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Former high school teacher pleads guilty to...

A fifth person has come forward to plead guilty to his role in gaining unauthorized access to celebrity iCloud accounts in 2014’s ‘Celebgate’. As reported by The Mercury News, Christopher Brannan today admitted that he accessed over 200 iCloud, Facebook, and Yahoo accounts, and downloaded personal pictures and videos from those accounts.


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Former high school teacher used Elcomsoft software...

A Virginia man on Monday pleaded guilty for his part in accessing, and attempting to access via phishing, more than 200 iCloud, Yahoo and Facebook accounts, some of which belonged to Hollywood celebrities.

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Apple ceases iOS 12 code signing following release...

Apple on Monday stopped signing code for iOS 12 after the release of iOS 12.0.1, meaning users running the latest sub-point update can no longer downgrade to the previous operating system version.

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The Spam Eradication Conundrum – Mac Geek Gab...

Do you get spam calls on your iPhone? Would you like to know how to stop that? How about power drain on your Mac and your iPhone? Plus, do you care whether you’re using the actual SIM or eSIM on your new iPhone? Press play, listen, and learn together!

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Apple no longer signing iOS 12 following the release...

After its release back in September, Apple is no longer signing the initial build of iOS 12. This means that users will now only be able to restore to the current release of iOS, iOS 12.0.1.


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Apple opens Beats 1 studio in New York City

Apple recently opened the doors to a New York studio for its Beats 1 streaming radio station, a satellite location that joins studios already in operation in Los Angeles and London.

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Intel’s 9th Generation Chips Confront Moore’s Law

Moore’s Law appears to be coming to a grinding halt, and Intel is confronting that reality with new ideas to speed up it’s 9th generation CPUs. The Verge writes: “But for the most part, the new chips have the same things last year’s chips had: more cores. And the reason is pretty simple: Intel still hasn’t managed to move on from its 14nm manufacturing node to the next step, its repeatedly delayed 10nm process.”

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Apple opens dedicated Beats 1 studio in New York...

Apple has opened a new studio in New York City for its always-on Beats 1 radio station. Fast Company reports that the studio is located in Manhattan’s Union Square, and that artists and hosts will be able to broadcast live from the studio, as well as pre-record shows whenever that happens to be more convenient.


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Apple Daily Report: 2018 MacBook Pros (15-inch...

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.

As noted by MacRumors. Apple has added 2018 models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to its refurbished store in the U.S. for the first time.

According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Apple has signed a lease for nearly 314,000 square feet of industrial manufacturing space at McCarthy Creekside, a new, multiphase development in Milpitas, according to real estate records.

This week, the Town of Woodside (California) will discuss what to do with some of the housing fixtures salvaged from a former home of the late...

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Apple reportedly working with GasBuddy after update...

Apple on Monday informed employees it has identified an issue with gas price tracking app GasBuddy that causes iPhones running the title to become unresponsive.

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TMO Background Mode Interview with Science Fiction...

Alec Nevala-Lee is a science fiction novelist, essayist and biographer. He’s known for the scifi novels: The Icon Thief, City of Exiles, and Eternal Empire. He’s written for Analog Science Fiction, and he’s had essays and non-fiction published in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Daily Beast and more. We chatted about growing up in California, the influential book that inspired him to become a writer, his early career, life at Harvard, and quitting his job to become a struggling – then successful novelist. Alec also shared a bit about his writing tools and techniques. Finally, we explored his new biography entitled: ASTOUNDING, a critical look at the life, writing and mutual influences of four famous scifi authors: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard during the Golden Age of Science Fiction in the 1940s and 50s.


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GasBuddy app causing repeated iPhone crashes, Apple...

Apple has discovered an esoteric bug that is causing many newer iPhone models, including iPhone XS, iPhone X, and iPhone 8, to repeatedly crash and respring (display a black loading spinner) when the GasBuddy app is installed.

