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Thursday, October 18, 2018

VideoShould you buy an iPhone XR or used iPhone X?

Should you buy an iPhone XR or used iPhone X?

Preorders for Apple's iPhone XR go live in a matter of hours. If you're looking to upgrade, but don't want to spend $1,000 on an iPhone XS, the XR delivers many of the same technologies at a relatively affordable entry point. But what about a used iPhone X instead?

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Samsung starts 7nm chip production, trailing behind A-series supplier TSMC

Samsung starts 7nm chip production, trailing behind A-series supplier TSMC

Samsung has commenced production of chips using a 7-nanometer process, a move that brings it in line with Apple's A-series chip partner TSMC, giving the iPhone supplier potential competition for future iPhone processor orders.

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iPhone will insulate TSMC from negative financial effects of US trade war with China

iPhone will insulate TSMC from negative financial effects of US trade war with China

Taiwan-based chip manufacturer TSMC is predicting modest growth in the new quarter, suggesting that production of smartphone chips — particularly for Apple's iPhone — will offset not just weakness in cryptocurrency mining, but risks caused by the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.

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Apple working on high-voltage battery power converters intended for sports cars

Apple working on high-voltage battery power converters intended for sports cars

Apple is continuing to explore ways to improve cars and other vehicles, possibly as part of Project Titan, as the iPhone producer has come up with ways to refine power transfer systems used in electric vehicles to run low-power equipment.

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Akitio's Thunder3 Dock Pro offers 10-gigabit Ethernet to MacBook Pro, iMac owners

Akitio's Thunder3 Dock Pro offers 10-gigabit Ethernet to MacBook Pro, iMac owners

Akitio is now shipping the Thunder3 Dock Pro, a new Thunderbolt 3 dock for Macs promising an array of options, including a rare example of a 10-gigabit Ethernet port.

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EditorialHuawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 more than a year behind Apple's A12 Bionic in performance

Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 more than a year behind Apple's A12 Bionic in performance

Following Apple's A12 Bionic powering iPhone XS and iPhone XR models, Huawei has released its own custom 7nm ARM System on a Chip. But despite using the same fab process, Huawei's Kirin 980-powered Mate 20 Pro flagship lags far behind Apple's iPhone XS A12, turning in performance scores well below last year's A11 iPhone X.

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

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

Apple authorized reseller Adorama has issued steep markdowns on Apple's brand-new 2018 MacBook Pro with combined instant and coupon savings totaling up to $300 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. These deals, which offer shoppers the lowest prices anywhere, are available only at AppleInsider.

Mophie intros Powerstation USB-C 3XL for charging MacBooks, iPhones & iPads

Mophie intros Powerstation USB-C 3XL for charging MacBooks, iPhones & iPads

Mophie has released a new portable battery, the Powerstation USB-C 3XL, designed explicitly with the ability to charge Apple's MacBooks.

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Woot has Apple's current 12-inch MacBook on sale for $899.99 today only

Woot has Apple's current 12-inch MacBook on sale for $899.99 today only

While supplies last, Woot is knocking $400 off Apple's current Mid 2017 12-inch MacBook in Space Gray. Now $899.99, this is the lowest price we've seen for the cheap Macs in brand-new condition with an Apple warranty. Since Woot is owned by Amazon, Prime members can also take advantage of free shipping on the ultraportable laptops.

Pixelmator Pro 1.2 upgrade adds macOS Mojave support, Core ML-based photo enhancement tool

Pixelmator Pro 1.2 upgrade adds macOS Mojave support, Core ML-based photo enhancement tool

Pixelmator Pro has been updated to version 1.2, with the image editing suite now fully supporting macOS Mojave and introducing a new machine learning-based enhancement feature that can automatically tweak the color in user's photographs.

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Hands-OnHands on: HyperX's Cloud Mix headset jumps between desktop gaming & your iPhone

Hands on: HyperX's Cloud Mix headset jumps between desktop gaming & your iPhone

The Cloud Mix attempts to break gaming headsets out of their niche by making them compatible with your iPhone, iPad, and other Bluetooth devices.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Intel splitting manufacturing group into three parts after repeated 10nm delays

Intel splitting manufacturing group into three parts after repeated 10nm delays

Intel is preparing to make changes to how manufacturing will be managed after the arm's leader retires in November, with claims the group will be spit into three segments with separate leaders, as the company attempts to catch up with its repeatedly delayed product launches.

