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  • A report from CNBC this morning says Apple has cut over 200 employees from its top secret “Project Titan” autonomous vehicle program, however, the company says it still sees a “huge opportunity” in the space. The layoffs were formally acknowledged by an Apple spokesperson, though they’re merely being classified as staff restructuring. more… The post Apple dismisses over 200 staff members from autonomous vehicle department appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • At CES 2019 earlier this month, TiVo announced a new application coming to the Apple TV. If you’re an existing TiVo user, the app will allow you to stream live and recorded content to additional TVs at no extra cost. In an interview with TechHive, however, a TiVo executive says the upcoming streaming app will have one big limitation that hasn’t been widely publicized… more… The post TiVo says its upcoming Apple TV streaming app will be limited to 720p at 30 fps appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • With growing concern over “fake news” on the web, Microsoft is adding a new NewsGuard feature to its Edge browser. The company says this will help users identify potentially fake content. more… The post Microsoft Edge for iOS adds ‘NewsGuard’ feature, aiming to identify fake news appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has hired Samsung battery executive Soonho Ahn to lead its own battery development initiatives, Bloomberg reports. According to the report, Ahn joined Apple in December after having worked at Samsung SDI as a senior VP since 2015. more… The post Apple hires Samsung battery executive to serve as its ‘global head of battery developments’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Popular live game show HQ Trivia is planning to start running games without cash prizes. As reported by The Verge, HQ Trivia and HQ Words will start hosting select games where users win “points” rather than cash. more… The post HQ Trivia will start running some games without cash prizes, focusing on in-app ‘points’ instead appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Whilst stocks last, Apple is listing the iPhone SE for $249 on its clearance site. Apple stopped selling the iPhone SE last September, and all new products feature home-button-less designs with larger screens … more… The post [Update: Back in stock] Buy iPhone SE for $249 at Apple Clearance whilst stocks last appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • In addition to dining with various political and technology figures at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Tim Cook also sat down with Hamdan Bin Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Apple’s VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives Lisa Jackson joined Cook at this meeting. more… The post Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson talk innovation with Crown Prince of Dubai at World Economic Forum appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has a new advertising campaign called ‘They send, you spend’ that highlights the newest Apple Pay features: Apple Pay Cash and Apple Pay in Messages. The campaign includes three micro-ads so far, demonstrating how fast and simple Apple Pay features can be. more… The post Apple promoting Apple Pay Cash in Messages with new ‘They send, you spend’ ads appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Some users are reporting a bug in which cellular data connection is either permanently disabled or extremely spotty following the initial installation and reboot of iOS 12.1.3. more… The post PSA: Some iOS 12.1.3 users on Sprint reporting cellular data-killing bug on iPhone appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple announced yesterday that Target will finally adopt Apple Pay for in-store transactions, but left users wondering whether or not REDcard would be supported. In a statement to 9to5Mac, however, Target has confirmed that REDcard shoppers will not be able to add their card to Apple Pay. more… The post Despite Apple Pay coming to Target, REDcard with 5% savings won’t be supported for now appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Last month, regulators in Egypt gave Apple 60 days to address “unfair restrictions” over high iPhone prices in the country. In an interview with CNBC today, Egypt Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said that he is pushing Apple to establish a “hub” in the country and work on education reform, despite the ongoing iPhone pricing controversy. more… The post Egypt PM pushes Apple to establish a ‘hub’ in the country and help with education reform appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • D.A. Davidson analyst Tom Forte has cut his target price for AAPL to $245 per share, as comments continue to spread of weak iPhone sales through the start of 2019. Forte has continued to lower his target price for the stock over the past few weeks. more… The post Wall Street analyst cuts AAPL stock target as weak iPhone sales expected to seep into new year appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • VOCOlinc is a smart home company focused on HomeKit accessories like affordable light strips and the multi-plug power strip. VOCOlinc’s lineup includes the $59 FlowerBud smart diffuser, which is the first and only diffuser that works with Apple HomeKit. FlowerBud lets you burn scented oils to make your home smell like your favorite scent, and the smart diffuser includes a built-in mood lamp. Both the diffuser and mood lamp work with HomeKit and Siri, too, which means Home app and voice control plus much more. more… The post HomeKit Weekly: VOCOlinc’s FlowerBud combines a Siri-controlled diffuser with a cool mood lamp appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • 9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Listen to the new 9to5Toys Daily Podcast: https://9to5toys.