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Thursday March 14

09:35
Apple announces its Worldwide Developers Conference...

Apple on Thursday announced that its Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 (WWDC19) will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, from June 3 to June 7. The company also launched the WWDC19 website, where developers can get session information and tickets.

WWDC19 marks the 30th anniversary of the conference, which showcases the newest features in iOS, macOS, and other Apple products. While WWDC is only for developers and not open to the general public, Apple does make major announcements during the keynote presentation, which is usually streamed online on Apple’s website (though Apple has not formally announced that the WWDC19 keynote will be available online).

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09:31
RTL Group media group in talks to supply content to...

The RTL Group, a digital media group with interests in 61 television and 30 radio stations in 10 countries, has touted its “remarkable” relationship with HBO and revealed that it is in talks to supply content to Apple, reports Deadline.

“Discussions with new OTT [over-the-top] platforms such as Apple are also being held so the range of activities continues to expand,” CEO Bert Habets told the publication.

OTT refers to content providers that distribute streaming media as a standalone product directly to viewers over the Internet, bypassing telecommunications, multichannel television, and broadcast television platforms that traditionally act as a controller or distributor of such content.

Apple’s streaming service will almost certainly be announced at the March 25...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $1,000,...

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09:26
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.

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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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09:25
WWDC 2019 Announced June 3-7 in San Jose

Apple just announced the dates for WWDC 2019 which will be held in San Jose, California. The dates are from June 3 to June 7.


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09:15
∞ Draining the dam

When I first saw this video, I was sure it was fake.

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09:15
Apple's control over the App Store now '...




Spotify founder Daniel Ek once more criticized App Store policies on Thursday at the International Conference on Competition in Berlin, arguing that Apple has stacked the deck in its favor unfairly.

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09:11
Dropbox pushing free users toward paid accounts with...

Dropbox has today made a notable change for those using a free account, there is now a three-device limit. However, along with the change there is a bit of good news for existing users.

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The post Dropbox pushing free users toward paid accounts with new three device limit appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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09:11
Apple's 30th WWDC will take place from June 3...




Apple announced on Thursday that it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose from June 3 through June 7 at the McEnery Convention Center.

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09:10
2018 Just a ‘Transition Year’ for GDPR, Official...

Over 206,000 data breaches have been reported under GDPR since it came into force in May 2018, but that was just a “transition.”


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09:09
∞ Apple announces WWDC19 from June 3-7

Apple on Thursday officially announced the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The event will be held in San Jose, Calif. from June 3-7, 2019.

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09:01
Apple Announces WWDC 2019 Kicks Off on June 3 in San...

Apple today announced that its 30th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will begin on Monday, June 3 and last through Friday, June 7, with the conference set to be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Developers are able to register to attend starting this morning. As Apple has done for many years, WWDC attendees will be selected using a lottery system because of the popularity of the conference.

Apple is pricing tickets at $1,599, and only developers who win the aforementioned ticket lottery will be able to purchase a ticket to attend.

To enter the lottery, developers must have been a member of the Apple Developer Program or the Apple Developer Enterprise Program as of March 14, 2019 at 9:00 a.m....

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09:01
Apple published a new Press Release
09:00
Apple opens WWDC 2019 registration, kicks off June 3...

Apple has officially announced dates and opened registration for its annual developer conference where it will likely unveil iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13. WWDC 2019 will kick off on June 3 in San Jose, California, and run through the week. Major platform updates are unleashed during the conference keynote on opening day.

more…

The post Apple opens WWDC 2019 registration, kicks off June 3 in San Jose appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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09:00
Dropbox expands cloud integrations with Klaxon,...

Dropbox has announced today that it has expanded its partnerships with several educational apps. Now the cloud-based storage service is integrated with Klaxon, Pronto, and WeVideo to offer improved workflows and collaboration for students and teachers.

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The post Dropbox expands cloud integrations with Klaxon, Pronto and WeVideo education apps appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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09:00
WWDC19 Registration Now Open

Register by Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PDT for your chance to join us and thousands of coders, creators, and crazy ones at this year's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, June 3-7.

Learn more about WWDC

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09:00
Apply for a WWDC19 Scholarship

WWDC Scholarships reward talented students and STEM organization members with the opportunity to attend this year’s conference. Apply by Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Learn more about WWDC Scholarships

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09:00
WWDC19 Registration Now Open

Register by Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PDT for your chance to join us and thousands of coders, creators, and crazy ones at this year's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, June 3-7.

Learn more about WWDC

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09:00
Apply for a WWDC19 Scholarship

WWDC Scholarships reward talented students and STEM organization members with the opportunity to attend this year’s conference. Apply by Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Learn more about WWDC Scholarships

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08:58
Microsoft offers SDK to iOS developers enabling Xbox...




Following on from Wednesday's demonstration of 'Project xCloud," Microsoft has announced it will be opening up Xbox Live to other platforms, including iOS, with developers able to take advantage of the gaming platform's major features in iPhone and iPad games.

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08:50
Amazon is giving 40% Off on Samsung’s 82-Inch QLED...

If you always wanted a large screen 4K Samsung TV, then this is your chance to grab one for a cost that one could only dream of. Amazon has put up a sale on Samsung’s 82-Inch QLED 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV for $2,697. The original price for this smart TV is $4,499. Therefore,

The post Amazon is giving 40% Off on Samsung’s 82-Inch QLED 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV appeared first on iLounge.

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08:45
Apple dropping iPhone 6 & changing store rules...

Apple is to stop selling the iPhone 6/Plus in India as it seeks to boost its brand image in the country. Although it has suffered from declining sales in the country, it apparently believes that protecting its premium image is the best way to make headway among the country’s emerging middle class …

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The post Apple dropping iPhone 6 & changing store rules to boost brand image in India appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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08:27
Spotify's call for different App Store...




Actions by Spotify and regulatory bodies could put "more pressure" on the App Store, potentially even leading to Apple lowering its revenue take, Macquarie Research said on Thursday.

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08:20
9to5Mac Happy Hour 216: Apple March event official,...

This week Benjamin and Zac are joined by Mark Gurman to discuss Apple’s upcoming March 25th event, WWDC 2019, and Apple’s AR/VR headset plans, plus Apple vs Spotify, Amazon Fire TV gaining Apple Music, a new HomeKit lamp review, and more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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08:15
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Speaks Out on Dispute With...

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek elaborated on his company's complaint against Apple with the European Commission in a speech today at the International Conference on Competition in Berlin, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

Spotify has accused Apple of unfairly applying its 30 percent App Store commission. While a 70-30 revenue split applies to most apps, including Spotify, others like Uber and Deliveroo are exempt since Apple's commission does not apply to "goods or services that will be consumed outside of the app."

Ek doubled down on this issue,...

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08:10
Review: Eve Flare is the portable HomeKit light you...




Eve Flare is a gorgeous, portable HomeKit smart light that you can take with you everywhere for soft, colorful illumination.

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08:09
RTL Group in Talks With Apple for Video Content

RTL Group, which owns My Brilliant Friend and Femantle, creator of American Gods, is in talks with Apple to supply video content.


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08:00
How random can you be?

This is weirdly fascinating.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:48
Apple Advances Face ID to be 'Twin Proof'...

On Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung's Galaxy S10 Face Unlock Feature has been proven to be absolutely useless." Samsung is learning quickly that copying Apple's Face ID isn't as easy as they thought. That's not to say that Face ID is perfect, because it's had a few hiccups when it comes to differentiating between identical twins. Apple's SVP Worldwide Marketing pointed out this minor flaw in his iPhone X keynote segment introducing Face ID by using a slide titled 'Evil Twin' as you can see in our report. Today we're learning that Apple has been working to fix the Evil Twin issue

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07:48
Apple Advances Face ID to be 'Twin Proof'...

On Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung's Galaxy S10 Face Unlock Feature has been proven to be absolutely useless." Samsung is learning quickly that copying Apple's Face ID isn't as easy as they thought. That's not to say that Face ID is perfect, because it's had a few hiccups when it comes to differentiating between identical twins. Apple's SVP Worldwide Marketing pointed out this minor flaw in his iPhone X keynote segment introducing Face ID by using a slide titled 'Evil Twin' as you can see in our report. Today we're learning that Apple has been working to fix the Evil Twin issue

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07:43
What Google knows about you

There’s a lot here. Good take from Ina Fried for Axios.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:42
Spotify posts their specific gripes about Apple and...

Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of Spotify:

Apple operates a platform that, for over a billion people around the world, is the gateway to the internet. Apple is both the owner of the iOS platform and the App Store—and a competitor to services like Spotify. In theory, this is fine. But in Apple’s case, they continue to give themselves an unfair advantage at every turn.

And:

Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30% tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from our Free to our Premium service. If we pay this tax, it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music. And to keep our price competitive for our customers, that isn’t something we can do.

