Get the gist of best-selling books in 12 minutes with this app [Deals]

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Keep learning in your free moments with 12-minute summaries of books from all kinds of genres.
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Reading remains one of the best ways to soak in new information. But reading also takes a lot of time, and sometimes, you just need to know enough to get a grip on a subject, or to know what everybody’s talking about.

Apple discontinues Jony Ive’s pricey design book, marking end of an era

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Apple's high-end book paid tribute to work created over two decades.
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Apple’s removal of the pricey Designed by Apple in California book from its online store marks the end of an era.

Apple released the book, which retailed in two sizes for $199 and $299, in November 2016. The retrospective paid homage to the design work of Jony Ive since the late 1990s. Now that Ive is no longer at Apple, the company seemingly decided to draw a line under the book as well.

Apple explains iTunes changes in macOS Catalina

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So long, iTunes!
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Apple’s plan to ditch iTunes starts this fall with the release of macOS Catalina, which will offer standalone apps for Music, Podcasts, and TV.

WWDC offered a brief glimpse at how other things — like syncing iOS devices — would work after the update. Now Apple has published a new support document that explains everything for those who are still confused.

The document promises that “all of your favorite iTunes features” will still be available in Catalina. And it tells you where they will be.

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I wanted a Galaxy S10, but I'm stuck with iPhone.
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Apple offers free audiobooks narrated by celebrities

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‘Great First Listens’ get you started with Apple Books.
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Apple is offering a bunch of free audiobooks narrated by celebrities, including Kate Beckinsale and Kelsey Grammer.

The giveaway is an effort to promote Apple Books, which saw a big overhaul with iOS 12 — but audiobook fans will probably feel Apple could have done better.

How to control the dark mode in iOS 12’s Books app

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Some books, with night-mode disabled.
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Apple’s iBooks app became the Books app in iOS 12, and got a whole lot better. From the library through to the built-in book store, it’s better in every way. It even has a dark mode, perfect for browsing and reading late at night.

But Books’ dark mode doesn’t work the way you might think. For instance, how in the dickens do you switch the dark mode on and off?

Apple drops yet another batch of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas

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The new and improved Photos app on iOS 12.
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iOS and macOS developers received a fresh batch of new beta updates from Apple this morning as the company prepares to launch its new software this fall. And the general public got a new iOS beta too.

macOS Mojave beta 9 and iOS 12 beta 11 can be downloaded from the Apple developer center immediately. The updates bringing a host of bug fixes and performance improvements to the iPhone and Mac.