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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Apple hosts Will, Jaden & Jada Smith at Apple Park for environmental talk

Apple hosts Will, Jaden & Jada Smith at Apple Park for environmental talk

As part of its environmental press barrage on Thursday, Apple hosted a talk at Apple Park featuring actors/musicians Will, Jada, and Jaden Smith.

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New Apple retail head Deirdre O'Brien joins Instagram, shares pics from trip to Hong Kong & Macau

New Apple retail head Deirdre O'Brien joins Instagram, shares pics from trip to Hong Kong & Macau

In a rare move for an Apple executive, new retail head Deirdre O'Brien has joined Instagram, inaugurating her account with a handful of photos from a worldwide business tour.

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Amazon & Google mend fences, bring YouTube back to Fire TV streamers

Amazon & Google mend fences, bring YouTube back to Fire TV streamers

Amazon and Google on Thursday announced plans to bury a long-standing feud, the main consequence being the return of YouTube to Amazon's Fire TV platform.

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ReviewReview: Clayton and Crume handmade leather watch bands are one of a kind

Review: Clayton and Crume handmade leather watch bands are one of a kind

Clayton and Crume craft some amazing leather goods, and now they have turned their talents to their new line of Apple Watch bands.

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Amazon offers ad-supported music service to Echo owners at no charge

Amazon offers ad-supported music service to Echo owners at no charge

Amazon is attempting to attract customers in the United States yet to sign up for Amazon Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited to use its music streaming service instead of using Apple Music or Spotify, by providing access to a selection of tracks on its Echo range or other Alexa-enabled devices.

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Facebook admits millions of Instagram accounts affected by unencrypted password storage blunder

Facebook admits millions of Instagram accounts affected by unencrypted password storage blunder

Facebook has admitted its major security breach from March where the social network stored "hundreds of millions" of plain-text passwords on internal servers was worse than first thought for users of Instagram, advising it may have affected millions of accounts on the image-sharing service and not the "tens of thousands" it initially reported.

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Amazon knocks up to $200 off current iPad Pros, $20 off 2019 iPad Airs, delivering the lowest prices ever

Amazon knocks up to $200 off current iPad Pros, $20 off 2019 iPad Airs, delivering the lowest prices ever

Just in time for Mother's Day and graduation gift-giving, Amazon has issued triple digit markdowns on Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, delivering the lowest prices seen to date on the latest models. Apple's new 2019 iPad Air is also $20 off while supplies last.

Apple outsells Samsung as iPhone tops US mobile activations chart for Q1 2019

Apple outsells Samsung as iPhone tops US mobile activations chart for Q1 2019

The iPhone was the most popular smartphone bought in the United States, according to figures produced by CIRP, with Apple narrowly beating Samsung for market share in the first quarter of 2019, suggesting Apple may see an improvement on its sales in its upcoming financial results.

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VideoWhat's the difference: iPad mini 5 versus iPad mini 4

What's the difference: iPad mini 5 versus iPad mini 4

From the outside, you'd be hard-pressed to spot the difference between an iPad mini 4 from an iPad mini 5. But, internally, there are quite a few differences that really separate Apple's previous mini from the newest. AppleInsider goes deep, highlighting all the changes from the previous iPad mini fourth-generation to the powerful 2019 model.

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Apple's 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report touts increased focus on recycling and material recovery

Apple's 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report touts increased focus on recycling and material recovery

Apple is committed to building its products while simultaneously trying to "leave our world better than we found it," the company declares in its 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report, underscoring the progress the iPhone producer has made in its long-term renewable energy and recycling efforts.

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Apple Watch authentication for more actions tipped for macOS 10.15

Apple Watch authentication for more actions tipped for macOS 10.15

The Apple Watch could be used to perform more authentication for the Mac in macOS 10.15, as it is thought the operating system update will expand the usage of the wearable device to authenticate users for more tasks than just unlocking the Mac without entering a password.

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Apple payment to Qualcomm estimated at $6 billion, with $9 per iPhone sold in royalties

Apple payment to Qualcomm estimated at $6 billion, with $9 per iPhone sold in royalties

The settlement between Apple and Qualcomm to end lawsuits over patent licensing and infringement is costing Apple nearly $9 per iPhone on top of a single $6 billion payment, according to UBS.

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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.

'Don't Mess with Mother' behind-the-scenes video as dramatic as the release

'Don't Mess with Mother' behind-the-scenes video as dramatic as the release

A behind-the-scenes video of Apple's "Don't Mess with Mother" video expands on the production of the dramatic nature-centric video — and demonstrates that sharks and monkeys both are interested in the iPhone.

