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Friday March 15

Phil Schiller joins the Accidental Tech Podcast to...

The latest episode of the Accidental Tech Podcast, released earlier today, includes an hour-long interview with Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller. He joins the show to talk about the recently announced 2019 edition of WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, which takes place in San Jose from June 3 through June 7.


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Overwatch League teams will play in their home...

The Overwatch League is going on the road next season, as all teams will be playing in their home cities, according to commissioner Nate Nanzer. Last year's inaugural season took place entirely at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, save for the final...

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Reddit bans gore-, death-focused channels following...

Following other social networks, Reddit has also faced people trying to reshare video of a terrorist attack on a mosque in New Zealand. Now two notorious subreddits, r/watchpeopledie and r/Gore have been banned for hosting links to it. Washington Pos...

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'The Sims 4' will stop supporting 32-bit...

We hope you weren't determined to run The Sims 4 on the same PC you had when it came out in 2014. The developers have warned that the life simulator will end support for 32-bit operating systems and non-Metal Macs in June 2019. Simply put, it's abo...

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On Spotify’s Complaints About the App Store

From Spotify’s 5-point “Time to Play Fair” complaint against Apple:

Apple requires that certain apps pay a 30% fee for use of their
in-app purchase system (IAP) — as is their prerogative. However,
the reality is that the rules are not applied evenly across the
board. Does Uber pay it? No. Deliveroo? No. Does Apple Music pay
it? No. So Apple gives the advantage to its own services.

I think Spotify (along with any other company selling digital content or subscriptions) has a case. But they’re being disingenuous comparing themselves to Uber and Deliveroo. If it’s a physical product or service, there’s never been a requirement to use Apple’s IAP. Amazon’s app sells physical goods without paying a penny to Apple, but they don’t sell e-books or music or movies because those purchases would be subject to Apple’s “use our IAP and pay us 30 percent” rule.

Apple hasn’t singled out Spotify. They’ve...

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Highly suspect benchmarks stoke rumors of Apple-...

An unsubstantiated, and highly suspect, "leak" on Friday claims to reveal benchmarks from a pair of desktop-class ARM processors supposedly designed by Apple, offering what could be the first look at A-series silicon destined for Mac.

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Augmented Reality, Practical Robots, and Modern...

Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit don their futurist caps and look for the killer app in Augmented Reality. Spoiler: they have different ideas on what form it might take. They also explore the near-term future of practical robots, starting with today’s vacuumbots. They cap the show looking at the slow pace of progress when it comes to modern cabling. Let’s get that Cat 8 and 40 GB/s throughput!

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Maxwell claims Apple violated 10 of its patents

Another day, another lawsuit. Maxwell, which makes various electronics products, is suing Apple for … what else? …. patent infringement.

The former claims the latter violated 10 patents, some related to walking navigation, some to unlocking one device with another, and some to cellphone technology. Alleged violating hardware products include various iPhones, iPads, and Macs, while offending software is listed as FaceTime, iTunes video, Apple Maps, and AirDrop. Maxell wants a jury trial, compensatory damages, and both preliminary and permanent injunctions.

In the lawsuit, Maxell has this to say: Since at least June 2013, Apple has been aware of Maxell’s patents and has had numerous meetings and interactions regarding its infringement of these patents. These meetings included Apple’s representatives being provided with detailed information regarding Maxell’s patents,...

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Jury says Apple owes Qualcomm $31 million for patent...

Well, I didn’t see this coming, but a California federal jury on Friday found that Apple owes Qualcomm roughly $31 million for infringing several patents relating to smartphone processor/ This is legal battle that’s been going on for around two years.

The $31 million figure is based on estimates of iPhone sales between July 2017 and last fall, and a fee of $1.40 per infringing device. The jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California has found that Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X infringe two Qualcomm patents, U.S. Patent No. 8,838,949, and U.S. Patent No. 9,535,490, and Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X infringe Qualcomm's U.S. Patent No. 8,633,936. The three infringed patents cover technologies invented by Qualcomm in San Diego.

In response to the judgement, an Apple spokesperson told AppleInsider...

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LG reveals pricing, availability of LG OLEDs with...

LG Electronics USA has announced that the first of its 2019 LG OLED TVs with AI ThinQ, will debut in April with the arrival of the 65-inch E9 (pictured) and C9 models at LG-authorized dealers nationwide. They cost $4,299 and $6,999, respectively.

Additional models and screen sizes will follow in May and June with other LG OLED models announced later in the year. The 2019 LG OLED TV lineup features screen sizes ranging from 55 to 77-inch class options consisting of the W9 series (models 77/65W9), E9 (models 65/55E9) and C9 (models 77/65/55C9). Pricing for these range from $2,499 to $12,999.

All will support Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit for streaming of video and audio content and connectivity to Apple's smart home products through a firmware update coming later this year. Using AirPlay 2, you can instantly send sound from any AirPlay-compatible app to an AirPlay-compatible speaker/device. HomeKit is a framework that...

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Twitter tests conversation 'subscriptions'

Twitter is testing yet another new feature: a "subscribe to conversation" button that would let users follow a thread without liking or replying to it. Twitter user and software engineer Jane Manchun Wong (who's known for finding this kind of thing)...

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Apple Dealt Legal Blow as Jury Awards Qualcomm $31...

Apple violated three Qualcomm patents and should pay the chipmaker $31 million for infringing on its technology, a jury decided Thursday, giving Qualcomm momentum as it heads into another legal skirmish with the iPhone maker next month. From a report: Qualcomm, which filed the suit in July 2017, alleged Apple had used its technology without permission in some versions of its popular iPhone. The jury awarded Qualcomm the full amount it requested at the start of the two-week trial, which was held in San Diego. One disputed Qualcomm patent covers technology that lets a smartphone quickly connect to the internet once the device is turned on. Another deals with graphics processing and battery life. The third addresses technology that shifts traffic between a phone's apps processor and modem. The $31 million in damages -- or $1.41 per infringing iPhone -- is a drop in the bucket for Apple, a company that briefly became a $1 trillion company last year. But it marks an important victory...

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Maxell sues Apple over navigation, camera & data...

Long-time magnetic storage and electronics maker Maxell on Friday launched a lawsuit against Apple, accusing it of violating 10 U.S. patents, some of them inherited from Hitachi.

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Samsung's More Affordable Galaxy S10e Compared...

In the 2018 iPhone lineup, Apple introduced the iPhone XR, an iPhone that shares many of the same hardware advancements added in the XS and XS Max, but at a more affordable $749 price tag.

Samsung followed in Apple's footsteps with its own 2019 Galaxy smartphone lineup, introducing the Galaxy S10e alongside the S10 and S10+ with a smaller screen size and a cheaper $749 price point that's meant to compete with Apple's iPhone XR. In our latest YouTube video, we compare Samsung's affordable smartphone option to Apple's.

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Samsung's Galaxy S10e features a 5.8-inch 2280 x 1080 OLED display, while Apple's iPhone XR uses a 6.1-inch 1792 x 828 LCD display that Apple calls "Liquid Retina" because it's the company's best LCD to date. Samsung's OLED display is bright,...

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Beto O'Rourke was a member of hacking group...

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke was a member of the influential US-based hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC), according to a report from Reuters. The former three-term congressman from Texas confirmed his involvement in the group...

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FCC wants to help identify the floor a 911 call is...

The Federal Communications Commission issued a new proposal today designed to help first responders better locate 911 callers. The proposed rules would require cellular providers to provide more detailed locations of callers, including a vertical loc...

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Why Apple May Have Delayed the New iMac

If traditional iMac shipment schedules held, Apple would have shipped a 2018 iMac with Coffee Lake CPUs. It hasn’t happened. John ponders why.

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Apple Watch Report: Why Series 4 Works for Me

Dr Mac has had an Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular ($499) since late last year, and he says everything he ever said about the original Apple Watch is still true.

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Jury decides Apple violated three Qualcomm patents...

Following a two-week trial, a jury has determined that Apple violated three Qualcomm patents in some iPhones. The jury awarded Qualcomm $31 million, the full amount it was seeking, though Apple had won a ruling to limit the potential payout.

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Qualcomm wins $31M verdict in patent infringement...

Apple has infringed on three technology patents owned by Qualcomm in some iPhone models, a jury at a San Diego trial decided on Friday at the end of a two-week trial, with the chip producer due to be paid all $31 million that it had requested in damages.

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The Mixvibes DJ Software Bundle: $49

We have a deal on the Mixvibes DJ Software Bundle. This package includes three apps for Mac (and Windows) aimed at DJs: Cross DJ, Remixvideo, and Remixlive. Together, they can help DJs mix music, mix videos, and create beats and loops. This bundle is $49 through us.

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∞ The Dalrymple Report: WWDC19 and an Apple event...

It was a big week for Apple. First they announced an event for March 25 where they are widely expected to announce a video and news service. Then they officially announced the dates for WWDC19. Lots to discuss this week!

