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Tuesday April 23

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will lead to...

If you were wondering when, or if, NVIDIA would bring its GTX 1660 Ti GPUs without ray-tracing cores to laptops, the answer is "definitely" and "now." It unveiled both GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 Max-Q GPUs, promising up to 50 percent more gaming perfor...

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Xbox One gets premium wireless headphones from...

Xbox One owners haven't had many choices when it comes to wireless headphones. Up until now, you either had to get one of Turtle Beach's Stealth headsets, or make do with plugging wired headphones into your Xbox One controller. Now SteelSeries is aim...

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NVIDIA's GTX 1650 GPU delivers modern gaming...

NVIDIA's cutting-edge Turing architecture has been gradually making way to more affordable graphics cards, and now it's finally reaching the entry level. The company has introduce the GeForce GTX 1650, a starter GPU that aims to provide the perks of...

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Unleash Spotify From Your iPhone With the Mighty...

You love Spotify, but you don’t love the fact that you need to have your iPhone with you to listen to your favorite music. We have a solution for you — the Mighty Vibe Spotify Offline Player ($76.99) is a tiny Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled device that supports wired and Bluetooth headphones and speakers, and can hold over 1,000 songs for your listening pleasure. You don’t even need a network connection to listen!

  • No signal, no problem - music stored offline so you can listen while working out without your phone

  • Redesigned antenna allows expanded Bluetooth...

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You might be able to attach paint brushes to future...

Future versions of the Apple Pencil may allow you to use multiple inputs as hinted by a newly granted patent (number 10,268,273). For example, you could attach brushes to the tip of the input device for digital painting on an iPad or iPhone.

In the patent filing, Apple says that electronic devices can include a touch screen that can provide an immersive multimedia user experience when used in interaction with an electronic stylus. And, yes, though Apple has repeatedly said that the Apple Pencil isn’t a stylus, that’s the way it’s always described in related patent filings.

Apple says that, despite advancements in software to render the user's inputs and commands more accurately at the touch screen, the touch screen is unable to fully render the user's inputs due to limitations in the hardware of the electronic stylus. Accordingly, the tech giant says there’s a need to improve upon the user's multimedia experience by implementing flexible...

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Apple patent filing involves a ‘creative camera’ for...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 10,270,983) for a “creative camera” that involves enhanced use of Animoji and Memoji.

Animojis are one type of this other multimedia content, where a user can select an avatar (e.g., a puppet) to represent themselves. The animoji can move and talk as if it were a video of the user. Animojis enable users to create personalized versions of emojis in a fun and creative way, and Apple thinks equipping them with appropriate vocal inflections would add to the fun.

Memoji is the name used for iOS’s personalized “Animoji" characters that can be created and customized right within Messages by choosing from a set of inclusive and diverse characteristics to form a unique personality. 

The patent filing relates to displaying visual effects in image data. In some examples, visual effects include an avatar displayed on a user's face. In other examples, visual effects include stickers applied to image...

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Samsung taking back Galaxy Fold review units as it...

Update: One reviewer has suggested that the units were supplied on 10-day loan, with the expectation they would then be swapped for a US-specific model. It’s unclear whether Samsung is recalling the review units early, but at this point they are not being replaced with a US model.

Just a day after Samsung confirmed reports that it was delaying the launch of its foldable smartphone after multiple reviewers reported serious problems with the folding display, the company is reportedly now taking back...

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Man sues Apple, claims FaceID was responsible for...

Another day, another lawsuit. A New York City man filed a $1 billion suit Monday claiming tech giant Apple used in-store facial recognition security technology to wrongly tie his name to the face of an alleged thief, leading to his arrest, reports Law360.

18-year-old New Yorker Ousmane Bah said he was arrested at his home in New York in November and charged with stealing from an Apple retail store. The arrest warrant included a photo that didn’t resemble him, he claims. Monday. Plus, 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, Bah said.

His lawsuit says he “was forced to respond to multiple false...

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All of the Apple Product Placements in Television

The Product Placement Blog compiled a list of all of the Apple product placements in movies, TV shows, and music videos.

You will find here the most complete list on the web about brands seen in Hollywood movies, TV shows and official music videos, embedded marketing examples and information about them.

It’s 80 pages long, which is notable since Apple doesn’t pay for product placements in television.

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This week’s best iTunes movie deals include James...

This week’s best iTunes deals are highlighted by James Bond films, new releases and bundles. Of course, you’ll also find the $1 HD rental of the week as well. Head below for all of our top picks.


