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Chance Miller

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Chance currently writes for both 9to5Google and 9to5Mac, in addition to 9to5Toys. He has previously written for several other online publications. He uses a Nexus 5, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, Hackintosh, and Macbook Air.

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November 29

This Safari extension replaces YouTube’s video player with one that supports PiP and more

It’s no secret that using YouTube in the browser on your iPhone or iPad is a rather unpleasant experience. And in many ways, YouTube’s “native” app isn’t much better. This is where a new Safari extension called “Vinegar” comes in to save the day.

August 30

China will limit kids to 3 hours per week of online gaming in sweeping new regulation

China has announced sweeping new rules for online video games, and the changes could have implications for Apple and the App Store. China’s National Press and Publication Administration says that with these new rules, kids under 18 years old will be limited to playing online video games for just three hours per week.

July 22

Akamai DNS outage knocks many major websites and services offline: PSN, Steam, Fidelity, more [U]

Update 12:48 p.m. ET: Akamai says it has implemented a fix for the issue. “We have implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current observations, the service is resuming normal operations. We will continue to monitor to ensure that the impact has been fully mitigated,” it says.

An apparent DNS issue is affecting a number of high-profile websites today, taking them offline and leading to error messages for users. Reports on Downdetector began to spike around 12 p.m. ET today, with users facing issues accessing websites such as Chase, AT&T, HBO, Steam, American Express, and more.

June 3

Apple announces AirTag privacy improvements, Android app coming this year

Apple has announced a handful of changes designed to improve the privacy of AirTag item trackers. The company is adjusting the time it takes for AirTags to sound an alert after being separated from their owner, and Apple plans to release an Android app for detecting AirTags later this year.

April 8

Samsung launches ‘iTest,’ a new web app for turning your iPhone into a Galaxy device

Samsung is increasing its efforts to win over iPhone customers. The smartphone maker has launched a new website called “iTest,” and it allows iPhone users to “get a little taste of Samsung” through a web application that simulates the Android experience.

March 12

YouTube begins rolling out redesigned app for Apple TV users

Google has started to roll out a major redesign to the YouTube application on Apple TV with tvOS. This update brings the latest YouTube interface that Google uses on other platforms to Apple’s streaming box, nearly a year after it first came to Google TV.

February 22

Netflix announces new feature to automatically download shows and movies based on your tastes

Netflix has announced a new “Downloads for You” feature for its iOS and Android applications. The company says that this feature will automatically download recommended TV shows or movies to your device “based on your tastes,” and it’s thankfully completely opt-in.

The feature is rolling out today on Android and will begin testing on iOS soon.

December 2, 2020

[Update: New features] Spotify Wrapped 2020: How to find your top songs, artists, albums, and more

The Spotify Wrapped 2020 year-in-review roundup is now live for users around the world. It allows you to easily see your most listened to songs, artists, and albums in the Spotify app for iOS and Android. Here’s how it works.

November 17, 2020

Twitter rolling out Instagram Stories-like Fleets feature to everyone, testing real-time audio chats

Twitter has announced a pair of new features today, including a full rollout of its Instagram Stories-like feature Fleets. Twitter has also revealed plans to roll out a new conversational audio feature dubbed Spaces.

July 6, 2020

Ireland releases COVID-19 Tracker app using Apple/Google Exposure Notification API

Ireland has debuted its COVID-19 Tracker application today, its solution to help contract trace and slow the spread of coronavirus. The app is built using the Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google, and users in Ireland can download it from the App Store now as well as Google Play.

June 22, 2020

tvOS 14 brings support for streaming YouTube in 4K on Apple TV

One of the most common complaints about tvOS is its lack of support for 4K support in the YouTube app. That will change with this year’s introduction of tvOS 14, which will add support for 4K streaming in the YouTube app for the first time.

May 26, 2020

Switzerland first to release COVID-19 app using Apple and Google Exposure Notification API

The first app to take advantage of the Apple and Google Exposure Notification API has been released in Switzerland, according to a new report from the BBC. The app is called “SwissCovid” and is currently available to select essential workers.

May 20, 2020

Twitter rolls out test of feature allowing you to limit who can reply to your tweets

Twitter is rolling out the ability for users to limit who can reply to their tweets. The feature is currently available to “a limited group of people globally” with a trio of different new reply options.

April 29, 2020

Qualcomm says 5G ‘progressing as planned’ despite likely 30% drop in handset shipping for Q3

Qualcomm reported its fiscal Q2 2020 earnings today, announcing revenue of $5.21 billion and earnings-per-share of $0.88. Both of those numbers are above Wall Street expectations, but Qualcomm also predicted a forthcoming 30% drop in handset shipments.

March 22, 2020

[Update: Reopening plans] Best Buy closing all stores, shifting to curbside pickup due to COVID-19

Best Buy is the latest retailer to announce that it is closing all stores due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company will instead offer curbside pickup and delivery, much like many other retailers have done over the last week as the coronavirus pandemic evolves.

October 15, 2019

League of Legends coming to iOS and Android in 2020, Riot Games announces

League of Legends is coming to iOS and Android in 2020, Riot Games confirmed today. The expansion was first rumored back in May, but now Riot Games has confirmed that League of Legends: Wild Rift will come to mobile devices and consoles next year.

iOttie’s ‘Made for Google’ fast wireless charger is built for Pixel in the car

iOttie, a well known brand here at 9to5Toys, just announced its latest product: the Easy One Touch Wireless 2 smartphone mount. This is the first mount that can power Google’s Pixel lineup of smartphone with fast wireless charging. Normally, Google devices will only charge at 5W, but iOttie worked directly with Google to created the only certified Made for Google wireless charging car mount on the market. However, the Easy One Touch Wireless 2’s tricks don’t stop there, as it also supports 7.5W fast charging for iPhone, making it a jack of all trades.

August 29, 2019

Google researchers detail malicious website exploits that targeted iPhone users for years

A new report from Vice today details discoveries made by Google Project Zero researchers that “may be one of the largest attacks against iPhone users ever.” The basis of the attacks is a series of hacked websites, which were randomly distributing malware to iPhone users.

August 7, 2019

Apple Music for Android beta adds Dark Mode, time-synced lyrics, more

Apple today has updated the Apple Music beta app for Android with a pair of notable features from iOS 13. With today’s update, Android users can now take advantage of Dark Mode in Apple Music, as well as time-synced lyrics.

April 15, 2019

Racing fans rejoice: Forza Street coming to Android and iOS this year, now available for Windows 10

I’m a huge racing fan. I’ve played racing games since Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit on the original PlayStation, which was the start of a lifelong passion of mine as I now work on old muscle cars to fix them up in my spare time. But, that’s not what you’re here to learn about. Turn 10, the gaming studio behind the ever-popular Forza series announced a new game today dubbed Forza Street.

This new experience is built to be played anytime, anywhere, and specifically for car lovers. It’s available on Windows 10 today and will be coming to both Android and iOS platforms in the coming months.

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