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Sunday December 15

Review: iFrogz Impulse 2 Wireless bring all-day...

Looking for a spare pair of headphones? Looking to get something special for a music-obsessed teen? We took a look at the iFrogz Impulse 2 wireless headphones to see just what they're bringing to the table.

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Apple among companies sued over 'brutal'...

A class suit representing multiple plaintiffs from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been filed against Apple, Google, Tesla and others. It claims tech companies have knowingly exploited underage labor in local mining for cobalt, used in lithium-ion batteries.

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Ferrari won't produce an EV until after 2025

Just because Ferrari unveiled its first production plug-in hybrid doesn't mean it's ready to completely embrace electric cars. Company chief Louis Camilleri told reporters that he didn't expect the Italian supercar brand to produce an EV until somet...

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Three Apple products make Time's best gadgets...

Time magazine has selected what it calls the most significant ten gadgets that made their first appearance in the 2010s -- and Apple has three entries.

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Ads on Facebook are spreading misinformation about...

While many are focused on Facebook's unwillingness to curb false political ads, there appears to be another misinformation campaign going unchecked. The Guardian and GLAAD have noted that personal injury law firms continue to run Facebook ads making...

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VW will roll out self-driving electric shuttles in...

If you visit Qatar in the next few years, you might find yourself riding in a driverless vehicle. Volkswagen and Qatar have struck a deal that will bring self-driving electric vehicles to the public transportation network in the capital city of Doha...

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Two men plead guilty to running large illegal...

It didn't take long for federal officials to convict people operating two of the largest pirate streaming sites in the US. Darryl Polo and Luis Villarino have pleaded guilty to copyright infringement charges (and money laundering for Polo) for opera...

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Must-have deals: Apple AirPods drop to $139; $200...

Amazon has just issued another price drop on Apple AirPods, bringing one of the season's hottest gifts down to $139, with delivery before Christmas. Amazon has also reissued triple-digit discounts on current 11-inch iPad Pros for the holidays, while new iPad Air markdowns of up to $200 off deliver the lowest prices ever on the thin-and-light models.

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The best plug-in smart outlet

By Rachel Cericola

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 plug-in smart outlets....

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North Carolina officials hint that Apple may still...

A year after Apple appeared certain to base a new campus in North Carolina, but instead picked Austin, Texas, the local council raises hopes the company may yet come to the region.

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9to5Mac Gift Guide: Tech stocking stuffer ideas from...

There are less than two weeks left in the holiday shopping season, and time is running out to buy online. If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for a tech fan in your life without breaking the bank, read on as we highlight some must-have technology gifts under $50 that will arrive before Christmas.


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After Math: Microsoft pulls back the cover on...

What a week for gaming and entertainment news! While Sony was showing off a slew of new games that will be hitting its console over the next year, Microsoft finally revealed its next-gen gaming system. If you still pine for the chunky stylings of a m...

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New SoNo Collection Apple Store coming soon

Apple has officially announced the arrival of a new retail store at The SoNo Collection, a newly opened mall in Norwalk, Connecticut. “A brand new Apple Store is coming soon” reads signage posted inside the mall. No grand opening date has been listed at this time, and there is no webpage for the store online.


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This week’s top stories: iOS 13.3, Apple Card...

In this week’s top stories: The Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are here, Apple releases iOS 13.3 with new features and fixes, Apple Card receives two updates, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

The post This week’s top stories: iOS 13.3, Apple Card updates, Mac Pro + Pro Display XDR, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Comment: Why Apple should invest in a corporate...

Podcasts have officially been around since 2003, but in the past few years, the medium has gone mainstream. It seems like every hit TV show has a podcast to go along with it. Topics that used to be niche can now have a global following. Regardless if a show is done by a mainstream media company or a one-person operation, anyone can have a podcast. There has been a lot of talk about Apple investing in original podcast content. Still, I think there is another way Apple could invest in the podcast industry: Building out the tools to enable business customers to use Apple Podcasts as a corporate training tool. more…

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FDA clears an interoperable, automated insulin pump

It might soon be decidedly easier for Americans to manage diabetes -- the FDA has approved the sale of an interoperable, automated insulin pump for the first time. Tandem Diabetes Care's updated t:slim X2 can pair with a Dexcom G6 glucose monitor to...

