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Thursday January 17

mophie’s first USB-C PD chargers are excellent (and...

mophie has embraced the USB-C PD spec for fast charging with its new powerstation PD and powerstation PD XL, two universal batteries designed to charge popular smartphones at the fastest speed possible. The former ($59.95) proves 6,700mAh of juice, while the second ($79.95) serves up 10,050 of battery power. 

The folks at mophie claim that both will charge select iPhone smartphones up to 2.5 times faster compared to a standard 5W charger, or up to 50% in just 30 minutes. I’ve found this to be true when using the devices with my iPhone Xs Max.

The mophie powerstation PD and powerstation PD XL feature a shared USB-C PD input and output port, which delivers fast charging (18W) and recharging (15W). An additional USB-A port lets you charge two devices at once. With Priority+ charging, power is sent to connected...

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China accuses Apple of ‘incorrect’ references to...

China has accused Apple, Amazon, Nike, Siemens and other global companies of using ‘incorrect’ descriptions of Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The companies refer to them as distinct regions or countries, instead of part of China …


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TSMC slashes revenue guidance due to iPhone, global...

Apple chip partner TSMC has issued a warning on its financial situation, advising of reduced revenue growth and plans to cut its investments as the company combats the global smartphone market slowdown that has affected many other device producers.

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TSMC expects biggest revenue drop in a decade as...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) has forecast its biggest quarterly revenue drop in a decade as it warns of the impact of falling demand for smartphones. TSMC is the sole supplier for the A-Series chips used in current iPhones, and this is expected to remain unchanged this year.

The market has responded nervously …


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Failure is not an option: Tim Cook's...

Hello and welcome to another edition of “Hey, You Know That Thing That You Know? What If That Weren’t True?!”

Writing for The Mac Observer, John Kheit says, “Tim Cook Is a Failure at Operations.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Aaron.)

A failure! We’ve gone from “Tim Cook is a mastermind at operations” to “Tim Cook is a failure at operations” in seven years and it only took Apple having just its second-best quarter ever.

First, he has failed to keep the trains (i.e., products) running on time.

Stupid Cook! Be more like Mussolini! (Who, despite the credit given, did not actually make the trains run on time.)


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Tim Cook Reiterated His Call for Data Privacy...

Tim Cook reiterated his call for greater data privacy protections in Time, arguing that new legislation and consumer tools are needed.

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Digitimes: New entry-level iPad and iPad mini 5...

Apple is seemingly set to debut at least two new iOS devices in the first half of this year.

Digitimes is reporting that touch-screen suppliers are gearing up to supply components for two new iPads in the coming months. These tablets are described as ‘entry-level’ models, including a long-awaited update to the iPad mini 4 and an update to the 2018 $329 9.7-inch iPad.


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Rumor: Apple may be looking to expand upon iPod...

Let’s face it, it’s been a while since the iPod was Apple’s flagship gadget. With the passing of the iPod Classic, the iPod Nano, and the iPod Shuffle, and with only the iPod Touch keeping the name alive, it seems as if a dedicated Apple music player might be going the way of the dodo.

Still, there are rumors of a new device.

According to Apple supply chain watchers Macotakara, the current iPod Touch (which was last updated in 2015) could see a revamp as Apple looks to funnel more people into things like Apple Music and iTunes in order to help boost revenue from the company’s “Services” division.

The 32GB iPod Touch, which retails for $199, is presently the third least expensive Apple product, behind the $150 Apple TV and the $160 AirPods. At present, the cheapest iPad is the standard, $329 9.7-inch model that was refreshed in spring of 2018 to support the Apple Pencil, suggesting a possible need for a new $200 to $250 device to fill that gap.


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Rumor: Apple presently in talks with Medicare...

The Apple Watch could be coming to a Medicare plan near you.

Apple is presently rumored to be in talks with at least three private Medicare plans to subsidize the Apple Watch for at-risk seniors.

The Medicare insurers, which have yet to be publicly named, are said to be looking at options to subsidize the cost of Apple’s wearable device, especially given its $399 price tag. While many seniors could benefit from its features such as fall detection and ECG reading functionalities, the cost may be prohibitive.

In an interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, Tim Cook revealed that Apple has big plans for health in 2019. The nature of these health services isn’t known but Mr. Cook did say Apple has been working on them for multiple years.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via The Mac Observer and...

