Jan. 19, 2020, 3:34 p.m.

This week’s top stories: Apple vs the FBI, macOS Pro Mode, new MacBook rumors, and more

In this week’s top stories: Apple stands firm against the FBI, new MacBook Pro evidence, what to expect from Apple in 2020, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
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Jan. 19, 2020, 3:04 p.m.

How to remove home screen trailers from Apple TV

By default, the Apple TV plays full-screen trailers of shows from Apple TV+ and other sources on the home screen. However, you can disable it. Here’s how.

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Jan. 19, 2020, 2:36 p.m.

Instagram drops IGTV button as the platform struggles to gain adoption

Instagram has made several different attempts at growing usage of its IGTV platform, including a pinned IGTV icon at the top of your Instagram feed. As it turns out, that IGTV button wasn’t doing much to drive users towards IGTV, and Facebook has now made the decision to remove it.

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Jan. 19, 2020, 2 p.m.

Feature Request: Apple Music ‘Kids’ Mode’ to preserve For You and Replay results

I’ve been an Apple Music subscriber since day one when it launched in 2015. Despite times of flirting with Spotify, the easy access with all my Apple devices, a familiar interface, and iCloud Music Library (for my custom live music), Apple Music has always been home for my family. If you’d told me in 2005 that we’d be paying $14.99 per month for my entire family to access virtually all the music in the world, I would have thought you were crazy. Apple Music’s family plan is one of the best deals of any service around. As we look ahead to iOS 14 and 2020, I do have a straightforward feature request. I want Apple to build an Apple Music ‘Kids’ Mode’ to preserve For You and Replay results. more…

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Jan. 19, 2020, 4:06 a.m.

Tim Cook Shares Behind-the-Scenes Look at Apple TV+ Show 'Little America'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Twitter this weekend to share a behind-the-scenes look at the making of new Apple TV+ show "Little America."


The entire first season of the immigrant anthology series debuted on ‌Apple TV‌+ on Friday. The show was created by Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, and Lee Eisenberg.

Each episode in the ‌Apple TV‌+ series is based on a real-life tale pulled from Epic Magazine, and in the video "Inside Little America," Nanjiani and Gordon discuss what motivated them to bring the stories to the TV screen.

"Making a show about immigrants in this day and age, it's going to be seen as political, but we really wanted these to be human stories," says Nanjiani. "These are not stories with any kind of agenda."

"A big thing that connects all the episodes is people trying to find a sense of home. Your geographical home is gone, and so you have to find home here. I think that's why people will connect with this. Even if they may not look like these people, they'll feel like these people."
The series has received largely positive reviews from critics, who have called it the best ‌‌Apple TV‌‌+ show yet. "Little America" has already been renewed for season 2.


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Jan. 18, 2020, 7:39 p.m.

Apple allegedly eyes 1,500 employee office space in Munich

Apple might be preparing to make a big expansion into Germany, based on the latest real estate rumors leaking out of the country. According to a recent report, construction on the “Karl” office building in Munich is set to be completed in 20201. Even no tech company has publicly stated that it’s moving into the […]

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Jan. 18, 2020, 6:40 p.m.

Biopics of Oprah, Big Bird and more head for Apple TV+

A documentary series dubbed Dear… will profile internationally recognized leaders in a unique way: each will feature letters written to the subject of the biopic by people whose lives they’ve changed. That’s the source for the name of the series, which is headed for Apple TV+ in a few months. Apple TV+’s Dear… produced by an expert […]

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Jan. 18, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Robin ProLine video doorbell is first with HomeKit Secure Video

Support for Apple’s new HomeKit Secure Video system has been added to the Robin ProLine Video Doorbell. With this combination, users can see who is at their door while staying assured that this information is kept private. “We’re pleased and proud to announce that the Robin ProLine Video Doorbell now supports HomeKit Secure Video enabling you […]

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Jan. 18, 2020, 5 p.m.

Apple won‘t save you if you default on your Apple Card

Don’t expect Apple to go easy on you if you get delinquent on payments to your Apple Card. Because that is not in Apple’s control. The credit card is underwritten by Goldman Sachs. And the bank made it clear this week that it alone makes the decisions about collections from delinquent cardholders. Apple Card is […]

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Jan. 18, 2020, 4:07 p.m.

As Apple prepares original podcasts, Spotify reportedly in talks to acquire the ‘Ringer’

Spotify has been doubling down on its podcast efforts recently, a move that it hopes will increase retention of existing users and draw more users from competitors. The Wall Street Journal now reports that Spotify is in “early talks” to acquire the sports and pop-culture outlet the “Ringer.”

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Jan. 18, 2020, 4 p.m.

Buying used Macs on eBay is YouTube gold [Cult of Mac Magazine 332]

Luke Miani isn’t afraid to take a header when it comes to buying used Macs on eBay. He’ll scoop up piles of Apple laptops in various states of disrepair, then swap out parts or fix them up as needed. His ultimate goal? Scoring a sweet deal — and dishing out some serious knowledge. Miani dutifully […]

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Jan. 18, 2020, 3:22 p.m.

AirPods Pro firmware update improved sound accuracy but reduced noise isolation, testing says

Apple often rolls out background software updates to its truly wireless earbuds like AirPods and AirPods Pro. Usually, these updates focus on minor bug fixes, but a recent AirPods Pro update appears to have made some notable changes to sound quality and noise cancellation.

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Jan. 18, 2020, 3 p.m.

Making the Grade: Sora is the solution for K-12 libraries wanting to make a digital transformation

One of the biggest disappointments of the 2010s for me in education was the K-12 digital book market never evolved into much of anything with Apple, Amazon, or Google. They have little leverage with textbook publishers, and in reality, there is very little money to be made for the big technology publishers without making a few acquisitions. When Apple announced digital textbook support back in 2012, they had high hopes, but sadly, not much came of it. Even beyond textbooks, Apple and Amazon, have done little to reinvent the library experience in schools. Amazon would be an ideal partner for schools, but their education offering is weak. Sora looks to be the perfect solution for K–12 libraries wanting to make a digital transformation. more…

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Jan. 18, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Snag 4 super-useful Mac apps for under $20 [Deals]

Upgrading your Mac doesn’t have to mean downgrading your bank account. These four Mac utility apps are among the best you can get, and right now you can grab each one for less than $20. Whether you want powerful dictation software, a superior iTunes alternative, an iPhone ringtone creator or a YouTube video downloader/converter, these […]

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Jan. 18, 2020, 2:13 p.m.

Apple publishes new transparency report detailing govt data requests and App Store removals

Amid its ongoing encryption battle with the FBI, Apple has published its latest biannual transparency report. This report reveals how many requests were made for user data by governments around the world, and how many with which Apple could comply.

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Jan. 18, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Unauthorized Apple II clone sparks big legal battle

January 18, 1983: Computer manufacturer Franklin Electronic Publishers takes the wraps off its Franklin Ace 1200 computer, an unauthorized Apple II clone that triggers an important legal battle. Cupertino will soon target Franklin’s line of unlicensed Apple clones with a lawsuit. In the resulting trial, a U.S. court will decide whether a company can protect […]

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Jan. 18, 2020, 6 a.m.

Top Stories: AirPods Pro Firmware Changes, Mystery MacBook Filing, 5G iPad Pro?

It was a busy week of rumors as we hit the middle of January, with reports about updates to Face ID in the iPhone 12 lineup later this year, signs of a new Mac notebook coming soon, and word that Apple is working on an iPad Pro with 5G support.

Other big news this week included an analysis of changes to audio performance made in an AirPods Pro firmware update late last month.

New AirPods Pro Firmware: Worse Noise Canceling, Improved Frequency Response and Bass Accuracy


Last month, Apple released a new firmware update for the AirPods Pro bumping the version number from 2B588 to 2C54. After the update, there were several anecdotal reports that the AirPods Pro noise cancelation may have been adversely affected.


Impacted users asked tech review site RTINGS.com to reevaluate its previous testing of the AirPods Pro with the new firmware to confirm if there are any changes, and the website did find a fairly significant drop in isolation performance.

The news is not all bad, however. In other areas of testing, the 2C54 firmware appears to improve performance in frequency response and bass accuracy. Nevertheless, Apple pulled the new version only days after its release, so it is presumably working on the issues described.

iPhone 12 Models Said to Have 'Refreshed' Face ID System, Lightning Connector Could Be Dropped in 2021


iPhone 12 models will feature a "refreshed" front-facing TrueDepth system, according to Barclays analysts, hinting at Face ID improvements.


The biggest change of all could come next year, as the analysts see potential for Apple to remove the Lightning connector from at least one iPhone model in 2021, echoing a prediction shared by Ming-Chi Kuo last month. This could result in EarPods being removed from the box, they said.

Earlier this month, Kuo said four 5G-enabled iPhones are on track to launch simultaneously in the fall, including models with sub-6GHz-only and sub-6GHz-plus-mmWave compatibility.

Apple Files Unreleased Mac in Database, Possibly 13-Inch MacBook Pro With Scissor Keyboard


Apple this week filed an unreleased Mac with a model identifier of A2289 in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, as spotted by MacRumors. The computer is described as a portable Mac running macOS Catalina.


As pure speculation, it is certainly possible that this listing could correspond with the rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor keyboard, following in the footsteps of the 16-inch MacBook Pro last October. There is some hope that the 13-inch model will become a 14-inch model, but that remains uncertain.

Eurasian Economic Commission filings like these have foreshadowed the release of new Apple products on numerous occasions. They are legally required for any encrypted devices sold in Russia and a few other countries.

Evidence of a "Pro Mode" that boosts performance and overrides fan speed limits has also been discovered in the macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta.

Apple Rumored to Be Developing 5G iPad Pro With mmWave Support


A pair of supply chain reports this week claim Apple is developing 5G-enabled iPads with mmWave support for release as early as fall 2020.


With an iPad Pro refresh already rumored for March 2020, timing is the biggest question mark. Major new features often come to the iPhone before the iPad, but a notable exception was the third-generation iPad receiving LTE support in March 2012, prior to the iPhone 5 in September 2012.

mmWave or millimeter wave is a set of 5G frequencies that promise ultra-fast speeds at short distances, making it best suited for dense urban areas. By comparison, sub-6GHz 5G is generally slower than mmWave, but the signals travel further, better serving suburban and rural areas.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 11:21 p.m.

iOS beta adds off switch for iPhone 11 Location Services

Apple is testing an iOS fix for Location Services that will potentially allay any privacy concerns among iPhone 11 users. Apple makes privacy part of its brand yet found itself answering questions when a security news site in December discovered the iPhone 11 Pro continued to track user location even after all Location Services toggles […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 10:17 p.m.

How to watch UFC 246 McGregor vs. Cowboy on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV

UFC 246 McGregor vs. Cowboy marks the first time Conor McGregor is stepping into the Octagon since 2018. The fight is happening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Read on to learn how to watch the fight on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 10:02 p.m.

Save $250 on the 16-inch MacBook Pro [Deals & Steals]

The 16-inch MacBook Pro might be the best notebook Apple has ever made. It couples immense power with a brand-new Magic Keyboard, a sharp Retina display, and the best speaker system you’ll find in a laptop. Get yours today for $250 off the usual price. That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 9:45 p.m.

Apple addresses location privacy issue with iPhone 11 chip in second iOS 13.3.1 beta

After a little privacy snafu last month around the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro still tracking location data even when users had turned off location services, Apple has added a toggle specifically for the UWB chip in the latest iOS 13.3.1 beta.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 9 p.m.


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Jan. 17, 2020, 8:25 p.m.

Last chance! Save $15 on the brilliant AirFly adapter for AirPods

Twelve South’s terrific AirFly Classic adapter lets you connect your beloved AirPods to almost anything. And you can bag yours today at 33% off the usual price through the Cult of Mac Store. This sale ends Sunday, January 19, so enjoy it while you can! AirPods might be the finest product Apple has ever made. […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 8 p.m.

This Mac plush will make screen time cuddly

Philip Lee makes toys that disrupt our logic boards with mushy feelings. The Hong Kong designer, known for his cute Classicbots line inspired by classic Macs, will launch two new toys this year that should bring a twinkle to the Apple of your eye. Pre-orders have already begun for a 12-inch plush toy reminiscent of […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 7:59 p.m.

Best and most exciting new gear from NAMM 2020: Moog, Apogee, Akai, more

NAMM 2020 is easily one of, if not, the biggest show of the year for producers, musicians, and the folks that design the gear we all use. Now that most of the biggest NAMM 2020 announcements have hit the net, it’s time to roundup the best-of-the-best. Down below you’ll find a selection of our favorite new gear that was unveiled at this year’s show along with some honorable mentions for home producers, content creators, streamers, and much more. more…

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Jan. 17, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Meryl Streep will narrate Apple’s 2020 Earth Day short film

Meryl Streep, the greatest actress of her generation, is finally teaming up with Apple. Apple revealed today that Streep will lend her vocal talents to the company’s animated Earth Day short film, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth. The roster also includes vocal performances by Chris O’Dowd, Jacob Tremblay, and Ruth Negga. […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 7 p.m.


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Jan. 17, 2020, 6:17 p.m.

Tile goes to Congress to battle Apple before AirTags competitor even gets unveiled

We learned just this morning that Tile would be testifying to Congress over antitrust concerns aimed at Apple along with Google and Amazon. Now that opening statements have been made in today’s hearing, we’ve learned specifics about Tile’s concerns when it comes to the Find My app, Apple’s yet to be announced AirTag product, and access to the iPhone’s hardware.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 5:44 p.m.

Gameloft launches Asphalt 9 on Mac with Catalyst after delay

Last year at WWDC and then on its website, Apple highlighted some of the major developers that would bring apps from iOS to Mac with its Catalyst framework. One of those was Gameloft’s highly popular Asphalt 9: Legends. Now after a few delays, it has quietly landed on the Mac App Store.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 5:44 p.m.

Apple TV+ inks multi-year deal with Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is coming to Apple TV+. The Veep alumn signed her first-ever multi-year content deal that will see the actress both develop and star in TV shows and other content exclusively for the iPhone-maker. Apple’s multiyear deal with Louis-Dreyfus is the second such deal the company has made this week. Little America […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 5:21 p.m.

Kings of the Castle zooms onto Apple Arcade

A princess must be quick and clever to rescue a prince in Kings of the Castle, the latest addition to Apple Arcade. This game is all about speed, as players hastily collect gems and avoid traps. The developer, Frosty Pop, is a big supporter of Apple’s new gaming service. This is its fifth contribution. Kings […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 4:56 p.m.

Save on iPad Pro, Anker’s new iPhone-matching accessories, HomeKit lighting, more in today’s deals

Friday’s best deals include $199 off iPad Pro, Anker’s latest iPhone-matching power banks, and Lutron HomeKit lighting. Head below for all that and more.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

The Patriots are the Apple of football [Opinion]

Imagine an organization that’s loved by its devoted, cultlike followers, but despised by haters. The close working relationship between its mercurial leader and one of the greatest talents in the field led to an unprecedented run of success. Even the occasional “-gate” style controversy failed to dent its success. But despite all this, analysts still […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

Apple TV+ original animated Earth Day film voiced by Meryl Streep

Apple usually comes up with creative ways to celebrate Earth Day each spring and this year, it’s going to release an original animated film starring the voice of Meryl Streep based on the children’s book, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 4:14 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: January 17, 2020 – iPhone 12 Face ID upgrade, 9to5Toys deals

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Sponsored by Longvadon: Get 15% off Longvadon’s premium leather Apple Watch bands with code 9TO5MAC15.  Enter the Apple Watch Series 5 Giveaway here.


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Jan. 17, 2020, 3:57 p.m.

These are the latest Apple Arcade games for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV

Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly. Follow along with our guide on the latest from Apple’s gaming service.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 3:35 p.m.

This trippy image is every macOS wallpaper in one

Ever wondered what it would look like if you combined every default macOS wallpaper, since Apple switched to OS X, into one single image? No? Well, one Apple super fan has done it anyway. And the results look kind of like a trippy progressive rock/heavy metal album cover. No one asked for this. But here […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 3:16 p.m.

Civil liberties groups back Apple against FBI in Pensacola iPhones case

Three different civil liberties groups are backing Apple in its refusal to create a weakened version of iOS to allow the FBI access to two iPhones used by the Pensacola shooter.

They support Apple’s position that compromising iPhone encryption would be a far greater risk to national security than not gaining access to the phones…

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Jan. 17, 2020, 2:40 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 260: Apple security and the FBI, ‘Pro Mode’ for Macs

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case repair program, the new Sensei app for Mac, Apple’s AI startup acquisition, the new Apple security battle with the FBI, racked mounted Mac Pro launch, a new ‘Pro Mode’ coming to Macs, and the latest Apple TV+ developments.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or through our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. New episodes are released every Friday.


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Jan. 17, 2020, 2:36 p.m.

Apple A-series chipmaker TSMC says it may make chips in the US

TSMC, which makes the A-series chips for Apple’s iPhones and iPads, says it may in future make chips in the US…

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Jan. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

This power bank is a full-blown retro gaming console [Deals]

Video games have come a long way in the last 30 years, but nothing beats the classics. Unfortunately, there’s not much opportunity to play them anymore. But like all things these days, you can find them on your phone — if you get this incredible charging case that doubles as a retro gaming console. The […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 2:13 p.m.

Apple Picks Up New Docuseries Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Spike Lee, Oprah and More

Apple has inked a deal for a docuseries called "Dear..." that profiles famous people using an "inventive and cinematic approach" that involves letters written by people whose lives the celebrities have touched, Apple announced today.

The 10-episode series, which is set to debut in the spring, will feature Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, Big Bird, and more.

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The show was inspired by Apple's "Dear Apple" marketing campaign, which saw Apple Watch users read letters sharing how the device has changed their lives. It was created by R.J. Cutler, known for "If I Stay, "The War Room," "American High," and "The September Issue."


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Jan. 17, 2020, 1:57 p.m.

Dramatic chart shows why most graphics underrepresent iPhone growth

iPhone growth is usually depicted in charts like the one on the above left. It looks impressive, but chartmeister Jason Snell argues that it underrepresents the true rate of growth …

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Jan. 17, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

How Apple’s going to make MacBook Pro even MORE Pro, this week on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: Apple is working on a way to make your existing MacBook Pro far more powerful—we’ll tell you everything we know. Plus: get your wallet ready… the updated 13″ MacBook Pro you’ve been waiting for is right around the corner. And we’ll tell you why Apple may soon be forced ditch […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 1:44 p.m.

Tile will speak out against Apple in Congress antitrust hearing

Tile, a startup which makes location-aware tracking tags, will testify against Apple in a Congressional antitrust hearing today. Apple and Tile previously enjoyed a good relationship. Apple sold Tile products in its stores starting 2015. However, last year, Apple stopped selling Tile products. It also hired away one of its engineers — with all signs […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 1:34 p.m.

Amazon Mysteriously Pulls All New Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 Listings [Update: Listings Are Back]

Amazon is no longer selling new versions of the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 models through its online store in the United States, with the listings disappearing earlier today.

There is no word on why Amazon has pulled ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 4 and Series 5 models, but these are the Apple Watches that feature ECG functionality. All models, capacities, and colors are missing from Amazon's storefront.


Amazon is continuing to list refurbished ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 4 and Series 5 models from third party sellers, but there are no new models available nor models available direct from Amazon. Attempting to visit a page that previously had a Series 4 or Series 5 ‌Apple Watch‌ listed results in an error message.

The ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 3 and other Apple products like iPads and Macs continue to be available from Amazon, so this issue is limited to newer ‌Apple Watch‌ models. Should we learn more about why Amazon has pulled Series 4 and Series 5 ‌Apple Watch‌ listings, we'll update this article.

Update: A few hours after removing all ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 4 and 5 listings, Amazon has returned the products to its online store.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 1:23 p.m.

Every Mac wallpaper from 10.0 Cheetah to 10.15 Catalina – in a single image

What would happen if you took the default image for every Mac wallpaper from Cheetah to Catalina, and combined them into a single image? The above, is what…

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Jan. 17, 2020, 1:20 p.m.

Apple has The Office complete series for $30, more movies from $5 this weekend

This weekend’s new TV show and movie sale at Apple delivers a handful of notable deals, including The Office at one of its best prices yet. You’ll also find various $5 movies on sale and more down below. Hit the jump for all of our top picks.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 1:17 p.m.

Hong Kong police arrest smugglers with $1 million of iPhones and other devices

Police have arrested three people in Hong Kong after discovering a massive shipment of undeclared iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, and assorted luxury items. The suspected smugglers were attempting to sneak the products into China to avoid paying tax on imports. The South China Morning Post describes it as one of the “biggest hauls of electronic goods” […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 1:06 p.m.

Robin ProLine is the first HomeKit Secure Video doorbell

The Robin team today announced that its ProLine Compact Video Doorbell now support HomeKit Secure Video, having received certification sign-off from Apple earlier this week. Secure Video integration allows motion clips to be automatically saved to the user’s iCloud account.

Robin has been leading the charge in the HomeKit doorbell space, being the first company to ship a HomeKit compatible doorbell of any kind last year. However, the doorbells come at a (literal) cost.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Mac’s ‘1984’ ad debuts in theaters

January 17, 1984: A week before its famous airing during Super Bowl XVIII, Apple’s iconic “1984” ad debuts as a trailer in movie theaters. To hype its revolutionary new Macintosh computer, Apple buys several months of promotion from theatrical ad distributor ScreenVision. Cupertino’s sci-fi-tinged “1984” spot — which depicts a sledgehammer-wielding freedom fighter taking on […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 12:45 p.m.

Tile will testify against Apple in today’s Congressional antitrust hearing

Smart tag maker Tile will today testify against Apple in the latest hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee.

Apple is working on its own Tile-like tracking device, likely to be called AirTag, and Tile isn’t happy about it …

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Jan. 17, 2020, 12:06 p.m.

Apple may ‘lay claim’ to Apple Card, but Goldman Sachs is in charge, says bank

Goldman Sachs has said that while Apple may ‘lay claim’ to having created the Apple Card, it is the bank which holds all the cards when it comes to decision-making.

The bank’s chief financial officer also implied that it isn’t going to worry about Apple’s reputation when it comes to the way it pursues debtors …

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Jan. 17, 2020, 11:57 a.m.

Apple reminding customers to redeem their free year of Apple TV+ as offer deadline approaches

Apple has started sending out push notification reminders to users who are eligible to redeem a free year of Apple TV+, but have not yet done so.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 11:49 a.m.

Mac Catalyst App 'Asphalt 9: Legends' Now Available

Asphalt 9: Legends, a game that was ported to the Mac using Apple's Mac Catalyst tools, is now available for download from the Mac App Store.

The app was one of the titles that Apple promoted when macOS Catalina and Mac Catalyst technology were introduced at WWDC in June, but the app did not launch as expected when ‌macOS Catalina‌ became available.


At the time, Gameloft said that Asphalt 9: Legends had been slightly delayed in order to polish the experience, and after a wait of several months, the game has now launched.

Because this is a Mac Catalyst app, players who already have Asphalt 9: Legends on iPad or iPhone can pick up their game on the Mac and swap between devices when playing thanks to cross-platform saves.

The game supports Sign in with Apple for account creation (required to transfer between devices) and the content is the same as the content in Asphalt 9: Legends for iOS devices.

According to Gameloft, Asphalt 9: Legends will have content parity across devices going forward, so the Mac and iOS apps will be updated simultaneously.

Asphalt 9: Legends can be downloaded from the ‌Mac App Store‌ for free, though there are in-app purchases. [Direct Link]


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Jan. 17, 2020, 11:39 a.m.

All 8 episodes of Little America now streaming on Apple TV+

After a draught of new content on Apple TV+ over the holidays, the streaming service got 5 hours and 15 minutes of new shows to watch this week. Apple debuted all 8 episodes of its Apple Originals series Little America. The critically acclaimed anthology series tells true stories of immigrants in America. It was developed by Kumail Nanjiani […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 11:36 a.m.

Apple Opening New Office in Munich, Germany

Apple is expanding its presence in Germany with plans to open a new office building in Munich, Germany, according to German news site Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Located in the "Karl" office building of the former Mahag site on Karlstrasse, the new office space is expected to house around 1,500 employees when it is completed in 2021.

A rendering of the Karl office building, designed by British architect David Chipperfield

Apple has rented the entire 30,000 square meter location, though declined to respond to questions about the upcoming office space.

Apple already operates the Bavarian Design Center in Munich, Germany, with 300 engineers that work on silicon chips and other technologies for Apple devices.


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Jan. 17, 2020, 11:09 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win Custom-Painted AirPods Pro From ColorWare

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with ColorWare to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win custom-painted AirPods Pro, available in dozens of colors.

For those unfamiliar with ColorWare, it's a company that's been around for a long time, offering custom paint jobs and unique skins for a range of electronic devices, from consoles to earbuds.


AirPods Pro can be ordered from ColorWare in custom colors for a fee of $389 for just the ‌AirPods Pro‌ or $439 for the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the Wireless Charging Case. It's pricy, but it's the only way to get ‌AirPods Pro‌ in a color other than white.


There are solid and metallic colors, with gloss and matte finishes available. Traditional black, gold, and silver colors are options, but there are also bright shades in every color of the rainbow. If you want ‌AirPods Pro‌ in blue, yellow, orange, green, teal, deep purple, pink, or one of dozens of other colors, ColorWare is the best option. You can even get them painted to match Apple's iPhones.


The ‌AirPods Pro‌ can be custom painted in the same color as the case, or you can order each AirPod Pro and the case in all different colors, so there are quite a few available color combinations to choose from.


ColorWare has been offering custom painted devices since 1998 and has perfected the painting process. ColorWare uses a coating process that includes a primer, an application of a proprietary color formula, and an X2 liquid plastic coating that protects the color. All ColorWare work is guaranteed for 12 months, and 24 months with the purchase of an additional warranty.


Since ColorWare is using ‌AirPods Pro‌ from Apple and painting them, the full ‌AirPods Pro‌ functionality remains intact. There's an H1 chip for quick and easy pairing, silicone tips for a tight in-ear fit, Adaptive EQ, and Active Noise Cancellation.


‌AirPods Pro‌ are a bit hard to get right now, so custom ‌AirPods Pro‌ purchases made now will arrive in early March. For those who don't need ‌AirPods Pro‌ and prefer standard AirPods, ColorWare also colorizes ‌AirPods‌ and the ‌AirPods‌ case.


We have a set of custom painted ‌AirPods Pro‌ and Wireless Charging Case to give away, with the winner to choose the color and finish of their choice.

To enter to win our ‌giveaway‌, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the ‌giveaway‌ restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

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The contest will run from today (January 17) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 24. The winner will be chosen randomly on January 24 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.


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Jan. 17, 2020, 10:36 a.m.

Student loses 140 pounds in a year playing Pokémon Go

We’re all well aware Pokémon Go has been a huge success for Nintendo and developer Niantic. What you might not know is that it’s also having a hugely positive impact on many of its players. Student Tommy Monkhouse credits the game for changing his life in a big way. He told Cult of Mac how […]

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Jan. 17, 2020, 10:04 a.m.

Apple TV+ Guide: Here are all the Apple TV shows and movies available now

Apple TV+ offers exclusive Apple original TV shows and movies in 4K HDR quality. You can watch across all of your screens and pick up where you left off on any device. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month. Here’s every Apple original television show and movie available now on Apple TV+, as well as the latest trailers …
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Jan. 17, 2020, 8:24 a.m.

Meryl Streep to Narrate Animated Short Film About Earth Day for Apple TV+

Acclaimed actress Meryl Streep is set to narrate a forthcoming animated short film about Earth Day for Apple TV+.

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In celebration of Earth Day, which falls on April 22, the 36-minute short will follow a curious seven-year-old who learns about the planet from his parents and visits a mysterious exhibit at the "Museum of Everything," according to Variety. The film is based on The New York Times bestselling book from Jeffers.

"Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth" will debut on Apple TV+ on April 17.


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Jan. 17, 2020, 7:39 a.m.

Apple Arcade's New Game This Week is 'Kings of the Castle'

Speed to the rescue in Kings of the Castle, this week's addition to Apple Arcade across iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The colorful, family-friendly speed runner game by Frosty Pop supports one to four players.


The game's description on the App Store:
The dragon Zantorian locked Prince Rupert away in a castle tower on a dangerous and mysterious island. Lord Baldor dispatches the princess to investigate the hostile and unfamiliar territory and save the prince.

Playing as the princess, you must use your speed, courage, and savvy sense of direction to save the prince. Avoid traps, battle enemies, jump over obstacles, and collect gems along your journey to pay a ransom for the prince's safe return. But do it fast. The dragon is hungry!
Apple Arcade launched in September. The subscription-based gaming service provides iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac users with access to over 100 games with no in-app purchases or ads for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.

In a recent press release, Apple promised that its Arcade service will receive new games and expansions every month.


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Jan. 17, 2020, 6:31 a.m.

Review: Zens Liberty Wireless Charger is a Solid AirPower Alternative With Room for Two Qi Devices and Apple Watch

It's been nearly one year since Apple cancelled the AirPower wireless charging mat, which would have allowed you to place your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods anywhere on the mat to wirelessly charge each device. In the subsequent months, numerous third-party companies have stepped forward in an attempt to reproduce this product, and now Zens has released its own take on an AirPower-like device: the Zens Liberty 16 Coils Wireless Charger.


Zens' charger features 16 overlapping charging coils, letting you place any two Qi-enabled devices anywhere on the mat to charge them. It supports a total output of 30W, Apple Fast Charge, a USB-A port for wired charging of a third device (or attaching the ‌Apple Watch‌ USB stick accessory), and a USB-C power adapter.


Zens sent me both the Liberty Fabric Edition and the Liberty Glass Edition, which are the same product with different finishes on the Qi surface of the mat. The Fabric Edition sports a woolen upholstery textile that's made of 90 percent wool, ensuring the back of your devices won't be scratched, while the Glass Edition has a see-through surface that showcases the 16 charging coils.


In terms of their design, I preferred the subtlety of the Fabric Edition over the Glass Edition, which stands out far more. Both Liberty Wireless Chargers have a rubberized outer shell and sturdy bases with large footprints (8.8 inches long x 5.3 inches wide). The textile on top of the Fabric Edition lends the device a luxurious feel and look, which is good given that these are high-end chargers that exceed $140.

Charging times across the board aligned with typical Qi wireless charging estimates. My iPhone 11 Pro Max was topped off at 100% consistently every night I used the Zens Liberty charger, and I never faced any mysterious disconnects or interruptions in my time with the accessory.

As with any wireless charger, charging times are not as fast as using a Lightning or USB-C cable, but Zens' accessory is perfect for trickle charging at your desk or overnight near your bed. Similarly, the USB Stick performed as expected for an ‌Apple Watch‌ charger, with performance on par with Apple's own Magnetic Charging Dock.


After a few days, the Zens Liberty charger quickly replaced my previous Belkin Qi mat next to my bed. Zens' promise of "freedom of placement" on the mat turned out to be entirely accurate, allowing me to throw down my ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌ in nearly any orientation without having to worry about landing on the Qi "sweet spot," which is something I constantly fussed with on the Belkin charger.

The nearly 9-inch mat is large enough to hold two Max-sized iPhones, but I mainly used mine to charge up my ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌ and AirPods Pro on the Qi base. While the Liberty charger doesn't quite meet the promise of AirPower's three-device Qi charging, what it provides for two devices is a reliable and frictionless wireless charging experience, with the added bonus of charging your ‌Apple Watch‌ with an accessory you can purchase separately.


This MFi certified ‌Apple Watch‌ USB Stick is a tiny dongle with an ‌Apple Watch‌ charging puck attached to the end, allowing you to charge your ‌Apple Watch‌ through any USB-A port. When connected to the Zens Liberty Wireless Charger on a special port at the back of the Qi mat area, the dongle turns into a little upright stand that can charge your ‌Apple Watch‌ in Nightstand Mode.


This is a great added utility to the Zens Liberty charger, but there are some downsides. Mainly, the ‌Apple Watch‌ USB Stick sits too far above the Zens mat, meaning that your ‌Apple Watch‌ will dangle slightly less than an inch above the surface of the mat, relying entirely on the magnetic charging puck to stay upright. In my experience, the ‌Apple Watch‌ never fell off the puck, but I'd still have preferred a bit more support for the wearable.

Bottom Line


The Zens Liberty Wireless Charger is a solid ‌AirPower‌ alternative that provides dependable wireless charging to any two Qi-compatible devices like the iPhone 11, ‌AirPods‌, and more.


Of course, the ability to freely place your devices anywhere on the mat and the high-quality design mean you'll pay a premium for the accessory.

How to Buy


The Liberty Fabric Edition costs $139.99 (€139.99), while the Glass Edition costs $179.99 (€179.99). Both models come with a three-year extended warranty. The Apple Watch USB Stick is available separately for $39.99 (€39.99).

Note: MacRumors received the Zens Liberty Fabric Edition, Zens Liberty Glass Edition, and Zens ‌Apple Watch‌ USB Stick for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 2:33 a.m.

Facebook Shelves Controversial Plan to Insert Ads into WhatsApp

Facebook's controversial plan to sell ads in WhatsApp has been put on the back-burner, according to a new report today from The Wall Street Journal.

WhatsApp in recent months disbanded a team that had been established to find the best ways to integrate ads into the service, according to people familiar with the matter. The team's work was then deleted from WhatsApp's code, the people said.
Plans to monetize WhatsApp were floated no longer after Facebook acquired the messaging service in February 2014 for $22 billion. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum and Brian Acton continually pushed back against the plans, which were a factor that ultimately led both men to quit the company.

Prior to leaving, Koum and Acton changed WhatsApp's terms of service to explicitly forbid displaying ads in the app, which complicated Facebook's future efforts to do so, according to WSJ's sources.

Facebook has changed its platforms' terms of service in the past, but introducing ads on WhatsApp would have required a formal notification of users, creating a potential public-relations problem for Facebook.

Still, Facebook hasn't completely given up on inserting ads into WhatsApp, and reportedly plans to add them to the app's Status feature "at some point." Status allows users to create short-lived posts similar to Instagram's Stories.

However, for now the focus is said to be on developing money-making features that enable businesses to communicate with customers and better manage those interactions.

Before the acquisition, WhatsApp was initially a paid-for app and later transitioned to a $0.99 annual subscription service. Facebook made the service free after buying it and later unveiled its own revenue-generating plans for the platform, which has 1.5 billion users globally.


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Jan. 17, 2020, 12:52 a.m.

Latest Apple Pay promotion gets you 50% off Dave and Buster’s game play

Apple’s latest Apple Pay promotion is all about the fun. From today through January 30, you can get a 50% discount on game play at Dave and Buster’s when you use Apple Pay.

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Jan. 17, 2020, 12:03 a.m.

