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'iPhone SE 2' With Wireless Charging Said to Launch in May or June

Apple is reportedly working on a new entry-level smartphone model similar to the iPhone SE that will support wireless charging and be released in time for summer 2018.<p>The prediction comes from <i>Digitimes</i> Research analyst Luke Lin, who believes that Apple's iPhone SE successor will have a glass back …

Mobile Technology

Apple's New 2018 iPhone Line-up May Consist of Two Phones With LCD Displays and One Larger OLED Model, Claims Analyst

Apple could release just one new OLED-based iPhone alongside two new iPhone models with LCD displays this year, according to a new report today. Previous reports have gravitated towards the view that Apple will launch two new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone models and only one 6.1-inch model with …

Mobile Technology

New 512GB microSD memory card will make you go power-mad

Remember when <i>Mashable</i>'s Ray Wong felt like a god because he held a 400GB microSD card on his finger? Well, Integral Memory's new 512GB microSD card …

Android Phones

Belkin’s Alexa-enabled WeMo Switch Smart Plug drops to $21 Prime shipped

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Amazon is offering the WeMo Switch Smart Plug for <b>$21.99</b>. Shipping is free for Prime members or in orders over $25. That’s between …

Home Automation

Will.i.am’s company buys Bluetooth earbud maker Earin

i.am+ is a strange company — of course, we’d expect no less from a startup owned by Black Eyed Pea turned tech entrepreneur, Will.i.am. Probably best known for its gaudy Buttons headphones and the largely panned Puls smartwatch/wrist-band dealie, the company has been making some strange and …

Blocked by passwords, FBI can't unlock over half of devices seized as evidence

WASHINGTON — The FBI was unable last year to get access to the contents of more than half the electronic devices seized for evidence — a problem that is getting worse, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday.<p>Despite having court orders allowing agents to examine the contents of the devices, the …

Privacy

Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Models

Apple today has added refurbished 10.5-inch iPad Pro models to its online store for the first time in the United States and Canada.<p>There are currently around 20 configurations available to choose from, including Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular variants, with prices reduced by around 15 percent compared …

LG Expected to Supply Face ID Technology on New iPhone X, iPad Pro, and iPhone X Plus This Year

Apple is planning a significant investment in LG Innotek to secure supply of 3D sensing modules for next-generation iPhone and iPad models expected to launch this year, according to Korean website <i>The Investor</i>.<p>The upfront payment could be worth as much as around $820.9 million, which LG Innotek …

Apple Store in Zurich Evacuated Following Incident With Overheated iPhone Battery

The Apple retail store located on Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, Switzerland was evacuated on Tuesday following a situation with an overheated iPhone battery and its injury of a repair worker (via <i>Reuters</i> and <i>Swissinfo.ch</i>). Zurich police said that the incident happened as the worker was removing the …

Twitter revealed what it would take to delete one of Trump’s tweets

Twitter says that while it’s committed to keeping “elected world leaders” like President Donald Trump on the service, there’s at least one thing that could cross the line: tweets that reveal a private address or phone number. Bruce Daisley, Twitter’s VP of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, laid …

Samsung wants to transform your white board experience with the Samsung Flip

White boards may be a mainstay at startups and tech companies across the country, but just as we tired of dusty chalkboards, we are likely to soon …

7 require medical attention, 50 evacuated after iPhone battery overheats in Apple Store

Roughly 50 people evacuated a Zurich Apple Store Tuesday morning after an overheated iPhone battery began emitting smoke, police said.<p>Seven people received medical attention at the scene, including an Apple Store employee who sustained minor burns while removing the overheated battery, the Zurich …

Inside the Lab Where Amazon's Alexa Takes Over The World

When it first launched in 2014, Amazon's Alexa voice assistant was little more than an experiment. It appeared first inside the Echo, itself a wacky …

Smart Homes

Microsoft pauses patches for AMD devices after bricking people's computers

Microsoft has suspended the release of its fixes for the catastrophic Meltdown and Spectre bugs, after they reportedly bricked computers running AMDs processors. Certain customers who installed Microsoft’s fix for the scary CPU bug found their PCs unable to boot.<p>The software giant has confirmed the …

iPhone SE 2 will have one massive change from its predecessor

Apple’s cheapest iPhone is about to steal some major design cues from the pricey iPhone X.<p>The successor to the iPhone SE could arrive later this year. And according to a new rumor, design changes could include a glass back that adds one of the iPhone X’s most underrated features.<p>It’s been nearly …

Apple Makes $29 Battery Replacements Available Immediately for iPhone 6 and Newer

