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2018

Apple investigating replaceable Apple Watch battery packs

Tuesday April 17, 2018

Apple is still considering ways to make the Apple Watch more useful, with one idea consisting of adding extra sensors, batteries, and other components to the wearable device, using exchangeable backplates that clip to the back using the same slots at the top and bottom used to connect the Watch Band.

Apple expected to launch paid news subscription service on back of Texture magazine buy

Tuesday April 17, 2018

As part of folding the Texture "Netflix for magazines" service into its own products, Apple appears poised to fire up a premium subscription offering integrating curated news to continue to grow services revenue.

Lennar now integrating Amazon Alexa surveillance into new home construction

Tuesday April 17, 2018

Major U.S. home builder Lennar, along with other regional home builders, has partnered with Amazon to install multiple Echo microphones into new housing together with Alexa-controlled light switches, thermostats and even door locks that grant access to Amazon delivery workers--creating a wider threat of Facebook-style corporate surveillance and invasions of privacy.

Apple's international iPad ads tout student-friendly Apple Pencil support

Monday April 16, 2018

Apple Turkey this week posted a series of short commercials to its regional YouTube page featuring the new 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil, positioning the device pairing as an ideal learning and creativity platform for students.

Researcher estimates GrayKey can unlock 6-digit iPhone passcode in 11 hours, here's how to protect yourself

Monday April 16, 2018

New estimates from a security researcher suggest GrayKey, a digital forensics tool in active use by U.S. law enforcement agencies, is capable of cracking Apple's standard six-digit iPhone passcode in an average of 11 hours. Longer codes, however, could take years to process. Here's how to beef up your handset's security.

What's new in Apple's latest watchOS 4.3.1 beta

Monday April 16, 2018

Apple's first and second watchOS 4.3.1 beta releases include only minor changes to the wearables platform, with the most substantial addition being a new pop-up message warning users that support for legacy apps will soon be killed off.

What's new in iOS 11.4 beta 2

Monday April 16, 2018

Apple on Monday released the second beta of iOS 11.4 to developers, though the software update only includes a few small changes this time around.

Apple Music loses hip-hop and R&B curator to Spotify

Monday April 16, 2018

The curator responsible for Apple Music's hip-hop and R&B programming is departing for the service's chief rival, Spotify, a report indicated on Monday.

How to improve your Mac audio experience with a few simple sound tricks

Monday April 16, 2018

The volume and overall sound settings in macOS are straightforward and easy to use, but some users may want more control over their Mac's audio. AppleInsider reveals a few tips and tricks that give Mac users more ways to improve their audio experience.

Apple's iPhone unlikely to recover eroded Chinese marketshare, analyst argues

Monday April 16, 2018

CEO Tim Cook once envisioned China as Apple's next big market, set to eclipse even the U.S. in revenue. That dream has taken a raincheck in the past two years, with iPhone units down 8 to 11 percent -- and Apple is unlikely to bounce back, an analyst suggested in a memo obtained by AppleInsider.

'Last Week Tonight' with John Oliver skewers Apple, CEO Tim Cook on taxes

Monday April 16, 2018

On Sunday night's episode of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver talked about companies placing profits overseas in order to avoid U.S. taxes -- specifically using Apple and CEO Tim Cook as an example.

Apple issues second developer betas of iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1

Monday April 16, 2018

Two weeks after the first beta releases, Apple has released its second developer betas of iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1.

Apple should do more to combat smartphone addiction, insists iPod-Father Tony Fadell

Monday April 16, 2018

Apple needs to examine the problem of smartphone addiction, former Apple executive and 'father of the iPod' Tony Fadell believes, suggesting the iPhone producer should come up with a way to combat unhealthy levels of device usage.

Apple explains 'Hey Siri' speaker recognition in latest Machine Learning Journal update

Monday April 16, 2018

Apple on Monday published the latest entry into its Machine Learning Journal, explaining further nuances of the "Hey Siri" wakeword for devices like iPhones and iPads.

Samsung's Galaxy S9 phones inch out iPhone X for top Consumer Reports ranking

Monday April 16, 2018

In a surprise development, Consumer Reports has named the two newest Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, to the number one spot in its smartphone rankings.

2017 MacBooks are on sale from $709 this week, plus 2016 12" MacBook with 512GB SSD for $999 ($600 off)

Monday April 16, 2018

Retailers have just issued instant and coupon savings on a variety of ultraportable Macs this week, starting with the 2016 12" MacBook with 512GB of storage for $999 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Apple's current Mid 2017 13" MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are also on sale, with prices starting at $709.99.

OLED screen production for 2018 iPhone expected to start in May

Monday April 16, 2018

Although it may feel like the iPhone X launched just recently, Samsung is reportedly kickstarting OLED panel production for two of this fall's iPhone models, including a 5.8-inch "iPhone X 2" and a 6.5-inch "iPhone X Plus."

James Comey tears into Apple, Silicon Valley over encryption policies in new book

Monday April 16, 2018

Former FBI director James Comey is extremely critical about Apple, other tech companies, and their policies when it comes to encryption in his new book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership."

Apple's geographically limited India app accelerator hampering iOS development growth

Monday April 16, 2018

Though Apple featured the India-developed Froggipedia at its March 27 iPad event, the company may need to ramp up its outreach to foster more iPhone and iPad apps in the country, a report suggested on Monday.

Wish List: 7 new features we'd like to see in a new 'Apple Watch Series 4'

Monday April 16, 2018

For a lot of people, Apple may have checked off a major wish list item with the addition of LTE on Apple Watch Series 3. There are still plenty of things we'd like to see in the inevitable Apple Watch Series 4, though.