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Wednesday January 22

03:47
Newly-Released Nebia shower head comes with...

Nebia, a showerhead that’s water-efficient has just been released on Kickstarter. According to Bloomberg, the maker received a sizeable investment from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who also had a hand in the product’s design and production.

In 2015, Nebia creator Philip Winter convinced Silicon Valley fitness centers to install prototypes of the green shower head. During that time, Cook had gone to his local gym and experienced the product firsthand. A conversation started, which led to Winter asking Cook if he’d like to make an investment. Cook was...

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03:40
Dark mode is coming to WhatsApp for Android

For such a simple feature, dark mode really does split the masses. Some love the white on black theme that it offers, whereas others (we see you in the comments) routinely question "why is this news?!" If you fall in the former camp and you're a regu...

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03:35
Apple bringing scissor switches to Smart Keyboard...




A new supply chain report suggests that Apple will extend its new scissor switch keyboard beyond the MacBook Pro, with it set to be used in the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard.

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03:15
How to change your kid’s adult Apple ID account to a...

Let’s face it: a lot of people may have created Apple IDs for their kids for convenience while skirting Apple’s rules about the age at which an account can be created. That’s 13 in the U.S. and many countries, unless you use the option within Apple’s Family Sharing to create a Child Account.

If you weren’t using Family Sharing, however, and—ahem—invented an earlier birthdate for one or more child, you can still rewind the clock and gain the advantages for age-based control within Family Sharing.

For our family, that includes not just using Screen Time to limit and monitor access to all their Apple devices, but—and the kids actually like this—remotely disabling Screen Time if they are on a sleepover or away on a school trip and we are willing to let them use their screens past our household limits. (That was a selling point to at least one kid, along with access to a much larger pool of...

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03:15
Apple launches native export support for Apple Card...

This could come in handy.

Apple on Tuesday added a new option for Apple Card users to export their monthly statements in spreadsheet form. This, in turn, allows your Apple Card data to be imported into your budgeting app of choice.

Previously, Apple only made Apple Card statements available via PDF, but this new spreadsheet option is much more versatile for users.

The data can be exported via the following steps:

1. Go to the Wallet app on your iPhone

2. Choose Apple Card

3. Tap “Card balance”

4. Pick a monthly statement and tap the “Export Transactions” button

At present, there are still limitations. Users can presently only export based on monthly statements, they can’t export combined transactions from multiple months or partial monthly transactions. You’ll also manually need to import the data to your money management software. Finally, Apple still won’t allow third-party services to automatically pull the data from their...

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03:13
Saudi Crown Prince Allegedly Sent Jeff Bezos’...

A friendly exchange between Jeff Bezos and Mohammed Bin Salman in 2018 seems to have turned sinister. According to an exclusive report in The Guardian,  the Saudi Crown Prince allegedly sent the Amazon founder malware over WhatsApp.

The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world’s richest man, according to the results of a digital forensic analysis. This analysis found it “highly probable” that the intrusion into the phone was triggered by an infected video file sent from the account of the Saudi heir to Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post. The two men had been having a seemingly friendly WhatsApp exchange when, on 1 May of that year, the unsolicited file was sent, according to sources who spoke to the Guardian on the condition of anonymity.

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03:00
Rumor: Apple’s “iPhone SE 2” handset to undergo...

Following a series of rumors surrounding a low-cost model dubbed the “iPhone SE 2,” a new report states that the iPhone SE’s successor is entering production come February.

According to sources close to the story, Bloomberg has reported that suppliers are slated to begin manufacturing the as-yet-unannounced affordable iPhone variant in February ahead of a public debut in March. 

Apple’s last handset aimed at the mass-market was the iPhone SE, which was launched in March 2016. That model borrowed a design from iPhone 5s, which was two years old at the time, and packed it with then-current tech including an A9 processor and a 12-megapixel camera. The model was priced at $399. 

Apple is thought to be pursuing a similar strategy with the upcoming handset. Per analyst predictions, the unit will share an external handset, and feature a 4.7-inch screen, as well as a Touch ID home button for biometric authentication and user interface navigation. 

The handset...

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03:00
RCA Ultra-Thin Multi-Directional Amplified Indoor...

This inexpensive TV antenna does a good job pulling in strong signals, but you might be happier paying a little more for higher performance.

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03:00
The best indoor air-quality monitors: Identify the...

Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

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02:45
Facebook's new robot AI can get around...

It's already possible for robots to navigate without maps, but having them navigate well is another matter. You don't want them to waste time backtracking, let alone fall down if they bump into an unexpected obstacle. Facebook might have a solution...

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02:40
Digitimes: Backlit Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro...

A report from Digitimes suggests that the iPad Pro will get refreshed later this year and with it, a new Smart Keyboard with backlit keys.

Digitimes says Apple plans to roll out its ‘glowing’ scissor switch keyboard across its products, starting with the 13-inch MacBook Pro in the first half of the year.

more…

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02:32
VoD market to reach $129.91 billion by 2025

The Video on Demand (VoD) market was valued at $56.55 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $120.91 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 13.5% over the period 2020-2025, according to Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com). 

VoDoffers a wide array of video programs that include entertainment, films, sports, and educational programs. Although VoD was initially in demand for movie access, with the changing customer preferences boosting the demand for TV programs and other content, VoD service providers had to expand their offerings to other content programmers.

Content-wise, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) possesses high growth in the market, owing to the latest technological innovations in the domain, according to Research and Markets. The rising availability of broadband Internet services helps in increasing the demand for IPTV when compared to conventional television services....

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02:32
VoD market to reach $129.91 billion by 2025

The Video on Demand (VoD) market was valued at $56.55 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $120.91 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 13.5% over the period 2020-2025, according to Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com). 

VoDoffers a wide array of video programs that include entertainment, films, sports, and educational programs. Although VoD was initially in demand for movie access, with the changing customer preferences boosting the demand for TV programs and other content, VoD service providers had to expand their offerings to other content programmers.

Content-wise, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) possesses high growth in the market, owing to the latest technological innovations in the domain, according to Research and Markets. The rising availability of broadband Internet services helps in increasing the demand for IPTV when compared to conventional television services....

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02:32
VoD market to reach $129.91 billion by 2025

The Video on Demand (VoD) market was valued at $56.55 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $120.91 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 13.5% over the period 2020-2025, according to Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com). 

VoDoffers a wide array of video programs that include entertainment, films, sports, and educational programs. Although VoD was initially in demand for movie access, with the changing customer preferences boosting the demand for TV programs and other content, VoD service providers had to expand their offerings to other content programmers.

Content-wise, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) possesses high growth in the market, owing to the latest technological innovations in the domain, according to Research and Markets. The rising availability of broadband Internet services helps in increasing the demand for IPTV when compared to conventional television services....

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02:32
VoD market to reach $129.91 billion by 2025

The Video on Demand (VoD) market was valued at $56.55 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $120.91 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 13.5% over the period 2020-2025, according to Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com). 

VoDoffers a wide array of video programs that include entertainment, films, sports, and educational programs. Although VoD was initially in demand for movie access, with the changing customer preferences boosting the demand for TV programs and other content, VoD service providers had to expand their offerings to other content programmers.

Content-wise, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) possesses high growth in the market, owing to the latest technological innovations in the domain, according to Research and Markets. The rising availability of broadband Internet services helps in increasing the demand for IPTV when compared to conventional television services....

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01:40
Is this the back of the Xbox Series X?

Behold the derrière of the Xbox Series X. Images of an alleged prototype have surfaced on Twitter and the gaming forum Neogaf, hinting at the various ports that will be available on Microsoft's next console. Thurrott's Brad Sams believes they...

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00:35
Amazon Pharmacy may expand to the UK, Canada and...

Amazon may be expanding its prescription drug delivery business to other countries. The e-commerce titan has applied for a trademark on the name "Amazon Pharmacy" in Canada, the UK and Australia, according to CNBC. Amazon reportedly filed its applica...

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Tuesday January 21

22:33
Bloomberg: Apple will start making a smaller,...

Apple might launch a new low-cost iPhone very, very soon. According to Bloomberg, the tech giant's suppliers will start assembling an affordable iPhone model, the company's first since the iPhone SE, as soon as February. Further, Apple will reportedl...

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20:21
Apple reportedly raises TSMC chip orders on stronger...




Apple has reportedly tasked chip manufacturing partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. with increasing production of A-series processors in response to strong demand for this year's iPhone lineup, particularly the relatively low-cost iPhone 11.

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19:59
Cruise's self-driving electric shuttle is made...

Cruise still isn't ready to say when its autonomous vehicle will be available, but now it's shown off the Origin, a GM-built electric shuttle van that doesn't have a steering wheel or pedals. Instead it's fully self-driving, intended to be a shareabl...

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19:14
Verizon promo gives gigabit Fios customers free...

How do you sweeten the pot for gamers wanting extra-fast internet access? Throw in free goodies, apparently. Verizon (Engadget's parent company) is launching a promo that gives new Fios gigabit internet customers a free Google Stadia Premiere Editi...

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18:23
Apple reportedly asks TSMC to increase A13 chip...

Apple is reportedly asking its chipmaker TSMC to increase production of the A13 processor due to higher-than-anticipated iPhone 11 demand. Bloomberg reports that the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are selling particularly well in China.

more…

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18:14
Boeing doesn't expect the 737 Max to resume...

There were signs Boeing would once again have to push back the 737 Max's expected return to the skies, and it just confirmed as much. The aircraft maker now expects the troubled aircraft to start the "ungrounding" process in mid-2020 based on its "e...

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18:06
With Hot iPhone Demand, Apple tells TSMC to increase...

