iTunes movie deals: The Departed and The Hateful Eight under $5, The Goonies $7, and much more

Apple on Tuesday updated its iTunes Store with new deals on movies and other content. Among the discounts are hit titles like The Departed and The Hateful Eight, which are now just under $5, and movies with stories of hope under $10. We also have The Ghostbusters Collection for $18, and much more. Check out the full roundup below.

Get these hit movies for just $5

Movies with stories of hope under $10

Other movie deals worth checking out

Ghostbusters 3-movie collection

Buy for $18

Fantasy Island

Buy for $10

The Goonies

Buy for $7

The Departed

Buy for $5

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Apple Pencil might come back in black

A black Apple Pencil might finally be released.
Apple Pencil looks good in black.
Artist’s Concept: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

To paraphrase an old joke, you can have the Apple Pencil in any color you want as long as that color is white. But an unconfirmed report indicates that’ll change soon. A version of this iPad active stylus in black is supposedly in the offing.

Hopes for a more colorful Apple Pencil…

This news comes from Mr-white, who has a modest history of leaking details of upcoming Apple products. Still, he revealed accurate pics of design changes in the iPad mini 5 quite some time before the 2019 launch of that tablet.

His post today says simply “New Apple Pencil is Black.”

Mr-white doesn’t specify whether he means there’ll be a new color option for the original Apple Pencil, or for the second-generation stylus that works with recent iPad Pro models. Or both. Or even if he means there’s a third-gen model on the way.

… go with dreams for colorful AirPods

Apple Pencil isn’t the only accessory from this company that comes only in white. People have been asking for additional colors for AirPods almost since these truly wireless earbuds launched. And asking in vain.

All Apple cables come only in white. And all its chargers. And every Apple-branded adapter.

But if this unconfirmed report turns out to be true, and the company really makes an Apple Pencil in black, perhaps other colorful accessories won‘t be far behind.

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Apple updates Research app with new hearing test and COVID-19 survey

New updates, new tests and surveys.

What you need to know

  • Apple has released an update to the Apple Research app.
  • The update includes a new hearing test for the Apple Hearing Study.
  • It also adds a new survey for the Apple Heart and Movement Study.

Apple has released an update to the Apple Research app today that brings two new additions to the user experience: a new test and a new survey.

Version 1.3 of the app brings a new test to the Apple Hearing Study called the “Speech in Noise” test. The test is designed to help researchers understand your ability to hear in various conditions.

The update also brings a new survey to the app. The survey, which is located under the Apple Heart & Movement Study, was built to help researchers understand the impact of COVID-19 on daily life.

The update also brings some bug fixes and performance improvements, but Apple did not provide any detail for those updates.

This update includes bug fixes and improvements, including:

• New ‘Speech in Noise’ test in the Apple Hearing Study to help understand participants’ hearing ability under various circumstances, including the presence of background noise

• New survey in the Apple Heart & Movement Study to help understand the impact of COVID-19 on daily life

The Apple Research app currently has three different studies you can participate in: the Apple Women’s Health Study, the Apple Heart and Movement Study, and the Apple Hearing Study.

The future of health research is you! Now you can contribute to groundbreaking health research in women’s health, hearing health or heart health simply by using your Apple Watch and iPhone, and the Research app. Your data and participation will help advance researchers’ understanding of these areas in health that have not been well understood until now and could lead to the development of new products that will help millions lead longer and healthier lives.

  1. Join the Apple Women’s Health Study, conducted in partnership with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and National Institue of Health Sciences to help advance the understanding of menstrual cycles and health conditions such as infertility, osteoporosis, and menopause.

  2. Join the Apple Heart and Movement Study, conducted in partnership with the American Heart Association and Bringham and Women’s Hospital to help advance discovery in heart science and to help us learn how activity and your habits can contribute to a healthier heart.

  3. Join the Apple Hearing Study, conducted in partnership with the University of Michigan to help advance the understanding of how sound exposure levels over time can impact your hearing, stress levels, and cardiac health.

You can download the Apple Research app for free on the App Store.

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U.S. considers tariffs against countries seeking to tax internet firms

On Tuesday, in a move that could lead to new retaliatory tariffs, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said it was launching a “Section 301” investigation into taxes on digital services adopted or under consideration by a number of U.S. trading partner nations.

