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Friday, May 24, 2019

Second Taiwan Apple store to open soon in Taipei's Xinyi District

Second Taiwan Apple store to open soon in Taipei's Xinyi District

Apple on Thursday quietly adorned construction barriers protecting a new retail location in Taiwan with company branding, confirming rumors that the tech giant will soon open a second outlet in the region.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Apple ceases iOS 12.2 code signing following iOS 12.3 release

Apple ceases iOS 12.2 code signing following iOS 12.3 release

Apple on Thursday stopped signing code for iOS 12.2 following the May release of iOS 12.3, ensuring iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices are operating on the latest version of the company's mobile operating system.

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Snapchat employees abused company data access tools to spy on users

Snapchat employees abused company data access tools to spy on users

According to a report on Thursday, a number of Snap employees abused privileged data management tools to snoop on Snapchat users, in some cases potentially gaining access to location and contact information, as well as saved Snaps.

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Fresh App Store monopoly lawsuit arrives after US Supreme Court ruling

Fresh App Store monopoly lawsuit arrives after US Supreme Court ruling

Taking advantage of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, a new class action lawsuit accuses Apple of artificially inflating App Store prices through a claimed monopoly on iOS app distribution.

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New US bill would ban loot boxes in games for people under 18

New US bill would ban loot boxes in games for people under 18

Moving forward as promised, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri formally introduced a bill on Thursday that would halt sales of gaming loot boxes to people under 18.

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New price drops deliver the best deals on Apple Watches, Macs, iPads

New price drops deliver the best deals on Apple Watches, Macs, iPads

Steeper markdowns have just been issued on Apple hardware, delivering the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's Mac mini, 2018 MacBook Air, iMac 5K, Series 3 and Series 4 Watches and more.

EditorialEditorial: The AirPods Meme - How Apple is making you fall in love with your tech

Editorial: The AirPods Meme - How Apple is making you fall in love with your tech

AirPods are emblematic of what makes today's Apple work. It's a competent technology product, but one that makes an emotional connection with you as you use it. And because they're designed to be used often and for extended periods of time, they keep associating themselves with your happiness derived from using them, ingratiating themselves as trusted devices that recommend that you buy more gear from Apple in the future.

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VideoWhat to expect at the 2019 WWDC from iOS 13 and watchOS 6

What to expect at the 2019 WWDC from iOS 13 and watchOS 6

It's going to be a big year for iOS and that's not just wishful thinking, that's based entirely on what we know is coming. Here's what the evidence says Apple is bringing to our iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.

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US Senate greenlights anti-robocalling bill to combat 'daily deluge'

US Senate greenlights anti-robocalling bill to combat 'daily deluge'

The U.S. Senate voted 97 to 1 on Thursday to move forward with the TRACED Act, intended to fight a surge of robocalls, in some cases harassing people multiple times per day.

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Eight-core 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro crushes mid-2018 model in benchmarks

Eight-core 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro crushes mid-2018 model in benchmarks

An initial benchmark of Apple's updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with an eight-core processor indicates the 2019 revision of the highest-specification model offers considerable improvements on the 2018 equivalent, especially in multi-core performance.

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ExclusiveSave up to $1,000 on 2018 MacBook Pros with these blowout deals

Save up to $1,000 on 2018 MacBook Pros with these blowout deals

More price drops are in, and these special markdowns are available exclusively for AppleInsider readers. Save $500 to $1,000 instantly on 2018 15-inch MacBook Pros featuring 32GB of memory and at least 1TB of storage. In addition to the lowest prices ever, shoppers can take advantage of no interest financing or a sales tax refund, further adding to the savings.

Samsung reportedly being tapped for 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pro OLED screens

Samsung reportedly being tapped for 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pro OLED screens

Apple is considering the possibility of adding flexible OLED displays to its MacBook Pro and iPad Pro lines, a report claims, a component that could be supplied by Samsung using a slightly modified production technique for the display technology.

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Revived bill proposes safeguards against warrantless data searches at US borders

Revived bill proposes safeguards against warrantless data searches at US borders

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have reintroduced a bill that would block the government from searching iPhones, MacBooks, and other devices at the border without a warrant.

