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As Samsung gears up for A-series iPhone chip production, TSMC boosts its own 7nm plans

With Samsung yesterday reported to be gearing up to win back some of Apple‘s A-series chip production from next year, TSMC is today said to be boosting its own plans to make processors for the 2018 iPhone. TSMC last year became Apple‘s sole supplier of its A-series, in large part due to its lead in ever-smaller chips. The iPhone 8 is expected to use a 10nm process, meanwhile the Taiwanese chipmaker is offering a 7nm process for next y

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Google makes iOS search app more personal with a feed based on your interests

Google has updated its iOS and Android search apps with a more personalized feed of links that may interest you. Since introducing the feed in December, we‘ve advanced our machine learning algorithms to better anticipate what‘s interesting and important to you. You‘ll see cards with things like sports highlights, top news, engaging videos, new music, stories to read and more. And now, your feed will not only be based on your i

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Apple confirms underwriting iPhone makers‘ legal costs as Qualcomm lawsuit escalates

A senior Apple official has reportedly confirmed that the company is underwriting the legal costs of its four iPhone manufacturers in their court battles with Qualcomm. While Qualcomm‘s CEO this week started using softer language, the dispute itself escalated further in a new development late yesterday more

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Sketchy report claims new iPhone SE coming in August, iPhone 8 event in October

An interesting claim is coming out from iGeneration this morning. According to a source of theirs, Apple is planning to debut a new iPhone SE later this year at an event‘ in August. The company would then follow up with the flagship iPhone 8 launch later in the year, around October more

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Will the switch to OLED be enough to convince you to upgrade to the iPhone 8? [Poll]

One of the headlining features of the upcoming iPhone 8 is said to be its OLED display, something contributing to both the device‘s rumored higher price and delayed launch. An interesting research note from analysts at Barclays last week, however, suggested that the OLED display isn‘t a must have‘ feature for most people. Is that the case for you? Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(

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Apple names Isabel Ge Mahe its new VP and managing director of Greater China

Apple today has announced that Isabel Ge Mahe will be its new vice president and managing director of Greater China. Currently,Mahe is the company‘s vice president of Wireless Technologies. Her new role will see her report directly to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. more

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Apple granted patents for iPhone dock with Siri built-in, discreet 911 calling method, and more

Apple today has been granted a handful of new patents, some of which are more notable than others. Such patents include one for an iPhone smart dock with Siri built-in, a new 911 calling method, and more. more

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LastPass will soon rollout new family features for sharing passwords and account info

In today‘s world, it is important to have strong, unique, and secure passwords protecting all of your online accounts. Services like LastPass make this easy to do with tools that generate random passwords and store them with strong encryption. Today, LastPass has announced that it will soon make family sharing a priority more

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Spotify facing two new lawsuits alleging ‘staggering‘ copyright infringement

Spotify today has been hit with a pair of lawsuits that accuse the streaming service of staggering copyright infringement. Spotify is no stranger to issues with royalty payouts and licensing problems, and while the company has taken steps to improve in those areas, these lawsuits claim it still has a long way to go more

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Apple details new server notifications & enhanced receipts for App Store subscriptions

In a post on its iTunes Connect blog this evening, Apple today explained new server notifications from the App Store that are available for developers. The notifications and receipt enhancements center around subscriptions and come on the heels of a new customer support‘ role Apple announced last night for iTunes Connect. more

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9to5Toys Last Call: 13 MacBook Air 199 off, iTunes 100 Gift Card for 85, Aluminum MacBook Stand 20, more

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Logic Pro X update adds Drummers, new Alchemy features & effects + more

Apple has hit us with another nice update for Logic Pro X, its flagship music production software. The 200 app has received a nice stream of updates this year largely focused on its powerhouse Alchemy software instrument, automatic built-in Drummer app and the usual bug fixes. This morning Apple dropped another batch of enhancements for those features and more. Head below for the highlights: more

