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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Bill Gates was ousted from Microsoft board over staff relationship

Bill Gates was ousted from Microsoft board over staff relationship

Microsoft founder Bill Gates' departure from the company board may have been due to pressure from other board members, prompted by allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female employee.

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Apple Music web app leak all but confirms 'lossless' features

Apple Music web app leak all but confirms 'lossless' features

The web app to play Apple Music tracks in the browser has seemingly confirmed Apple's teased announcement is for high-fidelity audio, with code references for "lossless" appearing ahead of its launch.

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Apple teases update to Apple Music, saying that 'music is about to change forever'

Apple teases update to Apple Music, saying that 'music is about to change forever'

Apple has started to tease what could be the introduction of a lossless audio or 3D option for Apple Music with an animated video embedded in the macOS and iOS Music apps.

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US Customs seize fake AirPods worth $7M in Cincinnati

US Customs seize fake AirPods worth $7M in Cincinnati

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized over 36,000 pairs of fake AirPods as part of an inspection of goods in Cincinnati, a shipment from China valued at $7.16 million if the products were genuine.

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ExclusiveDeals: save up to $200 on 2020 13" MacBook Pros, plus $60 off AppleCare

Deals: save up to $200 on 2020 13

AppleInsider readers this week can save $75 to $200 on every 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama with exclusive coupon discounts. Plus, save $60 on AppleCare and get an additional 5% back with the new Edge Credit Card. Total savings can reach upward of $440 off the latest notebooks bundled with AC and the Edge financing promotion.

AT&T in talks to spin off WarnerMedia for merger with Discovery

AT&T in talks to spin off WarnerMedia for merger with Discovery

AT&T intends to break off its media arm and merge the assets with Discovery, in what could be a bid to strengthen the organization against streaming rivals such as Netflix, Disney, and Apple.

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FeatureEpic versus Apple: What's at stake if Apple loses

Epic versus Apple: What's at stake if Apple loses

If Apple loses its trial with Epic Games, it could be eventually forced into making radical changes to the App Store and how consumers spend money within its ecosystem. Here are the likeliest scenarios, and what Apple would have to do to satisfy a ruling.

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FeatureEpic Games v. Apple App Store antitrust trial - what you need to know after two weeks

Epic Games v. Apple App Store antitrust trial - what you need to know after two weeks

The Epic Games "Fortnite" versus Apple's AppStore antitrust trial has completed its second week. Here's what you need to know about the saga, with one more week of testimony to go.

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iPad Pro order arrives earlier than expected May 21 street date

iPad Pro order arrives earlier than expected May 21 street date

A few Apple customers may get their orders of the M1-equipped iPad Pro earlier than anticipated, with one person claiming to have received the 12.9-inch 5th-generation model a week ahead of the expected street date.

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Apple's push for 3D will require voxel map of the world, claims VR evangelist

Apple's push for 3D will require voxel map of the world, claims VR evangelist

Apple is preparing for another "paradigm shift" that embraces 3D, according to VR and AR evangelist Robert Scoble, with predictions that Apple's strategy involves creating a realtime 3D map of the entire planet, as well as more work on 3D audio and a headset like the often-rumored "Apple Glass."

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VideoEpic lawsuit continues, troublesome hires, and Detroit - This Week in Apple

Epic lawsuit continues, troublesome hires, and Detroit - This Week in Apple

The trial between Epic Games and Apple offered more revelations about the companies and the App Store in court, while the rest of the week centered around a controversial hiring, iPhone 13' rumors, and the Detroit Apple Developer Academy.

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'Twitter Blue' subscription may add 'undo' button to iOS app

'Twitter Blue' subscription may add 'undo' button to iOS app

Twitter will allow users to "undo" mistakenly-posted tweets in its app as part of its upcoming "Twitter Blue" subscription, a researcher has uncovered, with the $2.99-per-month service also potentially including other useful premium features.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Apple Stores keep mask mandate in place as other retailers ease restrictions

Apple Stores keep mask mandate in place as other retailers ease restrictions

Though some retailers have eased COVID-19 restrictions, Apple will keep its mask mandate and related safeguards in place at U.S. Apple Store locations, according to a report on Friday.