In October TSMC's financials showed they had a great quarter beating expectations. Reporting last week for Q4 TSMC provided great guidance with TSMC expecting the next few quarters to outperform their typical seasonal patterns. Ahead of Apple's financial conference on January 28th, we're learning tonight that Apple has increased its orders for ...

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18:03
These are the best sleep tracking apps for Apple...

Sleep tracking with Apple Watch is a great way to gain new insight into your sleeping habits and trends over time. Apple is apparently working on its own sleep tracking features for Apple Watch, but those features aren’t available just yet. In the absence of a first-party solution for Apple Watch sleep tracking, a handful of incredibly powerful third-party apps have come to the App Store.

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17:31
Apple to launch new affordable iPhone model in March




Adding to a raft of rumors surrounding a low-cost iPhone model tentatively dubbed "iPhone SE 2," a report on Tuesday claims the hotly anticipated iPhone SE-tier follow-up is going into production next month.

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17:29
Sonos is officially killing off some of its older...

Sonos owners are pissed. But do they have a right to be? I don’t own any Sonos products so I have no dog in the fight.

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17:21
Vodafone is the latest to leave Facebook's...

The Facebook-created Libra Association is still bleeding members months after it formalized its council. Telecom giant Vodafone has confirmed to CoinDesk that it left the Association. Unlike past defectors, though, it's not so much about regulatory...

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17:00
Iowa is the best state to drive in, study shows

I’d definitely take number two and three over number 1. As CNET says, “Clearly, curves and topography were not factored in.”

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16:29
Apple could promote TV+ with companion podcasts

Apple has considered producing podcasts to support its slate of original TV+ shows and movies, according to Bloomberg. The company reportedly sent out a call for pitches last summer and has since had discussions with the producers of its shows about...

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16:26
Apple's Upcoming Low-Cost iPhone Could Launch...

Apple will start mass production on the rumored low-cost iPhone that's in the works starting in February, reports Bloomberg. The new ‌iPhone‌ could launch as soon as March after production begins.

Rumors suggest the new ‌iPhone‌ will be similar in design to an iPhone 8, offering up a 4.7-inch LCD display, thick top and bottom bezels, a Touch ID Home button instead of Face ID, and a single-lens rear camera, but it will be equipped with a modern A13 chip and 3GB RAM.

‌iPhone‌ SE and ‌iPhone 8‌

The ‌iPhone‌ will be the first truly low-cost ‌iPhone‌ Apple has introduced since the ‌iPhone‌ SE, which has led to the device being called the "...

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16:20
Bloomberg: New low-cost iPhone entering production...

According to a new report from Bloomberg this evening, Apple’s upcoming low-cost iPhone will enter mass production next month. This is the device that has commonly been referred to as the iPhone SE 2 and iPhone 9.

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16:10
Regarding Reuters’s Report That Apple Dropped Plan...

Blockbuster report by Joseph Menn for Reuters:

Apple Inc. dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups
of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI
complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources
familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The tech giant’s reversal, about two years ago, has not previously
been reported. It shows how much Apple has been willing to help
U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, despite taking a
harder line in high-profile legal disputes with the government and
casting itself as a defender of its customers’ information.

I want to go deep on this, because, if true, it’s staggering, heartbreaking news. Go read Menn’s entire report. I’ll wait.

OK. First,...

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16:10
Regarding Reuters’s Report That Apple Dropped Plan...

Blockbuster report by Joseph Menn for Reuters:

Apple Inc. dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups
of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI
complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources
familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The tech giant’s reversal, about two years ago, has not previously
been reported. It shows how much Apple has been willing to help
U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, despite taking a
harder line in high-profile legal disputes with the government and
casting itself as a defender of its customers’ information.

I want to go deep on this, because, if true, it’s staggering, heartbreaking news. Go read Menn’s entire report. I’ll wait.

OK. First,...

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16:01
HP's latest Chromebooks for schools include...

HP is once again giving its school Chromebooks an overhaul, and they'll be particularly good news for teachers who bristle at the thought of mangled keyboards. The Chromebook 11 G8 EE, 11A G8 EE, x360 11 G3 EE and 14 G6 all have full-skirted anchore...

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15:39
Some Under Armour fitness devices lose their smarts...

People who bought some of Under Armour's fitness devices are learning a hard lesson about the fragility of connected tech. Ars Technica has learned that the athletic wear company is winding down support for its scale, wristband and heart monitor by...

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15:12
Guardian: Saudi prince’s account used to hack Jeff...

Amazon spends millions of dollars each year physically protecting CEO Jeff Bezos, but his personal data remained all too vulnerable. According to a bombshell report published in The Guardian this afternoon, Bezos was the victim of a hacking operation...

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14:49
News round-up: Apple selling refurbished iPhone XS,...

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, we’ll frequently offer a wrap-up news items you should check out.

Apple has begun selling certified refurbished iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models

Speaking of iPhones, Japanese blog Mac Otakara says the "iPhone 12” will look like a slimmer, taller iPhone 11.

According to Reuters, Apple ditched plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations.

The Trump administration wants Apple to create a backdoor into the iPhone....

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14:48
EA Retiring Tetris Apps for iOS in April 2020

EA is ending support for its Tetris for iOS apps starting on April 21, 2020, the company announced today in app updates to Tetris Premium, Tetris 2011, and Tetris Blitz.

As noted on the MacRumors forums, updates to the Tetris apps say that the games are being retired, with no word on why. From the app updates:Hello Fans, We have had an amazing journey with you so far but sadly, it is time to say goodbye. As of April 21, 2020, EA's Tetris(R) app will be retired, and will no longer be available to play. Kindly note that you will still be able to enjoy the game and use any existing in-game items until April 21, 2020. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of this game...

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14:30
Apple has Discussed making Podcasts with Producers...

Podcasting is hardly a new business for Apple. The company is the dominant distributor of such programs in the U.S. and many international markets. More than half of all podcast listening happens in the company’s Podcasts app. With that said, a little competition from Spotify could be pushing Apple to introduce new Podcasts related to Apple TV+ programming and more

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13:54
Senators flout impeachment trial electronics rules...




Senators taking part in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump may be breaking the rules regarding electronics, with a number spotted keeping their Apple Watch on their wrist instead of taking it off before heading to the chamber, a place where such devices are usually banned.

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13:49
Apple updates Developer Page info on app updates in...

Apple has updated its Developer Page (https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=01212020b) regarding app updates in the Kids category.

Apple says: “When parents visit the Kids category on the App Store, they expect that the apps they find are suitable for children. That’s why apps published on the App Store must protect children’s data and provide only age-appropriate content. Apps must also require a parental gate in order to link out of the app, request permissions, or present purchasing opportunities. It’s critical that apps do not transmit personally identifiable information or device information to third parties, and that advertisements are human-reviewed for age appropriateness in order to be displayed.”

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13:49
Apple updates Developer Page info on app updates in...

Apple has updated its Developer Page (https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=01212020b) regarding app updates in the Kids category.

Apple says: “When parents visit the Kids category on the App Store, they expect that the apps they find are suitable for children. That’s why apps published on the App Store must protect children’s data and provide only age-appropriate content. Apps must also require a parental gate in order to link out of the app, request permissions, or present purchasing opportunities. It’s critical that apps do not transmit personally identifiable information or device information to third parties, and that advertisements are human-reviewed for age appropriateness in order to be displayed.”

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13:49
Apple updates Developer Page info on app updates in...

Apple has updated its Developer Page (https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=01212020b) regarding app updates in the Kids category.

Apple says: “When parents visit the Kids category on the App Store, they expect that the apps they find are suitable for children. That’s why apps published on the App Store must protect children’s data and provide only age-appropriate content. Apps must also require a parental gate in order to link out of the app, request permissions, or present purchasing opportunities. It’s critical that apps do not transmit personally identifiable information or device information to third parties, and that advertisements are human-reviewed for age appropriateness in order to be displayed.”

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13:49
Apple updates Developer Page info on app updates in...

Apple has updated its Developer Page (https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=01212020b) regarding app updates in the Kids category.

Apple says: “When parents visit the Kids category on the App Store, they expect that the apps they find are suitable for children. That’s why apps published on the App Store must protect children’s data and provide only age-appropriate content. Apps must also require a parental gate in order to link out of the app, request permissions, or present purchasing opportunities. It’s critical that apps do not transmit personally identifiable information or device information to third parties, and that advertisements are human-reviewed for age appropriateness in order to be displayed.”

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13:47
Apple updates Developer Page info on app updates for...

Apple has updated its Developer Page (https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=01212020a) regarding app updates for HTML5 apps.

Apple says: “The App Store Review Guidelines are designed to help developers create apps that are secure, high-quality, reliable, and that respect user privacy. In order to ensure this, we’ve always specified that all apps be self-contained bundles. This means that the core features and functionality of the app must be contained within the software’s binary, rather than made possible by referring users outside of the approved app — including through the use of HTML5. Apps that dynamically provide core features and functionality with web technology like HTML5 are best delivered through Safari, rather than through the curated App Store.”

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13:47
Apple updates Developer Page info on app updates for...

Apple has updated its Developer Page (https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=01212020a) regarding app updates for HTML5 apps.

Apple says: “The App Store Review Guidelines are designed to help developers create apps that are secure, high-quality, reliable, and that respect user privacy. In order to ensure this, we’ve always specified that all apps be self-contained bundles. This means that the core features and functionality of the app must be contained within the software’s binary, rather than made possible by referring users outside of the approved app — including through the use of HTML5. Apps that dynamically provide core features and functionality with web technology like HTML5 are best delivered through Safari, rather than through the curated App Store.”

