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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Apple spent $7.4M on lobbying efforts in 2019, well below outlays from Amazon and Facebook

Apple spent $7.4M on lobbying efforts in 2019, well below outlays from Amazon and Facebook

FAANG companies — Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google — spent record amounts on respective bids to influence politicians over the course of 2019, with Apple bolstering its lobbying efforts to a new high of $7.4 million.

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Apple TV+ nears series order for Scott Z. Burns new anthology 'Extrapolations'

Apple TV+ nears series order for Scott Z. Burns new anthology 'Extrapolations'

Apple TV+ is close to sealing the deal on a new series based on Scott Z. Burns' climate change anthology "Extrapolations."

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Intelligent Tracking Protection can track Safari users, says Google

Intelligent Tracking Protection can track Safari users, says Google

Apple's enhanced privacy tools in Safari to prevent tracking can be used to continue tracking users, Google researchers intend to reveal in a paper, with a total of five different attack vectors identified in Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention system.

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Leak suggests Apple may replace Midnight Green with Navy Blue in iPhone 12

Leak suggests Apple may replace Midnight Green with Navy Blue in iPhone 12

Rumors suggest that Apple may be replacing the iPhone 11's Midnight Green flagship color with a Navy Blue for the "iPhone 12."

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UN urges US investigation into Bezos iPhone hacking

UN urges US investigation into Bezos iPhone hacking

The United States and other governments need to investigate the hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' iPhone, experts in the United Nations have urged, while details of the report show how the attack stemming from a message sent by Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman allowed attackers to acquire a considerable amount of data from the device.

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ExclusiveDeals: Save $150 to $300 on every Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro

Deals: Save $150 to $300 on every Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro

Extended by popular demand! Apple authorized resellers have extended record-breaking discounts on Apple's brand-new 16-inch MacBook Pro, delivering cash savings of up to $300 off every model, including loaded Core i9 systems, via instant rebates and exclusive coupons. Find out how to save hundreds of dollars and grab the lowest prices on the ultimate Apple laptop.

Amazon Music gaining on Spotify & Apple Music with 55 million subscribers globally

Amazon Music gaining on Spotify & Apple Music with 55 million subscribers globally

Amazon Music continues to gain momentum, and is presently in third place in the streaming music race with a paid user base of over 55 million subscribers.

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Apple releases third betas of iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, watchOS 6.1.2, tvOS 13.3.1

Apple releases third betas of iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, watchOS 6.1.2, tvOS 13.3.1

Apple is now on its third round of developer betas, with new builds of iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1 now available for testing.

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VideoReview: Pitaka Air Quad is the only wireless charger you need

Review: Pitaka Air Quad is the only wireless charger you need

Pitaka is taking on multi-chargers with a unique design that is capable of powering an iPhone, a set of AirPods, an Apple Watch, and an iPad all at once with a surprisingly small footprint.

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Foxconn pledges 2020 production in troubled Wisconsin factory

Foxconn pledges 2020 production in troubled Wisconsin factory

Foxconn will be getting its Wisconsin factory up and running in 2020, company chief Terry Gou has promised, insisting the Apple assembly partner will start mass production at the troubled facility at some point this year, despite its slow progress.

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Top deal picks: iPad sale, $40 price drop on AirPods 2, $300 off 16" MacBook Pro

Top deal picks: iPad sale, $40 price drop on AirPods 2, $300 off 16

Midweek Apple deals see fresh price drops on AirPods and Apple's premium 16-inch MacBook Pro (complete with upgraded storage and graphics). Plus, save up to $200 instantly on iPad, iPad Air and iPad Pro models.

Apple Distinguished School list now includes Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Apple Distinguished School list now includes Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

The West Indies-based veterinary school joins the short list of universities to be recognized by Apple for providing an exceptional learning environment for students.

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Wistron starts iPhone production at third plant in India

Wistron starts iPhone production at third plant in India

Apple assembly partner Wistron is increasing its production capacity in India, ramping up productivity for its third plant in the country after an initial trial by the firm, with iPhones thought to be the main produce from the newest operation.

