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Tutor for Books for the Mac – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials

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I’m happy to announce that my latest tutorial, Tutor for Books for the Mac, is now available online and for download.

Tutor for Books for the Mac – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials:

Did you know you could read your books on the Mac with the Books app? With the Books app you can download samples from the Book Store, organize your books in collections, free up space on your Mac by offloading your books to iCloud, change the text size and font while reading a book, bookmark pages, highlight text, and add notes to highlighted text. I take a look at all these features and more in Tutor for Books for the Mac.

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Jony Ive interview: Apple design guru on how he created the new iPad – and the philosophy behind it | The Independent

Jony Ive interview: Apple design guru on how he created the new iPad – and the philosophy behind it | The Independent:

“I think your responsibility actually goes further back than that,” he says. “It starts with the determination not to fall into the trap of just making things different. Because when a product has been highly regarded there is often a desire from people to see it redesigned. I think one of the most important things is that you change something not to make it different but to make it better.

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Tutor for Books for the iPhone – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials

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I’m happy to announce I have a new tutorial available for the redesigned Books app on the iPhone.

Tutor for Books for the iPhone – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials:

In this tutorial, I look at the re-designed Books app on the iPhone. This was formally known as iBooks in previous iOS versions. So what’s new? In addition to a new name, Books, it has a new design, one that I find pleasing and easier to discover new books. In this tutorial I go through the major features of Books including managing your library, viewing and managing what you are reading now, navigating through a book including looking up definitions, hi-lighting and adding notes to text, and viewing your account settings and options. I also look at a few other tidbits throughout the lessons. If you are interesting in reading on your iPhone… as well as your iPad and Mac, take a look at the new Books app in Tutor for Books for the iPhone.

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Apple’s Radical Approach to News: Humans Over Machines – The New York Times

Apple’s Radical Approach to News: Humans Over Machines – The New York Times:

In a quiet corner of the third floor, Apple is building a newsroom of sorts. About a dozen former journalists have filled a few nondescript offices to do what many other tech companies have for years left to software: selecting the news that tens of millions of people will read.

Tim Cook data privacy speech: Apple CEO calls for comprehensive data laws in America – The Verge

Tim Cook had some strong words on privacy at a recent speech. Privacy has turned into the main ‘argument’ I use when someone asks me why an iPhone is better than others. Take a look at the 20 minute video to see what Tim had to say.

Tim Cook data privacy speech: Apple CEO calls for comprehensive data laws in America – The Verge:

Cook said that modern technology has led to the creation of a “data-industrial complex” in which private and everyday information is “weaponized against us with military efficiency.” He added that this mechanism doesn’t just affect individuals, but whole societies.

Apple iPhone XS Vs iPhone XR: What’s The Difference?

A very interesting comparison between the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. If you are looking at upgrading or purchasing one of these new iPhones, I highly recommend you read this. You may be surprised at some of the differences and if they matter.

Apple iPhone XS Vs iPhone XR: What’s The Difference?:

Those determined (or able) to live on the cutting edge can opt for the iPhone XS series but for everyone else, the iPhone XR is the model to buy. It’s the most interesting iPhone Apple has made in years…

Tutor for Stocks on the Mac – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials

I have a new tutorial ready for you! Learn all about the all new Stocks app on the Mac in Tutor for Stocks for the Mac.

Tutor for Stocks on the Mac – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials:

Apple introduced the Stocks app in macOS Mojave. With the Stocks app, we can watch our favorite stocks, view the most recent news on our stocks, and even view our stocks using the Today view on the Mac. In this tutorial we look at the major features, as well as some minor features of the new Stocks app with Tutor for Stocks on the Mac.

Tutor Stocks Mac

Exploring Custom watchOS Watch Faces – David Smith, Independent iOS Developer

A fun read on the idea of developing watch faces for the Apple Watch. It’d be interesting to see what developers would come up with if Apple opened up watch faces. I really like his Weather face.

Exploring Custom watchOS Watch Faces – David Smith, Independent iOS Developer:

I spent the better part of this week making my own watch faces, and it was glorious! This is the most fun I’ve had in development in a long time.

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CVS Pharmacy Now Accepting Apple Pay in Stores – Mac Rumors

CVS Pharmacy Now Accepting Apple Pay in Stores – Mac Rumors:

CVS Pharmacy has officially launched support for Apple Pay nationwide this week, a few months after Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the retailer would be accepting Apple Pay later in the year. CVS has been gradually rolling out support for Apple Pay at its stores in recent weeks, and now it appears to be officially complete.

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Apple iPhone XS Max review: Flagship imaging power – DxOMark

Lots of information and photos from the iPhone XS Max Camera.

Apple iPhone XS Max review: Flagship imaging power – DxOMark:

The Apple iPhone XS Max comes with one of the best mobile cameras we have ever tested, and in many areas offers noticeable improvements over last year’s iPhone X. Both still and video image quality in bright light are excellent, with a very wide dynamic range and good detail. Autofocus and image stabilization work swiftly and efficiently, and the camera is very reliable overall, consistently delivering good results.