Apple is putting its weight behind Global Accessibility Awareness Day, taking the chance to point to its decades-long record in developing software solutions that make its hardware usable by everybody.Cook’s commitmentEarlier this year, Apple said: “One in seven people around the world has some form of disability, whether that be a physical disability involving vision, hearing, or loss of physical motor skills, or a more hidden, invisible disability.” Apple CEO, Tim Cook states that accessibility is a “human right,” adding: “It’s a basic core value of Apple. We don’t make products for a particular group of people; we make products for everybody. We feel very strongly that everyone deserves an equal opportunity and equal access.” Apple's commitment to this has won it awards and recognition from major groups including the American Council of the Blind, Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf. … [Read more...] about 10 Apple accessibility solutions everyone should know
If you’ve been looking for a handy phone mount for your car that doubles as a wireless charger, then you’ll want to check out Amazon’s sale on iOttie’s popular units. First, there’s the Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Fast Charge Mount that fits into your CD slot, and then there’s the Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Fast Charge Mount that fits into your air vent. Both are currently on sale at 32 percent off for a total of $33.95, down from a usual price of $49.95.Notice both versions say “Fast Charge,” which refers to a new tech that can charge your phone up to 40 percent faster than Qi standard. That’s quite accurate if you have one of Samsung’s most recent smartphones, but you’ll be stuck with the regular Qi standard charging speed if you’re using an iPhone X, and iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus.Ultimately, it may not matter much. Most of the reviews for both versions claim they’re kind of awful at the actual wireless … [Read more...] about Amazon discounts iOttie’s wireless charging car mounts for iPhones by 32%
Will Spotify’s new features keep Apple Music at bay? Which Apple product should the company put to rest? We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 602.Watch us liveThe Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.Take our pollWhat missing Apple Music feature do you want most? Let us know in our Twitter poll and leave a comment.Get infoHere are relevant links to get more info on the stuff we will discuss on the show. 5 reasons to switch from Spotify Premium to its new free tier (and 5 reasons not to) (TechHive) Apple releases updates for iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra 13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program FAQ: What it is and how to use it Top Takeaways From Studying iPhone X Owners (Tech.pinions) Subscribe to the … [Read more...] about Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. Pacific
At this point I think it’s safe to say the HomePod isn’t a massive hit, and the $349 price tag likely has a lot to do with that—to say nothing of the way it basically locks you into Apple Music. Still, Bluetooth speakers are fun, especially when they’re portable. If you’d like to get your hands on a highly rated one for far less cash, Tronsmart is selling its portable T6 25-watt dual-driver speaker on Amazon for just $27.09, down from the usual price of $41.99.You’ll have to enter the code SAKQK7HI at checkout to see the discounted price, but otherwise that’s all there is to it. This is an especially good 360-degree speaker for playing your music outside, as it’s covered with a soft mesh for durability and its cylindrical design minimizes damage. At 19 ounces, it’s also light, meaning you can easily tuck it into you bag.It’s also got great battery life, as it can reportedly chug along for 10 hours with the volume cranked to … [Read more...] about Buy a highly-rated portable Bluetooth speaker on Amazon for $27.01
After three years, Apple Watch finally has some competition. Fitbit's new Versa is on sale today, and if you're in the market for a smartwatch that costs less than $300 and up, it's worth considering, even if you're a staunch Apple user. Let's take a look at how it stacks up against Apple's Series 1 Watch.Fitbit Versa vs. Apple Watch Series 1: DesignWith a square, aluminum body, Fitbit's Versa is inevitably going to be branded as a rip-off of Apple Watch's design. But it's easy to forget that Apple Watch wasn't the originator of the square smartwatch design—Pebble was. And Fitbit just so happens to own Pebble. But no matter who can claim ownership of the rights to pioneering the square, the fact of the matter is it's the only shape that makes sense for a smartwatch and it works great on both watches.Shape aside, the Versa is a nicely designed watch, with an aesthetic that's similar but not exactly like Apple Watch. Where Apple's wristwatch has curved edges, Versa's sides are … [Read more...] about Fitbit Versa vs Apple Watch Series 1: Which budget smartwatch is right for you?