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Apple opens Texas recycling lab, increases program efforts ahead of Earth Day

Apple opens Texas recycling lab, increases program efforts ahead of Earth Day

Apple is expanding its recycling programs in a number of ways, including quadrupling the number of places in the United States an iPhone will be accepted for recycling, and the opening of a Material Recovery Lab in Texas to find ways to improve the environmental effort in the future.

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2019 iPhone predicted to have triple-lens camera with super-wide lens, improved selfie camera

2019 iPhone predicted to have triple-lens camera with super-wide lens, improved selfie camera

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that the triple-lens camera system on at least two models of the 2019 iPhone lineup will have a wide-angle lens, and the selfie front-facing camera will be improved as well.

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Apple chip supplier TSMC sees biggest profit drop since 2011

Apple chip supplier TSMC sees biggest profit drop since 2011

Apple chip partner TSMC has fallen short of earnings expectations because of the global smartphone market slowdown — but the worst appears to be over.

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Apple's loaded MacBook is on sale for $999 ($600 off) while supplies last

Apple's loaded MacBook is on sale for $999 ($600 off) while supplies last

Just in, another $50 price drop, matching the lowest prices ever. Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo has just issued steep discounts on 12-inch MacBooks with savings of up to $600 off and free expedited shipping, plus 0% financing incentives.

Force-sensing gloves could control an iPhone by detecting gestures and how objects are gripped

Force-sensing gloves could control an iPhone by detecting gestures and how objects are gripped

Apple wants people to be able to interact with devices using gloves and other items of clothing, by taking advantage of conductive strands in the fabric to give the wearable garments a force-sensing capability that could be used by an iPhone or another connected device.

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EditorialEditorial: Why is Samsung's Galaxy Fold graded on a curve?

Editorial: Why is Samsung's Galaxy Fold graded on a curve?

Samsung Electronics is a multibillion corporation that leads the world in producing advanced displays, solid state storage and other components; builds an astounding array of home appliances— including the majority of the world's high end televisions— and has built smartphones for many years before iPhone even appeared. So why is the company handled like a small child when it makes sloppy, incompetent mistakes?

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Facebook 'unintentionally' harvested email contacts from 1.5M users

Facebook 'unintentionally' harvested email contacts from 1.5M users

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it "unintentionally uploaded" the email contacts of some 1.5 million users without their express consent since May 2016, a mistake for which the company is taking steps to correct.

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Facebook confirms plans for voice assistant to match Siri, Alexa & Google Assistant

Facebook confirms plans for voice assistant to match Siri, Alexa & Google Assistant

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it's working on its own voice assistant, carving out a space among competitors like Apple's Siri and Amazon Alexa.

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Wisconsin governor wants to renegotiate Foxconn deal, says promised jobs unlikely

Wisconsin governor wants to renegotiate Foxconn deal, says promised jobs unlikely

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is calling for the state to renegotiate its deal with Foxconn, arguing that the Taiwan-based manufacturer has broken its end of the agreement and won't be able to create the 13,000 jobs it once promised.

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FeatureComparing Apple News+ head-to-head, versus Amazon Kindle Magazines

Comparing Apple News+ head-to-head, versus Amazon Kindle Magazines

Subscribing to read magazines on your iPad is nothing new. Amazon has been doing it for years with Kindle Unlimited, Texture used to do it until Apple bought them, and used it as the core of Apple News+. They're very different, however, and choosing which is right for you comes down to what they offer beyond magazines.

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Early reviews of Samsung's $2K Galaxy Fold marred by many broken screens [u]

Early reviews of Samsung's $2K Galaxy Fold marred by many broken screens [u]

Some of the first reviews of Samsung's $1,980 Galaxy Fold are beginning to hit the internet, but multiple reviewers say they've already managed to break its main 7.3-inch display.

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FeatureHere are the vehicles and receivers with Apple CarPlay announced in 2018 & 2019

Here are the vehicles and receivers with Apple CarPlay announced in 2018 & 2019

Once an expensive niche option — and still that way in some cases — CarPlay is becoming increasingly common on new cars, trucks, and SUVs, as well as aftermarket receivers. Here's a roundup of the intros in 2018 and 2019, the latest being Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai models announced ahead of the New York International Auto Show.

