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AliveCor monitor gets FDA approval to detect two more heart conditions than Apple Watch

AliveCor beat the Apple Watch to market with an iPhone-connected gadget with FDA approval to detect AFib – and has now been given clearance to report two more heart conditions to consumers.

The KardiaMobile EKG Monitor is a tiny $99 device that measures heart-rate through two finger pads, with results reported in an iPhone app. The company already had clearance to detect AFib, but has now been approved to detect two other common heart conditions …

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9 useful Control Center shortcuts for iPhone that you should be using

If you’re not using the customizable controls in your iPhone’s Control Center, you’re simply not getting the optimal experience. There’s a good chance you’re not, as personal experience has taught me that many people don’t even know Control Center exists.

In fact, iOS now includes 20 different Control Center shortcuts to key Apple apps and features on your iPhone, all of which are better uses of your time than sifting through the pile of apps on the home screen. Even better, you don’t even need to unlock your phone to get to them.

You can add all 20 if you wish—at least on the iPhone, as Apple doesn’t include a couple of them on the iPad for whatever reason—but you’ll get the best experience if you use the ones listed below.

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App Store Users Report Endless T&C Loop Preventing App Downloads

A number of iPhone and iPad users this morning are taking to Twitter and Reddit to report an issue with the App Store that prevents them from downloading apps.

The problem starts when a user taps the Get button on an app listing, whereupon a pop-up informs them that "Apple Media Services Terms and Conditions have changed" and that they must read and accept them to continue.

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Anyone facing this issue or is it only me ?
Every time I click agree it pop up again & again! @Apple @AppStore @AppleSupport #Apple #IPhone #AppStore #AppleSupport #IOS12 pic.twitter.com/5RB7bhJtmx

— sherif elseginy (@sherif_elsiginy) April 25, 2019


However, tapping OK and then agreeing to the terms and conditions simply sends the user back to the app's App Store listing where they're asked to read and accept the T&Cs again, thus begetting an endless loop and no app download.

The T&C issue also appears to be affecting Apple's communication servers, with some users receiving multiple duplicate emails notifying them of the change in Apple Media Services terms.

Some users report that simply tapping cancel when the T&C notification pops up makes it go away, allowing them to download the app in question. Have you been affected by the T&C issue currently besetting the App Store? Let us know your experience the comments below.

(Thanks, Mike!)


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Before you hit the 'Cancel' button on your News+ subscription, read this
My News+ free trial is over. Deciding to continue subscribing was a no-brainer for me.Apple gives a month-long free trial of News+, it's magazine subscription service, to let us get a feel for whether we want to keep paying $10 per month for access to more than 100 magazine titles. My 30-day trial ends today and I've decided that, even though I was skeptical at first, $10 per month is worth it.Limited selection breeds curiosityThe first day Apple News+ launched, I spent most of my time reading magazines, checking out what was available, favoriting ones I wanted to follow. The selection is fine, but it's nothing to go wild over. Some of my most favorite magazines aren't available in News+, but they never are available in digital news package services. New+ titles are more like what you find at the grocery store than what you'd find at a dedicated magazine and newspaper stand. The selection is wide and broad but doesn't really cover the niche culture. That's not to say Apple won'...
WWDC19 rumors, Marizpan and macOS, and your hot takes

On the show, we talk about WWDC19 rumors, and more. What does the future have in store for macOS? We talk about that in our feature discussion. Plus, Jason Cross shows us how to find Apple Pay locations in Apple Maps, and we wrap up the show with your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds.

This is episode 648 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

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How to make your iPhone read to you by using Speak Screen in iOS

With all the content available to you on the iPhone, you may have come upon a time when you wished the iPhone could read to you. Well, it can! Speak Screen is a feature in iOS that you can use to have the iPhone read a web article, an email, and more. It’s handy if you want to “read” but you need your eyes to pay attention to something else.

Speak Screen is part of the Accessibility section of the iOS settings. To use Speak Screen, first it needs to be enabled. Once that’s done, you can then use a gesture to activate the feature.

How to turn on Speak Screen in iOS

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap General > Accessibility.