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13:47
Apple updates Developer Page info on app updates for...

Apple has updated its Developer Page (https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=01212020a) regarding app updates for HTML5 apps.

Apple says: “The App Store Review Guidelines are designed to help developers create apps that are secure, high-quality, reliable, and that respect user privacy. In order to ensure this, we’ve always specified that all apps be self-contained bundles. This means that the core features and functionality of the app must be contained within the software’s binary, rather than made possible by referring users outside of the approved app — including through the use of HTML5. Apps that dynamically provide core features and functionality with web technology like HTML5 are best delivered through Safari, rather than through the curated App Store.”

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13:47
Apple updates Developer Page info on app updates for...

Apple has updated its Developer Page (https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=01212020a) regarding app updates for HTML5 apps.

Apple says: “The App Store Review Guidelines are designed to help developers create apps that are secure, high-quality, reliable, and that respect user privacy. In order to ensure this, we’ve always specified that all apps be self-contained bundles. This means that the core features and functionality of the app must be contained within the software’s binary, rather than made possible by referring users outside of the approved app — including through the use of HTML5. Apps that dynamically provide core features and functionality with web technology like HTML5 are best delivered through Safari, rather than through the curated App Store.”

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13:44
Spotify tests Stories for influencer playlists

Spotify is testing a new feature that lets influencers share Stories alongside their public playlists, TechCrunch reports. Spotify's version will allow select users to share video clips that contain snippets of songs and album art. As you'd imagine,...

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13:41
Upcoming Apple Podcasts expansion into original...

Apple has built up some notable momentum with Apple TV+ in the few short months since the launch of the service, even bringing home some awards. Now a new report from Bloomberg says that the company may use original podcasts to create companion content for Apple TV+ shows and movies.

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13:34
Netflix punches down at newcomer Apple TV+ in latest...

Netflix today reported its earnings for Q4 2019, which is the first quarter in which Netflix had direct competition from Apple TV+. In the accompanying letter to shareholders, Netflix took a direct shot at the popularity of the Apple TV+ series “The Morning Show.”

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13:34
Apple considering original podcast to promote the...

Apple is discussing making original podcasts related to programs on its Apple TV+ streaming service, reports Bloomberg. The goal is to promote the various series.

Bloomberg says Apple sent out a request for pitches in summer 2019, asking podcast producers to pitch ideas for audio programs with some connection to the shows. The tech giant has since discussed making podcasts with the products of the original Apple TV+ series, the article adds. 

In July 2019, Bloomberg reported that Apple planned to start funding original podcasts that would be exclusive to its audio service, increasing its investment in the industry to better compete with competitors such as Spotify and Stitcher. The article said Apple was reaching out to media companies and their representatives to...

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13:31
Inside the $10 million cyber lab trying to break...

Fascinating if a little (lot?) scary.

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13:16
Netflix changes how it counts viewing popularity,...

Netflix's final earnings results for 2019 are out (PDF), and in a year where it suddenly started to face more competition than ever before, the company says its service and content is only becoming more popular. The letter to investors claims that it...

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13:15
New York City has a $10 million cybercrime lab to...




In an interview published on Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. has pulled back the curtain on what it's like trying to access data that's needed by law enforcement on a passcode-protected iPhone.

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13:13
Apple lawsuit tests if an employee can plan rival...

This is an interesting case because, on the face of it, you’d think Apple is entirely in the right in saying that an employee can’t spend time “planning his new startup while on company time at Apple, spending hours on the phone with colleagues who eventually joined the venture.”

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13:01
Hands-On With Anker's Apple-Certified iPhone...

Anker in December debuted a new LED flash accessory that's unique because it's the first iPhone flash option that's Apple certified with Made for ‌iPhone‌ approval.

Anker started accepting pre-orders for the flash earlier this month ahead of a launch in late January, and we were able to get our hands on the LED flash to try it out.

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Priced at $50, the LED flash from Anker is designed to work with Apple's newest iPhones, which means it is compatible with the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

There have been other flash accessories...

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13:00
Apple reportedly planning on making podcasts to...




According to a report on Tuesday, Apple is planning a multimedia blitz beyond just television to promote its Apple TV+ service, and is discussing expanding into podcasts discussing the programming.

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12:59
The Typewriter, by Leroy Anderson

“The Typewriter for Orchestra” was written by Leroy Anderson in 1950. In this performance, the soloist is Alfredo Anaya, with conductor Miguel Roa, at the Concierto “Voces para la Paz”, Músicos Solidarios, Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid, in 2011. It is one of the silliest performances using a typewriter you’ll ever see.

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12:56
Here’s what a $10 million lab dedicated to cracking...

Kicking off 2020, security and privacy is a hot topic between the latest standoff between Apple and the FBI over the Pensacola incident as well as Apple reportedly abandoning its plan to bring end-to-end encryption to iCloud backups. With an in-depth report on what a robust iPhone cracking operation looks like from the inside, Fast Company shares some fascinating details and photos of NYC’s $10 million cyber lab.

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12:36
Bipartisanship in Washington: Senators from both...

As the senate begins the impeachment trial of President Trump today, the rules state that senators can’t use phones or electronic devices of any sort while in the chamber. But apparently, some lawmakers think that the Apple Watch doesn’t fall under those restrictions.

more…

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12:34
Apple May Develop Original Podcasts Related to Apple...

Apple is considering creating original podcasts focused on TV shows and movies from its Apple TV+ streaming service, reports Bloomberg. The podcasts would be used to promote ‌Apple TV‌+ content.

In the summer of 2019, Apple began asking podcast producers to pitch ideas for podcasts with connections to ‌Apple TV‌+ shows, and has since discussed making podcasts with the producers of some of those TV shows.

Apple's streaming TV service, which launched in November, has less content than other streaming services like Hulu, Disney+, and Netflix, so podcasts could provide Apple with a way to draw in new viewers. Though Apple is new to streaming TV, some of its shows, like "The Morning Show" have already earned...

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12:32
Half-Life games are free on Steam until March

With the first Half-Life game in more than a decade set to come out in March, series creator Valve has made every game in the franchise free to play for the next two months. As long you have Steam installed on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer, you...

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12:30
Cook plans meeting with President Trump during Davos...




Apple CEO Tim Cook will eat breakfast with US President Donald Trump's at Davos tomorrow, in a continuation of the rare and unusual working relationship between the two men.

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12:30
A $10 Million New York Lab Tries to Brute Force iOS...

Inside a lab in New York worth US$10 million, specialists are trying to brute force their way into iPhones and iPads.

What’s going on in the isolation room is important, if silent, forensic work. All of the phones are hooked up to two powerful computers that generate random numbers in an attempt to guess the passcode that locked each device. At night, technicians can enlist other computers in the office, harnessing their unused processing power to create a local supercomputer network.


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12:21
Apple and IBM CEO's to Meet with President...

The World Economic Forum started today and will run until Friday in Davos, Switzerland. The Meeting’s theme will be Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World. The key topics will cover the economy, Society, Geopolitics, Industry and yes, Technology. Tomorrow Apple and IBM CEO's to have breakfast meeting about new educational system ...

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12:16
How to cancel Apple TV Plus on iOS and the web

You’ve reached the end of For All Mankind, have finished your second run of The Morning Show, and it seems like there isn’t much to watch on Apple TV Plus. So how do you cancel your subscription?

more…

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12:15
How to export your Apple Card monthly transactions...

One of Apple Card’s most significant annoyances (at least compared to many other major credit cards) is that you can’t directly share transaction information with financial planning apps like Mint or YNAB. Apple provides lots of well-organized information about your spending in the Wallet app, but that doesn’t give you a complete picture of your finances as it doesn’t include your earning and other spending.

Fortunately, there’s now a workaround of sorts. Starting on January 21, Apple will allow you to export monthly transaction lists as a CSV (comma separated value) spreadsheet.

To read this article in full, please click here...

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12:09
How to offload apps in iOS to save space without...

With ever-growing apps, better cameras and high-resolution video there’s always plenty of competition for the precious storage space on your iOS device. Deleting apps is one solution, but it might be better to simply offload your iOS apps instead.

more…

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12:07
‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2 Arrives on Netflix...

Good news for sci-fi fans: Altered Carbon season 2 arrives on Netflix February 27, 2020.

Season 2 of the sophisticated and compelling sci-fi drama finds Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie), the lone surviving soldier of a group of elite interstellar warriors, continuing his centuries-old quest to find his lost love Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry).

I enjoyed watching the show so I’m excited for season 2. It’s been so long since I’ve seen season 1 that I forgot For All Mankind’s Joel Kinnaman was in it.


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11:57
Apple Allegedly Dropped Full iCloud Backup...

Reuters is reporting that Apple dropped plans to offer a stronger encryption option for iCloud backups under pressure from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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11:54
Restrictions for Kids Apps, HTML5 Apps Go Into...

Apple is reminding developers that new restrictions for kids apps and HTML5 apps go into effect on March 3, 2020.


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11:44
New York Law Enforcement Officials Operate $10...

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. built and oversees a $10 million high-tech forensics lab built expressly for the purpose for cracking iPhones, according to a new profile done by Fast Company.

The lab is equipped with "mind-bending hardware" and a team of technology experts, many of whom are ex-military. The facility itself features a radiofrequency isolation chamber that prevents iPhones being used in investigations from being accessed remotely to keep them from being wiped.

Vance's team has thousands of iPhones at the facility in various stages of being cracked. There's a supercomputer that generates 26 million random passcodes per second, a robot that can remove memory chips without using heat, and specialized tools for repairing damaged devices to make them accessible once again.

