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Sunday, February 16, 2020

FeatureApple Maps vs Google Maps - smartphone mapping titans battle it out in 2020

Apple Maps vs Google Maps - smartphone mapping titans battle it out in 2020

Apple Maps and Google Maps have both recently undergone major updates. AppleInsider takes a look at both, and examines which changes might shift which platform you want to use.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

HQ Trivia app closes down, ends with drunken presenters asking for jobs

HQ Trivia app closes down, ends with drunken presenters asking for jobs

The makers of the high-profile HQ Trivia app have gone bankrupt, and its last live broadcast featured drunk presenters looking for work, while paying the final prize money out of their own pockets.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Apple Music Replay has been updated to create a 2020 Replay playlist

Apple Music Replay has been updated to create a 2020 Replay playlist

Apple Music's Replay service generates a curated playlist based on your year of listening so far, and has just been updated to support 2020.

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ExclusiveDeals: Save $150 to $450 on every Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro

Deals: Save $150 to $450 on every Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro

Extended by popular demand! Apple authorized resellers have extended record-breaking discounts on Apple's brand-new 16-inch MacBook Pro, delivering cash savings of up to $450 off every model, including loaded Core i9 systems, via instant rebates and exclusive coupons. Find out how to save hundreds of dollars and grab the lowest prices on the ultimate Apple laptop.

Apple Maps Transit directions go live in various locations in the EU

Apple Maps Transit directions go live in various locations in the EU

Apple Maps are showing train, bus, and tram directions for users in new European locations such as France, Spain, and Germany as a new update appears rolls out across the EU.

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B&H launches massive Apple Mac sale: save up to $1,000

B&H launches massive Apple Mac sale: save up to $1,000

Fresh markdowns have been issued at Apple Authorized Reseller B&H Photo, with bonus savings on 16-inch MacBook Pros, 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs, and even new Mac Pros.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Apple launching program to store content closer to consumers

Apple launching program to store content closer to consumers

Apple Edge Cache is a new service that enables better content delivery to end users with Apple-managed servers inside an internet provider's network.

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FeatureiPhone 11 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S20+ - the best ultra-premium smartphones

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S20+ - the best ultra-premium smartphones

Samsung has made sure that Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max and the new Galaxy S20+ are direct competitors. With Samsung pushing further into the ultra-premium range with the Galaxy S20 Ultra, does Apple still offer enough to the prosumer six months after the release of the iPhone 11 Pro Max?

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Apple Watch helps save the life of teen athlete in Oklahoma

Apple Watch helps save the life of teen athlete in Oklahoma

Another life was saved with the assistance of an Apple Watch — this time a teen athlete in Oklahoma was alerted to an unusually high heart rate while in class.

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Amazon-owned Woot launches mega Apple clearance sale

Amazon-owned Woot launches mega Apple clearance sale

Woot has launched a clearance sale discounting MacBooks, MacBook Pros, iPad Pros, iPhones and more by hundreds of dollars. Prices start at just $179 during the open box sale, with limited quantities available at the reduced prices.

ReviewReview: Mous and the merits of a modular iPhone case system

Review: Mous and the merits of a modular iPhone case system

For the latest crop of iPhones, case manufacturer Mous has pushed forward to its Limitless 3.0 magnetic mounting system to provide a modular and protective lineup.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Apple may be working on its own antenna technology for the 5G 'iPhone 12'

Apple may be working on its own antenna technology for the 5G 'iPhone 12'

Reports have emerged in the last 24 hours with contradictory sources all claiming to have the inside track on the details surrounding the antenna technology expected in the 5G "iPhone 12" — with one claiming that Apple will do most of the work itself.

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Former iPhone chip designer hits back at Apple for anticompetitive practices

Former iPhone chip designer hits back at Apple for anticompetitive practices

As the legal battle wears on, former Apple engineer Gerard Williams III now claims Apple has been headhunting employees at Nuvia as part of an anticompetitive campaign against him.

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Apple shares an inside look at a 'Little America' episode

Apple shares an inside look at a 'Little America' episode

The latest behind-the-scenes look at the Apple TV+ show 'Little America' aims to show how a lack of dialogue can highlight personal connections between characters.

