There are some fantastic mics out there for Mac and these are the best!

When it comes to USB microphones for your Mac the best option when it comes to versatility and convenience is the Blue Yeti. Not only can it record in four different modes, but it’s 16bit/48kHz recording sample rate always comes out sounding loud and clear.

Best Overall: Blue Yeti

The four different recording modes are where the Blue Yeti really shines because there’s practically nothing you can’t record with the Blue Yeti if it’s set in the right mode. I’m not the only one on the iMore team that loves the Blue Yeti, Rene Ritchie, star of Vector on YouTube has been using his for years, and he loves how easy the Blue Yeti is to use.

”Blue Yeti is still my pick for best USB microphone — not just for the Mac but for anyone starting out doing anything, including podcasts, audiobooks, live streams, videos, and more. It plugs right into your device, no audio interface needed, sounds great out of the box, and has a few simple options if you need to adjust for particular circumstan…

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Keep your MacBook pristine with these essential cleaning tools

Whether you want to believe it or not your MacBook Pro keyboard is likely going to get dirty. From the oil your hands to the dust in the air, you’ll need to spend some time every few weeks cleaning your keyboard. If you don’t, you risk gunk and grime getting into sensitive parts of the hardware, which in turn, could cost you money to repair. If you want to avoid repairs and keep your MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro looking clean and tidy, here are some useful products that will help you out!

Note: Before using any cleaning product on your MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro, make sure you have powered down the laptop.

Wipe it down

Microfiber cloths 12-pack

Staff Favorite

Microfiber cloths are great for cleaning a ton of different surfaces around your house, and they can even help you with your Mac. If you lightly dampen a microfiber cloth and gently wipe your MacBook Pro keyboard, you should be able to remove a decent amount of grime from the keys. You can also eliminate…

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Tim Cook says Apple doesn’t acquire to stifle competition in new interview

Tim Cook says 75% of Apple Stores are now open globally.

What you need to know

CNBC interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook after its Q3 earnings call.
Cook talked about the company’s acquisition strategy in comparison to others.
He also talked about the company’s performance for the last quarter.

In an interview with CNBC today, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about Apple’s acquisition strategy, it’s Q3 performance, and the effect of working from home on the Mac and the iPad.

When asked about this week’s antitrust hearing, Cook pointed to the fact that, while other companies seem to make acquisitions in order to stifle competitors, Apple does so to bring new features to its devices.

”If you look at the things behind the investigation, the things are acquisitions, and if you noticed, we didn’t get any questions on acquisitions because our approach on acquisitions has been to buy companies where we have challenges, and IP, and then make them a feature of the phone.”

Cook also answered qu…

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Pokémon Go Fest attendees earned a week of Dragon type Pokémon

Here be Dragons!

The first of the Ultra Unlock Bonuses is Dragon Week. Trainers around the globe were able to complete eight challenges, and now all Pokémon Go players will be rewarded with an entire week of Dragon type Pokémon. What can we expect from Dragon Week?

What are Ultra Unlock Bonuses

As is tradition with Pokémon GO Fest events, Ultra Unlock bonuses are rewards players can earn for everyone by completing challenges. Throughout day one of Pokémon GO Fest 2020, Trainers had over 30 global challenges tied to the Rotating Habitats. Every eight challenges that were completed by players around the world earned one additional Ultra Unlock event week for a total of three events.

Ultra Unlock Week One: Dragon Week

Trainers around the world completed eight challenges during Pokémon Go Fest 2020, unlocking Dragon Week. Some of the rarest and most powerful Pokémon, Dragon type Pokémon include the likes of Dragonite, Garchomp and Hydreigon. Dragon Week will run from Friday…

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How to take on Rayquaza in Pokémon Go

The Legendary Dragon and Flying type, Rayquaza is back!

Rayquaza is coming back to Pokémon Go for the Ultra Unlock Bonus Week: Dragon Week. For the first week in August 2020, Trainers can challenge this Legendary Dragon in Five Star Raids again, and if you’re lucky, you might even find a Shiny one! We here at iMore have everything you need to know to take on this Raid.

Who is Rayquaza

A Legendary Dragon and Flying type from the Gen III Hoenn Region, Rayquaza is the king of Dragon types in Pokémon. It’s only competition come in the form of Shadow Pokémon and even they struggle to compete. Rayquaza in the leader of the Weather Trio, the only Pokémon capable of calming Groudon and Kyogre’s fight, and the first Pokémon to ever Mega Evolve. Rayquaza is also the only Pokémon who can Mega Evolve without a Mega Stone. Although Mega Evolution isn’t here yet, it is coming soon, so you’ll want to have at least one of this powerful Pokémon ready when it arrives.

