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September 20Thursday's News


Apple Watch Series 4: The reviews are in

Apple Watch Series 4: The reviews are in

After several days of testing, reviewers around the world are sharing their impressions of the redesigned, re-engineered Apple Watch Series 4. -- Apple PR.

Inside iOS 12: Apple's ARKit 2 and USDZ usher in a new era of collaborative augmented reality

Inside iOS 12: Apple's ARKit 2 and USDZ usher in a new era of collaborative augmented reality

With iOS 12, comes Apple's collaboration with Pixar on the USDZ format for a common augmented reality data file format. AppleInsider explains what it is, and how it helps expansion of AR.

In collaboration with Pixar, Apple introduced usdz, the new open file format Apple says is "optimized for sharing" across apps like Messages, Safari, Mail, Files, and News, while retaining powerful graphics and animation features. -- AppleInsider.

Testing the speed of iOS 11 versus iOS 12 on the iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 2

Testing the speed of iOS 11 versus iOS 12 on the iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 2

Apple made some big speed improvement claims regarding iOS 12 on older devices, like as some apps launching twice as fast, and CPU ramp-speed increasing across not just older devices, but also newer ones as well. AppleInsider puts the claims to the test. -- AppleInsider.

Apple Music now supports Android Auto, song search by lyrics

Apple Music now supports Android Auto, song search by lyrics

Apple on Wednesday updated the Android version of its Apple Music streaming app, introducing support for Android Auto and song search by lyrics, the latter being a feature just introduced with iOS 12.

The latest Apple Music update for Android delivers long-awaited support for Android Auto, Google's option for interfacing handsets running its mobile operating system with in-car infotainment systems. A beta version of the app with similar functionality arrived late last month. -- AppleInsider.

iPhone XS teardown shows single-cell battery, few other changes from iPhone X

iPhone XS teardown shows single-cell battery, few other changes from iPhone X

While the iPhone XS shares the practically the same external appearance as the iPhone X, the first teardown of the latest Apple smartphone reveals a few changes were made to the inside, including the use of a new battery and some smaller alterations to other internal components. -- AppleInsider.

A new antenna using single atoms could usher in the age of atomic radio

A new antenna using single atoms could usher in the age of atomic radio

In the 1950s, atomic clocks revolutionized precision time-keeping. Now we may be on the verge of so-called "atomic radio," thanks to the development of a new type of antenna capable of receiving signals across a much wider range of frequencies (more than four octaves) that is highly resistant to electromagnetic interference. -- Ars Technica.

First hydrogen-powered train hits the tracks in Germany

First hydrogen-powered train hits the tracks in Germany

French train-building company Alstom built two hydrogen-powered trains and delivered them to Germany last weekend, where they'll zoom along a 62-mile stretch of track that runs from the northern cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde, and Buxtehude. The new trains replace their diesel-powered counterparts and are the first of their kind, but they are likely not the last. Alstom is contracted to deliver 14 more hydrogen-powered trains, called Coradia iLint trains, before 2021. -- Ars Technica.

6 reasons you should switch to Safari in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

6 reasons you should switch to Safari in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

There are many reasons to look forward to Safari in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave.

In iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, Safari gets solid improvements that will win you back from Chrome -- especially if you value your privacy. But while safeguarding your security on the web fuels many of Safari's great new features, there's much more goodness to anticipate on iPhone, iPad and Mac. [I switched to Chrome several weeks ago because I was tired of the way Safari did not open some imbedded images and it's lack of HTML5 support. -mam] -- Cult of Mac.

HomePod Guide: How to Create Multiple Timers, Search for Lyrics, Find Your iPhone, and Make Calls

HomePod Guide: How to Create Multiple Timers, Search for Lyrics, Find Your iPhone, and Make Calls

Apple's HomePod was updated this week to version 12, which debuted alongside iOS 12 for iPhones and iPads. The HomePod update brings about a handful of new abilities for Apple's smart speaker, including support for multiple timers, lyric search, find my iPhone, making and receiving phone calls, and more. -- MacRumors.