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/01/9to5Toys-Daily-1-23-2019.mp3 more… The post 9to5Toys Last Call: Apple Watch Series 4 up to $144 off, Pre-paid iPhone 6 from $70, 12-inch MacBook 256GB Refurb $830, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Last week, Netflix revealed its biggest price hike ever, increasing the cost of its “Standard” plan from $10.99 to $12.99 per month. In response to that change, Hulu today announced a price cut, making its entry-level subscription more affordable for users. For Live TV users, however, the story is slightly different… more… The post Following Netflix’s price hike, Hulu announces price drop for its entry-level ad-supported plan appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/01/9to5Mac-Daily-01-23-2019.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: January 23, 2019 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • There’s always been a market for luxury Apple accessories, with leather sleeves and cases leading the charge. But the latest trend seems to be charging a huge markup for rebadged versions of existing products, where most of the cost is for the branding … more… The post Luxury Apple accessories trend continues with $780 leather-covered wireless charger appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Google’s YouTube TV service has seen significant expansion since its launch just two years ago. Today, just a couple of weeks ahead of the Super Bowl, YouTube TV has officially gone nationwide. more… The post YouTube TV expands nationwide, now covers 98% of Americans just in time for the Super Bowl appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A key issue in the ongoing battle between Apple and Qualcomm is whether the chipmaker imposed unfair terms on Apple. Apple says yes, but an expert witness in the US Federal Trade Commission antitrust case against Qualcomm says that’s impossible. The witness said that Qualcomm simply didn’t have enough power to do so … more… The post Qualcomm expert witness says company lacked the clout to impose unfair terms on Apple appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple’s announcement yesterday of a contest to find the ten best shot on iPhone photos has provoked debate about the company’s policy of not paying for any of the photos, even when they are used in global advertising campaigns. The argument that Apple should pay seems obvious enough, but not everyone agrees … more… The post The two sides to the debate on whether Apple should pay for ‘Shot on iPhone’ photos appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • An Apple report on the business impact of climate change shows how extreme weather conditions could have benefits for the company as well as downsides. The report was published by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a non-profit which aims to encourage companies to make the right choices about their environmental impact. Its reports collate company responses to questions about their policies, targets and performance – but the most interesting section is on the ‘risks and opportunities’ … more… The post Apple report explains how climate change could benefit the company as well as hurt it appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The AirPods continue to be a smash hit sensation for Apple. However, having launched more than 2 years ago at this point, the focus in the tech community has moved to expectations as to when the AirPods 2 will come out, the first hardware update to Apple’s wireless earbuds. A report from Digitimes today says Apple will release AirPods 2 within the first six months of 2019. Moreover, it claims that the earbuds will be redesigned to support health monitoring functions. more… The post Digitimes: AirPods 2 launching in first half of this year, redesigned to support ‘health monitoring’ features appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • LTE is a great technology that delivers fast data speeds and on the iPhone, will allow you to have fast data speeds and take a phone call at the same time (varies by carrier). Follow along to learn how to customize LTE settings on iPhone and iPad. more… The post How to customize LTE settings on iPhone and iPad appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Wondering if the latest and greatest features for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are supported where you live? Follow along for how to check iOS feature availability in your country. more… The post How to check iOS feature availability in your country appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • As the streaming TV market continues to evolve, Viacom today announced that it has acquired streaming service Pluto TV for $340 million. As reported by Variety, the deal is expected to close this quarter. more… The post Viacom acquires completely free, ad-based TV streaming service ‘Pluto TV’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Switzerland this week amid the annual World Economic Forum. According