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2020

Apple's AR & VR headset may not need external input for orientation & motion detection

Tuesday February 11, 2020

New Apple research describes how augmented reality headsets may not need external markers to tell when a user is moving, and may also be able to detect when the user puts it on.

Google reabsorbing Jigsaw spin-off as it continues to undo Alphabet

Tuesday February 11, 2020

Search giant Google is continuing to absorb what it once split from itself to form Alphabet, and has taken back a branch designed to combat online misinformation called Jigsaw.

Case maker bets on 'iPhone SE 2' design as March rumors mount

Tuesday February 11, 2020

Totallee, a smartphone accessory vendor, recently became one of the first case makers to initiate preorders for a protective cover designed to fit Apple's as-yet-unannounced iPhone SE follow-up.

YouTube mulling Apple TV Channels competitor, report says

Monday February 10, 2020

YouTube executives are reportedly contemplating the expansion of a feature that allows customers to subscribe to streaming services operated by third-parties like entertainment companies, an option Apple rolled out in 2019 with Apple TV Channels.

Judge expected to deliver final approval of T-Mobile and Sprint merger on Tuesday

Monday February 10, 2020

After nearly two years of jumping through regulatory hoops and fighting antitrust battles, T-Mobile and Sprint are poised to merge into a single entity dubbed "New T-Mobile" this week as a federal judge is expected to clear the way forward for the long-anticipated unification.

Amazon maintains massive lead over Apple in US smart speaker market

Monday February 10, 2020

Amazon's share of the U.S. smart speaker market is expected to contract slightly in 2020 and 2021, according to new research from eMarketer, but the dip is unlikely to faze the e-tailer whose popular Alexa-powered Echo devices enjoy a commanding lead over segment competitors Google and Apple.

Apple fails to convince US appeals court to reconsider VirnetX decision

Monday February 10, 2020

Apple has failed in its latest bid to relitigate one of its lawsuits with VirnetX, after the US Court of Appeals rejected calls from the iPhone maker to reconsider a split verdict issued in November that only partially helped the iPhone maker avoid making a $503 million payout.

In Cuba, Apple's presence is at the margins

Monday February 10, 2020

Unauthorized iPhone stores, Apple stickers on cars, and a "Think Different" mock ad starring Fidel Castro: A look at the small but nascent culture of Apple enthusiasm in Cuba.

Apple releases first public betas of iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4 [u]

Monday February 10, 2020

Arriving just under a week after the developer beta builds, Apple has issued the first builds of macOS 10.15.4, iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 to participants in its public testing program.

Review: Satechi 108W Pro USB-C PD multi charger packs a ton of power

Monday February 10, 2020

Satechi's new 108W Pro USB-C PD multi-charger has enough power to charge up your MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, iPhone, and Apple Watch at near full speed.

More email apps caught 'processing' and selling user data [u]

Monday February 10, 2020

Apps such as Edison Mail are gathering data under the guise of providing personalized features, but then turn around and sell this information to big business.

Today's best deals: iPad sale; $899 MacBook Air is back; AirPods & Magic Mouse 2 savings

Monday February 10, 2020

With Valentine's Day mere days away, Apple resellers are pulling out all the stops by offering aggressive markdowns on everything from AirPods to budget-friendly iPads. Even Apple's latest MacBook Air is on sale, with the return of the popular $899 deal.

Abode adds HomeKit support to Smart Security Kit

Monday February 10, 2020

Abode has updated the Gateway in its Smart Security Kit with HomeKit support, bringing it in line with the Iota Security Kit to make it compatible with Apple's smart home platform.

Why Apple's supply chain is prepared for China's coronavirus

Monday February 10, 2020

The outbreak of the coronavirus, now infecting tens of thousands of people, has stoked fears that Apple would be dramatically affected both from lost sales in its China and interruptions to its component supply chain. However, while Apple has its work cut out for it it also has a uniquely proficient operations team to manage crisis events, one that has been challenged before.

AMD Radeon Pro W5500 offered as price-conscious alternative Mac Pro GPU

Monday February 10, 2020

AMD has launched another professional graphics card which could be used in the Mac Pro, with the Radeon Pro W5500 offered as an alternative to the high-powered W5700 with restrained performance, at half the price of its stablemate.

Samsung unveils its Galaxy Z Flip phone during the Oscars

Monday February 10, 2020

The forthcoming foldable Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was revealed in a commercial during the live telecast of the Academy Awards -- and so was a crease, its display "feature."

Foxconn iPhone plant at Zhenghzou reopens with 10% of workforce

Monday February 10, 2020

Apple supplier Foxconn is said to have reopened Zhenghzou, its most critical iPhone production plant, but only a tenth of the workforce has returned.

Taika Waititi slams Apple's MacBook Pro keyboards in Oscar speech

Monday February 10, 2020

Taika Waititi, winner of this year's Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for "Jojo Rabbit," says Apple's keyboards make him want to go back to using a PC.

Coronavirus may halve China's first-quarter smartphone sales

Monday February 10, 2020

Research into both the manufacturing and retail impact of the outbreak claim that closed stores and delayed launches will reduce smartphone sales in China by as much as 50% for the first quarter.

Review: Cleer Audio Ally Plus Earbuds offer active noise cancellation in a sophisticated package

Sunday February 09, 2020

Cleer Audio's Ally Plus is a pair of truly wireless earbuds that feature a slick design and active noise cancellation, making them an attractive alternative to Apple's AirPods Pro. We put the audio accessories through their paces.