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Charlotte’s New Mac, Apple Strikes Back at Spotify...

Host Kelly Guimont chats with Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin about Charlotte’s new Mac, and Apple’s statement regarding Spotify’s claims.

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DC Universe will let you try its exclusive shows for...

Streaming services don't usually give out free episodes or allow users to access their lineup without signing up for a trial period anymore. Now, DC Universe is moving away from those practices, perhaps in an effort to give fence-sitting fans and ske...

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LG announces pricing and availability of its 2019...

The company’s 55- and 65-inch E9 and C9 models will arrive in April, with additional models to follow in May and June.

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Apple Hits Back at Spotify as War of Words Escalates

Apple has hit back at Spotify, following regulatory action and public complaints against it from the music streaming service.

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Rollup of takes on Apple’s response to Spotify

Michael Tsai, gathering responses to Apple’s Spotify post. A lot of excellent points. Certainly great food for thought.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Jury finds Apple guilty of infringing on Qualcomm...

Apple’s latest legal fight with Qualcomm started last week and a jury verdict today spells disappointing news for Apple. The jury for the suit voted that Apple infringed on all three of the patents that Qualcomm based the case on as it seeks $31 million in damages.


The post Jury finds Apple guilty of infringing on Qualcomm patents in latest lawsuit worth $31M appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Review: Galaxy Buds easily beat Apple's AirPods...

Samsung's Galaxy Buds are very late to the race, but they arrived in style. Boasting a plethora of features AirPods users have been asking for, these truly wireless earbuds don't disappoint for the money.

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Vehicular battle royale 'Notmycar' hits...

If you're fed up of dying too quickly after dropping into a Fortnite or Apex Legends match, another battle royale game with a fresh twist is on the way -- one in which you might be able to get out of dodge fast when a massive firefight goes down. The...

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Jury Rules in Favor of Qualcomm, Says Apple...

Apple and Qualcomm this week wrapped up a patent trial where Apple was accused of infringing on three of Qualcomm's patents, and the verdict from the jury is in -- Apple violated Qualcomm's patents in its iPhones.

According to CNET, the jury today sided with Qualcomm and said that Apple needs to pay Qualcomm upwards of $31 million, which is the total that Qualcomm had asked for in damages.

The patents in question cover a method for allowing a smartphone to quickly connect to the internet once turned on, graphics processing and battery life, and a method for allowing apps to download data more easily by directing traffic between the processor and modem.

During the trial, Apple argued...

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Fan uses AI to remaster 'Star Trek: Deep Space...

Unfortunately, you're highly unlikely to see an official remaster of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Its special effects were shot on video rather than added to film, making an already daunting remastering process that much more difficult -- and since i...

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Weekend Apple deals: $249 iPads, $429 iPad Pros, up...

St. Patrick's Day deals are here are all weekend, with cash savings and flash offers on iPhones, iPads, Macs and more. Save up to $700 instantly, with free expedited shipping on many devices.

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Apple continues UK 'There's more to iPhone...

Apple is continuing its "There's more to iPhone" campaign in the United Kingdom, by publishing three new videos to its regional YouTube account highlighting the usefulness of iOS 12 software updates, Face ID, and the iPhone maker's recycling schemes.

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Nielsen to start sharing Hulu & Prime Video...

Nielsen will reportedly begin sharing viewership data for Hulu and Amazon Prime Video later this year, which could put pressure on Apple to allow the same with its new video service.

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Traeger makes built-in WiFi a standard grill feature

In 2017, Traeger added WiFi connectivity to its line of wood pellet grills with the Timberline series. While being able to control and monitor your grill remotely is more handy than you might think, the privilege was limited to two models with a star...

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Hands on: JLab's Epic Air Elite fully wireless...

Adding to competition for Apple's AirPods, JLab is out with a new pair of fully wireless earbuds, the sport-focused Epic Air Elite. We're putting them through the ringer.

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A 19-year-old WinRAR bug is being used to install...

Last month, a 19-year-old bug was discovered in WinRAR, a software used to extract .zip and other file archives on your Windows PC. The company was quick to patch the bug, but users who haven't updated to version 5.70 are still vulnerable. Now, oppor...

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CorelDRAW Comes Back to the Mac

After an 18-year absence, the CorelDRAW vector graphics editor returns to macOS in a graphics suite that also includes a photo editor and font manager, as well as a cloud-based app for on-the-go design work. Further showing its renewed interest in the Mac, Corel has also acquired virtualization company Parallels.

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Postbox 6.1.12 - Powerful and flexible email client.

Postbox is a new email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done. It has all the elegance and simplicity of Apple Mail, but with more power and flexibility to manage even the most demanding workloads.


  • Ultra-Fast Search - Instantly find messages, attachments, images, links, and contacts.
  • Conversation Views - Make sense of email threads through chronological message views.
  • Better Organization - Tabs, Topics, and To-Dos help you stay organized with less effort.
  • Works Great with OS X - Postbox integrates with the Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Spotlight, and Quick Look. Postbox even works with OmniFocus and Things!
  • Quick and Easy Setup - Postbox will automatically determine your connection settings for you!

Postbox is available in English, German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Swedish.

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Apple Will Offer its Content For Free and is...

Apple will make its original content on its forthcoming digital video service available for free, and is aiming to win Oscars and Emmys.

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LG OLED smart TVs with HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support...

LG will be releasing its first OLED smart TVs with HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support in April, the South Korean electronics producer has confirmed, with the range able to connect to other devices and audio hardware that take advantage of Apple's smart home platform.

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Turtle Beach buys Roccat to create a gaming...

Competition in the gaming gear space might just heat up -- Turtle Beach, best known for its gaming headsets, is buying game accessory maker Roccat for $14.8 million. The company isn't shy about its plans. it's snapping up Roccat to add keyboards, mic...

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Apple Resoundingly Leads the Wireless '...

A new analytical report published today clearly states that Apple held close to 75% of the 2018 wireless earbuds market which they refer to as the "hearables" market. In 2018, 46 million hearble devices were sold with Apple selling 35 million of them. Counterpoint is forecasting that the market will sharply rise to 129 million units by 2020.

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WWDC 2019 Scheduled for June 3rd through 7th

Apple’s 30th Worldwide Developer Conference is coming up in a few months, and Apple developers can now apply for tickets.

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Beto O’Rourke and the Cult of the Dead Cow

Beto O’Rourke is a Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential race. In a recent interview he revealed he was part of the Cult of the Dead Cow, the oldest hacking group in the U.S.

The hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, is notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft’s Windows. It’s also known for inventing the word “hacktivism” to describe human-rights-driven security work.

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LG releasing first 2019 OLED TVs gaining HomeKit and...

LG is out today with details on its 2019 TV lineup that will eventually offer users built-in AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integration. Pricing and size info has been revealed with the most affordable 55-inch model starting at $2,499 launching next month.


The post LG releasing first 2019 OLED TVs gaining HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support next month appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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∞ Rene Ritchie: Why Spotify is suing Apple — Kinda...

[VIDEO] This is a great backgrounder on the whole Spotify vs Apple situation. The video is embedded in the main Loop post.

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Watch 2019 March Madness on Apple Devices

Roger Fingas put together a brief guide to watching the 2019 March Madness tournament on your Apple devices.

For college basketball fans, the NCAA’s March Madness tournament is nigh — 2019’s games run March 19 through Apr. 8. Here’s how to follow along on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV if you’re not watching on cable or satellite.

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Apple Responds to Spotify

Apple has published a response to Spotify’s Time to Play Fair site and complaint to the European Commission, but the response has drawn criticism from Apple developers and commentators.

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DARPA Builds Open Source Voting System

DARPA is building a US$10 million open source voting system to ensure elections can’t be manipulated.

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First LG TVs That Will Support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit...

LG today announced that its first 2019 OLED TVs with AI ThinQ will be debuting in April. These models, like other TVs in the 2019 lineup, will support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit later this year.

The 65-inch E9 and C9 models will be the first to launch, with additional models and screen sizes coming in May or June. Other LG OLED models will be announced later in the year.

LG's 2019 lineup, first revealed at CES, will be available in screen sizes ranging from 55 inches to 77 inches.

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Snapchat Gaming Platform to Launch Next Month

Reports suggest that a Snapchat gaming platform will launch next month, which is currently codenamed Project Cognac.

The new games initiative will be unveiled at Snap’s first-ever summit for content and developer partners in Los Angeles on April 4, the person said, adding that video initiatives like more original shows will also be announced. An invitation to the event that was seen by Cheddar includes the tagline, “Less talk. More play.” — a nod to the gaming platform.

Everyone seems to be trying to conquer gaming now. Facebook, Apple, Google, and now Snap.


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VW and its former CEO charged with defrauding...

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it is charging Volkswagen and its former CEO Martin Winterkorn for defrauding US investors during the company's "Dieselgate" scandal. The agency accused the company and its top executive...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 10.5-inch Refurb iPad Pro...