U.S. tariffs

David Lawder for Reuters:

“President Trump is concerned that many of our trading partners are adopting tax schemes designed to unfairly target our companies,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement. “We are prepared to take all appropriate action to defend our businesses and workers against any such discrimination.”

U.S. President Donald Trump based his nearly two-year trade war with China on a Section 301 investigation into Beijing’s intellectual property and technology transfer practices.

Several European countries are considering such a digital-services tax to raise revenue from the local businesses of companies including Google and Facebook.

Broad negotiations through the OECD to set a global standard for digital taxes have proven elusive, and the coronavirus pandemic has slowed them down.

In a Federal Register notice, the USTR said the probe would cover digital services taxes adopted or under consideration by Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Britain.

MacDailyNews Take: Last December, the U.S. vowed 100% tariffs on $2.4 billion in imports from France over such a digital tax that would harm U.S. tech firms including Apple.

As we wrote back in April 2019:

As per the EU itself, the smart approach for Apple et al. is to lobby for harmonized EU taxation over a state-by-state patchwork of taxes, as that will at least offer simplicity, stability, and predictability.

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These condenser microphones deliver high fidelity audio

When it comes to recording audio, an excellent condenser microphone is an absolute must. Whether you’re recording vocals for a song, or a podcast, condenser microphones will help you get the most of your recording session and keep you sounding professional with low noise and high sensitivity. Here are our favorite condenser microphones that you can buy today.

Amazing value

Blue Yeti

Staff Favorite

When it comes to value, the Yeti by Blue Microphones is second to none. Its USB connection makes it easy to use with just about any setup, and it doesn’t need any drivers to function, so you just plug it in, and you’re off to the races. Its versatility is what shines through, as it has four different recording modes, including an omnidirectional mode that’s great for capturing multiple voices or sounds from around the room.

$130 at Amazon$130 at Best Buy

Fantastic starter kit

Rode NT1KIT

Rode has been making quality microphones for many years, and the NT1KIT is often touted as a stand out due to its high sound pressure level and the warm recordings it produces. It is an XLR microphone, but this starter kit has everything you need to record awesome vocal right in the box. Whether you’re going to be singing or podcasting, the NT1KIT will produce a quality recording every time.

$269 at Amazon

Best for instruments

AKG C414 XLS

For recording single instruments with an XLR mic, the AKG C414 XLS is one of the most sought-after mics by sound engineers and artists alike. With three different attenuation levels (-6/-12/-18dB) is great for getting nice and close to the sound source and recording all the sound that it’s producing.

$750 at Amazon$2,249 at Newegg

Budget friendly

MXL 770

With great bass and a clear high-end, the MXL 770 diaphragm capsule is excellent for multiple purposes. It’s good at capturing vocals and string instruments — including piano. This XLR microphone can fit a wide variety of standard accessories and produces warm recordings every time. Despite being extremely affordable, it still manages to come with a handy travel case, keeping it protected while out on the go.

$82 at Amazon$90 at B&H Photo

XLR recording

Blue Spark SL

A more traditional XLR microphone from Blue Microphones, the Spark SL is a favorite among streamers and podcasters alike for its large-diaphragm capsule, making it excellent at capturing focus sound form a single source. It is an XLR microphone, and it even gives you the ability to change the capsule on the fly (if you buy the extra capsule), which gives the Spark SL the ability to be multi-purpose if you want.

$200 at Amazon$204 at Newegg

Focused USB microphone

Audio-Technica AT2020USBi

Functioning much like a traditional XLR microphone, the Audio-Technica AT2020USBi is ideal for the singer/songwriter in you who loves to record digitally. Being a cardioid condenser microphone, the AT2020USBi performs best when recording sound from a single source located in front of the microphone. What makes the AT2020USBi so great for musicians is its ability to easily fit into shock mounts and mic booms, allowing you to position the microphone perfectly in your space.

$199 at Amazon

Get recording

Whether you are just getting into podcasting or looking to record your next song, condenser microphones offer a great mix of high-quality audio, low noise, and in most cases, an affordable price tag. Even after all of these years, the Blue Yeti is still our goto pick as it is one of the most versatile and accessible microphones out there, and for its price, it provides a ton of value.

