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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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You can now use your Canon EOS camera as a Mac webcam, here’s how it works

Tired of using the low-res 720p FaceTime camera built-in to your MacBook Air, Pro, or iMac? Canon just expanded its beta software to macOS today that lets you use an EOS or PowerShot camera as your webcam for much-improved video quality.

Instagram to show ads on IGTV for the first time, share revenue with creators

Instagram launched its IGTV platform back in 2018 as its way of “re-envisioning mobile video” via longer-form content. Now for the first time, IGTV will gain ads and the company will share a cut of the revenue with creators. Additionally “Badges” arrive as a way for fans to donate to creators in Instagram Live videos.

Pokémon GO Fest 2020 set for July as a global virtual event

Pokémon GO go has been holding in-person events around the world for the last few years that have proved to be very popular. The biggest event of the year is the annual Pokémon GO Fest and now dates have been announced for this July but as a global virtual event in light of the pandemic.

May 26

Belkin announced its new SoundForm Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker + Wireless Charger powered by Devialet back at CES and now it’s available to purchase. The company has also launched two new multi-device wireless chargers for iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods.

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HomeKit security system maker Abode launches redesigned app with new quick actions, access to multiple systems, more

Abode, maker of the Iota HomeKit security system and other smart home devices has launched its all-new mobile app for all users after running a beta test. Abode 5.0 for iOS and Android features an updated UI, new one-tap quick actions, the ability to manage multiple systems without logging out, and more.

PSA: How to unlock recently added free fonts in macOS Catalina

Apple recently obtained new licenses for a number of new fonts in macOS Catalina. However, they’re not automatically downloaded or installed. Follow along for how to get the free new Mac fonts on your machine.

Spotify ditches 10,000 song limit on ‘Your Library’

Streaming music is probably a part of your daily life at this point, and Spotify is a great service to do that! However, the service has always had one annoying limit that irked many users — a limit of 10,000 songs saved to your library at any given time. Today, Spotify has announced that the limit on “Your Library” is going away.

May 25

A new app called Hyperdeck has launched today in beta for iPad that comes with a compelling list of features. In addition to support for creating presentations with Markdown, it also features a clean UI for the times you want a more traditional Keynote-like experience. Music to programmers’ ears, Hyperdeck can understand 121 coding languages making it seamless to include and edit code, highlight specific lines, and more.

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How to make phone calls on a Mac

Want to take advantage of making a call without needing your iPhone on hand or switching up your headphone connection? Follow along for how to make phone calls on a Mac.

May 22

Apple TV+ ‘Mythic Quest’ cast and crew raised $600K for pandemic relief along with special quarantine episode

Apple TV+ comedy Mythic Quest launched its special quarantine episode today that was shot using 40 iPhones. Beyond bringing some laughs with the hilarious new bonus episode grounded in our current COVID-19 reality it has also raised over half a million dollars for coronavirus relief.

Apple has earned the award for Best in Show at the 99th ADC Awards for its playful and fun AirPods ad, “Bounce.” Apple also took home the award for Client of the Year and its partner TBWA\Media Arts Lab won Best Ad Agency of the Year.

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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.

iPhone and iPad: How to stop moving faces in Group FaceTime

As video call apps have seen massive growth over the last few months during the pandemic, Apple users have found Group FaceTime’s moving tiles to offer a distracting experience. With Apple’s iOS 13.5 software comes the option to stop moving faces in Group FaceTime calls.

May 21

Instagram is the latest of Facebook’s services to gain support for its new group video chat feature, Messenger Rooms. Follow along for a look at how it works…

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Samsung has launched its latest product today that sees its QLED Smart TV series expand outside. The new Terrace 4K outdoor TV comes with an IP55 dust and water resistance rating, a bright enough screen to enjoy content even in direct sunlight as well as Apple TV, iTunes, Apple Music, and AirPlay 2 integration.

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[Update: Now live] T-Mobile plans 10 years of free 5G unlimited service for first responders

T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere, announced today that if the merger with Sprint goes through, New T-Mobile will give free 5G unlimited service for 10 years to first responders.

May 20

iPhone: How to install iOS 13.5 with contact tracing, Face ID, and Group FaceTime improvements

Apple has released iOS 13.5 to the public, and the update includes some major changes including contact tracing support (Exposure Notifications), Face ID improvements, and the ability to stop faces in Group FaceTime from moving as people talk, and more. Follow along for how to install iOS 13.5.

Apple is currently in the middle of building its latest campus in Austin, Texas. The facility will initially be home to 5,000 Apple employees but expand over time to house 15,000. Now Apple has just had a revised plan for the campus approved that sees a 192-room hotel added to the project.

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AT&T saw heavy criticism from both users and competitors after it started branding its 4G LTE service as “5G E” in smartphone and tablet status bars starting back in 2019. Now, over a year later, AT&T has said it will stop using 5G Evolution (5G E) branding (though it “respectfully disagrees”) after a National Advertising Review Board decision found it to be misleading.

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May 19

Google Fi starts rolling out eSIM support for existing iOS subscribers

Last month, Google started letting new MVNO subscribers with iPhones set-up cellular service over eSIM. Google Fi is now starting to roll out eSIM support to existing members using iOS devices.

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