The Top 10 Grossing iPhone Apps in the U.S. for August

The Top 10 Grossing iPhone Apps in the U.S. for August

A new Statista report today presents us with statistics from Priori Data that show us the top ten iPhone apps generating the most revenue in the U.S. in August. The winner was Netflix who grossed almost $30 million last month on iPhone, a huge $9 million more than the second most lucrative, battle royale game Fortnite.

5 Pre-Made Siri Shortcuts To Help You Get Started

5 Pre-Made Siri Shortcuts To Help You Get Started

With iOS 12 came Siri Shortcuts, an automation app that lets you use Siri to get things done. I have a bunch of Shortcuts that I've been using since Workflow, and I'll share my 5 favorite pre-made Siri Shortcuts. -- The Mac Observer.


5 iOS 12 AR Apps to Test Your New Camera

5 iOS 12 AR Apps to Test Your New Camera

If you've purchased an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR, we've roundup up some iOS 12 AR apps to test that new camera. -- The Mac Observer.


How to Turn on Live Listen for Your AirPods

How to Turn on Live Listen for Your AirPods

It turns your iPhone into a microphone to help you hear in difficult situations. Here's how to turn on Live Listen with AirPods.

Apple originally added Live Listen for compatible hearing aids. But now you can use it with your AirPods. It turns your iPhone into a microphone to help you hear in difficult situations. Here's how to turn on Live Listen with AirPods. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 12 review: Finally, the fear of upgrading is over

iOS 12 review: Finally, the fear of upgrading is over

The Good - Lightning fast even on older phones • A smarter Siri is compatible with more third-party apps • Password management's never been easier • Notifications are finally grouped by app

The Bad - Screen Time can be confusing to navigate • Shortcuts app isn't for beginners • Memoji are kind of bland

The Bottom Line - iOS 12 may not have some of the big marquee features of previous years' updates, but it still delivers massive improvements everywhere it counts most. -- Mashable.

100+ Coolest New iOS 12 Features You Didn't Know About

100+ Coolest New iOS 12 Features You Didn't Know About

The next big iOS version for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch was revealed by Apple at WWDC 2018 and dropped for everyone on Sept. 17, 2018, less than a week after Apple revealed the new iPhone lineup. We've rounded up all the big picture items and secret features and changes we could find so you know exactly what to expect when updating to iOS 12 on your iPhone. -- Gadget Hacks.

PCalc binomial functions

PCalc binomial functions

Over the weekend, I read Federico Viticci's excellent post on using iOS 12 Shortcuts to access PCalc. I haven't installed iOS 12 yet (I usually wait a few days to let Apple's servers cool down), but I expect to use Federico's advice to make a few PCalc shortcuts when I do. In the meantime, his post inspired me to clean up and finish off a PCalc function that I'd half-written some time ago. -- Dr. Drang.

September 19Wednesday's News


iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max: The reviews are in

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max: The reviews are in

Reviewers from across the globe have put iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to the test. Here's some of what they're saying... -- Apple PR.

All the changes to Notifications on your iPhone in iOS 12

All the changes to Notifications on your iPhone in iOS 12

Everyone dreads the chore of dealing with a large influx of Notifications, but we still need them to keep up with what is going on. Fortunately, in iOS 12, Apple made a number of changes to the improve the user experience. -- AppleInsider.

iPhone XS improvements to Qi wireless charging limited to efficiency, not voltage increase

iPhone XS improvements to Qi wireless charging limited to efficiency, not voltage increase

The initial wave of reviews for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are starting to roll in, with them universally finding that Apple's implementation of Qi charging on the new models hasn't increased the power, but has instead improved efficiency of the technology. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's custom Neural Engine in iPhone XS about 'letting nothing get in your way'

Apple's custom Neural Engine in iPhone XS about 'letting nothing get in your way'

Apple's insistence on custom design of chips like the Neural Engine in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR is about unchaining the company's other designers, according to the lead of its chip architects. -- AppleInsider.

