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Amazon Starts Taking Pre-Orders from U.K. Customers for Echo Spot

Amazon began taking pre-orders from U.K. customers for its Alexa-powered Echo Spot speaker on Tuesday. Announced along with all-new Echo models in September 2017, the compact display-and-speaker unit has only been available in the U.S. before now. The Spot is capable of standard Amazon Echo functions like controlling smart home devices and streaming music, but can also show users additional information like song lyrics, weather forecasts, and

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YouTube Currently Testing New Dark Mode for Mobile iOS App

YouTube appears to be in the testing phase of adding a new dark theme for its official iOS app, according to reports. Some Reddit users revealed on Monday night that a new dark mode option was already live as an option in the Settings section of the app after updating to version 13.01.4. Dark mode via Redditor amievengabereal However, as of this morning, rollout of the feature still seems to be limited to a handful of users, suggesting a

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Chinese Consumer Group Demands Answers From Apple Over Older iPhone Slowdowns

Apple‘s iPhone slowdown controversy extended to China on Tuesday after a Chinese consumer group asked the tech giant for information about iOS updates that reduce the performance of older iPhones (via Reuters). The Shanghai Consumer Council has written to Apple and requested an explanation for the slowdowns and information about what Apple planned to do to rectify the problem. The consumer group, which is a non-government organization a

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Apple Subsidiary FileMaker Shares New Ad Starring Actors From The Office

Apple Subsidiary FileMaker, which makes a popular database platform, today launched a new ad campaign that brings together former stars of hit television show "The Office." Kate Flannery (Meredith), Leslie David Baker (Stanley), and Paul Lieberstein (Toby) team up in a three minute spot called "Farm Time." The ad features a news report on a popular beet farm where the trio use FileMaker to run their operation. FileMaker has had a teaser s

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Mazda Remains Committed to Introducing CarPlay But Still Won‘t Say When

Toyota and Lexus today confirmed that CarPlay will be available in select 2019-and-later vehicles, making Mazda one of the only recognizable automakers-if not the only-without support for Apple‘s in-car software platform in the United States. Many of our readers commented or tweeted to ask if and when Mazda will ever support CarPlay, so we reached out to the company for an update. MacRumors received the following statement from Mazda s

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WeChat Users Again Allowed to Send Tips After Apple and Tencent Reach Deal

Apple and Tencent, the company that owns the popular WeChat messaging app, have reached a deal that will let WeChat users resume sending in-app tips to content creators, reports The Wall Street Journal. Apple first asked Chinese social networking apps to disable tipping functionality back in May 2017 as it violated App Store rules. Tipping, Apple said, was a form of in-app purchase that should be subjected to the same fees as other in-app purc

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Apple Sued Over Meltdown and Spectre in U.S. as iPhone Slowdown Lawsuits Now Total 45

Apple faces its first legal action over Meltdown and Spectre in the United States, even though the vulnerabilities were found to affect nearly all computers and other devices, according to court documents reviewed by MacRumors. Meltdown and Spectre are serious hardware-based vulnerabilities that take advantage of the speculative execution mechanism of a CPU, allowing hackers to gain access to sensitive information. All modern Intel, ARM, AMD

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Steve Jobs Introduced the MacBook Air Exactly 10 Years Ago Today

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the late Steve Jobs unveiling the MacBook Air, the world‘s thinnest notebook at the time. After introducing the AirPort Time Capsule and sharing some iPhone and Apple TV news, Jobs walked over to his podium, grabbed a manilla envelope, and pulled out the sleek MacBook Air. The crowd at Macworld erupted with applause as Jobs held the ultra-light notebook in the palm of his hand. The ultra-thin not

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Toyota and Lexus to Offer CarPlay in Select 2019 Vehicles and Beyond in United States