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K-pop rapper Namjoon reveals that he has lost 33...

The K-pop rapper Kim Namjoon, lead singer of band BTS, revealed in a stream Q&A chat this weekend with his fans that he is currently on his 34th pair of AirPods because he keeps losing them.


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Immerse yourself on entertainment with these $40...

Getting yourself a pair of wireless earbuds doesn’t have to break the bank. Forget the Apple AirPods Pro- what you’ll need is a dependable and cost-effective earbuds, courtesy of Taotronics. Today, they’re offering the SoundLiberty 77 True Wireless Earbuds for just $39.95, down $20 from its original price of $59.95 on Amazon.



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iFixit Mac Pro first impressions and uncasing...

Review site iFixit has shared a Mac Pro first impression and uncasing video, with sections that show off the internal components of the high-end Apple desktop machine.

The 19-minute long video starts by taking a poke at the ‘cheese grater’ design and actually grating cheese on it. The case is then lifted to reveal the modular tech. The team shows where hardware such as the memory, hard drive and graphics cards are and how they work together.

A full teardown of the Mac Pro is expected to be the next week’s video.

The new Mac Pro is designed for creative artists and heavy users who don’t want any compromises. The machine’s specs include Xeon processors on up to 28 cores, up to 1.5 TB of memory, up to 2 Radeon Duo GPUs and 8 PCIe expansion slots. It comes with the Pro Display XDR and can be easily upgraded.

The post iFixit Mac Pro...

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Apple employees get free genetic testing

Apple is offering its employees free genetic testing as part of its AC Wellness clinic program, as per CNBC. Various off-site clinics are spread near the vicinity of Apple Campus. With a Color Genomics partnership, those who are interested can get screened genetically for possible diseases.

Genetic testing can help Cupertino-based employees get a better understanding of their health and see if they’re pre-disposed to certain conditions or diseases later in life. By knowing what kinds of diseases you’re susceptible to you can take preventive measures.

Color Genomics tests for gene mutation that can reveal possible cardiovascular diseases or cancer. The screening is not offered on a public level, meaning not just anyone can get screened for possible gene mutations. However,...

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Apple Podcasts added to Amazon Echo devices

Online retail giant Amazon has announced that Alexa-enabled devices will now support the playback of Apple Podcasts in the United States.

To do this, you will need to link your Amazon account to your Apple ID. Afterwards, any progress in listening to audio episodes will be synced across your devices. You can pause an episode after the commute and continue streaming it on your Echo device with a voice command. Say the command and Alexa will play the episode for you.

Users may also set Apple Podcasts as their default podcast provider in Alexa by going to Settings, then Music and Podcasts and tapping on Link or Manage New Services.

In the Apple environment, users can listen to their favorite podcasts on the HomePod, Mac, iPhone, Apple TV, iPod Touch and more. The platform boasts...

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Saturday December 14

Last-chance holiday deals: up to $1,800 off Macs,...

Time is running out to save on amazing Apple gifts with delivery by Christmas. Enjoy cash discounts of up to $1,800 off MacBook Pros, up to $600 off MacBook Airs, $180 off a premium 2019 iPad Air and much more.

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Study suggests vapers are 1.3 times more likely to...

As debate continues around how e-cigarettes should be legislated, vaping companies promote their products as less health-damaging than smoking regular cigarettes. However, a new three-year study from UC San Francisco shows that vaping is associated w...

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Senators ask credit agencies why they don't...

Tech companies have long disclosed the number of national security letters (NSLs) they get from authorities, but the credit reporting agencies that often dictate your financial future have been silent -- and Congress wants answers. Senators Elizabet...

