Apple releases first public beta of iOS 13

News

“In addition to the first public beta of macOS Catalina, Apple is also today releasing the first public beta of iOS 13. The update is available now via Apple’s beta website.”

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How to check if your MacBook Pro is affected by the fire safety risk battery recall

News

“Do you have a 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro? Follow along for how to check if your MacBook Pro is affected by the battery recall that Apple just announced. Apple shared that some of its MacBook Pro batteries suffer from a fire safety risk.”

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Adobe brings pro Lightroom photo editor to the Mac App Store with free trial and subscriptions

News

“Adobe Lightroom users now have a new way to subscribe to and install the pro software: Apple’s Mac App Store. Apple named Lightroom among the apps that were set to launch or return on the redesigned Mac App Store on macOS Mojave last summer at WWDC 2018, and today Adobe has fulfilled that promise.”

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Microsoft Ends Support for ‘Windows Phone’ After Years of Battling to Compete With iPhone and Android

News

“Today, Microsoft is ending support for Windows Phone 8.1, effectively marking the end of the “Windows Phone” era. Microsoft released Windows Phone in 2010 and, within three years, it became the world’s third most popular mobile operating system.”

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iPadOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad

News

“While it’s not enabled by default, Apple has brought the long-awaited mouse support to iPad with iPadOS 13. Follow along on for how to pair and use a mouse with your iPad as well as set up buttons for custom shortcuts.”

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iOS 13 beta 2 adds new Portrait Lighting Control and High-Key Mono effect to the Camera app

News

“Two of the headlining changes involving Photos in iOS 13 were missing in action in the initial beta release, but today’s second beta release makes the new features available to beta testers.”

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tvOS 13 beta 2 brings Picture-in-Picture video multitasking to Apple TV

News

“Although strangely not mentioned in Apple’s WWDC keynote, tvOS 13 beta 2 has a nice surprise: support for Picture-in-Picture video playback. You can now watch shows from the Apple TV app whilst multitasking around the rest of the operating system.”

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Twitter offers details on new Mac app coming this year – 9to5Mac

News

“At WWDC last week, Apple announced its new Project Catalyst technology to make it easier for developers to bring iPad applications to the Mac. Apple teased that Twitter was an early partner and would be using Project Catalyst to bring Twitter back to the Mac.”

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Apple Watch now available from UK carrier O2, upfront cost from £20 ($25)

News

“When the cellular Apple Watch first launched in the UK, it was only available on EE. Vodafone later offered it, and now O2 has done the same, leaving Three the only major carrier not to do so … All are available with an upfront cost of just £20, the rest of the cost paid monthly.”

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Time to Move Away from Dropbox

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Dropbox has been a loyal service to me, syncing files and folders across all my devices and platforms for years. The reliability has been faultless and not once did I ever see sync issues or conflicts of file(s) warning messages. I use the service for personal and work use but it has always bothered me that their pricing structure for the service was more expensive than their competitors even though Dropbox could justify the cost by pointing to reliability of sync.

Apple provide a storage sync service through every iCloud account and their current pricing structure for different levels of storage is more affordable than Dropbox but arguably, their syncing reliability has not generally had universal agreement in the industry plus crucially, iCloud didn’t offer a folder/file sharing feature that Dropbox did.

Last week at WWDC, Apple finally introduced iCloud folder sharing coming later this year and for me and I know for a lot of other folks, that was the final hold out of staying with Dropbox – a nail in the coffin, if you will for using the service.

To add a second nail to the coffin, this week Dropbox introduced an update to their service which Daring Fireball’s John Gruber called;

Now it’s a monstrosity that embeds its own incredibly resource-heavy web browser engine.

With more subscription services being introduced to consumers for streaming video, music and various other software, I personally feel it is nice to cross Dropbox off my paid-for subscriptions as now iCloud can finally replace it – at least for me that is and you might find it can for you too.