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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

ReviewReview: Razer's Nommo Pro speakers are beautiful overkill, but need better Mac support

Review: Razer's Nommo Pro speakers are beautiful overkill, but need better Mac support

Even though Razer could stand to improve its Apple support, the Nommo Pro may still be the one of the best 2.1 speaker systems for your Mac short of professional or extreme audiophile options.

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TipsHow to stream the 2020 Democratic debates on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV

How to stream the 2020 Democratic debates on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV

The first Democratic candidate debates for 2020's U.S. Presidential elections are happening Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27, both at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Here's how to tune in from any Apple device you might have.

ReviewReview: Kenu BingeBank lets you watch Netflix while charging

Review: Kenu BingeBank lets you watch Netflix while charging

The Kenu BingeBank is a portable battery pack that packs not only a wireless charger, but a kickstand for easily consuming video while powering up.

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Apple hires lead ARM CPU architect Mike Filippo

Apple hires lead ARM CPU architect Mike Filippo

Apple recently recruited Mike Filippo, a CPU architect with a long history and credits at ARM, Intel, and AMD.

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Deals: Uncapped data speeds for new and existing Visible customers

Deals: Uncapped data speeds for new and existing Visible customers

Visible has announced they are removing the 5 megabit per second data cap speeds for current and new customers at no added cost for a limited time.

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Shopify integrates Apple Business Chat for all 800,000+ merchants

Shopify integrates Apple Business Chat for all 800,000+ merchants

Merchant backend provider Shopify today said that Apple Business Chat is coming to all of its clients worldwide, numbering over 800,000.

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Exclusive2019 MacBook Pro deals are here, save up to $250 w/ promo code

2019 MacBook Pro deals are here, save up to $250 w/ promo code

Even bigger price drops! Shoppers looking for the lowest prices on Apple's new MacBook Pros can save up to $250 instantly at Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama with our exclusive promo code. These special deals deliver the greatest savings on Apple's Mid 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro, with bonus perks, such as free shipping and no interest financing for 12 months.

VideoReview: Satechi finally nails the HomeKit smart outlet

Review: Satechi finally nails the HomeKit smart outlet

Other than smart light bulbs, smart plugs are the most prevalent smart home product genre on the market. It escapes us, why it took so long for us to finally get an option that checks all the boxes before the Satechi Dual Smart Outlet.

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New DisplayPort 2.0 spec uses Thunderbolt 3 for 16K displays

New DisplayPort 2.0 spec uses Thunderbolt 3 for 16K displays

VESA has published the DisplayPort 2.0 video standard encompassing up to 16K displays — and it uses USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 to do so.

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NSA admits to second incident of unauthorized metadata collection

NSA admits to second incident of unauthorized metadata collection

The U.S. National Security Agency scooped up unauthorized call and text message data in October, representing the second such incident known to the public.

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German banks holding out on Apple Pay adding support later in 2019

German banks holding out on Apple Pay adding support later in 2019

German savings bank association Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken will roll out support for Apple Pay later this year, with support for EC cards to follow afterward.

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Apple Watch, other wearables come to Livongo's health-tracking service

Apple Watch, other wearables come to Livongo's health-tracking service

Livongo, a company offering health-tracking services to companies like Amazon and Walgreens, said on Wednesday that it's integrating support for the Apple Watch and similar wearables by Fitbit and Samsung.

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Heart health app Cardiogram now supports Fitbit devices

Heart health app Cardiogram now supports Fitbit devices

Cardiogram, a health monitoring company known in part for its integration with Apple Watch, expanded its reach on Wednesday with the release of an app update that delivers support for a range of Fitbit devices.

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In iOS 13, Apple applies Machine Learning to find cats and dogs

In iOS 13, Apple applies Machine Learning to find cats and dogs

In perhaps the cutest application of machine learning yet, Apple has included algorithms in its latest computer vision framework to enable iPhone and iPad apps to detect your furry friends in images.

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Oppo sidesteps smartphone notch with under-screen camera

Oppo sidesteps smartphone notch with under-screen camera

On Wednesday, major Chinese phone maker Oppo revealed an alternative to the smartphone display notches popularized by the iPhone X — what it's calling the Under-Screen Camera, or USC.

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US & China trade deal '90% of the way there,' could be completed soon

US & China trade deal '90% of the way there,' could be completed soon

Steven Mnuchin says the US and China are close to concluding a deal that would mean an end to the trade war affecting both countries, and if completed soon, would mean that no tariffs would be applied by the federal government on iPhones, Macs, and other tech products.

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Apple News adds guide to candidates in the 2020 Democratic debates

Apple News adds guide to candidates in the 2020 Democratic debates

The Apple News app has introduced a new section devoted to each of the 20 of the candidates about to particulate in the televised Democratic debates, with details on their experience.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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, HomePod, Series 3 and Series 4 Apple Watches and more.

Apple Pay launches in Greece, Portugal, Slovakia, more [u]

Apple Pay launches in Greece, Portugal, Slovakia, more [u]

Apple on Wednesday began rolling out Apple Pay services in Portugal and Slovakia with financial backing from a number of large European banks including Monese and N26.

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Apple acquires self-driving car startup Drive.ai [u]

Apple acquires self-driving car startup Drive.ai [u]

Apple on Tuesday confirmed the acquisition of self-driving shuttle and car kit startup Drive.ai, with the tech giant snagging dozens of employees, cars and other assets as part of the purchase.

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Apple reportedly cancels contract for quantum dot iPhone camera

Apple reportedly cancels contract for quantum dot iPhone camera

Last week, shares of Nanoco, a British firm specializing in quantum dot technology, sank nearly 80% on news that a major U.S. customer canceled a project tied to a lucrative supply contract. Reports now claim the unnamed client was Apple.

