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Apple TV+ FAQ: Everything you need to know

9 hours 45 minutes ago

Apple has joined the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and HBO Max with its own exclusive streaming service, Apple TV+. The new service, which launched on November 1 last year, features a wide assortment of TV shows funded by Apple’s mountainous cash pile, and the Cupertino company is sparing no expense in its attempt to lure viewers with some of the best-known actors, writers, and directors.

Below, you’ll find a compendium of everything we know about the ambitious service, and we’ll keep it updated as we encounter credible rumors and get news from Apple itself.

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Leif Johnson,

Jason Cross

iOS and iPadOS 13.3.1: The third developer beta has been released

13 hours 24 minutes ago

Another week, another iOS beta bugfix release. The staggered and piecemeal release of iOS 13 has been anything but smooth. When iOS 13.3 was released, we thought Apple might be done fixing bugs and adding features for awhile (at least until the new year). But lo and behold, the beta releases of iOS and iPadOS 13.3.1 have begun.

Update 01/22/20: Apple has released the third beta of iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 to developers.

What’s new in iOS 13.3.1 Networking & Wireless location

After some concerns that the new Ultra-wideband wireless chip allowed for tracking users' location, Apple has added a switch to disable location tracking for networking and wireless functions. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services to find it.

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Jason Cross

FotoMagico for iPad review: Create stunning animated slideshows on the go

19 hours 35 minutes ago

If you want to breathe new life into static photos with minimal effort, there’s no better method than FotoMagico 5 for macOS, which we hailed as “more impressive than pulling rabbits out of a magic hat” in our May, 2016 review. For nearly 15 years, this slideshow creation software has been the go-to solution for casual shutterbugs and professional photographers alike.

Fortunately, FotoMagico is now available for iPad, providing a way to assemble great slideshows from anywhere. Best of all, Mac project files are interchangeable with the iPad version, so you can start a project on one device and finish on another.

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J.R. Bookwalter

How to change your kid’s adult Apple ID account to a child account

20 hours 35 minutes ago

Let’s face it: a lot of people may have created Apple IDs for their kids for convenience while skirting Apple’s rules about the age at which an account can be created. That’s 13 in the U.S. and many countries, unless you use the option within Apple’s Family Sharing to create a Child Account.

If you weren’t using Family Sharing, however, and—ahem—invented an earlier birthdate for one or more child, you can still rewind the clock and gain the advantages for age-based control within Family Sharing.

For our family, that includes not just using Screen Time to limit and monitor access to all their Apple devices, but—and the kids actually like this—remotely disabling Screen Time if they are on a sleepover or away on a school trip and we are willing to let them use their screens past our household limits. (That was a selling point to at least one kid, along with access to a much larger pool of shared iCloud storage.)

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Glenn Fleishman

How to export your Apple Card monthly transactions as a CSV spreadsheet

1 day 11 hours ago

One of Apple Card’s most significant annoyances (at least compared to many other major credit cards) is that you can’t directly share transaction information with financial planning apps like Mint or YNAB. Apple provides lots of well-organized information about your spending in the Wallet app, but that doesn’t give you a complete picture of your finances as it doesn’t include your earning and other spending.

Fortunately, there’s now a workaround of sorts. Starting on January 21, Apple will allow you to export monthly transaction lists as a CSV (comma separated value) spreadsheet.

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Jason Cross

How you back up your iPhone and iPad in macOS 10.15 Catalina

1 day 12 hours ago

For iPhone and iPad users who still connect their devices to a Mac for syncing and backups (and there are a lot of people who still do this), there are changes in the latest version of the Mac operating system. In macOS 10.15 Catalina, the iTunes app is gone.

Now you use the Finder, similar to how you see a hard drive or a server. Here’s how to use your device in the Finder and how to back it up.

Your iOS device in the Finder

When you connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac using a Lightning cable, it will appear in a Finder window. In macOS Catalina, your device is in the left column in the “Locations” section. (If this is the first time you are connecting the Mac and iOS device, you will be asked to pair the two on the Mac, and you’ll have to trust the Mac on your iOS device.)

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Roman Loyola

iPad 2020 rumors: The iPad could get a scissor-switch Smart Keyboard

1 day 13 hours ago

It’s been over a year since Apple released the current 11- and 12.9 inch iPad Pros, so they’re due for an update—which means the rumor mill for these products is going to start churning more frequently. We’ll keep track of the latest rumors here, until the eventual release of the new iPads.

