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Saturday January 11

20:01
Android phones to follow iPhone’s ultra-wideband...

Barclays analysts claim that Android smartphones will begin to have Ultra Wideband later on in 2020. iPhone 11 models already have this technology, providing spatial awareness and location features for owners of U1-integrated devices.

NXP Semiconductors, a Dutch chipmaker company was the first to have the Secure Element, NFC and all-in-one Ultra Wideband. It’s expected that Android phone manufacturers will get Ultra Wideband first. With the technology, mobiles will have added capabilities, such as unlocking cars, points of entries and connected...

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18:42
Spectrum's exit from home security leaves...

A host of Spectrum subscribers are about to learn the risks of tying your home security to your telecom provider. The Charter-owned cable company has notified customers that it will stop supporting its Spectrum Home Security service on February 5th....

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16:40
Thermaltake's latest gaming headset works with...

Thermaltake just introduced a gaming headset that's as much about showing off as it chatting with your gaming buddies. The Riing Pro RGB 7.1 steps up the competition against rival headsets with two-zone lighting you can control with both Alexa and R...

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15:48
Apple marks Chinese New Year with 'Shot on...




Apple has marked the Chinese New Year with its latest "Shot on iPhone" video, a short film recorded on the iPhone 11 Pro featuring three generations of Chinese women gathering together for the annual event.

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15:18
Uber is leaving Colombia after court ruling

Uber has once again been kicked out of an entire country. The ridesharing firm is shutting down operations in Colombia on February 1st after a December court ruling that it violated transportation laws. It intends to appeal the ruling, which it cal...

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14:01
US will investigate Fitbit and Garmin following...

The new year isn't getting off to a great start for some wearable device makers. The US International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate Fitbit, Garmin, distributor Ingram Micro and two Chinese manufacturers (Inventec and Maintek) over Phili...

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13:24
∞ Shot on iPhone 11 Pro video “Daughter”

I’M NOT CRYING! YOU’RE CRYING!

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12:51
Going hands-on with Nomad's Base Station Pro...




Nomad gave AppleInsider an early look at its upcoming Base Station Pro, a beefed-up version of its popular wireless charger that purports to offer free placement for up to three devices on its large charging surface.

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12:44
Modder makes the GameCube Joy-Cons you've...

If you're a veteran Nintendo gamer, you've likely dreamed of using a GameCube controller with the Switch -- if just to recreate that 2001 vibe of playing Super Smash Bros. Melee in the family den. For mod creator Shank, that's now a practical realit...

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12:41
Apple Releases a New 'Shot on iPhone 11 Pro...

Apple has just released a new 'shot on iPhone 11 Pro' ad for the Chinese New Year called "Daughter." It's a short film about ....

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12:14
Apple Granted 3 Apple Watch Design Patents in Hong...

A new series of design patents were issued to Apple, this time for three Apple Watch designs in different colors

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11:33
OnePlus is reportedly holding a display tech...

OnePlus was at CES and even showcased the Concept One phone, but the company may have reserved a few announcements for an event of its own. Members of the media in China reportedly received an invite to the company's "2020 Display Tech" conference on...

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11:24
Apple shares special ‘Shot on iPhone’ short film to...

As it has done for the past several years, Apple is celebrating Chinese New Year with a short film as part of its “Shot on iPhone” series. The short film comes in at 8-minutes long and is entitled “Daughter.”

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11:06
A new $5 app allows Apple Card users to download...

The Apple Card was designed to be loaded into a user’s iPhone, with spending history living inside the Wallet app and transaction data arranged in a colorful interactive interface. However it lacks ...

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10:34
Recycling robot 'Daisy' part of Apple...




Apple's efforts to improve its recycling has an end goal of becoming a "closed-loop" manufacturer in the future, an extremely difficult goal to accomplish, and one that would end the need to mine for new materials if achieved by the iPhone maker.

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10:18
Apple Announces a Free Replacement Program for XS...

Apple sent out a notice yesterday that they've determined that some Smart Battery Cases made for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR may experience charging issues. An affected Smart Battery Case may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors ...

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10:17
Instagram removes posts backing slain Iranian leader...

Instagram appears to be caught in the crossfire of international politics. Facebook has confirmed to CNN that it pulled posts and accounts supporting slain Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order to obey US sanctions against the country's Islami...

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09:16
Apple AirPods drop to $129, matching all-time low...




In stock and ready to ship, Amazon has issued a $30 price drop on Apple AirPods with Charging Case, matching the record all-time low price found on Black Friday.

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09:00
The future of foldable tablets got clearer at CES...

Déjà vu hit me in a big way at CES 2020. As one of Engadget's PC-beat reporters, I had been taking briefings with laptop makers to check out their news for the conference. From Lenovo and Dell to Intel, companies showed off devices with...

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08:52
While Apple is King for using Recyclable Materials...

Back in April 2018 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple introduces us to Liam's Big Sister 'Daisy', the next-generation Recycling Robot." The report provided a video of how Daisy operates and contributes to Apple's ongoing recycling efforts to create a healthier planet through innovation. A new report points to being the envy of the industry but not a threat to the mining industry

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08:11
Oprah Winfrey cancels involvement with upcoming...

Oprah Winfrey has cancelled her involvement with a documentary on sexual assault and abuse in the music industry, only one month after Apple announced it would debut on Apple TV+ sometime this year.

In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, she said: ““I have decided that I will no longer be executive producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary and it will not air on Apple TV+. First and foremost, I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full...

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08:00
Hitting the Books: How to get a date online

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

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07:50
[Update: Design details, ‘iPhone 9’] Everything we...

Rumors of a new entry-level iPhone have picked up steam lately, thanks in large part to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The new low-cost iPhone will reportedly target people still using older devices like the iPhone 6 that can’t run iOS 13. Read on as we round up what we know so far about the iPhone SE 2 features, specifications, and more.

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07:32
Apple launches Smart Battery Cases replacement...

Apple has launched a battery case replacement program for Smart Battery Cases designed for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR. 

The company says it's determined that some Smart Battery Cases made for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR may experience charging issues. An affected Smart Battery Case may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

° Battery case will not charge or charges intermittently when plugged into power.

° Battery case does not charge the iPhone or charges it intermittently

Affected units were manufactured between January 2019 and October 2019. Apple says this isn’t a safety issue and Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace eligible battery cases, free of charge.

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07:00
CES 2020: In pictures

That's it. We're done. Finito. Another Consumer Electronics Show is officially in the books. Before everyone leaves Las Vegas and inevitably morphs into sleep-deprived mush, we wanted to take one last look back at the convention center chaos. We're g...

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06:42
New report details Apple’s iPhone disassembly robot...

Apple debuted its iPhone disassembly robot Daisy in 2018 as a way to efficiently reclaim valuable materials stored inside iPhones. The company is also working towards fulfilling its promise to stop mining the earth and build all products from recycled materials. In a new interview with Reuters, Apple’s VP of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson offered an update on the company’s work in these areas.

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06:00
Apple @ Work: Mac Pro fills an important need for...

The Mac Pro was recently released to much fanfare after years of speculation about features, price, and design. While the pricing of the machine and its upgrade options have caused somewhat of an uproar, it certainly has its place in the IT world. After looking over all the information about the machine, watching reviews, and pondering its place in the enterprise, here’s a look at the Mac Pro from an enterprise perspective. more…

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06:00
Podcast: Quibi and Lioness on the future of...

In this special interview episode from CES 2020, Devindra chats with the minds behind Quibi -- founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO Meg Whitman, Chief Product Officer Tom Conrad and CTO Ben Post -- to see how it's attempting to disrupt streaming mobile vi...

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05:00
Consumer tech U.S. sales to reach $422 billion this...

Skyrocketing popularity of streaming services and wireless earbuds along with 5G connectivity and artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled devices will drive revenue growth for the U.S. consumer tech industry to a record $422 billion in retail revenues in 2020 – nearly 4% growth over last year, according to a new Consumer Technology Association (CTA) report.

CTA’s twice yearly U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts report reflects U.S. factory sales-to-dealers for 300+ consumer tech products and related software and services. New for 2020, CTA’s forecast also provides an overall number for digital health devices including smartwatches, fitness trackers and connected health monitoring devices such as blood pressure monitors and smart scales. The digital health category is projected to sell 64 million devices and total $10 billion dollars this year.

“More and more consumers are embracing the faster...

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05:00
The best travel plug adapter

By Geoffrey Morrison

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

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04:00
Notable apps and updates, Jan. 6-11

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

macOS

Ergonis Software has rolled out Typinator 8.3, an update of the text expander for macOS. 

The app automates the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Version 8.3 complies with Apple's new security requirements for notarization and delivers additional improvements and enhancements. Notarized apps are scanned automatically by Apple for security issues and malicious code.

Typinator 8.3 requires macOS 10.8 or higher. FOr new users teh cost is $24.99 for a single user license. The upgrade to Typinator 8.3 is free for anyone who purchased a license for...

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03:00
News round-up: One-in-five U.S. adults wear a smart...

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

Roughly one-in-five U.S. adults (21%) say they regularly wear a smart watch or wearable fitness tracker, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted June 3-17, 2019.

As noted by MacRumors, Apple has reduced almost all of its maximum estimated trade-in values of second-hand iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watch models. 

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the streaming music industry continues to grow, with new data from Nielsen indicating that music streams in the United States alone...

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01:27
Adonit Note Review

So today, I will be sharing a review about the Adonit Note. I would like to thank Adonit for sending us a unit and allowing us to write a review for our readers here at iLounge.

What is Adonit Note?

