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Wednesday April 24

Pixel 3a leak shows Google's mid-range phone in...

Google is likely set to reveal mid-range Pixel 3a and 3a XL devices on May 7th, and now we know what they'll probably look like. A leak from Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, shows a notch-free device with a fairly basic design, single rear camera and a rear...

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Digitimes: AirPods 3 launching at the end of 2019...

Digitimes today reports that Apple is working with assemblers and suppliers to ready a third generation ‘AirPods 3’ by the end of this year. This is not the first rumor of this ilk. AirPods 2 with wireless charging case debuted in March, and even before then there were publications claiming there would be separate spring and fall AirPods refreshes.

Digitimes says the primary feature of the late 2019 AirPods will be noise cancellation. Like AirPods 2, AirPods 3 are expected to be manufactured by Inventec and Luxshare Precision.


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Apple Pay launches in Austria with two supporting...

As rumored, Apple Pay has indeed launched today in Austria. The supporting banks are Erste Sparkasse and N26, across Maestro, Mastercard and Visa debit and credit cards. If you meet this criteria, open the Wallet app on your iPhone and press the Add button to start setting up Apple Pay. You may need to restart your phone to get the Wallet app to refresh.

Apple has announced that additional Austrian Apple Pay partners are ‘coming soon’, including Bank Austria, Boon, Edenred, Revolut and VIMPay.


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Verizon will offer YouTube TV to 5G and broadband...

Verizon has turned to Google to provide its internet subscribers with streamable shows and other content. The carrier has announced that it's going to offer YouTube TV, the platform's premium service, to both wireless 5G home and Fios broadband custo...

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UK to allow Huawei tech in 'non core'...

Despite calls from officials in the US and elsewhere to ban Huawei from its 5G networks, the UK has reportedly approved the company's participation in "non-core" parts of its next-gen rollout. It already has a presence in similar areas of the 4G netw...

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Where is the power button on iPhone X, XS, and XR?

Need to power down your iPhone, but not sure how? Read on for where to find the power button on iPhone X, XS, and XR.


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Tuesday April 23

Apple's 128GB iPad mini 4 drops to $299 just in...

Those looking for a significant amount of storage space at a fraction of the retail cost can snap up the lowest price ever on Apple's closeout iPad mini 4. Save $100 instantly on top of recent price drops with free shipping just in time for Mother's Day and graduation 2019.

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Best Phillies T-shirts Available Online That Will...

What do think about the Phillies new logo? Since its unpredicted release last December 2018, fans reactions were apparently divided. And you read them mostly on Twitter. So while some fans are getting the hang of it, you may be one of the few who wants to wear a t-shirt with the new logo on

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Michael Kors' updated Sofie smartwatch is now...

Michael Kors has released a new Sofie smartwatch that is equipped with a heart-rate sensor and other features. The smartwatch can track your heart rate with Google Fit or other third-party apps, record the distance of your runs and is waterproof up t...

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5 Best iCloud Alternatives For Storing Data

Cloud storage offers a few unique benefits compared to local or external storage. First, it’s based on the cloud, which means you can access them anytime and anywhere with a device connected to the internet. Data can be automatically backed up and you save time from manually syncing files across your devices. Reliable cloud server

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Tesla's Model S and Model X get new motors with...

Unlike most automakers, Tesla has refreshed the designs of its existing cars on rather sporadic schedules, and the latest tweaks for its Model S and Model X are here. Confirming earlier rumors, the flagship sedan and SUV are getting a redesigned powe...

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'Technology Needs To Be Regulated': Apple...

In an interview at the TIME 100 Summit in New York, Apple CEO Tim Cook said more government regulation on the tech industry is needed in order to protect privacy. "We all have to be intellectually honest, and we have to admit that what we're doing isn't working," said Cook. "Technology needs to be regulated. There are now too many examples where the no rails have resulted in a great damage to society." Time Magazine reports: In the interview, Cook suggested that U.S. regulators could look to Europe's passage of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018. "GDPR isn't ideal," said Cook. "But GDPR is a step in the right direction." In light of recent data breaches and foreign election influence through social media, Cook's view is that the tech industry has no other responsible option but to accept more government oversight, a position he outlined in a recent TIME Ideas piece.

