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Face ID fails to recognize difference between twins

Apple’s foolproof Face ID system looks like it has met its match. Even though Face ID is supposed to faster on the iPhone XS and XS Max, it appears that the security system can be completely fooled by identical twins. If you’ve got a sibling doppelganger, you might want to just use a passcode. Watch […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

CultCast fans, this is the Siri Shortcut you need

Siri Shortcuts are proving to be one of the most useful new additions in iOS 12. If you’re a fan of Cult of Mac‘s weekly podcast, The CultCast, we’ve got the perfect shortcut that’ll ensure you never miss an episode. CultCast listener Matt Kiel created a brilliant shortcut that makes it easy to get directions […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac brings loads of new features

Microsoft Office for Mac just got its first major update in years.  Previews of the 2019 edition have been appearing for months, but the wait for the full version is over. It brings loads of new features to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. What’s new in Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac Microsoft calls this the “on-premises” […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Waze’s next-gen navigation cruises onto CarPlay

For too many years, the only navigation application for CarPlay users was Apple Maps. But iOS 12 changed that. Last week, CarPlay users got access to Google Maps. And now the rival Waze is an option. This means that all three of the most popular turn-by-turn smartphone navigation titles can be used with Apple’s in-dash system. […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

iPhone XS Max whips Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in speed tests

Both Samsung and Apple offer really large smartphones fo those who want to carry a miniature tablet around with them everywhere. Anyone trying to decide between the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9 should consider which one offers better performance. In several head-to-head tests, the iPhone solidly beats its Android-based rival. That’s in […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Waze Follows Google Maps to Apple's CarPlay

Google today said iPhone users can opt for Google-owned Waze instead of Apple Maps for navigating in their CarPlay-equipped car. Apple added support for third-party apps to CarPlay in iOS 12, which was released earlier this month. Google updated its Waze real-time traffic app in order to make it compatible with iOS 12 and CarPlay. Google says Waze supports traffic alerts, police hazards, instant route changes, live ETAs, cheap gas…

Google to Help You Find Your Old Searches

Google today said it wants to help people resume incomplete or old searches. The company is taking a couple of steps to make this happen. To start, it will surface new activity cards to help people pick up where they left off. For example, when revisiting old queries users will see a card that highlights the pages they've already visited in addition to related searches. Google says it will only…

Google to Make Image and Video Results More Helpful

Google says it is making a "fundamental shift" in how it thinks about Google Search. The company hopes the changes will make searches more visual and, in the end, more helpful. To start, Google is using AI to build AMP stories and surface that content in search results. Google will first focus on creating stories about famous people (movie stars, athletes) that highlight their lifestyles, news, and other facts. Videos…

Google Moves Feed to Search, Calls It 'Discover'

Google today announced some big changes are headed to its main search product. Google is relocating users' Google Feed to the main search page and renaming it Discover. This refreshed Discover feed is meant to help people find and explore new things. Google says it will contain new topic headers and cards that explain why the information is being shown, allowing people to dive in deeper or tweak preferences to…

ZTE Blade X2 Max Pops Up On FCC Website, But Its Future Is Uncertain

The FCC today revealed the ZTE Blade X2 Max in documents made public on the agency's website. The phone, a follow-up to the Blade X Max, appears to be bound for Cricket Wireless based on branding seen on the user manual and AT&T LTE banding (14/30). Other features confirmed by the FCC include dual rear cameras, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port for charging.…

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