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05/23/2022 06:58 PM
Apple would benefit from buying EA, but that doesn’t seem likely to happen

According to a recent report, gaming company Electronic Arts (also known as EA) has been looking for a potential buyer – and one of them is none other than Apple. However, while Apple would certainly benefit from buying EA, this doesn’t seem likely to happen.

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05/23/2022 04:53 PM
AT&T customers can play ‘Control Ultimate Edition’ on iPhone for free

Customers on a postpaid AT&T plan can play the AAA game Control Ultimate Edition on their iPhones. Through Google’s Immersive Stream, previously Google Stadia, customers have click-to-play access on their smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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05/23/2022 02:51 PM
Apple to open retail in New Jersey, first store in almost a year in the US

Apple will soon open a brand new store in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as the company has opened positions in this location on the Apple Jobs site. This will be the company’s first new retail location in the US after almost a year.

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05/23/2022 01:43 PM
Guest drops Apple Watch on Disney World ride, claims $40,000 in fraudulent credit card charges

Walt Disney World doesn’t always turn out to be “The Most Magical Place on Earth” for everyone. One woman made a costly mistake after dropping her Hermès Apple Watch while vacationing at the Disney theme park in Orlando.

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05/23/2022 12:47 PM
MacBook Pro, Mac Studio, iMac, and more delayed as far back as August

Earlier this month, we reported on new MacBook Pro orders and even existing ones from February being delayed into July. Now as supply issues continue, we’re seeing the MacBook Pro delayed to August alongside other products like iMac, Mac Studio, and Studio Display.

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05/23/2022 12:35 PM
Apple VP Dr. Sumbul Desai talks Apple Watch data health benefits in CBS interview

Lots of stories exist about how the Apple Watch helped save lives. In a CBS interview, Dr. Sumbul Desai, Apple’s vice president of health, highlights the data health benefits that the Apple Watch brings.

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05/23/2022 11:49 AM
Deals: Apple MagSafe charger sees first discount of the year, Find My Wallet $36, more

A new week is now underway and all of today’s best deals kick off with the first discount of the year on Apple’s official 15W MagSafe charger. That’s alongside the new Find My MagSafe Wallet hitting $36 and AirPods 3 at $150. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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05/23/2022 10:56 AM
TIME 100 most influential people of 2022 features Tim Cook – Laurene Powell Jobs wrote his entry

The TIME 100 most influential people of 2022 list has been published, with Apple CEO Tim Cook listed first in the Titans category.

Tim Cook is featured on one of five different covers, and his entry was written by Steve Jobs‘ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs

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05/23/2022 10:51 AM
Instagram announces visual refresh with brighter icon, new typography, no iPad app

Instagram, the photo-sharing social network that lacks the resources required to develop an iPad app, is now introducing a visual refresh to its app. Apart from a brighter icon, the company has also developed its own typography, while highlighting its focus on creators.

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05/23/2022 10:24 AM
Apple in talks to buy EA gaming, Disney and Amazon also potential suitors

Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) is actively seeking a potential buyer or merger. Apple has reportedly been in talks with the company about buying EA out according to Puck. Disney and Amazon have also been in talks about purchasing the video game company.

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05/23/2022 10:20 AM
Comment: Digital calming is one of the best things I’ve ever done with my Apple tech

Back in 2018, I talked about a process you might call digital calming: decluttering my devices by removing redundant apps, and switching off most notifications and badges. Four years later, that remains the single best change I’ve ever made to my use of technology.

Thanks to the focus modes in iOS 15, that process has never been easier …

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05/23/2022 10:10 AM
Pixel Watch will have USB-C charging cable and shares same manufacturer as Apple Watch

Ahead of availability this fall, Google is turning to Taiwan’s Compal Electronics to manufacture the Pixel Watch, while we also learned today that it will have a USB-C charger.

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05/23/2022 09:57 AM
WWDC 2022: Five new software features we expect Apple to unveil

We’re officially a couple of weeks away from the WWDC 2022 keynote, set to take place on June 6. During the Apple event, the company will likely introduce iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and macOS 13. Here are five new software features we expect Apple to unveil at the keynote.

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05/23/2022 08:50 AM
Report: iPhone 14 front-facing camera to come from South Korean supplier for the first time

For the iPhone 14 series, Apple is said to ditch a Chinese company and use LG Innotek as a supplier for its front-facing camera. This is the first time Apple will have a South Korean company supplying this component.