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What Intel’s 2019 roadmap can tell us about the...

The future of the Mac might be Apple-designed CPUs, but the present of the Mac is Intel. Apple is increasingly in charge of its own destiny, adding features like the T2 chip to Macs to handle as much of the system’s security, encryption, and other miscellaneous tasks as it can. Still, we expect Apple to ship most or all of its laptops and desktops this year with Intel inside.

The chip giant hasn’t yet announced the specific processors it will ship this year, but it has delivered a few sneak peaks at its roadmap. Here’s what we know about what Intel is cooking up for 2019, and how it might impact the Mac.

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Sennheiser’s AMBEO soundbar promises acoustic alchemy

Best known for building high-end headphones and mics, Sennheiser is now getting ready to enter the soundbar market. We got a demo during CES.

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Sennheiser’s AMBEO soundbar promises acoustic alchemy

Best known for building high-end headphones and mics, Sennheiser is now getting ready to enter the soundbar market. We got a demo during CES.

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In defense of smart TV snooping

Data collection on smart TVs reveals an ugly truth about streaming video.

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Apple Pay in Australia now lets users switch between...

Apple Pay now supports dual-network debit cards in Australia. This enables users to avoid credit card fees at merchants that support eftpos (electronic funds transfer) at point of sale.


The post Apple Pay in Australia now lets users switch between Visa and eftpos on compatible debit cards, and avoid credit card fees appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Tim Cook renews call to Congress for federal data...

The U.S. Congress should implement comprehensive federal privacy legislation to protect and empower customers against "data brokers," Apple CEO Tim Cook has declared, calling for lawmakers to introduce landmark reforms that fundamentally change the rules by which companies should abide regarding the collection and storage of user data.

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Tim Cook calls on FTC to establish ‘data-broker...

Apple CEO Tim Cook this morning has penned a column in TIME Magazine in which he calls for the U.S. Congress to pass “comprehensive federal privacy legislation.” Cook says that in 2019, it’s time for everyone to “stand up for the right to privacy.”


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How to enable persistent notifications on iPhone and...

By default, notifications on iOS pop down from the top of the screen for a few seconds and disappear. However, there’s an option to change this so that notifications will stay at the top of your screen until you act on it. Follow along to learn how to enable persistent notifications on your iOS devices…


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Wednesday January 16

Apple spent $310K on Tim Cook’s personal security in...

Earlier this month, Apple filed a proxy statement with the SEC in which it was revealed the company spent $310,000 on personal security for Tim Cook in 2018. Now, Wired is out with a closer look at how Apple’s spending on personal security for Cook compares to other Silicon Valley CEO.


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Pentagram’s ‘Range of Possibilities’ for Slack

Coincident with the announcement of Slack’s new branding, Pentagram posted some of the work they did for Slack. For example, this image showing seven takes on a new identity (alongside the old one). What they’re showing is shockingly bad work. I can’t believe Pentagram would present some of this to a client, and it’s even harder to believe they would show it publicly.

Exhibit A:

Slack uses colons like that for entering text shortcuts for Slack’s emoji-like “reaction” stickers. E.g., type :wave: and it’ll be replaced by a hand-waving sticker. No one who doesn’t use Slack would know that; many people who do use Slack don’t know that, because they have visual ways for choosing...

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How to watch the 2019 NFL Conference Championships...

Options abound for checking out all the championship action on whatever screen you choose.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour 208: New iPod touch rumors,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss how Apple’s revenue miss is affecting iPhone prices in China, a new detail about how the battery replacement program affected upgrades, a new AirPower launch rumor, competing iPhone 11 rumors and renders, hope for a future iPod touch, and the debut of the leaked Smart Battery Case for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for...

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Ecobee on iOS updated with new Apple Watch app for...

Popular HomeKit accessory maker ecobee has today released its long-awaited Apple Watch app. This means you can now control your ecobee accessories through Apple Watch, including adjusting your thermostat temperature and more.


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How to play vinyl with AirPlay or Bluetooth to...

In the age of digital media, users may sometimes forget what it was like with physical media formats, specifically with audio. Through the years we’ve had CD, cassette, digital, and vinyl. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to play vinyl through something like your Bluetooth headphones, modern speakers, or even HomePod?

