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Apple won’t replace your old iPhone 6 Plus battery until March because of short supplies

Get that $29 replacement while you can<p>When Apple promised to replace old iPhone batteries for $29 after its slowdown debacle, there was always going to be a queue for new parts. Well, for owners of the iPhone 6 Plus, the queue will likely be a bit longer than expected. According to internal …

Apple servers currently signing older iOS updates, users able to downgrade from iOS 11

[<b>Update:</b> Party’s over! Older OS versions are no longer being signed once more. As suspected, it was an accidental change and has been reverted. Original story below …]<p>Apple is currently signing iOS 10 version updates for many devices including iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models as shown by …

Investors Urge Apple to Do More to Protect Children From Smartphone Addiction [Updated]

Apple should do more to reduce growing smartphone addiction among children, said two major investors on Monday (via <i>USA Today</i>). In an open letter to the tech giant, New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System wrote of their increasing concern about the …

Apple updates macOS and iOS to address Spectre vulnerability

Just a few days after Apple disclosed how it would be dealing with the Meltdown bug that affects modern computers, it's pushed out fixes for the Spectre exploit as well. iOS 11.2.2 includes "Security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre," the company writes on its …

Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 security update with Spectre mitigations for Safari

Apple has released iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad. The software update highlights security improvements and Apple “recommends for all users.”<p>Apple hasn’t disclosed exactly what security issues are addressed by iOS 11.2.2, but we can expect to see details on Apple’s security page shortly. We’ll …

Apple Says $29 Battery Replacements Are One-Per-iPhone When Device Passes Diagnostic Test

iPhone users hoping to double dip on Apple's discounted $29 battery replacements this year may find themselves out of luck.<p>While we previously confirmed that Apple is offering $29 battery replacements to any customer with an iPhone 6 or newer regardless of diagnostic result, Apple has indicated …

LG Display's crazy 65-inch OLED TV can roll up like a poster

When you roll your future TV out of sight into a little box, thank LG Display.<p>The leader in big-screen OLED manufacturing, not satisfied to debut the first 88-inch 8K OLED TV, showed off another world's first at CES: a 65-inch 4K OLED display that's, get this, rollable.<p>Although some concept …

Gear & Gadgets

Brand new Galaxy S9 renders show the same ‘boring’ design

It’s finally 2018, which means it’s time to get really excited about this year’s new smartphones, especially if you’re an Android enthusiast. By the …

Elon Musk Tweets An Excellent Example Of Tech Ethics

As I track examples of Silicon Valley’s unique political ideology, I’m always delighted to find ones that are short and sweet. Elon Musk recently gifted us with a great example.<p>In an exchange on Twitter, Musk shot off an innocent science-friendly argument,<p>“It is high time that humanity went beyond …

Tesla

Samsung's vision for the future of retail is a store that doesn't try to sell you anything — take a look inside

Samsung 837 has been called a store that doesn't sell anything, but that's not quite true.<p>It's true that the New York City store's employees won't push guests to buy any Samsung products, and the space has only a small amount of inventory on site, but the store is selling something else: the idea …

Xiaomi Mi A1 receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update (Update: rolling out again)

<i>Update #2 (01/16):</i> Xiaomi halted the Oreo rollout to the Mi A1 soon after it had begun at the end of December, but it looks like it has now picked up again. The news arrives from the <i>XDA forums</i> (via <i>Beebom</i>), where users have been discussing the update and how to get it.<p>Xiaomi originally stopped …

Android News

Samsung preps Chrome OS tablet with a high-end camera

Samsung's Chromebooks haven't always been smashing successes, but it's clearly willing to shake up its formula when necessary. In a follow-up to hints from November, <i>Chrome Unboxed</i> has discovered code references confirming the existence of "Nautilus," a Samsung-made detachable Chrome OS tablet. And …

LG kicks off CES’s giant, expensive TV race with an 88-inch 8K OLED display

LG is pushing TV displays to ever-greater sizes and resolutions (and, most likely, prices) for the upcoming CES 2018. <i>Engadget</i> writes that the company will be showing off a new 88-inch OLED display with an 8K resolution, with the expectation that it will one day be fitted into the biggest and …

OnePlus 3/3T users on OxygenOS 5.0.1 warned to uninstall FactoryMode

• Google Play Protect warns OnePlus 3/3T owners on OxygenOS 5.0.1 that FactoryMode may be harmful.<br>• The app is a diagnostic tool used during device manufacturing and after sales support.<br>• It was previously known as EngineerMode and was exploited to gain root access to OnePlus devices.<p>You might remember …

Android News

Adventurous OnePlus 5T owners can try Android Oreo

Were you disappointed that the OnePlus 5T launched with Android Nougat despite Oreo having launched weeks earlier? You can rectify that today, if you're willing to experiment. OnePlus has posted an open OxygenOS beta that brings Oreo's features to the 5T. You now have Android 8.0 staples like …

Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations

Otto showed the world its digital lock in August. Four months later, the company has suspended operations. Hardware is hard. It’s a cliche for a reason.<p>The company made the decision just ahead of the holidays, a fact that founder and CEO Sam Jadallah recently made public with a lengthy Medium post …

Google continues poaching Apple engineers as it ramps up work on in-house chip development

A recent report from <i>The Information</i> details Google’s efforts to grow its chip development efforts, which in turn is costing Apple some considerable talent. The report explains that Google has hired several key chip engineers from Apple, including well-regarded chip designer John Bruno…<p>At Apple, …

Apple’s New iPhones Get a Lukewarm Reception From Buyers

U.S. sales of iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are on par with lackluster pace of most recent models, analysts say, though China prospects are bright<p>Apple Inc. investors have been betting that the pricey new iPhone X will reignite growth for the company’s most important product line.<p>But estimates from …

Mobile Technology

Amazon Alexa and Google Home top App Store charts on Christmas Day, implies smart speakers were popular holiday gifts

The App Store charts always provide some interesting nuggets of information on Christmas Day and other big holidays as you can see the sudden influx of app downloads.<p>This year, the Alexa app for Amazon Echo smart speakers topped App Store free charts, hitting the #1 in a few regions, with Google …

Apple AirPods: 9 tips for making the most of Apple's wireless earbuds

You’ve come to grips with the fact that Apple removed the standard headphone jack on recent iPhone models and bought the company’s branded $159 wireless AirPods. Or maybe you received these Bluetooth headphones as a gift.<p>Either way, you'll want to make the most out of these small earbuds, which I …

Tech Trends

The nine best apps for your new iPhone

‘Tis the season for new iPhones<p>Just unwrapped a fancy new iPhone X? Maybe a svelte iPhone SE? No matter what model, you’re gonna need some apps to go with your fancy new phone. Fortunately, we’ve already done the busy work for you and put together the best apps to get started with.<p><i>We've rounded up</i> …

Google poaches a key Apple chip designer

Google is still snapping up Apple's chip design talent as part of its ongoing quest to create custom processors. <i>The Information</i> has learned that the search giant has hired John Bruno, the designer who founded and ran Apple's silicon competitive analysis group -- that is, the team that helped iPhone …

Navigation Apps Are Turning Quiet Neighborhoods Into Traffic Nightmares

LEONIA, N.J. — It is bumper to bumper as far as the eye can see, the kind of soul-sucking traffic jam that afflicts highways the way bad food afflicts rest stops.<p>Suddenly, a path to hope presents itself: An alternate route, your smartphone suggests, can save time. Next thing you know, you’re headed …

Urban Design

Google Maps will wake you up when you need to get off the bus

Google Maps will make taking the train or the bus in places you're visiting a lot less stressful: according to <i>TechCrunch</i>, the app will soon guide you through every step of a mass transit ride, including telling you when it's time to get off. Once the feature rolls out, you'll apparently find a …

Google Maps

Pokémon Go Event Challenges Players to Catch 3 Billion Pokémon for Limited-Time Rewards

<b>Update:</b> On Twitter, Niantic announced that over 500 million Pokemon have been caught in the event's first day.<p>Pokémon Go studio Niantic has today …

Pokémon

Apple’s retail store in Burlingame, CA reopens after significant renovations [Gallery]

After closing this past spring for remodeling, Apple’s Burlingame, CA retail location reopened this morning in conjunction with their Burlington, MA store. Both stores have been updated to match Apple’s new retail design style. <i>9to5Mac</i> stopped in at the new Burlingame store opening where an …

Spotify acquires Swedish collaborative audio recording startup Soundtrap

Spotify has acquired fellow Swedish startup Soundtrap, which offers a collaborative online music and audio recording studio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>Founded in 2012, Soundtrap had raised around $8.5 million to target amateur musicians with a cloud-based recording platform that works …

Apple pushes HomePod release to early 2018

So much for the holiday rush. Apple announced this morning that its premium HomePod smart speaker won’t be making the company’s initial December ship date. According to a brief statement issued by the company, the production process needs “a little more time” to bake.<p>A spokesperson told TechCrunch, …

Here’s everything you can buy at Apple Park’s Visitor Center [Gallery]

Apple Park’s Visitor Center celebrated its grand opening to the public today, and <i>9to5Mac</i> is on the ground in Cupertino to see the new facilities in person. Just like at Apple’s Infinite Loop campus, the Apple Park Visitor Center has a company store with exclusive merchandise not available in other …

How Apple Gives Android A Headache

Apple has over 1-billion customers. Google’s Android devices number over 2-billion so how is it that Apple keeps giving Android smartphone makers a …