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Apple Pay rumored to launch in Saudi Arabia on February 19

5 hours 40 min ago

A report earlier this week suggested that Apple Pay will launch in the Czech Republic next week. It now looks like Apple Pay might also come to Saudi Arabia on the same day.

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Gallery: Natick Mall Apple Store reopens with updated design

7 hours 2 min ago

Apple’s first retail expansion of 2019 is complete. Customers and team members in Natick, Massachusetts celebrated the grand reopening of Natick Mall’s Apple Store today after just under nine months of renovation work. The redesigned store offers more than twice the space of the previous storefront. 9to5Mac reader Dakota Allen visited the new space and shared photos of the redesign.

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This week’s top stories: AirPods 2 in black, March Apple event rumors, WWDC dates, and more

9 hours 20 min ago

In this week’s top stories: AirPods 2 with grip coating and black color option, 2019 iPhone rumors, 10 iPhone tips everyone should know, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest Apple stories.

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MiniWiki allows you to browse Wikipedia from your Apple Watch with bookmarks, nearby, and more

10 hours 3 min ago

MiniWiki is a new app from developer Will Bishop that allows you to browse Wikipedia directly from your Apple Watch. The app supports features like popular articles around you, offline reading, bookmarks, and more.

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Making the Grade: Makeblock Neuron Explorer Kit is a useful addition to a STEM lab

10 hours 28 min ago

As an IT Director, I am always on the lookout for ways to allow our students to use technology in new and interesting ways. We teach some basic coding skills (I love it for the problem-solving aspect as much as anything), we have an active STEM lab, and we’re always looking to expose our students to different ways of learning. Last fall, I was sent a review unit of the Makeblock Neuron Explorer Kit that is only available at the Apple Store.

About Making The Grade: Every Saturday, Bradley Chambers publishes a new article about Apple in education. He has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.

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Apple allowing Apple Music subscribers to gift a free month of the service to friends

10 hours 59 min ago

Last weekend, Apple sent a wave of Apple Music notifications to previous subscribers offering them an additional 3-month free trial. Now, Apple is continuing its Apple Music focus with push notifications allowing current subscribers to gift a friend a free month of the streaming music service.

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Final Cut Friday: 10 transition tips for FCP X [Video]

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:56

Transitions are key building blocks for putting together cohesive videos in your NLE of choice. In Final Cut Pro X, there are many shortcuts, tips, and tricks that can be used while inserting or editing transitions. In this week’s episode of Final Cut Friday, I share 10 transition tips to help you master this vital part of the editing process. more…

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Deal of the Month: HyperJuice Wireless Charger Case for Apple AirPods $20 (Reg. $50)

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:51

This month we’ve teamed up with Hyper for our first ever 9to5Mac Deal of the Month. For February only, you can get the HyperJuice AirPods Wireless Charging case for 60% off regular price:

Get the HyperJuice AirPods Wireless Charger Case 60% off for a limited time – $20 (Reg. $50)

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Apple reportedly buys PullString, a voice assistant startup behind enterprise Alexa apps

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:57

Apple has today agreed to buy a San Francisco-based startup Pullstring, according to Axios. The company focuses on designing and publishing voice apps. Such an acquisition could play an important role for Apple as it continues to work on improving Siri, which many believe is far behind the acquisition.

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Economic Daily News: Updated AirPods in production with black color option, launching alongside AirPower in spring

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:27

Chinese media outlet Economic Daily News is reporting that Inventec is already producing a new version of AirPods with a different exterior material for the earbuds and charging case, as well as a black color option.

The report indicates that they will go on sale in the spring alongside the AirPower wireless charging mat. EDN says the new AirPods are expected to boost Inventec’s first quarter earnings, as the publication has a supply chain focus.

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Comical iPhone XR ad shows off Portrait Mode Depth Control: ‘Did you bokeh my child?’

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:36

Apple has today rolled out a new ad titled “Bokeh’d” focused on the computational bokeh effect found on iPhone 7 Plus and later. With newer iPhone generations, users can adjust the amount of bokeh.

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Twitter saves deleted direct messages for years, says security researcher

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:27

A new report from TechCrunch today reveals that Twitter holds on to deleted direct messages for years, in some cases even for accounts that have been suspended or deactivated.

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Comment: With Apple’s March event focused on services, when should we expect hardware updates?

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:55

At the start of the week, you could reasonably guess that Apple might hold its semi-regular spring event to unveil a new 10-inch iPad and smaller iPad mini 5, an updated iPod touch, possibly AirPods 2, and new features in iOS 12.2. Reliable reporting has since adjusted expectations, giving us a rumored event date and a focus on new subscription news and video services in place of any hardware. So when should we expect to see all that rumored hardware if there’s no hardware event?

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Pokémon GO may be forced to change Poké Stops and Gyms in game after lawsuit settlement

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:17

A proposed settlement for Pokémon GO developer Niantic in its class action lawsuit suggests that it could be removing or changing some Poké Stops and Gyms within the game. According to a report from Variety, the proposed settlement was filed on Thursday in a California court. If approved, Pokémon GO will need to remove Poké Stops or Gyms that are on private property.

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Test compares cellular speeds for top iPhone models, difference between the iPhone 5s and XS, more

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:11

A new study from OpenSignal published today looks into the cellular performance of the most popular iPhones going back to 2013. While there’s nothing too surprising in the findings, it does nail down exactly what speeds each model sees, how much owners of older iPhones are missing out, how much iPhone cellular speeds have grown over the years, and a few other interesting details.

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9to5Mac Daily: February 15, 2019

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:41

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.


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Allstate insurance adds iCracked to SquareTrade in bid to offer one-stop shop for tech support/repair

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:35

Nationwide insurance company Allstate has bought smartphone and tablet repair service iCracked. It already owned SquareTrade, which offers both gadget insurance and tech support …

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Apple removed five minerals suppliers in 2018 for failing to pass human rights audits

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:13

Apple’s latest Conflict Minerals Report reveals that it removed five mineral smelters and refiners for failing to meet the company’s human rights standards.

In 2018, Apple directed its suppliers to remove from its supply chain five smelters and refiners not willing to participate in, or complete, a Third Party Audit or that did not otherwise meet Apple’s requirements on the responsible sourcing of minerals …

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Samsung opening Apple Store-like retail outlets in New York, LA and Houston

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:22

Samsung has announced plans to open three US retail stores, in New York, Los Angeles and Houston.

From the company’s description, it sounds like Samsung has modelled them on Apple Stores

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