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AT&T Raising iPhone's Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plan to $45/month

· Jim Tanous · News

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Those lucky few iPhone users grandfathered into AT&T’s unlimited data plans will see a monthly rate increase starting next month. A support article on AT&T’s website informs subscribers that, starting in July, the monthly rate will increase to $45, up from the current $40.

This $2 App Brings Amazon Alexa to Your Apple Watch...Sort Of

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

An Apple Watch app called Voice in a Can is seeking to satisfy the desires of those who love Apple hardware but rely on Amazon Alexa for its home automation capabilities. As a standalone app, Voice in a Can runs entirely on the Apple Watch without needing to pair with the iPhone. With just a Wi-Fi or LTE connection you ask Alexa to control your home lights, unlock the door, or set your thermostat. However, since Apple prevents third party apps from replacing Siri, you can’t use Voice in a Can to have Alexa make calls or control the audio playback on your watch. It’s by no means a perfect solution, but it’s the best Alexa users have thus far until Amazon and Apple work out an official solution. Grab it now on the App Store for $1.99.

This $2 App Brings Amazon Alexa to Your Apple Watch…Sort Of

The Awesome Insanity of Rackmounting the iMac Pro

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Do you have a powerful new iMac Pro? If so, do you want to rackmount it? No, of course you don’t, because that would be bananapants crazy. But there’s at least one company that has need for such a monstrosity: MacStadium, the Mac-based hosting provider. Spotted by Zac Cichy on Twitter, the iMac Pro rack lets MacStadium offer remote access to the powerful capabilities of Apple’s newest Mac in a way that fits their existing equipment infrastructure. Of course, this isn’t the first time that a company has laughed in the face of Apple’s mission to destroy industry standard form factors.

The Awesome Insanity of Rackmounting the iMac Pro

Apple Maps Now Embeddable on the Web With MapKit JS Beta

· Jim Tanous · News

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Apple is expanding the use of Apple Maps on the web with the release of the MapKit JS API to developers. With access to this API, developers can embed interactive Apple Maps directly into their websites and web applications.

The First Investors Summit Dedicated to Long-Term AAPL Investors

· Jim Tanous · News

Are you long on AAPL? Hate how the mainstream market analysts never seem to “get it?” Well, then be sure to check out the first annual Apple Summit, a first-of-its-kind investor summit dedicated to long-term investors in Apple.

Want to Buy a Giant Library of Blu-rays, DVDs, and Laserdiscs?

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Apple’s planned improvements for the Apple TV make it a great streaming device for an increasingly all-digital age, but if you’re intent on sticking with physical media, you can pick up an incredible collection of more than 21,000 UHD, Blu-ray, HD-DVD, DVD, Laserdisc, VHS, and even Beta films on eBay and never need to communicate with the outside world again. It will cost you $1 million but, hey, free shipping!

Want to Buy a Giant Library of Blu-rays, DVDs, and Laserdiscs?

Quickly Change Between Light and Dark Mode in macOS With a Custom AppleScript App

· Jim Tanous · Quick Tip

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It’s easy enough to change between light and dark modes in recent versions of macOS, but you still need to waste a few clicks heading to System Preferences. For those who want to change modes frequently, here’s how to build an AppleScript app that can do it with a single click!

iOS 12 Adds a Thesaurus to the Word Look Up Feature

· Jim Tanous · Quick Tip

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iOS 12 includes the ability to add a thesaurus alongside your dictionary definitions when using the “Look Up” feature to examine a word. This is great because it, you know, helps you write good and stuff.

iPhone Accessibility Feature 'Live Listen' to Support AirPods in iOS 12

· Jim Tanous · Rumor

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An accessibility feature for the hearing impaired will receive a notable upgrade in iOS 12. “Live Listen,” a feature originally introduced in 2014 to enable hearing aid integration in iOS will soon be able to work with Apple’s AirPods in addition to MFi hearing aid devices.

Craig Federighi Doesn't See a Touchscreen Mac in the Future

· Jim Tanous · News

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Even though Apple announced that iOS apps will soon be ported to the Mac, Apple exec Craig Federighi doesn’t think that a touchscreen Mac makes sense, stating that the explosion of touchscreens in the Windows world may end up as a failed experiment.

Apple Pulls First watchOS 5 Beta After Installation Issues

· Jim Tanous · News

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Did you try to update your Apple Watch to the watchOS 5 beta last night but couldn’t find any available updates? You’re not going crazy. Apple late Tuesday quietly pulled the first watchOS 5 beta as large numbers of users began to report installation issues.

iOS 12 Wants to Help You Stop Taking Accidental Screenshots on Your iPhone

· Jim Tanous · News

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The use of the side and volume up buttons to take screenshots on the iPhone X results in many accidental screenshots due to their position on the sides of the device where users normally grab onto. Here’s how Apple is hoping to improve the iPhone screenshots experience in iOS 12.

This Dead Macintosh SE/30 is Transformed into a RetroPie Gaming Station

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

When reddit user EvilAlbinoid picked up an old Macintosh SE/30, he had hopes of restoring the little guy to its former glory. But when he discovered that the system was damaged beyond repair, he did the next best thing to restoring an old Mac: converting it into a RetroPie-based classic gaming system! Check out his Imgur album for the build process and final design, and stay tuned because his next project is to give his “Raspintosh” a battery for truly portable use!

This Dead Macintosh SE/30 is Transformed into a RetroPie Gaming Station

Watch the WWDC 2018 Keynote On-Demand

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

If you missed the livestream yesterday and want to see all of Apple’s announcements for yourself, you can now watch the complete WWDC 2018 keynote on-demand over at Apple’s special events page. The keynote clocks in at 2 hours and 16 minutes, so make yourself comfortable.

Watch the WWDC 2018 Keynote On-Demand

Brace Yourselves, the iPad is Getting a Notch

· Jim Tanous · Rumor

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The launch of iOS 12 beta this week indicates that we’ll see more than a simple performance upgrade to the iPad this year, with several changes pointing to a new design that looks a lot more like the iPhone X, including Face ID, no home button, and a notch.

Automatic System Updates Coming to iOS 12

· Jim Tanous · News

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Automatic updates may soon be available to iPhone and iPad users as part of iOS 12, enabling system and security updates to install without user intervention. But the risks of having your iPhone unexpectedly unavailable may mean that this will be an exclusively opt-in feature.