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Friday February 9

05:38
AppleInsider podcast interviews Michal Jurewicz of...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about HomePod, rumored iPhones and Bryan Fuller's inability to stay on a show. In addition, Michal Jurewicz joins to talk about audio digital signal processing.

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05:00
Apple granted a patent for ‘interface scanning for...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180039395) for “interface scanning for disabled users” which the goal of making improved input devices and methods for physically-impaired users. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that various types of input devices, such as keyboards, mice, track pads, touch screens, and the like, have been developed to enable a user to interact with a computing device. While these traditional input devices provide users with a quick and intuitive way to interact with a computing device, they all require a significant amount of movement by the user. 

Apple notes that this presents a problem for physically-impaired users that lack the fine motor skills required to operate such input devices. For example, some physically-impaired users are unable to move a finger across the surface of a touch screen device and thus, cannot operate a touch-sensitive device, such as a tablet computer. Similar problems can arise with the use of a keyboard or...

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04:30
PictureMate PM-400 makes it easy to print great-...

Epson’s PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab delivers high quality, long-lasting photos in a compact, lightweight, wireless solution. And it’s been reduced in price from $249.99 to $199.99.

The PM-400 prints beautiful borderless 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photos that are smudge, scratch, water, and fade resistant, and which purportedly last up to 200 years (I’m old, but I can’t verify this).

The PictureMate PM-400 is also a complete wireless solution, with built-in Wi-Fi Certified n, Wi-Fi Direct, as well as printing from an iOS tablet or smartphone. Featuring a 2.7-inch LCD screen and easy-to-use button formatting for set up and navigation – all without a personal computer — the personal photo lab creates stacks of photos conveniently and quickly, printing 4”x6” photos in as fast as 36 seconds.

The PictureMate PM-400 offers a range of...

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04:00
How to send an email with Siri on an iPhone or iPad

Yesterday we looked at how to send a text message by dictating with Siri. You can also use Apple’s personal digital assistant on your iPhone or iPad to send an email. Here’s how:

  • Press and hold the Home button to activate Siri (or say “Hey, Siri” if you iPhone supports this feature).
  • Say something like “Email Matt Sellers” or “Send an email to Matt Sellers.” Or you can send an email to multiple recipients with a phrase like “Send an email to Matt Sellers and Katie Sellers.”
  • Siri opens your Messages app and grabs the email address of the person or persons you’re emailing. If the contact has more than one email address, you’ll be asked to choose the address you wish to use.
  • Tell Siri the subject of the email. For example: “Volleyball practice Thursday night.”
  • Dictate to Siri the contents of the email.
  • Wait for Siri to confirm the content of your text.
  • Tap Send or say Yes to send your email.

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03:55
Facebook testing Downvote button, but says it’s not...

Perhaps the single most requested Facebook feature has been the one the company has been determined not to offer: a Dislike button …

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03:30
StarTech releases new hard drive eraser

StarTech has released a new 4-Bay Hard Drive Eraser for 2.5” or 3.5” SATA Drives that erases four SATA drives simultaneously. It’s designed to offer an efficient way for users to securely erase sensitive data and information from hard drives in batches, ultimately saving time.

The $814.99, 4-bay drive eraser is made for the IT professional and technician, but also the tech minded business professional who wants to quickly erase sensitive data from SSDs and HDDs to repurpose them, according to the folks at StarTech. With several industry-recognized erase modes, users can erase the contents of their drives and confirm completion by connecting the eraser to a serial printer to print a receipt.

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03:15
First HomePod orders begin heading to final...

Your pre-ordered HomePod unit is on its way to your loving arms.

The HomePod is en route, and customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia have begun receiving shipment notifications from Apple letting them know their orders have shipped and are on the way.

The first units are set to arrive in Australia and Apple is apparently using Next Day Air delivery in the United States, then shipping the units out from local hubs according to the tracking information.

Customers without a tracking number may be able to locate their unit by going to the UPS website, selecting the track by reference number option, and entering the phone number associated with a HomePod order.

For customers in the United States, deliveries will begin around 8 AM local time on Friday, February 9th. Apple is no longer offering the HomePod for February 9 delivery or in-store pickup, but the company will likely have a supply of HomePods available for walk-in purchase...

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03:00
iOS’ “iBoot” component leaked to GitHub, quickly...

Apple, and its legal department, do not like it when you leak source code for core components of iOS on GitHub.

This is exactly what happened, as a chunk of source code, labeled “iBoot”, which is the part of iOS that is responsible for ensuring a trusted boot of the operating system, found its way onto GitHub. In other words, it’s the program that loads iOS, the very first process that runs when you turn on your iPhone. It loads and verifies the kernel is properly signed by Apple and then executes it, much the same way that a BIOS would function.

The code says it’s for iOS 9, an older version of the operating system, but portions of it are likely to still be used in iOS 11.