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Mac Gatekeeper vulnerability allows installation of malware

Mac Gatekeeper vulnerability allows installation of malware

A flaw with the Gatekeeper authentication feature in macOS, a tool designed to keep malware off Mac, is reportedly being exploited to deliver a malicious software package nicknamed "OSX/Linker."

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Intel cellular IP and modem patents head to auction

Intel cellular IP and modem patents head to auction

Following April's announcement it was planning to leave the 5G smartphone modem business, Intel is said to be preparing to hold an auction for its cellular wireless intellectual property, which reportedly includes a portfolio of 8,500 assets that will be put up for sale.

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ExclusiveApple Blowout Sale: save up to $1,500 with coupon

Apple Blowout Sale: save up to $1,500 with coupon

More closeout deals have arrived with bonus savings available exclusively for AppleInsider readers. Save up to $1,500 on 2018 MacBook Pros with coupon, or up to $1,000 on current iMac Pros, plus no interest financing incentives.

Numbers, Keynote, Pages for Mac, iOS updated with text styles, face detection

Numbers, Keynote, Pages for Mac, iOS updated with text styles, face detection

Apple has updated its iWork suite for both macOS and iOS users, with Numbers, Keynote, and Pages on both platforms gaining a variety of new features including face detection for photograph placement and new styling options.

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Apple's Seattle job listings show aggressive hiring for Siri work

Apple's Seattle job listings show aggressive hiring for Siri work

Although Apple has promised a diverse range of hires for its new Seattle offices, the emphasis is clearly on Siri above all else, checks show.

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Hands-OnHands on: IFROGZ's budget AirPods alternative, the Airtime wireless earbuds

Hands on: IFROGZ's budget AirPods alternative, the Airtime wireless earbuds

Fully wireless Bluetooth earbuds were once an expensive novelty, but are quickly becoming de facto — as evidenced by AirPods, and now IFROGZ's $60 Airtime.

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T-Mobile launching 5G in six cities on June 28

T-Mobile launching 5G in six cities on June 28

T-Mobile will officially launch its mobile 5G network on Friday, June 28, beginning with in six U.S. cities with just one phone, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: best deals and what to expect on July 15 & 16

Amazon Prime Day 2019: best deals and what to expect on July 15 & 16

Amazon Prime Day 2019 launches on July 15 and July 16, leaving everyone to speculate which daily deals will show up during the two-day mega shopping event. Based on what we've seen in years prior, we've got a pretty good idea of what you might be able to expect, including where to snag the best Apple markdowns.

Corel intros Painter 2020 for Mac with speed & interface upgrades

Corel intros Painter 2020 for Mac with speed & interface upgrades

Corel on Tuesday launched Painter 2020 for macOS and Windows, concentrating upgrades to the Photoshop-compatible illustration suite mostly on interface enhancements, including better brush performance.

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Apple recruits high-profile marketing exec Nick Law

Apple recruits high-profile marketing exec Nick Law

Apple has hired Nick Law — the chief creative officer multinational ad behemoth Publicis Groupe — for an unknown role.

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VideoReview: Twelve South HiRise Wireless is a great 3-in-1 charger

Review: Twelve South HiRise Wireless is a great 3-in-1 charger

Twelve South has just taken the wraps off its latest charging accessory — the HiRise Wireless. Mixing a combination of features, this new charger is a great multi-purpose accessory to keep around.

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EditorialDon't risk your Mac or its data just to try out the macOS Catalina beta

Don't risk your Mac or its data just to try out the macOS Catalina beta

Yes, it's extremely tempting, and you can't have left this year's WWDC keynote without wanting to get macOS Catalina immediately. Yet the risks of using major beta software are always great — and this year, they are much worse.

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Apple Watch could get a camera on the end of a watch band's strap

Apple Watch could get a camera on the end of a watch band's strap

Apple is still considering ways to add a camera to the Apple Watch, by incorporating an imaging sensor into the band of the wearable device, allowing it to be used for both photographs of the local environment and for the user for FaceTime calls.

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iPhones, Macs & other tech could account for $167B of proposed China tariffs

iPhones, Macs & other tech could account for $167B of proposed China tariffs

Consumer electronics — devices like iPhones, iPads, and Macs — will account for about $167 billion of the $300 billion in Chinese imports the government is preparing to level new tariffs on, a trade industry group warned this week.

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Mophie powerstation Hub charges four devices at once

Mophie powerstation Hub charges four devices at once

Mophie has released the new powerstation Hub that can charge up to four devices at once via USB-A, USB-C, and wirelessly with Qi.

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Apple's self driving car could have a remote driver bring you to the hospital

Apple's self driving car could have a remote driver bring you to the hospital

A car with self-driving capabilities could hand control over to a remote operator in the event of an emergency, Apple proposes, with an autonomous driving system taking instructions from a central system to get to a hospital or other location as quickly and as safely as possible.

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OWC releases USB-C version of Envoy Pro EX external SSD

OWC releases USB-C version of Envoy Pro EX external SSD

OWC is launching a new version of its bus-powered Envoy Pro EX portable SSD with fast speeds over USB-C.

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Chinese hackers suspected of attacking global telecoms carriers

Chinese hackers suspected of attacking global telecoms carriers

A Chinese government-backed group called APT 10 could be behind an unprecedented hack that granted high level access to at least ten global telecommunications carriers, permissions that were subsequently used to track specific spies, law enforcement, military personnel and dissidents linked to China.

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Monday, June 24, 2019