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Sonos cutting support for older devices starting in May

Sonos cutting support for older devices starting in May

Sonos is dropping support for certain devices starting in May, and is warning users that legacy devices in a mix will prevent newer devices from gaining crucial updates as well.

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Saudi royalty implicated in Amazon Bezos' phone-hacking scandal

Saudi royalty implicated in Amazon Bezos' phone-hacking scandal

The 2018 hacking of Amazon Jeff Bezos' smartphone led to the leaking of compromising information to a newspaper, a private investigation into the affair claims, with the hack allegedly involving a malformed video sent from the WhatsApp account of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Trump doubles down on demand that Apple unlock criminal's iPhones

Trump doubles down on demand that Apple unlock criminal's iPhones

Trump has continued his push for Apple to unlock iPhones on demand by law enforcement, claiming the company has "the keys to so many criminals and criminal minds."

Apple looking at leasing 200,000 square feet in New York City's 11 Penn Plaza

Apple looking at leasing 200,000 square feet in New York City's 11 Penn Plaza

As part of its ongoing expansion, Apple is reportedly looking at leasing a large portion of the newly refurbished 11 Penn Plaza, in New York City.

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Apple bringing scissor switches to Smart Keyboard for iPad, 13-inch MacBook Pro

Apple bringing scissor switches to Smart Keyboard for iPad, 13-inch MacBook Pro

A new supply chain report suggests that Apple will extend its new scissor switch keyboard beyond the MacBook Pro, with it set to be used in the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Apple reportedly raises TSMC chip orders on stronger than expected iPhone demand

Apple reportedly raises TSMC chip orders on stronger than expected iPhone demand

Apple has reportedly tasked chip manufacturing partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. with increasing production of A-series processors in response to strong demand for this year's iPhone lineup, particularly the relatively low-cost iPhone 11.

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Best Apple AirPods deals for 2020 [u]

Best Apple AirPods deals for 2020 [u]

Apple AirPods offer hands-free convenience with Siri support, as well as seamless integration with iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads and Macs thanks to Apple's H1 chip. We've rounded up the best AirPods deals going on right now, delivering instant cash savings and free shipping.

Apple to launch new affordable iPhone model in March

Apple to launch new affordable iPhone model in March

Adding to a raft of rumors surrounding a low-cost iPhone model tentatively dubbed "iPhone SE 2," a report on Tuesday claims the hotly anticipated iPhone SE-tier follow-up is going into production next month.

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Senators flout impeachment trial electronics rules by wearing an Apple Watch

Senators flout impeachment trial electronics rules by wearing an Apple Watch

Senators taking part in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump may be breaking the rules regarding electronics, as a number were spotted keeping their Apple Watch on their wrist instead of taking it off before heading to the chamber where such devices are usually banned.

These are the best Apple Watch deals going on right now

These are the best Apple Watch deals going on right now

Shoppers looking for the best Apple Watch deals can find double-digit — and even triple-digit — savings on current and closeout models. Select from a variety of case and band combos with cash discounts on the Apple Watch 5, 4 and even Series 3. All with free shipping, delivering the lowest prices in January 2020.

New York City has a $10 million cybercrime lab to crack the iPhone

New York City has a $10 million cybercrime lab to crack the iPhone

In an interview published on Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. has pulled back the curtain on what it's like trying to access data that's needed by law enforcement on a passcode-protected iPhone.

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Apple reportedly planning on making podcasts to promote Apple TV+

Apple reportedly planning on making podcasts to promote Apple TV+

According to a report on Tuesday, Apple is planning a multimedia blitz beyond just television to promote its Apple TV+ service, and is discussing expanding into podcasts discussing the programming.

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Cook plans meeting with President Trump during Davos breakfast

Cook plans meeting with President Trump during Davos breakfast

Apple CEO Tim Cook will eat breakfast with US President Donald Trump's at Davos tomorrow, in a continuation of the rare and unusual working relationship between the two men.