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'Red Dead Redemption 2' photo and story...

This weekend's Red Dead Redemption 2 update isn't just about running a moonshine business -- it's also about bringing more parity between PC and console players. PS4 players now have access to the Photo Mode and Story Mode features that premiered fi...

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TiVo's iPhone app finally streams shows using...

Believe it or not, TiVo has required that iOS users stream recordings on WiFi for the past seven years. Yes, despite the rise of fast and (theoretically) unlimited mobile data, you couldn't catch up on shows during your commute. Reason has prevaile...

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House panel asks Apple, Google if app makers must...

The US is growing increasingly suspicious of foreign-made apps. House national security subcommittee chairman Rep. Stephen Lynch has sent letters to Apple and Google asking whether or not they require app developers to disclose "potential overseas a...

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'Fortnite' adds lightsabers following Star...

If you wanted to attend Fortnite's Star Wars event but missed out, you're probably experiencing a twinge of regret right now. The event included an expected Rise of Skywalker clip and a virtual appearance by director J.J. Abrams, but it also gave p...

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Apple’s head of accessibility on the company’s...

Apple can always do more but they have made great strides in the areas of accessibility for any number of its customers. And accessibility offers benefits to all users, disabled or not.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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A 'Snow Crash' TV series is coming to HBO...

Neal Stephenson's influential Snow Crash is finally poised to reach screens, although you'll have to be picky about where you watch it. HBO Max has ordered work on a TV series adaptation of the sci-fi novel that will be written and co-run by the Sco...

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Twelve South sale on Amazon knocks up to 69% off...

Amazon is running a holiday sale on Twelve South accessories for Apple products, with bonus savings on a variety of cases, chargers and stands for Apple AirPods, iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, iMacs and Apple Watches.

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New Orleans declares state of emergency following...

New Orleans is the latest city to fall victim to a cyberattack, although it appears to have fared better than some of its peers. The city both declared a state of emergency and shut down most of its computers after detecting suspicious activity, inc...

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Analyst: iPhone 12 could be a disappointment if...

There has been quite a bit of talk about Apple’s shift to 5G connectivity in the 2020 iPhones, with some analysts anticipating it could dramatically increase iPhone shipments. One analyst, however, anticipates that the 5G iPhone will be a letdown because of the carriers in the United States.


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Recommended Reading: The science fiction of William...

How William Gibson keeps his science fiction real
Joshua Rothman,
The New Yorker

While a lot of sci-fi is obsessed with the distant future, one of the best authors of the genre takes a different approach. The New Yorker explains how William Gibson...

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Apple’s head of accessibility talks AirPods Live...

Apple puts a big emphasis on the accessibility of its products, ranging from iPhone and Apple Watch to AirPods and more. In a new interview, Sarah Herrlinger, Apple’s global head of accessibility, offers more details about Apple’s focus on accessibility.


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Lawmakers seek answers from Apple on the disclosure...

Apple is being questioned by lawmakers over the disclosure of foreign applications in the App Store. Reuters reports that House of Representatives Oversight Committee is seeking answers from both Apple and Google on whether app developers are required to disclose non-US ties.


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The Morning After: Does the Mac Pro cost too much?

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to your weekend! On the Engadget Podcast we're discussing Apple's pricey new Mac Pro, while separately Porsche showed off its idea for a Star Wars ship. Story highlights from last week included Elon Musk...

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Apple @ Work: Would an Enterprise Screen Time API...

Apple released Screen Time initially with iOS 12, and it has continued to refine it since. I’ve enjoyed using it as a parent with my children’s iPad as a way to automatically disable their devices after a certain amount of time. Since then, we’ve had various articles looking at how Apple could improve Screen Time. Ben Lovejoy argued that a Screen Time API would allow third-party developers to expand beyond what Apple has built. I mentioned last December that I would love to see some enhanced Safari filtering options, iMessage history, and more. After I attended...

