro gave us a UI overhaul and acted as a triage for our podcast subscriptions (it only features a queue and the inbox - no playlists). Castro 3 just came out and is an even bigger improvement that brings it more inline with Overcast in terms of features. Trim Silence Chapter Support Mix to Mono A Redesigned Player Screen Per-Podcast Controls New Apple Watch App Castro Plus Trim Silence The biggest new feature in Castro is the brand new Trim Silence feature. This wor...
  • Twitter is killing its apps for Roku, Android TV and Xbox 22/05/2018 at 19:03h
    Apps will remain for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, though. Fun fact: Twitter had apps for Roku, Android TV and Xbox. Another fun fact: Those apps will no longer work come May 24. While Twitter didn't explicitly say why, TechCrunch says it had to do with the new European General Data Protection Regulation, which goes into effect May 25 and is the reason all of your apps have been updating and letting you know that they're updating their privacy policies and basically making a mess of your inbox in the name of privacy. Or something. And apparently the Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV apps will remain in service. On Thursday, May 24, Twitter for Roku, Twitter for Android TV and Twitter for Xbox will no longer be available. To get the full Twitter experience, visit https://t.co/fuPJa3nVky on your device or desktop.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 22, 2018 Why in the world would you use Twitter on your TV? Perhaps you're a glutton for punishment, or maybe you want in on the ...
  • How to stream Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music, and more to HomePod 22/05/2018 at 19:00h
    Though you can't control playback using HomePod, you can play any audio from your iPhone or iPad to HomePod, including Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, and even YouTube Premium! The HomePod may not be a traditional Bluetooth speaker, but it is a standard AirPlay speaker (with some added smarts, of course). That means you can't stream music from an Android device (without a complicated workaround) or connect it to an audio source using Bluetooth. It does, however, mean that you can stream any audio from your connected iPhone and iPad using Airplay, even if it's from a third-party music streaming service. Here's how. AirPlay doesn't mean Siri play How to AirPlay any music streaming app to your HomePod How to stop streaming third-party music services on your HomePod using AirPlay Troubleshooting AirPlay on HomePod AirPlay doesn't mean Siri play Though you can use AirPlay to stream any music from your iPhone or iPad, that doesn't mean you can use Siri to control playback. That only work...
  • Deals: eBay 15% Off Memorial Day Coupon, Anker and Koogeek Amazon Sales, and More 22/05/2018 at 18:27h
    eBay shoppers this week have the chance to save 15 percent off their purchases thanks to the online marketplace's new Memorial Day coupon. While the coupon is limited to certain sellers, it provides savings on select top brands like Apple, DJI, Dyson, and more. Similar to some previous eBay coupons, the discount applies to the purchase price (excluding shipping, handling, and taxes) of an order priced at $50 or more, and the code can only be used once within a single transaction. Likewise, the discount will be capped at a value of $50, so any cart that totals around $330 will gain the full $50 discount. Note that the coupon expires Friday, May 25 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Unlike past codes the Memorial Day coupon is more limited, with a list of specific sellers that are partaking in the event. There are still plenty of notable shops to browse through, including AnkerDirect, Daily Steals, Overstock, Tech Rabbit, and many more. For the full list, visit this page and scroll all the way to the bottom, or you can delve straight into the electronics sale items compatible with the coupon. Over on Amazon, Apple accessory makers Anker and Koogeek have a few discount codes for products going on through the end of May. The items range from Anker's dependable battery packs and USB cables, to a collection of Koogeek's low-price HomeKit products. Check out the full list below: Anker (Need Codes) PowerPort 5W Qi-Certified Wireless Charger - $12.99 with code ANKER258, down from $19.99 (exp. 5/28) Powerline II USB C to C Cable 3ft - $6.99 with code ANKERPD8, down from $9.99 (exp. 6/1) PowerCore+ 26,800 mAh with Power Delivery Charger - $79.99 with code ANKERPD3, down from $119.99 (exp. 6/1) Anker (Don't Need Codes)eufy by Anker BodySense Smart Scale - $34.99, down from $45.99 (exp. 5/24) Powerline+ USB C to A 3.0 Cable 6ft (Red, Grey) - $8.99, down from $13.99 (exp. 5/28) Soundcore Vortex Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones - $49.99, down from $69.99 (exp. 5/31) Powerline+ USB C to A 3.0 Cable 6ft (Red and Grey, 2-pack) - $17.59, down from $21.99 (exp. 6/1) Koogeek Koogeek WiFi Smart LED Light Bulb - $18.99 with code C2Z69Y6K, down from $32.99 (exp. 5/25) Koogeek Dimmable Smart LED Light Strip - $32.75 with code LMPPC4NJ, down from $38.99 (exp. 5/25) Koogeek Smart WiFi Light Switch for Apple HomeKit - $32.99 with code JAUXYFD6, down from $43.99 (exp. 5/31) For any MacRumors exclusive codes, be sure to visit our blog posts regarding Anker and RavPower sales. Otherwise, be sure to head to our full Deals Roundup for other sales and offers happening this week, including MacBook and iPhone trade-in bonuses at Gazelle.Related Roundup: Apple DealsDiscuss this article in our forums
