ICYMI: iOS SCUBA diving HUD, Hot Wheels Smart Track, Quad 4K dock & more


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During the week we don’t always have time to cover everything, so here are a few releases this week that went under the radar including a new iOS compatible dive computer, a futuristic Hot Wheel set, and more.

Photos: How to adjust image perspective in iOS 13


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Justin Titi displays intelligently curated photo albums in iOS 13.

You can adjust the perspective along the x-axis and y-axis in Photos, starting in iOS 13, Apple told us at WWDC. Here’s what you’ll need to know to start adjusting perspective in Photos on iPad and iPhone.

Now you can adjust perspective in Photos

Apple introduced a range of new Photos editing tools and effects in iOS 13, including two for adjusting perspective, which you’ll find inside of the crop tool when editing a photo or video.

You can get some sense of how the perspective shift works in iOS 13 here:

The company’s applied machine intelligence is all across Photos.

Those tools also come into play to enhance

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WWDC: What is Business Chat Suggest?


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The tram stop outside of WWDC 2019 flew Apple’s colours

Apple launched a range of enhancements designed for business users at WWDC, including Business Chat Suggest. What is Business Chat Suggest, what does it do, and how is it used?

What is Business Chat Suggest?

Apple introduced Business Chat in the U.S. in early 2018, expanding it internationally a few months later.

The message-based customer service is now in use worldwide. Business Chat Suggest makes the service even easier to use.

Originally, when you search for a business that supports Business Chat, you get given an option to connect to them using the service.

Business Chat Suggest takes this a step further because when you tap the number to call a supported business iOS recognizes the number relates to a Business Chat supporting enterprise and offers to start a Business Chat instead of making the call.

This lets customers

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Apple’s iOS soft keyboard target of new patent lawsuit


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Apple’s vaunted iOS keyboard, a piece of user interface technology that helped usher in the smartphone revolution, is in infringement of a nearly 20-year-old patent covering similar input solutions, according to a new lawsuit.

Logitech’s Circle 2 wired camera to support HomeKit Secure Video later this year


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Logitech on Friday announced support for Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video, a set of tools designed to protect and store data from streaming video cameras, will be rolled out to wired versions of its popular Circle 2 camera later this year.

8 things you need to know as Apple kills iTunes


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Apple is separating iTunes into new Apple Music, TV and Podcasts apps, but it isn’t really killing the veteran media management software it launched in April 2003.

Here’s what you need to know:

Why is Apple ending iTunes?

Apple’s software chief joked as he announced the end of iTunes

“How about a calendar in iTunes?,” joked Apple engineering lead Craig Federighi when he announced the news at WWDC.

“I mean, you can have all of your appointments and your best tracks all in one app!” The media management software had grown to a point at which it simply did too much.

The music industry owes a lot to iTunes

iTunes didn’t stop online piracy overnight, but it did“open up the promise of a celestial jukebox for anyone who believed that it’s better to pay for stuff.”

That turned out to be plenty of people who still

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Smart Fitness Device Activ5 Now Available From Apple


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Apple retail stores and the Apple online store are now carrying the Activ5, a fitness device designed by Activbody.

Described as a portable isometric-based strength training device with digital coaching, the Activ5 coaches users through each isometric exercise, measures maximum strength for each exercise, and communicates this to an iPhone.



The device itself is a small pad that’s outfitted with a number of pressure sensors inside.

The Activ5 is personalized to each user to create a challenging but achievable workout. Each workout pose is demonstrated in the app, and the device itself is able to tell users to push harder or less hard throughout the workout. Every detail of the workout is tracked via the app, providing fitness stats for each exercise.



There are more than 100 full body workouts available based on isometric exercises, which are designed around contractions of a specific muscle or group of muscles. Activbody

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DualShock 4 makes Fortnite on iPhone even better with iOS 13


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One of the most exciting changes for gamers with Apple’s latest crop of updates is official support for both PlayStation and Xbox controllers. We spent a few minutes — or hours — gaming with our Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 controller to see how much of a difference it made when playing Fortnite among other titles.

