Apple Adds 2017 13-Inch MacBook Pro Models to Refurbished Store

Apple today updated its online store for refurbished products to add a selection of 13-inch 2017 MacBook Pro models equipped with a Touch Bar. This is the first time the 2017 machines have been available through the refurbished store since their June 2017 release following the Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple was offering approximately 15 models …

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Consumer Reports Pulls Purchase Recommendation for Microsoft Surface Devices

After previously giving four Microsoft Surface devices a purchase “recommendation” status, Consumer Reports today has pulled that status from the Microsoft products. The publication said that because of “poor predicted reliability” in comparison with rival brands, it can no longer recommend any Surface laptops or tablets to consumers. The decision specifically targets four Microsoft Surface …

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Apple May Briefly Drop to World's Third Largest Smartphone Maker For First Time Since 2011

Chinese company Huawei will likely become the world’s second largest smartphone maker in the third quarter, based on shipments from July through September, according to Taiwanese publication DigiTimes. The report, citing sources from Taiwan’s handset supply chain, said sales of Huawei’s high-end smartphones like the P10 and Mate 9, as well as its more affordable …

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Chinese Developers File Antitrust Complaint Against Apple for 'Monopolistic Behavior'

A group of 28 developers in China have enlisted a local law firm to file a complaint against Apple in a case alleging that the company engaged in “monopolistic behavior” during some of the actions it has taken to regulate the App Store in China (via The Wall Street Journal). Lin Wei, an attorney with …

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Apple Urged to Implement Feature That Sends an iPhone's Precise Location to Responders in Emergencies

EENA, short for the European Emergency Number Association, has called on Apple to integrate a solution called Advanced Mobile Location into iOS to improve the safety of iPhone users in emergency situations. Advanced Mobile Location recognizes when an emergency call is made and, if not already activated, activates a smartphone’s GPS or Wi-Fi to collect …

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iPhone 8 Virtual Home Button Can Likely Resize and Hide Completely As Needed

Yesterday, HomePod firmware revealed that the iPhone 8’s facial recognition software will seemingly support Apple Pay, multiple facial profiles, and third-party apps. Now, as the uncovering of Apple secrets within HomePod firmware continues apace, developer Steven Troughton-Smith has revealed details on Twitter about the iPhone 8’s virtual home button, stating that it “resizes” as needed …

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IKEA Trådfri Smart Lighting System Supports Apple HomeKit [Update: Not Yet]

IKEA’s Trådfri smart lighting system is now officially compatible with HomeKit, Apple’s smart home management platform. The support was confirmed in IKEA’s response to a question posted on its Facebook page this morning, after a customer noticed a change in the technical specifications on the company’s Trådfri product page. According to a thread in the …

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Chamberlain's 'MyQ Home Bridge' Launches, Adding HomeKit to Compatible Garage Door Openers

After an introduction at CES in January, and an expected launch date of April 2017, Chamberlain’s MyQ Home Bridge has today been made available for users to purchase. For users already in the company’s MyQ ecosystem, the MyQ Home Bridge will upgrade any MyQ garage door opener with the addition of Apple’s HomeKit. This will …

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