Microsoft To-Do App Now Available on the Mac App Store


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Microsoft has released a native Mac version of its To-Do app for the first time, meaning macOS users will no longer have to rely on company’s the web app to access the to-do list service.



Microsoft To-Do is free on the Mac App Store, and offers users a personalized daily planner called My Day with suggested tasks, including tasks pulled from Outlook.

Got something on your mind? Get Microsoft To-Do. Whether you want to increase your productivity, decrease your stress levels or just clear up some mental space, Microsoft To-Do makes it easy to plan your day and manage your life.

The app features the ability to sync tasks across devices, attach files up to 25MB, create color-coded lists, break tasks into manageable steps, add notes to tasks, share tasks and lists, and set reminders,

The release of the Mac app on the Mac App Store [Direct Link

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Apple’s Oscar-Winning Ambitions to be Spearheaded By Six Original Movies a Year, With a Budget up to $30 Million per Film


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Apple plans to produce six small-budget movies a year with an eye toward stories that could win Academy Awards, according to The New York Post.



The Post‘s sources claim Apple wants to spend between $5-$30 million on each movie, and that it has already approached “elevated” directors and other film talent about bankrolling projects with Oscar-winning potential.

Apple is looking to spend $5 million to $30 million per project, sources said, adding that the company is being driven by Netflix’s recent spate of Oscar nominations and win for Best Foreign Film with “Roma” — legitimizing Netflix head Reed Hastings’ standing in Hollywood.

“They are taking meetings and hiring,” one agency source said of Apple, adding that the meetings are being generated by the company’s original feature films unit, headed by Matt Dentler, formerly of iTunes Movies.

According to the report, Apple’s search for six small-budget movies is not related

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Data Extraction Company Cellebrite Touts New Software for Cracking iPhones and iPads Running up to iOS 12.3


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Israel-based software developer Cellebrite, known for breaking into mobile devices like the iPhone to obtain sensitive data, has announced that it can now unlock any iOS device running up to iOS 12.3, which was released only a month ago.



The firm revealed the capability in a tweet posted late Friday advertising UFED Premium, the latest version of its Universal Forensic Extraction Device.

On its UFED web page, Cellebrite describes the tool’s ability to glean forensic data from any iOS device dating back to iOS 7, as well as from Android devices made by Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Xiaomi.

The Israel firm describes UFED Premium as “the only on-premise solution for law enforcement agencies to unlock and extract crucial mobile phone evidence from all iOS and high-end Android devices.”

If the claims are accurate, Cellebrite’s tool will enable authorities to potentially crack the vast majority of smartphones

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Germany Says iPhones Running iOS 13 Will Be Able to Read NFC Tags in National ID Cards and Passports


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When iOS 13 arrives, iPhones will be able to read a wider range of Near Field Communication (NFC) tags, including the NFC tags often used in official documentation. Last week, The Verge reported that Japan had confirmed its national identity cards would support iPhone through a government-developed app, and now we’re hearing that German authorities are also gearing up to make several forms of ID compatible with iPhone NFC interfaces.

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First spotted by tech blog iphone-ticker.de, Germany’s interior ministry has announced that iOS 13 will soon allow Apple users to load national ID cards, residence permits, and biometric passports onto their iPhones. At the same time, the federal government’s AusweisApp2 will be updated for iOS 13 to support the digital ID function.

In current and earlier versions of iOS, Apple has restricted the NFC reader in iPhones to Apple Pay. iOS 13 removes

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Apple Xinyi A13 Taipei Store Previewed Ahead of Official Opening This Saturday


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Apple’s second retail store in Taiwan opens on Saturday, June 15, and today the company shared additional details of the kind of experience customers can expect when they enter Apple Xinyi A13.



Located in Taipei’s bustling Xinyi District on an tree-lined open-air plaza, the new store features signature Apple architecture not seen in Taiwan before, including a two-story, free-standing pavilion design with a carbon fiber reinforced roof, similar to Apple’s Chicago, Illinois store.

