Dish might pay $6B or more for Sprint & T-Mobile assets including Boost Mobile


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Dish Network is reportedly in talks to pay $6 billion or more to snap up assets from Sprint and T-Mobile as the two carriers try to win regulatory approval for a $26.5 billion merger, which itself faces tough opposition over competition concerns.

Eagle Creek’s iPhone-savvy NFC bags stick with you


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The chip inside Caldera luggage

The chip inside Caldera luggage

Eagle Creek has introduced its new Caldera Collection of luggage with built-in NFC chips that track where you travel, track the luggage and lets you play travel-related games.

Bags you can’t lose

The smart thing about smart luggage is that if you do happen to lose it a quick swipe with a smartphone is all it will take to identify who the bag belongs to – and potentially return it.

Maybe.

It’s a tough world – which is why smart luggage is becoming so popular.

Eagle Creek’s bags carry a VerifiR NFC chip inside, which works with an iOS or Android device using apps. The apps can also integrate with a user’s social media account to make them easier to find.

The NFC chip also gives the bag maker access to details about users – and I’m not entirely clear to what extent this

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Case manufacturer Olixar betting on three lenses for most 2019 iPhones


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Accessory producer Olixar has started to produce protectors for the rear camera module of the 2019 iPhone models, with the firm seemingly confident of the size and layout of the square camera bump arriving with the smartphones this fall.

Lawyers sanctioned for private Apple data leak in battery lawsuit


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An attempt by Apple to remove two plaintiff lawyers from an ongoing iPhone throttling lawsuit was denied by a federal judge, but the attorneys were sanctioned by the court for disclosing Apple’s confidential information, with one required to ask permission to make further arguments.

Apple’s Beddit Sleep Tracking Company Now Offering Beta for Testing New Features


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Apple-owned Beddit recently launched a new beta testing program that’s designed to allow those who own the new Beddit 3.5 device released in December to test new and upcoming features.

In a new “Beta Program” section of the Beddit website (via 9to5Mac), Beddit says it is launching a new customer beta program that will let customers contribute to “making the product even better.”

Through the Beddit Beta Program, you will have early access to new versions of the Beddit app before the general public. Participants will share valuable feedback with Apple Inc. (“Apple”) such as app use, app settings, sleep results, and other diagnostic information. We may also request additional feedback through surveys. More information about how this data will be shared with Apple will be explained in an informed consent form that you must complete before starting the program.

The beta program will provide early access

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A 5-minute timeline of Apple’s 5G iPhone plans


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Apple is keeping the lid on

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Apple’s move to resolve its spat with Qualcomm means the company is now far more likely to offer 5G iPhones at exactly the right time to show what happens when the fast mobile networking standard is deployed correctly.

You can lead from behind

Apple has been castigated as being “behind” on 5G, but this isn’t really the case.

After all, with multiple carriers now choosing to abandon 5G equipment from Huawei, carrier deployment of the technology will be slowed down.

Not only this, but while we can already access 5G networks in some locations, it’s going to take a while yet until 5G is as regularly available as even 3G networks are today. At time of writing, even 4G hasn’t quite become universally available as yet.

Apple’s peace deal with Qualcomm means the company will now be able

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Germans can soon use their iPhones as virtual ID cards


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iOS 13’s newly expanded NFC support will be useful for more than just hopping on the subway. Germany is taking advantage of the upcoming software’s support for Apple-approved NFC identification documents to let residents scan their ID cards and use them both online and for check-ins at international airports. You’ll need to wait for both the release of iOS 13 (likely in September) and the German government’s AusweisApp2 to make everything work, but this might just save you the trouble of pulling out your wallet to prove who you are.

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Germans can soon use their iPhones as virtual ID cards


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iOS 13’s newly expanded NFC support will be useful for more than just hopping on the subway. Germany is taking advantage of the upcoming software’s support for Apple-approved NFC identification documents to let residents scan their ID cards and use them both online and for check-ins at international airports. You’ll need to wait for both the release of iOS 13 (likely in September) and the German government’s AusweisApp2 to make everything work, but this might just save you the trouble of pulling out your wallet to prove who you are.

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2020 LTE iPhone coming in 5.4- and 6.7-inch sizes, 6.1-inch iPhone LTE


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Apple is predicted to produce three iPhones again in 2020, with the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models having 5G, and the 6.1-inch model sticking with LTE.

German citizen passport & ID available on iPhone with iOS 13 in fall 2019


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Germany plans to utilize iOS 13’s NFC stack, allowing users with an iPhone to serve as a user’s passport or ID card — but what iPhones can be used for this isn’t quite clear yet.

Review: Lenovo’s Google-equipped Smart Clock is a solid choice when bedtime means bedtime


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You’ll have to go elsewhere if you want all the features of a Google Nest Hub or Echo Show, but for smartspeaker buyers who just want a cheap wake-up and bedtime option, the Lenovo Smart Clock doesn’t disappoint.

TipOff #16: Save and Share Voicemail on Your iPhone


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If you didn’t know, there is a handy way to save or share a visual voicemail on your iPhone.

  • On your iPhone, open the Phone app and select Voicemail in the bottom right corner.
  • Select the voicemail message that you’d like to save or share.
  • Tap the share icon in the upper right corner (the square with an up-arrow).
  • Choose Add to Notes, Voice Memos, Evernote, or any other app that supports audio import.
  • Or choose Messages, Mail, AirDrop, or any other app that supports sharing. Type in a message to accompany the attached voicemail and send it on its way!

