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Apple Hit with Patent Lawsuit Over Apple TV ‘What did he say’ Feature

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:01:02 +0000

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Apple TV’s “What did he say” feature just earned Apple a new patent infringement lawsuit. CustomPlay filed the suit claiming Apple copied the feature, but isn’t paying licensing fees.

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The Day Steve Jobs Launched the iPod and Changed Apple Forever

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:27:14 +0000

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The iPod showed Apple that it could be more than just a conventional computer company, and that changed everything.

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The One about Star Wars Stormtroopers Inspiring Jony Ive’s Apple Earpod Design

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:25:58 +0000

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That’s the story according to Star Wars rebooter J.J. Abrams, as revealed in a Wall Street Journal profile of Jony Ive.

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Trent Reznor on Apple, Music, Tech, and Nine Inch Nails

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:25:28 +0000

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Apple Music exeuctive Trent Reznor recently granted a rare(ish) interview to Vulture magazine. Topics covered included Apple, Apple Music, streaming music, tech “stars,” and Nine Inch Nails. It’s a very interesting interview, and Mr. Reznor talks about how the idea of tech rock stars is “bull$%&@,” how the modern culture doesn’t value artists properly (including the music industry), and how having access to all of the music ever made has both good sides and down sides. I’m a big fan of Mr. Reznor (YMMV), and very much enjoyed reading this interview.

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Apple Store App Updated to Allow Purchases Using Touch ID and Better Local iPhone Availability

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:05:21 +0000

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The main difference for payments is that the Apple Store app used to require users to enter their password every time when using credit cards attached to their iTunes account to make a purchase.

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How to Use the iOS 11 iPad App Switcher

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:28:54 +0000

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You may not like it at first, because it’s different, but once you get used to it you’ll wonder why Apple didn’t do it this way in the first place.

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Making Apple Watch a Cell Phone, TSA’s New Electronics Screening – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-27

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:19:52 +0000

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John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not the next Apple Watch will also be a cell phone, plus they talk about the TSA’s new rule requiring separate screening for electronics larger than a cell phone.

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Apple Wants to Responsibly Manage 1 Million Acres of Forest (Video)

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:09:22 +0000

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Apple has a new video in its series of Earth Day cartoons explaining the company’s environmentally-oriented accomplishments. The new one—Can an apple grow a forest?—talks about how a dinner meeting with Senior VP Lisa Jackson led to the decision to buy or grow a forest. The result, according to the video, was an effort to put 1 million acres of forest under responsible management by 2020. “At this point, more than  99% of the papers and fibers we use are responsibly sourced or recycled,” Connie Yang, product and packing design, said. Which is remarkable—all the more so when you’re talking about the world’s most profitable company.

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New Mac Exploits From CIA Vault 7 Published by WikiLeaks

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:33:58 +0000

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The two exploits were meant for OS X Snow Leopard and OS X Lion, so your modern Mac running the latest version of macOS shouldn’t be in danger.

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Build 20 Apps with the Complete iOS 11 and Swift Developer Course: $19

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:19:27 +0000

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Check out the Complete iOS 11 and Swift Developer Course. It features 249 lectures and 34 hours of training content, and you’ll build 20 different apps during the course. You’ll also work with iOS 11, Swift 4, ARKit, MLKit, MusicKit, and the new Depth Photo API. You can get the full course through us for $19.

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TSA Expands Laptop Separate Screening to Electronics Bigger than Cell Phones

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:39:37 +0000

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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration new procedure to keep us safe in the skies means any electronic device larger than a cell phone has to come out of your carry-on bag, just like you’re already doing with your laptop.

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A-ha’s Take On Me Recreated with ARKit is Frakking Awesome

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:25:11 +0000

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Loads of cool videos showing how compelling iOS 11’s ARKit is are popping up and the latest comes from Trixi Studios. They recreated the hand sketched style from the 1980’s A-ha “Take On Me” music video, but instead of working with a series of drawings they let ARKit do the heavy lifting. The result is a real-time version of the video you can walk through and watch as other people switch from themselves into drawings. It’s yet another example of the huge potential in ARKit.

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Foxconn Confirms TV Display Factory Coming to Wisconsin

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:44:30 +0000

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Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn is going to build a factory in Wisconsin to make large LCD panels for televisions.

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SPONSOR: DRmare Lossless M4V Converter for Mac

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:09:04 +0000

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I’m happy to thank DRmare for sponsoring TMO this week with DRmare M4V Converter for Mac. Digital Rights Management (DRM) can make it difficult for you to watch and access your movies when and where you want, and DRmare can make it so your iTunes purchases are available in any media player you choose, including your Plex library, VLC, Infuse, WALTR, and more.

