Apple releases iOS 12.3 beta 3 to developers

1 hour 52 minutes ago

Apple’s “It’s show time” event on March 25 revealed a number of new services, most of which aren’t available yet. One of them, Apple News+, released immediately along with the update to iOS 12.2.

Just days later, the company released the first beta of iOS 12.3, which sets the stage for a major update to the TV app in May. 

Those who are part of Apple's developer program can register a device for developer betas by heading to Those who are not in the developer program can register their devices for public beta releases by visiting while using the device on which they wish to run the beta software. While many beta releases are stable and even include new bug fixes, we suggest you do not run beta releases on your primary device.

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Jason Cross

Microsoft Employee Says Whites, Asians Discriminated Against

1 hour 53 minutes ago

Messages posted by an unknown female Microsoft programmer in internal Yammer boards say that white and Asian men are being discriminated against.

To be clear, I am referring to the fact that senior leadership is awarded more money if they discriminate against Asians and white men. I have an ever-increasing file of white male Microsoft employees who have faced outright and overt discrimination because they had the misfortune of being born both white and male.

Microsoft’s 2018 demographic report shows that 55.1% of employees are Caucasian, 31.9% are Asian, and 73.4% are male. Personally, I think it’s a bit telling if you feel oppressed by more equality and diversity.

Andrew Orr

JCPenney Explains Apple Pay Removal

2 hours 8 minutes ago

This morning we heard that JCPenney quietly removed support for Apple Pay from its stores. Now we have a better idea why.

The retailer now claims the move was necessitated by the April 13, 2019 deadline in the U.S. for supporting EMV contactless chip functionality. As of this date, all terminals at U.S. merchants locations that accept contactless payments must actively support EMV contactless chip functionality, and the legacy MSD (magnetic stripe data) contactless technology must be retired. JCPenney was not ready to comply, it seems, so it switched off all contactless payment options as a result. However, it hasn’t ruled out re-enabling them later on, it seems.

Andrew Orr

Which do you choose? Apple Pencil vs Logitech Crayon for iPad Pro

2 hours 32 minutes ago

A couple of weeks ago, Apple released iOS 12.2 and with that update Apple suddenly allowed Logitech's Crayon to work with some of Apple's iPad Pro lineup, so today let's take a look at whether you should buy the more expensive Apple Pencil 2, or maybe you'd be better off with the more affordable Logitech Crayon.

Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

2 hours 57 minutes ago
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.
Ian Paul

KOBRA Wireless Car Scanner: $14.99

3 hours 27 minutes ago

We have a deal on the KOBRA Wireless Car Scanner. This device plugs into your car’s on-board diagnostics port to read data on your car’s performance. It then connects with a iOS, Android, or Windows device via Wi-Fi so you can make use of that data. It works on any car made after 1996, and it’s $14.99 through our deal.

Bryan Chaffin

Get an Apple Watch Series 3 from Amazon for just $199

3 hours 53 minutes ago

If you want an Apple Watch but don’t want to spend a mountain of cash, then you should head over to Amazon and pick up one of the 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 models with GPS that it’s selling for a mere $199, down $80 from the normal price of $279. That’s a match of the lowest price we’ve ever seen on Amazon, and it’s been about a month since it was listed at that price. You can also get the 42mm model for an $80 discount.

I don’t think you’ll be missing out on much if you buy the Series 3 instead of the Series 4. I personally still use a Series 3, and I find it’s fast and capable, although I do sometimes envy cosmetic features such as the Series 4’s slightly larger display and its custom watch faces. You also won’t have access to some of the cooler health features of the Series 3, such as the built-in ECG and the fall detection sensor.

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Leif Johnson

Some Instragram Meme Accounts Want to Unionize

3 hours 55 minutes ago

Left-wing memes are often very popular on Instagram. They have even made some of the people who share them quite well-off. Now some of those creators want to form a union, according to Vox.

The union, the first major organizing effort for professional meme creators on Instagram, is made up of that latter group, and now has thousands of followers on its official account and an open application process for new members. As Taylor Lorenz notes in the Atlantic, it will probably never be recognized by the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that governs unions, but the organizing drive is still very real: Not only does it use traditional union organizing tactics, but the memers have concrete demands they want Instagram to agree to. And with growing membership, they’ll likely have a bit of leverage.

Charlotte Henry

The 11 People Trying to Fight Fake News in the Indian Election

4 hours 32 minutes ago

The Indian election is the world’s largest democratic exercise. There is, unsurprisingly, some concern that it could be undermined by fake news. Bloomberg News met Boom Live, an 11-strong team of fact-checkers that make up 1 of the 7 firms working with Facebook’s efforts.

Based on the early tallies, more than 60 percent of India’s 900 million eligible voters are expected to cast ballots between now and May 19, as the center-left Congress Party tries to seize power from the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party. As in other elections around the world, paid hacks and party zealots are churning out propaganda on Facebook and the company’s WhatsApp messenger, along with Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, and other ubiquitous communication channels. Together with Facebook’s automated filters, Boom’s 11 fact-checkers and its similar-size fellow contractors are the front line of the social network’s shield against this sludge.

Charlotte Henry

Apple Has an E-Waste Problem Beyond What Its Robots Can Solve

4 hours 40 minutes ago

Apple has made a big play of all its environmental policies in recent days. This included announcing it had quadrupled the number of U.S. locations where customers can send their iPhone to be disassembled by its recycling robot, Daisy. However, on Gizmodo, Maddie Stone argues Apple’s e-waste problem goes beyond what these resolves can solve.

Beyond the fact that these are prototypes, though, there’s a bigger issue when it comes to banking on Apple’s robots to deconstruct Apple’s phones. It means you’re going to have to give your phone back to Apple. To the company’s credit, it has spent the last few years beefing up its recycling initiatives, launching a free recycling program called Apple Renew in 2016, and this week announcing Apple GiveBack, which encourages users to trade in devices for a gift card (if they qualify). It’s unclear how successful these programs have been. 

Charlotte Henry

Joshua Cohen, Apple’s Philosopher, is not Available for Comment

5 hours 34 minutes ago

Apparently, Apple employs a full-time philosopher named Joshua Cohen. But he doesn’t have permission to talk to the media.

The company hired Joshua Cohen, formerly a political philosophy professor at Stanford University to work at Apple University, an institution created by Steve Jobs in 2008 to offer employees the kind of training typically available at university programs. The specifics of this university are kept tightly under wraps.

Andrew Orr