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Saturday January 25

12:48
Vine relaunches as Byte, bringing six-second videos...




Everybody's favorite six-second video platform is back and it's got a new name: Byte. Let's take a look and see if the resurrected Vine is any better than its predecessor.

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11:13
Beats Solo Pro wireless noise-canceling headphones...

Beats brand offers high-quality audio and hardware, but they’re a little on the pricey side. For this reason, Beats headphones quickly sell out when a promotion appears.

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11:10
Apple Arcade game ‘Butter Royale’ now available

Apple Arcade’s most recent addition is ‘Butter Royale‘, a multiplayer free-for-all shooter game that’s kid-friendly. The game has an online mode that pits 32 players against each other, and an offline mode that you can play with bots as your opponents. Instead of guns and bazookas, the toons wield kitchen tools that blast baguettes and sauces. Each match lasts no longer than 5 minutes in total.

Butter Royale on Apple Arcade

Developer Mighty Bear Games has put ‘Butter Royale’ at the 9+ age category, which means it’s safe for kids who are aged 9 and above and without needing adult supervision. Due to it being an Apple Arcade title, there’s no in-app purchases, ads or loot boxes. The game is compared to a hugely popular hit app ‘Fortnite’ due to its battle royale system.

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11:09
Apple advocates for improved sharing and access of...

Microsoft and Apple representatives will be attending a Carin Alliance meeting to push for a better way for patients to share and access their medical records. The event focuses on a proposed change by the Department of Health & Human Services, which will promote medical data inter-operability among healthcare providers.

CNBC reports that Apple Health Team representative Ricky Bloomfield will be attending the meeting. The push addresses the difficulty of patients switching healthcare systems and providers due to medical facilities still using CDs or fax to provide health records.

Apple is at the forefront of making the patient’s health data become more accessible. Recently, the Cupertino-based company has recently launched the Health Records...

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11:09
Apple jobs website updated with animated logos and...

The jobs website of Apple has received a new facelift, featuring a new video and a totally new look to try and captivate job seekers. One of the notable additions is the array of Apple logos the company has made as part of its October 18 event for the Mac.

Different logos come out whenever the ‘refresh’ button is tapped. The new video has an accompanying message to recruit Apple employee hopefuls who want to be part of the team.

Apple’s jobs site contains sections that outline jobs in retail locations, Apple’s philosophy, student opportunities, different Apple teams and a location overview where its retail stores are. Visitors can create a profile before going job hunting as well.

The revamp has now been applied to the official Apple jobs website. Those who might be interested or are job-...

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09:12
Tim Cook announces Apple will donate to coronavirus...




Apple will be donating to a variety of groups in China that are helping to fight the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

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08:17
Canada's Wi-LAN Gambled on a new Trial against...

In August 2018, Patently Apple posted a patent infringement report titled "U.S. Jury Found Apple Guilty of Infringing two WiLAN Patents that will cost Apple $145.1 Million." In January 2019, we posted a second report on this case titled "WiLAN's $145.1 Million Verdict against Apple has been slashed to $10 Million. A new verdict in the retrial gave WiLAN a big win.

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08:02
Tim Cook says Apple will donate to efforts in...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted that “we send our love and support to the many impacted by the cornonavirus” and that "Apple will be donating to groups on the ground helping support all of those affected.”

The spread of the deadly coronanus virus is accelerating, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned, after holding a special government meeting on the Lunar New Year public holiday.

The country is facing a "grave situation" told senior officials, according to state television. As noted by the BBC, the coronavirus has killed at least 41 people and infected some 1,400 since its discovery in the city of Wuhan. Travel restrictions have already hit several affected cities.

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08:00
Electric car ownership is the cure for range anxiety...

Anecdotally, I’ve heard similar from the few Tesla and Leaf owners I know.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:58
Jury rules Apple must pay WiLAN $85M for patent...




A jury in San Diego has ruled that Apple must pay Quarterhill Inc.'s WiLAN $85 million in royalties for infringing patents in a retrial of a case from 2018.

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07:50
California jury says Apple has to fork out $85...

A jury in San Diego, California jury says Apple must pay WiLan $85 million for patent infringement to WiLan, as reported by Bloomberg. This is all part of an ongoing legal battle.

In August 2018, a federal jury in California awarded Canadian patent licensing company WiLan $145.1 million in damages against Apple for patent infringement. However, in January 2019 this was slashed to $10 million by a California jury.

The lawsuits concern Apple's alleged use of WiLAn's 4G and LTE technologies found in most of Apple's products. WiLan was established in 1992 to develop and commercialize technology that made low-cost, high-speed wireless networking a reality. 

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07:42
Apple to attend (by phone) nonpartisan Carin...

Apple will be represented by phone at a meeting designed to help push through a policy change to let consumers access their data “without further delay,” reports CNBC

The nonpartisan Carin Alliance, which describes its focus as “advancing consumer-directed exchange in health care,” posted the attendee list and talking points on its website on Friday. More than 40 people representing some of the biggest companies in the industry are planning to attend, either in person or by phone, according to the list.

“Our vision is to rapidly advance the ability for consumers and their authorized caregivers to...

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07:29
Omni MedSci files a second Patent Infringement case...

In April 2018 Patently Apple posted a patent infringement report titled "Omni MedSci files a Five-Count Patent Infringement Lawsuit against Apple Alleging the Apple Watch Incorporates their Technology." Late yesterday Omni MedSci filed another patent infringement case against Apple in Northern California ...

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07:08
Apple ordered to pay $85M in damages following...

A jury in San Diego, California has ruled that Apple must pay WiLan a total of $85 million for patent infringement, as reported by Bloomberg. This was a retrial of a case from last year in which WiLan won $145 million, a ruling that was set aside by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw.

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07:00
iPhone 9, 13-inch MacBook update, (RED) Apple Watch...

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

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07:00
The Morning After: Vine is back, but now it's...

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

This week took some interesting turns between a possible peek at the Xbox Series X back panel and rumors of an iPhone SE2. Among the stories below that you might have missed, we've also launched a series of smar...

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06:30
Recommended Reading: Facial recognition, police and...

The secretive company that might end privacy as we know it
Kashmir Hill,
The New York Times

Clearview is a startup that developed a facial recognition system that matches a photo of a person to publicly available images. Those can be from Facebook...

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06:00
Making the Grade: Celebrating ten years of iPad in K...

2020 is an important year for Apple. It marks ten years since the introduction of the iPad. Even though it’s just a part of Apple’s device lineup, its impact can be felt on macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. In K–12, it ushered in a new era of mobility. Schools went from cart-based computing to 1:1. With every student having a device, Wi-Fi networks went from something that was in conference rooms to needing to extend to every corner of the building. Overnight, IT departments had to become RF experts and figure out how to manage and deploy devices that couldn’t be connected to Active Directory and had minimal management tools. For my Making the Grade column this week, I want to consider the impact of ten years of iPad in K–12. more…

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05:30
Apple is attending a meeting in Washington on Monday...

The CARIN Alliance is meeting with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET in Washington, D.C., and representatives from Apple and Microsoft will be attending via phone. Apple is an official CARIN Alliance Board Member and what transpires on Monday could affect Apple's work positively regarding their work on ...

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05:27
Tim Cook says Apple will donate to groups helping...

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter this morning to honor Chinese New Year, also adding Apple sends its “love and support” to everyone impacted by the coronavirus.

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05:00
Good news for rumored ’Apple Glasses’: AR market...

This sounds promising for Apple's rumored augmented reality (AR) head-mounted display (HMD), the so-called "Apple Glasses”: the global AR market size is estimated to grow from $10.7 billion in 2019 to $72.7 billion by 2024, expanding at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 46.6%, according to Research and Markets.

Apple’s device is expected to debut this year, 2021, or 2022, depending on which rumor you believe. Code-named T288, it will purportedly include an 8K display for each eye and may or may not be tethered to an iPhone. Other reports have claimed that the Apple Glasses could have a custom-build Apple chip and a dedicated operating system dubbed “rOS” for “reality operating system.”

Research and Markets says the most significant factor driving the growth of this market is the increase in the adoption of AR devices in the healthcare sector. AR devices are aiding surgeons...

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04:55
Apple attending meeting next week promoting improved...

Apple continues to emphasis its belief that consumers should have better access to their medical information. CNBC reports this week that Apple and Microsoft will send a representative to a meeting on Monday, hosted by the nonpartisan Carin Alliance.

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04:00
Notable apps and updates, Jan. 20-25

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.

macOS

True North Software has released Station 3.0, an update of their multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for macOS.

With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow. In version 3.0, scalability is increased through logical groupings thus increasing the sheer number of items that can be added to Station without having to shrink the launcher size.

Station 3.0 costs U.S. $14.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. A demo version is available at the True North website

CS Odessa has announced the Cisco...

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03:02
Will Apple ditch the iPhone’s charging port?

Wires are fading away. The future is wireless. In 2016, Apple introduced the iPhone 7 which received severe criticism for its lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. However, very soon Android smartphone manufacturers followed and the headphone jack is quickly disappearing from smartphones. 

The next thing to disappear from smartphones is very well going to be the charging port or for those living in their 2000s, the data sync port. Rumours suggest that Apple has already begun experimenting with the idea of making a portless iPhone. The iPhone X and the iPhone 8 were the first iPhones to support wireless charging.

While wireless charging is still not as fast as wired charging, it is getting there. We would not be surprised if Apple ditches the lightning (charging) port on the next iPhone in favour of a completely portless iPhone. Having no ports also reduces the risks of thieves breaking into iPhones by connecting cables.

Having no connectors on the...

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02:48
Should you buy a used iPhone 6S or iPhone 7?

Apple released the iPhone 7 in 2016 – it was basically a refreshed iPhone 6S with subtle improvements. It is difficult to see the difference between the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 7 but there are many differences that makes the iPhone 7 a much better option.

The iPhone 7 introduced the haptic feedback home button with the help of Apple’s Taptic Engine. In terms of design, the iPhone 7 ditched the ugly looking network antenna lines on the back of the iPhone for a much subtler looking network antenna lines. Also, the camera bump received a slight design change which actually makes it look much better than that of the iPhone 6S.

