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Which Push Notifications Should You Allow?

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apps demand our attention by sending us push notifications, but some are more important than others. David Nield has some suggestions.

One of the problems with turning your phone off, or putting it in airplane mode to avoid distractions, is that people won’t be able to reach you in an emergency. If you want to make sure certain contacts (like your kids) can always get through, you’ve got two options using the native features on your Android or iOS phone.

Photoshop for iPad Opens for Beta Signups

· Andrew Orr · Link

Adobe is officially inviting users to sign up for Photoshop for iPad as beta testers, via an email sent to Creative Cloud users.

Real Photoshop is coming to the iPad so you can create something unreal. All your familiar desktop tools and workflows are at your fingertips, from retouching and compositing to spot healing and blend modes. Layers? They’re all here. Resolution? No difference. Your PSDs are exactly the same, whether you’re working on your desktop or a mountain top.

Adobe has been emailing Creative Cloud customers, but you can join the beta program by filling this form.

Apple Support 3.1 Adds iMessage Integration

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple Support version 3.1, updated today, adds iMessage integration into the app for customers in the United States.

Apple says that this feature is limited to the United States and is available for select topics only. Today’s update also introduces an improved experience for scheduling reservations at the Genius Bar and Authorized Service Providers, and it includes other unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements.

macOS 10.14.5 Brings Security Updates

· Andrew Orr · News

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Alongside iOS 12.3 and other software updates, Apple also released macOS 10.14.5, and it brings bug fixes, supports AirPlay 2, and more.

Apple says it’s ‘not a monopoly by any metric’

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Apple has responded to ruling by the Supreme Court giving the go ahead for an antitrust lawsuit. The company denies that it’s a monopoly.

Today’s decision means plaintiffs can proceed with their case in District court. We’re confident we will prevail when the facts are presented and that the App Store is not a monopoly by any metric…Developers set the price they want to charge for their app and Apple has no role in that.

New Apple Pay NFC Stickers Make it Faster to Pay

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Jennifer Bailey, VP of Apple Pay, announced Apple Pay NFC stickers recently.. Once tapped they trigger Apple Pay purchases, so you don’t need to download a separate app.

With the new support, an iPhone will know how to read a specially-encoded NFC tag (that can be as inert as a sticker) and automatically show the Apple Pay purchase interface when a user holds their device near it. No third-party apps or other set up required.

At launch Apple is partnering with Bird scooters, Bonobos clothing store, and PayByPhone parking meters.

Apple Releases iOS 12.3 Update With New TV App

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Apple has released the iOS 12.3 update, much of which is focused on a new TV app that the company introduced in its March keynote.

Russian Network RT America Wants You to Distrust 5G Networks

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Russian network RT America recently aired a segment called “A Dangerous Experiment on Humanity” to get people to distrust 5G. The segment links 5G to brain cancer, infertility, autism, heart tumors and Alzheimer’s disease, none of which are backed by scientific evidence.

Yet even as RT America, the cat’s paw of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has been doing its best to stoke the fears of American viewers, Mr. Putin, on Feb. 20, ordered the launch of Russian 5G networks in a tone evoking optimism rather than doom.

Russia is definitely not the first to attempt to link certain cellular frequencies to health problems, but a it’s an interesting new twist in the matter.

News+: 9 Long Press Shortcuts for iOS

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In the latest issue of Mac|Life, Carrie Marshall writes about nine long press shortcuts for iOS. These are especially useful on the iPad. Warning: This magazine is a PDF, and the article can be found on page 96.

We think long presses and 3D Touch are great, but we also think Apple has dropped the ball with them a little bit: there’s no way of knowing whether
a particular icon or keyboard key does anything until you actually hold a finger on it. Some apps use it, some don’t.

This is part of Andrew’s News+ series, where he shares a magazine every Friday to help people discover good content in Apple News+.

UAG Scout Series Case for iPad Pro Works With Smart Keyboard

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Soon after launching bands for the Apple Watch, UAG is also coming out with iPad Pro cases called UAG Scout Series. Most importantly, it works with Apple’s Smart Keyboard. The Scout series case secures both the device and accessory without interfering with the folio’s multiple viewing/typing positions to seamlessly move with the device. When not in use, the case securely holds the folio closed to maintain 360-degree protection, so you’re prepared for any adventure. Designed for dependability, Scout’s rugged clip provides added security to hold the Apple Pencil in place when charging/pairing with the device. In addition, UAG’s Scout series features feather-light construction, impact resistant core and easy access to all buttons and ports providing a smooth experience for all users. Price: US$49.95US$59.95

UAG Scout Series Case for iPad Pro Works With Smart Keyboard

Before Macintosh: The Apple Lisa Documentary

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Before Macintosh is an Apple Lisa documentary on Kickstarter exploring the history behind Apple’s device.

The work of Douglas Engelbart and his team, plus advances from the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) with their Alto and Star workstations were the progenitors of the Graphical User Interface (GUI), but the Apple Lisa stands as the clear foundation for what we all use today — Macintosh — Windows — iOS — Android.

The campaign goal is US$3,600, and it has raised US$2,401 so far.

Google Podcasts Comes to iOS in the Web

· Andrew Orr · News

Last year Google announced its podcasting service called Google Podcasts. Today iOS users can find and listen to them within Google search.

BMW Owners Suffer ConnectedDrive Outage, Affects CarPlay

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Ford CarPlay is here for 2016 models.

Some BMW owners have suffered a ConnectedDrive outage, and it affects CarPlay.

What seems to be happening is that because of the ConnectedDrive outage, cars are unable to confirm that users have paid for the CarPlay option in their vehicle. Because the car can’t make that authentication, BMW owners have no access to CarPlay, nor the other ConnectedDrive features.

BMW has purportedly acknowledged the ConnectedDrive outage to customers, but has yet to comment publicly or offer any sort of timetable on when the issue might be resolved.