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Monday, April 12, 2021

Apple's latest Mac ad targets new college students

Apple's latest Mac ad targets new college students

Apple on Monday aired a new commercial that shows high school graduates opening their college acceptance letters on Mac.

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US Senator seeks to ban Big Tech mergers and acquisitions

US Senator seeks to ban Big Tech mergers and acquisitions

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) on Monday introduced a proposal that would ban companies with a market value of more than $100 billion from conducting mergers and acquisitions.

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China smartphone data shows solid iPhone 12 demand, but no 'super cycle'

China smartphone data shows solid iPhone 12 demand, but no 'super cycle'

Analysts are weighing in on the latest smartphone shipment data out of China, which suggests solid demand for iPhone models but casts doubt on a "super cycle."

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Biden Administration calls chip shortage a 'national security issue'

Biden Administration calls chip shortage a 'national security issue'

The Biden Administration views the current chip shortages plaguing the global economy as a "national security issue" ahead of a White House Summit focused on addressing the problem.

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ExclusiveDeals: save up to $200 on 2020 13" MacBook Pros, plus $60 off AppleCare

Deals: save up to $200 on 2020 13

AppleInsider readers this week can save $75 to $200 on every 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama with exclusive coupon discounts. Plus, save $60 on AppleCare and get an additional 5% back with the new Edge Credit Card. Total savings can reach upward of $440 off the latest notebooks bundled with AC and the Edge financing promotion.

FCC launches official speed test app for broadband data collection program

FCC launches official speed test app for broadband data collection program

The FCC's official speed test app is live on the App Store, allowing customers to test the performance of their in-home and mobile broadband networks.

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Tim Cook praises Canadian App Store growth, talks upcoming Epic trial

Tim Cook praises Canadian App Store growth, talks upcoming Epic trial

Apple CEO Tim Cook promoted the App Store's progress in Canada as part of a wide-ranging interview that also discussed the upcoming Epic Games trial.

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Apple quietly upgraded the Secure Enclave for older chips in fall 2020

Apple quietly upgraded the Secure Enclave for older chips in fall 2020

Apple made changes to its A12, A13, and S5 system-on-chips to alter the Secure Enclave in Fall 2020, to include a second-generation model of the Secure Enclave.

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Top 5 Apple deals on Amazon this week

Top 5 Apple deals on Amazon this week

Monday is a bargain hunter's dream, with fresh Apple deals on Amazon knocking hundreds off iMacs — plus the return of AirPods Pro for $199, new M1 MacBook Air deals, and iPad savings.

Tim Cook says Apple isn't against digital ads, wants user control and transparency

Tim Cook says Apple isn't against digital ads, wants user control and transparency

Apple CEO Tim Cook has clarified that the company is "not against digital advertising" ahead of the release of the App Tracking Transparency privacy feature.

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Will Smith withdraws 'Emancipation' filming from Georgia over voting law

Will Smith withdraws 'Emancipation' filming from Georgia over voting law

Apple TV+ movie "Emancipation" will no longer be filmed in Georgia as producer and star Will Smith plus director Antoine Fuqua protest against the state's new and more restrictive voting law.

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Apple Stores in UK reopen, as coronavirus lockdown eases

Apple Stores in UK reopen, as coronavirus lockdown eases

All Apple Stores in the UK are now open following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England and Wales.

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App Store economy in Canada now supports 243,000 jobs, up 18%

App Store economy in Canada now supports 243,000 jobs, up 18%

Apple says that the App Store now supports more than 243,000 jobs in Canada, an increase of 18% year-over-year, adding that the marketplace has become a "resilient source of opportunity."

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Pro Display XDR marketing drops 'far beyond HDR' label in UK

Pro Display XDR marketing drops 'far beyond HDR' label in UK

Apple has changed how it markets the Pro Display XDR in the United Kingdom following complaints to an advertising regulator, with it no longer using the words "Far beyond HDR" to describe the screen.

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Apple TV+ launches new 'Mythic Quest' season 2 trailer

Apple TV+ launches new 'Mythic Quest' season 2 trailer

Continuing its build up to the May 7, 2021 premiere of hit comedy "Mythic Quest," Apple TV+ has released a new two-minute trailer.

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Apple Mac shipments grew more than 110% year-over-year in Q1 2021

Apple Mac shipments grew more than 110% year-over-year in Q1 2021

Apple's Mac is continuing to see a surge in growth, with the company shipping more than double the number of units in the first quarter of 2021 than the year-ago quarter.

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Sonos Roam review, a new app, & a great camera deal on HomeKit Insider

Sonos Roam review, a new app, & a great camera deal on HomeKit Insider

The newest episode of the HomeKit Insider podcast features the launch of a great new HomePaper HomeKit app, a review of the Sonos Roam, and how to mount your smart panels — alongside a barrage of listener questions.

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'Flappy Bird' and other simple games can be played in macOS push notifications

'Flappy Bird' and other simple games can be played in macOS push notifications

In a short video posted to Twitter, an iOS engineer has shown that it's possible to play "Flappy Bird" directly within a macOS push notification.

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Former iPod, Apple Music creative director joins Impossible Foods

Former iPod, Apple Music creative director joins Impossible Foods

Steve Turner, formerly an Apple Creative Director who worked with Steve Jobs on launching the iPod and iPhone, has joined Impossible Foods as Chief Experience Officer.

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Microsoft buys Siri speech recognition partner Nuance in $19.7B deal

Microsoft buys Siri speech recognition partner Nuance in $19.7B deal

Microsoft has acquired speech recognition systems company Nuance in an all-cash deal valued at $19.7 billion, giving it control over the firm that helped Apple process Siri queries.

