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Mac: If you haven't updated to macOS Sierra, you're probably pretty annoyed by the giant banner that appears in the updates tab in the App Store. Thankfully, OS X Daily points out that you can get rid of it.
Apple's Renew program pays you in Apple gift cards and good Earth vibes to recycle old iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other devices. Here's what you can expect to get back if you send in your used stuff.
Siri and Google Assistant basically do the same thing: they're mobile "digital assistants" that can be used to effortlessly set reminders, access apps, get directions and answer random questions via voice command. This infographic from product reviews site Zlated compares both products in a series of pitched tests, ranging from memory to affability.
Mac: Siri's on the Mac now, but exactly why you'd use it is still a mystery for some people. How-To Geek points out that one handy thing you can do with it is easily pull up images, then drag and drop the results.
The new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar is a weird thing that our friends at Gizmodo found a bit lacking, but that doesn't mean we're not all a little curious as to how it works. While you obviously can't make an actual Touch Bar, Touché is an app that gives you a glimpse of an app's Touch Bar support so you can give it a digital test drive.
If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad running iOS 8, 9, 10 and above, there is a way to gain access to the photos and contacts on your device without unlocking it with a passcode or fingerprint ID. The security flaw makes use of Siri voice commands. It's a bit finicky, but you don't have to be a genius-level hacker to exploit the vulnerability. Here are the details.
iOS: Workflow is an intensely powerful app for iOS that allows you to create small micro-apps that trigger specific actions inside an app, like instantly capturing a note in Notes or downloading a file from a URL. It's always been relatively complex to use, but today it's getting easier.
Many developers prefer to use Apple Mac devices for their coding needs and up until this point, Microsoft's flagship integrated development environment (IDE) was only available on Windows. Now the company has announced that it will be releasing a preview of Visual Studio for Mac, which will run natively on macOS. The preview will launch at Microsoft Connect() conference later this week. But despite the name, Visual Studio for Mac isn't a direct port of the Windows version of the IDE. Here's what you need to know.
Mac: Apple Mail isn't exactly the greatest email app out there, but it's serviceable and gets the job done for most people. That said, one common problem is slowness, which App Factor suggests fixing by cleaning up the mail database now and again.
If you own a MacBook, you're likely well aware of how scrolling and right-clicking work on the trackpad, but you may not know how to invoke Quick Look, Notification Center, or Exposè. Whether you're new to macOS or you just never bothered to learn them, these gestures can make your life a little simpler.
Apple’s MacBook Pro series is back in the media thanks to the comany’s announcement of the new "Touch Bar". Announced last Thursday, the Touch Bar uses retina display and multitouch technology to replace the MacBook Pro’s top row of static function keys. It might seem like a simple idea, but it builds on a long history of research on what is referred to as 'human–computer interaction'. The feature deserves the attention it’s receiving as it provides a glimpse into how we will be interacting with computers in the not so distant future.
"Should I buy the Apple iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S7?" This is a question that countless OS-agnostics ask themselves when shopping for a new phone. After all, they are widely considered to be the flagship devices for iOS and Android, respectively (with some competition via the Google Pixel and iPhone 7 Plus). This bias-free infographic breaks down how both handsets compare in a range of categories including display, storage, camera, audio quality and battery life.