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Apple TV+ originals: Espionage thriller 'Tehran' to premiere on September 25

9 hours 56 minutes ago

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that focuses almost entirely on original programming rather than an extensive library of existing TV shows or movies.

Though the service has been available less than a year and and doesn’t yet have a lot of shows or films available, there’s a lot in the works. This is a list of all the Apple TV+ content we know of so far, along with details about prominent stars, directors, producers, and release dates.

Updated 08/11/20: Apple has announced that its espionage thriller Tehran will premiere on September 25. The eight-episode series will have three episodes available on that date, with the other five episodes dropping weekly.

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Jason Cross

macOS Big Sur: The new Battery system preference

17 hours 39 minutes ago

In macOS 11 Big Sur for MacBooks, Apple replaced the Energy Saver system preference with a new one called Battery. Let’s take a look at Battery and the options you can set.

Usage History

The first section of Battery is Usage History. This shows two charts: a Battery Level chart and a Screen On Usage. You can see data from the past 24 hours or the past 10 days.

Apple Battery

The Battery section has options you might be familiar with from the Energy Saver system preference in previous versions of macOS. Here you can:

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Roman Loyola

One good apple: It does not improve the whole bunch

18 hours 39 minutes ago

Long time readers of this furry pontificator might have noticed something strange in last week’s column. Last week the Macalope approvingly linked to a piece on the Forbes contributor network. Needless to say, this caused a certain amount of consternation.

So, let us return to the subject of the Forbes contributor network and bag of live eels dinner delivery service (motto: “If your eels aren’t delivered live, we’ve pivoted to being a bag of dead eels dinner delivery service”).

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The Macalope

watchOS 7 Public Beta is now available

1 day 8 hours ago

Apple on Monday announced that the public beta of watchOS 7 is now available. The public beta is a pre-release version of the next Apple Watch operating system, which will be officially released this fall. The public beta gives users who are willing to try out beta software a chance to use the upcoming features of watchOS and the Apple Watch.

If you think you’re interested in installing the watchOS 7 beta, you should know that there are still bugs and other quirks being worked out. You can provide valuable feedback to Apple while using the beta, but you may also run into problems that could hinder your ability to use your Apple Watch.

You can get the details of the new features in our watchOS 7 FAQ. Here’s a quick feature summary.

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Roman Loyola

watchOS 7 FAQ: Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch operating system

1 day 8 hours ago

It’s not just the iPhone and the Mac that are getting sweet new features in the fall. Apple also unveiled the newest watchOS features that are coming to the Apple Watch, and there are some major changes in store. Here’s everything we know so far.

The latest: watchOS 7 Public Beta now available

Apple has opened up the Public Beta Software Program for watchOS 7. If you are interested in installing the beta, you have to sign up at the Apple Beta Software Program website, using the iPhone associated with your Apple Watch. We have a seaprate article that details the beta and how to get it.

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Michael Simon

What the iMac refresh can tell us about Apple’s future products

1 day 18 hours ago

August tends to be right in the middle of the summer doldrums, the time when everybody goes on vacation and thus news—including tech announcements—are few and far between. Then again, 2020 isn’t your average year, so perhaps it’s not a shock that this week saw a departure from the norm with Apple announcing a surprisingly substantial update to the iMac.

My colleague Jason Snell has already expounded upon what the revamp to Apple’s popular desktop means for the future of that product, but I think it’s worth it to take a moment and see what we can extrapolate from this update and learn about the future of Apple’s other devices. Apple is no stranger to introducing updates in one device that eventually migrate to the rest of its lineup, even from the Mac to the iPhone and iPad and vice versa, and this iMac update is certainly no exception.

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Dan Moren

macOS Big Sur: How to add, remove, and manage notifications and widgets Notification Center

1 day 19 hours ago

With macOS 11 Big Sur, Apple redesigned Notification Center. It is now a single column of notifications and widgets to provide quick information with just a click. Let’s take a look at the new Notification Center, and how you can customize it to your liking.

In macOS Big Sur, Notification Center is accessed by clicking on the date in the menu bar, located in the upper right of the screen. There is no longer a Notification Center icon.

Notifications

Notifications appear at the top of Notification Center. If you click on a notification, it will take you to the corresponding app. For example, if you click on a Messages notification, the Messages app opens.