There is no doubt that the iPhone 6S had one of the worst battery backups of any iPhone. The iPhone 7 improved the case by a little and it also ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack which helped Apple save some space in the body of the iPhone.

True Tone, water resistant

AirPods 2 could be water-resistant like the iPhone...

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02:32
Apple should refresh the design of the iMac

The current design of the iMac was released in 2009, making it more than ten years old. There is one difference though, the body of the current generation iMac is much thinner compared to the 2009 model. Apart from that, there is basically no other change in the design and when looked at from the front, both the machine look totally identical.

The iMac is an extremely good machine, first because it’s an All In One (AIO) machine, the design and construction of the body is top notch, the internals and the fabulous macOS. No other machine on the market can match the iMac; there is no Windows or Linux based All In One (AIO) which comes even a little close to the iMac.

The saying goes “if something ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. That is exactly the case with the iMac, why change any aspect of the machine if its an extremely good machine? Well, for innovation’s sake. It would make sense at-least if Apple was charging less money for the machine as there is nothing...

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02:16
iMac Pro is the best machine for YouTubers

Apple released the iMac Pro in 2017 as a result of the severe backlash it received from its Pro customers. The company had begun to focus most of its efforts on the iPhone and the services it offers. Steve Jobs had said that the iPad was a post PC device and that it would push users to move from the traditional desktop/laptop to the new form factor (iPad).

The iPad is by no means a failed product line but is rather a product that is subtly successful. It’s not like the iPhone which people update almost every year or two whereas people buy an iPad and use it for 5 to 6 years. Similar is the case with the Mac, most people use their Mac machine for years as the products are of high quality.

The iMac Pro will be three years old this year. The Mac Pro is great but the iMac Pro offers a powerful computer in a simple All-In-One (AIO) package and is fairly cheaper compared to the Mac Pro. Of course, the Mac Pro is much more powerful compared to the iMac Pro and...

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02:13
Four Netflix originals are coming to the Criterion...

There was a time when you probably wouldn't even think of Netflix when discussing films that should be in The Criterion Collection. Now, the streaming giant has announced that four of its originals will be part of the film archive. The Irishman and M...

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00:20
Get 50% off on the iRingg Ringtone Creator for Mac

iLounge has a special deal on the iRingg Ringtone Creator for Mac, which allows you to create a custom ringtone and send it to your iPhone with a single click.

iRingg Ringtone Creator for Mac

Tired of browsing through ringtone apps and not getting what you want? Why not try the DIY route with iRingg, a ringtone creator that also functions as an iTunes alternative. With iRingg, you can now send your new ringtone to your iPhone without having to connect via iTunes. What’s more, you can add sound effects and transfer the finished product wirelessly via Wi-Fi.

Your only limit is your imagination- iRingg allows you to create virtually any ringtone you want as long as it’s on the world wide web. Hit ‘export’ and show off your new audio notification to your friends and family!

The iRingg Ringtone Creator for...

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00:11
Get $30 off on the Fitbit Inspire HR

Having a little trouble keeping up with your fitness or weight goals this year? You will need a wearable tracker to show you if you’re hitting your workout targets. To this end, the Fitbit Inspire HR is a great device, and it’s on sale for cheap on Amazon.

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00:04
New Tetris game shows up on App Store

Just a few days after EA announced that they will be pulling their Tetris app off the App Store, a new Tetris game appears. Titled ‘Tetris’, the game is made by N3TWORK Inc. as part of a multi-year agreement and features the game mechanics we all know and love.

Tetris game

The launch of the new Tetris app could be the reason why EA is closing theirs’. The...

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00:01
Apple TV+ series ‘Little America’ will be getting a...

Lee Eisenberg, creator of the upcoming Apple TV+ series ‘Little America’ reveals that the show will have a podcast. In an interview with Forbes, Eisenberg says that the podcast will act as an accompaniment that gives its viewers more details about its music and stories. Furthermore, there will be episodic playlists and a book as well.

It looks like the rumors about Apple creating original podcasts for Apple TV+ content is true. In 2019, it was believed that the Cupertino-based company has asked podcast creators for their ideas on how to add podcasts on Apple TV+. Furthermore, Apple has approached Apple TV+ content creators and asked them to make podcasts about their shows.

Little America podcast release date

There’s no date...

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Friday January 24

23:59
New Apple Pay promo gives 10% discount on StubHub...

Sports fans can get a 10 percent discount on StubHub purchases when they use Apple Pay. To get the discount, you will need to download the StubHub app and choose Apple Pay as the method of payment when buying game tickets.

Online ticketing company StubHub was founded in 2000 and offers a way for ticket buyers and sellers to get what they need, e.g., tickets for theater, concerts, sports, and live entertainment.

Apple Pay promo for StubHub

Use Apple Pay and enter the code APPLEPAY2020 on checkout to see the 10% off on your final purchase. This promotion allows up to $100 discount and ends January 29, 2020. It’s the second time we’ve seen StubHub participate in the Apple Pay promotion, alongside other companies such as Grubhub, Dave & Buster’s, Snapfish,...

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21:10
Tesla update leaks some upcoming changes for Model S...

Whether it's Fortnite, the latest Google Maps app or a firmware update for your Tesla Model X, reverse-engineering software to find features that are included but not-yet-enabled is a common hobby for the impatient hackers among us. Today the first n...

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19:46
iMac Pro 2020: Intel Xeon W chips, faster RAM

Apple suffered a lot by ignoring the “Pro” community of its Mac users. For a while, the company had begun to focus mostly on the iPhone and the iPad. As a result, the Mac users felt left out and the company invited a couple of journalists to reassure its users that Apple was committed to the Mac.

Since then, Apple has released the iMac Pro, the Mac Pro, and also a 16” MacBook Pro which has a keyboard that actually works. As we enter into the year 2020, the question is whether Apple will update the iMac Pro or not?

The iMac Pro was a quick fix to the problem of not having a “Pro” grade computer in Apple’s Mac line-up. The company took years to release the 2019 Mac Pro and to have something on the market that was fast and powerful, Apple chose to release the iMac Pro. It’s a great machine, offering value for money and in some cases, it’s actually a better choice compared to the Mac Pro as its an All-In-One (AIO) machine.

The iMac Pro is powered...

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19:30
36 Years Ago Today, Steve Jobs Unveiled the First...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MacRumors: On January 24, 1984, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the first Macintosh at Apple's annual shareholder's meeting in Cupertino, California, debuting the new computer equipped with a 9-inch black and white display, an 8MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 128KB of RAM, a 3.5-inch floppy drive, and a price tag of $2,495. The now iconic machine weighed in at a whopping 17 pounds and was advertised as offering a word processing program, a graphics package, and a mouse. At the time it was introduced, the Macintosh was seen as Apple's last chance to overcome IBM's domination of the personal computer market and remain a major player in the personal computer industry. Despite the high price at the time, which was equivalent to around $6,000 today, the Macintosh sold well, with Apple hitting 70,000 units sold by May 1984. The now iconic "1984" Super Bowl ad that Apple invested in and debuted days before the Macintosh was unveiled may have...

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19:20
iPhone 12: Small notch, new design, compact size

We are eight months away from the release of the next iPhone. However, that does not stop the rumour mill from churning out interesting notes and the leaksters from leaking information. The next iPhone which will supposedly be named the iPhone 12 will bring a new design to the table, according to noted Apple analysts and famed leaksters.

The design of the iPhone 11 Pro is the same as the iPhone X and the iPhone XS, making it three year old design which of course the iPhone 12 won’t inherit. However, the question remains as to whether the design of the iPhone 12 be “completely fresh” or will it just be a tad different.

There is nothing drastically wrong with the iPhone X design language, it’s actually very premium looking with the notch. But as time passes, humans expect to see something fresh and one major request has been a “smaller notch”. The notch on the bezel less iPhones is quite large but it serves a purpose i.e pack the tech used for...

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19:06
Will the iPhone’s mute switch survive in 2020?

The iPhone 11 Pro showed that Apple is not scared to do what’s right even if it requires ditching technologies it once said would be revolutionary. The company got rid of 3D Touch on the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max which are follow-ups from the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. By doing so, the company has been able to pack a larger battery in the phone and the results have been absolutely wonderful.

The biggest complaint with the iPhone was always the lackluster battery backup. However, the iPhone XR changed the scenario as the phone used a low resolution display and it did not use 3D Touch. The iPhone XR was a grand success and it helped Apple understand that people care more about the battery life than a feature that is not actually changing lives.

Removal = Improvement

The 3D Touch technology takes up an extra layer similar to the thickness of the display and by removing that, the iPhone 11 Pro’s chamber had a lot more space left....

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18:52
iPhone SE2 could launch in March 2020

The iPhone SE released in 2016 was one of the most popular phones in India for a very long time. The price of the phone was almost half of the selling price of the flagship iPhone of the time. The iPhone SE retailed for $399 whereas the iPhone 6S sold for $649 at the time. However, several price cuts to the iPhone SE during its tenure, made the phone a very compelling choice to a lot of people.

Apple did not make the iPhone SE just to capture the attention of the people who were looking for a cheap phone. But also to cater to the needs of the people who prefer to use a small phone. The iPhone 6S was a large phone compared to the iPhone 5S and the iPhone SE was the phone that reinvigorated the “compact phone” market.

It’s almost been four years since the iPhone SE was released and for years we have been hearing about Apple releasing a successor to the compact phone. However, it appears that the company is actually gearing up to release the second...

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18:41
iPhone 9 powered by A13 Bionic chip to release soon

Apple sold a good number of iPhones in 2019, thanks to the iPhone 11 and the iPhone XR – the low cost options. The company appears to have been so impressed that it’s now considering adding an even cheaper model to its iPhone lineup.

The rumour mill suggests that Apple is soon to release the forgotten iPhone 9. Apple went directly from iPhone 7 to iPhone 8 and the roman number iPhone X in 2017, completely obliviating the iPhone 9. However, the company now appears to have a strategy in place to release the forgotten phone.

Low-cost is the key to certain markets

The iPhone SE released in 2016 was a big success, at least not immediately but after going through several price cuts, it turned out to be a very popular phone with the masses. Apple was able to pack the latest hardware for a low price by using an old “tried & tested” design which didn’t require the company to invest in R&D.

Similarly, Apple is reportedly using the design...

