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Michael Potuck


Editor for 9to5Mac and 9to5Google. 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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Adobe is out today with updates to a couple of products including a new version of Lightroom CC for iOS with support for the iPad Pro, iPhone XS and XR, gesture compatibility with the new Apple Pencil, and more.

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Verizon launches ‘My Numbers’ to allow one smartphone to use up to five numbers

The major US carriers haven’t rolled out support for Apple’s Dual SIM/eSIM feature with the iPhone XS and XR yet. However, Verizon has today announced its own solution to using multiple numbers with one iPhone or Android smartphone called “My Numbers.”

Apple warns users about macOS legacy media support in latest Final Cut Pro X release

Apple released a major Final Cut Pro X update yesterday with support for third-party workflow extensions, batch sharing, and more. Along with the new features, Apple is also warning users about legacy media support with future versions of macOS.

Back in 2014, Microsoft announced that it was acquiring the popular multi-platform beta app distribution and testing solution HockeyApp. After previously sharing it would integrate HockeyApp’s features and functionality into the Visual Studio App Center, Microsoft has shared HockeyApp will officially be deprecated.

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How to force restart Apple Watch

There shouldn’t be many times when you’ll need to restart your Apple Watch, but if it isn’t responding, read on for how to force restart Apple Watch.

November 15

Following Apple bringing its system-wide Dark Mode to macOS with the release of Mojave in September, it’s been up to third-party developers to also offer support for the feature. The latest to bring Dark Mode support to macOS is Evernote, and its iOS app is getting the same treatment.

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Instagram shopping expands with savable collections, business profiles, and feed videos

After testing out some new shopping options back in September, Instagram is today widely rolling out new ways to purchase items across the platform ahead of the holidays.

Twelve South is out today with another update to its popular products, this time releasing its BookBook, Journal, and Surface cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. All made from high-quality leather, these Twelve South iPhone cases offer a range of style and function.

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iPhone XR SIM-free now available from Apple in store and online

Apple typically launches new iPhones with carrier SIM cards pre-installed and doesn’t offer a SIM-free version on launch. Today we’re seeing the iPhone XR SIM-free models show up both on Apple’s website and in its stores in the US.

How to turn Apple Watch on and off

Whether you’re new to Apple Watch or you just haven’t needed to power your wearable on or off in a while, follow along for how to turn Apple Watch on and off.

November 14

A new piece by The New York Times goes in-depth on how Facebook has handled its repeated breaches and blunders. But one detail in particular is fascinating relating to Apple, Mark Zuckerberg apparently forced his management team to give up iPhones and switch to Android after Tim Cook made some comments that “infuriated” the Facebook CEO.

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This past spring, UnitedHealthcare announced that it would start offering some of its insurance customers the opportunity to earn a free Apple Watch with a limited program. Starting tomorrow, the company is expanding the promotion to all eligible customers so they can pick up the wearable now with the ability to earn a free Apple Watch with UnitedHealthcare in six months.

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FCC asks for comments on most recent T-Mobile/Sprint merger filing before unfreezing official review

Back in September, the FCC paused the clock on the 180-day review period for T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger plans and asked for more documentation. Now, after the carriers filed the requested details, the FCC is asking the public to weigh in on the matter.

As is tradition around this time each year, the 2018 Apple holiday gift guide has been revealed. The extended holiday return period has also begun while limited retail hours for Thanksgiving week have been set.

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Luna Display lets iPad Pro be your primary Mac mini touchscreen display

Luna Display offers a slick way to extend your MacBook display with iPad. Now, the company put the Mac mini to the test to see how the new iPad Pro would be as a wireless touchscreen display for the new Mac desktop.

Low-cost Netflix mobile-only plan arriving in select markets

Netflix is looking to expand globally and one of its strategies includes testing out a new mobile only subscription that comes with a low price point of about $4/month.

How to find out which Apple TV model you have

You may want to identify which Apple TV model you’ve got for a variety of reasons. Whether you’re selling yours or just want to check software compatibility, read on for how to find out which Apple TV model you have.

November 13

How to get Spotify on Apple Watch

After launching a beta for its Apple Watch app earlier this month, Spotify has today made it available to all users. Read on for how to get Spotify on Apple Watch.

November 12

The Twelve South Journal for MacBook is the company’s latest Apple accessory. With the option to use your MacBook while it’s in the case or easily remove it, the beautiful zippered, leather case offers a nice blend of function and form. Another addition to the Journal lineup is the new accessory organizer, CaddySack.

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Facebook is currently down for U.S. East Coast users [U]

[Update: Facebook access is back up for most affected users.]

Many Facebook users are seeing the social media service as currently inaccessible. Issues appear limited to the East Coast of the United States.

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