Looking for an XLR microphone that comes with everything you need right in the box? Then check out the incredibly affordable, Rode NT1KIT Starter Kit. This set includes a shock mount, pop filter, and XLR cable to go along with the popular ultra-low noise Rode NT1 microphone.

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Here are our favorite cases for iPhone SE (2020)

With a new iPhone SE comes new cases. While your old iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 case might fit, there are lots of new options for you to choose from, instead of using a case that’s already two years old — or more.

For the iPhone SE (2020), Apple chose to adorn the smartphone with a glass back to enable wireless charging. This alone may necessitate a new case, beyond wants for style, lens mounts, lanyard attachments, or wanting an integrated wallet.

We’ve taken some time to source some of our favorite cases, ranging from low-cost bare-bones shells, through eco-friendly options, and some high-end models.

OtterBox

OtterBox Symmetry (left), Pop + Otter (center), and Defender Pro (right)

OtterBox Symmetry (left), Pop + Otter (center), and Defender Pro (right)

Otter + Pop Symmetry

PopSockets are all the rage as of late, and OtterBox is making them even more convenient. With the Otter + Pop Symmetry case, you get a slim, protective case with an integrated PopSocket that is swappable and supports wireless charging. The back of the case is plastic while it has a soft, grip-able silicone edge surrounding it.

Otter + Pop Symmetry Case

Otter + Pop Symmetry Case

The big deal here is the integrated PopSocket. By pressing in and twisting, it can be removed and interchanged for another of your choice. We’ve used PopSockets and they often cause issues with wireless charging and they have a tendency of catching your pocket. This fixes both of these issues. The PopSocket is recessed slightly which make it feel slimmer than your normal PopSocket. Various color combinations retail for between $51 and $59 at OtterBox and Amazon.

The OtterBox Symmetry case is up next and feels slightly more rigid. Not only does it have a strong plastic back, but it is entirely lined with silicone for added impact resistance.

We’ve always been immense fans of the Symmetry case in OtterBox’s lineup because it isn’t as bulky as OtterBox’s other offerings but it still holds up very well.

Our biggest issue with this case is the buttons can be a bit stiff to press. The OtterBox Symmetry case for Apple’s iPhone SE retails for $40.95, but is currently on sale from $9.99 at Amazon.

Defender Pro

Rounding out our OtterBox recommendations is the Defender Pro. This case has certainly slimmed down over the years yet it still remains just as protective.

OtterBox Defender Pro

OtterBox Defender Pro

It has the best drop protection of the lineup and offers a limited lifetime warranty. It is coated in “OtterArmor” which is an antimicrobial coating to fight against germ build-up which is rampant on our phones.

The whole back and sides of the case are rubberized and it even covers the Lightning port at the bottom of the phone. The screen is protected via a built-in film.

It does take a bit more patience to install having to first remove the silicone then separate the plastic shell but if you want protection, those are the trade-offs you make.

OtterBox includes a belt clip too. It rotates around to work at multiple angles and protects the screen further with it facing inwards, against the plastic back of the clip. Although it retails for $60.95, Best Buy is selling the Defender Pro case for $49.99.

Bodyguardz

Bodyguardz iPhone SE cases

Bodyguardz iPhone SE cases

The Harmony case is as sleek as they come. It is a very slim slip-on shell-style case that is quite flexible. It comes in multiple chic colors that increase in opacity as they move from top to bottom. On the top, the case is clear, but by the bottom it is more pronounced. The clear material has a slight texture on the inside and is made of BodyGuardz “Unequal” impact material which is made using Kevlar.

Bodyguardz Harmony speaker covers

Bodyguardz Harmony speaker covers

It features ten feet of drop protection despite its thin nature. One unique feature we appreciate is the protective mesh that covers the speaker and microphone on the bottom of the phone. The side buttons are solid and chromed for another nice accent. The Harmony iPhone SE case is currently on sale for $31.96.

SlideView is another BodyGuardz case that breaks the mold. It has a slightly thicker back and integrates a movable grip. It slide up and down to add a grip where you can slide in your fingers to help hold onto your phone.