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Stickbox is an iPhone Case with a Built-in Selfie Stick

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:18:56 +0000

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Check out the Stickbox, an iPhone case with a built-in selfie stick. I just took a vacation where I took a ton of photos, and I’d loved to have had one of these for the trip. The selfie stick itself folds into a rectangle that fits in a recessed panel on the back of the case. A hinge on the end allows you to fold your iPhone out for taking pic. There’s a Bluetooth trigger built into the handle for triggering your camera, and the case has a kickstand mode, too. Hey, the whole thing is a clever idea. Originally funded on Kickstarter in 2016, Stickbox is available in Black, White, and Rose through the company’s site and on Amazon for $39.99.

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Peering into the Real Future of AI, AR, VR, and Self-Driving Cars – ACM 421

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:53:35 +0000

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Bryan and Jeff don their futurist hats and explore what they think is the real future of augmented reality, virtual reality, AI, smarthomes, and self-driving cars.

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‘Scheduled’ Helps You Remember to Send Messages

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:52:39 +0000

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Not only does this app remind you to fire off that crucial text message, but it fills everything in for you so all you have to do is tap Send.

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Apple Watch Series 3 Will Have the Most Requested New Feature

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:35:23 +0000

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The Apple Watch has an iconic design, and the Apple Watch Series 3 will likely retain it but offer an important new feature.

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What We Know About Adobe’s Leaked ‘Nimbus’ Cloud Editor

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:12:41 +0000

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We’ve got screenshots, as well as details of how much cloud storage Nimbus users will get. Hint: it’s waaaay bigger than Creative Cloud storage.

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Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 36 with 27 Bug Fixes and Improvements

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:05:54 +0000

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Safari’s tech preview releases are aimed at developers, and are similar to the developer betas for macOS and iOS.

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Flash Finally Dies, Apple’s Hearing Aid MFi Program – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-26

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:56:52 +0000

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Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the official death of Flash, plus they share their thoughts on Apple’s Made for iPhone certification for hearing aids and cochlear implants.

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Are You Taking Siri-on-your-Mac Siri-ously?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:56:56 +0000

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Dr. Mac was suggests that it’s time you acquainted yourself with the joys of Siri-on-your-Mac…

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PDF Expert 2.2 for Mac: $29.99

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:51:08 +0000

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Our deal on PDF Expert 2.2 for Mac, a PDF-editing tool from Readdle, is back. This was the 2015 App of the Year Runner Up in the Mac App Store, and it allows you to edit text, images, links, and outlines in PDFs. You can also fill out forms, annotate, and more. We have it for 50% retail at $29.99.

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Apple Ordered to Pay $506M in University of Wisconsin-Madison Patent Infringement Case

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:11:36 +0000

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Apple has been ordered to pay the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, or WARF, US$506 million for infringing on one of the organization’s patents with the iPhone’s A-series processor design.

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macOS: Use Terminal to Send Help Viewer to the Back

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:15:30 +0000

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The Mac’s Help Viewer window always floats on top of other apps, unless you know Melissa Holt’s trick for making it behave.

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Will the Evolution of Artificial Intelligence Harm Humans? Depends

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:49:02 +0000

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We tend to speak about Artificial Intelligence in terms of the pinnacle of its potential evolution, and that’s a problem.

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Trump Claims 3 Apple Manufacturing Plants Will Come to U.S.

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:07:09 +0000

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President Trump claims in an interview that three Apple manufacturing plants will be built in the United States. Apple declined to comment, although Foxconn is reportedly considering Wisconsin as a plant location.

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iOS 11 Contacts App Icon gets a Little Gender Flexibility

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:27:26 +0000

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iOS 11 Developer Beta 4, and now Public Beta 3, changed the Contacts icon from a notebook with the silhouette of a man to a man and a woman. That’s a subtle detail, but one that people are noticing. The tech world has a strong cis male bias—so much so that women, transgender, and anyone that doesn’t embrace the good-old-boys-club attitude are often ridiculed and harassed—that needs some serious shaking up, so sometimes those little things can be a big deal.

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Find 1Password’s Hidden Log of Past Generated Passwords [Update]

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:08:06 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin recently found this incredibly helpful in recovering a Bitcoin wallet he thought permanently lost, and wants to show others where it is. [Updated with more info.]

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Adobe Officially Kills Flash, Support Ends in 2020

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:49:01 +0000

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I’ve said it before, but this time Adobe is making it official: Flash is dead.

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Apple Releases iOS 11 Public Beta 3

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:15:16 +0000

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iOS 11 Public Beta 3 is a 335.2MB download as an over-the-air (OTA) update on iPad Pro (9.7-inch).

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Apple Releases macOS High Sierra Public Beta 3

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:03:55 +0000

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Apple doesn’t include detailed release notes with the public beta releases, but each release includes bug fixes, tweaks, and new approaches in implementing the many new features in macOS High Sierra.

