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Apple ditches two-step authentication for two-factor in iOS 11, macOS High Sierra

Apple is eliminating its old two-step verification process and migrating all users to two-factor authentication with the roll out of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, according to an updated support document. The company rolled out two-factor authentication back in 2015, but the company had been letting people keep going with the older two-step authentication if they wanted. The two-step method requires logging in with an Apple ID and then sending a code to an Apple device via SMS text message, allowing users to require the added confirmation layer for things like signing into iCloud, tinkering with an Apple ID or buying things from iTunes, iBooks, or the App Store from a new device.

 

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Apple drops Bing for Siri and Spotlight searches, moves to Google

Apple has switched Siri and Spotlight’s default searches to Google, leaving Bing behind and bringing the searches in line with Safari, TechCrunch reports. Apple’s web browser already used Google — both on macOS and iOS — so the move should make the results returned in Siri and Spotlight more consistent with Safari. For the time being Bing is still the go-to for Siri image searches, and video results are delivered courtesy of YouTube. Now if users want to use Bing for Siri searches they’ll have to specify that in their request, but Google is far more popular so the change is unlikely to cause many problems.

Apple hiring editor to curate live sports content, developing AR technology for MLB

Apple is making a push into the sports world on multiple fronts, posting a job opening for a sports editor “to lead content curation and programming for the recently-announced live sports feature in the Apple TV app.” Unsurprisingly the post is looking for someone who lives and breathes sports of all kinds and has extensive experience in all aspects of the television business. The new live TV features coming down the pipe with tvOS 11 include on-screen notifications for games and all kinds of tracking abilities for fans, but direct deals with the sports leagues that are streaming the content will still be necessary for access to live events.

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Some 2018 iPhones may stick with LCD screens, include new 3D Touch sensors

The iPhone X hasn’t even opened up for pre-orders yet and speculation has already turned to what’s in store for 2018, with The Korea Herald reporting that Apple is eyeing releasing a 5.85” OLED iPhone and a larger LCD model. The report claims Apple has scrapped work on a 5.28” OLED iPhone in favor of the larger devices and has already placed orders with Japan Display for LCD screens larger than 6”. It’s unclear whether both of the new devices will feature the same narrow bezels of the iPhone X, so it’s hard to tell how the purported increase in screen measurements will affect the overall footprint of the device.

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Report: 3D camera improvements slowing down iPhone X production

Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple suppliers are having trouble shipping the TrueDepth camera components the company needs to produce the iPhone X, MacRumors reports. “The 3D sensing (TrueDepth camera) on iPhone X is composed of a structured-light system, time-of-flight system and a front-facing camera, which represents a far more complex structure than those of rivals,” Kuo said in a note to investors. “It will therefore be harder to achieve mass production.” Kuo sees production finally ramping up in mid-October, but with pre-orders slated to begin on October 27, Kuo thinks the iPhone X will likely be in very limited supply for a few months at least.

Daily Deal: YoCam Versatile Waterproof HD Camera

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the YoCam Versatile Waterproof HD Camera for only $99.99 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This versatile camera is waterproof in up to 20 feet of water, so you can capture every moment, even when you’re out at the beach or braving rapids, but it isn’t just an adventure camera — it’s versatile enough for life and everything it entails. You can use it as the perfect selfie camera with all of the buttons easily within reach, or set it up as a home security camera while you’re away. The companion app also allows you to easily edit and share anything, anywhere, along with providing more cool features such as remote camera control, live preview, video editing, and more.

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Review: Audio-Technica ATH-IM02 In-Ear Headphones

We've covered a number of Audio-Technica headphones in the past, and admittedly been drawn to their SonicPro line. We've found that headphones in this product category (like the ATH-MSR7) tend to be well-suited to rock music and metal, a quality that is becoming something of a rarity these days. For that reason we were excited to start with Audio-Technica's SonicPro in-ear monitors. Up for review this week is the ATH-IM02; metal fans rejoice, it stays true to its SonicPro genes.

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Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds little change outside of LTE chips

The iFixit teardown of the Apple Watch Series 3 found the guts of the device are mostly the same as the Apple Watch Series 2, minus the new LTE components that give the new device its cellular capabilities. The 1.07 Whr battery only provides a 4 percent increase over the previous model — by comparisson the Apple Watch Series 2 got a 32 percent improvement in battery capacity over the original Apple Watch. Apple promoted the barometric pressure sensor as a new addition during its Keynote, and while iFixit found it in a new place in this model, the site discovered one in the Apple Watch Series 2 as well. The lack of changes to the new device has led to speculation that Apple had been planning to make the Apple Watch Series 2 a cellular device but didn’t quite make it in time — as was reported at the time — but it’s also possible that making the Series 2 GPS-compatible laid the groundwork for what would come after.

Super Mario Run new levels and characters, temporary price cut

After users complained about the high price and lack of updates to Super Mario Run, Nintendo will be releasing an update with a new playable character, new levels, new enemies and a “Remix 10” mode that challenges users to “play a set of 10 super-short sections from Super Mario Run’s existing levels in quick succession.” Rescuing Daisy in Remix 10 mode will unlock her as a playable character and give users access to her double-jump to help best difficult levels. The company will release the update Friday after last updating the game in March, and for the two weeks after the update the game will cost $5 instead of the usual $10 on the App Store.

Apple increases iTunes movie rental time to 48 hours for US users

Apple has increased the time a user has to finish or rewatch a movie rented from iTunes from 24 hours to 48 hours for U.S. users, according to the company’s updated support document. Users in the U.S. users have 30 days from the time they rent a movie to begin watching it, and now they’ll have twice as much time to finish it. The 48 hour window to watch an iTunes rental has been available since the beginning of iTunes movie rentals in Canada and the U.K. — among other countries — and it’s not entirely clear why the U.S. had a shorter time limit. The company also recently made 4K movies available for rent at the same price as HD movies (but they can’t be downloaded for offline viewing).





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