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Defense Duo Wireless Charger for iPhone, AirPods,...

It is our pleasure to, once again, thank Defense by X-Doria for being our sponsor here at TMO this week. You’ve read about their excellent iPhone cases, and this week I’m happy to feature their wireless charging dock, the Defense Vertical Duo.

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Review: POW Audio's Una X is a portable,...

POW Audio gave us a chance to take a look at their brand new Una X, an expandable, omnidirectional Bluetooth speaker designed to fit comfortably in a bag so you can take the party with you.

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Apple considers ways to provide more haptic feedback...

Apple is looking into methods for providing more haptic feedback on iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. The company has been granted a patent (number 10,503,258) for an “input mechanism with force and rotation inputs and haptic feedback.”

In the patent data, Apple notes that touch screens are becoming increasingly popular as an input method for an electronic device because of their ease and versatility of operation, as well as their declining price. 

However, in addition to touch panels/touch screens, many electronic devices may also have mechanical inputs, such as buttons, switches, and/or knobs. These mechanical inputs can control power (i.e., on/off) and volume for the electronic devices, among other functions. Apple says that, however, sometimes these mechanical inputs also fail to give a user tactile feedback, such as the "click-click-click" feeling of winding a mechanical alarm clock with a knob or a mechanical watch crown.  The company...

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Google Maps satellite images cover 98 percent of the...

Google makes its mapping products more informative and immersive with the use of imagery, and now the tech giant is giving us a deeper look into its map-making process. The tech giant says it has captured over 10 million miles of images for Street Vi...

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Notable apps and updates, Dec. 9-14

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.


Magnin & Associates has launched Railroad Logistics Challenge 1.0 for iOS and tvOS. In the $2.99 game, you try your hand at railroad logistics. 

Among your chores; reading daily job cards, deciding which order to pick up the various cars, where to fill them (if needed), and then where to deliver each. There are variety of railroad cars including box cars, flat beds, gondola cars, and tankers. You simply back your train into the car you want to pickup and it couples automatically.


Dirk Stichling has announced the 10th...

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Vudu now allows you to cancel rentals within 30...

Vudu's latest feature could help prevent feelings of regret after watching a movie you didn't quite enjoy. The Walmart-owned media company has launched "Rental Redo," which allows you to switch a movie you rented for another one, so long as you stop...

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Express Transit Mode coming to China, DC Metro in...

Apple Pay’s Express Transit Mode will be coming to Washington Metro next year, according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority in Washington.

Washington commuters should be able to top up their SmarTrip cards in the Wallet app, then hold their Apple Watch or iPhone to the receiving terminal in order to pay for the fare and ride on a Metrobus or Metrorail station, all without needing to unlock or enter their iPhone password.

Metro is mobile ready, GM/CEO Wiedefeld announces. SmarTrip is coming to iPhone & Apple Watch next year. More announcements soon! #wmata...

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Tile Essentials receive a tempting $20 Discount

Always seem to spend a significant amount of time looking for your car keys, purse, wallet or smartphone? Tile has an answer for that- their product is a ‘finder’ tool that you can attach to all your things.

Today, the Tile Essentials bundle is getting a $20 off, down to just $49.99 from its original price of $70 on Amazon. The package includes a Slim, a Mate, and two Stickers, each with their own benefits. One thing you can be sure of is that you’ll never lose a precious item ever again!

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‘Ultimate Rivals’ series comes to Apple Arcade

Apple has announced its partnership with Bit Fry Game Studios to bring the ‘Ultimate Rivals’ series to the Apple Arcade.

‘Ultimate Rivals’ is a sports-themed game where athletes from soccer, football, basketball and hockey are packed in a single video game, which is unprecedented in sports gaming.

The game’s first title is ‘Ultimate Rivals- the Rink which gives you access to 50-plus athletes for 2-on-2 matches. Players will be able to select professional athletes from the WNBA, NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL and US National Soccer Team.

