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Twitter is testing a filter for potentially...

Twitter is taking its screening of unknown direct messages a step further. The social media giant announced today that it is testing a filter for messages that contain offensive content. Messages containing potentially suspect words will be stored aw...

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Apple's HomePod lands in Japan on Aug. 23

Apple on Friday announced an immediate start to HomePod preorders in Japan, with shipments of the Siri-powered speaker scheduled to land in the hands of customers on Aug. 23.

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Google is making it easier to shoot proper portraits...

For all the odd souls out there who love taking photos with their tablets, Google's latest Chrome OS update is a big one. In addition to adding centralized music controls and support for virtual desktops, Chrome OS 76 adds a new portrait mode to the...

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Apple announces HomePod will launch in Japan on...

Back in July, Apple teased that HomePod would launch in Japan sometime this summer. In a new press release, Apple details that the Siri-powered smart speaker will officially be available in Japan starting on August 23rd.


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Heart Analyzer for iPhone adds PDF exports, support...

Heart Analyzer has grown to be an incredibly popular app for iPhone and Apple Watch, offering a handful of different ways to see your heart rate data. This week, the app has been updated to version 7 with PDF reports, a new Heart Home, and more.


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Apple will unveil new iPhones on September 10, leak...

Apple revealed the iPhone XS at a similar event on September 12, 2018. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Apple released the seventh beta of iOS 13 today, and that release contained image files that seem to indicate that Apple will hold its next big iPhone unveiling event on September 10, 2019.

A screenshot of iOS in the beta labeled "HoldForRelease" was originally found by iHelpBR but shared on MacRumors and elsewhere. The image includes an iOS Calendar app icon that says September 10 on it. A similar screenshot was found saying September 12 shortly before Apple's iPhone unveiling event last year. That event...

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Amazon is trying to make Alexa-enabled gadgets more...

A variety of new Alexa-enabled gadgets, games and smart toys could soon flood the market thanks to Amazon's latest developer tool. On Thursday, the company detailed "Custom Interfaces," a new API within its Alexa Gadgets Toolkit SDK that allows devel...

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Apple sues virtualization firm Corellium for selling...

Apple on Thursday filed a lawsuit claiming software virtualization firm Corellium, which markets its wares to security researchers, infringes on copyrights covering iOS, iTunes and other Apple assets.

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Apple files lawsuit against virtualization company...

Apple has filed a lawsuit today against virtualization company Corellium. For those unfamiliar, Corellium allows users virtualize iOS, pitching it as a research tool for security experts. Apple, however, says Corellium’s “true goal is profiting off is blatant infringement.”


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Epic's latest store update brings cloud saves...

Epic has rolled out cloud save support for a slew of new titles in its store. The latest update has the feature included for 17 different games, including World War Z and Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter. The game developer began expanding cloud...

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Get the Luminar 3 software bundle for $49 [Deal]

We at iLounge have a special last chance deal on the Luminar 3 software bundle, which allows you to edit photos like a seasoned professional. The AI-powered Luminar 3 has…

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Forget Foldable iPhones. How About Foldable MacBooks?

Dennis Sellers at AppleWorld.Today offers an intriguimg proposition.

We hear rumors about upcoming iPhones with foldable screen. But what about Macs with bendable displays. Imagine a MacBook Pro with a screen that measured 13-inches when you’re, for example, on an airplane. Get to your hotel room, however, and you can unfold it to 17 inches or bigger.

Author Sellers makes a good case.

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There’s something fishy about Amazon’s FC Ambassadors

Amazon's really been on a roll lately. Well, in terms of becoming an actual supervillain organization. They've already got multiple HQs, can bully (most) local governments into acquiescing to their various whims, are making deals with law enforcement...

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BMW revives 'lost' concept car

Concept cars -- after making the auto show rounds -- typically end up in an automaker's museum. But in 1970, BMW lost a concept car -- it just disappeared. But with today's technology and a whole lot of will, the lost car is back.

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Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from...

Macs may be a far less tempting target for malware and viruses, but they’re not immune from attack. Even if you don’t care about adware or being used as a means to infect users on other platforms, it’s still possible to fall victim to ransomware, password theft, or stolen iPhone backups.

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Instagram testing new features for Boomerangs and...

Instagram is testing a handful of changes to its mobile app, new evidence reveals. Instagram is developing new features for its popular Boomerang functionality, Layout for Stories, and more.


