November 22

Annual Affinity Mac/iOS Black Friday sale live at up to 55% off: Designer, Photo, add-ons, more

The annual Affinity Black Friday sale is now live, offering up what are easily among the best Black Friday image manipulation app deals of the year. Not only are we tracking up to 55% or more off the popular Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo apps via both the App Store and Mac App Store, but you’ll also find up to 30% off sitewide over on the official site. The direct deals include loads of the brand’s official add-on packs for these world-class image suites alongside deep deals on the brand’s official workbooks for learning about “necessary core skills right up to the most powerful tools and techniques.” Head below for the best Black Friday image manipulation app deals from Affinity.

Today has seen yet another AAPL record high. At the time of writing, the stock was sitting at $165.08, up well over 2%. This is the third time the stock has hit a new record high this month.

Walter Bloomberg has tweeted that the stock has also seen the highest percentage gain of any company listed in the Dow Jones index, though he didn’t specify a timescale …

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Facebook, now Meta, has been teasing end-to-end encrypted chat to Messenger and Instagram for quite some time. Now, the company says it won’t happen until “sometime in 2023.” In an opinion article in the Telegraph, the global head of safety at Meta, Antigone Davis, says the company will “protect privacy and prevent harm.”

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My shiny new 16-inch Apple Silicon MacBook Pro claims two big advantages over its Intel predecessor. First, the performance of the M1 Max. Second, power efficiency, aka battery life.

For my personal usage patterns, the two are quite distinct. The time when I want power is for video editing, when I’ll almost always be sat at my desk hooked up to a large monitor. When I want battery life, my typical usage is very different…

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Samsung’s new smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 4, saw the company dramatically boost its market share in Q3, according to a new report. Most of that was at the expense of Huawei and Apple, the Cupertino company’s share of the market dropping by 10%.

However, that’s largely a matter of timing, which favored Samsung in two ways …

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It’s time once more for my audio gift guide, and I’m again attempting to offer options at a range of price points – while mostly sticking to premium products.

For me, a premium audio product is one of the best possible gifts for music lovers, for two reasons. First, most people listen to music every day, so it’s a gift they will enjoy more frequently than almost anything else you could buy them. Second, giving someone access to better audio quality can massively increase the pleasure they get from listening to music …

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Apple today unveiled its Black Friday – Cyber Monday shopping event for 2021. Similar to previous years, Apple will be giving away gift cards with eligible purchases of iPhones, AirPods, Mac and iPad models.

The Apple Store offers run from November 26 through November 29. As usual, Apple’s Black Friday offer don’t beat out what you can get from third-party sellers this week. Check out 9to5Toys for the best deals.

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Best iPhone 13 cases – Stocking stuffers, gifts, and deals [Updated: Black Friday deals, more]

All of the best iPhone 13 cases now available are ready and waiting down below with iPhone 13 Black Friday case deals coming in by the truckload starting today. It’s that time of year once again where all of the best iPhone 13 cases will see major price drops for Thanksgiving and Black Friday — some of the more premium and best known options are already going on sale. You’ll find cases for iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone 13 mini, as well screen protectors at some of the best prices of the year starting today, with more and more hitting from now through Black Friday proper and into next weekend. Whether it’s the ideal iPhone case gift or you’re just looking for some big-time iPhone 13 Black Friday case deals for yourself, this roundup will be updated regularly with all of the most notable sales and promotions spotted by the legendary deal hunters over at 9to5Toys. Head below for our 2021 lineup of the best iPhone 13 cases, the most exciting iPhone 13 Black Friday case deals, and much more. 

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Apple announced a few weeks ago that it was moving the Grove Apple Store in Los Angeles to a new location. Now, it’s finally opened to the public. Apple’s The Grove retail in Los Angeles is one of the most important stores for the company. After two decades of history, Apple decided to change its location so it would be able to welcome even more customers.

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Now that Apple’s fall device release season has come and gone, the one negative comment I’ve seen is that no Apple devices are equipped with Wi-Fi 6E, the latest wireless standard. This might have been frustrating for enterprise customers who buy devices on a three- to four-year life cycle. However, despite rumors that the iPhone 13 would include Wi-Fi 6E, Apple is never on the cutting edge of communication standards, and there’s a reason why.

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November 19

When the Wall Street Journal published its post the other day declaring that wired EarPods were back in style, I wasn’t even remotely surprised. In fact, I’ve always thought it was inevitable that once AirPods were fully democratized, younger generations would find them to be uncool. We’ve seen it happen time and time again with other technologies, the most popular reference being to Facebook and its now much older demographic. So yes, wired earbuds are trendy again. But what does that mean for the industry and culture at large?

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Earlier this year, Apple rolled out the ability to rate and review its own applications on the App Store, including built-in apps like Podcasts, Music, News, and Stocks. One thing that quickly became clear when this rolled out is that the Apple Podcasts is a polarizing app, with an average rating hovering around 2.0 stars.

This week, developer and App Store watchdog Kosta Eleftheriou spotted that the Apple Podcasts app had mysteriously jumped from a 1.8-star rating to 4.6 stars in just over a month’s time. Apple has since confirmed to The Verge that it is now prompting users to rate and review the Apple Podcasts application.

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