Apple Begins Selling Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 Models With LTE

Apple this week added refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 models with LTE to its online store for the first time in the United States.



A selection of 10 cellular-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 models have been made available for sale over the past two days, but as of writing, only one model remains in stock. More inventory should be added over time, so we recommend using the website Refurb Tracker if you are interested in a particular model.

The refurbished models are priced between $359 and $549, reflecting savings of 15 to 16 percent off the price of brand new models.

A cellular-enabled 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 with a silver aluminum case and fog-colored sport band is listed for $359, for example, which is $70 off the $429 price of an equivalent brand new model.

Apple Watch Series 3 models were first released in September 2017, but only non-cellular

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Google zooms by Amazon in smart speaker shipments, report says

Enlarge / A Google Home smart speaker.

Google surpassed Amazon in global smart speaker shipments in the first quarter of 2018, according to a report this week from research firm Canalys.

Canalys says Google shipped 3.2 million Google Home and Home Mini speakers over the course of the quarter. Amazon, meanwhile, is said to have shipped 2.5 million Echo speakers.

According to the report, Google jumped from taking 19.3 percent of smart speaker shipments in Q1 2017 to 36.2 percent this past quarter. Amazon accounted for a whopping 79.6 percent of shipments in the year-ago quarter but fell to 27.7 percent in Q1 2018, the report says.

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Apple Commemorates Memorial Day With ‘Remembrance Table’ at Apple Park

This Monday, May 28 is Memorial Day in the United States, which commemorates individuals who died while serving in the armed forces. In an effort to honor the day, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared an image on Twitter this morning, explaining one way that the company will remember those we’ve lost in active military duty.



In Apple’s latest campus, Apple Park, employees have set up what Cook describes as a “Remembrance Table,” which he says “honors the men and women of our armed forces.” The Remembrance Table has been set up in Caffè Macs at Apple Park, sitting among tables where Apple employees gather to eat

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CMV: With even porn sites offering VPN, the three reasons Apple should do the same

There’s been some amusement as a certain well-known ‘adult entertainment’ site announced the launch of its own VPN service.

Smutty jokes aside, there’s never been a more important time to use a VPN. Less than $100 will now buy a bad guy the equipment they need to carry out a man-in-the-middle attack – where they spoof a public WiFi hotspot and intercept the traffic. Some of these devices are even small enough to be disguised as a power plug, meaning they could be left in a coffee shop happily collecting data to be later used at leisure.

And the loss of net neutrality raises the prospect of ISPs offering a two-speed Internet, or even blocking sites altogether. Most are adamant that they’d never do so, but then they were equally vocal about wanting to end net neutrality, which makes no sense unless they planned to take advantage of the change …

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Court docs show Apple knew about the bendiness of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus

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Newly released court documents reveal just how much Apple apparently knew about the iPhone 6’s and 6 Plus’ propensity to bend. A report by Motherboard shows parts of the documents that were made public by US District Court judge Lucy Koh (most of the documents remain sealed) and they say Apple’s internal testing found that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models were indeed bendier than previous iPhones.

“The iPhone 6 was 3.3 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s” and “the iPhone 6 Plus was 7.2 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s,” the document states. Judge Koh wrote that “one of the major concerns Apple Identified prior to launching the iPhones was that they were ‘likely to bend more easily when compared to previous generations.'”

Flashback to Bendgate

The bending issues with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus date

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Master Lean Six Sigma with This Training and Certification Bundle, Currently 95% Off

Six Sigma is a business management and improvement methodology that uses the following constructs to make changes to any process: Defining, Measuring, Analyzing, Improving, and Controlling. Also called DMAIC, Six Sigma measures the capability of a process to perform defect-free work with a minuscule failure rate of 3.4 parts per million, or 99.9997%. Lean Six Sigma combines Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to enhance performance by eliminating waste. You can now get all three of the Lean Six Sigma—Yellow, Black, and Green—Belt Training & Certification courses for just $49.99 (formally $1,200). That’s an incredible 95% off retail.

