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  • Report on apps that track and sell your location data

    Mon 9:16pm By Mike Flaminio
    The New York Times has a report looking at mobile location tracking. The investigation points out that tracking goes beyond just the app as it's common app developers sell location data to other firms.…
  • Apple-owned Beddit releases new sleep tracker

    Mon 3:37pm By Mike Flaminio
    About 18 months ago Apple acquired sleep-tracking hardware maker Beddit. Usually, this means the firms future efforts go into an upcoming Apple product, but a new model is now available. The $150 hardware is thin mat to go under sheets to track your sleep and…
  • Camera tests show iPhone XR best single camera device

    Mon 3:31pm By Mike Flaminio
    DxOMark Image Labs released their findings of Apple's iPhone XR camera. The firm evaluates cameras and offers consulting services.…
  • Apps trying to trick people into authorizing Touch ID purchases

    Wed 5:39pm By Mike Flaminio
    9 to 5 Mac covers issues of apps trying to scam users for in-app purchases using Touch ID and Face ID authorization. The issue highlights the need for attention using apps from lesser known developers. Using Touch ID, an app can trick you into placing your…
  • Apple highlights best of 2018

    Wed 5:30pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple issues its year-end collection of best apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts. Apple highlights specific apps and trends, plus links to overall charts on the App Store and iTunes Store. Today, Apple reveals the Best of 2018, a global…
  • Apple discusses HomePod in detail in latest Machine Learning Journal

    Dec 3, 2018, 4:12 pm By Mike Flaminio
    In its monthly journal on Machine Learning, Apple goes in-depth on how Siri and the HomePod functions. There are a lot of details on how the device processes sound quality for things like echo suppression and noise reduction. The paper details an example of…
  • Report: No 5G iPhones next year

    Dec 3, 2018, 4:03 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Bloomberg is reporting that Apple will not release an iPhone supporting the next generation 5G wireless technology until at least 2020. As with 3G and 4G, the two previous generations of mobile technology, Apple will wait as long as a year after the initial…
  • Amazon Echo adding Apple Music Support

    Dec 3, 2018, 3:52 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Amazon announced its Echo devices will gain Apple Music support later this month. Due December 17th, Alexa will field Apple Music prompts for Echo owners.Apple Music subscribers will be able to enjoy Apple Music####s 50 million songs on Echo devices. Customers…
  • iPhone XR is Apple's top-selling iPhone

    Nov 28, 2018, 8:45 pm By Mike Flaminio
    CNET:Greg Joswiak, Apple vice president of product marketing, told CNET in an interview Wednesday that the device has "been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available." …
  • Google's mobile voice/data service adds beta iPhone support.

    Nov 28, 2018, 8:18 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Google announced a rebranding of its wireless service as Google Fi and official support for newer iPhones. Google Fi supports iPhone 5s, 6, and SE or newer as a beta service. It lacks a key feature to switch networks and Fi VPN, and it also has limited support…
  • DriveSavers promises to unlock iPhones

    Nov 27, 2018, 7:59 pm By Mike Flaminio
    DriveSavers is offering an iPhone unlocking service to end-users. The service is geared towards verified owners locked out of their device or a device of a deceased family member. It sounds like DriveSavers intends to do some kind of effort to prohibit…
  • Deliveries app add Siri Shortcuts support for package tracking

    Nov 27, 2018, 7:46 pm By Mike Flaminio
    One of my favorite apps Deliveries added support for Siri Shortcuts. Deliveries is a central delivery tracking app where you can scan or enter tracking numbers and follow them to their destination. The new feature offers some built-in shortcuts to access. My…
  • Apple is offering up to $100 bonus towards a iPhone XS, XR trade-in

    Nov 27, 2018, 7:40 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Presumably, for the holidays, Apple is offering a bonus for those looking to trade-in a device for and iPhone XS or iPhone XR upgrade. The promotion is for a limited time, but no deadline is published.…
  • Apple to host student coding sessions for 6th year

    Nov 26, 2018, 7:41 pm By Mike Flaminio
    In early December, Apple will be hosting coding sessions at retail stores. The sessions are part of the Apple's Today in-store sessions. This is the sixth year Apple is participating in the Hour of Code initiative. For the sixth year, Apple will host Hour of…
  • Tim Cook defends Apple's deal with Google

    Nov 19, 2018, 2:48 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Axio featured an interview with Tim Cook on its HBO magazine show. A short quote and video clip were made available with Cook explaining its relationship with Google. "I think their search engine is the best," Cook said in the interview. He followed up by…
  • Verizon's My Numbers offers up to 4 virtual lines

    Nov 19, 2018, 2:42 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Verizon announced a VOIP service for existing for adding up to four lines to a single device. The product is sold as monthly service via a new My Numbers app. Phone lines cost $15 each per month and include unlimited talk and text. Each line also has its own…
  • Optional AMD GPUs now available for new MacBook Pro

    Nov 14, 2018, 9:37 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple's online store now offers an optional build-to-order configuration of two higher-end AMD graphics processors. AMD's Pro Vega 16 and Pro Vega 20 are available on select configurations of Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro. The upgrades cost $250 and $350,…
  • OWC announces Thunderbolt 3 Dock

    Nov 13, 2018, 8:14 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Other World Computing's Thunderbolt 3 dock is a 14-port dock extender for Thunderbolt 3-equipped Macs and PCs. The new dock is an upgrade over the company's 12-port model.…
  • Twelve South Journal case for new MacBooks

    Nov 13, 2018, 8:03 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Twelve South launched a new version of its leather Journal case for the latest MacBooks. Designed for the 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, the Journal features tan full grain leather. The inside features microsuede fabric to protect the finish of the…
  • In-depth look at the A12X processor

    Nov 7, 2018, 8:54 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Ars Technica has a great detailed view of Apple's latest mobile processor in the iPad Pro. There's a lot of info, but here's some info on CPU performance. This performance is unprecedented in anything like this form factor. In addition to the ability to…
  • New MacBook Air design may make battery replacements easier, cheaper

    Nov 7, 2018, 8:17 pm By Mike Flaminio
    MacRumors notes an Apple support document details the new process for replacing batteries in the new MacBook Air. The change should make it easier and perhaps cheaper repair.In all other MacBook and MacBook Pro models with a Retina display released since 2012,…
  • PowerPic inductive charging station doubles as photo frame

    Nov 7, 2018, 8:09 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Twelve South's PowerPic is a nifty charging solution. The device is a vertical-ish Qi-compatible power mat that is also a picture frame. So, when not charging an iPhone, the PowerPic functions as a conventional 5x7-inch photo frame.…
  • Clips app gets update for new Selfie Scenes

    Nov 7, 2018, 8:03 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple's Clips app got an update that leverages the TrueDepth camera. The new version of Clips adds six Selfie Scenes, which are 360-degree backgrounds that transport users into different worlds when taking selfie photos and videos. Selfie Scenes use the…
  • Jony Ive interview on the new iPad orientation-less design

    Nov 5, 2018, 8:02 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The Independent has an interview with Apple's Jony Ive on the new iPad launch. Ive highlighted the new iPad's ability to for the first time be native in any orientation. "I think what puts a product in the place where it####s described as magical is often…
  • Apple's rising R&D spending and employee count

    Nov 5, 2018, 7:56 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Apple's financial disclosure offers a few interesting bits of information. Via, MacRumors:- 9,000 more employees: Apple has 132,000 full-time employees as of the end of its 2018 fiscal year, up from 123,000 a year prior.…