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17:41
Apple to attend meeting promoting easy access to...




An Apple representative is slated to attend a meeting on Monday held by the Carin Alliance, a nonpartisan group currently advocating to push through government policy that would allow fast, easy access to patient health information.

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17:22
Mac users are getting bombarded by laughably...

Tell your less technically adept family and friends FLASH IS DEAD and they shouldn’t install any version of it, particularly if those family and friends visit “sketchy” websites.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:03
Vine co-founder launches a new 6-second video app:...

In 2017 Twitter pulled the plug on Vine, and left a community of extremely-short-form-video creators without a platform. Since then TikTok has flourished, but it's still not the same thing. Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann has been teasing a sequel since l...

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17:00
‘Byte’ brings back Vine’s 6-second looping videos,...

Back in 2017, Twitter killed 6-second looping video service Vine. Two years later, co-founder Dom Hofmann teased a return, and last April introduced a closed beta. Byte today is officially launching for Android and iOS.

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16:44
Apple to Participate in Meeting Advocating for...

Representatives for Apple and Microsoft will be participating in a meeting with the Carin Alliance that's focused on making it easier for patients to access and share their medical information, reports CNBC.

The meeting will focus on efforts to push a rule change proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services that would promote medical data interoperability.

Ricky Bloomfield, a member of Apple's health team who formerly served as Duke University's Director of Mobile Strategy, will participate in the meeting by phone, according to a list of attendees published today [PDF].

Those who are in support of the change want to modernize patient access to data, as it continues to be common for medical facilities to provide health records via CD or Fax...

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16:22
Apple TV Plus Reportedly Has More Subscribers Than...

If a report from The Wall Street Journal is correct, Apple's TV Plus service that launched late last year has 10 million more subscribers than Disney Plus, which launched at a similar time but with access to almost every TV show and movie Disney owns the rights to. For comparison, Apple TV Plus launched with only 11 titles. Fast Company reports: According to the Wall Street Journal, an Ampere Analysis study found that Apple's fledgling Apple TV Plus service garnered an astounding 33.6 million subscribers in the U.S. in Q4 2019. That puts it as the third-most-popular streaming service in America. Here are the top five streaming video services according to the report: 1.) Netflix -- 61.3 million U.S. subscribers; 2.) Amazon Prime Video -- 42.2 million U.S. subscribers; 3.) Apple TV Plus -- 33.6 million U.S. subscribers; 4.) Hulu -- 31.8 million U.S. subscribers; 5.) Disney Plus -- 23.2 million U.S. subscribers.

To be sure, Apple TV Plus is the video streaming service with the...

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15:59
Apple wins Two Design Patents for Animoji Characters

Apple was granted two design patents today relating to Animoji characters in Hong Kong Today.

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14:39
US Space Force logo unveiled with a clear Star Trek...

The president has been pushing to create a new military branch, dubbed Space Force, since 2018 and today tweeted out a logo for the department. The most noticeable part of the logo is right in the center, where a design that closely resembles Star Tr...

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14:25
Apple introduces its large-scale gym partnership...

Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 5. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

According to a report from CNBC, Apple this week introduced "Apple Watch Connected," an initiative that sees the Cupertino company partnering with major gym chains to bring Apple Watch-related technologies and benefits to members of those gyms. Benefits include workout machines that play nice with the Watch, rewards programs based on workout data collected by the Watch, and special deals on products and services.

The first gyms to participate include Orange Theory, Crunch Fitness, YMCA, and Basecamp Fitness, but more may be...

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14:06
YouTube will stream the CoD and Overwatch leagues in...

Activision Blizzard's next big esports bet, Call of Duty League, gets underway today. While the company worked with Twitch in the past on Overwatch League, that's not where you'll be able to watch its latest foray into top-level competitive gaming. Y...

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14:00
‘Butter Royale’ impressions: ‘Fortnite’ as a food...

People often tell me that too much cholesterol will kill me, but I never imagined that specific death would come in the form of a wall of butter smothering the landscape. And that’s not all I have to worry about. I’ve also got 31 other people intent on slaying me with sweets. Fortunately, I raided the fridge and found a Gatling gun that spits out hot dogs.

You, too, can get a taste of such delicious adventures in Butter Royale, Apple Arcade’s latest release. As you might have guessed from the name, it’s a battle royale shooter in the vein of Fortnite, but it simplifies the gameplay down to twin-stick shooting that works fine with either a touchscreen or a gamepad like the...

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13:50
Apple patent filing hints at radically redesigned...

I missed this one in my patent research yesterday, but AppleInsider notes that Apple has filed for a patent (number 20200026327) for “electronic device with glass housing member” that hints at a radical design of the iMac.

If the ideas proposed in the patent filing ever come to fruition — and Apple files for LOTS of ideas and designs that never see the light of day -- it could produce an all-in-one desktop made of a single (large) pane of glass. That single pane would include the display, keyboard, and two trackpads.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that many electronic devices include multiple distinct components in which input and output devices are provided. For example, a display enclosure may be separate from an input device or keyboard enclosure. Additionally, the enclosure of some traditional...

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13:38
Uber reaches its last major city in North America

Uber has been available in every major North American city for a while, but not Vancouver, British Columbia -- the city has refused to bow to pressure and even used undercover agents to make sure companies weren't flouting the law. However, even tha...

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13:31
‘Today at Apple’ sessions to celebrate Black History...

In celebration of Black History Month, Apple will offer “Today at Apple” sessions in which participants can "learn from dynamic creators who are changing cultural narratives through visual arts, photography, poetry, dance, film, and more.” You can join creative sessions Feb. 1–29.

In 2017, Apple launched dozens of new educational sessions next month in all its retail stores ranging in topics from photo and video to music, coding, art and design and more. The hands-on sessions, collectively called “Today at Apple,” were designd to be "led by highly-trained team members, and in select cities world-class artists, photographers and musicians, teaching sessions from basics and how-to lessons to professional-level programs.”

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13:29
Apple to Re-energize the Idea of Lovable Products

Apple will likely release two exciting, potentially lovable products in the first half of 2020. John examines what we know so far.


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13:21
Apple posts third developer beta of macOS Catalina...

Apple has released the third developer beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.2 Update.

Registered developers can download the beta via Apple’s developer portal (https://developer.apple.com/account/#/welcome). Or it can be downloaded over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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13:21
Apple posts third developer beta of macOS Catalina...

Apple has released the third developer beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.2 Update.

Registered developers can download the beta via Apple’s developer portal (https://developer.apple.com/account/#/welcome). Or it can be downloaded over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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13:21
Apple posts third developer beta of macOS Catalina...

Apple has released the third developer beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.2 Update.

Registered developers can download the beta via Apple’s developer portal (https://developer.apple.com/account/#/welcome). Or it can be downloaded over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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13:21
Apple posts third developer beta of macOS Catalina...

Apple has released the third developer beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.2 Update.

Registered developers can download the beta via Apple’s developer portal (https://developer.apple.com/account/#/welcome). Or it can be downloaded over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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12:51
Today at Apple sessions mark Black History Month...




Apple will be marking Black History Month via its stores in the United States, with a number of Today at Apple sessions scheduled to take place throughout February to celebrate culture, by showing how people can use an iPhone or iPad to create new works.

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12:41
Lowest price ever: Apple's Pro Display XDR gets...




In what is the first material discount available on the Apple Pro Display XDR, Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama is offering AI readers exclusive coupon savings on the professional-grade 6K HDR monitor, delivering the lowest price ever.

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12:28
Next Month Apple Stores Celebrate Black History Month

Next month starting February 1 Apple retail stores will celebrate Black History Month with over 40 Today at Apple sessions.


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12:27
Grab a discounted Pixel 3a and get a $100 gift card...

If you're in the market for an affordable new phone, Amazon, Best Buy and B&H have gotten into something of small pricing war over Google's excellent pair of Pixel 3a devices. Amazon and B&H are currently selling all three color variants of t...

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12:04
Hands-on: Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim is this year...

The second-half of 2019 saw Anker release several compelling charging solutions for today’s modern devices. We recently went hands-on with the brand’s 100W PowerPort Atom PD 4, which is arguably the best charger on the market in 2020. However, today we’re looking at something a bit more travel-friendly. Anker’s PowerPort Atom III Slim wall charger arrives with an uber-portable design and 30W USB-C charging speeds.

While there are plenty of portable chargers that push this type of USB-C output on the market today, Anker has nailed a few key elements on the Atom III Slim. First and foremost is the low-profile design that’s comparable to a credit card in size. Head below for a few quick hands-on thoughts and more.

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12:03
Moleskine Journey is an iOS Planner, Journal, and...

The most recent app from Moleskine is called Moleskine Journey. It’s a multi-purpose app that serves as an iOS planner, journal, project manager, habit tracker, note-taker, photo diary, and food diary. Or whatever else you want to use it for because it seems flexible.

Designed for creatives minds, independent workers, audacious backpackers, and free spirits, Moleskine Journey is the first app that blends productivity tools with wellness tracking features to help you get stuff done and find inner balance every day. This minimal and intuitive app gathers together the many aspects of your life.

App Store: Free ((Offers In-App Purchases)


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11:51
Sonos CEO apologizes for confusion, says legacy...

Sonos is saying this was more of a misstep in communication.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:51
Review: The Wacom One tablet is a decent alternative...




With an HDMI-based display and a 13-inch footprint, artists and hobbyists can now experience the joy of a display-based graphics tablet without paying Cintiq-prices.

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11:37
Hardware review: Apple weighs in with Macintosh

New York Times:

Names, and their concomitant marketing strategy, aside, today’s launching of the Macintosh by Apple, unlike I.B.M.’s recent introduction of the rather unexceptional PCjr, presages a revolution in personal computing. Like all major innovations, this one entails a high risk of failure. Apple lost the first battle, begun with its $10,000 Lisa. The second assault is with a machine only a fourth the cost of its big sister and almost as versatile.

The Mac display makes all the other personal computer screens look like distorted rejects from a Cubist art school. With a 512-line horizontal by 342-line vertical, the display conveys an image that is refreshingly crisp and clear. The fundamental difference between the Mac and other personal computers is that the Macintosh is visually oriented rather than word oriented. You choose from a menu of commands by simply pressing the wandering mouse’s button rather than by using a number of control keys or by entering...

