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Michael Potuck


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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One of the unique selling points for the Pixel smartphone lineup over the last few years has been free unlimited storage of original quality pictures with Google Photos. However, that changed with the Pixel 4 that was announced this week which won’t see that benefit. In an ironic twist, it appears that iPhones will have access to free unlimited storage of original quality photos with Google’s service due to a format loophole.

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Upcoming book to explore Apple’s pivots and product launches under Tim Cook

The Wall Street Journal’s Tripp Mickle is working on a book that will focus on the last decade at Apple without Steve Jobs. It will dive into how some of the products like Apple Watch and more came to be that have launched under Tim Cook and Jony Ive’s leadership and the company’s shift to Services.

Google Voice now works with Siri on iPhones, but still not Google Assistant

If you primarily use a Google Voice number, there are a few little roadblocks you’ve got to put up with. However, one of those is going away, as the latest Google Voice update for iOS adds better support for Siri.

How to change icons and colors for Reminders Lists on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Among the subtle changes that have arrived with iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina, Reminders Lists can now be customized with 60 different icons and a choice of 12 colors. Read on for how to change icons and colors for Reminders Lists on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Apple TV+ streaming service coming November 1, here are the latest trailers

Apple TV+ will be arriving soon and we’re keeping up with the latest trailers showing off the upcoming original content. Follow along below for a look at all of the Apple TV+ trailers plus what’s new.

Arlo’s Video Doorbell arrives with 180-degree field of view, 1:1 aspect ratio, more

After leaking out earlier this year a couple of times, Smart-home device maker Arlo has officially announced its newest product today, its first video doorbell. The new device comes with a 180-degree field of view, a unique 1:1 aspect ratio, motion detection and alerts, tamper detection, and more.

October 16

T-Mobile and Sprint merger officially gets green light from FCC, only one obstacle remains

The long-running saga of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger deal could be close to an end. After receiving the approval of the DOJ back in July, the two carriers have gotten the official go-ahead from the FCC today. Signs are pointing to the deal being sealed but there is one more roadblock to overcome.

How to make subtasks and sublists with Reminders in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina

The Reminders app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac got a big upgrade with iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina. One of the handy new features is the option to create nested to-dos (and lists, too). Follow along for how to make subtasks and sublists with Reminders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac with the latest software.

Apple shares reminder of planned App Store Connect downtime for this weekend

Apple gave a heads up to developers today that there is planned downtime for the App Store Connect this weekend on October 20th.

October 15

How to get started with and use ‘Sign in with Apple’ on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Sign in with Apple arrives as a seamless way to sign up for and log in to third-party accounts with just your Apple ID. The service offers some great security and privacy benefits and is available with iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina. Read on for how to get going with Sign in with Apple on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Apple Card dubbed ‘most successful credit card launch ever’ by Goldman Sachs CEO

Just about two months after Apple Card became available to the public, the CEO of Goldman Sachs — Apple’s bank partner — shared today in an interview how happy he is with the launch of the product, saying he thinks it’s the “most successful credit card launch ever.”

Google announced its newest products at an event in NYC today including its new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones. The Pixel line has been known for its great camera systems so many have been eager to see how Google’s latest compares to the fantastic camera Apple launched with the iPhone 11 lineup. Follow along for a look at how the two cameras compare in some real-world shots.

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Apple TV+ and the company’s original programming that it’s been working on for the last few years is about launch next month. Ahead of the November 1st release, we’re hearing more details about Apple’s streaming video efforts and news from The Hollywood Reporter details Apple’s difficult path to original content with issues causing the launch of Spielberg’s reboot, Amazing Stories to be delayed. Other details say Apple is spending $300 million alone on its upcoming drama, The Morning Show.

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During its Made by Google event today in NYC, Google announced its latest hardware products. The new lineup includes a new iPhone competitor, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, AirPods competitor, the second-gen Pixel Buds, a brand new MacBook challenger, the Pixelbook Go, and more. This year, Google’s new products have been highly leaked ahead of time and our sister-site 9to5Google has been reporting all the details, including multiple exclusives. Now Google has officially unveiled its latest products and 9to5Google has got all the details live from NYC. Read on for what’s new from Google.

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Back in August, Microsoft teased that it was working on Dark Mode support for its full Office suite for iOS and as it rolled out support for the feature with Outlook. The plan was to have Office Dark Mode support in time for the launch of iOS 13. Even though it’s coming about a month later, it’s great to now see system-wide Dark Mode support arrive for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for iPhone and iPad.

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October 14

How to check iPad and Mac Sidecar requirements

Sidecar is a slick new feature that’s arrived with macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13 that lets users turn their iPad into an external Mac display either wirelessly or wired. Follow along for how to check iPad and Mac Sidecar hardware requirements and more.

In a report from professor and cryptographer, Matthew Green today, concerns were raised about Apple sharing users’ browsing data to the Chinese company, Tencent. Now Apple has offered an official response, reassuring users that actual URLs aren’t shared with third-parties.

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New Orbi mesh WiFi system offers original design and competitive price

Netgear is out with its latest Orbi mesh WiFi offering. The new RBK12/13/14 Orbi WiFi Systems come in a two-, three-, or four-pack to cover up 6,000 sq. ft. It also features an all-new design with a competitive price tag starting at $129.

October 13

Last week we heard from a reader who experienced a fraudulent charge coming from a clone of his Apple Card. It was a good reminder that even with its security focus and lack of printed numbers, the physical Apple Card is just as susceptible to skimming and cloning as any other credit or debit card. Now we’ve heard from another reader who just had a fraud issue with Apple Card, but more surprising, he says he’s never used the physical titanium Apple Card.

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October 11

How to set up Screen Time on your Mac in macOS Catalina

Apple first introduced Screen Time with iOS 12 last year to help users be more intentional with their time on iPhone and iPad. Now with macOS Catalina, Screen Time comes to the Mac.

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