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05/23/2022 08:49 AM
Apple’s Google search payment will likely continue for years, despite antitrust threat

Apple’s Google search payment – the billions of dollars Google pays to be the default search engine on Apple devices – is likely safe for years to come, say analysts. The controversial payment is thought to contribute as much as 3% of Apple’s pretax profit, but is potentially under threat from antitrust action.

Neither company has ever disclosed the sum, which Apple lumps into its Services category without splitting it out, but one of the more recent estimates suggested that it would amount to between $18B and $20B this year …

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05/23/2022 07:31 AM
Face ID patent troll withdraws complaint without explanation; Apple seeks to block future claims

Apple is asking a court to prevent future patent infringement claims from someone who appears to be a Face ID patent troll.

California resident Chian Chiu Li last month filed a patent infringement against Apple, then last week withdrew the complaint without explanation …

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05/23/2022 06:04 AM
Dinosaur docuseries Prehistoric Planet arrives on Apple TV+

Apple TV+ today premiered its new docuseries Prehistoric Planet. Prehistoric Planet combines big-budget CGI with the latest scientific knowledge about dinosaurs to bring a wholly new five-part series.

In the style of Planet Earth and similar nature documentaries, David Attenborough narrates the behavior of these stunning Cretaceous period species, as if they were actually being filmed.

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05/23/2022 05:10 AM
Apple TV+ Guide: Every Apple TV show and movie 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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05/23/2022 03:00 AM
How to clear cache on Mac in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox

Looking to tidy up the browser on your Mac or fix some issues you’re seeing with websites? Read on for how to clear cache on Mac, as well as history, and cookies in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

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05/23/2022 12:00 AM
Prehistoric Planet: How to watch the new dinosaur docuseries

Today, a brand new dinosaur docuseries premieres on Apple TV+. You can watch Prehistoric Planet this week with a new episode dropping each day. Prehistoric Planet is narrated by David Attenborough and combines the latest scientific understanding with state-of-the-art visual effects.

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05/22/2022 10:03 AM
watchOS 9: Here’s what we know so far about new features, supported devices, and more

Now that WWDC 2022 is a couple of weeks from now, we’re gearing up for the release of watchOS 9. This will mark the next major release of Apple’s software platform for the Apple Watch. Head below as we recap all of the latest rumors and expectations for watchOS 9 this year, including new features, release info, and more. 

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05/22/2022 09:29 AM
Apple picks up sci-fi romance drama ‘Fingernails’ at Cannes film festival

Apple has acquired rights to upcoming sci-fi romance drama feature film ‘Fingernails’, via Deadline. Ahead of the festival, the package was highlighted as one of the hot properties on sale at the Cannes market. The film will stream worldwide, exclusively, on Apple TV+.

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05/22/2022 08:16 AM
WhatsApp to drop support for iOS 10 and iOS 11 devices, here are the iPhones affected

WhatsApp is finally planning to drop support to a few more iOS devices soon, as the company will no longer work with iPhones running iOS 10 and iOS 11 starting later this year. Here’s what you need to know.

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05/22/2022 08:00 AM
Apple opens new store in Wuhan, brings dedicated product pickup area

This Saturday, Apple opened a new store in Wuhan, China – the first in the Hubei Province. It also inaugurates an exclusive pickup area never seen before in the country, which will allow customers to more easily pick up products ordered online.

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05/22/2022 07:31 AM
Apple Music discount for students getting pricier in several countries

Currently, Apple Music offers four different subscription plans for its users: individual, student, family, and Voice Plan (limited to a few countries). Now, college students from several regions are receiving an email warning that its discount will be reduced, as Apple is raising the price of Apple Music for students.

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05/21/2022 11:44 PM
FCC filings reveal Apple’s mysterious ‘Network Adapter’ that runs iOS

Every time a company builds a product with a radio frequency (like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi), it must be approved by regulatory agencies like FCC. Interestingly, new FCC filings this week reveal a mysterious new “Network Adapter” from Apple that runs iOS.

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05/21/2022 11:41 AM
Report: Apple tells suppliers it wants to expand manufacturing outside of China, India and Vietnam likely future production hubs

Apple has apparently advanced its plans to expand manufacturing outside of China, telling contract manufacturer partners that it is aiming to diversify production. This is according to a report posted today by the Wall Street Journal.

Although some of Apple’s products are already produced in countries like Vietnam and India, the vast majority of Apple’s manufacturing takes place in China, at Foxconn and Pegatron facilities.