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Customized gold & titanium $6300 iPhone XS models with clockworks launched by mod shop

Customized gold & titanium $6300 iPhone XS models with clockworks launched by mod shop

Russia's Caviar has launched specially-customized "Grand Complications" versions of the iPhone XS and XS Max, in which the rear shell has been replaced by precious metals and a working watch mechanism.

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ReviewReview: Cement chamber makes the Master & Dynamic MA770 sound great

Review: Cement chamber makes the Master & Dynamic MA770 sound great

Cement isn't often something one considers when looking at speakers, but the construction material is exactly what Master and Dynamic used as they set out to build their large and ambitious MA770 wireless powerhouse.

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Apple distributes fourth developer beta of macOS 10.14.1 Mojave

Apple distributes fourth developer beta of macOS 10.14.1 Mojave

Apple has provided its fourth beta of macOS 10.14.1 Mojave to developers for testing, arriving two days after developer betas for its iOS, watchOS, and tvOS counterparts.

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ARM processor for Macs coming in 2020 or 2021, Apple car in 2023 says Ming-Chi Kuo

ARM processor for Macs coming in 2020 or 2021, Apple car in 2023 says Ming-Chi Kuo

The symbiotic relationship between Apple and TSMC is expected to continue for at least five years, with chips from the foundry expected to pop up in Macs no later than 2021, and in Apple's long-awaited car effort between 2023 and 2025, if Ming-Chi Kuo is correct.

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Austrian collection of 1,100 Macs seeks rescue from disposal

Austrian collection of 1,100 Macs seeks rescue from disposal

An Austrian repairman who possesses a large number of Apple computers is looking for a new owner for his approximately 1,100-strong collection of old Macs, one which faces the prospect of being thrown away if it cannot be rehomed.

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EditorialAnalysts change tune, now say $1,000 Huawei Mate 20 Androids are a bargain

Analysts change tune, now say $1,000 Huawei Mate 20 Androids are a bargain

Analysts and commentators who spent the first half of 2018 insisting that Apple's $999 iPhone X was suffering from "disappointing" sales because of its premium price, a supposed "lack of innovation," and controversial design choices that included a camera "notch" are now telling us that Chinese companies that struggled to profit from high volumes of cheap phones will now successfully sell expensive models with an imitative notch.

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Graphic 7 minute audio of Jamal Khashoggi's murder again linked to journalist's Apple Watch

Graphic 7 minute audio of Jamal Khashoggi's murder again linked to journalist's Apple Watch

As reports elaborate on details of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing in Turkey, the Apple Watch keeps getting brought up, despite the odds being against it having been used as the recorder. Manipulation of the contentious reports has spread, even involving a previous report by AppleInsider being altered and hosted elsewhere intended to influence social media, and Google search results.

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Ember's smartmugs can now track caffeine intake via the Apple Health app

Ember's smartmugs can now track caffeine intake via the Apple Health app

Ember, the maker of smartmugs can that automatically regulate temperature, has added support for Apple's HealthKit platform as a way of monitoring caffeine intake.

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Apple's refreshed Privacy website now allows US users to request stored personal data

Apple's refreshed Privacy website now allows US users to request stored personal data

Apple launched a refreshed privacy website on Wednesday, updating the minisite to better educate its customers on how the company works to protect the user's personal data across all of its products and services, as well as opening up a system for US users to request all of their data from Apple.

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Skydio's R1 drone gets automatic & manual Apple Watch flight controls

Skydio's R1 drone gets automatic & manual Apple Watch flight controls

Skydio, the maker of the R1 camera drone, is on Wednesday launching an update to its iPhone app that lets Apple Watch owners fly the drone from their wrist.

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FeatureApple's Mac mini now inexcusably getting trounced by cheap Intel hardware

Apple's Mac mini now inexcusably getting trounced by cheap Intel hardware

Apple's Mac mini is a great small form factor macOS computer, but it is being completely blown away by Intel's NUC, which is bad for Apple, and bad for us, the consumer. AppleInsider delves into the now four-year-old Mac mini, and the Intel hardware that is putting it to shame.

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Alphabet sued over failing to disclose Google+ privacy vulnerability

Alphabet sued over failing to disclose Google+ privacy vulnerability

An investor has launched a lawsuit against Google's parent company, Alphabet, arguing that the company deceived fellow investors by failing to reveal a Google+ bug that could have exposed profile information people didn't set to public.

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iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max spreading to other countries in conjunction with iPhone XR sales

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max spreading to other countries in conjunction with iPhone XR sales

Apple has announced that it will start selling the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR in countries beyond the launch territories, with new sales starting on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2.