All of the iPhones are hooked up to computers...

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11:43
Alexa-powered Lego challenge winners include a game...

Amazon and Lego have unveiled the winners of their Alexa-focused Mindstorms challenge, and they're as clever and oddball as you'd hope. The grand prize winner is Jason Allemann's Game Station, a project that uses Alexa for a five-game console -- you...

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11:31
AR is the 'Next Big Thing', Says Apple CEO...

Apple chief executive Tim Cook believes augmented reality, or technology that overlays virtual objects onto the real world, is "the next big thing" that is poised to "pervade our entire lives." From a report: Shanahan asked Cook about major developments in tech he expects in the next five to 10 years. "I'm excited about AR," said the Big Tech CEO, citing augmented reality as an emerging tech space to watch. "My view is it's the next big thing, and it will pervade our entire lives." [...] Cook also sees applications for AR helping with hands-on tasks. "You may be under the car changing the oil, and you're not sure exactly how to do it. You can use AR," he said. Interestingly, the tech CEO sees benefits for AR and connecting people, more than other available technologies. "I think it's something that doesn't isolate people. We can use it to enhance our discussion, not substitute it for human connection, which I've always deeply worried about in some of the other technologies."

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11:31
Sonos will stop issuing software updates for '...

You’ll still be able to keep using older Sonos devices, but they’ll gradually lose functionality once the software updates stop.

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11:29
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Attend Davos Breakfast With...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum conference and he plans to attend a breakfast with U.S. President Donald Trump, reports Bloomberg.

Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty will brief Trump on a new campaign designed to highlight the multiple ways to get an education.

‌‌Tim Cook‌ and Melania and Donald Trump‌ in August 2018

Cook has attempted to have a cordial relationship with Trump, and recently took Trump to tour Apple operations in Austin, Texas, but there have been tensions between the two due to an ongoing trade dispute with China and more recently, Apple's...

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11:25
Apple and the FBI – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-21

Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s decision not to encrypt backups, and what data Apple can share.


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11:13
How to Export Apple Card Data to a Spreadsheet

At first Apple Card was locked down from money management apps, but there’s now a middle ground: Export Apple Card data to a spreadsheet.


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11:12
Brazil charges journalist Glenn Greenwald for...

Brazilian federal prosecutors have charged Glenn Greenwald with violating the country's cybersecurity laws, reports The New York Times. According to a 95-page complaint, Greenwald was part of the "criminal organization" that hacked into the phones of...

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11:00
How you back up your iPhone and iPad in macOS 10.15...

For iPhone and iPad users who still connect their devices to a Mac for syncing and backups (and there are a lot of people who still do this), there are changes in the latest version of the Mac operating system. In macOS 10.15 Catalina, the iTunes app is gone.

Now you use the Finder, similar to how you see a hard drive or a server. Here’s how to use your device in the Finder and how to back it up.

Your iOS device in the Finder

When you connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac using a Lightning cable, it will appear in a Finder window. In macOS Catalina, your device is in the left column in the “Locations” section. (If this is the first time you are connecting the Mac and iOS device, you will be asked to pair the two on the Mac, and you’ll have to trust the Mac on your iOS device.)

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10:57
Wirelessly Transfer Music, Videos, PDFs and More to...

We have a deal on WALTR 2, an app that lets you manage the content on your iOS device from your Mac or Windows device. It will handle some file conversions, too. Check out the promo video below. You can get WALTR 2 for $19 through us. There’s a deal for WALTR 2 for Windows in the deal listing, too.


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10:48
7 Free Secure Alternatives to Apple Apps and Services

Andrew found seven Apple alternatives to use if you don’t want your data shared with the FBI, including Bitwarden, Cryptomator, and more.


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10:43
Apple Card users can export monthly transactions to...

TechCrunch reports that Apple has announced that Apple Card users can export monthly transactions to a downloadable spreadsheet that they can use with their personal budgeting apps or sheets. Here’s how:

° Open Wallet.

° Tap Apple Card.

° Tap Card Balance.

° Tap on one of the monthly statements/

° Tap on Export Transactions.

If you don’t yet have a monthly statement you won’t see this feature until you do. The last step brings up a standard share sheet letting you email or send the file. The current format is CSV but in the near future you’ll get an OFX option as well, according to TechCrunch.

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10:39
YouTube TV arrives on PS4 ahead of PlayStation Vue...

PlayStation Vue subscribers have likely already marked their calendars for January 30th, the day when Sony will pull the plug on its live TV service. But the death of Vue doesn't mean PS4 users will have to move to different hardware for their live a...

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10:28
Trade War Truce Means France Will Not Yet Apply...

The implementation of a French tax that would have affected Apple and other major tech firms is to be delayed. The 3 percent tariff will not be enforced whilst France and the U.S. continue trade talks, AppleInsider reported.

Originally proposed in December of 2018, the so-called GAFA – Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon – tax, had been given a stamp of approval by the French senate in July of 2019. The tax would have been applied retroactively. Under the measure, the 3% sales tax would be applied to sales generated in France by major multinational firms. France has pulled back on demanding the retroactive down payments temporarily, in an effort to prevent the U.S. from applying tariffs to French-made goods. “What we’re proposing is to give ourselves time and to show our goodwill, to postpone the remaining payments to December,” a French Finance Ministry source said, according to...

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10:21
How to export your Apple Card monthly transactions




Users are now able to export their Apple Card monthly transactions, allowing them to import the data into third-party financial management apps.

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10:16
Disney+ Moves European Launch Date Forward

Disney+ will arrive in a number of major European markets on March 24, a week earlier than had previously been announced.


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10:15
Apple Card: You can now export your transaction data...

Among the TV shows, magazines, and games services unveiled at Apple’s “Show time” event was a surprise entry into a category that couldn’t be further outside Apple’s wheelhouse: a credit card. Dubbed Apple Card, it’s not a traditional plastic credit card that gives you points on things you buy. Rather, it’s a whole new way to shop online and offline. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Updated 01/21/20: Apple Card users can now export transaction data as a spreadsheet that can be imported into a finance app. 

What is the Apple Card?

The Apple Card is an Apple-branded credit card from MasterCard. Unlike the current Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards, which is a partner card, the Apple Card is owned and operated by Apple.

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10:14
Apple Card users can now download monthly...

While I would argue this is a feature that should have been available at launch, it’s good to see it available now for Apple Card users.

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10:14
Noon Lighting System review: It’s the very best...

The ability to create scenes using your room’s lighting is positively magical.

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10:09
What Apple surrenders to law enforcement when issued...




Apple won't unlock iPhones or other devices for law enforcement, but it can and will provide substantial data about a user when it gets a subpoena. Here's what Apple has access to you from your device -- and what it doesn't.

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10:08
Sonnet Fusion Dual SATA SSD card offers Mac Pro...




Sonnet is giving Mac Pro owners an extra option to boost the capacity of their workstation with high-speed storage, with the Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID PCIe 3.0 card enabling solid-state SATA drives to be installed via one of the expansion slots.

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10:00
The Hayden Planetarium’s new show celebrates...

The astronomy I learned as a kid was pretty limited — the Earth revolves around the Sun and, of course, the whole "My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas" thing. Of course, that expression no longer applies because our understandin...

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09:57
Rumor: Apple will release Smart Keyboard with...

Apple may release a Smart Keyboard with a scissor switch design for its next-generation iPad and iPad Pro models, according to DigiTimes (a subscription is required to read the entire report). The article says that the next generation of Apple's tablets will sport a scissor switch keyboard.

Chances the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 90%. Apple debuted a new scissor switch keyboard with the 16-inch MacBook Pro. It makes sense that the company would bring such a keyboard to at least the iPad Pro, if it continues to push the table as a laptop replacement/alternative.

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09:51
The two faces of the smart city

The issues being brought up in this piece are not often thought about by the general public and certainly aren’t being addressed by our authorities and/or the companies who sell these products and tools except for them to say, “Trust us.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:46
Apple Card Users Can Now Export Transactions to Use...

When Apple Card launched last year, it didn't support importing transactions into various budgeting apps, which was a major negative for customers who use Quicken, YNAB, Lunch Money, Mint, and more.

As of today, though, Apple has a solution - an option to download a spreadsheet that has all ‌Apple Card‌ data, which can then be imported into many budgeting apps.

As outlined by TechCrunch, ‌Apple Card‌ users can follow these steps to access a document containing their monthly statements:

  • Open up the Wallet app.
  • Choose ‌Apple Card‌.
  • Tap the "Card Balance" option.
  • Tap on a monthly statement.
  • Tap "Export Transactions."

The option to export transactions will show up when a...

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09:43
Apple reportedly nixed plan for end-to-end...

Enlarge / The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max running iOS 13. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Two years ago, Apple dropped a plan that would have made it impossible for the company to decrypt iPhone and iPad backups for law enforcement, according to a Reuters report today. Reuters wrote that "six sources familiar with the matter" confirmed that Apple dropped the end-to-end encryption plan for iCloud Backup "after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations."

Apple had "told the FBI that it planned to offer users...

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09:41
Tesla Rejects ‘Unintended Acceleration’ Claims

Tesla rejected claims some of its vehicles had unintentionally accelerated, following a petition submitted to the NHTSA.


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09:41
Apple Card adds native support for exporting...

Apple today has added a new option for Apple Card users: the ability to export monthly statements in spreadsheet form. This means you can download your Apple Card data, and then import it into your budgeting setup of choice.

more…

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09:36
A Lego version of the International Space Station is...

