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2019

Apple under investigation by Japan's FTC over supply contracts

Monday August 05, 2019

Japan's Fair Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Apple's dealings with local parts makers, some of which signed contracts with the tech giant that could violate antimonopoly laws.

SoftBank president hints 2019 iPhone sales start on Sept. 20

Monday August 05, 2019

SoftBank president Ken Miyauchi during a quarterly earnings presentation Monday jokingly implied that this year's iPhone refresh will hit store shelves ten days prior to the end of September, a date that falls squarely in line with Apple's typical release timeline.

Review: Yale Assure Lever brings HomeKit to all door locks

Monday August 05, 2019

The Yale Assure Lever is the first smart lock to support HomeKit on non-deadbolt doors, finally brining Apple's smart home platform to garages, sheds, basements, offices, and much more. We hooked one up in our own studio to test it out.

Apple business solutions: Luxer One parcel lockers

Monday August 05, 2019

In this new series we're going to take a look at companies that have integrated Apple products into their companies in interesting or useful ways. First up -- the Luxer One parcel lockers, which are a solution to the problem of secure package delivery in dense residential areas.

Apple Card Preview program invitation emails going out now in US

Monday August 05, 2019

Apple has published a new webpage for Apple Card, and is providing early access to the soon-to-launch credit card to a small number of customers in a preview.

AT&T adds free Spotify Premium option to Unlimited &More plans

Monday August 05, 2019

AT&T is increasing the media options it is providing subscribers of its Unlimited &More plans from Tuesday, with customers able to use Spotify Premium at no extra charge, a move that follows shortly after Verizon's similar Apple Music offer was introduced.

Apple stock getting hammered on renewed China trade war fears

Monday August 05, 2019

China has not just asked state-owned business to stop buying American agriculture, but it has also devalued its own currency to counter President Donald Trump's 10% tariff threat on $325 billion in electronics -- and it is having a profound impact on Apple's stock and that of its suppliers.

Deals: Up to $300 off new MacBook Pros, 2019 MacBook Airs $899

Monday August 05, 2019

Apple's latest 2019 MacBook Pro laptops are up to $300 off, with retail models starting at $1,599. Meanwhile, the brand new MacBook Air has fallen to a record low $899.

Crestron & Apple partnering for HomeKit & Apple TV integrations

Monday August 05, 2019

Crestron's popular TSR-310 touch screen home automation remote is getting full Siri, HomeKit, and Apple TV support in a firmware update.

Group of 12 rare Apple-1s displayed at Vintage Computer Festival

Monday August 05, 2019

A group of 12 Apple-1 computers were brought under the same roof as part of the Vintage Computer Festival West at Mountain View's Computer History Museum, making it one of the biggest gatherings of the extremely rare Apple computers in recent history.

An iPhone with in-screen Touch ID could ship as soon as 2021

Monday August 05, 2019

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo isn't limiting himself to rumors about 2019 and 2020 phones, and has published one now predicting that the 2021 iPhone will have both Face ID and Touch ID.

Apple predicted to absorb iPhone, iPad, Mac cost increases from tariffs

Sunday August 04, 2019

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that any tariffs implemented by the US won't impact Apple's pricing because of supply chain moves implemented by Apple CEO Tim Cook, and because of that pre-planning, there won't be any impact to Apple's shipments.

Deal alert: $649 iPad Pros are back at Amazon

Sunday August 04, 2019

Just in time for back to school shopping, Amazon has reissued a $150 cash discount on Apple's standard 11-inch iPad Pro. Grab the latest model for $649, or save up to $200 on other current configurations, whiles supplies last.

Review: Yamaha's AirPlay-ready MusicCast BAR 400 offers above-average wireless sound

Sunday August 04, 2019

Yamaha's MusicCast BAR 400 is a quality AirPlay 2-compatible TV sub and soundbar combo that's worth the price -- just don't expect to make much use of the company's iOS app.

ICYMI: Sonos speakers, smart lights, Pokemon and more

Sunday August 04, 2019

Each week, there are a ton of great products that get released that we don't have time to cover. Here are our top picks for new gear from the last seven days you should check out, including new arrives in Apple Stores, Sonos/IKEA AirPlay 2 speakers and LIFX HomeKit bulbs.

CEO Cook asks for end of 'finger pointing' following two mass shootings

Sunday August 04, 2019

Following a second mass shooting in a 24-hour period in the United States, Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed his support for the victims and families while also declaring a need for politicians to stop arguing and to 'address this violence for the good of our country.'

Daily Apple Store thief sentenced, viral selfie yielded no tips on the Apple crime blotter

Sunday August 04, 2019

The FBI hacked an iPhone in the Long Island Iced Tea crypto investigation, a Chinese counterfeiter in a million-dollar fake iPhone ring has been sentenced, and more in the Apple crime roundup.

Review: Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is expensive with mediocre performance

Saturday August 03, 2019

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a hybrid 2-in-1 laptop that can be used as a tablet or a full blown laptop. But, given the performance, is it worth the money?

Mixer vaults to top of App Store because of 'Ninja' switch from Twitch

Saturday August 03, 2019

Mixer, Microsoft's game-centric live streaming service, saw a surge of popularity that sent it to the top of the App Store charts on Friday, driven by the news celebrity streamer 'Ninja' will be moving over to it exclusively from market leader Twitch.

Amazon, Google follow Apple's lead on voice assistant review policies

Friday August 02, 2019

Following Apple's decision to temporarily halt Siri grading as it evaluates the program's privacy safeguards, Amazon and Google this week followed suit and updated their respective policies on human reviews of recorded voice assistant audio.