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11:31
Watch Google's upcoming AirDrop-style file...

It's been a while since we've heard anything about Fast Share, Google's upcoming take on AirDrop. But based on a new hands-on video, it looks like you may soon be able to check out the file-sharing feature on your Android phone. Now known as Nearby S...

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11:16
Google vows to make Search 'better' after...

Last week, Google upset desktop users when it changed the appearance of Search. The changes were relatively minor, showing companies' favicons next to link previews, but critics argue that the changes cluttered an otherwise clean interface and made i...

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11:12
Apple working on radical iMac redesign using single...




A future version of the iMac may take a more radical form, with Apple considering a redesign of the all-in-one desktop so it effectively exists as a single sheet of curved glass with an embedded display.

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11:04
Apple Stores will celebrate Black History Month with...

Starting February 1, select Apple Stores across the US will celebrate Black History Month with a special lineup of more than 40 Today at Apple sessions. This year’s lineup highlights creators shaping new cultural narratives through visual arts, photography, poetry, dance, film, and other mediums.

more…

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10:58
9to5Mac Happy Hour 261: An interview with Astronaut...

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

Dr. Reisman is also a Professor of Astronautical Engineering at the University of Southern California, motivational speaker, Senior Advisor for SpaceX, technical consultant for the film Ad Astra, and technical advisor for the series ‘For All Mankind’ on Apple TV+.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher,...

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10:54
∞ The Dalrymple Report: Encryption, Apple Watch, and...

A baby singing Thunderstruck? Yeah, Dave found the video. We also discuss Apple encryption, as well as fixing and upgrading your Apple Watch.

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10:51
SE2 Rumor Redux, Security Friday – TMO Daily...

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the SE2 rumors coming back (again), and this week’s Security Friday.


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10:46
The Complete iOS 13 and SwiftUI Developer Bundle: $19

We have a deal on the Complete iOS 13 and SwiftUI Developer Bundle, a package of tutorials and training material for developers. It includes the Complete iOS 13 Developer Course & SwiftUI, SwiftUI: Build Beautiful, Robust Apps, Swift 5 Programming for Beginners, and SwiftUI: Build Amazing Apps, Fast & Easy, with hundreds of lectures and 49 hours of content. This bundle is just $19 through our deal.


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10:46
360Works Scribe 4 released for FileMaker

360Works has released a new version of its 360Works plug-in for FileMaker. 360Works Scribe 4 is a document automation plug-in that allows integration with Word, Excel, and PDF documents.

In this release, the folks at 360Works added the ability to read your scanned documents, such as receipts, forms, or contract PDF files, with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) functionality. Additionally, they added features to allow you to merge PDFs and get meta-data from them, plus multiple fixes for existing functionality in Scribe.

Scribe 4 is available now. Active maintenance subscribers for Scribe or the 360Works Portfolio Bundle can download new major version 4 at no additional cost. All purchases within the last 12 months are still under an active maintenance subscription. If the maintenance on Scribe hasn’t been renewed within the last 12 months, you will need to purchase a new license to use Scribe 4.

For new license purchases, there are several license types...

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10:46
360Works Scribe 4 released for FileMaker

360Works has released a new version of its 360Works plug-in for FileMaker. 360Works Scribe 4 is a document automation plug-in that allows integration with Word, Excel, and PDF documents.

In this release, the folks at 360Works added the ability to read your scanned documents, such as receipts, forms, or contract PDF files, with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) functionality. Additionally, they added features to allow you to merge PDFs and get meta-data from them, plus multiple fixes for existing functionality in Scribe.

Scribe 4 is available now. Active maintenance subscribers for Scribe or the 360Works Portfolio Bundle can download new major version 4 at no additional cost. All purchases within the last 12 months are still under an active maintenance subscription. If the maintenance on Scribe hasn’t been renewed within the last 12 months, you will need to purchase a new license to use Scribe 4.

For new license purchases, there are several license types...

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10:46
360Works Scribe 4 released for FileMaker

360Works has released a new version of its 360Works plug-in for FileMaker. 360Works Scribe 4 is a document automation plug-in that allows integration with Word, Excel, and PDF documents.

In this release, the folks at 360Works added the ability to read your scanned documents, such as receipts, forms, or contract PDF files, with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) functionality. Additionally, they added features to allow you to merge PDFs and get meta-data from them, plus multiple fixes for existing functionality in Scribe.

Scribe 4 is available now. Active maintenance subscribers for Scribe or the 360Works Portfolio Bundle can download new major version 4 at no additional cost. All purchases within the last 12 months are still under an active maintenance subscription. If the maintenance on Scribe hasn’t been renewed within the last 12 months, you will need to purchase a new license to use Scribe 4.

For new license purchases, there are several license types...

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10:46
360Works Scribe 4 released for FileMaker

360Works has released a new version of its 360Works plug-in for FileMaker. 360Works Scribe 4 is a document automation plug-in that allows integration with Word, Excel, and PDF documents.

In this release, the folks at 360Works added the ability to read your scanned documents, such as receipts, forms, or contract PDF files, with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) functionality. Additionally, they added features to allow you to merge PDFs and get meta-data from them, plus multiple fixes for existing functionality in Scribe.

Scribe 4 is available now. Active maintenance subscribers for Scribe or the 360Works Portfolio Bundle can download new major version 4 at no additional cost. All purchases within the last 12 months are still under an active maintenance subscription. If the maintenance on Scribe hasn’t been renewed within the last 12 months, you will need to purchase a new license to use Scribe 4.

For new license purchases, there are several license types...

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10:37
16-Inch MacBook Pro Takes on Lenovo X1 Extreme Gen 2

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro was well-received by Apple fans. But how does it compare to a Windows equivalent? AppleInsider tested it against the Lenovo X1 Extreme Gen 2 to find out.

When it comes to the actual machines themselves, it comes down to —as it often does —a Windows PC versus a Mac. The MacBook Pro won out by a hair in terms of raw performance and won handily in video encoding. It has more Thunderbolt 3 ports, a higher resolution vibrant display, and the superb hardware and software integration Apple is known for. The last one is a huge factor in why users are drawn to Apple in the first place.


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10:31
Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta 3 to...




A few days after the latest iOS, iPadOS, tvOS and watchOS betas were released, Apple has made the macOS 10.15.3 beta 3 available to developers for testing.

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10:29
Happy 36th Birthday, Macintosh!

36 years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh computer, at an annual meeting of Apple’s shareholders.


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10:16
Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta 3 for...

Apple today released the third developer beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.3. This comes as Apple earlier this week released the third developer betas of iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1. The company does not specify what’s new in the update, but it likely focuses on performance improvements, security updates, and bug fixes.

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10:12
Apple Seeds Third Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS 10.15.3 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the second beta and more than a month after releasing the macOS Catalina 10.15.2 update.

The new ‌‌macOS Catalina‌‌ beta can be downloaded using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper software from the Developer Center.

We don't yet know what improvements the third update to ‌macOS Catalina‌ will bring, but it will likely focus on performance improvements, security updates, and fixes for bugs that weren't able to be fixed in the ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.2 update.

‌macOS Catalina‌‌ 10.15.3...

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10:09
Facebook Exec Sir Nick Clegg Claims WhatsApp is...

Top Facebook executive Sir Nick Clegg has come under criticism for denying that Amazon boss Jeff Bezos was hacked via WhatsApp.


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10:00
The best touchscreen winter gloves

By Nick Guy, Kaitlyn Wells, and Justin Krajeski

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full gui...

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09:31
Butter Royale slides onto the Apple Arcade gaming...

The latest addition to the Apple Arcade line of gaming titles for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV devices. It’s available at the respective app stores.

Here's how Apple describes the game: “Have the food fight of your life in Butter Royale, a multiplayer battle royale game, and be the last one standing on Butter Island. Play against 31 other players in fast-paced food battles (under 5 minutes) with the help of sauce-shooting, baguette-blasting modified kitchen tools!”

Apple Arcade subscribers get access to over 100 games with no in-app purchases or ads for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year in the U.S.

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09:28
More than 20 attorneys general are trying to ban 3D-...

The fight over 3D-printed guns has gone back and forth for years. One side wins, the other appeals and so on. Now, 21 US attorneys general are banding together to renew the fight and sue the Trump administration. Their lawsuit, submitted Thursday, ch...

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09:18
App Store outage affecting Fortnite and other major...

Apple’s System Status webpage indicates today that some users may experience problems with the App Store. The company says that App Store users “are experiencing a problem with this service,” and that they are “investigating this issue.” According to developers, it’s not currently possible to successfully get in-app purchases.

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09:18
SoundSource 4.2

Adds several new features to the sound control utility, including per application amplification and menu bar icon adjustments. ($29 new, free update, 13.9 MB)

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09:15
'Butter Royale' Debuts on Apple Arcade as...

Butter Royale has landed on the App Store as this week's addition to Apple Arcade across the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The battle royale game is essentially a family-friendly version of Fortnite, replacing assault rifles and rocket launchers with sauce-shooting, baguette-blasting modified kitchen tools as weapons.

The game has both a 32-player online mode against live players and a single-player offline mode against bots, and the goal is to be the last person standing. The fast-paced food fights take less than five minutes.

Butter Royale is safe for kids aged 9+ to play without parental supervision, according to its Singapore-based developer Mighty Bear Games. As with all other Apple Arcade games, there are no ads, in-app purchases, or loot boxes, and unlike Fortnite for iOS, there is no option to enable voice chat.

From the App Store description:- 32-Player Food Fight Shooter - Play as...

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09:02
Apple outage causing issues with App Store purchases...




An outage of Apple's online services has led to issues with the App Store for some customers, with reports of users unable to manage subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+ from their iPhone or iPad, an issue Apple is examining.

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09:00
HomeKit Weekly: Apple should allow selective access...

HomeKit is my chosen platform for my smart home, but there are still ways that Apple could expand its platform to grow with its users as their home grows, and as their families change. While Apple allows you to invite people in your family to have access to your home as well as invite guests. My current issue is that I want to give my kid’s selective access to specific devices, but not them all. Selective device sharing is something Apple should add to HomeKit. more…

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09:00
A breath-sensing AR project helps visualize your...