  • Gemini Photos for iPhone clears out the clutter 22/05/2018 at 17:33h
    If you take multiple pics of the same subject to get the perfect shot and then forget to delete the doubles, you need Gemini Photos. Gemini, the duplicate file finder for Mac, is now available on iPhone as a dedicated photo finder. It cleans out the extra photo clutter on your iPhone so you can make room for more. Free - Download now Doubles, triples, similar photos, gone! I guess I didn't even realize I did this, but I take two, three, four pictures of the same subject almost all the time. I'm trying to make sure I get the perfect shot — the candid smile, the bird taking flight. Most of the time, the photos end up looking exactly the same so I have to go through and delete the doubles. I thought I was pretty good at deleting the doubles — that is until I got Gemini Photos by MacPaw. Turns out, I had more than 1,000 excess doubles that I didn't need. Gemini Photos found them for me and even suggested the best one to keep out of the bunch. It's more than just the d...
  • 'Once Upon a Time' Co-Creators to Work on Apple's 'Amazing Stories' Reboot 22/05/2018 at 16:50h
    One of Apple's upcoming original television shows is a reboot of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories," a science fiction and horror series that originally ran from 1985 to 1987. For the new version of "Amazing Stories," Apple has inked a deal with "Once Upon a Time" co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who are set to serve as executive producers and show runners on the series. Horowitz and Kitsis are joining "Amazing Stories" following the February departure of Bryan Fuller, the original showrunner. Fuller reportedly left the project due to creative differences with Apple. While he wanted to turn "Amazing Stories" into a Black Mirror-style show, Apple is aiming for something more family friendly. The two producers have previously worked on shows that include "Popular," "Felicity," "Lost," and "Once Upon a Time," and they have been involved with "Tron: Legacy." "Once Upon a Time," which they created in 2011, is perhaps the most well-known series the two have collaborated on. "Amazing Stories" is a show that's similar to series like "Tales From the Crypt" and "Twilight Zone," with a new topic explored during each episode. Apple has ordered 10 episodes of "Amazing Stories," but as with all of the company's original television shows, it's not entirely clear when we'll see a debut. Rumors have suggested the first of the shows could launch in 2019.Related Roundup: Apple TVBuyer's Guide: Apple TV (Neutral)Discuss this article in our forums
  • Best Smart Luggage in 2018 22/05/2018 at 16:34h
    Dumb luggage is dumb! Smart luggage is cooool! Here are the best brain bags money can buy! Thank goodness we live in this time. Why carry bags and weigh them with old fashioned scales when they can follow you around with their internal scales — all convenience, no B.S. Plus, there are a bunch of bags that come with built-in batteries and USB ports, so you can charge all of your devices on the go. If you're an avid traveler or are constantly on the go for work, these are the best smart suitcases and carry-on bags to help you get where you need to go — the smart way. Incase ProConnected 4-wheel Hubless Roller Away Néit Planet Traveler Space Case SC1 Trunkster Modobag Incase ProConnected 4-wheel Hubless Roller The recently released Incase ProConnected is a traveler's dream. Its exterior is made from Incase's durable Wollenex material, which is densely woven to prevent tearing and flaws. The main attraction is the ProConnected's TSA-compliant battery, which has ...
  • 1Password 7 for Mac is here, adds drag-and-drop, new design, more security features 22/05/2018 at 16:31h
    1Password 7 for Mac is here! AgileBits just launched the latest version of 1Password for Mac and it's filled to the brim with new features, including new organization options, Watchtower improvements, a new design, and an overhaul of 1Password Mini. 1Password 7 for Mac - Download Now I've had the immense pleasure of using 1Password 7 for Mac for a while now and I'm thrilled to say it's now available for everyone! The latest version of my favorite password manager adds heaps of new features and improvements that make the app that much easier, swifter, and more secure to use. It all starts with an overhaul of 1Password mini, the little app that runs in the background, providing passwords and auto-filled logins in the browser. As of 1Password 7, though, mini can help you fill in passwords for apps — heck, it even supports drag and drop functionality. Now every. single. time. iTunes asks you to authenticate, you can use 1Password mini to drag and drop your login details. Mini i...
