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Review: Anker Soundbuds Surge In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

2017-11-21T18:30:00+00:00

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Just a little while ago, we reviewed the Anker Soundbuds Slim — a highly recommendable, highly-affordable Bluetooth headphone designed for sport. Anker recently sent us the Soundbuds Surge, a refresh of the Slim. The Surge has more similarities to its predecessor than differences, making it just as easy to recommend.{/exp:char_limit}



News: Report sheds light on slow development, various prototypes of HomePod

2017-11-21T17:37:00+00:00

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A new report from Bloomberg claims Apple’s HomePod project began long before the appearance of Amazon’s Echo, but that the endeavor underwent false starts, cancellations and multiple redesigns to get to the product Apple expects to release next year. Sources close to the development said Apple was blindsided by the appearance of the Echo after spending two years developing its own similar product. As executives struggled to figure out…



News: Apple admits that student interns in China worked illegal overtime on iPhone X assembly line

2017-11-21T16:12:00+00:00

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Six high school students said they “routinely work 11-hour days assembling the iPhone X at a factory in Zhengzhou” despite that type of workday being illegal for student interns under Chinese law, The Financial Times reports. The six claim they’re only a few of the 3,000 students sent from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School to work at the local Foxconn factory in September. They were all told the three-month stint on the assembly…



News: Apple drops Skype from China’s App Store at government’s request

2017-11-21T15:12:00+00:00

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Apple has confirmed that Skype — one of the last foreign-operated methods for online communication inside China — has been pulled from the App Store at the request of the Chinese government, The New York Times reports. Chinese users have been complaining they were suddenly unable to use Apple’s systems to pay for Skype services. “We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps…



News: Daily Deal: Droplr Pro Lifetime License

2017-11-21T14:00:00+00:00

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In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get a Lifetime License to Droplr Pro for only $29.99 — that’s 98% off the regular price. This handy tool and cloud service helps you take the struggle out of digital collaboration by letting you easily share your files with anyone, anywhere — simply drag a file to the Droplr icon on your desktop or hit the short cut, and it gets automatically uploaded to a cloud server where you can share it with anybody…



Review: Yevo 1 True Wireless Headphones

2017-11-20T19:39:00+00:00

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The age of the "true wireless" earbuds started early last year, with the Bragi Dash — an ambitious but ultimately disappointing first step into an entirely new headphone form factor. Though we don't think this type of headphone has found its foothold yet in the consumer market, it is encouraging to see that many brands — including big ones like Samsung and Sony — are still trying to make true wireless headphones happen. This week we're trying the newest offering from from Yevo, called the Yevo 1. After living with them for a few weeks we find that, though the Yevo 1 hasn't solved all the challenges faced by a true wireless headphone, its clean look and sound make it a decent option for those willing to spend some extra money for a wire-free experience.{/exp:char_limit}



News: Apple warns developers that watchOS apps need to be native by April 1

2017-11-20T17:30:00+00:00

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In a blog post, Apple has warned developers that all watchOS apps need to be native apps by April 1. Apple will no longer be accepting updates to watchOS 1 apps after that date, meaning all submissions will have to be built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later, and new apps “should be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later.” It appears that existing non-native apps will likely still remain on the App Store after April 1, 2018, however developers…



News: FBI served search warrant to unlock Texas shooter’s iPhone

2017-11-20T17:07:00+00:00

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After trying and failing to compel Apple to unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone, the FBI has issued a new search warrant to the company asking for help unlocking Texas church gunman Devin Kelley’s iPhone, mySA reports. The warrant requests “files stored on Kelley’s iPhone, a second mobile phone found near his body and for files stored in Kelley’s iCloud account.” Court records show Kelley had an iPhone SE…



News: Apple looking to Intel for 5G modems as fight with Qualcomm continues

2017-11-20T16:31:00+00:00

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As Apple slugs it out in court with longtime modem supplier Qualcomm, the company is cooperating with Intel to prepare its devices for the switch to 5G technology, Fast Company reports. Qualcomm’s current 5G chips offer more specialized features, but a source said since many of those features won’t be widely adopted by carriers it’s likely Intel’s 5G modem will be more than sufficient for future iPhones. The source claims Intel…



News: Apple reportedly integrating streaming sports into TV app next month

2017-11-20T16:06:00+00:00

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Apple’s TV app is set to gain live streaming sports from ESPN next month, 9to5Mac reports. A source from a “major sports network” confirmed the launch date, claiming the update will arrive as part of iOS 11.2 on or around December 4, as well as being enabled on tvOS 11.2 at the same time. The app will gain live games from ESPN along with live scores and game clocks in a single interface. The app also includes the ability to receive…