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.


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Robot valets are parking cars at an airport in France

After a few years of testing its robot valets, Stanley Robotics will officially put its fleet to use at France's Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport this week. If you plan to park in the robot-lot anytime soon, you'll leave your car in a special garage...

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How to watch 2019's March Madness on your Apple...

For college basketball fans, the NCAA's March Madness tournament is nigh -- 2019's games run March 19 through Apr. 8. Here's how to follow along on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV if you're not watching on cable or satellite.

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Japanese Copyright Amendments Halted Over Internet...

Certain Japanese copyright amendments that would criminalize every instance of copyright infringement have been halted.

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Apple sounds off on Spotify's antitrust claims...

Spotify’s war on Apple just reached a fevered pitch. After a PR blitz that attacked Apple’s App Store ‘tax’ and ‘unfair advantage’ in the music streaming marketplace, Apple has responded with a lengthy statement simply titled, ”Addressing Spotify’s claims.”

Unlike Steve Jobs’s famous “Thoughts on Music,” which was written in response to Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management system, this statement isn’t signed by Tim Cook or Eddie Cue or any other Apple executive. Despite the use of the editorial “we” throughout, it very much reads like a legal-approved PR statement, carefully picking apart each of Spotify’s claims with a series...

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Qualcomm Owes Apple $1 Billion Rebate Payment

A federal judge recently ruled that Qualcomm owes Apple almost US$1B in patent royalty rebate payments.

Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Thursday ruled that Qualcomm, the world’s biggest supplier of mobile phone chips, was obligated to pay nearly $1 billion in rebate payments to Apple, which for years used Qualcomm’s modem chips to connect iPhones to wireless data networks.

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Ajit Pai Calls Renewed Net Neutrality Efforts a...

In a visit to New Jersey, FCC chairman Ajit Pai called Democrats’ net neutrality efforts a “political strategy.”

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Apple's Fourth Head Mounted Display Device...

This has certainly been a very business month for Apple HMD patent applications being published by the U.S. Patent Office. On March 7th Patently Apple was first to report on Apple's HMD with a "Motorized Adjustable Headband System" in addition to a second patent filing covering a "Thermal Regulation System." On March 9th Patently Apple discovered yet another HMD patent filing in Europe by Apple covering a system designed to assist the user avoid "Eye Dazzle." Now in Apple's fourth HMD invention revealed this month we see Apple's engineering team focus on delivering a superior face seal system for comfort and ..

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Microsoft is testing Skype group calls for up to 50...

Skype conference calls could be about to get a whole lot busier. Microsoft is planning to bump up the maximum number of group call participants from 25 to 50 (18 more than can fit into a Group FaceTime call). The audio and video buttons will be enabl...

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9to5Mac Daily: March 15, 2019

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.



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Review: AirPulse A100 Bluetooth speakers put Hi-Fi...

After listening to sub-par audio, it is time to upgrade your speakers. The AirPulse A100 powered speakers are a beautiful and wonderful sounding option.

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Facebook announces AI system to detect revenge porn...

Facebook first started trialling a system to combat revenge porn late last year, but it had one rather scary aspect: you had to upload your own nudes so the platform knew which images it should block. The social network has today announced a new AI-based detection system …


The post Facebook announces AI system to detect revenge porn, says accounts posting it will be deleted appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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The best Qi wireless charging power banks

By Nick Guy

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

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∞ Watch Samsung’s brand new Galaxy S10 face unlock...

[VIDEO] Lewis Hilsenteger, of Unbox Therapy, holds a video of himself up to the Galaxy S10. The video unlocks the phone.

I immediate thought of this scenario:

  • Bad actor takes video of victim’s face
  • Bad actor steals victim’s Galaxy S10
  • Bad actor unlocks the Galaxy S10

I can think of many more, but what’s the point of face unlock if it is so easily defeated?

The video is embedded in the main Loop post. Jump to about 2 minutes in to see this for yourself. Oh Samsung.

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Garmin Express - Manage your Garmin devices.

Garmin Express is your essential tool for managing your Garmin devices. Update maps, golf courses and device software. You can even register your device.

  • Update maps
  • Update software
  • Register your device
  • Back up, restore, and transfer favorites
  • Install free voices and vehicles
  • Download product manuals


  • For devices that support SD cards, have been added a second storage meter to the Tools & Content page. This will display the used and remaining free space of an SD card that’s inserted into the device
  • Map updates should no longer fail for Australia/New Zealand devices with the TopoActive AU/NZ map
  • Other minor bug fixes and improvements

  • OS X 10.11 or newer
  • 1440 x 900 display, USB port and 1 GB RAM
  • High speed Internet access (Not for use with dial-up, mobile or satellite...

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Google's iOS keyboard can translate text into...

If you use Google's iOS keyboard Gboard, you can now translate to and from all languages supported by Google Translate -- that's currently 103. This means you can effectively type and translate in any supported language, in any app on your iPhone. Th...

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Apple forms team to pursue Emmys, Oscars, other...


Apple is forming a team of people with awards strategy experience. In January, it hired one such person from Walt Disney Co.’s television group. The iPhone maker is also seeking a high-level candidate to oversee the process, one of the people familiar with the situation said. The company could be in the running for Emmy awards as early as 2020, according to people familiar with the process.


Awards strategists arrange screenings and other publicity events for Hollywood insiders and others who vote on which movies and TV shows win awards. These promoters must work within strict guidelines while ensuring voters see the movies and even spend time with the actors and filmmakers.

No surprise there. But interesting to see how all this works. I am very excited to see Apple’s video efforts take form.


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Google is fixing fullscreen Chrome on Mac to be more...

On most desktop platforms, when you put Chrome into fullscreen, you can access your tabs and the omnibox by moving your mouse to the top of the screen. Unfortunately, since last July, this simple gesture has not worked on Mac, but Google is finally getting around to fixing Chrome’s fullscreen mode.


The post Google is fixing fullscreen Chrome on Mac to be more ‘immersive’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Samsung's Notebook 9 goes on sale March 17th

Samsung has revealed its Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 Pro will go on sale this Sunday, March 17th. The 2-in-1 Pen, as the name suggests, comes with an S Pen and has an aluminum body that's just under 1.5 centimeters thick on the 13.3" model. There a...

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Third-party Snapchat games will be announced next...

It’s long been rumored that Snap was working on a gaming platform, and a report today says that the company will announce third-party Snapchat games next month.

Games are expected to run inside the Snapchat app, and the company will reportedly show off examples from several developers …


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Apple Says Spotify Wants 'the Benefits of a...

Apple has responded to Spotify's European Commission (EC) complaint. In a press release, the company said that Spotify "seeks to keep all the benefits of the App Store ecosystem ... without making any contributions to that marketplace." It added that the App Store has generated $120 billion for developers while offering users a secure platform, and that Spotify is seeking to side to sidestep the rules that every other app follows. From a report: "Spotify has every right to determine their own business model, but we feel an obligation to respond when Spotify wraps its financial motivations in misleading rhetoric about who we are," the company wrote. Spotify's main argument was that Apple's own music service, Apple Music, isn't subject to the same restrictions of its own app. "[A]pps should be able to compete fairly on the merits, and not based on who owns the App Store," wrote CEO Daniel Ek. "We should all be subject to the same fair set of rules and restrictions -- including Apple...

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∞ Apple’s well-timed, charming, privacy ad

[VIDEO] This is a charming ad. But it’s also a serious ad. Apple does a nice job of presenting the message with a spoonful of sugar.

From the writeup:

Your privacy matters. From encrypting your iMessage conversations, or not keeping a history of your routes in Maps, to limiting tracking across sites with Safari. iPhone is designed to protect your information.

I tweeted about Apple’s map route scrambling a few days ago.

The add is embedded in the main Loop post. For some odd reason, reminds me (just a tiny bit) of Apple’s “Unlock” Face ID ad, showing a student unlocking everything in her path.

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Apple sold 35 million AirPods in 2018, currently...

Apple sold around 35 million AirPods during 2018, Counterpoint Research estimated on Friday, adding that the company represents the most popular "hearable" brand in the U.S. at the moment.

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Snapchat may launch its own gaming service next month

Snap will launch a gaming platform for its social media app next month, according to Cheddar. The service (codenamed "Project Cognac") has been rumored for awhile, and will reportedly feature externally developed games that will work inside the Snapc...

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Ikea-Sonos speakers to be revealed next month, go on...

Ikea started teasing some kind of collaboration with Sonos back in 2017, before showing off prototypes of a budget speaker range last summer. The company has now revealed that we’ll get to see actual Ikea-Sonos speakers in April.

Setting out to also make high-quality sound available for everyone, Ikea and Sonos will present the first products in the Symfonisk range – in the Feel Home exhibition in Milan …


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From Animoji to TestFlight: Apple's four WWDC...

