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Chance Miller

@ChanceHMiller

Email: Chance@9to5mac.com

Chance currently writes for both 9to5Google and 9to5Mac, in addition to 9to5Toys.

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Apple this evening has shared a new video offering a look into the development process that led to the creation of the Portrait Lighting feature on iPhone X. The video shows how Apple used the “art of portraiture” to come up with the technology…

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Apple’s HomePod has been available for less than two weeks, but an early survey from Loup Ventures aims to show its penetration into the smart speaker market. According to the survey, HomePod has captured 3 percent of the market in its early days of availability…

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Apple today has updated its Human Interface Guidelines for augmented reality to reflect the new features introduced in ARKit 1.5, which comes as part of iOS 11.3. The new guidelines cover things such as support for vertical surfaces, objects that are placed offscreen, and more.

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Apple has apparently updated its Apple TV trademark with new conditions related to gaming. Patently Apple reports today that the company filed an updated trademark last Friday to cover gaming use cases, a move that the site calls “a significant update that has to be taken seriously.”

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Snapchat today officially responded to a Change.org petition that has accumulated nearly 1.5 million signatures and asks the company revert to the old design of the application. Snapchat’s response to the petition acknowledges upcoming changes that it hopes will make the design more user-friendly, while also defending some of the controversial changes…

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Just a week after the Apple Watch aided a mother and son who were involved in a car accident, FaceTime is being credited with helping save a woman’s life. As reported by the BBC, a woman was on FaceTime with her sister when she suffered from a stroke…

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February 20

Update: Telstra says the issue has been resolved and service is being “progressively restored.”

Earlier today some customers experienced a disruption to Apple iMessage and FaceTime services. We worked with Apple to resolve this issue. Services are now being progressively being restored. We apologise for any inconvenience this caused.

Telstra, one of the largest mobile carriers in Australia, is experiencing a widespread outage of iMessage and FaceTime services. Oddly enough, this outage only seems to affect Apple’s services, as everything else functions normally. The carrier has confirmed the outage on Twitter and says it is working on a fix…

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One of Snapchat’s most popular features is its private chat platform, which is coincidentally the sole feature that Instagram has struggled to copy. Instagram, however, has started to roll out new capabilities to its Direct platform that it hopes will give it an advantage over Snapchat…

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Apple Pay is continuing its rollout in the United States today, coming to a handful of new banks and credit unions. While the mobile payment platform has been long supported by most of the major banks in the United States, it’s been slowly coming to smaller banks and credit unions. Here’s the full list:

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Fast Company is today out with its list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2018 and ranking at the top of that list is none other than Apple. The company came in at number four on the list last year, but has jumped to the top spot this go around thanks to the iPhone X, ARKit, and more…

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February 19

Nike this evening has updated its Nike+ Run Club application for iOS to version 5.13. The update includes a nifty new Challenges feature that will help encourage users to stay on their exercise schedule every month.

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Ohio State University teams up with Apple for new ‘My OSU’ app

Ohio State University teamed up with Apple to build a new app aimed at new college students. As reported by local news outlet 10TV, the app’s goal is to make the transition to college easier for students by connecting to them to services available on campus…

Just a few days after Twitter announced the demise of Twitter for Mac, Twitterrific today has released a new update for its macOS application. The update brings new features for multi-account users, as well as new profile details, design tweaks, and more.

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February 18

A new report from Nikkei today explains that by lowering iPhone X orders, Apple has left Samsung scrambling to find new customers for its OLED panels. The report explains that Samsung initially ramped up production to meet demand for the iPhone X, but now faces excess capacity as Apple reportedly cuts the device’s production…

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February 17

As Twitter ends support for its macOS app, Twitterrific drops to $7.99 (Reg. $20)

Yesterday evening, Twitter officially announced that it is discontinuing support for its native macOS application in 30 days. In response, one of the most popular third-party Twitter clients for the Mac has dropped its price

HomePod is making its mark on early adopters. Earlier this week, it was discovered that Apple’s HomePod can leave a white ring on certain wood finished furniture. While it’s unclear how widespread the issue is, Apple did acknowledge it in a support document, saying that it is not unusual for “vibration-dampening silicone” to leave marks.

We’re curious: Have you noticed the HomePod leaving white rings on your furniture?

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In this week’s top stories: Another pesky text bug on iOS and macOS, more thoughts on the HomePod, Apple Watch helps save yet another life, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories..

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February 16

iDevices today has unveiled a new connected wall switch that it says lets users seamlessly control their other iDevice accessories and their smart home products. Dubbed the Instant Switch, iDevices touts this accessory as an “intelligently-designed wireless remote wall switch…

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February 15

Snapchat’s highly anticipated redesign has proven to be one of the company’s most controversial moves to date. Users, in various forms, have called on Snap to revert to the previous design, including one petition that has accumulated over 1 million signatures.

Today, however, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel essentially ruled out any hope of the old design coming back…

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One of Apple’s first original content efforts was a spin-off of James Corden’s popular Carpool Karaoke segment from The Late Late Show on CBS. While early reviews and user response to the series were mixed, Apple has renewed its Carpool Karaoke spin-off for a second season…

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