We’ve scoured the web and have done extensive testing just for our readers. Here are the best ways to play vinyl through a digital audio source.


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GoodNotes 5 now available as a free update with...

Popular note-taking and annotation app GoodNotes has received a major update this week. Rather than update the existing GoodNotes 4 application, GoodNotes developers have released a completely new version of the app: GoodNotes 5, which is available for free to existing GoodNotes 4 users.


The post GoodNotes 5 now available as a free update with redesigned interface, improved search, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Apple Releases Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XR...

Updating a product that was last revised for the iPhone 7, Apple has released smart battery cases for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. All three are available now for $129.

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Apple to reportedly reduce new hires amidst slumping...

Apple plans to reduce the number of new hires for certain divisions after the company missed revenue guidance for the December quarter on weak iPhone sales, according to report Wednesday.

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DuckDuckGo Search Engine Integrates Apple Maps

The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is integrating Apple Maps for search data on Apple devices. The question is, will anyone stop using Google long enough to notice?

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Apple loses patent case appeal, owes VirnetX $440M...

Group Facetime for up to 32 simultaneous participants, coming to iOS 12.1. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

A federal appeals court has upheld a landmark patent judgment brought by VirnetX against Apple, affirming a $440 million judgment in a years-long patent dispute.

On Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied Apple's efforts to overturn a 2016 verdict that imposed $302 million in damages. That figure has since risen to encompass enhanced damages, interest, and more. Many would dub the Nevada-based VirnetX a "patent troll," as it has no meaningful source of income outside of patent litigation.

Previously, a jury found that Apple's VPN on Demand and FaceTime features infringed...

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Apple Daily Report: Apple spent $310,000 on personal...

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's most recent proxy statement, filed earlier this month, shows the company spent $310,000 on personal security for CEO Tim Cook in 2018. But that's a fraction of other tech giants' expenditures, says Wired.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will introduce a privacy bill today tasking the Federal Trade Commission with recommending, and Congress with finalizing, national rules for companies like Google and Facebook. The bill seems to steer clear of giving the FTC wide new authority, instead only letting the agency write rules itself if Congress fails to do so, according to Axios....

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Apple planning ‘hiring reductions’ after slowdown in...

Following Apple’s revision to its Q1 2019 earnings earlier this month, the company is said to be planning to reduce its hiring. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple plans to “cut back on hiring for some divisions” following its slowdown in iPhone sales.


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Tesla Launches Charging Station that can be Plugged...

Tesla launched its first charging system that can be plugged into a standard wall outlet using a common NEMA 14-50 plug.

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Rumor claims 2019 iPhone will get 10MP TrueDepth...

Although big rear-shooting camera changes may be in store for 2019 iPhones, other components may not follow suit, a rumor claimed on Wednesday.

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Apple Pay Boss to Deliver Keynote at Major Industry...

Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey will deliver a keynote address at major payments technology conference TRANSACT.

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The new iPhone XS battery case works with the iPhone...

The iPhone XS looks almost exactly like the iPhone X, and that similarity is leading many people to wonder if they can use Apple’s spiffy new battery cases with the older handset. The answer appears to be a shaky yes, although enough doubt remains that I’m hesitant to recommend taking the $129 plunge.

Apple’s official landing pageRemove non-product link doesn’t explicitly say that the new case doesn’t work with the older phone. It only lists the iPhone XS under Compatibility.

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Facebook to Introduce Stricter Rules in Countries...

Facebook will introduce stricter rules on political advertising to a number of countries holding elections this year. The rules and tools aimed at curbing election interference will go live in India, Nigeria, Ukraine, and the European Union. The rollout will begin on Wednesday in Nigeria. Katie Harbath, Facebook’s Director of Global Politics and Outreach, told Reuters that only advertisers located in the country will be able to run electoral adverts there. Rob Leathern, a Director of Product Management at Facebook, also discussed the importance of storing electoral adverts in a searchable library.

We’re learning from every country,” Leathern said. “We know we’re not going to be perfect, but our goal is continuing, ongoing improvement.” Facebook believes that holding the ads in a library for seven years is a key part of fighting intereference, he added.. The library will resemble archives brought to the United States, Brazil and Britain last year.


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iPhone 11 rumors: 10MP selfie camera, rear camera...