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QNAP ships Mac-compatible USB-C to 5-gig Ethernet adapter

QNAP ships Mac-compatible USB-C to 5-gig Ethernet adapter

QNAP on Thursday introduced the QNA-UC5G1T, an adapter bridging USB-C Macs with Ethernet connections running up to 5 gigabits per second.

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Pegatron could start making iPads & MacBooks in Indonesia as early as June

Pegatron could start making iPads & MacBooks in Indonesia as early as June

One of Apple's major assembly partners, Pegatron, will start Indonesian manufacturing of iPads and MacBooks in June, regional reports claim.

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Jamf data claims most students would use a Mac - if they could afford it

Jamf data claims most students would use a Mac - if they could afford it

Most college and university students would choose to use a Mac, but price is a considerable barrier, according to a survey commissioned by Apple-oriented device management firm Jamf.

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Proposed US Senate bill would hand $700M to rural telecoms to avoid Huawei & ZTE

Proposed US Senate bill would hand $700M to rural telecoms to avoid Huawei & ZTE

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators have proposed a bill that would hand $700 million in grants to rural telecom providers to cover the cost of stripping Huawei and ZTE gear from their networks.

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Speech enhancements to clean up iPhone audio could kick in after unclear call complaints

Speech enhancements to clean up iPhone audio could kick in after unclear call complaints

Calls between iPhone users could benefit from automatic audio filtering to improve the quality of the sound heard by each user, a system that would only come into effect once it knows one user is having trouble hearing what is being said by the other.

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Apple's 2019 iPhone models listed in Eurasian regulatory filings

Apple's 2019 iPhone models listed in Eurasian regulatory filings

Eleven model numbers relating to new iPhones, and their variations such as geographical or storage capacity, have now appeared in the Eurasian Economic Commission's listings, far ahead of their expected September launch.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Instagram website source code exposed private information of thousands

Instagram website source code exposed private information of thousands

A security researcher discovered a flaw in Instagram's website that left user contact information exposed for months, potentially allowing nefarious actors to create databases containing the phone numbers and email addresses of thousands.

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App developer Panic reveals 'Playdate' handheld gaming system

App developer Panic reveals 'Playdate' handheld gaming system

Panic, a developer known for macOS and iOS apps like Transmit and Coda, on Wednesday announced plans for its first hardware offering in Playdate, a small handheld gaming device set to launch in 2020.

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Man pleads guilty to trafficking counterfeit iPhones in Oregon return scam

Man pleads guilty to trafficking counterfeit iPhones in Oregon return scam

A Chinese student pleaded guilty in Oregon on Wednesday to one count of trafficking counterfeit iPhones, which he used to dupe Apple into giving him real units for sale in China.

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WWDC 2019 schedule teases ReplayKit for macOS, hearing tech in HealthKit

WWDC 2019 schedule teases ReplayKit for macOS, hearing tech in HealthKit

Apple's WWDC 2019 schedule has quietly revealed that ReplayKit will be coming to macOS later this year, and that the company's HealthKit ambitions include hearing.

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Hands-OnHands on: WaterField's Tech Rolltop Backpack for MacBooks & iPads

Hands on: WaterField's Tech Rolltop Backpack for MacBooks & iPads

San Francisco-based WaterField recently launched the Tech Rolltop Backpack, an option for Mac and iPad toters who occasionally need to cram in a lot extra.

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WWDC app updates with neon stickers and logo, account profile changes

WWDC app updates with neon stickers and logo, account profile changes

Apple has updated the official WWDC app for iOS, refreshing it with new features for attendees relating to notification management and virtual queuing, as well as visual updates including a selectable neon app logo and stickers.

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Amazon, Best Buy issue steeper price cuts on MacBook Pros

Amazon, Best Buy issue steeper price cuts on MacBook Pros

After discounting 2017 non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pros last week, Amazon and Best Buy are expanding their respective Apple sales to include 2018 MacBook Pros with fresh price drops of up to $300 off.

Apple issues supplemental update for macOS Mojave 10.14.5 fixing T2 issues in MacBook Pro

Apple issues supplemental update for macOS Mojave 10.14.5 fixing T2 issues in MacBook Pro

Apple has issued a supplemental update for macOS Mojave 10.14.5 for users of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, a recommended download that fixes a problem associated with the built-in T2 Security Chip.