The issue was first publicized by MacRumors. An anonymous Apple retail employee posted the fix on Reddit earlier. GasBuddy has said it is working on a fix. Apple retail has been advised to uninstall the app in the meantime.


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AWS CEO Andy Jassy Follows Apple In Calling For...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Services, followed Apple's lead in calling the for the retraction of Bloomberg's story about spy chips being embedded in servers. "They offered no proof, story kept changing, and showed no interest in our answers unless we could validate their theories," Jassy wrote in a tweet on Monday. "Reporters got played or took liberties. Bloomberg should retract." Apple CEO Tim Cook told Buzzfeed on Friday that the scenario Bloomberg reported never happened and that the October story in Bloomberg Businessweek should be retracted. Bloomberg alleged data center hardware used by Apple and AWS, and provided by server company Super Micro, was under surveillance by the Chinese government, even though almost all the companies named in the report denied Bloomberg's claim. Bloomberg published a denial from AWS alongside its own report, and AWS refuted the report in a more strongly worded six-paragraph blog post entitled...

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Super Micro CEO joins Tim Cook in calling on...

Earlier today, Super Micro Computer told its customers that it would conduct further checks into Bloomberg’s Chinese spy chip story, despite a lack of evidence to support the claims.

Now, Super Micro CEO Charles Liang has joined Tim Cook in calling on Bloomberg to retract the story completely.


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Apple's Tim Cook visits Berlin & Paris in...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is making a variety of pitstops in Europe ahead of speaking at Wednesday's European Data Protection Conference, and on Monday visited developers in Berlin and Paris.

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9to5Mac Daily: October 22, 2018

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


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Survey Responses: Apple OS Upgrade Plans, NAS...

We’ve been running some quick polls at the end of some recent articles, and we wanted to share results from the first batch. Check them out to see how your opinions and experiences correspond with those of other TidBITS readers.

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T-Mobile ranks best in customer retention and growth...

CIRP has shared a new analyst note today covering Q3 results for the major US wireless carriers. T-Mobile was the clear leader with the highest customer retention rate as well as seeing the greatest customer growth.


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eBay launches ‘Instant Selling’ program for used...


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Review: Ultimate Ears' Boom 3 is a solid...

The latest incarnation of Ultimate Ears' core Boom speaker is a solid option for iPhone, Mac, or iPad owners who want to wirelessly stream their music with a few small perks over some of its rivals.

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Saudi Arabia Had a Mole Inside Twitter

The New York Times reports that Saudi Arabia “groomed a Saudi employee at Twitter” to help spy on certain user accounts, presumably including that of Jamal Khashoggi.

Many Saudis had hoped that Twitter would democratize discourse by giving everyday citizens a voice, but Saudi Arabia has instead become an illustration of how authoritarian governments can manipulate social media to silence or drown out critical voices while spreading their own version of reality.

Once Arab Spring happened back in 2010-2011, I think that was the moment that governments—authoritarian and otherwise—realized the power of social media as a force for the public. And of course some governments don’t like that.

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How to Stop Developers From Knowing if you Uninstall...

The secret? Silent notifications. But there’s an easy fix.

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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best...

With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

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The White House Encourages Public Service for...

Today the White House will talk with technology companies with a plea to make it easier for tech workers to do public service in government.

For the Trump administration, the hope is that private companies might encourage employees to take leaves of absence to help modernize state and federal agencies — bringing a Silicon Valley sensibility to challenges like improving veterans’ health care and combating cybersecurity threats.

This sounds like a shockingly good idea for the current administration, and maybe it will help to deflate the Silicon Valley bubble a bit.

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What else at the iPad event, Apple vs Bloomberg –...

Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Kelly Guimont to speculate on what else we’ll see at the iPad event (besides iPads), and Apple going toe-to-toe against Bloomberg.

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iPhone XS Max beats Google Pixel 3 XL in speed test...

The latest speed test results are in from YouTuber, PhoneBuff. This time around he pitted the iPhone XS Max against Google’s Pixel 3 XL and the results weren’t pretty for the new Android flagship. However, it seems Google currently has a memory management issue with its Pixel 3, so a redo in the future might better represent real world results.