Yesterday we got a look at a second potential iPhone 11 prototype with a more compact and centered rear camera module and smaller notch. Today, the same blog, CompareRaja along with OnLeaks are reporting that the iPhone 11 will include a 10MP selfie camera, may retain the Lightning port, offers some specifics on the rear camera system, and more.


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Bleak smartphone industry could lead to double-digit...

The entire smartphone industry may be under a great deal of strain in 2019, with the biggest impact felt at the higher end as manufacturers like Apple and Samsung are poised to take a big hit, assuming a market analysis by J.P. Morgan is correct.

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Facebook’s ’10 Year Challenge’ is just a harmless...

We’ve mentioned often here how we give up way too much data voluntarily. Some of it, like this “challenge”, while seemingly innocent, may actually be sneaky and insidious.

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Mastercard Plans to Stop Free Trials That Keep...

Mastercard announced a new policy for merchants who keep your card information after you sign up with a free trial.

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American Data Dissemination Act seeks to legislate...

Senator Marco Rubio has announced a American Data Dissemination Act, a data privacy bill that aims to shore up existing privacy laws and establish a minimum standard for tech giants like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook to obey.

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Apple Business Chat expands to Sprint customer...

Apple Business Chat was first introduced in 2018 and allows users to directly communicate with businesses via iMessage. The beta service has expanded with several new features and today, Sprint users can connect directly with an agent straight from their iOS device.


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iPhone X Smart Battery Case Description Referenced...

A product description for the iPhone X Smart Case referenced the AirPower Charging Mat. Those references have since been removed.

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KeepSolid Launches Family Organizer App

The Family Organizer app by Keepsolid offers several features, like a family calendar, shopping list, and family task manager. Fill your family calendar with collective and personal events, invite others, and schedule all sorts of activities. The calendar will be synchronized between your family members, allowing everyone to keep track of others’ plans. This is further facilitated by a handful of convenient features and colorful, clear visualization. Create and manage shopping lists, set reminders, and use other handy functionality to ensure that your groceries are done and that they are exactly what you needed. Never again will you lack an important ingredient or have ​unnecessary extra because of some confusion. Assign tasks to family members and track their completion with ease. You will always know how everyone’s faring, whether Lil’ Jimmy visited the dentist, or if someone needs your help. Great feature for everyday planning and collaboration. App Store...

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IBM PC Unboxing, Interpreting Watch Data – TMO Daily...

Kelly Guimont has Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr on to discuss the state of IBM PC packaging and how to interpret Apple Watch heart rate data.

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PDF Converter OCR 6 for Mac: $19

We have a deal on  PDF Converter OCR 6 for Mac. This software allows you to make PDFs editable and searchable, while retaining the original layout, graphics, and hyperlinks. You can also scan 27 languages, merge multiple documents, and more. You can get this app for $19 through our deal.

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Supraventricular Tachycardia: Or, a trip to the ER...

We’ve heard a lot of these stories and we’ll hear a lot more. If nothing else, the Apple Watch is making many more people much more aware of the overall health and well being. I know it’s already helped me lose weight and I’ve only had it for a couple of weeks.

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Apple's stock is the one for 'the next...

Apple's original retail head Ron Johnson urged investors to buy the company's stock on Wednesday, calling it a good long-term bet, and arguing that iPhone sales will revive during the next cycle.

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Universal TV Exec Jason Katims Joins Apple

Mr. Katims as created moves like Parenthood, Roswell, About a Boy and Rise. He was also involved with Friday Night Lights, Boston Public, and The Path.

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27 free alternatives to Adobe’s expensive app...

This is a great list for those of you who are looking for and can use alternative apps. There are a couple of apps I’m going to test out for color grading my drone footage.

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Writer/producer Jason Katims signs multi-year deal...

Variety reports that Jason Katims — writer, producer, and playwright — is departing his longtime home at Universal TV for a new multi-year overall deal at Apple. The tech giant is expected to debut a streaming service at some point this year.

Katims is best known as the creator of several television series, including Relativity (1996), Roswell (1999-2002), Friday Night Lights (2006-2011), Parenthood (2010-2015), About a Boy (2014-2015) and Rise (2018). His film credits include The Vow, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, and The Pallbearer, starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow. He began his writing career as a playwright. His plays include The Man Who Couldn’t Dance and Who Made Robert De Niro King of America.

