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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Google, Facebook under investigation in UK for abusing market power

Google, Facebook under investigation in UK for abusing market power

Silicon Valley monoliths Google and Facebook are once again facing government scrutiny over potential abuses of market power, with the UK's Competition and Markets Authority taking aim at the companies in a wide-reaching probe into online advertising platforms.

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Apple's iPhone privacy ad campaign continues with new billboards

Apple's iPhone privacy ad campaign continues with new billboards

Apple recently erected new billboard advertisements in Canada to promote what has become an intense focus on consumer data privacy, continuing a campaign launched at CES 2019 in January.

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Apple issues second macOS Catalina, tvOS 13 public betas for testing

Apple issues second macOS Catalina, tvOS 13 public betas for testing

Apple on Wednesday pushed out a second beta versions of its upcoming macOS Catalina and tvOS 13 operating systems, offering users a chance to test out the latest and greatest Mac and Apple TV features before they go live this fall.

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Apple's App Store generated 80% more revenue than Google Play with a third as many installs in first half of 2019

Apple's App Store generated 80% more revenue than Google Play with a third as many installs in first half of 2019

Apple's iOS App Store continued to dominate the worldwide market in terms of revenue gained from premium apps and in-app purchases over the first half of 2019, with the online storefront generating nearly 1.8 times the revenue of rival Google's store for Android devices.

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Judge denies Qualcomm request to stay FTC antitrust ruling enforcement

Judge denies Qualcomm request to stay FTC antitrust ruling enforcement

An attempt by Qualcomm to delay an antitrust ruling against the chip producer from being enforced has been shut down by District Judge Lucy Koh, at the same time as striking a variety of evidence from the record used by Qualcomm to state its case.

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Aggressive markdowns issued on Apple's 2019 MacBook Pro, iPad, iMac

Aggressive markdowns issued on Apple's 2019 MacBook Pro, iPad, iMac

While Apple's new iPhone 11 is making headlines as of late, folks shopping for a Mac or iPad can pick up some of the year's best prices on popular configurations. Save on everything from the brand-new 10.2-inch iPad (7th generation) to 2019 MacBook Pros, with savings of up to $550 off.

FeatureiPad Pro vs Surface Pro features and specs showdown

iPad Pro vs Surface Pro features and specs showdown

In this iPad Pro vs Surface Pro comparison, we look at features, specifications, and how both fare vs the MacBook Air.

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MacBook Pro images demonstrates reason for battery recall

MacBook Pro images demonstrates reason for battery recall

Photos have been shared of a designer's Mid-2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro that has suffered a catastrophic battery failure, images that illustrate why Apple recently instigated a recall program for some units of that particular model.

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VideoHands on with Apple's FaceTime Attention Correction feature in iOS 13

Hands on with Apple's FaceTime Attention Correction feature in iOS 13

In the latest iOS 13 beta, Apple is leaning into its augmented reality prowess to fix a common eye contact issue had during FaceTime calls. AppleInsider goes hands on and dives into the new feature to find out how it works.

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Laurene Powell Jobs joins Leonardo DiCaprio to form Earth Alliance

Laurene Powell Jobs joins Leonardo DiCaprio to form Earth Alliance

Laurene Powell Jobs, billionaire philanthropist and wife of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is partnering with actor Leonardo DiCaprio and investor Brian Sheth for Earth Alliance, a philanthropic effort to help fight threats to the environment and to promote conservation.

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HomePod 'Hey Siri' responses to AirPods ad prompts complaints

HomePod 'Hey Siri' responses to AirPods ad prompts complaints

Apple device owners are complaining about the company's latest AirPods commercial, as a version of the ad spot triggers Siri in HomePods due to the actor saying the verbal prompt 'Hey Siri.'

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iOS 13 beta fixes FaceTime eye contact with image manipulation

iOS 13 beta fixes FaceTime eye contact with image manipulation

The third developer beta of iOS 13 tackles a long-standing problem with video calls: realistic eye contact between participants.

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HP, Microsoft, Google follow Apple in planning China production cuts

HP, Microsoft, Google follow Apple in planning China production cuts

After reports that Apple is investigating a production shift out of China, other firms including Sony, Dell and Nintendo are also planning to move manufacturing of devices such as consoles and smart speakers away from the country because of U.S. tariffs.