What has changed with AppleCare+ for iPhone XS or Apple Watch and why you should consider coverage

What has changed with AppleCare+ for iPhone XS or Apple Watch and why you should consider coverage

AppleCare+, Apple's warranty add-on service to help manage the cost of accidental damage, received some changes as part of the introduction of the iPhone XS and the Apple Watch Series 4. AppleInsider explains what has been altered, and why you should consider paying for the extra cover. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues first developer betas for iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1

Apple issues first developer betas for iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1

Apple has restarted its beta release cycle once again, one day after ending the previous cycle by shipping public releases, with new first beta builds of iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1 and tvOS 12.1 being issued to developers for testing. -- AppleInsider.

Inside iOS 12: AutoFill gives password manager apps on your iPhone a big boost

Inside iOS 12: AutoFill gives password manager apps on your iPhone a big boost

After years of steadily absorbing features like suggesting strong passwords and remembering the ones you've got, iOS 12 now gives back to password manager developers. The new AutoFill lets your third-party password manager be on tap in more places and much more easily. AppleInsider unlocks what you do -- and where the unexpected limitations are. -- AppleInsider.

Everything new in iOS 12.1 beta 1: Group FaceTime returns

Everything new in iOS 12.1 beta 1: Group FaceTime returns!

The first developer beta of iOS 12.1 has been seeded to developers. AppleInsider takes the plunge to discover any new features or changes buried within.

We first ran the initial beta through back to back Geekbench tests. The scores were a bit below the last tests we ran on the official iOS 12 GM, but this is no cause for alarm. As a first beta, performance won't be critical as changes are made and will likely return to normal levels as we reach the public release. For what it's worth, we haven't noticed any actual slowdowns in real-world usage. -- AppleInsider.

What's new in watchOS 5.1 beta 1

What's new in watchOS 5.1 beta 1

The first beta of watchOS 5.1 was released to developers on Tuesday and while we aren't able to test every feature quite yet, we do know a few things about the forthcoming update.

This initial beta, weighing in at 155MB for our Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity, doesn't seem to have too much going on at first blush. -- AppleInsider.

The trailer for Captain Marvel is finally here, and it's spectacular

The trailer for Captain Marvel is finally here, and it's spectacular

Marvel Studios just released the first trailer for its highly anticipated Captain Marvel movie, and it has enough glorious action and hints of the superhero's mysterious origins to whet any superfan's appetite for more. Captain Marvel is slated to premiere in March 2019. -- Ars Technica.

No really … iPhone XS is a total steal, says Tim Cook

No really … iPhone XS is a total steal, says Tim Cook

Apple's latest iPhone lineup is its most expensive yet, with prices starting at $999 for the iPhone XS and $1,099 for the iPhone XS Max. But Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn't see a problem with that. In an interview with Good Morning America this week, Cook again defended Apple's price tags, talked about Apple Watch [...] -- Cult of Mac.

How to use the new iPad gestures in iOS 12

How to use the new iPad gestures in iOS 12

iOS 12 was clearly designed for an iPad where Face ID replaces the Home button. Apple has revamped the tablet's gestures for iOS 12, bringing us an easy way to return to the Home screen, and an iPhone X-style gesture to access the Control Center. -- Cult of Mac.


Why you should use iOS 12's Do Not Disturb at Bedtime all day long

Why you should use iOS 12's Do Not Disturb at Bedtime all day long

Despite its name, iOS 12's Do Not Disturb at Bedtime can be used to hide stressful notifications all day long, while still making them easy to check.

iOS 12's best new feature may be Do Not Disturb at Bedtime. That sounds boring, but ask anyone who has been using it and they'll tell you that it rocks. Apart from being active overnight, the main difference between regular Do Not Disturb and the new "at Bedtime" flavor is that all notifications are hidden from the lock screen until you deliberately swipe up on the screen to reveal them. -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 12 photo imports are way, way better

iOS 12 photo imports are way, way better

The iOS 12 photos app is much better at importing photos from SD cards and cameras. Here'a a look at what's new.

