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  • The Making of the Empire Strikes Back ↦

    Fri 10:12am By Dan Moren
    Recently unearthed documentary from 1980 about the making of The Empire Strikes Back 1. It’s pretty low quality, but there’s a lot of great stuff in here that has probably not seen the light of day in years. (One highlight is a crew member swearing after…
  • What to look for at Apple’s Oct. 30 event, besides iPads and Macs (Macworld)

    Fri 8:53am By Dan Moren
    Well, it’s just another quiet week here in the Apple worl—JUST KIDDING! Thursday brought news that Apple has another event in the works, this one coming just before the end of October in a slightly unusual location: Brooklyn, New York.…
  • It's official: Apple event October 30, in Brooklyn!

    Thu 12:09pm By Jason Snell
    Well! Who’s up for a trip to New York on October 30?
  • (Podcast) Rebound 209: You're Too Damn Handsome

    Thu 10:33am By Dan Moren
    This week, on the irreverent tech show that covers all the bases, Dan is interested in Libratone speakers that now have AirPlay 2, we discuss custom-built watch faces for the Apple Watch and Apple’s challenges therein, and Moltz is tempted (but not really)…
  • Why Photoshop on iOS is a huge win for the iPad Pro (Macworld)

    Wed 2:58pm By Jason Snell
    So it’s official. Photoshop — real Photoshop — is coming to the iPad next year. If you’re someone who uses Photoshop, uses the iPad to get work done, or both, this is big news. It’s a huge shot in the arm for the iPad Pro and another sign of where…
  • (Podcast) Clockwise #263: Down With the System, Man!

    Wed 1:06pm By Dan Moren
    This week, on the 30-minute tech show that tells you what time it is, Dan is joined by host emeritus Jason Snell and special guests Lex Friedman and Megan Morrone to discuss third-party voice assistants on smartphones, brain-downloading software, our first…
  • Vinpok Taptek review: Colors, clicks, and too much key confusion

    Tue 1:20pm By Jason Snell
    It’s hard to find Bluetooth keyboards with mechanical switches. As someone who enjoys mechanical keyboards and frequently writes on an iPad, that’s extra frustrating. The new Vinpok Taptek is a compact Bluetooth mechanical keyboard with Apple-like styling.…
  • Apple fixes bagel emoji ↦

    Mon 8:11pm By Jason Snell
    Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia has the scoop, er, the schmear:…
  • iPhone XS review: The future, as promised, is now

    Mon 5:40pm By Jason Snell
    It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a month since I took possession of an iPhone XS and XS Max. In the intervening four weeks I’ve taken photos and video, traveled on a business trip, gotten stuck in hideous commute traffic. That’s life. And…
  • (Podcast) Upgrade #215: The Future of TV is the TV App

    Mon 2:55pm By Jason Snell
    If watch faces are the main interface of the Apple Watch, why are they so inconsistent? And why are developers suddenly showing off what faces they’d design if they had the ability? It’s complicated. Also: Photoshop is coming to the iPad for real, and…
  • Photoshop CC heads for the iPad

    Mon 10:41am By Dan Moren
    Ahead of its Adobe MAX trade show, the company announced that its premiere product, Photoshop, is bound for the iPad. The company stresses that this is “real” Photoshop, not a watered down iOS-only product:…
  • 3 features Apple should borrow from Google’s latest hardware (Macworld)

    Oct 12, 2018, 7:57 am By Dan Moren
    For obvious reasons, we spend a lot of time focusing on Apple here, but let’s take a moment to turn our attention to another tech company (yes, there are others!) that competes in many of the same spaces as Apple.…
  • USB-C on the iPad Pro: What it could mean for users (Macworld)

    Oct 11, 2018, 5:41 pm By Jason Snell
    The rumors of new iPad Pros keep swirling. Most recently we got a report from 9to5Mac saying that the new iPads would break with past models in several ways, including support for a new Apple Pencil, removing a physical home button in favor of Face ID,…
  • Apple makes deal with semiconductor firm Dialog

    Oct 11, 2018, 2:14 pm By Dan Moren
    Just in case there were any doubt that Apple is serious about control of all the hardware inside its devices (and there really shouldn’t be, given its recent spats with Qualcomm and ditching of third-party graphics chip maker Imagination), Cupertino’s made…
  • Dropbox adding OCR capabilities to scans ↦

    Oct 11, 2018, 2:09 pm By Dan Moren
    Detailed blog post by Dropbox’s Brad Neuberg about the addition of optical character recognition (OCR) to Dropbox’s scanning feature. This will allow Dropbox to recognize text in scans you make with its apps, meaning you can search for text that appears…
  • (Podcast) Rebound 208: Lexit

    Oct 11, 2018, 1:50 pm By Dan Moren
    We have to take this opportunity while Lex is away to cover a lot of ground including hardware announcements from Google and Facebook, the deaths of Minecraft for Apple TV and Google +, and game streaming announcements from Google and Microsoft. Plus there’s…
  • (Podcast) Clockwise #262: What If It's a Tiger?