Facebook reportedly drops controversial plan to sell ads in WhatsApp, with one exception

Facebook is moving away from its controversial plans to sell ads in WhatsApp, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The report says that Facebook has “disbanded” the team that was leading efforts to find the best way to integrates ads into the service.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 10:54 p.m.

iPhone: How to turn off Live Photos for existing pictures

Do you have some, or maybe even a lot of pictures you’ve shot with iPhone that you’d like to turn off the Live Photos effect? Follow along for how to turn off Live Photos for existing pictures.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 10:40 p.m.

Surprise… NBC goes free with Peacock streaming service, but with ads

NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock will employ a distinctly different pricing strategy than Apple TV+, Netflix and other competitors. It’ll be free, but with advertisements. Those willing to pay will have access to additional content, however. NBCUniversal Peacock offers free and not-free options Peacock Free will have more than 7,500 hours of programming, including next-day access […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 10:27 p.m.

Take a look at some Apple campaigns you’ve probably never seen before

The Unofficial Apple Archive, a website that gathers hundreds of videos and images from Apple campaigns since 1977, has launched, and we’ve made a roundup of the weird and wonderful standouts.

Created by Sam Henri Gold, the archive goes beyond what we already know about the company. It also revealed some campaigns that have not been previously seen, including unreleased advertisements and internal materials from the marketing team.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 9:42 p.m.

NBC officially unveils ‘Peacock’ streaming service, launching in July with 3 different tiers

NBC has officially entered the streaming wars today with the announcement of its upcoming Peacock service. While various reports over the last several months painted a picture of what to expect from Peacock, NBCUniversal unveiled most of the official details today.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 9:40 p.m.

Why the 5G iPhone might slow Apple’s sales next year

The 5G iPhone coming this fall is widely expected to be a huge windfall for Apple. But this handset might then turn around and hurt the company next year, according to a pair of market analysts. And their prediction is equally bad news for those planning to upgrade to the 5G iPhone. Releasing 5G iPhone […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 9 p.m.

Siri’s been reading my messages and I love it

Siri can read out your iMessages as you receive them, and it’s super-cool. Announce Messages with Siri is audio AR -- here's how to use it.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 8:56 p.m.

9to5Mac Watch Time episode 13: Silent health guardian, 2020 goals, Activity Challenge

This week on 9to5Mac Watch, Zac explores recent stories that show how the Apple Watch can be your silent health guardian with fall detection and heart rate alerts, his experience testing Series 5 battery life in different modes during half marathon races, short term and long term goals with Apple Watch in 2020, and more.

9to5Mac Watch Time is a podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In this series, we talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives. 9to5Mac Watch Time is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, and your favorite podcast players through RSS. Subscribe now to catch up with each episode and automatically hear new episodes as soon as they’re released every two weeks.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 8:52 p.m.

Universal Audio unveils incredible new Luna music recording platform for Mac

Universal Audio Luna is a brand new all-in-one recording platform. Makers of the the amazing Apollo and Arrow audio interfaces, UA is employing its over 60 years of analog audio expertise to the new analog music creation and recording platform. Those familiar with the brand are likely expecting an astronomical price tag and a brand new interface to come along with Luna, but this in fact a massive downloadable add-on for existing Universal Audio interface users. Not to mention one of the most exciting new announcements from NAMM 2020 yet. Jump below the fold for all the details. more…

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Jan. 16, 2020, 8:20 p.m.

The Banker movie hits Apple TV+ in March following delay

Apple today confirmed original movie The Banker will hit theaters and Apple TV+ this March following a delay. Starring Samual L. Jackson, the film tells the fascinating true story of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, two African-Americans who built up a successful banking business in the 1950s and ’60s. The Banker’s release was put […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 7:40 p.m.

Apple TV+ planning first theatrical movie release with ‘The Banker’ after delay over controversy

Apple’s first original film, The Banker was set to premiere back in November last year with a wider theatrical release in December. However, the premiere was canceled first followed by the theatrical release after “accusations of historical inaccuracy and sexual abuse” came to light. Now after reviewing the situation, Apple is moving forward with the release of The Banker in March.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 7:28 p.m.

2021 may be the year iPhone finally loses its Lightning connector

Apple is expected to deliver at least one iPhone model without a Lightning connector next year, according to a new Barclays report. The device won’t make the switch to USB-C, as previous rumors have predicted. It is instead expected to rely solely on wireless connectivity options for both charging and data transfer. Barclays analysts also […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 7 p.m.

Pro Tip: Your Apple USB-C headphone adapter works anywhere

That $9 USB-C iPad Pro headphone adapter can be plugged into more than just the iPad.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 6:20 p.m.

Apple matching charity donations with employees tops $100 million

Apple’s 1-for-1 donation matching program, and paying employees for time spent volunteering, resulted in $100 million going to charities last year, the company said. And it’s not only developers helping kids learn to code. There’s also a barbershop for the homeless run by an Apple employee. “We have a mission here at Apple to change […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 5:57 p.m.

NBA teams up with Apple Music to showcase emerging hip-hop artists

Apple is deepening its partnership with the NBA by teaming up to launch a global playlist on Apple Music to highlight independent hip-hop artists. The new playlist, dubbed “BASE:LINE” (get it? Cause there’s a baseline in rap songs and on the basketball court), will be curated by Apple Music’s director of hip-hop and R&B Ebro […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 5:14 p.m.

Pro Display XDR top features — amazing build quality and stunning view [Video]

The Pro Display XDR landed on my desktop a few days ago, and I’ve spent enough time with it to gather some early first thoughts about Apple’s high-end monitor. As a former 27-inch Thunderbolt Display owner, I’ve been pining for a modern replacement for it for years, but is this the answer?

Watch our unboxing and overview as I consider the Pro Display XDR top features in our hands-on video walkthrough. more…

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Jan. 16, 2020, 5:10 p.m.

Apple shares story of ‘Saints of Steel’ nonprofit founded by Apple Park team member

On its Newsroom website today, Apple is sharing the story of an Apple team member who is “giving people in need new beginnings.” The story specifically focuses on the Saints of Steel nonprofit.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 4:57 p.m.

Thursday deals: 9.7-inch iPad Cell 128 GB $200 off, Beats Studio3 Skyline Collection $190, more

Save $200 on Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Cellular 128 GB in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break, along with the Beats Studio3 Skyline Collection at $190, iPhone 7 pre-paid at $199. Head below for all that and more.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 4:36 p.m.

Apple Music teams up with the NBA for exclusive ‘Base:Line’ playlist

Apple has announced that it is partnering with the National Basketball Association. The deal will specifically focus on Apple Music, with the NBA and Apple highlighting up-and-coming independent artists.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 4:25 p.m.

AirPods sales spike means total market domination

Apple sold almost 60 million AirPods wireless headphones in 2019, according to a market-analysts firm. That’s a dramatic increase from the 35 million the company is estimated to have sold the year before. And Apple took the lion’s share of 2019 sales of totally wireless (TWS) headsets. Apple AirPods dominate “Apple took over 50% share […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 4:17 p.m.

Apple Pay Promo Offers 50% Off Game Play at Dave & Buster's

Apple today sent out emails notifying iPhone, iPad, and Mac users about the latest Apple Pay promo, which provides a 50 percent discount on gameplay at Dave & Buster's when loading a Power Card in the Dave & Buster's app using ‌Apple Pay‌.

Dave & Buster's is a food and gaming venue that has multiple locations across the United States. Customers can get a 50 percent discount on card purchases and refills through January 30.


Customers who want to take advantage of the deal must sign up for a Dave & Buster's Rewards account in the Dave & Buster's app to quality. The offer will be automatically applied for first-time customers when using ‌Apple Pay‌ within the app, but existing customers can also take advantage of the deal when reloading a card with ‌Apple Pay‌.

Apple also promotes Apple Arcade in its latest ‌Apple Pay‌ email, suggesting customers who enjoy games sign up for the $4.99 per month service.


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Jan. 16, 2020, 4 p.m.

FBI cracks iPhone Pro 11, raising doubts about demand for Apple backdoor

Revelations that the FBI has access to a tool that can unlock data on secure iPhones are raising questions as to why the agency is demanding Apple help to create a ‘backdoor’ to recover data on the iPhones of a Pensacola, Florida shooting suspect. Forbes reported Wednesday it had uncovered a search warrant showing the […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 3:28 p.m.

Barclays: iPhone 12 to feature ‘refreshed’ Face ID, 3D time-of-flight sensors

Analysts from Barclays are out with a new investor note, in which they predict that Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup will include upgraded Face ID sensors, among other changes. The analysts also corroborate claims made by Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 3:15 p.m.

Apple wants patent trolls to stop ‘gaming the system’

Apple is among the companies which want to stop so-called patent trolls from stifling innovation with their claims. A patent troll, for those unfamiliar with it, is a person or company that holds patent portfolios but does not actually make any products. Instead, they earn their money by licensing out the technology — or suing […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 3:10 p.m.

Feature Request: Dismiss Calendar and Reminder alerts from all devices

One of the things I love about the Apple ecosystem is the device independence. I can receive alerts, text messages, and even phone calls on whichever device happens to be in front of me at the time, whether it’s Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 2:35 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: January 16, 2020 – Apple’s AI acquisition, Apple Watch competition

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Get help dialing in your daily eating habits with this highly rated app [Deals]

Eating is easy, but eating right can be pretty hard. There’s temptation and misinformation everywhere, so it’s important to have a trusty guide that also can keep you honest and on track. That’s just what this daily diet assistant offers. Eat This Much creates personalized meal plans based on your food preferences, budget and schedule. […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 2:20 p.m.

Latest AI acquisition shows Apple isn’t sacrificing privacy for machine smarts

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), Apple wants to have its cake and eat it, too. That is to say that it wants cutting edge data-driven machine learning on its devices, without violating its own user privacy pledge. And you know what? It’s managing to pull it off — as the company’s latest AI […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 1:54 p.m.

A14 chip could make the iPhone 12 as powerful as the 15-inch MacBook Pro

We’ve heard quite a lot about what to expect from this year’s iPhones — being dubbed the iPhone 12 for now. We’re expecting a slab-sided design similar to that of the iPhone 4 and current iPad Pro models; time-of-flight sensors on the rear for improved AR performance and Portrait mode; support for faster 5G mobile data; 6 GB RAM; and an A14 processor with a 5 nm process.

But what does that 5 nm process mean for the power of the phone? A new analysis suggests it could mean the iPhone 12 is as powerful as the 15-inch MacBook Pro…

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Jan. 16, 2020, 1:40 p.m.

Last chance! Save 15% on stunning Strapa bands for Apple Watch

The Cult of Mac Store’s big January sale is still under way, with sweet discounts on some of the best Apple Watch accessories. Choose anything from our entire lineup of stunning Strapa bands today and save 15% before this discount disappears on January 17. And enjoy free standard shipping on orders over $100! Everyone loves […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Macintosh Plus brings big changes to Mac

January 16, 1986: Apple introduces the Macintosh Plus, its third Mac model and the first to be released after Steve Jobs was forced out of the company the previous year. The Mac Plus is also the first Macintosh to include a SCSI port, the main way of attaching a Mac to other devices until Apple […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 12:42 p.m.

Ikea smart blinds hit by ‘technical issues’ two weeks after HomeKit support

Ikea smart blinds are experiencing ‘technical issues’ with the HomeKit support which arrived in the US just a fortnight ago …

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Jan. 16, 2020, 12:06 p.m.

Apple and others ask Europe to stop patent trolls ‘stifling innovation’

Apple and 34 other multinationals have urged Europe to stop patent trolls from effectively blackmailing companies into licensing their claimed technology.

Patent assertion agencies threaten to ask courts for import bans on products found to infringe patents, making it risky for Apple and others to defend such cases even where the claim is weak …

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Jan. 16, 2020, 11:42 a.m.

Apple Releasing 'The Banker' in Theaters in March Following Review of Abuse Accusations

Apple plans to release "The Banker," an original Apple TV+ movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, in theaters in March, reports Variety.

The movie was originally meant to premiere at the AFI Fest ahead of a December theatrical release, but Apple delayed its debut after "concerns" surrounding the film were brought to the company's attention.


Apple's hesitation came after a family member of one of the men represented in the film accused one of the film's executive producers (another family member) of abuse. Apple investigated the issue and has decided to release the movie. Apple's statement to Variety on the matter:
We created Apple TV Plus as a home for stories that matter and believe 'The Banker,' inspired by the brave actions of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, two African American businessmen who brought about positive social change, is one of those stories.

We wanted to take the time to understand the situation at hand -- and after reviewing the information available to us, including documentation of the filmmakers' research, we've decided to make this important and enlightening film available to viewers.
"The Banker" is based on the true story of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, who devised a plan to help African Americans get access to real estate deals and bank loans during the 1960s. Along with Samuel L. Jackson, "The Banker" stars Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long.

Following a theatrical debut on March 6, the film will be released on ‌Apple TV‌+ on March 20.


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Jan. 16, 2020, 11:35 a.m.

Here’s what Tim Cook sends to Apple employees after 5 years of service

What do you get when you’ve been at Apple for five years — aside from a (hopefully nice) paycheck and the knowledge that you’re valued enough by the world’s biggest tech company that they want to keep you around for half a decade? The answer: A nifty five years plaque you can hang up on […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 10:44 a.m.

Apple TV+ series Servant accused of ripping off Sundance movie

M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop’s Servant may be arguably the best of the Apple Originals. But it may not be so, well, original, according to a new lawsuit filed against Apple. The suit claims that the spooky Apple TV+ drama borrows a fair amount from Francesca Gregorini’s 2013 film The Truth About Emanuel. The […]

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Jan. 16, 2020, 8:49 a.m.

Apple Announces App Store Price Changes in Two Countries, Reminds Developers About New Tax in Singapore

Apple today announced that, in the next few days, prices of App Store apps and in-app purchases, excluding auto-renewable subscriptions, will decrease in Thailand and increase in Pakistan due to foreign exchange rate fluctuations.


Additionally, on January 1, 2020, a 7% sales tax for overseas digital services was introduced in Singapore. App Store developers based in Singapore who provide their GST number in App Store Connect will not have their proceeds affected, according to Apple. Otherwise, proceeds will be adjusted accordingly.


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Jan. 16, 2020, 8:32 a.m.

Apple Music and NBA Partner on New Playlist, Songs Will Be Featured in Game Highlights

Apple and the NBA today announced that they have partnered on a new Apple Music playlist, as noted by Bloomberg.


The report notes that the new Base:Line playlist will have about 40 songs with a hip-hop focus. The songs will also be available through the NBA's app and website, and will be featured in game highlights shared on social media.

Apple plans to refresh the playlist weekly, with the songs sourced from independent label UnitedMasters.


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Jan. 16, 2020, 7:49 a.m.

Deals: Best Buy's Latest Apple Sale Has Low Prices on Beats Headphones and iPad Pro

Best Buy's newest Apple Sale Event is discounting a trio of Beats by Dre wireless headphones, Mac notebooks, and the iPad Pro. This includes notable low prices on the Studio3 Wireless Headphones and Powerbeats Pro, as well as ongoing best deals on the iPad Pro in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch models.

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For the Powerbeats Pro, Best Buy's $199.99 price tag is a match for the lowest-ever price seen on these headphones (also available at Amazon). On sale, the Studio3 Wireless Headphones are typically around $200, so Best Buy's $189.99 is another notable discount going on this week.

We've also collected a few deals on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, old MacBook Air, and the iPad Pro. For the tablet, Best Buy is matching prices previously introduced on Amazon earlier this week, while also providing a few lowest-ever discounts not available anywhere else for high-end models with 1TB of storage and cellular support.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 4:05 a.m.

Apple's Acquisition of AI Company Leaves Wyze Cameras Without People Detection

Apple's recent purchase of Seattle startup Xnor.ai, which specializes in on-device artificial intelligence, appears to have had a knock-on effect on home security cameras made by Wyze, another Seattle-based company.


The Verge reports that the Wyze Cam V2 and Wyze Cam Pan rely on Xnor.ai's on-device people detection, but now that Apple owns the company, the support has been pulled in a beta firmware update currently rolling out to Wyze customers' devices.

As it happens, Wyze issued a statement in November 2019 saying that Xnor.ai had terminated their contract, and that a firmware update rolling out in mid-January 2020 would remove the feature from its cameras. Whether Xnor.ai planned to be acquired by Apple in January, or it already had been acquired, remains unknown.

Despite the apparent forewarning, Wyze says it is still working on an in-house people detection replacement feature, but it promises to launch it as a free update sometime this year.

Given Apple's deep interest in personal privacy, an acquisition of technology for handling AI on device shouldn't raise any eyebrows. Xnor.ai's work could potentially be incorporated into future iPhones, improving Siri and other AI and machine learning-based tasks that are done on device.

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Jan. 16, 2020, 2:16 a.m.

Poll: What are you most excited to see from Apple in 2020?

Yesterday, we highlighted everything to expect from Apple throughout 2020, including new hardware and software. As we explained at the time, this is shaping up to be a busy year for Apple with five new iPhone models, updated iPad Pros, and more.

What are you most excited to see in 2020? Is it new hardware or software?

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Jan. 16, 2020, 12:38 a.m.

Report: The FBI recently unlocked an iPhone 11 Pro with GrayKey, raising more doubts about the Pensacola case

As Apple stands firm against requests to break iPhone encryption, many people have questioned why the FBI needs Apple’s help in the first place. There are plenty of tools available from third-party companies that are more than capable of unlocking the iPhone 5 and iPhone 7 used by the Pensacola gunman.

Further emphasizing that point, a new report from Forbes says that the FBI recently used one of those black/gray market tools to unlock the newest — and theoretically the most secure — iPhone that Apple sells.

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Jan. 16, 2020, midnight

YouTube’s Luke Miani reveals lessons on buying old MacBooks by the dozen

Search YouTube for Apple-related content and you will easily find hosts who unbox, hosts who hack, hosts who fawn, and, of course, plenty who throw snark and shade. Then there’s Luke Miani, whose Apple-centric videos with a rising number of views fall under a different category: useful. In essence, Miani helps viewers with small budgets […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 11:46 p.m.

Apple shows off artists creating Apple TV+ posters with iPad Pro

A pair of fresh Apple videos demonstrate that its tablets can be tools for professional artists. They show the complete creative process of several advertising posters for Apple TV+ shows done on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. Watch them now: The first is called “How I Made a Dickinson Poster on iPad Pro.” In it, […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 11:28 p.m.

9to5Rewards: Win Apple Watch Series 5 + exclusive offers on Longvadon bands

This month on 9to5Rewards our sponsor Longvadon is giving 9to5 readers the opportunity take home an Apple Watch Series 5. For users that currently own the Apple Watch, you can buy two bands and get the third one free from Longvadon as well as 15% off your order.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 11:10 p.m.

Big discounts on MacBook Pro, Beats, iPad and more [Deals & Steals]

It’s a great time to splash some of your holiday cash. A new year means January sales, and big discounts on some of the best tech. Our daily Deals & Steals blog will help you dig out the best. Here are some of today’s highlights: Powerbeats3 — $54.99 2018 MacBook Pro — from $1,139.99 Powerbeats […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 10:52 p.m.

Save a ton on these awesome AirPods and Apple Watch accessories

Elkson makes some absolutely terrific accessories for AirPods and Apple Watch, then goes and sells them at amazingly low prices. And you can get yours even less today from the Cult of Mac Store. We’ve slashed up to 40% off of a number of Elkson’s best products, including a protective AirPods case that adds wireless […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 10:32 p.m.

Apple promotes iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and TV+ originals with new poster creation videos

Earlier this month, Apple announced a series of Today at Apple sessions that focus on creating posters inspired by Apple TV+ shows. That Today at Apple series began yesterday, and Apple has shared new YouTube videos highlighting the creativity.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 10:16 p.m.

Apple hires drone, aviation specialist as DC lobbyist

Apple hired an expert on drones and aviation law as a lobbyist. But this doesn’t mean the company is about to introduce a line of unmanned aircraft. Instead, drones are used to collect data for Apple Maps. The company says it employs them to “examine street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 9:50 p.m.

Mac: How to delete iPhone backups in macOS Catalina

Want to remove old iPhone backups stored on your Mac but aren’t sure how, since iTunes isn’t around in the latest version of macOS? Read on for how to delete iPhone backups in macOS Catalina in a few easy steps.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 9:39 p.m.

Fortnite for iOS updated with improved joystick support and 120 FPS gameplay on iPad Pro

Fortnite continues to be one of the most popular games of the moment, and today Epic Games announced new features for players who have an iPhone or an iPad. A new update to the iOS version of the game improves compatibility with joysticks and also adds 120 FPS gameplay on compatible devices for the first time.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 9:23 p.m.

Apple TV+ originals ‘Home’ and ‘Central Park’ debuting at SXSW in March

The full lineup of TV shows and movies premiering at this year’s SXSW Festival has been announced. The list confirms that multiple Apple TV+ originals will make their debut at the festival, which is slated for March 13 through March 22 in Austin, Texas.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 9 p.m.

Audient Evo ‘evolutionizes’ iOS audio recording

Audient’s Evo might be the most useful iOS USB audio interface you can get.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 8:54 p.m.

Apple acquires Xnor.ai for faster, more private iPhone artificial intelligence

Apple purchased Xnor.ai, a company that creates artificial intelligence software for mobile devices. The acquisition will apparently lead to AI applications running directly on iPhones, iPads, etc., not outsourced to the cloud. This should make these tasks more private and quicker. Xnor.ai promises “AI everywhere” Xnor.ai said of its goals, “We’re unleashing the power of AI […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 8:40 p.m.

Report: Apple sold nearly 60 million AirPods in 2019, grabbing 71% of totally wireless headphone revenue

We heard late last year from Bloomberg that AirPods shipments were expected to double year over year, and now a recent report backs up the huge growth expectations of Apple’s fully wireless earphones estimating nearly 60 million sales that took almost three-quarters of revenue from the burgeoning totally wireless headphone market.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 8:02 p.m.

Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys Story headed for Apple TV+

A documentary about the rap group the Beastie Boys written and directed by Spike Jonze reportedly will debut on Apple TV+ this spring. It will also supposedly be the first film from Apple’s streaming service to appear in theaters. Beastie Boys Story will premier in IMAX theaters on April 3, according to Deadline. It will […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 7:46 p.m.

Apple turns to drone and aviation specialist for Washington DC lobbying efforts

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has turned to a top lobbyist to help it engage on drone and aviation law in Washington D.C. This comes as Apple is reportedly exploring how to use satellites to send data directly to iPhones.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 7:22 p.m.

Apple acquires low-power AI startup behind Wyze on-device person detection for $200M

Apple has made another acquisition in the artificial intelligence industry. GeekWire reports today that Apple has acquired Xnor․ai, a Seattle-based startup that focuses on low-power artificial intelligence technology.

Xnor․ai notably provided the AI behind smart camera company Wyze’s on-device people detection feature; the acquisition by Apple explains why Wyze recently lost that feature:

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Jan. 15, 2020, 7:19 p.m.

This guitar made out of 106 iPhones actually works

Crazy Russians modders have one-upped themselves yet again by creating an absolutely absurd guitar made out of 106 iPhones and one iPod Touch. The one-of-a-kind working guitar is being sold by the Moscow-based guitar shop, Copper Guitars. Its neck is based on a 1999 Fender Telecaster and it could be yours for just over $6000. […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 7 p.m.

How to use Low Data Mode on iPhone and iPad

Low Data Mode switches off all kind of background data usage, saving your cellular plan, or sparing your battery when you’re on slow Wi-Fi. Hers’s how to use it.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 6:40 p.m.

Microsoft Edge browser based on Google’s Chrome comes to macOS

A new version of the Microsoft Edge web browser based on Google’s Chrome starts rolling out today for Windows, of course, but also macOS. Among the most notable benefits is support for Chrome extensions. Edge first debuted with Windows 10 several years ago, but hasn’t found a big audience. According to Statcounter, it has a […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 6:39 p.m.

Microsoft re-launches Edge browser on Windows and macOS, now based on Google’s Chromium

Microsoft Edge, the web browser that replaced Internet Explorer with the release of Windows 10, has been given a dramatic overhaul in the last year or so to be rebuilt on the same Chromium source code that Google Chrome is based on. Today, the new version of Microsoft Edge, based on Google’s Chromium, has been officially launched on Windows and macOS.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

‘Beastie Boys Story’ doc from Spike Jonze coming to Apple TV+ in April after IMAX debut

We all know you gotta fight for your right to party, and Apple is joining that fight this spring. The all-new “Beastie Boys Story” documentary is coming to Apple TV+ in April after a limited release in IMAX Theaters.

Apple announced the nonfiction film that tells the inside story of the hip-hop group from the perspective of members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz. “Beastie Boys Story” is based on the bestseller Beastie Boys BookThe great Spike Jonze is billed as the music doc’s director.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 5:53 p.m.

Google now lets you use your iPhone as a physical security key

Google is finally letting iPhone owners use their device as a physical two-factor authorization security key for Google services thanks to a new update to the Google Smart Lock app for iOS. The new feature uses the iPhone’s Secure Enclave to store private keys. Now, instead of having a 2FA code texted to you, Google […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 5:50 p.m.

Sensei app for Mac launches with SSD trim, battery health, storage management features, more

A new app called Sensei has arrived today for Mac that lets you monitor and tweak performance to get the most out of your machine. Sensei features a beautiful user interface with rich icons and lots of functionality like an SSD Trim Enabler, battery health, storage management, performance dashboard, and much more.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 5:31 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: January 15, 2020 – Rack mount Mac Pro, more

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 4:57 p.m.

MacBook Pros start at $1,140 in today’s best deals, plus 3 Apple Watch bands for $8.50, more

Save on MacBook Pros, Apple Watch bands, and LG’s UltraWide monitors in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. You’ll find all that and more just down below.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 4:44 p.m.

Fitbit releases blood oxygen monitoring before Apple Watch

Fitbit is rolling out the ability for some of its smartwatches and fitness trackers to track blood oxygen levels (SP02) with a software update. While Fitbit has been struggling for some time and was recently purchased by Google, this is a notable upgrade for existing customers and comes ahead of Apple Watch gaining the feature.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

Fortnite’s newest update makes playing on iOS better than ever

Fortnite just got its first update of 2020, and while it may look like a small and insignificant release at first glance, it actually makes playing on iOS devices better than ever. The version 11.40 update finally adds support for L3 and R3 buttons on compatible controllers. And those playing on iPad Pro can now […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 4:13 p.m.

Steve Bannon says President Trump could ‘drop the hammer’ on Apple

Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart chairman and President Trump chief strategist, warns that Trump will “drop the hammer” on Apple if it doesn’t work with authorities. Bannon is referring to the current standoff regarding whether or not Apple should unlock iPhones used by the shooter who killed three people at the Pensacola Naval Air Station […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

Review: SecureDrive BT, the encrypted external SSD you can unlock with Face ID

If you’re looking for a secure external drive that meets both US military and government security standards, there are a number of encrypted external SSD options around. I reviewed one approach a couple of years ago, the iStorage diskAshur 2, which has a built-in PIN pad for entering a seven- to 15-digit code to unlock the drive.

The SecureDrive BT is a similar idea, but instead of a PIN pad, you unlock it via Bluetooth. Specifically, when you plug the drive into your Mac, you can use Face ID on your iPhone to unlock it…

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Jan. 15, 2020, 3:17 p.m.

US-China trade deal to be signed today would end iPhone tariff threat

US president Donald Trump and Chinese vice premier Liu He are due to sign a US-China trade deal later this morning that formally eliminates the threat of tariffs being applied to iPhones imported into the US.

The planned 15% tariffs, which would have applied to iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, were suspended last month pending the agreement, along with even higher tariffs on desktop Macs, AirPods, Watch, and more…

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Jan. 15, 2020, 2:57 p.m.

Twitter will ‘probably never’ let you edit your tweets, CEO says

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey this week warned that Twitter will “probably never” let you edit your tweets. Editing has long been the most-requested feature among the Twitter community. But despite making some “practical considerations,” the micro-blogging network has dashed hopes it will ever happen. Every Twitter user hates the fact that you cannot edit tweets. […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

Is a hacksaw the best way to remove an iMac stand?

Travelling with your iMac and perturbed by the fact that it won’t fit in your carry-on luggage? No problem: You can just take a hacksaw and chop off the offending stand. Then simply reattach it at the other end and hope that Jony Ive or his successor doesn’t stop by for a quick spot-check. That’s […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Building responsive websites is easy as stacking blocks [Deals]

There’s no end to the reasons you might want to build a website, but there’s also no end of challenges in getting one off the ground. But with the right website builder, you can get a sleek, responsive website up and running without a single line of code. Blocs Website Builder is a fast, easy-to-use, […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

Apple Shares Videos From Creators Using iPad Pro to Make Apple TV+ Show Posters

Apple today shared a pair of videos from content creators who designed posters for Apple TV+ shows "Dickinson" and "For All Mankind."

Janice Sung, an illustrator and digital painter, said she created a poster for Apple TV+ series "Dickinson" using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, and she outlined some of her creative process.


Designer and illustrator duo Justin and Paige from Phantom City Creative in a separate video shared details on how they used an iPad Pro to create two new posters for Apple TV+ show "For All Mankind."


Apple has in the past shared behind the scenes details on content created on the iPad Pro, but this is the first time Apple has shared iPad Pro-focused videos from Apple TV+ content creators.


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Jan. 15, 2020, 2:01 p.m.

Twitter edit button not happening this year, says Jack Dorsey, explaining why

A Twitter edit button would easily top any poll for the most-requested new feature on the social network. But CEO Jack Dorsey says it’s not happening this year, and he’s explained why in a new video Q&A…

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Jan. 15, 2020, 1:38 p.m.

Apple TV+ Content 'Home,' 'Central Park,' and 'Beastie Boys' to Premiere at SXSW Film Festival

Apple today announced that several upcoming Apple TV+ projects are going to debut at the SXSW Film Festival, set to take place from March 13 to March 21.

Newly acquired documentary "Beastie Boys Story" will be shown at the festival ahead of its ‌Apple TV‌+ release on April 24, and Apple will also premiere upcoming TV shows "Central Park" and "Home."


Created by Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith, both known for popular TV series "Bob's Burgers," "Central Park" is an animated musical series that tells the story of a family of caretakers who live and work in Central Park and end up saving the world.

The animated show features voice work from Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs, and Kathryn Hahn.

"Home," made by the creators of Netflix series "Chef's Table," is a docuseries that's designed to provide viewers with a never-before-seen look inside the "world's most innovative homes."

The episode debuting at SXSW will focus on the home of lawyer and science fiction writer Christopher Brown, with the house being described as a "modern interpretation of Native American pit houses," which are huts that were traditionally constructed with mud and grass.

There's no word on when these two shows are going to debut on ‌Apple TV‌+, but a launch could come not too long after their SXSW debut.


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Jan. 15, 2020, 1:19 p.m.

New Classicbot Plush Lets You Snuggle a Classic Mac

Designer Philip Lee, who makes a range of "Classicbot" toys based on classic Mac designs, this week unveiled a new huggable 12-inch Classicbot Plush.


The Classicbot Plush, priced at $67, is based on Apple's Macintosh Classic, which was sold in the early 90s. While expensive, the Classicbot Plush is highly detailed and has a few notable features worth pointing out.


All of the Classic Macintosh details are carefully embroidered, and the plush features articulated arms that can be put into different positions. The fabric the Classicbot Plush is made from has been chosen because it's "very soft" to the touch.


Along with articulated arms, the Classicbot Plush features interchangeable facial expressions thanks to velcro-backed pixel pieces that can be arranged in a multitude of ways.


The Classicbot Plush can be pre-ordered from the Classicbot website as of today, with orders set to ship out at the end of April 2019.


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Jan. 15, 2020, 1:18 p.m.

Latest Bang & Olufsen E8 AirPods competitors double battery-life to 35 hours

The third generation of the Bang & Olufsen E8 true in-ear wireless headphones have been announced, more than doubling the battery-life from 16 hours to 35 hours…

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Jan. 15, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: MacBook Air becomes ‘world’s thinnest notebook’

January 15, 2008: Steve Jobs shows off the first MacBook Air at the Macworld conference, calling the revolutionary computer the “world’s thinnest notebook.” The 13.3-inch laptop measures only 0.76 inches at its thickest point and 0.16 inches at its tapered thinnest. It also boasts a unibody aluminum design: An Apple engineering breakthrough allows the crafting […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 12:18 p.m.

Apple preparing for bizarre legal battle with FBI over Pensacola iPhones

Apple is reportedly preparing for a bizarre legal battle with the FBI over its demands for the Cupertino company to help it break into two iPhones used by the Pensacola Naval Air Station shooter.

The company was previously prepared to fight the FBI in court over the same demand with the San Bernardino iPhones before the agency backed down …

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Jan. 15, 2020, 11:31 a.m.

The Unofficial Apple Archive is on a mission to save Apple history and inspire new creators

“I totally forgot that Rihanna was used as the track for an iPad 2 guided tour. What a weird year.” Sam Henri Gold was giving me a progress update on what would eventually become The Apple Archive. He had just made it to 2011. Compiled from hundreds of videos and images spanning Apple’s near 44-year history, the collection is believed to be one of the largest of its kind ever made available. It launches today.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

India may offer subsidized loans to win Apple manufacturing bids

India wants to woo Apple suppliers into opening factories in the country. To that end, it may offer attractive subsidized loans to make it more appealing. The proposals by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology may be part of a new federal budget for February. Alongside the subsidized loans for opening factories, it would […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 10:49 a.m.

Deals: Get the 64GB Wi-Fi 10.5-Inch iPad Air for $399.99 on Amazon ($99 Off, Lowest Price)

More discounts on Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Air have appeared on Amazon this week, with lowest-ever prices now appearing for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and the 256GB cellular model. This iPad Air is the version that launched in March 2019 with a 10.5-inch Retina display and Touch ID.

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You can save up to $180 in the sale, with prices starting at $399.99 for the 64GB model with Wi-Fi. If you're shopping for a cellular iPad Air, note that both models listed below have delayed shipping estimates and will ship within 1-4 weeks at the time of writing.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 10:20 a.m.

Apple Buys Rights to Beastie Boys Documentary Directed by Spike Jonze

Apple has acquired the rights to "Beastie Boys Story" a documentary about the band directed by Spike Jonze and penned by Beastie Boys members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, reports Deadline.

Under the terms of the deal, the film will be available in IMAX theaters in a limited release on April 3 before launching on Apple TV+ on April 24.

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The release of the documentary comes ahead of the 26th anniversary of the release of "Ill Communication," the band's fourth album. Spike Jonze originally directed the music video for the hit song "Sabotage."

"Beastie Boys Story" is described as a live documentary experience that focuses on the history and the legacy of the group and its personal story. It's based on the "Beastie Boys Book," published in October 2018, and will feature Horovitz and Diamond discussing their long running friendship and rise to fame.


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Jan. 15, 2020, 10:19 a.m.