There isn't just one announcement image of the dates for WWDC 2019, there are four. AppleInsider examines what apps make the cut for all four images -- and whether they're a clue to what this year's gathering will focus on.

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Facebook and YouTube Remove Footage of New Zealand...

Both Facebook and YouTube moved to delete footage of the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, that resulted in the deaths of 49 Muslim worshipers in 2 mosques on Friday. Parts of the attack were live-streamed over the two platforms. CNET reported that Facebook had removed unverified footage and praise for the shooting. YouTube made a similar commitment in a tweet from its official twitter account.

Facebook told CNET it had removed the unverified footage and was also pulling down “praise or support” posts for the shootings. “New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we removed both the shooter’s Facebook account and the video,” said Mia Garlick, a Facebook representative in New Zealand. “We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware. We will continue working directly with New Zealand Police as their response and investigation continues....

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Facebook is relying on AI to tackle revenge porn

Facebook is introducing new revenge porn detection tools that use AI to track down intimate images shared without the subject's consent. It claims machine learning can help it to detect near nude images and videos before a user reports them. A huma...

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EA debuts eSports studio with Madden NFL 19 Challenge

EA is moving deeper into competitive gaming territory by opening an eSports broadcast studio. There are two main studios: the competitive area and a player lounge. The former includes 360-degree sets, spectator cameras and media and audience seating....

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Google Translate support added to iOS Gboard two...

Google has updated Gboard, its third-party keyboard for iOS, adding the ability to take advantage of Google Translate to write text in another language directly from the keyboard itself, without requiring users to access the separate Google Translate app or the website version.

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AirPods the ‘most preferred’ brand for true wireless...

A large-scale consumer study found that AirPods were the most preferred brand in the US true wireless headphone market – but are not being chosen on the basis of sound quality.

The study also shows that Sony and Samsung are not lagging far behind Apple in consumer preferences …


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Batfree Power Strap for the Apple Watch launches on...

The Batfree Power Strap has launched on Kickstarter. It’s described as a “power strap” for the Apple Watch that provides up to 27 hours of extended battery life and wireless charging.

It uses an on-board Li-polymer rechargeable battery hidden within a silicone sport strap. The 600mAh battery incorporates wireless charging that can be enabled anytime the watch battery gets low. The strap leaves the crown of the Apple Watch accessible and allows full functionality of the watch including all ECG functions. 

The Batfree Power Strap is available now on Kickstarter. There’s special pricing for early adopters.


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Rumors Persist of Triple-Lens Camera in Square Bump...

The next iPhone XS Max and possibly iPhone XS will feature a triple-lens rear camera system within a square bump like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, citing information from Chinese suppliers. The report includes a few renders of what the new design could look like.

Render via Mac Otakara

The renders are largely consistent with earlier ones shared by OnLeaks, who also expects at least one 2019 iPhone to have a triple-lens rear camera. One difference is that the camera lenses are more symmetrically aligned in the renders above, whereas the lenses are asymmetrical in the OnLeaks render below.

Render via OnLeaks/Digit

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Rumor: 2019 iPhones will have a triple-camera config...

According to a rumor at the Japanese language website, Macotakara, as noted by AppleInsider, the 2019 iPhones will pack a triple-camera configuration with the lens in close proximity in a square camera bump.

The article adds that original accessories for the next generation of iPhone are under development, with initial versions featuring a hole on the back side for the enlarged camera bump. The 2019 models will apparently be similar to the current selection offered by the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone Xr, according to Macotakara. The article adds that Apple may offer dual-camera and triple-camera options.

Changes the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): well, I’m not sure about the square camera bump, but I think there’s a 100% chance that Apple will...

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'No Man's Sky' is getting a massive...

After failing to live up to the hype, No Man's Sky was in danger of becoming a cautionary tale for game developers. But a series of improvements, each more impressive than the last, culminating in the massive Next update released last August, have go...

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Hide your real phone number with a second private...

Want anonymity in your voice and text communications? Don’t like giving out your real phone number online for that very really fear that you’re going to get robocalls? Use Hushed, a brilliantly designed app that lets you choose a second phone number (with your choice of area code), set up voicemail, and then use Wi-Fi or cellular data to talk or text.

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The latest developments in the Apple vs. Qualcomm...

A California federal judge said Apple didn't breach an agreement not to snitch on Qualcomm when it cooperated with investigations into the chipmaker’s licensing practices, declining to release Qualcomm from making payments under the agreement in an order unsealed Thursday, reports Law360.

Also, yesterday, Apple obtained a summary judgement against Qualcomm. No breach of contract by responding to antitrust regulators was found, reports FOSS Patents. The decision could cost Qualcomm billions of dollars it’s seeking from Apple.

These development are part of an ongoing legal battle...

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Apple building team to put movies & shows in...

Despite having yet to air anything qualifying, Apple is reportedly recruiting strategists to get its movies and TV shows in front of awards voters, such as those for the Emmys and Oscars.

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Apple targeting ‘prestigious awards’ for its...

Apple is targeting “prestigious awards” for its upcoming slate of original movies and TV shows, “demonstrating grand Hollywood ambitions for a video streaming service that will compete with Netflix Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and established studios,” according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans.”

The tech giant is hiring strategists to help craft campaigns for entertainment industry awards, including Hollywood’s highest prizes like the Oscars and Emmys, the people said, the article adds. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

Apple’s streaming service will almost certainly be announced at the March 25 “It’s Showtime” event. The company...

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Apple issues statement addressing Spotify’s...

On March 13, Spotify filed an anti-competition complaint about Apple with the European Commission, claiming the Cupertino, California-based company limited innovation and constraining user choice by refusing to allow Spotify and other firms access to technology and information via the App Store. Now Apple has released a statement addressing Spotify’s claims:

We believe that technology achieves its true potential when we infuse it with human creativity and ingenuity. From our earliest days, we’ve built our devices, software and services to help artists, musicians, creators and visionaries do what they do best.

Sixteen years ago, we launched the iTunes Store with the idea that there should be a trusted place where users discover and purchase great music and every creator is treated fairly. The result revolutionized the music...

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New Tesla Model Y Unveiled

Tesla unveiled its latest vehicle Friday, the Model Y. The Verge reported that CEO Elon Musk bragged that despite being SUV-like, the vehicle “will ride like a sports car.” It will be available in the fall of 2020, with prices starting at $47,000.

“It has the functionality of an SUV, but it will ride like a sports car,” Musk said. “So this thing will be really tight on corners.” The $47,000 long range Model Y will come first in the fall of 2020, and will have a range of 300 miles, Musk said. Tesla will also sell an all-wheel-drive dual motor version for $51,000, and a performance version for $60,000— both of which will also be available in fall 2020. The cheaper, standard range version with a range of 230 miles won’t be available until 2021, Musk said, and will sell for $39,000.

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Spotify's App Store complaint, Apple's...

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Spotify wants to change the App Store rules for everybody. Victor and William break the saga down, and then examine just what Spotify is really trying to achieve.

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Report: Some Apple video content will be free to...

Bloomberg report echoes earlier suggestions that at least some of the content offered on Apple’s soon-to-be-announced streaming video service will be free for owners of Apple devices. CNET previously suggested that Apple’s original content would be free, while it would charge for access to partner content.

It also says that Apple has big ambitions for its original content, targeting prestigious awards for both movies and TV shows …


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While Intel Aims to enter Mass-Production of 5G...

Intel is reportedly to begin working on engineering projects that will enable mass-production of 5G modem chips with its collaborative partners in the second quarter of 2019 ...

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Apple Takes Huge Swipe at Rivals Over Privacy in New...

Apple has released a brand new video promoting the iPhone that is basically just a massive swipe at its rivals over privacy.

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Apple Will Reportedly Screen Original Content for...

Ahead of its widely expected video service unveil on March 25, Apple is hiring strategists to arrange screenings and other publicity events for Hollywood insiders and others who vote on which movies and TV shows win prestigious awards like Oscars and Emmys, according to Bloomberg's Anousha Sakoui and Mark Gurman.

From the report:Apple is forming a team of people with awards strategy experience. In January, it hired one such person from Walt Disney Co.'s television group. The iPhone maker is also seeking a high-level candidate to oversee the process, one of the people familiar with the situation said. The company could be in the running for Emmy awards as early as 2020, according to people familiar with the process.Apple already has...

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YouTube and Facebook working to pull gunman’s...

YouTube and Facebook are working to ensure the removal of all copies of head-mounted camera footage apparently live-streamed by the gunman in two mass shootings in New Zealand.

Forty-nine people were killed, and at least 20 more wounded, in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand …


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Can you opt out a Mac for iCloud Photos? Yes, but...

When you own multiple Macs that are linked to the same iCloud credentials and you also have iCloud Photos turned on, you may want to not sync the iCloud Photos library to every one of your Macs. Is that possible? Yes, but you need to read the fine print before checking or unchecking boxes.