What if you could see how your breath affected the world around you? A new immersive production premiering at the Sundance festival today hopes it will make you consider your impact on the environment. It's called Breathe, and features animated glowi...

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08:58
Latest Beats Pro headphones $50 off, MacBook Air...
08:56
‘Little America’ Coming to Apple Podcasts and Books

An interview with the team behind Apple TV+ show Little America reveals they plan to expand into Apple Podcasts and Apple Books.


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08:30
∞ The curious app left behind by an Apple tech

[VIDEO] A little bit of accidental behind the scenes, shown in this iQT app an Apple tech left on this customer’s iPhone. Fascinating video, embedded in main Loop post.

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08:30
Hands on with the first Mac: Apple's Macintosh...
08:30
I am my own spy: A personal surveillance story

One of the first webcams I purchased was a Dropcam several years ago. We'd had a couple of package thefts, and I wanted to see if I could catch the perpetrator in the act. I positioned the camera at our front window, with the lens pointed at the step...

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08:26
Flash deals: Apple's MacBook Air drops to $729...




Amazon-owned Woot is shaving $470 to $570 off 2018 13-inch MacBook Air notebooks today only, with prices as low as $729.99. Or save $200 on 2019 models with special in-cart savings at Amazon itself.

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08:14
Fortnite Chapter 2's next season will start on...

Epic Games has at last set a start date for Fortnite's next season. It's scheduled for February 20th, more than four months after Chapter 2 started, which makes the current season by far the longest in the battle royale's history.

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08:13
Wedbush is AAPL's biggest bull, setting a $400...




Wedbush's Daniel Ives is now saying that Apple stock is worth $400 per share -- a value that he predicted could happen just a week ago assuming everything went well for Apple.

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08:00
Democratic Presidential Candidates Warren &...

In the run-up to the U.S. 2020 presidential election, many Democratic White House contenders have argued in favor of either breaking up or tightening regulation of companies such as Facebook Alphabet Inc’s Google and Amazon.com Inc. Two socialist leaning Presidential candidates in particular want nothing short of a breakup of two Silicon Valley giants. As for Apple ...

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08:00
In the beginning: The making of the Mac
08:00
Craig Kaths' intricate synth sculptures look...

Recently, I spent the afternoon traipsing through the streets of Brooklyn for Gowanus' annual open art studios tour. It's a yearly ritual for me because the industrial neighborhood, which is full of warehouses turned CrossFit gyms, is a veritable pla...

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07:35
'Rocket League' loses online multiplayer...

Psyonix has announced that it is withdrawing support for Rocket League on Linux and macOS as part of its push to update the game with "new technologies." In a statement, the company said that it was "no longer viable" to maintain support for the macO...

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07:23
∞ Apple shares new Carpool Karaoke trailer

[VIDEO] Solid trailer for Season 3 (video embedded in main Loop post).

Funny thing, though I never really thought it through, I succumbed to the illusion that James Corden was driving during those episodes. Silly, of course, no way he could safely do all that, but for me, the illusion was strong.

Illusion is now burst. To see what broke it for me, click this tweet.

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07:20
52-week high for AAPL ahead of Tuesday’s earnings...

AAPL stock has hit a new 52-week high as the market opened this morning. The previous high for the past 12 months was $319.99, and the stock immediately hit $320.25.

At the time of writing, it’s around $322…

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07:07
Apple TV+ numbers: Bigger than Disney+ and Hulu,...

John Gruber, digging into this Wall Street Journal article:

But what caught my eye was this graphic halfway down the page, showing “Q4 2019 U.S. customer base by service”, sourced to Ampere Analysis. Their numbers, in millions:

  • Netflix: 61.3
  • Amazon Prime: 42.2
  • Apple TV+: 33.6
  • Hulu: 31.8
  • Disney+: 23.2

At first blush, Disney+ being behind Hulu is shocking. But then:

It’s worth noting that Disney+ didn’t launch until November 12, halfway through the quarter; I expect Disney+ to eventually take the number one spot on this list.

Absolutely agree. I do expect Disney+ to roar into the top spot in the next quarterly report.

That said, I think this is about customer onboarding strategy for the new players. Apple’s approach is a logical masterstroke....

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07:00
Apple 16-Inch MacBook Pro vs Lenovo X1 Extreme Gen 2...




The 16-inch MacBook Pro is an exceptional machine that caters well to Apple's audience. But for those that consider themselves platform-agnostic, there are other similar machines that are worth considering. Let's compare the new 16-inch MacBook Pro to one of those machines from Lenovo.

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07:00
My quest to fix my terrible home WiFi

When I was young -- in high school or so -- my sister and I had a system worked out. Our Comcast cable internet service routinely seemed to flake out, so she and I would take turns running downstairs to the router, unplugging it, waiting for what fel...

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06:53
Apple’s AirPods was the second most purchased...

The Instant Pot 6-Quart Pressure Cooker reigns as the most purchased product of the 2019 holiday season, according to Button, a mobile commerce optimization platform. IT was followed by Apple AirPods in second place and LEGO Classic Creative Fun Building Kit in third place. 

As for the most popular purchases by vertical, electronics, fashion, and office supplies dominated the retail category while NBA, NHL, and NFL tickets were the hottest items in the entertainment category, according to Button.

Michael Jaconi, co-founder and CEO, says 2019 was another massive year for mobile commerce, with more consumers embracing mobile as their channel of choice for their entire shopping journeys. Comparing 2019 to...

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06:47
New Apple TV+ ‘Servant’ Featurette – ‘The Food’

The first season of freaky Apple TV+ show, The Servant, is currently available to stream.  A second series is already confirmed too. There is a new featurette about the show on YouTube. Step inside the kitchen and see how crucial food is to the story.


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06:45
‘WSJ’ says Apple TV+ has more subscribers than Hulu...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple TV+ has 33.6 million subscribers, compared to 31.8 million for Hulu and 23.2 million for Disney+. Of course, a lot of those subscribers got the $4.99/month streaming service for free with the purchase of a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone.

We’ll see how many hang around after their free year's subscription is up. However, I expect it will be plenty if Apple continues to add new content and keeps the price reasonable.

And Apple TV+ still has a long way to go to catch Netflix (61.3 subscribers) and Amazon Prime (42.2 subscribers). However, 33.6 million subscribers in less than three months is nothing to sneeze at.

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06:39
Sega's new app lets you remotely win prizes...

If you've ever wanted to play around on a claw machine without all the hassle of leaving your house -- or even standing up -- technology has come through for you. Sega has launched a new mobile apps, Sega Catcher Online, that lets you do exactly that...

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06:35
Kasperky Lab: Shlayer Trojan a common threat on macOS

For close to two years now, the Shlayer Trojan has been the most common threat on the macOS platform: in 2019, one in 10 of its Ma security solutions encountered this malware at least once, according to Kasperky Lab. It accounts for almost 30% of all detections for this operating system, adds researchers at the security company.

“Having studied the Shlayer family, we can conclude that the macOS platform is a good source of revenue for cybercriminals,” says Kaspersky Lab. “The Trojan links even reside on legitimate resources — attackers are adept in the art of social engineering, and it is hard to predict how sophisticated the next deception technique will be.”

Shlayer is adelivery mechanism for a several malware payloads. It doesn't harm the Mac itself, but summons other malicious code, such as adware. 

Typically links take users to ad pages that...

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06:27
Two US presidential candidates want tech giants...

Two of the nine leading US presidential candidates have called for the break-up of tech giants, while the rest have essentially mumbled vaguely that “something needs to be done”…

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06:23
Happy birthday, Macintosh! You're still my...

Happy birthday, Macintosh!  It was 36 years ago today that Steve Jobs unveiled the first Mac: the 128K.

It came in a beige box with a nine-inch (black and white) CRT monitor and, of course, a keyboard and mouse. Specs included an 8MHz Motorola 6800 processor, 128KB of RAM, and a 3.5-inch floppy drive. A handle built into the top of the case made it easier for the computer to be lifted and carried. The Mac 128K had an initial selling price of $2,495 (equivalent to $6,140 in today's prices).

It was the first commercially successful personal computer to sport a mouse and a graphical user interface. Apple sold 70,000 units within the first few months on the market.

I’ve owned dozens of Macs over the years. My current set-up is a 16-inch MacBook Pro connected to an LG UltraFine 5K display. 

I use my iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods every day and thoroughly enjoy them. And I really, really like my iPhone.

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06:21
Beats Solo Pro headphones are back to their lowest...

Amazon is currently offering two Beats Pro models with a decent price cut, so if you're in the market for new ear gear now is the time to act. First up, the Beats Solo Pro Wireless Headphones are available in all colors for $250 -- that's $50 off the...

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06:08
The top malware threat for macOS infects one in 10...




Security firm Kaspersky says that in 2019 the Shlayer Trojan infected one in ten Mac users, opening the door to malicious apps that hide behind fake error messages about users needing to update Flash.

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06:04
Apple hits the weekend with fresh $5 movie sale, $1...

Apple is rolling into the weekend with a fresh $5 movie sale across a number of genres. Regularly up to $20, today’s deals are at least 50% off and a return to all-time lows in many instances. All of these discounted titles will become a permanent part of your movie library. You’ll also find this week’s $1 HD rental down below. Hit the jump for everything.

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06:03
Apple leases ‘Triangle Building’ near its Apple Park...

Apple has leased all six floors of the 86,000-square-foot office building at 5300 Stevens Creek Blvd., in San Jose, California, according to public filings reported by Mercury News. It’s a six-floor office building dubbed the “Triangle Building” that’s located near the tech giant’s main Apple Park campus.

“Apple is a very strong company and they are continuing to expand their operations locally,” David Sandlin, an executive vice president with Colliers International, a commercial real estate firm, told the publication.

The article adds that even after Apple’s move into the vast circular office complex at Apple Park in Cupertino, the company has pursued an array of transactions to obtain more office space, or assure itself of being able to keep offices, either through leases or...

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06:00
How Weber used decades of expertise to improve smart...

The Weber Kettle is arguably the most iconic grill of all time.

There are other companies that have made a name for themselves with novel designs and features. But when you think about charcoal grills, I'll bet the kettle shape Weber pioneered comes...

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06:00
It's 2020! Time to learn a new language with...