Apple has traditionally been reluctant to release its source code to the public and has taken steps to keep iBoot secure and its code private. Where hackers and security researchers are concerned, bugs in the boot process are the most valuable ones if reported to Apple through its bounty...

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03:00
Romantic movies to stream this Valentine’s Day

Here are 20 great movies to watch with the one you love.

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02:59
Yahoo Mail for iOS adds ‘Medals’ feature for the...

As the 2018 Winter Olympics officially kick off, Yahoo is capitalizing on the events in an attempt to make it as easy as possible for users to stay up to date. The company is adding features to Yahoo Mail that allow users to see the latest news out of Pyeongchang, South Korea…

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02:47
Find out everything HomePod can do in the online...

In line with the HomePod public launch, Apple has posted the HomePod User Guide. The guide covers what to do when you first unbox the HomePod as well as what kind of things to ask it from music questions to smart assistant features like driving traffic, weather, and alarms.

more…

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00:45
Samsung leak shows off the Galaxy S9's new DeX...

When reports came out late last year that Samsung was going to reveal the Galaxy S9 at CES 2018, it was bundled with rumors about a new DeX docking station. Well, the S9 reveal didn't happen at CES, but that part about a new DeX device might just be...

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Thursday February 8

21:10
DEVONagent 3.10

Adds a Google Scholar (Case Law) plug-in. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates)

 

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20:17
Apple adds live news section to TV app on iOS and...




Apple on Thursday updated its TV app for iOS and tvOS with a live news section, making good on promises last year to deliver live streaming content from a variety of network news channels to the cord-cutting app.

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19:31
Apple TV app gains promised News section first shown...

Apple today has further expanded its TV application on iOS and tvOS. Following the addition of a dedicated Sports section a few months ago, users can now use the TV app to access live streaming news content from several different sources…

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19:26
Florida man's AirPods reportedly 'blow up...




In what appears to be a rare catastrophic Apple hardware failure, a Tampa, Fla., man's AirPods "blew up" during a recent gym workout, prompting Apple to investigate the matter.

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18:50
How to stream the 2018 Winter Olympics on iPhone,...

The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kick off tomorrow in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Opening Ceremony will mark the beginning of the affair at 8PM tomorrow, Pyeongchang time. For those of us in the United States, that’s 6AM ET and 3AM PT. Thankfully, NBC will be rebroadcasting the Opening Ceremony tomorrow evening.

But, how do you stream the Winter Olympics and all of the events? Read on to find out…

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18:29
FBI agent texts highlight distaste for Apple: ‘Now...

Newly released text messages between two FBI officials show just how much distaste there was for Tim Cook and Apple two years ago during the company’s fight against unlocking the iPhone owned by the San Bernardino shooter.

The texts, released as part of an investigation into how the FBI handled the Hillary Clinton probe, range from consumer tracking accusations to pure insults…

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18:14
Stacking up Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo and Google...




Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple all have voice assistants vying for attention, and all are moving the concept of computer-human voice interaction forward. AppleInsider offers an abbreviated history of how we got here and the capabilities of these assistants and their devices in anticipation of HomePod. What do these things do? What do people use them for? And what is Apple doing differently?

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17:50
FBI agents dish on Tim Cook, Apple in private texts...




Documents recently aired in an ongoing investigation into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton probe show texts between two agency officials discussing 2016's encryption debate, offering a revealing look at government sentiment at the time.

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16:25
First HomePod orders arrive as Apple publishes User...




HomePod is now on sale at Apple retail locations in Australia, New Zealand and other areas where the clock turned Friday, and customers who recently took receipt of the new smart speaker are posting photos of the device to social media outlets.

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15:56
Apple issues updated macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta...




Following releasing a second macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta version to developers and public beta testers on Tuesday, Apple on Thursday issued an updated iteration of the evaluation operating system with what appears to be minor fixes.

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15:46
Apple releases updated build of macOS High Sierra 10...

Apple earlier this week seeded macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta 2 to developers, and today the company has issued an update to beta 2.

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15:01
Apple investigating claim that AirPods started...

A Florida man claims that one of his AirPods started smoking while he was listening to music. As reported by WFLA, Tampa resident Jason Colon was working out at his local gym when he noticed his right AirPod “billowing” smoke…

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14:59
024: HomePod arrives in Australia, Apple News covers...

Today we’ve got HomePod arriving in Austrlia as ship dates slip in the US, Apple News launching a new featured section for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the iOS 9 bootloader leaking and Apple’s response.

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14:59
Hands-on: CalDigit TS3 Plus – the best Thunderbolt 3...

There is no shortage of Thunderbolt 3-enabled docks for the Mac; nearly every popular Mac peripheral maker has one, and they all seem to have various strengths and weaknesses.

