Adobe Illustrator heads for iPad in 2020

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Apple’s tablets would take another step toward parity with MacBook if Illustrator for iPad is real.
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An iPad version of the Adobe Illustrator professional drawing tool is in development, according to an unconfirmed report.

This apparently indicates Adobe is in the midst of converting several of its desktop tools to iPadOS, as Photoshop for iPad is also scheduled to debut sometime next year.

Save $99 on Apple Watch 4, $30 on AirPods [Deals & Steals]

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And get Logitech Crayon at its lowest price yet!
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It’s time to treat yourself to an Apple Watch upgrade. Amazon is now offering Series 4 models at a brand-new low, with up to $99 off for a limited time. Prices start at just $347 for a 40mm model with GPS.

Today’s Deals & Steals roundup also shows you where to get $20 off the excellent Logitech Crayon — the biggest discount yet — and up to $30 off the newest AirPods. You also can save a whopping 60% on a sweet 32-inch monitor from LG.

How to mute annoying email threads in iOS 13

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Mute entire email threads as easily as muting your music.
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Have you ever been part of one of those threads where your boss sends out a fairly benign yet pointless email, and then one of your less-smart co-workers hijacks the thread with reply-alls about dress code for the upcoming office team-building excursion? Before long, the thread is an embarrassing morass of arguments on whether sneakers count as casual shoes, and who will sit where during dinner.

Your moronic co-worker (hopefully) ends up getting a do-not-promote mark in their personnel file. While you, thanks to today’s tip, manage not only to stay above the fray, but to completely ignore it. That’s because you’re about to see how easy it is to mute an email thread so you never have to see it again.

Innovative antenna might make next year’s cheap iPhone faster

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The inexpensive iPhone on Apple’s docket will supposedly look like an iPhone 8 on the outside.
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The sub-$400 iPhone supposedly coming the first quarter of next year will have improved wireless performance thanks to a liquid crystal polymer antenna, according to the well-respected analyst who’s the source of many details about this unannounced handset.

It’s often called the “iPhone SE 2” but allegedly won‘t have much in common with that earlier model aside from an affordable price tag.

Batteries Widget for Mac keeps tabs on your devices’ battery levels

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A batteries widget. For you Mac.
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See if you can guess what the new Batteries Widget for Mac app does. That’s right. It adds an iOS-style battery widget to the Mac’s Today panel, in the Notification Center. Anytime your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac, its battery level will show up in the widget.

You will get low-battery notifications when your devices start to run out of juice. Plus, the app shows battery levels for trackpads, AirPods and so on.

Tim Cook now chairs advisory board for Chinese economics school

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Tim Cook on his first day chairing an advisory panel on economics for China's top university.
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The agenda for Apple CEO Tim Cook’s trip to China last week included more than a meeting with the country’s top market regulator.

One day after the meeting, Cook became the new chairman of an advisory board for the economics school at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Google will fix iPhone ‘bug’ that allows unlimited photo storage

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Google won't let original photos go free.
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Google has confirmed it plans to fix a “bug” that gives iPhone owners unlimited high-resolution photo storage.

Some users believed the issue was actually a feature that could save Google “millions of dollars” in cloud storage. But Google has says it is unintended and it is working on a fix.