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05/21/2022 09:47 AM
iPadOS 16: Here’s what we know so far about new features, supported devices, and more

WWDC 2022 will start a couple of weeks from now. On June 6, Apple will announce iPadOS 16, which will mark the next major release of Apple’s software platform for the iPad. Head below as we recap all of the latest rumors and expectations for iOS 16 this year, including new features, release info, and more.

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05/21/2022 08:56 AM
Everything we know so far about a new HomePod model

With Apple discontinuing the original HomePod last year, users were eager for a new iteration of the company’s bigger smart speaker. Although its mini version is slowly expanding globally, it feels that Apple’s audio ecosystem is lacking a more powerful speaker.

With new rumors around, it’s possible that the company will soon unveil a new HomePod. Here’s what we know so far.

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05/21/2022 07:49 AM
Making sense of the latest rumors about Apple’s looming AR and Mixed Reality headsets

Apple is likely to enter a new product category with headsets in the near future. So far, there are two rumored products: the AR headset and the Mixed Reality headset, usually called AR/VR headset or “Apple Glasses.” With rumors gaining traction about these products, here’s what we know so far about each of them.

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05/21/2022 05:00 AM
Apple @ Work: Why Apple Business Essentials isn’t a direct competitor to other MDM vendors

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses and Schools to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices . Over 32,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

Apple Business Essentials is an important product for Apple. I’ve talked to many companies who manage Macs and iPads, and they’re not interested in the service. This is a good thing though. Apple isn’t looking to control 100% of the device management market. Companies like Kandji, Jamf, Mosyle, JumpCloud, and Addigy do a great job of enabling Apple to work great in the enterprise. The enemy of Apple Business Essentials isn’t other MDM vendors. It’s unmanaged devices.

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05/20/2022 08:00 PM
Feature request: HomePod should have a true surround mode

HomePod, Apple’s smart speaker, has some great features when it comes to pairing multiple speakers together. Thanks to AirPlay 2, users can play the same audio on different HomePods around the house or even use a stereo pair as standard Apple TV speakers. However, there’s one thing that I still miss about the HomePod, and that’s a true surround mode.

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05/20/2022 07:06 PM
Twitter updates its API to give developers access to reverse chronological timeline

Twitter on Friday announced an important update to its “API v2,” which can be used to create third-party clients for Twitter. With the latest update, developers can now access the same reverse chronological timeline that is available to users via the official Twitter app.

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05/20/2022 05:35 PM
How to watch Harry Styles on Apple Music Live

Tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT Harry Styles performs his show One Night Only in New York live on Apple Music. The concert will take place at UBS Arena in Long Island, New York. Subscribers to the service have access to watch the concert for no extra cost on the platform.

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05/20/2022 04:28 PM
Tested: Spigen’s new 65W GaN III Charger is a notable addition to on-the-go Apple setups

GaN technology has already shrunk capable chargers down to fit in the palm of your hand, and now Spigen’s latest offering doubles down by adopting GaN III efficiency. Packing four ports and plenty of power into its , our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review takes a closer look at how the Spigen 65W GaN Charger can consolidate your on-the-go Apple setup.

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05/20/2022 04:00 PM
iCloud Photos backups are discouraged by design, and that’s a dangerous problem for users

iCloud Photos is a fantastic feature for syncing large photo and video libraries across all your devices. Have a 300GB photo library? With an iCloud subscription and Optimize Storage, you don’t need a 512GB or 1TB iPhone to take your media with you. Still, iCloud Photos backups shouldn’t be ignored.

Keeping a local backup of your photo library is mighty important. iCloud Photos can feel like a backup. It’s really just your photo library in a single place — even if you don’t use Optimize Storage. iCloud Photos really doesn’t encourage methods of keeping separate, offline copies of photos and videos.

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05/20/2022 03:56 PM
Wristcam Review: the first dedicated camera for your Apple Watch

Wristcam is an Apple Watch band unlike any other. This band gives the Apple Watch some new life with the addition of a front- and back-facing camera for picture and video. Created by a team of former Apple Watch designers and app developers, this $299 watch band is certified for Apple Watch.

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05/20/2022 03:55 PM
9to5Mac Happy Hour 382: New Accessibility features, iOS 16 rumors, cheaper Apple TV

iOS 16 rumors are heating up, including Apple pre-announcing some accessibility-focused features that will inevitably arrive with iOS 16’s release later this year. Benjamin and Zac also discuss reports that a cheaper Apple TV is in development, interesting updates to Apple Podcasts, and hands-on with the game-changing Apple Studio Display firmware update.

