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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?
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.”