  • Apple sends out invitations for WWDC 2018 keynote on June 4 22/05/2018 at 16:14h
    Apple has sent out the media invitations for the WWDC 2018 keynote, which will take place on June 4. As usual, the keynote is set to start at 10:00 a.m. PT, or 1:00 p.m. ET, and it will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. WWDC 2018 is expected to see the public debut of new versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. In past years, the company has sometimes unveiled new hardware products as well, though that is by no means a guarantee. iMore will be there to bring you the latest and greatest on Apple's next big software updates. ...
  • Best music streaming apps for iPhone in 2018 22/05/2018 at 16:00h
    With so many choices, which music streaming service is right for you? For years music streaming services have dominated the scene. Some let you listen for free, others charge a premium price. Some, both. A major factor in choosing a music streaming service is the available content. We've got a list of the best music streaming services for the iPhone and why each one matters. Apple Music Spotify YouTube Red and Google Play Music Amazon Music with Amazon Prime TIDAL Pandora SoundCloud Deezer Apple Music Apple launched its own streaming music service, Apple Music, in June of 2015. With a monthly subscription of $9.99 ($14.99 for the family plan), you can stream a massive amount of music from the company's long-standing artist catalogue and download content for offline listening. Plus, you'll get custom playlists that are curated to your personal tastes based on your past listening activities. You'll also get access to Beats 1, which is a 24-hour per day worldwide radio station wi...
  • Belkin Launching Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Cable for iPhones 22/05/2018 at 15:59h
    Belkin today introduced a certified Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable, and announced that pre-orders will begin on its website today. The cable has a male Lightning connector on one end and a 3.5mm output on the other, allowing iPhone models that lack a headphone jack to be connected to a car stereo via the AUX port without the need for any adapters. The cable can also be used to connect an iPhone to other products with 3.5mm inputs, ranging from home speaker systems to over-ear headphones. This is possible because the cable has a built-in digital-to-analog converter. Lightning to 3.5mm audio cables have been available for several years, but Belkin's edition is certified by Apple under its MFi Program, which was recently expanded to include specifications for this type of cable. Belkin's cable will be available in a three-foot length for $29.99 or in a six-foot length for $34.99 in the United States, with prices varying elsewhere. In addition to pre-orders on Belkin.com, the cables will available in the coming weeks at Apple Stores, Best Buy, Target, and select other retailers worldwide. For a pricing comparison, Master & Dynamic recently released an Apple-certified Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable with an in-line microphone for $69.Tags: Belkin, LightningDiscuss this article in our forums
  • The WD My Book 4TB desktop hard drive is only $89 right now 22/05/2018 at 15:43h
    Keep up to 4TB of files secure at a discount. The WD My Book 4TB desktop hard drive is down to $89 on Amazon. That's about $11 off the street price and the lowest we've ever seen it reach on Amazon. This puts the 4TB version at the exact same price as the 3TB version. This hard drive connects via USB 3.0. It's compatible with Windows and Mac but will need reformatting for other operating systems. It comes with WD Backup software for auto backups of your data. It's also compatible with Time Machine. There is password encryption available, too. Users give it 4 stars based on over 1,000 reviews. See at Amazon ...
  • Best Buy may have just cut the best discount membership for Nintendo gamers 22/05/2018 at 15:34h
    But that doesn't mean the end of video game discounts... Sadly for gamers and deal hunters across the nation, Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked seems to have come to an end according to a leaked internal memo. The company is no longer accepting new memberships online or in-store as it has decided to terminate both the free Gamers Club and paid Gamers Club Unlocked services. If you're currently a Gamers Club Unlocked member, you'll continue to receive the benefits you paid for while your membership remains active. If you had been planning on signing up for the service soon, like me, you'll unfortunately need to hunt for a new way to save on video games. But our friends over at Thrifter have a few solid ideas for you already. Gamers Club Unlocked was fantastic because it saved members 20% on all video game purchases. They also recieved extra discounts on pre-owned games and more for just $15 yearly. Thankfully, both Best Buy and Amazon still provide some exclusive discounts when you pre...