And:

If we choose not to use Apple’s payment system, forgoing the charge, Apple then applies a series of technical and experience-limiting restrictions on Spotify. For example, they limit our...

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07:40
Hands-on: Wacom’s Cintiq 16 tablet from the...

Less than a decade ago, a desktop drawing tablet was an essential tool for just about every professional digital artist. More recently, the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and other competing products like the Microsoft Surface line have given creative professionals a range of affordable and portable options to consider. Still, many artists consider dedicated graphics tablets the gold standard for illustration and design. Leading the industry is Wacom, known for its line of Cintiq pen displays. For 2019, Wacom has released the entry-level Cintiq 16, and I’ve been testing how it compares to an 11-inch...

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07:39
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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07:38
Editorial: After disrupting iTunes, Spotify demands...




Music streaming service Spotify has elevated its disputes with Apple into a full blown anti-trust complaint filed with the European Commission. But Spotify's public case, as detailed on its website, is misleading and covers up the basic reality that Spotify wants to do business at Apple's expense without paying for it.

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07:36
'American Gods' media group in talks with...




RTL Group, a media firm with shows like "American Gods" and "My Brilliant Friend" under its wing, is reportedly in talks with Apple about streaming video content.

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07:32
Twitter adds “left swipe for camera” and colored...

Twitter is rolling out a change to its official iOS app:

See it? Tweet it! Our updated camera is just a swipe away, so you get the shot fast. Rolling out to all of you over the next few days. pic.twitter.com/moOEFO2nQq

— Twitter (@Twitter) March 13, 2019

Swipe left to bring up the camera, take a pic, add captions and location info, then post. Rolling out over the next day or so.

Casey Newton, writing for The Verge, took the new interface for a spin, has more details here.

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07:20
Review: Case-Mate Power Pad is a unique wireless...




Case-Mate attempts a modular design with the Power Pad wireless charger, but ultimately misses the mark of a truly great wireless charger.

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07:15
Duet 2.0.5.3 - 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.



Version 2.0.5.3:

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





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07:11
Ikea’s HomeKit smart blinds April 1 US debut delayed...

Ikea’s affordable HomeKit smart blinds have been highly anticipated as European and US launches neared. Back in January Ikea confirmed they’d be arriving stateside on April 1st, unfortunately that’s turned out to be an unintended April Fools’ joke.

more…

The post Ikea’s HomeKit smart blinds April 1 US debut delayed until later this year appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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07:07
9to5Mac Daily: March 14, 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.

https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/03/9to5Mac-Daily-03-14-2019.mp3

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06:56
Facebook’s data deals are under criminal...

New York Times:

A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices, according to two people who were familiar with the requests and who insisted on anonymity to discuss confidential legal matters. Both companies had entered into partnerships with Facebook, gaining broad access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users.

The companies were among more than 150, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Sony, that had cut sharing deals with the world’s dominant social media platform. The agreements, previously reported in The New York Times, let the companies see users’ friends, contact information and other data, sometimes without consent. Facebook has phased out most of the partnerships over the past two years.

And:

The disclosures about Cambridge last year thrust Facebook into the worst crisis of its history. Then came news reports last June and December that Facebook had...

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06:53
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:

  • 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

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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06:52
Apple in Content Talks With Owner of Fremantle, Co-...

RTL Group, the largest broadcasting and production company in Europe, has confirmed a potential content partnership with Apple.

"Discussions with new OTT platforms such as Apple are also being held," said RTL Group CEO Bert Habets, speaking on the company's earnings call today, according to Deadline. OTT is short for over-the-top media services and presumably refers to Apple's widely expected streaming video service.

RTL Group owns Fremantle, which co-produces reality series and game shows such as American Idol, America's Got Talent, The Price is Right, and Family Feud in the United States. It is unclear if any of these series would be distributed on Apple's video service or if a partnership would focus solely on original content.

Apple is expected to...

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06:48
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



Version 3...

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06:37
Apple plans to reinforce its premium smartphone...

Apple will stop selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in India and move out of small stores and outlets where sales don’t exceed 35 units per month, according to The Economic Times, quoting three unnamed senior industry execs.

Why? To reinforce Apple’s premium positioning in the Indian market and increase the entry price of iPhones by more than Rs 5,000 with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Apple had offered a 32GB iPhone 6  at about Rs 24,900. The equivalent iPhone 6s version costs Rs 29,900. 

The Economic Times says Apple has no plans to immediately drop prices of iPhone 6s, which is locally manufactured. However, as part of the strategy, Apple distributors have informed neighborhood stores that it plans to exit outlets that are less than 350-400 square feet and...

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06:34
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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06:22
Cowen analysts: Apple Services revenue to double by...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider— Cowen analysts predict that Apple’s Services revenue will double by 2021, adding $6 to earnings per share.

Apple Services includes Apple Music subscriptions, iTunes Music, iCloud storage plans, paid apps from Apple's App Store, and AppleCare service plans, Apple Pay, etc. Cowen says these will continue to flourish, while Apple adds new revenue from an Apple News subscription service and a video streaming service.

"Our long term investment thesis hinges on the Services segment growing and AAPL massively monetizing its installed base of products and charging for value added options (possibly including Siri) down the road," the research group says, assigning Apple stock an "outperform" rating and a $220 price target.



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06:08
Apple plots iPhone price hikes and reduced outlet...




Apple will stop selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India, senior industry executives claim, as part of a strategy to reinforce the iPhone's premium image, a move that also aims to increase the price of iPhones sold in the market and to change where it is being sold to consumers.

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06:06
Apple's services revenue will double, adding $6...




A multitude of factors support the idea of services, like a new streaming video platform, adding $6 to Apple's earnings per share by its 2021 fiscal year, Cowen analysts said in resuming coverage on Thursday.

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06:00
Wirelessly charge two iPhones at once with the...

Are there multiple new iPhones in your home? All of the new iPhones use Qi wireless charging, and many Android phones also use this standard for charging. With the AirCharge Pro from IntelliArmor ($49.99), you can wirelessly charge two phones at once. We have the AirCharge Pro on sale at 50% off the usual $89.99 price tag.

This sleek black slab includes a USB-C cable for power, has 10W of power to give to your phones, and features LED charging indicator lights to let you know when charging is taking place. Two anti-slip silicone strips on the bottom of the AirCharge pro keep it from sliding off your nightstand or desk.

This deal ends soon. Make sure that you get your AirCharge Pro at this special low price today...

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05:54
Apple wants to make it easy to take ‘AR selfies’...

Apple wants to make it easy for you to take augmented reality self-portraits with an iPhone. The company has filed for two patents regarding such a process.

Apple says self-portrait digital photos or "selfies" have become a pop-culture phenomenon. They’re usually taken with a digital camera or smart phone held at arm's length, pointed at a mirror or attached to a selfie stick to position the camera farther away from the subject and capture the background scene behind the subject. Selfies are often shared on social networking services. Augmented reality (AR) is a live view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are "augmented" by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video or graphics. Apple thinks it would be cool to take “AR selfies.”

Patent number 20190082188 is for “augmented reality self-portraits.” It involves systems, methods, apparatuses and non-transitory, computer-readable storage mediums for generating AR self-portraits or "AR selfies...

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05:53
Apple Suppliers Reportedly Gearing up For Next...

Apple’s suppliers in Tawain are preparing to produce new iPads and AirPods. DigitTimes reported that Flexium Interconnect and Zhen Ding Technology are getting ready to mass produce the next generation of the devices. Those sources said that the new iPads and AirPods will also be unveiled art Apple’s March 25th event. It is though expected  that even will largely focus on services,

Flexible PCB firms Flexium Interconnect and Zhen Ding Technology are gearing up for mass production for Apple’s next-generation iPad devices, while Compeq Manufacturing and Unitech PCB supply rigid-flex boards for the forthcoming AirPods, according to industry sources….Both Zhen Ding and Flexium may see their shipments for Apple’s upcoming iPad models offset a slowdown in shipments for the iPhones in the first half of 2019, the sources noted. Meanwhile, the availability of Apple’s long-awaited AirPods 2 is seen as a boost to revenues at both Compeq and Unitech during the...

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05:52
Telegram benefits from what is said to be Facebook’s...

The BBC suggests that yesterday’s Facebook outage – which also impacted Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram – was the most severe one ever experienced by the company.

Facebook appears to be recovering from a more than 14-hour disruption to all of its products that left them mostly inaccessible across the world. The company’s main...

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05:42
Was the Facebook Outage Linked to This Criminal...

Conspiracy theory time. Yesterday Facebook suffered its biggest outage in its entire history. Other affiliated services like Instagram and WhatsApp were also affected. Facebook is also under a federal criminal investigation over its data sharing practices. Do you think the outage had anything to do with law enforcement seizing some of the company’s servers?