Katims and his True Jack Productions...

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Chinese customers driving the Apple App Store biz

iPhone sales may be slow in China, but Chinese customers are driving Apple’s App Store business. In fact, China accounted for nearly 50% of all app downloads in 2018, pushing the global downloads count to reach a record 194 billion, according to research firm App Annie — as noted by VentureBeat .

The country also accounted for nearly 40% of worldwide consumer spending on apps in 2018, the report says. Global consumer spending on apps reached $101 billion last year, up 75%  since 2016. And 74% of all money spent on apps last year came from games.

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iPhone XS Smart Battery Case fits iPhone X, but...

Update: Ritchie now says the iPhone X he tried to use with the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case was not updated to iOS 12.1.3. Since updating, the iPhone X does work with the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case, but with inconsistent results.

Apple yesterday officially unveiled its new Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. iPhone X users, however, have been left wondering whether or not the iPhone XS case will function with their device. Now, we have our answer.


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Jason Katims departs Universal for Apple in multi-...

Jason Katims, the showrunner behind some of Universal Television's hit shows, will be departing the TV studio this summer in favor of a shift to Apple, where he will help produce new video projects as part of a multi-year deal.

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‘Parenthood’ producer Jason Katims leaving Universal...

With Apple rumored to launch its video streaming service later this year, the company is continuing to work on bringing in more talent. Now it has hired veteran producer, Jason Katims.


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Apple in talks with private Medicare plans about...

The insurers are exploring ways to subsidize the cost of the device for those who can’t afford the $279 price tag, which is the starting cost of an older model. The latest version of the device, which includes the most extensive health features including fall detection and an electrocardiogram to measure the heart’s rhythm, retails for a minimum of $399, which many seniors could benefit from but can’t afford.

This makes perfect sense for Apple. The health features of the Apple Watch continue to help people of all ages and save lives. Getting these devices into the hands of seniors is the right thing to do for all involved.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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The original Mac evangelist, Guy Kawaski, to keynote...

The original Mac evangelist, Guy Kawasaki, will be one of the keynote speakers at The Summit, the largest technology industry showcase in Georgia, returns Feb. 11-12, 2019 to Cobb Galleria in Atlanta.

The annual event, hosted by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), brings more than 1,300 national and local tech leaders together around the most...

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How Modern Technology is Putting Our Youth on Edge

The business approach to and pace of modern technological change is showing up as paralysis and depression, especially amongst our youth. Eventually, something has to give.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Latest iPad Pros $100 off, 5K...

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


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Seniors on private Medicare plans may get access to...

Apple is reportedly talking with at least private Medicare plans about getting Apple Watches into the hands of millions of people over the age of 65. It makes a lot of sense for Apple to do that, health experts told CNBC, since it could prevent expensive doctor or hospital visits.

The report says talks have yet to result in any official deals. CNBC says Apple has paid a visit to several of the largest insurers in the market, as well as some smaller, venture-backed Medicare Advantage plans. 

About 19 million seniors are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, which are private health plans that receive government payouts for providing services to seniors — about $10,000 per member, on average. The plans provide coverage within Part C of Medicare in the U.S.

Medicare Advantage health plans pay for managed health...

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Apple's Jennifer Bailey to keynote at TRANSACT

The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the the global trade association representing more than 500 payments and technology companies, says Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of internet services, will deliver the keynote address at TRANSACT , the world's largest payments technology event.  

Bailey, who leads the Apple Pay team, will discuss how Apple is bringing customers and merchants an easy, convenient and secure payments experience. TRANSACT takes place April 30-May 2, 2019, in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas.

"I'm thrilled to talk to the payments industry at TRANSACT," said Bailey in a press release. "...

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Sprint promises to finally end sales of location...

Following shortly behind its rivals, Sprint on Wednesday promised that it would at last end sales of location data to third parties -- something it and other U.S. carriers once promised to do before.

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New price drops: $100 off 2018 MacBook Airs; current...

New markdowns are in effect on Apple's latest hardware, with 256GB 2018 MacBook Airs discounted to $1,299 ($100 off). The 11-inch iPad Pro is also on sale, with prices starting at $729 after $70 to $100 in savings. Those looking for a current 13-inch MacBook Pro can pick up the non-Touch Bar model for just $1,129 while supplies last, a discount of $170 off MSRP.