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Apple's HomePod has similar market share to...

Although it has a following similar to other high end smart speakers, the Apple HomePod is still being eclipsed in the U.S. market by cheaper offerings by Amazon and Google, newly-published survey data suggests.

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eBay Competes With Gazelle to Launch an iPhone Trade...

You list your device information, add photos, and get an instant eBay voucher that you can put towards the purchase of a new phone from eBay.

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Apple releases fifth betas for iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1...


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Jobs at Apple: A Brand New Design

The Jobs at Apple web page has a new design, and there’s a video that gives you a look at what’s like to work for Apple. There are links to teams, Apple Retail, an About page, and students.

This is where some of the world’s smartest, most passionate people create the world’s most innovative products and experiences. Join us and you’ll do the best work of your life — and make a difference in other people’s lives.

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Apple rolls out fifth developer betas for iOS 12.1,...

Apple is onto its fifth round of testing for its current generation of operating system betas, with developers in the program able to update their devices with new builds of iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1.

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Phil Schiller Defends iPhone XR Screen in Interview

Phil Schiller talks about the iPhone XR, including the iPhone XR screen and why the resolution shouldn’t matter.

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Fifth iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1 developer...

Apple has released the fifth beta versions of iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1 for developers. We’ll dig in to the new iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV builds and update with any changes.


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The HomePod now accounts for 4% of smart speaker...

There’s still hope for a big uptick in HomePod sales. According to a major new consumer survey by Strategy Analytics, the most popular smart speaker model in the U.S. is the Amazon Echo, which accounts for 23% of all smart speakers in use. Including all its models, Amazon accounts for 63% of smart speakers in use, while Google accounts for 17% and Apple 4%. 

The research group also found that there’s plenty of opportunity for other smart speaker brands: when asked to name one brand they would choose for their next smart speaker, 54% of users chose either Amazon, Google or Apple, leaving nearly half the market open to competitors. Bose, Samsung and Sonos are the most preferred alternatives to the “big three.”

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Muse’s ‘Simulation Theory’ album artwork created...

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil can do really amazing stuff when you put some time and effort into it. A great example of this is the new album artwork for the musical artist Muse.


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Analyst: iPhone Xr sales outpacing those of the...

In a note to clients — as noted by 9to5Mac — Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that, though stock of the iPhone Xr, remains good, the smartphone is outpacing the 2017 sales of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

He expects Apple to sell 33 million to 35 million units of the Xr this quarter. In total, the analyst thinks the tech giant will move 75 million to 80 million smartphones. 

The iPhone Xr is now available for pre-order and will begin shipping this Friday. It’s available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED starting at $749 from and Apple Stores, and is also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).

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Intel rebuffs claims that 10nm chip fabrication...

A report claims Intel is giving up on its 10-nanometer process for chip production after enduring numerous delays and yield issues over the last few years, with Intel already declaring it as "untrue" and that it is continuing to make "good progress" on the process.

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Apple Search Ads could generate $2 billion by 2020

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi predicts that Apple’s Search Ad business will generate $500 million this fiscal year and $2 billion by 2020.

Search Ads is an App Store ad program designed to simplify the advertising process to eliminate keywords and bids. The company’s intelligent automation creates the ad and matches it to interested users.

In June Apple announced that its Search Ads Advanced platform allows developers to create more ad variations using all of the screenshots and app previews from their App Store product page. The tech giant says Search Ads Advanced “is ideal for developers or agencies who want access to powerful marketing tools they can use to control campaigns and the audiences who see their ads.” There’s no budget maximum.

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Americans Can Now Download Their Apple Data

Europeans have been able to download all of their Apple data for a few months, and now US residents can do the same.

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Lowest price anywhere: Apple's loaded 2017 15...