Mattel Launches New Hot Wheels ‘id’ Smart Track Kit and NFC Cars Exclusively at Apple Stores


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Mattel’s Hot Wheels brand is getting a major digital upgrade with the launch of the Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit, Race Portal, and Hot Wheels id vehicles, all of which are available exclusively from Apple starting today.

With the Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit, Hot Wheels id vehicles can be raced on a track that incorporates digital tracking elements through an app on the iPhone or iPad. The system allows users to keep track of speed, count laps, build a digital garage, and more, providing a mix of physical and digital play.



The new Hot Wheels id setup includes 51 die-cast cars with NFC tags that are going to be released in six mini collections throughout 2019, with each vehicle to be priced at $6.99. Each car can be leveled up digitally, with challenges available to break race records.



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How to use external storage with iPadOS


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Launching iPadOS

iPadOS turns everything into a new play

Apple will finally deliver one of the most-requested iPad and iPhone features with external storage device support with iOS 13 and iPadOS – what does this mean and how do we use it?

How does iOS 13 support external storage?

iPad users have been stranded in cloud storage services due to the lack of support for external storage volumes in their devices.

They have also been able to use cloud-connected local storage devices, such as the popular Sandisk iXpand range of connected memory sticks.

This has driven most of us to spending money on iCloud storage, or using Dropbox, Box or any other available online storage solution, most of which deliver way more than iCloud’s miserly 5GB of free storage space.

This changes in iPadOS, which introduces support for external storage volumes, including USB drives, SD cards, and SMB file servers, all

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How to change your name on AirDrop


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I wonder what meme they are sharing?

AirDrop. It’s so useful. You can privately share almost anything without being tracked, hacked or accidentally falling into some marketing hole. And it’s almost completely useless if you or others use names like ‘iPhone’, ‘Mac’ or ‘iPad Air’.

That’s why you need this tip:

How to change AirDrop name

This is one of those tips that’s really useful if you don’t know it, really annoying if you’re attempting to AirDrop items with someone else who doesn’t know it, and well worth sharing with others if you think they need to know how it is done.

If you’ve ever tried to find a Mac or an iOS device belonging to you or to someone else on your network and all you’ve found is generic iPhone or Mac information, so you can’t tell it is them, then this might help.

[Also read: How to share

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How to change your name on AirDrop


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Tim Cook opens a new store

I wonder what meme they are sharing?

AirDrop. It’s so useful. You can privately share almost anything without being tracked, hacked or accidentally falling into some marketing hole. And it’s almost completely useless if you or others use names like ‘iPhone’, ‘Mac’ or ‘iPad Air’.

That’s why you need this tip:

How to change AirDrop name

This is one of those tips that’s really useful if you don’t know it, really annoying if you’re attempting to AirDrop items with someone else who doesn’t know it, and well worth sharing with others if you think they need to know how it is done.

If you’ve ever tried to find a Mac or an iOS device belonging to you or to someone else on your network and all you’ve found is generic iPhone or Mac information, so you can’t tell it is them, then this might help.

[Also read: How to share

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TipOff #13: Close All Safari Tabs at the Same Time in iOS


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How many times do you find yourself on your iPhone or iPad trying to close all of your Safari windows or tabs one-by-one? It can take a considerable amount of time if you have dozens of them open.

Stop it! Here’s how you can close all Safari tabs at the same time in iOS…

1. Open Safari. (Obviously)
2. Long press the “Tabs” icon. (Not as obvious – it’s the two overlapping squares)
3. Select “Close All Tabs.” (Obviously)

That’s it!

‘Sign in with Apple’ better than using passwords, says Google authentication chief


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The head of Google’s account sign-in teams is seemingly positive about Apple’s introduction to the authentication space with "Sign in with Apple," revealing in an interview it would be preferable to use Apple’s button than to manually enter usernames and passwords.

