AltConf, a popular alternative conference that takes place at the same time as Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, is returning in 2019. Developers unable to get a ticket to WWDC can instead attend AltConf to meet and mingle with others in the iOS and macOS communities. This year’s AltConf event will take place at the Marriott San Jose, located close to the McEnery Conference Center where WWDC will be held. AltConf will kick…

Michelle Dockery, best know for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” has signed on to star in “Defending Jacob,” one of the TV shows Apple has ordered. “Defending Jacob” is a thriller based on William Landay’s bestselling novel of the same title. The book covers the murder of a 14-year-old boy and his friend Jacob, who may have committed the crime. Image credit: Shutterstock Described as a character-driven…

The Wall Street Journal plans to join Apple’s subscription news service that’s set to be announced Monday, reports The New York Times. Other publications like the Washington Post and The New York Times itself are not on board, however, due to the revenue split Apple has requested. Apple and The Wall Street Journal plan to announce the partnership at Apple’s planned media event on March 25. Apple’s subscription service for Apple News…

AirPods are designed to work seamlessly with all of Apple’s Bluetooth-supporting devices, and nine times out of ten the wireless earbuds live up their billing, but that doesn’t mean they work perfectly for everyone one hundred percent of the time. A particularly irritating problem that can sometimes occur is when one AirPod drops the connection intermittently or stops working altogether for no apparent reason. If you’ve been hit by this bug, following…

If you don’t have a vehicle with CarPlay installed natively, there are a number of third-party aftermarket CarPlay receivers from companies like Alpine and Pioneer, which can be an affordable way to get CarPlay integration in your car. Boss Audio, known for its range of car speakers and accessories, recently launched a new CarPlay receiver, the BVCP9685A, and its $250 price tag makes it one of the cheaper CarPlay options on the…

As we reported this morning, Apple today cut the prices of higher-end MacBook Pro SSD upgrades by up to $400, and as it turns out, there have been pricing changes to components in other Mac machines as well. For the MacBook Air, released in 2018, upgrading to a 1.5TB SSD on either base model is now $100 cheaper, with the SSD upgrade pricing options listed below. Entry-level MacBook Air SSD options: 256GB…

Apple today announced the launch of a new media literacy initiative that’s designed to encourage critical thinking and empower students to be better informed. Apple is teaming up with several nonprofit nonprofit organizations in the United States and Europe that offer nonpartisan, independent media literacy programs, including the News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense in the U.S. and the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori in Italy. Each of these nonprofits will receive support…

Apple is set to unveil its long-rumored TV service next Monday, and ahead of the event, Netflix has confirmed that it won’t be participating in Apple’s streaming offering. At a briefing at the company’s headquarters in Hollywood, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that while Apple is a “great company,” Netflix isn’t interested in offering its content on other platforms. “We want to have people watch our shows on our services,” he said,…

Following the release of iOS 12.1.4 on February 7, Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.1.3, the previous version of iOS that was available to consumers. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who have upgraded to iOS 12.1.4 will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS 12.1.3. iOS 12.1.4, available on all devices able to run iOS 12, was a bug fix update that addressed a serious Group FaceTime security vulnerability. Apple…

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Aramark, a food and beverage vendor, today announced a new Apple Business Chat feature that will allow Cleveland Cavaliers fans to order drinks from their seats through iMessages. Fans who attend games at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and sit in designated sections of Cavs and Cleveland Monsters games can use the Messages app to access a menu, order beer and water, and have those drinks delivered right…