In iOS 11 and earlier, importing photos from a camera to your iPad photo library was always a bit clunky. You plugged the SD card in using the Lightning SD card reader, or hooked up the camera to a USB adapter, and then the Photos import took over your entire screen. -- Cult of Mac.

iPhone XS and XS Max Reviews: Not Dramatically Better Than iPhone X, Consider Waiting for iPhone XR

iPhone XS and XS Max Reviews: Not Dramatically Better Than iPhone X, Consider Waiting for iPhone XR

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max reviews have hit the web, three days before the smartphones are released in stores.

2018 is what is known as a "S" year--hence the XS branding--in which Apple retains the same physical design of the iPhone, for the most part, and instead focuses on internal improvements to the display, camera, performance, and so forth. Previous examples include the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 6s series.

Not only that, but Apple said last year's iPhone X set the standard for the next decade of the smartphone, with its premium design and nearly edge-to-edge display, leaving the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max with big shoes to fill.

All that considered, let's dive in and see how they stack up. -- MacRumors.

Missing Some Activity Awards on iOS 12? Apple Says They'll Be Restored in a Future Software Update

Missing Some Activity Awards on iOS 12? Apple Says They'll Be Restored in a Future Software Update

If you updated your iPhone to iOS 12 this week and noticed that some Activity Challenge awards are missing, you're not alone.

In a new support document, Apple has acknowledged that five limited edition awards may be temporarily unavailable in the Activity app after updating to iOS 12, presumably due to a minor software bug of some kind. -- MacRumors.

Apple Using a 'Device Trust Score' to Identify and Prevent Fraud on iTunes and App Stores

Apple Using a 'Device Trust Score' to Identify and Prevent Fraud on iTunes and App Stores

With the release of iOS 12, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5 yesterday, Apple made some quiet changes to its iTunes and App Store privacy policy on iOS devices and the Apple TV, as pointed out by VentureBeat.

Newly updated language in the iTunes and App Store privacy policy states that Apple is using a device trust score to help identify and cut down on fraud. -- VentureBeat.

Why Your DNA Is Still Uncharted Territory

Why Your DNA Is Still Uncharted Territory

Scientists are focusing on a relatively small number of human genes and neglecting thousands of others. The reasons have more to do with professional survival than genetics.

You have a gene called PNMA6F. All people do, but no one knows the purpose of that gene or the protein it makes. And as it turns out, PNMA6F has a lot of company in that regard. -- New York Times.

Which Company Makes the Best Camera Phone in 2018? Not Apple

Which Company Makes the Best Camera Phone in 2018? Not Apple

Which smartphone takes the best photos? For years, the unequivocal answer to that question has been the iPhone. Apple has, for years, taken pride in the pictures its iPhones are able to capture. And rightly so. But over the years, the competition has been catching up, and now it feels like it has stolen that crown from the iPhone. Here's a review of various reviews of the iPhones. -- Slashdot.

'It's Always DRM's Fault'

'It's Always DRM's Fault'

There was a recent viral story about Apple "deleting" purchased movies from someone's library. As always with these stories, there's a little more to it, but I'm here to tell you that the details don't really matter. And because this is being published on the International Day Against DRM, I'm here to tell you that it's DRM's fault. -- Public Knowledge.

What the Surge in Apple Watch Popularity Says About Our Culture

What the Surge in Apple Watch Popularity Says About Our Culture

The Apple Watch Series 4 appears to have tapped into an emerging cultural theme. And it will accelerate.

When the Apple Watch first shipped in 2015, it was considered a new breed of smartwatch. Apple's early ads tended to show a wide range activities posible with the Apple Watch. It was a veritable smorgasbord of features. The marketing approach was to show how many different things the Apple Watch could do in order to whet the customer's appetite. Third party apps were considered significant. But, in parallel, Apple probably had no firm idea of which features would endure, become favored: signature elements of the Apple Watch.

