The United States Senate today voted almost unanimously to approve an anti-robocalling bill that would cut down on the number of illegal robocalls that people receive. The TRACED Act (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence), first introduced in January, increases penalties for robocalls, provides authorities with more time to act, promotes the adoption of call authentication and blocking tools, establishes an interagency group for exploring additional scam call deterrents, and clears…

Some employees of Snap have access to internal tools that allow them to access Snapchat user data and have in the past abused those tools to spy on Snapchat users, reports Motherboard. According to two former employees, a current employee, and internal company emails, Snap employees have access to internal tools that let them access location information, saved snaps, phone numbers, and email addresses from users. One of the tools, SnapLion, was…

Panic, a company known for developing apps for iOS and macOS, today announced plans to enter the hardware market with the launch of the Playdate, a new handheld gaming system. Playdate features an entirely unique design with a black and white display, d-pad, A+B buttons, and a crank on the side that’s designed to be similar to an analog stick. Oh yeah, the crank! No, it doesn’t power the device. It’s a…

Apple this week began stocking a new 4K 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display, which replaces the original 21.5-inch 4K LG UltraFine Display that was pulled from retail stores and the online Apple Store earlier this year. We picked up one of the new 23.7-inch UltraFine Displays and thought we’d check it out to see if it’s worth the $700 price point. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The new 4K…

Ahead of the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off on Monday, June 3 with a keynote event, Apple has updated its official WWDC app for iOS devices. There have been no design changes to the app aside from a new neon icon that better matches the darker theme of the 2019 conference, but according to Apple’s release notes, the update adds a new profile area for managing notifications, virtual queuing for…

Apple today quietly released an updated version of macOS Mojave 10.14.5, which is designed for 15-inch MacBook Pro models that feature a T2 security chip, aka the 2018 and 2019 machines. The new version of the software can be downloaded through the “Software Update” section of System Preferences on all compatible Macs. According to Apple’s release notes, the new software addresses a “firmware issue” impacting Macs with a T2 chip. Apple provided…

Safari on iOS has a surprising number of hidden tricks, letting you manipulate tabs, conduct page-specific searches, and more, and not all of these features are immediately obvious due to the gestures involved. We’ve rounded up some useful must-know Safari tips that you might not be aware of or may have forgotten, so make sure to check out our video because we bet there’s something here that’s going to be new to…

As of today, transit users in the Portland-Vancouver area are able to use their iPhones and Apple Watches to ride the TriMet, C-Tran, and Portland Streetcar, according to the Portland Tribune. A new update to the Hop app for the Portland area allows the Hop Fastpass for these transit services to be added to Apple Wallet, and from Apple Wallet, they can be used in lieu of a physical ticket or card….

Cannes Lions today announced that Apple has been named the Creative Marketer of the Year, marking the first time the Cupertino company has won the award. Apple was named the Creative Marketer of the Year to honor its “world class creative communications and marketing initiatives.” Simon Cook, Managing Director of Cannes Lions, said that Apple is “highly deserving” of the Creative Marketer of the Year Award. “The company’s marketing and communications consistently…

The Apple online store and Apple retail stores in the United States are now offering a new 4K 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display, which replaces the previously available 4K and 5K displays from LG. Priced at $700, the new display was discovered in an Apple retail store yesterday before making its way online today. Apple started offering 4K and 5K LG UltraFine displays alongside the 2016 MacBook Pro, but has since stopped selling…