“We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously,” a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. “We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so.”


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05:35
Apple looks into a face seal for the rumored Apple...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20190079301) for a “face seal for a head-mounted display.” One of several such patents, it doubtless involves the company’s “Apple Glasses” headset that’s expected to debut next year.

In the patent filing, Apple says some head-mounted displays have an open design in which the user's eyes aren’tshielded from the outside environment. Other head-mounted displays have a closed design that incorporates a face seal. The face seal is a portion of the head-mounted display that contacts the user's face around their eyes to block exterior light. 

In some designs, the face seal also helps support the head-mounted display relative to the user's head. One typical design for a face seal is a foam structure that contacts the user's forehead and extends around the outer sides of the user's eyes, with a gap or recess present in the area where the user's nose will be positioned. Apparently, Apple likes the face seal idea and thinks it can improve...

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05:25
Face ID might be using vein-matching tech to...




Apple may have a solution for false positives with identifying identical twins for Face ID in the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, by taking into account where veins are located in the face.

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05:20
Apple patent filing relates to the long-rumored...

Apple has filed for a patent (20190081509) for a “wireless charging mat with dynamic surface texture.” It seems to involve its long-awaited AirPower product.

If it ever arrives, the AirPower will be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of where they're placed on the pad. 

The AirPower hasn't been priced yet, but guesses have it costing anywhere from $150 - $200. There’s a (slim?) chance it could debut at the March 25 “It’s Showtime” event

In the patent filing, Apple notes that inductive charge mats can experience a problem where electronic devices, such as mobile phones, slip off the surface of the mat due to the smooth surface of the phone and the mat. A charging mat with an uncoated silicone surface can prevent...

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05:12
Apple to Advance Apple Watch to Cover Health...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple relating to detecting ski activity using Apple Watch or an iPhone in an arm band. It marks a new activity avenue for Apple Watch promoting good health and health monitoring systems.

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05:09
Commentators note the three risks to Apple from...

Industry observers have been commenting on three potential risks from the complaint Spotify has made against Apple in regard to its App Store policies.

An anonymous source close to Spotify has also explained why the same complaint hasn’t been levied against Google, which also takes a cut from in-app purchases …

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The post Commentators note the three risks to Apple from Spotify’s App Store complaint appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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05:00
5 simple things Apple could quickly fix; Apple’s...

The big news this week is that Apple has invited members of the media to an event on March 25. What will Apple unveil? The Macworld staff also talks about things Apple could (and should) fix immediately, and we respond to audience hot takes. This is episode 643 of the Macworld Podcast with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 643

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04:42
The success of Apple’s new video streaming service...

In less than two weeks, Tim Cook and Eddy Cue will take the stage to finally unveil Apple’s new video streaming service. The thinly veiled ”Show time” event will focus on Apple’s new services push, and we’re all expecting to get out first look at Apple’s new Netflix-style streaming service.

But a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggests that the new service might be light on original content. Instead, Apple is reportedly “racing” to nail down third-party premium content for the service to augment the lack of original programming at launch. According to Gurman, Apple’s original movies and TV shows are “still in development,” and the company isn’t planning on releasing its first shows until “later in the year at...

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03:41
Samsung Vaguely announces that it will adopt camera...

In January Patently Apple reported that Apple supplier AMS had announced new camera technology allowing to put cameras and sensors under the display to do away with notches and holes in smartphone displays. Today Samsung announced that it will adopt this approach ...

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03:33
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:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.10 or later



Download Now]]>

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03:31
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:

  • Add switch to turn off adding startpage to sessions
  • Show Toolbar in Fullscreen broken after using fullscreen tab
  • Allow flow to work on *.flow.opera.com domains
  • Disable the use of QUIC proxies for https:// URLs (O58 only)
  • Don’t launch Opera on manual updates
  • Heap-use-after-free WRITE 4 · v8::internal::ElementsAccessorBase - port to desktop-stable-71-3135



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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03:15
Apple confirms buyout of machine learning company...

Sometimes you just buy a machine learning company.

Apple on Wednesday confirmed its acquisition of Laserlike, a Silicon valley startup that’s worked to apply machine learning to content discovery.

Per The Information, Laserlike was absorbed sometime in 2018, albeit it’s unknown as to what the terms of the deal were or why Apple wanted the business.

Laserlike was active for four years and concentrated on an “interest search engine” that could fetch news, video, and general Web content relative to each user. A key assumption was that people may want to know about things that don’t necessarily pop up in their usual sources, such as a car recall or an upcoming music festival. The app for the engine is no longer available.

It’s thought that Apple might use Laserlike’s technology and/or staff to strengthen its own machine learning efforts. In the past, Siri has been criticized as weaker than AI assistants from Amazon and Google, which have the advantage of...

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03:08
Apple's AirPods and iPad Suppliers are...

A new supply chain report published today claims that flexible PCB firms Flexium Interconnect and Zhen Ding Technology are gearing up for mass production for Apple's next-generation iPads ...

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03:00
Mozilla launches free Firefox Send tool, allows...

This could come in handy.

Mozilla has launched Firefox Send, a free tool that allows you to send encrypted files up to 1GB in size, or 2.5GB is you sign in with a Firefox account.

Per the product description:

What sets Send apart is its ease of use. It works in any browser; just go to send.firefox.com. Upload or drag and drop files, and Send will generate a link that you can set to expire after a certain number of downloads—up to 100—or a certain amount of time, ranging from five minutes to seven days.

If you have a chance to try this out and have any feedback to offer, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

Via The Mac Observer and Wired

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03:00
Periodic Audio Nickel headphone amp review: Make...

Music comes alive through the headphones you love most when played on even an average smart device or PC.

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03:00
How to add a Shortcut from the Shortcuts app to your...

People have told me they believe Apple’s Shortcuts app is more trouble than it’s worth, mainly because they think they can only access their Shortcuts through the app itself or via the More Options icon in an app like Safari.

But that’s not the case. With the help of a simple (if relatively hidden) setting, you can make a Shortcut as easily accessible as any other app on your iPhone’s home screen. Here’s how it’s done.

1. Open the Shortcuts app.

2. Click the Options bar (the three dots) on the Shortcut you want to access from your home screen.

3. In the new screen that appears, press the Settings toggle in the upper right-hand corner. It looks like two sets of toggles.

To read this article in full, please click here

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02:03
Apple suppliers reportedly primed for mass...




Reports out of Apple's Asian supply chain claim at least two parts makers are "gearing up" for mass production of next-generation iPad and AirPods models, devices expected to see release in the coming weeks.

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00:48
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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00:16
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.

Features:

  • 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



Version 10.3.0:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.11 or later



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00:01
How to automatically answer calls on speakerphone on...

Do you typically use speakerphone while taking your calls? If so, the iPhone has a feature that removes the need to tap the speakerphone button when you initially pick up the phone. Follow along to learn how to automatically answer calls on speakerphone on your iPhone.

more…

The post How to automatically answer calls on speakerphone on iPhone appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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00:00
How to make folders for the Notes app on iPhone,...

Do you have lots of notes saved across your Apple devices and want to get more organized? Read along for how to make folders for the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

more…

The post How to make folders for the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Wednesday March 13

22:57
Digitimes: PCB firms about to mass produce...

Digitimes today reports that its sources indicate that flexible printed circuit board manufacturers Flexium, Zhen Ding Technology, Compeq and Unitech are ramping up to supply parts in volume for imminent new Apple hardware.

Flexium and Zhen Ding will make PCBs for new iPad models whereas Compeq and Unitech are on tap for AirPods production.

more…

The post Digitimes: PCB firms about to mass produce components for new AirPods and iPads appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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22:42
Facebook faces criminal investigation over data...




The federal government has initiated a criminal investigation into Facebook for its data dealings with some of the world's largest technology companies, adding to the company's woes as it clamors to mitigate fallout from recent revelations regarding potentially unscrupulous business practices.

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22:24
Apple Suppliers 'Gearing Up for Mass Production...

Companies in Apple's supply chain are reportedly "gearing up for mass production" of updated iPad and AirPods models, according to Taiwanese site DigiTimes.

Flexible PCB firms Flexium Interconnect and Zhen Ding Technology are gearing up for mass production for Apple's next-generation iPad devices, while Compeq Manufacturing and Unitech PCB supply rigid-flex boards for the forthcoming AirPods, according to industry sources.The report says that both updates are expected to come at Apple's March 25 event, although reliable sources have indicated the event will focus on Apple's upcoming news and video services with no hardware announcements planned.

Minor hardware updates could come silently alongside the event or via press release...

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20:59
Microsoft OneNote 16.23 - Free digital notebook.

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes

Note: While the software is classified as free, it offers in-...