Adonit Note is an Apple Pencil alternative that is specially designed for the Apple iPad. It allows you to draw, paint, write, highlight text and much more. Whatever the Apple Pencil does, the Adonit Note can do as well.

What’s so special about the Adonit Note?

While the Apple Pencil has a boring design, the Adonit Note
is designed for it to look luxury and give you a feel of holding a luxury pen when
working with on an iPad.

To be...

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Friday January 10

21:01
Get 53% off on the PaMu Slide Mini Bluetooth 5.0...

iLounge has a special deal on the PaMu Slide Mini Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones, which allows you to enjoy podcasts, audiobooks and music wirelessly with Qualcomm Bluetooth earphones.

The PaMU Slide Mini is an excellent AirPods alternative. It’s available in Pink, Green, Black, and White, and comes with a matching pill-shaped charging and storage case. The earpods are ergonomically shaped to stay in your ears no matter how much you move, making it a great companion for HIIT exercises, strength training and more.

PaMu Slide Mini Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones

Sound quality is expected of a renowned brand- you get amazing highs and rumbling bass sounds, and the latest Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity for seamless and uninterrupted listening. Fully charged, the Slide Mini gives 10 hours of playback, while the case adds 40 more hours. The ultra-portable case can be pocketed easily in your jeans, bag or purse.

The PaMu Slide Mini Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones normally cost $149,...

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20:59
NetShade 8.3.1 - Browse privately using anonymous...

NetShade is an anonymous proxy and VPN app+service for Mac. Unblock your Internet through NetShade's high-speed proxy and VPN servers spanning 17 countries.

  • NetShade masks your IP address as you browse the web, by routing you through a proxy server. Anonymous proxies are becoming more and more popular in this age of heightened security and privacy concerns, and NetShade provides an effective and straightforward interface to easily protect your privacy.
  • NetShade 8 is a complete rewrite of the app, which brings great new features:
  • SOCKS5 support
  • Kill switch
  • VPN scrambler
  • Hop client
  • Speed test
  • Ping test
  • Web access test
  • Custom proxy servers
  • Sync proxy settings with server
  • Touch bar support
  • Dark mode support
  • New servers



Version 8.3.1:

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20:57
Take home the monster wireless earbuds at 50% off

It’s just the start of 2020 and already Monster is making waves on its AirPods competitor. Today, the Monster Clarity 101 AirLinks True Wireless Headphones drops down to a whopping 50% off, which makes it just $39.99 on Amazon. Use the promo code ‘6U8QWFNK‘ at checkout to see the new discounted price.

Monster’s Bluetooth earbuds are more cost-effective than the Apple AirPods Pro while offering the same battery life. You get the signature Monster sound the brand is known for, and the AirLinks has the usual earbud functionalities such as hands-free calling, intuitive controls, and ergonomic design.

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20:56
Ireland honors Apple for 40 years of investment

Tim Cook, Apple CEO will be receiving an award that recognizes 40 years of investment in Ireland. Leo Varadkar, Irish Prime Minister will be the one to present the award, which will be held in Dublin on January 20.

The relationship between Ireland and Apple isn’t clear cut. The European Commission filed a lawsuit against Ireland in 2017 for failing to collect back taxes from the Cupertino-based company. If overturned, the tax money will be returned.

In 2018, Apple planned to have a data center built in Ireland, but faced local resistance due to its location to a dormant nuclear power plant and wildlife. Apple built its headquarters in Cork, where it employs 1.7 million people. Among those who work within the App Store platform, 17,000 are Irish.

On Apple’s website, it says that they have 6,000 employees from Ireland, and that the team has doubled over the last 5 years and now includes 80-plus unique nationalities.

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20:56
Today is the 13th anniversary of the original iPhone

Thirteen years ago, Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone at Macworld. He introduced three seemingly new products- a mobile phone, an internet communications device and an iPod with touchscreen controls.

Fast forward to today, and the iPhone has evolved into something more. Through myriad tech advances and redesigns, the iPhone has received upgrades such as 3G network support and App Store, Retina display, iCloud, Siri, LTE, Lightning connector, Touch ID, Live Photos, 4K video recording, dual-lens, the absence of a headphone jack, waterproofing, OLED and currently, triple lens and night mode.

Apple has sold more than a billion iPhones when it came out in 2007, and currently Apple’s iPhone user base is about 1.4 billion. It’s rumored that the 2020 iPhones will have a major overhaul with 5G connectivity, new sizes, a new frame design and better AR and depth calculations due to a time-of-flight laser camera system.

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20:55
Brazilian man saved by Apple Watch 5 after elevated...

Jorge Freire Jr., a Brazilian native has recently shared how his Apple Watch saved him from a heart rhythm disorder called tachycardia.

Tachycardia is described as a heart disorder where the organ beats faster than normal even when the individual is at rest. Tachycardia normally wouldn’t leave complications or symptoms but there’s a chance that it can lead to cardiac arrest when left untreated.

Jorge was alerted by his Apple Watch that said he had a high blood pressure. He tried resting for 30 minutes before checking again, but it was still high. He then knew that it was tachycardia and rushed to the ER. Jorge attributed the smart device as saving his life from possible stroke or heart failure. Attending doctors gave him medication to slow the blood pressure to normal levels.

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19:39
Apple Music & Spotify have Wildly Different...

Spotify and Apple Music are the two dominant players in the music-streaming market and they might seem the same to many consumers, with similar features and pricing.

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18:56
Apple will replace some faulty iPhone XS battery...

If you have an Apple smart battery case that's no longer working correctly, don't toss it yet: Apple might replace it free of charge. The tech giant has launched a replacement program for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR battery cases manufactu...

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17:23
The Documentary about Sexual Misconduct by a Hip Hop...

Back in late November Patently Apple posted a report titled "At the last moment, Apple Surprisingly Cancelled the AFI Festival Premiere of ‘The Banker’ over Undisclosed ‘Concerns.’ Days later we learned in-part that The Banker was cancelled due to accusations of sexual misconduct against the co-producer's sister. Today we're learning that Oprah is stepping away from her first documentary that was to launch on Apple TV+ after it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival that is set to begin on January 23rd.

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17:13
Quit Confirmation for Safari on MacOS

Here’s a quick little AppleScript I wrote recently that I’ve found helpful.

Backstory: When you quit a web browser on MacOS, they just quit. Whatever windows and tabs are open, boom, they just go away. In the old days, quitting a browser closed all windows, so when you relaunched your browser, you were sitting there staring at a new empty browser window. This sucked if you needed to restart, and it really sucked if you quit your browser accidentally. How do you quit accidentally? Typically, by pressing ⌘Q by mistake when you meant to press Q’s neighbor W to close the current tab.

A few years ago all modern browsers added a feature that restores your previously-open windows and tabs automatically upon relaunching. This restoration of previously open windows and tabs is so useful that in the current version of Safari, there isn’t even an option not to do it. The only choices in Safari’s General preferences tab for “Safari opens with” are “All windows...

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17:13
Quit Confirmation for Safari on MacOS

Here’s a quick little AppleScript I wrote recently that I’ve found helpful.

Backstory: When you quit a web browser on MacOS, they just quit. Whatever windows and tabs are open, boom, they just go away. In the old days, quitting a browser closed all windows, so when you relaunched your browser, you were sitting there staring at a new empty browser window. This sucked if you needed to restart, and it really sucked if you quit your browser accidentally. How do you quit accidentally? Typically, by pressing ⌘Q by mistake when you meant to press Q’s neighbor W to close the current tab.

A few years ago all modern browsers added a feature that restores your previously-open windows and tabs automatically upon relaunching. This restoration of previously open windows and tabs is so useful that in the current version of Safari, there isn’t even an option not to do it. The only choices in Safari’s General preferences tab for “Safari opens with” are “All windows...

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16:50
Oprah backs out of sexual assault documentary bound...




Oprah Winfrey on Friday said she is no longer attached to a high-profile documentary that explores sexual misconduct in the music industry, adding that the film will not debut on Apple TV+ as planned.

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16:17
Oprah Winfrey steps away from Russell Simmons...

This happens on a fairly regular basis in Hollywood but will nonetheless be a blow to Apple. It is the second film to be pulled from Apple’s lineup. The Banker was pulled late last year.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:16
Front and Center Brings Back Classic Mac Window...

Miss the way that window management worked before Mac OS X? The new Front and Center app brings that behavior back.

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16:09
Oprah cancels Apple TV+ documentary on sexual...

Oprah Winfrey has cancelled her involvement with a documentary on sexual assault and abuse in the music industry, only one month after Apple announced it would debut on Apple TV+ sometime this year.

In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Oprah said that she has rescinded her title as executive producer on the project and said it will no longer be released on Apple TV+, citing creative differences.

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16:01
Microsoft's first Xbox Series X games will be...

It's been known for a while that Halo: Infinite will be available on Xbox One as well as Xbox Series X and PC. In a wide-ranging interview with MCVUK, Xbox Game Studios chief Matt Booty said other first-party Series X titles will also be playable on...

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16:00
‘No Way Home’ impressions: Finally, some mindless...

In Apple Arcade’s new No Way Home, poor Cho is stuck in an escape pod in the depths of space following an explosion that killed everyone else on the Budget Star Cruises ship she was on. She needs to get back home to Earth, but she’s apparently not even in the same galaxy.

“Would you like some smooth jazz while we wait for a rescue?” asks Matey, her robotic Safety Pod Assistant.

Cho—a young mohawked woman who flunked out of pilot school—would not, thank you very much. Luckily for our hero, Budget Star Cruises at least didn’t scrimp on the budget for her pod, equipped as it is with an upgradeable laser that blasts boulders and baddies and a grappling hook that can either pull away asteroids or hold enemies in place when they’re trying to avoid her gunfire. And then there’s Matey himself, who floats alongside her and fires off both tutorial taps and...

