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by Maura at Jan 8, 2018
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CNBC reports that Whirlpool has today announced at the CES tech show in Las Vegas that you will soon be able to control your Whirlpool appliance remotely with your Apple Watch, making it the first appliance manufacturer to enable such an interaction.

Whirlpool stated today that more than 20 of its connected appliances will be controllable via the Whirlpool app for Apple Watch that is due to launch later this year.

According to Cnet, various tasks that you will be able to perform with a Wi-Fi-enabled Whirlpool appliance directly from your Apple Watch include checking the temperature and changing settings on your oven during a cook cycle or finding out how long you have left to cook a dish; changing your washing machine wash cycle; and checking whether a dryer cycle...
by Maura at Jan 8, 2018
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9to5 Mac reports today that analysts at GBH Insights are saying that Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is finally due to launch within the next 4 to 6 weeks. However, GBH says that Apple faces an “uphill climb” in the crowded smart speaker field, for two reasons in particular.

Firstly, GBH Insights says that Amazon’s highly competitive pricing for its Amazon Echo speaker over the holiday period has helped to further cement the smart speaker as the leader of the home smart speaker market. GBH estimates that the Echo has a 75% market share following the holiday period.

Secondly, GBH says that Google is investing big money in the marketing campaign for its own Google Home speakers at CES in particular.

Apple’s eagerly awaited HomePod will, of course, be aimed at the...
by Maura at Jan 6, 2018
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MacRumors reports that Apple is now facing more than 26 lawsuits worldwide over its recent admission that it slowed down older iPhones deliberately in order to prolong battery life. There are 24 class actions in the US alone already underway, including two that were filed on Thursday by Marc Honigman and Lauri Sullivan-Stefanou in New York and Ohio. The other lawsuits have been filed in Israel and France.
by Maura at Jan 6, 2018
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According to a new report from Billboard, former Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine, who arrived at Apple in 2014, after he and Dr. Dre sold Beats to the company, will be leaving his position at Apple Music in August.

Billboard’s sources say that Iovine’s leaving date is linked to his Apple shares fully vesting. Iovine has been involved with Apple for many years prior to joining the company, having met Steve Jobs and Eddy Cue back in 2003, and having been a big supporter of iTunes and iPod for many years in his former role at Interscope.

Billboard says that Iovine’s prioritising of content, including producing original content, was one of the cornerstones of the success of Apple Music, which now has over 30 million paid subscribers since its June 2015 launch.

As far...
by Maura at Jan 6, 2018
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Belkin adds new Boost Up wireless chargers to its line up.JPG

With CES 2018 happening in Las Vegas from next Tuesday, January 9, 9to5 Mac reports that Belkin has announced additions to its Boost Up range of Qi-standard wireless charging pads. The Apple Store currently only has two iPhone wireless chargers available, with one of those being Belkin’s first-generation Boost Up pad, so it’s good to see that the company is adding more choice to the range.

The Boost Up Qi charging pad range works with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The Boost Up Bold entry-level wireless charger comes in four colour choices (black, white, pink, and navy), and is compatible with charging speeds of up to 10W (iPhones can only go up to 7.5W, however). The new version of the Boost is also a little smaller than the Mark 1 version, another...
by Maura at Jan 5, 2018
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Bloomberg reports that it has learned from an anonymous source that Amazon is planning to bid for UK Premier League soccer streaming rights, which will be auctioned off this February. By investing in such a hugely popular league in the UK, and all around the world, and with a growing audience in the US, Amazon hopes to attract many more Prime membership subscribers, and this would certainly be a very smart way to do it.

According to media analyst Richard Broughton from Ampere Analysis, Amazon is “very likely” to bid for one of the smaller packages on offer.

The last Premier League live rights auction earned 5.1 billion pounds ($6.9 billion), and saw Sky and BT launch rival bids for three seasons’ worth of rights. The end result was that both companies won a...
by Maura at Jan 5, 2018
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Variety reports that Apple has added another TV show to its portfolio of content, namely a new original drama series, “Are You Sleeping,” starring multi-award-winning Octavia Spencer.

The series was created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman, and will be produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Chernin Ent/Endeavor Content.

Based on Kathleen Barber’s novel of the same name, it deals with the fascination with podcast true crime mysteries such as “Serial,” and “challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.” The creator and producer of “Serial,” Sarah Koenig, will be a consultant on the show.

This is the second drama that Apple is working on in partnership with Witherspoon’s Hello...
by Maura at Jan 5, 2018
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Apple confirms all iOS and macOS devices affected by Meltdown and Spectre.JPG

After the announcement that Intel and ARM processors are vulnerable to the “Meltdown” and “Spectre” hacks, Apple has now confirmed that all iOS and Mac processors are susceptible to the flaws, but it has already issued some “mitigations” for the flaws in the most recent iOS and macOS releases. After assuring users that even more fixes are on the way to deal with any other possible exploits, Apple also says that it’s not aware of any current exploits “impacting customers at this time.” Apple then cautioned users that “since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store.”

“Apple has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS...
by Maura at Jan 4, 2018
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All of this year's iPhone's will get TSMC's new 7nm chip.JPG

According to a new report from Digitimes, via BGR, TSMC has beaten Samsung in the race to obtain the contract to supply the chips for this year’s iPhone line-up, and it seems that TSMC’s new chip will blow away Samsung’s own bespoke chip for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9.

The new Samsung chips will be second-generation 10nm technology, whereas the TSMC chips destined for the 2018 iPhone line-up will be 7nm processors, expected to be even faster and more energy-efficient than Qualcomm’s and Samsung’s new chips.

TSMC will be well rewarded for successfully beating Samsung to 7nm process volume production, having already received orders from 40 companies for the new chips, including both Apple and Qualcomm. However, while Qualcomm is not expected to release a 7nm mobile...
by Maura at Jan 4, 2018
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9to5 Mac writes that it has heard from several Apple Watch Series 3 users that their watches are randomly rebooting when visiting, or working in, the intensive care units (ICUs) of hospitals.

According to the 9to5 Mac reader who reported about the issue, his wife got an Apple Watch Series 3 for Christmas and started using it to check messages while working in the ICU. She found that the Apple Watch started rebooting approximately every 60-90 minutes when she was in the ICU. She got the Apple Watch replaced, but that did not solve the problem.

Over the past few days other reports of similar issues have surfaced, and there has been a thread on the matter at Apple Support since as far back as October.

As yet there has been no official response from Apple about this,...