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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Apple proposes simplified location detection using tiny gas sensors in iPhones

Apple proposes simplified location detection using tiny gas sensors in iPhones

A future iPhone or Apple Watch could determine its general location by gases, Apple has proposed, with the use of miniature sensors inspecting the air to determine if the user is inside or outdoors, and potentially even narrowing down to a specific room, without relying on GPS or signals from communication networks.

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FeatureHere are all the big changes to Apple Maps for 2017-2019

Here are all the big changes to Apple Maps for 2017-2019

In a bid to beat Google, Apple is continually updating Apple Maps, bringing in new features and expanding coverage. Here's what the company's been adding in 2017-2019, updated on April 25 with enhanced details in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada.

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Apple recalling some AC wall plug adapters and Apple World Travel Adapter Kits

Apple recalling some AC wall plug adapters and Apple World Travel Adapter Kits

Apple has launched a voluntary recall of some AC wall plug adapters shipped between 2003 and 2010, designed for use primarily in Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

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Verizon names 20 more 5G cities, T-Mobile says mmWave 5G will be urban-only

Verizon names 20 more 5G cities, T-Mobile says mmWave 5G will be urban-only

Verizon on Thursday announced 20 further U.S. cities set to get 5G, including the fastest version of the standard, millimeter wave (mmWave) — a technology T-Mobile's CTO says won't make it beyond urban borders.

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HomePod's multi-user support could use iPhones to secure Siri queries using personal data

HomePod's multi-user support could use iPhones to secure Siri queries using personal data

The HomePod could offer support for Siri with multiple users in the future without worrying about a user's personal data being accessed, with Apple coming up with a method to authenticate the speaker is authorized to make potentially sensitive queries using the presence of a nearby iPhone.

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FeatureNo, '250 scientists' didn't warn that AirPods are a cancer risk

No, '250 scientists' didn't warn that AirPods are a cancer risk

Over the last month, a UK tabloid and the Medium blogging platform helped launch a wave of articles later syndicated by Yahoo and other clickbait sites implying that large group of scientists were very concerned about the health risks of AirPods. The problem: the petition was signed in early 2015, before AirPods were even announced. Its concerns were not linked to the extremely weak Bluetooth Low Energy protocol that AirPods use.

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Bug in Apple's iTunes and iOS App Store stopping some users from downloading or updating purchases

Bug in Apple's iTunes and iOS App Store stopping some users from downloading or updating purchases

An unknown number of users are currently unable to buy new apps or download updates because of a bug in Apple's iOS App Store, with impacted users being prompted to accept new terms and conditions in an infinite loop.

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Mac malware jumps more than 60% in three months, massive uptick in adware

Mac malware jumps more than 60% in three months, massive uptick in adware

The threat of malware has increased for Mac users in a short space of time, a report from Malwarebytes claims, with detected threats up by more than 60% from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019, and adware becoming more prevalent with an increase of over 200% for the same period.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Intel lays off dozens from autonomous vehicle program, acquires LiDAR startup

Intel lays off dozens from autonomous vehicle program, acquires LiDAR startup

In a claimed effort to streamline operations, Intel recently shaved "several dozen" people from its roster of employees working on autonomous vehicles at the company's Silicon Valley Innovation Center in Palo Alto.

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TikTok returns to App Store in India following week-long ban

TikTok returns to App Store in India following week-long ban

Popular Chinese video sharing app TikTok is again available on India's app stores, ending a week-long, court-ordered ban that restricted downloads of the title in its largest growth market.

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Expecting to pay up to $5B for Cambridge Analytica, Facebook sets aside $3B for FTC fines

Expecting to pay up to $5B for Cambridge Analytica, Facebook sets aside $3B for FTC fines

Facebook is preparing to pay a record-setting fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations following the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, as the social network is earmarking $3 billion to go towards its expenses and a potential $5 billion fine, depending on how it negotiates with the regulator.

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Apple's will to 'hurt Qualcomm financially' illustrated by Qualcomm's opening statement

Apple's will to 'hurt Qualcomm financially' illustrated by Qualcomm's opening statement

Slides of Qualcomm's opening arguments against Apple have been published, exposing more detail of Apple's long plan to hurt Qualcomm financially to force reduced modem chip payments.

