Turkey’s president calls for a boycott of US electronics

As tensions mount between the US and Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now calling for the country to boycott US electronics. He even called out the iPhone specifically — a product he’s often seen using. “Every product that we buy in foreign currency from outside, we will produce them here and sell abroad,” Erdogan said during a speech given in Ankara, “We will boycott the electronics products of the US.” He added, “If they have iPhone, there is Samsung on the other side. And we have our own telephone brands.”

Via: New York Times

The Ars Technica Back to School buying guide

Enlarge / A few gadgets we think will be appreciated this school year. (credit: Jeff Dunn)

College is a time for meeting new people, opening up your worldview, taking in new experiences, reading (please, for the love of God, read), and generally experiencing the last years of a life untainted by taxes and a daily job.

It is not a time to care about things—if I could just write “books” and leave this buying guide at that, I would. But a modern student requires a few equally modern gadgets to get through the school year, and there are certainly a few pieces of technology that can make their life on campus feel a little less overwhelming and a little more enjoyable.

So, as we’ve done a few times already this year, we’ve dug through our recent reviews to put together a list of preferred gadgets, this time aimed at

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iOS 12 developer beta points to bezel-less iPad with FaceID

Last year, early iOS leaks gave us a preview of the eventual iPhone X and some details on Apple’s HomePod speaker. Now, 9to5Mac points out an icon in the iOS 12 developer beta that seems to show an iPad design with tiny bezels all around and missing the home button. Separately, code for accessibility features shows evidence of FaceID support in an upcoming iPad Pro likely scheduled for release this fall.

The image doesn’t show an iPhone X-like notch, so presumably new iPads would manage to squeeze a TrueDepth camera into the remaining bezel. With iPad sales remaining flat compared to last year, it seems likely that we’ll see new devices soon, and now we have some idea at least of what they’ll look like.

Source: 9to5Mac

Apple will repair devices damaged by flooding in Japan for free

Earlier this month heavy rain caused devastating flooding throughout western and central Japan, resulting in more than 200 deaths and causing millions to evacuate. Now, Apple has announced that it will repair devices damaged in the floods for free. Any repairable iPhones, Macs, iPads, iPods, Apple Watches and Apple displays directly damaged by flooding will be fixed by the company for no charge. Accessories are not included as part of the offer. Apple expressed its sympathy to those affected by the floods and wished for speedy reconstruction.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Apple

Bipartisan bill aims to study how tech is affecting kids

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives has introduced legislation that would fund research into the effects technology and media have on infants, children and adolescents. The funding would support research into the use of mobile devices, computers, social media, apps, websites, TV, films, AI, video games, VR and AR with a focus on cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development.

“While technology educates and entertains our children every day, we need a better understanding of how it impacts their social, psychological and physical well-being,” Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) said in a statement. “This bill will enable experts to conduct critical research that will inform parents and policymakers about how best to protect American children’s bodies and minds from issues such as tech addiction, bullying and depression in the digital age.”

Source: Senator Edward Markey (1), (2)

Apple blames software bug for MacBook Pro CPU throttling, issues fix

It turns out that it’s not the MacBook Pro’s slim design that’s holding back Intel’s Core i9 CPU — it’s a software bug, according to Apple. The company admitted to the issue in a statement today, where it also announced that a fix is immediately available to macOS users. To put it simply, the bug drove down clock speeds for extended heavy workloads. And surprisingly enough, Apple representatives tell us the issue affects all of the new MacBook Pros, not just the top-end 15-inch Core i9 models.

MacBook Pro review (2018): Apple plays catch-up

With the new MacBook Pro, Apple is just trying to keep pace with the rest of the computing industry. The biggest upgrade is Intel’s latest CPUs, which have been popping up in PCs since last fall. And there are some other slight hardware tweaks, too. Basically, it’s a classic Apple refresh: Not much has changed. Put the MacBook Pro side by side with last year’s model and it’s impossible to tell the difference. Still, if you’re a committed Mac user, they’re exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Everyone else should take a long, hard look at the competition.

iFixit puts the MacBook Pro’s anti-debris keyboard to the test

Users have complained that the butterfly switch keyboard that comes with newer MacBook and MacBook Pro models is too sensitive to crumbs and dust, with difficult-to-repair keys becoming “sticky” overtime. But when iFixit took a look inside Apple’s newest MacBook Pro, it discovered silicone barriers around the keyboard switches — a new addition that a MacBook Pro service document states is to “prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism.” Now, iFixit has put those barriers to the test in order to see how effective they really are at keeping particles from damaging the keyboard.

Source: iFixit

Hey Google, Android actually does stifle competition

Sundar Pichai knows that the choice of mobile OS nowadays boils down to Android or iOS. He published a blog post yesterday in response to the European Commission’s competition decision against Android, which opens saying, “If you buy an Android phone, you’re choosing one of the world’s two most popular mobile platforms.” That’s not very many options, but it’s also not Google’s fault.

After Math: Stage 4 capitalism

It’s been another fun-filled week of plebes like us being crushed under the heel of big business. Want to take a trip into orbit? You’re gonna need to mortgage your house and your children’s futures. Want to own the last decent MacBook Pro? Tough, Apple now says that the garbage touch panel version is the only one for sale. Trying to watch the World Cup on YouTubeTV? NOPE. NO SOCCER FOR YOU. COME BACK FOUR YEARS!