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20:59
Default Folder X 5.3.5 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views.

Features

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window...
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20:59
WhatsApp 0.3.2386 - Desktop client for WhatsApp...

WhatsApp is the desktop client for WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.



Version 0.3.2386:

  • Bug fixes and performance improvements



  • OS X 10.9 or later



Download Now

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20:59
iClock 4.7 - Customizable menu bar clock, calendar,...

iClock replaces the old Apple's default menu bar clock with more features, customization and increases your productivity.

Features:

  • Have your Apple or Google calendar instantly available from the menubar
  • 2 types of calendars (tiny or big calendars) accessible from the menubar to help you see and easily edit your schedule and events
  • From the menubar tap the Time to see the local time and important info for any cities in the world in a handy customizable menu
  • 'Take 5' is a break or pomadoro timer to remind office workers to take a few minutes to get up and more around or exercise for health
  • Have the day, date, and time in different fonts and colors in the menu bar
  • Global Scheduler: helps you arrange the timing of international meetings to fit everyone's schedule
  • Set alarms instantly from the menubar for cooking eggs, making meetings, errands or anniversaries
  • Countdown timer, stopwatch...
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20:59
VueScan 9.6.35 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.

The list of supported scanners is...

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20:59
Google Chrome 73.0.3683.75 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.



Version 73.0.3683.75:

  • Full changelog can be found here



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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20:59
formZ 8.6 - Solid and surface modeler.

formZ pro is a powerful 3D design application featuring a variety of modeling personalities and tools with an easy to use interface to express and communicate your imagination. It is based on advanced 3D solid and surface modeling methods that maintain accurate representations as you progress from design to visualization, layout, animation and fabrication.

formZ pro 8 is the latest version that introduces subdivision modeling as yet another modeling personality that enables the quick design and exploration of organic forms that originate from basic shapes. These forms are easily manipulated using a suite of subdivision tools that empower this new personality.



Version 8.6:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • OS X 10.9.2 may be required on systems with ATI video cards



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20:59
Microsoft Office 365, 2019 16.23 - Popular...

Microsoft Office 365. The essentials to get it all done.

Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac

  • Get started quickly with new, modern versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote-combining the familiarity of Office and the unique Mac features you love.

Made for doing

  • Find the feature you need fast and create documents more easily with built-in automated design and research tools.

Made to collaborate

  • Work online or offline, on your own or with others in real-time - whatever works for what you’re doing.

Made to move

  • With 1 TB of cloud store, your documents are ready when and where you need them, so you can pick up where you left off.

Office 365 is a subscription service that ensures you always have the most up-to-date modern productivity tools from Microsoft. There are Office 365 plans for home and...

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20:37
Apple’s streaming service may have content from HBO...

Apple is scheduled to unveil its video streaming service on the 25th of March, presuming from the reports that have leaked till date. The company has been hard at work creating its own content but none of it may be ready at launch. So, a fresh report suggests that, the company could very well be

The post Apple’s streaming service may have content from HBO, Showtime, and Starz appeared first on iLounge.

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17:58
Opinion: Apple is ‘playing fair,’ but Spotify doesn’...

Earlier today, Spotify launched a new website called It’s Time to Play Fair, where it proceeded to lay out a timeline and “facts” about how Apple mistreats companies like Spotify. I saw a few snippets of it this morning, but once I had a chance to read the entire thing I almost laughed out loud.

The delusion that the entire site has is a poor attempt to build a Steve Jobs’ style reality distortion field. Spotify had a “Facts” page, and I want to respond to it point by point. Before you a leave comment that I am an Apple fanboy, I would like to point you to articles where I prove that is not the case. more…

The post Opinion: Apple is ‘playing fair,’ but Spotify doesn’t like the rules appeared first on...

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17:21
GlaxoSmithKline just won a design Patent for a High...

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a British pharmaceutical company headquartered in Brentford, London and in 2015 was considered the sixth largest pharmaceutical company in the world. With Companies like Apple slowly turning Apple Watch into a medical device, GSK has decided that they should dabble in the devices market.

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17:14
Another F for Alphabet: after abandoning Android...




After dumping support for its last remaining Android Pixel C tablet last spring, Google is starting off 2019 with another major retreat in its hardware lineup -- including the cancellation of various concepts in development.

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16:59
Apple cites decision to use Intel modems in iPhone...




Apple and Qualcomm on Thursday presented closing arguments in a patent infringement trial in San Diego, with Apple telling jurors that the complaint is less about patents than retribution for using Intel modems in iPhone.

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16:40
Facebook launches new Watch Party features for live...

At SXSW this week, Facebook has announced new features for its Facebook Watch platform, as well as integration with Spotify. Facebook is rolling out Watch Party support for live TV, while also making it easier to listen to full songs through Spotify.

more…

The post Facebook launches new Watch Party features for live TV, deeper integration with Spotify appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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16:40
Apple’s TV Streaming Service Faces Tough Competition...

Media Play News writes:

Disney’s pending subscription streaming video service is projected to generate wide consumer appeal – if it is priced right, according to new data from The Diffusion Group.

When asked about the likelihood they would sign up for “a Netflix-like service” that included movies from Disney, National Geographic, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm (Star Wars); Disney TV shows for children; and original content, 43% of survey respondents said they were likely to sign up, while 27% very likely to subscribe.

Can Apple equal that?


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16:25
The State of Streaming Video vs. Blu-ray Discs

Video on DVDs became wildly popular around the turn of the century. Blu-ray in 2008 got off to a slow start and never really replaced DVDs. Now, 4K Blu-ray is faltering even more. Its fate is examined.


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16:00
Facebook helps you host viewing parties for live TV

Facebook's Watch Party won't just help you help watch online videos with friends -- it'll soon help with old-school TV. The social network is launching a new Watch Party experience that will let you host live TV shows, starting with sports. Start a...

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15:37
Microsoft's Wireless Display app streams PC...

Microsoft announced today that it has updated its Wireless Display app to add support for the Xbox One. The latest version of the app will allow gamers to stream PC titles from Steam and elsewhere directly to Microsoft's gaming console. The app also...

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15:00
Apple argues Qualcomm’s ‘real motivation’ in patent...

After over a week of back and forth, Apple and Qualcomm presented closing arguments today as part of their patent infringement suit in San Diego. Qualcomm zeroed in on a certain patent, while Apple argued Qualcomm is mad it switched to Intel for iPhone modems.

more…

The post Apple argues Qualcomm’s ‘real motivation’ in patent suit is retaliation over iPhone’s switch to Intel appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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14:46
Uncover Jailbreak For iOS 12 with Full Support For...

The Unc0ver jailbreak for iOS 12 to iOS 12.1.2 got a lot of attention recently. The jailbreak was available for all devices A8 through A11, excluding iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and the latest iPad Pro 2018. The @pwn20wnd team added support to Unc0ver for 4 K devices such as the iPhone 6

The post Uncover Jailbreak For iOS 12 with Full Support For iPhone XS, XS Max, XR and The 2018 iPad Pro appeared first on iLounge.

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14:28
'Hyper Light Drifter' devs' next game...

The developers of Hyper Light Drifter have introduced their second game, and it's about as strange as you'd expect... if not more so. Heart Machine has offered a brief peek at Solar Ash Kingdom, a game that blends a "surreal" world, "massive enemy en...

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14:20
Hands-On With the 17" LG Gram and a Look at...

LG recently introduced a 17-inch ultralight laptop, which we thought would be interesting to take a look at in light of rumors suggesting Apple may be planning to introduce a 16 to 16.5-inch MacBook Pro in the future.

We compared the LG Gram to a 15-inch MacBook Pro, but we also thought it might be fun to take a look at Apple's old 2011 17-inch MacBook Pro at the same time, as it was the last larger-display notebook Apple released.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Priced at $1,700, the 17-inch LG Gram features a 2560 x 1600 display with a slim and light enclosure. It has a full keyboard and a decent-sized trackpad, with speakers built into the bottom of the device.

The bezels at the top and the sides are super slim, and bezel size reduction is one of the ways Apple could expand the...

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14:08
It’s Frustrating That Preview in Mojave Isn’t Better

After taking a close look at Preview in Mojave while updating “Take Control of Preview,” Adam Engst comes away disappointed. The new features aren’t impressive, one notable change is actively bad, and there are new bugs. But he’d still like to see Apple enhance the still-powerful graphics and PDF editor.

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14:00
Apple Music expands to Fire TV in the U.S., coming...

In late 2018, Apple Music’s availability expanded to Amazon’s ecosystem with support on Echo speakers in the U.S. On Wednesday, Amazon announced that this support is expanding.

For U.S. customers, you can now use your Fire TV device to listen to Apple Music. U.K. customers will be happy to hear that support for both Echo and Fire TV is expected to roll out in the coming weeks.

