Grab the new iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS ‘bug fix’ betas

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The third beta of iOS 12.1.1 is available to anyone who wants it.
iOS 12.1.1 beta 3 is available to anyone who wants to download it.
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The public just got their hands on the third beta of iOS 12.1.1, which developers were able to access to this morning. This doesn’t bring new features, but makes some tweaks.

Developers can also download macOS 10.12.2 beta 3, tvOS 12.1.1 beta 3, and watchOS 5.2.1 beta 2.

‘Shot on iPhone XR’ campaign showcases spectacular images

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The iPhone XR camera takes some awesome pictures.
The iPhone XR camera takes some awesome pictures.
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The iPhone XR camera isn’t as advanced as the one in Apple’s pricier XS series, but you’d be hard pressed to see the difference in some stunning images Apple is showing off today.

These pictures were contributed to the “Shot on iPhone” campaign that highlights what these phones can do.

Why this is the perfect time to buy Apple stock

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When a company has good long-term prospects, the time to buy shares is when others are getting out.
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It hasn’t been a great month to own shares of Apple. But if you’ve been considering getting in, one analyst says now is the time to buy.

Shares of the iPhone-maker have dropped 17 percent in less than two weeks. But this an overreaction to bad news from parts suppliers.

How Facebook Messenger ‘unsend’ feature works

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And you thought all those Facebook messages were secret. Sucker!
You can unsend a message, but you can’t make people unsee it.
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There was a lot of confusion after Facebook revealed last week that users would soon be able to unsend comments made in Messenger. With this feature starting to roll out, the details of how it will work have come to light.

Turns out it’s not a magic wand that will let you take back what you just said to your now ex-girlfriend.

Waze adds podcast controls to brighten up your commute

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The Waze Audio Player puts podcast controls right next to your driving directions.
The Waze Audio Player puts podcast controls right next to your driving directions.
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Long trips and podcasts go well together, and Google’s Waze navigation software just added support for controlling some popular streaming audio services from right within the app.

The goal of the new Waze Audio Player feature is making it less dangerous to adjust what you’re listening to while driving.

Apple extends return policy for holiday shoppers

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Apple gifts bought now can be returned in January.
Apple gifts bought now can be returned in January.
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For the next month, you have a lot longer to return items purchased from the online Apple Store.  This is intended to allow shoppers to buy holiday gifts now and not have to worry about returns until January.

Holiday shoppers should also be aware that Apple offers free two-day delivery on items bought through its website.  Returns are always free.

Apple updates its magnetic Apple Watch charger

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The Apple Watch charging dock just got an update.
Apple’s AirPower charging mat just took a big step toward release.
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Correction: The FCC approval mentioned in this story relates to an updated Apple Watch charger, not the long-awaited AirPower charging mat. The story has been updated to correct the error.

Apple just updated its magnetic Apple Watch charger. Since the physical design looks unchanged, it’s likely that only minor internal tweaks are included in the updated device.

Next Harry Potter game will be Pokémon Go for wizards

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A teaser trailer reveals the theme of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
A teaser trailer reveals the theme of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will use augmented reality to let players seemingly cast spells in the real world, while encountering characters and creatures from the Wizarding World.

It had been scheduled to be released before the end of this year. Instead, all we’re getting is a teaser trailer and a promise that this AR game will be out in 2019.

Increasing iPhone addiction is ruining our free time

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Gaming on iPhone XS
Could you just put the phone down for a while?
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There’s a good chance you’re looking at your iPhone more than ever before. A new study shows that it’s dozens of times every day. Which really isn’t a good thing.

Especially as another study has found that iPhone usage can ruin your vacation.