SlideVue loop can also be used as a kickstand

SlideVue loop can also be used as a kickstand

That loop also is able to double as a kickstand, great for watching videos on your phone. The SlideVue case for Apple’s 2nd Gen iPhone SE sells for $23.96 at BodyGuardz.

LifeProof

The LifeProof Wake case is riding the eco-friendly wave. It is a hard shell case that is made from 85% ocean-reclaimed plastic. It has reinforced ribs on the interior edges and separate contrasting buttons on the sides. The back of the case is textured with wave-like patterns.

Lifeproof Wake iPhone SE case

Lifeproof Wake iPhone SE case

It also has two meters of drop protection and each purchase goes towards giving back. Verizon Wireless is currently knocking $20 off the LifeProof Wake case, bringing the price down to $19.99.

Moment

Photo Case

Moment’s cases are not only stylish and protective but bring support for Moment’s outstanding mobile lenses. These lenses can be mounted on the iPhone’s lens for versatile shots. This is even more important on the SE that lacks the additional lenses found on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

Moment iPhone SE cases

Moment iPhone SE cases

There are 2X tele lenses, ultra-wide lenses, fisheye lenses, anamorphic lenses, and macro lenses. Perfect for taking your photography to the next level.

Moment’s cases come in a variety of styles, including the black canvas and natural leather wallet options we tested out. The cases have an anchor point at the bottom of a lanyard, too. Several styles are currently on sale at ShopMoment.com.

Speck

Presidio Pro

The most basic of Speck’s cases is the Presidio Pro (on sale at Amazon). It is a semi-flexible case made of two distinct layers. Those dual layers add increased protection for up to ten feet of drop resistance. Hard plastic is on the outside and Speck’s “Impactium” material lines the inside.

The matte exterior is covered in an antimicrobial coating to help kill germs. There is a raised edge that helps protect the phone when placed face-down.

Presidio Stay Clear

With eight-feet of drop protection, the Stay Clear is similar to the Presidio Pro but in a transparent design. It won’t yellow like cheap cases have a tendency to do.

Speck Predisio Pro (left), Presidio Wallet (center), and Presidio Clear (right)

Speck Predisio Pro (left), Presidio Wallet (center), and Presidio Clear (right)

It still has two layers of plastic and Impactium and has the same raised edge for face-down screen protection. The Stay Clear is available at Amazon for $24.48.

Presidio Wallet

Then there is the Presidio Wallet. This wallet-style case has a slim pocket on the back to hold onto a few cards on the back for easy access. Up to three cards will fit, all while staying slim.

It has a plastic body with an Impactium lining and a rubber back to the wallet compartment. It is capable of withstanding ten-foot falls like the Presidio Pro. At press time, the Presidio Wallet is over half off at Amazon.

Urban Armor Gear

Outback Series

The Outback Series from UAG is another eco-friendly option. This biodegradable case is ultra-lightweight and a great premium feel. Once you are done with the case, when placed in a proper composting location, it will entirely break down rather than take up space in a landfill somewhere.

It is still protective though, meeting all military drop test standards.

A quick word of note here, UAG does recommend keeping it away from dark dyes as that can stain the case.

UAG Plasma (left), Outback Series (Second), Monarch (second from right), Civilian (right)

UAG Plasma (left), Outback Series (Second), Monarch (second from right), Civilian (right)

Moving to UAG’s more classic cases, we have the Plasma case ($39.95). This is a very striking case with a semi-transparent back with colored accents on the top and bottom.

It is very light despite its mil-spec drop test rating. The buttons are easily pressed thanks to cutouts along the sides of the buttons which causes them to be less rigid. Raised edges around the camera and the display protect those as well.

Civilian is a less showy option from UAG. Plasma has a great stylized look to it but it can be a bit much, as can the Monarch case. If you want something more subtle, Civilian may be a good option.

It has a simple matte back with slight grooves. The inside is accented by a bright orange color which is a great contrast to the rest of the case. It peeks out just a bit on the lower two corners as well as the top edge of the case.

Like all of UAG’s cases, it meets or exceeds military drop test standards. The Civilian style sells for $49.95.

That brings us to the UAG Monarch. The most luxe case from Urban Armor Gear. It has a five-layer construction including the impact resistant core, to natural leather, to another frame, all held together by a set of screws.

