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TikTok returns to App Store in India following week-...

Popular Chinese video sharing app TikTok is again available on India's app stores, ending a week-long, court-ordered ban that restricted downloads of the title in its largest growth market.

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Indian government lifts TikTok ban, says it can...

Last week, regulators in India forced Apple to remove the viral TikTok video sharing app from the App Store one inappropriate content concerns. Now, however, an Indian state court has moved to lift the ban.


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Financial Gain in Modern Tech Dehumanizes Us

Axios writes:

Tristan Harris, the former Googler who helped popularize the notion of “time well spent” laid out the shift he says the tech industry needs to make in order to stop, as he puts it, “downgrading humanity.” … Harris made the case that today’s technology downgrades humanity by creating a vast artificial social system powered by “overwhelming” AI and an “extractive” attention economy.

The problem, as Harris notes, is that the first company to blink loses.

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With Notarization, Apple Moves to Greatly Reduce...

Notarization is an automated code scan service for Mac developers that looks for malicious code and blesses it if none found. In a future version of macOS, the Gatekeeper will look for that notarization. This is a good thing.

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Mighty Vibe Spotify Offline Player: $76.99

We have a deal on the Mighty Vibe Spotify Offline Player. This device is just what the name suggests: it will play your Spotify music on-the-go without a smartphone or Internet connection.  It’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, supports wired and most Bluetooth headphones and speakers, has 1,000+ song storage, and is durable and has a built-in clip-on. Plus, the promo video below is definitely funny. It’s $76.99 through our deal.

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Facebook expects FTC fine of at least $3B,...

Facebook today reported its earnings for the first quarter of 2019, revealing that it has set aside $3 billion in anticipation of a fine from the Federal Trade Commission. The company reported revenue for the quarter of $15.08 billion with earnings of 85 cents per share.


The post Facebook expects FTC fine of at least $3B, Zuckerberg says privacy is ‘central focus’ for future appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Expecting to pay up to $5B for Cambridge Analytica,...

Facebook is preparing to pay a record-setting fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations following the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, as the social network is earmarking $3 billion to go towards its expenses and a potential $5 billion fine, depending on how it negotiates with the regulator.

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News round-up: Apple leads Laptop Mag's Tech...

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

Despite minor issues, Apple continued to top most of the competition in this year's Tech Support Showdown by Laptop Magazine, which says the combination of Twitter, live online chats, its support app and phone calls provides a solid base for the company's support. Oh, and there's also the Genius Bar, which is widely available, thanks to its placement in every Apple Store.

According to a letter Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers sent to Foxconn executive Louis Woo, the state is renegotiating a deal that promised the Taiwan-based company (a major Apple supplier) incentives in return for building a massive manufacturing and R&D facility in the region, reports...

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Tim Cook Again Calls for Tech Industry Regulation

Apple CEO Tim Cook has once again come out in favor of regulation of the tech industry, even as he expressed distrust of government intervention.

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Apple's will to 'hurt Qualcomm financially...

Slides of Qualcomm's opening arguments against Apple have been published, exposing more detail of Apple's long plan to hurt Qualcomm financially to force reduced modem chip payments.

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AT&T CEO says faster 5G networks will cost more...

The CEO of AT&T has proposed higher pricing for 5G connectivity, suggesting data plans for the next-generation mobile networks could be closer to that of broadband packages, including both allowances of data and tiered maximum speeds.

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The Drumbeat of Impeachment

J. W. Verret, writing at The Atlantic, “A Trump Transition Staffer Calls for Impeachment”:

Let’s start at the end of this story. This weekend, I read Special
Counsel Robert Mueller’s report twice, and realized that enough
was enough — I needed to do something. I’ve worked on every
Republican presidential transition team for the past 10 years and
recently served as counsel to the Republican-led House Financial
Services Committee. My permanent job is as a law professor at the
George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, which is not
political, but where my colleagues have held many prime spots in
Republican administrations.

If you think calling for the impeachment of a sitting Republican
president would constitute career suicide for someone like me, you
may end up being right. But I did exactly...

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macOS 10.15 concept envisions rumored Screen Time...

Last week, 9to5Mac reported that Screen Time, and many other iOS features, are coming to the Mac this year. Following our report, designer Jacob Grozian has imagined what Screen Time might look like on the Mac when macOS 10.15 is released this year.


The post macOS 10.15 concept envisions rumored Screen Time feature with ambitious design [Gallery] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Lens is a modern and featured-packed Instagram app...

