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Saturday April 4

18:22
Apple eyes video service NextVR for possible $100M...




Apple is looking to expand its augmented reality and virtual reality teams and patent hoard even more, with a rumored acquisition of California VR firm NextVR on the cards that may be worth $100 million.

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15:30
iOS 14 Could Offer Home Screen Widgets, Wallpaper...

iOS 14 could offer home screen widgets and wallpaper customizations for the first time, according to 9to5Mac and Twitter user DongleBookPro.

Apple is reportedly working to implement widgets that can be moved freely around like icons on the iPhone and iPad homescreen for the very first time. The feature is reportedly codenamed "Avocado" and no other details are available. It was also mentioned that Apple is still working on implementing the feature and it may be scrapped.

In addition to home screen widgets, Twitter user...

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13:23
Images and code leak reveal iOS 14 wallpaper changes...




Apple's wallpaper settings may offer default images in collections in iOS 14 along with new dynamic wallpapers, while a code leak suggests Apple may be working on widgets for the Home screen itself.

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12:52
Review: Logitech Powered 3-in-1 Dock is a useful...




Logitech has expanded its Powered lineup with the new 3-in-1 dock as well as a standalone pad. Whether you need to just charge your iPhone or your phone, AirPods, and Apple Watch, Logitech has you covered.

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12:30
Leaked iOS 14 screenshot shows new wallpaper...

9to5Mac reported last month that Apple is working on a redesigned wallpaper settings panel for iOS, based on an early build of iOS 14, which includes images separated by categories and more. Now Twitter user DongleBookPro, who often shares some images of Apple’s internal products, has today posted screenshots that shows the new wallpaper settings panel from iOS 14 in action.

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12:29
Imagination losing control to state-controlled...

Drama with Apple’s graphics processing unit chip maker partner Imagination has been revived again, but not for the same reason as 2017. Sky News reports that the UK-based chip designer is hastily responding to the likelihood that its state-controlled Chines investor is planning to take over control of Imagination. The issue could have privacy ramifications Apple, an on-again-off-again customer of Imagination GPU chips.

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12:00
Marvel Unlimited now offering free access to iconic...

Sitting at home reading a bunch of comic books sounds like a great idea right now.

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11:20
Exclusive: Apple likely buyer of NextVR, a live...

It’s no secret that Apple has ambitious plans for augmented reality and a future AR-focused headset. Apple is practically building the platform for its future headset out in the open with ARKit. What’s new is that Apple is believed to be in the process of acquiring a California-based virtual reality company called NextVR, 9to5Mac has learned.

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The post Exclusive: Apple likely buyer of NextVR, a live event streaming AR/VR company being sold for ~$100M appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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10:26
Saturday steals: cheap Mac, Apple Watch, iPad deals...




Bargain hunters this weekend can find rock bottom prices on a variety of Apple devices, from 2018 MacBook Pros to closeout Mac mini and iPad electronics at Amazon-owned Woot. Plus, Amazon itself is discounting Apple Watches to as low as $189.

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10:15
Get 60% off on the Restly Sleep App

Ever feel like you are not falling asleep? Sometimes it is difficult to go to sleep, even when you have a boring book to read at night. When all fails, you should try the technology. Yes, the Restly Sleep App is an amazing solution to make you sleep.

Make use of technology and go to sleep within two minutes. Buy the app with this deal and get a 60% discount. With this deal, you can get a lifetime subscription for Restly Sleep App for only $39.99. 

Restly Sleep App

This app uses scientifically proven methods to put a person to sleep. It has both male and female voices that help you to sleep. This scientific method comes directly from the US Army. The App also uses various soothing sounds to create an environment that makes you fall asleep. So, if you are having trouble sleeping, try using this App. 

You can combine various sounds with different voices to make it even easier to fall asleep. The app has several other features such as an alarm clock. It...

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10:10
Get 5% off on the Apple Macbook Pro (16-Inch, 16GB...

The latest Macbook Pro is one of the fastest and the most durable Macs that you can buy. With a brilliant Retina display and the latest Intel Core i9 processing power, you can do big and beautiful work.

Macbooks are not easy to find with a discount. But Amazon always has some amazing offers for you. Now with the discount on Amazon, you can buy this latest Macbook only for $2,650.44 instead of $2,799. It means you will save $148.56 when you buy it on Amazon. 

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10:08
Apple will keep retail stores closed until May

Earlier Apple informed its employees that they have to work from home until the start of May as the retail stores will remain closed till then. 

Deirdre O’Brien who is Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail and People told the employees via a memo that the stores will remain closed until May 2020. There will be flexible work arrangements for a few employees who come to work at the office. 

The memo also stated that Apple is constantly monitoring the situation and conditions for Apple facilities. Deirdre O’Brien also said Apple will decide to reopen the retail stores after careful analysis of the situation and also by utilizing guidance from public health experts and the local governments.

Apple Park and several retail stores are located in Sana Clara County, will remain closed until May 3, 2020. Apple has no plans to reopen its corporate stores until further order.

Apple had plans to reopen its stores in April, but in the USA it seems not a viable...

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10:08
Apple accidentally confirms AirTags in the new Apple...

Earlier Apple uploaded a support video on its YouTube channel which reveals the existence of AirTags, an unreleased product. The blog, Appleosophy spotted the video which has now been removed. 

The title of the video was “How to erase your iPhone.” It was a tutorial to rest the iPhone. When the video reaches around 1:43 it tells the users to turn off “Find my iPhone.” On the screen that shows this process, there is also another option where the text AirTags is referenced by name. 

The text says:

“Offline finding enables this device and AirTags to be found when not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular.”

AirTags allow users to track their belongings. These AirTags will use Bluetooth to find the lost items...

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10:07
Apple helps America’s Food Fund

Apple, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ford Foundation and Laurene Powell Jobs have come together to launch America’s Food Fund. The purpose of this initiative is to provide food for those who are needy. 

GoFundMe which is a fundraising platform is hosting this initiative. According to GoFundMe, hunger is a big issue which many families and individuals face all across the USA. Before the coronavirus outbreak, there were more than 37 million people in the USA who were struggling to get the next meal. The number has only increased in the past few weeks. 

To start the fund, Ford Foundation, Apple, Powel, and DiCaprio have donated $12 million. This fundraiser will benefit World Central Kitchen and Feeding America, both these are hunger relief non-profit organizations in the USA. 

According to a...

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09:28
EPIX Available for Free Through Apple TV Channels...

EPIX is currently offering free access to its catalog of movies and TV shows through the Apple TV Channels feature in the TV app, and many additional services are also offering extended free trials.

Upon navigating to the ‌Apple TV‌ app, users will notice that EPIX is listed under the "My Channels" section. Rather than offering an extended trial where users must first sign up, EPIX is currently providing completely free access with no subscription needed until May 2nd.

In addition to the free content from EPIX, many other ‌Apple TV‌ Channel options have extended free trials available for new subscribers, such as ShowTime, A&E, Smithsonian, and more. Showtime, for example, is currently offering an extended one-month free trial before its $10.99/month subscription fee.

‌‌Apple TV‌ Channels are available through the ‌‌Apple TV‌‌ app on iPhone,...

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09:22
Apple Invents HomePod with Built-in Camera that...

On Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a next-gen version of HomePod that could have a built-in camera system that supports gaze controls and longer-range Face ID.

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09:00
Podcast of the Week: Floodlines by The Atlantic

It’s Saturday, so I am back with another podcast recommendation for you to check out. As a reminder, I post ‘Podcast of the Week’ every Saturday to help promote a show I am currently listening to at the moment. This week’s show is Floodlines by the Atlantic. more…

The post Podcast of the Week: Floodlines by The Atlantic appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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08:40
2020 iPhone SE: Everything we know so far and what...

After over a year of rumors, we are finally nearing the release of Apple’s highly-anticipated low-cost iPhone. The 2020 iPhone SE, also previously referred to as the iPhone 9 and iPhone SE 2, is expected to be released imminently. Here’s everything we know about it.

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08:34
Some Apple TV Channels offer extended free trials

Some streaming services are offering extended trials through Apple TV (the app, not the set-top box or streaming service) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, you can get extended one-month trials of Showtime and other services, as well as completely free access to EPIX via the Channels feature of the app, according to 9to5Mac.

You can access all EPIX content in the Apple TV app for free, without signing up for anything, until May 2. Also, as 9to5Toys notes that:

° Arrow Video Channel – Limited time 1-month trial for new subscribers, then $4.99 per month;

° History Channel Vault – Limited time 1-month trial for new subscribers, then $4.99 per month;

° Lifetime Movie Club – Limited time 1-month trial for new subscribers, then $3.99 per month;

° Noggin –...

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08:23
Apple Music subscriptions grow 36% year-over-year

Global online music streaming subscriptions grew 32% year-on-year reaching 358 million subscriptions in calendar year 2019, according to the latest findings from Counterpoint Research. 

The research group says this is driven by the availability of exclusive content like podcasts, originals which attracted people towards the platform and eventually turned them as subscribers. Also, promotional activities like price cuts in subscriptions in emerging markets, bundled offers from telcos added to the growth. 

Counterpoint Research expects that online music streaming subscriptions to grow more than 25% year-on-year to exceed 450 million subscriptions by the end of 2020.

Spotify topped calendar year 2019 grabbing a 31% share of the total revenue and a 35% share of the total paid subscriptions. The...

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08:10
The New iPhone SE: Rumored to be coming soon

We've been hearing rumors about a second-generation iPhone SE for quite some time, but this past week, Apple themselves revealed the name on their online store. Want to know more? Here are all the rumors about the new low-cost ‌iPhone‌ in once place.

Read More: iPhone SE roundup.

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07:49
March 2020: Apple Stores close, but MacBook Air...




Maybe 2019 was practice for Apple, as it is now used to releasing new products via a press release. That's what it had to do in March 2020 as the whole world self-isolated, and Apple Stores closed their doors.

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07:29
Apple TV Channels offering free EPIX access,...

A handful of streaming services are offering extended trials through the Apple TV app during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, you can get extended one-month trials of Showtime and other services, as well as completely free access to EPIX. Read on for the details.

