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iCloud for Windows is now in the Windows Store

iCloud for Windows is now in the Windows Store

The three big tech companies, namely Google, Apple, and Microsoft, can best be described as being best frenemies. They are rivals and critics in the industry but also can't but help cooperate with each other to some extent. Usually that involves making services and apps available on the others' platforms even if they're dying to keep them exclusive. The latest proof of that unavoidable cooperation is the all new iCloud app for Windows that has just became available on Microsoft's app Store.

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iPadOS turned the iPad Pro into a proper computer: what it still needs

iPadOS turned the iPad Pro into a proper computer: what it still needs

With the announcement of iPadOS, one of the biggest question that repeatedly comes up is whether the iPad, specifically the iPad Pro, is finally ready to be that new computer thing that Apple has been advertising. Better yet, is it finally ready to become the primary computer for most people? The answer, as you might have guessed, is a "yes, but". More than that answer to that, however, what the combination of the iPad Pro and the new iPadOS has done is give people fewer reasons to bear with Windows and Android and more reasons to get hooked and locked into Apple's entire ecosystem.

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Google Maps will soon show natural disasters like it does traffic

Google Maps will soon show natural disasters like it does traffic

Google is doing some good for the world with a system called "SOS alerts" - in Google Maps and Google Search, primarily. With this system, they're making an effort to warn drivers about potential hazards on the road and nearby - in real time. This system will be live in Google Maps quite soon - and redirection will be here later this summer.

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Apple may have a self-driving car startup in its acquisition sights

Apple may have a self-driving car startup in its acquisition sights

Apple is reportedly in talks to buy Drive.ai, a self-driving car service, as it continues to shuffle its Project Titan automotive division. The startup developed its own autonomous van, and has been operating a pilot shuttle service in Arlington, Texas since the summer of 2018.

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Apple’s new “Find My” feature is more secure but also more expensive

Apple’s new “Find My” feature is more secure but also more expensive

Apple is turning privacy from a marketing thrust to a service it "sells" to its customers. Although it denies taking shots at anyone, its stronger stance on privacy, not to mention the new features it announced at WWDC this week, clearly distances itself from the likes of Facebook and Google. It doesn't come without a price, though it might not immediately be evident. Like the new "Find My" location tracking that is promised to be better and more secure but will require you to have two Apple devices under your name.

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iOS 13 SiriKit update might cool tensions between Spotify and Apple

iOS 13 SiriKit update might cool tensions between Spotify and Apple

Here's something that might ease the ongoing tensions between Apple and Spotify: when it arrives, iOS 13 will apparently open up SiriKit, allowing Apple's AI assistant to work with third-party music and podcast apps. In other words, the days of Siri shooting down requests to play music through Spotify might soon be over. That's assuming, of course, that this functionality makes it into the final version iOS 13 that ships to customers later this year.

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macOS Catalina might put an end to the Dashboard and widgets

macOS Catalina might put an end to the Dashboard and widgets

At its WWDC 2019 keynote, Apple made the somewhat surprising revelation of iPadOS along with some features that iOS users have been clamoring for for years. That included mouse support, external USB storage, and, for some, home screen widgets. The latter is something probably few expected will happen but Apple seems to have a lot of surprises in store. Including the almost ironic but unannounced death of macOS' Dashboard feature.

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It’s time for a Mac Pro Mini

It’s time for a Mac Pro Mini

Apple made a new Mac Pro, but not everybody is happy. The potent new computer is a total reset on its much-derided predecessor, instead reminiscent of the earlier Mac Pro models that developers had begun to reminisce over with rose-tinted glasses. Its replacement, though, has turned out to be a wake-up call.

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Here’s how to block robocalls and spam on your iPhone with iOS 13

Here’s how to block robocalls and spam on your iPhone with iOS 13

With the update to the latest version of iOS on your iPhone, there'll be a new option to block spam calls. This action blocks robocalls, spam, and basically any other sort of phone call you know you wont want to answer, automatically. This system apparently uses "Siri intelligence" to work - but don't worry, it'll work just fine!

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iOS 13 gets Siri call blocking, more powerful Shortcuts

iOS 13 gets Siri call blocking, more powerful Shortcuts

Apple takes pride in its strong stance on user privacy but some point out that, at times, it also limits the things Apple's products can potentially do. Siri, for example, is regarded to lag behind Google Assistant or even Amazon Alexa because of what Apple refuses to take from users. That doesn't mean, however, that one of the earliest consumer AI assistants is underpowered and in iOS 13, Apple will be showing what it can do while still respecting the user's privacy.

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Sign in with Apple to be required for apps with third-party logins

Sign in with Apple to be required for apps with third-party logins

This week WWDC 2019, Apple unveiled its own and perhaps overdue single sign-on (SSO) service. Sign in with Apple was pretty much seen as the company throwing shade at Google and Facebook over their own SSOs. It seems, however, that Apple is doing more than giving users a more privacy-respecting alternative. It will, in fact, requires some app developers to give users that option if they're already doing Facebook or Google logins anyway.

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Apple CarPlay could be iOS 13’s most important update

Apple CarPlay could be iOS 13’s most important update

Apple CarPlay will get some huge changes in iOS 13, and while the new iPhone software has a number of improvements, it's the driving software that may be most important. 90-percent of new cars sold in the US now support CarPlay, a dashboard-specific interface that offers a safer, cleaner UI for drivers.

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