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Apple‘s Mac Shipments Increase in Q2 2018 as PC Market Sees First Growth in 6 Years [Updated]

Apple‘s worldwide Mac shipments grew 3 percent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the year-ago quarter, according to new preliminary PC shipping estimates shared today by Gartner. During the quarter, Apple shipped an estimated 4.4 million Macs, compared to 4.26 million in the second quarter of 2017. Apple‘s market share also saw slight growth, improving from 7 percent in Q2 2017 to 7.1 percent in Q2 2018. Gartner‘s

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Plex‘s Grid View Channel Guide for Live TV Now Available for Apple TV

Plex‘s new Live TV grid view, which is designed to allow customers to find TV shows and movies through a traditional grid-based user interface, is now available for Apple TV. The grid view is available for both live TV content and content saved using the built-in DVR functionality in Plex. It first rolled out on the web in June before launching for tvOS today. Grid view organizes TV shows by channel and time of day, much like a stan

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Apple Maps Traffic Info Expands to Six New Countries

Real-time traffic information in Apple Maps expanded to several new countries today, including Brunei, Kenya, Mozambique, Philippines, Nigeria, and Vietnam, according to Apple‘s Feature Availability page. The feature will allow Apple Maps users in those countries to see traffic congestion as depicted through orange or red lines on roads where there‘s heavy traffic to contend with. Details on traffic conditions are now availabl

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Apple Announces New 300 Million Clean Energy Fund in China

Apple today announced the launch of a 300 million investment fund in China which is designed to connect Apple‘s suppliers with renewable energy sources. Apple, along with 10 initial suppliers, is investing 300 million into the China Clean Energy Fund over the course of the next four years. "At Apple, we are proud to join with companies that are stepping up to address the climate challenge," said Lisa Jackson, Apple‘s vice pres

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Apple‘s Carpool Karaoke Series Nominated for Shortform Emmy

Apple‘s "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" TV show was today nominated for an "Outstanding Short Form Variety Series" Emmy according to the list of Emmy nominations on the Emmy Awards website [PDF] (via The Hollywood Reporter). "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" was nominated alongside "Between the Scenes" from Comedy Central, "Creating Saturday Night Live" from NBC, "Gay of Thrones" from Funny or Die, "Honest Trailers" from ScreenJunkies on YouTu

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Apple‘s Mac Shipments Increase in Q2 2018 as PC Market Sees First Growth in 6 Years

Apple‘s worldwide Mac shipments grew 3 percent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the year-ago quarter, according to new preliminary PC shipping estimates shared today by Gartner. During the quarter, Apple shipped an estimated 4.4 million Macs, compared to 4.26 million in the second quarter of 2017. Apple‘s market share also saw slight growth, improving from 7 percent in Q2 2017 to 7.1 percent in Q2 2018. Gartner‘s

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U.S. Department of Justice Files Appeal to Block AT&T and Time Warner Merger

A month after a judge approved AT&T‘s 85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner with no conditions, the United States Department of Justice has announced plans to appeal the merger‘s approval. In a court document filed with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the DoJ announced its formal appeal. No additional data was included in the initial document.Notice is hereby given that the United States of America,

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Key Takeaways of 2018 MacBook Pro vs. 2017 MacBook Pro

Apple today introduced new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, now available to order from its online store. As with any new product launch, there is a wealth of information to sift through, so we‘ve created a list of key takeaways about the 2018 MacBook Pro lineup, particularly as it compares to the 2017 MacBook Pro lineup. 2018 MacBook Pros feature eighth-generation Intel Core processors. Apple says the 15-inch

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PSA: If You Recently Bought a 2017 MacBook Pro, You Might Be Able to Get a Refund

If you recently purchased a 2017 MacBook Pro prior to today‘s announcement of the new 2018 models, it‘s possible that Apple might allow you to return the machine for one of the updated 2018 MacBook Pros. There‘s a two-week return policy on all Apple products, so if your 2017 MacBook Pro was purchased within the last 14 calendar days, you can return it no questions asked to purchase a new 2018 MacBook Pro instead. If it&l

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Maxed Out 15-Inch MacBook Pro Priced at 6,699 for 2.9GHz Chip, 32GB RAM and 4TB SSD

Apple‘s new MacBook Pro models come with faster processors, more maximum RAM, and higher capacity SSDs all aimed at Apple‘s professional users, but none of those upgrades come cheap. Base prices for the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models are unchanged from last year, with pricing on new 13-inch models starting at 1,799 and pricing on new 15-inch models starting at 2,399, but build-to-order customizations can tack on thousands of dol

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2018 MacBook Pro Has ‘Quieter‘ Keyboard, But Unclear if Sticky and Unresponsive Key Issues Addressed

Apple today released new 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models that feature "improved" and "quieter" third-generation keyboards, but it‘s unclear if issues with sticky or unresponsive keys have been addressed. TechCrunch‘s Brian Heater:I can say definitively that the keyboard is noticeably quieter than its predecessor. I wasn‘t able to get a side by side comparison yet but as someone who uses a Pro with the second-gen keyb

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Apple Discontinuing Physical Photo Books Printing Service Later This Year

Apple will discontinue its physical Photo Books printing service later this year, as spotted by 9to5Mac. Using Photo Books, macOS users can choose from pictures taken on an iPhone or iPad, synced to the Mac Photos app, and build books, cards, calendars, and prints that are then mailed to them. Now, a new message has been spotted in the Photos app on macOS 10.13.6 and states that final purchases for the built-in photo printing service will ne

