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2019

WWDC19: SwiftUI was the brightest star in a galaxy of new ideas

Wednesday June 19, 2019

I talked to lots of developers at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, from fresh-faced scholarship winners entirely new to WWDC to an experienced veteran who reported having first attended Apple's annual dev event back in 1991. The unanimous answer to "what's the most exciting thing you saw this week?" was SwiftUI, hands down.

Apple News, Stocks, Home getting a Catalyst upgrade in macOS Catalina

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Apple is planning to upgrade News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home -- the first four apps converted from iOS to macOS under Marzipan, now known as Project Catalyst, software head Craig Federighi said on Wednesday.

Flash deals: $799 MacBooks, lowest prices ever on iPads at Best Buy

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Best Buy has launched a flash sale on Apple products, matching record low prices for My Best Buy members (hint: it's free to join). Pick up a 12-inch MacBook for $799 or save $130 on 9.7-inch iPads, the largest discount we've seen to date. These deals are valid today only.

Mac page design app Affinity Publisher comes out of beta

Wednesday June 19, 2019

The long-awaited page layout app Affinity Publisher has launched after an extended public beta period. Alongside its own design tools, the app leverages its sister Affinity products to create a publishing workflow.

Microsoft partners on touchscreen 'Kano PC' to challenge iPad in education

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Microsoft is partnering with company called Kano on the "Kano PC," an 11.6-inch touchscreen tablet meant to teach kids how computers work and how to use them for simple coding projects.

Bring your own iPhone to Sprint, get unlimited plan for $25 per month

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Sprint has unveiled what is one of the most aggressive deals on unlimited wireless service we've seen to date. Bring your own device to Sprint, whether it be the latest iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, and get unlimited service for just $25 per month. Looking for a new device? Shoppers can also pick up a new iPhone with the Kickstart Unlimited plan.

Reminder: iWork '09 & some iMovie files won't work in macOS Catalina

Wednesday June 19, 2019

If you've been hanging on to a popular version of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, or have some iMovie files relying on older plugins, time's up. You're going to have to take some steps in order to move to macOS Catalina.

Editorial: Axios used old 'embarrassing' IDC data to craft three Apple clickbaits in one day

Wednesday June 19, 2019

In a perfect demonstration of how writers seeking to advance a narrative can take a molehill of flawed data and create a mountain of fearsome clickbait, Axios just dug up IDC's "embarrassing" smartphone data from the March quarter in an effort to portray Apple as doomed.

iPhone's China install base grew for fifth month in a row in May

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Apple's iPhone install base in China continued its fifth consecutive month of year-over-year growth in May, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.

Amazon adds True Tone-style warm display to new Kindle Oasis

Wednesday June 19, 2019

The latest version of Amazon's Kindle Oasis e-reader can now automatically change its screen color from white to amber in the evenings.

Apple is fourth largest gaming company globally, thanks to the iPhone

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Apple is the fourth-biggest public gaming company in the world, according to a report by analysts at Newzoo, with the continued rise of mobile gaming and its operation of the App Store helping the iPhone maker beat other games industry mainstays, including EA and Nintendo.

Apple has expanded authorized repair services to Best Buy

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Apple has announced that nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores are now Apple-authorized service centers, giving customers more locations for repair for the Mac, iPad and iPhone.

Apple holds on to 47% share in declining 'premium' smartphone market

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Apple managed to secure 47% of the global "premium" smartphone market during the March quarter, but falling iPhone shipments helped bring down the segment's overall performance and make Samsung more prominent.

Bernie Sanders says government should examine Apple, Google, Facebook breakup

Wednesday June 19, 2019

The potential breaking up of major technology companies like Apple should be examined, presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders has suggested, seemingly joining calls to curtail the influence of firms that are accused of being monopolistic in nature.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 expected to launch Aug. 7

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Samsung is reportedly gunning to launch its next top-end phone, the the Galaxy Note 10, at an "Unpacked" event on Aug. 7 -- with one version of the phone approaching tablet sizes.

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' for iPhone launches June 21 in UK & US

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Niantic and WB Games will be releasing the long-awaited 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' to the public on Friday, with users in the United States and the United Kingdom the first to gain access to the iPhone AR game that combines 'Pokemon Go' gameplay with the magical film and book universe.

Apple investigating move of up to 30% of production out of China

Wednesday June 19, 2019

A special team within Apple has been tasked with investigating the costs of moving between 15% and 30% of iPhone, iPad and AirPod to other countries in order to reduce the impact of US/China tariffs.

Tim Cook jumps to 69th spot on Glassdoor's list of top CEOs

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Apple chief Tim Cook on Tuesday was once again named to job website Glassdoor's list of the top 100 CEOs in America, marking his seventh consecutive appearance on the annual employee rankings chart.

'Find My Friends' helps save teenager trapped under car

Tuesday June 18, 2019

Apple's "Find My Friends" app and accompanying location service helped a mother locate her missing daughter who was left trapped after a dangerous car crash.

Apple's watchOS 6 lets users delete first-party apps

Tuesday June 18, 2019

When watchOS 6 launches this fall users will be able to delete default first-party apps, including dedicated software designed specifically for Apple Watch, to free up space on the diminutive device's home screen.