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Netflix's 'To All the Boys' sequel...

It seemed just about everyone was talking about To All The Boys I've Loved Before when Netflix released its highly enjoyable adaptation of Jenny Han's teen romance novel almost a year ago. Netflix said last October it was "one of our most-viewed orig...

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Instagram users can now flag false content

Beginning today, Instagram users can report content that they believe to be false. Instagram will use those flags to better understand misinformation on the platform and to train its AI to spot false content. In time, Instagram will use the feedback,...

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Apple now responsible for 2.4 million US jobs

Through its own staff, those of suppliers and developers, Apple has grown to support 2.4 million jobs across all 50 states. It's an increase of four times since 2011, and sees the company contributing $60 billion to the economy annually.

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Cops put a stop to Amazon's 30-cent 'Mrs....

Promotions for streaming shows have been known to backfire, but Amazon might not be complaining too loudly about this incident. Santa Monica police made Amazon suspend a one-day Marvelous Mrs. Maisel promotion that charged people 30 cents for gas at...

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Apple shares update on US investments, on track to...

Apple today has shared an update on its job footprint and growth in the United States. It touts that its US job footprint is 2.4 million people in the US. Apple also says it is on track to hit its goal of contributing $350 billion to the economy by 2023.


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$999 MacBook Pros are back at Amazon

Back by popular demand, Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys is available on Amazon for just $999 while supplies last. This deal has proven to be a top seller with inventory currently backorderd until Aug. 24. Secure you spot in line now, before the sub-$1000 price disappears.

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Report: Apple Watch continues to dominate wearables...

A new report out today from Canalys features the firm’s estimates for “wearable band” shipments for Q2 (Apple’s Q3) and annual growth in North America. The data shows Apple Watch continues to dominate the competition like Fitbit and Samsung.


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Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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Plex’s new desktop app packs a fresh look,...

Plex has a brand new app for Windows and Mac that offers a streamlined way to download the things you want to watch and listen to offline. The feature was previously called Sync, but it's now called Downloads -- a much clearer term. Your downloads sh...

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'iPhone 11' OLED screens may be the same...

The 2019 iPhones will use the same material as those used by Samsung's Galaxy smartphones, according to a report, a rumor that could be better from a supply chain point of view, but also means that Apple won't be using a custom material for its smartphone display.

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Everything new in iOS 13 beta 7: 3D Touch, icon...

Apple is continuing to evolve iOS 13, and included several public-facing tweaks with the seventh developer beta. Here is everything we've found so far.

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Wirecutter's best deals: Save $50 on a Schlage...

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of deals here.

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iHeartRadio shares tunes as Stories in Facebook,...

Do you really, really want to be sure everyone knows what you're listening to? iHeartRadio thinks it can help spread your musical message. The company has introduced sharing to Stories in Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat through its mobile app -- i...

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Capital One hacker under investigation for 30 more...

The Seattle hacker behind the major Capital One hack may have stolen data from many other organizations, with authorities claiming thefts have taken place from over 30 companies and entities in other thefts from Amazon Web Services.

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Report: iPhone 11 to use same OLED display materials...

According to a South Korea industry report, Apple is set to use the same OLED display panel materials for the iPhone 11 as is found in the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Note 10.

For the iPhone X and iPhone XS, Apple used a distinct set of materials — presumably custom chosen by Apple — but this report says Apple will not be doing that for the iPhone 11.


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Apple's 'iPhone 11' event is probably...

An asset buried in the seventh iOS 13 beta suggests that the 'iPhone 11' will debut in an event on Tuesday, September 10.

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Bluetooth inspection app sniffs out card skimmers at...

Gas stations are prime targets for credit card skimmers. A new app developed by scientists at the University of California San Diego can help law enforcement catch thieves before they take off with your card data. Known as Bluetana, the app works by...

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iOS 13 beta asset suggests iPhone 11 Apple event on...

Apple today released the latest beta of iOS 13 to developers, and in it is a piece of evidence that suggests when we might see Apple’s iPhone 11 event. An asset within the new iOS 13 beta, discovered by iHelp BR, suggests an event date of September 10th.


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Instagram from Facebook, Fake Story Views, and...

Some Instagram from Facebook users have noticed views on their Story from accounts that don’t follow them and seemed to be Russian. Instagram said it’s aware of the issue.

