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Star Trek: Discovery shows us a side of the Federation we’ve never seen

Enlarge / Welcome to Star Trek: Discovery. (credit: CBS)

The debut of Star Trek: Discovery last night was unlike any other TV series premiere. It was a cultural event that people have been analyzing and anticipating for years. There are now three generations of people who grew up with Star Trek in its various incarnations, and the franchise has come to represent what many of us consider a better tomorrow. Discovery arrived on the scene with no shortage of baggage, both good and bad.

There was absolutely no way that the first two episodes (available now on CBS’s All Access streaming service) could have met all our expectations. Plus, the odds were already stacked against Discovery. The production lost a showrunner midstream, and advance buzz has been tepid, to say the least. So it should come as no shock that the first two episodes were flawed, with moments that felt a little clunky. And yet I was genuinely surprised by the show at many points, in a positive way. It gave us a dramatic, original perspective on the Star Trek universe. Even though the series is set 10 years before the original Star Trek series, it had a weird, futuristic edge that’s been sorely lacking in the recent J.J. Abrams movies.

And the best part? For the first time in decades, Star Trek feels dangerous again.

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Apple shares what third-party chargers work with iPhone 8/X fast charging

A new Apple support document lays out what to look for in third-party hardware to make use of the new fast charging feature for iPhone 8 and iPhone X.


iMovie for Mac updated with HEVC support for macOS High Sierra users

Hot on the heels of Apple releasing macOS High Sierra to the public earlier today, the company has updated iMovie with several enhancements. The update brings the video editing app to version 10.1.7.


How to Capture a Live Photo in FaceTime on iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra

iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra bring Live Photos to FaceTime, allowing you to preserve a special memory while video chatting with friends and family. Whenever you use the new Camera button that's at the bottom of the screen on a FaceTime call, it captures a photo, but don't worry - this can't be done in secret and the other party is always notified when an image is captured.

How to Take a Live Photo in FaceTime

  1. Initiate a FaceTime video call.

  2. While in the call, press on the camera button that's located at the bottom of the display to the left of the red button for ending a call.

  3. Pressing the camera button captures a photo from the camera of the person you're chatting with, so if they have the front-facing camera on, you'll get a full image of their face as if they had taken the photo themselves.

  4. The Live Photo taken from the FaceTime call can then be found in the Photos app along with the rest of your photos.

Every time you take a Live Photo in FaceTime, the person on the other end of the video call receives a message letting them know that a Live Photo was taken, so capturing an image during FaceTime isn't something that can be done in secret. FaceTime Live Photos also don't capture audio.

Disable Live Photos in FaceTime

If you don't want people to be able to take a Live Photo when FaceTiming with you, it's easy to disable. Here's how:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Scroll down to the "FaceTime" option and tap it.

  3. Toggle off "FaceTime Live Photos."

With this setting toggled off, people you chat with will not be able to use the Live Photo in FaceTime feature. You can still take Live Photos of others, however, as long as their setting isn't toggled off.

FaceTime Live Photos only works when both FaceTime participants are running iOS 11 and have the option to enable/disable the feature. If someone isn't using iOS 11 and you attempt to capture a photo, you'll get a warning that all parties need to be running the new software.

FaceTime Live Photos on the Mac

FaceTime Live Photos are also available on Macs running macOS High Sierra. Capturing an image is done by clicking on the camera button, and toggling off Live Photos can be done on a Mac by opening the FaceTime app, choosing Preferences from the menu bar, and deselecting "Allow Live Photos to be captured during Video calls."

Related Roundups: iOS 11, macOS High Sierra
Tags: FaceTime, Live Photos

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You can now own one of the first Apple computers ever, if your pockets are deep enough

apple i auction

Apple is in the midst of rolling out brand new iPhones, TV streaming boxes, and smart watches as we speak, but everyone knows the company's roots are firmly planted in home computing. Now, some four decades since it was a cutting edge gadget, an Apple I is up for auction, and it's probably already well out of your price range.

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