About the Author

Michael Potuck

@michaelpotuck

Editor for 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, and Electrek. You’ll find Michael’s articles most often on 9to5Mac where he covers news, reviews, and how-tos. Reach out to Michael with tips, deliberations, and feedback at potuck@9to5mac.com

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April 19

Apple has today removed its online store listing for the 21.5-inch LG UltraFine 4K Display. This is the smaller and more affordable USB-C display option at $700 compared to the 27-inch 5K version of the monitor which sells for $1,300.

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When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold I was admittedly jealous as an iPhone user, and I wasn’t alone. The device has created lots of interest in foldable smartphones, with many dreaming about when Apple might offer a similar device. However, now that reviews are landing for Samsung’s almost $2,000 bleeding-edge tech, the device isn’t looking very appealing. Beyond the displays of multiple review units having already failed, there are a host of other problems with the Galaxy Fold. Are they enough to dissipate the envy of iPhone owners?

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How to change your Facebook password on iPhone

Want to know how to quickly change your Facebook password on iPhone? Read on below for how to do it in three easy steps.

April 18

[Update: Now available in the US] Amazon expected to take on Apple Music with free, ad-based music service next week

Amazon is reportedly working on a free, ad-supported music offering as another option to its paid Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music services to better compete with Apple Music and Spotify. According to anonymous sources speaking to Billboard, the free plan could go live as soon as next week.

New data out today from CIRP takes a look at smartphone sales in the US during Q1 2019. According to the firm’s most recent study, iPhone outsold Samsung, LG, and Motorola to be the most popular smartphone in the US.

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Apple’s 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report touts 35% lower carbon footprint than 2015, progress towards mining-free future, more

Along with Apple quadrupling its recycling program, the company today shared its 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report which details the progress its has made over the last year. Among its results include a 35% reduction in carbon footprint over the last three years, progress towards its goal of a mining-free future, and more.

How to apply OCR to PDFs on Mac

Do you have a PDF document, but the text isn’t searchable? You can change that with optical character recognition (OCR) software. Read on for some options to apply OCR to PDFs on Mac.

April 17

Apple hit with lawsuit alleging Tim Cook and Luca Maestri committed iPhone sales securities fraud

Just after coming to a surprise settlement with Qualcomm yesterday, Apple has been hit with another lawsuit. The latest is a class-action suit filed by an employees’ retirement fund and claims that Apple committed securities fraud with how it handled information about its iPhone sales.

How to check iPhone photo orientation before taking a picture

Do you sometimes take photos with your iPhone and afterwards find they were taken in the wrong orientation even though it looked okay in the viewfinder? Read on for how to quickly check iPhone photo orientation before taking a picture.

April 16

Halide camera app gains new Siri Shortcuts, cut size in half with Swift 5

Popular iOS camera apps Halide and Spectre have been updated today with a mix of small new features and have made the move to Swift 5.

2018 MacBook Air gets brighter display with macOS 10.14.4

Apple’s latest MacBook Air landed last fall sporting a Retina display with 300 nits brightness. Now, Apple has updated its tech specs page for the notebook listing.

5th Ave Apple Store reportedly dealing with bed bugs, causing concern for customers and staff

While Apple is working on a major renovation of its iconic Fifth Avenue store, its temporary store has seen a commotion over the last month with a bed bug problem.

Huawei representative confirms no contact with Apple about 5G modems

In recent weeks there have been a ton of rumors flying around that Huawei could be a potential modem provider for Apple’s first generation of 5G smartphones. That has now officially been addressed at the Huawei Analyst Summit, where Huawei confirmed there has been zero contact with Apple regarding 5G modems.

How to turn off shake to undo on iPhone

Do you find yourself accidentally activating the undo option on iPhone? Follow along below for how to turn off shake to undo.

April 15

Facebook Messenger’s Dark Mode setting on iOS now rolling out to everyone

Last month, Facebook rolled out a hidden Dark Mode for Messenger that could be activated by sending a moon emoji in a message for some users. Now, the feature is officially rolling out globally with a toggle switch in settings.

Active smart speakers estimated to hit over 200 million this year, HomePod reach could be a factor

The global installed base of smart speakers is expected to break 200 million by the end of this year, says analytics firm Canalys. China and East Asia are expected to produce the most growth.

Report: US malls can’t rely on Apple and Tesla to increase foot traffic

New data out today about retail store closures in the US shows that “experiential” tenants like Apple and Tesla aren’t driving consumer traffic to malls like landlords expect.

19 countries approve EU Copyright Directive that puts future of Google News in doubt

The future of Google News in Europe is now in doubt as EU member states approved The EU Copyright Directive. The new law – which could see Google having to pay publishers to include brief snippets in search results – was previously passed by the European Parliament, but was subject to approval by individual countries.

Not every country agreed to implement the directive, but most did so this morning …

How to change your passcode on iPhone and iPad

Need to change your passcode on iPhone or iPad? Follow along below for a quick guide with images.

April 12

Facebook accidentally prints ‘inappropriate’ hidden messages on thousands of VR controllers like ‘Big Brother is Watching’

Facebook’s Head of VR Product today explained that the company accidentally printed what he called “inappropriate” hidden messages on its Oculus VR Touch Controllers like “The Masons Were Here” and “Big Brother is Watching.”

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