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HQ Words app launches, hoping to revive growth after declining interest in HQ Trivia

HQ Trivia, first launched on the iPhone and iPad, and later rolled out to Apple TV, has seen its popularity wane since its launch in the summer of 2017. Intermedia Labs is now hoping that its latest offering, HQ Words, will restore growth … more… The post HQ Words app launches, hoping to revive growth after declining interest in HQ … [Read more...]

Analyst lists the 10 things investors want to see AAPL achieve in 2019

An investor’s note from an AAPL analyst lists the ten things it believes investors would like Apple to achieve in 2019. Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives says that while they remain optimistic, these are the things needed to reassure a nervous market. As Christmas is upon us and investors look toward 2019, in this note we lay out the Top 10 … [Read more...]

Snap’s value reaches all-time low as CEO Evan Spiegel ‘has lost credibility’

The value of Snap, the company behind the popular Snapchat app, has seen its value fall to an all-time low, its market cap down from a peak of $31B to around $6.5B at Friday’s close … more… The post Snap’s value reaches all-time low as CEO Evan Spiegel ‘has lost credibility’ appeared first on 9to5Mac. … [Read more...]

HomePod glitter bomb video was partly staged – but without his knowledge, says creator

A video showing package thieves being caught out by a glitter bomb in a HomePod box quickly went viral – but it’s now been revealed that some of the footage was staged … more… The post HomePod glitter bomb video was partly staged – but without his knowledge, says creator appeared first on 9to5Mac. … [Read more...]

As with the iPad Pro, Apple quotes from reviews of the MacBook Air and Mac mini

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Apple chose some excerpts from the recent iPad Pro reviews earlier this week, and has now done the same with reviews of the new MacBook Air and Mac mini … more… The post As with the iPad Pro, Apple quotes from reviews of the MacBook Air and Mac mini appeared first on 9to5Mac. … [Read more...]

Xiaomi’s latest Apple clone is AirDots, an AirPods copy costing just $29

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Xiaomi – a Chinese company which turned cloning Apple products into a hugely successful business –has announced AirDots, an AirPods competitor costing just $29 … more… The post Xiaomi’s latest Apple clone is AirDots, an AirPods copy costing just $29 appeared first on 9to5Mac. … [Read more...]

Apple fined $11.4M in Europe for iPhone throttling; Samsung fined $5.7M

The iPhone throttling controversy isn’t over yet. In addition to DOJ and SEC investigations and lawsuits in the US, the company has just been fined €10M ($11.4M) by the Italian government … more… The post Apple fined $11.4M in Europe for iPhone throttling; Samsung fined $5.7M appeared first on 9to5Mac. … [Read more...]

Watch Tim Cook’s speech about why privacy, dignity and respect are key tech issues

We yesterday got a preview of a few elements of Tim Cook’s speech to the 40th International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners. The full speech is now available as a video, and Apple’s CEO spoke about why privacy, dignity and respect are key issues for the tech industry as well as society as a whole … … [Read more...]

Apple quotes the best bits from a dozen iPhone XR reviews from around the world

Just as it did for the iPhone XS, Apple has issued a press release citing the best bits from a dozen iPhone XR reviews. The reviews are in. Reviewers around the world have put iPhone XR through its paces and are sharing their impressions of the newest member of the iPhone family. That includes everything from its 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, … [Read more...]

New Pokémon added to Pokémon GO – but you may need to hop a plane to catch some

New Pokémon are starting to appear in Pokémon GO, imported from the Diamond, Pearl and Platinum games, but you may have to travel to find some of them … more… The post New Pokémon added to Pokémon GO – but you may need to hop a plane to catch some appeared first on 9to5Mac. … [Read more...]

Facebook Portal privacy walkback: company admits will collect data for ad-serving

When Facebook entered the smart speaker business last week, it was keen to stress that it understood potential concerns about the privacy of Facebook Portal and Portal+ devices. The company said then that four forms of protection were employed … more… The post Facebook Portal privacy walkback: company admits will collect data for … [Read more...]

Dropbox search capabilities now let it scan images and PDFs for text – for some …

Dropbox search capabilities have been given a significant boost for the second time in as many months. The company says that it can now search for text inside PDFs and even image files like JPG and PNG … more… The post Dropbox search capabilities now let it scan images and PDFs for text – for some … appeared first on 9to5Mac. … [Read more...]

Chinese spy chip story rumbles on as senators demand answers from Supermicro

The Chinese spy chip story continues, despite all the denials and signs suggesting that Bloomberg simply got it wrong. A bipartisan pair of senators have written to motherboard supplier Supermicro acknowledging that the company has denied the claim, but nonetheless seeking answers to eight questions … more… The post Chinese spy chip … [Read more...]

Snapchat launching Snap Originals, ultra-short scripted shows, one episode a day

Snap has announced that it’s moving deeper into video content with Snap Originals, scripted TV shows and documentaries designed specifically for the mobile platform. While the promos look much like Netflix Originals, there are two big differences … more… The post Snapchat launching Snap Originals, ultra-short scripted shows, one … [Read more...]

Supply-chain report says Quanta’s Apple Watch Series 4 production at maximum capacity

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I predicted that the Apple Watch Series 4 was going to be a game-changer, both before and after its launch. Other commentators shared this view, as did reviewers – and there’s now increasing evidence that this is being reflected in sales … more… The post Supply-chain report says Quanta’s Apple Watch Series 4 production at … [Read more...]

Careful benchmark tests broadly support Apple’s claims for iPhone XS performance boost

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When Apple launched the iPhone XS with its A12 Bionic chip, it made some fairly significant claims for the performance improvements over last year’s iPhone X. In particular, the company said that the two high-performance cores are up to 15% faster while using up to 40% less power, and the graphics processor is up to 50% faster. ‘Up … [Read more...]

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