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Apple is looking to take on Netflix in the original programming arena with Apple TV+, the company. Apple TV+ has the backing of some of the biggest directors in the business including Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, JJ Abrams and Sofia Coppola.  There a number of original shows coming to Apple TV+ including The Morning Show, which is helmed by Steve Carrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon. See is a new science fiction drama that stars Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard. And the great Spielberg will be remaking Amazing Stories for Apple’s new services platform. Apple even managed to snag Oprah Winfrey for two new documentaries; one of which is called Toxic Labor (covering workplace harassment),... Read more...
Apple has partnered with Goldman Sachs to launch a new digital credit card called simply, Apple Card. Apple is touting the security and privacy benefit of this new payment option along with its ease of use. Apple Card primarily resides digitally within the Wallet app on your smartphone. The Apple Card can be users wherever Apple Pay is currently accepted and allows you to make budgeting decisions and track your spending.  Apple is introducing something that it calls Daily Cash, which is the company’s take on popular credit card rewards programs. With the Apple Card, you’ll get 2 percent cash back daily on whatever you purchase. You get the Daily Cash deposited into your account... Read more...
Today is the day that all the details about Apple's long coming and much-rumored streaming video service will land. Previous rumors about the streaming service claimed that Apple device owners would get free access to some of the original programming that the company is working on and that the service will launch next month. Word is that Apple irritated some of the Hollywood types it is working with on the original programming by meddling too much with the creation process. A new report that originated with the Wall Street Journal directly refutes some of those old rumors. According to the report, Apple will offer no free content to device owners and will charge a fee to watch its new programming;... Read more...
Apple’s next generation iPhones likely won’t be unveiled until sometime in September, but details on the smartphones are already starting to slowly leak out. The latest report from Macotakara has a few insights into what is on the schedule for the new iPhones. The first is with regards to wireless charging. The iPhone family has supported standard wireless charging since the Apple iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X debuted in 2017. However, the latest trend with flagship smartphones is reverse or bi-directional wireless charging, which allows them to charge another phone (or accessories).  The Samsung Galaxy S10 family calls this Wireless PowerShare, and Apple's next generation... Read more...
Although malware for macOS isn’t nearly as prevalent as it is on Windows devices, the platform is not immune to attacks. Apple has some limited built-in malware detection in macOS, but there are plenty of more robust options available for users who wanted added protection. Microsoft is the latest to announce an antivirus package for macOS, and it’s called Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Think of Microsoft Defender ATP as the macOS counterpart to Windows Defender for Windows 10 systems, and it will run on macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra and macOS Mojave. Microsoft is currently offering Microsoft Defender ATP as a limited preview for select business customers who... Read more...
Had things gone they way there were supposed to, Apple would have launched its own wireless charging mat called AirPower in 2018. However, here we are getting ready to close out the first quarter of 2019, and Apple still has not released the AirPower mat. It is at least in sight, though, and could be launching soon if the iOS 12.2 beta is any indication. The promise of the AirPower mat is that its wide stance allows it to wirelessly charge numerous compatible Apple gadgets at the same time. "The new Apple-designed AirPower mat, coming in 2018, can charge iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously," Apple stated in a news release announcing the iPhone X. That would be a huge convenience to... Read more...
Security firm Kaspersky Lab has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in Russia over recent restrictions placed on the company's Kaspersky Safe Kids app for iOS. According to Kaspersky, Apple only decided to place additional restrictions on the app after announcing its own Screen Time feature as part of iOS 12, essentially putting it in competition with third-party parental control software. In a blog post on the subject, Kaspersky Lab says Apple had no issue with its app for the past three years. Now, however, Apple has blocked the app because it does not meet the requirements of paragraph 2.5.1 of the guidelines for apps hosted in the App Store. "It turned out that, according to Apple,... Read more...
Although the second-generation AirPods have been talked about in leaks for the past few months, we’re now getting our first official look at the wireless earbuds. The AirPods and the case that they come in look largely the same as the previous generation, but there are a lot of changes under the hood. For starters, the AirPods are now powered by a new Apple-designed H1 chip (replacing the previous W1), which enables hands-free “Hey Siri” activation for controlling music play back, and querying the digital assistant for actions like placing a phone call. The new H1 chip also provides up to a 50 percent boost talk time compared to the older AirPods.... Read more...
Yesterday, Apple refreshed its iPad mini family and introduced an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Air model. Today, it’s time for Apple turn to its attention to its oft-neglected iMac family, which hasn’t seen an update in nearly 700 days. With today’s update, Apple is bringing some significant processor and GPU upgrades to the 21.5-inch and 27-inch variants of the iMac. Given nearly two years between upgrades, you shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that Apple has fitted its base 21.5-inch iMac ($1,299) with an 8th generation 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 processor, which are backed with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Graphics are handled by an AMD Radeon Pro 555X.... Read more...
Even the most ardent fans of movie theaters cannot ignore the increased popularity of streaming. In 2018, Netflix reportedly brought in $15.8 billion USD in revenue. Tech giant Apple is certainly taking notice and plans to reveal more information about its own streaming service at an event on March 25th. Despite all of the hype, there is already trouble in paradise. Apple has experienced a number of conflicts with the studios working on its streaming service. Apple recently sent out an invitation for an event on March 25th in Cupertino, California. Although the invitation does not lay out the agenda for the event, many believe that Apple will reveal more information about the upcoming streaming... Read more...
We’ve been hearing rumors of new iPad models incoming from Apple, and today with little fanfare the company has unveiled two new product updates. The first is a [internal] hardware refresh of the long-in-the-tooth iPad mini, while the second is an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Air. The iPad mini is getting a significant processor upgrade, going from the A8 in the previous-generation model to the latest A12 Bionic (used in the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR). Standard storage comes in at 64GB, and the out-the-door price for a base system is $399. If you want to double your storage to 128GB, you’ll have to fork over an additional $150. As before, you have the option to add 4G LTE cellular... Read more...
Following an antitrust complaint filed by Spotify with the European Commission, Apple has issued a lengthy statement defending its App Store policies, and refuting Spotify's claims that it is being treated unfairly. The statement also insinuates that Spotify has become a leech, saying the App Store helped the streaming music service "dramatically grow" its business and now it wants to "keep all of the benefits of the App Store ... without making any contributions." Spotify filed its complaint earlier this week, accusing Apple of not playing fair by charging a 30 percent "tax" on purchases made in the App Store, including when customers upgrade from its free, ad-supported tier to one of its paid... Read more...
Qualcomm and Apple have been duking it out in courts around the globe with respect to patents and licensing agreements. Today, however, Qualcomm was the big winner as a U.S. jury handed the chip company a $31 million judgement in its favor. The jury in the U.S. District Court for the South District of California found that a number of iPhone models – the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X – infringed in varying degrees on three Qualcomm patents. The patents in question were: U.S. Patent No. 8,838,949: Allows a smartphone to quickly reestablish an internet connection once power on U.S. Patent No. 9,535,490: Relates to efficient traffic management... Read more...
Streaming giant Spotify is delivering a strong message to Apple, which is both a partner of sorts and a rival, through a new antitrust suit and related marketing campaign. That message is to play fair, for the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. According to Spotify, Apple is not playing fair by charging a 30 percent "tax" on purchases made in the App Store "Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30% tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from our Free to our Premium service. If we pay this tax, it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music. And to keep our... Read more...
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