Apple Music has more paying subscribers in the United States than Spotify, according to data from a major music distributor.
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Apple’s iPhone 8 was the top selling smartphone in May 2018, according to Counterpoint Research. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus came in second, followed by iPhone X.
Along with iOS 12 Public Beta 2, Apple released tvOS 12 Public Beta 2 just in time for the weekend. The update is compatible with the fourth generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K.
The first beta for iOS 12’s Shortcuts app is available, but only for developers, because it’s buggy and feature-limited.
Apple released iOS 12 Developer Beta 3 for the iPhone and iPad earlier this week, and now iOS 12 Public Beta is available. iOS 12 Public Beta 2 looks to be the same as Developer Beta 3.
If you’re concerned about, or just aren’t sure, which apps and services have access to your Google account there’s an easy way see and even revoke access. Read on to learn how.
Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what could be behind Netflix’s test program for a new high end subscription tier.
Your Netflix subscription may soon cost more, or have fewer features. The streaming media company is reportedly considering a higher-price tier called Ultra with HDR video and HD audio support. Assuming the new tier does roll out (it’s in testing now), PhoneArena says it’ll cost US$16.99 which is $3 more than the current Premium plan. That isn’t too bad, but the change will likely see the number of simultaneously supported devices on each tier reduced as well.
Some Italian consumers say that based on promotional material they’ve received from the video streamer, the new Netflix lineup reduces the number of screens that can stream Netflix simultaneously with the Premium plan from 4 to 2. However, others in Italy who received information about the new Ultra tier say that the Premium service will continue to allow four screens to stream Netflix at the same time. If Netflix does cut the number of simultaneous screens in half for its Premium plan, that would be akin to a price hike for those who share the service with three other users.
There isn’t any guarantee the Ultra tier will survive its limited testing phase, but if it does there’s a good chance you’ll get less for you money on the current plans.
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War stop reading now. With that out of the way, Reddit is going to experience its biggest forum ban ever on July 9th when the moderators of the thanosdidnothingwrong subreddit randomly ban half their members. It seems only fitting since Thanos did that very thing in the movie, but on a galactic—or universal—scale. Of course, you won’t turn to dust if you’re in the half that’s banned from the subreddit, so at least there’s that. Ironically, the forum may have more members after the ban than it did before the moderators announced the plan because people are signing up in droves just to see if they survive.
Earlier this week a report claimed third-party app developers could read messages in your Gmail account without your knowledge. Google now says that’s not true. Sort of.
In honor of Independence Day—a U.S. holiday—The Mac Observer is taking off Wednesday, July 4th. We will return on Thursday, July 5th, with our usual Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. TMO’s Daily Observations podcast is taking off the holiday, too. Enjoy the holiday!
Apple wrapped up its beta-palooza on Tuesday with macOS Mojave Developer Beta 3. Apple also released new developer betas of iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12.
Apple released tvOS 12 Developer Beta 3 for the fourth generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K on Tuesday.
Along with iOS 12 Developer Beta 3, Apple released watchOS 5 beta 3 for Apple Watch on Tuesday.
Apple released iOS 12 Developer Beta 3 for iPhone and iPad on Tuesday, two weeks after Developer Beta 2 rolled out.
The Security Code AutoFill feature in iOS 12 could lead to bank fraud, according to one security researcher.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at the potential security threats in iOS 12’s Security Code AutoFill, plus they have some thoughts on Samsung smartphones randomly sending out photos.
Sharing photos with friends is cool, but not when your decides to send photos without your knowledge. That’s exactly what’s happening for some Samsung smartphone owners. Mashable says people are freaking out because the photos on their phones are being sent out to other people via SMS and they don’t even know it’s happening until the get a call or text from the recipient. From Mashable:
A few Redditors are claiming that their Samsung smartphones — in one case a Galaxy S9+ — sent photos from their camera roll to another person without their knowledge. And while this nightmare scenario has yet to be confirmed, you’d better believe that Samsung is looking into it.
Samsung is indeed looking into the problem, although it seems to be somewhat isolated. That isn’t, however, much of a consolation for Samsung smartphone users who’re dealing with photos randomly going out to people in their contacts list. Maybe it’s time for your Samsung-toting friends to delete those potentially awkward photos from their phones just to be safe.
iOS 12 includes AvatarKit for iPad, which is a pretty big clue new models with TrueDepth Cameras, Face ID, and Animoji support are coming soon.
Amazon Prime Day is coming on July 16th and 17th and this year includes Whole Foods so you can take advantage of in-store discounts, too.