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Epic Games expert says iOS could be like macOS without security drawbacks

Epic Games expert says iOS could be like macOS without security drawbacks

An Epic Games expert witness laid the groundwork for an argument that Apple could make iOS more like macOS in terms of app distribution and third-party access without suffering in security.

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Antonio Garcia Martinez says Apple fired him, company was 'well aware' of his writing

Antonio Garcia Martinez says Apple fired him, company was 'well aware' of his writing

Former Apple ads engineer Antonio Garcia Martinez said Apple was "well aware" of his writing before it hired him, and accused the company of defamation in its recent statement regarding his firing.

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Biden nixes Trump's 'American Heroes' sculpture garden that included Steve Jobs effigy

Biden nixes Trump's 'American Heroes' sculpture garden that included Steve Jobs effigy

President Joe Biden on Friday officially cancelled a Trump-era project that called for the construction of a garden filled with "American Heroes" statuary, including a sculpture of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

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Apple offering Today at Apple sessions in American Sign Language for GAAD

Apple offering Today at Apple sessions in American Sign Language for GAAD

Ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 20, Apple this week announced new virtual Today at Apple sessions presented in American Sign Language.

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Twitter adds App Tracking Transparency prompt in latest update

Twitter adds App Tracking Transparency prompt in latest update

Twitter has added a new splash page asking users to enable ad tracking in compliance with new Apple App Tracking Transparency rules in iOS 14.5.

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Roblox rebrands as 'experience' creation platform amid Epic Games v. Apple trial

Roblox rebrands as 'experience' creation platform amid Epic Games v. Apple trial

Roblox now defines itself as a massively popular "experience" creation tool, rather than gaming platform, after the distinction came up in the ongoing Epic Games v. Apple trial.

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Weekend deals: Apple Pencil 2 on sale for $109.99, M1 iPad Pros up to $128 off

Weekend deals: Apple Pencil 2 on sale for $109.99, M1 iPad Pros up to $128 off

Just in time for the release of the new M1 iPad Pro, Amazon-owned Woot is dropping the price of the Apple Pencil 2 to $109.99 with free shipping for Prime members.

New Tim Cook Scholarship awards students in Alabama

New Tim Cook Scholarship awards students in Alabama

Apple CEO Tim Cook is recognizing high school students with a new scholarship program in his hometown of Robertsdale, Alabama, with the first round of recipients receiving $7,500 each.

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iPhone user discovers MagSafe and ferrous sand do not mix

iPhone user discovers MagSafe and ferrous sand do not mix

Apple's MagSafe is an accessory and charging system designed for the iPhone 12, and one user discovered the magnets attract more than wallets.

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Space Gray Magic accessories listed as sold 'while supplies last'

Space Gray Magic accessories listed as sold 'while supplies last'

Tied to the now-discontinued iMac Pro, the Space Gray Magic Keyboard, Mouse, and Trackpad are showing "while supplies last" in Apple Store.

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Apple Music for Android beta hints at lossless quality streaming

Apple Music for Android beta hints at lossless quality streaming

Code within the latest beta version of Apple Music for Android corroborates rumors that lossless streaming might be coming soon to the platform.

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TipsHow to make a QR code on your iPhone to connect guests to your Wi-Fi

How to make a QR code on your iPhone to connect guests to your Wi-Fi

Rather than have a guest select your Wi-Fi network and then enter a fiddly password, just make them a QR code their iPhone can read. Here's how to do it.

FDA says iPhone 12 MagSafe risk to pacemakers is low

FDA says iPhone 12 MagSafe risk to pacemakers is low

An investigation by the US Food and Drug Administration into devices such as MagSafe and the iPhone 12, has concluded that the risk to patients with pacemakers is low, but advises caution.