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Apple Business Chat is now available to Sprint...

Sprint customers can now use Apple Business Chat to message an agent, learn about Sprint plans and more. 

Apple Business Chat offers a way for users to communicate directly with businesses right within Messages. According to Apple, with Business Chat, it's easy to have a conversation with a service representative, schedule an appointment or make purchases using Apple Pay in the Messages app. Business Chat doesn’t share the user’s contact information with businesses and gives users the ability to stop chatting at any time.

Sprint users can chat with Sprint while looking up store information in Maps, Safari and with Siri. Customers can even start and stop a message any time and pick up right where they left off. Here's how it works:

  • Start a conversation in Apple Business Chat by visiting the 'Contact Us' page on, or search for a Sprint store using Siri, Safari or Apple Maps, then simply tap the Messages icon to send a...

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After a year, the iMac Pro benefits from better...

Apple's iMac Pro has been on the market for just over a year now, and what initially seemed like an overpriced machine compared to the high-end iMac 5K now looks a lot more reasonable. In this follow up examination after living with the machine for a year, we'll be looking at what's changed in Mac alternatives, complaints we've heard, and specific performance tests which have varied with software updates.

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Netflix sets international release for George R. R....

Netflix is looking to give SyFy's Nightflyers show a new lease of life on February 1st, when it lands on the streaming platform for viewers outside the US. Based on George R. R. Martin's 1980s novella, the thriller follows a group of scientists aboar...

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How to Use JavaScript When Creating Shortcuts

Redditor u/keveridge put together a nice guide on how to use JavaScript when creating Shortcuts. JavaScript lets you perform complex actions that would be hard to do with regular shortcut actions.

We make use of the Safari web browser, running within the shortcut, in order to execute the JavaScript. To do so, we:

  • make an HTML file that contains our code and provides an output;

  • pass the contents of the file to Safari as a Data URL;

  • use Get Contents of Web Page to render the page provide the output to the shortcut.

  • ...
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Sprint adds Apple Business Chat to support its...

Subscribers with U.S. carrier Sprint can now take advantage of Apple Business Chat when they need help with a plan or device.

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Apple Watch Could Soon Come to Medicare

Apple is in talks with at least three private Medicare plans to subsidize the Apple Watch for at-risk seniors. 

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Facebook will expand its political ad rules to...

Facebook will be introducing some of its political advertising policies in additional regions in the coming months, Reuters reports. In Nigeria, where a presidential election is set to take place in February, Facebook will now require those purchasin...

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Apple Pay boss Jennifer Bailey delivering keynote...

Apple’s VP of Internet Services Jennifer Bailey has been announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s TRANSACT conference scheduled for later this spring. Jennifer Bailey had led Apple Pay since its launch in 2014.


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Motorola's next RAZR revival could be a $1,500...

Motorola's RAZR flip-phone is reportedly set for a $1,500 foldable makeover. The new handset could arrive exclusively through Verizon as soon as next month, per The Wall Street Journal's sources. You can blame that massive price tag on the expensive...

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iPhone XS and XS Max Smart Battery Case contains...

Apple’s smart battery cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR went on sale last night, with Apple touting up to 75% extra usage time. Apple did not state the battery’s capacity in the Apple Store tech specs.

However, The Wirecutter’s Nick Guy has already got his hands on an iPhone XS case, and read off the specs from the printed label. It turns out the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case houses a 1369 mAH internal battery. This is significantly less than the 2365 mAH battery found in the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case. The XS Max case features the same 1369 mAH capacity …


The post iPhone XS and XS Max Smart Battery Case contains 1369 mAH battery, significantly smaller than the capacity...

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Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey to deliver keynote...

Apple vice president of internet services Jennifer Bailey will be delivering the keynote address at payments technology forum Transact in April, and is expected to speak about how Apple Pay helps merchants make customer payments as secure and convenient as possible.

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Apple in talks to put Apple Watch into the hands of...

Apple has reportedly spoken with "at least three" private Medicare plan providers, exploring the possibility of subsidizing the Apple Watch for seniors 65 or older.

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Free music for your movie, podcast, game, etc.