Lens is a new Instagram app for Apple Watch that includes nearly every feature of the photo sharing service — all without the iPhone. The unofficial client is much more capable than Instagram’s outdated and discontinued app for the watch.


The post Lens is a modern and featured-packed Instagram app for Apple Watch that works without the iPhone appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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How to cancel an app subscription on iPhone or iPad

Signing up for a subscription service like Apple News+ through iOS is kind of fun. A menu pops pop, you activate Face ID or Touch ID, and the world’s most satisfying ding lets you know your purchase was successful. It’s simplicity itself.

As for unsubscribing? That’s not so simple, but it’s better than it used to be. For years Apple would make you venture into depths of the Settings app that you probably never even knew existed in order to find your list of subscriptions, and you can still take that route if you wish. Now, though, Apple now lets you access your subscriptions directly through the App Store app. It’s still not incredibly intuitive, but it’s a massive improvement over the hoops we had to jump through.

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MindNode 6 mind mapping app adds new Focus mode to...

The longstanding mind map app MindNode has been updated to add new features to its Mac and iOS versions. Both now feature a Focus mode that concentrates the map on one topic and the iOS edition also lets you select multiple elements to edit or move together.

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iOS Mouse Support Could Come This Year

Federico Vittici and Steve Troughton-Smith are saying that iOS mouse support could be coming this year as an accessibility feature of iOS 13. Mr. Vittici mentioned it on the Connected podcast, while Mr. Smith confirmed the rumor via Twitter.

If you missed last week's @_connectedfm, @viticci had a pretty interesting scoop that he'd been sitting on re mouse support coming to iPad as an accessibility feature. As far as I'm aware, that *is* indeed in the works. I feel like every pro user will turn that on, day one

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Bob the builder

How many of you are old enough to remember Bob Vila? As a kid, I loved his version of “This Old House” (I never liked the episodes after he left) even though I have no skill or even interest in construction or carpentry. Vila made it seem effortless and easy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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AT&T CEO expects its 5G prices to be tiered,...

AT&T CEO, Randall Stephenson, said during the company’s earnings call today that its 5G plans in the future will likely be tiered with customers paying more for faster speeds, similar to broadband home internet plans (via The Verge). The expected future change will be notable for AT&T customers as current LTE plans give users the fastest speeds possible for one price.


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Developers, it’s Time to Delete the Facebook SDK

Developers, it’s time to consider deleting the Facebook SDK and not using its tools anymore. Do we even need to explain why?

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How Good Are Aftermarket iPhone Screens

In the past, aftermarket iPhone screens were a hit or miss regardless of whether you got them from the US or China. The quality was not consistent and the reliability was a coin toss. The warranties were difficult to claim and, in most cases, nonexistent.  Most of the US suppliers were simply trying different suppliers

The post How Good Are Aftermarket iPhone Screens appeared first on iLounge.

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Surfer retrieves working Apple Watch six months...

A man from Huntington Beach, Calif. has recovered an Apple Watch he lost surfing in the Pacific Ocean six months ago, still in working order.

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Butterfly Keyboard Woes, SSD Upgrades – TMO Daily...

Today is an all hardware episode, Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss butterfly keyboards and SSD upgrades.

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Alexa voice recognition audit teams had access to...

More allegations about how owners of the Amazon Echo smart speaker range are having their privacy infringed by the retailer have surfaced, with the latest claim involving an internal team of Alexa auditors having access to customer data that can reveal their home address.

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Bookstores band together for “Independent Bookstore...

I love bookstores and can spend hours and hours in them. Living in a small town means our options are limited but I’ll be sure to go into our local bookstore this Saturday.

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WhatsApp is Failing to Stop People Sharing Child...

Material depicting child abuse l is still being widely shared across WhatsApp. An investigation by The Next Web found the Facebook-owned messaging service had failed to tackle the problem, despite assurances it would do so.

Despite Facebook’s attempts to clamp down on inappropriate content, the two-week long investigation conducted in March found dozens of WhatsApp chat groups with hundreds of members that share child sexual abuse material. The groups were identified through a third-party WhatsApp public group discovery app that Google recently banned from Play Store, but can still be sideloaded using the installation files that are available online elsewhere. Nitish Chandan, a cybersecurity specialist who is also the project manager of CPF, found that members are...

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Bumble’s New Tool Can Block Nudes in Chat

Starting in June, people that use dating app Bumble will find themselves protected against unwanted nudes using an AI tool called Private Detector.

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Apple reports fewer self-driving test cars on...

For the first time, Apple has actually seen a decrease in the number of self-driving test vehicles it has on California's public roads.