Apple uses iCloud Photos (the newish name for iCloud Photos Library) as its keystone for letting you have your photos and videos on all your iCloud-linked devices. Through a combination of sync of thumbnails and full-resolution media, you can access all your assets wherever you are, even when you’re off the internet.

However, iCloud Photos requires a certain level of commitment. Any device linked to iCloud Photos has to retain the full library—even if each item of media is just a thumbnail—and you can’t pick and choose what’s synced.


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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these iOS apps

Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully, you’ll wear something green and check out some macOS and iOS apps to celebrate.

Well, iOS apps anyway. I couldn’t find any at the Mac App Store. However, here are several St. Patrick’s Day apps available for iOS devices. St. Patrick’s Daymation is a free app that counts down the days to St. Patrick’s Day and jots the results on a virtual “old school chalkboard.”

A St. Patrick’s Day Quizzle (St. Patrick’s Day Quizzle) is a free quiz app about the festive day. It has over 300 questions.

St. Patrick’s Day Hidden Objects is a seek-and-find game with 35-plus levels. It’s free, but does tout in-app purchases.


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Apple wants to beef up its ski tracking features on...

Apple wants to beef up its ski tracking features on the Apple Watch. The company has filed for a patent (number 20190076063) for “systems and methods of ski activity detection.”

In the patent filing, Apple says that, during a typical ski day, a skier may spend many hours at a ski area, while actively skiing for only a fraction of that time. Between ski runs, the skier may spend a significant amount of time riding lifts, taking breaks, or otherwise being inactive. 

Due to, for example, size and cost constraints, cost, the battery capacity of a wearable device may be such that it is not possible to run the device at full power for a full ski day without having to recharge the device's battery. Certain components of the wearable device--such as the main processor, Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, and cellular module--can draw a particularly high amount of power. 

Apple’s invention would detect when the user is riding a lift, taking a lunch break, or...

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Netflix promises to remove real-life rail tragedy...

Earlier this year, Netflix apologized to the people of Lac-Mégantic after it came to light that Bird Box used actual footage of the Canadian town's fatal rail disaster. At the time, it said it couldn't make changes to finished content anymore,...

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How Teens Turned Google Docs into the Must Have...

The days of bored teenagers passing notes around a classroom are long gone. However, it is not the likes of Snapchat, Instagram or TikTok that they now use to plot, gossip and flirt during class. According to The Atlantic, teens have turned Google Docs into the place to talk. The service is often used in the classroom and has a live chat function – quite a dangerous combination!

“We don’t really pass physical notes anymore,” said Skyler, 15, who, like all the other students in this story, is identified by a pseudonym. As more and more laptops find their way into middle and high schools, educators are using Google Docs to do collaborative exercises and help students follow along with the lesson plan. The students, however, are using it to organize running conversations behind teachers’ backs.

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Security Expert Talks iPhones and Viruses

Security expert Maik Morgenstern talks about iPhones and viruses and how in theory an iPhone could get one.

“In theory, yes,” Maik Morgenstern, chief technology officer for AV-Test, told Digital Trends. “However, the practical hurdles are quite high, and it is unlikely for a normal user to get affected. But vulnerabilities exist that can be exploited by attackers.”

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Everything you need to know before Apple’s March 25...

Enlarge / The Steve Jobs auditorium on Apple's new campus.

On March 25, Apple executives and partners will take to the stage in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's Cupertino campus to talk about subscriptions, software, services, entertainment, and media. These are all things Apple has dealt with before, but never before has an event focused so completely on them as we're expecting later this month.

That's not to say it's impossible that hardware will appear. The timing is right for an update to Apple's base iPad model, and reports and rumors have been joined by developer beta evidence to imply that hardware refreshes are imminent for a few Apple products like...

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Apple Addresses Spotify's Claims

On Wednesday Spotify filed a formal complaint against Apple with the European Commission about their unfair Apple Store practices. Then yesterday the EU watchdog stepped in with a statement saying: "We have to examine the role of Apple and Apple’s app store,” she was quoted as saying. "If we conclude that they have a market-dominating position, then the case would be comparable to our proceedings against Google." Late yesterday Apple addressed Spotify's claims in a formal statement presented in full in our report.

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2019 iPhone again predicted to have square camera...

The rumored triple-camera configuration of the 2019 iPhones will have the lenses in close proximity to each other in a square camera bump, according to a report citing Chinese suppliers, with the claim corroborating mockups of the supposed mobile devices that surfaced in January.

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PS4 Remote Play vs. Steam Link: It's not clear...

Last week, Sony blessed the App Store with its PS4 Remote Play app, which allows PS4 owners to stream games straight from their console to the iPhone. Provided you have a beastly internet connection and a good MFi (Made for iPhone) controller, you’ll be treated to an experience that’s vaguely reminiscent of playing games on a Nintendo Switch. Remote game streaming technology remains as rough as sandpaper on asphalt, but there was generally much rejoicing.

For some of us, though, there was also plenty of head-scratching. PS4 Remote Play isn’t all that functionally different from Valve’s Steam Link app, which Apple shot down last May merely a day after Valve announced its upcoming release. Both apps are owned by publishers other than Apple....

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The Morning After: Here is the Tesla crossover

Hey, good morning!

We'll cut to the chase: Here's the new Tesla crossover. It's a new kind of car for the company and will be on roads in 2020. Meanwhile, we've got cheaper NVIDIA GFX cards and a new, even longer number for pi.

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Facebook and YouTube rush to remove New Zealand...

Facebook and YouTube are working to remove "violent footage" of the New Zealand mass shootings. The gunman -- who killed 49 people and injured 20 in shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch -- appeared to livestream his attack to Facebook...

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Dropbox updates rules, now limits users to three...

This is one of those times where you read the End User License Agreement, realize what you clicked, then kind of sigh.

Dropbox has quietly updated the terms and its criteria for it free Basic Tier account. These accounts are now limited to three linked devices.

Users will have to purchase a $10/month Plus or $20/month professional subscription to link more devices. You can keep already-linked devices, but won’t be able to add additional devices until you dip beneath the three-device maximum.If that’s too confining, you’ll have to shell out for a $10 Plus or $20 Professional subscription. You can keep any links you’ve already established, but you won’t get to add any more until you go below that three-device maximum.

In short, you’ll have to pare down the connected devices on the free account, as Dropbox apparently realized it was giving away too much for free.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.


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Latest report indicates iPhone 11 will include three...

The idea that the iPhone 11 would feature a triple-camera system in a rectangular formation — three cameras plus the flash — was first raised by Onleaks back in January. Japanese blog Macotakara today corroborates the mockups with sourcing from Chinese suppliers.

The site says the design of the new iPhone camera system is similar to the camera module seen in the Huawei Mate 20 and may be available on both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successors, but limited to higher-capacity storage tiers. Macotakara has proven reliable several times in the past.


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10 awesome (and not-so-awesome) things I learned...

I finally decided to take the plunge and cut the cable cord, and I learned a few things along the way.

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Apple WWDC19: What’s in store for iOS macOS, watchOS...

We’re teetering on the edge of an embarrassment of Apple riches. The company’s March event is just over a week away, but with this week’s official announcement of the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference, many eyes are already fixed on that point, three months from now.

Whatever comes our way in March, it will almost certainly pale in comparison to WWDC, which is probably the most significant event in Apple’s calendar. Yes, the September launch of new iPhones and attendant devices may get more attention, but WWDC is where the company sets its agenda for the year—or years—to come.


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Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles cleared of embezzlement...

Former Mt. Gox chief Mark Karpeles has been found guilty of falsifying financial records but acquitted of all other charges, including embezzlement. According to Bloomberg, the court has given him a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence, which means...

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Adobe Acrobat 19.010.20098 - Powerful PDF editor.

Acrobat DC is available only as a part of Adobe Creative Cloud, and can only be installed and/or updated through Adobe's Creative Cloud app.

Adobe Acrobat DC with Adobe Document Cloud services is here. Completely reimagined PDF tools let you create, edit, sign, and track PDFs from anywhere. It will change the way you work with design layouts, press-ready files, and all your important documents forever.

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Adobe Creative Cloud - Access Adobe apps...

Adobe Creative Cloud costs $20.99/month for a single app, or $52.99/month for the entire suite.

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud.

With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on Behance, respond to invitations to join a project folder, manage your fonts, download the latest product updates, and more.

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Visual Studio Code 1.32.3 - Cross-platform code...

Visual Studio Code provides developers with a new choice of developer tool that combines the simplicity and streamlined experience of a code editor with the best of what developers need for their core code-edit-debug cycle. Visual Studio Code is the first code editor, and first cross-platform development tool - supporting OSX, Linux, and Windows - in the Visual Studio family.

At its heart, Visual Studio Code features a powerful, fast code editor great for day-to-day use. The Preview release of Code already has many of the features developers need in a code and text editor, including navigation, keyboard support with customizable bindings, syntax highlighting, bracket matching, auto indentation, and snippets, with support for dozens of languages.