There are also a few apps that can help you too!

Photos: How to adjust image perspective in iOS 13


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Justin Titi displays intelligently curated photo albums in iOS 13.

You can adjust the perspective along the x-axis and y-axis in Photos, starting in iOS 13, Apple told us at WWDC. Here’s what you’ll need to know to start adjusting perspective in Photos on iPad and iPhone.

Now you can adjust perspective in Photos

Apple introduced a range of new Photos editing tools and effects in iOS 13, including two for adjusting perspective, which you’ll find inside of the crop tool when editing a photo or video.

You can get some sense of how the perspective shift works in iOS 13 here:

The company’s applied machine intelligence is all across Photos.

Those tools also come into play to enhance

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Tips for Travelers 2019: Packing Tech for a Trip


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Photo of Bow River, Banff, Alberta, Canada. © 2019, Steven Sande

This is the second in a series of articles from the Rocket Yard to help you enjoy your tech equipment while you’re on a trip, either for business or (hopefully) pleasure. The series began with Tips for Travelers 2019: Apps You Should Install Before Departure, a list of apps that can provide information, directions and entertainment during your travels. Today we’re looking at suggestions on packing your devices for physical protection, easy access, and security.

The Tech I Packed For My Trip

I just got back from a 17-day trip to Alaska and Canada, and as a professional photographer and writer, my tech kit includes not only devices to write articles while I’m enjoying the wilderness scenery, but camera equipment as well. There are also two items on this list that can be considered personal health devices

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8 things you need to know as Apple kills iTunes


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Apple is separating iTunes into new Apple Music, TV and Podcasts apps, but it isn’t really killing the veteran media management software it launched in April 2003.

Here’s what you need to know:

Why is Apple ending iTunes?

Apple’s software chief joked as he announced the end of iTunes

“How about a calendar in iTunes?,” joked Apple engineering lead Craig Federighi when he announced the news at WWDC.

“I mean, you can have all of your appointments and your best tracks all in one app!” The media management software had grown to a point at which it simply did too much.

The music industry owes a lot to iTunes

iTunes didn’t stop online piracy overnight, but it did“open up the promise of a celestial jukebox for anyone who believed that it’s better to pay for stuff.”

That turned out to be plenty of people who still

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Smart Fitness Device Activ5 Now Available From Apple


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Apple retail stores and the Apple online store are now carrying the Activ5, a fitness device designed by Activbody.

Described as a portable isometric-based strength training device with digital coaching, the Activ5 coaches users through each isometric exercise, measures maximum strength for each exercise, and communicates this to an iPhone.



The device itself is a small pad that’s outfitted with a number of pressure sensors inside.

The Activ5 is personalized to each user to create a challenging but achievable workout. Each workout pose is demonstrated in the app, and the device itself is able to tell users to push harder or less hard throughout the workout. Every detail of the workout is tracked via the app, providing fitness stats for each exercise.



There are more than 100 full body workouts available based on isometric exercises, which are designed around contractions of a specific muscle or group of muscles. Activbody

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Mattel Launches New Hot Wheels ‘id’ Smart Track Kit and NFC Cars Exclusively at Apple Stores


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Mattel’s Hot Wheels brand is getting a major digital upgrade with the launch of the Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit, Race Portal, and Hot Wheels id vehicles, all of which are available exclusively from Apple starting today.

With the Hot Wheels Smart Track Kit, Hot Wheels id vehicles can be raced on a track that incorporates digital tracking elements through an app on the iPhone or iPad. The system allows users to keep track of speed, count laps, build a digital garage, and more, providing a mix of physical and digital play.



The new Hot Wheels id setup includes 51 die-cast cars with NFC tags that are going to be released in six mini collections throughout 2019, with each vehicle to be priced at $6.99. Each car can be leveled up digitally, with challenges available to break race records.



Launch vehicles include the Corvette C7R, SRT Viper GTS-R, 2016

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How to use external storage with iPadOS


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Launching iPadOS

iPadOS turns everything into a new play

Apple will finally deliver one of the most-requested iPad and iPhone features with external storage device support with iOS 13 and iPadOS – what does this mean and how do we use it?

How does iOS 13 support external storage?

iPad users have been stranded in cloud storage services due to the lack of support for external storage volumes in their devices.

They have also been able to use cloud-connected local storage devices, such as the popular Sandisk iXpand range of connected memory sticks.

This has driven most of us to spending money on iCloud storage, or using Dropbox, Box or any other available online storage solution, most of which deliver way more than iCloud’s miserly 5GB of free storage space.

This changes in iPadOS, which introduces support for external storage volumes, including USB drives, SD cards, and SMB file servers, all

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Apple reportedly requires Comcast and Charter to sell iPad, Apple TV as part of iPhone deal


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In a bid to gain access to Apple’s popular iPhone, mobile industry newcomers Charter and Comcast reportedly agreed to somewhat onerous terms that require the cable giants to also sell iPad and Apple TV, some of which are offered with carrier subsidies.

Mizuho analysts suggest 2019 iPhones will ‘lack novelty’ for consumers


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The 2019 iPhones will largely be the same as the 2018 models in terms of basic specifications, analysts at Mizuho Securities believe, with the follow-up to last year’s releases thought to "lack novelty" aside from an upgrade to include more cameras on the rear.