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2019

Brief Thoughts: Questionable RF lawsuit, Apple TV+ vs. Disney+, Siri listening & more

Sunday August 25, 2019

Every week has dozens of things going on at any given time, too many to talk about in real-time. Here's what we think about this week's radio frequency revelations and lawsuits, Disney rolling heavy at the D23 expo in regards to Disney+, the workers responsible for listening to Siri recordings, an inadvertent iOS 12 jailbreak restoration, and Google's Android rebranding.

Trump 'regrets' not applying tougher tariffs in China trade war

Sunday August 25, 2019

A clarification over an admission by President Donald Trump that he had "second thoughts" about his handling of the trade war with China suggests more could be in store, with the White House Press Secretary insisting Trump wanted to be tougher on the tariffs.

How to take screen recordings on Mac, iOS and Apple TV

Saturday August 24, 2019

Apple has provided ways to record videos of your Mac, iOS, and Apple TV screens, but it doesn't make it easy to figure out how to do it. Here's how to get it done.

Editorial: Free advertising for Apple Card isn't coming from unit sales or market share

Saturday August 24, 2019

Apple Card is all over the news, in part because the physical legacy card it ships with can be scuffed up if you throw it in your jeans pocket with coins and keys. There are thousands of other card issuers globally that wish the inherently fragile nature of a pristine credit card was also capable of driving free global advertising of their brand as well. Why does Apple get so much free press?

Disney+ offers four simultaneous streams at 4K for $6.99 per month

Saturday August 24, 2019

More details about Disney+, the major media corporation's subscription video service, have been made available months ahead of its launch with customers able to stream to up to four devices at up to a 4K resolution, without needing to pay for a higher tier of service.

Apple, Samsung slapped with class action over handset RF emissions

Saturday August 24, 2019

That was fast. Two days after a Chicago Tribune investigation found many contemporary mobile phones, including late-model iPhones, do not comply with radio frequency emissions standards, Apple and Samsung are being sued over alleged damages and problems related to RF exposure.

Qualcomm can maintain licensing tactics pending appeal, court says

Friday August 23, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday granted Qualcomm's request to stay enforcement of an antitrust ruling handed down in May, allowing the chipmaker to continue what was deemed to be anticompetitive business practices.

AT&T settles FTC data throttling case from 2014

Friday August 23, 2019

A court filing made public on Friday reveals the U.S. Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement agreement with AT&T over allegations that the mobile carrier slowed down, or throttled, data transfer speeds of certain customers.

What to expect at Apple's new iPhone 11 event today - and what not to

Friday August 23, 2019

There'll be iPhones, of course, but Apple has a lot more to offer that it could choose to reveal. Based only on the most solid information from the supply chain, here's what we can -- and can't -- expect to see at the Apple event later today.

Sprint's latest iPhone deal delivers iPhone 8 or 8 Plus for $8 per month

Friday August 23, 2019

For a limited time only, Sprint is discounting iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices to just $8 per month with lease, plus free overnight shipping.

Disney amps up streaming wars with 'Star Wars' & other programming announcements

Friday August 23, 2019

At the D23 Expo, Disney has shed more light on what consumers will see when the company's streaming service launches on November 12 with far more content than Apple has planned for Apple TV+.

US companies 'hereby ordered' in a Tweet by President Trump to exit China manufacturing

Friday August 23, 2019

Through a series of tweets, President Trump has escalated the trade war with China by claiming that the US has lost trillions of dollars to the country, and has ordered American companies to look for manufacturing alternatives.

Here are the best AirPods cases

Friday August 23, 2019

AirPods charging case covers are becoming more and more prevalent. Not only do nearly all major accessory makers now have their own spin on them, but Apple is even carrying a select few in its brick and mortar retail locations. We're putting popular options to the test to round up the best AirPods case covers currently on sale.

Zens announces 16 coil Liberty Qi charger for more flexible wireless charging

Friday August 23, 2019

Zens has announced a new wireless charger, giving users "complete freedom of placement" with a new wireless charging strategy.

Apple TV+, Apple Card, Apple Health employee exodus on the AppleInsider Podcast

Friday August 23, 2019

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William look forward to Apple TV+, examine whether Apple Card can really help with financial literacy, and wonder about news of Apple employees quitting over disagreements about the company's Health strategy.

HomePod now available for purchase in Japan and Taiwan

Friday August 23, 2019

Apple has launched the HomePod in Japan and Taiwan, giving Apple fans the chance to snag the smart speaker for themselves.

Apple refreshes top pop playlist, now called New Music Daily

Friday August 23, 2019

Apple has rebranded the Apple Music "Best of the Week" playlist to "New Music Daily," now giving music fans hours of new music to listen to each day.

Laid off Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift

Friday August 23, 2019

Workers employed in Ireland to monitor and grade Siri recordings for Apple have now lost their jobs, as listening to Siri recordings stops.

Apple part of third-party solar certification program in Singapore and Taiwan

Friday August 23, 2019

Apple and the Center for Resource Solutions are launching a new solar certification program in Singapore and Taiwan by certifying the Wan Ja Shan soy sauce brewery's solar installation.

Apple partners with Australian MVNO Macquarie Telecom to serve businesses

Friday August 23, 2019

Australian mobile virtual network operator Macquarie Telecom on Friday announced a new partnership with Apple that will see the carrier deliver iPhones, iPads and apps to small and medium-sized enterprise customers.