"I'm hopeful," Cook said at the Summit. "We are advocating strongly for regulation -- I do...

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'Sea of Thieves' update adds a...

Rare has shed new light on just what stories you'll see in Sea of Thieves' anniversary update, and the first one might just scratch the itch if you think the core game is a bit threadbare. A new trailer for the first "Tall Tales" story, "Shores of Go...

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'Anthem' update adds a dungeon crawl, but...

BioWare has added a string of content to keep Anthem fresh, although there are some omissions that could rankle early fans of the shared-world shooter. The newly available 1.1.0 update adds a new Stronghold (aka dungeon), Sunken Cell, that gives you...

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Foxconn and Wisconsin renegotiate factory agreement...

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 incentives in return for building a massive manufacturing and R&D facility in the region.

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Samsung to retrieve all Galaxy Fold devices

A few days ago, Samsung had sent out many units of the Galaxy Fold to reviewers. However, almost all reviewers started to face an issue with the display issue. According to Reuters, Samsung has now announced to retrieve all its review units of the Galaxy Fold that they had sent distributed. Reviewers had faced flickering

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Macworld's May Digital Magazine: Apple, at your...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the May issue

In the May issue we have all of the details of Apple’s new service offerings: Apple News+, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade. Samsung just introduced an AirPod competitor. Find out how Galaxy Buds compare to AirPods on the iPhone.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Apple updates iMac with 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors; Google’s Stadia service could shatter the barriers of Mac gaming

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News round-up: Tim Cook says tech companies need...

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.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has added his voice to the growing chorus of prominent people both inside and outside the tech sector that are calling for government to become more involved in regulating technology firms, according to The Street.

As noted by AppleInsider, Beyonce's Lemonade album is now finally available on Apple Music as well as other streaming services like Spotify. Apple is promoting the album...

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NASA's InSight lander may have recorded a...

It might not have taken long for NASA's InSight lander to capture a marsquake. The machine's seismometer recorded trembling on April 6th that seems to have come from within Mars, rather than an above-ground source like the wind or InSight itself. Alt...

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President Trump met privately with Twitter CEO Jack...

After reporting strong Q1 earnings this morning, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey this afternoon met with President Trump at the White House. The goal of the meeting was to talk about “protecting the health of the public conversation” ahead of the 2020 elections, Twitter said in a statement.


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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Mac to an SSD

This was written a few months ago, by the awesome Steve Sande by the way, but is worth discussing.

Chances are good that if you have an older Mac, it has an internal hard disk drive. Today, we’ll look at five reasons why you should update that Mac to an SSD.

SSDs are very affordable nowadays. If your Mac isn’t too old and ready to retire, this upgrade is a good move.

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Snapchat reports increase in active users for Q1...

Snap today reported its Q1 2019 earnings, beating analyst estimates across the board. As detailed by CNBC, the company reported $320 million in revenue, with a less per share of 10 cents. The company also returned to growth in terms of active users.


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Which iPad should you buy? Hands-on with the iPad,...

Apple currently sells four tablets — the entry-level iPad, the portable iPad mini, the midrange iPad Air 3, and the powerful iPad Pro — but which iPad is right for your needs? Watch our hands-on video as we briefly break down Apple’s tablet lineup and help you decide which iPad you should buy. more…

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iOS: How to Control Which Apps Can Access Your...

Sometimes an iOS app wants access to your Contacts — for good but sometimes also bad reasons. Here’s how control which apps can read your iOS Contacts. And revoke permission if necessary.

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Apple releases iOS 12.3 beta 3 to public beta testers

Apple’s “It’s show time” event on March 25 revealed a number of new services, most of which aren’t available yet. One of them, Apple News+, released immediately along with the update to iOS 12.2.

Just days later, the company released the first beta of iOS 12.3, which sets the stage for a major update to the TV app in May. 

Those who are part of Apple's developer program can register a device for developer betas by heading to Those who are not in the developer program can register their devices for public beta releases by visiting while using the device on which they wish to run the beta software...

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Watch the trailer for Ang Lee's 120 fps film...

We knew Will Smith was preparing to fight a younger version of himself in the upcoming Ang Lee sci-fi film Gemini Man. Now, thanks to the trailer released today, we get a glimpse of what that will look like. The two-minute clip shows present-day Smit...