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Facebook waffles on Portal video chat device privacy, can be used for ad data

Facebook waffles on Portal video chat device privacy, can be used for ad data

Facebook's recently launched Portal video calling devices could help the social network target advertising towards its users, it has been revealed, with data collected by the hardware potentially combined with other information for marketing purposes.

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Hulu looks to possible new skinny bundles as it reprioritizes on-demand content

Hulu looks to possible new skinny bundles as it reprioritizes on-demand content

Hulu has started to work towards creating new skinnier bundles of live TV channels in an effort to reprioritize sales on bread-and-butter on-demand content.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla announce plans to deprecate TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in 2020

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla announce plans to deprecate TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in 2020

Four tech industry titans, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, this week announced plans to move from Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 to modern, more secure versions of protocol.

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Apple seemingly cracking down on 'scammy' subscription apps

Apple seemingly cracking down on 'scammy' subscription apps

Apple appears to be ridding the App Store of so-called "scammy" apps after multiple media outlets exposed questionable pricing tactics that dupe users into expensive subscriptions.

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Beats marks Mickey Mouse's 90th anniversary with special-edition Solo3 headphones

Beats marks Mickey Mouse's 90th anniversary with special-edition Solo3 headphones

Apple on Tuesday launched a special Mickey Mouse edition of its Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones, timed with the character's 90th anniversary.

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App bundles expand to Mac apps and free apps with subscriptions

App bundles expand to Mac apps and free apps with subscriptions

Apple on Tuesday announced an expansion to its app bundles sales options, allowing Mac developers and those marketing free apps with subscriptions to group up to ten apps together into a single purchase.

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Beats Studio 3 Skyline Wireless headphones debut in new colors with gold trimmings

Beats Studio 3 Skyline Wireless headphones debut in new colors with gold trimmings

Apple has revealed that the Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones are getting a minor update, with three new colors available, all accented with gold trim and branding.

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Google complying with EC ruling by charging Android vendors for Play Store, Google apps

Google complying with EC ruling by charging Android vendors for Play Store, Google apps

Google will start to charge Android smartphone and tablet producers a licensing fee to include the Google Play Store and other essential apps on devices sold in Europe, as a way to comply with the European Commission's antitrust decision.

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October Apple blowout: 15" MacBook Pros on sale from $1,899, plus up to $600 off 13" Touch Bars & $137.50 AirPods

October Apple blowout: 15

Fall savings are here and you don't have to wait until Black Friday to save hundreds on Apple's MacBook Pro. High-end 2017 models are on sale for just $2,099 (the lowest price ever) while supplies last. Meanwhile, 2018 configs are eligible for bonus coupon savings. Even more aggressive deals on 2017 13" Touch Bars are also in effect now, knocking up to $600 off.

Hands-OnHands on: Ultimate Ears' mainline Bluetooth speaker, the Boom 3

Hands on: Ultimate Ears' mainline Bluetooth speaker, the Boom 3

Ultimate Ears recently refreshed its popular Boom line of Bluetooth speakers, led by the Boom 3, arguably the line's all-purpose "everyman" model.

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CodeWeavers ships CrossOver 18 with full macOS Mojave support

CodeWeavers ships CrossOver 18 with full macOS Mojave support

CodeWeavers has updated CrossOver, the application for running Windows applications on macOS desktops without using Windows itself, with version 18.0.0 introducing full support for macOS Mojave and numerous minor improvements.

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VideoOne month later: iPhone XS versus the iPhone XS Max

One month later: iPhone XS versus the iPhone XS Max

When upgrading to Apple's new iPhone XS, you have to choose between the 5.8-inch XS or the 6.5-inch XS Max. After spending a month with both phones, there's a few real-world differences between the two models that may be worth knowing about before reaching a decision.

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Amazon introduces waterproof Kindle Paperwhite with better display, audiobook support

Amazon introduces waterproof Kindle Paperwhite with better display, audiobook support

One of Amazon's dedicated e-readers, the Kindle Paperwhite, received a major upgrade on Tuesday, gaining features like waterproofing, an enhanced display, and audiobook support.

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Apple may not have bought music analytics firm Asaii, might be 'acquihire'

Apple may not have bought music analytics firm Asaii, might be 'acquihire'

Music analytics startup Asaii was not acquired by Apple, a report claims, with the iPhone producer said to have performed an "acquihire" for the three founders rather than buying the entire company's assets as previously reported.

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