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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Foxconn and Wisconsin renegotiate factory agreement, future of project uncertain

Foxconn and Wisconsin renegotiate factory agreement, future of project uncertain

According to a letter Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers sent to Foxconn executive Louis Woo, the state is renegotiating a deal that promised the Taiwan-based company incentives in return for building a massive manufacturing and R&D facility in the region.

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Review: Arlo Ultra is a 4K HomeKit-ready smart home camera with endless features

Review: Arlo Ultra is a 4K HomeKit-ready smart home camera with endless features

Arlo Ultra is the most capable smart home camera yet, with a laundry list of features including forthcoming HomeKit compatibility to back up the hefty price tag. AppleInsider tests it out.

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Intel refreshes H-series processor used in 2018 MacBook Pro, still 14nm

Intel refreshes H-series processor used in 2018 MacBook Pro, still 14nm

Intel has refreshed its H-series processor line that was used in the 2018 MacBook Pro with a collection that boasts one eight-core processor capable of a 5GHz clock speed, but one that is also continuing to use the aging 14-nanometer production process.

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Apple opens dedicated 'Apple TV' YouTube channel, teasing Apple TV+ & iTunes content

Apple opens dedicated 'Apple TV' YouTube channel, teasing Apple TV+ & iTunes content

Apple has silently begun a new YouTube channel, "Apple TV," apparently laying the groundwork for this fall's Apple TV+ launch.

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Black Powerbeats Pro shipping May, other colors due in summer

Black Powerbeats Pro shipping May, other colors due in summer

While Apple's Beats will be launching the Powerbeats Pro in May as promised, only the black model will be available at first, the company says.

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Apple rolls out third public beta builds of iOS 12.3 and macOS 10.14.5

Apple rolls out third public beta builds of iOS 12.3 and macOS 10.14.5

One day after providing the latest set of beta builds for developer testing, Apple has made the third public beta counterparts for iOS 12.3 and macOS 10.14.5 available to download for those enrolled in the company's test program.

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MacBook, MacBook Pro keyboard repairs 'prioritized' for in-store next-day service

MacBook, MacBook Pro keyboard repairs 'prioritized' for in-store next-day service

Owners of the MacBook and MacBook Pro may find their keyboard repairs are quicker to complete than usual, with Apple Stores instructed to perform the repair at the in-store Genius Bar, rather than dispatching the notebooks out to an off-site repair shop.

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Apple Pay rumored launching in Austria on Wednesday

Apple Pay rumored launching in Austria on Wednesday

Apple Pay will reportedly launch in Austria on Wednesday, arriving there well after the U.S. and many European neighbors.

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Tim Cook wanted Apple to fight US DOJ in court over encryption

Tim Cook wanted Apple to fight US DOJ in court over encryption

Speaking at Time Magazine's first-ever Time 100 Summit on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a variety of topics, most notably saying he wished the company's encryption battle with the U.S. Department of Justice had gone to court.

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Mouse support over USB-C could arrive for iPad Pro in iOS 13

Mouse support over USB-C could arrive for iPad Pro in iOS 13

Apple could include the ability to use a mouse or trackpad within iOS 13, a report suggests, which beyond accessibility could enable the iPad or iPad Pro to more directly compete with notebooks and other devices that could be used as a complete computer replacement.

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Amazon's 1-day storage sale features discounts of up to $420 off, plus $50 off Apple Watch Series 4

Amazon's 1-day storage sale features discounts of up to $420 off, plus $50 off Apple Watch Series 4

Whether you're looking for a portable USB-C drive to travel with your MacBook Pro, or you need a significant amount of space to run alongside your iMac 5K, Amazon's flash storage sale offers discounts of up to 60% off models from SanDisk and Western Digital. Apple Watch Series 4 styles are also eligible for a bonus coupon, delivering the lowest prices available.

Qualcomm's share price expected to continue rising following Apple settlement

Qualcomm's share price expected to continue rising following Apple settlement

Qualcomm's share price still has some space for growth following the surprise settlement with Apple, Morgan Stanley suggests, with the price potentially able to grow by another 15% due to both supplying Apple with modems and being a central figure in the creation of 5G networks.

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ExclusiveKiller deals: Save up to $300 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro on top of recent price drops

Killer deals: Save up to $300 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro on top of recent price drops

Extended for a limited time only, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is knocking hundreds off quad-core Mid 2018 13-inch MacBook Pros, as well as six-core 15-inch MacBook Pros with our exclusive coupon. These discounts are on top of Apple's recent price drops on 2TB and 4TB models, potentially savings shoppers up to $700 compared to Q1 pricing.

