As promised, Netflix’s user reviews are no more

Netflix user reviews are no more. Sure, chances are pretty decent you didn’t realize Netflix still had reviews at this point, but the video streaming giant has delivered on its promise to do away with the one-time mainstay of the service. Last month, it informed recent users that reviews would be sunset soon. Netflix dropped the […]

Netflix user reviews are no more. Sure, chances are pretty decent you didn’t realize Netflix still had reviews at this point, but the video streaming giant has delivered on its promise to do away with the one-time mainstay of the service.

Last month, it informed recent users that reviews would be sunset soon. Netflix dropped the feature this week with little fanfare, simply updating the “How do I post reviews on Netflix” section of its help page to read, “You can no longer post reviews on Netflix.” Fair enough, I guess.

The service has slowly evolved its recommendation engine over the year, putting plenty of effort into one of its primary drivers of user engagement. Review were slowly moved into the background to make way for new features, including the current thumbs up/thumbs down offering.

As Variety notes, while some continued to use reviews up until the end, the loss of reviews hasn’t exactly been met with a widespread backlash from users. Not a thumbs up, nor a thumbs down, so much as a collective indifference to the end of once key feature. 

Apple’s about to kill off its iPad mini lineup

We are less than a month away from Apple’s iPhone event. Everything seems to indicate that we will see a massive refresh of Apple devices, except for the iPad mini. iPad mini will not get a refresh in 2018 iPad is without a doubt the most popular…

We are less than a month away from Apple’s iPhone event. Everything seems to indicate that we will see a massive refresh of Apple devices, except for the iPad mini. iPad mini will not get a refresh in 2018 iPad is without a doubt the most popular tablet in the world, as is evidenced by its impressive quarterly sales figures. In addition to its reliability and Apple’s mature ecosystem, the iPad’s biggest advantage is that it comes in different sizes with different hardware specifications. Each of these models caters to a specific market segment. Some users like to use 12.9-inch behemoths whereas some users

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The Kindle Voyage is no longer available from Amazon

The Kindle Voyage is no more. The e-reader is currently unavailable through Amazon, as noted by a few sites. You can still pick up a refurbed version through the retailer, but listings for the new model note that, “[t]his item is only available from third-party sellers.” TechCrunch confirmed that the product is no longer available […]

The Kindle Voyage is no more. The e-reader is currently unavailable through Amazon, as noted by a few sites. You can still pick up a refurbed version through the retailer, but listings for the new model note that, “[t]his item is only available from third-party sellers.”

TechCrunch confirmed that the product is no longer available with Amazon, which noted, “that customer response to Kindle Voyage has been incredibly positive and we’ve sold out.” While Amazon’s refusing to disclose any further information, if there was a refresh on the way, the company likely would have noted as much on the site as is its custom. 

All of this probably means there’s either new model on the way or, more than likely, the Voyage has been sunset. The device was first introduced in 2014 as a thinner, lighter and generally more premium version of the popular reader. The arrival of the higher end Oasis two years later, however, has made the product a bit redundant.

The culling of the line was probably a bit overdue, really. Amazon’s the far and away leader in devoted e-readers, but even without the Voyage in the lineup, there’s plenty of variety to be had in a still fairly narrow space.

Jack Dorsey admits Twitter hasn’t ‘figured out’ approach to fake news

Jack Dorsey is hedging his bets. In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, the beard-rocking CEO said Twitter is reluctant to commit to a timetable for enacting policies aimed at curbing heated political rhetoric on the site. The executive’s lukewarm comments reflect an embattled social network that has been the brunt of criticism from both […]

Jack Dorsey is hedging his bets. In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, the beard-rocking CEO said Twitter is reluctant to commit to a timetable for enacting policies aimed at curbing heated political rhetoric on the site.

The executive’s lukewarm comments reflect an embattled social network that has been the brunt of criticism from both sides of the political divide. The left has taken Twitter to task for relative inaction over incendiary comments from far right pundits like Alex Jones. The site was slow to act, compared to the likes of services including YouTube, Facebook and even YouPorn (yep).

When it ultimately did ban Jones’ Infowars, it was a seven day “timeout.” That move, expectedly, has drawn scrutiny from the other side of the aisle. Yesterday, Trump tweeted a critique of social media in general, that is generally being regarded as a thinly-veiled allusion to his embattled supporter, Jones.

Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others

Trump also recently called for an end to what the right has deemed the “shadow banning” of conservative voices on social media.

“How do we earn peoples’ trust?” the CEO asked rhetorically during the conversation. “How do we guide people back to healthy conversation?”

Dorsey suggested that his company is “more left-leaning,” a notion that has made him extra cautious of blowback from the right. He also continued his position of refusing to hold the company to be accountable for fact-checking, a policy that runs counter to proclamations of other social media like Facebook.

“We have not figured this out,” Dorsey said, “but I do think it would be dangerous for a company like ours… to be arbiters of truth.”

For now, Dorsey and co. appear to be in a holding pattern, an indecisiveness that has drawn fire from all sides. The exec pines for a less polarized dialogue, citing NBA and K-Pop accounts as examples of Twitter subcultures that have been more measured in their approach.

Of course, anyone who’s spent time reading replies to LeBron or The Warriors can tell you that that’s a pretty low bar for discourse.

The fact of the matter is that this is the state of politics in 2018. Things are vicious and rhetoric can be incendiary. All of that is amplified by social media, as political pundits lean into troubling comments, conspiracy theory and outright lies to drive clicks. 

