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Apple’s WWDC 2018 expected to fall on June 4-8

Apple’s WWDC 2018 expected to fall on June 4-8

2018 is now in full-swing, and for those who follow Apple it means it's time to start looking forward to this year's Worldwide Developers Conference. It's a huge event for Apple, where it introduces some of the big new upcoming features coming to its numerous platforms, not only for the company's customers but for developers in the Apple-ecosystem as well. WWDC has been held in June for some time now, and now we can narrow down the likely dates.

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Twitter for Mac officially discontinued: here are alternatives

Twitter for Mac officially discontinued: here are alternatives

Twitter's Mac software has never been great; it's 1.5-star rating in the App Store underscores that fact. Rather than putting in the effort to improve it, Twitter has decided to discontinue the software entirely. The company announced its plans in a tweet, saying that the app is no longer available to new users, but existing users have a grace period.

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Snapchat update isn’t going away, unless…

Snapchat update isn’t going away, unless…

Over the past week, Snapchat's been the subject of quite a bit of ire from the likes of teens across the planet. There've been hashtags, social media campaigns, memes, and even some rather official petitions with thousands of signatures. But only one thing can actually be done to change Snapchat's mind. Just one.

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Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren’t friends

Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren’t friends

Apple is discovering that sleek architecture doesn't necessarily play nicely with health & safety, after multiple reported cases of Apple Park staff walking into glass doors and windows. The facility, colloquially known as "the spaceship" for its unusual ring-like shape, has only just begun accommodating staff, having seen its opening delayed after construction took longer than expected.

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iPhone sales are now worth more than every other phone combined

iPhone sales are now worth more than every other phone combined

Apple took 51% of the revenue in the smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2017. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple dominated the market, accounting for the most massive revenue in smartphone sales compared to every other company, worldwide. Much like Apple's reports of its own sales, the number of units sold is going down at the same time as revenue is going up - industry-wide.

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iPhone X 2018 could get a big notch change

iPhone X 2018 could get a big notch change

The rumored second-generation iPhone X may feature a refined TrueDepth system that'll allow for a smaller notch, at least according to analysts via leaked documents. Word has it that Apple will release multiple iPhone models this year, including a second-generation iPhone X model, plus a larger version of the iPhone X and yet another iPhone model with an LCD.

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HomePod coaster spawned by Apple’s speaker ring saga

HomePod coaster spawned by Apple’s speaker ring saga

Welcome to the inevitable result of HomePod's odd furniture ring issue: coasters specially designed for Apple's speaker. After Apple conceded that yes, under certain circumstances and on some surfaces like oiled wood, the silicone base on which HomePod sits could leave white rings on your furniture, it was only a matter of time until some enterprising accessory company stepped in to save the day.

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A single character can crash your iPhone’s messaging apps [Updated]

A single character can crash your iPhone’s messaging apps [Updated]

A new iOS bug that can crash not only Messages but third-party messaging apps has been discovered, potentially leaving the app unusable by receiving a single character. It's the latest in a series of bugs that have affected iOS, and its messaging abilities in particular, though it looks like Apple will be fixing this particular one with iOS 11.3 if not before.

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Apple HomePod build cost hints at thin margins

Apple HomePod build cost hints at thin margins

Knowing how much it costs a device to be built is ultimately not really of practical use to consumers, but it’s an interesting metric for many reasons. For one, it reveals just how much companies are charging on top of how much it really cost to make each product. This profit margin, as it is called, can then be used to discern a company’s vision and goal for the product. And in the case of the Apple HomePod, it seems that Apple is compressing its margins down to 38%, making up for it in sales volume instead.

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Apple Watch Series 3 refurbished units now available from Apple

Apple Watch Series 3 refurbished units now available from Apple

Apple has started selling refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 units, giving customers the chance to get the wearable at a slight discount over retail price. The company sells a variety of its own refurbished hardware, the most recent addition -- before this Watch model -- being the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. As with its other refurbished goods, these Apple Watch Series 3 units are certified.

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HomePod is changing how I listen to music

HomePod is changing how I listen to music

Is Siri better than the Google Assistant, or worse than Alexa, or the downfall of Apple's HomePod, or the reason it's so good? The questions around the Cupertino company's first connected speaker are numerous and fairly predictable, just like the tests pitting one virtual assistant against another in fact. From the start I'd figured Siri makes an excellent guide through Apple Music - you can credit Apple's otherwise frustratingly tight integration between streaming service and speaker for that - but what I didn't expect was how much she would change how I listen to music.

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HomePod white ring issue confirmed by Apple [Update]

HomePod white ring issue confirmed by Apple [Update]

Apple's HomePod may auto-tune itself to suit wherever it's placed in a room, but there's a physical reason why you should still be careful about where you put the smart speaker. The Siri-powered music player is one of Apple's more cohesive designs of late, smaller than you might expect from photos, and clad in a textured - but acoustically transparent - fabric sheath.

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