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Friday, August 02, 2019

Apple suspends Siri quality control program, will let users opt out in update

Apple suspends Siri quality control program, will let users opt out in update

Apple has temporarily suspended its Siri quality control program after a Guardian expose last week claimed private contractors are privy to "highly sensitive recordings," revelations that immediately raised the brows of privacy advocates.

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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Apple's Podcasts app introduces new content categories

Apple's Podcasts app introduces new content categories

As promised by at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the company on Thursday began rolling out new categories in its Podcasts app to help listeners browse through and find new content.

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FCC adopts new rules to battle foreign robocalls, spoofed texts

FCC adopts new rules to battle foreign robocalls, spoofed texts

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to adopt an expanded set of rules that will enable the agency to more vigorously pursue international robocallers and bad actors sending spoofed text messages.

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Apple sued over spellcheck functions on Mac, iPhone & iPad

Apple sued over spellcheck functions on Mac, iPhone & iPad

An app developer for Apple's older Macs is suing, arguing that a large number of Apple devices and apps violate patents related to spellchecking technology.

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Apple Pay on the Web can now be used on StubHub with Safari on the iPad and iPhone

Apple Pay on the Web can now be used on StubHub with Safari on the iPad and iPhone

StubHub is expanding its use of Apple technologies, extending support for Apple Pay on the Web to the iPhone and iPad beyond the app, allowing for purchases to be processed in Safari.

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Exclusive2019 MacBook Pro promo code deals knock up to $500 off current models

2019 MacBook Pro promo code deals knock up to $500 off current models

Shoppers looking for the lowest prices on Apple's new MacBook Pros can save up to $500 instantly at Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama with our exclusive promo code. These special deals deliver the greatest savings on Apple's Mid 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro, with bonus perks, such as free shipping and no interest financing for 12 months.

Latest 'Behind the Mac' videos tells college students to 'Test the Impossible'

Latest 'Behind the Mac' videos tells college students to 'Test the Impossible'

Apple's latest "Behind the Mac" ad, "Test the Impossible," is another effort at manufacturing a lifestyle image, in this instance targeted at college students.

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FeatureFitbit's new financial worries are just its latest in a long line

Fitbit's new financial worries are just its latest in a long line

For a company that's a household name and is producing a hugely successful product, Fitbit has a remarkable history of lurching from crisis to crisis.

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Intel intros 'Ice Lake' 10th-generation Core processors, possibly for MacBook rebirth

Intel intros 'Ice Lake' 10th-generation Core processors, possibly for MacBook rebirth

Intel on Thursday unveiled its first batch of 10th-generation Core processors, dubbed "Ice Lake," offering a glimpse at the options Apple will have in future MacBooks.

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President Trump threatens 10% tariff on $325B of electronics starting Sept. 1

President Trump threatens 10% tariff on $325B of electronics starting Sept. 1

In the latest chapter of the ongoing trade war, President Donald Trump has threatened to levy a 10% tariff on electronics from China, including most of Apple's product line, in retaliation for moves by the Chinese government.

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Apple releases the fourth public beta for macOS 10.15 Catalina

Apple releases the fourth public beta for macOS 10.15 Catalina

On Thursday, Apple released the fourth public beta version of its macOS Catalina operating systems, giving those in the public beta test program a chance to test out the latest Mac features before their release in the fall.

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macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update fixes glitches with sleeping Macs

macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update fixes glitches with sleeping Macs

Apple on Thursday issued an unusual "Supplemental Update" for macOS 10.14.6, meant to address problems some Mac owners were having waking their systems from sleep mode.

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New California class action launched over iPhone throttling issue

New California class action launched over iPhone throttling issue

A collection of 18 plaintiffs have launched a new class action through a U.S. District Court in San Jose, joining cases that have since been consolidated accusing Apple of fraudulent behavior in deliberately throttling older iPhones with weaker batteries.