It also said this inauthentic activity is not related to misinformation campaigns but is rather a new growth hacking tactic — which involves accounts paying third parties to try to boost their profile via the medium of fake likes, followers and comments (in this case by generating inauthentic activity by watching the Instagram Stories of people they have no real interest in in the hopes that’ll help them pass off as real and net them more followers).

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Does the Apple Card Count as a Mastercard World...

Redditor u/mdhardeman did some digging into the Apple Card. After running a test transaction they found that the card was listed as a Mastercard World Elite.

The Mastercard World Elite consumer credit cards are significantly more expensive to accept than a plain Mastercard credit card or basic rewards card. In exchange, the theory goes, Mastercard ensures that those cards only make it into the hands of premium consumers who, on average, spend more on many purchases and have a larger amount of disposable income. In exchange, Mastercard demands the higher reimbursement for the card issuers to be able to fund a benefits package that will attract heavy spenders to their World Elite card products.

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New Developer Beta 7 Available for iOS, iPadOS, tvOS...

Apple has seeded developer beta 7 for each of its operating systems except macOS Catalina. Release notes are available with further details.

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How to stop getting the 'Storage Full'...

When you get this warning message about your iPhone being almost or entirely full, take these steps to free up the most space in the quickest time.

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Plex launches new desktop app for Mac with offline...

Plex has made its latest desktop app available today for macOS and Windows. The new version includes the option to download your content for offline viewing, along with other features that are found in the Plex Media Player. The company has also announced that it will end updates for the Plex Media Player in January 2020 which will eventually bring an end to HTPC support for PC-connected TVs.


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Apple’s event calendar: When is the next Apple event?

Updated 08/15/19: Apple is expected to announce new iPhones and a new Apple Watch in September, likely on September 10 or 11.

Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds its own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.

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Apple promises hostile treatment for sites that...

Apple is taking a tough new stance on websites that attempt to monitor and share individuals' browsing history. In a new policy page, published on Wednesday, the company says it will treat websites and apps that attempt to bypass Safari's anti cross-...

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Capital One Hacker Possibly Hacked 30 Other Companies

Paige Thompson, the Capital One hacker, possibly hacked 30 other companies, new court documents revealed. Victims aren’t yet known.

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Tumblr vs Facebook, Naming iPhones – TMO Daily...

John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Tumblr (under Automattic) taking on Facebook, and iPhone nomenclature.

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Logitech's new mechanical keyboards are '...

Logitech has revealed a pair of new mechanical gaming keyboards that use its low-profile GL Switches, which are half the height of typical mechanical key switches. Since you won't need to push down as much before the keyboard recognizes a keystroke,...

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This hip-hugging exosuit uses AI to make walking and...

Robotic devices have been used to help people walk or run in rehabilitation settings, but until now, they've been tethered and limited to a single action, like walking or running. In a paper published in Science today, a team of researchers explain h...

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Password Checkup Helping Users Stay Safer

Google researchers said that over a quarter of users reset credentials that the Password Checkup Chrome extension found to be unsafe.

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Social media bots are damaging our democracy

Social media has become our town crier. When major news breaks, roughly two-thirds of American adults now find out about it online in real-time. But the aftermath of the week's third mass shooting, environmental catastrophe or political meltdown is o...

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The Price Users Put on Their Data

How much is your personal data worth to you? According to one survey reported on by MediaPost, for nearly 50 percent of respondents it is less than $10.

They place more value on their personal data and the importance of keeping their information secure. In fact, their willingness to share a home address dropped 10 percentage points, while willingness to share their spouse’s first and last name dropped 8 percentage points; sharing their personal email address, 7 percentage points; and sharing first and last names, 6 percentage points. The report also examines how consumers value their data, revealing that they don’t put a high price on the data they will share. More than one-third said they would give it away and nearly half would sell it for less than $10, while about 13% would sell for between $11 and $20, and about 4% would want more than $20 for each piece of data


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Some Microsoft Surface devices are throttling down...

A Windows feature meant to keep a device from overheating is causing Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 to run at a cripplingly slow speed. The problem seems to stem from a firmware update that was released on August 1st, according to TechR...

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CBS will air the Nintendo World Championships...

CBS is set to air the Nintendo World Championships later this month. The trio of esports tournaments -- in which Super Mario Maker 2, Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players duked it out -- will debut on August 25th at 1 PM ET. The network...