Entering through doors of the floor-to-ceiling glass facade, visitors will find the usual mix of Apple products and services on offer between the two stone pillars, and will be able to receive personalized technical support on their devices in Taiwan’s first Genius Grove, under a comfortable canopy of trees.



Visitors can also descend the two marble staircases to discover the store’s underground video-wall equipped Forum space, where artist-led Today at Apple sessions will be hosted on a

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Dropbox Touts New Collaborative Cloud Storage Management App


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Dropbox on Tuesday announced a new client for Mac and Windows that seeks to make the cloud storage service a “meta-platform” for collaborative tools in the productivity workspace.



Called “the new Dropbox,” the client aims to let teams create and collaborate without ever leaving the app, by enabling them to create and edit Google and Microsoft-based documents, spreadsheets and slides, start Slack conversations and initiate Zoom conference meetings.

The broad idea is to let users engage in light project management outside of the dedicated tools it supports, with the ability to create to-do lists, add comments, delegate tasks, and keep track of progress through a team activity feed.

Other highlights include the ability to create and store shortcuts to any website alongside your content in Dropbox, the ability to manage Jira and Trello projects, and a unified search bar to find traditional files, cloud content, shortcuts, and files you’ve chosen

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Mozilla Says Paid Version of Firefox With Premium Features Coming Later This Year


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The Mozilla Foundation is working on a premium version of its Firefox browser, according to a new report. German media site T3N ran an interview with Chris Beard, CEO of Firefox, who appeared to confirm that a paid tier of the browser could be ready to launch by October this year.

According to Beard, the premium version of Firefox is likely to include a VPN, secure cloud storage, and other subscription services such as paywalled content access.

“We will probably launch some new services first and then we will think carefully about which model makes the most sense while ensuring the best user safety,” said Beard. “Firefox and many security features and services, like ETP [Enhanced Tracking Protection], will still be free, that’s for sure.”

Mozilla has been experimenting offering ProtonVPN to some Firefox users for a $10 per month subscription, but Beard says the company is now considering

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Amazon Surpasses Apple and Google to Become World’s Most Valuable Brand


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Apple surpassed Google but Amazon usurped both tech giants to become the world’s most valuable brand in market research firm Kantar’s annual BrandZ brand value report.



According to the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand ranking 2019 [PDF], the ecommerce giant saw its brand value rise to $315.5 billion, beating second-placed Apple’s $309.5 billion evaluation and Google’s $309 billion in third. Apple’s brand value saw a 3 percent rise over last year, while Google saw a 2 percent rise, but Amazon outshone both with a whopping 52 percent gain.

Amazon’s rise to the top spot ends a Google-Apple duopoly that began in 2007 when Google surpassed Microsoft to capture the No. 1 rank. Apple and Google had since jostled amongst each other for the position, but Google took the top spot from Apple in 2018.

Doreen Wang, Kantar’s global head of BrandZ, told CNBC that

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Apple Pay Launches in The Netherlands With Dutch Bank ING


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Apple Pay officially went live in The Netherlands today, with Dutch bank ING leading the charge to bring Apple’s digital payment system to debit and credit card users in the country.



With Apple Pay on iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac, ING bank customers with Maestro debit cards in The Netherlands can make purchases with their digital wallet in stores, in apps and on websites.

ING customers can activate Apple Pay in the ING Mobile Banking App and add their debit card to the Wallet. Apple Pay works wherever it is possible to make contactless payments, in web shops and in apps.

According to Apple’s regional Apple Pay web page, Apple Pay can be used in The Netherlands with several online and high street retailers including Adidas, ALDI, Amac, ARKET, BCC, Burger King, Capi, cool blue, COS, Decathlon, Douglas, H&M, Jumbo, Lidl, McDonalds, Starbucks, and others.