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06:40
Apple Music gains on Spotify in subscribers and...

New data from Counterpoint this week underscores the continued growth of streaming music as the competition intensifies between Apple Music and Spotify. According to the data, Apple Music’s subscriber base grew by 36% in 2019, giving Apple a 19% share of the total paid subscriptions in the industry.

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06:00
Top Stories: Apple Leaks iPhone SE and AirTags,...

With the calendar rolling over to April this week, we yet again saw several leaks and rumors, most notably including Apple itself leaking some references to a pair of long-rumored products: a new budget iPhone SE and AirTags item trackers.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Apple also acquired popular weather app Dark Sky, while Amazon's Prime Video app now allows users to bypass Apple's in-app purchase system and rent or buy movies directly from Amazon.

Check out our roundup below and the video above for details on these stories and more!

New Low-Cost 'iPhone SE' Could Launch Soon

We've been hearing about a new low-cost iPhone for almost exactly a year now, and it looks like it may finally be ready to launch, with new details suggesting a launch is imminent. The new phone will apparently...

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06:00
Making the Grade: A firewall is a crucial part of...

Although there are a lot of similarities in K–12 and enterprise networks, K–12 networks will have some requirements that must be considered when overhauling a network. Over the next few weeks, I am going to discuss all the various pieces of building a K–12 network. We will look at firewalls, switches, Wi-Fi, device management, and device selection. This week, I am going to look at picking the best firewall. more…

The post Making the Grade: A firewall is a crucial part of your network, here’s how to pick one appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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06:00
A Hacker Found a Way To Take Over Any Apple Webcam

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Apple has a well-earned reputation for security, but in recent years its Safari browser has had its share of missteps. This week, a security researcher publicly shared new findings about vulnerabilities that would have allowed an attacker to exploit three Safari bugs in succession and take over a target's webcam and microphone on iOS and macOS devices. Apple patched the vulnerabilities in January and March updates. But before the fixes, all a victim would have needed to do is click one malicious link and an attacker would have been able to spy on them remotely.

The bugs Pickren found all stem from seemingly minor oversights. For example, he discovered that Safari's list of the permissions a user has granted to websites treated all sorts of URL variations as being part of the same site, like https://www.example.com,...

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05:55
OutRun is a simple iPhone run tracker that is...

I’ve been using my iPhone to track my runs since 2010 when I first signed up for RunKeeper when I had an iPhone 3GS. I’ve  only used a GPS watch for varying points in my running career, so for me, the iPhone has always been my primary run tracker. In recent years, many of the popular running apps have been moving towards a subscription model (which is understandable considering the apps need constant development), but I always believed there was room for a simple running that that was private by default and shared the data with Apple Health/Activity app. Finally, there is a simple iPhone Run Tracker, and its called OutRun.

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05:24
Review: Yobi B3 HomeKit Doorbell is easy to install...




The Yobi B3 HomeKit Doorbell camera was announced at CES 2019, and after a long road through development, has escaped the fate of most products shown at CES. It's now available for pre-order, and we have some hands-on experience to share.

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05:01
Apple granted patent for a HomePod audio system with...

Apple has been granted a patent for an “audio system with configurable zones” that hints at future features for paired HomePods in, among other things, a home theater set-up.

In the patent data, the tech giant notes that speaker arrays may reproduce pieces of sound program content to a user through the use of one or more audio beams. For example, a set of speaker arrays may reproduce front left, front center, and front right channels for a piece of sound program content (e.g., a musical composition or an audio track for a movie).

However, Apple says that though speaker arrays provide a wide degree of customization through the production of audio beams, conventional speaker array systems must be manually configured each time a new speaker array is added to the system, a speaker array is moved within a listening environment/area, an audio source is added/changed, or any other change is made to the listening environment. Apple says that this...

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04:05
iShowU Instant 1.3.3 - Full-featured screen...

iShowU Instant gives you real-time screen recording like you've never seen before! It is the fastest, most feature-filled real-time screen capture tool from shinywhitebox yet. All of the features you would expect are here, and probably some you don't!

  • Record from any screen
  • Enhance your microphone audio through the use of a dynamics processor, compressor and/or equaliser*
  • Record from iOS devices
  • Add text and/or an overlay
  • Enhance your recording with mouse and click visualization
  • Trim front/back after recording
  • Create time-lapse recordings
  • Share to a wide range of online services
  • And more!

* requires Advanced Features.



Version 1.3.3:

  • Adding more error handling around mic audio setup/playthrough
  • Fixed problem where...
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04:00
Notable apps and updates, March 30-April 3

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are this week’s picks.

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The Pixelmator Team has released Pixelmator Pro 1.6, codenamed Magenta, an update to its Mac image editor.

The update adds a color picker, includes the ability to quickly choose colors using hex color codes and makes it possible to select multiple objects by simply dragging over them. Along with these changes, Pixelmator Pro 1.6 Magenta brings some significant performance improvements, adds the ability to more easily see RGB color codes, includes a way to view recently used fonts, and features y other improvements and fixes.

Pixelmator Pro 1.6 Magenta is available today from the Mac App Store....

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02:00
Intel’s new ‘Comet Lake-H’ processors are best...

Apple has not announced an upgrade to the 16-inch MacBook Pro released late last year. But when it does sometime down the road, it’s likely to include the new CPU that Intel just announced. The “10th Gen Intel Core-H Series,” as it is officially named (or “Comet Lake-H” as the hardware enthusiasts call it) will offer clock speeds over 5GHz.

Intel calls it the “world’s fastest mobile processor” and it’s the latest salvo in a growing battle between Intel and AMD in the laptop market. Apple has stuck with Intel chips for years and, assuming that continues, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is likely to get an upgrade to these processors later this year. Here’s what you can expect.

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01:19
'Artemis Fowl' will debut on Disney+

Disney has adjusted the theatrical release dates for its biggest upcoming movies this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, except for Artemis Fowl. Instead of pushing back its opening date from May 29th to a later one, the entertainment giant won&#3...

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01:00
How to check if your Mac’s software is 32- or 64-bit

MacOS 10.14 Mojave, the version of the Mac operating system before the new macOS Catalina, is the last version that supports 32-bit software. With Catalina, only 64-bit software will be supported.

Catalina is here and if you decide to upgrade to the new macOS, you need to do a bit more than usual to prepare your Mac. You need to make sure your apps are 64-bit versions. If your app is a 32-bit version, it will not work.

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Apple actually started to warn people about the change with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. If you launch a 32-bit app in High Sierra, an alert pops up to tell you that your app needs to...

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Friday April 3

20:33
Skype rolls out 'Meet Now' calls that don...

With people forced out of their offices and schools to avoid spreading coronavirus, there are more video calls going on than ever. However, a significant chunk of the action has gone to Zoom, and not Skype, Microsoft's product that has been at th...

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19:57
Apple has Acquired Dublin's 'Voysis,...

Apple has acquired Dublin based Voysis, a conversational AI platform that enables third parties to integrate high quality voice and natural language capabilities into their products.

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18:26
Apple Music subscriber base grew 36% in 2019, second...




Music streaming subscriptions were up 32% globally last year, with Apple Music maintaining a comfortable second place position behind Spotify, according to newly published estimates.

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17:38
Apple Music Was Second Biggest Global Music...

Global online music streaming subscriptions were up 32 percent year-over-year in 2019, hitting 358 million subscribers, according to new estimates shared today by Counterpoint Research.

Spotify was the market leader with a 31 percent share of total revenue and a 35 percent share of total paid subscriptions, while Apple Music earned the second place slot with a 24 percent share of total revenues in the industry and a 19 percent share of the total paid subscriptions. ‌Apple Music‌'s subscription base grew an estimated 36 percent year-over-year.

Amazon Music, YouTube Music, and Tencent Music all trailed both ‌Apple Music‌ and Spotify."Spotify maintained its top spot with the help of promotional activities like free Spotify Premium for three months, price cuts, customized campaigns like Spotify and a focus on exclusive...

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17:21
How Apple's fee exemption program for in-app...




Amazon's Prime Video app now features in-app rentals and purchases across Apple's platforms. While that's new, there's much more to the story -- including the previously obscure Apple initiative that allowed it.

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17:16
Google rolls back Chrome feature that blocks cross-...

Google is temporarily rolling back a feature it launched with Chrome 80 to make sure it doesn't break websites in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Back in February, the tech giant started enforcing a new cookie classification system that wa...

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16:37
Tim Cook to deliver virtual commencement address for...




Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to deliver a "virtual commencement address" for Ohio State University students graduating this spring, the university announced on Friday.

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16:29
Tim Cook keeping commencement address streak with...

Tim Cook is known to deliver a commencement address in front of graduating college students every spring. This year is no exception, although the global health pandemic calls for unique measures: a virtual appearance.

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16:28
9to5Rewards: Mac Pro Rack giveaway + OWC memory...

We’ve teamed up with OWC this month for our biggest giveaway yet: Apple’s brand new Mac Pro Rack worth $6499 USD. Not only are we giving away Apple’s most expensive desktop machine to date, OWC is also including 384GB of its new memory and its Accelsior 4M2 4TB SSD made for the new Mac Pro (normally worth around $3000 USD combined!).

Head below to enter the giveaway and more on OWC’s new Mac Pro products:

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16:15
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver Virtual Commencement...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the commencement address at Ohio State University's virtual commencement event that's set to take place on May 3, Ohio State President Michael Drake announced today.

The event, which will be live streamed, will kick off at noon local time, with 12,000 diplomas to be awarded virtually to students. The broadcast will include Cook's commencement speech, musical performances, and with Drake and university officials in traditional commencement regalia at Ohio Stadium, which will be empty of students."I am delighted to welcome ‌Tim Cook‌ as our spring commencement speaker," Drake said. "We are grateful for Mr. Cook's participation in this important tradition and know his unique insights will guide Buckeyes as they continue to innovate the future."Ohio State has an ongoing...

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16:12
University of Alabama selects Apple Watch to monitor...