B&H has just issued a new price drop on Apple's high-end Mid 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro. Packed with upgrades, including a 3.1GHz Core i7 processor, 1TB of storage space and top-of-the-line Radeon 560 graphics, this premium laptop is now $900 off, bringing the price down to $2,499 with free expedited shipping.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad $285, Anker...

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

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AppleCare+: Everything you need to know about Apple’...

Your Apple gear wasn’t cheap. And if you drop your iPhone, your iPad stops turning on one day, or your Mac’s hard drive just ups and dies on you, getting it repaired probably won’t be cheap either.

Apple includes a one-year limited warranty with all hardware so if there’s a manufacturing defect, you’ll be covered. To also protect against accidental damage, plus extend the original warranty for longer and enjoy free tech support, you can opt to purchase AppleCare+. Here’s what it is, what it covers, and what you can expect to pay. Is AppleCare+ worth it? Only you can decide for your own situation, but this should be everything you need to know to make a smart choice.

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Apple looking at $2 billion from Search Ad business...

An analyst is predicting that Apple's Search Ad business will generate $500 million in fiscal year 2018 alone -- with it potentially quadrupling without any extra push by Apple or increase in ad prices by 2020.

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How to create a macOS Mojave USB installer the easy...

We’ve covered how to use simple terminal commands to create a macOS Mojave USB installer in the past, but understand that not everyone is comfortable fooling around with the Terminal. With this in mind, we’ve created a brief tutorial highlighting an alternative method that’s as simple as it gets. Watch our hands-on video for the details. more…

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Photos: Documenting LA’s Tower Theatre before Apple’...

Many of the most culturally significant metropolitan centers in the United States — like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco — are home to the latest prominent Apple retail stores. Los Angeles has long been an exception, lacking a downtown location of any kind. That’s set to change, as Apple has confirmed plans to establish a major presence at the Tower Theatre in L.A.’s Broadway Theater District. The new store will undoubtedly drive increased foot traffic and new development in the city’s historic core, transforming the culture around it. 9to5Mac visited the Broadway District to document the Tower Theatre’s condition before Apple’s renovation and the downtown community as it exists today.


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Apple App Store search ads on track to be $2 billion...

You know the ads that you see for apps above search results on the App Store? Apple started rolling out App Store search ads two years ago, and now at least one analyst believes the feature could be a $2 billion business all on its own in two years.


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Apple reveals iPhone XR repair fees


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Kuo: iPhone XR pre-order demand high as availability...

Ming-Chi Kuo is out today with a new note on iPhone XR pre-order demand. As he previously predicted, the new device is outpacing the sales of iPhone 8/8 Plus from last year even as stock of XR remains good.


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iPhone XR won't just buoy holiday quarter, but...

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is seeing better pre-order demand for the iPhone XR than the iPhone 8, with the analyst noting that other supply chain and retail monitors may be misinterpreting consumer behaviors.

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One month later: iPhone XS against the iPhone X in...

At the launch of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, most reviewers including ourselves agreed that those who purchased an iPhone X should skip the iPhone XS model and wait another year. After after a month with the iPhone XS Max, the answer isn't so clear cut.

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iPhone XR repair pricing revealed, screen...

Apple has announced repair costs for the iPhone XR, with AppleCare+ fees remaining the same as other phones, but out of warranty fees commensurately lower in comparison to the retail price of the phone, and similar in price to screen repairs on the Galaxy S9 with Samsung parts.

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Phil Schiller gives his take on iPhone XR naming and...

Apple SVP Phil Schiller has conducted a lengthy interview with Engadget, ahead of the launch of the iPhone XR. The new iPhone went up for preorder on Friday and remains in good supply so far today, but analysts believe it will ultimately prove to be the bestselling model out of the XR, XS and XS Max.

The interview tackles two areas of the iPhone XR debut that have been causing quite a stir in the wider Apple community; why exactly is it called ‘XR’ and the quality of its less-than-1080p display …


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American teens still keen on Apple’s iPhone (and the...

Eighty-two percent of teens surveyed by the Piper Jaffray firm say they own an iPhone, and 86% say their next phone will be an iPhone, reports Business Insider.