Disney+ racks up nearly $100 million in user spending in first 60 days

Aside from saying that Apple TV+ pulled in “millions of users” in its first week, Apple hasn’t shared any stats about how Apple’s streaming service is doing. Disney+, on the other hand, seems to be blowing away the competition. Two months after Disney+ launched, its app has been downloaded close to 41 million times on […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 8:26 a.m.

Deals: Anker's New Sale Has $9 Wireless Chargers, $17 Bluetooth Speakers, and $30 Portable Chargers

Anker is back this week with its latest round of discounts on useful charging and audio accessories. This time you can find sales on USB-C chargers, Eufy smart home products, Bluetooth speakers, and portable chargers.

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We've noted below if the accessory requires a discount code, but most items this time around have had their discounts automatically applied and do not require a code. A majority of the sale expires this Sunday, January 19, so be sure to browse and place your order before the end of the week.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 8:01 a.m.

New Logitech ergonomic keyboard offers pillowy-soft comfort

Logitech’s new ergonomic keyboard is designed to bring comfort to the heaviest of computer users. With cushy-yet-precise keys and a pillow-soft wrist rest, the just-announced Ergo K860 Ergonomic Split Keyboard puts comfort — and science! — front and center. “We know that most people spend between a quarter and a third of their lives at […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 7:36 a.m.

Little America currently holds 100% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes

Apple TV+’s upcoming series Little America is pretty darn great. At least, if reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is to be believed. With the initial critic reviews in, Little America‘s current rating stands at a, well, flawless 100%. By contrast, previous Apple TV+ shows like The Morning Show were panned by early critics. The series premieres on […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 7:06 a.m.

Reminder: Apple to Announce Q1 2020 Earnings on January 28

As a reminder for anyone who may have missed the announcement during the holidays, Apple revealed that it will share its earnings results for the first quarter of its 2020 fiscal year on Tuesday, January 28.

The financial report should be released at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time on that day as usual, followed by a conference call with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple CFO Luca Maestri at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time that will be streamed live on Apple's website. Cook and Maestri will discuss the results and field questions from analysts.


Apple's guidance for the quarter, which ran September 29 through December 28 of 2019:
  • revenue between $85.5 billion and $89.5 billion

  • gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38.5 percent

  • operating expenses between $9.6 billion and $9.8 billion

  • other income/(expense) of $200 million

  • tax rate of approximately 16.5 percent
By comparison, Apple brought in revenue of $84.3 billion in Q1 2019, despite issuing a rare earnings warning due to declining iPhone sales at the time. The company's all-time quarterly revenue record is $88 billion in Q1 2018.

Apple's earnings results will provide some insight into how well the latest iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max models sold during the holiday shopping season. The devices became available to purchase in stores on September 20 in many countries, nine days before the quarter began.

Apple's services and wearables categories have also been growing for several quarters, so investors will look to see if that trend continues.

(Thanks, Leonard!)

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Jan. 15, 2020, 7 a.m.

CloudApp for Mac Expands to iPhone With New App

CloudApp, a Mac app designed for visual collaboration and content sharing, today launched a new iOS app that expands CloudApp's capabilities to the iPhone and the iPad. The app has been in testing with a soft launch since December, but is now being officially announced.

CloudApp for iOS mirrors what CloudApp for Mac is able to do, allowing customers to upload images, videos, and files from an ‌iPhone‌ or download CloudApp "drops" that include screenshots, videos, screen recordings, and GIFs to the ‌iPhone‌. Uploading to CloudApp can be done from other iOS apps, such as the Photos app.


The new iOS app supports screen recording of the ‌iPhone‌ for creating tutorials or collaborating regardless of location, and there are options for previewing and sharing files, screenshots, screen recordings, and more.

There's a customized thumbnail view for quickly scrolling through available files, and key content can be favorited for easy access. Collections can also be created, letting users sort their content into different folders for better organization.

CloudApp for ‌iPhone‌ can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]


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Jan. 15, 2020, 5:55 a.m.

Spotify's New Feature Builds Playlists for Your Pets Based on Their Personality Traits and Your Listening History

Spotify today announced "Pet Playlists," which builds custom playlists for a cat, dog, iguana, hamster, or bird (via The Verge). The playlist generator combines your pet's personality traits with your own listening history on Spotify, building a list of songs that the company says both you and your pet can enjoy.


To get your Pet Playlist, visit Spotify's new Pet Playlist website, choose an animal, and then answer questions about their personality and temperament. Spotify will combine this information with your listening habits to create a Pet Playlist that's automatically added to your library, filled with about 30 songs.
While music for pets isn’t an exact science, we consulted with experts in the pet industry for the best approximation for what might work best for our featured animals. Incidentally, we only use the information you provide us to create your Pet Playlist. The information is not stored and is not used for any other purpose.
When subscribers were last counted, Spotify had 113 million Premium subscribers as of October 2019, compared to Apple Music's 60 million as of June 2019. According to Spotify, the streaming service is growing twice as fast as ‌Apple Music‌.

‌Apple Music‌ finally caught up to Spotify in one area in 2019, introducing a "Replay" feature that let its users track their most-played songs from the previous year, as well as every single year since they started using ‌Apple Music‌.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 3:24 a.m.

iPhones Can Now Be Used to Generate 2FA Security Keys for Google Accounts

A new update to Google's Smart Lock iOS app lets users set up their iPhone or iPad as a security key for two-factor authentication when signing into native Google services via Chrome browser.

Once the feature is set up in the app, attempting to log in to a Google service via Chrome on another device such as a laptop results in a push notification being sent to their iOS device.

The user then has to unlock their ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ using Face ID or Touch ID and confirm the log-in attempt via the Smart Lock app before it can complete on the other device.

After installing the update, users are asked to select a Google account to set up their phone's built-in security key. According to a Google cryptographer, the feature makes use of Apple's Secure Enclave hardware, which securely stores ‌Touch ID‌, Face ID, and other cryptographic data on iOS devices.

The Smart Lock app requires that Bluetooth is enabled on both the ‌iPhone‌/‌iPad‌ and the other device for two-factor authentication to work, so they have to be in close proximity, but the advantage of the system is that it ensures the process is localized and can't be leaked onto the internet.

The Google Smart Lock app is a free download for ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 3:24 a.m.

Trump calls for Apple to ‘step up’ and unseal iPhones used by ‘killers, drug dealers’

President Donald Trump called on Tuesday for Apple to “step up to the plate” and “help our great country” by unlocking the iPhones used by a Saudi aviation student that killed three people at a Florida Navy base in December. In a tweet, Trump said the U.S. government helps Apple on trade and other issues, […]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 1:59 a.m.

YouTube iOS App Gains 'Topics' to Filter Your Subscriptions Feed

Google has updated its official YouTube iOS app with Subscription feed "topics" in an effort to make it easier for users to catch up with their favorite creators.


The topics appear below the top row of followed channels and essentially act as filters for content that you subscribe to.

The default setting is "All," which lists all videos from channels you're subscribed to, from newest to oldest. Then there's "Today," showing all the videos published within the past 24 hours.

The other topics include "Continue Watching" (videos you started watching but haven't finished yet), "Unwatched" videos, "Live" videos (includes livestreams as well as YouTube Premieres), and "Posts," which shows only community posts.

Google says that tests showed that these topics encouraged more subscribers to come to their subs feed daily to look for new updates. That said, there's no requirement to use them, and user feeds will continue to show in reverse chronological order in the traditional way if the topics buttons are left untouched.

YouTube is a free download for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

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Jan. 15, 2020, 1:17 a.m.

What to expect from Apple in 2020: iPhone 12, triple-lens iPad Pro, new MacBook keyboards, more

For Apple, 2019 was a busy year, thanks to the iPhone 11 lineup, new AirPods, a strong focus on the Mac, and more. As we head into 2020, there’s even more to expect from Apple, including the iPhone 12, more powerful iPad Pros, and continued updates to the Mac.

Read on as we round up what to expect from Apple in 2020.

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Jan. 15, 2020, 12:11 a.m.

Trump says Apple needs to ‘help our great country’ and unlock iPhones used by criminals

President Trump has joined the fray around the FBI’s request for Apple to help unlock two iPhones used by the gunman responsible for last month’s shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Trump took to Twitter (via his iPhone) this evening to call on Apple to unlock the phones in question.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 11:10 p.m.

Lepow portable display is a perfect companion for your MacBook [Review]

MacBooks are wonderfully portable but a laptop display can be cramped for getting serious work done. The Lepow 15.6-Inch USB-C Portable Monitor is so slim and light it can easily go with you and double your available screen space. I fully tested this surprisingly affordable USB-C monitor. Read my review to see how well it […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 10:27 p.m.

Bag an iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus from just $229.99 [Deals & Steals]

It’s a great time to splash some of your holiday cash. A new year means January sales, and big discounts on some of the best tech. Our daily Deals & Steals blog will help you dig out the best. Here are some of today’s highlights: iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus — from $229.99 16-inch […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 9:45 p.m.

Apple inks multi-year content deal with Little America co-creator

Lee Eisenberg, the co-creator behind Apple’s upcoming TV series, Little America, has inked a multi-year to create content for Apple TV+. Apple already ordered a second season of Little America ahead of its premiere later this month. Now Eisenberg is one of the few creators to score an overall deal with Apple that will see […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 9:30 p.m.

Last chance! Save on Elago’s insanely cool AirPods, Watch accessories

Elago’s brilliant retro charging stands for Apple Watch, inspired by iconic devices like the original Macintosh and Game Boy, are now available at 10% off the usual price — but only until tomorrow, January 15. The same discount applies to AirPods cases and the rest of the Elago lineup when you buy from the Cult […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 9:15 p.m.

Handy adaptor charges iPhone, camera gear on power tool battery

There is an entire tech economy around battery life. There are the batteries themselves, chargers both corded and wireless and emergency sources of power that plug into gadgets about to die. Finally, someone has come up with an adaptor hub that connects to power tool batteries. The Mag Max 3A Battery Adapter by Kessler was […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 9 p.m.

How to get replacement AirPods Pro tips from Apple

Apple will sell you replacement tips for your AirPods Pro — but you won’t find them in the store.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 8:46 p.m.

Apple TV+ seals multi-year content deal with ‘Little America’ co-creator

While Apple has set a release date for Little America on Apple TV+ and also renewed the show for a second season, it has also signed a multi-year content creation deal with its showrunner and co-creator, Lee Eisenberg.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 7:40 p.m.

The wait for rack mount Mac Pro is over

Apple today began taking orders for the alternative Mac Pro version designed to be installed in server rooms; previously it was only taking pre-orders. Units purchased today ship next week. The rack-mount model comes in a different casing than the more standard tower one, and costs $500 more. The 2019 Mac Pro debuted last month, […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 7:34 p.m.

You can now use iPhones as Google security keys for 2FA

Last year, Google announced that all Android 7+ devices can be used as two-factor authentication when signing into Gmail, Drive, and other first-party services. Most modern iPhones can now be used as a built-in phone security key for Google apps.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 7:21 p.m.

Apple Watch alerts popular YouTuber to tachycardia caused by dehydration and stress

YouTuber Joel Telling is crediting Apple Watch with alerting him to an elevated heart rate. Telling says that his Apple Watch notified him that his heart rate had been over 120 beats-per-minute for more than 10 minutes, prompting him to seek medical attention.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 7 p.m.

This is how easy it is to add RAM to the 2019 Mac Pro

The hardest part of adding RAM to a new Mac Pro is unplugging all your peripherals first.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 6:56 p.m.

Second developer betas of iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 finally appear

After a long delay stretched back to before the holiday season, Apple today released iOS 13.3.1 developer beta 2, along with the equivalent pre-release version of iPadOS. These are a bug-fix updates, meant to remove small problems introduced by software updates for iPhone and iPad in December. The first iPadOS 13.3.1 and iOS 13.3.1 developer […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 6:13 p.m.

Cellebrite expands to computers with $33M acquisition of BlackBag Technologies forensics firm

The Israeli forensics firm Cellebrite has announced a $33 million acquisition that it says will help it expand its forensics capabilities beyond smartphones. The company has acquired BlackBag Technologies, which is a separate forensics firm with a focus on computer forensics.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 6:04 p.m.

Instagram DMs are coming to the web

Chatting with your friends on Instagram is coming soon to a desktop computer near you. Instagram revealed today that it is testing a new feature that allows users to access their Instagram DMs through the company’s website. For now, the feature is only being tested with a small percentage of users, but it might be […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 5:57 p.m.

Apple releasing second developer beta of iOS 13.3.1 today

Apple today is releasing the second developer beta of iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1. This comes after a month without any new beta releases due to the holidays recesses. iOS 13.3.1 focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 5:51 p.m.

How to buy Bitcoin on your iPhone using Coinbase

The concept of cryptocurrency can be an enigma, but buying cryptocurrency for yourself can be even more confusing. Should you use Coinbase? Or Cash App? Is there another app that’s even better? Is buying Bitcoin on your phone safe at all? Have no fear — here’s how to buy Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Litecoin directly from your iPhone.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 5:45 p.m.

Doqo iPad Pro keyboard with trackpad also offers 7-port hub

Doqo is an upcoming USB-C keyboard for the iPad Pro with a MacBook-sized trackpad, a 7-in-1 hub, and a built-in battery. It’s one of several clip-on keyboards that promise to give Apple’s professional tablets many of the same features as a MacBook. Doqo creates an iPad Pro with keyboard and trackpad Doqo uses a traditional […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 5:29 p.m.

Apple releases Xcode 11.3.1 update for developers

Apple has just released Xcode 11.3.1 for developers — the tool used to create iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS apps. This week’s update features overall improvements and bug fixes, including enhancements to compile Swift files.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 5:25 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: January 14, 2020 – ‘Pro Mode’ for macOS, Apple vs FBI

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 5:13 p.m.

Apple’s rack-mountable Mac Pro is now available for purchase for $6499

Today Apple made the rack-mountable Mac Pro available for purchase, starting at $6499. The unit, which features the same build to order components as the regular Mac Pro, features rack mounting rails that ship in a separate box. more…

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Jan. 14, 2020, 5:01 p.m.

Tuesday deals: 16-inch MacBook Pro hits Amazon all-time low, iPhone 7/8 Plus from $230, more

Tuesday’s best deals include up to $300 off 16-inch MacBook Pro, refurb iPhones at Woot, and previous-generation iPads. Head below for all of our top picks and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 4:42 p.m.

Instagram begins rolling out DMs on the web, says a priority over iPad app

Instagram has kickstarted the launch of direct messaging on the web today. For now, it’s only a test with a “small percentage” of users but the feature is rolling out globally.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 4:10 p.m.

The FBI wants Apple to break encryption for iPhone models that third-party companies can already unlock

There’s a lot of publicity right now about the FBI’s request for Apple to help them unlock two iPhones owned by a murder suspect who opened fire at a Florida navy base.

However, what has gone underreported is the fact that the two iPhones in question are actually old models, an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 7.

As noted by the Wall Street Journal today, these devices are so old that their security has already been compromised. Plenty of security firms on the gray/black market are available to unlock older iPhone models, so why does the FBI need Apple?

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Jan. 14, 2020, 3:36 p.m.

Apple could be a $2 trillion company by end of 2021

Apple could be a $2 trillion business by the end of 2021, bullish Apple analyst Dan Ives of Wedbush claims. If so, this would be a massive leap from Apple’s current market cap of $1.38 trillion. And it would be all thanks to momentum in Apple’s Services division, alongside the impending launch of a 5G […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 3 p.m.

Nomad unveils Base Station Stand charger with leather + aluminum design, AirPods support, more

Popular accessory maker Nomad has taken the wraps off of its latest wireless charging accessory. The Base Station Stand is an updated and redesigned version of Nomad’s Wireless Stand with two 10W charging coils, USB-C, and more.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

TikTok was the top iOS app worldwide in Q4 2019

TikTok was the most popular iOS app worldwide in Q4 2019, as measured by total number of downloads. In both the App Store and Google Play, TikTok downloads hit an all-time high of almost 220 million installs. On iOS alone, it racked up 42 million. In the United States, TikTok ranked no. 2 after the […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Charge your Apple Watch with a compact key fob [Deals]

The point of an Apple Watch is to keep things simple and compact. So it doesn’t make sense to carry a bunch of charging gear around, too. That makes this keychain-ready wireless charger the ideal companion for your Apple Watch. This Portable Keychain Apple Watch Charger can juice up your Apple Watch in about 2.5 […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

Apple TV+ comedy Mythic Quest coming to PAX South gaming expo

Apple Original comedy series Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is coming to Apple TV+ on February 7. But before then, Mythic Quest is stopping off at the PAX South gaming expo in Texas, possibly for an early advance screening. The Apple TV+ show was co-created by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia stars Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day. It […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 2:11 p.m.

Comment: European charger standard law will be too late to affect Apple

Way back in 2014, European lawmakers made a broadly sensible proposal that could have hurt Apple. The European Union’s Radio Equipment Directive called for a European charger standard asking all smartphone manufacturers to use compatible chargers.

There were two key elements to the proposal. First, a common voltage and amperage. Second, a connector to plug a charger into a smartphone…

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Jan. 14, 2020, 2 p.m.

IDC reports Apple set to gain 13% of Windows 7 upgrades as Microsoft ends support

Today is an important day for IT managers across the world. January 14th, 2020 is when Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7. I’ve seen much less angst about this transition than I saw for Windows XP. Windows 7 was an important OS as it helped Microsoft rebound form the disaster that was Windows Vista. It was initially released in 2009, so it’s had a long run even as Microsoft has transitioned to Windows 10. What does this mean for IT departments? It means change, and for Apple, change is an opportunity. more…

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Jan. 14, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

What Apple TV+ needs to be a big player in 2020

Apple TV+ is great. I think it’s done a whole lot right in the sub-3 months since it launched. But, right now, Apple TV+ is what Apple was to Microsoft in the 1990s. Sure, the quality is there, but it’s a tiny bit player next to the likes of Netflix and Disney+. To truly live […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 1:36 p.m.

Apple’s latest sale features ‘buddy’ films, more from $5, plus $1 rentals

This week’s movie sale at Apple focuses on ‘buddy’ films with prices down to $8 across a variety of genres. You’ll also find a selection of $5 films, all of which will become a permanent part of your collection. This week’s $1 HD rental is also featured below alongside all of our top picks.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 1:15 p.m.

Mac shipments fall in 2019 despite impressive growth for PCs

A big MacBook Pro refresh and a long-awaited Mac Pro overhaul couldn’t prevent Apple computer shipments from suffering another decline in 2019, according to new data. Both IDC and Gartner say Mac shipments fell during the final quarter of 2019, and for 2019 as a whole. That’s despite decent growth for PCs, which enjoyed the […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs takes a leave of absence

January 14, 2009: Steve Jobs’ cancer worsens to the point that he takes a medical leave from Apple. Despite his illness, the CEO remains reluctant to take the time off. When he does, he keeps quiet about the severity of his illness. He calls “the curiosity over my personal health” a distraction caused by prying […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 12:59 p.m.

TikTok was the most downloaded iOS app in Q4 2019, with Disney+ #1 in the US

Controversial video sharing app TikTok was the most downloaded iOS app in the world in the final quarter of last year, according to analytics company SensorTower. The top five were rounded out by YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook.

TikTok also took second place in the US, despite growing concerns about the app …

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Jan. 14, 2020, 12:27 p.m.

Apple Inks Content Creation Deal With Lee Eisenberg, Co-Creator of Upcoming Apple TV+ Show 'Little America'

Apple has signed a multi-year content deal with Lee Eisenberg, the co-creator, executive producer, and co-showrunner of Apple TV+ series "Little America," reports Variety.

Eisenberg will be launching a new production company, Piece of Work Entertainment, and he will create digital media projects exclusively for ‌Apple TV‌+.

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Eisenberg is one of several film industry creators that have inked deals with Apple. Apple has content deals with Alfonso Cuaron, Jon Chu, Justin Lin, Jason Katims, and more.

Along with "Little America," Eisenberg is known for his work on "The Office," where he served as a writer and co-executive producer. He has also worked on screenplays that include "Year One" and "Bad Teacher."

"Little America," Eisenberg's first ‌Apple TV‌+ show, is set to debut this Friday on January 17. "Little America" is an anthology series that highlights the stories of immigrants, and it was produced by Eisenberg, Kumail Nanjiani, and Emily V. Gordon, among others.

The series has received largely positive reviews from critics, who have called it the best ‌Apple TV‌+ show yet. "Little America" has already been renewed for season 2.


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Jan. 14, 2020, 12:18 p.m.

New AAPL high predicted for this year, two analysts predict $375-400

Two analysts are predicting a new AAPL high this year, suggesting that the stock could climb to $375 and $400 respectively by the year end.

While there’s a strong consensus that Apple including 5G support in this year’s iPhones will see a significant surge in sales, analysts D.A. Davidson say that the impact will last well beyond this year …

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Jan. 14, 2020, 10:24 a.m.

Apple Seeds Second Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.3 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming macOS 10.15.3 update to developers for testing purposes, nearly a month after seeding the first beta and over a month after releasing the macOS Catalina 10.15.2 update.

The new ‌‌macOS Catalina‌‌ beta can be downloaded using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper software from the Developer Center.


We don't yet know what improvements the third update to ‌macOS Catalina‌ will bring, but it will likely focus on performance improvements, security updates, and fixes for bugs that weren't able to be fixed in the ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.2 update.

‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.3 has code in it that suggests a new "Pro Mode" is coming to Apple's Macs. Pro Mode appears to be an optional setting that overrides fan speed limits and energy saving restrictions to improve performance. The code says that apps "may run faster" but battery life could decrease and fan noise could increase.

It's not entirely clear if Pro Mode is coming to Macs in the 10.15.3 release, but the code is there so it is a possibility.

We didn't find any other new changes in the first beta of ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.3, but we'll update this post if there's anything new in the second beta.

Related Roundup: macOS Catalina

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Jan. 14, 2020, 10:24 a.m.

Apple Seeds Second Beta of watchOS 6.1.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.1.2 update to developers, almost a month after releasing the first beta and over a month after releasing the watchOS 6.1.1 update with bug fixes.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌‌Apple Watch‌‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.


To install the update, the ‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌ needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the ‌‌iPhone‌‌.

There's no word yet on what features are included in the watchOS 6.1.2 beta, and there were no new features discovered in the first beta, but we'll update this article should anything new be found in the second beta.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)

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Jan. 14, 2020, 10:24 a.m.

Apple Seeds Second Beta of tvOS 13.3.1 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming tvOS 13.3.1 update to developers, close to a month after seeding the first beta and several weeks after releasing the tvOS 13.3 update.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 13.3.1 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode.


tvOS updates are typically minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than major outward-facing changes. Apple provides little to no information on what's included in tvOS beta updates, so we may not discover anything new after installing the software.

While we don't often know what's new in tvOS during the beta testing process, we let MacRumors readers know when new updates are available so those who are developers can download it upon release.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 13
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Jan. 14, 2020, 9:45 a.m.

Instagram Bringing Direct Messages to the Web

Starting today, Instagram is bringing direct messaging options to the web. As noted by The Verge, a small number of Instagram's global users can access their direct messages from the Instagram website in addition to the iPhone app.

The rollout today to a limited number of customers is just a test, though depending on how it goes a wider rollout could come in the future.


Direct messaging on the web is almost identical to direct messaging through the ‌iPhone‌, so the interface will be familiar to Instagram users. You can start a DM with someone from a profile page or the DM screen, and there are options to create groups.

Double tapping likes a message, there's an option to see how many unread messages are available, and photos from the desktop can be shared in DMs. Notifications for DMs can also be received if notifications are enabled for the Instagram site in the browser.


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Jan. 14, 2020, 8:01 a.m.

How to organize and delete Apple Pay cards and passes

Need to tidy up your Apple Wallet? Follow along for how to organize and delete Apple Pay cards and passes.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 7 a.m.

Nomad Unveils New 'Base Station Stand' Wireless Charger for iPhone and AirPods

Nomad today unveiled the Base Station Stand, a single device wireless charger designed to charge Qi-based products like the iPhone and the AirPods.

The Base Station Stand, priced at $100, can only charge one device at a time, but it is equipped with two charging coils to offer both horizontal or vertical ‌iPhone‌ charging as well as ‌AirPods‌ and AirPods Pro charging.


Most stand-based Qi wireless chargers are equipped with one coil and are meant to charge the ‌iPhone‌ only in an upright orientation, so a stand that can charge in either orientation and also has the capacity to charge ‌AirPods‌ is useful.

The Base Station Stand offers up to 10W of charging, though Apple's iPhones max out at 7.5W. It ships with a USB-A to USB-C cable, it features a machined aluminum frame and a leather charging pad, and it comes with an 18W wall adapter with US, UK, and EU plugs.


The Base Station Stand can be purchased from the Nomad website starting today.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 6:29 a.m.

Xcode 11.3.1 Released Nearly One Month After Apple Last Seeded Betas of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS

Apple on Monday released Xcode 11.3.1 with bug fixes and improvements, including reducing the size of dependency files produced by the Swift compiler, which can improve incremental build times and disk usage for targets with many source files. Full release notes are posted on Apple's developer website.

As with Xcode 11.3, version 11.3.1 supports developing apps for iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, macOS 10.15.2, watchOS 6.1, and tvOS 13.3.


It has been nearly one month since Apple seeded new betas for its software platforms, which is an unusually long time. The first betas of iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1 were seeded on December 17, but no further builds have been made available since then.

Apple always stops seeding betas over the holidays, but the cycle usually resumes in early January, including January 7 in 2019, January 3 in 2018, and January 9 in 2017, so there is a bit of a delay this year.

On an Xcode-related note, Apple has reminded developers that, starting April 2020, apps submitted to the App Store must use an Xcode storyboard to provide the app's launch screen and must have an interface that supports any display size. Apple also strongly encourages supporting multitasking on iPad.

Apple:
Apps should look great on all models of iPhone and iPad, regardless of display size or aspect ratio. With features like Xcode storyboards and Auto Layout, your app’s interface elements and layouts automatically fit the display. As announced at WWDC19, starting April 2020, apps submitted to the App Store must use an Xcode storyboard to provide the app’s launch screen and must have an interface that supports any display size.

Support for Multitasking on iPad is strongly encouraged. Adding support for multiple windows, and adopting Multitasking capabilities, including Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture, will ensure your app delivers a modern and complete experience on iPadOS.
Apple says it has addressed an Xcode bug in the storyboard canvas that could cause the development tool to crash.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 5:18 a.m.

Deals: Amazon Discounts 512GB 16-Inch MacBook Pro to New Low Price of $2,149 ($250 Off)

Amazon has introduced a new discount on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, discounting both base configurations of the notebook to notable low prices. Specifically, these new discounts are the lowest prices that we've ever tracked for the 16-inch MacBook Pro among the major Apple resellers online.

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You can get the 512GB 16-inch MacBook Pro for $2,149.00 ($250 off) or the 1TB 16-inch MacBook Pro for $2,499.00 ($300 off). Due to the discounts, some models are seeing delayed shipping estimates on Amazon. As of writing, the 512GB model won't ship until February 5, but there appears to be more stock for the 1TB model in Silver.

16-Inch MacBook Pro Sale


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Jan. 14, 2020, 3:38 a.m.

Apple denies AG Barr’s allegations of not unlocking another iPhone; “encryption is vital”

Apple denied late Monday that it has not cooperated with U.S. federal authorities to help unlock a pair of iPhone’s belonging to a Saudi aviation student that killed three people at a Florida Navy base in December, saying it always works with law enforcement in their investigations and directly contradicting claims it had not given […]

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Jan. 14, 2020, 1:31 a.m.

Feature Request: A ‘Low Power Mode’ for macOS to extend MacBook battery life

Earlier today, we reported on evidence within the latest macOS 10.15.3 beta that suggests Apple is working on a “Pro Mode” feature to boost performance on portable Macs. This feature would essentially boost your Mac’s performance at the cost of things like battery life and fan noise.

While I’d love to see this feature come to macOS, something I’d also like to see in tandem with it is a Low Power Mode, focused on extending MacBook battery life.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 1:01 a.m.

Report: Rumored 5.4-inch iPhone to be similar in size to the iPhone 8, support Face ID

A new report from Macotakara today causes some confusion around what to expect from Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup. While rumors have widely suggested that Apple is developing a refreshed version of the of the iPhone 8, this report seems to conflate a few details.

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Jan. 14, 2020, 12:45 a.m.

Apple’s Reality Converter simplifies creating 3D augmented reality objects

Apple’s Reality Converter gives developers a free tool to convert, view, and customize 3D objects into USDZ, the file format Apple uses for augmented reality content. This is clearly part of the company’s drive to play a significant role in AR development. Augmented reality overlays computer-generated images or text onto the real world. It’s different from […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 11:40 p.m.

Dave Bautista battles onto next season of See

Jason Momoa was the big star of the first season of See on Apple TV+, but he’s reportedly being joined by Dave Bautista, perhaps best known for playing Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. The news comes from Variety, who has no additional details. It’s not yet clear if Bautista will […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 11:12 p.m.

Apple releases new ‘Reality Converter’ macOS app for working with USDZ AR and 3D files

Apple today has released the first beta of a new Reality Converter application for macOS. This app allows developers to convert, view, and customize USDZ 3D objects on Mac, Apple says. USDZ is Apple’s augmented reality file type.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 11:01 p.m.

Mac shipments fell in 2019 despite overall PC industry growth, IDC and Gartner say

International Data Corporation (IDC) is out with its Q4 2019 data today, breaking down the PC industry during the holiday shopping season. According to the data, PC shipments grew by 4.8% during the quarter, hitting 71.8 million units. This marks the “highest single quarter shipment volume in four years,” IDC says, but Apple wasn’t able to benefit from that industry-wide growth.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 10:41 p.m.

US Attorney General demands Apple unlock Pensacola shooter’s iPhones

Apple could be headed for another collision course with U.S. federal law enforcement, similar to the spat it had with the FBI over creating backdoors into iOS. Attorney General William Barr has asked Apple to provide access to two phones used by the gunman at the Pensacola Naval Air Station shooting last month. Barr said […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 9:28 p.m.

How to get your iPhone Smart Battery Case replaced for free

Apple’s Smart Battery Case is a popular way to give iPhone extra battery life along with some unique touches that third-party cases can’t offer. If you’ve been having issues with yours, you may be eligible for a free replacement for iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max Smart Battery Cases.
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Jan. 13, 2020, 9:15 p.m.

Unreleased ‘Pro Mode’ may bring performance boost to MacBooks

Apple is working on a new software feature for macOS that can crank Macs’ processing powers into overdrive. References spotted by 9to5Mac in the latest macOS Catalina beta mention a new “Pro Mode”. Details on how Pro Mode will work are still hazy but a few lines of code hint that it might only be […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 9 p.m.

Roland’s Go Livecast is an iPhone live-streaming studio in a box

Roland’s Go Livecast live-streaming box adds pro audio and effects to your YouTube streams.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 8:30 p.m.

Bag a new 10.2-inch iPad for under $280 [Deals & Steals]

It’s a great time to splash some of your holiday cash. A new year means January sales, and big discounts on some of the best tech. Our daily Deals & Steals blog will help you dig out the best. Here are some of today’s highlights: 10.2-inch iPad — $279.99 iPad Pro — up to $199.01 […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 8:25 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: January 13, 2020 – 5G iPhone speculation, 2020 MacBook rumors

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 8:15 p.m.

EU Parliament debates forcing Apple to kill the Lightning port

The European Parliament will soon vote on whether to require all phones, tablets and other mobile devices to use a single type of charger. If passed, this could force Apple to abandon its proprietary Lighting port in future iPhones. EU Parliament wants common charging standard Debate on a law requiring device markers to use a […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 8:15 p.m.

macOS beta hints at future ‘Pro Mode’ to boost performance on portable Macs

With the launch of the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the new Mac Pro, Apple is increasingly focusing on the professional consumer market. Now we have found evidence that the company is working on a new feature for macOS that should further improve the workflow for professionals.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 7:59 p.m.

AG Barr says Apple has provided no ‘substantive assistance’ in investigation of Pensacola shooting

United States Attorney General William Barr is escalating the FBI’s disagreement with Apple over access to two iPhones used by the gunman behind last month’s shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. The New York Times reports that Barr has declared the shooting an “act of terrorism” and is calling on Apple to provide assistance in the investigation.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 7:15 p.m.

Instagram begins flying flags over fake photos

Instagram users are starting to see blurred-out posts the platform’s fact-checkers have flagged as potential fakes. The popular photosharing app now owned by Facebook announced last month it was ramping up efforts to combat false information in photographs. The fake photo flag is the latest in a series of measures as Instagram evolves into a […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 7 p.m.

These tips make text-selection on iPhone and iPad far less frustrating

Even in iOS 13, text-selection on your iPad and iPhone is still painful. Here’s how to edit text like a pro.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

Truth be Told featurette reconsiders this Apple TV+ crime drama

An investigative reporter reconsiders whether she helped put an innocent man in prison in the Apple TV+ drama series Truth be Told. A featurette video with commentary from cast and crew of this ongoing show discusses what it means to reconsider something so important. Watch it now: The short video is called “Reconsidered.” Apple’s description […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 6:28 p.m.

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S20 images reveal giant four-lens camera bump

Samsung is ready to one-up the iPhone 11 Pro camera system by adding four lenses to the back of its next flagship smartphone. Leaked images surfaced online this weekend giving a full view of the upcoming Galaxy S20 (yes, you read that right, Samsung is skipping ahead a few numbers). Samsung is set to unveil […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 6:11 p.m.

Last chance: Save 15% on outstanding leather iPhone cases from Mujjo

Mujjo makes some of the finest cases and accessories you’ll find for iPhone — and you can get them all today at a sweet discount. Its stellar touchscreen gloves, outstanding iPhone cases (which rival Apple’s own leather options), and brilliant MacBook sleeves are now down 15% in the Cult of Mac Store. This deal ends tomorrow, so […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 5:33 p.m.

Mystery MacBook spilled in new filing ahead of release

Apple has filed for approval of a new MacBook ahead of its official debut. A listing in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database reveals a model number of “A2289.” Its description confirms it is a portable Mac. Is this the new 13-inch MacBook Pro we’ve been waiting for? Apple revamped the MacBook Pro last year […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 4:59 p.m.

Apple to Show Off Apple TV+ Show 'Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet' at PAX South

The PAX South gaming convention is set to take place this Friday in San Antonio, Texas, and Apple is listed as one of the exhibitors.

At the event, Apple will have a booth for "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet," an upcoming Apple TV+ comedy that follows a team of video game developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular online game.


"Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" was created by Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, known for their work on long running TV show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." McElhenney will star in the show as the gaming company's creative director, but Day does not have a role.

"Mythic Quest" also stars F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Ashly Burch, and Jessie Ennis.

This will mark Apple's first time at PAX South, and some of the show's stars could potentially be in attendance at the event. "Mythic Quest" is set to launch on Friday, February 7, while PAX South will take place from January 17 to January 19.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 4:53 p.m.