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Tim Cook On Why You Should Turn Off All Those Push...

Tim Cook addressed the TIME 100 Summit Tuesday. There, he encouraged people to put down their iPhones. He even said he turned off push notifications from lots of apps, reported Techcrunch.

Today, when users install new apps they often say “No” to push notifications. And with Apple’s new tools to control notifications, users are now actively triaging which apps can get in touch. In fact, that’s what Tim Cook says he did, too. “If you guys aren’t doing this — if you have an iPhone and you’re not doing it, I would encourage you to really do this — monitor these [push notifications],” the CEO suggested to the audience. “What it has done for me personally is I’ve gone in and gutted the number of notifications,” Cook said. “Because I asked myself: ‘Do I really need to be getting thousands of notifications a day?’

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Power button class action suit for iPhone 4, iPhone...

A class action lawsuit against Apple concerning sleep/wake button issues with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 is going to be heard in a Californian court, with the lawyers bringing the lawsuit against the iPhone producer putting out a call for potentially affected device owners ahead of the October trial.

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Sir Jony Ive on Design and Apple’s Values

Sir Jony Ive does not make a huge number of media appearances. When he does, they tend to be worth taking in. Design magazine Document has an in-depth interview with Sir. Jony and Dior top designer Kim Jones in its new edition. In it, he talked about design tools, the future, and the values that run through Apple.

To me, what the institution represents first and foremost is a set of values and a clear sense of why Apple exists, and what contribution we can make to culture—what contribution we can make to society. What I can bring to that is to practice what I do within those values and to extend them. I think it stems from my sense of curiosity. I’m absurdly, frantically inquisitive. Given that I’ve been at Apple for nearly 30 years now, I think I’m sort of steeped in those values. I think the values are powerful but they’re general, and it’s how you turn your curiosity and ideas into vision. I think that very simplistically describes my relationship with...

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Trial involving iPhones with alleged defective power...

A jury trial involving iPhone 4’s, iPhone 4S’s and iPhone 5’s with alleged defective sleep/wake (power) buttons will start on Oct. 25, 2019.

The complaint alleges that Apple sold the aforementioned smartphone models with defective sleep/wake (power) buttons and failed to disclose (or insufficiently disclosed) this defect to purchasers in violation of various California state laws. This action seeks relief for alleged claims of breach of warranty and alleged violations of the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act, the California Unfair Competition Law, the California Song-Beverly Act and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. 

The complaint seeks damages in the form of recovery of the cost to repair the broken sleep/wake button or the diminished value of the iPhone due to the broken sleep/wake button, along with restitution, injunctive and declaratory relief.

Apple denies all of the allegations and denies it did anything improper...

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Stacktrace Podcast 033: “Face ID by proxy”

Another week full of delicious scoops — expanded macOS authentication using the Apple Watch, WWDC news for developers, more signs of AR headset(s!), Siri shortcuts on the Mac, and much more. Also, how does Rambo get his hands on all this information anyway?

Sponsored by Withings: Get 20% off Withings Body+ Wi-Fi Smart Scale at the company’s website or Amazon $79 (Reg. $99).

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


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New Zealand’s Maori won personhood for this river

A fascinating story about people and their relationship to the land.

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Here’s how to cancel your Apple News+ trial and...

Apple News+ officially launched one month ago today, which means those who subscribed to the free trial are about to get hit with their first monthly bill. If you’ve spent some time with the service and decided it’s not for you, here’s how to cancel Apple News+.


The post Here’s how to cancel your Apple News+ trial and avoid a $10 charge appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Apple earns first place in laptop customer support...

Apple has earned another first place ranking for its laptop customer service when compared to other tech companies. Laptop Mag today released its 2019 study that found Apple far ahead of competition like Samsung, Microsoft, HP, and more when it comes to both phone and web support for computers.


The post Apple earns first place in laptop customer support ranking with 91/100 score, 6 minute avg. call time appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Apple reports first drop in the number of self-...

Throughout the course of 2018, Apple’s filings with the California DMV showed a steady increase in the number of self-driving cars it had on the road. This month, however, Apple has reported its first ever drop in autonomous cars.


The post Apple reports first drop in the number of self-driving cars on the road in California appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

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Huawei to Build Part of UK 5G Network

The British Government has decided to allow Huawei to build part of its 5G network, a move at odds with the U.S. administration.

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Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective...

Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

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Samsung to spend $116B in next decade to overtake...

Samsung this week said it intends to spend $116 billion by 2030 in order to beat the likes of Intel, Qualcomm, and TSMC for a lead role in logic chip manufacturing.