  • Instagram Announces Mute Feature So You Can Hide Posts Without Unfollowing People 22/05/2018 at 15:31h
    Instagram today announced the ability for you to mute accounts in your feed, so that you can hide posts from people or brands you may not want to see anymore without needing to unfollow them completely. Instagram says that the change is another update to make your feed "even more personalized to what matters to you." Account muting will be in the ellipsis menu at the top right of each post, and you can choose to "Mute Posts" or "Mute Posts and Story," to also prevent that account's stories from appearing at the top of the Instagram app. You can also mute accounts by pressing and holding on a story in the story tray, or from a user's profile. After you mute someone you can still navigate to their profile page to look at their posts, and if you're tagged by them the app will still send you a push notification. Instagram says that people will not be made aware that you muted them, and you can unmute people whenever you like. Facebook has a similar muting feature, allowing users to unfollow other people without directly unfriending them. Instagram is routinely working on new additions for its photo-sharing social network, with new digital health features like "Time Spent" usage and "You're All Caught Up" notifications said to be coming soon. In March, the company updated its feed algorithm to focus on newer posts, although many users frequently request an option to return to the simple, reverse chronological feed. Instagram says that the mute feature will be rolling out to its users "over the coming weeks."Tag: InstagramDiscuss this article in our forums
  • Save hundreds on a Supercharged Cybersecurity course and ebook bundle! 22/05/2018 at 15:30h
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  • Legrand Launches Wall-Mounted, Qi-Certified Wireless Charger Compatible With Latest iPhones 22/05/2018 at 15:23h
    Legrand today introduced a new Radiant wall plate with a Qi-certified wireless charger compatible with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The wall plate includes a double receptacle on the left side with a built-in USB-A port, and a wireless charging plate with a holder for smartphones on the right side, with an overall 3.1 amps of power for charging capabilities. A small LED light at the base of the charger indicates the smartphone's charging status, showing red while charging and green when charging is complete, but this feature isn't compatible with iPhones. Legrand describes the wall plate as the first product of its kind to be released, providing homeowners with a convenient way to charge their iPhone or other Qi-certified device in the kitchen, bedroom, or wherever it is installed. For installation, the wall plate is designed to replace any standard, single-gang box using existing electrical wiring in a home. The wall plate is available in White, Ivory, Light Almond, and Black at select retailers across the United States, including Lowe's and Fry's Electronics, for around $65 to $70, but prices vary. It's also available in Canada.Related Roundups: iPhone 8, iPhone XTags: wireless charging, QiBuyer's Guide: iPhone 8 (Caution), iPhone X (Neutral)Discuss this article in our forums
  • YouTube Premium: Is it worth it? 22/05/2018 at 14:00h
    YouTube Premium lets you watch videos ad-free, download them for offline viewing, and more. But is it worth the price? YouTube Premium is YouTube's paid offering that gives you access to features like an ad-free video experience, video downloads for offline viewing, and access to original content made specifically for YouTube Premium. This all comes with a fee of $11.99 per month. Since that's a hefty increase from the nothing that you pay for standard YouTube, then you might be wondering: are the bells and whistles of YouTube Premium worth the price? Here we'll go through what YouTube Premium offers over the standard YouTube features, and whether that's all worth the price. What you get with YouTube Premium If you decide to plunk down the $11.99 a month for YouTube Premium, you're actually getting a lot. Not only will all of the videos that you watch be ad-free (mostly), you'll also be able to download videos for viewing offline, a great feature if you often like to watch videos...
  • Castro Podcasts Updates With Quicker AirPlay Controls, Cleaner Layout, Apple Watch App, and More 22/05/2018 at 13:56h
    Podcast app "Castro" updated to version 3.0 this week, introducing a collection of notable additions like a rebuilt player engine, cleaner layout, Apple Watch app, and more. Developer Supertop Software says that Castro 3 is "much faster" when users start streaming a podcast and the app's controls are more responsive thanks to a simpler layout on the player screen. Users can now star the current episode they're listening to from the player by double tapping the artwork, and in this screen there are also newly accessible AirPlay controls for streaming podcasts to other devices with fewer steps. Additionally, Supertop has rolled out an Apple Watch app for podcast playback, letting users control their podcasts and choose new episodes from their queue to play. Castro is a free app to download [Direct Link], and the app supports in-app purchases for Castro Plus at $8.99 per year or $2.99 per quarter. Castro Plus offers advanced features like mono-mix, chapter skipping and selection, trim silence and enhanced voices for an improved listening experience, and more. Many users have grown frustrated with Apple's own dedicated Podcasts app, despite an update last year that Apple said was aimed at introducing a "richer" user experience. As more and more companies begin looking into the podcast market, Apple has been making moves that should beef up its own app, including the acquisition of podcast search startup Pop Up Archive last December.Tags: Podcasts, Castro PodcastsDiscuss this article in our forums