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Tim Cook on Apple’s values, regulation, excessive...

Tim Cook is not one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2019. Nonetheless, as a three-time honoree of that list, he was invited to be interviewed by Nancy Gibbs at the Time 100 Summit. As expected, Cook didn’t reveal any details about new products, software, or services. Instead, the questions posed and answers given were broad, touching on Cook’s and Apple’s values and how technology fits into the world we live in.

Here’s some of what he said about a variety of issues. Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity.

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Review: Withings fitness suite pairs wearables and...

After selling to Nokia and then returning to its own brand, Withings is back in action bringing stylish and functional fitness devices to market. The way that I first got turned on to Withings was when I was looking for a stylish watch with heart rate tracking. Back then, it was the Nokia Steel HR that caught my eye. It delivered everything I wanted functionality-wise in a sleek analog design – and at $180, it’s a pretty affordable wearable. Then, a few months after I bought the Nokia Steel HR, Withings came out with the Steel HR Sport with a dark grey stainless steel case. This is the look I originally wanted with the Nokia. The Sport is a little more expensive at $200, but not by much...

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with Donald Trump today

Donald Trump has been linked with Twitter since well before he ran for president, and now he's had an Oval Office meeting with the company's CEO. Motherboard reported, based on two sources, that an internal email thread revealed a meeting between Tru...

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WiFi-Connected, App-Enhanced Security Cam with Night...

We have a deal on the LizaTech 1080p Wireless WiFi Battery IP Camera. This 1080p camera is wireless, has a motion sensor, a 104 degree view, night vision, and a lot more. Check out the list of specs on the deal listing. It’s $149.99 through us.

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Snapchat’s user base is growing again

Snap is continuing a slow but steady climb back to growth. In its Q1 2019 earnings, the company announced it had 190 million daily active users, up 2.2 percent compared to last quarter's 186 million users. That's not exactly massive growth, but given...

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Jack Dorsey Will Talk to President Trump About...

Jack Dorsey and other Twitter executives will have a 30 minute meeting with President Trump about “The health of the public conversation on Twitter.”

“As you know, I believe that conversation, not silence, bridges gaps and drives towards solutions,” Dorsey wrote. “I have met with every world leader who has extended an invitation to me, and I believe the discussions have been productive, and the outcomes meaningful.”

Jack: “Mr. President, please stop threatening people on Twitter.”

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These gaming laptops pack the latest Intel and...

If you prefer your PC gaming in portable form, you're enjoying an embarrassment of riches right now. Intel has unveiled gaming-friendly 9th-generation Core laptop processors, while NVIDIA has unveiled GTX 16-series mobile GPUs that promise solid perf...

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Apple Finally Serious About MacBook Keyboard Problems

Apple is now serious about MacBook keyboard problems some people may have, and repairs at Apple Stores promise next-day turnaround.

Most keyboard-related repairs will be required to be completed in store until further notice. Additional service parts have been shipped to stores to support the increased volume.

These repairs should be prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time. When completing the repair, have the appropriate service guide open and carefully follow all repair steps.

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Instagram adds new quiz sticker for asking multiple...

Instagram first added support for polls in Stories two years ago, and today the feature is being updated with support for multiple choice questions. The new “quiz sticker” allows users to ask their followers multiple choice questions directly though Instagram Stories.


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Google gets okay to start drone deliveries

Alphabet Inc’s Wing Aviation unit on Tuesday got the okay to start delivering goods by drone in Virginia later this year, making the sister unit of search engine Google the first company to get U.S. air carrier certification, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

This means Wing can begin a commercial service delivering goods from local businesses to homes, which includes flights beyond visual line of site and over people, the FAA and Wing said. Wing Aviation plans to start commercial package delivery in Blacksburg, Virginia later this year.

I’m honestly not sure how I feel about drone deliveries. There seems to be a lot that can go wrong, but we’ll see.

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Change the volume and output device for individual apps. Adjust your Mac’s audio device settings and levels instantly, from anywhere. Even apply built-in and third-party audio effects to any audio on your Mac. It’s all possible right from your menu bar, with SoundSource. This is truly powerful audio control.