Recently, CalDigit, who has produced a number of Thunderbolt-3 Mac-centric docks of its own, launched its latest hardware, the TS3 Plus. The TS3 Plus features a build quality and design that’s nearly identical to its previous dock, but comes with a lot more port options, and maintains its strong USB Power Delivery. Is this the best dock for Mac users? more…

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14:44
Ahead of the Oscars, Apple offers $19.99 movie...

The Oscars are a little less than a month away, and Apple wants to get you into the spirit (and maybe sell a few Apple TV 4K boxes) with Oscar-themed discount bundles on award-winning films.

There are eight "award winning bundles," each priced at $19.99 and consisting of four movies. Five bucks a film isn't a bad price to own a movie on iTunes—that's about what you normally pay to rent one.

In addition to the bundles, Apple has discounts on a number of past major award winners. Here's the list of what's on offer.

$19.99 award-winning movie bundles

Classic Best Picture CollectionGone With the Wind, Casablanca, An American in Paris, Ben-Hur

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14:40
How to watch the Olympics in 4K HDR

If you have the right hardware and pay TV subscription, you can catch some of the action from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 4K and HDR (high dynamic range).

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14:35
Apple Daily Report for Feb. 8, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with a death in the family. Prayers go out to the entire Sande family. In the place of the AWT News Update, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

A new section devoted to the Winter Olympics is now available within the "For You" tab of Apple News in the U.S., and it will feature articles, videos, and other coverage of the games over the next two weeks.

Cardiogram, a company that offers an app able to break down heart rate data collected by the Apple Watch, today shared the results of a new study that suggests the Apple Watch can be used to detect the signs of diabetes.

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14:09
Qualcomm board unanimously rejects Broadcom's $...




Qualcomm on Thursday said its board of directors has unanimously rejected a revised $121 billion buyout offer from Broadcom, saying the proposal "materially undervalues" the chipmaker's assets.

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14:07
Here are all of Apple’s tips for HomePod available...

HomePod has started arriving to customers around the world and Apple’s Tips app for iOS is ready for it. When you have the speaker paired with your device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch), you’ll be able to access a new Tips collection. After pairing HomePod, you should get a notification from the Tips app within 30 minutes.

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14:00
HomePod officially goes on sale in Australia as...

Apple’s HomePod speaker is officially available, starting first in Australia. It’s currently 9AM in Australia and Apple Stores are officially opening their doors as the first preorders arrive to customers. HomePod’s release will follow in the U.K., and lastly the United States…

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13:45
Review: LifeProof Aquaphonics AQ10 Waterproof Speaker

As we mentioned last month, LifeProof has been branching out beyond its well-known rugged iPhone cases into new areas, including not only external power packs, but also a new line of rugged speakers, dubbed Aquaphonics. These maintain the company's focus on gear for the outdoor adventurer, providing water, dirt, snow, and drop protection so you can take them just about anywhere. Today we look at the company's mid-size offering in the new lineup, the $200 AQ10{/exp:char_limit}

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13:14
Apple issues DMCA takedown for iBoot code, says...




The iOS 9 iBoot source code published this week is old and shouldn't pose a threat to people who keep their iPhones and iPads updated, Apple said on Thursday.

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12:41
Mario Kart Tour for iOS will be free to try like...

Nintendo officially announced Mario Kart Tour for iOS last week and today we’re hearing that the upcoming game “will be free to start.”

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12:30
Apple offers $19.99 bundles, discounts Oscar winners...




In preparation for the 90th Academy Awards in March, Apple has updated the iTunes Store with a variety of discounts for films that have previously won an Oscar, including $19.99 movie bundles based on the categories they triumphed within, as well as numerous others available to buy for less than $10 each.

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12:30
First Look: Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition...

You’ll find loads and loads of Final Fantasy games on the App Store—18 of them, by my count—but nearly all of the ported classics from past consoles are two decades old or more, even if the graphics have been polished a bit. Meanwhile, the newer mobile-exclusive entries are widely hit-or-miss in quality, with none as essential as the numbered classics.

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12:12
News: Apple dispels security concerns regarding...

While Apple has confirmed that recently leaked iOS 9 iBoot source is authentic, the company has dispelled any concerns users may have about the leak compromising iPhone security. In a statement to MacRumors, Apple emphasized that the leak is for iOS 9, a three-year-old operating system that is installed on less than seven percent of devices, and notes that “by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source…

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11:38
Apple Says the Leaked iPhone Source Code is Outdated

Apple has responded to security concerns surrounding leaked iPhone source code, pointing out that any potential vulnerabilities would be outdated. From a report: "Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked," Apple said in a statement, "but by design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built in to our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections." The iBoot source code for iOS 9, a core part of what keeps your iPhones and iPads secure when they turn on, was leaked on GitHub, Motherboard first reported. The source code leak was considered a major security issue for Apple, as hackers could dig through it and search for any vulnerabilities in iBoot. Apple had used a DMCA notice to get the Github page hosting the leaked code taken down, but multiple copies of the code have already...