For serious coding, developers often need to work with code as more than just text. Visual Studio Code includes built-in support for always-on IntelliSense code completion, richer semantic code understanding...

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Mac Pro could release at WWDC 2019: Modular and...

The Mac Pro’s design was last refreshed in 2013 making it one of the long overdue products Apple makes. Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP unveiled the circular Mac Pro at WWDC 2013. He remarked the machine and the work Apple did as “Can’t innovate anymore my ass”. Since then, Apple has not been able to keep

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Apple says Spotify ‘wants all the benefits of a free...

On Wednesday, Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding Apple’s App Store policies and started an aggressive PR campaign to back it up. Apple has today published a public statement in response to Spotify’s argument.

Apple says that Spotify is spreading a ‘misleading rhetoric’. They cite how Spotify makes most of its revenue from advertising and mobile carrier partner deals, of which Apple takes no cut at all. The In-App Purchase subscriptions are a small percentage of Spotify’s business — and Spotify wants to pay Apple zero for those subscription sales meaning they are essentially taking the benefits of a free app and Apple receives no compensation at all from Spotify’s operations.


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DaisyDisk 4.7.2 - $9.99

DaisyDisk allows you to visualize your disk usage and free up disk space by quickly finding and deleting big unused files.

The program scans your disk and displays its content as a sector diagram where the biggest files and folders at once become obvious. To drill down to a folder, just click on a segment. To bubble up, click in the center. Move the mouse over the diagram and see the name and path of each file, and enclosed files (if any). Hit Space to quickly preview file content, without launching another application. In this way, walk around your disk and drag-and-drop all unneeded files into the "collector". Expand the collector to check its contents. When done, clean it up with a single click.

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Apple says Spotify 'wants all the benefits of a...

Apple late Thursday issued a statement responding to, and refuting, anti-competition claims leveled by Spotify this week, a rare move for the tech giant who typically refuses to publicly engage competitors lobbing legal accusations.

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iOS 13 to release on June 3 at WWDC 2019

WWDC 2019 kicks off on 3rd of June with the keynote. A week long where developers get to try tools Apple has worked on for a year. However, for consumers the most interesting release would be the new version of iOS. iPhone being the most important device for Apple, people are looking forward to iOS

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How to change trackpad and mouse speed on Mac

Want to customize your cursor tracking and click speed on your computer? Follow along for how to change trackpad and mouse speed on Mac.


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Thursday March 14

Apple Says Spotify Seeks to Keep All Benefits of App...

Apple today responded to Spotify's recent complaint with the European Commission over its App Store practices in a press release, referring to it as "misleading rhetoric." Apple adds that Spotify "seeks to keep all of the benefits of the App Store ecosystem" but "without making any contributions to the marketplace."

The intro of Apple's press release:We believe that technology achieves its true potential when we infuse it with human creativity and ingenuity. From our earliest days, we've built our devices, software and services to help artists, musicians, creators and visionaries do what they do best.

Sixteen years ago, we launched the iTunes Store with the idea that there should be a trusted place where users discover and purchase...

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Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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WWDC 2019 kicks off on June 3, scholarship deadline...

Apple is holding its annual developers conference from June 3-7 in San Jose, California. Dubbed Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), it has been the company’s major yearly event to showcase the work its done on the software and developer tools. For the consumers, the major takeaways will be the latest version of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and

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Visual Studio Code 1.32.2 - Cross-platform code...

Visual Studio Code provides developers with a new choice of developer tool that combines the simplicity and streamlined experience of a code editor with the best of what developers need for their core code-edit-debug cycle. Visual Studio Code is the first code editor, and first cross-platform development tool - supporting OSX, Linux, and Windows - in the Visual Studio family.

At its heart, Visual Studio Code features a powerful, fast code editor great for day-to-day use. The Preview release of Code already has many of the features developers need in a code and text editor, including navigation, keyboard support with customizable bindings, syntax highlighting, bracket matching, auto indentation, and snippets, with support for dozens of languages.

For serious coding, developers often need to work with code as more than just text. Visual Studio Code includes built-in support for always-on IntelliSense code completion, richer semantic code understanding...

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Alfred 3.8.1 - Quick launcher for apps and more.

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips.

Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: 19 pounds (GBP) for single user
  • Family license: 29 pounds (GBP) for 5 users under one roof
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Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.

Version 3.8.1:

  • Make theme editor...
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OmniPlan 3.11.2 - Robust project management software.

With OmniPlan, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success, optimize resources, and streamline budgets. It's project management made painless.

How to get your project done on time and under budget:

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  • Create summaries of work broken into lists of activities
  • Distribute workloads fairly and efficiently
  • Manage costs as you go

Plan, monitor, and control it all with software designed to make your job easier, not harder.

Version 3.11.2:

  • Image Export - Fixed a bug that could cause group and hammock tasks to draw incorrectly when exporting to PDF, PNG, JPEG, or TIFF.

  • macOS 10.13 or later


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Opera 58.0.3135.107 - High-performance Web browser.

Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content, speed-boosting Opera Turbo mode and more handy features, Opera has everything you need to do more on the web. Also, with 1700+ available extensions, you can mix and match additional features to customize the browser the way you want.

Version 58.0.3135.107:

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Microsoft Office 2016 16.16.8 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac.

The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac. If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar ribbon interface and powerful task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-TouchTM gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever.

Office for Mac is cloud-connected, so you can quickly get to the documents you’ve recently used on other devices and pick up where you left off. New, built-in document sharing tools make it easy to invite teammates to work on a document together. When sharing documents, you won’t have to...

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OmniPlan Pro 3.11.2 - Professional-grade project...

With OmniPlan Pro, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success, optimize resources, and streamline budgets. It's project management made painless.

How to get your project done on time and under budget:

  • Translate strategy into tactics everyone can understand
  • Create summaries of work broken into lists of activities
  • Distribute workloads fairly and efficiently
  • Manage costs as you go

OmniPlan Pro adds the following features to OmniPlan's robust management abilities:

  • Publish and subscribe
  • Change tracking
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • AppleScript support
  • Earned-value analysis
  • Multi-project dashboard
  • Beautiful reports
  • Microsoft Project support
  • Auto-effort estimation

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Vivaldi 2.3.1440.61 - An advanced browser made with...

Vivaldi is a browser for our friends.

We live in our browsers. Choose one that has the features you need, a style that fits and values you can stand by. From the look and feel, to how you interact with your browser, every aspect of Vivaldi can be tweaked and customized. You’re in control. Online privacy is more important than ever and how your browser handles sensitive data is crucial. Vivaldi doesn’t track or store any of your data. Managing hundreds of tabs is a breeze, and built-in tools like Notes and screen Capture mean there’s no need to hunt for add-ons.

Version 2.3.1440.61:

  • [Regression] Freeze when using find-in-page: improved fix (VB-49994)
  • YouTube test/trial version does not display correctly because of poor interaction with Spatial Navigation: Spatial Navigation is now disabled for YouTube (VB-48792)
  • Updated translations

  • OS X 10.10 or later


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Duet - Use your iPad as an external display.

Duet is the first app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable.

Note: This app requires a $9.99 iOS companion app.


  • Stability fixes
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  • macOS Mojave improvements
  • macOS Mojave Hardware Acceleration

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Viber 10.3.0 - Send messages and make free Viber...

Viber lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country!

Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device, so you can start the conversation on the Viber mobile application and continue from the comfort of your Mac.


  • High-quality HD voice calls
  • Video calls
  • Free text and photo messages
  • Group conversations
  • No registration, passwords or invitations required
  • Contacts and messages sync between your mobile and Mac
  • Transfer ongoing calls between devices

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A Preliminary Ruling states that Qualcomm Owes Apple...

In a lawsuit filed two years ago, Apple sued Qualcomm, alleging that the chip supplier had broken the cooperation agreement by not paying nearly $1 billion in patent royalty rebates. A California Judge has ruled in Apple's favor ...

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Apple Invents a Specialized Surface for their Future...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple relating to AirPower. The invention describes adding graduating texture on the pad from a rough finish in the center through to a smooth surface at the edge ...

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Qualcomm owes Apple nearly $1 billion in rebate...

According to a new report from Reuters, a U.S. federal judge has issued a preliminary ruling this evening that Qualcomm must pay Apple nearly $1 billion in patent royalty rebate payments. The ruling comes from Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.


The post Qualcomm owes Apple nearly $1 billion in rebate payments, judge says in preliminary ruling appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Qualcomm out billions of dollars as Apple wins...

In a determination delivered by a California federal court on Thursday, Qualcomm was found to have no grounds for the clawback of funds dispensed to Apple under an incentive payments agreement, meaning the chipmaker is unlikely to collect what is thought to be billions of dollars.