The University of Alabama's Crimson Tide football program caused a bit of a stir in the collegiate sports world this week when it was revealed that the team is using Apple Watch to monitor player fitness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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16:11
Apple's latest acquisition could help Siri...

The battle between AI voice assistants continues to rage on, and now Apple has acquired a tech firm, Voysis, that is all about helping computers understand natural language. As reported by Bloomberg, the firm's now-deleted website said it could p...

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15:26
Apple scoops up Voysis, an AI startup, to beef up...

Apple has acquired Voysis, an artificial intelligence start-up, to improve the natural language skills of Siri, its personal digit assistant.

Bloomberg reports that the Ireland-based Voysis has developed a platform for digital voice assistants to better understand people’s natural language. The goal : improving digital assistants inside online shopping apps, so the software could respond more accurately to voice commands from users. The start-ups website (now gone) said the tech  could narrow product search results by processing shopping phrases such as “I need a new LED TV” and “My budget is $1,000.”

Bloomberg says Apple could use the Voysis’ tech to improve Siri’s understanding of natural language or to offer the Voysis platform to thousands of developers that already integrate with the...

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15:07
Bugs that let sites hijack Mac and iPhone cameras...

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A security bug that gave malicious hackers the ability to access the cameras of Macs, iPhones, and iPads has fetched a $75,000 bounty to the researcher who discovered it.

In posts published here and here, researcher Ryan Pickren said he discovered seven vulnerabilities in Safari and its Webkit browser engine that, when chained together, allowed malicious websites to turn on the cameras of Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Pickren privately reported the bugs, and Apple has since fixed the vulnerabilities and paid the researcher $75,000 as part of the company’s bug bounty program.

Apple tightly restricts the access that third...

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15:04
Apple acquires AI startup Voysis in apparent push to...




Apple recently purchased Dublin, Ireland-based company Voysis, a startup that conducted work on improving natural language processing in virtual assistants.

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14:59
Amidst COVID-19, Disney+ Soars. Apple TV+ Not So Much

Analysis shows that Apple TV+ decisions about new content don’t seem to be resonating with viewers under lockdown.


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14:55
Apple Acquires AI Startup Voysis to Improve Siri

Apple has purchased artificial intelligence startup Voysis with the aim of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg. Voysis offers a platform that allows digital voice assistants to better understand natural language.

The company worked to improve voice assistants in online shopping apps, allowing software to better interpret requests from users. The website, which is now defunct, said that the technology used client databases with AI tools that deeply understand the specifics of products, services, and vocabulary to make the user experience "easier, faster and more intuitive."

The Voysis platform allowed customers to hone in on search requests with simple phrases like "I need a new LED TV" or "Just show me the 4K ones." Voysis said that shoppers could use voice to find what they're...

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14:53
Audio Hijack 3.7

Adds the new Live Stream output block for broadcasting audio to services using services that use Real-Time Messaging Protocol (such as Periscope, Twitch, and YouTube). ($49 new, free update, 16.1 MB)

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14:49
Apple acquires AI startup Voysis to improve Siri’s...

After the surprise move of Apple buying Dark Sky, the popular hyperlocal weather app, Bloomberg has learned that it has also purchased another company this week called Voysis. The latest is an artificial intelligence startup that could help Apple improve Siri’s skill at understanding natural language.

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14:48
Banktivity 7.5

Adds the capability to flip the amounts of transactions when importing from CSV. ($69.99 new, free update, 22.3 MB)

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14:46
Fantastical 3.0.9

Fixes bugs and improves performance when resizing Fantastical's window in month view. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 21.9 MB)

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14:40
Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.16

Brings bug fixes and improvements to the drive-cloning and backup utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 14.5 MB)

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14:29
Pages 10, Numbers 10, and Keynote 10

Updates all three iWork apps with new folder sharing capabilities and more. (Free, various sizes)

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14:23
Little Snitch 4.5

Brings a redesigned offline Research Assistant and several improvements to the network traffic management utility. ($45 new, free update, 40.5 MB)

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14:21
Apple Brings Its Hardware Microphone Disconnect...

Apple has brought its hardware microphone disconnect security feature to its latest iPads. From a report: The microphone disconnect security feature aims to make it far more difficult for hackers to use malware or a malicious app to eavesdrop on a device's surroundings. The feature was first introduced to Macs by way of Apple's T2 security chip last year. The security chip ensured that the microphone was physically disconnected from the device when the user shuts their MacBook lid. The idea goes that physically cutting off the microphone from the device prevents malware -- even with the highest level of âoerootâ device permissions -- from listening in to nearby conversations. Apple confirmed in a support guide that its newest iPads have the same feature. Any certified "Made for iPad" case that's attached and closed will trigger the hardware disconnect.

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14:11
Democratic Senators are investigating Websites...

Two weeks ago a group of Democratic Senators, who are all on record for bashing President Trump at every given turn, went on the attack raising concerns about Google's related COVID-19 screening website not guarding privacy. Now they're investigating Apple's agreements with The White House looking for anything to begin a new hearing against President Trump.

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14:06
Apple Configurator 2.12

Adds support for the 2019 Mac Pro. (Free, 49.1 MB)

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14:02
Pixelmator Pro 1.6

Introduces an all-new color picker that improves color selection and management. ($39.99 new, free update, 196.6 MB)

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13:59
FCC, FTC give providers 48 hours to block COVID-19...

The US government's quest to fight robocalls is taking on added urgency in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The FCC and FTC have demanded that gateway providers cut off COVID-19-related scam robocalls of overseas origin within 48 hours or else fa...

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13:47
Alabama football picks Apple Watch for fitness edge...

During the coronavirus pandemic, college football teams are faced with the interesting scenario of trying to get their players in peak physical shape for the fall season…remotely. A new report from The Athletic (paywall) details how Alabama has issued Apple Watch to all of its players before the college was shut down to keep the training of its players going and check in on their sleep and heart rate data, all while walking a tricky line of not breaking SEC rules.

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13:11
Blackmagic's pro livestreaming switcher can...

If you're devoted enough to livestreaming that you want the kind of features you'd expect from a TV studio, Blackmagic might have your back. It's releasing the ATEM Mini Pro, an enhanced version of the ATEM Mini switcher that's focus...

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13:06
Every Zoom Security and Privacy Flaw So Far, and...

The videoconferencing service Zoom has seen a 20-fold increase in usage during the coronavirus pandemic. That extra attention has put a spotlight on poor technical and policy decisions that have exposed Zoom’s users to harm and revealed personal data unnecessarily. But hope blooms with the company’s latest comprehensive apology and roadmap.

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13:06
Every Zoom Security and Privacy Flaw So Far, and...

The videoconferencing service Zoom has seen a 20-fold increase in usage during the coronavirus pandemic. That extra attention has put a spotlight on poor technical and policy decisions that have exposed Zoom’s users to harm and revealed personal data unnecessarily. But hope blooms with the company’s latest comprehensive apology and roadmap.

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13:00
Review: Satechi’s 108W USB-C Desktop Charger offers...

Satechi launched its latest multi-device USB-C charger at CES back in January and it comes with the most ports and power you’ll find in pretty much any option on the market. Read on for our full review of Satechi’s 108W USB-C PD Desktop Charger.

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12:51
Porsche's virtual race series starts tomorrow...

It's not just multi-manufacturer racing leagues like NASCAR going digital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Porsche is livestreaming its Mobil 1 Supercup Virtual Edition starting on April 4th at 10AM Eastern, when drivers take to a digital version o...

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12:49
Senators question Tim Cook about Apple’s new COVID-...

Several Democratic senators asked Apple CEO Tim Cook about the privacy of the company’s new COVID-19 screening app and website, according to Bloomberg.

Senators Bob Menendez, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to the tech giant expressing concern “for the safety and security of Americans’ private health data.” They want to know about data-sharing practices and safeguards, and whether the app complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The senators are also seeking information on Apple’s agreements with federal or state governments for the development of the app, according to the letter.

On March 27, Apple released a new screening tool and set of resources to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to protect their health during the spread...

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12:45
How to Capture Data with Forms using Numbers for...

During these days of working from home and possibly having some extra spare time, we have some useful tutorials for you that can help build your skills. One of these skills makes use of the Forms feature in Apple’s free Numbers spreadsheet app to capture data wherever you may be. Grab your iPhone or iPad and join in as we create a sample form in Numbers.

Make a Spreadsheet for the Data You Wish to Analyze

You’ll need to know what data you want or need to capture. We’ll create a spreadsheet in Numbers that has the data fields in individual columns, with each row being a separate record. For example, we’ll make a spreadsheet for tracking credit card expenses. Our fields, or data points, are:

  • Date and Time we made a credit card purchase

  • Card...

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12:37
Compared: 2020 MacBook Air i3 versus MacBook Air i7




The MacBook Air is again available with an i7 processor. We've benchmarked the base 2020 MacBook Air with i3 processor, and the high-end quad-core i7 MacBook Air to see how much of a performance difference there -- and to see if the i7 is worth the higher price tag.

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12:31
Apple’s event calendar: When is the next Apple event?

Updated 4/03/20: Updated with the latest news and predictions about Apple events this year.

Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds its own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.

There’s also WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, a multi-day event in the middle of the year focused on sessions for developers, helping them make the most out of the latest Apple tools and products. It kicks off with a big keynote that serves to announce new products (typically the latest versions of iOS and macOS, as well as a few hardware products).

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12:30
How to watch WrestleMania 2020 for free on iPhone,...

While WrestleMania normally has up to 100,000 fans attend the big event, this year due to the coronavirus, it will be held in a more or less empty arena in Orlando. Follow along for how to watch WrestleMania 2020 for free on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, and the web.

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12:30
The forgotten dream of second-screen gaming

The original iPad came out on April 3rd, 2010, at a time when most smartphone manufacturers were making the awkward transition from full QWERTY keyboards to touchscreen-only devices. Apple sold 1 million iPads in that first month, and by the end of 2...

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12:15
Apple rushes the Trademark Application covering...

Apple has filed a rush application for their COVID-19 App icon/logo. They filed for the trademark on the very day that they sent out their press release on March 27, 2020 titled "Apple releases new COVID-19 app and website based on CDC guidance." USPTO only made it public today. In addition, Apple filed for a second trademark for ...