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Amazon Key in-garage deliveries are available for...

Those wary of package thieves can now add an extra measure of security to their home. Amazon is officially launching its Key in-garage delivery service, which it began testing in 37 US cities earlier this year. Now, Amazon's Key service, including Ke...

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Student Sues Apple for $1 Billion over Apple Store...

A student sued Apple for $1 billion Monday, claiming he was falsely linked to series of Apple Store thefts by facial-recognition software.

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Twitter still has a growth problem

If you read enough of the news, you might think that Twitter (and its CEO) is laying dead in the water for all to see. But, in its most recent financial statements, the company is proudly declaring that it isn't dead yet, and may not be for some time...

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The Clyff is an excellent choice if you need/want a...

As Apple Pay gains popularity, and loyalty cards and receipts can be accessed from smartphones, it may be time to downsize the typical wallet. WaterField Designs’ $39 Clyff Wallet is a minimalist, all-leather case ideal for carrying the remaining bare essentials: driver’s license, transit card and a few bills.

It fits easily into a front pocket in a “barely there” fashion, and its grizzly distressed leather develops a beautiful patina with use. The Clyff’s carefully-chosen leather withstands rugged use and just keeps getting better looking over time.

However, if you still have lots of bills, credit cards, and reward cards in your wallet, the WaterField case isn’t for you. It simply doesn’t have enough room to cram in lots of stuff.

That said, the Clyff — available in brown, blue, or black leather — is a fine secondary wallet should you have...

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Three ways to add an address, even if you...

Apple gives email addresses away at no cost, but it’s not always obvious how to obtain one by itself or add one to an existing Apple ID account, or how to get additional addresses if you already have one at

But there are three paths, which vary by what you already have and what you want.

  • If you have an Apple ID without an associated address, you can add one (via iOS or macOS).

  • If you have an address already, you can add aliases (via

  • If you want a separate address for email that isn’t an alias, you can create one by creating an Apple ID account (via macOS).

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Twitter Q1 revenue beat estimates, but monthly...

There was mixed news today for Twitter, the company reporting stronger-than-expected financials, but monthly active users down year-on-year. Twitter Q1 revenue hit $787M, beating both its own top-end guidance and Wall Street expectations …


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Editorial: Super Frenemies - why the world is better...

Apple and Samsung are often depicted as cutthroat enemies, but it's also no secret they are also their own largest customers, unquestionably dependent upon the success of each other's business. Could that change, and would the world be better off with just a single, giant, more vertical phone maker?

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Raise in Apple's dividend and $35B share...

Apple will be accelerating how it passes some of its giant cash hoard to investors, according to analysts at Wells Fargo, with the iPhone producer expected to offer a dividend increase and raise how many shares it buys back, though not by as much as it has in previous years

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The Morning After: The Galaxy Fold verdict

Hey, good morning!

We have our (tentative) verdict on Samsung's Galaxy Fold, as the launch date for the foldable turns into a giant question mark. Tesla is promising a future filled with its robo-taxis, and Pepsi is trying to reinvent the soda fount...

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How to mute keywords on Twitter to avoid spoilers...

Are you super pumped about the three hour long super hero movie coming out on Thursday and actively avoiding movie spoilers at all cost? You’ve managed to not click the alleged leaked scene videos, you won’t even read fan theories about what could happen, and oh look, general tech sites are spoiling the movie’s mysteries with their (so-called spoiler-free) reviews days before the movie hits theaters for fans.

You don’t have to go back to the stone age to avoid movie spoilers and avoid other trending topics on Twitter (which is great news if your job partly relies on tracking breaking news with Twitter!). The Twitter mute feature puts you in control of what tweets you want to avoid no matter which Twitter app you use. Here’s how to starting muting:


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Vine replacement Byte now in beta, but unclear...

Vine co-founder Dom Hoffman has announced that his long-promised replacement app, Byte, is finally in beta-testing. Hoffman first revealed that he was working on the idea back in November 2017, a little over a year after Vine was shutdown by Twitter …


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Laundroid company folds before its giant robot does

A small part of us always knew the Laundroid was too good to be true. The black obelisk, developed by Japanese company Seven Dreamers, was supposed to be a washing machine, dryer, ironing and laundry-folding robot rolled into one. It was the perfect...

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Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard review:...

The Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard may as well be the anti-butterfly keyboard. It’s thicker than Apple’s MacBook and Magic Keyboard. It has wild RGB lighting. It has an 87- or 104-key layout. And most importantly, its keys don’t get stuck.

