Month: April 2018

Iranian Telecoms Ordered to Shut Down Access to Messaging App Telegram

A Tehran-based court today ordered Iranian telecommunications providers to block popular messaging app Telegram, reports The Wall Street Journal. Iran has been concerned about Telegram’s role in recent protests and unrest in the country, which has led to the ban. The order said Telegram gave Islamic State “safe ground” in an attack in Tehran last …

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum to Leave Facebook Over Disagreements on Data Sharing and Encryption

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum today announced plans to leave the company, which is owned by parent company Facebook. Koum has worked with Facebook and served on the company’s board since Facebook acquired WhatsApp for over $19 billion in February of 2014. WhatsApp is the largest messaging service in the world with more than 1.5 billion …

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Apple Updates Swift Playgrounds With New 'What's Next' Feature

Apple today updated its Swift Playgrounds app to version 2.1, introducing new features to the iPad coding app designed to teach children and adults to code through several interactive “Learn to Code” lessons. The updated app includes a new “What’s Next” feature that offers up other playground suggestions to try based on current progress in …

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Apple Maps Vehicles Have Now Collected Street View Data in Over 40 States and 10 Countries

Apple Maps vehicles equipped with LiDAR equipment have now surveyed at least 41 states in the United States, with recent areas including Maine and Iowa, as the fleet of vans continue to collect mapping data across the country. The vehicles first took to the streets in major American cities like New York in 2015, and …

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Popular Camera App 'Halide' Gains Apple Watch App, Self-Timer and More

Popular photo taking app Halide Camera was today updated to version 1.8, introducing several major new features, like an Apple Watch companion app, new Accessibility options, and a self-timer. Halide for Apple Watch is designed to complement the Halide app on the iPhone, offering access to tools for framing shots, setting timers, and triggering the …

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Barclays Predicts 2018 iPhones Won't Come Bundled With Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter

Apple’s widely rumored trio of new iPhone models expected to launch in September might not include a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter in the box, according to Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis and his associates. “We currently model no dongle this year,” the analysts predicted, in a research note obtained by MacRumors today. Cirrus Logic …

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Apple Losing Ground to Android Competitors in India and China Due to Local Market Challenges

A pair of reports out this morning highlight Apple’s ongoing struggles in India and China ahead of the company’s Q2 2018 earnings results coming tomorrow, May 1. Within India, Apple has been dethroned as the country’s top selling high-end smartphone maker in the January-March period, losing out to Samsung. Specifically looking at India’s “premium price …

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Ming-Chi Kuo May Lessen Focus on Apple Following Reported Departure From KGI Securities

Ming-Chi Kuo, widely considered to be one of the best analysts covering Apple, might no longer focus his research on the iPhone maker. Kuo speaking on behalf of DigiTimes China Times reports that Kuo resigned from Taiwanese research firm KGI Securities on Friday and, while his next move is uncertain, the publication suggests he will …

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Best Buy Flash Sale: Save Up to $500 on MacBook, $100 on 2017 iPad, and $40 on Apple Watch S3

Best Buy’s refresh of deals this week includes a 24-hour flash sale on Apple products like the 12-inch MacBook, MacBook Pro, fifth-generation iPad from 2017, and Apple Watch Series 3. The biggest savings here are for select models of Apple’s 12-inch MacBook from 2017, with prices that can extend to as much as $550 off …

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Bear Notes 1.5 Gains Archive Feature, Custom Tag Icons, New Export Options, and More

Popular plain text note-taking app Bear reached version 1.5 on Monday, bringing a handful of user-requested features to the platform on iOS and Mac. First up, it’s now possible for users to give all their created tags custom icons, which can be selected from a library of 169 “TagCons”. When a tag is selected on …

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Apple Said to Delay Production of New MacBook Air With Retina Display to Second Half of 2018

Apple has postponed production of its rumored 2018 MacBook Air model to the second half of the year, according to supply chain sources (via DigiTimes). A new version of Apple’s most affordable MacBook was expected to go into mass production in the second quarter, but the company has reportedly already informed supply chain partners of …

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Sprint and T-Mobile Reach Merger Agreement, Plan for 'World's Best' 5G Network

Sprint and T-Mobile have finally reached a merger agreement, which means if approved by regulators, two of the four major carriers in the United States will combine into one entity in an all-stock deal worth billions. The new combined company will be named T-Mobile and current T-Mobile CEO John Legere will serve as the Chief …

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