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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit & Galaxy Buds are Samsung's new wearables

Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit & Galaxy Buds are Samsung's new wearables

Beyond the Galaxy S10 and Fold, Samsung revealed multiple wearable devices on Wednesday: the Galaxy Watch Active, two Galaxy Fit trackers, and its AirPods-like Galaxy Buds.

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Samsung's Galaxy S10 guns for Apple with triple-lens camera, true edge-to-edge display

Samsung's Galaxy S10 guns for Apple with triple-lens camera, true edge-to-edge display

Samsung on Wednesday debuted four different tiers of the Galaxy S10, its latest flagship smartphone and main iPhone competitor, including one with 5G connectivity.

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The Galaxy Fold is Samsung's $1980 7.3-inch folding smartphone

The Galaxy Fold is Samsung's $1980 7.3-inch folding smartphone

The first product to debut in Samsung's Feb. 20 press event is the Galaxy Fold, its first-ever foldable smartphone, with an eye-watering price.

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ExclusiveLowest price ever: Apple's current 12-inch MacBook on sale for $799 ($500 off)

Lowest price ever: Apple's current 12-inch MacBook on sale for $799 ($500 off)

The exclusive deals keep rolling in at AppleInsider, delivering record low prices on Apple hardware. Save an incredible $500 on current 12-inch MacBooks for 48 hours only, bringing the price down to just $799 with free expedited shipping.

Spectrum debuts $15 cable streaming service for Apple TV, iPhone, iPad users

Spectrum debuts $15 cable streaming service for Apple TV, iPhone, iPad users

For $15 per month, the Spectrum TV Essentials streaming service will provide more than 60 channels to an Apple TV or iPhone for customers of the company's internet service that don't have a cable television package.

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Apple rolls out third public beta versions of iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2

Apple rolls out third public beta versions of iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2

Made available just one day after the developer beta, participants of Apple's public beta program are now able to update their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch to a new third beta build of iOS 12.2, and the fourth generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K to tvOS 12.2.

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EditorialEditorial: Apple is making us wait for a new iMac for no good reason

Editorial: Apple is making us wait for a new iMac for no good reason

Apple's flagship machine, the iMac, has not been updated since June 2017, and it's not because of a lack of technical improvements that could be made. Apple has chosen to sideline the iMac for reasons known only to itself, but now is the time for a significant update.

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Use an iPhone to update the Nike Adapt BB sneakers, or you'll brick them

Use an iPhone to update the Nike Adapt BB sneakers, or you'll brick them

NikeOwners of the Nike Adapt BB, self-lacing sneakers that can be tied and loosened via a smartphone app, are reporting their high-tech footwear has been bricked by the Android version of the app, an issue caused through a faulty delivery of new firmware.

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Apple Pay activated on 383 million iPhones, worldwide

Apple Pay activated on 383 million iPhones, worldwide

Apple Pay is continuing to grow as a major player in the mobile payments market thanks to its loyal users, Loup Ventures notes, estimating that 43 percent of all iPhone users around the world have enabled Apple Pay on their devices.

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TipsHow to do basic editing and detailed markup of PDFs on Mojave

How to do basic editing and detailed markup of PDFs on Mojave

The more you need to edit or alter PDFs, the closer you come to needing third-party apps. Yet again, though, the Mac comes with PDF tools that are capable and useful — so let's talk about how to use them.

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The Nest Secure has a hidden microphone, and Google didn't tell owners for 18 months

The Nest Secure has a hidden microphone, and Google didn't tell owners for 18 months

Owners of Google's Nest Secure system are upset about a microphone on the product suddenly being enabled for Google Assistant — one that they weren't aware existed.

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Lowest prices: $150-$225 off every 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Vega graphics

Lowest prices: $150-$225 off every 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Vega graphics

Back by popular demand, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is knocking $150 to $225 off every 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Vega 16 or Vega 20 graphics for a limited time. Plus, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

iPhone supply chain settling down, stabilizing after rough holiday quarter

iPhone supply chain settling down, stabilizing after rough holiday quarter

Apple's iPhone suppliers are starting to show what could be signs of stabilization following the weaker than anticipated iPhone sales in the holiday quarter, according to JP Morgan, but the company still has to deal with the prospect of the global smartphone market continuing to slow down.