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Roman Loyola

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs iPhone 11 Pro: This $1,000 spec showdown has a clear winner

2 days 8 hours ago

Whenever Samsung launches a new phone, Apple fans tend to notice. It’s not just that Samsung is one of the biggest Android phone makers or even that its designs tend to be among the closest to Apple’s, it’s that Samsung’s flagship Galaxy phones are really, really good. They have the latest processors, displays, and cameras, and the innovative trends that we see in the latest Galaxy S or Note phone generally make their way to the iPhone.

So it is only natural to compare them. The Galaxy Note 20 that was revealed earlier this week costs the same as the iPhone 11 Pro (a dollar more, to be exact), so you’d think it would trounce it, right? Not so much. Samsung has cut corners and sacrificed features to keep the Note 20 “affordable” compared to the $1,299 Galaxy Note S20 Ultra, so even an 11-month-old iPhone can hold its own. But which one should an unbiased consumer buy?

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Michael Simon

Apple Arcade: 'Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows' is now available

4 days 11 hours ago

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service features premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If all goes well, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Got questions? We've got plenty of answers. 

Updated 08/07/20: AddedGame of Thrones: Tale of Crows to the list of available games. 

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Macworld Staff

iMac FAQ: Apple introduces significant upgrades to the 27-inch iMac; also updates 21.5-inch models and iMac Pro

4 days 13 hours ago

The iMac is a direct descendant of the very first Mac, and it’s often the computer that longtime users think about when they think about the Macintosh. The iMac’s all-in-one design is popular and iconic.

The iMac is great for both novices and demanding users. It can handle general-purpose and heavy-duty tasks equally well. It’s ideal for someone who needs to buy a complete computer setup (keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and display) and wants to maximize workspace efficiency.

If you’re in the market for an iMac, this guide will help you make the right choice. Apple has three versions of the iMac: the standard iMac, the iMac with Retina display, and the iMac Pro.

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Macworld Staff

Apple’s excuse for denying Xbox cloud gaming is patently absurd

4 days 15 hours ago

On September 15, Microsoft will make its “Project xCloud” service to stream Xbox games available to the public. Provided that public owns an Android device.

Anyone with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription will get to stream over 100 games from the cloud, using their Xbox login credentials and cloud saves. But there won’t be an app for your iPhone or iPad, because Apple doesn’t want people playing games unless they get a cut.

Apple’s flimsy excuse

Why won’t Apple allow Xbox game streaming (or Google’s Stadia, or GeForce Now)? The company gave Business Insider its official reason:

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Jason Cross

New iMacs, Apple Fellow Phil Schiller, and more

4 days 17 hours ago

Apple announced iMac updates earlier this week. Should you buy an iMac when Apple silicon is on the horizon? There’s also a major change in Apple leadership that we’ll talk about on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 708 with Jason Cross and Roman Loyola. (Editor's note: The inital upload of this episode had an editing error. It was fixed and reposted.)

Listen to episode 708

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Roman Loyola

Need to disable Activation Lock on an iPhone or iPad? Here are the 3 Apple-connected options to do so

4 days 18 hours ago

Apple added Activation Lock several years ago to its iPhones as a theft deterrent, partly at the request of users and partly because law enforcement insisted it would reduce the incentive for grab-and-run theft. The idea was that even if an iPhone were stolen and wiped, the device would refuse to allow a new installation without the Apple ID and password for the account that originally registered it being available to unlock it.

Activation Lock is turned on by enabling Find My in Settings > account name > iCloud. Disabling Find My requires the same Apple ID login that turned it on. It’s now also available on an iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and any Mac with the T2 security chip that enables Touch ID and other features. On a Mac, use the iCloud preference pane in macoS 10.14 Mojave and earlier and the Apple ID preference pane starting in 10.15 Catalina.

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Glenn Fleishman

macOS Big Sur: Learn about the user interface changes

4 days 19 hours ago

With macOS 11 Big Sur, Apple takes the opportunity to refresh the Mac’s user interface. The changes aren’t dramatic—don’t worry, you’ll be able to use your Mac like usual. The changes give the Mac a more modern look, and also have led to  speculation that Apple is getting ready for the next phase of user input, like maybe a Mac touchscreen.