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05/20/2022 03:37 PM
Review: Transcend’s 1TB JetDrive Lite 330, a convenient MacBook Pro flush SD card

Transcend first launched its specifically made for the latest MacBook Pro earlier this year, and last month debuted its largest option with a . Read along for our hands-on look at this MacBook Pro flush SD card.

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05/20/2022 12:05 PM
Apple Support scam cons woman out of $1500, here’s how to identify fakes

The next time you look for help with one of your devices, beware of Apple Support scams. With multiple tech support scams out there, bad actors are looking to take your money. One Denver woman found out the hard way after seeking help with her new iPhone 13.

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05/20/2022 12:03 PM
New HomePod launching in late 2022 or early 2023, says Kuo

Apple is gearing up to launch a new version of its HomePod smart speaker, according to reliable supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple currently sells the $99 HomePod mini as the only model. The original HomePod with much more impressive sound was discontinued last year after a price cut from $349 to $299.

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05/20/2022 12:00 PM
HomeKit Weekly: A redesigned Home app is at the top of my iOS 16 wishlist

It’s officially the time of year when I turn my focus to what will be announced at WWDC in June. The rumors are always rampant this time of year, and outside of some significant improvements to iMessage, I hope Apple spends a lot of time during the keynote showing off much-needed improvements to HomeKit. So let’s dive into what’s on my iOS 16 HomeKit wishlist.

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05/20/2022 11:52 AM
Friday’s best deals: iPhone SE 3 includes free AirPods 3, 10.2-inch iPad $59 off, more

All of this weekend’s best deals are now on tap and headlined by an iPhone SE 3 pre-paid bundle at $429 with AirPods 3 and more. That’s alongside Apple’s latest 10.2-inch iPad at $59 off and a weekend Anker MagSafe accessory sale from $16. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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05/20/2022 11:39 AM
Latest Apple Arcade games for iPhone, Mac, Apple TV [New: Warped Kart Racers]

Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly with over 200 games now in the library. Follow along with our guide on the latest from Apple’s gaming service.

New for 5/20: An all-new title has landed on Apple Arcade with Warped Kart Racers featuring characters from Family Guy, King of the Hill, and more.

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05/20/2022 11:20 AM
Rumored higher-end Apple external display with mini-LED reportedly delayed to October

Display analyst Ross Young today tweeted that his latest supply chain analysis indicates that the rumored 27-inch external display with mini-LED has been delayed until October. He previously said it would arrive in June.

Young says the delay is due to the recent wave of COVID-induced lockdowns at the Quanta production plant. Production is reportedly being setting up at another facility.

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05/20/2022 11:19 AM
Apple’s mixed reality headset challenges from Jony Ive to battery life, heat, cost, and lack of discipline

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In a follow-up report on the challenges Apple has been facing in creating its mixed reality headset, The Information corroborates details we’ve learned from Bloomberg in recent years. But it also digs deeper into the problems the project has faced from Jony Ive to the wearable’s power, battery, heat, cost, and even an alleged lack of discipline from the AR/VR team.

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05/20/2022 10:46 AM
TikTok hopes the next way to capture your attention is in gaming

TikTok is working on a “major push into gaming” and is reportedly testing mini-games on the platform in Vietnam. In partnership with mobile gaming studio Zynga, the company is making ad-supported HTML5 games that could release on the platform later this year.

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05/20/2022 10:36 AM
Tony Fadell talks iPod design considerations, illustrated by CT scans

It’s not unusual to hear Tony Fadell talk iPod, but a 20-minute video provides a new perspective as it’s illustrated by CT scans of three different iPod models.

Fadell talks about a number of the design considerations. For example, the team was extremely nervous about the reliability of the hard drive as consumers – unused to the delicacy of such devices in such a portable product – might treat the iPod rather more casually than they would a laptop …

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05/20/2022 09:40 AM
Apple Music’s ‘Essentials Anniversaries’ collection resurfaces pivotal albums from over the years

Apple Music has a little-known feature called “Essentials Anniversaries” and today it’s highlighting Radiohead’s OK Computer celebrating its 25th anniversary. And beyond that, the collection features some of the most “game-changing” albums from as far as 60 years back along with behind-the-scenes radio episodes that include exclusive artist interviews and more.

