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Google Brings Incognito Mode to Google Maps App for iOS

MacRumors - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 23:23
Google today announced that it is extending Incognito mode to Google Maps on iOS devices, allowing users to look for directions privately without that information being saved to a Google Account.

Google introduced Incognito mode for Android devices earlier this year as part of a 2019 focus on making it easier to control, manage, and delete Location History information.


When you make a search in Google Maps while logged in to your Google Account, the places that you search for are saved to power features like restaurant recommendations and are added to your Location History.

When searching for a location in Google Maps in Incognito mode, the iPhone will not update Location History so places visited will not be saved to the Timeline, nor will personalization features in Maps be available.

Google Maps is also gaining a new bulk delete option for the Timeline, which uses Location History to help users remember the places and routes they've visited. With the bulk delete option, it's easier to find and delete multiple places from Timeline and Location History all at once.

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The Dow Fell 105 Points Because Trump’s China Tariffs Can Kick In Next Week

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 23:23
The main U.S. stock indexes closed with small losses. The trade talk progress is in focus as a new round of tariffs on Chinese imports is set to take effect on Dec. 15.

US Indexes Close Lower Monday

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 23:15
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Apple Store App Gains Redesigned Shop Tab

MacRumors - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 22:42
Apple today updated its dedicated Apple Store app for purchasing Apple products, introducing a redesigned Shop tab.

According to Apple, the new tab features richer visuals, better personalization, and more relevant info for each individual shopper. Apple says that the new shopping experience is better tailored to "you and the devices you own."


An introductory splash screen for the update says that users can go from browsing to buying with a tap or dive into detailed product stories before adding something to the shopping bag.

There's also now an option to save passes for in-store pickups right in the Wallet app, which will make picking up items ordered online much easier when you arrive at your local Apple Store.

The Apple Store app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Apple Privacy Director Jane Horvath to Speak at CES in Consumer Privacy Roundtable

MacRumors - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 22:28
Apple will have a presence at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that's set to take place in January, but the company won't be showing off new products.

Apple will instead be discussing consumer privacy, as Bloomberg points out. Jane Horvath, Apple's senior director of privacy, will be attending a "Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable" alongside privacy executives from Facebook, Procter & Gamble, and the FTC.


The roundtable will focus on "what consumers want" when it comes to privacy. It will be held on Tuesday, January 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall, room N257. Attendance is included with CES registration.Privacy is now a strategic imperative for all consumer businesses. "The future is private" (Facebook); "Privacy is a human right" (Apple); and "a more private web" (Google). How do companies build privacy at scale? Will regulation be a fragmented patchwork? Most importantly, what do consumers want?Apple stopped attending CES in the 90s, and Apple's last official appearance took place in 1992 at the Chicago show, where then CEO John Sculley introduced the Apple Newton.


While Apple doesn't officially attend CES, it does send its employees to the show for meetings and to check out emerging technology. Last year, Apple also touted its privacy policies through a huge privacy-focused billboard right near the Las Vegas Convention Center that read "What Happens on your iPhone, stays on your ‌iPhone‌."

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Streaming TV Wars: Netflix Dominates Golden Globes Nominations

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 22:16
Netflix clinched its first-ever Golden Globes best picture nominations Monday. The streaming TV powerhouse grabbed 34 nominations, across the movie and television categories...

Apple to Speak at CES Conference for First Time in Decades

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 21:53
(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. is officially returning to the Las Vegas CES technology conference for the first time in decades to discuss its stance on consumer privacy -- rather than pitch a new hardware product.The company’s senior director of privacy Jane Horvath will be speaking on a “Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable” on Jan. 7, according to the CES agenda.Horvath, along with executives from Facebook Inc., Procter & Gamble Co., and a commissioner from the Federal Trade Commission, will discuss how companies build privacy at scale, regulation and consumer demands.Apple’s last major official appearance at CES was in 1992 when then Chief Executive Officer John Sculley gave a presentation at a Chicago version of the summit to introduce the failed Newton device.More recently, Apple’s technology has influenced CES despite the company not officially presenting. It made news last year for a privacy billboard during the Vegas event that exclaimed, “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.” Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. also touted Apple launching video streaming directly on third-party TVs.Each year, accessory makers fill the CES exhibit halls with cases and other peripherals for Apple devices. Behind the scenes, Apple managers roam the halls to identify future technology and scan the competitive landscape, while members of Apple’s supply chain team meet with component makers to potentially source parts for future devices.While Apple has taken a backstage approach to the conference, rivals including Google, Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. have used the event to promote their latest voice-based products, spur interest from potential partners and try to beat Apple to the punch ahead of major product announcements.To contact the reporters on this story: Mark Gurman in Los Angeles at mgurman1@bloomberg.net;Ed Ludlow in San Francisco at eludlow2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net, Alistair Barr, Andrew PollackFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Yubico Authenticator iOS App Now Supports NFC

The MacObserver - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 21:52

While Yubico has a security key that plugs into your iPhone via Lightning, the app also supports NFC YubiKeys now.

Instead of storing the time-based one-time passcodes on a mobile phone or computer, Yubico Authenticator generates and stores one-time codes on the YubiKey. A user must present their physical key in order to receive the code for login. This not only eliminates security vulnerabilities associated with a multi-purpose computing device, but also offers an added layer of convenience for users that work between various machines.