    Oct 10, 2018, 1:38 pm By Dan Moren
    This week, on the 30-minute show where we try to keep it to just half an hour, Dan and Mikah are joined by special guests Anže Tomić and Kathy Campbell to discuss USB-C adoption, Google’s latest hardware, whether we use walkie-talkie features, and the…
  • Jason on the Emoji Wrap podcast 👋🏻 ↦

    Oct 9, 2018, 3:11 pm By Jason Snell
    If you’d like to hear me talk about Emojis on a podcast, you’re in luck. I was on the Emoji Wrap podcast with Emojipedia’s own Jeremy Burge to talk about new emojis and Apple’s strategy to get people to upgrade their iOS devices because of FOMO.…
  • (Podcast) Upgrade #214: Nobody Seems to Know Anything

    Oct 9, 2018, 2:51 pm By Jason Snell
    What is going on with Businessweek’s report that servers (including Apple’s) got hacked by China? Apple, Amazon, and U.S. and UK agencies flat-out say it didn’t happen. Jason uses his decades of experience in journalism to make some guesses about what…
  • More on the limitations of Apple Watch faces ↦

    Oct 9, 2018, 2:44 pm By Jason Snell
    I like the Apple Watch Series 4 but the watch faces are a mess. It’s nice to hear from watch fan (but not Apple Watch fan) Marco Arment with more specifics about the mess:…
  • Microsoft's Project xCloud will stream game to mobile devices ↦

    Oct 9, 2018, 8:35 am By Dan Moren
    In a blog post, Microsoft VP Kareem Choudhry discusses the company’s new game-streaming venture, xCloud:…
  • Google+ leaks data; service to be sent into the west ↦

    Oct 8, 2018, 4:20 pm By Jason Snell
    According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the Google+ social network exposed the personal data of up to half a million users. As CNET reports:…
  • The HomePod’s growing pains (Macworld)

    Oct 5, 2018, 9:38 am By Dan Moren
    Nearly six months into having a HomePod, I made a decision to have it stop listening to me.…
  • Apple's made two-factor authentication too easy, but not more secure ↦

    Oct 4, 2018, 4:13 pm By Dan Moren
    Nice piece over at TidBITS from our friend Glenn Fleishman details the handy autofill feature for two-factor authentication codes in iOS 12 and Mojave, but points out—more importantly—that we shouldn’t be using SMS for those codes in the first place:…
  • (Podcast) Rebound 207: That's a Life Hack, Friends

    Oct 4, 2018, 11:31 am By Dan Moren
    This week, on the irreverent tech show that’s all about helping you, the listener, we discuss important issues like Lex’s love for the woozy face emoji coming in iOS 12.1, Dan’s feelings on his brand new Apple Watch, and John’s total disinterest in any…
  • Enter The Mandalorian

    Oct 4, 2018, 11:01 am By Dan Moren
    Jon Favreau, the actor/director who’s one of a handful of people to appear in both the Star Wars and Marvel cinematic universes, has revealed a bit of the Star Wars TV show that he’s running. On Instagram last night, Favreau posted:…
  • Bloomberg: China hacked server hardware by implanting a backdoor chip ↦

    Oct 4, 2018, 10:36 am By Dan Moren
    Wild story from Bloomberg Businessweek’s Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley about backdoor chips surreptitiously installed in server motherboards during assembly, probably by the Chinese government:…
  • Why are Apple Watch faces such a mess? (Macworld)

    Oct 3, 2018, 3:05 pm By Jason Snell
    The state of the Apple Watch is good. Tim Cook continues to hail its popularity, albeit without any hard sales figures. Most pundits felt it outshined the iPhone at last month’s Apple media event. The new Apple Watch Series 4 seems to have been received well…
  • (Podcast) Clockwise #261: One of Those Vinyl People

    Oct 3, 2018, 2:36 pm By Dan Moren
    This week, on the 30-minute show that goes tick-tock, Dan and Mikah are joined by special guests Matthew Cassinelli and Florence Ion to discuss what physical media we still own, what our ideal artificial intelligence assistant would do, where we hosted our…
  • Wi-Fi gets versioned ↦

    Oct 3, 2018, 9:01 am By Dan Moren
    The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced that it’s replacing the alphabet soup of versions with version numbers. Here’s Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge, breaking it down:…