Urban Armor Gear prepping case for 10.5-inch iPad Pro, with June availability

Case manufacturer Urban Armor Gear appears to be preparing a case for the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro. A stock system at an Apple Authorized Reseller shows a UAG Metropolis Folio Case ‘for iPad 10.5-inch’ in three color combinations, with availability listed as June 2017 … more… … [Read more...]

Popular PC game ‘Total War: Warhammer’ coming to Mac on April 18, Twitch preview today [Video]

Shortly after launching F1 2016 for Mac, Feral Interactive has announced that it is doing the same for the popular PC game Total War: Warhammer. The game is a blend of Creative Assembly’s Total War series with Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy Battles. Total War: Warhammer will be available for Mac from April 18, but you don’t … [Read more...]

NYU student reports on life as an iPhone factory worker after 6-week undercover mission

You might expect an NYU student to seek out a summer internship doing something more interesting than spending 12 hours a day inserting a single screw into an endless production line of iPhones, but Dejian Zeng did exactly that for his summer project. He wanted to find out what life was like for workers in an iPhone factory, so spent six weeks as a … [Read more...]

This guy built a (kind of) working Lego Macintosh, and now you can too …

Take some Lego, an e-paper display, a Rasberry Pi Zero and what do you get? Something that may well qualify as the cutest Lego project ever: a Wi-Fi-enabled Macintosh Classic with the ability to remotely change the display. more…Filed under: Apple … [Read more...]

Apple considers teaching Siri to recognize your voice & only your voice

Allowing Siri access from the lock screen is a potential security threat that has, in the past, allowed someone to access personal data like photos. Additionally, Siri will respond to any command given by anyone when your device is unlocked. Apple thinks it has a solution, using a combination of special phrase to ensure that Siri responds to you … [Read more...]

Nest smart thermostat to support room-by-room control; Nest Cam adding face-recognition; more – Bloomberg

Alphabet’s Nest is developing remote sensors for its smart thermostat to allow temperature to be controlled on a room-by-room basis, reports Bloomberg. Competing smart thermostat products typically use units attached to radiators that detect the room temperature and adjust the flow to each room. more…Filed under: Apple … [Read more...]

Apple once more dominates global smartphone profits, though less dramatically

The latest estimates from Strategy Analytics show that Apple continues to take home the lion’s share of total profits in the worldwide smartphone market. While Apple’s slice of the profits has fallen from the 92%+ it has achieved in previous years, it still hit an impressive 79.2% last year, reports Korea Herald. Apple captured 79.2 … [Read more...]

Apple’s supplier clean energy program hits Japan, includes large floating solar facilities

Apple has long been committed to using renewable energy for its own operations, and in 2015 extended that goal to its suppliers, starting with China. In its 2016 supplier responsibility report, the company said that its energy efficiency program had reduced carbon emissions by more than 13,800 metric tons. Today, Apple has announced that the … [Read more...]

As US suicide rate surges, Facebook using AI to detect those at risk, offering help

Facebook has begun using artificial intelligence to identify those who may be at risk of committing suicide, reports the BBC. more…Filed under: Apple … [Read more...]

Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks preview the kind of form factor we’re expecting from the iPhone 8

With the iPhone 8 expected to adopt a near-bezel-free design, featuring a curved OLED screen, we’ve today been given a preview of the type of look we might expect – from Apple’s biggest competitor. The latest leaks of the Samsung Galaxy S8, due to be launched next month, show exactly this type of form factor. Samsung has, however, taken … [Read more...]

Apple’s spaceship campus officially named Apple Park; auditorium is Steve Jobs Theater

Apple has today announced the official name of its spaceship campus: Apple Park. The 1,000-seat auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. The company also revealed the timeline for employees to move into the campus … more…Filed under: Apple … [Read more...]

Apple finally admits it has an office in Cambridge, England, reportedly home to Siri researchers

We first heard two years ago that Apple was opening its first office in Cambridge, England, at a location close to the world-famous university. Back in November, a report said that the offices housed former VocalIQ employees performing R&D work on Siri, but at the time Apple wasn’t even admitting that it had a presence there. … [Read more...]

Sexism rules in voice assistant genders, show studies, but Siri stands out

Studies cited by the WSJ show that sexist attitudes are alive and well when it comes to preferences for gender in the voices of intelligent assistants. An Indiana university study found that both men and women prefer a female voice, finding it welcoming, warm and nurturing. Microsoft and Amazon found the same thing in their own research. Even more … [Read more...]

The average US iPhone user spent $40 on apps last year, downloaded 33 apps

The average U.S. iPhone user spent $40 on apps & in-app purchases last year, according to research by Sensor Tower. This was up from $35 the previous year. Unsurprisingly, games account for by far the biggest chunk of this – some $27 of the $40 total – but it was another category that saw the largest percentage increase … … [Read more...]

Tim Cook sells $7.2M worth of AAPL shares this month, as scheduled back in 2015

Two Securities and Exchanges Commission filings show that Tim Cook sold a total of 60,000 AAPL shares this month – in six batches of 10,000 shares each – for a total of around $7.2M. more…Filed under: Apple … [Read more...]

After AT&T price hike, Verizon goes after Unlimited users too, with new disconnection threat [Poll]

Carriers seem to have decided it’s open season on those grandfathered into unlimited data plans. After AT&T applied a second price rise in a year, Verizon is now threatening to disconnect those using more than 200GB of data per month – seemingly more serious about this than an earlier threat to those using half this. While the … [Read more...]

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