Toyota today is introducing its all-new 2019 Avalon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and MacRumors has learned it is the automaker‘s first vehicle with support for Apple‘s CarPlay. Toyota and Lexus plan to expand CarPlay compatibility to other 2019 model year and beyond vehicles with its Entune 3.0 and Enform 2.0 multimedia systems respectively, according to company spokesperson Brian Lyons. Toyota and Le

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Apple and Tim Cook Honor the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Apple today has honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full-page tribute on its website. A photo of Dr. King is accompanied by a famous quote of his: "The time is always right to do what is right." Apple CEO Tim Cook also shared a quote from Dr. King on Twitter and added "let‘s find the light and the love, together." ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only l

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MacBook Pro Reportedly Won‘t See Any Major Upgrades in 2018

Apple supplier Foxconn could be about to land a large number of additional MacBook orders this year, according to upstream supply chain sources (via DigiTimes). The increase could come at the expense of Quanta Computer, which has been Apple‘s major MacBook manufacturer in recent years. Taiwan-based Foxconn has reportedly been working to boost its chances of notebook orders from Apple by offering attractive quotes, while Apple has not ma

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Toyota to Offer CarPlay in Select 2019 Vehicles in United States, Including All-New Avalon [Updated]

Toyota today is introducing its all-new 2019 Avalon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and MacRumors has confirmed it is the automaker‘s first vehicle with support for Apple‘s CarPlay. In addition to the Avalon, Toyota plans to expand CarPlay compatibility to its other 2019 model year vehicles and beyond with its Entune 3.0 multimedia system, according to Toyota spokesperson Brian Lyons. Toyota said CarPlay

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Toyota to Offer CarPlay in Select 2019 Vehicles in United States, Including All-New Avalon

Toyota today is introducing its all-new 2019 Avalon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and MacRumors has confirmed it is the automaker‘s first vehicle with support for Apple‘s CarPlay. In addition to the Avalon, Toyota plans to expand CarPlay compatibility to its other 2019 model year vehicles and beyond with its Entune 3.0 multimedia system, according to Toyota spokesperson Brian Lyons. Toyota said CarPlay

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Foxconn to See More MacBook Orders From Apple in 2018 Despite No Major Upgrades to Line-Up Planned This Year

Apple supplier Foxconn could be about to land a large number of additional MacBook orders this year, according to upstream supply chain sources (via DigiTimes). The increase could come at the expense of Quanta Computer, which has been Apple‘s major MacBook manufacturer in recent years. Taiwan-based Foxconn has reportedly been working to boost its chances of notebook orders from Apple by offering attractive quotes, while Apple has not ma

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First Apple Park Drone Video of 2018 Captures Footage of Courtyard and More

Drone videographer Duncan Sinfield has shared the first new Apple Park drone footage of 2018 on YouTube today. The three minute video includes shots of Apple Park‘s large central courtyard, employee fitness center and basketball courts, the Steve Jobs Theater, and more. The first part of Sinfield‘s new video focuses on the landscaping within Apple Park‘s courtyard, which is still being finished up in the new year. Greenery no

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Apple Shares Two New iPad Pro Ads Focused on Apple Pencil and Augmented Reality

Apple today has shared two new iPad Pro ads titled Augmented Reality and Take Notes. The short 15-second ads, set to the song "Go" by Louis The Child, are part of a larger campaign ongoing since last year. The first ad focuses on how the Apple Pencil can be used to create multimedia notes on an iPad Pro running iOS 11, along with the ability to draw, type, or drag and drop photos from Apple‘s Files app. The second ad focuses on how

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iMac Pro is 1,000 Off at Micro Center Stores, Now 3,999 While Supplies Last

Micro Center stores are currently offering the base model iMac Pro for 3,999, a significant 1,000 discount off Apple‘s regular price, and by far the lowest price we‘ve ever seen for the powerful desktop workstation since it was released a month ago. Micro Center says the deal is available at its retail stores only and not online. The official Apple Authorized Reseller has 25 locations across the United States, many of which appea

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