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Apple Orders Comedy Series Starring Kristen Wiig

Apple has placed an order for a 10-episode half-hour comedy show starring Kristen Wiig, reports Variety. The show is said to be based on the upcoming "You Think It, I‘ll Say It" short story collection by Curtis Sittenfeld. Curtis Sittenfeld‘s book features 10 stories that "upend assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided," according to its description on Amazon

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Design Ethicist Imagines How Apple Could Help Combat Tech Addiction in Future iOS Updates

A little over one week after Apple investors urged the company to do more to protect children from smartphone addiction, a new column by The New York Times writer Farhad Manjoo has looked into potential ideas that Apple could implement in a future iOS update to curb addiction for all users, including kids. Manjoo spoke with Tristan Harris, former design ethicist for Google and owner of Time Well Spent -- an organization that works to improve

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HomePod Should Launch ‘Soon‘ as Inventec Begins Shipments to Apple

HomePod supplier Inventec has begun shipping the smart speaker to Apple, with an initial shipment "of about 1 million units," according to industry sources speaking with the Taipei Times. Apple is said to have sent out a shipment notice to companies in the HomePod supply chain in early January, and now that the first supplier has answered the notice one source stated that HomePod should be launching "soon." As the first batch of HomePods makes

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Experimental Feature Pushes Google‘s Arts & Culture App to the Top of the Free Apps Chart

Google‘s Arts & Culture app rocketed to the top of the free app charts over the weekend after one of its experimental interactive features went viral. Better known for its relatively staid virtual history exhibitions and digitized artworks, the app‘s sudden popularity is down to the addition of an option near the bottom of its scrolling interface which asks users, "Is your portrait in a museum?" On tapping the button, the app a

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Nomad Launches New 4-Port Wireless Charging Hub With Support for Fast Charging

Nomad today announced the launch of its new Wireless Charging Hub, which is designed to be the ultimate desktop hub for iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus users. The top of the Hub is a wireless charging pad that offers up to 7.5W of wireless charging power for Apple‘s glass-backed iPhones, and underneath, there are four additional ports. Three are USB-A ports meant for charging all kinds of devices, and one is a USB-C port that

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Apple Suppliers Anxious Over Lower-Than-Expected iPhone 8 Orders Going into 2018

iPhone suppliers are said to be preparing for low orders from Apple in the first quarter of 2018 because of a combination of seasonal factors and anxiety over reports of slower-than-expected sales of Apple‘s latest smartphone line-up. According to DigiTimes‘ sources in the supply chain, several component suppliers are bracing themselves for low order visibility for the full range of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models.

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Apple Earns Sixth Place on ‘Top 100 Global Technology Leaders‘ List

Thomson Reuters today published its first "Top 100 Global Technology Leaders" list, designed to pinpoint and celebrate "the industry‘s most operationally sound and financially successful organizations." The list‘s top five companies are Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, IBM, and Alphabet. Apple sits in sixth place, followed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, SAP, Texas Instruments, and Accenture. Thomson Reuters explained that i

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BMW Plans to Turn CarPlay Into Subscription-Based Service Next Year

BMW plans to offer CarPlay as a subscription-based service beginning next year, rather than charge a one-time fee, reports The Verge. The automaker will charge 80 per year for access to CarPlay starting next year, with no fee during the first year of ownership of a new BMW, according to Don Smith, technology product manager for BMW North America. BMW currently charges a 300 upgrade fee to drivers who want CarPlay, available in its 2017 mo

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Apple‘s iPhone 7 Plus Was China‘s Second Best-Selling Smartphone in 2017

Apple‘s iPhone 7 Plus was the second best-selling smartphone in China last year and outperformed iPhone 7 sales by some margin, according to new market research, suggesting price is not the only concern amongst Chinese consumers. Low-cost smartphones have dominated the Chinese market in recent years, while high-end devices from companies like Apple typically see low sales numbers in the country. But a report from Counterpoint Research re

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Malicious Link Texted to Mac and iOS Devices Can Cause Freezes and Resprings

A link that exploits a bug in iOS and Mac devices was shared on Twitter this afternoon, and if you receive this link through the Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can freeze up or respring, and the Messages app can become unusable. The link, which goes to a Github page, breaks the Messages app and causes problems on both iOS devices and Macs. Simply receiving the link results in issues, likely due to the Messages feature that lets you preview

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High School Student Interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently took the time out of his busy schedule to do an interview with high school student Rebecca Kahn, and her account of the interview was shared today by the National Center for Women & Information Technology as part of a new "Innovator to Innovator" series to celebrate the upcoming 2018 Aspirations in Computing Awards. Kahn says that she first emailed Cook when tasked with interviewing a person of interest in technolog

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New Siri Podcast News Feature Begins Rolling Out in iOS 11.2.2