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ExclusiveKiller deals: Save up to $300 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro on top of recent price drops

Killer deals: Save up to $300 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro on top of recent price drops

Extended for a limited time only, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is knocking hundreds off quad-core Mid 2018 13-inch MacBook Pros, as well as six-core 15-inch MacBook Pros with our exclusive coupon. These discounts are on top of Apple's recent price drops on 2TB and 4TB models, potentially savings shoppers up to $700 compared to Q1 pricing.

AT&T CEO says faster 5G networks will cost more and be capped

AT&T CEO says faster 5G networks will cost more and be capped

The CEO of AT&T has proposed higher pricing for 5G connectivity, suggesting data plans for the next-generation mobile networks could be closer to that of broadband packages, including both allowances of data and tiered maximum speeds.

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Hands-OnMindNode 6 mind mapping app adds new Focus mode to Mac and iOS

MindNode 6 mind mapping app adds new Focus mode to Mac and iOS

The longstanding mind map app MindNode has been updated to add new features to its Mac and iOS versions. Both now feature a Focus mode that concentrates the map on one topic and the iOS edition also lets you select multiple elements to edit or move together.

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Surfer retrieves working Apple Watch six months after losing it in the ocean

Surfer retrieves working Apple Watch six months after losing it in the ocean

A man from Huntington Beach, Calif. has recovered an Apple Watch he lost surfing in the Pacific Ocean six months ago, still in working order.

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Alexa voice recognition audit teams had access to customers' location data

Alexa voice recognition audit teams had access to customers' location data

More allegations about how owners of the Amazon Echo smart speaker range are having their privacy infringed by the retailer have surfaced, with the latest claim involving an internal team of Alexa auditors having access to customer data that can reveal their home address.

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Apple reports fewer self-driving test cars on California roads

Apple reports fewer self-driving test cars on California roads

For the first time, Apple in April reported a decrease in the number of self-driving test vehicles it has on California's public roads.

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Power button class action suit for iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 will be heard on Oct. 25

Power button class action suit for iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 will be heard on Oct. 25

A class action lawsuit against Apple concerning sleep/wake button issues with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 is going to be heard in a Californian court, with the lawyers bringing the lawsuit against the iPhone producer putting out a call for potentially affected device owners ahead of the October trial.

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Apple's loaded MacBook is on sale for $999 ($600 off) while supplies last

Apple's loaded MacBook is on sale for $999 ($600 off) while supplies last

Just in, another $50 price drop, matching the lowest prices ever. Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo has just issued steep discounts on 12-inch MacBooks with savings of up to $600 off and free expedited shipping, plus 0% financing incentives.

Samsung to spend $116B in next decade to overtake chipmakers TSMC, Intel, Qualcomm

Samsung to spend $116B in next decade to overtake chipmakers TSMC, Intel, Qualcomm

Samsung this week said it intends to spend $116 billion by 2030 in order to beat the likes of Intel, Qualcomm, and TSMC for a lead role in logic chip manufacturing.

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Amazon issues even steeper markdowns on Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro, delivering record low prices

Amazon issues even steeper markdowns on Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro, delivering record low prices

The Apple authorized reseller has dropped 2018 iPad Pro prices by an additional $25 to $50, with popular 11-inch iPad Pro models starting at an all-time low of $649.99 (and total discounts of up to $200 off).

Apple retains leads in laptop technical support, but gap is narrowing

Apple retains leads in laptop technical support, but gap is narrowing

Apple has claimed the top spot on Laptop Magazine's 2019 customer service ratings, scoring 91 out of 100 based on a mix of phone and online performance.

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AT&T says the Galaxy Fold will ship on June 13, Samsung still has no date set

AT&T says the Galaxy Fold will ship on June 13, Samsung still has no date set

While Samsung itself has not given any specific shipping dates for a revised Galaxy Fold after multiple review unit failures forced a delay, AT&T representatives are insistent that it will be shipped to customers on Thursday, June 13.

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Skeptical investors undervaluing Apple's services, Morgan Stanley raises AAPL to $234

Skeptical investors undervaluing Apple's services, Morgan Stanley raises AAPL to $234

Investors consistently undervalue Apple's Services, and iPhone sales are strong, which has led Morgan Stanley to raise the target price for Apple stock to $234.

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Designers have social duties beyond a product's launch, says Apple's Jony Ive

Designers have social duties beyond a product's launch, says Apple's Jony Ive

A designer's obligations to the world don't end after a product ships, said Apple chief design officer Jony Ive in an interview published this week.

