European Regulators to Review if Apple Acquiring Shazam Will Significantly Hurt Competition

The European Commission today announced it has accepted requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, and Sweden to assess Apple’s proposed acquisition of Shazam. The agreement is still pending approval. The regulatory body will consider whether the transaction may lead to a significant adverse affect on competition in Europe:On the basis of the elements …

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Apple Watch Had Record Year With Estimated 18M Shipments in 2017, Topped Entire Swiss Watch Industry Last Quarter

Not only did the Apple Watch just have its best quarter ever in terms of sales, but it also had a record-breaking year overall, capped off by topping shipments from the entire Swiss watch industry combined last quarter. Apple Watch shipments topped an all-time high of 18 million units in 2017, according to estimated data …

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Apple Allows Behind-the-Scenes Look Into Audio Lab Used to Test HomePod, AirPods, and More

At the same time that reviews launched this morning for Apple’s upcoming HomePod smart speaker, a few websites also shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the audio lab where Apple tested the device. Apple invited journalists into the lab last week, and Jim Dalrymple of The Loop shared his experience in a post today. Images via …

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HomePod's Stereo-Like Sound is Called 'FullRoom' and Coming Soon, Multi-Room Audio Available Later

Apple has given a name to its technology that will enable a pair of HomePods to automatically detect and balance each other to create stereo-like sound following an upcoming software update: FullRoom. Emphasis should be placed on stereo-like sound, as HomePod reviews published today confirm that users won’t be able to set one speaker as …

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HomePod Reviews: Outstanding Sound Quality, but Siri 'Struggles at Smart'

Three days ahead of the HomePod’s launch in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, Apple has now allowed the first full reviews of the device to be shared online. While opinions regarding specific features of the smart speaker fluctuate among reviewers, it appears that one constant remains: HomePod provides great, high-quality sound that beats …

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HomePod Availability is Tightening Ahead of Friday's Launch

HomePod supply is beginning to dwindle ahead of the speaker’s launch this Friday across the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Apple Store pickup is now unavailable for the HomePod in all three countries, following several days of launch day availability, while delivery estimates for online orders of the speaker in Space Gray and White …

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Apple's Planned Flagship Store in Melbourne, Australia Faces Backlash From City Council Over its Design

In December, Apple announced its plans to open a new flagship retail location at the Federation Square shopping center in Melbourne, Australia in 2020. Since that announcement, many locals have come out against the store and the demolition of the existing Yarra building, arguing that the public space in Federation Square should stay that way …

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Apple Sending Ad Spend and Install Reports to the Wrong Developers

Apple this morning has apparently sent several developers report emails for Search Ads Basics that belong to other developers. The reports, which relate to promoted ads that show up in App Store search queries, have been received in error by several developers this morning, as noted on Twitter. Um Apple you might want to check …

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How to Secure Your Apple ID Using Two-Factor Authentication

Apple introduced two-factor authentication (2FA) in 2015 to provide an enhanced level of security when accessing Apple ID accounts. With 2FA enabled, you’ll be the only person who can access your account, regardless of whether someone learns your password – as the result of a hack or a phishing scam, for example – so it’s …

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iTunes Discounts Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, and Jack Ryan Movie Bundles by Between $5-$25

Apple on iTunes recently discounted a few bundles for movies in the Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, and Jack Ryan franchises. The sale prices have gone live on iTunes alongside the reveal of new trailers for the latest entries in each franchise (as well as an all-new Cloverfield movie on Netflix), which happened during last night’s Super …

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iPad Remains World's Most Popular Tablet as Apple Outsold Samsung and Amazon Combined Last Year

iPad remains the world’s most popular tablet by a significant margin, having outsold competing devices from rivals Samsung and Amazon combined last year, according to data shared by research firm IDC today. Apple sold a total of 43.8 million iPad units in 2017, as confirmed by its quarterly earnings results, while IDC estimates that Samsung …

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NikePlus Members Can Now Earn Apple Music Subscriptions and Exclusive Playlists

NikePlus members can now earn free Apple Music subscriptions and exclusive playlists by completing workouts or purchasing select Nike products. Nike didn’t reveal exactly how to unlock the perks, but by achieving various milestones in the Nike+ Run Club or Nike+ Training Club apps in a given month, NikePlus members can earn rewards such as …

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Apple Partners With Cisco and Others to Make Businesses 'More Resilient' With Cyber Risk Management Solution

Apple today announced a new cyber risk management solution aimed at the enterprise market and launching with partners Cisco, Aon, and Allianz. Each company is adding their own expertise into the solution, including cyber resilience evaluation services from Aon, the “most secure” technology from Apple and Cisco, and options for enhanced cyber insurance coverage from …

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DigiTimes Predicts Apple's First New Products of 2018 Could Debut Starting in March Like Last Year

Apple refreshes much of its product lineup on an annual basis, and a new report reveals when that process may begin this year. Taiwanese website DigiTimes first claims some suppliers are poised to benefit from new or increased orders from Apple to help produce next-generation iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch models at some point in …

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