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by Maura at Mar 16, 2018
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Yesterday's mysterious iPhone SE 2 might have been genuine after all.JPG

Yesterday we posted a story from MacRumors about a video that had appeared on Japanese Apple blog Macotakara that claimed to show the forthcoming iPhone SE 2. MacRumors was pretty sceptical about the authenticity of the video, and most of the other reports about the same story on other news sites were equally sceptical.

However, according to new details provided by BGR today, it’s possible that the video is genuine and really does show the forthcoming iPhone SE 2. BGR’s Zach Epstein says that last week he was sent some iPhone SE 2 sketches by a source that he has used before and that has previously been reliable. Epstein says that when he received the images he started...
by Maura at Mar 16, 2018
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My Tamagotchi Forever out today.JPG

Paladin Studios’ My Tamagotchi Forever has arrived in the App Store today, 20 years after the original hand-held game became a massive worldwide craze for a brief moment in time. Developed by Bandai Namco and Paladin Studios, gameplay is very similar to the original, whereby all you have to do is hatch your little egg and then look after it. If you manage to rear it to adulthood, avoiding any unfortunate mishaps, then you’ll get to see your pet fulfil its dreams, such as becoming an astronaut or science teacher.

Old friends that you can expect to meet in Tamatown include Mametchi, Kuchipatch and many more.

Your little Tamagotchi is quite a demanding critter, as, just as with the original game, you have to bathe, feed, and play with it, as well as making sure it...
by Maura at Mar 15, 2018
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New video claims to show iPhone SE 2.JPG

MacRumors reports today on a new video that was posted on Japanese website Macotakara that purports to show an iPhone SE 2. MacRumors is pretty sceptical about the video, believing it most likely to be an Android clone fake, especially as the video emanated from China, where such fakes abound. However, some of the commentators under the post are convinced that it might actually be genuine, so it's worth taking a closer look.

The phone featured in the video has a notch at the top of the screen, an edge-to-edge display, and a vertical rear camera, all crammed into an iPhone SE style body. It has long been rumoured that Apple is working on a new iPhone SE model, but none of the rumours mentioned that it would look so much like a small iPhone X.

The usually very...
by Maura at Mar 15, 2018
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Android security head claims it's now safer than iOS.JPG

The head of Security at Android, David Kleidermacher, has proclaimed in his introduction to the 2017 Year in Review of Android Security that Google’s Android platform is now just as secure as iOS, and possibly even more secure.

9to5 Mac writes that Kleidermacher stated to CNET that “Android security made a significant leap forward in 2017 and many of our protections now lead the industry.” He then went on to double down on that claim by saying that Android is now as safe as its competition. And while he didn’t specifically mention Apple by name, it’s clearly Android’s main competition.

Kleidermacher also acknowledged the biggest Android security issue, which is that once a major vulnerability or flaw in the operating system is discovered, Google has to send...
by Maura at Mar 14, 2018
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wireless charging could harm your iPhone's battery.JPG

According to a new report from ZDNet, via BGR, wirelessly charging your iPhone could be harming it. Currently, iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models can all be wirelessly charged, the first iPhones to have the feature, but ZDNet Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is telling users that their phones’ batteries are harmed by wireless charging.

Kingsley-Hughes said that he started wondering at the beginning of this year about the effects of wireless charging on battery life. Apple says that iPhone batteries should “retain up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles,” and with this in mind, Kingsley-Hughes estimates that it should take him approximately three years to reach 500 complete charge cycles.

However, Kingsley-Hughes has found that...
by Maura at Mar 13, 2018
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Apple announces 2018 WWDC dates.JPG

MacRumors writes that Apple has today announced the dates for its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which starts on Monday, June 4, and ends on Friday, June 8. The conference will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Registration for those developers wanting to attend begins today and runs through until 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, March 22. As the conference is always over-subscribed and there are never enough places for everyone who wants to attend, Apple will be choosing who gets to go based on a lottery system.

Tickets cost $1,599, with only those developers who win the lottery getting the chance to buy a ticket. In order to enter the lottery, you must be a member of the Apple Developer Program or the Apple...
by Maura at Mar 13, 2018
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Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat to launch this month.JPG

According to a new report from Digitimes, via AppleInsider, Apple’s long-awaited new wireless charging mat, AirPower, is due to launch sometime this month.

First announced by Apple back in September 2017, the AirPower mat should be available to purchase before the end of March. It’s also thought that a new AirPods charging case will also be released at the same time as the wireless charging mat, which can charge up to three devices at once. The AirPower mat has a maximum output of 29W, enabling it to charge two iPhones at the limit of 7.5W.

Recent rumours suggest that Apple intends to bundle the AirPower with the 29W USB-C power brick, which would increase the initial cost of the mat. Likewise, if a USB-C to Lightning cable is also included. 9to5 Mac estimates...
by Maura at Mar 13, 2018
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Apple Music gains 2 million subs in 1 month.JPG

AppleInsider reports on an announcement from Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, during an onstage interview at South by Southwest in Texas, when he said that Apple Music has now exceeded 38 million subscribers. According to Cue, Apple Music’s subscriber base is growing so fast that it actually gained 2 million new subscribers in just over a month. And you can add to that figure another 8 million who have signed up for the Apple Music trial period.

Combining Apple Music and Spotify’s subscriber bases, Cue said that together they add up to over 100 million subscribers. Of course, Spotify still makes up the lion’s share of that figure, having announced last month that it has 71 million paying users.

Cue added that Apple still has plenty of room...
by Maura at Mar 12, 2018
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Apple Maps add bike-sharing locations.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that Apple Maps has just been updated with the locations of bike-sharing services in more than 175 cities in 36 countries, with the idea of helping tourists and anyone else who wants to hire a bike.

To access the feature, all you have to do is type “bike sharing” in the search bar, and then choose the “Bike Sharing Nearby” option when prompted with a list of choices.

The bike sharing services that you can access when you use the search depend very much on your location. For example, in London you will be able to hire Santander Cycles, and also privately owned services. Other services available worldwide include Citi Bike in New York City, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, Biketown in Portland, Bicing in Barcelona, BIXI in Montreal, CityCycle...
by Maura at Mar 9, 2018
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Apple tops Brand Intimacy survey for second year in a row.JPG

9to5 Mac reports today that according to MBLM’s annual Brand Intimacy survey, which polled 6,000 people from the US, Mexico, and United Arab Emirates, Apple is still the number 1 brand that they feel they have an emotional bond with.

Apple also came out on top in last year’s Brand Intimacy survey from MBLM, but this year it broke the results down into millennials and older consumers, with the result that Apple was still top in both age groups.

The main differences between the groups are that Disney does not fare so well with millennials, Amazon does better with them, and YouTube places third.

“We were surprised and pleased to see YouTube as an addition to the top three most intimate brands for millennials this year,” said MBLM’s managing partner, Mario Natarelli....
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