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12:14
Senators Question Tim Cook About Apple’s COVID-19 App

Several Democratic senators asked Tim Cook questions about the privacy of Apple’s newly released COVID-19 screening website and app.


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12:09
Senators raise privacy concerns over Apple's...




Democratic senators have reached out to Tim Cook to inquire about how Apple handles personal data on its new COVID-19 screening app and website.

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12:09
Babbel Language Learning Lifetime Subscription (All...

Have time on your hands to learn a new language or 14? We have a deal for you on a lifetime subscription for Babbel, the language learning software. With Babbel, you get to practice with 10-15 minute bite-sized lessons, and Babbel uses speech recognition technology to keep your pronunciation on point. And, it comes with 10,000 hours of online language education. A lifetime subscription is $159 through our deal, and it covers all 14 of their languages.


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12:05
The latest iPad Pro disables mics when its case is...

These days, any connected device with a microphone could arguably be treated with suspicion, from smart speakers to phones to computers. Apple helped to address privacy concerns in 2018 by adding a feature that disconnects MacBook microphones when th...

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11:50
U.S. Senators Question Apple CEO Tim Cook About...

Four U.S. senators, Bob Menendez, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal, on Friday sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing concern over "the safety and security of Americans' private health data" in regard to the recently released COVID-10 website and app, reports Bloomberg.

The senators questioned Cook about Apple's data-sharing practices and safeguards, and whether the COVID-19 app complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). They also want details on Apple's agreements with federal or state governments for the development of the app.

When announcing the app and the website, which Apple developed with the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and FEMA, Apple said that any data provided users provide on the COVID-19...

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11:45
US senators are asking Apple how private their COVID...

Apple launched its user-friendly and helpful COVID-19 screening app and website last week. Even though the company publicly detailed it isn’t collecting responses, four US senators have asked Tim Cook for more details on the privacy policy of the app. Here’s what we found in our analysis of the app.

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11:44
Deadpool is Fortnite's latest playable...

While he's been in the periphery of the game since the start of the current season, Deadpool is finally making his way to Fortnite proper. If you purchased this season's battle pass, you can obtain the skin by finding the mercenary's two...

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11:32
Everything known about the 2020 'iPhone SE'




The launch of the so-called 2020 "iPhone SE," largely expected to be an updated iPhone 8-style device, is imminent. Here's what's been discovered about the subject of rumors for the last three years.

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11:20
This week's best deals: Sonos speakers, Xbox...

As another week comes to a close, we’re recapping the deals you can still grab now. A major highlight is Sonos’ sale on a trio of speakers — the Beam, the One, and the One SL — that brings prices down to Black-Friday lows. Gamers can grab a 6-month X...

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11:14
Apple Offers Employees Deep Discounts on HomePod and...

Apple is offering employees significant discounts on products that include the HomePod and Beats headphones, according to details on the deals shared by MacGeneration and 9to5Mac.

Apple is said to be clearing stock of Beats headphones and HomePods, providing them to employees through an internal deals program. The ‌HomePod‌ is available at a 50 percent discount, dropping the price to $149.50, while Beats are also available at a reduced price.

There's no confirmed word on why Apple is offering HomePods and Beats headphones to employees at a discount, but in the case of the ‌HomePod‌, there are rumors that Apple is...

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11:13
Get 60% off on the Babbel Language Learning App

Learning various languages is not only fun but also a necessity. If you travel a lot, then you need to learn the languages of the world. You can learn different languages when you travel across the world, but you may not have that much time to stay there and learn their language.

It requires a lot of time. If, however, you want to learn the languages you can download the Babbel Language Learning app.

Babbel Language Learning App

This app is one of the best and the most authentic app with which you can learn various languages such as German, French, Spanish, Italian, and many others. All you need is to download the app and get started. 

This App gives you lifetime access to 14 languages. It covers several topics that are useful for learning a language. The app also has various levels, from beginner to advance to aid in learning at different levels. There is also an offline mode where you can access lessons and courses.

So, you do not need...

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11:09
Buy the Apple Macbook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB)...

Are you looking for one of the latest models of Apple Macbook Air? One of the best places where you can find the Macbook with a discount is Amazon. Amazon offers special discounts for Apple products such as the latest Macbook Air.

With this deal, you can buy the 13-inch model of MacBook Air for $749.99 instead of $999. When you buy it here on Amazon you get 25% off. 

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11:08
Skype ditches account and download requirements,...

Microsoft has made some nice improvements to its Skype video call service. Starting today, users don’t need to sign up for an account or download software to join cross-platform video conferences. There’s also a simpler interface that allows users to start a video call in just one click.

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11:02
Facebook tried to buy NSO Group's iOS spyware...




NSO Group, the team behind the 2019 WhatsApp spyware attack, says Facebook proposed buying "Pegasus" software to better keep tabs on iOS users' activity.

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11:01
MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Luna Display Adapter for...

For this week's giveaway, we've once again teamed up with Astro to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a Luna Display adapter that's able to transform an iPad or an extra Mac into a secondary display for a main machine.

The tiny Luna Display adapter plugs into your Mac through a USB-C port (newer Macs) or a Mini DisplayPort (older Macs) and then when paired with the Luna Display software, it connects an ‌iPad‌ or another Mac to your primary Mac using WiFi, giving new life to old iPads and Macs.

When connected, the Luna Display extends the Mac's display to the secondary Mac or the ‌iPad‌ so the device can be used as a second screen, something that's especially useful these days with many people working from home with makeshift office setups.

Priced at $80, the Luna...

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11:00
Ten years in, a look at the iPad killers that weren...

Apple's original iPad went on sale 10 years ago today, which means that it's been 10 years since people finally started taking tablets seriously. Hyperbole? Not really. The idea of a tablet computer had been kicked around for years, fueled in large p...

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10:53
iPad Launched 10 Years Ago Today, App Developer...

On the 10th anniversary of the iPad launching in stores, Agile Partners co-founder Jack Ivers has shared an interesting story about how his company managed to get in Apple's good graces and ultimately gain access to prototype iPads.

The story begins in 2008, when Agile Partners released GuitarToolkit as one of the first iPhone apps on the App Store. The app used the iPhone's microphone to detect musical notes in an incoming audio stream to see the real-time pitch of a guitar string. Apple has long had an interest in music, so the app quickly caught its eye.

In 2009, Apple covertly reached out to Agile Partners about featuring GuitarToolkit in a worldwide advertising campaign:We began receiving calls that went as follows:

Apple: We need you to internationalize GuitarToolkit for the following languages: Japanese, simplified Chinese, German, French, and Spanish. By next week please.

Agile: Ummm ......

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10:50
Apple Store appears to leak new, iPhone 8-like...

The last time the iPhone SE appeared in an Apple presentation was in this 2018 slide showing it being scrapped for materials. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

An apparent leak on the Apple Store suggests that a new phone carrying the iPhone SE name is coming soon.

A product title for a Belkin screen protector in Apple's online store listed the supported devices as iPhone 7, 8, and SE. This seems to indicate that a new SE would be the same size as an iPhone 7 or 8, making the new SE bigger than its 4-inch predecessor from 2016. The product page has since been updated to remove the iPhone SE name; it just says 7 and 8 now.

This leak corroborates a vaguely sourced rumor from 9to5Mac...

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10:50
Watch 75 SXSW short films online right now for free

Personally, I’m all in favour of SXSW being canceled but it does hurt the indie filmmakers. If you’ve got the time (and who doesn’t now?), you might find a few cinematic gems in here.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:49
iPad at Ten Years On – TMO Daily Observations 2020-...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iPad on the tenth anniversary of release. Looking back, and forward, at its impact and potential.


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10:34
Watch the cast of Apple TV+’s ‘Mythic Quest’ battle...

Mythic Quest arrived on Apple TV+ as the service’s first comedy series in February. Now in light of filming halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cast is having some fun streaming playing the 2D fighter Brawlhalla.

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10:31
2020 iPad Models Feature a Hardware Microphone...

Apple is now equipping iPads with a feature that cuts off the microphone at the hardware level when an attached case is closed, preventing apps from spying on you.

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10:24
US Apple Store Closures to Remain Until Early May

According to a memo Apple sent to employees, it advised that retail store closures in the U.S. will remain until early May.


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10:23
SoundCloud has a new way to help users directly...

Musicians who rely on concert ticket sales are hurting -- shows across the world have been cancelled, leaving bands with little recourse. Thankfully, platforms like Bandcamp and SoundCloud have been softening the blow. The latter is allowing musician...

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10:17
Apple discounts HomePod to $149 for employees,...

Apple is currently running a special promotion for employees. The HomePod usually retails for $299 for customers, but Apple retail and corporate employees can pick up a HomePod right now at half price: $149.50 each to be exact.

This special employee discount is not unprecedented, but uncommon. It is possible that Apple is trying to reduce inventory of the HomePod ahead of a rumored product update. Although the HomePod is widely praised for its sound quality, its high price relative to the smart speaker market has meant it has not been a mainstream success.

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10:13
Apple TV+ originals: The first season of Home Before...

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that features only original programming—no reruns of hit TV shows or last year’s blockbuster movies.

The company is said to be spending several billion dollars a year on original programming. That’s a lot of TV! Apple is attracting some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and locking down the television and movie rights to best-selling books.

Though the service is relatively new and has few shows available, there’s a lot in the works. This is a list of all its content for it that we know of so far, along with details about prominent stars, directors, producers, and release dates.

To read this article in...

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10:11
Deezer Data Reveals Need For Mood Music and...

New data from Deezer revealed a growth in listening to radio, as well as mood music, and a shift in the types of devices used to stream audio.


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10:09
Facebook Tried to Buy a Hacking Tool to Spy on...

According to court filings, when Facebook was in the early stages of building its spyware VPN called Onavo Protect, it noticed that it wasn’t as effective on Apple devices as it was on Android. So Facebook approached a hacking group called NSO Group to use its Pegasus malware.

