• VLC now runs natively on M1 Macs
    by Sam Byford on January 19, 2021 at 7:27 am

    Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The VergeThe latest update to ubiquitous open-source media player VLC is here, and it comes with native support for Apple silicon Mac computers — the new versions of the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air, and the Mac mini with Apple’s own M1 processor. VLC 3.0.12 also includes some visual tweaks to bring it further in line with Big Sur, the latest version of macOS. Mac apps don’t strictly require native updates to work with the M1 processor, since Apple silicon Macs include Rosetta 2, a translation layer that lets software compiled for x86 processors run surprisingly well on the newer Arm-based hardware. But for an app like VLC, which many users rely on for playback of hefty 4K or 8K video files, the improvements to performance and efficiency could be... Continue reading…

  • New trailers: Cherry, Clarice, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, and more
    by Kim Lyons on January 17, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Andra Day stars in The United States vs. Billie Holiday | HuluI’m getting to the point where there’s so much to stream that I don’t know what to watch first, old shows I want to catch up on, or new shows/movies so I can keep up with all the references on Twitter. But! I am filled with hope for the coming weeks, as there are a slew of interesting-looking trailers for movies I have been waiting to see. The United States vs. Billie Holiday I sort of wish this movie had been named “Strange Fruit” after Holiday’s 1939 song that drew the ire of the FBI, but guessing a lot of people don’t know about this part of Holiday’s life. The great jazz singer who struggled with drug addiction saw the government wreck her career using an undercover sting operation, all over a controversial song. Really looking... Continue reading…

  • Apple is blocking Apple Silicon Mac users from sideloading iPhone apps
    by Mitchell Clark on January 15, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    The error message in macOS 11.1. | Screenshot: Jay PetersApple has turned off users’ ability to unofficially install iOS apps onto their M1 Macs (via 9to5Mac). While iOS apps are still available in the Mac App Store, many apps, such as Dark Sky and Netflix, don’t have their developer’s approval to be run on macOS. Up until now, there was a workaround that allowed the use of third-party software to install the apps without having to use the Mac App Store, but it seems like Apple has remotely disabled it. When we tried to install an unsupported app on an M1 Mac running macOS 11.1, we got an error message saying that we couldn’t install it and should “try again later”. You can see a screenshot at the top of this article. Mac users have been used to having more freedom in what programs they’re... Continue reading…

  • Apple is reportedly prototyping foldable iPhone screens
    by Jacob Kastrenakes on January 15, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The VergeApple has started work on a foldable phone, and it’s begun prototyping foldable screens internally, according to Bloomberg. A final device is likely still years away, the report says, and Apple is working on just the display for now — not the rest of the phone it would attach to. The initial prototypes sound similar to the foldable screens we’ve seen used by Samsung, Motorola, and others. Bloomberg says Apple is looking at making foldable screens with a “mostly invisible hinge” that could unfold to around the size of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The report says that several screen sizes are being discussed, however. Under-display Touch ID is reportedly still in testing for 2021 Apple hasn’t publicly indicated any interest in making a foldable... Continue reading…

  • Apple doesn’t make a MagSafe car charger — here are your options
    by Mitchell Clark on January 15, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Photo: BelkinGetting a MagSafe car charger for your iPhone seems like a simple process, but the current landscape is one of trade-offs: there are no all-in-one solutions that will wirelessly hold and charge your phone and are MagSafe certified to provide up to 15W of power. However, manufactures have been finding workarounds. First, there’s Belkin’s Car Vent Mount Pro, which is the only MagSafe Certified car mount, and it sells for $39.99. Being certified doesn’t mean it provides power, though. You’ll have to plug your phone in with a Lightning cable (which you’d have to do anyway for wired CarPlay compatibility). This does technically let you charge your phone faster than regular wireless charging, but it leaves you messing around with a cable. T... Continue reading…