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iPad Pro Smart Keyboard gets free repairs for three years

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard gets free repairs for three years

There are two things that really define an iPad Pro: the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. Without these, they are basically just more powerful iPads. So when one of the two starts acting up for quite a number of users, you can bet there's some trouble brewing. To prevent a potential backlash and PR nightmare, Apple has supposedly circulated an internal memo that instructs staff and service centers to allow for free repairs of the Smart Keyboards for up to three years from its purchase.

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Popular DVD-ripping app HandBrake hacked to carry malware

Popular DVD-ripping app HandBrake hacked to carry malware

As if it weren't already difficult enough to steer clear of suspicious downloaded programs, some hackers have managed to infiltrate even legitimate sources of software to turn them into sources of malware. That was the case last week when it was discovered that HandBrake, a popular open source DVD-ripping and transcoding program, was carrying and installing the OSX.Proton malware through no fault of HandBrake itself. It's all because someone managed to hack HandBrake's website and replace a legit copy of the program with an infected one.

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Apple Maps street imagery vans expand to more US areas

Apple Maps street imagery vans expand to more US areas

For a few years now we've heard about Apple deploying vans outfitted with camera equipment around the country to collect street-level imagery. While we'll have to continue to wait to see if this data will play a part in the company's autonomous car platform efforts, in the meantime it's surely going to use by improving Apple's own Maps service.

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Apple VP shares thoughts on voice-powered speakers with screens

Apple VP shares thoughts on voice-powered speakers with screens

In a recent interview with Apple's Phil Schiller, the SVP of Worldwide Marketing shared some thoughts on the state of voice assistant-powered home speakers and how they could be improved by screens, possibly hinting at Cupertino's own debut of a device to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices. There have been rumors for weeks now about Apple unveiling a Siri-powered connected speaker at WWDC in June, and Schiller's comments seems to indicate that the company has been thinking about a device for some time now.

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Amazon Prime Video app could come to Apple TV after all

Amazon Prime Video app could come to Apple TV after all

Currently, there isn't really an easy way to watch content from Amazon Prime on your Apple TV without resorting to using AirPlay with another Apple device. Amazon's Prime Video app is notably not available for Apple TV, which is a casualty of both companies' desires to be the go-to video streaming service for customers. A new rumor claims that this could be changing soon, as Apple and Amazon have apparently put their differences aside.

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Tablet shipments declined for the tenth quarter in a row, says IDC

Tablet shipments declined for the tenth quarter in a row, says IDC

PCs may have finally caught a break in the first quarter of 2017, but the same can't be said of tablets. At least, that's the depressing (for tablets) picture that IDC is painting. As of Q1 2017, the tablet market has only shipped 36.2 million, a year-over-year drop of 8.5%. More than just the disappointing numbers, this marks the tenth quarter that tablet numbers have been sinking. Which means that tablets have started to wane for more than two years now.

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Apple is now a better wearable seller than Fitbit [Updated]

Apple is now a better wearable seller than Fitbit [Updated]

This just isn't Fitbit's year. It is believed to be in some financial crisis, or at least will soon be. The situation was dire enough for Fitbit to considering jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, which is already rumored to be delayed. And to add insult to injury, Strategy Analytics released numbers showing that Fitbit is no longer the top dog when it comes to wearables. It isn't even second dog, with both Apple and Xiaomi overtaking it.

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Houzz app uses augmented reality to let users preview furniture in their home

Houzz app uses augmented reality to let users preview furniture in their home

Shopping online has become increasingly popular, but only for certain things. Buying clothing and furniture online remains difficult for various reasons; when it comes for furniture, knowing how it'll look in your home is half the battle. Houzz has released a new app feature to address that, one that leverages augmented reality to let prospective buyers 'see' a particular item in their home in real time. This feature differs from the previously launched one that put 2D furniture in photos of users' homes.

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Apple’s paper bag patent granted

Apple’s paper bag patent granted

Back in July of 2016, Apple filed a patent for a paper bag - here in May of 2017, Apple has been granted that patent. Invented by an impressive 22 people and filed for a term of 15 years, Apple now owns the ornamental design for the bag that Apple products come in when sold by Apple Stores. This is the sort of bag that customers feel guilty about throwing away, it's made so extremely well and designed so nicely.

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Apple’s Q2 2017 revenue is up despite a slump in iPhone sales

Apple’s Q2 2017 revenue is up despite a slump in iPhone sales

Apple has announced its second quarter financial results, and in it we see a surprising decrease in iPhone sales. Overall, the company reported iPhone sales totaling in at 50.76 million during the year's second quarter, a slight drop, relatively speaking, from last year's 51.19 million units. The figure ultimately falls short of analysts estimates, and may be largely due to the fabled 'iPhone 8' and its huge array of rumored features.

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AT&T Unlimited iPad data plan (grandfathered) customers will soon be throttled

AT&T Unlimited iPad data plan (grandfathered) customers will soon be throttled

iPad owners on AT&T's related unlimited data plan -- the ones who are grandfathered in, that is -- are on the receiving end of some disappointing emails. The carrier has notified these customers about a change to the plan that will result in throttling once 22GB are used. The throttling will go into effect starting on May 24, and it will only take place during 'periods of network congestion,' according to AT&T.

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Some big names quietly called time on their Apple Watch apps

Some big names quietly called time on their Apple Watch apps

High profile mobile apps have been quietly dropping support for Apple Watch, reigniting questions about just what the main point of wearable tech is. The smartwatch most recently spawned a new, NikeLab version, with an updated strap and a focus on fitness. Indeed, Apple billed most of its improvements in the Apple Watch Series 2 as being around health. Question is, are people using their Apple Watch for anything else?

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