Samsung clawing back Galaxy Fold from reviewers amid faulty screen complaints

Samsung clawing back Galaxy Fold from reviewers amid faulty screen complaints

In addition to delaying the launch of the phone, Samsung is now asking reviewers to return their Galaxy Fold samples, acknowledging that they were encountering numerous problems with its foldable OLED screen.

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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' album hits Apple Music, moves out of Tidal exclusivity

Beyonce's 'Lemonade' album hits Apple Music, moves out of Tidal exclusivity

Long a Tidal exclusive, Beyonce's popular "Lemonade" album is now finally available on Apple Music as well as other streaming services like Spotify.

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EditorialEditorial: Super Frenemies - why the world is better off with both Apple and Samsung

Editorial: Super Frenemies - why the world is better off with both Apple and Samsung

Apple and Samsung are often depicted as cutthroat enemies, but it's also no secret they are also their own largest customers, unquestionably dependent upon the success of each other's business. Could that change, and would the world be better off with just a single, giant, more vertical phone maker?

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Raise in Apple's dividend and $35B share buyback program extension predicted

Raise in Apple's dividend and $35B share buyback program extension predicted

Apple will be accelerating how it passes some of its giant cash hoard to investors, according to analysts at Wells Fargo, with the iPhone producer expected to offer a dividend increase and raise how many shares it buys back, though not by as much as it has in previous years

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At WWDC, iOS 13 may get the photo management update it needs

At WWDC, iOS 13 may get the photo management update it needs

A new report has highlighted several new features and changes predicted to be announced at WWDC for iOS 13 and macOS 10.15. Most notably, it appears that Apple will finally be implementing a new image flow when importing photos from external media.

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Lowest prices ever: Apple's latest 15 inch MacBook Pro on sale for $1,879, high-end model only $100 more

Lowest prices ever: Apple's latest 15 inch MacBook Pro on sale for $1,879, high-end model only $100 more

Amazon-owned Woot is delivering the lowest prices anywhere on Mid 2018 15-inch MacBook Pros thanks to flash discounts of up to $820 off. Pick up the standard model for $1,879 or snap up a high-end model with loads of upgrades for just $100 more.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Student sues Apple for $1 billion over false arrest linked to facial recognition tech

Student sues Apple for $1 billion over false arrest linked to facial recognition tech

An 18-year-old student launched a $1 billion lawsuit against Apple and an associated security firm on Monday, accusing the pair of falsely linking him to a series of store thefts.

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Sprint, AT&T reach settlement in lawsuit over rebranding 4G as '5G E'

Sprint, AT&T reach settlement in lawsuit over rebranding 4G as '5G E'

A settlement has emerged in Sprint's lawsuit against AT&T, which accused the rival carrier of "blatantly misleading consumers" with its use of the term "5G E" to market high-speed 4G connections.

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ReviewReview: JBL's Endurance Peak wireless earbuds deliver excellent fit & sound

Review: JBL's Endurance Peak wireless earbuds deliver excellent fit & sound

If you can look past its touch controls, the JBL Endurance Peak is a great balance of price, longevity, and audio quality amongst fully wireless earbuds.

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Amazon issues even steeper markdowns on Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro, delivering record low prices

Amazon issues even steeper markdowns on Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro, delivering record low prices

The Apple authorized reseller has dropped 2018 iPad Pro prices by an additional $25 to $50, with popular 11-inch iPad Pro models starting at an all-time low of $649.99 (and total discounts of up to $200 off).

VideoWhich do you choose? Apple Pencil vs Logitech Crayon for iPad Pro

Which do you choose? Apple Pencil vs Logitech Crayon for iPad Pro

A couple of weeks ago, Apple released iOS 12.2 and with that update Apple suddenly allowed Logitech's Crayon to work with some of Apple's iPad Pro lineup, so today let's take a look at whether you should buy the more expensive Apple Pencil 2, or maybe you'd be better off with the more affordable Logitech Crayon.

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Apple distributes third developer betas of iOS 12.3, tvOS 12.3, watchOS 5.2.1, macOS 10.14.5

Apple distributes third developer betas of iOS 12.3, tvOS 12.3, watchOS 5.2.1, macOS 10.14.5

Apple has reached the third round of developer betas in its current cycle, offering up new builds of iOS 12.3, tvOS 12.3, watchOS 5.2.1, and macOS 10.14.5 up for testing by program participants, as well as a second build for the third-generation Apple TV software version 7.3.

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Sony's summer AirPlay 2 and HomeKit televisions include $70,000 8K model

Sony's summer AirPlay 2 and HomeKit televisions include $70,000 8K model

Sony has revealed its lineup of smart televisions it will be shipping in the spring and summer, with the range including support for both AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, enabling the televisions to stream content from Apple's device ecosystem and take advantage of the company's smart home framework.

