Spotify app gets streamlined navigation, personalized search, endless artist radio

The iOS Spotify app has been updated to make it quicker and easier to play music you love.

First up is streamlined navigation, with three clear tabs.

Subscribers can get great recommendations on Home, discover something new with Search, and access favorite songs, artists, playlists, and podcasts in Your Library

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QuarkXPress (with Dark Mode) is now available at Mac App Store

QuarkXPress on a Mac

QuarkXPress on a Mac

In really big news for graphic and desktop publishing professionals, Quark Software has made QuarkXPress 2018 available via the Mac App Store, and the latest October update to the suite includes built-in support for Mojave’s Dark Mode.

Desktop publishing pros

Over the decades, Xpress has built its reputation for being one of the best available all-round DTP tool, though it runs close against Adobe’s CS. The two competitors have been in the race for decades, with each exploiting moments of weakness shown by the other:  It was Quark, not Adobe, who first managed to migrate its pro designer tools to Intel Macs, though Adobe was first out the gates with a version of InDesign for OS X.

Now Quark is the first of the two firms to make its software available to every Mac user via the Mac App Store, at a discounted special period

New Color Fonts tools
Desk Top Publishing with QuarkXPress 2018: Making the most of the world's most powerful layout application

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Pixelmator Pro adds Mojave dark and light themes, ML Enhance, Automator actions

Pixelmator Pro for Mac is today releasing a pretty substantial update to its image editing app. The new version adds a brand new light theme, and a revised dark theme, to align with macOS Mojave’s Light and Dark modes.

There’s also a new machine-learning enhance feature, support for Quick Actions in the Mojave Finder and some batch effect actions in Automator. Pixelmator Pro also now supports SVG Fonts for richer, graphic, typography.

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mophie powerstation USB-C 3XL packs 45W USB-C PD, 26000mAh of power, more

mophie is a well-known brand when it comes to portable power. With accessories from cables to portable batteries and more, the company has a solution for any power problem. Today, the company announced the mophie powerstation USB-C 3XL.

The mophie powerstation line of batteries are designed to give you extra power on all of your devices. This new powerstaion USB-C 3XL brings 45W USB-C PD and more to your bag, making sure your devices are always topped off.

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Luxury device designer offering custom 18K gold Apple Watch Series 4 for as much as $1 million

Brikk is bringing a variety of luxury gold Apple Watch Series 4 options to market for this holiday season. Lux Watch 4 will be available in a variety of materials, and the company has detailed its three gold collections with prices going into the millions.

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Huge Collection of Apple Computers Up for Sale as Longtime Austrian Repairman Goes Out of Business

Roland Borsky, an Apple computer repairman in Vienna, Austria, has amassed a private collection of 1,100 Apple computers that he’s picked up over the years.

At 1,100 machines, his collection dwarfs the collection of computers at the Apple Museum in Prague, which claims to have the world’s biggest private collection of Apple products. “Just as others collect cars and live in a little box to afford them, so it is with me,” he said.



There’s little detail on the full extent of his collection, but according to Reuters, Borsky is searching for a buyer as he can no longer afford the rent on the warehouse where the computers are held.

Borsky told Reuters that his business has dried up after Apple opened its first store in Vienna in February, taking over repairs that used to be done by repair firms like his. Parts have also become harder to replace

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AirPods strangely go out of stock across European Apple Store websites

Amidst rising expectations for another Apple event, readers have noticed that Apple AirPods have gone out of stock across Apple Stores in Europe. The online Apple stores for the UK, France, Germany, Spain and many other European countries are all reporting that AirPods are ‘Out of Stock’, despite having availability just a couple of hours ago.

AirPods are unlikely to be getting a major revamp until next year, but Apple did promise that it would start shipping a wireless charging case for AirPods by the end of 2018 …

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Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Macs switching from Intel by 2020-21, TSMC providing Apple Car chips in 2023-25

A new note today from Ming-Chi Kuo looks at how Apple’s A-series chips will guide the future of the company including its Apple Car efforts, Mac, and iPhone. He believes we could see Macs with Apple chips by 2020, while an autonomous Apple Car system may be run from custom silicon by 2023.

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Apple gives your data away, but only when you request it

New protection

Apple also introduces new privacy protection and anti-phishing tools in iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4, which are currently in beta.

One week before CEO Tim Cook gives a speech to EU privacy chiefs, Apple has published a new Data and Privacy Portalonline, making it possible for more customers to download everything Apple knows about them,

Privacy is a human right

Apple CEO Tim Cook will give a speech at the 40th annual international conference of data protection and privacy commissioners in Brussels on Wednesday, 24 October.

He will take pains to articulate the company’s position that privacy is a fundamental human right.

He’s expected to once again stress the deep need for privacy both to protect democratic freedoms and to support emerging digital business models and connected infrastructure.

“At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right. And so much of your personal information —

Privacy is important
What's inside your portal?
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad (Refurb) $290, Timbuk2 MacBook Bags 50% Off, LIFX HomeKit Lighting from $15, more

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The iOS 12 Shortcuts App Part 1: An Introduction …

Recently we showed you how the new Siri Shortcuts can add Siri voice commands to a variety of apps that were previously “left out” of Apple’s intelligent assistant. Today we’re taking iOS automation a step further with an introductory look at the new Shortcuts app. Be sure to keep your browser pointed to the Rocket Yard for additional installments in this series that will dive deeper into the workings of this surprisingly powerful automation tool.

A few years ago, a third-party developer made an app called Workflow that allowed iOS users to create their own automated mashups of various apps. For example, you could tap a Workflow app and have the iPhone grab text from a web page and then paste it into a Notes document. Workflow brought a number of programming tools into the mix as well, allowing for entry of data by the user, analyzing conditionals, and so

(The Shortcuts Library, showing individual shortcuts that have been created)
(The individual actions that make up a shortcut)
(The Settings page for a shortcut)

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Are you ready for iPhone XR pre-order day?

Apple shared a reminder that it will open up to take pre-orders for its new iPhone XR smartphone on Friday, October 19 at 12:01 a.m. PST on apple.com and the Apple Store app.

All the fun, less the price

While it’s hard to argue that the $749 device is cheap, Apple would likely point to it being the more affordable of its now three-strong range of new iPhones.

iPhone XR is pretty great in contrast to its siblings, too – you get a super-fast A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, and other breakthrough iPhone XS technologies. You also get no Home button and Face ID.

The only real compromise is the glass: while XS’ use OLED, the XR offers a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, which Apple does say is the most advanced LCD used in a smartphone.

The all-screen glass and aerospace-grade aluminum iPhone XR is available

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