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Michael Potuck

@michaelpotuck

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

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Zoom has risen to the top as one of the most used video call apps as the coronavirus has spread around the globe. It’s cross-platform, free, and easy to set up calls for businesses and well as individuals. However, it has some serious security and privacy flaws, the latest of which were shared today. For those looking for some good Zoom alternatives, follow along after the break for a range of choices for both business and personal use.

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Zoom, the popular video call service has had a number of privacy and security issues over the years and we’ve seen several very recently as Zoom has seen usage skyrocket during the coronavirus pandemic. Now two new bugs have been discovered that allow hackers to take control of Macs including the webcam, microphone, and even full root access.

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After almost two years, T-Mobile and Sprint’s $26 billion merger is now officially a done deal. The result is the “New T-Mobile” that has big aspirations for moving the US wireless market forward.

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How to use Ethernet with iPad over USB-C or Lightning

Whether you’re having temporary trouble with your Wi-Fi or would like to set up a persistent network connection, follow along for how to use Ethernet with iPad over both USB-C and Lightning.

March 31

In a big move to improve its weather app, Apple has purchased the highly popular iOS app Dark Sky. Along with the acquisition comes the end of Dark Sky for Android as well as an end to the API that’s used by popular apps like Carrot Weather, and more.

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Snapchat releases App Stories tool to bring the feature to third-party apps

Snapchat announced last year that it would begin letting third-party apps build in support for its Stories feature. Now that functionality, called “App Stories” is live as part of the Snap Kit suite of developer tools.

Podcast listening sees decline with work-from-home requirements limiting commutes

As people adjust to shelter in place orders around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, new behaviors are impacting almost every industry and that includes podcasts. While at first, you might think podcast listener numbers would be up with the extra time many people have on hand, it’s actually the opposite, here’s why.

iOS: How to scan documents with the Notes app

Apple has been improving its Notes app each year, and the ability to scan documents within the app in iOS is better than ever. Follow along after the break for a look at how this useful feature works.

March 30

The need for video calls and screen sharing has really ramped up as the coronavirus pandemic has spread around the world. Sometimes it’s easy enough to troubleshoot with a call or text when you aren’t nearby, but it’s often helpful to see what’s happening on-screen and also have some remote control access. Follow along for a look at how to screen share with iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more to help coworkers, friends, and family with tech support more efficiently.

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WhatsApp speeds up experience on iOS 13 with share sheet contact suggestions

WhatsApp has received a little update today that puts your contacts from the messaging app into the share sheet suggestions across iOS on your iPhone and iPad for a smoother experience.

Apple testing ProRes Raw support with select Windows apps

Apple released a beta today of ProRes Raw for Windows that brings compatibility for the codec to several Adobe apps on Microsoft’s platform.

Microsoft held an event today announcing a number of changes and upcoming launches. Two of the major pieces of news include a consumer version its communication and collaboration software “Teams” coming this year and its Office 365 suite rebranded as “Microsoft 365” plans.

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March 27

How to use Apple’s COVID-19 screening app and website for yourself or someone else

Apple has launched its COVID-19 screening app and website that were designed in partnership with the CDC, FEMA, and the White House. The software makes it easy for anyone to get free information and guidance on whether you or a loved one should seek professional medical advice, self-isolate, try to take a test, and more. Read on for how to check coronavirus symptoms on iPhone and more with Apple’s screening app and website.

Apple Watch Instagram app ‘Lens’ first to gain in-app purchases on your wearable

Lens for Watch debuted last year as a slick way to experience Instagram on Apple Watch without needing your iPhone nearby. Now it looks like Lens is the first to make in-app purchases possible right on your Apple Watch.

March 26

Mac: How to use time-synced lyrics with Apple Music

Following the handy feature previously arriving on iOS, the Music app on Mac has gained time-synced lyrics with the latest software release. Read on for how to use it in a few ways with Apple Music including full screen for some karaoke-style fun…

A bug in Apple’s recent iOS releases, including this week’s iOS 13.4 is keeping VPNs from being able to fully encrypt user traffic and data. Apple is aware of the issue and is currently working on a fix. In the meantime, there’s an easy workaround you can use to keep your VPN connection working as intended.

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SignEasy becomes first digital signing app to support Face ID for completing documents

Signing documents digitally is becoming more and more common and that will only increase as cities and countries around the world adapt to shelter-in-place orders. SignEasy is out today with an update that makes it the first digital signing service to support Apple’s Face ID to not only unlock the app but also to complete the signing process.

Moment Pro Camera iOS app gets big update to shoot next-level time-lapses

Moment is out today with a great update to its Pro Camera app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The headline change is a pro-level time-lapse feature that comes with granular control over interval and frame count, duration, exposure bracketing, the ability to include motion blur/light trails, and more.

Duolingo ABC arrives as free interactive iOS app without ads to teach kids to read

Over the years, Duolingo has become one of the most popular ways to learn a new language. It shook up the market using a free model with gamification, no ads, and a focus on high-frequency words to become conversational in a new language quickly. Now the company has launched Duolingo ABC to teach kids to read.

March 25

Plex makes Live TV feature free for 3 months, here’s how to get set up on Mac, iPhone, Apple TV

Plex offers a mix of free content through its platform, but to access all of the service’s features, like Live TV, you normally need a Plex Pass paid subscription. Today the company has announced, in light of the global coronavirus crisis, that it will make its Live TV feature free to Plex users for three months. Follow along for how to get set up with the functionality.

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