Thanks to a new set from Lego, you'll soon be able to give the International Space Station (ISS) the place of honor it deserves in your home. The 864-piece model will set you back $70 when the company releases it on February 1st.

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09:33
Apple Business Chat to bring ‘new level of...

Apple Business Chat continues to expand as a seamless way for companies to offer a more personalized and smooth customer experience. David’s Bridal is the latest company working on Apple Business Chat support and expects to be the first in its industry to do so.

more…

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09:25
9to5Mac Daily: January 21, 2020 – iCloud encryption...

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Enjoy the podcast?: Shop Apple at Amazon to support 9to5Mac Daily!

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09:14
Google's experimental apps shame you into...

Google is still exploring ways to help you cut back on phone use, and this time it's relying primarily on one tactic: guilt. The company has introduced the experimental Android apps Activity Bubbles, Envelope and Screen Stopwatch, all three of which...

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09:00
The latest Chrome OS education devices will get...

To help schools get more out of their limited resources, Google is extending the length of time it plans to support new Chrome OS education devices with security and platform updates. Starting this year, the latest education devices from Lenovo and A...

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08:58
These are the best Apple Watch deals going on right...




Shoppers looking for the best Apple Watch deals can find double-digit -- and even triple-digit -- savings on current and closeout models. Select from a variety of case and band combos with cash discounts on the Apple Watch 5, 4 and even Series 3. All with free shipping, delivering the lowest prices in January 2020.

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08:53
Anker’s latest USB-C chargers highlight today’s best...

Tuesday’s best deals include Anker’s latest USB-C accessories, plus deals on official iPhone XS Max cases, and a Samsung Thunderbolt 3 solid-state drive. Head below for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

more…

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08:44
Sci-fi series 'Altered Carbon' returns to...

Netflix's Emmy-nominated sci-fi saga Altered Carbon is returning for a second season, two years after the first batch of episodes. You won't have to wait much longer to delve back into its dystopian cyberpunk world, as season two hits Netflix Februar...

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08:43
Apple May Release Smart Keyboard With Scissor...

Apple may release a Smart Keyboard with a scissor switch design for its next-generation iPad or iPad Pro models, suggests Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes, although full details are not available yet.

A paywalled preview of the report vaguely claims that "Apple's next-generation iPad series reportedly will feature a scissor switch keyboard," which is presumably referring to an accessory rather than a built-in hardware keyboard. The full report should be released tomorrow with more details.

In July 2019, reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that iPad keyboards would stick with a rubber dome design rather than scissor switches in 2020-21, adding further uncertainty to this report.

Apple switched to a butterfly...

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08:31
Here’s the Data Apple Can Give to Law Enforcement

According to Apple’s Legal Process Guidelines, there is a lot of data that the company can provide to law enforcement.


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08:18
How to Protect Compromised Private Keys

Private keys are a crucial part of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. However, in recent times, some of those have been compromised at the systems watered down. Qredo CEO Anthony Foy shared his suggestions on how to protect them.

Bitcoin lets you be your own bank by holding your private keys, but as the cryptocurrency industry has developed, this idea has become diluted. Many cryptocurrency users now choose to surrender their private keys to third party custodians. This has brought trust back into a trustless system—with fatal effects. Cryptocurrency’s short history is littered with massive losses, where the private keys controlling millions have been stolen from exchange wallets, pilfered by scam artists, and embezzled by trusted custodians. Even those individuals who have stayed true to the spirit of Bitcoin and kept their own private keys have still suffered, with dodgy wallets, silly mistakes, and even a series of ‘horrible boating accidents’ all leading people to...

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08:14
Telltale's complete Walking Dead series is...

Fans of Telltale's The Walking Dead who've been hoping to play through all of Clementine's story on Nintendo Switch can finally do so. Skybound Games has released Season Two and A New Frontier on the eShop for $15 each. Season One and The Final Seaso...

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07:48
Apple Cancels iCloud Encryption Plan Due to FBI

Apple had plans to introduce end-to-end encryption for iCloud backups, but canceled it two years ago after the FBI complained.


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07:13
France will not apply digital tax on Apple &...




France's tax aimed at internet multinational companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, and Apple, has been postponed as U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron work together to avoid a rise in tariffs.

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07:02
[VIDEO] A Cellebrite kiosk, unlocking smartphones...

[VIDEO] The video embedded in the main Loop post is purported to show a Cellebrite police kiosk, used to unlock cell phones. Here’s a link to the Cellebrite Kiosk product page. Indeed, does appear to be one and the same, even though the Scotland Police page does not specifically mention the name Cellebrite.

Though the phone in the video appears to have a USB-C connector, Cellebrite does claim to be able to unlock both Android and iOS devices (iOS 7 to iOS 12.3).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:01
Review: Samsung T7 Touch SSD builds upon the T5 in...




Samsung's T-lineup portable media has been increasingly popular over the years. Most recently, the T5 has been the go-to choice for those who need reliable, compact, fast portable storage. The T7 Touch builds on that, improving in nearly every way possible.

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07:01
Plugable releases 512GB model of Thunderbolt 3 NVMe...

Plugable has released a 512GB model of the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe External SSD, a solid state drive designed to reduce bottlenecks and improve performance with rapid speeds of up to 2400 MB/sec read and 1800 MB/sec write, all without the need for an external power connection. 

The 512GB model is available globally for $199 in addition to the previously announced 1TB model ($299) and 2TB model ($499). It's capable of storing 85 minutes of ProRes 422 HQ 4K video or 75 minutes of DnXHR HQ 4K video.

The plug-and-play SSD is compatible and interchangeable with any Thunderbolt 3-enabled Mac or Windows...

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06:59
Review: Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD – faster than...

A couple of weeks ago during CES 2020, Samsung took the wraps off the latest iteration of its T-series portable SSD line, the Samsung T7 Touch. The newest portable SSD in the South Korean giant’s portfolio comes with embedded PCIe NVMe flash storage for the first time, resulting in faster peak speeds compared to previous entries in the lineup.

Additionally, the T7 Touch comes with a built-in solid state fingerprint security scanner to complement the password security that’s been present in previous generations of the T-series lineup.

With the entry-level 500GB model coming in at the same $130 starting price as its predecessor, should you consider the Samsung T7 Touch as the next portable SSD companion for your MacBook or iPad Pro? Watch our hands-on video review for the details....

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06:58
Comment: Apple’s decision on iCloud backups is wrong...

There’s always been one major problem with Apple’s privacy claim that ‘What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone‘: it isn’t true of iCloud backups.

Although Apple uses end-to-end encryption for both iMessage and FaceTime, it doesn’t do the same for iCloud backups. They are encrypted, but Apple holds the key, meaning that the company has access to a copy of almost everything on your phone – and that includes stored messages.

I’d long expected Apple to fix this, but a report today claims that the company has decided not to…

more…

The post...

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06:56
Apple has Reportedly Dropped Plans to let iPhone...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Video Conference: Barr Clarifies that 'Apple has not given any substantive assistance' in the Shooting Case in Pensacola Florida." The issue over end-to-end encryption is heating up with Attorney General William Barr, FBI Director Christoper Wray and the U.S. Senate led by Lindsey Graham giving Apple close to a year to come up with a solution that will allow Law Enforcement to gain access to smartphone data with a proper court order. Today, potential blockbuster news is that Apple is reportedly about to drop end-to-end ...

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06:52
Clearview AI Helps Law Enforcement With Facial...

In a long read from NYT, Kashmir Hill writes about a startup called Clearview AI that works with law enforcement on facial recognition.

You take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared. The system — whose backbone is a database of more than three billion images that Clearview claims to have scraped from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites — goes far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants.


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06:49
Station launcher for macOS revved to version 3.0

True North Software today 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

The post Station launcher for macOS revved to version 3.0 appeared first on MacTech.com.

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06:49
Station launcher for macOS revved to version 3.0

True North Software today 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

The post Station launcher for macOS revved to version 3.0 appeared first on MacTech.com.

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06:49
Station launcher for macOS revved to version 3.0

True North Software today 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

The post Station launcher for macOS revved to version 3.0 appeared first on MacTech.com.

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06:49
Station launcher for macOS revved to version 3.0

True North Software today 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

The post Station launcher for macOS revved to version 3.0 appeared first on MacTech.com.

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06:49
Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI...

Reuters:

Apple Inc dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

And:

The tech giant’s reversal, about two years ago, has not previously been reported. It shows how much Apple has been willing to help U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, despite taking a harder line in high-profile legal disputes with the government and casting itself as a defender of its customers’ information.

And:

When Apple spoke privately to the FBI about its work on phone security the following year, the end-to-end encryption plan had been dropped, according to the six sources. Reuters could not determine why exactly Apple dropped the plan.

“Legal killed it, for reasons you can imagine,” another former Apple employee said he was told, without any specific mention of why the plan was...

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06:48
5G will fuel smartphone industry growth -- but it is...




The spread of 5G into mainstream usage will help create a surge of smartphone sales but the hype behind 5G will only be a temporary lift for sales of devices like Apple's 2020 iPhone refresh, with the market expected to contract in 2022.

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06:47
ForkLift 3.3.8 - Powerful file manager: FTP, SFTP,...

ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed Mac software.

ForkLift will connect to any remote server SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Google Drive, Rackspace CloudFiles, SMB, AFP and NFS shares on your local network,- pretty much anything you can plug into or hook up to a Mac. ForkLift also carries a complete toolbox for managing your files, including Folder Synchronization, Multi-Rename, Archive handling, Application deleter, editing files over remote connections and many more. All these power features are packaged into a Finder-like, dual-pane interface that delivers superior workflow while remaining absolutely familiar to use, along with Quick Look, Spotlight search and all.

