As we inch closer to its release, do you plan on buying Apple’s HomePod? [Poll]

All signs point to the launch of Apple’s HomePod being imminent. The smart speaker received FCC approval this week, while a separate report said Apple’s supplier has started shipping the first 1 million units.

Are you planning to buy Apple’s HomePod?

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London’s SoHo Apple Store uses MOTU hardware and software to control the acoustics for live performances

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Apple turns to existing solutions for many of the challenges it faces in retail. AppleInsider has learned that the London SoHo Apple Store uses MOTU software to control the audio environment, both for technical reasons, as well as as a practical demonstration for store-goers.

This week’s top stories: Disabling iPhone throttling, iPhone X design improvements, Apple’s investment in the US, more

In this week’s top stories: Tim Cook makes a big announcement regarding iPhone throttling, possible iPhone X design improvements, a beautiful watchOS 5 concept, and much more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories… more…

Today in Apple history: Sequel to ‘1984’ Mac ad bombs hard

January 20, 1985: Apple attempts to build on the triumph of the previous year’s “1984” Macintosh commercial with another Super Bowl ad. Called “Lemmings,” the ad for a new business platform called The Macintosh Office depicts blindfolded executives marching to their doom. The widely reviled ad will go down in history as one of Apple’s […]

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This slender camera goes where your iPhone wouldn’t dare [Deals]

Endoscopic cameras aren’t just for surgeons and spies. A compact, flexible, high definition camera can also be a seriously handy (and fun) tool. This WiFi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera is a great addition to any DIY toolkit. It’s super thin and flexible, sporting a 2 megapixel camera and an 8-way adjustable LED light. That makes […]

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Portrait Camera App ‘Focos’ Gains Real Lens Optical Effects and Improved Shooting Mode

Portrait Mode photo editor Focos received an update today that should pique the interest of dual-lens camera iPhone owners. The app recently made our end-of-year best iOS app list for its impressive granular aperture and bokeh adjustment tools, but version 1.2 builds on the existing feature set by adding the ability to apply real lens optical effects to depth images.

The update introduces a redesigned interface layout to accommodate the new preset lenses, which include Olympus Zuiko, Helios 44, CarlZeiss Jena, CarlZeiss Otus, Leica Noctilux, Minolta STF, Minolta RF250, A1, A2, A3, and A4.



In addition to the above lenses, users can create custom presets for images with depth information by combining multiple lens settings and saving them under a recognizable name. Fotos’ library of presets can also be re-organized for easy access from the editing menu.

Elsewhere in this update, a tilt-shift effect has been added to the app’s range of filters, offering users another level of control over the plane of focus when widening aperture, while a new ratio of 2.25:1 can be found in the cropping menu.

A torchlight has also been added to Focus’ built-in camera mode, which should help when taking Portrait Mode photos in low light, and the app now supports Bluetooth for taking photos remotely.

Lastly, a look at the general settings screen reveals an added ability to choose between JPEG, HEIC, and TIFF export formats, as well as a simple language selector, which now includes Persian.

Focos supports iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, and is a free download from the App Store, although many pro features are behind a paywall. It costs $0.99 per month or $5.99 per year to unlock them, but there’s also a $9.99 lifetime access purchase option. [Direct Link]

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Cult of Mac Magazine: Apple says it will add $350 billion to U.S. economy and more!

Apple’s big tax break is about to unleash an avalanche of spending from the iPhone-maker. In a public statement earlier this week, Apple revealed its plans to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years now that the fee for repatriating its mountain of overseas cash has been significantly lowered. In […]

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Tim Cook talks iPhone addiction, Paradise Papers, and more in new interview

Investors have recently called on Apple to add more parental controls to its devices to help in limiting things such as use time for young children. Following the company’s announcement that it would add more “robust” controls in a future update, Tim Cook has addressed the topic in an interview…

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