That is now changing. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Big Deal for Our Health

Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Big Deal for Our Health

The faster speeds and larger screen sound boring on paper. But an electrical heart sensor gives a glimpse of the promise to come, our reviewer writes.

A few days ago, I sat in a medical recliner at the University of California, San Francisco. A cardiologist placed 10 stickerlike electrodes onto my limbs and chest and then connected the wires to a dated-looking contraption with a screen and a keyboard on a cart. -- New York Times.

How to troubleshoot your Apple Watch

How to troubleshoot your Apple Watch

: Is your Apple Watch being fussy after installing watchOS 5? Here are a few ways to make it behave.

Whether it's an app on your Apple Watch or the Watch itself that's giving you some trouble, you don't have to panic: There are a few simple fixes you can employ to get your smartwatch back on the operational path in no time. -- iMore.

Fix iOS 12 Common Problems, Issues And Bugs

Fix iOS 12 Common Problems, Issues And Bugs

With iOS 12 now available, it seems like the entire internet is trying to download it at once. That's great because it shows that once again, Apple's iOS updates will reach a pretty impressive install-base right out of the gate, but it also means that there will be a few people having issues, just thanks to the law of averages. If you're one of them, panic not, for we have a rundown of some of the most encountered issues and importantly, how to remedy them.

If you're experiencing issues, whether that's installing the update or living with it afterward, we have some pearls of wisdom for you. -- Redmond Pie.

'Lawful intercept' Pegasus spyware found deployed in 45 countries

'Lawful intercept' Pegasus spyware found deployed in 45 countries

Security researchers have found evidence that a piece of malware peddled as "lawful intercept" software to government agencies has been deployed against victims located in 45 countries, a number that far outweighs the number of known operators, meaning that some of them are conducting illegal cross-border surveillance. The findings come from a report published by Citizen Lab, a digital rights watchdog at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. -- ZDNET.

September 18Tuesday's News


Recommendations for VPN for Mac & iPhone?

Recommendations for VPN for Mac & iPhone?

MacGuru Jeff Mellor needs your help:

I've read several of the reviews on the web and two leading options appear to be NordVPN and ExpressVPN.

Anybody have other ideas, confirmations, their 2¢?

New film series from FileMaker, Inc.

New film series from FileMaker, Inc.

Each film features two key characters: an Extreme Innovator and a Problem Solver. Our Extreme Innovator is full of unpromising hype-driven solutions to every business problem. While our Problem Solver offers practical solutions using the FileMaker Platform.

We hope you enjoy these playful pieces. Look out for emails about new film releases over the next two months. -- FileMaker.

iOS 12 is available today

iOS 12 is available today

iOS 12, the latest version of the most advanced mobile operating system, is designed to make everyday tasks on iPhone and iPad faster and more responsive. Available today as a free software update, iOS 12 introduces new AR experiences, fun new features like Memoji, Siri Shortcuts that open up a world of apps to work with Siri and new tools to help people reduce interruptions and manage screen time for themselves and their families. [Installed it on an iPad and my iPhone 6s and it took a lot less time than other updates to 11. -mam] -- Apple PR.

How dual-SIM works with Apple's iPhone XS & XS Max

How dual-SIM works with Apple's iPhone XS & XS Max

One of the new features of the iPhone XS and XS Max is dual-SIM support, which will let people wield two phone numbers on the same device. Here's how it works in countries where eSIM is available. -- AppleInsider.

Apple seeds Shortcuts GM build to developers ahead of release

Apple seeds Shortcuts GM build to developers ahead of release

Apple on Friday seeded the "Golden Master" build of marquee iOS 12 app Shortcuts to developers via TestFlight ahead of a scheduled launch next week.

Not much has changed in the GM, though Apple's developer notes say that all expected functionality has been enabled. -- AppleInsider.

