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iPhone battery replacement taking too long? OfficeMax & Office Depot can help for $28

2018-01-12 22:57:26

Office supply and electronics retailer OfficeMax/Office Depot have just cut their aftermarket battery replacement pricing to $28, just enough to undercut Apple by a buck.

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Apple hypes iPhone X Portrait Lighting photography in ‘A New Light’ ad

2018-01-12 22:22:03

Apple is promoting the iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting photography features in its latest 30+ second ad spot released today. The clip includes examples of each Portrait Mode lighting effect in action with tons of examples of Portrait Mode shots from the iPhone X.

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Review: Garmin Speak adds Alexa to the car with navigation cues, but expect limitations

2018-01-12 22:03:09

In the run-up to the HomePod’s delayed release, I’ve been experimenting heavily with Amazon Alexa in various forms. While Alexa is most present at home where I’ve placed Echo Dots throughout my house for controlling lights, I’ve also tried Alexa in the car using Garmin Speak which is a dash-mounted GPS with Amazon’s voice assistant built-in.

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9to5Rewards: Win HyperDrive USB-C hubs for MacBook/Pro + 20% off deal

2018-01-12 20:06:59

This week for 9to5Rewards, we’ve partnered with our CES coverage sponsor Hyper to give away two HyperDrive USB-C hubs for MacBook or MacBook Pro. For a limited time, the company is also offering 9to5 readers an exclusive 20% off all of the its current USB-C hubs with promo code 9to5mac. 

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Review: Beam Authentic is a fun OLED smart button to display images, GIFs and slideshows

2018-01-12 19:25:00

When Beam announced its app-controlled OLED smart button last month, it struck me as a fun – if relatively pricy – idea.

What you get is a modern-day take on a button which you can wear on clothing or attach to a bag. Instead of a fixed message on metal, you get a 400×400 pixel AMOLED screen on which you can display anything you like …

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LXORY releases sharp USB-C/Lightning powered Qi dual wireless charger for iPhone

2018-01-12 19:08:50

A new sleek looking Qi dual wireless charger for iPhone X and 8 is now available from LXORY. The new charger not only offers a clean black aesthetic, but also flexibility and convenience at a great price.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Best Buy 2-Day Tech Sale, OtterBox iPhone X Cases $22, Kensington MacBook Backpack $30, more

2018-01-12 18:30:02

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Pokémon GO launching monthly Community Day for Trainers

2018-01-12 17:32:01

Niantic is still cracking away at its AR-hit game Pokémon GO with a new series of events called Community Day. These events will be scheduled once a month around the world and aim to bring Trainers, or Pokémon GO players, together with special perks.

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Opinion: At CES 2018, third-parties are waiting for Apple to make the next move

2018-01-12 16:52:17

January’s annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas can be thought of as a technology forecast for the upcoming year. As 2018’s convention comes to a close today, thousands of companies and attendees head home armed with insights that will shape the future of the industry.

As you may know, Apple never attends CES in a public capacity, but has significant influence on the products on display. Touring the show floor and observing the sights and sounds of CES, one theme in particular stood out to me: anticipation. A silent impatience filled the air, an invisible twiddling of thumbs. It feels like everyone is waiting on Apple.

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Apple reportedly met with augmented reality component makers at CES as Apple AR headset rumors continue

2018-01-12 16:26:32

Bloomberg reports that representatives from Apple held meetings with suppliers of parts for augmented reality devices at CES 2018. The company is believed to be working on an AR headset of its own, with an approximate 2019 release timeframe.

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Screenplay for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ written on dedicated, air-gapped MacBook Air to prevent leaks

2018-01-12 13:57:11

Rian Johnson, writer and director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has revealed the steps he took to guard against the risk of the screenplay being leaked online.

To protect against hackers, Johnson said that he wrote the screenplay on a dedicated, air-gapped MacBook Air …

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Mac shipments up 7.3% year-on-year, reports IDC, despite a tough U.S. market

2018-01-12 13:34:37

Mac shipments in Q4 2014 were up 7.3% year-on-year, according to IDC data. Apple substantially outperformed the PC market as a whole, which grew by just 0.7%.

The growth saw Apple boost its market share from 7.7% in Q4 2016 to 8.2% in the same quarter last year …

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Sharp and LG Display gearing up to compete for Apple OLED orders, says report

2018-01-12 13:00:48

Both Foxconn-owned Sharp and Japan Display are gearing up to compete with Samsung and LG for Apple orders for OLED screens, say supply-chain sources …

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Apple highlighting subscription apps w/ free trials in new App Store section

2018-01-12 03:59:34

As it continues to showcase new types of content in the App Store, Apple has recently started highlighting popular subscription applications with free trials. The new section is located under the “Apps” section in the App Store and aptly titled “Try It For Free.”

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CarPlay will soon have AM/FM integration with Gracenote

2018-01-12 03:18:15

One long-standing criticism of Apple’s CarPlay system is the lack of support for traditional AM/FM radio. At CES 2018, however, media indexing company Gracenote is aiming to fill that void…

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Waze announces in-car mapping for iOS users w/ Ford Sync 3

2018-01-12 02:12:13

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Waze announced that it is bringing its popular crowd-sourced navigation platform to select Ford vehicles with SmartDeviceLink and iOS….

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Facebook announces major News Feed overhaul w/ more content from friends & less from Pages

2018-01-12 01:51:18

Facebook has announced a significant overhaul of its News Feed that it says will help in “bringing people closer together.” The update, detailed in a blog post, will rollout over the next few months…

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Apple shares revised iOS Security Guide w/ details on Face ID, Apple Pay Cash, more

2018-01-12 01:31:59

Apple today has shared a revised version of its iOS Security Guide, dated January 2018. The new document, which comes in at 78 pages long includes new details on Apple Pay Cash, Face ID, and more…

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