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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Facebook enabled Apple devices to obfuscate data sharing from users, report says

Facebook enabled Apple devices to obfuscate data sharing from users, report says

A damning report on Tuesday provides further details on Facebook's shady data sharing practices — already under intense scrutiny for the Cambridge Analytica fiasco — and suggests the social media giant enabled Apple devices to surreptitiously collect information about users without their knowledge.

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Apple again sends users unsolicited push notification, advertises Apple Music compatibility with Amazon Echo

Apple again sends users unsolicited push notification, advertises Apple Music compatibility with Amazon Echo

For the fourth time in less than two weeks, Apple has used the push notification mechanism of a native iOS app for what amounts to an advertisement, this time touting Apple Music compatibility with Amazon's line of Echo devices.

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Lowest prices ever: $200 off 2018 MacBook Airs; $230 off 13" MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar; 15" MacBook Pros from $2,069

Lowest prices ever: $200 off 2018 MacBook Airs; $230 off 13

Last minute deals continue to roll in as we near Christmas with the lowest prices ever on many models. Pick up an upgraded 2018 MacBook Air for as low as $1,249 — with discounts of up to $200 off. New deals have just launched on 2018 15-inch MacBook Pros with savings of up to $330 off, plus a free 1TB G-Drive. Free next day delivery is also available on select models.

AT&T rolls out mobile 5G service in 12 US cities, connection requires accompanying Netgear hotspot

AT&T rolls out mobile 5G service in 12 US cities, connection requires accompanying Netgear hotspot

AT&T on Monday announced its standards-based mobile 5G network is now live in 12 U.S. cities, though customers will need Netgear's Nightawk Mobile 5G Hotspot to access the speedy wireless platform.

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Holiday gift ideas: Find the best deals & lowest prices on MacBooks, iPads, iMacs and Apple Watches

Holiday gift ideas: Find the best deals & lowest prices on MacBooks, iPads, iMacs and Apple Watches

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? AppleInsider has rounded up the best deals on everything from Apple Watches to iMac Pros, with cash discounts of up to $1,400 off. Many of these deals end today, so don't delay.

Charter Spectrum's Apple TV app & 'zero sign-on' likely delayed into 2019

Charter Spectrum's Apple TV app & 'zero sign-on' likely delayed into 2019

Charter Spectrum is apparently delaying the rollout of two connected features promised for the Apple TV — namely a dedicated cable TV app and support for "zero sign-on," allowing apps to authenticate automatically when connected to a TV provider's internet service.

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Apple's new Austin campus won by $41M in incentives

Apple's new Austin campus won by $41M in incentives

Williamson County commissioners in Texas voted 5 to 0 on Tuesday to approve tax-funded handouts to Apple as it works to establish its second, $1 billion campus in north Austin.

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FeatureHoliday Gift Guide: These entertaining subscriptions are perfect for Mac and iOS users

Holiday Gift Guide: These entertaining subscriptions are perfect for Mac and iOS users

Even the hardest-working Mac or iPad user needs a break every now and again. And equally, these tools we use to work on are superb for teaching us new subjects too.

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Declining iPhone sales in India is a sign Apple is failing to adapt its business

Declining iPhone sales in India is a sign Apple is failing to adapt its business

Apple has found India to be a difficult market to crack, with shipments of the iPhone reportedly slipping in the market as it struggles to compete against cheaper rivals in the country.

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VideoTested: Will the new i7 Mac mini run faster with new thermal paste?

Tested: Will the new i7 Mac mini run faster with new thermal paste?

The new Mac mini is a pint-sized powerhouse, but like other computers, its performance potential isn't reached when it runs too hot. AppleInsider examines if it is possible to improve the temperature situation by re-applying different thermal paste compounds between the processor and heat sink.

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Satechi ships USB-C Stand Hub for iMac, adding forward-facing legacy ports

Satechi ships USB-C Stand Hub for iMac, adding forward-facing legacy ports

Satechi on Tuesday launched the Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for iMac, designed to solve two common complaints about Apple's desktop by elevating it and adding forward-facing USB-A ports.

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FeatureApple's manufacturers: Qualcomm's 'China Ban' just a distraction technique

Apple's manufacturers: Qualcomm's 'China Ban' just a distraction technique

Qualcomm's patent infringement suit seeking an import ban on Apple's iPhones in China is a desperate distraction staged by the imperiled chipmaker in an attempt to draw attention away from a series of critical lawsuits it faces from device makers, global regulators, and a class action of consumers which all challenge its core business model, according to the attorney representing Apple's manufacturers in a recent interview.