For years, if I need an audio utility app, I always go to Rogue Amoeba first. They make great quality apps and chances are they make something that will get the job done. The company’s newest is called SoundSource, but check out the other apps while you’re there.

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Review: Arlo Ultra is a 4K HomeKit-ready smart home...

Arlo Ultra is the most capable smart home camera yet, with a laundry list of features including forthcoming HomeKit compatibility to back up the hefty price tag. AppleInsider tests it out.

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Apple Pay Austria Possibly Launching Tomorrow

Rumor has it that Apple Pay Austria is supposed to launch tomorrow, although we’re not sure which banks will support it at launch.

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Best smart sprinkler controller

Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

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Apple’s new YouTube channel for Apple TV

This is Apple priming the pump for Apple TV+ in the fall.

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Botanists Use Drone to Find Flower Thought Extinct:...

How about some wholesome news for once? Recently, botanists in Hawaii used a drone to find a flower they thought was extinct: Hibiscadelphus woodii.

During the expedition that led to the rediscovery of H. woodii, Wood and Nyberg had hiked hundreds of feet down the Kalalau Valley cliffs, but the difficult terrain prevented them from going any further.

It was then that Nyberg deployed the drone, flying it further down the cliffs, toward the sea, to take a closer look at a specific area of interest. Able to get within a meter or two of the sheer cliff face, he was able to confirm the continued existence of H. woodii.

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Apple TV channel launches on YouTube

Apple has launched a new YouTube channel dubbed Apple TV that has info on its upcoming Apple TV+ streaming service, which is launching this fall.

The channel shows clips, trailers and more for its original TV shows and movies. It’s divided into categories such as “Indie Exclusives,” “Ones to Watch,” “Hot Trailers,” and “Behind the Scenes with….”

Apple has over 30 original series in various stages of production. Pricing and availability for the Apple TV+ video subscription service will be announced later this fall.

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Intel refreshes H-series processor used in 2018...

Intel has refreshed its H-series processor line that was used in the 2018 MacBook Pro with a collection that boasts one eight-core processor capable of a 5GHz clock speed, but one that is also continuing to use the aging 14-nanometer production process.

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Penney’s vs Apple Pay, Tesla Robotaxis – TMO Daily...

Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about JC Penney’s removing Apple Pay and Elon Musk’s vision for Tesla taxicabs.

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Apple opens dedicated 'Apple TV' YouTube...

Apple has silently begun a new YouTube channel, "Apple TV," apparently laying the groundwork for this fall's Apple TV+ launch.

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Apple releases third public betas of macOS 10.14.5...

Apple has released the third public betas of macOS 10.14.5 and iOS 12.3.They’re available on Apple's Beta Software Program website. Just remember that beta software, so proceed with care.

Apple does public betas in order to increase the size of the pool of testers. The tech giant recommends keeping back-ups of your files before installing a public beta.

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Apple Quietly Launches Dedicated Apple TV YouTube...

Apple has created a new Apple TV YouTube channel. You’ll see trailers for upcoming shows and movies, behind the scenes clips, and more.

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Apple is Working To Speed Up Repairs of Its Bad...

Apple is now conducting repairs of MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro keyboards on-site at its stores, and it's promising a next-day turnaround for pickup in many cases. From a report: The company previously sent machines out to its repair depot, but it's now telling its Genius Bar employees to handle "most" keyboard-related repairs at the store "until further notice." The company wrote in a service memo that "additional service parts have been shipped to stores to support the increased volume." Apple's attempt to expedite the keyboard repair process is just the latest development in the ongoing saga of the much-maligned butterfly keyboards that are found on all modern Mac laptops. The keys are vulnerable to sudden failure and unpredictable behavior if dust or outside debris makes its way into the mechanism.


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Apple TV YouTube channel debuts, featuring behind-...

As it prepares its full entry into streaming TV for later this year, Apple has quietly launched a dedicated YouTube channel for Apple TV. On the channel, Apple showcases trailers, clips, and more for popular shows and movies.


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Know When to Fold ’Em

Timothy W. Martin, reporting for The Wall Street Journal, “Samsung’s Galaxy Fold Smartphone Release Delayed”:

Samsung Electronics Co. is delaying the rollout of its Galaxy Fold
smartphone until at least next month after some tech reviewers
said their test devices had malfunctioned.

