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Friday, May 24, 2019

VideoHands on: 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro with 2.4 GHz i5 processor

Hands on: 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro with 2.4 GHz i5 processor

Just a couple of weeks before the WWDC, Apple quietly announced new MacBook Pros — and we've gotten our hands on the 13-inch model.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Apple facing class action lawsuit over alleged iTunes & Apple Music data sale

Apple facing class action lawsuit over alleged iTunes & Apple Music data sale

Residents of Rhode Island and Michigan lead the suit, which maintains that Apple profits unjustly by releasing what users play in iTunes and on Apple Music to other companies, and also allowing third-party app developers direct access to what tracks are in users' iTunes library.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

EditorialApple Card is the subscription that pays you to use it

Apple Card is the subscription that pays you to use it

Apple Card works just like any other Apple Pay account, but the software experience Apple is creating around it to enhance digital banking represents both a new Services venture and also an additional reason for users to keep buying hardware. That's why Apple is paying its customers to use it.

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Former Apple retail chief Ahrendts says 'mission accomplished,' denies reported criticisms

Former Apple retail chief Ahrendts says 'mission accomplished,' denies reported criticisms

Speaking publicly for the first time since leaving Apple in April, Angela Ahrendts in an interview Friday reflected on her tenure as the company's head of retail, calling it "mission accomplished."

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ExclusiveKiller 2019 MacBook Pro deals: Save $150 to $200 on new models

Killer 2019 MacBook Pro deals: Save $150 to $200 on new models

Apple's brand-new 2019 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros are hitting store shelves, and AppleInsider is the first to offer readers triple-digit savings of up to $200 off the newly announced computers with our exclusive promo code. These record-breaking markdowns bring prices down to as low as $1,649 (and even eight-core models are eligible for the coupon).

Apple confirms Apple Watch ECG function to roll out in Canada

Apple confirms Apple Watch ECG function to roll out in Canada

Apple on Friday confirmed plans to activate Apple Watch Series 4's ECG feature for users in Canada after receiving approval from the country's regulatory body, though the company failed to disclose a specific timeline for launch.

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DOJ might green-light T-Mobile and Sprint merger, report suggests

DOJ might green-light T-Mobile and Sprint merger, report suggests

A recent meeting between U.S. Federal Communication Commission chairman Ajit Pai and the head of the Justice Department's antitrust division could presage unification over a planned T-Mobile-Sprint merger, a deal that DOJ staff recommended against.

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Apple buys asthma-monitoring startup Tueo Health

Apple buys asthma-monitoring startup Tueo Health

Apple has reportedly bought Tueo Health, a startup that was developing asthma-tracking technology for use with sleeping kids.

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ReviewReview: Creative's Sound BlasterX Katana brings a punch to the desktop

Review: Creative's Sound BlasterX Katana brings a punch to the desktop

Creative's Sound BlasterX Katana might be overkill for desktop audio, especially on Macs, but it's impressive nevertheless.

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C by GE smart home lineup gains HomeKit support after multiple delays

C by GE smart home lineup gains HomeKit support after multiple delays

GE has finally brought HomeKit support to the C by GE app for iOS, enabling the company's line of smart lights, smart wall switches, and other devices to work with Apple's smart home platform after years of waiting.

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New price drops deliver the best deals on Apple Watches, Macs, iPads

New price drops deliver the best deals on Apple Watches, Macs, iPads

Steeper markdowns have just been issued on Apple hardware, delivering the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's Mac mini, 2018 MacBook Air, iMac 5K, Series 3 and Series 4 Watches and more.

Huawei tossed from SD Association, Wi-Fi Alliance, RAM spec group

Huawei tossed from SD Association, Wi-Fi Alliance, RAM spec group

Compounding Huawei's woes, the Chinese company has been removed not just from the Wi-Fi Alliance, and RAM spec controller JEDEC, but also from the SD Association, preventing it from offering official SD/microSD support in future devices.

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Apple issues iOS 12.3.1 update fixing VoLTE & Messages issues

Apple issues iOS 12.3.1 update fixing VoLTE & Messages issues

Apple has issued an unscheduled update for iOS 12.3.1, less than two weeks after the release of iOS 12.3, introducing bug fixes for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch relating to Voice over LTE calls and Messages.