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Selling Your Roomba Data, WebCrypto Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-25

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:25:37 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on iRobot saying it wants to sell data Roomba robot vacuums collect, plus they look at WebCrypto.

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Final Draft 10: $127.49 with Coupon Code

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:50:34 +0000

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We have a deal on Final Draft 10, screenwriting software for Mac and Windows. Features include Story Map, Beat Board, collaborative capabilities, and much more. We have it for $149.99 in our deal site, which is already 40% off, but we also have a 15% coupon code for you that brings it down to $127.49. Enter coupon code FINALDRAFT15 at checkout to get the discount.

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Apple TV Universal Search Adds Discovery Life, More

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:22:53 +0000

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Apple TV’s Universal Search feature is inching closer to being an actual universal search now that Discovery Life GO, as well as a few other content providers, are on board.

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iClever IC-HS20 Gaming Headset Hands-on Review

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:07:30 +0000

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It’s inexpensive, but it certainly isn’t cheap.

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macOS: Turning on Your Firmware Password

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:58:26 +0000

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FileVault protects your Mac’s data from prying eyes, and a firmware password helps protect your computer. Melissa Holt shows how the feature works.

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Construction Site Progress at 5th Avenue Apple Store in NYC

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:15:11 +0000

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The underground 5th Avenue Apple store has been closed for renovation/reconstruction, and we have photographs of the major construction taking place at the location.

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Learn More About Folder Notifications With 3D Touch

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:03:46 +0000

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You can quickly and easily find out which apps you need to respond to.

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On Working For, Then Leaving Apple

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:15:18 +0000

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For some, the obsession is to work for Apple; for some others who’ve done that, the goal is to move on.

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TMO Background Mode Interview with Author, Photographer and Pilot Maria Langer

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:24:00 +0000

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Maria Langer is legendary for the 85 books she’s written about computers from 1991 to 2012. That was merely the middle part of her career. Maria started her career with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hofstra University. After a few stints as a financial analyst and auditor, she decided to dump the 9-to-5 grind and delved into writing computer books. Basically, if you wanted to learn anything about computers in those days, you read her stuff. Around 2011, that came to an end, and so, inspired by a childhood ride, she started helicopter pilot lessons. Today, she owns her own helicopter and tour business, working out of both Arizona and Washington. Maria and I are both aviation enthusiasts, geeked out about aircraft in our chat, and Maria tells some interesting stories about flying choppers.

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Bob LeVitus Doesn’t Want You Buying the Paperback of Working Smarter for Mac Users

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:12:15 +0000

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So my old friend Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus made a paperback version of Working Smarter for Mac Users, but he doesn’t want you to buy it. Weird, right? He has his reasons, though, and he made a video (with some cheesy help from yours truly) explaining why. Check it out. And if you haven’t already checked out Working Smarter for Mac Users, you should. I edited this book, and it’s amazeballs. It’s chock full of both Mac productivity tips and Dr. Mac’s techniques for overcoming procrastination. But unlike other productivity systems I’ve read, Bob’s focus is less about “do these things” than it is, “here are different things to try, and here’s how to think about them so you can pick what works for you.” It’s on Amazon ($19.99 Kindle, $29.99 Paperback), iBooks ($19.99), or direct from Bob (where’s a coupon code at the bottom of the page). In the meanwhile, enjoy Bob’s video!

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macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 4 Rolls Out

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:47:47 +0000

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Along with iOS 11 developer beta 4, Apple released macOS High Sierra developer beta 4 on Monday.

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Apple Chip Supply Speeds Up, While Non-Apple Supply Slows Down

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:43:48 +0000

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It seems as if smartphone manufacturers are holding off their endeavors until Apple releases the iPhone 8 later this fall.

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Apple Releases iOS 11 Developer Beta 4 for iPhone, iPad

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:27:52 +0000

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Apple released iOS 11 developer beta 4 on Monday for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Siri, Just a Poor Assistant – an Homage to Queen [Video]

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:57:27 +0000

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Siri, reciting a snippet of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody after being asked, “Hey, Siri. I see a little silhouetto of a man.” A tip o’ the hat to Guy Serle, who first alerted me to this on Twitter.

 

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Net Neutrality Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-24

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:26:41 +0000

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Net Neutrality can be a tough concept to wrap your head around so Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to help explain what it is and why it matters.

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10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable 3-Pack: $16.99

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:55:22 +0000

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Our deal for a 3-pack of 10-foot MFi-Certified Lightning cables for $16.99 is back. Easy peasy.

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JCPenney Credit Card Adds Apple Pay Support

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:48:10 +0000

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Attention JCPenney shoppers: the department store retailer just added Apple Pay support to the JCPenney credit card.

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Apple Buying Gear to Make its Own OLED Panels

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:52:55 +0000

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Apple seems to be working to cut its reliance on Samsung for OLED panels even before they start showing up in new iPhones.

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