If you have an iPhone X, should you upgrade to the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max?

If you have an iPhone X, should you upgrade to the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max?

Preorders for the iPhone XS and XS Max have just commenced, and some may be wondering if it's worth ordering one if they already own an iPhone X. It's a question AppleInsider has been asked a lot, so let's talk about it. -- AppleInsider.

Everything you need to know about Apple Watch Series 4

Everything you need to know about Apple Watch Series 4

While you wait for your order to arrive, or are thinking about an upgrade, AppleInsider takes you through all of the new features packed into the overhauled Apple Watch Series 4.

Of all Apple's big announcements during their September "Gather Round" event, the Apple Watch was arguably the most exciting. The Series 4 marks the first physical redesign of the Apple Watch since it was first released. -- AppleInsider.

Apple responds to viral tweet over disappearing iTunes movies

Apple responds to viral tweet over disappearing iTunes movies

Apple over the weekend responded to a viral tweet claiming it had removed purchased movies from a user's iTunes account with their consent, allegations that kicked spurred a flood of commentary regarding digital media rights. -- AppleInsider.

How to backup iPhone data to iCloud before moving to iOS 12

How to backup iPhone data to iCloud before moving to iOS 12

Your iPhone's photos, contacts, messages and other data are precious commodities that shouldn't be siloed on a single device. Learn how to use iCloud Backup to protect your data from being deleted or lost before you update to iOS 12 in this video. -- AppleInsider.

Apple enables software-based 3D Touch calibration for iPhones, simplifying repairs

Apple enables software-based 3D Touch calibration for iPhones, simplifying repairs

As of Monday, Apple is allowing authorized repair outfits to use software calibration for 3D Touch on iPhones, which should streamline the repair process for both technicians and iPhone owners. -- AppleInsider.

Here are over 150 new features and changes in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad

Here are over 150 new features and changes in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad

When Apple introduced iOS 12 during the WWDC 2018 keynote, they barely scratched the surface on what was changed in their latest major update. We've tracked down well over 150 features to find everything new in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad. -- AppleInsider.

65+ new features in watchOS 5 for Apple Watch

65+ new features in watchOS 5 for Apple Watch

watchOS 5 is Apple's latest major release for Apple Watch, and it is releasing for everybody on Monday! In this update are a number of new features that aim to make the Apple Watch experience better, as well as making it more independent of the iPhone. -- AppleInsider.

Everything new in tvOS 12: Over 20 new features for Apple TV

Everything new in tvOS 12: Over 20 new features for Apple TV

During WWDC 2018, Apple devoted a bit of screentime to tvOS 12, but not nearly as much as the others. AppleInsider dives in and find over 20 new features and changes coming on Monday to the Apple TV. -- AppleInsider.


Hands on with the new Apple Watch faces in watchOS 5

Hands on with the new Apple Watch faces in watchOS 5

Though watchOS 5 has been in testing for months, Apple did hold a bit back. Kept under wraps until Apple's September 12 event were four new watch faces coming to all supported Apple Watches. AppleInsider walks you through them. -- AppleInsider.


iWork updates for iOS and macOS deliver support for Siri Shortcuts, dark mode, more

iWork updates for iOS and macOS deliver support for Siri Shortcuts, dark mode, more

Apple on Monday updated its iWork suite on iOS and macOS with several new enhancements and features designed for their latest operating systems, including support for Siri Shortcuts on iOS and dark mode on Mac.

On iOS, feature highlights include added support for Siri Shortcuts and Dynamic Type for adjusting font parameters, while Mac users benefit fromsupport for Mojave's new dark mode. -- AppleInsider.

Apple details Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, student ID cards, more in updated iOS Security Guide

Apple details Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, student ID cards, more in updated iOS Security Guide

Following the release of iOS 12, Apple on Monday issued as revised version of its iOS Security Guide detailing new features and system improvements including Siri Suggestions, the new Shortcuts app, Screen Time and more.