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05/20/2022 09:21 AM
Upcoming Snapchat parental controls will offer limited opportunities for chat monitoring

Parent company Snap has been slower to offer Snapchat parental controls than other social media apps, but it will be offering parents and guardians limited chat-monitoring capabilities.

Limited because teens will have to approve the monitoring, and because parents won’t be able to see the actual content of messages …

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05/20/2022 08:34 AM
MacBook Pro stage light lawsuit dismissed; court said Apple didn’t have to disclose the flaw

A class action lawsuit against Apple for the so-called MacBook Pro stage light issue has been dismissed, the court ruling that Apple had no legal obligation to disclose the design flaw.

An earlier court upheld part of the claim against Apple, while dismissing a second element …

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05/20/2022 08:07 AM
iPhone eSIM bug randomly deactivating iMessage and FaceTime, requiring physical SIM

An apparent iPhone eSIM bug is randomly deactivating iMessage and FaceTime. In some cases, the only resolution appears to be to install a physical SIM.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman experienced the issue with T-Mobile, but others report they’ve experienced the same issue with other carriers …

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05/20/2022 07:28 AM
Apple display supplier BOE may lose all iPhone 14 orders after trying to cheat

The problems faced by tertiary Apple display supplier BOE appear to have gone from bad to worse, according to a new report. The company is now in danger of losing all orders for the iPhone 14.

Too many of the company’s displays were failing to pass quality control checks, and BOE reportedly tried to solve this by quietly changing the specs – without telling Apple …

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05/19/2022 10:37 PM
Netflix introduces ‘Mystery Box’ to help users discover new shows and movies for kids

Netflix on Thursday announced a new feature called “Mystery Box,” which works similarly to another existing feature known as “Play Something.” However, “Mystery Box” helps parents find new shows and movies that are appropriate for kids.

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05/19/2022 09:30 PM
Pixelmator Pro update brings redesigned photo browser, improved PSD and SVG support, more

The popular image editor Pixelmator Pro for Mac has received a major update that introduces a brand-new photo browser, as well as other enhancements such as improved support for PSD and SVG files and better management of photos stored in iCloud.

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05/19/2022 06:07 PM
iTunes for Windows updated to version 12.12.4 with security fixes

Apple this week quietly released an update for the Windows version of its iTunes music player. However, rather than adding new features, the update is focused on fixing bugs and security breaches for those who still rely on iTunes.

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05/19/2022 04:59 PM
Best phone carriers: Verizon vs T-Mobile vs AT&T and more affordable iPhone plan alternatives

Ready to check out your options for phone carriers? While prices have increased for some of the major carriers this year, the market competition is strong which means compelling offers for those who switch. Read along for a look at the best phone carriers in the US. We’ll cover Verizon vs T-Mobile vs AT&T as well as some of the best affordable iPhone plans from smaller carriers. This guide will also detail how to find real-world coverage maps, how to test a new carrier for free instantly with eSIM, and more.

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05/19/2022 03:40 PM
Zoom revamps apps with new features as companies move past WFH policies

As companies move past work-from-home policies and try hybrid workspaces, Zoom is highlighting some apps with updates and features to improve collaboration and creativity in meetings.

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05/19/2022 03:17 PM
Twitter announces new crisis misinformation policy as company stands by original Musk deal

Twitter has announced its new crisis misinformation policy in a company blog post today. This global policy will ensure that the information you see on the site is credible. Announced by Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of safety and integrity, the platform aims to reduce viral misinformation spread during crises.

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05/19/2022 01:33 PM
Apple releases first iOS 15.6 and macOS 12.5 public beta for testing

One day after seeding iOS 15.6 beta 1 to developers, Apple is now releasing the public beta version to users enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program. Alongside the first public beta of iOS 15.6, Apple is also making available the new versions of tvOS 15.6, macOS 12.5, and watchOS 8.7.

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05/19/2022 12:47 PM
Bloomberg: Apple execs recently presented augmented reality headset to company board, suggesting product is close to launch

According to a new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, Apple has recently demoed its upcoming AR/VR headset device to the Apple company board of directors. This is a good indicator that the project is at an ‘advanced stage’ and that a public product launch is imminent.

Bloomberg previously reported that a consumer launch for the headset is planned for 2023 but an early announcement of the device is likely. Today’s report also said that the development of the headset’s operating system has ramped up in recent months.

