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2019

Editorial: With sales falling backward, Google's Pixel 3a takes a desperate step into cheap commodity

Thursday May 09, 2019

When Google decided to stop rebranding its partners' Androids as Nexus models and launched its own Pixel phones three years ago, it targeted the camera as its best hope for standing out in a crowded, competitive smartphone market. That strategy failed in 2016, 2017, and in 2018. This year, Pixel 3 sales actually fell. Now, Google is back with a Nexus-priced phone in a market being devastated by even cheaper commodity.

Apple could make iPhone's TrueDepth camera cheaper using liquid crystal tech

Thursday May 09, 2019

Light-emitting elements on Apple devices like the flood illuminator and dot projectors of the iPhone's TrueDepth camera system could benefit from a new diffuser system in the future, one that could switch between different modes by using the same technology that drives liquid crystal displays.

China's smartphone market picking back up, says Apple supplier Dialog

Thursday May 09, 2019

The CEO of Apple power chip supplier Dialog Semiconductor sounded a positive note on the Chinese smartphone market on Thursday, though whether or not Apple will benefit remains to be seen.

Render of '2019 iPhone' case highlights square rear camera bump

Thursday May 09, 2019

Another new render for what is speculated to be the 2019 iPhone has been produced, this time showing what a supposed case for the unannounced flagship smartphone could look like, complete with space to fit the square camera bump.

After three years of delays, Intel plans 10nm chip shipments in June, 7nm in 2021

Thursday May 09, 2019

Intel intends to ship 10-nanometer processors in June, the company claimed during its investor meeting, with the further intention of shipping products made using a 7-nanometer process in 2021, something already being used commercially by chip producer rival TSMC for Apple-designed A-series chips.

How Apple's Macs lost an early lead in video gaming

Thursday May 09, 2019

Apple's investment of hundreds of millions of dollars into Apple Arcade is not only one of the biggest bets it has ever made to draw attention to iOS, but is certainly also its largest effort yet to promote video gaming in particular. Take a look back at the history of gaming on the Mac to see why it is necessary.

Flash deal: Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro w/ LTE on sale for $739, 50% off BeatsX

Thursday May 09, 2019

Amazon-owned Woot is having a flash sale on Apple's current 11-inch iPad Pro this Thursday, with the 2018 Wi-Fi + Cellular model discounted by $210. Refurbished BeatsX wireless headphones are also on sale for $49, a 50% markdown.

LG UltraFine 5K display sold out on online Apple store

Wednesday May 08, 2019

Apple this week appears to have halted sales of the LG UltraFine 5K display, potentially signaling a near future launch for a branded high-resolution monitor expected to launch alongside a new modular Mac Pro.

New aerial Apple Park video shows mystery rainbow stage

Wednesday May 08, 2019

New drone footage of Apple Park reveals that the company has erected an unusual "rainbow" stage in the central courtyard, previously unknown outside the company.

YouTube Music & Google Play Music pass 15M subscribers, lag behind Apple, Spotify [u]

Wednesday May 08, 2019

YouTube Music and Google Play Music, which will ultimately merge, have together surpassed 15 million subscribers -- leaving Google plenty of ground to catch up with Apple Music. [Updated with YouTube statement]

Apple Watch Series 4 screen declared 'Display of the Year'

Wednesday May 08, 2019

Apple is being honored as a winner in the 25th Display Industry Awards, receiving the accolade of "Display of the Year" for the LTPO OLED screen used in the Apple Watch Series 4, as one of three winners for pushing the display industry forward with outstanding features.

Editorial: Google's Pichai claims privacy is a focus, but reality shows work still needs to be done

Wednesday May 08, 2019

Google CEO Sundar Pichai frames Google as a protector of its users' information, but until the search giant stops using identifiable data to power its advertising, it is far from being a bastion of privacy.

Naim launches second generation Mu-so AirPlay 2 speaker

Wednesday May 08, 2019

Naim has taken the wraps off its second generation version of its popular luxury speaker -- Mu-so -- that builds on its already successful design with powerful new features.

Proposed US bill would ban loot boxes in Mac & iOS games for players under 18

Wednesday May 08, 2019

A bill proposed by U.S. Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri would prohibit game developers from selling loot boxes in Mac, iPhone, and iPad games played by people under 18.

App Store, iTunes Store, Mac App Store outage affecting small number of users [u: resolved]

Wednesday May 08, 2019

Apple is currently enduring an outage of the App Store, iTunes Store, and Mac App Store, with a small number of users unable to access or make purchases within each of the digital storefronts for the moment.

Apple TV 4K drops to $134, $210 off 11" iPad Pro, $200 off 13" MacBook Pro

Wednesday May 08, 2019

New Apple deals are in effect this Wednesday, with the Apple TV 4K eligible for a coupon discount while supplies last. Apple's new 11-inch iPad Pro is also hundreds off, while the quad-core 13-inch MacBook Pro with 512GB of storage is on sale as well.

Comparing the Microsoft Edge browser for Mac vs. Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, and Mozilla's Firefox

Wednesday May 08, 2019

There are solid features in Microsoft's new Mac browser - and significant ones still to come - but for Edge to be a compelling browser for Apple users, it's got to offer you more than you're getting with Apple's own Safari.

Hands on with the Google Pixel 3a XL - performance from 2016 with a 2019 camera

Wednesday May 08, 2019

The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are official, and pair iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 performance with a modern camera for a fairly solid mid-range smartphone.

Apple Music recruits Google's Lindsay Rothschild to help lead music publishing in North America

Wednesday May 08, 2019

Apple Music has reportedly hired Lindsay Rothschild as its new Head of Creative Services for Music Publishing in North America, pulling her from a similar role at Google.

Bird launches iPhone-connected Bird One scooter for fleets & personal ownership

Wednesday May 08, 2019

Bird on Wednesday announced the Bird One, an iPhone-connected scooter meant for both its sharing service and personal ownership.