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Monday, April 19, 2021

Discord reverses course on iOS blanket ban of NSFW content

Discord reverses course on iOS blanket ban of NSFW content

Popular messaging and VoIP platform Discord last week retreated from plans to enact a blanket ban on NSFW servers accessed through its iOS app, a step the company claimed was an attempt to adhere to Apple's App Store guidelines.

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Senate to call Spotify, Tile witnesses at app store antitrust hearing

Senate to call Spotify, Tile witnesses at app store antitrust hearing

Top legal officials from Spotify, Match, and Tile will speak at an upcoming Senate antitrust hearing examining the Apple and Google app stores.

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Browsers push back against Google's proposed FLoC ad system

Browsers push back against Google's proposed FLoC ad system

Major browsers have rejected Google's new proposal for creating targeted ads, saying that they fear the system could put users' privacy at risk.

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Facebook announces in-app podcast platform, Clubhouse competitor

Facebook announces in-app podcast platform, Clubhouse competitor

Facebook has announced a series of new features like audio editing, podcasts, and a Clubhouse competitor releasing later this summer.

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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.

Apple orders full series of bilingual thriller 'Now and Then' for Apple TV+

Apple orders full series of bilingual thriller 'Now and Then' for Apple TV+

Apple has placed an order for "Now and Then" for Apple TV+, a bilingual thriller set in Miami that will be shot in both English and Spanish.

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Coalition for App Fairness wants iOS app distribution to work like Windows

Coalition for App Fairness wants iOS app distribution to work like Windows

The Coalition for App Fairness wants a more open iOS platform with a better review process, outside payments, and app distribution similar to Windows.

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Apple approves Parler's return to the App Store

Apple approves Parler's return to the App Store

After a removal lasting more than three months, Apple will let social app Parler return to the App Store.

'Spring Loaded' event to focus on iPads with a 'few surprises,' analyst says

'Spring Loaded' event to focus on iPads with a 'few surprises,' analyst says

Investment bank Wedbush is expecting the "Spring Loaded" Apple Event to focus on iPad models but says that "a few surprises" could also be in the works.

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Apple stops accepting new podcasts in iTunes Connect

Apple stops accepting new podcasts in iTunes Connect

Apple has stopped accepting new podcast episodes to iTunes Connect, a temporary measure that could be an indication a big change to how Podcasts function may be on the way

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Microsoft xCloud coming to iOS via Safari in an invite-only beta

Microsoft xCloud coming to iOS via Safari in an invite-only beta

Stream Xbox games to your iPhone and iPad via an xCloud beta starting April 20.

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Best Buy gains Apple Business Chat support for customer services

Best Buy gains Apple Business Chat support for customer services

Best Buy has become the latest major retailer to support Apple Business Chat, allowing customers to ask questions with stores in a similar way to standard iMessage conversations.

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Flash deals: save up to $280 on Apple's iPhone 12, plus free gifts ahead of Apple Event

Flash deals: save up to $280 on Apple's iPhone 12, plus free gifts ahead of Apple Event

For two days only, Verizon-owned Visible is knocking up to $280 off Apple's iPhone 12, with a free $100 gift card offer and free next day shipping for new users that switch.

New hardware, app updates, and the demise of Logitech Harmony on HomeKit Insider

New hardware, app updates, and the demise of Logitech Harmony on HomeKit Insider

On the latest HomeKit Insider podcast, we discuss the demise of the Logitech Harmony line, a new air purifier, the rollout of the new Roku gear, and of course answer several listener questions.

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Apple could launch premium podcast subscription during 'Spring Loaded' event

Apple could launch premium podcast subscription during 'Spring Loaded' event

Apple may use its "Spring Loaded" event on Tuesday to launch a premium podcast subscription, one which could provide exclusive programming to paid users.

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How to watch Apple's April 20 'Spring Loaded' event

How to watch Apple's April 20 'Spring Loaded' event

Apple's "Spring Loaded" event is set to debut on April 20 and will be available to watch across most Apple devices from iPhone to Apple TV, as well as from your favorite browsers.

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UK government intervenes in Nvidia takeover of Arm, cites 'national security'

UK government intervenes in Nvidia takeover of Arm, cites 'national security'

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has been ordered to investigate Nvidia's proposed takeover of British company Arm, the company whose technology is used by Apple Silicon.

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Rising storage demand from consumers paves the way for 1TB iPhones

Rising storage demand from consumers paves the way for 1TB iPhones

Buyers of iPhones tend to purchase models with higher storage capacities than their Android counterparts, according to analysis of fourth-quarter sales, a gap that could widen with the introduction of a 1-terabyte model in the "iPhone 13."

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Golden Reel Awards honors Apple TV+'s 'Greyhound' and 'Servant' sound editing

Golden Reel Awards honors Apple TV+'s 'Greyhound' and 'Servant' sound editing

More awards have been given to Apple TV+ shows, with "Servant" and "Greyhound" winning at the 68th Golden Reel Awards for sound editing.

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Facebook staff can continue remote working, but may face pay cut [u]

Facebook staff can continue remote working, but may face pay cut [u]

As Apple, Google, and others plan getting workers back into offices after the coronavirus, Facebook says that it will support staff continuing to work from home — with certain conditions.

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Adobe co-founder Charles Geschke dies

Adobe co-founder Charles Geschke dies

Computer scientist Charles Geschke has died aged 81. He co-founded Adobe, which, with Apple, created the desktop publishing industry, before famously falling out with Steve Jobs over Adobe Flash.

