Hands-on: Moshi Mythro C USB-C in-ear headphones, a budget-friendly future-ready option


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My audio tastes run more toward the mid-range (or a little higher), but I of course recognize that some people want something basic at a pocket-friendly price.

But with Apple dropping the headphone socket from iPhones and iPads, things are getting a little more complicated for those who don’t want the expense or charging hassle of wireless headphones …

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Japan Display still owes Apple for half-used LCD factory as latest bailout plan progresses


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Japan Display still owes Apple the majority of the construction costs of an LCD factory built especially for the iPhone maker back in 2015, says a new report.

With iPhone 6 sales taking off dramatically at the time, after Apple finally moved into larger-screen phones, Apple was keen to maximize production capacity. So much so that it offered to stump up the cash for a whole new Japan Display LCD factory …

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Chinese smartphone brands beating iPhone on features as well as price, say retailers


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Retailers and analysts say that it’s not just price that has driven disappointing iPhone sales in China: consumers are also switching to Chinese smartphone brands because they feel some features are better.

Apple last year saw its market share of the $500-800 segment in China plunge from 81.2% to 54.6% …

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New York Times explains the two reasons it thinks newspapers should refuse Apple News deal


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The New York Times said earlier this week that it had declined to join the upcoming Apple News subscription service. The Washington Post has reportedly made the same decision.

CEO Mark Thompson has now gone further, warning other papers of the twin dangers of accepting Apple’s deal …

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In battle with Apple, Qualcomm argues contradictory positions in two separate lawsuits


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Qualcomm is arguing completely contradictory positions in two separate lawsuits relating to its battle with Apple.

In Korea, it is arguing that court records relating to the antitrust case brought against it should be sealed, so that Apple cannot view the information the company submitted in its defence. While in the US, it is wants evidence submitted by Apple to the FTC in 2016 to be made public …

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Two zero-day Safari exploits found, one allowing complete takeover of Mac


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White-hat hackers at a security conference in Vancouver have found two zero-day Safari exploits, one of which allowed them to escalate their privileges to the point that they were able to completely take over the Mac …

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Microsoft Defender brings anti-virus protection to Mac, but limited business roll-out initially


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Microsoft is renaming its Windows Defender antivirus software to Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), and bringing it to macOS for the first time.

While Macs are significantly less vulnerable to malware than Windows machines, they are not immune. Examples include fake Flash Player installers and cryptocurrency-stealing browser exploits and apps

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2019 iPad mini review roundup: Four clear themes emerge …


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The 2019 iPad mini reviews are out, and they are pretty consistent – with four clear themes emerging.

First, this is an evolutionary device, not a revolutionary one. That’s in large part because Apple wanted to hit the same price-point, one likely driven more by business customers than consumers. From waiting staff in restaurants to delivery drivers, the business market is a key reason Apple has chosen to update the iPad mini …

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Apple’s streaming video service launching into a market feeling ‘subscription fatigue’ – Deloitte


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Apple’s streaming video service is launching into an increasingly competitive market, and one in which consumers are already experiencing ‘subscription fatigue,’ says a new survey.

The Deloitte survey of more than 2,000 US digital consumers contained a mix of good and bad news for Apple …

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Feature Request: Make all iOS app settings accessible from within the app


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iOS is generally a very slick operating system, but every now and then I come across a UI decision that makes me wonder what on earth Apple was thinking, and app settings are a prime example.

You never know whether an app setting is configured in the app, or in the separate Settings app …

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Comment: The Apple ecosystem offers a lot of peace of mind if you lose your phone


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I’m not sure whether there’s a typical lost iPhone story, but the tale of how I came to leave my iPhone behind on Monday evening, outdoors, several miles from home, is a slightly convoluted one.

I should like to note that no alcohol was involved – only tea …

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Opinion: Why I think Apple will finally launch AirPower tomorrow


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Apple finally launched the long-awaited second-generation AirPods. These offer a new H1 chip which boost talk-time and speed up switching between devices, but the headline features are hands-free Hey Siri and … a wireless charging case.

The latter – also available as a standalone accessory for existing AirPods owners – has been a long time coming. The thinking until now is that Apple was waiting until it could finally get AirPower working, so it could announce the products together, but it hasn’t done so.

The big question is whether AirPower is coming tomorrow as a separate launch …. ?

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MoviePass tries out latest random business model: unlimited unless they say otherwise


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I’ve lost count of how many business models MoviePass has tried in an attempt to offer unlimited movie-going for a fixed monthly fee.

Let’s see (I hope I have enough fingers for this) …

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Just ahead of Apple’s streaming video launch, Disney completes 21st Century Fox takeover


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Less than a week before Apple is set to officially announce its streaming video service, Disney has completed its takeover of most of 21st Century Fox.

The deal was first set in motion back in December 2017, and finally completed at midnight, creating a new entertainment giant …

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Angry Birds augmented reality game coming to mobile, initially exclusive to iOS


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Angry Birds got a new lease of life when it came to the Magic Leap, Oculus Rift and Vive headsets. But Rovio is now bringing the augmented reality experience to mobile for the first time, initially exclusive to iPhone and iPad.

It will be available later this spring, but will be available for pre-order from later today …

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One week out, New York Times and Washington Post still not signed up to Apple News deal


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Just a week before Apple is due to announce its Apple News subscription service, expected to cost $10/month, at least two major US newspapers have reportedly not yet signed up.

A report today says that neither The New York Times nor The Washington Post have as yet agreed to Apple’s terms – as we predicted last month

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Sonos-compatible speaker from Ikea expected to start around $120, in white or black


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Ikea’s upcoming Sonos-compatible speaker range, set to be shown off next month and go on sale in August, is expected to start from around $120. The entry-level model will be available in a choice of white and black …

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A first ever look at the original iPhone engineering prototype [Gallery]


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You wouldn’t think there would be much left to reveal about the original iPhone by now, but it seems there is. The Verge has managed to get access to the original engineering prototype, known as an engineering validation test (EVT) sample of the iPhone from 2006/2007.

This is a development device where the components are laid out on a PC-style motherboard, for easy replacement if components need to be substituted, with a bunch of additional connectors for plugging in test equipment …

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Instagram launches in-app shopping from major brands, inc Burberry, Dior, Nike, Prada


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US Instagram users can now buy products from more than 20 major brands from inside the app. The feature is known as Instagram Checkout.

Today, we’re introducing Checkout on Instagram. When you find a product you love, you can now buy it without leaving the app …

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