The latest rumor: iPad Smart Keyboard with scissor switches

According to the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes (which has an uneven reputation for rumors), Apple might release a Smart Keyboard with a scissor-switch design for the upcoming iPad Pro. As reported by MacRumors, this conflicts with an earlier report from reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claimed last July that the keys for the next iPad would still have a rubber dome design.

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Leif Johnson,

Macworld Staff

Apple Card: You can now export your transaction data as a spreadsheet

1 day 13 hours ago

Among the TV shows, magazines, and games services unveiled at Apple’s “Show time” event was a surprise entry into a category that couldn’t be further outside Apple’s wheelhouse: a credit card. Dubbed Apple Card, it’s not a traditional plastic credit card that gives you points on things you buy. Rather, it’s a whole new way to shop online and offline. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Updated 01/21/20: Apple Card users can now export transaction data as a spreadsheet that can be imported into a finance app. 

What is the Apple Card?

The Apple Card is an Apple-branded credit card from MasterCard. Unlike the current Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards, which is a partner card, the Apple Card is owned and operated by Apple.

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Macworld Staff

Schrödinger’s 5G: Apple is both late to and already killing us with it

1 day 19 hours ago

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the non-binary gendered and the otherwise non-binary gendered, it’s time again for another episode of the new game show The Macalope just made up: Here’s What’s Hilarious!

If you’ve followed this column at all over the years… well, The Macalope would just like to formally apologize to you. It’s mostly a thinly-disguised series of butt jokes sold as somehow Apple-related. That’s what we here at Macalope Industries call “the special sauce”.

Not to be confused with the actual “special sauce” we put on the alfalfa burgers in the cafeteria. Which is really just Thousand Island dressing.

Sorry, chef Terry. Your secret is out.

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The Macalope

How Apple’s Xnor.ai acquisition could bring the Siri boost we’ve been waiting for

1 day 20 hours ago

Apple buys a lot of companies throughout the course of a year, with only a couple of them rising to the level of intriguing news. Last year’s purchase of Intel’s smartphone modem business certainly qualifies, as does the 2018 acquisition of Shazam, but for the most part, Apple scopes out companies that we’ve never heard of for reasons we’ll never know.

Its most recent acquisition might be different. The company, Xnor.ai, might not be one you’ve ever heard of, but they’re hardly unknown. Since last summer, the Seattle-based startup’s tech has been the brains behind the popular Wyze cam’s marquee feature: people detection. Simply put, it allowed the $20 camera to distinguish between faces, pets, and dust, and vastly improved its abilities, putting it a somewhat level playing field with the far-more-expensive Ring and Nest cams of the world.

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Michael Simon

'Little America' review: Apple's big, hopeful love letter to immigration

2 days 7 hours ago

If Apple really wanted its fledgling streaming service to nab more awards last year, it probably should have worked Little America into its launch lineup. This little "anthology" of eight unrelated half-hour episodes—each following immigrants from different countries—is the best thing we've seen from Apple TV+ to date. It's smart, both in content and how it handles casting. It's relevant, especially in an age when immigration dominates frightful headlines and lies at the heart of some of our country's worst contemporary sins. Little America has big things to say.

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Leif Johnson

The Register

Two billion years ago, snowball Earth was defrosted in huge asteroid crash – and it's been downhill ever since

1 hour 58 minutes ago
Space prang rose temperatures, melted glaciers, influenced climate, next thing we know: we're sharing AI-filtered selfies on Insta

Pic Scientists studying minerals in the Yarrabubba crater in Western Australia have confirmed the giant pit was formed when an asteroid struck Earth 2.229 billion years ago, making it the oldest impact site yet found on our planet.…

If you never thought you'd hear a Microsoftie tell you to stop using Internet Explorer, lap it up: 'I beg you, let it retire to great bitbucket in the sky'

6 hours 6 minutes ago
We say take off and nuke the entire codebase from orbit. It's the only way to be sure

To mark the arrival of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, Microsoft software engineer Eric Lawrence, who helped shift Edge to its Google-driven open source foundation, issued a plea to Windows users to let go of Internet Explorer.…

CSS-Tricks

The Web in 2020: Extensibility and Interoperability

10 hours 12 minutes ago

In the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of change and diversion in regard to web technologies. In 2020, I foresee us as a web community heading toward two major trends/goals: extensibility and interoperability. Let’s break those down.