According to the court documents, it seems the Facebook representatives were not interested in buying parts of Pegasus as a hacking tool to remotely break into phones, but more as a way to more effectively monitor phones of users who had already installed Onavo.


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10:04
How to Use iCloud Folder Sharing Across iOS and macOS

iOS 13.4 brought back iCloud Folder Sharing after Apple had removed it in a previous release. Here’s how to use it on iOS and macOS.


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10:00
Twitter is rushing to verify health experts

Twitter is making good on its promise to verify more health experts. Since the company said it would expand verification two weeks ago, more than 1,000 accounts have received the coveted blue checkmark, according to a company spokesperson. The accoun...

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09:50
You Can Now Make Purchases in the Amazon Prime Video...

The Amazon Prime Video iOS and Apple TV apps now let you make purchases, a surprising development. But it turns out to be part of an Apple program that isn’t all that new.

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09:47
Facebook reportedly tried to buy software to spy on...

Here’s another reason to dislike Facebook (the world’s frenemy): according to a declaration from NSO CEO Shalev Hulio, two Facebook representatives approached NSO in October 2017 and asked to purchase the right to use certain capabilities of Pegasus. In other words, the company wanted to buy an Apple spying tool, according to Motherboard.

NSO Group Technologies is an Israeli technology firm known for its Pegasus spyware enabling the remote surveillance of smartphones. (An interesting side note: in October 2019, instant messaging company WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook sued NSO under the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.)

Motherboard says that, three years ago, Facebook was in the early...

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09:44
FCC approves $200 million plan to fund COVID-19...

The FCC has approved $200 million in telehealth funding for healthcare providers responding to the coronavirus pandemic. With federal funding made available through the CARES Act, the COVID-19 Telehealth Program will help providers pay for the broadb...

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09:36
Everything known about Apple's AirTags




There has been a lot said about Apple's forthcoming AirTags in the last six months, including what we'll be able to do with them and how we'll do it once they're in our hands.

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09:33
Looking back at 10 years of the iPad, Apple's...




On April 3, 2010, the iPad wasn't really an iPhone and not quite a Mac. The latest iPads blend the best of both worlds -- and that's been an evolution a decade in the making.

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09:30
Facebook tried to buy controversial tool to spy on...

Over the last few years, Facebook has had a slew of privacy and security blunders and more details about one of them have come to light through a new court filing as the social media company is suing the spyware company NSO Group. It turns out Facebook tried to buy controversial government spyware to monitor iPhone and iPad users.

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09:29
Deals: AirPods Pro Are Available to Ship Today at $...

Apple's AirPods Pro have returned to their low price of $234.98 on Amazon, down from $249.00. At about $14 off, this remains the lowest price we've ever tracked for a brand new model of the AirPods Pro among the major Apple resellers online.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

This sale on the AirPods Pro typically comes around every few weeks on Amazon, and due to low stock it never lasts long. This could be exacerbated by current shipping delays, but as of writing Amazon notes that shoppers can expect the AirPods Pro to arrive between April 7 and April 16. If you've been waiting to purchase a pair, be sure to visit Amazon soon.

$14 OFFAirPods Pro for $...

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09:23
A sequel to beloved indie game 'Rogue Legacy...

What at first seemed like a potential April Fool's joke has turned out to be real: almost seven years after the original came out, Cellar Door Games has confirmed it's working on a Rogue Legacy sequel. The indie studio didn't share a rele...

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09:21
Here are all the Apple Arcade games that support...

Apple Arcade is here, and you can play some of the subscription service’s many games with select models of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers as well as Mfi (Made for iOS) controllers!

During Apple Arcade’s announcement, though, Apple gave the impression that all Apple Arcade games would work with gamepads (in part because the service will eventually also come to macOS and tvOS), but it turns out that’s not entirely true. Some games have interfaces solely designed for touchscreens—at least on iPhone and iPad. 

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09:20
9to5Mac Happy Hour 271: Amazon skirts App Store...

Benjamin and Zac unpack the week of news including more features coming to iOS 14 and watchOS 7, Siri for Spotify on Apple Watch, Apple’s COVID-19 app, the Amazon Prime Video App Store situation, new AirTag leaks, Apple buying Dark Sky, breaking 2020 iPhone SE news, and much more.

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09:14
Legend of the Skyfish 2 added to Apple Arcade’s...

Legend of the Skyfish 2 is the latest addition to the Apple Arcade line-up on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV (alas, there's no Mac version).

Here's how the game is described: A hundred years have passed since the hero known as Little Red Hook ended the reign of terror of Skyfish, the Lord of the Deep Seas… and now the peace that civilization struggled so much to build is in danger again.

As the last Red Hook guardians, you and your master must use the atypical tool of your clan – the Combat Fishing Pole – as both a weapon and a grappling hook to face the rising threat.

Unveil an exciting story as you journey in a world full of intriguing characters and devious traps. Explore gorgeous landscapes and mysterious dungeons while defeating mutant abyssal creatures.

Apple Arcade offers iPhone,...

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09:00
HomeKit Weekly: The true benefit of HomeKit is in...

In the past few years of building up my collection of HomeKit products, I would tell people that the value of HomeKit is the ability to bring multiple products from multiple manufacturers into a single application that makes it easy to use. After installing my abode alarm system a few weeks back, something clicked for me. As I was settings up my automations, it clicked in my brain that the true benefit of HomeKit is to leverage automations from all of the devices exposed in your HomeKit ecosystem. more…

The post HomeKit Weekly: The true benefit of HomeKit is in the automations you can create appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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08:56
Friday deals: Beats Solo and Powerbeats Pro $50 off...

Friday’s top deals include Beats wireless headphones from $200, plus Best Buy’s new 1-day sale, and Apple’s iPad Air at $130 off. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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08:51
YouTube Live and Twitch streaming now available in...

Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack is a handy application that allows you to record audio from any Mac app including Safari, video calls, and much more. Now the app has gained support for live streaming with some of the most used services.

more…

The post YouTube Live and Twitch streaming now available in Audio Hijack from Rogue Amoeba appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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08:40
Apple Card's Base APR Lowered to 10.99% for...

Following two interest rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve in March, the Apple Card's base APR has now decreased from 12.49 percent to 10.99 percent for some cardholders, including MacRumors reader Zed and others on Reddit.

This is at least the third time that the Apple Card's APR range has been lowered since the credit card launched in August 2019.

Due to current affairs, Apple recently launched a customer assistance program that allows Apple Card holders to skip their March and April payments without incurring interest charges. To enroll in the program, read Apple's support document.

Key features of the Apple Card include color-coded spending summaries in the...

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08:30
Engadget readers look back on the original iPad

Today is the tenth anniversary of the iPad, which means… you are probably not reading this post on an original iPad. After all, 10 years is a long time in the world of tech and you’ve probably moved on to bigger and better things by now, like the mos...

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08:24
Google Fi temporarily increases data limits to 30GB...

Like the major telecom providers, Google recognizes that people are spending more time on their phones during the coronavirus pandemic. To help meet that demand, Google Fi is doubling the data its customers can use before they are downgraded to 2G sp...

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08:23
Deals: Refurbished Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi Routers...

Woot today began a new flash sale on Netgear Orbi Mesh Routers, offering up to 50 percent discounts on two Orbi systems in refurbished condition. Both routers come with a 90 day warranty from Netgear.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Woot. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

To start, there's the Netgear RBK43 Orbi Wi-Fi Router with one router and two satellites for $174.99, compared to an original price of $349.99. This sale is also below Amazon's refurbished price of $219.99 in renewed condition. Orbi's tri-band router...

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08:20
Morgan Stanley trims AAPL estimates further as hopes...




Morgan Stanley said Friday it is reducing expectations for Apple through fiscal 2021 to better align with the bank's macro view that GDP growth will take a greater hit than previously expected, due largely to a prolonged consumer recovery both stateside and abroad.

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08:14
Roleplaying Game 'Legend of the Skyfish 2...

"Legend of the Skyfish 2" is this week's addition to Apple Arcade on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV:A hundred years have passed since the hero known as Little Red Hook ended the reign of terror of Skyfish, the Lord of the Deep Seas… and now the peace that civilization struggled so much to build is in danger again.

As the last Red Hook guardians, you and your master must use the atypical tool of your clan – the Combat Fishing Pole – as both a weapon and a grappling hook to face the rising threat.

Unveil an exciting story as you journey in a world full of intriguing characters and devious traps. Explore gorgeous landscapes and mysterious dungeons while defeating mutant abyssal creatures."Legend of the Skyfish 2" is available on the App Store with an...

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08:00
The best online film festivals and virtual art house...

SXSW, the Ashland International Film Festival, Film Forum, and more are turning to virtual screenings in the wake of COVID-19.

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08:00
Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub review: Backyard...

WiFi-enabled pellet grills are a backyard luxury for aspiring pitmasters. They not only allow you to remotely monitor temperature, but to adjust settings from your phone. However, they're a significant investment, and not everyone is keen on usin...

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08:00
Tribeca Film Festival is bringing its VR films to...

Just like pretty much every other event for the foreseeable future, the Tribeca Film Festival isn't taking place as it normally would after organizers postponed it from April. However, the festival is joining SXSW in making some of its programmin...

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07:59
iPhone 8 Still Works After Two Months in The River...

A UK woman dropped her new iPhone 8 into the River Thames. Two months later she stumbled across it, the Mirror reported. After a spell in some dried race, she and her fiance turned the iPhone 8 on… and it worked.

At two metres beneath the surface, the phone was difficult to reach so the pair returned home to look for something to retrieve it with. After looking on Amazon, the pair eventually decided to fashion a homemade fishing net by attaching a kitchen sieve to the end of a broom. They next day they returned to the site with the contraption and spent 40 minutes fighting against the current to reach the phone.


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07:56
Amazon further discounts Apple AirPods Pro,...




Wireless earphone deals are hitting a fever pitch heading into the weekend, with Friday markdowns issued on both Apple AirPods Pro and Powerbeats Pro.

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07:35
Lyft will provide free scooter rides to critical...

Last week, Lyft announced that it would provide free bike rides for healthcare workers in New York City, Chicago, the Bay Area and Boston who are helping to keep the public safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The company is expanding its efforts to...

