Category: Apple

How to add Apple Pay to your Watch ahead of your next gym visit


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Apple today revealed it’s offering a rewards program to incentivize going to the gym by making certain ones “Apple Watch Connected.” Now when you make more of an effort to close your rings, you’ll be earning rewards. At the moment, the connected gyms include several from familiar franchises: OrangeTheory, Crunch Fitness, YMCA, and Basecamp. The rewards vary based on which gym you go to, with some benefiting you personally and others benefiting the community — most…

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The FBI is cracking iPhone 11s without Apple’s help, so why does it need a backdoor?


Remember how, in 2016, Apple refused to comply with a court order to help the Department of Justice (DoJ) unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters? The FBI was able to eventually gain access to the device without the company’s help — and the agency seems to be doing just fine with the latest models four years later. According to reports from Bloomberg and Forbes, the FBI has successfully unlocked current-gen iPhones in two recent cases. The first one involved an iPhone 11 belonging to Rudy Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas, indicted for his involvement in pressuring Ukraine to…

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Google found vulnerabilities in Apple’s Safari that allowed user tracking


In December, Apple fixed multiple bugs found in its Safari browser that allowed third-party websites to track users’ browsing habits. According to a paper published by Google’s security team, the company notified Apple of various flaws in its anti-tracking technology, Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP), in August. In 2017, Apple rolled out its ITP technology, one of the most highly regarded privacy protection kits for the web around the world. The system clears out first-party cookies regularly and blocks third-party cookies by default, making it difficult for advertisers to track users. In the paper, Google’s team noted that these vulnerabilities would’ve resulted in the third-party…

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UGH! Apple’s AirPods Pro firmware update has messed up noise-canceling


One of the best features of Apple’s new(-ish) AirPods Pro is their active noise-cancelation (ANC) functionality. While this has existed in a fair number of true wireless headphones before, the inclusion on an Apple bit of kit has made life better (and quieter) for a whole load of people. Unfortunately though, it looks like this comfort has been short lived. Recent posts on Reddit have claimed that AirPods Pro firmware update has made the earbuds‘ noise canceling worse. After seeing this, RTINGS retested the headphones, to see if the AirPods Pro firmware update had actually impacted the sound. And, spoiler, it…

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AirPods can damage your hearing — here’s how Apple could prevent it


I want you to pause for a moment and think about how much time you spent listening to music today. Maybe it’s 30 minutes? Or an hour? According to Nielsen Music, on average, Americans now spend just slightly more than 32 hours a week listening to music — that’s approximately 4.5 hours per day. Now, I want you to think about how often you’ve noticed that your music is too loud. According to a study in 2019, many of you will probably answer never. Without much awareness of the music volume for that many hours, AirPods could lead to hearing loss. In this article, I…

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This genius combined every macOS 10 wallpaper into a psychedelic masterpiece


I like to think that somewhere inside the bureaucratic labyrinth of Apple’s employee structure, there’s a single person with the world’s greatest job. Each year, they only have to do a single thing: Traverse the world and try to take a sick photo of a landscape for the latest macOS wallpaper. Does this job exist? Who knows, but I can dream. Anyway, one of the most fun (I use this term loosely) parts of new macOS releases is discovering what new photo they have as their backgrounds. You know, like the one the company’s currently using on macOS 10.15 Catalina: Pretty,…

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Don’t believe everything you read about AirPod sales


We can start this article with a fact: AirPods are incredibly popular. From there though, things start to get a little muddier. It’s pretty standard for Apple to not disclose sales figures, which means analyst firms have a tough job tracking the company. And one of the latest to put out a report is Strategy Analytics, who have looked at the tech giant’s progress with its true wireless earbuds. The report claims that Apple sold “nearly 60 million” AirPods in 2019, taking more than a 50 percent share of the global true wireless earbuds market, and raking in 71 percent of…

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Apple reportedly acquires Xnor.ai to boost on-device AI


Did you know that, according to CEO Tim Cook, Apple acquires a company every two to three weeks?  It’s just added another startup to its long line of AI acquisitions. According to a report by GeekWire, the Cupertino-based company has made a deal with Xnor.ai, an edge-based AI startup, for $200 million. What is edge-based AI, you may ask? It’s a type of AI that executes algorithms locally (meaning on the hardware it’s being used for), instead of relying on the cloud. Xnor.ai specializes in image recognition software that can even run on low-powered devices. We know that iPhones aren’t low-powered…

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Report: Apple will give Macs a ‘Pro Mode’ to boost performance


Apple is all about balance, constantly striving to find that sweet spot among performance, build, simplicity, noise, and price. But sometimes you just want raw power, and it seems Apple is listening. 9to5Mac spotted code in the macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta that heavily suggests Apple is considering a ‘Pro Mode’ that would delimit fan speeds and energy-saving measures. Text in the code notes “Apps may run faster, but battery life may decrease and fan noise may increase.” It further notes that the boost is temporary. Though the mention of battery life initially made it seem Pro Mode was exclusive to…

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Apple starts replacement program for faulty iPhone battery cases


Apple has opened a replacement program for iPhone battery cases, specifically those for the iPhones XS, XS Max, and XR. So if you have one of those, and it’s not working, you’re in luck. The company says this is because it’s confirmed there are “charging issues” with the X series battery cases — namely, that it doesn’t charge. Either the case won’t consistently charge when plugged in, or it won’t charge the phone. If you have either of those issues. Troubleshooting posts detailing users’ problems with this have been cropping up ever since the cases launched. According to Apple, the…

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