I’ll be passing on Google’s new 2fa for logins on iPhones and iPads. Here’s why


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I’ll be passing on Google’s new 2fa for logins on iPhones and iPads. Here’s why

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Google is expanding its new Android-based two-factor authentication (2fa) to people logging in to Google and Google Cloud services on iPhones and iPads. While Google deserves props for trying to make stronger authentication available to more users, I’ll be avoiding it in favor of 2fa methods Google has had in place for years. I’ll explain why later. First, here’s some background.

Google first announced Android’s built-in security key in April, when it went into beta, and again in May, when it became generally available. The idea is to make devices running Android 7 and up users’ primary 2fa device. When someone enters a valid password into a Google account, the phone displays a message alerting the account owner. Users then tap a “yes” button if the login is legitimate. If it’s an unauthorized attempt, the user can block the login from going through.

The system aims

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WWDC: These smart CCTV systems will support HomeKit Secure Video


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Apple announced HomeKit Secure Video at WWDC. The system adds a new layer of security, ensuring that people you do not know have no access to images of video from your connected home.

What is HomeKit Secure Video?

HomeKit Secure Video solves a problem.

Most connected CCTV systems upload video that they capture to the cloud.

The problem with this is that once video from your home is uploaded to the cloud it becomes a target for hackers, and not every company is particularly open concerning what happens to that video once they have it in their possession.

That’s what Apple’s new Secure Video system solves.

How it works

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WWDC: Apple adds AI to the iOS 13 Share pane


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iOS 13 screen at WWDC

Apple’s WWDC 2019 was action-packed

Apple’s Share Sheet comes in for several changes in iOS 13, which attempts to make it both easier and more logical to navigate – the company told me it wanted to make it possible to share items in a single tap with these enhancements.

Sharing with a little intelligence

While the overall Share Sheet design remains more or less the same as before, Apple has added a layer of intelligence and tried to make it easier to find the specific sharing command you are looking for.

The intelligence is in the top row within Share. In iOS 12, this only offers AirDrop shares. In iOS 13 it still does shares (denoted by an AirDrop icon), but adds intelligent suggestions of recommended contacts you might want to share something with.

Context is everything

These recommendations are smart – for example, if you are sharing a photo

iOS 13 features as noted at WWDC
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How ARKit 3 and CoreML 3 may radically transform language skills


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This image shows children using iPads to talk

We’re inexorably heading closer to universal translation becoming a completely normal part of daily life, with Apple tech used at schools across Europe to help teachers and students speak to each other.

Augmenting the humans

A story on Apple’s website discusses numerous examples in which its technologies are being used to bridge communication gaps, but it is also important to note that new machine learning APIs inside iOS 13 mean developers will soon be able to offer even more ways to translate between languages.

This is because CoreML 3 offers support for over 100 advanced machine learning models that should make it much easier to build apps capable of hearing, understanding and translating speech, all with natural language.

Apple has already confirmed iOS 13 will provide developers with tools that support on-device speech recognition for 10 languages.

This isn’t dumb recognition,

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Apple has been working on AR glasses for years, and iOS 13 is only the latest sign


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Rumors have circulated about an Apple-produced augmented reality headset or smart glasses for quite a few years, but so far the iPhone producer has yet to officially confirm the hardware is in development. The additions made to ARKit in iOS 13 as well as a plethora of patents and other reports indicate Apple is closer to revealing its work than ever before.

How to undo and redo in iOS 13


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Apple has made it much easier to Undo and Redo actions on iPhones and iPads in iOS 13. Here is what has changed and how to use the new gestures.

Did anyone use Shake to Undo?

We’ve always been able to Shake to Undo in order to cancel a previous action taken on an iOS device, but I most people never really took to the gesture.

In my own case, I usually forget it is available. Not only this, but I find the action of shaking my device breaks my concentration when I am trying to get stuff done.

It’s not the only instance in which an Undo action has been weirdly hidden on iOS – look at the action of backswiping in the numbers field on Calculator, for example.

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