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07:35
2020 iPhone SE preview: Price, specs, size and...

The launch of the iPhone 12 may be very much in limbo due to the effects of the coronavirus, but that’s probably not the only handset Apple is launching in 2020. According to a flood of well-sourced leaks and reports, a new entry-level phone that resurrects the beloved iPhone SE is due to arrive very soon. 

Here’s everything we know about the new budget iPhone:

Name

After rumors initially pegged the name of Apple’s new phone as the iPhone SE 2 and then the iPhone 9, it now appears that it will simply be called the iPhone SE. According to “a tip from a highly trusted reader,” 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple will be recycling the same name it used...

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07:25
Global Online Music Streaming Grew 32% Year-over-...

Global online music streaming subscriptions grew 32% year-on-year (YoY) reaching 358 million subscriptions in Current Year (CY) 2019. While Spotify was number one based on market share, the majority of their customers use the free tier.

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07:10
Get six months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $40 at...

If you play games with your Xbox One frequently, there's a good chance you already have Game Pass Ultimate. Now is an excellent opportunity to top up your subscription at an affordable price. Newegg is offering a total of six months of Xbox Game...

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07:00
How Amazon turned Simon Stålenhag’s ‘Tales from the...

Simon Stålenhag isn't a household name. But if you like robots and Scandinavian design, you've probably seen his work on the internet. The Swedish artist, musician and designer is known for producing images that combine rural or suburban life with fl...

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06:51
Students develop a smart bra for early breast cancer...

Students from the Swiss university EPFL have developed a smart bra designed to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. They believe it's the first piece of clothing that can be used for cancer prevention. They even claim that it's comfor...

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06:48
Apple Pays Hacker Who Found Seven Zero-Days $75,000

Apple paid hacker Ryan Pickren $75,000 via its bug bounty program (via Forbes). The former Amazon Web Services engineer found seven zero-day vulnerabilities and used three of them to hijack an iPhone’s camera.

During December 2019, Pickren decided to put the notion that “bug hunting is all about finding assumptions in software and violating those assumptions to see what happens” to the test. He opted to delve into Apple Safari for iOS and macOS, to “hammer the browser with obscure corner cases” until weird behavior was uncovered… To cut a very long and technical story short: Pickren found a total of seven zero-day vulnerabilities in Safari (CVE-2020-3852, CVE-2020-3864, CVE-2020-3865, CVE-2020-3885, CVE-2020-3887, CVE-2020-9784, & CVE-2020-9787) of which three could be used in the camera...

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06:44
Deals: Powerbeats Pro Return to $200 at Multiple...

New sales on a variety of Beats headphones have appeared this morning, headlined by a return of the lowest-ever price on the Powerbeats Pro at $199.95, down from $249.99. This sale has popped up at numerous retailers today, including Amazon, B&H Photo, Target, and more.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

Even Apple is discounting the Powerbeats Pro today, and across all retailers every color is on sale:...

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06:40
The mighty Mini: Adapting Apple’s diminutive tablet...

John Voorhees wrote a terrific appreciation piece, for MacStories, on the under-appreciated iPad mini. Worth reading, especially worth scrolling through to see all the use cases for which the iPad mini is just perfect.

At the very least, I think the iPad mini is perfect for reading. It’s got the right screen proportion, bigger than iPhone, but still very light. And it supports trackpad and mouse input. Spot on.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:39
iPad Pro Adds Mac-Like Microphone Disconnect Feature

MacBooks with a T2 Security Chip have their microphones disabled when the lid is closed. Now the iPad Pro 2020 models have the same feature.


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06:22
Ne-Yo Joins Apple TV+’s Helpsters in Catchy New Song

Ne-Yo has teamed up with Apple TV+ children’s characters Helpsters for a new song. The pop star joins the Muppet-like creatures for a song about directions. It’s very sweet and, unfortunately for parents, very, very catchy. New episodes of Helpster arrive every Friday.


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06:19
Ryan Pickren found a bug in Safari that let...

Ryan Pickren:

This vulnerability allowed malicious websites to masquerade as trusted websites when viewed on Desktop Safari (like on Mac computers) or Mobile Safari (like on iPhones or iPads).
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Hackers could then use their fraudulent identity to invade users’ privacy. This worked because Apple lets users permanently save their security settings on a per-website basis.
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If the malicious website wanted camera access, all it had to do was masquerade as a trusted video-conferencing website such as Skype or Zoom.

And:

I reported this bug to Apple in accordance with the Security Bounty Program rules and used BugPoC to give them a live demo. Apple considered this exploit to fall into the “Network Attack without User Interaction: Zero-Click Unauthorized Access to Sensitive Data” category and awarded me $75,000.

If this sort of thing concerns you, put a post-it over your Mac and Mac display cameras.

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06:19
New iPad adds in hardware microphone disconnect

Apple Platform Security document:

All Mac portables with the Apple T2 Security Chip feature a hardware disconnect that ensures the microphone is disabled whenever the lid is closed. On the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers with the T2 chip, and on the 15-inch MacBook Pro portables from 2019 or later, this disconnect is implemented in hardware alone. The disconnect prevents any software—even with root or kernel privileges in macOS, and even the software on the T2 chip—from engaging the microphone when the lid is closed. (The camera is not disconnected in hardware, because its field of view is completely obstructed with the lid closed.)

That’s the Mac side. On the iPad:

iPad models beginning in 2020 also feature the hardware microphone disconnect. When an MFI compliant case (including those sold by Apple) is attached to the iPad and closed, the microphone is disconnected in hardware, preventing microphone audio data being made available to any...

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06:16
Science community has free access to a COVID-19...

The science community now has free access to a COVID-19 research portal that launched today. Vivli, a global independent, nonprofit data-sharing and analytics platform for clinical trial research, with the help of Insight Enterprises, an integrator of Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions for organizations of all sizes, developed the COVID-19 data sharing portal.

“Especially during this time of a public health emergency, data sharing is more important than ever,” said Rebecca Li, Vivli...

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06:16
Science community has free access to a COVID-19...

The science community now has free access to a COVID-19 research portal that launched today. Vivli, a global independent, nonprofit data-sharing and analytics platform for clinical trial research, with the help of Insight Enterprises, an integrator of Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions for organizations of all sizes, developed the COVID-19 data sharing portal.

“Especially during this time of a public health emergency, data sharing is more important than ever,” said Rebecca Li, Vivli...

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06:16
Science community has free access to a COVID-19...

The science community now has free access to a COVID-19 research portal that launched today. Vivli, a global independent, nonprofit data-sharing and analytics platform for clinical trial research, with the help of Insight Enterprises, an integrator of Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions for organizations of all sizes, developed the COVID-19 data sharing portal.

“Especially during this time of a public health emergency, data sharing is more important than ever,” said Rebecca Li, Vivli...

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06:16
Science community has free access to a COVID-19...

The science community now has free access to a COVID-19 research portal that launched today. Vivli, a global independent, nonprofit data-sharing and analytics platform for clinical trial research, with the help of Insight Enterprises, an integrator of Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions for organizations of all sizes, developed the COVID-19 data sharing portal.

“Especially during this time of a public health emergency, data sharing is more important than ever,” said Rebecca Li, Vivli...

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06:08
Apple patches vulnerability where iPhone &...




An ethical "white-hat" hacker exploited Apple's own apps in December to show how a malicious website could gain unrestricted access to a user's camera and microphone without consent using flaws that have since been patched.

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06:08
Oops! Apple accidentally leaks some ‘iPhone SE 2,’ ‘...

Apple has accidentally leaked some info on two unreleased Apple products: the follow-up to the iPhone SE and the “AirTags.”

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple’s online Store appears to have leaked the official name of Apple's next iPhone, as a listing for an iPhone 8 screen protector was updated on Thursday to reflect compatibility with "iPhone SE." The Belkin InvisiGlass Ultra screen protector now shows support for the iPhone SE. Previously, the accessory noted compatibility with iPhone 8 and iPhone 7, according to a cached version of the webpage, notes AppleInsider

Previous rumors have suggested that the follow-up to the iPhone SE would be dubbed the “...

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06:02
GoPro's Max gets much-needed 360 time lapse...

While the world remains on lockdown, your GoPro might feel a little neglected. But if you own a Max, you might want to keep it handy. The 360 camera is getting a firmware update that adds a few features that were missing at launch. Most notably the a...

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06:00
Fall Asleep Quickly with the Restly Sleep App

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to ruin your sleep patterns. You’re working from home, you’re worried about everything, and it’s just plain hard to get a good night’s sleep. Restly is an app designed to send you into deep sleep in just two minutes, proven by the military and scientific studies. Get a lifetime Restly subscription for $39.99 and sleep well tonight!

Its 2 a.m. and you’re tossing and turning. Every time you look at the clock, another 30 minutes have gone by and still, not a wink of shut-eye. Download Restly to learn the foolproof trick of getting to sleep in 2 minutes or less straight from the US army. Restly provides a scientifically-based...

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05:59
Football Manager 2020 Touch: All The Thrills, But...

Football Manager 2020 Touch isn’t perfect, but it is a really good balance between the full version and the Mobile version.


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05:53
All Apple retail stores in the U.S. to remain closed...

Bloomberg reports that Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People, told employees in a memo that its retail stores in the U.S. will remain closed and work-from-home procedures will stay in place until early May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All the stores outside the Greater China area were closed on March 17.

The article said O’Brien told staff that the company anticipates that “flexible work arrangements will remain in place for all offices, and all retail stores will remain closed, until early May.” She added that Apple is “continuing to monitor local conditions for every Apple facility on a daily basis” and that the company will make “reopening decisions on the basis of thorough, thoughtful reviews and the latest guidance from local governments and public health experts.”...

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05:50
Zoom’s Encryption is Linked to Chinese Servers

Researchers found that Zoom uses its own encryption scheme, sometimes using keys issued by China.