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9to5Mac Daily: April 24, 2019 — AirPods 3 rumors

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


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New Best Buy 4 day sale discounts MacBook Pro and...

The latest Best Buy 4 day sale highlights the top deals in this episode of 9to5Toys Lunch Break, along with offers on iPhone 6s and AmazonBasics Mac accessories. Head below for more.


The post New Best Buy 4 day sale discounts MacBook Pro and Sonos, plus get a $100 Amazon gift card w/ iPhone 6s, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Apple retains leads in laptop technical support, but...

Apple has claimed the top spot on Laptop Magazine's 2019 customer service ratings, scoring 91 out of 100 based on a mix of phone and online performance.

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AT&T says the Galaxy Fold will ship on June 13,...

While Samsung itself has not given any specific shipping dates for a revised Galaxy Fold after multiple review unit failures forced a delay, AT&T representatives are insistent that it will be shipped to customers on Thursday, June 13.

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Google Fit for iOS is Here

Google announced today that its Google Fit app that launched on Android in 2014 is now available for iOS.

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Skeptical investors undervaluing Apple's...

Investors consistently undervalue Apple's Services, and iPhone sales are strong, which has led Morgan Stanley to raise the target price for Apple stock to $234.

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Google Fit now available on iOS with Apple Health...

Last August, Google Fit was completely revamped with the Material Theme and a focus on two new metrics. The health and activity tracking application is now coming to iOS with full Apple Health integration.


The post Google Fit now available on iOS with Apple Health sync appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Apple Pay Launches in Austria

Apple Pay officially launched in Austria, giving customers of Erste Bank and N26 access to the service in the country.

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Samsung invests in logic chip R&D to take on...

Samsung's chip division is its most lucrative, but memory chip prices are falling and the company's overall operating profits are slipping. In response, Samsung just announced a $116 billion investment in non-memory chip R&D and production infras...

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The two reasons Apple Pay in the US lags way behind...

When we reported that JCPenney had stopped supporting Apple Pay, some European readers were confused about the state of Apple Pay in the US. Why did the chain need to specifically support Apple Pay when everywhere in Europe accepts it because it’s effectively just another contactless card?

A reader suggested I write an explainer, which I added to my to-do list only to find that CNBC did it for me in video form …


The post The two reasons Apple Pay in the US lags way behind Europe [Video] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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You Could Get a TurboTax Refund if you Make Under $...

If you make less than US$34,000 per year, you could get a TurboTax refund if the company made you pay them when you filed your taxes.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who made under $34,000 last year, you should have been able to use a free version of TurboTax. If TurboTax directed you to a paid version, it’s worth giving the company a call.

“I called today and they are issuing a refund on my credit card,” one reader said. “I just had to mention ProPublica.”

Thanks to lobbying by corporations like TurboTax, the IRS doesn’t do our taxes for us like other countries.

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It's back: Apple's quad-core 13 inch...

After initially selling out within hours, Amazon's $500 off discount is back on Apple's latest Mid 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that's equipped with a 512GB SSD. With stock available on May 3, now is the time to order the upgraded MacBook Pro at the lowest price ever before inventory runs out.

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MindNode 6 Brings Focus Mode and More

MindNode 6 is out and it brings more productivity features to help us with our mind maps. Some of the new features: Focus Mode puts a spotlight on one part of your mind map and fades out all the rest; Hide Connections reduces distractions even further by hiding all connections on the canvas; Sticker Search helps you quickly find the right sticker to make your document even more appealing; Multi-Select gives you styling, editing, and rearranging for multiple nodes; External Screen Support lets you put your mind map on two screens at once; Customizable Panels lets you drag and drop your favorite actions onto the panel’s quick actions. On iPad drag the panels to the other side of the screen; Traditional Chinese is the newest language, increasing overall localizations to 14. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)


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Designers have social duties beyond a product's...

A designer's obligations to the world don't end after a product ships, said Apple chief design officer Jony Ive in an interview published this week.

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Mark Zuckerberg Sweats as Regulators Hungrily Eye...

After the latest Facebook privacy fiasco which involved Instagram passwords, regulators are looking even more closely at Mark Zuckerberg.

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US survey reveals iPhone XR most popular model,...

The iPhone XR was the most popular iPhone model sold in the United States for the quarter ending March 2019, a survey has revealed, while the company's move towards pushing services apparently has quite a way to go before iTunes, Apple Music, and others are actively being used by the majority of iPhone owners.

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I finally found a Steve Jobs plush! He goes...