News: HomePod release delayed until 2018

2017-11-20T15:32:00+00:00

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After promising a December release, Apple has pushed that back to next year, 9to5Mac reports. In a statement confirming the delay, Apple said, “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers.” The statement only said “early 2018” for a release date, and it’s far from the first time Apple has delayed…



News: iOS 11.1.2 update released, fixing cold temperature problem with iPhone X screen

2017-11-20T15:00:00+00:00

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Apple has released the iOS 11.1.2 update, which contains a fix for the iPhone X’s screen becoming unbresponsive in cold weather. The update also fixes distortion problems in Live Photos and videos recorded by the iPhone X along with other minor bug fixes....



News: Daily Deal: Windscribe VPN Sale

2017-11-20T14:00:00+00:00

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Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering a sale on subscriptions to Windscribe VPN, with coupon codes providing our readers with even further discounts. You can get a one-year subscription for $9.99 with the coupon code windscribesd50, a three-year subscription for $19.99 with code windscribesd11, a five-year subscription for $29.99 using the code windscribesd25 or a lifetime subscription for $39.99 with the code windscribesd20. Windscribe goes…



iLounge Best of the Year Awards 2017

2017-11-17T19:00:00+00:00

Welcome to iLounge's Best of the Year Awards for 2017! Our team of editors have once again gone through the products we've covered during the past year, highlighting our favorites in a number of categories. Our selections this year were made based on any products we covered — and any apps we used — from Nov. 1, 2016 to Nov. 15, 2017. This year, we have products across 17 different categories, with the usual changes based on what we've seen on…



News: Daily Deal: Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac, Lifetime License

2017-11-17T14:00:00+00:00

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Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up a lifetime license for Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac for only $34.99 — that’s 70% off the regular price. Disk Drill Pro makes it easy to recover documents, music, photos, videos, or even whole partitions that have gone missing from your computer, and with only a single push of a button, Disk Drill can ferret out and recover over 200 types of files on your computer. You can even recover deleted files from…



Review: RHA T20i In-Ear Headphones

2017-11-16T16:25:00+00:00

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It's okay to own multiple headphones. Unless you listen to only one type of music, you will probably find that there are very few headphones that pair well with all genres of music — to us, that's enough to justify owning multiple headphones at any given time. When considering the sound of a headphone, we try to keep in mind that there is no "best" sound signature — each headphone is tuned to target users with particular listening preferences. This week, RHA turns that all on its head with the T20i, a high-quality IEM that uniquely allows the user to adjust its sound. We think they're excellent. {/exp:char_limit}



News: Daily Deal: BauBax Windbreaker

2017-11-16T14:00:00+00:00

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In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the BauBax Windbreaker for only $109.99 — that’s 56% off the regular price. Billed as The World’s Best Travel Windbreaker for Men, Baubax raised $9 million on Kickstarter and is now available for purchase. This may just be the smartest jacket you’ll ever own, combining an all-weather water-repellant jacket with a built-in neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, and microfibre cloth as…



News: Coach releasing new Apple Watch bands for fall

2017-11-15T17:47:00+00:00

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Coach is releasing limited quantities of new Apple Watch bands for fall, Haute Ecriture reports. Some of the old bands have been renamed and new bands are available in colors like heather grey, melon, beige and a brown with darker patches to mimic a camo look. Many of the bands also feature embroidered embellishments, like stars, a leaping shark and a penguin holding a martini glass. The bands retail for $150-$175, but some are only available for…



News: International Trade Commission investigating patent infringement claims against Apple

2017-11-15T17:13:00+00:00

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The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating patent infringement claims against Apple, Reuters reports. This particular inquiry stems from complaints made by Aqua Connect Inc and Strategic Technology Partners over technology used in iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple TVs and Macs. The USITC is also currently conducting a separate investigation into Qualcomm’s claims that Apple devices violate its patents, on of many fronts in Apple’s ongoing…



News: Apple to help design anti-spam app to end stalemate with Indian regulators

2017-11-15T16:15:00+00:00

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After refusing to allow India’s anti-spam app onto the App Store over privacy concerns, Apple is going to provide “limited help” to the Indian government to develop a suitable substitute for iOS, Reuters reports. Apple’s refusal to approve the Telecom Regulatory Authority’s app has drawn the ire of the TRAI at a very inconvenient time for the company, which is trying to expand its presence in India’s massive smartphone…