TipsHow to export your Apple Card monthly transactions

How to export your Apple Card monthly transactions

Users are now able to export their Apple Card monthly transactions, allowing them to import the data into third-party financial management apps.

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FeatureWhat Apple surrenders to law enforcement when issued a subpoena

What Apple surrenders to law enforcement when issued a subpoena

Apple won't unlock iPhones or other devices for law enforcement, but it can and will provide substantial data about a user when it gets a subpoena. Here's what Apple has access to you from your device — and what it doesn't.

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Sonnet Fusion Dual SATA SSD card offers Mac Pro storage expansion over PCIe

Sonnet Fusion Dual SATA SSD card offers Mac Pro storage expansion over PCIe

Sonnet is giving Mac Pro owners an extra option to boost the capacity of their workstation with high-speed storage, with the Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID PCIe 3.0 card enabling solid-state SATA drives to be installed via one of the expansion slots.

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France will not apply digital tax on Apple & others while trade discussions continue

France will not apply digital tax on Apple & others while trade discussions continue

France's tax aimed at internet multinational companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, and Apple, has been postponed as U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron work together to avoid a rise in tariffs.

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VideoReview: Samsung T7 Touch SSD builds upon the T5 in every way

Review: Samsung T7 Touch SSD builds upon the T5 in every way

Samsung's T-lineup portable media has been increasingly popular over the years. Most recently, the T5 has been the go-to choice for those who need reliable, compact, fast portable storage. The T7 Touch builds on that, improving in nearly every way possible.

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5G will fuel smartphone industry growth — but it is only a temporary push

5G will fuel smartphone industry growth — but it is only a temporary push

The spread of 5G into mainstream usage will help create a surge of smartphone sales but the hype behind 5G will only be a temporary lift for sales of devices like Apple's 2020 iPhone refresh, with the market expected to contract in 2022.

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Apple cancelled encrypted iCloud plans after the FBI complained

Apple cancelled encrypted iCloud plans after the FBI complained

Apple has reportedly abandoned plans to allow users to end-to-end encrypt iCloud, after getting negative feedback from the FBI.

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Disney+ expanding to Europe sooner than expected

Disney+ expanding to Europe sooner than expected

The streaming service has pulled forward its launch date in most European countries, and also announced local pricing which is more expensive than its US fees.

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Apple supplier Pegatron looking for factory site in Vietnam

Apple supplier Pegatron looking for factory site in Vietnam

Apple assembly partner Pegatron is considering a diversification of its production facilities with a new operation in Vietnam, a plan that would help move some of its manufacturing outside of China and potentially mitigating any future issues over US-China trade tensions.

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'Mario Kart Tour' opening multiplayer test to all players

'Mario Kart Tour' opening multiplayer test to all players

"Mario Kart Tour" is gearing up for a second beta test of its upcoming multiplayer mode, this time allowing everyone to join in on the fun.

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Apple hasn't abandoned Touch ID in flagship iPhones yet

Apple hasn't abandoned Touch ID in flagship iPhones yet

Apple is researching a version of Touch ID would use sensors behind an OLED screen rather than via a specific button — and Apple includes a laptop in its examples of touchscreen devices.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Rumor: 'iPhone 12' will look like a slimmer, taller iPhone 11

Rumor: 'iPhone 12' will look like a slimmer, taller iPhone 11

Rumblings out of Apple's East Asian supply chain this week offer fresh insight into this year's iPhone release cycle, with a report on Monday claiming the company's 2020 handsets will be similar in design to the iPhone 11 lineup albeit with a few sizing tweaks.

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Apple working on preventative healthcare technology, CEO Cook reveals

Apple working on preventative healthcare technology, CEO Cook reveals

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday said the company is investigating technology that could help identify health risks at an early stage, similar to heart monitoring features introduced with Apple Watch.

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