Here’s the picture, Steve plush with iPod.

Want one? The Reddit poster bought it here.

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Research group says Apple TV+ will have eight...

The number of SVOD subscriptions for movies, linear channels and TV episodes (and excluding other platforms such as sports services) in North America will climb by 110 million from 160 million in 2018 to 270 million in 2024, according to Research and Markets. These figures are gross - many homes take more than one SVOD platform.

The research group predicts that the upcoming Apple TV+ will see “modest” growth to eight million by 2024. Apple’s upcoming streaming service will debut this fall.

Research and Markets forecasts that 77.8% of TV households (94 million) will subscribe to at least one SVOD platform by 2024. The average SVOD household will pay for 2.89 SVOD subscriptions. This compares to 70.0% of TV households (84 million) TV households subscribing to at least one SVOD platform by end-2018. The average SVOD subscriber paid for 1.91 SVOD platforms at end-2018.

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A “blockchain bandit” is guessing private keys and...


What if an Ethereum owner stored their digital money with a private key—the unguessable, 78-digit string of numbers that protects the currency stashed at a certain address—that had a value of 1?

To Bednarek’s surprise, he found that dead-simple key had in fact once held currency, according to the blockchain that records all Ethereum transactions. But the cash had already been taken out of the Ethereum wallet that used it—almost certainly by a thief who had thought to guess a private key of 1 long before Bednarek had.


That initial discovery piqued Bednarek’s curiosity. So he tried a few more consecutive keys: 2, 3, 4, and then a couple dozen more, all of which had been similarly emptied. So he and his colleagues at the security consultancy Independent Security Evaluators wrote some code, fired up some cloud servers, and tried a few dozen billion more.

Seems such an obvious tack to take. And reinforces my avoidance of blockchain backed...

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iFixit: Samsung's Galaxy Fold is '...

There's been another teardown of the Galaxy Fold, and this one might help explain why Samsung decided to delay the phone's launch. iFixit has conducted a part-by-part dissection that suggests the design is "alarmingly fragile," particularly around th...

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Apple continues to dominate the premium smartphone...

Apple continues to lead global premium smartphone segment by capturing more than half of the market while OnePlus entered the top five brands in the premium segment for the first time ever in 2018 as competition intensified in the global premium smartphone segment. The segment grew faster than the global smartphone market, according to Counterpoint Research’s Market Monitor 2018 service.

The segment grew 14% year-on-year (YoY) in terms of sell-in and 18% YoY in terms of sell-through. Growth was driven by new iPhones and launches in a premium segment from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei, OPPO, OnePlus.

Apple remained the market leader capturing 51% share of the premium segment, a significant lead over its nearest competitor Samsung which had a 22% share. However, Chinese brands made their mark as Huawei’s share in the segment reached double digits (10...

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Mouse and trackpad support is apparently coming to...

Federico on the Connected podcast:

Something that I heard from a couple of people a few months ago sort of mentioned to me just casually, “Wouldn’t it be funny if you could have a mouse cursors on iPad as an accessibility feature?”


But then I started doing some research and I learned that actually it’s already possible, if you have right accessibility hardware like special joysticks and motors, to have some kind of cursor on iOS. This is already possible and has been possible for years.

But what I heard from sources is that without any adapter you will be able to use a USB-C mouse, on your iPad, as an accessibility device.

And then this followup:

If you missed last week's @_connectedfm, @viticci...

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Jony Ive and Dior designer Kim Jones discuss the...

The upcoming spring/summer 2019 edition of Document Journal includes a fascinating new conversation between Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive and Kim Jones, Creative Director for fashion brand Dior Men since 2018. Ahead of the magazine’s release in May, the full interview has been published online and is filled with observations from the two designers.


The post Jony Ive and Dior designer Kim Jones discuss the environmental cost of design, challenges of working for the future, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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eMarketer has some so-so news about the iPhone and...

eMarketer has released data on UK and U.S. market share for the iPhone and iPad, along with usage of Apple TV. Here’s what the research group found:

Apple's share of smartphone users in the U.S. will remain basically static in 2019, accounting for a 45.2% share. Android, by comparison, will account for 53.4% of US smartphone usage.  eMarketer expects Android to dominate smartphone usage through 2021.

The number of U.S. iPad users remains stagnant -- 79.7 million this year.  In 2019, Apple's share of the tablet market will be 45.6%, down from 46.3% last year.

 In 2019, eMarketer estimates that nearly 53% of Americans will use a tablet at least once a month, totaling 174.7million people.