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Apple deals and sales tax holidays mean significant savings for back to school shoppers

Apple deals and sales tax holidays mean significant savings for back to school shoppers

Several states are running sales tax holidays this weekend, offering shoppers significant savings on back to school supplies, including Apple products. Here's where to get the most bang for your buck with these top deals on Apple Watches, Macs, iPads and even AirPods.

VideoSetting up your iPhone in iOS 12.4 & iOS 13 is easier with Migration Assistant

Setting up your iPhone in iOS 12.4 & iOS 13 is easier with Migration Assistant

The process of transferring data to a new iPhone is a frustrating and lengthy process. Thanks to Migration Assistant included as part of iOS 12.4 and newer, it is now easier — and faster — than ever. Here is how it works.

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Billie Eilish featured in upcoming Apple Music Lab sessions

Billie Eilish featured in upcoming Apple Music Lab sessions

Apple has switched up its "Today at Apple" Music Lab sessions to feature Billie Eilish's "You Should See me in a Crown," replacing Madonna's "Crave" remix session that had started in June.

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EditorialEditorial: No, Apple isn't in a post-iPhone era, and won't be anytime soon

Editorial: No, Apple isn't in a post-iPhone era, and won't be anytime soon

You can prove anything with statistics, and sometimes it's obvious why you'd try. After Apple made it's usual everything-is-great financial call this week, talking heads are dramatically pointing out that for the first time in seven years, the iPhone accounted for less than 50% of Apple's revenue.

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Equifax can't pay the $125 you expected, and you probably don't want its credit monitoring

Equifax can't pay the $125 you expected, and you probably don't want its credit monitoring

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is informing those affected by the Equifax credit breach that they likely won't get their promised $125, and instead is pushing consumers toward credit monitoring from the same firm that allowed the data to be taken in the first place.

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10.2-inch budget iPad reportedly due in 'late third quarter'

10.2-inch budget iPad reportedly due in 'late third quarter'

Apple's rumored 10.2-inch replacement for the current 9.7-inch iPad should ship in the "late third quarter," a report claimed on Thursday.

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Apple's AirDrop & Wi-Fi password sharing features can potentially expose critical ID data

Apple's AirDrop & Wi-Fi password sharing features can potentially expose critical ID data

Wireless features like AirDrop and Wi-Fi password sharing on iPhones, Macs, and other Apple devices can expose exploitable data, according to a recent report — but there are two easy solutions.

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EditorialEditorial: As Apple plays the telephone game, analysts hear something else entirely

Editorial: As Apple plays the telephone game, analysts hear something else entirely

When Apple entered the smartphone market in 2007, it didn't do so to lose money making most of the world's smartphones as a public service. All these years later, a shocking number of analysts and reporters still seem to be confused about this.

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Nanoleaf Canvas adds 'Touch Actions' to control other HomeKit devices

Nanoleaf Canvas adds 'Touch Actions' to control other HomeKit devices

Nanoleaf is adding new functionality to its Canvas smart light that allows other HomeKit devices to be controlled just by touching the panels.

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Mophie's updated Juice Pack Air for iPhone XS, XS Max & XR now available to all

Mophie's updated Juice Pack Air for iPhone XS, XS Max & XR now available to all

Mophie's recent update of the Juice Pack Air battery case for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR is now on sale to everyone, until now having been reserved for Amazon Prime members.

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Future Apple headphones could detect which ear they've been put on

Future Apple headphones could detect which ear they've been put on

Apple may be in on the early phases of designing small over-the-ear headphones which can detect which ear the device is in, to tailor the audio environment.

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ReviewReview: Swagtron's SwagCycle Pro is a fun and easy ride, but underpowered

Review: Swagtron's SwagCycle Pro is a fun and easy ride, but underpowered

Swagtron's SwagCycle Pro is a fun, iPhone-enhanced "last mile" transportation option, if catering to a narrow niche.