The Galaxy Fold, the industry’s first mainstream foldable-screen
device, was slated to start selling in the U.S. on Friday, with a
price tag of nearly $2,000. But Samsung, citing the problems
reported by reviewers, said Monday it plans to announce a new
release date for the phone in the coming weeks. […]

The launch delay came hours after the South Korean technology
giant abruptly scrapped prerelease media events planned for Hong
Kong on Tuesday and Shanghai on Wednesday. The company at the time
didn’t specify why the two media...

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iOS 13 rumors: Everything you need to know

Like clockwork, Apple releases a major revision of iOS every year. The company formally unveils the new operating system for iPhone and iPad at WWDC in June, followed by a beta testing period and then a final release in the fall (typically in September, just before the new iPhones hit the shelves).

One never really knows exactly what new features and design changes Apple will bring until the company gets on stage at WWDC, but the rumor mill churns early and often. After all, iOS is one of the widest-used and most influential consumer operating systems in the world. We have our own wishlist of iOS 13 features, but we’ve also collected all the rumors about iOS 13 here.


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Black Powerbeats Pro shipping May, other colors due...

While Apple's Beats will be launching the Powerbeats Pro in May as promised, only the black model will be available at first, the company says.

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Nancy Gibbs Interviews Tim Cook at Time 100 Summit

Nancy Gibbs interviewed Tim Cook at the Time 100 Summit today. Among the topics discussed were privacy, encryption, politics, and more.

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Apple rolls out third public beta builds of iOS 12.3...

One day after providing the latest set of beta builds for developer testing, Apple has made the third public beta counterparts for iOS 12.3 and macOS 10.14.5 available to download for those enrolled in the company's test program.

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Swift developer at Apple offers API and performance...

Michael Ilseman is a developer on Apple’s Swift team – and he recently joined John Sundell on the latest episode of his “Swift by Sundell” podcast. Ilseman’s appearance on the show comes following Ted Kremenek’s appearance earlier this year.


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MacBook, MacBook Pro keyboard repairs '...

Owners of the MacBook and MacBook Pro may find their keyboard repairs are quicker to complete than usual, with Apple Stores instructed to perform the repair at the in-store Genius Bar, rather than dispatching the notebooks out to an off-site repair shop.

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Apple now repairing MacBook keyboards in-store,...

Apple is making a notable change to how it handles repairs for users suffering from keyboard problems with their MacBook and MacBook Pro. The company will now complete keyboard-related repairs in-store, as opposed to shipping them off to repair centers.


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Tim Cook calls for regulation of tech industry with...

Today at the TIME 100 Summit, Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the event with an interview with Nancy Gibbs. The conversation ranged from topics like corporate values, politics, privacy, encryption, regulation in the tech industry, and more.


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Strategy Analytics: most U.S. homes will have a...

If Apple is going to really push its HomePod, now is the time. There will be more U.S. homes with smart speakers than without by the end of next year, according to the latest projections from Strategy Analytics

The research group predicts that the 50% threshold will be reached in late 2020, and the U.S. will be the first country in the world to reach this level of smart speaker ownership. Strategy Analytics predicts that by the end of 2023 eight countries will have a majority of smart-speaker owning households. The research also predicts global sales of more than 134 million smart speakers and screens in 2019, rising to 280 million by 2024.

The other countries reaching the 50% threshold in the next four years will be the UK, Ireland, Canada, South Korea, Australia, Germany and France. Widespread availability of apps and services in major languages is a key factor behind the...

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Apple Might Be Featuring a New Release in 2020 – an...

According to rumors, Apple might be revising it’s iPhone 8 and presenting a 4.7-inch iPhone in March 2020 with enhanced internal technology, but analysts are pointing out that its success might be farfetched. As we all are well aware of the complete range of Apple’s devices feature faces recognition instead of touch recognition and a

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Rumor: mouse support coming to the iPad Pro with iOS...

This is one rumor I hope is true: on the Connected podcast, MacStories editor Federico Viticci said that, based on “conversations with others,” mouse support could be part of the AssistiveTouch accessibility feature.