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11:36
How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics on your iPhone...




Even though the opening ceremony won't take place until Feb. 9, early competition is already getting underway at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. Here's how to watch on your Apple device of choice.

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11:17
Apple: leaked ‘iBoot’ source code won’t be a major...

Apple says the apparent source code leak for the iPhone’s “iBoot” bootloader that loads iOS isn’t as serious a problem as folks are making it out to be.

Apple had this to say to CNET: Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections.

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11:11
Apple has picked up a new TV show called '...

According to Deadline, Apple has picked up a new TV show called Little America, a half-hour anthology series written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon (pictured), the duo behind the hit movie, The Big Sick. Lee Eisenberg, who produced the comedy series SMILF will serve as showrunner. 

Little America is based on the true stories featured in Epic Magazine and described on the site as “a small, collective portrait of America’s immigrants — and thereby a portrait of America itself.”  Deadline says Nanjiani and Yang, who likely will tap into their families’ immigrant experiences for the project, executive produce alongside Eisenberg and Gordon. Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will executive produce...

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11:09
Apple developing ‘Little America’ TV show with...

According to a report from Deadline, Apple is working on developing a show called Little America, created by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon who wrote the popular movie, The Big Sick.

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11:05
Apple again bolsters video ambitions with '...




Apple has signed another deal for video content, this time, an anthology series focusing on immigrants in the United States.

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11:05
News: Sennheiser releases Apple-exclusive version of...

Sennheiser has introduced a new all-back version of its Ambeo Smart Headset that will be sold exclusively in Apple Stores for $300. Unveiled last month at CES and designed expressly for iOS devices, the company’s new Ambeo headset connects via the Lightning port and features microphones on the outside of each earpice to provide 3D sound when recording audio or video, effectively creating what the company calls an “immersive life-like 3D…

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10:47
Apple downplays iBoot source code leak, says updated...

Apple has shot down the significance of an apparent source code leak for the iPhone’s iBoot bootloader which loads the operating system. The original report flagged the source code leak as the ‘biggest leak in history’ based on one researcher’s description, but Apple has significantly downplayed any risks associated with the leak while seemingly confirming its authenticity.

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10:16
iOS 11 News app adds curated reporting of 2018...




Apple has added a new feature within iOS 11 News to supply human-curated updates on the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The special coverage, in collaboration with NBC, is designed to not overwhelm iOS users' existing News feeds while at the same time providing timely, accurate and high-quality reporting for everyone interested in the Olympic events.

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09:50
159: HomePod review roundup, iPhone battery health...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss welcome changes in watchOS 4.3 for Apple Watch, HomePod reviews before receiving ours, how Apple is resolving battery health issues with iOS 11.3, and much more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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09:49
Legendary Pokemon Rayquaza added to 'Pokemon Go...




Niantic is teasing the upcoming addition of a new legendary Pokemon that players of 'Pokemon Go' will soon be able to collect with their iPhones, meanwhile Aspyr has discounted 'Civilization VI' for the iPad to half its regular price, bringing the strategy game down to $29.99 for a limited time.

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09:35
Hulu TV rolling out 60fps to select channels on...

Before today, Hulu’s live TV streaming service has been capped at 30 frames per second (fps). This made it problematic to watch things such as sports, which rely on high frame rates.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose QC25 Headphones $150,...

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09:24
Snapchat launches custom filters and lenses for all...

Snapchat today has launched two new features, allowing users to create custom filters and lenses. With the new customizable AR content, Snapchat is looking to increase user engagement and will also be creating more revenue as the new features start at $10.

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09:14
How to download old versions of apps from the App...




Apple hasn't totally left old iPad owners behind. In addition to still signing the last iOS releases for those devices, you can still download software for them -- assuming you know where to look.

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08:44
Nintendo's 'Mario Kart Tour' for iOS...




The next big mobile collaboration between Nintendo and DeNA -- "Mario Kart Tour" -- will be "free-to-start," according to DeNA's CEO, Isao Moriyasu.

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08:36
Review: SandMarc’s impressive wide lens for iPhone X

A few months back, the team at Sandmarc asked if I’d like to review their wide lens for iPhone X. In the past, having covered a handful of iPhone lenses, I remained skeptical. That was until I got the kit in hand. I have to say that Sandmarc’s wide lens kit pleasantly surprised and impressed me.

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08:34
Deals: Loaded 13" Touch Bar for $2,199 ($300...




Top deals are in effect now just in time for Valentine's Day. Pick up a 2017 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar packed with upgrades for $2,199, a discount of $300. Closeout 15" MacBook Pros are also $800 off, while 2017 models start at $2,199 ($200 off). Apple's iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case is also 50% off today only with no tax in 48 states.

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08:11
Barclays: Improving battery replacement wait times...

Barclays is out today with its latest analyst note which includes wait times for iPhone battery replacements appear to be declining. While this is good news for customers, the firm describes how this could potentially negatively affect Apple.

