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Apple Maps to Be Rebuilt 'From the Ground Up' With First-Party Data Over the Next Year

Apple today announced that it will be rebuilding its Maps app "from the ground up" with street-level data collected from its fleet of Apple Maps vehicles, high resolution satellite imagery, and anonymized, random segments of navigation sessions from iPhone users, which Apple refers to as "probe …

iOS

Apple is blocking Telegram updates worldwide

Telegram’s efforts to protect user privacy have seen its secure messaging service banned in Russia, where Apple has been ordered to remove the app from its App Store within 30 days. But it seems the impact of those demands is being felt worldwide.<p>Telegram CEO Pavel Durov has revealed that Apple …

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HomePod Launching in Canada, France, and Germany on June 18

Apple today announced that its HomePod smart speaker will be available in Canada, Germany, and France beginning Monday, June 18.<p>HomePod will be available to order in white and space gray through Apple's online store, retail stores, and the Apple Store app on iPhone and iPad, or at select authorized …

Apple

Philips Hue 3 upgrades smart lighting app with refined design, fast controls, photo scenes

Philips is releasing a major new version of its iOS app this month that gives the smart lighting controller an updated look while restoring some missing features. The new version includes 30 new lighting scenes and brings back a feature that lets you turn photos into lighting scenes.<p>9to5Mac Happy …

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iOS 11.4’s USB Restricted Mode prevents tethered cracking attempts, Lightning becomes charge-only

iOS 11.4 should be released within the next several weeks. With that, Apple could be implementing further security protocols on iOS that prevent devices to be used with a Mac or PC after 7 days of not unlocking the device.<p>According to security blog <i>Elcomsoft</i>, the latest iOS 11.4 beta includes a new …

Mark Zuckerberg Rebuts Tim Cook: Companies That Charge You More Don't Necessarily Care About You More

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has countered the argument that companies without an ad-supported business model are better off.<p>"You know, I find that argument, that if you're not paying that somehow we can't care about you, to be extremely glib," said Zuckerberg, in an interview with <i>Vox</i>'s Ezra Klein. …

Apple

Apple will unveil the next generation of iOS and macOS on June 4th

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held in June this year. Apple is planning to return to San Jose again in 2018, between June 4th and June 8th this time around. Developers can apply for tickets now through March 22 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET through Apple’s WWDC site, and tickets will …

Amazon Echo gadgets are doing ‘witch-like’ laughs and Alexa is refusing to obey its owners

Remember that bit in 2001: A Space Odyssey when the computer turns evil and purrs, ‘I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that’?<p>We may have reached …

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Samsung Galaxy S9 4K Video Recording Unable to Match the iPhone X

Just like every year, Samsung tried its best with the Galaxy S9 series smartphones to outdo the iPhone X, but looking at early benchmarks, it seems …

Malaysian Apple reseller cancels sale after crowds overwhelmed a mall for $50 iPhones

A Malaysian Apple reseller had to cancel its warehouse sale over the weekend after 11,000 people lined up hours before the actual event to buy iPhones priced as low as $50 USD. According to the advertisement leading up to the event, retailer Switch was selling off its stock largely consisting of …

How does the HomePod stack up against Sonos with Alexa?

We compare the two smart speakers in this episode of Versus<p>Apple’s entrance into the “smart” speaker market earlier this month was remarkable because of its lateness almost more than anything else: Amazon’s Echo speakers have been around for a few years, Sonos (finally) brought a voice assistant to …

Apple targets Android switchers in latest series of simple ads

Apple is hoping to convince Android users to switch to iPhone with its latest set of short ads that highlight some the iPhone’s best features.<p>Five new ads were published by Apple this afternoon covering everyone from ease-of-use to customer support. Most of the ads are less than 15 seconds long and …

Zero Waste

Apple Watch SOS saved a mom and her baby after a drunk driver hit their car

Apple Watch continues to save lives by placing life-changing technology in ordinary places. Kacie Anderson, who shared her story with Shape.com, is the latest example of someone with an incredible experience with Apple Watch. Anderson says her watch helped save her and her nine-month-old son’s life …

Apple Watch

Facebook employees are next-level paranoid the company is watching them

A recent <i>Wired</i> profile details the lengths at which Facebook employees are willing to go to ensure the company isn’t monitoring their communications.<p>The piece examines two years of Facebook’s struggles, detailing everything from its Trending Topics debacle, to the dismissal, acceptance, and regret …