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Sonos speakers enable voice control for Apple Music via Amazon's Alexa

Sonos speakers enable voice control for Apple Music via Amazon's Alexa

Owners of Sonos speakers in the U.S. and U.K. can now use Alexa voice controls for Apple Music, continuing the rollout of Apple's service across Alexa-capable devices.

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Hands-OnHands on: JBL's fully-wireless Powerbeats Pro rival, the Endurance Peak

Hands on: JBL's fully-wireless Powerbeats Pro rival, the Endurance Peak

AppleInsider is currently testing one of the newest options in the world of fully wireless earbuds for your iPhone or Apple Watch, JBL's fitness-focused Endurance Peak.

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T-Mobile working with Apple to bring robocall screening to iPhones

T-Mobile working with Apple to bring robocall screening to iPhones

With the help of Apple, T-Mobile is aiming to bring a new anti-robocall technology to iPhones "in the near future," a report said on Wednesday.

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Qualcomm keeps quiet about Apple deal value following lawsuit settlement

Qualcomm keeps quiet about Apple deal value following lawsuit settlement

Qualcomm has no intention of revealing how much it will benefit from a payment and licensing agreement reached with Apple at the start of a potentially expensive patent licensing trial, CEO Steve Mollenkopf advises, insisting the legal dispute is behind the two companies as they work on new products.

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Apple said to be unifying Find My Friends & Find My iPhone, developing Tile-style tracker

Apple said to be unifying Find My Friends & Find My iPhone, developing Tile-style tracker

Apple is reportedly working to merge Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into a single app, and even compete with Tile by launching a new object-tracking tag.

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The pay's the thing — collapsed Bill Gates & Steve Jobs rivalry musical 'Nerds' producer sued for $6M

The pay's the thing — collapsed Bill Gates & Steve Jobs rivalry musical 'Nerds' producer sued for $6M

Carl Levin, the producer of the ill-fated Broadway musical "Nerds" about the rivalry between technology titans Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, has become the target of a $6 million lawsuit alleging he lied to investors about the show's funding in order to secure more backing.

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Foxconn chairman Terry Gou declares run for presidency of Taiwan

Foxconn chairman Terry Gou declares run for presidency of Taiwan

Foxconn's chairman, Terry Gou, said on Wednesday that he's running to become President of Taiwan, a move that could trigger political and economic waves including at Apple.

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EditorialEditorial: The big loser in the Apple - Qualcomm settlement isn't Intel, it's Android

Editorial: The big loser in the Apple - Qualcomm settlement isn't Intel, it's Android

Without Apple buying its 5G modems in annual volumes greater than 200M units, Intel had little chance of staying afloat in competition with Qualcomm. However, the Open Handset Alliance of Android phone makers is the bigger casualty of the deal, because they're losing the strongest marketing point they've had to rival iPhones in ten years: exclusive access to Qualcomm's leading 5G modem chips.

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Apple self-driving car project advancing, discussions about sensors being had with suppliers

Apple self-driving car project advancing, discussions about sensors being had with suppliers

Apple is stepping up its automotive efforts as part of "Project Titan," with the firm reportedly in discussions with a number of component suppliers about LiDAR sensors that could be used in the iPhone maker's next generation of self-driving vehicle systems.

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Apple looking at updated 4.7-inch iPhone based on iPhone 8 for spring 2020

Apple looking at updated 4.7-inch iPhone based on iPhone 8 for spring 2020

A Taiwanese report claims that Apple may revive the iPhone 8 with updated internals early in 2020, but analysts are wary of the proposition.

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Latest Apple 'Shot on iPhone' video uses iPhone XS to showcase nature's fury around the world

Latest Apple 'Shot on iPhone' video uses iPhone XS to showcase nature's fury around the world

Apple has published a new video in its 'Shot on iPhone' series to its YouTube channel. 'Don't Mess with Mother' shows Mother Nature in all its forms from undersea life to plants and an avalanche.

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FeatureWith AirPower dead, what does the future hold for Apple's wireless charging tech?

With AirPower dead, what does the future hold for Apple's wireless charging tech?

AirPower is dead. While that particular accessory will never see the light of day, there are technologies that were going to be shown off in the AirPower that can still be scavenged from the corpse — and some limitations that Apple is now unshackled from, now that the AirPower is gone.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Apple pulls TikTok from India's App Store in compliance with government ban

Apple pulls TikTok from India's App Store in compliance with government ban

Following weeks of legal wrangling, Apple and Google on Wednesday complied with government demands and removed popular video sharing app TikTok from their respective app stores.

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