 In the UK, Apple is expected to account for nearly 42% of smartphone users this year (19.2 million), a slight increase from 40.5% last year.  eMarketer estimates Android...

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iPhone users are twice as likely to text and drive...

In observation of Distracted Driving Month this April, The Zebra, an insurance comparison site, surveyed 2,107 Americans to uncover what activities are distracting them on the road. 

The survey revealed that 78% of Americans admit to engaging in activities other than concentrating on the road, even though the majority of them (66%) feel guilty while doing so. And iPhone users are twice as likely to text and drive as Android users.

According to The Zebra, when looking at iPhone vs. Android owners, Apple users are more addicted to their mobile devices, as they’re more prone to text, take photos, video-chat and more while driving. 

Emotional commercials and big brand petitions tell us that a text message can wait, yet 73% of respondents who admitted to texting and driving agree that this risky act can be classified as an addiction. Eighty percent of people in this group...

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How to protect yourself against fake calls from...

Calls from bogus Apple support representatives are on the rise. Scam-artists are using Apple's name, and spoofing phone numbers, in order to phish for personal details from customers. There are occasions when Apple will phone you, but it won't be about your iCloud account.

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iPhone XR continues to dominate US smartphone sales...

The latest data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) suggests that the iPhone XR continues to dominate US smartphone sales. The XR is the best-selling model for the second quarter running.

The news follows Kantar data showing that the iPhone XR was also the best-selling smartphone in the UK


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Beyoncé Hit Album ‘Lemonade’ Album Finally Available...

Beyoncé’s Lemonade album is available on Apple Music, as well as Spotify and Deezer, for the first time since its release in 2016.

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Amber alerts and AirPods


Just got my first set of AirPods two weeks ago. Really enjoying them now that my company has switched to iOS and I tote around 2 iPhones. Then today I just popped them in to walk to the office and an Amber Alert game in. Through the AirPods. Full blast loud. My eyes watered and I threw one out as fast as possible but didn’t quite get the other in time as I tried to dismiss the alert. Holy hell my ears are ringing so loud. Is there any way to turn that down??

Amber alerts are designed to play at max volume, to get your attention. I get that.

But seems to me, Apple should do a bit of testing with AirPods volume, set a max limit for emergency klaxons and Amber alerts. There are people who need their AirPods at full volume, so not clear that a hard volume level cutoff is the right answer, but seems clear that the current in ear volume for Amber alerts and the like is just too loud and, perhaps, harmful to hearing.


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Ford invests $500 million in Rivian to create an...

It's now patently clear why Rivian turned down GM's exclusive investment -- it wanted to remain open to other juicy deals. Ford has announced that it's investing $500 million in Rivian, and is forming a "strategic partnership" to produce an "all-new...

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Rumor: new AirPods coming later this year or early...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will release two new AirPod models later this year or in early 2020. The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) says, barring any production problems, we’ll see them this year, so Apple can capitalize on holiday spending.

He says one of the wireless earbuds will sport an all-new form-factor at a higher price. The second model will have the same design and cost as the current AirPods, Kuo adds.

He doesn’t elaborate on what design changes we might expect. However, possibilities are new health features, enhanced audio quality, a new coating for improved grip and noise cancellation tech.

Whatever the changes, Kuo predicts that Apple will sell 52 million units in 2019, and between 75 million and 85 million in...

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Chrome update stops websites from tracking you in...

Google has launched Chrome 74 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS, bringing with it a bunch of handy new features, although some -- such as Incognito detection blocking -- require a bit of tinkering to access.

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Get a HOT Deal on 1TB of Zoolz Cloud Backup Storage...

Cloud services are great for keeping your data backed up in the cloud, syncing to a number of devices simultaneously, and archiving information that's important but just not needed each and every day. Some services can be ridiculously expensive, but that's not the case with Zoolz Cloud Storage. Can you imagine paying only $19.99 for 1TB of Cold Storage? That’s our deal for today for what TopTenReviews called the "Number 1 Best Business Cloud Storage Service": Zoolz Cloud Storage

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Teardown specialists iFixit think they know how Samsung Galaxy Fold screen failures happen. We’ve so far seen six review units fail, with Samsung reportedly taking them all back before any more can happen.

The company says it has identified four potential reasons for the failures, in addition to the screen-protector which isn’t


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iFixit’s Samsung Galaxy Fold Teardown


Well, we’ve finally got the Samsung Galaxy Fold on our teardown table. This is, without question, an ambitious first-generation device—the idea of having both a smartphone and a tablet in your pocket at all times is pretty exciting! That said, a number of early reviewers had some durability issues with their review units, ultimately leading to a launch postponement. Are these temporary setbacks? Or are we headed for a full-blown AirPower-style product cancellation?