Monday deals: AirPods hit Amazon all-time low, iPad Pro $199 off, Anker GaN USB-C chargers, more

Today’s best deals include Apple’s AirPods 2 with wireless charging case at an Amazon all-time low, plus deals on iPad Pro, and fresh batch of Anker price drops. Head below for all that and more.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 4:34 p.m.

New evidence shows MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard likely coming soon

A new filing for an upcoming MacBook has shown up on the Eurasian Economic Commission’s database. It’s possible the yet to be released notebook could be a 13-inch MacBook Pro with the redesigned Magic Keyboard and scissor switches that arrived with the 16-inch MacBook Pro late last year.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 4:16 p.m.

Three half marathon Apple Watch Series 5 battery tests with LTE, always-on display, and Apple Music

I ran three half marathons in November and December with the Apple Watch Series 5. Each 13.1-mile race was an opportunity to test how different modes affected both battery life and the running experience. Battery life results after running for about 2.5 hours varied with each configuration: 40%, 8%, and 51%.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

Apple Debuts New Reality Converter App for Converting and Customizing USDZ 3D Objects on Mac

Apple today informed developers about the release of a new Reality Converter App, which is designed to allow users to convert, view, and customize USDZ 3D objects on the Mac.

Common 3D file formats like .obj, .gltf, and .usd can be dragged and dropped into the Reality Converter app, which offers up a converted USDZ result that can be then be edited and customized.


The app supports adding textures and editing file metadata, along with previewing USDZ objects under a variety of lighting and environment conditions.

The Reality Converter app is in beta right now and can be downloaded from Apple's developer website.


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Jan. 13, 2020, 3:19 p.m.

How to view your Apple Card transactions in a spreadsheet

Apple Card advertises itself as being just about the most user-friendly credit card in the history of finance. But, surprisingly, it doesn’t let you easily upload your transaction history into a spreadsheet. Fortunately, New York-based developer Jed Schmidt has created a tool that changes that. And you can start using it right now. Apple Card […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Get the skinny on books in 15 minutes with this app [Deals]

Reading is important and fulfilling, but it can take more time than many of us have. It’s also an unspoken fact that books are often longer than they need to be, so sometimes the best thing to do is just get a summary. BookNotes is a handy, subscription based digital library that delivers 15-minute overviews […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 2:11 p.m.

Welsh song recorded in 1981 currently tops the iTunes UK song chart

The iTunes UK song chart is currently topped by a rather unlikely track: a song by a Welsh folk band which was recorded in 1981 and released in 1983…

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Jan. 13, 2020, 2:04 p.m.

Back to the Mac 015: My Mac Pro upgrades – 24TB SSD and 384GB of RAM [Video]

As I alluded to in my initial Mac Pro top features overview, I don’t need a Mac Pro to get my day-to-day work done, but the benefit I receive from its expandability makes it a very appealing machine for me.

In this latest episode of Back to the Mac I discuss why I purchased the Mac Pro, my Mac Pro setup, how I currently use it, and talk about some of the upgrades: a 24TB SSD and 384GB of RAM. Watch the full video for the details. more…

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Jan. 13, 2020, 2 p.m.

Oprah and Apple scrap plans for sexual assault documentary

Oprah Winfrey is stepping away from a new documentary based on the Time’s Up movement. The high-profile film will go ahead, with a premiere scheduled for the Sundance Film Festival this month. But it will no longer hit Apple TV+. Oprah says she believes and supports the women featured in the documentary. But she feels […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

The first iPod went from pitch to shipped product in 7 months

Whether it’s smartwatches or smart speakers, Apple rarely rushes to be the first company to move into a new product category. But once Apple’s decided to commit, it moves pretty darn quickly — as an iPod anecdote shared (indirectly) by former Apple exec Tony Fadell makes clear. In a tweet made by the CEO of […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 1:33 p.m.

Investors worried about over-exposure to AAPL and three other tech stocks

Some investors are worried about over-exposure to AAPL and three other tech stocks – Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon – leaving them vulnerable to any sudden reversal in market sentiment…

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Jan. 13, 2020, 1:15 p.m.

Apple still on track to deliver complete 5G iPhone lineup in 2020

Apple’s 5G iPhone lineup is still on track for a fall 2020 release, according to one reliable analyst. A recent report suggested faster wwWave handsets, which are expected to succeed iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, may not arrive until early 2021. But those claims appear to be inaccurate. The introduction of 5G […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Bill Gates quits as Microsoft CEO

January 13, 2000: Steve Jobs’ longtime frenemy Bill Gates steps down from his role as Microsoft CEO, a month after his company’s stock hit its all-time high. The news coincides with a turning point in the long-running battle between the two tech powerhouses. Microsoft begins a long decline from its previous dominance, while Apple continues […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 12:51 p.m.

Alarming test shows US carriers fail to protect you against SIM-swap attacks

An alarming test carried out by Princeton shows that the five largest US carriers fail to properly protect their customers against co-called SIM-swap attacks.

They were able to persuade the carriers to assign phone numbers to new SIMs without successfully answering any of the standard security questions. Once a phone number has been reassigned to a SIM in the possession of an attacker, they can reset passwords even on accounts protected by two-factor authentication (2FA) …

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Jan. 13, 2020, 12:18 p.m.

Kuo: This year’s iPhones will support faster mmWave 5G despite earlier report

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that this year’s iPhones will support ‘true’ 5G, aka mmWave 5G, despite an earlier analyst report.

A report last week from analysts at Susquehanna claimed that this year’s iPhones would only support sub-6GHz 5G. This does typically offer somewhat faster speeds than LTE, and significantly lower latency, but doesn’t match the far higher speeds offered by mmWave 5G …

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Jan. 13, 2020, 11:26 a.m.

The Morning Show‘s Billy Crudup earns Apple TV+ its first major awards win

Less than three months after Apple TV+ launched, it has picked up its first major awards win. At the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, Billy Crudup won the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series gong for his role as Cory Ellison in The Morning Show. Crudup was up against Asante Blackk from This Is […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 10:52 a.m.

Ex-Apple SVP Tony Fadell says the original iPod was designed, engineered and released within the same year

In a story shared by the CEO of Stripe, Patrick Collison, Tony Fadell describes the timeline of the original iPod. Fadell says he joined Apple in late January to run the iPod project but that when he joined, the iPod wasn’t an iPod — Apple wanted to make a hard-drive based MP3 player but that was essentially it. “No team, prototype, designs, nothing”.

Incredibly, the product was completed before the end of the year. Fadell’s pitched a design prototype to Jobs in March, the team found manufacturing partners in April, and Apple started shipping the first devices to customers in November.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 10:23 a.m.

Apple asked to provide iPhone evidence in college campus attack investigation

Apple is among the parties named in a notice issued by the Delhi High Court, regarding evidence concerning a recent assault on a campus at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Apple is being asked to hand over user data that may include messages, pictures, video, and more. In other words, this sounds like another potential […]

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Jan. 13, 2020, 10:21 a.m.

Dave Bautista Joins Apple TV+ Show 'See' for Second Season

Dave Bautista, known for his role as Drax in "Guardians of the Galaxy," has signed on to star in the second season of Apple TV+ series "See," reports Deadline.

Bautista will star alongside Alfre Woodard and Jason Momoa, who were in the first series of the show. "See," for those who haven't watched, is a sci-fi series that takes place in the future.

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Everyone has gone blind because of a deadly virus, but the children of Baba Voss (Momoa) have the now-mythic gift of sight and must be protected.

Along with his role in multiple "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Avengers" movies, Bautista is also known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation in the early 2000s. He has also been in movies that include "Riddick" and "Blade Runner 2049," but "See" will be his first major television role.

Apple renewed several of its TV shows for second seasons in November, including "See," "For All Mankind," "Dickinson," and "The Morning Show." There's no word yet on when the second season of "See" will premiere.


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Jan. 13, 2020, 9:44 a.m.

Deals: Pad & Quill's Inventory Clearance Sale Has Up to 50% Off Cases for iPhone, iPad Pro, and MacBook Pro

Pad & Quill has opened up a new inventory clearance sale today, discounting iPhone cases, MacBook cases, iPad cases, Apple Watch bands, travel organizers, and more. The sale provides discounts of up to 35 percent off, which you can stack with our coupon code MR15 to get up to 50 percent off these accessories.

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The sale includes Pad & Quill's Oxford, Cambridge, Contega, and Bella Fino leather cases for devices like the iPhone and iPad. All of the company's accessories are made from high-quality leather, specifically designed to fit Apple's products. Browse the full inventory clearance sale below (note that prices listed will appear after using the code MR15):

Pad & Quill's Inventory Clearance Sale


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Jan. 13, 2020, 8:27 a.m.

How to replace your iPhone’s dying battery — and whether it’s worth it

Modern lithium ion batteries are brilliant. They’re energy-dense, charge quickly, and rarely explode. However, they’re not perfect by a long shot. Unfortunately, modern smartphones such as the latest iPhones don’t have everlasting batteries. So if your iPhone battery has given up the ghost, is it worth the hassle and expense of replacing it and getting a new one installed?

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Jan. 13, 2020, 6:25 a.m.

Deals: Apple's iPad Pro and iPad Air Receive Major Discounts, With Lowest-Ever Prices on Select Models (Up to $199 Off)

Amazon and Best Buy have introduced a bunch of new deals on Apple's iPad Pro, with discounts reaching as much as $199 off original prices. Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro have received discounts, in Wi-Fi only and cellular configurations.

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Additionally, you'll find notable sales on the new iPad Air, with one particularly good sale on the 256GB Cellular iPad Air, now priced at $599.00, down from $779.00. All prices listed below represent sales found on Amazon, unless otherwise noted as a Best Buy discount.

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  • 64GB, Wi-Fi - $874.99, down from $999.00 ($124 off)

  • 256GB, Wi-Fi - $999.99, down from $1,149.00 ($149 off at Best Buy)

  • 512GB, Wi-Fi - $1,149.99, down from $1,349.00 ($199 off)

  • 1TB, Wi-Fi - $1,349.99, down from $1,549.00 ($199 off, lowest ever at Best Buy)

  • 64GB, Cellular - $1,024.99, down from $1,149.00 ($124 off)

  • 256GB, Cellular - $1,149.99, down from $1,299.00 ($149 off)

  • 512GB, Cellular - $1,299.99, down from $1,499.00 ($199 off)

  • 1TB, Cellular - $1,499.99, down from $1,699.00 ($199 off, lowest ever at Best Buy)

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Jan. 13, 2020, 5:32 a.m.

Deals: AirPods With Charging Case Hit Low Price of $129 on Amazon ($30 Off)

Amazon is discounting Apple's AirPods with Charging Case from 2019 to $129.00, down from $159.00 ($30 off). This is the lowest price currently available for the AirPods among the major Apple resellers, and a return to the lowest price seen on this model on Amazon since last November.

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If you're shopping for the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, Amazon is still continuing to discount that model as well: it's on sale for $169.00, down from $199.00 ($30 off). The standalone Wireless Charging Case for AirPods is priced at $64.99, down from $79.00 on Amazon ($14 off).

We track all of the changing AirPods deals in our Best Deal on AirPods guide. You can also head to our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more discounts on Apple products and related accessories.

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Jan. 13, 2020, 1:11 a.m.

Apple TV+ takes home its first awards win, as Billy Crudup named Best Supporting Actor at the Critics Choice Awards

Apple TV+ has scooped its first major awards win tonight. Billy Crudup won the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Critics Choice Award, for his performance as Cory Ellison in The Morning Show.

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Jan. 12, 2020, 10:35 p.m.

Analysts bullish that 5G and budget iPhones will give Apple very strong 2020

Apple’s share price is more than double what it was this time last year. Cult of Mac asked prominent market-analysis firms to explain this meteoric rise. Several of them listed not just the upcoming debut of the 5G iPhone for investor optimism, but also the imminent launch of a budget model. Analysts predict two waves […]

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Jan. 12, 2020, 8:18 p.m.

What is iPhone throttling and why does it happen?

When your iPhone was still shiny and new its speed seemed unreal. Now, just a few years later it feels sluggish and unpleasant to use. Is this just your imagination? Maybe, but you also may be experiencing iPhone throttling.

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Jan. 12, 2020, 8 p.m.

macOS Catalina: How to use the new Find My app for locating devices and friends

9to5Mac is brought to you by CleanMyMac X. Find hidden junk, large old folders, unused apps, and heavy memory consumers. You can also use CleanMyMac X to remove malware, unwanted pop-ups, and virus extensions.

macOS Catalina introduces a brand new app from Apple called Find My. The app is the Mac version of two apps that started on the iPhone and iPad: Find My iPhone and Find My Friends.

Starting with iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, Apple merged the two location sharing apps into Find My. The new Find My app works on macOS Catalina for location sharing and device tracking without iCloud.com.

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Jan. 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

How to add more storage space to an iPad

Modern iPads have plenty of storage space for most people, but if you buy a smaller model now, can you add iPad storage later? The short answer is “no,” but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the story. There are some ways you can extend the practical storage space you have to work with on your iPad — here’s how.

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Jan. 12, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

Heartwarming ‘Shot on iPhone’ short film stars China’s Zhou Xun

Apple’s short film Daughter portrays three generations of Chinese women as they struggle with their relationships and changing gender roles just ahead of the Chinese New Year celebration. This “Shot on iPhone” production stars Zhou Xun, one of the country’s top actresses. The short was recorded on an iPhone 11 Pro to demonstrate the capabilities […]

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Jan. 12, 2020, 6 p.m.

The best Shortcuts, Classic Mac, and glitch-video apps this week

This week we create music-synced video art with Glitch Clip, import music to our iPhone with Doppler 2, and take proper control of Shortcuts with LaunchCuts.

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Jan. 12, 2020, 3:56 p.m.

This simple tool converts your Apple Card PDF statements to CSV for easier budgeting

One of the biggest limitations of Apple Card is its inability to integrate with budgeting services like Mint and YNAB. Apple does, however, offer the ability to download your transaction history as a PDF. An independent developer has now designed a tool that builds on Apple Card’s PDF export feature for more detailed budgeting.

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Jan. 12, 2020, 3:10 p.m.

This week’s top stories: Best of CES 2020, ‘iPhone 9’ leak, new Shot on iPhone competition, more

In this week’s top stories: CES 2020 brings HomeKit, AirPlay 2, and more, Apple’s Breathe app on Apple Watch, a new “Shot on iPhone” competition, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
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Jan. 12, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Highly rated iOS app GeoZilla keeps family safer [Deals]

Phones are tracking devices for big companies and the government, so why shouldn’t we also use them to keep track of our family’s wellbeing? This one app contains multiple tools and features to do just that. GeoZilla is a safety app that helps you keep loved ones safe, and reach them if they need help. […]

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Jan. 12, 2020, 2 p.m.

Comment: My 2020 Apple wishlist focuses on iPadOS, iCloud, and HomeKit

Last week, I took a look at my 2020 iCloud wishlist. I got several kind words from readers with other things they wanted to see, so I am back this week with another wishlist. This week, it’s my 2020 Apple wishlist across the rest of its software and hardware. Apple was firing on all cylinders in 2019, so I am hoping that 2020 is another excellent year. From new hardware, iOS 14, to the continued expansion of iPadOS, here’s what I am hoping to see from Apple this year. more…

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Jan. 12, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iPod drives profits to new heights

January 12, 2005: Apple reports record earnings for the preceding three months, with holiday sales of the iPod and demand for the latest iBook giving the company a four-fold increase in profits. Apple brags that it has sold a total of 10 million iPods, and rightly so. The massive popularity of the portable music player […]

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Jan. 11, 2020, 7:24 p.m.

Apple shares special ‘Shot on iPhone’ short film to celebrate Chinese New Year

As it has done for the past several years, Apple is celebrating Chinese New Year with a short film as part of its “Shot on iPhone” series. The short film comes in at 8-minutes long and is entitled “Daughter.”

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Jan. 11, 2020, 3:50 p.m.

[Update: Design details, ‘iPhone 9’] Everything we know about the iPhone SE 2

Rumors of a new entry-level iPhone have picked up steam lately, thanks in large part to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The new low-cost iPhone will reportedly target people still using older devices like the iPhone 6 that can’t run iOS 13. Read on as we round up what we know so far about the iPhone SE 2 features, specifications, and more.

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Jan. 11, 2020, 2:42 p.m.

New report details Apple’s iPhone disassembly robot and its efforts to stop mining the earth

Apple debuted its iPhone disassembly robot Daisy in 2018 as a way to efficiently reclaim valuable materials stored inside iPhones. The company is also working towards fulfilling its promise to stop mining the earth and build all products from recycled materials. In a new interview with Reuters, Apple’s VP of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson offered an update on the company’s work in these areas.

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Jan. 11, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Wrangle all your cloud storage drives & get 2TB of space with Rethink Files [Deals]

Having more cloud storage is always a good thing. Even better when it comes with a suite of tools for managing your files and apps. Rethink Files is a universal file manager for all of your apps. Through one interface, you can manage files, apps, and storage right on the cloud. It comes with 2TB […]

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Jan. 11, 2020, 2 p.m.

Apple @ Work: Mac Pro fills an important need for Apple’s enterprise goals

The Mac Pro was recently released to much fanfare after years of speculation about features, price, and design. While the pricing of the machine and its upgrade options have caused somewhat of an uproar, it certainly has its place in the IT world. After looking over all the information about the machine, watching reviews, and pondering its place in the enterprise, here’s a look at the Mac Pro from an enterprise perspective. more…

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Jan. 11, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iPod shuffle randomizes our music

January 11, 2005: Steve Jobs introduces the world to iPod shuffle, an entry-level music player that lacks a display. The device randomly shuffles the audio files it holds, but lets users easily skip songs they don’t like. The first iPod to use flash memory, the iPod shuffle plugs directly into a computer using onboard USB 2.0 […]

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Jan. 11, 2020, 6 a.m.

Top Stories: CES 2020 News, iPhone Battery Case Replacement Program, iPhone 9 Renders

Early January always sees a flurry of news coming out of CES, but that wasn't all that was on the docket this week. Additional topics of interest in this week included new emoji personalization options for AirPods charging cases, "iPhone 9" rumors, and an upcoming change to Apple's serial number format.

CES 2020: New HomeKit Accessories, Wireless Chargers, and Other Cool Tech From the Show


CES week has wrapped up in Las Vegas, where thousands of tech companies both small and large unveiled their latest products and concepts. As usual, Apple did not have a booth at the trade show, but a wide range of HomeKit-compatible smart home products and accessories for products like the iPhone and Apple Watch were unveiled over the past week.


Here are some of the most popular CES stories on MacRumors this week, plus three videos with cool tech from the show:

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Aura Smart Strap for Apple Watch to Launch in March


Last year, startup Aura introduced a "smart strap" for the Apple Watch, designed to measure weight, water, fat, and muscle via electrodes built into the band. At CES this week, Aura said the strap is set to launch in March, with pre-orders available now for $99.


Body composition and hydration is not something the ‌Apple Watch‌ can track on its own, though testing will need to be done to see how accurate the Aura strap is in practice.

Apple Launches Replacement Program for Smart Battery Cases Designed for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR


Numerous customers have run into issues with Apple's Smart Battery Cases for the company's 2018 iPhone lineup, experiencing issues with the cases failing to charge or the cases failing to charge the iPhones.


Addressing the situation, Apple this week launched a replacement program that allows iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR users who have run into these problems to receive a free replacement case. Customers will need to visit an Apple retail store or authorized service provider to have their cases inspected and ensure they qualify for the program.

Apple TV App Coming to Select LG, Sony, and Vizio Smart TVs Later This Year


Apple this week announced that its Apple TV app will be available on select LG, Sony, and Vizio smart TVs later this year. Apple shared the news in a press release highlighting the success of its various services.


When available, the Apple TV app will allow owners of newer LG, Sony, and Vizio smart TVs to stream Apple TV+ shows and movies, use the à-la-carte Apple TV Channels feature, access their iTunes libraries of movies and TV shows, and buy or rent more than 100,000 shows and movies from the iTunes Store.

TiVo, meanwhile, has said that the Apple TV app that it promised back at CES 2019 is no longer something it is focusing on right now.

iPhone 9 May Be Slightly Thicker Than iPhone 8


OnLeaks, a well-known leaker who shared accurate renders of the iPhone 11 Pro over nine months before the device was unveiled, has returned with new concept art for the so-called "iPhone 9" or "iPhone SE 2."


In line with earlier predictions from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, OnLeaks expects the iPhone 9 to resemble the iPhone 8, including a 4.7-inch LCD display with thick bezels, Touch ID home button, and single-lens rear camera, but with a faster A13 chip, 3GB of RAM, and no hardware-based 3D Touch.

OnLeaks also expects the iPhone 9 to be 7.8mm thick, which would be 0.5mm thicker than the iPhone 8. The device will launch by the end of March, starting at around $399, according to Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple Plans to Switch to Randomized Serial Numbers for Future Products Starting in Late 2020


In an internal memo obtained by MacRumors, Apple has indicated that it plans to update its serial number format to a randomized alphanumeric string for future products starting in late 2020.


Apple says all serial numbers that exist before the change is made will remain the same.

Apple already uses alphanumeric serial numbers, but it has long been possible to determine the date and location that a product was manufactured based on the current format. Readers would often use serial numbers to glean more information about their devices, like the iPhone or MacBook Pro.

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Jan. 11, 2020, 12:09 a.m.

Oprah cancels Apple TV+ documentary on sexual assault in the music industry, only one month after Apple announced it

Oprah Winfrey has cancelled her involvement with a documentary on sexual assault and abuse in the music industry, only one month after Apple announced it would debut on Apple TV+ sometime this year.

In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Oprah said that she has rescinded her title as executive producer on the project and said it will no longer be released on Apple TV+, citing creative differences.

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Jan. 11, 2020, midnight

Scoshe BaseLynx wireless charging system becomes Apple Store exclusive

The Scoshe BaseLynx modular charging system just became an Apple Store exclusive. This can wirelessly power an iPhone and an  Apple Watch, and it has slots to hold several iPads or iPhones while they charge. It not the only such multi-device charger that Apple offers to customers in the wake of its botched attempt to […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 11:53 p.m.

9to5Rewards: Apple Watch Giveaway + 15% off luxury bands from Longvadon

In case you missed the announcement last week, we’ve teamed up with Longvadon to give 9to5Mac readers the chance to win an Apple Watch Series 5, along with some luxury Apple Watch accessories to help you get your wrist game up to date for the new decade.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 11:33 p.m.

Are you having problems charging with iPhone XS or XR Smart Battery Case? Apple opens replacement program for affected units

Apple has today started a replacement program for the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case and the iPhone XR Smart Battery Case. Apple says that units sold from January 2019 through October 2019 may experience charging issues due to a fault.

Affected units may exhibit issues like intermittent charging when plugged into power or the case simply not charging the iPhone at all. If you own one of these cases, you are now eligible to get a free replacement.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 10:24 p.m.

Instagram introduces new SloMo, Echo, and Duo effects for Boomerang

If you use Instagram a lot, you probably know what a Boomerang is — those short videos played in a loop.

Starting today, users of the social network will have three new options to share Boomerang Stories: SloMo, Echo, and Duo. The announcement is an attempt to keep Instagram attractive to users, especially with the increasing competition.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 9:24 p.m.

How to manually adjust the time on your Apple Watch

Love your Apple Watch but want to customize your experience by manually adjusting the time like on an analog watch? Read on for how to set your Apple Watch ahead by a custom amount of time.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 9:20 p.m.

No Way Home brings galactic battle action to Apple Arcade

You’ll need your ship, your blaster and a wacky robot companion to survive the excitement of No Way Home, a role-playing game for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV that just debuted on Apple’s gaming service. It features hand-drawn artwork and a story that spans a huge universe. No Way Home isn’t a serious as the […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 8:04 p.m.

Review: Anker’s 100W PowerPort Atom PD 4 desktop charger is a 2020 essential

Anker recently introduced its new PowerPort Atom PD 4, its latest desktop charger that pushes 100W of power across two USB-C and two USB-A ports. Just a few years ago, this type of power supply was mostly uncalled for, but throughout 2019, it became apparent that more juice was required for most modern setups. Apple, in particular, sets this standard by shipping a 96W USB-C wall charger with its 16-inch MacBook Pro. I’ll dive into the value proposition later, but it’s clear that Anker’s new PowerPort Atom PD 4 deserves your attention if you need a secondary charging solution. Full hands-on details below.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 8 p.m.

YouTube star’s love of disposable cameras turns into a popular iOS app

More than a dozen apps in the photo category of Apple’s App Store appropriate the shoddy, snapshot esthetics of single-use, or disposable, cameras. The newest joining this niche category two weeks ago features nothing unique. Yet it quickly surpassed 1 million downloads because the popular internet celebrity behind the app told followers to “check out […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 7:10 p.m.

Get MacBook Air for $490, iPhone XS for $570 [Deals & Steals]

It’s a great time to splash some of your holiday cash. A new year means January sales, and big discounts on some of the best tech. Our daily Deals & Steals blog will help you dig out the best. Here are some of today’s highlights: 13-inch MacBook Air — $489.99 10.2-inch iPad — $69.01 off […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 7 p.m.

What will Apple’s ARM iMac look like?

Apple’s current iMac design is showing its age. Big bezels, a hard drive, and Intel chips. What might a brand-new ARM-based iMac look like?

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Jan. 10, 2020, 6:55 p.m.

In rare warning, Homeland Security urges immediate Firefox update

Everyone running the recently-released Firefox 72 on their Mac should install a patch immediately. The security vulnerability in this web browser is severe enough for a US Homeland Security agency to encourage users to install the update. Mozilla says it’s already aware of attacks that use this Firefox security flaw. Critical Firefox security flaw Firefox […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 6:51 p.m.

Vermont bill would ban cellphones for anyone under 21

Democrat lawmakers in Vermont are trying really hard to lose the youth vote in 2020 with a newly proposed law that would ban anyone under 21 from using a smartphone. The bill, introduced to the committee by Democratic senator John Rodgers, lists cyberbullying, terrorist radicalization and mass shootings as a few of the reasons why […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 6:27 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 259: Apple at CES 2019, Services era, iPhone Night mode contest

Apple wins CES with AirPods emoji, Global Privacy Senior Director Jane Horvath talks privacy on behalf of Apple, PopSocket now works with wireless charging, HomeKit advances in 2020, Apple marks a new era of Services, iPhone 11 has a new Night mode photo contest this month, and much more.


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Jan. 10, 2020, 6 p.m.

Bluetooth LE Audio standard will give future AirPods longer battery lives

Bluetooth LE Audio, a new version of this wireless standard, sets out to increase the battery lives of audio devices like Apple’s AirPods. It will provide high-quality sound even at low data rates, reducing the power requirements of tiny in-ear headphones. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the industry trade group developing this new standard, says […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 5:56 p.m.

Apple Watch fall detection sends paramedics to the rescue when San Francisco e-biker hit by car

For most of us, fall detection on the Apple Watch is one feature we hope to never need. For William Bout, a designer based in San Francisco, the feature on newer Apple Watches is indispensable.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 5:46 p.m.

Stamford Apple Store to be replaced by SoNo Collection location in February

Apple has announced that its retail store in Stamford, Connecticut will be closing in order to facilitate a move to a new space at Norwalk’s SoNo Collection mall. The new store is set to open on February 15 at 10:00 a.m. Easels were placed inside the Stamford location this week to alert customers.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 5:25 p.m.

CES 2020 trends: AirPower alternatives, rise of 5G, tasty TVs

The post-holiday tech fest that is CES shutters its doors today for another year. This week’s event has been as weird and as wonderful as any other, giving us a glimpse of all kinds of innovative gadgets on the way in 2020. Better AirPods alternatives. Wireless chargers that achieve what Apple couldn’t. iPhone cases you […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 4:54 p.m.

Friday deals: Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock $90, Apple $5 movie sale, more

Today’s best deals include the Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock for $90, Apple’s $5 weekend movie sale, and a G-Technology 5TB ArmorATD USB-C Drive. Head below for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 4:48 p.m.

These are the latest Apple Arcade games for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV

Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly. Follow along with our guide on the latest from Apple’s gaming service.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 4:34 p.m.

macOS Catalina: How to backup photos and videos with iCloud Photos

9to5Mac is brought to you by CleanMyMac X. Find hidden junk, large old folders, unused apps, and heavy memory consumers. You can also use CleanMyMac X to remove malware, unwanted pop-ups, and virus extensions.

Photos and videos are some of our most precious digital data that we never want to lose. That’s why macOS Catalina includes the Photos app with a built-in service for backing up your photo library. iCloud Photos is the easiest way to manage your personal photo library.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 4:32 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: January 10, 2020 – CarPlay at CES, Apple Watch lawsuit

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 3:49 p.m.

Apple TV+ and Oprah Drop Documentary on Sexual Misconduct in the Music Industry Over Creative Differences

A documentary focusing on sexual misconduct in the music industry will no longer air on Apple TV+, as Oprah, who brought the project to the streaming TV service, has stepped away from it.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah today said that she will no longer be an executive producer on the project and it will not be offered on ‌Apple TV‌+. Oprah believes there's more work to be done on the film and that it's not ready to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival that the filmmakers want to debut it at. From a statement Oprah gave to The Hollywood Reporter:
I have decided that I will no longer be executive producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Documentary and it will not air on ‌Apple TV‌+.

First and foremost, I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are talented filmmakers. I have great respect for their mission but given the filmmakers' desire to premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival before I believe it is complete, I feel it's best to step aside. I will be working with Time's Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.
News of Oprah and Apple's interest in the documentary came in early December after Oprah signed on to executive produce the film. The documentary explores alleged sexual misconduct in the music industry, following a former music executive who struggles with whether or not to go public with her story of assault and abuse by well-known music industry titan Russell Simmons.

The documentary was created by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, who have previously worked on several other documentaries, including "The Hunting Ground," exposing sexual assault on college campuses and "The Bleeding Edge," an exposé on the medical device industry.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.


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Jan. 10, 2020, 3:41 p.m.

Apple takes a hacksaw to trade-in values for used iPhones and more

Overnight Apple has chopped estimated trade-in values on a variety of products. It means that users will get less money for their old products when they try and trade them in with Apple. Note to Cupertino: When people talk about wishing that Apple would cut prices on their products, this isn’t what they generally mean! […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 3:24 p.m.

Bluetooth Philips Hue Lightstrip revealed in FCC docs, to work without bridge

A new Bluetooth Philips Hue Lightstrip looks to be on the way as German site Hueblog spotted the company applying for FCC approval for two new models…

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Jan. 10, 2020, 3 p.m.

CES Roundup: Upcoming Apple accessories including HomeKit, CarPlay, iPhone, iPad, Mac

Sponsored by Hyper: If you’re at CES 2020, stop by the Hyper booth to check out their latest USB-C hubs. You can also get an exclusive sneak peek at the new heavy duty Hyper USB-C hubs here. And check out Hypershop.com for more great Apple accessories.

9to5Mac is on the ground in Las Vegas at CES 2020 checking out all the new and interesting tech products that companies are launching this year. Follow along for a look at some of the most compelling new Apple accessories we’ve spotted.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 2:41 p.m.

Apple’s $5 weekend movie sale includes 4K, action, comedy, more

As we roll into the weekend, Apple is introducing a new $5 movie sale with both 4K and HD titles heavily discounted. You’d expect to pay at least $10 and upwards of $20 across the board here, with a return to all-time low pricing on most deals. Each title will become a permanent part of your library. Head below for all of our top picks.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 2:40 p.m.

Pokémon Go’s best year yet shows novelty doesn’t have to wear off

No game dominated the summer of 2016 quite like the augmented reality blockbuster Pokémon Go. Raking in massive bucks and plenty of virtual column inches that summer, the game became a massive smash hit — before fading from view. At least, that’s the perspective of people who wonder if anyone still plays Pokémon GO. In fact, not […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 2:31 p.m.

Review: The CalDigit Tuff Nano SSD is small, fast, and ready for the elements [Video]

The CalDigit Tuff Nano is essentially a better-looking miniaturized version of its full-sized Tuff drive, complete with rubber bumper and an IP67 rating. Unlike the regular Tuff Nano, this version is small, with pocket-friendly dimensions that make it compare well with similarly-sized drives like those from Samsung’s popular T-Series lineup.

Should you consider adding the CalDigit Tuff Nano SSD to your stable of external storage devices? Watch our hands-on video review for the details. more…

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Jan. 10, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Score 4 hours of full-spectrum Adobe Photoshop training [Deals]

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most common and most powerful apps in all of digital photography and design. So if you’re looking to work with digital images, it’s software you’ll want to know well. This bundle of lessons offers an easy way to go from Photoshop beginner to skilled user. With Photoshop, knowing the […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 2:18 p.m.

Apple patent describes more Apple Pencil gestures, and even a camera

There could be more Apple Pencil gestures in store for future generations of the company’s iPad stylus. We saw the first of these in the second-generation device, in the form of a double-tap to quickly access tools.

You can currently customize this gesture to do one of four things…

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Jan. 10, 2020, 1:36 p.m.

PSA: Update Firefox now, says Homeland Security, to block real-life attacks

If you’re using Mozilla’s browser on your Mac, you’ll want to Update Firefox now. It’s not just the developer urging you to do so: a vulnerability found in older versions is so critical that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an advisory too…

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Jan. 10, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs introduces the MacBook Pro

January 10, 2006: Steve Jobs unveils the original 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple’s thinnest, fastest and lightest laptop yet. Building on the previous PowerBook G4 laptop, the new laptop adds dual-core Intel processors for the first time. The MacBook Pro immediately makes waves in the tech community. And did we mention its awesome MagSafe connector? The transition […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 12:53 p.m.

Doom and Doom II iOS apps now run at 60fps and support add-ons, official & not

The Doom and Doom II iOS apps are getting a substantial update today. One of the headline features is the ability to run the games at 60 frames per second, up from 35fps, while another is support for add-ons …

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Jan. 10, 2020, 12:22 p.m.

One in five Americans now wear a smartwatch or fitness band

More than a fifth of Americans now wear a smartwatch or fitness band, according to a survey of more than 4,000 adults. The Apple Watch dominates both the smartwatch category and, in the US, the broader wearables sector.

In terms of who is most likely wear one, you might be able to guess most of the findings …

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Jan. 10, 2020, 11:51 a.m.

Apple partners with Red Cross to accept donations to fight Australia bushfires

Apple is making it easier for people to make donations to the Red Cross to help efforts in Australia as it battles back against the terrible bushfires the country has experienced. Users can make Red Cross donations of between $5 to $200 through iTunes and the App Store. Apple is not taking any commission or […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 11:01 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an iPhone Case From Mous

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Mous to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win an iPhone case for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, or an earlier iPhone.

Mous offers cases for everything from Apple's newest iPhones to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and there are several case designs to choose from.