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Apple releases seventh developer betas of iOS 13,...

Apple is on its seventh round of developer betas for its milestone operating systems, with new builds of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13 now available for testing.

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The Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Bundle: $4...

We have a bundle of apps for Mac gamers: the Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Bundle. It includes both STAR WARS – Knights of the Old Republic and STAR WARS Knights of the Old Republic II on the Steam platform for just $4.99.

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Google's expanded college search helps you...

It's a bit late to start looking for colleges for September, but Google is ready to give the spring semester a boost by expanding its college search features. To begin with, there's a new exploration tool on desktop and web (pictured at center) that...

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Apple releasing iOS 13 developer beta 7 today

Apple is releasing the seventh developer beta version of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 (possibly alongside new seeds of watchOS 6, tvOS 13, and macOS Catalina) today. The release comes just over one week since the last round of releases — save for macOS Catalina which hasn’t been updated this month. Apple’s public beta builds should follow at a later date after the latest developer beta has been tested in the wild.


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FCC proposes '988' for quick access to...

The FCC wants accessing a national suicide prevention line to be as simple as dialing 988. In a report sent to Congress today, staff members recommend that the FCC designate 988 as the 3-digit dialing code for a nationwide suicide prevention and ment...

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Tesla Support for Spotify in U.S is ‘Coming’

U.S. Tesla drivers will soon be able to access Spotify directly from their vehicle’s software. Currently, the service is only accessible via Bluetooth. That’s according to a tweet from CEO Elon Musk, spotted by Business Insider.

That’s right: Musk says Spotify is “coming” to Tesla cars soon…While Tesla drivers in Europe have enjoyed Spotify support for years now, Tesla has a deal with the internet-radio service Slacker in North America, so drivers in the US and Canada must contend with that service instead.

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Apple's bulbous, colorful iMac went on sale 21...

At Engadget, we spend every day looking at how technology will shape the future. But it's also important to look back at how far we've come. That's what This Week in Tech History does. Join us for a recap of historical tech news, anniversaries and ad...

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Apple's bulbous, colorful iMac went on sale 21...

At Engadget, we spend every day looking at how technology will shape the future. But it's also important to look back at how far we've come. That's what This Week in Tech History does. Join us for a recap of historical tech news, anniversaries and ad...

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Spotify will reportedly test a price increase in...

Spotify may get a little bit pricier for some Scandinavian users. The music streaming service plans to test a more expensive version of its family plan in the European region, reported Bloomberg. It's unclear whether the price hike, which is estimate...

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Here are all of the Apple retail store openings,...

With a few setbacks, Apple is almost continuously expanding and updating its global retail chain, now over 500 locations. Here's the company's evolution in 2018 and 2019 so far, updated on August 15 with the reopening of the Waterside Shops location in Florida.

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Huawei MateX Folding Phone Faces Further Delays

Huawei announced that it had delayed the release of its MateX folding phone once again and that it will not come out in September as planned.

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GoPro Hero 8 and Max 360 cameras surface in leaks

A series of leaked photos shared by Photo Rumors shows the upcoming GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro Max 360 cameras. According to the site, the GoPro Hero 8 could be announced as soon as September. It looks like it's designed to work with new accessories, inc...

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Thursday deals: Sony CarPlay Receiver $236, Twelve...
Virgin Galactic's Spaceport America is no...

Virgin Galactic has officially opened Spaceport America's "Gateway to Space" building few months after it started moving its staff and spacecraft to the New Mexico facility. In addition, the VMS Eve has arrived at the spaceport this week, which Chief...

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YouTuber iJustine launches Final Cut Pro X training...

Prominent YouTube personality iJustine is moving into education, partnering with Ripple Training to produce a course on how to use Final Cut Pro X, one that could help inspire the next generation of content creators to produce their own videos for the streaming service.

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Pandora for Podcasters Launches for Creators

Pandora for Podcasters, as the name suggests, is a new platform that lets people submit their podcasts to Pandora. All you have to do is submit your RSS feed URL, answer a few questions, and your episodes will be added.

Podcasts on Pandora is powered by the Podcast Genome Project, which helps listeners cut through the overwhelming clutter of available podcasts to simply, easily find the podcasts they love…Starting today, creators who are new to the platform can submit their shows via Pandora for Podcasters here and start connecting with listeners ASAP.

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Tumblr and WordPress Might be Able to Challenge...