According to a revision history provided by Apple, the Security Guide includes a number of new entries and enhancements specific to iOS 12, including iOS device secure enclaves, Express Card with power reserve, DFU and Recovery Mode, contactless passes and security certifications and programs. Marquee features like Siri Suggestions, the Shortcuts app, Screen Time and HomeKit TV Remote accessories are also listed as topics of discussions. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 12, thoroughly reviewed

iOS 12, thoroughly reviewed

Apple's iOS 12 software update is available today for supported iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, and on the surface, it looks like one of the smallest new iOS releases Apple has pushed out.

This isn't a surprise; Apple said earlier this year that iOS 12 would be more about performance and stability than adding new features. Some major additions that were originally planned--like an overhauled home screen--were reportedly delayed to a later release. -- Ars Technica.

iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2: It's actually faster

iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2: It's actually faster

When we tested iOS 11 on the iPhone 5S, it was clear that it was slower than iOS 10 had been but that the iPhone 5S' hardware was fast enough to keep everything usable. That's especially true if you tempered your expectations: the phone was going on four years old at the time. -- Ars Technica.

The math of why it's so hard to build a spherical Death Star in space

The math of why it's so hard to build a spherical Death Star in space

Opting to build the Death Star in the shape of a sphere may not have been classic Star Wars villain Darth Vader's wisest move, according to math teacher Ben Orlin. He investigates this burning question, and so much more, in his fabulous new book, Math With Bad Drawings, after Orlin's blog of the same name. -- Ars Technica.

Apple demonstrates how complex it is to own digital content

Apple demonstrates how complex it is to own digital content

Purchased digital content has been around since before the launch of the iTunes Store back in 2003, but things were much different then. Devices weren't constantly connected, and streaming wasn't the primary way to access your "purchased" (or subscription) content, and most things came in the form of physical media (VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, or 8-Tracks). Now that things are streamed, stored in the cloud, and available across all our devices, digital content ownership is much more complicated than simply buying a movie, book, or album and having it indefinitely. -- Cult of Mac.

See every new iOS 12 feature in action

After months of testing, Apple finally release iOS 12 to the public this morning. See all the cool new iOS 12 features in this Cult of Mac video below.

How to use Photos' amazing new search in iOS 12

How to use Photos' amazing new search in iOS 12

iOS 12 adds super-powerful search tools, that are even easier and quicker to use than the current search. Let's see how to use it.

Photos already has a pretty decent search function on iOS 11. Thanks to Apple's machine-learning tech, and AI categorization, you can search for thousands of "scenes." These include the places you took the photo, but also anything from abacus to zucchini, people in the images, and times the images were taken. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Spot an Email Scam

How to Spot an Email Scam

Have you ever received an email and wondered if it is legit?

One way to spot an email scam is to hover your mouse over a link to reveal its true destination. If you see a long, unfamiliar link, it's likely a phish--a fraudulent email attempting to give the sender access to personal or university information.

Official emails (such as this one) sent through the university's broadcast email service will display a t.e2ma.net address that will redirect you to an official website.

Learn more about how to spot email scams.

If you have any questions about the legitimacy of an email you receive, contact the OIT HelpDesk. -- OIT Weekly.

How to use Apple's new Shortcuts app

How to use Apple's new Shortcuts app

The new Shortcuts app is pretty much an exact clone of the old Workflow app, with a lick of paint and some neat new actions.

Shortcuts is Apple's new automation app for iOS 12. It integrates with Siri and lets you build all kinds of amazing automated workflows, from shutting your house down when you go to sleep, to downloading videos from YouTube and saving the them to iCloud. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Debuts Updated Software for HomePod With Call Support, Multiple Timers, Find My iPhone, Lyric Search and More

Apple Debuts Updated Software for HomePod With Call Support, Multiple Timers, Find My iPhone, Lyric Search and More

Alongside the release of iOS 12, the newest update to the iOS operating system, Apple has also released new version 12 software that's designed for the HomePod.