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08:08
∞ The Dalrymple Report Podcast: Talking HomePod with...

This week Rene Ritchie and I talk about our experiences with Apple’s HomePod, due to be released this week.

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08:06
Leak of iBoot code to GitHub could potentially help...

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On the evening of February 7, Motherboard's Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai reported that code from the secure boot-up portion of  Apple's iOS mobile operating system—referred to as iBoot—had been posted to GitHub in what iOS internals expert Jonathan Levin described to the website as "the biggest leak in history.” That may be hyperbole, and the leaked code has since been removed by GitHub after Apple sent a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown request. But the situation may still have implications for Apple mobile device security as it could potentially assist those...

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08:04
Internet Pioneer John Perry Barlow Dead at 70

John Perry Barlow — Internet pioneer, EFF co-founder, rancher, and Grateful Dead lyricist — has died. We look back on his contributions to the Internet.

 

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07:52
Kantar data reveals the good and bad news for...

A Kantar survey provides some insight into how the HomePod might fare as it goes on sale tomorrow.

Unsurprisingly, the greatest appeal is among those who already subscribe to Apple Music. The firm found that subscribers were nine times more likely to purchase a HomePod than non-subscribers …

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07:45
Apple News launches robust 2018 Winter Olympics...

With the 2018 Winter Olympics kicking in Pyeongchang, Apple News has launched a robust new featured section for tracking up-to-the-minute coverage of the games for the next two weeks.

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07:35
Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee suspected of evading $7...




Lee Kun-hee, the chairman of South Korean electronics giant Samsung, has been identified by police as a suspect in a tax evasion case, after authorities discovered evidence that 8.2 billion won ($7.5 million) in taxes was avoided by concealing funds in bank accounts opened under the names of other company executives.

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07:27
News: Apple loses Amazing Stories showrunners over...

Apple has lost two of the production staff for its new “Amazing Stories” project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Showrunner Bryan Fuller reportedly left the project this week citing “creative differences” that may have stemmed from Apple’s insistence on keeping its content “PG”. Fuller had developed Amazing Stories for NBC before the project moved into Apple’s purview, but reportedly was looking…

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07:15
∞ Can silence actually drive you crazy?

After his report on his “Inside Apple’s HomePod Audio Lab” tour, several commenters asked Jim what it sounded like inside the anechoic chamber. This video may

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07:04
New Zealand police recruitment video

[VIDEO] Well done. Lots of tiny details to watch out for. Love this. Video embedded in main Loop post.

[H/T John Kordyback]

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06:51
Have a look at 157 new emoji, coming this year, and...

[VIDEO] Enjoy the run through of the new emoji.

One thing that I did find puzzling about this video (embedded in main Loop post): About 30 seconds in, you’ll see emoji for Super Villains and Super Heroes. The difference? Super Villains wear pink and purple. Super Heroes wear red and blue.

Not crazy about this path. Associating specific colors with good and evil is, to me, the first step down a bad road. Maybe make the Super Villains distinctive in some other way?

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06:51
News: YouTube for Apple TV gets a major facelift

Google has released significant update to YouTube for Apple TV, overhauling the user interface with an entirely new design that’s more resemblant of the user interface found in the YouTube apps on other platforms, and a departure from the more traditional Apple TV UI layout that YouTube had been following since the days before the tvOS App Store was unveiled two years ago....

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06:46
iOS source code leak could be the worst Apple's...

Apple is used to fighting leaks about its upcoming products and OS releases, but it’s never had to deal with anything like this before. An anonymous user on the popular code-sharing server...

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06:42
HomePod won’t unseat Amazon in the smart speaker...

Apple’s launch of HomePod has intensified the competition in smart speaker market. According to TrendForce, Amazon Echo still tops the ranking of smart speaker products in 2018 with a market share in shipment of 50.8%, although down from 69.1% in 2017. 

The share of Google Home is projected at 21.6%, ranking the 2nd. The new Apple HomePod is expected to reach a share of 8.9%, while the numbers for Alibaba’s and Xiaomi's smart speakers will be 6.3% and 5.1% respectively, adds the research group.

TrendForce analyst Tom Tien points out that apart from first movers like Amazon and Google, the smart speaker market is expected to draw more attention after Apple joined the competition. Alibaba and Xiaomi have also introduced related products, driving the entire market to flourish.

Overall speaking, smart speaker is the interface for smart home devices. Although many companies have entered this market, Amazon...

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06:40
Motherboard: Key iPhone source code gets posted...

Nope. Nope. Nope.

I hate headlines like this. Biggest leak in history? Come on.

Here’s where the reaction comes from:

Someone just posted what experts say is the source code for a core component of the iPhone’s operating system on GitHub, which could pave the way for hackers and security researchers to find vulnerabilities in iOS and make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve.

