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Apple HomePod gets FCC approval, expected to launch soon

Apple HomePod gets FCC approval, expected to launch soon

For those waiting to get their hands on Apple's upcoming HomePod, the wait appears to soon be over. The Siri-powered smart speaker was delayed from its original release last fall to sometime in "early 2018," but the device was recently granted approval by the FCC for sale in the US. There's still no solid launch date, however, but the approval means the HomePod could soon be challenging the Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers for users' living rooms.

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Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Remember how Apple just got in trouble for deliberately slowing down old iPhones? Samsung was just called out for the same thing. Antitrust authorities are now investigating both Samsung and Apple for their part in "unfair commercial practices." More specifically, Samsung and Apple now part of two separate proceedings for "exploiting the shortcomings of some components to reduce the performance of their products over time and induce consumers to purchase new versions of the same."

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Apple, Samsung face antitrust probe in Italy over planned obsolescence claims

Apple, Samsung face antitrust probe in Italy over planned obsolescence claims

Apple's confirmation that it slows older iPhones with aging lithium-ion batteries kicked off a round of severe criticism around the world, with many tossing around accusations of planned obsolescence, among other things. Following that is a new probe opened by Italy's antitrust authority involving both Apple and Samsung. According to the organization, user complaints spurred the probe.

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The app Apple just un-blocked

The app Apple just un-blocked

Apple just un-blocked an app by the name of Wehe this afternoon after a second round of screening. Earlier in the day, several sources reported that the app had been blocked and that Apple hadn't made clear the reasons why. Since then, the Wehe app was returned to the app store for all iOS devices. Meanwhile the Android version of the app had no such trouble in its listing on Google Play.

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Comcast Xfinity Mobile BYOD launches for some iPhones

Comcast Xfinity Mobile BYOD launches for some iPhones

Comcast just announced a big change to its Xfinity Mobile MVNO service, which allows its customers to get mobile service through the company via Verizon's network and Comcast WiFi hotspots. Today the company announced that, finally, it allows customers to bring their own device. There's a big limitation with Xfinity Mobile's BYOD service for now, though: it only accepts iPhones.

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Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 puts AI in your mouth

Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 puts AI in your mouth

AI is everywhere but, in almost all cases, they are located outside or at least on your body. Smart speakers are left inside rooms and smartwatches stay on your wrist. But a new smart device that’s available exclusively in Apple Stores applies AI inside your body. Don’t worry, it’s not invasive, at least not in the “skin-piercing” sense. This new Colgate smart toothbrush uses a bit of artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing to analyze your mouth and your brushing method and tell you how to brush your teeth better.

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iPhone battery throttling can be disabled soon, says Tim Cook

iPhone battery throttling can be disabled soon, says Tim Cook

Apple has received a lot of flak over how it silently started to throttle the performance of iPhones with older batteries. While its reasons were technically sound, its communication could have been better. The company has bent over backwards to appease the masses, though not governments, and it apparently isn’t done yet. In an interview with ABC News, CEO Tim Cook reveals that in a future update, users will be able to turn off the performance throttling if they want to, something uncharacteristic of Apple’s user experience philosophy.

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Apple announces another campus, promises 20,000 new jobs for US

Apple announces another campus, promises 20,000 new jobs for US

Today, Apple announced its plans to accelerate investment in the US economy, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars over the next five years. This investment will take a number of forms, from working on growing its own business to investing in suppliers around the US and even paying a massive tax bill as it looks to repatriate money held overseas. In all, Apple says its contribution to the US economy will total out to $350 billion.

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iPhone 11 rumored design could crash Apple brand power forever

iPhone 11 rumored design could crash Apple brand power forever

Apple may be working with LG Innotek to implement quintessential industrial design changes in the iPhone or iPhones this year. While last year Apple released three iPhone models, this year may be a year of convergence. If what we're hearing out of South Korea is accurate, Apple may also be doing away with its most recognizable features on all iPhone devices altogether.

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Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Gone are the days when instant messaging pranks simply involved clicking on links that would take you to some scary, funny, or shocking image or video. These days, a prank can cause your messaging app or, worse, your phone, to crash and restart, sometimes repeatedly. That has exactly been the case with Apple’s Messages app, for both iOS and macOS, which has, time and again, been vulnerable to such bugs. The latest one, nicknamed “chaiOS” is at least less destructive but still very disruptive.

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Toyota CarPlay support arrives in 2019 Avalon

Toyota CarPlay support arrives in 2019 Avalon

Toyota has finally embraced Apple CarPlay, announcing that the 2019 Toyota Avalon will feature the smartphone-powered infotainment system as standard. The car, unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, features the automaker's newest Entune 3.0 infotainment platform, including the Toyota Connected Services. However, for iPhone owners what'll be most exciting is covering up Entune altogether.

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Apple said to have met with AR suppliers at CES 2018

Apple said to have met with AR suppliers at CES 2018

CES 2018 has come and gone now, and while Apple doesn't have an official presence at the event it appears Cupertino was in attendance to meet with suppliers. It's been rumored for some time now that Apple is working on an augmented reality device, most likely glasses or a headset, and a new report indicates the company met with several AR component suppliers.

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