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2019 MacBook Pro keyboard changes don't look like they're going to do much

2019 MacBook Pro keyboard changes don't look like they're going to do much

A teardown of the newly-released 2019 MacBook Pro finds that Apple has made some changes to switch covers and to the dome switches themselves, but it isn't clear what, if anything, the material shift will do to alleviate keyboard complaints.

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2019 iPhones again predicted to have three-lens camera, 2020 to have full screen Touch ID

2019 iPhones again predicted to have three-lens camera, 2020 to have full screen Touch ID

Apple could bring back Touch ID along with 5G support in the 2020 iPhone, Barclays analysts predict, with a recent fact-finding trip to meet supply chain firms resulting in expectations about the 2019 iPhones that doesn't seem to suggest anything majorly different from other speculation attempts.

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FeatureWhat to expect at 2019 WWDC: macOS 10.15, and maybe the Mac Pro

What to expect at 2019 WWDC: macOS 10.15, and maybe the Mac Pro

Apple's next macOS is certain to bring new features to help get iOS apps onto the Mac — but it's also certain to lose features like Dashboard and any 32-bit apps. Here's what we expect to hear from Apple at the 2019 WWDC.

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Amazon, Best Buy knock $250 off 2018 MacBook Airs, plus $999 MacBook Pros

Amazon, Best Buy knock $250 off 2018 MacBook Airs, plus $999 MacBook Pros

Memorial Day weekend deals are going on now, with a new $250 price cut on Late 2018 MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros marked down to $999. These sale prices, which match the lowest prices we've seen to date, are limited to stock on hand and may end at any time.

FeatureNew MacBook Pro, 2019 iPhone models, Instagram, & Huawei's suffering on the AppleInsider podcast

New MacBook Pro, 2019 iPhone models, Instagram, & Huawei's suffering on the AppleInsider podcast

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor is sad to inform you that Instagram leaked your information for months. William points out that at least it wasn't Facebook this time — and Victor looks at him for that just like you're doing now. In better news, Apple has new MacBook Pro models and the much-liked software developer Panic is moving into games hardware, because it can.

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ExclusiveSave up to $1,000 on 2018 MacBook Pros with these blowout deals

Save up to $1,000 on 2018 MacBook Pros with these blowout deals

More price drops are in, and these special markdowns are available exclusively for AppleInsider readers. Save $500 to $1,000 instantly on 2018 15-inch MacBook Pros featuring 32GB of memory and at least 1TB of storage. In addition to the lowest prices ever, shoppers can take advantage of no interest financing or a sales tax refund, further adding to the savings.

HKCam is an open source, DIY HomeKit security camera project

HKCam is an open source, DIY HomeKit security camera project

HomeKit app developer Matt Hochgatterer today has unveiled an open-source HomeKit camera project. The HKCam utilizes a Raspberry Pi Zero W and a 3D printed enclosure to allow users to create their own security camera compatible with Apple's HomeKit for less than $30.

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Second Taiwan Apple store to open soon in Taipei's Xinyi District

Second Taiwan Apple store to open soon in Taipei's Xinyi District

Apple on Thursday quietly adorned construction barriers protecting a new retail location in Taiwan with company branding, confirming rumors that the tech giant will soon open a second outlet in the region.

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Apple ceases iOS 12.2 code signing following iOS 12.3 release

Apple ceases iOS 12.2 code signing following iOS 12.3 release

Apple on Thursday stopped signing code for iOS 12.2 following the May release of iOS 12.3, ensuring iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices are operating on the latest version of the company's mobile operating system.

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Snapchat employees abused company data access tools to spy on users

Snapchat employees abused company data access tools to spy on users

According to a report on Thursday, a number of Snap employees abused privileged data management tools to snoop on Snapchat users, in some cases potentially gaining access to location and contact information, as well as saved Snaps.

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Fresh App Store monopoly lawsuit arrives after US Supreme Court ruling

Fresh App Store monopoly lawsuit arrives after US Supreme Court ruling

Taking advantage of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, a new class action lawsuit accuses Apple of artificially inflating App Store prices through a claimed monopoly on iOS app distribution.

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New US bill would ban loot boxes in games for people under 18

New US bill would ban loot boxes in games for people under 18

Moving forward as promised, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri formally introduced a bill on Thursday that would halt sales of gaming loot boxes to people under 18.

