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Apple Updates WWDC App With Customizable Icons, Hidden Session Info and iMessage Stickers Ahead of 2019 Event

Ahead of the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off on Monday, June 3 with a keynote event, Apple has updated its official WWDC app for iOS devices. There have been no design changes to the app aside from a new neon icon that better matches the darker theme of the 2019 conference, but according to Apple‘s release notes, the update adds a new profile area for managing notifications, virtual queuing for labs, and app icon se

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FTC Wins Antitrust Lawsuit Against Qualcomm [Updated]

The FTC today won its antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm over the chipmaker‘s anticompetitive business practices. As first reported by legal expert Florian Mueller on his blog FOSS Patents, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that Qualcomm‘s so-called "no license, no chips" model, under which the chipmaker has refused to provide chips to companies without a patent license, violates federal antitrust laws. The ruling has si

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Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Supplemental Update for 2018 and 2019 15-Inch MacBook Pro

Apple today quietly released an updated version of macOS Mojave 10.14.5, which is designed for 15-inch MacBook Pro models that feature a T2 security chip, aka the 2018 and 2019 machines. The new version of the software can be downloaded through the "Software Update" section of System Preferences on all compatible Macs. According to Apple‘s release notes, the new software addresses a "firmware issue" impacting Macs with a T2 chip. Ap

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Watch an Apple Watch Get Dipped in 24-Karat Pure Gold

Apple may have discontinued its gold-plated Apple Watch Edition back in 2016, but that hasn‘t stopped some keen do-it-yourselfers from filling the void. YouTube stars Casey Neistat and JerryRigEverything‘s Zack Nelson have teamed up to dip an Apple Watch Series 4 in 24-karat pure gold -- the Apple Watch Edition used 18-karat gold for comparison. And unlike the 10,000-and-up Apple Watch Edition, which is now four years old, this o

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Apple Sends Out Media Invites for WWDC Keynote on June 3

Apple today sent out media invites for the keynote event of its 30th annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The WWDC keynote will provide a first look at new software that Apple is debuting in 2019, including iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13. Image via Neil Cybart It‘s possible Apple could also use the event to unveil th

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FileMaker 18 for macOS Launches With Improved UI and More Security Controls

FileMaker 18 for macOS launched today, introducing a collection of feature enhancements like an improved user interface and a larger variety of security controls. FileMaker, Inc. is one of Apple‘s subsidiary companies and makes the FileMaker Platform, which allows developers to build custom apps. The company said that the new UI includes an "Import Field Mapping" dialog box, so that users can more easily map imported source data to Fil

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Apple Previews New Privacy-Focused Ad Tracking Solution Coming to Safari Later This Year

Apple today previewed a new Safari feature called Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution that it says will allow advertisers to measure the effectiveness of their ad campaigns on the web without compromising user privacy. In a blog post, WebKit engineer John Wilander explains that ad click attribution has traditionally been done through the use of cookies and so-called "tracking pixels," allowing both the advertiser and the website where th

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Apple Pledges to Be ‘Clearer and More Upfront‘ With iPhone Users About Battery Health and Performance in UK

The UK‘s competition watchdog today announced that Apple has formally agreed to be "clearer and more upfront with iPhone users" about battery health and performance to ensure compliance with consumer law, as the BBC reports. In a pledge submitted to the Competition and Markets Authority or CMA, Apple committed to several actions it has already taken, including providing consumers with "clear and comprehensible information" about lithiu

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Riot Games Working on Mobile Version of ‘League of Legends‘, Not Ready for 2019 Launch

Popular PC game League of Legends is on its way to mobile devices, according to three sources with knowledge of plans for the game who spoke with Reuters. The smartphone version of the game is being worked on by Tencent Holdings in China and Riot Games in the United States. Work on the game has been ongoing for over a year, but the game is "unlikely" to debut in 2019. The mobile game faced development troubles when relations between Tencent

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‘Mario Kart Tour‘ Gameplay Revealed in New Images and Video Shared From Beta Players

Nintendo today kicked off the beta for its mobile game Mario Kart Tour, limited to Android in Japan and the United States. Thanks to players starting to get their hands on the game, we now have a video and a few screenshots of Mario Kart Tour that provide a good idea of what you can expect from the mobile version of Mario Kart (via iGeneration). Images via iGeneration Like the console versions of the franchise, Mario Kart Tour is a kart racer

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FTC Wins Antitrust Lawsuit Against Qualcomm, Appeal to Follow

The FTC today won its antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm over the chipmaker‘s anticompetitive business practices. As first reported by legal expert Florian Mueller on his blog FOSS Patents, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that Qualcomm‘s so-called "no license, no chips" model, under which the chipmaker has refused to provide chips to companies without a patent license, violates federal antitrust laws. The ruling has si

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FTC Wins Antitrust Lawsuit Against Qualcomm

The FTC today won its antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm over the chipmaker‘s anticompetitive business practices. As first reported by legal expert Florian Mueller on his blog FOSS Patents, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that Qualcomm‘s so-called "no license, no chips" model, under which the chipmaker has refused to provide chips to companies without a patent license, violates federal antitrust laws. The ruling has si