This case looks very cool and is sure to catch someone’s eye. Once more, it also meets military drop test standards. The UAG Monarch case for the iPhone SE 2 can be found on Amazon for $59.95.

Gear4

Crystal Palace

Gear4 doesn’t mess around. With many of its cases, including the Crystal Palace, sporting 13 feet of drop protection, these cases will hold up.

The Crystal Palace case has a very slim design, an anti-microbial coating, and an anti-yellowing feature. It is relying on D30 Crystalex for its impact protection which is a variant of the D30 material used in all of Gear4’s cases.

Compared to other slim clear cases, the Crystal Palace case is rigid instead of flexible. Verizon Wireless currently has the Crystal Palace case on sale for $19.99.

Gear4 Battersea (far left), Wembley (second from left), Oxford (second from right), and Crystal Palace (right)

Gear4 Battersea (far left), Wembley (second from left), Oxford (second from right), and Crystal Palace (right)

The Oxford case from Gear4 is a folio-style case. It has a fabric-covered front panel made from recycled plastic. Behind it are two card slots. Store a couple credit cards or your ID and a backup card for when Apple Pay isn’t available.

The folio portion clips shut, locking on the side of the case but still being easy to open. Propping up the folio allows you to repurpose it as a kickstand.

Again, Gear4 is utilizing D30 as its impact material for the rest of the case with 13 feet of drop protection. The Oxford case sells for $49.99, but AppleInsider readers can save 20% on one item with coupon code INSIDER20 at Gear4.

Wembley is the thinnest of Gear4’s cases. It is ultra-lightweight and is entirely flexible as you put it on your iPhone SE. It feels great to hold with a matter finish along the back and glossy accents towards the top and bottom.

It still relies on D30 but this time only offers ten feet of drop protection which is frankly still quite good.

Wembley also features an anti-microbial coating. This thin and light option is available from Gear4 directly for $23.99 with promo code INSIDER20.

Then we have Battersea. This is the most protective of the lot, offering an outstanding 16 feet of drop protection thanks to D30.

The case isn’t much bigger though. It is still surprisingly thin but a reinforced back that has a two-tone look. The textured back adds extra grip as well.

This case also offers an anti-microbial coating, all for $39.99 with coupon code INSIDER20 at ZAGG.

Pelican

Pelican's durable Voyager Clear

Pelican’s durable Voyager Clear

Pelican’s Voyager case is one of the most durable cases around. This rugged, strong case is rated against the military spec for drop test durability. It has a four-layer construction including a clear back, rigid front edge, and durable impact-resistant rubber layers.

The case is a two-part case, requiring a coin or the edge of the holster to open it apart. Once apart, the iPhone SE is placed inside for strong protection from all angles.

It also has a holster belt clip to keep the phone secure and add additional protection to the display side. Pelican backs it up with a lifetime warranty. Third-party sellers are currently selling the Pelican Voyager case on Amazon for $19.95.

Casery

Protective Hybrid Case

Casery has a flair for style and we see that in spades with its cases for the new iPhone SE. Its Protective Hybrid Case has a slim fit, a clear coat, won’t scratch, has a raised lip, and won’t yellow. All while sporting some fantastic prints.

The Casery floral iPhone SE cases

The Casery floral iPhone SE cases

We picked up a couple models to test, each with their own look. The first has a cheetah-like pattern down the back with clear sides. The other has a simple floral pattern.

These cases make it almost look as if your iPhone a pattern on it with the case just fading into the background. A wide variety of patterns can be found on Amazon for $32.

Rifle Paper Co.

iPhone SE cases

Rifle Paper Co. has some stylish options of its own. Its basic case is clear and very slim. On the clear case are various floral prints that are classy and subtle. They aren’t overly flashy, but elegant.

Rifle Paper Co iPhone SE cases

Rifle Paper Co iPhone SE cases

All its cases offer ten feet of drop protection as well.

Within its lineup is also an eco option. This case looks the same and still has ten feet of drop protection but is made from entirely plant-based materials. It retails for $39.99 on Amazon.

X-Doria

X-Doria is out with its latest updated cases for the new iPhone SE. These reliable cases have been favorites for years. They are very well built, use premium materials, and are very protective for under $30.

