AWS opens the door to macOS for developers via Mac mini

Instances run on Mac minis will give developers a virtual environment on which to design apps for the Mac, iPhone, and other Apple devices.

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Developers who need to create apps on a Mac can now do so virtually courtesy of Amazon Web Services (AWS). On Monday, Amazon announced the availability of macOS instances on AWS via the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Run on Mac minis, the new virtual environment will let AWS customers run on-demand instances to build, test, and package apps on macOS. With EC2, developers will be able to design apps for the iPhone, the iPad, the Mac, the Apple Watch, the Apple TV, and Safari using AWS’s scalable and pay-as-you-go structure.

SEE: AWS Summit Online highlights (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

The EC2 Mac instances will be hosted on an array of Mac mini computers outfitted with Intel’s 8th generation 3.2 GHz (4.6 GHz turbo) Core i7 processors, 6 physical cores, 12 logical cores, and 32 GiB (Gibibytes) of memory.

Powered by Amazon’s AWS Nitro System, the Macs will offer up to 10 Gbps of Virtual Private Cloud network bandwidth and 8 Gbps of Elastic Block

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How to record, edit, and keep your Voice Memos in sync across iOS and macOS

Recording Voice Memos and having them synchronize across all devices through iCloud has become extremely easy with iOS 14. There’s a new way to enhance recordings.

Over the past few years, Apple has greatly improved the Voice Memos application to allow for multi-device syncing through iCloud, improved audio recording, and bringing the app to all the Apple platforms that contain microphones (including the Apple Watch).

SEE: iPhone 12 event: What Apple announced at its 2020 Hi Speed event (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

In this article, we’ll take a look at how to use the Voice Memos app, how to edit recordings, and how to sync them across your devices. We’ll also offer up some alternatives for those who need more out of their voice recordings.

How to record in the Voice Memos app

To begin a new voice recording in the Voice Memos app, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Voice Memos app
  2. Tap the red record button (Figure A)

Figure A

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You can pause a recording easily, then resume recording by tapping the red Pause/Resume button in the recording UI.

Once you tap on the red record button, Voice Memos will begin recording using the default microphone

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2021 Mazda3 Hatchback review: Stylish and fun, no turbo required

Soul red is a deep, rich color.


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The big deal for the 2021 Mazda3 is the addition of a new turbo engine. Roadshow’s Andrew Krok recently tested the 2021 Mazda3 and it sounds pretty good, but not everyone is looking for a big turbo punch. Thankfully, even without a wallop of power, the Mazda3 is still really, really good.

Like

  • Very fun to drive
  • Sophisticated styling
  • Manual transmission still offered
  • Available all-wheel drive

Don’t Like

  • Lackluster infotainment
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Poor rear visibility

You can buy the 2021 Mazda3 as a sedan or hatchback, in base S, Select, Preferred or Premium trims. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for an extra $1,400.

No matter how you slice it, the Mazda3 looks great. I prefer the swoopy lines and bulbous butt of the hatchback to the sedan’s more staid shape, but even in base form, this car looks 100% better than a Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra or Toyota Corolla. Of course, the sloping roofline and thick C-pillars mean the hatchback doesn’t have the best rear sightlines, and cargo space falls behind the Mazda’s competitors, too. The 2021 Mazda3 hatch has just over 20

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How to send Nintendo Switch screenshots directly to your phone


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Say you’re playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and you’re appreciating a particularly stunning vista. You want to get a screenshot on your phone or computer, what do you do? Until now, you’d have to publish said screenshot to Facebook or Twitter and then download it from there. But on Tuesday Nintendo released a new firmware patch for the Switch that streamlines this process.

When viewing a screenshot on your Switch, you’ll now have a “send to smartphone” option. This will bring up a QR code, which you’ll scan with your phone to get the snap. Alternately, you can connect Switch to computer via USB and get the files that way.

Though QR codes aren’t the most seamless thing, this means you no longer have to publish screenshots to social media only to delete them straight after downloading them — or resort to starting a burner Twitter account specifically for screenshots. 

The firmware update also adds a Trending feature that shows you what games people on your friend list have been playing recently, as well as 12 new user

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Cyber Monday 2020: The Best Tech Deals

The holiday shopping season is here, and many retailers are participating in Cyber Monday sales. This guide helps you find the best bargains on tech products.

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Many shoppers look forward to Black Friday and Cyber Monday every year–after all, it’s one of the best times to get that shopping list for holiday gifts whittled down without breaking the bank. This guide lists where to find great Cyber Monday deals on smartwatches/fitness trackers, smartphones, headphones, TVs, and more. Disclaimer: These sales run for a limited time only; prices are subject to change, and quantities are limited.

(If you’re looking for PS5 and Xbox Series X details, don’t miss these articles: PS5 restock for Cyber Monday: When and where to buy the next-gen gaming console, and Xbox Series X restock for Cyber Monday: Where to buy the next-gen gaming system. Also, check out this article: Linux Foundation offers 40% off courses, bootcamps, and exams with Cyber Monday deal.) 

SEE: Hardware inventory policy (TechRepublic Premium)

Great Cyber Monday tech deals

Cyber Monday deals from Best Buy, Walmart, and Target

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Safari for iOS 14 and Big Sur: How to prevent websites from tracking your moves online

Apple has deployed a privacy feature in iOS 14 and macOS 11 Safari that disables trackers from learning about which websites you visit. Learn all about this new feature and how to use it.

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Apple has introduced a new feature in Safari in iOS 14 and macOS 11 Big Sur that includes a new privacy tracking feature that will let you know which websites are tracking you and display the trackers that Safari has blocked. This feature helps to give insight into just how many websites employ trackers to track you across the web and market to you using your data.

SEE: iPhone 12 event: What Apple announced at its 2020 Hi Speed event (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

In this tutorial, we’ll delve into this new tracking feature, learning how to enable and disable it as well as keep apps and websites from being able to track you across the web.

What does the privacy report in Safari do?

In iOS 14 and macOS 11, Apple introduced the Privacy Report feature in Safari. This feature displays a report of the website that you’re looking at and what trackers are being used. It shows both trackers that employ cross-site tracking

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