The teardown is full of great pics and details, but this little bit goes to the heart of the matter:

Unlike the dull slabs of glass we’re used to, this smartphone/tablet hybrid has lots of potential entry points—and not the good kind.

To achieve the fold, the thin bezel that surrounds (and protects) the screen leaves a gap where the two halves meet.


This 7 mm gap doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but it leaves the display exposed—so should something accidentally enter,...

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How Apple Watch went from rumor to shipping product...

It feels like we've always had Apple Watches, but it's only a very few years since the first ones were shipped to customers. Yet if it's still really a new product, you can trace rumors of Apple's work on it back to at least 2010.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown suggests poor design...

Before Samsung chose to hold back launch for a redesign, the Galaxy Fold was inherently vulnerable to debris reaching the display, according to a new teardown.

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YouTube will label videos to help European users...

Google has launched some new tools in a bid to fight misinformation about upcoming elections in Europe. A large part of that effort is focused on YouTube, where Google will launch publisher transparency labels in Europe, showing news sources which re...

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iPhone Users 2x as Likely to Text and Drive

In a new study (n=2,000) 51% of iPhone users said they text and drive, compared to 35% for Android users.

16% of iPhone users said they never get distracted while driving (vs. 23% of Android users and 38% of users of other mobile operating systems).

iPhone users are more than twice as likely than Android users to video-chat, use Instagram, stream shows on Netflix or Hulu, and take photos and videos while driving.

10% of iPhone users admitted watching videos on YouTube while driving, while 4% of Android users admitted to doing the same.

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Twitter makes it easier to report election tweets...

With a number of high profile elections taking place around the world in the coming months, social media platforms are gearing themselves up for the inevitable onslaught of fake news and misleading information. Twitter has announced that it's doublin...

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Goldman Sachs raises AAPL target to $182 citing...

Analysts at Goldman Sachs have improved their view of Apple's share, raising the stock's 12-month target price from $140 to $182 under the belief demand in China is no longer an issue, at the same time as anticipating Apple will beat its guidance for the upcoming financial results.

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CableBox Mini helps you easily manage cable clutter

If you’re like me, you suffer from cable clutter. Even though I have a 27-inch iMac 5K with a decent amount of internal storage, I have connections to: an external hard drive; various adapter cables; and a surge protector to protect all these gadgets.

The result? A crowded desktop. One simple solution: The BlueLounge CableBox Mini, a $30 solution that tidies up your desktop and looks good doing it. You just plug your devices into the supplied four-socket surge protector, then stow away the surplus cable lengths, and close the lid. The CableBox has cable outlets on two sides, which makes it convenient for stashing cords, adapters and small USB hubs, while still retaining access to them.

Rubber feet keep it from sliding around on your desktop — or the floor, if you prefer it there. I keep my CableBox Mini behind my iMac where it houses an USB hub and my iPhone charger. However, you can also use it under a desk or near a TV.


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Traeger Ironwood 650 review: WiFi is the ultimate...

I'll admit it: I was skeptical that a WiFi-connected grill could really improve my casual culinary exploits. During my review of Traeger's Timberline 850 though, I would discover it's actually very useful -- especially for things that take several ho...

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Comment: Apple’s in-store MacBook keyboard...

Apple’s MacBook keyboard replacement program solved one problem: customers would no longer have to pay for a fix for an Apple design failure. But, as I wrote recently, it still left many of us with another one: the hassle of living without our machine for a week – even those of us fortunate enough to have a backup machine.

I called an Apple Store, and they told me they’d need it for about five days, and that’s a much bigger deal […] It’s not that it’s impossible to be without it – I managed before – but it is a major hassle. I have my key work apps and bookmarks set up on my MacBook Air, but I know from that experience that there are a zillion small things that will drive me nuts in the week I’m without the...

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Guidemaster: The best Qi wireless charging pads for...

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Wireless charging has a long way to go before it replaces wired charging, but the technology has advanced dramatically in the past few years. Everyone with the newest smartphones, wearables, and other gadgets can get behind the idea—simply place your device on a charging pad or stand and let it sit. Within a few minutes, you'll have more battery power than you did before, and you didn't have to fuss with wires or cables to get it.

But quite a bit of technology goes into make an accessory that makes your life that much easier. Most wireless chargers come in the form of circular or rectangular pads, some of which are propped up on legs to make stands that take up minimal space and work well as nightstand or desk accessories. But don't be fooled by...