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UK NHS coronavirus app update blocked for breaking Apple, Google rules

UK NHS coronavirus app update blocked for breaking Apple, Google rules

An update to the UK's coronavirus contact-tracing app has been blocked because it breaks rules about collecting location data.

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Apple TV with camera and built-in HomePod speaker reportedly in the works

Apple TV with camera and built-in HomePod speaker reportedly in the works

The next evolution of the Apple TV could be a device that also adds in more functionality, a report claims, including a camera and borrowing the features and speaker from the HomePod.

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Ad companies still thinking about 'fingerprinting' to work around Apple's privacy rules

Ad companies still thinking about 'fingerprinting' to work around Apple's privacy rules

As Apple's App Tracking Transparency feature nears in iOS 14, some ad firms may be resorting to "server-to-server fingerprinting" to get around the privacy restrictions.

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Mini LED production issues hit forthcoming iPad Pro, shortages expected

Mini LED production issues hit forthcoming iPad Pro, shortages expected

Manufacturers are reportedly facing problems with producing mini LED displays in volume for the forthcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Over 1.3M Clubhouse user accounts posted to hacker forum

Over 1.3M Clubhouse user accounts posted to hacker forum

The data of approximately 1.3 million Clubhouse users have been posted to a hacker forum, but the iOS app's developers claim the platform wasn't hacked, and that the data was publicly available information.

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iPhone 11 Pro with misprinted Apple logo sold for $2,700

iPhone 11 Pro with misprinted Apple logo sold for $2,700

An alleged "misprint" iPhone 11 Pro that was apparently sold for $2,700 has surfaced in a tweet, with images showing the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone wasn't positioned correctly.

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Apple's Chief Compliance Officer will speak at Senate antitrust hearing

Apple's Chief Compliance Officer will speak at Senate antitrust hearing

Apple has confirmed it will be represented at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights on April 21, with Chief Compliance Officer Kyle Andeer set to speak about the App Store at the hearing.

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Google gamed its ad auction system to favor its own ads, generated $213 million

Google gamed its ad auction system to favor its own ads, generated $213 million

Google used a secret program called "Bernanke" that used historical bidding data to give its ad-buying system a major advantage over its rivals, an antitrust lawsuit filing claims, a program that earned the company hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

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Microsoft in talks to acquire Siri speech recognition partner Nuance for $16B

Microsoft in talks to acquire Siri speech recognition partner Nuance for $16B

Nuance Communications is allegedly in discussions with Microsoft over a potential acquisition of the voice recognition company, one that could value a technology provider behind voice analysis for Apple's Siri at approximately $16 billion.

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FBI foils one-man plot to blow up Amazon data center

FBI foils one-man plot to blow up Amazon data center

A man has been charged for plotting to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia, in what he believed was an attempt to take down "about 70% of the internet."

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Sony plans bigger push to bring PlayStation franchises to iPhone

Sony plans bigger push to bring PlayStation franchises to iPhone

Sony wants to expand its mobile gaming efforts, with job advertisements indicating it intends to adapt many PlayStation franchises to be playable on iPhone and iPad in the future.

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iPhone recovered from Taiwan lake after biggest drought in 50 years

iPhone recovered from Taiwan lake after biggest drought in 50 years

An iPhone accidentally dropped into a lake in Taiwan has been recovered one year later, after the biggest drought for over 50 years receded the water line enough to spot it.

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Shots fired near an Apple Store in Missouri in the Apple Crime Blotter

Shots fired near an Apple Store in Missouri in the Apple Crime Blotter

Apple Pay transactions surface in Matt Gaetz investigation, more Apple evidence against accused January 6 rioters, and cop's Apple Watch is damaged.

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

'Greyhound' audio crew explain how it sound-mixed the Apple TV+ drama

'Greyhound' audio crew explain how it sound-mixed the Apple TV+ drama

The Apple TV+ film "Greyhound" required some lateral thinking from its sound team, with a profile on how the audio mix during a key battle scene revealing the lengths the production went to make it dramatic.

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Apple chip partner TSMC to take part in White House semiconductor shortage summit

Apple chip partner TSMC to take part in White House semiconductor shortage summit

Apple chip partner TSMC is thought to be attending a White House virtual summit on Monday, to discuss with other tech executives and chip producers on how to fix the global semiconductor shortage.

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TipsHow to stream movies on your network with Plex Media Server on a Mac

How to stream movies on your network with Plex Media Server on a Mac

One way to make use of a spare Mac is to turn it into a server for home entertainment purposes. Here's how to set up Plex Media Server in macOS.

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More in-store 'Today at Apple' classes will run in Apple Sanlitun in Beijing

More in-store 'Today at Apple' classes will run in Apple Sanlitun in Beijing

Apple is continuing to run its in-store Today at Apple events in China, with a new series of courses at its Apple Store in Sanlitun, Beijing celebrating the art of the city in collaboration with 16 artists.

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Logitech discontinues Harmony universal remote lineup

Logitech discontinues Harmony universal remote lineup

Logitech on Friday officially killed the Harmony universal remote, leaving Apple TV users with one less alternative to the bemoaned Siri Remote.

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Friday, April 09, 2021

Cornelius Smith Jr. joins Apple TV+ series 'Five Days at Memorial'

Cornelius Smith Jr. joins Apple TV+ series 'Five Days at Memorial'

Cornelius Smith Jr. will join the cast of upcoming Apple TV+ limited series "Five Days at Memorial" in a lead role, according to a new report.

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