Adobe Fresco will make iPad painting more realistic than ever

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An artist's self-portrait made in Adobe Fresco.
Illustration: Jin Jin Sun

Spontaneous creativity is built into the centuries-old painting style known as fresco.

It is also the fitting name of Adobe’s developing drawing and painting program for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil artists who must quickly begin to create when inspiration strikes.

Adobe Fresco, a fraction of its power previewed by Adobe last year under the name Project Gemini, is on target for release this fall, according to a post on the Adobe blog.

Swimmer breaks a record with AirPods in her ears

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Delfina Pignatiello was so pumped up for her race, she forgot to take out her AirPods before the starter's pistol.
Screenshot: Fernando Cicutti/Twitter

Apple recommends keeping AirPods out of the water. But an Argentine swimmer evidently forgot she had them in her ears when she proceeded to break her own record during an international race in France.

Despite finishing second in the 800-meter freestyle, Delfina Pignatiello broke her own national record with a time of 8:24.33. Her AirPods were in her ears tucked under her swim cap the whole way.

iPhone XR successor might boast even bigger battery

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A bigger battery is now on the list of rumored features on the successor to the iPhone XR
Photo: PriceBaba/OnLeaks

One of the iPhone XR’s best features is the battery life. Its successor will reportedly pack a slightly larger battery when its rolled out this fall.

An electronics industry news site out of South Korea says China’s Ameperx Technology Limited recently began mass production of a 3,110mAH battery for the second-generation iPhone XR.

Ikea ad teases Apple for Mac Pro cheese grater design

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Mac Pro cheese grater
The new Mac Pro's price tag grates on some people's nerves.
Photo: Apple

The cheese grater jokes will eventually die down, so Ikea’s Bulgaria stores this week quickly joined the fun of teasing Apple for its new Mac Pro.

The Ikea ads feature, of course, a four-sided metal grater against a white backdrop under the headline, “Designed for apples.” But the joke doesn’t stop there.

Meet the new head of testing for selfie cameras

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Sienna never blinks.
Photo: DxOMark/YouTube

The automotive industry has crash test dummies. The lab testing virtually every kind of digital camera made has Sienna, a lifelike mannequin created to measure the quality of a smartphone’s selfie camera.

DxOMark has been an independent tester of conventional digital and smartphone cameras since 2008. Sienna is the newest addition to the team because the French lab only started testing front-facing cameras this year.

Mac Pro-inspired wallpaper turns other devices into cheese graters

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The best cheese grater is the one that's always with you.
Photo: @conath/Twitter via iDownloadblog

Most of us will never own the new Mac Pro, but our lesser Apple devices can still be cheese-grater chic.

Anyone with an iPhone, iPad or a more mortal Mac can now get wallpaper inspired by the futuristic ventilation holes on the Mac Pro unveiled by Apple at last week’s WWDC.

Apple Watch throws out a lifeline to stranded paddleboarder

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Nearly two years after this Apple event, the Apple Watch aids in the rescue of a stranded paddleboarder.
Screenshot: Apple/YouTube

A woman paddle-boarding windy ocean waters near Massachusetts was rescued after using her Apple Watch to call 911.

The breathless woman told a Lynn Fire Department dispatcher that the wind took her “out to sea,” and she was unable to paddle back to the shoreline at Nahant Beach.

Mac Pro’s monster price tag is actually a steal

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The new Mac Pro drew a lot of attention in the demo room.
Photo: Apple

WWDC 2019 bug That outrage you’re feeling over the cost of Apple’s new Mac Pro is your first clue this computer is not for you.

In fact, it’s not a computer, it’s a workstation. And for those who work in jobs requiring fast, sophisticated set-ups, the new Mac Pro — even once they pay for all the beefy components — comes with a fair price tag.