To set it up, just open your Alexa app and select the Apple Music skill. If you’ve already done this for an Echo, you won’t need to do it again for the Fire TV, it’ll just be there. You can then give commands like, “Alexa, play R&B on Apple Music” or “Alexa, play music by Ariana Grande on Apple Music.”

...

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13:45
Spotify Asks the European Commission to Make Apple...

Spotify is tired of Apple’s App Store policies and is now calling on the European Commission to regulate the company. The timing is notable given Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up a number of tech giants, including Apple.

Read original article

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13:43
Taking advantage of the macOS App Switcher

Do you use the macOS App Switcher? In the basic form, the Command (⌘) - Tab keyboard shortcut lists all apps currently running on the Mac. Today we’ll take a look at how to take advantage of the App Switcher and teach you some new tricks.

Basic App Switcher

Hold the Command (⌘) key and press Tab, and the App Switcher appears, floating above all windows on your Mac screen:

It looks like I have a few apps open right now! As long as you continue to press the Command (⌘) key, the App Switcher stays on your screen. To move through the active apps, tap the Tab key with the Command (⌘) key still held down, and it cycles through them from left to right. When you get to the app you wish to switch to (Numbers in the screenshot above), just let up on the Command (⌘) key and that app becomes active on your screen.

To reverse the order of how App Switcher cycles through the running apps, just hold down the Command (⌘) and Shift keys while tapping Tab...

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13:41
Apple Music is on Amazon Fire TV

Apple Music users in the US can now listen to their tracks on Amazon Fire TVs (or sticks). The news comes only months after Apple Music became available on Echo devices stateside. Apple's streaming service is also expected to come to Echo users in th...

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13:30
WaterField Designs debuts another wallets as part of...

Last week WaterField Designs announced Wallet Month — the culmination of a two-month, 2,000-customer-participant, crowdsourced design project — with the launch of two minimalist wallets: the Minemo and the Clyff.

Now the company has unveiled a third wallet: the Stratto (pictured), a slim, full-grain leather bifold wallet with hidden slots for contactless cards, so users can tap-and-go while cards remain safely inside. It holds about eight to 10 cards in two interior pockets and a stash of unfolded bills. 

Behind the cash compartment lie two hidden slots designed for users’ contactless cards. With work ID, metro or other such cards in place, users can use the Stratto to tap-and-go while leaving these cards securely inside. The bifold is available with or without RFID...

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13:20
Apple Acquires Machine Learning Startup Laserlike

Apple has acquired Laserlike, a young startup founded by three former Google engineers. It’s a machine learning startup that could help Apple improve its recommendation algorithms in News, TV, Apple Music, etc (paywall).

An Apple spokesperson confirmed the acquisition of the four-year-old startup, which was founded by three former Google engineers, Anand Shukla, Srinivasan Venkatachary and Steven Baker, and had raised more than $24 million from Redpoint Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures, according to CrunchBase. Terms of the deal could not be learned.

I look forward to getting better recommendations.


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13:20
Apple Music support comes to Amazon Fire TV devices

Last November, Apple and Amazon announced that Apple Music was coming to Amazon’s Echo devices. Now support for the streaming music service has come to Amazon’s Fire TV, according to 9to5Mac.

Amazon Fire TVs are digital media players that can deliver digital audio/video content streamed via the Internet, to a high-definition television. It also allows users to play video games with the included remote, via a mobile app, or with an optional game controller.

To start using Apple Music on Fire TV, enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app. If you already activated Apple Music for Amazon Echo, it should be available on Amazon Fire TV automatically.

Amazon also announced that it’s expanding Apple Music on Amazon Echo to...

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13:17
Apple Acquires 'Laserlike' a Start-Up by...

Apple has acquired Laserlike, a small Silicon Valley-based machine learning startup, ..

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13:15
Legendary ASCII game 'Dwarf Fortress' is...

The 17-year-old classic Dwarf Fortress is considered a pioneer in gaming through its massive, highly interactive world, but it's a tough sell to modern gamers with its ASCII graphics and its absence on modern game stores. That won't be an issue for...

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13:08
Clip Studio Paint Pro for Mac and Windows: $29.99

We have a deal on Clip Studio Paint Pro for Mac and Windows, the successor program to Manga Studio. It’s aimed at illustrators, comic artists, manga artists, and other creators. You can get it through us for $29.99, 50% off retail. You can see it in action in the video below.


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13:08
Apple acquires Laserlike, a machine learning startup

Apple has scooped up Laserlike, a small Silicon Valley-based machine learning startup, reports The Information. Terms of the acquisition haven’t been disclosed, but the deal was almost certainly done with an eye toward improving Siri.

The four-year-old startup was founded by three former Google engineers, Anand Shukla, Srinivasan Venkatachary and Steven Baker. Laserlike had built a smartphone app (pictured, but no longer available) that let users follow topics in which they were interested.

On its website Laserlike says it’s built a web scale content search, discovery and personalization platform using advanced machine learning. The company says its content search “brings you the full perspective in a feed you can control.”



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13:07
Default Folder X 5.3.5

Ensures correct operation of the Save dialog of macOS 10.14 Mojave's enhanced screenshot utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 8.9 MB)

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13:05
Skype 8.41

Adds the capability to merge an incoming call with the current call. (Free, 93.4 MB)

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13:02
Panic announces all new web development editor...

The developers at Panic today revealed some major changes coming soon to its web development offerings. The company says that later this year, it will release a completely new web development application as a successor to Coda, which was originally released 12 years ago.

more…

The post Panic announces all new web development editor coming this year as Coda 2 successor appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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13:02
Periscope details plan to cut down on spam and fake...

Periscope, the livestreaming app owned by Twitter, is banning fake engagement on the platform. This includes fake hearts, chats, followers, and views. In a Medium post, the company told users to expect an "increase in enforcement actions" as the poli...

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13:01
Apple’s New Concerns, Ending Web Dysfunction – TMO...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s new streaming concerns, and the state of the web 30 years on.


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12:57
Apple confirms buyout of machine learning startup...




Apple on Wednesday confirmed its recent takeover of Laserlike, a Silicon Valley startup that applied machine learning to content discovery.

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12:50
Sneaky deep sea robot will take pics of fish without...

Robots typically aren't good choices for studying deep sea animals like jellyfish -- not when their light, noise and movement can scare away those creatures. Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution may have a far less intrusive option, th...

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12:46
Apple Should be Punished by EU antitrust officials,...

Spotify says the iPhone maker company Apple isn’t competing fair when it comes to music fans. The Swedish music streaming company lodged a complaint with European antitrust officials against Tech giant Apple, condemning it of giving an unethical advantage over rivals to its own music service. The founder and CEO of Spotify, Daniel Ek, wrote

The post Apple Should be Punished by EU antitrust officials, Demands Spotify appeared first on iLounge.

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12:45
Should you buy the iPhone 7 in 2019?

Apple released the iPhone 7 in 2016, making it a two plus year old phone but its still one of the best budget phones. It was a flagship when it released but it can now be found for as less as $300. Internally it sports Apple’s A10 Fusion chip which is behemoth of power coupled

The post Should you buy the iPhone 7 in 2019? appeared first on iLounge.

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12:40
Apple buys up Laserlike, an ex-Googler founded AI...

Apple recently acquired the startup Laserlike, according to a new report from The Information. The company was founded by former Google engineers and makes it easier for users to follow news in various topics.

more…

The post Apple buys up Laserlike, an ex-Googler founded AI startup focused on following news topics appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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12:39
Google adds DuckDuckGo as a search engine option in...

Hidden in the most recent version of Chrome is the ability to change its default search engine to a more privacy-friendly option. With the release of Chrome 73, Google has quietly introduced DuckDuckGo as a preferred search option in more than 60 mar...

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12:32
Apple Purchases Machine Learning Startup Laserlike

Apple last year acquired Laserlike, a machine learning startup located in Silicon Valley, reports The Information. Apple's purchase of the four-year-old company was confirmed by an Apple spokesperson with a standard acquisition statement: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Laserlike's website says that its core mission is to deliver "high quality information and diverse perspectives on any topic from the entire web to you."

The company built a search app that used discovery and personalization machine learning techniques to build a Laserlike app described as an "interest search engine" that provided news, web, video, and local content relevant to each user. The Laserlike app is no longer available following the acquisition,...

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12:32
Apple Purchases Machine Learning Startup Laserlike

Apple last year acquired Laserlike, a machine learning startup located in Silicon Valley, reports The Information. Apple's purchase of the four-year-old company was confirmed by an Apple spokesperson with a standard acquisition statement: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Laserlike's website says that its core mission is to deliver "high quality information and diverse perspectives on any topic from the entire web to you."