Open source hasn’t made tech more open

There are two institutions dominating the top of the tech food chain today. On one side are big tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, as well as China’s big three of Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent. Alongside them are the massively funded, heavily staffed global cyberpowers — most notably the US, China and Russia — who are seeking to monitor and control information flows online in the name of national security or political control.

Both are intertwined. Sometimes intimately, as in China, where an Orwellian social credit system is taking shape, and private companies are becoming indistinguishable from the state’s apparatus. In the US, tech companies are now the biggest lobbyists and political donors in Washington, while in Russia there is a battle against the message app Telegram. Together, these forces control the vast majority of information that flows online, either through data gathering, surveillance or censorship.

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AirPlay 2 arrives on Sonos

AirPlay 2 has arrived on Sonos. From today, any app on your iOS devices can be streamed directly to Sonos speakers including Sonos Beam, Sonos One, Playbase and the second generation Play:5. Plus, Siri is on board with an extensive set of voice controls. Not only can you ask Siri to play songs on Apple Music, you can also specify which room or devices you want them to play on. The roll out comes a week ahead of the new Beam living room smart speaker, which ships with AirPlay 2 support as standard.

Source: Sonos

How to sell your used and unwanted gadgets

In just a handful of months we’ll be looking at new iterations of the iPhone and the Pixel, along with a plethora of other phones that have already hit the market. Which means you’ll be faced with a hard choice: upgrade or stick it out another year with your current device. The annual cycle of new flagship handset releases can be a little tough on your wallet, though, which is why you might want to offset the cost by putting your old device up for sale. But which outlet will yield you the biggest bang for your buck? And how much of a pain will it be? We’ve rounded up some of the leading contenders for offloading your old electronics. Not just phones, either — perhaps you have an old laptop that isn’t quite cutting it anymore, or maybe you’ve got some other stuff sitting in the closet collecting dust.

Microsoft’s USB Type-C dongle for Surface Pro is finally here, and it’s huge

Enlarge / The dongle’s official name is the “Surface Connect to USB-C Adapter.” (credit: Microsoft)

When the Surface Pro was refreshed last year we were surprised and disappointed to see that it joined the Surface Laptop in having neither USB Type-C nor Thunderbolt 3. Instead, Microsoft said that it would be shipping a USB Type-C dongle to provide a Type-C port for those who wanted it later in 2017.

The dongle did not, in fact, materialize in 2017. But it does exist now, and it will go on sale this Friday for $80. The big, boxy adapter connects to the proprietary Surface Connect port on the current model Surface Pro and Surface Laptop (and only those systems; Microsoft says it’s not compatible with any others) and offers a single USB Type-C port.

The port can be used with a Type-C charger to charge the computer (provided that the

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Apple’s next AirPods case may also charge your iPhone

Apple is reportedly about to give you a new way to wirelessly charge your iPhone: by using your AirPods case. The plan, if it comes to fruition, will let you top up your phone (as long as it’s an iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X) using the case for your earbuds while you’re on the go. Apple could make the feature available by the end of the year, but that’s likely dependent on the company releasing the long-awaited wireless charging version of the cases by then.

Source: Nikkei

Apple will repair ‘sticky’ MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards

Apple launched a new keyboard service program today, acknowledging that the keyboards on certain MacBook and MacBook Pro models are prone to issues. If users of particular models find that letters or characters repeat unexpectedly or don’t appear at all, or find that their keys feel “sticky” and don’t respond in the correct manner consistently, they’ll be eligible to receive free repairs. Once the keyboard has been examined at an Apple Authorized Service Provider, service professionals will determine whether particular keys or the whole keyboard need to be replaced.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Apple

The Ars Technica Father’s Day gift guide

Enlarge / A few gadgets we think your old man might enjoy. (credit: Jeff Dunn)

Last month, we compiled a few gift-worthy gadgets for Ars readers to grab for Mother’s Day. Today, it’s Dad’s turn. With Father’s Day on the horizon, we’ve once again revisited the many devices that have rolled through the Ars labs in recent months and picked out a list of favorites.

The following Father’s Day gift ideas should placate the kind of tech-savvy Dad (or any parent, really) we’d expect to raise an Arsian. Feel free to nudge a loved one toward getting something if you’re a father yourself. And if nothing below works, try to at least give your old man a call this weekend.

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Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is like a Fire TV blended with an Echo Dot

Jeff Dunn

Amazon on Thursday announced the Fire TV Cube, the latest device in the tech giant’s family of Fire TV media streamers and the latest to employ its Alexa digital assistant.

The new media streamer first leaked after a report from AFTVNews last September. Amazon later confirmed that it was working on a device called the Fire TV Cube, but didn’t reveal any details aside from that.

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Apple Watch can now be used to monitor Parkinson’s symptoms

Apple has added a new API to its ResearchKit framework that will allow apps to monitor Watch users for signs of Parkinson’s disease, 9to5Mac reports. The API will be able to track two symptoms associated with the movement disorder — tremors and dyskinesia — continuously throughout the day. Apps monitoring these two activities would then be able to display the recorded data, showing instances of the symptoms per day, hour or minute.

Source: 9to5Mac, GitHub (1), (2)