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15:53
9to5Rewards: Apple Watch Giveaway + 15% off luxury...

In case you missed the announcement last week, we’ve teamed up with Longvadon to give 9to5Mac readers the chance to win an Apple Watch Series 5, along with some luxury Apple Watch accessories to help you get your wrist game up to date for the new decade.

Head below to enter and get 15% off w/ Longvadon w/ code “9TO5MAC15”

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15:51
Apple’s announces a Smart Battery Case replacement...

If you have the battery case for any of these three affected phones, contact Apple about getting a replacement.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:33
Are you having problems charging with iPhone XS or...

Apple has today started a replacement program for the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case and the iPhone XR Smart Battery Case. Apple says that units sold from January 2019 through October 2019 may experience charging issues due to a fault.

Affected units may exhibit issues like intermittent charging when plugged into power or the case simply not charging the iPhone at all. If you own one of these cases, you are now eligible to get a free replacement.

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15:29
Verizon will reportedly sell a 5G version of the...

When OnePlus releases its next phone later this year, you'll reportedly be able to buy it at not one but two major US carriers. According to Android Police, Verizon (Engadget's parent company) will sell a OnePlus device for the first time. Citing "a...

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15:18
Apple initiates Smart Battery Case replacement...




Apple on Friday activated a service program to replace faulty Smart Battery Cases designed for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, noting certain units may not operate as expected.

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15:09
GM reportedly plans to bring back the Hummer as an...

The car once most synonymous with gas-guzzling excess could soon get a second lease on life as an eco-friendly electric vehicle (EV). According to the Wall Street Journal, General Motors plans to bring back the Hummer as a battery-powered pickup truc...

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14:55
Apple Launches Replacement Program for Smart Battery...

Apple today launched a battery case replacement program for Smart Battery Cases designed for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.

According to Apple, the Smart Battery Cases can experience charging issues, including cases that will not charge or charge intermittently when plugged into power, or cases that will not charge an iPhone or charge it intermittently.

Affected Smart Battery Cases were manufactured between January 2019 and October 2019. Apple says that this is not a safety issue and Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace eligible cases for free.

All Smart Battery Cases designed for ‌iPhone XS‌, XS Max, and XR manufactured between the above dates are eligible for replacement...

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14:45
RIP Neil Peart, arguably the finest rock drummer...

Watch the video. Neil Peart makes virtuosity look so easy.

From the linked Rolling Stone appreciation piece:

Peart was one of rock’s greatest drummers, with a flamboyant yet utterly precise style that paid homage to his hero, the Who’s Keith Moon, while expanding the technical and imaginative possibilities of his instrument. He joined singer-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson in Rush in 1974, and his virtuosic playing and literate, wildly imaginative lyrics – which drew on Ayn Rand and science fiction, among other influences – helped make the trio one of the classic-rock era’s essential bands. His drum fills on songs like “Tom Sawyer” were pop hooks in their own right, each one an indelible mini-composition; his lengthy drum solos, carefully constructed and full of drama, were highlights of every Rush concert.

Rest in peace, Neil.

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14:43
An exclusive look at Samsung Ballie

The first thing I notice when I pick up Ballie is how light it is -- it's about the size of a hefty grapefruit, but much less dense. And Ballie's plastic, scalloped frame gives this otherwise nondescript ball a sense of playfulness, one that might no...

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14:34
Apple slashes trade-in values for many of its...

Enlarge / The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which will now gain consumers $40 less in trade-in value than before. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple has proudly touted its trade-in and recycling programs, mentioning them prominently at major events, during investor calls, and on its website. But in changes that quietly went into effect this week, the company reduced the trade-in value for many of its products, meaning consumers will get less money for their old iPhones and other devices than they did previously.

MacRumors reported the news based on looking at values estimated on Apple's online store before and after the change, and the site listed the tracked changes. Trading in an iPhone XS Max...

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14:24
Instagram introduces new SloMo, Echo, and Duo...

If you use Instagram a lot, you probably know what a Boomerang is — those short videos played in a loop.

Starting today, users of the social network will have three new options to share Boomerang Stories: SloMo, Echo, and Duo. The announcement is an attempt to keep Instagram attractive to users, especially with the increasing competition.

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14:18
BusyContacts 1.4.3

Improves background sync speed when used with multiple accounts and makes other minor enhancements. ($49.99 new, free update, 12.6 MB)

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14:13
Verizon is delaying its home 5G internet rollout...

You might have to wait a bit longer before using a 5G network for your home internet service. Verizon (Engadget's parent company) is pushing back the broader rollout of 5G Home. It's waiting for new, more powerful equipment that's said to become avai...

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13:24
How to manually adjust the time on your Apple Watch

Love your Apple Watch but want to manually adjust the time like on an analog watch? Read on for how to set your Apple Watch ahead by a custom amount of time.

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13:20
Nissan crams more safety tech into the base 2020 Leaf

The 2020 Nissan Leaf EV will be more expensive in its latest incarnation, but the carmaker is stuffing in more safety tech as standard. All 2020 Leaf models include Nissan Safety Shield 360, which has features such as automatic emergency braking with...

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13:00
The nicest shark in Eureka Park

A lot of people at CES know Mindy Zemrak. On Thursday, she strode no further than five meters into Eureka Park, the show's startup section, when someone heard her voice and turned around. It was Dmitri Love, founder of a crypto-investment platform ca...

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12:40
India's Supreme Court rules Kashmir internet...

India's government has one week to review a long-running internet shutdown in Kashmir after the country's Supreme Court ruled that internet access is protected under the Indian constitution. Kashmir has not had internet access since August 2019 when...

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12:36
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Urges Firefox...

The United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), part of the Department of Homeland Security, this week urged customers who are using the Firefox browser to upgrade to version 72.0.1, as there is a major vulnerability in older versions of the Firefox browser.

Mozilla released Firefox 72.0.1 on Wednesday to address a security issue that allows malicious entities to run unauthorized code on a target computer through a webpage, letting them take control of an affected system. From Mozilla:Incorrect alias information in IonMonkey JIT compiler for setting array elements could lead to a type confusion. We are aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw.As the above quote states, there are known targeted attacks exploiting this flaw, which means it's important for all...

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12:15
Alphabet’s David Drummond is leaving months after...

Alphabet's chief legal officer David Drummond is leaving the company. Drummond claims he's retiring "to make way for the next generation of leaders," but allegations that he had affairs with employees could cast some doubt on his motives.

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12:04
Review: Anker’s 100W PowerPort Atom PD 4 desktop...

Anker recently introduced its new PowerPort Atom PD 4, its latest desktop charger that pushes 100W of power across two USB-C and two USB-A ports. Just a few years ago, this type of power supply was mostly uncalled for, but throughout 2019, it became apparent that more juice was required for most modern setups. Apple, in particular, sets this standard by shipping a 96W USB-C wall charger with its 16-inch MacBook Pro. I’ll dive into the value proposition later, but it’s clear that Anker’s new PowerPort Atom PD 4 deserves your attention if you need a secondary charging solution. Full hands-on details below.

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12:00
Apple's Mac mini is the little Mac that could,...




It's always been a fan favorite, but 15 years to the day after Steve Jobs announced it, the Mac mini has been through more ups and downs than any other Mac.

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11:45
Sonarworks brings a personal touch to headphone...

Sonarworks has been helping people improve the audio from its headphones since 2018. The company's True-Fi app is loaded with more than 300 headphone-sound profiles that tune the model you're wearing so it's closer to what the producer heard in the s...

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11:43
Here are all the Apple Arcade games that support...

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

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

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11:36
Top 10 Most Discussed MacRumors Stories of 2019:...

MacRumors published thousands of stories in 2019, as part of our continued coverage of the latest Apple news and rumors. Below, we look back at the top 10 most discussed stories of the year in our forums, with topics ranging from the AirPower mat being canceled to the launch of the Apple Card.

  1. Apple Officially Cancels AirPower (1,948 comments): At its iPhone X event in 2017, Apple previewed a new wireless charging mat called AirPower that would have been able to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously, regardless of each device's position on the mat. Apple failed to release the mat in 2018 as promised, however, leading to relentless rumors and speculation. In March 2019, Apple's hardware engineering chief Dan Riccio finally came out and said the AirPower was canceled due to the product's inability...
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11:35
Apple Arcade: 'No Way Home' out now

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally here. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service features premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If all goes well, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Got questions? We've got plenty of answers. 

Updated 1/10/20: Added No Way Home to the list of available games.

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11:25
Scientists confirm that plasma ‘sloshes’ around in...

For the first time, scientists have observed signs of plasma "flowing, splashing and sloshing" in a galaxy cluster. This kind of motion has been predicted, but it was only theoretical. Now, with data on how the plasma moves, researchers hope to disco...

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11:00
Ubtech's updated Walker robot does 'yoga...

As with many international trade shows, CES is a place where you're bound to bump into familiar faces. In my case, I regrouped with Walker, Ubtech's humanoid robot, who was kind enough to grab me a can of Coke and Pringles last year. Today, thi...

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10:43
Microsoft contractors reportedly reviewed Cortana...

New details have emerged about how Microsoft operated its Cortana and Skype grading programs in the past. Building on a Vice report from last summer, The Guardian says that for several years, the tech giant contracted a company in China that used alm...

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10:27
∞ The Dalrymple Report: Volume, AppleCare, and Dio...