Focusing on the strategic element, users can form teams that unlock a certain play style to compete against other online players and the AI. According to Apple, the game will have 60fps framerates, leading-edge sound and visuals...

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iPhone 11 among top 5 Google searches in 2019

Google has revealed its ‘Year in Search‘ list, with the keyword ‘iPhone 11’ among the most trending search worldwide in 2019, just behind India vs South Africa at 4th, Cameron Boyce at 3rd, Copa America at 2nd and Bangladesh vs India at number 1.

In the US search, ‘iPhone 11’ was the 11th while Disney Plus was the most searched keyword. Google ranks the trend based on the keyword having the highest spike between 2018 to 2019.

It’s worthy to note that no other smartphone model has made it to the top 10 list in trending search in the U.S. or globally.

The ‘Year in Search’ page and the list is available to view on Google Trends. The iPhone 11 lineup includes the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone 11 Pro, all of which were launched in September of 2019. The...

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Friday December 13

'The Outer Worlds' DLC is coming next year

Did you enjoy Obsidian's RPG The Outer Worlds, but just wished there was a bit more to explore? We have good news. In a forum post celebrating the three awards it was nominated for at The Game Awards, the team revealed it will be expanding the story...

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Photos: Apple Kawasaki’s grand opening in Japan

Lead image courtesy of Yota Suzuki.

Apple today opened its 10th store in Japan to impressively long lines of customers gathering at Lazona Kawasaki Plaza. Early visitors through the doors of Apple Kawasaki have followed the rollout of a major retail expansion in Japan over the past two years.


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It's back: 2020 Mac app bundle with Parallels...

Back by popular demand! Mac users who need to run Windows applications within macOS can take advantage of a deal on Parallels Desktop 15, with the virtualization software available as part of the 2020 Limited-Edition Mac Bundle that's just $48 with coupon.

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TCL's 2018 65-inch 6-Series 4K TV drops to $500

If you missed out on Black Friday discounts for massive TVs, you still have some time to pick up the TCL 65R615 at Best Buy. The 65-inch 6-Series Roku TV was consistently one of the best-reviewed models available last year at its starting $900 price,...

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The $1,399 Pixelbook Go with 4K display is now...

When Google announced the Pixelbook Go, it promised a top-of-the-line model with 4K display for those willing to pay over a grand for one. Well, those who've been holding off on buying until it becomes available can now get it -- or ask for it -- in...

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US cancels plans for new penalty tariffs on Chinese-...

This morning the president tweeted that "We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China........The Penalty Tariffs set for December 15th will not be charged because of the fact that we made the deal." The 15 percent tariffs that would have...

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New Dutch and Japanese Translators Wanted!

If you can read English and write in either Dutch or Japanese, we need your help in translating TidBITS!

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US lawmaker asks Apple if it requires apps like...

As the U.S. government scrutinizes big tech over potential data security concerns involving China and Russia, the chair of a congressional panel on Friday asked Apple and Google if they require mobile app developers to disclose foreign ties.

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Tesla Cybertruck will likely get medium-duty truck...

By Joel Stocksdale

While the Ford F-150 has been the claimed target for the Tesla Cybertruck, it looks like the government may classify it like even larger and more capable pickups. As first reported by Automotive News, the electric car company sent...

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News round-up: Apple offers free genetic tests for...

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

Apple employees based in Silicon Valley are able to have genetic tests performed for free via the company's AC Wellness clinics, through a partnership with Color Genomics, "in what may be a pilot program for the iPhone maker's healthcare project,” according to AppleInsider.

iDownloadBlog reports that Amazon and Apple today expanded their existing partnership that enables Echo owners to use Apple Music by introducing support for Apple Podcasts.

The gang at iFixIt, who disassembly tech products and examine their innards, has torn apart the Mac Pro to see what's...

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Apple’s new Screen Time Communication Limits are...