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05/19/2022 12:40 PM
Disney+ plans for growth through ad-based tier as Netflix boosts accessibility features

Between Disney+ and Netflix, many subscribers are getting more of what they want – a cheaper price with Disney and more features with Netflix. Back in March, Disney announced it will release a cheaper, ad-supported plan later this year on Disney+. With over 100 million subscribers worldwide, the company is anticipating the majority of its users will move to this plan.

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05/19/2022 11:51 AM
Deals: AirTags drop to $22 each, Beats Fit Pro refurb down to $95, Belkin MagSafe gear, more

All of today’s best deals are now live and headlined by Apple AirTags dropping to $22 each to go alongside this refurbished Beats Fit Pro discount at $95. Then be sure to check out this collection of Belkin MagSafe iPhone 13 accessories from $25. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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05/19/2022 11:44 AM
iPhone made up over half of smartphone shipments in North America during Q1

A new report by Canalys shows that the iPhone accounted for half of the smartphone shipments in North America in Q1 of 2022, achieving a 51% market share powered by the strong performance of the iPhone 13.

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05/19/2022 11:09 AM
Court isn’t letting Apple off the hook for paying $300 million over patent infringement

Apple will not get a third trial after receiving a $300 million verdict for patent infringement from Optis. Apple told the court last year it’s entitled to a new damages trial or Optis’ damages should be wiped.

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05/19/2022 11:01 AM
AirTag alternative Pebblebee Card and Clip debut with Find My and rechargeable battery

Pebblebee is announcing today another AirTag competitor with Pebblebee Card and Clips. Both of these products bring Find My integration, which is something Apple introduced to third-party developers a year ago, plus some nice features for those who don’t think Apple’s own item tracker is the best option for their everyday usage.

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05/19/2022 10:40 AM
Illegal drug deals are proliferating over social media with coded emoji and digital cash apps

Police report seeing increasing evidence of drug deals via apps like Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok – and say that this is one of the factors behind soaring drug fatalities though fentanyl-tainted pills.

Emoji are used as code for different drugs, deals struck in private messages, and apps like Venmo and Cash App used for payment …

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05/19/2022 10:38 AM
Apple responds to open letter about improving usage and reputation of Final Cut Pro in filmmaking industry

In April, a large group of Final Cut editors signed their name to an open letter asking Apple to do more to promote the use of Final Cut in the TV and film industry, in addition to closing long-running feature requests.

Today, Apple publicly responded. The letter reads: “the creative community has always been so important to us at Apple,” and the company pledged to address “your important feature requests.” Apple also said that is adding new training products, expanding workshops, and setting up a consultation panel of experts.

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05/19/2022 09:47 AM
TSMC Singapore plant could alleviate chip shortage, say Apple chipmaker sources

A new TSMC Singapore plant is being discussed, as a way to help tackle the global chip shortage. The company is said to be in discussion with the government over the potential move.

A Singapore plant would help Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company achieve another key objective, says the report …

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05/19/2022 09:19 AM
GeForce Now rolls out Fortnite with touch controls to everyone on Android and iOS

Playing Fortnite on mobile phones is about to get a lot better, as Nvidia GeForce Now is rolling out support for the full hit game with touch controls on both Android and iOS.

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05/19/2022 09:17 AM
Apple TV+ comedy Trying returns July 22 for season three

Apple TV+’s first British series production, the comedy series Trying, returns for season three on July 22, the company announced today.

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05/19/2022 09:06 AM
TikTok for iOS adding new tools to tag and credit creators for their work

TikTok is launching a few crediting tools so creators can have the ability to directly tag, mention, and credit a video in their description. The app will also prompt users to credit a creator throughout the posting process along with an educational pop-up that explains the importance of crediting someone else.

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05/19/2022 09:00 AM
Siri visits Couples Therapy star Dr. Orna Guralnik in sketch for web accessibility company

A two-minute video sketch (below) in which Siri visits Couples Therapy star Dr. Orna Guralnik is the basis of an ad for web accessibility company Userway. It’s the second time that Siri voice actor Susan Bennet has starred in an ad for the company …

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05/19/2022 08:18 AM
Audi Apple Music integration gives direct access from infotainment system for most 2022 models

A new Audi Apple Music integration means that owners of almost all 2022 models will be able to play the streaming music service directly from the built-in infotainment system. No connection to your iPhone is needed.