to local reports, Tim Cook has mingled with the Armenian prime minister at Davos, as well as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and more. He also offered an interview with Germany publication Bild to talk about Apple’s education goals. more… The post Tim Cook mingles with Microsoft’s Satya Nadella at World Economic Forum, touts Apple’s education ambitions appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Popular live TV app Channels is getting a price cut on iOS, its developers announced today. The app, which allows HDHomeRun tuner users to view live TV on their iOS devices, was previously priced at $14.99, but is now available for free. more… The post Popular cord-cutting live TV app ‘Channels’ is now permanently free on iOS, originally $14.99 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Target and Taco Bell aren’t the only new partners for Apple Pay this week. Apple has also updated its running list of bank partners from around the world with lots of new entries. This includes CommBank in Australia which is one of the major banks in the country. CommBank announced last month that support would arrive sometime this month. These are the latest across the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand: more… The post Apple Pay picks up new bank partners across Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Netflix has today launched a new integration that allows Instagram Stories users to include linked artwork for its movies and TV shows directly in posts. This works for Netflix’s original content as well as content from third-party studios. more… The post Netflix for iOS launches Instagram integration to let users share movies and TV shows in their Stories appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Vonmählen is a new company claiming to have the world’s first 5-in-1 compact keyring charging cable and is currently seeing success with two crowdfunding campaigns. With a sharp and slim magnetic design, the “High Five” includes Lightning, USB-C, USB-A, and Micro-USB to offer 2.4A  fast charging for iPhone, iPad, and many other devices. more… The post 5-in-1 magnetic keyring charging cable for iPhone, iPad, and more includes Lightning, USB-C, USB-A, and Micro-USB, crowdfunding campaign live appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple shared a Newsroom briefing today announcing a new contest to find the “best photos shot on iPhone”. Running from January 22 to February 7, Apple says its panel of eleven photography judges from around the world (including Phil Schiller), will select the ten winning photos to be featured on billboards in select cities, and Apple retail locations. more… The post Apple announces contest to crown 10 best ‘Shot on iPhone’ photos, submissions open through February 7th appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Two weeks after releasing the latest watchOS 5.1.3 developer beta, Apple is releasing its final version for consumers later today. The release notes only mention bug fixes, but we’ll update if anything notable is discovered on the new release. iOS 12.1.3 is also coming out to all customers. more… The post Apple releasing watchOS 5.1.3, iOS 12.1.3 for iPhone, iPad and HomePod later today appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • 9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Listen to the new 9to5Toys Daily Podcast: https://9to5toys.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/01/9to5Toys-Daily-1-22-2019.mp3 more… The post 9to5Toys Last Call: 12-inch MacBook $300 off, WD 4TB Desktop Hard Drive $80, iTunes Movies from $5, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Last week, Twitter updated TweetDeck with support for macOS Mojave’s Dark Mode. Now it looks like the company is working on updating its dark mode for the web and iOS and Android apps. more… The post Twitter to update its dark mode from blue-ish tone to black in future update appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/01/9to5Mac-Daily-01-22-2019.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: January 22, 2019 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • As a paperless kind of guy, I’m a huge fan of the Wallet app. I especially like the way it integrates all my cards, etickets and boarding passes into one place, rather than having to go hunting for them in a dozen different apps. But there’s one small detail Apple appears to have forgotten which means there is still some hunting involved … more… The post Feature Request: Option to automatically remove expired boarding passes & tickets from Wallet appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • DxOMark is out today with a brand new camera ranking just for selfie cameras. The new test was designed with the same protocol as the company’s tests for rear shooters and looks to offer “neutral and reliable test data about smartphone front camera performance and image quality to consumers and other interested parties.” DxO has initially tested the front facing cameras of 12 popular smartphones. As for how the iPhone XS Max and X performed in the DxO selfie camera ranking, let’s say they have some room for improvement. more… The post iPhone XS Max takes 4th spot in new DxOMark selfie camera ranking appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A report from Bloomberg details how Apple’s director of cellular systems architecture, Matthias Sauer, testified that the company sought 4G cellular modems from an array