Extensibility

Extensibility describes how much someone can take a particular technology and extend it to their own needs. We’ve built a component-based web over the last few years in terms of both development (React components! Vue components! Svelte components! Web components!) and design (Design systems!). Interesting … Read article

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Una Kravets

Bad accessibility equals bad quality

10 hours 13 minutes ago

Here’s a smart post from Manuel Matuzovic where he digs into why accessibility is so important for building websites:

Web accessibility is not just about keyboard users, color contrast or screen readers. Accessibility is a perfect indicator for the quality of a website. Accessibility is strongly interlocked with other areas of web design and web development. If your website is accessible, it usually means that it’s inclusive, resilient, usable, it offers great UX for everyone, and it’s fast.

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Robin Rendle

Hamburger ☰ Heaven

15 hours 44 minutes ago

A pleasant little romp through iconography and culture from Sophia Lucero. The "hamburger" menu icon we're familiar with now is really a sign from Taoist cosmology.

Besides ☰, which represents heaven 天, we have ☱ for lake/marsh 澤, ☲ for fire 火, ☳ for thunder 雷, ☴ for wind 風, ☵ for water 水, ☶ for mountain 山, and ☷ for ground 地.

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Chris Coyier

Edgium

1 day 3 hours ago

January 15th, 2020 was the day Microsoft Edge went Chromium. A drop in browser engine diversity. There is a strong argument to be made that's not good for an ecosystem. Looked at another way, perhaps not so bad:

Perhaps diversity has just moved scope. Rather than the browser engines themselves representing diversity, maybe forks of the engnies we have left can compete against each other. Maybe starting from a strong foundation is a good place to start innovating.

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Chris Coyier

Searching the Jamstack

1 day 7 hours ago

Here's Raymon Camden on adding site search functionality to a site that is statically hosted. A classic trick! Just shoot 'em to Google and scope the results to your site:

<form action="https://www.google.com/search" method="get"<input type="search" name="q" value="site:https://www.raymondcamden.com " autofocus size="50"<input type="submit" value="Search"</form

I'd probably use JavaScript to inject that site: stuff before sending them over just so the search field doesn't have that weird prefilled stuff in there, which might be off-putting. We covered that here.

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Chris Coyier

JAMstack vs. Jamstack

1 day 16 hours ago

It's just a word to evoke the idea that serving as much as you can statically while using client-side code and hitting serverless APIs for any needs after that.

The "official website" changed their language from JAMstack (evoking the JavaScript, APIs, and Markup acronym) to Jamstack. It's nothing to be overly concerned about, but I care as someone who has to write the word in a professional context quite often. If we're going to "Jamstack," so be it.

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Chris Coyier

What makes a site Jamstack?

1 day 17 hours ago

I admit I didn’t know the ins and outs of what the Jamstack is until recently, despite having heard the term so frequently. I think I’m not alone in this. It’s an elusive term — how is it different from what came before, especially considering it shares so many similarities? Thankfully, Divya Sasidharan is breaking down so many aspects of Jamstack every day of January in a series of posts called #JAMuary.

One of the posts in this series … Read article

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Sarah Drasner

positionstack

1 day 17 hours ago

(This is a sponsored post.)

Say you have an address that your user typed in, like 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, USA, and now you need more information about it. Maybe you need the proper country code. Maybe you need the latitude and longitude. Maybe you need the postal code.

positionstack is an API that does just that.

It works in reverse, too. So say you've got latitude and longitude, you might want to find out what … Read article

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Chris Coyier

How to Turn a Procreate Drawing into a Web Animation

2 days 10 hours ago

I recently started drawing on my iPad using the Procreate app with Apple Pencil. I’m enjoying the flexibility of drawing this way. What usually keeps me from painting at home are basic things, like setup, cleaning brushes, proper ventilation, and other factors not really tied to the painting itself. Procreate does a pretty nice job of emulating painting and drawing processes, but adding digital features like undo/redo, layers, and layer effects.

Here’s a Procreate painting I made that I wound … Read article

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Sarah Drasner

The Best Color Functions in CSS?