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US survey reveals iPhone XR most popular model, middling Services uptake

US survey reveals iPhone XR most popular model, middling Services uptake

The iPhone XR was the most popular iPhone model sold in the United States for the quarter ending March 2019, a survey has revealed, while the company's move towards pushing services apparently has quite a way to go before iTunes, Apple Music, and others are actively being used by the majority of iPhone owners.

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TipsHow to protect yourself against calls from fake Apple support

How to protect yourself against calls from fake Apple support

Calls from bogus Apple support representatives are on the rise. Scam-artists are using Apple's name, and spoofing phone numbers, in order to phish for personal details from customers. There are occasions when Apple will phone you, but it won't be about your iCloud account.

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FeatureHow Apple Watch went from rumor to shipping product on April 24, 2015

How Apple Watch went from rumor to shipping product on April 24, 2015

It feels like we've always had Apple Watches, but it's only a very few years since the first ones were shipped to customers. Yet if it's still really a new product, you can trace rumors of Apple's work on it back to at least 2010.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown suggests poor design decisions with 'massive gaps'

Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown suggests poor design decisions with 'massive gaps'

Before Samsung chose to hold back launch for a redesign, the Galaxy Fold was inherently vulnerable to debris reaching the display, according to a new teardown.

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Goldman Sachs raises AAPL target to $182 citing stabilizing Chinese demand

Goldman Sachs raises AAPL target to $182 citing stabilizing Chinese demand

Analysts at Goldman Sachs have improved their view of Apple's share, raising the stock's 12-month target price from $140 to $182 under the belief demand in China is no longer an issue, at the same time as anticipating Apple will beat its guidance for the upcoming financial results.

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Two new AirPods models, one with new design, coming in 2019 & 2020 says Ming-Chi Kuo

Two new AirPods models, one with new design, coming in 2019 & 2020 says Ming-Chi Kuo

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting two new AirPods models to ship at the end of 2019 or in the beginning of 2020, solidifying Apple's lead in the marketplace.

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Apple Pay officially launches in Austria

Apple Pay officially launches in Austria

Apple Pay is now available to customers of Austria's Erste Bank und Sparkasse, as well as via German-based N26's Mastercard.

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New noise-cancelling 'AirPods 3' rumored for end of 2019

New noise-cancelling 'AirPods 3' rumored for end of 2019

Reports from the supply chain suggest that Apple may release a third generation of AirPods with noise cancellation before the end of 2019.

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Apple's 128GB iPad mini 4 drops to $299 just in time for Mother's Day

Apple's 128GB iPad mini 4 drops to $299 just in time for Mother's Day

Those looking for a significant amount of storage space at a fraction of the retail cost can snap up the lowest price ever on Apple's closeout iPad mini 4. Save $100 instantly on top of recent price drops with free shipping just in time for Mother's Day and graduation 2019.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Foxconn and Wisconsin renegotiate factory agreement, future of project uncertain [u]

Foxconn and Wisconsin renegotiate factory agreement, future of project uncertain [u]

According to a letter Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers sent to Foxconn executive Louis Woo, the state is renegotiating a deal that promised the Taiwan-based company incentives in return for building a massive manufacturing and R&D facility in the region.

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Review: Arlo Ultra is a 4K HomeKit-ready smart home camera with endless features

Review: Arlo Ultra is a 4K HomeKit-ready smart home camera with endless features

Arlo Ultra is the most capable smart home camera yet, with a laundry list of features including forthcoming HomeKit compatibility to back up the hefty price tag. AppleInsider tests it out.

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Intel refreshes H-series processor used in 2018 MacBook Pro, still 14nm

Intel refreshes H-series processor used in 2018 MacBook Pro, still 14nm

Intel has refreshed its H-series processor line that was used in the 2018 MacBook Pro with a collection that boasts one eight-core processor capable of a 5GHz clock speed, but one that is also continuing to use the aging 14-nanometer production process.

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Apple opens dedicated 'Apple TV' YouTube channel, teasing Apple TV+ & iTunes content

Apple opens dedicated 'Apple TV' YouTube channel, teasing Apple TV+ & iTunes content

Apple has silently begun a new YouTube channel, "Apple TV," apparently laying the groundwork for this fall's Apple TV+ launch.

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