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EditorialEditorial: The AirPods Meme - How Apple is making you fall in love with your tech

Editorial: The AirPods Meme - How Apple is making you fall in love with your tech

AirPods are emblematic of what makes today's Apple work. It's a competent technology product, but one that makes an emotional connection with you as you use it. And because they're designed to be used often and for extended periods of time, they keep associating themselves with your happiness derived from using them, ingratiating themselves as trusted devices that recommend that you buy more gear from Apple in the future.

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VideoWhat to expect at the 2019 WWDC from iOS 13 and watchOS 6

What to expect at the 2019 WWDC from iOS 13 and watchOS 6

It's going to be a big year for iOS and that's not just wishful thinking, that's based entirely on what we know is coming. Here's what the evidence says Apple is bringing to our iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.

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US Senate greenlights anti-robocalling bill to combat 'daily deluge'

US Senate greenlights anti-robocalling bill to combat 'daily deluge'

The U.S. Senate voted 97 to 1 on Thursday to move forward with the TRACED Act, intended to fight a surge of robocalls, in some cases harassing people multiple times per day.

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Eight-core 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro crushes mid-2018 model in benchmarks

Eight-core 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro crushes mid-2018 model in benchmarks

An initial benchmark of Apple's updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with an eight-core processor indicates the 2019 revision of the highest-specification model offers considerable improvements on the 2018 equivalent, especially in multi-core performance.

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Samsung reportedly being tapped for 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pro OLED screens

Samsung reportedly being tapped for 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pro OLED screens

Apple is considering the possibility of adding flexible OLED displays to its MacBook Pro and iPad Pro lines, a report claims, a component that could be supplied by Samsung using a slightly modified production technique for the display technology.

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Revived bill proposes safeguards against warrantless data searches at US borders

Revived bill proposes safeguards against warrantless data searches at US borders

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have reintroduced a bill that would block the government from searching iPhones, MacBooks, and other devices at the border without a warrant.

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QNAP ships Mac-compatible USB-C to 5-gig Ethernet adapter

QNAP ships Mac-compatible USB-C to 5-gig Ethernet adapter

QNAP on Thursday introduced the QNA-UC5G1T, an adapter bridging USB-C Macs with Ethernet connections running up to 5 gigabits per second.

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Pegatron could start making iPads & MacBooks in Indonesia as early as June

Pegatron could start making iPads & MacBooks in Indonesia as early as June

One of Apple's major assembly partners, Pegatron, will start Indonesian manufacturing of iPads and MacBooks in June, regional reports claim.

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Jamf data claims most students would use a Mac - if they could afford it

Jamf data claims most students would use a Mac - if they could afford it

Most college and university students would choose to use a Mac, but price is a considerable barrier, according to a survey commissioned by Apple-oriented device management firm Jamf.

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Proposed US Senate bill would hand $700M to rural telecoms to avoid Huawei & ZTE

Proposed US Senate bill would hand $700M to rural telecoms to avoid Huawei & ZTE

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators have proposed a bill that would hand $700 million in grants to rural telecom providers to cover the cost of stripping Huawei and ZTE gear from their networks.

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Speech enhancements to clean up iPhone audio could kick in after unclear call complaints

Speech enhancements to clean up iPhone audio could kick in after unclear call complaints

Calls between iPhone users could benefit from automatic audio filtering to improve the quality of the sound heard by each user, a system that would only come into effect once it knows one user is having trouble hearing what is being said by the other.

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Apple's 2019 iPhone models listed in Eurasian regulatory filings

Apple's 2019 iPhone models listed in Eurasian regulatory filings

Eleven model numbers relating to new iPhones, and their variations such as geographical or storage capacity, have now appeared in the Eurasian Economic Commission's listings, far ahead of their expected September launch.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Instagram website source code exposed private information of thousands

Instagram website source code exposed private information of thousands

A security researcher discovered a flaw in Instagram's website that left user contact information exposed for months, potentially allowing nefarious actors to create databases containing the phone numbers and email addresses of thousands.

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App developer Panic reveals 'Playdate' handheld gaming system

App developer Panic reveals 'Playdate' handheld gaming system

Panic, a developer known for macOS and iOS apps like Transmit and Coda, on Wednesday announced plans for its first hardware offering in Playdate, a small handheld gaming device set to launch in 2020.

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