StayGo hub offers all the ports your Mac is missing [Review]

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The StayGo is an 8-port USB-C hub designed to be used in the office on on the road.
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TwelveSouth has a hub for those who remember the days when MacBooks came with USB-A, Ethernet, and video ports. This uses a single USB-C port to bring back 6 legacy ports.

On top of that, the StayGo comes with a 1-meter cable for use on your desktop, plus a short built-in cable for plugging in on the road.

Is this the hub your Mac needs? Read on to find out.

BMW will charge outrageous annual fee for CarPlay

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My cheap Kia came with CarPlay as standard.
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BMW has decided that it will charge customers an annual fee if they want to enjoy CarPlay in its newest vehicles.

It is the first car-maker to turn Apple’s platform into a subscription service. Most now include CarPlay as standard, or as an optional feature that lasts as long as the vehicle.

How to fake True Tone on older Macs

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Make your Mac match its surroundings.
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Owners of recent MacBooks Pro and Air can enjoy True Tone, a great technology that uses an ambient light sensor to match the color of the Mac’s display to its surroundings. True Tone mimics a white sheet of paper, which reflects the ambient light. The goal is to avoid a cold-blue screen when you’re in a nice, warmly lit room.

True Tone is a wonderful feature, and really makes everything look better. But it’s only available on new Macs. Today we’ll see how you can fake it on older computers.

Improved Taptic Engine could replace 3D Touch in iPhone 11

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The handy but not vital tricks that come with 3D Touch are reportedly going away.
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Evidence is growing that the iPhone 11 will lack 3D Touch, and will instead include a smarter version of Haptic Touch — a fancy name for long-pressing on the screen.

Previous unconfirmed reports indicated that 3D Touch was being killed to lower the cost of the 2019 models.

Easily remove or replace anything in your digital photos [Deals]

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Easily remove or rearrange the contents of your photos with this powerful, intuitive editor.
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In the age of always-on digital cameras, it’s easy to get photobombed. That could be a person, an object or a background element that you’d rather didn’t make it into the frame. This simple app makes it so you don’t need a graphic editing suite to fix it.

Save $200 on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro [Deals & Steals]

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Grab yours before it’s too late!
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Amazon is now offering 10.5-inch iPad Pro units with LTE connectivity for just $579 — down from $779. These are 64GB models and you can get them in silver, gold, or rose gold with a 1-year Apple warranty.

You will also find stellar deals on a bunch of awesome accessories in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. There’s 33% off a great triple charging stand for iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods; and 46% off a shockproof iPhone mount for your car.

Plus, you can save $75 on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for a limited time.

Today in Apple history: Martin Scorsese ad makes Siri look like a superstar

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"Hey Siri, am I here to f***ing amuse you?"
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July 23: Today in Apple history: Martin Scorsese Apple ad makes Siri look like a superstar July 23, 2012: Looking for the perfect spokesman for its new virtual assistant Siri, Apple turns to the filmmaker behind some of Hollywood’s most violent gangster movies.

That’s what happens when a new television ad debuts showing legendary film director Martin Scorsese using Siri. The latest of Apple’s celebrity-studded Siri ads, it ranks among the best.

Hands on with iPhone 11: What to expect from 2019 iPhones [Video]

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These iPhone 11 models looks surprisingly familiar, but notably different.
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It seems like it’s impossible to make it through the summer without leaks about upcoming iPhones. From iPhone 11 supply chain leaks to iPhone XI case-maker models, 2019 is no different.

With so many holes in the supply chain, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect this year. Thanks to sources online, we’ve got dummy iPhone XI, XI Max, and XIr models to give us a taste of this year’s iPhone lineup. (We still don’t know the exact model names, though.)