The GitHub code is labeled “iBoot,” which is the part of iOS that is responsible for ensuring a trusted boot of the operating system. In other words, it’s the program that loads iOS, the very first process that runs when you turn on your iPhone. It loads and verifies the kernel is properly signed by Apple and then executes it—it’s like the iPhone’s BIOS.

This is true. It’s also true that Apple filed a copyright takedown and GitHub removed the post. But that’s a side note. Important, but a side note.

Buried down in the Motherboard article is this nugget:

This...

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06:34
Reporters Without Borders urges journalists to move...




Watchdog organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is recommending that journalists operating out of China either close or migrate their iCloud accounts by the end of the month, as Apple is on the verge of transferring local control to a company tied to the Chinese government.

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06:27
Apple, Apple TV, and their original content strategy

This post from Pavan Rajam is long, well researched, and insightful, well worth the read if you are interested in Apple and their pursuit of the TV market.

Just a bit from the report:

Content development and production are not things Apple has done before. Will these shows even be good? Based on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu’s progress on this front, success is possible but not guaranteed.

And:

In the current market, content is used to differentiate services, not hardware. Amazon, for example, uses original content to drive Prime subscriptions. It could care less whether you watch it on a Fire TV or another device.

And:

If growing Services revenue is a high priority, will this original content be available on non-Apple platforms (like Apple Music on Android, or iTunes on Windows)?

Those are just a taste of a much bigger...

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06:17
∞ Apple Watch is a huge success. I think HomePod...

Apple Watch shipments beat expectations, topping 18 million in 2017, up by more than 54% on 2016. The Series 3 was the key growth driver, as total shipments of the latest version of Apple’s Watch were just under 9 million, making up nearly half of all shipments in 2017. Apple’s Q4 performance was impressive in itself, as shipments grew by more than 32% over Q4 2016 to 8 million, the highest ever number of shipments in a single quarter, not just for Apple, but for any wearable vendor.

I recognize that these are vastly different products, but Apple’s success with Apple Watch after much skepticism from the market reminds me strongly of the imminent rollout of HomePod.

The early watchOS experience is quite different from what we’ve got today. Complications (the hot spots on the watch face that update with things like notifications, current weather, etc.) and Activities integration are but two major changes that rolled out over time and significantly changed Apple Watch’s...

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06:13
Train Crisis rolls onto the Mac

U-Play Online has released Train Crisis for Mac and PC systems today. The game's full price on the Steam store is $4.99, but you can get it for 15% off for a limited time.

Here’s how the game is described: “Train Crisis is a demanding puzzle strategy game in which you have to guide trains with a different color each towards their corresponding destination. The game is set in 4 distinct historical contexts such as the Industrial Revolution, the Far West, the Modern Era and the Future. It contains 168 levels and it brights with stylized 3D visuals. The direction of the trains can be modified by changing junctions, timing traffic lights, avoiding traps in tunnels, and blowing up barriers.”

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Dating site Match says if you’re a single guy, you...

If you’re a single man, and have an older iPhone, you might want to consider an upgrade …

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06:00
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For Thursday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the TREBLAB XR800 Headphones for only $33.99 — that’s 51% off the regular price. Armed with the latest Bluetooth 4.1 CSR technology, these sport headphones deliver clear treble and powerful bass for all of your workout and on-the-go adventures, with a small wired connection that helps keep you from losing them. Modified ear hooks, expandable foam eartips, and IPX7 waterproofing mean that they’ll…

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05:59
Eddy Cue on not carrying a wallet and keys and Apple...

Eddy Cue took the stage for an Apple Music Q&A at Variety’s Pollstar conference:

Eddy Cue, Apple senior vice president of software and services, says the goal is for everyone to have nothing in their pockets.

Well, other than an iPhone, he said, laughing.

Demonstrating the seemingly small but life-changing tech Apple is known for, Cue explained how he goes to work without even carrying keys or a wallet. “Not having keys to anything is really nice,” Cue said. “It’s simple, but it’s a big deal.”

And:

“Anytime you want to purchase something, the number of clicks, the number of things you have to do, you see dropoff,” Cue said. “Depending on how many there are, there are always huge dropoffs. With Apple Pay, you see something you want, you basically do the face ID and you’re done. It’s very easy to complete the transactions.”

And:

“For us, one of weirdest things in the music industry is the lack of transparency,” Cue said. “One of...

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05:48
Apple applies for yet another head-mounted AR...

Apple has applied for yet another patent for an augmented reality (AR) headset. Patent filing number 20180039052 is for an “optical system for head-mounted display.”

The invention involves a head-mounted display that includes a display system and an optical system. Head-mounted displays such as virtual reality glasses use lenses to display images for a user. A microdisplay may create images for each of a user's eyes. A lens may be placed between each of the user's eyes and a portion of the microdisplay so that the user may view virtual reality content. 

