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Apple urges devs to get macOS apps notarized as free of malware

There’s a new method to let Mac users know that the software they’re installing isn’t loaded with malware. It’s called notarized apps, and Apple urges developers to use it.  Right now, getting apps notarized is optional. Eventually, it’ll be a requirement. That’s a bonus for Mac users. Developers aren’t required to distribute their software through the […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Asus' ROG Phone Now Available for Preorder

Asus has made its ROG gaming phone available to U.S. consumers. The device is available online from Asus, Amazon, and Microsoft. The 128 GB version costs $899 and the 512 GB version costs $1,099. The company says the phone will start to ship during the last week of October. The ROG Phone has a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and an Adreno 630 GPU. Asus gave the phone…

iPhone X miraculously survives 8 hours in the ocean

Apple worked hard in recent years to make a waterproof iPhone . The latest models can survive being submerged in up to 6.5 feet of water for half an hour. And last year’s handsets are almost as water resistant.  One iPhone X user has cause to be grateful.  A Reddit user calling himself lorislongfellow tells how […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Square Terminal could increase Apple Pay availability

Square got its start by letting businesses take credit cards with just an iPhone or Android, and the company now offers multiple payment methods. Today it launched Square Terminal which accepts credit cards and Apple Pay, and can even print  receipts. This could help spread the availability of Apple Pay, as this new point-of-sale card […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Android’s new speed king still can’t keep up with iPhone

Not even the fastest Android handset comes close to matching the performance of the iPhone. The new Asus ROG Phone performs better than every other Android in early benchmark tests. It also scores higher than the latest iPad Pro lineup. When it comes to iPhone XS and XS Max, though, the gaming handset is way […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Apple logo goes into redesign overload ahead of October event

Apple finally made its October keynote official this morning with one of the most unique event invites we’ve ever seen. Instead of just using one standard design, Apple sent nearly every journalist an invite with an Apple logo that was unlike the one sent to others. We’ve tracked down over 20 variations of the Apple […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Google Tweaks Dev Tools for Smaller App Downloads, Longer Trials

Google today updated its Play Store developer tools, giving app writers more latitude to build and test their apps. To start, the Android App Bundle should allow for downloads that are 8% smaller, and on-device packages that are 16% smaller. Google says it should be easier for developers to jump to Android Studio 3.2 (stable) for creating bundles, which now support larger app sizes. Developers can create apps up to…

YouTube Connects the Dots Between Artists and Fans with Eventbrite Integration

Google's YouTube today announced a new partnership with Eventbrite that's meant to help people find concert tickets. As people watch music videos or performances on artists' official YouTube channels, they'll see Eventbrite listings for live music performances throughout the U.S. below the video. Fans who tap the new "tickets" button in the app will be taken to show listings where they can purchase tickets. Google says this partnership doesn't cover…

Google Maps Weaves In Better ETA Sharing

Google has made it easier for people to share their estimated time of arrival with others. Moving forward, people can tap the ^ button in Maps to begin sharing their trip progress, which can include their live location, route, and ETA. The update allows live ETA info to be pushed via Gmail, SMS, and third-party apps, such as Facebook Messenger, Line, and WhatsApp. Once the journey is complete, the user…

Sony Lays Out Schedule for Android 9 Pie Updates

Sony today made it clear which phones will receive Android 9 Pie and when they'll receive it. The update has already reached the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, and Pie ships on the new XZ3. Sony says Android 9 Pie will be available to the XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact starting October 26. The XZ2 Premium should get Pie November 7. These will be followed by the XA2, XA2…