If you are wondering what Big Sur looks like before installing it, we have a peek right here. You can prepare yourself before you dive in.

More space

Once you start up your Mac and log in, the Finder looks pretty much the same. The changes are subtle. For example, the menu bar icons are spread out, with each icon having a little more space. It makes it easier to spot the icon you want.

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Roman Loyola

The Register

NCC Group admits its training data was leaked online after folders full of CREST pentest certification exam notes posted to GitHub

14 hours 40 minutes ago
'Inhouse crt rigs to solve... book before ur exam' as firm claims 'some' of the content wasn't theirs

Exclusive British infosec biz NCC Group has admitted to The Register that its internal training materials were leaked on GitHub – after folders purporting to help people pass the CREST pentest certification exams appeared in a couple of repositories.…

CSS-Tricks

Halfmoon: A Bootstrap Alternative with Dark Mode Built In

15 hours 2 minutes ago

I recently launched the first production version of Halfmoon, a front-end framework that I have been building for the last few months. This is a short introductory post about what the framework is, and why I decided to build it.

The elevator pitch

Halfmoon is a front-end framework with a few interesting things going for it:

  • Dark mode built right in: Creating a dark mode version of a site is baked in and a snap.
  • Modular components: A lot of

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Tahmid

Register for An Event Apart’s Front-End Focus Online Conference

15 hours 3 minutes ago

(This is a sponsored post.)

An Event Apart has been doing these single-day online “Online together” conferences. You can check out the last couple, which are available on-demand (buy it, watch it when you want) for a limited time:

The next event is one that anyone reading CSS-Tricks will really want to check out. It’s called “Front-End Focus” which is literally what we write about … Read article “Register for An Event Apart’s Front-End Focus Online Conference”

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Geoff Graham

System UIcons

1 day 6 hours ago

This is a great collection of icons by Corey Ginnivan that’s both free and with no attribution required when you use them. The style is super simple. Each icon looks like older versions of the icons from macOS to me because they’re cute but not too cute.

Also? The icon picker UI is slick and looks something like this today:

Oh and also, as I was looking around Corey’s personal site I noticed this lovely UI effect when you scroll … Read article “System UIcons”

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Robin Rendle

Don’t Wait! Mock the API

1 day 15 hours ago

Today we have a loose coupling between the front end and the back end of web applications. They are usually developed by separate teams, and keeping those teams and the technology in sync is not easy. To solve part of this problem, we can “fake” the API server that the back end tech would normally create and develop as if the API or endpoints already exist.

The most common term used for creating simulated or “faking” a component is mockingRead article “Don’t Wait! Mock the API”

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Marko Ilic

zerodivs.com

1 day 15 hours ago

Pretty neat little website from Joan Perals, inspired by stuff like Lynn’s A Single Div. With multiple hard-stop background-image gradients, you don’t need extra HTML elements to draw shapes — you can draw as many shapes as you want on a single element. There is even a stacking order to work with. Drawing with backgrounds is certainly CSS trickery!

The site stores your drawing IDs in localStorage so you’ve got basic CRUD functionality right there. I bet the whole … Read article “zerodivs.com”

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Chris Coyier

Nailing the Perfect Contrast Between Light Text and a Background Image

4 days 7 hours ago

Have you ever come across a site where light text is sitting on a light background image? If you have, you’ll know how difficult that is to read. A popular way to avoid that is to use a transparent overlay. But this leads to an important question: Just how transparent should that overlay be? It’s not like we’re always dealing with the same font sizes, weights, and colors, and, of course, different images will result in different contrasts.

Trying … Read article “Nailing the Perfect Contrast Between Light Text and a Background Image”

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Yaphi Berhanu

More Control Over CSS Borders With background-image

4 days 7 hours ago

You can make a typical CSS border dashed or dotted. For example:

.box { border: 1px dashed black; border: 3px dotted red; }

You don’t have all that much control over how big or long the dashes or gaps are. And you certainly can’t give the dashes slants, fading, or animation! You can do those things with some trickery though.

Amit Sheen build this really neat Dashed Border Generator:

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Chris Coyier

What does 100% mean in CSS?

4 days 10 hours ago

When using percentage values in CSS like this…

.element { margin-top: 40%; }

…what does that % value mean here? What is it a percentage of? There’ve been so many times when I’ll be using percentages and something weird happens. I typically shrug, change the value to something else and move on with my day.