Only 10% say their next device will run Google’s Android operating system. That’s was down from 11% in the spring, according to Piper Jaffray's semi-annual teens survey.

Apple has been dominant among teens for the past five years but Piper Jaffray says that the proportion of teens who intend to purchase a new iPhone is the highest it has ever seen.

The survey was also good news for the Apple Watch. Apple’s smartwatch is the number two most preferred watch brand — behind Rolex — with 17% of teens surveyed saying it's their favorite watch brand.

Piper Jaffray’s results are drawn from about 8,600 responses from teens across 48 states with an average age of 16...

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Apple designed 371 logos for its Oct. 30 event...


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iPhone XR name inspired by 'extra special...

Prior to the availability of the iPhone XR and after the pre-orders started, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller had an interview to talk about the road to the device, and why Apple made it so soon after the technology behind it debuted in the iPhone X.

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Sir Jony Ive Interviewed by Financial Times

Apple Chief Design Officer Sir Jony Ive was interviewed by The Financial Times of London. The first part of the story can be skipped, since it’s about waiting, meetings past, and snacks, but the second half includes some interesting comments on Apple Watch. Here’s a snippet:

“I think we have been lulled into this sense that people will accept new products and services very quickly, and I don’t believe that’s true at all,” [Sir Jony] says. “Very often, so much of what a product ends up being able to do isn’t what you initially thought. If you’re creating something new, it is inevitable there will be consequences that were not foreseen — some that will be great, and then there are those that aren’t as positive. There is a responsibility to try and predict as many of the consequences as possible and I think you have a moral responsibility to try to understand, try to mitigate those that you didn’t predict.”


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Apple is the most popular private company to work...

Apple is the most popular private company to work for in Britain, according to new data released by job site Indeed — as noted by The Scotsman

The tech giant topped the list that was compiled from responses of tens of thousands of staff at various firms. Apple rated particularly highly for work culture, salary and benefits. 

The top ranking companies were identified using a variety of factors, such as average rating, number of reviews and the history of job openings. Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed, told The Scotsman that employees who took part often gave the highest scores to companies offering career progression, flexible working and perks rather than just a high salary.

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iPhone XR repair cheaper than iPhone X/XS, roughly...

If you’re planning to buy Apple’s latest iPhone, and wondering whether or not to get AppleCare+, the company has today revealed how much an iPhone XR repair will cost if you don’t.

The good news is that the iPhone XR repair cost is significantly lower than that of an iPhone X or XS …


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Super Micro reviewing its hardware in search for...

Super Micro will be reviewing its products for any signs of chips or other malicious hardware added during its production, in a bid to clear itself following a report claiming Chinese spies had implanted the components to perform espionage on Apple and other western companies.

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Some YouTube TV subscribers receiving $10 in App...

Live streaming service YouTube TV is in some cases apologizing for an outage last Tuesday with $10 in automatic App Store credit, arranged in conjunction with Apple.

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Piper Jaffray survey: Record 82% of U.S. teens have...

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, quoting a Piper Jaffray survey update:

Apple’s share of smartphone ownership was unchanged in the Piper Jaffray Taking Stock With Teens survey. Of ~8,500 respondents, 82% have an iPhone, the highest percentage we have seen in our survey. The iPhone may have room to move higher, however, with 86% of teens anticipating their next phone to be an iPhone, the highest ever recorded in our survey (up from 84% in Spring-18). Android was the runner up with 10%, down from 11% in the spring.

This is US teens, not world-wide ownership. But strong news for Apple, increasing their hold on the next generation of (well heeled?) phone buyers.

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Bearish analyst fears weak iPhone XS & iPhone XR...

Preorders for the iPhone XR are better than the equivalents for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, according to Rosenblatt Securities' Jun Zhang, but that hasn't stopped the analyst from reducing expectations for the value-oriented iPhone release.

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Apple debuts USB-C Apple Watch charger


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US teens more interested than ever in iPhone, Apple...

