Brace yourself: iPhone app lets you try on braces in augmented reality


All through the magic of augmented reality.
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A new augmented reality iPhone app lets users try different styles of braces on before they visit an orthodontist. Clarity Smile, which launched in the App Store this month, features a range of braces — ranging from ceramic, metallic, and colored braces to clear aligners and even fun (not dentally approved) options like diamond grills.

Users get to see what these look like on them as they talk and smile. They can even use the app to share new brace selfies with friends and family.

Apple closing down internal Slack channels where employees debate remote work


Solve the problem or delete the channel?
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Apple is closing down internal Slack channels to stop employees discussing remote working options, reports Zoe Schiffer from The Verge.

Many Cupertino employees are currently engaged in a Cold War of sorts with their employer over the remote working arrangement coming out of the coronavirus pandemic. As the arguments flare up among staff, Apple has taken the step of shuttering the Slack channels where these are taking place.

Today in Apple history: Apple acquires the company behind Touch ID


Touch ID
Touch ID was a massive step forward for Apple.
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July 28: Today in Apple history: Apple acquires AuthenTec, the company behind Touch ID July 28, 2012: Apple buys biometrics company AuthenTec, acquiring the technology that will power future authentication and secure payments initiatives.

With a price tag of $356 million, the deal gives Apple the right to use AuthenTec hardware, software and patents. In the short term, Apple engineers start working to build Touch ID sensors into the iPhone 5s. Longer-term, AuthenTec’s mobile wallet tech paves the way for Apple Pay.

Nintendo’s Dr. Mario World will stop practicing on iOS this fall


Dr. Mario
Not the prescription Nintendo wanted.
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If you want to see the doctor, you’d better hurry for an appointment. Dr. Mario, that is!

The worst performing of Nintendo’s mobile games on iOS, Nintendo has announced that it is shutting down Dr. Mario World, its update of 1990s puzzle game Dr. Mario. The game will be going offline on October 31 or November 1, depending on timezone. It launched in 2019.

For All Mankind has been renewed for a fourth season on Apple TV+


‘For All Mankind’ season two premiering globally on Apple TV+ on February 19, 2021.
For All Mankind will continue until at least 2023.
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For All Mankind has reportedly been renewed for a record (for Apple, at least) fourth season, according to a post on the Writers Guild of America webpage.

The sci-fi show, which is based in an alternate history in which the global space race continued, wrapped up its second season in April 2021. The second season was accompanied by a podcast by Apple titled For All Mankind: The Official Podcast.

Pioneer behind Minitel terminal that inspired Steve Jobs dies


How much did this inspire Steve Jobs?
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Long before there was the iPhone, users in France had another connected device with which they could do everything from check movie listings or the weather to chatting with other users or booking vacations: The Minitel.

Pre-dating the World Wide Web by several years, the Minitel was a French videotex online service that could be accessed through the phone line. It was used by tens of millions of people in France. Among those who gave it a go? None other than Apple co-founder Steve Jobs — who once got a unit sent to the U.S. so he could put it through its paces.

Stop! It’s too late to downgrade to iOS 14.6 if you’ve already updated


Stop the madness
No turning back!
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Apple’s stopped signing iOS 14.6 after releasing iOS 14.7. That means that, if you’ve upgraded to the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, it’s too late to turn back. (Although, to be fair, why would you want to?)

iOS 14.7, released last Monday, added support for Apple’s new MagSafe Battery Pack, reverse wireless charging updates, promised improvements to Apple Card, and more.

Today in Apple history: Mac marketing guru Joanna Hoffman is born


Kate Winslet (left) plays Joanna Hoffman (right) in Steve Jobs.
Kate Winslet (left) played Mac marketing guru Joanna Hoffman in Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic.
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July 27: Today in Apple history: Mac marketing guru Joanna Hoffman birthday July 27, 1955: Joanna Hoffman, who will join the original Macintosh and NeXT teams and become Steve Jobs’ first right-hand woman, is born in Poland.

Six months younger than Jobs, the marketing executive is one of the few people willing and able to stand up to the oftentimes-fierce Apple co-founder during the first part of his career.

Opening weekend of Ted Lasso season 2 is a big winner for Apple TV+


Ted Lasso
Apple TV+ season debut was cause for optimism.
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Ted Lasso is, as far as awards and cultural relevance goes, the biggest hit Apple TV+ has had yet. Last week, season two of the heart-warming comedy debuted on Apple’s streaming service — and, well, it’s a smash hit so far.

According to Deadline, citing data from Apple, it was Apple TV+’s biggest premiere day ever, largest opening weekend to date, and no. 1 debut across all series and movies. That’s pretty impressive.

Elon Musk takes a couple of digs at Apple during Tesla earnings call


Elon Musk
Hasn't always been nice about Apple in the past.
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Elon Musk took a couple of potshots at Apple during Tesla’s Monday earnings call. The Tesla and SpaceX boss started by claiming that Apple uses more cobalt in its batteries than Tesla. He later on talked about “walled gardens” in tech, and fake-coughed while saying Apple’s name.

This isn’t the first time that Musk, who currently has a net worth of $160 billion, has dissed Apple.