Instagram might kill the like count on photos

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Instagram wants to save your from over Gramming.
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Instagrammers’ obsession with likes might be coming to an abrupt end.

The photo sharing social network revealed today that it is looking into ways to alleviate pressure on its app. One of the proposed ways is to remove the like count from photos so that they’re only visible to the person that posted the pic or video.

‘Doing it for the Gram’ could soon be dead.

Apple Music faces fresh competition from Amazon’s new free option

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Your Amazon Echo can serenade you without a subscription, if you’re willing to endure ads.
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Amazon just launched a free streaming music service for its smart speakers. This is further competition for Apple Music and Spotify, who are battling it out in the paid music subscription business.

This service could bring additional pressure for a free Apple Music option.

OtterBox launches handsome textured cases for 2018 iPhone models

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OtterBox Figura, Vue, Statement Series (felt) and Statement Series Moderne are available for your 2018 iPhone.
OtterBox Figura Series, Vue Series, Statement Series (felt) and Statement Series Moderne are available for 2018 iPhone.
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While OtterBox is best known for big, massively protective cases, it also offers ones for people looking for something more fashionable. Today it introduced four new cases with a range of textures and colors.

These are designed for the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max.

How to sanitize your Safari history on iOS

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Here’s one piece of history we don’t want to erase.
Here’s one piece of history we don’t want to erase.
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Have you got some embarrassing entries in your Safari browsing history? Or maybe it’s a question of security: You don’t want your iPad’s history to fall into the wrong hands, etc.

Smutty jokes aside, there are plenty of legit reasons to clear your Safari history on your iPhone or iPad. And the good news is that Safari for iOS has some great tools for doing so. For example, did you know that you can clear just the last hour of browsing history, or the past couple of days?

Get ready to learn how to sanitize your Safari history on iOS devices.

macOS 10.15 will bring better integration with Apple Watch

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Some of Touch ID’s operations on Mac could get replaced by Apple Watch.
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Apple Watch might get some new Mac-related powered when macOS 10.15 is unveiled at WWDC 2019.

Mac users can currently use the Apple Watch to unlock their Mac, but a new report claims Apple is planning to expand authentication beyond that to give Macs without Touch ID some of the same features.

Will Chris Hemsworth’s new fitness app get you ripped like Thor? [Review]

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Centr is a new fitness app by Avengers star Chris Hemsworth
Centr is a new fitness app by Avengers star Chris Hemsworth.
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I’m a big Chris Hemsworth fan. The guy is walking workout inspiration. I spend hours at the gym hoping that one day I’ll achieve Thor-style arms. But so far, no luck.

That’s why Centr, Hemsworth’s new fitness app, immediately caught my interest. I was intrigued to learn the secrets of the training regimen that keeps him looking like a superhero. So I eagerly downloaded the app, hoping it would help transform my puny arms into guns worthy of Thor.

Apple likely paid $6 billion in Qualcomm settlement

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Qualcomm just got paid!
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Qualcomm probably didn’t get the full $7 billion payment it was hoping to score from Apple as a result of the two companies’ wide-ranging legal battle.

Full details of the settlement between Apple and Qualcomm weren’t revealed when the two sides announced their truce earlier this week. However, an UBS analyst used Qualcomm’s recent guidance to estimate how much Apple agreed to pay and it looks like both sides made some small compromises.

Save $600 on MacBook, $430 on iPad Pro [Deals & Steals]

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Don’t pay full price for a 12-inch MacBook.
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B&H Photo has slashed $600 off the newest 12-inch MacBook. You can now pick up the rose gold model with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD for just $999 — down from $1,599.

That’s just one of the awesome offers you’ll find in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. There’s also $150 off the newest MacBook Air, a whopping $430 off the 10.5-inch iPad, and refurbished iPad mini 4 units for under $300.

Take your fitness and training to the next level with ActionSleeve

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There are so many different sports and workouts, and some just aren’t ‘wrist-watch friendly’.
There are so many different sports and workouts, and many just aren’t ‘wrist-watch friendly’.
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Apple Watch is the new paradigm of health and fitness in tech. It’s a powerful workout companion and has revolutionized the way we calculate fitness goals and monitor health stats.

For those of us who want to take workout regiments to the next level, ActionSleeve may just be the answer. It moves Apple Watch from wrist to bicep, optimizing 100 percent wrist mobility for the most intense workouts.

Not to mention it’s 10 percent off for a limited time on the Cult of Mac Watch Store.

Kickboxers, weight-lifters, cross-fitters, or any other gym head can fulfill their most intense workout with safety and efficiency. Don’t believe us? Watch the video for yourself: