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by Maura at Jan 18, 2018
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Tim Cook says Apple will give users the choice to disable cpu throttling.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that Apple CEO Tim Cook has given a new interview today in which he says that iPhone users with worn-out batteries will soon have the option to disable the built-in throttling function that has been the cause of much controversy and a battery replacement scheme over the past few weeks.

Speaking to ABC News at Apple’s data center in Reno, Nevada, Cook said that the new feature will be included in a developer beta that will be released next month, with a public release soon after.

Back in December, Apple announced that a forthcoming iOS update would include a new feature that would enable the user to check if their phone’s battery condition was affecting its performance. Cook stated today that the new feature he is talking about would be...
by Maura at Jan 17, 2018
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Apple announces 350 billion investment in US economy.JPG

MacRumors reports that Apple has today announced that it will be contributing $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next 5 years, and $55 billion in 2018 alone. The company is also set to increase its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to $5 billion, up from $1 billion.

As part of this program, Apple will be creating 20,000 jobs in the next 5 years, spending $30 billion to hire workers for the new Apple Park Campus, as well as opening a new campus in a location that will be announced later in the year, which will “initially house technical support for customers.”
by Maura at Jan 17, 2018
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One Million HomePods just shipped.JPG

The Apple HomePod smart speaker is finally on its way, according to a new report in the Taipei Times, via AppleInsider, which says today that HomePod manufacturer Inventec has just shipped the first million units . Foxconn is also said to be manufacturing HomePod units, but there is no information as yet about how many the latter has shipped. Overall, Inventec and Foxconn together are likely to ship between 10 and 12 million units in 2018, with orders split between them.

It’s great to hear that the HomePod will finally be available very soon, with its original launch back in November having been delayed, missing that all-important holiday deadline.

The HomePod costs $349, and is Apple’s first ever voice-controlled smart speaker. It’s expected to focus on having...
by Maura at Jan 16, 2018
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YouTube rolling out dark mode for iOS app.JPG

TechCrunch reports today that according to Reddit users, via MacRumors, YouTube is finally rolling out its recently introduced dark mode to its iOS apps. The dark mode first appeared last spring on the desktop version of YouTube as part of its overall redesign and speedier framework.

According to Reddit posters, while there has been no official announcement about the dark mode coming to the iOS YouTube app, some viewers have noticed it has appeared in the newly released YouTube iOS app update (13.0.1).

In order to activate the dark mode, which is called “Dark Theme,” once it has rolled out in your neck of the woods, all you have to do is access the YouTube app’s Settings screen, and you should find it above the setting for Restricted Mode.

However, while the mode...
by Maura at Jan 16, 2018
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Apple had largest share of US smartphone activations in December 2017 quarter.JPG

According to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), via AppleInsider, Apple had the largest share of US smartphone activations on carriers in the fourth quarter of 2017, ending December 31, with a 39% share. This represents a 10% increase from the September 2017 quarter, where Apple had 29% activation share, and a 5% increase from the year ago share of 34% in 2016.

Android devices, in contrast, saw a fall of 4% from the year ago quarter, down to 60% from 64% in the December quarter in 2016, and a drop of 11% from the September 2017 quarter share of 71%.

CIRP partner and co-founder Josh Lowitz attributed Apple’s increase in share of activations in the December 2017 quarter to the company’s major product launches in that time period, in...
by Maura at Jan 16, 2018
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2019 iPhone X could have smaller notch.JPG

According to a new report from ETNews, via MacRumors, it looks like Apple might have got the message that the iPhone X notch is not its most popular feature, to say the least, as the paper’s industry sources say that the company is “looking into” combining the front-facing camera and Face ID on 2019 iPhones. Doing so would most likely mean that the TrueDepth sensor doesn’t require such a big housing, or “notch.”

It’s hard to say just how accurate this early report is about the 2019 iPhone line-up, as it’s not exactly clear from the information provided how Apple would be able to combine Face ID’s infrared camera, dot projector, and flood illuminator in a single face-recognition module.

The notch has been criticised by many for its poor design, with the likes of...
by Maura at Jan 15, 2018
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Apple Watch set off heart alerts during Vikings Saints games.JPG

Last night’s post season Vikings vs. Saints game was such a thriller that it seems it actually set off people’s Apple Watch heart rate alerts, according to BGR. The upgraded heart rate warning alert was one of the very useful, and, in some cases, life-saving, features introduced in watchOS 4 last year. It alerts the wearer if their heart rate rises dramatically, especially when the wearer is in a resting state when the heart rate would not usually be elevated.

BGR’s Yoni Heisler writes that in the last few seconds of last night’s game, when the Vikings were behind by 1 and up against a third down and 10 from their 39 yard line, Vikings’ quarterback Case Keenum threw the ball to Stefon Diggs who made an incredible catch, then went on to score the winning touchdown....
by Maura at Jan 15, 2018
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iPhone 7 Plus is the second best selling smartphone in China last year.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that according to research firm Counterpoint, Apple continues to surge forward in the all-important, highly competitive Chinese smartphone market, with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both making the top 10 of best-selling mobile devices in China in 2017. The iPhone 7 Plus was actually the 2nd-highest selling smartphone in China last year, with a 2.8% market share, and the iPhone 7 came in fifth, with a 2.4% market share.

The number 1 smartphone in China last year was the Chinese brand, Oppo R95, with a 3% share. Other Chinese phones made up the rest of the top 10.

According to Counterpoint, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales rose in the second half of 2017, following a price cut, with sales of the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus benefitting greatly...
by Maura at Jan 12, 2018
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Niantic announces monthly Pokemon Go community day.JPG

Niantic has announced today that it is to hold a monthly Pokémon Go Community Day event that will be dedicated to Pokémon Go Trainers.

According to Niantic, this will give Trainers around the world the chance to meet and make friends with other members of the Pokémon Go community at their local parks.

Each month, the Pokémon Go Community Day event will feature a special Pokémon that will appear frequently all around the world for just a few hours. If you manage to catch this special Pokémon during the event, it will have an exclusive move. Other bonuses will also be available during the event, including increased XP or Stardust. Lure Modules will also be activated for 3 hours on Community Day.
by Maura at Jan 12, 2018
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Apple talked with AR glasses suppliers at CES.JPG

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been taking place in Las Vegas this past week, and according to a new report from Bloomberg, via AppleInsider, Apple has met with several different AR glasses suppliers at the show this year. Apparently Google, Facebook, Snap, and Xiaomi have also all taken meetings with AR reps, and Samsung and LG have already ordered some components to built prototypes.

Bloomberg’s sources were tight-lipped about which companies Apple held meetings with, which is standard operating procedure as far as Apple is concerned, as the company often forbids potential business partners from revealing anything at all about any forthcoming arrangements with Apple. And what rep is going to want to risk a huge deal with Apple to talk about any such deal...
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