"What I heard is without adapters, you will be able to use any USB mouse on your iPad, but as an accessibility device," said Viticci. "The iPad Pro has a USB-C port, so just plug in a USB mouse and if you have physical impairments, if you have any other kinds of motor impairments, just use a USB mouse in accessibility mode." 

Image courtesy of YouTube

iOS 13 will almost certainly be previewed at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June. The end user version will probably arrive in September, along with new iPad Pros.

Chances the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research...

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Beats releasing black Powerbeats Pro earphones in...

Plan on purchasing Beats Powerbeats Pro at launch when they hit stores next month? You may have to wait a little longer if you’ve been eyeing certain colors.


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Apple Pay rumored launching in Austria on Wednesday

Apple Pay will reportedly launch in Austria on Wednesday, arriving there well after the U.S. and many European neighbors.

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Amazon’s Mac Accessory sale, latest 15-inch MacBook...

Amazon’s Mac accessory sale, deals on the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro and the latest Anker offers highlight Tuesday’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. Head below for more.


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∞ Watch Tim Cook speak at the 2019 TIME 100 Summit

Tim spoke at the 2019 TIME 100 Summit this morning. You can watch it on the embedded video by going to the 1:41:30 mark.

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Tim Cook wanted Apple to fight US DOJ in court over...

Speaking at Time Magazine's first-ever Time 100 Summit on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a variety of topics, most notably saying he wished the company's encryption battle with the U.S. Department of Justice had gone to court.

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Apple Denies Using Facial Recognition in Stores

A New York teen sued Apple, saying its facial recognition in a store led to his false arrest. But Apple says it doesn’t use that tech.

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Mouse support over USB-C could arrive for iPad Pro...

Apple could include the ability to use a mouse or trackpad within iOS 13, a report suggests, which beyond accessibility could enable the iPad or iPad Pro to more directly compete with notebooks and other devices that could be used as a complete computer replacement.

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Houzz app gets ‘My Room 3D’ tool update, now able to...

Popular home renovation and design app, Houzz, is out today with an update to its augmented reality My Room 3D tool to let users on iOS and Android virtually tile their floors.


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Apple Pay reportedly launching in Austria tomorrow

Apple Pay has been gradually making its way across the globe. After debuting in Saudia Arabia and Czech Republic, the contactless service is now expected to launch in Austria tomorrow, Wednesday 24th.


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Amazon's 1-day storage sale features discounts...

Whether you're looking for a portable USB-C drive to travel with your MacBook Pro, or you need a significant amount of space to run alongside your iMac 5K, Amazon's flash storage sale offers discounts of up to 60% off models from SanDisk and Western Digital. Apple Watch Series 4 styles are also eligible for a bonus coupon, delivering the lowest prices available.

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Sprint and AT&T Settle Lawsuit, 5G E Logo Set to...

Sprint and At&T have settled their legal dispute. Sprint sued its rival, accusing AT&T of being “deliberately misleading” in putting a 5G E logo on devices. The legal wrangling may be over, but 9to5Mac points out that not much will change for consumers. The 5G E logo will still appear on iPhones.

AT&T defended itself by saying that 5G Evolution is meant to “simply let customers know when their device is in an area where speeds up to twice as fast as standard LTE are available.” Of course, certain speed tests have cast doubt on the true speeds of 5G E.The lawsuit between Sprint and AT&T is certainly one where we’d like to learn the settlement details. Unfortunately, however, it seems that we’ll simply keep staring at the 5G E logo on our iPhones, with little recourse available....

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Elon Musk Predicts Self-Driving Robotaxis by 2020

Tesla Founder Elon Musk told investors that he was “very confident” that self-driving “robotaxis” by his firm will be on the roads by 2020.

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The 50 best music documentaries of all time

I love music documentaries. But I’d be hard-pressed to name 10.

No matter what you think about the order of this list, there’s a lot of good ones to consider here. And as with all lists, there are some worthy candidates left out.

One of my favorites, Muscle Shoals, didn’t make the cut. Any others you’d add?

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Qualcomm's share price expected to continue...

Qualcomm's share price still has some space for growth following the surprise settlement with Apple, Morgan Stanley suggests, with the price potentially able to grow by another 15 percent due to both supplying Apple with modems and being a central figure in the creation of 5G networks.

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Thief steals iPhone XR, accidentally uploads video...