WordPress owner Automattic bought Tumblr earlier this week, in a potentially significant move in the blogging world. Over on the Colombia Journalism Review, Matthew Ingram wondered if they could provide a viable alternative to Facebook.

As Twitter and Facebook rose in popularity, blogging—which took more time and effort—declined, to the point where you could count the number of independent bloggers on one hand. Tumblr continued for a time, powered in part by porn. Verizon banned pornographic content after it acquired Yahoo, a decision which many believe killed the service. But Mullenweg told The Verge that Tumblr still has a significant number of loyal users, and that he’s hoping to offer them monetization features and other services. Whether WordPress + Tumblr can create something that goes head-to-head with Facebook and Twitter—and whether independent journalists would...

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9to5Mac Daily: August 15, 2019 – Apple Watch...

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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Switzerland’s Bahnhofstrasse Apple Store relocating...

Apple is preparing to move one of its four retail stores in Switzerland to a new location. At the end of the month, Apple Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich will downsize from one shopping district to another, Rennweg. Apple hasn’t listed a reason for the store move on its website.


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8 ways the iMac changed computing

Editor’s note: 21 years ago today, Apple officially released the iMac. To commemorate the anniversary, we are reposting this article that originally appeared on the iMac’s tenth anniversary on August 15, 2008.

The iMac made an instant impression when Apple first unveiled it in May 1998. But it didn’t start to really shake things up unitl it began to ship—which happened on August 15, 1998. Arguably the most influential desktop computer of the last decade, the original iMac’s specifications seem quaint by today’s standards. For $1,299, you came home with a 233MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 32MB of RAM, a 4GB hard drive, a 15-inch built-in monitor, and stereo speakers—all in an amazingly stylish case.

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iJustine launches Final Cut Pro X training for...

Over the last decade, iJustine has seen a lot of success and created a large following while covering Apple, the broader tech industry, and more on YouTube. She’s a known proponent of Final Cut Pro and uses it to create her fun and informative videos. Now she’s launched a Mac app to teach others how to use Final Cut Pro X.


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Mozilla Inspires the New WebKit Tracking Prevention...

Inspired by Mozilla’s anti-tracking policy, Apple’s WebKit team came up with their own: The WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy.

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How Goldman Sachs Evaluates Your Apple Card...

Goldman Sachs uses your credit score, credit report, and your self-reported income when it evaluates your Apple Card application.

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Comment: Apple should let people choose Spotify as...

There was something of a mystery report this week.

Apple and Spotify are reportedly in talks over potentially allowing Spotify users to control music playback with Siri […]

According to The Information, Spotify and Apple are discussing a “plan” that would “let iPhone users tell Siri to play songs, playlists, and albums with voice commands.” These conversations reportedly stem from new APIs in iOS 13 that make it possible for developers of audio apps to integrate with Siri.

As we noted, it’s unclear why that would require talks, as the SiriKit APIs will allow Spotify or anyone else to take advantage of Siri for music requests. However, there is one rather more radical possibility…


The post...

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Comment: Apple should let people choose Spotify as...

There was something of a mystery report this week.

Apple and Spotify are reportedly in talks over potentially allowing Spotify users to control music playback with Siri […]

According to The Information, Spotify and Apple are discussing a “plan” that would “let iPhone users tell Siri to play songs, playlists, and albums with voice commands.” These conversations reportedly stem from new APIs in iOS 13 that make it possible for developers of audio apps to integrate with Siri.

As we noted, it’s unclear why that would require talks, as the SiriKit APIs will allow Spotify or anyone else to take advantage of Siri for music requests. However, there is one rather more radical possibility…


The post...

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Google Assistant can now remind other people to do...

Google is rolling out a new Assistant feature called assignable reminders, which allows you to tell other people in your family to do things.

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∞ Amazing ice hockey kid

[VIDEO] Talk about a kid who really works hard. I have a feeling this kid is going to the show someday. Hope he makes it to my team (and not Jim’s). Video embedded in main Loop post.


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Is the Apple Card Bulletproof? [Video]

YouTuber’s named “Ryan & David” have made a video regarding the Apple Card being bulletproof or not. As they received the card from Apple, they found out that the card…

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Get Philips 2-Bulb Hue HomeKit Starter Pack for Just...