I don’t think Dave and I have ever talked about the legendary singer Ronnie James Dio on the show before, but we fix that this week. We also discuss the various ways to adjust volume levels on iOS and Dave’s surprise check from AppleCare.

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10:27
9to5Mac Happy Hour 259: Apple at CES 2019, Services...

Apple wins CES with AirPods emoji, Global Privacy Senior Director Jane Horvath talks privacy on behalf of Apple, PopSocket now works with wireless charging, HomeKit advances in 2020, Apple marks a new era of Services, iPhone 11 has a new Night mode photo contest this month, and much more.

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10:24
The One Remaining Use of the Word “Macintosh”

Nagged by the question of whether Apple still uses the term “Macintosh” anywhere, Adam Engst pores over targeted Google search results to confirm that the company has excised “Macintosh” from all modern uses, with a single odd exception.

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10:24
The One Remaining Use of the Word “Macintosh”

Nagged by the question of whether Apple still uses the term “Macintosh” anywhere, Adam Engst pores over targeted Google search results to confirm that the company has excised “Macintosh” from all modern uses, with a single odd exception.

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10:13
Forget Top Gun: Maverick—let’s settle Blue Thunder...

What a great trip down memory lane. I’ve studiously avoided re-watching Blue Thunder because I don’t want my childhood memories of enjoying it immensely be ruined by discovering, as an adult, that it was actually a bad movie.

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10:09
Credit Suisse boosts AAPL price target by 25% but...




Faced with fresh data from China that showed Apple fare much better than the overall market during December, Credit Suisse is boosting its price target on shares of the iPhone maker to $275 but holding firm on its neutral rating.

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10:06
This Firefox vulnerability is so bad, the U.S....

Mozilla has issued a patch for its Firefox browser after a bug was found that could give a hacker complete control over a user's PC.

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10:02
Apple Stores Now Selling Scosche's BaseLynx...

Apple's online store and select Apple retail stores are now selling Scosche's BaseLynx Modular Charging System, which features different device charging components that can be paired together to form a charging base.

The BaseLynx Modular Charging System can be purchased in a kit or piece by piece, and there are four different options available:

  • MFi-certified Apple Watch charger, which works in Nightstand mode).
  • Qi wireless charging pad for iPhones and AirPods.
  • Vert charging station that charges three devices at once with one 18W USB-C port and two 12W USB-A ports.
  • Charging EndCap, which fits on the end and includes an 18W USB-C port and a 12W USB-A port. The...
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09:56
Apple Watch fall detection sends paramedics to the...

For most of us, fall detection on the Apple Watch is one feature we hope to never need. For William Bout, a designer based in San Francisco, the feature on newer Apple Watches is indispensable.

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09:46
Stamford Apple Store to be replaced by SoNo...

Apple has announced that its retail store in Stamford, Connecticut will be closing in order to facilitate a move to a new space at Norwalk’s SoNo Collection mall. The new store is set to open on February 15 at 10:00 a.m. Easels were placed inside the Stamford location this week to alert customers.

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08:58
∞ Inside a Chinese iPhone battery making factory

This was a lot more interesting than I expected it to be.

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08:54
Friday deals: Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock $90,...

Today’s best deals include the Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock for $90, Apple’s $5 weekend movie sale, and a G-Technology 5TB ArmorATD USB-C Drive. Head below for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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08:34
macOS Catalina: How to backup photos and videos with...

9to5Mac is brought to you by CleanMyMac X. Find hidden junk, large old folders, unused apps, and heavy memory consumers. You can also use CleanMyMac X to remove malware, unwanted pop-ups, and virus extensions.

Photos and videos are some of our most precious digital data that we never want to lose. That’s why macOS Catalina includes the Photos app with a built-in service for backing up your photo library. iCloud Photos is the easiest way to manage your personal photo library.

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08:34
The Importance of Retaining Time Series Data

We need to keep all of our data. And we need to keep it in multiple dimensions. These days, this refers to planning to stream data into a centralized repository, or warehouse. And the next step is to maintain that data in a fashion where it’s serialized by time. Time series refers to data points in a series of data that are indexed and ordered at specific times. For example, a snapshot of tables in a database exported every few hours. It can also be defined as data recorded in a sequence, measuring a similar specific setting over time, in order. Such as when you have data streaming a repository upon commit of a field.

The logical extension is that the amount of data grows when retaining time series data. As do costs. Such as when we start using a Time Series Database (TSDB), giving us the opportunity to find solutions and great strategies for tracking their performance of various fields over time. Time Series Databases facilitate usability and scalability. And the insights...

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08:32
9to5Mac Daily: January 10, 2020 – CarPlay at CES,...

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.

Sponsored by Hyper: If you’re at CES 2020, stop by the Hyper booth to check out their latest USB-C hubs. You can also get an exclusive sneak peek at the new heavy duty Hyper USB-C hubs here.  

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08:27
Amazon's popular 13-inch MacBook Pro deal is...




It's back. After selling out in Silver shortly after launch, Amazon's popular $1,249 13-inch MacBook Pro deal has returned, with the 256GB model in Space Gray now eligible for the $250 discount.

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08:12
Android Smartphones Expected to Follow iPhone With...

Following in the footsteps of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, the first Android smartphones with Ultra Wideband technology will be released starting later in 2020, according to Barclays analysts.

In a research note obtained by MacRumors, the analysts said Android smartphones will be equipped with an all-in-one Ultra Wideband, NFC, and Secure Element chip introduced by Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors last year. It is unclear which Android smartphones will adopt Ultra Wideband first, but Samsung did join a consortium with NXP last year to help develop the technology.

iPhone 11 lineup features Ultra Wideband technology

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07:56
Hands on: Brydge Pro+ brings a keyboard &...




AppleInsider goes hands on with the new Brydge Pro+ keyboard that adds a trackpad to your iPad Pro, as preorders begin.

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07:24
Bluetooth Philips Hue Lightstrip revealed in FCC...

A new Bluetooth Philips Hue Lightstrip looks to be on the way as German site Hueblog spotted the company applying for FCC approval for two new models…

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07:10
Update Firefox now, because the Department of...




A recent release of Firefox had a bug severe enough, that the US government is telling everyone to update to guarantee online safety.

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07:00
CES Roundup: Upcoming Apple accessories including...

Sponsored by Hyper: If you’re at CES 2020, stop by the Hyper booth to check out their latest USB-C hubs. You can also get an exclusive sneak peek at the new heavy duty Hyper USB-C hubs here. And check out Hypershop.com for more great Apple accessories.

9to5Mac is on the ground in Las Vegas at CES 2020 checking out all the new and interesting tech products that companies are launching this year. Follow along for a look at some of the most compelling new Apple accessories we’ve spotted.

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06:57
Apple is Reportedly Opening a new Corporate Office...

In October 2018 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung has Chosen Montreal Canada for its Seventh AI Center Location around the World." The report noted that the upcoming center in Montreal is expected to employ tens of researchers, studying deeper into AI technologies, which can be applied in smartphones and TVs. Montreal and Toronto Canada are leaders in the field of AI and it's no wonder why Apple is opening a new corporate office ...

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06:53
Build a working Apple I with the new SmartyKit




The new do-it-yourself package by SmartyKit gives you all the pieces you need to build the Apple I with no soldering required.

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06:41
Apple’s $5 weekend movie sale includes 4K, action,...

As we roll into the weekend, Apple is introducing a new $5 movie sale with both 4K and HD titles heavily discounted. You’d expect to pay at least $10 and upwards of $20 across the board here, with a return to all-time low pricing on most deals. Each title will become a permanent part of your library. Head below for all of our top picks.

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06:31
Review: The CalDigit Tuff Nano SSD is small, fast,...

The CalDigit Tuff Nano is essentially a better-looking miniaturized version of its full-sized Tuff drive, complete with rubber bumper and an IP67 rating. Unlike the regular Tuff Nano, this version is small, with pocket-friendly dimensions that make it compare well with similarly-sized drives like those from Samsung’s popular T-Series lineup.

Should you consider adding the CalDigit Tuff Nano SSD to your stable of external storage devices? Watch our hands-on video review for the details. more…

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06:25
Apple accepting user donations to aid in Australian...

Apple is accepting donations from users that will be used to help with the bushfires raging in Australia. The tech giant has updated its U.S. and Australian websites with an option to donate money to help with the bushfire relief efforts in Australia.

Click on the “Donate to Australian Bushfire Relief” banner and you're directed to the the Music app on a Mac or the iTunes Store one on an iPhone or iPad. You can then select from a series of donation options. Donations go to the Red Cross. 

Last month Apple said it would donate its own funds to relief efforts in Australia, although it didn't specify how much. Australia has been burning since September as more than 19.8 million acres of bush, forest, and parks caught fire amid a long and deep drought.

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06:18
Apple patent describes more Apple Pencil gestures,...

There could be more Apple Pencil gestures in store for future generations of the company’s iPad stylus. We saw the first of these in the second-generation device, in the form of a double-tap to quickly access tools.

You can currently customize this gesture to do one of four things…

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06:17
Amazon and PayPal war over browser plug-in

Louise Matsakis, Wired:

Days before Christmas, at the height of the last-minute holiday shopping rush, an ominous message appeared on Amazon.com. It warned shoppers who used a popular browser extension called Honey that the service, which promises to track prices and discount codes, was “a security risk.”

“Honey tracks your private shopping behavior, collects data like your order history and items saved, and can read or change any of your data on any website you visit,” the message read. “To keep your data private and secure, uninstall this extension immediately.”

If you’ve logged into PayPal lately, you’ve no doubt seen heavy duty marketing for the Honey plug-in. It’s a nice idea, looking out for coupons and discount codes for things you are buying.