I’ve been using the Keychron K1 Mechanical Keyboard with my MacBook Pro for a couple of months and it’s hard to switch back. I’m not generally a fan of the clickity-clack noise that mechanical keys make, but the Keychron K1 made me a believer in Blue switches. I imagine that in a quiet office I’d get a few dirty looks, but I actually grew to like the sound. Typing on it is way more pleasurable than the cramped and noisy MacBook keyboard, and its function row is inherently more useful that the Touch Bar.

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At WWDC, iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 may get the photo...

A new report has highlighted several new features and changes predicted to be announced at WWDC for iOS 13 and macOS 10.15. Most notably, it appears that Apple will finally be implementing a new image flow when importing photos from external media.

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JCPenney discontinues Apple Pay support in stores,...

Well, this is sort of awkward.

Per its Twitter account, department store giant JCPenney has officially dropped Apple Pay support from its retail stores as well as its app.

The company offered the following statement in response to a customer’s inquiry as to the change:

JCPenney made the decision to remove Apple Pay for our stores, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will definitely forward your feedback regarding this for review.

Customers in turn seemed unimpressed with the change, citing recent security breaches and the fact that JCPenney seems to be stepping away from a form of secure payment.

The chain has so far not provided any explanation for the decision.

JCPenney first started trialling Apple Pay in 2015, with a full rollout in 2016. The company, founded in 1902, has more than 800 stores across 49 US states. Former Apple retail head Ron Johnson left Apple back in 2011 to become CEO of JCP, a role he held...

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Samsung delays Galaxy Fold launch after multiple...

Sometimes a little more R & D time is a good thing.

In spite of the hype, it looks as if Samsung’s Galaxy Fold smartphone has been delayed until “at least next month” after multiple review units underwent sudden display failures while being tested prior to review last week.

Samsung had initially committed to launching the Galaxy Fold on April 26th, but has stated that the rollout can now be expected in the “coming weeks.” Company executives recently confirmed the delay, and have postponed launch events in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Samsung earlier confirmed that it would “thoroughly inspect” the affected devices to determine the cause, but it has yet to provide an explanation. Samsung also cautioned that removing the protective layer on the display could cause damage, but some displays failed even with the protective layer in place. 

The Galaxy Fold is expected to start at $1,980, putting it at the high end of almost any smartphone on the market. The...

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Vine successor Byte is now in closed beta

These days, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok dominate the short social video space, but that wasn't always the case. Vine, the popular six-second looping video app, helped give rise to many of today's YouTube stars over the course of three years, befor...

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Igloohome Smart Deadbolt 2S review: The industry’s...

The smart lock maker shrinks down its beautiful deadbolt, but it remains a frustrating experience.

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Thought experiments: Different bars for Samsung and...

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Apple is behind on innovation. Let’s look at one innovation in particular that we’ve heard a lot about recently. That is…

[checks notes]

…incredibly fragile folding screens that can break after just a day.

Yes, that big innovation that was all the rage just a few weeks ago turns out to be kind of not great when put into use.

“My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day.”

Well, is $1,900 a day too much to pay for the future?

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'State Snaps' founder convicted over armed...

Last year, the man who staged an armed robbery in an attempt to seize control of was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. Soon, the court will also sentence the mastermind who asked him to break into the domain owner's home and f...

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How Parents Use The Android Keylogger App To Monitor...

Phone tracking apps are becoming more affordable and available in today’s society. Every now and then you might find a reason to monitor someone else’s phone, tablet or computer. Such persons can either be your children, employees or your lover. You may desire to hack a phone to protect your kids from online or social

The post How Parents Use The Android Keylogger App To Monitor Children? appeared first on iLounge.

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How to check what apps have read and write access to...

Can’t remember all the apps you’ve authorized to be able to read and write to the Photos app on your iPhone? Read along below for how to check and change your apps’ Photos permissions.


The post How to check what apps have read and write access to iPhone photos appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Monday April 22

Lowest prices ever: Apple's latest 15 inch...

Amazon-owned Woot is delivering the lowest prices anywhere on Mid 2018 15-inch MacBook Pros thanks to flash discounts of up to $820 off. Pick up the standard model for $1,879 or snap up a high-end model with loads of upgrades for just $100 more.

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New York City teen sues Apple for $1B after being...

In a lawsuit filed in New York today, 18-year-old Ousmane Bah is suing Apple for a whopping $1 billion. Bah alleges that he was falsely arrested for a series of thefts from Apple stores due his name being falsely linked to the face of the actual thief.