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iPhone 8 renders show rumored design according to case maker sources

Forbeshas published new renders claiming to show the design of the iPhone 8 based on case maker information. While leaks based on case makers don‘t always pan out, these iPhone 8 renders look much like what we‘ve previously seen. more

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Snapchat update adds Multi-Snap 10-second clips, Tint Brush color feature

The latest update to Snapchat coming todaybrings two new features: Multi-Snap and Tint Brush. Multi-Snap lets you create up to a minute of video now by separately recording up to 10 seconds at a time, and Tint Brush is a new color editing feature for selecting and editing a specific part of a photo. more

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13 MacBook Air 199 off, iTunes 100 Gift Card for 85, Aluminum MacBook Stand 20, more

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Bluetooth LE adds mesh networking to improve home/building automation, lighting & other IoT devices

Bluetooth is adding support for a new mesh networking specification that will improve Bluetooth LE devices across various categories, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced in a briefing with press today. The group is adding the new spec after many requests from its member companies, and is making it available starting today for use in accessories using Bluetooth LE 4.0 or higher. more

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Lightroom for iOS gains Brush Selection tool w/ 3D Touch & Apple Pencil support

Adobe is out with a new version of Photoshop Lightroom for iPhone and iPad that brings a new Brush Selection tool and much more. Lightroom‘s new Brush Selection tool supports pressure sensitive input on iPhones with 3D Touch and iPad Pros with Apple Pencil. more

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Apple Pay expands to more banks across the US, UK, Italy, Russia, & China

New banks and credit unions across the United States, Italy, Russia, the UK, and China have joined Apple‘s list of participating partners since the last refresh earlier this month. Check out the latest Apple Pay banks below: more

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Mini-review: Compulocks Ledge brings back security locks to thinner Macs

One of the many slots in MacBooks that has disappeared over the years is the security slot. For anyone who doesn‘t remember these from the pre-Retina machines, this was a small horizontal slot into which you could insert a T-shaped security lock attached to a cable. You ran the cable around something solid like a desk leg, fed it back through a loop and then inserted the lock into the slot on your Mac.Locking it would twist the T-shaped ele

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99 augmented reality headset for the iPhone 7 coming later in the year [Video]

We‘ve been seeing some impressive augmented reality apps of late, but if holding your phone out in front of you feels a bit too artificial, an LA-based startup has an affordable alternative. The Mira Prism is a 99 headset with a slot for an iPhone 7. Instead of the Google Cardboard approach of having the screen face you, it instead faces the inside of the visor. You then see the augmented elements reflected on the plastic in front of you, a

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Chinese smuggler caught with 102 iPhones strapped to her body, doesn‘t beat the record

A woman has been caught by customs officials with 102 iPhones strapped to her body as she attempted to smuggle them fromHong Kong into mainland China. Surprisingly, she didn‘t break the record more

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Internet Archive backup of SoundCloud underway as layoffs create shutdown fears

Internet Archive, a group of volunteers aiming to preserve websites and services considered at risk of closure, has announced that it is beginning a partial backup copy of SoundCloud as of today more

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Samsung to resume making iPhone A-series chips from next year report

A report out of Korea says that Samsung dropped by Apple as a supplier for iPhone processor chips last year will once more share production with TSMC from next year. Apple used to split its A-series chip production between Samsung and TSMC, until switching exclusively to the Taiwanese company for the iPhone 7. TSMC kept its exclusive contract for the upcoming iPhone 8, but Samsung has reportedly succeeded in winning orders for the 2018 iPhone t

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Apple details new ‘Customer Support‘ role in iTunes Connect for responding to App Store reviews

In a post on its official developer blog, Apple this evening outlined a new Customer Support role that is now available on iTunes Connect. This addition, Apple says, is useful for developers who may want to hire someone dedicated to customer support and responding to questions, comments, and concerns left in App Store reviews more

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