A large-scale survey of US teens has found that intention to buy an iPhone its at its highest ever level, some 86% of them stating that it will be their next smartphone purchase …


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A compelling pitch for working at Apple

[VIDEO] From Apple’s newly redesigned Jobs at Apple site:

We bring amazing people together to make amazing things happen.

We’re a diverse collective of thinkers and doers, continuously reimagining our products and practices to help people do what they love in new ways. That innovation is inspired by a shared commitment to great work — and to each other. Because learning from the people here means we’re learning from the best.

This is a love letter, calling to creative people who want a place to work that channels their best, gives them an opportunity to create innovative products.

The video embedded in the main Loop post does a nice job bringing this all home. Really well done. [Via MacRumors]


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Apple Signs Lease for 300,000 Square Feet of Bay...

It’s not yet known what Apple intends to do with the space, as it could be used for manufacturing, research and development, or warehousing needs.

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Rev up your career in 2019: Get The Complete Learn...

If you’ve been thinking about getting a new job or promotion next year, perhaps it’s time to get started on preparing for the new career. We have just the thing to jump-start your career aspirations: The Complete Learn to Code Masterclass Bundle ($39). This bundle provides 9 classes with 619 individual online lessons that can teach you the skills you’ll need to be a developer.

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Apple's redesigned jobs site includes new...

Apple has launched a redesigned jobs website, most prominently including a new video aimed at selling people on the iPhone maker's corporate culture.

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Super Micro will conduct further Chinese spy chip...

Super Micro Computer has told its customers that it will conduct further checks into Bloomberg’s Chinese spy chip claims despite the lack of evidence.

The announcement follows Tim Cook’s call for Bloomberg to retract the story …


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iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR specs, side by side

Scroll down towards the bottom of the article for a nice data table filled with all the specs for the three newest models, alongside the iPhone X. A terrific way to see what’s new and different for each model.

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M.G.Siegler: A Few Thoughts on the iPhone XS Max

M.G. Siegler:

A month later, I think I’ve determined I actually prefer the ‘X’ — and now the ‘XS’ — size. This wasn’t the case when “downgrading” from a ‘Plus’ phone to the “regular” iPhone in generations past — I found the smaller versions to be almost comically small when switching between the two. With the ‘Max’ to the ‘X’ or ‘XS’, to be honest, I just like the latter form factor more — I find it to be a more natural size that feels better in the hand.

The comically small comment is interesting to me. I know a host of people who yearn for a new version of the SE form factor. There are people with small hands and/or terrific eyesight and/or small pockets that miss that size.

Same thing with Apple Watch. There are people with smaller wrists for whom even the old 38mm form factor was too large.

My instinct here is that the reason Apple won’t stay small is not strictly a market research response (i.e., customers don’t want small) but, instead, that Apple...

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YouTube TV outage: company apologizes and offers $10...

There was a YouTube TV outage last week, and if you were one of those affected, the company says that it wants to ‘make this right’ …


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CrashPlan for Home Ends Today

If you’ve had your head in the sand about the impending discontinuation of CrashPlan for Home, today is the day your backups will stop working and all your CrashPlan Central data will be deleted.

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Populele – the Smart Ukulele: $179

We have a fun deal of the day for you, Populele. It’s a smart ukelele, by which I mean it interacts with an app. It also has LED-lit frets that work with the app to help teach you how to play. You also get real-time feedback and correction via sound-responsive technology. It works with iOS and Android, and it’s $179 through our deal.

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Apple & other tech giants may face EU universal...

Apple and other major companies should be subjected to a minimum rate of corporation tax in all countries, Germany's finance minister has proposed, in order to prevent technology giants and other multinational organizations from evading taxes, despite the multinationals presently obeying all the laws presently in place.

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‘Do more than you ever thought possible,’ says new...

The Apple jobs website has been revamped, with a new video providing a taste of what it’s like to work for one of the world’s most desirable employers.

Do more than you ever thought possible. Have more impact than you ever imagined.