Amazon flagged it as a security risk. Genuine concern for your safety?

Amazon has a browser extension of its own called Amazon Assistant. It also tracks prices, just like Honey, and allows you to...

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06:11
Apple accused of swiping employees from Masimo, a...

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple poached key employees from medical device maker Masimo Corp. and swiped some of the company's trade secrets and patent-protected technology for use in the Apple Watch series of products, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in California federal court, reports Law360 (a subscription is required to read the entire article).

Masimo is an American manufacturer of noninvasive patient monitoring technologies based in Irvine, California. The company sells more pulse oximetry to hospitals than any other company.

Masimo claims Apple pretended to have a working relationship with them, then poached some key  employees. Masimo also believes the ‌Apple Watch‌...

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06:00
Apple TV+ Review: 'Little America' looks...




Uneven but intriguing, the series, in eight separate vignettes, tells eclectic stories of American immigrants through the years.

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06:00
UPRIGHT GO 2: Correct Your Posture In Two Weeks

Have you been told by a doctor that you need to quick slouching in order to get rid of that nagging backache? It’s hard to change old habits, but the UPRIGHT GO 2 posture trainer (on sale for $89) reminds you when you slouch so you can correct your posture quickly.

Say “hello" to the simplest, fastest, and most natural way to improve your posture in just two-weeks: UPRIGHT GO 2™. This tiny smart trainer fits comfortably on your spine and vibrates when you slouch, reminding you in real-time to correct your posture. It comes with a free companion app that tracks your stats and builds a personalized posture plan based on your progress. The...

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05:40
BeOS, the OS that almost saved Apple

Back in the day, Apple was beleaguered, and made the decision to acquire an OS from outside the company to come in and save the day, pave a new path for Apple.

The choice was narrowed down to, of course, Steve Jobs and NeXT, and a little known company called Be, Inc, with an OS called BeOS. The company was founded by long-time Apple exec Jean-Louis Gassée.

The linked article tells a bit of the Be side of the story.

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05:36
PSA: Update Firefox now, says Homeland Security, to...

If you’re using Mozilla’s browser on your Mac, you’ll want to Update Firefox now. It’s not just the developer urging you to do so: a vulnerability found in older versions is so critical that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an advisory too…

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05:32
Get 86% off on the Creativity Bundle Ft. Clip Studio...

We at iLounge have a special deal on the Creativity Bundle Ft. Clip Studio DEBUT, which allows you to recreate your ideas to digital paper with 100% accuracy.

The Creativity Bundle is a must-have for creative artists and budding enthusiasts alike. First, the Clip Studio Paint Debut is an all-in-one drawing solution to create graphic art, illustrations and more.

Creativity Bundle Ft. Clip Studio DEBUT

If you’re working with manga and comics, you’ll find the Clip Studio Speech Bubbles Pack a worthy addition to your arsenal of tools. Rounding out the bundle is the 3D Poses Pack and the Storyboard Assets Pack.

Last but not the least, you’ll get an exclusive 2-hour webinar session with Sarajean Chung for a Clip Studio Paint overview and its core features, including 3D objects, materials, drawing engine, digital painting, inking and more.

The Creativity Bundle Ft. Clip Studio Debut normally costs $179.95 individually, while we at iLounge are giving it...

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05:30
There’s a man whose remains are on the moon

Not sure how I missed this. Is this common knowledge? A fascinating story. Happened back in 1999.

As far as I know, Eugene Merle Shoemaker, from Los Angeles, is the only human whose remains have left the planet.

Follow the headline link, scroll down to the section labeled “Death”.

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05:29
Apple defends privacy stance & FBI wants iPhones...




Victor and William discuss Apple's rising sales in China, the FBI's renewed pressure on encryption backdoors, and Samsung's innovative icon design practice.

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05:28
Milanese loop band for the Apple Watch is now only $...

Tired of your default Apple Watch band and looking for something stylish? Look no further, as the Milanese Loop Band for the Apple Watch is down to just $79.99 from its original price of $99 on Amazon.

The Milanese Loop Band is named after a design that originated from Milan in the 19th century. A specialized Italian machine produces the fine-woven stainless steel mesh which wraps around your wrist fluidly. The magnetic aspect ensures that you get a perfect fit each and every time.

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05:26
Apple hosts night mode photo challenge for iPhone 11...

Apple has revealed its most recent event, the Night Mode photo challenge for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 11 Pro users around the world.

One of the most notable camera features in the iPhone 11 lineup is the Night Mode, which allows you to take clear and detailed shots even in low-light conditions. The iPhone automatically detects the environment and activates Night Mode along with a yellow crescent moon icon at the top of the user’s screen.

Submissions are welcome from now until January 29, 2020. All photos will be evaluated by ten judges, and the 5...

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05:25
Select Vizio and Sony Smart TVs to get Apple TV App

Apple has announced that its Apple TV app will be making its way to select Vizio and Sony Smart TV models this year. Details were provided in the press release that highlighted all of Apple’s achievements in 2019.

Once the app goes live, Sony, LG and Vizio Smart TV owners will be able to download and install the Apple TV app without needing the set top box or any other dongle. From there, they can sign in to their Apple account and use it to stream thousands of movies and shows on iTunes, access their iTunes library, watch preferred Apple TV channels and view original Apple shows via the Apple TV+ platform.

These smart TVs will join other devices such as the Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, PC, Mac, iPad and iPhone that can access the Apple TV app. The app itself is free to download, but accessing content will...

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05:24
App Store reached $386 million spend on New Year’s...

Apple has presented a 2019 service highlights in a press release, detailing successes on its platforms Apple Music, App Store, Apple TV+ and more.

Some notable announcements include a new record for single-day spend- on New Year’s day for $386 million, which was a 20% increase from last year’s, and a total of $1.42 billion spend from Christmas Eve (December 24) to New Year’s Eve (December 31).

Apple TV+ became the first streaming service to receive nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe during its launch year, and also has the distinction of being the only one to debut in 100-plus regions and countries.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO mentioned that all of Apple’s services had reached all-time revenue highs, including...

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05:00
How to use Apple ID to create passwords for your apps

Apple upped its account security for Apple IDs years ago to prevent unwanted and unauthorized third-party access to all your information. Apple relies on Apple ID across all its software and services, but third-party software can only gain access to three kinds of data: email, contacts, and events.

Apple requires web-connected and native mobile or desktop software—on iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and others—that want to use any of those three kinds of data to use a special kind of access. You create a so-called app-specific password for each piece of software to which you want to grant access.

Google and other ecosystems offer a similar approach to reduce the opportunity for exploitation. Apple lets this password be used for email, contacts, and events; some other systems require you lock it down to one of those three services, or even to a task as specific as “retrieving email.”

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04:53
Doom and Doom II iOS apps now run at 60fps and...

The Doom and Doom II iOS apps are getting a substantial update today. One of the headline features is the ability to run the games at 60 frames per second, up from 35fps, while another is support for add-ons …

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04:52
Apple continues to work on an a Key Augmented...

Patently Apple posted a granted patent report in September 2019 that covered three inventions with the most import one focused on augmented reality. Yesterday Apple updated this invention by adding new patent claims. Our report covers the new claims and points to another continuation patent relating to and eye-tracking system for a future mixed reality headset.

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04:49
The worst five products at the 2020 CES expo




Not every bit of tech brought to CES is going to be a winner. After five days of patrolling the floor and watching presentations, here are our choices for the five worst products from CES 2020.

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04:22
One in five Americans now wear a smartwatch or...

More than a fifth of Americans now wear a smartwatch or fitness band, according to a survey of more than 4,000 adults. The Apple Watch dominates both the smartwatch category and, in the US, the broader wearables sector.

In terms of who is most likely wear one, you might be able to guess most of the findings …

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04:15
Apple’s security and privacy is good, but could be...

Buckle up, because we’re poised for another battle on digital security. The FBI has reputedly asked for Apple’s help unlocking phones belonging of the alleged shooter from the Pensacola air base incident last year. Apple, for its part, claims it has already turned over to law enforcement all the information it has access to.

If you feel like we’ve been here before, it’s because we have. Back in 2016, the FBI wanted Apple to unlock a phone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter; Apple declined to help, as doing so would have potentially compromised the security of all of its devices. Eventually, the bureau sought help from an Israeli-based cyber security firm who was able to hack into phone in...

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04:00
Next generation of the Apple Pencil could support...

The next version of the Apple Pencil may add new haptic features based on a newly granted patent (number 2020012358) for a “touch-based input for stylus.”

One: it could “wake up” or power down based on how it's gripped. It could change, select, and/or display one or more settings for it or the iPad with which it's being use. For example, the Apple Pencil’s touch sensor could detect gestures and transmit a signal to iPad to change, select, and/or display one or more settings that affect performance of the stylus and/or the external device. The setting can relate to a characteristic (e.g., color, size, width, thickness, shape, etc.) of a marking produced by use of the stylus with the external device.

The next gen Apple Pencil could respond to sliding or rolling movements by a users's finger. The latter could be used for such tasks as zooming in and out of images or handwriting input.

Here's Apple’s summary of the invention: "...

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03:49
Apple Slashes Estimated Trade-In Values of iPhone,...

Overnight, Apple has quietly slashed almost all of its maximum estimated trade-in values of second-hand iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watch models.

For example, yesterday on Apple's device trade-in program web page, the iPhone XS Max had an estimated trade-in value of up to $600, but today Apple is only offering up to $500 –– a full $100 less than it did 24 hours ago. The only devices that have been spared reductions are the MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini, and ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 1, 2, and 3.