Some of the key management systems — 5 out of 73, in a Citizen Lab scan — seem to be located in China, with the rest in the United States. Interestingly, the Chinese servers are at least sometimes used for Zoom chats that have no nexus in China. The two Citizen Lab researchers, Bill Marczak and John Scott-Railton, live in the United States and Canada. During a test call between the two, the shared meeting encryption key “was sent to one of the participants over TLS from a Zoom server apparently located in Beijing,” according to the report.

I don’t have further commentary on Zoom, other than asking, “How will this end?”


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05:41
Apple’s decades movie sale has iconic hits for $5,...

Following yesterday’s big TV show sale, Apple is back with a fresh batch of movie deals highlighted by $5 essentials from the last few decades. You’ll also find price drops on recent releases at $10 alongside a smattering of other deals. Hit the jump for all of our top picks.

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05:38
Apple Paid former Amazon Web Services Security...

Ethical hackers, those security researchers who put their hacking talents to use in helping secure the products and services they break, can make big bucks. Apple paid one of these hackers to find problems in the iPhone 11 camera.

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05:34
Another day, another couple of Zoom vulnerabilities...

It seems hardly a day can go by without more Zoom vulnerabilities being discovered – with not just one but two more being revealed today …

more…

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05:33
iMazing releases Apple Configurator alternative and...

iMazing, the popular tool that consumers use to back up data from their iOS devices that Apple doesn’t support, has released two new tools for Apple IT administrators: iMazing Configurator and iMazing Profile Editor. These new tools will be handy for system administrators to keep around when configuring iOS devices in bulk. more…

The post iMazing releases Apple Configurator alternative and a new configuration profile editor appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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05:32
Apple tells staff U.S. stores to remain closed until...

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

In a memo to employees, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and People Deirdre O’Brien told staff that the company anticipates that “flexible work arrangements will remain in place for all offices, and all retail stores will remain closed, until early May.”

She said that Apple is “continuing to monitor local conditions for every Apple facility on a daily basis” and that the company will make “reopening decisions on the basis of thorough, thoughtful reviews and the latest guidance from local governments and public health experts.”

Apple deciding to open a specific Apple Store will definitely be a canary in the coal mine, a sign that we’re heading back to normal, at least in that area.

Wondering what those early days will be like. Will there be social distancing methods in place? After all, until we have tests for everyone, and a widely available vaccine, how will stores prevent the spread of COVID-19?

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05:00
Apple's latest COVID-19 Update: Apple Store...

Late yesterday Apple, Deirdre O'Brien SVP Retail told employees that its retail stores in the U.S. will remain closed until ...

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05:00
Apple patent is for an ‘underwater user interface’...

Water resistance iPhone? Humbug! That’s nothing. Apple wants one that’s totally waterproof as evidenced by a newly granted patent (number 20200104021) for an “underwater user interface.”

The tech giant says that current methods for displaying user interfaces while an electronic device is under water “are outdated, time consuming, and inefficient.” Apple says underwater controls should be simpler and streamlined. It stands to reason that if the company is working on an underwater user interface, an iPhone that can be used to take photos and film videos underwater is also under consideration.

Here’s the summary of the invention: “The present disclosure generally relates to underwater user interfaces. In some embodiments, a method includes at an electronic device with a display and one or more input devices, receiving a first request to display a user interface for accessing a first function of the electronic device. In response to receiving...

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04:56
White-hat hacker able to hijack iPhone camera; Apple...

A white-hat hacker was able to hijack iPhone cameras using a chain of three vulnerabilities he discovered. The same approach would also work with the cameras on Macs.

Ryan Pickren disclosed the vulnerabilities to Apple back in December of last year. The company fixed the most serious of them in January, and the rest last month.

The approach relied on an exception to the normal privacy requirement for apps to seek permission for camera or microphone access …

more…

The post White-hat hacker able to hijack iPhone camera; Apple has now fixed appeared first on...

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04:48
Zoom security, iPad Pro 2020, Apple acquires Dark...




This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Andrew details how the 2020 iPad Pro compares to previous models, we explore Zoom's many privacy issues and its shady install process, Apple buys the Dark Sky weather app and what it all means, and we debate Apple Sherlocking third-party apps.

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04:37
Smart speaker market size projected to reach $23.3...

The smart speaker market size is projected to grow from US$4.4 million in 2017 to $23.3 million by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 23.4%, according to Valuates.

A smart speaker is a type of speaker and voice control system with an integrated virtual assistant that offers interactive behavior and hands-free activation. Demand for smart speakers has been steadily growing, especially in smart homes, owing to increased consumer demand for advanced, multifunctional products. In addition, the proliferation of smartphones has allowed applications to stream music to a specific unit, increasing demand for smart speakers, according to Valuates.

The highest smart speaker market share, region wise, was held by North America with 36.9%. However, Asia-Pacific is predicted to show the highest growth rate for the smart speaker market, with a CAGR of 24.93%.

Valuates says trends influencing the global smart speaker market...

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04:37
Smart speaker market size projected to reach $23.3...

The smart speaker market size is projected to grow from US$4.4 million in 2017 to $23.3 million by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 23.4%, according to Valuates.

A smart speaker is a type of speaker and voice control system with an integrated virtual assistant that offers interactive behavior and hands-free activation. Demand for smart speakers has been steadily growing, especially in smart homes, owing to increased consumer demand for advanced, multifunctional products. In addition, the proliferation of smartphones has allowed applications to stream music to a specific unit, increasing demand for smart speakers, according to Valuates.

The highest smart speaker market share, region wise, was held by North America with 36.9%. However, Asia-Pacific is predicted to show the highest growth rate for the smart speaker market, with a CAGR of 24.93%.

Valuates says trends influencing the global smart speaker market...

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04:37
Smart speaker market size projected to reach $23.3...

The smart speaker market size is projected to grow from US$4.4 million in 2017 to $23.3 million by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 23.4%, according to Valuates.

A smart speaker is a type of speaker and voice control system with an integrated virtual assistant that offers interactive behavior and hands-free activation. Demand for smart speakers has been steadily growing, especially in smart homes, owing to increased consumer demand for advanced, multifunctional products. In addition, the proliferation of smartphones has allowed applications to stream music to a specific unit, increasing demand for smart speakers, according to Valuates.

The highest smart speaker market share, region wise, was held by North America with 36.9%. However, Asia-Pacific is predicted to show the highest growth rate for the smart speaker market, with a CAGR of 24.93%.

Valuates says trends influencing the global smart speaker market...

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04:37
Smart speaker market size projected to reach $23.3...

The smart speaker market size is projected to grow from US$4.4 million in 2017 to $23.3 million by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 23.4%, according to Valuates.

A smart speaker is a type of speaker and voice control system with an integrated virtual assistant that offers interactive behavior and hands-free activation. Demand for smart speakers has been steadily growing, especially in smart homes, owing to increased consumer demand for advanced, multifunctional products. In addition, the proliferation of smartphones has allowed applications to stream music to a specific unit, increasing demand for smart speakers, according to Valuates.

The highest smart speaker market share, region wise, was held by North America with 36.9%. However, Asia-Pacific is predicted to show the highest growth rate for the smart speaker market, with a CAGR of 24.93%.

Valuates says trends influencing the global smart speaker market...

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04:15
macOS Catalina: How to delete images from manually-...

The latest version of macOS, Catalina, has a lot of quirks (to put it nicely). One crops up in Photos when you’re working with manually created albums—those are albums into which you choose which images and videos appear, as opposed to smart albums, which rely on search criteria.

In Mojave and earlier versions of macOS, you could select one or more images in the album and either right-click to Delete X Images or use the menu item Image > Delete X Images. When confirmed, that would remove the images from your Photos library, as opposed to Image > Remove X Photos from Album, which removed the media from being part of the album being viewed, but left the photo or movie in your main library.

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04:14
Google and Facebook location data shows coronavirus...

With many cities, states and countries asking people to remain at home, Google and Facebook location data is being used to help determine how many people are complying with the coronavirus lockdown …

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04:00
Another patent filing hints at motion control for...

Apple has filed for another patent (number 20200104038) for controlling Macs, iPads, and Apple TVs (the set-top box) by motion gestures.

User interaction with electronic devices has increased significantly in recent years. These devices can be devices such as computers, tablet computers, televisions, multimedia devices, mobile devices, and the like. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that sometime a user may want to control electronic devices using motion gestures. The tech giant says that "enhancing these interactions improves the user's experience with the device and decreases user interaction time, which is particularly important where input devices are battery-operated.” 

Here’s the summary of the patent filing: “In some embodiments, an electronic device performs an action in response to detection of a sequence of one or more motion gestures. Motion gesture information of a first electronic device optionally includes a...

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04:00
Apple’s in-app purchase deal with Amazon could be a...

One of the defining characteristics of Apple’s ecosystem over the last decade has been its carefully curated nature—what critics refer to as the “walled garden.” The idea being, essentially, that if you don’t like the way Apple runs its extremely popular platforms, you can take a hike.

Over time, Apple has loosened and even removed some of its restrictions, sometimes officially and other times merely tacitly. But many have still remained in place, and while there are definitely advantages to the way that the Cupertino-based company does things, there are also places where perhaps the company could stand to relax a bit more.

Case in point: This week, some users noticed that they could now rent and purchase movies and TV shows directly in the Amazon Prime iOS app, without having to resort to an arcane work-around. Apple confirmed that this is an “established program”—despite it being the first time it seems to have been publicly acknowledged—that exists with certain...

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03:58
Apple Paid Hacker $75,000 for Uncovering Zero-Day...

Apple paid out $75,000 to a hacker for identifying multiple zero-day vulnerabilities in its software, some of which could be used to hijack the camera on a MacBook or an iPhone, according to Forbes.

A zero-day vulnerability refers to a security hole in software that is unknown to the software developer and the public, although it may already be known by attackers who are quietly exploiting it.

Security researcher Ryan Pickren reportedly discovered the vulnerabilities in Safari after he decided to "hammer the browser with obscure corner cases" until it started showing weird behavior.

The bug hunter found seven exploits in all. The vulnerabilities involved the way that Safari parsed Uniform Resource Identifiers, managed web origins and initialized secure...

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03:45
Publix now offers contactless pay options including...