Features

  • Completely rewritten entirely in Swift
  • ForkLift Mini
  • Two-way Sync...
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06:40
How Apple’s Xnor.ai acquisition could bring the Siri...

Michael Simon, Macworld:

The company, Xnor.ai, might not be one you’ve ever heard of, but they’re hardly unknown. Since last summer, the Seattle-based startup’s tech has been the brains behind the popular Wyze cam’s marquee feature: people detection. Simply put, it allowed the $20 camera to distinguish between faces, pets, and dust, and vastly improved its abilities, putting it a somewhat level playing field with the far-more-expensive Ring and Nest cams of the world.

Michael makes the case that Xnor.ai’s “Edge AI” approach can greatly enhance what Siri might be able to do on-chip, without iCloud.

For example:

Xnor.ai estimates that Edge AI runs 10 times as fast with 15X memory than cloud-based systems, and a responsive assistant dedicated to each specific phone could finally let Apple build a voice recognition system with near-perfect accuracy.

And:

That same engine could be applied to speech patterns. Siri dictation isn’t bad at all, but...

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06:31
Apple patent hints at solution to Mac/HomePod stereo...

As 9to5’s Ben Lovejoy pointed out in a “feature request" article, Apple really needs to add stereo-paired HomePods as a Mac sound output. Apple’s iOS/iPadOS audio apps will happily allow you to select stereo-paired HomePods as a single output device. 

Not so the Mac itself, however. I can output Mac sound to Office Left or Office Right, but not to the stereo pair. Apple needs to fix this, and a newly granted patent (number 10,542,365) for “optimizing the performance of a linked audio/video feed” gives me hope that it will, although it involves more situations than that involving the Mac.

Speaker arrays may reproduce pieces of sound program content to a user through the use of one or more audio beams. For example, a set of speaker arrays may reproduce front left, front center, and front right channels for a piece of sound program content (e.g., a...

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06:22
iPhone XS and XS Max Available Now For $699

The iPhone XS and XS Max are currently available from $699 on the refurb store – $200 down on the original retail price.


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06:07
Apple patent hints at OLED screens with TouchID in...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,542,280) for “OLED based touch sensing and user identification” that hints at OLED screens with TouchID in future iPhones, iPads, and even touchscreen Macs.

Touch ID is an electronic fingerprint recognition feature, designed and released by Apple that allows users to unlock Apple devices, make purchases in the various Apple digital media stores (the iTunes Store, the App Store, and the Apple BookStore), and authenticate Apple Pay online or in apps.

In the patent filing, Apple says that recent advancements in touch sensor technology have allowed capacitance-based touch sensors to perform at higher speeds and at higher touch resolutions than was previously possible. Some applications, such as user identification, may desire a higher sensitivity and/or resolution than capacitance-based touch sensing. 

Here’s the summary of the patent: “A touch screen configured for optical touch...

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06:00
DUBL Drive easily turns new iPhone dual camera...

A sharp looking app has landed for iPhone that turns it into a dash cam with smart features like automatic recording based on heavy braking or impact, Apple Maps integration, and simultaneous front and rear facing camera recording for iPhone 11 and XS.

more…

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06:00
Take Your HDR Photography to the Next Level with the...

HDR — High Dynamic Range — photography is the tool used by professional photographers to achieve results that show detail and intense color in all areas of a photograph from the darkest shadows to the brightest skies. The Photomatix Pro Plus Bundle (on sale for $41.99) consists of Photomatix Pro (with six HDR styles), Photomatix Essentials (with four more styles and 30+ presents), and the Photomatix Tone Mapping Plugin for Photoshop, and it can revolutionize your digital photography.

Lightroom's HDR Merge offers just one HDR style, which may not always give the effect you're aiming for. With Photomatix Pro, you can choose between 6 HDR styles, so you can find the options that...

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06:00
Apple Dropped Plan for Encrypting Backups After FBI...

Apple dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company's iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing six sources familiar with the matter. From the report: The tech giant's reversal, about two years ago, has not previously been reported. It shows how much Apple has been willing to help U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, despite taking a harder line in high-profile legal disputes with the government and casting itself as a defender of its customers' information. The long-running tug of war between investigators' concerns about security and tech companies' desire for user privacy moved back into the public spotlight last week, as U.S. Attorney General William Barr took the rare step of publicly calling on Apple to unlock two iPhones used by a Saudi Air Force officer who shot dead three Americans at a Pensacola, Florida naval base last month.

U.S....

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05:57
Bloomberg reports that Apple Supplier Pegatron is...

In May 2019 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Due to Trade Tensions between U.S. and China, Pegatron to begin Production of MacBooks and iPads in Indonesia." A new report points to Apple supplier Pegatron adding production in Vietnam.

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05:49
Apple’s award season movie sale starts at $5 with...

It’s award season and Apple is back with its annual movie sales to celebrate. This time around, we’re focusing on iconic titles from the last 70 years across a wide range of genres. Deals start at $5 with each title becoming a permanent addition to your collection. Head below for all of our top picks and more.

more…

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05:35
Apple dropped plans to encrypt iCloud after the FBI...




Apple has reportedly abandoned plans to allow users to end-to-end encrypt iCloud, after getting negative feedback from the FBI.

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05:33
5G iPhones will help 2020 device growth, before...

The launch of 5G iPhones this year will help 2020 device growth, predicts Gartner, before the decline returns next year.

Gartner’s annual global device forecast aims to predict shipments for all sizes of computing devices, from smartwatches to PCs. The company says that this year will see a rare return to growth…

more…

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05:21
Disney+ expanding to Europe sooner than expected




The streaming service has pulled forward its launch date in most European countries, and also announced local pricing which is more expensive than its US fees.

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04:59
Apple supplier Pegatron looking for factory site in...




Apple assembly partner Pegatron is considering a diversification of its production facilities with a new operation in Vietnam, a plan that would help move some of its manufacturing outside of China and potentially mitigating any future issues over US-China trade tensions.

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04:59
Apple Reportedly Dropped Plans for End-to-End...

More than two years ago, Apple informed the FBI that it planned to roll out end-to-end encryption for iCloud backups, according to Reuters. Apple ultimately dropped the plan at some point after the FBI objected, although the report notes that it is unclear if the federal agency was a factor in the decision.

A former Apple employee told Reuters that the company did not want to risk scrutiny from public officials for potentially protecting criminals, or promote new legislation against encryption.

"They decided they weren't going to poke the bear anymore," the person said, after Apple's legal battle with the FBI in 2016 over access to an iPhone used in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

Apple has taken a...

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04:52
Apple vs Williams case will be ‘groundbreaking’...

The Apple vs Williams courtroom battle will be a groundbreaking case, whichever side wins. That’s the view of a prominent employment lawyer in California, who said the dispute between Apple and the engineer who lead its A-series chip development could hinge on some tricky details.

It all comes down to how far Gerard Williams III stretched the protection afforded by California law …

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04:41
Apple Won 39 Patents Today covering an Enhanced PPG...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 39 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an advancement made to the PPG system of Apple Watch that provides enhanced sensor signal collection and reflection so as to more accurately measure heart rate, oxygen saturation and more. Apple was also granted a patent for 3D Touch ...

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04:33
Apple reportedly abandoned plans to roll out end-to-...

According to a report from Reuters, Apple abandoned plans to release an end-to-end encrypted version of iCloud backups after facing complaints from the FBI who told Apple that it would hinder their investigations.

The report says that Apple was working on the feature more than two years ago, but it was cancelled after the FBI raised concerns. One employee said “legal killed it, for reasons you can imagine”.

more…

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04:29
'Mario Kart Tour' opening multiplayer test...




"Mario Kart Tour" is gearing up for a second beta test of its upcoming multiplayer mode, this time allowing everyone to join in on the fun.

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04:27
Apple hasn't abandoned Touch ID in flagship...




Apple is researching a version of Touch ID would use sensors behind an OLED screen rather than via a specific button -- and Apple includes a laptop in its examples of touchscreen devices.

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04:15
Schrödinger’s 5G: Apple is both late to and already...

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the non-binary gendered and the otherwise non-binary gendered, it’s time again for another episode of the new game show The Macalope just made up: Here’s What’s Hilarious!

If you’ve followed this column at all over the years… well, The Macalope would just like to formally apologize to you. It’s mostly a thinly-disguised series of butt jokes sold as somehow Apple-related. That’s what we here at Macalope Industries call “the special sauce”.

Not to be confused with the actual “special sauce” we put on the alfalfa burgers in the cafeteria. Which is really just Thousand Island dressing.

Sorry, chef Terry. Your secret is out.

To read this article in full, please click here

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04:09
Macworld speculates that Apple bought Xnor.ai to...

While Xnor.ai was best known for its ability to detect people in smart camera feeds, Macworld suggests that Apple’s main motivation for buying the company may have been to make Siri smarter.

The most obvious reason for Apple’s acquisition of Xnor.ai was to improve people detection in HomeKit Secure Video. But as we noted at the time, the company’s tech has broader applications …

more…

The post Macworld speculates that Apple bought Xnor.ai to...

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03:15
Apple Wins Patent for an OLED Display that can...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 39 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an Apple patent that describes a future OLED display being able to operate in two modes with one of them being in optical mode to be used as Touch ID under the display.

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03:15
How Apple’s Xnor.ai acquisition could bring the Siri...

Apple buys a lot of companies throughout the course of a year, with only a couple of them rising to the level of intriguing news. Last year’s purchase of Intel’s smartphone modem business certainly qualifies, as does the 2018 acquisition of Shazam, but for the most part, Apple scopes out companies that we’ve never heard of for reasons we’ll never know.