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Qualcomm Owes Apple Almost $1 Billion in Rebate...

Qualcomm owes Apple close to $1 billion in rebate payments a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California said in a preliminary ruling today, siding with Apple in the ongoing Apple vs. Qualcomm legal battle.

Qualcomm, ruled the judge, is obligated to make the rebate payments to Apple as they were part of a business agreement between the two companies.

Today's ruling is unrelated to the patent trial that wrapped up this week and instead pertains to Apple's rebate lawsuit against Qualcomm. Two years ago, Apple sued Qualcomm and said that the chip company had been refusing to pay patent royalty rebates mandated by the agreement.

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Apple orders eight-episode adaptation of bestselling...

Apple has formally committed to Pachinko, an eight-episode drama based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Min Fine Lee, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The mini-series comes with what is said to be a sizable premium show budget akin to Netflix's The Crown, will be told in three languages: Korean, Japanese and English. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the series is among the biggest budgeted projects Apple currently has in the works.

Here’s the summary of the book, a National Book Award Finalist: “In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a...

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Apple gives series order to TV show based on best-...

Ahead of its March 25th event, Apple continues to ramp up its original content efforts. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Apple has given an eight-episode order to a series based on the book Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.


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Steam Link Anywhere beta takes PC game streaming on...

Valve giving a major expansion to its game streaming service. Just ahead of the 2019 Game Developers Conference, the company announced the release of Steam Link Anywhere, a new feature that will let gamers remotely access and play their favorite titl...

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Apple Formally Orders 'Pachinko' TV Series...

Apple has given a formal series order for "Pachinko," a drama based on the bestselling novel of the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Pachinko," written by Min Jin Lee, chronicles the lives of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they migrate to and establish a life in Japan. Apple first acquired the rights to a TV show based on the book in August 2018.

The novel begins in 1911 with the birth of Sunja, who becomes involved with a married yakuza, falling pregnant and facing ruin in her small village. The town's minister offers her a new life in Japan as his wife, where she is alone, lost, and unable to speak the language. The book then follows the Sunja's family through eight decades and four generations.

The TV adaptation of "Pachinko" will be...

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Get ready for WWDC 2019 with these iPhone, iPad, and...

Apple today officially announced that WWDC 2019 will take place starting June 3rd in San Jose, California. While that is still over 2 months away, the WWDC art this year has already provided inspiration for iPhone wallpapers. Head below for downloads.


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Privacy on iPhone: Latest Apple iPhone ad assures...

Apple has just released a new privacy-conscious ad today. The commercial is visually focused on privacy, with no dialogue and a simple slogan: Privacy on iPhone — Private Side. The ad consists of witty scenarios, which highlights that sometimes you just want a little privacy. The 54 second’s spot has just one line of text

The post Privacy on iPhone: Latest Apple iPhone ad assures privacy in Trolly way appeared first on iLounge.

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Dropbox Limits Free Accounts to Three Devices

Dropbox has introduced a three-device limit for its free Basic accounts as of this month. However, if you have four or more devices currently linked to your Dropbox account, they’ll remain connected for now.

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'Battlefield V' 64-player battle royale...

After months of waiting, Battlefield V's long-promised (but conspicuously absent) battle royale mode is nearly here. DICE and EA plan to make Firestorm available on March 25th to all players, and they've shed more light on what the mode will involve...

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MWC 2019: 5G Announcements by Each Carrier

Digital Trends writes:

At Mobile World Congress, a spotlight usually shines on new and improved smartphones, and this year was no different. From the LG V50 ThinQ to the Sony Xperia 10, a number of handset announcements were made at MWC. But handsets are only part of the news from the show. Carriers made some big announcements too — especially when it comes to the deployment of 5G.

AT&T and Verizon are off to the races.

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Apple begins New Ad Campaign Promoting Privacy

Apple began the year in Vegas during the CES event in January with a massive multi-story banner that read: " "What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone." Well, as long as you weren't using FaceTime much that is. But with that fixed, Apple is back hammering home their privacy theme with a new ad.

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Apple's latest iPhone ad promises privacy...

In a follow-up to its trolly CES banner ads, Apple just debuted a new commercial that again centers the iPhone as a more privacy-conscious option than the competition. Titled "Privacy on iPhone — Private Side," it focuses on how much we all val...

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Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference Kicks...

Apple announced this afternoon that it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose from June 3 through June 7 at the McEnery Convention Center. Now in its 30th year, Apple’s biggest event will bring together the world’s most innovative and creative developers.

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Chinese iPhone demand 'recovering' as...

Chinese iPhone demand is "recovering" thanks to price cuts, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said on Thursday, conflicting with the views of some other analysts.

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Apple makes privacy extremely relatable in fun new...

Privacy has long been a value for Apple, hammered by Steve Jobs a decade ago and built-in to Apple’s software, something that can’t be said for many other tech companies. But marketing privacy as a product feature can be tricky. How do you show it?

Apple’s latest iPhone ad tackles that challenge head-on, connecting privacy to iPhone in the most relatable ways yet — like public bathroom etiquette.


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'Privacy. That's iPhone' ad campaign...

The new Apple "Privacy. That's iPhone" ad campaign has debuted, reiterating the company's stance on user privacy and protections in hardware and software.

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Apple Says 'Privacy Matters' in Humorous...

Apple today shared a new privacy-focused iPhone ad on its YouTube channel. The ad will premiere tonight and air through March Madness in the United States before expanding to select other markets globally.

The 45-second video starts with the tagline "privacy matters" and then shows a variety of humorous if not slightly awkward situations where people would want their privacy protected in everyday life. In one scene, for example, two men briefly pause their conversation while a waitress is at their table.

"If privacy matters in your life, it should matter to the phone your life is on," the ad concludes. "Privacy. That's iPhone."

The ad arrives around six weeks after a major FaceTime bug was uncovered that allowed one person to call another person over FaceTime and listen to that other person's audio without the call being answered. Apple fixed the bug in iOS 12.1.4 and apologized, but...

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News round-up: Apple suppliers gearing up for...

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out.

Apple’s suppliers are"gearing up for mass production" of updated iPad and AirPods models, according to DigiTimes

As noted by MacRumors.com, Apple's online refurbished store is now offering discounted versions of the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Radeon Pro Vega graphics, allowing the higher-end machines to be purchased at a discount. 

Qualcomm told a California federal jury Wednesday that Apple sold tens of millions of iPhones that...

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Back by popular demand: Funcl's $49 AI wireless...

Back for a limited time only, AppleInsider readers can pick up Funcl's AI wireless earphones for just $49 with coupon, matching the lowest price we've seen to date. These portable Bluetooth headphones are a great budget-friendly alternative to Apple's $159 AirPods -- and right now they're in stock and ready to ship at Amazon.

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Facebook's chief product officer and head of...

In a note today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the departures of two high-ranking executives. Chris Cox was the company's chief product officer and had been with Facebook for 13 years, while Chris Daniels took over operations of Whatsapp last...

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Gboard iOS keyboard update brings handy translate...

Gboard has received a new update today that has added the useful Google Translate functionality to the third-party keyboard for iPhone and iPad.


The post Gboard iOS keyboard update brings handy translate feature to iPhone and iPad appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Flickr Vows to Not Delete Creative Commons Images or...

In an effort to make the company’s business model sustainable, Flickr is deleting excess images, but it’s taking new measures to soften the blow.

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Watch Tesla unveil its Model Y crossover at 11PM ET

Tesla will reveal the Model Y later today, and you'll be able to watch the announcement as it happens. A live stream will be available on Tesla's website starting at 11PM ET (you can sign up for a reminder, if you like).

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Choosing the Mac Mini Over the iMac

The iMac still has a lot going for it, but in the end Charlotte decided to replace her MacBook Pro with a Mac Mini.

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Considering a Smart Doorbell? SkyBell HD Reviewed

A number of video doorbells are on the market, but at the moment, none work with Apple’s HomeKit. A couple of companies announced future support for HomeKit and more products were announced at CES. But is HomeKit really critical for a doorbell?

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Apple Store in Southern California Warning Customers...

Apple is warning customers who receive unsolicited phone calls claiming to be from the Apple Store at The Americana at Brand shopping complex in Glendale, California, as fraudsters appear to be posing as representatives of the store as part of a phishing scheme aimed at stealing customer information.

The following automated message plays when calling Apple The Americana:Apple is aware that some customers are receiving unsolicited calls claiming to be from this Apple Store. If you receive an unsolicited call, you should not provide any information to the callers. For more information on cybercrime and ways to protect your computer, visit www.fbi.gov/investigate/cyber. Also, if you feel you have been a victim of fraud, please contact your local police. If you would like help changing your Apple ID password, please visit...

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Samsung Galaxy Buds: impressions from an AirPods user

I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to compare with my iPhone XS Max. Samsung was generous enough to throw in a free pair of its $129 wireless Galaxy Buds for early adopters. How does Samsung’s take on truly wire-free earbuds compare with Apple’s AirPods? Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for the details. more…

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Spectre long exposure camera app sees first major...