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TipsHow to cancel your Apple Music subscription

How to cancel your Apple Music subscription

Apple does make cancelling subscriptions straightforward, once you know how, but it's less clearcut with Apple Music since you'll want your own music to still be available to you.

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Apple's ARKit release left Google flat-footed

Apple's ARKit release left Google flat-footed

While Apple and Facebook push forward with augmented reality and virtual reality hardware, Google, burned by Google Glass and a late start to a smartphone AR framework, lags behind.

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2000 iPhones doled out to quarantined cruise ship passengers

2000 iPhones doled out to quarantined cruise ship passengers

Crew and holiday-makers quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship because of the coronavirus are being given iPhones for easy access to information, and online medical consultations.

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ExclusiveThese Mac Pro configurations are hottest among Pros, and B&H's deals deliver up to $1000 off

These Mac Pro configurations are hottest among Pros, and B&H's deals deliver up to $1000 off

Apple Authorized Reseller B&H Photo is slashing the price of its top selling Apple Mac Pro desktop computers by up to $1,000 exclusively for AppleInsider readers. These special Apple deals are available for a limited time only, delivering the lowest prices on record for the powerful machines.

Deals: Amazon's AirPods Pro discount is back; eBay delivers 15% off $25+ Presidents Day coupon

Deals: Amazon's AirPods Pro discount is back; eBay delivers 15% off $25+ Presidents Day coupon

Amazon's popular cash discount on Apple AirPods Pro is back, and with inventory constraints throughout the supply chain, it's best to secure your place in line today at the discounted price. Meanwhile, eBay is serving up a coupon discount for Presidents Day with 15% savings on qualifying orders over $25 (up to $100 off).

Apple reopens Beijing stores with temperature checks, limited hours, crowd control

Apple reopens Beijing stores with temperature checks, limited hours, crowd control

Beijing's Apple Stores are open for about half the hours that they are normally, and are subjecting visitors to temperature checks and maximum occupancy limits because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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ReviewReview: Atta Gora Liberte headphones are a great blend of fashion and function

Review: Atta Gora Liberte headphones are a great blend of fashion and function

Reasonably priced and extra comfortable, the Atta Gora Liberte truly wireless earbuds cater to those who aren't looking to spend luxury earbud money just yet.

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New Pandora app lets you stream music to Apple Watch & AirPods without iPhone

New Pandora app lets you stream music to Apple Watch & AirPods without iPhone

Pandora now allows listeners to stream music and podcasts on their Apple Watch — without needing an iPhone.

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EditorialHuawei hit hard by coronavirus in China, new criminal charges in U.S.

Huawei hit hard by coronavirus in China, new criminal charges in U.S.

There's lots of bad news piling up for Huawei, the firm often considered to be Android's best hope of challenging Apple's leadership in smartphone design and business competency.

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FeatureMalware, Microsoft gaming, and Sherlocking apps on the AppleInsider Podcast

Malware, Microsoft gaming, and Sherlocking apps on the AppleInsider Podcast

On this week's AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about coronavirus and its impact on Apple, Microsoft's iOS gaming beta, and the FTC's newfound interest in 'Sherlocked' apps or companies.

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ExclusiveLowest price ever: Apple's premium 8-core 16" MacBook Pro drops to $2,450

Lowest price ever: Apple's premium 8-core 16

Apple's high-end 16-inch MacBook Pro with a Core i9 processor, 1TB SSD and upgraded graphics is now $350 off exclusively for AppleInsider readers.

ReviewApple TV+ review: 'Visible: Out on Television' a well-edited tour of LGBTQ TV history

Apple TV+ review: 'Visible: Out on Television' a well-edited tour of LGBTQ TV history

The new "Visible" five-part series combines beloved talking heads with a mountain of clips to deliver a well-told tale of progress and representation.

FeatureApple's AirPods vs Samsung Galaxy Buds+ head-to-head

Apple's AirPods vs Samsung Galaxy Buds+ head-to-head

Samsung has launched its second attempt at taking on Apple's AirPods, with updates to battery life and speakers giving the Galaxy Buds+ a better chance against its main rival and the noise-canceling AirPods Pro, but does it do enough to warrant your attention?

