Pocket Casts goes free with optional ‘Plus’ subscription

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Pocket Casts, one of the best third-party podcast apps on iOS, is now available for free.

It won’t cost you anything to download the app anymore, and you’ll get to enjoy some of its best features — like cross-platform syncing and the dark theme — for absolutely nothing.

An optional Pocket Casts Plus subscription, priced at just $0.99 a month, gets you even more.

Microsoft bakes the best of Wunderlist into new To Do app

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The brand new To Do app is available now across all platforms.
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Microsoft’s fancy new To Do app has arrived and is available now across all platforms. The big overhaul brings the best of Wunderlist and combines it with an improved design.

You’ll find more customization options, like the ability to set different backgrounds for each of your lists, and a new dark mode.

Today in Apple history: Tide turns against Apple in war with Microsoft

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A judge's decision proves very damaging to Apple.
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August 14: Today in Apple history: Tide turns against Apple in war with Microsoft August 14, 1991: As Apple and Microsoft head to court to battle each other, the tide begins to turn against Cupertino and its claims that Windows unlawfully copies the look and feel of Mac OS.

The case concerns whether key elements of Apple’s operating system are original enough for copyright protection. The decision turns out to be a major blow against Apple — and the start of the company’s 1990s decline.

Run Windows on Mac faster than ever with Parallels Desktop 15

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When one operating system just isn't enough, you can run Windows on Mac with Parallels for Mac.
When one operating system just isn't enough.
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Parallels Desktop 15 lets you run Windows on a Mac faster than ever, thanks to a performance-enhancing switch to Apple’s Metal framework. Today’s update to the popular virtualization app brings loads of other feature enhancements, including support for DirectX 11.

The increased efficiency means some Windows apps that would not even launch in Parallels Desktop 14 work properly in the new version.

“We want you to do whatever you want,” said John Uppendahl, Parallels’ VP of communications, during a demo of the new software at the Cult of Mac office in San Francisco.

Chrome update brings better Incognito, kills Flash by default

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It's now possible to bypass certain paywalls.
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Google Chrome just got a big new update that improves upon two important features.

The version 76 release disables Flash by default to improve browsing performance, while Incognito Mode has been tweaked to prevent websites from detecting it.

The change means that you will now be able to bypass paywalls on some websites.