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Babbel Language Learning is the #1 top-grossing language learning app in the world, and has helped millions of people learn to speak a new language with confidence in a very short time. We have subscriptions on sale in the Apple World Today Deals shop.

Here’s what major websites have to say about Babbel:

  • The Next Web: “Babbel is one of the stalwarts of the online language-learning sphere.”

  • The Economist: “Babbel’s lessons, unlike Duolingo’s, first focus on building basic conversational skills.”

  • PC Mag: “...

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05:58
Apple Signs a $15 Billion Multi-Year deal with...

Broadcom Inc. disclosed new agreements to provide components for Apple Inc. devices released through the middle of 2023 as revealed in the company's SEC Form 8-K filing which is revealed in a graphic in our report.

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05:56
Fund manager with 54% gains last year explains why...

A portfolio manager who last year achieved 54% gains for the funds he invests has explained why AAPL is a key investment, making up a third of his portfolio…

more…

The post Fund manager with 54% gains last year explains why AAPL is a key investment appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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05:54
Latest Apple Pay promotion involves StuHub

In a new Apple Pay promotion, you can use Apple’s mobile payment system in the StubHub app to get 10% off your purchase. To do so, download the StubHub app from the Apple App Store.

Enter code APPLEPAY2020 during checkout, through Jan. 29. StubHub is a San Francisco-based ticket exchange and resale company.

Among other companies participating in Apple Pay special offers are Fanatics (fan gear), Little Caesars (pizza), and Target (department store).

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05:51
jAlbum 19.2 - Create custom photo galleries for the...

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code!

  • Beginner-friendly, with pro results - Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done!
  • Share the memories - Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans.
  • Photo galleries for everyone - jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.



Version 19.2 (19.3):

Note: Although Finder indicates that this is version 19.2, the developer states that this is version 19.3.

News and Updates:

  • Added a "Keep both" option when adding files and name collisions occur
  • New "Date format" preference for how dates are displayed within jAlbum's...
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05:49
Apple Watch rewards, iCloud encryption, and WhatsApp...




Victor and William discuss the new Apple Watch rewards program in selected gyms, what's really going on with WhatsApp and iCloud encryption, and how iPhone demand in India has grown so much that a third factory is opening.

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05:42
'Jobs at Apple' page refreshed with...




Apple has updated the appearance of its "Jobs at Apple" page, adding an array of animated Apple logos, as well as a new inspirational video encouraging viewers of the site to consider working for the iPhone maker.

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05:30
Engadget Podcast: Sonos and the inevitable death of...

Sonos announced that it's ceasing updates for several older devices this week, and its loyal customers aren't taking very kindly to that. This week, Devindra, Cherlynn and Deputy Managing Editor Nathan Ingraham dive into Sonos' plans, and what it say...

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05:24
Apple TV+ subscribers: More than Hulu and, for the...

Apple has been pretty coy about the number of Apple TV+ subscribers, but an analytics company cited by the Wall Street Journal puts the number for the last quarter of 2019 at 33.6 million.

That’s more than Hulu and, for the moment, more than Disney+

more…

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05:08
Comcast Will Raise Your Price Even if You Don’t Use...

Two things will go live on April 15: Early access for NBC’s Peacock streaming service, and a price hike from Comcast.

The extra costs will not be readily evident to new customers as the rate increases mostly appear as hidden fees…For some customers, these price hikes have already taken effect as the company began the gradual squeeze in December. All totaled, subscriptions should increase by about 3.6 percent for most subscribers, whether they use Peacock or not.


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05:07
Apple's new Jobs Ad Campaign borrows from the...

Apple's 'Think Different' was a massive marketing campaign that was heavily used from 1997, the year Steve Jobs returned to Apple, until 2002. On page 329 of the Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs on the topic of the Think Different campaign, he noted Jobs stating: Apple is about people who think outside the box, who want to use computers to help them change the world." Apple has a new campaign aimed at inspiring talent to join Apple that borrows from the spirit of the Think Different campaign.

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05:05
London police begin using live facial recognition...

London's Metropolitan Police Service has begun using live facial recognition (LFR) technology. At key areas throughout the city, signposted cameras will scan the faces of passing people, alerting officers to potential matches with wanted criminals. A...

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05:00
How big an iPad Pro is too big? 15 inches? 27 inches?

Would you use a 15-inch iPad Pro? How about a 27-incher? In a Jan. 21 iMore article, Joseph Keller made an interesting argument for both (as well as a 17-inch tablet).

I’d go for a 15-inch iPad Pro under the right conditions. Perhaps even a 27-inch Apple tablet. But let's back up.

Read the entire iMore article for Joseph’s rationale, but here are some highlights:

“What I actually want is for Apple to experiment when it comes to its hardware design. I think that the ideal size for an iPad Pro, one that offers maximum screen space while still being portable, would be around 15 inches. But I'd like to see Apple push that even further. Maybe Apple could try bringing back the lunch tray and offer a 17-inch iPad Pro. I know for a fact that a lot of artists that love the Apple Pencil just want the biggest screen they can get, so there'd be at...

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04:37
Jeff Bezos iPhone hack: Evidence not conclusive, say...

Doubt is today being cast on a reported Jeff Bezos iPhone hack, which was said to have given attackers full access to the photos and messages stored on his iPhone X.

The report was based on analysis by a cybersecurity firm commissioned by the Amazon founder to find out how private messages and photos were obtained by the National Enquirer

more…

The post Jeff Bezos iPhone hack: Evidence not conclusive, say other security experts appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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04:36
Cowen pushes AAPL target to $350, anticipates strong...




After leading the pack with an Apple stock price climb in early December, Cowen has done so again just over a month later, hiking the price target to $350 on the strength of Services and the upcoming iPhone lineup.

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04:30
Enticing New ‘Jobs at Apple’ Page Live

Many people dream of a job at Apple. The company is trying to make that prospect even more enticing, with an updated ‘Jobs at Apple’ page.  The company is offering “an open invitation to open minds,” the page says. It also features a stunning video, along that same theme. The page also asks potential applicants to “introduce yourself,” and says the company will “get in touch if there‘s a role that seems like a good match.”


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04:30
The Morning After: Sonos tries again, and Tinder...

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Tinder decided the end of January was the best time to add several new features to its app, aimed at security and the end of catfishing. It's not exactly your typical Valentine's Day preamble, is it?

First, it...

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04:16
James Corden Doesn’t Actually Drive the ‘Carpool...

You may or may not be surprised to learn the presenter James Corden is not actually driving the ‘Carpool Karaoke’ car.


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04:15
4 places where Apple can improve its integration of...

Apple spends a lot of time talking up its secret sauce: that combination of hardware, software, and services that allow it to make what it believes are the best technology products on the planet.

And, as users of Apple products, most of us probably agree that this is generally the case. But even as good as the integration between these three legs of the company’s stool is, there are still some places that it falls weirdly short. Hardware and software that don’t work together, services that don’t provide the necessary glue.

Maybe they’re use cases that Apple doesn’t consider particularly necessary, or maybe the company just hasn’t gotten around to them yet. Whatever the case, they stick out like a sore thumb. Here are just a few examples of integration that’s, well, less than integrated.

To read...

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04:10
Samsung is building its own version of AirDrop...

Samsung is working on an AirDrop rival called Quick Share for its Galaxy phones, according to XDA Developers. The publication was able to obtain a copy of the feature's APK from a source who reportedly has a Galaxy S20+ 5G, if that is indeed the phon...

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04:04
iOS 13 privacy focus has seen background location...

Apple’s decision to be much more proactive in alerting users to background location tracking in iOS 13 has resulted in a 68% drop in the location data collected by apps. The issue has also seen greater media attention, with many people now learning about the existence of commercial location-tracking databases.

iOS has long offered users control over whether and when an app can track your location, but iOS 13 introduced two changes that have made users much more aware of the issue…

more…

The post...

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03:42
Rosenblatt Securities hikes AAPL price target, but...




Just four days before Apple's crucial holiday quarter earnings report, Rosenblatt Securities has dramatically hiked its target price for Apple stock -- to $250.

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03:35
Boston Dynamics gives its robot dog a developer SDK

Now that Spot is more clever and polite, Boston Dynamics is ready to set it free. The Softbank-owned robotics company announced that it's making Spot's SDK available to anyone who wants it via GitHub, starting today. The release will allow developers...

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03:15
Broadcom signs on to two multi-year deals to...

Broadcom will continue its long-running relationship with Apple, as the company has stated that it has negotiated two multi-year deals to supply wireless components to Apple.

The agreements, referred to as “2020 SOWs,” are on top of existing contracts with Apple and could be worth a combined $15 billion

The exact specifics of the deals are presently unknown.

Broadcom currently supplies Apple with radio-frequency front end components used in products such as the iPhone and iPad.

The chipmaker has been a key Apple supplier for well over a decade, furnishing components that helped flagship products like iPhone 3G connect to cellular and Wi-Fi networks. In addition to RF parts, the company supplies touchscreen controllers and wireless charging modules. 

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via...

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03:15
How to get certified for a hard drive you erased

It’s relatively easy to erase the contents of a drive on a Mac. But what if you’re asked to prove you did so? Some companies, government agencies, and other organizations have an internal or legal requirement to erase drives securely. While the IT department may handle this at large organizations, you might be asked (as one reader was) to provide documentation before disposing of a company computer.

Fortunately, this isn’t an odd request. And it’s not terribly expensive even for an individual to conform to. There’s a category of software that’s available across many different platforms from many firms that is designed to not just perform erasure meeting a variety of industry or military standards, but can also produce a certification report at the end.

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03:12
Apple launched Macintosh on January 24, 1984 and...




At launch, the Macintosh was far from a hit, far from being affordable and even far from being completely workable. Yet, the that original model did succeed in forever changing computing not just for fans, but for the entire world.

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03:00
Google researchers noted flaws in Apple’s...

Google researchers have located multiple security flaws in Apple’s Safari web browser that allows users’ browsing habits to be tracked in spite of Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature.

Google has stated that it plans to publish details documenting the security flaws in the near future, the company sharing information with the Financial Times on Wednesday.

The security flaws were first found by Google in the summer of 2019, and were disclosed to Apple in August. There were five types of potential attacks that could allow third parties to learn “sensitive private information about the user’s browsing habits.” 

