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Michael Potuck

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

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Today

Last year, not too long after Apple abruptly settled its long-running lawsuit with Qualcomm, the chipmaker was hit with a ruling that its business practices were anticompetitive in a case brought by the Federal Trade Commission. After a year-long period to appeal that decision, Qualcomm today has won its bid to reverse that ruling.

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iOS 14: How to limit third-party access to the iPhone’s Photos app

Among the variety of security and privacy enhancements with iOS 14 is improved control for photo permissions. Read along for how to limit third-party access to the iPhone’s Photos app.

The highly popular calendar app Fantastical by Flexibits has launched a family subscription. The new option lets up to 5 users take advantage of the rich calendar software across all Apple devices at an economical price.

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Yesterday

Musk be on Mars: Luxury brand taking pre-orders for $5,000 SpaceX iPhone 12 Pro concept

Luxury technology company Caviar has unveiled its latest limited-run product: the Musk be on Mars iPhone. The custom-designed smartphone features a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft graphic celebrating the first crewed SpaceX mission as well as the “Musk be on Mars” tagline.

Tesla is involved in the development of a smartwatch, but why?

Tesla is involved in the development of a smartwatch, according to a new FCC filling. The questions are, to what degree and why?

One of the issues Apple has seen antitrust scrutiny from governments around the world is the removal of third-party parental control apps. Now a Russian investigation that started last year has concluded that Apple abused its dominant market position by pulling them.

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How to install the watchOS 7 public beta

For the first time ever, a public beta is available for the latest Apple Watch software. If you want to test out all the new features, including sleep tracking, watch face sharing, new watch faces, and workout types, follow along below for how to install the free watchOS 7 public beta.

August 7

iOS 14: How to translate websites on iPhone and iPad

One of the less flashy but valuable upgrades that arrives with Safari this year is built-in translation. Follow along for a look at how to translate websites on iPhone and iPad in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

These are the latest Apple Arcade games for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV

Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly. Follow along with our guide on the latest from Apple’s gaming service.

Apple pledges to support Beirut relief efforts after tragic explosion

In the aftermath of the devastating explosion in Beirut, Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that the company will be donating to both short and long-term relief efforts.

August 6

Snapchat to roll out in-app voter registration, voter guide, more

Snapchat is set to roll out a new set of election-focused features to not only help its users get informed about how to vote but also register to vote right within the app.

How to install the macOS Big Sur public beta

Ready to test out the new changes and features including a big UI refresh in macOS Big Sur? Follow along for how to install the macOS Big Sur beta on your Mac.

Apple made its public betas available for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 back in July and we’ve been eagerly awaiting the macOS Big Sur public. Now it’s available giving anyone the ability to test out the all-new design, widgets, Safari experience, and much more.

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With Apple out of the picture, Microsoft may buyout TikTok, not just U.S. business

Microsoft recently shared its efforts to acquire TikTok’s U.S. business in a public blog post. Then, President Trump officially confirmed the TikTok ban in the U.S. by September 15 if an acquisition isn’t approved. Apple was reportedly in the mix too but that was refuted. Now Microsoft is said to be considering buying all of TikTok’s global operations.

August 5

Now that Apple has reported its Q2 (fiscal Q3) performance, we’re seeing more firms estimate how many products the company shipped in the period. The latest report from Strategy Analytics estimates that iPad saw a big 33% increase in shipments compared to Q2 2019, the highest growth rate in the past 6 years.

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Samsung has launched a slew of products at its virtual Unpacked event today including its latest smartphones, smartwatch, fully-wireless earbuds, and more. The new devices offer some compelling features ahead of Apple unveiling the iPhone 12 and new Apple Watch later this year.

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Instagram is out today with a major new release that should crank up the competition between social media apps to another level. “Reels” is rolling out for Instagram users in 50 countries and is focused on entertaining short-form video just like TikTok.

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August 4

Apple has launched refreshed iMacs with the biggest changes coming to the 27-inch models. While there are compelling updates like 10th generation Intel CPUs, new AMD GPUs, and a 1080p FaceTime camera, the switch to Apple Silicon could bring a truly all-new iMac design (which we didn’t get today). Follow along for a 2020 iMac comparison versus the previous generation along with some help deciding if you should buy the new iMac.

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August 3

Apple posted record results for the June quarter which sent its stock price soaring. Now Canalys is out with its estimates on global tablet shipments that detail how much Apple is leading Samsung, Amazon, and others.

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As expected, President Trump has officially announced that the US will ban TikTok and other China-based apps/services like WeChat. In the case of TikTok, Microsoft is working on a potential deal that could see the service continue on but details will need to be nailed down in a matter of weeks. Trump also said that he wants to see the US Treasury take a cut that would amount to “a lot of money” if an acquisition goes through.

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