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This guy found a working 30-year-old Apple IIe in his parents’ attic, and wow those were simpler times

There are objects in our lives that will forever be tied to childhood: a favorite toy, for example, or the first chapter book that you read and truly connected with. 

For most of us, these items are forever lost — long ago consigned to the dustbin of Goodwill. Not so for Professor John Pfaff, who on Feb. 16 shared with the world a discovery that blasted him straight to his personal past: a working 30-year-old Apple IIe computer. 

“Oh. My. God,” he tweeted. “An Apple IIe. Sat in my parents’ attic for years. Decades. And it works.”

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Apple, Google pressured to drop Saudi app that lets men track and control women

Google and Apple are under pressure from human rights groups and a U.S. senator to remove from their stores an app called Absher. The app was created by the Saudi government and includes a feature that helps men monitor and control women who are under their guardianship, including wives and unmarried daughters.

Saudi men have this right thanks to the country’s oppressive guardianship laws, which mandate every woman has a male guardian to make critical life decisions on her behalf. That guardian can be a father, brother, husband, or son, according to Human Rights Watch. So men get the power to approve things like whether a woman applies for a passport, studies abroad, travels outside the country, or gets married. That system was already well in place before Absher’’s debut, but the app makes controlling women much more efficient.  Read more…

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Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar lets you skip YouTube ads

The MacBook Pro touch bar has fans and haters, but this feature is sure to bring both sides together: It can be used to skip non-skippable YouTube ads.

A post about this neat touch bar workaround is gaining traction on Reddit. User “BiggerBadgers” uploaded a video on Wednesday showing how the MacBook Pro touch bar can be used to skip ahead to the end of a YouTube ad that is otherwise non-skippable.

The touch bar trick only works on the Safari web browser and, as Business Insider points out, with the App Controls touch bar settings. This can be set within the “Keyboard” tab in System Preferences. Read more…

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Save up to 25% on all kinds of Apple iPad models at Amazon and Walmart

Amazon and Walmart are having a sale on Apple iPad models for casual users and professionals alike. These are Apple’s current models on the 9.7-inch iPad and 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but much cheaper than what you would find on the Apple homepage.

In fact, you can save up to 25% on these models, which are all the WiFi-only versions. Now is the best time to save, if you need a new iPad, looking to upgrade, or planning to make the switch from Android to Apple for the first time. We think you’ll be very happy with whatever you choose.

Here are the deals on various Apple iPads: Read more…

Apple iPad (WiFi, 32GB) — $249 (list price $329)

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Pirated iOS apps are being distributed through Apple’s enterprise developer program

Some of the most popular iOS apps are being pirated using Apple’s very own developer program.

According to a report by Reuters, software pirates are obtaining official Apple enterprise developer certificates in order to distribute hacked versions of iOS apps such as Pokemon Go, Angry Birds, Minecraft, and Spotify.

Pirated app distributors such as TutuApp, AppValley, TweakBox, and Panda Helper offer free, hacked versions of normally paid software such as Minecraft and Angry Birds. These services also ad-free versions of Spotify’s ad-supported streaming service and a version of Pokemon Go which enables cheating on the online multiplayer platform.  Read more…

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Apple is selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany again

Apple finally fixes App Store’s ridiculously complicated unsubscribe process

Apple is finally, finally addressing one of the most frustrating parts of the App Store: the unsubscribe process.

The latest iOS update quietly added a new way to cancel app subscriptions, making it much easier than it was before.

The change, first spotted by MacStories editor in chief Federico Viticci, puts the option to “manage subscriptions” directly in the App Store. You can access the menu by tapping on your profile icon in the top right corner of the app.

Apple recently made a change (seems iOS 12.1.4 and 12.2 beta) to make it easier to manage subscriptions for iOS apps.

Now you just need to open the App Store, tap your profile, and choose ‘Manage Subscriptions’pic.twitter.com/4PtxvAQjTm

— Federico Viticci (@viticci) February 13, 2019 Read more…

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