X-Doria Defense Sheild iPhoen SE cases

X-Doria Defense Sheild iPhoen SE cases

They are listed as “military-grade,” with machined metal around the edge, a clear polycarbonate back panel, shock-absorbing rubber bumpers, and acoustic channels. The acoustic channels are particularly unique as they direct the speaker forward making the audio appear louder as you listen.

The cases feel great and look great as well. We love being able to see the iPhone’s Apple logo through the back and you are still able to show off the different colorways while adding some color from the machined metal case.

We tested the green, black, and red and aren’t sure which one we’d pick as our favorite.

Case-Mate

ECO94 is an environmentally-friendly line from Case-Mate. We tested out two of their models for our iPhone SE.

eco94 iPhone SE cases

eco94 iPhone SE cases

The Eco-Clear case is a clear, shell-style case that is made with plant-based materials. It is shock-absorbing, made of a single piece of material, and has flexible sides for added grip. It is $39.99 on Amazon.

Then we had the recycled phone case which is similar and made with post-consumer recycled plastics. It has a two-part design and the same ten-foot drop protection found on the Eco-Clear case. The recycled case is also $39.99 on Amazon.

These cases are done as a partnership between Case-Mate and The Nature Conservancy. It is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving water and lens. Case-Mate is helping to plant more than 30,000 trees around the world, going toward The Nature Conservancy’s goal of planting a billion tees.

Tough Clear

The Case-Mate Tough Clear case is a shell-style clear case for the iPhone SE. It has an anti-yellowing feature to help it age well, a lifetime warranty, and ten-feet of drop protection.

It is very thin and the buttons on the side are chromed which is a nice touch. All edges of the phone are covered, including the bottom of the device.

You can also get the Tough Case and a screen protector as part of the “Protection Pack” which includes both. These cases are $27.99 on Amazon.

Tough Groove

CaseMate Tough Clear (far left), Tough Groove (second from left), Twinkle Stardust (second from right), Soap Bubble (far right)

CaseMate Tough Clear (far left), Tough Groove (second from left), Twinkle Stardust (second from right), Soap Bubble (far right)

Tough Groove is similar, keeping the same specs and chromed buttons, but the back is grooved from top to bottom. It has a slight rainbow effect to the clear back panel which gives it an even more unique look.

Twinkle Stardust

Twinkle Stardust is a sparkly case, with many reflective pieces of material embedded in the back of the case. It gives off a subtle twinkle effect as you move the case around.

It offers the same drop protection as all of Case-Mate’s other cases.

Soap Bubble

Soap Bubble is a super cool looking iPhone SE case. It is essentially a clear case, but with a glossy, rainbow-like effect reminiscent of looking at a soap bubble.

In the light, it gives off a slightly purple look but will partially depend on the color of the phone the case is put on.

Invisible Shield

Invisible Shield’s screen protectors are very popular. They of course have new versions out for the SE.

Starting with the Glass+ screen protector, it offers 3X shatter protection compared to an unprotected screen. It has reinforced edges for drops and is very easy to put on.

It clocks in as a 9H on the hardness scale, includes a lifetime warranty, won’t scratch easily, and deflects smudges.

Glass Elite+

The Glass Elite+ model ups the ante, going to 4X the shatter protection. It also integrates anti-bacterial technology to kill 99.99% of surface bacteria. Out of the lot this is the one we’d recommend for most people. It’s priced at $34.99 at Best Buy.

Glass Elite Visionguard+

Invisible Shield Glass Elite Visionguard+

Invisible Shield Glass Elite Visionguard+

If you want to be sure to protect your eyes, then there is the Glass Elite Visionguard+. This has everything from the first two covers but also helps block blue light. This helps alleviate dry, irritated eyes, blurred vision, and prevents sleep disruption. The Glass Elite Visionguard+ is currently out of stock at ZAGG.

Spigen

Slim Armor CS

The Spigen Slim Armor CS is a wallet-style case, adding storage for two cards or some cash right on the back of your phone.

Spigen iPhone SE cases

Spigen iPhone SE cases

It is still a slim case and the back slides open when you need access to your cards.

Our model had a red metallic hue to the body with matte black accents on the top and bottom.

Ultra Hybrid

Ultra Hybrid come in several colors including clear, back, and colored, all with a clear back.

