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2019

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

Thursday April 18, 2019

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.

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

Thursday April 18, 2019

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.

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

Thursday April 18, 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.

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

Thursday April 18, 2019

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.

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

Thursday April 18, 2019

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.

Amazon issues $300 discount on Apple's 512GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro while supplies last

Thursday April 18, 2019

Amazon has launched more Apple deals this Thursday, following Tuesday markdowns on 2018 iPad Pros. Shoppers can snap up a 10.5-inch iPad Pro with 512GB of space for just $699, a discount of $300 off MSRP. Apple Watches are also on sale, matching the lowest prices ever.

Apple Watch authentication for more actions tipped for macOS 10.15

Thursday April 18, 2019

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.

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

Thursday April 18, 2019

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.

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

Thursday April 18, 2019

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.

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

Thursday April 18, 2019

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.

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

Thursday April 18, 2019

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.

Apple chip supplier TSMC sees biggest profit drop since 2011

Thursday April 18, 2019

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

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

Thursday April 18, 2019

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.

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

Thursday April 18, 2019

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?

Facebook 'unintentionally' harvested email contacts from 1.5M users

Wednesday April 17, 2019

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.

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

Wednesday April 17, 2019

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.

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

Wednesday April 17, 2019

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.

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

Wednesday April 17, 2019

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.

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

Wednesday April 17, 2019

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.

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

Wednesday April 17, 2019

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.