Everything new with Apple’s Photos app in macOS High Sierra

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The Photos app in macOS High Sierra comes packed with great new features.
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In macOS High Sierra, the built-in Photos app packs some great new tools as well as lots of small improvements. It brings better organization, new editing tools (like selective color and curves), and extended integration with third-party apps.

Check out all the new features and improvements in Apple’s Photos app.

Get the app used by today’s professional screenwriters [Deals]

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If you're a pro or aspiring screenwriter, you're going to want to be familiar with Final Draft.
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Today’s movies and TV shows are more popular than ever before. That makes screenwriting a job that’s never been more lucrative or impactful. And like photography, video, and music, there’s an industry standard software for screenwriters.

Today in Apple history: Mighty Mouse goes wireless — with lasers!

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The images Apple submitted to the FCC of its new mouse.
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July 24 TIAH July 24, 2006: The world gets it first glimpse of Apple’s new wireless Mighty Mouse, a multi-button Bluetooth device with super-accurate laser tracking.

Photos of the accessory come to light through a filing made by Apple with the Federal Communications Commission. Apple launches the wireless Mighty Mouse the very next day.

Going online via a VPN is the smart thing to do [Deals]

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TigerVPN protects your browsing with military grade encryption, on almost any device.
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The internet is a scary place. And that’s not just because of the weird comments and content you might run into. It’s also a place that;s filled with identity thieves, hackers, and other dangers. Add to that the annoyance of regional content restrictions, and using a virtual private network to connect becomes a must.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Best Apple Watch Running App, Everything new with Siri, and more!

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All this week on Cult of Mac, Graham Bower's been reviewing the best running apps for Apple Watch. And, now we bring them to you!
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We’ve got a jam-packed issue this week including a rundown of six running apps for Apple Watch. See which one comes out on top!

In this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine, you’ll find that story and more. Get the latest on iPhone 8’s Touch ID. Find out everything new with Siri in iOS 11 update. And discover five apps that keep you safe while traveling. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Writing assistants, unlimited phone plans, and more [Week’s best deals]

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Writing assistants, meditation apps, lifetime phone plans and more are all part of this week's best deals.
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Here at the Cult of Mac Store, we delight in finding great new deals on tools and tech every week. This go around, we’ve got a gravity-operated mobile car mount, and a super useful writing assistant. Additionally, we’ve got an app to guide you in meditating (really), and a phone plan year of unlimited talk and text. Discounts run from a third to as much as 90 percent off, red on for more details:

Can facial recognition replace Touch ID? [Friday Night Fights]

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Unlocking your iPhone could be as easy as looking at it.
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Recent iPhone 8 rumors have left the future of Touch ID unclear. Some indicate it will remain, but in a new position, while others warn that Apple plans to replace it with iris scanning and facial recognition.

Friday Night Fights bugThese aren’t entirely new technologies; other manufacturers have been offering them for years with mixed results. But can Apple deliver a solution that’s simple, fast, and secure enough to replace the fingerprint scanner?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we battle it out over whether the iPhone can bid farewell to Touch ID.

iOS 11 automatically ignores flaky Wi-Fi connections

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You should already have this switched off.
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With iOS 11, your iPhone gets smart enough to realize when a Wi-Fi connection is flaky, and gives up trying to join it. This might be most useful if you’re one of those people who keeps your Ask Join Networks setting activated, but it should help anyone who uses their iPhone in multiple places — i.e. everyone ever.

Customization is key with OleksynPrannyk’s tailor-made bands for Apple Watch [Review]

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Customize your Double Tour with over 10 different thread-color choices for one-of-a-kind style. Shown here in Chestnut with turquoise stitching.
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A wristwatch is so much more than a means to tell time these days. It’s also the opportunity to accessorize and bump up one’s style with a unique, wonderfully constructed strap.

Heeding the call to individual style is OleksynPrannyk’s made-to-order and ultra-sharp Double Tour Apple Watch Band — the reasonably priced alternative to the ridiculously priced Hermès band. The Double Tour and all of OleksynPrannyk’s bands are completely customizable with more than five adapter colors and 14 thread colors from which to choose.

Best yet, the entire collection is available now in Cult of Mac’s Watch Store. Trust me, you will love this band.

Tips to help you relive your great vacation [Tech Travel Tips]

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You vacation photos are useless if you forget about them.
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tech travel tips It used to be that when you got back from vacation, you’d drop your film off at the lab and cross your fingers. You hoped you’d get some half-decent photos back a week later, while memories of that cool restaurant you liked faded with your tan.

Now we share our photos with friends and family while we’re still on the beach, then forget about them. But we can, and probably should, make a little effort to preserve our vacation memories. And — you guessed it — there are apps for that.