But Amelia Wattenberger says no! in this remarkable deep dive into how percentages work in CSS and all the peculiar things we need to know … Read article “What does 100% mean in CSS?”

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Robin Rendle

Every Website is an Essay

4 days 15 hours ago

Every website that’s made me oooo and aaahhh lately has been of a special kind; they’re written and designed like essays. There’s an argument, a playfulness in the way that they’re not so much selling me something as they are trying to convince me of the thing. They use words and type and color in a way that makes me sit up and listen.

And I think that framing our work in this way lets us web designers explore exciting … Read article “Every Website is an Essay”

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Robin Rendle

font-weight: 300 considered harmful

4 days 15 hours ago

Tomáš Janoušek:

Many web pages these days set font-weight: 300 in their stylesheet. With DejaVu Sans as my preferred font, this results in very thin and light text that is hard to read, because for some reason the “DejaVu Sans ExtraLight” variant (weight 200) is being used for weights < 360 (in Chrome; in Firefox up to 399). Let’s investigate why this happens and what can be done about it.

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Chris Coyier

HTML for Subheadings and Headings

5 days 8 hours ago

Let’s say you have a double heading situation going on. A little one on top of a big one. It comes up, I dunno, a billion times a day, I’d say. What HTML do you go for? Dare I say, it depends? But have you considered all the options? And how those options play out semantically and accessibility-y?

As we do around here sometimes, let’s take a stroll through the options.

The visual examples

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Chris Coyier

JavaScript Fatigue

5 days 8 hours ago

From Nicholas Zakas’ newsletter, on how he avoids JavaScript fatigue:

 I don’t try to learn about every new thing that comes out. There’s a limited number of hours in the day and a limited amount of energy you can devote to any topic, so I choose not to learn about anything that I don’t think will be immediately useful to me. That doesn’t mean I completely ignore new things as they are released, but rather, I try

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Chris Coyier

TypeScript, Minus TypeScript

5 days 14 hours ago

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the last several years (and let’s face it, hiding under a rock sometimes feels like the right thing to do), you’ve probably heard of and likely used TypeScript. TypeScript is a syntactical superset of JavaScript that adds — as its name suggests — typing to the web’s favorite scripting language.

TypeScript is incredibly powerful, but is often difficult to read for beginners and carries the overhead of needing a compilation step before … Read article “TypeScript, Minus TypeScript”

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Caleb Williams

Building Custom Data Importers: What Engineers Need to Know

5 days 15 hours ago

Importing data is a common pain-point for engineering teams. Whether its importing CRM data, inventory SKUs, or customer details, importing data into various applications and building a solution for this is a frustrating experience nearly every engineer can relate to. Data import, as a critical product experience is a huge headache. It reduces the time to value for customers, strains internal resources, and takes valuable development cycles away from developing key, differentiating product features.

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Geoff Graham

Warp SVG Online

6 days 6 hours ago

The warping is certainly the cool part here. Some fancy math literally transforms the path data to do the warping. But the UX detail work here is just as nice. Scrolling the page zooms in and out via a transform: scale() on the SVG wrapper (clever!). Likewise, holding the spacebar lets you pan around which is as simple as transform: translate() on another wrapper (smart!). To warp your own SVG files, you just drag-and-drop them on the page (easy!).

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Chris Coyier

Chapter 1: Birth

6 days 12 hours ago

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is fascinated with information. It has been his life’s work. For over four decades, he has sought to understand how it is mapped and stored and transmitted. How it passes from person to person. How the seeds of information become the roots of dramatic change. It is so fundamental to the work that he has done that when he wrote the proposal for what would eventually become the World Wide Web, he called it “Information Management, a … Read article “Chapter 1: Birth”

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Jay Hoffmann

Computed Values: More Than Meets the Eye

6 days 15 hours ago

Browser DevTools are indispensable for us front end developers. In this article, we’ll take a look at the Computed tab, a small corner of the DevTools panel that shows us big things, like how relative CSS values are resolved. We’ll also see how inheritance fits into the browser’s style computation process.

The “Computed” tab is generally located in the right panel of the DevTools interface, like it is shown here in Chrome.

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Jemimah Omodior