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iPhone battery replacements delayed as Apple runs out

iPhone battery replacements delayed as Apple runs out

Apple's battery replacement program has run into a stock crisis, with new batteries for some iPhone models unlikely to be available until the start of Q2 2018 in the aftermath of the iOS slowdown controversy. The company had announced it would be cutting the cost of replacing a battery to $29 on select iPhones, after admitting it had added code to iOS that would quietly slow down processing in cases where the device's battery was degraded by age or environmental conditions.

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macOS High Sierra unlocks App Store Preferences with any password

macOS High Sierra unlocks App Store Preferences with any password

Some might say that Apple is getting sloppy with its software updates. It hasn’t even been two months since a severe security-related bug was discovered on macOS High Sierra, another one comes along. Fortunately, it’s not as severe but still worrying. It turns out, you can get access to the App Store’s preferences just by using any password. Fortunately, there is one caveat to this process and Apple already has a fix ready for later this month.

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iPhone slowing prompts Senator Thune to question Apple’s decision

iPhone slowing prompts Senator Thune to question Apple’s decision

Senator John Thune, the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's chairman, has fired off a round of questioning to Apple over its decision to slow older iPhones, according to a leaked document. The issue revolves around Apple's confirmation that it slows older iPhones that have aging lithium-ion batteries, which experience a drop in peak voltage.

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DJI Ronin-S hands-on: One-handed stabilization for DSLR

DJI Ronin-S hands-on: One-handed stabilization for DSLR

The DJI Ronin-S we're looking at right now is going to take some courage to use for several reasons. Not least of these reasons is the fact that you're going to be holding on to a metal rod that is in turn holding on to your very expensive DSRL or mirrorless camera. On the positive side, this equipment comes from DJI, and we have no good reason not to trust it with said very expensive camera.

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DJI Osmo Mobile 2 hands-on: Less Expensive, More Versatile

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 hands-on: Less Expensive, More Versatile

This week we're having a peek at the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, a second-generation smartphone stabilizer for video fanatics. This version of the machine allows the device to be situated either portrait or landscape mode and keeps with the robust nature of the original. This stabilizer also costs far, far less than the original, making it positively affordable for the average $600-$1000 phone buyer.

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iPhone SE 2 glass back and wireless charging tipped, plus early 2018 launch

iPhone SE 2 glass back and wireless charging tipped, plus early 2018 launch

The iPhone SE 2, the rumored successor to the iPhone SE, will feature a glass back, according to a new report. This glass back may be more than a random design choice, instead hinting at a specific, welcomed feature: wireless charging. It's a big change over past rumors regarding the device, which was expected to bring an increase in speed but little else. The addition of a glass back would itself be a big change, and wireless charging would bring it to a whole new level.

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iPhone X wireless charging forces Powermat into Qi’s embrace

iPhone X wireless charging forces Powermat into Qi’s embrace

The iPhone X's embrace of Qi wireless charging has forced Powermat to concede that it would be the likely standard winner. Powermat, which offers its own wireless charging standard along with providing public charging pads integrated into counters and tables in locations like Starbucks, announced this month that it would join the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).

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Wemo Bridge adds HomeKit to smart plugs and switches

Wemo Bridge adds HomeKit to smart plugs and switches

Wemo is adding Apple HomeKit support, with the new Wemo Bridge joining the gap between the iOS smart home system and its remotely-controlled plugs and light switches. Announced last year, Wemo has confirmed today at CES 2018 that the Wemo Bridge is now on sale. It promises easy setup by plugging via ethernet cable into your existing router.

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Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine reportedly leaving company in August

Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine reportedly leaving company in August

When Apple made it's $3 billion purchase of headphone maker Beats in 2014, its founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joined the company as executives, overseeing the Apple Music and Beats 1 audio services. Now it's being reported that Iovine is planning to depart the company in August of this year, the same time that his shares in Apple will fully vest.

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Meltdown, Spectre affect Mac, iOS but there are no known exploits

Meltdown, Spectre affect Mac, iOS but there are no known exploits

The computing industry has just gotten its first security scare of the year and boy is it a big one. Nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, the security vulnerabilities take advantage of how modern processors work on the hardware level, making it a tad difficult to fix without repercussions. Plus, it affects not just in Intel but AMD and even ARM CPUs as well and doesn’t discriminate between operating systems either. So while Macs and iOS devices, often hailed for being very secure, aren’t immune, Apple’s latest bulletin basically says stay calm and keep updated.

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Apple: App Store set new holiday record

Apple: App Store set new holiday record

Apple probably enjoyed the holidays more than you did, announcing a whopping $300m in App Store purchases on New Years Day 2018. The company revealed its blockbuster Christmas and New Year sales today, with $890m spent on apps in the seven days starting from December 24th, Christmas Eve.

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Pokemon GO failed us all

Pokemon GO failed us all

Today I'm going to tell you why Pokemon GO is a game of diminishing returns. At the beginning, Pokemon GO was a great idea. Google creatives made a video showing how augmented reality might make the perfect ecosystem for a worldwide Pokemon game in which monsters could be found wandering a real world. Real battles could be fought, real encounters would happen, and capturing new Pokemon would be super fun. That only sort of happened.

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