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Four-year-old used Siri to get help for his unconscious mom

Four-year-old used Siri to get help for his unconscious mom

Apple's Siri appears to have saved a pregnant woman in Wales, allowing a four-year-old child to easily call for help after his mom lost consciousness.

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Apple offers fix to avoid Swiss scrutiny over Apple Pay's interruption of rival payment app

Apple offers fix to avoid Swiss scrutiny over Apple Pay's interruption of rival payment app

Switzerland's competition agency has secured a promise from Apple that it will provide a solution to Apple Pay hijacking control of an iPhone during the use of a locally-made payment app, TWINT.

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Killer deals: $225-$400 off every 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Vega graphics

Killer deals: $225-$400 off every 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Vega graphics

Back by popular demand, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is knocking $225 to $400 off every 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Vega 16 or Vega 20 graphics for a limited time. Plus, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

iPhone XS & iPhone XS Smart Battery case leaks out in Apple marketing document

iPhone XS & iPhone XS Smart Battery case leaks out in Apple marketing document

A merchandise guide produced for Apple retailers is showing the clearest evidence yet that Apple is readying a Smart Battery case for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

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T-Mobile and Sprint receive key approvals on path to blockbuster merger

T-Mobile and Sprint receive key approvals on path to blockbuster merger

T-Mobile and Sprint moved past two major hurdles on their way toward a long-fought merger on Monday, receiving regulatory approval from both the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and a group of defense agencies collectively known as Team Telecom.

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24 hours only: Apple's 2017 12.9" iPad Pro (64GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular) on sale for $599 with free next day delivery

24 hours only: Apple's 2017 12.9

While supplies last, B&H Photo is slashing the price of Apple's Mid 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 64GB of space and Wi-Fi + Cellular functionality. Priced at just $599 after a $330 instant discount with free next day shipping and no tax in many states, this is the lowest price available for the LTE model during the special DealZone event.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Apple publishes Apple Watch tutorial videos covering Walkie-Talkie, locating iPhone, more

Apple publishes Apple Watch tutorial videos covering Walkie-Talkie, locating iPhone, more

Apple on Monday posted a series of tutorial videos to its main YouTube channel, teaching new and prospective Apple Watch users how to customize watch faces, enable Walkie-Talkie communication, remotely locate a paired iPhone and more.

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Apple remains in violation of Chinese court order after iPhone software update, Qualcomm says

Apple remains in violation of Chinese court order after iPhone software update, Qualcomm says

Despite a software update pushed out to iPhone users in China on Monday, Qualcomm believes Apple remains afoul of a court ruling that found certain models of the handset in violation of two patents.

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Paul McCartney and Emma Stone anti-bullying short film 'Who Cares' debuts on Apple Music

Paul McCartney and Emma Stone anti-bullying short film 'Who Cares' debuts on Apple Music

Paul McCartney and Emma Stone have teamed up for a new short film based on McCartney's anti-bullying song "Who Cares," which debuted as an Apple Music exclusive on Monday.

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Last minute savings: $759 2018 iPad Pros, $249 2018 iPads, $100 off HomePods

Last minute savings: $759 2018 iPad Pros, $249 2018 iPads, $100 off HomePods

Time is running out to snap up significant savings on Apple hardware and accessories just in time for Christmas. Find the lowest prices on 2018 MacBook Airs (starting at just $1,049 with a free USB-C hub), or save $250 to $350 on 2017 models. Apple's 2018 iPads are also on sale at $80 to $100 off, while HomePods are $249 while supplies last.

Apple issues iOS 12.1.2 with eSIM connectivity fixes

Apple issues iOS 12.1.2 with eSIM connectivity fixes

Apple on Monday released iOS 12.1.2, a minor patch designed to fix problems with eSIM support on the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, as well as cellular connectivity with those phones in Turkey.

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VideoReview: Lucyd Loud 'soundglasses' let you listen to music or take calls without covering your ears

Review: Lucyd Loud 'soundglasses' let you listen to music or take calls without covering your ears

While the Lucyd Loud "soundglasses" succeeds with the promised functionality, it is a better proof of concept to see what a next-generation version could look like going forward.

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Lawsuit blaming Apple's FaceTime for fatal car crash dismissed

Lawsuit blaming Apple's FaceTime for fatal car crash dismissed

A lawsuit claiming Apple was responsible for the death of a passenger in car crash has been dismissed by an appeals court, confirming an earlier ruling that it wasn't the company's fault the accident was caused by a driver using FaceTime.

