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a great gift that arrives before Christmas

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Despite the fact that it has been on the market for two years, the MacBook Air (2020) with M1 chip It continues to be one of the most interesting laptops due to its performance and autonomy. This Amazon offer leaves it at a close price prior to renewal and with delivery before Christmas: 979 euros.

Apple MacBook Air Laptop (2020): Apple M1 Chip, 13-Inch Retina Display, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID Sensor, Color Gold

Apple MacBook Air Laptop (2020): Apple M1 Chip, 13-Inch Retina Display, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID Sensor, Color Gold

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With a recommended retail price of 1,219 euros in the official Apple Store and authorized suppliers, at Amazon you can get the MacBook Air M1 with a good 20% discount that leaves it at 979 euros; a discount of 240 euros which is good for those who are looking for this laptop to give away at Christmas.

Macbook Air M1 Sale

The MacBook Air (2020) is a laptop with 13.3-inch Retina display and high resolution, ideal for design tasks and consuming multimedia content in good quality. It integrates the M1 chip along with 8 GB of unified memory, a combination that optimally runs the macOS operating system.

One of its strengths is autonomy, since it reaches up to 18 hours per charge (depending on use), allowing users to stop worrying about the charger. It does not have fans, so it is a completely silent team. With an HD webcam for video calls and a backlit keyboard, it has a Touch ID fingerprint sensor for security and Apple Pay payments.

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If you sign up for Amazon Prime, you have a 30-day free trial (after 49.90 euros per year) to enjoy free fast shipping, priority access to offers, services such as Prime Video, Prime Music and unlimited photo storage. Also, if you are a student, becoming a Prime Student costs half as much and you have a 90-day trial. You can also try services like Kindle Unlimited or Audible free for 30 days.

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Apple is preparing iOS 16.3.1, which will be available soon

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The latest update is iOS 16.3 and the next will be iOS 16.3.1. MacRumors has spotted traces of devices running under this version, thus confirming that Apple is currently preparing this update which, one imagines, will be corrective.

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There is currently no information regarding the fixes that iOS 16.3.1 will offer for iPhone users. Same speech for iPadOS 16.3.1 on the side of the iPad. The update should be coming soon. It is possible that Apple offers it directly without going through the beta phase.

For its part, iOS 16.3 saw the light of day in final version on January 23rd. There were a few new additions to the program, including support for physical security keys, support for HomePod 2, advanced data protection for iCloud encryption, and other changes.

It is also to be expected that Apple will offer iOS 16.4. For once, it is quite surprising to see that Apple has still not offered a beta. It generally arrives more or less quickly after the availability of the final version of an intermediate update. Except that there is nothing new since January 23 with iOS 16.3.

We also recently saw that Apple was testing devices running iOS 17. But that’s absolutely no surprise. The presentation of iOS 17 should logically take place in June during WWDC.

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Seven little-known shortcuts for the iPhone, but essential in my day to day

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The Shortcuts app is that app on our iPhone —also iPad and Mac— that we never open it until some specific shortcut makes us see its usefulness and then we use it every day too. There are many times that I have seen this story up close and with that in mind today I have compiled seven little-known shortcuts that are essential in my day to day.

I generally try to keep my shortcuts to a minimum, to avoid having to dig through too many options once I’m in the app or on an item’s share sheet, but I use the ones I have very regularly. Some, in fact, are shortcuts of shortcuts, bringing together options with a menu to choose from. In any case, without getting ahead of events, let’s start at the beginning.

An app that always adapts to our needs

The shortcut that I use the most in my day to day is the one that ChatGPT brings to Siri, which we already talked about in another article. A shortcut that allows us talk to OpenAI artificial intelligence using Sirithat is, by voice, and at the same time being able to write directly, just a touch away on the iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch.

My second favorite shortcut is very simple, but really useful. I call it SafariWatch and it allows me browse the internet from the Apple Watch very comfortably. It is true that we can open any website that we receive, for example, in a message, directly on the watch, but what I wanted was faster access to specific sites. When I launch SafariWatch, it asks me if I want to use my bookmarks or enter a URL, and I’m automatically on the site I want to see.

Another shortcut I use a lot is a really simple one. Word Count does exactly that, counting both the words and the characters, with spaces, of the text that is on the clipboard at run time. useful for see if a tweet or toot will fit on your site or if a headline is too long, for example.


ChatGPT in Siri format or as Shortcut on iPhone.

Creating a random and strong password in Safari is very easy, but sometimes we need a password and we are not registering with any specific site. In these cases how do we create a password? Easy with the Password shortcut that with a single execution copies a random password to the clipboard and also saves it in Reminders to prevent us from losing it by copying other elements.

Links is another shortcut that is vital in my day to day. It is quite personal, so I am not going to share it here, but I am going to tell you about its dynamics. It’s about a repository of important links that I have to access regularly. Instead of having to consult a note, for example, I run the shortcut and it presents me with a menu with all the options. A simple tap on the one I need and it’s copied to the clipboard, ready to paste wherever you need it.

Another shortcut that I find really useful deals with place Applesfera watermarks directly on photos which then has to be published. To simplify management as much as possible and make it as compact as possible, it contains the images in Base64 and, before executing the overlay action, decodes them. Then save the resulting images to your desktop, ready to be uploaded to any article.

Finally, my list is completed by a shortcut that we have already talked about in Applesfera. One that allows us to turn Safari into an RSS reader using a shortcut and the reading list. A form of be aware of some publications without having to resort to third-party apps or services and being able to check the news on our iPhone, iPad or Mac very easily.

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Undoubtedly each of us can make this same list and the result will be clearly different. In fact, this is one of the strengths of the Shortcuts app, which adapts to our needs and even evolves with the way we use our devices. An app that enhances any of the ones we already have and that brings our iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch closer to greater efficiency.

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Apple and Google must ban TikTok according to a US senator

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Michael Bennet, a Democratic US Senator from Colorado, is calling on Apple and Google to ban the TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. He cites national security reasons.

Banned for TikTok?

The TikTok social network is controlled by the Chinese group ByteDance and it has already been accused of collecting user data and then sharing it with the Chinese government. The company has always denied these accusations, but doubts remain among some politicians, especially in the United States.

So here is US Senator Michael Bennet who wrote a letter to Tim Cook (Apple boss) and Sundar Pichai (Google boss) asking them to ban TikTok, saying that no company subject to the “The dictates of the Chinese Communist Party should not have the power to accumulate so much data on the American people or provide content to nearly a third of our population”. He writes :

TikTok’s vast influence and aggressive data collection pose a specific threat to US national security because of its parent company’s obligations under Chinese law. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law decrees that any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with state intelligence work. Article 14 gives Chinese state security agencies the power to demand cooperation from companies like ByteDance, while Articles 16 and 17 allow intelligence officers to access relevant materials and files and use its communication tools and facilities.

He goes on to cite a June 2022 article revealing that TikTok employees had access to US user data between September 2021 and January 2022. “Everything is seen in China”had indicated an employee of the social network.

In view of the situation, the senator concludes his letter by stating: “Given these serious and growing concerns, I urge you to immediately remove TikTok from your respective app stores”.

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