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2018

YouTuber trolls Twitter in "Beautygate" sting using iPhone XS Max photos identified as Pixel 2 shots

Monday October 08, 2018

YouTube personality Jonathan Morrison has used "Beautygate" to trick members of his audience to highlight bias against Apple's camera, by receiving compliments on social media for self portraits claimed to have been taken on the Google Pixel 2, but were in fact taken on the iPhone XS Max.

Facebook Portal sets up video chat hardware fight with Amazon, Google

Monday October 08, 2018

Facebook has launched its own smart device in the form of the Portal -- a pair of smart assistants specifically designed for connectivity through the social media venue.

Apple Watch Series 4 suffers from daylight savings bug rebooting loop in Australia

Monday October 08, 2018

A number of Apple Watch Series 4 owners in Australia suffered from a rebooting issue with their new wearable devices over the weekend caused through a switch to daylight savings time, meanwhile an AppleInsider reader advises there's another timezone issue that apparently remains unresolved in watchOS.

$1.3 billion iPhone Safari cookie suit against Google shut down by UK courts

Monday October 08, 2018

Early Monday, London's High Court shut down a representative action -- or class action -- suit against Google that alleged that the company had illegally collected users' internet habits for tailored advertising purposes from 5.4 million iPhone users.

No evidence of spy chips, Apple insists in letter to US Congress [u]

Sunday October 07, 2018

Apple hasn't detected unusual transmissions or other evidence servers were infiltrated with Chinese spy chips, the company's VP of Information Security insisted in a letter to Congress on Sunday.

Watch: iPhone XS Max versus Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in audio test

Sunday October 07, 2018

When pitting the iPhone XS Max against Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 in a gaming death match last week, we noticed audio reproduction was noticeably better on Apple's device. We take a closer listen in this video.

Department of Homeland Security chimes in on iCloud server spy chip allegations

Sunday October 07, 2018

The United States Department of Homeland Security has added to the growing chorus of voices siding with Apple and Amazon versus the blockbuster report that Apple's iCloud and Siri security was violated by a China-planted spy chip.

What iOS 12 'critical alerts' are, and how to turn them on

Sunday October 07, 2018

Many of iOS 12's notification features are intended to remove distractions, but "critical alerts" are meant to do the opposite. Apple hasn't said much about them -- so what are they, and how do they work?

B&H is set to collect sales tax in 20 more states, grab Apple deals before the changes take effect

Saturday October 06, 2018

On the heels of June's Supreme Court ruling allowing states to collect sales tax on online purchases from out-of-state sellers that do not have a physical presence in the state, B&H Photo, an Apple authorized reseller, will begin collecting sales tax in 15 additional states starting in October.

What the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are really doing to your selfies

Saturday October 06, 2018

You may have heard some talk about the so-called and poorly-named "Beautygate," where users are claiming Apple's new iPhone XS and XS Max are applying overly-aggressive skin smoothing algorithms on photos taken with the selfie camera, resulting in fake-looking or doctored images. Let's talk about what's actually happening behind the scenes.

Exploit the power of iOS 12 and your new iPhone XS with these ten apps

Saturday October 06, 2018

You've got a new phone, now make it work hard for you. With every iPhone update there comes a flood of new iOS apps and upgrades. Some of them are essentials, some just show what the new iOS is capable of -- and a very few are both. AppleInsider picks the ten most notable new or significantly updated apps.

Apple launched investigation into Bloomberg's China hack claims, 'found nothing'

Friday October 05, 2018

Apple reportedly launched a wide-reaching internal investigation into an explosive report claiming Chinese spies compromised its servers in what boils down to a complex supply chain hack, but came up empty in its examination.

iFixit finds third-party MacBook Pro and iMac Pro repairs still an option, at least for now

Friday October 05, 2018

In the wake of revelations that Apple plans to employ a special diagnostics tool that effectively blocks certain third-party MacBook Pro and iMac Pro repairs, DIY specialist iFixit evaluated the issue to find the new policy is not yet active.

Apple's A12 Bionic comes close to desktop CPU performance in benchmarks

Friday October 05, 2018

Performance improvements in the A12 Bionic chip used in the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max has put Apple's in-house CPU designs on a par with processors used in notebooks and computers, one extensive deep dive declares, with the latest processor bringing the mobile chip line within striking distance of "the best desktop CPUs."

The Apple versus Microsoft hardware double-standard rears up again with the latest Surface update

Friday October 05, 2018

Across the last couple years, Apple's new Macs have been roundly criticized for raising their prices using flashy -- rather than purely utilitarian-- new features like the Touch Bar, while delivering only incremental improvements in performance due to a reliance on Intel's processors. Yet when Microsoft follows the same playbook, suddenly high prices are reasonable, flashy but unnecessary features are a sign of innovation, and big performance gains aren't really necessary.

Hedge fund dumps Apple shares over fears of Chinese trade war

Friday October 05, 2018

Billionaire David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital has disposed of all of its shares in Apple, due to fearing the potential retaliation from China against U.S. trade tariffs affecting imports, by imposing restrictions and other measures that could affect the iPhone producer in the country.

Hands on with the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 4

Friday October 05, 2018

The Nike+ version of the latest Apple Watch launched a couple weeks behind the other models, but we now have ours to check it out and what makes it different than the standard aluminum.

Firefox gets support for Google's WebP image format, leaving Apple Safari as main holdout

Friday October 05, 2018

Mozilla this week announced that it will support Google's compressed WebP image format in Firefox, leaving Apple's Safari as the one flagship browser without any compatibility.

How to add your own Quick Actions to the new macOS Mojave Finder

Friday October 05, 2018

Apple's new macOS update means you can markup images, rotate photos, trim videos and more without ever opening an application. It's only going to get better, too, because you can very easily create your own Quick Actions. AppleInsider shows you how.

Apple left Intel processor management and testing tools unlocked for years

Friday October 05, 2018

An exploration of an Intel chipset function known as the Management Engine revealed Apple failed to lock down an undocumented feature until the last High Sierra patch, a vulnerability that could grant a skillful attacker the ability to write data to the RAM of a Mac if left unchecked.