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Apple begins 13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program

Apple begins 13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program

Owners of Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro model will want to take notice of a new servicing program the company launched on Friday: certain models of the laptop qualify for a free battery replacement after Apple discovered an issue that can result in the device's battery to expand, a problem sometimes seen in phones and smartwatches. Fortunately only a small number of MacBook Pros are affected, specifically the 13-inch model without a Touch Bar.

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Galaxy Note 9: If this is it, it’s the new boss

Galaxy Note 9: If this is it, it’s the new boss

Analyzing the Galaxy Note 9 is like seeing the culmination of a year's worth of best phone concepts. It's like seeing what every other smartphone was trying to achieve, and Samsung crowning their efforts. Each year when the Samsung Galaxy Note series arrives, it's like Samsung was just sitting back waiting for everyone else to try to make something as uniquely all-encompassing and fulfilling, specs, price, and all that goodness.

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LG’s OLED production woes are bad news for Apple

LG’s OLED production woes are bad news for Apple

Last year's iPhone X was the first OLED phone Apple ever released, and rumors claim that this year, the company is looking to release two more iPhones with OLED displays. Obviously, this second device means that Apple is going to need a lot more OLED panels, and as such, it's been looking to diversify its screen suppliers. Thus far, Apple has only relied on Samsung for its OLED panels, but for 2018, it's also been trying to bring LG Display on as well.

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Chat is Google’s industry-backed answer to Apple iMessage

Chat is Google’s industry-backed answer to Apple iMessage

Google's communication services are a mess, and that's describing it nicely. It has made multiple attempts, some of which continue to exist independently, to offer the best messaging platform ever. Almost all of those have failed miserably. Why can't Google just make a straight out iMessage clone? Well, it could but it's choosing not to do so. Instead, it is trying to push for a more industry-supported messaging standard that it will simply be calling "Chat". Not "Google Chat", just "Chat".

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Tim Cook: macOS, iOS merge is not what users want

Tim Cook: macOS, iOS merge is not what users want

There seems to be a unification trend among some of the biggest platform makers. Microsoft is pushing one Windows 10 to rule them all, albeit in multiple, sometimes inconsistent forms. Google seems to be grooming Chrome OS to accommodate not just Android but other OS as well. Not to mention Fuchsia OS that's still in incubation. Bucking that trend, however, is Apple, whose macOS and iOS remain separate and largely independent. And that's going to stay that way as far as CEO Tim Cook is concerned, because, according to him, it is not what users want.

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This is the (new) Apple robot that recycles your iPhone

This is the (new) Apple robot that recycles your iPhone

Apple just revealed their new robot made for taking your iPhone apart, piece by piece. This is a new version of the robot introduced in 2011 that had a very similar task. That 2016 robot was called Liam, and this new robot is called Daisy. This version of the iPhone-take-apart robot isn't just a recycler, it's made of recycled parts - actually cannibalized parts from Liam.

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Samsung’s next Galaxy could be a radical departure from iPhone X

Samsung’s next Galaxy could be a radical departure from iPhone X

We've been tracking the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and now the Galaxy Note 9 too - but what comes next? Is it worth the wait to skip over the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 altogether? Today we're having a peek at some clues that suggest Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone might be the most radical departure from their biggest rival - Apple's iPhone X - since the two companies began warring.

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6.1-inch LCD iPhone to have budget price, dual SIM variant

6.1-inch LCD iPhone to have budget price, dual SIM variant

It seems that Apple will be changing course when it comes to its marketing strategy for this year's iPhones. With the iPhone X last year, it went with a higher price tag that was meant to offset the low sales numbers. If KGI Securities' famed Ming-Chi Kuo is correct, however, Apple might be going for mass appeal this time around. That not only includes a wallet-friendly iPhone with an LCD screen but also, for the first time ever, a dual SIM, dual standby (DSDS) iPhone.

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Facebook’s making chips! Or at least researching silicon

Facebook’s making chips! Or at least researching silicon

Rumor has it Facebook is aiming to create their own semiconductors in the near future. That's chips, processors - the things in your smartphone that make it able to think. If Facebook did indeed take up arms to create chips, they'd be going up against competition like Samsung, Qualcomm, AMD, Intel, and a few more that'll be getting into the game soon - think Apple.

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Apple Watch now unlocks doors (with August Smart Lock)

Apple Watch now unlocks doors (with August Smart Lock)

The folks behind the August Smart Lock revealed a new feature Wednesday that allowed users to unlock their door with an Apple Watch. This app update for August Smart Locks does not require an iPhone nearby when the unlock switch is tapped. "The all-new native August Apple Watch app lets house 'Owners' with any generation of our August Smart Lock and any Apple Watch control their lock, without needing to carry their iPhone."

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iPhone SE 2 release might be just around the corner

iPhone SE 2 release might be just around the corner

For a lot of people, the iPhone SE was a refreshing reprieve from the increasing screen size of mainline iPhones. At a time when it was becoming clear that larger iPhones were here to stay, Apple threw small phone lovers a bone by launching the 5-inch SE. Though Apple doesn't share iPhone sales numbers, it seems that the iPhone SE was a success, and today there might be some good news for folks who are hankering for a follow up.

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Apple made 86% of ALL phone profits in Q4 2017: A few fast facts

Apple made 86% of ALL phone profits in Q4 2017: A few fast facts

Let it not be said that Apple doesn't know how to turn a profit. In the fourth quarter of 2017, iPhone X accounted for 35% of handset profit share worldwide. Thats more than a third of the profit generated in the entire world by mobile phone sales - all for iPhone X. One must go down to the 6th spot on the topmost smartphone model profit share chart to find a device not made by Apple.

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