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Heads of US law & spy agencies say phones by Apple rival Huawei pose inherent national security risk

The heads of several U.S. law and spy agencies claim that smartphone buyers should avoid buying products from China's Huawei, since the company poses …

Christopher Wray

Apple could source local chipsets for Chinese iPhones

Apple may be expanding its supply chain further by buying storage chips from the Chinese memory chipmaker Yangtze Memory Technologies, a new report states.<p>What makes this interesting is that the chips will reportedly be used only in iPhones and other devices for the Chinese domestic market. It …

Western Digital

Apple Confirms HomePod Can Leave White Rings on Wood Surfaces With Oil or Wax Finishes

Apple has issued a statement confirming that the HomePod can possibly leave white rings on wood surfaces with an oil or wax finish.<p>The strange discovery was brought to light in HomePod reviews published by <i>Wirecutter</i> and <i>Pocket-lint</i>, as highlighted by <i>VentureBeat</i>, while at least one customer shared a …

Woodworking

Comment: The FBI’s warning against Huawei smartphones is kind of ironic …

The heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA and three other US intelligence agencies have warned Americans not to buy Huawei smartphones, or indeed any other Huawei products and services.<p>The reason is somewhat ironic in view of the agency’s battle with Apple …<p>Speaking in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing …

Christopher Wray

Skydio launches R1 – an autonomous flying drone that takes obstacle avoidance to new heights

<i>From Drone DJ:</i><p>The Skydio R1 drone has been years in the making but it is here now! Our sister site, Electrek, first wrote about it when one of the senior engineers left Tesla to join the then start-up drone company.<p>What makes the R1 drone unlike any other drone you’ve seen, is its advanced obstacle …

Drones

Apple buying Chinese storage chips for iPhones ‘in Chinese market only’ – Nikkei

A brief report claims that Apple will be adding a Chinese NAND storage chip supplier to its roster. The company has in the past bought these chips from Toshiba, SK Hynix and Samsung, but is now said to be in talks with Yangtze Memory Technologies.<p>The report is light on detail, but does make one …

China

HomePod Audiophile Review: Sound Performance 'Deserves a Standing Ovation'

HomePod reviews from the tech press came thick and fast last week, and while the smart speaker's sound quality was consistently praised, most reviews were based on subjective assessments and didn't take into account professional-grade output measurements. Early on Monday, however, Reddit user …

HomePod

New Study Suggests Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Can Detect Early Signs of Diabetes

Cardiogram, a company that offers an app able to break down heart rate data collected by the Apple Watch, today shared the results of a new study that suggests the Apple Watch can be used to detect the signs of diabetes.<p>Cardiogram researchers teamed up with the University of California, San …

Smartwatches

Source code for iOS 9's 'iBoot' component reportedly leaks online

Source code for what is claimed to be the iBoot component of Apple's iOS, software that handles secure booting of the operating system, was published …

Information Security

How to install fonts on a Mac and make them available to all users

Whether you're working on a personal project, trying to open a document from a coworker, or creating marketing materials for your business, you may …

Typography

MacUpdate served up Mac cryptominer to unsuspecting users in Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper downloads on Feb. 1

Download aggregator MacUpdate briefly linked to three malicious applications masquerading as legitimate downloads for Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper, that …

Mac App Store

First look: iPhone Battery Health settings in iOS 11.3

Apple's second beta of iOS 11.3 adds the anticipated iPhone Battery Health section, allowing users to check the longevity and remaining capacity of …

iOS

How to check battery health and disable battery performance throttling in iOS 11.3 beta

As promised, Apple has included a new screen in the iOS 11.3 beta 2 settings called Battery Health (Beta) available on all iPhones since iPhone 6. This view includes information about the maximum capacity of the battery in the device, and describes whether the battery has degraded to the point …

iOS

iOS 11.3 Beta 2 Introduces New 'Battery Health' Feature

The iOS 11.3 beta 2 update, seeded to developers this morning, introduces a new "Battery Health" feature that's designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries.<p>Located in the Battery section of the Settings app, the new Battery Health feature tells you the maximum capacity …

iOS

Apple Explains Why Power Management Features Were Introduced in January 2017 But Not Disclosed Until February 2017

iOS 10.2.1, introduced on January 23, 2017, has become one of Apple's most infamous iOS updates as it marked the introduction of power management features that slow down older iPhones with degraded batteries.<p>Apple introduced the update, and designed the power management features, to fix unexpected …

