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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Expecting to pay up to $5B for Cambridge Analytica, Facebook sets aside $3B for FTC fines

Expecting to pay up to $5B for Cambridge Analytica, Facebook sets aside $3B for FTC fines

Facebook is preparing to pay a record-setting fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations following the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, as the social network is earmarking $3 billion to go towards its expenses and a potential $5 billion fine, depending on how it negotiates with the regulator.

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Apple's will to 'hurt Qualcomm financially' illustrated by Qualcomm's opening statement

Apple's will to 'hurt Qualcomm financially' illustrated by Qualcomm's opening statement

Slides of Qualcomm's opening arguments against Apple have been published, exposing more detail of Apple's long plan to hurt Qualcomm financially to force reduced modem chip payments.

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AT&T CEO says faster 5G networks will cost more and be capped

AT&T CEO says faster 5G networks will cost more and be capped

The CEO of AT&T has proposed higher pricing for 5G connectivity, suggesting data plans for the next-generation mobile networks could be closer to that of broadband packages, including both allowances of data and tiered maximum speeds.

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Hands-OnMindNode 6 mind mapping app adds new Focus mode to Mac and iOS

MindNode 6 mind mapping app adds new Focus mode to Mac and iOS

The longstanding mind map app MindNode has been updated to add new features to its Mac and iOS versions. Both now feature a Focus mode that concentrates the map on one topic and the iOS edition also lets you select multiple elements to edit or move together.

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Surfer retrieves working Apple Watch six months after losing it in the ocean

Surfer retrieves working Apple Watch six months after losing it in the ocean

A man from Huntington Beach, Calif. has recovered an Apple Watch he lost surfing in the Pacific Ocean six months ago, still in working order.

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Alexa voice recognition audit teams had access to customers' location data

Alexa voice recognition audit teams had access to customers' location data

More allegations about how owners of the Amazon Echo smart speaker range are having their privacy infringed by the retailer have surfaced, with the latest claim involving an internal team of Alexa auditors having access to customer data that can reveal their home address.

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Apple reports fewer self-driving test cars on California roads

Apple reports fewer self-driving test cars on California roads

For the first time, Apple in April reported a decrease in the number of self-driving test vehicles it has on California's public roads.

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Power button class action suit for iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 will be heard on Oct. 25

Power button class action suit for iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 will be heard on Oct. 25

A class action lawsuit against Apple concerning sleep/wake button issues with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 is going to be heard in a Californian court, with the lawyers bringing the lawsuit against the iPhone producer putting out a call for potentially affected device owners ahead of the October trial.

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Samsung to spend $116B in next decade to overtake chipmakers TSMC, Intel, Qualcomm

Samsung to spend $116B in next decade to overtake chipmakers TSMC, Intel, Qualcomm

Samsung this week said it intends to spend $116 billion by 2030 in order to beat the likes of Intel, Qualcomm, and TSMC for a lead role in logic chip manufacturing.

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Amazon issues even steeper markdowns on Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro, delivering record low prices

Amazon issues even steeper markdowns on Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro, delivering record low prices

The Apple authorized reseller has dropped 2018 iPad Pro prices by an additional $25 to $50, with popular 11-inch iPad Pro models starting at an all-time low of $649.99 (and total discounts of up to $200 off).

Apple retains leads in laptop technical support, but gap is narrowing

Apple retains leads in laptop technical support, but gap is narrowing

Apple has claimed the top spot on Laptop Magazine's 2019 customer service ratings, scoring 91 out of 100 based on a mix of phone and online performance.

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AT&T says the Galaxy Fold will ship on June 13, Samsung still has no date set

AT&T says the Galaxy Fold will ship on June 13, Samsung still has no date set

While Samsung itself has not given any specific shipping dates for a revised Galaxy Fold after multiple review unit failures forced a delay, AT&T representatives are insistent that it will be shipped to customers on Thursday, June 13.

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ExclusiveKiller deals: Save up to $300 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro on top of recent price drops

Killer deals: Save up to $300 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro on top of recent price drops

Extended for a limited time only, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is knocking hundreds off quad-core Mid 2018 13-inch MacBook Pros, as well as six-core 15-inch MacBook Pros with our exclusive coupon. These discounts are on top of Apple's recent price drops on 2TB and 4TB models, potentially savings shoppers up to $700 compared to Q1 pricing.