However, in the patent filing, Apple says that, if care is not taken, a head-mounted display may be cumbersome and tiring to wear. Optical systems for head-mounted displays may use arrangements of lenses that are bulky and heavy. Extended use of a head-mounted display with this type of optical system may be uncomfortable. Apple thinks it can come up with a better solution than current AR glasses.

This isn’t...

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05:39
Review: Yohann, an expensive but undeniably...

Normally, I deal with price at the end of reviews, but there are times when you have to address it right at the beginning – and this is definitely one of those times.

One way of looking at the price of the Yohann iPad stand is that it’s a rather small piece of wood costing $130. A different way of looking at it would be to say that it costs almost exactly the same amount as Apple charges for another iPad accessory: the leather sleeve for the 10.5-inch iPad, which we reviewed last year.

Jeff struggled to justify the price of that – but did conclude that you probably wouldn’t be disappointed if you bought it. Can we say the same with this? Well, let’s start by looking at its USP …

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05:36
Arrival times for new HomePod orders now Feb. 12 (or...

Hope you ordered your HomePod early, as shipping times for the wireless speaker have slipped a bit. The Apple online store shows that orders placed today should arrive by Feb. 12 at the earliest.

In the U.S.,, HomePod deliveries will kick off at around 8 a.m. local time on Friday, Feb. 9. MacRumors says that Apple is using Next Day Air delivery in the U.S. and shipping out from local hubs, which is why there’s no tracking information available yet. And which should explain why I can’t track my HomePod order, which was placed on Feb. 2.

The device is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available in both space gray and white, and also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote access to home automation.

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05:25
iPhone source codes gets posted online

Yikes! Source code for “iBoot,” one of the most critical iOS programs, was anonymously posted on GitHub, which could pave the way for hackers and security researchers to find vulnerabilities in iOS and make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve, according to Motherboard.

iBoot is the program that loads iOS, the very first process that runs when you turn on your iPhone or iPad. It loads and verifies the kernel is properly signed by Apple and then executes it.

Apple takes special care to keep iBoot secure and its code private; bugs in the boot process are the most valuable ones if reported to Apple through its bounty program, which values them at a max payment of $200,000.

“This is the biggest leak in history,”...

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05:18
Rumor: Apple to launch AirPower next month

According to an unnamed tipster at Best Buy, Apple is preparing to launch the AirPower wireless charging mat and new AirPods wireless charging case in March, claiming that Best Buy will stock AirPower from day one online and in-store., claims The Apple Post.

Announced at Apple's iPhone event in September 2017, the AirPower will be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of where they're placed on the pad. AirPower hasn't been priced yet, but guesses have it costing anywhere from $150 - $200. 

Chances the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 60%. I think we’re more likely looking at an April-May time frame. That said, I hope I’m wrong and that the AirPower does hit stores next month.

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05:07
Apple diversifying supply of Face ID camera...




Reports from the supply chain suggest that Apple is widening its supplier lists for the 2018 iPhone lineup, with the new report also saying that LG Innotek will be the main vendor instead of Sharp.

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04:42
After 12 years, Twitter finally makes a profit –...

Twitter has made its first ever profit, almost twelve years after the launch of the company. It reported profit of $91M on revenues of $732M in Q4 2017, in contrast to a loss of $167M in the same quarter the previous year …

more…

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04:30
Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro is useful — when it works

Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro is a handy, inexpensive ($0.99) app for macOS (10.7 or higher) that can remove duplicate photos and videos from Photos or iPhoto (9.0 or later). When it works, that is.

To use it you'll have to have Photos or iPhoto running in the background. You'll also have to turn off Photo Stream and Photo Sharing (in the iPhone Preferences menu) if they're running. 

Once you've done this, launch and point it to your Photos or iPhoto library. It scans your library for duplicates. When it finds duplicates, it moves them to the trash. Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro can also clean the trash to recover disk space. 

However, it took a couple of attempts for me to get the utility to work. Twice it told me that Photos was "unresponsive" and couldn't scan the photo library. The third time was the charm and it ran and worked well.

Apple World Today...

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04:00
How to send text messages with Siri on your iPhone...

Sure, you can send text messages on an iPhone or iPad using the virtual keyboard. However, it’s easier to do it using Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant.” Here’s how to do this:

  • Press and hold the Home button to activate Siri (or say “Hey, Siri” if you iPhone supports this feature).
  • Say something like “Text Laura Sellers” or “Send text to Laura Sellers.” Siri opens your Messages app and puts the name of the person you’re texting in the To field.
  • Siri will ask, “What do you want your message to say?” Dictate your text message.
  • When you’re done, Siri shows you the message and asks you if you want to send it.
  • Say “Yes” or “Send” to send the message. Or say “No” or “Cancel” to cancel the message.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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03:59
Supply-chain sources corroborate KGI report of Face...

