• Apple is now running ads in Stocks and News—even for subscribers

    Apple may be a $2 trillion dollar company that makes some of the most sought-after products anywhere, but that doesn’t mean it’s not always looking for new sources of revenue. And it appears to have found it: ads. Apple has recently begun running display ads in its News and Stocks apps, and it doesn’t matter if you subscribe to News+ or not. You’ll still see ads In the News app’s Today tab and Stocks’ news feed even if they have the “Subscriber Edition” label. Apple is using its own...

  • HomePod mini: The essential $99 piece of the Apple smart home

    The HomePod was discontinued after just three years on the market, but Apple isn’t giving up on its smart speaker ambitions. Released in 2020 alongside the iPhone 12, the HomePod mini was meant to be a smaller alternative to Apple’s high-priced, high-fidelity speaker, but now it’s the only game in town. And if you want to set up a Siri-based smart home, it’s essential. The latest news and rumors An August report by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg states that Apple is working on a few new smart...

  • The iPhone 14 will either be a spectacular success or stunning failure

    Hold on to your hats, butts and whatever else you hold dear as more rumors of expected iPhone 14 production levels are coming in. People who follow these rumors with bated breath… seriously need to rethink their priorities. It’s not healthy, Megan! Also, subsisting on a diet of mostly Funyuns isn’t healthy either. We talked about this. Just because you keep saying the entire bottom level of the Food Pyramid is Funyuns doesn’t make it true. Also, no one uses the Food Pyramid anymore. ...

  • You don't actually need a MacBook Pro

    Welcome to our regular collection of our Apple Breakfast column, including all of the Apple news you missed this week in a handy bite-sized roundup. We call it Apple Breakfast because we think it goes great with a morning cup of coffee or tea, but it’s cool if you want to give it a read during lunch or dinner hours too. Don’t get seduced by a laptop you don’t need In a recent installment of this column, I discussed the simple idea that the price and the quality of Apple’s products,...

  • How to stop email read receipts in Apple Mail

    Back in 2001, Macworld writer Deborah Shadovitz explained an in-progress standard for email messages called “Return-Receipt,” the name based in part on a line sent in the metadata portion of the message by your email software. Instead of becoming a standard and routine part of email over the last 20 years, “read receipts”—as they’re generally called—became a key part of a privacy battle. Does a sender have the right or privilege to know whether and when a recipient has read their message, or...

  • Gain valuable data visualization skills with these $39 training courses

    Data rules everything around us in 2022, and companies that know how to use it can reach more customers, land more sales, and make smarter decisions. But gone are the days when Excel alone would suffice for large data sets. These days, analysts use powerful tools like Python to visualize data, and this 7-course training bundle can introduce you to them. The 2022 Big Data Visualization Toolkit Bundle covers popular tools such as Alteryx, Tableau, R, and more. The courses are presented by the...

  • How to translate text on a photo on iPhone

    It wasn’t long ago that if you wanted to translate something in a photograph, you would need to copy down the text and either head to Google Translate or talk to a person who speaks that language. But Apple has simplified this process with the introduction of Live Text, which first appeared in iOS 15 for the iPhone. This feature not only allows you to interact with text from a photograph but also have it translated into your native tongue. In this article we show how to use your iPhone to...

  • Apple's next iPhone SE needs these five Google Pixel 6a features

    Since the launch of the first Pixel phone in 2016, Apple and Google in the have been in a perpetual features-based arms race as to what their smartphones can offer their customers. While this is exceptionally prevalent in the flagship devices such as the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Pixel 6 Pro, the two companies are also in a continuous dogfight to control the mid-range market with their respective “budget” handsets, the $429 iPhone SE and $449 Pixel 6a.  There are plenty of admirable traits...

  • Apple's rumored folding iPhone feels further away than ever

    Apple has never been especially interested in doing things first, which is unusual for a technology company, particularly one worth trillions of dollars. It likes to do things right. It likes to do things when it’s good and ready. The original iPhone was one example of this, as much as the company’s cheerleaders may try to retrospectively crown it as the world’s first smartphone. On the contrary, we had plenty of smartphones before then; they just weren’t very good. Apple found a market that...

  • Save $200 on the 512GB 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro

    While all eyes are on the redesigned M2 MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is still a great laptop with the same chip. And today it’s got a great price too: Best Buy is selling the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro with 512GB of storage for $1,299, a savings of $200. The 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 is identical to the M1 model apart from the faster chip, so it still has the same design with a Touch Bar and larger bezels. The cheaper configuration with 256GB is also on sale for $150 off, but we recommend...

  • Coming to Apple TV+: 'Land of Women' starring Eva Longoria

    Apple’s list of currently available content for Apple TV+ continues to grow, but there’s an even faster-growing list of projects in the works. Films, limited series, specials, and multi-season series, Apple’s got lots of irons in the fire for all of them. Some of these projects have been officially announced and acknowledged by Apple, but many have just been reported by the Hollywood press, which always has its ear to the ground about what actors, directors, and producers are getting...

  • iOS 16: The complete guide to the next big iPhone update

    Apple announced its big yearly operating system updates in its WWDC keynote on June 6. No platform is bigger or more important to Apple and its users than the iPhone, and thus no OS update is more important than iOS. After a successful reception to iOS 15 in 2021, iOS 16 was expected to add plenty of new features, and didn’t disappoint. In this article, we spill the beans on everything you need to know about iOS 16 and how it’s going to affect your iPhone experience. We reveal new features,...