Skeptical investors undervaluing Apple's services, Morgan Stanley raises AAPL to $234

Skeptical investors undervaluing Apple's services, Morgan Stanley raises AAPL to $234

Investors consistently undervalue Apple's Services, and iPhone sales are strong, which has led Morgan Stanley to raise the target price for Apple stock to $234.

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Designers have social duties beyond a product's launch, says Apple's Jony Ive

Designers have social duties beyond a product's launch, says Apple's Jony Ive

A designer's obligations to the world don't end after a product ships, said Apple chief design officer Jony Ive in an interview published this week.

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US survey reveals iPhone XR most popular model, middling Services uptake

US survey reveals iPhone XR most popular model, middling Services uptake

The iPhone XR was the most popular iPhone model sold in the United States for the quarter ending March 2019, a survey has revealed, while the company's move towards pushing services apparently has quite a way to go before iTunes, Apple Music, and others are actively being used by the majority of iPhone owners.

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TipsHow to protect yourself against calls from fake Apple support

How to protect yourself against calls from fake Apple support

Calls from bogus Apple support representatives are on the rise. Scam-artists are using Apple's name, and spoofing phone numbers, in order to phish for personal details from customers. There are occasions when Apple will phone you, but it won't be about your iCloud account.

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FeatureHow Apple Watch went from rumor to shipping product on April 24, 2015

How Apple Watch went from rumor to shipping product on April 24, 2015

It feels like we've always had Apple Watches, but it's only a very few years since the first ones were shipped to customers. Yet if it's still really a new product, you can trace rumors of Apple's work on it back to at least 2010.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown suggests poor design decisions with 'massive gaps'

Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown suggests poor design decisions with 'massive gaps'

Before Samsung chose to hold back launch for a redesign, the Galaxy Fold was inherently vulnerable to debris reaching the display, according to a new teardown.

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Goldman Sachs raises AAPL target to $182 citing stabilizing Chinese demand

Goldman Sachs raises AAPL target to $182 citing stabilizing Chinese demand

Analysts at Goldman Sachs have improved their view of Apple's share, raising the stock's 12-month target price from $140 to $182 under the belief demand in China is no longer an issue, at the same time as anticipating Apple will beat its guidance for the upcoming financial results.

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Two new AirPods models, one with new design, coming in 2019 & 2020 says Ming-Chi Kuo

Two new AirPods models, one with new design, coming in 2019 & 2020 says Ming-Chi Kuo

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting two new AirPods models to ship at the end of 2019 or in the beginning of 2020, solidifying Apple's lead in the marketplace.

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Apple Pay officially launches in Austria

Apple Pay officially launches in Austria

Apple Pay is now available to customers of Austria's Erste Bank und Sparkasse, as well as via German-based N26's Mastercard.

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New noise-cancelling 'AirPods 3' rumored for end of 2019

New noise-cancelling 'AirPods 3' rumored for end of 2019

Reports from the supply chain suggest that Apple may release a third generation of AirPods with noise cancellation before the end of 2019.

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Apple's 128GB iPad mini 4 drops to $299 just in time for Mother's Day

Apple's 128GB iPad mini 4 drops to $299 just in time for Mother's Day

Those looking for a significant amount of storage space at a fraction of the retail cost can snap up the lowest price ever on Apple's closeout iPad mini 4. Save $100 instantly on top of recent price drops with free shipping just in time for Mother's Day and graduation 2019.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Foxconn and Wisconsin renegotiate factory agreement, future of project uncertain [u]

Foxconn and Wisconsin renegotiate factory agreement, future of project uncertain [u]

According to a letter Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers sent to Foxconn executive Louis Woo, the state is renegotiating a deal that promised the Taiwan-based company incentives in return for building a massive manufacturing and R&D facility in the region.

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Review: Arlo Ultra is a 4K HomeKit-ready smart home camera with endless features

Review: Arlo Ultra is a 4K HomeKit-ready smart home camera with endless features

Arlo Ultra is the most capable smart home camera yet, with a laundry list of features including forthcoming HomeKit compatibility to back up the hefty price tag. AppleInsider tests it out.

