Investigation Into Supermicro's Server Motherboards Finds No Malicious Spy Hardware

In October, a report by Bloomberg claimed that spies working for the Chinese government had inserted microchips on Supermicro server motherboards to spy on customers, which Bloomberg reported as affecting Apple and nearly 30 companies in total. Today, the outside investigations firm hired by Supermicro reported its findings, confirming that there is no evidence of …

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iPhone Suppliers TSMC and Foxconn Report Strong November Revenue

Two of Apple’s largest suppliers have reported healthy jumps in monthly revenue, suggesting fears of weak iPhone demand may be overblown (via Bloomberg). Asian firms TSMC and Foxconn (Hon Hai) both posted a 5.6 percent rise in November sales, reversing a recent trend of Apple suppliers reducing production or revenue outlooks to reflect lowering demand …

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Apple Pay Launches in Germany

Apple Pay made its long-awaited debut in Germany this evening, allowing iPhone and Apple Watch users in the country to finally take advantage of the contactless mobile payments service if their card issuer supports it. At launch, Apple Pay partners in Germany include American Express, Deutsche Bank, Hanseatic Bank, HypoVereinsbank, Edenred, Comdirect, Fidor Bank, and …

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Samsung Kills Headphone Jack in Latest Smartphone After Years of Mocking Apple

Samsung today introduced its latest smartphone, the Galaxy A8s. It is Samsung’s first smartphone with an Infinity-O display, which has a nearly edge-to-edge, uninterrupted design beyond a small hole for the front-facing camera. It is also Samsung’s first smartphone without a headphone jack, much to the amusement of iPhone users, as Samsung has mocked Apple …

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Epic Games Removes 'Infinity Blade' Trilogy From App Store

Epic Games today announced that its Infinity Blade role-playing game trilogy has been removed from the App Store. In a blog post, the video game studio said “it has become increasingly difficult for our team to support the Infinity Blade series at a level that meets our standards,” adding that the trilogy “will always hold …

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Sony and Rhapsody prep an audiophile streaming service for Japan

It's notoriously difficult for streaming music services to get a foothold in Japan — this is a country where CDs still reign (72 percent of music revenue was for physical media in 2017). All the same, Sony and Rhapsody are giving it a shot. They'r… Source: Engadget | Sony and Rhapsody prep an audiophile streaming …

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Google Accelerating Closure of Google+ Due to API Bug, Will Now End in April 2019

Google today announced that it is expediting the closure of its Google+ social platform, which was previously set to end in August 2019 and will now be shut down in April 2019. The company explained that it’s doing this because of a discovery that 52.5 million users were impacted by a software update in November …

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Some Smash Ultimate Fighters Get Hurt Just By Trying To Swim

Starting with Super Smash Brothers: Brawl, if characters fell into bodies of water on certain stages, they had a few seconds to swim out before drowning. Being in the water doesn’t hurt, although if characters complete their drowning animation, they plummet to the bottom and die. In Super Smash Brothers Ultimate,…Read more… Source: Kotaku | …

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Instagram adds walkie-talkie voice messages

You no longer have to strike up a live conversation if you want voice chats on Instagram — the social network has launched walkie-talkie style voice messaging feature for direct messages. If you want to speak your mind, you only have to hold down a… Source: Engadget | Instagram adds walkie-talkie voice messages

'Monster Hunter World: Icebourne' expansion arrives fall 2019

There's about to be a whole lot more to explore in Monster Hunter: World. Capcom announced today that a new expansion called Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will be making its way to consoles in fall 2019. The massive update will include new locales,… Source: Engadget | 'Monster Hunter World: Icebourne' expansion arrives fall 2019

Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 12.1.2 to Developers With 'Bug Fixes and Improvements'

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1.2 update to developers, five days after releasing iOS 12.1.1, an update that introduced a revamped FaceTime layout, re-added Live Photos for FaceTime, and brought Haptic Touch for notifications on iPhone XR. Apple’s release notes state that iOS 12.1.2 “contains bug fixes and improvements,” so …

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Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.3 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Mojave 10.14.3 update to developers, five days after releasing macOS Mojave 10.14.2, which addressed an issue with external displays and included other bug fixes. The new macOS High Sierra 10.14.3 beta can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after the proper …

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Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 5.1.3 to Developers With 'Bug Fixes and Improvements'

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 5.1.3 update to developers, four days after releasing the watchOS 5.1.2 update with new complications for the Infograph face and ECG functionality for Apple Watch Series 4 owners. Apple’s release notes state that watchOS 5.1.3 “contains bug fixes and improvements,” so this appears to be …

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Apple Seeds First Beta of Upcoming tvOS 12.1.2 Update to Developers

Apple this morning seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 12.1.2 update to developers for testing purposes, five days after releasing the tvOS 12.1.1 update. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 12.1.2 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that’s installed using Xcode. …

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Guy Counts Every Ellipsis You Have To See To Finish Xenogears

There are 6,970 ellipses in the main story of the epic Japanese role-playing game Xenogears, according to one intrepid player who decided to spend his free time counting them all. Todd, who goes by SpikeyHairedOrphan on Reddit, thinks that if you counted all of the optional dialogue, you’d probably find thousands more.Read more… Source: Kotaku …

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