The new trade-in iPhone values on the trade-in program page match the values...

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03:49
Apple Slashes Estimated Trade-In Values of iPhone,...

Overnight, Apple has quietly slashed almost all of its maximum estimated trade-in values of second-hand iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watch models.

For example, yesterday on Apple's device trade-in program web page, the iPhone XS Max had an estimated trade-in value of up to $600, but today Apple is only offering up to $500 –– a full $100 less than it did 24 hours ago. The only devices that have been spared reductions are the MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini, and ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 1, 2, and 3.

The new trade-in iPhone values on the trade-in program page match the values...

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03:45
AA20-010A: Continued Exploitation of Pulse Secure...

Original release date: January 10, 2020
Summary

Unpatched Pulse Secure VPN servers continue to be an attractive target for malicious actors. Affected organizations that have not applied the software patch to fix a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability, known as CVE-2019-11510, can become compromised in an attack. [1]

Although Pulse Secure [2] disclosed the vulnerability and provided software patches for the various affected products in April 2019, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) continues to observe wide exploitation of CVE-2019-11510. [3] [4]...

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03:22
Apple is now collecting donations to help with...




Following the company's own commitment to helping out with the fire relief efforts, Apple is now accepting donations from users that it is passing directly on to the relevant bodies.

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03:19
Chromium 79.0.3945.117 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.



Version 79.0.3945.117:

Build from 79.0.3945.117 source code. Change Log.

  • A list of changes is available in the log
  • This update includes 3 security fixes.



  • OS X 10.10 or later



...

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03:15
Mophie gathering information, specs for AirPower...

Peripheral maker Mophie could be working to pick up where Apple left off in its AirPower wireless charging mat efforts.

Over at CES, Mophie parent company Zagg stated that Mophie is developing a wireless charging mat that has capabilities that Apple attempted to implement in the now-canceled AirPower, but was unable to make work. 

The device will hopefully charge iPhones and other mobile devices regardless or where they’re placed on the charging mat. This feature was supposed to be a feature that was present in the commercially released AirPower.

It’s unknown as to whether the company’s charging mat will be able to charge the Apple Watch, or if it will be limited to Qi-based wireless charging. Apple is said to have wanted its AirPower device to be able to charge the Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods, but were unable to sort out issues with overlapping charging coils that were necessary for the project.

There are multi-device chargers on the market able...

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03:15
For Apple Pay to really improve our lives, Apple...

Since getting an Apple Card, I’ve tried to use Apple Pay as much as I possibly can (in order to get the higher 2 percent cash back rate). Forcing myself to pay with my phone as much as possible has taught me several things.

First, Apple Pay is very broadly supported now. I can use it in far more places than I could even two years ago. Second, a lot of vendors don’t know if their payments systems support paying by phone or not, nor how it works. As popular as Apple Pay and Google Pay are, they’re still used infrequently enough that many cashiers hardly ever see anyone try it. When it works, it’s great—it really is a faster, more convenient, and safer way to pay for stuff.

To read this article in full,...

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03:00
Apple Pay Express Transit bug hits number of riders...

Well, this is kind of a snafu.

A small number of New York City subway riders reported a bug in the Metro Transit Authority (MTA) tap-and-go turnstiles that inadvertently activates the Apple Pay Express Transit feature on user iPhones, resulting in double billing.

The MTA’s One Metro New York system is designed to scan a rider’s smartphone, even if it’s within a purse or pocket. The technology allows the device to be accessed without having to activate or unlock the device. Those who experienced the error complained of charges appearing on both their MetroCard and via Apple Pay.

Addressing the incident, Chief Revenue Officer Al Putre in a statement to the New York Post said “about 30 customers” had complained about unintended Apple Pay charges, adding that the public benefit corporation is working with Apple to fix the problem.

“The system is a popular success that’s working well for the vast majority of people and we’re in touch with Apple...

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02:45
Ergonis Software rolls out Typinator 8.3 for macOS

Ergonis Software has rolled out Typinator 8.3 (https://store.ergonis.com/products/typinator), an update of the text expander for macOS. 

The app automates the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Version 8.3 complies with Apple’s new security requirements for notarization and delivers additional improvements and enhancements. Notarized apps are scanned automatically by Apple for security issues and malicious code.

Typinator 8.3 requires macOS 10.8 or higher. FOr new users teh cost is $24.99 for a single user license. The upgrade to Typinator 8.3 is free for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator on or after Jan. 1, 2019. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. 

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02:45
Ergonis Software rolls out Typinator 8.3 for macOS

Ergonis Software has rolled out Typinator 8.3 (https://store.ergonis.com/products/typinator), an update of the text expander for macOS. 

The app automates the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Version 8.3 complies with Apple’s new security requirements for notarization and delivers additional improvements and enhancements. Notarized apps are scanned automatically by Apple for security issues and malicious code.

Typinator 8.3 requires macOS 10.8 or higher. FOr new users teh cost is $24.99 for a single user license. The upgrade to Typinator 8.3 is free for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator on or after Jan. 1, 2019. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. 

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02:45
Ergonis Software rolls out Typinator 8.3 for macOS

Ergonis Software has rolled out Typinator 8.3 (https://store.ergonis.com/products/typinator), an update of the text expander for macOS. 

The app automates the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Version 8.3 complies with Apple’s new security requirements for notarization and delivers additional improvements and enhancements. Notarized apps are scanned automatically by Apple for security issues and malicious code.

Typinator 8.3 requires macOS 10.8 or higher. FOr new users teh cost is $24.99 for a single user license. The upgrade to Typinator 8.3 is free for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator on or after Jan. 1, 2019. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. 

The post Ergonis Software rolls out Typinator 8.3 for macOS...

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02:45
Ergonis Software rolls out Typinator 8.3 for macOS

Ergonis Software has rolled out Typinator 8.3 (https://store.ergonis.com/products/typinator), an update of the text expander for macOS. 

The app automates the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Version 8.3 complies with Apple’s new security requirements for notarization and delivers additional improvements and enhancements. Notarized apps are scanned automatically by Apple for security issues and malicious code.

Typinator 8.3 requires macOS 10.8 or higher. FOr new users teh cost is $24.99 for a single user license. The upgrade to Typinator 8.3 is free for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator on or after Jan. 1, 2019. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. 

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02:35
Station 1.63.3 - Unified workplace for all your...

Station is the first smart workstation for busy people -- a single place for all of your work applications.

  • No more getting lost in tons of tabs; Station is designed to let you switch between all your work applications in one click. It adapts to you and your way of working. Easily bookmark the most important parts of your work and wake up every morning with a clean work environment.
  • The unified search lets you find any information or page you have saved across all your applications. No need to bother where you left it in the first place, you can instantly switch between various pages or documents. Think Spotlight but for all your web applications.
  • Never miss a thing but never let notifications ruin your day. The notification center allows you to visualize and gain complete control over all your notifications across all your apps. Switch to "focus mode" to keep a cool head when you most need it.
  • Enjoy a dedicated space for all...
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02:26
Apple accepting donations to aid Australian bushfire...

Apple is launching a donation campaign to help with efforts in Australia to fight back the devastating bushfires. Once again, Apple is partnering with the Red Cross.

Customers can make Red Cross donations simply through the iTunes and App Store, using their associated payment method. Apple does not collect any commission or processing fees, 100% of donations go to the charity.

more…

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02:02
Viber 12.2.0 - 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 12.2.0:

  • Performance improvements and bug fixes.



  • macOS 10.12 or later



Download Now]]>

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Thursday January 9

20:38
Front and Center

John Siracusa, announcing Front and Center:

By the time Mac OS X was first released in 2001, I had been using
what would eventually be known as “classic” Mac OS for seventeen
years. These were seventeen formative years for me, from the ages
of 9 to 26. The user interface of classic Mac OS was as ingrained
in me as Star Wars or any other cultural institution.

My love for classic Mac OS is why I started researching and
reviewing Mac OS X. Big changes were coming to the Mac, and I
was going to feel them more than most. I needed to know what I
was in for.

To deal with some of the changes in Mac OS X, I ran apps and
system extensions that restored some behaviors from classic Mac
OS. Over the years, I weaned myself off most of these, but a few
stuck. In particular, I found I did not want to live without the
window layering policy from...

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18:07
Facebook’s redesigned web interface with dark mode...

Almost a year ago, Facebook teased a redesigned version of its web interface with a lighter design, navigation changes, and more. At the time, Facebook didn’t offer details on when “The New Facebook” would be available to everyone, but now the company says to expect the rollout by the start of spring.

more…

The post Facebook’s redesigned web interface with dark mode support rolling out before spring appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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17:19
Best of the CES Show Floor: Samsung's Ballie,...

It's CES week and thousands of companies are in Las Vegas showing off their newest and best tech-related products. CES is wrapping up today and tomorrow, but there's still plenty to see.

Over the course of the last couple of days, we've scoured the show floor for the most unique and interesting products, some that are Apple related and some that are neat, but more general tech.

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Brydge Pro+

Brydge, known for its range of keyboards designed for iPads, debuted a new keyboard designed for the iPad Pro. This new offering, priced starting at $200, includes a multi-touch trackpad that uses AssistiveTouch functionality to do things like activate the dock, bring up...

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16:11
Streaming music services hit a combined 1 trillion...

The streaming music industry continues to grow, with new data from Nielsen indicating that music streams in the United States alone crossed one trillion in 2019. With that increase, streaming services accounted for 82% of music consumption in the United States.

more…

The post Streaming music services hit a combined 1 trillion US streams in 2019, Nielsen says appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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16:00
Watch us reveal the official Best of CES Award...