The 2-Bulb Starter Kit by Philips is getting a significant price drop today, down $77.93 from its usual price of $110 on Amazon. At its core, the Hue is a…

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Twitter tests letting users follow topics in the...

Casey Newton, The Verge:

Twitter will begin allowing users to follow interests, the company said today, letting users see tweets about topics of their choosing inside the timeline. When the feature goes live, you’ll be able to follow topics including sports teams, celebrities, and television shows, with a selection of tweets about them inserted alongside tweets in your home feed.

Twitter will curate the topics, minimizing the potential for abuse. And you can temporarily mute a topic so you don’t see spoilers for a game you’ve recorded, a movie or streaming episode you haven’t seen.

The company has been researching the bad incentives that Twitter can create, with the like and retweet often serving to promote outrage and polarization.

Understatement of the year.


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Apple Watch still dominating the North American...

Apple is continuing to dominate the North America wearables market, with analysts revealing the Apple Watch is helping boost Apple's shipments in the last quarter by 32% over the same period last year, helping it to maintain its lead over rivals Fitbit and Samsung.

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App Store Today Stories Now on the Web

App Store Today editorials from Apple are now available on the web, with full imagery, app lists, and text.

To find a link for an App Store story, open the App Store on your iOS device or Mac. Open a story article in the Today view and scroll to the bottom. There will be a ‘Share Story’ button which lets you copy the URL or send it on using the share sheet.

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Hands-on: Adding HomeKit to a garage door with the...

After my 20-year-old garage door opener decided to kick the bucket, I asked a friend to install a new opener. The LiftMaster WLED Elite Series garage door opener that I opted for includes built-in Wi-Fi, allowing it to connect to my home network without the help of any additional hardware.

By itself, the Wi-Fi-enabled opener can talk to the MyQ smartphone app, allowing users to open and close the overhead door remotely via the app. More important for those engrossed in the HomeKit ecosystem, however, is direct support for the MyQ Home Bridge hardware.

The MyQ Home Bridge acts as a liaison between HomeKit and the overhead door opener, allowing you to control a garage door via Siri or the Home app on your iOS device.

Is the MyQ Home Bridge a worthwhile investment if you have a capable garage door opener? Watch our hands-on video for the details.


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Apple Card’s on-boarding text

Read the text, along with Steve Moser’s comments. Know what you’re getting into, how your data is being shared.

[Via Pixel Envy]

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Google Assistant will soon let you assign reminders...

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors:

Google Assistant is about to gain a new reminder feature that allows you to get someone else to do your bidding.

Called Assignable Reminders, the feature lets you set reminders for other people, so long as they are in your Google Contacts or opted in to your Family Group.

I can see the value here. As long as I have to approve a reminder before it gets added to my list.

Tricky to make this work without adding friction. I don’t want zero friction, where my friends and family can add reminders without my knowing. But I also don’t want to have to do a lot of work to prevent and/or manage outside reminders.

The good side is that I can just disable this if I don’t like it. It’ll be interesting to see if Apple adopts this idea.


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The next step in the war on spam robocalls


AT&T and T-Mobile have started rolling out cross-network call authentication services for their subscribers. That means the companies will now be able notify their customers if the call they’re getting from the other carrier truly is from the number shown on screen or if it’s a spoofed robocall.

Details in the linked post, but seems to me, this is a problem of our own creation. Why not just disable the ability to spoof entirely? If a call comes in that is not on my contact list, I want to see the true phone number, no fake names allowed.

No fines. Just break the spoofing mechanism in the first place. And first carrier to make this happen wins my business.

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AmpliFi mesh Wi-Fi users gain free VPN privacy...

Popular mesh Wi-Fi maker, AmpliFi, is out today with a slick update that offers its AmpliFi Teleport VPN service to all owners of its routers for free. Read on for all the details.


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Apple is looking around Manhattan for somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000 square feet for a new office, sources told The Real Deal. One source said the tech giant could take as much as 750,000 square feet.

Apple currently leases about 45,000 square feet in the Flatiron District at the Kaufman Organization’s 100-104 Fifth Avenue, where it opened its office in 2011. Sources told The Real Deal that Apple’s current search is to accommodate new hires the company plans to make. The tech giant didn’t comment, so it’s not exactly clear what those new hires might be for. However, it seems to me that it could involve the entertainment business with the AppleTV+ streaming service set to launch this fall.

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ThunderDrive Cloud Storage: Pay Once For Lifetime...

