About the Author

José Adorno

Brazilian tech Journalist. Author at 9to5Mac. Previously at Rede Globo, the main TV broadcaster in Latin America.

Got tips, feedback, or questions? jose@9to5mac.com

March 4

Apple had long resisted letting users change default apps on their iPhone. With iOS 14, however, you can choose your preferred Mail app and browser, and the beta of iOS 14.5 suggested that you could do the same with the Music app…but maybe not. 

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A new portable speaker by Sonos, Sonos Roam, just leaked online. It will measure 6.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches, which is smaller than the company’s first portable speaker Sonos Move and similar to other speakers in the market, such as UE Boom and JBL Xtreme.

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Apple TV+’s ‘Wolfwalkers’ earns 10 Annie Award nominations; Billie Eilish doc sets new viewer record

Apple TV+ continues to grow. The Golden Globe-nominated Wolfwalkers animation has earned 10 Annie Award nominations, including Best Animated Feature. Stillwater, another Apple TV+ series, also landed a nomination for Best Preschool Series. Apple has also detailed some viewership numbers for its recent Billie Eilish documentary.

If you are a Crash Bandicoot fan, you’re in luck. A new game called Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! is coming to the iPhone and iPad later this month. This was announced by the developer King, who is also the creator of Candy Crush Saga.

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Apple launched today a new support page on its website. With “Apple for Kids,” parents and guardians can learn everything they need to know about how to manage a family group, set up a child’s device, and more.

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March 3

Spotify begins beta testing new endless playlist feature for CarPlay app

Spotify continues to test new features for its CarPlay app. With the new “Go to Song Radio” function, Spotify’s CarPlay users can create a long playlist of songs that are similar to the current song being played.

Apple began the transition to Apple Silicon last year with new M1-powered Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air models. The company expects a two-year cycle for all their computers to have their own processor, and with some 21.5-inch iMacs not available to buy anymore, it could mean that they are next in line for an upgrade.

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Apple launched the ECG feature in 2018 exclusively for the Apple Watch Series 4 and primarily in the US with the FDA approval. Three years after that, some countries got the electrocardiogram app, and Australia is probably the next one to get the feature.

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March 2

Amazon is expanding its platform for sharing mobile gaming clips, GameOn, to the iPhone and iPad. If you ever want to record short clips from your gameplay, Amazon’s GameOn app makes it easy.

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If you like the Final Fantasy franchise, you’ll be glad to hear that a new game from Hironobu Sakaguchi is coming exclusively to the Apple Arcade. Fantasian is an RPG set against a backdrop made from over 150 handmade dioramas that blend physical environments and 3D characters.

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Samsung has unveiled its new smart TV lineup for 2021. With MICRO LED technology, Samsung Neo QLED, and lifestyle TVs will support 8K and 4K content, while also continuing to support AirPlay 2 and the Apple TV app.

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Cisco Webex for Mac starts testing real-time translation; Microsoft Teams to add end-to-end encryption

In December 2020, Cisco announced a wave of Webex new features to its videoconferencing service. This month, it is starting to roll out real-time translation as a test for more than 100 languages on Mac and other platforms.

This feature is coming this month, with general availability planned for May. At first, Cisco expected to start testing real-time translation in February, but things were delayed until now.

How far do you think a 90s-era Mac can go? Actually, it can go to Mars. NASA’s rover Perseverance, which reached the Red Planet on February 18, is powered by the PowerPC 750 processor, the same chip that is inside the iconic 1998 iMac G3.

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March 1

Apple has shared a new story on its Newsroom website today detailing how the iPad is being used by students in New Zealand to create an app for students. The story explains that students in New Zealand used an iPad and Keynote to create a prototype Samoan language app for younger learners.

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Apple is facing a new lawsuit from Deco Proteste, a private consumer organization from Portugal, over “planned obsolescence” with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus. The lawsuit alleges that Apple’s planned obsolescence forces consumers to buy a new phone before they would otherwise have to.

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Instagram announces Live Rooms with video; new audio features coming soon

Instagram has unveiled a new feature called “Live Rooms,” which gives users the ability to go live on the social network with up to four people. Previously, it was only possible to stream with one other person. The company is also teasing new audio features launching soon.

Brazil distributes enterprise iPhone SE devices to public prosecutors, and they aren’t happy

Brazil sells one of the most expensive iPhones in the world. A story published today by Folha, a Brazilian newspaper, reports that public prosecutors aren’t happy to use an iPhone SE for work.

Brazilian public prosecutors have one of the best-paid jobs in public administration, receiving up to $20,000 per month, and they find it “insulting” to have to use an iPhone SE for work for 30 months.

In 2020, consumers pulled out their digital wallets, like Apple Pay, more often than they did physical wallets when they paid in-store, according to a new FIS study. For the first time, payments using mobile digital wallets overtook cash payments on in-store purchases on a global basis last year.

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February 27

HomePod and even the new HomePod mini don’t count songs when you ask Siri to play something on your smart speaker. This affects your Apple Music Replay statistics and integration with third-party Apple Music applications.

Luckily, there is a workaround, but hopefully this is something Apple fixes sooner rather than later.

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February 25

Paramount+ launches next week with a $10/month plan; cheaper tier to arrive in June

ViacomCBS announced today that its new streaming service Paramount+, which will replace CBS All Access, will cost $9.99 per month in the US and will have a cheaper plan, at $ 4.99 per month, starting in June with ads.

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