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Meta on Tuesday announced some new features coming to Facebook and Instagram users as the company is focused on competing with TikTok. In addition to a new way to create Reels using previously shared Stories, Instagram users can now cross-post Reels to Facebook.

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WhatsApp on Tuesday launched a completely new app for Windows users. This time, instead of using the old Electron technology (which is web-based), the app has been completely rebuilt using native Windows technologies, which should result in better performance overall.

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Apple last month settled a lawsuit against Chicago as the city imposed a new local tax for streaming services. At the time, the company feared that the action would result in a ruling that such a tax is completely legal, which could set precedents for other governments to do the same. The company will begin collecting the tax for subscribers in Chicago starting next month.

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Apple is reportedly threatening to fire an employee over her posting a TikTok with iPhone security tips and advice. As first spotted by The Verge, the employee was told that she “breached company policy” by identifying herself as an Apple employee in a video about Apple products.

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Apple has set its next Apple Watch Activity Challenge for August 27 to “celebrate the beauty of national parks everywhere.” Apple Watch users can earn the achievement by completing a hike, walk, wheelchair workout, or run at least one mile.

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Another Apple Original is set to be available on Blu-ray. Award-winning TV show For All Mankind will see a physical release next month as the company expands its titles available for people to physically own them.

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Update: A day after releasing watchOS 9 beta 6, Apple is seeding the fourth public beta for this upcoming operating system.

watchOS 9 beta 6 is here. As Apple polishes the Apple Watch’s upcoming operating system after more than two months of beta testing, the company seems to be getting ready for the launch of watchOS 9 in September. Here’s everything new with it.

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A survey shows that 49% of Android users are considering switching to Apple’s iPhone due to “perceived superiority” in security and privacy. In addition, consumers reported feeling more secure using the iPhone 13 Pro Max instead of Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra.

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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Tuesday’s best deals: 11-inch iPad Pro from $700, AirPods 3 refurb hit $110, more

All of today’s best deals are now up for grabs and headlined by 11-inch iPad Pro on sale from $700. Apple’s latest AirPods 3 are also getting in on the savings with a refurbished discount to $110 to go alongside the ongoing M2 MacBook Air sale at $100 off. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

ZAGG is out today with a highly durable keyboard case for the 10.2-inch iPad. The Rugged Pro Connect is a water-resistant, wipeable keyboard case with full protection for whatever you throw at it. While it’s aimed at the healthcare industry it also makes a great case for kids, first responders, construction, and much more.

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The iOS 16 Lock Screen sees a new user-interface for the music player, most notably letting you see full width album art, like the gods intended.

But things get messy when notifications are shown, something a design student set out to correct …

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As Apple device usage continues to explode in the enterprise, Addigy announces investment from PSG

Apple device management vendor Addigy announced today it has received a strategic growth investment from PSG; a growth equity firm focused on enabling software and technology-enabled services companies to expand faster. Read on to learn more about Addigy and PSG’s announcement.

Review: Twelve South launches new Curve Flex MacBook stand with adjustable aluminum build

Today, Twelve South is launching an all-new addition to its lineup of MacBook stands, and it just so happens to be the brand’s most versatile option yet. Meet the new Curve Flex, an adjustable way to prop up your machine at the desk with an aluminum design that can fold open to elevate your device up to 22 inches off the desktop. Head below as we take a hands-on look at what to expect from the new Twelve South Curve Flex.

Das Keyboard is out with its latest high-end mechanical creation for Mac. The all-new MacTigr keyboard features a premium build with a low-profile design, Cherry MX switches, a handy volume knob, USB-C hub, and more. Read on for all the details and our hands-on look.

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Gentler Streak, the Apple Watch app that brings a more compassionate perspective on your workouts, has just received another big update, this time with new Workout Views, which will be one of the main features that watchOS 9 plans to introduce later this fall.

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Ever wonder how much storage Apple has put in its iPhones over the years or how much storage your current iPhone has (or could have had)? Read along for a look at the complete iPhone storage list for what capacities come with every iPhone model.

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Latest Spotify deals offer three-month free trial, or three months for $9.99

Spotify deals and discounts are one of the key ways the company keeps its numbers up, and the latest of these offers a premium account for three months – either as a free trial, or at a heavily discounted price of just $9.99 …

Signal privacy: Twilio phishing attack exposed some phone numbers, but no other data

A phishing attack on communications giant Twilio led to a Signal privacy compromise for around 1,900 users. Their phone numbers were exposed, along with SMS verification codes that would allow an attacker to register accounts to a new device …

We learned last month that Apple would be taking a more cautious approach to hiring new staff, and a new report today confirms that the company is serious about it. Around 100 Apple recruitment contractors have been laid off in the past week.

It follows CEO Tim Cook stating that hiring would continue, but at a slower pace reflecting the “realities” of the environment” …

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In this episode of Apple @ Work, Alcyr Araujo from Mosyle joins the show to discuss in-depth about what changes Apple IT managers should expect this fall with iOS 16, iPadOS16, and macOS Ventura.

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August 15

Apple’s AirTag item tracker has been the subject of a number of stories, and the latest comes from an investigation in Florida. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office announced last week that AirTag data was used as part of its search to find the airline worker who stole thousands of dollars’ worth of checked luggage…

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It has been a while since Apple stopped shipping a 5W USB charger with its products. But still, the accessory remained available in stores for those who still wanted it. However, ahead of the iPhone 14 launch next month, it seems that Apple is ready to discontinue its 5W USB Power Adapter as it is now sold out in multiple countries.

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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Sponsored by Kolide: With Kolide, you can make your team into your biggest allies for endpoint security. Solve problems, right within Slack. Learn more here.

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