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Sunday, June 20, 2021

TipsHow to move your Mac's mouse by tracking your head with a webcam

How to move your Mac's mouse by tracking your head with a webcam

Reduce your reliance on your mouse by using your head, by enabling Head Pointer in macOS to move your cursor and click icons by shifting your skull from side to side.

FCC updates emergency alerts to avoid 2018 false alert fiasco

FCC updates emergency alerts to avoid 2018 false alert fiasco

The Federal Communications Commission is refreshing its text alert system, combining two types of alerts into a single "National Alerts" category for iPhones and other Wireless Emergency Alert-supporting devices, as well as introducing checks to prevent false alerts from being made.

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Best Apple Watch Prime Day deals: Series 6 now $279 ($120 off) at Amazon

Best Apple Watch Prime Day deals: Series 6 now $279 ($120 off) at Amazon

Amazon just launched killer Prime Day Apple Watch deals, dropping the Series 6 to $279 ($120 off). Target has the Series 3 on sale for $169 as well.

Texas homes heat up as power companies alter smart thermostats

Texas homes heat up as power companies alter smart thermostats

Texas homeowners have discovered their homes are getting warmer despite the use of air conditioning, with the discovery that energy companies are remotely adjusting the thermostat to higher temperatures with minimal warning.

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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.

Russia votes to force U.S. tech giants to open local offices

Russia votes to force U.S. tech giants to open local offices

Major tech companies like Apple must open offices in Russia by January 2022, lawmakers in the country have decided, in what could be a move to crack down on dissent and banned commentary online.

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Nude photo texts and iPhones switched for fruit in the Apple Crime Blotter

Nude photo texts and iPhones switched for fruit in the Apple Crime Blotter

iPhone evidence catches a mail fraud conspiracy, a police department recommends AirTags in cars, and Apple device orders replaced with fruit.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Google plans Android version of Apple's Find My network

Google plans Android version of Apple's Find My network

Google may be working on its own version of Apple's Find My network, with a beta release of Google Play Services for Android suggesting the smartphones could be used to track other devices in a similar way to Apple's major feature.

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Lack of 'creativity and enthusiasm' prevented big tech antitrust law overhaul

Lack of 'creativity and enthusiasm' prevented big tech antitrust law overhaul

The CEOs of big tech companies like Apple have been "allowed to do whatever they want," according to Representative David Cicilline in an interview over a series of antitrust bills taking aim at the tech giants.

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Best Prime Day 2021 deals on Apple AirPods

Best Prime Day 2021 deals on Apple AirPods

Prime Day 2021 deals are heating up and Apple AirPods are at some of the season's best prices on Amazon.

Bug in iOS can break iPhone Wi-Fi using rogue hotspot name

Bug in iOS can break iPhone Wi-Fi using rogue hotspot name

A bug has been discovered in iOS that can disable an iPhone's ability to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots, if it attempts to initially connect to a hotspot with a specific name that breaks the function.

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Fox Now app ends third-generation Apple TV support

Fox Now app ends third-generation Apple TV support

The Fox Now app is now no longer supported by the third-generation Apple TV, with the streaming app now only accessible on the fourth-generation Apple TV and newer models.

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VideoBeats Studio Buds, AppleCare, and Antitrust — This Week in Apple

Beats Studio Buds, AppleCare, and Antitrust — This Week in Apple

This week, the Beats Studio Buds launch dominated after multiple leaks, as well as the launch of Apple's back-to-school promotion, tweaks to AppleCare for some Apple Silicon products, and details of a black ceramic Apple Watch Series 5 that Apple worked on, but didn't release.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Sketchy rumor claims Samsung courting former Apple engineers for custom chip project

Sketchy rumor claims Samsung courting former Apple engineers for custom chip project

A sketchy rumor that's making the rounds online suggests that Samsung is attempting to hire former Apple and AMD engineers for a custom chip architecture project.

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All US iOS YouTube users will get picture-in-picture support soon

All US iOS YouTube users will get picture-in-picture support soon

YouTube says it is rolling out support for iOS 14 picture-in-picture mode to Premium members, with a launch to all U.S. iOS users planned for the future.

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Apple sells out of Space Gray Magic Keyboard, Trackpad, Mouse

Apple sells out of Space Gray Magic Keyboard, Trackpad, Mouse

Introduced with the iMac Pro in 2017, and discontinued in May 2021, Apple's Space Gray accessories are now all sold out in the Apple Store.

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Target Circle granting extended free trials of Apple services

Target Circle granting extended free trials of Apple services

The Target Circle loyalty program is offering longer-than-normal trials of many popular Apple services, including Apple Music — and some of the trials last as long as six months.

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TipsHow to translate websites that won't in Apple Safari

How to translate websites that won't in Apple Safari

Automatic language translation in Safari is superb, but it has a limited number of languages, and so does Apple's Translate app. Here's how to translate between more languages.

China iPhone 12 cycle 12% weaker than iPhone X was, analyst claims

China iPhone 12 cycle 12% weaker than iPhone X was, analyst claims

Amid a dip in the Chinese smartphone market, Goldman Sachs says that current iPhone shipments in China are 12% lower than the iPhone X series, bucking talk of a super cycle.