It's official: the Publix super market chain (my favorite, by the way) has announced that it’s rolling out contactless pay — including Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay -- to all its stores, including GreenWise Market.

The rollout is expected to be completed by Saturday, April 4. CEO Todd Jones says this is one more measure Publix is taking to protect the health and well-being of its customers and associates during the coronavirus pandemic.

This digital payment method will be in addition to the existing mobile pay option through the Publix app, which customers can still use to finalize their purchases. Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 200,000 employees and currently operates 1,242 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

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03:40
Apple News outage affecting selected users




A small number of users worldwide are reporting that Apple News is down, but there's no consistency to which territories are affected, and devices on the same network can be working.

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03:31
Apple TV+ Review: 'Home Before Dark' is...




Young star Brooklynn Prince is the best thing about the latest Apple TV+ original series, a solid show that's nevertheless lacking in obvious breakout potential.

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03:30
Newly introduced Intel processors could pop up in...

Intel says it’s breaking the 5GHz barrier for laptops with the launch of the 10th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors that's particularly suited to “gamers and creators.” That said, they should be a natural fit for the next generation of 16-inch MacBook Pros.

“The new platform is optimized for enthusiasts and creators by delivering the fastest frequency in the industry with 5 GHz across the majority of the volume which will deliver amazing game play and rich creation for users,” says Fredrik Hamberger, general manager of the premium and gaming laptop segments at Intel.

At the top of the line-up is the 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK, featuring unparalleled performance across the board with up to 5.3 GHz Turbo, eight cores, 16 threads and 16MB of Intel Smart Cache.

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03:30
How to use a digital camera, camcorder, or GoPro as...

Webcams are hard to find. But if you have a dSLR camera, GoPro, or camcorder lying about, you may be able to conscript it for the same purpose.

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03:15
theBin review: Alternative macOS Trash manager makes...

After first being introduced as the “Wastebasket” in 1982 with the Lisa, Apple forever cemented the concept in the hearts of personal computer users by porting it onto the Macintosh two years later. Renamed as simply Trash, this unassuming file directory has helped users with file deletion for nearly four decades.

But for such an important feature, relatively little has changed over the years—most notably, a Finder preference introduced with macOS Sierra gives the option of automatically deleting Trash after 30 days. Should that not go quite far enough, there’s now a third-party app to answer the call.

Semibits’s theBin can be configured to automatically take over managing your Trash. Instead of temporarily moving files to the invisible .Trashes folder in macOS, theBin intervenes, migrating unwanted content to its own storage space where the app can handle such files more efficiently.

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03:15
Rumor: Apple expected to unveil, open orders for...

The rumor mill has it that Apple could be planning to open orders for a new iPhone as soon as today. The handset has been referred to as the “iPhone SE 2” and “iPhone 9,” and per a source close to the story, could simply be tagged the “iPhone SE” while referencing the hardware as the 2020 version.

Apple will reportedly offer the handset in black, white, and Product (Red) color options, and is said to offer the following iPhone SE cases alongside it:

  • Black silicone
  • White silicone
  • Red leather
  • Black leather
  • Midnight blue leather

Apple is also said to be offering the new iPhone SE in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

In addition, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to keep the price point around the same for the iPhone SE, and is thought to be setting a $399 price point for the handset.

The new iPhone SE is expected to have...

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03:02
Apple News Currently Down for Some Users

Apple News appears to be running into problems this morning, with social media chatter indicating the service is down for many users.

Apple's System Status page isn't reporting issues with its News service, but launching the iOS app and tapping the Today tab is throwing up a "Feed Unavailable" message for many users. However, other sections of the app do appear to be functioning.

MacRumors was able to replicate the behavior on iPhone and iPad, but the service appears to be working when accessed through the macOS app, at least in the United Kingdom.

According to Downdetector, the problem is mainly being reported by users in the United States and the United Kingdom. We'll update this article when the situation changes.

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03:01
‘MacVoices’ offers five more ways to improve...

On the new episode of MacVoices, host Chuck Joiner provides five more ways to improve your videoconferencing skills. Find out what to do and what not to do. 

MacVoices is an Internet show that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry as well as the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community. Founded as an audio program in 2005, the show has evolved into audio and video versions to offer the best of both worlds.

Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices. You can catch up with what he’s doing on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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03:00
Apple News is down for many users [update: fixed]

Update: The Apple News service appears to be fully operational once again. Original story below unchanged.

Many users are unable to use the Apple News app this morning. Rather than seeing a feed of today’s stories, upon opening the app, users are presented with an error message stating that the feed unavailable.

If you dismiss the dialog, other areas of the News app appear still to be up. So you can browse the News+ catalog or find individual channels, but the main Today news feed is not loading.

more…

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03:00
Zoom installation operating as a superuser under...

As useful as Zoom has become, especially in the wake of Coronavirus and the need to videoconference, the company’s once again in hot water over how some of its software operates.

In addition to taking flak for not encrypting its data end to end, a developer has noted that Zoom installs into the macOS without ever clicking the installation button.

Per the tweet:

Ever wondered how the @zoom_us macOS installer does it’s job without you ever clicking install? Turns out they (ab)use preinstallation scripts, manually unpack the app using a bundled 7zip and install it to /Applications if the current user is in the admin group (no root needed).

This definitely fits into some questionable territory, and it’s something that’ll have to be looked into, or at least questioned.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via...

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02:13
2020 iPad Pro Includes Microphone Hardware...

Apple has added an anti-eavesdropping feature to the 2020 iPad Pro that ensures the microphone hardware is disabled when a case is attached to the iPad and closed.

The security feature was first introduced in 2018 in MacBook models using Apple's T2 security chip, which includes a hardware microphone disconnect feature that disables the mics when the notebook's lid is closed.

As spotted by 9to5Mac, an updated version of Apple's Platform Security document makes clear that the anti-eavesdropping is also available on all 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌ models when using an MFI-compliant case.

‌iPad‌ models...

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02:09
Best Buy 1-day sale: Up to $1,100 off MacBook Pro,...

Best Buy has a fresh 1-day sale today with a number of price drops across all areas of consumer technology, including Apple products, TVs, and more. Free shipping is available on orders over $35, and curbside pickup is also in option at most retail locations at this time. Head below for all of our top picks.

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01:42
'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' multiplayer...

Smitten by Call of Duty: Warzone, but not sure if the rebooted Modern Warfare is worth the price of admission? Good news: for three days, the multiplayer portion of Infinity Ward's latest shooter is going free-to-play. Download Warzone (if you haven'...

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00:08
Instacart will provide shoppers with free masks and...

Instacart will start distributing free health and safety kit to its full-service shoppers next week. The move likely comes as a response to the walkout workers staged a few days ago to protest the company's inadequate safety measures against the...

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Thursday April 2

23:54
Affinity Photo 1.8.3 - Digital editing for...

Affinity Photo - redefines the boundaries for professional photo editing software for the Mac. With a meticulous focus on workflow it offers sophisticated tools for enhancing, editing and retouching your images in an incredibly intuitive interface with all the power and performance you need.



Version 1.8.3:

  • Various stability and performance improvements



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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Apple Stores in US to remain closed until early May




Apple in a memo to employees on Thursday said it plans to keep all U.S. retail stores closed until early May as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the nation.

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Tesla reports best ever first quarter production and...

Tesla has announced a record-breaking quarter for the company when it comes to vehicle production and delivery. The automaker manufactured 102,672 and delivered 88,400 vehicles in the first quarter of 2020 ending on March 31st. Tesla called these res...

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2020 iPad Pro first model with microphone hardware...

Recent Apple MacBooks have included an aggressive security feature that disconnects hardware microphones when the lid is physically closed. The feature is designed to prevent eavesdropping on compromised hardware.

Starting with the recently introduced 2020 iPad Pro, Apple is bringing the same privacy feature to iPads.

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21:06
U.S. Apple Stores to Remain Closed Until Early May

Apple today informed employees that its Apple retail stores in the United States will remain closed until early May, and Apple employees will continue to work from home until then.

In a memo to employees, excerpts of which were shared by Bloomberg, Apple's retail chief Deirdre O'Brien said that Apple is "continuing to monitor local conditions for every Apple facility on a daily basis" and that reopening decisions will be made on after "thorough, thoughtful reviews and the latest guidance from local governments and public health experts."

For now, Apple's flexible work arrangements "will remain in place for all offices, and all retail stores will remain closed, until early May."

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'iPhone SE 2020' rumored to launch soon

Especially because it seems like high-end phones are getting bigger and more expensive, there's been a lot of interest in rumors over the last year or so that Apple will release another value-priced model. The iPhone SE provided strong performanc...

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Apple anticipates U.S. retail store closures to last...

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen, Apple has made the decision to keep all of its retail stores in the United States closed until at least May. In a message obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple’s SVP of Retail + People Deirdre O’Brien reassured store employees that Apple will continue to support them during this difficult time.

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More 2020 iPhone SE evidence: Belkin screen...

9to5Mac previously reported that the launch of the new 2020 iPhone SE is imminent, as our source told us that Apple plans to announce it as soon as tomorrow. Now there’s more evidence that the new iPhone SE will be released soon based on Apple’s own website, including a new Belkin screen protector and an updated AppleCare+ plan.

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20:16
Apple Store lists screen protector compatible with...




The Apple Store appears to have leaked the official name of Apple's next iPhone, as a listing for an iPhone 8 screen protector was updated on Thursday to reflect compatibility with "iPhone SE."

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20:10
iPhone 8 Screen Protector Updated With 'iPhone...

Another clue has surfaced to suggest that Apple's rumored lower-cost iPhone SE successor will likely be released soon.

Earlier today, a product listing for a Belkin screen protector on Apple's online store was updated to reflect compatibility with not only the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, but also the iPhone SE. Given the original iPhone SE was a 4-inch device, and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are 4.7-inch devices, this is likely a reference to the rumored 2020 model of the iPhone SE.

The product listing does not reveal any further details about the device, which was previously dubbed the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9, beyond supporting rumors that it will have a 4.7-inch display. The device is also expected to have an A13 chip, 3GB...

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