It is very slim, combines a clear and stylish case, and as added grip compared to an unencumbered iPhone.

Neo Hybrid Herringbone

The Neo Hybrid Herringbone case offers a distinctive look. It has a colorful (or not colorful) edge with matte black on the back and bottom of the case. We particularly like this look out of all of Spigen’s cases.

The back is textured with a herringbone pattern and also adds extra grip to the device.

Liquid Air

Liquid Air is the thinnest of the lot. It is made of a rubbery, flexible material that encompasses your device.

The sides are smooth but the back has a subtle triangular pattern. It adds protection while staying as minimal as possible.

Smartish

Kung Fu Grip

Kung Fu grip

Kung Fu grip

We are all about the slim cases, and that is what the Smartish Kung Fu Grip is. It is a flexible material and has a matte finish to it. Just slightly textured which gives you the added grip the case is designed for.

Wallet Slayer Vol. 1

The first volume Wallet Slayer is another wallet-style case.

Wallet Slayer from Smartish

Wallet Slayer from Smartish

This one is flexible and holds three cards on the back. It also has “grippy” sides for added protection though not as slim as the Kung Fu Grip.

Tuff Sheet

Smartish is also known for the screen protectors. It offers a two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors that work with all of its various cases.

Smartish Prop Tart

Smartish Prop Tart

Another fun accessory is the Prop Tart. This is similar to the grip cases above that adds a loop to the back of your phone. Your fingers slide behind to aid you in holding your phone, or it can be extended to act as a kickstand.

Kickstands are helpful for watching videos or even taking a quick FaceTime call.

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Streaming HBO Max won’t count against your AT&T data limit, company confirms

HBO Max officially launched to the public last week, with new applications for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The Verge now reports that HBO Max will be excused from AT&T’s mobile data limits. This means you can stream HBO Max through your AT&T mobile data, without it counting toward your data cap.

The report from The Verge explains that this is all taking place through AT&T’s “sponsored data” program. For example, Hulu or Netflix could theoretically pay AT&T to have its video traffic excused from data caps. Since AT&T owns HBO Max, however, everything zeroes out completely:

According to an AT&T executive familiar with the matter, HBO Max is using AT&T’s ‘sponsored data’ system, which technically allows any company to pay to excuse its services from data caps. But since AT&T owns HBO Max, it’s just paying itself: The data fee shows up on the HBO Max books as an expense and on the AT&T Mobility books as revenue. For AT&T as a whole, it zeroes out. Compare that to a competitor like Netflix, which could theoretically pay AT&T for sponsored data, but it would be a pure cost.

For AT&T and HBO Max fanatics, this is good news on the surface, but the Verge is quick to point out that AT&T is only free to “give itself preferential treatment” because “there’s no net neutrality in the United States anymore.” In fact, no other streaming services appear to be using AT&T’s sponsored data program except those owned by the company.

“The network is the plumbing, and the content is the water. And you’re seeing water and the plumbing kind of coming together,” Tony Goncalves, AT&T’s boss of HBO Max, said in an interview on the Vergecast.

HBO Max has faced quite a bit of criticism since its launch. HBO has completely backed out of Apple TV Channels, while HBO Max is also not available through Roku or Fire TV. Furthermore, HBO Max content is not available in 4K.

Are you an HBO Max subscriber? If so, what do you think of it? Let us know down in the comments!

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New rumor says that the next generation of Apple Pencil will come in black

Get ready for “Apple Pencil Pro”.

What you need to know

  • A new rumor claims Apple Pencil will come in black.
  • The Mr-white Twitter account posted the mysterious rumor today.
  • No other details, such as a potential release date or reason, were provided.

According to a new rumor, the next generation of Apple Pencil could come in an entirely new color. Reported by AppleInsider, a mysterious Twitter account called Mr-white posted today saying that the next Apple Pencil will be released in a new black color.

“New Apple Pencil is Black🌚”

There have so far been no rumors of a new Apple Pencil in general and certainly not anything related to the possibility of a new color. The tweet did not specify any other details, such as when the new color would be released.

So far, the Apple Pencil has only come in the usual glossy and matte white color that covers almost all of Apple’s accessory lineup. All of its accessories like cables, chargers, AirPods, and mice/trackpads are mostly white.

