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While not updated often (or ever), Apple gives iOS users an option to set a dynamic wallpaper on iPhone and iPad. Unfortunately, unlike Live Photos, you can’t create your own dynamic wallpapers and are stuck with what Apple supplies.

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October 17

Hulu now has a dark mode for finding and watching videos on the web

Hulu is announcing this morning that it will be rolling out a new Night Mode for the web. As a long-awaited feature, the new Night Mode allows users to darken the UI of Hulu.

macOS 10.14.1 beta 4 now available to developers

A few weeks after the third beta, Apple has today seeded macOS 10.14.1 beta 4 to developers. The new beta includes support for Group FaceTime, among other improvements.

How to customize low heart rate notifications on Apple Watch

In addition to high heart rate notifications, Apple has recently introduced low heart rate notifications on Apple Watch starting with Series 4. While a low heart rate is generally good, it could also be a sign for other medical conditions.

Now, with the Series 4 you’ll be able to get both high and low heart rate notifications on Apple Watch.

October 16

App Store bundles can now include Mac and subscription-based apps

Apple has today announced that it will now support app bundles for Mac apps and free apps with subscription. Announced via its Developer Portal, Apple says developers will be able to “create app bundles for Mac apps or free apps that offer an auto-renewable subscription”.

Homecourt ‘Shot Science’ AR update featured in iPhone XS keynote now available

Homecourt, one of the AR apps demoed at the iPhone XS keynote, is getting the much-anticipated “Shot Science” update today. The updated app now tracks basketball shots using AI.

It’s not just you, Twitter is sending random notifications to your iPhone [Update: It’s fixed]

UPDATE: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says that the issue is related to an “invisible background notification” the platform uses to update unread notifications, DMs, etc. A bug caused these invisible notifications became visible and has now been reverted.

After taking away APIs from third-party developers, Twitter today is having an issue with its first-party app where users are receiving notifications that contain random strings of letters and numbers.

How to convert a video into a Live Photo on iPhone & iPad

Live Photos and videos are fundamentally different. However, there are times where you want to take a small snippet of a video and make it a Live Photo for the sole purpose of setting it as a wallpaper. While Apple doesn’t currently offer a solution, there are third-party solutions. Follow along to learn how to convert a video into a Live Photo…

October 15

As expected, Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive made an appearance at the WIRED25 event today. The company’s head designer was interviewed by Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

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How to set multiple timers on HomePod

One of the headlining features of the iOS 12 update is setting multiple timers on HomePod. Before, HomePod was only able to set one timer at a time, per HomePod.

October 12

RoutineHub lets you keep your Shortcuts up to date

The new Shortcuts app available on the App Store for devices running iOS 12 or higher is a great way to automate your iPhone or iPad with ease. The app even lets people share Shortcuts with other users, however, there’s a huge flaw with the current implementation. To solve that, let’s introduce RoutineHub.

Apple’s stance on privacy is clear: it will do its best to comply with law enforcement, however, it believes creating a backdoor for its operating system is the wrong thing do to.

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Photo app Luminar introduces AI Sky Enhancer to quickly and easily edit skies with a slider

Luminar for Mac is today getting a significant update that makes editing photos within the app much improved and easier than before. The headlining feature of this update is called AI Sky Enhancer.

How to use Bluetooth with Airplane Mode on iPhone

Airplane Mode is sort of outdated at this point, at least the term. Most airlines and airplanes nowadays are equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi and most frequent flyers use Bluetooth headphones. By default enabling Airplane Mode on iOS disables Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Luckily, you can still use Bluetooth with Airplane Mode on the iPhone, however it may not be obvious.

October 11

App Store sees massive growth, generated 93% more revenue than Google Play in Q3

It’s no secret that Apple’s App Store makes more than Google’s Play Store when it comes to revenue. However, the latest data recorded by Sensor Tower (via TechCrunch), shows that in Q3 of 2018, Apple widened the gap by a huge amount.

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil updates appear imminent as four new models hit MIIT database

With recent discoveries essentially confirming a new iPad announcement for later this month, even more details about the tablets are leaking.

How to turn off government alerts on iPhone

Generally speaking, government issued alerts are important and should be kept enabled at all times. In fact, government alerts on iPhone are enabled by default, being buried deep in iOS settings.

If for whatever reason you’d like to disable them, follow along to learn how.

October 10

Apple revamps affiliate program for Apple Books, offering increased rates for authors & more

Apple is updating its affiliate program today for the rebranded Apple Books. And with that, Apple is making some changes for authors and publishers that will make it easier to distribute on the platform.

Airmail for Mac updated with support for Dark Mode, accent color layouts, more

Mail apps have been a huge topic of discussion lately. A few months ago Newton announced that it would be shutting down its apps on all platforms, while others such as Spark have recently been updated to support new features available on iOS and macOS. Today, Airmail is updating its Mac app with a slew of new features.

How to check Apple Watch battery life

Apple claims 18 hours of “all day” battery life, which means your Apple Watch will typically last a full day and charge overnight. However, this isn’t always the case. The easiest solution to the problem is to add a battery complication to the watch face but that’s not ideal as you don’t always want to have a complication. Follow along for a quick and easy way to check Apple Watch battery life.

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