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Apple Watch 'Flight' spot highlights cellular functionality with airborne acrobatics

Apple Watch 'Flight' spot highlights cellular functionality with airborne acrobatics

Apple has released a new video for the Apple Watch Series 4 highlighting the freedom the cellular model provides to its users without requiring a nearby iPhone, by showing a runner whisked into the air and transported to the middle of a lake.

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These Apple deals deliver Mac hardware as low as $379

These Apple deals deliver Mac hardware as low as $379

Record low prices are in effect now on Apple hardware, with Macs starting at just $379. From $999 12" MacBooks to $700 off 2018 15" MacBook Pros, these deals are valid while supplies last with limited quantities available at the reduced prices.

Apple considering WWDC Mac Pro reveal, expansion of 'Project Marzipan'

Apple considering WWDC Mac Pro reveal, expansion of 'Project Marzipan'

WWDC may not see just the reveal of the Mac Pro ahead of an expected launch later in the year, but also an expansion of the initiative that makes it easier for developers to create one app for most of Apple's platforms.

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Samsung's 'Galaxy Fold' foldable phone leaks out hours before official reveal

Samsung's 'Galaxy Fold' foldable phone leaks out hours before official reveal

Multiple sources are showing what they call the "Galaxy Fold" featuring a new Infinity Flex display — and it comes with a notch.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

College student caught trafficking drugs through iOS app, title still available on App Store

College student caught trafficking drugs through iOS app, title still available on App Store

A UC Santa Cruz student was indicted last week on charges of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, business he allegedly conducted through an app made available on Apple's iOS App Store.

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Quartet of videos from Apple demonstrate key iPhone photography features

Quartet of videos from Apple demonstrate key iPhone photography features

Four new videos from Apple educate users on Key Photos, Depth Control, Stage Light Mono, and how to search for photos, all on an iPhone.

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ReviewReview: AirPodPal is a wireless charging case for your AirPods that will triple their battery life

Review: AirPodPal is a wireless charging case for your AirPods that will triple their battery life

AppleInsider tries out yet another AirPods case — this one weak on protection, but packing in several functional features unique in an increasingly oversaturated the market.

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Siri in iOS 12.2 to recommend Today at Apple sessions based on app use

Siri in iOS 12.2 to recommend Today at Apple sessions based on app use

In an interesting integration of Apple's Siri virtual assistant technology, the company's upcoming iOS 12.2 release delivers a new function that recommends relevant Today at Apple sessions to users based on their app preferences.

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Qualcomm says Apple's software workarounds undermine case against US iPhone ban [u]

Qualcomm says Apple's software workarounds undermine case against US iPhone ban [u]

Apple's software update to get around an alleged Qualcomm patent violation undermines its case against a ban on U.S. iPhone imports, the chipmaker said in a filing last week.

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Apple brings iPhone SE back on sale in its online clearance section from $249

Apple brings iPhone SE back on sale in its online clearance section from $249

Apple has given potential owners of the iPhone SE yet another chance to purchase the discontinued smartphone through its online store's Clearance section, but as with earlier sales, it is likely to be available only for a matter of hours before disappearing from view once more.

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VideoVideo: Everything new in iOS 12.2 beta 3: Group FaceTime, Control Center remote, & bug fixes

Video: Everything new in iOS 12.2 beta 3: Group FaceTime, Control Center remote, & bug fixes

Apple has released iOS 12.2 beta 3 to developers, it comes with a number of notable changes over the past two beta releases.

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Pro audio glitch with T2-equipped Macs associated with USB 2.0 connections

Pro audio glitch with T2-equipped Macs associated with USB 2.0 connections

The dropouts plaguing audio interfaces on Macs with Apple's T2 chip involve an overload of a USB bus running in the slower USB 2.0 speed, according to an Ableton-certified trainer.

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VideoVideo: Discussing the 11 products that Apple is expected to release in 2019

Video: Discussing the 11 products that Apple is expected to release in 2019

Prolific Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo published a list of products Apple is expected to ship in 2019. AppleInsider takes a look at the hardware list, and spells out which could potentially be in user's hands before the end of this year.