This is where some of the world’s smartest, most passionate people create the world’s most innovative products and experiences. Join us and you’ll do the best work of your life — and make a difference in other people’s lives.


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Latest renders show the 2018 iPad Pro designs we can...

New renders have been created of what we’re expecting to see from the 2018 iPad Pro models when they are unveiled next week. More are shown below.

They show the much slimmer bezels we’re expecting to see as Apple looks to roll out the iPhone X/XS design language to its flagship tablets …


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iPhone XR inventories looking steady for launch day...

If you’re hankering for an iPhone XR, it looks like there’s a good amount of inventory to meet demand, with the exception of certain T-Mobile models.

The handset officially went up for pre-order on Friday, with the first orders slated to arrive to buyers next Friday, October 26th. Over 24 hours later, iPhone XR shipping times are holding steady through Apple’s Online Store with the exception of T-Mobile models.

As of Friday, every color and storage capacity for the iPhone XR remained available for launch day delivery on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. This means that if you order today, you’ll still receive your device on Friday, October 26th.

There might be some issues where T-Mobile customers are concerned. As of Friday, the blue, PRODUCT(RED), and coral models in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB are delayed until November 5th through November 12th.

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watchOS 5: How to Silence Siri

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover how to shut Siri up on the Apple Watch—and it doesn’t involve Silent Mode. If you’re easily embarrassed by your voice assistant shouting at you, then you’ll like this!

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Fluance’s AB40 High Performance Soundbase works...

Can’t afford Dolby Atmos speakers? Well, then check out Fluance’s AB40 High Performance Soundbase, a solid accessory for a TV connected to your Apple TV and set-top box. It provides a convincing surround sound effect without the need for multiple speakers, a subwoofer, amplifiers or wiring. 

The AB40 ($249.99) boasts a commanding frequency as low as 30Hz without a down-firing subwoofer. It features Fluance’s 3D Sound, which uses Grammy Award winning sound processing technology.

Fluance’s 3D Sound uses bass boost and psychoacoustics to calculate precise harmonics that are related to the fundamental tones of sound, virtually reproducing the lowest frequencies. The result is a clean, deep bass performance.

The AB40 features dual one-inch high performance tweeters and four three-inch aluminum lightweight, rigid drivers that produce cleaner vocals and dialogue at any volume. Two of...

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Google Home Hub review: The least-expensive smart...

Google definitely got the price right, even if the Google Home Hub can't make video calls.

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What to do when FileVault won't turn on

After a recent inexplicable problem on my MacBook, in which macOS would complete loading but never get past the blank screen before the Desktop appeared, I had to revert to a clone. (Even reinstalling macOS didn’t work.) I then upgraded to Mojave. Somewhere in there, an important piece of macOS “fell out,” metaphorically.

Apple added the concept in 10.13 High Sierra of a “secure token” to the first account created in macOS on installation or after upgrade as part of the process that allows you to use FileVault. There’s almost no information about this feature, and there’s no way to determine from macOS’s graphical features whether an account has it set.

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How to set up Universal Clipboard on macOS Mojave...

The Universal Clipboard feature in macOS Mojave and iOS 12 allows you to copy content, including text, images, photos and video from one Apple device and paste it in another. For example, you can browse a recipe on your Mac and paste the ingredients right to the grocery list on your iPhone.

The cool thing about Universal Clipboard is that you don’t have to turn on any settings for it to work. It just happens automatically as long as all your Mac and iOS devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. Also, make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone and/or iPad.

Hello, World!

With these steps implemented, you can copy on one device, go to another, and paste the data (text, photos, or videos) into another. You’ll need to be running iOS 10/11/12and macOS Sierra/High Sierra/Mojave to take advantage of Universal Clipboard.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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WhatsApp now optimized for iPhone XR and iPhone XS...

WhatsApp has today updated with native screen resolution support for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, in addition to a couple new features for all customers. You can find the new update, version 2.18.100, in the App Store for free.