My friend had her iPhone XR stolen. She’s just realised that the ‘thief’* has made a video – it’s really short but shows the thief – and it’s been uploaded to her iCloud – is there a way I can pull the location data for a video?

Find my iPhone has been now disabled. So she’s out of options there, just wanted to do something to help if I could.

Read the thread to learn about pulling location data from a video (a number of options, and be aware that anyone can pull location data from your videos, just as they can from a still photo).

I wonder how the thief was able to disable Find My iPhone yet the poster was able to retrieve the video, so still had control of the Apple ID and iCloud account. The story appears to be ongoing.


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Samsung clawing back Galaxy Fold from reviewers amid...

In addition to delaying the launch of the phone, Samsung is now asking reviewers to return their Galaxy Fold samples, acknowledging that they were encountering numerous problems with its foldable OLED screen.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is about to speak at the TIME 100 Summit, appearing with former TIME editor Nancy Gibbs.

Cook is scheduled to speak in New York at around 10am ET (currently running a little behind schedule) …


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As Apple and Amazon compete for a greater share of consumer dollars and attention, they also have a particularly intimate business relationship: Apple is spending more than $30 million a month on Amazon’s cloud, according to people familiar with the arrangement.

Apple’s cloud expenditure reflects the company’s determination to deliver online services like iCloud quickly and reliably, even if it must depend on a rival to do so.

Add in this comment from John Gruber:

A decade ago, pre-iPhone, Apple was notoriously behind on large-scale cloud services. But AWS only got started as a service in 2006, the year before the iPhone debuted. It was based on infrastructure Amazon had been working on since the 90s, sure, but it wasn’t a service Apple could even consider until 2006.

iCloud was launched in 2011. That’s 8 years. If Apple is still largely...

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Remember Vine? The short-form video app was hugely popular until Twitter killed it and TikTok replaced it. Founder Don Hoffman is back though, with a new app called Byte. Techcrunch reported on the Vine reboot, which has begun closed-beta testing.

It will be a long uphill climb for Byte given TikTok’s massive popularity. But if it differentiates by focusing less on lip syncing and teen non-sense so it’s less alienating to an older audience, there might be room for a homegrown competitor in short-form video entertainment. Hoffman tells TechCrunch that he’s emboldened by the off-the-cuff nature of the beta community, which he believes proves the app is compelling even before lots of creative and funny video makers join. He says his top priority is doing right by creators...

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You don’t have to be a pilot or pro athlete to fear drug testing from your employer. Tens of millions of Americans are potentially subject to workplace drug testing each year.  And naturally that has some workers more concerned than others.

 An employee screening firm named JDP recently analyzed 12 months of Google search trends data related to 150 of America’s biggest employers and best-known brands to find out whose employees are most concerned about workplace drug tests. 

The full analysis can be seen...

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Commander One is a dual file manager and it also acts like a Finder replacement application for macOS. Commander One is a free productivity focused file manager. This app is developed by Eltima Software and it also provides functions that default OS X file manager could not do with the basic operations such as deleting,

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Smart home device maker Arlo has so far only offered an audio doorbell, but its upcoming smart video doorbell has surfaced in new images. With more of the brand’s cameras gaining HomeKit functionality this year, hopefully Arlo’s new video doorbell will include support for Apple’s smart home platform too, but that’s a question mark for now.


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When podcast app Luminary announced its subscription model and tweeted an image of a bunny with a sign saying “Podcasts don’t need ads,” it faced something of a backlash. The platform will exclusively host some original shows, but it will not have some very popular shows available. Luminary CEO and co-founder Matt Sacks sat down with The Verge to explain what happened, and what’s next for his firm.

What the $100 million venture-backed podcasting company was trying to communicate, Sacks says, is that podcast listeners should have a choice: pay for subscription-based shows without ads or listen to podcasts for free but deal with ads as a price.  “We really do feel like what we’re introducing is choice and optionality and trying to help elevate premium and paid podcasting, which would be good for creators and listeners, as well,” he says.


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OnePlus has confirmed when it will showcase the OnePlus 7 lineup for the first time. On May 14th at 11 AM Eastern Time, the company will unveil its latest handsets at simultaneous events in four cities: New York, London, Beijing and Bangalore.

