December 12

Lightroom CC adds auto settings powered by Adobe Sensei, watermarking support, more

Adobe’s December release of Lightroom CC for iPad and iPhone includes a few new interesting features that will be helpful to amateur and professional photographers alike. The update comes after Adobe significantly overhauled the Lightroom experience earlier this fall, bringing closer integration between the Creative Cloud desktop application and mobile experience.

December 9

I have never been particularly fond of any of Apple’s mice. I appreciate the company’s dedication to simplicity when it comes to their products, but for my uses which include design and gaming, Apple focuses entirely too much on form over functionality.

As someone who frequently has multiple apps running at the same time, I find Mission Control (formerly Exposé) to be one of my favorite and one of the most useful features of macOS, and I like to use a third-party mouse that has extra buttons with my Mac so that I can program them for Mission Control’s window commands (specifically, Mission Control, Application Windows, and Show Desktop).

This makes switching between Photoshop documents or getting to a file on my desktop as simple as a mouse click. That’s why I decided to go against the grain, so to speak, and try the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouseexpand full story

December 8

Apple has been working diligently over the last year to clean up the App Store and rid it of spam and clone applications. A new report from TechCrunch, however, outlines the effect that Apple’s newfound efforts are having on apps built around templates…

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December 6

Last month, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities indicated that Apple would unveil a new 6.1-inch iPhone next year with the iPhone X design, but a traditional LCD display instead of OLED. A new report from Nikkei this evening offers more color on that device, saying it will feature a metal back similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus…

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December 5

Apple has ranked #2 among the top 250 best-managed U.S. companies as scored by the Drucker Institute. The result puts the iPhone maker just below Amazon and a few points above Google in the newly released ranking. The Wall Street Journal notes that this is the first ranking of U.S. companies based on the ideas of late business guru Peter Drucker:

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December 2

Face ID not working on iPhone X after updating to iOS 11.2? A reboot should fix it

Some iPhone X owners are reporting that Face ID is not working after updating to iOS 11.2, which was released this morning. The iPhone X instead shows an alert that says it is ‘unable to activate Face ID on this iPhone’. Luckily, the fix seems to be very simple — reboot your phone …

December 1

Changes to the way that Apple protects encrypted iOS backups leave devices more vulnerable to certain types of attack, says ElcomSoft, a Russian company used by law enforcement agencies and others to access iPhones. However, it only applies if the attacker has physical access to the device and can crack the passcode.

The changes were deliberately introduced as part of iOS 11

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November 30

Vine, the viral six-second video sharing app may be making a return, at least in some fashion. Don Hofmann, Vine cofounder and former CEO, announced in a series of tweets this afternoon that he is beginning work on a “follow-up” to the popular service, which Twitter acquired in 2012 and shut down last summer.

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November 29

Facebook asking users to upload a face photo to verify identity when it spots suspicious activity

Facebook is asking some users to upload a face photo to verify their identity when automated processes spot suspicious activity …

November 28

Apple is promoting Hour of Code at its retail stores next week for the fifth year running with free coding classes for kids. Apple is also rolling out a new Swift Playgrounds challenge for Hour of Code to promote the company’s developer language using its educational iPad app.

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November 24

When Apple decided to drop USB for USB-C I was actually excited about it, contrary to most people’s reactions. Thankfully there are many companies like 23Devices making solid products to help us be more productive with the tools we have.

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November 22

Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive will be speaking on ‘the future of design’ at the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, DC, later this month – and free places are available on a first-come, first-served basis …

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November 20

Apple may have only just launched its first iPhone with an OLED screen, but technology never stands still. The company is reportedly pressing ahead with work on the microLED display technology which is expected to supersede OLED within the next few years.

microLED screens take some of the key benefits of OLED over LCD yet further, offering even greater brightness, color saturation and power efficiency …

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November 16

Apple is reportedly working closely with Intel on a future iPhone with support for 5G wireless broadband. Fast Company reports that Apple engineers have been “engaged” with Intel in talks about early work on 5G, while work with Qualcomm has been “limited.”

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November 15

After a multitude of reports on Twitter and other social media platforms, AT&T has acknowledged that some customers are facing issues placing wireless calls. Reports of the outage first began earlier this evening, and DownDetecor shows over 6,000 complaints from users.

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Amazon reportedly cancels plans for ‘skinny bundle’ TV service, echoing Apple’s rumored TV attempts

Amazon has seemingly cancelled plans to launch an unbundled a la carte internet TV service, featuring top channels. Reuters says Amazon was unable to convince networks to sign on and struggled to find profitable business arrangements. It has been widely reported that Apple wanted to launch a similar skinny bundle of streaming channels, but also faced industry backlash and failed to bring the service to market.

November 6

DxOMark has today released its review of the iPhone X camera setup, which sees Apple’s premium iPhone score 97, one point below the highest rated mobile camera, the Google Pixel 2.

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Broadcom has made a $105B bid to buy fellow chipmaker and Apple supplier Qualcomm. When $25B of net debt is factored in, the deal is effectively worth $130B.

If the bid succeeded, it would not only be the biggest tech acquisition in history, but might also help resolve the long-running dispute between Qualcomm and Apple …

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Foxconn joining roster of Apple Watch suppliers, may be looking for assembly orders

Foxconn will be supplying System in Package (SiP) for the Apple Watch from next year though its affiliate ShunSin Technology, according to a supply-chain report …

November 2

Grammarly is launching a clever new iPhone and iPad keyboard that includes sophisticated grammar, spelling, and punctuation coaching features. Grammarly Keyboard brings the popular writing service from the desktop to anywhere you can write on iOS.

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