The Limitless 3.0, designed for Apple's newest iPhones, is perhaps Mous' most popular case offering. Priced at $35 to $70, the Limitless 3.0 case is offered in several attractive materials, including Aramid Fibre, Bamboo, Black Leather, and Walnut.


Each case is designed to offer protection without adding a significant amount of bulk to the slim form factor of the iPhone. Mous' AiroShock technology keeps the iPhone safe from drops, and raised top and bottom edges protect the display when it's face down without impeding swiping.


The cases are made from a polycarbonate and TPU material, which is used in riot shields, and which has been tested extensively for its durability and protection by Mous.


The Limitless 3.0 cases are equipped with an AutoAlignPlus magnetic system that allow them to work with a range of accessories, such as a car vent mount, a card wallet, and a suction mount. Though there is a magnet for accessories, the Limitless cases work with Qi-based wireless chargers.


Mous also makes other case options for the iPhone, such as the Clarity, which offers impact absorption with a clear, minimalist design that doesn't obscure the look of the iPhone. The Clarity case uses the same AiroShock protection and has the same screen protection as the Limitless 3.0.


There's also the Contour, a simple dual-color case that comes in leather, and is available in multiple colors. The Contour offers drop protection, a microfiber lining, display protection, and the same AiroShock technology as Mous' other cases.


We have 15 cases to give away to MacRumors readers, and each winner will be able to choose a case to fit their device and pick a color. To enter to win our giveaway, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

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The contest will run from today (January 10) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 17. The winners will be chosen randomly on January 17 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.


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Jan. 10, 2020, 10:57 a.m.

Fraudster posing as Apple tech support steals $16,000 from Mac owner

A hacker recently stole $16,000 from a Mac owner in Cape Coral, Florida, by posing as Apple tech support. The fraudster phoned the targeted individual and prompted the victim to hand over personal information. They said they would use this to solve assorted problems with the person’s Mac. Instead, they stole money that the victim […]

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Jan. 10, 2020, 10:26 a.m.

Apple accepting donations to aid Australian bushfire relief

Apple is launching a donation campaign to help with efforts in Australia to fight back the devastating bushfires. Once again, Apple is partnering with the Red Cross.

Customers can make Red Cross donations simply through the iTunes and App Store, using their associated payment method. Apple does not collect any commission or processing fees, 100% of donations go to the charity.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 9:20 a.m.

Space Survival Game 'No Way Home' Now Available on Apple Arcade

Apple today updated its Apple Arcade gaming service with a new title, adding No Way Home, a space survival and crafting game where players need to fight to survive on an alien planet.

In No Way Home, there are more than 50 weapons to find, craft, and upgrade, aliens to befriend, over 60 monsters to defeat, and boss battles to engage in.


No Way Home uses a procedural universe so each game played is unique, and the game promises a rich story mode that takes place in a huge universe. Players can take multiple paths as they struggle to survive, and there's cargo to find and loot.


Both touch screen support and controller support are available, and the game is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.


Like all ‌Apple Arcade‌ games, No Way Home can be downloaded and played with an ‌Apple Arcade‌ subscription. ‌Apple Arcade‌ is priced at $4.99 per month and lets up to six members of a family play games for the one monthly fee.


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Jan. 10, 2020, 8:59 a.m.

Deals: Cellular Carriers Kick Off New 2020 Offers on iPhone and Apple Watch

The major cellular carriers in the United States have all kicked off new offers for customers in the New Year, with the chance to save on your monthly cellular bill and hardware device payments for iPhone, Apple Watch, and more. We've rounded up these various offers below from Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

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Sprint


Starting today, you can get the Apple Watch Series 4 at up to $275 off, seen in the form of a $11.46/month credit on your bill. This will make the 40mm Apple Watch $7.29/month and the 44mm model $8.54/month. A 24-month installment billing agreement is required, or you'll have to buy a new watch line of service on a qualifying plan with one active handset on the account.


If you're shopping for iPhone, you can get the 64GB iPhone 11 for $15/month with qualifying trade-in and Sprint Flex lease. You'll need a new line of service and an 18-month lease, and afterwards you'll see $14.17/month in credit applied to your bill.

You can also lease a 64GB iPhone XS at $37.50/month, and then get another 64GB iPhone XS for no extra cost thanks to a $37.50/month credit applied to your account within two bills. You'll have to add two new lines or get one new line and one new upgrade, along with a pair of 18-month leases.

There are also a few options for anyone considering switching to Sprint. You can get the iPhone XR for $15/month, or the same smartphone in pre-owned condition for $8/month, if you switch to Sprint from another carrier.

AT&T


AT&T is offering its customers a chance to get up to $500 off eligible iPhones with a new line of service, while customers switching to AT&T can get up to $700 off when they port in their number from another service. The usual caveats apply: you'll need a qualifying installment agreement, eligible smartphone trade-in, and pay a $30 activation fee.


iPhones that you can purchase under this offer include: iPhone: 8 (128GB/256GB), 8 Plus, XR (128GB/256GB), X (64GB/256GB), XS (256GB/512GB), XS Max, 11 ,11 Pro, 11 Pro Max (priced up to $1,450). AT&T noted that the 64GB iPhone 8, 64GB iPhone XR, and 64GB iPhone XS are not eligible.

iPhones that you can trade in under this offer include: iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. You can also trade in various smartphones from Samsung, Google, LG, Motorola, Razer, OnePlus, and more.

After all of this, customers switching to AT&T will get up to $700 in bill credits, while existing AT&T customers adding a new line will get up to $500 in bill credits. These credits start within three bills, and they will be applied in equal amounts over 30 monthly installments.

If you're shopping around for Internet and TV packages, AT&T has a few bundle options of AT&T Internet and U-Verse TV, allowing you to save up to $240/year as well as $300 in AT&T reward cards. The carrier even has a few deals on accessories, like 20 percent off AT&T branded chargers.

Verizon


Verizon has a BOGO offer, allowing you to buy one iPhone and get $700 off a second one. Eligible devices include: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.


If you add two of these to your cart with any Verizon Unlimited plan, you can get $700 credited to your account over 24 months.

The carrier also has a few deals on older iPhones, like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7. You can get the iPhone 8 for $10/month when you buy a new smartphone line, or the same offer stands for the iPhone 7 at $5/month.

Other deals include Apple Watch offers, where you can buy one Apple Watch and get another for up to 50 percent off. To do this, add one Apple Watch to your cart on Verizon's website and then shop for another to see the discount applied.

A new watch line of service is required and up to $150 off the retail price of the lower device will be applied.

T-Mobile


If you and someone else are switching to T-Mobile, you can get two lines and two new 64GB iPhone 11 smartphones at $90/month, via 24 monthly bill credits and qualifying trade-ins.


You can also save up to $700 on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max when switching and trading in a qualifying device. This deal is for the 64GB iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max, and a monthly payment plan must be selected.

For both offers, you can get up to $700 off if you trade in: iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. You can also get up to $500 off if you trade in: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus.

Additionally, T-Mobile has an Apple Watch offer where you can buy the Apple Watch Series 3 and get $100 off when you add a paired DIGITS line. Once you buy the Series 3 on a monthly payment plan and activate at least one new line of Apple DIGITS service, T-Mobile will apply a monthly bill credit of $4.16 to your account for 24 months.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 7:36 a.m.

Deals: Best Buy's New 3-Day Sale Discounts Philips Hue, Beats Headphones, USB-C Hubs for MacBook Pro, and More

Best Buy today began a new 3-Day Sale, kicking off discounts on Philips Hue accessories, Beats headphones, MacBook Pro USB-C hubs, 4K TVs, and more. Best Buy's new sale will last through Sunday, January 12 at 11:59 p.m. CT, and select products have limited quantities.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 4:26 a.m.

Apple Accepting Donations to Help Australian Bushfire Relief Efforts

Apple is now accepting donations from users to help Australian bushfire relief efforts. The company has updated its U.S. and Australian websites with a banner that visitors can click on to make donations, 100 percent of which go to directly to the aid agencies involved.


Depending on the device you're using to access Apple's website, clicking on the banner launches the Music app or the iTunes Store where you can select how much money to donate from a series of pre-defined amounts. The U.S. site offers six buttons ranging from $5 to $200.

Donations made via the U.S. site go to the American Red Cross, while donations made through the Australian site go directly to the Australian Red Cross. Visitors to the sites outside of their respective regions don't appear to be able to donate at this time.

The plea follows Apple's own donation pledge in late December to support fire fighting efforts in Australia. For several weeks now, bushfires have been burning across Australia due to one of the worst droughts in history and record-breaking heat waves.

At least 27 people have died and more than 800 homes have been destroyed. Wildlife has also been impacted by the ongoing fires – an estimated 25,000 koalas were killed when flames devastated Kangaroo Island last week.

Apple often provides donations during major disasters and most recently donated money to help fight the wildfires in California.


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Jan. 10, 2020, 2:22 a.m.

DOOM and DOOM II for iOS Updated to Run at 60fps and Support Free Add-ons

Bethesda has updated the iOS versions of DOOM and DOOM II with some notable features that should please fans of the original classic first-person shooters.


Both games now offer an increase in framerate from the original 35fps to 60fps for smoother gameplay, and a new aspect ratio has been added that stretches the display vertically to match the original 4:3 aspect ratio that the game was intended to be played in.

There's also added support for quick saves and a new option to select any episode, map, and difficulty setting for immediate play, without having to clear the previous levels first.

Perhaps the biggest addition though is support for DOOM and DOOM II community add-ons. These will be curated and offered as free downloads from the main menu, and Bethesda says that it is open to suggestions as to which community-made episodes it should include in the future.

As it stands, players can load up John Romero's SIGIL, as well as TNT Evilution and The Plutonia Experiment, the latter two forming 1996's Final DOOM release. As noted by our sister site TouchArcade, DOOM II also gets No Rest for the Living, which is a map pack originally available on Xbox Live.

Gamers will need a Bethesda.net account to access the add-ons, but the good news is that Bethesda has removed the online log-in requirement that caused so much frustration when the games were released last year.

A full rundown of all the updates and improvements can be found here. DOOM and DOOM II are available to download for iPhone and iPad from the App Store and both games are priced at $4.99 each.


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Jan. 10, 2020, 2:07 a.m.

Facebook’s redesigned web interface with dark mode support rolling out before spring

Almost a year ago, Facebook teased a redesigned version of its web interface with a lighter design, navigation changes, and more. At the time, Facebook didn’t offer details on when “The New Facebook” would be available to everyone, but now the company says to expect the rollout by the start of spring.

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Jan. 10, 2020, 12:11 a.m.

Streaming music services hit a combined 1 trillion US streams in 2019, Nielsen says

The streaming music industry continues to grow, with new data from Nielsen indicating that music streams in the United States alone crossed one trillion in 2019. With that increase, streaming services accounted for 82% of music consumption in the United States.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 11:54 p.m.

Apple sued for allegedly stealing Apple Watch heart monitoring tech

Apple Watch’s incredible pulse-monitoring powers are at the center of Apple’s newest legal battle. Masimo Corp., a healthcare company that manufactures pulse monitor technology, filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging that the iPhone-maker stole trade secrets. The lawsuit was filed in a federal court on Thursday by Masimo and its spinoff, Cercacor. Apple is accused […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 11:17 p.m.

Apple accused of stealing Masimo trade secrets for Apple Watch health features

Apple is facing a lawsuit over the health monitoring features of Apple Watch, a new report from Bloomberg details. Masimo, a medical technology company, accuses Apple of stealing trade secrets and infringing upon 10 of its patents.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 10:55 p.m.

Wemo WiFi Smart Plug with HomeKit is Belkin’s smallest yet

Belkin’s latest version of its Wemo smart plug with HomeKit support is significantly smaller than its predecessor, making it less obtrusive on wall sockets. The company also unveiled at CES 2020 the Wemo Stage, a remote than can be used to launch HomeKit scenes with the punch of a button. Wemo WiFi Smart Plug: Smaller […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 9:25 p.m.

Apple Pencil may soon get additional touch-sensitive controls

Building on the capabilities of the Apple Pencil active stylus, Apple proposes adding additional touch-sensitive controls to the exterior. This would expand the capabilities of this drawing tool for the iPad without making it more difficult to use. This is just one of several ways Apple is considering to improve the Pencil. A more controllable […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 9 p.m.

Front and Center makes the Mac Finder behave like it should

Front and Center forces Finder windows to behave like they did in Classic Mac OS. And it’s from John Siracusa!

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Jan. 9, 2020, 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy the biggest discount yet on 2019 iPad Air [Deals & Steals]

It’s a great time to splash some of your holiday cash. A new year means January sales, and big discounts on some of the best tech. Our daily Deals & Steals blog will help you dig out the best. Here are some of today’s highlights: 2019 iPad Air — $180 off Powerbeats3 — 60% off […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 8:36 p.m.

Pokémon GO had its best year ever in 2019 with nearly $1 billion in player spending

Pokémon GO continues to grow in popularity and revenue. New data from Sensor Tower shows that the Niantic game generated $894 million in gross player spending for 2019, an increase of 10% compared to 2018.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 8:30 p.m.

Why Apple’s share price should rise another 50%

If you bought Apple shares on Jan. 9, 2019 then you’ve doubled your money since then. And while Apple certainly had a good year, it’s not done yet. Analysts are predicting big increases in the share price because of the company’s changing mix of products — it’s not just an iPhone maker any more. Market wars: […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 8:15 p.m.

Save $15 on the brilliant AirFly Classic adapter for AirPods

Twelve South’s terrific AirFly Classic adapter lets you connect your beloved AirPods to almost anything. And you can bag yours today at 33% off the usual price through the Cult of Mac Store. AirPods might be the finest product Apple has ever made. They’re certainly the world’s best-selling headphones. But because they’re wireless, there are […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 7:51 p.m.

The Morning Show exec producer discusses show’s inspiration

You may not have ever heard of him, but Apple TV+ has a lot riding on Michael Ellenberg. As the executive producer of The Morning Show, Ellenberg’s unproven production company was the first to score a multi-season deal for Apple TV+. In a recent interview with Variety, Ellenberg discussed how ’90s morning TV shows inspired […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 7:21 p.m.

Pioneer’s 2020 Wireless CarPlay lineup includes a premium 10.1-inch floating receiver for your old car

Pioneer was first to bring Apple CarPlay to aftermarket receivers over five years ago. The electronics company is shipping a major upgrade to its NEX in-dash receivers in 2020. Newly announced Pioneer receivers will best most of the standard CarPlay receivers included in new cars today.

Pioneer has one model in particular that I’m anticipating the most: DMH-WT8600NEX. This is their new state-of-the-art 10.1-inch floating receiver with Wireless CarPlay.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 7 p.m.

How to check AirPods battery life from your Apple Watch

With a swipe and a tap, you can check your AirPods’ battery levels from your Apple Watch. Here’s how.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 6:08 p.m.

Less Siri, more silly: Smart Potato is ready to be your digital assistant

The best digital assistant may already be in your home. That is, providing you haven’t already fried or mashed it. Put down the peeler. That potato is actually a Smart Potato according to a clever gag on display at CES in Las Vegas. Nicolas Baldeck flew all the way from Savoie, France to show off […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 5:02 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: January 09, 2020 – Best of CES 2020 Awards, more

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Sponsored by Hyper: If you’re at CES 2020, stop by the Hyper booth to check out their latest USB-C hubs. You can also get an exclusive sneak peek at the new heavy duty Hyper USB-C hubs here.  


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Jan. 9, 2020, 4:59 p.m.

Thursday deals: Apple’s official iPhone 11 cases on sale from $24, Apple Watch Series 5 $70 off, more

Today’s best deals include Apple’s official iPhone 11/Pro/Max cases on sale from $24, plus up to $70 off Apple Watch Series 5, and $20 off Milanese Loop bands. Head below for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 3:41 p.m.

Apple Watch saves Brazilian man after heart alerts lead to life-threatening tachycardia diagnosis

We’re only a few days into the new year and the Apple Watch is already being credited with saving lives. Talk about new year, new you! Jorge Freire Jr. was returning home when his Apple Watch alerted him to an elevated heart rate. It turns out it was tachycardia, a heart rhythm disorder that can lead to heart failure, stroke, or even death.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 3:38 p.m.

Plash lets you set any website as your Mac wallpaper – and even browse it

Plash is a simple menu bar app that lets you set any website as your Mac wallpaper – and even lets you browse it!

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Jan. 9, 2020, 3:18 p.m.

Apple closing in on its 2 billionth iPhone sale

Apple will sell its 2 billionth iPhone in 2020 or 2021, a poll of analysts suggests. They suggest that Apple will sell close to 195 million iPhones in fiscal 2020. That would bring the total number of iPhones sold since launch to around 1.9 billion units. Provided that they are talking about Apple’s fiscal 2020, […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 2:52 p.m.

A decade of iPads in my life: from ‘movie Kindle’ to indispensable device

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the iPad, and a decade of iPads in my life, I decided to write what is effectively a Diary piece covering an unusually long period!

Steve Jobs famously said that consumers don’t know what they want until you show it to them, and I recently noted that I’m a case in point where the iPad is concerned …

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Jan. 9, 2020, 2:40 p.m.

Dubai fan has one of the most impressive Apple collections you’ll find

A large white room filled with row upon row of just about every Apple computer you can image, all in pristine condition. On the walls are framed copies of Apple’s black-and-white “Think Different” ads. Sunlight streams through the large windows, giving everything a warm glow. Is this heaven? The world’s greatest Apple Store? Nope, it’s […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Use biofeedback to stay in a productive flow state with this smart device [Deals]

It’s possible for anybody to cultivate focus and mindfulness, with the right help. Some take up meditation, or yoga, or chanting, but technology also offers a way to train your mind. FOCI is like a FitBit for your mind. It takes the form of a little accessory that clips to your waist. Through biofeedback, it […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 2:06 p.m.

Ireland will award Tim Cook for 40 years of Apple investment

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to receive a Special Recognition Award for the company’s 40 years of investment in Ireland, the IDA confirmed to Cult of Mac. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will present Cook with the accolade on January 20 in Dublin. It may be met with criticism from some as Apple continues to […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 1:18 p.m.

After banning deepfakes, Facebook confirms politicians can still lie in ads

Just a couple of days after banning deepfake videos, Facebook has confirmed that politicians can still lie in ads bought on the platform…

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Jan. 9, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iTunes rips its way onto Mac

January 9, 2001: Steve Jobs introduces customers to iTunes at Macworld. In a world before the iPod or the iTunes Store, iTunes is simply described by Apple as, “the world’s best and easiest to use jukebox software that lets users create and manage their own music library on their Mac.” Even the biggest Apple fanboy […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 12:49 p.m.

Ring fires employees for spying on customer videos stored in the cloud

Video doorbell company Ring, a subsidiary of Amazon, says that it has fired employees for spying on customer videos stored on its cloud servers. Although the doorbell cameras are intended for outdoor coverage, the company also sells cameras for use inside the home …

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Jan. 9, 2020, 12:45 p.m.

Mythic Quest co-creator says Apple is opinionated, but ‘helpful’ partner

Rob McElhenney, co-creator of Apple TV+’s upcoming video game comedy Mythic Quest, says that Apple was “very helpful” in the creative process involved in making the show. But he noted that the company was more than willing to push back on issues it felt strongly about. “Deference would assume we always know what we’re doing […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 12:08 p.m.

iPhone sales growth accelerates in Apple’s second biggest market, hitting 18%

iPhone sales growth is accelerating in China, Apple’s second biggest market after the US. The 6% year-on-year growth seen in September and October of last year hit 18.7% in December, according to official Chinese government data.

The Chinese government publishes figures for total smartphone shipments, and for Android smartphone shipments; subtracting one from the other reveals iPhone shipments …

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Jan. 9, 2020, 11:47 a.m.

Grand Apple Store opening this spring on Rome’s historic Via del Corso

Apple’s next retail store in Italy is coming soon to Via del Corso, the famous shopping street in the heart of Rome. The restored storefront will be Apple’s first to open in the country since Milan’s Apple Piazza Liberty in 2018.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 11:04 a.m.

Tim Cook to receive award from Irish Prime Minister as country celebrates 40 years of Apple investment

Tim Cook is set to meet the Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, later this month with the CEO to collect an award on behalf of the company. Ireland is celebrating 40 years of Apple’s presence and investment in the country.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 9:46 a.m.

TiVo might not release an Apple TV app after all

TiVo’s plans for an Apple TV app are “currently on hold,” according to an executive at the company. Speaking with TechHive, Ted Malone, TiVo’s VP of consumer products and services, described the promised app as being “in limbo.” A spokesperson later said that this is because the company has, “re-prioritized several projects in order to […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 8:20 a.m.

Glitch causes some Apple Pay Express Transit users in NYC to be overcharged

Some Apple Pay Express Transit users are being overcharged during travel in the New York subway. That’s because the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s OMNY tap-and-go fare readers are picking up their iPhones — even when users aren’t intending to use them. According to the New York Post, the issue has resulted in a small number of users […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 8:02 a.m.

Pwn2Own Hacking Competition Returns in March, Up to $130,000 in Prizes Available for Safari Vulnerabilities

Trend Micro today announced that its annual Pwn2Own hacking competition will be held March 18-20 in Vancouver, Canada.


Pwn2Own, part of the CanSecWest conference, tasks security researchers with uncovering vulnerabilities in operating systems, web browsers, and more, ranging from macOS and Windows to Safari and Chrome.

This year, two prizes will be available for Safari on macOS, including $60,000 for a sandbox escape and $70,000 for a kernel-level escalation of privileges.

There is also up to a $500,000 prize for Tesla Model 3 vulnerabilities.

Last year at Pwn2Own, at least two zero-day security vulnerabilities were discovered in Safari on macOS. All exploits achieved during the contest are reported to the necessary companies like Apple so that they can be patched.


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Jan. 9, 2020, 8:01 a.m.

Mac: How to backup your iPhone in macOS Catalina

Need to make a local backup your iPhone with your Mac but haven’t done it in a while? Follow along for how to backup your iPhone in macOS Catalina.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 6:45 a.m.

Deals: Accessorize Your New iPhone 11 With Sales on Apple's Official Cases (Starting at $23.99)

If you recently got a new iPhone over the holidays, you might still be looking for a protective case for your new smartphone. Luckily, Amazon this week has a series of solid discounts on Apple's first-party case line for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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This includes silicone cases, leather cases, and Apple's Smart Battery Case accessory, which is seeing a very slight discount for the Pink Sand version of the iPhone 11 Pro Max model. Older Smart Battery Cases have deeper discounts, and we've listed those for the iPhone XS and iPhone XR down below as well.

The best sale can be found on the silicone cases for the iPhone 11 Pro Max, in both White and Black. These colors are just $23.99, down from $39.00, which matches the previous Amazon low price seen on each accessory. You can browse the full sale below:

iPhone 11

Silicone ($39.00)

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Leather ($49.00)
Silicone ($39.00)

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Leather ($49.00)
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Smart Battery Case ($129.00)

iPhone XS and iPhone XR Smart Battery Cases ($129.00)


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Jan. 9, 2020, 5:44 a.m.

Apple Pay Express Transit Users in NYC Reportedly Being Charged Just for Going Near Tap-and-Pay Readers

Some travelers on the New York City subway who have enabled Apple's Express Transit feature on their iPhones are reportedly being hit with unintentional MTA charges when they walk near the tap-and-go fare readers.

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Express Transit is an Apple Pay feature that allows users to pay fares with a swipe of their iPhone or Apple Watch at the turnstile without having to unlock their device first with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.

But according to the New York Post, the OMNY tap-and-go fare readers that the MTA installed have been taking charges from some commuters when they used contactless cards and their iPhones were pocketed or in a purse.
Megan Bagg, 29, of SoHo, told The Post she has been charged twice — despite having her phone in her bag.

"It was ridiculous. My phone was in my purse near my hip," she said.

Bagg said she at first blamed the charge on her contactless credit card — and even called the bank to complain — until the second charge occurred when it wasn't on her person.

"I've been keeping my purse far from the thing when I go through the turnstile," she said.
Another subway user told The Post that he had had a similar experience swiping in with his MetroCard at Grand Central Terminal when his iPhone was in his pocket, and only noticed the doubled-up charge when later reviewing their bank statement.

MTA confirmed to the paper that "about 30 customers" had complained about unintended charges when the Express Transit feature of their iPhones is activated. The authority said it is working with Apple on a solution to address "the issue of unintended taps."

Apple says it has not had the issue in other cities where the Express Transit feature is available, so the problem seems to be down to the hypersensitivity of the NYC subway's tap-and-go readers. If you're a NYC subway user and you're concerned about being hit by bogus charges on your ‌iPhone‌ when paying with a card, you can turn off Express Transit until the issue with the terminals is fixed.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 5:23 a.m.

Deals: Save $20 on the New 32GB iPod Touch, Available for $179

Amazon and Walmart today are discounting Apple's 2019 32GB iPod touch to $179.00, down from $199.00. This $20 discount is the lowest price we've tracked for the new 32GB iPod touch, and as of writing Amazon and Walmart are the only major Apple resellers online to offer a discount on this model.

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Every color is available on sale except Pink. The new iPod touch has a 4-inch Retina display with the A10 Fusion chip, FaceTime, and support for playing games from the App Store and listening to Apple Music or music downloaded from iTunes.

If you're looking for a higher storage capacity, the 256GB model also has a slight discount on Amazon. You can get this model for $379.99, down from $399.99 in select colors, another $20 discount on Apple's original price.

Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 2:21 a.m.

‘Front and Center’ brings classic Mac window management to macOS Catalina

My first Mac was a 12″ Powerbook running OS X Panther that I purchased in 2004. To this day, it remains one of my favorite computers that I’ve ever owned. A few months after I purchased it, OS X Tiger was released. I remember the joy of waiting on UPS to deliver the DVD so I could upgrade. I say all that to make the point that I’m neither a new Mac user nor someone who’s been around since Apple was “doomed”. I do know one thing, I’ve discovered a new app that makes me wish I had. Front and Center’ by John Siracusa and Lee Fyock is one of those apps you’ll never live without once you get it installed.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 2:17 a.m.

Plex looks to replicate Apple’s TV app with subscriptions, deep linking, and more

Plex has dramatically expanded its focus on streaming in recent months, and now it’s taking things even further. At CES this week, Plex has teased the next steps in its efforts to become a one-stop-shop for streaming content, including subscription services, rentals and purchases, and more.

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Jan. 9, 2020, 12:40 a.m.

HomeKit-compatible security tools are all over CES 2020

This week’s Consumer Electronics Show brings a range of security devices that support Apple’s HomeKit home-automation system, including the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. Other notable announcements are new security cameras from Abode, and a smart lock and pair of cameras from ADT. August Wi-Fi Smart Lock with HomeKit August started showing off its first smart […]

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Jan. 9, 2020, 12:12 a.m.

JBL enters Dolby Atmos space with Airplay 2-ready, wireless soundbar

JBL used CES this week to introduce an AirPlay 2-ready soundbar with Dolby Atmos support and a unique take on wireless rear speakers. Instead of cables running through the room or wireless speakers plugged into the wall for power, the JBL Bar 9.1 uses wireless, battery-powered rear speakers. The two speakers have a 10-hour charge […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 11:53 p.m.

TiVo says its promised Apple TV app is ‘in limbo’ due to business and technical challenges

At CES last year, TiVo teased that it would release an Apple TV application sometime in 2019, but that ultimately never came to fruition. At CES 2020, TiVo executives are telling a different story — and it’s not good news for Apple TV owners.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 10:11 p.m.

Save $199 on iPad Pro, $30 on AirPods [Deals & Steals]

It’s a great time to splash some of your holiday cash. A new year means January sales, and big discounts on some of the best tech. Our daily Deals & Steals blog will help you dig out the best. Here are some of today’s highlights: 2018 iPad Pro — up to $199.01 off AirPods Pro […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 10:03 p.m.

Apple Pay Express Transit users in NYC apparently being charged just for walking near terminals

The availability of Apple Pay has slowly expanded throughout New York City as the MTA has rolled out its new OMNY tap-and-ride readers. In a new report today, the New York Post says that some users are being charged for MTA travel every time they walk by the OMNY readers.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 10 p.m.

Spending on Apple services grows much faster than new iPhone sales

Revenue from Apple services reportedly grew 16% year-over-year in 2019 even as sales of iPhones declined. This indicates this company’s growth doesn’t depend on increasing handset sales, according to a market analysis firm. Investor optimism about Apple’s services may have helped increase its share price almost 2% in the last month. Apple not just an […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 9 p.m.

Satechi launches 108W dual USB-C desktop charger

Tech accessory maker Satechi announced Wednesday its 108-watt Pro USB-C PD desktop charger which can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to share power between ports. The unit simultaneously charges four devices and includes two USB-C PD (90W, 18W) and two USB-A (a total of 12W) ports. The USB-C is capable of charging the new 16-inch […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 9 p.m.

How to make AirPods Pro fit any ears

This hack adds memory-foam earths to the AirPods Pro, to make them fit tighter in your ears.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 8:07 p.m.

Save on Elago’s insanely cool AirPods, Apple Watch accessories

Elago’s brilliant retro charging stands for Apple Watch, inspired by iconic devices like the original Macintosh and Game Boy, are now available at 10% off the usual price for a limited time. The same discount applies to AirPods cases and the rest of the Elago lineup when you buy from the Cult of Mac Store. […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 7:34 p.m.

Twitter will soon let you limit who can reply to your tweets and disable replies entirely

Twitter has announced that it will test a new feature that allows users to limit who can reply to a tweet. This comes as Twitter continues to look for ways to reduce the toxicity of its platform and give users more control over the conversations that stem from their tweets.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

iPhone photographers get more than a button with ShutterGrip2

The iPhone is the best camera because it is already with you – that is until it slips out of your hands while taking a picture and it is damaged on impact. Just Mobile solved this ergonomic shortcoming last year with a Bluetooth grip topped with a proper shutter button right where the index finger […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 7 p.m.

Check out these hidden AirPods Pro settings on your iPhone

Thought you knew all the ways to customize your AirPods Pro? What about the hidden AirPods Pro settings for squeezes, presses, and noise-canceling?

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Jan. 8, 2020, 6:54 p.m.

Samsung secures latest pocket-sized SSD with built-in fingerprint scanner

The Samsung T7 Touch goes the extra mile in security. This portable Solid State Drive (SSD) is available in sizes up to 2TB, but its signature feature is an integrated fingerprint scanner, so it can be unlocked with the press of a finger. It was unveiled this morning at CES 2020. “Consumers who are constantly […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 6:17 p.m.

New August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is 45% smaller, integrates with HomeKit, more

While the v these days, there are a few brands that stand out from the crowd and August is one of them. Earlier today at CES 2020, the new August Wi-Fi Smart Lock was officially unveiled with a design that’s more compact than ever. It is described as “45% smaller in volume and 20% slimmer than the August Smart Lock Pro.” Continue reading for more details.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 6:01 p.m.

Linedock 2TB multi-port hub grows to match larger MacBook Pros

Larger versions of the Linedock multi-port USB-C adapter are in development. This hub that boasts up to 2TB of storage sits under a MacBook, so increasing the size for the 15- and 16-inch MacBook Pro makes sense — and makes room for additional features. A 13-inch version debuted at CES last year. And the company is […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 6 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: January 08, 2020 – App Store record, new ‘Shot on iPhone’ contest

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Sponsored by Hyper: If you’re at CES 2020, stop by the Hyper booth to check out their latest USB-C hubs. You can also get an exclusive sneak peek at the new heavy duty Hyper USB-C hubs here.  


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Jan. 8, 2020, 5:42 p.m.

Twitter’s official Mac app picks up Touch Bar, Sidecar support

Twitter today rolled out its latest client update for macOS, adding Touch Bar and Sidecar support for the first time. The release comes just a few months after Twitter took advantage of improvements in macOS Catalina that allowed it to port its iPad app to the desktop. Not too long ago, there was no official […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 5:07 p.m.

Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro returns to all-time low prices, Sony ANC Headphones $110 off, more in today’s deals

Today’s best deals include $210 off Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones, and the Fitbit Charge 3. Head below for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 5 p.m.

9to5Mac Best of CES 2020 Awards

For our fourth annual 9to5Mac Best of CES Awards, we’re celebrating new technology for the Apple ecosystem that will launch throughout 2020 and expand our smart homes and how we use our Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 5 p.m.

Satechi debuts new 108W travel charger with two USB-C PD and USB-A ports

As CES 2020 continues, Satechi has introduced a new 108W Pro USB-C PD Desktop Charger, which can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to share power between ports. With Satechi’s new charger, you get two USB-C Power Delivery ports as well as two USB-A ports.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 4:16 p.m.

TiVo's Planned Apple TV App 'In Limbo'

During the January 2019 CES event, TiVo demoed a TiVo app to the Apple TV, but a year later, the project is "in limbo" and an Apple TV app is no longer being actively developed.

In an interview with TechHive at CES 2020, TiVo vice president of consumer products and services Ted Malone said that while ‌Apple TV‌ app plans haven't been canceled, it's not TiVo's focus at this time.

"My bet is we'll get Android, and because of that we'll get the Fire TV, because it's the same app, just different qualifications," Malone said. "I think Roku and Apple are in limbo."
TiVo had initially planned to release new apps for Roku, ‌Apple TV‌, Fire TV, and Android TV at some point in 2019, allowing TiVo users to access TiVo DVRs on other TVs throughout the home without the need to purchase TiVo Mini boxes, but limited resources, technical challenges, and strategy changes have delayed those plans.

According to Malone, TiVo has to transcode video before sending it to other devices, which results in quality and performance issues that TiVo has not been able to resolve. The company has also been working on the TiVo Stream 4K and the TiVo+ streaming service, and an ‌Apple TV‌ app is not a priority.

Malone said that TiVo needs to "double down" on the streaming market and not get distracted by a "bunch of things people want, but aren't really going to move the needle."

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Jan. 8, 2020, 4:15 p.m.

Power up all your gear at once with these multi-device chargers

The number of Apple products with wireless charging support keeps growing. Accessory makers responded by unveiling multi-device chargers at CES 2020 that can send power to iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch and other accessories all at once, with no wires needed. Both Satechi and Pitaka unveiled wireless multi-device chargers at this trade show, going on now in […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 4 p.m.

Apple TV+ coming to more smart televisions later this year

Buried in a press release with nothing from the manufacturers themselves, Apple revealed Wednesday its Apple TV+ app is coming to Sony and Vizio smart televisions “later this year.” The additions join Samsung, which added the app to some of its TVs in December 2019. LG also announced this week it would be adding the […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 3:46 p.m.

Linedock for MacBook Pro brings 10 ports with an extra charge and user-upgradable SSD in a sleek package

Linedock debuted for the 13-inch MacBook Pro last year to bring back all the I/O users want while also offering power and fast SSD storage in a compact sleek package. Now the company has unveiled Linedock for the 15- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, showing them off at CES and they offer an even more compelling package with pro-user features like two UHS-II slots.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 3 p.m.