The researchers stated that the flaws left personal data exposed, in that the Intelligent Tracking Prevention List feature “implicitly stores information about the websites visited by the user.” This, in turn, allows for a “persistent fingerprint” that can follow a user around the Web or track what users are searching for on a day to day basis....

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03:00
36 Years Ago Today, Steve Jobs Unveiled the First...

On January 24, 1984, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the first Macintosh at Apple's annual shareholder's meeting in Cupertino, California, debuting the new computer equipped with a 9-inch black and white display, an 8MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 128KB of RAM, a 3.5-inch floppy drive, and a price tag of $2,495.

The now iconic machine weighed in at a whopping 17 pounds and was advertised as offering a word processing program, a graphics package, and a mouse. At the time it was introduced, the Macintosh was seen as Apple's last chance to overcome IBM's domination of the personal computer market and remain a major player in the personal computer industry.

A Computerland newspaper ad from the day the Macintosh was introduced

Jobs pulled the Macintosh out of a bag at the event, powered it on, and the Mac had a little message for everyone...

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03:00
36 Years Ago Today, Steve Jobs Unveiled the First...

On January 24, 1984, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the first Macintosh at Apple's annual shareholder's meeting in Cupertino, California, debuting the new computer equipped with a 9-inch black and white display, an 8MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 128KB of RAM, a 3.5-inch floppy drive, and a price tag of $2,495.

The now iconic machine weighed in at a whopping 17 pounds and was advertised as offering a word processing program, a graphics package, and a mouse. At the time it was introduced, the Macintosh was seen as Apple's last chance to overcome IBM's domination of the personal computer market and remain a major player in the personal computer industry.

A Computerland newspaper ad from the day the Macintosh was introduced

Jobs pulled the Macintosh out of a bag at the event, powered it on, and the Mac had a little message for everyone...

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02:55
Track your kids in real-time with the KidsConnect...

iLounge has a special deal on the KidsConnect KC2 GPS Tracker Phone, which allows you to monitor your children’s location using real-time GPS technology.

Worried that your kids might get lost and want to keep them safe at all times? The KidsConnect GPS Tracker Phone is a solution worthy of your consideration. It has Wi-Fi, LBS and GPS connectivity and real-time tracking via iOS or Android apps.

KidsConnect KC2 GPS Tracker Phone

Your kids can make calls on the pre-programmed numbers that support up to 15 entries. Moreover, it has Voice Monitoring, GeoFencing, SOS and location history so you won’t need another device to effectively keep tabs on your loved ones.

The Tracker Phone comes in Black or White and includes a sim card, lanyard, wall plug and a USB-C cable for charging. The KidsConnect KC2 normally costs $129.95, while we at iLounge are giving it away for just $99.95. You get 23% off with our deal.

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02:50
MIT's new GPS system uses satellite images to...

If you've ever used GPS navigation while driving in an unfamiliar place, chances are you've had more than one incident with last minute merging -- likely because the GPS hasn't picked up on the number of lanes on the road, or where they lead to. But...

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02:49
Ticket agency StubHub offering 10% discount with...




For a limited time, the StubHub service is offering 10% off the price of any of its music, sports and entertainment tickets, if you buy using Apple Pay and the StubHub app. Terms and conditions do apply.

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02:42
Apple AirPods with wireless charging case drops to $...

Is getting a pair of AirPods Pro still too expensive for you? Not to worry- if you’re not keen on having the latest and the greatest, you can opt for the next best thing by buying the discounted 2nd generation Apple AirPods.

AirPods

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02:39
Apple Stores update their displays with focus on...

Apple Stores all over the world are getting updates for their displays to highlight gaming service Apple Arcade and accessories that enhance the playing experience.

Before Apple Arcade, stores had sections where coding and learning accessories, as well as iOS-connected toys were prominently displayed. This has evolved to accommodate Apple Arcade and compatible gaming hardware.

Apple Arcade at the Apple Store

Beats Solo Pros and gaming controllers such as the DualShock 4 and Xbox Wireless Controller have replaced kits and toys. On the wall is a brightly-colored Arcade logo using artwork from its exclusive games, along with panels of iPad Pros with looping game trailers. A few Apple TV accessories are also present.

The next...

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02:36
Kentucky woman saved from AFib by her Apple Watch

Rosemary Stiles, a native of Kentucky has credited her Apple Watch from saving her as it detected AFib while she was sleeping.

Rosemary mentioned that prior to the notification she would feel ‘run down’, and would often doze after sitting down in short while. Rosemary had no idea then that it was symptoms of atrial fibrillation.

Her Apple Watch showed an alert one day that prompted Rosemary to seek medical attention at the Norton Hospital. In an interview with the local news outlet WHAS11, registered nurse Tara Mudd stated that Rosemary was the first person to come to the hospital with atrial fibrillation detection.

When the Apple Watch detects an irregular heartbeat, it sends out an alert to the user...

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02:15
Semiconductor revenue declined 11.9% in 2019

Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $418.3 billion in 2019, down 11.9% from 2018, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Intel regained the No. 1 position in the market as the downturn in the memory market negatively impacted many of the top vendors, including Samsung Electronics, the No. 1 vendor by revenue in 2018 and 2017, adds the research group.

“The memory market, which accounted for 26.7% of semiconductor sales in 2019, experienced a 31.5% decline in revenue in 2019,” said Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner. “Within memory, DRAM revenue declined 37.5% due to an oversupply that started at the end of 2018 and lasted throughout 2019. The oversupply was caused by a sudden fall in demand from the hyperscale market. This revealed excessive OEM inventory levels that took the first half of the year to correct. Excessive inventory at DRAM vendors in the second half of 2019 pushed pricing...

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02:15
Semiconductor revenue declined 11.9% in 2019

Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $418.3 billion in 2019, down 11.9% from 2018, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Intel regained the No. 1 position in the market as the downturn in the memory market negatively impacted many of the top vendors, including Samsung Electronics, the No. 1 vendor by revenue in 2018 and 2017, adds the research group.

“The memory market, which accounted for 26.7% of semiconductor sales in 2019, experienced a 31.5% decline in revenue in 2019,” said Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner. “Within memory, DRAM revenue declined 37.5% due to an oversupply that started at the end of 2018 and lasted throughout 2019. The oversupply was caused by a sudden fall in demand from the hyperscale market. This revealed excessive OEM inventory levels that took the first half of the year to correct. Excessive inventory at DRAM vendors in the second half of 2019 pushed pricing...

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02:15
Semiconductor revenue declined 11.9% in 2019

Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $418.3 billion in 2019, down 11.9% from 2018, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Intel regained the No. 1 position in the market as the downturn in the memory market negatively impacted many of the top vendors, including Samsung Electronics, the No. 1 vendor by revenue in 2018 and 2017, adds the research group.

“The memory market, which accounted for 26.7% of semiconductor sales in 2019, experienced a 31.5% decline in revenue in 2019,” said Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner. “Within memory, DRAM revenue declined 37.5% due to an oversupply that started at the end of 2018 and lasted throughout 2019. The oversupply was caused by a sudden fall in demand from the hyperscale market. This revealed excessive OEM inventory levels that took the first half of the year to correct. Excessive inventory at DRAM vendors in the second half of 2019 pushed pricing...

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02:15
Semiconductor revenue declined 11.9% in 2019

Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $418.3 billion in 2019, down 11.9% from 2018, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Intel regained the No. 1 position in the market as the downturn in the memory market negatively impacted many of the top vendors, including Samsung Electronics, the No. 1 vendor by revenue in 2018 and 2017, adds the research group.

“The memory market, which accounted for 26.7% of semiconductor sales in 2019, experienced a 31.5% decline in revenue in 2019,” said Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner. “Within memory, DRAM revenue declined 37.5% due to an oversupply that started at the end of 2018 and lasted throughout 2019. The oversupply was caused by a sudden fall in demand from the hyperscale market. This revealed excessive OEM inventory levels that took the first half of the year to correct. Excessive inventory at DRAM vendors in the second half of 2019 pushed pricing...

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00:40
'Disco Elysium' gets a hardcore mode for...

Video game developer ZA/UM has launched a Hardcore True Detective mode for its award-winning game Disco Elysium. And it sounds like the perfect reason not to feel bad about replaying the detective RPG instead of starting another previously untouched...

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Thursday January 23

23:03
'Apex Legends' celebrates its first year...

It's been almost a year since EA and Respawn shocked gamers by following up the Titanfall games with a new free-to-play battle royale shooter. Now, the team has revealed that for its first anniversary Apex Legends will add a new hero, Forge, and laun...

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19:26
Sprint will fix anyone's cracked Samsung Galaxy...

Sprint has launched an affordable screen repair program for Samsung Galaxy phones, and it doesn't even matter if you're a subscriber. The company will fix cracked screens on eligible devices for $49 until February 9th, 2020 "no matter who your carrie...

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18:01
FDA warns hospitals about security flaws in some GE...

Some GE medical equipment have vulnerabilities that make them easy to tamper with, according to the FDA. The agency has warned hospitals and healthcare providers that a third-party cybersecurity firm has identified flaws in certain GE Healthcare Clin...

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17:59
Apple leases entire 'Triangle Building'...




Apple has leased the entirety of San Jose's "Triangle Building," a well known six-floor office building near the company's main Apple Park campus.

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16:47
Sonos will provide legacy devices with software...




Sonos CEO Patrick Spence in an apology to customers on Thursday said it was a mistake to completely cut off support for "legacy" devices, adding that older devices will receive software updates "for as long as possible."

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16:46
Google I/O 2020 starts May 12th

Now that enough people have completed a special puzzle, Google announced that its annual developer event will return to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. Google I/O will run from May 12th - 14th, a few days later than its timing in 2019. I...

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16:36
Latest Apple Pay promotion offers 10% purchases...

Apple has launched its latest weekly Apple Pay promotion: for the next week, you can get 10% off purchases at StubHub when you check out with Apple Pay.

more…

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16:24
Apple leases prominent ‘Triangle Building’ just two...

According to a new report from The Mercury News today, Apple has leased a prominent building in San Jose, California known as “Triangle Building.” Apple is said to have leased the entire 86,000-square-feet space, and has reportedly already started interior renovations.

more…

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16:14
Profile of Apple procurement exec details iron fist...