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FeatureHere are all the new Apple Pay card issuers added during 2018 and 2019

Here are all the new Apple Pay card issuers added during 2018 and 2019

Apple is now regularly updating its roster of banks and credit unions with Apple Pay. Here are all the card issuers added in 2018-2019, in the U.S. and abroad. Updated on Feb. 19 with new options in the U.S., France, the Czech Republic, and Saudi Arabia.

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Apple distributes third developer betas of iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2

Apple distributes third developer betas of iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2

Apple's beta testing process has rolled on to its third releases, with new builds of iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2, and watchOS 5.2 now available to download by developers enrolled in the program.

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Apple adding new gradient watchfaces for Apple Watch Hermes in watchOS 5.2

Apple adding new gradient watchfaces for Apple Watch Hermes in watchOS 5.2

With Apple's upcoming watchOS 5.2, a perk for people lucky enough to afford the Apple Watch Hermes will be two new watchfaces.

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HomePod sales up in fourth quarter, Amazon and Google extending lead

HomePod sales up in fourth quarter, Amazon and Google extending lead

Smart Speakers such as the HomePod have helped almost double the global shipments of the product category in the fourth quarter of 2018, but while Apple's speaker is seeing increased sales, it is seemingly falling behind its rivals in terms of overall market share.

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SoundCloud adds option to distribute music directly to services like Apple Music

SoundCloud adds option to distribute music directly to services like Apple Music

Looking to cement its status as a launching point for independent artists, SoundCloud on Tuesday announced an option letting musicians publish music directly to outside services like Spotify and Apple Music.

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Eve's HomeKit-compatible Flare moodlight ships in US & Canada

Eve's HomeKit-compatible Flare moodlight ships in US & Canada

The Eve Flare, a HomeKit-compatible light originally launched in Europe last year, is now finally available in the U.S. and Canada.

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Qualcomm's new X55 5G modem is ridiculously fast - but Apple probably won't use it

Qualcomm's new X55 5G modem is ridiculously fast - but Apple probably won't use it

Qualcomm on Tuesday revealed a new modem, the Snapdragon X55, an updated 5G model with better performance — though it's unlikely to appear in Apple's iPhone anytime soon unless the two companies can settle their differences.

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AirPods Wireless Charging Case may not need precise location on a charging pad

AirPods Wireless Charging Case may not need precise location on a charging pad

A future version of the AirPods Wireless Charging Case may not necessarily require users to carefully line it up on a wireless charger for it to receive power, with Apple proposing a system where it could be placed in practically any position on an AirPower-style charging pad and still be able to inductively charge.

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Apple's iPhone still holds commanding lead in smartphone sales in Japan

Apple's iPhone still holds commanding lead in smartphone sales in Japan

While Apple's shipments in the Japanese smartphone market dipped 10.5 percent year-over-year in the December quarter, the iPhone still enjoys overwhelming popularity there, according to new research data.

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Apple's Chinese price cuts provided only temporary sales improvement

Apple's Chinese price cuts provided only temporary sales improvement

Apple's attempts to boost its iPhone sales in China via price cuts offered only a temporary effect, according to Rosenblatt Securities, with post Chinese New Year sales reportedly seeing little in the way of improvement in a depressed smartphone market.

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'iPad mini 5' CAD file suggests spec bump, no major new features

'iPad mini 5' CAD file suggests spec bump, no major new features

More speculation about Apple's rumored fifth-generation iPad mini suggests it won't have any major changes to its appearance, with one prominent leaker examining a CAD file believing the compact tablet will largely be similar to the fourth-generation model but with improved specifications.

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Users report Apple Pay rollout in Czech Republic prior to official launch

Users report Apple Pay rollout in Czech Republic prior to official launch

As rumored, Apple appears to be rolling out Apple Pay services in the Czech Republic early Tuesday, with the launch following close on the heels of a debut in Saudi Arabia.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Apple activates Apple Pay services in Saudi Arabia ahead of official launch [u]

Apple activates Apple Pay services in Saudi Arabia ahead of official launch [u]

Apple began rolling out Apple Pay to customers in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, with early reports showing compatibility with previously confirmed financial partners including the country's largest institution, the National Commercial Bank.

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