of different companies besides Qualcomm, however, none were able to provide market-ready 4G modems in time. The news is a big boost to the chipmaker’s case, who is fighting claims that its near market monopoly has forced phone manufactures to pay fixed, inflated prices on chip licensing royalties. more… The post Apple admits Qualcomm was sole source of 4G modems, had no where else to turn appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Some MacBook Pro owners have complained of a ‘stage light’ effect, where they see uneven backlighting at the bottom of the display. For some, the symptom is only the first stage, with the backlight failing altogether. iFixit says that it has identified the cause – and the way in which Apple changed the design of the Touch Bar generation for the MacBook Pro turns what would otherwise be a $6 fix into a $600 nightmare … more… The post MacBook Pro stage light fault: Apple’s design turns $6 fix into a $600 nightmare, says iFixit appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Fortune is out with its annual ranking of the world’s most admired companies, and Apple gets the top slot for the 12th consecutive year. Companies were ranked on nine different criteria … more… The post Apple hits a dozen years as the world’s most admired company appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has shared the latest progress with Apple Pay rolling out to major US retailers. Today’s news includes Target, Taco Bell, Speedway, and more as the latest businesses to accept Apple’s payment platform. more… The post Apple Pay will soon work at Target, Taco Bell and more locations, covering 74% of top US merchants appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • It’s time for a fresh batch of movie deals over at the iTunes store, this week highlighted by popular Disney titles from $10 and a $5 action film sale. As always, each of these listings will become a permanent part of your iTunes library with purchase. Head below for all of our top picks. more… The post This week’s best iTunes movie deals: Disney sale from $10, action films $5, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • When traveling, especially abroad, there’s a lot of data you need to keep handy such as flight information, hotel information, contact information for people, etc. I’ve been traveling quite a bit recently, mostly going to speak at conferences, and my preferred way to keep my travel info has been to just dump everything into a document in the Notes app. more… The post Tripsy helps users organize everything about their travel in a single iOS app appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Sharing your Wi-Fi connection with visitors got much easier as of iOS 11, thanks to a pop-up asking you if you’d like to allow a visiting iOS device to join. But a new gadget makes the process even easier, and works for Android phones too … more… The post Wifi Porter is a cute wooden Wi-Fi puck that lets you share your wifi without a password appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Contract manufacturer Foxconn is trying to calm stock market fears after a report last week that it had laid-off 50,000 workers from its iPhone factory at Zhengzhou months earlier than expected. It has made a statement in a stock exchange filing suggesting that it is recruiting even more workers for its other production facilities … more… The post Foxconn doesn’t deny layoffs at iPhone plant, but says recruiting elsewhere appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A Reuters report at the end of last year said that Apple was planning to make flagship iPhones in India as the company seeks to reduce its dependence on China. A new report today supports that claim, and suggests that those plans are being progressed. Specifically, it says that senior Foxconn execs plan to visit India next month for discussions … more… The post Apple’s plans to make flagship iPhones in India are progressing, says WSJ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The Pixelmator team is pretty relentless when it comes to updates. One month after the last update, there’s another Pixelmator Pro update hitting the Mac App Store now with another round of new features and improvements. more… The post Pixelmator Pro update adds clipping masks, streamlined layer adjustments and filtering appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is purportedly looking to drop LCD screens from its iPhone lineup, starting with the 2020 iPhone. This year’s iPhone XR successor would be the last flagship LCD model, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The move to OLED will enable “more flexible handset design”, hinting at an ambitious 2020 iPhone roadmap. We already see this somewhat today with the iPhone XR featuring larger bezels than its OLED counterparts. more… The post WSJ: Apple to drop LCD in favor of OLED on all new iPhones from next year appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Just like a standard pencil, the Apple Pencil tip will need to be replaced every so often. Especially if you use your Apple Pencil on a regular basis. Follow along to learn how to replace your Apple Pencil tip. more… The post How to replace your Apple Pencil tip appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Trying to access Apple News outside of the US, UK, or Australia? Read on for how to access Apple News in any country. more… The post How to access Apple News in any country appeared first on 9to5Mac.