See what happens when a hacker tries to add USB-C to iPhone 11 Pro

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Scotty Allen taking apart an iPhone 11 Pro
Scotty Allen begins his quest to hack an iPhone 11 Pro.
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Can you add USB-C to an iPhone 11 Pro?

The short answer is a “definitive yes,” according to YouTube host Scotty Allen, who quickly gained a following by documenting his attempts to build an iPhone from scratch and add a headphone jack to an iPhone 7 (both successes by the way).

Crazy customizer weaves piece of Steve Jobs’ sweater into iPhone 11 Pro

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Caviar phone featuring piece of turtleneck
It's right there inside the logo.
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Steve Jobs didn’t like to sign autographs. So imagine what he might think if he had lived to so see one of his black turtleneck sweaters get cut up so that the tiny squares of fabric could be embedded in the Apple logo on an iPhone.

Caviar, the Russian jeweler known for expensive and outlandish mod jobs of iPhones, has nine iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max handsets featuring a sweater swatch. The starting price is $6,280 and goes up from there depending on storage size and model.

Reddit app gets a new BFF: Snapchat

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Reddit may attract younger users with it new content sharing agreement with Snapchat.
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Regular users of Reddit’s iOS app and Snapchat can now share content between the two social media networks, both companies announced today.

Reddit has never partnered with another app but said it will expand the feature to other social media apps down the road.

iOS 13.2 finally brings frame rate, resolution settings to Camera app

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iOS 13.2 will make switching frame rates and resolution for your video shooting much easier.
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The iPhone 11 line hasn’t even been out a month, but Apple continues to improve its camera through iOS updates.

An iOS developer exploring iOS 13.2 beta 2 said the Camera app will allow video shooters to adjust frame rates and resolution without going into the Settings app.

Tim Cook explains why Apple pulled controversial Hong Kong app

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Tim Cook defends Apple's decision to pull HKmap.live from App Store.
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As Apple draws fire for banning a mapping app that proved useful to Hong Kong protesters, CEO Tim Cook defended the company’s decision. In an email to employees, Cook explained why Apple pulled HKmap.live from the App Store.

Cook said Apple received “credible information” from Hong Kong’s tech crime and cybersecurity unit that the app “was being used to maliciously target individual officers for violence and to victimize individuals and property where no police are present. This use put the app in violation of Hong Kong law. Similarly, widespread abuse clearly violates our App Store guidelines barring personal harm.”

Contraband Apple II computers still power old Soviet museum

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The Apple II has been a faithful comrade to the Lenin Museum.
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The Soviet Union may have collapsed. But Vladimir Lenin, the country’s first leader, lives on, thanks to an audiovisual show still running on a small network of Apple II computers at a museum outside Moscow.

The Apple II is as revered by geeks as Lenin is by nostalgic Communists. Both proved revolutionary. And while the carefully edited story of Lenin might seem interesting to museum-goers, the unvarnished tale of the vintage Apple tech is more compelling.

Caution: Don’t rush to upgrade to macOS Catalina

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macOS Catalina is here. But proceed from Mojave with caution.
macOS Catalina is here. But proceed from Mojave with caution.
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Catalina the island is a paradise. Catalina, the Mac operating system, could be hell for some creatives, including DJs, writers and photographers if they immediately upgrade.

Adobe, makers of Photoshop and Lightroom, are telling users to hold off on updating to macOS Catalina until it can iron out a number of compatibility issues.

Judge doubts whether anyone cares about exact iPhone pixel count

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Does the notch take away precious pixels? Do you care?
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A judge set to rule on a lawsuit claiming Apple misrepresented iPhone screen size and pixel count bluntly expressed his opinion in a hearing last week with this: No one cares.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. took the arguments under submission, meaning he will at some point issue a written ruling over Apple’s request to dismiss.

This year’s crazy gold iPhone looks surprisingly tasteful

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Caviar Victory Diamond iPhone
Diamonds, lots of gold and a $30,000-plus price tag.
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Caviar, a Russian jeweler known for its expensive smartphone modifications, may have created a fourth iPhone to go in Apple’s iPhone 11 line.

Behold, the iPhone 11 Pro Bling.

Bling is not the official title. It’s actually Victory. But once you see the exotic treatment Caviar gave to the already good looking iPhone 11 Pro, Bling is apropos.