2 days 10 hours ago

I've said before that HSL is the best color format we have. Most of us aren't like David DeSandro, who can read hex codes. HSL(a) is Hue, Saturation, Lightness, and alpha, if we need it.

hsl(120, 100%, 40%)

Hue isn't intuitive, but it's not that weird. You take a trip around the color wheel from 0 to 360. Saturation is more obvious where 0% has all the color sucked out, like grayscale, and 100% is fully rich color at … Read article

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Chris Coyier

Getting Started with Front End Testing

2 days 16 hours ago

Amy Kapernick covers four types of testing that front-end devs could and should be doing:

  1. Linting (There's ESLint for JavaScript and Stylelint and/or Prettier for CSS.)
  2. Accessibility Testing (Amy recommends pa11y, and we've covered Axe.)
  3. Visual Regression Testing (Amy recommends Backstop, and we've covered Percy.)
  4. End to End Testing (There's Cypress and stuff like jest-puppeteer.)

Amy published something similar over on 24 ways, listing out 12 different testing tools.

As long as we're being … Read article

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Chris Coyier

The Modern Lovers

2 days 16 hours ago

I love stuff like this.

  1. The Modern Lovers, a rock band in the 70's, play a show in Boston, probably having some poster of their own for the show.
  2. Mike Joyce is inspired by the music and combines his love of it with the design style of Swiss Modernism to create a new poster for it.
  3. Pete Barr is inspired by Mike's Swissted project and animates the design for it, giving it a ton of new life.

This … Read article

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Chris Coyier

Timeless Web Dev Articles

4 days 16 hours ago

Pavithra Kodmad asked people for recommendations on what they thought were some of the most timeless articles about web development that have changed their perspective in some way. Fun! I'm gonna scour the thread and link up my favorites (that are actually articles, although not all of them are super directly related to web dev).

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Chris Coyier

Eleventy Love

5 days 15 hours ago

Been seeing a lot of Eleventy action lately. It's a smaller player in the world of static site generators, but I think it's got huge potential because of how simple it is, yet does about anything you'd need it to do. It's Just JavaScript™.

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Chris Coyier

Autumn (macOS window manager)

5 days 15 hours ago

I love how nerdy this is. Autumn allows you to write JavaScript to control your windows. Get this window, move it over here. Nudge this window over. There are all sorts of APIs, like keyboard command helpers and doing things on events, like waking up from sleep.

I love that it exists, but for the moment, my window management mostly consists of: grab this window and chuck it on the left half of the screen, and grab this window and Read article

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Chris Coyier

Third-Party Components at Their Best

6 days 10 hours ago

I'm a fan of the componentization of the web. I think it's a very nice way to build a website at just about any scale (except, perhaps, the absolute most basic). There are no shortage of opinions about what makes a good component, but say we scope that to third-party for a moment. That is, components that you just use, rather than components that you build yourself as part of your site's unique setup.

What makes a third-party component … Read article

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Chris Coyier

NetNewsWire and Feedbin

6 days 10 hours ago

NetNewsWire is one of the classic RSS apps, debuting in 2002. I was pretty stoked when it went 5.0 and was open-sourced in August 2019! You can snag it right here. (Sorry, Mac only.)

It's super nice, is fast, and looks great. It has just the right features.

But... I thought, at least at first, that really prefer websites for reading RSS content. I have multiple machines. I have mobile devices. I don't want my RSS to be limited … Read article

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Chris Coyier

Thinking Through Styling Options for Web Components

6 days 15 hours ago

Where do you put styles in web components?

I'm assuming that we're using the Shadow DOM here as, to me, that's one of the big draws of a web component: a platform thing that is a uniquely powerful thing that only the platform can do. So this is about defining styles for a web component in a don't-leak-out way, and less so a way to get global styles to leak in (although that's very interesting as well, which can be … Read article

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Chris Coyier

The Design Squiggle

6 days 15 hours ago

I think we all have an intuitive understanding that, at the beginning of projects that require our creativity (be it design or code), things feel uncertain and messy. Then, as we go, things tend to straighten out. There is still some wiggling and setbacks, but by the end, we find a single solution and ship it.

Apparently this feeling has a logo: The Design Squiggle

The Process of Design Squiggle by Damien Newman, thedesignsquiggle.com

It comes from Damien Newman who … Read article

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Chris Coyier