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Samsung reportedly completes Galaxy Fold redesign, release date still unknown

Samsung reportedly completes Galaxy Fold redesign, release date still unknown

Samsung has reportedly finished a redesign of its Galaxy Fold smartphone following an ignominious pre-launch promotional campaign that saw pre-release review hardware fail in droves.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

iOS 13 might let users transfer iPhone backup data with a cable

iOS 13 might let users transfer iPhone backup data with a cable

Graphical assets and a code snippet in Apple's latest iOS 13 beta suggests the upcoming operating system will allow users setting up a new device, or restoring a device from a backup, to transfer critical data over a wired connection.

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Corel, recent buyer of virtualization software firm Parallels, acquired by private equity firm KKR

Corel, recent buyer of virtualization software firm Parallels, acquired by private equity firm KKR

Longtime software maker Corel, which in December purchased popular cross-platform virtualization software maker Parallels, was itself recently acquired by private equity firm KKR, according to a report Tuesday.

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Apple's latest transparency report includes government demands for App Store removals, redacted NSLs

Apple's latest transparency report includes government demands for App Store removals, redacted NSLs

Apple on Tuesday published its transparency report for the six-month period ending in December 2018, revealing for the first time government requests to remove apps from the App Store and redacted national security letters dating back to 2016.

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VideoEverything new with iOS 13 beta 3

Everything new with iOS 13 beta 3

Apple's is still making a lot of changes to the iOS beta, and there are a few notable ones in the release of the third beta on Tuesday afternoon. Here are all the changes we've found thus far.

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US iPhone owners hazy on 5G compatibility, iPhone features claims survey

US iPhone owners hazy on 5G compatibility, iPhone features claims survey

The iPhone 7 and iPhone XR are the hardest models to identify on the market, a survey examining the knowledge of smartphone owners in the United States suggests, with many also believing their iPhones are also compatible with just-launched 5G mobile networks.

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Deal for Sprint & T-Mobile merger could turn Dish into a new wireless carrier

Deal for Sprint & T-Mobile merger could turn Dish into a new wireless carrier

Dish, T-Mobile, and the U.S. Department of Justice are reportedly near a compromise deal for T-Mobile's proposed merger with Sprint, which if completed, would see Dish become a national wireless carrier.

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Apple Watch 'Close Your Rings' page updated with new athlete stories

Apple Watch 'Close Your Rings' page updated with new athlete stories

A trio of new stories have popped up on the Apple Watch "Close Your Rings" page, including ones from a kick boxer, a Nike Run Club coach, and a professional yoga instructor-turned-DJ.

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EditorialEditorial: WSJ Jony Ive story scoffed at by Apple experts, delicious to critics

Editorial: WSJ Jony Ive story scoffed at by Apple experts, delicious to critics

The Wall Street Journal crafted the "Big Hack" of Apple clickbait: a high drama tell-all that insulted everyone at Apple, mocking its departing design chief, his boss, and the team that worked with him. As fiction, it was Netflix-caliber entertainment, but to insiders, it was so bad it was hard to finish.

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Apple joins over 200 businesses calling on Supreme Court to favor LGBT labor protections

Apple joins over 200 businesses calling on Supreme Court to favor LGBT labor protections

Apple has joined the ranks of over 200 corporations behind an amicus filing with the U.S. Supreme Court, calling on justices to find that existing sex discrimination laws protect LGBT workers as well.

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Apple TV trails behind Roku, other TV platforms in US device sales

Apple TV trails behind Roku, other TV platforms in US device sales

The Apple TV ranked low in U.S. sales of streaming TV devices during the March quarter, leaving it nowhere near rivals like Roku or Sony, according to new estimates.

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Third iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, watchOS 6, macOS 10.15 developer betas issued

Third iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, watchOS 6, macOS 10.15 developer betas issued

Apple is now on its third cycle of developer betas for its milestone operating system releases, with new builds of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6, tvOS 13, and macOS 10.15 Catalina now available for testing by program participants.