Samsung unveils T7 Touch portable SSD with faster speeds and built-in fingerprint scanner

Today Samsung took the wraps off the latest entry in its popular T-series portable SSD lineup. The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch is an external storage drive that delivers speeds up to twice as fast as the Samsung T5 (review), and for the very first time, features a built-in fingerprint sensor for added security.

The new T7 Touch features highly respectable read speeds of up to 1050 MB/s and write speeds of 1000 MB/s while retaining the portable, bus-powered form factor that has made Samsung’s lineup of drives so popular among consumers. more…

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Jan. 8, 2020, 2:55 p.m.

Apple scans photos uploaded to iCloud to check if they contain child abuse

Apple’s chief privacy officer says that Apple scans photos uploaded to iCloud to check whether they contain child abuse. Jane Horvath discussed the use of the technology during a Tuesday panel on user privacy at CES. Horvath didn’t reveal exactly how Apple carries this out. Many companies — including Facebook, Twitter and Google — already […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 2:50 p.m.

Twitter for Mac now has (very basic) Touch Bar support on MacBook Pro and Sidecar

It’s tough to complain about Twitter for Mac these days. After a disappointing history on the Mac that ended with no official client for a while, Twitter used Apple’s Mac Catalyst technology to bring the iPad codebase to the Mac last fall. The latest version of Twitter for Mac brings the app one step closer to working like a traditional Mac app.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

Make tracking your budget easy and even kind of fun [Deals]

Staying on top of our budgets and finances is just part of being an adult. No one said growing up would be all fun and games, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable. This personal finance app sports intuitive tools and features for managing money so managing your money feels easy satisfying. MoneyWiz 3 […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 2:28 p.m.

Apple wants to see your best Night mode photos from iPhone 11

Apple is inviting owners of its latest iPhone lineup to share their best Night mode photos. It plans to choose five winning snaps that will be showcased on the Apple website and official Instagram channel. Winners may also see their photos featured in digital advertising campaigns, at Apple Stores, on billboards, or in third-party photo […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 2:23 p.m.

Apple wants your best iPhone Night mode photos; will buy rights to Top 5

Apple is seeking the best iPhone Night mode photos shot by owners of any of the iPhone 11 models. The top five photos will each be used for Apple marketing campaigns, which may include anything from appearing on the company’s website through store visuals to billboard campaigns.

Apple has learned its lesson from last time, with the small-print confirming that it will pay a licensing fee to each winner…

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Jan. 8, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

CES sure has changed a lot since Apple was last there in 1992

Apple’s privacy-focused appearance at this year’s CES marks the first time in 28 years the Cupertino company has appeared at the Consumer Electronics Show. It last had an official presence at CES way back in 1992. Want a glimpse of what the world famous high-tech expo was like the last time Apple took the stage? […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 1:39 p.m.

Comment: Latest FBI iPhone case is actually rather good timing for Apple

We reported yesterday that there’s a new FBI iPhone case — the bureau again asking Apple to unlock two iPhones belonging to a suspected shooter.

There are obvious similarities between the San Bernardino and Pensacola cases. Not just that both relate to shootings and involve two iPhones, but also the fact that the FBI has decided to go public with its request for Apple to help…

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Jan. 8, 2020, 1:16 p.m.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 98 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

safaripreviewiconApple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced three years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 98 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Inspector, Web Animations, Media, Rendering, Web API, CSS, JavaScript, WebRTC, Clipboard API, Browser Changes, and WebAssembly.

The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS Mojave and MacOS Catalina, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was released in October.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple's aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.


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Jan. 8, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: HP’s iPod comes out of the blue

January 8, 2004: The clumsily named Apple iPod + HP, a Hewlett-Packard-branded iPod, makes it debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Shown off by Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, the prototype device is colored blue, the color used for HP’s branding. By the time it arrives on the market later that year, however, […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 12:53 p.m.

CES 2020: JBL Debuts Soundbar With Detachable Speakers and AirPlay 2 Compatibility

Speaker company JBL this week announced the upcoming launch of the JBL Bar 9.1, a new soundbar that offers AirPlay 2 and a unique detachable speaker setup.

The JBL Bar 9.1 offers wireless surround sound thanks to the included soundbar base and two detachable battery powered rear speakers that can be removed and placed anywhere in a room for optimal sound.


There's a base soundbar with four upward-facing Dolby Atmos drivers that are designed to bounce audio around the room from all angles, a 10-inch wireless subwoofer for "pulse-pounding" bass, and the two detachable speakers that are meant to shoot sound off of the ceiling and back down.

The speakers feature 10 hour battery life and can be returned to the soundbar for recharging purposes when the battery drains. 10 hours is enough to get through a night of entertainment, recharging the batteries during the day or overnight.

Along with Dolby Atmos, the Bar 9.1 supports Dolby Vision and it also has support for ‌AirPlay‌ 2, so it can interface with other ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices and playing audio to the soundbar from a Mac, iPad, an iPhone takes just a tap or two. Bluetooth and Chromecast are also supported.

JBL plans to begin offering the JBL Bar 9.1 on the JBL website in the spring of 2020. It will be priced at $999.95.


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Jan. 8, 2020, 12:15 p.m.

Samsung blatantly copied Apple’s Face ID icon for Samsung Pass presentation

Samsung yesterday presented its Samsung Pass feature yesterday. Like Apple’s Face ID and Touch ID, this allows your face or fingerprint to log you in to things like ebanking servives.

Samsung Pass allows you to use your saved biometric information (fingerprint, iris, or face recognition) to log into accounts, apps and websites. You can also add in personal information such as your address and card information so you can populate this quickly and more easily.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 11:58 a.m.

2019 the best year yet for Apple’s growing Services business

Apple today marked the close of an historic 2019 for its Services businesses following its biggest ever year so far. The introduction of Apple Arcade, Apple Card, News +, and TV+ helped ensure Services continued to reach new heights. They also mean Apple goes into 2020 with “incredible momentum.” Services has become an increasingly important […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 11:40 a.m.

Apple exec takes the stage at CES to talk about the importance of privacy

Apple has made its return to CES for the first time in 28 years, as a representative of the world’s biggest tech company appeared on-stage at the world’s biggest tech conference. Apple wasn’t showing off new products, however. Instead, Jane Horvath, Apple’s senior director of global privacy, participated in a panel titled “Chief Privacy Officer […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 11:09 a.m.

Apple announces new single-day record for App Store purchases: $386 million spent on New Years Day

Apple today announced that it set a new single day record for the App Store, with $386 million worth of sales on New Years Day, an increase of 20 percent over last year. The App Store also set a new record for sales between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, with $1.42 billion in revenue.

Apple announced the numbers as part of a press release that looked back on Apple’s ‘landmark’ year of services offerings.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 10:41 a.m.

AirPods Pro will ‘just work’ with a 10-year-old iPhone

Apple stopped selling the iPhone 3GS, its third ever iPhone model, in 2012. The last version of iOS it supported was iOS 6.1.6, released February 21, 2014. But — wouldn’t you know it — this old phone still works with Apple’s cutting edge AirPods Pro. For anyone who remembers the struggle with finding and installing […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 10:14 a.m.

Twitter Adding 'Conversation Participants' Option to Limit Replies to Tweets

At CES, Twitter's director of product management Suzanne Xie outlined some new features that are coming to the social network, and The Verge has shared details on what we can expect.

In the future, Twitter will add a "conversation participants" option on the screen where a tweet is composed. Twitter users will be able to choose between four options: Global, Group, Panel, and Statement.

The Global feature will let anyone reply, while Group will limit replies to people a Twitter user follows and mentions. Panel will allow people specifically mentioned in a tweet to reply, and Statement will presumably disable replies all together.

As The Verge points out, this will allow Twitter users to limit the spread of their tweets with a middle ground between public and private.

Twitter is also planning to add a specific conversation view that puts all of a conversation on a single screen, making it easy to sort through different tweets and their replies.

Other features in the works include list display customization, prompts for following topics, and options to make it easier to find lists.

There's no word on when these new features might come to Twitter, but the conversation participants option is slated to be added this year.


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Jan. 8, 2020, 9 a.m.

CES 2020: Satechi Debuts New 108W Power Adapter With Dual USB-C Ports and USB-A Ports

Satechi today announced the launch of a new 108W Pro USB-C PD Desktop Charger, which is Satechi's most powerful power adapter to date, able to charge up to four devices at one time.

There are two USB-C ports, one of which is 90W for charging even Apple's new 16-inch Retina MacBook Pro and one of which is 18W for charging the iPad Pro and iPhones with a USB-C to Lightning cable.


Along with the two USB-C ports, there are also two USB-A ports that offer 12W of power total for charging accessories like the Apple Watch.

Design wise, the power adapter is made from an aluminum material and it has been created to be compact in size, making it ideal for travel when multiple devices need to be charged.


The 108W Pro USB-C PD Desktop Charger from Satechi can be purchased from the Satechi website or Amazon.com for $80 starting today.


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Jan. 8, 2020, 8:42 a.m.

Bose Plans to Add AirPlay 2 Support to SoundTouch Speakers and More by End of February

In its support forums, Bose has indicated that it plans to add AirPlay 2 support to select SoundTouch speakers and other systems by the end of February.


The following products will be included:
  • SoundTouch 10

  • SoundTouch 20 series III

  • SoundTouch 30 series III

  • SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier

  • Wave SoundTouch music system IV

  • SoundTouch 300 wireless sound bar system

  • Lifestyle 550 home entertainment system

  • Lifestyle 600 home entertainment system

  • Lifestyle 650 home entertainment system
AirPlay 2 support will likely be rolled out as part of a free over-the-air software update via the Bose Music app for iPhone and iPad.

AirPlay‌ 2 enables multi-room audio playback with other ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices, such as the HomePod, Apple TV, and select speakers from Sonos, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, and others. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices also appear in the Home app on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch and can be controlled with Siri voice commands.

Bose added AirPlay 2 to select BoseSmart speakers and sound bars last year.


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Jan. 8, 2020, 8:28 a.m.

Linksys shows off upcoming WiFi 6 mesh router with affordable $150 price point

Linksys unveiled a few new wireless routers today at CES and one of the stand-out products is an upcoming WiFi 6 mesh router that comes in at an impressively affordable price point while still offering great features like 4 Ethernet ports along with the latest WiFi tech.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 8:28 a.m.

Deals: 16-Inch MacBook Pro Sales Continue With Lowest-Ever Prices on 512GB and 1TB Models (Up to $211 Off)

Amazon continues to discount the new 16-inch MacBook Pro this week, providing best-ever deals on both entry-level models of the notebook. You can get the Silver 512GB model for $2,187.92, down from an original price of $2,399.00 ($211 off). This is Amazon's lowest price ever for the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the lowest we've tracked among the major Apple resellers.

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You can also get the Space Gray 512GB model for slightly more at $2,189.50 ($209 off). Both of these models are currently in stock and if ordered soon, will arrive as soon as next week. The 512GB 16-inch MacBook Pro also features a 2.6 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7 Processor and 16GB RAM.

If you're looking for a bigger SSD, the Space Gray 1TB model is on sale for $2,549.00, down from $2,799.00 ($250 off), but stock is lower for this model. Amazon says that it will be available to ship on January 25, but you can still place your order today to ensure your discounted price before that date.

Head to our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more discounts on Apple products and related accessories.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 8:03 a.m.

CES 2020: August Debuts Smaller and Sleeker Wi-Fi Smart Lock With HomeKit Support and No Bridge Required

August today introduced a new HomeKit-enabled Wi-Fi Smart Lock. As the product name implies, the lock features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, eliminating the need to use a bridge that was previously required.


August says the Wi-Fi Smart Lock is 45 percent smaller and 20 percent slimmer than its Smart Lock Pro. Available in matte black and silver, the lock also sports a sleeker design with more rounded edges.

As with other smart locks, the Wi-Fi Smart Lock allows you to lock or unlock a door remotely and grant access to family members, friends, and trusted visitors. And with the Activity Feed, you can know who is coming and going at any time, complete with push notifications. There are also auto-lock and auto-unlock features.

HomeKit support allows the lock to be controlled through the Home app on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch, or with Siri voice commands. For example, on an iPhone or HomePod, you could say "Hey Siri, lock my front door." The lock also supports Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and a few other platforms.

Installing the Wi-Fi Smart Lock takes less than 10 minutes, according to August. The lock can be installed on the inside of your door over your existing deadbolt, without touching the outside lock, allowing you to keep your existing deadbolt and keys. August door locks are compatible with most single cylinder deadbolts.

August says the Wi-Fi Smart Lock will soon be available to purchase on its website, but it has yet to reveal an exact release date or pricing. Interested customers can sign up to be notified when it is available.


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Jan. 8, 2020, 7:59 a.m.

Hands-on: Brydge’s Pro+ keyboard with trackpad for iPad Pro and standalone Trackpad for iOS

We learned last week that Brydge is set to launch its popular iPad Pro keyboard with a built-in trackpad. The company was showing off the new Pro+ iPad Pro at CES today and we were able to go hands-on with it just at pre-orders opened up.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 7:06 a.m.

Deals: Shop Low Prices on the iPad Mini 5 and 2019 MacBook Air (Up to $99 Off)

Two sales have hit Apple's 2019 MacBook Air and iPad mini 5, allowing shoppers the chance to save up to $99 on the MacBook Air and up to $40 on the iPad mini 5. For the latter product, we're seeing lowest-ever prices for both Wi-Fi and cellular options.

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Although discounts don't extend past $40, we haven't seen particularly steep sales yet on the new iPad mini, so these are still the best prices currently available. All prices listed below are found on Amazon, with some being matched at B&H Photo.

In regards to the MacBook Air sales, these are not the lowest prices that we've ever seen for each model, but they are currently the best prices among the major Apple resellers online. Still, if you qualify for education pricing on Apple.com, you'll do better to shop directly from the company, but otherwise Amazon's sales offer most customers the best straight cash discounts.

2019 MacBook Air Sale


iPad mini 5 Sale


Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 7 a.m.

CES 2020: Samsung Debuts New T7 Touch SSD With Fingerprint Sensor for Securing Files

Samsung today announced the launch of its new Portable SSD T7 Touch, an SSD with 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage space.

According to Samsung, the SSD T7 Touch combines a sleek and compact design with the fastest transfer speeds that are offered by the USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard.


Users can expect to see read speeds up to 1,050MB/s and write speeds up to 1,000MB/s, with the SSD T7 Touch coming in at twice as fast as the T5 and 9.5 times faster than external hard drives. It is able to reach its maximum speed when used with the NVMe interface.

Though it's faster, the SSD continues to weigh in at 58 grams, and it measures in at 3.3 by 3.3 by 0.3 inches, so it's pocketable.

The T7 Touch earns its "touch" name with the inclusion of a built-in fingerprint sensor along with password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. The fingerprint sensor is able to recognize up to four fingerprints, which means it can be used collaboratively while still keeping files secure. Accessing data can be done by holding a fingerprint over the drive's casing to unlock it. There's also a built-in Motion LED that lets the user see the status of the device with a glance.


Samsung is offering the T7 Touch in silver or black and it comes in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities for $130, $230, and $400, respectively. It ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A cable, and is compatible with Windows and Mac.

Samsung plans to begin offering the Portable SSD T7 Touch later this month. Samsung will also launch an SSD T7 in the second quarter of 2020.


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Jan. 8, 2020, 2:17 a.m.

Survey: Most consumers only willing to pay $20 per month for streaming TV, would prefer ads instead

Following the launch of Apple TV+ in November, more streaming services are coming in 2020. A new survey from The Trade Desk, cited by CNBC, says that the majority of consumers in the United States aren’t willing to pay more than $20 per month total on streaming services.

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Jan. 8, 2020, 1:54 a.m.

CES 2020: Bosch Smart Home System to Support Apple HomeKit Later This Year

Global home appliance company Bosch has announced that its smart home products are about to gain broad support for Apple's HomeKit platform.


In a press release titled "New Year, New Perspectives," the German company said that in combination with iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and HomePod, its Bosch Smart Home System would soon offer numerous operating options, including interaction with other HomeKit-compatible devices.
The Apple Home App will soon be able to control the Bosch Smart Home System... After the voice services from Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant have been integrated during the course of 2020, the Bosch Smart Home System will also be conveniently controllable via Siri, Apple's voice assistant.
The announcement was short on specifics, but it's worth mentioning that the Bosch Smart Home system is a platform for shutters, light fittings, thermostats, intelligent alarms and other accessories, so there are plenty of reasons to throw ‌HomeKit‌ support into the mix. Whether that support will extend to home appliances like fridge-freezers and ovens remains to be seen.

Also this year, Bosch said it would offer an open interface for selected third-parties that would enable them to integrate Bosch Smart Home devices into their own solutions via a cloud API.

Bosch said the integration would mean partner apps would be able to control the devices and services, which would ultimately allow for "a safer life and an optimized living environment." The first partner apps are expected in the spring and will be able to control Bosch Smart Home cameras, the company said.


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Jan. 8, 2020, 12:24 a.m.

Save $250 on a 16-inch MacBook Pro [Deals & Steals]

It’s a great time to splash some of your holiday cash. A new year means January sales, and big discounts on some of the best tech. Our daily Deals & Steals blog will help you dig out the best. Here are some of today’s highlights: 16-inch MacBook Pro — up to $250 off Twelve South […]

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Jan. 8, 2020, 12:10 a.m.

TikTok’s wild memes put hilarious spin on ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign

Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone‘ campaign is taking over TikTok, only probably not in the way Apple would like. ‘Shot on iPhone’ ads have been used by Apple for years to highlight the amazing quality of videos and photos that can be captured by normal people. Now TikTok users are reappropriating the term to show the […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 11:37 p.m.

Shift Keyboard introduces a new way to write messages on Apple Watch

It’s always been possible to send messages through Apple Watch, but not in the same way as on an iPhone because of the obvious differences in screen size. While Apple suggests that using voice dictation is the best way to share something, developer Adam Foot came up with a different idea. He created Shift Keyboard, an app that puts a real keyboard on the Apple Watch screen.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 11:27 p.m.

Zagg soon to release charging mat to rival Apple’s failed AirPower

Mophie parent company Zagg Brands is preparing to release a wireless charger this year similar to that of Apple’s canceled AirPower, according to a published report. A company spokesman told Bloomberg on Tuesday that it is developing a wireless charging mat with the capabilities that Apple attempted to implement in the now-aborted AirPower. “Zagg plans to make […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 11:08 p.m.

Apple returns to CES for privacy roundtable alongside Facebook and others

Apple made its first formal appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) since 1992 today. Apple’s senior director of privacy Jane Horvath joined a “Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable” discussion to talk the state of user privacy, Apple’s privacy standards, and more.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 10:59 p.m.

Save 15% on outstanding leather iPhone cases from Mujjo

Mujjo makes some of the finest cases and accessories you’ll find for iPhone — and you can get them all today at a sweet discount. Its stellar touchscreen gloves, outstanding iPhone cases (which rival Apple’s own leather options), and brilliant MacBook sleeves are now down 15% for a limited time in the Cult of Mac Store. We’re […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 10:45 p.m.

Apple Arcade’s Mutazoine leads nominations in indie games oscars

There’s a real standout in the 2020 Independent Games Festival Award nominations. Mutazione from Apple Arcade is the clear front runner with nominations in four categories, including the grand prize. Two other titles from Apple’s gaming service picked up honorable mentions. And four games available in the App Store were also recognized. The annual Independent […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 10:35 p.m.

Keep your PopGrip on with this wireless charger

PopSockets was a wildly successful brand that was in danger of losing its grip. Wireless charging is becoming a standard feature in smartphones and the stick-on PopGrip it created for reducing drops suddenly looked like an unintended battery barrier. But the company finally figured out a way forward in the emerging wireless world with a […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 10:15 p.m.

Plugable announces new 14-port Thunderbolt 3 docking station

Plugable introduced Tuesday a Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docking station with a versatile 14 ports for MacBook and Mac users. Built on the Intel Titan Ridge chipset, the TBT3-UDZ is not the first such unit to market, but separates itself from the competition. Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the unit features a […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 10:11 p.m.

Zagg reportedly releasing AirPower-like ‘drop anywhere’ wireless charging mat this year

Amid the introduction of various other wireless charging accessories at CES 2020 today, Zagg is apparently teasing that it is developing what could be a true replacement for Apple’s canceled AirPower. While no official announcement has been made, the charging mat is reportedly slated to launch this year.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 9:45 p.m.

Covering a SpaceX rocket launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with the iPhone 11 Pro Max

I recently had the incredible experience of attending a SpaceX rocket launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA Social hosted the event that included close-up access to NASA’s massive Vehicle Assembly Building, the historic 39B launch pad, and an awesome view of a Falcon 9 rocket launch.

Below are some of my favorite shots captured on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Some of these required the new ultra-wide camera to fully capture the scene.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 9:36 p.m.

Razer’s new Kishi controller makes iPhone a better handheld console

Razer wants to make your mobile gaming experience even better with its brand-new Kishi controller for iPhone, revealed today at CES. The device puts controls on either side of your handset, making it look a little like a Nintendo Switch, and it offers everything you would want in a modern iPhone controller — including clickable analog […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 9:15 p.m.

Tablo over-the-air DVR brings automatic commercial skip to Mac and iPad

Fans of the Tablo over-the-air DVR can look forward to its commercial skip feature coming to the iOS and Android apps. This will allow Tablo users to record shows off their local airwaves, then watch them on their phone or tablet without ads. Tablo is a DVR for cord cutters With cord cutting all the […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 9 p.m.

Glitch Clip makes music-video art on the iPad

Glitch Clip brings powerful VJing to the iPad. Mix and glitch up your video clips with FX and generative art.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 7:42 p.m.

Sonos claims Google and Amazon stole its smart speaker tech

Sonos, the smart speaker company that (usually) plays nice with pretty much every other tech company, is fighting back against Google and Amazon for allegedly stealing some of its secret sauce. Two lawsuits were filed by Sonos this week against Google that accuses the search engine giant of infringing on five of its patents. Sonos […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 7:31 p.m.

Foxconn denies report saying it canceled new India factory over dispute with Apple

Apple supplier Foxconn is refuting reports that it has backed out of an agreement to invest $5 billion in manufacturing facilities in India. The Times of India first reported on the development this week, citing comments from Industries Minister Subhash Desai.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

YouTuber is giddy giving tour of iPhone battery factory

Watching an iPhone battery being made might sound interesting. But Scotty Allen was left over the moon after his tour of the Pisen factories in China that makes after-market lithium polymer batteries. Allen’s exuberance is routinely felt in videos for his YouTube channel Strange Parts. Each component of an electronic device brings the joy of […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 7 p.m.

How to stop Safari asking permission to download everything

Sick of Safari asking for permission to download files? Here’s how to switch it off.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Apple drops hilarious first trailer for Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet

Apple finally unveiled the official trailer for its first major comedy series Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet and so far it appears the wait has been worth. Co-created by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia stars Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, Mythic Quest follows a team of video game developers hellbent on creating an epic sequel to […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Plugable’s new 14-port Thunderbolt 3 dock has 100W charging + dual 4K60 output

Plugable has been crafting Thunderbolt 3 accessories for many years now. Thanks to all of the company’s experience, it has now delivered one of the most powerful Thunderbolt 3 docks to date. It boasts a total of 14 ports that are powered using one Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C cable. Additionally, the dock is able to supply 100W of power to a compatible MacBook or PC. more…

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Jan. 7, 2020, 6:17 p.m.

Apple selling Sonos without Alexa or Assistant as speaker company says Google and Amazon stole patents

Sonos has had a busy transition into the new year. The wireless speaker maker’s recycling program turned problematic, its premium products saw a price increase, and today it sued Google and accused Amazon of stealing its patents. Apple has a small role in the latest Sonos story too.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

iPhone SE 2 could sport a frosted glass back

The latest detail leaking out on a hotly-anticipated low-cost iPhone indicate this handset — possibly called the iPhone SE 2 – will have a back of frosted glass. Quite a bit of other information about this model has come to light, including its dimensions. Which is not surprising, considering it’s rumored to launch in about […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 5:43 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: January 07, 2020 – ‘iPhone 9’ speculation, CES 2020

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 5 p.m.

Chipolo ONE item tracker announced with two year battery, subscription-free out of range alerts

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using the new Chipolo ONE item tracker as a replacement for my old Tile tracker that recently died (I had one of the ones with a non-replaceable battery). Chipolo ONE launches today with a number of features that make it worth considering over competitors. Despite the rumblings of Apple releasing AirTag sometime in 2020, Chipolo ONE is an affordable item tracker that is worth checking out.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 5 p.m.

Tuesday deals: mophie 3-in-1 Qi Pad $112, UE WONDERBOOM $38, monitors, more

Tuesday’s best deals include the mophie Qi charge pad, UE’s popular WONDERBOOM Bluetooth speaker, and Alienware gaming displays. Head below for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 5 p.m.

Eve Cam indoor camera announced with support for HomeKit Secure Video

Eve Systems has announced the Eve Cam, which it describes as “the first-ever indoor camera made exclusively for Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video, built from the ground up to keep your data secure”…

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Jan. 7, 2020, 5 p.m.

Philips Hue expands outdoor options with wall-mounted bi-directional ‘Appear’ fixture and spot, path lights

Signify’s Philips Hue outdoor light lineup is growing with a new wall-mounted fixture and new low-voltage spot and path lights. The latest HomeKit-supported products give customers even more options for personalized outdoor lighting.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 5 p.m.

Moshi announces 10-year warranty, chargers

Moshi, maker of stylish tech accessories, rolled out new products at CES Monday night along with a new warranty program that seems to discourage upgrades. It sounds counterintuitive for a tech company. But Moshi, in announcing a 10-year global warranty program on all new products, says it wants to avoid producing cheap gadgets that add […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 5 p.m.

Satechi launches Trio Wireless Charging Pad with room for iPhone, AirPods Pro, and versatile Apple Watch puck

Satechi has launched its latest Apple accessory at CES today, the Trio Wireless Charging Pad. The new multi-device wireless charger has an integrated two-position Apple Watch charger and room for iPhone and AirPods or AirPods Pro. The company is also offering a launch promotion giving customers $20 off the new release.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 4:38 p.m.

Patricia Arquette joins cast of Apple TV+ original Severance

Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has signed up to star in Severance, a new thriller on its way to Apple TV+, according to a new report. Arquette will be directed by Ben Stiller. The pair worked together on Escape at Dannemora, a limited series for Showtime, for which Arquette won another Golden Globe, before her […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 4:04 p.m.

LIFX brings new filament bulbs, TV lightstrip, in-wall switch, more to CES

This year’s CES event is already off to a notable start, and one of the more eye-catching products falls to LIFX’s new line of smart home accessories. Leading the way, you’ll find a new triage of Edison-style filament bulbs from LIFX, alongside a TV-centered multicolor lightstrip, in-wall switch, and redesigned app focusing on automation. Much like we’ve seen in the past from the company, HomeKit highlights the new releases alongside integrating with other ecosystems and value-packed price points. Head below for a closer look at all of the new unveils from LIFX at CES this year.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

Speck’s new iPhone cases will give your precious handset its own airbag

Wish your precious iPhone had an airbag to protect it in the event of an accidental drop? Speck’s new line of Presidio2 iPhone cases promises to deliver a solution. It’s all thanks to its smart “Armor Cloud” protective technology, which use some clever design to keep your pricey phone safe. “It’s all in the cloud,” […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

Defining the decade: ten years of Apple on one page

Apple entered the 2010s just as the iPhone began to explode in popularity. The iPhone became the most successful consumer product, ever. Sales surged for another five years and still make up a majority of Apple’s revenues. However, we exit the decade with the iPhone making up a smaller portion of Apple’s business than ever before, as the company diversifies into strong lineups of wearables, tablets and services offerings.

But nothing is a simple straight line. Apple had to graduate through the passing of its founder, juggle relationships with an ever-expanding list of consumer and professional market segments, and adapt to the public attention and scrunity that only comes along as a consequence of being the biggest company in the world. This is a decade in Apple, on one page.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 3:29 p.m.

You can now use a Popsocket and wireless charging at the same time with the $60 PopPower

Popsockets and PopGrips are integral iPhone accessories for many people. You simply attach one to the back of your iPhone, and you have a built-in handle that makes the device easier to hold. The biggest downside has always been the ability to use a Popsocket and wireless charging at the same time, but that will soon change.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 3:19 p.m.

FBI again asking Apple to unlock two iPhones belonging to suspected shooter

The FBI is again asking Apple to unlock two iPhones belonging to a suspected shooter.

The last time this happened, in the San Bernardino case, Apple refused. The current case relates to last month’s shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, where three people were killed…

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Jan. 7, 2020, 3:15 p.m.

Alpine debuts giant iPad Pro-sized CarPlay receiver plus first weather-resistant 9-inch CarPlay option for Jeep Wrangler

Alpine has debuted its latest CarPlay receiver at CES that features a massive screen as large as an iPad Pro. The new Alpine Halo 11 iLX-F411 features 49% more real estate with its capacitive touch screen than the 9-inch Halo.

Alpine has also debuted the first weather-resistant 9-inch CarPlay receiver designed for the recent Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator models.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 3:14 p.m.

Why Samsung will probably get away with ‘borrowing’ Face ID icon

Eagle-eyed viewers spotted something oddly familiar during Samsung’s CES keynote Monday. On a slide regarding Samsung Pass, its new biometric “identity management as-a-service” product, Samsung included a logo that looks (to be polite) “borrowed” from Apple’s Face ID. Yes, this not-quite-identical logo is the latest chapter in Samsung being, err, inspired by Apple designs. But should […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 3:12 p.m.

Apple promises fix for iPhone XR issues on UK’s second-largest carrier

Apple has acknowledged a connectivity issue with iPhone XR units connected to O2, the second-largest carrier in the United Kingdom. Many users have been unable to make or receive calls or text messages. They have also been stuck without a reliable data connection, which renders most apps unusable without Wi-Fi. iPhone XR quickly became Apple’s […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 3:02 p.m.

Razer intros Kishi gaming controllers for iPhone and Android at CES 2020

Razer has detailed a handful of new products at CES 2020, including its Kishi universal mobile gaming controllers designed for iPhone, Android, and more. The latest from Razer delivers compatibility through USB-C and Lightning-enabled controllers that are designed to improve your mobile gaming experience with dedicated thumbsticks, buttons, and more. Head below for additional details.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 2:52 p.m.

Deutsche Bank: AAPL 2020 performance won’t match 2019; will beat expectations

Deutsche Bank has made the rather safe prediction that AAPL 2020 performance won’t match 2019.

AAPL gained 86% in value last year, its best performance since 2009, opening the year at $300. If it repeated that trick this year, that would see it sitting at $558 by the end of the year. Predicting that it won’t do that seems an obvious statement…

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Jan. 7, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

These wireless earbuds give AirPods a run for their money [Deals]

AirPods have basically become synonymous with wireless earbuds. But they’ve been out for long enough that alternatives are available which last longer and cost less. So if you’re ready to up your personal audio game, it’s time to look beyond Cupertino. PaMu’s Slide Mini Earphones are a great set of wireless earbuds. They sport an […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 2:14 p.m.

Apple’s $5 thriller movie sale includes big hits, much more from $1

Apple is back with a new movie sale this morning, including various thriller titles for $5 and a number of other deals across other genres. You’d typically pay $10 or more and upwards of $20 for many of these titles, all of which you can find down below alongside this week’s $1 HD rental.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 2:11 p.m.

Apple TV+ to close out Television Critics Association Press Tour with presentation on January 19

Apple TV+ will have a presence at the winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, the event organizers announced today.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 2:09 p.m.

CES 2020: Thunderbolt 4 will debut this year with quadruple the speed of USB 3

The successor to Thunderbolt 3, aptly named Thunderbolt 4, will arrive alongside new Tiger Lake mobile processors, said Intel during its CES 2020 keynote. The CPU-integrated Thunderbolt 4 will make its debut in a yet-to-be-named thin and light hardware release later this year. more…

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Jan. 7, 2020, 2:06 p.m.

iPhone 9 video renders again show iPhone 8 design with frosted glass back

The latest iPhone 9/SE 2 renders from Onleaks again show something extremely close to the iPhone 8 design, with just two visual changes. This time, we’re seeing iPhone 9 video renders rather than just static images.

Instead of a glossy glass back, there is a frosted glass one, like the iPhone 11 Pro finish. The Apple logo is also vertically centred as per all three iPhone 11 models…

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Jan. 7, 2020, 1:39 p.m.

CES 2020: LIFX Unveils New Filament Bulbs, Switches, Candle Bulbs, and Light Strips

LIFX, known for its line of HomeKit-connected lights and accessories, is debuting several new products at CES, ranging from bulbs to light strips, with highlights below.

LIFX Filament


LIFX's new filament bulbs are an answer to the Hue filament bulbs that came out in late 2019. The ST64 Teardrop debuted at CES, but LIFX also plans to make a G95 Globe bulb. The bulbs are HomeKit-enabled and are available in a single warm white color. LIFX plans to debut the filament bulbs in the spring of 2020 and they're expected to be priced at $30.


LIFX Switch


The LIFX Switch is a small wall accessory equipped with four switches to control both dumb and smart LIFX bulbs. It's designed to replace a four-gang bank of light switches with one installation, and it wires into an existing light switch setup. The LIFX Switch is priced at $120 (though there will be a $20 launch discount) and is set to debut in the spring of 2020.


LIFX Z 360 Kit


The LIFX 360 Kit is a 360 degree Light Strip setup that's meant to make it easy to run a light strip along the back of a TV. It features corner connectors and LED strip pieces optimized for TVs. There's also a separate LIFX Z Gamer Kit for gaming monitors. The LIFX Z 360 Kit is priced at $100, while the gamer kit is priced at $70. These kits will be available in stores in the spring of 2020.


Candle White to Warm


The LIFX Candle White to Warm joins the previously announced LIFX Candle Color, offering tunable white light in a candelabra bulb. It can connect to HomeKit and can be adjusted with the LIFX app. The Candle White to Warm will cost $30 and it's expected to launch in the spring of 2020.


Along with these products, LIFX is also planning to debut a new app experience in mid-January 2020 offering a more friendly design, better scheduling options, grouping of lights in the dashboard, and a Scenes and Effects section that saves user favorites.


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Jan. 7, 2020, 1:24 p.m.

iPhone assembler Foxconn reports record revenue in 2019, expects 2020 growth

Primary iPhone assembler Foxconn has reported record revenue in 2019, its highest ever full-year result. The company says it expects this year to deliver even stronger results…

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Jan. 7, 2020, 1:17 p.m.

CES 2020: Netgear Debuts Nighthawk M5 WiFi 6/5G Mobile Router, 4G LTE Orbi Router and Nighthawk WiFi 6 Mesh Router

Netgear at CES is showing off its new Nighthawk M5 5G WiFi 6 Mobile Router, which supports all versions of 5G (mmWave and Sub-6GHz) and WiFi 6.