We came, we saw, we got hands on. By Thursday, January 9th, CES 2020 will be winding down and Team Engadget will getting ready to pack up and go home. But before we do, we need to unveil to the world the winners in the official Best of CES Awards, wh...

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15:38
Masimo sues Apple over Apple Watch patents, alleged...




Medical technology company Masimo on Thursday filed a legal complaint claiming Apple infringes on 10 owned patents with its Apple Watch device, and stole vital trade secrets through the hiring of key personnel.

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15:19
Microsoft releases a free tool to fight online child...

Microsoft has developed a new technique to detect and report predators who attempt to lure children online. Dubbed "Project Artemis," the technology will be made available for free to qualifying online service companies that offer a chat function.

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15:17
Apple accused of stealing Masimo trade secrets for...

Apple is facing a lawsuit over the health monitoring features of Apple Watch, a new report from Bloomberg details. Masimo, a medical technology company, accuses Apple of stealing trade secrets and infringing upon 10 of its patents.

more…

The post Apple accused of stealing Masimo trade secrets for Apple Watch health features appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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15:16
Masimo Sues Apple for Stealing Trade Secrets for...

Masimo, a medical technology company that designs pulse oximetry devices, has filed a lawsuit against Apple accusing the Cupertino company of stealing trade secrets and improperly using Masimo inventions related to health monitoring in the Apple Watch.

According to Bloomberg, Masimo claims that Apple stole secret information by pretending to have a working relationship with Masimo, and then hiring Masimo employees. Masimo also believes the ‌Apple Watch‌ is infringing on 10 Masimo patents.

Masimo, and its spinoff company Cercacor, claim that Masimo's technology for non-invasive health monitoring helped Apple overcome performance issues with the ‌Apple Watch‌. Apple allegedly relied on Masimo tech when developing the light-based heart rate sensor used in the ‌Apple Watch‌, among...

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15:00
Panasonic's compact VR glasses see the future...

2020 will be a key year for the future of virtual reality, and if things really take off then we should see a lot more stylish headsets like these goggles from Panasonic. The company says that these are the first VR glasses to support HDR video, and...

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14:38
Google's CES booth was more show than substance

For the third year in a row, Google has a giant booth at CES, right in the lot outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. As before, it's all about the Google Assistant, complete with an interactive experience that shows you all the ways Google's A...

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14:00
MSI's GS66 is a more tasteful thin and light...

With the GS65 Stealth Thin, MSI delivered one of the most attractive gaming ultraportables we've ever seen. But with the follow-up GS66, it's going for a more subdued look. The new model features a matte black case and no prominent lights (aside...

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13:44
Playing 'NBA Jam' on a 16-foot cabinet at...

I know I'm not tall enough to dunk in real life, but I never thought I'd be too short to pull off the move in NBA Jam. That is, until Arcade1Up brought a 16-foot NBA Jam arcade cabinet to CES 2020 and proved me dead wrong.

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13:28
∞ Steve Jobs iPhone 2007 presentation

I was in the audience that day 13 years ago. While we “knew” it was going to be called the iPhone, we had no idea what it would actually look like. To say it blew our minds would be an understatement.

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13:22
The teenager that's at CES to network

It's not that Alishba Imran isn't impressed by her tour of Zappos HQ, the Disneyland of corporate campuses, with its "zapponians" who earn "zollars" and play "zing zong" on breaks. But she might not see herself working at a big corporation like this....

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13:10
Strategy Analytics: Apple AirPods sales are soaring

In a new report Strategy Analytics forecasts Apple AirPods sales of nearly 60 million in 2019. As a category, Totally Wireless (TWS) Bluetooth headset sales grew by 200% in 2019. 

The report, Global Bluetooth...

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13:10
Today Marks the 13th Anniversary of When Steve Jobs...

13 years ago today, then Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at Macworld in San Francisco and surprised the world with the very first iPhone.

Jobs introduced the iPhone as if it were three separate products: an iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device. Today, the iPhone is still all of those things, but also so much more.

Apple has sold well over a billion iPhones since 2007, and as of last January, the company's active installed base had hit 1.4 billion devices. Though iPhone sales were down last year, the iPhone continues to be Apple's single most successful product.

Apple has steadily improved the iPhone over the years, refining the design over and over again, updating the camera, and adding new biometric features, and all of these changes have made the iPhone even more indispensable in our daily lives. Improvements over the years:

  • 2008: App Store and 3G...
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12:55
Bipartisan bill would give parents more power to...

House lawmakers have introduced new legislation that attempts to modernize the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Dubbed the "Preventing Real Online Threats Endangering Children Today," or PROTECT Kids act for short, Representatives Ti...

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12:39
Nintendo eShop sale includes big discounts for Mario...

Nintendo has your back if you need more games for that Switch you got during the holidays. It's running an eShop New Year Sale from now until January 16th with significant deals on many notable games, and not just its own. Among Nintendo-badged tit...

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12:36
Pokémon GO had its best year ever in 2019 with...

Pokémon GO continues to grow in popularity and revenue. New data from Sensor Tower shows that the Niantic game generated $894 million in gross player spending for 2019, an increase of 10% compared to 2018.

more…

The post Pokémon GO had its best year ever in 2019 with nearly $1 billion in player spending appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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12:11
Steph Curry: Giannis chat was about 'PUBG,...

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the NBA's reigning MVP, and his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks will end after next season, making him the hottest potential free agent in the league. That also means any conversation he has with affiliates of other teams w...

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12:03
'Doom' re-releases now support add-ons,...

Bethesda's re-releases of the first two Doom games are about catch up to the originals in key areas -- and in a few ways, surpass them. The id Software titles are receiving updates that, among other things, introduce support for add-ons -- yes, even...

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11:49
What happened to the doughnut-shaped Olly speaker?

A few years back, CES attendees went mad for Olly, a doughnut-shaped speaker with a voice assistant that adapted to your personality. It was a refreshing change to the seemingly infinite hardware packing Alexa and Google Assistant, and visitors were...

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11:45
This Subaru Forester has an NSFW acronym

This is one of those stories you absolutely can’t believe is true until you see it yourself and even when you do, you think, “How the hell did that make it this far!?”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:35
'Dead Cells' is finally coming to Android...

While it's probably not fair to call it a delay, it's been a while since we've heard anything about the Android version of Dead Cells. The game's mobile release was initially announced by developer Motion Twin this past May, with the iOS version comi...

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11:21
Pioneer’s 2020 Wireless CarPlay lineup includes a...

Pioneer was first to bring Apple CarPlay to aftermarket receivers over five years ago. The electronics company is shipping a major upgrade to its NEX in-dash receivers in 2020. Newly announced Pioneer receivers will best most of the standard CarPlay receivers included in new cars today.

Pioneer has one model in particular that I’m anticipating the most: DMH-WT8600NEX. This is their new state-of-the-art 10.1-inch floating receiver with Wireless CarPlay.

more…

The post Pioneer’s 2020 Wireless CarPlay lineup includes a premium 10.1-inch floating receiver for your old car appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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11:01
∞ The Mandalorian as a Spaghetti Western

If you’re “of a certain age,” (read: old), this will be comedy gold for you. Personally, I’d rather watch this series than the actual Mandalorian which I found boring and tedious.

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10:46
Lime exits 12 cities and lays off 100 employees in...

In its ongoing quest to become profitable, Lime says it will exit 12 markets across the globe. In the US, the company will shutter operations in four cities: Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego and San Antonio. It will also leave Linz, Austria, as well as Bo...

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10:23
Uber makes changes in California to brace for new...

Late last month, Uber and Postmates sued California in an attempt to block AB5, the law that would reclassify many gig economy workers as employees. While that fight is not over, Uber is also preparing for the event that AB5 takes effect. The company...

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10:00
Asics debuts a prototype smart shoe at CES (updated)

Japanese footwear brand Asics turned up at CES 2020 this year with a prototype of its first smart running shoe. The as-yet unnamed model harnesses technology made in partnership with Japanese sensor company No New Folk.

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09:55
How Apple TV Channels prices compare to native apps...

Apple’s newly redesigned TV app, which debuted in iOS 12.3, isn’t exactly packed with new features. The layout changed a little, but it’s not very different from what we've used for a few years now.

The new app is all about access, not features. It’s available on the Mac, smart TVs, Roku, and Fire TV. And it's available in a lot more countries than the old TV app ever was.

It’s also the place where you’ll find new ways to subscribe to content. Apple TV+ will showcase Apple’s original shows and series starting this fall, and Apple TV Channels let you subscribe to other...

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09:47
Apple TV Channels FAQ: Services, pricing,...

When Apple released iOS 12.3, it refreshed the TV app and added a feature called Apple TV Channels. Channels lets you subscribe to third-party streaming services like CBS All Access or HBO, right from within the TV app. You can watch that content in the TV app, served directly from Apple, without the need to install other apps.

Here’s everything you need to know about which services are available as Apple TV Channels, what they cost, and how they work.

Updated 01/09/20: Updated the list of Apple TV Channels to include the latest offerings.

To read this article in full, please click here

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09:27
An upcoming Fortnite creative mode will let you save...

A new creative game mode is coming to Fortnite in which you'll be rescuing others rather than trying to be the last player(s) standing. Details on how Liferun actually works are a little thin for now but, according to a press release, players will ta...

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09:15
When Apple introduced the iPhone, it was the '...




On January 9, 2007, in the shadow of the CES, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. You know that it was an extraordinary and flawless demo from the outside, but what you don't remember is everything else that was launched -- nor how part of the keynote did go wrong.

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09:02
9to5Mac Daily: January 09, 2020 – Best of CES 2020...

