“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval

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An app to prevent unwanted pregnancies by tracking a woman’s body temperature has scored a first-of-its-kind marketing approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency announced.

The US stamp of approval—which clears the way for similar apps to get the green light—lands as the app’s Swedish maker faces investigations by European authorities into its advertising claims, plus criticism from health experts and reports of dozens of unwanted pregnancies.

The sleek mobile app, called Natural Cycles, boasts 900,000 users worldwide as well as approval from the EU to act as a form of contraceptive. Yet it’s essentially riff on an old-school “natural family planning” method dressed up for the digital age. An $80 annual subscription for the app comes with an oral thermometer and relies on a user’s basal body temperature (BBT) to estimate the time of ovulation (when an egg is released from

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InfoWars fans flock to apps following recent bans

While a number of tech companies have purged their sites of Alex Jones podcasts and accounts over the last couple of days, not all InfoWars-related content has been taken down. And what’s still available continues to attract interest. CNBC reports today that the InfoWars app, which is still available through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, is being downloaded quite a bit, taking the fourth spot in Apple’s chart of top free news-related apps. As of writing, the app was number 12 in Google’s chart of top free news and magazine apps.

Via: CNBC, 9to5Mac

This app puts iPads at the heart of live event broadcasting

I’ve been playing with a promising new app called Cinamaker. So far it seems like it might be a great way for low-budget event streaming and video production, though it has features beyond its price.

What does it do?

The application is a pro-quality live streaming and video production app that links up cameras of all kinds, from smartphones to DSLR cameras. You can then use these different inputs to create live streams and on-the-fly “live-edits” – and all from an iPad.

Think about it — with a camera-toting DJI drone, a few iPhones and a little creativity you could even make your local charity dog show look cool!

How does it work?

The developers say their solution is enabled by a patented technology called

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Anchor’s iPad app is an all-in-one podcast studio

Back in February, the audio social network Anchor relaunched as a one-stop podcast-making shop. Now it’s introducing an iPad app that’s designed for the larger device’s touch interface. Best of all, it includes editing tools, enabling users to trim, cut and drop in segments and effects at their whim. Get it now for free in the App Store.

Mojave Updates App to 64-Bit, Allows for DVD Playing on Macs

As we warned you in March, 32-bit apps will lose full support in macOS 10.14 Mojave when it’s released in September. Among the 32-bit apps that are included in macOS is DVD Player. While new Macs no longer feature a built-in optical drive, it is still possible to use CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs with external optical drives.

Some customers were reasonably concerned that Apple would kill off support for the DVD Player app along with other 32-bit apps. However, as applemust.com points out, the Mojave beta features a 64-bit version of the DVD Player app with a fresh icon.

This means that those with 2012 MacBook Pros and 2010-2012 Mac Pros with internal optical drives and those with external solutions will be free to watch DVDs on their Mac. If you have a Mac without an optical drive, check out OWC’s selection of external solutions


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The new Mac App Store is inspired by iOS

Apple has revealed a redesigned Mac App Store at WWDC 2018, which takes clear design cues from the iOS version of the shop. You’ll notice right away that it now looks a lot like the one on your iPhone and iPad, featuring a “Discover” tab that will highlight a wide range of curated content, anything from “best apps” lists to tutorials and behind-the-scenes stories from developers. Ratings and reviews of applications are now front and center, too, while video previews are making its debut on the Mac App Store for the first time — that’s a feature that launched on iOS in 2014.

Apple approves first Telegram update since Russia ban

Apple has finally rolled out the latest version of Telegram on the App Store, a day after company chief Pavel Durov said that the tech giant has been blocking its updates since April. Telegram version 4.8.2 will make the app GDPR-compliant — something that it should’ve been since the EU enforced the data protection and privacy law on May 25th. It also adds features that’ll allow you to stop updating your contacts and to delete your synced ones, as well as to disable link previews in Secret Chats.

Source: Reuters

Are you using Leonardo DiCaprio’s fantastic art recognition app?

A friend of mine is a history of art student. She asked for help finding a solution that would be able to recognise art she comes across in her studies that isn’t named in the text — a big problem for anyone trying to learn this kind of stuff. I did a little digging and came across this fantastic iPhone/Android app that is able to do exactly that. It’s called Magnus, and I think it should be installed on every smartphone.

What is Magnus?

Magnus is a free app.

It works like Shazam for art.

You point your smartphone running the app at a piece of art — or direct it to a photo of the piece that you may possess on your device, or even a screenshot (edited to get rid of background clutter), ask the app to do its work, and — usually within a second or

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Apple pledges to disclose government app takedown requests

Tech titans have been refining and expanding their transparency reports: Google made its biannual documents easier to read, while Facebook added inquiries related to copyright, trademark and counterfeiting. Today, Apple released their report, and nestled inside is a pledge to disclose government requests to remove applications from the App Store in the future.

Via: 9to5Mac, ZDNet

Source: “Report on government and private party requests for customer information, July 1 – December 31, 2017”

Apple will shut down Texture’s terrible Windows app

Apple bought Texture, the ‘Netflix for magazines,’ back in March as a clear bid to get in on an uncluttered media provider niche. The service gives subscribers unlimited access to a number of publications — but now, you won’t be able to use it on Windows devices. Without explanation, Apple informed users that the Texture app will be pulled from the Microsoft Store after June 30th. As of now, it will still be available for Android, Amazon Fire, and iOS.

