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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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Google killing AdSense on Android and iOS this year for the web

AdSense allows publishers to easily place advertising on their sites, with Google offering mobile apps to track views and revenue. Google today announced that it is killing the Android and iOS clients, with the web positioned as an upcoming alternative.

After testing out its new desktop web interface for the first half of the year, Twitter is now rolling out the new version to all users. The refreshed design includes a simpler aesthetic with an overhauled left sidebar, a more traditional look for Direct Messages, improved account switching, two dark themes, and more.

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Libby, a popular ebook and audiobook iOS app that works with 90% of public libraries in North America has been updated today with support for CarPlay.

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Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

A new cellular network study from OpenSignal published today takes a look at how the four major US carriers stack up across five key attributes. Verizon took the top spot for best LTE network availability, T-Mobile had both the fastest download and upload speeds, while AT&T tied for lowest network latency. Read on for all the details about how the carriers performed.

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Waze now shows toll prices along your route in US and Canada

Millions of drivers use Waze to avoid traffic jams, speed traps, and more obstacles on their commutes. Starting today, Waze is also helping drivers save money by showing toll prices along their route, and the functionality is available starting today.

watchOS 6: How to record Voice Memos on Apple Watch

Apple is bringing its useful Voice Memos app from iOS and macOS to Apple Watch with watchOS 6. Read on below for how to make use of the handy new feature on your wearable.

July 12

Reported by The Wall Street Journal this afternoon, sources have shared that the FTC has approved a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook over privacy violations that will end its probe into the company that started over a year ago.

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Apple software manager talks enterprise changes in iOS 13 and more in podcast interview

In the latest episode of the Mac Admins Podcast, Jeremy Butcher, Apple’s product marketing manager for enterprise and education software goes in-depth on the new and important changes coming with iOS 13 and macOS Catalina from an enterprise perspective.

Sony has unveiled a new USB-C hub today aimed at professional photographers and videographers that features a UHS-II SD and microSD card reader to support the fastest possible transfers. The hub also features HDMI, USB-A, as well as power delivery up to 100W.

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iFixit has gotten its hands on the 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro that was released this week, giving a detailed look at the changes under the hood. The base 13-inch Pro has a marginally larger battery, modular ports, but now has a soldered-down SSD. The teardown also checks out the notebook’s keyboard and more.

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watchOS 6: How to delete built-in apps on Apple Watch

watchOS has allowed users to delete Apple Watch apps directly on the wearable, but only for third-party software. watchOS 6 is set to change that by giving the option to delete built-in apps right from Apple Watch.

July 11

You’re not alone, Twitter is down and no one can tweet [Fixed]

Twitter is down this afternoon and it looks like most users can’t tweet or view their feeds for the time being. Those experiencing issues are having trouble loading the website as well as mobile apps and third-party clients not functioning.

Belkin expands USB-C and Lightning lineup with durable nylon cables, up to 10-ft lengths

Belkin is out today with a line of new Lightning and USB-C cables. The new Boost Up Charge cables include a USB-C to Lightning version, USB-A to Lightning, and more. The company highlights durability and style as key features of the braided nylon cables that include integrated leather cable management.

Popular Speedtest iOS app hides an epic Easter egg behind this gesture

Ookla’s popular Speedtest iOS app has included fun Easter eggs in the past, and the app currently has quite the epic one hidden right now. The latest surprise continues the legend of Lord Ookla which can be found behind a simple gesture.

How to use auto lock and unlock on iPhone with folio cases

Are you using your iPhone with a folio case and want to take advantage of the auto lock and unlock feature for a more seamless experience? Read on for how to make sure this feature is enabled on your iPhone.

July 10

After launching updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks yesterday, Apple also pared down its lineup by discontinuing the 12-inch MacBook and previous-generation MacBook Air. Whether you’re looking to pick up a new Mac for school, work, or general use, read on for a detailed look at how the new MacBook lineup compares.

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The Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Apple’s hometown, Cupertino, is scheduled for demolition. The theater where Apple introduced the first Macintosh, as well as the Apple Watch, will be replaced with a new facility after originally being built five decades ago. Follow along for a detailed final look at the historic facility.

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SiriusXM update brings personalized Pandora-powered stations, exclusive videos, and expanded streaming plan

SiriusXM has upgraded its streaming services today for users with new personalized stations powered by Pandora, access to new music channels, and more exclusive video content. The company is also expanding subscriber access to SiriusXM content on devices like iPhone, Apple TV, the web, and more at no cost.

How to customize or disable Siri Suggestions on iPhone

Does it feel like you’re getting too many Siri Suggestions on your iPhone? Read on for how to customize or disable Siri Suggestions on a per-app or system-wide basis.

July 9

Strava’s location sharing feature ‘Beacon’ now works on Apple Watch without iPhones

Popular activity tracking app, Strava, is out today with an improvement to its Beacon location sharing feature for Apple Watch users. Previously, Strava required an iPhone to share your location with others via Beacon, but now cellular Apple Watch owners can leave their phones at home for runs, rides, and other exercise.

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