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Intel sold smartphone modem business to Apple because only serving Apple was unattractive

Intel sold smartphone modem business to Apple because only serving Apple was unattractive

Intel CEO Bob Swan in a Wednesday interview explained the reasoning behind selling his company's smartphone modem assets to Apple, saying the exclusive nature of its relationship with the iPhone maker made staying in the business unattractive.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Microsoft found a man named 'Mac Book' to tout Surface Laptop 2

Microsoft found a man named 'Mac Book' to tout Surface Laptop 2

Apple's MacBook Air is the target of Microsoft's latest ad, which cleverly enlists the help of a man named "Mac" Book to tout the new Surface Laptop 2.

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CBS All Access debuts on Apple TV Channels

CBS All Access debuts on Apple TV Channels

More than two months after Apple TV Channels debuted on iOS and tvOS, Apple's over-the-top streaming subscription hub on Wednesday welcomed its 20th provider into the fold with the addition of CBS All Access.

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Apple stops signing iOS 12.3.1, 12.3.2 code following iOS 12.4 debut

Apple stops signing iOS 12.3.1, 12.3.2 code following iOS 12.4 debut

As is customary, Apple on Wednesday ceased code signing for iOS 12.3.1 and iOS 12.3.2 following the release of iOS 12.4, ensuring iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are running the most up-to-date version of the mobile operating system.

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Verizon adds four US cities to growing 5G network

Verizon adds four US cities to growing 5G network

Verizon on Wednesday activated 5G Ultra Wideband services in select areas of Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., bringing the number of U.S. cities with access to the speedy mobile network up to nine.

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Apple moves high-profile software exec over to AR team

Apple moves high-profile software exec over to AR team

The head of program management for Apple's software team, Kim Vorrath, has reportedly moved to an augmented reality team within the company, perhaps signalling accelerating work in the field.

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FeatureBack to School Buyers Guide: Which desktop is the best Mac for college?

Back to School Buyers Guide: Which desktop is the best Mac for college?

It's easy to assume that a student will need a notebook Mac, but if you're going to be based in one place, a desktop one can be a much better value. You just have to know which features really matter when choosing the best Mac for college.

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Hands-OnThis Apple Watch charger is better than Apple's in every way

This Apple Watch charger is better than Apple's in every way

Apple's own Apple Watch charger is as boring as it gets. Native Union's new Belt Cable bests Apple's in nearly every way.

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Analysts predict Apple Pencil support in 2019 iPhone - again

Analysts predict Apple Pencil support in 2019 iPhone - again

An analyst prediction for the 2019 iPhone refresh has suggested the inclusion of support for the Apple Pencil, a potential feature that has occasionally surfaced in rumors over the last few years, but has yet to actually make an appearance in the final product.

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Apple Watch's Emergency SOS credited with saving epileptic Australian woman

Apple Watch's Emergency SOS credited with saving epileptic Australian woman

An Australian woman with epilepsy is reportedly alive because of the fall detection and Emergency SOS features on the Apple Watch Series 4.

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Apple releases fifth developer beta for macOS 10.15 Catalina

Apple releases fifth developer beta for macOS 10.15 Catalina

The fifth round of developer betas for Apple's milestone operating systems, with the last of the bunch — macOS 10.15 Catalina — now available to download by test participants.

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab S6 updated with new S Pen and dual camera

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S6 updated with new S Pen and dual camera

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S6, a new tablet with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display, a dual camera setup, an on-screen fingerprint scanner, and an upgraded S Pen stylus with new features as well as a rear groove for storage.

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Facebook's TV streaming & video call set-top codenamed 'Catalina,' launching this fall

Facebook's TV streaming & video call set-top codenamed 'Catalina,' launching this fall

Facebook is reportedly talking to Disney, Netflix, and others about putting their streaming services on a new Apple TV-like set-top that would also offer video calls.

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VideoHands on: Adding a telephoto lens to the iPhone XR with Moment

Hands on: Adding a telephoto lens to the iPhone XR with Moment

The iPhone XR's camera takes great landscape, and wide angle portraits. But wouldn't it be better to have a telephoto zoom lens like its more expensive flagship, the iPhone XS?

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