The M5 mobile router is equipped with Qualcomm's X55 modem and it will work with mobile networks that support 5G, offering speeds up to 4Gb/s. Ahead of the widespread rollout of 5G, it also works with 4G.


According to Netgear, the M5 is designed to provide fast internet speeds with low latency regardless of location, offering up 5G connection while on the go or a backup option for home internet when at home through the included gigabit Ethernet port.

When at home, the Ethernet port can be used to connect the M5 to an existing router, bringing 5G speeds to the home network. Netgear plans to release the Nighthawk M5 mobile hot spot in the second half of 2020, with pricing to be announced at a later date.

Along with the Nighthawk M5 5G WiFi 6 Mobile Router, Netgear also debuted the 4G LTE Orbi Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Router, designed for people who have limited or no access to traditional broadband.


The Orbi 4G LTE can work alone or it can be combined with an existing wired service to serve as a backup in case the traditional WiFi service is interrupted. The Orbi 4G Router promises speeds of up to 1.2Gb/s over 4G LTE and is combined with high-performance tri-band AC2200 WiFi.

The router is designed to work with SIM cards from major LTE providers, and its internal antennas can reach up to 2,000 square feet of WiFi coverage that can be extended with Orbi WiFi 5 satellites for a mesh WiFi system.
"Up to 22% of American homes and an even higher percentage around the world don't have a good option for high speed internet. It's either too slow, too expensive, or non-existent. We are solving this problem for customers by delivering fast broadband for the home, wherever there is mobile coverage," said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for NETGEAR. "Additionally, because this is part of Orbi Mesh WiFi systems family of products, the customer will also get the best in class WiFi speed and coverage as well as the safety and security of NETGEAR Armor Cybersecurity and Circle Parental Controls."
The 4G LTE Orbi Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Router will be available in April 2020 and it will cost $400.

Netgear also introduced the new Netgear Nighthawk Mesh Wifi 6 System, a two-pice dual-band router that's similar to the Netgear WiFi 6 Orbi Mesh System.


Priced affordably at $230, the Nighthawk WiFi 6 Mesh System, which supports 2x2 MU-MIMO, offers speeds of 600Mb/s on the 2.4GHz band and 1,200Mb/s on the 5GHz band. At those speeds, the router isn't taking full advantage of WiFi 6's capabilities, but it is more affordable than other current WiFi 6 mesh systems.

Netgear's Nighthawk Mesh WiFi 6 System is set to launch in January.


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Jan. 7, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Woz and Jobs reunite onstage

January 7, 1997: Steve Wozniak returns to Apple to participate in an advisory role, reuniting with co-founder Steve Jobs onstage at the Macworld Expo. Woz’s Cupertino homecoming is revealed at the end of the Macworld conference. With Jobs’ recent return to Apple (thanks to the NeXT buyout, it marks the first time the two co-founders […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 12:39 p.m.

Apple acknowledges iPhone XR connectivity problems on UK’s 2nd-largest carrier

Apple has acknowledged iPhone XR connectivity problems on the UK’s second-largest carrier, O2.

The problems experienced by some iPhone XR owners are severe, affecting calls, texts and data usage …

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Jan. 7, 2020, 12:19 p.m.

Facebook bans deepfakes, but not deceptively edited videos like Pelosi one

In a move designed to counter misinformation during the 2020 presidential election campaign, Facebook bans deepfakes: extremely convincing fake videos created using AI techniques.

Deepfakes use machine-learning to analyse the way someone’s face moves as they voice different sounds. AI can then create fake video which mimic the movements needed for any word. This can then be combined with either chopped-up sound clips of the real person, or an impressionist, to create entire fake speeches which are hard to tell from real video footage …

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Jan. 7, 2020, 12:16 p.m.

CES 2020: Zagg Debuts New Keyboard Cases for Apple's Low-Cost 10.2-Inch iPad

Zagg at CES is showing off a trio of new keyboard cases that are designed for Apple's low-cost 10.2-inch iPad, including the Slim Book Go, the Rugged Messenger, and the Messenger Folio.

Priced at $99, the Zagg Slim Book Go for the 10.2-inch ‌iPad‌ offers up an ultra slim keyboard design along with a detachable case, and it is designed to be Zagg's most portable keyboard for the device.


It offers protection for the ‌iPad‌ without adding too much bulk, and because the keyboard and the case are detachable, it can be used in multiple modes for typing, travel, video watching, and more.

The keyboard can connect to two devices simultaneously, and there's a kickstand with a 100 degree radius. An Apple Pencil holder keeps the ‌Apple Pencil‌ safe when not in use, and the keys are backlit and can be changed to seven colors.

Zagg's Rugged Messenger for the 10.2-inch ‌iPad‌ is more protective, offering a keyboard and a case with better impact protection than the Slim Book Go. Also priced at $99, the case can withstand drops from up to two meters.


A built-in stand allows the ‌iPad‌ to be used in multiple viewing angles, and the battery lasts for up to two years between charges.

Zagg's Messenger Folio for the 10.2-inch ‌iPad‌ is its most affordable at $60, and it offers up a simple, lightweight keyboard paired with a case. There's a built-in holder for the ‌Apple Pencil‌, along with a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to three months.


The new keyboard options will be available on the Zagg website later in the first quarter of 2020.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 12:04 p.m.

FBI wants Apple’s help to unlock iPhones used by suspected Pensacola shooter

The FBI wants Apple to help unlock two iPhones owned by a man suspected of carrying out a fatal shooting attack. The shooting took place last month at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. In a letter sent Monday, the FBI said it had been granted permission to search the phones belonging to Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 11:49 a.m.

Synology unveils latest budget-friendly NAS, the DiskStation DS420j, at CES

Synology is taking to CES this year to officially unveil its latest affordable home storage solutions with the debut of its DiskStation DS420j NAS. Designed for managing a user’s data backup and file sharing needs, this four-bay model enters with a compelling $286 retail price for its feature set, 112MB/s transfer speeds, and the usual suite of Synology software capabilities provided by DSM. Head below for a closer look at Synology’s new DiskStation DS420j NAS.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 11:40 a.m.

New OtterBox screen protector fights bacteria on your filthy iPhone

Your iPhone is a hotbed of bacteria that sullies your face every time you take a call. But it doesn’t have to be that way, thanks to the world’s first antimicrobial screen protector from OtterBox. Amplify Glass, which is registered with the EPA and manufactured by Corning, promises to suppresses the growth of common stains […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 10:57 a.m.

JBL takes on AirPods with cheaper, more colorful wireless buds

Given what a ridiculously massive hit the AirPods have been for Apple, it’s no shocker that other companies are keen to jump aboard the wireless earbuds train with their own rival versions. This one, from America audio company JBL, looks highly reminiscent of Apple’s AirPods. The main differences? It comes in a range of colors, […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 9:55 a.m.

CES 2020: Alpine and Pioneer Debut Largest-Ever CarPlay Receivers With Up to 11-Inch Hovering Displays

In what has become an annual tradition, car audio brands like Alpine, Pioneer, Jensen, and JVC/Kenwood are showcasing new aftermarket CarPlay and Android Auto receivers at CES in Las Vegas this week.

Alpine is debuting a new CarPlay and Android Auto receiver with an 11-inch capacitive touchscreen, which it claims is the largest on the market, offering 49 percent more surface area than its 9-inch receivers. The display hovers over the dashboard, allowing it to be placed in most vehicles without the need for custom installation.


The display is attached to an adjustable mount that is connected to a traditional single-DIN chassis. It can be tilted at four pre-set angle points to better match the tilt and height of the dashboard.

Other features of the iLX-F411 include a mech-less design with no CD/DVD slot, Bluetooth music playback, SiriusXM readiness, a USB-A port, an AUX input, one HDMI input and one HDMI output, and one rear-view camera input. When not in CarPlay mode, the receiver has a customizable user interface with 22 available widgets.

Alpine says the iLX-F411 will be available in June 2020 for a suggested price of $1,200 in the United States. Alpine also has two new 9-inch receivers — model numbers iLX-F309 and iLX-F259 — available now for $800 to $1,200.

Pioneer is showing off five new CarPlay and Android Auto receivers at CES, including the DMH-WT8600NEX, a 10.1-inch model with a 720p capacitive touchscreen. Like the Alpine receiver above, the display hovers over the dashboard, allowing for it to have a traditional single-DIN chassis with no custom installation needed.

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The DMH-WT8600NEX supports both wired and wireless CarPlay, according to Pioneer. This means an iPhone can be connected to the receiver with a Lightning to USB cable or wirelessly via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Pioneer says the DMH-WT8600NEX will have a suggested price of $1,200 in the United States, but it is unclear when it will be available. Pioneer is also releasing two 6.8-inch and two 9-inch receivers as part of its 2020 lineup.

Jensen and JVC/Kenwood are also launching new CarPlay receivers at CES this week.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 9:05 a.m.

CES 2020: Philips Hue Line Gaining New Outdoor Lights and HDMI Sync Box Improvements

The popular HomeKit-enabled Philips Hue line of lights is expanding, with Signify today announcing the upcoming launch of additional outdoor lighting options.

There's a new wall-mounted Appear fixture, priced at $140, which is designed to create a directed triangle of light that reaches both up and down, with the aim of elevating the home's curb appeal.


The new low-voltage Lily XL Spotlight, priced at $140, is similar to the existing Lily spotlight but it's larger and provides more light output.


The Philips Hue Econic family is gaining a new low-voltage pedestal light, priced at $130, which is ideal for path lighting, plus there's a new 100W outdoor power supply unit and a 2.5-meter extension cable with T-part for more flexibility arranging outdoor lighting options.


All of the lights in the outdoor collection can be customized with 16 million colors and 50,000 shades of warm-to-cool white light, and all of the lights also integrate with existing HomeKit-enabled Hue setups.

Along with outdoor lighting, Signify today announced improvements coming to the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, which allows Hue lights to be synced with televisions, gaming consoles, and more.

The Sync Box is getting HomeKit integration, which means the it will be able to respond to Siri commands. ‌Siri‌ will be able to turn the sync box on or off, change the light settings, and switch between HDMI devices, which will make it much easier to control the Sync Box without the need to open up the app.


‌Siri‌ integration will be available in the spring of 2020 through an update that will be installed on the Sync Box through the Hue Sync mobile app.

The Hue Play HDMI Sync Box can also now be controlled using infrared TV remote controls, which can turn it off or switch between HDMI inputs.

As of today, there's a new update for the Hue app, which updates the Zones feature. There's a permanent Zones addition that allows accessories like the Philips Hue wireless dimmer switch or the Philips Hue Smart button to control a Zone in the home rather than a room.

More information on the new Hue products can be found on the Hue website.


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Jan. 7, 2020, 9:02 a.m.

CES 2020: Plugable Launches 100W Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Docking Station

Plugable today announced the upcoming launch of the Plugable TBT3-UDZ, a Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Docking Station that offers 100W power delivery, making it suitable for Apple's most powerful notebooks like the new 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The Plugable TBT3-UDZ allows for two additional 4K displays to be connected to a Mac using HDMI or DisplayPort without the need for an external adapter, and there are a total of 14 ports.


There are 2x DisplayPort 1.4 or 2x HDMI 2.0 ports, 7 USB ports (1 USB 10Gb/s port with BC 1.2 charging, 1 USB 10Gb/s port, and 5 5Gb/s ports), 1 SD Card slot, 1 MicroSD Card slot, the 100W power delivery port, and one audio input/output port.


Plugable's docking station will be priced at $299 when it launches in the spring of 2020.

Plugable is also debuting a new $40 USB-C DisplayPort 1.4 MST to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter and a $50 2.5Gb/s USB Ethernet Adapter, both of which are set to debut in the second quarter of 2020.


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Jan. 7, 2020, 9 a.m.

CES 2020: Satechi Launches New Trio Wireless Charging Pad

Satechi today announced the launch of a new three-in-one wireless charger that's able to charge multiple devices at once, including the Apple Watch, AirPods, and an iPhone equipped with Qi-based wireless charging capabilities.

Satechi's Trio Wireless Charging Pad is features a minimal design with a plain black design that includes an ‌Apple Watch‌ charging puck, an ‌AirPods‌ cutout that works with both the ‌AirPods‌ and the AirPods Pro, and a circular space designed to accommodate an ‌iPhone‌.


A single USB-C cable charges the Trio Wireless Charging Pad and it comes with a 24W adapter. The ‌Apple Watch‌ charging puck pops up to support charging in Nightstand mode, so it can be used on a bedside table.


According to Satechi, the Trio Wireless Charging Pad features foreign object detection and over temperature protection to detect issues and cut power if necessary.


The Satechi Trio Wireless Charging Pad is available now for $120 from the Satechi website and from Amazon. From January 7 to January 10, customers can get a $20 discount using the code STCES2020 on both sites.


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Jan. 7, 2020, 9 a.m.

CES 2020: Eve Unveils New 'Eve Cam' With HomeKit Secure Video Support

Eve Systems, known for its line of HomeKit-enabled smart home accessories, today announced the upcoming launch of the Eve Cam, an indoor home security camera that supports iOS 13's HomeKit Secure Video feature.

The Eve Cam was built from the ground up with data security in mind, with ‌HomeKit‌ Secure Video offering up a more secure way to manage footage captured with home security cameras.


‌HomeKit‌ Secure Video allows devices like the Eve Cam to leverage the iPad, Apple TV, or HomePod to analyze video in the home. Video feeds are encrypted end-to-end and the footage is uploaded to iCloud. ‌HomeKit‌ Secure Video does not require a data plan from Eve, but it does require at least a 200GB ‌iCloud‌ storage plan.

The Eve Cam will notify users when important activity is detected, and recorded video is available for 10 days and located right in the Home app.


Design wise, the Eve Cam features a 150 degree field of view and 1080p resolution, plus it includes infrared night vision so it can continue to capture video even when it's dark. There's an integrated microphone and speaker, and an adjustable magnetic camera base. Eve Cam will be available in April 2020 for $150.

Eve Systems also has new launch dates and pricing information available for the Eve Water Guard and the second-generation Eve Energy smart plug with a new, slimmer design. The Eve Water Guard, which notifies users if a water leak is detected, will launch on February 7, and it will be priced at $80.


The Eve Energy, which offers power monitoring and smart controls for any appliance plugged in to it, will launch on January 27 and it will be priced at $40. More information is available on the Eve website.


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Jan. 7, 2020, 7:53 a.m.

CES 2020: Razer Debuts New Dual-Sided iPhone Game Controller in Partnership With Gamevice

Razer today announced a new dual-sided game controller that attaches to the left and right sides of an iPhone.

Created in partnership with Gamevice, the controller plugs into the Lightning connector, allowing it to be powered by the iPhone rather than a battery. The controller itself has a built-in Lightning connector for pass-through charging of the iPhone. The direct connection also allows for ultra-low latency.


Building on the compact design of its Junglecat controller for Android, Razer's new Kishi controller features a directional pad, two thumbsticks, A-B-X-Y buttons, and shoulder bumpers. The controller is certified by Apple.

Razer says the Kishi controller will be available in early 2020 for the iPhone 6 or newer and Android smartphones. Pricing has not been disclosed.

Gamevice has long sold a dual-sided iPhone game controller of its own.


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Jan. 7, 2020, 7:32 a.m.

CES 2020: 'PopPower Home Charger' Lets You Wirelessly Charge Your iPhone Without Removing PopGrips

PopSockets today announced the PopPower Home Charger at CES, which is a wireless charging mat that has an indentation to fit a PopGrip. This way, PopSocket users can wirelessly charge their iPhone without having to remove the PopGrip from the back of their smartphone.


The PopPower Home Charger comes in Matte White, Mountainscape, and Cosmic Cloud, and it is Qi certified. The accessory provides up to 15 watt charging, and its LED dims in low light. The company noted that it is compatible with most PopSockets PopGrips, except any metal PopGrips or PopGrips Lips.

The PopPower Home Charger can be purchased today for $60 on PopSockets' website.


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Jan. 7, 2020, 6:37 a.m.

Deals: Anker's First Big Sale of 2020 is Discounting Wireless Chargers, Portable Batteries, and More

Anker has kicked off one of its first sales of 2020, discounting wireless chargers, wall chargers, portable batteries, Bluetooth speakers, and more. Prices in the sale start as low as $8.49 for the company's PowerWave wireless charging mat.

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You can also save on Anker's PowerPort Strip 6 ($25.99), PowerPort Speed 2 Wall Charger ($17.98), and PowerCore+ 26,800 mAh portable battery ($72.99). Only two of these deals require coupon codes, which you can find below, otherwise the deals have been applied automatically.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 3:10 a.m.

Zagg loads up 10.2-inch iPad with keyboards and cases

Those with the 10.2-inch iPad launched last year will soon have significantly more case options, thanks to announcements made today at CES 2020. Zagg unveiled a collection of three keyboard cases, while its Gear4 subsidiary added two protective cases. Three 2019 iPad keyboard cases from Zagg All the iPad keyboard cases this company announced today […]

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Jan. 7, 2020, 3 a.m.

Belkin unveils new 3-in-1 wireless charger, ultra-small Wemo HomeKit smart plug, more

Belkin is out with several notable announcements at CES 2020 this evening across its Belkin, Linksys, and Wemo brands. There’s a new Wemo smart plug with HomeKit support, a wide array of new Belkin charging accessories, and more. Read on for all of the details.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 3 a.m.

OtterBox launches first antimicrobial glass iPhone screen protector approved by the EPA

At CES, OtterBox has announced the first glass iPhone screen protector with integrated antimicrobial technology registered with the EPA. The new Amplify Glass screen protector offers protection against scratches and drops as well as germs.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 2:50 a.m.

New Withings ScanWatch is a hybrid wearable with crown dial, ECG, and sleep apnea detection

With Google’s acquisition of Fitbit — set to be completed this year, there will be one less independent player in the health space. Withings is kicking off 2020 with the ScanWatch. The French company is touting this hybrid smartwatch as being its “most medically advanced wearable.”

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Jan. 7, 2020, 2:40 a.m.

New Bluetooth LE Audio standard details support for universal audio sharing, hearing aids, more

At CES 2020 today, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has announced a new Bluetooth standard for audio. The new standard is called LE (Low Energy) Audio and is designed to enhance the Bluetooth audio experience with features like audio sharing, native support for hearing aids, and more.

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Jan. 7, 2020, 12:15 a.m.

Budget smart home accessory maker Sengled unveils new HomeKit hub, more

After several years of solely supporting Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, smart lighting company Sengled has now expanded to HomeKit. At CES 2020 today, the company announced new additions to its smart lighting range, including a new third-generation hub with HomeKit support.

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Jan. 7, 2020, midnight

Sony 2020 models join Samsung with AirPlay 2 & HomeKit support

Sony announced Monday a revamped line of its LED and OLED flatscreens, all with support for Apple’s HomeKit and AirPlay 2. The new models join Samsung, also supporting the Apple technologies. The news did not include any mention of incorporating the Apple TV app into the new models. Sony brought AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 11:53 p.m.

Save $400 on MacBook Pro, $50 on Powerbeats Pro [Deals & Steals]

It’s a great time to splash some of your holiday cash. A new year means January sales, and big discounts on some of the best tech. Our daily Deals & Steals blog will help you dig out the best. Here are some of today’s highlights: 15-inch MacBook Pro — $400 off 13-inch Retina MacBook Air […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 11:30 p.m.

Sengled smart bulbs get even smarter with Apple’s HomeKit automation system

Accessory maker Sengled added support for Apple’s HomeKit to its smart home hub. This enables iPhone users to control Sengled’s smart bulbs through Siri commands. The company also added to its lineup of smart home products with new lights and a smart plug. “From giving you peace of mind while on vacation, to using voice […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 11:07 p.m.

Incipio’s plant-based iPhone cases are ready for your composting pile

It’s finally possible to protect your iPhone from drops without adding extra plastic to our overflowing landfills. Incipio, one of the largest smartphone case makers on the planet, is backing the plant-based plastics with its slim new iPhone 11 cases made out of Organicore, a 100% compostable material that can decompose in a compost pile […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 11 p.m.

Apple’s Breathe app on the Apple Watch has been confusing people for years

Does your Apple Watch keep reminding you to breathe? You’re not alone. People all over the world are interrupted by the Apple Watch reminding them to breathe every day — even if they’re already breathing. So what gives?

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Jan. 6, 2020, 10:09 p.m.

Lutron expands HomeKit-compatible Caséta line with new motion sensor and repeater

Popular smart home accessory maker Lutron has unveiled a pair of new products at CES 2020 today that further integrate with its Caséta line of HomeKit-compatible accessories. There’s a new Caséta Smart Motion Sensor and Caséta Repeater, as well as the Aurora Wallplate Bracket.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 9:56 p.m.

How much is your iPhone XS/XS Max worth right now?

It might feel like it was just yesterday that Apple launched the iPhone XS, but just like any other smartphone, the passage of time quickly dates our devices no matter how beloved they are. Regardless of which phone you’re looking to upgrade to, you might be curious to know what your iPhone XS or XS Max is worth in terms of trade in value. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to get the most cash for your phone.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 9:50 p.m.

Nuheara assistive earbuds get active noise cancellation, lower cost

Nuheara’s Bluetooth earbuds help users better hear what’s going on around them, as well as play music and podcasts. The latest version adds active noise cancellation, and comes at a considerable price drop. The new IQBuds2 Max garnered innovation awards in three categories at CES 2020. Nuheara IQBuds2 Max aren’t ordinary earbuds In-ear headphones like […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 9:27 p.m.

Save 15% on stunning Strapa bands for Apple Watch today

The Cult of Mac Store’s big January sale is now under way, which means it’s time to enjoy some sweet discounts on some of the best Apple Watch accessories. Choose anything from our entire lineup of stunning Strapa bands and save 15% for a limited time. And enjoy free standard shipping on orders over $100! […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 9:05 p.m.

Griffin, Aukey debut smaller, lighter, faster wall chargers

A slew of smaller wall chargers with better charging speeds are soon to hit the market and two companies – Griffin and Aukey – used the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday to show off their newest units. Aukey’s Omnia and Griffin’s PowerBlock lineup are made from gallium nitride, or GaN, a next-generation semiconductor material with 100-times […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 9 p.m.

How to fake Finder Quick Actions on older Macs

Wish you had Finder Quick Actions in your pre-Mojave Mac. Here’s a way to add something even more powerful to the Finder on any Mac.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 8:50 p.m.

Apple TV+ iPad Poster Series bringing show illustrators to Apple Stores

Apple is offering new opportunities for illustrators through Today at Apple that combine the creative potential of iPads with popular Apple TV+ shows. A run of exclusive sessions at top Apple Stores will celebrate the craft of poster design.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 8:32 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: January 06, 2020 – 5G iPhone details, Apple wins Christmas

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 8:30 p.m.

Old-school cool: Ronaldo rocks iPod shuffle before soccer match

Soccer star Christiano Ronaldo is worth roughly $450 million. He has invested in a hotel chain, owns a $3 million sports car, lives in a $6 million house and has a lifetime deal with Nike worth a reported $1 billion. But when it comes to listening to music, he’s fine with an iPod shuffle. The […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 8:06 p.m.

Samsung’s new spinning Sero TV coming to U.S. with AirPlay 2

With the advent of more verticle videos on social media platforms, Samsung is introducing its Sero pivoting TV in the U.S. with Apple AirPlay 2 support. Samsung showed off its new Sero TV at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Sunday with plans for its release in the second half of this year. […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Amazon is bringing Fire TV to autos

Amazon is ramping up its expansion of the Fire TV platform in 2020 by making the streaming media platform available in automobiles and other third-party products. The company revealed this morning that Fire TV now has over 40 million active users and its coming to even more devices. More than 150 Fire TV Edition devices […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

CES 2020: iPhone-Connected NURVV Run Insoles Analyze Running Data

NURVV today debuted the NURVV Run, a set of iPhone-connected insoles worn inside the shoes that are designed to analyze running habits and deliver the information to the accompanying NURVV iPhone app.

There are 32 sensors embedded in the insoles that capture data from the feet at 1,000 times per second per sensor, offering running metrics like cadence, step length, footstrike, pronation, and balance, for a complete picture of each user's running technique.


The data is set to the NURVV Run app for analysis, with the app delivering "actionable insights and personalized coaching" for improvements that can be made before, during, and after a run.

There's also an in-run coaching feature that's designed to help users run at a target pace, achieve a chosen time, or beat a personal record with in-run audio and haptic feedback.

A personalized Running Health score is meant to help users determine how sustainable their running is based on training load, pronation, cadence, and balance so runners can reduce injury risk and avoid training too hard.


According to NURVV, NURVV Run is able to fit in all running shoes and is rain, mud, and puddle proof. It features a five hour active battery life.

More information on NURVV Run can be found on the NURVV website, and pre-orders are set to go live today. NURVV Run is available in multiple sizes and is priced at $300.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 7:26 p.m.

Apple launches ‘Back to Uni’ promo in Australia and New Zealand, offering free Beats and more

Apple today has launched its annual Back to Uni promotion for Mac and iPad buyers in New Zealand and Australia. This promotion is similar to the Back to School offer Apple runs in the United States every year and offers students discounts, free Beats, and more.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 7:15 p.m.

Watch Apple TV on LG’s new 8K, 88-inch television. That will be $30,000

LG Electronics used the CES 2020 stage this morning to flaunt a 2020 lineup of more than a dozen new televisions with 4K and 8K displays along with a new Apple TV app. Imagine watching your Apple TV+ shows on an 88-inch 8K OLED smart TV that is just a penny shy of $30,000. LG […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 7:05 p.m.

CES 2020: Belkin's Wemo Brand Gains New HomeKit-Enabled WiFi Smart Plug and Remote

Belkin today announced the upcoming launch of a new Wemo WiFi Smart Plug, which will be joining the company's line of Wemo smart home products.

The Wemo WiFi Smart Plug is the smallest yet in the Wemo lineup, and it is designed to integrate with Apple's HomeKit as well as Alexa and Google Assistant.


Using the Wemo app, Siri commands, or the Home app, those in the Apple ecosystem can wirelessly control lamps, heaters, fans, or more with the smart plug. Belkin plans to launch the new Wemo WiFi Smart Plug in the spring of 2020, and it will be priced at $24.99.

Also new to Wemo is the Wemo Stage, a control accessory that can be programmed with up to six scenes or settings activated using short presses or long presses.


The Wemo Stage works with ‌HomeKit‌, so it can be set to activate ‌Siri‌ scenes created in the Home app with multiple ‌HomeKit‌ products. The Wemo Stage is set to launch in the summer of 2020 and it will be priced at $50.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 7:02 p.m.

CES 2020: Linksys Unveils New 5G Modems and WiFi 6 Routers

With 5G set to take off in 2020, Linksys is unveiling new 5G hardware options at CES, which will be releasing to the public starting in the spring of 2020 and continuing throughout the year.

Linksys is launching a 5G Mobile Hotspot, a 5G Modem, a Linksys Velop 5G Mesh Gateway, and a 5G Outdoor Router, all of which will work with various 5G networks both at home and on the go.


Along with its 5G hardware, Linksys is also embracing WiFi 6, the newest WiFi specification that’s faster than 802.11.ac or WiFi 5.

The Dual-Band Mesh WiFi 6 Router offers 4x faster speeds, better WiFi range, and increased capacity. It uses the Linksys Intelligent Mesh technology to offer seamless WiFi coverage with Velop nodes or Velop mesh routers.


The router offers 8-stream WiFi 6 technology with speeds up to 6000Mb/s, and it will be available in the spring of 2020 for $400.

Linksys also has a more affordable Velop WiFi 6 system coming this year, which offers speeds of up to 4200Mb/s and coverage of up to 3,000 square feet per node.


The Velop WiFi 6 system will be available in the summer of 2020 and it will cost $300 for a one-pack and $500 for a two-pack.

Linksys has one other product that it’s debuting at CES, the Linksys Wellness Pods, designed in collaboration with Origin Wireless. The Linksys Wellness Pods are designed to offer “detailed insight into consumer well-being” by monitoring daily routines, and tracking breathing patterns, sleep quality, and offering fall detection without the use of wearables or cameras.


Little detail is available on the Wellness Pods at this time, but Linksys will be showing them off at CES. Pricing and launch date are not available at this time.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 7 p.m.

CES 2020: Belkin Unveils New USB-C Wall Chargers, Wireless Chargers and More

Belkin has a whole slew of new products that it's showing off at CES, including a range of USB-C GaN wall chargers and a wide selection of updating charging docks and pads for Apple devices.

Below is a quick overview of the notable new accessories that Belkin will be launching throughout the year.

Boost Charge USB-C GaN Wall Chargers


Belkin's USB-C wall chargers come in 30W, 60W, and 68W options, and all use GaN technology which allows for smaller, more compact power adapter designs.

The 30W model is designed for charging the MacBook Air and can be used for the iPad Pro and fast charging the iPhone, while the 60W model is ideal for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, though it can also be used for the 15 and 16-inch models.


The 68W model features two USB-C ports with Intelligent Power Sharing and a foldable plug, ideal for travel. Pricing ranges from $34.99 to $59.99, and the chargers are set to launch in April 2020.

Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger


The Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is designed to charge the ‌iPhone‌, AirPods, and Apple Watch all at once. It features an upright wireless charging puck for the ‌Apple Watch‌, a shallow docking space for the ‌AirPods‌ and AirPods Pro, and an upright charging option for an ‌iPhone‌ with Qi-based wireless charging.


It will be priced at $109.99 and it will launch in April 2020.

Boost Charge Wireless Charging Stand and Speaker


The Boost Charge Wireless Charging Stand and Speaker is designed to allow users to listen to music, watch videos, and take phone calls while charging their ‌iPhone‌.


The charger features a compact design that is similar to Belkin's original Boost Charge, but with the addition of. a rear speaker that connects to the ‌iPhone‌ over Bluetooth. The Boost Charge Wireless Charging Stand and Speaker will be priced at $49.99 and it will launch in April 2020.

Boost Charge Dual Wireless Charging Pads


Belkin's Dual Wireless Charging Pads offer 10W charging for two iPhones at once through a single charging pad with a dual device design. The Dual Wireless Charging Pads will launch in March 2020 and will be priced at $49.99.


Boost Charge Wireless Car Charger


The Boost Charge Wireless Car Charger offers a vent mount that installs easily in any vehicle. It comes equipped with two USB-A ports, one for charging the vent mount with a USB-A to USB-C connection and a second port for charging an additional device.


Boost Charge Portable Wireless Charger and Stand Special Edition


The Boost Charge Wireless Charger and Stand Special Edition is a two-in-one charging solution that includes a wireless charging stand and a 10,000mAh power bank that can be wirelessly charged and wirelessly charges the ‌iPhone‌ on the go.


The Boost Charge Wireless Charger and Stand Special Edition will launch in March 2020 and it will be priced at $79.99.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 7 p.m.

How to add trackpad gestures to your Magic Mouse

Better Touch Tool lets you add all kinds of useful gestures to your Magic Mouse, Trackpad, or even your Touch Bar.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 6:52 p.m.

CES 2020: Zagg unveils new 10.2-inch iPad keyboards, new Mophie charger, more

At CES 2020 this week, Zagg Brands has unveiled a new collection of accessories for Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad, as well as a new Mophie Powerstation Go portable battery, and more.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

Colgate and Oral-B smart toothbrushes talk to your iPhone for better brushing

It’s easy to mock smart toothbrushes, but most people don’t have very good dental hygiene. High-tech solutions like Colgate’s Plaqless Pro or Oral-B iO might be able to help by giving users feedback with an iPhone application. Both toothbrushes were honored at CES 2020, with Colgate’s even earning the Best of Innovation award for Health and […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 6:20 p.m.

CES 2020: SanDisk Unveils New 8TB SSD Prototype and 1TB USB-C/USB-A Dual Drive Luxe

SanDisk today announced a new high-capacity SSD prototype that offers a total of 8TB of storage space, which is the biggest SSD that's been made so far.

At 8TB of storage space, the pocket-sized drive offers double the capacity of the 4TB super slim prototype drive that was shown off last year. SanDisk isn't selling the new 8TB SSD as of yet, but it does offer transfer speeds up to 20Gb/s.


Along with the prototype drive, SanDisk also debuted its new 1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB-C, a dual connector drive that can transfer content between USB-C and USB-A devices.


The Dual Drive Luxe USB-C is tiny enough that it fits on a keychain, and it is set to launch later in the first quarter of 2020 for $250.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 6 p.m.

CES 2020: Aura Smart Strap for Apple Watch to Launch in March

Aura at CES 2019 introduced an Apple Watch "Smart Strap" designed to measure weight, water, fat, and muscle via electrodes built into the band. The strap didn't end up launching in 2019, but Aura says that it's set to launch in March 2020, with pre-orders available now.

The Aura Strap, which is priced at $99, claims to allow users to measure their body composition and track their hydration levels and fitness progress. Aura says the band uses bioimpedance to analyze the upper body, tracking lung performance and changes in breathing, comparing that information with pulse data.


The band is able to assess the risk of heart failure and notify the user, though this is something that newer ‌Apple Watch‌ models can do on their own without the need for an additional strap. Measuring body composition and hydration is not something the ‌Apple Watch‌ can do on its own, though testing will need to be done to see how accurate the Aura strap is in practice.


The Aura Strap is available in four color options, including black, green, red, and gray, and it attaches to the ‌Apple Watch‌ using the standard ‌Apple Watch‌ lugs. According to Aura, the strap transfers results to the watch "via an ultrasound interface" and it works for up to six months on a single battery. It has the same waterproof specifications as the watch and is able to sync with HealthKit.

Aura is taking pre-orders for the watch as of today, with the device set to begin shipping out to customers starting in March 2020.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 5:40 p.m.

ADT launches HomeKit-ready doorbell and security camera

The new Blue Doorbell Camera by ADT lets users talk with visitors from anywhere via an iPhone app, and alerts the user whenever anyone approaches their door. It joins just two other doorbells that support Apple’s HomeKit home automation system, making this a significant addition to the available options. ADT’s Blue Doorbell Camera is smart […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 5:26 p.m.

Boom or bust? 2020 Apple stock price predictions are all over the board

One of the most bullish Apple analysts is predicting that the iPhone-maker’s stock price still has plenty of room to rise. Apple shares hit an all-time high of $300 last week and currently trade just under that mark. In his latest note to investors, Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives is predicting huge gains for AAPL in […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 5:21 p.m.

LG bringing Apple TV app to 2018 and newer TVs this year

LG has announced that it is adding support for Apple’s TV app to its webOS smart TV platform. This means that owners of LG smart TVs will soon be able to access Apple TV+, iTunes content, and more without using an Apple TV or other streaming accessory.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 5:04 p.m.

How to use YouTube in picture-in-picture mode on iOS

The iPad is a real multitasking beast these days, with simple split-screen app functionality and a super-handy picture-in-picture mode for apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV. Sadly, the YouTube iOS app doesn’t support this feature, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a workaround.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 4:57 p.m.