Composer, sound designer Joel Corelitz has a gift for you. It’s a collection of music he created that is free for you to use in your own projects.

Bookmark the page, as I suspect this collection will grow over time, and you never know when the need will strike.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Dates with Siri

Pull up Siri and ask these two things:

  • How many days since December 17th?


  • How many days since December 17th, 2018?

You’ll get two different responses. Now go read the linked post. Very interesting.

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Save changes before quitting?

Niko Kitsakis (via Michael Tsai’s blog):

People called good Macintosh software “Mac-like” because that’s what it felt like.
If an application did not adhere to those seemingly unwritten rules, you would develop an itch in the back of your head. Something was off.

This “Mac-like” feeling was at the core of the classic Mac OS era. It’s what gave the Mac its legendary status and its place in history. And while the first versions of OS X broke with some conventions, things became better as OS X progressed. That is to say, until 10.7 came out and started a trend of questionable design decisions that has been continuing ever since.

This is a short-but-sweet post that lays out a specific example of the power of a properly constructed interface. The oldest “Save changes” dialog asked a question, but populated the response buttons with Yes, No, and Cancel. A look at the button only was not...

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CERN plans to build a collider four times bigger...

Back in 2014, CERN sought the help of over 1,300 contributors to help it conjure up a feasible plan for a new collider much, much bigger than the LHC. Now, the research organization has unveiled preliminary designs for the project named Future Circul...

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Poll: Would you like to see Slide Over and Control...

There has long been debate over the extent to which macOS and iOS will converge. Some think we’ve already gone too far down that route, with Launchpad coming in for particular criticism as an unnecessary child-like interface (though it can be made more useful). At the other extreme, some think Apple should go as far as touchscreen Macs and enable people to run either OS on both Macs and iPads.

Apple itself has consistently said that it considers Macs and iPads to be different categories of device, a message somewhat diluted by ads referring...

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Apple reportedly working to subsidize Apple Watch...

Apple has started marketing the Apple Watch as a guardian for your health with features like fall detection and a built-in ECG, but selling the Apple Watch to the people who need those benefits the most is a challenge. CNBC reports today that Apple has a plan to address that very challenge: using private Medicare plans cover the Apple Watch for at-risk seniors.


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Motorola Razr revival with foldable display could...

The Motorola Razr could be making a comeback as part of a deal between Lenovo and Verizon in the near future, but the iconic flip phone's return could introduce a foldable display as part of its redesign, as well as a hefty price tag of $1,500 that outweighs even the iPhone XS Max.

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A closer look at Nike's Adapt BB auto-lacing...

Back in December of last year, Nike revealed during its quarterly earnings call that it was getting ready to introduce a $350 self-lacing basketball shoe. Ever since, sneakerheads have been highly anticipating the successor to the 2016 HyperAda...

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27 Adobe Alternatives to Use on Different Platforms

It seems that Adobe is raising the price of its subscription in specific countries, although U.S. users have been spared. Lifehacker compiled a list of 27 Adobe alternatives in response.

I haven’t tried out all of these apps myself, nor am I the target audience for them—as I don’t really dabble in 3D animation, alas. While we normally recommend apps we’ve used at Lifehacker, in this case, I’ve included recommendations from the various Twitter users who have suggested them when applicable.

On my iPad I quickly bought Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, and both of them work great for my workflow.

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Many Facebook users still don't understand how...

Despite major scandals, Congressional hearings, and efforts to highlight user privacy controls, most Facebook users still don't know the social network shares their interests with advertisers, according to a new survey conducted by Pew Research Cente...

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9to5Mac Daily: January 16, 2019

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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Apple launches new Qi-charging, hump-smoothed,...

Here are the product links:

All three come in black or white. All three priced at $129.

Battery life varies per model, with the iPhone XR up to a whopping 39 hours of talk time.

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EA's open-world 'Star Wars' game is...

Remember EA's open-world Star Wars game that promised bounty hunting across the series' universe? Anyone? No? Doesn't matter, it's been scrapped. EA Vancouver has cancelled the project, reports Kotaku, which it inherited in 2017 after shutting down i...

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YouTube Bans Pranks Like Bird Box Challenge

The guidelines are in response to popular challenges that imitate a Netflix movie called Bird Box.

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AirPower reference spotted in Malaysian iPhone Smart...

