Month: April 2018

Spotify Expands Free Tier With On-Demand Playlists and Data Saver Mode

Spotify held an event in New York City today, unveiling a new version of its free music streaming tier that introduces a few new features for those users not paying for Spotify’s $9.99/month main subscription plan. The new free tier allows users to pick and choose which music they want to listen to on-demand, but …

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Apple Will Start Paying Back Taxes to Irish Government Next Month Amid Legal Battle With European Regulators

Apple will start paying 13 billion euros in back taxes to the Irish government from May, according to the Financial Times, nearly two years after the European Commission ruled that the company received illegal aid from the country that saw its tax bill significantly reduced over the past few decades. As expected, the report states …

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Best Buy One-Day Sale: Save Up to $265 on MacBook Pro and Up to $100 on 2017 iPad

Best Buy today has debuted a limited one-day sale on a few of the latest models of Apple’s MacBook Pro without Touch Bar and the fifth-generation iPad. The savings bring the cost of the entry-level MacBook Pro configuration down to $1,049.99, from $1,299.99. Students and parents of students can save even more and get the …

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Apple Seeking OLED Display Price Cut From Samsung Amid Rumors Next iPhone X Will Start at $899

Apple wants to reduce the price it pays Samsung for OLED displays used in current and future iPhone X models, according to DigiTimes. The report, citing industry sources, claims Apple is requiring Samsung to lower its price to $100 per panel, down around 9.1 percent from the $110 that research firm IHS Markit estimated the …

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Apple Launches Battery Replacement Program for Non-Touch Bar 13-Inch MacBook Pro Models

Apple today announced a new worldwide battery replacement program for some 13-inch MacBook Pro models that do not have a Touch Bar. Affected machines were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. Apple says that a limited number of these units feature a component that can fail and cause the built-in battery to expand. It …

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U.S. Department of Justice Investigating Claims AT&T, Verizon and GSMA Colluded to Prevent Customers From Easily Switching Carriers [Updated]

The United States Department of Justice today launched an antitrust investigation to determine whether U.S. carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, have coordinated to prevent consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, reports The New York Times. AT&T, Verizon, and GSMA, an industry group that sets mobile standards, were asked in February for documents related to their …

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Featured Apps in Revamped iOS 11 App Store Can See 800% Download Boost

Earning a featured spot in the revamped iOS App Store can increase app downloads by up to 800 percent, according to new data sourced from app analytics site Sensor Tower and shared by TechCrunch. The data, collected from September 2017 to the present, suggests an app that’s highlighted using either the “App of the Day” …

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win AirPods in a Color of Your Choice From ColorWare

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with ColorWare to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a set of custom-painted AirPods, which are available in dozens of different colors. ColorWare is a company that’s been around for quite some time, offering custom paint jobs and unique skins for a range of electronic devices. AirPods …

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Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover Plan Combo Checkout Button to Compete With PayPal

Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover are planning to combine their online payment options into “a single button,” hoping to make customers’ shopping easier and reduce friction in the checkout process. The button will be a major competitor to PayPal, and combat what’s called “the NASCAR effect,” where multiple payment logos and options dot the …

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New iPhone SE Could Launch in May With Touch ID and A10 Fusion, Without 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Apple will release an updated iPhone SE in May, according to case makers who spoke with Japanese website Mac Otakara at the Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade show in Hong Kong this week. The case makers said the second-generation model will retain the same physical size as the current iPhone SE, and Touch ID is …

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AT&T Reveals $15/Month Streaming Service Without Sports, Launching 'in the Next Few Weeks'

AT&T is planning to add a new streaming service to its lineup called “AT&T Watch,” priced at a low cost of $15 per month with the removal of all sports channels. The service will be one of the cheapest streaming bundles available on the market, and will even be free for AT&T wireless subscribers on …

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Samsung May Remain Exclusive Supplier of OLED Displays in 2018 iPhones Due to LG's Reported Production Issues

LG Display is widely considered to be ramping up its OLED display production capabilities in hopes of securing orders for Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup, expected to be released later this year, but mass production challenges have caused the company to fall behind schedule, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report, citing people familiar with …

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Apple Retail Store Logos Gain Green Leaves in Celebration of Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, which takes place on Sunday, April 22, Apple has started tweaking the logos of some of its retail stores with green leaf accents, in a departure from the usual uniformly white design. Apple Orchard Road Store, Singapore (Images courtesy of Stanford Chong) For example, Singapore’s Apple Orchard Road store has …

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