Employment

HomePod impresses audiophiles in technical measurement tests

The HomePod launched on Friday and people continue to praise its sound quality. A user on the r/audiophiles subreddit conducted an extensive set of measurements, testing frequency response, distortion and much more.<p>The review is a very in-depth and dense exploration of how the HomePod sounds, with …

HomePod

Supply-chain sources corroborate KGI report of Face ID in all three 2018 iPhones

KGI said back in October of last year it was likely that Apple would bring Face ID to all three of this year’s new iPhone models, and this is supported by two new supply-chain reports today.<p>The reports says that Face ID is coming to the LCD iPhone as well as the flagship OLED ones, and that Apple …

Mobile Devices

Apple’s HomePod pre-orders sell out ahead of launch

The HomePod was never preordained to be a blockbuster for Apple. Sure, the smart speaker has received overwhelmingly positive marks for sound quality, but the product is a bit late to the game, after both Amazon and Google have launched major offensives. The company also got dinged for its …

Here are the 100+ new emoji arriving on iPhone and iPad this year [Video]

The final list for Emoji 11.0 has been finalized and it features 157 new emoji. The Unicode Consortium has announced that among the latest emoji will be superheroes, redheads, partying face, hot face, cold face, infinity, and much more.<p>Whoosh! Screen Cleaner<p>As reported by <i>Emojipedia</i>, the Emoji 11.0 …

Skin Care

First 18-Core iMac benchmarks showcase obvious multi-core benefits

After a bit of a delay, the 18-core iMac Pro should be arriving to most customers sometime this month. Jonathan Morrison got his hands on the top of the line iMac Pro and put it through the obligatory benchmark tests to see how it stacked up. Right off the bat it’s evident that the 18-core iMac Pro …

IMac Pro

Apple Unveils Massive Logic Pro 10.4 Update

The update includes new reverb and EQ plug-ins, a flexible Smart Tempo system, and loads of new sounds.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we …

Apple shares new HomePod details including gesture controls ahead of launch

Apple has unveiled lots of HomePod details this morning including a new guide for how the smart speaker can be controlled with the top surface area. HomePod will be primarily driven by Siri, but tapping the top will support a number of gestures for playback control.<p>9to5Mac Happy Hour<p>The top surface …

HomePod

With WPA3, Wi-Fi security is about to get a lot tougher

Finally, a security reprieve for open Wi-Fi hotspot users.<p>At last, Wi-Fi security -- or lack of -- is about to get its day in the sun.<p>The Wi-Fi …

Why You Should Switch From Google Chrome to Firefox

Since its debut, Chrome has grown in popularity, though its once-stellar reputation has taken a bit of a hit as of late. Examples of Chrome-only …

James Damore just filed a class action lawsuit against Google, saying it discriminates against white male conservatives

James Damore, a former Google engineer who was fired in August after posting a memo to an internal Google message board arguing that women may not be equally represented in tech because they are biologically less capable of engineering, has filed a class action lawsuit against the company in Santa …

PSA: Apple is making its $29 battery replacement pricing effective immediately

After growing controversy, Apple this week issued a public apology for how it handled slowing down older iPhones in conjunction with aging batteries. In addition to its apology, Apple also said that it would be lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements from $79 to $29.<p>Originally, the …

Apple Store

Apple Apologizes for Slowing Down Some iPhones, Offers $35 Battery Swaps [u]

Apple has published a letter on its website, detailing iPhone batteries and performance, in response to the current uproar over its slow down of CPU …

Apple Maps finds a useful feature: indoor airport guides

LOS ANGELES — Apple Maps finally has a useful feature that gives it an edge over the competition: a way to navigate through airport terminals.<p>That may not sound like much, but the app has failed in the court of popular opinion as an also-ran to Google Maps. So the bragging rights are notable.<p>As …

Google Maps

Apple’s iMac Pro Causes Far More Excitement Than MacBook Pro

The iMac Pro is one beast of a computer.<p>In 2016 and 2017, power computer users were supposed to be excited by the MacBook Pro. However, that hasn’t …

The iPhone 8 goes up against the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Watch this before you buy a new phone.<p>Before you start throwing down cash for new phones like a Grinch post heart-expansion, watch our video to directly compare more factors than just name brand and price on two of the most popular phones. The iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are both less than $1000 …

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