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Hands on: macOS High Sierra packs tons of surprising features

macOS High Sierra doesn’t pack as many updates as iOS 11, but Apple’s latest desktop software delivers plenty of new features worth drooling over. After using the first High Sierra beta for the last...

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Everything we expect Apple to unveil at its September 12 event

The biggest Apple keynote of 2017 is just a few short hours away. And according to the rumors, its going to be one of the most memorable tech events in years. When Tim Cook and Co. take the stage at...

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Here’s when you can upgrade to macOS High Sierra

Following three months of beta testing, macOS High Sierra is almost ready to make its public debut. There are a whole bunch of new features and improvements to look forward to in this update, including...

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YouTube’s new iMessage app lets you find and send videos

Google has updated its official YouTube app for iOS to give fans the ability to find and share their favorite videos directly through an iMessage app. That means you no longer have to switch apps to...

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iMessage bug in macOS causes significant delivery delays

A frustrating bug in macOS High Sierra is causing significant iMessage delivery delays for some users. It is also causing notification issues on iPhone and Apple Watch, and as things stand, there is no...

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How to delete WhatsApp messages you already sent

WhatsApp now lets you delete sent messages from recipients' phones, meaning that you can nuke drunken texts, or embarrassing typos. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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This seemingly innocent link causes big problems on Mac and iOS

Another strange bug has been discovered in Messages for Mac and iOS. Following a certain URL causes all kinds of issues on both platforms, including freezes, restarts, and even battery issues. You...

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Apple teases iOS 11.3 with new Animoji, big improvements

Apple today offered fans a preview of a big iOS 11.3 update coming this spring. Alongside 16 new Animoji characters for iPhone X owners, the update will bring big improvements to ARKit and Messages,...

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Apple drops first betas of macOS 10.13.4 and tvOS 11.3

Developers received a hot new batch of updates from Apple today that bring a host of new features to Macs and the Apple TV. tvOS 11.3 beta 1 and macOS 10.13.4 beta 1 are now available for registered...

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iOS 11.3 inches closer to launch with sixth beta

The public launch of Apple’s biggest iOS update in 2018 so far might be just a few weeks away, now that developers just received another beta build for iOS 11.3. Apple seeded iOS 11.3 beta six to...

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Serious Siri flaw can expose your unread messages

A nasty new flaw with Siri has been discovered this week that could allow people to snoop on your messages. iPhone users found that Siri can be used to read new messages from third-party apps, even...

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iOS 11.4 public beta arrives with AirPlay 2

HomePod owners no longer need to be a developer to test AirPlay 2. Apple seeded the first public beta of iOS 11.4 to testers today, allowing anyone who signs up for the beta testing program to play...

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Facebook spies on your messages to make sure you’re being good

Just when you thought Facebook couldn’t be more intrusive, the company has confirmed that it keeps an eye on our Messenger conversations to make sure we’re being good. Messages you send are scanned to...

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Big features make a comeback in iOS 11.4 beta 1

The first beta of iOS 11.4 brings back some big features Apple tested in previous betas, but then subsequently removed. Check out our video below to see iOS 11.4 in action. We run through what’s new...

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Twitter tests ‘Secret’ encrypted messaging feature

Twitter is testing a “Secret” messaging feature that will protect users’ private messages with end-to-end encryption. The feature has already been baked into the Twitter app for Android, but it hasn’t...

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Microsoft wants to bring iMessage to Windows

Microsoft wants to work with Apple to bring iMessage to Windows machines. The company’s upcoming Your Phone app will seamlessly sync content between your iPhone and your Windows 10 PC, but unlike those...

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Snapchat adds ability to delete messages after they’re sent

Snapchat is making it easier to deal with messaging regret by giving us the ability to delete chats after they’ve been sent. The new “Delete Chat” feature is available for both group and one-to-one...

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New Apple Pay ad miraculously makes payments funny

Apple Pay isn’t just for trips to Starbucks. It can also be used to send or receive money from friends. Or your landlord, as shown in a humerous new ad. Money can be transferred in a simple text using...

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1Password for iOS gets rich text notes, iMessage sticker pack

You can now create more useful secure notes in 1Password for iOS, thanks to a new update that adds rich text support. The latest release also introduces a sticker pack for Messages and a whole host of...

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iPhone X Plus will get iPad-like landscape mode

Apple’s new big-screen iPhone launching later this year will come with some UI perks other 2018 iPhones can’t match. Based on info found in the latest iOS 12 beta, the extra screen real estate on the...

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Apple Pay Cash ad shows us how to argue over dinner bills in 2018

Apple Pay Cash is the easiest way to send money between iPhone users. And it gives us a whole new way to argue over who pays for dinner — as Apple demonstrates in its latest ad from the “Just text them...

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Beware the vulnerabilities in this popular macOS mail app

Airmail 3, a popular email client for macOS, ships with big security vulnerabilities that could put users’ personal data at risk. Researchers uncovered an exploit that allows attackers to steal users’...

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iOS 12 automatically saves iMessage photos to your Photos library

iOS 12 saves your iMessage photos to your camera roll, so you never a lose a picture again. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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How to use the new iOS Comic Book photo filter

iOS 12’s amazing new Comic Book filter is buried deep inside the Messages app, but it’s worth digging out. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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WhatsApp finally adds support for stickers

WhatsApp is one of the biggest messaging platforms on the planet, and it has somehow gone without support for stickers — until now! Some users now have the ability to send and receive stickers, and the...

