You can now stake your claim in Apple’s $500 million iPhone slowdown settlement

Jul 15, 2020 - 8:28 AM - by Reverend
The iPhone “batterygate” saga was one of the bigger controversies that Apple has ever faced. Apple’s throttling of iPhones with aging batteries prompted a class action lawsuit, and now you can register to get your chunk of the settlement that was reached earlier this year. Per MacRumors, there’s now a website where US consumers who owned an affected iPhone can go to file a claim.

To meet the criteria, you must currently or have previously owned:

  • An iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and / or an iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21st, 2017
  • An iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21st, 2017


As part of the settlement terms, Apple agreed to pay out a maximum of $500 million. The company will “provide a cash payment of approximately $25 per eligible device,” though that number can go down if the total number of approved claims exceeds the $500 million cap. You can also exclude yourself from the settlement at the website. The only real reason for doing so would be if you plan to sue Apple directly about the battery management issue.

The claims website will ask for your iPhone’s serial number. There’s also a search tool if you no longer have access to that information — in case you sold or otherwise got rid of one of the iPhones that are part of the case.

Wondering when you might see your check? According to an FAQ on the website, there’s a final hearing scheduled for December 4th where a judge will potentially sign off on the settlement. If that happens without any appeal, settlement benefits will be distributed “promptly.”

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Google expands Play Pass to nine countries beyond the US

Jul 15, 2020 - 8:21 AM - by Reverend
Almost a year after Google introduced Play Pass on Android, it’s expanding the game and app subscription service outside of the US. It’ll be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom this week.

If you’re interested, you can check out Google Play Pass for free with a one-month trial. You’ll find it in the Play Store menu. After the trial’s up, it typically costs $4.99/month for US users. However, Google is introducing an annual plan that’ll help subscribers save some money. It costs $29.99/year for users in the US — essentially making Play Pass half price. Family managers can share a subscription with five other people too.

Google Play Pass includes full, ad-free access to hundreds of games and apps, including the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog Classic, Stardew Valley, both Monument Valley games, AccuWeather, Pic Stitch and Dictionary.com Premium. Google noted more games are on the way later in the year that’ll debut on Play Pass, including Playdigious’ The Almost Gone, The Gardens Between and Kingdom Rush.

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Apple Warns Against Closing MacBooks With a Cover Over the Camera

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:49 PM - by Reverend
Apple this month published a support document that warns customers against closing their Mac notebooks with a cover over the camera as it can lead to display damage.

Apple says that the clearance between the display and the keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances, which can be problematic. Covering the camera can also cause issues with automatic brightness and True Tone.

"If you close your Mac notebook with a camera cover installed, you might damage your display because the clearance between the display and keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances. Covering the built-in camera might also interfere with the ambient light sensor and prevent features like automatic brightness and True Tone from working. As an alternative to a camera cover, use the camera indicator light to determine if your camera is active, and decide which apps can use your camera in System Preferences."

The warnings from Apple likely stem from complaints from MacBook Pro owners who have seen their displays crack after covering the camera, and there are multiple reports and warnings on sites that include MacRumors and Reddit. The issue appears to be especially bad with the new 16-inch *MacBook Pro* models that have thinner bezels.

Damage from applying a webcam cover to the camera is considered accidental and can be repaired under AppleCare+, but it's quite possible it's an issue that Apple won't fix for customers that don't have *AppleCare*+, and it's an expensive fix.

Apple says that customers concerned about illicit camera access should watch for the green light that comes on when the camera is activated. The camera is engineered so that it can't be accessed without the indicator light turning on.

MacBook owners can also control which apps have access to the built-in camera as users must grant permission for camera use... [Read More]
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Instagram Rolls Out Pinned Comments to All

Jul 09, 2020 - 7:39 AM - by Reverend
Instagram is rolling out pinned comments everywhere. Following a successful trial this spring, the social media firm this week announced global access to the feature.

"That means you can pin a few comments to the top of your feed post and better manage the conversation," Instagram said in a Tuesday tweet, encouraging users to choose up to three of their favorite comments to highlight.

Simply swipe left on any remark (just as you would when replying, reporting, or deleting) to pin it to the top of the discussion—be it a clever observation, an intriguing question, or self-serving praise. The author is automatically notified and their comment marked with a "pinned" icon.

Instagram in May unveiled new features to help fight online bullying—including the ability to bulk delete negative comments and block or restrict the accounts posting them. "In addition to removing negative comments, we want to give people an easy way to amplify and encourage positive interactions," the social network said, teasing pinned comments. The feature, according to Instagram, gives folks "a way to set the tone for their account and engage with their community" by tacking high-quality replies to the top of the thread.

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Donkey Kong Country coming to Nintendo Switch Online in July

Jul 09, 2020 - 7:36 AM - by Reverend
Nintendo is adding Super Nintendo Entertainment System classic Donkey Kong Country to its Nintendo Switch Online program. Donkey Kong Country, which was originally released in 1994, will be added to the service alongside Natsume Championship Wrestling (SNES) and The Immortal (NES).

These three games will be added to Nintendo Switch Online on July 15, according to Nintendo’s news release. Donkey Kong Country is a classic favorite developed by Rare and published by Nintendo, set in the Donkey Kong world and starring Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Natsume Championship Wrestling was released the same year on Super NES, and, of course, is a “realistic” wrestling game wherein players fight inside a ring to knock each other out.

The Immortal, developed by Sandcastle and published by Electronic Arts, was released in 1990 on the NES. It’s an action-adventure game set in a labyrinth of ancient ruins.

In total, Nintendo Switch Online has 85 games available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers — the service lets players access the internet in other games, too, like Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Other games on the platform include The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and Super Mario Bros. 3.

Individual memberships are priced at $3.99 for one month, $7.99 for three months, and $19.99 for a year. There’s also a $34.99 option for a yearly family membership, which lets eight Nintendo accounts use the Nintendo Switch Online service.

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Apple promises to support Thunderbolt on its new ARM Macs

Jul 09, 2020 - 7:29 AM - by Reverend
Apple is moving away from Intel’s chipsets in favor of its new, custom-designed ARM chips — but the company is promising that it’ll still support Intel’s Thunderbolt USB-C connectivity standard on new Apple silicon computers, despite the lack of Intel processors.

“Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our customers enjoy the speed and flexibility it brings to every Mac. We remain committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support it in Macs with Apple silicon,” commented an Apple spokesperson, in a statement to The Verge.

While there was some concern that Apple might be losing support for Thunderbolt on its upcoming Macs, the fact that Apple is sticking with the standard makes a lot of sense, given that it had helped develop the original Thunderbolt standard in collaboration with Intel.

Despite that collaboration, though, Apple has yet to offer Thunderbolt support on any products outside of Intel-powered Macs — Apple’s ARM-based iPad Pro, in particular, stands out as featuring a regular USB-C port, not a Thunderbolt 3 connector. Apple’s ARM-based Developer Transition Kit also only features standard USB-C ports.

The news comes as Intel detailed its upcoming Thunderbolt 4 standard, which will be based on the USB4 spec standard and which uses the same USB-C connector that Thunderbolt 3 already does today. Both Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 offer more guaranteed features (like the ability to power external monitors, or charge laptops) compared to the standard USB 3 and USB4 standards that they’re built off of, and offer a consistency that regular USB-C standards can often be sorely lacking in.

Thunderbolt 4, in particular, offers the same 40 Gbps speeds that Thunderbolt 3 had offered, but adds even stricter hardware requirements for manufacturers: devices will have to be able to support either two 4K displays or one 8K display, and... [Read More]
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