Potentially keeping hope that the AirPower is still alive, Apple's Malaysian website makes a reference to the charging mat in relation to its new Smart Battery Cases.

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Qualcomm points to innovation costs as shield to FTC...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has rested its case against Qualcomm, with the chip maker saying that innovation is expensive, and its licensing practices are justified based on that alone.

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Cord cutting has grown by 50 percent in the last...

A new Nielsen study has found that the number of cord cutters in the US has grown by 48 percent over the past eight years. Apparently, 16 million homes no longer have traditional cable or satellite TV subscriptions, which means 14 percent of all hous...

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DuckDuckGo taps Apple Maps to power private search...

DuckDuckGo blog:

We’re excited to announce that map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework, giving you a valuable combination of mapping and privacy. As one of the first global companies using Apple MapKit JS, we can now offer users improved address searches, additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps already in use on billions of Apple devices worldwide.

With this updated integration, Apple Maps are now available both embedded within our private search results for relevant queries, as well as available from the “Maps” tab on any search result page.

I love this integration. It is very well done, and is blazingly fast.

Head to and type pizza in the search bar. Look for a block on the page with a map and click the Open Map button.

Just a taste, but this...

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Smart Home Diary: Let’s talk automation and scenes …

One recurring theme I’ve seen in comments on my various Smart Home Diary pieces is the view expressed by some that a truly smart home ought to be automated. That pressing on-screen buttons on an iPhone does not equate to a smart home, only automation does.

I have some sympathy for this view. ‘Anything that can be automated should be automated’ is something of a mantra for me. But automation isn’t the whole picture, and I’d like to explain why I hold that view …


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I love a good road trip. I've spent hundreds of thousands of miles in cars during my life, and the best times were when I knew it would be hours or even days before I reached my destination. Typically a friend (or friends) or family members would...

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Who can’t use a few more Lightning cables? With today’s deal from TRNDLabs, you can get a 3-pack of 10-foot-long Lightning cables (USB to Lightning) for $32.99 — that’s much less than what Apple charges!

In fact, if you want a cable this long you won’t be able to get it from Apple. They only sell 2-meter (about six feet) long cables, each selling for $29.99. For a bit more, you’re getting three longer cables. The cables are MFi (Made For iPhone) certified so you can rest assured that they’ll work perfectly with any of your Macs or iOS devices.

As with many of our deals, this won’t last for long. Note that the cables cannot be shipped...

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iPhone X beats out Galaxy S10+ CPU in alleged...

Supposed Geekbench data for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10+ would put the phone's performance behind its direct competitor, the iPhone XS Max, and even 2017's iPhone X.

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Former Apple VP Scott Forstall Discussed Creativity...

Former Apple software Vice President Scott Forstall has focussed on Broadway productions since leaving Silicon Valley. However, he does occasionally hark back to his time in tech. He did that in an October episode of the Philosophy Talk podcast,  the full video of which was posted on YouTube on Tuesday. The interview, noticed by 9to5Mac, gives a fascinating insight into creativity and working for Steve Jobs.  Mr. Forstall also discussed Apple TV, which he said came from somebody presenting him with the idea of a 10-ft user interface. It “was invented because someone was encouraged to do whatever they wanted for a month,” Mr. Forstall explained.

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Changing its Mind, Roku Bans Alex Jones

Doing the opposite of most major internet companies, Roku decided for a couple of hours it would allow Alex Jones on its platform.

Roku said, “While the vast majority of all streaming on our platform is mainstream entertainment, voices on all sides of an issue or cause are free to operate a channel. We do not curate or censor based on viewpoint.”

If Roku was going to cave so quickly it shouldn’t have decided to let Alex Jones on in the first place. At least pretend to put up a fight for a couple more days.

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OMRON's redesigned ping pong robot no longer...

OMRON is best known for its healthcare products like thermometers and blood pressure monitors -- now in the form of a smartwatch, even. But those who have been following our CEATEC coverage over the past five years may remember the company's am...

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‘AirPower Wireless Charging Mat’ was briefly...

The fate of AirPower continues to be an evolving mystery. The AirPower Wireless Charging Mat was mentioned briefly in the Apple Store description for the new Smart Battery Cases, and is still visible on the Malaysian Apple Store, via MacRumors.


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