Apple Pay has

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Apple Considering Less Disruptive Siri Behavior in Future Version of iPadOS


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Say “Hey Siri” when using an iPad, and Apple’s virtual assistant will take over the entire display, obscuring whatever you were doing on the device. Say the same thing to your Mac, however, and Siri responds in a more multitasking-friendly way by appearing in a small window in the corner of the screen, allowing you to drag and drop retrieved items from it.

iPad concept of improved Siri behavior (image via iHelp BR)


This less disruptive, more functional implementation of Siri in macOS may well be coming to iPad, although it’s unlikely to appear in the first version of iPadOS, which is due to be released this fall. The possibility was hinted at by Craig Federighi, Apple’s VP of software engineering, in response to an email sent to him by Apple user Juliano Rossi.

Responding to Rossi’s request that Siri on iPadOS behaves like on

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Safari on iPadOS Optimized to Work With at Least Some Desktop Versions of Websites


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Apple’s upcoming iPadOS is designed to bring more desktop-class functionality to iPads with bigger screens, and as part of that aim, Safari is receiving a major overhaul that will enable it to display desktop versions of websites.



In the first instance, Apple is going about this by adapting Safari’s mobile “user agent” – that aspect of the software which retrieves and renders interaction with web content – to enable the iOS browser to retrieve the desktop variety of a website by default, rather than its mobile counterpart.

In addition to that, Apple appears to be custom-optimizing the iPadOS Safari user agent to include touch- and keyboard-based interaction with at least some popular websites. As highlighted by The Verge‘s Dieter Bohn in his brief testing of Google Docs, Apple has made it possible to use touch to hit the menu buttons.

Google Docs has long been a huge problem on

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Apple’s Big Push to Improve Accessibility in iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina


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Apple is introducing several accessibility-friendly features with iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina, including Voice Control, Hover Text, and Mouse Pointer Support for iPhones and iPads.

After the company’s WWDC keynote on Monday, TechCrunch‘s iOS accessibility expert Steven Aquino sat down with Apple’s Sarah Herrlinger, director of Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives, who offered further details on the thinking behind Apple’s latest, and arguably greatest, accessibility push.


Voice Control

Herrlinger first opened up about Apple’s new Voice Control feature, which earned its own slide space during Craig Federighi’s onstage presentation. Voice Control supports editing and menu navigation in both macOS Catalina and iOS 13, but it was the feature’s advanced dictation capabilities that Herrlinger was most eager to highlight.

For example, Herrlinger explained how you can say “show numbers” in Safari’s Favorites view and little numbers, corresponding to the number of favorites you have, show

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Sidecar in macOS Catalina Brings Touch Bar Controls to Non-Touch Bar Mac Users


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In macOS Catalina, it seems whether or not you own a MacBook with a Touch Bar, Apple still wants you to be able to access those virtual controls, even if that means putting them right on the screen.

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Apple’s new Sidecar app lets you connect an iPad to your Mac for extra screen space. It works both wired and wirelessly, and supports the Apple Pencil as an input device for the Mac.

And for Mac apps with Touch Bar support, the controls appear at the bottom of your iPad screen — even if your Mac doesn’t have a Touch Bar.

In other words, the iPad Touch Bar mirrors the MacBook Pro‘s Touch Bar on a model with a Touch Bar, and when used with a MacBook Pro that doesn’t have a Touch Bar, it lets you tap into functionality that would otherwise be

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Tim Cook Says Apple ‘Should be Scrutinized’ But Disputes Claims Company is a Monopoly


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Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that when it comes to big business, scrutiny is a good thing, but he has denied claims that Apple is a monopoly.



In an extended interview with CBS News, Cook said that because of Apple’s size he thought it was “fair” to scrutinize its business practices, but the CEO pushed back hard against claims that the company had a dominant position in any market.

Apple has recently become the target of regulator inquiries and class action lawsuits that have variously questioned its business practices. In the United States, for example, the Supreme Court recently ruled that a class action accusing Apple of operating an App Store monopoly can proceed to trial in a lower court.