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2018 MacBook Pro Models With Touch Bar Support ‘Hey Siri‘

Apple has confirmed that its new 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models feature support for hands-free "Hey Siri." From its website, emphasis ours:Featured on the 13- and 15inch models with Touch Bar, the Apple T2 chip includes a Secure Enclave coprocessor that provides the foundation for secure boot and encrypted storage capabilities. It also consolidates many discrete controllers, including the system management controller, audio controlle

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Sprint Launches New ‘Unlimited Plus‘ and ‘Unlimited Basic‘ Phone Plans

Sprint today announced an update to its lineup of unlimited cellular plans, with four tiers that offer unlimited data, talk, and text, HD streaming, global roaming, and more. At the top, Unlimited Plus offers unlimited data, talk, and text nationwide with a 15GB LTE mobile hotspot, Hulu (Limited Commercials) and Tidal Premium (not HiFi) subscriptions, 1080p video streaming, and text and data in over 185 worldwide destinations. Under this plan,

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Apple Stops Selling 2015 MacBook Pro, Lineup Now Limited to Thunderbolt 3 Models [Updated]

Alongside the release of 2018 MacBook Pro models today, Apple has stopped selling the sole 2015 MacBook Pro that remained available for purchase on its online store, marking the end of an era for the notebook. Until now, Apple continued to sell one 15-inch configuration of the 2015 MacBook Pro for customers who preferred the notebook‘s wide range of connectivity options, including a pair of Thunderbolt 2 and USB-A ports, an HDMI port,

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PSA: Apple‘s 2018 Back to School Promotion is Live in Europe Today

Apple today launched its annual Back to School promotion in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and unlike the multi-week delay in past years, the 2018 edition has gone live simultaneously in many European and Asian countries. Participating countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sing

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Apple Launches 2018 Back to School Promotion: Free Beats With Select Mac or iPad Pro Models

Apple today launched its annual Back to School promotion in the United States, Canada, and select other countries. For a limited time, qualifying higher-education students, parents purchasing on behalf of higher-education students, and faculty and staff at both higher-education and K-12 institutions can receive a free or discounted pair of Beats headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad Pro. Apple is offering the choice of f

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Apple Stops Selling 2015 MacBook Pro, Lineup Now Limited to Thunderbolt 3 Models

Alongside the release of 2018 MacBook Pro models today, Apple has stopped selling the sole 2015 MacBook Pro that remained available for purchase on its online store, marking the end of an era for the notebook. Until now, Apple continued to sell one 15-inch configuration of the 2015 MacBook Pro for customers who preferred the notebook‘s wide range of connectivity options, including a pair of Thunderbolt and USB-A ports, an HDMI port, an

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Apple Begins Exclusively Selling ‘Blackmagic eGPU‘ for 699, Aimed at New MacBook Pros

Apple.com today gained a new and exclusive external GPU aimed at the MacBook Pro, called the Blackmagic eGPU. According to TechCrunch, the unit‘s appearance exclusively on Apple‘s website comes in the wake of a partnership between the two companies as Apple aims to widen the eGPU market after launching support for eGPUs this past spring. Running for 699.00, the Blackmagic eGPU provides desktop-class graphics performance on a MacBoo

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Apple Debuts New Leather Sleeves for 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro

Alongside the release of new MacBook Pro models this morning, Apple has debuted a trio of new Leather Sleeve accessories that fit the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3. Apple says the accessory is made of high-quality European leather with a soft microfiber lining that ensures protection of the MacBook Pro during travels. Colors include Midnight Blue, Saddle Brown, and Black. Apple previously released Leather Sleeves for the

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Apple Launches 2018 MacBook Pros: 8th Gen Core, Up to 32GB of RAM, Third-Gen Keyboard, Quad-Core on 13-Inch and More

Apple today announced the release of 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models with a wide range of new features, including up to six-core eighth-generation Intel Core processors, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 4TB of SSD storage, True Tone displays, Apple T2 chips, quieter third-generation keyboards, and more. The refresh includes a long-awaited quad-core 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. 15-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights6-core Intel Core i7

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Apple Launches 2018 MacBook Pros: 8th Gen Core, Up to 32GB of RAM, Third-Gen Keyboard, Quad-Core on 13-Inch

Apple today announced the release of 2018 MacBook Pro models, featuring up to six-core eighth-generation Intel Core processors and up to 32GB of RAM. The refresh includes a long-awaited quad-core 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. 15-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory

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Apple Pay Promo Takes 10 Off StubHub Orders of 100 or More Through August 1

This week‘s Apple Pay promo offers concertgoers and sports fans the chance to get 10 off a purchase of 100 or more from StubHub. To get the discount, browse tickets in the StubHub iOS app, use Apple Pay to checkout before August 1, and enter the code APPLEPAY-10 during the checkout process. The new promotion is themed around summer music festivals, and encourages users to pay with Apple Pay in apps like Airbnb and Lyft to book rooms an

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What a New Design Could Mean for Apple Watch Series 4

The Apple Watch Series 4 expected this fall will feature a new design and a display that‘s 15 percent larger, according to the latest reports from respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Additional details have yet to emerge, but the Series 4 could mark the first design change introduced in the Apple Watch since its debut three years ago. Kuo expects the two new Apple Watch models will measure 1.57 inches (39.9mm) and 1.78 inches (45.2mm),

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