The company built a search app that used discovery and personalization machine learning techniques to build a Laserlike app described as an "interest search engine" that provided news, web, video, and local content relevant to each user. The Laserlike app is no longer available following the acquisition,...

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12:25
Wearing headphones at a concert isn’t as weird as I...

One of the worst concerts I've ever attended in my life -- in terms of pure sound quality -- was at Barclays Center. I get that arena shows are never going to be known for their top-notch acoustics, but the concrete cavern that the Brooklyn Nets call...

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12:15
Review: V-Moda V-Man is more than a simple headphone...




The V-Man from V-Moda is a robust stainless steel sculpture that can hold headphones and other accessories while adding modern Italian style.

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12:15
The Android Q beta is here with a focus on privacy

It's that time of year when Google offers an early peek at the next version of Android, and sure enough, the first Android Q preview beta is here. Like previous Android betas, the emphasis here is more on functional updates rather than razzle-dazzle....

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11:54
US grounds all Boeing 737 Max planes

Less than one day after expressing confidence in Boeing's 737 Max fleet, the US government has decided to ground the plane involved in two recent crashes. According to CNBC, President Trump told reporters that the US was issuing an emergency order to...

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11:51
Apple Music comes to Amazon's Fire TV streamers




People with one of Amazon's Fire TV streamers can now listen to Apple Music, much as they can on Echo speakers.

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11:51
HP is recalling more laptop batteries over fire...

HP is expanding its recall of laptop and mobile workstation batteries because of concerns over "fire and burn hazards." HP actually announced the broader recall in January, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission didn't post it on its website unti...

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11:43
Amazon Fire TV Apple Music Launches

Amazon Fire TV Apple Music launches today. The move follows Apple Music’s launch on the Amazon Echo last year.


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11:37
Google targets ads at gamers who don’t make in-app...

If you're one of the few mobile gamers who actually spend money on in-app purchases, you might begin to see fewer ads. While developers make most of their money with advertising, in some cases, ads hurt in-app purchases by disrupting the gameplay of...

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11:34
iOS 12.2 Improves Audio Message Quality

In the latest iOS 12.2 beta Apple has improved audio message quality by switching to a different codec for files.

Details on the improvement in audio quality were shared on Twitter this morning, and we confirmed the change on our own devices. Apple previously used the .AMR file format for its audio messages, but in the beta, has swapped over to .CAF.

The Opus codec, coming in a 24000 Hz, is a big increase from the old AMR codec at 8000 Hz. Opus is used by other messaging services like WhatsApp, Telegram, and WebRTC.


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11:25
Sony fixes bug that prevented Kodi installs on its...

The furor over Sony TVs allegedly blocking Kodi appears to be over. Sony told Engadget it's rolling out a firmware update for some of its Android-powered sets that fixes a bug preventing Kodi from installing. While it didn't say just what the fix ent...

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11:23
ProtonMail Complied With 336 Government Requests in...

Protonmail complied with 336 government requests for assistance. This is an increase from 23 requests in 2017.


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11:21
Apple Music Now Available on Amazon Fire TV

Amazon today expanded its Apple Music integration to the Amazon Fire TV, allowing Fire TV owners to ask Alexa to play songs from the Apple Music service.

According to CNBC, Apple Music on the Amazon Fire TV is available starting today.

The expansion comes three months after Apple allowed Apple Music to be streamed on Amazon Echo speakers using the Alexa voice assistant.

On the Fire TV, users can use commands like "Alexa, play music by Stevie Nicks," or "Alexa, play a Fleetwood Mac album" to play content directly from Apple Music.

It can be enabled by going to the Alexa app on an Android or iOS device and activating the Apple Music skill. Those who have already set up Apple Music with Alexa for Echo devices will not need to repeat the steps.

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11:12
Apple Music launches on Amazon Fire TV, coming to...

Following the Apple Music launch on Amazon Echo speakers in the US, Apple Music is now available on the Amazon Fire TV as well. The Apple Music skill can now integrate with Alexa on Fire TV, so you can ask your TV to play Apple Music with your voice.

Moreover, Amazon announced that it is now expanding Apple Music on Amazon Echo to more countries. The service will be available to Echo owners in the United Kingdom ‘in the coming weeks’.

more…

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11:12
'SimBad' Android adware was downloaded...

As much as Google has done to keep malware out of the Play Store, some notable examples still get through. Google has pulled 210 apps from the store after Check Point researchers discovered that they were infected with the same strain of adware. Ni...

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11:00
Man arrested for selling Netflix and Spotify accounts

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced today that they arrested a man accused of selling stolen login credentials online. The unnamed man, a 21-year-old living in Sydney, Australia, operated a website called WickedGen.com that advertised havin...

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10:48
FB Goes Down Worldwide

FB has gone down worldwide, leaving users frustrated for not being able to login to their accounts. Currently, it’s unclear why Facebook has gone down. Users haven’t been able to login to their FB accounts for an hour now, and we aren’t sure when Facebook is to get back online. It isn’t Facebook that has

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10:46
Facebook and Instagram down for some users, company...

It’s not just you. Facebook and other services owned by the company such as Instagram and WhatsApp are experiencing outages right now. The company says that it is aware of the issue and working to get things back online.

more…

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10:45
Samsung Galaxy Buds review: A waste of good design

Apple has the AirPods for the iPhone, and now Samsung has a true wireless headphone made specifically for its Galaxy lineup. The Galaxy Buds offer a lot of the same features as most other true wireless earbuds: charging case, on-board controls, audio...

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10:44
Spotify EU Complaint Says Apple Stifles Competition

A Spotify EU complaint brought against Apple says that Apple stifles competition because of Apple’s 30% App Store tax.


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10:35
Apple Celebrates the First Graduation of Developer...

Apple has marked the first graduation of students from its Developer Academy in Jakarta, celebrating their accomplishments and creativity in a ceremony attended by Apple’s Lisa Jackson and Indonesia’s Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto.

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10:29
Dozens of law enforcement agencies are helping ICE...

More than 9,200 Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees have access to a license plate database that allows authorities to track the movement of vehicles over time. The American Civil Liberties Union says more than 80 law enforcement agencies a...

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10:26
Firefox Send Lets You Share Big Encrypted Files

Firefox Send is a free tool that lets you send encrypted files up to 1GB in size, or 2.5GB if you sign in with a Firefox account.

What sets Send apart is its ease of use. It works in any browser; just go to send.firefox.com. Upload or drag and drop files, and Send will generate a link that you can set to expire after a certain number of downloads—up to 100—or a certain amount of time, ranging from five minutes to seven days.

Being able to use any browser is probably the best part about this tool.


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10:25
UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond Suggests New...

UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond suggested his country could look to find ways to impose greater competition on big tech firms, including Apple.


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10:19
Video quality showdown -- Galaxy S10e versus iPhone...




AppleInsider tests the video recording aptitude of the new Samsung Galaxy S10e and the iPhone XR in a variety of environments from slow-motion to stability.

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10:15
Why has Spotify filed a complaint against Apple to...

"After careful consideration," wrote Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, "Spotify has filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission." The Swedish streaming company believes that it is the victim of discriminatory practices by the iPhone maker, rega...

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10:11
Facebook and Instagram Goes Down Worldwide

Facebook and Instagram has gone down worldwide, and no one really knows why. Whether facebook is down for maintenance, we are unsure, but users have been complaining all over the web that neither Facebook nor Instagram is allowing them to login. Instead, they were greeted with an error message letting them know that they couldn’t

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10:10
More T-Mobile Location Data Abuses

In response to a letter from Senator Ron Wyden, T-Mobile has come forth with more location data abuses by third parties.


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10:01
Smartphone Makers, including Apple, are considering...

Last week Patently Apple posted an IP report titled "Apple's work on advancing iPhone Waterproofing introduces a New Style of Charging and Data Port" that supported Apple's view of eliminating the traditional penetrating lightning connector; an idea that Apple has shown us in patents going back to 2016. Now China's smartphone OEM is showing analysts and some in the press some of their future smartphone ideas that includes MagPort ....

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09:57
NASA's upcoming Moon mission may use commercial...

Today, in a surprising move at a Senate hearing, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine proposed that Orion, NASA's upcoming crew vehicle, may fly aboard a commercial rocket. This was the first time that the possibility had been broached by the NASA admi...

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09:53
Australian man charged over bow and arrow attack

This might be the oddest story you read all day.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:50
Spotify files EU antitrust complaint against Apple
09:49
Apple Accuses Qualcomm of Witness Tampering in...

Apple has accused Qualcomm of tampering with ones its witnesses, a notion the chipmaker describes as “ridiculous.”


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09:48
Rumor says 10.2- & 10.5-inch iPads in the works...




Apple is not only working on 10.2- and 10.5-inch iPads, but planning to ship them at separate times, a reputable leaker claimed on Wednesday.