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Intel refreshes H-series processor used in 2018 MacBook Pro, still 14nm

Intel refreshes H-series processor used in 2018 MacBook Pro, still 14nm

Intel has refreshed its H-series processor line that was used in the 2018 MacBook Pro with a collection that boasts one eight-core processor capable of a 5GHz clock speed, but one that is also continuing to use the aging 14-nanometer production process.

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Apple opens dedicated 'Apple TV' YouTube channel, teasing Apple TV+ & iTunes content

Apple opens dedicated 'Apple TV' YouTube channel, teasing Apple TV+ & iTunes content

Apple has silently begun a new YouTube channel, "Apple TV," apparently laying the groundwork for this fall's Apple TV+ launch.

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Black Powerbeats Pro shipping May, other colors due in summer

Black Powerbeats Pro shipping May, other colors due in summer

While Apple's Beats will be launching the Powerbeats Pro in May as promised, only the black model will be available at first, the company says.

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Apple rolls out third public beta builds of iOS 12.3 and macOS 10.14.5

Apple rolls out third public beta builds of iOS 12.3 and macOS 10.14.5

One day after providing the latest set of beta builds for developer testing, Apple has made the third public beta counterparts for iOS 12.3 and macOS 10.14.5 available to download for those enrolled in the company's test program.

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MacBook, MacBook Pro keyboard repairs 'prioritized' for in-store next-day service

MacBook, MacBook Pro keyboard repairs 'prioritized' for in-store next-day service

Owners of the MacBook and MacBook Pro may find their keyboard repairs are quicker to complete than usual, with Apple Stores instructed to perform the repair at the in-store Genius Bar, rather than dispatching the notebooks out to an off-site repair shop.

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Apple Pay rumored launching in Austria on Wednesday

Apple Pay rumored launching in Austria on Wednesday

Apple Pay will reportedly launch in Austria on Wednesday, arriving there well after the U.S. and many European neighbors.

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Tim Cook wanted Apple to fight US DOJ in court over encryption

Tim Cook wanted Apple to fight US DOJ in court over encryption

Speaking at Time Magazine's first-ever Time 100 Summit on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a variety of topics, most notably saying he wished the company's encryption battle with the U.S. Department of Justice had gone to court.

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Mouse support over USB-C could arrive for iPad Pro in iOS 13

Mouse support over USB-C could arrive for iPad Pro in iOS 13

Apple could include the ability to use a mouse or trackpad within iOS 13, a report suggests, which beyond accessibility could enable the iPad or iPad Pro to more directly compete with notebooks and other devices that could be used as a complete computer replacement.

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Qualcomm's share price expected to continue rising following Apple settlement

Qualcomm's share price expected to continue rising following Apple settlement

Qualcomm's share price still has some space for growth following the surprise settlement with Apple, Morgan Stanley suggests, with the price potentially able to grow by another 15% due to both supplying Apple with modems and being a central figure in the creation of 5G networks.

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Samsung clawing back Galaxy Fold from reviewers amid faulty screen complaints

Samsung clawing back Galaxy Fold from reviewers amid faulty screen complaints

In addition to delaying the launch of the phone, Samsung is now asking reviewers to return their Galaxy Fold samples, acknowledging that they were encountering numerous problems with its foldable OLED screen.

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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' album hits Apple Music, moves out of Tidal exclusivity

Beyonce's 'Lemonade' album hits Apple Music, moves out of Tidal exclusivity

Long a Tidal exclusive, Beyonce's popular "Lemonade" album is now finally available on Apple Music as well as other streaming services like Spotify.

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EditorialEditorial: Super Frenemies - why the world is better off with both Apple and Samsung

Editorial: Super Frenemies - why the world is better off with both Apple and Samsung

Apple and Samsung are often depicted as cutthroat enemies, but it's also no secret they are also their own largest customers, unquestionably dependent upon the success of each other's business. Could that change, and would the world be better off with just a single, giant, more vertical phone maker?

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Raise in Apple's dividend and $35B share buyback program extension predicted

Raise in Apple's dividend and $35B share buyback program extension predicted

Apple will be accelerating how it passes some of its giant cash hoard to investors, according to analysts at Wells Fargo, with the iPhone producer expected to offer a dividend increase and raise how many shares it buys back, though not by as much as it has in previous years

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