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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Apple's HomePod launches in China and Hong Kong

Apple's HomePod launches in China and Hong Kong

As promised, Apple on Friday kicked off sales of HomePod in China and Hong Kong, bringing the Siri-infused speaker to customers in the region nearly a year after the device launched in 2018.

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VideoHands on with Apple's new Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

Hands on with Apple's new Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

Apple has released a new Smart Battery Case for the latest iPhones. Here are our first impressions of the newly updated accessory.

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Walmart ditches plans to compete with Apple & others in streaming video arena

Walmart ditches plans to compete with Apple & others in streaming video arena

Walmart is reportedly abandoning plans to launch a Netflix-like streaming video service, which could take one more threat out of the equation for Apple's own upcoming launch.

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NHL shifting to iPad Pro for real-time statistics and analytics during the game

NHL shifting to iPad Pro for real-time statistics and analytics during the game

The NHL is aiming to provide coaches more information about how the team is faring during games, by issuing iPads running a new insights app on benches that offer more than 60 different real-time individual and team statistics to team management.

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Apple green-lights 10-episode sci-fi series from Simon Kinberg and David Weil

Apple green-lights 10-episode sci-fi series from Simon Kinberg and David Weil

Apple has given the go-ahead for a ten-episode season of currently-untitled science fiction series as part of its ongoing original video content effort, a big-budget TV show created and co-written by Simon Kinberg and David Weil.

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Apple tapped as contender for J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot studio

Apple tapped as contender for J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot studio

Apple appears to be one of the companies vying to pick up Bad Robot, the production studio founded by Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lost director J.J. Abrams.

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PCIe 5.0 standard gets ratified, could find a home in 2019 Mac Pro

PCIe 5.0 standard gets ratified, could find a home in 2019 Mac Pro

The PCI-SIG standards body has ratified version 0.9 of the PCIe 5.0 connection specification, which could have implications for future Macs, particularly the upcoming modular Mac Pro.

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ExclusiveHere's where to get the lowest prices on Apple's upgraded 2018 MacBook Pro

Here's where to get the lowest prices on Apple's upgraded 2018 MacBook Pro

Apple authorized reseller Adorama has just issued steeper markdowns on Apple's CTO 2018 MacBook Pros, with combined instant and coupon savings totaling up to $250 off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. These deals, which offer shoppers the lowest prices available, are available only at AppleInsider.

Future locked iPhones could open camera app automatically when held up to take a photo

Future locked iPhones could open camera app automatically when held up to take a photo

Photographers who are irritated about missing the perfect shot because it took too long to access their iPhone's camera could benefit from one potential feature Apple has considered, where the iPhone automatically enters the camera application when raised for a shot, even if it is still locked.

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ReviewReview: Neato's iPhone-connected Botvac D7 is a worthy Roomba alternative

Review: Neato's iPhone-connected Botvac D7 is a worthy Roomba alternative

If you have the cash and the right living situation, the Botvac D7 Connected is a largely solid robot vacuum with a few catches and eccentricities.

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2019 iPhone XR may get same antenna tech that's in the iPhone XS

2019 iPhone XR may get same antenna tech that's in the iPhone XS

Whatever it is ultimately named, the successor to the iPhone XR expected later in 2019 will be equipped with a 4-by-4 MIMO antenna for better wireless connections.

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Apple Watch could get more hands-free tilt controls in future watchOS update

Apple Watch could get more hands-free tilt controls in future watchOS update

The Apple Watch could include more gestures similar to Raise to Speak in the future, after the revelation Apple has explored the possibility of producing more hands-free ways to interact with wearable devices and other hardware.

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New price drops: $150 off 2018 MacBook Airs; AirPods back in stock; $100 off 2018 iPad Pros

New price drops: $150 off 2018 MacBook Airs; AirPods back in stock; $100 off 2018 iPad Pros

New markdowns are in effect on Apple's latest hardware, with 2018 MacBook Airs up to $150 off. The 11-inch iPad Pro is also on sale, with prices starting at $729 after $70 to $100 in savings. Meanwhile, those looking for a 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro can pick up current Touch Bar models at up to $150 off. And AirPods are back in stock.