Cloud storage is a great concept; you have a place away from your computer to store your files safely, meaning you no longer have to worry about hard drives failing or natural disasters ruining all of your data. The bad side? You have to keep paying for it, year after year. Not so with ThunderDrive Cloud Storage. Pay once — $29 for...

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Apple has activated a "dormant software lock" on its latest iPhones to discourage battery replacements that aren't undertaken by Apple, according to a report last week by iFixit

This wasn’t well received as it was perceived as a way to prevent customers who get unauthorized battery repairs from seeing the battery health of their devices. However, Apple provided a statement on the matter to iMore. The tech giant admitted that it had introduced this “new feature,” explaining the reasoning as follows:

“We take the safety of our customers very seriously and want to make sure any battery replacement is done properly. There are now over 1,800 Apple authorized service providers across the United States so our customers have even more convenient access to...

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Apple searching for 750,000 square feet of Manhattan...

The search by Apple for office space in Manhattan could lead to a considerable presence in New York City, with the iPhone maker allegedly looking for as much as 750,000 square feet of space for some of its operations.

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Apple sued by Corephotonics (again)

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is being sued again by a company called Corephotonics, an Israeli maker of dual-lens camera technologies for smartphones, claiming Apple infringed on 10 separate patents covering methods of deploying dual-camera systems in handheld devices, as well as technology related to the advanced imaging hardware. 

As noted by AppleInsider (, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, along with accompanying imaging features, are named as accused products. 

Corephotonics first filed a lawsuit against Apple in November 2017, alleging that the iPhone 7 Plus and...

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Microsoft contractors are still listening to some requests made to its Cortana intelligent assistant, as well as some Skype calls.

The revelation follows decisions by Apple, Google, and Facebook to suspend their human review processes for now, and Amazon giving Alexa users the ability to opt-out


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Apple facing iPhone challenges in SE Asia from price...

Apple's iPhone is competing with considerably cheaper rivals in the Southeast Asia smartphone market, Canalys analysts advise, with approximately 62% of the region's smartphone shipments stemming from Chinese-based smartphone brands.

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Apple Card, iPhone and iPad rumors, your hot takes,...

Got an Apple Card? Then don’t lose your iPhone. Will the iPhone go pro? Will the iPad Pro get a three-lens camera? And if it does, why? And your hot takes! That's all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 663 with Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

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Fluance’s Ai40 powered bookshelf speakers offer...

Fluance’s Ai40 powered bookshelf speakers — available on Amazon for $199.99. — are some of the best speakers in their price range. They’re active speakers with an integrated 70W Class D amplifier (35 watts per channel).

Some wireless speaker systems feel and sound cheap with their plastic speaker enclosures. Not so the Ai40 cabinet, which is hand-made with engineered MDF wood to suppress resonance and distortion for accurate response, increased warmth and an overall more natural sound. 

The 15-pound Ai40 also packs a 1-inch, silk, soft-dome, ferrofluid cooled tweeters and offer with 5-inch, woven glass fiber composition drivers with butyl rubber surrounds.

The result — thanks also to Fluande’s AptX enhanced audio technology — is clean, undistorted bass, a clear midrange, transparent natural highs, and impressive...

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Foldable iPhones? How about Macs with bendable...

We hear rumors about upcoming iPhones with foldable screen. But what about Macs with bendable displays. Imagine a MacBook Pro with a screen that measured 13-inches when you're, for example, on an airplane. Get to your hotel room, however, and you can unfold it to 17 inches or bigger.

As far back as 2006, flexible television screens were demoed that could theoretically result in people folding up their computer and putting it in their pocket. 

Fabricating a display that can fold completely in half would offer a large screen in a small, portable form; however, so far the challenge has been to eliminate the visible crease between panels. However, a seamless foldable active matrix organic-light-emitting-diode (AMOLED) display with no visible areas was demoed four years ago by the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology.

The display consists of two AMOLED panels, silicone rubber (a hyperelastic material), a protective glass cover...

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Apple adds 12 more schools under its Apple Wallet...

Apple announced that they will be expanding contactless IDs for 12 schools under the Apple Wallet app. The expansion means that more than 100,000 students can now access their IDs…

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Twitter App for iOS to get a few nifty updates

Twitter held a press conference today and detailed the features they’ve been working on for future releases. On the iOS, the social media company teases that users will be able…

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