Dorsey, says he’s pushing for policies “that encourage people to talk and to have healthy conversation.” Whatever Twitter’s “small staff” might have in the works, it certainly feels a long way off.

How the MBP Touch Bar tools change for the Mac App Store in Mojave

You can purchase apps and games from the Mac App Store with one touch thanks to the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro.

Thanks to Touch ID on the MacBook Pro, you can use your fingerprint to make Mac App Store purchases and access content requiring your Apple ID password. Not only does it make it easier to quickly download apps and games you want, but it also means you can create a long, complex Apple ID password without worrying about how often you’ll have to enter it.

We, naturally, have an inclination to make life easier for ourselves. When it comes to passwords we know we’ll be using regularly, it might be tempting to create something simple, easy to remember, and short. We know it’s a bad idea, but sometimes, we do things we know are bad if it makes our lives a little easier.

Now that the MacBook Pro has Touch ID, I’ve created an ultra complex, long, and strong password to keep my Apple ID safe. With the Touch Bar and Touch ID, you can use your fingerprint instead of typing in that…

You can purchase apps and games from the Mac App Store with one touch thanks to the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro.

Thanks to Touch ID on the MacBook Pro, you can use your fingerprint to make Mac App Store purchases and access content requiring your Apple ID password. Not only does it make it easier to quickly download apps and games you want, but it also means you can create a long, complex Apple ID password without worrying about how often you'll have to enter it.

We, naturally, have an inclination to make life easier for ourselves. When it comes to passwords we know we'll be using regularly, it might be tempting to create something simple, easy to remember, and short. We know it's a bad idea, but sometimes, we do things we know are bad if it makes our lives a little easier.

Now that the MacBook Pro has Touch ID, I've created an ultra complex, long, and strong password to keep my Apple ID safe. With the Touch Bar and Touch ID, you can use your fingerprint instead of typing in that strong, annoying password.

How to search for content in the Mac App Store with the Touch Bar

When you open the Mac App Store, the first thing you will see on the Touch Bar is a list of categories. With just a tap, you can switch between Featured, Top Charts, Categories, Purchased, and Updates. Tap a tab to switch to the selected window in the Mac App Store.

If you want to search for a specific title, tap the Search icon, which looks like a magnifying glass. Your cursor will automatically jump to the search bar in the Mac App Store window.

In macOS Mojave's current developer beta, there is no method for searching for content in the Mac App Store, nor is there a list of categories. This may change before the final build of Mojave, but for now, the Touch Bar is pretty much useless in the Mac App Store, though Touch ID is still the best way to make purchases.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

How to use Touch ID to make Mac App Store purchases

There isn't much to what the Touch Bar does in the Mac App Store, but Touch ID is where the MacBook Pro shines. You can make purchases, check your account settings, and more with just the touch of your finger.

Make sure you've registered your fingerprint with Touch ID before trying to use the feature in the Mac App Store.

  1. Launch the Mac App Store.
  2. Select a Mac app that you haven't already previously downloaded.
  3. Click Buy.
  4. Enter your Apple ID password when prompted.
  5. Click Yes when asked if you want to use Touch ID for future purchases.

From now on, you will be able to use Touch ID to make purchases in the Mac App Store instead of having to enter your Apple ID password every time.

Note: Just like using Touch ID on the iPhone, sometimes you'll have to manually enter your Apple ID password, so make sure you have a copy of it written down somewhere, or you have it stored in a password manager.

If, for some reason, Touch ID isn't working for you in the Mac App Store, check out our troubleshooting guide.

How to customize the Touch Bar for the Mac App Store

Unfortunately, you can't. Here is one of those times when I wish Apple would have put a little more effort into designing the Touch Bar for an app. There are a couple of cool sub-menus that Apple could have included that would make using the Touch bar special.

For example, when viewing an app's summary page, I'd love to see a secondary Touch Bar list of tools like copying the app link, sharing it on Twitter and Facebook, and telling a friend.

When in the Updates tab, it would be cool if there were a tool right on the Touch Bar to let me "Update All" with just a tap.

Apple always has the ability to update the tools and options for the Touch Bar, and this is one place I hope it does.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about using the Touch Bar or Touch ID in the Mac App Store? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out!

Updated August 2018: Added information about how the Touch Bar works in macOS Mojave (beta).

CallBar X – Unobtrusive call bar for iPhone X and below

Another day, another tweak. CallBar X realizes the coveted “call bar” concept for iPhone. Here’s how you can download and use this tweak on your iPhone. How CallBar X works The stock call view of iPhone that takes up the entire screen…

Another day, another tweak. CallBar X realizes the coveted “call bar” concept for iPhone. Here’s how you can download and use this tweak on your iPhone. How CallBar X works The stock call view of iPhone that takes up the entire screen, even when you are in the middle of something important. Ideally, iOS should display a minimalistic call screen but it doesn’t. That is where this new tweak comes in. CallBar X brings an unobtrusive call bar for incoming and outgoing calls on your iPhone. It is developed by renowned developer Elias Limneos. Here’s a video demonstration of this tweak.

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A mouse pad, portable SSD, and more are discounted today

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We found plenty of great deals today that include big discounts on the Essential Phone, the SteelSeries mouse pad, a portable SSD, and more!

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Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered.

We found plenty of great deals today that include big discounts on the Essential Phone, the SteelSeries mouse pad, a portable SSD, and more!

If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!