Friday, November 22, 2019

Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV, months after original...

Enlarge / The Apple TV 4K and remote.Samuel Axon reader comments 71 Share this story Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the forthcoming appearance of Amazon Prime Video to the Apple TV earlier this year, but the launch kept getting pushed back for unknown reasons. Now, Amazon's Prime Video app is finally rolling out on the tvOS app store. The Prime Video iOS app was recently updated to version 5.0 and the release notes state that subscribers can download a separate tvOS app on their Apple TV to watch Prime Video content on that device. Further ReadingGoogle will pull YouTube support from Amazon Fire TVs in 2018 Although we were able to download it this morning, according to a report by 9to5Mac, the Amazon Prime Video app may not show up for all users in a tvOS app store search. If it doesn't show up there, you can find the new app by searching for "Amazon" in the tvOS app store, selecting the Amazon Shopping app, and finding the new Prime Video app in the "More by this Developer" ..

Apple Pay Cash hits Apple Watches with watchOS 4.2 release

Enlarge / A 38mm Apple Watch Series 2 (left) next to a 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 (right).Valentina Palladino reader comments 12 Share this story The latest software update for Apple Watch is now available, just a few days after Apple released iOS 11.2 earlier than expected. The biggest link between the iDevice and Watch software updates is Apple Pay Cash, which is now available for Apple's wearable in watchOS 4.2 Further ReadingiOS 11.2 fixes date bug that crashes iDevices, begins Apple Pay Cash rollout Apple Pay Cash lets US-based users send and receive money through iMessage, with funds drawn from a linked credit or debit card. Those who receive money get it in the form of an Apple Pay Cash Card, which they can then use to pay for things through the Apple Wallet app or transfer that money to a bank account. On the Apple Watch, users can tap the new Apple Pay Cash button at the bottom of an iMessage conversation to initiate a payment to that contact. This means users won't..

Apple turns on app preorders in App Store

Enlarge / iOS 11, which will ship with the iPhone 8, has a renovated app store. reader comments 66 Share this story Apps are just as highly anticipated as other forms of entertainment now, and Apple's newest update to its app stores lets customers call dibs on their favorites before they're even released. An update to the iTunes Connect resources page states that developers can now open up their apps for preorder on all Apple platforms before the program is officially released. This allows developers to see the product page before anyone can download the app, and customers can tap a new "Pre-Order" button to secure their download before it becomes available on the designated release date. Further ReadingSuper Mario Run review: Keep on moving Developers can choose never-before-published apps from their My Apps page to make available for preorder. They must choose an official release date before the preorder page goes live, and that date must be at least two days, but no more ..

Everything you need to know about Apple’s GymKit, now out in...

Enlarge / Apple Watch Series 2.Valentina Palladino reader comments 40 Share this story While the Apple Watch is seen by many as the ultimate wearable fitness tool, it's somewhat out of place in the gym. The native Workout app has a number of exercise profiles to choose from, including activities that can only be done in the gym. But, in many ways, the Watch is best suited for outdoor activities. But with the introduction of GymKit, Apple hopes to make the in-gym cardio experience better. Apple's system to connect the Apple Watch to compatible gym equipment started rolling out across the globe earlier this fall, and it just hit the US this week. Below is everything you need to know about GymKit as an Apple Watch user, how you can use it, and what it means for your workouts in the future. What is GymKit? Apple announced GymKit at this year's WWDC in June as part of the watchOS 4 update. GymKit is a protocol that allows Apple Watches to use NFC and Bluetooth to connect to..

Apple to give Finisar $390 million to increase TrueDepth camera tech...

Enlarge / The Messages app has been augmented with a number of features that use the front-facing, 3D camera—including animojis. reader comments 54 Share this story Today, Apple announced a big investment in the technology manufacturing company Finisar. The iPhone maker will give Finisar $390 million, a portion of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, to help "support innovation and job creation by American manufacturers." According to Apple's statement, the investment will allow Finisar to build a new 700,000 square foot plant in Texas, hire 500 workers, and make more vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). These lasers are a component in Apple's TrueDepth cameras, now being used in the iPhone X for features including FaceID and Animoji. Further ReadingWhat you should know about privacy and Apple’s FaceID on iOS 11 “VCSELs power some of the most sophisticated technology we’ve ever developed and we’re thrilled to partner with Finisar over the next several yea..

