Apple releases important security patches: iOS and iPadOS 13.51, watchOS 6.2.6, tvOS 13.4.6, and macOS 10.15.5

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Apple has released a small but important update to all its operating systems today. The update notes for version iOS and iPadOS 13.5.1, watchOS 6.2.6, tvOS 13.4.6, and macOS 10.15.5 are practically non-existent: “This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.” The iOS update also includes 13.4.6 for HomePod.

Typically, when Apple is so vague about a security patch, it is trying to make sure users have a change to update without tipping off hackers. This latest patch is probably related to a new jailbreaking tool that apparently works even on newer hardware running iOS 13.5.

We can get a little more information by looking at Apple’s security updates page. The security update details for all these operating systems is exactly the same:

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‘Hybri’ Can Create a Virtual Companion Based on Real People

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A company called Hybri is creating virtual AI companions that live in augmented and virtual reality. But a feature that may prove to be controversial is letting users scan a photo of a real person to superimpose on the avatars.

But the creepiest feature of Hybri is its Photoscan, which allows you to add a real person’s face to the avatar. That means your unrequited love or celebrity crush could soon become your virtual partner — whether they want to or not.

It sounds like a cool idea to me, but it probably won’t pass the App Store review team.

Andrew Orr

Mid-2012 MacBook Pro to Become ‘Obsolete’

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The mid-2012 MacBook Pro is to become “obsolete” at the end of June, according to a memo seen by MacRumors. It means the 15″ device, the first MacBook Pro with a Retina Display, will no longer be eligible for hardware services from Apple.

In an internal memo today, obtained by MacRumors, Apple has indicated that this particular MacBook Pro model will be marked as “obsolete” worldwide on June 30, 2020, just over eight years after its release. In a support document, Apple notes that obsolete products are no longer eligible for hardware service, with “no exceptions.” Apple already classified the 2012 MacBook Pro as “vintage” in 2018, but it has still continued to service the notebook as part of a pilot program, subject to parts availability. With the 2012 MacBook Pro transitioning to “obsolete” status at the end of this month, it would appear that the notebook will no longer be eligible for any official repairs.

Charlotte Henry

More vintage tech fun with Niles Mitchell: iPhone to Sony Ericsson P1i Symbian Smartphone

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As a person who used to test a lot of smartphones back in the late 1990s and early 2000s prior to the launch of the iPhone, I’m a huge fan of the videos that Niles Mitchell has been creating. He takes old tech and gets it working with our state-of-the-art technology. In this video, he sends files to and from a Sony Ericsson P1i Symbian Smartphone using an iPhone, and also sends photos from the P1i to an iPod Photo!
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The 2020 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle: $29.99

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We have a deal on the 2020 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle, a 7-course training program covering social media in general, as well as FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It includes 34 hours of content and hundreds of lessons, and it’s $29.99 through our deal.

Bryan Chaffin

Apple TV+ originals: 'Ted Lasso' first look to premiere on August 14

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Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that features only original programming—no reruns of hit TV shows or last year’s blockbuster movies.

The company is said to be spending several billion dollars a year on original programming. That’s a lot of TV! Apple is attracting some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and locking down the television and movie rights to best-selling books.

Though the service is relatively new and has few shows available, there’s a lot in the works. This is a list of all its content for it that we know of so far, along with details about prominent stars, directors, producers, and release dates.

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Airfoil 5.9

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Improves the built-in Lagutin Equalizer and track title support. ($29 new, free update, 19.8 MB)

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FileMaker Pro 19

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Venerable relational database app is updated with a variety of new features to help developers build sophisticated custom apps. ($540 new, $197 upgrade, 376.2 MB)

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How to set alarms on Apple Watch

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The only thing more surprising than how many ways there are to set an alarm on an Apple Watch is the fact that it doesn't always work. Here's how to do it and how to be sure it's done.
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OmniFocus 3.8

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Introduces Omni Automation to the Pro edition, enabling full support for running automation plug-ins written in JavaScript. ($39.99 new, free update, 39.1 MB)

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