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How to make Group FaceTime calls on iPhone, iPad or Mac

Group FaceTime calls are finally available on the Mac, and in iOS 12.1. Here’s how to use it. Spoiler: it’s really, really easy. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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How to instantly track a flight from the Messages app

Tracking flights on iOS is as easy as tapping a flight number in an email or the Messages app. The result is better than most flight-tracking apps. Let’s “check-in,” a-ha-ha-ha. (via Cult of Mac - Tech...

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How to place and receive phone calls on iPad

Your iPad can be used to make and receive phone calls and free-bubble text messages. Here’s how to set it all up. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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WhatsApp can now be protected by Face ID or Touch ID on iPhone

Your WhatsApp conversations can now be protected by Face ID or Touch ID on iPhone. The latest update to the world’s most popular messaging app lets users take advantage of the iPhone’s biometric...

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How to send selfies with stickers

You already know how to take a selfie. It’s probably the first thing you did when you got your iPhone up and running. But did you know you can take a selfie and add stickers? Right there in the...

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How to send GIFs without sending GIFs

Want to send a GIF to a friend via iMessage? Don't do it! There’s a much easier and better way to send little video clips, and it's built right in to the iPhone’s Photos app — looped Live Photos. (via...

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How to save and print your iMessages and WhatsApps

Ever wanted to print your iMessages or WhatsApps. Maybe you’re a lawyer, or you just want a solid record of your ephemeral conversations. Here’s how to do it. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture...

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iOS 12.2 makes audio messages sound way better

Among the changes hidden in the new iOS 12.2 beta is improved audio quality for audio messages sent using the Messages app. The switch involves transitioning over from the previous 8000 Hz .AMR file...

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All the major features to expect in macOS 10.15

iOS 13 is expected to be the star of WWDC 2019, but this year’s conference could unleash some of the biggest changes for the Mac we’ve ever seen. The rumor mill has been dishing out tons of details...

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Business Chat readies for takeoff for Delta customers

Delta has become the first airline to adopt Apple’s Business Chat feature. The service will be used to conveniently connect customers to a Delta representative when they need support. It will be tested...

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3 ways to block annoying calls and messages in iOS 13

iOS 13 lets you block unknown callers and unwanted email, and control who can send you an iMessage. Here's how it all works. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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iMessage flaws leave iPhone open to hijacking

Security researchers have uncovered new flaws in iMessage that could give hackers control of your iPhone or iPad. Apple has already patched five similar bugs, but several are still present in recent...

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Apple has no plans to scrap iMessage apps and games

Apple has no intention of scrapping iMessage games — despite some of the rumors you might be reading online this week. Stories surrounding the supposed move started trending on Twitter, causing some...

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Apple will soon let Siri default to third-party messaging, phone apps

Apple will roll out a software update later this year that eases some of the Siri restrictions for third-party messaging and phone apps. Siri currently defaults to using Apple’s own apps when sending...

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iOS 13.2.3 arrives with fresh fixes for Messages, Mail and more

Apple is continuing its push to patch the numerous bugs that still plague iOS 13 with a new software update for iPhones and iPads. iOS 13.2.3 was released this morning as a free update that promises to...

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How to take control of any Mac via iMessage screen sharing

Troubleshooting a family Mac? The least frustrating option is to take remote control of your parents’ Mac via iMessage screen sharing. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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Apple tests iMessage mentions, retractions and more for iOS 14

Apple is reportedly testing a number of new iMessage features that could debut with iOS 14 later this year. They include the ability to retract messages after they’re sent, and to tag other people in...

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Apple Watch concept imagines handy voice messaging feature

This sweet Apple Watch concept imagines a brand-new voice messaging feature that would allow watchOS users to send each other voice messages. Apple Watch already allows users to make calls and send...

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Apple wants to let you edit sent text messages

Apple designed a workable system to let people edit text messages after they send them. But now we have to hope it’ll be implemented. This is potentially great news for everyone who ever wished they...

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Apple could save Messages on Mac with new iPad app port

Apple looks to be gearing up to port iPad’s built-in Messages app over to Mac. The move could immediately fix Messages’ biggest problems on Mac, including its glaring lack of features. The desktop...

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Pin conversations to the top of the Messages app in iOS 14 [Pro tip]

iOS 14 gives us the ability to “pin” important contacts and group chats inside the Messages app for the first time. Pinned conversations stay at the top of the list so they’re always easy to find....

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iOS 15 brings welcome enhancements to FaceTime, notifications, more

iOS 15 just made the jump from rumor to reality. Apple is bringing major new features to FaceTime, Messages, notifications, and more. Many of the applications that come bundled with iPhone are getting...

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iPhone Messages app will warn parents if kids send, receive nude photos

Apple will soon offer a new tool to protect children from sexual predators. The Messages application will be able to detect if an iPhone or iPad user gets or sends sexually explicit photos. The process...

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Apple looks to ease CSAM photo scanning concerns with new FAQ

Apple defends its plan to scan user photos for child sexual abuse imagery in a newly published FAQ that aims to quell growing concerns from privacy advocates. The document provides “more clarity and...

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90+ organizations urge Tim Cook to drop Apple’s photo scanning plan

An international coalition of more than 90 policy and rights groups is urging Apple to drop plans to scan user photos for child abuse material (CSAM). In an open letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook,...

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