About the Author

Allison McDaniel


Allison McDaniel was previously a News Writer for 9to5Mac covering Apple news and rumors.

In previous roles, Allison has spent seven years working in the Hospitality industry and another two working in Digital Marketing. She has degrees in both fields and is currently working on a Master’s of Business Administration in International Business. In her free time, Allison loves to play Nintendo games, read the latest novels, and catch up on comedy shows.

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July 29

The Aluminum Desktop Stand is a terrific addition to your iPad workflow. It’s perfect for iPad users who want to prop their device up at a higher level. If you’re in the market for a new iPad accessory, you may want to check this one out…

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July 28

A group of more than four hundred TV writers, creators, and showrunners are calling on streaming platforms like Apple TV+, demanding better protections for workers in anti-abortion states. According to Variety, letters have been sent to Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Warner Bros., and others.

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Sony is teaming up with Backbone to create a PlayStation-friendly mobile controller for iPhone called Backbone One – PlayStation Edition. With PlayStation-specific buttons and an Xbox analog stick arrangement, the device is adjustable to fit your iPhone model of choice.

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July 27

The iPad has revolutionized learning and has become a staple device in many students’ lives. My iPad is one of the best devices I have used for college to date, making it easy to take notes, mark up PDFs, and watch online classes. The majority of iPads will work for most students, however, it ultimately comes down to your budget and what features are important to you.

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Apple Wallet student IDs feature expands to new school ahead of fall semester

Storing IDs within Apple Wallet is increasingly becoming more commonplace. A school in North Dakota is launching mobile IDs in Apple Wallet and Google Pay ahead of the fall semester. Valley City State University (VCSU) students, faculty, and staff are now able to hold their Viking Mobile ID on their iPhone, Apple Watch, or Android device.

Spotify is no longer making Car Thing, a dashboard accessory that makes using the streaming service easier in your vehicle. This announcement was made during yesterday’s earnings release.

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July 26

An over-the-air (OTA) update has brought Apple CarPlay to newer Android-Automotive powered Volvos. CarPlay has been missing on Volvo models ever since the carmaker went with Google’s operating system.

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In August, Apple is holding live presentations to help developers make the most out of their App Store experience. Throughout the presentation, there will be an expert ready to answer questions from developers who are part of the Apple Developer Program.

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Apple continues to file and win patents regarding its upcoming augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) headset, dubbed Apple Glasses. The company has won multiple patents today, relating to the use of gloves to detect skin-to-skin contact in AR/VR.

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Dell is discontinuing its Mobile Connect program, which lets users synch their iPhone’s calls, text, and notifications to their computer. While it works with both iPhone and Android, some of these features have just recently come to iPhone.

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July 25

Facebook’s Music Revenue Sharing gives creators new ways to make money through videos

Facebook is introducing a new way for creators to earn money on the platform. Called Music Revenue Sharing, creators can monetize their videos that use licensed music from popular and emerging artists. With this, both the content creators and music rights holders can earn money from the videos.

Apple semiconductor expert hired by Samsung in rare poaching

One of Apple’s semiconductor experts, Kim Woo-Pyeong, is going to work for a major competitor – Samsung Electronics. Woo-Pyeong is serving as director of the company’s newly established Packaging Solution Center in Device Solution America (DSA), according to Business Korea.

Apple’s AirTag is a coin-shaped tracker that helps users track down lost items. Just last week, an AirTag has helped one man in Memphis help police retrieve his stolen vehicle.

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July 24

Accell’s Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station connects to your Mac and provides fast and efficient charging for your devices and accessories. With this docking station, you can easily hook up any peripherals and instantly clean up all the cables on your desk.

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July 22

So, you’re about to start college and are looking to purchase a new Mac to get you through your studies. When laptop shopping, the product you choose depends on your budget and what you need for your specific studies. Before making a decision, it’s best to check with your school to see what its system requirements are for your major. This will help you not only decide on a Mac, but what technical specifications you may need as a student.

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July 21

Ahead of the release of iOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura this fall, Microsoft is simplifying Endpoint Manager enrollment. This effort will help IT administrators whose organizations use Apple devices.

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When Steve Jobs first showed the NeXT cube in Boston in 1988, Charles Mann was there recording the presentation. Now, a special signature from Steve Jobs is up for bid at a large online auction from Charles Mann.

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Your favorite Apple Arcade games may not be on the platform forever. Earlier this week, Apple added a new “Leaving Soon” tab in Apple Arcade, listing 15 games that will leave the service in the near future. With that, I wanted to recommend some great games still available to play with the $4.99 monthly subscription.

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July 19

Microsoft Teams is getting its own Facebook called Viva Engage

Announced today, Microsoft will now have its own version of Facebook – called Viva Engage – right inside the Teams app. Designed to encourage social networking while at work, the Facebook-like platform takes cues from Microsoft’s Yammer.

On Apple’s current lineup of watches, you can purchase a GPS + Cellular model on the Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch SE. We’re also only a couple months away from the launch of the Apple Watch Series 8.

Having a cellular plan on your Apple Watch can be great for those on the go or an unnecessary cost for others. However is it worth it for you to buy one? Let’s dive in…

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