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iOS: If you’re the kind of person who uses a little creativity when organising the apps on your iPhone or iPad — by icon colour, for example — it might be time to take your device’s look to the next level. Sure, you can name your folders something descriptive and/or witty, like “yellow” instead of the category of the apps found within it, but here’s a trick you can use to ditch folder names entirely.

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I've only ever taken two devices back to Apple for repair. One was an ageing iMac that needed a new hard drive and the other was a MacBook that failed completely. In the first case, Apple replaced the hard drive at a price that was about 30% in excess of what I expected. The MacBook was fried and Apple replaced it completely with a new unit before the 12-month warranty period was up.

But a recent expose by CBC News in Canada has painted a less than stellar picture. Simple repair jobs are being over-charged with fixes that other repairers complete in minutes.

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For whatever reason, Apple launched iOS 12's Shortcuts app without offering users any kind of centralised hub for storing and sharing the useful shortcuts they create. So, this happens: You find a neat shortcut online, you pull up Safari on your iOS device and install it via some shared iCloud link, and it sits on your device forever.

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There has long been rumour of Apple starting its own video subscription service to challenge Netflix. Until recently, it had been lumped in the same speculative basket as Apple HDTVs and Apple self-driving cars.

Now, a report from CNBC has cast a spotlight on the rollout plan - which will apparently include HBO content and free original programming beamed directly to iOS devices.

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Last night, I helped my son set up his new iPhone. The usual process I follow is to back a device up using iTunes and then restore to the new device. But yesterday, for some reason iTunes refused to detect my son's old iPhone. While there was an easy workaround, it occurred to me that iTunes is no longer a required piece of software even if you live completely in Apple's walled garden.

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The identity politics of tech are real. We become obsessed with the devices that power our lives, and they can drive us to heated arguments — however preposterous — with anyone who loves a competing product, platform, or service.

Shared from Businessinsider

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Microsoft's latest Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 devices won't come with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3, the latest and fastest standards for connecting accessories and charging your computer. Meanwhile, Apple's recent MacBook Pros have taken the opposite approach by only including USB-C ports - alienating those who don't necessarily adopt the latest tech the moment it rolls out. Neither company has the right idea.

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Apple has taken the iPhone X design that introduced in 2017 and made it the template for all of their new iPhone models. With three new iPhone models this year, the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, Apple has made the near-bezel-less design their standard. The two premium models, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have identical specifications other than display size. That means everything I cover in this review should apply to both flagship models. After a couple of weeks using the iPhone XS, here's what I've learned.

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In a recent blog post titled "Hardening macOS," Ricard Bejarano offers an extensive list of settings you can tweak to make macOS as secure as possible. It's a comprehensive list of tasks — and we love it — but it's important that you understand the "why" behind his recommendations, too. Here are a few of his top tips and explanations for why you're adjusting, installing, or modifying your Mac that way.

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Apple's Touch Bar is one of those features that looks interesting but has some of us scratching our heads as to its usefulness. When it was introduced, I thought it was gimmicky but after several weeks of using it I'm becoming accustomed to its dynamic nature and how it does make some features in supported apps more accessible.

But what if you want more than just what's available through the App Store? It turns out, there are lots of games and utilities that use the Touch Bar. Here are three of my favourites.

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The Apple Watch Series 4, which is the fifth major product version of Apple's smartwatch platform, offers a number of substantial changes over its predecessor while retaining much of what has made it the most popular smartwatch around. While it is an evolution on previous versions, it represents, perhaps, the first compelling reason for early adopters to consider an upgrade.

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The iPhone XS, and its predecessor the iPhone X, have a reputation for fragility, owing to their glass backs. Many people have suffered the hassle and expense of dropping their phones and discovering a Picasso-like shattering of the screen or back. Element Case has a bunch of funky-looking protective cases for the latest iPhones.

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Over the last ten years, cellular data availability has increased massively and the cost has plummeted. Many people don't have fixed broadband at all, preferring to work and play purely on cellular data networks. Which begs the question - why does Apple limit App Store downloads?

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iOS 12 is out, and a lot of people are suddenly realising that they spend way too much time on their smartphones. Way. Too. Much. Time.

That’s all thanks to the Screen Time feature you’ll find within your device’s Settings menu — right under “Do Not Disturb”. Tap it, and your iPhone or iPad will give you all sorts of scary information: How many hours you’ve spent glued to it, what you did, and even how much you picked it up (to the hour, even).

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If you're shopping around for a new telco provider and a new iPhone, JB Hi-Fi has a deal that's pretty hard to ignore. For a limited time, you can get a whopping $740 off the 64GB iPhone X when you bundle it with a $65 phone plan - that's approximately 50% off the current sticker price! Here are the details.

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New macOS versions usually mean better performance on Apple’s latest hardware, but they’re rarely optimised for anything older (even last year’s models). So what’s the consensus on macOS Mojave, Apple’s latest operating system, when it comes to older machines?

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One of the more eye-opening features Apple announced for its new Apple Watch Series 4 is the device’s fall detection feature. No, it can’t stop you from taking a spill, but your can help you more easily alert others that you need assistance if you’ve hurt yourself badly enough.

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Apple has released the latest version of its personal computing operating system. macOS Mojave is the fifteenth major release of the OS that began the company's recovery through the second Steve Jobs-led era of the world's most valuable tech company. How do you get it? What's different and should you upgrade?