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WhatsApp Video and Photo Messages Reportedly Blocked in China

China has reportedly started blocking some features of the WhatsApp messaging service, as authorities continue to tighten controls over the country‘s internet. WhatsApp users began reporting problems with sharing content on the chat platform yesterday, with many unable to send video and pictures. Despite initial fears of a communications-wide ban of the Facebook-owned service, text-based messages within the app appear to be unaffected.

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Google Search App Gains Personalized News Feed Section

Google today announced a new personalized news feed for its namesake iOS app, offering a stream of content based on user search history and topics they choose to follow. The feed appears directly below the search bar in the Google app, where users will see a stream of personally relevant articles and media content powered by Google‘s machine learning algorithms. The feed sits in place of Google Now, the company‘s predictive se

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‘Nintendo Switch Online‘ iOS App Now Available

As Nintendo prepares to launch Splatoon 2 on July 21, it has made the Nintendo Switch Online app available in the iOS App Store. Nintendo Switch Online, first introduced earlier this month, is designed to enhance the online experience when using compatible games on the Nintendo Switch console. At the current time, Splatoon 2 is the only game that‘s compatible with Nintendo Switch Online, and it will allow players to voice chat with frien

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Password Manager LastPass to Debut New Family Plan Later This Summer

Popular password management LastPass today announced plans to introduce a new family plan, LastPass Families. The new plan is designed to allow up to six family members to store and access all of their passwords and documents from any device. With LastPass Families, family members can share access to bank accounts, credit cards, and more, for every day use or in case of an emergency. According to LastPass, each individual family member will ha

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Apple Names Isabel Ge Mahe as New Managing Director of Greater China

Apple today announced that Isabel Ge Mahe, the current vice president of wireless technologies, has been made the vice president and managing director of Greater China. In her new role, Mahe will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. According to Apple, Mahe, who has led Apple‘s wireless technologies software engineering teams for nine years, will provide leadership and coordination across Apple‘s China-based

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Adobe Lightroom for iOS Gains New Pressure Sensitive Selective Brush Tool

Adobe today updated its Lightroom apps for the iPad and the iPhone, introducing a new selective brush, a details tab, a refreshed interface for the iPad, and enhanced support for features like the Apple Pencil and 3D Touch. Both Lightroom for iOS and Lightroom for iPad feature a new Selective Brush tool, which can be used to selectively paint enhancements on any part of an image. On the iPhone, the Selective Brush takes advantage of 3D Touch f

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Panic Releases Transmit 5 With Major Improvements, but No Mac App Store Version

Panic today announced the launch of Transmit 5, the newest version of its popular Mac-based file transfer app. Transmit 5 is a massive update, introducing an improved UI, new features, additional servers, and a Panic Sync feature. According to Panic, everything from the core file transfer engine to the "Get Info" experience was entirely rethought, overhauled, and improved, for an even better file management experience. For those unfamilia

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Apple Shares Trailer for ‘Kygo: Stole the Show,‘ a New Documentary Coming to Apple Music July 26

Apple today announced the air date for its newest music-related documentary that will be shown exclusively on Apple Music, Kygo: Stole the Show. The documentary, which chronicles the life of Norwegian DJ and musician Kygo, will premiere on Apple Music on Wednesday, July 26. Apple shared the air date in a new trailer that has been uploaded to the company‘s YouTube channel. Starting with the early stage‘s of Kygo‘s career, the

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Apple Updates Logic Pro X With New Drummers and Performance Improvements

Apple today updated its professional audio editing software Logic Pro X to version 10.3.2, introducing bug fixes, performance improvements, and a couple of new features. Today‘s update brings three new Drummers able to play percussion in the styles of Pop, Songwriter, and Latin, and the new Drummer loops can be added to songs and customized with performance controls. Apple has also improved the responsiveness of the graphical user int

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Bluetooth LE Standard Gains Mesh Networking for Improved Smart Home Connectivity

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced that its Bluetooth technology has been updated with support for mesh networking, designed to create large-scale device networks by connecting multiple Bluetooth devices to one another. Bluetooth calls these "many-to-many" connections, which can support just a handful of devices or up to thousands. In a home setting, the mesh feature will be useful for connecting smart home devices to one ano

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Apple Pay Expanding to AIB in Ireland, CaixaBank in Spain, and Other Banks in UK, France, and Italy

Apple Pay continues its global expansion today with several new participating banks, and more coming soon, in France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, and the UK. In France, Apple says Apple Pay will be available later this year to Banque BCP and Arka Banque Prive customers, and through mobile-only banking and/or payment solutions Orange Bank, Lydia, and N26. In Italy, as promised, Apple Pay is available now for American Express credit cards issued

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Philips Sonicare Debuts New iPhone-Connected Smart Toothbrush With Inductive Charging Cup

One year after launching its first Bluetooth-enabled smart toothbrush with the Sonicare Flexcare Platinum device, Philips this week announced the all-new Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Sonic toothbrush. The toothbrush includes the usual array of features found in other smart toothbrushes, including brush coaching and smartphone connectivity, while also debuting new advantages like a revamped brush head system and inductive charging through an includ

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‘Mira Prism‘ Headset Uses an iPhone to Power Augmented Reality Experiences