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What exactly are “preppers” prepping for?

Enlarge / For a prepper, this is badly undergoing it. (credit: California Public Health)

“Prepping,” or getting ready to live without societal support, is apparently a largely American activity, and a recent one. Companies that cater to people who want to be self-reliant for food, water, and power have grown their revenue by about 700 percent over the last decade, and prepper products are now offered in places like Costco, Kmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

But it’s not at all clear what’s driving this growth—why are more people getting ready for society’s collapse? Some explanations focus on a tendency toward paranoia in American society or fears of terrorism or natural disaster. But actual evidence that directly supports any of these ideas as the main reason is pretty sparse.

So Michael Mills at the UK’s University of Kent decided to correct this gap in our knowledge. Mills went on

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Apple Says More Than 400 Vehicle Models Now Support CarPlay With Latest Being 2019 Subaru WRX

Apple today confirmed that over 400 vehicle models now support its CarPlay software platform in the United States.



While not reflected on Apple’s list of available models yet, the latest vehicle with CarPlay is Subaru’s new 2019 WRX, introduced on Thursday and available at dealerships across the United States this summer. Previous model years of the WRX did not have CarPlay, making this a new addition.

CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on all 2019 WRX models, accessible through Subaru’s new Starlink infotainment system. The base trim, priced from $27,195, is equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, while Premium and Limited trims have seven-inch touchscreens from $29,495 and $31,795 respectively.



Subaru’s infotainment system also features Aha Radio, Pandora, hands-free phone calls and audio streaming via Bluetooth, AM/FM, a single-disc CD player, SiriusXM satellite radio compatibility, and a rear-view camera. Blind spot detection with lane change assist technology is available in

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Best Buy Full Memorial Day Sale Now Live!! Apple Watch Series 3, MacBook Pro, HDTVs, Smart Home, much more

Yesterday Best Buy kicked off an early, lightweight version of its Memorial Day Sale, but today we are getting the full thing. We are seeing hundreds of dollars off MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac, as well as a solid discount on Apple Watch Series 3 and much more. We are also getting a load of HDTVs, headphones and Amazon device offers as well. Some deals are only available with a free My Best Buy membership. The sale runs from now through Monday, unless stock runs out before then. Head below for everything. more…

Pioneer’s in-dash unit supports both Android Auto Wireless and CarPlay

Android Auto Wireless promises to make vehicle smartphone connections less of a futz, provided you have both a phone and infotainment system that supports it. Google is handling the first part, and Pioneer just announced that it has joined JVCKenwood in offering in-dash receivers with the tech. The three models (the AVIC-W8400NEX, -W6400NEX and -W4400NEX) are the first that can connect over wireless or USB to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Pioneer claims.

AppleInsider Podcast discusses Foxconn in Wisconsin, Apple’s self-driving news

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This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike discuss Foxconn’s IPO of an IoT group, Apple’s self-driving vehicle news, and Mike educates the world on the relative lack of danger from Wi-Fi. Also special to this weeks’ podcast, Victor interviews Sonny Vu, former CEO of Misfit, the wearables and IoT company about what he’s working on next.

Editorial: More companies need to temper their Artificial Intelligence with authentic ethics

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When Apple outlined that its new HomePod didn’t initiate phone calls on its own, nobody jumped to the conclusion that this was because having a device in your home that anyone’s voice could use to place a telephone call from your personal mobile number might be a bad idea. Instead, the company was generally lambasted for "again" failing to match one of the many features of Amazon’s Alexa Echo always-listening appliances.

How to save an MP3 or AAC file to your iPhone or iPad

Legal music acquisition these days seems to be all about subscription services like Apple Music or Spotify, but there are still plenty of reasons to have lots of MP3 or AAC files lying around on your hard drive. Maybe you downloaded them from Bandcamp. Maybe you own CDs and ripped them yourself. Maybe you converted some old bootleg recording. Maybe they “fell off the truck.” 

Whatever reason you have an MP3 or AAC audio file you want to listen to on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll have to first transfer it there. Here’s how you do it.

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