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09:46
Don’t expect a 10.5-inch (non-Pro) iPad

In a Twitter account, CoinX says Apple plans will not only release a 10.2-inch seventh-generation iPad, but a brand new 10.5-inch (non-Pro) iPad. 

The Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) says this won’t happen. The 9.7-inch iPad may be bumped up to 10.2 inches when it’s updated. That’s likely to happen later this month, along with the debut of the fifth generation iPad mini.

As for Pro models, they’ll arrive in September-October along with the next rev of iOS. And the iPad Pros will come in 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch versions as they do now.



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09:39
Apple Improves Audio Messages Quality in iOS 12.2

In the iOS 12.2 beta, Apple has improved the quality of the audio messages sent in the Messages app after switching to a new Opus codec at 24000 Hz, up from the previously used AMR codec at 8000 Hz.

Details on the improvement in audio quality were shared on Twitter this morning, and we confirmed the change on our own devices. Apple previously used the .AMR file format for its audio messages, but in the beta, has swapped over to .CAF.

New audio file in iOS 12.2, old audio file in iOS 12.1.4

On iOS devices running iOS 12.2 or macOS 10.14.4, .CAF files sound much crisper, clearer, and louder, marking a significant improvement over the previous audio quality.

Right now, to hear the improved audio quality, audio messages need to be sent from a device running iOS 12.2 to a device running iOS 12.2 (or a Mac running...

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09:39
Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego?

If you're an '80s or '90s kid, you might remember searching the globe for the evil villainess Carmen Sandiego and her fleet of henchmen. You'd follow clues (from what was likely your first PC) based on foreign currencies, flags, languages and landmar...

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook 512GB $999,...

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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09:17
Latest iPad rumor claims new 10.2-inch and updated...

Apple’s 7th generation iPad is expected to be released at any point. Until now, signs have pointed to the refreshed $329 iPad either retaining its 9.7-inch screen or seeing a slight bump into the 10-inch range. Today, a previously reliable source says that Apple will release a 10.2-inch iPad as well as a 10.5-inch model.

more…

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09:09
Apple Planning Both 10.2-Inch 'iPad 7' and...

Throwing a wrench into rumors, the previously accurate Twitter account CoinX today claimed that Apple plans to release not only a 10.2-inch seventh-generation iPad, but also an entirely new 10.5-inch iPad without Pro branding. The tablets will not be released simultaneously, according to the tweet.

Both iPad 7 (10.2”) and the “new” iPad (10.5”, non-Pro) are coming. But not at the same time.

— CoinX (@coiiiiiiiin) March 13, 2019

If accurate, Apple could perhaps be planning to release a slightly scaled back version of the existing 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which could allow it to fill a price point between the $329 lower-end iPad and the $799 and up 2018 iPad Pro models.

CoinX has an accurate track record, having previously...

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09:04
Insta360 Evo captures 180- and 360-degree content...

Following the powerful One X 360 camera (and some fun updates), Insta360 is now back with a rather eccentric device that aims to make better use of your VR headsets. The new Insta360 Evo is a dual-mode camera that captures 360 content when folded int...

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09:00
Stacktrace Podcast 027: “Let’s spelunk my life”

It’s time for some new, alternative, avenues of spelunking — including Apple’s career website, and… Rambo’s digital life? Also, how Swift compares to Node.js for server-side development, what a “UIKit for AR” could look like, and some brief speculation about Apple’s upcoming media event.

Stacktrace by 9to5Mac is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Sponsored by Hyper: For the entire month of March, get 50% off Hyper’s combo wireless charger/USB-C hub and its other wireless chargers w/ code 9to5wireless.

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08:57
Google releases Chrome 73 with Dark Mode for macOS...

Google just released the Chrome 73 update, adding the one of the most awaited features to their browser, the “Dark Mode”. Ever since Apple introduced a dark mode for the macOS Mojave, users have been waiting for this update for a while now. People that have already enabled Dark Mode on the MacOS Mojave should

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08:53
4G is Coming to the Tube, But Still no WiFi in...

LONDON – London’s underground Tube train network has WiFi, but only in the stations. Meanwhile, the likes of Tokyo, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Melbourne, all have WiFi connectivity in tunnels. The Tube will soon be getting 4G, but that does not mean there will be no restrictions.  Wired looked into why WiFi is still only in stations, and found multiple reasons, with cost and the shape of the tunnels high-up the list.

London’s failure to connect has multiple causes. First is cost. “Technically, it is straightforward, although expensive, to deliver Wi-Fi in stations,” says Matthew Griffin, head of commercial telecoms at TfL. To install it, individual access points have to be placed within the station ceiling or hidden in voids, with flat antennas providing the signal. While this sounds simple, it’s very expensive to lay cabling to reach all these access points.

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08:53
How to Download or Upgrade to Chrome 73

After Google released the Chrome 73 update, we received many emails from our readers on how they can download Chrome 73 or update their current Google Chrome browser to Chrome 73. We at iLounge decided to write on an article on how that can be done. Basically, Chrome 73 is the latest version of Google

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08:33
FDA proposes stricter rules for flavored e-cigarettes

After months of talking about limiting flavored e-cigarettes, the FDA ready to take more definitive action. The regulator has unveiled draft rules that would let it restrict sales of e-cigs with flavors that could appeal to kids (that is, everything...

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08:30
Smart TVs could get annoying ads just like your web...

It might be a “smart TV” but any manufacturer who did this would be stupid.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:26
China's BOE wants to break Samsung's...




A Chinese display maker, BOE, is reportedly stepping up production of touch-integrated OLED screens in a bid to win iPhone-related orders from Apple.

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08:17
iPhone Saves Man Shot by Arrow

We’ve heard stories about iPhones identifying heart defects. However, AppleInsider picked up on another way an iPhone has saved a life – the device blocked an arrow shot at it’s user!  Police in New South Wales, Australia, were called by a man reporting someone wielding a bow and arrow. When the victim went to take a picture of the assailant, they fired an arrow, which was absorbed by the iPhone.

The arrow struck the iPhone, with the arrowhead partially passing through the device but ultimately embedding the ammunition… This is not the first time a person has escaped major harm thanks to the company’s hardware. In 2017, a witness to a shooting at a Fort Lauderdale airport revealed a MacBook Pro in his backpack was hit by a stray bullet, one that could have caused serious injury.


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08:16
Smartphone sales in China plummet to their lowest in...

It's no secret that smartphone sales are on the decline worldwide as consumers hold on to their handsets for longer. The trend is particularly visible in China, the world's biggest tech market, and a major battleground for the industry's leading manu...

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08:14
Supposed iPad Mini 5 Case Supports Rumors of Few...

Rumors suggest that a new iPad mini is on the horizon, and a supposed case for the tablet shared by Indian blog 91Mobiles today points towards few outward design changes beyond a center-positioned rear microphone. The blog attributes the photos to Slashleaks contributor Sudhanshu Ambhore.

Beyond the centered microphone, the case is consistent with the iPad mini 4 design, including two speakers and a Lightning connector along the bottom, a headphone jack and power button along the top, volume buttons along the right side, and what appears to be a circular, single-lens rear camera.

The case, if accurate, corroborates information shared by OnLeaks and...

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08:08
Google will try to steal the Thunder from Apple...

Apple's big flashy event scheduled for March 25th to finally unveil their new content streaming service was announced on Monday and we added the breaking news to our report on Apple hiring director Taika Waititi for a new 'Time Bandits' series. Since then Spotify has announced a streaming music and Hulu content offer for premium accounts and now Google has announced that on March 19 they'll be unveiling their new online gaming platform ...

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08:02
Light waves allow scientists to 3D print with...

3D printing can already create sensors for NASA rovers, rocket engines, safer football helmets, dentures. Name it, and it seems like it can be 3D printed. But the technology is still pretty limited, partly because most 3D printing systems can only ma...

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08:00
Are you an Amazon or an Apple family?

This is an interesting, if admittedly first world, dilemma.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:52
iPhone takes arrow intended for owner in Australian...




The iPhone has likely saved another person's life through unconventional and expensive means, by protecting its owner from a flying arrow in an attack at his home in Australia on Wednesday.

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07:50
∞ How I made my own iPhone

[VIDEO] This video is about two years old, but fascinating nonetheless. It’s embedded in the main Loop post.

Scotty Allen has a wonderful YouTube channel called Strange Parts that explores the back alley parts markets in places like Shenzhen, China, scrounging together the pieces to create, in this case, a working iPhone 6s.

This is not about creating a phone of your own. Rather, it’s a look at a remarkable parts market. Jump to about 4:03 and check out all those iPhone backs.

I’d wager that the parts market is even more varied and vibrant today. Kind of makes me want to hackintosh my own iPhone. Or, at least, replace the back with something unique and custom.