Enlarge / iOS 13 on an iPhone 11 Pro. (credit: Samuel Axon)

A bug in iOS 13.3 allows children to easily circumvent the restrictions their parents or guardians set with the Communications Limit feature in Screen Time. Apple has said it plans to fix the problem in a future software update.

The iOS 13.3 update released earlier this week added the ability for parents to whitelist contacts for their kids to communicate with. Kids need the parents to input a passcode to talk to anyone not on the list, with an exception made for emergency services like 911. It was the flagship feature of the update.

Yesterday, CNBC...

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How to watch UFC 245 Usman vs. Covington on iPhone,...

UFC 245 Usman vs. Covington is set for T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 14 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Read on below for how to watch the fight on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.


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Maybe There’s Room in Apple’s Lineup for a New Mac...

The design of Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro strongly suggests that there may be room for a new model, a new kind of Mac in 2020.

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Exclusive 20% off iPhone cases from Defense for a...

To help celebrate the holidays, 9to5 readers can get 20% off all Defense cases for iPhone with our exclusive promo. Head below for a better look at the full line up and another exclusive offer on Defense’s DUO wireless charging dock.


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Connected sous vide company Nomiku is shutting down

Nomiku, one of the companies that helped make sous vide immersion circulators mainstream, is shutting down. The small kitchen appliance maker announced the news on Friday afternoon, noting that it plans to discontinue both its WiFi Sous Vide Smart Co...

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AAPL analysts spar over state of Chinese iPhone sales

China, the world's largest smartphone market, has been nothing short of a moving target for Apple. A salvo shots fired by top analysts this week only evidences one thing: the only near-term certainty with Apple and China may be more uncertainty.

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Roland's Alexa-powered keyboard is available...

It took nearly an entire year, but Roland's voice-savvy GO:PIANO keyboard is now available. Spend $500 (and enable a Roland skill) and you can use Alexa to choose sounds, turn on the metronome and control numerous other settings while you play -- yo...

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iTunes Remote iOS app updated w/ Dark Mode and...

Apple today released a new version of its iTunes Remote app for iOS, which has not been updated for more than a year. Version 4.5 of the app features Dark Mode and enhanced support for the new Music and TV apps included with macOS Catalina.


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I Love AirPods Pro (Part I)

Dr. Mac loves his 1st gen Apple AirPods, but it turns out he loves his new AirPods Pro even more, as he explains in episode #360 of his long-running Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves column!

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No, Apple's new Mac Pro isn't overpriced

That $53,000 for the Mac Pro on the high-end is a lot of money for a computer, but there will be buyers. There doesn't seem to be a lot of discussion about the lower, more practical, workstation price points -- which are common to Windows workstations too.

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∞ The Dalrymple Report: Mac Pro and Apple Maps

Dave and I talk about the release of the Mac Pro this week and my annoyance with some complaining over the price. We also discuss Apple Maps and how it could learn from the way we use it.

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Save thousands on 2019 Mac Pro RAM with DIY upgrade

The new Mac Pro can hold up to 1.5 terabytes of memory, but paying Apple's prices for more RAM from the base amount at the time of order can add up to $25,000 to the cost of the workstation. AppleInsider offers some aftermarket upgrades as cheaper alternatives to boost the memory capacity of your new 2019 Mac Pro with a quick DIY upgrade.

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How Social Media Warps Democracy

Here’s a long read to put on your list as you head into the weekend. It examines social media and its impact on democracy and our psyche.

The problem may not be connectivity itself but rather the way social media turns so much communication into a public performance. We often think of communication as a two-way street. Intimacy builds as partners take turns, laugh at each other’s jokes, and make reciprocal disclosures. What happens, though, when grandstands are erected along both sides of that street and then filled with friends, acquaintances, rivals, and strangers, all passing judgment and offering commentary?

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Citizen has a fancier alternative to Amazon's...

If you find Amazon's Echo Wall Clock a tad too drab but still like the idea of a connected timepiece on your wall, Citizen might have what you're looking for. The company has introduced a Smart Clock thatcan accept Alexa commands through other devic...