Google brings a Chrome… installer… to the Microsoft Store [Updated]

Enlarge / The app, in all its glory. reader comments 87 Share this story In an effort to further diminish Edge's role as "the browser you use to install Chrome," Google has published a Chrome installer application to the Microsoft Store. Install that app, and it'll download and install Chrome for you. Chrome itself is not a Store app. While Microsoft has developed a system, "Centennial," for packaging existing Windows applications and distributing them through the Store—a convenient capability, as it provides centralized upgrading and clean uninstallation—Google is not using that for Chrome. The Chrome that gets installed is the regular version of Chrome that you'd get if you downloaded it directly from Google. For most Windows users, the distinction doesn't matter a great deal. While we'd like more apps to be available through the Store—if for no other reason than to get the simplified updating and uninstallation—virtually every Windows user already runs a n..

Apple agrees to pay over $15 billion to Ireland in back...

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on as the new iPhone X goes on sale at an Apple Store on November 3, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images reader comments 8 Share this story Further ReadingWhy Apple could be slapped with a massive $15 billion Irish tax billAccording to a top Irish official, Apple has agreed to to pay Ireland around $15.4 billion in back taxes. “We have now reached agreement with Apple in relation to the principles and operation of the escrow fund,” Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe told reporters before a meeting with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, per Reuters. "We expect the money will begin to be transmitted into the account from Apple across the first quarter of next year." Ireland was formally referred to the European Court of Justice after it failed to implement a 2016 order that required the island nation to collect the same amount in unpaid taxes. Further ReadingApple must pay Ireland $14.5 billion in taxes, rul..

iOS 11.2 fixes date bug that crashes iDevices, begins Apple Pay...

Enlarge / The iPhone 8 Plus dwarfs the iPhone X. reader comments 15 Share this story Some iPhone users woke up this weekend to continuously crashing iPhones, iPads, and other iDevices, and Apple has pushed out its iOS 11.2 software update early to fix this and numerous other issues. The update also starts the rollout for Apple Pay Cash and enables 7.5W wireless charging on new iPhones. Further ReadingApple clarifies what Control Center Wi-Fi, Bluetooth toggles do in iOS 11.2 beta Users took to Internet forums early this weekend after discovering an iOS 11 bug that made their iPhones crash after 12:15am on December 2. Aside from the date and time, the issue was tied to local notifications from scheduled daily alerts or from apps that send repeat reminders. A support document issued by Apple tells users to turn off notifications for all apps on the iDevice before installing iOS 11.2. This bug appears to be the reason Apple pushed out iOS 11.2 so quickly to all users. The software update..

Updating macOS can bring back the nasty “root” security bug

EnlargeAndrew Cunningham reader comments 1 Share this story The serious and surprising root security bug in macOS High Sierra is back for some users, shortly after Apple declared it fixed. Users who had not installed macOS 10.13.1 and thus were running a prior version of the OS when they received the security update, found that installing 10.13.1 resurfaced the bug, according to a report from Wired. Further ReadingmacOS bug lets you log in as admin with no password required For these users, the security update can be installed again (in fact, it would be automatically installed at some point) after updating to the new version of the operating system. However, the bug is not fixed in that case until the user reboots the computer. Many users do not reboot their computers for days or even weeks at a time, and Apple's support documentation did not at first inform users that they needed to reboot, so some people may have been left vulnerable without realizing it. The documentation bee..

Apple clarifies what Control Center Wi-Fi, Bluetooth toggles do in iOS...

Enlarge / The control center has a new interface for adjusting brightness. reader comments 176 Share this story Unbeknownst to many, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in the Control Center in iOS 11 don't do what you expect. Rather than completely disabling those features, they only partially disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. To clear up any confusion, Apple appears to have added explainer pop-up messages when either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is toggled off, as first detailed in a report by MacRumors. The messages appear in the newest iOS 11.2 beta, and they explain that both features will only be temporarily disabled when turned off from their Control Center toggles. Further ReadingiOS 11, thoroughly reviewed The first time a user turns off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi from the Control Center on their device, they'll see a pop-up window that will say "disconnecting nearby Wi-Fi until tomorrow" or "disconnecting Bluetooth accessories until tomorrow." The messages also explain that both Bluetooth an..

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