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Apple releases Apple Watch Magnetic Charger to USB-C...

This could be a signal as to where Apple is going with its accessories, or just another means of charging your Apple Watch from your Mac or Windows PC.

Apple has released a USB-C Magnetic Charger cable for the Apple Watch.

The new charger cable works just like the USB A version the Apple Watch ships with. The exception, of course, is that it has a USB-C instead of USB A plug.

The Apple Watch Magnetic Charger to USB-C Cable is .3 meters long and retails for $29.00.

It’s available through Apple’s online store and should be in stores soon.

If you get a chance to test out the Apple Watch Magnetic Charger to USB-C Cable and have any feedback to offer, let us know what you make of it in the comments.

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Apple wants your iPhone to offer suggestions based...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180300357) for “dynamic location search suggestions based on travel itineraries” that would allow your iPhone to make recommendations based on your travel plans.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that smartphones provide access to numerous sources of data and can run apps that organize and allow searching of information for specific topics. For example, weather apps may allow users to search for and/or select locations (e.g., cities) and to store the selected locations for use in retrieving information about local weather conditions, forecasts, radar, etc. Each time the app is opened, the local information can be updated for each of the stored locations.

Other types of applications can perform similar operations to, for example, retrieve other types of local information for one or more selected locations each time an app is opened or activated from a background or hibernation state. In addition to allowing users to search for...

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Best universal remote control

Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

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Logitech Harmony Hub review: The essential kit for...

Logitech's Harmony Hub is like a command center for your various home entertainment gear and smart home appliances, which you can control using your phone or Alexa voice commands.

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Logitech Harmony 665 review: The best standalone...

Logitech's standalone Harmony 665 universal remote offers great value, with plenty of flexibility and power for entertainment buffs.

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Logitech Harmony 350 review: Only the basics in a...

Logitech's Harmony 350 universal remote is amazingly affordable at less than $40 retail, but a powerful upgrade isn’t much more costly.

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Logitech Harmony Companion review: Enhancing the...

Logitech's Harmony Companion extends the power of the standalone Harmony Hub, and is a good value for users with basic entertainment and smart-home needs.

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Logitech Harmony Elite review: The top of the line...

Logitech's Harmony Elite is the premier universal remote for smart home and entertainment enthusiasts.

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How to customize Do Not Disturb in iOS 12

Do Not Disturb saw a small change in iOS 12. Rather than being a simple on/off switch, Apple now gives users a few more options when enabling the feature. Follow along to learn how to customize Do Not Disturb in iOS 12.


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How to use flashlight with iPhone

Whether you’re new to iPhone or want to learn a new way to use the flashlight, follow along for three ways to use flashlight with iPhone.


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Molecule-level 'CT scans' could lead to...

Scientists like to use x-rays when determining chemical structures to develop drugs, but it's an agonizingly slow process. As they need large, pure crystals, it can take weeks or even years to produce something big enough for studying. However, th...

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VW starts work on its first large-scale EV factory

VW's grandiose electric car plans just became more tangible. The automaker has started building its first group-wide, large-scale EV production factory in Anting, about 19 miles west of Shanghai. When it's up and running in 2020, the plant will bui...

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The latest Xprize winner harvests drinking water...

Judges have chosen the winner of the Water Abundance Xprize, and it might just be vital to solving some of the world's most difficult shortages. The Skysource/Skywater Alliance has earned $1.5 million for WEDEW (Wood to Energy Deployed Water), a sys...

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How Kids Are Circumventing iOS 12’s Screen Time...

Apple’s Screen Time feature is designed to help parents limit their kids’ device usage, but the little nippers are already finding ways to defeat it. Is anyone surprised?

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Facebook reportedly aims to buy a 'major'...

Facebook is still reeling from the hack that exposed 29 million users, but it may have a solution: go shopping. Sources talking to The Information claim that Facebook is accelerating plans to buy a "major" cybersecurity company, and has already offe...

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NYPD pulls 2,990 body cameras after one catches fire

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