Asked about Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign and her position that Apple should break up its App Store and other parts of its business, Cook said:

I strongly disagree with

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How to See What the New Mac Pro Would Look Like on Your Desk


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Shortly after unveiling its much-anticipated redesigned Mac Pro on Monday, Apple added a fun augmented reality feature on its website that allows anyone to check out what it would look like if the machine took pride of place on their own desktop.



Simply navigate to the Mac Pro or Pro Display XDR web page on Apple’s website using your iPhone or iPad, and then tap the “See Mac Pro in AR” (or “View in AR”) link to launch the augmented reality tool on your device.

Give it a few seconds to load, and you should see two options at the top of the screen. The “Object” mode lets you use your fingers to zoom and rotate a detailed 3D render of the new Mac Pro or Apple’s accompanying pro-level display on your screen.

Alternately, press the “AR” button to engage your iPhone or iPad‘s rear camera, and then

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Twitter for Mac App Set to Return to macOS


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Twitter has announced that its official Mac app is returning to macOS, almost a year after the company discontinued the native app, to the consternation of many users.



Twitter faced a backlash in February of last year when it announced that it would stop supporting the Twitter for Mac app in order to focus its attention on a “great Twitter experience that’s consistent across all platforms.”

At the time, the company advised users looking for a “full Twitter experience on Mac” to visit Twitter on the web. However, yesterday it revealed that a fully native app is coming back to Mac, thanks to Apple’s Project Catalyst that lets developers easily port apps from iOS to the upcoming version of macOS Catalina.

According to a tweet from Twitter’s Support account, the returning Mac app will be like the iPad Twitter app but “fully native,” with all of the

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Roundup: First-Look Impressions of the New Mac Pro


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At WWDC today, Apple unveiled its much-anticipated Mac Pro redesign, and following its keynote the company offered journalists some brief time with the machine – although admittedly nobody was allowed to use or even touch it.



With that in mind, we’ve highlighted some of the more interesting quotes from those who were lucky enough to get up close with Apple’s most powerful Mac to date.

Unsurprisingly given the “hands-off” nature of the preview, TechRadar opined on the aesthetics of the redesigned Mac Pro:

For those that were unconvinced about the previous Mac Pro‘s design, this is far more industrial. Designed to be modular, the Mac Pro‘s leanings are far more traditional with the combination of brushed aluminum and heat sink holes festooning the outer shell.

It’s brutal and says ‘this is for working on, not to look good’. It can be rack mounted, and you can

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Apple Reveals ‘Voice Control’ Accessibility Feature Coming to Mac and iOS


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As part of its macOS Catalina unveiling today at WWDC, Apple announced a new accessibility feature called Voice Control, allowing users to control their Mac and iOS devices entirely using vocal commands.



Voice Control supports dictation and editing in both operating systems, along with comprehensive menu navigation.

On iOS, the feature utilizes attention awareness to know when a user with physical motor limitations is interacting with their device.

To allay privacy concerns, Apple says that none of the audio processed by Voice Control can be accessed by anyone else, including Apple, thanks to built-in anonymity and encryption.

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Apple Unveils iOS 13 Featuring Dark Mode, Swipe Keyboard, and Faster Performance


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Apple today previewed iOS 13, which will bring a new Dark Mode and several performance improvements across the board, including Face ID, slimmer downloads and updates, and quicker app launches.


Dark Mode has been implemented across the iPhone and iPad operating system and its native apps, including the appearance of notifications, widgets, calendar, and notes. Dark Mode is also available to third-party app developers for integration into their own apps, and can be scheduled to turn on automatically at sunset or at a certain time.

Apple has also added a swipe to type feature to the stock iOS keyboard called QuickPath, which brings easy one-hand typing to the iOS keyboard by continuously swiping through the letters of a word.

iOS 13 will also bring new sharing suggestions for Messages, a a third-party sign-in feature that uses Apple ID, and time-synced lyrics for the Music app.

Elsewhere, Siri has

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