HomeKit security system maker Abode unveils versatile Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera

After becoming the first DIY smart home security system to offer HomeKit support, Abode has announced its first smart camera at CES to integrate with the rest of its smart home security lineup. It offers nice versatility as it can be used inside, outside, and even as a doorbell with an included mount.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 4:51 p.m.

iPhone Xs is down to $650 in today’s best deals, 13-inch MacBook Pro $249 off, more

Monday’s best deals include iPhone Xs 64 GB at $650, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro is $249 off, and Anker’s annual CES week sale is now live. Head below for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 4:38 p.m.

Video shows that gaming on the base model Mac Pro might not be a good idea

The new Mac Pro is here, and Apple says this is the ideal computer for heavy tasks like programming and video editing. But can this machine handle heavy games? YouTuber Quinn Nelson tested it and published the rather disappointing result on his channel Snazzy Labs.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 4:33 p.m.

iPhone 12 Pro with faster 5G may not arrive until 2021, analysts warn

Apple is expected to introduce its first iPhones with 5G later this year. But if you want an iPhone 12 Pro with the fastest possible 5G speeds, you could be waiting until 2021. A new report claims that mmWave 5G, which is up to ten times faster than LTE, probably won’t make its way to […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 4:05 p.m.

Mophie Powerstation Go powers everything from your iPhone to your car

Mophie is serious when it calls the Powerstation Go a universal battery — this 44,400 mWh powerbank is powerful enough to jump start an SUV, but also includes ports to recharge MacBooks and iPhones. There’s even wireless charging. Powerstation Go stands ready for all kinds of road emergencies “The next generation of Mophie Powerstation takes […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 3:59 p.m.

JBL takes the wraps off $100 colorful AirPod competitors at CES 2020

As expected, CES 2020 is delivering a fresh batch of AirPod competitors. Today’s announcement comes from JBL, which is rolling out a colorful alternative to Apple’s popular earbuds. Aside from a rainbow of case choices, JBL is undercutting the alternative with an aggressive $100 price tag. This is alongside an upgraded version for $150, both of which are detailed below.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

New video takes viewers behind-the-scenes of The Morning Show

Haven’t seen The Morning Show on Apple TV+ yet? With all 10 episodes of the first season of the flagship Apple Original now available to watch, Apple has released a behind-the-scenes video intended to sell new viewers on checking out the series. And, you know, potentially to help get the show in front of the […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 3:25 p.m.

2019 saw ‘complete turnaround’ for Apple in India, says report, with more ahead

2019 saw a “complete turnaround” in the performance of Apple in India, says a report — with local researchers predicting that there is even better news to come in 2020.

The report said Apple’s revitalized fortunes in the country were due to a mix of iPhone pricing, Mac sales and wearables…

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Jan. 6, 2020, 3 p.m.

Moen launches standalone smart water leak detector, iOS FloSense software update, and smart faucet

Moen has made three announcements at CES introducing a new standalone smart water leak detector that can work on its own or pair with its Flo whole-home smart water shutoff, an update to its FloSense software and iOS app, as well as a new smart kitchen faucet.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 2:58 p.m.

Gaming on a $6,000 Mac Pro is unsurprisingly awful

The new Mac Pro looks like it should be ideal for Mac users who enjoy gaming. But despite its $6,000 price tag, game performance is surprisingly (but unsurprisingly?) awful. If you don’t plan to upgrade the AMD GPU that ships with the machine, you would be better off playing your games on a Nintendo Switch. […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 2:48 p.m.

AAPL was top pick for investors in Samsung’s home market of South Korea

AAPL was the top pick for investors in Samsung’s home market of South Korea during the final quarter of 2019, according to the Korea Securities Depository (KSD)…

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Jan. 6, 2020, 2:36 p.m.

Patricia Arquette Joins Upcoming Apple TV+ Thriller 'Severance'

Patricia Arquette will take on a starring role in upcoming Apple thriller series "Severance," reports Variety.

Arquette will star alongside Adam Scott, who has taken on the lead roll in the series. "Severance" has been described as a workplace thriller set at a company called Lumen Industries that's aiming to take work-life balance to a new level. Scott will play Mark, an employee with a dark past, while Arquette will play Mark's boss.

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"Severance" is being directed and produced by Ben Stiller, and was created by Dan Erickson. It comes from Endeavor Content, a company also producing current Apple TV+ shows "See" and "Truth Be Told."

There's no launch date for "Severance" at this time, but Apple gave a straight-to-series order for 10 episodes in late 2019.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 2:36 p.m.

Ring announces upgraded home security products, solar-powered lighting at CES

Ring has taken to CES 2020 to detail its latest products, including six new security-minded accessories designed to help users feel safer at home. Alongside a new gate monitor are Alexa-enabled smart light bulbs and outdoor lighting. Its been a rather tumultuous few weeks for Ring following reports of questionable security practices, so today’s showing at CES 2020 is all the more important for Amazon’s security subsidiary. Head below for additional details.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Easily and quickly edit stubborn PFD files with this highly rated Mac app [Deals]

Using a computer means working with PDFs, one of the most common document formats around. But just because they’re common doesn’t mean they’re easy to work with, especially when it comes to editing. With this PDF editor, that changes. PDF Expert makes it easy to quickly edit text, images, links, and outlines in PDF documents. […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 2 p.m.

Exclusive: Moonshades is an old school dungeon-crawler 5 years in the making

As a kid, Viktor Domonyi loved early computer role-playing games like Wizardry and Eye of the Beholder. Now that he’s grown, the 41-year-old Hungarian web developer-by-day, games developer-by-night wants to bring them back. And he’s willing to sacrifice massive quantities of free time to make his dream a reality. Welcome to the world of Moonshades: […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 1:43 p.m.

CES 2020: Speck Unveils New Presidio2 iPhone Case Lineup With Airbag-Style Protection

Speck today announced the launch of a new Presidio2 line of cases, which Speck says are the most protective, durable, and slimmest dual-layer cases that it has ever created.


The Presidio2 cases use new "Cloud Armor" technology, which involves creating individual air capsules along the perimeter of the case. On impact, the air capsules flex and suspend the device on a cushion of air, similar to an airbag.


According to Speck, all of the cases will the able to withstand drops of up to 13 feet, and each case will also offer antimicrobial protection to prevent stain and odor causing bacteria.


When it launches in the spring of 2020, the Presidio 2 line will include the Presidio2 Armor Cloud, Presidio2 Grip, and Presidio2 Pro cases. More information is available on the Speck website.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 1:42 p.m.

Harman Kardon returns to headphones after six years to take on Apple’s AirPods

Harman Kardon is perhaps best known to Apple fans for its transparent Soundsticks speakers once sold in Apple Stores, and a popular pairing with a range of Macs. But the company also used to make headphones, and it has now returned to the market ready to go head-to-head with Apple’s AirPods …

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Jan. 6, 2020, 1:33 p.m.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S11 will bring fight to iPhone in February

Samsung has issued invitations for an “Unpacked” event on February 11 when it will reveal its new Galaxy S11 lineup. Recent rumors have suggested even better cameras will be the handset’s main selling point. iPhone 11 Pro overtook Samsung devices in DxOMark camera rankings last fall, but its time in the top four may be […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Analyst: Apple to launch sub-6GHz 5G iPhones this year, but faster mmWave 5G iPhones delayed until 2021

In Ming-Chi Kuo’s most recent report, the analyst said Apple is looking to launch four 5G-compatible iPhone models in 2020 but would not be drawn on their exact specification. The two competing standards for 5G work on either mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum, and devices can support one or the other, or both.

A report today from analysts at Susquehanna claims that Apple will only launch sub-6 GHz compatible 5G phones in 2020. mmWave models may not be available until 2021 in small volumes.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 1:23 p.m.

CES 2020: Incipio Launches New Plant-Based Compostable iPhone Cases

Incipio today announced the launch of a new line of iPhone cases, which are made from plant-based materials and are designed to be compostable.

According to Incipio, its new "Organicore" cases are designed to reduce landfill waste and are made from a 100 percent compostable material. They will break down in as early as six months in industrial compost facilities.


The Organicore cases offer drop protection against drops up to six feet, while also providing protection against bumps, drops, and wear and tear. The cases are designed to be slim, and have a raised bezel to protect the display.

All of the cases feature a flexible shell with a smooth exterior, and are compatible with wireless charging.


Incipio's Organicore cases are available starting today for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max in black, green, gray, and beige. The cases are priced at $40

Incipio plans to introduce Organicore cases for additional devices like the AirPods and AirPods Pro "in the coming months."


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Jan. 6, 2020, 1:09 p.m.

CES 2020: Lutron Debuts New Accessories for HomeKit-Compatible Caseta Line

Lutron is adding two new accessories to its Caseta line of HomeKit-enabled light bulbs and switches, introducing the Caseta Smart Motion Sensor and the Caseta Repeater.

The Smart Motion Sensor is designed to control lights and the Lutron Serena shades wirelessly, turning devices on and off when motion is sensed. One motion sensor is able to control any number of Caseta smart switches dimmers, fans, and smart shades.


According to Lutron, its motion sensor can detect motion three times better than competing products, with a 180-degree field of view. The wireless sensor can be mounted anywhere, and customized light levels can be set for each device controlled by the sensor. No charging is required, and there's a 10-year battery life.

The Caseta Repeater expands the range of the Caseta system by 60 feet when it's placed within 60 feet of a Caseta Smart Bridge. It works plugged in to any outlet, and works alongside the Plug-in Dimmer, which also functions as a repeater.


Lutron says the Caseta Smart Motion Sensor and Caseta Repeater will be available online at the beginning of February. The Motion Sensor will be priced at $50, while the Repeater will be priced at $75.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 1:03 p.m.

Apple Card partner bank thinks AAPL will lose a third of its value this year

Apple Card partner bank Goldman Sachs is again pessimistic about AAPL, predicting that the stock will lose one-third of its value this year.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple is back in the black

January 6, 1998: After taking over a company on the verge of bankruptcy, Steve Jobs shocks attendees at San Francisco’s Macworld Expo by revealing that Apple is profitable again. Referring to Apple’s strategy since he took over as interim CEO, the recently returned Apple co-founder says, “It’s all come together for us.” Little did most […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 12:19 p.m.

CES 2020: AirPods Pro Get New Noise-Cancelling Earphone Competition

Just over two months after Apple released AirPods Pro with active noise cancellation, several brands are introducing competitors at CES 2020.

Panasonic, Technics, and 1MORE are among the brands that have announced truly wireless earphones with active noise cancellation in Las Vegas this week, and more will likely follow as the show floor opens Tuesday.

Panasonic

Panasonic says its new RZ-S500W earphones feature "industry-leading noise cancellation," achieved through a combination of feedforward noise cancellation, feedback noise cancellation, and digital and analog processing. These technologies work together to minimize noise generated both inside and outside the ear buds.

A touch sensor on the earphones enables users to switch between Ambient Sound mode, Noise Cancelling mode, and Off with the tap of a finger. Ambient Sound mode sounds like Transparency mode on the ‌AirPods Pro‌, which allows you to simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment around you.

Panasonic has also unveiled a pair of truly wireless earphones under its Technics brand. The EAH-AZ70W earphones feature the same noise cancellation technology and Ambient Sound mode as the RZ-S500W, plus IPX4-rated splash resistance and a new, graphene-coated dynamic driver unit for improved sound.

Technics

Both the RZ-S500W and EAH-AZ70W earphones will be available in June, according to Panasonic, but pricing has yet to be disclosed.

1MORE's truly wireless earphones feature two levels of active noise cancelation, utilizing the same hybrid technology as the Panasonic and Technics earphones. They are also the first truly wireless earphones with pending THX certification, meaning their sound quality has passed a variety of tests by THX.

1MORE

1MORE's earphones also have an optional pass-through mode that lets in ambient noise while listening to music.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 12:19 p.m.

ShiftCam cases give iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max up to four extra lenses

ShiftCam has been making add-on lens cases for iPhones since 2017, with existing models available from the iPhone 7/8 on. The company has now announced its latest versions for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The iPhone 11 model adds a 180-degree fisheye lens, 10x macro for close-ups and a circular polarizer to control reflections on water and reduce glare on bright days, while the Pro models go further …

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Jan. 6, 2020, 11:16 a.m.

Tim Cook takes home $125 million in Apple’s best year since 2009

Tim Cook earned $125 million in Apple’s fiscal 2019. That works out at more than $342,000 a day, or $28,538 per hour for a 12-hour shift. But while Cook’s pay packet puts him firmly in 0.001 percenter territory as far as earnings go, it’s not a record year for him. In fact, Cook took home […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 10:53 a.m.

CES 2020: Griffin and Aukey Launching New Ultra-Compact GaN-Based Wall Chargers in Second Quarter of 2020

Following in the footsteps of Anker, accessory makers Griffin and Aukey are at CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week to show off new portable wall chargers based on a material known as gallium nitride, or GaN. In short, GaN allows semiconductor components to be shrunk down, leading to smaller chargers.

Griffin has three new PowerBlock chargers based on GaN, including a 30W option with dual USB-C ports for devices like an iPhone or iPad, a 45W option with a single USB-C port for devices like a 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a 96W option with a single USB-C port for devices like the new 16-inch MacBook Pro.


The chargers are anywhere from 11 to 57 percent smaller than non-GaN versions, depending on the wattage, according to Griffin. All of them support USB-C Power Delivery for fast charging, and they all have folding prongs.

Griffin says the new PowerBlock lineup will be available in the second quarter of 2020, with prices ranging from $49.99 to $79.99.

Aukey is also launching a new line of GaN-based chargers in the second quarter of 2020. Full details and pricing have yet to be disclosed, but based on the image below, the so-called Omnia Series will include at least five portable chargers with various combinations of USB-C and/or USB-A ports.


Aukey will be showcasing its new chargers with more details on the CES 2020 show floor this week.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 10:48 a.m.

CES 2020: Mophie Unveils New 'Powerstation Go' Powerbank and Portable Jump Starter for Cars

Mophie today unveiled its newest powerbank, the Powerstation Go, which is designed to serve as a portable jump starter for any SUV or full-sized car.

It offers up 44,000mWh of power and it comes with mini jumper cables that can come in handy when a car battery runs out of juice. There's a built-in LED flashlight, along with ports for charging other devices.


A wireless charging surface allows any Qi-based wireless device like iPhones or AirPods to charge at 5W, plus there are dual 2.4A USB-A ports and a 115V AC output port for charging laptops and other devices with up to 65W of power.

The Powerstation Go comes in multiple colors, including black, blue, rose gold, blue/purple, camo, and gold. Other features include charging indicator lights, spark proof cables, and automated safety checks.


Mophie's Powerstation Go is priced at $160, though it is currently available from HSN.com for $110, with a launch coming to the Mophie website on January 9.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 10:22 a.m.

Apple Online Store briefly lists an ancient iMac from 2006

An iMac for sale on Apple’s website for a mere $999 sounds like reasonable value. Until, that is, you realize that the computer in question is from 2006; pre-dating even the first generation iPhone. That’s what Twitter user @DylanMcD8 recently discovered on the Apple Online Store. Sadly (or perhaps not), it doesn’t seem that Apple […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 9:28 a.m.

CES 2020: Abode Launching Indoor-Outdoor Security Camera, Doorbell Version and HomeKit Support Planned

Abode today at CES 2020 in Las Vegas introduced a new security camera that can be used both indoors or outdoors.

The modular security camera has many commonly seen features like 1080p video recording, a 152-degree field of view, infrared night vision, motion sensing, facial recognition, a built-in microphone and speaker for two-way communication, and IP65-rated water and dust resistance.


Abode said it has submitted the camera for HomeKit certification, which would allow live video to be streamed in the Home app and for the camera to be controlled with Siri voice commands. It is unclear how long this process will take.

An included doorbell mount allows the camera to be installed flush against the door and powered by existing doorbell wiring, or a corded attachment can be used to mount the camera outdoors and have it powered by a standard outlet. Abode will also be releasing a model with a built-in doorbell button in the future.

The camera will be available for $199 starting in the first quarter of 2020.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 8:51 a.m.

Deals: Amazon Discounts 15-Inch 512GB MacBook Pro to $2,199 ($600 Off, Lowest Ever)

After a $600 discount hit the Space Gray version of the 15-inch 512GB MacBook Pro last week, today Amazon is providing the same discount on the Silver model.

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Specifically, this is the 2.3 GHz model with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, which Apple updated in the middle of 2019. You can get it for $2,199.00, down from $2,799.00 ($600 off). Stock is low and Amazon has a current shipping estimate of January 14.

This model has now been replaced with the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but this lowest-ever deal is a solid discount for anyone okay with an older model MacBook Pro that lacks the 16-inch's updated keyboard and internals.

Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 8:19 a.m.

CES 2020: Kohler and Moen Announce Connected Shower Products, Touchless Toilet, and More

Kohler and Moen introduced new smart home products at CES this year, including showerheads, smart speakers, water purification systems, faucets, shower systems, and more.


Both Kohler and Moen announced connected shower products, like Kohler's Moxie showerhead + smart speaker and Moen's latest U by Moen Smart Shower. With these upgrades to your shower, you can start the shower from your smartphone and in Moen's case, even use Siri to adjust settings like temperature.

Other popular products at CES this year include smart faucets, which let you initiate water flow by either waving your hand or talking to the faucet. Kohler's Touchless Toilet introduces a similar idea, letting you flush the toilet by waving your hand near the lever. Check out all of the announcements below.

Kohler's announcements:


  • Moxie showerhead + smart speaker - A combination of a Kohler showerhead with a Harman Kardon smart speaker, that lets you listen to music and talk to a built-in voice assistant while you shower.

  • Aquifer Refine water purification system - Eliminate harmful contaminants from your kitchen water with a system that features Wi-Fi connectivity to monitor usage and leak detection.

  • Setra touchless kitchen faucet - A faucet with touchless on/off operation that uses motion control and a voice assistant to activate the faucet.

  • DTV Mode digital shower system - Create customized bath presets, adjust temperature, and remotely start your shower from a connected app.

  • Touchless Toilet - Kohler's new toilet offers touchless flushing through an integrated sensor.

Moen's announcements:


  • Moen Network - Moen is expanding its smart ecosystem across a full line of smart home products, including kitchen and bath fixtures, after first only being available in the U by Moen Smart Shower.

  • Smart Faucet - Take advantage of smart features like precise measurements, exact temperatures, and unlimited personalized presets, with voice activation controls.

  • Smart Water Detector - Detect and prevent leaks, monitor water usage, and more using a small device that connects to Moen's smartphone app.

  • Smart Shower - The next generation Moen Smart Shower features mobile connectivity, 12 customized presets, and the ability to control the shower from your smartphone or through ‌Siri‌.
Visit our CES 2020 roundup to catch up on all of the latest product announcements.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 7:29 a.m.

CES 2020: Withings Unveils ScanWatch Featuring AFib and Sleep Apnea Detection

French consumer electronics company Withings today announced ScanWatch, a hybrid smartwatch that can both detect irregular heart rhythms and sleep apnea in wearers.



Billed as Withings' most advanced device to date, the ScanWatch uses two detection methods to identify if users have an irregular heart rhythm (AFib) or if their heart rhythm is slow, high or normal. The first is through users taking an electroECG on-demand when they feel symptoms like palpitations.

When symptoms aren't present, the watch offers a second early detection capability that continuously monitors heart rate through a PPG sensor to alert users of a potential issue and encourages them then to take an ECG.

Sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million adults in the U.S., with another 80 percent of cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association.

Withings claims ScanWatch can detect the presence of sleep apnea episodes through a SpO2 sensor. All of the sleep, cardiovascular and activity data collected by ScanWatch is stored in the accompanying Health Mate app and can be shared from there with a physician.

The PMOLED digital display in the center of the watch face is bigger than previous hybrid Withings smartwatches, and shows health and sports data such as daily and previous day steps and sleep score as well as calories, distance and heart rate. You can also scroll through each screen using the watch's newly designed digital crown.

The digital crown also allows you to launch an ECG record and SPO2 measurement, start workout modes and deactivate/set alarms, while the display shows smartphone notifications, which appear along with a discrete vibration.

The ScanWatch offers 30 days of battery life on a single charge. Pending CE and FDA-clearance, Withings expects it to be available in the U.S. and Europe in the second quarter of this year. Pricing will start at $249/£229 for the 38mm model and $299/£279 for the 42mm model.

Apple doesn't advertise Apple Watch as able to detect sleep apnea. However, a 2017 study by health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) concluded that ‌Apple Watch‌ can detect sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 7:27 a.m.

CES 2020: ADT Introduces New Video Doorbell and Security Cameras, HomeKit Support Coming Next Quarter

Home security company ADT today announced a new range of smart home products with forthcoming HomeKit support, including an indoor camera, outdoor camera, video doorbell, and Wi-Fi range extender that doubles as a doorbell chime. All are part of the new Blue by ADT brand, known as LifeShield until now.

ADT's doorbell features 1080p video recording, a 180-degree field of view, night vision, custom motion detection zones, two-way talk, a water-resistant design, and more. The biggest feature of all will be HomeKit support, as there are currently only a few video doorbells that support Apple's smart home platform.

From left to right: outdoor camera, video doorbell, and indoor camera

HomeKit support will allow users to receive an instant notification when someone rings the doorbell, leading to a live video stream in the Home app when tapped. HomeKit also means Siri support for controlling the doorbell with voice commands. Unfortunately, ADT will not be adding HomeKit or Google Assistant support to the doorbell until the second quarter of 2020, according to The Verge.

ADT's indoor and outdoor security cameras offer many of the same features as the doorbell, including 1080p video recording and two-way talk, but they have a slightly smaller 130-degree field of view.

All four products are available to pre-order starting today and will begin shipping before the end of January. The cameras and doorbell are priced at $199.99 each, while the Wi-Fi extender runs $49.99.

ADT says additional security system components, including a base, keypad, and sensors, will launch in spring 2020.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 6:30 a.m.

Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais jokes that Apple ‘runs sweatshops in China’

Apple’s first night at the Golden Globes didn’t go exactly as Tim Cook may have hoped — with none of the nominations for Apple TV+ show The Morning Show resulting in award wins. Adding insult to injury, returning host Ricky Gervais quipped that Apple used sweatshops to make its products. And even drew parallels to terrorist […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 6:28 a.m.

Deals: Stick With Your New Year's Resolutions Using These iOS/macOS Apps for Finance, Mindfulness, and More

Now that we're in 2020, many people are trying to stick to their New Year's resolutions. As a way to help out, StackSocial has introduced discounts on a collection of Mac and iOS apps that can budget your spending, encourage you to increase the time you spend reading or meditating, and more.

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To further deepen the discounts, you can use the exclusive promo code RUMORS15 to take an additional 15 percent off any of the apps listed below (except PDF Expert). In total, you can save on PDF Expert, MoneyWiz 3, Mondly, 12min Micro Book Library, and Aura.

New Year App Sales

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  • PDF Expert - $29.99, down from $79.99: Edit PDF text, images, links, and outlines with speed and ease.

  • MoneyWiz 3 Personal Finance - $19.99, down from $49.99: Organize your bank accounts, budgets, and bills in one place.

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  • Mondly - $59.99, down from $69.99 (Lifetime Subscription): Learn new languages using Mondly's professional voice actors, speech recognition, and conversation-focused curriculum.

  • 12min Micro Book Library - $29, down from $39 (Lifetime Subscription): Choose from hundreds of easily-digestible "micro books" that you can read in 12 minutes.

  • Aura Meditation App Premium - $39.99, down from $94.99 (One Year Subscription): Aura uses machine learning to cater to your specific mindfulness needs, through guided daily meditations.
Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 6:20 a.m.

CES 2020: Oral-B and Colgate Unveil New iPhone-Connected Smart Toothbrushes

Oral-B and Colgate, two major oral health brands, have announced new iPhone-connected electric toothbrushes at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.

The recipient of a ‌CES 2020‌ Innovation Award, the new Oral-B iO toothbrush uniquely features a frictionless magnetic drive, which distributes energy more efficiently to the tips of the bristles for a smoother and quieter brushing experience, according to parent company Procter & Gamble.


The toothbrush also features a redesigned brush head with twisted bristles that has been engineered to combine oscillating and rotating cleaning motions with micro-vibrations to ensure a deep clean.

Through the Oral-B app, the Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush provides real-time individual tracking and coaching, based on artificial intelligence from thousands of recorded brushing sessions. The app guides users through a two-minute brushing session with 3D teeth tracking to ensure the best cleaning possible.

Equipped with a smart pressure sensor, the Oral-B iO provides positive brushing feedback, identifying and guiding users to brush in the optimal pressure range. A tiny display on the toothbrush greets and motivates users throughout the cleaning process, with up to seven personalized brushing modes available.

Procter & Gamble says the Oral-B iO will be available for purchase beginning August 2020. Pricing has not been disclosed.

Also a ‌CES 2020‌ Innovation Award honoree, Colgate's new Plaqless Pro toothbrush features new optic sensor technology that can detect plaque in the mouth so that it can be removed while brushing. The toothbrush will flash blue when buildup has been found in an area of the mouth, and then white when that area is clean.


Like the Oral-B iO, the Plaqless Pro is a Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush that can be paired with the Colgate Connect app for a personalized brushing experience. Sensors embedded in the toothbrush handle create a comprehensive map of the user's mouth, showing areas that are clean or may need further brushing.

Colgate says the Plaqless Pro will be available at some point later this year. Pricing has not been disclosed.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 5:54 a.m.

Deals: Get the 13-Inch 256GB MacBook Pro for $1,250 on Amazon ($250 Off)

Amazon is providing an extra discount on the 13-inch MacBook Pro from Mid 2019, allowing you to save a total of $250 on the notebook. You'll see a base $99 discount on the MacBook Pro when you visit Amazon's webpage for the device, but when you head to the checkout screen to place your order, an additional $150 will be taken off your order.

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This isn't quite the lowest-ever price we've seen on this model of the MacBook Pro, but it is the current best discount we've tracked and definitely a solid offer for anyone shopping around for the 2019 MacBook Pro. This is the 1.4 GHz model with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, a quad-core 8th-Generation Intel Core i5 processor, and a Touch Bar with Touch ID.

Head to our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more discounts on Apple products and related accessories.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 5:10 a.m.

iPhone utterly dominated US holiday smartphone sales

Americans activated far more iPhones during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day than Samsung handsets, or those of any other rival, according to a market-research firm. Apple completely dominated holiday smartphone sales, making nine of the ten most activated devices that week. This is an important metric because it’s the busiest time of […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 4:10 a.m.

‘Shot on iPhone’ video mixes fire and ice with spectacular results

Flame and cold seemingly perform spectacular stunts in Apple’s latest “Shot on iPhone” video. A pair of artists use the capabilities of the iPhone 11 Pro camera to create Experiments IV: Fire and Ice. Watch it now: The purpose of the “Shot on iPhone” collection is to highlight the photographic capabilities of Apple’s handsets. That’s […]

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Jan. 6, 2020, 3:35 a.m.

Anker Adds HomeKit Compatibility to EufyCam2 Security Camera, HomeKit Secure Video Support to Follow

Anker has updated its EufyCam 2 and EufyCam 2C security cameras with Apple HomeKit support, allowing owners to use the Home app and Siri to control the smart devices.


You can check to see if your Anker HomeBase 2 and Eufy cameras have been automatically updated by launching the Eufy Security App. According to tech blog Macerkopf.de, if the updates have been successfully installed you'll see a new "‌HomeKit‌ Setup" menu item in the HomeBase 2 settings.

Once you've selected ‌HomeKit‌ Setup, you'll be asked if you want to add the accessories to the Home app. Click a few more times and you'll be able to add the HomeBase 2 Bridge and cameras to ‌HomeKit‌.

Don't confuse this update with the promised support for Apple's new HomeKit Secure Video feature, which allows the cameras to capture and store recordings securely in iCloud – Anker is still working on bringing this feature to its EufyCam system and that should follow soon.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 2:47 a.m.

CES 2020: Sengled Unveils New Smart Light Bulbs and HomeKit-Compatible Hub

Smart lighting company Sengled has announced new additions to its smart lighting range, including an LED Edison Filament Bulb and a HomeKit compatible third-generation Sengled Smart Hub.


The new Edison Filament Bulb is a vintage addition to Sengled's lineup. The filament is visible through the clear bulb, providing a golden glow at a 2100K color temperature.

There are also new candle light bulbs with 16 million colors to choose from, including Smart LED E12 Candle Light Bulbs that are designed to fit in chandeliers, ceiling fans and night lights.

Sengled is also adding Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring to its lineup, converting traditional lamps and home appliances into smart devices. The plug monitors energy consumption of your plugged-in devices allowing closer energy management.

Meanwhile, the third-generation Sengled Smart Hub has received several enhancements including the addition of Apple ‌HomeKit‌ support, enabling owners to use Siri to control their smart devices. The new hub enables users to connect to over 64 smart lights and accessories and also supports Zigbee 3.0.

The Sengled Smart LED Edison Filament Bulb comes in a pack of two and costs $29.99, while the Sengled Smart LED E12 Candle Light Bulbs is priced at $24.99. The Sengled Smart Hub and the Sengled Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring retail at $29.99 and $19.99, respectively.


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Jan. 6, 2020, 2:17 a.m.

Ricky Gervais praised ‘The Morning Show’ in front of Tim Cook … then roasted Apple’s ‘sweatshops in China’

Tonight marks the 77th Golden Globe Awards, and Apple TV+ had three nominations heading into the night. Apple CEO Tim Cook is in attendance at the event in Beverly Hills, California, which is being hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais.

After praising the Apple TV+ original “The Morning Show,” Gervais had some pointed remarks about Apple’s manufacturing facilities in China, Amazon, and more.

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Jan. 6, 2020, 2:12 a.m.

CES 2020: Netatmo Announces HomeKit-Compatible NFC Smart Door Lock and Keys

French accessory maker Netatmo has announced an Apple HomeKit compatible Smart Door Lock that uses physical NFC Smart Keys.


The Netatmo Smart Door Lock comes with three pre-paired keys that are inserted into the lock and rotated to unlock deadbolt the mechanism in the usual way, but they can also be re-coded to work with different locks as well as deactivated if lost using the Netatmo Security app.

Notably from a security perspective, the lock and keys use Bluetooth and NFC exclusively, so the system isn't connected to the internet, and access authorizations and identification data for each key are stored locally:
The Door Lock works via Bluetooth so is not connected to the internet. It uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to interact with the Smart Keys, which are tamper-proof and impossible to duplicate. If the Keys are lost or stolen, access to the house is still secure: the users deactivate them in real time with one click on their smartphone, without having to change the whole Door Lock.
In the same fashion, additional NFC keys can be added to work with the lock, and a single key can be configured to unlock multiple Netatmo Smart Door Locks in the same home.


Each door lock uses four AAA batteries and offers a two-year battery life. If the user ignores the multiple low-power warnings in the app and the batteries do run out, there's also a micro-USB port on the lock to provide temporary power.

The Smart Door Lock and Keys launches in Europe at the end of 2020. Netatmo says no subscription is required, but it has yet to confirm a price for the kit, and we're still waiting to confirm if there are any concrete plans for a U.S. release. Watch this space.


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Jan. 5, 2020, 11:15 p.m.

Apple Watch heart monitor provides evidence in dramatic stabbing case

A Michigan man demonstrates why you should take off your Apple Watch before committing a crime. Even when you’re faking one. Sean Sammit claims he was attacked outside the synagogue where he works, but the heart rate monitor in his wearable shows something different. The telltale Apple Watch An Apple Watch continuously records the wearer’s […]

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Jan. 5, 2020, 8 p.m.

macOS Catalina: How to master Dark Mode for Mac

9to5Mac is brought to you by CleanMyMac X. Find hidden junk, large old folders, unused apps, and heavy memory consumers. You can also use CleanMyMac X to remove malware, unwanted pop-ups, and virus extensions.

Dark Mode for Mac premiered in macOS Mojave as a simple way to toggle the system appearance from the default bright theme. The new macOS Catalina release is a software update that improves how Dark Mode works with new features.

The new OS version lets you schedule when Dark Mode is activated. This is based on sunset and sunrise by default. There are also ways to quickly toggle between light or dark themes and set specific apps to their own theme. Read on to master Dark Mode for Mac.

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Jan. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

The best music apps this week, again

This week we bomb the bass, make tunes with Tune Maker, get Unisonic with JAX, and control our stereo widths, all with the tap of a touch-screen.

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Jan. 5, 2020, 4:16 p.m.

This week’s top stories: Apple TV+ hire, PRODUCT(RED) Apple Watch rumor, more

In this week’s top stories: More 2020 iPad rumors, Apple wins Christmas, IKEA’s smart blinds add HomeKit support, Apple TV+ makes a notable hire, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
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Jan. 5, 2020, 3:22 p.m.

This is how IKEA’s smart blinds work with HomeKit on iOS and through Siri

After missing its initial deadline, IKEA has slowly and quietly started rolling out HomeKit support to tis FYRTUR and KADRILJ smart blinds. As that rollout continues, HomeKit Authority has gotten the opportunity to go hands-on with IKEA’s HomeKit integration, and it looks to have been worth the wait.

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Jan. 5, 2020, 2:55 p.m.

Comment: My iCloud wishlist for 2020 shows how far Apple has come with services

iCloud is a vital aspect of the Apple experience. When you get a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV, signing into iCloud is one of the first steps. iCloud is now a crucial part of managing documents, photos, and videos as well. iCloud isn’t perfect, though. Last year, we saw the announcement and delay of iCloud folder sharing. This feature is something Google Drive and Dropbox have had for years. There are still random bugs with contact syncing if the person’s picture is too large. I’ve been thinking about how I want to see iCloud evolve, so I’ve come up with my iCloud 2020 wishlist. more…


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Jan. 5, 2020, 2:51 p.m.

Former Microsoft manager details backstory of Internet Explorer 5 for Mac on its 20th anniversary

Jimmy Grewal served as a Program Manager for Mac Internet Explorer at Microsoft, joining the company in 1999. His first project was working on the team developing Internet Explorer 5 for Mac –– which he describes as “the most important release of Internet Explorer for the Mac, and the last release.”

In a new blog post, Grewal offers some interesting tidbits on that development process, as today marks the twentieth anniversary of Internet Explorer 5 for Mac’s unveil.

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Jan. 5, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Dive deep into Microsoft Office’s productivity potential [Deals]

No matter what you do or where you work, chances are you encounter some part of Microsoft Office. So whether it’s spreadsheets, Word documents or presentations, doing better with MS Office suite means doing better work, and getting certified means getting better jobs. The Ultimate Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle offers a deep dive into making […]

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Jan. 5, 2020, 2 p.m.

CES 2020: Arlo Debuts New Wire-Free Pro 3 Floodlight Camera

Arlo today unveiled its all-ne