A new feature that allows Siri to provide audio-based news updates appears to be rolling out to iOS users, allowing iPhone and iPad users to get audio news updates via the Podcasts app when asking Siri for current news info. The new audio news feature has been previously seen in the iOS 11.2.5 beta, but until recently it was not available on devices running the current version of iOS. In our testing, the new Siri feature is now accessible on d

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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth beta and more than a month after releasing macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, the second major update to the macOS High Sierra operating system. The new macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile inst

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Apple in Bidding War for J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Drama

Apple and HBO are embroiled in a bidding war for a new sci-fi drama television series penned by J.J. Abrams, reports Variety. Little is known about the series at this time, but it‘s said to deal with a "world‘s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force," and it marks the first television series Abrams has written since "Fringe" in 2008. Most recently, Abrams wrote "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and he is working on the upco

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New York Attorney General Leads Filing of Multi-State Lawsuit to Block Rollback of Net Neutrality

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this afternoon announced that he and 22 other Attorneys General have teamed up to file a lawsuit aiming to stop the Federal Communications Commission‘s planned rollback of net neutrality. The multi-state lawsuit [PDF] asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the FCC‘s repeal order, calling it arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion that violates federal law.

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Review: Ten One Design‘s Mountie+ Turns Your iPad Into a Second Screen Attached to Your Mac

Ten One Design‘s new Mountie+ is an update to its existing Mountie, a device that‘s designed to allow you to attach an iPad or iPhone to your laptop for use as a second display. The Mountie+, which I‘ve been using for the last few weeks, was created for Apple‘s larger 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad models. With the Mountie+, I can attach an iPad to the left side, right side, or top of my MacBook Pro using a simple double clamp

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Apple‘s 500th Store and First in Korea Opening January 27 Ahead of 2018 Winter Olympics

Apple today announced that its first retail store in South Korea opens on Saturday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m. local time, just a few weeks prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang on Friday, February 9. The store is located in the upscale Garosu-gil shopping area in the Gangnam District of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The location will be open seven days per week and, like other Apple retail stores, it will hos

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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth beta and more than a month after releasing macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, the second major update to the macOS High Sierra operating system. The new macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile inst

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Western Digital Debuts New Transportable G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttles

Western Digital today announced the launch of two new products in its G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle lineup, both of which are designed to be ultraportable RAID storage solutions aimed at meeting the needs of professional content creators who need both super fast transfer speeds and portability. The new 4-bay G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 supports transfer speeds of up to 1000MB/s and can transfer an hour of 30 FPS 4K footage i

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Facebook VP: Messenger App ‘Too Cluttered‘ and Will Be ‘Massively‘ Streamlined This Year

Facebook vice president of messaging products, David Marcus, posted an update on Messenger today, outlining the app‘s successes in 2017 and hinting at what the team has planned for 2018. In the post, Marcus mentioned that the Messenger team knows the app has become "too cluttered." Because of this, they have planned a big update for 2018, which will introduce a simplified and streamlined experience for Facebook Messenger (via The Verge)

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2019 iPhones Could Have Smaller Notch as Apple ‘Looking Into‘ Combining Face ID and Front Camera

A new report from South Korea‘s ETNews insinuates that iPhones may have a smaller notch in 2019 or beyond. The report, citing industry sources, claims Apple is "looking into" combining the front-facing camera and Face ID on next year‘s iPhones, a move that could certainly reduce the size of the TrueDepth sensor housing.According to industries, it is heard that Apple is planning to strengthen face sensing function starting from 2

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Airbnb Debuts ‘Pay Less Up Front‘ Checkout Option to Lower Initial Cost of Bookings

Vacation and apartment rental service Airbnb this week launched a new way for its customers to cut down the initial cost of expensive bookings for an Airbnb location. Called "Pay Less Up Front" and available on iOS, Android, and the web, the feature allows guests to choose to pay for part of their trip at the time of booking in the form of a 50 percent deposit "in most cases." When their check-in date draws closer, the app will send the guest

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iPhone Was Most Activated Smartphone in United States Last Quarter According to Survey

Apple increased its share of smartphone activations in the fourth quarter of 2017, following the release of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, according to data shared with MacRumors by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. iPhones accounted for 39 percent of activations in the United States between October and December, up from 34 percent in the year-ago quarter, based on CIRP‘s survey of 500 people who activated a new or u

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Twitter Rejects Claims It Snoops on Private User Data Including Direct Messages

Twitter has rebuffed claims by a conservative media outlet that its staff monitor users‘ private data, including direct messages sent over the social network (via TechCrunch). Earlier this week, Project Veritas, which hosts sting operation-style videos produced by self-proclaimed "guerrilla journalist" James O‘Keefe, posted footage that appears to show Twitter engineers admitting that teams of employees access users‘ data.

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