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5 Gifts for Everyone in our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

The MacObserver - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 21:36

The holidays are here! That means hot cocoa, candy canes, cookies, and presents. The Mac Observer presents to you our 2019 holiday gift guide.

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Apple Validated by Golden Globes After TV+’s Lukewarm Reception

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 20:49
(Bloomberg) -- After a tepid response from critics to its slate of new streaming shows last month, Apple Inc. got some validation on Monday: Its MeToo-themed series “The Morning Show” received three Golden Globe award nominations.The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated the show for top TV drama series and put its stars, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, in contention for best actress. The winners will be announced on Jan 5.“The Morning Show” debuted on Nov. 1 as part of the launch of Apple’s TV+, a streaming service with a handful of original programs. Critics were split on the show, with about 60% recommending it.Mimi Leder, an executive producer of “The Morning Show,” shot back at the criticism last month at the Code Media conference, saying that “I just kind of thought they were nuts.”“I thought there were a lot of Apple haters who just wanted Apple to fail,” she said. “The reviews felt like an attack on Apple.”In a statement, Apple said that the nominations for the show mark the first time that a streaming service earned such consideration in its launch year. Apple TV+, which costs $4.99 a month, is available on a swath of devices, including those from Amazon and Roku.Unlike competitors such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, Apple is only offering original shows on the service -- rather than well-known reruns that are already a hit with viewers. That makes the nominations more important.But it’s hard to tell how much headway the company has made in signing up customers. It has offered the service for free to tens of millions of Apple product users, but it hasn’t shared how many Apple TV+ users it has.“The Morning Show” centers on a TV news program that’s reeling from the firing of a co-host, played by Steve Carell, over sexual-harassment allegations. Apple has already renewed the series for a second season.To contact the reporter on this story: Mark Gurman in Los Angeles at mgurman1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net, Nick TurnerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Apple Stock Is the Most at Risk From the Next Tariffs on China, Analyst Says

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 20:48
Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives says a 15% tariff would trim fiscal 2020 profits by about 4%, or around 50 cents a share, if it proceeds as scheduled.

Massive Procreate 5 Update Brings a Ton of Features

The MacObserver - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 20:41

Procreate is one of the most popular drawing apps on iOS, and it got a bunch of new features today with Procreate 5. Here are just some of them: Animation Assist helps you create rich illustrative animations, animatics and looping GIFs to share with others. Brush Studio lets you create your own brush has never been easier with the new seamless textures generator. An expanded Drawing Pad sets you free to experiment. Save a reset point at any time and keep on refining. You can also import ABR Photoshop brushes. The new Valkyrie engine gives artists the most flexible and versatile painting system on iPad. If you want to make a glazed brush that wet mixes, has color dynamics, and also has wet edges with burnt edges? You can. And all with Procreate’s trademark performance. App Store: US$9.99 (Offers In-App Purchases)

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Swiss Company Launches Apple TV Remote Alternative

The MacObserver - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 20:29

Swiss company Salt has launched an Apple TV remote alternative with more buttons and less touch pad.

Thanks to Apple’s input, the alternative remote doesn’t require any pairing with ‌Apple TV‌ and works out of the box. It includes directional arrows in place of the Siri Remote’s glass Touch surface, a power button in addition to a Menu button, along with separate volume and channel rockers and traditional media playback buttons.

Supposedly Apple even worked with Salt to create this.

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Mail.app Alternates, John’s Future Mac – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-09

The MacObserver - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 20:23

Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss alternate email apps on macOS and iOS, and John’s Mac Pro successor.

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‘Kubernetes’ Is the Future of Computing. An Insider Explains Why.

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 20:10
The future of the cloud -- a major engine for tech growth -- is being driven in part by a non-profit foundation.

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Top 10 Free Apps - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 20:00
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File Speeds Using iOS Files are Terrible Compared to Finder

The MacObserver - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 19:57

Redditor u/j1ggl did a test to compare Finder and Files using a folder of 2048 texture files. The folder was only 1MB, but iOS Files still handled different tasks way worse than Finder. For example, using the app’s built-in zip function, zipping the folder took 3 seconds with Finder and 38 seconds with Files. Unzipping took 7 seconds versus 42 seconds, respectively.

Conclusion: The Files app for iPhone/iPad is badly optimized and not ready to handle a larger amount of files, even though they take up just 1MB in total. It is also worth noting that the iPad required several reboots to even achieve the zipping and unzipping of the folder.

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The 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle with Parallels, iMazing, TextExpander, More: $48

The MacObserver - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 19:54

We have another opportunity for you to get a discount on the bundle of Mac apps called the 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle. This bundle has 13 Mac apps, including Parallels, iMazing, and TextExpander. You’ll also find PDF Expert, Windscribe VPN Pro, RapidWeaver 8, Disk Drill Pro, Aurora HDR 2019, and more. Which is probably why Stack Commerce has already sold 10,000 of these bundles. The 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle is $59.99 through our deal, but coupon code GREENMONDAY20 brings it down to $48.

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Safari Users are Less Valuable to Advertisers

The MacObserver - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 19:26

A report suggests that Safari users are less valuable to advertisers due to the browser’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology.

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Apple Makes History with Multiple Golden Globe Nominations for "The Morning Show"

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 19:21
Apple® today received its first-ever Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), including Best Television Series, Drama, for Apple’s global hit "The Morning Show" and dual nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama, for "The Morning Show" stars and executive producers Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. The awards will be presented at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020.

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