Via: The Verge

Source: Texture (Microsoft Store)

Apple Updates Mac App Developers on Mandatory 64-Bit Support in June

Apple sent developers a reminder on Wednesday that Mac apps need to support 64-bit by June 4. The company sent the following message outlining the details. 

“With the recent release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, the first time users launch an app that does not support 64-bit they will see an alert that the app is not optimized for their Mac.

As a reminder, new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must support 64-bit, and starting June 2018, app updates and existing apps must support 64-bit. If you distribute your apps outside the Mac App Store, we highly recommend distributing 64-bit binaries to make sure your users can continue to run your apps on future versions of macOS.”

Apple also indicated that users of 32-bit apps will see the message pictured above when launching the app for the first time in macOS 10.13.4. For

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Apple warns Mac users that 32-bit apps will soon stop working

Starting tomorrow, you’ll see an alert box when you open a 32-bit app in MacOS 10.13.4. The one-time-per-app warning is designed to encourage users — and developers — to update their apps before Apple’s full transition to 64-bit. It’s not clear when the complete switch will happen, but when it does, all support for the legacy architecture will cease and apps that haven’t been updated will stop working.

Source: Apple

All you need for a Volvo XC40 subscription is your iPhone

Getting a new car is getting even easier these days. BMW, Lexus and Volvo have all started selling cars via subscription. The Care by Volvo program gives you an all-wheel drive XC40, insurance, routine maintenance, roadside assistance and no money down for $600 a month. That sounds pretty great, but it’s also super easy to sign up. Now you can sign up and pay for your monthly car sub via an iOS app and Apple Pay.

Source: Volvo/App Store

Declutter: Like Roomba for the Mac Desktop

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This is Declutter, It wants to keep your Mac tidy

I have a shameful confession: I save everything to my Mac’s Desktop and while I know that’s less of a problem than it used to be, I’ve been doing the exact same thing since the days when saving to Desktop was a big no-no. And it’s not as if my physical desk is at all tidy, either – it isn’t. I guess I’m just messy.

Introducing Declutter

For the last few weeks I’ve been using MacAppStudio’s Declutter utility. I have been intending to include it in a short round-up of essential Mac utilities at Computerworld, but haven’t managed to get round to writing that yet. However, the developers only recently launched Declutter, so I thought it was worth a short review. Here it is, in three tidy parts:

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Plan group trips in Skype with help from TripAdvisor and StubHub

Bringing TripAdvisor into a group chat is pretty easy — just tap the Add to Chat button and select TripAdvisor from the list of available plug-ins. You can choose a destination, then search for restaurants, hotels and activities in the area. Sharing interesting things from your search is as easy as tapping the Send button, and your TripAdvisor post will show up in the group chat.

StubHub works similarly; you open the add-in and search for an event, location or date and then select the tickets you want. Once that’s done, you can send the StubHub link to the entire group, and then everyone can click through to see the listings on the service, purchasing the seats they want.

Via: 9to5Mac

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Apple takes a stance on crypto-miners in apps

Calendar 2, the Mac App that rolled out an update bundled with a crypto-miner that went berserk, was removed from iTunes shortly after news of its controversial new feature came out. Now, its developer has provided more details about what happened, giving us an idea of how Apple will deal with apps loaded with cryptocurrency miners in the future. Gregory Magarshak, founder of Calendar 2’s developer Qbix, told us that his company didn’t pull the app. Apple was the one that yanked it around an hour after the developer announced that it’s removing the miner altogether, making its stance on apps with crypto-miners a bit clearer than before.

Source: Calendar 2 (iTunes)

OneCast App Allows Xbox One Video Game Streaming to Mac

Until recently, playing console video games on a Mac was primarily for PlayStation 4 owners via Remote Play. But now the Xbox One is joining the party with the release of the new OneCast app.

OneCast lets Xbox One and Mac owners play games using the original Xbox One wireless controller connected to your Mac by either USB or Bluetooth connection.

Windows 10 machines have supported streaming for Xbox One gamers since 2015, but Mac owners had been forced to use apps such as Parallels to install Windows in order to play. OneCast says that its app supports HD 1080p video with high performance and “extremely low lag”.

You can find out more about the app at: onecast.me

If you do plan to play your Xbox via Mac, be sure that your console has plenty of storage with an OWC External Storage Drive Upgrade Bundle.

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Twitter pulls the plug on its official Mac app

We had high hopes about Twitter for Mac after the company acquired Tweetie and put its name on the desktop app, but now Twitter is shutting it off. This evening its Support account revealed that its app has been pulled from the Mac store, and in 30 days “will no longer be supported.” Twitter said that it’s “focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms” so users will have to use the website, Tweetdeck or third-party apps.

It’s not really surprising either — back in 2015 we predicted that a 2018 update might bring already-behind the curve features like timeline syncing, but it was not to be. Most hardcore users are probably opting for other apps that have survived over the years like Tweetbot or Twitterific, so this news is more of a sad closing note to the app’s development than a major loss.

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Apple is reportedly buying Shazam and its music identification tech

In a bit of Friday afternoon news, TechCrunch reports that Apple plans to buy Shazam, the company behind the popular audio identification software and app. Apparently, the site’s sources indicate the deal could be announced Monday, but it’s quick to note the timing on these things isn’t always solid. As you can imagine, rumored terms of the deal, including a sale price, aren’t reliable just yet. The acquisition would give Apple ownership of the music, TV and movie identifying tech and a group of features it could easily take advantage of with its own products.

Source: TechCrunch