Ed Hardy, author at Cult of Mac

Apple keeps up with rush of M2 MacBook Air preorders

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Apple keeps up with rush of M2 MacBook Air preorders
You'll probably have to wait for the M2 MacBook Air, but not more than a couple weeks.
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Preorders for the svelte new M2 MacBook Air began early Friday morning and Apple is mostly keeping up with demand. There’s even one standard configuration still available for delivery on the July 15 launch day. The base model can be delivered a few days after that.

Build up the specs and the wait time can stretch out to August. But no farther than that.

Apple Arcade collection of classic games adds something for everyone

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Visit alien worlds in 'Samorost 3+'
The "wonderfully weird" Samorost 3+ is the latest App Store Great to join Apple Arcade.
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Apple Arcade offers many original games, but the collection also includes quite a few App Store Greats: classic titles that have joined Apple’s gaming service. Recent additions include Samorost 3+, My Bowling 3D+, Jigsaw Puzzle+ and Pro Darts 2022+.

They join dozen of other classic games that players used to have to pay to play individually but are now all available with a single Apple Arcade subscription.

How to get ready to preorder the M2 MacBook Air

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How to get ready to preorder the M2 MacBook Air
Here's how to be ready to order the amazing M2 MacBook Air so you get one on launch day.
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The most exciting MacBook of 2022 goes up for preorder on Friday, and the M2 MacBook Air is likely to sell out quickly. You need do some early prep work if you want to get your hands on this beautifully redesigned notebook as soon as possible.

Here’s how to be completely ready to put in a preorder.

Long-lost iPhone clownfish return in iOS 16 beta 3

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Long-lost iPhone clownfish are back in iOS 16 beta 3
Remember these guys?
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When Apple first showed off the original iPhone in early 2007, the demo included a Lock Screen image of a pair of clownfish. The pic was not on the device when it shipped, but some people say the picture is included in the just-released iOS 16 beta 3.

Bringing back the image after 15 years is apparently a sort of Easter egg to celebrate the anniversary.

Apple TV+ keeps finding new viewers to grow faster than rivals

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Apple TV+ growth stood out in the streaming market in Q2 2022.
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Apple TV+ saw strong growth in spring 2022, according to a company that tracks viewership. It grew to 6% of the U.S. streaming market.

During the same quarter, Netflix stayed on top but dropped by two percentage points. It’s now just ahead of Amazon Prime Video.

New Lockdown Mode makes iPhone secure from sophisticated digital attacks

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New Lockdown Mode makes iPhone secure from sophisticated digital attacks
Lockdown Mode is designed to offer an extreme, optional protection for the very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security.
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A new hyper-secure Lockdown Mode should help protect the iPhones, iPads and Macs of journalists, politicians and activists who face “highly targeted cyberattacks from private companies developing state-sponsored mercenary spyware,” Apple said Wednesday.

The new security measure is only for extreme cases, though, because it blocks commonly used features of messaging and web browsing.

Double your screen real estate anywhere you go with this great-looking portable monitor [Review] ★★★★

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KYY 15.6-inch 1080P USB-C Portable Monitor review★★★★
Be more productive on the go with this great-looking portable monitor
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Slip the KYY 15.6-inch 1080P USB-C Portable Monitor in the same bag as your notebook and you can always count on having more screen space to work.

M1 iPad users looking forward to external display support should also think about this screen. Or attach it to your Switch for more fun on the run.

I used KYY’s monitor for a couple of weeks. Here’s why I find it surprisingly good.

EU’s Digital Markets Act takes step toward forcing huge changes to iPhone

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The European Union takes another step toward rough regulations on tech giants like Apple.
The European Union takes another step toward tough regulations on tech giants like Apple.
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The European Parliament passed the landmark Digital Markets Act on Tuesday. The legislation aims to outlaw many common practices of Big Tech companies, especially Apple, Google and Amazon.

For iPhone users, the DMA would force Apple to allow rival app stores and sideloaded applications. And these are only two of many significant changes in the act.

There are still further steps the the EU government must go through before the DMA goes into effect, but that’s expected to happen before the end of 2022.

Make your furry friend findable with an AirTag cat collar [Review] ★★★★

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Nine Twenty Eight Leather Apple AirTag Cat Collar review★★★★
It's much easier to locate a missing cat if she's wearing a cat collar with an AirTag.
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The Leather Apple AirTag Cat Collar from Nine Twenty Eight gives you some peace of mind that you’ll be able to find your pet if she ever sneaks outside your home. And it’s well-made and looks good, whatever color you choose.

I tried the tracking collar on my own fuzzy friend. Here’s what it’s like in real-world use.

Xfinity Stream app for Apple TV makes cable box (mostly) superfluous

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Xfinity Stream app for Apple TV makes cable box (mostly) superfluous
Your Apple TV can be your cable box with the new Xfinity Stream app.
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An Apple TV can now be used to watch all of Comcast’s live, on demand and DVR programming. The cable behemoth’s subscribers just need to install the newly-released Xfinity Stream app on Apple’s streaming box.

Thursday’s release makes it simple for Apple TV users to add Xfinity access to additional rooms. No traditional cable box necessary.