Apple is expected to release a new generation of the iPad Pro with a Mini-LED display, but analysts such as Ming-Chi Kuo said that these devices could not see a release until 2021. If Apple did release a new Apple Pencil, it most likely would not see a debut until the new tablets rolled out as well.

The Mr-white Twitter account is not known for Apple leaks, but recent posts do cover Apple prototypes and testing samples.

It would be highly unusual for Apple to release an accessory in white – AirPods, for instance, have never been released in a different color since they released back in 2016. The only accessories that are released in another color are more for Apple’s “Pro” products. The iMac Pro, for example, has a Space Gray keyboard and trackpad/mouse.

Could Apple’s next Apple Pencil be the “Apple Pencil Pro”? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Apple iPhone 12 Launch to Be Delayed

Another day, another supply chain report to corroborate the ongoing rumor that the iPhone 12 launch will be delayed. According to the latest news published in Digitimes, sources familiar with the supply chain claim the current production rate suggests an October and not a September launch.

Volume production of new mainstream iPhone models to start in 3Q20 say sources […] the planned launch of Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup, reportedly to come in four models and three sizes, is likely to be in October instead of September.

Digitimes

According to DigiTimes, Apple is ramping up the production of its 6.1-inch iPhone 12 model. Apple is focusing on this model initially with the other models to follow.

The reason for this staggered production is unknown, but it could be related to suppliers and assembly logistics.

Reports suggest LG may be supplying the OLED display for this entry-level model instead of Samsung. In the past, LG has struggled to meet Apple’s stringent quality testing and high volume production needed to launch an iPhone. The manufacturer may be starting earlier to compensate for possible delays.

Sources also claim the display used in the entry-level 6.1-inch iPhone 12 may be more challenging to assemble than the high-end displays being supplied by Samsung. The Samsung displays ship with built-in touch functionality and does not require installing a separate touch layer, which simplifies and speeds up manufacturing.

Apple is expected to debut four models of the iPhone 12 sometime this fall. The lineup includes a smaller 5.4-inch iPhone 12 with some entry-level specs.

Apple is also preparing an entry-level 6.1-inch model along with two iPhone 12 Pro models.

All iPhone 12 models will ship with an OLED display, though the Pro models may include Apple’s ProMotion technology, which boosts the refresh rate to 120Hz. The new iPhones also will offer 5G connectivity and the company’s new A14 processor.

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Facebook now lets you delete everything you’ve posted in bulk, here’s how it works

Facebook has launched a new feature to let you see everything you’ve shared on the social media platform, search with filters like “date” or “people,” and bulk delete Facebook posts. This makes it easier to quickly remove unwanted content tied to your profile (although there’s still room for improvement). Read along below for how it all works.

Odds are good there are some posts you’ve made on Facebook over the years that you’d prefer not to be around and searchable.

To improve the experience of finding and deleting Facebook posts, the company has finally added the functionality in the “Activity Log” to filter and bulk delete or archive any of the posts you’ve made (via Washington Post).

How to bulk delete Facebook posts

For now, the option to filter and bulk delete Facebook posts is only available on iOS and Android (support on the web coming at some point).

  1. Open Facebook on your iPhone or Android smartphone
  2. Head to your profile page by tapping your photo on the Facebook homescreen (top left corner)
  3. Now tap the Go to Activity Log button (if you don’t see it featured up top, tap the 3-dot icon > Activity Log)
  4. Tap Manage Activity at the top then choose Your Posts
  5. You can now select multiple posts to bulk delete or archive
  6. Tap Filters at the top to sort your posts by category, date, or people
  7. Select the posts you’d remove and tap delete or archive

The new feature is still rolling out so be sure to check back if you’re not seeing it now.

Hopefully, Facebook will improve the filters option to include the ability to search for specific terms in the future.

As noted when you delete a post(s) Facebook will completely remove them after 30 days. If you choose the archive option, others won’t be able to see the content anymore but it will remain on Facebook.

Here’s how the process looks:

How to bulk delete Facebook posts walkthrough

At the beginning of the year, the company also rolled out a tool to remove all connections you’ve made with third-party services through Facebook:

And if you’ve found you’re ready to leave Facebook for good, you can download a copy of all your information and choose to delete or deactivate your account here.

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