A new iPhone-compatible augmented reality headset has been announced today, called the Mira Prism, and it allows users to plug their iPhone 6, 6s, or 7 into a headset and interact with holographic images overlaid onto real-world objects. The iPhone 7 sits facing away from the user when placed within the Mira Prism, and then a pair of mirrors reflects what‘s on the iPhone‘s screen and positions it on the front glass lenses, providin

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‘AirBar‘ Accessory That Gives 13-Inch MacBook Air a Touchscreen is Now Available

Neonode today announced that AirBar for the 13-inch MacBook Air is now available to purchase for 99 at select retailers in the United States, including Fry‘s Electronics and Evine.com. It will also be available online through Amazon, Best Buy, and Staples, but it doesn‘t appear to be in stock on those websites yet. AirBar, a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree, is a thin aluminum bar that magnetically attaches below the 13-inch Ma

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Samsung Rumored to Return to iPhone Chip Production in 2018

Samsung Electronics will return to producing chips for Apple in next year‘s iPhone lineup, according to a new report today by The Korea Herald. Before, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company held the sole supplier responsibility of providing Apple‘s A10 chip in the iPhone 7, as well as the A11 chip in the upcoming iPhone 8, but now today‘s report references a "crucial deal" made between Samsung Electronics co-CEO Kwon Oh-hyu

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Apple Users‘ Mixed Reality Future Teased in Latest ARKit Demo

Developers have wasted no time testing the limits of Apple‘s new ARKit platform, as each passing week serves up tantalizing previews of what‘s possible on an iPhone or iPad now that developers can quickly and easily build augmented reality experiences into their apps. The latest demo to raise the bar comes courtesy of New York-based virtual reality developer Normal VR and offers a sneak peek at what‘s potentially in store for

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Qualcomm CEO Says Out of Court Settlement With Apple Could Happen

Apple and Qualcomm have been embroiled in a bitter legal battle since the beginning of the year, and though the fight has escalated in recent weeks, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf today told Fortune that an out of court settlement is not out of the question."There‘s not really anything new going on," Mollenkopf said speaking at the Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen. About the Apple dispute, he explained "those things tend to get to resolve

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Apple Now Lets Developers Assign a Customer Support Role to Respond to App Store Reviews

Apple today highlighted a new Customer Support role that was recently added to iTunes Connect, which developers can take advantage of if they would like to hire someone specifically to respond to customer reviews in the App Store.Now you can give the customer support experts in your organization the ability to respond to customer reviews on the App Store with the new Customer Support role in iTunes Connect. Users with the Admin or Customer Suppor

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1Password for iOS Updated With Auto Copy Feature to Make One-Time Passwords Easier to Use

AgileBits today updated 1Password for iOS, introducing a new auto copy feature that‘s going to make it a lot easier to use two-step authentication for various apps and services. Whenever you use 1Password to sign into a service on your iPhone that features 1Password integration, the app will now automatically copy any one-time passwords you have associated with that login. That speeds up the login process, because you can have 1Password

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Olloclip and Incase Launch Limited Edition iPhone 7 ‘Filmer‘s Kit‘ Exclusively at Apple Stores

Smartphone accessory companies Olloclip and Incase today announced a new collaborative product called the "Filmer‘s Kit" for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The 199 kit includes "curated essentials" for users who regularly find themselves filming, taking photos, or live streaming on an iPhone 7. Specifically, the Filmer‘s Kit includes an Olloclip Core Lens Set with Fisheye, Super-wide, and Macro 15x lenses, an Olloclip Active Lens S

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Subway Refreshing Store Designs With Self-Order Kiosks That Support Apple Pay

Subway today unveiled an all-new "fresh forward" redesign coming to 12 pilot locations at its restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which includes self-order kiosks in select locations that support checking out via Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Subway has long supported Apple Pay as a payments option during the traditional check-out process in its restaurants. The new kiosks will allow customers to browse Subwa

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Apple Highlights New Batch of Emoji Coming to iOS, macOS, and watchOS Later This Year

After first giving iTunes an emoji-themed makeover, Apple is continuing its celebration of World Emoji Day with a preview of all-new emoji characters coming to iOS, macOS, and watchOS later in 2017. The new emoji previewed today by Apple include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Sandwich, Coconut, T-Rex, Zebra, Zombie, Elf, Star-Struck, Exploding Head, and more. All of the emoji shared today were previously included in the

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Pioneer‘s Rayz Lightning-Equipped Earphones Gain ‘Hey Siri‘ Support

Pioneer today announced that its Rayz line of Lightning-equipped earphones designed for the iPhone are receiving a major update that adds "Hey Siri" functionality along with other new features. Enabled through new firmware and an update to the Rayz app that‘s being released today, the earphones can now activate Siri with the standard "Hey Siri" command even while the iPhone is tucked away in a pocket. That means Siri can respond to reque

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Former Apple Executive Says Company Stalling in Design Innovations Following Death of Steve Jobs

A recent report by The Wall Street Journal has taken a look into the smartphone design war happening between Apple and Samsung, suggesting that the latter company has begun edging out the former with the design of the Galaxy S8. According to Hugh Dubberly, formerly of both Apple and Samsung, Samsung isn‘t ahead of Apple because it has "gotten better" at designing smartphones, but because Apple has "fundamentally changed" following the de

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