John Thune

Remembering the Father of the God Particle, Satyendra Nath Bose: Life, contributions, and his work with Einstein

World famous Indian scientist, Satyendra Nath Bose is known for working with Albert Einstein on the Bose-Einstein Condensate and his work on the …

India

Telegram & Telegram X messaging apps both disappear from App Store without explanation [U]

Popular messaging app Telegram has today disappeared from the App Store on iPhone and iPad. Interestingly, both the primary Telegram app and the faster, Swift-built alternative Telegram X have been removed without any reasoning from the company itself…<p>Telegram’s removal from the App Store was first …

Apps

'infltr' Photo App Gains GIF Shooting Mode, New Editing Tools, and New Toolkit Manager

Award-winning photo editing app infltr received an update on Thursday that adds a number of notable features, including new editing tools and the ability to shoot animated GIFs.<p>The new GIF shooting mode appears beside the regular camera shutter button within the app, and joins infltr's existing …

Apps

Apple delays big new iOS features to focus on stability in 2018

Apple is changing up its plans for this year’s mobile software, a new report claims.<p>As a result of a recent string of criticisms concerning security and quality issues (outlined by my colleague Killian Bell here), Apple will now reportedly delay some of the big iOS features it had planned to …

Craig Federighi

Apple is dropping a bunch of network services from macOS Server

Apple has confirmed plans to drop a number of big network services from macOS Server this year.<p>In a new support document, the company explains macOS Server is “changing to focus more on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network.”<p>“As a result, some changes are coming in how …

Mac App Store

Review: Living with Vitra’s Pacific Chair, Jony Ive’s choice for Apple Park

If I asked you to name a few common technology products, office chairs probably wouldn’t make the list. The act of sitting down is such a fundamental human activity that chairs are often overlooked entirely, and rarely thought of as technology. Yet, sitting has quietly become an art in itself. The …

Apple Park

Apple said to be cutting iPhone X production in half due to slow sales

Apple has reportedly told suppliers that it's dropping March-quarter iPhone X production from the more than 40 million it predicted to about 20 …

OLEDs

HomePod's Sound Continues to Receive Top Marks After Listening Demos in New York and London

Apple last week invited select reporters to one-hour-long HomePod listening demos in New York City and London, resulting in several first impressions of the speaker's sound quality being shared online over the past few days.<p>We've rounded up all of the first impressions we've come across so far, and …

HomePod

Apple to start sales of cellular Apple Watch Series 3 models in Hong Kong, Singapore next month

Apple is moving forward with its global Apple Watch rollout and will in February launch cellular versions of the latest Apple Watch Series 3 in Hong …

Smartwatches

Cellular Apple Watch Series 3 Launching in Singapore and Hong Kong in February

Starting on February 2, the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity will be available for purchase in Singapore and Hong Kong, according to updated information shared on Apple's Singapore and Hong Kong websites.<p>Customers in Singapore and Hong Kong will be able to place orders for the …

Hong Kong

Apple's Clips App Updated With New Chinese New Year Graphics

Apple's Clips video editing app received a small update this afternoon, introducing new artwork ahead of Chinese New Year on February 16.<p>Today's update brings a new Apple-designed label and poster for Chinese New Year. The poster, which reads "Gung Hay Fat Choy" (the equivalent to Happy New Year in …

Apps

Safari 11.1 in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 and iOS 11.3 Introduces New Features and Optimizations

Both macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 and iOS 11.3 ship with an updated version of Safari, Safari 11.1. Safari 11.1 incorporates many new features that have been in testing in Apple's Safari Preview browser, introducing new web APIs, security improvements, media changes, and more.<p>Details on the Safari …

iOS

Apple adds new privacy icon to iOS 11.3

iOS 11.3 landed with a bunch of big features this morning but it looks like Apple added a few small surprises not mentioned in its preview, including a new feature that makes it easier to tell when apps are trying to access your personal data.<p>Developers got a bunch of new features to play with in …

iOS

Nintendo Labo is augmented...cardboard?

<b>by Dan Moren</b>Nintendo, always known for its lateral-thinking, has announced its newest venture: Labo. What <i>is</i> Labo? Well, check out this video:Wild. …

Google Cardboard

Apple May Replace Some iPhone 6 Plus Models Needing Whole-Device Repairs With iPhone 6s Plus Through March

If you have a damaged iPhone 6 Plus that qualifies for a whole-device replacement, Apple may replace it with an iPhone 6s Plus through March, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers today.<p>Apple specifically states that "orders for whole unit service …

iPhone