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Global, U.S. Growth in Smartphone Growth Starts to Decline
With phones that are more reliable, have fewer changes every year, and are increasingly expensive, you should treat your phone like a car. If some jerk clips off your side-view mirror while you’re parked and doesn’t leave a note, you don’t trash your car and get a new one — you get a new side-view mirror. If you crack your phone’s screen, don’t get a new phone, get a new screen.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Australia’s vague anti-encryption law sets a dangerous new precedent - ProtonMail Blog
The Assistance and Access (A&A) law requires tech companies to help law enforcement agencies break into individuals’ encrypted data. Using secret warrants, the government can even compel a company to serve malware remotely to the target’s device.
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4 days ago by leolaporte
Apple's sleep tracking company Beddit releases new '3.5' sleep monitor  - 9to5Mac
The new Beddit Sleep Monitor 3.5 retails for $149.95 and is currently available in Apple Stores and ships to customers in a few days. Withings (formerly Nokia Health) has a similar product that retails for $99 and currently sells for $79.99.

The first revision to the Beddit Sleep Monitor since Apple bought the sleep tracking company includes a slight design change to the actual hardware, and the iOS app for managing the sleep monitor has a new version as well. All mentions of Android support are also removed from the Beddit website as far as we can tell.
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4 days ago by leolaporte
Huawei Executive Took Part in Sanctions Fraud, Prosecutors Say - The New York Times
between 2009 and 2014, Huawei used a Hong Kong company, Skycom Tech, to make transactions in Iran and do business with telecom companies there, in violation of American sanctions. Banks in the United States cleared financial transactions for Huawei, inadvertently doing business with Skycom, he said.
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4 days ago by leolaporte
Apple says the iPhone XR has been its top-selling iPhone since launch - CNET
Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of product marketing, told CNET in an interview Wednesday that the device has "been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available." 
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Lack of in-built dust filters damages Macs, claims class action suit | Cult of Mac
“iMac and MacBook owners have reported dark smudges and spots on the interior of the screens of their desktop computers, as well as excessive slowness and break downs of their computers related to the lack of filter on Apple computers,” an overview of the apparent defect notes. “The computer intakes air to cool its components, but with no filter, dust gets trapped inside. This affects the screen and logic board of the computer, leading to dust stuck behind the screen and gummed up motherboards, causing the computer to run slow and/or overheat.”
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Exclusive: Logitech in talks to acquire headphone maker Plantronics - sources | Reuters
The deal would be by far Logitech’s largest acquisition and would illustrate the company’s push to diversify its business. It would come as Logitech and Plantronics seek to keep down manufacturing costs following the introduction of tariffs on imports from China into the United States.

Logitech has offered more than $2.2 billion to acquire Plantronics, one of the sources said. As of the end of trading on Friday, Plantronics had a market capitalization of about $2 billion.
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18 days ago by leolaporte
Apple to Hold Four Day Shopping Event Starting on Black Friday - MacRumors
Apple's deals have historically not been quite as good as discounts available from third-party retailers, so if you're shopping for something specific on Black Friday, it's best to take a look at all of the available deals at each retailer before making a decision.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
Apple Maps Collecting Pedestrian Data Starting in California, Likely to Improve Walking Directions - MacRumors
Apple has since confirmed that its Maps team will be collecting pedestrian data in California over the next month, starting with the counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara, the last of which includes the likes of San Jose and Apple's hometown of Cupertino.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls new regulations "inevitable" - Axios
What he's saying: "Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation," Cook said in the interview. "I'm a big believer in the free market. But we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn't worked here. I think it's inevitable that there will be some level of regulation," Cook added. "I think the Congress and the administration at some point will pass something." 
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22 days ago by leolaporte
Apple Suppliers Suffer With Uncertainty Around iPhone Demand - WSJ
Lower-than-expected demand for Apple Inc.’s AAPL -3.81% new iPhones and the company’s decision to offer more models have created turmoil along its supply chain and made it harder for Apple to predict the number of components and phones it needs, people familiar with the situation said.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
Apple confirms its T2 security chip blocks some third-party repairs of new Macs - The Verge
The T2 is “a guillotine that [Apple is] holding over” product owners, iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens told The Verge over email. That’s because it’s the key to locking down Mac products by only allowing select replacement parts into the machine when they’ve come from an authorized source — a process that the T2 chip now checks for during post-repair reboot. “It’s very possible the goal is to exert more control over who can perform repairs by limiting access to parts,” Wiens said. “This could be an attempt to grab more market share from the independent repair providers. Or it could be a threat to keep their authorized network in line. We just don’t know.”
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29 days ago by leolaporte
Getting the iPad to Pro — by Craig Mod
Which is to say: For years now, the iPad’s shortcomings are all in iOS.

On a gut level, today’s iPad hardware feels about two or three years ahead of its software. Which is unfortunate, but not unfixable.
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4 weeks ago by leolaporte

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