The company says that existing owners of 2022 models will also get the feature, via an over-the-air update …

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05/19/2022 07:55 AM
Elon Musk mocks Apple over return to office delay; Twitter staff express concern

A tweet by Elon Musk mocks Apple over the company’s announcement of a further delay to the next phase of its return-to-office plans …

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05/19/2022 07:18 AM
Second Apple union-busting charge filed, this time at World Trade Center store

A second Apple union-busting charge has been filed against the company, alleging that the company has violated multiple federal laws at the World Trade Center store.

A previous charge of violating the National Labor Relations Act related to Apple’s response to unionization efforts at an Apple Store in Atlanta

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05/18/2022 10:06 PM
Brave web browser for iOS updated with new ‘Privacy Hub’

The popular privacy-focused web browser Brave released an update to its iOS app on Wednesday that brings a new “Privacy Hub” to its users. There, the app shows a summary of how visited websites collect and use personal data from the device.

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05/18/2022 07:55 PM
Apple’s privacy chief talks about backdoors in iOS, GDPR, and more in interview

Privacy has been one of Apple’s main concerns for quite some time, and every year the company announces new ways to make its devices even more secure. This week, ELLE magazine published an interview with Apple’s chief privacy officer Jane Horvath, in which she talks about backdoors in iOS, GDPR, and more.

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05/18/2022 06:08 PM
Tips for enhancing the FaceTime call experience on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

With last year’s iOS 15 release and macOS Monterey comes new features to help you better connect with others. Facetime is now better than ever, especially on newer Apple devices. Here are some new modes you can use to help you make the most of your Facetime calls on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Also, don’t forget to share some of your favorite Facetime tips with us too.

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05/18/2022 06:03 PM
Apple promoting accessibility features for iOS users that anyone can take advantage of

Apple this week celebrated Global Accessibility Awareness Day by announcing new accessibility features that will be available later this year with iOS 16 and other software updates. However, while we wait for those updates, the company has been promoting accessibility tips that anyone can take advantage of.

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05/18/2022 04:59 PM
Prime Minister of Vietnam meets with Tim Cook in bid to lure manufacturing business

The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Pham Minh Chinh, has met with Tim Cook at Apple Park. During his visit to the United States, Chinh stopped at other Silicon Valley tech giants like Intel and Google. The purpose of this visit was to reach out to US tech companies with the hope they’ll bring business to Vietnam.

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05/18/2022 04:45 PM
Roborock Q Series robot vacuums take on seasonal allergies with LiDAR, Auto Empty Dock Pure, more (save up to 23%)

Regularly cleaning the floors in your home is the best way to deal with seasonal allergies, but frustrating vacuum maintenance can slow you down. Roborock has your back with its new and Q5+ robot vacuum cleaners. With auto-empty compatibility, multi-level mapping, and smart app control, Roborock Q5+ can deliver up to seven weeks of hands-free cleaning at an affordable price.

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05/18/2022 03:36 PM
Twitter now rolling out exclusive Spaces for Super Follows creators

Earlier this year, it was reported that Twitter had been working on a new way to let creators open exclusive Spaces for their “super followers.” Now the social network has confirmed that it’s rolling out the Spaces feature to Super Follows creators so that they can start a private audio chat with only paying followers.

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05/18/2022 03:36 PM
How to use your iPhone to locate an unknown AirTag moving with you

AirTags are small trackers to help you locate any lost or stolen belongings. However, concerns of people using AirTag for nefarious purposes has led Apple to come up with a notification alert. This alert is to discourage people from tracking you without your consent. Using Apple’s Find My network, you can detect and locate nearby unknown AirTags using your iPhone.

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05/18/2022 02:06 PM
Pokémon HOME 2.0 for iOS brings compatibility with latest Nintendo Switch games

Pokémon HOME is rolling out its biggest update since its launch. With version 2.0, users are finally able to integrate the latest Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl to the cloud service app alongside past Nintendo Switch games.

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05/18/2022 01:58 PM
Review: Anker launches new triple monitor USB-C dock designed for M1 Macs

Today, Anker is launching its latest desktop peripheral in the form of a new USB-C hub. Arriving with triple monitor support, even for M1 MacBooks and the like, the new release packs nine different ports, including everything from 4K HDMI to Ethernet. But with a , we’re going hands-on to see what use cases the Anker USB-C triple monitor dock excels at and if it’s worth adding to your workstation in the first place.

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05/18/2022 01:24 PM
First watchOS 8.7 and tvOS 15.6 betas join HomePod pre-release software

With just a few weeks to go until WWDC 2022, Apple has just released iOS 15.6 beta 1 to developers. In addition, the company has also made available the first betas of tvOS 15.6, watchOS 8.7, and HomePod Software 15.6.