Its most recent acquisition might be different. The company, Xnor.ai, might not be one you’ve ever heard of, but they’re hardly unknown. Since last summer, the Seattle-based startup’s tech has been the brains behind the popular Wyze cam’s marquee feature: people detection. Simply put, it allowed the $20 camera to distinguish between faces, pets, and dust, and vastly improved its abilities, putting it a somewhat level playing field with the far-more-expensive Ring and Nest cams of the world.

...

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03:00
iOS 13.3.1 beta 2 adds toggle to disable U1 chip on...

If you’re concerned about your privacy and location tracking via your iPhone, this might help.

Twitter user Brandon Butch has noted that the second beta of iOS 13.3.1, released earlier this month, includes a toggle for disabling the Ultra Wideband chip in the device. 

The toggle can be found by opening the Settings app, tapping Privacy, tapping Location Services, selecting System Services, and then toggling off the “Networking & Wireless” option. 

Apple incorporated this toggle in the new beta after it was discovered that the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max handsets continued to track user location even after location services had been disabled.

The company stated that this was expected behavior given the Ultra Wideband chip found within the new iPhones and that this was operating as designed. The company stated that this met designed expectations given international regulatory requirements that mandate the U1 chip be disabled in...

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03:00
Kwikset Halo smart deadbolt review: Wi-Fi in,...

Kwikset’s smart lock gains in connectivity, but loses out in the looks department.

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02:51
Disney+ to Launch in Europe Ahead of Schedule on...

Disney+ is coming to Europe sooner than we thought. Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom will now get the streaming service on March 24, Disney revealed today.

Additional Western Europe markets, including Belgium, the Nordics, and Portugal, will follow in summer 2020, said the company in a press release. Disney+ is already available in the Netherlands, where it launched as a free pilot trial back in September.

The new launch date is a week earlier than was initially scheduled. In November, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the launch date for European markets would be March 31.

Pricing has also been confirmed at £5.99/€6.99 per month, or £59.99/€69.99 for an annual subscription. Disney+ will be available on Amazon Fire devices, LG and Samsung smart TVs, Roku'...

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02:40
Global cloud gaming market predicted to grow by $2.7...

The global cloud gaming market size is expected to grow by US$2.7 billion during the period 2020-2024, according to the latest market research report by Technavio (www.technavio.com).

The high cost of gaming consoles and the need for specific equipment such as physical copies of gaming software are helping to drive the cloud gaming market, notes the research group. Cloud gaming doesn’t require gamers to buy physical copies of games and eliminates the need for regular hardware updates to play the latest games. 

What’s more, cloud gaming services require lesser waiting time during loading or updating as compared to conventional gaming. In addition, gaming studios tend to offer subscriptions for cloud gaming which results in significant cost savings. Technavio says that this means that all the cost savings in terms of equipment, and quick onboarding advantages will drive the growth of global cloud gaming market during the forecast...

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02:40
Global cloud gaming market predicted to grow by $2.7...

The global cloud gaming market size is expected to grow by US$2.7 billion during the period 2020-2024, according to the latest market research report by Technavio (www.technavio.com).

The high cost of gaming consoles and the need for specific equipment such as physical copies of gaming software are helping to drive the cloud gaming market, notes the research group. Cloud gaming doesn’t require gamers to buy physical copies of games and eliminates the need for regular hardware updates to play the latest games. 

What’s more, cloud gaming services require lesser waiting time during loading or updating as compared to conventional gaming. In addition, gaming studios tend to offer subscriptions for cloud gaming which results in significant cost savings. Technavio says that this means that all the cost savings in terms of equipment, and quick onboarding advantages will drive the growth of global cloud gaming market during the forecast...

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02:40
Global cloud gaming market predicted to grow by $2.7...

The global cloud gaming market size is expected to grow by US$2.7 billion during the period 2020-2024, according to the latest market research report by Technavio (www.technavio.com).

The high cost of gaming consoles and the need for specific equipment such as physical copies of gaming software are helping to drive the cloud gaming market, notes the research group. Cloud gaming doesn’t require gamers to buy physical copies of games and eliminates the need for regular hardware updates to play the latest games. 

What’s more, cloud gaming services require lesser waiting time during loading or updating as compared to conventional gaming. In addition, gaming studios tend to offer subscriptions for cloud gaming which results in significant cost savings. Technavio says that this means that all the cost savings in terms of equipment, and quick onboarding advantages will drive the growth of global cloud gaming market during the forecast...

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02:40
Global cloud gaming market predicted to grow by $2.7...

The global cloud gaming market size is expected to grow by US$2.7 billion during the period 2020-2024, according to the latest market research report by Technavio (www.technavio.com).

The high cost of gaming consoles and the need for specific equipment such as physical copies of gaming software are helping to drive the cloud gaming market, notes the research group. Cloud gaming doesn’t require gamers to buy physical copies of games and eliminates the need for regular hardware updates to play the latest games. 

What’s more, cloud gaming services require lesser waiting time during loading or updating as compared to conventional gaming. In addition, gaming studios tend to offer subscriptions for cloud gaming which results in significant cost savings. Technavio says that this means that all the cost savings in terms of equipment, and quick onboarding advantages will drive the growth of global cloud gaming market during the forecast...

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02:18
Spotify 1.1.24.91. - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue.

The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.



Version 1.1.24.91:

  • Track limit raised to 10k albums
  • Annoying Preferences bug fixed forgetting your settings
  • Discover Weekly...
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02:06
Disney+ moves up release date of streaming service...

Disney today announced that the Disney+ (Disney Plus) streaming service will launch in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland earlier than initially announced.

more…

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00:40
Disney+ is coming to Europe a week sooner than...

If you live in Europe and you've been patiently waiting to (legally) get stuck into The Mandalorian, we have some good news. The launch date for the European launch of Disney+ has been brought forward by a week, the Walt Disney Company has confirmed,...

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00:01
How to use Apple Watch to discover songs

Because it’s a wearable, Apple Watch is naturally the best fit for a variety of use cases when you need access to a device quickly. Follow along for a few ways to use Apple Watch to discover songs.

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Monday January 20

23:17
Things 3.11.2 - Elegant personal task management.

Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent filter bar.

Features:

  • Collect Your Thoughts - Get things off your mind quickly: no matter what app you’re in, a keyboard shortcut instantly reveals Quick Entry. Type your thoughts and save them to the Inbox. Or just talk to Siri on any device ("Remind me to...") and import from Reminders.
  • Get Organized - Create a project for each of your goals, then add the steps to reach them. For clarity, add structure with headings. Then group your projects by areas of responsibility, such as "Family", "Work", or "Health". Review these regularly to stay on top of things.
  • Plan Your Time - See your calendar events alongside your to-dos and plan your time effectively. Create repeating to-dos for things you do every few days, weeks, or months -...
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22:30
Qualcomm's new mobile chipsets pack more...

2020 is the year 5G will start making a difference for people, but 4G LTE networks aren't going anywhere. If anything, they'll remain the de facto means of connection for much of the world for years, so it's little surprise to see Qualcomm rolling ou...

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21:03
Subaru plans to sell only electric cars by the...

By Ronan Glon

Nipping infinite rumors in the bud, Subaru confirmed the Outback, the Forester, the BRZ, the WRX STI, and every other car it makes will go electric or disappear by the middle of the 2030s. The Japanese automaker announced it plans to k...

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20:03
GDPR has led to $126 million in fines over data...

It's been a year and nearly eight months since the EU's data privacy law, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), came into force and 114 million euros ($126 million) in fines have been imposed so far, according to a new report.

The law firm...

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18:11
Google's Pixelbook Go is finally available in...

It took three months, but Google is finally offering its "Not Pink" version of the Pixelbook Go. The internet giant has started selling its more colorful Chromebook through its official store, Best Buy and other channels. It's functionally the same a...

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17:00
Rumor: 'iPhone 12' will look like a...




Rumblings out of Apple's East Asian supply chain this week offer fresh insight into this year's iPhone release cycle, with a report on Monday claiming the company's 2020 handsets will be similar in design to the iPhone 11 lineup albeit with a few sizing tweaks.

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16:35
While in Ireland to receive an Award on behalf of...

The first news out of Ireland today was Apple's CEO talking about the global corporate tax system needing to be overhauled. The main reason Apple's CEO was in Ireland to begin with was to receive a Special Recognition Award recognizing Apple's long standing contribution to FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in Ireland. In a Q&A session, Apple's CEO stated that Augmented Reality is the next great thing

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16:16
Apple working on preventative healthcare technology...




Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday said the company is investigating technology that could help identify health risks at an early stage, similar to heart monitoring features introduced with Apple Watch.

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16:15
Upgrading from an Apple Watch Series 2 to a Series 5

Back in September, Adam Engst moved from an Apple Watch Series 2 to an Apple Watch Series 5. After living with it for several months, he’s figured out which features make a difference and which are just marketing fluff.

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16:15
Upgrading from an Apple Watch Series 2 to a Series 5

Back in September, Adam Engst moved from an Apple Watch Series 2 to an Apple Watch Series 5. After living with it for several months, he’s figured out which features make a difference and which are just marketing fluff.

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16:10
Rumor: 6.7-inch iPhone 12 to be thinner than iPhone...