The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod after you update to iOS 11.4, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our HomePod software how to. -- MacRumors.

What Cardiologists Think About the Apple Watch's Heart-Tracking Feature

What Cardiologists Think About the Apple Watch's Heart-Tracking Feature

Physicians say the watch could be good for patients who have irregular heart rhythms but may not realize it. Some people who have atrial fibrillation, the condition for which the watch is screening, don't always have noticeable symptoms. In an ideal situation, someone who doesn't know they have a problem could get a warning from their watch and take that data to their doctor.

But there is also concern that widespread use of electrocardiograms without an equally broad education initiative could burden an already taxed health-care system. Heart rhythms naturally vary, meaning that it's likely that Apple Watch or any heart monitor could signal a problem when there isn't one - and send someone running to the doctor for no reason. -- sfgate.

U.S. Carriers Launching Project Verify App to Replace Passwords: Those in the computer security industry aren't impressed though

U.S. Carriers Launching Project Verify App to Replace Passwords: Those in the computer security industry aren't impressed though

AT&T, Spring, T-Mobile, and Verizon are partnering on something called Project Verify. It's an app that will serve as a single sign-on service to replace your passwords. Those in the computer security industry aren't impressed though. -- The Mac Observer.

An Emergency Physician Explains the Apple Watch ECG

An Emergency Physician Explains the Apple Watch ECG

An emergency physician took to Reddit to explain the Apple Watch ECG and what the FDA approval actually means.

In summary, the new Apple Watch looks like a great tool, but it is not meant to be a medical grade device and not a substitute for medical and professional evaluation in the case of symptoms. Even if your Apple Watch ECG appears totally normal that does not necessarily mean you do not have atrial fibrillation or other cardiac abnormalities. -- reddit.

When and How to Upgrade to iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS 10.14 Mojave

Three of Apple's four major operating system upgrades--iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12--are now out, and the fourth, macOS 10.14 Mojave, is due on September 24th. Read on for our advice on when and how to install. -- TidBITS.

Apple was Granted 28 Patents today covering eSIM Technology, a Seamlessly Embedded Heart Rate Monitor and more

Apple was Granted 28 Patents today covering eSIM Technology, a Seamlessly Embedded Heart Rate Monitor and more

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 28 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two of them. The first covers one of Apple's original inventions relating to eSIM technology for Apple Watch. The second patent relates to Apple's original work on a seamlessly embedded heart rate monitor. Back in 2010, prior to the iPad or Apple Watch, Apple's engineers were working on a way to make an iPhone a health device. Apple's work on this invention later shifted to the Apple Watch where this work now shines ... -- Patently Apple.

How to Use iOS 12's Measure App

How to Use iOS 12's Measure App

iOS 12 is out, and there's a new app that gets installed with it--Measure. This'll let you use augmented reality to get measurements on pretty much anything you can point your camera at, and we think it's awesome! -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 12 Mail Not Working With Exchange ActiveSync, Intune, MDM For O365, Fix In The Works

iOS 12 Mail Not Working With Exchange ActiveSync, Intune, MDM For O365, Fix In The Works

Apple's big iOS 12 update is now out in the wild and available for everyone to download, and if our social feeds are anything to go by, that's exactly what they are doing in droves. Apple's iOS updates are usually a pretty safe bet, especially after months of betas that did not yield any showstopping bugs, but that doesn't mean everything will be plain sailing for everyone. In fact, depending on the email solution you use, you might be in for a world of pain, at least for a couple of days. [No trouble with Exchange here at UTK. - mam] -- Redmond Pie.

Fix iOS 12 Common Problems, Issues And Bugs

Fix iOS 12 Common Problems, Issues And Bugs

Apple's iOS 12 update is available to download right now for iPhone and iPad. If you're experiencing issues, whether that's installing the update or living with it afterward, we have some pearls of wisdom for you. -- Redmond Pie.