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One of the main highlights of the new 2021 MacBook Pro is the comeback of the SD card slot. Unfortunately, it seems that some users are having issues with the SD card reader on these new machines, as they have been reporting slow transfer speeds or even inaccessible files when trying to use an SD card on the new MacBook Pro.

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Apple on Monday released its new Apple Configurator app for iPhone, which is used to deploy iOS and Mac devices in schools and business. With the new iPhone app, it is now possible to set up a Mac not purchased by an organization into Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager.

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Last month, the popular tracking device company Tile announced that it was about to be acquired by another company called Life360 – which also offers tracking services. Now a report from the Markup has revealed that Life360 is selling the location data of its 33 million users to “virtually anyone who wants to buy it.”

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has been investigating antitrust concerns surrounding Apple since 2019. Most recently, it was reported that the DOJ had “accelerated” its investigation amid a growing number of complaints.

Now, the Information reports that one of the focuses of the DOJ antitrust probe into Apple is on the company’s treatment of Roblox.

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The original HomePod was released by Apple back in 2018 and was ultimately discontinued in March of this year. Now, it’s dying a very slow and very sad death, and I’m starting to wonder if we (or Apple?) might have taken it for granted all along. Hear me out on this one.

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Microsoft announced today that OneDrive sync is finally available as a public preview for M1 Mac users as well as Windows on ARM. For a long time,OneDrive’s full support of M1 Macs has been requested by users, and having the ability to sync everything from the computer to the cloud is a must for any paying user. Now, Microsoft announced this feature is available as a public preview.

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New HYPER flagship magnetic DUO USB-C MacBook hub launches today at 50% off

Update: The campaign is now live!

The Silicon Valley-based accessory maker HYPER is launching an updated version of its flagship HyperDrive USB-C hub for MacBook Pro today (should be live any minute now) known as the HyperDrive DUO PRO. This form-fitting, milled aluminum hub – an update to what HYPER refers to as “the world’s most crowdfunded USB-C hub” ever – brings the brand’s detail-focused, feature-rich design to Apple’s latest 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros while retaining compatibility with every other MacBook released from 2016 on. The original raised over $3.1 million during its crowdfunding campaign, and HYPER is launching the HyperDrive DUO PRO on Indiegogo today with a solid 50% price drop for early backers. Alongside a flawless track record with crowdfunded product launches, the company is scheduled to begin shipping its new USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro starting next month. Head below for a closer look at the new HyperDrive DUO PRO. 

Facebook is updating its Messenger Kids app this week with three new features including dark mode and voice effects. Each update is available first on iOS and coming later to Android. Facebook is also introducing a new way to interact with PAC-MAN on its gaming platform.

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Monday’s best deals: Apple iPhone 12 MagSafe cases from $20, Philips Hue HomeKit sale, more

Kicking off the week, all of today’s best deals are headlined by a collection of official Apple iPhone 12 MagSafe cases from $20. That’s alongside a Philips Hue HomeKit lighting sale from $13 and this leather Apple Watch band at $9. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Yes, you read that correctly. We’ve finally done it. 9to5Mac merch is here, just in time for the holidays. We’ve carefully curated a collection of items that will be available exclusively on Cotton Bureau starting today. These products will make wonderful gifts for the Apple fan in your life, and there’s no harm in also treating yourself. By buying 9to5Mac merch, you’re supporting the great work our team does every day.

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WhatsApp is rolling out a big update for its app on iOS. Starting today, users can choose to use disappearing messages as default, as well as opt for multiple durations of messages for every chat.

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TikTok debuts 2021 year in review with a recap of all its viral trends

In the year that TikTok joined the list of the few apps that broke 3 billion downloads globally, the company is now celebrating all of the trends that went viral during 2021 on its app.

Apple last month introduced Apple Business Essentials, a new business offering that combines device management, cloud storage, repairs, and more into a single monthly price. Following that introduction, Apple’s Jeremy Butcher joined Relay FM’s Mac Power Users podcast this week to talk more in-depth about the new program.

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Apple has announced today that it is teaming up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to launch a new program designed to expand the availability of its Everyone Can Code curriculum. The announcement comes in celebration of Computer Science Education Week…

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With the holiday season finally here, Apple is back with an Easter egg on the Apple Store app. After unveiling it for the first time in 2017, users can get a little bit of Christmas magic this year too when typing “let it snow” on the app.

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How to receive and send a fax with iPhone or iPad

As far as technology has advanced, there are still times when you might need to send or receive a fax. Whether it’s a rare or regular occurrence, fortunately, you can handle your fax needs with an app. Read on for three ways to receive and send a fax with iPhone or iPad, including two free options as well as solutions for businesses with strict privacy requirements.

December 5

Apple is in a global fight to protect its App Store business model, and the latest development lands us in Russia. Apple is taking legal action after objecting to a ruling by the country’s Federal Antimonopoly Service that would allow developers to promote alternative payment methods to Apple’s in-app purchases.

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Turn your Apple TV into a charming fireplace with Christmas music for the holidays

Apple TV screensavers are a fan favorite with views from space, the ocean, and everywhere in between, but there’s no built-in screensaver to turn your Apple TV into a fireplace yet. Fortunately, there’s an app for that.

After a hiatus of rumors regarding Apple’s mixed reality and AR headsets, there have been lot of stories about these two products in the past few weeks. In his Power On newsletter today, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman talks about Apple’s plan for its long-rumored mixed reality headset.

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Apple had a busy year in 2021, announcing the iPhone 13 lineup, new Apple Silicon-powered Macs, and more. Looking ahead to 2022, there’s still a lot to expect from the company. In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman breaks down everything he expects Apple to unveil in the new year.

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You may have noticed that WhatsApp for iOS now shows a waveform when you’re recording a voice message. Now, the company is testing a new interface that shows exactly the form of your message when it’s sent to the chat.

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Best iPhone 13 cases – Gifts, stocking stuffers, and more [Updated: New collections]

The best iPhone 13 cases and, timely enough for the holiday season, the best iPhone 13 case gifts are all ready and waiting down below. Our yearly roundup of the best iPhone 13 cases also happens to be one of the most useful resources for finding the perfect iPhone 13 case gift this year as well. Alongside some new collections from some of the big third-party brands (CASETiFY’s new ‘Squid Game’ cases, we are looking at you) and all of Apple’s latest colorways for iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone 13 mini, our 2021 list of the most reliable and interesting iPhone covers will give folks a good idea of what’s out there in various price ranges — from pricey leather sheaths to affordable stocking stuffer-worthy models you can flip out with your holiday outfits — in order to make a truly informed decision. You’ll even find some screen protectors you can throw in with your headliner case gift as well. Now updated with the latest and ready for this year’s gift giving, head below for a closer look at our roundup of the best iPhone 13 cases and iPhone 13 case gifts. 

December 4

It’s no secret that using YouTube in the browser on your iPhone or iPad is a rather unpleasant experience. And in many ways, YouTube’s “native” app isn’t much better. This is where a new Safari extension called “Vinegar” comes in to save the day.

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