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Samsung delays launch of Galaxy Fold after review unit screen failures [u]

Samsung delays launch of Galaxy Fold after review unit screen failures [u]

After cancelling launch events in China, Samsung has confirmed that is has delayed the U.S. Galaxy Fold smartphone debut until further notice, and is promising changes to make the screen stronger.

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Tim Cook shares four 'shot on iPhone' images to promote Earth Day

Tim Cook shares four 'shot on iPhone' images to promote Earth Day

Apple CEO Tim Cook has marked Earth Day by highlighting four environmentally-themed photographs as part of the company's ongoing "Shot on iPhone" social media campaign, with all of the images of animals and plant life taken using an iPhone.

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Apple spends more than $30M per month on Amazon Web Services

Apple spends more than $30M per month on Amazon Web Services

Apple is one of the biggest customers of Amazon Web Services, it has been revealed, with the iPhone maker allegedly spending in excess of $30 million per month in order to enable services like iCloud to function reliably and at scale via the retailer's network of servers.

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Bowers & Wilkins wireless Formation Suite speaker setup supports AirPlay 2

Bowers & Wilkins wireless Formation Suite speaker setup supports AirPlay 2

Bowers & Wilkins has launched its Formation Suite of wireless audio products, a collection of wireless speakers that offer high performance sound at the same time as simplified synchronization between outputs, as well as support fro Apple's AirPlay 2 protocol.

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'iPhone 5G' in late 2020 will drive 200 million sales for Apple, says Ming-Chi Kuo

'iPhone 5G' in late 2020 will drive 200 million sales for Apple, says Ming-Chi Kuo

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has thrown his hat into the ring in regards to iPhone 5G predictions, and also suspects that it will be released in the second half of 2020, and it will have a big impact on sales.

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Conservation International & Apple have teamed to protect mangrove forests

Conservation International & Apple have teamed to protect mangrove forests

Apple is working with Conservation International to protect and restore a 27,000-acre mangrove forest in Cispata Bay, Colombia, in a bid to preserve a slowly disappearing part of the ecosystem.

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Apple has a full-time professional philosopher on staff

Apple has a full-time professional philosopher on staff

Philosopher and Apple Distinguished Senior Fellow Joshua Cohen joined the faculty of Apple University in 2011. Despite occasional outside lectures, though, his work is kept confidential, and Apple reportedly refuses permission for him to be interviewed.

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Apple loses bid to deny Swatch Australian 'one more thing' trademark

Apple loses bid to deny Swatch Australian 'one more thing' trademark

Apple has been handed a defeat in court by watch producer Swatch in court for a second time in a month, as the iPhone producer failed to convince the Australian Trade Marks Office that Swatch should be denied a trademark for "One More Thing," a phrase synonymous with Apple events and Steve Jobs.

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Apple Pay abruptly dropped by JCPenney, is no longer accepted in store [u]

Apple Pay abruptly dropped by JCPenney, is no longer accepted in store [u]

Struggling retail chain JCPenney has intentionally dropped support for Apple Pay and all other contactless payments sources from all vendors, at least for the time being.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

EditorialEditorial: Could Apple's lock on premium luxury be eclipsed by an era of good-enough gear?

Editorial: Could Apple's lock on premium luxury be eclipsed by an era of good-enough gear?

Across decades, Apple has developed its reputation for selling luxurious electronics with both a premium price and elevated expectations. But Apple's attention to detail means it's not often a trailblazer. Could the profits that are currently driving Apple at some point shift to instead support vendors like Samsung and Huawei who offer cheaper access to new tech faster, in a sloppier but "good enough" beta technology form?

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FeatureNorthern California Apple Store thefts restart, $100K in iPhones lifted from Best Buy & more

Northern California Apple Store thefts restart, $100K in iPhones lifted from Best Buy & more

San Francisco Bay Area Apple Store thefts restart, plus iPhone thefts around the world including one in which the thieves came back to ask for the passcode, and another by a man who had gotten out of jail moments earlier — all on the Apple Crime Blotter.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

'iPhone XI' and 'iPhone XI Max' case manufacturing dummies pop up on Chinese social media

'iPhone XI' and 'iPhone XI Max' case manufacturing dummies pop up on Chinese social media

A pair of images of an "iPhone XI" dummy for manufacturing purposes purports to show accurate dimensions of the 2019 iPhone lineup, including a square camera extrusion.

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TipsWhen to use an external microphone or recorder to make your podcasts

When to use an external microphone or recorder to make your podcasts

You can record your podcast on your iPhone, but what you might not be able to do so easily is make sure that the audio sounds good. Buying a broadcast-quality microphone or a separate audio recorder can bring your podcasting up a level, and there is some hardware that we like.

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Friday, April 19, 2019