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Apple Beats isn't dead yet, with new designer reportedly designing new products

Apple Beats isn't dead yet, with new designer reportedly designing new products

Rumors of Beats' demise may be exaggerated, as a new report claims that ex-HTC Android hardware designer Scott Croyle is working for Apple on future Beats by Dre device designs.

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VideoHow to use Messages to share your screen in macOS

How to use Messages to share your screen in macOS

If you need to quickly offer help to another Mac user you know, there's no quicker way to remotely provide assistance than via Apple's own Messages. Here's how to take control of another person's Mac on their behalf, and how to allow others to do the same to your desktop.

ExclusiveCheap M1 Mac mini deals deliver prices as low as $645 (up to $110 off)

Cheap M1 Mac mini deals deliver prices as low as $645 (up to $110 off)

Apple's Mac mini is on sale this week, with exclusive coupon savings knocking up to $110 off M1 models.

Senator demands answers about Pentagon's warrantless spying on Americans

Senator demands answers about Pentagon's warrantless spying on Americans

The U.S. Department of Defense is conducting warrantless surveillance of Americans using commercial data, according to a letter penned by Senator Ron Wyden — and Wyden wants answers.

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iPhone assembler Foxconn reports component shortage will extend into 2022

iPhone assembler Foxconn reports component shortage will extend into 2022

Foxconn is expecting the existing component shortage to worsen for the remainder of 2021, and it will ultimately impact consumer electronics giants like Apple and Samsung, with some parts already seeing back-orders into 2022.

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Apple to reduce Face ID scanner sensor size by 50% for 'iPhone 13'

Apple to reduce Face ID scanner sensor size by 50% for 'iPhone 13'

The 3D scanner used for Face ID is expected to get up to 50% smaller in the "iPhone 13" which could lead to a smaller notch, according to supply chain sources.

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FeatureMacBook Air redesign, Spotify exclusive podcasts, and MagSafe accessories on the AppleInsider podcast

MacBook Air redesign, Spotify exclusive podcasts, and MagSafe accessories on the AppleInsider podcast

This week, on the AppleInsider Podcast, your hosts discuss the possibilities and renders of a redesigned MacBook Air, Spotify's capture of another exclusive podcast, MagSafe accessories, and more.

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UK's NHS coronavirus tracing app prevented thousands of deaths, study claims

UK's NHS coronavirus tracing app prevented thousands of deaths, study claims

After adopting the Apple/Google coronavirus exposure notification technology, the UK's NHS app is reported to have saved up to 8,700 lives.

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Spotify, Tile, Tinder App Store complaints are solely business grievances, Apple says

Spotify, Tile, Tinder App Store complaints are solely business grievances, Apple says

Apple has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that complaints alleging that the App Store is anticompetitive, are based solely in business grievances.

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Apple iPhone supplier Foxconn earns $1 billion profits in first quarter

Apple iPhone supplier Foxconn earns $1 billion profits in first quarter

Electronics manufacturer Foxconn, which makes Apple's iPhone 12 range, has reported earning over $1 billion in the first quarter of 2021, beating industry expectations.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Rumor: 'AirPods 3' to launch alongside 'Apple Music HiFi' on May 18

Rumor: 'AirPods 3' to launch alongside 'Apple Music HiFi' on May 18

A highly suspect rumor claims Apple is set to unveil a revamped entry-level AirPods product on May 18, and a lossless Apple Music streaming tier could be in tow.

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Save money on spring clothes, sunglasses, more with new Apple Pay promo

Save money on spring clothes, sunglasses, more with new Apple Pay promo

Apple's latest Apple Pay promotion offers springtime savings from alice + olivia, PacSun, Persol, Under Armour and more when using the payments service at checkout.

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Apple touts flexibility of M1 chip ahead of 24-inch iMac release

Apple touts flexibility of M1 chip ahead of 24-inch iMac release

A pair of Apple marketing managers in an interview Thursday threw a spotlight on the company's M1 system-on-chip design, noting the silicon now powers a range of mobile and desktop devices.

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