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iPhone, app, and tech tips to help you survive a disaster
you never know when a natural disaster may strike so get your iPhone and get prepared now.Right now, I'm surrounded on 3 1/2 sides by water. There's the river behind me, which is normal, and then there are the floods on both sides, up and down the street, and throughout my neighborhood. I'd say that's abnormal, but after decades of no problems at all, we've now had flooding two out of the last three years and, apparently, more to come.Rather read that watch? Hit play on the video above!I'm fine. I'm safe. But around me the streets are blocked off. Cars are banned. People have evacuated. Emergency services are all over. And there's a salvage boat floating in what used to be my backyard.But it's not just flooding. It's wildfires in California, tornados throughout the midlands, hurricanes along the coasts, or it could be storms or earthquakes, or heatwaves or cold fronts or any of the other forces of nature that periodically remind us nature always wins.It was Earth Day on M...
AT&T CEO Says Mobile 5G Plans May Be Tiered Based on Speed
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(image)(image)AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson believes that mobile providers may soon charge users based on the speed of their connection, similar to how plans for broadband Internet work at home. Stephenson made the comments during today's earnings call.

“I will be very surprised if, as we move into wireless, the pricing regime in wireless doesn’t look something like the pricing regime you see in fixed line,” Stephenson said. “If you can offer a gig speed, there are some customers that are willing to pay a premium for 500 meg to a gig speed, and so forth. So I expect that to be the case. We’re two to three years away from seeing that play out.”

It may be a while before we see carrier's shift their strategy on charging for 5G. Currently, AT&T only has 5G live in 19 markets and the only device that can take advantage of the network is a mobile hotspot. The Galaxy S10 5G will eventually arrive at AT&T after a period of exclusivity on Verizon and a second Samsung 5G device will be released in the later half of 2019.

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AFK Arena - Arcane Labyrinth guide
Looking for more tips and tricks for AFK Arena? Check out our AFK Arena Guide Compendium!

Looking for more tips and tricks for AFK Arena? Check out our AFK Arena Guide Compendium!

Ok, so if you're like me, you've been playing (and sometimes waiting) your way through AFK Arena, only to learn there's a lot more to it than there appears on the surface. There's guilds, a PvP arena, and all sorts of other systems and game modes to pay attention to, and–quite frankly–it can be confusing.

Today, I want to demystify one of the more unique game modes in AFK Arena, the Arcane Labyrinth. This is a quasi-roguelite mode where you take the units you've been powering up and try to battle your way through three floors of a dungeon. It just so happens that this dungeon is full of super powerful enemies, amazing loot, and permadeath. If you've been looking around for tips on how to navigate this labyrinth successfully, then look no further! We have everything you need here.

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Meet Luise Vindah Andersenl, founder of Green Kitchen Stories
Tech and noms may not seem like they mesh, but like chocolate and peanut butter, they're compatible in every way.Green Kitchen Stories is a delicious looking food blog all about living a healthier life through a plant-based diet. It's so much more than a recipes website. It's a place where you can find out about the joys of healthy eating, the beauty of colorful food, and the interesting lives that Luise and David and their three adorable kids lead. Their foodie adventures are everything you want to have for yourself.After seeing success in the Green Kitchen Stories blog, the duo decided to curate some of their favorite recipes into an eye-catching app that makes you want to cook delicious meals just with the app icon. Once inside, your mouth begins to water as you browse through dozens of delectable vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes.$3.99 - Download nowLuise Vindahl Andersen is the chef half founder of Green Kitchen Stories (David is the design half) and a nutritiona...
Blue Snowball iCE Microphone On Sale for 48% Off [Deal]
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(image)(image)The Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone is on sale today for 48% off list. That brings its price down from $59.99 to $30.99.

It’s never been easier to get high-quality sound for your voice and computer-based audio recordings. At home, the office—or anywhere for that matter—the Snowball iCE USB microphone delivers audio quality that’s light years ahead of your computer’s built-in microphone.


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Apple Maps Gains Detailed Terrain Features for Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada US States

As part of its ongoing effort to rebuild Apple Maps, Apple has added detailed terrain features to the U.S. states of Arizona and New Mexico as well as the southern portion of Nevada, including the city of Las Vegas.

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The enhancements are the result of Apple's street-level data collection using LiDAR-equipped vehicles, which has been going on for over three years. Related improvements first rolled out in Northern California in iOS 12 and have extended to Hawaii and Southern California over the past few months.

The overall look and feel of Apple Maps is mostly the same, but zooming and panning reveals more details like grass, trees, sports fields, and parking lots. Apple says search results also become more relevant.

Apple Maps vehicles have been collecting mapping data in the United States since 2015, with over 45 states at least partially surveyed to date. Apple will begin surveying Alaska, South Carolina, and Tennessee between March and July, according to an update to its recently revamped Apple Maps image collection website.