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05/18/2022 01:19 PM
Apple releases first macOS 12.5 and macOS 11.6.7 betas ahead of WWDC

Following the public release of macOS 12.4 with support for the first Studio Display webcam fix and over 50 security updates, Apple has released the first macOS 12.5 beta with WWDC just a few weeks away.

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05/18/2022 01:09 PM
Apple releases iOS 15.6 beta 1 to developers as iOS 16 announcement looms

After just releasing iOS 15.5 this week, Apple is seeding iOS 15.6 beta 1 to developers. This update is likely the last major iOS 15 version before Apple announces and rolls out iOS 16 in the near future.

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05/18/2022 01:01 PM
WhatsApp working on the ability to leave groups silently, Premium subscription detailed

WhatsApp for iOS will soon get an interesting feature: the ability to leave groups silently. With the app now offering up to 512 people in a group chat, it’s only natural people don’t want to see when every member leaves the group. With that in mind, in a future update, users will be able to leave a group chat without other users noticing.

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05/18/2022 12:53 PM
How to pause or cancel your Netflix subscription on iPhone, iPad, or desktop

Ready to call it quits or take a break from Netflix? Follow along for how to pause or cancel Netflix from iPhone, iPad, and desktop in a few quick steps.

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05/18/2022 12:21 PM
Apple takes on data brokers and auctions with new ‘Privacy on iPhone’ ad campaign

Apple is launching a new worldwide ad campaign today that yet again emphasizes the company’s focus on privacy. This time, Apple is taking on the topic of data brokers wugs a new ad called “Privacy on iPhone.” In addition to a 90-second ad that will run on social and YouTube, Apple is also running billboards and other forms of advertising prompting “Privacy on iPhone.”

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05/18/2022 11:51 AM
M1 MacBook Pro $249 off in Wednesday’s best deals, plus AirPods 3 hit $150, more

Halfway through the work week, all of Wednesday’s best deals are headlined by a chance to save $249 on Apple’s 13-inch M1 MacBook Pros. That’s alongside the second-best price of the year on AirPods 3 at $150 and a launch day discount on Nomad’s new Sport Slim Apple Watch band. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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05/18/2022 11:32 AM
New study shows monopolistic practices of Apple and Google app stores, claims ‘abuse of market power’

The Alliance of Digital India Foundation (ADIF) details monopolistic practices from Apple and Google app stores in a new study. The report, Towards Regulating App Stores, from ADIF and The Quantum Hub, mentions global regulatory actions targeting both tech giants control over the mobile app ecosystem.

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05/18/2022 11:13 AM
Apple Watch glass rumor revives flat-edge design for Series 8 or other models

Less than six months away from Apple introducing Apple Watch Series 8, this upcoming smartwatch is again rumored to feature a flat-edge design. After leakers and analysts supported that Apple Watch Series 7 would be the one to feature this new look, rumors are now pointing out to this year’s model.

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05/18/2022 10:27 AM
Netflix customers canceling service increasingly includes long-term subscribers

Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers last quarter and potentially two million this current period, according to a note to shareholders from last month. Now, new research highlights that the number of long-standing subscribers canceling Netflix rose precipitously in the past few years.

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05/18/2022 10:08 AM
Apple launches updated professional training and certification for IT support and management

Today, Apple announced new online courses and certifications for Apple device support, deployment, and management to prepare workers for in-demand careers. According to a press release shared by the company this morning, demand for skilled support and technical staff within the enterprise is growing, with jobs in computer and information systems in particular projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations from 2020 to 2030.

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05/18/2022 09:49 AM
9to5Mac Daily: May 18, 2022 – iOS 16 beta expectations, more

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05/18/2022 09:01 AM
Report: These are the airports with the fastest free Wi-Fi in the world, US tops the list

Ookla just published its list of airports with the fastest free Wi-Fi in the world during Q1 2022. The analysis focuses on Wi-Fi over mobile connections on free Wi-Fi provided by the individual airports and Wi-Fi at selected airport lounges. Four US airports top the list.

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05/18/2022 08:46 AM
iOS 16 accessibility features likely to benefit everyone, argues Macworld

Apple yesterday previewed some iOS 16 accessibility features we can look forward to, including live captions, Apple Watch mirroring, and door detection.

It’s often been argued that accessibility features in general can benefit everyone, not just the target group, and Macworld argues that this is the case for all three of the above features …

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