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Tip of the Day: Changing the face image for people in Photos

Although the facial recognition features in the iOS Photos app are pretty great, you may not always like the picture it chooses as the “key” photo for a given person. Fortunately, there’s a way to select a different photo, but it’s until recently it’s been so well hidden in the Photos app that most people probably don’t even know it’s there.

To select a new key photo for a person, you must begin by going to the “People” album in the iOS Photos app and selecting the person whose photo you want to change the image for. At the bottom of that person’s photos, tapping “Show Faces” will zoom in on the person’s face in each photo. To set a new key photo, tap the “Select” button in the top right corner, find the photo you want to use and tap on it to select it, and then tap the sharing button. Scrolling to the right in the bottom row of icons should reveal as button to “Make Key Photo” that you can tap on to set the selected photo as the key photo. …

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Review: LifeProof LifeActív Power Pack

Although LifeProof is best known for its rugged waterproof iPhone cases, like other case makers the company has started to branch out a bit into other accessories, and one of its first is a fairly natural extension for the outdoor enthusiast in the form of the LifeActív Power Pack. It's designed to withstand the elements and packs 10,000 mAh of backup power and a built-in LED flashlight.

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Report: Apple in bidding war with HBO for new J.J. Abrams show

Apple is currently in a bidding war with HBO for a new sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams, Variety reports. The series is rumored to revolve around a world’s efforts to repel a “monstrous, oppressive force” and marks Abrams’ first return to writing for TV since “Fringe” in 2008. Apple seems to be very interested in the sci-fi genre to begin its original video content venture, opting to revive Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and order an original sci-fi show from “Outlander,” “Battlestar Galactica” show runner Ronald D. Moore.

BMW to charge $80 annual fee for CarPlay in its vehicles

While most automakers either offer CarPlay as a standard feature or charge a flat fee to include it, BMW is making a curious move to charge an $80-a-year subscription fee for the Apple feature, The Verge reports. Last year BMW added CarPlay as an option for a $300 one-time fee, but Don Smith, technology product manager for BMW North America, said the company will now offer the service free for the first year and then charge $80 each year after that to keep it active. “This allows the customer to switch devices,” Smith said. “A lot of people buy [CarPlay] and think it’s OK, but sometimes they stop using it or switch to Android.” While some may balk at having to pay every year to keep CarPlay active, the move is particularly geared toward those leasing cars, leaving those choosing a three-year lease paying less over the life of the agreement than if they opted for a $300 payment.

Apple opens Siri’s ‘Give me the news’ feature to US, UK, Australian users

Even though the HomePod has been delayed, Apple is rolling out Siri’s new “Give me the news” feature to iOS users in the US, UK and Australia, 9to5Mac reports. The update plays a daily news podcast when users ask Siri, “Give me the news,” with the default content coming from NPR in the US, the BBC in the UK and ABC in Australia. Users can switch the podcast by asking Siri to switch to CNN, Fox News or The Washington Post in the US, Sky news or LBC in the UK, or SBS and Seven Network in Australia. The feature hasn’t appeared in Canada yet.

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Report: Manufacturing partner starts shipping HomePods to Apple

Manufacturing partner Inventec has begun shipping completed HomePod units to Apple, The Taipei Times reports. Sources said Inventec has sent 1 million of the devices to Apple, although one said, “revenue contribution from the product to Inventec is expected to be limited this quarter, as the initial shipment is not large.” The first million units is only a fraction of the 10–12 million expected to be built this year, with Inventec and Hon Hai splitting those orders. The HomePod was supposed to be released before Christmas, but Apple delayed it to a vague “early 2018” release, saying “we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers.” There’s no update on when the product will actually begin making its way to consumers.

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Daily Deal: SpiderOak ONE 2TB Cloud Storage, 1-Yr Subscription

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get a one-year subscription to SpiderOak ONE for only $39.99 — that’s 84% off the regular price. Widely considered by experts like Edward Snowden to be one of the most secure cloud storage solutions on the planet, SpiderOak One ensures all of your data is protected before it even leaves your computer — every file is encrypted while in transit as well as in storage on SpiderOak’s servers with user-specific encryption keys that only you have access to. Further, SpiderOak One goes beyond just highly secure file storage, including a point-in-time recovery feature that can restore your data if malware strikes, and a Share Room feature that allows you to securely share files with others through a web-based interface and creating self-destructing links to individual files while still maintaining strong and private encryption. SpiderOak also provides full support for Mac, Windows, and Linux, as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.

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App Store download revenue set to overtake amount made by entire movie industry this year

App Store downloads brought in $26.5 billion for developers in 2017, and Asymco’s Horace Dediu has unearthed some interesting stats about how that stacks up against other juggernauts of American business. If App Store downloads continue to increase at the same rate, the amount generated in 2018 will be more than the entire film industry combined, as well as more than the revenue taken in by the entire McDonald’s Corporation in 2016. In the coming year users will be spending about $100 million each day on apps, making the App Store segment of Apple’s business the equivalent of a Fortune 100 company in its own right. And these totals don’t take into account other apps offered from free by companies like Amazon and Uber that in turn are used by those companies to generate revenue. With Dediu estimating that “iOS enables about 50% to 60% of mobile economic activity,” he estimates that between economic activity and hardware sales combined, “the iOS economy cleared about $380 billion in revenues 2017” and is set to approach the $500 billion mark in the coming year.

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Chinese consumer group joins others demanding information about iPhone slowdowns

Photo: Reuters

A Chinese consumer group has joined the growing list of private citizens and government entities demanding information about why and how Apple decided to slow down older iPhones without informing users, Reuters reports. Chinese state news agency Xinhua said the Shanghai Consumer Council has demanded a reply from Apple by Friday about how the company plans to rectify consumer complaints that their old iPhones became sluggish after the iOS 10.2.1 update. Apple has already lowered the price of battery replacements for users with certain iPhones and promised software changes to let users monitor the health of their batteries, but the company is still facing multiple class-action lawsuits and demands from lawmakers to provide more information about the situation.

Apple makes deal to allow tipping to resume for Chinese users of WeChat app

Photo: WeChat

Apple has reached a deal with Tencent that will soon allow the tipping feature to be turned back on in WeChat, The Wall Street Journal reports. Direct payments to content creators were disabled in WeChat and other apps last year when Apple informed the app makers that it considered the payments equivalent to in-app purchases — which means Apple would be entitled to 30 percent of the revenue being sent. The companies objected, arguing that Apple was looking to collect money for nothing since not even the app makers themselves were collecting anything from the direct payments sent from users to content creators.

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