KGI said back in October of last year it was likely that Apple would bring Face ID to all three of this year’s new iPhone models, and this is supported by two new supply-chain reports today.

The reports says that Face ID is coming to the LCD iPhone as well as the flagship OLED ones, and that Apple is diversifying suppliers for the 3D face recognition modules needed for the feature …

more…

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 8, 2018

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

BGE, a gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, has launched its free app, which allows customers to easily access account information on the go. Featuring fingerprint login, push alerts and paying with one slide, the app allows residential and commercial customers to manage accounts on smartphones and tablets.

TMSOFT has released Playapod. The free app syncs podcasts to the cloud, allowing for immediate playback across all devices. Playapod displays exactly what the user has listened to, skipped over and “favorited” across all podcast episodes. 

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03:21
First HomePod orders now shipping for Friday launch

The HomePod launches this Friday in the US, UK and Australia. Customers are now getting Apple Store shipment notifications for their units right on time for Feb 9 deliveries.

The Apple Store is now sold out of initial HomePod stock but retailers like Best Buy may have HomePods if you are desperate to get one on launch day.

more…

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03:15
MacUpdate accidentally hosts malware, cryptocurrency...

Even though it was corrected, this could be called a snafu.

Download aggregator web site MacUpdate briefly linked to three malicious applications masquerading as legitimate downloads for Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper, that not only install the apps, but also deposit Monero, a cryptocurrency miner on downloader’s systems.

On February 1st, MacUpdate updated its legitimate download links to installers for the three apps. Over the course of the incident, download links to OnyX and Deeper by Titanium Software were replaced with similar URLs and Firefox downloads were redirected to a bogus installed.

The payload was delivered as a .dmg file, but the installers were scripts that download and install the payload, plus retrieved a legitimate copy of the app in question to convince the user that the app installed properly.

Representatives from MacUpdate have since fixed the download links and offered the following instructions for removal of the malware as well as...

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03:00
Unicode 11.0 will include 157+ new emoji, be...

There shall be additional emoji available to you.

To be specific, 157 additional emoji.

The Unicode Consortium today announced it has finalized a new set of 157 emoji that companies like Apple will be able to implement later this year. There are actually 77 new emoji in total, as some have multiple skin tones.

Emoji 11.0 will include several new hairstyles and types, including male and female faces with red hair, curly hair, gray hair at a younger age, and no hair or baldness, along with hot and cold faces, and woozy and pleading faces.

Other notable new units include male and female superheroes, a face with a party hat, and emojis for well-known activities such as sewing, knitting, lacrosse, softball, frisbee, chess, and skateboarding.

New animals and insects include a kangaroo, parrot, peacock, swan, badger, llama, lobster, hippopotamus, raccoon, and mosquito.

Finally, other new units include a fire extinguisher, pirate flag, DNA...

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03:00
Siri: What Apple needs to do to improve its voice-...

The HomePod is coming Friday, and with it, even more attention is being paid to Siri, Apple’s voice assistant that serves as its primary interface. The early HomePod reviews are in, and most of them suggest the device is an excellent speaker that’s hampered by Siri’s limitations.

To read this article in full, please click here

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03:00
It's time for accountability from streaming TV...

Streaming TV viewers shouldn't have to learn about reliability problems the hard way.

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Wednesday February 7

23:58
Amazon now delivers Whole Foods products to your...

Over the past few months, Amazon slowly but surely helped people get used to the idea that it now owns Whole Foods by hawking its wares in the chain's stores. Now it's fully embracing the supermarket chain as part of its identity by making its goods...

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21:03
Apple HomePod shipping estimates slip in US after...




Apple's online store is showing constrained HomePod supply in the U.S. after early reviews of the device went live on Tuesday, with orders placed today estimated for delivery by Feb. 12 at the earliest.

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20:42
Source code for iOS 9's 'iBoot'...




Source code for what is claimed to be the iBoot component of Apple's iOS, software that handles secure booting of the operating system, was published on GitHub by an unknown party on Wednesday, a development that could lead to the discovery and exploitation of currently unknown vulnerabilities.

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19:51
Purported iOS iBoot source code leaks, potential...

Motherboard reports this evening that a GitHub user has shared the source code for Apple’s iBoot System, which is the part of the operating system that handles the trusted boot up process.

At this point, it’s unclear where this source code came from, and its legitimacy hasn’t been 100 percent confirmed.

more…

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18:56
HomePod shipping estimates slip to next week in the...

As the official launch date nears, shipping times for Apple’s HomePod have started to slip in the United States. While the smart speaker has been back ordered in the U.K. and Australia for a few days, prior to today, you were still able to order a HomePod for launch day delivery in the United States.

more…

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17:36
Rumor: Apple to launch AirPower and AirPods wireless...




A very thin rumor on Wednesday claims Apple will start shipping the AirPower wireless charging mat and AirPods wireless charging case in late March, both hotly anticipated items unveiled during the company's iPhone event in September.

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