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Dell is taking advantage of the launch of new Intel 9th-generation CPUs and NVIDIA's latest GTX 16-series GPUs to refresh some of its gaming laptops. First up, it's introducing new G5 and G7 laptops today with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1650 Max-Q GPUs,...

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Student sues Apple for $1 billion, claims facial...


Ousmane Bah, 18, said he was arrested at his home in New York in November and charged with stealing from an Apple store. The arrest warrant included a photo that didn’t resemble Bah, he said in a lawsuit filed Monday. One of the thefts he was charged with, in Boston, took place on the day in June he was attending his senior prom in Manhattan, he said.


Bah said he had previously lost a non-photo learner’s permit, which may have been found or stolen by the real thief and used as identification in Apple stores. As a result, Bah claimed, his name may have been mistakenly connected to the thief’s face in Apple’s facial-recognition system, which he said the company uses in its stores to track people suspected of theft.

Interesting on several levels. There’s the amount of the claim ($1B, an extraordinary number), the tidbit about Apple using facial-recognition in its stores, and the fact that a second company (Security Industry Specialists Inc...

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Google Maps helps you find open EV charging stations...

From now on, you just have to fire up Google Maps if you need to hunt for an open EV charging station. The latest versions of Google Maps for Android, iOS and the web now show real-time availability for charging ports in the US and UK, giving you a b...

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Why JCPenney dropped Apple Pay

Yesterday, we posted about JCPenney inexplicably removing support for Apple Pay, both from its retail stores and its mobile app.

Well now we know why.

JC Penney (as posted in the linked TechCrunch post):

A third-party credit card brand made the requirement for all merchants to actively support EMV contactless functionality effective April 13, retiring the legacy MSD contactless technology in place. Given the resources and lead time associated with meeting the new mandate, JCPenney chose to suspend all contactless payment options until a later date. Customers still have the ability to complete their transactions manually by inserting or swiping their physical credit cards at our point-of-sale terminals in stores, an option employed by the vast majority of JCPenney shoppers.

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OpenAI's 'Dota 2' bot won 7,215 games...

From the evening of April 18th through the 21st, anybody with an internet connection had the chance to play against OpenAI's Dota 2 bot -- the same one that defeated the world champion team in two back-to-back games earlier this month. The results we...

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Patent granted today shows Apple Pencil paintbrush...

An Apple patent granted today suggests that a future version of the Apple Pencil could have an interchangeable tip that sees it become an Apple Paintbrush too.

The patent also shows how haptic feedback could be used to simulate the feeling of using different implements like pens, pencils, marker pens, and paintbrushes …


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Samsung Recalling Galaxy Fold Sample Units

Having canceled media events and delayed the launch of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung is now recalling all samples of the smartphone.

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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' album hits Apple...

Long a Tidal exclusive, Beyonce's popular "Lemonade" album is now finally available on Apple Music as well as other streaming services like Spotify.

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With last year's ROG Strix II notebooks, ASUS finally gave us thin screen bezels. Now, they're taking style tips from BMW Designworks. The new Strix Scar III and Hero III are inspired by the "Face Off" concept, a joint project between ASUS and BM...

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ASUS' thin Zephyrus gaming laptops get new CPUs...

For 2019, ASUS' Zephyrus gaming laptops are getting some useful improvements: Intel's 9th generation CPUs (which debuted this morning); NVIDIA's latest RTX graphics; and incredibly fast 240Hz displays. Oh yes, and they're still some of the thinne...

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Lenovo's latest gaming laptops pack 9th-gen...

Lenovo has announced two new gaming laptops, while it has refreshed some models in its Legion lineup -- all of which work with 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processors. The IdeaPad L340 Gaming laptop is a little more budget-friendly than other portable Lenov...

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Intel's 9th-gen laptop CPUs also reach up to...

When Intel debuted its ninth generation Core processors last fall, the star of the show was the i9-9900K, its first consumer CPU to reach 5GHz. That was a huge milestone, and it made that chip even more tempting to power-hungry gamers. But now, that...

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Razer has unveiled the mid-2019 versions of its popular Blade laptop series that boost performance thanks to Intel's new 9th-generation portable CPUs. It has also joined a rare club with a 4K OLED option, delivering on technology it teased at CES 201...

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