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Macs Effectively Now Have a Three-Year Warranty in Australia and New Zealand Under Consumer Law

If you own a Mac and live in Australia or New Zealand, your computer effectively now has warranty coverage for up to three years from its original date of purchase, even without purchasing optional AppleCare+ coverage. Apple will now offer warranty coverage on most Mac parts for up to 24 months after its limited one-year warranty period, under consumer law in each country, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and App

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Gamevice‘s iPhone Gaming Controller Gets Price Drop and Integration With Sphero Droids

Gamevice, a company that makes a Made for iPhone/iPad gaming controller for iOS devices, today announced that its partnership with Sphero has expanded, allowing the Gamevice gaming controller to be used with Sphero droids. Starting today, the Gamevice, which already works with the Sphero app, can be used to pilot the BB-9E, BB-8, and R2D2 from Sphero, giving droid owners a better control method than the iPhone‘s display. Gamevice previou

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iPhone 8 Was Nearly World‘s Top Google Search This Year

Hurricane Irma, iPhone 8, and iPhone X were the world‘s three most popular search terms on Google this year. While the results make it look like the iPhone 8 is more popular than the iPhone X, it‘s important to consider that Apple‘s flagship smartphone was more commonly referred to as the iPhone 8 in rumors until a leaked version of iOS 11 essentially confirmed its stealthier name back in August. Among technology-related

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Nintendo Looking for Additional Mobile Software Developers After DeNA Partnership Falls Behind Schedule

Nintendo is looking to hire more software developers to help it create mobile video games in the vein of Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. According to people familiar with the matter speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has decided to expand its roster of smartphone game developers after its partnership with DeNA "fell behind schedule." Nintendo and DeNA first announced their partnership in March 2015, and then a fe

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Apple to Invest 390 Million in Finisar, US Maker of iPhone X TrueDepth Camera Lasers

Apple announced on Wednesday its plans to invest 390 billion in Finisar Corp, which supplies components for the vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) found in the iPhone X True Depth camera. The investment will be used to build a plant in Texas to make more of the chips, and will be financed by Apple‘s 1 billion Advanced Manufacturing fund, which the company created in 2017 to foster innovation and create jobs in the U.S. "

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Workouts++ 2.0 Brings Apple Watch Podcast Playback, Siri Integration, Location Tracking, and More

Free third-party fitness app Workouts++ got its 2.0 release on Tuesday, bringing a wealth of new features and improvements to the software, almost a year after its debut on iOS and Apple Watch. Users looking for an alternative to the native watchOS Workout app should find plenty to pique their interest in this update, which makes the most of new APIs available since the release of watchOS 4 and features a redesigned workout configuration syste

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Things 3.3 Update Brings New ‘Mail to Things‘ Feature to the To-Do App

Popular to-do app Things was updated today, bringing a new feature that enables users to add to-dos to the app from non-Apple devices. Previously, Things offered four ways to add to-dos: Quick Entry, Siri, 3D Touch, and the Add to Things extension. However, these methods are only available from within the Apple ecosystem. For this reason, version 3.3 introduces Mail to Things a feature that allows users to send an email to the Things Cloud, w

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Synaptics Creating In-Display Fingerprint Sensors for ‘Top Five OEM‘

Synaptics today announced that it has begun mass production of its Clear ID FS9500 optical in-display fingerprint sensors in partnership with a "top five" manufacturer, suggesting at least one major smartphone brand will sport in-display fingerprint sensing technology in the future. Synaptics has been working on fingerprint sensors capable of reading a fingerprint through display glass for some time now, and its first product, the Clear ID-FS9

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Android App ‘weMessage‘ Lets You Get iMessages on Your Android Smartphone With a Mac

There‘s no official way to get iMessages on a non-iOS device like an Android smartphone, but a new Android app aims to provide a workaround, at least temporarily. weMessage is designed to allow you to get iMessages on an Android device, but for it to work, a Mac is required. weMessage uses a weServer app on a Mac, which takes iMessages that are delivered to a Mac and forwards them to an Android smartphone or tablet. As described by the d

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Apple Bolsters Video Team With Hires From Hulu and Legendary Entertainment

Apple‘s original content video team continues to grow with the addition of two recently hired TV veterans who will handle business affairs for the division, reports Variety. Philip Matthys, who previously worked for Hulu, and Jennifer Wang Grazier, who was with Legendary Entertainment, have both joined Apple. Matthys was hired last month, and Wang Grazier, who will report to Matthys, will start in January. Image via Variety Prior to

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Apple Releases Firmware Update 7.7.9 and 7.6.9 for AirPort Base Stations [Updated]

Apple today released new firmware updates for its Wi-Fi base stations, including the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The 7.7.9 update is available for 802.11ac base stations, while the 7.6.9 update is available for 802.11n base stations. Release notes for the update were not provided by Apple, but it is likely that this firmware update fixes the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerabilities that affected many modern Wi-Fi networks an

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Apple Releases Firmware Update 7.7.9 and 7.6.9 for AirPort Base Stations

Apple today released new firmware updates for its Wi-Fi base stations, including the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The 7.7.9 update is available for 802.11ac base stations, while the 7.6.9 update is available for 802.11n base stations. Release notes for the update were not provided by Apple, but it is likely that this firmware update fixes the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerabilities that affected many modern Wi-Fi networks an

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Deals Reminder: Gazelle Has 25 Off All Apple Products and Free Shipping for Christmas Through December 13