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Linksys Velop HomeKit Router firmware update is coming, but not imminent [u]

Linksys Velop HomeKit Router firmware update is coming, but not imminent [u]

Linksys appeared at first glance to be the first vendor to make available a HomeKit router, with the inadvertent release of information surrounding a firmware update enabling the functionality leaking out.

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YouTube TV to cancel subscriptions purchased through Apple in-app payments in March

YouTube TV to cancel subscriptions purchased through Apple in-app payments in March

Google's YouTube unit this week informed YouTube TV customers of a change in policy that will see a discontinuation of subscriptions purchased through Apple's in-app payments mechanism, forcing users to subscribe elsewhere or cancel the service.

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HomePod gains smart speaker marketshare in Q4, still lags far behind front runners

HomePod gains smart speaker marketshare in Q4, still lags far behind front runners

Apple posted strong HomePod sales for the fourth quarter of 2019, according to new statistics shared Thursday, but its sales growth rate trails that of other top players and the device's overall marketshare sits well behind frontrunners Amazon and Google.

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Apple liable for millions in unpaid wages after court rules retail worker bag checks illegal

Apple liable for millions in unpaid wages after court rules retail worker bag checks illegal

The California Supreme Court in a decision delivered on Thursday found Apple broke state law by not paying retail workers for the time they spent participating in mandatory bag and device searches, leaving the company liable for millions in unpaid wages.

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Apple expands AR 'Quick Look' shopping tools to major retailer sites

Apple expands AR 'Quick Look' shopping tools to major retailer sites

Retailers are getting new customizable buttons to help sell products to iPhone users utilizing ARKit's 'Quick Look' feature.

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ExclusiveLowest price ever: Apple's 8-core 15" MacBook Pro just $2,149, plus up to $500 off 13" models

Lowest price ever: Apple's 8-core 15

Available exclusively for AppleInsider readers, B&H Photo is slashing the price of Apple's Mid 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro that's packed with upgrades, dropping it to a record low $2,149. Save $650 on the high-end config with an 8-core processor, extra storage and upgraded graphics — or snap up hundreds of dollars in savings on 13-inch MacBook Pro models.

Machine learning could help Apple Maps fix bogus GPS coordinates

Machine learning could help Apple Maps fix bogus GPS coordinates

Apple Maps may be able to provide its users with more accurate information about their location in the future, by using artificial intelligence to adjust GPS data when incorrect information or mistakes are detected in sensor readings.

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VideoHow to play 'Halo' on your iPhone or iPad with Microsoft's Project xCloud

How to play 'Halo' on your iPhone or iPad with Microsoft's Project xCloud

Project xCloud is the codename for Microsoft's new game streaming service, and it is now available in beta for users to test out, bringing massively popular titles like "Halo - The Master Chief Collection" to the iPhone and iPad. We've spent a few hours playing to test it out.

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Apple's 'CarKey' API could control your HomeKit smart lock in future

Apple's 'CarKey' API could control your HomeKit smart lock in future

The sudden appearance of the 'CarKey API' may only be the beginning, as Apple is seemingly exploring how it can expand on its cryptographic-based device authentication to bring digital keys into other areas.

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Apple Watch of the future could have a modular back for upgrades & new sensors

Apple Watch of the future could have a modular back for upgrades & new sensors

Future versions of the Apple Watch could be upgradable, with the addition of a modular section to the back that adds new sensors and functionality to the wearable device, or to enhance the existing functions like battery life.

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EditorialCoronavirus to hit Android's hopes for 5G, folding screens the hardest

Coronavirus to hit Android's hopes for 5G, folding screens the hardest

As Apple deals with interruption of the COVID-19 epidemic in China, its Android competitors face all the same issues; except that they make far less money and operate on much thinner margins across fragile shipment volumes.

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Beijing Apple Stores reopening on Feb 14, rest remain closed

Beijing Apple Stores reopening on Feb 14, rest remain closed

Apple plans to reopen some of its Apple Stores in Beijing as the threat of the coronavirus continues to keep other locations closed.

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