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Student sues Apple for $1 billion over false arrest...

An 18-year-old student launched a $1 billion lawsuit against Apple and an associated security firm on Monday, accusing the pair of falsely linking him to a series of store thefts.

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Sprint, AT&T reach settlement in lawsuit over...

A settlement has emerged in Sprint's lawsuit against AT&T, which accused the rival carrier of "blatantly misleading consumers" with its use of the term "5G E" to market high-speed 4G connections.

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Sprint and AT&T reach settlement over misleading...

Earlier this year, Sprint sued AT&T over its “blatantly misleading” 5G E network. Now, the two carriers have settled the lawsuit, but AT&T will continue advertising and displaying its controversial 5G E branding.


The post Sprint and AT&T reach settlement over misleading 5G E logo, but nothing will change appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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News round-up: Apple helps protect, restore mangrove...

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.

For Apple’s Earth Day 2018 Give Back campaign, Apple says it partnered with Conservation International to protect and restore the 27,000-acre mangrove forest in Cispatá Bay, which is expected to sequester one million metric tons of CO2 over its lifetime. At the Global Climate Action Summit last September in California.

What’s more, Apple CEO Tim Cook has marked Earth Day by highlighting four environmentally-themed photographs as part of the ongoing "Shot on iPhone" campaign.

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Low-cost streaming TV service Philo announces price...

Philo, one of the most affordable streaming TV services on the market, announced today that it is slightly increasing its prices. Furthermore, new data from Convergence Research Group published today shows increasing interest in cord cutting, but questions the fate of over-the-top streaming services.


The post Low-cost streaming TV service Philo announces price increase, now starts at $20/month appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Big changes to Siri, Marzipan, AR, and more could...

A fascinating report at 9to5Mac offers a sneak peek at some of the announcements Apple has in store for developers at WWDC in June. Previous reports have focused on changes coming to iOS 13 and macOS 10.15, but this leak is all about the tools developers use to make apps and services on Apple’s platforms. If they prove true, it could mean a big improvement in the way we use our iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

To read this...

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A Thorny Problem: When an AI Composes Music

The Verge writes about legal issues when an AI composes music.

The word “human” does not appear at all in US copyright law, and there’s not much existing litigation around the word’s absence. This has created a giant gray area and left AI’s place in copyright unclear. It also means the law doesn’t account for AI’s unique abilities, like its potential to work endlessly and mimic the sound of a specific artist.

Not to mention the question of  who owns the copyright of this new music. Fascinating discussion here.

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Snapchat Lens visualizes effects of climate change...

As companies everywhere celebrate Earth Day, Snapchat today has launched a new Snapchat Lens that shows the projected waterline in the year 2100. The goal of this feature is to show users what the world will look like if emissions continue without change.


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TMO Background Mode Interview with Author and Artist...

Michael Benson works at the intersection of art and science as both a writer and artist. His new book, Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece examines the four year long production of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Michael saw the movie 2001 at age six, and it had a profound influence on his career, especially in his art and science/photography books. We chatted about his book: how Arthur Clarke and Stanley Kubrick met, Kubrick’s view of the best scifi movies of the time, the development of the 2001 script, the depiction of artificial gravity in the legendary centrifuge apparatus, the depiction of aliens, the visual contributions of Douglas Trumbull, and the enduring influence this movie has had on our technology and psyche.

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Celebrate Earth Day with the four best smart...

If we’re being honest, we’d all likely agree that a large majority of the smart home gadgets that we add to our homes are there for sheer convenience. This isn’t a bad thing at all, but it’s certainly worth calling out that some solutions actually yield an overall savings when opting for a smart equivalent of an otherwise standard device.

Thermostats easily fall into this category since they empower us to use geolocation and many other data points to help reduce energy usage. With it being Earth Day, we though now is probably one of the best times to dive into what’s out there and help you find the best smart thermostat for your home. more…

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Review: JBL's Endurance Peak wireless earbuds...

If you can look past its touch controls, the JBL Endurance Peak is a great balance of price, longevity, and audio quality amongst fully wireless earbuds.

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9to5Mac Daily: April 22, 2019 — WWDC tidbits and Kuo...

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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Microsoft Employee Says Whites, Asians Discriminated...

Messages posted by an unknown female Microsoft programmer in internal Yammer boards say that white and Asian men are being discriminated against.

To be clear, I am referring to the fact that senior leadership is awarded more money if they discriminate against Asians and white men. I have an ever-increasing file of white male Microsoft employees who have faced outright and overt discrimination because they had the misfortune of being born both white and male.

