Tim Cook: Mac mini still an ‘important part’ of Apple’s lineup

The Mac mini is still an “important part” of Apple’s lineup, according to CEO Tim Cook. The most affordable macOS machine has gone without an update for three years, but fans should not be worried about it getting the chop. The Mac mini proved popular after bring introduced in 2005. It made owning an Apple […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Apple under pressure to activate iPhone feature it denies

Apple is under pressure to activate an iPhone feature that it claims does not exist. The National Association of Broadcasters is calling for the company to enable dormant FM chips that would allow users to tune into radio stations. It comes less then a month after the Federal Communications Commission asked for the same. Listening to […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Google Improves Visibility of Instant Apps with 'Try It Now' Button

Google today outlined a number of improvements it has made to the Play Store in order to help both consumers and developers make the most of Android apps and games. The most significant user-facing change is the addition of a "Try It Now" button that accompanies Instant Apps in the Play Store. This allows people to jump right into the app for sampling purposes without downloading or installing the full…

Apple tax forces Facebook to launch new tool only on Android

Apple’s 30% tax on in-app purchases could cause iPhone and iPad users to miss out on the next big news feature from Facebook. In an effort to help make publishers more money, Facebook plans to launch a tool that helps websites sell subscriptions. All of the sales transactions will be done on the publishers’ websites, […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Google Chrome for iOS gets new widgets, drag and drop

The best web browser on iOS just keeps getting better. Google has updated Chrome to add two new widgets for the Today screen, and drag and drop support for iPad. You’ll need to be running iOS 11 to make the most of it. Apple’s restrictions prevent third-party web browsers from being quite as fast as […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Verizon Drops Screen Repair Cost to $29 for Insurance Enrollees

Repairing a cracked smartphone display just got cheaper. Verizon Wireless today said those who subscribe to its Total Mobile Protection device insurance program will be charged $29 per screen repair, down from the previous charge of $49. Verizon is holding an open enrollment for its Total Mobile Protection program beginning today. Customers can enroll any phone purchased during the last 24 months in the insurance program, which covers the cost…

Samsung Embraces Google's ARCore for Augmented Reality

Samsung today said it will work with Google to bring Google's ARCore augmented reality content to a wider range of its smartphones, including the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8. Using the ARCore SDK, developers will be able to create augmented reality experiences for millions of Galaxy handsets. Google announced ARCore in August. The effort will see less-demanding hardware requirements for running AR apps on Android devices, expanding AR's reach to…

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