Halide’s creators successfully launched their new AI-powered long exposure camera app for iPhone called Spectre last month. Now they’ve released the first major update which brings stabilization support to iPhone 7, 6s, and SE, higher resolution for Live Photo mode, and more.


The post Spectre long exposure camera app sees first major update with support for older iPhones, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Apple World Today Video Tip: Typing To Siri In macOS...

When most people think about interacting with Apple’s Siri intelligent assistant, they think about speaking a command or question. But did you know it’s possible to type commands to Siri? This is perfect for those situations where you might be in an office or library and don’t want others to hear your conversation. In this short video we show you how to start typing your questions to Siri on Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

Like this video tip? There are more out on our YouTube Channel. Get immediate notification of new videos and check out existing ones by subscribing to our YouTube Channel.

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How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or...

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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Artists claim Apple pays in goods instead of cash...

Apple has come under fire for failing to pay artists taking part in the Apple Store's Today at Apple sessions in San Francisco, after it was discovered participants were offered a free Apple product instead of receiving an appearance fee from the retail outlet.

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'Star Wars' set the stage for Apple's...

As we wait for Apple to announce its new streaming video service, AppleInsider takes a look back to when it was the company's QuickTime software that brought "Star Wars" to the web audience -- and forever changed how we watched video online.

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Review: Fibaro's HomeKit water sensor is a must...

The Fibaro Flood Sensor is a great HomeKit-compatible way to monitor your home for leaking water, but Bluetooth connection may be too limited for some.

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Several iCloud services experiencing lengthy...

After Facebook saw what has been called its most severe global outage yesterday, Apple is having trouble with many of its services including iCloud, Photos, News, and more.


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Spectre Camera 1.1 Adds More Stabilization Support

The developers of the Spectre camera app shared some news about their app. They added stabilization support for iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE.

With Spectre 1.0, we only supported stabilization on iPhone 8 and later. Stabilization pushes your phone to its limit, and if it can’t keep up, it creates a noticeable drop in quality. We hoped to someday bring it to older devices, but wanted to under-promise and over-deliver.

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Apple adds Vega-equipped 15-inch MacBook Pros to...

Apple on Thursday brought 15-inch MacBook Pros with AMD's Radeon Pro Vega graphics to its refurb store, though you may be able find better discounts at third-party retailers.

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New limits on free Dropbox accounts are a problem if...

Dropbox has quietly started to apply limits to the number of devices that could be connected to a basic account to encourage upgrades to the paid version, with users of the free tier now only able to access the cloud storage service on a maximum of three devices.

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iCloud Outage Latest Service to Fall

Following on the heels of Facebook, it appears that iCloud is also suffering some outages as shown on Apple’s System Status page.

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Streaming vs Blu-ray, WWDC Announced – TMO Daily...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the current state of Blu-ray and streaming, and look ahead to WWDC.

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What it’s like to race in the Daytona 500

I love most forms of car and motorcycle racing and NASCAR’s Daytona 500 is a race like no other. A bucket list item for me is to be in a race car for high-speed laps of that speedway.

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Apple's self-driving cars could automatically...

Apple is continuing to work on areas of car design and self-driving vehicle systems as part of "Project Titan," including how to improve a car's ability to detect its immediate surroundings using sensors, and to automatically determine nearby points of interest that other car systems need to know about.

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Free Dropbox Users Now Limited to Three Devices

Dropbox has quietly updated the terms for its free Basic tier. Free Dropbox users are now limited to three linked devices.

If that’s too confining, you’ll have to shell out for a $10 Plus or $20 Professional subscription. You can keep any links you’ve already established, but you won’t get to add any more until you go below that three-device maximum.

As kind of an aside, because I use iCloud instead of Dropbox, I wonder how much Dropbox would be affected if Apple added the ability to share entire iCloud folders, instead of just individual files.

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Artists hosting Today at Apple sessions call for...

A new report today from KQED calls out artist dissatisfaction with compensation and promotion received for hosting Today at Apple sessions. The report highlights the challenges of proving the value of creative work in a culture built around “working for exposure.”


The post Artists hosting Today at Apple sessions call for improved compensation and promotion appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Apple Adds 15-Inch MacBook Pro Models With Radeon...

Apple's online refurbished store is now offering discounted versions of the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Radeon Pro Vega graphics, allowing the higher-end machines to be purchased at a discount.

Apple announced plans to add AMD's Radeon Pro Vega graphics to its MacBook Pro lineup in October when the new MacBook Air models were announced. MacBook Pro models with the new options were able to be purchased in November.

Only the higher-end 15-inch MacBook Pro can be upgraded with the Radeon Pro Vega 16 (+$250) or Radeon Pro Vega 20 (+$350), so purchased new, machines with the new graphics options are priced starting at $3,049.

Apple has a wide selection of MacBook Pro models with Radeon...

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LifeProof’s Lifeactív Power Pack 10 now available...

After announcing its LifeActív Power Pack 20 portable battery back at CES in January, LifeProof has made its smaller Lifeactív Power Pack 10 Qi available for purchase today. As is the company’s tradition, the new power bank is waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof, and snow proof. However, different from its larger brother, the new model recharges your iPhone and other Qi compatible devices wirelessly while retaining both USB and USB-C ports for wired charging.


The post LifeProof’s Lifeactív Power Pack 10 now available with Qi wireless charging, waterproof design, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Privacy Social Network MeWe Reaches 4 Million Members

MeWe, a social network that champions privacy (and no ads) announced recently that it has surpassed 4 million members.

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Apple's iCloud services suffer outage for some...

A number of Apple's cloud services are experiencing an outage, with the iPhone maker acknowledging the existence of issues affecting some users of News, Photos, Find My iPhone, and various key iCloud functions.

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Microsoft’s Xbox Live social gaming feature can now...

Microsoft is today launching a new Xbox Live mobile SDK to iOS and Android to allow developers to bring Xbox Live functionality to mobile platforms. The Verge reports that features such as achievements, Gamescore, hero stats, friend lists, clubs, and a few family settings will be available on both iOS and Android.


The post Microsoft’s Xbox Live social gaming feature can now be integrated into any iOS and Android app appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Spotify’s EU antitrust complaint could be a serious...

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Apple is abusing its control over the iOS App Store to give its own music streaming service an unfair advantage over competitors, Spotify argued in a Wednesday filing with the European Commission.

"Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense...

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iPhone Crushed for Science

LONDON – For most people, having their iPhone crushed is the ultimate nightmare. Not for scientists at the University of Plymouth, Cult of Mac reported. The UK university put an iPhone into a high-powered blender to discover what chemical elements a handset is made up of. There’s a video too, if does cause you too much pain to watch.

The video does a good job of breaking down the precise quantities of elements which go into a smartphone. Where it gets particularly interesting, however, is looking at this figure in the context of the 1.4 billion mobile phones produced each year, Among other astonishing figures, that includes 52 tons of gold, 131 tons of silver, and a mind-boggling 10.2 kilotons of chromium. Unfortunately, a large number of these handsets are made using conflict minerals from various parts of the world.


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The epic hunt for a lost World War II aircraft...

The letter that leads this story is heartbreaking.

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Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language...

There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

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Ikea delays HomeKit-compatible Smart Shades until...

Ikea on Thursday said that it's delaying both the U.S. and European launches of its Apple HomeKit-ready Smart Shades, anticipated for bringing that type of smarthome accessory within a realistic price point.

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Spotify CEO: Relationship With Apple ‘Completely...

Spotify CEO Daniel EK said its relationship with Apple is ‘completely unsustainable,’ after his firm logged a complaint with the EU.

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Poor People Need Privacy As Much as Everyone Else

Elizabeth Brico writes how privacy might be turning into a luxury, and how poor people can’t afford the legal costs if their identity is stolen because of all the data breaches.

For her part, Gilman argued that many times, names and addresses can be enough to commit the types of identity fraud she has helped her low-income clients battle. “It can cost time and money to clean up the effects of identity theft because low income people are already living on the economic margins, any loss of funds can be catastrophic,” she said. “You have less privacy as a poor person,” Muentz added. “Privacy is becoming a luxury.”

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WWDC19 announced for June 3 - 7, 2019: "Write...

Apple today sent out an email to registered developers opening registration for the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, CA. The event runs between Monday, June 3 and Friday, June 7, and will most likely kick off with the usual keynote on Monday.

The theme of this year’s event is “Write code. Blow minds.” and Apple appears to have channeled the spirit of Steve Jobs in the announcement saying “This is your chance to join thousands of coders, creators, and
crazy ones this summer to do the insanely great.” Both of those statements were used to market the Mac, which might point to a more Mac-centric event than in the past few years. Perhaps this is the event where new Macs will be announced, and it could be that Apple’s “code once, work on everything”...

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