What are the best co…

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What accessories do you need to get started with the Cricut Joy?

I’ve been loving getting to know my Cricut Joy, the little powerhouse that makes it easy to personalize your life with custom decals, labels, cards, paper crafts, iron-on projects, and more. Which accessories and materials you need to get started will depend on what you’d like to do with it, but this guide will run down the basics. At least, you don’t have to buy a pen and a StandardGrip Mat, since your Joy comes with them.

Must-have tools

Cricut Joy Starter Tool Set

Staff Pick

The set includes a weeding tool, scraper, and spatula, essential tools for any kind of project. The holes on the ends are handy for storing the tools on a pegboard. If you’re coming from another Cricut machine and already have these tools, you will not need to buy the ”Joy” branded version.

$14 at Amazon

For re-stickable decals

Cricut Joy Smart Vinyl – Removable

The ”Smart” line of materials is what puts the joy in Cricut Joy. Cleverly designed for use without a mat, you just place Smart Viny…

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Ditch your cable or satellite for one of these streaming services

Millions of U.S. cable and satellite subscribers have long ago cut the cord and are now using one of the many over-the-air internet services. Whether you’re looking for your first service or thinking of switching to something else, we’ve got you covered. Though our favorite streaming TV service is YouTube TV, we’ve included others that you might like more, depending on your preferences.

Best Overall: YouTube TV

YouTube TV is our favorite over-the-air internet service for 2020. The service scores high marks on price, availability, and other factors. Mostly taking a one-size-fits-all approach, YouTube TV offers only one base package, plus lots of add-ons such as EPIX, Showtime, Sundance Now, and more.

YouTube TV Specs

Base price: $65/month
Channels available: 70+
Networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS in most areas
Cloud DVR: Unlimited with storage up to 9 months
Simultaneous streams: 3
Fast-forward, skip commercials w/cloud DVR: Yes
Profile creation: Yes, up to 6

For the price of …

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TikTok may soon come under Microsoft’s wing (yes, really)

Cue up the Steve Ballmer dance.

What you need to know

The Trump administration is rumored to be preparing an order that would compel Chinese company ByteDance to divest the U.S. portion of TikTok.
Microsoft is reportedly in talks to buy the app from Bytedance.
There’s no word on when a sale might be final, though the Trump administration’s order could land ”as soon as Friday.”

The Trump administration is reportedly considering an order that would force Chinese company ByteDance to divest its ownership of popular app TikTok in the U.S. Fox Business Network’s Charles Gasparino reports that U.S. companies are in talks to buy TikTok, with Microsoft’s name in the mix.

CONFIRMED; sources say @Microsoft in talks to buy— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) July 31, 2020

According to a report from Bloomberg, the Trump administration could hand down its order ”as soon as Friday.

The order would come after concerns from U.S. lawmakers about the ability for the Ch…

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Become an in-demand project manager with this Scrum bundle

More and more talented leaders are flocking to the lucrative world of project management thanks to the high pay, flexible opportunities for growth, and exciting work environments. The Ultimate Scrum Foundation Certification Prep Bundle will teach you how to join their growing ranks for just $29.99—over 95% off its usual price today.
With five courses and 7 hours of content, this bundle will introduce you to both the basics and more advanced elements of project management by teaching you about Scrum—a leading methodology used to cut waste, inspire teams, and exceed goals.
You’ll also be prepping for some of the industry’s most valuable certifications along the way.
Get the skills and credentials you need to make it big in project management with the Ultimate Scrum Foundation Certification Prep Bundle while it’s available for over 95% off at just $29.99.
Prices are subject to change.

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It’s easy to share your HomeKit home with friends and family. Here’s how!

How do I add users to my HomeKit home? By inviting them, of course!

You needn’t be the only person controlling your HomeKit habitat! With a few quick taps, you can invite guests, roomies, friends, and family to control your various HomeKit accessories. It’s a super simple process that’ll grant others the power to control your accessories.

How to invite people to your HomeKit home on iOS iPadOS
How to invite people to your HomeKit home on iOS iPadOS 14
How to invite people to your HomeKit home on macOS Big Sur
How to adjust a person’s permissions on iOS and iPadOS
How to adjust a person’s permissions on iOS and iPadOS 14
How to adjust a person’s permissions on macOS Big Sur

How to invite people to your HomeKit home on iOS and iPadOS

Launch the Home App.
Tap the House Icon in the top left corner of the screen.
Tap Invite… under the People section.

Type in the Name of the Person you’d like to invite.
Tap Send Invite in the top right corner.
You’ll know you’re successful if …

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