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Kuo: Two new AirPods models in Q4 2019 – Q1 2020,...

Following just hours after a Digitimes report on ‘AirPods 3′, the veritable TF Industries’ Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple is set to launch two new AirPods hardware models as early as the fourth quarter of 2019, quoting a ‘4Q19 – 1Q20’ timeframe.

One of these models is reported as an iterative update to the existing AirPods, and other will come with an all-new form factor and associated higher price.


The post Kuo: Two new AirPods models in Q4 2019 – Q1 2020, one features an all-new design and higher price appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Two new AirPods models, one with new design, coming...

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting two new AirPods models to ship at the end of 2019 or in the beginning of 2020, solidifying Apple's lead in the marketplace.

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Apple Pay officially launches in Austria

Apple Pay is now available to customers of Austria's Erste Bank und Sparkasse, as well as via German-based N26's Mastercard.

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Foxconn is seeking to renegotiate Wisconsin deal,...

A letter from Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers reveals that Foxconn is indeed seeking to renegotiate the scale of its investment, which was originally supposed to generate 13,000 jobs in the state. The company has so far renamed an office building which currently appears empty.

Foxconn had previously said that it remained committed to the contract despite Gov. Evans stating that ‘the deal is no longer in play‘ …


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Apple eyes a way to make it easier to hear iPhone...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,269,369) for a “system and method of noise reduction for a mobile device.” The goal is to make it easier to hear phone calls on your iPhone when you’re in a noisy environment.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that you can use using headphones, earbuds, or headset when talking on your iPhone. However, a common complaint with these hands-free modes of operation is that the speech captured by the microphone port or the headset includes environmental noise such as wind noise, secondary speakers in the background.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “System of noise reduction for mobile devices includes blind source separator (BSS) and noise suppressor. BSS receives signals from at least two audio pickup channels. BSS includes sound source separator, voice source detector, equalizer, and auto-disabler. Sound source separator generates signals representing first sound source and second sound source...

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The Mac is becoming more like iOS—and I think I like...

I fell in love with the Mac nearly 30 years ago, in the fall of 1989. It’s been the center of my tech world ever since, and I’ve been writing about it professionally for 25 years. And yet these past months, I’ve noticed something strange creeping into my thoughts occasionally while I sit at my desk working on my iMac Pro: iOS does this better.

It’s disconcerting, after three decades, to suddenly find that manipulation of files and folders in the Finder has gone from being business as usual to seeming like it’s more fuss and effort than is necessary. And yet that’s where I am now, thanks to a couple of years of using an iPad Pro rather than a MacBook Air whenever I’m away from my desk. The iPad, she has infected me. And I fear there is no cure.

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'Planet Zoo’ is the modern ‘Zoo Tycoon’ we’ve...

If the explosive popularity of the The Sims over the years has taught us anything, it's that people love playing god. Players have been given control of everything from theme parks to hospitals, and now aspiring site planners can add a zoo to their C...

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New noise-cancelling 'AirPods 3' rumored...

Reports from the supply chain suggest that Apple may release a third generation of AirPods with noise cancellation before the end of 2019.

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ camera test vs iPhone XS, Pixel...

We put the camera on the Galaxy S10+ to the test in another episode of Last Cam Standing.

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The Morning After: Tesla's Long Range Model S...

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Looking for a new laptop? New CPUs and GPUs are just begging for you to upgrade. And if you have a bigger purchase in mind, you should check out the new Teslas, which feature more range than ever -- up to 370 mi...

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Zipline expands medical drone deliveries to Ghana

While the jury on consumer drones is still out, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are fast becoming an important tool in global delivery networks. Take Zipline as a prime example: since 2016, the Californian company has used unmanned aircraft to delive...

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Rumor: Apple Pay could launch in Austria today

There tends to be nuggets of truth in almost all rumors.

The current rumor is that Apple Pay Australia will launch today, although it’s unknown as to which banks will support it upon launch.

The following translated quote was offered by a source close to the story:

As a partner Apple could win the Erste Bank and Sparkasse and the online bank N26…The question is whether Apple launches its service far too late in Austria. Many banks have already equipped their cards with the NFC function years ago, so fast payments are already possible in this way.

Via The Mac Observer and DerStandard

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TaoTronics TT-BH046 noise-cancelling headphone...

Audio performance improves with ANC on, but it's still somewhat congested and veiled, especially in noisy environments.

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Camera navigation enables more complete cleaning while conserving battery life.

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