China lambastes Apple, others for 'incorrect' references to Hong Kong & Taiwan

China lambastes Apple, others for 'incorrect' references to Hong Kong & Taiwan

A think tank linked to the Chinese government is criticizing Apple, Amazon, Nike and other foreign companies for using "incorrect labels" in reference to Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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County tax incentives likely to double for Apple's new $1B Austin campus

County tax incentives likely to double for Apple's new $1B Austin campus

County tax incentives for Apple's second campus in Austin, Tex. could potentially more than double a quoted $16 million estimate, a report revealed this week.

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Apple teaming with Johnson & Johnson for stroke prevention study

Apple teaming with Johnson & Johnson for stroke prevention study

Apple and Johnson & Johnson will launch a study later in 2019 to figure out if the Apple Watch in conjunction with trend monitoring can assist in preventing strokes, in particular, ones induced by atrial fibrillation.

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Fifth-generation iPad mini coming in the first half of 2019, says Taiwan suppliers

Fifth-generation iPad mini coming in the first half of 2019, says Taiwan suppliers

Two suppliers of touch panels in Taiwan are anticipating a good first half of 2019, with the pair saying that they expect to supply screens for the fifth generation iPad mini and a new 2019 iPad.

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TSMC slashes revenue guidance due to iPhone, global smartphone market slowdown

TSMC slashes revenue guidance due to iPhone, global smartphone market slowdown

Apple chip partner TSMC has issued a warning on its financial situation, advising of reduced revenue growth and plans to cut its investments as the company combats the global smartphone market slowdown that has affected many other device producers.

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Tim Cook renews call to Congress for federal data privacy law reforms, suggests creation of 'data-broker clearinghouse'

Tim Cook renews call to Congress for federal data privacy law reforms, suggests creation of 'data-broker clearinghouse'

The U.S. Congress should implement comprehensive federal privacy legislation to protect and empower customers against "data brokers," Apple CEO Tim Cook has declared, calling for lawmakers to introduce landmark reforms that fundamentally change the rules by which companies should abide regarding the collection and storage of user data.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Apple to reportedly reduce new hires amidst slumping iPhone sales

Apple to reportedly reduce new hires amidst slumping iPhone sales

Apple plans to reduce the number of new hires for certain divisions after the company missed revenue guidance for the December quarter on weak iPhone sales, according to a report issued on Wednesday.

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Rumor claims 2019 iPhone will get 10MP TrueDepth camera, stick to Lightning

Rumor claims 2019 iPhone will get 10MP TrueDepth camera, stick to Lightning

Although Apple is expected to deliver significant upgrades to the rear-shooting camera on 2019 iPhones, other components may not follow suit, a rumor claimed on Wednesday.

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Bleak smartphone industry could lead to double-digit iPhone decline in 2019

Bleak smartphone industry could lead to double-digit iPhone decline in 2019

The entire smartphone industry may be under a great deal of strain in 2019, with the biggest impact felt at the higher end as manufacturers like Apple and Samsung are poised to take a big hit, assuming a market analysis by J.P. Morgan is correct.

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American Data Dissemination Act seeks to legislate how the tech industry uses your data

American Data Dissemination Act seeks to legislate how the tech industry uses your data

Senator Marco Rubio has announced the American Data Dissemination Act, a data privacy bill that aims to shore up existing privacy laws and establish a minimum standard for tech giants like Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook to obey.

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Apple's stock is the one for 'the next decade,' former retail head Ron Johnson declares

Apple's stock is the one for 'the next decade,' former retail head Ron Johnson declares

Apple's original retail head Ron Johnson urged investors to buy the company's stock on Wednesday, calling it a good long-term bet, and arguing that iPhone sales will revive during the next cycle.

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Jason Katims departs Universal for Apple in multi-year content deal

Jason Katims departs Universal for Apple in multi-year content deal

Jason Katims, the showrunner behind some of Universal Television's hit shows, will be departing the TV studio this summer in favor of a shift to Apple, where he will help produce new video projects as part of a multi-year deal.

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Sprint promises to finally end sales of location data to third parties

Sprint promises to finally end sales of location data to third parties

Following shortly behind its rivals, Sprint on Wednesday promised that it would at last end sales of location data to third parties — something it and other U.S. carriers once promised to do before.

