Uppgifter: EA ska ha försökt sälja sig själva till Apple

Diskussioner om ett uppköp av spelföretaget ska ha förekommit.

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How to use Apple’s Accessibility Assistant shortcut

Check out the shortcuts for iPhone, iPad, & Mac that guide you through questions about your needs and recommend the best Accessibility features for your conditions.

On Tuesday, Apple previewed new accessibility features coming to their platforms this year, including new navigation, health, and communication tools alongside Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

Among these announcements was the expansion of their Accessibility Assistant shortcut to Mac and Apple Watch to ”help recommend accessibility features based on user preferences”.

The new shortcuts have now been released in the ”Shortcuts for Accessibility” category in the Gallery for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, along with the 26 Accessibility shortcuts that users can add right away in their Shortcuts app.

Accessibility Assistant shortcuts

Apple first introduced the Accessibility Assistant for iPhone and iPad for last year’s GAAD in 2021, previewing the capability on YouTube in a short demo:

On Twitter, the Apple S…

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USB-C iPhone: Have your say

Until very recently, the prospect of a USB-C iPhone seemed like a pipe dream. Then in the space of just a couple of days, two heavyweight Apple insiders came forth with news that Apple is indeed testing USB-C on the iPhone, with a view to including it perhaps next year in the iPhone 13.

USB-C does make some sense on the iPhone for a number of reasons, not least impending EU legislation that will make it the standard charger port of choice on all small and medium-sized gadgets. But as Apple customers who went through the 30-pin to Lightning connector saga in 2012 will remember, changing a charging standard is not without its challenges, and Apple has resisted moving on its recent best iPhones, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

So that’s why we want to hear from you. We want to know if Apple users want Apple to make this switch and if it will cause them inconvenience or be a welcome change? We also want to know whether you think this change has come at the right time, or if it’s even wort…

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Do game sequels need to reinvent the wheel every time?

After being given so much, it’s hard to be taken away from.

Sequels are usually perceived in one of two ways. Either they greatly improve on those who came before them, making their predecessors obselete; or they’re the younger siblings of their more popular predecessors, who don’t quite capture the same magical feel. One thing is for sure — sequels cannot escape the pressures of comparison.

With every new Zelda, Pokémon, or Animal Crossing game, players look back at the highlights and lowlights of games in the past, spurring a tidal wave of discussions and essays online. Nintendo Switch Sports, the first game in the Wii Sports series to appear on a system that didn’t play discs, is no different. But does it hold a candle to the iconic Wii Sports? I thought so initially, but now I’m not so sure.

If it feels good then it must be… right?

Nintendo Switch Sports feels incredibly fun to play. The HD Rumble incorporated into the Joy-Con makes every contact with a ball feel impac…

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Get a grip on your iPhone: MagSafe style

With the iPhone 12 lineup, Apple introduced MagSafe, a ring of magnets on the back of the iPhone that opens up a whole new world of accessories. Take advantage, and use a phone grip that attaches magnetically. That way, you’re not committed to a permanently adhered phone grip, you can take these on and off as you please. Here are some of the best MagSafe phone grips you can buy.

All around great

PopSockets PopGrip for MagSafe

Staff pick

My personal favorite is the PopSockets PopGrip for MagSafe. This PopGrip makes a secure phone grip and convenient phone stand, plus it comes in so many fun designs. I love being able to pop it on and off as needed, rather than committing to a permanent grip.

$30 at Amazon

$30 at Best Buy

From $30 at PopSockets

All in one

MOFT MagSafe Snap-On Phone Stand and Wallet

I like the MOFT MagSafe Snap-On Stand and Wallet, which is a convenient and slim phone grip and more. With its pleasing origami looks, it also works as a stand with multi…

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Report: EA has held talks with Apple about potential acquisition

…EA ”has been persistent in pursuing a sale” and has recently held talks with Disney, Apple, Amazon and Comcast-NBCUniversal.

What you need to know

A new report says that Electronic Arts is actively pursuing a sale or merger.
The California outfit is one of the world’s largest video game companies.
Apple, Disney, Amazon, and Comcast have already reportedly held talks with EA.

A new report says that Apple is one of several companies that have held talks with EA about a possible acquisition of the company behind Battlefield, EA Sports, Mass Effect, and more.

A paywalled Puck report via our friends at GamesRadar+ says that EA ”has been persistent in pursuing a sale”. From GR:

According to a new report by Puck, Brian Roberts, CEO of NBC parent company Comcast, approached EA CEO Andrew Wilson with a proposal to make the media and gaming giants one behemoth of an entertainment company. The deal would’ve gave the Roberts family controlling interest of the company, with Wilson …

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Uppgifter: Ny modell av Homepod på gång

Apples smarta högtalare kan släppas i en ny variant runt årsskiftet.

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Rare autographed Apple artifacts go under the hammer

You could own a replica Apple-1 board signed by Ronald Wayne.

What you need to know

A set of rare autographed Apple goods is going under the hammer.
An auction is hosting signed prints, photographs, and more.
Famous signatures include Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.

A set of exclusive signed pieces of Apple memorabilia is going under the hammer at a new auction set to close next month, with headline lots including signed photographs and items from Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.

The lots are part of RR Auction’s Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction, which is running until June 15.

Big items from the auction include a manuscript signed by Mozart, an autographed letter from Vincent van Gogh, a letter signed by Nicola Tesla, and more. There’s also rare animated Disney art from classic films and a swathe of signed Apple artifacts.

The auction boasts 12 lots from Apple, with starting bids at the $200 mark and with pretty open-ended estimates as to what this stuff might be worth…

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WhatsApp beta update seeks to remind everyone why encryption is so vital

What you need to know

WhatsApp has a new beta version available to those who are part of the iOS TestFlight program.
The new beta adds a tweaked version of existing encryption messaging as well as a new link to an explainer.

WhatsApp continues to tweak its end-to-end encryption messaging in its latest beta release.

WhatsApp has rolled out a new beta to iOS users that includes a tweaked privacy and encryption message while also linking out to more information for those who want to learn about what it means for them.

The latest WhatsApp beta tweaks something that was already added in a previous one — a new line of text that reminds users their chats are encrypted — and adds a link to a page that further explains what the use of encryption actually offers users and what it protects.

WABetaInfo has all the details:

After updating to the new WhatsApp beta for iOS update, a new footer for end-to-end encryption shows up at the bottom of your status updates, call hi…

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AirTag helps Portland police catch armed robber

”A short time later, a guest in the hotel told police that someone had broken into his room and stole some items, including a distinct backpack, which had an Apple AirTag attached to it.”

What you need to know

Police in Portland were able to catch an armed robber thanks to an AirTag
A 39-year-old suspect took a phone and a wallet from a store after using a gun to demand money.
While on the run from the police, he stole a backpack from a hotel that happened to have an AirTag attached.

Police in Portland successfully tracked down and arrested an armed robber after he stole a backpack with an AirTag attached while on the run.

Katu 2 ABC reports that an armed robber entered a business premises on Thursday shortly before 12:40 pm, demanding money and pointing a gun at staff. The perp left with a phone and wallet after realizing there was no money in the cash drawer and was tracked by police using the cell phone to a nearby hotel.

The suspect entered and then left the hotel, before…

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