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'iPhone 13' to bring mmWave 5G to more countries

'iPhone 13' to bring mmWave 5G to more countries

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that full mmWave 5G technology will no longer be limited to US-only iPhones, with the launch of the "iPhone 13" range.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Facebook to make Clubhouse-style 'social audio' push on Monday

Facebook to make Clubhouse-style 'social audio' push on Monday

Facebook is allegedly preparing to announce a number of new products under the title of "Social Audio" on Monday, launches that could see it take on Clubhouse as well as working with Spotify to improve podcast recommendations.

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Apple TV+ 'Tiny World' filmmakers used gas-retaining diving gear for underwater shots

Apple TV+ 'Tiny World' filmmakers used gas-retaining diving gear for underwater shots

To promote the second season of the Apple TV+ nature documentary "Tiny World," Apple has released a behind-the-scenes video showing the lengths its filmmakers took to capture the actions of small creatures underwater.

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Both 'iPhone 13' Pro models may have ProMotion using LTPO displays

Both 'iPhone 13' Pro models may have ProMotion using LTPO displays

Apple won't be limiting the use of LTPO displays to just one "iPhone 13" model, with an analyst denying the rumors and insisting the display technology will be used in multiple 2021 iPhone models.

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ExclusiveApple Event deals: $100 off M1 Mac mini, $150 off MacBook Air; units in stock

Apple Event deals: $100 off M1 Mac mini, $150 off MacBook Air; units in stock

AppleInsider readers can exclusively save $100 to $150 on popular M1 Mac configurations, with the 512GB Mac mini in stock and ready to ship for $799. Or pick up a loaded MacBook Air with 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSD for just $1,499 ahead of Tuesday's Apple Event.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Hard drive shortages could be driven by storage-based cryptocurrency

Hard drive shortages could be driven by storage-based cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency miners in China are allegedly buying as many hard drives and SSDs as they can for the storage-based Chia cryptocurrency, a gold rush that could eventually drive the cost of storage upgrades in an iPhone or Mac up in the future.

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Smaller 'iPhone 13' notch resurfaces in glass panel leak

Smaller 'iPhone 13' notch resurfaces in glass panel leak

Photographs of what could be a screen protector for the "iPhone 13" once again give an idea of what to expect from the rumored shrunken notch of the 2021 iPhone range.

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CPSC calls Peloton Tread+ a danger to children and pets

CPSC calls Peloton Tread+ a danger to children and pets

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning to owners of the Peloton Tread+ following multiple incidents involving small children and an animal — and Peloton is pushing back.

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Apple Stores in Michigan close as COVID-19 precautionary measure

Apple Stores in Michigan close as COVID-19 precautionary measure

Apple has taken a step back in its efforts to reopen its Apple Stores around the world, with all six of its retail outlets in Michigan closed as a preventative measure.

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VideoThis Week in Apple — a new roundup of the week's top stories

This Week in Apple — a new roundup of the week's top stories

AppleInsider has launched "This Week in Apple," a new weekly video series summarizing and analyzing everything that has happened relevant to the iPhone maker over the last seven days. Tune in to be sure you're never out of the loop.

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Leakers hint at colorful iMacs with iPad Pro-like processor for April 20 event

Leakers hint at colorful iMacs with iPad Pro-like processor for April 20 event

A prominent leaker has seemingly hinted that Apple will introduce a variety of color options for an updated iMac model at its "Spring Loaded" event, meanwhile, another pundit strongly points to it being an Apple Silicon launch.

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Apple TV+ animation 'Wolfwalkers' wins 5 Annie Awards

Apple TV+ animation 'Wolfwalkers' wins 5 Annie Awards

"Wolfwalkers" won big at the 48th annual Annie Awards, with the Apple TV+ animation securing five awards including "Best Indie Feature."

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Friday, April 16, 2021

21.5-inch iMac stock in short supply from Apple

21.5-inch iMac stock in short supply from Apple

Supply of Apple's 21.5-inch iMac appears to be constrained, with the company's own online storefront showing expected delivery dates for some models pushed back by a week or more.

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Apple Watch Support for Bike+ cut back due to GymKit implementation issues, says Peloton

Apple Watch Support for Bike+ cut back due to GymKit implementation issues, says Peloton

GymKit syncs Apple Watch and exercise equipment metrics during a workout, a system Peloton did not use correctly for Bike+ Bootcamp.

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Weekend deals: $197 AirPods Pro; $100 off M1 MacBook Air, Pro & Mac mini; SanDisk sale at Amazon

Weekend deals: $197 AirPods Pro; $100 off M1 MacBook Air, Pro & Mac mini; SanDisk sale at Amazon

Amazon's latest set of weekend deals offer fresh discounts on AirPods, the return of triple-digit markdowns on M1 Macs and aggressive savings on SanDisk portable SSDs.

Developers claim that Apple's privacy-first features are 'atomic bomb' for revenue

Developers claim that Apple's privacy-first features are 'atomic bomb' for revenue

Apple will give users the ability to opt-out of ad tracking in iOS 14.5, and some developers are concerned this will dramatically impact their revenue and ability to compete.

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Apple, Amazon smart home partnership expects devices by end of 2021

Apple, Amazon smart home partnership expects devices by end of 2021

The "Project CHIP" alliance between Apple, Amazon, and Google, is set to start certifying manufacturers' compatible devices in late 2021, meaning the first may be on sale at the end of the year.

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Apple Music pays artists a penny per stream, double that of Spotify

Apple Music pays artists a penny per stream, double that of Spotify

Apple is writing to artists on Apple Music, saying it pays a penny per stream, and that 52% of subscription revenue goes to them via record labels.

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