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VideoAfter a year, the iMac Pro benefits from better performance, proving its value

After a year, the iMac Pro benefits from better performance, proving its value

Apple's iMac Pro has been on the market for just over a year now, and what initially seemed like an overpriced machine compared to the high-end iMac 5K now looks a lot more reasonable. In this follow up examination after living with the machine for a year, we'll be looking at what's changed in Mac alternatives, complaints we've heard, and specific performance tests which have varied with software updates.

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Sprint adds Apple Business Chat to support its iPhone & iPad customers

Sprint adds Apple Business Chat to support its iPhone & iPad customers

Subscribers with U.S. carrier Sprint can now take advantage of Apple Business Chat when they need help with a plan or device.

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Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey to deliver keynote at Transact payments forum

Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey to deliver keynote at Transact payments forum

Apple vice president of internet services Jennifer Bailey will be delivering the keynote address at payments technology forum Transact in April, and is expected to speak about how Apple Pay helps merchants make customer payments as secure and convenient as possible.

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Apple in talks to put Apple Watch into the hands of Medicare users

Apple in talks to put Apple Watch into the hands of Medicare users

Apple has reportedly spoken with "at least three" private Medicare plan providers, exploring the possibility of subsidizing the Apple Watch for seniors 65 or older.

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Motorola Razr revival with foldable display could cost more than an iPhone XS Max

Motorola Razr revival with foldable display could cost more than an iPhone XS Max

The Motorola Razr could be making a comeback as part of a deal between Lenovo and Verizon in the near future, but the iconic flip phone's return could introduce a foldable display as part of its redesign, as well as a hefty price tag of $1,500 that outweighs even the iPhone XS Max.

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AirPower reference spotted in Malaysian iPhone Smart Battery Case website [u]

AirPower reference spotted in Malaysian iPhone Smart Battery Case website [u]

Potentially keeping hope that the AirPower is still alive, Apple's Malaysian website makes a reference to the charging mat in relation to its new Smart Battery Cases.

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Qualcomm points to innovation costs as shield to FTC's antitrust claims

Qualcomm points to innovation costs as shield to FTC's antitrust claims

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has rested its case against Qualcomm, with the chip maker saying that innovation is expensive, and its licensing practices are justified based on that alone.

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iPhone X beats out Galaxy S10+ CPU in alleged benchmark testing

iPhone X beats out Galaxy S10+ CPU in alleged benchmark testing

Supposed Geekbench data for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10+ would put the phone's performance behind its direct competitor, the iPhone XS Max, and even 2017's iPhone X.

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Former Apple exec Scott Forstall discusses creativity in tech, more in interview

Former Apple exec Scott Forstall discusses creativity in tech, more in interview

In a rare interview published last week, Apple's former head of iOS development Scott Forstall discusses a wide range of topics that offer a peek behind the scenes at the company during the genesis of iPod, iPhone, iPad and other landmark devices.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tim Cook highlights story of Apple Watch owner whose device detected A-Fib

Tim Cook highlights story of Apple Watch owner whose device detected A-Fib

Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a tweet on Tuesday highlighting yet another Apple Watch Series 4 success story, with the device reportedly detecting atrial fibrillation in its wearer — and potentially saving a life — thanks to new ECG functionality.

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Verizon to bundle Apple Music with top-tier unlimited plans starting Jan. 17

Verizon to bundle Apple Music with top-tier unlimited plans starting Jan. 17

Verizon on Tuesday announced a new promotion that will bundle Apple Music subscriptions to customers of its two most expensive monthly plans, expanding on an existing partnership with Apple that provided six free months of the streaming service to select users.

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Apple launches Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max & XR

Apple launches Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max & XR

Apple on Tuesday launched three new Smart Battery Cases to match its latest iPhone lineup, significantly extending the longevity of its handsets.

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Nomad debuts new natural leather Apple Watch bands and AirPods case

Nomad debuts new natural leather Apple Watch bands and AirPods case

Accessory maker Nomad has taken the wraps off its latest accessories — a modern leather Apple Watch band and an AirPods case both in a new natural leather finish.

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