Microsoft’s 2018 demographic report shows that 55.1% of employees are Caucasian, 31.9% are Asian, and 73.4% are male. Personally, I think it’s a bit telling if you feel oppressed by more equality and diversity.

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JCPenney Explains Apple Pay Removal

This morning we heard that JCPenney quietly removed support for Apple Pay from its stores. Now we have a better idea why.

The retailer now claims the move was necessitated by the April 13, 2019 deadline in the U.S. for supporting EMV contactless chip functionality. As of this date, all terminals at U.S. merchants locations that accept contactless payments must actively support EMV contactless chip functionality, and the legacy MSD (magnetic stripe data) contactless technology must be retired. JCPenney was not ready to comply, it seems, so it switched off all contactless payment options as a result. However, it hasn’t ruled out re-enabling them later on, it seems.


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Which do you choose? Apple Pencil vs Logitech Crayon...

A couple of weeks ago, Apple released iOS 12.2 and with that update Apple suddenly allowed Logitech's Crayon to work with some of Apple's iPad Pro lineup, so today let's take a look at whether you should buy the more expensive Apple Pencil 2, or maybe you'd be better off with the more affordable Logitech Crayon.

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In African villages, these phones become ultrasound...

What a great story about phones that aren’t just phones.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Logitech’s Slim Folio Pro is the Backlit Keyboard...

Logitech sent Andrew its new Slim Folio Pro keyboard case for the iPad. After using it for about two weeks, here are his thoughts.

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Privacy Wish List, Earth Day – TMO Daily...

Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to chat about a wish list for iOS privacy features and how Apple celebrates Earth Day.

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KOBRA Wireless Car Scanner: $14.99

We have a deal on the KOBRA Wireless Car Scanner. This device plugs into your car’s on-board diagnostics port to read data on your car’s performance. It then connects with a iOS, Android, or Windows device via Wi-Fi so you can make use of that data. It works on any car made after 1996, and it’s $14.99 through our deal.

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Luminary launching to take on Apple Podcasts, but...

A new paid podcast service called Luminary is set to launch tomorrow on iOS, Android, and the web (via The Verge). It got off to a rough start last month as it announced the service with a controversial ad stating “Podcasts don’t need ads,” and tomorrow the premium podcast service will launch without some of the most popular podcasts found on Apple’s platform. However, its CEO, Matt Sacks, thinks that “podcasting has way more than enough room to go around.”


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Samsung pushes back Galaxy Fold release to 'run...

After several poor reviews and broken devices, Samsung has reportedly decided to delay the launch of the Galaxy Fold originally planned for Friday, April 26.

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Apple distributes third developer betas of iOS 12.3...

Apple has reached the third round of developer betas in its current cycle, offering up new builds of iOS 12.3, tvOS 12.3, watchOS 5.2.1, and macOS 10.14.5 up for testing by program participants, as well as a second build for the third-generation Apple TV software version 7.3.

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Some Instragram Meme Accounts Want to Unionize

Left-wing memes are often very popular on Instagram. They have even made some of the people who share them quite well-off. Now some of those creators want to form a union, according to Vox.

The union, the first major organizing effort for professional meme creators on Instagram, is made up of that latter group, and now has thousands of followers on its official account and an open application process for new members. As Taylor Lorenz notes in the Atlantic, it will probably never be recognized by the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that governs unions, but the organizing drive is still very real: Not only does it use traditional union organizing tactics, but the memers have concrete demands they want Instagram to agree to. And with growing...

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The 11 People Trying to Fight Fake News in the...

The Indian election is the world’s largest democratic exercise. There is, unsurprisingly, some concern that it could be undermined by fake news. Bloomberg News met Boom Live, an 11-strong team of fact-checkers that make up 1 of the 7 firms working with Facebook’s efforts.

Based on the early tallies, more than 60 percent of India’s 900 million eligible voters are expected to cast ballots between now and May 19, as the center-left Congress Party tries to seize power from the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party. As in other ...

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Apple Has an E-Waste Problem Beyond What Its Robots...

Apple has made a big play of all its environmental policies in recent days. This included announcing it had quadrupled the number of U.S. locations where customers can send their iPhone to be disassembled by its recycling robot, Daisy. However, on Gizmodo, Maddie Stone argues Apple’s e-waste problem goes beyond what these resolves can solve.

