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Signal app update fixes eavesdropping bug

Signal app update fixes eavesdropping bug

Today there's a rather important update to the app Signal if you're particularly set of protecting your privacy. Since one of Signal's main draw points is the privacy of its communications app, it's rough to see any sort of breakdown of that functionality. However, chances are extremely small that any user was the victim of this bug, and the bug is already fixed - so long as you've got the latest version of the app.

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macOS Catalina released today: What’s in Apple’s free update

macOS Catalina released today: What’s in Apple’s free update

Apple has released macOS Catalina, the latest version of its software for Macs, and as expected it's a free update if you've got a machine from the last few years. Previewed at WWDC 2019 earlier this year, Catalina includes features like Apple Arcade support and the new Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV apps, which finally see little-loved iTunes retired.

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Spotify finally gets Siri support in iOS 13: Here’s how it works

Spotify finally gets Siri support in iOS 13: Here’s how it works

It's been a long time coming, but as of today the iOS faithful can tap into Siri while using Spotify. This missing functionality has been a point of contention between Spotify and Apple, but now it seems the two companies can finally bury the hatchet on that front, though we imagine some conflict with still remain between the two. Previously, only Apple Music was able to boast Siri integration, though that changed when Apple opened up SiriKit in iOS 13.

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iPhone 11 Review: When enough is enough

iPhone 11 Review: When enough is enough

Don't think of the iPhone 11 as a compromise: think of it as the phone equivalent of Apple's Greatest Hits album. Replacing the iPhone XR - and, at $699, an aggressive $50 cheaper to begin with - the iPhone 11 takes some of the best technologies of recent phones and combines them into one compelling handset.

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus repair program fixes phones that won’t turn on

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus repair program fixes phones that won’t turn on

Apple has launched a new free repair program for certain iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones, the model introduced in 2015. Under the program, device owners who have experienced issues powering on their phones may be eligible to have their handset repaired for free. The reason for the issue, according to Apple's announcement today, is a component found in these units that may fail.

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iPad on-screen keyboard could feel like the real thing in the future

iPad on-screen keyboard could feel like the real thing in the future

On-screen keyboards have become a fact of life but that doesn't make them enjoyable to use. That's especially true for tablets that have large screens that would have been more comfortable to use with larger and more spacious keys. Typing on flat glass with nothing but subtle vibrations of the entire screen will always feel unnatural for some people. Apple's newest patent may offer screen typists a reprieve, that is if it ever becomes and actual implementation.

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iPhone SE 2 is still coming but could disappoint fans of the small iPhone

iPhone SE 2 is still coming but could disappoint fans of the small iPhone

Apple has already launched its 2019 lineup of iPhones and, like any other iPhone in history, has seemingly split the mobile world again. Either the iPhone 11, in all three incarnations, is Apple's greatest or a sign of its declining legacy. But for all the attention it's getting, there is still one iPhone that has so far been absent for almost three years now. That's the iPhone SE's successor, the iPhone SE 2. But while it may share the name, analyst Ming-chi Kuo might have some bad news for the fans of that form factor.

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AirPods 3 with noise cancellation might finally be here really soon

AirPods 3 with noise cancellation might finally be here really soon

Bluetooth audio accessories have become a lot more common these days and we have Apple to thank, or curse, for that. Despite its lead, however, the company that rang the death knell of the headphone jack has ironically lagged behind in some aspects of wireless Bluetooth headphones. The second generation AirPods improved on battery life but one feature that has consistently been leaked remains absent from the specs list. That may be changing this month and the next pair of Apple AirPods may at long last boast of active noise cancellation in their tiny bodies.

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Apple Siri might soon send messages to third-party apps

Apple Siri might soon send messages to third-party apps

Apple might be the first to have its voice-activated personal assistant but it is commonly regarded to be falling behind the likes of Amazon Alexa and especially Google Assistant. Some say that part of it is due to Apple's hard stance on privacy, limiting the data Siri can gather to improve the service. The other possible reason is Apple's closed ecosystem that is pretty stingy when it comes to integrating with third-party apps and services. It seems that Apple might be turning over a new leaf but just for a bit when it comes to third-party messaging apps but with some big caveats.

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iOS 13 should not be Apple’s Windows 10

iOS 13 should not be Apple’s Windows 10

On September 19, 2019, Apple released iOS 13, perhaps one of the biggest releases of its mobile platform. Since then in the span of ten days, iOS has gone from iOS 13 to iOS 13.1 to iOS 13.1 to, now, iOS 13.1.2. The rapid rate of releases isn't exactly good news as only one (13.1) actually brought new features. In fact, having two maintenance releases within just three days may be cause for concern for iOS and perhaps even macOS users.

iOS 13 has started out on the wrong foot but Apple has hopefully watched Microsoft long enough to know what steps to take to prevent it from becoming its version of Windows 10.

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Apple Maps inches closer to catching up with Google Maps and Waze

Apple Maps inches closer to catching up with Google Maps and Waze

It was once the butt of jokes but Apple has rebuilt its Maps app and service to mean serious business. In addition to offering a more integrated experience for its iOS and macOS users, Apple Maps bills itself as a more privacy-respecting service compared to Google Maps and Google-owned Waze. That, however, only makes sense if Apple Maps is able to offer nearly all the same features as the others. While it may still have a long way to go, this latest update takes it a few steps closer to that goal, at least for those in the US.

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iPhone 11 durability isn’t its weak point

iPhone 11 durability isn’t its weak point

This year, Apple has finally checked off some of the boxes that iPhone users have been begging for for years while still managing to be typical Apple in others. It has a triple camera system now, at least on its iPhone 11 Pro models, and supports a very fast wired, still not wireless, charging even if it didn't ship the matching charger in the box. Despite the advancements, there is still some part of Apple that seems to refuse to move forward, as seen in the iPhone 11. Fortunately, despite being its cheapest this year, buyers won't be complaining about its durability at least.

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