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EE to Launch 5G in the United Kingdom on May 30

Mobile network EE has announced it will launch 5G in the United Kingdom on May 30, beating rival Vodafone‘s 5G offering which launches in early July. At a London press event this morning, EE revealed that the new 5G service will run alongside 4G. EE also confirmed that it won‘t be throttling its 4G service to make the 5G look faster. EE said its 5G partners include Qualcomm, Samsung, Google, LG, One Plus, Oppo, HTC, and Huawei

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Valve Releases New Steam Chat App for iOS

Valve has released a new free standalone Steam Chat app for iOS and Android that brings several of the desktop Steam chat client‘s features to mobile. Steam users can now use their smartphones and tablets to see who in their friends list is in game or online at a glance, participate in group chats, send invite links, customize notifications for friends, groups and channels, and embed rich chat features like videos, tweets, and gifs in

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Seven Safari Tricks on iOS You Might Not Know

Safari on iOS has a surprising number of hidden tricks, letting you manipulate tabs, conduct page-specific searches, and more, and not all of these features are immediately obvious due to the gestures involved. We‘ve rounded up some useful must-know Safari tips that you might not be aware of or may have forgotten, so make sure to check out our video because we bet there‘s something here that‘s going to be new to you. Subsc

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Transit Riders in Portland Now Able to Add Hop Fastpass to Apple‘s Wallet App

As of today, transit users in the Portland-Vancouver area are able to use their iPhones and Apple Watches to ride the TriMet, C-Tran, and Portland Streetcar, according to the Portland Tribune. A new update to the Hop app for the Portland area allows the Hop Fastpass for these transit services to be added to Apple Wallet, and from Apple Wallet, they can be used in lieu of a physical ticket or card. To use the new Hop Fastpass option, riders

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Apple Named Cannes Lions‘ 2019 Creative Marketer of the Year

Cannes Lions today announced that Apple has been named the Creative Marketer of the Year, marking the first time the Cupertino company has won the award. Apple was named the Creative Marketer of the Year to honor its "world class creative communications and marketing initiatives." Simon Cook, Managing Director of Cannes Lions, said that Apple is "highly deserving" of the Creative Marketer of the Year Award."The company‘s marketing a

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Apple‘s Online Store Now Offering New 4K 23.7-Inch LG UltraFine Display

The Apple online store and Apple retail stores in the United States are now offering a new 4K 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display, which replaces the previously available 4K and 5K displays from LG. Priced at 700, the new display was discovered in an Apple retail store yesterday before making its way online today. Apple started offering 4K and 5K LG UltraFine displays alongside the 2016 MacBook Pro, but has since stopped selling both of the or

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Apple Launches New Backlight Service Program for 2016 13-Inch MacBook Pro Display to Address ‘Flexgate‘ Issues

Alongside the launch of new MacBook Pro models, Apple today introduced a new Backlight Service Program for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. According to Apple, a "very small percentage" of 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro displays can exhibit vertical bright areas along the bottom of the screen or a backlight that malfunctions entirely. Apple will repair affected devices, which includes machines sold between October 2016 and February 2018, for free. Elig

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2018 and Newer MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Now Eligible for Apple‘s Keyboard Service Program

Apple today extended its Keyboard Service Program to all MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models equipped with any generation of its butterfly mechanism keyboard, not long after apologizing over the issues. This means 2018 MacBook Air, 2018 MacBook Pro, or just-announced 2019 MacBook Pro models that experience keyboard issues such as sticky or inconsistently responding keys now qualify for free repairs up to four years after the origina

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Apple Debuts New 8-Core MacBook Pro With Updated Keyboard

Apple today announced the surprise launch of a new MacBook Pro model, which it is calling the fastest Mac notebook ever. The new machine features Intel‘s 8th and 9th-generation processors, with high-end models featuring eight cores for the first time. According to Apple, the new MacBook Pro offers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro. Aside from new proce

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Apple Debuts New 8-Core MacBook Pro, ‘The Fastest Mac Notebook Ever‘

Apple today announced the surprise launch of a new MacBook Pro model, which it is calling the fastest Mac notebook ever. The new machine features Intel‘s 8th and 9th-generation processors, with high-end models featuring eight cores for the first time. According to Apple, the new MacBook Pro offers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro.This article, Apple Debu

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Apple Said to Have Made ‘Serious Bid‘ of ~240 Per Share to Acquire Tesla Around 2013

It has long been rumored that Apple plans to compete in the electric vehicle market in some capacity, ranging from supplying other automakers with underlying technologies to developing its own vehicle entirely, and new information suggests that Apple may have been eyeing a major acquisition to boost its efforts. Namely, Apple is said to have made "serious bid" for Tesla around 2013, offering around 240 per share. That‘s according to Cr

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Vizio‘s 2019 Smart TVs Now Available With AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Support Coming This Summer

Vizio today announced that its 2019 smart TV models with forthcoming AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are now available at various retailers in the United States, including Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam‘s Club, Target, and Walmart. The lineup includes high-end P-Series, mid-range M-Series, and lower-priced V-Series models. All of the TVs are 4K HDR, with prices ranging from 259.99 for a 40-inch model with under 400 nits brightness and a 1

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