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Apple summoning media to WWDC 2019 keynote with unicorn emoji invites

Apple summoning media to WWDC 2019 keynote with unicorn emoji invites

Apple has started to send out invitations to members of the media to attend the keynote address of WWDC 2019, an event that typically has Apple providing a first look at operating system updates and features it will be releasing later in the year.

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Sonnet ships Solo10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 10-gigabit Ethernet adapter

Sonnet ships Solo10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 10-gigabit Ethernet adapter

Accessory maker Sonnet Technologies on Wednesday launched two 10-gigabit Ethernet adapters, including one that connects to Macs through Thunderbolt 3.

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VideoPowerbeats Pro are better headphones than AirPods, but won't replace them

Powerbeats Pro are better headphones than AirPods, but won't replace them

After rocking Apple's newest Powerbeats Pro for the last week, we had to come to a conclusion on whether or not these water-resistant, better sounding, wireless headphones were going to usurp our go-to AirPods. While they are a clear winner with a target audience, for us, AirPods are still the way to go — here's why.

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ARM severs ties with Huawei, creating crisis for future phone designs

ARM severs ties with Huawei, creating crisis for future phone designs

Chip designer ARM is reportedly cutting off business with Huawei, a move that could potentially cripple the Chinese smartphone maker on top of the existing U.S. restrictions.

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Apple adding privacy-centric ad click attribution tech to Safari & WebKit

Apple adding privacy-centric ad click attribution tech to Safari & WebKit

Apple has introduced a new privacy technology it is including in WebKit, the browser rendering engine used by Safari, one that enables online advertising to allow attribution for clicks to be passed along to marketers, but while at the same time preventing the user from being identified or profiled.

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Apple could take a 29% earnings bite if China threatened retaliatory ban

Apple could take a 29% earnings bite if China threatened retaliatory ban

Though there's no sign of such action on the horizon, a Chinese ban on Apple business would decimate the company, knocking 29% percent off earnings, according to a Goldman Sachs analyst.

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EditorialEditorial: Reporting about the MacBook Pro is failing at a faster rate than the butterfly keyboard

Editorial: Reporting about the MacBook Pro is failing at a faster rate than the butterfly keyboard

In April 2015, Apple introduced its new Retina Display MacBook with a new "butterfly" keyboard design. Some critics didn't like its shorter key travel, but complaints really began to snowball as its mechanism was adopted across Apple's other notebook models. Today it's regarded by some as a major problem, but journalists describing the problem don't seem to really know what that problem actually is, and are misleading users with their reports based on fact-free claims.

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Apple 'more upfront' with consumers following 'batterygate' affair says UK regulator

Apple 'more upfront' with consumers following 'batterygate' affair says UK regulator

Apple will be "clearer and more upfront" with iPhone users concerning the smartphone's battery health and performance, a UK competition regulator has advised, following talks with the company over how it throttled battery performance in older iPhone models in 2017.

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Hands-OnHands on: Newly updated FileMaker Pro 18 focuses on improvements for long-time users

Hands on: Newly updated FileMaker Pro 18 focuses on improvements for long-time users

Wednesday's FileMaker Pro 18 update isn't as big as in previous years, but the latest edition still brings significant improvements to features that will delight existing users.

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Chinese diplomat attacks Apple & Trump over Huawei - using an iPhone

Chinese diplomat attacks Apple & Trump over Huawei - using an iPhone

A Chinese diplomat, normally a vocal backer of government policies, was recently caught using Twitter for iPhone to defend Huawei and attack Apple and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Tencent & Riot Games working on mobile 'League of Legends'

Tencent & Riot Games working on mobile 'League of Legends'

The popular multiplayer game "League of Legends" could soon be playable on an iPhone or iPad, with Riot Games and Tencent reportedly developing a mobile version of the title, and have apparently been collaborating on the project for over a year.

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FeatureFAQ: 2019 MacBook Pro & Apple's updated butterfly keyboard repair program

FAQ: 2019 MacBook Pro & Apple's updated butterfly keyboard repair program

As you might expect, we're getting a lot of questions about the 2019 MacBook Pro. AppleInsider tackles a few of the issues, and tells you what you can expect when and if you buy one of the new machines.

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