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Zac Hall

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Ocean Springs, MS, United States

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Recent:
  • 9to5Mac
Past:
  • The Clarion-Ledger

Recent articles by Zac:

iPhone 9, 13-inch MacBook update, (RED) Apple Watch — is an Apple event around the corner?

It’s still too early to call it, but there just might be enough rumors circulating to predict a Spring 2020 Apple Event. From iPhone 9 (or SE 2) to Product (RED) Apple Watches, it’s not hard to imagine what could pack a 90 minute presentation around March. Spring events happen (sometimes) There are two Apple … → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 261: An interview with Astronaut Reisman, ‘For All Mankind’ consultant for Apple TV+

Special guest Astronaut Garrett Reisman joins Zac and Benjamin to discuss his experience with ‘For All Mankind’ on Apple TV+. Dr. Reisman joined NASA in 1998, traveled to space on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2008 and Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2010, and performed three spacewalks from the International Space Station. Dr. Reisman is also … → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 260: Apple security and the FBI, ‘Pro Mode’ for Macs

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case repair program, the new Sensei app for Mac, Apple’s AI startup acquisition, the new Apple security battle with the FBI, racked mounted Mac Pro launch, a new ‘Pro Mode’ coming to Macs, and the latest Apple TV+ developments. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available … → Read More

9to5Mac Watch Time episode 13: Silent health guardian, 2020 goals, Activity Challenge

This week on 9to5Mac Watch, Zac explores recent stories that show how the Apple Watch can be your silent health guardian with fall detection and heart rate alerts, his experience testing Series 5 battery life in different modes during half marathon races, short term and long term goals with Apple Watch in 2020, and more. … → Read More

'Beastie Boys Story' doc from Spike Jonze coming to Apple TV+ in April after IMAX debut

We all know you gotta fight for your right to party, and Apple is joining that fight this spring. The all-new “Beastie Boys Story” documentary is coming to Apple TV+ in April after a limited release in IMAX Theaters. Apple announced the nonfiction film that tells the inside story of the hip-hop group from the … → Read More

Three half marathon Apple Watch Series 5 battery tests with LTE, always-on display, and Apple Music

I ran three half marathons in November and December with the Apple Watch Series 5. Each 13.1-mile race was an opportunity to test how different modes affected both battery life and the running experience. Battery life results after running for about 2.5 hours varied with each configuration: 40%, 8%, and 51%. The first test took place … → Read More

macOS Catalina: How to use the new Find My app for locating devices and friends

9to5Mac is brought to you by CleanMyMac X. Find hidden junk, large old folders, unused apps, and heavy memory consumers. You can also use CleanMyMac X to remove malware, unwanted pop-ups, and virus extensions. macOS Catalina introduces a brand new app from Apple called Find My. The app is the Mac version of two apps … → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 259: Apple at CES 2019, Services era, iPhone Night mode contest

Apple wins CES with AirPods emoji, Global Privacy Senior Director Jane Horvath talks privacy on behalf of Apple, PopSocket now works with wireless charging, HomeKit advances in 2020, Apple marks a new era of Services, iPhone 11 has a new Night mode photo contest this month, and much more. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on … → Read More

Apple Watch fall detection sends paramedics to the rescue when San Francisco e-biker hit by car

For most of us, fall detection on the Apple Watch is one feature we hope to never need. For William Bout, a designer based in San Francisco, the feature on newer Apple Watches is indispensable. Bout was knocked unconscious when a car hit them during their morning commute to work this week. Fortunately, the Apple … → Read More

macOS Catalina: How to backup photos and videos with iCloud Photos

9to5Mac is brought to you by CleanMyMac X. Find hidden junk, large old folders, unused apps, and heavy memory consumers. You can also use CleanMyMac X to remove malware, unwanted pop-ups, and virus extensions. Photos and videos are some of our most precious digital data that we never want to lose. That’s why macOS Catalina … → Read More

Pioneer's 2020 Wireless CarPlay lineup includes a premium 10.1-inch floating receiver for your old car

Pioneer was first to bring Apple CarPlay to aftermarket receivers over five years ago. The electronics company is shipping a major upgrade to its NEX in-dash receivers in 2020. Newly announced Pioneer receivers will best most of the standard CarPlay receivers included in new cars today. Pioneer has one model in particular that I’m anticipating … → Read More

Apple Watch saves Brazilian man after heart alerts lead to life-threatening tachycardia diagnosis

We’re only a few days into the new year and the Apple Watch is already being credited with saving lives. Talk about new year, new you! Jorge Freire Jr. was returning home when his Apple Watch alerted him to an elevated heart rate. It turns out it was tachycardia, a heart rhythm disorder that can … → Read More

Twitter for Mac now has (very basic) Touch Bar support on MacBook Pro and Sidecar

It’s tough to complain about Twitter for Mac these days. After a disappointing history on the Mac that ended with no official client for a while, Twitter used Apple’s Mac Catalyst technology to bring the iPad app to the Mac last fall. The latest version of Twitter for Mac brings the app one step closer to … → Read More

Covering a SpaceX rocket launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center with the iPhone 11 Pro Max

I recently had the incredible experience of attending a SpaceX rocket launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA Social hosted the event that included close-up access to NASA’s massive Vehicle Assembly Building, the historic 39B launch pad, and an awesome view of a Falcon 9 rocket launch. Below are some of my favorite … → Read More

Apple selling Sonos without Alexa or Assistant as speaker company says Google and Amazon stole patents

Sonos has had a busy transition into the new year. The wireless speaker maker’s recycling program turned problematic, its premium products saw a price increase, and today it sued Google and accused Amazon of stealing its patents. Apple has a small role in the latest Sonos story too. The gist of the argument against Amazon … → Read More

Apple's Breathe app on the Apple Watch has been confusing people for years

Does your Apple Watch keep reminding you to breathe? You’re not alone. People all over the world are interrupted by the Apple Watch reminding them to breathe every day — even if they’re already breathing. So what gives? Does the Apple Watch detect stress? One of the most common misconceptions about Breathe alerts is that … → Read More

Apple’s Breathe app on the Apple Watch has been confusing people for years

Does your Apple Watch keep reminding you to breathe? You’re not alone. People all over the world are interrupted by the Apple Watch reminding them to breathe every day — even if they’re already breathing. So what gives? → Read More

macOS Catalina: How to master Dark Mode for Mac

macOS 10.15 improves how Dark Mode works with new features. Learn how to master new features Dark Mode for macOS Catalina. → Read More

Snapchat dropped over $160M on deepfake maker AI Factory for recent video feature

You’re not officially in 2020 until you’ve been acquainted with deepfakes, those misleading videos that replace one subject with another using artificial neural networks. While some have already used this technology to deceive the masses, Snapchat recently spent over $160 million on its own deepfake technology for hopefully less deceptive purposes. TechCrunch has confirmed earlier … → Read More

macOS Catalina: How to turn your iPad into a second display with Sidecar

9to5Mac is brought to you by CleanMyMac X. Find hidden junk, large old folders, unused apps, and heavy memory consumers. You can also use CleanMyMac X to remove malware, unwanted pop-ups, and virus extensions. Sometimes the best way to get your work done is by expanding your canvas with a second display. It’s screen real … → Read More