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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

IRS will soon demand video selfies for online user identification

IRS will soon demand video selfies for online user identification

Users planning to file their taxes or check their tax payment history will soon be required to provide extensive documentation to a third-party company, including shots of utility bills and a video selfie.

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Apple Music is the second most used music streaming service globally, Spotify remains in top spot

Apple Music is the second most used music streaming service globally, Spotify remains in top spot

New research shows that Apple Music accounts for 15% of the global music streaming market, still falling behind streaming giant Spotify, which holds more than 30%.

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Illinois latest to try to mandate payments from outside the 'oppressive regime' App Store

Illinois latest to try to mandate payments from outside the 'oppressive regime' App Store

Illinois senators have filed a bill that would require Apple and Google to allow alternative payment systems for app developers.

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AirPods crucial to summoning medical help after serious head injury

AirPods crucial to summoning medical help after serious head injury

A New Jersey designer has detailed how she used her AirPods and Siri to call for help after sustaining a head injury alone in her studio.

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ExclusiveDeals: save up to $200 on 2020 13" MacBook Pros, plus $60 off AppleCare

Deals: save up to $200 on 2020 13

AppleInsider readers this week can save $75 to $200 on every 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama with exclusive coupon discounts. Plus, save $60 on AppleCare and get an additional 5% back with the new Edge Credit Card. Total savings can reach upward of $440 off the latest notebooks bundled with AC and the Edge financing promotion.

Deal: Lifetime Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac license dips to $49.99

Deal: Lifetime Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac license dips to $49.99

Bargain hunters looking for a cheap Microsoft Office license to run on one Mac can gain lifetime access to the 2021 Home & Business collection of tools for just $49.99.

ReviewWemo Stage with Thread review: Finally a reliable HomeKit button

Wemo Stage with Thread review: Finally a reliable HomeKit button

Belkin has finally finished rolling out its Thread-enabling update to the Wemo Stage scene controller that makes this tiny remote the best option for commanding your HomeKit home.

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Nanoleaf is discontinuing original Light Panels, get them while you can at 50% off

Nanoleaf is discontinuing original Light Panels, get them while you can at 50% off

The original Nanoleaf Light Panels are being discontinued in favor of the new Shapes lineup, but you can get up to 50% off remaining panels and expansion packs while supplies last.

Go behind the scenes of 'Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock' before the Friday debut

Go behind the scenes of 'Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock' before the Friday debut

In a new first look video, directors, writers, and cast members talk about bringing the Apple TV+ series "Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock" to life with new technology and classic songs.

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Continued iOS 14 security updates were meant to be temporary, Apple says

Continued iOS 14 security updates were meant to be temporary, Apple says

That the option to stay on iOS 14 and receive security updates instead of upgrading to iOS 15 was always meant to be a temporary measure, Apple has confirmed.

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VideoWemo Smart Video Doorbell review: The new HomeKit doorbell of choice

Wemo Smart Video Doorbell review: The new HomeKit doorbell of choice

This HomeKit Secure Video doorbell is the epitome of an Apple smart home device. Let's take a close look at the just-announced Belkin Wemo Smart Video Doorbell.

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2022: Top tech treats for Apple lovers

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2022: Top tech treats for Apple lovers

AppleInsider's 2022 Valentine's Day gift guide is here and is filled to the brim with tech treats sure to put a smile on your sweetheart's face.

Businesses have stark differences of opinion on proposed anti-Big Tech bills

Businesses have stark differences of opinion on proposed anti-Big Tech bills

Two groups both claiming to represent small business interests in the United States have each released open letters, one urging Congress to leave big tech alone as it gives a platform to businesses that might not get one — and one supporting the bill.

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Apple TV+ shares trailer for WeWork drama series 'WeCrashed'

Apple TV+ shares trailer for WeWork drama series 'WeCrashed'

Apple TV+ has released an official teaser trailer for "WeCrashed," an upcoming drama series chronicling the rise and fall of WeWork coming to the streaming platform in March.

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Army wife uses AirTags to track shady movers

Army wife uses AirTags to track shady movers

An Army spouse says she used an AirTag to keep tabs on her family's belongings during a move when a shady moving truck driver didn't deliver the items on time.

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ExclusiveDeals: Apple's latest Mac mini is on sale from $649, up to $110 off

Deals: Apple's latest Mac mini is on sale from $649, up to $110 off

Today's best Mac mini deals offer discounts of up to $110 on every model, with prices starting at $649.

New iPhone SE production starts in late January with May launch, claims leaker

New iPhone SE production starts in late January with May launch, claims leaker

A new leak claims that production will begin on the next iPhone SE in January, with a launch most likely to be in late May, or early April.

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Best deals Jan. 19: $190 AirPods Pro, $400 off 65-inch 4K 120Hz TV, more!

Best deals Jan. 19: $190 AirPods Pro, $400 off 65-inch 4K 120Hz TV, more!

In addition to discounted AirPods Pro, Wednesday's best deals include $250 off a Roomba smart vacuum, $250 off Linksys WiFi 6E router 3-pack, 12% off a Polaroid instant camera, and a $35 Air Fryer.

VideoHow to tell the difference between real AirPods Pro and counterfeit ones

How to tell the difference between real AirPods Pro and counterfeit ones

Details are key in spotting a fake set of AirPods or AirPods Pro. We picked up a set of widely available clones and compared them to genuine AirPods Pro so you can better protect yourself from getting scammed by counterfeit Apple earbuds.

