Rescue plan for Apple supplier Japan Display in doubt as major backer exits


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The long-running saga surrounding troubled Apple supplier Japan Display continues, with a much-touted rescue plan today thrown into doubt.

A backer who was putting up almost a third of the cash for Japan Display’s belated expansion plans for OLED screens has withdrawn ….

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Facebook confirms cryptocurrency plans: Libra currency, Calibra wallet


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Facebook has confirmed its long-rumored plans for a cryptocurrency, to be named Libra and launch at some point next year. It will launch a cryptocurrency wallet called Calibra at the same time …

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Apple’s China problems have ‘no easy near-term fix,’ says Credit Suisse


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There’s long been much talk about Apple’s China problems, a topic given new impetus this year by the company revealing that falling iPhone sales in the country was almost the sole reason for missing its original holiday quarter guidance. CEO Tim Cook said in January that revenue in China fell $4.8B year-on-year, while sales increased elsewhere.

Two more analysts have commented this week, with Credit Suisse taking the more pessimistic view …

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Comment: Could 2020 see us getting something like an iPhone SE 2 after all?


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Many of us were long hoping for an iPhone SE 2: something with the portability and slab-sided design of the iPhone SE, but the near-bezel-free design of the iPhone X family. The type of thing we’ve seen in concept images and videos.

I’d pretty much given up on that for reasons explained here. The hit iPhone sales have taken since then has made things seem a little less certain – as it raised the possibility of Apple needing to hit a lower price for a new model – but we’d likely have heard rumors by now if something were in the works, so I’m still tending toward pessimism.

However, the latest 2020 iPhone report suggests that perhaps we might get an acceptable compromise …

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American Airlines extends satellite-based Wi-Fi to domestic fleet


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American Airlines last year brought satellite-based Wi-Fi to its wide-bodied aircraft – used mostly on international flights. The company says that it has now finished doing the same to the narrow-bodied airliners it uses for domestic flights, which is particularly good news for Apple Music subscribers …

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Avoid tech stocks facing antitrust lawsuits, warns Apple Card partner bank


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Goldman Sachs, Apple’s partner for the Apple Card launching later this year, has warned investors to avoid tech stocks which become subject to antitrust lawsuits.

Apple currently faces two antitrust suits, one from customers, another from developers – with a separate antitrust investigation underway in Europe and the prospect of another in the US …

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Instagram account recovery getting easier, and username hijacks less likely


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Instagram account recovery will be a much easier process thanks to a new in-app process announced by the company.

Currently, if you get locked out of your account, the recovery process is a manual one …

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You can scan German ID cards in iOS 13; expect many other countries to follow


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The Federal Ministry of the Interior has announced that it will be possible to scan German ID cards with an iPhone running iOS 13.

This follows earlier news that iPhones will be able to scan the NFC chips in Japanese ID cards and British passports

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What’s the lifetime cost of an iPhone if you buy a new one every year?


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Ever wondered about the lifetime cost of an iPhone? Decluttr has run the numbers to come up with a rather extreme answer …

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Apple still dominates true wireless hearables, but 2nd gen didn’t boost share


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Counterpoint Research is out with its latest market sizing report for the true wireless hearables sector, and there’s a mix of good news and bad news for Apple.

The good news is that AirPods continue to dominate the market …

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Apple’s former long-time Siri head says virtual assistants don’t deliver on their promise


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The man who was for seven years head of Apple’s Siri efforts has said that virtual assistants don’t deliver on their promise.

Bill Stasior left Apple earlier this year, leaving the Siri team without a VP at the helm …

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Apple Watch now available from UK carrier O2, upfront cost from £20 ($25)


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When the cellular Apple Watch first launched in the UK, it was only available on EE. Vodafone later offered it, and now O2 has done the same, leaving Three the only major carrier not to do so …

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Tim Cook met with Trump to discuss China, investment, immigration & privacy


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Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Donald Trump yesterday to discuss trade, US investment, immigration and privacy.

The meeting was initially revealed by the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and confirmed by a White House spokesperson …

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iOS & Android Spotify apps get better organization for both music and podcasts


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The latest version of the iOS & Android Spotify apps provides users with much better organization of both their music and podcasts.

At the top of the screen, you now have Music and Podcasts tabs, so these are now kept completely separate …

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Facebook app banned by Apple hoovered up data from 187k users first


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A sketchy Facebook app banned by Apple earlier this year succeeded in collecting large amounts of personal data from around 187,000 users before it was pulled.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal asked Facebook to provide the numbers, including a breakdown of how many of the users were teenagers …

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PSA: Telegram messaging app issues, Chinese state DDOS attack suspected


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If you’re experiencing connectivity issues with Telegram, this is due to what the company describes as ‘a powerful DDoS attack’ (Distributed Denial of Service) …

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Existing antitrust laws are enough to go after Apple, Google, Amazon, says DOJ


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Existing antitrust laws are enough to go after tech giants like Apple, Google, and Amazon, says the Department of Justice’s top antitrust official.

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim cited examples where the DOJ has already done so and pointed to three areas where the companies are going to come under scrutiny …

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2019 Mac Pro has clever thermal management and draws on past Mac designs


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Software developer and designer Arun Venkatesan has taken a look at the smart thermal management features of the upcoming 2019 Mac Pro.

He also shows some of the past Mac technology Apple has drawn on in the design of the Mac Pro and its accompanying monitor …

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iPhones running iOS 13 will be able to scan NFC chips in Japanese ID cards


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iPhones running iOS 13 will be able to scan NFC chips in Japanese identity cards. This is as a result of Apple’s decision to allow broader access to the iPhone’s NFC chip by third-party apps.

The app will allow Japanese citizens to scan their own cards in order to store the information on their phones …

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Apple says iPads helping refugee kids who’ve never before set foot in a school


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Apple has drawn attention to an inspiring example of iPads helping refugee children, some of whom have never before set foot in a school.

In one school, there are 325 students who come from 39 different countries, many of whom have fled war in the Middle East. iPads play a key role in helping the kids overcome a fear of looking foolish in the classroom …

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