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Monitor Your Eyesight Right at Home with This...

We have a deal on EyeQue VisionCheck, an MIT patented refractometer that allows you to test your eyes at home, get EyeGlass Numbers, and use them to order eyeglasses online. It works with an app on your iPhone or Android device. EyeQue VisionCheck is $59.99 through our deal, but coupon code MERRYSAVE15 brings the checkout price down to $50.99.

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Cellebrite Now Uses iOS Exploit Checkm8

Checkm8 is an iPhone flaw in the bootrom that can lead to a jailbreak. It can’t be patched via software, and it affects the iPhone 4s through iPhone X. But attackers need physical access to your device, and the jailbreak can only be tethered, meaning that if the iPhone is restarted it disappears.

The Cellebrite UFED team is working quickly to provide users with support for the above-mentioned scenario.  This will be included with the launch of our iOS extraction agent in an upcoming release. The team is committed to providing a comprehensive, forensically-sound solution that adheres to Cellebrite’s high standards, is fully tested, and is admissible in court.

Speaking about recent rumors, if Apple did remove the Lightning port from future iPhones, I wonder if it would defeat companies like Cellebrite. I’m not sure if they could still extract data via the wireless charger.


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Billboard 200 charts will include online music videos

Billboard has included streaming music in its top 200 chart for years, but now it's ready to consider music videos as well. The industry publication has revealed that it will count official online music video plays from YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify...

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U.S – China Trade Deal Could Stop $150 iPhone Price...

A trade agreement between the U.S. and China is “an early Christmas present to Apple,” according to one analyst.

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New Zealanders Can Finally Use a Cellular Apple Watch

New Zealanders can finally use cellular Apple Watch models thanks to carrier Spark that now supports eSIM.

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THQ Nordic drops a playable trailer for a potential...

THQ Nordic is testing the waters for a possible reboot of the 2001 fantasy RPG Gothic with a playable trailer. It's hoping for feedback from players on whether it should go ahead with a full rework. The prototype, which is called Gothic Playable Teas...

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Spectre Camera Adds New Depth to My Photos

Spectre was named Apple’s iOS app of the year earlier this month, and a quick test of the AI-powered long-exposure camera lens reveals why.

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Apple's AC Wellness offering free genetic...

Apple employees based in Silicon Valley are able to have genetic tests performed for free via the company's AC Wellness clinics, through a partnership with Color Genomics, in what may be a pilot program for the iPhone maker's healthcare project.

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This Christmas commercial is warming hearts across...

OK now I want to go to Rhayader, Wales just to meet this little guy.

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Apple Podcasts via Alexa, OS Updates– TMO Daily...

Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple Podcasts coming to Amazon Echo devices, and the latest OS updates.

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A thief took Facebook hard drives with payroll data...

It seems Facebook just couldn't make it through to the end of the year without another privacy-related incident. Only this time around, its own employees are affected. A thief broke into a payroll worker's car and stole hard drives that reportedly co...

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Two Weeks With the New Mac Pro

YouTuber Marques Brownlee got to spend two weeks with a new Mac Pro. Jealous, much?! In a recently posted video, he unboxed the device and gave his review.

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Apple Offers Free Color DNA Tests to Employees

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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.

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Squinting a little bit lately? Small print seems out of reach for you to read? You should visit your eye doctor, but you may not have the time. EyeQue Vision Check is an ophthalmic refractometer that works with your iPhone to test and track your vision. We have this CES 2019 Innovation Award Winner on sale for $40 when you use promo code MERRYSAVE15 at checkout.

Have a busy schedule but want to check if your glasses prescription is still up to snuff? Say no more! With EyeQue VisionCheck, you won't need to set up a whole doctor's appointment. This MIT patented refractometer is the only at-home solution to test your eyes, get EyeGlass Numbers, and use them to order eyeglasses online. This...

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