Back in June 2018, Apple said the revamped mapping data would roll out section by section across the rest of the United States over the following year. Since then, a pattern has emerged that appears to show Apple prefers rolling out the updated maps in adjacent continental U.S. states, rather than prioritizing more population-rich regions of the nation like the Northeast.

Our source notes that Apple is also working on an updated appearance for northeastern cities like New York, given that special detailed terrain features can be seen – perhaps unintentionally – when entering turn-by-turn navigation.


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Some users unable to download or update App Store apps, faced with endless iTunes terms and conditions prompts

Some sizeable number of people are experiencing an issue with the App Store at the moment. On an affected account, when attempting to download a pending app update or a whole new app, users are presented with a dialog to accept new Apple Media Services Terms & Conditions.

The problem is that if you press accept, the same legal screen appears again asking to approve or reject the new terms and conditions. This process repeats indefinitely and the download completely stalls.

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TikTok Unbanned in India

Tik Tok, which was pulled from the App Store in India last week to comply with a government demand to block downloads over child safety concerns, is allowed to return to the App Store, reports Reuters.

The southern state of Tamil Nadu had asked the Indian government to ban the TikTok app on the grounds that it encouraged pornography and could expose children to sexual predators, leading the government to send a letter to Apple and Google asking the companies to remove the app from their respective App Stores.

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Today, after hearing a plea from the app's creator, Bytedance, the state court reversed its decision pushing for the app's ban. An Indian government official told Reuters that once the court's order had been received, it would ask Apple and Google to reinstate the app.

Created by China-based Bytedance Technology, TikTok is designed to let users create and share short-form videos enhanced with digital effects, which has been particularly successful in India. Before being pulled from the App Store, TikTok had been downloaded more than 240 million times in the country.

Bytedance told Indian officials that it was losing up to $500,000 dollars a day during the ban, and that more than 250 jobs were at risk.

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AT&T CEO Believe 5G Phone Plans Could Be Tiered and Priced on Data Speed

The next couple of years will see the rollout of 5G cellular phone networks from companies like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and it sounds like 5G smartphone plans might not be priced in the same way as current 4G LTE plans.

During today's AT&T earnings call, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said (via The Verge) that he believes the pricing for 5G connectivity could resemble home broadband pricing with different prices for different speed tiers rather than one set price for the fastest connectivity available.

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"I will be very surprised if, as we move into wireless, the pricing regime in wireless doesn't look something like the pricing regime you see in fixed line. If you can offer a gig speed, there are some customers that are willing to pay a premium for 500 meg to a gig speed, and so forth. So I expect that to be the case. We're two to three years away from seeing that play out."
5G networks are still in the early days, so how pricing will ultimately work out remains to be seen. It's also not clear how variable pricing for tiered speeds would work given the fact that 5G connections speeds are going to vary depending on whether you're in a city or in a more rural area.

The fastest 5G speeds, available through mmWave technology, will be limited to urban areas. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg this week explained that millimeter wave high-frequency spectrum isn't suitable for widespread coverage, a sentiment shared by T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, who wrote a blog post on the subject earlier this week.
Some of this is physics - millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum has great potential in terms of speed and capacity, but it doesn't travel far from the cell site and doesn't penetrate materials at all. It will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments.
AT&T has launched its 5G network in a handful of markets across the United States, and other carriers, like Verizon, have also been starting their 5G network rollouts.

There are few smartphones that are able to take advantage of 5G networks at the current time, but additional 5G smartphones are expected later in 2019.

Rumors suggest Apple's first 5G iPhone will come out in 2020, when 5G networks are more mature and more widely available. Apple is planning to use chips from Qualcomm and perhaps Samsung now that Intel is out of the 5G smartphone modem chip business.

Tags: AT&T, 5G, 5G iPhone

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How to create and password protect a zip file on macOS
Need to protect sensitive information and compress it? Here's how to do it natively on macOS.Tax time is here and many of us will be sharing sensitive information from our financial institutions with our accountants. If there was ever a time to vigilant with securing your private data, this would the moment! Here's how you can create a compressed zip file with your sensitive data and password protect it on natively macOS.Prep your filesThe terminalFinal commentsPrep your filesSince we'll be using the terminal application that is native on macOS, you'll want to make the compression of your files as simple as possible to avoid long strings of commands. So if you have multiple files for compressing and protecting, you can organize them into a single folder using Finder.Open Finder.Option-click the Finder window and create a New Folder.Rename the folder, preferably something without spaces as this will make terminal commands simpler for you.Drag and drop your sensitive...
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