A new supply chain report from Macotakara today sheds new light on the sizing details of the 2020 iPhone lineup. The report also includes one notable caveat compared to what other reports have widely claimed we can expect from the iPhone 12 lineup in terms of design.

more…

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16:09
'Dying Light 2' is delayed indefinitely

Yet another Square Enix-published game is facing a delay, and this might not be a short wait. Techland has delayed its zombie title Dying Light 2 indefinitely to allow "more development time to fulfill our vision." It didn't say what led to the compa...

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16:01
'Little America' review: Apple's big...

If Apple really wanted its fledgling streaming service to nab more awards last year, it probably should have worked Little America into its launch lineup. This little "anthology" of eight unrelated half-hour episodes—each following immigrants from different countries—is the best thing we've seen from Apple TV+ to date. It's smart, both in content and how it handles casting. It's relevant, especially in an age when immigration dominates frightful headlines and lies at the heart of some of our country's worst contemporary sins. Little America has big things to say.

To read this article in full, please click here

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16:00
Rumored 6.7-Inch iPhone Said to Be Thinner, Have...

Apple is widely rumored to release four new iPhones in the fall, including one 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch model, and Japanese blog Mac Otakara has offered a few details surrounding these devices. The information is said to come from sources within Apple's supply chain in China.

The translated report is quite difficult to decipher, but here are some details that are being suggested:

  • 6.7-inch model will have a thickness around 7.4mm, which would be nearly 10% thinner than the iPhone 11 Pro Max at 8.1mm
  • All four new iPhone models will have OLED displays and Face ID
  • 5.4-inch model's height would be between the iPhone SE and iPhone 8, while at least one of the 6.1-inch iPhone models would have a height that falls between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro...
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15:46
Apple now sells the iPhone XS/Max officially...

Apple is now offering certified refurbished iPhone XS/Max models in various capacities from $699 shipped. Originally starting at $999 when released in September of 2018, this is the first time that Apple has offered them officially refurbished. If buying the latest-and-greatest iPhone doesn’t tickle your fancy, then why not grab last year’s model at a discount? The iPhone XS sports a 5.8-inch display while the XS Max offers a 6.7-inch behemoth. Both are Super Retina displays with OLED HDR panels. Plus, you’ll net FaceID, wireless charging capabilities, a waterproof design, dual cameras, and more. Apple refurbished products come with a full one-year warranty and all original accessories.

more…

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15:15
Tim Cook says AR is the ‘next big thing,’ teases...

As we highlighted earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Ireland this week to receive an award in recognition of Apple’s 40-year history in the country. After being recognized by IDA Ireland today, Cook sat down with IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan for a brief conversation.

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15:12
Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iPhone XS and...

Apple today began selling certified refurbished iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models for the first time since the devices were released in September 2018.

At the time of writing, the refurbished models are available in Space Gray, Silver, or Gold with 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage through Apple's online store in the United States. All of the models are unlocked, aka SIM-free.

Refurbished models available:

  • iPhone XS - 64GB: $699, down from $999 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS - 256GB: $829, down from $1,149 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS - 512GB: $999, down from $1,349 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS Max - 64GB: $799, down from $1,099 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS Max - 256GB: $929, down from $1,249 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS Max - 512GB: $1,099, down from $1,449 in September 2018

Apple says all refurbished...

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15:12
Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iPhone XS and...

Apple today began selling certified refurbished iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models for the first time since the devices were released in September 2018.

At the time of writing, the refurbished models are available in Space Gray, Silver, or Gold with 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage through Apple's online store in the United States. All of the models are unlocked, aka SIM-free.

Refurbished models available:

  • iPhone XS - 64GB: $699, down from $999 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS - 256GB: $829, down from $1,149 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS - 512GB: $999, down from $1,349 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS Max - 64GB: $799, down from $1,099 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS Max - 256GB: $929, down from $1,249 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS Max - 512GB: $1,099, down from $1,449 in September 2018

Apple says all refurbished...

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15:08
TMO Contributor Kelly Guimont (#9) – TMO Background...

Kelly Guimont is a long-time podcaster, Contributing Editor for The Mac Observer, the host of the Mac Observer’s Daily Observations podcast, and a tech support guru.

In her 9th appearance, Kelly and I chat about our favorite TV shows and movies of late. We open in segment #1 with a shared favorite: The Mandalorian (Disney+). In segment #2: Kelly: Dr. Who (BBC), The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Disney+). John: Star Trek: Discovery (S2) (CBS), Virgin River (Netflix) and Downton Abbey – the movie (iTunes). Also: some honorable mentions. Join us as we explore together what’s great about these shows.


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15:04
∞ Audible has all Neil Peart’s books available at no...

Check out all seven of Peart’s Audible books here.

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15:03
[Sponsor] SQLPro Studio -- Database Client for macOS...

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Save 20% on any SQLPro Studio web store purchase using the promo code GRUBER, or download a free trial on the iOS App Store.

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14:07
Tesla says unintended acceleration claims are '...

Tesla just rejected any notion that its cars are prone to unintended acceleration. In a blog post, the EV maker claimed that a petition describing unexpected acceleration was "completely false" and the product of a "Tesla short-seller" hoping to mak...

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13:37
Mac: How to fix and restart the Touch Bar when it...

The Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro offers a variety of shortcuts according to each application, but sometimes it doesn’t work as expected. Users may eventually experience unexpected behaviors with it such as freezes or specific buttons not responding.

If this has happened to you, be aware that you can fix it without having to restart your Mac, so follow along for how to fix the Touch Bar when it stops working.

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13:18
CIRP: iPhone 11 dominated US iPhone sales this...




Apple's iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max were the most popular models sold in the United States in the holiday quarter, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, with research also indicating the 2019 launches sold in higher proportions than the 2018 models in their launch quarter.

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12:05
What we're listening to: Big|Brave and Beloved

In this installment of our audio IRL, managing editor Terrence O'Brien sings... er, types the praises of a band and a genre that isn't for everyone. Senior news editor Billy Steele gets nostalgic for his glory days as one of his favorite bands is bac...

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11:00
∞ Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech

Most people don’t realize that the title of the speech wasn’t in the original prepared text. It wasn’t until the famed Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson yelled out, “Tell ’em about the dream, Martin!” that the Reverend went off script and adlibbed much of the rest of the speech.

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10:46
Quicken 2019 5.14

Adds the QuickFill feature to improve auto-categorization of downloaded and manually entered transactions. ($34.99/$49.99/$74.99 annual subscription, free update)

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10:38
Game Picks, News Roundup – TMO Daily Observations...

Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss their new favorite games, listener mail, and some recent news stories.


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10:27
Jennifer Aniston lands Apple TV Plus its first major...

Interesting first-time individual win for Aniston. She was up against a strong field in Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Colman for The Crown, Jodie Comer in Killing Eve, and Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale.

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10:23
Here’s our first look at Apple’s brand new rack-...

Apple made the rack-mountable version of the Mac Pro available last week, and now the first orders are arriving to customers. As expected, the folks at MacStadium are planning to host the new Mac Pro in their data centers, and they’ve gotten their hands on the new rack-mountable machine today.

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10:16
Apple’s Cook says global corporate tax system must...

Cook’s not wrong but trying to overhaul the entire global system may be a task worth of Sisyphus.

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10:03
Save $65 on an 8TB Western Digital Elements external...

If you're looking for an affordable way to store your files locally, Amazon is currently selling the 8TB Western Digital Elements external drive for $115, down from $180. That's the lowest price Amazon has offered this particular model for, according...

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09:51
Apple Launching New Internal Activity Challenge for...

Starting in February, Apple is hosting its annual company wide fitness challenge for all of its employees, tasking them with closing all three Apple Watch Activity rings every day of the month.

Employees who successfully finish the challenge will be rewarded with a t-shirt that says "2020" in a logo with ‌Apple Watch‌ Activity-style rings, as shared by an Apple employee.

The employees who complete the challenge every day will earn a "gold" ranking and will receive a gold pin along with their t-shirt, and there are also silver and bronze rewards accompanied by silver and bronze pins.

Apple in 2018 and 2019 hosted similar challenges offering employees Activity-themed ‌Apple Watch‌ bands as prizes.

Apple's February...

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09:35
Review: Nomad Base Station Stand elevates wireless...




Nomad has made a name for itself by designing unique accessories for mobile users that strive to be above and beyond the generic. The new Base Station Stand lives up to that ideal in many ways.

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09:30
Tim Cook Calls For Reform of Corporate Tax on Visit...

Tim Cook received an award celebrating Apple’s 40 years of investment in the country and called for global corporate tax reform.


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09:28
GAMECASE: 416-in-1 Gaming Console + Power Bank is...

iLounge has a special deal on the GAMECASE: 416-in-1 Gaming Console + Power Bank, which allows you to enjoy retro console games and conveniently charge your iPhone at the same time.

Forget the plain old power bank that you lug around all day- more features mean that power bank can do more than charge your devices. Enter the GAMECASE retro console + power bank, which extends your playtime to new heights.

GAMECASE: 416-in-1 Gaming Console + Power Bank

The 8,000 mAh supply should be more than enough to charge up your iPhone and iPad fully with juice to spare. On the front is a 2.8-inch color display and game buttons so you can play 416 blast-from-the-past titles, complete with sounds. The GAMECASE features two USB ports for charging all your devices, including your iPhone, iPad and more. Silicone bumpers and durable material keep dust, bumps, and shocks away.

The GAMECASE: 416-in-1 Gaming Console + Power Bank normally costs $299, while we at iLounge are...

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09:23
The 21 inch iMac is now only $950

If you’re not too particular on getting the latest and greatest, you can settle for the previous generation iMac with respectable specs. Today, the iMac 21 inch model with 8GB memory and 1TB of storage is down to just $950 from its original price of $1,099 on Amazon.

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