A profile of Apple VP Tony Blevins, known as the "Blevinator," reveals an architect of punishing supply chain tactics that leverage the tech giant's dominant market position to squeeze out the most fortuitous deals from suppliers.

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15:02
Apple says EU push for universal phone charger would...

The European Parliament has renewed its push for a phone charger standard through an amended draft law, and it won't surprise you to hear that Apple has raised objections. The iPhone maker has issued a statement arguing that rules dictating a common...

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15:00
Best iPhone 11 cases: For iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11...

Just three days before my iPhone 11 Pro arrived, I was harshly reminded of how important it is to have a phone good case when my poor iPhone XS Max decided to dive into the concrete—three days before I was supposed to trade it in. The screen cracked, and in a rarity for me, I wasn’t using a case.

That’s partially why great care was taken to create this list of the best cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Since the designs for the three phones (and cases) are all so similar this year, we’ve compiled them all into one listing and provided links to each model. Over on the right, you’ll see a link to “See More,” and these links will almost always go to the iPhone 11 version. If you don’t see a price listing for a particular model, that means there isn’t one.

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14:40
Apple Lawsuit Tests If An Employee Can Plan Rival...

Attorneys for a former Apple executive will try to convince a skeptical judge that employees can plan a competing venture while still in a job. Reuters reports: Apple filed the lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court against Gerard Williams III, who left the company last year after more than nine years as chief architect for the custom processors that power iPhones and iPads to start Nuvia Inc, which is designing chips for servers. Judge Mark H. Pierce last week issued a tentative ruling allowing the case to proceed but barring Apple from seeking punitive damages.

Apple sued Williams in August, alleging that he breached an intellectual property agreement and a duty of loyalty to the company by planning his new startup while on company time at Apple, spending hours on the phone with colleagues who eventually joined the venture. Apple is not suing Nuvia itself or any of Williams' co-founders and it did not allege any intellectual property or trade secret theft. According...

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14:19
Macworld's February Digital Magazine: Apple...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the February issue

In the February issue we’ve got our first look at the new Mac Pro and we’ve got everything you need to know about Apple’s new high-end desktop. Take your iPhone or iPad photo skills to the next level and learn how to take advantage of photo-editing tools in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Why Apple’s next step with the Mac should be consumer-focused

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14:14
Broadcom announces new ‘high-performance component’...

Chipmaker Broadcom has announced that it has inked two multi-year deals with Apple to provide “high-performance wireless components and modules.” These chips will be used in Apple products for the next three and a half years, Broadcom says.

more…

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14:12
Sonos CEO: 'Legacy' devices will still...

A few days after Sonos announced it would stop updating some of its oldest products with new features going forward, CEO Patrick Spence has written a note to customers seeking to assuage their fears over what'll happen in May. As we reported original...

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14:09
Broadcom inks two multi-year deals to supply Apple...




Longtime Apple partner Broadcom on Thursday said it has negotiated two multi-year deals to supply wireless components to Apple, further extending the chipmaker's reach into the tech giant's supply chain.

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13:59
Apple Repeats their Year Old Appeal to EU Commission...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report about Apple's formal response to the EU's proposal to kill lightning connectors related to iPhone chargers. The full response by Apple was clearly dated January 31, 2019. Today Apple reportedly made a formal statement which repeats what they told the commission a year ago.

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13:51
Bipartisan bill would scale back key section of the...

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has introduced new legislation that would attempt to reform Section 215 of the Patriot Act definitively. Democratic and Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate have co-sponsored Wyden's Safeguarding Americans' Priva...

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13:44
Deal alert: Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro returns...




B&H's popular $250 cash discount on Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro is back for a limited time -- and it's available only at AppleInsider. Find out how to snap up the promotional price today.

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13:24
WSJ Profiles 'The Blevinator,' Apple'...

The Wall Street Journal today published a profile of Tony Blevins, Apple's vice president of procurement, providing an inside look at Apple's corporate culture and what Blevins does for the company.

As Apple's vice president of procurement, Blevins' job is to get suppliers to cut their prices, and he will apparently stop at little to score a favorable deal for Apple, which has earned him the nickname "the Blevinator."

Blevins was, for example, the key driver behind encouraging Apple suppliers to deprive Qualcomm of royalty payments during Apple's ongoing dispute with the chipmaker. He negotiates with suppliers, enforces manufacturing details, and manages semiconductor suppliers.

His negotiating skills are so important to Apple that Cook tapped him to manage negotiations for Apple's spaceship-shaped...

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13:24
WSJ Profiles 'The Blevinator,' Apple'...

The Wall Street Journal today published a profile of Tony Blevins, Apple's vice president of procurement, providing an inside look at Apple's corporate culture and what Blevins does for the company.

As Apple's vice president of procurement, Blevins' job is to get suppliers to cut their prices, and he will apparently stop at little to score a favorable deal for Apple, which has earned him the nickname "the Blevinator."

Blevins was, for example, the key driver behind encouraging Apple suppliers to deprive Qualcomm of royalty payments during Apple's ongoing dispute with the chipmaker. He negotiates with suppliers, enforces manufacturing details, and manages semiconductor suppliers.

His negotiating skills are so important to Apple that Cook tapped him to manage negotiations for Apple's spaceship-shaped...

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Howard Oakley’s Deep Dive into Time Machine

If you’re curious about how Time Machine works or are troubleshooting a problem with your Time Machine backups, Howard Oakley has a lengthy series with useful details about Apple’s backup solution.

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Apple online store lists new third party accessories

Apple.com has recently been updated with new products and charging solutions from third parties, including brands such as Belkin, OtterBox, STM, Native Union, Promise Technology, Mophie and Ubio Labs.

OtterSpot is Otterbox’s wireless charging system that can charge ‘stacks’ of disc-shaped power banks. This means you can place your iPhone or AirPods Case on top of the discs, or take out the discs and use them to charge other devices. It supports 10W fast charging and has a 36W adapter.

Mophie’s Powerstation Battery Pack,...

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Apple Music promoting ‘Carpool Karaoke’ season 3...

Apple had already renewed its original Carpool Karaoke spin-off series for a third season last summer, but we haven’t heard anything more about it since then. But James Corden, who runs the show, released today on his YouTube channel the official trailer for the third season of Apple’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series.

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Apple VP profile details aggressive cost-saving...

Apple is widely regarded for its intricate supply chain, and a new report from the Wall Street Journal today details the procurement executive currently leading those relationships. Tony Blevins is Apple’s vice president of procurement, and his job is to work closely with suppliers — or, “badgering suppliers to get costs down,” as the report describes.

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Apple Fights EU Call For Common Smartphone Charger,...

Apple on Thursday pushed back against EU lawmakers' call for a common charger, warning the move could hamper innovation, create a mountain of electronic waste and irk consumers. From a report: Apple's comments came a week after lawmakers at the European Parliament called for a common charger for all mobile phones and amended a draft law to say the ability to work with common chargers would be an essential requirement for radio equipment in the bloc. A move to a common charger would affect Apple more than any other company as its iPhones and most of its products are powered by its Lightning cable, whereas Android devices are powered by USB-C connectors. "We believe regulation that forces conformity across the type of connector built into all smartphones stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, and would harm consumers in Europe and the economy as a whole," Apple said in a statement.

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Psyonix giving up on macOS support for 'Rocket...




The developer behind the popular multiplayer game "Rocket League" is ending support for macOS in March, forcing players to either switch to Windows or continue playing the game without any of its online functionality.

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The Pocket Casts crew thinks it has a simple solution to suggesting new podcasts: show what the top creators have to offer. Pocket Casts' Android and iOS apps will receive a revamped Discover section that highlights curated recommendations from top...

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If IKEA's Sonos speakers are a little bland for your taste, you might be happy to know that the FREKVENS line, a collaboration between IKEA and Teenage Engineering, arrives in February. The collection is meant to get funky house parties started, and...

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Apple Revamps Jobs Site With New Design and Video...

Apple today overhauled its Apple jobs website, introducing a new look and a new video in an effort to better recruit employees. The updated video on the site features the different Apple logo designs that Apple first created for its Mac-centric event in October 2018.

The site displays different Apple logo designs whenever it's reloaded, and the video also features animated logo designs with a recruiting message spoken over the designs.

To the constant beginners who sing off-key against the beat. To those unfamiliar with convention, unmoved by rules, and reborn with every new discovery. Those open to daydreams and night dreams and visions and mirages. Who can see the millions of shades of green in a field of grass. Whose days are filled with mysteries that cannot be solved with facts. You are more powerful than you think... and you are welcome here.As with before, the jobs site features sections outlining the different Apple...

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Apple Revamps Jobs Site With New Design and Video...

Apple today overhauled its Apple jobs website, introducing a new look and a new video in an effort to better recruit employees. The updated video on the site features the different Apple logo designs that Apple first created for its Mac-centric event in October 2018.

The site displays different Apple logo designs whenever it's reloaded, and the video also features animated logo designs with a recruiting message spoken over the designs.

To the constant beginners who sing off-key against the beat. To those unfamiliar with convention, unmoved by rules, and reborn with every new discovery. Those open to daydreams and night dreams and visions and mirages. Who can see the millions of shades of green in a field of grass. Whose days are filled with mysteries that cannot be solved with facts. You are more powerful than you think... and you are welcome here.As with before, the jobs site features sections outlining the different Apple...

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Bjork and an AI collaborated on an eerie soundtrack...

I sat in the lobby of the Sister City hotel in downtown New York, laying back on a comfy couch, breathing as deeply as I could. Bjork stayed here for a month last year. I thought that, maybe If I breathed hard enough, I could absorb some of her essen...

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Tinderbox 8.2.3

Brings several improvements and bug fixes to the note-taking assistant and information manager. ($249 new, free update, 37.6 MB)

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ScreenFlow 9.0.2

Maintenance release with several bug fixes for the recently upgraded screencast recording and video editing app. ($129 new, free update, 54.9 MB)

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Carpool Karaoke Season 3 Trailer out on YouTube

A trailer for Carpool Karaoke appeared on the channel The Late Late Show with James Corden on YouTube. Season 3 will feature guests like Jay Leno, Seal, Fred Armisen, Weezer, Kesha, and more. Starting tomorrow, January 24, new episodes will be released every Friday.


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