Beyond the fact that these are prototypes, though, there’s a bigger issue when it comes to banking on Apple’s robots to deconstruct Apple’s phones. It means you’re going to have to give your phone back to Apple. To the company’s credit, it has spent the last few years beefing up its recycling initiatives, launching a free recycling program called Apple Renew in 2016, and this week announcing Apple GiveBack, which encourages users to trade in devices for a gift card (if they qualify). It’s unclear how successful...

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Apple releasing third iOS 12.3 developer beta today...

Running the iOS 12.3 developer beta on your iPhone or iPad? The third beta version of iOS 12.3 will be available shortly. We’ll update our coverage to highlight any changes discovered in the beta release.


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Sony launching first new 4K TVs to gain AirPlay 2...

Along with LG and Vizio, Sony announced earlier this year that some of its smart TVs would be gaining support for Apple’s HomeKit and AirPlay 2. The company has launched it first new 2019 TVs and unveiled pricing and release details for those to come that will be getting the expanded functionality.


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Sony's summer AirPlay 2 and HomeKit televisions...

Sony has revealed its lineup of smart televisions it will be shipping in the spring and summer, with the range including support for both AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, enabling the televisions to stream content from Apple's device ecosystem and take advantage of the company's smart home framework.

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Samsung Delays Galaxy Fold Media Events

Samsung has delayed two media events for its Galaxy Fold scheduled for this week after reviewers reported problems with the smartphone.

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Joshua Cohen, Apple’s Philosopher, is not Available...

Apparently, Apple employs a full-time philosopher named Joshua Cohen. But he doesn’t have permission to talk to the media.

The company hired Joshua Cohen, formerly a political philosophy professor at Stanford University to work at Apple University, an institution created by Steve Jobs in 2008 to offer employees the kind of training typically available at university programs. The specifics of this university are kept tightly under wraps.

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Kick off Earth Day 2019 by recycling your old iPhone...

It’s Earth Day 2019, and that means there’s pretty much no better day than today to think about how your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or other Apple device will affect the planet. Whether it’s an old iPhone 5 sitting in a drawer that you want to recycle, or a relatively new Apple Watch that you’d like to sell to upgrade to the latest model, we can help you make sure your old devices end up in the right hands.


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Samsung putting off launch of Galaxy Fold after...

After cancelling launch events in China, Samsung has reportedly delayed the U.S. Galaxy Fold smartphone debut for a few weeks, in response to multiple failures of units in reviewers' hands.

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Apple is One of AWS’s Biggest Clients

Apple is one of AWS’s biggest clients, spending over $30 million each month on the cloud service from one of its rivals.

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WWDC 2019 for developers: Siri, Marzipan and AR...

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on June 3rd. Last week, we shared exclusive details about iOS 13 and macOS 10.15. Today, we are sharing details about new features and APIs for developers that should be announced at the event, according to sources familiar with the development of Apple’s new operating systems.


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Tim Cook shares four 'shot on iPhone'...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has marked Earth Day by highlighting four environmentally-themed photographs as part of the company's ongoing "Shot on iPhone" social media campaign, with all of the images of animals and plant life taken using an iPhone.

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Apple Conserves a Forest in Columbia

Apple partnered with Conservation International to protect and restore a 27,000-acre mangrove forest in Cispatá Bay.

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Apple Spends More Than $30 Million on Amazon's...

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, CNBC reported Monday, citing citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: 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. [...] In a February job posting, Apple said it was looking for someone who could "lead and architect our growing AWS footprint." Indeed, that expenditure is on track to expand. At the end of March, Apple's spending was on track to average more than $30 million per month in the first quarter of 2019. That would be more than 10 percent higher than a year earlier, according to two people familiar with the spending. If Apple's AWS use stays at those levels for the rest of 2019, its annual spending would exceed $360 million....

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WSJ: Samsung delays Galaxy Fold launch in US until ‘...

According to the Wall Street Journal today, Samsung is officially delaying the Galaxy Fold launch in the US until further notice following some major display issues that popped up last week. Yikes.


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In a note to clients, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks that the release of a 5G iPhone in late 2020 will drive sales of Apple smartphones to 200 million.

"We believe the uncertainty has been removed after Apple and Qualcomm's end of patent dispute and entrance into a six-year licensing deal, and Intel's announcement that it will exit the 5G baseband chip business," writes Kuo in a note to investors, seen by AppleInsider.

Samsung is expected to provide sub-6GHz modem parts, with Qualcomm providing modems mmWave markets. As for this year’s iPhones, Kuo thinks they’ll finally feature a 12-megapixel front camera and that the 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED...