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ExclusiveLowest prices ever: Up to $850 off 2018 MacBook Pros; up to $1,400 off 2017 MacBook Pros; $400 off Vega 20 MBP

Lowest prices ever: Up to $850 off 2018 MacBook Pros; up to $1,400 off 2017 MacBook Pros; $400 off Vega 20 MBP

Last minute holiday deals have just arrived with record breaking discounts on current and closeout Macs. Save $400 on a 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Vega 20 graphics, now $2,749 (the lowest price ever). Other 2018 models are up to $850 off, with 2017 configurations ringing in at up to $1,400 off. Upgraded models start at just $1,449 with no tax outside NY and NJ and 0% financing.

T-Mobile launches eSIM app for iPhone XR & iPhone XS

T-Mobile launches eSIM app for iPhone XR & iPhone XS

On Monday the U.S. branch of T-Mobile launched its promised eSIM app, enabling people with an iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max to add a secondary line through the carrier.

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FeatureAll of the future TV shows that Apple has in development

All of the future TV shows that Apple has in development

Moving past "Planet of the Apps" and "Carpool Karaoke," Apple is believed to be spending $1 billion or more on its first high-budget TV shows, which could hit screens as soon as March 2019. Here are the programs we know about so far, updated with details on "Star Trek Beyond," "Fast and the Furious," and "Magnum P.I." director Justin Lin signing a deal for content.

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FeatureNeed a last minute gift? Grab these Apple gift ideas for delivery before Christmas

Need a last minute gift? Grab these Apple gift ideas for delivery before Christmas

Let's face it: it's easy to get distracted during the holidays, especially if you've got children or travel to take care of. These are a few Apple-related products you can still order to ship in time for Christmas.

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Exclusive24 hours left: Apple's 2018 MacBook Air for $1,049 ($150 off) with free Sanho HyperDrive Duo USB-C Hub

24 hours left: Apple's 2018 MacBook Air for $1,049 ($150 off) with free Sanho HyperDrive Duo USB-C Hub

In what is the most aggressive deal we've seen to date on Apple's 2018 MacBook Air, B&H Photo is knocking $150 off the standard model and throwing in a free Sanho HyperDrive Duo USB-C Hub valued at $99.95. What's more, expedited shipping is free for delivery by Christmas to most locations.

iPhone Face ID not fooled in fake head test as Android rivals fail

iPhone Face ID not fooled in fake head test as Android rivals fail

A 3D-printed head has shown that while Apple's Face ID is a secure biometric authentication system, other facial recognition systems used by Android-based smartphones are able to be fooled and unlocked by the fake cranium.

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Watch-based Apple Heart Study is the largest arrhythmia study of all time

Watch-based Apple Heart Study is the largest arrhythmia study of all time

The Apple Heart Study — conducted by Stanford University in conjunction with Apple — was the largest ever investigating arrhythmia, with 419,093 participants.

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France to hit Apple, other tech giants with new digital tax in January

France to hit Apple, other tech giants with new digital tax in January

France will introduce a new tax aimed at major technology companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook, with the digital tax attempting to extract funds from the tech giants while other efforts to reform European tax law are underway.

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Apple did consider including both Face ID and Touch ID on an iPhone

Apple did consider including both Face ID and Touch ID on an iPhone

Apple could have included a facial recognition system similar to Face ID on an iPhone while retaining Touch ID, with regulatory filings revealing the company did consider having both forms of biometric security on the same device as part of a wider authentication system.

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iPhone saves woman's life after shipwreck near Japan

iPhone saves woman's life after shipwreck near Japan

A woman's iPhone was instrumental in summoning rescue, after a chartered boat capsized off the coast of Japan dumping her and her friends in the ocean.

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Apple poaches Tesla car designer Andrew Kim

Apple poaches Tesla car designer Andrew Kim

Tesla Senior Designer Andrew Kim has started working for Apple, and is only the most recent move back to the company after a stint with the car manufacturer.

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Valve's Steam is dropping support for macOS Yosemite & earlier in 2019

Valve's Steam is dropping support for macOS Yosemite & earlier in 2019

As a result of technical changes, Valve's Steam game store and launcher will no longer work on Yosemite or any older versions of macOS beginning Jan. 1.

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Apple manufacturer Foxconn not negotiating with Qualcomm over $9B royalties dispute

Apple manufacturer Foxconn not negotiating with Qualcomm over $9B royalties dispute

Foxconn is not in talks to settle an antitrust lawsuit it and other Apple assembly partners have leveled against Qualcomm, with its lawyers readying for a protracted legal battle.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Steve Jobs wanted ultra-optimized US manufacturing, Apple vets say

Steve Jobs wanted ultra-optimized US manufacturing, Apple vets say

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was, for a time, deadset on U.S.-based manufacturing of computers, an effort which collapsed after just eight years.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018