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.

Sponsored by Hyper: If you’re at CES 2020, stop by the Hyper booth to check out their latest USB-C hubs. You can also get an exclusive sneak peek at the new heavy duty Hyper USB-C hubs here.  

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09:00
Intel's first discrete GPU is built for...

At its CES 2020 keynote, Intel showed off its upcoming Xe discrete graphics chip and today, we're seeing exactly how that's going to be implemented. First off, Intel unveiled a standalone DG1 "software development vehicle" card that will allow develo...

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09:00
Facebook Gaming viewership skyrocketed in 2019

Twitch has a bit less of a stranglehold over game streaming than it did a few years ago, and Facebook Gaming in particular seems to be on the rise. In December 2019, it had an 8.5 percent market share (i.e. the total time people spent watching those...

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08:59
Thursday deals: Apple’s official iPhone 11 cases on...
08:50
Quibi versus the world

I predict this will flame out inside two years.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:39
The iPhone 11 Pro's Midnight Green is a Cool...

When Tim Cook was in Japan in late December he visited 'Seiko Advanced,' an Apple partner for creating iPhone colored inks like the cool new Midnight Green for the iPhone 11 Pro as shown in our cover graphic. Seiko Advanced is able to make unique colors while not using heavy pollutants in the ink such as halogen. While that's impressive, a new patent application from Apple published today by the US Patent & Trademark Office reveals more about Apple's next-gen colored coatings.

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08:39
Samsung’s SmartThings app will soon connect to your...

Samsung wants to add cars to its smart home ecosystem. At CES, Samsung announced that it's teaming up with Smartcar to make its SmartThings app compatible with "most new cars" in the US. Through the app, users will be able to do things like locate an...

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08:29
Future Apple Pencil may feature full touch-sensitive...




Alongside the existing double-tap feature, Apple Pencil may gain the ability to recognize gestures such as swiping, via a more comprehensive touch-sensitive control.

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08:25
Today's best deals: $20 off iPods; up to $1,750...




Apple resellers today are slashing prices on a variety of devices, from the budget-friendly 2019 iPod all the way up to loaded MacBook Pros. Plus, save 40% on Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 today only during B&H's flash Deal Zone.

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08:10
US Samsung Pay users can't send money...

Travelex's ransomware attack continues to affect people and businesses around the globe -- including those that might not consider themselves affiliated with the company in any way. Engadget can reveal that Samsung Pay's international money transfer...

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08:09
Is the FBI Gearing Up for Another Encryption Fight...

Years after the FBI backed down from trying to force Apple to put a backdoor in the iPhone, it looks like the agency may be trying again by requesting that Apple decrypt iPhones related to the December 2019 shooting in Pensacola.

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08:00
Is the WF-1000XM3 the best set of Sony earbuds yet?

Reviewers often find a lot of drawbacks with the sound and features of wireless earbuds, but that wasn't the case when Engadget senior news editor Billy Steele got his hands on Sony's WF-1000XM3. Not only did he feel the earbuds excelled at providing...

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07:45
‘Dark Souls’ on an iPhone? ‘Pascal’s Wager’ shows it...

The “Crazy Ascetic” boss killed me during my first battle with him, and you know what? I was glad. It showed that Pascal’s Wager—coming January 16 to iOS—has some real cred as a viable Dark Souls stand-in on the iPhone. And here’s the kicker: I was glad I died. I got cocky and not because of any failing on the game’s behalf. That’s proper Souls.

I’ve played virtually all of FromSoftware’s brutally difficult “Souls” games from 2009’s Demon’s Souls to last year’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and so I came prepared for the punishment TipsWorks’ upcoming game threw at me in a preview build for around two of its roughly 20 hours. I waited out the rhythm of the...

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07:41
Apple Watch saves Brazilian man after heart alerts...

We’re only a few days into the new year and the Apple Watch is already being credited with saving lives. Talk about new year, new you! Jorge Freire Jr. was returning home when his Apple Watch alerted him to an elevated heart rate. It turns out it was tachycardia, a heart rhythm disorder that can lead to heart failure, stroke, or even death.

more…

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07:38
Plash lets you set any website as your Mac wallpaper...

Plash is a simple menu bar app that lets you set any website as your Mac wallpaper – and even lets you browse it!

more…

The post Plash lets you set any website as your Mac wallpaper – and even browse it appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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07:25
AT&T to close Audience Network in favor of HBO...

AT&T is killing the Audience Network, a pay TV channel it owns under DirecTV, and will turn it into an HBO Max preview channel. According to Cord Cutters News, that means it will broadcast some of its upcoming streaming service's offerings on the...

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07:24
Pokémon Home's cloud transfer service launches...

Since Pokémon Go debuted back in 2016, it hasn't been possible to keep all the creatures you collected throughout the various Pokémon titles in one place. They were split between your 3DS and phone, and the problem only got worse with t...

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07:20
TiVo's Unreleased Roku and Apple TV Apps Are...

Although TiVo has an exciting new product at CES with the TiVo Stream 4K media player, it also has some bad news for DVR owners: The promised ability to stream live and recorded video from TiVo to other streaming players in the home won't happen any time soon. From a report: TiVo's vice president of consumer products and services Ted Malone said in an interview at CES that the company's Roku and Apple TV apps in particular are "in limbo." Malone wouldn't say definitively that the apps have cancelled, and he believes Android TV support may arrive at some point as a tie-in to the TiVo Stream 4K, which runs Android TV. From there, adding Fire TV support wouldn't be difficult because Fire TV apps are based on Android as well. Still, he didn't give a timeline for either. "My bet is we'll get Android, and because of that we'll get the Fire TV, because it's the same app, just different qualifications," Malone said. "I think Roku and Apple are in limbo."

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07:14
'Pokémon Sword' and 'Shield' are...

For the first time in the franchise's history, Game Freak will release an expansion pass for one of its mainline Pokémon games. The studio announced today that it's developing two new downloadable packs for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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06:52
A decade of iPads in my life: from ‘movie Kindle’ to...

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the iPad, and a decade of iPads in my life, I decided to write what is effectively a Diary piece covering an unusually long period!

Steve Jobs famously said that consumers don’t know what they want until you show it to them, and I recently noted that I’m a case in point where the iPad is concerned …

more…

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06:40
Cisdem Video Converter for macOS now supports the...

Cisdem has upgraded Cisdem Video Converter, a video conversion tool for macOS, to version 5.0. The upgrade fixes issues, optimize memory usage and add support for iPhone 11.

Cisdem Video Converter is compatible with macOS 10.10 and higher. It costs $39.99 for a single user lifetime license; a demo is available for download.

The post Cisdem Video Converter for macOS now supports the iPhone 11 appeared first on MacTech.com.

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06:40
Cisdem Video Converter for macOS now supports the...

Cisdem has upgraded Cisdem Video Converter, a video conversion tool for macOS, to version 5.0. The upgrade fixes issues, optimize memory usage and add support for iPhone 11.

Cisdem Video Converter is compatible with macOS 10.10 and higher. It costs $39.99 for a single user lifetime license; a demo is available for download.

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Cisdem Video Converter for macOS now supports the...

Cisdem has upgraded Cisdem Video Converter, a video conversion tool for macOS, to version 5.0. The upgrade fixes issues, optimize memory usage and add support for iPhone 11.

Cisdem Video Converter is compatible with macOS 10.10 and higher. It costs $39.99 for a single user lifetime license; a demo is available for download.

The post Cisdem Video Converter for macOS now supports the iPhone 11 appeared first on MacTech.com.

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06:40
Cisdem Video Converter for macOS now supports the...

Cisdem has upgraded Cisdem Video Converter, a video conversion tool for macOS, to version 5.0. The upgrade fixes issues, optimize memory usage and add support for iPhone 11.

Cisdem Video Converter is compatible with macOS 10.10 and higher. It costs $39.99 for a single user lifetime license; a demo is available for download.

The post Cisdem Video Converter for macOS now supports the iPhone 11 appeared first on MacTech.com.

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06:31
Old musicians never die. They just become holograms.

New York Times:

In preparation for his first American tour in a decade, Ronnie James Dio spent months sequestered in a modest office suite in Marina del Rey, in Los Angeles. The office was on the second floor of a strip mall, above a vape shop and a massage parlor.

And:

Opinion among the Dio faithful, nonetheless, was divided on the subject of his “Dio Returns” comeback tour, largely because Dio has been dead for almost 10 years.

I love that last sentence so much.

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A start-up called Eyellusion produced “Dio Returns.” It’s one of a handful of companies looking to mold and ultimately monetize a new, hybrid category of entertainment — part concert, part technology-driven spectacle — centered, thus far, on the holographic afterlives of deceased musical stars.

The holograms are coming. More spectacle to convince you to make your way to a concert. Matter of time before this technology makes its way into your home,...

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06:27
Apple patent filing hints at an ‘Apple Glove’ for...

Apple has filed for another patent (number 20190004604) for an “Apple Glove,” a “finger-mounted device with sensors and haptics” It could be used with an augmented reality headset (such as the rumored “Apple Glasses” or a future Mac with a display that could detect and respond to hand gestures.

In the patent filing, Apple says that despite advancements made to render objects in increasingly more accurate and realistic detail, electronic devices are still unable to provide an element of physical interaction with a user. The tech giant says there's a need to enhance the user's experience by utilizing a haptic feedback device to generate haptic feedback that corresponds to a user's movements in order to provide an additional level of realism. 

The patent filing is for a VR glove that can measure the movement of individual finger and thumb bones. It can include a plurality of inertial measurement units (IMUs) to track the movement of one or more...

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