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Apple's unreleased 'A2159' MacBook Pro model approved by US FCC

Apple's unreleased 'A2159' MacBook Pro model approved by US FCC

A model number for an unreleased MacBook Pro has surfaced via the Federal Communications Commission, a discovery that could be a sign Apple is preparing to ship new models in the product line in the near future, including a potential rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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Xiaomi CC9's 'Mimoji' heavily borrows from Apple's 'Memoji'

Xiaomi CC9's 'Mimoji' heavily borrows from Apple's 'Memoji'

Apple's Memoji concept has been 'borrowed' by another smartphone vendor, but Xiaomi's take on it is a seemingly direct copy of the iPhone's personalized 3D avatar feature, complete with the extremely similar name 'Mimoji.'

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Irish regulator launches third investigation into Apple's privacy policy

Irish regulator launches third investigation into Apple's privacy policy

A spokesman for Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has announced a third probe into Apple regarding privacy and transparency.

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Cue denies Apple execs pass notes to studios filming Apple TV+ shows

Cue denies Apple execs pass notes to studios filming Apple TV+ shows

Despite a report to the contrary, Apple executives are not taking a hand in sanitizing the initial slate of Apple TV+ shows due this fall, according to software and services VP Eddy Cue.

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Apple AirPods (2019) fall to $145 ahead of Amazon Prime Day

Apple AirPods (2019) fall to $145 ahead of Amazon Prime Day

Ringing in as the lowest prices available, Amazon is knocking $15 to $20 off 2019 AirPods ahead of Prime Day.

Microsoft blocks Windows 10 update over Boot Camp driver issue

Microsoft blocks Windows 10 update over Boot Camp driver issue

Owners of older Macs or those with out-of-date versions of Boot Camp are being blocked from updating Windows 10 to version 1903.

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Apple switches off Back to My Mac remote access for all users

Apple switches off Back to My Mac remote access for all users

As promised, now that July has arrived, Apple has not just removed Back to My Mac from the current Mojave and Catalina, it has disabled it for all versions of macOS.

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Spotify's Stations radio app adds support for Apple CarPlay

Spotify's Stations radio app adds support for Apple CarPlay

Spotify has updated Stations, its Pandora-like spinoff app, with support for Apple CarPlay on compatible vehicles and head units.

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Apple working on retractable bumpers for 'Project Titan' self-driving car

Apple working on retractable bumpers for 'Project Titan' self-driving car

Apple's 'Project Titan' could have retractable bumpers on both ends of the vehicle, contracting away to make parking in confined spaces easier, but automatically extending outwards to protect the car while it is being driven in traffic.

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Apple plans cheaper iPhone for China with new Touch ID, claims iffy report

Apple plans cheaper iPhone for China with new Touch ID, claims iffy report

Supply chain sources claim Apple intends to make an exclusive China iPhone which will drop Face ID and instead use an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor.

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Monday, July 01, 2019

Samsung expected to unveil Galaxy Note 10 at Unpacked event on Aug. 7

Samsung expected to unveil Galaxy Note 10 at Unpacked event on Aug. 7

Samsung on Monday invited press to attend an Unpacked media event in New York on Aug. 7, where the Korean tech giant is expected to unveil its next-generation Galaxy Note 10 phablet.

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Lead Apple creative to depart go-to ad agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab

Lead Apple creative to depart go-to ad agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab

TBWA\Media Arts Lab creative director Arnau Bosch Verges, who worked on Apple's award-winning "Welcome Home" commercial for HomePod, is leaving the ad agency to start a social media platform catering to musicians.

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Apple sued over alleged infringement of PocketFinder GPS patents

Apple sued over alleged infringement of PocketFinder GPS patents

Apple is once again facing down a patent lawsuit over integral iPhone technology, as low power GPS specialist Location Based Technologies on Monday leveled claims that the tech giant infringes on a clutch of inventions used by the relatively popular PocketFinder series of products.

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Best 4th of July deals extended: save up to $1,500 on Apple products

Best 4th of July deals extended: save up to $1,500 on Apple products

July 4 may be over, but the holiday markdowns are still going strong. We're rounding up the best sales on Apple's latest iPad Pros, 2019 MacBook Pros, iMacs, Apple Watches and much more that are still in effect heading into the weekend.