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Amazon-owned Woot is having a flash sale on Apple Certified Refurbished 12.9-inch iPad Pros (Mid 2017), delivering a $250 discount on the tablets with a 1-year Apple warranty.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook shared beautiful photos of nature, all shot on an iPhone, via Twitter to celebrate Earth Day.

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Apple spends more than $30M per month on Amazon Web...

Apple is one of the biggest customers of Amazon Web Services, it has been revealed, with the iPhone maker allegedly spending in excess of $30 million per month in order to enable services like iCloud to function reliably and at scale via the retailer's network of servers.

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Everything we do has an effect on the planet. Research shows that we’re causing devastating damage to the planet by releasing extravagant amounts of CO2 gas into the atmosphere. The only way to jump-start the solution is to take matters into your own hands. The aim is to inform and inspire people to minimize the carbon emissions caused by their energy use. You might not see it, but thousands of pounds of CO2 are being released into the air when you use energy in your home, or drive your car to work every day. The algorithm asks you some questions about your energy lifestyle and gives you a unique carbon footprint score. It determines which power plants your energy comes from and identifies how much CO2 they produce. It also knows how much CO2 your car produces, so it tallies those up to give you a good idea of how much CO2 your energy use produces. App Store: Free


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Tim Cook shares four stunning Shot on iPhone nature...

A Tim Cook Earth Day tweet has shown off four ‘Shot on iPhone’ nature photos. These show two penguins against a mountain backdrop, a tiny frog sitting in a flower (above), a close-up of a snake and a giraffe beneath a tree on an open plain with rain in the background …


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Bowers & Wilkins wireless Formation Suite...

Bowers & Wilkins has launched its Formation Suite of wireless audio products, a collection of wireless speakers that offer high performance sound at the same time as simplified synchronization between outputs, as well as support fro Apple's AirPlay 2 protocol.

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5G iPhone using Qualcomm and Samsung chips, Apple...

With Apple’s months-long patent royalty battle with Qualcomm settled as of last week, the pathway to reliable 5G iPhones seems clear. Now reliable supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities has new predictions about what to expect for iPhones including new details about 5G iPhone chips.


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'iPhone 5G' in late 2020 will drive 200...

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has thrown his hat into the ring in regards to iPhone 5G predictions, and also suspects that it will be released in the second half of 2020, and it will have a big impact on sales.

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You Can No Longer Use Apple Pay at JCPenny

Over the weekend, JCPenny’s support account on Twitter confirmed it has removed Apple Pay from its retail stores.

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Apple now paying Amazon over $30M each month for...

While Apple and Amazon are often viewed as competitors, they also share an important partnership when it comes to cloud services. Amazon Web Services (AWS) are used to power Apple’s services including iCloud and its monthly payments to the retail giant are now said to be more than $30 million.


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TidBITS Marks Its 29th Anniversary… and Earth Day!

We held off on celebrating our 29th anniversary for a few days so we could publish this article to coincide with Earth Day. In honor of that, we’re calculating just how many trees we’ve saved over the past 29 years by publishing solely online, rather than in print. Yes, it’s silly. And there’s a picture of cheese!

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Fender releases three Game of Thrones guitars

[VIDEO] Marketing. But still, pretty cool looking guitars, built to order in the Fender Custom Shop.

Embedded in the main Loop post, a video showing a bit of playing on these beauties, along with some back story.

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Zillow iPhone app provides 3D tours of homes for...

A Zillow iPhone app allows realtors to create 3D tours of homes for sale across the USA and Canada. The company first piloted the app in Arizona back in 2017, but it has only now been made available to all.

Realtors use the iOS app to take panoramic photos of the home, which the server then stitches together into a complete 3D tour, in much the same way as Google’s Street View building interiors …


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Apple spends more than $30 million on Amazon’s cloud...

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, according to Jordan Novet, technology reporter for  CNBC.

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, he says. As the tech giant's top product, the iPhone, approaches market saturation, the company has begun pointing more to online services as a key contributor. Recently, the company stopped disclosing unit sales for iPhones and other hardware products, and started disclosing the profit margin for its services business, which includes the Apple App Store, AppleCare, Apple Pay, and iCloud. Apple also...

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon suffers catastrophic explosion...

Eric Ralph, Teslarati:

Six weeks after the spacecraft completed its orbital launch debut, SpaceX’s first flight-proven Crew Dragon capsule suffered a catastrophic explosion seconds before a planned SuperDraco test fire.