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Mophie releases MagSafe travel multi-charger through Apple Store

Mophie releases MagSafe travel multi-charger through Apple Store

The number of official third-party MagSafe accessories has grown again with Mophie's new multi-device travel charger which is available for $150 exclusively through the Apple Store.

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Apple now requires Unidays verification for education purchases

Apple now requires Unidays verification for education purchases

The Apple Education Store online has been revamped to require verification through the Unidays student or staff education status.

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Carriers agree to another 5G delay around US airports

Carriers agree to another 5G delay around US airports

AT&T and Verizon are to postpone rolling out 5G near certain airports in the US, following further complaints from airline CEOs.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Apple fixing known Safari fingerprinting bug that allows websites to track your browsing history

Apple fixing known Safari fingerprinting bug that allows websites to track your browsing history

Apple is working on a fix for a known bug in Safari that allows websites to view a user's browsing history and Google ID.

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Apple TV+ award nominations piling up with nine from NAACP Image Awards

Apple TV+ award nominations piling up with nine from NAACP Image Awards

On Tuesday, the 53rd annual NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced, with Apple TV+ pulling down nine nominations for its original films and series.

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Apple TV+ garners multiple visual effects award nominations for 'Finch,' 'Foundation,' and more

Apple TV+ garners multiple visual effects award nominations for 'Finch,' 'Foundation,' and more

Several Apple TV+ original shows and films have been honored with nominations in the Visual Effects Society 20th Annual VES Awards, including "Foundation" and "Finch."

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Scott Free president exits for multi-year Apple TV+ deal

Scott Free president exits for multi-year Apple TV+ deal

Kevin Walsh is departing his role of president at Scott Free Productions, after signing a multi-year deal to produce content for Apple TV .

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Apple releases firmware update for just AirPods 3

Apple releases firmware update for just AirPods 3

Apple has released a new AirPods 3 firmware update with no known changes beyond the usual bug fixes and improvements.

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Senate bills will do real harm to consumer privacy & security, Apple argues

Senate bills will do real harm to consumer privacy & security, Apple argues

Apple has sent a letter to U.S. lawmakers strongly voicing its opposition to several antitrust bills, claiming that the proposed acts would hurt competition, stifle innovation, and harm consumer privacy and security.

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FTC, DOJ launch joint public inquiry of merger rules focused on big tech

FTC, DOJ launch joint public inquiry of merger rules focused on big tech

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department want to update merger rules that will affect Apple and other tech giants, in a joint effort to prevent illegal or anticompetitive acquisitions or mergers from taking place.

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ExclusiveApple's popular 16-inch MacBook Pro (32GB RAM, 512GB) is back in stock, $150 off

Apple's popular 16-inch MacBook Pro (32GB RAM, 512GB) is back in stock, $150 off

Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro with 32GB of memory and 512GB of storage is $150 off and in stock and ready to ship, beating Apple's estimated delivery window by nearly two months.

TipsHow to fine-tune notifications on your Apple Watch

How to fine-tune notifications on your Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch doesn't have to notify you of everything that your iPhone will. Instead, you can select to see just what's important — or nothing at all.

5G expansion will cause 'catastrophic' economic crisis, airlines claim

5G expansion will cause 'catastrophic' economic crisis, airlines claim

The CEOs of major U.S. airlines like Delta and United complained on Tuesday that the planned rollout of 5G C-Band spectrum on Wednesday will cause "catastrophic disruption" to the economy — and strand Americans overseas.

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TipsHow to securely show your COVID-19 certificate on your iPhone

How to securely show your COVID-19 certificate on your iPhone

If you have to physically hand over your iPhone to present your COVID-19 vaccination certificate, here's how to do so quickly in the most secure way possible.

Belkin now has its own official MagSafe charging puck, for $20 more than Apple's

Belkin now has its own official MagSafe charging puck, for $20 more than Apple's

Belkin's new Portable Wireless Charger Pad with MagSafe is Apple-certified, but comes with a hefty price premium versus Apple's own.

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Apple releases new trailer for 'Severance' thriller

Apple releases new trailer for 'Severance' thriller

Ahead of its February 18, 2022 streaming launch, Apple TV+ has released an extended trailer for "Severance," the thriller starring Adam Scott.

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Israeli police use NSO Group's Pegasus to spy on citizens without a warrant

Israeli police use NSO Group's Pegasus to spy on citizens without a warrant

Israeli police have reportedly used Pegasus spyware to surveil citizens in the country without any oversight, a claim that flies in the face of the NSO Group saying that its tools would not be used domestically.

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Best deals Jan. 18: $379 Apple Watch Series 7, TurboTax discounts, more!

Best deals Jan. 18: $379 Apple Watch Series 7, TurboTax discounts, more!

Alongside an Apple Watch Series 7 for $379, Tuesday's best deals include discounts on TurboTax packages, CyberPower battery backup devices, and Sabrent NVMe savings.

New iPhone SE and iPad Air surface in regulatory database

New iPhone SE and iPad Air surface in regulatory database

Indications Apple may be preparing the rumored iPhone SE and iPad Air for launch may have surfaced, via new listings found in the Eurasian Economic Commission database.

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Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard in $68.7B gaming deal

Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard in $68.7B gaming deal

Software giant Microsoft has agreed to purchase Activision Blizzard, a major acquisition valued at $68.7 billion that combines many major studios under one entity.

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