This week, popular used electronics seller Gazelle has launched a few promos that will last until tomorrow, December 13, which is also the last date that you can order from the company and receive free shipping that will arrive in time for Christmas. Gazelle is marking down all Apple products by 25, as well as 10 off all other products, allowing you to purchase used iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks at a slight discount. Note: MacRumors is an affil

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Apple Increases Mac Trade-In Values to Up to 2,500

Apple today increased its trade-in values for select Mac models released in 2009 and later. In partnership with buyback company Phobio, Apple now offers customers up to 2,500, compared to up to 1,500 previously. The new trade-in values in the United States are as follows: MacBook: up to 1,110 MacBook Air: up to 430 MacBook Pro: up to 2,500 iMac: up to 2,500 Mac Pro: up to 1,560 To determine how much credit you can receive, vis

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Twitter Launches New ‘Threads‘ Feature for Tweetstorms

Twitter today announced the launch of a new "Threads" feature, which is designed to link multiple tweets together to make them easier to read. Twitter users often share multiple numbered tweets on a topic or idea, and this practice is generally referred to as a "tweetstorm." With Threads, two or more tweets can be linked, simplifying and streamlining the tweetstorm concept. When you create a tweet on Twitter, you can use the "+" button to

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Phil Schiller Says iPad Pro Can Both Supplement and Replace the Mac

Apple‘s marketing chief Phil Schiller believes the iPad Pro can be both a PC replacement and a supplementary device to the Mac. In a wide-ranging interview with T3 about the iPad Pro and other Apple products, including the iPhone X, iMac Pro, HomePod, and AirPods, Schiller said the iPad Pro‘s exact use case ultimately varies by customer.What we‘ve learned, truthfully, is that it‘s both, and that depends on the user. F

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Instagram Now Lets You Follow Hashtags in Your Main Feed

Instagram today announced that you can now follow any hashtag the same way you can follow normal accounts. Once you do, Instagram will use its algorithms to curate "highlights" from photos posted with that hashtag and place them within your main feed. Similar to previous uses of Instagram‘s algorithms, if you engage with these posts by liking them or commenting, the social network will search for similar content and present it to you in

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Mid-Range iMac Pro is Nearly Twice as Fast as High-End 5K iMac and Up to 45% Faster Than 2013 Mac Pro

While we already knew the iMac Pro will be the fastest Mac ever, at least until Apple releases its promised modular Mac Pro at some point in the future, now we have an idea of just how fast the desktop workhorse will truly be. YouTube reviewers Marques Brownlee and Jonathan Morrison have each shared hands-on videos of the iMac Pro, and put its CPU performance to the test with benchmarks on Geekbench, which simulates real-world workload scena

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iMac Pro Available With 8 or 10 Cores This Week, 14 and 18 Core Models Ship Early Next Year

Apple today announced that the iMac Pro will be released this Thursday, December 14, but YouTube reviewer Marques Brownlee says only 8-core and 10-core models will be available to order this week. Brownlee in his hands-on video said the high-end 18-core iMac Pro will ship early next year, alongside an unannounced 14-core model that will apparently be added to the lineup for a total of four Intel Xeon processor configurations. Skip to the

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iMac Pro Available With 8 or 10 Cores This Week, 14 and 18 Core Models Launch Early Next Year

Apple today announced that the iMac Pro will be released this Thursday, December 14, but YouTube reviewer Marques Brownlee says only 8-core and 10-core models will be available to order this week. Brownlee in his hands-on video said the high-end 18-core iMac Pro will be available early next year, alongside an unannounced 14-core model that will be added to the lineup for a total of four Xeon processor configurations. Skip to the 1:53 mark

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Mid-Range iMac Pro is Up to 45% Faster Than High-End 2013 Mac Pro

While we already knew the iMac Pro will be the fastest Mac ever, at least until Apple releases its promised modular Mac Pro at some point in the future, now we have an idea of just how fast the desktop workhorse will truly be. YouTube reviewers Marques Brownlee and Jonathan Morrison have each shared hands-on videos of the iMac Pro, and put its CPU performance to the test with benchmarks on Geekbench, which simulates real-world workload scena

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iMac Pro Described as Blazingly Fast, Quiet, and Fairly Priced, But Lacks Upgradeability

Marques Brownlee and Jonathan Morrison have shared hands-on videos of the iMac Pro, which Apple said is available to order on December 14. Image: Jonathan Morrison Brownlee spent the past week with the iMac Pro, using it to create his hands-on video itself with Final Cut Pro X, and found it to be a super capable yet quiet machine with a beautiful display and a stealthy space gray enclosure. He said the iMac Pro‘s biggest weakness is

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Twelve South Launches ‘HiRise Pro‘ for iMac and iMac Pro

Apple accessory maker Twelve South today launched an updated version of its HiRise Mac stand, called the HiRise Pro, which it‘s selling for 149.99. Similar to the previous iteration, HiRise Pro includes an adjustable height design (with 1-4 height options) and doubles as a storage space to reduce desk clutter. To better integrate into multiple design spaces, Twelve South‘s new accessory now comes with a double sided front plate i

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Hands-On With djay Pro 2 for Mac‘s New AI-Driven DJ Mixing and Beat-Matched Photo Slideshows

Algoriddim‘s djay lineup has been a mainstay in the DJ app market, getting its start on the Mac over ten years ago, becoming one of the early iPad hits, and over the years expanding to also include iPhone, Apple Watch, Windows, and Android. Throughout that time, djay has proven extremely popular with professional, amateur, and aspiring DJs alike for its powerful yet intuitive tools that make it easy to replace physical media and turntabl

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