Pure Acid, the best drum and bass machine on the iPad (and iPhone!)

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Here’s Pure Acid with a fetching gold makeover.
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Pure Acid is a bass synthesizer and drum machine app for the iPad, and it might just be the best drum machine app ever. It is, for me, the first app that actually feels like you’re using actual drum machine hardware, instead of just another touch-screen app. Part of this is down to the one-screen interface, where everything is (mostly) always in the same spot — just like real buttons. And part it is down to the app design genius of Pure Acid’s creator, Dmitrij “Jim” Pavlov.

US Senator proposes new law aimed at limiting Apple data flow to China

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Tim Cook meeting with China's vice premier.
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One of tech’s biggest opponents in Washington D.C. proposed a new bill this week that could have huge implications on Apple and TikTok’s business operations if put into law.

GOP senator Josh Hawley from Missouri introduced legislation today that would prevent the Chinese company that owns TikTok from collecting information on American users and sharing it with the Communist Party of China. The bill would also stop American companies like Apple from storing user data in China.

13-inch MacBook Pro dropping horrible Butterfly keyboard

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The Butterly keyboard in the 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2019 looks innocent, but don’t trust it.
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The smaller MacBook Pro will reportedly be upgraded next year with a keyboard that users can trust, just as the new 16-inch version recently was.

If true, it means the current 13-inch MacBook Pro will be the last with the infamous Butterfly keyboard.

AirPods 2 hit brand-new low, 40% off MacBooks [Deals & Steals]

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Bag yours for just $129.
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Amazon’s big discount on second-generation AirPods is now even bigger. Prices start at just $139 for the wired charging option, saving you $20. And it’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

You will also find up to 40% off renewed Apple laptops today only, and refurbished 12.9-inch iPad Pro units for as little as $345. There’s also up to $350 off Apple Watch Series 4, and $120 off Sony’s brilliant noise-cancelling headphones.

How to crop, straighten and unskew photos on iPad and iPhone

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It’s not better, but it offers a different perspective.
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You’ve always been able to crop photos on your iPhone and iPad. It’s easy to “zoom” into your images, cutting out cruft and distraction at the edges of the frame to focus on what’s important. But now, in iOS 13 and iPadOS, you can do more than crop and chop. Now you also can skew images — aka correct perspective errors — all inside the Photos app’s edit mode.

You can do all kinds of things with this new Photos tool. If you snapped a picture of a painting in the gallery, and didn’t hold your iPhone parallel to the wall, you can fix that. Or you can get more radical, perhaps by “fixing” an image of a skyscraper to stop it from disappearing to a point in the distance. The good news is that these perspective tools are fun and easy to use. Let’s check them out.

iOS 13.2.3 arrives with fresh fixes for Messages, Mail and more

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It's time to update your iPhone again.
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Apple is continuing its push to patch the numerous bugs that still plague iOS 13 with a new software update for iPhones and iPads.

iOS 13.2.3 was released this morning as a free update that promises to fix a number of issues with the system search on iOS while also resolving issues with the Mail app and problems with iMessage.

Give your AirPods Pro a custom paint job

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ColorWare customizes AirPods Pro
ColorWare can make a set of AirPods Pro uniquely yours.
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Apple sells AirPods Pro in any color you want, as long as it’s white. But ColorWare brings some style to these in-ear headphones. The company offers 64 color options, and shoppers can decorate each AirPod differently.

The case can even be a third color.

Tim Cook will join Salesforce’s Marc Benioff for fireside chat this week

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Tim Cook will join Salesforce's Marc Benioff for fireside chat this week
Apple and Salesforce announced partnership last year.
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Tim Cook will join Salesforce founder Marc Benioff for a fireside chat at the Dreamforce 2019 conference in San Francisco. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. PST at the Yerba Buena Theater.

Salesforce also today announced the launch of its two latest apps for iOS. The redesigned Salesforce Mobile App and new Trailhead Go learning app represent the first products coming from a strategic partnership between Apple and Salesforce, which began in 2018.

Fake AirPods stickers are the best way to infuriate people

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Fake AirPods stickers are the best way to infuriate people
Get ready to annoy those around you.
Photo: Pablo Rochat

Everyone loves the AirPods. They’re one of Apple’s most popular accessories, and those who don’t own them lust after them. Which is exactly why cold-hearted Twitter prankster Pablo Rochat decided to create life-size AirPod stickers to place around his neighborhood.

Because the only thing better than an AirPod is watching random strangers try and pick up an AirPod that’s not there.