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07:46
China’s BOE hoping to oust Samsung as Apple’s sole...

A report late last year suggested that Apple was gearing up to use a new display technology for at least one of this year’s iPhones, and a fresh report today says that Chinese company BOE is hoping to come on board as a second supplier …

more…

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07:44
Beats EP On-Ear Headphones are now on Sale (38% Off)

Beats EP On-Ear Headphones are now on sale on Amazon for $79 (38% Off). The original price of these Beats Headphones starts at $129. It’s available in black, blue, red and white colors. However, the red and white color headphones comes at a different price. It also comes with Amazon Prime shipping, therefore your headphones

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07:40
Use Carthage For Build Automation In Cocoa Apps

Note: these are just my notes to get started with Carthage and by no means a definitive resource of information.

Carthage is a tool that automates build dependencies for Cocoa apps and provides binary frameworks without modifying out-of-band project files. If you’re using homebrew, installing carthage is a one-liner:

Once installed, build a Cartfile in the home directory of xcode projects. The cartfile will list required projects, by version, as you can see here, which lists AlamoFire:

brew install carthage

Once Carthage is installed, you’ll need a cartfile for each project, to map the dependencies. This gives you the chance to resolve those when you’re building new software. Each time you add something new, simply put the dependency in there, taking into account when you want to use a given version or branch.

# Use the latest version
github "AFNetworking/AFNetworking"

# Use a local project
git "file:///Users/krypted/...

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07:37
Steve Jobs and the upside down Apple logo

Last week, I tweeted a pic showing an old Apple laptop. As was the case with all old Mac laptops, the Apple logo was upside down when open.

With a bit of help from Sérgio Miranda, I went down a bit of a rabbit hole to learn more.

From the linked Joe Moreno blog post:

The design group noticed that users constantly tried to open the laptop from the wrong end. Steve Jobs always focused on providing the best possible user experience and believed that it was more important to satisfy the user than the onlooker.

An interesting problem, one of competing interests. Should the user see the right side up logo, so they know which side to open? Or is it more important for the brand that the world see a right side up logo?

Obviously, Steve started with one opinion and then, when he returned...

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07:30
Editorial: Senator Warren's stance on big tech...




Running for President, Senator Warren proposes plans to break up big technology companies, that ignore real security concerns. You can't apply simplistic solutions to complex problems just because it's politically expedient, and you can't conveniently dance around Apple being included, then bring it in when you're forced to give a soundbite.

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07:28
August's promised HomeKit support for smart...




Apple HomeKit isn't coming to August's smart doorbells anytime soon, even the newly-announced View, representatives told AppleInsider at the SXSW festival in Austin, Tex.

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07:23
Apple races to get studios signed up for new...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc., after teasing investors for months about its ambitions to become a services company, is getting ready to showcase plans for new video and news products. All it needs now is for Hollywood to sign up.

And:

But before the curtain goes up, Apple needs to complete deals. The company is racing to secure movies and TV shows to offer alongside its own original videos and is offering concessions to get deals done by a Friday deadline, according to people familiar with the matter. Pay-TV programmers such as HBO, Showtime and Starz have to decide whether Apple is an existential threat, as some now view Netflix, a potential partner or something in between.

When Apple did a similar dance to craft deals with record companies to build iTunes and then Apple Music, they were purely working through a distribution deal. They were not a threat (at least not an obvious one), but a partner. Apple had no ambitions to create music of their own.

The...

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07:14
DirecTV Now Confirms $10/Month Price Hike for...

In the wake of reports that claimed DirecTV Now was planning to raise prices for its customers again, the streaming service today posted a new FAQ page confirming that all existing customers will see a $10/month price hike effective April 12, 2019 (via Variety). This means that if you are currently subscribed to DirecTV Now's Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, Gotta Have It, or Todo y Más packages, you will pay $10/month more than you are now.

At the same time, DirecTV Now has confirmed that it is raising the price of its premium channel add-ons, but only for legacy subscribers who are now adding these channels...

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07:04
Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones is now on Sale...

Amazon has listed one of the Beats decade collection Powerbeats3 wireless earphones on sale. While the original price is $199, Amazon is giving it away for $134. This means you save $65.95 (33%) when you buy it from Amazon today. At the time of publishing this article, only 20 wireless earphones were available. Therefore, if

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06:58
iClock 4.7 - Customizable menu bar clock, calendar,...

iClock replaces the old Apple's default menu bar clock with more features, customization and increases your productivity.

Features:

  • Have your Apple or Google calendar instantly available from the menubar
  • 2 types of calendars (tiny or big calendars) accessible from the menubar to help you see and easily edit your schedule and events
  • From the menubar tap the Time to see the local time and important info for any cities in the world in a handy customizable menu
  • 'Take 5' is a break or pomadoro timer to remind office workers to take a few minutes to get up and more around or exercise for health
  • Have the day, date, and time in different fonts and colors in the menu bar
  • Global Scheduler: helps you arrange the timing of international meetings to fit everyone's schedule
  • Set alarms instantly from the menubar for cooking eggs, making meetings, errands or anniversaries
  • Countdown timer, stopwatch...
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06:57
Microsoft offers preview of 'Project xCloud...




Microsoft has demonstrated 'Project xCloud,' an in-development cloud-based gaming service that streams gameplay to consumer devices including iPhones and iPads instead of being rendered locally, a service that is expected to enter public testing later this year.

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06:56
Apple may Adopt Samsung's 'Touch-...

In an interesting foreign tech report posted today we learn that Apple "plans to adopt Samsung’s touch-integrated OLED displays into its high-end iPhones." The report also noted that BOE may enter Apple's supply chain ...

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06:56
A first look at Twitter’s new prototype

Sarah Perez, writing for Tech Crunch, does a deep dive into Twitter’s new prototyping app, Twttr.

Twttr is designed as a parallel app to Twitter, gives Twitter a place to experiment with different takes on things like threads, color coding, and replies.

Worth a look. This is where Twitter is headed.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:43
Verizon's 5G mobile network launching Apr. 11...




Verizon will launch its 5G mobile network on Apr. 11 in just two U.S. cities, Chicago and Minneapolis, and charge $10 extra versus regular 4G service.

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06:42
Major update to Twitter app today brings photos and...

A major update to the Twitter app, rolling out from today, puts far greater emphasis on photos and video – both in terms of your feed, and your own ability to share.

Initially rumored to be a separate app, Twitter has instead boosted the role of imagery in the main app …

more…

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06:32
Apple grows iPhone share in U.S., despite overseas...

In 2019, 105.2 million people in the U.S. will use an iPhone, giving Apple a 45.2% share of the US smartphone market. That share will grow 0.1% each year through 2021, according to eMarketer.

“The variety of iPhones available at different price points has contributed to the smartphone’s continued success in the U.S.,” says eMarketer forecasting director Shelleen Shum.  “The Apple ecosystem, along with the brand’s reputation for creativity and privacy, is still remarkably effective in maintaining user loyalty and attracting new users.”

Android will continue to dominate the U.S. smartphone market, having overtaken Apple in 2011. This year, Android usage will grow more than 3% to 124.4 million people. Its share of U.S. smartphone users will increase to 53.4% in 2019, and reach 53.8% by 2021. Both Android and Apple continue to steal share from BlackBerry and Windows phones.

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Verizon previously detailed that it plans on launching its 5G service in 30 cities by next year. Now it has revealed that users in Chicago and Minneapolis will be the first to use the next generation cellular standard. However, there are a couple of catches, including a price hike.

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Apple is expanding the App Development and Swift curriculum in Singapore and opening a second Apple Developer Academy in Indonesia.


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Apple says it’s increased its commitment to coding and education in Southeast Asia with the expansion of its App Development with Swift curriculum at partner schools in Singapore and the opening of Indonesia’s second Apple Developer Academy in Surabaya, offering aspiring developers the skills they need to thrive in today's app economy.

The Singapore University of Technology and Design and RMIT Online have launched app development courses using Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum for adult learners, supported by the local government's SkillsFuture Singapore agency. Pathlight School, Singapore’s first autism-focused school, will offer a Swift Accelerator program for its secondary students. This builds on the Swift Accelerator program available to all schools, supported by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore.

Using Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum, which includes an AR Module, the Singapore University of...

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Apple’s premium smartphone market share in China...

Smartphone shipments to China in February fell to their lowest in six years, as consumers continued to put off handset purchases amid a slowing economy, according to data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, a government-affiliated research institute.

Reuters notes that shipments totaled 14.5 million units, down 19.9% from a year ago. That’s the lowest since February 2013, when shipments to the China totaled 20.7 million. Apple’s share of the premium smartphone market ($500 and higher) fell to 54.6% from 81.2%.

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