The April 20th event is the first time in the known history of SpaceX’s orbital spacecraft program that a vehicle – in this case, the first completed and flight-proven Crew Dragon capsule – has suffered a total failure. Regardless of the accident investigation’s ultimate conclusions, the road ahead of Crew Dragon’s first crewed test flight has become far more arduous.

Here’s video showing the explosion:

Yep, this isn’t good…

— Astronut099 (@Astronut099) April 21, 2019

This is a terrible setback. [H/T...

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Diagnose Car Issues Before They Happen with the...

Do you know if your car is in top working condition? With the KOBRA Wireless Car Scanner we have on sale for $14.99, you can use the tools that automotive technicians have to see what’s going on under the hood.

This cool device works with all cars manufactured after 1996, meaning that they have an onboard diagnostics (OBD) port. Just plug the KOBRA Wireless Car Scanner into the OBD, then fire up a variety of iPhone apps like DashCommand, OBD Auto Doctor, Torque Pro and more to interpret trouble codes or see how your car is performing.

Usually the KOBRA Wireless Car Scanner sells for $49.99 at automotive shops, but you can pick one up from the Apple World Today Deals Shop today for...

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Apple granted FCC approval for Beats Powerbeats Pro...

Earlier this month, Beats official unveiled its new Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones — a sporty, louder take on Apple’s AirPods that uses the same H1 chip. The early reveal was tagged with a message about pending FCC approval, however, with the official launch not planned until sometime in May.


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JCPenney drops support for Apple Pay

JCPenney has dropped support for Apple Pay from its retail stores, according to MacRumors. The withdrawal of support for Apple's digital payment system was confirmed on Saturday by the company's customer service Twitter account in response to a query.

No reason has been given for the move. JCPenney is an American department store chain with 864 locations in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. The company has struggled in recent years. The retail chain plans to close three stores by the spring as part of an ongoing evaluation of its performance. 

If my count is correct, Apple Pay is available in 25 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, KazakhstanItaly, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the U.S., Denmark, Finland,...

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Samsung cancels Galaxy Fold China launch event

Yeah, that might be prudent.

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Social media influencer plotted to take internet...

Faith Karimi, CNN:

After entering the home, the intruder grabbed the victim’s arm and ordered him to connect his computer to the internet.

He put the firearm against the victim’s head and ordered him to follow the instructions. “Fearing for his life, the victim quickly turned to move the gun away from his head. The victim then managed to gain control of the gun,” court records show.

The victim shot the intruder multiple times and called the police.

Read the story. Just wow. But as soon as I read “ordered him to connect his computer to the internet”, I could see how this was going to go.

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Conservation International & Apple have teamed...

Apple is working with Conservation International to protect and restore a 27,000-acre mangrove forest in Cispata Bay, Colombia, in a bid to preserve a slowly disappearing part of the ecosystem.

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On Earth Day, Apple reports back on its mangrove...

Mangroves – trees and shrubs that grow in coastal waters – absorb ten times as much carbon as land-based trees, which is why Apple announced last year that it was investing in a mangrove restoration project in Columbia. The company has marked Earth Day by reporting back on the environmental project.

Apple said in September that it would be supporting a project to protect and restore a 27,000-acre mangrove forest …


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Apple has a full-time professional philosopher on...

Philosopher and Apple Distinguished Senior Fellow Joshua Cohen joined the faculty of Apple University in 2011. Despite occasional outside lectures, though, his work is kept confidential, and Apple reportedly refuses permission for him to be interviewed.

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4 Privacy Features Apple Should Add

Apple has made a good start when it comes to privacy, but there are more private features the company can add. Here are four.

…based on Apple’s marketing focus as of late, which has centered on privacy, it’s reasonable to assume that the company will unveil additional privacy protections for users and their data in its next operating systems. What those privacy protections might be is anyone’s guess–but here are my hopes.

End-to-end encryption for iCloud backups is definitely on my wish list. But it should remain optional, because people who forget their password would be unable to access this kind of backup.

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Apple loses bid to deny Swatch Australian 'one...

Apple has been handed a defeat in court by watch producer Swatch in court for a second time in a month, as the iPhone producer failed to convince the Australian Trade Marks Office that Swatch should be denied a trademark for "One More Thing," a phrase synonymous with Apple events and Steve Jobs.

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Google cuts Pixel 3 prices in half for Project Fi...

It's the fourth anniversary of Project Fi, and to celebrate, Google is offering half off of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones for today only. There is one catch: The offer is only available to new and existing Google Fi customers, and applies once you co...

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