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Video'iPad mini 6', Beats Studio Buds, iPad as a Pro Device on the AppleInsider Podcast

'iPad mini 6', Beats Studio Buds, iPad as a Pro Device on the AppleInsider Podcast

This week, on the AppleInsider Podcast, your hosts discuss new "iPad mini 6" and "Apple Watch Series 7" leaks, plus Beats Studio Buds launch, Apple Podcast Subscriptions going live, and our hopes for iPad Pro.

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Apple releases updates for iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Compressor, Motion

Apple releases updates for iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Compressor, Motion

Apple's Mac video editing apps from iMovie to Final Cut Pro, have seen new updates bringing a range of workflow improvements and new features.

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Apple TV+ review: 'Physical' an unpleasant trip back to the '80s

Apple TV+ review: 'Physical' an unpleasant trip back to the '80s

The new dark comedy "Physical," starring Rose Byrne is a punishing, unfocused slog with nothing to say.

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Apple supplier Biel looks to raise $2 billion in Hong Kong IPO

Apple supplier Biel looks to raise $2 billion in Hong Kong IPO

Hong Kong's Biel, a supplier of touch screens for the iPhone 12 range and more, is reportedly considering an initial public offering which could see it raising up to $2 billion.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Spotify buys podcast discovery platform Podz as war with Apple heats up

Spotify buys podcast discovery platform Podz as war with Apple heats up

Spotify on Thursday announced the acquisition of Podz, a podcast discovery service that enables content creators to better promote their show using audio clips selected through a special algorithm.

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Apple Developer Academy in Detroit to receive multi-million dollar grant

Apple Developer Academy in Detroit to receive multi-million dollar grant

The Gilbert Family Foundation, a Detroit-based nonprofit, will give a multi-million grant and provide mentor support to Apple's new Developer Academy in Detroit.

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VideoThe best new features in macOS Monterey that you'll actually use

The best new features in macOS Monterey that you'll actually use

With hundreds of features and changes coming to macOS Monterey, it can be hard to filter out the noise from the signal. After installing and testing it out for the past week or so, we've collected our favorite features that almost everyone will be excited about.

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TipsHow to force iCloud to download files

How to force iCloud to download files

It's great that iCloud will free up storage space for you by moving documents you don't need — but you sometimes have to convince it you need them back.

National right to repair legislation introduced in the House

National right to repair legislation introduced in the House

A lawmaker has introduced a new piece of legislation in the U.S. House that could force companies to provide repair information and resources to consumers and third-party technicians.

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TipsHow to use Optimize Storage and clear space on your Mac

How to use Optimize Storage and clear space on your Mac

Feeling the pinch of your Mac's storage? Free up some of that capacity by taking advantage of the Optimize Storage tools built into macOS.

Apple TV+ 'The Shrink Next Door' trailer reveals November 12 debut

Apple TV+ 'The Shrink Next Door' trailer reveals November 12 debut

Apple has released a new teaser trailer for upcoming Apple TV+ dark comedy "The Shrink Next Door," which stars Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd and is set to premiere in November.

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5 best early Prime Day deals for Apple fans

5 best early Prime Day deals for Apple fans

As Prime Day 2021 approaches, deals are heating up, with Apple devices, third-party accessories and home electronics all on sale.

Apple cuts AppleCare+ prices for M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

Apple cuts AppleCare+ prices for M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

The cost of AppleCare+ extra warranty coverage for the Apple Silicon MacBook Pro and MacBook Air has been reduced, while other models remain unchanged.

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'Pokemon Unite' coming to iPhone in September

'Pokemon Unite' coming to iPhone in September

"Pokemon Unite" is the first strategic battle game for the series and is launching on iPhone and iPad in September.

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Amazon following Apple & Google's lead, cutting app store commissions

Amazon following Apple & Google's lead, cutting app store commissions

Amazon is cutting its commission rate on the Amazon Appstore to 20% for developers making less than $1 million, but it's also offering AWS credits that can further offset the rate.

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Apple-owned Shazam crosses one billion song recognitions per month

Apple-owned Shazam crosses one billion song recognitions per month

Apple says Shazam is one of the most popular music apps globally and has crossed one billion song recognitions in a single month.

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Apple awarding $5 million to four historically Black colleges and universities

Apple awarding $5 million to four historically Black colleges and universities

Apple has announced four historically Black colleges and universities will receive $5 million of its Racial Equity and Injustice Initiative fund.

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Apple gaining market share in a declining China smartphone market

Apple gaining market share in a declining China smartphone market

China is seeing a continuing decline in overall smartphone shipments, though it appears that Apple isn't being affected, according to JP Morgan.

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Apple's VR headset may borrow air conditioning technology to keep users cool

Apple's VR headset may borrow air conditioning technology to keep users cool

Future "Apple Glass," or other Apple AR headsets, could use air deflectors to direct heat away from a wearer's head.

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Apple's back-to-school discounts include free AirPods and 20% off AppleCare+

Apple's back-to-school discounts include free AirPods and 20% off AppleCare+

Students can buy select Mac and iPad models to receive a set of AirPods for free as well as the opportunity to get 20% off AppleCare+.

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