Apple today announced it is making its reduced $29 battery replacements available immediately for iPhone 6 and all newer models.<p>Apple previously said it would offer the cheaper battery replacements in late January, but it has removed that timeframe from its letter to customers, and has confirmed …

Apple Will Replace the Battery in Your iPhone 6 or Later Even if It Passes a Genius Bar Diagnostic Test

Last week, Apple reduced the price of out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements from $79 to $29, following a wave of controversy over power management features in older iPhones. In a note to customers, Apple said its new policy applied to "anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to …

Apple's 2018 iPhone Lineup May Include Second-Generation iPhone SE

Apple is planning to launch a second-generation iPhone SE in 2018 to target the mid-range smartphone market, according to a new report on predicted global smartphone production growth in 2018 shared this morning by Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce.<p>The first iPhone SE was introduced in the …

iWork for iCloud and iCloud Notes Experiencing Sharing Outage [Update: Fixed]

Some customers using Pages, Numbers, Keynote, or the Apple Notes app are currently unable to share new files or add new people to shared files due to an ongoing outage affecting some iCloud functionality.<p>The problem started at 4:00 a.m Pacific Time this morning, and is still affecting customers, …

Apple Acquires Canadian App Development Startup Buddybuild

Apple recently purchased Vancouver-based app startup Buddybuild, according to a blog post on the Buddybuild website (via <i>iMore</i>).<p>Buddybuild's website describes the company as a "continuous integration, continuous deployment, and user feedback platform for development teams." In other words, …

iMac Pro Teardown Highlights Modular RAM, CPU and SSD Along With Redesigned Internals

With the iMac Pro now in the hands of customers and available at Apple retail stores, popular repair site iFixit has acquired one of the $4,999 machines and has opened it up to see just what's inside. iFixit tore down the base iMac Pro model with an 8-core processor, 32GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD.<p>iFixit …

WiBa Power Bank Offers Fully Wireless Solution for Charging Your iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus

There are already Qi-based wireless chargers on the market that include a built-in battery pack for wire-free charging on the go, but the upcoming WiBa Power Bank from accessory maker Avido goes one step further by offering wireless iPhone charging <i>and</i> wireless charging for the power bank itself.<p>The …

Huawei shipped 153 million smartphones in 2017, but revenue growth is slowing

• CEO Ken Hu confirms that Huawei shipped 153 million smartphones in 2017<br>• Revenue rose by 15 percent to 600 billion yuan, but growth is down to its lowest rate since 2013<br>• Can a push into the US market boost Huawei’s profits?<p>We’ve known for a while now that Huawei shipped a mammoth quantity of …

Apple apologises for slowing down older iPhones with ageing batteries

US firm admits it introduced feature, that affects the iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and SE, without users’ consent to cope with ageing batteries<p>Apple has apologised to customers for deliberately slowing the performance of older iPhone models without users’ consent.<p>The US tech company also announced a $50 (£37) …

Mobile Technology

iFixit matches or beats Apple’s $29 replacement battery deal for devices too old to qualify

After Apple reduced its iPhone battery-swap price to just $29 as part of an apology for its handling of the performance-throttling controversy, iFixit has done the same for its DIY kits for older devices …<p>Apple’s offer applies only to the iPhone 6 and up, which are the devices the company said were …

Apple Store

Microsoft says it's time to kill off the password

No matter how many times people are warned, the most popular passwords are still terrible. They make it easy for hackers to steal identities and are …

Windows 10

iMac Pro Base Model Teardown Reveals 2x SSD RAID Configuration and Four 8GB DIMM Modules

While we await iFixit's inevitable comprehensive teardown of Apple's new iMac Pro, third party Mac component supplier OWC has just published its own teardown video, providing some interesting tidbits on the internal configuration of the non-user upgradeable machine.<p>Whereas standard 27-inch iMacs …

Apple Holding Discussions With Saudi Arabian Government to Open Retail Store in 2019

Apple could debut its first retail location within Saudi Arabia as soon as 2019, thanks to the government's current push towards a "high-tech look" for the country. <i>Reuters</i> reports today that officials in Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh -- including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman -- are currently …

Target's End-of-the-Year iPad Deals: $250 for 32GB 9.7-inch iPad and $300 for 128GB iPad mini 4

Sales celebrating the end of 2017 are in full swing, and Target this week has priced the 32GB 9.7-inch iPad from early 2017 at <b>$249.99</b>, down from $329.99. Currently, that's $30 cheaper than another sale on the same iPad that Best Buy is running, so if you've been looking to purchase one of the …